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Category Archive for 'Bipartisan Wet Dream'

Remember, it’s the House that is more likely to stop it. Alan Grayson says they don’t have the votes to pass it. I guess we’ll find out soon: In the House, the stakes are different and the terrain more tricky, which makes the outcome less certain for reasons as ancient as the Constitutional Convention and […]

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Let’s see if we can’t hold the votes together for the next round. But yes, it was sweet: A seemingly unstoppable coalition of the powerful assembled to advance the Trans Pacific Partnership trade bill: A Democratic president aligned with the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress and the full lobbying might of Corporate America. […]

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They’ve handed Hillary Clinton quite a good issue to run on: As things stand now, in the final three months of 2016, the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund will run out of money and beneficiaries will see an immediate 20 percent cut in benefits. Luckily, there’s an easy fix: Congress can simply reallocate a […]

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Oh, here we go again. Obama just can’t rest without his Grand Bargain. Why are Democrats so fricking gullible? “Meet the new prez, same as the old prez.” That bastardization of an old lyric by The Who promptly popped into my head upon learning this week that the White House is again floating the “chained […]

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And of course austerity politics sucked all the oil/disposable income out of the economy, the engine’s out of oil AND THAT’S WHY THE DASHBOARD IDIOT LIGHT IS ON, you fucking idiot! David Cameron has issued a stark message that “red warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global economy” in the same way […]

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People would just shrug, I think: Tens of thousands of protesters have marched through the Hungarian capital Budapest against plans to tax internet use in the biggest anti-government demonstration for years. Huge crowds gathered in the capital’s main squares and there were smaller rallies in six other cities. The government has drafted a law which […]

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Uh oh

I’m not liking the sound of this: There is good reason to be concerned that some independents, led by Maine Senator Angus King, could use their newfound authority in a closely divided Senate to promote the sort of “grand bargain” that has long threatened Social Security as we know it. With the 2014 Senate competition […]

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This is what pissed me off about the government shutdown and the subsequent cuts: Ever hear Obama explain how bad they were, and what the long-term consequences would be? Of course not. This is the guy who was pushing the Grand Bargain, he wanted cuts! And look how well that’s working out for the rest […]

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Thanks, austerity hawks! The Census Bureau’s latest headline numbers on income, poverty and health insurance received wide coverage: The poverty rate fell in 2013 while real (inflation-adjusted) median household income was little changed and the share of Americans without health insurance coverage fell. Here’s a look behind the headlines, courtesy of my Center on Budget […]

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I wish I could say I was surprised, but after all, they did work for the president who has done more to cripple public education than even George Bush: Teachers unions are girding for a tough fight to defend tenure laws against a coming blitz of lawsuits — and an all-out public relations campaign led […]

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