Republicans must think the job market is improving rapidly and that the CBO is way off base in projecting that the unemployment rate will average 8.7 percent. How else can one explain their proposal to slash federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits?
How dare Hollywood suggest that evil oilmen are ruining our communities or that monied interests squash the little guys? The sad truth is in that in today's political environment, the Muppets movie seems less like trumped-up propaganda and more like cinéma vérité.
Extending the current payroll tax cut or holiday for another year is critical, even though there are numerous other complementary, and in some ways more effective, stimulus and job-creation initiatives that should be enacted as well.
We're going to devote all the talking points this week to the efforts by Democrats to pass both the payroll tax holiday extension and a desperately needed unemployment insurance payment extension before the January 1 deadline.
President Obama and many Democrats are making the case for an expansion of the payroll tax holiday primarily on the grounds of protecting middle-class families from a tax hike. This is intrinsically problematic even if it seems politically expedient.
Bad enough that the "do-nothing Republican Congress" is doing everything it can to oppose President Obama's agenda to create jobs. Taking $1,500 out of the pockets of everyday Americans gets downright personal.