Congress Jamming $607 Billion Defense Bill Through Before Christmas

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 7:03 am

It’s that time of year again, when important bills are quickly rushed through Congress and people are told there is no time to think about it. So it was yesterday that the final version of the Defense Bill was unveiled with backers telling everyone there is no time to debate.

 

Late Night: I Called the GOP’s Second Shutdown Jones Two Weeks Ago

By: Sunday December 8, 2013 8:00 pm

Who could have predicted that the GOP’s Suicide Caucusers, the same people who signed the Meadows Letter, the same people who started planning the October 2013 shutdown nine months earlier, would be stupid enough to try it again?

Well, me, for one.

Do it again

By: Monday September 30, 2013 1:30 am

Well “open meltdown” is an interesting tactic. But I guess it just goes with the program.

Cruz Plan Not Backed By GOP Senate Leadership

By: Tuesday September 24, 2013 6:47 am

Senator Ted Cruz’s plan to filibuster attempts to modify the House Continuing Resolution bill to include funding for Obamacare will not be supported by GOP Senate leaders. Without the support of fellow Republicans a filibuster would become impossible to sustain and the Democratic majority in the Senate will therefore be able to amend the House CR to include funding for Obamacare.

Obamacare Demand Causing Divisions In GOP

By: Monday September 23, 2013 6:41 am

Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama. But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted Cruz – have apparently bucked Senate GOP leadership and promised to filibuster any bill that would strip out the defund Obamacare provision of the House bill. Needless to say GOP leadership in the Senate was not thrilled and according to Fox News Host Chris Wallace GOP leaders are sending out opposition research on Cruz.

How Much Will Strikes on Syria Cost?

By: Friday September 6, 2013 8:41 am

While pinning down an exact number is difficult, especially as the target list is expanding, there are some initial projections on the potential costs of President Obama’s attack on Syria. The Congressional Research Service analysis puts the cost as high as $12 billion for a year’s operation citing estimates by General Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Wisconsin Budget Compounds the Economic Challenges for Low-Wage Workers

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 12:30 pm

Workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must still cope with a relatively weak labor market.  That is especially challenging for low-wage workers who are struggling with the declining value of the minimum wage, reductions in employer benefits like health care, and growing inequality. Those challenges are exacerbated in Wisconsin by budget decisions made by state lawmakers.

What Is the Point of Budget Reporting?

By: Friday July 19, 2013 5:00 pm

That is a serious question. What are newspapers, radio and television stations, and Internet sites trying to accomplish when they report on the budget?

Long Term Projected Deficit Appears Easily Manageable

By: Friday June 28, 2013 4:00 pm

While Washington failed to reach the so-called “grand bargain”, it did end up passing a series of significant small deficit reduction bills. Combined with the fact that public health care spending has slowed noticeably over the past several years, the projected long term deficit now appears relatively manageable. Our projected long term deficit has improved remarkably.

Wisconsin’s Diversion of Funding for Low-Income Families Is Based on Faulty Assumptions

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 2:50 pm

When legislators take floor votes this week, they will decide whether and how much to cut spending for the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, which aids unemployed low-income families, and whether they divert the savings to use for things like tax cuts for the wealthy. The arguments that state budget writers have used to support a W-2 cut are running up against some very inconvenient facts that contradict the Joint Finance Committee’s assumptions.

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