Monthly Archives: November 2011

WHAT A REAL SWORD OF DAMOCLES WOULD LOOK LIKE

By Anthony W. Hawks Why did the deficit reduction super-committee fail? For the same reason that the “Byrd Amendments” mandating a balanced budget failed in 1978, 1980, and 1982. For the same reason that the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law and its sequestration … Continue reading

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The European Autumn

By Ken Feltman “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus Spain has become the third eurozone country in as many weeks to toss out its governing party. In the past year and a half, … Continue reading

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The Balanced Budget Blues Continue

By Anthony W. Hawks The House of Representatives began floor debate yesterday on the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), which ended in an unsurprising 261-165 defeat this afternoon. (290 votes were needed for the two-thirds vote required by Article V.) As … Continue reading

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Can the Newt Gingrich boomlet last?

 By Ken Feltman Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls reflects his positive attributes: Debating skills, detailed policy analysis and that old GOP favorite, bashing the media. His fall will accentuate his negatives, just as the ups and downs of Michele … Continue reading

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Will Nancy Pelosi become speaker again?

Will Nancy Pelosi become speaker again? Will the Washington Redskins win the Super Bowl? Technically, both are possible. The odds are against the Democrats retaking the House. Even if they do, Pelosi is likely to face a challenge for speaker … Continue reading

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