As long as I’ve been alive, but certainly since my first political awareness, a loud minority of Americans, through their well-financed and politically influential mouthpieces, have relentlessly hammered home the demented idea that “government” was some malevolent, faceless, money-grabbing bureaucracy that existed only to trample our freedoms. Funny, I thought, I had always learned that our government was, uniquely for the time, one in which we, the people chose what form it would take.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday January 10, 2013 8:00 pm|
Perhaps out of a combination of peevishness and thirst, John Boehner recently blurted out, “I need this job like I need a hole in my head.” Of course, the job he was complaining about, Speaker of the House, third in line for the Presidency, happens to be well-paid, prestigious, and quite evidently can be performed, after a fashion, even when drunk. That is, it’s decidedly not like the jobs that the vast majority of Americans toil away at, should they be lucky enough to have a job at all.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:00 am|
The President has been very forthcoming about the fact that cutting Social Security benefits is something he wants to do. When he said during the debate that he didn’t differ from Mitt Romney on entitlement reform, he meant it. It’s time for people to remove the rose-colored glasses and stop projecting their own feelings on to the man. It’s time to take him at his word.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 28, 2012 12:45 pm|
Every time Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson talk about how the United States simply cannot afford to offer their citizens a modest income in retirement, they get $40,000. This is three times the amount that Social Security recipients actually get themselves in retirement, ANNUALLY. Bowles and Simpson get that for an hourlong talk.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday October 9, 2012 1:30 am|
So this means we do not have to enact those profoundly harmful austerity measures with cuts to entitlements that target the poor and elderly right?
|By: David Dayen Monday October 1, 2012 7:50 am|
The election is 36 days away, and most of the media are churning out their profiles of undecided voters in Ohio and polling snapshots. Only Paul Krugman has broken the illusion, moved past the election and its expected outcome, and focused on the expected policy prescription that lies ahead, the desire of most of official Washington to slash the budget along the lines of a proposal that gets far more credit than it deserves. Krugman, a voice outside Washington, has no problem explaining to everyone that the Bowles-Simpson plan actually stinks.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 14, 2012 8:25 am|
Here’s a 2011 video of Catfood Commission Chair Erskine Bowlest heaping praising on Paul Ryan’s budget and Ryan’s math skills. This should be career ending.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 10, 2012 2:00 pm|
Ezra Klein, who has impeccable sources inside the Administration, makes a bet that Bowles will succeed Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary in an Obama second term. And, he would be there specifically to secure a deal along the lines of the grand bargain.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday July 26, 2012 6:50 pm|
FDL has been fighting Simpson-Bowles for over 2 years now and have no intention of stopping now. We will be following Fix the Debt closely and keep our activists at the ready to push back on any attempt to force an austerity agenda through Congress.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 21, 2012 6:45 am|