It was John Boehner who invoked the spectre of the “Asian markets” by saying that he would deliver a framework deal on how to increase the debt limit by Sunday night. Once you do that, there’s nowhere else to go. If no announcement is made, the Asian markets will most certainly react negatively. If the announcement is seen as unworkable or inadequate, they’ll drop too. This creates rather than arrests a crisis.
|By: David Dayen Sunday July 24, 2011 11:40 am|
|By: Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson Sunday July 24, 2011 10:27 am|
Progressives need to send a strong message that a COLA cut is unacceptable, no matter what it is called and most especially when it is being used to show that Democrats are willing to give up their historic support for Social Security in exchange for getting Republican sign-on to a disastrous deficit-reduction deal.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday July 24, 2011 9:40 am|
The American myth of the rugged, self-sufficient individual is ever-present in our culture. Think of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, a character based on the nameless “Continental Op” of Dashiell Hammett’s noir thriller, Red Harvest. The characters abandon the very concept of community. They no longer even want a name that could be known by others.
The myth, of course, is just a fictionalized reflection of a belief held by many Americans: the self-contained individual is all. The furtherance of individual liberty, with little regard for the fate of the community at large, is the only legitimate role of government. The belief comes with magical thinking (or cynical slight-of-hand) that unrestrained selfishness will produce more for all than selflessness, altruism, or compassion.
|By: Scarecrow Sunday July 24, 2011 9:12 am|
Explaining why the President was putting so much effort into trying to reach a grand bargain with John Boehner that would include trillions in spending cuts on worthwhile government programs, White House Chief of Staff William Daley essentially said that Obama was doing this not merely because we need to raise the debt limit, but because, “this deficit is a serious drag on the economy.”
Think about that: “The deficit is a serious drag on the economy.”
|By: TBogg Sunday July 24, 2011 8:08 am|
Among all of the right-bloggers who had a major musgasm upon hearing the initial reports out of Oslo (Professor Mustard recovered nicely going from Norway – The Warning Signs Were There to Sometimes news moves too fast for our own good with scarcely a rumple in his cravat) none deserve more special consideration then the amusingly named Astute Bloggers for their 3-part demonstration of how the Self-Correcting Citizen Journalist plies his craft.
|By: David Dayen Sunday July 24, 2011 6:45 am|
The Bank of America settlement with investors on their legacy mortgage-backed securities issues may be coming apart. The Federal Home Loan Banks are now bolting from the deal, saying that investors deserve three times as much as the $8.5 billion settlement.