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January 7, 2003
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Ooh, the fun! As Democrats loudly criticize the president’s stimulus package and reporters audibly gnash their teeth while describing it, you might think that the plan will be filibustered by Democrats in the Senate. Not so. The GOP can ram it through with just 50 votes as part of the reconciliation bill. That’s how...

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January 7, 2003
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Scott Ott at ScrappleFace has a very funny take on the growing Democratic presidential field.

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January 7, 2003
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The Democratic presidential field is now officially wide open. A Zobgy poll shows all five top contenders with the support of 7-11% of likely Democratic primary voters.

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January 7, 2003
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MSNBC says that Tom Daschle has decided not to run for president. A pity. It’ll be much harder for the GOP to win his Senate seat in 2004.

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January 7, 2003
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The Note is back from vacation and one of its readers sent in this little ditty about John Edwards: I am the champ of the regular guy–Unlike Leader Tom Daschle who hardly can tryTo be regular when he’s, well, the BossAnd led the poor Dems to a most irregular loss. And Gephardt’s so irregular,...

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January 7, 2003
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A Gallup poll taken over the last three days shows that Americans like President Bush’s stimulus package, even though 51% think the president’s policies “favors the rich.” Here are the percentages favoring various measures: Speeding up income tax cuts: 65-32Reducing dividend taxes: 58-37Expanding the child tax credit: 86-12Reducing the marriage penalty: 80-18Extending unemployment benefits:...

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January 7, 2003
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Newsweek’s Howard Fineman concisely sums up why so many Democrats are eager to challenge a popular president: Bill Clinton’s legacy—or, rather, his lack of one—is one reason why. The policy differences he papered over—on trade, taxes and the use of force abroad—will soon be exposed. Rather than shrink the field, Al Gore’s departure had...

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January 6, 2003
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The GOP’s 2004 Senate recruiting has already started. My 2004 Senate analysis is here.

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January 6, 2003
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Helen Thomas used to be a well-known White House correspondent for UPI. Now that she’s officially a “columnist” instead of a White House correspondent, Thomas is free to tell us what she really thinks. Here’s what she said a few weeks back: I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now...

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January 6, 2003
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Lower taxes = Better stock market. Stocks are soaring on news of the president’s plan to eliminate dividend taxation. Cutting dividend taxes has a disproportionate, leveraged impact on stock prices and is especially good for senior citizens who rely on dividend income. Of course, Democrats will try to demagogue this as “tax cuts for...

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January 6, 2003
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A few weeks ago, I said that the president could use the budget deficit to clamp down on spending by cutting non-defense related discretionary spending by 10% Here’s a nice jujitsu move the president could try. Let the Democrats yell and scream until the president’s State of the Union address. Then, unveil an economic...

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January 6, 2003
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You’re going to hear way too much talk about the upcoming economic stimulus package in the coming weeks and months. At first glance, though, it certainly looks promising. The president seems to be intent on pressing home his post-election 800-pound gorilla advantage by calling for measures like the complete elimination of dividend taxes. Personally,...

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January 6, 2003
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Republicans will hold their 2004 national convention in New York. Much more important than the location, though, is the timing. As I’ve noted before, the timing gives the GOP a huge advantage in the 2004 presidential race.

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January 6, 2003
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Yet another call to get US troops out of South Korea, this time from Doug Bandow in National Review: Alliances exist to serve a purpose. Yet in Korea the means has become an end. America pays the bill but gains no benefit from doing so. Indeed, it is finding ingratitude replacing appreciation. Washington’s military...

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January 5, 2003
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Via Power Line, here’s a poll showing that Minnesotans want to balance the budget by cutting spending, not raising taxes. 76% of Minnesotans favor spending cuts and only 37% favor higher taxes. I’m sure polls in other states will indicate similar preferences.

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