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Comment by Doone on April 23, 2011 at 6:06pm

House eliminated debt ceiling votes in 1979


bit of history I didn’t know:

In 1979, Rep. Richard Gephardt (D) of Missouri proposed setting the debt limit automatically at the level projected by the most recent budget resolution. The rule, still in effect, allows for the debt limit to be raised without the House having to take an unpopular stand-alone vote.
In 1995, then-majority House Republicans waived the Gephardt rule. They refused to raise the debt limit in a bid to force President Clinton to accept spending cuts — prompting two government shutdowns.

So in 1978, Dick Gephardt quite sensibly tied the debt ceiling to the budget: Once Congress decided how much we were going to tax, spend and borrow, the Treasury Department was authorized to carry out those instructions. In 1995, House Republicans wanted leverage over President Bill Clinton, so they brought the debt ceiling back. It’s easier to get people to listen to you if you threaten to destroy their credit rating if they don’t. And now, in 2011, they’re doing it again.

Comment by Doone on April 23, 2011 at 3:50pm

Kyl Incorrects the Congressional Record

posted by DAN SAVAGE on FRI, APR 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

When I read that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) had amended the Congressional record to remove his false statement about Planned Parenthood I naturally assumed that Kyl had corrected the record. Here's what Kyl said:

"If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."

And here's the amended congressional record:

"If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does."

Abortion used to be 90% of what Planned Parenthood does and now it's all Planned Parenthood does? That's not going to get Stephen Colbert off your back, Senator.

Comment by Doone on April 23, 2011 at 3:04pm
 Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Kyl statement stricken from the record  —  Jon Kyl's statement that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's activities are related to abortion — which drew mockery when he explained it was “not intended to be a factual statement” — has been stricken from the Congressional Record.  From POLITICO Pulse:
Comment by Doone on April 23, 2011 at 11:54am

Good News for Conservatives Sane People

Dave Weigel may yet get his wish for another summer of confrontational public indignation, as the Washington Postreports that ‘fiscal austerity’ has become last week’s buzzword:

 

Anxiety is rising among some Republicans over the party’s embrace of a plan to overhaul Medicare, withGOP lawmakers already starting to face tough questions on the issue at town hall meetings back in their districts.
 
House leaders have scheduled a Tuesday conference call in which members are expected in part to discuss strategies for defending the vote they took this month on a budget that would transform the popular entitlement program as part of a plan to cut trillions in federal spending.
 
Democrats, eager to win back the seniors and independents who abandoned the party in last year’s midterm elections, have declared the vote a “moment of truth” and this week launched a media campaign accusing GOP House members of dismantling Medicare and endangering retirees.

The assault has taken some Republicans by surprise, prompting concerns that the party is ceding ground in a policy debate that GOP strategists already viewed as perilous…

A Washington Post/ABC News poll published this week found that two-thirds of Americans want Medicare to remain as is. That includes 62 percent of independents and nearly eight in 10 people 65 and older — making for an uphill climb for House Republicans trying to reassure constituents.
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Comment by Doone on April 23, 2011 at 11:36am

Black people love him (Trump that is??)

This is funny, from Charles Blow (via Steve M.):

 

I first met Donald Trump a couple of months ago at a cocktail party. Someone introduced us, and he immediately started in on a speech about how beloved he was among blacks. He said that everywhere he went, blacks were telling him to run for president and that some hip-hop stars had told him that he was the most popular white man among black people.
Comment by Doone on April 22, 2011 at 6:47pm

How Far Can Taxes Hikes Get Us?

Kevin Drum, weary from his tax-battle with McArdle, provides a back-of-the-envelope tax plan. He "took the deficit reductions in the Rivlin-Domenici plan and converted them into one-third spending cuts and two-thirds tax hikes." The basics:

The poorest don't get hit at all. The 2nd quintile has to pay an additional 2% of their income in taxes. The middle quintile pays an additional 3% of their income. All the way to the top 1%, who pay an additional 12% of their income. All of this adds up to 7% of total national income.

Remember, this is only the tax half of the deficit plan. To make the numbers come out, you'd also need spending cuts amounting to about half of the tax increases.

He writes that the plan, while very rough, "does show that if we rein in the deficit with a 2:1 ratio of tax hikes to spending cuts, the tax increases can still be quite manageable."

Comment by Doone on April 22, 2011 at 8:42am

Pastor Jones continues to be an ass

 

THE PORK TO PROVE IT

Dearborn, Michigan Mayor Jack O'Reillytells Quran-burning freak Pastor Terry Jones: No, Dearborn is not under Sharia Law and we've got the strip clubs, bars and pork sausage factories to prove it.

Jones' band of freaks plan to protest the purported imposition of Sharia Law in Dearborn tomorrow in front of Dearborn's Islamic Center of America.

Jones says he's coming in peace, albeit armed with a handgun.

--Josh Marshall

Comment by Doone on April 21, 2011 at 10:41pm

The Barbell Economy

Via Reihan Salam, this piece in Slate by Annie Lowrey touches on the notion of an emerging ’service-class’ – I discussed this a bit yesterday. She writes:

Despite the gains and the rebounds and the upticks, though, it all adds up to a fairly bleak picture: The jobs we’re adding, for the most part, aren’t great ones. The National Employment Law Project took a closer look at employment and jobs-growth data in February. What it found wasn’t encouraging. The advocacy group says that just 14 percent of recent job growth comes from high-wage industries. About half comes from low-wage industries. According to NELP’s report, restaurants and food services businesses, “especially” fast food outlets, comprised 7 percent of hiring. And most gigs, NELP found, came “from rapid hiring by the temp industry,” meaning the positions that often come without benefits, health care, or much income security.

The picture contributes to a larger, yet equally depressing, labor-market story: The country has produced far too few good, stable, middle-income jobs over the past 10 or 20 years, not just the past three. One of the most prominent economists making this case is David Autor of MIT. “Two forces are rapidly shifting the quality of jobs, reshaping the distribution of earnings and job opportunities,” he writes in a recent paper. One is educational stagnation among men and gains among women. The other is “employment polarization, whereby job opportunities are increasingly concentrated in high-skill, high-wage jobs and in low-skill, low-wage jobs.” Thus comes the frightening possibility of a “barbell” shaped economy, with jobs at places like fast food joints and universities—but not a lot of jobs in between.

Comment by Doone on April 21, 2011 at 10:19pm

The Cost Of Hegemony

This poll finding just doesn't get the attention in Washington that it deserves:

Given the choice of cutting military, Social Security or Medicare spending as a way to reduce the overall budget, 45 percent chose military cuts, compared with those to Social Security (17 percent) or Medicare (21 percent.)

So why are we not debating which wars to end and forces to demobilize rather than how to save Medicare? Why does the capital have such a different set of priorities than the rest of the country?

Comment by Doone on April 21, 2011 at 8:51pm

Egypt's Fringe

A YouGov poll finds only a quarter of Egyptians want an Islamic state and just 27 percent want to scrap the peace treaty with Israel. 60 percent want to uphold the treaty. Adam Serwer reacts:

Egyptians already have a civil war going on next door; it makes sense that they wouldn't want to escalate tensions with their neighbor on the other side. I don't think it's a coincidence that the number of people who want to sever relations with Israel are about the same number who want an Islamic state, but either way, we're talking about the political fringe.

Let me put it this way: There is a larger percentage of birthers in the Republican Party than hardcore Islamists in Egypt.

 
 
 

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