An Open Question on Social Security

Right now, everyone's in campaign mode. All the guns, all the cylinders are being fired at once. This is the quadrennial "big f*ckin' deal" as Joe Biden would say. So perhaps it's not the right time to pose this question...but then again, given that election times tend to represent unique opportunities to put pressure on candidates, perhaps it's the perfect time. On the subject of Social...

Here Are The 'Six Studies' Romney Says Refute Tax Policy Center Study Of His Tax Plan

*** 10/16 - SEE UPDATE BELOW; ROMNEY FINALLY RELEASES DETAILS OF TAX PLAN*** Back at the beginning of August, the non-partisan Tax Policy Center issued a much-discussed study that was the first to try to run the numbers on Mitt Romney's tax plan. Specifically, they wanted to see whether Romney's claim to be able to leave the Bush tax cuts in place and then cut taxes by an additional 20% across...

I Get Post-Debate Letters

I sometimes forget that the email address I used to sign up for Obama campaign updates (almost exclusively fundraising appeals these days) gets filtered into its own special folder in my email inbox, because otherwise it's simply too annoying to deal with the daily volume of email from that single source, this close to election day. So it wasn't until today that I thought to check that folder,...

On Mitt Romney's 47% Comments

What Ezra said. Romney's comments were so shocking - and disgusting - on their face, that it's tempting to simply point to them or mirror the video and assume that the reader/viewer will know without thinking what's wrong with them. Truthfully, most people probably will intuitively understand most or all of why Romney's comments were so vile. But merely using implied assumptions to carry the day...

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

Most of us heard this old cliché for the first time when we were children. The rest of us heard it at some point along the line. I'd venture a guess virtually all of us of voting age have heard it by now; it's long been a bit of Americana. Well-known songs have been written about it: The point is, the phrase "pants on fire" quite clearly is understood generally to refer to lying, even gross,...