Monthly Archives: July 2011

Guy Nobody’s Heard of Tells Republicans, Tea Partiers to Remain Calm

Thaddeus McCotter has told Republicans and tea partiers it’s time for a truce: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), a Republican presidential candidate, called Saturday morning for Republicans and the Tea Party to stop fighting and work together to help save the … Continue reading

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Yalies and Trillions

A few days ago Jack Balkin, a law professor at Yale–remember that he’s at Yale, it will come in handy–offered up a funny but possibly ingenious solution to the debt ceiling problem: Are there other ways for the president to … Continue reading

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OK, You Say Obama Sucks. But What. Is. Your. Alternative?

Yesterday it was Kuttner. Today’s it’s Greider: The most distressing outcome of the deficit hysteria gripping Washington may be what Barack Obama has revealed about himself. It was disconcerting to watch the president slip-slide so easily into voicing the fallacious … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just Cynicism, It’s Also Political Insanity

I agree that most Republicans and Tea Partiers–there’s a lot of overlap, but they’re not entirely synonymous–don’t actively want the economy to tank. But this I don’t think is right: At the same time, an awful lot of them sure … Continue reading

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It’s World War I, Not World War II (And Obama Isn’t Neville Chamberlin)

It’s hard to call a completely arbitrary and self-inflicted legal impediment to rationality a “crisis,” but I think it’s now fair to use the word to describe the debt limit. Because no family prints money, controls interstate commerce or stimulates … Continue reading

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If the Government Defaults, No Pay For Congress

One of the ironies of the GOP pushing up to possible default as a way to deliver a defeat to President Obama is that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, the GOP will be ceding tremendous power to Obama, … Continue reading

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To Succeed, Obama May Have to Be the Crazy Prisoner

Whenever Americans who pay a modicum of attention to Washington focus in on the machinations in Congress, someone invariably suggests that our government would be less dysfunctional if it were a parliamentary system. But it isn’t, and there’s no reason … Continue reading

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