Category Archives: Debt and Budget

The Donald Whets Democratic Appetites

Donald Trump ended speculation about a possible run for N.Y. Governor, while stoking the hopes and dreams of Democrats that he will run for president in 2016. Trump twittled: “While I won’t be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have … Continue reading


If You Are Fooled By Conservatives Once, Shame On Them.

The entire title to this post is: If You Are Fooled By Conservatives Once, Shame On Them. If You Are Fooled By Conservatives Twice, Fool Me… Won’t Get Fooled Again. During his speech to CPAC, Paul Ryan gave a “moving” … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Little Noted But Epic Win

The passage through the house and senate of a clean debt limit increase bill has exposed deep divisions in the Republican party.  Ted Cruz’ stunt forcing Republican Senate leaders to vote in favor of allowing the vote to proceed has … Continue reading


Pope Francis Officially Wins Me Over

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, … Continue reading

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I Guess That Makes Me A Sociopath Then…

Writing for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum notes the awful poll numbers for Republicans following the government shutdown:  Ted Cruz and his fellow tea partiers have done tremendous damage to the Republican Party brand. If I were sociopathic and didn’t care … Continue reading

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How Conservatism Ruined The ACA Website

When radical house Republicans shut down the government more than a few pragmatic Republicans bemoaned the fact that the rocky start of the ACA website was being downplayed. Following the shutdown more attention is being paid to the troubled website, … Continue reading

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Peggy Noonan: The Queen Of The Deepity, Part II

Deepity: “[A] proposition that seems both important and true – and profound – but that achieves this effect by being ambiguous. On one reading, it is manifestly false, but it would be earth-shaking if it were true; on the other … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan: Glutton For Punishment, Or Joe Lieberman Wannabe?

Paul Ryan is telling house Republicans to not support the proposal forwarded by Senate Republicans. That proposal will not make it to the house anyway, because Senate Democrats have rejected it. But the reasons Ryan gives his fellow inmates in … Continue reading

Obama Holds Position, Republicans “Mystified” And Another Party Line Vote

Talks between congressional Republicans and the White House have broken down. Speaker John Boehner and his flock are not taking this well. Speaker John A. Boehner told House Republicans on Saturday that the White House has rejected their compromise proposal … Continue reading

Ted Cruz Unskews (The Polls)

Today brings us the newest iteration in the long running saga of Republicans refusing to accept obvious reality. From convincing themselves that Romney was on the way to an easy victory in the 2012 election to a myriad of ideological … Continue reading


Dear Mr. Speaker, Prove It

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that there are not enough votes in the House of Representative to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government without a provision defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act. “There are not … Continue reading


Why Most Republicans Do Not Seem To Know They Are Getting Their Butts Kicked

During the 2012 presidential campaign one of the greatest sources of amusement for us lefties was to point and laugh at various conservatives as they confidently predicted a landslide win for Mitt Romney. Expecting Republicans to simply give up and … Continue reading

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