The Partisan Alignment Is Almost Complete

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 6:51 am

Political parties in America are finally working like political parties in almost every other democracy on earth. There are now just four members of Congress who overlap with the other party. From National Journal: Welcome to today’s Congress, which in 2013 was more polarized than any Congress since National Journal began calculating its ratings in 1982. For [...]

Obama Team Again Tries to Revive the Grand Bargain

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 10:57 am

The so called “grand bargain” is never going to truly be defeated as long as Barack Obama is president, because for whatever reason, it is a top personal goal of his. Like the monster in a profitable Hollywood horror franchise it is only stopped temporarily until the administration sees a way to revive it. According [...]

House Republicans Still Don’t Understand Why They Won the Debt Ceiling Fight the First Time

By: Monday July 8, 2013 7:14 am

Apparently, House Republicans are convinced they can hold the debt ceiling hostage again even though they proved they aren’t willing to shoot the hostage. From National Journal: With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a “menu” of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House in [...]

Actually Charlie Cook, Young People Want to Protect Social Security

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 8:37 am

Political Analyst Charlie Cook apparently decided to drop the “analyst” part from his title when wrote his most recent National Journal column. He claims the way to the heart of my generation is by cutting Social Security, despite this being something Millennials oppose. From Cook: For liberals, Democrats, and others to argue that Social Security [...]

Americans Don’t Blame the Social Safety Net for the Deficit

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 1:17 pm

The American people don’t subscribe to the conservative position about why our nation has a deficit. Most people blame our deficit not on excessive social spending but instead on low taxes for the rich or the huge military budget, according to this National Journal poll. As important, the survey found Americans unconvinced that safety-net programs [...]

Sen. Kyl Doesn’t Want Super Congress Grand Bargain, Obama Does

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:54 am

Republican Super Congress member Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ) has come out against the committee trying to reach a “grand bargain” that includes new taxes and entitlement reform. From National Journal: A top Republican on the super committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years said on Tuesday he will ask fellow [...]