Sunday, April 17, 2011
Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Saxby Chambliss
Provide A Study in Bipartisan Leadership With
"The Gang of Six"
As Mr. Obama and Republican leaders have warred publicly over the budget, this small group of senators has spent four months in dozens of secretive meetings in offices at the Capitol and over dinner at the suburban Virginia home of Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat.
President Obama’s call on Wednesday for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to craft a compromise deficit-reduction plan by July left lawmakers wondering if he aimed to obliterate or aid an existing bipartisan group already carrying out the same task.
"Pray for the Gang of Six" - Former Senator Alan Simpson
The “Gang of Six,” are Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, and Richard Durbinof Illinois and Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia,Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Mike Crapo of Idaho.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
"Thanks to Ryan, everything - the ridiculous farm subsidies, the inefficient job-training programs, even the defense budget - is now on the table. Indeed, Ryan has bestowed a remarkable gift upon the President: his radicalism has framed the moderate, financially prudent profile for Obama's coming campaign."
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Let's be clear:
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll confirms that Republicans would rather shut down the Federal government than compromise on the Federal budget:
Compromise on the budget - Republicans 38%
Compromise on the budget - Democrats 68%
That's why Boehner and the Republicans can't compromise, his base won't allow him to compromise. Democrats have accepted Boehner's original cut of $33 Billion, now he says it needs to be $40 Billion. That's called "bad faith".
The problem for Republicans? Independents overwhelmingly agree with the Democrats - compromise on the budget. This will not go well for the Republicans.
The "teaparty" affair was fun while it lasted my Republican friends, but nobody likes a crazy hothead ...
Friday, April 1, 2011
Unemployment Drops with addition of 216,000 Jobs in March
The unemployment rate dipped from 8.9 percent in February to 8.8 percent in March. The rate has fallen a full percentage point over the last four months, the sharpest drop since 1983.