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Europe unrecognizable from U.S. Republican rhetoric

April 3, 2012

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum accuse Obama of leading America to “European-style socialism.” The pejorative works to a point but conveniently overlooks German trade surpluses, Dutch unemployment and Polish growth. GOP hopefuls might aspire to some of the continent’s achievements.

No consensus on higher taxes, sorry

October 7, 2009

Republicans and conservatives -- although the two are not one and the same -- need to face up to economic reality and embrace higher taxes. At least that's the argument being made by supporters of the Obama administration, a view crystallized in today's column by David Leonhardt of The New York Times.