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State GOP Wars Over Ryan Plan-Style Cuts On Kochs' Home Turf

State GOP Wars Over Ryan Plan-Style Cuts On Kochs' Home Turf | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Fiscal conservatives in Kansas have turned their state into a laboratory to test reforms similar to the "Ryan plan" for massive tax cuts at the national level -- and the result has been a Republican civil war.

 

Backers of recent state tax cuts argue they will create jobs and boost the economy to partially offset lost revenue, with budget cuts solving the remaining shortfall. The tax cuts go into effect in January, and the Kansas Legislative Research Department calculates the lost revenue will amount to the equivalent of 36 percent of the state budget within five years.

 

Republican Governor Sam Brownback has described the reforms as a "real live experiment" that proponents want to see implemented at the national level.

 

Critics say there are few specifics on spending cuts. The same criticism is leveled by opponents of U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity," which President Barack Obama has called "thinly veiled social Darwinism," arguing its spending cuts are vague and will hurt everything from education to low-income families and highways.

 

The "Ryan plan" maintains that cutting taxes and broadening the tax base is "pro-growth reform" that will "promote innovation and sustained job creation in the private sector."

 

Moderate Republicans, who control the Kansas state Senate with Democratic help, argue that a tax-cut-fueled boom is a pipe dream and lost tax revenue will devastate schools, roads and basic services for the poor, as well as lead to the release of convicted felons.
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Why the House of Representatives Doesn't Represent the US Public

Why the House of Representatives Doesn't Represent the US Public | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
It really is all about money in politics.
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Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.

Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S. | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal.
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Paul Ryan’s Most Shameless Lie Ever

Paul Ryan’s Most Shameless Lie Ever | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Sheriff of Nottingham attacks Robin Hood for helping the rich at expense of the poor.
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Texas Is Becoming the Sarah Palin of States, and not in the Good MILF-y Way

Texas Is Becoming the Sarah Palin of States, and not in the Good  MILF-y Way | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Yesterday was a wonderful news day for all of us, for you conservatives and for liberals like myself as well....
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Conservatives are already raising money to derail Jeb Bush's 2016 bid

Conservatives are already raising money to derail Jeb Bush's 2016 bid | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Genuine effort to stop Bush—or fundraising ploy?
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40 charts that explain money in politics

40 charts that explain money in politics | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Money suffuses our political system. Here’s what’s going on, in charts.
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How big a mess is Ryan's report on poverty? Scholars say: Very big.

How big a mess is Ryan's report on poverty? Scholars say: Very big. | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
We've already passed a critical eye over the report on the War on Poverty issued by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), specifically its inaccurate and undeserved drive-by attack on Medicaid .
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Why Does Anybody Care What John McCain Thinks? | Nomadic Politics

Why Does Anybody Care What John McCain Thinks? | Nomadic Politics | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Once again, Arizona Senator John McCain is telling us what he thinks about foreign policy. Again he is criticizing the Obama efforts at avoiding an unnecessary war. But the real question is why is anybody in their right minds even listening to McCain?
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Tax Returns Show Fraudulent Activity With Sean Hannity's Military Charity -

Tax Returns Show Fraudulent Activity With Sean Hannity's Military Charity - | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Sean Hannity's military charity is embroiled in a scandal broke by one of own fellow conservatives, Debbie Schussel.
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The Unprecedented—and Contemptible—Attempts to Sabotage Obamacare

The Unprecedented—and Contemptible—Attempts to Sabotage Obamacare | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Doing everything possible to block the law's implementation is not treasonous—just sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials.
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John Boehner Is Getting Slammed For His New Debt Ceiling Strategy

John Boehner Is Getting Slammed For His New Debt Ceiling Strategy | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Paying China before U.S. troops?
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The Rise Of The Working Poor And The Non-Working Rich

The Rise Of The Working Poor And The Non-Working Rich | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Consider the rise of both the working poor and the non-working rich, and the meritocratic ideal on which America's growing inequality is often justified doesn't hold up....
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Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > President Obama's Ratings Remain Stronger than in the Recent Past

Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > President Obama's Ratings Remain Stronger than in the Recent Past | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
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UPDATE 2-Obama plans 19 pct tax on U.S. companies' foreign earnings

UPDATE 2-Obama plans 19 pct tax on U.S. companies' foreign earnings | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
(Adds background on proposal, companies, comment from Ryan)By Jeff Mason and Kevin DrawbaughWASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama'sfiscal 2016 budget proposes a 19 percent tax on U.S.
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Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > Feeling of Alienation Among Americans Reaches Highest Point On Record

Harris Interactive: Harris Polls > Feeling of Alienation Among Americans Reaches Highest Point On Record | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
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Obama's Numbers (January 2015 Update)

Obama's Numbers (January 2015 Update) | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
More jobs, higher paychecks, falling fuel prices: Our latest scorecard.
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Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense

Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
That's not a harsh assessment. It's just a fair description.
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It’s a Trap! How Paul Ryan Is Misleading You About Poverty.

It’s a Trap! How Paul Ryan Is Misleading You About Poverty. | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
A little kernel of truth can be a very dangerous thing. This week, the House Budget Committee, led by Republican ideas man Paul Ryan, published a 204-page report cataloging just about every conservative complaint about the federal government’s anti-poverty efforts. (Mercifully, though, no food-stamp recipients were maligned for buying seafood.)...
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The Gender Gap: Why Women Voters will Reject the GOP in the Midterm Elections | Nomadic Politics

The Gender Gap: Why Women Voters will Reject the GOP in the Midterm Elections | Nomadic Politics | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
In red states like Kentucky, women voters may just turn these states to blue in the upcoming election. That should not surprise anybody, Much of the GOP platform is simply not appealing to women.
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13 data milestones for 2013

13 data milestones for 2013 | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
In the course of conducting public opinion surveys and demographic analyses, the Pew Research Center found a wide range of data milestones, breakthroughs, peaks and valleys in 2013.
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The Crazy Party

The Crazy Party | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
At the moment, it seems highly likely that the Republican Party will force a shutdown of the U.S. government next month. How did we get here?
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