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Month: November 2011

November 30, 2011
Gingrich Proposes Flat Tax Windfall for the Wealthy

When Newt Gingrich proposed his 15 percent flat-tax scheme in October, the plan like the former House Speaker himself was viewed as an afterthought in the GOP presidential race. But now that Gingrich is the new Republican frontrunner, his tax cut proposal is finally getting the scrutiny it deserves. Because like fellow flat-taxers Herman Cain […]

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November 28, 2011
Meet Mitt Romney's Running Mate, Benjamin Netanyahu

"If I'm president of the United States," Mitt Romney declared during a recent GOP presidential debate, "My first foreign trip will be to Israel to show the world we care about that country and that region." As it turns out, Romney's pledge isn't just his latest transparent ploy to win over Jewish voters. Mitt's Israeli […]

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November 25, 2011
Right-Wing Furious Over Obama's 'Godless' Thanksgiving Address

Remember when President Bush forgot to thank God in his 2008 Thanksgiving address? Neither do the conservatives now apoplectic that Barack Obama's 2011 remarks contained no reference to the Almighty. Nevertheless, the usual suspects on the right are frothing at the mouth over the perceived slight from the man many still pretend is a secret […]

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November 24, 2011
CBO Gives Thanks to the Stimulus

On this the fourth Thanksgiving since the start of the Bush recession, families across America are still struggling with persistently high unemployment, underwater mortgages and stagnant wages. But as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reminded us this week, Americans can be thankful for the 2009 stimulus. Despite Republican mythmaking that the American Recovery and […]

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November 23, 2011
Republicans Violate Norquist Pledge over Payroll Tax Cut Extension

The Wall Street Journal greeted the failure of the Congressional debt super committee with an editorial titled, "Thank You, Grover Norquist." That gratitude should have surprised no one. After all, Norquist's anti-tax pledge led handcuffed committee Republicans not just to oppose even modest tax increases on the richest Americans, but to demand another tax cut […]

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November 22, 2011
Mitt Romney's Iran Follies

As the GOP presidential field gathers once again for the CNN national security debate, Mitt Romney has already identified Iran as the place to contrast himself with the current commander-in-chief. "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon," Romney declared at the last Republican foreign policy shindig, adding, "If you elect me […]

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November 21, 2011
GOP's "Servants of the Rich" Block Debt Deal

Two weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner protested that the characterization of his Republican Party as "servants of the rich" was "very unfair." But after the GOP torpedoed any debt reduction deal from the Congressional super committee including "any penny" in new tax revenue from the richest Americans, Boehner's complaint seems all the more pathetic. […]

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November 20, 2011
The Victory of the Occupy Movement

In the wake of its clashes with police in cities across the country, some media (for example, here and here) are beginning to question whether the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is becoming counterproductive. But lost in those debates is the undeniable victory of the Occupy movement, or at least this first phase of it. […]

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November 17, 2011
McCain Attacks Joint Chiefs Chairman's Credibility on Iraq

Memo to Republicans: (1) Until President Obama appears on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier wearing a flight suit and an oversized cod piece, no conservative can ever accuse of him of taking too much credit for any national security success. (2) When it comes to Iraq, no one who has been as consistently […]

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November 15, 2011
The Republican "Job-Killing Regulations" Myth Gets Demolished

For years, what passes for Republican economic policy has been dominated by "necessary lies," that is, statements which conservative ideology requires to be true despite being demonstrably false. Despite decades of GOP mythmaking, tax cuts don't pay for themselves or increase revenue. Employment and the overall U.S. economy grew faster when America's so-called "job creators" […]

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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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