Yesterday, during the State of the Union, President Obama decided to call for a five-year freeze on non-military discretionary spending. A whole 66 percent more spending freeze than last year’s call for a three year freeze! On every level, this random call to freeze spending at current levels is foolish political theater at its worst. [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 26, 2011 6:23 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:20 pm|
The Republican Party selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to deliver their response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ryan is best known for his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which effectively calls for privatizing the entire social safety net, including the elimination of Medicare as we know it. Up next will be Rep. Michele [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 25, 2011 1:38 pm|
In a attempt to appear “serious” about the deficit, President Obama is planning to offer up a heaping dose of truly pathetic political theater in tonight’s State of the Union speech. His plan is to now call for a five year freeze of non-military discretionary spending, which technically only makes up a small sliver of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday January 29, 2010 6:32 am|
In his State of the Union address, President Obama clearly laid out the logical reason why his push for bipartisanship is inherently doomed. [I]f the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday January 28, 2010 9:11 am|
The Obama White House has certainly been better about transparency than George Bush’s, but their commitment seems to be to the idea rather than the spirit of transparency. The selective release of visitor logs only goes so far; they’re incomplete at best. The whole point of requests for release of the logs was to shine light on deals that had been cut, and yet the White House has adamantly refused to provide any information on them.
Lack of transparency with regard to deals cut in secret is one of the factors that has made the public mistrust the administration’s health care bill. Release of those records could do much to allay many fears.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 28, 2010 8:59 am|
In last night’s State of the Union address, Obama only touched on health care reform briefly. He made it clear he wants something done, but left Democrats scratching their heads about what the path forward should be. Some thoughts: Now let’s be clear – I did not choose to tackle this issue to get some [...]