A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.
Emily Ekins, a graduate student at UCLA, conducted the survey at the 9/12 Taxpayer March on Washington last month by scouring the crowd, row by row and hour by hour, and taking a picture of every sign she passed.
Ekins photographed about 250 signs, and more than half of those she saw reflected a "limited government ethos," she found - touching on such topics as the role of government, liberty, taxes, spending, deficit and concern about socialism. Examples ranged from the simple message "$top the $pending" scrawled in black-marker block letters to more elaborate drawings of bar charts, stop signs and one poster with the slogan "Socialism is Legal Theft" and a stick-figure socialist pointing a gun at the head of a taxpayer.
The Democratic 'D' Now Stands for Demagoguery
By Michael Barone
I've been in campaign meetings. Sometimes the atmosphere is grim. Your side is down, and you're looking to turn things around.Actually the D can stand for a lot of things. Disrespect for the American people. Detrimental to the economic health of the country. Depression, Disasters, Dazed, Deficient, Dense, Dim, Doltish, Dopey, Dull, Dumb, Dummy. Well you get the idea.
The pollster goes down the list of issues tested. Health care? Nope. They hate your stand on that. The economy? Thumbs down. Foreign policy? Nobody cares anymore.
the polling shop throws in a question about campaign contributions by foreigners. Turns out most voters don't like them. They don't think it's an important issue, but, hey, nothing else works. So let's go with it.
Repealing financial reforms is all the GOP offers
Voters seeking revenge this election for the collapse of the economy, and their frustrations with a loud, crude campaign season, must not let anger overtake their own self-interest.
Fixing what is broken in the nation's financial system will not be accomplished by electing Republicans hellbent on repealing the reforms meant to prevent another fleecing of America. The GOP is too eager to lurch back to business as usual.
Actually what we have seen over the past 2 years may be “reforms meant to prevent another fleecing of America” but reforms that don’t do the job. It is akin to the eighteen century when doctors bled their patients. The problem with bleeding a patient is you throw away a lot of good things along with the bad. Perhaps we should return the good things to the patient (as we do that today with plasmapheresis).
But more the point, in whose interest is it to mortgage the country’s future? To his interest is it to devalue the currency? In whose interest is it to put in place what you need to start a huge inflationary spiral. These are all things Obama’s policies are doing.
Barney Frank a tough sell
Barney Frank is coming under fire as he should. He’s lying to the public. Recently he claimed he was for affordable rental housing for the poor not home ownership. Unfortunately for him in the age of the internet you can see the U-Tube video of him calling for more affordable home ownership. You also have to wonder about the House ethics committee.
Who is Barney Frank’s market? If you’re a “good government” white-collar suburbanite, Frank’s been a disaster. When he’s not in a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH AN EXECUTIVE AT AN AGENCY HE OVERSEES (Frank’s former partner, Herb Moses, was an executive at Fannie Mae) Frank’s on vacation to the Virgin Islands riding the private jet of a Wall Street tycoon - another person whose industry he regulates
So maybe you’re a results-oriented pragmatist who just wants politicians who keep the trains running on time. Has any congressman ever wreaked so much economic damage on his nation?
Even Frank admits that he had “ideological blinders” about Freddie/Fannie. His push to put the taxpayer on the hook for high-risk loans to special-interest borrowers was done in the name of liberal politics, not economic rationality.
He now claims he just didn’t know any better. But everybody knew better in the summer of 2008 when Frank claimed “Freddie and Fannie are not in danger.”
Two months later they were bankrupt
The Texas Model
The Lone Star State speeds up its recovery with pro-business policies.
Texas already looms large in its own imagination. Its elevated self-image didn’t need this: More than half of the net new jobs in the U.S. during the past 12 months were created in the Lone Star State.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 214,000 net new jobs were created in the United States from August 2009 to August 2010. Texas created 119,000 jobs during the same period. If every state in the country had performed as well, we’d have created about 1.5 million jobs nationally during the past year, and maybe “stimulus” wouldn’t be such a dirty word.
What does Austin know that Washington doesn’t? At its simplest: Don’t overtax and -spend, keep regulations to a minimum, avoid letting unions and trial lawyers run riot, and display an enormous neon sign saying, “Open for Business.”
Have you ever noticed how the states run by the Democrats seem to be in the most trouble? While more conservative states seem to be recovering faster?