The Paul Ryan Magical Mystery Chop, Dice, and Slice Budget

  By Walter Brasch   In 2011, before he was the Republican nominee for vice-president, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) proposed a federal budget. He called it, “The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise.” Two years later, now in his second year as chair of the House budget committee, he dusted … Continue reading

Winning Without Ohio or Florida

If there is a common wisdom regarding the 2012 Presidential election – or for that matter, the 2008, 2004, and 2000 contests – it is that the road to the White House for both candidates runs invariably through Ohio and Florida. More specifically, there seems to be a near-consensus among … Continue reading

‘There’s A War Going On’: Candidates Silent As Americans Favor End In Afghanistan

Both major-party candidates contending for a term in the Oval Office almost appear to have forgotten that a U.S. war is still underway in Afghanistan. Neither Mitt Romney nor Paul Ryan even mentioned the war when Romney introduced Ryan as his GOP running mate, and President Obama usually gives the … Continue reading

At Anniversary, Social Security Faces Its ‘Fiercest and Best-financed Attack’

Out on the campaign trail, the presidential candidates may have been slinging mud. But Vermont’s left-leaning independent senator, instead, chose Tuesday to observe the 77th anniversary of the Social Security retirement program. Although President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on Aug. 14, 1935, today the … Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘The Phony ‘Courage’ Of Paul Ryan’

In this video, famed Democratic strategist James Carville pushes back against the notion that Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s federal budget plan is brave. “There is nothing more courageous than taking away from people trying to make it and giving to people who already have it made,” he says sarcastically. … Continue reading

Poor Reception Opens Opportunity For Dems

Americans don’t really like what they see in Rep. Paul Ryan as the new GOP vice-presidential candidate, and that gives President Obama and other Democrats an important chance to define the Minnesota Republican in the eyes of voters. A new Gallup poll finds just 39 percent who think Ryan is an “excellent” … Continue reading

At Last The Fall Schedule Comes Into Focus

And it’s hard not to notice that the way the decision got leaked — in the dead of a Friday night, with the Olympics still going on, after two weeks in which Romney and his campaign had demonstrated all the political skills of a handball — fairly dripped with flopsweat…. Continue reading

OBAMA VIDEO: Get To Know Paul Ryan

President Obama’s re-election team continues to try to get out in front of Saturday’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as Republican Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate. The Obama campaign is already out with a new Web video titled “Get to know Paul Ryan,” and features aspects of the … Continue reading

Dems Quick To Hit Back On Romney-Ryan

Top Democrats, including President Obama’s re-election team, wasted no time in coming out swinging once Republican Mitt Romney announced he chose Minnesota Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. The Romney campaign reportedly made the Ryan pick official early Saturday morning via a smartphone app. The Obama campaign responded quickly, putting up … Continue reading

Eddie Munster Revisited

This is the poison: “freedom” is conflated with “utter abandon,” “liberty” is conflated with “license,” and “taxation” is conflated with “theft.” Thus, ANY form of governance and taxation to PAY for that governance becomes OPPRESSION. All regulations become cruel repression. Continue reading