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No, the GOP didn’t force Obama to abandon modest Social Security reform

Dustin Siggins
Washington Correspondent,
Social Security imagery. Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Over at Wonkblog, Zachary Goldfarb says the president's decision not to include a change to CPI for Social Security rate increases – a measure with little impact on the federal budget in the near-term, but modest benefit to America's fiscal situation in the long-term – in his budget is the fault not of furious liberals, but Republicans.

The tactical insanity of the GOP

5:57 PM 02/18/2014

Last week, the GOP completely caved on the debt ceiling, ending a series of tactical missteps over the last eight months that have hurt the party and the nation. It started with the farm bill in June, and ended with the debt ceiling – a combination of moves that started off with too little compromise regarding the farm bill and the government shutdown, and ended with merely a whimper with the budget deal, the passage of the farm bill, and the raising of the debt ceiling.

Congress: Still more worried about elections than doing what’s right

4:20 PM 12/03/2013

When it comes to the budget, those who look to Washington for leadership and solutions are like Charlie Brown – constantly hoping this time Lucy won't move the football.

UPDATE: Gay Wisc. GOP campaign worker recants, admits inventing ‘bias crime’ assault

9:16 AM 10/25/2012

Editor's note, Oct. 29: Kyle Wood has recanted his claim that formed the basis for this article, originally titled "Wisconsin GOP campaign worker hospitalized after apparent gay-bashing assault." In a statement to police, he admitted that he had faked the bias attack against himself.

The administration’s special treatment of UAW cost taxpayers $26.5 billion

9:36 AM 06/13/2012

On Wednesday morning, The Heritage Foundation released a paper by Center for Data Analysis Senior Fellow James Sherk on the cost of the 2009 auto bailout. The Treasury Department estimates that the auto bailout will end up costing taxpayers $23 billion and, according to Sherk, all of those losses are the result of the Obama administration’s special treatment of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. In the paper, Sherk pegs the eventual cost of that special treatment at $26.5 billion --- $3.5 billion more than the auto bailout's estimated net cost.

An interview with Rep. Anthony Weiner’s GOP opponent

11:00 AM 07/09/2010

I am pleased to present the following interview with Bob Turner, who is challenging Rep. Anthony Weiner for New York's Ninth Congressional District.

An interview with Rep. Jim Moran’s GOP opponent

12:00 AM 07/02/2010

On Monday evening, a friend told me that Patrick Murray, the Republican opponent of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), was holding an event on the roof of my apartment complex. Intrigued due to the RealClearPolitics video of Moran saying “the economy has recovered” this past weekend, as well as the ethics issues Moran was cleared of earlier this year, I attended the event, where the campaign allowed me a few minutes to interview Murray.

Leave Afghanistan

12:01 AM 06/24/2010

On Monday, a former professor and I were chatting, and the war in Afghanistan came up. I have been supporting a 100 percent pull-out from that country- as well as Iraq- for some time now, and think that with the General McChrystal issue hitting the fan (for the record, I support the president’s acceptance of the general’s resignation), it's as good a time as any to write about why we need to leave the country.

Just the facts about Social Security

12:00 AM 06/18/2010

On May 26, 2010, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) wrote an op-ed in Politico defending Social Security’s solvency, and refuting many concerns cited by critics. Intrigued, I contacted the Congressman’s press secretary by phone the following day to interview the Congressman about his assertions, and to contrast them with what I have heard and read from critics of Social Security. His press secretary and I exchanged several phone calls, and I sent two follow-up e-mails regarding an interview. After receiving no response, I moved forward.

Simple ways to cut the federal budget

12:39 AM 04/05/2010

Last week, Real Clear Politics linked to an excellent National Affairs piece about solving the national debt. The Heritage Foundation’s Bill Beach and I are working on a project regarding the national debt, and I felt the article was extraordinarily practical for both America’s public officials and the voting public. Congress has been pushing off hard decisions on everything from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to effective energy policy for years, and it’s time for the voting public to hold them responsible.

Pelosi was right: Now we’re finally seeing what’s in the bill

12:00 AM 03/29/2010

Several weeks ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the health care bill had to be passed so “you can know what’s in it.” Conservatives pounced on the opportunity to hammer her, and the clip soon became a laughingstock.

Summit outcome could set stage for GOP coup

12:00 AM 02/24/2010

Two weeks ago, Anthem Blue Cross raised its rates in California rather sharply. To my mind, the move gave a fresh boost to Democratic health care reform, certainly not a positive occurrence—even despite Anthem’s market-based, and quite logical, defense. Furthermore, the federal investigation into the rate hikes gave Obama a bit of a public relations boost, as his administration could now point to “evidence” that their reform was necessary. To paraphrase Nina Easton on Monday’s “Special Report,” Obama’s new health care proposal hopes that the American people dislike insurance companies more than they distrust government officials.

Feb. 6 was Black Friday for GOP

11:58 PM 02/11/2010

Last Friday, Feb. 5,  was not a good day for those who believe in small government, banning earmarks, balanced budgets and the Republican Party. In fact, it was a very bad day for all three.