The modern Republican – an American problem


The new Republican party is an albatross of ideological intransigence. It is an anchor that lists the ship of governance as far to the right as it can, until it starts to take on water. The threat not to raise the debt limit, that enables the federal government to pay our debts, has pulled the… Continue reading The modern Republican – an American problem

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Audacity and the ‘legislative reality’ fallacy


"The legislation the President has asked for cannot pass the House. I’m happy to discuss these issues at the White House, but such discussions will be fruitless until the President recognizes economic and legislative reality." - Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH), in a July 5, 2011, statement Both Boehner and Senate Minority Leader,… Continue reading Audacity and the ‘legislative reality’ fallacy

The devil at Obama’s door


No matter what happens with the US economy between now and November, 2012, the Republicans are going to drag it all, lead and gold, wrapped in a tablecloth, and drop it at the White House door. Of course, it should be that way. The president is the face of federal responsibility, and he is in… Continue reading The devil at Obama’s door

GOP takes stand on debt, ceiling collapses on kitchen table


Why would the GOP bring to the floor of the House a bill, Tuesday, that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced, when he even says it is a bill that "will and must fail?” Of course it did, with less than half of Democrats supporting it. They just want to bring the… Continue reading GOP takes stand on debt, ceiling collapses on kitchen table

Scar Tissue – ‘a bipartisan problem’


It is time to put the closing parenthesis on a week of tragedy, the blip of insanity that comes from a man with a damaged brain and a semi-automatic pistol. Congress is coming back this week, to pick up where it left off before the bullets started flying. But will John Boehner's message be tweaked… Continue reading Scar Tissue – ‘a bipartisan problem’