Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.
Are Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell considering attaching $1.5 trillion in binding spending cuts to the McConnell debt ceiling proposal to get the House Republicans on the deal? I say: don't go there. If we must have McConnell, it should be "clean McConnell."
Tim, Tim, Tim. You've been throwing around a lot of scary words like "disaster" and "hardship" and you seem a little tense. Don't freak out. You're a babe in the woods when it comes to financial hardship, so let me guide you through this.
Concord is an honest advocacy group and entitled to advocacy towards its ends. But our elected officials should not dress it up in government clothes and present it to constituents as a town hall forum.
Mitch McConnell's debt ceiling compromise allows Republicans to vote against raising the debt limit without bearing the horrendous consequences of a government default. And now the GOP will try to paint 2012 as a referendum on Obama's "big government."
As President Barack Obama lectured us with foolish notions, it is clear that, as the debt ceiling issue reaches a stage of urgency, the positions staked out by Republicans and Democrats are on different planets.
Instead of dealing with the fundamental challenge to the living standards of everyday people, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, spent the day yesterday figuring out a way to avoid having to vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Five members of the Board of Supervisors want to revisit fights of the past by dismantling Care Not Cash, San Francisco's landmark policy that has delivered real results for thousands of formerly homeless San Franciscans.
As part of the fifth-annual Youth Empowerment Summit, the students will converge on Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with their individual representatives, share personal stories, and advocate for their policy recommendations.
As we stare into the oncoming tsunami of potential credit default for the first time in the nation's history -- and watch Democrats and Republicans so divided they are making a seemingly impossible impasse plausible -- we could use a Henry Clay.
Voters don't care nearly as much about straightening out the nation's finances and controlling the growth of government as they do about the nation's real crisis: jobs. But it's not at all clear that a debt-reduction deal would do much to stimulate job creation.
Does the middle class win, or does Wall Street win? If Obama chooses Wall Street, gives into the banks on all these issues, and hurts senior citizens with Social Security cuts, he will break apart the Democratic coalition and doom his re-election chances.