The Undying Filibuster Myth

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 2:19 pm

I thought when Senate Democrats so easily eliminated the filibuster for executive appointees that was going to be the final nail in the coffin of the filibuster myth, but I was mistaken. The myth that the filibuster is some insurmountable hurdle, instead of something which can easily be dealt with, lives on in Kevin Drum’s defense of President Obama’s first year.


Since When Is Something That’s Over Twice the Price It Should Be “Reasonably Efficient?”

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 3:46 pm

One can try to argue the law is a net positive, worth the corrupt compromises needed to secure its passage, or working mostly as it was designed. What you can’t legitimately argue is that it is “reasonably efficient.”

Trillion Dollar Coin: Posts on Legality and Constitutionality

By: Saturday January 5, 2013 6:40 pm

Enthusiasm for using Platinum Coin Seigniorage (PCS) to produce a Trillion Dollar Coin, or coins totaling a few trillion dollars continues to increase. The twitterverse went mad two nights ago around #mintthecoin, a hashtag originated by MMT’s Stephanie Kelton, which by yesterday morning had become the 5th most highly trending topic on twitter.

Meanwhile, the blogosphere continued to produce more points of view on the Platinum Coin.

Pretending Reconciliation Doesn’t Exist

By: Monday March 12, 2012 11:10 am

The one defense of President Obama I’ve found most annoying is the argument that Obama “only” had the largest Democratic majority in Congress in a generation for a short period, so it would be unreasonable to expect too much from him given Republican opposition. The argument ignores reconciliation, which previous administrations had relied on to get legislation through the Senate despite strong opposition from the other party.

There Always Seems to Be an Unnecessary Corporate Middleman

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 6:35 pm

The Obama Administration has finally started to do something relatively serious about the housing crisis by using the tool of executive authority it has over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Unfortunately, the plan seems to depend heavily on enriching large corporate middlemen.

Effective Democrats Make Working Peoples’ Lives Better

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 11:00 am

The question isn’t how many “wins” you get or how much stuff you “get done” — the question is, are you making good policy? And the answer with Obama is clearly is no.

More Health Reform Predictions Coming True: Affordability Subsidies Targeted for Second Time

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 4:07 pm

Some of my darkest predictions about the new health care law are coming true. With businesses again clamoring for corporate tax reduction, the go-to in Pay-Go-obsessed Washington are the affordability subsidies for people who will be using the new health care exchanges.

November Likely Voters Favor GOP by Unprecedented 13 Points

By: Tuesday September 7, 2010 11:55 am

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll (PDF) is really, really bad news for Democrats less than two months out from the election. While Democrats trail Republicans by only two percentage points among registered voters, 45-47, they are losing by 13 points among likely voters.

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