Sunday, August 31, 2014

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.

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.

End of the Era of Bipartisan Big Government

Posted by Daniel Mitchell, OC Register On August - 30 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Daniel Mitchell, OC RegisterThanks to several years of fiscal restraint during the 1990s, the burden of federal spending dropped to 18.2% of gross domestic product by the time Bill Clinton left office. The federal budget today consumes more than 24% o...

Paul Ryan’s Web of Lies

Posted by Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast On August - 30 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Michael Tomasky, The Daily BeastIt just boggles the mind to imagine how Paul Ryan can stand up there and lash Barack Obama for abandoning Bowles-Simpson when he did exactly that himself. Or for taking $716 billion out of Medicare that Ryan's own ...

Ryan Accepts ‘Calling Of My Generation’

Posted by AP On August - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
BY DAVID ESPO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA, Fla. — Seizing the campaign spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accepted "the calling of my generation" to...
TAMPA, Fla. -- Paul Ryan's prime time convention speech Wednesday night was one of the few remaining opportunities to make a sweeping case for the...

How Gov’t Unions Became America’s Shadowbosses

Posted by John Tamny, Forbes On August - 29 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
John Tamny, ForbesBe they Republicans or Democrats, politicians as a rule regularly talk up the need to reduce government expenditure. In 2008, big spender Barack Obama spoke of his plan to address waste “line by line” in the feder...

Ten Reasons We Should Support Gold Commission

Posted by Charles Kadlec, Forbes On August - 28 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Charles Kadlec, ForbesThe Republican Party Platform's call for the creation of a commission to evaluate restoring the link between the dollar and gold may prove to be the biggest upside surprise of the 2012 Presidential contest. If successful, a ...

Richard Klass: Cracks and Crackpots

Posted by Richard Klass On August - 26 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
The Senate has appropriated the $61 million needed for repairs on a bipartisan basis. The Republican House has so far refused and is likely to continue to do so. Is this the party that keeps saying that if average families can balance their budgets, the federal government should do so too?

Carl Gibson: RNC: You Didn’t Build That

Posted by Carl Gibson On August - 26 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
If you're voting Republican in this election and you aren't a millionaire or a corporate lobbyist, you're proving to everyone around that you're just as silly as your politicians.

Five Myths About Ryan’s Budget

Posted by Peter Orszag, Washington Post On August - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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What I Learned at Bain Capital

Posted by Mitt Romney, Wall Street Journal On August - 24 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Mitt Romney, Wall Street JournalThe back-to-school season is here, and as parents take their children to shop for school supplies, I suspect that many of them will be visiting a Staples store. I'm very familiar with those stores because Staples i...

Ryan’s Dangerous Randian Notions

Posted by Paul Krugman, New York Times On August - 23 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Paul Krugman, New York TimesSo far, most of the discussion of Paul Ryan, the presumptive Republican nominee for vice president, has focused on his budget proposals. But Mr. Ryan is a man of many ideas, which would ordinarily be a good thing.In his cas...

The Truth About Ryan And His Critics

Posted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Wall St. Journal On August - 22 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Sen. Tom Coburn, Wall St. JournalThe more voters learn about Congressman Paul Ryan's leadership style and his thoughtful and creative approach to solving problems, the more they will decide that the Romney-Ryan ticket looks presidential and elect...
Most households get the majority of their income from wages -- not capital gains, like the Romney household. Because owners of labor tend to earn less than owners of capital, income inequality has been on the rise.
Right now, the debate over Ryan is focused on his proposed budget, but there's another side to the Wisconsin legislator's political persona that seems to defy easy caricature.

The Delusions in Ryan’s Medicare Vision

Posted by Froma Harrop, Prov Jnrl On August - 20 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Froma Harrop, Prov JnrlPaul Ryan has bold economic ideas. Or maybe he doesn't. It's really hard to know what Mitt Romney's VP pick thinks, since his budget plan includes Obamacare's $716 billion in Medicare savings over 10 years, b...

Etan Thomas: Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up

Posted by Etan Thomas On August - 19 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
This flip-flopping should give pause to both Democrats and Republicans who are attempting to sift through the political games and decipher what Romney's real positions are, since they seem to be ever evolving and ever changing.
David Stockman was the Paul Ryan of the Reagan era, and the similarities are uncanny. The central question facing the Reagan Revolution was whether Reagan could cut taxes, increase defense spending and balance the budget, all at once.
If the current Republican presidential candidate is seriously concerned with the future of one of the most important social programs in American history, he could start by actually running the numbers on his budget (others have).

Van Hollen: Romney-Ryan Plan Raises Medicare Costs

Posted by Ezra Klein, WP On August - 18 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Ezra Klein, WPEzra Klein: You’re the ranking member on the House Budget Committee. Paul Ryan is the Chairman of the Committee. How do you get along?Chris Van Hollen: I get along very well with Paul Ryan personally. We have very deep differen...

Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Scary Medicine

Posted by Chris Weigant On August - 17 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Mitt Romney opened up several new lines of attack on his taxes this week -- such as labeling him "Mister Thirteen Percent" for his admitted tax rate. Even juicier is attacking what Mitt Romney would pay under Paul Ryan's budget plan.

Will Durst: The Bold Choice

Posted by Will Durst On August - 17 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
"Romney-Ryan." Short, alliterative and one syllable more conservative than "Obama-Biden."

ObamaCare: Why Dems Are Vulnerable

Posted by Jay Cost, Weekly Standard On August - 17 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Jay Cost, Weekly StandardThe conventional wisdom on the state of the 2012 presidential race is that, thanks to his endorsement of the House GOP Budget and his selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate, Mitt Romney has opened himself up to one of t...