Dent: Cut Cap and Balance is the “Intermediate” Approach

Charlie Dent gives us about 10 paragraphs of throat-clearing and 1 paragraph of something that could be interpreted as a policy recommendation. He says it is an “intermediate” approach. Actually it is Cut, Cap and Balance worded in a different way: Or how about an intermediate approach like this: Immediate spending cuts that exceed the [...]

Where’s GLVCC on the Debt Ceiling?

Why hasn’t the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce issued a statement on the debt ceiling? Why haven’t we seen them calling on Charlie Dent to raise the debt ceiling in a public way? It’s pretty obvious which political party is standing in the way of a deal here, but GLVCC isn’t naming names. Why? [...]

Charlie Dent Really Does Not Like Controlling Health Care Costs

Like I wrote earlier, if Congress doesn’t vote to do things that increase the deficit, and implements the Affordable Care Act as written, we don’t have a deficit problem. But Congress really really wants to increase the deficit. Here’s Charlie Dent not controlling health care costs: A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers is pressing Medicare [...]

And the Most Obnoxious Blog Post Award Goes To…

Which of these comments seems more egregiously incorrect in light of Charlie Dent’s vote for the Republicans’ nutty Cut Cap and Balance bill? Is it Chris Casey? Charles W. Dent perfectly defines the average Demographic of the Lehigh Valley Voter. He is fiscally conservative but compassionate about social concerns. In all honesty, he and Senator [...]

"Centrist" Charlie Dent Votes for Wild Right-Wing Budget Rules

I’ve been struggling with how to get across exactly how nutty the Balanced Budget Amendment is, but I think Ezra Klein sums it up best: Perhaps CC&B would be an understandable policy fantasy in normal times. But three years after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? We’ve been violently reminded that there are [...]

A Contested Primary Will Be Good for LV Democrats

I think Rick Daugherty’s a really nice guy but I don’t think he has much of a shot at knocking off Charlie Dent, all else being equal. Rick’s Medicare messaging is on point though, and I’m looking forward to him schooling Dent on how disabled children would fare under RyanCare’s Medicaid cuts.  It will also [...]

Charlie Dent’s Fuel Cell Pork

Other than pure hackery, I don’t know why Bernie keeps covering for Charlie Dent on hydrogen fuel cells. I have explained to him, patiently and gently, that no one believes this technology is going anywhere. Continuing research for it is a huge waste of money. Here’s me in February: Hydrogen fuel cells are a pipe dream, continuing [...]