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 [...]

Farm Bill defeated in House; traditional rural-urban alliance frayed

The old rural-urban alliance that married farm and nutrition programs failed to get a Farm Bill through the House this afternoon. The bill lost 195-234, with food stamps apparently the main issue. The House seemed ready to pass the bill this afternoon “after the Agriculture Committee leadership agreed to a sweeping en bloc amendment Wednesday [...]

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 [...]

The Republicans’ Agenda

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If you’re not convinced about the Republican Party’s agenda for the current legislative session, listen up. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called the shot after the 2010 congressional mid-term election.  His goal for the next two years, he said, was to ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term president. I [...]

Jobs Bills in 1974 and now

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Between 1973 and 1975, the US economy was in the grip of stagflation, which Wikipedia describes this way: In economics, stagflation is a situation in which the inflation rate is high and the economic growth rate is low. It raises a dilemma for economic policy since actions designed to lower inflation [...]

What Will Thursday Night Bring?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’ll record Barack Obama’s Thursday night jobs speech – I mean, his warm-up act for the NFL season opener’s pre-game show – on my DVD recorder and watch it later in the evening. At 7 I’m usually not finished cleaning up after dinner, but I’ll get to the DVR when I’m [...]

Extortion and the National Debt Ceiling

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Today Republicans in the House will bring up a bill to raise the limit on the national debt, a move required before the government can borrow any more money to finance its operations. Actually, we reached the debt limit a couple of weeks ago, but the Secretary of the Treasury authorized [...]

Message from Bob Reich

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson This comes from MoveOn.  The video runs 2 minutes and 12 seconds and is packed with information that’s important to everyone who cares about the future of health care for people under 55.  In case you don’t recognize the name: Robert Reich knows a thing or two about the economy, having [...]

So Far, So Good

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The way the story goes, a man fell off the observation deck of a 50-story skyscraper. Each time he passed another floor he reassured himself, “So far, so good.” That would make a great campaign slogan for the national Republican Party, heading into the 2012 elections. If I were a Democrat [...]