Remember When Republicans Thought It “Wrong for a Partisan Minority” to Stop a Judicial Nominee?

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 3:17 pm

Even though judicial nominee Goodwin Liu received the support of a majority of senators today, he will not yet be confirmed to the bench because over 40 Republicans joined in a filibuster to stop his confirmation. This is a good time to remember that a mere six years ago, most Senate Republicans thought it unacceptable [...]

McConnell Admits Bipartisanship is About Subverting Accountability

By: 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 [...]

Obama Encourages More Hostage-Taking with Nod to Current Debt Ceiling Tactic

By: Friday April 29, 2011 11:53 am

When you give in to hostage-taking, you set a pattern that just encourages people to take more hostages, and ask for bigger ransoms every time. This is exactly what is happening thanks to President Obama previously declaring that he must give in to Republican hostage taking tactics. From the Hill: House Republicans are considering a [...]

Republican Debt Ceiling Power Play Would Stand Constitution on its Head

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 10:15 am

Regardless of whether or not you think it is a good idea, our Constitution was designed with multiple veto points meant to create a bias toward status quo. The basic idea is that if you want to make large changes, you either need broad concessions or to definitively win the support of the public in [...]

Boehner, GOP Prove House Isn’t Powerless After All

By: Monday April 11, 2011 7:25 am

As last week drew to a close, the Republicans that control only the House of Representatives clearly bested President Obama and the Democrats that control the Senate in the budget fight.  Speaker John Boehner, despite controlling only one third of the relevant institutions in the budget fight, was able to get the President to agree [...]

CBO: Ryan’s Budget Plan Means Worse, More Expensive Coverage for Poor, Old and Disabled

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 8:43 am

Paul Ryan’s Republican budget plan would privatize Medicare and dramatically slash Medicaid over time. The result: senior citizens, poor children and the disabled paying dramatically more for care, getting worse health insurance coverage and/or losing coverage altogether, according to a report by the CBO. Under the proposal, most elderly people would pay more for their [...]

To Reduce Deficit, Government Can Destroy Medicare – or Expand It

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 5:05 pm

There are two very simple, straight forward things you can do with Medicare if you want to make a big reduction in the deficit: you can either destroy Medicare, or vastly expand it. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has stepped forward for the Republican Party to endorse the “destroy Medicare” solution as the best way to [...]

To Stop Abortions, No Freedom Too Great to Sacrifice for GOP

By: Friday March 18, 2011 3:15 pm

For the Republican Party, there seems to be no limit to the amount of beloved personal freedoms they are willing to shred to simply make abortions more inconvenient. The latest example is the GOP’s push to actually increase the power and scope of the IRS. From Mother Jones: Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail [...]

End Government by Crisis: No More Government Shutdowns or Debt Ceiling Votes, Ever

By: Saturday March 5, 2011 6:30 am

Much of the political debate in Washington over the next year is going to be dominated by two potential pending crises: a government shutdown and a failure to raise the debt ceiling. If Congress fails to actively and regularly avert them, these crises could significantly disrupt our society, cost money and hamper the economy. Yet [...]

After Failing to Change Senate Rules, Democrats Lose Right to Blame Mitch McConnell

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 2:09 pm

Senate Democrats had an opportunity to get together and make the Senate a working, majority-rule-based chamber. They could have recently used the “Constitutional Option” at the start of this new Congress to rewrite the Senate rules to either eliminate the filibuster outright or at least make staging a filibuster more difficult. Yet, due to a [...]