Republicans have gotten themselves into a real bind over funding the government. They have allowed a segment of their base to rally around a ridiculous idea that threatening to shut down the government will get Obama to defund his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act. There is no way this plan can work and if the GOP tries to carry it out they will be blamed.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 18, 2013 7:48 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 2, 2013 7:51 am|
When the basic outlines of the Senate immigration reform bill are described to registered voters it receives overwhelming support. By a two-to-one margin it is backed by the American people. From Quinnipiac: 24. As you may know, the U.S. Senate recently voted to pass legislation reforming the immigration system. The bill would allow illegal immigrants [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 20, 2013 9:24 am|
The sequester was created in the most bipartisan way possible. It was a proposal from a Democratic President to find a way around an impasse with House Republicans that both sides each believed would eventually advance their long-term agendas. It was approved by a Republican House, a Democratic Senate and signed by a Democratic President. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 2, 2013 7:13 am|
The Obama administration has declared victory with the new tax deal. They believe they got 85 percent of what they wanted on taxes and more importantly the administration claims they finally broke the back of the Republican party’s opposition to raising taxes. President Obama said, “Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 1, 2012 9:40 am|
Every time Washington goes through a new bout of deficit hysteria, it’s important to remember that most of the politicians warning about the dangers of the annual deficits or the national debt don’t really care about them. From the The Hill: House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 18, 2012 12:18 pm|
For most of its history America has had a two party political system. It now appears we also have a two realities system, illustrated by our perceptions and trust of Fox News versus other major media. From PPP survey on TV media trust: -Democrats trust everything- except Fox News. NBC does the best with them [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 6, 2011 12:36 pm|
Perhaps the best way to look at the possibility of President Obama using the 14th amendment to declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional, is not to wonder if Obama has the will to use it, but question whether he has the resolve it would take not use it.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 24, 2011 6:55 am|
It seems that a large part of whether you support a war or not depends on the party you belong and if the president is from your party. With Americans turning against the U.S. involvement in Libya, it is the Independents and Republicans who are leading the way, while Democrats stay stable.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 3, 2011 8:19 am|
At a recent meeting with House Democrats, President Obama shot down the members’ hopes that he might step up his rhetoric against the Republicans. He’s concerned how the markets would react to his statements. From Huffington Post: Obama also told the assembled Democrats not to count on more fiery rhetoric from the Oval Office. “He [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 23, 2011 1:21 pm|
When basically the entire House Republican caucus voted for Paul Ryan’s budget, which includes a “plan” to destroy the very popular Medicare program and replace it with insufficient private vouchers, I couldn’t tell if they made such a terrible political move because they were so trapped in their own ideological bubble that they actually thought [...]