Earlier this week, Alex posted on the first Senate budget in four years. I have little to add to his criticism. The Democrats claim it continues the good work of the last two years — you know, the flat spending that they have continually claimed is going to ruin the economy and that their budget undoes. Remember that last point: our economy is supposed to be falling into ruin right now because of the … Read more
Tag Archive: Paul Ryan
So for all of the stress, the House GOP leadership (including Paul Ryan), a minority of Republican Congressmen, and a majority of Democrats
passed the tax deal they were offered by the Senate. The Rich (less than 1% of the population) got tagged with a 4.6% increase (horrors!) and caps were placed on deductions, among other meaningless items.
I suppose it is palatable since we have at least gotten the remainder of Bush’s tax cuts … Read more
(This is my long-promised fifth and final post spelling out my thoughts on the 2012 Presidential election. I actually penned this during the conventions but it wasn’t right. It was only during the second debate that everything came together. I doubt my decision will surprise anyone, but I dare say my reasoning may set a few cats amongst a few pigeons.)
So do I want Democrats who arrest, detain, bomb, and surveil like Republicans, or
Last week, the media and various Democrats cried foul over Paul Ryan’s speech. In particular, they focused on five “lies” that he told and went into their usual post-truth case of the vapors. We went back and forth in the comments, but it’s worth putting the case against and the case for. To be blunt, some of these are disagreements over interpretation, not disagreements over fact. For examples, the fact-checkers call Ryan out for … Read more
(This is the first of five posts I will put up over the next two weeks, exploring my thoughts on the Presidential election. Parts 1 and 2 will be reasons to vote for and against Mitt Romney; Parts 3 and 4 will be reasons to vote for and against Barack Obama. Part 5 will wrap up. Keep in mind, this is my thinking as we go through the conventions. It’s likely that things will … Read more
It’s really pathetic that Team Obama is trying so hard to pretend they didn’t sorta maybe cut Medicare spending, unlike the evil evil Paul Ryan who … also … hasn’t … yet. You can read Avik Roy’s response here. The critical point is this:
Of [Obama's] $716 billion in [Medicare] cuts, $415 billion come in the form of “updates to fee-for-service payment rates,” a euphemism for reducing Medicare’s payments to doctors and hospitals. But what
The Left wing anger at Paul Ryan continues to swell. You can amuse yourself with this latest bundle of idiocy from Maureen Dowd.
He’s the cutest package that cruelty ever came in. He has a winning air of sad cheerfulness. He’s affable, clean cut and really cut, with the Irish altar-boy widow’s peak and droopy, winsome blue eyes and unashamed sentimentality.
Who better to rain misery upon the heads of millions of Americans?
Is it … Read more
(I’m on vacation. I spent today in a pool throwing Sal 11000 Beta up in the air. So, this week, I will just have an occasional post when the family’s asleep and I haven’t had too much to drink yet.)
I haven’t talked about Romney’s Vice Presidential pick because I hate blogging about rumors. The rumors ended today when Mitt tabbed Paul Ryan as his running mate.
While I have a great admiration for Ryan, I think this is a mistake for the GOP. Ryan would go from a position where he has lots of power — he chairs the House budget committee — to a position where he has basically no power. The Treasury … Read more
I have a sort of like-dislike relationship with Politifact. I think they are useful for gathering facts and providing background. I actually find their long-form articles, where they hash out the details of claims and allow both sides to make their case, much more illuminating than their offhand ratings, which are a bit arbitrary. They are certainly superior to, say, Media Matters, which unabashedly touts the liberal line. But I do occasionally find they get … Read more