Jim Cooper proposes we “stop paying Congress” if U.S. defaults

July 29, 2011


In a statement from U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee: “The Constitution protects congressional pay (how convenient!) but our payroll checks should be dead last on any priority list after default. It’s my hope this punishment will get my colleagues’ attention and make them more interested in working together. I don’t blame the public for […]

Whose votes do Republicans want more: Tea Partiers’ or Independents’?

July 22, 2011


Nearly two weeks ago, Barack Obama came to the negotiating table expressing his hopes to pass a $4 trillion debt reduction bill linked to an increase in the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.  Obama proposed a package consisting of a 3:1 ratio of spending cuts to revenue increases ($3 trillion in cuts, $1 trillion in new […]

Spending in Washington is out of control, and “Red” states are to blame

May 19, 2011


National concern over excessive federal spending has been the theme of U.S. politics in 2011.  America’s fiscal anxiety led to a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in January, budget negotiations that were resolved just minutes short of a shutdown of the government in March, and, currently, a debate over raising the nation’s debt […]

Stacey Campfield’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill passes through committee in TN State Senate

May 3, 2011


(Scroll down for updates) Stacey Campfield, the Republican State Senator from Tennessee’s 7th district, has been trying to push his “Don’t Say Gay” bill through the State Legislature for the last seven years.  The bill would disallow public school teachers in grades K-8 from mentioning homosexuality or anything that could be considered non-heterosexual sexuality.  Recently, […]

Republican presidential candidate, Tim Pawlenty: “All things to all men”

April 3, 2011


On Tuesday, March 22, Vanderbilt University was fortunate enough get the first crack at the first Republican to declare (or at least “explore”) his candidacy for the 2012 presidential election.  Just days after launching his presidential “exploratory committee”, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty debated Christina Romer, once an economic advisor of the Obama White House, […]

Posted in: 2012 Election

Krugman exposes the “Austerity Delusion”; Why can’t we learn from Ireland?

March 26, 2011


The Austerity Delusion Similar to a previous post of mine about the right-wing overstating the issue of “uncertainty” in the economy, Paul Krugman explains in his latest NYT op-ed column why the “confidence fairy” will not save us.  He goes into more detail and argues with more economic handiness than I can exactly why austerity at a […]

Nearly half of Americans either believe Obamacare has been repealed or are unsure

March 23, 2011


It has been approximately one year since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as “Obamacare”) was signed into law by the president.  But according to a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 22% of Americans believe the law has already been repealed while 26% “do not know enough to say […]

Posted in: Health Care