This morning, the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee began its first in a series of hearings on state and municipal debt. As is their wont, Republicans insist that this is another problem easily solved by spending cuts. Here, from TheWall Street Journal's liveblog, is how Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) described the situation:
The GOP hewing to the talking points. Rep. McHenry ends his statement by calling for an end to "reckless spending" in the states and in Washington, and "unsustainable bailouts."
Jonathan Bernsteinpushes Democrats to do more about judicial nominations in an op-ed for TheNew York Times:
But the Democrats share a large part of the blame as well. For one thing, the president has named only nine judges for the 17 appeals court vacancies and only 41 judges for the 85 open district court seats. That’s significantly fewer nominations than Presidents George W. Bush or Bill Clinton had sent to Congress by this time in their first terms.
Via The Monkey Cage comes an astounding chart from Suzanne Mettler in Perspectives on Politics. It shows the percentage of people who benefit from a given government program and who claim that 'they have not used a government program':
Chris Cillizza should have gone a little deeper in his analysis before making this assertion:
[A] new poll conducted by automated pollster Pulse Opinion Research for The Hill newspaper shows that people largely agree. The poll found 62 percent of people oppose raising the debt ceiling, while just 27 percent support it. (The debt ceiling is how much Congress allows the country to go into debt, and current projections show the country will need to take on more debt by the end of March in order to continue functioning as it is now.)
That bodes well for a Republican Party that has vowed to get tough on spending.