Obama’s “residual force” is of course a way to keep us in Iraq for years (like McCain wanted)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., suggested a smaller contingent of 15,000 to 20,000 troops, and said she wanted to study Obamaâ€™s proposal. â€œI donâ€™t know what the justification is for the presence of 50,000 troops in Iraq,â€ Pelosi told MSNBC on Wednesday.
House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John P. Murtha , D-Pa., said only a complete withdrawal would suffice. â€œI donâ€™t think we need to leave anybody there,â€ he said. â€œThey have got to be on their own. Their presence alone makes them vulnerable.â€
Likewise, Obama’s “upper income” limit on mortgage deducations should slow the reemergence of the high end of the home price bubble
The tax increases would … [reduce] the value of such longstanding deductions as mortgage interest … for people in the highest tax brackets. Households paying income taxes at the 33% and 35% rates can currently claim deductions at those rates. Under the Obama proposal, they could deduct only 28% of the value of those payments.