What’s New Today
Story # 1 is our signs of desperation as the Obama campaign claims they are intentionally limiting the size of crowds. #2 looks at the Medicare Debate. Read Reagan’s quote in the Today’s Thoughts to see the significance of it. #3 looks at the candidates to see which ones have no idea of the others party. #4 has the statistics that will help defeat Obama. #5 is another statistic that is devastating for Obama.
The Southern Poverty Law Center which started as a civil rights organization has become so radicalized as to include any as a hate group pretty much any organization that opposes the left's favored causes. In fact it has turned itself into a hated group.
"The larger the percentage of the national income taken by taxes the greater the deterrent to private production and employment. When the total tax burden grows beyond a bearable size, the problem of devising taxes that will not discourage and disrupt production becomes insoluble." -- Henry Hazlitt
Ronald Reagan: "If you're explaining, you're losing."
Lie of the Day
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, said that the president "led the mission that brought Osama bin Laden to justice." I guess the Senator doesn’t know the difference between authorizing and leading or is desperate to cloud than difference in your mind..
1. Signs of Desperation—Obama campaign limiting size of crowds
The presumptive GOP presidential and vice presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan are attracting thousands of supporters to their campaign rallies since Mr. Romney named Mr. Ryan to the bottom of the ticket. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken notice of the massive crowds at the Romney Ryan stump speeches and sent out an urgent e-mail to their supporters, reported The Washington Examiner last week.
However, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not drawing the crowds they once could. The New York Times reported that the Obama campaign said that it is intentionally limiting crowd size at their events because of security and cost:
“We have plenty of time for big rallies,” a campaign spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said between the rallies on Thursday. “Our focus right now is on exciting our supporters and winning over undecided voters and the smaller and medium-size events are the best venue to accomplish that because the president can closely engage with the crowd."
Big rallies are expensive, especially given the logistical and security challenges for a president as opposed to a mere United States senator. And Obama campaign operatives, both at the Chicago headquarters and in swing states where Mr. Obama recently has stumped, say the campaign intentionally limits crowds by restricting tickets. The reason is to allow the president to better connect with supporters, aides say....
If you believe that I have a bridge I want to sell you.
2. Medicare debate: School Yard Rules apply
…In the Medicare debate, schoolyard rules apply: Punch the bully in the mouth twice as hard.
It’s impossible to have a reasonable discussion with people who insist you are going to “kill people” (Paul Krugman’s words). If Vice President Biden hasn’t yet said that the Romney-Ryan Medicare premium support plan will lead to the reinstitution of chattel slavery, just wait until the next time he gets worked up before a largely African-American audience.
Never before, though, have Democrats passed the largest Medicare cuts in history immediately prior to launching their tried-and-true assault. This time, it is a case of the pot calling the kettle a danger to America’s seniors.
Confronted with Obama’s Medicare cuts, Democrats and their friends in the media resort to denial.
On “Meet the Press” the other day, I asked Rachel Maddow if she supported the $700 billion in cuts, and she simply wouldn’t say. Here was the Oxford-educated pride of liberal punditry professing to have no opinion on a primary means of funding what she considers a glorious legislative achievement.
Others pooh-pooh the significance of the cuts. They supposedly hit only “nonessential services.” This may be the first time in the debate over entitlements that Democrats have deemed anything related to Medicare “nonessential.”
What Democrats mean is that $156 billion of the cuts fall on the Medicare Advantage program. They have always hated this feature because it gives seniors access to private-sector coverage options. But seniors like it.
The Obama cuts also rely on grinding, year-after-year reductions in payments to doctors and other providers. This is a way to maintain that there are technically no changes in “benefits,” though access to and quality of care inevitably will be affected…
The Democrats are basically creating price controls for people providing services to the elderly. Anyone who lived through the price controls in the 1970s on gasoline remember the long lines and service stations out of gasoline. Price controls have never worked.
…The difference between the Republican ticket and the Democrat ticket is stark. If there is one salient fact about Barack Obama, it is that he has grown up in a plastic bubble of Democrat leftism. Hawaii, Ivy League schools, Chicago machine politics in a strongly Democrat Illinois...except for his election in 2008, Obama has never even had to try to win Republican voters.
His wife has also grown up in an alternative universe of angry black Marxism, leftist law schools, and a church in which the parishioners sit quietly in their pews while a hate-mongering pastor spews out contempt for his chosen homeland. Wright's quotes about America are bad, but over and over he has said things which are simply nuts.
Both Barry and Michelle hung out with the most militant 1960s radicals, but more to the point, they never associated with ordinary Republicans. Indeed, to the Obama couple, simply being a Republican is akin to being a hopeless racist. They have no clue what actually moves Republican voters, and indeed, they often show utter ignorance of what ordinary Democrats -- the sort which once made Democrats the majority party -- feel and think.
The same is true of Biden. He comes from a state with two Democrat senators, a Democrat governor, and a Democrat congressman. Both houses of the state legislature are controlled by Democrats. It is the in the nation, according to Gallup (Illinois is the tenth-most Democrat state.)
Small wonder, then, when Biden spoke of Republicans wanting to “put you all back in chains,” that did not seem like over-the-top rhetoric to him. Like Obama, he has completed for Republican voters in an environment where Democrats are not the overwhelming majority in precisely one election: the 2008 presidential election.
Barry, Michelle, and Joe simply do not understand Republican voters at all. Mitt, Paul, and Janna, in sharp contrast, have persuaded successfully Democrats to vote for them, or, in the case of Mrs. Ryan, she has grown up in a political family which was Democrat and worked for a Democrat congressman.
At some point in the next ten weeks, that difference in the understanding which the Republican ticket has of ordinary Americans of both parties and the utter myopia which the Democrat ticket has about the largest political party in the nation will become brilliantly clear to millions of Americans. When that happens, the election is over.
The democrats are far more out of touch with ordinary Americans than are the Republicans. Look at their base. It is a collection of small groups. The Democrats no longer represent the working man (only the unions), the white voter, or the middle class.
4. Obama’s promises: The Case for no second term
…In his fiscal year 2010 budget—the first he presented—the president envisaged growth of 3.2 percent in 2010, 4.0 percent in 2011, 4.6 percent in 2012. The actual numbers were 2.4 percent in 2010 and 1.8 percent in 2011; few forecasters now expect it to be much above 2.3 percent this year.
Unemployment was supposed to be 6 percent by now. It has averaged 8.2 percent this year so far. Meanwhile real median annual household income has dropped more than 5 percent since June 2009. Nearly 110 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011, mostly Medicaid or food stamps.
Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit. We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.
And all this despite a far bigger hike in the federal debt than we were promised. According to the 2010 budget, the debt in public hands was supposed to fall in relation to GDP from 67 percent in 2010 to less than 66 percent this year. If only. By the end of this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), it will reach 70 percent of GDP. These figures significantly understate the debt problem, however. The ratio that matters is debt to revenue. That number has leapt upward from 165 percent in 2008 to 262 percent this year, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund. Among developed economies, only Ireland and Spain have seen a bigger deterioration.
Some powerful numbers everyone should hear frequently as the 2012 elections come closer
5. Unemployment up in 44 States
Unemployment rates rose in 44 U.S. states in July, the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years and a reflection of weak hiring nationwide.
The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates fell in only two states and were unchanged in four.
Unemployment rates rose in nine states that are considered battlegrounds in the presidential election. That trend, if it continued, could pose a threat to President Barack re-election bid in less than three months….
This doesn’t represent a potential problem for Obama. It is a huge problem for Obama.