I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.
Please refrain from stealing any office supplies when you leave. First of all those things are the property of the American taxpayer and secondly the baboons we replace you with might actually need them.
While the course that the Ted Cruz-controlled portion of the GOP is heading down toward is a predictable one, the results are not.
There needs to be simple way to "turn-off" auto-pay to a company the same way you turned it on, without having to feel like you're playing Whack-A-Mole.
After speaking with leaders across the federal government in recent weeks, I've come to an unlikely conclusion: Leaders are adjusting to the new budget reality and making progress.
Charles Djou is outraged that fellow soldiers killed in Afghanistan received no death benefits because they were killed during the government shutdown of October 2013.
In American Tax Resisters, Romain Huret, a professor of American History at the University of Lyon 2 in France, reminds us that anti-tax crusades have deep roots in American political culture, dating back to the Boston Tea Party.
I am finding it hard to understand why some Republican members of Congress who voted for the shutdown and who promised to give up their paychecks have...
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.
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