Another Reminder Why the Filibuster Needs to Be Eliminated

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:06 pm

The filibuster, which for most of its history was mainly a tool for oppressing black people by stopping anti-lynching laws and civil rights legislation, has now turned into a tool for routine legislative nihilism. The latest example is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) threatening to filibuster the debt limit so it requires 60 votes.

 

The Five Stages of GOP Grief Over the Debt Limit

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 11:15 am

Now we are in the bargaining stage.

You Don’t Threaten to Destroy the Entire Economy Over a Pipeline

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 12:21 pm

Absolutely no one is going to take a threat like this seriously so there is no point in even making it. You don’t threaten to ruin the entire economy just for a pipeline or the repeal of a minor provision of a law, because no one would ever pull the trigger over such minor issues.

GOP Set to Fold on the Debt Limit

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 7:55 am

It appears enough of the Congressional Republicans realized the debt limit is not a point of leverage over President Obama so their best option is to just quickly raise it. We will likely get a clean increase with relatively little drama.

A Do Almost-Nothing Congress

By: Monday January 27, 2014 1:27 pm

This year is shaping up be a do almost nothing Congress. The government funding bill was passed with little fanfare. The farm bill is moving forward. It also looks like the debt ceiling with be raised with only moderate bellyaching and grandstanding from Republicans. Congress is set to do the minimum necessary to keep things running, but nothing more.

Latest Debt Limit Threats Are Pure Political Theater

By: Monday January 27, 2014 12:27 pm

Republican leaders have gotten themselves stuck in a weird rhetorical position. Some in their base are still convinced the debt limit is a great leverage point, but it was only ever useful because President Obama was trying to come up with a clever way to get Democrats to betray their base in a grand bargain. Now that Obama has taken a firm “no negotiation” position the debt limit is not actually useful for Republicans and the smarter Republicans leaders know this.

Late Night: Watching and Waiting for the Next Shutdown

By: Sunday January 26, 2014 8:00 pm

Last week, Jon Walker stated the following: “It will be interesting to see if Republicans have finally learned their lesson and will just quietly raise the debt limit or if they again try to play games for weeks by making demands that will eventually go unmet.”

Guess what? They’re baaack…

Debt Limit Deadline Is Late February

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 1:56 pm

It will be interesting to see if Republicans have finally learned their lesson and will just quietly raise the debt limit or if they again try to play games for weeks by making demands that will eventually go unmet.

Don’t Give the President Control Over the Debt Limit, Eliminate It

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 8:40 am

To deal with the fear of Congress possibly holding the debt limit hostage Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to permanently give the power to the President.

Rationalization and Obligation, Part VI: What the President Ought to Do, What He Probably Will Do

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 4:25 pm

If the President is obligated to obey the 14th amendment, then he should be doing whatever he can to use the other options to end the debt ceiling crisis. He should not be playing chicken with the Republicans over the debt ceiling and the shutdown. Both are dangerous to the economy, and there is a real risk of default in allowing the Treasury’s daily available balance to fall to the level it will be at as of October 17th.

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