Archives for March 11, 2010
So much for Obama’s Apology Tour and bowing before world leaders. Americans aren’t buying it. He has become Jimmy Carter II. (PS – This is JAMES CARVILLE’s polling firm.)
A new Democracy Corps-Third Way survey provides a wake-up call for President Obama, his party, and progressives on national security.
The national mood continues to sour, with the share who see the country headed in the wrong direction moving up 4 points since mid-January, up to 62 percent, the highest mark in a year. The survey also shows concerns about the economy continuing to grow. And even though the Republican brand remains badly damaged, with no improvement in favorable ratings for their party, the GOP continues to gain ground in a named congressional ballot, with the Democratic House candidate now narrowly lagging by 47 to 44 percent. The movement away from Democrats is especially strong among independents, and independent women in particular.
Whereas a majority of the public approves of the job President Obama is doing in most aspects of national security, a 51 to 44 percent majority of likely voters disapproves of his efforts on the “prosecution and interrogation of terrorism suspects.”
[W]e see that the public once again has real and rising doubts about the Democrats’ handling of national security issues, as compared to their faith in Republicans. This security gap, which has roots stretching back to Vietnam, was as wide as 29 points earlier in the decade. The deficit began to close in 2006, with the Bush administration’s catastrophic mismanagement of Iraq and other national security challenges. As public hopes about the Obama presidency rose and peaked, the gap all but vanished. Last May, Democracy Corps found Democrats essentially tied with Republicans (41 to 43 percent) on the question of which party would do a better job on national security.
But now the gap shows signs of re-opening, with Democrats trailing by 17 points, 33 to 50 percent on which party likely voters think would do the better job on national security. The erosion since May is especially strong among women, and among independents, who now favor Republicans on this question by a 56 to 20 percent margin.
Hey, I hate to say this. But we told you so. Welcome back to reality, America. Let’s hope our majority perception of Obama Democrats’ security weakness doesn’t translate into a real threat being ignored by Holder & Gestapo Janet. The nation is truly run by September 10th’ers.
For Barack Obama, the time for talking never ends. And it just ain’t doing the kind of “good” it once did. Guess a fresh faced outsider offering vague visions of hope and change while a media-maligned mad man occupies the White House has greater appeal to the American people than a big-government loving liberal selling specific increases in government spending and federal control.
After stumping in two swing states, Pennsylvania and Missouri, the Democrat’s off to another–Ohio–next week. Local Democrats in the Buckeye State will apparently be turning out in greater numbers for the presidential visit than they did in the Show Me State.
Even a leading San Francisco Bay Area liberal, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, doesn’t think all this talk will do much “good” (as she sees it):
“I think the entire debate that’s been going on — For what, a year or so? — has reached a point where we’re glad to hear the president speak out, and say what’s on his mind and what he wants us to do, and get the country revved up,” Woolsey said during an appearance on MSNBC. “But I don’t think it’s going to change a lot of minds.”
The president, as pollsters Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen, the latter a Democrat, pointed out in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, can’t move the numbers on health care:
One reason may be that he keeps talking about details of the proposal while voters are looking at the issue in a broader context. Polling conducted earlier this week shows that 57% of voters believe that passage of the legislation would hurt the economy, while only 25% believe it would help. That makes sense in a nation where most voters believe that increases in government spending are bad for the economy.
When the president responds that the plan is deficit neutral, he runs into a pair of basic problems. The first is that voters think reducing spending is more important than reducing the deficit. So a plan that is deficit neutral with a big spending hike is not going to be well received.
But the bigger problem is that people simply don’t trust the official projections. People in Washington may live and die by the pronouncements of the Congressional Budget Office, but 81% of voters say it’s likely the plan will end up costing more than projected. Only 10% say the official numbers are likely to be on target.
The president is right when he says the time for talk is over. We’ve had this debate–and don’t want the overhaul he’s selling. So, let’s quit the talking and cut the spending, you know like he promised in his campaign.
For a quick explanation of why California is in the mess it’s in, just follow a link on Instapundit to see the extent to which Democratic interest groups have been using hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to lobby the state government. The top two “special interest groups . . . trying to influence California public officials and voters” are the California Teachers Association and the California State Council of Service Employees.
Together, these groups spent nearly $320 million dollars, all of it skimmed off the salaries of people drawing income from Golden State taxpayers, more than three times as much as the next biggest spender, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
No wonder California is in the hole it’s in; we’ve got special interest groups using taxpayer money to lobby for greater state expenditures. And to raise that revenue, they’re taxing those who actually produce the wealth, causing many to produce less of said wealth or leaving the state for jurisdictions, like say, Texas, where they’re not penalized for productivity.
When I first read that House Democrats were cooking up a rule to allow their chamber to pass the Senate version of Obamacare without a vote, I wondered what planet they were living on. Are they aware that then-long shot Massachusetts Senate candidate began his rise in the polls at the same time Harry Reid (D-Mt. Crumpet) was paying off wavering then-moderate Senators with our tax dollars.
People in the home state of Teddy Kennedy, you know that champion of socialized medicine, were upset at the tactics the Democrats were using to pass health care.
In the Senate, they used payoffs. In the House, they’re using procedural gimmicks to pass unpopular legislation which will effectively nationalize one-sixth of the American economy, giving greater control over our health care decisions to yet-to-be-created government bureaucracies. And all this from a party which won its recent majorities running under the banner of transparency and open government, promising to drain the swamp that Capitol Hill had become under Republicans.
Procedural gimmicks and bribes–the Democrats’ means to increasing government control over our society.
If health care passes this way, ten months hence Speaker Boehner will enjoy the biggest Republican majority in the House since the 67th Congress.