James Clyburn has just been appointed to the Super Congress Catfood II Commission, and will now have powers above those or an ordinary member of Congress when it comes to determining the future of Social Security and Medicare. So I thought it would be a good time to re-run Mike Stark’s interview with Clyburn from May of 2010 regarding Clyburn’s support for cutting Social Security benefits.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 11, 2011 12:30 pm|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 4, 2010 3:55 pm|
Last week I noted that Kent Conrad, the chair of the Senate Budget Committee and a member of the cat food commission, appeared to support extending all of the Bush tax cuts, including those on the top 1% of earners. This would cost hundreds of billions of dollars and not stimulate the economy in any way.
In an interview with Mike Stark, Conrad backtracked on that claim somewhat, saying that he was misinterpreted in his comments, and that he would prefer an extension of the lower-end tax cuts before those on the wealthiest.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday July 21, 2010 2:45 pm|
Barack Obama ran his campaign on progressive messaging, but he basically despises liberals and hired a White House staff full of people who share those sentiments.
Rahm Emanuel’s “f*&king r%!rds” comment is symbolic of a multitude of anonymous slams against the left that are readily offered up by administration staffers to any member of the press willing to transcribe them. The White House does not want any whiff of association with the people who gave them their jobs, and it’s no wonder the President’s biggest supporters in the blogosphere are former Republicans.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 28, 2010 12:15 pm|
James Clyburn is a senior member of the Democratic leadership in the House. He has been meeting with the Debt Commission. He’s close to the White House, and he very much knows what everyone is planning and discussing. The fact that he is on board with Social Security benefit cuts (no matter what he wants to call it) should be of concern to everyone who cares about the future of the program.
|By: Eli Tuesday March 2, 2010 6:01 pm|
After all, James O’Keefe is facing felony charges for trying to tamper with a Senator’s phones, and his Blockbuster Video Exposé of supposed ACORN wrongdoing is falling apart all around him and his pimp promoter. And yet, Mike Stark is “struck by O’Keefe strutting around CPAC accepting all sorts of accolades and plaudits while he [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday January 14, 2010 12:59 pm|
I don’t know who thought that penalizing people 2% of their income if they refuse to buy the product of private insurance companies was a good idea. Maybe the same guy who thought NAFTA would be a winner for the Democrats in 1994.
|By: Gregg Levine Sunday January 3, 2010 7:32 am|
Obviously, the large part we’ve played in driving and reporting on the health care debate, the dominant story of the latter half of the year, gives FDL a big leg up in any annual overview of the best of online reporting, but the other three stories on Sargent’s top five list were also, for lack of a better word, “ours.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 18, 2009 8:09 am|
That’s pretty powerful. The President of the United States calling you out for disloyalty in front of your peers.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday December 10, 2009 7:23 am|
With the insurance companies crying “we win,” members of Congress are either going to give them what they want or stop the looting. We hope Keith Ellison will be there when it counts. We already know Tammy Baldwin won’t.
Keith Ellison’s phone: (612) 522-1212 (MN), (202) 225-4755 (DC)
Tammy Baldwin’s phone: (608) 258-9800 (WI), (202) 225-2906 (DC)