We, the people…and the Farm Bill.

Growing up in Massachusetts means a special kind of connection to the Fourth of July. Along with Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July is one of two holidays all Americans can claim as our own. Both were born in Massachusetts: Thanksgiving in Plymouth around a communal dining table and the American Revolution, which started with the [...]

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 [...]

Joe Miller’s Chances

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Joe Miller, the TEA Party’s candidate for senator in Alaska, the man who beat the incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, reminds me of Norm Coleman with hanging chads thrown in. Coleman, at least, came close to winning the Minnesota senate race in 2008. When Al Franken won in a [...]

The Third Ring

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson If you’ve finished digesting the two-ring circus that yielded results for the House and Senate in Tuesday’s elections, I’d like to draw your attention to the third ring, where contests for governor have taken place. Thirty-seven states elected governors this year. This is the largest number of gubernatorial contests ever in [...]

What’s Next?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Yesterday’s election results left no doubt that  economic recovery is #1 on the voters’ agenda.  Here’s a rule politicians would do well to memorize: When people aren’t thinking with their hormones, they’re thinking with their wallets. Now we have a House of Representatives that thinks the way to recovery consists of [...]

In Case You Don’t Remember

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The video here runs 2 minutes and 33 seconds and will give you the inspiration it takes to do what I’m doing here: to roust out people who have lost their enthusiasm for Obama and the Democratic Party, can’t bring themselves to vote Republican, and so are intending to ignore what’s [...]

What Flows Downhill

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Marco Rubio, the radical right’s Senatorial candidate in Florida, is a man with whom I could hardly disagree more. But he’s saying one thing that I totally agree with, although he means one thing when he says it, and I mean another when I agree. Rubio is reminding us that this [...]

If they’re in charge, what happens to you?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson After weeks during which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (not to be confused with the lunch bunch in your home town, a group of local shopkeepers and independent business people who have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be you) has pumped millions of dollars into attack ads [...]

What They Say / What They Mean

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Let it be known at the outset that here I will be talking about radical Republicans and their enablers and not everyone who is registered to vote or self-identified as a Republican. It’s easy to stick labels on people, especially when stress trumps nuance, as it does in these times. But [...]

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Three scenarios.  Take your pick. 1.  Disappointed that Obama hasn’t whupped more ass and accomplished more in the year and nine months since his inaugural, the people who put him in office stay home November 2 and let the Republicans and their Tea Party doppelgängers take over the Senate and House [...]