10:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In what some are interpreting as a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden says that the fact he isn't rich shouldn't be held against him:
I make a lot of money as vice president, Biden said in the Washington, D.C. speech this morning. But, he said, he was the poorest member of Congress when he was a U.S. senator.
"Don't hold it against me that I don't own a single stock or bond," he said. "Don't hold it -- I have no savings account. But I got a great pension and I get a good salary. For real. For real."
Actually, it's not quite real. Biden in fact does have a savings account.
Biden and Clinton are considered potential 2016 Democratic primary opponents.
Nearly a quarter of the people living in Washington, D.C. are on the program.9:13 AM, Mar 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture quietly released new statistics related to the food stamps program, officially known as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The numbers reveal, in 2012, the food stamps program was the biggest it's ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the program every month of last year. 47,791,996 people were on the program in the month of December 2012.
"Your policies have shut down factories, surged energy costs, and brought economic growth to a standstill."10:51 AM, Feb 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a memo sent to fellow Republicans, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama outlines how he plans to change the terms of the budget debate with Democrats. The memo outlines how the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee plans to bring the fight directly to Democrats.
7:15 PM, Mar 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
This afternoon, Mitt Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul emailed a brief, edited video of rival Rick Santorum speaking in Moline, Illinois today. "I don't care what the unemployment rate's going to be," Santorum says in the five-second clip. "Doesn't matter to me."
The candidate’s rhetoric needs a safety net. Feb 13, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 21 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
On October 1, 2010, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney described the genius of the American idea and lauded its results. “No nation has done more to lift people out of poverty than this nation,” he said in remarks at Benedetto’s, an Italian restaurant in Tampa, Florida. “Our free enterprise system has lifted billions out of poverty.”
9:27 AM, Sep 21, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In his recently released deficit plan, President Obama lays out the “Buffett Rule” (named, of course, for Warren Buffett, the famous investor and supporter of Obama). The rule, as Obama defines it, is “that people making more than $1 million a year should not pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay.”
1:43 PM, Apr 19, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the New York Times, David Leonhardt discusses what he calls “a popular talking point on cable television and talk radio”—that 47 percent of Americans no longer pay any income tax. Leonhardt grants the point—“The 47 percent figure is not wrong”—but adds, “Over the last 30 years, rates have fallen more for the wealthy, and especially the very wealthy, than for any other group.” But while the notion that something approaching half of all Americans don’t pay income taxes is true, Leonhardt’s claim about tax rates for the wealthy is not.
Why Obama should relinquish control and lower tax rates for all Americans.2:00 PM, Sep 5, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
There’s a phrase that never crosses President Obama’s lips, even as he prepares to propose new tax cuts for small business. The phrase: permanent, across-the-board cuts in marginal tax rates for the wealthy.
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