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Month: September 2013

September 30, 2013
Better Dead and Red: How the GOP Blocked Health Care for Red State Americans

For two decades, Republicans have opposed health care reform not because they thought it would fail the American people, but because they feared it would succeed. Passage of Bill Clinton's health care program, Bill Kristol warned in 1993, wouldn't just "do everything to help Democratic electoral prospects," but would "revive the reputation" of the Democrats […]

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September 27, 2013
Republicans Call Republicans Terrorists and Hostage Takers on the Debt Ceiling

With House Republicans once again threatening to take the unprecedented step of blocking a debt ceiling increase and thereby triggering a U.S. default Speaker John Boehner admitted "would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy," frustrated Democrats are ramping up their own rhetoric. While former Vice President Al […]

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September 27, 2013
Boehner Should Pass Same Clean Debt Ceiling Bill He Gave Bush in 2004

Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling by October 17, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned this week, the federal government will be unable to pay its bills. But while some Republicans like Rep. John Fleming (R-FL) responded, "I don't think we should run government based on economists' predictions," House Speaker John Boehner knows all too well […]

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September 25, 2013
We Know What Reagan Would Have Done about Iran and Syria

Like the morning sun rise in the east, it never fails. At every foreign policy fork in the road, conservatives faithfully ask, WWRD--What Would Reagan Do? When President Obama urged U.S. strikes against the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons in Syria, right-wing politicians and pundits laughably looked to The Gipper for guidance. […]

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September 24, 2013
Republicans Won't "Refund Obamacare"

For days, Washington has been focused like a laser beam on the GOP effort to "defund Obamacare." Prodded by the grandstanding Senator Ted Cruz (R-Self), 228 of 229 House Republicans voted to shut down the federal government if funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is not stripped from the continuing resolution (CR) […]

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September 23, 2013
NBC's Chuck Todd Commits Act of Journalism

For the past week, NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd endured withering criticism for suggesting it is not the media's job to expose Republican lies about the Affordable Care Act or, for that matter, anything else. But despite his assertion that the reporter's function is not to seek the objective truth but instead to serve as […]

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September 20, 2013
10 Things John Boehner Doesn't Want You to Know about the Debt

So it's come down to this. Once again kowtowing to the most extreme members of his Republican Party, House Speaker John Boehner is willing to shut down the federal government and trigger a global economic meltdown, all in the GOP's quixotic quest to defund, delay or otherwise damage Obamacare. With his gambit to defund the […]

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September 19, 2013
GOP Blocks Health Insurance for 11 Million in 2014

By 2022, the Affordable Care Act is forecast to enable roughly 30 million uninsured people to obtain health insurance. But according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that expansion of coverage will progress much more slowly than the agency forecast just last year. Thanks primarily to Republican […]

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September 18, 2013
Bush Tax Cuts Still Driving Up U.S. Debt

In its latest forecast, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) once again confirmed that the United States does not face a near-term debt problem. Over the next few years, annual budget deficits will continue to fall in both dollar terms and as a percentage of the U.S. economy. Over the next decade, the debt will remain […]

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September 17, 2013
Boehner Admits U.S. Has No Immediate Debt Crisis

In a rare moment of agreement with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner in March admitted that "we have no immediate debt crisis." But despite Tuesday's analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing that the near and mid-term U.S. debt picture has improved over the last six months, Speaker Boehner has apparently changed his […]

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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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