A Big Political and Procedural Victory for Democrats, But Not a Policy Win

By: Wednesday October 16, 2013 8:35 am

The irony is if Republican didn’t overplay their hand they could have been celebrating a real policy win on spending levels. Instead they come away looking crazy, incompetent, and weak.

 

14th Amendment Was Designed to Stop a Bunch of White Southerners From Messing with the Government

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 9:03 am

The whole point of the 14th amendment was to say a group of white Southern politicians who lost shouldn’t be allowed to use whatever legislative leverage they have to cause chaos by stopping the government from paying its bills. Yet that is exactly what is now happening. Even if for some technical reason this situation is legally different, the intent is clear. This kind of situation is suppose to be unconstitutional.

The Moment of Truth for Obama

By: Monday October 14, 2013 11:57 am

If Obama can’t stand firm now it will mean he will never stand firm ever and the Republicans will know it. What is really at stake is not the possible terms of the current negotiation, it is how many more of these ridiculous standoffs we will face over the next three years.

Kochs Deny Role in Shutdown Plotted by Groups They Fund

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:02 pm

Sorry, Charles and David Koch. Your financial fingerprints are everywhere on this shutdown and default turkey, and no amount of letter writing will wash them away.

If Debt Ceiling Is No Big Deal Why Is it Leverage?

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 2:04 pm

A new tactic among Republicans who are trying to avoid blame for possibly hitting the debt ceiling is to pretend the debt ceiling is no big deal.

Obama’s Credibility Problem

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 12:15 pm

The basis of Obama’s legislative tactics has been to be too clever by half. Instead of directly going out stating his preferred position and accepting/rejecting whatever compromise could be reached, Obama seems to have always thought he could get more through subterfuge.

Stop “the Great Betrayal”: Kabuki Update

By: Saturday October 5, 2013 7:52 am

It now looks like the big media and leaders in both parties are no longer focusing on the Government Shutdown crisis, but are now moving on to the notion that the shutdown is melding with the upcoming probable breaching of the debt limit to create a combined mother of all fiscal crises. Along with this, the media and many politicians, encouraged by the President’s standing “strong, strong, strong,” are now directing attention away from whether ObamaCare will be delayed or compromised, to other types of ransom the Administration might pay in return for both re-opening the Government and also providing an increase of an undetermined amount in the debt limit.

And How Many Divisions Does the Federal Reserve Have?

By: Friday October 4, 2013 8:18 am

A Federal Reserve that does not back the government will not be backed by the government.

Obama Seems to Realize if He Fails Now He Could Become the Worst President Ever

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 10:48 am

I’m happy that President Obama’s and Congressional Democrats leaders’ reaction to John Boehner’s offer to seek a grand bargain to get out of this current crisis was to basically laugh in his face. Obama has been very public about saying he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling, but this flat out refusal to entertain this chance to get his grand bargain finally shows he means it.

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