Republican Budget Deal Spits in the Face of Voter Anger
Poll after poll going in to the election showed the same thing about voter attitudes: they disliked the Democrats, they disliked the Republicans as much or more, but they were angry about the way things were being done in Washington and wanted to send a message. The Republicans ran on virtually nothing in the way of an agenda and therefore can claim almost no mandate | Read More »
Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye — Budget Deal Vote
Sequester We Hardly Knew Ye By Congressman Tom McClintock The great irony of the Republican decision to bust the budget sequester is that barely two months ago, congressional roles were reversed. The Democrats insisted on funding the government according to existing law. The Republicans sought one simple change: that the individual insurance mandate under Obamacare be delayed for one year. They were trying to spare | Read More »
Everyone needs to calm down
I think people need to take a deep breath and count to 10 and calm down. I think we need to stop and think through the situation as to what happened with this budget deal, the firing of a political operative, etc. Now, this will be a lengthy explanation and some of this might not seem relevant at first, but I assure you it is | Read More »
How not to handle internal party divisions
While others in these parts have teed off with admirable vigor on House Speaker John Boehner’s oddly shrill anti-conservative budget deal offensive, I’d like to offer a little something to study in contrast: Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) pulling the rip cord and trying to blast herself clear of the ObamaCare tailspin. Here’s the Landrieu ad: This is all a bit much to swallow given the | Read More »
The Good and Bad of Paul Ryan’s Budget Deal
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss the budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan, why conservative groups are objecting to it and if this deal will endanger John Boehner’s Speakership.
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Dyslexic Priorities in Budget Deal
We already know that Ryan-Murray budget bill raises taxes and spending to fund Obamacare and the TSA. Tonight we learn that this deal contains a provision which allows the Senate to pass tax increases with just 51 votes. But there is another problem with the bill that has been overlooked. The priorities implicit in the smorgasbord of notional spending offsets are completely dyslexic. Most of | Read More »
BOHICA Act of 2013
I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration. Hell, that was a month ago. Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending | Read More »
From The Gang Of Six To The Gang Of Twelve.
It really does sound like something out of Mao’s cultural revolution, doesn’t it? The Patriot Movement has been successful in ways that haven’t even become apparent yet. To the Marxists, our name is anathema. All you have to do is whisper “Tea-Party” around them and they go into paroxysms of vile invective, fit only for the streets of the slums they so love to perpetuate | Read More »
The Democratic Governor Who Prevented Democracy
It’s fascinating to consider the irony infused within the closing days of Governor Mark Dayton’s shutdown of Minnesota. The resolution, such as it is, pleases no one. The rabid anti-capitalists on the Left didn’t get their coveted tax increase. The fiscally sane did not see a reduction in spending. In fact, the resolution is the worst of both worlds – increasing spending beyond projected revenue | Read More »
Budget Spending Cuts: Fact Check?
Just how much did the government actually cu in spending? What did we really get? There are so many varying numbers being thrown around that it seems lost on the media how much Congress actually cut in federal spending. Luckily, I have an answer. $2.5 trillion? Let me put trillion in context to see all those zeros and commas: $2,500,000,000,000.00. That’s how much the House | Read More »
Mea Culpa… Alright Already.
One thing’s for sure, any time I drift off the reservation our readers are going to let us know about it. I’ve gone back and forth on this budget thing so much I’m beginning to feel like a yo-yo (grin). My somewhat (I thought) reserved approval of the Republican budget agreement and our House Majority Leader John Boehner drew a lot of heat very quickly, | Read More »