12:40 PM, Jan 18, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House knows President Obama's plan, which he'll lay out this week in the State of the Union Address, is unrealistic. Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House adviser, said so earlier today on CBS:
The CBS host began, "Let's just start with what the president and the White House said overnight. The president is going to announce a plan in the State of the Union to raise $320 billion in new taxes on the wealthy. That is over ten years, capital gains taxes are going up with this new revenue. He is going to do such things as provide free community college and so forth for people, new tax breaks for working families, increase childcare credit. I would just ask you this, Mr. Pfeiffer, do you in any way, shape, or form believe that a new Republican Congress is going to do what a Congress that had Democrats and Republicans in control would not do? I mean, is this for real? Do you really think there is a chance that something like this could pass?"
"Well," Pfeiffer responded, "I think this plan the president is going to talk about on Tuesday night goes to what is the core theme of the State of the Union, which is middle class economics and it's the simple proposition that now that the economy is in a stronger place than it has been in a very long time we need to double down on our efforts to deal with wage stagnation and declining economic mobility. And so the simple proposition that we should ask the wealthy to pay a little more and invest more in the middle class, and give the middle class a raise.
"Now there are elements of our plan that Republicans have supported in the past, higher education tax breaks, they are something very similar to what the Republican House passed last year, the fee on large financial institutions is something very similar to what was included in the Republican corporate tax reform plan last year by Republican Dave Camp.
"So are they going to agree on everything? Absolutely not.
"But I think we should have a debate in this country between middle class economics and trickle down economics and see if we can come to an agreement on the things we do agree on."
10:31 AM, Nov 13, 2014 • By BRIAN BLAKE
As Republican euphoria over the November 4 election begins to subside and more practical considerations emerge, a looming question is whether the various factions within the Republican party will be able to work together. One recent but little-noted change in Senate leadership may have increased the likelihood of success: On September 16, Republican senators elected Senator Mike Lee of Utah as the new chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, the Senate’s conservative caucus. Replacing Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Lee will be given the reins of an organization that
Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03 • By JAY COST
Pundits throw out all sorts of numbers to explain the Republican defeat in the 2012 presidential election. So here’s our number: $65,000. That is a rough estimate of the household income of the average 2012 voter. Republicans lost because Mitt Romney did not do well enough with this voter or those near him on the income scale.
Hosted by Michael Graham.10:35 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's speech on his administration's strategy to take on ISIS.
7:05 AM, Jul 18, 2014 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
The world continues to ask questions about who is responsible for the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines (MH) flight 017 as it was crossing the airspace over the border between Russia and the eastern region of Ukraine near the city of Donetsk. The aircraft, a U.S.-made Boeing 777, was by all accounts and data intercepts available so far, brought down by a Russian-made Buk (SA-11 Gadfly/SA-17 Grizzly) self-propelled surface-to-air-missile (SAM) battery located close to the Russian border.
8:43 AM, Nov 18, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The big topic of discussion on the Sunday shows was, of course, Obamacare. And the big challenge for supporters of the president, and his signature program, was to parse the language of “If you like your plan …” so as to make it mean something other than what millions reasonably assumed it meant.
5:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
The full reality of what Obamacare will mean for average Americans is only now becoming clear as the crisis over cancelled insurance plans in the individual market has steadily unfolded in recent days.
7:27 AM, Oct 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The goal is simple: To allow people who like their health care plans to keep them for the next year under Obamacare.
2:05 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
On the very day the Obamacare insurance marketplaces opened for business, a new topic appeared on the HealthCare.gov website:
Flashback: "If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," Obama said.9:12 AM, Jul 19, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
As Obamacare was being pushed through Congress in 2010, the Obama administration and its allies were unequivocal in two claims: If you like your doctor and you like your current health care plan, you can keep them both.
"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."
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.