Morning Bits

December 20, 2012

One body is going to do its job. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): “Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American,” Boehner said. “Then the president will have a decision to make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”

How to raise $2 trillion in revenue? ” If we keep the status quo tax situation, revenue as a share of GDP will rise by nearly 40% — from $2.4 trillion in 2012 to $3.4 trillion in 2016 — through greater economic growth. Over the next decade, tax revenue would rise by $2.2 trillion. And growth won’t even be that great, according to the CBO, with GDP increasing by an annual average of closer to 2% than 3% between 2013 and 2022.”

The three forced to resign were all career service people, naturally. “The report from the Accountability Review Board, headed by Thomas Picketing and Admiral Mike Mullen, is only one tiny piece of a vast bureaucratic ballet that has evolved in Washington over decades to handle hot issues, even deadly ones like Benghazi, with minimal damage to the politicians and bureaucrats in power at the time.”

Four years from now it might be President-elect Christie. “Chris Christie knew he ‘wasn’t ready’ to make a presidential bid this year, and whether he decides to make a 2016 run, he says he’ll be more prepared in the future. ‘I wasn’t ready to run for President this time,’ the New Jersey Republican governor said Tuesday on ‘Conversations at NJPAC.’ ‘If it comes, I know that I will be more ready for it than I would have been this year.’”

In a lot of private companies, after five days would she need a note from her doctor for her absence? Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says it well: “I join my colleagues in wishing Secretary Clinton a speedy recovery. However, as she is ultimately responsible for the department and U.S. posts around the world, her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is indispensable to any effort to address this failure and put in place a process to ensure this never happens again.”

For a job that usually gives you six years, Scott Brown would be one of the few people to run three times in four years. “Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown lost one of the most expensive, hard-hitting races in Senate history. But there’s a good chance it won’t be his last — especially if President Obama selects Democratic Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state. . . .’As I’ve said many times before, victory and defeat is temporary,’ Mr. Brown explained in closing remarks on the Senate floor last week. . . The Massachusetts Republican already possesses strong name recognition. And despite brutal attacks leveled by his opponent in the most recent election cycle, Mr. Brown still maintains a stellar favorability rating.”

With some far-right-wingers complaining 24/7, here is one conservative who gets it. “Obama spent the entire campaign saying all he wanted was for the rich to pay a little more by returning to the Clinton rates. He could never refuse to sign such a bill if House Republicans passed one. Plus, it would be a huge conservative victory of 98 percent of the Bush tax rates were made permanent. How could anything Boehner might get out of Obama be any better?” Yup.

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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