Dec
02
2013

Washington Post: The Problem With Populism

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The Washington Post sees "political risks" for the Democratic Party in a revived left agenda–which is hard to figure, since all of the "left" issues it identifies are all broadly popular.

Oct
17
2013

The Media's 'New American Center' Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.

Sep
26
2013

O'Reilly Takes on the Tax Man

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The federal government is taking more of our money; it's actually taking less than average. So why does Bill O'Reilly think otherwise? It might be due to the fact that people like him are paying a little more this year.

Sep
16
2013

Who's Getting the Tax Breaks? You Are, Says USA Today

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The front page of USA Today touts an article intended to send what it supposed to be a counter-intuitive message: The big corporations aren't the ones gaming the system–it's YOU.

Jul
09
2013

Time Sends Simpson and Norquist to the Zoo

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Policy debates are only as broad as the establishment media allow them to be. And on this particular issue–fiscal policy, or what decisions the government should make about spending and revenues–the media tend to prefer staying within what you might call a center-right spectrum of opinion,

Jul
08
2013

To Millionaire TV Host, 'Anybody Who Gets a Paycheck' Makes More Than $200K (UPDATED)

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It's revealing that someone with Gregory's job admits that he doesn't know much about the new healthcare law. But the part that he think he does know–that "anybody who gets a paycheck" is paying a new Obamacare tax–isn't true.

Jun
25
2013

Hey, Remember That IRS Tea Party Scandal?

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Not too long ago there was a massive scandal clogging up the front pages of the papers and the cable news airwaves: The IRS was either denying or delaying tax-exempt status to right-leaning "Tea Party" groups. But now things are starting to look a little different.

Jun
06
2013

O'Reilly Spins a Correction on 'White House Visits'

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On last night's O'Reilly Factor (6/5/13), the Fox News host asserted that there's still a lot the White House isn't telling us about the IRS/Tea Party scandal. But in the process he also, in his own special way, issued a correction–of sorts: The president will also not explain the IRS situation. His defenders denying that former IRS Chief Douglas Shulman visited the White House 157 times. But he was cleared into the People's House 157 times. That is a fact. Those who diminish the Shulman factor are lying directly to you. Now this is confusing. O'Reilly has been telling his […]

May
17
2013

FAIR TV: The IRS & Obama's Scandal Trifecta, Matthews Praises Reagan, Newseum Scandal

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What should we make of the so-called "trifecta" of scandals hitting the Obama White House? And what questions should we ask about the IRS/Tea Party story? Also this week: Chris Matthews wants Obama to take charge–just like the union-busting Ronald Reagan. And the Newseum decides two Palestinian journalists shouldn't be considered part of their tribute to journalists who died reporting the news.  

May
17
2013

Is There Really a 'Scandal Trifecta'?

Benghazi, the Justice Department seizing AP phone records, and the IRS targeting Tea Party groups: Much of the Beltway press corps–which has pushed the Benghazi story for months–is seeing the Obama presidency in a state of near free-fall. But what's actually happening?

May
08
2013

Between Two Economists Lies the American Center

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The "center" doesn't usually indicate where most of the public is, but rather where elites have determined an appropriate middle between opposing arguments.

Mar
20
2013

Bill Maher Urges Vilification of Bill Maher

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On his last HBO show, Bill Maher complained about how much he and his wealthy cohort pay in taxes. But he's unlikely to get much sympathy from the 2010 version of Bill Maher.

Feb
21
2013

When You're Cutting Social Security, 'Wealthy' Begins at $25K

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Here's a proposal for Social Security that was on the New York Times' op-ed page yesterday (2/20/13): The top third of beneficiaries (by lifetime income) [would] receive no annual cost-of-living adjustment in retirement. The middle third would get half of today’s adjustment, and the bottom third would receive the same annual increase they do now. Such a reform…would reduce Social Security spending by more than a tenth over a decade and fix the program’s long-term financing. This is part of Paul Ryan adviser Yuval Levin's attempt to find "common ground" on the entitlement issue: "Both sides should agree at least […]