Recent Posts From Jason Pye
You may have heard about or seen the new ad from the Ford Motor Company. It features a Joe Sixpack-type guy that bought a new truck from the automaker who is pulled into a “press conference” and asked why he purchased his new vehicle from them. He said, “I wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government,” adding “[t]hat’s what America’s about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding that when you fail that you gotta pick yourself up and go back to work”:
It’s a smart ad to run in today’s political climate given the constant intervention and spending from Washington, but it’s also incredibly misleading.
It’s true that Ford declined money offered by the government, but they endorsed the auto bailout. While defending his company’s decision not to participate in the bailout, Ford CEO Alan Mulally was very supportive of it in a November 2008 interview with CNN’s John Roberts:
It’s been a rough week for Barack Obama. His party lost a seat in an overwhelming Democratic district, his stimulus plan is facing an uncertain to “dead in the water” future, his poll numbers are down, the Solyandra loan and green jobs initiatives have been a flop and it looks like Virginia - a crucial state in next year’s election - may be slipping away.
Quinnipiac’s new poll out of the Commonweatlh of Virginia shows that 54% of voters disapprove of Obama’s job performance, up 6 points from June, and Rick Perry and Mitt Romney would be locked in a competitive race again him.
Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney
- Obama: 42%
- Romney: 44%
- Other: 2%
- WV/DK/NA: 11%
Barack Obama v. Rick Perry
- Obama: 44%
- Perry: 42%
- Other: 2%
- WV/DK/NA: 11%
Obama runs even with Perry among independents, a needed voting bloc for the GOP in 2012, at 40%. But Romney takes them against Obama, 44% to 35%.
It’s good news for Romney because, once again, he does better than Perry against Obama overall. However, Perry leads Romney among Virginia Republicans, 28% to 14%. Sarah Palin, who for some reason was included in the poll, comes in third with 10%. Ron Paul is fourth with 7%.
With unemployment the top issue in the country right now, every Republican is trying to angle their platform to appeal to voters. But Mitt Romney, once seen as the frontrunner in the GOP race, has a problem with his near constant pandering to voters on the economy. His healthcare plan, which became the blueprint for ObamaCare, cost Massachusetts 18,000 jobs:
The Bay State’s controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs, according to an exclusive blockbuster study that could provide ammo to GOP rivals of former Gov. Mitt Romney as he touts his job-creating chops on the campaign trail.
“Mandating health insurance coverage and expanding the demand for health services without increasing supply drove up costs. Economics 101 tells us that,” said Paul Bachman, research director at Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, the conservative think tank that conducted the study. The Herald obtained an exclusive copy of the findings.
“The ‘shared sacrifice’ needed to provide universal health care includes a net loss of jobs, which is attributable to the higher costs that the measure imposed,” said David Tuerck, the institute’s executive director.
Despite Romney’s vaunted business acumen as a successful venture capitalist, Bachman said the former governor “was a little naive about what would become of the law.”
The Beacon Hill Institute study found that, on average, Romneycare:
• cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs;
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) recently appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano to explain why President Barack Obama’s latest stimulus proposal won’t get the economy moving again; highlighting that his 2009 stimulus bill failed, as predicted:
During Sunday evening’s game, important to New York City given the tragic events 10 years prior, Major League Baseball forced players from the New York Mets to take off NYPD and FDNY hats they were wearing in the dugout:
Mets players wanted to wear the hats of first responders Sunday night while they played the Cubs on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, but Major League Baseball “said it’s a no-go,” said Josh Thole, the Mets’ union representative.
“They contacted the club and said it’s an absolute ‘no chance’ at all,” Thole said a few hours before the Mets lost, 10-6, in 11 innings at Citi Field. “I guess the fines would be (prohibitive). I spoke with some of the guys and with Terry (Collins) and he said the same thing. They came down on the club very hard and there’s nothing we can do.
“They sent out a big memo that was very adamant about what they wanted done.”
So the Mets wore black hats with a blue bill and an American flag sewn on the left side. But during batting practice and a moving pregame remembrance ceremony, the Mets wore hats reading “NYPD,” “FDNY,” “PAPD” and initials of other first-responder organizations. Afterward, each player was supposed to autograph his hat and they were slated to be auctioned to benefit various Sept. 11 charities.
Baseball prefers that teams commemorate specific causes with uniform patches or batting-practice displays rather than actual game hats, MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said in an email. MLB doesn’t want to set a precedent for teams choosing to honor different events. The Nationals, for instance, wanted to wear hats honoring Navy Seals in a game earlier this season, but MLB said no.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) put out a new video yesterday explaining why higher taxes isn’t the answer to our economic problems and pitches the need for reforming the tax code by closing tax loopholes and lowering tax rates, which will in turn encourage job creation and make our economy more competitive:
Public Policy Polling, the Democratic-leaning firm, has new numbers in the race for the Republican nomination for president. As you may have guessed, Rick Perry still has a solid lead over Mitt Romney, but there is bad news for Michele Bachmann:
- Rick Perry: 31%
- Mitt Romney: 18%
- Ron Paul: 11%
- Newt Gingrich: 10%
- Michele Bachmann: 9%
- Herman Cain: 8%
- Jon Huntsman: 2%
- Rick Santorum: 2%
- Other/Not sure: 8%
Perry and Romney are actually down by 2 points from the last Public Policy Polling survey in the race of announced candidates (ie. excluding Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan). Paul is up 5 points. Bachmann dropped by 7 points and has been surpassed by Gingrich, who may do a decent job in debate; but his share of the vote to his name recognition is small.
If other polls show a similar fall for Bachmann, she’s going to have a hard time justifying her campaign’s existence; not that this would discourage her from continuing along. However, this is more evidence that her thunder as been stolen as other, more electable candidates have entered the race.
Separately, Public Policy Polling notes that Perry is up big in the states of North Carolina and West Virginia, both of which will hold their primary on May 8th.
President Barack Obama’s campaign has unveiled a new website, Attack Watch, that allows supporters to report news and viewpoints that they feel are misleading. It’s not the first of its kind. As you may remember, Obama’s campaign used Fight the Smears in similar fashion. But the launch didn’t go as planned, notes The Hill, as hilarity enused on Twitter with the #AttackWatch hashtag:
A new Twitter hashtag designed to help fight misinformation against President Obama appears to have backfired in early use on Wednesday.
President Obama’s Twitter feed, which is run by his campaign staff, on Tuesday evening started promoting the new website AttackWatch.com and hashtag #AttackWatch, designed to fight misinformation against the president.
The hashtag was already in heavy rotation by Twitter users by Wednesday morning, but many users are conservatives such as columnist Michelle Malkin, who offered up her own daily column as an example of an Obama “attack.”
Ed Morrissey calls the site “snitch central.” Meh, it’s harmless politics, as Doug Mataconis notes. It’s not all that different from a campaign war room. At least it’s not being run inside the White House, which would be somewhat troubling. But it does make for some good humor:
It looks like Americans aren’t buying President Barack Obama’s latest stimulus gimmick — which includes more than $460 billion in tax hikes, according to a new poll from Bloomberg:
By a margin of 51 percent to 40 percent, Americans doubt the package of tax cuts and spending proposals intended to jumpstart job creation that Obama submitted to Congress this week will bring down the 9.1 percent jobless rate. That sentiment undermines one of the core arguments the president is making on the job act’s behalf in a nationwide campaign to build public support.
Compounding Obama’s challenge is that 56 percent of independents, whom the president won in 2008 and will need to win in 2012, are skeptical it will work.
In all of the categories gauging Obama’s performance on economic issues, the president’s disapproval rating among independents is above 50 percent.
That’s not the end of Obama’s troubles. The poll also shows that 62% of Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy. Only 33% of respondents approve (one has to wonder what world their living in). Overall, Obama’s job approval rating stands at 45%.
Since the bill has a lot of opposition already in Congress, many observers say that it serves only one real purpose; to have another fight between the White House and Republicans over the economy. That may very well be the case, but the numbers are already against Obama on this. Republicans really need only point to the failed 2009 stimulus bill as evidence that Obama is throwing a Hail Mary.
While some in the race for the Republican nomination are beating Rich Perry over the head for his views on Social Security, his executive order mandating that young girls receive the HPV vaccine is receiving some attention (though it was never implemented):
Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry of using sixth-grade girls as profit engines for a drug company at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate, lacing into the Texas governor for having attempted to mandate the HPV vaccine for young teenagers.
“To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just wrong,” Bachmann said. “Little girls who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don’t get a mulligan.”
The Minnesota congresswoman went even further, accusing Perry of handing out favors to a company, Merck, represented by his former top aide, Mike Toomey.
“There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate,” Bachmann said. “The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”
Ron Paul was the first candidate to hit him on the issue, though he has focused on Perry’s questionable tax and spending record as well. Sarah Palin, who can’t seem to make up her mind whether she is running for the GOP nomination, is backing up the criticism on this particular issue (emphasis mine):