Sequester: Holding the American People Hostage

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Walter Brasch: The Congressional Budget Office says the sequester could cut more than 750,000 federal jobs. Republicans like that idea, especially since most federal employees are also members of unions. But, those jobs include public health officials, social service workers, teachers, air traffic controllers, and others in critical jobs.

Now the Battle Over the Debt Ceiling

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Robert Reich: The White House’s and Democrats’ single biggest failure in the cliff negotiations was not getting Republicans’ agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

Fiscal Chicken

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Walter Brasch: The obstructionists in Congress need to realize this isn’t a deserted two-lane highway, and Americans don’t want the Republicans playing chicken with our nest eggs.

Cliff Notes

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John Peeler: Speaker Boehner’s debacle in failing to get his own caucus to support his “Plan B” is not only his failure, it shows the complete disarray of the congressional Republican Party.

President Obama: Please Raise My Taxes!

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Ted Vaill: The Bush tax cuts decreased the top personal income tax rate from 39.6% to 35%. A hypothetical millionaire who had $1,000,000 in adjusted gross income in each of the past 10 years benefitted by over $200,000. It is time for payback. Do it.

Bungee-Jumping Over the Fiscal Cliff

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Robert Reich: Excuse me for sounding impertinent, but isn’t this fear-mongering likely to buttress Republican arguments that the Bush tax cuts should be extended for everyone — including the rich?

Romneyomics Trickles Down

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Karen Finney: Between now and Election Day, every Democratic candidate up and down the ballot should call on his or her Republican opponents to defend the GOP plan to increase taxes on middle-class Americans,

The Top 10 Best and Worst of U.S. Politics in 2011

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Randy Shaw: Occupy Wall Street’s emergence in September raised progressive spirits, as has the unexpected rise of Newt Gingrich as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. Here’s my list of the top ten best and worst political events that occurred across the nation in 2011.

What Will the Democratic Left Do in 2012?

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Lawrence Wittner: Contrasting the administration’s all-out effort to save Wall Street with its indifference to Main Street, many progressives wonder if they have gained anything worthwhile with Obama’s election.