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  • TRUE COLORS TIME (or Don't Let Newt Down)

    04/16/2012 8:01:20 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 66 replies
    Vanity | April 16, 2012 | True Believer Forever
    TRUE COLORS TIME If you listened closely to Sarah tonight on Levin’s program, she was pretty much endorsing Romney. I suspect she will hold her cards, won’t jump into the fray until the convention, where she will get maximum exposure for her particular agenda. And then she will play the good citizen role and support Romney. I’ve been worried about her since she showed up so ungraciously during the summer to rain on the parade of some of the more conservative candidates… The same applies to her as everyone else... Not fighting, not helping Newt right now, is the same...
  • Newt to NRA: Right to Bear Arms is a Human Right

    04/16/2012 7:28:05 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    Newt.org ^ | April 13, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Appearing before the National Rifle Association annual meeting this afternoon, Newt Gingrich called for a new United Nations treaty that would give the right to bear arms to every person on the planet. This proposed treaty would counter the United Nations Small Arms Treaty currently supported by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After Gingrich’s speech concluded, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox came out on stage and said “The Gingrich Treaty…I like that.” The Daily Beast noted that Newt’s reception from the crowd of 5,000 people was more enthusiastic than Governor Romney’s. If the Republican presidential nomination were decided by the...
  • Herman Cain Flops on Gingrich Endorsement, Says, ‘Let’s Get On With This’

    04/16/2012 7:36:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4-16-12 | Dover
    Less than two months ago, Herman Cain, who was out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, stood on a stage in West Palm Beach, just three days before the Florida primary and told the crowd, “I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for the president of the Unites States.” Gingrich had just come off a sweeping win in South Carolina, had the fundraising dollars pouring in and a financial safety net in billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson. But on Monday Cain walked back his endorsement of Gingrich saying, “With all due respect, let’s get on with this, OK?”...
  • Taxes Prompt More Americans to Renounce Citizenship

    04/16/2012 6:43:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 92 replies
    Reuters/CNBC ^ | 4/16/12
    A year ago, in Action Comics, Superman declared plans to renounce his U.S. citizenship. "'Truth, justice, and the American way' — it's not enough anymore," the comic book superhero said, after both the Iranian and American governments criticized him for joining a peaceful anti-government protest in Tehran. Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman's lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That's a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It's also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and...
  • Millionaires from Mass. join call to raise their tax rates

    04/16/2012 4:17:09 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 63 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2012 | Callum Borchers
    Philippe Villers was a little boy in 1940, when his family escaped from Paris only hours before the Nazi invasion and immigrated to the United States. From the harrowing flight of a wartime refugee, Villers went on to earn degrees from Harvard and MIT and to cofound Computervision, a former Fortune 500 company that made him rich. “This country has been good to me,’’ Villers, 76, said. “I’d like to do my part to give back.’’ As part of his effort to give back, Villers has made an unusual request to the federal government: Raise my taxes, please. Villers is...
  • Obama Calls Romney’s Stance on (Enforcing) Immigration (Laws) ‘Very Troublesome’

    04/16/2012 3:47:31 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    abc ^ | 4/15/2012 | By Mary Bruce
    President Obama, on a three-day trip to South America, attacked GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration reform today, saying his support for Arizona’s tough immigration law is “very troublesome.” “We now have a Republican nominee who said that the Arizona laws are a model for the country … and these are laws that potentially would allow someone to be stopped and picked up and asked where their citizenship papers are based on an assumption,” Obama told Univision during an interview in Cartagena, where the president is attending the Summit of the Americas.
  • CNN Poll: Gender gap and likeability keep Obama over Romney

    04/16/2012 4:41:23 PM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 Apr 2012 | CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser
    (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC International poll released Monday also indicates a large gender gap that benefits Obama, but the public is divided on which candidate can best jump-start the economy.
  • Here are your presidential choices as it stands today

    04/16/2012 10:47:55 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 651 replies
    April 16, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Here are their positions on some major issues important to conservatives based on their actual records in government or past boasts. Issue Obama Romney Newt Advocated that abortion s/b safe & legal in America y y n Defended Roe v Wade as settled law y y n Advocated for abortion for underage girls without parental approval with judge's ok y y n Supported planned parenthood y y n Introduced $50 taxpayer funded abortion y y n Supports homosexual agenda y y n Better for homosexuals than Ted Kennedy y y n Ok with homosexuals in Scouts y y n Ok...
  • Republicans reject 'Buffett rule' in the Senate (51 to 45)

    04/16/2012 4:37:19 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 117 replies
    latimes ^ | April 16, 2012, 4:18 p.m. | Lisa Mascaro
    Reporting from Washington— Republican-led opposition blocked the 'Buffett rule' from advancing in the Senate, turning back an election year effort by President Obama to slap a new tax rate on those earning beyond $1 million a year. Nearly all Republicans voted against the measure, a potentially risky move at a time when 60% of voters support the measure, according to a recent Gallup poll, as a way to ensure wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes. Democrats are likely to revive the effort in coming months. “Continuing to allow some of the wealthiest Americans to use special tax breaks...
  • Iran’s nuke ‘victory’ (Zero OKs Iranian Enrichment)

    04/16/2012 9:36:37 AM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/16/2012 | Amir Taheri
    ‘An important reversal of America’s position!” is how Tehran’s government-mouthpiece daily Kayhan described the outcome of the latest talks between Iran and the 5+1 group of nations on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The 5+1 team (the permanent members of the United Nations’ Security Council plus Germany) was led by European Union foreign-affairs spokeswoman Catherine Ashton. High Council of National Security Secretary Saeed Jalili led the Iranian team. The talks, held in Istanbul on Saturday, supposedly tried to persuade Tehran to comply with UN Security Council resolutions it has ignored for years — the key demand of which is that...
  • On "Tax Day"

    04/16/2012 6:37:14 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 7 replies
    WingRight.org ^ | April 16, 2012 | Beverly Nuckols, MD (hocndoc)
    How’s your tax return? A lot of hope, no change? Did you over-pay and get back money – without interest – you could have been using all year long? Did you underpay and now have to scramble to make a payment — or face fines and interest that the IRS sure won’t pay you if the tables were turned? Or are you one of the lucky few who had to make “quarterly estimated tax payments” in addition to your tax return? Yes, that’s right: if you look like you might owe more taxes than most people, the IRS forces you...
  • Aides soft-pedal Romney remarks to donors

    04/16/2012 5:47:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 4/16/12 | DAVID ESPO and ALAN FRAM Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA -- Mitt Romney's aides soft-pedaled his latest tax pronouncements on Monday, insisting he wasn't tipping his hand when he told donors privately that he might seek to end the tax break for mortgages on second homes and curb other deductions for the wealthy as part of tax reform. "He was just discussing ideas that came up on the campaign trail," said former Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri, a frequent campaign surrogate. The remarks, made at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida and overheard by reporters, did not mark any "change in policy," Talent said on a conference call with reporters....
  • Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation

    04/16/2012 9:49:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2012 | By Brian Ellsworth
    President Barack Obama patiently sat through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies. He failed. The United States instead emerged from the summit in Colombia increasingly isolated as nearly 30 regional heads of state refused to sign a joint declaration in protest against the continued exclusion of communist-led Cuba from the event. The rare show of unity highlights the steady decline of Washington's influence in a region that has become less dependent on U.S. trade and investment thanks...
  • G.O.P. Lawmakers and Romney Face a Delicate Tango

    04/16/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 15, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    WASHINGTON — If Mitt Romney is considering a quick pivot to the center as he heads into the general election, he will find an imposing impediment: fellow Republicans in the House. As Congress was set to reconvene on Monday, House Republicans said Mr. Romney could go his own way on smaller issues that may help define him as separate from his Congressional Republican counterparts. But, they said, he must understand that they are driving the policy agenda for the party now. “We’re not a cheerleading squad,” said Representative Jeff Landry, an outspoken freshman from Louisiana. “We’re the conductor. We’re supposed...
  • Obama raises $53M for campaign, Dems in March

    04/16/2012 6:06:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 16, 2012
    (AP) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama raised a combined $53 million for his campaign, the Democratic Party and other campaign funds in March, his campaign said Monday as it prepared to face Mitt Romney and a rejuvenated GOP in the general election. Obama has collected nearly $350 million since the start of the campaign last year, representing a boost in campaign cash compared with recent months. He has raised about $127 million for his campaign, the Democratic National Committee and other campaign funds since the beginning of 2012. Romney had raised about $75 million through the end of February and...
  • Obama Camp, Sensing Shift, Bets on a Long Shot in Arizona

    04/15/2012 7:02:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 15, 2012 | by Adam Nagourney
    PHOENIX — President Obama’s re-election campaign is dispatching workers across Arizona’s college campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring, registering as many new voters as they can in an organized, three-month effort to determine whether they can put this unlikely state into play for Democrats this November. By any measure the obstacles are considerable: Arizona has voted for precisely one Democratic president since Truman was in the White House. Yet Mr. Obama’s aides said in interviews that they thought it was possible they could move the needle of history by winning in 2012 a state that analysts believe is heading Democratic...
  • BREAKING: David Axelrod Endorses Mitt Romney for President

    04/15/2012 10:30:03 AM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | 04/15/2012 | Eric Erickson
    Breaking news with a hat tip to Kevin Eder for highlighting it for me: David Axelrod, Chief Strategist for President Barack Obama, endorsed Mitt Romney for President on Fox News Sunday this morning. He told Chris Wallace, “The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead and an economy that continues down the road we’re on.” That is precisely right and precisely what Mitt Romney’s campaign has been telling people. Good to see David Axelrod agrees. I...
  • Foul Play: War on women is real [by Sen. Barbara Boxer]

    04/15/2012 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | April 12, 2012 | Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Suppose it’s the championship basketball game and one player is committing foul after foul. Each time, he denies he’s committed any offense. Eventually, he fouls out. But even as he heads to the bench, he’s protesting that he did nothing wrong. That’s what we’re seeing today from Republicans who claim there is no “war on women.” The Republican National Committee chairman likened it to a “war on caterpillars.” But whether it’s sports or politics, denials don’t change the facts. So let’s look at them. House Republicans have introduced more than 30 bills that would restrict a woman’s reproductive health care....
  • Secret Video of Obama at the end of Last Night's Budget Negotiations....

    07/14/2011 10:21:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/14/11 | wafflepwn
    It really went down this way. Really...
  • Secret Document: Only 4% of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to ‘Improve Teaching’

    08/31/2011 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/31/11 | Kyle Olson
    It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44 per member every year. This is according to a document obtained from an internal source of the Indiana State Teachers Association, one of...
  • A secret primer from the teachers union on how to thwart parents and stop charter schools

    08/05/2011 10:16:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/5/11 | Editor
    Almost without fail, teachers unions respond to school reform drives by declaring their commitment to improving education collaboratively with parents and community leaders. In one example, the United Federation of Teachers used just such an argument in fighting in the courts of public opinion and law to block the city from closing 22 failing schools. Now, though, an internal report produced by the political shop of the Connecticut chapter of the American Federation of Teachers reveals the cynical falsity of the labor leaders' claims to have the best interests of students at heart.
  • Obama’s Secret War-making for the U.N.

    03/22/2012 5:59:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 3/22/12 | Trevor Loudon
    You may not have heard of PSD-10 because it has received no significant coverage from the major media. Yet, President Obama issued “Presidential Study Directive 10” last August 4, 2011, and posted it on the White House website. It amounts to a new and potentially far-reaching exercise of American military power cloaked in humanitarian language and conducted under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. Under this new “Obama doctrine,” U.S. troops can be deployed to arrest or even terminate individuals wanted by the International Criminal Court, which is based on a treaty that has not...
  • Orrin Hatch May Just Punch You in the Mouth

    04/14/2012 11:05:44 AM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Jazz Shaw
    No matter how enthusiastic you may be about “purging the RINOs” from the system, it doesn’t always work. And when it fails, why should somebody like Hatch feel any loyalty whatsoever to the party leaders when it comes time for a close vote? Tick the guy off enough and you’ve got another Olympia Snowe on your hands. In a worst case scenario, just think of a situation where the GOP takes back enough seats to just barely regain control of the Senate this fall. And then Hatch suddenly decides he feels more like being an independent caucusing with the Democrats...
  • Obama administration deletes religious service for student loan forgiveness

    02/16/2012 9:30:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/15/12 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government will no longer forgive student loans in exchange for public service if that service is related to religion, according to a new Education Department rule from the Obama administration. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced the change Jan. 31 with little fanfare, while most of Washington was focused on the new ObamaCare rule requiring religious organizations to provide free birth control through health insurance. “Generally, the type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes,” reads the new language. “However, if you work for a nonprofit organization, your employment will...
  • Obama is NOT ignorant of the Constitution nor is he "in Over his Head"

    04/04/2012 9:07:45 PM PDT · by publius321 · 47 replies
    http://www.TableOfWisdom.com ^ | 4/4/2012 | Scott Ryan
    Some are aware that Barack Obama seems to be working to set up what is now just a shadow organization that may be likened to The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs. That was the name of the public and secret police organization of the Soviet Union that directly executed the rule of power of the Soviets, including political repression, during the era of Joseph Stalin. Perhaps he plans to save this database for some time after a planned coup d'état. We have seen hints of this in his surreptitious call for good Marxist “Democrats” to actually –report- American citizens who...
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney

    04/13/2012 11:57:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The White House ^ | April 13, 2012 | Jay Carney
    Q: Yesterday on Hillary Rosen, you had mentioned in the briefing yesterday that -- Hillary Rosen had come about 30 times. Have you followed up yet to find out if it was the Hillary Rosen who is a Democratic strategist? MR. CARNEY: Sure, let me address that broadly. The point I was making yesterday is that often when we get inquiries about the visitor list, the WAVES list, just based on names, it turns out that people with common names appear -- how do I want to say this? That sometimes there are other people with the same names. This...
  • Obama likely paid higher tax rate than Romney in 2011

    04/13/2012 11:15:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2012 | By Andy Sullivan
    President Barack Obama released tax forms on Friday that reveal he will probably pay a higher tax rate on lower income than likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney in 2011, adding fuel to a Democratic election-year effort to raise taxes on the wealthy. Obama paid an effective tax rate of 20.5 percent on income of $789,674 last year, the White House said. Romney has estimated he will pay a 15.4 percent tax rate on income of $20.9 million, though he has not filed his return yet. Obama and his fellow Democrats have spent much of the week touting the "Buffett Rule,"...
  • Breitbart Warns MSNBC: 'We’re Watching You to Play the Race Card' (Feb 2012)

    04/13/2012 10:26:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 3 replies
    NewBusters ^ | February 11, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart issued a strong warning to the disgracefully biased cable "news" network MSNBC Friday. Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart said, "We’re watching you to play the race card" ANDREW BREITBART: I’m just going to tell you right now, I want to end it on a media bashing note because that will uplift me like a Dionne Warwick final rendition. We’re watching you to play the race card MSNBC. We saw how you cynically placed the Reverend Sharpton in a position of absurdist power. This is Dadaism, I learned that in college, that they would...
  • Seven Ways 2012 Won’t Be Anything Like 2008 For Team Obama

    04/13/2012 9:45:20 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 75 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 am | William Galston
    With the general election now underway, it’s tempting to assume that President Obama has a built-in advantage by having at his disposal a campaign operation that earned universal plaudits in 2008. But as Team Obama itself already knows—or, if not, will soon come to realize—the 2012 contest will be very different from the president’s triumphant march to the White House four years ago. The key question will be how the old campaign staff responds to the new electoral landscape. Here are seven realities that Team Obama will have to adjust to.2012 will be a referendum, not a choice. One of...
  • GOP attacks comment about Ann Romney

    04/13/2012 7:48:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/13/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    The role of women in this year's presidential election stayed on center stage Thursday after a Democratic consultant's comments triggered a new round of "mommy wars" - pitting mothers who are employed against those who stay at home. The consultant, Hilary Rosen, launched the first salvo, saying on national television Wednesday that Ann Romney, a mother of five who is married to wealthy GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, "has never worked a day in her life." Republicans immediately seized on the comment and Ann Romney defended herself on Twitter, saying, "I made a choice to stay home and raise five...
  • National Right to Life, others endorse Romney (Dear Lord)

    04/12/2012 9:01:29 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 297 replies
    Baptist Press/Town Hall ^ | 4-12-12 | Michael Foust
    National Right to Life and two other major pro-family groups have endorsed Mitt Romney for president, saying that on the issues of abortion and marriage, he stands with them. National Right to Life's endorsement Thursday (April 12) came two days after Romney's leading challenger for the Republican nomination -- Rick Santorum -- dropped out, making Romney the presumptive nominee. Also endorsing Romney were the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports pro-life women for political office, and the National Organization for Marriage, which has led the charge nationwide in protecting the traditional definition of marriage. In its endorsement, National...
  • How Deval Patrick Gutted Romneycare's Market-Oriented Health Reforms

    04/12/2012 3:53:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 12, 2012 | by Avik Roy
    Six years ago today, at a majestic ceremony in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney signed into law “An Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care.” But the bipartisan bliss didn’t last very long. Just prior to the ceremony, Romney’s aides had announced that the Governor would be vetoing several key provisions of the bill, including its employer mandate that forced all companies in the state, employing more than 10 people, to provide health coverage for their workers or pay a $295-per-person fine. Romney vetoed several other provisions of the law, including one that extended dental benefits...
  • Happy Birthday, Romneycare! XOXO–Obama campaign

    04/12/2012 3:46:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Olivier Knox
    Turn your head and cough: President Barack Obama's reelection campaign on Thursday marked the 6th anniversary of Mitt Romney's health overhaul in Massachusetts with an online ad touting it as the inspiration for "Obamacare." Never mind that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has vowed to kill Obamacare on "Day One" if he wins the White House. The three-minute spot aims to blunt Romney's attacks on Obama's signature domestic policy achievement as well as paint him as a hypocrite or a flip-flopper. It could serve to remind conservatives who loathe Obamacare's requirement that Americans have insurance (or pay a penalty) that...
  • Gov’t Spent $205,075 to ‘Translocate’ One Shrub from Path of San Fran Stimulus Project

    04/12/2012 3:38:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Thomas Cloud
    The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to “translocate” a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a $1.045 billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009. “In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. The bush—a Franciscan manzanita—was a specimen of a commercially cultivated species of shrub that can be purchased from nurseries...
  • Conservatives, Republicans: Fire, Aim, Ready!

    04/12/2012 8:09:43 AM PDT · by hocndoc · 197 replies
    WingRight.org ^ | April 12, 2012 | Beverly Nuckols, MD (hocndoc)
    Conservatives are at it again: shooting our own. When Conservatives decide not to vote for Republican candidates, Republicans lose. Conservatives lose. The Democrats, socialists, and atheists win. Obama wins. Where Republicans voted in 2008, we won new offices. Where they voted in 2010, we won majorities. Conservatives made the difference in the winning races and in the lost races. Not only did we have fewer Republican victories in those races where Conservatives didn't vote, the races were decided by the least knowledgeable among us or by the Dems. More than before, in conservative blogs and forums, I'm reading good men...
  • US jobless claims raise recovery fears

    04/12/2012 7:41:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Financial Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | By Anjli Raval
    First-time claims for jobless benefits in the US rose last week, which, coupled with last Friday’s downbeat jobs report has reignited fears about the pace of the country’s economic recovery. While some economists have said the numbers are a distortion caused by the early timing of the Easter and Passover holidays this year, rather than a sign that labour market conditions have deteriorated, others have said the data combined with disappointing payroll growth in last week’s jobs report for March is a reminder that fewer job losses do not necessarily mean new hiring. “The spike in energy prices is beginning...
  • Romney stumbles out of the gate in general election

    04/11/2012 5:23:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 11, 2012 | Sam Youngman
    HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Less than a day into the general election campaign, probable Republican nominee Mitt Romney stumbled on a key issue on Wednesday in an early warning that he needs to sharpen up quickly to compete with President Barack Obama. Romney made the unlikely claim that the vast majority of U.S. jobs lost under Obama were held by women, and his campaign team struggled to say whether their candidate supports a fair pay law for women. Romney is now under pressure to show he can take on Obama's well-organized campaign, after main Republican rival Rick Santorum quit the...
  • Henninger: Demolishing Paul Ryan

    04/11/2012 4:45:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 11, 2012 | By DANIEL HENNINGER
    With the presidential battle begun, the Obama campaign has revived the Cold War nuclear strategy of launch on warning. At any suggestion that a conservative idea might be threatening its ideological fortress, the American left now launches ICBMs of rhetorical destruction. So it was after the Supreme Court's hearings on the Obama Affordable Care Act, which put in jeopardy the federal command to buy health insurance. After the president green-flagged the assault, the Supreme Court's "legitimacy" was in play. The Roberts Court, wrote one blogger, is "on trial." On current course, House GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan himself may exhaust...
  • Doctors worried about impact of Obamacare

    04/11/2012 4:33:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Global Post ^ | April 11, 2012 | by Alexander Besant
    In a survey of 500 young doctors conducted this week, a majority responded that they felt pessimistic about the future of the US health care system, with the new healthcare law their central concern. Reuters reported Wednesday that 57 percent of the young doctors (those under 40) that responded to the survey said that the Affordable Health Care Act, so called "Obamacare," would have a negative impact on their practices. This is in contrast to the 23 percent that said it would be positive. The Baby Center website cited other surveys that found similar results among doctors, such as the...
  • Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives HERE Have TWO Jobs To Do!

    04/10/2012 5:52:15 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 345 replies
    4/10/12 | Ron C
    <p>Jim Rob Is Right - But Conservatives Here Have TWO Job2 To Do!</p> <p>First - blow off that feeling that we're going to lose, or already have lost! No, we're going to WIN.</p> <p>First item of business, get invovlved in the Tea Party movement, and give D.C. a whole new influx of conservatives in Congress similar in size and importance to that of the last election - thereby blocking any of Obamas chances of having Congressional support for his machinations. Note too, the Tea Party used the GOP vehicle, not a third party. Reason, third parties are losers, because they don't have the national organization and presence large enough to compete.</p>
  • Graceless: Rick Santorum drops out but fails even to mention Mitt Romney

    At one point, Santorum emphasised how important it was "that we win the House back and that we take the United States Senate", omitting the number one aspiration of Republicans across America - taking back the White House from Obama. Santorum probably hasn't damaged Romney with his graceless speech today - but he has damaged himself. Having run a highly commendable race on a shoestring, he had an opportunity to lift himself straight away into the top ranks of his party's leadership with real prospects of victory in 2016 (if Romney loses in November) or even 2020. But by making...
  • Foster Friess, Santorum’s millionaire backer, swings to Romney

    04/10/2012 5:09:54 PM PDT · by Fred · 35 replies
    politico ^ | 4/1012 | H P. VOGEL and DAVE LEVINTHAL
    Foster Friess, the retired investor who spent nearly $1.7 million boosting Rick Santorum’s presidential run, is ready to help Mitt Romney. “I’m obviously going to be of help in whatever way I can,” Friess told POLITICO Tuesday afternoon, hours after Santorum suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, cementing Romney’s status as the party’s presumptive nominee. Friess, who was in Washington to accept an award from the Horatio Alger Association, said he had yet to discuss his planned shift in allegiance with Romney’s campaign campaign or the Washington-based super PAC supporting it.
  • Top Earners Pay Higher Tax Rates Even Without Buffett Rule

    04/10/2012 8:47:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 10, 2012 | by Richard Rubin
    President Barack Obama is promoting a "Buffett rule" setting a minimum tax rate for top earners to ensure they pay a higher percentage of their income than middle- class families. For the most part, they already do. "The Buffett rule, amongst economists, could also be called the stupid rule," said Kevin Hassett, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington group that supports free enterprise. "It's basically just a back-door way to hike taxes on capital." Obama has framed his push for the Buffett rule as a fairness issue, and made the case by comparing effective tax rates...
  • Obama team slams Romney for not paying "fair share" of taxes

    04/10/2012 8:20:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 10, 2012
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's campaign team attacked his likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, on Tuesday for not paying his "fair share" of taxes ahead of a speech by the president on why millionaires should bear a larger tax burden. Obama's populist message is a clear swipe at Romney, the wealthy Republican front-runner likely to face him in the November 6 election, as the Democratic president seeks to appeal to blue-collar voters he will need to win a second term. One of the richest men ever to seek the White House, Romney paid an effective tax rate of 13.9 percent...
  • Barack Obama is no centrist

    04/10/2012 8:09:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/10/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    President Obama chastised the media last week. "I think that there is oftentimes the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they're equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle," the president chided those attending the American Society of Newspaper Editors luncheon. Obama also claimed that he holds positions that 20 or 15 years ago "would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What's changed is the center of the Republican Party." Oh, and Ronald Reagan "could not get through a Republican primary today." Yet many in the media don't ask: Where are the...
  • Inside Texas Politics – Steve Munisteri, Republican Party Chair on Texas “Winner Take All”

    04/09/2012 8:34:14 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 12 replies
    Inside Texas Politics (WFAA) ^ | 4/9/2012? | Donna Garner
    Munisteri explained that he has always been a supporter of Winner Take All. [Winner Take All – WTA -- means that all 152 Texas Republican delegates would be awarded to the winner of the Texas Republican primary; proportional means that the number of delegates would be awarded proportionally among the various candidates.] Munisteri said that Texas has the second most Republican delegates (second to California), more than 3 X the number from Florida, and 6 X more than the number from South Carolina. He believes if Texas moves to WTA that our state will stop being ignored as inconsequential and...
  • President Obama’s $1 Million Pizza Party In Detroit!

    President Barack Obama is coming to the Motor City for a $1 million pizza party being thrown for him compliments of Denise Ilitch, daughter of Little Caesars’ founders Mike and Marian Ilitch. Ilitch is opening her home April 18 for the fundraiser where movers and shakers are being asked to pony up thousands to add to his re-election coffer while getting a chance to rub shoulders with the most powerful man on the planet. “I’m honored to have been asked,” by the Obama campaign to host,” Ilitch said of the event she and husband, Jim Scalici, will hold at their...
  • The smartest president in history?

    04/08/2012 5:40:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 8, 2012 | by George Parry
    Despite 40 years of practicing law, I am no expert when it comes to arguing appeals. But I do know enough not to gratuitously insult and try to humiliate the appellate judges who will decide my client's case. Apparently they don't teach those fundamentals at Harvard Law School. How else to explain the absolutely boneheaded attempts by President Obama, a past president of the Harvard Law Review, to intimidate the U.S. Supreme Court as it decides the constitutional fate of Obamacare? And he did this when anyone who could see past his next meal knew that Obamacare, which was being...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • Sedition & Treason: DNC Undermining Voter ID Laws

    04/04/2012 3:48:07 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 6 replies
    4/4/12 | Me
    Nothing is more constitutionally offensive than Democrats fighting our states' sworn duty of enforcing Voter Id laws. The fact that these politicians – who swore to uphold and defend the Constitution – are OK with allowing non-citizens to vote, to participate in decisions that affect our families and futures, is both disgusting and insulting. So the government willingly spends millions of dollars to ensure that minors are carded for cigarettes and booze – decisions of supreme national importance - but they refuse to demand that voters show proper identification when performing their most vital duty as citizens? This is so...