The Undying Filibuster Myth

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 10:23 am

I thought when Senate Democrats so easily eliminated the filibuster for executive appointees that was going to be the final nail in the coffin of the filibuster myth, but I was mistaken. The myth that the filibuster is some insurmountable hurdle, instead of something which can easily be dealt with, lives on in Kevin Drum’s [...]

Since When Is Something That’s Over Twice the Price It Should Be “Reasonably Efficient?”

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Kevin Drum provides a perfect example of the extremely generous curve by which many Democratic commentaries are grading the Affordable Care Act. After pointing out things didn’t end up as bad as Republicans claimed it would, he concludes: Yep. It’s time to stop arguing over minutiae. Fundamentally, Obamacare “works.” It’s not perfect, but after nine months [...]

Social Security Should Already be “Off The Table for Decades”

By: Tuesday November 27, 2012 9:00 am

There exist a school of thought that Liberals should accept Social Security benefit cuts to get the issue off the table. Kevin Drum is one of its biggest proponents: Quite right. On Social Security, I continue to hold the unpopular view that liberals would be well served if they could make a deal. Raise the [...]

Pretending Reconciliation Doesn’t Exist

By: Monday March 12, 2012 9:39 am

The one defense of President Obama I’ve found most annoying is the argument that Obama “only” had the largest Democratic majority in Congress in a generation for a short period, so it would be unreasonable to expect too much from him given Republican opposition. The latest example of this defense comes from Kevin Drum: So [...]

There Always Seems to Be an Unnecessary Corporate Middleman

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 2:32 pm

The Obama Administration has finally started to do something relatively serious about the housing crisis by using the tool of executive authority it has over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Unfortunately, the plan seems to depend heavily on enriching large corporate middlemen. The Wall Street Journal explains: One proposal would sell packages of hundreds or [...]

Debt Doesn’t Just Refer to Outstanding Bonds

By: Friday July 1, 2011 6:44 am

The word debt means simply to owe something, its definition is not just limited to official financial products such as bonds. Thinking the word debt only refers to financial products is what I believe is the core mistake with Kevin Drum‘s argument that the debt ceiling vote could be constitutional. Maybe I’m missing something here, [...]

More Health Reform Predictions Coming True: Affordability Subsidies Targeted for Second Time

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 2:58 pm

Again, some of my darkest predictions about the new health care law are coming true. With businesses again clamoring for corporate tax reduction, the go-to in Pay-Go-obsessed Washington are the affordability subsidies for people who will be using the new health care exchanges. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that he supported the House Republicans’ [...]

Yes, We’ll Whip on Health Care … If It Ever Comes to That (But I Doubt It Will)

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 10:13 am

I don’t believe in getting people worked up when it’s not necessary. Energy is a finite resource, and when you don’t have a lot to work with anyway (especially relative to the opposition), the key to successful organizing is selectively applying carefully targeted effort to achieve maximum impact. It’s like the difference between hitting your [...]