Reminder: DC Needs Statehood

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 11:02 am

One of the biggest inherent injustices in our government system is that there is no democracy for the people living in the capital of the country which is called the leader of the free world. The problem is not simply that the people of Washington DC are denied any representation in Congress. The even larger [...]

Majorities from Every Political Ideology Want a Third Party Option

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 11:09 am

Overall, 52 percent of Americans would like to add a third major political party, while only 40 percent feel Democrats and Republicans do an adequate job representing the American people, according to the latest Gallup poll. The interesting finding of this poll is that it found across the political spectrum, liberals, moderates and conservatives, all [...]

Government Contractors Will Fight for Right to Secretly Use Tax Dollars to Campaign for More Tax Dollars

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 12:24 pm

A government contractor’s entire business model is based on trying to convince the politicians in power to give it large sums of taxpayer money. It should be evident to everyone that the potential for corruption is as enormous as the possible profits. Contractors clearly have a massive incentive to take some of the taxpayer money [...]

Big Majorities Feel Rich Individuals and Large Corporations Pay Too Little in Taxes

By: Monday April 18, 2011 5:05 pm

While most Americans feel that middle class and lower income individuals pay their fair share or too much in taxes, overwhelming majorities believe rich people and corporations pay far too little, according to the latest poll from Gallup. A total of 59 percent think upper income Americans are paying less than their fair share of [...]

Immediate Austerity: A Win-Win Strategy for Republicans

By: Friday January 28, 2011 8:30 am

When fully in control of Washington, the Republican Party has traditionally shown no concern for budget deficits. They had no problem passing both unpaid-for tax cuts or huge entitlement expansion on nearly party line votes. As Republican Vice President Dick Cheney famously said, “Deficits don’t matter” –at least as long as Republicans are in the [...]

Modest Reforms of Senate Filibuster Rules Won’t Cause Political Backlash

By: Monday January 17, 2011 1:42 pm

I know this is often hard for professional politicians and political aides to comprehend, but regular Americans really don’t pay attention to abstract congressional maneuvers. If the Senate Democratic caucus thinks reforming Senate rules is a good thing that would eventually will lead to better policy outcomes, they should implement them. If they don’t think [...]

Dear Congress, Almost No One Knows or Cares About Your Kabuki

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 6:48 pm

It’s Christmas time, and I’m surrounded by family. Like with almost any large family gathering, the conversation eventually turns to polite questions about work. The family knows I write about politics, so, over the course of several days, I tend to have a brief conversation about Congress and politics with each member of the family. [...]

Calling Accounting to Account: The Abortion Funding Debate and the Chamber of Commerce’s Foreign Money

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 2:05 pm

The Chamber of Commerce gets money from foreign citizens and foreign corporations for their general fund. From their general fund, the Chamber of Commerce spends millions on ads to influence our democracy–this we know thanks to Think Progress. The Chamber of Commerce claims that they have a system in place to prevent foreign money from [...]

Hill Democrats Whine About Third-Party Campaign Spending, Ignoring Their Own Failure to Act

By: Wednesday September 22, 2010 7:49 pm

With low enthusiasm expected from Democratic base voters and the new flood of money created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Congressional Democrats are terrified that they are being dramatically outspent by shadowy, corporate-funded, outside campaigns. Sadly, instead of using their complete control of the federal government to reform this situation, they have taken [...]

Why Should I Care? Leaders Lack Good Reasons to Vote For Democrats – or Against Republicans

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 6:45 pm

There is great concern that the Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives and even possibly the Senate in the 2010 elections. While most prognosticators are predicting huge wins for the Republican Party, their current seat deficit is so great that if they do win back the majority in the House, it will [...]

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