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Month: February 2012

February 19, 2012
Conservatives Go Both Ways on Rising Health Care Costs

For years, conservatives have warned that rapidly rising health care costs require the United States to repeal the Affordable Care Act, gut Medicaid and privatize Medicare. Now, the American Enterprise Institute cheerfully insists, the recent slowdown in that rate of the growth argues for precisely the same Republican policies. But far from happily revealing new […]

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February 17, 2012
Death of a GOP Talking Point on Tax Cuts

As the Republican Party waged its all-out attack in 2010 to preserve the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the GOP's number two man in the Senate provided the talking point to help sell the $70 billion annual giveaway to America's rich. "You should never," Arizona's Jon Kyl declared, "have to offset the cost of […]

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February 15, 2012
Gallup Aids GOP by Misrepresenting Poll on Small Business Hiring

In a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, small business owners revealed that the lack of need for new employees (76 percent), worries over revenue (71 percent) and concern about the state of the U.S. economy (66 percent) were the top three reasons for not hiring new workers. But you'd never know that if you just […]

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February 14, 2012
GOP Caves to Its Own Demand That Tax Cuts Never Have to Be Offset

On Monday, House Republican leaders announced they would support the extension of the payroll tax cut without a corresponding "offset" in other federal spending. While that new approach is designed to tie Democrats' hands on passage of continued unemployment benefits and the so-called Medicare "doc fix," Speaker Boehner's switch represents a return to a supposedly […]

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February 13, 2012
Remembering Bush's Broken Promise to Cut the Deficit in Half

Among the predictable Republican reactions to the President's proposed 2013 budget is the refrain that "Obama has failed to keep a 2009 promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term." Just days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told a CPAC audience that President Obama "said he'd cut the […]

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February 12, 2012
Five Things I Found Caught in the Safety Net

The American social safety net is back in the news, and not just because Mitt Romney acknowledged, "I'm not concerned about the very poor." This week, the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University revealed that a third of Americans now receive Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance, a number that climbs to […]

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February 11, 2012
Closing the Health Insurance Income Gap

A new study this week from the Commonwealth Fund confirmed the shocking gap between lower and higher income Americans when it comes to health insurance coverage. While only 12 percent of families making $89,400 a year (or four times the federal poverty rate for a family of four) was uninsured at some point last year, […]

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February 10, 2012
Will GOP Candidates Back 'Tebow Bill' for Home Schoolers?

This week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a "Tebow bill" allowing home-schooled children to participate in sports and other activities at public schools. For the Republican presidential candidates, the Tebow bill is a two-fer that lets them score points with evangelical voters while riding the wave of the religious right's biggest cultural icon in […]

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February 9, 2012
Romney's New Message: I Care

Back in 1992, President George H.W. Bush tried to counter to the growing perception that he was an aloof, out-of touch patrician utterly detached from the economic struggles of the American people. But his laughably awkward pronouncement to voters, "Message: I care," only served to confirm their suspicions. Now twenty years later, Bush 41's empathy-challenged […]

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February 8, 2012
The Heritage Foundation's 'Government Dependency Index' Scam

For decades, the conservative Heritage Foundation has provided a thin academic veneer to the Republican project of dismantling the post-New Deal social safety net. Last year, for example, Rep. Paul Ryan tried to sell his draconian budget plan by citing a comically flawed Heritage analysis declaring the GOP scheme would magically reduce unemployment to an […]

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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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