Political hashtags come with a host of inherent risks — as the Mitt Romney campaign discovered when it tried #areyoubetteroff last summer to question Obama’s economic record and the White House learned when it promulgated #My2K to alert people to a potential $2,000 middle-class tax increase that might have hit were it not for the fiscal cliff deal.
Both ideas were hijacked. Flocks of Obama supporters tweeted that, yes, they were better off; The Heritage Foundation bought “my2K” as a Twitter search term so people looking for it would be confronted first with Heritage’s anti-Obama message.
If President Barack Obama does not deal with entitlement spending in a meaningful way in the next four years, he will not leave behind a successful legacy, Alan Simpson, former GOP senator of Wyoming said Tuesday at a breakfast event put on by Politico at the Newseum.
“If he can’t cut the mustard with solvency of Social Security under honest appraisals of the trustees and he can’t get a handle on an automatic pilot rig of health care, he will have a failed presidency,” Simpson said.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police Monday detained 10 women, including the sister of American comic Sarah Silverman, as they tried to pray at a Jerusalem holy site, the head of a liberal Jewish women’s group said.
Anat Hoffman, who was among those detained, said the women were stopped because they were wearing religious garb that Orthodox Judaism reserves for men only. The incident occurred at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 325, the No Budget No Pay Act:
“The United States has a serious debt problem, and I do not take lightly our responsibility to pay bills and get our debt under control. It is hoped that the No Budget No Pay Act will help to break the logjam by requiring the Senate to pass a budget.