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Month: September 2010

September 30, 2010
The Real GOP Pledge: A Perpetual Obama Witch Hunt

Last week, would-be House Speaker John Boehner unveiled the GOP Pledge to America to dismal reviews from, among others, himself. "We can't have that serious conversation [about policy] until we lay out the size of the problem," Boehner said of the Pledge, adding, "Let's not get to the potential solutions." But on one point, Boehner […]

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September 29, 2010
CBO Warns Permanent Bush Tax Cuts Will Hurt Economy

The Republican demand to make the Bush tax cut windfall for the wealthy permanent is like Jason from the Friday the 13th slasher movies. Incredibly dangerous but once presumed dead, the GOP's perpetual payday for the rich rises again to wreak havoc and ruin lives. And delivering the warning this time is the non-partisan Congressional […]

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September 28, 2010
Like Father, Like Son for Ben Quayle

Addressing the United Negro College Fund back in 1991, Vice President Dan Quayle declared, "What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is." Especially true, it turns out, of his son Ben. As he showed in discussing the economy in a […]

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September 27, 2010
Rich Vote with Their Wallets to End Bush Tax Cuts. Again.

Over a year before the GOP "Pledge to America" demanded permanent tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans costing $700 billion over the next decade, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) fretted, "We're running out of rich people in this country." But as it turns out, anecdotes and polls alike reveal that the rich themselves support letting the […]

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September 26, 2010
Americans' Incomes Sank After Bush Tax Cuts

On Sunday, House Minority Leader John Boehner called Democrats' refusal to hold a pre-election vote on extending the Bush tax cut windfall for the wealthy the "most irresponsible thing that I have seen since I have been in Washington, D.C." And in one sense, he's right. After all, the national debt doubled during Bush's tenure. […]

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September 25, 2010
AP Poll, GOP Pledge Back Health Care Changes

Almost from the moment President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans have campaigned on a rejectionist platform of "repeal and replace." The promise to "repeal the job killing health care law" is one of the pillars of their so-called "Pledge to America" released this week. But as a new AP poll suggests, […]

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September 23, 2010
Tax Cut Cowardice from Both Parties

If Thursday was a test of political courage when it comes to the expiring Bush tax cuts, both parties failed miserably. Despite a raft of polls showing strong public opposition to the GOP's proposed $700 billion, 10-year tax cut windfall for the wealthy, squeamish Democrats in both the House and the Senate decided to push […]

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September 23, 2010
Meet the GOP's New Pledge. Same as the Old Pledge.

What is old is new again. Hoping to once again party like it's 1994, Republicans Thursday unveiled their 2010 campaign "Pledge to America." But what the Daily Beast referred to the as "bastard child" of the Contract with America isn't just a warmed over version of the GOP's very successful ploy from sixteen years ago. […]

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September 22, 2010
Christine O'Donnell and the Republican God Squad of 2010

Delaware Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party Christine O'Donnell is out of touch, at least with herself. But not, it appears, with the Almighty. After all, O'Donnell not only claimed that in the Lord's eyes, masturbation constitutes adultery. In 2006, she insisted, "I heard the audible voice of God." Of course, Sharron Angle is far […]

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September 21, 2010
Israel Tries to Blackmail U.S. Over Settlements

For weeks, the fate of the continuing peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has hinged on the extension of the moratorium on new settlements in the West Bank. But as the New York Times is now reporting, that extension may have less to do with any deal Prime Minister Netanyahu reaches with President […]

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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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