The “. . . may run out of money. . . . ” and “. . . dealing with entitlements. . . “ memes, in reply to Chris Wallace’s question suggests that a deal trading increased revenues for Social Security and other entitlement cuts is acceptable to him. So, Durbin’s argument is that because Social Security Trustee and CBO projections, based on very pessimistic economic growth projections for the whole period, show a shortfall in the Social Security “Trust Fund” in 20 years, it is acceptable to make entitlement cuts now if the Democrats can get increased revenue from higher taxes, as if entitlement “reform” were the only way to meet the perceived Social Security solvency problem. But who would it be acceptable to?
|By: letsgetitdone Tuesday October 22, 2013 5:45 am|
|By: DSWright Monday September 23, 2013 6:41 am|
Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama. But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted Cruz – have apparently bucked Senate GOP leadership and promised to filibuster any bill that would strip out the defund Obamacare provision of the House bill. Needless to say GOP leadership in the Senate was not thrilled and according to Fox News Host Chris Wallace GOP leaders are sending out opposition research on Cruz.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 29, 2013 3:08 pm|
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) came remarkably close to admitting his threat to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded is an empty one, made to score political points. On Fox News Sunday Lee basically acknowledged Republicans are not prepared to actually shut down the government to push their agenda.
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 4, 2013 12:20 pm|
Washington has been so obsessed with austerity for so long that many politicians seem to have actually convince themselves that the country is full of masochists looking for a daddy to inflict that pain which feels so good. Politicians seem to have forget that democracy should be about making people’s lives better.
Candidates should offer plans on how to improve the country. The electorate normally votes for the candidate they think has the best ideas to improve their lives, the lives of their families and their communities.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 20, 2012 8:00 pm|
Given the landscape of the Sunday morning talk shows and the obvious awkwardness of the moment, it is a bit chuckle-inducing that the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre chose, of all people, that journalistic pit bull David Gregory from the liberal NBC for his “exclusive interview,” rather than, say, Chris Wallace on Fox. Gregory, naturally, isn’t the least bit embarrassed, but instead has taken to twitter like a schoolgirl, asking hither and yon, “What should I ask him?” Too bad he doesn’t try this novel approach each week; the results could hardly be worse.
But you really have to set your drink down when LaPierre says, in advance, that he wants to focus on “mental health,” which is kind of like Saddam Hussein saying he wants to share decorating tips. No sentient being on earth would give a rat’s ass what either of these two have to say on their chosen topics except, well, David Gregory.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 15, 2012 8:12 am|
Mitt Romney surrogate Ed Gillespie was batted around by the unlikely source of Chris Wallace yesterday, when discussing the Romney tax plan. The talking point the Romney team has been throwing around is that “six studies” validate the claim that you can lower tax rates by 20%, remain revenue neutral, and not lower the share of the tax burden on the rich. “Share of the tax burden” is a weasel phrase that has more to do with the overall share of compensation going to the rich, but in some contexts Romney has said that he wouldn’t lower taxes for the rich, so we can read it that way.
This is all mathematically impossible, actual “studies” prove. But Gillespie and the surrogates have relied on the big-sounding “six studies” for their proof.
|By: Attaturk Monday October 10, 2011 1:30 am|
|By: Blue Texan Sunday June 26, 2011 11:30 am|
Michele Bachmann is making the Republican establishment very, very nervous.
|By: TBogg Monday October 18, 2010 9:01 am|
It appears that Carly Fiorina is Christine O’Donnell with less Jesus and more work history.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 27, 2010 8:45 am|
Welcome to your Hoyer era in Democratic politics, should it come to pass. It will feature pathetic, knee-jerk cutting off of the legs of any remotely liberal-sounding policy. It will feature a rhetorical agenda designed to please Fox News. It will feature the kind of “liberals” America hates, because they sense they have no principles or values.