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.
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.
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.
With America on the verge of defaulting on its debts, Senator leaders are reportedly near a deal. It ends the Tea Party's hostage crisis, but schedules the next one only three months from now.
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.
The most important political story of our time is one that journalists wedded to the idea that ‘both sides do it’ are uncomfortable reporting: the wildly asymmetric polarization of our two major political parties.
The idea that the President did something wily by refusing to defund Obamacare is pretty funny. If anyone's done anything wily, it's the Republicans who deployed Nixon's madman theory. It seem to have persuaded the Democratic establishment.
Tea Party Republicans have been endangering the economy, and some people are becoming unhappy. Now the GOP appears to be facing a showdown between ideological purity and self-interest. Who do you root for in that conflict?
Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first?
At least 23 House Republicans and 200 Democrats would vote for a "clean" continuing resolution that would allow federal agencies to reopen without preconditions. But House Speaker John Boehner is refusing to allow that vote.
It's great that Senate Democrats are working on a plan to prevent financial disaster, but Americans would rather see Republicans end this economic hostage taking, and stop using our economy as a pawn in their political games.
Whatever happens with the current shutdown and various hostage negotiations, the fundamental definition of the Republicans as the de facto competent party --- the proverbial grown-ups --- has probably finally been shattered.
Newt Gingrich issued a call to arms to his fellow bomb-throwers: “Don’t cave on shutdown.” At least let’s name this for what it is: sabotage of the democratic process. And let’s be clear about where such reckless ambition leads.
Sorting out the allegedly "moderate" GOP Senators is a good place to start the week. The dynamic may very well be different from the House, where certain Republicans hate the shutdown, but aren't rushing to end it. Let's test this in the senate too.
As Republicans discovered something called "government," they renewed their commitment to the idea that one branch of government should have the sole discretion to dictate where, when, and upon whom its services will be bestowed.
Wall Street and their Washington hired hands are the big advocates of a “Grand Bargain” to end the government shutdown, but it turns out that for America's working families, the Grand Bargain is a Grand Bamboozle.
The government shutdown is revealing how easily distracted we are by shiny objects. Tourist sites are important, but they fail to capture the economic pain that ordinary Americans, and especially the poor, will feel if the shutdown drags on.
Remember when we all assumed that sequestration could never hold and they'd just have to pull the plug and negotiate a reasonable budget when the going got tough? Yeah, that's worked out for us.
Republicans are exercising the one power that the American People have not yet been able to take away from them: the power to destroy. Conservatives are “giddy” over shutting down the government.
In this high-stakes standoff, John Boehner and the Republican leadership got everything in the budget that they wanted. Then they started shooting hostages anyway.
Over the weekend, House Republicans approved a so-called compromise to avoid a government shutdown. However, their idea of negotiation was nothing more than ridiculous, right-wing demands they included in the continuing resolution.
If you want to understand how we got to the point of a government shutdown, ask any Republican exactly what they would cut from the budget, and ask them to give actual dollar amounts of how much money that would "save."
President Obama’s mantra, and that of Hill Democrats, could become a simple one: “We’ll work with the Republicans, but we won’t accept anything that threatens our nation’s health, homes, jobs, or our justice.”
After the last election Republicans have one power left: the power to destroy the country. They are threatening to use it to get what they want. And what they want is to reverse the results of the last election.
The Obamacare defunding is misdirection -- Republicans don't want people thinking about the terrible, economy-killing cuts they are demanding. The public hates this and wants their government. Senate Dems should give the public what they want.
House Republicans are furious at Sen. Ted Cruz that he isn't going all out to repeal Obamacare in the Senate. That presumes Cruz is actually interested in repealing Obamacare.
There are many reasons why the next budget fight will be more difficult than any of the close-to-debacles that have occurred in recent years. This year the biggest complication is that the budget fight isn't about the budget. It's about Obamacare.
Boehner pleads with a reporter for an idea to resolve the budget impasse that the Tea Party won't "shoot down." The answer is simple. Go around them. Work with the Democrats.
As Congress prepares to turn to a high-stakes budget battle, author David Cay Johnston and Progressive Caucus co-chairman Rep. Keith Ellison advise progressives on what it will take to win.
Congress returns this week, and Republican obstruction of efforts to help jobs and the economy will continue. Their threats to shut down the government and blow up the debt ceiling will make the economy even worse. We have to stop them.
What fresh hell is this? When Congress returns Republicans are going to try their damndest to shut down the government over Obamacare. After that they will cross the Styx, and threaten to explode the world economy. How much damage will they do?