So why is Newt Gingrich still in the GOP presidential race? So he can issue statements like the one below, which arrived this morning:
“Governor [Mitt] Romney’s proposal to limit certain tax deductions based on income, including the deduction for mortgage interest on second homes, is a surrender to the class warfare rhetoric of the Left.”
Over the weekend, at a fundraiser in Florida, Romney was overheard saying that he might seek to limit tax deductions for second home mortgages and eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
But apparently, it’s far too early for a Sistah Souljah moment. Aides later said the presumptive GOP nominee was simply tossing around ideas.
“Conservatives believe in the classical American definition of fairness – that every American be treated equally under the law…
“Governor Romney’s tax proposal violates that principle by giving politicians the power to carve out exceptions in the law for people of certain incomes. Furthermore, it sets the stage for future tax increases, as politicians will continually try to decrease the income threshold where citizens will no longer be able to avail themselves of the deductions.”
With Democrats again pointing to Mitt Romney’s vacation practice – decades ago – of transporting the family dog in a crate on the roof of the car, the Daily Caller has reached into President Barack Obama’s autobiography for these lines about the author’s life as a young boy in Indonesia:
“… I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy).”
Resolved: When Democrats and Republicans use the phrase, “treated him like a dog,” they mean two entirely different things.
The New York Times reports that Rick Santorum, the exited GOP presidential candidate, held a Monday night conference call with 4,000 supporters:
Mr. Santorum refrained from endorsing Mr. Romney during the conference call, but John Brabender, his top strategist, said Tuesday that he expected Mr. Santorum to meet with Mr. Romney in the next two or three weeks to discuss a possible endorsement.
The focus of Gov. Nathan Deal’s appearance at the Atlanta Press Club on Tuesday was the recent rewrite of the state’s open record statutes, as pushed by Attorney General Sam Olens.
But Jonathan Shapiro of WABE (90.1FM) picked up on what sounded like a threat – or maybe a hard promise – from the governor, aimed at local officials balking at a one-cent sales tax for transportation. Said Deal:
“You may not get the General Assembly to be able to delegate that authority back down to local levels of government to participate in the project selection process again, if this proves to be unsuccessful.”
Jon Gillooly at the Marietta Daily Journal has an interesting item on Cobb County school board member David Morgan, who is also a lobbyist with the American Federation for Children – which pushes charter schools.
Over the last few months, Morgan reportedly spent $2,711 on state Reps. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna, and state Rep. Sheila Jones, D-Atlanta – for “grassroots outreach” and “advertising in support of charter schools.”
The two lawmakers say they don’t know what he’s talking about.
Finally, the Wall Street Journal reports that Ford CEO Alan Mulally has revealed that battery packs for the company’s $22,000 Focus electric car cost between $12,000 and $15,000.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider