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Daily Media Spotlight -- March 14


Posted by Natasha Montague on Monday, March 14th, 2011, 1:55 PM PERMALINK


This month marks the one-year anniversary of Obamacare. In POLITICO’s Arena, Grover Norquist discusses the pitfalls of Obama’s health care bill.  “If Obama's health care law was filled with widely popular individual components, the Democrats would have proposed and passed them one at a time when Carter was president for four years with a Democrat Congress or in Clinton's first two years with Democrat control of Congress or in the first year of Obama's presidency… It is because the parts are less popular than the whole that the Obama legislation could only be passed as one huge bill no one read. They were hiding the shards of glass inside the larger unread, undiscussed, bill… The longer we look at the bill -- the 1099 assault on small business, the lack of any cost reduction, the taxes on health care products and insurance used by Americans who have long been paying for their own health care that will be used to pay for welfare for those who were not paying for health care -- the less popular this measure becomes.”

“Republicans finally get their chance to reprimand EPA” writes ATR’s Chris Prandoni in The Washington Examiner.  “Yesterday, the Energy and Power Subcommitteepassed the highly anticipated, much debated Energy Tax Prevention Act, legislation which returns the obligation of setting America’s climate policy to Congress from the Environmental Protection Agency… The EPA’s regulations would have exacerbated our frustratingly high unemployment rate and unnecessarily inflated Americans’ utility and gasoline bills…it is hard to exaggerate how destructive the EPA’s regulations would be—literally hundreds of thousands of jobs would be lost over the coming years... These regulations effectively choke off the supply of energy, thereby, increasing its price. America’s manufacturers, who are hanging on by a thread due to onerous federal regulations and increased competition abroad, would be forced to ship jobs overseas.”

Ezra Klein interviews Grover Norquist for The Washington Post. “Grover Norquist: We should reduce total government spending as a percentage of the economy. The left wants to focus on the deficit so they can take us away from the focus on spending as a percentage of the economy. As long as we’re focused on spending, there are only two ways to do that. One is spend less, and Democrats have no solutions for that. Or we have pro-growth policies that make the economy grow so the dead-weight cost of government becomes a smaller percentage of the economy and therefore less expensive… The goal is to reduce the size and scope of government spending, not to focus on the deficit. The deficit is the symptom of the disease. And there are several reasons to oppose tax increases. First, every dollar of tax increase is a dollar you didn’t get in spending restraint.”

Sunday, on Newsmakers LIVE, Grover Norquist discussed the debate over federal spending and tax issues.

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