STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Clinton, Ryan show contrast in campaign appearances
The favorite old standby delivered a 38-minute speech.
The young up-and-comers speech was shorter than three minutes.
The veteran speaker threw red political meat to his supporters.
The rookie na... Posted on 10/30/12 at 7:41 PM
Social Security 'work-tests' its benefits by paying them only to people who have worked (and contributed payroll taxes) or can’t work for reasons such as being disabled.
That’s why, unlike AFDC, Social Security is generally popular and non-stigmatizing,' author Mickey Kaus writes.
Rep. Paul Ryan’s federal budget plan is by Republicans and for Republicans. It drew no Democratic support. So, while it succeeds as a political marker for the GOP, it fails as a road map because neither Democrats nor moderate Republicans or independents will touch it.
The nation faces a crushing burden of debt and is on course for an economic disaster without dramatic action to wrestle the budget deficit under control, Republicans said while awaiting the president's State of the Union address.
In their modern form, earmarks are not a bad way for Congress to “provide for ... the general Welfare of the United States,” as the Constitution directs. They’re especially better than the alternatives, most of which are less transparent, less efficient or both.
WASHINGTON — One depressing aspect of American politics is the susceptibility of the political and media establishment to charlatans. You might have thought, given past experience, that D.C. insiders would be on their guard against conservatives with grandiose plans.
Funding entitlements — especially medical care and pensions for the elderly — requires reinvigorating the economy. Paul Ryan’s map connects three destinations — economic vitality, diminished public debt and health and retirement security.
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