Obama’s Winning the Debt Ceiling Politics, But at What Cost?

Rich Wilkins nicely sums up the state of the politics on the debt ceiling fight: “Let’s step up. Let’s do it,” the president said at a White House news conference between negotiating sessions with congressional leaders. “I’m prepared to take on significant heat from my party to get something done, and I expect the other [...]

Toomey Thinks It Would "Break the Internet" If Companies Can’t Track You Online

Sarah Lai Stirland: Federal legislative proposals to help consumers to effectively stop companies from tracking them online without their knowledge might “break the internet,” a key Republican senator working on the legislation said in a hearing on the issue on Wednesday. “In a world where people voluntarily share very personal information on web sites like [...]

Pat Toomey’s Budget is Somehow More Extreme Than Paul Ryan’s Medicare Repeal Budget

Pat Toomey’s budget went down in the Senate, but it’s worth pointing out that it was even more nutty than Paul Ryan’s Medicare repeal plan. CBPP gave it a brutal review yesterday, so head over there for the gory details. The thing I think reporters have failed to get across is how much of a [...]

When Pat Toomey is the Voice of Reason…

I can hardly believe it, but Colby Itkowitz says it’s true: Sen. Pat Toomey said Friday that Republicans should move past the debate on defunding Planned Parenthood – a sticking point in the negotiations over the fiscal 2011 budget — and pass a bill to avoid a government shutdown. “You know, I’d like to defund [...]

Reagan Staffer: Toomey Amendment "Looks Like It Was Drafted By a Couple of Interns on the Back of a Napkin"

Former Reagan policy analyst Bruce Bartlett weighs in on Pat Toomey’s “balanced budget amendment”: In short, this is quite possibly the stupidest constitutional amendment I think I have ever seen. It looks like it was drafted by a couple of interns on the back of a napkin. Every senator cosponsoring this POS should be ashamed [...]

A Visit from the Senator

Lots of red meat for the nutty base in this Pat Toomey speech to the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. A few points: 1. Mr. Toomey has joined the furthest right Senators in calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment. Scott Galupo, one of John Boehner’s former staffers, has called this idea “quite simply, insane.” Conservative [...]

Toomey Caught Making Stuff Up About Health Care

D’oh! Jo Ciavaglia catches Pat Toomey lying about employers dropping coverage: Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says he “misspoke” last week when he claimed the nearly year-old federal health reform law has already forced “many” businesses to eliminate employee health insurance. At a Monday meeting with the Bucks County Courier Times editorial board, Toomey made the [...]