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What Was the Massachusetts House Thinking?

I didn’t think we would see assaults on unions happening in Massachusetts. I was wrong: Last night, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill (111-42) to strip public-sector workers of their ability to bargain collectively for healthcare. The rhetoric surrounding the bill, proposed by Democratic State House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, is in…

When I read this otherwise excellent article by Chris Mooney about why scientific evidence often doesn’t persuade people*, I had the exact same reaction Kevin Drum did: But be prepared to be annoyed when Chris wrenches his spine out of shape bending over backward to find an example of liberals denying science as much as…

I always say, that when it comes to policies, people have to like this crap. That is, your policies have to make people’s lives better. And they don’t want to hear about the methodological details, the ins and outs. Like most people, when their cars breakdown, they want to take it to the mechanic, get…

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth in the Democratic bloggysphere about whether the budget deal is a good or a bad deal. While the political maneuvering, framing of issues, and so on matters–matters greatly–the discussion seems to have ignored the actual consequences of many of the stated budget cuts. And macroeconomic effects are important too,…

A couple of weeks ago, President Obama acted like the president we hoped he would be and not the corporate donation seeking tool that he has turned into–he declared a sane educational policy in response to a question about the absurd number of standardized tests some students end up taking: … we have piled on…

David Plouffe, Obama’s spokesman, responds to critics of Obama’s capitulation to the Republicans: “I would ask Robert Reich and others to actually consume the details of this,” Mr. Plouffe said in an interview on Saturday. “There are some in our country who simply believe spending cuts are not required to help the economy. The president…

Yes, it’s good that Planned Parenthood was defunded–I support Planned Parenthood. But the Democrats were routed on the economics. Right now, with U3 unemployment still near nine percent, and under- and unemployment essentially unbudged, we need more spending, not less (remember, government deficits mean an increase in private savings–in this case, unemployed people would get…

Matthew Yglesias makes a good point about budget negotiations–their intransigence on tax increases means that, at least in the House, the budget is entirely up to the Republicans: Under these circumstances, there’s nothing to negotiate about and nothing presidential leadership can achieve. If Republican leaders don’t want to agree to any revenue increases, that’s their…

By now, you might have heard about how the Wisconsin Senate Democrats have fled the state in order to prevent a bill from passing, supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker, that would cripple public sector unions (if it’s about redressing the budget, then why does the bill deal with union dues, which have nothing to…

One reason why Republicans have piled scorn and hatred on House Minority Leader, and former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is that she is not part of the house-broken wing of the Democratic Party. She’s definitely no saint–and taking impeachment hearings off the table and joining Obama in his ‘moving forward, not looking backward’ bullshit was…