Archive of Articles for October, 2013

Winners And Losers

[ Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 – 16:54 UTC ]

We've been in the midst of crass politics for three solid weeks now, so it doesn't seem that unbecoming to engage in some more of the same, here at the end of the shutdown/default crisis. Oh, I know, John Boehner tried to get emotional and proclaim "This is not some damn game!" but we all knew, on a certain level, that is was indeed a damn game. As well as a damn shame.

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Nothing Much

[ Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 – 21:35 UTC ]

I was too busy to write today because I was doing my taxes. "But Chris," I hear you ask, "isn't April 15th supposed to be Tax Day?" Well, yes... yes it is. But October 15th is the new official "Tax Day For Lazy Procrastinators." It used to be August 15th, but at some point Congress apparently decided that wasn't quite lazy enough for some American taxpayers, so they gave us two extra months.

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The Way Of The Whig Party

[ Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 – 17:28 UTC ]

Will Republicans go the way of the Whig Party? Well, we're not really going to answer that question in any meaningful way today, we're going to instead focus on the question itself. Because this question isn't really all that apt a parallel to draw in the first place. Most people today just use "go the way of the Whig Party" as an amusing way to say "disappear as a national political party." But a truer parallel to history would be to ask the question: "Will today's Republicans revert back to being the Whig Party?" Or, perhaps: "Will the Tea Party eventually go the way of the Whig Party?"

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Friday Talking Points [277] -- Who Will Inhabit The Cave?

[ Posted Friday, October 11th, 2013 – 16:56 UTC ]

In this particular instance, the storyline will run with one of either two words to describe the perceived loser: "blink" or "cave." We're going with the cave metaphor, today. Call it media-political spelunking, if you will. Which brings us to the most important question imaginable (to the mainstream media): Who will inhabit the cave? Who will cave, and who will enjoy the bright, bright media sunlight of perceived victory?

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A Complete Timeline Of Republican Obstructionism On Budget Negotiations They Are Now Demanding (Part 2)

[ Posted Thursday, October 10th, 2013 – 16:06 UTC ]

Today we start in June and bring the timeline of Republican obstructionism on the budget negotiations they are now loudly demanding right up to the present. Both of these articles are provided as a public service, in the hopes that the mainstream media won't continue to completely ignore what happened previously during 2013, when discussing the current situation in Washington.

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A Complete Timeline Of Republican Obstructionism On Budget Negotiations They Are Now Demanding (Part 1)

[ Posted Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 – 17:56 UTC ]

So, as a public service, I'd like to trace the history of the Republican Party when it comes to budget negotiations. In a nutshell, if you don't have time to read all the clips below, the Republican Party has been howling for years that Congress should follow the "regular order" when it comes to passing budgets. This regular order is: House passes budget. Senate passes budget. Conference committee hashes out compromise budget. House and Senate pass compromise budget. President signs budget.

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From The Archives -- Native Americans, Inc.

[ Posted Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 – 16:49 UTC ]

Today I thought it be a good idea to take a break from the budgetary staredown and run a repeat of a column I wrote all the way back in 2007. Now, sometimes what seems like a bright idea when I write a column winds up sounding pretty silly, even a few months later. But this one has stood the test of time, I think, and it is currently relevant because President Obama actually weighed in on the debate recently, when asked about it in an interview.

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The War Between The Republicans, Week 2

[ Posted Monday, October 7th, 2013 – 17:58 UTC ]

I've been saying for approximately a year now that the Republican Party is engaging in an increasingly-escalating civil war amongst themselves. For a long time, this intraparty struggle was really only visible to those who pay very close attention to politics. But now the American public at large is seeing what the wonks have been watching for months, because it really is impossible to ignore the magnitude of the Republican government shutdown and the looming default of the full faith and credit of the United States of America. As we enter the second week of what could be called "The War Between The Republicans," it's going to become more and more evident that Republicans truly have no idea what they want out of their manufactured crisis, and that the voices of sanity within the party (such as they are) are upping the pressure on John Boehner to find a way out -- any way out -- of this mess.

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Friday Talking Points [276] -- Shutdown Follies

[ Posted Friday, October 4th, 2013 – 17:57 UTC ]

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

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From The Archives -- Ronald Reagan Scaremongering Medicare

[ Posted Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 – 17:00 UTC ]

The article below was written in June of 2009, when the public option was still fiercely being debated and the outcome of the health reform effort was not in any way guaranteed (or even, really, in sight -- "Obamacare" wouldn't pass until the following year). Somewhere in my research, I stumbled across what can be said to be Ronald Reagan's first foray into the world of politics.

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