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Paul Krugman:Reaganite Delusions


Ah. Noah Smith goes reading in the fresh waters, and finds that people there are still claiming that there was a dramatic improvement in growth once Reagan/Friedman came along.

I’ve written about this many times, e.g. here. The great era of US economic growth was the postwar generation; even during the good years of the 90s we didn’t achieve comparable growth, and overall, the post-Reagan era was marked by slower growth than the equivalent period of time pre-Reagan. And I haven’t even gotten into the income distribution thing.

All of which makes me wonder: what goes on in these peoples’ minds? Do they never even think of actually looking at the numbers, because they know that Reagan ushered in a great boom? Inquiring minds (which they obviously don’t have) want to know.

Romney to push anti-illegal immigration stance after debate


Mitt Romney's campaign has invited a trio of anti-illegal-immigration advocates to act as surrogates in the spin room after Monday's debate in South Carolina, according to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), one of the surrogates.

Kobach is best known for helping Arizona lawmakers to write a controversial anti-illegal-immigration bill that has since been adopted in other states — including South Carolina.

He said he will be joined by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who has said all illegal immigrants should be deported and won his seat by hammering then-Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) for supporting amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and Bay Buchanan, a longtime conservative activist who was a senior adviser on former Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-Colo.) 2008 presidential campaign. All three have endorsed Romney.

"The governor’s campaign has asked me to be a surrogate with him to represent him in the spin room after tonight's debate," Kobach told The Hill after clarifying that he would not be speaking at an event with Romney on Monday, as he had earlier indicated. "There will be a couple of his endorsers here — Bay Buchanan and Jason Chaffetz."

Up with Chris Hayes: Citizens United with Sen. Sanders (Part 1and 2)


Bernie Sanders Part 2 of 2 on "UP! with Chris Hayes

Democratic lawmaker (Rep.Gutierrez) rips Romney for his stance on immigration


A leading House Democrat hammered Mitt Romney on Monday for his positions on illegal immigration.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Capitol Hill's most vocal proponent of immigrant rights, said Romney, the front-runner in the GOP presidential primaries, has "gone way too far" to cater to conservatives on the thorny issue—a move that will backfire in states with significant Latino populations, the Illinois Democrat warned.

“There is no route to the White House that does not go through a Latino neighborhood. Any winner in either party needs a significant proportion of Latino voters,” Gutierrez said on a press call. “When you say you want millions of us to leave the country … we will vote against you.”

"On the day that we observe Martin Luther King's birthday, Mitt Romney is … campaigning to restrict the civil rights of immigrants," Gutierrez said in a press call. "It's really appalling."

Stephen Colbert: "Corporations are people."


It was not until after Stephen Colbert handed the reins of the Super PAC he founded over to Jon Stewart — and the PAC was re-dubbed The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC — that it released its ad accusing Mitt Romney of being a “serial killer” of corporations, based on the assertion that corporations are people and that Romney, as head of Bain Capital, oversaw the dismantling of numerous such “people.” But on ABC’s This Week this morning, Colbert himself came out decisively in favor of corporate personhood. During a back-and-forth over the role of money in politics, Colbert pointedly asked host George Stephanopoulos if he thought corporations were people. When Stephanopoulos deferred “weighing in” on the question, Colbert responded, “Corporations are people. You won’t ‘weigh in’ on whether some people are people? That seems kind of racist, George.”


After Supporting Health Care Mandate In 1994, Santorum Now Says He Never

After Supporting Health Care Mandate In 1994, Santorum Now Says He Never Supported Mandates

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) stepped up his criticism of GOP presidential primary front-runner Mitt Romney on CBS’ Face The Nation this morning, slamming Romney for providing “the basis” for the Affordable Care Act when he signed a comprehensive health reform law while he was governor of Massachusetts.

In addition to providing a model for national health care reform, RomneyCare is to blame for raising taxes, rising health care costs, and, worst of all, Santorum said, an individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance. That, Santorum said, represented a government intrusion into health care that he never has and never could support:

SANTORUM: Gov. Romney’s plan, as much as he’d like to say it’s not, was the basis of Obamacare. He was for an individual mandate, he was for government top-down control of the health care system in Massachusetts. And it’s led to the highest cost health care in the nation in Massachusetts, it’s led to higher taxes. … It is an absolute disaster.

He would not have the clear record that I have…of being for government out of the health care business, being for a plan that is bottom-up, private sector health care reform. Unlike other folks in this race, I’ve had a consistent record over that time of not being for individual mandates. … He has been for individual mandates, I have not.

As Igor Volsky reported last week, however, Santorum supported an individual health insurance mandate during his 1994 Senate campaign, shortly after a host of Senate Republicans had offered the mandate as an alternative to President Clinton’s health reform plan.

video at link

Axelrod: Romney misses the point


David Axelrod said Mitt Romney's assertion that he would run against the Obama administration's bailout of the auto industry in the general election represents the different visions for America held by the Republican frontrunner and President Barack Obama.

In an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president's re-election effort, defended the auto bailout while pointing to Romney's record as CEO of Bain Capital.

"Saving an industry, as the president did, is different than strip mining companies in order to – in order to profit off of them, which is, in many cases, what Mr. Romney did," Axelrod told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "The question is, is that the philosophy that you want in the White House?"

Americans are "working harder than they've ever worked, and for the last decade, their income has been flat," Axelrod said in the interview that took place Saturday. "That is a central issue of our time. How do we create an economy in which the middle class is growing, wages are growing, standards of living are not declining, but growing? That's what a successful economy looks like. He misses that point."

The super PAC founded by Stephen Colbert: Mitt Romney is a Serial Killer

The super PAC founded by Stephen Colbert, and now under the leadership of Jon Stewart, has released its first ad in South Carolina attacking Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital.

Money quote: "As head of Bain Capital he bought companies, carved them up, and got rid of what he couldn't use. If Mitt Romney really believes 'Corporation are people, my friend,' then Mitt Romney is a serial killer."

Here's the video:

In a press release announcing the ad, Jon Stewart spoke about his new role as head of the Super PAC:

Hi again, it’s me, Jon. When I took over this Super PAC, I had no idea there’d be so much email-writing. Also, there are a lot of plants around Super PAC office with extremely specific watering schedules. Seriously, does a Northwood Spotted Fern really need to be watered "thrice fortnightly at dusk"?

Anyway, The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC made an ad, and I figured you’d want to know. I’ve attached the press release below, so hopefully your mouse’s scroll-wheel isn’t broken.


Gingrich Suggests Illegally Firing Federal Employees Over Liberal Views

Ryan J. Reilly

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suggested at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee in South Carolina on Saturday that it would be a good idea to fire federal employees for being too liberal. Federal law, on the other hand, says Gingrich’s plan would be illegal.

“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us,” Gingrich said in response to a question from a federal employee at the forum (emphasis ours).

This sounds like it would come uncomfortably close to being in conflict with a Federal law making it illegal to take any personnel action against an employee “based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation.” Accusations that political affiliation was taken into account would be investigated by the Office of Special Counsel (except in certain government agencies).

O’Keefe Voter Fraud Stunt Confused 23-Year-Old For Dead 84-Year-Old


Robert William Beaulieu is 23-years-old, lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is a registered Democrat. He’s also very much not dead.

But you wouldn’t have known that if you watched the lastest undercover sting video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, which featured a man with an Irish accent attempting to obtain a ballot on behalf of a Robert Beaulieu who lives on Cassandra Lane.

That’s the home University of New Hampshire graduate Robert W. Beaulieu, pictured above, shares with his parents. Robert P. Beaulieu, unrelated, died a few months back at the age of 84, and is apparently the man Project Vertitas’ investigator intended to impersonate. By all appearances, they got the wrong guy.

“I found out they were actually talking about me and not the man who passed away in October,” Robert W. Beaulieu told TPM. “The funny thing is, if they’d done any research, they would have found out the guy’s middle name is Paul and the guy specifically goes looking for William.”

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