The parents of the Republican Party are away for the summer and the Tea-nagers are ransacking the House. But is it really a surprise that people who hate government itself would act to destroy government itself?
Two new stories today that just happened to be located one after the other in my news feed illustrate the divide between what most of us are experiencing, and how the Very Serious People see good times rolling.
Republicans are trying to get people to blame Detroit's working people for Detroit's problems, while just ignoring the $12 billion/month automotive trade deficit caused by "free trade" agreements. Seriously? They expect us to swallow that nonsense?
Serious People said budget deficits hurt the economy. We increased taxes on the rich and the deficits went down. Now Serious People say taxes hurt the economy.
It is not hard to imagine ways we could fix the terrible unemployment situation. Fix the country's crumbling infrastructure. Fix trade. Stop the stupid "sequester" budget cuts. You can even get a little bit visionary.
Giving unemployment benefits to unemployed people keeps them from going to your boss and offering to do your job for half what you are paid. . Employers want a "seller's market."
Republicans are going to spend August "blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans' unhappiness with government." That's right, they're going to blame government, not themselves.
Two stories in the news today illustrate what is happening to the middle class. One story is about numbers showing how the middle is being squeezed. The other is about how people are literally being squished.
The blogosphere is talking about how Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor was caught in an outright falsehood about the country's deficit, and how PolitiFact backed him up.
The enormous, humongous, vast, staggering, unbelievable, job-sucking, economy-sucking US trade deficit shrank to “only” $34.2 billion from a revised $44.1 billion in May. Exports of US goods and petroleum were […]
If you reward bad behavior you create an incentive for the bad behavior to continue. This is certainly the case with taxes on profits made outside the country. Rewarding multinational […]
Republican Senator Ted Cruz says a government shutdown is no big deal, because the government shuts down every weekend. That’s like saying it’s OK to be dead, because you are […]
This week the President offered Republicans a corporate tax reform plan that basically gives them everything they want (before negotiations even begin,) in exchange for please allow We the People […]
The President visits Chattanooga today to continue to promote his job-creation campaign. But Amazon? Really? Why is President Obama using Amazon to tout his ideas for job creation? President Welcomed […]
Today is the 48th birthday of Medicare! President Johnson signing the Medicare program into law, July 30, 1965. Photo credit: LBJ Presidential Library. Before Medicare only half of older Americans […]
The President is pushing a jobs agenda to grow the economy “from the midddle out.” Insider DC is mocking him because the ideas — infrastructure, American manufacturing, fund our schools […]
House Republicans just passed a bill to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of authority to regulate coal ash. Maybe they plan to “save money” by putting it in school lunches? […]
Hey wouldn’t it be great to pass a law requiring government agencies to try to boost American jobs when they award contracts and buy supplies? Or how about giving contract […]
Imagine a political party that keeps government from helping people, because that might lead people to support government. Imagine a political party that hurts parts of the country because those […]
Larry Summers for the Fed? Seriously? There are better choices for Federal Reserve chair; in particular, Janet Yellen is more than qualified and would do a great job. Ezra Klein […]
“Going down to Mississippi wages does not signal a bright future for American economy.” – Harold Meyerson President Obama campaigned with a promise to add 1 million new manufacturing jobs […]
Trans-Pacific Partnership – the corporate sovereignty treaty – is coming and they’re going to try to push it through Congress with “Fast Track.” It’s really, really important to pay attention […]
Congress should do the right thing the right thing for our people, our country and our economy and provide a free college education to everyone who qualifies. Instead student loan […]
Senate Democrats on Tuesday will choose whether to finally put an end to Republican filibuster obstruction of everything. In particular Republicans are obstructing appointments to the National Labor Relations Board […]
The trade deficit is a measure of how much money and how many jobs we are transferring in or out of the country. The May trade deficit was just reported, […]
During the first years of the Obama administration the Republican strategy was to obstruct efforts to improve the economy and bring more jobs. Then, at election time they went to the public saying, "Obama hasn't made things better."
This coming Tuesday there are actions to fight cuts to Social Security, and to demand that the Senate confirm 5 members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to keep […]
Madison. Occupy… Now in North Carolina it’s Moral Mondays. In Texas it’s a filibuster, hundreds of thousands watching online, and the spectator gallery goes nuts when Republicans try to shut […]
I have been writing about the so-called IRS “scandal.” It turns out the whole thing was a set-up from the start. Republicans told the Inspector General to make it look […]
In a democracy a legislature is supposed to figure out problems, discuss, try a response. But right now what happens is … we need a supermajority just to get a vote. In Harry Reid's first 6 years he had to file 391 petitions.
Inequality is the most pressing economic issue in the US today. The Economic Policy Institute has created the website Inequality.is to bring the issue home to people. The site explains […]
Yep, we were “O’Keefed” again. It turns out that the IRS really was just doing its job — scrutinizing all kinds of groups applying for special tax status, not “targeting […]
Companies say they are being patriotic and responsible by bringing jobs and manufacturing back to the US. Is it true? And how come you can’t buy clothes that fit anymore? […]
The minimum wage has not been raised in forever – more and more people are falling behind. A few are getting fabulously wealthy from this arrangement. The Progressive Caucus held […]
Can your boss do that? Really? What can you do about it? Can your boss deny you vacation time? Can your boss cut your pay? Can your boss fire you […]