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Monday, October 28, 2013

E. J. Dionne: "Let’s douse the flames of slow growth and joblessness first"

From today's opinion piece in the Washington Post:

Here's the mistake made by President Obama and the Democrats that nobody is talking about: they have been too fearful of confronting our country's three-year obsession with the wrong problem.

The wrong problem is the deficit. The right problem is sluggish growth and persistent unemployment.

The most helpful thing Congress can do immediately is to get rid of the sequester cuts. A Congressional Budget Office study conducted at the request of Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Budget Committee's ranking Democrat, found that if left in place, the automatic reductions could cost up to 1.6 million jobs next year. Allowing that to happen would be folly — and heartless, too.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Editorial Spotlight: Noam Bramson

This video comes from lohud.com, posted with their editorial endorsing Noam Bramson for Westchester Country Executive. It's a long interview, but it's worth watching, if you're concerned about Westchester politics and the economy. After watching Noam during this Q&A, I'm more inclined to say that he's earned my vote. I hope you'll agree.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"The law is gonna kick the Democrats in the butt."

Why are Republican state houses passing voter ID laws? NC GOP County Executive Committee member Don Yelton provided an answer in a Daily Show interview:

Don Yelton was asked to resign after the interview aired.

Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell said Don Yelton officially stepped down from his position Thursday.

Mitchell called the remarks "offensive, uniformed and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party."

"Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton's comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe Republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon," Mitchell said in a press release. "This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party."

According to the release, this isn't the first time Yelton has clashed with local party leadership.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

IOKIYAR Quote Of The Day

"'Offering to negotiate only after Democrats get everything they want is not much of an offer,' Boehner spokesman MIchael Steel said in a statement."

But it's totally okay when Republicans offer to negotiate after they get everything they want.

Source: Talking Points Memo