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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Morning Bits

It does work. “I analyze the Romney [tax] proposal taking into account the additional income that might be generated by economic growth. The main conclusion is that under plausible assumptions, a proposal along the lines suggested by Governor Romney can both be revenue neutral and keep the net tax burden on high-income individuals about the same. That is, an increase in the tax burden on lower and middle income individuals is not required in order to make the overall plan revenue neutral.”

President Obama won’t work with Congress. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.): “While our national security, the future of our military, and millions of jobs hang in the balance, the Obama Administration’s opposition to the National Security and Job Protection Act demonstrates that its only plan is to make excuses for its own inaction on averting the sequester. The House has approved a plan to protect our troops, jobs and our homeland. We have repeatedly asked the White House to work with us to replace the sequester, meet us halfway or to present a plan. Instead, the White House has failed to take any reasonable and responsible steps to avoid this grave threat to the future of our nation.”

Vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says that what works is strength. “If you show weakness, if you show moral equivocation, then foreign policy adventurism among our adversaries will increase. We do not want a world climate where our adversaries are so tempted to test us and our allies are worried about trusting us. And that is unfortunately the path that we are on right now, and I really worry about that.” Exactly.

Distraction works for only so long. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gets back to the nub of the problem, “This administration has no concept of the Arab Spring. They’re disengaging and the lack of leadership is about to lead to an explosion in the Middle East.”

It doesn’t work to tiptoe around religious “sensibilities.” “The attacks aren’t being spurred by outraged crowds of peace-loving citizens in Egypt and Libya. These appear to be coordinated attacks, probably timed for 9/11. How do I know? Because Egyptian intelligence warned about attacks on our interests. Because crowds need someone to get them somewhere. Because this is how extremists work.”

The outrage routine over Romney’s response doesn’t quite work when you look at the facts. “Romney’s criticism . . . [Tuesday] was tough, but the embassy’s statement was indefensible. If that wasn’t obvious enough, the White House made it obvious by refusing to defend it. Was Romney supposed to get up this morning and back off or apologize for his criticism after the White House itself implicitly criticized the release?”

Romney sounds perplexed that the president wouldn’t want to sit down and work with our closest ally at a critical time. “Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday said he ‘can’t imagine ever saying no’ to a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Romney’s comment was in response to reports President Obama refused a face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu, talking to him by phone Tuesday night about Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, CNN said.”

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