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    In Their Own Words: Blue Dogs Leader Says White House Should Focus on Jobs, Not Healthcare

    Yesterday, the Daily Caller posted a story on its website about the confusion on Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle about the future of Obamacare. It featured a quote from Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC) on the White House’s healthcare strategy: “I was actually surprised that they’re pushing it … More

    The Dirty Job That Congress Won’t Do on Its Own

    Congress needs someone like Mike Rowe to do the dirty job that politicians won’t touch. Our $1.4-trillion (and rising!) annual deficit and $12-trillion accumulated debt are not caused by the economy. They’re caused by runaway spending. Unable or unwilling to specify and enforce spending cuts on their own, some in … More

    The Blue Dog PAYGO Farce

    According to the Washington Post the only speed bump left in the Senate-House budget reconciliation process is Blue Dog insistence that pay-as-you-go budget rules (PAYGO), that supposedly would prohibit new initiatives that increase the annual budget deficit, be enshrined in federal law. We appreciate the Blue Dogs desire to rein … More

    Apparently Budgetary Tradeoffs Don’t Apply to New Presidents

    Has the Blue Dog Coalition given up on their version of fiscal responsibility? Jim Cooper (D-TN), leader of the Blue Dogs – the self-described fiscally-conservative group of congressional Democrats – was quoted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed announcing, “I’m not sure the old rules are relevant anymore… It would … More

    Morning Bell: Tax and Spend Back with a Vengeance

    While campaigning against Republican fiscal malfeasance in 2006, then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised to institute “pay-as-you-go budget discipline” to help lower the federal debt. Speaker Pelosi quickly betrayed that promise to the American people when the House failed to offset the $50.6 billion cost of protecting more than 20 million … More

    Is There Any Bite in Blue Dogs' Bark?

    As Heritage’s Michael Franc documents again today, the Democratic party is rapidly becoming a party of rich cultural elites: Through May 1, the Democratic presidential field has suctioned up a cool $5.7 million from the more than 4,000 donors who list their occupation as “CEO.” The Republicans’ take was only … More