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Three Things Washington Forgets About the Fiscal Crisis

Barack Obama, John Boehner

-This article was originally published at FOX News and was co-authored with William Beach.

There will be tremendous hardship on family pocketbooks if Washington drives America over the fiscal cliff come January 1. But the financial damage from that will be as nothing compared to the fiscal crisis and debt that await the Millennials–Americans aged five to 30 who seem doomed to be remembered as America’s Debt-Paying Generation.

As Kevin Williamson wrote in 2010, if you think the housing bust of 2008 was bad, wait until the entitlements bubble bursts. It’s several times the size of the housing bubble, and when it pops, the Debt-Paying Generation will find itself saddled with high unemployment, high taxes, high inflation, and little to no retirement.

Will Washington really let this happen? It will as long as it continues to doggedly ignore basic facts about our debt problems. Here are three basic mistakes our leaders make—to the peril of the rising generation.

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Obama Using Family as Prop Today


-The article was originally published at The American Spectator.

Earlier today, it was widely reported that President Obama is meeting with a “middle-class” family to use them as a prop for his push to raise taxes on the wealthy. That family has now been identified on the White House blog:

Last week, President Obama called on Americans to speak out about what a $2,000 tax hike next year would mean for them and their families – and thousands of people from around the country are doing just that.

We’ve heard from more than 370,000 people in all 50 states, and many say that paying $2,000 more in taxes would force families to make some tough choices about their household budgets. For some, it might mean deciding whether to buy groceries or fill a prescription. For others, it would be the difference in making rent or paying tuition.

Tiffany, who lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, seven-year old son, and parents, is one of the many people who wrote in. The “picture of the 21st middle class,” her family decided on their multi-generation blended living situation to save money and spend more time together.

But with two sets of working adults – a teacher and an auto industry worker, and a child-care provider and postal worker –Tiffany said that her household would be doubly affected by a tax hike. And as a family of budding entrepreneurs, they would have less money to get their new businesses off the ground.

Today, President Obama will meet Tiffany and her family in their home, to talk more about how why it’s so important for Congress to pass the middle-class tax cuts before the end of the year, both for families like hers and our economy.

Before he arrives, get to know Tiffany and her family, and hear her talk in her own words about what a $2,000 tax hike would mean to them.

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PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” Nominees Left Out 2012’s Biggest Lie

-This article was originally published at Hot Air.

This week, PolitiFact came out with its list of “Lie of the Year” candidates. They include the following:

Largest tax increase: “Obamacare is . . . the largest tax increase in the history of the world.”
– Rush Limbaugh on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 in comments on his radio show
Pants on Fire

Abortion: Mitt Romney “backed a bill that outlaws all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.”
– Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 in a TV ad
Pants on Fire

Bain Capital: Mitt Romney and Bain Capital are to blame in a woman’s premature death when they closed the plant where her husband worked.
– Priorities USA Action on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 in campaign ad

‘Likes to fire people’: When it comes to jobless workers, “Mitt Romney says he likes to fire people.”
– Jack Markell on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 in a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Deficit blame: “Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of” President George W. Bush’s policies and the recession.
– Barack Obama on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes”

Jeeps in China: Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” at the cost of American jobs.
– Mitt Romney on Monday, October 29th, 2012 in a television ad
Pants on Fire

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The Most Overlooked “Lie of the Year”: The So-Called Republican “War on Women”

-This article was originally published at Red Alert Politics.

This week, PolitiFact came out with its list of finalists for the 2012 ‘Lie of the Year.’ The “lies” cover everything from abortion to health care to taxes to the auto bailout, and hit on an equal number of claims from both sides of the aisle.

Every year PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year” causes controversy. In 2009 and 2010, it rated “death panels” and “government takeover of health care” as the respective Lies, rankling conservatives, and in 2011 it ranked the Mediscare tactics of the Left as the worst Lie.

Each of these “Lie of the Year” awards can be argued and debated endlessly. While “death panels” may not technically exist, it is clear that the Independent Payment Advisory Board does have the power and incentive to limit care to seniors. Is that an effective death panel? Only time will tell.

This year, however, PolitiFact missed what is to me the clear winner of the ‘Lie of the Year’ award: the claim that Republicans are waging a ‘War on Women.’

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Tapper to Carney: Back to “hostage” Again, Eh, Champ?

-This article was originally published at Hot Air.

In 2011, the Republican Party – and especially the conservative/Tea Party wing – was accused of holding the country “hostage” over the debt ceiling debate. In yesterday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney decided to bring the term back into style, using it twice when answering questions on the debt ceiling. Here is the second one:

Q: Jay, speaking of the debt ceiling, does an agreement to raise the debt ceiling have to be part of an agreement to avert the fiscal cliff?

CARNEY:  We’re not going to negotiate over what is a fundamental responsibility of Congress, which is to pay the bills that Congress incurred.  It should be part of the deal.  It should be done and it should be done without drama.

We cannot allow our economy to be held hostage again to the whims of an ideological agenda.  We are the United States of America.  We are the greatest economy on Earth.  We pay our bills.  We always have.  If Congress wants to reduce spending, that should be part of the negotiations that go into making decisions about how we spend — the programs we spend money on.

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Federal Government’s Biggest Marijuana Concern is…Workplace Use?

-This article was originally published at Hot Air.

On November 6, Colorado and Washington State legalized the use of pot, becoming the first U.S. states to do so. Twenty days later, conservative comedian Steven Crowder launched a video outlining his opposition to marijuana legalization. And now, via FireDogLake, the Department of Transportation (DoT) is making sure the public knows it won’t tolerate workplace use:

We have had several inquiries about whether these state initiatives will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive transportation employees – pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.

We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program. The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40 – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.

Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used “recreational marijuana” when states have passed “recreational marijuana” initiatives.

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Geithner and Carney Drawing a Fiscal Cliff Line in the Sand?

-This article was originally published at Hot Air.

Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner laid down one of the few definitive lines in the fiscal cliff discussions: Social Security reform is off the table for reform. In addition to taking more money from taxpayers, this appears to be the other line in the sand for the Obama Administration.

Unfortunately, Geithner, President Obama, and the rest of the crew at the White House are ignoring the fiscal realities facing Social Security – problems that include, but are not limited to, how the program is all but broken, the trust fund will start emptying in 2013, and the program will maybe last another 20 years as it is currently designed. Which means today’s seniors may see some harm, middle-aged Americans will see a lot of harm, and younger Americans will likely face devastatingly higher taxes or benefit cuts.

They’re not just doing it on fiscal policy, either – they’re pulling out all the stops for this deceit. Last week, for example, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Social Securityis off the table:

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