This Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation mini-documentary debunks White House pro-tax propaganda with a point-by-point rebuttal of a video narrated by Austan Goolsbee of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers. www.freedomandprosperity.org
Something’s up, something’s going on that we are just beginning to hear about, thanks to Tuesday’s overwhelming Republican victory.
Various news sites are beginning to leak info on the Obama White House and what the Democrat party is doing to protect itself from his toxic touch. Today on his radio program, Rush Limbaugh echoed the idea that something’s afoot as well.
In several articles at opinion-maker.org and Politico, reporters are talking about leakers and what they have to say.
Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei of Politico co-authored “President Obama is Isolated Ahead of 2012.” They quote unnamed Democrats who say they “are skeptical that Obama is self aware enough to make the sort of dramatic changes they feel are needed in his relations with other Democrats or in his very approach to the job.” In addition, they say “he’s isolated himself from every group that matters in American politics.”
Wayne Madsen at opinon-maker.org goes much further.
According to that website, a blogger who calls himself Ulsterman talks of a reign of terror at the White House on leakers. Among the explosive findings there:
Democrats pushed Obama on this trip to get him out of the country as they attempt to sort through Tuesday’s political disaster.
There is guerilla warfare between Obama’s inner circle and Nancy Pelosi, James Carville, Howard Dean, Joe Biden and Bill Clinton. Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett and mother-in-law Marion Robinson are the few people Obama listens to.
Biden has been approached by Democrats who want to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Obama from office. However, he indicated he worries too much about the chaos that would ensue to endorse such a move.
According to these sources, even the Congressional Black Caucus is ready for Obama’s removal, questioning his grasp of reality.
Others allege that ex-CIA people have been released across the globe to look for documents and dossiers incriminating to Obama.
There has been talk of Obama taking prescription anxiety medications.
Two recent incidents get particular attention.
Obama’s behind the scenes fury after the seal of the president fell off his podium at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Speech alarmed many. He made light of it at in front of the audience, but afterwards seemed convinced that people were conspiring against him.
Then when Obama campaigned in Rhode Island and failed to endorse the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, eyebrows were raised. When he left the special $7,500 a place fund raiser afterwards to ‘”tuck in my daughters, walk the dog and scoop the poop,” attendees were upset and alarmed at his diffidence.
Alex Sink, the losing Florida gubernatorial candidate, echoed the fears of many when she accused him of being “tone deaf.”
Will the Democrats sit by and let Obama wreak further havoc on their party? These writers don’t think so. Read more about it at www.opinion-maker.org (“White House: Obama Conducting Reign of Terror”) and www.strata-sphere.com/blog/.
What are Californians thinking? Last Tuesday they accelerated their state’s decline, and to use the analogy President Obama favors, gave the keys back to the same reckless people who got it there.
On November 2, voters did not oust a single incumbent state legislator. They re-elected Democrat Barbara “worked so hard” Boxer. They rejected a Republican gubernatorial candidate savvy in business and economics for Jerry Brown, who, some say, launched this spending spree. They elected Gavin Newsom, the uber liberal San Francisco mayor, as their lieutenant governor. They voted in favor of a jobs killing green plan. The only red in their electoral preferences is not Republican red but red ink.
This is all fine and good if that’s what the state wants, but unfortunately for them, the rest of us don’t. And the rest of us are where their money came from and will come from.
The federal government is providing California with $40 million a day to cover their unemployment payouts. One out of 8 Californians is currently unemployed. In addition, they already owe $8.6 billion. The $362 million that they are supposed to pay next September is nowhere in sight.
Perhaps the voters figured Democrats would give them a waiver and that the rest of us will happily comply.
Somehow, I don’t think Mr. and Mrs. Middle American Taxpayer agree. Many states have balanced their budgets and their residents understood that some belt tightening would happen. But nobody wants to tighten their belt for someone carelessly enlarging theirs.
Seems California will have to reach rock bottom before any progress can be made there. But the rest of us don’t have to go with them.
A conversation with a liberal relative about the new Republican Congress unexpectedly revealed the core difference in our philosophies.
Discussing what would be the first things they should do, I answered to extend the Bush tax cuts, permanently, and to repeal the health care “reform.”
The tax issue goes to show what our schools have been up to for such a long time. Arthur Laffer, the Laffer curve, the idea that allowing businesses to grow brings in a larger tax base than punishing the high income segment, who are fewer and apt to find tax havens anyway, did not register. Perhaps I should have asked who makes more, the entrepreneur who sells a dollar gadget to millions of people or a salesman who might only be able to sell one high ticket item? Then apply that to taxes. That extrapolation seemed outside his thought training.
As for health care, which he conceded is flawed, the response was that repealing it simply would not be enough. If they don’t do something, i.e. create new agencies, write new bills, establish something, the Republicans will lose in the next election.
But I don’t want them to do anything like that. Our conservative Republican beliefs call for government to be reduced and to get out of our lives as much as possible. Only a libertarian would reject the need for some governmental oversight and regulation, need for defense and police or need for a few government agencies.
Then again the operative word is few. I don’t want the government to tell me how much income I can keep, which doctor I can see, which kind of lightbulb can be in my house, what kind of fuel I can use and how much, or where my children go to school.
In the liberal mind this is all a plus. I can’t decide for myself. If I do, I will make the wrong choice because human nature, particularly American human nature, is selfish and greedy.
I don’t think so and our founding fathers didn’t think so.
If the Congress undoes what Obama has done; if they restore power back to the states and to its citizens; if they stay out of my life so I can live each day without wondering what they are doing next; then the new Republican Congress will have been a great success in my eyes.
Doing nothing is, in essence, doing something. We need a lot more nothing to unleash the great American spirit and let us fulfill our destinies.
So how did we do last night?
We didn’t hit 100 in the House and we didn’t take back the Senate. Disappointed?
There is no reason to be. It was a big wave, hurricane, tsunami, wipe-out, disaster for the Democrats.
Although we still don’t know the exact number of seats we won because they are still counting ballots in some places, we have at least 63, which far outshines the 1994 victory. And we are still talking about what a massive win that was.
Not to go all “best of all possible worlds” Candide on you, but consider this comment from Democrat Pat Caddell. He believes it is the worst possible outcome for the Democrats. I concur. Now the Democrats will still own responsibility for their actions (or inactions) with Barack Obama in the executive branch and the Senate with Harry Reid at its helm. From how I see it, that means Republicans in the House can propose big and popular ideas that Obama and the lefty senators will not want to embrace. That sets us up for a promising 2012.
For new Speaker of the house John Boehner, he’ll also have a larger majority in the House than Republicans had in the previous 12 years they were in power. The Blue Dog Caucus was cut in half. I only wish more of the quislings had fallen, but I’m happy to see Travis Childers and Gene Taylor of Mississippi fall. A great number of others who supported the Health Care reform lost as well.
In the Senate we defended every seat up for election. That is not a small accomplishment, plus adding 6-7 new ones. Looking ahead to 2012, Republicans will only have to defend 10 Senate seats (with one problematic) while the Democrats must keep 22 (10 problematic).
We got a 55-39 advantage with independent voters. We won more than 23 legislatures. Democrats lost their majority in governorships. All this bodes well for census redistricting for the GOP, with effects that we’ll enjoy for a long period of time.
California was a big disappointment. But those citizens have now signed their own economic death sentence. I don’t think the rest of the country wants to pony up for the union-heavy, benefit laden civil servants (think Bell, Ca.), pension problems and education and medical care for illegal immigrants. With Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer they can now twist in the wind. Had Meg Whitman won, she would hardly have been able to pull the state out of the deep hole it’s in within 4 years. Let’s leave it to Jerry Brown to suffer through that one.
By the way, Californians actually voted a dead person into office. Jenny Oropeza will not be able to serve and they will have to have another election to get her off the ballot. Talk about Zombie Democrat voters! Hard for common sense Republicans to make headway in that kind of climate.
Other big wins for our side: Maine’s legislature went deep red, a shift they have not seen there in 100 years. North Carolina’s legislature went GOP for the first time since 1876. Wisconsin, and New Hampshire flipped to the GOP by a wide margin. Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Montana and Colorado saw their state houses go Republican.
Minnesota Republicans took the House and Senate which had not happened since 1974. Also in Minnesota Chip Cravaack took the seat from Democrat stalwart Jim Oberstar in a district we hadn’t had since 1946.
Already red Texas went so red that the GOP no longer needs Democrats to get state constitutional amendments out of the state legislature.
Some well deserved comeuppances sweetened the wins, too.
Armed Services committee chairman Ike Skelton, a long time Democrat from Missouri, lost his seat. Bob Etheridge, the North Carolina Democrat who assaulted a student interviewing him, went down. Alan Grayson of Florida who reccommended Republicans’ health care ideas boiled down to “die quickly” lost his race.Tom Perriello of Virginia who Obama campaigned hard for, lost. So did Paul Kanjorski, and Baron Hill.
Republican Ben Quayle easing won a seat from his district in Arizona. Remember his ad clling Obama the “worst president in U.S. history?” Doctor Dan Benishek took Bart Stupak’s Michigan seat.
Good as all this is, we also have a large number of rising candidates on the horizon. Marco Rubio, new senator from Florida; Kristi Noem, now a congresswoman from South Dakota; John Kasich, new governor of Ohio; join other heavyweights such as Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Sarah Palin, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Indiana congressman Mike Pence as great future leaders. I don’t see any such bull pen ready for the Democrats, heavy with Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden and Barney Frank.
I think that car President Obama is driving might have to have a new look. We can “come for the ride” but now we certainly aren’t going to have to “sit in the back.”
Will tomorrow’s election be a wave, a hurricane or a tsunami? A few key races will let us know early in the night.
Here are a list of interesting races that you’ll want to watch and when the results should come in.
The first polls close in Kentucky and Indiana at 5 p.m. Central time. In the Senate race, that means Rand Paul. Can anything have been dumber than the Aqua Buddha argument of Jack Conway? In the House race for Indiana, see if Baron Hill goes down to defeat. His is one of the races where the Democrats helped a libertarian become a candidate in hopes of torpedoing the Republican’s chances. Hill is also one of the few who voted for cap and trade.
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and Mississippi close at 6 p.m. We will see if Marco Rubio has been successful in his two year Senate campaign. Also in Florida, Alan Grayson, famous for telling us that Republican health care is that they want “you to die quickly.” In Virginia, Tom Perriello is working hard to keep his seat and is one of the candidates who welcomed Obama at his rally. Another is Jim Moran, a longtime Democrat congressman who’s been a thorn in the side of Republicans. He’s a big lib and after the Virginia Tech Massacre blamed the NRA and George W. Bush. He’s also held a strong anti-war view. Rick Boucher is another Virginian who will have to get over his cap and trade vote in a district that produces coal. In Mississippi, Democrat Gene Taylor is in danger of losing his seat and Travis Childers is being challenged by Alan Nunelee in Desoto County.
At 6:30 polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. All eyes will be on the Raese/Manchin senate race in West Virginia. Whichever one wins this will be immediately seated in the Senate and will vote in the lame duck session due to the death of Robert Byrd. In Ohio, the governor’s race pits incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland against GOP favorite John Kasich. Left of left congressman Dennis Kucinich is another Ohio incumbent who would be sweet to see lose his office.
At 7, 19 states, including our own and Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Missouri close their voting.
Paul Kanjorski in Pennsylvania is one of the Democrats who refused to hold townhall meetings concerning the health care reform. “I don’t want nuts to hit me with a camera,” he said. In the Senate race, we’ll want to see if Pat Toomey can defeat Joe Sestak.
Michigan races include John Dingell, whose family has held that seat since the 1930s; Gary Peters running against Republican Rocky Raczkowski; and the up for grabs Bart Stupak seat that Republican Dan Benishek hopes to capture.
The senate races in Connecticut, Illinois, Delaware and Missouri will give us a good indicator of who will hold the Senate. Linda McMahon, Mark Kirk, Christine O’Donnell and Roy Blunt are the Republican hopefuls.
In Illinois, there are some other interesting house races. Phil “I don’t care about the Constitution” Hare; Melissa Bean, whose opponent Joe Walsh objected to the League of Women Voters’ refusal to say the pledge of allegiance; and Jan Schakowsky whose radical husband helped write the health care reform bill from prison face tough races.
There have been whispers that House Majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland could be in trouble. Also tight polling between Republican Sean Bielat and powerful Congressman Barney “Fannie & Freddie” Frank whose district went for Republican Scott Brown in January. Check to see if Patrick Deval, the prototype for the Obama 08 campaign, can keep his governorship in a state that gave the Kennedy Senate seat to Scott Brown.
Arkansas polls close at 7:30, although it looks like Blanche Lincoln will go down in defeat.
At 8, New York, Colorado, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Rhode Island close.
In Minnesota, Michelle Bachmann, who Nancy Pelosi targeted as the Republican she’d most like to defeat, should cruise to easy victory. Let’s hope radical congresswoman Betty McCollum, who declared that Al Qaeda is no longer a threat, goes down to defeat. Joseph Cao, the New Orleans Republican who voted for the health care reform the first time, may lose his spot.
In New York, aside from their gubernatorial race which looks like Cuomo will win, also has Sean Hannity friend John Gomez challenging Steve Israel and Democrat Maurice Hinchey, who assaulted a reporter who tried to ask him questions, trying to keep his seat. Rhode Island’s House seat held by Patrick Kennedy is seeing a dust up between David Cicilline and Republican John Loughlin who is doing well.
At 9 p.m. Iowa, Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota and Utah polling places close.
With Nevada, aside from the Reid-Angle fight, look to see how Democrat Dina Titus does against Joe Hech; that district contains one third of Nevada voters. Earl Pomeroy is one Karl Rove has said he will be watching; in a conservative state that Democrat voted for health care reform. Open borders advocate Raul Grijalva in Arizona could tumble as well.
California, Oregon and Washington close at 10 p.m. Washington, however, votes by mail so the race between Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray could play out for weeks. “Baghdad Jim” McDermott, a thorn in the side of conservatives because of his trip to Iraq where he blasted Bush, does not face an opponent. Big lib Loretta Sanchez could fall to GOP candidate Van Tran, aside from the Senate and Governor races.
Alaska and Hawaii close after 11 p.m. so we may we waiting to see what happens there. In Hawaii, Charles Djou, who won a seat in a special election this spring, will try to keep his seat against his Democrat challenger.
The media has ignored some of our black Republican candidates, but here they are:
Charlotte Bergmann, of course, looking to take the 9th district from Steve Cohen.
Another black woman, Star Parker, is running in California. Look to see Tim Scott probably win in South Carolina. Ryan Frazier is running in Colorado, Robert Broadus in Maryland, Michael Faulkner in New York, Marvin Scott in Indiana, Charles Lollar in Maryland, Bill Randall in North Carolina, Bill Marcy in Mississippi, Alan West in Florida, Stephen Broden in Texas, Chuck Smith in Virginia and Isaac Hayes in Illinois.
Should be an interesting night.
Senator Bob Corker will be holding six town hall meetings across Tennessee after the election.
He’ll be in Memphis Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 at Memphis City Hall on Main. Corker will have what is described as “a sobering slide presentation on Washington’s spending trends and mounting debt levels.” You can preview it at http://corker.senate.gov/public/?p=america-s-debt-crisis. It will be a great opportunity to question him on the direction the Republican party will take in January.
His Memphis liaison, Nick Kistenmacher, urges people to come and to get there early because of security precautions.
Will Tuesday’s election be a Black Swan event asks a provocative article in the American Thinker. The author, Peter Landesman, believes it will.
The term, taken from a book by Nassim Nicholas Teleb, refers to something that occurs and fits the following criteria: it comes as a surprise to observers; it has a major impact on its surroundings; and it is rationalized after the fact as if it was expected. Under this definition 9/11, World War I, the financial meltdown and the internet coming about all qualify.
Landesman holds that the midterm election could very well be such an event. He notes that Rush Limbaugh sees a tsunami building. Dick Morris suggests Republicans could gain 100 seats. For Landesman, 150 are possible.
How can this be, you may ask?
His contention is that “prognosticators do not fully grasp the significance of certain variables.Typically, the experts posit a normal distribution (bell curve) of probabilities based on the often assumed principle that a small variation of parameters results in a small change of what is observed. This assumption is not always valid. Sometimes minute changes in initial conditions produce catastrophic alterations.”
In particular, Landesman cites the relatively new art of polling. Gallup, he says, only started in the 1930s. Some big wins, like the 1894 Republican landslide, are off his radar. And, pollsters have zeroed in on finding the best sample of voters instead of analyzing results.
Five conditions could affect voters’ attitudes right into the polling booth, he believes. “First, the government lacks financial discipline. Second, Hope and Change have become despair and the status quo. 3. the promises of open government have succumbed to backroom deals and arm twisting. 4. the president’s attempt to heal our country has not been successful. Last, Democratic legislators have seemed to exempt themselves from the consequences of Obamacare.”
Who knows? He may be right. As the campaigns draw to an end, there is less and less consensus on polling. The variations are confusing; one candidate up 4 points on one, down 2 on another. It seems to get crazy towards the end.
And, who says voters are honest when polled? Many have told me they purposefully lie to thrown pollsters off. Today’s climate is such that many don’t want to advertise their personal beliefs.
“A woodshed moment of epic proportions for the Dems? A mass extinction event? a parting of the Red Sea, biblical proportion event, or a mega-flushing” are comments flung around now.
Let’s hope they are all right and we ride a black swan to victory.
“I am pleased with the way things turned out,” said Mark Skoda, Memphis Tea Party chairman, outside the NAACP on Vance yesterday.
He and 25 others gathered to protest the Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas’ hit piece on Charlotte Bergmann Sunday, in which Thomas told Bergmann go to “the porch.”
Although the Memphis NAACP chapter declined to come out and talk with the Tea Partiers, officials met with Skoda and Mid South Tea Party chair Mark Herr. “Our purpose is not to embarrass the NAACP, but to request that they understand that we reject epithets of any kind,” Skoda said. “Our goal is to reach out to the NAACP and have them understand that we want to build on our common ground. But we’re not going to stand for false accusations.”
Protestors, who did not carry any signs, were respectful. Ms. Bergmann herself declined to attend, but appreciated the efforts. A march to the Commercial Appeal had been planned, but organizers backed down after Skoda talked to editor Chris Peck and opinion editor Otis Sanford.
“We got what we wanted,” Skoda said. “Number 1, we got the CA to respond. No. 2 we got an OK to write an op-ed that will appear before Monday in which we will rebut what Thomas wrote.”
In particular, organizers want a retraction of Thomas’ assertion that Bergmann wants to repeal the 14th and 19th amendments. Skoda called that assertion ridiculous.