The Catch-22 That Killed Immigration Reform

By: Friday February 7, 2014 8:54 am

Congressional Republicans have refused to work with President Obama on almost anything. That includes things big, like immigration reform, to things small like fixing minor technical drafting problems and filling low level positions. As a result Obama has been forced to do what he can administratively. This includes things like recess appointments and a deferred action [...]

The Progressive Silver Lining From the Shutdown Fight

By: Friday October 18, 2013 7:25 am

The country learned something very important during this shutdown. Mainly, that Speak John Boehner is a coward with no control of his caucus and an unwillingness to cross his most conservative members unless absolutely necessary. Indirectly this is great news for Social Security. Boehner stuck with his conservative members on a strategy he know was [...]

It Was All Boehner’s Fault

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 6:02 am

It has been a smart political tactic for Democrats to blame Sen. Ted Cruz and/or the Tea Party for the government shutdown, but in reality it was entirely Speaker John Boehner’s fault. He is the one who really deserves the blame. The shutdown ended last night because the speaker finally let a clean bill reach [...]

Obama Rejects Boehner’s Attempt to Get Table Scraps

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:14 am

The potential deal reached in the Senate to end the shutdown is basically a surrender. It does effectively nothing to Obamacare and that was supposedly the entire point of this Republican shutdown. Speaker John Boehner, in an attempt to save face, tried to grab a few Obamacare-related table scraps in his counter offer but it [...]

Too Early and Too Late for a Solution

By: Monday October 7, 2013 8:30 am

We have entered a very bizarre phase in this current government shutdown saga where it is probably both too late and too early for a solution to likely emerge. Since Speaker Boehner didn’t deal with the shutdown right away it is unlikely much will happen until we got close the the debt ceiling limit on the 17th. This means probably another several days of shutdown.

The Boring Stupid Shutdown

By: Friday October 4, 2013 7:07 am

Rarely has a crisis in Washington been both so serious for real people yet so boringly stupid. There are no negotiations. There are no back-and-forths between relevant parties, no daily news of advances and setbacks because there can’t be. Nothing is really happening because this entire crisis is just waiting for Speaker John Boehner to [...]

Reid Offers Boehner a Fig Leaf

By: Wednesday October 2, 2013 10:26 am

Senate majority leader Harry Reid has made a basically meaningless concession to Speaker John Boehner in an effort to end the government shutdown. In a letter Reid promised that if the House passed a clean continuing resolution to fund the government, he will name conferees to a budget conference.

Government Shutdown Might Be the Least Bad Option

By: Monday September 30, 2013 7:03 am

Government shutdowns are damaging, inconvenient and stupid but they are also manageable. We’ve had over a dozen in the last century. As a country we know how to handle them. On the other hand a default by failing to raise the debt limit is unknown territory. The implications could be very bad. Even getting close to the deadline last time cause a credit downgrading, an increase in borrowing cost, and a noticeable hit to the market.

What This CR Shows Us About Who Controls House Republicans

By: Friday September 20, 2013 9:21 am

Trying to use a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare is one of the dumbest and impractical political ideas I have ever seen. There is no way it would work and trying to carry through on the threat would only politically damage Republicans. The idea is so stupid even several prominent Republicans have openly attacked it. [...]

House Passes CR That Defunds Obamacare

By: Friday September 20, 2013 8:44 am

House Republicans passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded which contains the Obamacare defunding demanded by conservatives. The bill was approved 230-189 in a mostly party line vote. Now the bill goes to the Senate where this effort is doomed to fail. The Senate is likely to spend a few days stripping [...]

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