In Tea Party America, you have to take personal responsibility, which means you pay most of your increasingly expensive medical costs, you put out your own fires, you inspect your own meat and you rebuild your own house after a natural disaster.
Think about that. The original Boston Tea Party was an action against a compliant government working in the interests of a massive corporation. The corporate wing of the American government today is doing exactly the same thing, and using the Tea Party as cover to do it.
The power of the State to tear loving couples apart is indeed a frightening, intrusive one. It is one that is still being used to destroy loving, married couples, simply on the basis that both are of the same gender.
Careers built over a lifetime can be ended in the amount of take it takes to hit "upload" or click "comment." Given that realization and Rep. Weiner's Twitter travails, here are five rules for aspiring politicos.
If you really want this whole story to go away, you just have to have your people find a better story that will draw more ratings and leak that to Chris Matthews or Sean Hannity. It's like tossing a nice, fresh steak into the lion's den.
How lunatic-fringe do the House Republicans have to be before President Obama starts calling them out? These cuts have nothing to do with reasonable fiscal policy -- they are pure ideological retribution against government.
That is, there just is no big government versus small government debate. Just some differences along the spending continuum between 18-19 and 22-23% of GDP. But, watch the Democrats get snookered into it.