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Category Archive for 'Bipartisan Wet Dream'

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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What the fuck did Obama and the Congress think they were doing when they hacked the budget to shreds? Seriously. As MLK said, a budget is a moral document. The Republicans decided (and the administration colluded) to cut the shit out of everything except the money that went to defense contractors. (Maybe if the VA […]

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And Obama never should have gone along with GOP budget cuts. When we have this many people out of work, scraping to get by and we’ve shredded the safety net, it’s a disgrace to everyone involved: The U.S. Treasury Department booked a $114 billion surplus in April, the largest for that month since 2008, according […]

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I was just talking to a friend about this, that Obama’s fixation on the deficit meant that Americans were deprived of social services at a time when they needed them the most. I don’t want to hear any crap about how “his hands were tied.” Bullshit. He validated this wingnut bullshit every time he opened […]

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Just go read the rest. This is the best summation of Obama I’ve seen: Like many days, March 3, 2014, saw the delivery of a stern opinion by President Obama. To judge by recent developments in Ukraine, he said, Russia wasputting itself “on the wrong side of history.” This might seem a surprising thing for an […]

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I knew he wouldn’t give up, but I wish I didn’t have to read about this stuff. It’s really depressing: Even though President Barack Obama’s formal budget proposal Tuesday omitted cuts to Social Security, the White House strongly suggested that a controversial policy to cut the program “remains on the table” if Republicans are willing […]

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Leave it to David Dayen to dig out the nasty details of the Ryan-Murray budget deal and how federal workers will be sacrificed to the deficit gods: 2013 has not been a pleasant year if you work for the federal government. You’ve been subject to pay freezes, furloughs and shutdowns. One of you got yelled […]

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Fortunately for us, I guess, the president’s low popularity ratings may make politicians more reluctant to take on senior citizens and vets over the chained CPI — but they’re sure as hell going to try: WASHINGTON — With congressional budget negotiations moving behind closed doors, one item apparently on the table is changing the way […]

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Instead, voters want higher taxes on the rich. Imagine that: The poll reveals that the public has little desire for an all-cuts approach to deficit reduction, and that by a 17-point margin (56% to 39%) it wants the next budget agreement to include new tax revenues from the wealthy and corporations, in addition to spending cuts. Independents […]

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