Examiner Editorial: Obama blames GOP for his own economic failures | WashingtonExaminer.com

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Examiner Editorial: Obama blames GOP for his own economic failures | WashingtonExaminer.com
by Examiner Editorial

“Our economy is facing a major headwind, and that is Republicans in Congress.” This was how White House spokesman Jay Carney tried Wednesday to explain away any responsibility on President Obama’s part for the 0.1 percent economic contraction that occurred in the fourth quarter of last year. In particular, he cited Republican “brinksmanship” over the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.

From the way he spoke, you would think that Republicans control the apparatus of government in Washington. You would think that Obama hadn’t been president for four years, or that he didn’t spend months threatening to veto any rollback of the sequester cuts, or that the sequester had not originally been his administration’s idea as a solution to the budget impasse of 2011. But as he has for so long, Obama would rather blame, in Carney’s words, Republican “brinksmanship” over the sequester. Continue reading →

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Sandy, Omnibus and Our Idiotic Congress

by Jeff Swanson

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We heard Chris Christie bellow about the delay in Hurricane Sandy relief, “It’s why the American people hate Congress. Unlike the people in Congress, we have actual responsibilities.”

While the Governor was right, I think the moment Christie blamed the GOP House he completely missed the reason why people hate Congress:

It’s not when our Congress stops for a responsibility check that’s the problem, it’s that it had to be done at all. Our House of Representives had to hold the bill because of pork. Continue reading

Boehner’s Not The Problem

by Jeff Swanson

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I didn’t want a tax hike of any sort. I’ve said before the thinking of higher taxes creating revenue is a fallacy. Though for full disclosure, it’s the spending that’s the issue and this was going to be a tough road for Republicans after the 2012 elections.

Watching the fiscal cliff negotiations was a ‘hope-against-hope’ proposition for me. I’m a Minnesota Vikings fan so it has been a long life, many Superbowl’s and play off chokes to not understand what hope-against-hope feels like.

The bridesmaid thing stinks. That’s what it feels like as a Republican these days. Continue reading

Newt Gingrich Schools Lawrence O’Donnell On Clinton Tax Hikes

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McConnell: Obama Wants to ‘Spend to his Heart’s Content’

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Boycotts are a Quitters Game

by Jeff Swanson

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Boycotts are for sore losers. Sure, it makes sense if you don’t agree with someone out in the market, talk with the purse. It makes sense. Money is a powerful tool. As the saying goes; hit ’em where it hurts, in the wallet.

I wouldn’t argue that it’s all well and good that boycotts can be an tool for sociopolitical statements. I’m just not so sure they’re worth the effort. Continue reading

In defense of Grover Norquist and his right to be wrong | Fox News

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In defense of Grover Norquist and his right to be wrong | Fox News.
by Lanny Davis

(Rightward Journal Note: Interesting Perspective from a long time Democrat)

I strongly disagree with Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge. But I believe his views are sincere. And I condemn those who substitute personal attacks on Norquist for factual arguments to prove him wrong.

First, I don’t get why my fellow Democrats and liberals blame Norquist for the “pledge” — rather than those who sign the pledge. Continue reading →