The CEOs of the nation’s largest companies typically don’t have a reason to fly to Butte, Montana.
Pondering the electoral consequences of affluence and energy in North Dakota and Montana
The Montana senator is everything wrong with politics—but he made ObamaCare possible
Senator Max Baucus is retiring. And that means you are about to read a lot of stories about how awful his tenure was, particularly for progressives.
Obama lost on policy. He may yet win on politics.
When the background-check bill went down in the Senate, Obama lost on policy. But with yet another piece of evidence against Republican obstruction, he may yet win on politics.
In September 2009, I was in Pittsburgh covering the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention when word arrived that Max Baucus, then-chairman of the Senate finance committee, had released his version of the Democrats’ universal health care legislation. It included a hefty tax on the high-priced health care plans enjoyed by many union members and fell far short of the employer mandate that unions were demanding.
The Washington Post's Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman finally come clean. "If the congressional 'supercommittee' cannot agree on a plan to tame the federal debt by next week’s deadline, as now appears likely," they write, "here’s what will happen: nothing." They still won't explain why the Republicans' proposed tax hike is actually a tax cut, and the story quotes Sen. Max Baucus, D.-Montana, at length about what a tragedy it is that Democrats are unwilling to capitulate, er, I mean compromise. They also quote Sen.
Are Democrats about to get behind more Medicare cuts, as part of a deal to reduce the deficit? Sam Stein of the Huffington Post says it’s a distinct possibility. The latest clue is a statement by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, made after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced he was withdrawing from the bipartisan debt ceiling talks: I think we should stay at the table. I think we should keep working, difficult as it is, and try to balance between Medicare cuts—additional Medicare cuts—so long as there is commensurate additional revenue.
That controversial McKinsey & Company study, the predicting severe disruptions from health care reform, isn't going away. It may be at odds with what the Congressional Budget Office, Rand Corporation, and Urban Institute found.
Lost in shuffle around the House’s vote on the FY2012 budget last week was a hearing on the future of the federal transportation program. Nevertheless, both discussions centered on a common theme as articulated by Senator Max Baucus: “We don’t have a lot of money here.” The related question, the senator wondered aloud, is whether it makes sense for Congress to continue to push for a six-year transportation law, which would spread the limited amount of funding across those years very thinly.