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Month: May 2012

May 31, 2012
Mitt's Massachusetts Excuse: I Inherited a Recession

For months, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has falsely claimed that President Obama "did not cause this recession, but he made it worse." This week, Romney charged that Obama "started off by blaming George Bush, and that worked for a while but, you know, after three and a half years that wears kind of thin." […]

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May 30, 2012
Romney's Ideal President Sounds Familiar

In Las Vegas Tuesday, Mitt Romney looked to his own biography in proposing a new requirement for anyone seeking the presidency: "In addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birthplace of the president being set by the Constitution, I'd like it also to say that the president […]

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May 29, 2012
Romney Campaign Attacks Stimulus Mitt Once Supported

Tuesday's Politico headline shouting "Mitt Romney camp to attack stimulus" may not be surprising, but it is more than a little ironic. After all, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act worked; most economists - including the nonpartisan CBO and some of John McCain's own 2008 advisers - believe President Obama saved the American free-enterprise […]

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May 28, 2012
Memorial Day Memories from John McCain

Memorial Day should not be a day for politics. It should be a time for all Americans to remember and honor the men and women in uniform who sacrificed - and still sacrifice - all to make our freedom possible. And yet John McCain, a man whose own service in Vietnam deserves the respect and […]

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May 27, 2012
Romney Resurrects Bush's "Hollow Military" Myth

Mitt Romney and his GOP allies want George W. Bush to disappear. Acutely aware of polling that shows Americans still blame President Bush for the economic calamity from which the U.S. is still recovering, Karl Rove advised Barack Obama "this is not a good message to run on." For his part, Mitt Romney could not […]

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May 26, 2012
Mitt Romney Doesn't ♥ Massachusetts

There's an old saying that "you can't go home again." Especially if you're Mitt Romney and home is Massachusetts. After all, Governor Romney ended his tenure with a dismal 34 percent approval rating and now trails President Obama by as much as 20 points in his own state. Worse still, Romney launched his perpetual quest […]

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May 24, 2012
Obama Presided Over a Tax Revenue Drought, Not a Spending Binge

This week, Rex Nutting of the MarketWatch caused a stir with his analysis correctly showing that federal spending has hardly budged under President Obama, rising at the slowest pace since the Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Predictably, James Pethokoukis of the conservative American Enterprise Institute cited the jump in Washington's spending as a […]

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May 23, 2012
Guilty as Charged: How the GOP Killed Washington

It's rare that a criminal publicly announces his intent to commit a felony. But when it came to their scorched-earth campaign of obstructionism to destroy the Obama presidency, GOP leaders weren't shy about their plans. While 15 top Republicans schemed in private on the night of Obama's inauguration to "challenge them on every single bill […]

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May 22, 2012
Debate Over Two Visions of Capitalism Has One Clear Winner

When President Obama suggested Monday that private gain does not always equal the public good and maximizing shareholder value is not necessarily a qualification for the White House, Mitt Romney branded those self-evident truths "attacks on the free enterprise system." But if Romney's experience at Bain Capital was the story of the day, the candidates' […]

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May 21, 2012
Myth McConnell

In the wake of the debt ceiling crisis he helped manufacture last summer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted it was "a hostage that's worth ransoming" which "also is a new template" for the future. As it turns out, those threats were among the few true words McConnell has uttered. Because while he's promising once […]

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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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