President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court has sparked a firestorm of denunciation from the right-wing noise machine. But it will take a truckload of hypocrisy for Republican Senators to even begin to block her nomination.
Today, the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare systems issued their annual reports and, as expected, the occasion has prompted the usual suspects to reiterate their fear-mongering misrepresentations about an “entitlement crisis.” Let us be clear (and truthful): Social Security is not broken, and Medicare can only be fixed by comprehensive health care reform.
Conservative pollster Frank Luntz recently provided right wingers on Capitol Hill a secret 28-page memo entitled The Language of Healthcare 2009—which has leaked! The memo was intended to offer a message framing strategy to defeat President Obama’s plan to provide health care for all. But the document is more useful to progressives than conservatives.
The outbreak of H1N1 influenza should remind Americans that the very basis of modern conservatism—the idea that “government is the problem”—is demonstrably false. When individuals and corporations are unable or unwilling to solve major problems, the only solution is government.
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives handed bankers in the credit card industry a defeat. But almost simultaneously, mortgage bankers won big in the Senate. Senator Richard Durbin lamented that the banks “are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. more »
The inauguration of Barack Obama 100 days ago gave both progressives and conservatives a chance for a new beginning. Conservatives could have used the opportunity to open up a “big tent” and appeal to moderates. Instead, they’ve retreated into the political wilderness, failing as leaders, legislators, and even as linguists.
How do you kill a zombie idea? I mean, like the tenets of right-wing political philosophy that have been proven dead wrong—yet, they continue to rise up and gnaw at the flesh of America’s body politic. I wonder, because every time members of Congress walk into the Capitol, zombie ideas shamble in with them. As many as 200 members of Congress—most of them House Republicans—remain in the grip of creepy, brain-eating political beliefs, like these...
Barack Obama opposes torture. Americans don’t necessarily agree with him, and some are downright hysterical about it. Now more than ever, it is crucial for President Obama—and other officeholders—to stand up for their principles and values. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s also good politics.
President Obama called 14 bank executives to a White House meeting today to talk about questionable practices in the credit card industry. The question is how strong will curbs on these practices be and how soon will they take effect—especially when banks are using federal bailout money to lobby against commonsense credit card reforms.