Hllary Clinton

Hillary has a progressive view of deficit and national debt. [They’re different, by the way.]

There must be something in the local water that leads Missouri Democrats to wail and figuratively rend their garments over the question of deficits and the national debt. It also often leads them to support what can only be described as stupid policies. Claire McCaskill worked hard to establish her me-too, “bipartisan” fiscal credentials by embracing…

Jason Kander

A MO Democratic candidate calls for a Balanced Budget amendment. Wait, what?

In a shocking policy statement released last week, Democrat Jason Kander—who is running for US Senate to unseat Republican incumbent Roy Blunt—announced that he supports a Balanced Budget amendment to the US Constitution. That is a very odd policy position for a Democrat. Usually, this balanced-budget stuff is the bailiwick of Republicans, who claim that…

The case for the Sanders revolution

Bernie Sanders is calling for a political revolution. Is there evidence to demonstrate that his “revolution” is needed? And why is the Sanders revolution proving to be more attractive to some voters than Hillary Clinton’s focus on “improving what he have?” There is considerable evidence in the FY 2017 budget that President Obama just submitted…

Kansas raises taxes…reluctantly and nastily

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback [R]—who started the whole mess—knows it. The Republican dominated Kansas legislature—who gleefully made it happen—knows it, too. The radical, right-wing economic experiment in tax reduction that they imposed on Kansas citizens has failed—miserably, ignominiously, publicly—to do what its theoreticians promised it would do: magically stimulate the Kansas economy through that good-old,…

“We can’t afford it.” The untrue, anti-tax mantra of 21st century government

For the past 30 years, “We can’t afford it” has become the mantra of city councilmen, state legislators and even U.S. Congressional representatives. But there is something terribly wrong with that. What do lawmakers mean by “it?” There are many meanings. Sometimes, “it” is higher salaries for teachers. Sometimes, “it” is repairs to crumbling bridges.…

This bill makes me want to stick with gridlock

Like many progressives, I’ve been very frustrated by both the gridlock that Republicans have been causing in Congress and the ongoing mischaracterization of it by much of the mainstream press. No sooner had President Obama been sworn into office than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that his main goal the upcoming Congressional…

Boots on the ground, working for democracy

“The government this.” “The government that.” These are often the lead-ins for criticisms from right-winger malcontents. To them, it is as if the government is a monolith made up of demons who are secretly plotting to undermine everyone and everything that they value. From a bird’s eye view, this is silly. Most of the government’s…

The budget deal: Progressive Blog Digest

Conservatives are balking at the budget deal. Plus links to other issues featured on progressive blogs. See today’s full Progressive Blog Digest here. http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/can-paul-ryan-put-down-a-revolt-from-the-right-20131210 Can Paul Ryan Put Down a Revolt From the Right? http://prospect.org/article/conservative-anger-over-budget-deal-now-purely-save-face Conservative Anger Over Budget Deal Now Purely to Save Face John Boehner blows up: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/boehner-finally-loses-temper-on-tea-party “You mean the groups that came …

Republicans will punt on economic recovery

The first significant economic figure that came out in the wake of the government shutdown and near collision with the debt limit was the September, 2013 unemployment figures.  The economy added 148,000 net new jobs in September, a less than stellar number. Technically, unemployment dropped from 7.3% to 7.2%. But the real problem has to…