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Grand Bargain

GOP Sending Mixed Messages About Obama Effort

Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

By JOSH LEDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama f...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Progressives Warn Obama Against Giving Away The Store | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama took a break during his offensive to charm Republican lawmakers open to a budget deal on Tuesday to assure his fe...

A Rosetta Stone for Today's Muddle

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

The sequestration idea, whoever really came up with it, was fiendishly too clever by half. It was designed to create two Hobson's reciprocal choices a...

Uh Oh: Obama Wants A Grand Bargain On The Deficit

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

Obama's Charm Offensive

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama changed political gears last week, and decided to take a new direction in his dealings with Republicans in Congress. This "charm offensive" will either later be seen as a meaningless photo-op gesture, or a brilliant strategic maneuver on the political chessboard. Time will tell.

Ryan's Regressiveness Redux

Robert Reich | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Austerity economics -- of which Paul Ryan's upcoming budget is the most extreme version -- is a cruel hoax. Cruel because it hurts most those who are already hurting; a hoax because it doesn't work.

'Undead' Plan Seduces Beltway Elites

Salon | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

Washington has Grand Bargain fever, again....

Are We There Yet?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Between President Obama and Congressional Republicans, it not a question of who is liberal, conservative, progressive or independent. The only issue is who lives in a fact-based world of existential evidence or only an opinion based world, totally devoid of reality.

Cancel the Sequester! It's Really That Simple for Congress

Nancy Altman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The sequester is not a hurricane, a tornado, a flood, or some other natural disaster. This potentially devastating, self-imposed wound could be eliminated in less than five minutes! All it would take is the political courage to admit a mistake.

Dave Jamieson

Unions Call For Scrapping The Sequester Entirely | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO union federation called on lawmakers Wednesday to repeal the so-called sequestration that will lead to $85 billion in automa...

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Is Apparently Sick Of 'Stale' Debates | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Well, here's one for David Brooks' class on humility. In his most recent piece, the New York Times columnist moves a bit beyond his previous "I made t...

Eventually a Bargain on Medicare -- Grand or Otherwise

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

The Republicans may not deserve it, but the President still wants one and has the leverage to get a grand bargain including Medicare spending reductions on favorable terms.

Will Half a Billion Bucks Buy a New Recession?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The "sequester" -- mindless, across-the-board spending cuts designed purposefully to be abhorrent to both political parties -- now seems likely to go into effect on March 1. The sequester cuts added to spending cuts and tax increases already scheduled will slow growth and cost jobs. Government austerity has already contributed to the worst recovery in post-World War II history. Why would the U.S. repeat this folly, despite warnings from the IMF and Federal Reserve officials? Every calamity has many authors -- Obama's premature turn to deficit reduction in 2009, the Tea Party zealots, a hapless and clueless Republican congressional leadership and more. One major contribution comes from the money and monomania of Pete Peterson, a Wall Street billionaire who has committed about half a billion bucks rousing hysteria about deficits and debt.

Will President Obama Betray Senate Democrats in State of the Union Speech?

Daniel Marans | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Daniel Marans

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out Social Security cuts in any plan to replace the sequester. President Obama, on the other hand, remains willing to offer the chained CPI Social Security cut as part of a grand bargain.

Dave Jamieson

More Revenues Must Be Part Of Deficit Deal: Obama Adviser | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics

A top adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that more revenue must be part of any long-term deficit deal that the administration strikes with ...

David Brooks Pens Bizarre Column

New York | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

Moderate Republicanism is a tendency that increasingly defies ideological analysis and instead requires psychological analysis. The psychological mech...

Complicated Politics: Democrats and the Grand Bargain

Mike Lux | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Even if you grant that the politics of the grand bargain idea are good for President Obama, they are poison for Democrats in Congress who have to run again in 2014 and 2016.

Tyranny of Plutocracy: Holding People Hostage Over a Fiscal & Climate Cliff

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The common good continues to be subordinated to the corporate bottom line in Washington, where dialogue has been almost exclusively reduced to forms of extortion of the working class by the monied class, at the expense of the planet and democracy.

Obama Should Listen to Obama About Avoiding Self-Inflicted Wounds

William K. Black | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
William K. Black

Reporters need to ask Obama two series of questions. Who insisted on creating the fiscal cliff, threatened Republicans in Fall 2011 when they wanted to eliminate or reduce it, and after the "failure" of the November 2011 "super committee" to reach a deal to inflict even greater austerity on the nation, made a veto threat to block a Republican proposal to eliminate or delay the fiscal cliff? The answer is: Obama. Obama's driving role in creating and maintaining the "fiscal cliff" makes his warning of the necessity of avoiding "self-inflicted wounds" (recession by austerity) imposed by the fiscal cliff another proof of our family rule that it is impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody. We need to convince Obama to follow his own advice and eliminate the self-inflicted wound (recession) by eliminating, not delaying, the fiscal cliff and safeguarding the safety net.

Obama Will Ride to the Rescue ... for Republicans

Cenk Uygur | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

If ever there was a time to press progressive priorities this would be it. So, this will be a true test of who he is and what he believes. Let's see what he does. You shall know him by his works.

'Right-Wing Social Engineering' Still Strong Despite Democratic Gains in 2012

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama and the Democrats' willingness to accept cuts to Social Security in the form of the gimmicky "chained CPI" right after an election where no candidate for federal office campaigned on it shows that the Right's long-term project of undoing the New Deal marches on despite the electorate's wishes.

Dave Jamieson

Unions Firm Against Social Security Cuts | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With cuts to Social Security looking more likely, a group of national labor unions is rolling out another blitz of television ads on the...

"Money Is Like Manure"

Frank A. Weil | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

How can such a good and timely idea remain so obscure at a time like this? Perhaps Speaker Boehner and the president, in an effort to give something to everyone, should include something along these lines in their Grand Bargain next week.

Dave Jamieson

Dem Stands By Threat To Go 'Over' Fiscal Cliff | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With legislators focused on looming cuts to defense spending and entitlement programs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told a gathering of p...

On the Fiscal Extortion; Just Say No

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Pressure for a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year is building. Even minor tremors in the stock market are treated as auguries of the panic that will attend a failure to act.