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Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Pundits Blog and reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 17, 2013 Daschle for Obama (2 comments)
Daschle was Obama's very effective campaign chairman in 2008. He is fiercely loyal to the president and Obama's vision of the presidency expressed in the historic 2008 campaign. He has long friendships and working relationships with key White House aides and the stature to privately speak truth to power, which is profoundly important to all presidents.
Sunday, April 7, 2013 It's The Jobs, Stupid (3 comments)
I am not proposing a presidential photo op in front of a bridge, or a news cycle public relations maneuver that is wheeled out with a bad jobs report and returned to the closet after a few news cycles. Obama needs to contemplate the possibility that his legacy will be "the jobless president." He should fight to become "the jobs president."
Thursday, March 28, 2013 Equal Rights for All (1 comments)
would argue that "equal rights for all" is the law of the land today, despite the fact that the law as interpreted by the current Supreme Court majority does not yet agree.
The Defense of Marriage Act is probably, fortunately, to use a non-legal formulation, a dead duck. Good. The DOMA duck never should have existed in the first place.
Friday, January 25, 2013 Hillary Turns Texas Blue (2 comments)
Texas is going blue. Demographics are destiny. The only question is when. As the sun sets on the highly successful tenure of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State, and the sun rises on the next stage of her historic life, don't be surprised if her greatest run for the roses blossoms alongside the yellow rose of Texas.
Friday, January 25, 2013 Filibuster reform is dead (3 comments)
There will be a huge backlash from the Democratic base once liberals from outside Washington fully understand what just happened. The backlash will become severe once the Republicans renew their filibuster attacks, which will return before the rooster crows many more times and continue throughout the current Congress, between recesses.
Friday, January 4, 2013 Al Gore, Al-Jazeera (3 comments)
My mourning of Al Gore's failed role in television should be not be interpreted as criticism of Al-Jazeera. The fact that so many American television distributors have refused to carry Al-Jazeera is the latest proof that so many executives throughout the television industry believe that we the people, their customers, are morons.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Women, Ohio and the Clintons will make the difference for Democrats (1 comments)
Don't expect women to be fooled by a Republican who opposes equal pay for them, and whose latest multiple-choice position would destroy their right to choose. And don't be surprised if voters in Ohio continue their support for the president who was there for them, and who I predict will be there for him on Election Day.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 Issa targets Hillary: Big mistake (4 comments)
There is now an independent and nonpartisan investigation of exactly what happened in Libya. A partisan witch-hunt by Republicans using taxpayer money against Secretary Clinton, as a partisan weapon in the closing days of an election, to exploit a tragedy to score political points is exactly what the American people believe has gone wrong with Washington.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 Make my day, Mitt (1 comments)
Governor Romney, you believe we were better off then? Really? When President Obama offered a bold plan that brought workers and management together to save these Made in America jobs in autos and steel, a plan your father would have supported, you opposed it for political reasons. Then you tried to claim credit for it.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 Ryan's War on Women (3 comments)
Paul Ryan is a decent person who embodies the dark side of a rightist, elitist, greed-driven, Ayn Randian dream. He champions policies that hurt women of all ages and incomes, across many fronts. He stands for a vulture nation that would leave most Americans behind.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 Barack Obama commands, Hillary Clinton soars, Mitt Romney insults (3 comments)
Romney embarrassed himself almost from the minute he arrived in London. He insulted his hosts. He insulted a great nation and close American ally that joins us in a "special relationship." He made statements that were thoughtless, clumsy, amateurish and unworthy of anyone who aspires to be commander in chief.
Friday, July 20, 2012 Pelosi On a Mission (2 comments)
Nancy Pelosi might be the leading conviction politician in America. She valued the verdict of voters in 2008 with clarity, courage and conviction. She assembled a first-rate team that respected the "People's House" as a reflection of the diversity of the nation. Great dreams ultimately come true because of conviction politicians like Nancy Pelosi. Her mission lives on. Her work is far from done.
Friday, July 6, 2012 GOP hopes USA fails
It is time to talk of patriotism and partisanship and a Republican Party that has lost its heart, its soul and its way. Ronald Reagan would be embarrassed by Republicans today. William F. Buckley would be angry and ashamed. The party of Reaganite optimism is now the party that hopes America fails and blames Americans first.
Saturday, June 30, 2012 Why Nancy Pelosi is Smiling
If the bills passed by the House during her Speakership were enacted into law, the number of jobs would be much greater, foreclosures would be much fewer, the lives of our children would be much better and the lot of all women would be much improved. Nancy Pelosi is within reach of a great victory, which is why she is smiling and why I am, too.
Friday, June 15, 2012 GOP wages war against jobs
Mitt Romney, who ranked nearly last in the nation creating jobs as governor, lusts for the presidency. He seems joyous that many are jobless. He celebrates their pain as his good fortune. He panders to the hatred of unions that his father deplored. He forgets that Ronald Reagan led the Screen Actors Guild. He treats the jobs of police and firefighters, and nurses and teachers, as the petty cash of his unprincipled ambition.
Saturday, June 2, 2012 Why the right, the GOP and some Dems fear Elizabeth Warren and Occupy Wall Street (4 comments)
For those who want 30 percent rates on your credit cards and mortages that are unfair, feel free to oppose Elizabeth Warren and OWS. For those who want to pay your banks higher fees and get ripped off investing in IPOs, go ahead and support Scott Brown, the Tea Party and Nikki Haley, who is now in some hot water in South Carolina.
Friday, June 1, 2012 Karl Rove's grand slam (5 comments)
The inability of Democrats to play in the same league as Karl Rove financially is a humiliating debacle that might be unprecedented, measured by comparing wealthy donors of one party to wealthy donors of the other, in the history of presidential politics. This parallels an enthusiasm gap of voters that creates what I believe is the current Republican edge in the election.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 Elizabeth Warren will lead (4 comments)
Teachers, police, firefighters, nurses, librarians, women, Hispanics, vets and all whose jobs and rights are under attack would find a fearless friend and fighter in a Sen. Warren. Those hurt by fraudulent mortgages, Mafia-like bank rates, exported jobs, unfair wages, gouging premiums and ugly consumer rip-offs will find a faithful friend and fearless fighter in a Sen. Warren.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Draft Hillary for 2016 bid (7 comments)
We progressives have a dream: to elect leaders who inspire and mobilize men and women, throughout America and around the world, to realize the great aspirations of the two historical waves of our time: the Female Century and the Populist Century.
My suggestion is this: Reelect Barack Obama in 2012 and draft Hillary Clinton for 2016 to achieve an era of reform and realignment that will powerfully change history.
Friday, April 13, 2012 Conservative Crack-Up (1 comments)
What do conservatives stand for today? Read their commentaries and they are dripping with personal invective, derision, anger, rage and at times hatred directed against the president. They wave the Bible while suggesting that the jobless want to be jobless and the poor want to be poor. They wave the flag while mocking the true American notion of civic respect and tolerance.
Friday, April 6, 2012 Supreme Court on Trial (14 comments)
The Supreme Court is on the brink of putting itself on trial in the eyes of the nation, and certainly with much of the nation that vehemently disagrees with the court's view that America is a nation in which the money rules over the people and that free speech is a property that can be bought by those who have the most money and thereby destroyed by those who do not.