Monday, September 24, 2012

Taxes and other distractions

Obama campaign ditches Obama flag

It was insensitive and stupid and the Obama campaign has ditched selling it.  But you won’t hear about this gaffe by his campaign, because the media is too busy creating gaffes for Romney to be blamed for.

11 things you need to know about Romney’s tax returns

Today GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax return--The Gov. And Mrs. Romney  have released enough financial data to keep accountants busy till after the election--a complete 2011 tax return as well as their already completed 2010 tax return.  On top of all that, Gov. Romney has released nine financial disclosures since 2002, which are also posted on his site. There are 3 federal Public Financial Disclosures (from 2007, 2011, and 2012), and 6 Massachusetts Statements of Financial Interests (from 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007).

He also posted is a letter from the Romneys' tax preparer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, which gives an overview of the Romneys' tax returns covering an additional 20 years, from 1990-2009.

What’s going on with the Polls?

The Democrats want to convince [these anti-Obama voters] falsely that Romney will lose to discourage them from voting. So they lobby the pollsters to weight their surveys to emulate the 2008 Democrat-heavy models. They are lobbying them now to affect early voting. IVR (Interactive Voice Response) polls are heavily weighted. You can weight to whatever result you want. Some polls have included sizable segments of voters who say they are “not enthusiastic” to vote or non voters to dilute Republicans. Major pollsters have samples with Republican affiliation in the 20 to 30 percent range, at such low levels not seen since the 1960s in states like Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and which then place Obama ahead.

Always look at the demographics of any poll before you decide how accurate it is.  I do and generally, BHO is getting 3 to 4 percent less than the lead given them with the skewed percentage of Democrats in the poll.  This means the unaffiliated are voting heavily for Romney and that is what is going to be the difference in this election.  It also means Romney is 4 to 5 percent ahead right now. 

Newt’s advice to Romney

Go after President Obama like you went after me in the Florida debates.

It’s still the economy and that’s what will lose it for Obama

In 2008 Obama got a huge boost from the under 30 crowd.  But as Bill Clinton says why he doesn’t think they will vote for Mitt Romney, the question is whether they will vote at all in numbers that Obama needs. 

Catholic teachings and the Democrats

It is true, (Bishop Thomas) Paprocki readily conceded, that “the distinctions between binding principles and prudential judgments are not always clear and absolute.” But sometimes they are: “For example, there is no circumstance or context in which it could be just to deprive any class of persons of the legal protection for their lives which other classes of persons enjoy. Because support for what many today call ‘pro-choice’ laws about abortion necessarily involves willing this departure from legal equality which justice requires, the ‘pro-choice’ position is always gravely wrong.”

Catholics who claim they believe in abortion rights aren’t really Catholics. 

Obama going for a permanent underclass

The Obama redistributionist audio shows Obama talking about building a winning electoral coalition including welfare recipients and the working poor.  Now the left spoke of Mitch McConnell saying the number one goal was to make Obama a one term president as proof the Republicans kept Obama from succeeding.   But if he is looking to make more welfare recipients it appears Obama has succeeded beyond his wildest imagination.  What’s good for Obama is bad for the country. 

Obama has replaced “Change”

I suppose in place of change from the “inside,” he now envisions more “outside” executive orders like the de facto Dream Act, having the EPA shut down more coal plants, stopping more federal energy leases, granting more recess appointments, and extending more executive privilege. 
Do you think he means you have to ignore the Congress and the Constitution?  I’m worried that is exactly what he means.  

Why is Wisconsin in play?

Today, he leads Republican Mitt Romney in state polling. But, based on his Chicago campaign headquarters’ reaction to any questioning that support, his lead may as solid as quicksand.

Elizabeth Warren not licensed to practice law in Massachusetts

As detailed below, there are at least two provisions of Massachusetts law Warren may have violated.  First, on a regular and continuing basis she used her Cambridge office for the practice of law without being licensed in Massachusetts.  Second, in addition to operating an office for the practice of law without being licensed in Massachusetts, Warren actually practiced law in Massachusetts without being licensed.

This could be a problem for her in the next three debates with Scott Brown.  Not an Indian anywhere and not a lawyer in Massachusetts.  

New Movie:  Don’t Back Down

There’s a new movie critiquing the public schools system as it exists today which appears to be very powerful and it attracting attention of some very powerful opponents.  In view of the Chicago Teachers strike last week it appears this movie is very timely.

One more time—how does that reset button with Moscow work?

US Aid is getting the boot from Russia and it seems we knew it months ago.  So why are we just learning about it now?  Doesn’t fit with the Obama narrative of improving America’s reputation.  Another broken promise by the Obama Administration.

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