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It is an article of faith on the left that if we simply jacked taxes up on some random number of faceless and nameless rich people, we could magically turn that money into great-paying jobs for other people who aren’t rich. I’ve never been clear on the details of the plan, mostly because progressives always [...]

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Can I brag a bit here? I had James Pethokoukis on Episode 88 last night and I’m just a little bit proud that I could get someone that engaging, accomplished, and flat-out smart on the show for a whole half-hour. I told the folks in the chatoom (available only during the live show, so you [...]

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I can not imagine a blogger that does less with more than the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein. All he has to do is occasionally put up a random chart with nice pretty lines that end right about where he wants them to end and write a few paragraphs that sound like serious policy proposals and, [...]

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I am now going to write something I never thought I’d write: I’m proud of John Boehner for beating Barack Obama and the Democrats. I know. Wait a moment to let the shock settle in and read this. Barely more than an hour before a midnight deadline, officials announced a deal to avert a government [...]

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Presented without comment. President Barack Obama stepped out personally to address the impasse on budget negotiations and reject a Republican proposal for another temporary resolution unless it is to give Congress a few more days to pass a permanent deal. “We are now at a point where there is no excuse to extend this further,” [...]

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Jimmie on April 5th, 2011

As if on cue, the Democrats have come for Paul Ryan’s budget plan with pitchforks, torches, and a handy new word that sounds an awful lot like “extremist”. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) decried the 2012 budget proposal introduced by House Republicans Tuesday as “draconian.” “I think that it completely lacks balance,” he [...]

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Jimmie on April 5th, 2011

I said in this morning’s Clearing the Browser Tabs post that Paul Ryan’s “Pay to Prosperity” budget plan (PDF link) was a humdinger and I wasn’t wrong. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that it’s the boldest plan we’ve seen since the 1980s and certainly the most comprehensive in my lifetime. I’m not [...]

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Andrew McCarthy found a very convincing argument Republicans can use in the upcoming debate over whether to increase the debt ceiling to well over $14 trillion. I would like it very much if a smart conservative Senator stood up and read this, from the 2006 push to raise the debt ceiling to what today seems [...]

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