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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Nancy Pelosi: When will Republicans take back their party and force it to share my values?

(By Allahpundit, Hot Air) - Via RCP, here’s what the House minority leader was doing tonight in Boston while the rest of America was busy tracking what’s going on in D.C. I’m burning to know what a Pelosi-approved GOP would look like, how far it would have to “evolve” before Nancy was willing to say, “It doesn’t matter so much who wins this election.” I can’t shake the crazy hunch that even a Republican Party that voted in lockstep with, say, Jim Webb or Heath Shuler would be deemed extreme and an offense to “our values” once campaign season swung around.

Or, to put it another way, why don’t centrist Democrats take back their party from the Pelosi wing that’s rocketing us towards a fiscal apocalypse? Have a look at Philip Klein’s sneak peek at the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s “solution” to the debt crisis. Values:

To extend the long-term solvency of Social Security, it would propose dramatically increasing payroll taxes on both the employer and employee side, and funneling the money into even more generous benefits.

Payroll taxes are economically destructive, because they make it more expensive for employers to hire new workers, meaning lower real wages and higher unemployment…

The plan would also build on Obama’s most notable initiatives. It includes an additional $1.45 trillion in economic stimulus spending. On health care, the plan would add a government-run plan, or “public option,” to Obamacare and have the government negotiate drug prices.

Yet while other parts of government would grow, the defense budget would be gutted.


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