Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Coming Regulatory Black Hole

Posted by Rick Moran, PJ Media On December - 15 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Rick Moran, PJ MediaForget the fiscal cliff. Sooner or later "” probably later "” Speaker Boehner and the president are going to come to an agreement that will raise taxes on the wealthy with a solemn, cross-our-h...

Where Big Bucks Could Matter for Republicans

Posted by Glenn Reynolds, NY Post On December - 13 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Glenn Reynolds, NY PostMitt Romney and the GOP lost, but it wasn’t for lack of money. They spent a lot; they just didn’t get enough bang for the buck.Billionaire Sheldon Adelson alone donated $150 million. But Romney lost anyway, e...

GOP Can’t Offer Cuts Because Govt Isn’t Too Big

Posted by Jonathan Chait, NY Mag On December - 13 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Jonathan Chait, NY Mag“Where are the president’s spending cuts?” asks John Boehner. With Republicans coming to grips with their inability to stop taxes on the rich from rising, the center of the debate has turned to the e...
(Adds new poll results) * Boehner warns talks could extend through holidays * Poll shows strong Republican support for raising taxes on the rich *...

GOP Holding Middle-Class Tax Cuts Hostage

Posted by Joe Biden, Kansas City Star On December - 13 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
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Obama ‘Confident’ Republicans Will Agree To Tax Deal

Posted by The Huffington Post On December - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
President Obama said he's "optimistic" on reaching a fiscal cliff deal with congressional Republicans, predicting that the GOP will agree to extend tax cuts for...

The GOP’s Ideas Deficit

Posted by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post On December - 11 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Eugene Robinson, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- The biggest problem the Republican Party faces is not uninspiring candidates or unsound tactics. It is unpopular ideas.This reality was brought home in last month's election. It's playing out in ...

Permanent Gridlock

Posted by Jay Cost, Weekly Standard On December - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Jay Cost, Weekly StandardDemocrats are convinced that the GOP is not negotiating in good faith, as it is in hock to supposedly extreme antitax activists. Republicans are similarly convinced that President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Ge...

Former GOP Gov Officially A Democrat

Posted by Peter Finocchiaro On December - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has officially joined the Democratic Party, he announced on Friday evening. Crist, who served as governor of Florida from 2007...

Obama Risks All for Paltry ‘Victory’

Posted by Kimberley Strassel, Wall St. Journal On December - 7 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Kimberley Strassel, Wall St. JournalTo read the current fiscal-cliff coverage, President Obama holds the upper hand and is poised for the "victory" of winning an increase in the top two tax rates.So successful has the White House been in def...

2012 Campaign Shatters Astonishing Record

Posted by AP On December - 6 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance filings with the government now show that the cost of the 2012 U.S. presidential race has surpassed $2 billion, a new...
Free speech is a beautiful thing. And it's amazing how free someone's speech becomes -- and how unavoidable -- when they're part of a tiny...

Ryan, Rubio, and a Fresh Coat of Paint

Posted by Steve Benen, MSNBC On December - 5 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Steve Benen, MSNBCRepublican Party leaders realize they have an image problem. Today's GOP, especially after the most recent national elections, is perceived as a party committed to protecting the wealthy at all costs, which in turn alienates the...

Obama: GOP Tax Proposals Would Put Nonprofits At Risk

Posted by Reuters On December - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
* Charities could be hit by Republican tax plan-White House * Obama aides meet with executives of largest nonprofits * Closing loopholes, deductions nets no...
WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio, two potential 2016 presidential candidates, laid out policy prescriptions for their Republican Party on Tuesday night, nudging a...

Republicans Should Force Obama’s Hand

Posted by Glenn Reynolds, USA Today On December - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Glenn Reynolds, USA Today3:48PM EST December 3. 2012 - As we careen toward the "fiscal cliff," the House GOP faces a problem. Obama won't offer his own detailed plan which will involve big tax increases, until they offer their own plan ...

Magical Thinking in New Republican Plan

Posted by Greg Sargent, Washington Post On December - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Greg Sargent, Washington PostSo yesterday, House GOP leaders offered up their own fiscal cliff proposal. In exchange for substantial spending cuts, the big concession Republicans would make is that they would agree to $800 billion in new revenues. The...
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) opted to wade finally into the the "fiscal cliff" frenzy with an official GOP counter-offer to President Barack Obama's opening...

Obama Risks Repeating First-Term Mistake

Posted by Jonah Goldberg, USA Today On December - 4 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Jonah Goldberg, USA TodayWe've all heard that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. But what do you call it when it starts as farce? On Monday, House Republicans gave the president a second chance to redeem himself, but will he...

The GOP’s Big Budget Mumble

Posted by Paul Krugman, New York Times On December - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Paul Krugman, New York TimesIn the ongoing battle of the budget, President Obama has done something very cruel. Declaring that this time he won’t negotiate with himself, he has refused to lay out a proposal reflecting what he thinks Republic...

Sheldon Adelson Spent Far More On Campaign Than Previously Known

Posted by Peter H. Stone On December - 3 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
WASHINGTON -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson vowed to spend as much as $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama and help the GOP take control...

GOP Must Fight Corporate Welfare

Posted by Milton Wolf, Washington Times On December - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
Milton Wolf, Washington TimesBy Dr. Milton R. Wolf-The Washington Times Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Enlarge PhotoView resultsNo one accuses establishment Republicans of being terribly brave or bright, but this insanity has got to stop:...

White House Awaits GOP Move On Fiscal Cliff

Posted by Mollie Reilly On December - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
WASHINGTON — Republicans have to stop using "political math" and say how much they are willing to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent...

Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

Posted by Arianna Huffington On December - 2 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS
This week, President Obama's initial proposal in the fiscal cliff showdown sparked merriment and outrage from Republican leaders, who pretended they hadn't heard the same details six weeks ago. Susan Rice continued to have nomination meetings even without a nomination, but failed to win over GOP senators who are still "troubled" by Benghazi but not by their own failure of judgment on Iraq. Palestine scored a victory at the U.N., where it was given non-participating observer status -- the same status Mitt Romney has in U.S. politics. Romney was invited to the White House for lunch, where he and the president dined on white turkey chili [insert your own "white turkey" punchline here]. Meanwhile, revised figures show the U.S. economy had its best third-quarter performance in five years. How this fits into Jack Welch's conspiracy theories about "imagination defying" government stats, we'll just have to wait and see.