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December 19, 2012

Daily Scoop: Why the Bush tax cuts were enacted

Washington Post Factchecker:

GW Bush_cropWe’ve noted this history before, but many people have forgotten it. Given that the dispute over whether to extend all of the Bush tax cuts has now led the nation to the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” let’s take a trip back in time to recall why the Bush tax cuts were enacted in the first place. (The Fact Checker covered passage of the Bush tax cuts as an economic policy reporter for The Washington Post.)

Oddly, a key reason the tax cut became reality was because of a fear the United States soon would have zero debt.

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October 15, 2012

Obama’s Debate To Do List

Given the President’s disappointing performance during the first presidential debate and Mitt Romney’s approval bounce, it is quite clear that Obama needs to regain his focus. He needs to locate the master debater we witnessed in the 2008 campaign. But what is also clear is the President has to both challenge Romney on the multitude of his false claims and call him out over the Republican candidate’s continual flip-flopping.

October 13, 2012

Poll Update: Obama & Romney Tied in Red State Arizona

A new poll shows President Obama tied with GOP challenger Mitt Romney in Arizona, a state where Romney leads in most surveys and that generally breaks for Republican presidential candidates.

The Behavior Research Center poll released Saturday shows Obama ahead of Romney 42-40 percent among registered voters and 44-42 percent among likely voters.

October 10, 2012

Daily Scoop: Mitt’s flip-flopping knows no bounds

In Mitt Romney’s attempts to appeal to swing voters he displays his unending strategy to say anything to win the presidency.

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—With less than a month to go before Election Day, Mitt Romney faces a choice between whipping up the support of his conservative base or appealing to swing voters who could be persuaded to back his bid for the presidency.

In recent days, Romney has chosen to focus on the latter, pushing a more centrist message on the campaign trail. His latest turn came Tuesday when he told the editorial board of the Des Moines Register that he has no plans to push for legislation limiting abortion.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Romney told the Register.

October 1, 2012

Why We Don’t Elect Republicans

Given the performance of the current Congress, what was observed during the George W. Bush years and the evolution of the 21st century GOP…

How wise is it to tempt the current crop of Republicans with the reigns of power?

September 10, 2012

The Daily Scoop: GOP wish for Power vs Economic Recovery

Today we have two articles which delve into a disturbing possibility which has developed over the past 3 1/2 years. Has the Republican Party purposefully sabotaged the economic recovery from the Great Recession for no other reason but to regain power? It’s a tough question to answer definitively and is hard to believe all members of the party would subscribe to prioritizing the attainment of the presidency over the needs of average Americans amidst such an economic crisis. However, it’s just as difficult to dismiss such an accusation given the actions witnessed since the Obama presidency began. From the national GOP leaders inauguration evening adoption of a strategy to oppose everything put forth by the Administration to their subsequent, consistent opposition to middle class tax cuts, small business support legislation and anything stimulative in nature to record senatorial filibusters, the trend which has developed speaks volumes. It speaks to a coordinated effort to essentially disrupt economic recovery to ensure a Republican victory in 2012.

September 6, 2012

Daily Scoop: Dems create more Jobs than Republicans

Last night at the Democratic National Convention during his Obama nomination speech, Bill Clinton stated, “”Since 1961 … our private economy produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million.”

Are Democratic presidents better than Republican presidents at job creation? Former President Bill Clinton said so — forcefully — in his speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

“Since 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24,” Clinton said. “In those 52 years, our private economy produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million.” In the packed convention hall, it was one of the night’s biggest applause lines.

September 4, 2012

Economy Worse Under Obama?

It’s been said before, many times in fact, but Senator Chuck Grassley’s recent reassertion that, “It [the economy] has gotten worse under Obama” continues to be a head scratcher for those with memories that span beyond the latest cable news cycle. The repetitious Republican talking point has indeed become fact for many who loyally follow the conservative platform yet for many others the drumbeat message eventually makes them ask themselves, “Has the economy really gotten worse under President Obama.”

The short answer is, “Yes,” but the the more insightful, pragmatic answer is, “No.” It’s confusing, I know, but bear with me while I hash out an explanation.

July 30, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Fla. GOPer: We wanted to suppress black votes

Florida’s disgraced former GOP chairman says the party had meetings about “keeping blacks from voting”

In the debate over new laws meant to curb voter fraud in places like Florida, Democrats always charge that Republicans are trying to suppress the vote of liberal voting blocs like blacks and young people, while Republicans just laugh at such ludicrous and offensive accusations. That is, every Republican except for Florida’s former Republican Party chairman Jim Greer, who, scorned by his party and in deep legal trouble, blew the lid off what he claims was a systemic effort to suppress the black vote.

July 25, 2012

[FACTCHECK] Romney’s Tax Plan [video]

Barack Obama says Mitt Romney’s tax plan “would cut taxes for the folks at the very top”

After a flurry of attack ads in the past two weeks, President Barack Obama this week released a TV ad in which he spoke directly into the camera and discussed how his policy approaches differed from Mitt Romney’s. He cited taxes as one area where they had different philosophies. Obama said, “Gov. Romney’s plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top.”

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