Where are all the proud sponsors usually in the background at the signing of such a major piece of legislation?
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 2, 2011 6:40 am|
One of the many absurd aspects about this whole debt ceiling deal is that part of the solution to this artificial crisis is to create another artificial crisis in the near future.
The debt ceiling itself is a creation of Congress. There is no need to have periodic debt ceiling limit votes that create dangerous uncertainty. Congress could easily eliminate the debt ceiling all together, removing any potential for problems in the future.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 1, 2011 9:45 am|
This recent debt ceiling deal proves the best way for the Republican Party to get what they want from the Democrats and President Obama is to take metaphorical hostages. At this point for the GOP to try negotiating for new laws through the traditional legislative process would be beyond stupid given how effective the tactic of disaster legislating has proven to be, time and time again. The Republican Party should simply refuse to ever deal with Obama unless they have a pending crisis to hold hostage.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday December 9, 2009 4:20 pm|
Booman is right about one thing though — Rahm wouldn’t be doing this without Obama’s approval. Obama wants “triggers,” and has since Rahm started pushing them in January 0f 2009.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 3, 2009 5:55 pm|
It appears Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has created the unholy grail of terrible gimmicks meant to cripple the public option. It is a several-year-delayed, triggered, state-based, non-public co-op limited to the exchange option. . . . If Senate Democrats think they can pass a bill forcing Americans to buy extremely expensive junk insurance from for-profit corporations, with only the vague promise that possibly, after five more years of abuse, they might get the to choose a completely unworkable, state-based, non-public “alternative,” they are in for a rude awakening.
|By: Michael Whitney Thursday December 3, 2009 4:35 pm|
Word on the Hill is that Harry Reid is trying to cut a deal for triggers. We need to immediately raise $40,000 to make a big move against Harry Reid in his home state of Nevada.
|By: Jason Rosenbaum Monday November 23, 2009 4:41 pm|
As debate on health care moves forward in the Senate, it seems like a good time for a reminder: There is no such thing as a good trigger for the public health insurance option. In fact, triggers are nothing but a plan to kill the public option.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday November 21, 2009 4:00 pm|
Mary Landrieu isn’t satisfied with her hundred million dollar bribe just to proceed to debate in the Senate. She now says that triggers are inevitable.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 20, 2009 8:00 am|
The more I look at the merged Senate bill, the more I’m afraid that Harry Reid might have been laying the ground work to betray progressives on the issue of the public option, and gain the support of Olympia Snowe. Many of Snowe’s top demands managed to make their way into the bill.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 18, 2009 6:06 am|
Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) reinvented/cribbed/copied Sen. Olympia Snowe’s trigger proposal while hoping no one notices this effort to kill the public option. Could Carper’s former chief of staff and current WellPoint lobbyist be helping?