Posts Tagged ‘Grover Norquist’

“The Silent Minority”

It’s what the Republicans don’t say that’s disturbing.

As we move toward a ‘fiscal cliff,’ Republicans continue their rhetoric; rhetoric that makes no sense given the existing situation, recent election, and prevailing consensus.

Republicans are loquacious when using talking points — most of them lies or misinformation — but are evasive when asked specifics or their ‘real’ positions. They’re equally tight-lipped about the damage they caused while in a position of leadership.

Haven’t Democrats caused all the problems?

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“What If He Wasn’t Black?”

Are Americans’ opinion of the President influenced by race?

It’s a question that must be broached when assessing the job President Barack Obama has done and whether he’s deserving of another four year term.

When the people elected Obama they were hungry for change, tired of partisan politics, aware of failing banks and a financial crisis driving us into recession, weary of endless wars in the middle-east, and losing jobs at the highest rate in over 70 years.

Barack Obama, unlike John McCain, represented hope and change; a chance to restore America to its past glory.

So, how has he done?

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“Super Failure?”

This article has been posted at The Huffington Post.

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With a looming deadline the Super Committee is under tremendous pressure.

As November 23rd closes in, the 12 members of the Super Committee (Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) are being approached, attacked, pushed, cajoled, advised, and pressured, from all sides.

The difficult task of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions has fallen into the laps of 12 hand selected members of Congress, six from the House and six from the Senate. Some have called it a daunting task. One-point-five trillion does seem like a lot of money! But their time horizon is 10 years.

An entire decade to reduce the deficit by only $150 billion a year?

Seriously?

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“Key Elements to Lowering the Deficit”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post 9/6/11. To read it on HuffPo click on the link.

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Nearly everyone agrees — the deficit is a problem and must be fixed.

Fixing this recessionary deficit will take time. Lots of time… and sacrifice. Lots of sacrifice!

There is no agreement in Congress on how deficit reduction can be fairly accomplished but, honest discourse is an absolute necessity. A few reasonable adjustments could put deficit reduction on a positive path in the short-term. There is much more involved in developing a long-term solution, but it’s also easily achievable.

Short-term, seven key elements must be considered including raising taxes and closing loopholes to increase revenues. Anyone who tells you we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem, and refuses to raise taxes is either ignoring the truth or stupid.

What will it take to restore fiscal responsibility?

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“The Norquist Conspiracy”

A ‘mystriguing’ title for a mystery novel but this is not fiction!

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, prides himself on the pledge that he has most Republicans sign.

The pledge, which Norquist entitled, Taxpayer Protection Pledge, essentially marshals every Republican politician at the federal level and most at the state levels from raising taxes in any form; including a misinterpretation of temporary tax benefits, such as oil subsidies, and the reasons for their passage.

Such a stringent demand on legislators has no place in a healthy and vibrant democracy. In fact, a pledge so restrictive as to potentially derail a functioning democracy can not be tolerated in a free society and should be viewed as UnAmerican.

What of the politicians who would sign such a pledge?

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“The Gang of Six”

Three Republicans and three Democrats search for budget compromise!

A bipartisan group, six Senators, have spent months pounding out a compromise they hope to persuade Congress to adopt; a plan that will reduce the deficit, create jobs, and turn the U.S. economy around.

Senators Mark Warner (VA), Dick Durbin (IL), Kent Conrad (ND) and Tom Coburn (OK), Saxby Chambliss (GA), and Tom Crapo (ID), after months of meeting behind closed doors may not be able to complete a deal as budget talks begin in earnest now that Congress has returned from its two week recess.

Since they’ve been meeting in almost complete secrecy it’s difficult to predict what their proposal will contain. Difficult to know what they agree on and what they differ on.

Unlike the Ryan Plan which was passed by the House a few weeks ago, the bipartisan proposal is rumored to contain some revenue increases as well as spending cuts. It will, like the President’s Deficit Commission, address the reality that serious deficit reduction requires growth in revenue which does not sit well with Republicans.

Will the bipartisan plan get bipartisan support?

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