"There's lots of time to worry about the deficit. The world is happy to lend the United States money for 10 years at less than 2%. I say keep borrowing as much of that money as you can and use the money to address the immediate trauma of an economy in crisis..."
David Brooks, another "progressive" Republican, thinks Jeb Bush may jump in to the race.
Many Iowa Democrats plan to Caucus for Ron Paul. I'll go out on a limb and predict a sizable victory for Paul in the Iowa Caucus. If that happens, expect more chatter about a late entry in to the race and/or a brokered convention.
...another portion of the group said they planned to register Republican for the caucus to be able to express support for Republican and antiwar candidate Ron Paul._______________________________________________________________
Iowa City resident Jim Walters said he planned to support Paul for his views on the war in Afghanistan and added that a strong support of Paul in Iowa would send a definite message.
“I just think that this is an opportunity to take it in a different direction,” Walters said. “I think if Ron Paul places first or second in the Iowa caucuses that we can take an antiwar message right up into the streets. I don’t know where you’ll go after you elect a few non-delegates on January 3.”
Here's a little primer on Gov. Romney's "fee" increases to the tune of $501 million in his first year alone.
When Mitt Romney wanted to balance the Massachusetts budget, the blind, mentally retarded and gun owners were asked to help pay.________________________________________________________________
The Republican managed to slash spending to eliminate a deficit pegged at $3 billion, but he also proposed or presided over a far-ranging series of fee hikes _ a strategy that allowed him to maintain the no-new-taxes stance he now boasts about as he runs for president.
In all, then-Gov. Romney proposed creating 33 new fees and increasing 57 others _ enough, he said, to pull in an extra $59 million for the cash-strapped state.
Horseback riding instructors, prisoners, those seeking training to combat domestic violence and used car shoppers were asked to dig a little deeper.
Romney and Democratic lawmakers ended up approving hundreds of millions in higher fees and fines, making it more expensive to use an ice skating rink, register a boat, take the bar exam, get a duplicate driver's license, file a court case, install underground storage tanks, sell cigarettes or alcohol, comply with air quality rules and transport hazardous waste.
A survey of states by the National Conference of State Legislatures found Massachusetts led the nation during Romney's first year, raising fees and fines by $501 million....
1994 video: Romney a fan of campaign finance reform.
Ironically, he was upset about the amount of money Ted Kennedy was raising. He also wanted to do away with PACs.