Congress

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 Sanders’ Medicare-for-All single-payer bill. That is ill-conceived because the timing …

Being Better Liberals

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 difference in the world, pro lefties are all over Bernie …

Congress

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 Democrats are “just as bad,” I would note that “the …

Congress

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 company was so that they could move their operations to …

Congress

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 years is unlike anything a political junkie could have imagined …

Congress

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 who are not getting things done, when there are 375 …

Congress

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 reason why Harry Reid is saving it as a last …

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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 Republican Party in Congress — especially the Senate — is …

BushWorld

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 the Bush Administration in a lump sum, it put the …

Being Better Liberals

It Really Is the Economy, Stupid — This Time, Let’s REALLY Change It!

You know, one of the greatest frustrations in being somewhat liberal is the tendency for others of my ideological ilk to demonize individuals, and to focus on specific people as "the problem." Our economy is damn close to a total meltdown, and we’re closer to being a Third World country …

Congress

McCain Trades Political Favors for Campaign Cash

The kind of thing I read in this morning’s Washington Post makes you wonder if John McCain’s psychology isn’t such that every time he does something good, he follows it up with something bad, just to even things out, and make sure he can still be a member of the …

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