Cruz's relentless angling to make himself the breakout star of the Senate reality show does have a benefit for Republicans.
With one deft stroke, Barack Obama made clear that the shutdown and the threat of a national default flowed directly from Reaganism, and that the tea party Republicans are no fringe element.
The shutdown alone reduced economic activity in the United States by at least $24 billion and cut growth in the current quarter by as much as 0.6 percent. But that is just the beginning of a much grimmer inventory of suffering.
I'm going to stand up for Mitt Romney. Now you might not realize this, but that last sentence is magical. It's the only phrase in the English langua...
Caribbean business expansion is the most productive way forward for our region, and government policies that enhance this over the long-term ought to be adopted. In a land where giants fight, agility and alertness are our most useful assets.
Now that we've managed to reopen the federal government, and have somehow wrested control away from the media attention junkies that kept it closed, it is time to assess the damage done. The threatened default's effect will be slow and corrosive.
When one group, attached to a warped and parochial vision of American identity, comes to feel that they have a right and a mission to make that vision a reality for everyone -- in other words, to impose it -- the way is open to the kind of political behavior we now see in Congress.
People don't change their behavior and attitudes because you tell them to. Instead, they react to being told what to do by erecting defensive barriers and hunkering down.
He's an African American with name identification and some admiration among blacks, though that's dwindling fast. We can be sure then that this won't be the last crackpot quip that we'll hear from Carson. Sadly, he'll continue to be the worst thing that happened to us since he opened his mouth.
In my last post ("Reclaiming Our Democracy - Lessons from the Trenches of Citizen Advocacy," October 15) I described the highly effective methodologie...
Now that Congress crashed on Cruz Control, Ralph and Jonathan concur that that Ted and the Tea Party are fringe but disagree on how Obama is taking them on. And they debate the prospects of Cruz, Booker, Brown.
It is tempting to ponder the Tea Party exiling themselves to Mars so that the climate activists can finally get a climate bill passed in Congress and solve our Earthly problems. But wishful thinking aside, our mammalian brains must resist the urge to flee.
These days, in the wake of the Great Government Shutdown of 2013 -- surprise, surprise -- you actually have to be Anthony Weiner or the Ebola virus to be less liked than the United States Congress. Really. Compare them to dog poop, hemorrhoids or the DMV -- Congress loses to just about everything. Even cockroaches. We're sure you're shocked.
The question, as it has been framed, is: how could a minority of hard-line extremists generate enough fear that they were able paralyze their party's leadership forcing the government to shut down and bringing the nation to the brink of default?
The GOP learned its lesson, right? Right? ...
This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.