For the last two decades, no state wielded more political influence per capita in the nation's capital than North Dakota, thanks to the three veteran Democrats who made up its entire congressional delegation.
Sen. Sanders is reviving a bill he introduced earlier this year which imposes a 5.4% surtax on all earnings over $1 million per year. Budget negotiations haven't even started yet, but Bernie just changed the terms for the better.
Tea Party acolytes had among their core message two principles: First, Congress should move quickly to end out of control deficit spending. Second, Congress should stop lying to the American people. Well, so much for that election.
The Deficit Commission issued its report, and the president has a problem. Like Frankenstein, he built a creature from discarded parts and it took on a life of its own. And like its fictional counterpart, it's threatening to destroy its creator.
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are pushing ideas well outside the norm of mainstream politics for the last 75 years. They want to cut Social Security to decrease the deficit -- a move that's even opposed by most Tea Partiers.
Of all the things that have been said in the wake of the release of the Deficit Commission's "Chairman's Mark," there is probably none more dishonest than what Senator Kent Conrad said on "Good Morning America" yesterday.
So-called "deficit hawks" like Kent Conrad, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson aren't just unserious. They're radicals. Their positions are an extreme departure from the philosophy of government that's guided American policy for a century.
The establishment media has, thus far, allowed the deficit hypocrites to screech about fiscal responsibility one moment, and then frantically work behind closed doors in the next to ensure the deficit continues to inflate.