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Late, Late Night FDL: Winds Of Change

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:47 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: Winds Of Change
Fitz and The Tantrums – Winds Of Change

Fitz and The Tantrums – Winds Of Change

What’s on your mind tonite…?

Alfred Packered
I’m not sure how much I love it when this plan comes together. [A]ccording to [a] Fairleigh Dickinson University’s latest PublicMind poll…“there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all” FoxNews worse than ignorance, it’s not just opinion, it’s […]

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I’m not sure how much I love it when this plan comes together.

[A]ccording to [a] Fairleigh Dickinson University’s latest PublicMind poll…“there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all”

FoxNews worse than ignorance, it’s not just opinion, it’s science!

But there is more than just that.

“I don’t think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police,” Bill O’Reilly said tonight, discussing the appalling use of pepper spray by UC Davis police on Friday.

…Megyn Kelly [told] O’Reilly, that pepper spray is “a food product, essentially”

Yeah, that’s right, we have no right to question the actions of authorities, not questioning authorities is what makes slogans like “freedom” and “liberty” worth believing.  To question the police is to embrace the socialist notion you shouldn’t be pepper-sprayed by them repeatedly, based upon your political orientation.

Besides, pepper-spraying isn’t really about the abuse of civil protesters — particularly the non-FoxNews viewing ones.

It is about seasoning.


How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:46 am by HL

How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War
University students, who face tuition hikes and state cuts to public education, find themselves victimized by the same neoliberal agenda that has created the current economic crisis, and which profoundly endangers democratic values.

By Juan Cole

University students, who face tuition hikes and state cuts to public education, find themselves victimized by the same neoliberal agenda that has created the current economic crisis, and which profoundly endangers democratic values.


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Jan Brewer Seeks To Block Redistricting Chair

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:45 am by HL

Jan Brewer Seeks To Block Redistricting Chair
Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to overturn its decision to return the state redistricting chair to office. The…

Jared Bernstein: How Does a Supercommittee Die?
Not with a bang but a whimper. Not a surprise, but disheartening on many levels. Let us count the ways.

Roger Hickey: No Super Committee Deal. Good. Now Let’s Focus on Jobs — the Best Way to Reduce Deficits
The deal on the table, whose failure is much lamented by beltway pundits, would have seriously harmed the economy, without significantly reducing deficits. In fact, it might have made it worse.

Obama Issues Multiple Pardons For Marijuana-Related Sentences
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday pardoned five people convicted of charges ranging from intent to distribute marijuana to running an illegal gambling business….

Bob Edgar: “Super” Committee Produces Super Vreakdown in Leadership
What a sad spectacle. The 12-member panel was doomed from the start, stocked with too few members skilled at the art of compromise and too many whose idea of a give-and-take negotiation is “you give and I take.”


Obama Didn’t Call Americans Lazy — But Right-Wing Media?Routinely?Do

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:44 am by HL

Obama Didn’t Call Americans Lazy — But Right-Wing Media?Routinely?Do

Right-wing media recently pushed the discredited attack that President Obama called Americans “lazy.” But right-wing media figures themselves have a history of suggesting that Americans — particularly the poor, the unemployed, and union workers, among others — are lazy or lack work ethic.

Right-Wing Media Claimed Obama Called Americans “Lazy”

Fox’s Todd Starnes: Obama “Took The Nation To Task … For Being Lazy.” In a blog post that was posted on Fox Nation, Todd Starnes wrote:

President Obama took the nation to task today for being lazy.

The comments came during a meeting between the president and CEOs attending the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings. The United States is hosting this year’s gathering in Hawaii.

[…]

It’s not the first time the president has accused Americans of being lazy. [Fox News Radio via Fox Nation, 11/14/11, via Media Matters]

Fox’s Kilmeade Suggests Comment Shows Obama Is “Determined To Bring Us Down.” While co-hosting Fox News’ The Five, Brian Kilmeade said: “I will say this. The fact that the president of the United States has called us soft, we’ve lost our competitive edge, and now we’re called lazy. … He’s trying desperately to flatten out our country, and defuse us, and get us off our high horse. Why is he so determined to bring us down?” [Fox News, The Five, 11/14/11, via Media Matters]

Hannity: “This Is Not The First Time” Obama Has “Kind Of Attacked The American People.” During an interview on his Fox News program with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sean Hannity asked:

HANNITY: What do you make of the President? This is not the first time that he’s kind of attacked the American people, that you know, the people are a little bit lazy, he spoken a while back about them getting soft, we lost our ambition, our imagination. What do you make of that? Are the American people not smart enough to accept his goodness and greatness? [Fox News, Hannity, 11/15/11, via Nexis]

For more right-wing media claims that Obama called Americans “lazy,” SEE HERE.

In Fact, Obama Didn’t Call Americans Lazy …

AP: Ad Saying Obama “Thinks” That “Americans Are Lazy” Actually “Takes Obama’s Comment Out Of Context.” Beth Fouhy, political reporter for The Associated Press, reported that a campaign ad by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry that uses Obama’s comments takes them “out of context”:

Republican presidential hopeful Perry takes Obama’s comment out of context.

Obama was speaking to a group of CEOs about the challenges of attracting foreign investment in the U.S., not about individuals or their economic challenges.

[…]

Perry is using the comment to portray Obama as out of touch, even contemptuous, of ordinary Americans. [The Associated Press, 11/16/11]

ABC’s Devin Dwyer: Attacks On Obama “Distort” His Comments. ABC News White House producer Devin Dwyer wrote that the ad by Perry featuring Obama’s comments “distorts” what Obama said:

“Can you believe that? That’s what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That’s pathetic,” Perry says in the spot that’s airing in Iowa and New Hampshire.  

The only problem: the full context of Obama’s remarks made Saturday during a meeting of CEOs in Honolulu indicates he wasn’t suggesting that at all.

Boeing CEO James McNerney asked Obama about his thinking on the perception by some countries of “impediments to investment” in the U.S.

Obama replied that “we’ve been a little bit lazy” about actively trying to attract private foreign investors to U.S. soil — referring broadly to American government and business sectors, not the American people themselves. [ABCNews.com, Political Punch, 11/16/11]

Wash. Post Fact Checker: It Is “Clear From The Context Of Obama’s Remarks That He Is Not Saying Americans Are Lazy.” In a November 21 Fact Checker post, The Washington Post‘s Glenn Kessler wrote that it is “clear from the context of Obama’s remarks that he is not saying Americans are lazy”:

In other words, Obama is highlighting a serious problem. Perhaps the phrase “lazy” is a bit overheated, but it clear from the context of Obama’s remarks that he is not saying Americans are lazy. He’s talking about a trend over a two-decade period that indicates a certain complacency in trying to win business and investment. [The Washington Post, 11/21/11]

… But Right-Wing Media Routinely Attack Americans As “Lazy” Or “Having Poor Work Habits”

LOW-INCOME AMERICANS

Limbaugh: “Do You Know Any Low-Income People Who Want To Get A Better Job? … Do They Even Want To Work?” On the April 21 edition of his radio show, host Rush Limbaugh said, “Do you know any low-income people who want to get a better job? … Do they even want to work?” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 4/21/11, via Media Matters]

Fox Business Scolded Poor People For Not Being Ashamed Of Their Poverty. During the May 19 edition of Fox Business’ Varney & Co., host Stuart Varney attacked anti-poverty programs as evidence that the U.S. now has an “entitlement mentality.” Fox commentator Charles Payne then scolded people in poverty for not being “embarrassed” about needing public assistance:

PAYNE: Krystal [Ball], there’s no doubt that these are good programs. I think the real narrative here, though, is that people aren’t embarrassed by it. People aren’t ashamed by it. In other words, the there was a time when people were embarrassed to be on food stamps; there was a time when people were embarrassed to be on unemployment for six months, let alone demanding to be on it for more than two years. I think that’s what Stu is trying to say, is that, when the president says Wall Street is at fault, so, you are entitled to get anything that you want from the government, because it’s not really your fault. No longer is the man being told to look in the mirror and cast down a judgment on himself; it’s someone else’s fault. So food stamps, unemployment, all of this stuff, is something that they probably earned in some indirect way. [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 5/19/11, via Media Matters]

Fox’s Stuart Varney On Low-Income Americans: “Many Of Them Have Things — What They Lack Is The Richness Of Spirit.” During the August 25 edition of Fox Business’ Varney & Co. at Night, host Stuart Varney hyped a Heritage Foundation study showing that many Americans in poverty own appliances, saying: “The image we have of poor people as starving and living in squalor really is not accurate. Many of them have things — what they lack is the richness of spirit. That’s my opinion.” [Fox Business, Varney & Co. at Night, 8/25/11, via Media Matters]

Fox Business Pitted The “Takers” Of “Government Handouts” Against The “Makers.” After a National Bureau of Economic Research study concluded that social safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, were highly effective at keeping people out of poverty, Fox Business launched a week-long series pitting the “takers” of “government handouts” against the “makers” in the economy. [Media Matters, 5/24/11]

UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS

Kilmeade: “Maybe The Unemployment Benefits [Expiration] Will Get People To Sober Up” And Take A Job. On the July 15, 2010, edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said that “[m]aybe the [expiration of] unemployment benefits will get people to sober up” and take a job. [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 7/15/10, via Media Matters]

Ben Stein Attacked Unemployed Americans As Having “Poor Work Habits.” In a July 19, 2010, post at The American Spectator, conservative pundit and frequent Fox News guest Ben Stein wrote:

The people who have been laid off and cannot find work are generally people with poor work habits and poor personalities. I say “generally” because there are exceptions. But in general, as I survey the ranks of those who are unemployed, I see people who have overbearing and unpleasant personalities and/or who do not know how to do a day’s work. They are people who create either little utility or negative utility on the job.

In an August 27, 2010, American Spectator post, Stein repeated his attack, writing: “[A]s I noted before, in my small circle of friends, anyone who has good work skills and a decent personality can get a job. I am not talking about the national scene. Just my little world. The chronic complainers and the malcontents and the unrealistic are the ones who cannot find work they want. The people who really want to work can get work. It might not be great work, but it’s work.” [The American Spectator, 7/19/10, 8/27/10, via Media Matters]

Stein Claimed That “A Lot Of” Unemployed People “Would Not Prefer To Go To Work.” On the April 30, 2011, broadcast of Fox News’ Cavuto on Business, Stein said that “a lot of” unemployed Americans “would not prefer to go to work.” [Fox Business, Cavuto on Business, 4/30/11, via Media Matters]

UNION WORKERS

Limbaugh Attacked Union Workers As “Freeloaders” As Compared To “Real Working Non-Unionized People.” On the February 17 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh called union workers “freeloaders” and contrasted them with “real working non-unionized people.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 2/17/11, via Media Matters]

Limbaugh: Union Protests In WI Were Due To Union Members Not Wanting To “Pay A Dime Towards Their Own Health Care Or Retirement.” On the August 18 broadcast of his show, Limbaugh said that the protests in Wisconsin took place because public union members didn’t want to “pay a dime towards their own health care or retirement.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/18/11, via Media Matters]

Coulter: Teamsters President Hoffa Represents “Useless” Workers Like “Kindergarten Teachers” Instead Of “Men Who Have Actual Jobs.” During the September 7 edition of Fox & Friends, conservative pundit Ann Coulter said that Teamsters president James Hoffa represented “useless” workers like “kindergarten teachers” instead of “men who have actual jobs.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 9/7/11, via Media Matters]

OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS

Limbaugh: Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are “Perpetually Lazy, Spoiled Rotten, 99 Percent White Kids.” During the October 6 edition of his radio show, Limbaugh attacked Occupy Wall Street protesters as “perpetually lazy, spoiled rotten, 99 percent white kids.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 10/6/11, via Media Matters]

Fox Nation And Wash. Times On Occupy Wall Street And Its Demands: “Don’t Feed The Lazy.” A November 18 op-ed in The Washington Times, titled, “Don’t feed the lazy,” claimed that “Occupy Wall Street’s demands undermine real compassion.” The op-ed stated:

It is interesting to note that according to the Bible, one of the criteria for receiving aid was a willingness to work. Entitlement was not an option. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

Paul is not being cruel or heartless in this passage. He is expressing a truth that those who are able but unwilling to work should be disqualified from receiving charitable help, thereby allowing their natural need for food to drive their effort to work. This is a profound and often overlooked financial principle.

[…]

Attitudes toward poverty, debt and entitlement make reaching common ground with those in the Occupy Wall Street movement difficult. Compared to many around the world, they live in relative comfort, with access to food, shelter and liberty. But rather than embracing equal opportunity, they seem to clamor for equal outcomes.

[…]

Perhaps it is time for the Occupy Wall Street movement to reflect on the words of Paul: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

Fox Nation also linked to the op-ed. [The Washington Times, 11/18/11; Fox Nation, 11/21/11]

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION EMPLOYEES

Limbaugh: Employees At Nonprofit Organizations Are “Lazy Idiots” And “Rapists In Terms Of Finance And Economy.” During the August 12, 2010, edition of his radio show, Limbaugh attacked the employees of nonprofit organizations as “lazy idiots” and went on to say that they are “rapists in terms of finance and economy.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 8/12/10, via Media Matters]

* This item has been updated from its original version.


FBI Was Concerned NYPD’s ‘Lone Wolf’ Case Raised Issues Of Entrapment

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:43 am by HL

FBI Was Concerned NYPD’s ‘Lone Wolf’ Case Raised Issues Of Entrapment
Jose Pimentel wasn’t exactly hiding.


Super PAC Man Gobbles Up Regulators’ Time, Patience
A Florida man has flooded the FEC with filings for a new kind of political action committee, showing how easy it is to create them and how few rules there are.


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Republican Family Values Magazine

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:40 am by HL

Republican Family Values Magazine


Romney’s New Hampshire Firewall Holding

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:39 am by HL

Romney’s New Hampshire Firewall Holding
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS poll in New Hampshire finds Mitt Romney way ahead of the GOP field with 41%, followed by Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich at 14%.

All other candidates were in single digits, including Jon Huntsman at 9%, Herman Cain at 8%, Rick Santorum at 3%, Rick Perry at 2%, and Michele Bachmann at 1%.

Notes pollster David Paleologos: “Every Republican candidate that surges in the national polls hits a firewall in New Hampshire. We’ve seen this with surges from Bachmann, Perry, Cain and now Gingrich. A Romney loss here is highly improbable, and Romney’s best insurance policy in New Hampshire is Ron Paul, whose fixed support takes 14 percent off the table.”

Obama in New Hampshire, Potential Challengers in D.C.
As the Republican presidential prospects arrive in Washington, D.C. for tonight’s CNN debate focused on national security, President Obama will travel to New Hampshire to push Congress to extend the payroll tax cut, according to The Hill.

“The White House brushed off suggestions the president’s trip to the Granite State, which holds the nation’s first presidential primary in seven weeks, was being made with an eye toward 2012… New Hampshire will be an important swing state next year. Obama won it by nine points in 2008, but Romney is practically a favorite son. He was governor of neighboring Massachusetts, owns a summer home in the Granite State and is campaigning heavily to win its primary… As it stands, the payroll tax cut and other provisions, like a patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax and benefits for the unemployed, are set to expire at year’s end.”

Gingrich Jumps Into the Lead
A new Quinnipiac poll finds Newt Gingrich jumping to the front of the GOP presidential field with 26%, followed by Mitt Romney at 22% and Herman Cain at 14%.

Key finding: 48% of Republican voters say that that among all GOP contenders he has the knowledge and experience necessary to be president, compared to Romney’s 22%.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “When it comes to the Republican horse race, the scenario hasn’t changed much over the past few months – just the players. Speaker Newt Gingrich is the latest GOP contender to rise to the top, powered by conservatives who remain skeptical about Gov. Mitt Romney.”

Meanwhile, in general election match ups, President Obama edges Romney, 45% to 44%, beats Gingrich, 49% to 40%, and crushes Cain, 50% to 37%.

Quote of the Day
“No, not, not interested… Done… What part of it am I not getting across?”

— Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), in an interview on NBC’s Rock Center, repeatedly denying any interest in running for higher office.


OWS: To Change the Country, We Just Might Have to Change Ourselves

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:38 am by HL

OWS: To Change the Country, We Just Might Have to Change Ourselves
If we are going to contribute to this huge fight against unbridled global capitalism, we must accept the anxiety and uncertainty of doing things differently.

Voices of the Occupations: 5 New Media Sources Fighting Against Censorship and For OWS
As Congress debates new laws that could dramatically impact independent media, we look at 5 invaluable sources beating the mainstream media at covering Occupy.

4 Absurd, Damaging Right-Wing Lies About Food Stamps
"Hipsters" abusing food stamps, recipients buying nothing but McDonalds … the many myths about the federal food stamp program poison the public perception.

Tahrir Square Under Attack: 32 Egyptians Killed, 1,750 Injured in Protests Against Military Rule
Going into a third day of mass protests in Egypt, the unarmed citizens calling for an end to military rule face a vicious crackdown from security forces.


The Seething, Surging Rage Against OWS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:37 am by HL

The Seething, Surging Rage Against OWS
It’s often said that Occupy Wall Street will have accomplished a lot even if its encampments are dispersed by winter cold and cops. That’s true, if they stay peaceful, buoyant, drug-and-alcohol free — even leaderless and indecisive. More decisive organizations…

Who Is Pro-Israel? Who Is Anti-Israel?
As someone who blogs about Israel and Palestine almost daily, I elicit many reactions — from left-wing supporters and hostile right-wing detractors. Naturally the two groups don’t agree on much of anything but sometimes supporters and detractors make the same…



Bachmann Staffer: Marriage Equality Will Lead To Object Marriage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 22nd, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Bachmann Staffer: Marriage Equality Will Lead To Object Marriage
Michele Bachmann’s new Iowa Campaign Co-Chair Tamara Scott has an extensive history of spreading anti-gay propaganda as head of Iowa’s Concerned Women for America chapter. She has previously spread the fear that marriage inequality will prevent people from entering Heaven. In a conversation with the FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats this past June, she even […]

Michele Bachmann’s new Iowa Campaign Co-Chair Tamara Scott has an extensive history of spreading anti-gay propaganda as head of Iowa’s Concerned Women for America chapter. She has previously spread the fear that marriage inequality will prevent people from entering Heaven. In a conversation with the FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats this past June, she even suggested that at the end of the fallacial slippery slope is “object marriage,” which is when people marry inanimate objects like the Eiffel Tower. Watch it:

Even Vander Plaats seems skeptical. (HT: Right Wing Watch)

How Republican Tax Intransigence Sank The Super Committee: A Timeline
Our guest blogger is Sarah Ayres, a research associate at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. By now we have all heard the latest in the months-long debate over reducing the nation’s deficit — barring a last-minute miracle, the congressional super committee tasked with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction will fail […]

Our guest blogger is Sarah Ayres, a research associate at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

By now we have all heard the latest in the months-long debate over reducing the nation’s deficit — barring a last-minute miracle, the congressional super committee tasked with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction will fail to come to an agreement. Cue handwringing by pundits lamenting the inability of both Democrats and Republicans to compromise.

The notion that both sides share in the blame is an easy line for commentators to repeat, but it isn’t true. Time and time again, the only thing preventing an agreement on long-term deficit reduction has been the Republicans’ absolute refusal to consider any tax increases on high-income households as part of the solution. Michael Linden and I created a timeline of major events in the past six months of deficit talks:

February 14, 2011: President Barack Obama submits budget for 2012 with about $2 trillion in deficit reduction, half of which come from spending cuts.

April 15, 2011: House passes Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget, which includes $5.8 trillion in spending cuts along with tax cuts for the richest Americans.

May 5, 2011: Vice President Joe Biden begins debt talks.

May 11, 2011: Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says he will not raise debt limit without spending cuts that match how much the limit is raised.

June 23, 2011: Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) walks away from debt ceiling talks with Biden after refusing to consider any tax increases. The administration had offered $2.4 trillion in spending cuts for $400 billion in taxes, an 83:17 split.

July 7, 2011: Obama and Boehner begin debt-ceiling negotiations.

July 9, 2011: Boehner walks away from Obama’s “grand bargain”: $4 trillion in debt reduction comprised of $1 trillion in revenue and $3 trillion in spending cuts, including entitlement reforms.

July 19, 2011: The Gang of Six proposes a $4 trillion deficit reduction plan, including $2 trillion in revenue.

July 22, 2011: Again, Boehner walks away from negotiations after Obama offers $1.2 trillion in revenues and $1.6 trillion in spending cuts, including entitlements.

July 31, 2011: Debt ceiling agreement is reached, cutting $1 trillion in spending immediately and establishing the super committee to reduce deficits by at least an additional $1.2 trillion.

October 26, 2011: Democrats first super committee offer is $3 trillion in deficit reduction comprised of about $1.3 trillion in revenues and $1.7 trillion in spending cuts, including cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Republicans immediately reject it. Republicans’ first super committee offer is $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction, which includes no new tax revenues.

November 8, 2011: Republicans’ second super committee offer is $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction. It does include $300 billion in new tax revenue, but in exchange for extending the Bush tax cuts and lowering the top tax rate. The plan would ultimately cut taxes for the wealthy and raise them for everyone else.

November 10, 2011: Democrats’ second offer is $2.3 trillion in deficit reduction, consisting of $1.3 trillion in spending cuts and $1 trillion in revenue. The revenue would be split between $350 billion in concrete measures and $650 billion in future tax reform. Republicans reject it.

November 11, 2011: Democrats agree to Republicans’ top lines including just $400 billion in revenues and $875 billion in spending cuts, but refuse to accept the GOP’s tax cut for the rich. Republicans reject it and make their final offer: $640 billion in spending cuts and $3 billion in revenues.

What this timeline shows is just how much Democrats have been willing to bend, only to have Republicans reject very generous offers. Back in June, Democrats reportedly offered a mere $400 billion in tax increases as part of a $2.4 trillion deficit reduction package — a 83:17 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases. Republicans said no.

And they haven’t budged an inch since then, stubbornly insisting that any deficit reduction package consist entirely of spending cuts. Even after Democrats on the super committee agreed to the Republican top line of $400 billion in revenues, Republicans refused to make a deal.

Looking at all the offers rejected by Republicans, it comes as no surprise that the super committee will not reach a deal. By rejecting any mix of spending cuts and tax increases, Republicans ensured that there would be no agreement a deficit reduction package.