House Republicans were so extreme that they forced Boehner to choose between political suicide -- as the American people would have overwhelmingly blamed Republicans had we defaulted -- and essentially turning the Congress over to Democrats, at least on this issue.
Rep. Steve King of Iowa told a local TV station a few weeks ago that "the best thing anybody can do" in Congress is not come up with positive solutions, but to "kill bad bills." He wasn't just speaking for himself. He was explaining the philosophy of today's right wing. Of course elected officials should oppose bills they disagree with. But King and his party have taken this to an extreme, opposing any efforts to use the power of government to fix problems that affect ordinary people. This anti-government strain of the Tea Party that is calling the shots in today's GOP doesn't represent just hands-off libertarianism, as many would like us to believe. The Tea Party does want government to work: but they only want it to work for a few of us.
Wouldn't you love to see Democrats pointing out Republican hypocrisy as they have to defend the costs of their stupidity as well as of absurdly narrow corporate subsidies -- corporate welfare really --while Democrats are fighting for people looking for a job?
For a long time, many of the loudest voices in our political system have seen value only in markets. Eventually, however, the flaws of relying only on a market system to achieve the country become too obvious too ignore.
This may all be starry-eyed optimism, I fully admit (this whole column is going to be pretty rosy-tinted, just to warn everyone). But it does have some basis in reality.
The Hastert Rule is the lower chamber's analog of the filibuster. It's also a shrewd and politically strategic play to maintain the status quo. On the other hand, the Tea Party is an acerbic bunch for whom "compromise" is anathema.
When everyone's rushing for the door, you need someone to offer you a way out or you could be in trouble.
The 2013 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings, released on December 18, provide managers with important insights into the satisfac...
2. Healthcare.gov. The part this poorly-designed site played--or failed to play for that matter--in the introduction of Obamacare was damn-near disastrous. We live in a world where babies know how to use iPads. Figure it out, America.
A look back at the sand slipping through the hourglass that was 2013 and very few of the headlines circulating reflect on a positive year. We remember...
Welcome back to our annual year-end awards column! Part one of this column ran last week, just in case you missed it. We've got a lot to cover, so let's jump right in with no further introduction.
Worst politician: There was no shortage of nominees in this category, as usual. Reince Priebus, Anthony Weiner, Trey Radel and crack-smoking mayor of Toronto Rob Ford all did their best to claim the title of Worst Politician, in fact.
To me, the most appropriate headline from the new budget deal should really be: "Democrats And Republicans Agree To Remove Budget Negotiations From 2014 Campaign, Out Of Fear."
The American public has seen it all -- a government shutdown for the first time in 18 years, and what seems like the strongest partisan gridlock in history. Well, time is almost up again.
What happened to the concern for the lands that belong to all Americans?
Luck should never be a factor in visiting America's greatest national assets, and chance should never be part of living next door to public land.