Politico’s Arena asks: Are Evangelist Franklin Graham’s comments about President Obama’s religion a sign that religious voters are questioning Obama’s faith? Or will the comments lose steam before the election? Brookings’ Darrell West answers that this is the polarized world we live in and it’s the media’s job to fix it.
Is this why Obama has turned to the Super PAC: “The Obama campaign is falling seriously behind its fundraising goals, and must begin to rely on wealthy donors who have already maxed out on their personal contributions. In January, from all donors, the president’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, together, raised $29 million. That is far ahead of the Republicans, to be sure, but it is far behind the $36 million that the Obama campaign, alone, raised at this point in 2008.” (AEI)
AEI’s Michael Barone is impressed by Rick Santorum’s perseverance. (Washington Examiner)
Room for Debate asks: In this sprawling Farm Bill legislation, what is missing that should be added? What is in the bill but should be eliminated? (New York Times)
The only thing worse than a nuclear Iran is a nuclear Iran attacked by Israel, writes RAND’s Dalia Dassa Kaye. (LA Times)
Are we already Europe? Cato’s Michael Tanner: “This year, the fourth straight year that we borrowed more than $1 trillion to support the U.S. government, our budget deficit will top $1.3 trillion, 8.7 percent of our GDP. If you think that sounds bad, it’s because it is. In fact, only two European countries, Greece and Ireland, have larger budget deficits as a percentage of GDP. Things are only slightly better when you look at the size of our national debt, which now exceeds $15.3 trillion, 102 percent of GDP. Just four European countries have larger national debts than we do — Greece and Ireland again, plus Portugal and Italy. That means the U.S. government is actually less fiscally responsible than countries like France, Belgium, or Spain.” (National Review)
Franken to Chu: Doggone it, like my state’s company. (Cato)
Should Geithner resign over the corporate tax increase proposal? AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis thinks so: “The current U.S. economic recovery is arguably the worst in modern American history. Incomes are flat, housing is moribund and the past three years have seen the longest stretch of high unemployment in this country since the Great Depression. Yet President Barack Obama — with the backing of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner — has the temerity to propose corporate tax reform plan that would actually raise the tax burden on American business (and de facto on workers, too) without lowering rates to an internationally competitive level. This is a terrible, terrible plan.” (AEI)