A Note On Budget Reconciliation

*** UPDATE (8/22/09) ***: It seems as if the Republicans and their flaks in the media (read: FAUX "News") have been trying to make hay by conflating the Democrats' consideration of using budget reconciliation with the "nuclear option" which made such a splash a few years ago during the Bush administration, when the Republicans were considering using the "nuclear option" to get around Democratic...

Of Grassroots And Astroturf

During this seemingly-endless month of August, as the health care debate rages at full boil across America, there's been a lot of talk about two terms, grassroots and astroturf. The first term is probably familiar to you, even if you've never considered yourself a political activist or even that much of a political person. Grassroots is the term used to describe "bottom-up" (i.e. - grassroots)...