Conservative and libertarian arguments about social spending are rooted in the discredited Social Darwinism of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner.
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 presidential election is three years away, but the recent government shutdown and the way aspirants responded to it will be a key metric for partisans choosing their next nominee. So how did they fare?
Cruz seems to be despised personally by most of his fellow Republican senators, but his brand of wrecking ball extremism has taken over their party, and as a result a great many things that matter stand in danger of being wrecked.
Obamacare may limit individual liberty, or it could catalyze a dynamic labor market unencumbered by employee dependence on employer-based insurance. We'll see reality play out in the years to come. That debate is not, however, germane to today's stalemate.
John Boehner, Ted Cruz & Rand Paul are geniuses, true patriots & founding fathers. (What did George Washington ever do that was so great anyway?) Slow down the government to prove how slow the government is! Love it!
It is shameful that fully grown adults from the richest country in the world and who have lived a life of privilege in comparison to Malala cannot muster the strength of character or a sense of decency to act with even a fraction of the dignity that this teenager exhibits, but that is precisely the case.
There is a murmuring in the pews. Is it possible the bishops are launching another Fortnight for Freedom -- this time to protest the assault on the lives of ordinary people by the Tea Party-led GOP?
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?
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.
If we need any more evidence that Janet Yellen should be the next Federal Reserve Chairperson, it was the decision by the Fed Governors to continue th...
Progress? Hardly. It's the very type of posture that has put us on the narrow ledge on which the nation now finds itself.
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.
Trust me. It's not like this in Canada. Canadians, who live in a civil, decent society, are shaking their heads at what's been going on down below them in the U.S.
The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right's leaders are working to merge their activists' anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that.
What government department does the Tea Party want to be funded that is not currently being funded right now during the shutdown? I can't think of one.