Saturday, June 23, 2012
Liberals are trying to pound home the idea that Mitt Romney is out of touch with regular Americans. At least he's not trying to take away their wedding presents.
This week MSNBC played a selectively edited videotape of Mr. Romney seemingly showing his fascination with the process of ordering food at a Wawa restaurant in Pennsylvania. Reporter Andrea Mitchell compared the visit to George H. W. Bush's alleged amazement with a grocery store scanner in 1992. MSNBC was called on the doctored tape, but the news organization failed to apologize. This follows closely after three journalists were fired from an NBC affiliate in Miami for editing the audio tape of George Zimmerman's 911 call the night he shot Trayvon Martin to make it more inflammatory.
Other media outlets are behaving more responsibly. Late Thursday, Politico suspended White House correspondent Joseph Williams for saying that Mr. Romney is only relaxed among white people. Appearing on MSNBC, Mr. Williams had said that Mr. Romney is "stiff and awkward in town hall settings" because he "can't relate to people" who aren't like him, but he can relax on "Fox and Friends" because "they're white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company." Politico said these comments "fell short of our standards for fairness and judgment in an especially unfortunate way."
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a survey last week finding most respondents believed Mr. Obama "connects well with ordinary Americans" much more so than Mr. Romney. Even so, Mr. Obama is hardly a man of the people. Never known for his warmth and affability, Mr. Obama was often compared during the 2008 campaign to the unemotional Mr. Spock from Star Trek.
This contrasts with his Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, who was much more skilled as a politician. Mr. Clinton felt our pain; Mr. Obama thinks record unemployment rates are a sign the private sector is doing "just fine." Mr. Clinton smiled with his eyes; Mr. Obama does so with a hint of a sneer. Mr. Clinton was a classic populist politician; Mr. Obama comes across more as a marketing concept. His record numbers of golf outings and fundraisers with Hollywood celebrities will not enhance his image as someone who fundamentally connects with America.
The latest Obama campaign fundraising vehicle will not help, either. The "Obama Event Registry" asks people planning weddings to have guests send a donation to the campaign in place of a gift to the newlyweds. "Let your friends know how important this election is to you," the site exhorts. "It's a great way to support the president on your big day" and "goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."
This may very well go down as the tackiest political appeal in history, at least until the campaign suggests that people organizing funerals have donations sent to Mr. Obama in lieu of flowers.
Obama might do well to request flowers sent to the funeral of the US economy, although it has yet to be taken off life support. His fiscal policies have done as much damage as his predecessors.
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Obama administration has announced that it's granting what effectively amounts to amnesty to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants.
Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, says this is about reducing expenditure on "low priority" cases so as to beef up enforcement elsewhere. You have to hand it to Obama: this is bold, radical, liberal stuff. [...]
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Just days before recall elections, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sent out a news release saying the union reforms he pushed are already saving school districts millions.I actually have to hand it to Walker, he is making progress in cutting wasteful spending and relieving potential tax burden the private sector labor force.
From Madison to Hudson, angry protesters promised dire consequences if Wisconsin lawmakers voted to strip government union members of some of their collective bargaining rights. The reforms did pass and a Madison think tank says they're already having an impact.Public unions should rightly have little bargaining power, as their market is driven by private sector successes. We were warned against allowing public unions decades ago, but socialism sees no limit to it's malignant potential in a free society.
Imagine that. Shifting to private sector markets for services and goods saves significant resources over public alternatives, where accountability is no more than a word and politicians come and go through the revolving door, replaced by another who serves special interest groups rather than the true social good. They were forced to purchase marked-up, low-value insurance and not given choices. This lack of choice is a big problem with unions. Rock out with voluntarism.
"With collective bargaining not an option for teachers outside of salary concerns, we're seeing a lot more freedom for these school boards to find new and creative ways to save money," said Christian D'Andrea of the MacIver Institute. His organization says many school districts are shopping around for health insurance for the first time. In the past, they had to buy it from the Wisconsin Education Assocation, the teachers union.
"The problem there is that, once you become static... and this is true with any company, I'm not just picking on WEA. But once you become static within one company, you tend to settle for higher rates," said D'Andrea.
"It means that we can save teacher jobs and really provide a better value for the taxpayers of the state," said Senator Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls. Harsdorf faces a recall election Tuesday because of her support for union reforms and Governor Walker's budget.
In Harsdorf's Senate district, MacIver found savings at Ellsworth, Prescott, Menomonie, Somerset and Hudson school districts. The Hudson Superintendent tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS her district stands to save more than $800,000.
"They would have seen that same savings if they'd done it in cooperation with the teachers," said Shelly Moore, a teacher in Ellsworth who is running against Harsdorf in the recall election.This might be one of the few instances of politicians using the power of the state to promote social good and reduce forced coercion (mandatory union dues) on a captive audience (teachers). Usually the state is doing the opposite, reducing individual liberties and choices, while increasing burden.
Local teachers union President Kris Ohman (OH-mun) said before the union reforms, teachers were already agreeing to cheaper insurance options. Under state law, a district could limit an increase in teacher pay and benefits combined could be limited to 3.8%. If health insurance was more expensive, teachers would have to take less pay to offset it.The last thing the public sector needs to be able to do is limit things which the private sector can not. If service costs go up in the private, they must be allowed to do so in the public, for it not the costs through taxation will increase disproportionately affecting private sector workers.
"So it had always been in our best interest to keep those costs down so that our pay could be comparable and competitive with districts around us," said Ohman.
The MacIver Institute says if all districts in Wisconsin reconfigured teacher benefits packages, the state could save $451 million.
Report: Wisconsin Union Changes Saving Schools Millions | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul
Sunday, June 10, 2012
By subsidizing those costs to consumers, the public believes that those costs are lower. This is false, since costs are actually higher, but only the direct costs are experienced in transactions. Indirect costs round out the overall transaction, with producers receiving the balance of their revenue from the state, which extorts through taxes that revenue which drives costs and production higher.
This theft from consumers through forced coercion (taxation is theft) affects all taxpayers, even those who do not directly consume those goods or services. By ending subsidies, producers will lower costs to equilibrium and consumers will pay directly or indirectly pay for those goods and services they choose to. In turn, taxation can decrease, since need for taxes is negated by the market.
Beyond that problem, subsidization leads directly to increase costs to consumers, since producers see it as an increased demand (which we know not to be the case). By artificially driving up demand, producers see that demand can go higher, so in turn increase costs to consumers. Subsidies actually increase the total cost, rather than decreasing them.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Barack Obama was all smiles in his carefully scripted message of congratulation to Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee. But at the same time as he recorded his message, his administration was actively undermining Great Britain at the annual meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS), held in Bolivia.
Well that's a fine how do you do. The US despotic regime honors the Queen by engaging in talks regarding the Malvinas. What if China were to approach Puerto Rico and support their cessation from American rule, while also celebrating the US? It's basically the same concept. Rather conniving, no?
The OAS General Assembly, which includes the United States, has just re-adopted the 2010 "Declaration on the Question of the Malvinas Islands," which backed Argentina's call for negotiations between London and Buenos Aires over the Falkland Islands.
Speaker John Boehner and Republicans leaders responded to President Obama's statement and press conference on the economy on Friday, rejecting his statement that the private sector is "doing fine."
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Here are just a few suggestions for Obama Campaign slogans to help everyone understand who he is and why we must reelect him. Providing them is the least I can do and he needs all the help we can give. Suggest more, please. Give until it hurts.
Vegans for Obama. There's no Meat There!
Unemployment Pays. Vote Obama!
Michelle Vacations for Us so We don't have to.
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When potential votes are this close, it reminds me why many people can't tell the difference between Romney and Obama. The population can't tell policy differences because there are none of significance. We're arguing over which flavor of statism we want!
President Obama leads Republican Mitt Romney by 4 points overall in a new poll of Florida from Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling (PPP). Romney still struggles on favorability with Florida voters, largely unchanged in PPP's polling since the depths of the Republican primary fight earlier in the year.
Polls like these ate meant to drive voters toward predestined outcomes rather than present likely conclusions.
"Obama's strength is based on what's become a pretty predictable set of groups. He's up 57-39 with women, 61-36 with Hispanics, 93-7 with African Americans, and 65-27 with voters under 30," PPP pollsters wrote. "Romney's up 52-46 with seniors and 55-41 with whites but he'd need larger advantages with those demographics to be ahead overall."
Romney's personal rating is at 39 percent favorable, while 51 percent say they have an unfavorable view of the former Massachusetts governor. Obama's approval rating is at 49 percent in the poll, while 46 percent disapprove of his performance.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Makes me think of Obama as Vader, with Guinness' immortal line, "if you strike me down I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
Firing up the printing presses an creating more dollars doesn't create growth, it stifles it. More so, it devalues the currency further, while inflation is running at about 4% annually.
...the Associated Press reports that our President remains optimistic despite today's "unexpected" bad news:
President Barack Obama says the May jobs report shows that the economy is not creating jobs "as fast as we want" but vows that the economy will improve.
Obama says, "we will come back stronger. We do have better days ahead."
Anyone putting in purchase requests or submitting expense reports is quite aware of the new reality of business spending.
Not sure what he's basing that on, since the people who probably know best -- those who operate on the economy's front lines -- are not seeing any evidence of it, as Reuters reports in "Economic worry tightens U.S. CEOs' grip on spending":
CEOs will hold their wallets a little bit tighter heading into the summer after the long-awaited recovery in U.S. employment stumbled in May.
The United States had been a relative bright spot this year in a troubled world economy coping with Europe's debt crisis and a cooling Chinese economy. But a weaker-than-expected May jobs report on Friday gave corporate America fresh worries.
AT&T Inc was one company that was not surprised by the disappointing jobs numbers as it has seen a lack of hiring at both big and small corporate clients. Fewer employees at these companies means fewer phone lines, which hurts AT&T's growth prospects.
"We are not seeing any hiring in the upper end of business in the U.S.," said Randall Stephenson, chief executive of the biggest U.S. phone company by revenue, told an investor conference in New York on Friday. "People aren't hiring a lot in the U.S," he said.
At smaller companies, Stephenson said, the situation was worse. "As you go down-market, it's getting tighter and tighter, and you're seeing the wallet for investment being less open."
Then again, facts don't really matter when you're running for office, right?
Top administration officials cut backroom deals with the nation's top drug companies to win support for President Obama's health care overhaul, threatening them with steeper taxes if they resisted and promising a better financial deal for the industry if they acquiesced, according to internal documents released Thursday by House Republicans.
Time to get off the drugs, America.
In some of the key deals, Mr. Obama agreed to drop his long-standing support for letting Americans buy cheaper foreign prescription drugs — something the pharmaceutical industry vehemently opposed — and the drugmakers promised to mount a public campaign to sell the public on the health care legislation.
The drug industry financed the famous "Harry and Louise" commercials in the early 1990s that many credit with helping to turn public opinion against President Clinton's massive health care bill. In 2009, the industry revived the fictional married couple — this time with words of praise for Mr. Obama's bill.
The material released by House GOP members provides a rare insider look at the wheeling and dealing on Capitol Hill as Mr. Obama tried to shepherd his bill through Congress, in the face of near-unanimous GOP opposition.