The weaknesses in the analogy between government and household finances are too often lost yet this misleading analogy persists, creating confusion, prompting poor decisions and is some of the stimulant underneath the Congressional behavior we see today.
For a president to override Congress' power of the purse is a dangerous precedent. But President Obama is exactly right to say that he is not willing to negotiate policy questions with a gun to his head, and future presidents should not be confronted by the same kind of extortion.
It is shameful that fully grown adults from the richest country in the world and who have lived a life of privilege in comparison to Malala cannot muster the strength of character or a sense of decency to act with even a fraction of the dignity that this teenager exhibits, but that is precisely the case.
If you don't think the current government shutdown and fight over the debt ceiling are a threat to constitutional government, you're not paying attention.
The reason that many people might be sympathetic to shutting down the govPolls consistently show that people grossly overestimate the amount of money going to many less popular categories of spending. This is where the New York Times comes into the picture.
Like Walt in Breaking Bad, I have health care insurance from my employer, and like Walt's wife, Skyler, discovers about their insurance, I'm still liable for the deductible, copay and coinsurance portion of the medical fees.
As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?
Many Americans may be asking themselves: Why should I care about the debt ceiling, or the -- barring Congressional action -- coming default? Put simply, unlike corporate tax cuts, a debt ceiling default will have a trickle-down effect that will affect your wallet in one way or another.
After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.
The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.
No democracy can operate if one faction takes the entire nation hostage unless it gets its way. Indeed, a democracy cannot even function if policy negotiations are conducted in a framework with such a threat hanging over its head.
Political dysfunction in Washington underscores a broader social dysfunction that is enabled by exponentially expanding ignorance. A good way to fight back is by teaching our kids to read widely, write clearly, and think critically -- the foundation of any viable democracy
"The 12 Days of Shutdown" On the first day of Shutdown my Congress gave to me A big, lame-o, stinking House of Turds. On the 2nd day of Shutdown my...
One way or another, the problem has to be solved as soon as possible. Both parties have to remember that the U.S. has many problems that it needs to solve and does not need this chaos to deal with as well.
If cutting Social Security benefits is now the primary goal of the Republican shutdown/default crisis, this is patently absurd. It's also a deceitful shell game.
This country cannot continue to lurch from crisis to crisis because one radical faction refuses to accept the results of an election. We need two parties that compete for votes at the ballot box and then, after the elections are over, act responsibly and get down to the business of governing.