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Month: July 2010

July 21, 2010
Black Kettles, Tax Fairies and Mitch McConnell

Despite his turtle-like appearance and seeming Ambien-induced demeanor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can tell a gripping tale. And yesterday on the Senate floor, he told some tall ones. Republicans, it turns out, supported unemployment benefits for the victims of the Bush recession all along. And just days after he joined the Republican Tax Cut […]

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July 19, 2010
Sorry Joe: Obama, Not GOP, to Blame for Smaller Stimulus

Vice President Joe Biden, backed by the overwhelming consensus of economists, is right that the $787 billion Obama stimulus package has succeeded as designed. But as many warned - and the sluggish recovery now sadly seems to confirm - the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) should have been larger. But in blaming the Republicans […]

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July 18, 2010
Insurers and Employers, Not Government, Limiting Choice of Doctors

During the heated debate over health care reform, President Obama repeatedly insisted that under his proposal, "you can keep your doctor." But the President was also careful to add the important caveat, "what I'm saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform." Which is exactly right. But by […]

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July 18, 2010
Michael Murphy and the Palin-Romney Feud

For Democrats with a strong schadenfreude streak, the recent dust-up between GOP White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin is pure joy. After all, the growing feud pits Romney, a man who has changed his mind about virtually everything against Palin, who knows virtually nothing. Better still, perhaps the most honest assessment of both […]

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July 17, 2010
The GOP Goes Seinfeld as the Party of Nothing

During an episode titled "The Pitch," George Costanza describes Seinfeld as "a show about nothing." And so it is now with the Republican Party. As the Washington Post relates this morning, in the run-up to the November midterms Republican leaders are fiercely debating whether to stand for something or nothing. By this fall, the Party […]

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July 16, 2010
Krauthammer Revives Reagan Small Government Myth

Long before he became what Politico deemed "Barack Obama's biggest critic," Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer was a Democrat. Dr. Krauthammer left his psychiatric practice to work for Jimmy Carter and write speeches for Walter Mondale. But that was before he fell - hard - for Ronald Reagan. And now in his latest assault on […]

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July 15, 2010
Meet the New Republican Alchemists

So it comes down to this. Republicans believe they can turn bullshit into gold. Despite the inescapable conclusion of history, theory and empirical evidence to the contrary, Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, John Boehner, Tom Coburn, John McCain, Kay Bailey Hutchison and other Republican alchemists continue to insist that cutting taxes increases government revenue and thereby […]

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July 14, 2010
Why Americans Trust Democrats to Fix the Economy

Last fall, John Judis warned that like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton before him, first term President Barack Obama would see his disapproval ratings rise - and fall - along with unemployment. This week, new polls from the Washington Post, CBS News and PPP confirmed the toll the sluggish recovery is taking on Obama's popularity. […]

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July 13, 2010
Birtherism Just the Latest Fetish for Vitter

Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter has a new fetish. Three years after Americans learned of Vitter's predilection for prostitutes and diapers, Senator Vitter has announced his support for Birther lawsuits challenging President Obama's eligibility to serve. Vitter's apparent attempt at misdirection comes after a torrent of bad news for the one-time family values merchant turned […]

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July 12, 2010
Kyl Joins Boehner in Lying About Tax Cuts and Deficits

When it comes to tax cuts and deficits, Republicans have gone from the ridiculous to the insane. A month ago, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) comically insisted that the Bush tax cuts did not contribute the America's exploding national debt. Now Jon Kyl, the number two Republican in the Senate, the man almost single-handedly […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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