Health Care Premiums Could Reach $23,342 by 2020

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 6:00 pm

Although the growth of health care costs means it must remain a top political issue, we seem doomed to have our elected officials embrace destructive, regressive “solutions” that don’t fix the problem. The Republican Party, Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission, and even the Obama administration are all devotees of the economic dogma that forcing regular Americans to pay even more out-of-pocket for health care will control costs.


Can Simpson-Bowles Catfood Commission Report Even Get a Majority

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 8:01 am

This is a terrible plan. And the authors know it. That’s why they’re not having a vote on it today, because nobody likes it. I don’t know if they get to 10, the threshold for Reid to hold a vote. And even if they do, this package is political dynamite, it doesn’t look Constitutional in many places with the binding of future Congresses, and without amendment I think you lose enough Republicans so that this could never get 60 votes.

Deficit Hawks Bemoan Greed of the “Bottom Half”

By: Monday November 29, 2010 2:50 pm

We’ll shortly be hearing the objections of deficit hawks to the deficit reduction package Demos, The Century Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute. No doubt they’ll echo the criticisms that have already been leveled at the deficit-shrinkage roadmap Rep. Jan Schakowsky put on the table earlier this month. To get a sense of what those criticisms are likely to be, I recently had a close look at a Schakowsky critique by The Atlantic’s resident deficit hawk, Derek Thompson.

White House Accepts Simpson Apology. D’oh!

By: Thursday August 26, 2010 6:00 am

This whole “I never intended” Alan Simpson apology has gotten entirely out of hand: the person to whom the insult was directed still wants Simpson to resign from the Catfood Commission, while the White House, an unrelated party to the insult or the apology, accepts Simpson’s apology. D’oh!

White House Coward Feeds Mike Allen “Exclusive”: Catfood May Happen!

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 11:45 am

Every morning, Politico’s Mike Allen calls the White House to see if the usual White House Coward or one of his lackeys will feed him some nice tidbit from the daily White House Spin. Today’s is about Social Security.

Entire Premise of Catfood Commission Wrong

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 3:10 pm

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has written a report on the catfood commission’s spending cut target, and finds it completely inadequate and bordering on numerology.

Thank You, Nancy Pelosi, For Saving Me Money

By: Friday July 2, 2010 10:05 am

Thank you, Nancy Pelosi, for saving me money. The money in question being that which I might have donated to any Democrats this election cycle. Turns out I’ll need it, thanks to your pushing for a vote to put me on cat food when — or if — I retire.

Political Scientists: America Speaks Materials, Selection Process “Unreliable”

By: Monday June 28, 2010 2:59 pm

The paper from Northwestern University Political scientists Benjamin Page and Lawrence Jacobs is quite interesting, if you’re interested in this topic it’s worth reading. America Speaks created an artificial “fish bowl” of faux-public opinion, narrowed the range of options, and then touted the results as more “deliberative” than a poll. This is flawed political science, and it’s good to see that community recognize it.

Livestreaming the Closed Door Debt Commission Pt. 4: Who’s Cutting In, What’s Getting Cut Out?

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 8:25 am

This is the fourth installment of our weekly livestream of the Closed Door Debt Commission. The best action is around 9:15am and 11:30am, right as members of the commission are entering and leaving.

With unemployment hovering around 10 percent following the worst economic collapse in 70 years you would think that members of Congress would be working day and night to get Americans back to work. You would be wrong.

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