The Problem, In One Tweet

This one.  Maybe - maybe - you could make an argument that the reason this failed is due to the messenger. That Bernie Sanders’ name has become toxic in the Democratic establishment to such a degree that even good, commonsense legislation he proposes is defeated, when the same thing proposed by anyone else might very well have passed. If you think that, however, take a look back at...

Fiscal NIMBYism

3/2 - see update at bottom* Pew Research is out with another poll, this time focused on budgetary and financial issues, given the upcoming sequester, and the results are depressingly predictable. The title alone gives away the findings almost completely: As Sequester Deadline Looms, Little Support for Cutting Most Programs (pdf). The key graph is here: This is the quandary American politics - no,...

Two Cheers For Barack Obama, AKA: Update On The State Of The Economy…?

Apologies for the long delay between the last post and this one. I've had my mother visiting for the past two weeks - always a pleasure, but means I have much less time for doing other things like, say, keeping up with current political happenings by posting here.So, last time I posted, I had the then-breaking news that the President was supposed to have endorsed most of the...

Budget Strategery and Real World Effects

The Washington Post is reporting today that - as many progressives feared - President Obama will be endorsing the general (and possibly specific) recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles Fiscal Commission, long since dubbed the "Catfood Commission" in his budget talk tomorrow evening:Obama will not blaze a fresh path when he delivers a much-anticipated speech Wednesday afternoon at George Washington...