Speaker Boehner Telling Colleagues ‘Grand Bargain’ Back in Play

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 8:18 am

The end result of the shutdown could be not only a victory for extortion tactics by the minority party, but also long lasting damage to the safety net with cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Speaker John Boehner is telling his Republican colleagues that negotiations are taking place behind the scenes on the so-called ‘Grand Bargain’.

Grand Bargain Circus – Red Clowns Gone Wild!

By: Friday September 27, 2013 6:00 pm

Just as when last we checked, the red clowns are still refusing to get in the car and leave the ring until the Ringmaster makes an enticing offer. Some of the red clowns have been imbibing in the fermented popcorn and their demands are becoming increasingly delusional. Today the red clowns are going wild, making all of the outrageous demands that they can think of to force the Ringmaster to beat more concessions out of the audience.

All the rage for the past couple of days has been the red clowns saying that they won’t get in the car if the Ringmaster reduces the number of those in the audience without health insurance.

The Grand Bargain Circus Is Back in Town!

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 5:45 pm

Hey looky, the circus is back in town – and here come the two lead clowns, one red clown and one blue clown – specially chosen by the Ringmaster.

Obama Still Slowly Trying to Fix Debt Limit Monster He Created

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 12:10 pm

The Obama administration will not negotiate over the debt limit again according to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. From CNBC:

A Return to Bush-Style Deal Making

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 3:10 pm

Say what you will about George W. Bush, he at least understood the best way to get a “yes” in the often paralyzed Congress was to simply give people what they wanted most. He would give conservatives lower taxes, he would sometimes try to give Democrats increased spending on programs, and he would give corporations a cushy role as needless middlemen.

Anti-Tax Republicans Once Again May Save Social Security

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 7:15 am

Given that there is a fundamental and unbridgeable disagreement on this issue the administration should have moved on to basically anything else, but it has become Obama’s white whale.

Obama Team Again Tries to Revive the Grand Bargain

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 12:10 pm

The so called “grand bargain” is never going to truly be defeated as long as Barack Obama is president, because for whatever reason, it is a top personal goal of his. Like the monster in a profitable Hollywood horror franchise it is only stopped temporarily until the administration sees a way to revive it.

Center for American Progress Turns Against the Push for a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 3:25 pm

This is some of the better news I have heard in awhile. The Center for American Progress has turn against the push for austerity. In a new report the organization points out the policy arguments for a grand bargain are incredibly weak right now and the politics are mostly hopeless.

At Least Washington Isn’t Talking About the Grand Bargain Anymore

By: Thursday May 16, 2013 8:40 am

The best part about Washington’s new obsession with scandals is that it seems to have killed any hopes for a grand bargain in the near future. Congress has only so much bandwidth to deal with issues and it looks like most of that time will be consumed by “investigations.” In addition, while Republican are in all out war mode against the administration it is basically impossible to take part in complex compromise negotiations.

For Obama, Deficit Reduction Is the Goal; for the GOP, It Is Just a Tool

By: Monday May 6, 2013 1:25 pm

President Obama and Congressional Republicans actually view concerns about the deficit in two different ways and that is what has prevented a deal.

Obama for whatever reason actually thinks reducing the long term deficit should be important. He has put forward plans to include spending cuts and tax increase in order to achieve this goal. He has repeatedly tried to tailor his plan to get enough buy in from different groups for it to become law.

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