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Archive for April 12th, 2011

The Incumbency Protection Racket

I’ve tended to be a fan of disclosure of political donors. Then I read this: The reality is that public disclosure serves the interests of incumbents running for re-election by discouraging support for challengers. Here’s how it works. A challenger seeks a contribution from a person known to support candidates of the challenger’s party. The [...]

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A Progressive Deficit Reduction Plan

This should play well in San Francisco: Overview of Our Policies Individual Income Tax Policies Allow the Bush-era tax cuts to expire at the end of 2012, but extend marriage relief, credits, and incentives for children, families, and education Immediately rescind the upper-income tax cuts in December’s tax deal Index the AMT for inflation for a [...]

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Will Obama Move To The Right On The Budget?

Is President Obama going to declare his recently submitted budget null and void tomorrow and throw in with Simpson-Bowles or just deliver a political speech that hits the worn out themes of taxing the rich, preserving the social safety net and the need for more bipartisan Kumbaya moments? The Progressive bloggers (here and here for [...]

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