Category Archives: U.S. Politics

Adding Obama’s Electoral Votes

Why We Worry / Prognostications Desk Media reporting tends inexplicably to focus on national poll numbers, when the race will ultimately be decided by state-level votes in a half dozen or so battlegrounds. The national numbers are useful only for assessing a candidate’s general level of support, which might maybe possibly help predict how toss-up […]

Can Obama win North Carolina?

Why We Worry / Raleigh-Durham Bureau After favoring Republican presidential candidates for seven consecutive elections, North Carolina – in a surprise result – voted for President Obama in 2008. He won by less than 14,000 votes. But Mitt Romney is currently leading the polls in this battleground state. Though Obama’s deficit has been low (generally […]

Class warfare

Republicans put their heads together and decided the biggest problem facing America is … … Drumroll please … Rich people don’t have enough money!: The [the House Republican budget] plan would condemn millions to the ranks of the uninsured, raise health costs for seniors and renege on the obligation to keep poor children fed. It […]

Obama embraces the Dark Side

The President has now firmly embraced the teachings of Darth Cheney: … in Barack Obama’s administration, it’s perfectly acceptable to abuse an American citizen in detention who has been convicted of nothing by consigning him to 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, barring him from exercising in his cell, punitively imposing “suicide watch” restrictions on him against the […]

The Tea Party viceroy in Michigan

From the people who pay lip-service to fiscal conservatism and limited government: Read more here.

Why the rich have all the money and pay lower taxes than ever

From Robert Reich: The American economy is more than twice as large now as it was thirty years ago. So where did the money go? To the top. The richest 1 percent’s share of national has doubled – from around 9 percent in 1977 to over 20 percent now. The richest one-tenth of 1 percent’s […]

Why the media crush on Chris Chrisie?

Rather than put the spotlight on all the crazy sh** Republicans are doing around the country, big media wants us to fall in love with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. This is the tag line for a NY Times profile: The governor of New Jersey became the most celebrated Republican in America by tagging public-sector […]

When do the rich get to sacrifice?

According to rich conservative pundits, government employees need to sacrifice for the good of over-stretched government budgets around the country. Well, what about the huge tax cut you ***holes got in December? When are you going to sacrifice?

The boning, Pt. 2

The Washington Post (via John Cole): The 401(k) generation is beginning to retire, and it isn’t a pretty sight. The retirement savings plans that many baby boomers thought would see them through old age are falling short in many cases. The median household headed by a person aged 60 to 62 with a 401(k) account […]

Idiocy rules in D.C.

Ladies and gentlmen, i present to you the new Republican majority: House Republicans on Friday easily approved amendments to the spending package that would deny government financing for Planned Parenthood, block money for the Democrats’ big health care overhaul and bar new regulation of certain greenhouse gases. […] The Securities and Exchange Commission, for instance, […]