federal budget

On Jobs Policy, Just Say 'No' To Normal
The Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" sets the bar higher than any other economic plan when it comes to job creation. But we should push the limits of the policy debate even further. Read more...
All over the country, public employees are being furloughed, losing the equivalent of a months' pay, and more while the right wing noise machine grumbles about White House tours. Read more...
Retired Navy Commander Leah Bolger to plead guilty to interrupting the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to tell the truth about the only things needed to fix the federal budget, "Tax the rich, end the wars!" Read more...
February 1, 1975 - $1 Billion A Day.
News of this day included the loud gasp heard over the size of the new budget President Ford was handing Congress. The Recession dragged on. Calls for belt tightening. Supplemental Aid to Southeast Asia was voted down - between the 55,000 lives lost and the billions already spent, enough was enough. Aid to Turkey was on hold pending outcome of the latest Cyprus situation. And the U.S. had the dubious distinction of the 2nd highest trade deficit of the century. Not a day to celebrate. Read more...
So the politicians haven't done such a good job of selling their "cut, cut, cut" deficit hysteria to the general public, according to this poll released today: Public and pundit reaction to the unveiling of the House Budget Committee Proposal and Read more...

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Big Mike -- MoveOn.org's "Break It Down" guy -- is kind of a rationalist response to Glenn Beck: He too uses blackboards, etc., to explain seemingly complex issues. But unlike Beck, who actually makes things out to be much more dense, murky, Read more...
Remember all those mini-movies that summarized a broad topic in two minutes or less? Whether the subject was the Civil War, the magical things that happen when you multiply by ten, or the complete history of Western Civilization, these mini-films Read more...
My favorite part of the president's speech on the budget today was when he eviscerated Rep. Paul Ryan's phony "Path to Prosperity": Now, to their credit, one vision has been presented and championed by Republicans in the House of Read more...
This week, Republicans swept to power by promising to cut, in the words of Indiana's Mike Pence, "runaway federal spending." But when it comes to putting taxpayers' money where their mouths are, Pence, incoming Speaker John Boehner, future Read more...
Frames are beginning to take clear shape for the midterms, and yes, Social Security will be under attack. While Republicans won't necessarily push pri Read more...