AARP Email Admits They’re Open to Cutting Social Security (again)

By: Friday June 24, 2011 9:23 am

Ever since news outlets reported that the AARP will not oppose cuts Social Security, the group has been desperately churning out press releases, blog posts and tweets to try and spin their position as one of ardent defenders of the program. As Jane wrote yesterday, if AARP wants credit for ‘saving’ or ‘protecting’ Social Security, [...]

Obama Using Unemployed As an Excuse To Get What He Wanted All Along

By: Friday December 3, 2010 9:36 am

It’s been clear for some time that President Obama made the political calculation that he does not want any of the Bush tax cuts to expire.  He doesn’t want to be the guy in 2012 running for President on having “raised taxes during a time of recession.” But the President also doesn’t want the political [...]

The Game IS Rigged

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 8:12 am

Michael Bennet gets caught in a moment of rare honesty with an open mike in the Senate: “It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.” Of course it is.  They [...]

Why Is Nancy Pelosi Making House Democrats Walk the Plank…Again?

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 9:39 am

Nancy Pelosi dug her heels in last night and told her caucus that the President wants no extension of the Bush tax cuts beyond the $250,000 threshold. She’s also signaled that she’ll put it up for a vote on the suspension calendar, which means Republicans can’t make amendments or the motion to recommit. But it also means she’ll have to get 290 votes in order to pass it, and there’s no way she can bring enough Republicans on board to do that.

So it’s a purely symbolic vote that will fail. But she’s asking members to take it anyway, because she says that’s what the President wants.