Lara Brown: Political self-interest demanded that lawmakers strike a deal.
Greg Randolph: The retailer should join an accord to protect Bangladeshi garment workers.
Susan Milligan: The president's handshake with Raul Castro and his supposed "selfie" shouldn't overshadow the importance of remembering Nelson Mandela.
Peter Roff: The Ryan-Murray deal raises both taxes and spending, and conservatives should kill it.
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Hallelujah, hallelujah! A bipartisan budget deal may just pass Congress before Christmas!
Rather than focusing on the grumbling that has already broken out over the specifics of the $85 billion agreement negotiated by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., we should consider the politics underlying the deal, which were what drove the parties to devise a compromise.more »
Finally kicking the notion of a so-called "grand bargain" into the dustbin where it belongs, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., have agreed to a small deal that would relieve some of the budget cuts scheduled for the next two years by increasing fees for airline passengers and making changes to federal employee benefits. Assuming that the deal passes Congress, which is by no means certain, it will remove the specter of another government shutdown for the time being.more »
Being president or prime minister often involves partaking in such social niceties as handshakes and posing for photographs. And it's a measure of how obsessed many have become with the style points over the substantive matters of being president that President Obama is being slammed for both.more »
Left or right, there are many that are excited about the budget deal House and Senate negotiators reached yesterday. It keeps Republicans happy, since military spending would be raised, and keeps Democrats happy, as domestic spending would be increased over the next two years. Angering travelers, fees on airlines tickets, which are already high, would be increased, along with employee contributions to government pensions.more »
Budget deals seem to come – like the seasons – about every four months now, something that is not good for the country. It denies investors and entrepreneurs who create wealth, grow the economy and in the process produce jobs, a sense of certainty about what policy will be from even one month to the next. As a result they husband their capital, scale back on expansion, and leave the people who make up the labor force high and dry.
The $64 dollar question right now is whether Congress will be voting on yet another budget deal before going home for the Christmas recess. The always reliable Magic 8 Ball says “All signs point to YES” as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced this evening that they have reached a deal that raises both taxes and spending. The House is expected to vote on the deal on Friday.more »
The Democrats are having their own tea party problem. With the "progressive" movement hawking a more populist liberal agenda, mainstream Democrats are going to have to start looking over their left shoulders, just as traditional Republicans now fear challenges from the right.more »