Military contractors are crying crocodile tears right now about the "fragility" of their industry. But in fact that industry is flush with cash, and will do or say anything to protect the one thing they care about above all else: profit.
President Obama cannot afford to have the GOP strategy succeed in the "lame duck: session. He must use every one of his considerable presidential powers and communication skills to expose and thwart it.
On Saturday, the president answered a question regarding Republican intransigence on ratification of the START Treaty by rambling on and never delivering a punch. "God," I thought, "is he really going to continue down this path?"
Republicans have not only pledged to set Wall Street loose, they've vowed not to clean-up the economic mess that results. When Wall Street sets the economy on fire, they'll let it burn -- if that means home, your job, or your retirement, so be it.
If you want to be serious about being fiscally responsible then you can't have some sort of double standard where you hold the line on new spending but ignore the fact that tax cuts add to the deficit.
There is no rational explanation for Senators Leahy, Sessions, Schumer, Hatch, Kyl and Kaufman's sudden rush to overturn a 150-year-old law that protects citizens against companies making false claims.
If Republicans continue their tantrum once the Senate passes the reconciliation bill, it's going to be a lot easier for Democrats to convince independents that they, the Democrats, are the adults in the room.
The wealthiest heirs having to pay their fair share and help cut the deficit. The horror! And the best part is: this all happens so long as Congress ... does nothing! Which it has proven incredibly good at!