The road to political and economic ruin for the Democrats began in the late spring of 2013, when President Obama agreed to a budget grand bargain that cut deficits by 2.8 trillion dollars over ten years, deflated a fragile recovery, and left no room for more than token domestic spending on jobs or infrastructure. The cuts were somewhat "back-loaded" -- bigger later in the decade. But in 2014 they took $200 billion out of the budget. According to CBO, that cut the growth rate by a full percentage point. As part of the deal, more Medicare costs were shifted to patients, and the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security was cut. Both changes, proposed in Obama's own budget, reduced purchasing power by over $100 billion among the elderly -- who surprised experts by backing Republicans by a margin of 59-41, according to exit polls. The 2013 budget deal, according to Roger Hickey of Campaign for America's Future, "left the Democrats with bragging rights as deficit hawks, but not on the real economy."
Before she decides to completely give up a career in public service, here are five things that Ashley Judd should know.
Rather than an exercise in policy-making, the congressional budget process has metamorphosed into political theater.
Today is a very special day for the memory of my friendly acquaintance and sometimes political rival, Gatewood Galbraith.
You've let down the very same Kentuckians you were elected to represent, by choosing to first represent the interests of those who write your campaign checks.
Doesn't matter how much you schmooze, unless you find a way to muzzle the home district pit bulls on their right, you might as well blow those flirty kisses at a brick wall.
Republicans want us to believe they're still the "Grand Old Party." At first glance, or really first listen, they sound like they've done some pretty...
As Judd has maintained a low profile while she considers challenging Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky in 2014, the media has applied Talmudic scrutiny onto every rumored utterance by the actress.
Rand Paul deserves credit for one thing in his windy 13-hour one-man filibuster against the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director. He demonstrated that the deal that Harry Reid cut last January with Mitch McConnell to go easy on overhauling the filibuster rules was worthless.
Obama changed political gears last week, and decided to take a new direction in his dealings with Republicans in Congress. This "charm offensive" will either later be seen as a meaningless photo-op gesture, or a brilliant strategic maneuver on the political chessboard. Time will tell.
Ashley Judd's all but declared Senate campaign has the potential to have an impact far beyond Kentucky politics.
For a non-traditional candidate like Ashley Judd, a Senate run poses both opportunity and risk. A realistic assessment of her prospects begins with an acknowledgement of the challenges she faces, particularly in three key areas: show business, roots, and politics.
Last week, however, Colorado College made national headlines after a video shot by members of the school's ultimate Frisbee club triggered a Federal Aviation Administration investigation. And what was so controversial about the video that it drew the FAA's ire, you ask?
I fear that Obama has decided to fight every battle with the goal of crushing the opposition, rather than seeking conclusions that benefit the American people. His decision to continually campaign, rather than govern, could have negative and lasting consequences on our country.
In a sharp rebuke of a New York Times investigation, an analysis by the nonpartisan CBO found that a last-minute provision added to the early January "fiscal cliff" bill could save taxpayers as much as $4 billion -- rather than costing $500 million, as the Times had claimed.
When fiscal crises become the "new normal" the public begins to remember that they elected politicians to do a job. And part of their job description is to take care of the public purse and not to create problems where none exist.