The Road to Shut Down ’13:  From Clinton Wars to the New Confederates
2012 Election / Budget Cuts / Health Care Reform / Obama Administration

The Road to Shut Down ’13: From Clinton Wars to the New Confederates

The Road to Shut Down ’13: From the Clinton Wars to the New Confederates The 2013 shut down of the government by Tea Party Republicans is not an event that just spontaneously sprung up this year, but rather is the result of over twenty years of actions each building on the next that made this … Continue reading

Return of the Kamikaze Congress (HuffPost)
2012 Election / Budget Cuts / Fiscal Cliff / Republican Congress / Republican Obstructionism / Republican Party / Teabaggers

Return of the Kamikaze Congress (HuffPost)

Return of the Kamikaze Congress Dec. 29, 2012 Comment on Site http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bennet-kelley/return-of-the-kamikaze-co_b_2374656.html The Miami Herald responded to House Republicans’ intransigence by noting “[p]artisanship and precipice met in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday, and the Republican majority leapt into the abyss.” Similarly, the Detroit Free Press explained that the vote was a victory only for … Continue reading

Latest KelleyGram – S&P Downgrade and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom
Budget Cuts / KelleyGram / Republican Obstructionism / Teabaggers

Latest KelleyGram – S&P Downgrade and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom

The S&P Downgrade and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom August 15, 2011 IN ITS CONTROVERSIAL DECISION  to downgrade U.S. bonds, Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) embraced the “conventional wisdom” calling for substantial cuts in government spending.  Conventional wisdom, however, usually is more of a reflection of prevailing dogma than actual wisdom and, in the words of John … Continue reading

S&P and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom
Barack Obama / Budget Cuts / Bush Tax Cuts / Jobs / Republican Party / Supply-Side Economics / Tax Cut Dogma / Teabaggers

S&P and the Folly of Conventional Wisdom

STANDARD & POOR’S AND THE FOLLY OF CONVENTIONAL WISDOM August 12, 2011 In its controversial decision to downgrade U.S. bonds, Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”) embraced the “conventional wisdom” calling for substantial cuts in government spending. Conventional wisdom, however, usually is more of a reflection of prevailing dogma than actual wisdom and, in the words of … Continue reading

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know
Barack Obama / Budget Cuts / Bush Tax Cuts / Reagan Deification / Republican Congress / Supply-Side Economics

Debt Ceiling 101: Five Things You Should Know

Debt Ceiling 101:  Five Things You Should Know By Bennet Kelley July 9, 2011 While Los Angeles braces for the upcoming Carmageddon, the sense of horror felt over not being able to use 10 miles of freeway for a weekend is amplified by the fact that those who somehow manage to survive will face yet … Continue reading

Gov Walker and the GOP’s Carthage Moment
2012 Election / Budget Cuts / Class War / Crony Capitalism / GOP Power Grab / Teabaggers / Unions

Gov Walker and the GOP’s Carthage Moment

As Republicans revel in their victory in Wisconsin in stripping state workers’ collective bargaining rights and other Republican governors seek to duplicate Wisconsin’s power grab, what they perceive as the culmination of the “Reagan Revolution”, may instead be its twilight. It is an ironic moment since the radical right, which often casts itself as the only thing preventing the United States from repeating the fall of ancient Rome, has repeated one of Rome’s bigger strategic blunders and helped reunite the New Deal Coalition whose fracture was the sine qua non of the Reagan Revolution. Continue reading