By Lori Montgomery – President Obama will unveil his 2014 spending plan Wednesday (Apr 10), 65 days late and several trillion dollars short, by Republican standards, of effectively reining in the national debt.
But the more relevant fact about the White House budget may be the yawning political void into which it is about to fall on Capitol Hill.
An actual deal remains elusive. It is not even clear who will do the negotiating. more> http://tinyurl.com/dy6xm76
By John Perazzo – We now learn from the Washington Post that the Obama administration, in its relentless quest for “social justice,” is pushing banks to make more loans to people with weak credit ratings.
No, you aren’t in a time warp. This article wasn’t written ten years ago, before the housing-market crisis plunged the American economy into the proverbial sewer. Difficult as it may be to believe, the current president of the United States is actually prescribing precisely the same practice—government policies pressuring banks to lend money to unqualified applicants—that caused the crisis in the first place. more> http://tinyurl.com/cxkc56x
By Ralph Benko – Coming up next: a political Battle of Armageddon over repealing Obamacare. The Republicans are attempting to take the majority in the Senate. The Democrats ambitiously wish to take the majority in the House.
Enter Obamacare — which now has landed as the issue on which national politics almost is sure to hinge in the upcoming political cycle. If indeed Obamacare degrades health care (and makes it more expensive and an even bigger hassle) it will prove more of a political liability than an asset. What does the political battlefield look like? more> http://tinyurl.com/cu6jgv5
By Nate Cohn – Bush’s second-term agenda may have been hampered by Iraq, but it’s hard to argue that Social Security reform would have passed otherwise. More importantly, the collapse of compassionate conservatism wasn’t necessary to create the political space for Democrats to move left and pass health-care reform. Democrats never considered it an ideologically bold proposal, and it seemed likely to attract bipartisan support until a conservative, grassroots revolt in the late summer of 2009. more> http://tinyurl.com/c5bt9vm
By Ross Douthat – The Democratic majority that we do have is a majority that the Iraq war created: its energy and strategies, its leadership and policy goals, and even its cultural advantages were forged in the backlash against George W. Bush’s Middle East policies.
All those now-apologetic liberals who supported the war in 2003 are a big part of this story, because without their hawkishness there would have been no antiwar rebellion on the left — no Michael Moore and Howard Dean, no Daily Kos and all its “netroots” imitators. more> http://tinyurl.com/ckusdqm