Category Archives: Budget

#PAGov: What Does Allyson Schwartz Like About Third Way?

If the Third Way op-ed slamming progressive heroes Elizabeth Warren and Bill DeBlasio was “outrageous,” then what does Allyson Schwartz like about that organization? Why is she an honorary co-chair? Trying to convince Democratic politicians to cut Social Security and … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Governor, National Politics, State Politics, US House

Go Away T.J. Rooney

Go away: As a political figure, it was easy for me to recognize the way lawmakers let avoidable distractions get in the way of the country’s real problems during the fiscal crisis last month. We experienced a crippling government shutdown … More after the jump

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Toomey Admits Breaching the Borrowing Limit Could Cause a Depression, Wants to Do It Anyway

Colby Itkowitz’s tone in this piece seems to suggest she has finally figured out that Pat Toomey is completely wrong about the “payment prioritization” fantasy: Sen. Pat Toomey is willing to call the White House’s bluff on default, which he … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, US Senate

Everybody Knows the Shutdown is the Republican Party’s Fault

Posted in Budget, US House

#PA15: Charlie Dent’s Fake “Compromise” Plan Goes Nowhere. Time to Vote for the Discharge Petition.

I don’t know where Colby Itkowitz gets off calling a plan that has exactly one House Democratic supporter “bipartisan,” and I also don’t understand this comment that a “compromise” between the parties is necessary to reopen the government: Dent and … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, US House

#PA15: Charlie Dent’s Talking Nonsense About the Discharge Petition, Cont’d

Ryan comments that Charlie Dent is simply wrong about how long the House Dems’ discharge petition will take. This can happen very fast if Dent actually wants it to. All we need is his signature on this thing: And Dent’s … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, US House

Charlie Dent is One of the Key Republicans We Need to Sign the Discharge Petition. Call Him!

If the House Democrats can get just 18 House Republicans to sign their “discharge petition” for a clean budget resolution, the shutdown ends. Charlie Dent is one of the key Republicans we need to get. He says he’s a moderate. … More after the jump

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Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Fights Merging

I’ve been arguing that raising (and ideally eliminating) the debt ceiling must be the price for Democratic votes for the CR, so I’m glad to see Ezra Klein reporting that the White House wants the two issues resolved in the … More after the jump

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Obama: “We Are Not Going to Engage in a Series of Negotiations”

It sounds like Obama is coming around to the correct position that Democrats need to demand an end to both hostage crises as a condition for Dem votes for the CR. There’s no sense in Dems voting for a CR … More after the jump

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Obama’s Finally Doing It Right on the Debt Ceiling

Ezra Klein says Obama and the Democrats are finally doing what they should’ve been doing in 2011: not negotiating on the debt ceiling. Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling and John Boehner agrees. There is nothing to negotiate about. … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, US House, US Senate