Archive for September 18th, 2009

Heritage — The Originalist Perspective

Friday, September 18th, 2009

An excerpt from The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

Written constitutionalism implies that those who make, interpret, and enforce the law ought to be guided by the meaning of the United States Constitution–the supreme law of the land–as it was originally written. This view came to be seriously eroded over the course of the last century with the rise of the theory of the Constitution as a “living document” with no fixed meaning, subject to changing interpretations according to the spirit of the times.

Politico — Massachusetts mulls Sen. Dukakis

Friday, September 18th, 2009


Investor’s Business Daily editorial — Lost: 600,000 Jobs

Friday, September 18th, 2009


The Oklahoman Editorial — Tariff pleases Big Labor but will cost consumers, Obama’s new tariff rates on Chinese tires might be opening shot in trade war

Friday, September 18th, 2009


WSJ — How Max Baucus knifed the medical devices industry

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Supposedly the Senate’s version of ObamaCare was written by Finance Chairman Max Baucus, but we’re beginning to wonder if the true authors were Abbott and Costello. The vaudeville logic of the plan is that Congress will tax health care to subsidize people to buy health care that new taxes and regulation make more expensive.

The Hill — Grassley ‘resents’ Obama over healthcare

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The relationship between Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), a key player in the healthcare debate, and the White House remains strained over barbs traded during the August recess, Grassley indicated Thursday.

WSJ — Congress Veers Left on Health Care, The Baucus bill has been rejected by Democrats

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus unveiled his long-awaited health-care compromise this week to the sound of one hand clapping. You wouldn’t know it from the White House, which soothingly spun the Baucus bill as a breakthrough on the forced march to reform. We were told it was a good thing that the only person in Washington who liked Max Baucus’s bill was . . . Max Baucus. That everybody was unhappy meant we were getting somewhere. What matters is that the Senate now has a “common sense” product to serve as a “building block” for bipartisan legislation. Uh-huh.

Liberal Group Wins Big First Amendment Victory — Club for Growth

Friday, September 18th, 2009


100 Victims of Government Health Care — Club for Growth

Friday, September 18th, 2009


Rasmussen — 56% Still Blame Bush For Economic Problems

Friday, September 18th, 2009

One year after the collapse of global financial firm Lehman Brothers, most voters (56%) continue to blame the nation’s current economic problems on the recession that started under George W. Bush, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

That’s up one point over the past month, but down six points from mid-May.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) blame current problems on the policies implemented by President Obama, down two points from August.

While the majority of Democrats (81%) and unaffiliated voters (52%) blame the Bush administration, 59% of GOP voters blame Obama’s policies.

Rasmussen — 51% Say Congress Should Stop Funding ACORN

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Fifty-one percent (51%) of U.S. voters now say Congress should end all federal funding of the controversial community organizing group ACORN.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% favor continued taxpayer support of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now. Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure.

Among those who have been very closely following recent news stories about ACORN, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest grassroots community organization of low- and moderate-income people,” 80% think all federal funding should be ended.

Only 15% of voters now have even a somewhat favorable opinion of ACORN, while 67% have an unfavorable view of the group. Those figures include only three percent (3%) with a very favorable opinion and 47% with a very unfavorable view.

Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans, 73% of voters not affiliated with either major political party, and 44% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of ACORN.

62% Hold Populist, or Mainstream, Views — Rasmussen

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters nationwide now hold populist, or Mainstream, views of government. That’s up from 55% earlier in the year. These voters are skeptical of both big government and big business. (see crosstabs)

Only four percent (4%) now support the the Political Class, down from seven percent (7%) six months ago. These voters tend to trust political leaders more than the public at large and are far less skeptical about government.

When leaners are included, 79% are in the Mainstream category, and 12% support the Political Class.

Polling conducted from September 7 through September 13 found that 70% of voters generally trust the American people more than political leaders on important national issues. Sixty-eight percent (68%) view the federal government as a special interest group, and 71% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.

Rasmussen — Opposition to Health Care Plan Hits New High of 56%

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide now oppose the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the highest level of opposition yet measured and includes 44% who are Strongly Opposed.

Just 43% now favor the proposal, including 24% who Strongly Favor it.

But the overall picture remains one of stability. While the numbers have bounced a bit following nationally televised appearances by the president to promote the plan, opposition has generally stayed above 50% since early July. Support has been in the low to mid 40s.

The number who Strongly Oppose the plan has remained above 40% and the Strongly Favor totals have been in the mid-20s. This suggests public opinion is hardening when it comes to the plan that is currently working its way through Congress.

Rasmussen — 57% Say GM Will Need More Bailout Funds

Friday, September 18th, 2009

A new government report concludes that taxpayers are unlikely ever to be repaid for much of the bailout money already given to General Motors, but 57% of Americans believe it’s likely the government will have to provide even more bailout funding to keep GM in business. That figure includes 23% who say an additional funding request is very likely.

The Presidential Jinx — A Commentary By Larry J. Sabato

Friday, September 18th, 2009


Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -8 (see trends).

Rasmussen — Economy Still Tops List of Voter Concerns

Friday, September 18th, 2009

No matter how we ask the question, voters continue to put economic issues such as jobs and economic growth highest on their list of concerns.

Every night, Rasmussen Reports asks likely voters to choose from a list of five broad issues which is most important to them in terms of how they vote. Results are released weekly to Premium Members.

The economy dominated Election 2008 and has been named as the top concern by 37% to 52% of voters every week over the past year. No other issue has risen above 20% among voters. On Election Day, National Security was second, but it has slipped behind fiscal policy concerns and domestic issues in recent weeks.

Rasmussen — Election 2010: Texas Republican Primary, Hutchison Catches Perry to Make Texas GOP Gov Race a Toss-Up

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The volatile 2010 Republican Primary race for governor in Texas has become a toss-up, with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison currently inching ahead of incumbent Rick Perry by two points – 40% to 38%.

A new Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of Texas GOP Primary voters finds just three percent (3%) support Debra Medina, a tea party activist who joined the GOP race this month. But 19% are not sure who they favor.

Perry led Hutchison by 10 points in mid-July – 46% to 36%. In May, however, Perry led just 42% to 38%. This is the first survey that includes Medina.

Perry now leads among men, while Hutchison has the edge among likely women primary voters. The incumbent leads among those who identify themselves as conservatives, while Hutchison is ahead among party moderates and liberals.

Rasmussen — 53% Oppose More Regulation of U.S. Financial System

Friday, September 18th, 2009

President Obama in a speech on Wall Street this week repeated his call for greater oversight of the U.S. financial system, but opposition to more government regulation in that area of the economy has now risen to 53%.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 33% of Americans favor more government regulation of the financial system, while 14% are not sure.

The number agreeing with the president is unchanged from June when he first outlined his plans for new rules and oversight, but opposition has climbed six points from 47%.

Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats support more government regulation, but 81% of Republicans and a plurality (48%) of adults not affiliated with either party are against it.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of investors think more regulation of the financial system is a bad idea.

Rasmussen — 48% Want Abortion Coverage Banned in Health Care Plan

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The health care reform legislation working its way through Congress faces many obstacles primarily because it touches so many aspects of life. The abortion issue is one more with the potential to create a lose-lose situation for advocates of the plan.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% believe any government-subsidized health care plan should be prohibited from covering abortion procedures. Thirteen percent (13%) believe such plans should be required to cover abortions, and 32% favor a more neutral approach with no requirements in either direction.

Among those who currently support passage of the legislation, 22% want a prohibition banning abortion coverage and 22% want a mandate requiring such coverage. Forty-seven percent (47%) of the plan’s supporters prefer the neutral approach, and nine percent (9%) are not sure.

Among those who oppose the plan, 72% favor a prohibition against coverage of abortions while five percent (5%) hold the opposite view.