What’s New Today
Story #1 is about Andrea Mitchell’s creative editing of a video to try and make Mitt Romney look bad. This seems to be happening a bit too much to simply be bad luck. #2 in view of President Obama’s willful breaking of the immigration law looks to see what laws other presidents might ignore. #3 looks to see if the Democrats are destine to fail as a party. #4 looks at the prospects of the Democrats for retaking the House. It doesn’t appear speaker Nancy Pelosi will get back her private jet trips to California this time. #5 looks at the fact that some liberals are beginning to write President Obama’s political obituary.
What ever happened to the Occupy movement? I think you can cancel the revolution.
At a charity event last week Mayor Bloomberg was heard to say he believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama. Talk about the obvious.
The latest Rasmussen poll has the generic Republican at 45% and the generic Democrat at 38% in the congressional race. The Democrats seemed to be closing the gap in the early part of the year, but recently have seen the Republicans pull away.
Chicago teachers are demanding a 29% increase in pay over the next two years. In a school system where on 56% of the students graduate high school and the average pay is $71,000 before benefits (it would rise to $92,000) that takes a lot of nerve.
1. Andrea Mitchell’s big lie
Once again the left-wing media edits a video to misrepresent what a Republican is saying in order to make him look the idiot. This time, on June 18 at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell edited the context right out of a video of what Romney said about eastern U.S. chain restaurant Wawa's in order to make it seem as if he was out of touch with reg'lr Americans.Mitchell likened her heavily edited video to George H.W. Bush's "grocery scanner moment," when, in his run for reelection in 1992, he was portrayed by the Old Media as never having seen a price scanner at a grocery store (though this characterization was untrue). The media used that moment to smear Bush as an out of touch elitist who simply couldn't understand the common man. Mitchell used her current dishonest video to promulgate the same smear against Romney.
Watch the video. You’ll see how the left MSM can absolutely lie through editing and is willing to do so to smear Romney and make Obama look good.
2. What if a President Romney decided not to enforce 10 laws?
…Where's the uproar from old media? Are they letting Americans know that we have a true "Imperial President", who repeatedly defies the restrictions placed upon him by the Constitution? Of course not.
Because of their bizarre worldview, old media will now get to watch -- and keep their pieholes shut about -- the following Executive Orders that President Romney can and should write.
10. Eradicate all restrictions on oil drilling on federal lands - order the Department of the Interior to cease enforcement activity preventing oil and gas exploration and drilling on federal lands.
9. Restrict distribution of food stamps to only the bottom 3 percent of U.S. citizens ranked by income - order the Agriculture Department to reduce distribution of food stamps to only legal citizens whose tax returns indicate that they are in the bottom 3 percent of wage-earners in the country.
8. Strip all minimum fuel efficiency standards for automakers - order the Department of Transportation to cease enforcement of all CAFE standards.
7. Kill the Estate Tax - order the IRS to cease enforcement of penalties related to non-payment of Estate Taxes.
6. Not enforce 'Financial Reform' - instruct the Treasury Department and other regulators to cease all fines, levies, and regulations related to the controversial Dodd-Frank legislation.
5. Strip federal payments to teachers' unions - order the Department of Education to cease any activities that provide funds that could help pay teachers' salaries and, thus, union dues.
4. Eradicate the Capital Gains Tax - order the IRS not to prosecute anyone who fails to pay Capital Gains taxes.
3. Render the EPA toothless - order the EPA to cease all enforcement activities.
2. Implement a Flat Tax - order the IRS not to prosecute anyone who fails to pay more than an 18 percent tax rate.
1. Eradicate Obamacare - order HHS to cease implementation of all facets of the unpopular law.
See, libs -- ain't this newly created Executive Branch power awesome?
These examples are the problem with what Obama has done. He has truly taken the imperial presidency to a new height.
Is it time to start talking about the inevitable demise of the Democratic Party?
Since the 1990s there's been a thriving cottage industry of doomsaying about the Republican Party. The gold standard of the genre is undoubtedly 2002's "The Emerging Democratic Majority" by Ruy Teixeira and John Judis, which argued that the Democrats were destined to become a majority party because demographic and cultural trends were on their side. The increasing cultural liberalism of professionals, the dramatic growth of Latinos and the increasingly liberal attitudes of (single) women were celebrated by Teixeira and Judis as proof that time was on the Democrats' side.
And they may have been right, had all the trends they identified or took for granted continued to move in a straight line….
The problem for the Democratic Party is that its core philosophy and mechanisms are increasingly ill-suited to our times.
In an essay for National Affairs titled "The Politics of Loss," Jay Cost recounts how the entire edifice of post-World War II politics is starting to crumble under the weight of debt and impending austerity. "The days when lawmakers could give to some Americans without shortchanging others are over; the politics of deciding who loses what, and when and how, is upon us," Cost writes. He's undoubtedly right when he adds, "Neither party yet fully understands the implications of this shift, which means both parties risk being caught unprepared when the economic slowdown forces profound changes in American politics."
But there's a key difference between the parties. The Democrats tend to be more traditionally coalitional: If everyone sticks together, everyone gets paid. In the age of austerity, however, zero-sum politics become more of the norm. When one constituency's victory is another's loss, the payoff for solidarity diminishes.
Already, across the country, there's a growing rift between unions in the public sector and the private sector, perhaps not in official statements but clearly in terms of rank-and-file voters and popular perceptions. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got 37% of the vote from union households in his recall fight, in part because private sector union members understood how much the private sector needed a healthy state economy.
More broadly, the old system of rewarding liberal elites on cultural and environmental issues while paying off the working class with economic spoils will be increasingly hard to sustain…
I’m starting to read more in this vein. The growing US economy allowed for both guns and butter. It allowed the left to give more and more to the poor while the right cut taxes on everyone. Times have changed and Goldberg is positing that the Democrats are less ready to politic in the new age. Look at Obama’s directive to not deport 800,000 illegals and grant them a green card. This means that blacks will have to compete with these new job seekers. The question is will their coalition if in competition with one another fall apart?
4. Democrats hopes dim
The Hill projects that Democrats will net somewhere between 10 and 15 seats, assuming the presidential election remains a close contest.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has given her party a better than 50-50 chance of wresting control of the lower chamber — but missed opportunities in specific races and increasing economic worries have put that prediction in doubt.
“The environment certainly isn’t as good as it was six months ago for Democrats,” a senior Democratic strategist who works on House races told The Hill, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to comment candidly.
“Democrats are way off track of where they need to be to regain the majority,” said David Wasserman, the House race editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report….
In fact, I don’t think it will be close and I think the Republicans take the Senate, the Presidency and hold at least the majority the currently enjoy in the House.
5. Obama’s political obituary is being written
One little-known fact about the world of journalism is that news organizations prepare obituaries of famous people while those people are still alive, so that packages of material will be ready to go when a death is announced.
Over the past week, journalists have been writing articles that have the quality of these sorts of pre-obituaries — only the event they’re anticipating isn’t the last breath of an individual but the defeat of President Obama’s re-election bid.
Even more striking, these journalists aren’t conservatives indulging in their deepest wish, but rather liberals who admire Obama and want to see him win a second term.
Al Hunt, who was for decades the voice of liberal conventional wisdom as the Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, declared yesterday in his Bloomberg column that Obama “needs an intervention.”
Channeling the view of a dozen unnamed leading Democrats, Hunt said “the central challenge” is for Obama to craft “a compelling narrative from the president and campaign, which [these Democratic sages] describe as unusually insular and arrogant.”
The Obama people won’t listen, he complained: “Any outreach by Obama’s Chicago acolytes to hear out these arguments is limited and superficial. A longtime Democratic strategist predicts defeat unless there is some boldness.”
E.J. Dionne — perhaps Obama’s most devoted op-ed-writing fan — reported that campaign honcho David Axelrod was finding it necessary to buck up the staff because it has become clear their guy may lose. “Obama,” Dionne lamented, “is not blessed with the opportunity to be simple.”
Romney, you see, can be simple because he can say Obama’s policies haven’t worked. What a gyp!...