The House Ways and Means Committee voted this week to add $310 billion to the U.S. deficit by making permanent six tax credits for businesses. To put their fiscal irresponsibility into context, $310 billion represents half of the entire federal deficit this year -- which is the lowest it has been since President Obama took office.
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The Chamber, along with other business leagues, local chambers of commerce, boards of trade, real estate boards and, yes, even the NFL, are all considered "non-profit" 501(c)6 organizations in the eyes of the I.R.S., which grants such organizations virtually unlimited access to money that they use to lobby Congress and its committees.
It is impossible to disconnect the "states' rights," anti-government foundations of conservatism from the racism that hides beneath it, exposed nakedly every so often by the Cliven Bundys of the world.
Of course, no one can say that any of these people are or were themselves racists, at least intentionally. But they certainly appealed to racists. And so we arrive at Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat government-denier who wonders if "black people were better off as slaves."
Immigration reform isn't a policy debate for Hispanics. It stands as a proxy for societal respect. While it's not fair to judge the GOP based on people like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), he and other anti-immigrant Republicans have become the effective spokespeople of the GOP on this issue.
If the GOP is so willing to ignore fact and public sentiment that they will deceive, and distort the facts about any and all public and political issues in order to gain or retain power, then what is the use of the First Amendment, an amendment the purpose of which was antithetical to lies?
The majority of those who deal and use crack cocaine and other drugs weren't violence-prone gang members, but poor and increasingly female, young blacks. They clearly needed treatment not long prison stretches.
The baiting and the assault on Obama will get even uglier. But it won't change one hard fact: that when it comes to race baiting, the GOP will always have the market cornered on that -- and millions know it.
The Ryan/Republican budget puts the 2014 midterm election in perspective. Americans will choose between a new congress that caters to the 1 percent or one that protects the 99 percent. We will choose between plutocracy or democracy.
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With immigration, everything begins and ends with family. Until we see a solution to the record-setting family separations, the Administration can expect to see demonstrators on their front step with heartbreaking stories.
A 2014 Civil Rights Bill would almost certainly be D.O.A. on arrival in the 2014 House. And if by some miracle it passed, its chance of surviving a court challenge would be anything but certain.
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The Republican position on issues like unemployment insurance, minimum wage, the SNAP program, and Medicaid is cruel on a level that is deeper than anything we've seen in American politics since the ugliness of the backlash against the civil rights movement.