Post Election Deficit Deal Threatens Medicare and Social Security

By: Sunday October 7, 2012 8:35 am

After the November election, there will be a major effort in Congress to pass a budget deal that will make cuts in Social Security, raise the Medicare and Social Security eligibility age, and perhaps more–unless we act to stop it with a solution that is close at hand.

There is agreement from the Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel to liberal economists Dean Baker and Paul Krugman that the pressure will be on to reach a Simpson/Bowles type of compromise. Such a bipartisan plan would damage our most cherished programs and excuse the dastardly deed by asserting that the cuts are small and necessary because of the deficit.

 

Obama, GOP Rip Copper Plumbing from “Starter Home” Health Care Law

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 8:40 am

If the health care law really is a starter home, then what President Obama has been doing is effectively letting the Republicans rip out the house’s copper plumbing to be sold as scrap for pennies on the dollar.

For Obama, Abortion Proves Not So Much a Right as a Bargaining Chip

By: Monday April 11, 2011 4:20 pm

At the end of the health care debate, when Obama was desperate to get the final bill passed in the House, he agreed to make a deal with Bart Stupak (D-MI) on the issue of abortion, by offering an executive order that restricted the availability of insurance coverage for reproductive health. The right to abortion for many in need was traded away as a bargaining chip to get that final bill passed.

Last week, as part of the negotiations to get a budget for the rest of fiscal year 2011, President Obama again decided to use abortion rights as a bargaining chip to secure a final deal

In Budget Battle, Boehner, GOP Prove House Isn’t Powerless After All

By: Monday April 11, 2011 8:15 am

While I strongly disagree on a policy level with almost everything John Boehner is trying to do, I’m glad that he has at least reminded us that the House of Representatives isn’t the meaningless sick boy of the federal government.

Tea Chair Bachmann: Budget Deal a “Disappointment”

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 8:02 am

Count among those disappointed in the budget deal that was forged oh-so-dramatically at the very last hour before government shutdown Michele Bachmann, chair of the House teabaggers.

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