Far From the “Greatest,” US Senate is a National Shame

By: Friday March 2, 2012 10:28 am

One thing I’m grown increasingly tired of is the old trope that the United State Senate is somehow the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” The already absurd claim was taken to even greater levels of hyperbole by Senator Olympia Snowe in her op-ed about her retirement. She called the Senate the “greatest deliberative body in human [...]

White House Negotiations Fail to Disarm GOP or Free Hostage Dems

By: Monday December 6, 2010 5:59 pm

The United States government has a general policy against paying ransom for a hostage. This is not because paying ransoms is an ineffective policy. Most hostage takers would be happy to return the hostage for money, so as a short-term solution, it does work. The problem is, long term, paying ransom just encourages many more [...]

Filibuster Making Speaker’s Job a Joke; Pelosi Finally Calls for End to “60-Vote Stranglehold on the Future”

By: Friday July 2, 2010 12:58 pm

It is good to see Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is vigorously calling for an end to the filibuster. From Ryan Grim at Huffington Post: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has some advice for her Senate counterparts: Try majority rule for a change. Pelosi, in an interview with the Huffington Post, called for an end [...]

Should And Could Democrats Push “Local Jobs For America Act” Using Reconciliation?

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 1:57 pm

Now that the new health care law is passed, Democrats are hoping to focus on jobs and the economy. Members of Congress and progressive organizations have begun talking more about the Local Jobs For America Act. It is a good bill that should actually help to create and save jobs while temporarily helping to ease [...]

The Death of the Public Option: After Parade of Lies, Democratic Leadership Now Stands Naked

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 12:41 pm

After a full year of debate and dozens of excuses, the Democratic leadership now stands naked in their opposition to the public option. President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all claimed they that wanted one. They are the three most powerful people in Washington and have huge margins in [...]

Our Political Media In Action: Matthew Spieler

By: Sunday December 13, 2009 9:59 am

No, Olympia Snowe didn’t come up with the idea for triggers. Why are people who write online so challenged in a Google world?

Why Did Snowe Not Demand Giving Americans The Freedom To Buy Cheaper Drugs From Canada?

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 1:21 pm

For almost a year, President Obama has spent countless hours trying to woo Olympia Snowe to support heath care reform. He has been willing to bend over backwards to give in to almost every one of her demands. It is very unfortunate that Snowe decided to use her new-found power for evil instead of good. [...]

Senate Possibly Looking At Early Medicare Buy In

By: Monday December 7, 2009 1:42 pm

There has been multiple unsourced reports that at least some Senate Democrats are considering a possible early Medicare buy in for older Americans. The numbers I have seen indicate that the idea would be to allow people over 55 or 60 to buy into Medicare. It is unlikely, but possible, that this Medicare buy in [...]

This Idea Does Not Resemble German, Swiss, Or Belgian Health Care

By: Monday December 7, 2009 10:20 am

The White House/Olympia Snowe/Joe Lieberman/ConservaDem apologists are starting to rally around this new “alternative” to the public option. This “alternative” is nothing at all even like a public option. It is an OPM run exchanges for current, private, non-profit insurance companies. I suspect we will soon see apologists claiming this idea would resemble the all-payer [...]

Thursday Health Care Highlights

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 4:15 pm

Senators Snowe, Lincoln, and Landrieu are teaming up on an amendment that would effectively gut state regulation of insurance coverage. The first actual votes on amendments to health care reform in the Senate took place today (with more interesting ones to follow). The fact that Snowe and Collins voted with Democrats indicates their votes maybe [...]