Ryan Grimryan@huffingtonpost.comBecome a fan of this reporterGET UPDATES FROM RYANLike738Koch Industries: Social Security Age Should Be RaisedPosted: 06/22/11 10:30 AM
WASHINGTON — Bipartisan negotiators representing the House, Senate and White House continue to haggle over what spending cuts will be demanded in exchange for agreeing to pay past debts. The group is deadlocked on the two key issues, however, as Republicans insist that no tax increases can be any part of an agreement, while Democrats are ruling out cuts to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.A new video by Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films, “The Koch Echo Chamber,” puts the GOP position that changes to Social Security ought to be a part of a deficit reduction plan in the context of the Koch brothers longtime support for conservative and libertarian organizations who argue for such cuts.Over the years, the Mercatus Center, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Reason Foundation have collectively been given $28 million by the GOP benefactors, the film notes, tying that giving to a subsequent shift in the public conversation as it relates to Social Security.WATCH:
via Koch Industries: Social Security Age Should Be Raised.
Krauthammer Slams Obama Admin’s “Lawlessness” On Immigration | RealClearPolitics.
“This is outright lawlessness on part of the administration. Whatever the politics of this, we do have a constitution and under it the legislator, the Congress, enacts the laws and the executive executes them, it doesn’t make them up,” Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report.”
“The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress, it is now being enacted by the executive despite the expressed will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order, it is an implicit one.”
Geithner: “No alternative” but to raise taxes on small businesses | The Right Scoop.
Posted by Dan Cleary
on Jun 23, 2011 in Politics
| 148 Comments
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) did a fantastic job yesterday making Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner squirm in front of the House Small Business Committee. Geithner claimed there was “no alternative” but to raise taxes on America’s small businesses, unless we wanted to (gasp!) shrink government programs like education. So, rather than make even the tiniest reduction in the size of our bloated federal government, the Obama administration instead would rather raise taxes on job-creating small businesses in the midst of a horrific recession.
And what good would that do? Not much, according to the CBO, which just reported thatour deficits would be unsustainable even with Clinton-era tax revenue.
Ellmers wasn’t buying Geithner’s mumbo-jumbo, and she even got in a little zinger at the end!
Via CNS News.
Rep. Kelly hammers Democrats for political games | The Right Scoop.
Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air named this Mr. Kelly goes to Washington which pretty much sums up this clip. Rep. Kelly (R-PA) says he is not speaking as a Republican, but rather as someone who has been in the private sector his entire life and is very upset that the party who refused to create a budget because of an election is trashing Paul Ryan’s budget.
This is the passion we’ve been looking for in Washington. And I hope it’s contagious: