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  • Obama’s Second Stimulus

    Morning Bell: A No-Cost Stimulus That Can Create Real Jobs for the American People

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, former President Bill Clinton’s pollster Doug Schoen writes: “Sen. Evan Bayh’s stunning decision to retire should serve as more than a wake-up call to Democrats. It should spur a fundamental re-examination and reorientation of the party’s policies, practices and approaches leading into the fall election. … More

    One Week After Passing, Congress Set to Break PAYGO

    Just last week Congress revived PAYGO legislation which is supposed to force legislators to offset any new spending with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. While this won’t come as a shock to most Foundry readers, The Hill reports that “the ink is barely dry on the pay-as-you-go law, and … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Celebrate First Failed Stimulus with a Second One

    Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or as it is more accurately described, President Barack Obama’s Failed Stimulus. When President Obama signed the now $862 billion deficit-spending bill into law, the unemployment rate stood at 7.6% and the U.S. economy employed 133.5 million people. … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: February 15 - 19, 2010

    Last week, two blizzards knocked Congress (and the rest of the federal government in Washington, DC) out of commission. The snow kept the House out the entire week preventing them from taking any votes. The Senate was only slightly more productive—confirming Joseph Greenaway to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the … More

    Payroll Tax Holiday: Misguided Reform to Social Security Financing

    Despite efforts by Senator Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Grassley (R-IA) to draft a broad and bi-partisan federal legislation as part of another round of federal “stimulus” Senator Reid (D-NV) has now derailed the endeavor.  After eliminating most of the tax cuts in the bi-partisan effort put forward by Senators Baucus … More

    The Senate Still Doesn’t Get the Message

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says “the American people need a message. The message that they need is that we are doing something on jobs.” Reid’s real message is to confirm what is now obvious to all, which is that he and his congressional allies have nary a clue … More

    Morning Bell: Snow Slows Obama's Second Stimulus

    The snowstorms that have already dumped over two feet of snow on the nation’s Capitol and that are threatening to dump another 12 to 16 inches, have ground the legislative process to a halt. But that might not be such a bad thing. Senate Democrats had hoped they could pass President … More

    The House and Senate Cloakroom: February 8 – 12, 2010

    The House passed and sent to the President a $1.9 trillion dollar debt limit increase. More

    Morning Bell: Second Stimulus, Same as the First

    When President Barack Obama was sworn into office, the U.S. economy employed 134.6 million people and the unemployment rate stood at 7.6%. In response to growing job losses, President Obama passed an $862 billion stimulus plan that his economic experts promised would help the United States employ at least 138.6 million … More

    Tax-Credit-for-Hire: Another Failed Stimulus Policy in the Pipeline

    As President Obama continues campaigning for yet another round of stimulus it appears now that even democrats are beginning to question the soundness of this strategy.  This new focus includes a $5,000 tax credit—among other items— for any business that hires a new worker—effective the year the legislation is passed. … More