Mission: Cassandra

Whether we realize it or not (because the recession deepens by the day) the days of plenty have passed away for a time. And we sit in this limbo of war-that-is-not-war, dangerously extended and building up murderous hostility each day. Shouting names at one another, or throwing a hissy-fit because our priorities are not shared by all is a luxury we can ill afford….
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With All Eyes On Default, Some Dems Continue To Focus on Wisc. Recalls

The federal government may go into default on Tuesday, but some Democrats continue to focus on the other big political day coming next month: the day of the final batch of recall elections in Wisconsin. Most Washington Democrats, understandably, remain enmeshed in the politics and policy of the debt crisis, but several big Democratic and progressive groups based in the nation’s capital continue to fight it out in the coming recall elections in the Badger State. Wisconsin voters in several state districts will go to the polls August 9 to decide whether to dump two Democratic state lawmakers and six Republicans in historic recall elections. (One state Democrat, state Sen. Dave Hansen, already won big in his recall, able to … Continue reading

Devotion To Conservative Principle No Longer Behind Debt Crisis — Now It’s Just Naked GOP Politics Driving Us Off A Cliff

As the clock ticks closer to midnight Tuesday and a first-ever default by the federal government that threatens to wreck the U.S. economy, Republicans will repeat over and over again that they are standing on principle for the benefit of the American people. Don’t believe them for a minute. They aren’t standing on principle; they are cowering in fear for their own political hides. But what could be more frightening than throwing our country back into recession? Facing a primary opponent from their own party in next year’s elections. That’s what. There is no other reason for House Republicans not to agree to a deal today. None. The deals have become so favorable for them that conservative columnist David Brooks … Continue reading

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation’s “It Gets Better” Video

The “It Gets Better” Project has collected thousands of video testimonials to offer hope and support to LGBT youth across the country.  To help encourage that message among teens in Massachusetts, members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, including Senator John Kerry, put together its own “It Gets Better” video:

Juan, Juan, Is That You Carrying On?

Just as you don’t earn your anti-censorship street cred by defending popular speech from people you agree with, you earn your NOT-BIGOTED ANTI-RACIST chops by defending unpopular groups NOT your own. Everybody is right about how great THEIR people are. It’s as common as dirt and just as rhetorically useful. (Especially when it’s mixed with water.) Continue reading

Capitol Idea: If Not ‘Mano-a-Mano,’ What Were You Expecting, Mr. Speaker?

“I didn’t sign up for going man o-a-mano with the President of the United States.” — House Speaker John Boehner In a town otherwise dominated politically by Democrats, just what did Republican John Boehner think he was signing on for when he ousted Nancy Pelosi as House speaker? Indeed, Boehner seemed destined from the day he took the speaker’s gavel to, eventually, have to take on the president — especially with that cadre of tea party conservative freshmen nipping at his heels. If Boehner didn’t think he’d have to go “mano-a-mano” with President Obama, he’s probably the only one not to have entertained that particular notion. What’s most striking about the current crisis is how history really is just repeating … Continue reading

A ‘Form Of Class Warfare,’ Boehner Plan Would Likely Still Result in Downgrade

Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s new budget proposal would require deep cuts in the years immediately ahead in Social Security and Medicare benefits for current retirees, the repeal of health reform’s coverage expansions, or wholesale evisceration of basic assistance programs for vulnerable Americans, according to a top Washington budget analyst. Boehner’s plan also would still reportedly probably result in a downgrade of the the federal government’s AAA credit rating. With just a week left before the federal government is expected, for the first time, fail to pay all of its bills, Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continue to craft separate budget plans. The Boehner plan calls for large cuts in discretionary programs of $1.2 trillion over the … Continue reading

The Kochtopian Nerve Seems to have been Struck

The Koch modus operandi has always been to hide, to disguise, to operate under any name but their own. That’s an unbroken series of demonstrable actions going back to the 1970s, and a slew of actions that carefully AVOID a causal link, but look increasingly likely as the evidence mounts. In the 2006 “Howie Rich” scandal, millions of dollars were slushed to dozens of states and the Center for Public Integrity’s investigation turned up that THREE individuals funded them all, to the 99% + level, but we still don’t know who those Three were… Continue reading