The Wizard may rule Oz, but it's not too late to pull back the curtain.
The meeting was "intense."
Adopting a GOP budget just got a lot tougher with projections of the first deficit increase since Democrats controlled Congress.
After its recess, Congress only has about a dozen days to figure out government funding.
Fifty years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans, especially women. Fast forward to 2015, and both are very much under siege.
The bottom line is that the Republican budget fails to support families trying to create a better life for themselves and their children. It will exacerbate the economic hopelessness that is fueling unrest throughout the country rather than alleviate it.
The budget conference agreement, if adopted by Congress, will represent one of the most radical budget plans that lawmakers have adopted since they created the modern budget process in 1974. That's no exaggeration. If they follow this plan, lawmakers would eviscerate substantial parts of the federal government.