The Democrats’ peculiar negotiating strategy. Over the past year, Republicans have learned something important about negotiating budget deals with Democrats: If you don’t like their offer, just wait a couple of months.
Capitol Hill Democrats, constantly ceding ground. (Susan Walsh - Associated Press) The first budget showdown came in the lame-duck Congress, when Democrats tried to pass a spending bill funding the government through 2011. Republicans filibustered it. Sens. The Woman Who Knew Too Much. This Wall Street psychosis—“We did nothing wrong, but everyone is trying to hurt us”—was given a dramatic airing in June by Jamie Dimon, the chairman of JPMorgan Chase, at a conference in Atlanta.
Wonkbook: Should we try everything? Or try nothing? If you take the two parties at their word, Congress is currently gridlocked because Democrats and Republicans can't agree on the cause of our problems, which means they can't agree on the nature of their solutions.
But that leaves them with two options: Try everything, or try nothing. And one is clearly superior to the other. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, accompanied by, from left, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 18, 2011. In his column today, the Wall Street Journal's David Wessel tries to referee the structural vs. temporary debate, and he comes down today, and he concludes the bulk of our problems are temporary -- at least for now.
Katz is right.
Mitt: I Won’t Detail Plans, Because Then I’d Lose. Mitt Romney has embraced a budget plan that would entail cutting federal programs other than defense and Social Security by more than half.
Reality Check: Effective U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Much Lower Than Most Other Developed Nations. By Pat Garofalo on March 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm "Reality Check: Effective U.S.
Corporate Tax Rate Much Lower Than Most Other Developed Nations" Republicans have been kvetching today about the fact that, as of Sunday, the U.S. will have the highest statutory corporate tax rate in the world following a scheduled cut in Japan’s corporate tax. “The United States is a world leader in countless ways. ‘World’s Highest Taxes’ is a title we should give up as soon as possible,” wrote Sen. “This isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke; as of April 1, the United States of America will have reached the inauspicious position of having the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world,” said Sen.
This is constant refrain from Republicans, who then blame the supposedly high U.S. corporate tax rate for discouraging job creation. Why Is the GOP Suddenly Turning Against College? - James Kwak - Business. Rick Santorum called universities "indoctrination mills.
" Mitt Romney told a student not to expect any government help if he picks an expensive school. How did it come to this? Reuters Republican presidential candidates have aimed their guns at higher education. This assault was highlighted by Rick Santorum's fantastical claim that colleges and universities are "indoctrination mills. " In this election, we expect Santorum to represent the reactionary wing of the fourth century. Paul Krugman argues that Republicans prefer tax cuts to education for political reasons: Their goal to preserve upper-class prosperity comes at the expense of heightened middle-class insecurity. Imagine for a moment that the American political system is controlled by rich people. For these reasons, if American elites wanted to make more money, they needed American companies to become more profitable. Occupy Wall Street. The GOP Establishment Is Finally Panicking About All The Dopes Running For President.
The gaffe that broke the camel's back?
Michael Shear at The New York Times reports today that the GOP establishment is finally tiring of its gaffe-ridden presidential line-up and is getting concerned all the 'oops' moments could inflict long-term damage on the party. But the embarrassing moments are piling up, and some veteran Republicans are beginning to wonder whether the cumulative effect weakens the party brand, especially in foreign policy and national security, where Republicans have typically dominated Democrats. “It is an ‘Animal House.’ It’s a food fight,” said Kenneth Duberstein, a chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan.
“Honestly, the Republican debates have become a reality show. “No one expects a person who hasn’t been commander in chief before to know everything about every topic. Is The GOP Getting Too Callous For The Religious Right. Mitt Romney’s unexplored vulnerability: His millionaire tax rate - The Plum Line. Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 10/20/2011 Oct 20, 2011 07:49 PM EDT.
Meet The Man Who Has 279 Members Of Congress In His Pocket. AP Photo/Yuri Gripas Grover Norquist, the founder and head of Americans For Tax Reform, is arguably the most powerful non-elected person in Washington — and in many ways he is more powerful than even the Speaker of the House.
He's the keeper of "The Pledge," the 60-some-odd promise never to raise taxes, that has become a virtual requirement for Republicans running for state or federal office.