During the time period examined, employment in the private sector decreased by 3.5% while employment within government decreased by 0.5%. Furthermore, employment has consistently decreased more quickly in the private sector than within the government (in addition to decreasing more on net). Since January 2009, employment has decreased in the private sector at an average rate of 0.3% each month; this is 6 times faster than employment decreased in government.
Sounds like “hope” and “change” only mean anything if you’re looking to work on the taxpayers’ dime.
Here it is how it breaks down:
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) continues to cause Democrats headaches. When asked about his future plans on The Early Show, Bayh said, “If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.”
Here is the video:
Continuing our “Liberty Candidate Series” of interviews, Jason and Brett talk with Marlin Stutzman, discussing the retirement of Evan Bayh (D-IN), Hoosier jobs, energy policy, and fiscal conservatism. Stutzman is one of five Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat this year.
This special edition podcast is the seventh in a series devoted to showcasing liberty candidates nationwide.
After absorbing the news from every outlet on earth yesterday, even our own editor’s take, on the “surprise” retirement of Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh, I have to say that analysts are not considering all the “good” that can come from his retirement from the U.S. Senate. It seems that everyone predicts a Republican to pick up his seat in November. Lately, I have been among the few to see some things that ebb against the accepted flow in analyzing races and situations. This is another such ebb.
I think the reason that Bayh waited until Presidents’ Day to announce his retirement was to prevent someone relatively unknown, like Tamyra d’Ippolito, from garnering the nomination without a primary election AND without their seal of approval by collecting the requisite signatures necessary to get on the primary ballot. The Democrats have an opportunity to select a candidate, since it seems that d’Ippolito did not achieve the 4500 signatures necessary to get on the ballot. If she had, that is the WORST CASE SCENARIO for Democrats. By waiting, Bayh almost assured that the state Democrat Party could spend time vetting, choosing and fundraising for someone “moderate” enough to win the state, but “progressive” enough to fully support the agenda of the party for the next six years. While d’Ippolito likely fills out the latter, there is no chance she can accommodate the former.
Buried deep inside stories on Sen. Evan Bayh’s decision not to seek re-election is potentially bad news for Indiana Democrats:
The timing of the expected Bayh announcement creates a dilemma for Democrats, though, since the deadline for candidates’ petitions to be submitted is Tuesday. That means Bayh’s name could still be on the ballot in May’s Democratic primary — Democrats will have another opportunity to pick a candidate through a separate nominating process. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is considering whether it would be possible for a replacement to be named.
Ballot access laws in the state require a candidate for office to have a nominating petition of 5,000 signatures, which would have been a difficult task to accomplish by noon today, with Sen. Bayh’s announcement occurring yesterday. It’s being reported that Democrat candidate, Tamyra D’ippolito, has the 5000 signatures necessary, but no reports yet of whether or not she turned them into the state in time. No doubt, some sort of candidate substitution law already exists (not sure about that though) or the decision will be made by the state party itself.
Aaron Biterman is the Founder of LibertySlate 2010, which exists to empower voters with information about candidates for Congress who share our commitment to constitutionally limited government and preserving individual liberty in our country. Learn more about LibertySlate 2010 at LibertySlate.com.
It is clear that the “leadership” of the Republican Party has abandoned the principles that made our country great and made our citizens free and independent: Constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, and free-market capitalism.
In 2005, I could sense that the Republican Party was about done with George W. Bush. I decided to get involved in the Republican Party through the Republican Liberty Caucus and work to change hearts and minds in a party that was collapsing before my eyes.
A year later, I developed the concept of LibertySlate. I decided that recruiting and supporting candidates who shared my vision for smaller government and were able to wage primary campaigns against incumbent Republicans was a worthy goal. But 2006 was a tough year and I didn’t find enough candidates to participate in the LibertySlate. Republicans lost sorely in the 2006 cycle, but the few Republicans who had voted correctly were able to hold on to their seats.
In 2007 and 2008, I was extremely active in the Ron Paul for President efforts and was helping the Republican Liberty Caucus keep up with the rapid movement growth that resulted from the Paul campaign. The RLC endorsed over 220 candidates in 2008. Unfortunately, despite that LibertySlate still existed as a concept in my mind, we weren’t able to get it launched in time to have a significant impact in Republican primaries.
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In editorial for the Washington Post on Sunday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty lays out five policy proposals for real health care reform, which includes incentivizing patients to compare prices, pay for performance for medical providers and opening up interstate commerce between insurance companies (among a couple other ideas):
The health-care reforms proposed by the president and congressional Democrats are meeting stiff resistance because they would take America’s health care in the wrong direction. Runaway costs are the underlying reason that so many citizens do not have access to health care and that our system needs reform. Rather than focus on cost-cutting reforms like the ones I described, Democrats focused solely on expanding access — hoping that more mandates and government spending would somehow circumvent the fundamental issue of runaway costs.
Pawlenty, who is obviously running for president in 2012, I’ve always been skeptical of him. This editorial was actually good, nothing I hadn’t heard before, but well written. He is also doing some good things with the budget in his home state, cutting spending by over $1 billion without increasing taxes. He is, in fact, proposing tax cuts for businesses.
As President Barack Obama plans this health care summit, set as some bipartisan touchy, feely chance for Democrats to save a major part of domestic agenda. Isn’t is amazing how the Obama is suddenly willing to listen to ideas other than his own?
As reported in the New York Post, Trump recently made these remarks at a speech to the members of the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester:
Gore wants us to clean up our factories and plants in order to protect us from global warming, when China and other countries couldn’t care less. It would make us totally noncompetitive in the manufacturing world, and China, Japan and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.
Looks like even Trump, who has openly supported liberals like Barack Obama, has joined the anti-global warming crowd. It is only logical that someone who plays such an integral part of our capitalist economy should question global warming. Trump knows that measures being proposed in Washington to fight global warming will not contribute in any notable way but will in fact destroy much of our already fragile economy.
While speaking at an event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sam Wurzelbacher (aka. Joe the Plumber) took some shots at John McCain and Sarah Palin:
Wurzelbacher touched on several different points during his speech, and many of them were surprising. He said he doesn’t support Sarah Palin anymore. Why? Because she’s backing John McCain’s re-election effort. “John McCain is no public servant,” he told the room, calling the 2008 Republican nominee a career politician.
I pointed out he’d just be plain old Sam Wurzelbacher of Ohio — Joe the Plumber wouldn’t exist – without McCain. His response was blunt. “I don’t owe him s—. He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it.”
Wurzelbacher said, “McCain was trying to use me. I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy.”
Joe the Plumber also had some comments about the attacks against President Barack Obama:
Wurzelbacher also told the room to lay off the extreme personal attacks on President Obama. He said people who question whether Obama was born in the United States or compare him to Hitler “belittle and set back” the conservative movement. “The birthers, the truthers — if people are trying to bunch them [with tea partiers], that would kill us. That just pushes away Democrats and independents who might come out for our cause otherwise.” He said he actually likes Obama, in some ways. “I think his ideology is un-American, but he’s one of the more honest politicians. At least he told us what he wanted to do.”