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Obama Bound

Mike Gerson has a pretty smart column in the Washington Post today about the President’s political dilemma, given the current economic doldrums. Gerson starts with the coincidence of Obama’s visit to a Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, …

Why The Deficit Commission?

The president’s “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform,” chaired by Democrat Erskine Bowles and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson, held its first official meeting this morning at the White House. Speaking about the endeavor, Obama pointed to the challenges financial crisis and economic downturn thrust on the …

Obama’s Tax Plan

In a WSJ editorial this morning Obama economic advisors Jason Furman and Austan Goolsbee unveiled details of Obama’s economic plan. It contained some surprises (capital gains of 20%, not 25% as had been widely assumed). And at least one provision that the GOP latched onto as detrimental to marriage (Obama would raise taxes on couples …

Obamas Earned $4.2mil in 2007

Just two hours before tonight’s debate began Obama finally released his tax returns from last year. The candidate and his wife Michelle earned $4.2 million in 2007, more than they earned in the previous seven years combined. The earnings reflect the success of Obama’s two bestselling books: $4 million came from royalties alone.

As …

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