As one person said, “If Kitten Pile Wrestling was an Olympic event, more people would go.”
Archive for August, 2011
Not much else needs to be said…
Well, that did not take long. Only this time, it came from the other side.
An Austin Ron Paul supporter has taken out a full-page ad in the local alt weekly newspaper seeking any “stripper … escort … or ‘young hottie’” who has slept with Rick Perry, part of his single-minded jihad against the presidential candidate.
Robert Morrow describes himself as a “self-employed investor and political activist” as well as a three-time delegate to the Texas state GOP convention.
It is things like this that make it hard for most in the GOP to take Ron Paul seriously as a presidential candidate. Even if Paul had nothing to do with it.
I am not a big one for polling organizations like Gallup that generally only poll “adults” (which can mean literally anything as far as methodology goes), as compared to outfits like Zogby and Rasmussen that poll “registered voters” and “likely voters”, which is a much more accurate methodology.
On the other hand, when ANY poll shows these type of numbers, it is worth noting.
A new low of 26% of Americans approve of President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it in mid-May and well below his previous low of 35% in November 2010.
Maybe more interesting and consequential is the continuing erosion of independent support for the president:
Obama earns scant support on the issues among Republicans, and does not do much better among independents. In contrast to Democrats’ majority approval of Obama on all seven issues tested, fewer than half of independents approve of the president’s handling of any of these.
As I first noted in 2009, general independent support for Democrats has been steadily eroding and that has also spilled over into Obama’s numbers, in particular. Since it is virtually impossible for a Democrat to win a national election without a very high percentage of the indie vote, this bodes quite ill for Obama at present. Granted, it is still a good 14.5 months until the election, but this cannot be very comforting for the White House.
Of course, I have long said that I do not really expect Obama to even be on the 2012 ticket, as I have long had a feeling that his own party will “Nixon” him out well before. Anyway, at the very least, I expect multiple primary challengers to him come early 2012. Ala Ted Kennedy in 1980 and just as serious. Polls with these type of results only help cement that belief.
Well, I suppose we can chalk this one up next to Pelosi’s claim that unemployment benefits “create” jobs.
Video courtesy CNS News:
So, I suppose he is saying the non-food stamp dollar that I spend does not “generate” the same amount of economic “activity”? He seems to forget that the money being taken from the taxpayer in the first place, is a net loss for the economy, as it could have been used on the consumption, saving or investment side. Not to help someone buy a steak and bag of chips.
The seepage from Michelle’s lead-based veggie garden is obviously seeping into the D.C. Water system, as once someone enters the confines of the Beltway, they immediately park their brains at the Capitol’s door.
Doug Powers puts it correctly:
I can’t help but wonder though… if every dollar of food stamps puts $1.84 into the economy, instead of the $860 billion stimulus, why didn’t the administration just send every single American $2,800 worth of food stamps and thereby generate $1.58 trillion in economic activity?
This is what passes for “intelligence” in today’s world.
Well, for all of the caterwauling by both sides of the fence when it came to the phony “Debt Deal”, one of the cold realities is how a Spendaholic addiction can literally wipe out fortunes in a matter of moments or even months.
In just a little over four months, due to reckless spending, lack of leadership and a lot of BS floating around, the value of American stocks has fallen over 19%.
Since the S&P 500 hit its high for 2011 on April 29th, to August 10th, 2011, $3.3 trillion dollars invested in the U.S. stock market has been wiped out. The value of American stocks owned fell from $16.82 trillion to $13.57 trillion—19.3 percent. See Chart .That is more than the Gross Domestic Product–the value of all of the goods and services produced in a country—in 2010 of Canada ($1.3 trillion), the U.K. ($2.2 trillion), or Germany (3.1 trillion).
While we may not know precisely for some time what triggered this decline in value from the April 29th high, rapidly growing government debt of the last few years certainly played a central role. European economies share this fault with the U.S. Their stock markets lurch downward daily like ours with each new debt crisis in Greece, Italy, or some other European Union member country. Like us, they spent beyond their means and are now in terrible financial shape. A country can only spend more than it takes in for so long. That is why the ratings agencies put the U.S. government on warning April 18, 2011, days before the market began to fall. Many saw the day of reckoning on its way.
Funny how trillion is now tossed around nowadays, as billion was not too many years ago. Get people used to enough to having less and they will eventually either be quiet and shut up. Or you end up like England. Or France. Or Zimbabwe.
You want to solve the debt ceiling problem? Raise it to $999 quintillion and just be done with it. It is not like the debt we now owe can ever be paid back, the way things are going. (and probably not ever, under any circusmtances)
On one forum I frequent, a dear friend (and first class lady, if ever there was one) wrote this post in a thread where we were discussing Joe (The Dumbest Man Ever to Be Vice-President) Biden’s now infamous charge that the Tea Party is basically a bunch of “terrorists”. Which appears to have replaced “racist” as the new Marxist Cloak Phrase of the Left, when trying to shut up debate with any who oppose them, regardless of the subject.
To a paraphrase an old saying, “Hell hath no fury like a grandmother scorned.”
Dear Mr. Vice-President:
I am a 68-year old grandmother and small business owner who identifies strongly with the values of the tea party. I am in favor of smaller government, lower taxes and the federal government getting its debt under control and spending no more than it takes in.
I have spent my life working hard for the money you and the rest of the government spend. May I remind you – YOU work for me, and the money you spend was once mine, that I earned, sometimes standing on my feet many hours a day in some pain. To ask you and your fellow Democrats to respect me, your employer, and spend my money wisely is *not* “terrorism”.
I am not a terrorist. I am, however, a holy terror, and you have PISSED ME OFF. I am fed up with being disrespected and called sexually explicit names like “teabagger”, a term I was unfamiliar with as a decent lady until you and your supporters began to use it in regular public written and spoken discourse.
I am fed up with being called a “racist” for demanding fiscal responsibility on the part of you and your fellow Democrats who decide how much of my money you will confiscate for your own use. I am fed up with the people who supposedly work for me working against me and my best interests as a small business owner.
I am fed up with the government interfering in my business, my faith, my grandkids’ education, my pocketbook, my health, and my very life. I am fed up with regulations infringing upon my life, liberty and pursuit of happiness you and your fellow Democrats constantly impose.
I am insulted and incensed, but I am NOT a terrorist. I am a patriotic sixth generation Texas patriot and I am fed up with the REAL terror you and your fellow Democrats have imposed on my life. I am in terror [that] your profligate spending will ruin my life and that of my kids and grandkids, ruin my business, ruin my chance to someday retire before I die and ruin my country. I am in terror your weak foreign policy will put us in worse danger of attack by the real terrorists you refuse to name while accusing little grandmothers like me of being one.
I am in terror [of] the proven biased news media and your propaganda arms bought and paid for by George Soros, your socialist supporter, will con enough people into electing you and your ilk again to further ruin my country.
I know a real terrorist when I see one, Mr. Vice-President, and I am not it – I’m just a holy terror, independent American and I call you out for what you have proven yourself to be – a fool, and tool of the real terror hurting my country. I just hope enough of my fellow tea party “terrors” will be able to save my country when we get a chance in the next election to prove how we as Americans respond to demagogues, and resoundingly tell you and your fellow Democrats and any Republicans aiding and abetting this terror – “you’re fired!!”
Do you need a little ice for that, Joe?