September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's proposal to create a Veterans Jobs Corps to stem high unemployment among recent military veterans was shelved Wednesday after Republicans in the Senate balked over the five-year $1-billion cost, giving both sides fresh ammunition for the November election. The measure had been on Obama's to-do list for Congress, a modest set of initiatives aimed at boosting the nation's sluggish economy that Republicans have largely rejected. The jobs bill would have hired veterans who served in the military since the terrorist attacks of Sept.
February 17, 2013
Re "For Hagel, opposition from GOP is personal," Feb. 15 Despite the fact that a Cabinet nomination has never in history been blocked by a minority filibuster, Republicans are filibustering Chuck Hagel's appointment as secretary of Defense. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most conservative of the Founding Fathers, decried minority rule in the Federalist Papers. Several Republican senators announced their opposition to filibustering a Cabinet nomination, and yet the Republicans filibustered anyway.
April 19, 2012 |
Republicans are the party of business and the rich. Democrats are for the working man. That's what my dad always said. Dad, I think you were on to something. The Times reported Thursday that the Republican-led House approved a 20% business tax break for companies with fewer than 500 employees. Republicans say it will boost the economy, but Democrats say it will add $46 billion to the deficit and that it favors wealthier business owners, celebrities and sports teams.
June 20, 2012
Re "Gay Republican reflects on a quixotic campaign," June 15 Groucho Marx said that he'd never want to belong to a club that would have him as a member. If that leads to the idea that you'd only want to belong to a club that would not want you as a member, maybe that's the twisted reasoning for why any gay American would want to be a Republican. To Fred Karger I say this: become a fiscally conservative Democrat with socially progressive leanings, a place not that far from moderate Republicans before the extremists took over, and stop wasting your energies and talents trying to "feel the love" from a party that will never really love you back.
December 28, 2012
Re “ McConnell lies low as 'cliff' nears ,” Dec. 27 My-way-or-the-highway is no way to run a country, fellas. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell “lies low” while House Speaker John A. Boehner won't even call members back to Washington after pulling his failed “Plan B,” which his extreme members wouldn't support. Yet the president is returning to reach out, again, to these folks. If you legislators do nothing, it will cost my family more than $2,000. It will throw millions off unemployment relief just as our economy is starting to recover.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Just before the financial crisis hit, Wells Fargo & Co. had $609 billion in assets. Now it has $1.4 trillion. Bank of America Corp. had $1.7 trillion in assets. That's up to $2.1 trillion. And the assets of JPMorgan Chase & Co., the nation's biggest bank, have ballooned to $2.4 trillion from $1.8 trillion. Ending the problem of so-called too-big-to-fail firms was a rallying cry for politicians and regulators after the unprecedented bailouts in fall 2008. The issue was the major impetus for enacting the sweeping Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul two years later.
November 21, 2010 |
Three weeks ago, resurgent Republicans won control of one house of Congress, beginning ? officially, at least ? in January. But last week in Washington, it felt as if they had already taken control of all of Capitol Hill. They pushed the White House and fragmented Senate Democrats toward a "compromise" on extending high-income tax cuts that looks an awful lot like a Republican victory, extending for at least a couple of years low tax rates for the embattled class that earns more than $250,000 a year.
May 10, 2013 |
Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department's apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations. The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism.
April 9, 2013 |
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, says his party needs to be retooled. Republicans, he says, need to reach out to minorities, show a willingness to work with those who do not agree with them 100% and find a way to convince young people that the GOP does not stand for Goofy Old Paranoids. He is not the only Republican leader to worry about the future of the party. If a course correction is not made, they fear, there are many more lost elections to come.
December 13, 2013 |
After alienating even their own constituents with an ill-considered government shutdown, a filibuster free-for-all and a juvenile reaction to the detonation of the “nuclear option” by Senate Democrats, Republicans have come down with a case of responsibility. It's about time. First there was the bipartisan two-year budget agreement worked out by former firebrand Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the Republican Budget Committee chairman, and his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray. It passed the House with significant GOP support, and Speaker John A. Boehner added insult to injury by publicly dissing right-wing groups that opposed the deal.