Posts Tagged ‘obama’

Salena Zito on GOP’s 2010 chances

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Column at RCP:

Five minutes after George Bush won re-election in 2004 and began talking about Social Security reform, the pundits lined up those Senate Republicans they expected to be in trouble in the 2006 midterm election.

Some things never change.

Five minutes after Barack Obama took the oath in January and began signing executive orders and expanding government, those same pundits began lining up the Senate Democrats they expect to be in trouble in 2010, Obama’s first midterm.

Historically, a president’s party loses seats in Congress in midterm elections, so in theory, 2010 should favor the GOP. Yet it is hard to imagine the GOP making significant gains because most seats held by Democrats facing re-election are in states that “went Obama” in 2008.

Colorado is one state showing signs of a possible GOP pickup. Democrat Michael Bennet, appointed to replace former Sen. Ken Salazar when he became Interior secretary, has little name recognition.

Poll: Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since Election

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, gained two points on Sunday. At 70.8, the Consumer Index is up six points from a week ago and up sixteen points from the all-time low reached just three weeks ago. Consumer confidence is now at the highest level since Barack Obama was elected last November.

Please take a moment to predict where the Consumer Index will be on April 30.

The Rasmussen Investor Index shows that investor confidence is also at its highest level since early November. At 74.8, the Investor Index is up eight points from a week ago and up eighteen points from a month ago. Investor confidence is still down eighteen points from a year ago.

The biggest change over the past month has been reduced pessimism over the economic future. Fifty-one percent (51%) of consumers now say the economy is getting worse. That’s down from 67% a month ago. Among investors, 48% say the economy is getting worse, down 69% from a month ago.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of investors would put new investment money in real estate while 29% would put the money in a savings account. That’s a reversal from recent months when a bank savings account was the top choice. Just 17% would put their new investment money in the stock market.

Obama approval 58-41%

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Rasmussen:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 37% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty percent (30%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +7 (see trends).

The Rasmussen Consumer Index gained six points over the past week and now shows consumer confidence at the highest level since Obama was election. At 70.4, the Consumer Index is up fourteen points over the last month. Please take a moment to where consumer confidence will be at the end of the President’s first 100 days in office. You can also predict other topics at the Rasmussen Reports Prediction Center.

Hero worship

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Redstate.com last month:

We know Obama followers are part of a cult. We have more proof of that today.

Go to the White House website.

Click on the picture that comes up in the top third. Doesn’t matter which picture it is. Open it in a new window.

Note the directory: “Hero”

That’s right. Instead of an images directory, the Obama White House puts pictures of Obama in the “Hero” directory.

As a friend of mine pointed out:

Our hero announces Sen. Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary nominee:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/hero/624×351/gregg_announcement.jpg

Here’s our hero watching the Super Bowl (nice screen logo plug for NBC, by the way):
http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/hero/624×351/superbowl2.jpg

Evidently the first photo wasn’t big enough for a hero:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/hero/624×351/superbowl.jpg

Obama and education: Money for Nothing

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

City Journal:

With two wars to fight and a reeling economy, the Obama administration wasn’t supposed to be about education policy at all. The stimulus bill, and now the omnibus spending bill before Congress, change that, however. The vast new resources that they shovel into public schools are sure to have an enormous and lasting impact on education. Unfortunately, though he keeps issuing encouraging sound bites, President Obama’s actions so far mostly continue the Democratic Party’s tired practices of subsidizing ineffective education policies and killing effective, cost-saving ones whenever they might threaten the adults who run the public schools.

Wal-Mart, CVS: Consumer tech meets medicine

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Computer World:

One of President Obama’s big initiatives is the get the cost of health care under control. His administration is spending billions to, among other tasks, digitize medical records. Controlling health care costs is a noble goal, but consumer tech may beat him to it.

Wal-Mart has announced they will start selling health care record systems to doctors. CVS has found great success in opening mini-medical clinics in its stores.

You can tie in your vacation to India with required medical treatment.

Technology advances allow doctors to remotely monitor your health.

It all adds up to healthcare becoming virtualized.

Video, Campbell Brown: Obama Not Keeping Promise Of ‘Transparency’

Thursday, March 26th, 2009


Brownback gets pork for JCCC

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Good?  Bad?

JCCC:

JCCC RECEIVES FUNDS FROM SPENDING BILL

Johnson County Community College received $713,625 toward a Center for Sustainability from an earmark secured by Sen. Sam Brownback as part of the FY2009 omnibus appropriations bill, signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 11. (more…)

43% Agree With Obama’s Call for National Curriculum and Grading Standards

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Rasmussen:

Forty-three percent (43%) of Americans agree with President Obama’s proposal to require all schools nationwide to follow the same standards for curriculum and grading.

Thirty-five percent (35%) oppose the president’s plan, and 21% are not sure which is best in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Sixty-five percent (65%) favor merit pay, saying excellent teachers should be rewarded with extra money. Twenty-two percent (22%) disagree, and 13% are not sure.

Jack Cashill on Obama and Bin Laden

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Jack Cashill:  ” Does Obama Know Osama’s Dead? ”

“You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda,” the then obscure Obama blustered six months before the Bush administration would launch its “dumb war” in Iraq.

For the next six years, most ambitious Democrats and the media embraced a pseudo-hawk position like Obama’s. Iraq was a “distraction” from the real war on terror against al Qaeda and Bin Laden, a “diversion,” a “sideshow.”

So conventional has this wisdom become that to Google “ Iraq” and “sideshow” now produces some 7 million hits. As is evident in such numbers, a whole lot of people, influential and otherwise, have made a major emotional investment in the continued pursuit of bin Laden.

A major investment perhaps, but not a wise one. As national security guru Angelo Codevilla argues persuasively in the March issue of The American Spectator, “Osama bin Elvis” is dead and has been for the last seven years.

For starters, no reputable person has seen him alive since October 2001 when he was interviewed by Al Jazeera. The audio and video tapes that he has allegedly made in the years since have convinced no one but the CIA.

Earmark distribution, by state

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

USA Today:

Congressional earmarks, ranked by the amount directed to states and U.S. territories, that were included in the $410 billion spending bill signed by President Obama on Wednesday:

State Amount Number
California $568,730,493 733
Texas $370,046,650 369
Mississippi $324,976,918 226
Florida $251,823,596 338
New York $245,083,122 497
Pennsylvania $242,303,580 527
Alabama $240,167,157 209
Louisiana $232,822,813 192
Minnesota $199,031,643 114
Ohio $187,423,884 294
Michigan $179,472,590 267
West Virginia $176,737,900 142
Washington $171,723,572 204
Hawaii $165,048,707 113
Arkansas $159,114,268 115
Virginia $155,164,892 186
New Jersey $150,670,750 220
Massachusetts $149,910,169 216
New Mexico $144,092,821 129
Alaska $143,922,875 100
Illinois $140,965,682 285
Kentucky $140,482,257 164
Missouri $136,853,741 176
Maryland $132,202,990 171
North Carolina $118,796,030 173
Iowa $113,803,486 196
North Dakota $110,687,091 60
Wisconsin $102,978,050

Washington Post: Anger Over Firm Depletes Obama’s Political Capital

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

The Post:

President Obama’s apparent inability to block executive bonuses at insurance giant AIG has dealt a sharp blow to his young administration and is threatening to derail both public and congressional support for his ambitious political agenda.

Politicians in both parties flocked to express outrage over $165 million in bonuses paid out to executives at the company, demanding answers from the president and swamping yesterday’s rollout of his efforts to spark lending to small businesses.

The populist anger at the executives who ran their firms into the ground is increasingly blowing back on Obama, whom aides yesterday described as having little recourse in the face of legal contracts that guaranteed those bonuses.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, peppered with questions about why the president had not done more to block the bonuses at a company that has received $170 billion in taxpayer funds, struggled for an answer yesterday afternoon. He explained that government lawyers are “looking through contracts to see what can be done to wrest these bonuses from their recipients.”

Star: Former MSM reporters taking jobs with the administration, fueling debate on favoritism

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The Star last month:

WASHINGTON | Republicans have long accused mainstream journalists of being on the payroll of President Obama and the Democratic Party, a common refrain of favoritism especially from those on the losing end of an election (see Bush vs. Gore, Clinton vs. Bush and Bush vs. Dukakis).

But this year the accusation has a new twist, The New York Times reports: In some notable cases it has become true, with several prominent journalists now on the payrolls of Obama and the Democratic Congressional leadership.

An unusual number of journalists from prominent, mainstream organizations started new government jobs in January, providing new kindling to the debate over whether Mr. Obama is receiving unusually favorable treatment in the news media.

Review: Obama broke ethics and tax pledge

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Weekly Standard:

Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown reports:

Obama’s 5 p.m. signing [of the children's health insurance bill] came barely three hours after the House approved the bill, breaching Obama’s promise to have a five-day period of “sunlight before signing,” as he detailed on the campaign trail and on his website.

Yesterday, the White House claimed that “Obama was committed to the pledge, and ‘we will be implementing this policy in full soon.’”

Why do I have the feeling that the White House’s pledge to implement the policy “soon” means “after we ram the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ bill through Congress”? Public opinion has now turned against the “stimulus” bill as it stands. Maybe Obama thinks the public will more easily swallow billions of dollars in pork and social welfare spending if they don’t have a chance to look at the text of the bill online. But breaking a promise about transparency on a more controversial measure like the “stimulus” will surely create problems of its own.

Also, Americans for Tax Reform points out that during the campaign Obama pledged not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 per year.

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes” (Barack Obama, September 12, 2008, Dover, NH).

Protest socialism this weekend — as it turns out, next to property recently owned by Bob Regnier, Kansas City’s first bank bailout recipient

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A news release from Johnson County resident Clint Anderson:

Conservatives, Stand Up!

Protest Obama’s socialism this Saturday!!

Where:  95th & Mission  – McDonalds (NE corner, under construction)
What to do:  Cheer for freedom and protest liberal socialism!  Bring a handmade sign (suggestions below)!  Bring your kids!  Bring an American flag!
When:  9 – 10:30 AM (we conservatives have real-world responsibilities, so we can’t do this all day!)
Spirit:  Pro-America, respectful disagreement with the expansion of Obama’s socialiam and the “bailout economy”
Signs:  Use posterboard and large markers.  Need to be short & pithy.  Suggestions below:
*  No socialism!
*  Less government, More freedom
*  Less government, More Prosperity
*  No socialized healthcare!
*  Change that I’m afraid of!
*  Government IS the problem!
*  Honk for Freedom!
*  Socialism FAILS!
*  Honk if you love freedom!
*  No Porkulus!

Contact:  Clint Anderson, clintanderson@yahoo.com, 913-424-3564

AP: Guantanamo worse since Obama election: ex-detainee

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

AP:

A freed Guantanamo prisoner has said conditions at the US detention camp in Cuba have worsened since President Barack Obama was elected, claiming guards wanted to “take their last revenge”.Binyam Mohamed, the first detainee to be transferred out of Guantanamo Bay since Obama took office, also said British agents “sold me out” by cooperating with his alleged torturers, in his first interview since release which was published Sunday.

Mohamed, a 30-year-old Ethiopian-born former British resident, gave further details of what he has called the “medieval” torture he faced in Pakistan and Morocco, as well as in a secret CIA prison in Kabul and at Guantanamo.

“The result of my experience is that I feel emotionally dead,” he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper. “It seems like a miracle my brain is still intact.”

Far from improving, Mohamed said conditions at Guantanamo have worsened since Obama was elected in November.

HT Drudge.

Video: Steele on Obama’s budget

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Meadowlark investigation on Sebelius: questionable Medicaid funding arrangement

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Kansas Meadowlark:

Also yesterday, a news story by Kansas Health Institute’s News Service, Special funding arrangement questioned, revealed Gov. Sebelius may have granted special favors to one program, Community Living Opportunities (CLO),  which specializes in caring for people with severe disabilities.  This favor was at the expense of other related programs, and to the benefit of CLO where Gov. Sebelius’ confidante served on its board.

Gov. Sebelius’ friend and Kansas Democratic Party chair, Larry Gates, appealed only as a “Kansas citizen” to Gov. Sebelius for approval of $712,00 in “extraordinary” funding for CLO.   Gates and his law partner, Dan Biles (who was appointed by Gov. Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court in January 2009) happen to be on the board of CLO.

AP: Obama pick for HHS faces questions about state aid

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

AP:

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, is facing questions about increased state payments to a social services group whose board includes the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Last fall, Sebelius’ secretary of social and rehabilitation services, Don Jordan, approved an increased rate for Community Living Opportunities, a nonprofit group that provides services to the developmentally disabled, that amounted to $713,000.

The group’s board of directors included Larry Gates, a Sebelius friend who has served as state Democratic chairman for six years; Dan Biles, a Gates law partner recently appointed by Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court, and Lew Perkins, athletic director at the University of Kansas. Biles left the board at the end of 2008.

$1 trillion in tax increases in Obama’s budget

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Ben Cunningham:

$1 Trillion in Tax Hikes in Obama’s Budget

Barack Obama and his advisors are doing their best to destroy any possibility for a meaningful recovery.

Link

President Obama’s budget proposes $989 billion in new taxes over the course of the next 10 years, starting fiscal year 2011, most of which are tax increases on individuals.

1) On people making more than $250,000.

$338 billion – Bush tax cuts expire
$179 billlion – eliminate itemized deduction
$118 billion – capital gains tax hike

Total: $636 billion/10 years

2) Businesses:

$17 billion – Reinstate Superfund taxes
$24 billion – tax carried-interest as income
$5 billion – codify “economic substance doctrine”
$61 billion – repeal LIFO
$210 billion – international enforcement, reform deferral, other tax reform
$4 billion – information reporting for rental payments
$5.3 billion – excise tax on Gulf of Mexico oil and gas
$3.4 billion – repeal expensing of tangible drilling costs
$62 million – repeal deduction for tertiary injectants
$49 million – repeal passive loss exception for working interests in oil and natural gas properties
$13 billion – repeal manufacturing tax deduction for oil and natural gas companies
$1 billion – increase to 7 years geological and geophysical amortization period for independent producers
$882 million – eliminate advanced earned income tax credit

Total: $353 billion/10 years