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Tweet Follow me The good news as Wall Street gives a thumbs-down to the “No taxes, No jobs” deficit-ceiling-deal (with its built-in automatic spending cuts virtually certain to kick in amid more Congressional gridlock) is that U.S. crude oil futures ended Thursday at $86.63 a barrel in New York — down $5.30! The bad news is that oil companies only use the futures price to justify increasing prices at the pump no matter what their profits have been lately. Still, the GOP got out of the way of putting...

Tweet Follow me Not in 2012. The debate last night showed there’s still room for national-caliber candidates, which is probably why Ambassador Huntsman is set to jump in. While Huntsman comes as no surprise to pundits, he needs the national exposure now if he’s to have name recognition to run for 2016. And that’s what last night was all about, because unseating an incumbent President in a bid for a second term is harder than it may seem. Just look at the previous administration. All but two of last...

Tweet Follow me Congressman John Kline (R-MN) was conspicuously absent from the Goodhue County United Veterans Organizations “Candidate’s Forum” in his district last night. The forum was not far from where Kline has made his home since relocating from Texas. Do you suppose he didn’t want to have to explain the disconnect between his rhetoric and his votes? Why would a former Marine officer serving in Congress not vote to support funding for Veterans Affairs?  I don’t know; since...

Tweet Follow me Former U.S. Representative David Stockman (R-MI), who served as Ronald Reagan’s first director of the Office of Management and Budget, used the forum of the Sunday New York Times to unmask and rebuke Republican members of Congress and their elite messaging strategists who cling to claims to be fiscal conservatives. “Mr. McConnell’s stand puts the lie to the Republican pretense that its new monetarist and supply-side doctrines are rooted in its traditional financial philosophy.“ David...

Tweet Follow me The GOP claims they’re really serious about deficit reduction, but Sentator McConnell (R-KY) says it’s the “uniform view in his caucus that tax cuts needn’t be offset by other changes in spending…” Evidently none of them think tax cuts affect the budget. $678 billion – it’s a math thing. Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) doesn’t even want to talk about it. There’s ample evidence that the tax cuts enacted under the previous administration were, in...

Tweet Follow me As of October, 151 Congressmen had “government-controlled” health care insurance plans. That’s close to 30% of our elected officials. 55 Republicans on that list have steadfastly opposed other Americans getting the public option, like the one they have chosen. Here’s the list. If they think government controlled health-care is a problem, why do they continue to trust it for themselves and their families? Thomas Hayes is an entrepreneur, journalist, and political analyst...