Norman Solomon: As battles over key issues of economic fairness intensify on Capitol Hill, we’re very likely to see a lot of Democrats — led by President Obama — preening themselves as virtuously non-dogmatic while they rebuff the minimal humanistic demands of progressive constituencies.
Berry Craig: More than a few of Paul’s tea party boosters don’t shy from Obama-Hitler comparisons. They love Paul’s Hitler rants and his raves about how government run by “socialist” Democrats — and even “statist” Republicans — imperils “freedom.”
Charles Hayes: A willingness to learn can trump our predisposition to act tribally and selfishly. It can dispel our mistrust of those whose politics, religions, traditions, and lifestyles we’ve not previously made an effort to understand.
Kevin J. McCarthy: The “wisdom” of law enforcement has been elevated over the right to be free from all government harassment and intimidation. Like the ban on smoking in our own homes, how could this bizarre interpretation be embodied in laws?
JP Sotille: Senator Wyden is a Democrat. Not a New Democrat. Or Blue Dog. Or an electorally-adept Reagan Democrat in progressive clothing. Not a willing functionary of the Corporate Imperium™ that passes itself off as the two-party system.
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Carl Matthes: Obama patiently laid-out and explained his thinking and the mechanics of what the sequester was about. He accomplished this with clear persuasive language and in a warm business-like manner, a wonderful change from politician’s usual Washington gobbledygook.
Robert Reich: I suggest the President forget about a “grand bargain.” In fact, he should stop talking about the budget deficit and start talking about jobs and wages, and widening inequality – as he did in the campaign. And he should give up all hope of making a deal with the Tea Partiers who now run the Republican Party.
Tina Dupuy: We have a factious disorder because of our factually dysfunctional opposition party. Budget showdown, debt-ceiling, fiscal cliff, sequestration – these are all symptoms of grand scale Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome. Yes, it’s twisted. And yes, we’re sick … and tired of it.
Norman Solomon: As of now, 54 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have taken a historic dive. We should take note — and not forget who they are.
Joseph Palermo: Many of the same Washington “journalists” who ten years ago failed us miserably in their foreign policy reportage leading up to the Iraq war by serving as stenographers for those who hyped the WMD scare are now failing to report accurately on domestic policy. Now they’ve become stenographers for the deficit scolds, most of whom are Republicans.
Brent Budowsky: It is time to end the banana republic farce of groups of eight and gangs of six. It is time to end the banana republic fiasco of force-fed fiscal cliffs and idiot-stupid sequester plans.
Berry Craig: I’ve heard it joked that if Lincoln were alive today he’d be a Democrat and if Jeff Davis, the Confederate president, came back, he’d be a Republican. Many a truth is spoken in jest.