How to Respond When Republicans Want to Cut Taxes

July 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Subtitle: The Business Case for Progressives

posed the question on a political blog recently: What would the Tea Party do to create a functioning economy? 

The answer that came back was: “Cut taxes, for starters.”

Obama Frames Debate for 2010 at Republican Conference in Baltimore

January 31, 2010 at 10:16 am

Obama’s Q&A with Republicans in Baltimore was even better than the State of the Union. It was inspiring and he laid out progressive principles better than the Democratic party usually does. One of my favorite quotes: Now, here’s the point. These are serious times, and what’s required by all of […]

Conservatives Love Government, When It’s the Military

August 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm

In ranting against the government, one thing you seldom hear conservatives criticize is the military. Even though government, according to them, can’t run anything. Here’s the government conservatives go after: Social programs Public schools EPA Postal service Libraries Health care Court system Corporate regulations Here’s the government conservatives love: Armed […]

Representative Steve Driehaus on Health Care

August 4, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Steve Driehaus spoke to hundreds of supporters and critics of health-care reform last night at the First Unitarian Church. Tea Party folks were given instructions before the meeting on how to disrupt the event. Apparently, opponents feel they cannot win without resorting to disruptive tactics. Here’s some samples:  Artificially Inflate […]

John McCain, Freedom, and Iran

June 18, 2009 at 11:11 pm

John McCain just seems bitter lately.

First, he lost the election and now he’s starting down the Dick Cheney, grumpy ex-Vice President road of griping and swiping.

This week McCain came out and said Obama wasn’t taking enough of a stand against the current Iranian government.

Why Anti-Smoking Legislation Will Succeed While Health Care Reform is in Danger

June 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

This past week the Senate passed an anti-smoking bill that will give regulators new powers in the fight against smoking. On the surface, passage of this bill seems like a liberal victory. Until you look closer. Philip Morris (now Altria) has come out in favor of the bill. Now why […]

CPAC and Idiocracy

March 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) has been going on this week and interestingly enough, I happened to rent the movie Idiocracy on Friday. The narrator has one of my favorite quotes as Joe, the hero of the movie, explores 500 years into the future for the first time: Unaware […]

Negotiating with Conservatives

February 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Tom Delay writes in his book “No Retreat, No Surrender” that he would “start every policy initiative from as far to the political right as we could.” The conservative bargaining strategy looks something like this: Conservative: How much is that rug? Seller: $100 Conservative: I’ll give you $10. Seller: How […]

Limbaugh’s Bipartisan Stimulus

January 29, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I have to give Rush Limbaugh credit. He is an excellent communicator. In his article in today’s Wall Street Journal, Limbaugh does quite the job of making a case for a bipartisan stimulus package. When it comes to communicating with the public, Democrats could learn some things from Mr. Limbaugh. […]

A List of Bills Democrats Should Pass

January 29, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Since Republicans keep playing partisan politics as they have egregiously for the past 8 years (and further, the past 8 years have just been the worst), I think the Democrats should start pushing bills through Congress that will be very difficult to vote against. Here’s my list: The Banking Responsibility […]