In Standoffs with Congress, Presidents Almost Always Win

By: Friday December 17, 2010 2:06 pm

If the president issues a public veto threat in order to keep a major promise, that has popular support, the President is almost always going to win in the end.

 

Tax Cut Bill Moves to the President

By: Friday December 17, 2010 6:50 am

This is one step along the road to the Norquistian dream of endless low taxes, starving the government of revenue, and the necessary reaction to that of cutting services.

McConnell Embraces Obama’s “Taxes Won’t Go Up for Anyone” Claim

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 3:30 pm

And one-third of American workers (the lowest-paid third, but still!) will see right away that we’ve been lied to by President Obama and the GOPs with whom he made this deal. Why aren’t Democratic Congresspersons making a bigger deal about this?

House Pulls Tax Cut Rule from the Floor

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 11:42 am

A surprising start to the tax cut debate in the House; the leadership had to pull the bill from the floor before voting began. By all indications, they did not have enough votes to move forward on the rule. This is more like a temporary setback than a collapse of the tax cut deal, but we’ll keep monitoring it.

Senate Passes Obama-McConnell Tax Cut Bill

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 11:20 am

The Senate as expected passed the tax cut deal by a 81-19 vote. The bill moves to the House, and all expectations are it will pass there as well.

Debt Ceiling: Obama and Reid Throwing Hostages to GOP

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 9:30 am

The only part of this tax cut package that is overwhelmingly popular is the unemployment insurance extension. That thing the President got from the Republicans in exchange for agreeing to all the unpopular stuff. The thing the GOP needs to pass anyway, but don’t want to take shit from their base over. Thankfully Obama has freed them from that responsibility.

“Pay for Delay” to Stay: More Proof Congress Doesn’t Care About the Deficit

By: Monday December 13, 2010 7:15 pm

Our long-term deficit problem is due basically to the incredibly high cost of health care if we fixed that we won’t have a long term deficit problem. The reason our health care costs so much is that Congress allows providers to engage in practices that rip off the public and the government. A great example is “pay for delay.” The government currently allows drug makers to directly pay other companies not to compete with them. Legislative efforts to put an end to this monopolistic practice appear dead according to the Hill.

Late Night: President Gives Up on Senate

By: Friday December 10, 2010 8:00 pm

The President has to cope with a deeply corrupt Senate. Here’s my suggestion.

In Tax Deal with GOP, Obama Didn’t Win as Many Concessions as Advertised

By: Friday December 10, 2010 2:15 pm

President Obama seems remarkably proud of himself for the many “concessions” he won from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as part of their deal to extend all the Bush tax cuts for two years. Yet, it seems almost all of the “concessions” Obama claims to have won were ideas actually promoted by Republicans. The amount of money allocated for things Obama wanted that didn’t have bipartisan support is much smaller.

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