The Cheesehead Mafia: Paul Ryan and the Rise of Wisconsin Republicans - Molly Ball - The Atlantic
Smart, well-reported look RT @mollyesque: The Cheesehead Mafia: Paul Ryan and the rise of the Wisconsin Republicans
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august 2012
Krauthammer: Social Security Trust Fund Is Still Empty
The Social Security Trust Fund is empty - the IOUs are not the same as publicly held debt, they are worth nothing, and to replace them will require taking money out of the treasury, i.e., increasing the deficit commensurate to the IOUs paid
march 2011
Rubicon: A river in Wisconsin
Obama's Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments? Hell, no.
krauthammer  wisconsin  unions  peu  dems 
february 2011
These Are the Days of Obama's Trepidation.
Jim Geraghty: Obama's reluctance to act on the crisis in Libya, present a viable budget, follow through on his debt commission's deficit reduction plan, or be consistent in his response to the events in Wisconsin are manifestations of his long-held habit of voting present. He cannot take a position because deciding means disappointing someone. He prefers to remain a blank slate on which everyone can project their beliefs and opinions and hopes.
geraghty  nro  obama  libya  deficit  debt  wisconsin  unions  present 
february 2011
Social Security Is Part of the Problem
Social Security DOES contribute to the deficit
ss  deficit  spending  taxes  nro  vderugy 
february 2011
The Best Things in Workplaces Aren't Free
Explanation of why the Wisconsin PEU bargaining rights really are about the money--concessions of non-wage benefits, even beyond health and retirement benefits, cost employers money
jenrubin  peu  unions  collective-bargaining 
february 2011
Public employee unions vs. the rest of us
Explanation of the differences between public employee unions and private sector unions
peu  unions  private-sector  public-sector  government  mcardle  davidbrooks 
february 2011
50 Wisconsins
Kevin Williamson demonstrates that the notion that Wall Street's money lines Republicans pockets is a canard, especially compared to the fact that union money actually does go almost exclusively to Democrats
kevinwilliamson  nro  obama  dems  gop  campaign  contributions  unions  peu  afscme  2010midterms  2008election  myth  wall-street  money  crony-capitalism 
february 2011
Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector - By Yuval Levin - The Corner - National Review Online
Public sector employees have certain advantages over private sector employees, even before collective bargaining becomes a part of the picture. Collective bargaining for public employees removes the taxpayers from the equation.
public-union  unions  public-sector  wisconsin  walker  collective-bargaining  budget 
february 2011
Right Turn - Yes, there is a reason to rein in public employee unions
Public employee unions hand control of public (taxpayer) spending to a small group, i.e., public employees, rather than to elected officials and the citizens who elect them
unions  public  sector  budget  deficit  wisconsin  public-union  collective-bargaining 
february 2011
First Thoughts on the Budget - By Veronique de Rugy - The Corner - National Review Online
- Decreased deficits wishful thinking (chart of first budget prediction and reality)
- Deficit reductions come from revenue increases, not spending decreases
- Assumes economy will grow in 2012/13 by 3.6 and 4.4%
vderugy  obama  nro  budget  deficit  spending  taxes  economics 
february 2011
Time to Get Serious About the Deficit - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
- Obama's budget is *barely* sustainable in a best-of-the-best case scenario
- Spending stuck at 23%GDP, while taxes stay at 20%GDP
- The budget will only get worse after (if) it gets through Congress
obama  budget  2012  taxes  spending  deficit  mcardle 
february 2011
Right Turn: Where are the spending cuts? By Jennifer Rubin
Obama's FY2012 budget: $1.5 trillion in new taxes, $3.8 trillion budget and $1.5 trillion deficit for 2012, $8.7 trillion in new spending for the decade
obama  budget  2012  jenrubin  taxes  spending 
february 2011
Shock Graphics Show Severity of Proposed Obama Budget Cuts
Poll showing how minuscule the cuts in Obama's budgets are compared to the massive budget and deficit
obama  budget  cuts  spending  government  2011 
february 2011
Mark Kirk: First Priority: Control Federal Spending
Op-Ed in the Chicago Tribune by Mark Kirk on his first day as a U.S. Senator
kirk  conservative  gop  senate  ilsen  112010  spending  government  fiscal  taxes  debt 
december 2010
The Campaign Spot - A Brief Update on 116 House Races
Jim Geraghty looks at key House races two weeks before Election Day
geraghty  campaignspot  nro  house  election  2010midterms  102010  gop  dems 
october 2010
Anne Applebaum Responds
Jonah Goldberg on elitism, progressivism, and the tea parties
corner  nro  goldberg  applebaum  elitism  teaparty  ivyleague  liberalism 
october 2010
Explanation of why the stimulus failed--and why the administration claims it worked
stimulus  economics  keynsian  obama  arra  jobs  092010 
september 2010
Explanation of why the stimulus failed--and why the administration claims it worked
obama  stimulus  arra  economics  krugman  keynsian  092010 
september 2010
How The Stimulus Works On Paper But Nowhere Else
Longish essay by Ace about the deception behind Obama's stimulus, the media's treatment of unemployment, and the state of the economy under Democrat rule
ace  aoshq  obama  stimulus  media  economics  dems  gop  keynesian  092010 
september 2010
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