The Deficit: More Perspective, Less Hysteria, Please.

The Congressional Budget Office published revised estimates about the deficit, and people are hyperventilating. “[B]urying our children and grandchildren under a mountain of unsustainable debt,” declared House minority leader John […]

Yes. Get Health Care Done. For Ted.

Last month, Sen. Ted Kennedy wrote in Newsweek: “quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every […]
Bill Scher

A Giant Lost

We have lost a giant. The Senate is a smaller place today — a special measure of joy, political passion, irrepressible energy has been lost. Edward Kennedy’s words, delivered as […]
Robert Borosage

Remembering a Fighter and a Friend

It was quiet this morning, when I sat down to read the news, after seeing the rest of my family out the door. It was quiet this morning when I […]
Terrance Heath

The Bonuses and the Damage They Do

This is a story we are all too familiar with: Wall Street vs. Main Street. Irresponsible behavior leads to bonuses for Wall Street while working hard and playing by the […]

Beware the Book of the Dead

Actual cover of “Your Life, Your Choices” offered by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Did you hear the latest ridiculous lie the right-wing is promoting against health insurance reform? You […]
Brian Dockstader

The Tyranny of the Tantrum

As the parent of a small child — who is apparently entering the “terrible twos” a few months early — I tend to put things in that context sometimes. What […]
Terrance Heath

The Week In Blog: The Right Fights Itself on Co-Ops

In the latest edition of The Week In Blog at, Matt Lewis and myself discussed blog reaction to the ongoing health care, both divisions within the Left, and — […]
Bill Scher

Michele Bachmann: Pro-Choice Warrior

While reading through the latest news this morning I happened upon a startling, yet much-welcomed story about GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. It comes as just the latest sign that in […]
Brian Dockstader

Making it in America: Still Clueless on the Right

When Bloomberg reported the Obama Administration was about to name Ron Bloom, now head of the auto task force, as a de facto “manufacturing czar” in the National Economic Council, […]
Robert Borosage

Hacker Defines Strong Public Plan (It Ain’t Co-Ops)

Today, the Institute for America’s Future released a new report by policy architect of the public health insurance option Jacob Hacker, sizing up the existing House and Senate bills, and […]
Bill Scher

Someone To Craft Manufacturing Policy

Bloomberg News reports that the Obama administration may elevate Ron Bloom, head of the government’s auto task force, to a job that would set U.S. manufacturing policy more broadly. The […]
Steven Capozzola

You Either Support America’s Manufacturers Or You Don’t

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has done it again. In contrast to their stated interest in supporting American manufacturers, they’ve criticized someone who wants to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. In […]
Steven Capozzola

Boehner To PhRMA: Please Be Greedier

Almost as telling as the fact that a whopping 62% of Republicans think the federal government should stay out of Medicare is the following vignette. First, let’s make sure everyone […]
Brian Dockstader

You Can’t Compromise Away What Is Not In The Bill

The new NBC/WSJ poll is being interpreted by some as evidence that opposition is growing against the President’s health care plan, but reading the whole poll tells a different story. […]
Bill Scher

Health Care: Let the Majority Be Heard

The editors of the Wall Street Journal say that the public option in health care reform has been “sent to the death panel.” Obama “concedes” the public option, reports the […]
Robert Borosage

The Day In Bipartisan Futility

Let’s recap the day’s health care developments. The #2 Republican in the Senate called the attempted co-op compromise a “Trojan Horse” and “a step towards government-run health care in this […]
Bill Scher

Joe The Plumber Doesn’t Know He Was Being Ironic

We all remember the lovable “Joe” the “Plumber”, just your typical Joe Sixpack, average American, undecided about whether he was going to vote for the evil socialist tyrant or Grandpappy […]
Brian Dockstader

Triumph of the Willfully Ignorant

Sarah Palin, and the Sarah Palins of American politics, have won a significant victory. If you want to know who has the last word on policy, look no further than […]
Terrance Heath

How Bad Do You Want The Public Option?

As noted in today’s Progressive Breakfast, the White House’s stance on a public health insurance option is not new. The President and his staff have always made a strong argument […]
Bill Scher

Valerie Jarrett Tells Progressives To ‘Bring It On’

When Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior adviser, addressed sometimes tough questions from bloggers and activists at the Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh, there was a consistent theme: If progressives are […]
Isaiah J. Poole

We Are All Steeworkers

So I took a tour of a steel plant today. There was a lot of hot, molten steel, but also high-tech computerized systems running the show, making sure just enough […]
Tula Connell

LiveBlogging Howard Dean

Sara Robinson liveblogs Howard Dean’s talk at Netroots Nation, starting at 9am ET Friday morning. Come on by and join the chat! 8:55 There are a lot of people here, […]
Sara Robinson

A Self-Help Book for Societies

By every measure that matters, relatively equal nations far outperform nations where income and wealth concentrate at the top. A powerful new analysis from the UK explores these contrasts — […]

Speak Up to Stop Unfair Trade

They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t […]
Leo Gerard

There WIll Be Blood

Recently, Mike Lux posed a question to GOP leadership: What will it take you condemn the hatefulness? Glenn Beck has said Barack Obama hates white people, and jokes about assassinating […]
Terrance Heath

Sarah Palin Thinks You Are Stupid

O Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving, no matter how earnestly we say, “no, really, we insist, we’ve had enough.” We said this after Dr. Palin’s informative essay, […]
Brian Dockstader
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