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July 17, 2010
The GOP Goes Seinfeld as the Party of Nothing

During an episode titled "The Pitch," George Costanza describes Seinfeld as "a show about nothing." And so it is now with the Republican Party. As the Washington Post relates this morning, in the run-up to the November midterms Republican leaders are fiercely debating whether to stand for something or nothing. By this fall, the Party […]

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July 16, 2010
Krauthammer Revives Reagan Small Government Myth

Long before he became what Politico deemed "Barack Obama's biggest critic," Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer was a Democrat. Dr. Krauthammer left his psychiatric practice to work for Jimmy Carter and write speeches for Walter Mondale. But that was before he fell - hard - for Ronald Reagan. And now in his latest assault on […]

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July 15, 2010
Meet the New Republican Alchemists

So it comes down to this. Republicans believe they can turn bullshit into gold. Despite the inescapable conclusion of history, theory and empirical evidence to the contrary, Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, John Boehner, Tom Coburn, John McCain, Kay Bailey Hutchison and other Republican alchemists continue to insist that cutting taxes increases government revenue and thereby […]

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July 14, 2010
Why Americans Trust Democrats to Fix the Economy

Last fall, John Judis warned that like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton before him, first term President Barack Obama would see his disapproval ratings rise - and fall - along with unemployment. This week, new polls from the Washington Post, CBS News and PPP confirmed the toll the sluggish recovery is taking on Obama's popularity. […]

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July 13, 2010
Birtherism Just the Latest Fetish for Vitter

Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter has a new fetish. Three years after Americans learned of Vitter's predilection for prostitutes and diapers, Senator Vitter has announced his support for Birther lawsuits challenging President Obama's eligibility to serve. Vitter's apparent attempt at misdirection comes after a torrent of bad news for the one-time family values merchant turned […]

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July 12, 2010
Kyl Joins Boehner in Lying About Tax Cuts and Deficits

When it comes to tax cuts and deficits, Republicans have gone from the ridiculous to the insane. A month ago, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) comically insisted that the Bush tax cuts did not contribute the America's exploding national debt. Now Jon Kyl, the number two Republican in the Senate, the man almost single-handedly […]

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July 12, 2010
Studies Confirm the Closing of the Conservative Mind

In 2009, Politifact declared Sarah Palin's "death panels" fraud its "Lie of the Year." As it turns out, the Republican Party is the Home of the Whopper. Its followers, especially those most deeply steeped in the Tea Party's toxic brew, continue to believe claims about Barack Obama's faith, national origin, and tax cuts (just to […]

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July 11, 2010
GOP to Elderly Rich: Watch Your Backs

Last month, Florida Republican Senator George Lemieux summed up the impact of his party's successful effort to kill the estate tax in 2010. "The joke is don't go hunting with your children because right now there's no estate tax in this country this year." But the billions lost to the U.S. Treasury so that the […]

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July 10, 2010
Record U.S. Income Gap Widening Again

In June, an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirmed that gap between rich and poor in the United States reached levels not seen since 1929. Between 1979 and 2007, the yawning chasm separating the after-tax income of the richest 1 percent of Americans from the middle and poorest fifths of the […]

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July 9, 2010
The Wealthy are the Biggest Mortgage Defaulters

While Republicans continue to block jobless benefits for those they deem undeserving, a different morality play is at work in the nation's foreclosure crisis. As the New York Times reported this morning, the biggest defaulters on mortgages are the rich. Even as U.S. income inequality hit levels not seen since 1929, wealthier Americans, whose recovery […]

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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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