The budget agreement that Senate leaders announced today marks an important victory for the principle that shutting down the government and threatening national default aren't acceptable ways for either party to pursue policy concessions and should always be rejected.
President Obama has, unfortunately, embraced the faulty premise that deficit reduction should be a top priority. He, along with a chorus of deficit hawks, longs for a "grand bargain" that would get the debt and the deficit "under control."
The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?
The Deficit Republicans turned into the bogey-person of bogey-people, has been cut in half by the evil Democrats. That is an existential threat to a Republican Party that has put so many chips on The Deficit.
Congress squabbles but the present system just can't relieve or solve the problem -- because the debt money system itself is the problem!
On both the deficit and climate change we are faced with the choice of ignoring the problem, and leaving the consequences to our kids, or taking common sense steps today.
The absurdities pushed by Ferguson and like-minded people in positions of power, in direct defiance of massive evidence to the contrary, have ruined millions of lives and cost the world more than $10 trillion in lost output since the crisis began.
A new report from the Stimson Center -- shows how the Pentagon can make the roughly $50 billion in cuts required by current law. An important assumption underpinning the approach is that the era of large scale, boots-on-the-ground conflicts is over.
Conservative Republicans are using the system, because they can, to bring the healthcare bill back on the agenda by refusing to pass the omnibus budget bill for 2014. This is possible by design and a result of the Separation of Powers. That system of checks and balances incorporates the need for agreement and compromise between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
Between deficit spending and dollars created on the Fed's balance sheet, we estimate $8 trillion has been infused into the U.S. economy over the past ...
The turmoil in Washington is troubling. But there is a clear path to a soft landing if all sides respect the historical precedent, negotiations begin quickly, and the focus is on the spending side of the budget.
The Tea Party Republicans are trying to legislatively veto a settled law -- the Affordable Care Act -- by holding hostage the funding for the entire rest of the U.S. government. This defies constitutional governance and borders on sedition.
The CBO long-term budget outlook report is not only based on the wrong projections. It also focuses on the government's deficit over the next couple decades.
What government department does the Tea Party want to be funded that is not currently being funded right now during the shutdown? I can't think of one.
As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...