Does the Debt Ceiling Have to Be Raised?

By: Friday January 31, 2014 6:40 pm

Lately, the word out of Washington, DC from the plugged in people is that there will be no debt ceiling crisis coming up before the election. Politico says so, and so does the National Journal. MSNBC also agrees.

But not so fast, says the Washington Post, echoing the Wall Street Journal provided the House Republicans can agree on “. . . an extortion demand.” If they can, then we wll have another debt ceiling crisis.

Who Needs a Balanced Trade Policy?

By: Sunday January 26, 2014 6:10 pm

It’s easy to recognize that after many years of trade deficits accompanying implementation of trade agreements beginning with NAFTA the US needs to change what it’s doing. Many, including Robert Borosage of the Campaign for the American Future (CAF), advocate for balanced trade and they contrast that with the so-called “free trade” policies we have now.

Why Is CNN Pimping for Billionaires Against Social Security?

By: Saturday April 10, 2010 12:30 pm

The Pete Peterson Institute has been promoting deficit hysteria as part of a campaign to cripple Social Security and Medicare. It used the Washington Post to run Institute propaganda and numerous deficit hysteria “articles” as front page news. Now CNN is giving Peterson’s crowd two hours of free air time this weekend to give us more of the propaganda. Time to call out CNN.

Libertarians on Establishment Demonization

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 4:32 pm

With no place to go for refuge from corporatist entrenchment, populist opposition from the left and right will continue to have no choice but to work together in order to oppose it. No doubt the demonization for doing so from party loyalists on both sides who don’t want their control of the kleptocracy to be challenged will only get more fierce.

Obama the Conservative?

By: Thursday December 24, 2009 5:15 pm

One of the crowning ironies of the swarms of reflexive Obamapologists attacking FDL for working with conservatives like Grover Norquist concerning the details of Rahm Emanuel’s Freddie Mac stewardship as reported by the Chicago Tribune is that they didn’t raise so much as a peep of protest when the ACLU, CAF and PFAW worked with the guy.

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