Category Archives: Debt and Budget

The President’s Weekly Address: Its Time for Congress to Pass a Responsible Budget

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The President’s Weekly Address: This Labor Day, Let’s Talk About the Budget

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Ryan Won’t Seek GOP 2016 Nomination

Try to hold back the tears America: Paul Ryan, the cat food for seniors, inner city folks are lazy, change how we do math to make my budget work, Romney loving, failed VP candidate, has decided not to run for the GOP nomination in 2016. – Read the full article

Oregon Senate: Ultimate Proof Obamacare Is A Non-issue

According to the Register Guard, the Koch brothers affiliate Freedom Partners has withdrawn their October ad buys in support of Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee running against Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley. The article notes the withdrawn support immediately follows a Rassmussen poll that shows Merkley leading Wehby by 13 points. – Read the full article

The Donald Whets Democratic Appetites

Donald Trump ended speculation about a possible run for N.Y. Governor, while stoking the hopes and dreams of Democrats that he will run for president in 2016. Trump twittled: “While I won’t be running for Governor of New York State, a race I would have won, I have much bigger plans in mind — stay tuned, will happen!” 1st: The chances of Trump winning a statewide election in New York are remote at best.  – Read the full article

If You Are Fooled By Conservatives Once, Shame On Them.

The entire title to this post is: If You Are Fooled By Conservatives Once, Shame On Them. If You Are Fooled By Conservatives Twice, Fool Me… Won’t Get Fooled Again. During his speech to CPAC, Paul Ryan gave a “moving” example of the difference between the Republican party’s desire for hard work and the left’s supposed desire to maintain dependence on big government. – Read the full article

President Obama’s Little Noted But Epic Win

The passage through the house and senate of a clean debt limit increase bill has exposed deep divisions in the Republican party.  Ted Cruz’ stunt forcing Republican Senate leaders to vote in favor of allowing the vote to proceed has only earned Cruz deeper enmity from his side of the aisle.   – Read the full article

Pope Francis Officially Wins Me Over

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.” Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 11/26/2013 In a document described as a roadmap for issues that are likely to define his papacy, Pope Francis took direct aim at the fundamental economic theory of the modern conservative movement. – Read the full article

I Guess That Makes Me A Sociopath Then…

Writing for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum notes the awful poll numbers for Republicans following the government shutdown:  Ted Cruz and his fellow tea partiers have done tremendous damage to the Republican Party brand. If I were sociopathic and didn’t care about my country, it would almost be enough to make me hope that they do it again a little closer to Election Day.   – Read the full article

How Conservatism Ruined The ACA Website

When radical house Republicans shut down the government more than a few pragmatic Republicans bemoaned the fact that the rocky start of the ACA website was being downplayed. Following the shutdown more attention is being paid to the troubled website, including commentary from some noted liberals who are worried that this is just the latest example conservatives can point to showing the ineptitude of government. – Read the full article

Peggy Noonan: The Queen Of The Deepity, Part II

Deepity: “[A] proposition that seems both important and true – and profound – but that achieves this effect by being ambiguous. On one reading, it is manifestly false, but it would be earth-shaking if it were true; on the other reading, it is true but trivial. – Read the full article

Paul Ryan: Glutton For Punishment, Or Joe Lieberman Wannabe?

Paul Ryan is telling house Republicans to not support the proposal forwarded by Senate Republicans. That proposal will not make it to the house anyway, because Senate Democrats have rejected it. But the reasons Ryan gives his fellow inmates in the house asylum to not support the plan are just mind boggling: [I]n a private meeting with House Republicans, Ryan said that by kicking the can down the road, the GOP would lose “leverage” in their fight against Obamacare. – Read the full article