U.S. Senate Republicans blocked legislation 11 weeks ago that would have expanded federal health care and education programs for veterans.
A conference committee has been established, with a Dec. 13 report back date to propose a new budget. Republican Paul Ryan is already discussing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Rick Perry, the right-wing Republican governor of Texas, is running TV and radio ads - backed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce - attacking the Democratic governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon.
There is a smart, good, and doable solution. We must move the money to invest in programs that will create jobs and turn the economy around.
It's clear that the wealthy backers of the "tear down every advance for working people since the New Deal" crowd have lots of phony arguments about debt and austerity.
In a time where tuition and books costs are strangling many low-income and working class students, why are we cutting when we should be funding this vital program?
The European solution of austerity has been totally discredited not just on that continent but by workers and their allies around the world.
House Republicans approved a budget that is far worse than any reasonable person could, up to now, have imagined would ever come out of a U.S. Congress.
Make no mistake: President Obama's job-creating and tax-the-rich budget proposals are going to be core battleground issues for the Republican right.