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Should the United States fund the service program AmeriCorps? President Obama would increase its budget. Rep. Paul Ryan would eliminate federal funding for the program.

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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/19/2012

Morning Bits

Democrats used to support tax cuts and Medicare premium support.

Vice President Biden used to be more than a punch line. Now, he’s a drag on the ticket. “Almost every recent poll has shown Biden’s numbers at a low point, with more voters viewing him unfavorably than viewing him in a positive light — though in most cases, it’s only by a few points. Biden’s favorable rating, which was well into the 50s when he and Obama won the 2008 election and took office in 2009, has fallen to around 40 percent in most polls. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll recently pegged his favorable rating at 35 percent (37 percent negative), while a Fox News poll showed the split at 41 percent favorable and 44 percent unfavorable.”

Mitt Romney used to have a flip-flopping problem. “This time, liberals accuse Romney of ‘flip-flopping’ on his support of Ryan’s budget. . . . This just isn’t true. From the start, Romney has consistently supported Ryan’s plan. . . . Romney is now the presumptive GOP nominee and has the opportunity to craft his own budget plan. He is simply giving himself space to create his own vision. There’s no smoking gun here. Nowhere in the talking points, which Obama supporters have used to cry ‘flip-flop,” does the Romney campaign say the presumptive nominee rejects Ryan’s budget plan. In fact, the campaign points out that the two men ‘aren’t going to have the same view on every issue’ but they believe in cutting America’s debt and creating a ‘path to prosperity.’” Read the whole thing.

Ryan used to talk only about domestic issues. “Returning to Virginia less than a week after his candidacy for vice president was announced, Rep. Paul Ryan on Friday made a foray into national-security issues as he criticized President Obama for looming defense cuts — sparing his party from blame — and warned America’s foes to respect a President Romney.”

It used to be President Obama couldn’t stop talking to the media. “Forget Chris Matthews — he’ll take Nancy O’Dell. President Barack Obama has been taking a lot of questions in the two months since his last press conference or national news interview. He’s just been doing them with ESPN, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine and FM radio stations around the country, mostly to talk local sports and regional cuisine.” Pathetic, and a sign of his policy problems.

Republicans used to be afraid to talk about entitlements. “By picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney is betting that the electorate’s view of entitlements has changed in their favor this year. His campaign has been making the case that by having a conversation about Medicare, it allows them to bring President Obama’s unpopular health care law into the equation as well.

Obama used to be against cutting Medicare. Watch Obama in 2008 blast Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for robbing Medicare to pay for an ”ill-conceived, badly-thought-through health-care plan . . . even though Medicare is facing a looming shortfall.” Oops.

Obama used to talk about the “recovery.” Now, he’s anxious to talk about anything but the economy. “Regional and state unemployment rates were generally little changed or slightly higher in July. Forty-four states recorded unemployment rate increases, two states and the District of Columbia posted rate decreases, and four states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 08/19/2012

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