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Archive for February 2nd, 2013

The President Replants the Goal Posts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 2nd, 2013 12:08 am by HL

The President Replants the Goal Posts
Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg
In the summer of 2011, when the “Grand Bargain” on deficit reduction failed, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama of “moving the goal posts” — shifting his demands to the left.After Boehner objected, Obama quickly moved the goal posts back and said he wanted to keep talking. But the speaker thought it was too late and the deal collapsed.Goal-post shifting is back in style. Behind the soaring rhetoric of the inaugural address and his announcement of a bold immigration plan, the president is engaged in a carefully calibrated effort to move the…

Schumer Upbeat on Immigration
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a top Democratic mediator in the immigration reform debate, told reporters Thursday that comprehensive legislation can win approval in Congress this year, and that he expects the upper chamber to pass a bill by early summer. "This will be the year that Congress finally gets some common-sense immigration reform across the finish line," he said.But while talk of reform has been rosy since a bipartisan group of senators introduced a legislative blueprint earlier this week, the terrain on Capitol Hill remains rocky. With no official bill — only a…

Hagel Will Be the Next Sec. of Defense
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel was, at turns, halting, befuddled and, often, just plain bad during his confirmation hearing to be the next Secretary of Defense. And it almost certainly won’t keep him from becoming the next man to lead the Pentagon.Let’s start with what Hagel did wrong.  He appeared to be taken completely aback by the aggressiveness of the questioning from many of his former Republican colleagues on long-hashed over topics like his posture toward Iran and Israel as well as his past statements regarding the surge in Iraq.This exchange with his…

Ben Nelson Cashes In on ObamaCare Vote
Timothy Carney, DC Examiner
Sen. Ben Nelson delivered a crucial vote to pass Obamacare into law in 2009, and now he is cashing out of the Senate to make money off the organizations that benefitted from the legislation.Nelson's trip through the revolving door demonstrates an important truth about Washington's influence industry: The revolving door rewards lawmakers for further entangling business and government, whether through regulations, subsidies or mandates.

Someone Should Tell Obama It’s Still the Economy
Ed Morrissey, TFT
Employer-provided birth control. Binders full of women. Mitt Romney's tax returns. All of the issues that had attracted so much attention in 2012 belied the fact that the US economy had been stagnating ever since the recovery technically began in June 2009.  From that point forward, the workforce declined and jobs failed to materialize in large enough numbers to keep pace with population growth. The disconnect between politics and reality reached its apex in the President's inaugural speech, which mentioned the word “economy” once, and jobs only…