"The first two years, when we had a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate, we had the most productive legislature since
Now that the budget battle is truly joined, with hourly updates issuing forth from the not-so-hallowed halls of Washington, the cry among the media as I currently write this runs along the lines of: "A deal is in sight -- maybe!"
This news is hopefully a step in the right direction after a series of failed attempts at negotiation between Boehner and
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) mocked President Barack Obama in a floor speech Monday, hours before a potential government shutdown -- marking a rare move and a public sign of the two leaders' increasingly soured relationship.
"You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you're supposed to be doing anyway ... just because
Jeff Wright, a United Auto Workers officer waiting for Obama, commented, "They're completely dysfunctional." Pelosi also
House Republicans have spent weeks fending off right-wing demands that they shut down the government unless President Obama
House Speaker John Boehner is leading what is arguably the most anti-jobs Congress in modern history, and he and his co-conspirators in the Senate have been systematically sabotaging the economy and the opportunity for millions of Americans to go back to work.
"He simply says we need to have higher taxes, and we don't agree with him. So I don't see any agreements there at all," Rep
The economy faces a persistent budget crisis. Pushback from Wall Street has gutted most of the banking reforms, unemployment is stuck around 8 percent, corporate profits have been soaring while there is no wage growth -- and the newest White House proposal is... a free trade zone with Europe. This idea of a Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area was tossed in, reportedly at the last moment, to President Obama's State of the Union, and is being promoted in the government's latest report on trade. You don't know whether to laugh or cry. This is a classic case of changing the subject to a cause that will not address any of the economy's deeper ills and could well worsen them. It recalls the very old joke about the drunk looking for his keys under a lamp post. He mentions to a cop that he lost the keys somewhere else, but "this is where the light is."