Don’t you guys know how to fight?

Last week President Obama threatened to veto a “tax extender” bill the House wanted to pass. It would have done lots of things that might be useful: The emerging tax legislation would make permanent 10 provisions, including an expanded research and development tax credit, which businesses and the Obama administration have wanted to make permanent …

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“Republican Cuts Kill”

In a Facebook post this morning I wrote the following with a link to a Joan Walsh essay at Salon. Quoting her: “Isn’t it fair to ask whether the constant denigration of government, and the resulting defunding, now makes it harder to handle what everyone agrees are core government functions?” I continued in my own …

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Mom had a birthday yesterday

And we’re threatened unto pain of death lest we mention the number of years she’s celebrating. Think of a number related to pianos. Anyway, we had a three-bone rib roast, homemade mashed potatoes, leaf spinach, fruit salad, and spice cake for dessert. It was all delicious. Two questions: First, why is it that I can …

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Republicans are still evil

The party’s Senate membership is made up of hateful people who lost whatever iota of human kindness they once had. Why else would they once again block a plan to extend (paid-for) unemployment benefits to the 1.7 million Americans (in many cases, their constituents!) who lost their benefits in December? Benefits lost at the time …

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Oh, c’mon, Speaker Boehner

I used to think John Boehner was a modern political version of George Babbitt, a successful climber prosperous but worried, wanting – passionately – to seize something more than motor cars and a house before it’s too late. Substitute Speakership for the cars and the house, then add “well-remembered” to it, and that’s what I …

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Boehner: Dunce or Sneaky?

I’m trying to understand whether Speaker Boehner is really as foolish as he seems in this battle, or if he’s got a cunning plan. Given today’s remarks, I’m leaning toward option one. “What the president said today was if there’s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he will sit down and talk to us.” John, John, John. …

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What moderate Republicans?

I’m with Josh Marshall here. He cites an article from Byron York, a conservative reporter for the Washington Examiner, which quotes a House Republican as saying there are easily 180 or 190 “moderate” Republicans who would vote for a “clean” continuing resolution, meaning a bill to end the shutdown with no strings attached. Like Josh, …

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