I called Hoyer’s office this morning to ask if he considers cutting the COLA a benefit cut, but haven’t received a response.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 20, 2011 12:41 pm|
|By: Nancy Altman and Eric Kingson Tuesday July 12, 2011 8:30 am|
In Social Security’s 76 year history, it has always been dealt with independent of the general budget, through the normal legislative process. Rather than enact major changes in haste and, we believe, repent at leisure after the damage has been done, we urge policymakers to focus on Social Security after the debt limit has been raised, in its own legislative vehicle, through the normal legislative process with full hearings and open debate. Let’s go with the old-fashioned way, rather than some new, untested third way.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 31, 2011 3:00 pm|
I appreciate the “a strange game, the only winning move is not to play” technique here, but in the final analysis, you have nobody in the House and Senate willing to say that the debt limit just ought to be increased and the budget ought to be proper for the current times, when there are millions of people out of work, rather than drastically austere. And this hysterical deficit debate is playing out while other countries just pass us by.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:45 pm|
In the interest of “common ground,” we could see a proposal like increasing cost sharing in Medicare. It would be astounding for Democrats to do so, coming off of a successful effort to blame Republicans for… increasing cost sharing in Medicare, by ending the program and giving seniors a too-small coupon to purchase health insurance.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:30 pm|
Russ Feingold may be well-positioned to return to the US Senate if he chooses, now that Herb Kohl has retired. A normal politician in that position would not make waves with any party leaders, or take up principled causes where both parties have failed. Feingold is not that normal politician. The Hill reports that he publicly shamed several Democrats in an email to supporters of his new organization, Progressives United. But they don’t make clear what the fuss is about.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday May 11, 2011 8:40 am|
Is Steny really suggesting that Congressmen are not aware of who their donors are, are not intimately familiar with how much they’re raking in from contractors?
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 7, 2011 5:02 pm|
House Democrats lit into John Boehner and the Republicans in a conference call with progressive media just now. “Boehner has about 80 members who think that compromise is a dirty word. They keep wanting to move the goalposts and stick in radical social changes that they can’t get any other way,” said Jim McDermott (D-WA), referring to the unrelated policy riders around abortion and women’s health funding that Republicans are demanding. “This isn’t about debt reduction, it’s about the social agenda they’re trying to jam through. It’s really a cultural war that’s going on here. They’ve been offered the money, the President gave them the money.”
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 9, 2011 1:25 pm|
It’s completely different to support raising the retirement age, which is mainly a benefit cut and an attack on workers in menial labor jobs who cannot hold out the way someone sitting at a desk can, than it is to “consider all options, including raising the age,” according to Hoyer. I’m not sure it’s so different, really.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday December 17, 2010 9:30 am|
Women members of Congress contribute significantly to the DCCC’s coffers. But they don’t appear to be getting much for their money.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday December 4, 2010 7:40 am|
Jamie Dimon, Vikram Pandit, Tom Donohue, Barack Obama, and the UAW: goodbye, US jobs! The official White House press release on the NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade