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It's the Spending, Stupid (But No One Seems to Care)
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It's the Spending, Stupid (But No One Seems to Care)

For those who think curbing wasteful spending is a priority, the rumor mill is sending some bad signals right now.  First, on the campaign to put earmark-opponent extraordinaire Jeff Flake on the appropriations committee – Make It Flake! – the word is coming back that he's a longshot at best. Here's Ben Pershing in the Washington Post:

01/22/2008
FreedomWorks Supports Long Term Aspects of Stimulus Plan
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FreedomWorks Supports Long Term Aspects of Stimulus Plan

President Bush and Congress have pledged to enact an economic package aimed at boosting the sluggish economy. On Friday President Bush outlined the principles of his economic stimulus plan. FreedomWorks Chief Economist Dr. Wayne Brough commented:

01/22/2008
File Under: Not Surprising
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File Under: Not Surprising

The Politico reports:  Fiscally conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are complaining bitterly that GOP leaders are shutting them out of the bipartisan effort to quickly pass an economic stimulus package. Gee, there's a surprise.

01/21/2008
Stimulating Policy
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Stimulating Policy

The CBO has released a new report [PDF] on the current economic situation and possibilities for economic stimulus.  I'm still processing a lot of it, but it seems to me that the quick takeaway is this:

01/21/2008
Why Tax Competition Works
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Why Tax Competition Works

This is excellent.

01/21/2008
RSC Statement on Fiscal Stimulus
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RSC Statement on Fiscal Stimulus

The Republican Study Committee, comprised of more than 100 conservative Representatives, has released a statement on the fiscal stimulus package. The key bit:

01/18/2008
Make It Flake!
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Make It Flake!

MakeItFlake.com is making it big.  We've had a great amount of success getting the word out that Jeff Flake is the man for the open seat on the Appropriations Committee, and just recently, the White House released this:

01/18/2008
Push is on to name Flake to Appropriations Committee
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Push is on to name Flake to Appropriations Committee

BY Paul Giblin

National taxpayer associations are pushing Republican leaders to name U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, a position that Flake has promised to use in his crusade to expose and slow earmark spending. Earmarks are pieces of legislation that direct federal funds to be spent on specific projects, generally in the districts of the lawmakers who write the measures.

01/18/2008
Michael Gerson's Moral Clarity
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Michael Gerson's Moral Clarity

FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe recently wrote a much-discussed column on the problems with Gerson's politics. And today, the former Bush speechwriter is at it again: Michael Gerson’s attack on Fred Thompson in the Post today is both misleading and indicative of pretty much everything that’s wrong with Gerson-style politics.

01/17/2008
Ezra on the FairTax
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Ezra on the FairTax

Ezra Klein and I disagree on a great many things (though we found much to talk about in our recent Bloggingheads.tv discussion).  But one thing we can agree on is that the FairTax is a terrible, terrible idea. His column on the FairTax is up at The American Prospect today, and it's well worth a read.

01/16/2008

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