An alternative for Obama and the Democrats would be to more readily admit the problems with the ACA and more generously engage Republicans in efforts to improve the law. Democrats really have everything to gain from depoliticizing health care, admitting the law is not perfect, and calling on leaders regardless of party to offer ideas that strengthen the law.
The media has been far, far too negative about Obama. Yes, he has problems he must deal with, but the fix is in, and the comeback will soon begin, and the House GOP wallows at 9 percent popularity while the GOP civil war has only begun.
They say they want to pass bi-partisan reform, yet refuse to bring the only bill with both Republican and Democrat co-sponsors to a vote.
The cuts come as Congress could not get their act together to continue the funding levels to SNAP that were passed in 2009, at the height of the recession in the Recovery Act. As we've seen the recession isn't over and families are still struggling.
Even when it comes to non-partisan issues such as preventing domestic violence and helping Americans whose lives have been devastated by a natural disaster, House Republicans have repeatedly voted 'NO.'
How is this even a debate? How is it that men and women who served in uniform get smeared as lazy and unmotivated to work, as soon as they need help feeding their families by using food stamps?
Coal industry lobbyists and House Republicans have chosen to spend the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy trying to block climate action and help the polluters who release the largest amount of global warming pollution in our nation.
The possibility of losing control of the House is beginning to stare GOP strategists in the face. Do they really want to risk incensing a big block of Hispanic and other immigrant voters by blocking immigration reform, and energizing them to go out to vote in large numbers to punish Republicans?
The GOP learned its lesson, right? Right? ...
That is not governing and it certainly does nothing to sell liberals or independents on conservative values. If anything, it pushes even moderate conservatives away from the movement because of its leadership.
Who is the powerful voice of progressives in Washington, on matters of creating jobs and fighting poverty, comparable to the tea party's passion of the right? The answer: There is none.
According to anonymous Capitol Hill sources, Nancy Pelosi cautioned Democratic members of Congress today against "gloating" over the spectacular crash-and-burn that was the Republicans' government shutdown.
The spectacle of these last weeks has been thoroughly ginned up, as fictional as the plot of any Hollywood disaster film.
The fights we keep having over paying our bills and funding vital government services are a distraction from the important work we have to do. When we fail to govern, it's clear who suffers: the American people.
I've been put off by most of these "terrorist" and "hostage" analogies, but this is a toddler who wants to be compensated for the anguish she suffered during her meltdown.