We cannot balance our budget or reduce our debt without understanding the effects of these cuts and slashes on the lives and livelihoods of our nation's girls and women.
Now that the debt ceiling is in play, there's no end to what the radical right will demand in the budget negotiations. Which leads to a more basic question: Are voters ready and willing to mount primary challenges to incumbent Democrats who cave?
If President Obama doesn't want to go down in history as the Democratic President who began the dismantling of signature Democratic achievements, he must have the same courage in standing up to Republican hostage takers as he did in going after Bin Laden.
Obama is now making strong promises he's already broken. He's like a political version of the Guy Pearce character in Memento -- he's figured out a way to break promises outside of the limitations of linear time.
Reducing the country's $14 trillion debt is a critical national priority. While the president's plan would reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 12 years, Rep. Ryan's plan would have no perceptible impact on the federal deficit.
The middle class must pay more taxes or the country must forfeit services because the wealthy pay lower taxes. We learn about cuts to public services as we write checks to pay for them.
The White House and the Congress have completely sidelined the public in the budget processes. Numbers and plans are thrown around in order to obscure rather than clarify the choices being made behind closed doors.
In 2008, candidate Obama laid out traditional American moral principles as well as anyone ever has, and roused the nation in support. As president, as he focused on pragmatics and policy, he let moral leadership lapse. But that changed last week.
There's one big weakness in the president's budget plan. The whole thing depends on the recovery picking up steam. If the economy doesn't improve, his process could backfire and lead to indiscriminate cuts in the future.
The political "grand bargain" Obama must strike couldn't be clearer: GOP support for raising revenues in return for Democratic support for constraining public health care and retirement costs.
Washington conventional wisdom has convinced itself that Obama has been on the losing end of the budget debate. But with his speech yesterday, Obama seized the high political ground that will heavily define his second two years in office.
HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's 'The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' Wednesday night to discuss President Obama's budget speech. "I ...
Given the rumors floated by administration spokesmen, many progressives were pleased by Obama's speech. But it is worth understanding just how conservative this debate has become -- and how far the president has retreated.
Faith leaders in the United States should applaud President Obama for offering a moral vision for the nation while carefully monitoring how the White House and Congress proceed.
In the political theater we have just witnessed, there has been madness aplenty: a madness which, unless challenged, will inevitably rewrite the entire Obama play, to his immediate detriment and to our long-term cost.
Acknowledging that most Americans do not understand the composition of federal spending, the president has begun the task of public education by outlining how little of the public's money actually goes to favorite whipping-boys such as foreign aid.