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TOPLINE: Stuff You Need to Know for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tea Party Reveals Hottest Political Issue of 2014 Multiple new polls show tea-party activists see the border crisis as the most important issue of the 2014 midterm elections, and the movement once known for its insistence upon less spending and smaller government is ready to make border security a critical issue heading into November…. Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin said she thinks Republicans officially got the message. “What we saw happen at the end of July in the House of Representatives showed that the House of Representatives was finally listening to the people and doing what the people want,” she said. “People do not ...

Congress Ducks Constituents

From Business Week comes a funny, mocking take on the complete avoidance of traditional town halls by Members of Congress: Gone are the packed, freewheeling town halls of the past, where voters stood up at microphones and pelted elected officials with questions on just about anything. Members of Congress largely put an end to unscripted, up-close-and-personal events after the traumatic summer of 2009, when dozens of lawmakers were shouted down by mad-as-hell Tea Partiers and citizens angry that the proposed Affordable Care Act was going too far or not far enough. The new town halls, as described in the article: Activists have reported on this ...

America’s Finances, Family Style

In the next two months, debates over Obamacare funding, the federal government’s funding, and the debt ceiling will dominate Washington. The Heritage Foundation has a wonderful new toy – “Federal Spending by the Numbers, 2013” – that’s helpful in understanding why it’s critical to hold strong on delaying and defunding Obamacare and freezing the debt ceiling. Alison Fraser has a summary of the full document on the Heritage site, but this brings the federal government’s profligacy home to your friends and family: We can’t wait any longer. Delay and defund Obamacare, keep the debt ceiling where it is, and get federal spending ...

Obama’s new “grand bargain” avoids real tax reform and increases spending

From the Associated Press, reporting on the President’s speech yesterday: Seeking to ease Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republicans to accept a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs programs. The offer was immediately panned by GOP lawmakers, who accused the president of repacking proposals he already supports and making no concessions to the opposing party. The Associated Press reports Senator John McCain (R-AZ) shot down the idea, as did Speaker Boehner and numerous other Republicans. What’s so bad about the President’s idea? First, his speech ...