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So Do More Taxes Really Mean More Tax Revenues?

Whenever a government proposes to cut spending to fill a budget shortage, it seems guaranteed that you’ll hear protesters object that we ought to raise taxes to fill the gap, rather than defund our programs and lay off government employees. Such proponents usually carry one dangerous presumption into this discussion. It seems common to believe that an increased tax rate will bring in new revenue proportionally to the increase. If, for instance, a tax of twenty percent on an industry with a billion dollars in profits brings in two hundred million in revenues, raising it to thirty should bring in three hundred. In believing this, we overlook an age-old observation regarding the relationship between tax rates and tax revenues.

Economists have observed since nearly the beginning of the profession that taxation disincentivizes the taxed activity. All economic activity involves risk, and investors are willing to take risks only for the sake of profit. While governments have always believed they should have a share of your profits, they haven’t (historically) been keen on the idea that they should share in your risk and bail you out if your business goes under. Decreased opportunity for profit at the same level of risk tends to cool some businessmen from taking that risk at all. Now if someone closes shop on account of this skittishness, he won’t make any taxable profits selling taxable merchandise. From this we conclude that higher tax rates decrease the amount of transactions that can be taxed.

That conclusion has great significance for tax revenues, because tax revenues are equal to the tax rate times the total value of the taxed transactions. Accordingly, if raising the first value lowers the second value, at a certain point tax revenues will hit their maximum possible level and indeed begin declining if taxes rise above it. A tax above that point is called a prohibitive tax, and lowering such a tax will counter-intuitively increase overall tax revenues. Ibn Khaldun was probably the first man to write about this in the fourteenth century, but after Arthur Laffer raised this objection regarding Ford’s tax increases to a couple of Ford’s staffers (Rumsfeld and Cheney, incidentally) a Wall Street Journal coined the term that stuck: the Laffer Curve. There are four consequences of this that I want to touch on.

First, if you need to raise a certain amount or revenue, you cannot calculate the necessary tax hike based on the presumption that the transactions being taxed will still occur at the same rate as they did at the former tax rate. With a smaller tax base, your new taxes will certainly bring in less money than projected, and if tax rates become prohibitive, tax revenues will actually decline.

Second, if you intend to lower taxes, it will not cost you as much revenue as you project, and may even increase it if your taxes are prohibitive. Now on this point, it needs to be noted that if an economic downturn coincides with your tax cuts, you may find yourself in deficits worse than projected. Such was the case when the Bush tax cuts coincided with the general economic malaise of the better part of the last decade. However, this needs to be blamed on the downturn, not the tax cuts, since the higher rates, especially of the capital gains tax (tax on sale of stock, among other things), would certainly have scared away even more investors had they remained. When pundits argue that the deficits would be such-and-such an amount lower without them, they’re presuming the economy would not have fallen to even lower levels with them. Had the taxes remained where they had been, they would have still brought in extra revenue, just not as much as is often projected. This seems also to be a good place to point out: contrary to some who use the Laffer Curve to defend every tax cut, not every tax cut will increase revenues or be deficit neutral. This only occurs if taxes are lowered from above the point where tax revenues have been maximized. The US is probably not near this point at the moment. Nonetheless, at any point cutting taxes will increase the taxable income, such that at least some portion of the cost of the tax cut will be offset.

Third, if you are seeking a tax hike to fund social programs, you must be careful that the programs you pay for do not create more victims than they help. While tax increases suffer from diminishing returns, such that every one percent increase to the tax rate raises revenues less than the one before, the accompanying contraction of the economy puts more and more people in need of such programs. It is possible, depending on many factors, that an increased tax rate causes unemployment to rise and wages to fall to the point where your tax is harming the standard of living more than your program is helping it. This is certainly not a guaranteed consequence, but it’s a possibility, and it’s one I’d like progressives to investigate thoroughly before advocating the need for a new tax.

Fourth, if your tax only targets one specific kind of income or transaction, especially tax on goods that are regarded as non-essentials, it is least likely to approach anywhere near its estimated revenue. People will most likely choose to find alternative kinds of investments or transactions that aren’t subject to the tax. For instance: historically income has been taxed, but employer based health insurance hasn’t. For this reason, most employees try to get their insurance direct from employers, thus avoiding the need to pay income tax on that part of their wages. Now congress wants to get sixty billion dollars over ten years by taxing employer provided insurance plans worth over $10,200. If history is any indication, workplaces with such a plan should be rolling out new $10,199 plans any time now to avoid that tax, and the sixty billion dollars will never materialize.

Now, a caveat. There’s no simple formula for computing the point at which revenues have been maximized. Accordingly, this is somewhat difficult to put into practical use. Nevertheless, it remains a warning which we need to hear often when we determine our tax policy: tax rates and tax revenues have a complicated relationship and it is not easy to project the latter from the former.

The Death of the Christian College

Well, health care reform is now a fact in America. The President has promised to make big changes to the way business is done in this country. He promised to reduce the deficit, make colleges more affordable, and freeze governmental spending for three years in 2011 among many other things. My biggest worry after listening to the President’s address several weeks ago was not that these amazing changes would not take place, but rather that they would.

For me, the scariest thing in this bill is making colleges more affordable to a wider range of people. The bill outlines plans for making community colleges more affordable, tuition for colleges in general be brought down, lending companies forgiving college debts after 20 years or 10 years if the person works in Public Service, and cutting the middle man when it comes to the handling of student loans.

This might be alarmist, but I’m becoming convinced that, since these measures are put in place, we will see the death of the private college institution. If community colleges, which are already cheaper than most private schools, are given a helping hand by the government more people will flock to these schools than the private ones. Given the fact that teachers are under-paid as is, a decrease in tuition for colleges will mean a possible decrease in professor’s salaries, which might lead to a decline in people seeking employment in teaching.

Of course, lending companies make their money by the interest rates they charge. What happens when these lending companies are then given a time frame to make back their investments? My guess would be they will chase those they lend to more doggedly and perhaps even raising interest rates even higher. They may even begin to only loan to those who they know can repay the loan, leaving others out of money for college.

However, the most alarming part of the bill is that lending institutions and banks will be cut completely out of the student loaning process. Instead, the government will be handing money to students directly. The reason this alarms me is that by giving students the money directly, the government will be paying money to private religious institutions. All it will take is one person to make the connection, faulty or otherwise, that this is a violation of the separation of Church and State. I believe we’ll be only one ACLU lawsuit away from the death of religious colleges and universities.

Stop cheering Bill Maher.

Like I said, this may sound alarmist, but I honestly do believe this scenario may occur now that these changes are made. And, since conjecture only goes so far, these problems may never come up. So, all we can do is hope I’m wrong.

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Health Care for All! Obama Guy Is Pumped.

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Like many young liberals, our old friend “Obama Guy” has been pretty ecstatic since Obamacare became the law of the land. This week, he calls in to gushingly explain to me why George Bush was pig-headedly holding us back from receiving a right that is every bit as important as the Ten Commandments. He explains that no young person should ever have to suffer from the inability to pay their bill for difficult hangnail removals. Also, Obama Guy notes that Keith Olbermann is one of the calmest people he knows, Gossip Girl is really a haven of political philosophy, and Barack Obama will cure obesity.

All the President’s Men – The Full List of ‘Yes’ Votes on Obamacare

The leftist hosers at the Huff Post have targeted the Democrats who voted against Obamacare last weekend. They believe they have betrayed the principles of Utopia, well being, and Franklin Roosevelt and should therefore be snuffed out for the dream-killers they are. It got me thinking that I hadn’t actually seen the A to Z list of all the Democrats who voted FOR Obamacare. I meandered over to the site of the congressional clerk and recorder and found just that. Below is every US Representative who voted for the bill.

It goes ‘Name – Party – Congressional District’. And yes – that ‘D’ in every entry means Democrat. This was truly a bi-partisan effort on behalf of the post-racial, post-partisan, post-etc. President Obama…

  • Gary L. Ackerman D NY-5
  • Robert E. Andrews D NJ-1
  • Joe Baca D CA-43
  • Brian Baird D WA-3
  • Tammy Baldwin D WI-2

  • Melissa Bean D IL-8
  • Xavier Becerra D CA-31
  • Shelley Berkley D NV-1
  • Howard L. Berman D CA-28
  • Timothy H. Bishop D NY-1
  • Sanford D. Bishop Jr. D GA-2
  • Earl Blumenauer D OR-3
  • John Boccieri D OH-16
  • Leonard L. Boswell D IA-3
  • Allen Boyd D FL-2
  • Robert A. Brady D PA-1
  • Bruce Braley D IA-1
  • Corrine Brown D FL-3
  • G. K. Butterfield D NC-1
  • Lois Capps D CA-23
  • Michael E. Capuano D MA-8
  • Dennis Cardoza D CA-18
  • Russ Carnahan D MO-3
  • Christopher Carney D PA-10
  • André Carson D IN-7
  • Kathy Castor D FL-11
  • Judy Chu D CA-32
  • Yvette Clarke D NY-11
  • William Lacy Clay D MO-1
  • Emanuel Cleaver II D MO-5
  • James E. Clyburn D SC-6

  • Steve Cohen D TN-9
  • Gerald E. Connolly D VA-11
  • John Conyers Jr. D MI-14
  • Jim Cooper D TN-5
  • Jim Costa D CA-20
  • Jerry F. Costello D IL-12
  • Joe Courtney D CT-2
  • Joseph Crowley D NY-7
  • Henry Cuellar D TX-28
  • Elijah E. Cummings D MD-7
  • Kathy Dahlkemper D PA-3
  • Danny K. Davis D IL-7
  • Susan A. Davis D CA-53
  • Peter A. DeFazio D OR-4
  • Diana DeGette D CO-1
  • Bill Delahunt D MA-10
  • Rosa DeLauro D CT-3
  • Norman D. Dicks D WA-6
  • John D. Dingell D MI-15
  • Lloyd Doggett D TX-25
  • Joe Donnelly D IN-2
  • Mike Doyle D PA-14
  • Steve Driehaus D OH-1
  • Donna Edwards D MD-4
  • Keith Ellison D MN-5

  • Brad Ellsworth D IN-8
  • Eliot L. Engel D NY-17
  • Anna G. Eshoo D CA-14
  • Bob Etheridge D NC-2
  • Sam Farr D CA-17
  • Chaka Fattah D PA-2
  • Bob Filner D CA-51
  • Bill Foster D IL-14
  • Barney Frank D MA-4

  • Marcia L. Fudge D OH-11
  • John Garamendi D CA-10
  • Gabrielle Giffords D AZ-8
  • Charlie Gonzalez D TX-20
  • Bart Gordon D TN-6
  • Alan Grayson D FL-8
  • Al Green D TX-9
  • Gene Green D TX-29
  • Raúl M. Grijalva D AZ-7
  • Luis V. Gutierrez D IL-4
  • John Hall D NY-19
  • Debbie Halvorson D IL-11
  • Phil Hare D IL-17
  • Jane Harman D CA-36
  • Alcee L. Hastings D FL-23

  • Martin Heinrich D NM-1
  • Brian Higgins D NY-27
  • Baron P. Hill D IN-9
  • Jim Himes D CT-4
  • Maurice D. Hinchey D NY-22
  • Rubén Hinojosa D TX-15
  • Mazie K. Hirono D HI-2
  • Paul W. Hodes D NH-2
  • Rush Holt D NJ-12
  • Michael M. Honda D CA-15
  • Steny H. Hoyer D MD-5

  • Jay Inslee D WA-1
  • Steve Israel D NY-2
  • Jesse L. Jackson Jr. D IL-2
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee D TX-18
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson D TX-30
  • Hank Johnson D GA-4
  • Steve Kagen D WI-8
  • Paul E. Kanjorski D PA-11
  • Marcy Kaptur D OH-9
  • Patrick J. Kennedy D RI-1
  • Dale E. Kildee D MI-5
  • Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick D MI-13
  • Mary Jo Kilroy D OH-15
  • Ron Kind D WI-3
  • Ann Kirkpatrick D AZ-1
  • Ron Klein D FL-22
  • Suzanne Kosmas D FL-24
  • Dennis J. Kucinich D OH-10

  • Jim Langevin D RI-2
  • Rick Larsen D WA-2
  • John B. Larson D CT-1
  • Barbara Lee D CA-9
  • Sander M. Levin D MI-12
  • John Lewis D GA-5
  • Dave Loebsack D IA-2
  • Zoe Lofgren D CA-16
  • Nita M. Lowey D NY-18
  • Ben Ray Lujan D NM-3
  • Dan Maffei D NY-25
  • Carolyn B. Maloney D NY-14
  • Betsy Markey D CO-4
  • Edward J. Markey D MA-7
  • Doris Matsui D CA-5
  • Carolyn McCarthy D NY-4
  • Betty McCollum D MN-4
  • Jim McDermott D WA-7
  • Jim McGovern D MA-3
  • Jerry McNerney D CA-11
  • Kendrick B. Meek D FL-17
  • Gregory W. Meeks D NY-6
  • Michael H. Michaud D ME-2
  • Brad Miller D NC-13
  • George Miller D CA-7
  • Harry E. Mitchell D AZ-5
  • Alan B. Mollohan D WV-1
  • Dennis Moore D KS-3
  • Gwen Moore D WI-4
  • James P. Moran D VA-8
  • Christopher S. Murphy D CT-5
  • Patrick J. Murphy D PA-8
  • Scott Murphy D NY-20
  • Jerrold Nadler D NY-8

  • Grace F. Napolitano D CA-38
  • Richard E. Neal D MA-2
  • James L. Oberstar D MN-8
  • David R. Obey D WI-7
  • John W. Olver D MA-1
  • Solomon P. Ortiz D TX-27
  • Bill Owens D NY-23
  • Frank Pallone D NJ-6
  • Bill Pascrell Jr. D NJ-8
  • Ed Pastor D AZ-4
  • Donald M. Payne D NJ-10

  • Nancy Pelosi D CA-8

  • Ed Perlmutter D CO-7
  • Tom Perriello D VA-5
  • Gary Peters D MI-9
  • Chellie Pingree D ME-1
  • Jared Polis D CO-2
  • Earl Pomeroy D ND-1
  • David E. Price D NC-4
  • Mike Quigley D IL-5
  • Nick J. Rahall II D WV-3
  • Charles B. Rangel D NY-15
  • Silvestre Reyes D TX-16
  • Laura Richardson D CA-37
  • Ciro D. Rodriguez D TX-23
  • Steven R. Rothman D NJ-9
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard D CA-34
  • C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger D MD-2
  • Bobby L. Rush D IL-1
  • Tim Ryan D OH-17
  • John Salazar D CO-3
  • Linda T. Sanchez D CA-39
  • Loretta Sanchez D CA-47

  • John Sarbanes D MD-3
  • Jan Schakowsky D IL-9
  • Mark Schauer D MI-7
  • Adam B. Schiff D CA-29
  • Kurt Schrader D OR-5
  • Allyson Y. Schwartz D PA-13
  • David Scott D GA-13
  • Robert C. Scott D VA-3
  • José E. Serrano D NY-16
  • Joe Sestak D PA-7
  • Carol Shea-Porter D NH-1
  • Brad Sherman D CA-27
  • Albio Sires D NJ-13
  • Louise M. Slaughter D NY-28
  • Adam Smith D WA-9
  • Vic Snyder D AR-2
  • Jackie Speier D CA-12
  • John M. Spratt Jr. D SC-5
  • Pete Stark D CA-13
  • Bart Stupak D MI-1

  • Betty Sutton D OH-13
  • Bennie Thompson D MS-2
  • Mike Thompson D CA-1
  • John F. Tierney D MA-6
  • Dina Titus D NV-3
  • Paul Tonko D NY-21
  • Edolphus Towns D NY-10
  • Niki Tsongas D MA-5
  • Chris Van Hollen D MD-8
  • Nydia M. Velázquez D NY-12
  • Peter J. Visclosky D IN-1
  • Tim Walz D MN-1
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz D FL-20

  • Maxine Waters D CA-35
  • Diane Watson D CA-33
  • Melvin Watt D NC-12
  • Henry A. Waxman D CA-30
  • Anthony Weiner D NY-9
  • Peter Welch D VT-1
  • Charlie Wilson D OH-6
  • Lynn Woolsey D CA-6
  • David Wu D OR-1
  • John Yarmuth D KY-3

What say we remember these names in November?

 

Gary L. Ackerman D NY-5
Robert E. Andrews D NJ-1
Joe Baca D CA-43
Brian Baird D WA-3
Tammy Baldwin D WI-2
Melissa Bean D IL-8
Xavier Becerra D CA-31
Shelley Berkley D NV-1
Howard L. Berman D CA-28
Timothy H. Bishop D NY-1
Sanford D. Bishop Jr. D GA-2
Earl Blumenauer D OR-3
John Boccieri D OH-16
Leonard L. Boswell D IA-3
Allen Boyd D FL-2
Robert A. Brady D PA-1
Bruce Braley D IA-1
Corrine Brown D FL-3
G. K. Butterfield D NC-1
Lois Capps D CA-23
Michael E. Capuano D MA-8
Dennis Cardoza D CA-18
Russ Carnahan D MO-3
Christopher Carney D PA-10
André Carson D IN-7
Kathy Castor D FL-11
Judy Chu D CA-32
Yvette Clarke D NY-11
William Lacy Clay D MO-1
Emanuel Cleaver II D MO-5
James E. Clyburn D SC-6
Steve Cohen D TN-9
Gerald E. Connolly D VA-11
John Conyers Jr. D MI-14
Jim Cooper D TN-5
Jim Costa D CA-20
Jerry F. Costello D IL-12
Joe Courtney D CT-2
Joseph Crowley D NY-7
Henry Cuellar D TX-28
Elijah E. Cummings D MD-7
Kathy Dahlkemper D PA-3
Danny K. Davis D IL-7
Susan A. Davis D CA-53
Peter A. DeFazio D OR-4
Diana DeGette D CO-1
Bill Delahunt D MA-10
Rosa DeLauro D CT-3
Norman D. Dicks D WA-6
John D. Dingell D MI-15
Lloyd Doggett D TX-25
Joe Donnelly D IN-2
Mike Doyle D PA-14
Steve Driehaus D OH-1
Donna Edwards D MD-4
Keith Ellison D MN-5
Brad Ellsworth D IN-8
Eliot L. Engel D NY-17
Anna G. Eshoo D CA-14
Bob Etheridge D NC-2
Sam Farr D CA-17
Chaka Fattah D PA-2
Bob Filner D CA-51
Bill Foster D IL-14
Barney Frank D MA-4
Marcia L. Fudge D OH-11
John Garamendi D CA-10
Gabrielle Giffords D AZ-8
Charlie Gonzalez D TX-20
Bart Gordon D TN-6
Alan Grayson D FL-8
Al Green D TX-9
Gene Green D TX-29
Raúl M. Grijalva D AZ-7
Luis V. Gutierrez D IL-4
John Hall D NY-19
Debbie Halvorson D IL-11
Phil Hare D IL-17
Jane Harman D CA-36
Alcee L. Hastings D FL-23
Martin Heinrich D NM-1
Brian Higgins D NY-27
Baron P. Hill D IN-9
Jim Himes D CT-4
Maurice D. Hinchey D NY-22
Rubén Hinojosa D TX-15
Mazie K. Hirono D HI-2
Paul W. Hodes D NH-2
Rush Holt D NJ-12
Michael M. Honda D CA-15
Steny H. Hoyer D MD-5
Jay Inslee D WA-1
Steve Israel D NY-2
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. D IL-2
Sheila Jackson-Lee D TX-18
Eddie Bernice Johnson D TX-30
Hank Johnson D GA-4
Steve Kagen D WI-8
Paul E. Kanjorski D PA-11
Marcy Kaptur D OH-9
Patrick J. Kennedy D RI-1
Dale E. Kildee D MI-5
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick D MI-13
Mary Jo Kilroy D OH-15
Ron Kind D WI-3
Ann Kirkpatrick D AZ-1
Ron Klein D FL-22
Suzanne Kosmas D FL-24
Dennis J. Kucinich D OH-10
Jim Langevin D RI-2
Rick Larsen D WA-2
John B. Larson D CT-1
Barbara Lee D CA-9
Sander M. Levin D MI-12
John Lewis D GA-5
Dave Loebsack D IA-2
Zoe Lofgren D CA-16
Nita M. Lowey D NY-18
Ben Ray Lujan D NM-3
Dan Maffei D NY-25
Carolyn B. Maloney D NY-14
Betsy Markey D CO-4
Edward J. Markey D MA-7
Doris Matsui D CA-5
Carolyn McCarthy D NY-4
Betty McCollum D MN-4
Jim McDermott D WA-7
Jim McGovern D MA-3
Jerry McNerney D CA-11
Kendrick B. Meek D FL-17
Gregory W. Meeks D NY-6
Michael H. Michaud D ME-2
Brad Miller D NC-13
George Miller D CA-7
Harry E. Mitchell D AZ-5
Alan B. Mollohan D WV-1
Dennis Moore D KS-3
Gwen Moore D WI-4
James P. Moran D VA-8
Christopher S. Murphy D CT-5
Patrick J. Murphy D PA-8
Scott Murphy D NY-20
Jerrold Nadler D NY-8
Grace F. Napolitano D CA-38
Richard E. Neal D MA-2
James L. Oberstar D MN-8
David R. Obey D WI-7
John W. Olver D MA-1
Solomon P. Ortiz D TX-27
Bill Owens D NY-23
Frank Pallone D NJ-6
Bill Pascrell Jr. D NJ-8
Ed Pastor D AZ-4
Donald M. Payne D NJ-10
Nancy Pelosi D CA-8
Ed Perlmutter D CO-7
Tom Perriello D VA-5
Gary Peters D MI-9
Chellie Pingree D ME-1
Jared Polis D CO-2
Earl Pomeroy D ND-1
David E. Price D NC-4
Mike Quigley D IL-5
Nick J. Rahall II D WV-3
Charles B. Rangel D NY-15
Silvestre Reyes D TX-16
Laura Richardson D CA-37
Ciro D. Rodriguez D TX-23
Steven R. Rothman D NJ-9
Lucille Roybal-Allard D CA-34
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger D MD-2
Bobby L. Rush D IL-1
Tim Ryan D OH-17
John Salazar D CO-3
Linda T. Sanchez D CA-39
Loretta Sanchez D CA-47
John Sarbanes D MD-3
Jan Schakowsky D IL-9
Mark Schauer D MI-7
Adam B. Schiff D CA-29
Kurt Schrader D OR-5
Allyson Y. Schwartz D PA-13
David Scott D GA-13
Robert C. Scott D VA-3
José E. Serrano D NY-16
Joe Sestak D PA-7
Carol Shea-Porter D NH-1
Brad Sherman D CA-27
Albio Sires D NJ-13
Louise M. Slaughter D NY-28
Adam Smith D WA-9
Vic Snyder D AR-2
Jackie Speier D CA-12
John M. Spratt Jr. D SC-5
Pete Stark D CA-13
Bart Stupak D MI-1
Betty Sutton D OH-13
Bennie Thompson D MS-2
Mike Thompson D CA-1
John F. Tierney D MA-6
Dina Titus D NV-3
Paul Tonko D NY-21
Edolphus Towns D NY-10
Niki Tsongas D MA-5
Chris Van Hollen D MD-8
Nydia M. Velázquez D NY-12
Peter J. Visclosky D IN-1
Tim Walz D MN-1
Debbie Wasserman Schultz D FL-20
Maxine Waters D CA-35
Diane Watson D CA-33
Melvin Watt D NC-12
Henry A. Waxman D CA-30
Anthony Weiner D NY-9
Peter Welch D VT-1
Charlie Wilson D OH-6
Lynn Woolsey D CA-6
David Wu D OR-1
John Yarmuth D KY-3

Frustration & Hope on Obama-Care Passage

Nancy Pelosi - The Financial Times

You can’t help but slap your forehead repeatedly and think to yourself… this health care bill is going to smack the economy around at a time when it really isn’t prudent. All we have to do is look across the Canadian border and across the pond to see this won’t work! And man, how did we let Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, and Charlie Rangle be in the position to pull this off? Our post-Obamacare TWG Special dwells on some forehead smacking, but also speaks to the hope we have for a Conservative renewal… N*Sync and Peter Pan somehow make appearances as well…

Boehner’s Epic Last Stand on Health Care (Video)

The House Minority Leader, John Boehner, gave what was undoubtedly the best speech of his life last night. A last ditch effort to convince Dems to vote against Obama-care, the GOP leader summarized poignantly the awful-ness that was the bill…

Much more on the epic day in Washington and the delightful news of Joe Mauer’s new deal with the Twins on an all new TWG Podcast later tonight...