Monday, January 23, 2012

Things are getting more and more interesting

What’s new Today

Story #1 talks understanding democrats.  It’s a satirical look at the hypocrisy of the Democrats.  #2 is a story of a Democrat in Iowa who was trying to do mischief to slander some Republican.  He got caught and is now facing criminal charges. #3 and #4 are looking at why Newt is the right person to run against Obama.  #5 is a list of possible 2012 slogans for Obama.  #6 talks about what Newt’s victory in South Carolina means to the race.  Quite frankly the Republicans will come out stronger for it.  #7discusses tax rates for Presidential candidates.  And #8 and #9 are about new polls. 

1.  Understanding Democrats

After years of puzzlement and curiosity observing modern day Democrats, I think I have finally figured them out.

I'm constantly amazed that modern Democrats have evolved beyond living in caves. I mean what other animal on this planet can disregard all common sense and logic and survive? Scientists have recently discovered that even giant sea slugs that do not possess a brain as such can learn from past experiences. That puts them a leg up over the current crop of liberals in this country. I used to subscribe to the adage that liberalism was a mental disorder, but even Rainman would have a hard time buying into the standard mantra of the present day Democratic Party. In order to believe that Democrats have the answer today, you would have to believe:

·         That you can grow the entitlement class beyond the taxpayer class and never hit critical mass where there is no money left.

·         That using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2003 was criminal, and using the military to oust a murderous thug dictator in 2011 was noble.

·         That the best way to grow the wealth of the private sector is to take all the money out of it.

·         That the best way to make us energy independent is to block any effort to produce more petrocarbons in this country.

·         That the best way to create jobs is to increase taxes and regulations on the job creators.

·         That the best way to stop arms from this country from getting into the hands of the drug cartels in Mexico is to provide arms to the drug cartels in Mexico.

·         That all the ills of the economy are due to the fat cat banks and other corporations, and the best way to deal with that is to provide billions in bailouts to the fat cat banks and other corporations.

·         That more unemployment checks create more jobs….

As bias as this article is, it is almost entirely accurate. 

2.  Democrats behaving badly

A Des Moines man arrested Friday on charges he attempted to illegally use the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz had campaigned for President Barack Obama during the 2008 election cycle.

In addition, Zach Edwards, 29, was employed until Friday by a local political consulting firm well connected to Iowa Democrats.

Edwards was arrested on charges alleging he fraudulently used or attempted to use the identity of Schultz, a Republican, or Schultz’s brother, Thomas, with the intent to obtain a benefit. The alleged scheme was intended to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office, according to a news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety…

Nothing news worthy here except perhaps that the newspaper identified Edwards as a Democrat in the second paragraph.

3.  Why Newt is the right man

The endorsement of Newt Gingrich by Rick Perry, as well as the virtual endorsement of Gingrich by Sarah Palin, forms the battle lines for the Republican nomination. Look quickly for Santorum and Bachmann to line up behind Gingrich as well, just like Huntsman has endorsed Romney. In a three-man race with Gingrich representing historic conservatism, Paul embracing constitutional libertarianism, and Romney representing the pragmatic political wing of the party, Gingrich should wrap up the nomination relatively quickly.

The left, of course, will try to destroy Gingrich, just as it has been trying to destroy him since he forced Speaker Jim Wright into disgraceful retirement in 1989. Today, the attack will be on his personal life -- this by the same leftists who loved Bill Clinton, who ignored the ghastly behavior of John Edwards, and who since JFK have said that the private life of a political leader is not important -- but the left's real fear of Gingrich comes from Gingrich's understanding of the weaknesses of leftism and the ways to defeat it….

I agree.  The left is terrified that Newt will get the nomination and win the presidency. 

4.  Here’s a UCLA Professor that agrees with me about Newt being the biggest threat to Obama

This is only a 2.5 minute video that is worth your time to watch it.

5.  Possible Obama Slogans for 2012

During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama glided to victory promising not only “hope” but also “change.” His campaign also came up with a carefully crafted slogan: “Yes We Can.”

As the president’s campaign team thinks up shiny new slogans for Obama’s 2012 re-election effort, The Daily Caller decided to help them out by coming up with ten very bad options that should be scrapped immediately.

10.) No we couldn’t, but maybe if you gave us four more years we can? Vote Obama 2012

9.) There is only so low we can go before we bottom out. Vote Obama 2012.

8.) I still have so many speeches left to give. Vote Obama 2012.

7.) We’re not better off than we were 4 years ago, but we are better than we were 400 years ago! Vote Obama 2012.

6.) Goodbye 18-hole Sundays, hello 9-hole Saturdays. Vote Obama 2012.

5.) Give Carter the second term he never had. Vote Obama 2012.

4.) Four words: Attorney General John Edwards. Vote Obama 2012.

3.) Ain’t no party like an Obama inauguration party and you won’t get one if you don’t vote for me. Vote Obama 2012.

2.) Two words: More Biden. Vote Obama 2012.

1.) 9/11 was an inside job. Vote Obama 2012.

My favorite would be “Fear, Envy and Resent.  Fear the Republicans, Envy the Rich, and Resent everyone else.”

   6.  What Newt’s Victory in South Carolina Means

Take a gander at the exit polls if you like — they really are quite something. What they show is that Gingrich beat Romney soundly across the board: 42–26 with men and 38–29 with women; by nine or more points in every age cohort; by double digits in every educational cohort except those voters with postgraduate study (which Romney won by a bare two points); among both married and unmarried voters; among the poor, the middle class, and the rich; among Republicans and independents; among the very conservative and the somewhat conservative, losing only (by just five points) among self-described moderates or liberals; among tea party backers, God-squadders, Protestants, and Catholics; among those most concerned about beating Barack Obama, about being a true conservative, and about having the right experience for the job of president; among late deciders and early deciders; and especially dramatically among those for whom the debates were important….

…Herewith five realities as we head into what promises to be the most intense and consequential primary thus far:

1. Contrary to the received wisdom up until now, Gingrich is the favorite in the Sunshine State….

2. To fend off Gingrich and regain his status as the front-runner, Romney needs to “refine his message, not sharpen his knives,” as the influential conservative blogger Erik Erickson puts it. The Romney people, however, are instinctively inclined to do the opposite….

3. Romney needs to get comfortable, and quick, in talking about money — his, that is….

4. If Gingrich wins Florida, the Republican Establishment is going to have a meltdown that makes Three Mile Island look like a marshmallow roast….

5. No matter who wins Florida, the race is now destined to go on a good long time….

I think the money issue is the big one.  Romney’s response to releasing his tax records showed a potential weakness, but not a fatal one.  In fact, Romney should thank the other candidates for bringing it up.  He has time to recover and take away the attacks Obama is already planning in that area.  What the Democrats hope is a weakness in the Republican primaries is actually a strength. 

7.   John Kerry only paid 13% effective tax rate

Mitt Romney acknowledged yesterday that his tax rate is probably about 15 percent--lower than what many high-income families pay. Romney, whose net worth is estimated to be between $200 and $250 million, pays a lower tax rate because most of his income comes from investments instead of a salary.

How does Romney's effective tax rate compare to the recent presidential nominees from the major parties?

In 2004, John Kerry and his wife released portions of their separate tax returns that showed the couple paid an effective federal tax rate of about 13 percent on $5.5 million in income from the year before. (At first, Kerry only released his own tax return. He later released the first two pages of the tax return of his millionaire wife, Teresa Heinz.) Some conservatives, like Stephen Moore of the Club for Growth, used Kerry's effective tax rate to criticize him for his opposition to a flat tax that would raise his taxes.

George and Laura Bush paid about 28 percent of their income in taxes in 2003, though their yearly income was a tenth of the Kerrys' that same year.

Vice President Dick Cheney, meanwhile, paid only 20 percent of his $1.3 million income in taxes in 2003.

This is interesting but it is never an effective argument to say someone else did worse. 

8.  Newt Leads Romney in Florida Primary

Newt Gingrich leads Mitt Romney by eight points in Florida, according to a poll conducted the day after the former House speaker won the South Carolina primary.

According to the Insider Advantage poll, Gingrich has 34 percent support, Romney has 26 percent, Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 13 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum garners 11 percent.

Florida Republicans go to the polls on Jan. 31. The candidates will face off in a debate Monday night in Tampa….

The 20 point lead that Romney had,  disappeared quickly. What does that mean?  I think the Republicans want to beat Barack Obama badly and they are going with the front runner as long as he looks like he could be Obama.  Romney had an sense of inevitability so the voters went his way.  With Gingrich’s win in South Carolina they have now swung back his way. 

9.   Polls that don’t look good for the Democrats

Eighty-three percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the economy, making it the “most toxic” topic that Gallup polled recently. Sixty-nine percent are dissatisfied with the size and power of the federal government, and 68 percent are displeased with the country’s moral and ethical climate. Americans’ satisfaction with all three issues has fallen since January 2008.

But Americans are more satisfied with national security. Seventy-two percent of Americans are content with the nation’s security from terrorism — a 14-point increase from 2008. And 71 percent are satisfied with the nation’s military strength and preparedness — a five-point jump from four years ago.

Obama came into office and tried to make government larger and more important in the economy.  It isn’t working and dissatisfaction with this is up.  Not a good sign in an election year. 

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