House Republicans really really really hate new taxes. This is one promise from the GOP I do believe. It seems almost everyone from their base, to their donors, to independent voters believe this. Despite a mountain of evidence the only people who don’t seem to believe this are a small circle of professional grand bargain promoters, the “both sides are always equally to blame” pundits, and President Obama.
|By: Jon Walker Friday February 15, 2013 1:00 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 23, 2013 1:20 pm|
When House Republicans decided to fold on the debt limit they concluded that they need something to help them save face. What they wanted was to adopt a requirement that Congress must approve a non-binding budget or risk losing their pay. The problem is that such a provision would have clearly violated the 27th Amendment so the GOP come up with possible work around.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 22, 2013 5:45 am|
The House Republicans will vote on their bill to increase the debt limit on Wednesday according to the AP. The bill can currently be viewed on the House Committee on Rules websiteand they will hold their hearing on it tomorrow.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 17, 2013 2:42 pm|
Among the general public recently there has been an increasing desire to see politicians compromise instead of sticking to their positions, but the Republican base still considers compromise a low priority.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 16, 2013 9:18 am|
Speaker Boehner’s recent willingness to break the majority of the majority principle is likely making the Obama administration feel more confident about the debt limit standoff. If the House Republicans fold, it would most likely take the form of allowing a clean increase to come to the floor then having it approved with mostly Democratic votes.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 2, 2011 5:10 pm|
The routine filibuster of nominees now allows a Senate minority to force policy on this country through selective destruction. Senate Republicans are using the filibuster to stop any nominee to lead the Consumer Finical Protection Bureau until and unless the entire program is changed, regardless of who the nominee is or how qualified he or she may be.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday March 22, 2011 1:20 pm|
Libya is just another recent reminder that almost no one in Washington actually cares about the deficit. The deficit is only used as an excuse to justify forcing regular Americans to sacrifice.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday February 17, 2011 2:10 pm|
The $61 billion saved by severely cutting many domestic programs will end up being enough to pay for just barely more than four months of the almost decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|By: David Dayen Friday February 11, 2011 8:45 am|
Last night, the House Republican caucus held emergency meetings in the basement, only emerging late to say they reached an agreement on a spending cut plan for Fiscal Year 2011, one that would cut spending $100 billion below the Obama Administration’s 2011 request. Because Obama’s 2011 request never came to pass, however, the proper comparison is to the 2010 levels, and this cut would be $58 billion from those.
|By: Scarecrow Sunday January 2, 2011 1:30 pm|
Oh my. If Amy Walters, George Will, and Major Garrett agree that Tea Party Republicans need to grow up before they wreck the US economy, maybe there’s hope . . . but not much. Follow the logic if you can.