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The Mississippi Paradox

JACKSON, MS. — Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you? The electoral earthquake that was Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary has pushed this question to the forefront of American politics. In conventional terms, the success of state senator Chris McDaniel in outpolling Thad Cochran, a 34-year Senate veteran, on […]

June 5, 2014

Deficit Of Truth: What Republicans Hope You Don’t Know And Never Find Out

Listening to Republicans in Congress wailing incessantly about our spendthrift culture raises a nagging question: What would they do, besides talking, if they actually wanted to reduce federal deficits and, eventually, the national debt? First, they would admit that President Obama’s policies, including health care reform, have already reduced deficits sharply, as promised. Second, they […]

February 6, 2014

‘Tea’ Cools, And House Speaker Boehner Is Back To Making Deals

MCT NEWSFEATURES By David LightmanMcClatchy Washington Bureau(MCT) WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner is making deals again. After three years of taking tough stands pushed by no-compromise tea party types — positions that ultimately led to last fall’s partial government shutdown — he’s returned to his roots as a conservative consensus-builder, and suddenly the House […]

February 4, 2014

Southern States’ Credit Ratings On Hook As Washington Cuts Spending

The United States and France are not the only sovereigns whose credit ratings are in jeopardy these days. Until this week, bonds issued by South Carolina, Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee and Virginia, normally rated AAA, were in similar jeopardy – not because of mismanagement by state governments but because their economies are propelled by federal […]

August 12, 2011