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Bruce Bartlett

Friday Talking Points -- Our 'Dopey Donald' Contest

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pretty much every pundit in the mainstream media got down on their knees and thanked a recent poll which showed Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton neck-and-neck in three key swing states this week, because they truly want this gravy train to continue.

Senator Ted Cruz Really Wants to Return to the Gold Standard... Has He Heard of the Great Depression?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Radical conservatives, such as Cruz, and libertarians believe gold to be a hedge against inflation. It is curious to be concerned about inflation at a time when it is at historic lows and short-term interests rates are at zero, making borrowing money just about free.

When Will Fed Raise Interest Rates?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.12.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

Even former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has been irked by right wing conservatives for doing just the thing that most conservative economists, such as Martin Feldstein, and even arch-free market theorist Milton Friedman, said was the right thing to do during recessions--inject more money into the economy.

Friday Talking Points -- Double Standards and Hypocrisy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We're going to begin today with a rather loaded question: How much attention do you think the media should be paying towards a presidential nominee who is right now getting 13 to 15 percent support in public opinion polls of their party's voters?

Spending to Close Education Gap Pays for Itself. Will GOP's Magic Math Model Ignore That One Too?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

This week we've got another study. It quantifies the long-term return on dollars spent to close the gap in educational achievement between rich and poor students. But Republicans want to use "dynamic scoring" only on tax cuts for the rich.

Medicaid For Kids Largely Pays For Itself: Who Thinks The GOP's Magic Math Model Will Count That?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We're talking about something that requires far harsher condemnation. By lying about the numbers, Republicans are selling policies that take from the most vulnerable and give to the most fortunate.

Jennifer Bendery

Former Reagan Adviser Backs Janet Yellen For Fed Chair | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the sake of the economy, President Barack Obama should nominate Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve and the Senate should conf...

The Republican Party Should Have Zero Credibility on Deficits

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Boehner claims that the Democrats proposal is not serious and is a bad-faith offer. Coming from him, that's rich. We have a three-decades long record to prove definitively that Republicans are themselves unserious about deficits.

Publicist Confirms It: Fox News Banned Book Critical Of George W. Bush | Posted 01.28.2013 | Media

In his much-discussed mea culpa about the reality-denialism of movement conservatism, Bruce Bartlett made a striking claim: He wrote that he was not a...

Ex-Reagan Adviser Bashes Romney's Tax Plan

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.19.2012 | Business

Bruce Bartlett, a former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, says that an earlier Mitt Romney may have rejected the current Mitt Romney's tax...

Ex-Reagan Adviser: Romney's Tax Plan Will Not Jump-Start The Economy

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.16.2012 | Business

Contrary to the Romney campaign's promises, a former economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan says that Mitt Romney's tax plan just won't revive th...

Is the Paul Ryan Bubble Bursting?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

For anyone who's been paying attention, it's long been obvious that Paul Ryan is a political fraud.

The Bottom Line

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Lauren Jacobs

Yes, individual resourcefulness, ingenuity and hard work are necessary for success. But they are not a substitute for government funding of necessary programs related to health care, child welfare, temporary unemployment, or infrastructural repairs, among other programs.

Mind Games

D. R. Tucker | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Facts destroyed 'motivated reasoning' in my case. Could this happen to other conservatives? That depends on conservatives being willing to subject the views they hear and read to strict scrutiny, to ask themselves if they're really hearing the truth from the talkers.

Reagan White House Officials: Where the Right Went Wrong (VIDEO)

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In separate interviews, David Stockman and Bruce Bartlett, senior architects of Ronald Reagan's economic policy, have harsh words for the staunch anti-tax position of modern conservatives.

Deregulation Won't Lead To Job Growth: Congressional Budget Office

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

The country needs jobs, but cutting back on government regulations may not the best way to get them. Deregulation -- a favorite talking point of c...

Bartlett: I'd Rather Be An Unlucky Ducky

The New York Times | Bruce Bartlett | Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

During Thursday’s Fox News debate among Republican presidential candidates, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was asked how much money pe...

Uphill From Here: Why US Jobs Policy Will Improve

Stephen Kent | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Stephen Kent

Let's hope today goes down in history as the low point of our national debate on jobs, and that it's all uphill from here.

Read Our Lips: No New Texans

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

As onerous as the prospect of a Mitt Romney candidacy may be, the thought that Rick Perry might be our next president inspires the paraphrasing of an infamous George H.W. Bush slogan.

Tax The Rich, But First Define 'Rich': Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times | Bruce Bartlett | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

On Monday, financier Warren Buffett ignited a tax debate by recommending a tax increase on the super-rich. The reaction by some Republicans and others...

William Alden

Federal Reserve's Stimulus Pledge Misses The Point, Fed Official Says | William Alden | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As the Federal Reserve attempts to stimulate the economy and avert a new recession, one of the central bank's most basic tools isn't worki...

White House Rules Out Constitutional Option On Debt Ceiling: Report

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As quickly as the so-called "constitutional option" appeared as a way to resolve the debt ceiling showdown, top White House officials ha...

Tyler Kingkade

First Republican Expresses Openness To 14th Amendment Option | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Thursday that the Constitution may trump the debt ceiling, allowing the administration a way out of...

Nearly Half of Americans Exempt From Federal Income Tax

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business

Nearly half of American tax filers will pay no federal income taxes this year, according to data released by the Tax Policy Center. Some 76 million...

William Alden

Federal Tax Rate At Lowest Level In Over 60 Years, Bartlett Says | William Alden | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business

Hearing some politicians talk about taxes, one might be convinced the United States has one of the highest tax rates in the world. But the reality ...