July 26, 2011 |
It used to be much simpler being a presidential candidate, back when the only pledge that mattered was the one taken with hand over heart, pledging allegiance to the United States of America. Now contestants are asked to swear any number of oaths. Among them: promises to oppose tax hikes and legalized abortion, fight pornography, outlaw same-sex marriage, denounce Islamic law, cap federal spending, overhaul the U.S. tax code, run Washington like a business and support a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.
November 15, 2012
Re “ Boehner still faces House divided ,” Nov. 13 Voters in this election were very aware of the looming “fiscal cliff.” Mitt Romney's solution was to cut expenses/essential programs; President Obama was very clear he would raise taxes. The country voted to raise taxes. Note to Congress: Get the job done. We've got to move on; time is of the essence. Global opportunities are passing us by every day our country stalls. Elizabeth Eyerman Los Angeles I found the first comments by Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner after the election very telling.
April 22, 2013 |
On Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first public hearing on the sweeping immigration bill unveiled last week that seeks to overhaul the current system. The hearings produced a sharp exchange between Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-New York), who cautioned critics against using the Boston bombing as an excuse for delaying efforts to overhaul the immigration system, and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who responded by shouting that he never made any such statement. But what intrigued me about Monday's hearing was the clash that took place between some conservatives, who are at odds over the fiscal impact of immigration reform.
November 25, 2012 |
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday joined the ranks of Republican lawmakers stepping away from Grover Norquist's famous anti-tax pledge, offering to cut his support for the pledge - with a catch. “I will violate the pledge for the good of the country only if Democrats will do entitlement reform,” he said on ABC's “This Week,” adding that “the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid being Greece.” Graham specified that although he agrees with Norquist's stand against raising tax rates and not raising taxes for wealthy Americans, he disagrees with him on deduction caps and buying down debt.
November 15, 2012
Re “ Republicans in disarray over how to fix damage ,” Nov. 12 I've been inspired by Mark Z. Barabak's article on the disarray of the GOP. Republicans believe that government is the problem and that just about every sphere would be better managed by the private sector. It would be most persuasive to see America's rich and powerful movers and shakers demonstrate exactly how this could be done. Let's see the private sector give billions of dollars to the Red Cross in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
November 4, 2011 |
At least one freshman Republican in the House won't be signing Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge next year. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.) said that from here on out, he won't sign the Norquist tax pledge - or any other pledge - as he wrestles with the complexities of holding office. Ribble is among the gang of 100 lawmakers who have urged the congressional "super committee" to put all options on the table for revenues and spending cuts in seeking a grand bargain to reduce the nation's deficits.
August 15, 2013 |
In his speech to the American Bar Assn. on Monday, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. sounded more like a fierce critic of the federal criminal justice system than its formal leader. He described some federal mandatory minimum prison terms as "excessive" and "draconian" and said "they oftentimes generate unfairly long sentences. " He asserted that "people of color often face harsher punishments than their peers," and he more broadly lamented that "too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.
December 17, 2012 |
Call it a tale of two tax times, or, “It was the best of rates, it was the worst of rates.” In Washington, President Obama got a sort of early Christmas gift from Republicans, with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly offering to raise tax rates on those Americans making more than $1 million a year. Among many Republicans, this probably earns Boehner a new title: traitor. Obama, of course, turned up his nose, because he wants higher tax rates on those making more than $200,000 ($250,000 for couples)
December 26, 2012 |
How's this for a cheerful headline: " Washington's Christmas gift to America: Nothing "? That was Politico's gloomy day-after-Christmas assessment of lawmakers' sputtering efforts to avert a bevy of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect on or around Jan. 1. With House Republicans unable to muster the votes for a counteroffer by Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the chances of them reaching a "grand bargain" with President Obama and Senate Democrats seem remote at best.
November 28, 2012 |
Grover Norquist on Wednesday rebuffed claims that his anti-tax crusade is losing steam, calling statements from prominent Republicans hinting at their departure from his anti-tax pledge "impure thoughts. " Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, met with Politico's Mike Allen to offer his thoughts on the looming “fiscal cliff,” and the growing narrative that Republicans, after years of tying themselves to ATR's pledge not to raise taxes, may be ready to jump ship.