Tag Archives: Speaker John Boehner

Why Didn't We Think of That

After all this debate about raising the debt ceiling, with all the potential for financial calamity, with all the political posturing and slings and arrows, it appears that we have all missed the boat. Rep. Paul Broun, House Republican, yesterday … Continue reading

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Fools on Parade

The Republican House, acting like the Gang that couldn’t shoot straight, has produced a partisan bill to raise the debt ceiling, only to see the CBO score it as not cutting what it originally said, seeing House Republicans abandon their … Continue reading

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The Washington Two Step

The Speaker (and his House Republican caucus) has unveiled his plan to raise the debt ceiling, which appears to be a two step process, with a trillion in authorization given now in return for about $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending … Continue reading

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The $400 Billion Question, Or Hastert's Revenge

So the “large deal” debt talks have once again broken off in acrimony, with each side pointing fingers, leaving the United States perilously close to a sovereign debt default. So what happened? Republicans, led by Speaker Boehner, are accusing the … Continue reading

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The "Big Budget Deal" Collapses

Later today President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders to take another run at getting Congress to raise the debt ceiling before August 2. While there appears to have been some movement towards what has been described as a “large … Continue reading

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Tax Expenditures for Oil Companies

We often hear from Republicans that federal tax subsidies for so called “green power” should be eliminated. A multitude of reasons are given for such positions, including the often heard “the government should not be distorting the market in favor … Continue reading

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The Undercard

Budget talks between the Dems and Republicans for this fiscal year appear to be foundering, with a government shutdown on Friday appearing to be a distinct possibility. The President and the Speaker had dueling press availabilities today, and the tone … Continue reading

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