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December 27, 1994 | BY MOLLY IVINS
Sometimes, our political debates are just so silly. The vogue du jour is for topping your tax-cut proposal with my tax-cut proposal. Does it take Ross Perot to remind us that we are still not paying for the government we already have? The Clinton administration has cut the deficit from $290 billion to an estimated $160 billion in 1995 - good on them. That still will leave us $160 billion in the hole, except that everyone knows health-care costs will drive the deficit back up again in a few years.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | By Connie O'Kane and Bryon Kurzenabe, Special to The Inquirer
The candidates who ran as a fiscally conservative slate for the Willingboro school board were successful last night - but not as successful as they would have liked. On a night when township voters rejected the school budget for the fourth straight year, incumbent Raymond Findley Jr. led all candidates with 1,256 votes and another member of his slate, newcomer Robert Rodriquez, came in third with 1,157. But the fiscal conservatives' night was ruined when Patricia LaRocco, a newcomer endorsed by the Willingboro Education Association, came in second with 1,232 votes.
NEWS
May 23, 1993 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The primary sweep by four Republican school board candidates espousing tightfisted spending practices could result in teacher layoffs and cutbacks in programs. That was the assessment of some Republicans after a sometimes acrimonious intraparty campaign that overshadowed municipal races, including a special election in the Sixth Ward. The GOP faction of fiscal conservatives, called SMART, for Silent Majority Against Rising Taxes, won the four positions on the November ballot, and the four winners are solid favorites in November.
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June 14, 1992 | By Sonia R. Lelii, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Willingboro's acting school superintendent, Austin Gumbs, who unexpectedly submitted his resignation on June 5, acknowledged last week that his decision was prompted by an attempt by the board's majority faction to shake up top administrative jobs. "In a matter of speaking, yes," Gumbs said of the attempted personnel changes in an interview three days after he informed board members in a terse letter that his last day would be June 30. "There was no political pressure (to resign)
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December 8, 1993 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Radnor school board had no trouble picking a new president and treasurer, but the picking of the vice president was more contentious. At the annual reorganization meeting held in the middle school activity building Monday, Arthur R. Lewis was unanimously elected president of the board and Joseph Gekoski was unanimously elected treasurer. Gerald D. Scott was elected vice president by a 5-0 vote, with four members abstaining. The abstentions were by Gekoski, former president Ruth Payne and members Barbara Wester and Bruce Gilbert, who are now considered by many to be the minority faction on the board.
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December 7, 1992 | By Robert A. Rankin, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
As President-elect Bill Clinton assembles his group of economic leaders, two characteristics stand out among the candidates: They know how to work with Congress, and they tend to be fiscal conservatives. This means they would be far more likely than traditional liberal Democrats to make an earnest push to reduce the crushing $300 billion federal budget deficit. In addition, they have the skills and background needed to attack the deadlocks that have blocked serious deficit-reduction agreements in Congress and with the White House.
NEWS
April 22, 1997 | By Laura Kay Rozen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The only contested seats in the May primaries for township commissioner are between fiscal conservatives and fiscal conservatives, making it a race about personality, not policies. Township commissioner posts are contested in only two wards, Ward 6 and Ward 10, and only on the Republican side. With little land left to develop in Abington, the open-space issue has been reduced to one of whether parks should be artificially lighted or left in the pristine dark. All Republican candidates say they want to keep taxes level or lower them.
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September 15, 1992 | By Sonia Lelii, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Willingboro Board of Education was unable to meet last night because it couldn't get five members into the meeting room to make a quorum. Three members of the board's fiscally conservative faction refused to meet with four members of the pro-education side, causing the stalemate. Board members Margaret Reynolds, William Lonkart and Raymond Findley of the conservative faction were outside the Levitt School Administration Building chatting among themselves as they awaited the arrival of Robert Rodriquez, the fourth member of their wing of the board.
NEWS
September 8, 2003 | By Michael New
During the past few months, fiscal conservatives have sharply criticized the Bush administration's fiscal record. The performance of Republicans at the state level also leaves little to cheer. Currently, there are 12 states where Republicans control both the executive and both chambers of the state legislature. Fully half of these states hiked taxes in 2003. In fact, tax increases were more likely in those states where Republicans possess unified control of government. Worse, Republicans were some of the most notorious tax hikers of the summer.
NEWS
August 6, 1992 | By Sonia R. Lelii, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The contentions came weeks after the self-styled pro-education faction retained its majority on the nine-member Willingboro school board after the April 7 election. The self-styled fiscal conservatives - in the minority - charged that the majority intended to purge the central administration by removing or forcing the resignations of at least four administrators. Now, that charge seems credible. With the firing July 27 of George Mako, director of pupil personnel service, three are gone.
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August 13, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Top Republicans and Democrats in the Philadelphia area saw reasons to cheer Paul Ryan's selection Saturday as Mitt Romney's running mate - but their reasons were markedly different. GOP leaders said Ryan's sweeping proposals to cut taxes and spending offered voters intellectual heft on the fiscal issues at the center of the presidential campaign. Democrats proclaimed that they had been handed a ripe target and a chance to cast Ryan's support for Medicare cuts and upper-income tax breaks as the latest evidence that Romney is the candidate of the rich.
NEWS
March 18, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans held fast to support for the Afghanistan war Thursday, heavily opposing a troop withdrawal in a vote that tested whether conservative new members would adhere to the party leaders on a significant question of U.S. policy. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio), who put forward the resolution, framed it in fiscal terms, predicting that if troops were not pulled out immediately, the war would last until 2020 and cost an additional $1 trillion. "Are we ready to give up our entire domestic agenda," Kucinich asked, "so that we can continue on the path of a war to prop up a corrupt regime?"
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August 29, 2010 | By Adrienne Lu, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - As Gov. Christie approaches rock-star status within certain circles of the Republican Party, candidates nationwide are turning to him for inspiration and advice for November's midterm elections. The Republican Governors Association is so taken with its new poster boy that it is producing a 20-minute movie, to be released online Sept. 8, about Christie's upset victory over a millionaire Democratic incumbent, Jon S. Corzine, in a heavily blue state, and his first eight months in office.
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April 18, 2008 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer formally announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate yesterday, becoming the third person to receive the backing of the Republican Party establishment. The first two - millionaires Anne Evans Estabrook and Andy Unanue - dropped out of the race. At a Statehouse news conference, Zimmer promised to cut pork-barrel spending and taxes and to bolster the state's economy. "I'm running for Senate because I love New Jersey and I want to ensure that its future is one of opportunity, affordability and hope," he said.
NEWS
December 22, 2005 | By James Kuhnhenn INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The Senate yesterday passed nearly $40 billion in spending reductions and stalled a plan to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration in a furious pre-Christmas finish marked by testy floor debate and a rare tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Cheney. The end-of-year scrambling brought an ambiguous conclusion to Democrats and Republicans, who engaged in partisan brinkmanship to the very end. Yet while the Senate split largely along partisan lines, the defection of a handful of maverick Republicans underscored how much difficulty President Bush now has holding his party's lawmakers in lockstep, which was the key to his success in Congress during his first term.
NEWS
September 20, 2005 | By DAVID L. CRAWFORD
THE DEBATE over the federal, state and local responses to the Katrina disaster rages on, but nearly everyone seems to agree that the federal government should play a major role in the relief and rebuilding efforts. This is noteworthy because such agreements have been very hard to come by in the last 25 years or so. Fiscal conservatives have been very successful in their efforts to focus America's attention on only two goals for the federal government: providing national security and lowering taxes.
NEWS
January 4, 2004 | By Ron Hutcheson INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
George W. Bush came to office without a majority of voters behind him, fueling expectations that he would seek to forge a bipartisan coalition and govern cautiously from the center. Instead he rules as though he had won in a landslide. He has put his stamp on the United States and the world with a big, bold, and in some ways radical presidency. Emboldened by self-confidence - critics call it arrogance - Bush has made striking departures from American and Republican traditions.
NEWS
December 23, 2003 | By WILLIAM SALTETAN
'WHILE BILL Clinton said that the era of big government is over, I believe we must enter a new era for the Democratic Party-not one where we join Republicans and aim simply to limit the damage they inflict on working families . . . I call now for a new era, in which we rewrite our Social Contract. " So declares Howard Dean in a speech outlining his governing philosophy. It's a perfect homage to the man he belittles: an embrace disguised as a repudiation. Everyone remembers Clinton's 1996 proclamation that "the era of big government is over.
NEWS
September 8, 2003 | By Michael New
During the past few months, fiscal conservatives have sharply criticized the Bush administration's fiscal record. The performance of Republicans at the state level also leaves little to cheer. Currently, there are 12 states where Republicans control both the executive and both chambers of the state legislature. Fully half of these states hiked taxes in 2003. In fact, tax increases were more likely in those states where Republicans possess unified control of government. Worse, Republicans were some of the most notorious tax hikers of the summer.
NEWS
February 18, 2000 | by P.J. O'Rourke
George W. Bush and John McCain both claim to be fiscal conservatives. But what is a fiscal conservative? And who is the true conservative when it comes to fiscal matters? Is it Bush, with his dramatic tax cuts and his vow to protect Social Security's revenue surpluses? Is it McCain, with his more prudent tax reductions, his emphasis on paying down the debt, and his openness to a privatized element in the Social Security trust fund? Or is it Bobo the sock puppet, here on my hand, who promises everyone in America a personal Web site, a billion-dollar IPO, a back rub and a Lincoln Navigator?
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