Obama's health care reform was supposed to include a public option, universal Medicaid expansion and exclude the Cadillac tax (which will hurt union workers who negotiated good health care plans). Ideally, of course, we would move to single-payer or socialized medicine, but this is America!
What do Tea Party Republicans actually want? They claim an end to Obamacare, but that's simply not a rational objective. But I don't think that's really what they crave.
I hope that the brinkmanship we're seeing in today's Congress will soon be a thing of the past and that we will realize that all of our children, from Democratic and Republican families, will be growing up in the same nation.
"Black bear is a refreshing alternative to tired, do-nothing politics," says an unnamed Democratic insider who has spoken with the bear's handlers during a salmon expedition.
In short, the global warming deniers are as wrong as the smoke-blowers who said in the 1960s that a pack a day was fine. No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn't bad for you -- and if they did, no one would listen.
For the first time since Reconstruction, North Carolina has a General Assembly and governorship controlled by the extreme factions of the Republican Party, and their legislative super majority means their power is unchecked. It's as if the Tea Party created its own playground of extremist fantasies.
It's time to get serious about America again -- and time for Republican voters to vote these representatives and congressmen out of office, once and for all.
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.
As an American who's at least as provincial as I am liberal, I've found myself mischievously wondering of late: if the federal government shuts down and stays that way, so what?
It appears to me, this country has firmly reentered the days of hatred and pillage due to ideologies, not facts or logic. I have heard this song and d...
The Tea Party, while more radical than mainstream Republicans, shares with them the party's signature motive force: hatred.
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.
As Big Data gets bigger the political outliers will have a greater share of voice and the normal middle will continue to shrink.
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?