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Food stamp cuts are ideological, not fiscal: Republicans make the poor pay to balance the budget

During a discussion at the University of Michigan in 2010, the billionaire vice-chairman of Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway firm, Charles Munger, was asked whether the government should have bailed out homeowners rather than banks. “You’ve got it exactly wrong,” he said. “There’s danger in just shovelling out money to people who…

Americans won’t ‘throw the bums out’ in 2014

There are two biases that I’ve seen over and over again in the Washington press, and neither is “conservative” or “liberal”. One is a bias towards making a big deal out of something that will ultimately have little electoral effect. The other is propping up the idea that Americans are…

Chamber of Commerce: Enough ‘silliness,’ we need Republicans who understand the free market

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it will be more engaged in next year’s midterm elections to help elect Republicans who understand business. After watching House Republicans and their tea party-backed allies in Senate bring the nation to the brink of default in their quixotic effort to derail the Affordable…

Don’t rule out the Democrats winning back the House in 2014

I don’t believe the Democrats will win back the House of Representatives in 2014. President Obama’s low approval rating, combined with the usual midterm loss and normal movement away (pdf) from the White House party on the national House ballot, should keep Republicans in control. Yet, there’s a difference between…

Bill Moyers: Tea Partiers ‘have sucked the last bit of soul’ from GOP

Bill Moyers laid into Republicans in a blistering critique on Moyers & Company on Friday, particularly former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), whom he accused of using his platform as a CNN host to egg the party on in the ongoing government shutdown in spite of its harmful effects on…

Good news for people who don’t understand bad news

Before we cast off  into the great unknown, this is the news on the ground from Planet Earth: Seventy percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll disapprove of how the Republicans in Congress are handling the budget negotiations, up 7 percentage points from a week ago. Far fewer, 51…

Republicans Trying To Gaslight The Public On The Shutdown

Republicans think you are stupid. If a terrorist group takes a hostage, rest assured that 99% of people will blame the terrorist group if the hostage is hurt or killed, and not the hostage’s allies who were not in a position to give in to the outrageous demands of terrorists.…

The Government Shutdown Demonstrates GOP Hostility Towards Democracy

Ordinary Americans, defying the GOP’s wishes by voting. Rachel Maddow’s segment on why the Republicans are shutting down government is a must-watch tour de force: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy As she explains in the video, House Republicans have not shown a bit…

Rachel Maddow blasts GOP intransigence: ‘Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow outlined the Republican path toward grinding the government to a halt on Monday night, pointing out that on multiple occasions over the past few years, GOP lawmakers and candidates swore they would do just that. “There is nothing about the last few weeks of political back-and-forth…

The Republican ‘defund Obamacare’ disorder shows their denial of political reality

The Republican party is not in a good place right now. They are historically unpopular (particularly House Republicans); they have no discernible governing agenda; they are under assault from their own supporters; they continue to say stupid things that upset key voting groups … and – guess what? – things…

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