Critical programs like Medicaid -- which provides health coverage for more than one out of three of our nation's children -- are at the top of the list for drastic cuts. If we don't stand up for our kids now in the budget negotiations, no one will.
For the last forty years, the Right's demonization of government is one of the reasons why the wealthy and big Wall Street banks have been allowed to siphon off a greater and greater share of the nation's wealth from the middle class.
America is on a collision course with itself. The tax cut deal is being hailed as the start of a new bipartisan consensus. I believe, instead, that it is a false truce in what will become a pitched battle for the soul of American politics.
While the payroll tax cut comes at a much higher price tag and would thus have a greater net impact on job creation, the cut would actually lower disposable income for all tax filers earning less than $20,000 a year.
The proponents of the tax deal that Obama and Republicans negotiated last week have gotten out their TARP and Iraq War hysterics, now telling us that if Congress doesn't approve the package, it will be the end of the world.
Right-wing billionaire Pete Peterson continues to use the Washington Post as an outlet for deceptive anti-tax and anti-government propaganda. The latest Peterson production is a grab-bag of misinformation and fiscal ignorance.
What lurks behind Obama's North Star rhetoric is his apparent conviction that only economic improvement, not political battles, are important for gaining back political ground for the Democratic Party.
The president's position on the tax cuts tends to poll well in national surveys of adults. As a result, most liberals think Obama and the Democrats should have the advantage. However, the political reality is more complicated.
Let's be clear. The Republican Party has only one core value: massive economic benefits for the wealthiest Americans. And they'll sacrifice the welfare of everyone else who is gullible enough to vote for them in order to get it.
America's problem is that it doesn't want to pay for what it wants. We pay big bucks for the stuff that makes us happy. We pay only pennies publicly for common goods, and then whine about how many pennies it's costing.
Moms are good at sniffing out trickery. So when some of our leaders tell us they can afford to extend tax cuts for the rich, but can't afford to continue unemployment benefits for millions of families, we're a bit suspicious.