Daily Clips: November 3rd, 2015

Daily Clips: November 3rd, 2015

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY. IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED YET, DO SO NOW! Obama rips into 2016 GOP field:  Here’s the antagonistic President Obama we know and love! Ever since he won in 2012, it’s been fantastic to see Obama take the gloves off. For those of us who remember the timidness of his first four years, rhetoric like this shows he isn’t afraid to point out the lunacy of his rival party. At a fundraising event in New York, the president did just that: Have you noticed that everyone of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.’ Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate. Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you. Republicans trust Trump on economy and nukes. No, we’re not joking:  This is a really, really scary headline. Consider these findings for a second: Donald Trump is the Republican candidate most trusted to manage the economy, deal with foreign leaders and serve as commander in chief…On the question of whether voters trust the candidates to manage the economy, 59 percent said “yes” to Trump. How can these voters be so stupid? The Tax Foundation found that Trump’s tax plan “would end up reducing tax revenues by $10.14 trillion over the next decade” and would help out the super-rich more than middle-class Americans. David Brooks writes a sanctimonious article, again: I fear that David Brooks is no longer a political columnist. Every column of his seems to be a self-help lecture on the failings of modern society and how David Brooks can get you out of this decay. Just read this: People who do that may instinctively be seeking higher forms of pruning: being impeccable with your words, parsimonious but strong with your commitments, disciplined about your time, selective about
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Tired of Substantive Presidential Campaigns? The GOP Can Fix It!

Tired of Substantive Presidential Campaigns? The GOP Can Fix It!

This morning, the flailing Jeb Bush presidential campaign attempted to rebrand with something called the “ Jeb Can Fix It ” tour of the first three primary states. This, obviously, is a bad name, because that unspecific “it” in the catchphrase leaves us with the conclusion that the “it” Jeb is out to fix is his own campaign. And of course, Twitter has responded with its usual unsubtle sarcasm: Jeb Can Fix It actually refers to the 2000 election in Florida. — John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) November 2, 2015 So. Why should we care that Jeb can fix his own campaign? He’s driven it into the ground by himself. They might as well call this the “Jeb Can Clean Up His Own Messes” tour. So the new motto fails the thematic test. And on a substantive note, Jeb Bush’s record argues that he can’t fix anything. He’s the same deregulating, tax-slashing politician that his brother was, the kind of hypocrite who wants a tiny government for business but a huge government when it comes to a woman’s right to choose, or military spending, or anti-immigration policy. If George W. Bush couldn’t fix “it” during his presidency why would Jeb be able to fix it with the exact same policies? In other news, the Republican presidential candidates are staging a revolt. They’re upset about the way their debates have been handled, it seems, and they’re not going to take it any more. Which, frankly, strikes me as a little weird. Sure, the CNBC debate was an unstructured mess, but part of that problem falls in the collective lap of the candidates, who rode roughshod all over the moderators. They whined about Democrats being lobbed softballs during their debate, which is categorically untrue. Here’s Anderson Cooper’s first question of the Democratic debate: But I want to begin with concerns that voters have about
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Daily Clips: November 2nd, 2015

Daily Clips: November 2nd, 2015

DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE! IT IS YOUR CIVIC OBLIGATION. US manufacturing slows; construction-spending at 7 year high:  Reuters reports that US manufacturing activity slowed for the fourth straight month. Manufacturing accounts for 12 percent of the economy and has “been slammed by business efforts to reduce an inventory overhang and slowing demand overseas.” Paul Krugman looks at how the economy fares under Democratic leadership:  Krugman points out that Hillary Clinton is “completely right about the record: historically, the economy has indeed done better under Democrats.” But he wonders why this doesn’t stop Republican candidates from “claiming that his [or her] tax plan would produce a huge growth surge – a claim that has no basis in historical experience.” Krugman concludes that this is because “modern conservatives generally live in a bubble into which inconvenient facts can’t penetrate.” He’s not wrong. Middle-class tax increases? Robert Samuelson believes both Republicans and Democrats are duping the American people into believing their tax policies. Samuelson argues that “both parties have constructed rationales for avoiding middle-class tax increases” because they would be “highly unpopular.” He decries the fact that both parties’ tax plans will ultimately be insufficient in supporting the US government. He notes that Republican tax plans will “lose gobs of tax revenues…The loss over a decade is $10 trillion for Trump’s package, $2.4 trillion for Rubio’s and $1.6 trillion for Bush’s.” He then says that Democratic plans won’t raise enough money by “soaking the rich.” In this way, both plans are inadequate. While that is certainly true, it sure does sound like the Democratic plan would be a lot better. One party has a tax plan that won’t raise enough money and the other party has a plan that will lose a lot of money…and Samuelson equally has a problem with both? Huh? Republicans shoot themselves in foot with Latinos, again: Republicans hate to be confronted with individuals who disagree with what they believe, so they have decided to pull “out of their only scheduled debate”
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