Tales from the Trail

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Majority says U.S. on wrong track

August 11, 2011

A large majority of Americans say the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half believe the worst is yet to come, according to a  Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

from The Great Debate:

Political strategy in the Budget Control Act era

By Keith Hennessey
August 2, 2011

By Keith Hennessey
The opinions expressed are his own.

I cover three topics in this post: what important players won in this deal, the core concepts and tradeoffs within the deal, and what the different strategies might be this Fall under this bill when it becomes law.

from David Cay Johnston:

Default and consequences

By David Cay Johnston
July 29, 2011

By David Cay Johnston
The author is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Gingrich debt ceiling advice: make Obama responsible

July 13, 2011

Newt Gingrich says he “deeply opposed” to the proposal by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for resolving the debt ceiling impasse because it cedes too much power to President Obama.

Washington Extra – Mistakes were made

April 11, 2011

Anyone in public office for more than a nanosecond is likely to have words and deeds come back to haunt them. New political realities sometimes demand a new world view 180 degrees from the old one. And then comes the explanation.

Bachmann for president? Tea Party darling blames media

January 6, 2011

RTXQELN_Comp-150x150Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann, champion-in-chief of the House Tea Party caucus, blames the media for all the recent chatter about her status as a potential presidential candidate.

Peterson Foundation launches OweNo campaign on U.S. debt

November 9, 2010

While the ads are humorous, the subject is serious.

Fictional presidential candidate Hugh Jidette (pronounced huge debt) will soon be making a pitch for more U.S. debt held by foreign countries in television ads that willCALIFORNIA-PROTESTS/ be appearing across the country.