In Wake of Super Committee Collapse, is a Sea Change in store for the GOP?

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In Wake of Super Committee Collapse, is a Sea Change in store for the GOP?

Former Senator Judd Gregg articulates an evolving Republican position on debt and taxes

As Tax Rascal predicted, the super committee’s negotiations failed. After months of dramatic, closed-door democracy, the panel of twelve congressmen came up empty handed.

No one was surprised.

Still, it may not have been all in vain. Of notable significance, not to say a foreshadowing of a potential sea change in Republican fiscal policy, was republican senators Toomey and Hensarling’s willingness to “raise revenue” – aka raise taxes…

And alarm bells of change are now sounding from other corners too.

Judd Gregg, a former Republican governor and senator who served as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee from 2005 to 2007, has been articulating anRead more…

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Super Committee Kicks Debate over U.S. Debt from Frying Pan into Fire

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Super Committee Kicks Debate over U.S. Debt from Frying Pan into Fire

The super committee deadline draws near. Congress looks no closer to a compromise

The drama on Capital Hill ratchets up this week as the super committee nears the November 23 deadline by which time it must come up with $1.2 trillion in savings.

The latest development comes as Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, a Republican on the super committee, offers up a GOP plan to raise $290 billion in taxes over the next ten years. That’s not a typo: a Republican senator proposes to raise taxes.

His plan cuts deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations, and state and local taxes, targeting those who itemize deductions for a tax hike. Hardest hit will be taxpayers in the top two income brackets, thoseRead more…

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Barry Grows a Pair

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Barry Grows a Pair

President Obama introduces his deficit-reduction plan

Mr. Obama tries a combative stance on for size

Who knows what might have caused the president to shift gears? Perhaps it was because he was twice rebuffed by the permatan Speaker of the House, the right honorable John Boehner of Virginia, during the course of the budget talks in July. Perhaps it was Mr. Boehner’s very public smack down, the next month, of Mr. Obama’s request to present his jobs bill to a joint session of congress on the 7th of September.

That last one surely must have stung. Especially as the proposed date was unceremoniously pushed forward because it happened to clash with a scheduled debate of the current crop of GOP… Read more…

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Obama Jobs Speech – Obama Finally Gets to Work

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Obama Jobs Speech – Obama Finally Gets to Work

The Obama Jobs Speech Proposes a Solution and Sparks Tax Debate

President Barack Obama’s jobs speech to a joint session of Congress last Thursday night seemed to provide a blip of hope against a backdrop of unrelenting economic malaise, political gridlock in the capital, and the recent news that job growth had ground to a halt in August, the worst performance since September 2010. In an uncharacteristic display of executive leadership, President Obama abandoned the conciliatory, above-the-partisan-fray tone that has characterized much of his Presidency as well as the sweepingly inspirational, and conveniently vague, platitudes that swept him to electoral victory and, sounding confident and even mildly combative, delivered his plan to get America working again.

Despite a bevy of… Read more…

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