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Occupy Wall Street at 2 Months

I work next door to Foley Square, just blocks away from Zuccotti Park. For the past two months I've occasionally walked by the protestors, but haven't paid that much attention. I've never been a fan of extremist politics of any kind, so I've been fine with just reading about the Occupiers rather than engaging any of them. Now that Bloomberg has raised the stakes and the movement seems to be growing, however, I want to see where this all ends up.

"Zero Difference" Between Romneycare & Obamacare

This should already be clear, but it's still nice to be reminded. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT Professor and an architect of Obamacare, has some choice words about Mitt Romney and other Republicans with regard to their shifting stances on healthcare reform.

The Three GOP Candidates Who Should Bow Out Now

Bachmann, Cain and that other guy.

Don't get me wrong-- there is a real benefit to keeping these wackjobs in the game. The longer they're out there campaigning, facing the media and flubbing things up in debates, the more voters are exposed to just how crazy the Republican party has become. For whatever reason, there's this feeling by many on the right that the nuttier a candidate is, the better. If nothing else, I hope this campaign teaches us a lesson, and we do more to vet and shut the nuts out from the start. 

Another Republican Stands Up to Norquist

Last week, I posted about Congressman Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, and how he won't sign the Grover Norquist tax pledge ever again.

This week, I highlight Idaho Republican Mike Simpson. Like Ribble, Simpson is willing to stand up to Norquist and speak the truth; our government is spending too much money, yes, but it is also taking in too little. He layed out these facts, and what they mean, yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

Majority of Republicans see Income Inequality as a Problem

This month's Hill poll highlights some of the nuanced views among Republicans and conservatives. For example, 57% of Republicans say that the middle class in the U.S. is shrinking. Even better, almost two-thirds of us think that income inequality is either a "big problem" or somewhat of one.

Perry's Voodoo Revenue Plan

Surprise! According to Rick Perry, now is the time for drastic tax cuts. Although the governor's postcard tax plan means trillions in lost revenue, Perry is still convinced he can balance the federal budget within seven years of becoming president. 

Ray LaHood Calls Out Fellow Republicans

Unless you've been living under a rock over the past 2 1/2 years, you know that the #1 thing on the Republican Party's agenda is beating President Obama and making his life miserable. It won't put anybody back to work, or pay for increased infrastructure spending, but it's still nice to hear a fellow Republican articulate what's been obvious to every Obama supporter:

Cain Has No Idea

You got to hand it to that 9-9-9 tax plan. It has sure helped the Hermanator rocket to the top of the polls! The plan is so elegantly simple, it's no wonder it has caught on so well among Republican voters. Under 9-9-9, anyone, from multinational corporation to mom and pop business owner, to modest family of four will be able to dump their accountants, sit down with their smart phone's calculator, and figure out their tax liability in a matter of minutes, saving everyone a big chunk of change and a few headaches along the way.

Republicans Won't Budge on Taxes. Again.

The Budget Supercommittee was a good idea-- in theory at least. Put a handful of legislators in a room, away from public scrutiny and let them reach a grand compromise on reducing our enormous budget deficit. In practice, it's turning out to be the same old.

Romney Does His Best Tough Guy Impression

If you listened to Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech today, you'd think the guy was trying to turn this election into the election of 1980. Back then, America had just gone through a decade of foreign policy embarassments, and our hostages were still stuck in Iran, as Jimmy Carter looked helplessly on. Reagan promised a more robust foreign policy, lead by a military buildup that was sure to make the U.S. respected around the world.

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