The Dumbest Shutdown Ever

Ken AshfordCongress, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Gubmint Shutdown, Occupy Wall Street, Social SecurityLeave a Comment

Most people slept through it, but yes, the United States government shutdown for several hours last night. Yesterday, in something of a throwback, the two parties struck a deal and came out with a bi-partisan spending bill. Great news, right? But Republican and libertarian Rand Paul had to make a point: Republicans no longer care about deficit spending.  Rand wanted … Read More

The Hillary Clinton Paradigm

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Gubmint Shutdown, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Courtesy of the Rolling Stone, this is how it works: You start with the assumption that Hillary Clinton is corrupt. After all, there have been whispers and accusations and investigations and allegations and scandals with ominous names like WHITEWATER and BENGHAZI for years. Even if you can’t describe exactly what she’s done wrong, there must be something to all these … Read More

Short Takes

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2016, Gubmint Shutdown, Obama Opposition, Republicans, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

(1)  Trump likes to say that he is bringing enthusiasm to the GOP and people are voting in the Republican race in massive numbers, which means that Democrats should be worried about the general election. Is he right? He is not. As many have pointed out, voter turnout is an indication of the competitiveness of a primary contest, not of what will … Read More

Planned Parenthood, the Abortion Debate, and 2016 Elections

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Gubmint Shutdown, Health Care, Polls, Republicans, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

There is very little to recommend being over the age of 50, but one of the nice things is that it gives perspective and wisdom — the kind of experience that can’t be taught, but can only come from having lived several decades. There is one thing I have learned – abortion rights are not going away. That wasn’t always … Read More

Government Shutdown Is Over (For Now); “Nobody Won” Says Obama…

Ken AshfordGubmint Shutdown, Polls, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

… and he's right in a sense.  The Democrats didn't have to concede anything and they didn't gain anything; the Republicans didn't have to concede anything and they didn't gain anything. On the other hand, the Democrats weren't trying to gain anything, and the House Republicans were (they wanted to defund Obamacare), sosomebody did lose in all this. And then there's public … Read More

The Deal

Ken AshfordGubmint Shutdown, Health CareLeave a Comment

Looks like the House is getting ready to vote to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling in return for…. stripping members of Congress, their staff and White House appointees and employees of their Obamacare subsidies. Sounds good to me.

Oh. Please Sarah. Weigh In.

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Gubmint Shutdown, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Politico reports: President Barack Obama is risking “impeachable” offenses with the way he is handling the debt limit debate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a post on her Facebook page Monday. “Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable … Read More

The Strangest Sentence Ever Written About The Whole Government Shutdown Thing

Ken AshfordGubmint Shutdown, Red Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

Say what, Politico? President Barack Obama may get the clean debt limit extension he’s been demanding, but it wouldn’t be a clean victory. By adopting the House GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling, Obama would avoid a potentially crippling blow to the economy and, in the White House’s view, finally break Republicans of their habit of seeking concessions each … Read More

How Low Can They Go?

Ken AshfordGubmint ShutdownLeave a Comment

The longer this government shutdown drags on the worse the polling situation gets for Republicans. The latest NBC/WSJ poll has some incredible results. The poll found 46 percent of Americans think the shutdown is extremely serious and another 27 percent say it is quite serious. The blame for this serious situation is falling primarily on the Republican party. Only 31 percent of … Read More

Day 9 And No End In Sight

Ken AshfordGubmint ShutdownLeave a Comment

Nobody thinks this is government shutdown thing is fun anymore.   As John McCain said on the floor of the Senate, everybody realizes that there is not going to be any change re: Obamacare.  Everybody realizes that, at some point, the debt ceiling will be raised.  So why not just DO it? But the rightwingers holding the government hostage don't … Read More