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Posted by Stan Collender

My column from this morning's Roll Call explains why the Republican position on not using cuts in the projected spending for military activities in Afghanistan makes them all-star budget hypocrites, and then some.

After reading the column, you may also say it's "par for the course."

Republicans Set Stage to Become All-Time Budget Hypocrites

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
Feb. 28, 2012, Midnight

Congressional Republicans so far have been adamant that reductions in the projected spending assumed in the federal budget baseline for projected continuing military activities in Afghanistan must not be used to offset the cost of anything.

Posted by Andrew Samwick

The way Ezra Klein tells it is largely the way I remember it, too.  Antecedents of President Obama's policies -- an individual mandate in health insurance, cap-and-trade on emissions, and some willingness to raise taxes to close deficits -- can be found in Republican policies of the George H.W. Bush era.  I supported them then and support them now, though in a way that comes from the right side of the political spectrum rather than the left.  More specifically:

Posted by Stan Collender

My column from this morning's Roll Call explains why and how what House Republicans are doing to themselves on the budget in 2011 is what they did on a smaller scale in the late 1970s. It didn't work out well back then either.

GOP Has Put Itself Into a Corner on the Budget

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
March 29, 2011, Midnight

Posted by Stan Collender

The media is full of stories today commemorating what would have been Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday.

Most of what's being reported includes some mention of the fact that Reagan is still venerated in GOP circles, that he's still an icon, and that most of those who are thinking about running for the Republican nomination for president are trying to claim that they are the modern-day embodiment of Reagan and the person best-suited to carry on his legacy.

My question is whether, in spite of the deification, Ronald Reagan would fit in with today's Republican Party as well it wants us to believe.

There's no doubt that some of Reagan's actions would be a perfect fit.  The big increases in military spending, his tax cut, and his firing of the air traffic controllers when then went on strike are three perfect examples of policies and actions that would go as well today as they did 30 or so years ago.

Posted by Stan Collender

Paul Krugman's column in today's New York Times, which discusses many of the themes I've been posting about lately, is right on the money in every sense of that phrase.

Here's the column in its entirety.


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