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Month: February 2014

February 16, 2014
Texas Strips Abortion Provider's Medical License over Admitting Privileges

For the first time since its passage of draconian curbs on the state's abortion clinics, Texas stripped the medical license of a physician for failing to obtain admitting hospital admitting privileges. With a third of the state's clinics already shuttered due to the TRAP law which went into effect on November 1, 2013, access to […]

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February 14, 2014
The 1 Percenters are Right: Let's Go Back to the Good Old Days

While income inequality in the United States has hit record highs, so too has the decibel level from the tragically rich protesting their victimhood in the new class warfare. After walking back his "Kristallnacht" Holocaust analogy, legendary venture capitalist Tom Perkins nevertheless fretted that the 1 percent faces "economic extinction." Sam Zell, the billionaire chairman […]

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February 12, 2014
Presidents McCain and Romney Mock France

This week's White House visit by French President Francois Hollande has prompted Beltway talk of a new love affair between the United States and France. While McClatchy announced "Obama, Hollande declare U.S. and France bosom buddies again," the Washington Post reported "Obama and Hollande stress common ground." The Post's Dana Milbank went further in describing […]

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February 11, 2014
Value Work? Then Tax Capital at the Same Rate as Labor

Republicans have a new talking point. Because the latest analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office forecasts that the Affordable Care Act will give some workers the freedom to work fewer hours or retire early without the fear of losing health insurance, conservatives now regurgitate in unison, Democrats don't "value work." Of course, that statement […]

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February 11, 2014
Memo to Media: U.S Debt Ceiling Must Be Raised by $8 Trillion over Next Decade

Word that Speaker John Boehner will bring a "clean" debt ceiling bill up for a vote in the House On Tuesday brought a sigh of relief to Washington and global financial markets. After all, a U.S. default arising from a refusal to pay the bills Uncle Sam has already incurred would have meant, as Boehner […]

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February 10, 2014
Post's Thiessen Tortures Logic with Bogus $70 Billion Obamacare Pay Cut

And now for today's math quiz. Let's say you decide to work 2 percent fewer hours this year. At the end of the year, your total compensation is 1 percent lower. Does that mean you got a pay cut? If you answered "yes," you might want to reread the question. Or, you might be Marc […]

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February 10, 2014
GOP Obamacare Foes Have Blood on Their Hands

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made a startling statement. The President, Priebus charged, "stole $700 billion from Medicare to fund ObamaCare," adding, "If any person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it's Barack Obama." That was a pretty remarkable claim for the […]

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February 9, 2014
For Republicans, CBO Stands for Conservative Bulls**t Obliterator

Despite their trumpeting of its latest budget report, it's no secret that Republicans hate the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). In 2011, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) denounced the CBO's forecast that the Affordable Care Act will reduce--not increase--the U.S. national debt, calling its projections "budget gimmickry." That November, momentary GOP presidential frontrunner Newt […]

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February 7, 2014
Spending Down, Deficits Halved and Public Sector Smaller Since Obama Took Office

Days after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its latest projections House Republicans on Friday announced their latest ransom demand for raising the debt ceiling. John Boehner's minions will vote to avoid a U.S. default and a global economic calamity if the Medicare "doc" fix is patched for nine months and cuts to veterans' […]

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February 6, 2014
Introducing the Boehner-McConnell Clean Debt Ceiling Act of 2014

Until the GOP took over the House of Representatives in 2011, raising the U.S. debt ceiling was a routine, uncontroversial legislative activity. Almost always supported by the party in power in the House and Senate, increases in Uncle Sam's borrowing authority were usually linked to new major new spending laws. Otherwise, Congress would send the […]

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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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