Iraq: When “Everyone” Is Wrong Together No One Faces Consequences

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 10:20 am

On the tenth anniversary of the war in Iraq it is worth remembering how many people were deeply wrong. Top politicians in both parties, administration officials, reporters, columnists, and even many bloggers. They were wrong about the weapons of mass destruction, about the links to Al-Qaeda, and about how quickly the war would end. Over the past decade basically none of these people have faced any repercussions for being so wrong. In fact many of them are still working at their same jobs or have much better jobs.


Summer Camp Trust Fall Exercises Won’t Fix Washington

By: Friday March 1, 2013 5:32 pm

I’m very glad that during the President’s press conference on the sequester Jessica Yellin asked, “Couldn’t you just have them down here and refuse to let them leave the room until you have a deal?” because it encapsulates this idiotic strand of thinking which is currently very popular among many pundits.

There seems to be this belief that if only Obama gave Boehner a hug or Pelosi spent more time complimenting McConnell on his ties we would get more bipartisan legislation. They act as if Congress is just a bunch of teenagers at summer camp, and if only they would do a series of trust falls they would all work so much better together.

Late Night: Crappy New Year

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 8:00 pm

In any normal country, there would be no particular reason to expect 2013 to be an awful year. The right-wing Presidential candidate, who preached austerity, family values, and military adventurism, was soundly defeated by the center-left candidate, who favored, well, austerity-lite, personal freedom, and a fiscally convenient “peace dividend.” Overconfident and overfunded Republicans were similarly trounced in the House and Senate, losing seats in both despite stunning structural advantages.

It seemed that the Right’s perennial hobby horses, from favoring the wealthiest above all others and demonizing minorities of every type, to demanding that every non-military expenditure be slashed to the bone, had clearly been sent to the glue factory by the electorate. Alas, things are never what they seem in Washington.

Bipartisanship Is Dying and Shouldn’t Be Mourned

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 1:15 pm

Lugar’s loss has basically guaranteed that the Republican senate caucus will be more unified, partisan and less compromising. At a minimum the Republicans lost the moderate Lugar, who was willing to reach deals. But bipartisanship can also undermine democratic accountability.

The Most Truly Bipartisan Deficit Reduction Idea: Stop Spending So Much on Foreign Wars

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 1:00 pm

Reducing our spending on overseas military commitments is the deficit reduction idea that has the broadest public support across all partisan groups, according to new Pew Research Center poll. Solid majorities of regular Democrats, Republicans and independents all want to see America stop wasting so much money on foreign military commitments.

If You Want More Bipartisanship, Promote More Political Parties

By: Monday May 30, 2011 6:15 am

If you really want more bipartisanship, the only real solution is to promote more viable political parties.

“Your Biggest Fan”

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 1:30 am

The Republican method of legislation and the Obama Adminstration’s mistakes compound the ability to pass better legislation, if any.

Obama Playing Games With Afghanistan War

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 5:15 pm

We all know how 11 dimensional chess works: President Obama claims he supports something easily acceptable and mainstream, like removing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or closing the illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay. His plan for doing so however, involves an ethereal, un-named bill making its way through both the House and Senate, which have almost [...]

What Real Health Policy Compromise Would Look Like: HSAs, Public Catastrophic Insurance

By: Tuesday March 2, 2010 3:31 pm

Republicans claim to support HSAs as a way to encourage smart health care consumption, with minimum insurance coverage mandates, and automatic enrollment as a way to increase coverage. Progressives support public insurance programs, believe everyone should get basic coverage to protect them from medical bankruptcy, and support a public alternative to private insurance companies. Republicans, progressives, and a majority of Americans overwhelmingly oppose an individual mandate forcing Americans to buy a product from private insurance companies, or face getting fined by the IRS.

A bipartisan policy compromise would be to scrap the current individual mandate and replace it with automatic enrollment in a HSA combined with only a very minimal public extreme catastrophic insurance policy.

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