We now have days not weeks to avoid a debt default. If Congress dishonors its "plighted faith," individual litigants will have no choice but to sue.
The lessons from the documentary film Fog of War starring Robert McNamara offer wisdom for John Bohner, a man in the fog of political warfare.
When politicians defer, deflect, fail, refuse to answer the question and "message" instead, it is the job of journalists to cut through the crap. Any reporter who considers himself merely the medium for "messaging" should be sent back to covering car accidents.
Let's not forget that even if the debt ceiling debate does eventually end positively, the 2011 fiasco resulted in a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, and given how crazy Washington is right now we may be better off protecting our present than betting on our future.
Conservatives talk a lot about the importance of their principles. It is sadly ironic, then, that the conservatives in Congress who shut down the government thereby turned away from principles and persuasion to a purely Machiavellian exercise of brute force
The threat made by the Grumpy Obstructionist Party (GOP) is simple: "Gimme what I want or I'll kill the government." Democrats refused to pay the ransom by defunding the Affordable Care Act, so the GOP defunded the federal government.
Sometimes it's not all that complicated... ...
In the spirit of bipartisanship, here's a soundtrack sent out as a musical conversation-starter between the two men who really need to turn things around if their bromance is going to heat up and heal this nation.
John Boehner is in a real pickle. If he simply folds his cards, he ends up as a failed Speaker in history. If he stays the course, he may be seen in h...
Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.
Government's closed, everybody! Go home. Except Congress, that is, whose members are still getting paid, classified as "essential workers." Although right now, neither one of those words seems very apt or ept. Unapt and inept is more like it. Inapt? Unept?
There are strange things done in Washington By the folks who forge our laws. The Senate halls and quorum calls ...
"This isn't a damn game!" House Speaker John Boehner said Friday at a news conference on the budget stalemate that has led to the government shutdown. Really Mr. Speaker? The government shutdown is, in fact, a direct result of political gamesmanship by the Republicans.
Now "political analysts" want the Democrats to rescue John Boehner, to be sensitive to the "difficult position" he's in? Bull-doey. He created this mess. He needs to eat crow and fix it.
John (the Speaker), whoes last name is Boehner Once thought (poor chap) that it couldn't be plainer A bill is a bill Until it's a law But then some ...
The evidence suggests the GOP intentionally put these workers out of a job by using a historically routine budget resolution to undo the outcome of three lost elections.