Tagged: debt ceiling crisis

Tea Party Bullies Get the Treatment They Deserve at Last

Tea Party Bullies Get the Treatment They Deserve at Last

Like the old guy who operates the terrifying machine in the Wizard of Oz, the Tea Party stands exposed before the world this morning. All it took was a little guts on the part of House Speaker John Boehner. After...

“Pork” Beats “Principle” in Averting Debt Ceiling Crisis

“Pork” Beats “Principle” in Averting Debt Ceiling Crisis

You will hear that moderate Republicans won the day, that wiser heads prevailed and probably that Democrats were willing to compromise to stave off the global financial crisis provoked by hotheads in Congress. But...

Sick of Debt Ceiling Soap Opera? Baseball Playoffs are on TV.

Sick of Debt Ceiling Soap Opera? Baseball Playoffs are on TV.

If you’ve had enough of the gut-wrenching drama being played out in Congress, you might want to watch the Major League playoffs tonight instead. You can choose between Fox and TBS; they’re the networks...

Impeach President Obama? Impeach John Boehner!

Impeach President Obama? Impeach John Boehner!

While Republican extremists wave Confederate flags and clamor for President Obama’s impeachment, it is the behavior of House Speaker John Boehner that I see as impeachable. Boehner has acted in the most scurrilous manner...

America Could Lose its Privileged Position in World Finance

America Could Lose its Privileged Position in World Finance

The local TV channels were showing baseball and football games last night, and the big story in this morning’s local paper is about an unexpected surplus in the state budget. Here in Lakeland, Florida,...

Could Federal Gridlock Signal Collapse of the Union?

Could Federal Gridlock Signal Collapse of the Union?

The Soviet Union collapsed because it was operating under an economic and political system that was not sustainable. As the central governing mechanism failed, the component states broke away. I wonder if that’s what...

Tea Party Ignorance Proving Expensive to Taxpayers

Tea Party Ignorance Proving Expensive to Taxpayers

I doubt that even the most zealous Tea Party insurgent would think it was a good idea for a bunch of untrained passengers to kick the pilot out of the cockpit of their airliner...

The “Gimme” Gene and the Common Good

The “Gimme” Gene and the Common Good

I heard on TV the other night that some scientist had identified a gene that makes humans believe in God. That’s right. God put a little transmitter in us – some of us, anyway – so...

Nobody Can Reason with Morons (and/or Zealots)

Nobody Can Reason with Morons (and/or Zealots)

I can understand why many Americans are fed up with the federal government. Over the years, I have read (and written) stories of the scandalous waste in which Washington seems to revel. I vaguely...

It’s Time to Call the Tea Party’s Bluff

It’s Time to Call the Tea Party’s Bluff

Like a neighborhood extortion gang – the kind that demands shopkeepers pay “protection” to prevent their stores from being robbed – Tea Party members of Congress are trying to force their will on the...