President Obama has scored huge victories — START, gays in the military — and huge losses. The difference? The GOP won't get behind anything that threatens the wealthy.
President Obama's acts feed the Republican narrative: blame big government for the economy. Why isn't Obama putting the blame where it belongs, on big business and Wall Street?
America is poised for a political 'perfect storm': An unprecedented concentration of income and wealth at the top, a record amount of secret money flooding our democracy, and a public in the aftershock of the great recession becoming increasingly angry and cynical about government.
Odds are long that the DISCLOSE Act will pass. But Senate Democrats are trying again Thursday, saying the campaign finance system needs greater transparency. Republicans say the bill gives Democratic candidates an edge.
Senate Republicans this week halted the Democrats' drive toward campaign finance reform. Democrats can revive their attempt to bring needed transparency to corporate and union spending on campaign ads by compromising and reaching out to moderate Republicans.
If we want corporations to maintain accountability for tragedies like the Gulf oil spill, we have to force them to do so through laws that are fully enforced and penalties higher than the economic benefits of thwarting the laws.
Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic campaign finance bill Tuesday, leaving corporations free to spend as much as they want on political ads ahead of the 2010 elections this November.