Monday, June 18, 2012

Catnip 6/18/12: Live and Let Die

Happy 70th to Sir Paul. This must have been one helluva show. My kingdom for a time machine to go back and see Wings in their heyday.

Monday moanin' news...

How would Romney pay for his massive tax cuts for the wealthy? How would he increase military spending and slash revenue at the same time? He won't tell you right now, reminiscent of the gubernatorial campaigns of 2010 from Walker, Snyder, Kasich, Scott, and others. How did they pay for their tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy, when they reached office? They raised taxes on the middle class and slashed spending on education and other vital state services. Make a note. The only difference here is that Romney may not be able to get away with not presenting a plan by election time.

Another big clue about Romney's ultimate plan - his embrace of Paul Ryan and the unpopular House Republicans. Kissy-face on the campaign trail with the likes of Boehner, Ryan, Portman and others. From the WSJ and Sargent: "Many observers expected Romney to work hard to achieve separation from the House GOP, but the real story turned out to be the degree to which Romney’s and Ryan’s broad economic visions are in sync with one another." Ding ding ding, we have a winnah.

Energy Etch-A-Sketch. Don't miss this important editorial on the massive flip-flop Romney has done on energy to please the Koch Party. "Mr. Romney has plainly decided that satisfying his party’s antiregulatory base is essential to his political future. But the policies he espouses would be devastating for the country and the planet. If there are doubts on that point, the most recent findings from the International Energy Agency should dispel them: the agency reports an alarming one-year increase in global greenhouse gas emissions, largely because of increasing coal use around the world." Can't get any clearer than that.

Chicken. Romney changed a campaign location Saturday to avoid the voters protesters. They were waiting for him on Sunday though.

Two weeks left to fix the student loan issue. Word has it that the transportation bill is going to fail. The farm bill is being held up by certain Senators who want to attack the EPA with amendments. Ah yes, that unpopular Congress is back this week, God help us all.

All things Europe with Ezra. He has the latest on the elections, check out today's Wonkbook if you're looking for that news.

Bloomberg has the rundown on what to expect from the Supreme Court. Health care fallout is going to rule the news cycle, so we'll burn that bridge when we come to it.

Bringing Moneyball theories to politics. It's crazy enough that it just might work.

Must run. Have a great week.