Morning Coffee Break – Ryan, SEIU, Akin, Newsweek – Monday, August 20, 2012
It’s one week away to the Republican National Convention, and the media airwaves are working overtime.
- If you’re Republican and a politician, you know you’ve made it and hit the big time, when Maureen Dowd devotes an entire Sunday column to trashing you. Then Paul Krugman weighs in as well, with his “unserious man” “style over substance.” Krugman states Ryan hasn’t said where he would cut spending? Uh, yes he has, in a Q&A session with Hardball’s Chris Matthews, no less. At 4:25, Chris asks where Ryan would cut, and he answers.
- Look for the union label. There’s a new book coming out, “Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control Government and Rob Taxpayers Blind.” The Daily Caller picks up the argument from the author about how an SEIU booklet published in 2008 calls for outcomes similar to what is found in Obamacare, “Obamacare law designed to unionize 21 million healthcare workers.” The author told the Daily Caller, “For every million additional health care workers unionized in the 27 non-right-to-work states,” he told TheDC, “the unions stand to earn $1 billion in dues.” All completely voluntary, I’m sure.
- And then we have Rep. Todd Akin running against Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Put Akin in the tit-for-tat column with Joe Biden’s “y’all” comment. Goes to show, stupid has no favorites when it comes to politics. Put Missouri now in the toss-up column.
- When Newsweek (no, that was not a typo) does an unfavorable cover story on Barack, something’s in the wind. No more need be said.
Enjoy your day.