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What's Standing In The Way Of Immigration Reform Is Entitlement Reform

What's Standing In The Way Of Immigration Reform Is Entitlement Reform

Immigration is much in the news this week thanks to the work of yet another “gang” of Senators. There’s a lot of confusion about just what that “gang” is actually proposing so I don’t really want two weigh in, but I think two things are true: 1) Conservatives need to shift on the issue of

Democrat Senator: Discretionary Budget Is Not Out Of Control "Despite What You Hear On Fox News"

Senator Mary Landrieu (D – LA) wants you to know that she has had enough of budget cuts to the discretionary budget. “I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News,” said Senator Landrieu during a floor speech.

Memo To Bobby Jindal: Republicans Have To Be the Party Of Austerity

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who recently announced a plan to eliminate his state’s personal and corporate income taxes, says Republicans need to talk about growing our way out this national fiscal swamp we find ourselves in rather than cutting our way out: “Our objective is to grow the private sector. We need to focus our

Cramer Votes For Debt Ceiling Increase

The House voted to send the Senate a three-month increase in the national debt ceiling today, which will push the date for the next negotiation on the increase around the time the Senate is required, by law, to produce a budget. North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer voted for the increase, and sent out this statement

After Re-Electing A Bunch Of Incumbents, Americans Demand Term Limits

There is nothing that baffles me more than the term limits issue. On one hand, term limits are a pretty popular concept among Americans. Proposals to end term limits for the President are routinely panned. Voters talk about term limits endlessly, suggesting that “fresh blood” in Washington from time to time is a good thing.

Gun Control Is A Distraction

Is it going too far to say that President Obama has seized on the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting as an opportunity to push an always-controversial gun control fight to distract from much more pressing issues, such as the nation’s horrendous fiscal position? President Obama has shown himself to be nothing if not the consummate opportunist.

Only In Washington Does "Raise The Debt Ceiling" Mean "Paying The Bills"

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney thinks Congress ought to “pay it’s bills” by raising the debt ceiling: “There are only two options to deal with the debt limit: Congress can pay its bills, or it can fail to act and put the nation into default,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a

Americans Still Upset About Smaller Paychecks Post "Fiscal Cliff"

It’s unfair that a “greedy” Congress take more out of paychecks, according to outraged Americans. Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle. Hoffman, a 21-year-old

White House: "Deficit Reduction Is Not A Worthy Goal"

“Most importantly because deficit reduction is not a worthy goal onto itself,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today. “This is all about making our economy stronger, making it more productive and allowing it to create even more jobs. That is the most important thing when it comes to economic policy as far as

Republican States Run Surpluses, Democrat States Run Deficits

One of the wonderful things about our federalist system of government is that our states can act as “laboratories of democracy,” as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it. Which is to say, each state can address policy issues in different way, with observable differences in results. It’s interesting to apply that to fiscal issue.

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