Ezra Klein is right about this: The key measure of a chief of staff is whether he (or she) will make the White House a more effective operation. Whether Bill Daley likes health-care reform is irrelevant if he successfully works to secure its future.
Who needs an independent agenda when you have corporate allies? Thanks regulatory capture!
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year.
The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month -- requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.
Republicans just voted en masse to extend upper-income tax cuts and add hundreds of billions to the deficit. But since they can outline imaginary spending cuts, they somehow retain fiscal credibility:
The incoming Republican majority in the House is moving to make good on its promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending this year, a goal eagerly backed by conservatives but one carrying substantial political and economic risks.
House Republican leaders are so far not specifying which programs would bear the brunt of budget cutting, only what would escape it: spending for the military, domestic security and veterans.
The thrust of E.J Dionne's point is right, though I have a small quibble:
But on reflection, I offer the Republicans two cheers for their fealty to their professed ideals. We badly need a full-scale debate over what the Constitution is, means and allows - and how Americans have argued about these questions since the beginning of the republic. This provision should be the springboard for a discussion all of us should join. [...]
An examination of the Constitution that views it as something other than the books of Genesis or Leviticus would be good for the country.