For the second year in a row, there will be no COLA increase for Social Security recipients in 2011. This effects over 58 million retired and disabled Americans, and you would think that such information coming out so close to an election would be difficult news for the party in power. However, House Democrats are making lemonade out of it, vowing to vote in November on a $250, one-time benefit for Social Security recipients.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 27, 2010 8:45 am|
Welcome to your Hoyer era in Democratic politics, should it come to pass. It will feature pathetic, knee-jerk cutting off of the legs of any remotely liberal-sounding policy. It will feature a rhetorical agenda designed to please Fox News. It will feature the kind of “liberals” America hates, because they sense they have no principles or values.
|By: David Dayen Saturday September 25, 2010 12:00 pm|
Rep. Judy Chu, the last member of Congress to question Stephen Colbert during a hearing on migrant farm workers and an AgJobs bill, took issue with the media hand-wringing over the comedian’s in-character testimony, saying instead that he brought an important message to Congress and did a far better job covering the issue than any so-called straight reporter.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 24, 2010 11:40 am|
We live in a short attention-span theater world (ironically, a Comedy Central show once hosted by Jon Stewart) where all too often, the voiceless and the less powerful need the backing of a louder megaphone to get their claims a hearing. Colbert displayed during the hearing that he understands this implicitly.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday March 13, 2010 1:00 pm|
Following the passage of the House health care bill, the outcry against Bart Stupak’s amendment from pro-choice members of Congress was stentorious. Rep. Diana DeGette and Rep. Louise Slaughter co-authored a letter signed by 41 members of Congress, which says quite clearly:
We will not vote for a conference report that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.