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The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Barack Obama says he’s responsible for just 10 percent of budget shortfalls

In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that aired on Sept. 23, 2012, President Barack Obama blamed the Bush administration for much of… read more


4th Straight Trillion Dollar Deficit a Test for Obama

Posted by Jackie Calmes, NYT On September - 26 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Jackie Calmes, NYTWASHINGTON "” Four years ago, Barack Obama campaigned for president on a promise to cut annual federal budget deficits in half by the end of his term. Then came financial calamity, $1.4 trillion in stimulus measure… read more

$16 Trillion Debt: Why It Matters

Posted by Tom Raum, Associated Press On September - 25 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Tom Raum, Associated PressA sea of red ink is confronting the nation and presidents to come.The budget deficit – the shortfall created when the government spends more in a given year than it collects in taxes and fees- is on track to top $1 trillion f… read more

WASHINGTON — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory is bolting Washington for the campaign trail, leaving in its wake a pile of unfinished… read more

Nancy Pelosi: End The Payroll Tax Cut

Posted by Jennifer Bendery On September - 21 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says Congress should let the payroll tax cut expire at the end of the year and instead… read more

Aaron Belkin: Romney’s Greatest Deception

Posted by Aaron Belkin On September - 19 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Mitt Romney has been widely panned for blaming 47% of the public for its sense of entitlement, its demand that government redistribute wealth downward, away… read more

Jack Ucciferri: Occupy ‘Chase Giving’

Posted by Jack Ucciferri On September - 17 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Why is Chase so eager to get all of us who care about our local non-profits to start talking about Chase’s good works? May I suggest because they’d prefer we didn’t talk about what an extreme menace to society it is. read more

Thanks to Ryan, Dems Gain Upper Hand

Posted by Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post On September - 17 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Robert Kuttner, Huffington PostTwo years ago, the Democrats handed the Republicans their two crown jewels — Social Security and Medicare. By targeting Medicare for budget "savings" that could be used to finance what the Republicans called O… read more

The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In

Posted by Shultz et al, Wall Street Journal On September - 16 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Shultz et al, Wall Street JournalSometimes a few facts tell important stories. The American economy now is full of facts that tell stories that you really don't want, but need, to hear.Where are we now?Did you know that annual spending by the fed… read more

Marian Wright Edelman: Ryanomics Assault on Poor and Hungry Children

Posted by Marian Wright Edelman On September - 14 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Ryanomics is not only poor arithmetic, it is also poor morality and gross injustice which turns upside down the requirements of all great faiths to protect the poor and vulnerable. read more

Ryan Returns To Congress As House Punts On Budget Cuts

Posted by Michael McAuliff On September - 13 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON — Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan played something of a punt-returner Thursday — returning to Congress from the campaign trail to help the House… read more

How Paul Ryan Would Wreck the New Deal

Posted by Konczal & Covert, The Nation On September - 13 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Konczal & Covert, The NationRepublican vice-presidential pick Paul Ryan is widely considered a leading conservative policy intellectual on welfare and entitlement spending. His budget—loosely adopted by the Republican Party platform&… read more

Robert M. Eisinger: The Myth of the Pandering, Rudderless President

Posted by Robert M. Eisinger On September - 12 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The claim that President Obama follows public opinion instead of leading it contradicts the GOP’s broader message, namely that ‘Obamacare’ is unpopular and worthy of repeal. read more

Who Built the Recession?

Posted by Jeffrey Bell & Rich Danker, Weekly Standard On September - 12 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Jeffrey Bell & Rich Danker, Weekly StandardHot Topics: Get alerts when there is a new article that might interest you.Bill Clinton, who rode a recession into office and left the scene just before another one began, knows something about the blame … read more

WASHINGTON – If you’d like to feel ill, read Bob Woodward’s new book, "The Price of Politics." The 379-page book, which comes out Tuesday and… read more

For the first time in years, Mitt Romney will be on Meet the Press. This will be a test for Mitt Romney and will also determine whether David Gregory can make this anything more than a free, 30 minute ad for Romney. read more

Calif. Voters Mull Whether to Raise Taxes on Rich

Posted by Lou Cannon, RCP On September - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Lou Cannon, RCPRepublicans decry higher taxes on the rich as class warfare while Democrats defend them as just and necessary. This year in California, voters will have a rare say on the merits of these competing views when they decide the fate of Prop… read more

Barack Obama: Says his budget plan "would cut our deficits by $4 trillion."

Posted by Truth-O-Meter rulings from National On September - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Obama says his budget plan will cut deficits by $4 trillion

Editor’s note: After we published this item, we were alerted that our description of the position of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budg… read more


Better Off Under Obama? I’d Say So

Posted by Froma Harrop, Providence Journal On September - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Froma Harrop, Providence JournalAre you better off today than you were four years ago? Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign zinger is back in 2012.Let's see. Four years ago … four years ago. That was September 2008. Oh yes, I remember it well.It … read more

The Stark Contrast Between Obama & Clinton

Posted by Michael Goodwin, NY Post On September - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Michael Goodwin, NY PostCharlotte "”It must have been an oversight when Democrats initially omitted God from their platform. After all, speakers in the big hall have treated the stage like a pulpit and taken turns spewing fire and b… read more

The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Clinton says Ryan attacked Obama for Medicare cuts reflected in Ryan’s own budget

Bill Clinton used his nominating address at the Democratic National Convention to respond to the Republican critiques leveled at Presi… read more


Joe Hansen: The Moral Test of Government

Posted by Joe Hansen On September - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

This Labor Day, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will pay lip service to America’s workers and talk about their plans to strengthen the middle class. But instead of offering any serious solutions, they have made it clear that they are planning to balance the budget on the backs of America’s workers and the poor. read more

Robert Kuttner: What Bernanke Couldn’t Quite Say

Posted by Robert Kuttner On September - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Today, there is so much public infrastructure in disarray, such a crying need to move the nation to a sustainable energy path, and so great a need for the jobs that could be created by large-scale public investments that more stimulus spending should be a no-brainer. But this alternative is not even being seriously debated. Rather Democratic paths to deficit reduction are jousting with Republican paths. So here is Ben Bernanke — a Republican, first appointed by George W. Bush, a huge admirer of Milton Friedman — saying what no other Republican and too few Democrats are willing to say: The problem is not the deficit, but the risk that Congress will overreact to the deficit. read more

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Talking Back

Posted by Chris Weigant On August - 31 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The facts are squarely on the Democrats’ side. But we need bumpersticker answers. Slogans. Not an in-depth discussion of why the other side’s position is horsefeathers, but a snappy putdown to showcase the wrongness of the Republican position. read more
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