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December 1st, 2011
02:31 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Day Late: Now that we have seen mayors across the country aggressively respond to the presence of the Occupy movement, will we see any courageously respond to their concerns?

– Dollar short: Colorado Republican Congressman Mike Coffman is under attack for not demanding real action from the GOP members of the failed congressional deficit committee. His response to accusations that he didn’t demand enough are that he asked for the elimination of $103 billion in tax cuts for defense contractors. If the group had accepted his recommendation, it would have been far short of its trillion dollar goal.

– Penny Unwise: Herman Cain’s campaign manager is saying that his boss’s presidential campaign is moving forward. Now, he only needs to convince the candidates’ donors.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Democrats are in the unusual position of out maneuvering the GOP on tax cuts. The GOP doesn't want to do it and the Democrats are having a field day. The GOP should try to make them permanent.

– The hits are coming fast on Gingrich. Ron Paul has a very effective ad attacking Gingrich's record. Social conservatives are starting to speak up too. If he can survive the next few weeks the race could be his.

– I never thought I'd see the day that a Republican complained about an unfair interview by Fox News, but Mitt Romney is complaining about Bret Baier asking Romney about his record. At least he isn't being asked about affairs or the other stuff Cain and Gingrich have endured of late.

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  1. Burhan Ghanayem

    What I heard tonight may explain the reason for the deteriorating statue of the US. I was shocked that our politicians are fighting for the support of the Israeli Jews. The fact that our politicians are bragging about how much they did to please Israeli Jews is sad indeed. Wow! did we reach a point that in order to be elected, a president must declare his/her loyalty to the state of Israel?? I worked very hard to elect Obama and I am certain I brought him more than 30 votes in 2008. I promise that I will work very hard to deprive him of those votes and more. We want a president who is loyal to America and its people.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  2. kevin knobloch

    The stimulus plan was part tax cut, part transfer payment to states for unemployment benefits and medicare mandates, and part true infrastructure stimulus. So when politicians criticize it, why doesn't someone ask which part of the stimulus didn't work?
    Unfortunately Barack allowed Congress to draft the bill with little Presidential guidance or editing, and they saw the opportunity to dole out financial favors rather than use the money where it would have the best long term payoff.
    So what would have happened if the stimulus money had funded expansion and modernization of our electric grid? Or been spent to expand, update and upgrade our aging railroad system? Or been spent on a massive wind energy project in the midwest or solar project out west? Or to excellerate highway projects that had been long ago approved but still no funded? We would have created jobs with a lasting economic benefit.
    Over $300 Billion of the $788 Billion stimulus money went to tax cuts. Another $330 Billion helped states balance their budgets. And just less than 30% went to true stimulus, fixed asset efficiency enhancing fixed assets.
    The hugh Bush tax cuts did not provide much economic growth and the stimulus tax cuts didn't either. Maybe we should try a real stimulus plan now.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm |