Archive for the 'Capitol Hill' Category

Mark Warner is an empty suit

Read about Mark Warner’s truly pathetic performance at Brennan’s confirmation hearing.

Say goodbye to the Fouth Amendment

The Punk Patriot

Cardinal Wuerl, champion in the war on women

House Passes H.R. 358, the “Let Women Die” Act of 2011

Today the GOP-led House of Representatives, with the blessings and encouragement of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops and extremist religious groups such as the Family Research Council, passed a bill in a vote of 251 to 172 that would, among other things, allow doctors and hospitals to “exercise their conscience” by letting pregnant women facing emergency medical conditions die.

Anyone who would like clarification on this is encouraged to contact Cardinal Wuerl:

Archbishop of Washington:
His Eminence Donald W. Wuerl, 301-853-4500

Be courteous!

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The Men Behind The War On Women

Stan Greenberg on independent voters

Stan Greenberg

A lot of people have a vested interest in it. There are these bi-partisan deficit-reduction groups that think because Democrats are reluctant to do Medicare cuts and the Republicans are reluctant to raise taxes, the independent voter must therefore be willing to compromise on both. There’s no evidence that that’s true. We know from the way Obama carried independent voters in 2008 and the way Republicans carried them in 2010 that sometimes very strong positions taken by one of the parties sweep across the independents. Finding the position halfway is not necessarily the way to appeal to them. Clinton used to talk about “moving to the center,” and it would drive me crazy! There were swing voters and issues that were critical to them, like middle-class tax cuts and welfare reform, but they didn’t coincide with the center on the ideological spectrum.

The descriptor non-affiliated is far more accurate.

Will Krugman ever tell his readers that the US has a fiat currency?


Well, maybe if you had broken sharply from the conservative frame, millions of Americans would have risen up and said, “No! We do not have to make ‘tough choices’. America cannot go broke. The US government can always AFFORD to make good on its promises to the elderly, disabled, poor, etc. and also pay bondholders. It is the ISSUER of a non-convertible fiat currency, not the USER of a stateless currency like Greece, Italy, etc.” You never explained any of this honestly. You hedged and gave ground, saying things like, “Well, yes, the deficit is going to be a problem in the medium or long run, but we should focus on employment right now.” Don’t you see what a losing argument that is?

It’s like saying, “I know we need to go on a diet, but first we need to go out an buy a bigger pair of pants.”

No wonder progressives are losing! You’re allowing the GOP to frame the debate instead of re-framing it for a progressive audience.

You, Dean Baker, Robert Reich, Larry Mishel, etc. should have spoken honestly about the debt, deficit, Social Security, etc. from the beginning.

Progressives should follow Jamie Galbraith, Warren Mosler, Bill Mitchell, Yeves Smith, and everyone at They are the last progressives standing.

Obama’s, Congress’s, and City Council’s war on DC’s poor

Mark Warner D-Empty Suit

Warner is advocating that we default on the debt owned to future retirees. He is such a one termer.

Three Cheers for DC Vote

8 Arrested on Capitol Hill in DC Voting Rights Rally

WASHINGTON – Eight people were arrested on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when they took part in a DC Vote rally. The District residents walked into traffic along Constitution Avenue and were taken into custody by Capitol Police.

So, do the eight people have names?

Three cheers for Mary Cheh

D.C. Councilwoman Cheh Arrested on Capitol Hill

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh and seven others were arrested Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.

Cheh was taken into custody following a rally to protest a bill that cuts funding for abortions to low-income women in the District. The bill had just finished being passed by members of the U.S. House.

Hooray! Who were the 7 others who were arrested? Would it be asking too much of our news media to tell us?

Update: Video

Time to raise taxes on DC’s wealthiest residents

Court monitor voices concern over budget for D.C. child welfare agency

Cuts aimed at the city’s most vulnerable residents will have a destabilizing effect upon the city. Much better to raise taxes on our wealthiest residents.