Congressional Candidates Step Up Appeals to Older Voters

Just weeks before the midterm elections, congressional candidates across the nation are stepping up their efforts to woo older voters by zeroing in on the issues of Social Security and Medicare, especially in their campaign advertising, the New York Times reports. >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter “The number of television ads mentioning Social Security and Medicare in places with close congressional races testifies to the battle for retirement-age voters,” its story says, noting that older voters make …

House GOP Plan Seeks Health Cuts to Balance Budget

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are pressing ahead with a slashing plan to try to balance the budget within 10 years, relying on big decreases in health care programs for the middle class and the poor, as well as tax increases and Medicare cuts engineered by President Obama. The GOP fiscal plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promises $5.1 trillion in spending cuts – and unorthodox accounting incorporating the pro-growth effects of …

Angry About the Shutdown? Join the Club

Americans don’t want the government shuttered to block Obamacare, and they lay blame for the shutdown on Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 1. To be sure, Americans aren’t wild about the Affordable Care Act, but they oppose the idea of shutting down the government to stop it by a massive 50-point margin – 72 percent to 22 percent. A similar share is also against blocking an increase in the debt ceiling for the same purpose. …

In Politics, Which Way Are Hispanics of All Ages Leaning?

Polls have the power to buoy politicians and political parties. (Who wouldn’t be happy, after all, to know that they’re on track to win an election?) At the same time, though, they can dole out bad cases of political heartburn. That surely is the case with a new Gallup poll that serves up the following finding: “Hispanics of all ages in the United States today are more than twice as likely to identify with or lean to the Democratic Party …

The Walk to Walden’s Woodshed and Other Contradictions in the Obama Budget

It’s news these days that the President has dinner with members of Congress. Had President Obama enjoyed more meals or even an occasional beverage with some members of Congress in both parties, he might have found out that putting the Chained CPI in his budget could derail his entire legislative agenda because of the passions roused in both Democrats and Republicans against the proposal.     One of the key messages coming from the White House when the President’s usual …

The Takeaway: Santorum Takes Louisiana; Communities Ill-Prepared for Aging Boomers

Older voters fueled a Rick Santorum victory in Louisiana’s GOP primary. Plus: Why are U.S. communities so ill-prepared for an aging boomer population?