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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tax Reform
Mitt Romney has proved everyone wrong. The common wisdom was the presumptive Republican nominee for president was going to make a safe pick, going with an old Washington hand from an important swing state for vice president.
As a "supercommittee" tries to find $1.5 trillion in new deficit cuts this fall, Republicans will be pressing a far more ambitious goal: passing an amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
A long-simmering fight among Republicans will burst onto the public stage Tuesday when the Senate votes on eliminating government subsidies for ethanol producers — the first skirmish in what is expected to be a much bigger war over tax breaks, carve-outs and other taxpayer funding that boosts U.S. businesses and can fund American jobs.
After a series of public statements and YouTube speeches in which New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie excoriated teachers unions and made refreshing comments about the failure of big government
He has said lawmakers who want to repeal them will need to find offsets elsewhere to ensure no new revenue goes to the government.
"This is all about raising taxes. This is nothing about corporate welfare and it's nothing about ethanol," he said.