Archives for August 2011
With the last few polls showing Rick Perry as the frontrunner in the Republican field for president, Mitt Romney is no doubt trying to figure out how to slow that train down. Pver the Washington Post, Marc Thiessen explains Romney’s plan:
If Perry fails to implode and continues to surge in the polls, Romney eventually will have to go on the attack — an assault his advisers say will commence “at a time of our choosing.” Romney strategists are quick to note that in his book, “Fed Up!,” Perry writes that “By any measure, Social Security is a failure” and calls the program “something we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now” that was created “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government.”
Look at what happened to Paul Ryan when he proposed a plan to save Medicare, they say. Romney’s campaign will argue that Perry is against the very idea of Social Security and Medicare, and that he will use Perry’s book to scare seniors in early-primary states with large retiree populations, such as Florida and South Carolina.
David Weprin, a Democrat running to replace the House seat left vacant by Anthony Weiner, has no idea how in debt we are as a nation. The New York Daily News editorial staff recounts their discussion of this issue with Weprin from a recent meeting:
Daily News: “Right now, how big is the debt?”
Weprin: (Pause) “Trillions.”
News: “But how many?”
Weprin: (Deer in headlights look.) “I got caught up on this once before,” referring to his inability while running unsuccessfully for city controller in 2009 to state that office’s budget.
News: “This is central to what is going on in Washington.”
Weprin: “About 4 trillion.”
News: “Four trillion is the debt?”
Over at Reason, Peter Suderman notes via Roll Call that Weprin’s staff says it was a “slip of the tongue.” Uh, sure. Weprin gave the figure. They called it back to him, as you can see, making sure $4 trillion was the number he gave, and Weprin agreed.
The national debt is over $14.6 trillion. Needless to say, Weprin was off. The Daily News’ editorial board was perplexed that Weprin could be so dense (they were also unimpressed with Bob Turner, the Republican running race)
[T]his man is telling voters he is ideally suited to participate in finding solutions to America’s yawning annual deficits and crushing debtload? It’s no wonder Weprin inhabits a fantasyland in which, he says, bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq alone “will go a long way to reducing the deficit.”
Three polls last week showed that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has come on strong since announcing his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The latest poll from CNN only drives that fact home:
- Rick Perry: 32%
- Mitt Romney: 18%
- Michele Bachmann: 12%
- Newt Gingrich: 7%
- Ron Paul: 6%
- Herman Cain: 3%
- Gary Johnson: 2%
- Jon Huntsman: 1%
- Rick Santorum: 1%
- Thad CcCotter: 1%
- Other: 4%
- None/No opinion: 10%
Here are the numbers with Giuliani or Palin:
- Rick Perry: 27%
- Mitt Romney: 14%
- Sarah Palin: 10%
- Michele Bachmann: 9%
- Rudy Giuliani: 9%
- Newt Gingrich: 6%
- Ron Paul: 6%
- Herman Cain: 2%
- Gary Johnson: 2%
- Jon Huntsman: 1%
- Rick Santorum: 1%
- Other: 3%
- None/No opinion: 8%
Interestingly, Gary Johnson polls higher than Huntsman and Santorum and is tied with Cain. Unforunately, he still is unlikely to be included in Politico’s debate next week.
For sake of keeping it simple, we’ll confine commentary to the poll without Giuliani or Palin. Perry has jumped by 14 points while Romney has seen a 7 point drop in him numbers from the poll released by CNN earlier this month. Bachmann hasn’t moved at all. Ron Paul’s support dropped by more than half, from 14% to 6%; suggesting that Perry is, perhaps, taking support from him.
There’s not much else to take from this than we haven’t already said in the last week. In fact, it feels like we’re suffering from polling overload at this point.
Warren Buffett is known as the Sage of Omaha for a good reason: his outstanding ability to find profitable investments that took him from a small portfolio owner to one of the richest people in the world.
Recently, he used his formidable reputation to suggest in the New York Times, Financial Post and an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS that the U.S. government should raise taxes on the 400 super-rich, who in 2008 together earned $90.9 billion and paid only on average 21.5 percent of it in taxes. That is lower than the average percentage paid by most middle-income Americans.
Buffett justifies his proposal on the grounds that the present tax system is unfair, parroting the mantra of tax-addicted interventionists and socialists everywhere. He said “It will not be pretty” in response to Rose’s question about what he thinks would happen in the United States if the present unfairness continues and unemployment remains high. What does he mean? Will there be riots in the streets or the proletariat rising to shed its shackles?
Is President Obama a Tea Partier? That’s what AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka thinks apparently based on comments reported by Talking Points Memo. Obviously, this will come to news to the Tea Party folks I personally know who take issue with so much of what President Obama has either done, or tried to do, during his Presidency.
“This is a moment that working people and quite frankly history will judge President Obama on his presidency; will he commit all his energy and focus on bold solutions on the job crisis or will he continue to work with the Tea Party to offer cuts to middle class programs like Social Security all the while pretending the deficit is where our economic problems really lie,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters at a breakfast roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
You see, Republicans are supposed to compromise with Democrats but Democrats aren’t allowed to compromise with Republicans. Translation: Republicans should give ground, but Democrats never should.
I am not a fan of President Obama. I think anyone who reads this blog probably knows that. However, I’m going to defend him for a second. He felt it essential that the debt limit be raised, so he finally did whatever he had to to get the limit raised. Do I agree with him? Not so much. However, Trumka is talking out of body parts that one shouldn’t vocalize through.
“I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous [global warming] is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” – Al Gore
Oh look, Al Gore is back in the news again. It appears that on Friday, Gore gave an interview explaining that eating less meat would fight global warming:
Al Gore wants society to ditch meat-heavy diets and go organic to combat global warming.
“Industrial agriculture is a part of the problem,” Gore said Friday during an interview with FearLess Revolution founder Alex Bogusky. “The shift toward a more meat-intensive diet,” the clearing of forest areas in many parts of the world in order to raise more cattle and the reliance on synthetic nitrogen for fertilizer are also problems, he added.
Instead, Gore advocated organic farming and relying on “more productive, safer methods that put carbon back in the soil” to produce “safer and better food.”
Gore didn’t stop there. It once used to be the trend among global warming alarmists to compare skeptics to holocaust deniers. Some alarmists have gone as far to call for Nuremberg-style trails for climate skeptics. Christopher Horner documents this at length in his book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism). It appears now that Gore now comparing us to racists. Classy:
Gallup released today’s snapshot of President Barack Obama’s approval ratings. As you can see, it brings more bad news as his numbers have hit another record low:
I’m telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that the economy is what is hurting Obama’s numbers. Obama is planning to unveil another jobs plan next week, but it is going to be based on the same Keynesian economic that brought us the failed 2009 stimulus and will no doubt have a tough time getting through Congress:
President Barack Obama said Monday he would unveil proposals next week aimed at spurring job growth in part through infrastructure improvements.
He said next week he would lay out a series of steps that the U.S. Congress can take immediately to put more money in the pockets of middle class families and put construction crews to work.
Japan tried stimulus after stimulus in the 1990’s and they kept having economic troubles. And now we are stuck in our own Lost Decade where the Federal Reserve and the Obama Administration keep persuing the gimmicks instead of taking our economic and regulatory problems, which are responsible for stifling growth, head on. It’s like he’s learned nothing in the last two and half years.
If Tommy Thompson does decide to make a run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin, he’ll have more than just token opposition as former Rep. Mark Neumann confirmed this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination:
Former Rep. Mark Neumann announced Monday that he is running for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat, setting up a likely GOP primary battle with former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
“We are going to enter the race for the United States Senate,” Neumann said Monday morning on WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee.
Neumann, who is the first major candidate to enter the race, said he will be announcing his campaign team in the next few weeks, adding, “We’re off and running.”
The Club for Growth has already been very criticial of Thompson since talk of a campaign started. Back in May, they rightfully knocked him as a big government Republican. The day after releasing the statement, the Club released a web ad featuring President Barack Obama noting Thompson’s support of his health care “reform” proposal. Thompson, of course, denies any support for ObamaCare.
Last week, the Club for Growth announced an buy in Wisconsin knocking Thompson’s big government record, also including the aforementioned footage of Obama. They also released a new web ad noting then-Gov. Thompson supported bailing out dog tracks.
The guitar maker Gibson, famous for the Les Paul (one of my favorites to play) and the SG (which I own), was raided by armed agents from US Fish and Wildlife on Friday due to the belief that the company is illegally using wood from India not finished by Indian workers:
Federal agents raided the Gibson Guitar Corporation in Nashville Wednesday morning.
Authorities have yet to release details as to why the facility on Massman Drive off Elm Hill Pike was raided although it’s believed to be related to a raid at the same facility in November 2009 for possible violations of the Lacey Act.
The Lacey Act is a federal environmental law that prohibits importing endangered plants and wildlife. It was amended in 2009 to also include wood products.
During the raid in 2009, federal agents seized materials, files and computers from the plant on allegations that a rare ebony wood from Madagascar was illegally used at the factory.
No charges were ever filed
Wednesday morning, several hundred employees at the facility were first evacuated.
“We were just in our department and one of the supervisors just come in and said everybody get out and we just shut the machines off and headed out the door,” one employee who did want to be identified said.
They were later told to go home after being allowed to reenter the building to collect their belongings.
The Gibson Guitar facility in Memphis was also raided by federal authorities Wednesday morning.