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Debt Ceiling Crisis

Jason Linkins

Ted Cruz vs. The Universe | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

While most of the week has been spent watching House Republicans decide precisely what to do about defunding Obamacare, and how much energy they'll po...

Jason Linkins

What Do Republican Voters Want On The Debt Ceiling? Apocalypse Now! | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

Perhaps the scariest thing we have going on in this American life is how the issue of "raising the debt ceiling" -- which must be done from time to ti...

Jason Linkins

This Day In GOP Infighting | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

The current state of play over House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) attempts to get a continuing resolution through the House to avert a government s...

Jason Linkins

House GOP Leaders' Weird Plan To Throw Ted Cruz Under The Bus | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

House GOP leadership has a message for Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas): "Hey, if you don't like our plan to defund Obamacare, go ahead and filibuster it. F...

Jason Linkins

Matt Bevin Attacks McConnell On Obamacare, Aligns Himself With Senate Hostage Takers | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

In recent days, when life whipped the Senate minority leader with its cat-of-nine-tails, somewhere between three and four of those tails left marks th...

Jason Linkins

Unsung American Hero Departs Capitol Hill! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

Over at The Washington Post, Lori Montgomery gives us the good news and the bad news about some key Capitol Hill departures: With another showdown ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

From Fiscal Cliff To Debt Ceiling, Congress Governs From Crisis To Crisis | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are casting the latest battle over the nation's debt ceiling as a bid to win certainty in America's budget-making. But to De...

Jason Linkins

The National Republican Congressional Committee Does Not Understand How Money Works | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

One of the things that the Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin is helping to achieve -- besides serving as a wonderful counterpoint that illustrates precise...

Jason Linkins

Pat Toomey Revives Terrible Debt Ceiling Plan | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

The most dangerous people involved in the upcoming debt ceiling crisis are the ones who do not believe that breaching the debt ceiling is that big a d...

Fiscal Cliff: Let's Call Their Bluff!

Ellen Brown | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Ellen Brown

Slashing services, selling off public assets, and raising taxes won't cure these ills. To maintain a sustainable and productive economy requires a visionary leap into the new. A new economy needs new methods of public financing.

The Fiscal Cliff: The Time for Action Is Now

Aaron Miller | Posted 10.16.2012 | Teen
Aaron Miller

Congress must not be governed by the political gridlock that inhibits headway; rather, it must be governed "by the people, for the people," who want a lasting, bipartisan compromise to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Can We Focus on Unemployment Now?

Patrick Sharma | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Although the debt ceiling imbroglio is finally behind us, D.C. has set the economy up for a painful few years, and without a major change of course, we can expect to see higher unemployment and slower growth in the near future.

Paul Blumenthal

Should Super Congress Be Super Transparent? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proposed so-called "super Congress," created by congressional leaders in the debt deal and required to find $1.5 trillion in debt re...

The Debt Ceiling Deal Disaster

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Congratulations to the Tea Party for a great victory. Congratulations to President Obama and Democrats for another brilliantly executed surrender. Condolences to the jobless whose plight will become even worse after this deal.

Why the Deficit Deal May Pass -- But Can't Stand

Carl Pope | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

So we won't default -- unless the extremist Tea Party gets its way. But we don't have a long-range fiscal plan, either, whatever the press releases say. Since the plan on the table is horrendous, that's a good thing.

Forget Compromise: The Debt Ceiling Is Unconstitutional

Ellen Brown | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Ellen Brown

Future debt ceiling crises can be averted by enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment, which mandates that the government pay its debts already incurred, including pensions. That means Social Security.

President Obama Doesn't Understand the Origins of the Deficit

Dean Baker | Posted 09.26.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

The government's deficits were very much containable until the collapse of the housing bubble sank the economy. It was the economic collapse that gave us large deficits.

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Shocking Tweet

Posted 09.26.2011 | Los Angeles

Southern California megachurch pastor Rick Warren tweeted, then deleted, a jab at those who want to increase the debt ceiling, reports Newport Beach P...

Shadows and Light

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A little cynicism can be a good thing, if it makes people angry enough to do something about it. But too much cynicism leads to despair. The right balance of the two should lead to a mobilized and active citizenry.

Eric Cantor, Brutus

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to make a bipartisan budget deal with President Obama. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stabbed Boe...