I’ve called the game surrounding the debt ceiling, “peak crazy.” And now, according to the WaPo, members of the Sensible Party are joining stalwarts from the Very Silly Party in the fun.*
A growing number of Democrats are threatening to defy the White House over the national debt, joining Republican calls for deficit cuts as [...]
Perhaps one of the most brazen lies to pass conservative lips during the health-care debate was also the simplest. As Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) put it, “I do believe we have the best health care system in the world.” Barrasso followed that jaw-dropping statement with an anecdote. “That’s why the premier of one of the Canadian provinces [...]
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The New York Times ran a piece recently about a study of pop song lyrics and other studies suggesting increasing narcissism in America since the 1980s. (Big news, huh?) They found “the words ‘I’ and ‘me’ appear more frequently along [...]
Last night Rep. Alan West had a townhall in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Progressive activist & Radio Host Nicole Sandler attended and well…I’ll let the video tell the story- pay attention starting at about the 3:30 mark
I have no idea how to embed on this blog so here’s the link
Now here’s [...]
Part two in a series.
Forgive me for abstracting and oversimplifying a bit, but one might argue that American politics breaks along the following 10 lines:
Social Conservatives Neocons Business Conservatives Traditional Conservatives (there’s probably a better term, but I’m thinking of old-line Western land and water rights types) Blue Dog [...]
Part one in a series.
A little thought experiment for a Tuesday morning…
Over the past few years I have tried to make as much sense as I could out of the American political landscape. By nature, I’m a theoretically minded thinker, and the point of these exercises has been to [...]
There is a deficit of jobs AND the deficit is jobs. The public is so much smarter than the geniuses in DC. Washington talks about the deficit but the public knows that the deficit is jobs.
That huge deficit jump to over a trillion that happened in Bush’s last budget (2009) changed [...]
“Believe me, Progressive Congress News makes mornings easier. Surfing for 30 minutes trying to find out what I’ve missed isn’t an option. This is the best news digest I’ve seen so far.” ~Senior Staffer for a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
That sums up the reaction we’ve been getting to Progressive Congress News from [...]
Devin Burghart of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights recently reported that a recent regional Tea Party Patriots conference held in Idaho was a far-right stew of
“…racist “birther” attacks on President Obama, discussions of the conspiracy behind the problem facing America (complete with anti-Semitic illustration), Christian nationalism, anti-environmentalism, [...]
Comedic gold from Lee Camp!
In my mind the art of good comedy is satirizing the truth in a way that highlights the ridiculousness of the situation. Lee Camp has an uncanny ability to do just that. When the Yes Men punked General Electric the stock price actually dropped causing investing to lose money. The [...]
As I’ve noted before, when compared to other wealthy countries, the U.S. has an extremely “limited” government and one of the lowest tax burdens.
Paul Krugman’s doing a yeoman’s job trying to insert some economic reality into our discourse, and today he offers this corrective to the popular myth that we’re “taxed to [...]
Dean Baker catches the New York Times giving credence to the widespread myth that American workers can be forced to join a union. Reality: they can’t — it’s illegal even to coerce workers to join a union.
The NYT wrongly told readers that a bill approved by the New Hampshire legislature would, “disallow [...]
The Economist notes the irony of the GOP’s abomination of a budget plan being called “serious” and “courageous” while a truly brave proposal that would actually, you know, decrease the size of the national debt is largely ignored.
First, a quote from Matt Miller: “Mr Miller’s column notes that ‘the Congressional Progressive Caucus [...]
A lot of these things conservative tropes fall apart when you apply some basic common sense. Imagine if being really rich. You probably live somewhere that you like quite a lot — otherwise, what’s the point of being wealthy? You’ve established a life in that place, and no doubt value the community, the local school [...]
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Members of Congress are holding local town hall meetings now and into next week, and Republicans are hearing from constituents angry that they voted to privatize Medicare to pay for even more tax cuts for the rich and corporations.
I’m writing a series of posts as a blogging fellow for the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of more than 270 national and state organizations.
The Strengthen Social Security Campaign launched a new campaign today “Don’t Make Me Work ‘Til I Die” designed to take on the bad [...]
The Republicans in the House just voted to privatize Medicare. They voted to cut taxes on the rich. And Social Security is threatened. Here is a list of upcoming Congressional Town Hall meetings. You should show up and let them know how you feel about getting rid of Medicare to pay for tax cuts for [...]
There was a time on this country when We, the People were in charge, and our government worked for us. Through our government we did things for each other and for our economy, and when we had economic success we paid back toward more such investment. Things are different today and We, the [...]
So how often do you see stories about reporters being duped by Republicans? It has become “dog bites man” — something so common you don’t bother anymore to report it…
“Earth Is oval-shaped.” Reporters are duped into writing “he said, she said” stories where they report that sine one side says one thing, the [...]
Some conservatives see all these fact-laden critiques of our various GOP manufactroversies (see Ryan, Paul) and wonder where are the Democratic plans to solve the financial crisis? (I have been asked this, quite vehemently, myself.)
The informed reply goes something like this:
The crisis isn’t real. It’s been fabricated by the [...]
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Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone: “Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world’s largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.”
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So, right-wingers, you want a society where families are stable, where everybody looks like you and shares your Christian faith, and where the government pretty much stays out of your business? It’s not in some Randian fantasy, it’s right here in the USA.
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