Morning Bits

Talk about anti-science. “Boxer warns Keystone will cause cancer.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, pauses while speaking following a Bloomberg Television interview at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday. Dec. 13, 2013. The House passed the first bipartisan U.S. budget in four years yesterday, clearing the way for final Senate passage next week to ease $63 billion in spending cuts and avert another government shutdown. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Harry Reid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Turning anti-voter is an interesting election-year choice. “Senate majority leader Harry Reid seems pretty confident no one is being harmed by the president’s health-care law. ‘There’s plenty of horror stories being told [about Obamacare],’ Reid said on the floor of the Senate today. ‘All of them are untrue.’ ” Hmm, I wonder if Reid calling millions of Americans liars will show up in any ads.

It’s pretty funny for the Democrats to turn anti-anecdote. “Irked at the gall of Republicans in using the Democrats’ votes for health care against them, liberals have discovered a plot that is even more sinister: the GOP is using “anecdotes” (i.e., the stories of people who have been hurt by the measure) in an effort to take the Left down.” Read the whole thing — written before Reid’s gaffe.

Another state anti-gay marriage law falls. “A Texas judge has struck down that state’s ban on gay marriage.” If opponents of gay marriage lose Utah and Texas they can pretty much close up shop.

Democrats turn anti-Medicare Part D. “Conservatives should stand against the new Medicare Part D rule changes to prevent Obamacare 2.0 from taking hold. A program that has a proven record of increasing prescription-drug coverage for seniors, leveraging competition to reduce costs, and improving the health of America’s seniors should be emulated, not dismantled.”

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) speaks up in favor of prospective anti-Iran sanctions. “We need an insurance policy to make sure Iran knows they are not going to play us and unravel these sanctions.”

The anti-defense spending Obama administration urges NATO to spend more. No, really: “Hagel, Outlining U.S. Defense Plans, Urges NATO to Spend.”

If it’s revenue neutral and doesn’t make the code less progressive, it’s hard to rationalize an anti-tax reform position. “Based on analysis by the independent, non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) – without increasing the budget deficit – the Tax Reform Act of 2014: Creates up to 1.8 million new private sector jobs. Allows roughly 95 percent of filers to get the lowest possible tax rate by simply claiming the standard deduction (no more need to itemize and track receipts). Strengthens the economy and increases Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by up to $3.4 trillion (the equivalent of 20 percent of today’s economy).”

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