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Month: April 2013

April 29, 2013
GOP Pushes for More Tanks Pentagon Doesn't Want

If you had any doubts that Republicans believe in government stimulus spending to create jobs, look no further than the Pentagon budget. Two years after House Speaker John Boehner sought $450 million in funding for a second F-35 jet engine that the Defense Secretary and Presidents Bush and Obama opposed, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and […]

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April 28, 2013
Thanks W!

This week, the Republican Party asked Americans to join in the celebration marking the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. In addition to offering "Thanks W" stickers (fittingly available only in black and white), visitors to the web site can sign an e-card thanking President Bush "for his hard work and dedication […]

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April 26, 2013
Government Cutbacks Holding Back U.S. Economic Growth

Friday's news that U.S. gross domestic product grew by only 2.5 percent came as a disappointment. After all, that performance not only fell short of the consensus expectation of three percent GDP growth, but was aided by a one-time bump for inventory expansion deferred from the last quarter of 2012. And while the strengthening housing […]

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April 25, 2013
George W. Bush's Magic Calendar Returns

In the run-up to today's celebration at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, America's 43rd President declared that "history will ultimately judge" his tenure in the White House. And that is precisely the problem for the custodians of Bush's legacy. After all, the slaughter of 3,000 people on 9/11, the catastrophic and unnecessary war in […]

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April 24, 2013
UK Triple Dip is Latest Blow for Reinhart-Rogoff Austerity Crowd

Thanks to graduate student Thomas Herndon, economists Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart are now the stuff of pop culture legend. (Even Stephen Colbert is getting in on the act.) But the epic failure of their Excel spreadsheets is no laughing matter. In the United States and across Europe, austerity advocates have seized on their dubious […]

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April 23, 2013
Eric Rudolph and the Rights of American Terrorists

The Attorney General of the United States branded him a "terrorist," and with good reason. His bombings killed two people and wounded over 150 others. "Radicalized" as a child, his acts of terror were motivated by his extremist religious ideology. Armed and dangerous, he eluded a massive federal manhunt, likely with the support of his […]

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April 17, 2013
Rick Perry: Use Texas Rainy Day Fund to Pay for Business Tax Cuts

Two weeks ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his state would forego billions of dollars in expanded federal Medicaid funding that could help provide health insurance for 1.5 million of his lower-income residents. Rejecting an estimated $90 billion over the next decade for his 46th ranked health care system, Perry declared that "Texas will not […]

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April 15, 2013
Scarborough, Burnett Attack Obama over Tax Return

Just in time for Tax Day, President Obama released his 2012 return to the IRS. And right on cue, conservative commentators blasted the President for paying only 18.4 percent ($112,000) of his $609,000 in income to Uncle Sam. Predictably, while CNN's Erin Burnett slammed Obama's payment to the Treasury as "pretty low and frankly almost […]

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April 12, 2013
Raising Payroll Tax Cap is the Best Fix for Social Security

The United States may have serious longer-term fiscal problems, but Social Security is not chief among them. After all, the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.7 trillion surplus and will continue to grow until 2021. Even though the population of Americans over 65 will grow by a third over the next decade, by 2035 […]

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April 11, 2013
Bush, Obama Tax Cuts Five Times Larger Than Proposed Increases

Despite slashing the national debt by an additional $1.8 trillion over the next decade, President Obama's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget was received with two predictable talking points by Republican leaders. House Majority Eric Cantor, who previously complained about being called a "hostage taker," protested that "we ought to do so without holding [entitlement cuts] […]

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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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