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Obama Borrows from Jan Brewer — In a Good Way

Remember last week when we learned that Jan Brewer vowed to veto everything until the Arizona legislature passed the Medicaid expansion? On the podcast, I noted that perhaps the president should take note. Well here: The Obama administration on Monday … Continue reading
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How About More Spending or Another Stimulus?

Dare to dream, but look — the president will have cut the deficit in half within his first four fiscal years, from $1.4 trillion in 2009 to $642 billion by the end of this year. That’s far lower than $845 … Continue reading
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Sorry, Republicans, But the Economy Keeps Growing

I’m sure this is a massive conspiracy by the Obama administration that demands portly Dean Chambers to unskew it, but here you go: The economy grew at a substantially faster pace in the third quarter than first thought, powered by … Continue reading

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For the Thousandth Time: the Stimulus Worked!

It might surprise most of the backwards, non-reality based conservatives to know that the stimulus not only worked, but the economy isn’t nearly as bad as they’d like it to be. That’s no coincidence. And Mitt Romney wants to do … Continue reading

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Republicans Cry About Lack of ‘Civility’ at DNC

My Thursday column examines the Republican definition of “civility” and “class.” Predictably, the Romney campaign and its apparatchiks at Fox News accused the Democrats of lacking “civility” during the first day of their convention. RNC chairman Reince Priebus called the … Continue reading

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More Republican Fiscal Contradictions and Confusion in Tampa

My Thursday column continues to dissect the Republican contradictions about the debt with a mind-boggling example: When a political party not only builds a convention theme but an entire political movement around lies, myopic slogans and total fiction, there are … Continue reading

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This Will Make Your Brain Hurt

The Republicans featured a series of business owners who spoke at the convention yesterday as part of the “we built this” theme, ostensibly relating the notion that the government didn’t help businesses form and prosper — a notion that’s wildly … Continue reading

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You Know Who Totally Kicked Ass This Weekend?

Chris Hayes and his staff. That’s who. They dug up an clip from 2002 showing Paul Ryan making the Obama/Democratic/Keynesian case for stimulus spending during a slow recovery, on the floor of the House no less, along with a case … Continue reading

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President Obama Rescued the Economy. Period.

Here’s Paul Ryan with some honesty, then a gigantic lie: “Now, let’s be candid, President Obama clearly inherited a very difficult situation. There are no two ways about that. Problem is, he made things much worse.” He obviously didn’t make … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate Paul Ryan’s Homework

First he said he never requested stimulus. Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told Cincinnati’s WCPO today that he “never” requested stimulus funds for his Wisconsin district in 2009. The problem: That blatantly contradicts a report from The Boston Globe … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan is a Lying Liar

During a television interview today Paul Ryan said he “never asked for stimulus.” That’s a lie. He wrote at least four letters asking for stimulus funds in 2009 according to the Associated Press. Rep. Ryan wrote letters in 2009 to … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan Requested Millions in Stimulus Money

The Boston Globe reports: In 2009, as Representative Paul Ryan was railing against President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package as a “wasteful spending spree,” he wrote at least four letters to Obama’s secretary of energy asking that millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Economists Agree: The Stimulus Worked

Bloomberg ran a column yesterday debunking the entire economic argument against the policies of President Obama titled “The U.S. Economic Policy Debate is a Sham,” and, not surprisingly, a poll conducted by the University of Chicago found very few economists … Continue reading

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The Latest Karl Rove Disaster

Here’s Rove’s new Crossroads GPS commercial attacking Tim Kaine’s campaign for Senate in Virginia, with the totally untrue claim that the stimulus failed. See that? Rove’s evidence that the stimulus failed was a headline from the Wall Street Journal op/ed … Continue reading

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Romney Mocks Stimulus For Saving Jobs

Mitt Romney really hates the stimulus but he loves holding fundraisers at the homes of men who benefited from the stimulus. Mitt Romney spent this morning in Florida trashing the stimulus, saying the Obama administration “borrowed almost a trillion dollars … Continue reading

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Bob McDonnell Makes the Case for Obama

Whether he knew it or not, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) made the case for the Obama Administration during at interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley. At 5.6 percent, Virginia’s unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country, well below … Continue reading

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The Stimulus is Still Working

According to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, between 200,000 and 1.5 million people employed during the month of March owed their jobs to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus). (via CBPP) A new Congressional Budget … Continue reading

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Just a Reminder About Stimulating the Economy

I wrote this a while back, but given the Romney platform of all tax cuts and no spending increases, here’s what Moody’s Analytics has to say about which option is a better return on investment. FACT: Every dollar spent on … Continue reading

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Those Aren’t Real Jobs Anyway

During his speech at Otterbein College yesterday, Mitt Romney decided to attack the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus) not because it saved or created jobs, but because it saved or created the wrong jobs. Government jobs. Because those … Continue reading

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The Stimulus Worked

And the Republicans are lying about it: The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package continues to have a significant effect. The bill raised fourth-quarter 2011 gross domestic product by as much as 1.5 percent, it … Continue reading

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