Our politicians all seem to agree on at least one thing: There will be no recovery unless America gets back to work.
But that’s often where the agreement ends. Once you move on to discuss how to get America back to work, opinions begin to diverge.
As we listen to the rhetoric, remember the reality. These are the Top job killers in America.
1. Uncertainty and business: What you don’t know can (and does) hurt you. Businesses plan around rules. And THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO INVEST IF THEY CAN’T BE REASONABLY SURE ABOUT WHAT THE RULES WILL BE. When things are uncertain, businesses hold back cash to protect themselves—and this kills jobs. My colleague Allan Meltzer has made this point in two recent WSJ op-eds: “High uncertainty is the enemy of investment and growth,” he declares in one . “The most important restriction on investment today is not tight monetary policy, but uncertainty about administration policy,” he argues in the other.
2. Uncertainty and the consumer: Uncertainty isn’t just bad for companies—IT’S BAD FOR CONSUMERS, TOO. If I think government policy may provoke a double dip in the economy and my job is on the line, there’s no way I’m going out to buy a new car. For that matter, even the possibility of a huge gas tax would make me less likely to make a car purchase decision. All this kills jobs.
3. High corporate taxes
4. Unhealthy health insurance costs
5. The threat of unionization
6. Inability to hire and fire
7. Trade restrictions
9. Increasing unemployment insurance
10. Encouraging frivolous lawsuits
It’s an interesting read and you can see the comments for number 3 through 10 here:
More bad news for Democrats
Among the 10 surveys they released, ONLY TWO WILL GIVE DEMOCRATS GENUINE REASONS TO HOPE. Their polling shows Rep. Mike Arcuri, D-N.Y., leading Republican Richard Hanna by a surprisingly wide margin of 47 to 37 percent. They also show Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., clinging to slim 46-43 lead over Republican Mike Fitzpatrick. Other than that, it’s bad news for Democratic sophomores like Travis Childers, Carol Shea-Porter, Bill Foster, Harry Mitchell, and Steve Kagen, who all trail. Reps. Chris Carney, Pa., and John Hall, N.Y., are tied with their GOP challengers and poll in the low 40s.There is also a great (if you are a Republican) ad against Phil Hare on the link.
The Schilling-Hare poll’s sample of 417 likely voters backed Barack Obama in 2008, 47 to 40 percent. But this year, they disapprove of his job performance, 52 to 45 percent.
"All they've done is spend, spend, spend."
A new poll is out by Associated Press GfK. I’ve posted a couple of paragraphs from through out the story, but it is worthwhile reading the whole article.
WASHINGTON -- All signs point to HUGE REPUBLICAN VICTORIES IN TWO WEEKS, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama’s presidency.
In the final survey before Election Day, likely voters say the GOP would do a better job than Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government….
In another worrisome sign for Democrats, WOMEN NOW SPLIT PRETTY EVENLY BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES, 49 percent favoring Democrats, 45 percent Republicans. In 2006, Democrats took over Capitol Hill in part by winning 55 percent of the female vote to 43 percent for Republicans.
Thus, women are the constituency as Democrats look to try to minimize expected losses. Obama is holding events aimed at courting them in the final homestretch, and Democratic candidates are making overtures to them across the country……
Republicans get higher marks with likely voters than Democrats on HANDLING THE ECONOMY, TAXES, THE DEFICIT, JOB CREATION, IMMIGRATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY, AND ON MANAGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Likely voters are evenly split on which party would best handle health care and Social Security
Democrats: It's not Me, It's You
It was nearly fourteen years ago. The presidential election was less than two weeks off. Bob Dole was desperate. "I WONDER SOMETIMES WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT, IF PEOPLE ARE THINKING AT ALL," Dole said at a Florida rally. "Something's wrong in America."
Clinton's White House press secretary, Mike McCurry, responded: "In my time in politics, I think it's best not to accuse the American people of not thinking when you're trying to earn their support and trust."
It never helps to blame the voter. It's like a business criticizing consumers for not buying its product. The consumer is always right in politics, like business.
Yet here is President Obama, last weekend, at a Democratic fundraiser: "Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because WE'RE HARDWIRED NOT TO ALWAYS THINK CLEARLY WHEN WE'RE SCARED. And the country's scared."
The New Republican Right
A fundamental change is gripping the Republican grass roots as they animate the GOP surge to a major victory in the 2010 elections. No longer do evangelical or social issues dominate the Republican ground troops. Now economic and fiscal issues prevail. THE TEA PARTY HAS MADE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY SAFE FOR LIBERTARIANS.
There is still a litmus test for admission to the Republican Party. But no longer is it dominated by abortion, guns and gays. Now, keeping the economy free of government regulation, reducing taxation and curbing spending are the chemicals that turn the paper pink
Hope and Change in 2010
What a difference two years of Progressive Policies make.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For Republican House candidate David Schweikert, the difference in the political environment he faced when trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Harry Mitchell in 2008 and the one he enjoys in the rematch in 2010 was best encapsulated by his visits to the same south Scottsdale home in each year.
In 2008, he knocked on the independent voter's home, introduced himself as someone who grew up in the area and asked the man who greeted him to sign his nominating petition.
"You're a Republican, aren't you?" the man asked, before knocking the clipboard out of Schweikert's hands and SLAMMING THE DOOR ON HIM.
In February of this year, Schweikert said he returned to the same home and was greeted by the same man, but there was no violent reaction this time around. Instead, THE VOTER GRABBED SCHWEIKERT'S CLIPBOARD, SIGNED THE NOMINATING PETITION ALONG WITH HIS WIFE, AND ASKED IF HE COULD PUT A SIGN IN HIS YARD.
Since Yesterday on RCP
Since yesterday’s look at Democrats, Repubicans and toss ups, the Democrats have gain one seat to 180 while the Republicans have gained two seats to 214. There are 41 toss ups. Of those 41 toss ups, the Republicans need to win 4 to take control of the House.
Obama Rules That SEIUs Law Breaking is OK By Him
With a recent Federal Election Commission decision, Obama’s government has ruled in favor of the SEIU’s illegal kickback scheme and decided that such law breaking it is A’OK as far as he is concerned.
Ostensibly, FEC law states that unions cannot require member locals to pay a specific amount of money into a union’s political action committee (PAC) fund. PAC contributions by the locals are supposed to be voluntary and not forced by rules from the main HQ. This year, however, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has handed down rules from its Washington HQ that locals must send $25,000 each to the SEIU political PAC or face a “fine” of $37,500 from the main office in DC. This clearly violates FEC rules.
It seems rules, laws, etc. in the Obama administration are simply guidelines they can observe or ignore. It’s time to move out this gang of crooks.