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Grand Bargain

Obama Once Proposed Cutting Social Security. Here’s What Changed His Mind.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama announced his support this week for expanding Social Security benefits, it was nothing less than a sea chang...

Friday Talking Points -- Trump Nickname Contest Finalists

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump all but declared war (once again) on the media this week, after they actually did their jobs and investigated whether Trump had made good on his claims of donating millions to veterans' charities.

Democrats Are Using Social Security As A Weapon -- Against Other Democrats

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics

Democrats in tight Senate primaries hope to capitalize on opponents' openness to Social Security cuts. Kamala Harris' campaign in California takes u...

Another Failure of All-or-Nothingism

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.

Don't Let Michigan Republicans Fool You Again

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

So while Republicans have spent the last few months putting lipstick on the pig that is their legislative priorities, it is important for voters to remember that the softened positions these individuals are taking now don't represent a true Republican agenda.

Jason Linkins

Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I d...

Zach Carter

Austerity Fetishists Are Finally Giving Up | Zach Carter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- American deficit hawks gathered in the nation's capital on Wednesday to commiserate over the collapse of the U.S. austerity movement, so...

Chained CPI Is Dead, and the Grand Bargain With It

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

Beyond being highly controversial, as well as being bad policy, chained CPI was also akin to a unicorn let loose in the arena of the bipartisan deficit reduction "grand bargain" game. But the GOP could not do the work needed to catch it. And now it's dead.

Will Obama Go Big or Base on Budget?

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Now the ball is in Obama's court. Is he going to present a big plan that tries to tackle the serious long-term fiscal problems the nation faces?

A Few Final Thoughts on the Budget Deal

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's not over -- they still have to appropriate their new top-line spending numbers down to all the agencies -- but it looks like the budget deal that quite handily cleared both chambers will soon be enacted. But I've got a few lingering thoughts

Ryan Grim

Paul Ryan Concedes Grand Bargain Is Finally Dead | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that there was no chance for a so-called "grand bargain" between now and the end of President Oba...

Pigs Fly: Why Congress Actually COULD Strike A Budget Deal | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

Last Friday, signs suddenly emerged that Republicans and Democrats want to complete a budget deal, or so I argued. Josh Barro disagrees — or, at lea...

Ryan Presses Narrower Focus For Next Budget Fight

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

* Ryan eyes savings from benefits programs * Lowered expectations seen improving chances for agreement * "Can we get som...

Dave Jamieson

Labor To Dems: We'll End Your Career If You Cut Social Security | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fresh Capitol Hill budget battles on the horizon, the head of the leading labor federation planned to issue a blistering warning to...

The Road From Here: What About Medicare and Social Security?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric. There are only a few ways this could play out.

At the End of the End of the Day...

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

At the end of the day and with of 20/20 hindsight, any Monday morning quarterback can see that the recent government shutdown/debt ceiling debacle rai...

Chained-CPI Supporters Believe This Year's Tiny Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Is Too Generous

Nancy Altman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Altman

No one is getting rich from Social Security. Social Security beneficiaries have little flexibility in their household budgets. They paid into Social Security throughout their working lives, and have earned a COLA that should keep their benefits at pace with inflation.

'It's Sequestration, Stupid'

Tom Sheridan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Sheridan

Over the past few weeks, Wall Street has had its eye on world economic ruin. Washington has had its eye on the shuttered doors of government. Me? I have had my eye on the demise of sequestration.

Republicans' Latest Ransom Note: Cut Social Security or the Economy Gets It

Ben Veghte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Veghte

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.

The Four 'Grand Bargains' That the Republicans Turned Down

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

All of these plans failed because the most powerful Republicans (Boehner, Cantor, Ryan) and the Tea Party Caucus are not looking for a compromise. They want unilateral concessions.

No Reason Debt Limit Debate Has to End in Disaster

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

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.

5 Reasons Why a Grand Bargain Would Be a Grand Betrayal

Ben Veghte | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

As it became clear during the first week of the shutdown that the president was not going to sacrifice access to quality health insurance for millions of Americans, Republicans realized they had to redraft their ransom note.

Ask a Keynesian: With U.S. Borrowing Capped, Won't More Pentagon Spending Destroy Jobs?

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Grand Bargain is essentially about taking money from middle income people through Social Security cuts and tax increases and giving the money to the Pentagon for unnecessary Pentagon spending.

Flailing and Failing

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The more President Obama and Harry Reid assert their simple strategy -- we won't negotiate under these conditions; pass a clean budget patch and debt ceiling bill and then we'll talk -- the wilder the House Republicans are getting.

Sam Stein

The Grand Bargain Returns, Then Dies Once More | Sam Stein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ghost of failed grand bargains past emerged on Wednesday, only to be pushed back into the grave by lawmakers trying to negotiate an ...