Democrats in the White House are confronted with a dilemma. On the one hand, the clock's ticking on their temporary budget deal with the Republicans. If it runs out and there's no new agreement, we run the risk of a default and the government could shut down again.
Paul Ryan has indicated that "entitlement reform" will be at the top of his agenda. Committee members should listen carefully to what he has to say and encourage him to provide more details than he has so far offered on how his proposed savings would be accomplished.
The problem is that the Democrats still seem to accept the Republicans' parameters for the budget debate. The implication is that current deficits are a serious problem.
Republicans may not have succeeded in defunding the nations' newest social insurance program, Obamacare, but they now are aiming at the foundational programs, Social Security and Medicare. And this time, they'll have the president on their side.
The Affordable Care Act has so far survived a shutdown crisis, a Supreme Court challenge, and two elections. This law is not fundamentally about Barack Obama but about much broader issues, which is another reason not to call it "Obamacare."
In twelve weeks or so our new system of government-by-crisis will resume its regularly scheduled programming: more threats, more confrontations, and even more extreme rhetoric. There are only a few ways this could play out.
While we know a goal for Republicans is to take over the Senate in the 2014 elections, and a goal for Democrats is to take back the House of Representatives, the president can rise above that for the next four months as we approach the next deadlines.
Who is paying attention to senior healthcare issues? All eyes are only on Obamacare, as if the rest of the insured population are without financial concerns about the insurance they already have.
The Cruz Crazies handed us Democrats this victory. We would have had to be political morons to kick it away. But Democrats have had their politically moronic moments at times over the years, and in this case they did not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is complex. It's so complicated that the government has set up a task force to educate the public about it. You can only hope that your congressman understands it more than the average person who trolls the Internet and watches Fox News.
No democracy can operate if one faction takes the entire nation hostage unless it gets its way. Indeed, a democracy cannot even function if policy negotiations are conducted in a framework with such a threat hanging over its head.
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?
There is a major barrier blocking legislators from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. from doing their job.
The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.
In order to substantiate this particular historical insight, Carson said that Obamacare was a lot like slavery since it was all about control. And to "prove" his point about control, Carson quoted none other than Vladimir Lenin.
The arrogant claims to fiscal rectitude of the Tea Party belie the underlying realities. They are not the makers of their own imagination, but are rather in large numbers the takers that they have been so quick to disdain.