Crisis is Over, Forgive, Forget, and Don’t Repeat

White House spokesman Jay Carney said there were no winners in the shutdown feud.  That’s true from my point of view as well.  Oh, there is relief that it’s over but there’s also amazement that it lasted so long.  You almost feel grateful until you realize it’s like being happy that some mugger didn’t kill…

It’s Time for an Executive Order

According to the Daily Kos, Fitch just put the U.S. on a downgrade watch. [ref name=”Fitch puts U.S. on Downgrade watch”]Clawson, Laura, Fitch puts U.S. on downgrade watch, Oct. 15, 2013. Available: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/15/1247581/-Fitch-Ratings-puts-U-S-on-downgrade-watch [/ref] That’s it. They have already waited too long. It’s time for the President to issue an executive order to avoid default, and…

The Republicans Really Are that Crazy

If it is true that the conversation about healthcare has focused too much on who pays for it, it’s also true that American business is right to be concerned. Healthcare legislation affects employers. However, the conversation gets messy when the recipients of healthcare dollars weigh in on the same side as industry and business. This…

Will Business Leaders Take This Lying Down?

I have recommended that taxpayers cut off discretionary spending as a response to the government shutdown and looming default.  However in the last week there has been little Congressional response to the lobbying efforts of business groups.  There is a simple explanation for that: the shutdown is fueled by ideology rather than political and economic…

Forget About Saving Face: Open the Government and Extend the Debt Limit

After reading Eric Alterman’s article in The Nation, [ref name=”Saving Face: Falsely Balanced Accoutability is the New False Equivalence”]Alterman, Eric, Saving Face: Falsely Balanced Accoutability is the New False Equivalence. The Nation Magazine. October 11, 2013. Available: Saving Face: Falsely Balanced Accoutability is the New False Equivalence[/ref]I think I’ve been influenced by those calling for face-saving…

Memo to the House: Extend the Debt Limit and Open the Government

Recently, there are hopeful signs that retailers and manufacturers are pressuring Congress to end the impasse over the spending limit. [ref name=”NRF calls for Immediate End to Government Shutdown”]NRF”]NRF Call for Immediate End to Government Shutdown. October 9, 2013. Available: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nrf-calls-immediate-end-government-160000729.html;_ylt=A2KJjagM3lZSjWoAC9zQtDMD%5B/ref%5D  [ref name=”GOP Lobbyist: Business Needs to ‘Step Up’ Against the Tea Party”]Fang, Lee, GOP…

End the Government Shutdown: Fight Fire with Fire

In the government shutdown saga, righteous indignation is appropriate. However, it is also futile.  Some people out there think the extortionists in the Republican Party are making sense. To make matters worse, it’s not clear whose side John Boehner is on. One of the weirdest parts of this drama is the refusal of the Speaker…