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There has been much discussion about whether the Democrats or Republicans gain a political advantage from the debt-ceiling-increase mess. An equally interesting and, perhaps, more important question is who has a vested interest in this financial chaos. First, a few facts: c It is estimated that between Aug. 3 and 31, the U.S. government will receive revenues of approximately $172 billion and have expenses of $307 billion, leaving a deficit for those days of about $135 billion. The revenues will be sufficient to pay Social Security and interest on the debt, but not many of the other obligations.
Seeking to reclaim leadership on debt talks, President Obama on Monday night made a strenuous, last-minute pitch that tax increases be included in any deal, but Republicans' top negotiator, House Speaker John A. Boehner, said the president himself is now the chief roadblock to reaching an agreement.
Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Monday asked U.S. policymakers and business leaders for support as his country finalizes another rescue package to avoid a second default in recent years.
President Obama is the latest Democrat to try to enlist Ronald Reagan in a campaign to saddle Americans with more taxes. Last week, MSNBC host Chris Matthews took some of Reagan's quotes on taxes out of context and chided, "Would Reagan even be a Republican today?" No doubt the 40th president is in heaven smiling sadly and shaking his head. There they go again.
There is no authorization for the Environmental Protection Agency in the Constitution. It is clearly missing from Article 1, Section 8, which establishes all powers of Congress. Therefore, under the 10th Amendment, environmental protections should be a responsibility of the states.
In what amounted to a pep talk aimed at disenchanted Hispanic voters, President Obama on Monday blamed Republicans for his unsuccessful efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration system, telling Hispanic activists that "the Democrats and your president are with you."
Congress always wants to save money on health care costs. Well, it has the tools to do it - it just needs to tell states to stop repealing public-safety regulations.
The flourescent light bulb mandate is a liberal politician's dream. This legislation is of a type that Congress now loves to pass because it means legislators get to tell taxpayers what to do, take their money to pay for various measures and then crow about how green they are.
In a fresh challenge to President Barack Obama, House Republicans unveiled reworked legislation Monday to avert a potentially devastating government default in barely a week — but along lines the White House has already rejected.