Obama, the Buffett Rule and Its Chance of Ever Happening

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 5:19 pm

What was said: President Obama has been hammering the so called “Buffett Rule” as a key part of his 2012 campaign and an important way to distinguish himself from Republicans on issues of economic justice and deficit reduction. Obama was in Florida today pushing the Buffett Rule, while his administration released a new report on [...]

What the GOP Wants is Something Obama Won’t Call Victory

By: Monday July 25, 2011 5:19 pm

We now have two very similar proposals for dealing with the debt ceiling from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Speaker John Beohner. Both are large packages of all cuts and neither of them increases revenue. Importantly both contain a Catfood Commission II, whose recommendation would get special fast tracking through Congress As [...]

Center-Right? Yeah, Right: Americans Favor Progressive Taxation, Socialism

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 11:46 am

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that, despite the oft-repeated conservative mantra, we are not a center-right nation. To begin with, the poll found a small majority (51 percent of Americans) think the government should be doing more to help people, while only 46 percent believe the government does too many things. Drilling down [...]

Will America Vote for a President that Made Them Worse Off?

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:20 pm

This is a pretty scary number for any White House political operative. According to a new Bloomberg news poll, over half of Americans think they are worse off now than when Obama took office. From Bloomberg: The survey, conducted Dec. 4-7, finds that 51 percent of respondents think their situation has deteriorated, compared with 35 [...]

Obama’s Tax Deal Could Damage 2012 Re-Election Chances

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 12:03 pm

Using projections from Moody’s analyst Mark Zandi, Paul Krugman came to the conclusion that the Obama-McConnell tax deal could end up hurting President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid by reducing growth rates in the critical months leading up to the election. From Krugman: Look at the Zandi estimates: they show a boost to the economy in 2011, [...]

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