August 13, 2012 |
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.
March 18, 2011 |
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?"
August 29, 2010 |
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.
April 18, 2008 |
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.
December 22, 2005 |
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.
September 20, 2005 |
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.
January 4, 2004 |
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.
December 23, 2003 |
'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.
September 8, 2003 |
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.
February 18, 2000 |
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?