Monthly Archives: July 2011

Take your seats, please, the curtain’s going up for the Big Finish

Since we last checked in with our heroes: Speaker Boehner, faced with his own proposal going down to defeat in the chamber he (ostensibly) leads, capitulated—he added a balanced budget provision to his plan for lowering government spending, reducing debt … Continue reading

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A tour de farce plays on!

Step by step, inch by inch, the passionless play proceeds: the House speaker proposes a new combination budget-cutting and debt ceiling-raising plan, then stands back when independent analysis shows it won’t generate the savings he promised, before the Congressional Budget … Continue reading

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Regis and Brian’s excellent adventure (as told by Brian)

The early show on TV last night—Obama and then Boehner, repeating themselves…again—wasn’t very funny, but “The Late Show with David Letterman” was hilarious: NBC News anchorman Brian Williams came on with a mostly true story about making a trip upstate … Continue reading

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The Washington kabuki

It’s playing out just as any predictable, poorly-written melodrama might, these “negotiations” to raise the federal debt ceiling and avert a national economic emergency, particularly when the play is performed by such transparent and ham-handed actors. As expected, yesterday the … Continue reading

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Gang of Six comes to the table with a plan, and some hope

A plan, a plan!  We have a plan, we just aren’t telling you what it is, not just yet. And just because you and I don’t know what’s in it doesn’t mean that this budget plan from the Group of … Continue reading

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