It's back. A manufactured budget crisis. Failed negotiations. A threatened shutdown. And emerging from that nightmare, the continued horrors of mindless, meat-cleaver sequestration budget cuts. It is time to end the sequester horror show.
If your main goal is to repeal laws and not pass them, and then you have a draft a positive agenda for your next campaign, here's what ends up on that sheet of paper...
Recently, Republicans openly displayed their contempt for CEO decision-making. They ridiculed executives who encouraged their workforce to unionize and sued to stop companies from remaining neutral during union organizing campaigns.
The strategy is clear: obstruct everything, make government fail, then run against failure. Cause the problem and present yourself as the solution to the problem.
This week Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gave an important speech in which she joined a small but growing cadre of American leaders committed to building, rather than cutting, Social Security.
In America who is the boss of who? Are company CEOs the boss of We the People? In Switzerland the voters made it clear. Here we can't even enforce a law requiring companies to disclose the ratio of CEO to worker pay.
What we see is a politician who does not believe in paying public workers what they worth, but instead wants them to work more for less compensation. He has a fundamental disgust for public investments while eagerly offering the "candy" of tax cuts.
Young activists in Switzerland have plutocrats hyperventilating — and spending a fortune to beat back a ballot initiative that would establish a legal limit on the pay gap between top execs and their workers.
There is an opportunity to shift the budget debate to an area where Democrats hold the high ground. But it will be a challenge for some Democrats to take the initiative on a subject they seem reluctant to discuss. The subject is taxes.
There is a certain credibility that comes from academic-sounding "studies" and "reports" from actual "institutes." But in this case the self-serving "reports" come from what appear to be corporate PR and lobbying firms, not real think tanks.
Beneath the Tea Party-generated gridlock in Washington, continued mass unemployment and growing inequality are confounding the old economic consensus. Heresies sounded in the temples of the old faith suggest the debate on reform has only begun.
The crash of 2008 cost our economy as much as $14 trillion, long-term unemployment is at record highs - and Republicans kept asking the nominee for Federal Reserve Chair when the Fed would stop trying to do anything about it.
Wall Street and corporate conservatives have the money to scare people into worrying about the wrong deficit, but it is the trade deficit that is the problem that is holding back the economy.
If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations. But the only reason we get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks.
Fix the Debt is ghostwriting for college students, their latest move to pretend to represent America's youth. Previously, they were caught paying dancers to participate in a pro-austerity flashmob and paying for petition signatures.
Obamacare early enrollment is low? Tell it to the 13 million eligible for food stamps, and the 7 million children eligible for welfare, who are not getting desperately needed aid granted by law.
We helped deliver a petition to House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan signed by more than 700,000 people calling for "no grand bargain in exchange for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts."
Polls and elections show that an "overwhelming" majority of Americans want the minimum wage increased. But Republicans in the House and Senate will obstruct this.