Republicans are unnervingly adept at convincing large swaths of the public that up is down, or that night is, in fact, day. They are attempting this right now, on a grand scale.
Food stamps are not just a line item on a budget; they are a lifeline to American families. One that has existed since the 1930s. This is not an extravagance of the American government.
At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.
The Obama administration is trying to have it both ways on the "morning after" pill, and by doing so is taking a firm anti-scientific stand for irrationality. But Obama promised us all, in his first campaign, to do away with having politics dictate federal scientific policy.
Want to cut something like $850 billion from the next 10 years of budgeting? End the War. There's a novel budget-cutting idea, eh, folks? The Drug War has now cost us roughly the same amount as the Iraq War, to put it in context -- $2 trillion each.
The budget that Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray released yesterday stands in sharp contrast to the one that her House counterpart, Paul Ryan, released on Tuesday. Hers is more appropriate to meet the nation's economic and fiscal challenges.
A budget isn't just a bunch of numbers; it's a set of values that shows us a political party's vision for our country. It reveals whose side our leaders are on. And once again, Paul Ryan has made it crystal clear that he's not on the side of women and families.
Common-sense immigration reform has the multibillion-dollar private prison industry shaking in its boots. Its lobbyists are actively targeting members of congressional budget and appropriations committees to not only maintain, but increase incarceration of migrants.
The budget process and conversation is too often limited to bureaucrats and politicians. The truth is that the federal budget belongs to the American people. That's why I am proud to announce the launch of MyBudget, a new online platform for members of the public to engage with the Senate Budget Committee.
There are times, when writing about the political world, when it is impossible not to feel like I am trapped inside a Jonathan Swift satire. This is one of those times. Real life and farce blur into one, and we all pretend this is normal. Sigh.
This column is about four senators who will have extraordinary roles to play in the coming hours and years, and what they tell us about the state of the union as 2012 comes to a close.
Women deserve pay parity, not parody in comic binders. Study the candidates' voting records on issues important to working women and our families.
Behind each of these statistics is a human story. These stories and our individual veterans must not be ignored. The plight of our post-9/11 veterans is a ticking time bomb and a national tragedy.
For over a decade, our vets have been leading the way overseas. It's about time we welcome them back with jobs so they can lead the way at home. Because really, if we can't support the folks we ask to fight and die for our country, then it's about time for a national gut-check.
Things are falling into shape for Democrats to keep control of the Senate and regain control of the House.
The secretive and unaccountable Super Committee is meeting behind closed doors and proposing devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that would be shouldered by the 99%.