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The state of the Paul Ryan brand coming into the debate

October 11, 2012 When Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate in early August, both conservatives and liberals rejoiced. Finally, the two parties thought: Here’s a chance to boost or tarnish Ryan’s brand of conservatism—an ideology well-known inside Washington but which not yet been litigated on the national stage. ...

Who are the 47 percent?

September 18, 2012 Mitt Romney’s bashing of the 47 percent of people who pay no federal income taxes may have sounded like a shocking admission to liberals, but it’s a talking point that conservatives--and not just Romney--have grown fond of in the last year as a way to talk about the size of ...

Chris Van Hollen gets a boost from Paul Ryan's rise

August 31, 2012 When one party gains power in Washington, the other side usually loses its stature. But, that scenario hasn't played out in the budget world, as House Budget Committee Paul Ryan burst onto the national stage as the Republican vice presidential candidate. Just as his stock rose, so went the clout ...

Budget office warns of recession if Congress allows country to go over fiscal cliff

August 22, 2012 The drumbeat about the magnitude of the end-the-year tax and spending decisions continued Wednesday, as the Congressional Budget Office released its updated economic and budget forecast for the next 10 years. Much of the country’s economic future now hangs on the choices the lawmakers will make in the six weeks ...

Analysis: The legend of Simpson-Bowles

August 17, 2012 Coming this holiday season! From the people who brought you the most acclaimed, misconstrued, pain-laden tax and budget plan of all time! Simpson-Bowles: The Sequel. A crowd of ex-politicians and business executives, led by former Sens. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and former ...

Are Americans ready for a real debate on the size of government?

August 15, 2012 Americans are not ready to debate the size and scope of the federal government, pollsters say, despite the presidential campaign’s sudden detour toward issues such as the future of Medicare, Social Security, and the country’s deficit. “The average citizen would rather close down a lot of buildings in D.C. than ...

Romney's VP choice brings budget leadership experience

August 11, 2012 In the weeks before Rep. Paul Ryan released his latest budget blueprint this year, he urged all of the presidential candidates to follow his fiscal lead. He critiqued GOP front-runner Mitt Romney’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference as “pretty good,” but cautioned that all of the candidates needed ...

Obama, Romney differ greatly on size of government

May 25, 2012 Few issues illuminate the presidential candidates’ wildly divergent views on the appropriate size and role of the federal government more than taxes and spending. For President Obama, fiscal policy is a means for preserving the country’s safety net; promoting education, environmental protection, and other social goals; raising taxes on the ...

Republican budget proposal a political document

March 20, 2012 If a budget is a political document, then House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., laid down his marker Tuesday to show how little he likes the size and scope of federal government: a dramatic and perhaps unwise stance in a close election year. Ryan’s budget proposal, released Tuesday morning, would ...

House GOP budget to avoid sequester of Defense funds

March 15, 2012 House Republicans are planning to pull the defense-spending cuts mandated by sequestration off the table in their version of the budget expected to be released next week, according to two Hill aides. President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have stated they want defense spending to be part of a ...