Have you noticed? “CIA ‘deniers’ are the new ‘birthers.”’
Have you noticed the Tea Party’s influence waning? Me neither, despite what Democrats say: “House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) plans to call for spending cuts that are deeper than the increase in borrowing authority Congress is expected to approve in the coming months. In an economic address in New York on Monday evening, the Speaker will lay down a significant new marker in the negotiations to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit and avoid a first-ever default by the federal government.”
Have you noticed how bizarre the Justice Department now seems, even by liberal standards? “The Obama administration still intends to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday, who said plans will likely not be altered by the killing of Osama bin Laden.” Another reality denier.
Have you noticed that Pakistan seems to being going out of its way to be helpful? “For the second time in five months, the Pakistani authorities have angered the Central Intelligence Agency by tipping the Pakistani news media to the identity of the C.I.A. station chief in Islamabad, a deliberate effort to complicate the work of the American spy agency in the aftermath of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, American officials said.”
Have you noticed the “recovery” doesn’t seem to be gaining momentum? “Breaking news: the housing market still stinks! According to online real estate firm Zillow.com, house prices across the nation fell 3 percent in the first quarter of the year and were down 1 percent in March from February, the 57th consecutive monthly drop. The median house price is now $169,600, DOWN 8.2 percent from a year ago and off nearly 30 percent from the top of the market in 2006.”
Have you noticed how so many Republicans want someone else to run? “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who’s met with potential Republican presidential candidates seeking his backing, said he would give ‘real consideration’ to supporting Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.” But what about that guy in New Jersey who “cut $10 billion in spending on schools, pensions and local aid in his first budget”?
Have you noticed how RomneyCare is working out? “A new poll of 838 Massachusetts doctors finds patients are still waiting weeks — in some cases as long as a month and a half — for non-urgent appointments with primary care physicians and certain specialists. . . . The average wait ranged from 24 days for an appointment with a pediatrician to 48 days to see an internist. The wait for an internist was actually down slightly, from 53 days in a similar 2010 survey, but the waits for family doctors, gastroenterologists, orthopedists, and ob/gyns increased.”
Have you noticed that “the sky did not fall, the seas did not burn, and the financiers did not wail and gnash their teeth” when the speaker of the House suggested there are more important things than assuring the bond market the debt ceiling will be raised? He told New York financial types: “ ‘Without significant spending cuts and reforms to reduce our debt, there will be no debt limit increase. And the cuts should be greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority the President is given.’ ”
Have you noticed how simple this is? Larry Kudlow explains, “So Speaker Boehner lays down the gauntlet. You want to raise the debt ceiling? Then we need an equal amount of spending cuts to go along with the higher borrowing authority. It looks like a good start.”