Payroll Tax Cut May Not Be Extended Again

By: Friday July 20, 2012 8:09 am

Senate Democrats are growing concerned about how many extensions the Social Security payroll tax cut has already received and are leaning towards not extending it again when it runs out. From The Hill: “We’re running into this problem. The critics said, ‘You’ll never get rid of it. It’s going to ultimately jeopardize the Social Security [...]

Reminder: Republicans Don’t Care About the Deficit

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 9:40 am

Every time Washington goes through a new bout of deficit hysteria, it’s important to remember that most of the politicians warning about the dangers of the annual deficits or the national debt don’t really care about them. From the The Hill: House Republicans say they have no plans to pay for the extension of the [...]

Obama’s Next Budget Should Be Really Bad

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 7:40 am

The Obama administration’s new budget for fiscal year 2013 (begins October 2012) is apparently going to be so bad they have decided to start warning some liberals ahead of time. From The Hill: Top White House officials are warning liberal and labor leaders to brace themselves for President Obama’s budget proposal. [...] “A senior White [...]

Why We Should Never Have Messed Around with the Payroll Tax

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 8:04 am

When the payroll tax was first proposed last year I thought it was an inherently bad idea. While the economy needed a stimulus, it should never have taken the form of messing with the basic social contract that is the foundation of our social safety net. Democrats supporting a cut in the payroll tax, even [...]

Push for 14th Amendment Solution Grows Stronger

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:37 am

With Congress possibly unable to pass a debt ceiling increase by August 2nd, the push for President Obama to use the 14th amendment grew significantly today. From The Hill: Addressing the Democratic Caucus Wednesday morning, Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) the third-ranking House Democrat, told members that Obama should veto any short-term debt-limit increase that lands [...]

Does Hoyer Count Changing the COLA as a Benefit Cut?

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 12:27 pm

I called Hoyer’s office this morning to ask if he considers cutting the COLA a benefit cut, but haven’t received a response.

Wrong Way: Obama Flirts with Vehicle Miles Tax

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 1:05 pm

The Hill is reporting that the Obama administration is flirting with the idea of taxing cars based on how many miles they drive. From the Hill: The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they [...]

McCain’s Solution When Airstrikes Fail: More Airstrikes

By: Monday April 18, 2011 3:30 pm

As was entirely predictable, the “airstrikes only” campaign in Libya failed to bring down the well-armed and well-financed regime of Moammar Gadhafi . So, what is John McCain’s solution? Even more airstrikes. From the Hill: McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. should revive its air attacks to incapacitate [...]

By Two-to-One Margin, Voters Think Libya Not Worth the Cost

By: Monday April 4, 2011 9:54 am

Recent polling has already shown that the American people are fairly divided about our war kinetic military action with Libya, but if you introduce the issue of the operation’s huge price tag likely voters overwhelmingly believe it isn’t worth the cost. A new poll from the Hill finds that, by a by a two-to-one margin, [...]

Hostage-Taking Officially Begins: GOP Senator Says He’ll Filibuster Raising the Debt Ceiling

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 2:06 pm

It’s official: at least one Republican senator is now committed to filibustering the raising of the debt limit unless Democrats give in to his demands. From The Hill: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has told supporters in Utah that he will filibuster the legislation to authorize Treasury Department officials to add to the nation’s multitrillion-dollar debt. [...]