If there’s a “war on Christmas,” it’s being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire at the end of the year, just as they did for emergency food stamp spending.
A new study shows that even generous unemployment benefits have zero impact on people’s drive to go out and find a job. Another GOP talking point bites the dust.
Back in March, the Republican National Committee released an "autopsy" of its 2012 losses, which included 11 recommendations for how the party should change its image. Let's see how that's going.
As long as politicians are bought and paid for, organizations like ALEC will have dangerous influence over the legislation that effects us all. It's time to put an end to the corporate control of Congress once and for all.
State budget cuts to higher education are driving the cost of tuition to increase twice as fast as the cost of health care. Those additional dollars aren’t improving students’ instruction. But students and families have to make up the difference.
For a lot of people, government is seen as a simple tool to take their money and give it to people who don't "deserve" it. That's how these ideas are sold to the people --- by appealing to their baser natures.
Will the media whip the public up into a fit over the terrible state of the nation's infrastructure? What about the millions of unemployed (and how they could get jobs if we start fixing the infrastructure)? Fat chance.
Despite its flawed roll-out, most Americans are willing to give health care reform time to succeed. That’s good news for Obamacare, because it’s already succeeding in states that have fully adopted it. And the success stories are multiplying.
Despite what some believe, bombs and drones are not the only way to resolve international conflict. Negotiation doesn't make world leaders weak, it proves diplomacy is one of the best ways to resolve international conflicts.
The GOP is targeting Medicaid in its next attack on health care reform. House Republicans want to take $21 billion budgeted for the Medicaid expansion and use it to cover defense cuts. This is who they are.
Presidents are the products of the times at least as much they are the shapers of them. JFK was not a conservative. That idea calls upon us to, in Rilke’s words, “gently remove the semblance of injustice that ... hinders spirits from moving on."
Kids, don't say Harry Reid never did anything for you. He and the Senate Democrats just ended the use of the filibuster for executive branch appointments and lower court judges. Right-wing dominance of our judicial system will be diluted.
If Congress is serious about “fiscal responsibility," it should cut corporate America's "free lunch," instead of voting for even more painful cuts to food stamps. It would generate more revenue than pseudo-savings from cutting food stamps.
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.
I guess it's to be expected. When you have as much money as the upper 1% have, this stuff is just pocket change. They might as well follow their bliss. And corporations can fund their pro-corporate agenda and get a nice tax write-off.
Americans’ heavy reliance on the private sector to provide social goods and services makes the financing of our entire social welfare system far less fair. It’s a great deal for the wealthiest, and a huge rip-off for the rest of us.
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 budget conference committee meets this week to hammer out a "bipartisan compromise," before kamikaze conservatives” pull the economy into another nosedive. CBO Director Doug Elmendorf has some advice:
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act passed in the Senate on Thursday, in a historic 64-32 vote. America has never been closer to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination on the job. Here’s what needs to happen next.
House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes the Employment Nondiscrimination Act because it will lead to “frivolous lawsuits” against employers. For the people who live with it every day, workplace discrimination is anything but frivolous.
Terry McAuliffe's win in Virginia, even though it was a decisive defeat of a tea party hero, doesn't offer a template for rebuilding the electoral framework for progressive reform. That's the real challenge of 2014 and beyond.
This week the Senate will very likely a pass a bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace. The President and a majority of the American people support it. Only the GOP stands in the way of an important step towards justice for all.
I took the opportunity to come hear you speak on your campaign trail. I asked you one simple question yesterday. I wanted to know why you portray New Jersey public schools as failure factories. Apparently that question struck a nerve.
The GOP’s hostility towards the poor and unfortunate has become an all-out “war on the poor.” The consequences of the painful cuts to food stamps taking effect today offer a glimpse of the casualties and collateral damage to come.
Far too many breathless news stories about insurance plans being “canceled” or people facing “sticker shock” fail to convey even the most basic context: this is almost exclusively a phenomenon of the individual insurance market.
Millions of Americans will go over the “Hunger Cliff” when $5 billion in cuts to food stamps go into effect Friday. While Congress negotiates even bigger cuts, more Americans will have to negotiate where their next meal will come from.
The Washington Post went down to Georgia looking for a story on economic decline in southern "tea party" districts. Like the Devil in Charlie Daniel's famous song, the Post left empty-handed.
The American people pay a similar amount for social services as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. But there are two significant differences.
That they voted 46 times to repeal it, and shutdown the government to delay it should make the Republicans reluctant to pretend they are worried about how the Obamacare website is working. But shameless is their name and hypocrisy is their game.
Republicans are still targeting the Affordable Care Act, but their answer to the problems health care reform is already solving for millions of Americans hasn't changed much from that infamous audience response at the September 2011 GOP presidential debate.
While the nation has been fixated on the problems with HealthCare.gov and as conservatives spin them, a similar computer meltdown has been taking place largely off the radar of most households.
As I watch the talking heads all clutch their pearls over the insurance exchange website, I can't help but notice that none of them seem to know what's really happening out here to people who have to deal with the private insurance.
The GOP's shutdown debacle exposed a three-way-split within the party: Tea Party amateurs, cooler-headed conservatives and Establishment players. What's odd about this split is that it doesn't involve much in the way of ideological differences.
Remember in 2009, when Jim DeMint said health care reform would be President Obama's Waterloo? Four years later, defunding health care reform became the GOP's Alamo. But Republicans aren't done damaging their party, or the rest of the country, yet.
Taxpayers are already starting to pay dearly for the gamesmanship of the Tea Party Republicans, and the unwillingness of House Speaker John Boehner to stand up to them.
The GOP threw the Keep-Your-Hands-Off-My-Medicare Tea Partiers under the bus. And the guy who shoved first was Tea Party darling Paul Ryan who proposed that House Republicans forget about defunding the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare instead.
Republicans are celebrating the consequences of the shutdown for two groups of Americans that conservatives despise: government workers and the millions of Americans who rely on the services those workers provide.
Maybe today's Republicans don't know that the Greatest Generation went through the depression and WWII, and their president throughout both was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, not Ronald Reagan.