Rejecting False Choices

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 9:00 am

With the debt ceiling deal now law, the next stage of using artificial crisis to force austerity onto the American people begins. This next time instead of members of Congress saying they must vote for big cuts to avoid default, they will be able to point to the newly created triggers in this deal as [...]

Fixing One Artificial Crisis by Creating Another

By: Monday August 1, 2011 5:00 pm

One of the many absurd aspects about this whole debt ceiling deal is that part of the solution to this artificial crisis is to create another artificial crisis in the near future. The debt ceiling itself is a creation of Congress. There is no need to have periodic debt ceiling limit votes that create dangerous [...]

The Republicans Should Take More Hostages

By: Monday August 1, 2011 8:25 am

This recent debt ceiling deal proves the best way for the Republican Party to get what they want from the Democrats and President Obama is to take metaphorical hostages. At this point for the GOP to try negotiating for new laws through the traditional legislative process would be beyond stupid given how effective the tactic [...]

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?

Landrieu Invents The Unholy Grail Of Worthless Public Option Gimmicks

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 2:30 pm

It appears Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has created the unholy grail of terrible gimmicks meant to cripple the public option. It is a several-year-delayed, triggered, state-based, non-public co-op limited to the exchange option: Landrieu calls her proposal the “competitive community option,” which sounds remarkably similar to a trigger proposal advocated by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). A [...]

Reuters Poll: 60% Of Americans Favor A Public Option

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 9:30 am

A new survey from Thomson Reuters is the roughly the 100th poll to show that an overwhelming majority of Americans want a public option. The poll found that 59.9% of people favor reform containing a public option. Despite being heavily attacked by insurance companies, Republicans, and a handful of conservative Democrats, the public option remains consistently [...]

Ben Nelson Threatens A Filibuster Over Stupak Amendment

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 12:31 pm

Ben Nelson is currently threatening to filibuster reform if it does not contain a version of the anti-choice Stupak amendment: The Senate health care bill does not provide federal money for abortion, maintaining the status quo. But like Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and a sizable bloc of conservative House Democrats, Nelson says that’s not good [...]

Monday Health Care Highlights

By: Monday November 16, 2009 4:04 pm

Reid is meeting with Senate progressives tonight to talk health care. Harkin thinks the Senate will start debate in earnest on November 30th. And, he is willing to make the Republicans work if they try to filibuster reform.   Mike Castle’s poll numbers take a huge hit, possibly because of his opposition to health care. Carper, [...]

Your Calls to the House: Whip Opposition to Triggers and Opt-outs

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 11:12 am

Since Monday, activists from Firedoglake, CREDO, and Democracy for America helped put in hundreds of calls to progressive Members of Congress to find out where they stand on triggers and opt-outs in the final health care bill. Here’s some of what your call reports have shown so far.

To Reid, The Left Will Not So Easily Be Fooled

By: Wednesday November 11, 2009 10:30 am

First Read is speculating that the Reid will “try” to publicly push for a public option on the Senate floor, and when that fails, he will accept some worthless fig leaf like the Snowe’s trigger or Carper’s Plan B. Two strategies for Reid: Here’s something to ponder: What’s the better strategy for Reid — calling [...]