It’s a GOP Thang… Dems Did Not Shut Things Down

There seems to be some confusion in some circles about who is to blame for the current government shutdown. Even a few legitimate journalistic operations posted something along the lines of, “Democrats block bill to prevent shutdown,” or some such … Continue reading

The Health Insurance Follies: Fight Graham-Cassidy NOW!

There are currently two competing healthcare bills in Congress. They represent both extremes of the healthcare financing debate, which is what this is all about, after all. Both are ill-conceived, but for very different reasons. The first one is Bernie … Continue reading

Help Create a Network of Progressives for Common Sense

You can really tell who the professional left are these days. While the rest of us are seeing things like what’s happened in Baltimore… and New York… and Chicago… and Ferguson… and trying to learn how we can make a … Continue reading

26 to Go: What Republicans have done, Part I

Here’s a (partial) list of things Republicans have done over the last four years, despite the fact that they continue to ask that you vote for them. (And for those who are supposedly on our side, but who insist that … Continue reading

We need a new corporate tax code, but without GOP input

Last week, fast food giant Burger King swallowed up Tim Horton’s, a chain of donut and coffee stores popular throughout Canada, and growing in strength throughout the northeastern United States. one of the main reasons Burger King purchased the Canadian … Continue reading

Attack of the Extremists

If you follow politics to any extent and have for more than 20 years, then you have to realize that what has happened to the Republican Party is extraordinary. What has been happening to the country for the last three … Continue reading

Republicans: C***-Blocking the future; Even More Bills

The purpose of this series of posts (This is number four — scroll down for the others) is to give you ammunition. Ammunition for all of those friends and others from all sides of the political spectrum who blame Democrats … Continue reading

Reconciliation: What it is, and Why Reid Is Avoiding It.

There is a lot of talk about reconciliation when it comes to the health insurance reform bill in the Senate, but I get a sense that many who use the term don’t really understand the process. There’s actually a good … Continue reading

Bipartisanship With Petulant Children; Is it Possible?

Look, I'm all for President Obama seeking support from Republicans.  After all, he is the president of all of the people, and Republicans are people, too. But for Chrissakes; at what point does he get that the leadership representing the … Continue reading

Failing to Bail

My feelings are so mixed after this bailout bill failed today.   I read the bill last night, and again this morning, and I have to tell you; it was a pretty good bill. Instead of handing $700 billion over to … Continue reading