It Is Not Polite To Invite Yourself Over

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Politics | No Comments

Or at least that is what my parents taught me. I guess Joe’s isn’t privy to this basic social norm. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio would like to have his own version of a “man-to-man” beer summit with President Barack Obama so he could give the president advice on dealing with immigration, the outspoken law enforcement […]

In Case You Missed This

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Opinion, Politics | No Comments

You just can’t make this shit up: The White House is “all talk, no action” on moving toward compromise, said Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “There has been a lot of talk in the last couple days about compromise, but it sounds to us like a way to turn […]

Video: Payroll Tax Cut Explained

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Politics, Video | No Comments

White House economic adviser Brian Deese doing this best Austan Goolsbee.

We're Not Engaged In A Fiscal Debate

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Government | No Comments

If you watch any of the talking heads on television, much less C-SPAN it would appear our nation is having a “serious” fiscal debate. But as Ezra Klein noted this morning, appearances are misleading. Republicans are negotiating not over the deficit, but over tax rates and the size of government. That’s why they’ve ruled revenue […]

AHIP Paid U.S. Chamber To Oppose HCR

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in Politics | No Comments

Here’s a how money-laundering, $86.2 million worth, in today’s society: Health insurers last year gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation. The insurance lobby, whose members include Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Philadelphia-based Cigna […]

Well That He How You "Compromise"

Posted by on Sep 13, 2010 in Politics | No Comments

The stand on the White House vs. Republicans on tax cuts is clear at this point. The White House wants to make permanent lower tax rates on the middle class, while allowing breaks for the top 2 percent to expire on schedule; Republicans (and many “blue dog” Democrats) want to extent all the tax cuts, […]

Obama's Presser

Posted by on Sep 10, 2010 in Politics | No Comments

President Obama hosted an unusually-long White House press conference this morning For the most part, the press corps stuck to substantive issues and avoided some of the more sensationalistic issues of the day. But there were exceptions. About half-way through the event Fox News’ Wendell Goler (imagine that) asked about “the wisdom of building a […]

Obama's $50B Infrastructure Plan

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in Government | No Comments

Today Obama announced a plan to lower unemployment rates. At the core infrastructure: While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future. The goals of the infrastructure plan include: rebuilding 150,000 miles of roads; […]

A Day In The Life Of Barack Obama

Posted by on Sep 2, 2010 in Culture, Politics | No Comments

Vanity Fair this month has a long profile of Sarah Palin that is getting a lot of attention but also a really depressing and detailed look at a day in the life of Barack Obama. At the hour of dawn, in the same southwest-corner, second-floor bedroom of the White House where Abraham Lincoln once slept, […]

WhiteHouse.gov Goes Open Source

Posted by on May 23, 2010 in Technology | No Comments

Well this is some pretty cool news: Yesterday at DrupalCon, representatives of WhiteHouse.gov announced they are making modules of Drupal code they have developed and customized open source, i.e. are giving them away free of charge. Drupal itself is an open source project and one of the most popular website building tools around. This CMS […]

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