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Dems, GOP Engage in Fairy-Tale Budgeting

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on March 24th, 2013 11:08 pm by HL

Dems, GOP Engage in Fairy-Tale Budgeting
Jack Kelly, Pitt Post-Gazette
The farthest known galaxy is about 13.3 billion light years away. But MACS0647-JD may be closer to Earth than Democrats and Republicans are to each other on taxes, spending and debt — and that either is to reality.Last week House Republicans presented their proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Senate Democrats (for the first time in four years) offered a budget, too.The Congressional Budget Act requires the Congressional Budget Office to project federal spending and tax revenues 10 years into the future. This lets lawmakers and staff try their hand at writing…

Has Israel Forgotten That It’s in the Mideast?
Tom Friedman, NY Times
READING the news from the wider Middle East and then watching President Obama visiting Israel triggered this thought: The president looked as if he were visiting an atoll in the Pacific, or maybe New Zealand — but definitely some kind of island state surrounded by roiling seas.

Gay Marriage Has Already Won
Frank Bruni, New York Times
While they're watching this moment raptly and hopefully, it's not with a sense that the fate of the cause hangs in the balance. Quite the opposite. They're watching it with an entirely warranted confidence, verging on certainty, that no matter what the justices say during this coming week's hearings and no matter how they rule months from now, the final chapter of this story has in fact been written. The question isn't whether there will be a happy ending. The question is when.

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