The Last Of The Millenniums

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Obama vs. Romney Polling : ‘Will this election break the rules’?

When polls ask, at anytime, who you’re going to vote for, they are fun, interesting but just one news cycle can shift a persons decision.

The only poll that matters is the election.

But aside form ‘who are you gouing to vote for’ some questions show ‘trends’.

And ‘trends’ are very important.

‘At first glance, today’s Post/ABC News poll’
See : ‘Washington Post-ABC News Poll’
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postabcpoll_20120708.html

‘would seem to lend support to the conventional wisdom: A bad economy means the election will be nothing more than a referendum on the incumbent — period, full stop. But dig a little deeper and it looks as if voters may be seeing things in more nuanced terms’.

‘The poll finds Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47-47 among registered voters’.

‘Obama’s approval is upside down at 47-49, and it’s even worse on the economy, 44-54’.

‘The right track/wrong track numbers are awful, at 33-63’.

‘Romney leads on which candidate is more trusted to handle the economy, 49-45’.

‘But when people are asked to compare the two more extensively, the picture shifts’.

‘Obama leads on who understands the economic problems people are having, 51-40’.

‘Obama leads on who is more likely to stand up for what he believes in, 52-36’.

‘Obama leads on who has presented a clearer plan for dealing with the economy situation, 47-35’.

And how’s that Republican ‘cut spending’ going?

‘And voters appear to narrowly side with Obama’s economic vision: 48 percent say the federal government should spend money to encourage job creation, versus 45 percent who say we should hold down the deficit’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-will-this-election-break-the-rules/2012/07/10/gJQAerEPaW_blog.html

And the Republcians obstructing raising taxes on the ‘wealthy’?

‘A new National Journal poll
See : ‘Poll: Americans Prefer Obama’s Tax Cut Plan’
@ : http://nationaljournal.com/daily/poll-americans-prefer-obama-s-tax-cut-plan-20120709
‘finds that 60 percent think extending the Bush tax cuts for those under $250,000 (Obama’s position) is very important, versus only 40 percent who think extending all the cuts is very important (the GOP position)’.

‘Also: 70 percent think it’s very important that Congress agree on new federal spending to create jobs and prevent layoffs — which dovetails with the Post finding above’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-will-this-election-break-the-rules/2012/07/10/gJQAerEPaW_blog.html

And from September 2011 – ‘Poll: Tax the rich, corporations’
‘Americans favor raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for President Barack Obama’s proposed jobs plan by a margin of two-to-one, a new Gallup poll Wednesday says’.

‘Sixty-six percent of respondents said that they backed increasing income taxes on individuals earning over $200,000 and families earning at least $250,000, while only 32 percent were opposed’.
From : http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64017.html

THAT is what you call a solid trend.

Mitt Romney Lies #29 – ‘Why is Mitt Romney Hiding the Rest of His Tax Returns’?

Misinformation. Disinformation. Lies. Hiding from questions.

The Last Of The Millenniums – ‘The Hollowing Out’ – What the ‘new’ America (and World) will look like

This is a fantastic op-ed and speaks to the core of why I started this blog.

Fewer people are needed to produce more products and services while the population grows creating a troubling disparity – are too many people going to destroy our civilization?

People understand this on a basic level but refuce to talk about it. And that very refusal is making the problem worse.

There are too many people on the planet that society can’t employ and the planets resources are being consumed by.

It’s why I’m a Liberal.

A Liberal sees people.

The new Conservative sees only money.

While this op-ed only deals with the US, the World IS Global now. None of us are ‘islands’.

‘Both candidates are only tinkering at the edges of the most important issue facing the United States: the hollowing out of the employment marketplace, the disappearance of mid-level jobs’.

‘The issue of the disappearing middle is not new, but credible economists have added a more threatening twist to the argument: the possibility that a well-functioning, efficient modern market economy, driven by exponential growth in the rate of technological innovation, can simultaneously produce economic growth and eliminate millions of middle-class jobs’.

‘Michael Spence, a professor at N.Y.U.’s Stern School of Business, and David Autor, an economist at M.I.T., have argued that this “hollowing out” process is a result of twin upheavals: globalization and the hyper-acceleration of technological progress’.

‘In a videotaped interview on Bloomberg News, Brynjolfsson was somewhat more cautious’:

“I have to be brutally honest, I don’t think Andy and I are sure whether it’s different this time around. If you look at the data, this time it seems to be a lot more difficult. So it’s possible we are facing a regime change, a fundamental change in the way technology and employment interact with each other”.

‘The Brynjolfsson-McAfee message has been generally well received in the high-tech community. On July 5, McAfee held the attention of an audience of young researchers and prospective entrepreneurs here at Singularity University. For over an hour after his lecture, students met with McAfee to explore the consequences of his argument’.

‘The students’ questions’:

‘How much can wealth accumulate for a small slice of the population at the top, while large numbers of people are forced to work for ever lower pay or to drop out of the workforce altogether’?

‘For such a future society to function, would wealth need to be (coercively) redistributed from the top to those below, in order for the mass of the jobless population to survive’?

‘Who would have power and how would tax and spending policies be determined in such a radically bifurcated, automated, workless society’?
From : http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/the-future-of-joblessness/

 

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘House Farm Bill Would Kick 280,000 Low-Income Children Off Of School Meals Program’

Mitt Romney – “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” the Republican presidential candidate said on CNN Wednesday morning. “There’s a safety net there, and if it needs repair I’ll fix it”.

By cutting that ‘safety net’.

Mitt Romney makes me proud to be an American.

‘Members of the House Agriculture Committee this week will be marking up a “compromise” version of this year’s farm bill, which includes cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — i.e. food stamps — that would result in two to three million people losing their food assistance. 45 percent of the proposed cuts to federal spending in the bill come from reductions in the food stamp program’.

‘The bulk of the cuts would be a result of eliminating what is known as “categorical eligibility,” which gave states the flexibility to enroll families in SNAP even if their assets (such as a car or modest savings) or income push them barely above the line to qualify for assistance. According to the Congressional Budget Office, such a move would not only boot 1.8 million people off of food stamps, but would knock 280,000 children off of the free school lunch program’.

‘These families’ free lunch benefits are tied to their receipt of SNAP funds. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted, “A typical working family that qualifies for SNAP benefits due to categorical eligibility is a mother with two young children who has monthly earnings just above the program’s monthly gross income limit ($2,008 for a family of three in 2012).”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/09/513136/food-stamp-cuts-school-meals/

 

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘The official GOP position: Let hard times run their course’ By Jonathan Bernstein

From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-official-gop-position-let-hard-times-run-their-course/2012/07/09/gJQA5hJzYW_blog.html

And he’s NOT kidding either.

From an interview that Senator Mitch McConnell gave to Chris Frates of National Journal :

Alley: ‘Can you articulate what the goals are, what a Republican majority in the Senate would try to do’?

McConnell: ‘So, we certainly believe that getting a handle on long-term and short-term deficit and debt is the single biggest thing. Everything else pales in comparison to that’.

‘But I think we need some kind of action out of a new president on day one about the regulatory overreach that’s been going on the last three years’.

‘That whole nightmare of over-regulatory activity is, in my view, the principal reason – coupled with, obviously, the possibility of taxes going up – it’s the reason we’re having such a tepid recovery from a deep recession’.
From : http://influencealley.nationaljournal.com/2012/07/mcconnell-tells-the-alley-how.php

Cut spending.

Cut Regulations.

Cut Taxes.

THAT is his agenda.

Not jobs.

Cut Spending.

Cut Regulations.

Cut Taxes.

Because that will create jobs.

It hasn’t so far but lets keep trying until America crumbles.

 

‘Romney Set to Counterattack on Bain’

Imagine that. The Romney campaign is going to call Obama a ‘liar’.

Another chance for Mitt Romney to make a statement and then run and hide from questions.

‘The Romney campaign will begin to aggressively push back against President Obama’s accusations that the Republican was an “outsourcing pioneer” today, a source privy to the the campaign’s strategy told BuzzFeed’.

‘In a conference call Monday morning, senior staff said Romney’s surrogates would stop shying away from the word “lie” in responding to Democrats’ attacks on his business record, and plan to go on TV to call Obama a “liar,” the source said’.
From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/romney-set-to-counterattack-on-bain

Now MAYBE, just MAYBE the Democrats will return the favor AND with HUNDREDS of verifiable examples!!

But be careful what you ask for Republicans. Because if YOU start calling the President a liar, and the Democrats call Romney a liar – the press might get off their a**es and start to investigate and report on all those HUNDREDS of Romeny lies.

 

But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘GOP To Make 31st Attempt To Repeal Obamacare Act’

Except…………YOU don’t REPLACE Obamacare………….you just repeal it.

‘Political points’ over jobs. The Proud Republican Way!

So what that MILLIONS of Americans are unelmpoyed, underemployed, homes forclosed.

So what that you don’t offer ANY alternative.

Let’s just vote to repeal Obamacare and ‘score’ some political points.

‘The House Rules Committee takes up a bill Monday called the “Repeal of Obamacare Act.” And just like it says, the bill would wipe away the president’s Affordable Care Act. A vote of the full House is planned for Wednesday’.

‘Over the past 18 months, the House has taken 30 floor votes to try to repeal, defund or dismantle the health care law. The first attempt came on Jan. 19, 2011 just two weeks after the GOP took control of the House’.

‘But the House’s efforts haven’t been necessarily pointless. Binder says votes like the one planned for later this week are all about scoring political points’.
From : http://www.npr.org/2012/07/09/156474493/gop-to-make-31st-attempt-to-repeal-obamacare-act

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Florida GOP Chapter Giving Donald Trump ‘Statesman Of The Year’ Award’

Now it is ONLY Sarasota Country GOP but when I read this, this was my immediate and so far only reaction :

I’m sure I won’t be the only one. (GRINS!)

Please – P-L-E-A-S-E, PRETTY PLEASE have ‘The Donald’ a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention!!

‘Ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, in August, the Republican Party of Sarasota County is giving Donald Trump its “Statesman of the Year” award. What makes the birther-ranting businessman worthy of such esteem’?

“He’s a sage, skillful and respected leader” who is doing “all he can to take our country back,” Sarasota GOP Chair Joe Gruters told TPM. “At the end of the day, he’s one of the few people in the country who can command respect from people of all walks of life.”

‘Trump’s spokesman, Michael Cohen, told NBC that Trump is “honored” to receive the award. “It would seem obvious that Donald Trump will play a role in the Tampa convention, as his massive popularity, reflected in this recent award, shows what an asset he would be in making the convention into an even greater success’.
From : http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/trump-statesman-of-the-year.php

‘Rep. West denies equating Social Security to slavery’

‘Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Monday blasted reports that he equated the Social Security program to “21st-century slavery,” writing on his Facebook page that he is “committed to protecting social security retirement benefits for retirees and future retirees.”

‘West blasted the “liberal media” for reporting that he equated Social Security and slavery in the comment. West suggested his Facebook followers watch the interview for themselves’.
From : http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/09/1107974/-This-weekend-in-Republicanism

OK……………….

“What we’re doing is we’re creating a welfare entitlement class,” West told Fox News on Sunday, naming the rising number of Americans on Social Security disability and the poverty roll as well as increase in food stamp recipients and extension of unemployment benefits. “So once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me, is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”

Yeah you pretty much say people going on ‘social security disibility’ (you didn’t seperate social security and social security disibility – they are two different programs) are economicly dependent and to quote you – “to me, is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”

Representative West, you throw out a bunch of numbers (which the interviewer should have questioned you on but it’s FOX so that ain’t gonna happen) without explaining them.

You said – “as we said just this past month, the 85,000 went on Social Security disability as opposed to 80,000 jobs created.”
From : http://thehill.com/video/house/236665-rep-west-social-security-a-form-of-modern-21st-century-slavery

Did those 85,000 retire? Go on Social Security?

Or were they actually disabled and ALL of them went on Social Security disibility?

Are you saying they are fruads and not actually disabled? SO are able and should be working?

There are plenty of unemployed people so those 80,000 jobs can still be filled.

Just where are those 80,000 jobs?

THIS is what the interviewer SHOULD have questioned you on.

Unemployed people can’t ‘create’ jobs. Remember you and almost ALL Republicans are saying that we need to cut taxes to the corporations and the wealthy so that THEY will ‘create’ jobs.

Why aren’t THEY ‘creating’ the jobs?

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