Category Archives: Congress

Low Information Voters and Republican Support: This Isn’t Eisenhower’s Party Anymore

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes … Continue reading

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Dysfunction or Bad Faith in the White House

Just as Senate Democrats were sitting down Thursday to a scheduled meeting with White House budget director Jacob J. Lew, rumors of a new debt-limit deal between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) flashed across their BlackBerrys.One … Continue reading

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Holy Crap Guys! This Helps Explain Why This Congress Is One of the Least Productive Ever

Of course, this is a poll of general attitudes. But this is a useful indicator for reasons why Congress generally can’t get anything done in one of the least productive Congresses ever. And why the tax cut deal in 2010 … Continue reading

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Governor Perry and the Vienna Convention

On the evening of Thursday, July 7th, Texas executed Humberto Leal Garcia, a Mexican national convicted of a 1994 rape and murder. A background: This case blew up in terms diplomatic when it was revealed after his conviction that he … Continue reading

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Do Nothing About the Budget!

EDIT: Yikes, read this wrong! Really wrong! I am ashamed. Italics are additions If Congress implements existing law, there is no budget crisis budget deficits will be much smaller than anticipated. The US budget will do a lot of the … Continue reading

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Chuck Schumer Trying to Change Patent System to Please Banks, Committing Falacious Special Pleading

The banks have demanded a change to the patent system, and Senator Chuck Schumer has moved to please his constituents. DataTreasury, a small business run by Claudio Ballard, owns the patent for software that digitizes checks in an end-to-end process. … Continue reading

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John Boehner is Dr. Evil

“Ok, then we hold the Democrats ransom for…2 trillion dollars!” Laying down a marker on the eve of new budget negotiations, the Ohio Republican also said he wanted the amount of the cuts to exceed any increase in the nation’s … Continue reading

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The Problem With Excluding Defense Spending From Cuts During Wartime Is…

You are still spending money on wars which costs money! The Republican-approved budget deal actually increases this year’s budget by $3.3 billion relative to current outlay levels from the previous year. For this year remaining: “About $8 billion in immediate … Continue reading

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More on Republicans Voting Down Health Benefits to 9/11 Responders

From Juan Cole: The Republican Party has since September 11, 2001, been absolutely insufferable in invoking those attacks at every possible moment for every possible reason, and in trying to portray themselves as better than other people precisely because they … Continue reading

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Commercial Space Industry Updates

Space X: Next week, Space X plans on launching the Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon capsule. This flight has been named COTS 1, COTS standing for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services. They were the first private company to be awarded a … Continue reading

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