Right-wing think tanks will continue to decry people who receive benefits as "takers" and disparage safety net programs for "breeding a culture of dependency." But a solid majority of Americans, have had different life experiences and reject this view.
While Newt Gingrich represents much that has been wrong with the Republican party for the last 20 years -- and is as responsible as anyone for the extreme partisanship in Washington today -- he has clearly learned some lessons from the past.
Right-wingers describe Social Security as an "entitlement," meaning its beneficiaries receive public funds transferred from others. It's actually a pension plan, and the federal government is the trustee.
When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few super wealthy and powerful people.
I've seen you on television chatting up your debt reduction proposal. And while you come across as a likable guy, your claim to be working on behalf of the next generation of young Americans is bogus. Here's why.
The holiday season is already upon us, but Congressional Republicans are not in a holiday mood. Because of their recalcitrance in the ongoing negotiations surrounding the pending fiscal crisis, they are on the verge of becoming the Grinch that stole America's economic recovery.
I'm getting really tired of the hysteria over this so-called, somewhat media created, "fiscal cliff." But I do think we are in for some changes in health care as a result of the discussions going on in Washington so here's what you should expect.
If Republicans want their political opponents to promise them something, the only promise we should make is this -- the Republican Party won't be rendered completely irrelevant until after the 2014 midterms. Deal?
As discussions swirl around Washington on tax rates, entitlement "reform," and discretionary spending cuts, it seems all too easy to forget that real people will suffer if the wrong decisions are made in the next several weeks.
There's going to be pain all around in whatever deal is struck. Most Americans are going to be directly impacted in one way or another by whatever bargain is made between President Obama and congressional Republicans.