During the campaign President Obama’s big promise was to end the Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000 a year. After the election Obama made some very firm statements about sticking to this promise, but it now looks like the administration will abandon it in the deal being worked out between VP Joe Biden and [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 17, 2012 9:30 am|
To try to deal with the incredibly idiotic debt ceiling issue the Obama administration has put forward the so called “McConnell Plan.” It is a complicated Rude Goldberg procedure that would effectively allow the President to raise the debt ceiling while also letting Congress make mostly meaningless votes against it. Since the idea was originally [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:14 am|
The Republican congressional leadership have made their six selections for who will serve on the new Super Committee, according the National Journal. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) chose Senators Jon Kyl (AZ), Pat Toomey (PA) and Rob Portman (OH). From the House side Speaker John Boehner (OH) selected Jeb Hensarling (TX), Dave Camp (MI) [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 4, 2011 10:05 am|
Quinnipiac released their Florida poll numbers on the President and the debt ceiling bill, and it does not bode well for his 2012 chances in the swing state. His approval among Independents went from 42% last Wednesday through Sunday to 33% from Monday through Tuesday, while disapproval shot up 52% to 61%. When asked to describe how they feel about the deal, more Independents said they were “angry” (23%) than either Republicans or Democrats.
In order to contextualize the bind that this puts Obama in, it’s worth recounting what I’ve been told about how the deal went down.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 3, 2011 1:41 pm|
There should be no doubt that one of the most dangerous aspects of this current debt ceiling deal, is that it set a precedent for Republicans turning every future debt ceiling increase in the future into another hostage situation to force spending cuts. As Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell put it: “What we have [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:05 am|
One of the biggest battles over raising the debt ceiling at this moment seems to be whether any debt ceiling increase will last until after November 2012 or will it require another vote on the debt limit before the election. Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) plan would require the debt ceiling to be raised again in [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 18, 2011 1:42 pm|
It currently appears that the most likely resolution to the debt ceiling situation will be the use of the Mitch McConnell-Harry Reid back up plan. This plan will probably include some form of the Catfood Commission II. A bipartisan commission that would work in secret to come up with a package that would be fast [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 17, 2011 7:56 am|
The Senate is so broken that even a bipartisan agreement to limit the number of Senate confirmed appointees gets filibustered.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:14 am|
Now, ten years after 9/11, with Osama bin Laden dead, in a broad bipartisan vote, the United States Senate moved forward with another extension of the “temporary” Patriot Act. The vote was 74-8. Both the support and the very limited opposition to this extension were near-even slits along party lines; true bipartisan efforts. As a [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday May 13, 2011 10:07 am|
This quote from Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell about why Democrats and Republicans should seek a “grand bargain” is one of the most honest and revealing statements about the problem with our political system. Via David Weigel: This was the year after the bipartisan agreement between Reagan and O’Neill raised the retirement age for [...]