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After the U.S. Economy Implodes

After the price to borrow goes up and the stock market goes down, and the U.S.'s prestige around the world is harmed forever, what will bother me most is how the wackjobs will explain how this all came to be. 

The President Puts it in Writing

I'm 100% positive that nutjobs from various walks of conservativedom will continue to tell themselves that the President refuses to put his offer into writing, but here it is. It's not the hundreds of pages legislation that's currently being hashed out between the leaders of the House and Senate, but it's where the President stands on the deficit issue.

It's Not Too Late to Compromise

Oh, Republican leadership. I don't know who does your polling or who you go to for advice, but right now you're on the wrong side of the tide. You stood up for the uber-rich, only to find out that "job creators" maybe aren't as popular as they once were (you know, when some were actually creating jobs).

Romney Adviser: Raise Revenues

A couple of weeks ago, Romney economic advisor Greg Mankiw came out in favor of the Bowles-Simpson formula for attacking the deficit, which includes revenue increases in the form of reducing tax expenditures. Here's what Mankiw said, with a link to a more lengthy piece he wrote last fall on the topic:

Republicans Want a Balanced Approach to Deficit Reduction

According to the latest Gallup poll, only 20% of Democrats want to solve the deficit problem completely or mostly from raising revenue. Republicans, naturally, are event less enthusiastic about using taxes only-- with just 3% thinking this is the way to go.

Site Upgrades

In case you're still staring at your computer screen, trying to figure out if you entered the wrong domain name into your browser, you haven't.

Obama to Push for Wider Deal on Deficit Cuts

According to the New York Times, the President is pressing congressional leaders to consider a far-reaching debt-reduction plan that would force Democrats to accept major changes to Social Security and Medicare.

Charlie Dent (R) Gets an Education

I'm so used to hearing the Republican party line coming out of D.C., I forget that middle America doesn't always fall for the baloney they feed us.

The Only Republican Beating Obama

There hasn’t been a drop of good economic news in months, yet miraculously, only one Republican candidate leads Obama in the polls.

Where are the Women?

A big thanks to Anthony Weiner for keeping his withering career alive. It gives us all lots of time to reflect on just how stupid people in high places are capable of behaving.

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