The Washington Post today connects the Nov. 6 election with the lame-duck session of Congress to follow:
Senior Republicans say they will be forced to retreat on taxes if President Obama wins a second term in November, clearing the biggest obstacle to a deal with Democrats to defuse a year-end budget bomb that threatens to rock the U.S. economy.
Republicans have long resisted tax increases of any kind. But taxes are a major battleground in the campaign between Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Capitol Hill veterans say, and the victor will be able to claim a mandate for his policies.
“This is a referendum on taxes,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a senior member of the House Budget Committee. “If the president wins reelection, taxes are going up” for the nation’s wealthiest households, and “there’s not a lot we can do about that.”
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss isn’t quoted, but the Gang of Six outline of what might happen, detailed in the Post piece, mirrors what he told us last month.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday night took up for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his contention that 47 percent of American voters prefer government dependence. From the Gwinnett Post:
“We’re getting outnumbered by people who don’t pay … The truth is the truth,” Deal said to a group of more than 100 GOP leaders. “It is something we ought to wake up and realize because it jeopardizes the country on many levels.”
The governor predicted that a Romney win in November would result in “a bonanza the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country in a long, long time.”
President Barack Obama, during a swing through Florida, generated two lines of news on Thursday, according to the Associate Press:
“When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government,” Mr. Obama said, “my thinking is maybe you haven’t gotten around a lot.”
Republicans preferred to focus on this:
Obama, who ran for president in 2008 on a pledge to fix Washington’s combative tone, said in an interview that he had come to the conclusion “you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside.” Adding that he wanted people to speak out on issues, he went on to say: “So something that I’d really like to concentrate on in my second term is being in a much more constant conversation with the American people so that they can put pressure on Congress to help move some of these issues forward.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Republican characterizations of a 1998 statement by then-state senator Barack Obama on the redistribution of wealth.
Doug Chalmers, an attorney for Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock, says his client didn’t do anything wrong when it came to reimbursements for campaign mailings – but that it won’t happen again. From the Marietta Daily Journal:
“It was proper for him to be reimbursed because he had loaned his campaign tens of thousands of dollars which were used to make these expenses in first place. There will be no double dipping—it’s perfectly legal,” Chalmers said.
Chalmers said Rogers has already taken steps to correct the matter.
“Even to avoid an appearance of impropriety, when the issue was brought to his attention, he cut a personal check to his campaign for $8,500,” Chalmers said.
Walter Jones of Morris News Service reports that U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta has agreed to appear in an Oct. 21 debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club and aired statewide on GPTV.
Even if his Republican challenger, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown, won’t.
Now Barrow’s challenge will be to avoid any comparisons to Clint Eastwood.
So we have a case in Fulton County in which the head of its election division failed to tell anyone that he was going to disappear for a few days – into the county jail, in order to make amends for a DUI that occurred last December.
Then there’s DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson. According to Fox5 Atlanta’s Dale Russell, four police officers told an internal affairs team that they could have arrested Watson for DUI as he left the parking lot of a bar at 2:30 a.m., inebriated and belligerent. But they didn’t.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider