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If the Super Committee Doesn't Cut Your Medicare, Santa Claus Will Die!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Well-intentioned staffers in Washington need good information to do their jobs well. Instead they're being inundated with confusing pseudo-facts and empty fear-mongering. This week's case in point? The Congressional "super committee."

Obama Prods Deadlocked Congress

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sidestepping controversy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declined to take sides Monday on a proposal for higher tax reve...

The Superfluous Super Committee

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Super Committee needs to die of its own weight and its perverse policy assumptions. Its collapse will leave the Republicans exposed as a party with no plan for economic recovery other than more tax cuts for the rich and cuts in social insurance that most Americans value -- leaving the whole question of what programs to cut and what taxes to raise as the proper subject of a 2012 election that Democrats could actually win. Here's a better program: raise taxes on the wealthy and on corporations; use the proceeds for jobs and public infrastructure investment; get some budget cuts out of military spending by ending two wars.

Sam Stein

Obama Warns Super Committee Co-Chairs Not To Change Triggers In Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the deadline fast approaching for the congressional super committee to make its deficit reduction recommendations, President Barack...

'There's Not Going To Be A Tax Increase'

The Hill | Bernie Becker | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Grover Norquist isn't worried about a GOP supercomittee proposal on taxes because he thinks Democrats want the panel to fail to reach a deal. ...

One In Four Americans Would Be Poor Without Government Help: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

As rampant as poverty is in America, it would be much worse without government aid. The Census Bureau estimates that last year a record 46 million ...

Pentagon Sounds Dire Warning On Cuts

AOL Defense | Carlo Munoz | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Pentagon: It's official: the Pentagon will get roughly halfway to the Obama administration's goal of cutting up to $500 billion in defense spending ov...

Open Letter: Saving Medicare Is About Being Super

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

What is the human cost to what you may be proposing? How does your decision help to promote job creation; hold true to valuing our seniors and disabled; move us closer to our goal of a healthier society?

Don't Buy Into Generational Warfare: Keep the Super Committee Accountable to the 99%

Scott Hochberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Scott Hochberg

We need to remind the Super Committee that in the end, they are accountable to the 99%, who overwhelmingly want no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Defense Spending and the Deficit Debate

Jonathan Masters | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Masters

Most experts believe reducing the defense budget is sensible fiscal policy, but they disagree over the extent of the cuts, and how they should fit into a comprehensive deficit-reduction package.

Deficit-Cutting Committee Deadlocked As Clock Ticks

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With Congress' supercommittee stymied, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday of a "paper tiger" Pentagon if the panel fail...

Dave Jamieson

Senators Set To Slash Benefits For Disabled Civil Servants

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking to cut benefits for federal workers disabled on the job, a budget-trimming move that critics warn ...

'Super Congress' Democrats Scale Back Key Cuts

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The most recent offer by Democrats on a deficit-cutting supercommittee would reduce deficits by $2.3 trillion over the coming decade. T...

Arin Greenwood

Protesters Occupy 'Super Committee' Hearing In Freedom Plaza

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.09.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy Washington DC, the movement formerly known as Stop the Machine that has been camping and protesting in Freedom Plaza since Oct. 6...

'I Did Not Promise Him To Oppose Tax Increases Until Death Do Us Part'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

A growing number of House lawmakers want out of an Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist's pledge in which they vowed to never raise taxe...

Democracy -- Washington Post Style

Max Richtman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Media
Max Richtman

It's hard to understand why a group representing millions of seniors, which expresses a viewpoint held by the vast majority of Americans of all ages, would face character assassination in the opinion pages of the Washington Post.

Super Committee Dems Reject GOP Idea

AP | DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Congress' supercommittee secretly presented Republicans with a revised deficit-cutting proposal earlier this week that...

Bill Clinton: 'I Was Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton backed off a claim he made in his new book, Back To Work, to an audience at the New York Historical Society Tuesday. ...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Contend Obama Wants Super Committee To Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sign of just how unlikely Congress' deficit-cutting super committee is to succeed, Republicans took the blame game to another level...

A Way-Out for the Super Committee... and the Country

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Each side wants the most it can get, but it must consider that the other side may decide to relinquish some of what it wants to get closer to what it estimates the American people want.

Congress, Super Committee Running Out Of Time

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling ...

A Super Committee "Failure" Wouldn't Hurt the Economy -But a "Success" Sure Would

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The committee's members are being warned that all of them will suffer in any future bids for leadership if the committee "fails" to put forward a plan. The economic and polling data make the answer to that clear: Not if they "fail" like leaders.

Sam Stein

Super Committee Dems Decide Against Extending Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats on the super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction have ruled out supporting a measur...

Sen. Schumer: Deficit Super Committee Likely To Fail

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat says that a deficit "supercommittee" is unlikely to succeed because of a deadlock over taxes. New York Democ...

Traditional Voting Fails; Alternative Works

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday was "move your money" day. Wall Street banks won't tell how many customers they lost. But depositors, more than 78,000 of whom pledged to make the move, made their point. They voted differently. They voted with their feet and their wallets. And they won.