Late Night: All Over But The Pouting

By: Thursday October 17, 2013 8:00 pm

I must confess I was a little surprised by the utter defeat of the ‘baggers over the shutdown/debt default.  After all, conservatives bowing to reality isn’t exactly a thing in 21st century America, as we see pretty much every day. What did leave me somewhat taken aback, though, was the fact that Democrats, particularly the Caver in Chief, somehow found it in themselves to stand up to the lunacy for a change.

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.

John McCain would have remembered it, he lived it.

By: Tuesday October 15, 2013 1:30 am

Undoubtedly, this seems like a capital idea for reenacting by the modern Tea Party.

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.

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.

Ezra Is Terrified Because of His Framing

By: Thursday September 19, 2013 5:50 am

What happened to the responsibility of the Press to put other choices on the table by acknowledging their existence and talking about them?

Declaring the Grand Bargain Dead Is Premature

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 9:00 am

Stories in The Washington Post and the New York Times have some in the blogosphere proclaiming that it’s time to celebrate the death of the Grand Bargain, and others at least raising a question about its death. I’ll go on record as saying that celebrating its death is definitely premature.

Jack Lew: Avoiding Default Is Your Responsibility Too

By: Thursday August 29, 2013 7:00 pm

As we approach the time when the debt limit, and the lack of agreement between the two parties in Congress, will force the Government to miss payments, Congress does have an obligation to raise the debt limit or remove it entirely. But, Treasury Secretary Lew and the President need to acknowledge that there are things they can do too to avoid a default on the public debt, apart from either reminding Congresspeople of their responsibility, or giving into Republican demands.

GOP Floating the Idea of Using Debt Ceiling to Defund Obamacare

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 10:49 am

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is out pushing for a government shutdown to force President Obama to repeal Obamacare, but House Republicans may take this crazy idea a dramatic step farther. They are apparently floating the idea of using the debt ceiling vote as leverage instead.

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