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Bill Clinton at the DNC

Bill Clinton delivers a barn burner at the DNC. There is something about President Bill Clinton that really, really gets under the skin of conservatives. They can’t stand him. Their heads start to spin when someone even thinks about mentioning Bill Clinton.

From DK:

He also tried to work with Congressional Republicans on Health Care, debt reduction, and jobs, but that didn’t work out so well. Probably because, as the Senate Republican leader, in a remarkable moment of candor, said two years before the election, their number one priority was not to put America back to work, but to put President Obama out of work.

Senator, I hate to break it to you, but we’re going to keep President Obama on the job!

In Tampa, the Republican argument against the President’s re-election was pretty simple: we left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. (more…)

By |2012-09-09T19:35:45-04:00September 7th, 2012|Elections, Party Politics|Comments Off on Bill Clinton at the DNC

Let’s do it

Senator Tom Harkin and Representative Peter DeFazio have introduced the Wall Street Trading and Speculators Tax Act. This would impose a 0.03% tax. The point of the tax is not to affect most long-term traders. It would affect a lot of those high-frequency traders. As you know, there are some people who trade so fast and so often that they need a computer program to do the trades for them. These high-frequency traders are making money through glitches in the economic system. This new bill would help close that loophole. This would raise more than $350 billion over a nine-year period. I support this tax. Look for congressional Republicans to fight this tooth and nail.

Bill Gates supports this tax.

A short but wonky paper on the transactions tax.

By |2011-11-11T07:25:24-04:00November 11th, 2011|Economy, Taxes|7 Comments

Rick Perry, you gotta love him or NOT

Rick Perry. What can I say. He has had a busy week.

From PA:

As Texas Gov. Rick Perry wraps up his first week as a Republican presidential candidate, he’s apparently not inclined to back off some of his nuttier comments.

Here he is today on biological science:

Rick Perry continued to voice skepticism about evolution during a campaign stop in South Carolina Friday, telling a supporter “God is how we got here.” […]

When a woman in South Carolina congratulated him for his remarks Friday, Perry replied “Well, God is how we got here. God may have done it in the blink of the eye or he may have done it over this long period of time, I don’t know. But I know how it got started.”

And here he is on climate science:

Of his statement that global warming is essentially a hoax, Perry said: “I just happen to believe the Earth’s temperature has been moving up and down for milleniums now.” He claimed that scientists disagree on the cause and continued, “I happen to be one who is skeptical.”

And here’s Perry on reports that congressional Republicans were concerned about his rhetorical excesses about the Fed:

Perry didn’t back away from his statement that the Fed’s quantitative easing policy was nearly “treasonous,” responding: “I’m passionate about the Obama administration’s monetary policy.” […]

“I’m sorry if I offended a congressman but the fact of the matter is I’m representing the American people out here,” Perry said.

Does Perry realize that Ben Bernanke is a Republican, originally appointed by Bush? And that this isn’t the Obama administration’s monetary policy? More to the point, raise your hand if you think Rick Perry knows what a monetary policy is.

Long story short, I think Bruce Bartlett was onto something.

Now, if recent history is any guide, Perry deciding to double down on, well, everything will lead more reporters to swoon. Chris Cillizza, noting the governor’s argument that the Fed would be acting in a “treasonous” way if it tried to boost the economy, described the governor this week as “brash, bold and unapologetic about being so.”

If political reporters see all of Perry’s reckless and controversial comments through an agreed-upon lens — he’s the Texas Tough Guy Cowboy who doesn’t care about niceties — then every time the candidate says something outrageous, media outlets won’t even bother to take him to task. After all, it’ll just be Perry being Perry.

It’s going to be a long campaign.

By |2011-08-21T19:44:54-04:00August 21st, 2011|Party Politics|Comments Off on Rick Perry, you gotta love him or NOT
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