Kathleen Wallace: It was all kind of humorous, except for the fact that their most dogged survival of the dimmest (but richest) is currently hurting so many.
Brent Budowsky: There is a GOP distemper in Washington, an overreaching of aggressive tactics against Democrats and an underachievement of success in governing. The result? Obama rises in favorability, Clinton rises against Republicans.
David Love: The blocking of Rep. Watt speaks volumes about Republican opposition to President Obama.
Jim Hightower: In a gratuitous act of callousness, the GOP slashed $4 billion-a-year out of the food stamp program, complaining that even though our economy is recovering, more and more people are getting food assistance.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: Last week at the National Governor’s Association meeting governors, in particular Republican governors, stated their disapproval of the Republican’s threat to shut down the government.
Joseph Palermo: In Texas, Governor Rick Perry, the Religious Right, and their Republican allies, following Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis’s courageous filibuster last week, are literally working overtime to criminalize women’s reproductive rights.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The current immigration legislation holds out the opportunity for only good coming out of the reform. However, unintended consequences can and do arise.
Richard Eskow: Here’s the truth: Most minimum-wage workers are adults, the majority of them are women, and many are parents who are trying to raise their children on poverty wages.
Randy Shaw: The President is repeating his own failed script from 2009, once again shifting right just as the GOP is on the ropes and his own base is primed for mobilizing.
Robert Reich: So it must be that he’s counting on public pressure — especially from the GOP’s patrons on Wall Street and big business — to force Republicans into submission.
Sharon Kyle: Up until this breaking news, President Obama maintained that a deal was “within sight” but most thought Congress would be unsuccessful.
Karen Finney: Weeks after the election, congressional Republicans are still clinging to similar bad math and bad assumptions that th eRomney campaign made, yet hoping for a different result.
Karen Finney: Despite clear legislative, judicial and electoral defeats, Boehner outlined how “tactics of our repeal efforts will have to change,” with a new battle plan seeking to include “ObamaCare” into the negotiations on the “fiscal cliff.”