Susan Milligan


April 2011


Medicare Fights at Town Halls Are Healthcare Fight Replay

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The Medicare fight is looking like the healthcare overhaul battles all over again, with angry people (constituents, maybe, but who knows?) screaming at members of Congress who have been holding town hall meetings to discuss the future of the program.

There are good reasons to question members ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Barack
politics
Democratic Party
Congress
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
health care reform
Republican Party

Republicans Can't Beat Obama in 2012 Running on Hate

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s decision to skip a run for the presidency next year appears, on its face, to be a huge psychological boost to the Democrats. Barbour, while carrying some political baggage that could complicate a run for the White House, is nonetheless a smart politician—an ...

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TAGS:
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
health care reform
Clinton, Bill
Bush, George H.W.
Pawlenty, Tim
Barbour, Haley
Daniels, Mitch
Romney, Mitt
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Bachmann, Michele
Trump, Donald
politics

People, Not Facebook, Twitter, Are Heroes of Revolutions

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I sort of understand why people like Facebook and other so-called social networking sites. They offer a convenient way to keep up with people who live far away, or whom one doesn’t make time to see very often. Perhaps best of all, the sites offer a way to find long-lost friends or connect with ...

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TAGS:
Democratic Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
unemployment
social networking
Facebook
Twitter
politics

Donald Trump 2012 and the American Idol-ization of Politics

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We cannot blame Donald Trump for his own absurdity. His behavior and visage have been consistently preposterous for his entire, self-centered public life. The fact that he has been rewarded for that by the media and the public absolves him of some responsibility for his continuing clownish ...

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Trump, Donald
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
White House
national security terrorism and the military
politics

To Fix Budget Reform Tax Entitlement Before Gutting Medicare

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For long-term fiscal health, the nation needs to do entitlement reform. But first, there has to be sense-of-entitlement reform.

Entitlements, of course, are those popular federal programs meant to address basic human needs and maintain basic human dignity. Social Security keeps senior citizens from ...

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TAGS:
health care reform
national security terrorism and the military
Ryan, Paul
unemployment
deficit and national debt
income tax
tax exemptions
tax deductions
Medicare
Medicaid
social security
politics

Maine Gov. Paul LePage's Artless Political Purge

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At first look, Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s order to dismantle a series of painted panels chronicling the advances of the labor movement seems almost comical, akin to former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s to cover the bare breasts of the Spirit of Justice statue in the Great Hall of the Department of ...

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national security terrorism and the military
tea party
Republican Party
unemployment
unions
art
politics
Maine
Germany

The Myths and 2012 Politics of Immigration Reform

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With all the (legitimate) worry about the deficit and debt, the anxiety about the steady but still excruciatingly slow improvement in what was sky-high unemployment, and the embarrassing obsession with the debunked idea that President Obama was not born in the United States, immigration reform

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TAGS:
2012 presidential election
deficit and national debt
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Richardson, Bill
Rubio, Marco
immigration reform
Congress
politics

Budget Compromise Shows Conservative Big Government Hypocrisy

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They hate big government, those conservative Republicans—especially a big federal government, trying to meddle in Americans’ lives on everything from healthcare to light bulbs.

Except, of course, when it comes to the District of Columbia, which the GOP-controlled House seems to view as its own ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
deficit and national debt
health care reform
energy policy and climate change
politics
Washington, DC
Congress

The Threat of the Tea Party's Budget Terrorism

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Round one of the season’s big budget battle is over, with no real winners. Rounds two and three—the 2012 fiscal year budget and the debt ceiling—are bound to be nastier and more difficult. And it’s not just because budget-cutting is no fun and the Hill is so partisan. It’s that we now have a new ...

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TAGS:
deficit and national debt
Congress
Democratic Party
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
national security terrorism and the military
politics
tea party

Looming Government Shutdown Reminds Us Congress Is Not a Business

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It’s become common to bash large public institutions with the phrase, "if I ran my business the way they run [government/public schools/whatever], I’d be bankrupt."

Maybe so. But Congress and law making are not businesses (the high-cost business of campaigning and lobbying aside). And public schools ...

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TAGS:
Bloomberg, Michael
New York City
unemployment
deficit and national debt
Congress

4 Things Congress Could Learn From NHL Hockey

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It’s April, so I naturally have two matters competing for attention in my brain: the budget impasse, and hockey. And as I frantically calculate the scenarios under which my favorite Buffalo Sabres will make it into the playoffs, the thought occurs to me that Congress might do better if it adopted ...

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TAGS:
politics
Congress
tea party
Reid, Harry
Boehner, John
Conrad, Kent
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
sports

Paul Ryan Ignores Polls, Shows Leadership in Budget Debate

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You have to hand it to Rep. Paul Ryan. He clearly doesn’t read the polls, or doesn’t care what they say.

That is the sort of snide comment often used in the political and media worlds to deride policymakers for offering up unpopular ideas. But in our ridiculously poll-driven, finger-in-the-wind ...

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TAGS:
energy policy and climate change
health care reform
Ryan, Paul
deficit and national debt
Congress
Republican Party

Terry Jones Koran Burning Abuses the Constitution

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Efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning have, thankfully, not been successful. Approve an amendment banning burning of the flag, and you might as well burn the U.S. Constitution while you’re at it. That’s the point of the First Amendment; even stupid "speech" is protected.

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TAGS:
Islam
Constitution
Congress
Obama, Barack
national security terrorism and the military
Petraeus, David

'Government Shutdown Prevention Act' Undermines Democracy

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Legal training is not a requirement to serve in Congress, although many of the members are, and have been, lawyers. Nor is it necessary for a House or Senate member to have served in another government post, although many have, and their experience at forging alliances and compromises has been ...

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TAGS:
unemployment
Republican Party
tea party
Democratic Party
Pelosi, Nancy
Congress
deficit and national debt

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