"He ought to be embarrassed."9:39 AM, Nov 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, revealed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he “burst into laughter” when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined President Barack Obama's fiscal cliff plan yesterday. McConnell believes the plan is "completely unserious."
In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell elaborated, calling Geithner's water-carrying "a serious blow to his credibility." He said the treasury secretary "ought to be embarrassed."
"Did he outline what other taxes he wants to raise?" Hewitt asked McConnell.
"Yeah, you know, it’s all on the usual poll-tested, oil and gas, raise the estate tax, there’s hardly anything they missed," responded McConnell. "It is a massive, whopping punch right in the nose to the American economy. I can’t imagine the Democrats would support it. I mean, Max Baucus, the chairman of the Finance Committee, is certainly not going to support the estate tax proposal, Mary Landrieu, the Democrats from Louisiana, is not going to support the gas tax. Neither is Mark Begich of Alaska, completely unserious, and here we are witnessing the President running around the country thinking the campaign is not over yet. And they’re presenting laughable suggestions from the Secretary of the Treasury. He ought to be embarrassed to be asked to go up here and do something like that. It’s a serious blow to his credibility."
6:31 PM, Nov 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, responds to reports of Barack Obama's fiscal cliff "plan" by calling it a "fabrication."
7:39 AM, Oct 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:06 AM, Aug 11, 2012 • By FRED BARNES
Mitt Romney, the cautious candidate, wary of being specific, and counting on the bad economy to defeat President Obama – forget all that! The Romney who picked Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is an entirely different person. He’s prepared to take the fight to Obama on the biggest bundle of issues – spending, debt, the deficit, taxes, entitlements, and the reversing of America’s accelerating decline under Obama. Specifics? There will be plenty.
11:00 AM, Sep 20, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by a margin of 20 percentage points (56 to 36 percent), Americans support the repeal of Obamacare. This marks the first time since the spring of 2010, shortly after Obamacare’s passage, that 3-straight Rasmussen polls have shown at least 20-point margins in favor of repeal.
In 2009, the president derided Republicans as unserious for not having a budget. So why won't the president release a debt plan now? 2:35 PM, Jul 26, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The White House briefing room is often known as the place where news goes to die. Reporters try hard to get the press secretary to “make news” – or say something useable for their television/radio/print/web stories of the day. They often fail, in part because the job of the press secretary, in many respects, is to avoid doing exactly what the reporters in the room are trying to get him to do – make news. Every once in a while, though, there is an exchange in the White House briefing room that provides clarity on a major issue of the day.
A GOP candidate’s speech.Jul 18, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 41 • By CHESTER E. FINN JR. & MICHAEL J. PETRILLI
The Republican presidential field is beginning to take shape, and candidates and maybe-candidates are figuring out where they stand and what to say. Sooner or later, they will need to say something about education. May we suggest a few talking points?
Why his Roadmap is politically viable. 2:45 PM, Aug 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Washington Post has a front-page story on Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Wisc.) and his fiscal "Roadmap." The piece focuses on the reluctance of GOP party leaders to embrace Ryan's plan, which is fair enough. While Ryan's plan for reforming Medicare and Social Security--or something like it--is necessary if we're ever going to solve our fiscal crisis, no one denies that politically it's going to be very difficult to implement changes to Medicare.
Still Shermanesque.4:58 PM, Jul 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Like a number of conservatives in Washington and 13,496 fans on Facebook, Pamela Wolffe thinks Republican congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin should run for president. "He is my ideal candidate," Wolffe, a psychiatrist in Ryan's district, told me during last night's Wallworth County GOP boat trip on Lake Geneva, located an hour southwest of Milwaukee. "He can do anything he wants," said Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Ron Johnson of a Ryan presidential run. "That's totally up to Paul."
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