Just in: President Obama says it’s time for a Farm Bill

National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson agrees. WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement today, after the end of the U.S. federal government shutdown: “Last night’s action by Congress ended a shutdown of our government and will return agencies back to normal operating status. This is [...]

Back to the Future

Seventy-six years ago, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt fought for re-election in a time of crisis. The question has been raised in today in moneylife magazine, Can Obama do a FDR? Click on FDR to hear what President Roosevelt had to say about the forces behind inequity for hard-working Americans in 1936. I think you’ll agree [...]

Ranking Democrat on House Ag Committee says GOP plan cuts to ’50-50′ odds of Farm Bill in 2012

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, told Mike Adams of AgriTalk that House Republicans’ budget outline “is going to cause big problems” for passage of a new Farm Bill this year. They are asking for a reconciliation process to avoid defense cuts, and they want them before [...]

Don’t Start the Party Yet

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Clearly, members of the tone-deaf House Republican leadership got their ears unblocked by constituents during Congress’s Easter Recess. The evidence: Both Finance Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), previously self-appointed experts on what “The American People” want, discovered that said people are not nearly as enthusiastic [...]

Republicans Attack Social Security, Medicare. Voters Bite Back.

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Schadenfreude, delight in an an adversary’s trouble, isn’t nice. Most of the time I am nice, or at least I try to be. Right now, though, I’m enjoying videos of town hall meetings conducted by certain Republican congress members; their constituents, many of whom identify themselves as former supporters, are chewing [...]

Now There Are Four

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson You could say this is going to be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. But given the quality of the broth so far, you’d have a hard time convincing me that input from the left is going to spoil the mixture of budget proposals from the center right [...]

It’s Not About the Money

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Usually, when people say it’s not about the money, you know it is about the money. But this time, it’s not about the money. I’m talking, of course, about the budget impasse that bids fair to shut down the government at midnight tonight. In February, House Republicans set a target of [...]

Looking for the Holiness in Paul Ryan

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     George Fox lived in the 17th Century. An English Dissenter (from the Church of England),  he helped found the Religious Society of Friends, a.k.a. Quakers. One of the principles that guided Fox is that there is something holy in every person. Tonight, I’m going to look for the holiness in Paul [...]

OK, I’ll Show You Mine, Anyway

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I said if you’d show me your proposed solution to cutting the budget deficit (in the NY Times article “OK, You Fix the Budget“) I’d show you mine.  Well, dear chicken, I guess you didn’t want to take the bait.  But I’m both pleased and surprised at what I came up [...]

Fixing the Federal Budget – UPDATED

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’m neither hopeful nor afraid when I think of the federal budget deficit.  I’m just fascinated. Call me weird (you won’t be the first) but I feel like I’m watching an absorbing comedy/drama of historical proportions. For me, it began with the $127 billion budget surplus Bill Clinton left to his [...]