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The Quickest Way to End the War

Would conservatives and Republicans support the war in Iraq if they had to pay for it? This is the immensely useful question that Rep. David Obey, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, put on the table this week by calling for a temporary war tax to cover President Bush’s request for $145 billion in supplemental spending for Iraq.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush the Saboteur

The president’s strategy is to fake out the public so that it believes Democrats in Congress can’t perform basic governmental tasks. Is this any way to run a country?

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


With Big Ideas Like These…

Republicans almost suffered strokes over Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan.  Now that the screams of outrage have subsided, a close examination reveals that the GOP alternatives are either nonexistent or unworkable.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Agree to Agree

Here is why the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination seems so peculiar: Political campaigns are normally about highlighting differences, but never have the philosophical distinctions among Democratic candidates been so small.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
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‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Only the Little People Pay Taxes

The Democratic candidates have paid much attention to the president’s horrendous foreign policy, but what of his tax cuts, which have crippled the treasury for the sake of the yachting class?

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


One-Trick Elephant

The corpse has a pulse. Or at least the Bush White House and congressional Republicans are counting on the predictable thump, thump, thump about taxes to resuscitate themselves.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE



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IRS Workers Fall for Simulated Password Scam

According to a recent internal audit, 60 percent of IRS employees fell for the oldest trick in the book, allowing auditors posing as help-desk employees access to their digital identities, and by extension your personal and private information.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP Identity Crisis

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, every leading candidate declared independence from some piece of dogma or another—even as all of them clung for dear life to the word conservative.  They sounded like religious doubters who compensate for their ebbing faith by shouting ever more fervently: “I believe!”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


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And the Richest Candidate Is ...

... Mitt Romney, whose personal fortune is between $190 million and $250 million, which might explain why he’s so eager to “reform” the tax code. The former Massachusetts governor’s millions come from his days at an investment group that financed Staples, Domino’s Pizza and the Brookstone retail stores.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ten Bodies, but Not Much of a Pulse

The announced Republican candidates for president did nothing in their first debate to discourage the unannounced Republican candidates—Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, maybe Chuck Hagel—from wading in. The water doesn’t look very deep.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


The High Cost of Ignoring Poverty

Republicans once preached compassion, but then went off to war. Democrats waged a war on poverty, but then lost some elections. They decided the middle class is where it’s at.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Last-Minute Tax Woes

A deluge of tax procrastinators attempting to file electronically before the midnight deadline on Tuesday slowed the TurboTax servers to a crawl, causing wait times in the hours. A spokesman for the company that makes the popular tax preparation software said it was “absolutely amazing” how many people had waited until the last possible moment.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Hang Up on War

If you are upset that Congress won’t defund the war in Iraq, there’s something you can do: Stop paying a tax. Legally.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


The Budget Speaks Louder Than Pandering

Although President Bush recently feigned interest in income inequality and the deficit, his whopper of a budget makes it clear that his heart is still with his base: the haves and the have-mores.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Businesses Fight Over Minimum-Wage Law

The business community is divided over minimum-wage legislation making its way through the Senate. While small businesses are celebrating the tax incentives included in the bill, major corporations are frustrated by the Democrats’ requirement that every new tax break be matched by either a tax increase or a closed loophole.

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Senators Hijack Minimum-Wage Increase

Senate Democrats and Republicans have shamelessly joined in a bipartisan effort to pad the well-off at the expense of the working poor.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


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And to No One’s Surprise ...

Families earning more than $1 million per year saw a greater drop in federal tax rates than any other group in the country—thanks to Bush’s tax cuts, according to a new nonpartisan congressional study.
We’re shocked. SHOCKED!

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: An End to Reaganism

Expect a battle royal as the newly empowered Democrats seek to make the economy work for those Americans who don’t make more than $1 million per year.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Putting Iraq on the Credit Card

Believe it or not, winning the war in Iraq was never the Bush administration’s highest priority. Saving its tax cuts was more important. That was once spoken of as a moral problem. Now, it’s a practical barrier to a successful outcome.

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Last Refuge of the Republicans

If Democrats want to roll back Bush’s tax cuts, it’s only because they want to protect Medicare over millionaires.

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


Senator Wants to Sic IRS on Pimps

When Republicans push good programs, we like to take notice. This is a great example. GOP Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa wants to establish an office in the IRS that will specifically go after sex traffickers—to get them off the street and free their prey from lives of sexual slavery.

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Could Lunacy Explain Bush’s Policies?

“Craziness would make a certain amount of sense. I mean, you announce you are going to militarize the Mexican border, but you assure the president of Mexico you are not militarizing the border…. It’s quite possible that lunacy and politics are closely related.”

Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
clinton.senate.gov

Not Backing Hillary

I’d like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Sen. Clinton for president.

Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE


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