Wednesday, October 31, 2012
By Dick Morris - 10-30-12 06:33 PM ET
Voters have figured out that President Obama has no message, no agenda and not even much of an explanation for what he has done over the past four years. His campaign is based entirely on persuading people that Mitt Romney is a uniquely bad man, entirely dedicated to the rich, ignorant of the problems of the average person. As long as he could run his negative ads, the campaign at least kept voters away from the Romney bandwagon. But once we all met Mitt Romney for three 90-minute debates, we got to know him — and to like him. He was not the monster Obama depicted, but a reasonable person for whom we could vote.
As we stripped away Obama’s yearlong campaign of vilification, all the president offered us was more servings of negative ads — ads we had already dismissed as not credible. He kept doing the same thing even as it stopped working.
The result was that the presidential race reached a tipping point. Reasonable voters saw that the voice of hope and optimism and positivism was Romney while the president was only a nitpicking, quarrelsome, negative figure. The contrast does not work in Obama’s favor.
His erosion began shortly after the conventions when Indiana (10 votes) and North Carolina (15) moved to Romney (in addition to the 179 votes that states that McCain carried cast this year).
Then, in October, Obama lost the Southern swing states of Florida (29) and Virginia (13). He also lost Colorado (10), bringing his total to 255 votes.
And now, he faces the erosion of the northern swing states: Ohio (18), New Hampshire (4) and Iowa (6). Only in the union-anchored state of Nevada (9) does Obama still cling to a lead.
In the next few days, the battle will move to Pennsylvania (20), Michigan (15), Wisconsin (10) and Minnesota (16). Ahead in Pennsylvania, tied in Michigan and Wisconsin, and slightly behind in Minnesota, these new swing states look to be the battleground.
Or will the Romney momentum grow and wash into formerly safe Democratic territory in New Jersey and Oregon?
Once everyone discovers that the emperor has no clothes (or that Obama has no argument after the negative ads stopped working), the vote shift could be of historic proportions.
The impact on Senate races could be profound. Give the GOP easy pickups in Nebraska and North Dakota. Wisconsin has been a roller coaster. Once an easy win for Republican Tommy Thompson, then a likely loss as Democrat Tammy Baldwin caught up, and now Republican again, it will probably be a third pickup. Romney’s surge in Virginia is propelling George Allen to a good lead for the first time all campaign. In Montana, Republican Denny Rehberg holds and has held for some time a small lead over Democrat incumbent Jon Tester. And, in Pennsylvania, Smith has powered his campaign to a small lead over Democrat Bob Casey Jr.
The GOP now leads in these six takeaways. But it is also within easy striking distance in Ohio and Florida, where incumbents are under 50 percent and Republican challengers Connie Mack (Fla.) and Josh Mandel (Ohio) are only a few points behind. It may even be possible to entertain daydreams of Rhode Island (Barry Hinckley) and New Jersey (Joe Kyrillos) going Republican.
Republican losses? Look for a giveback in Maine and possibly in Indiana and Massachusetts. In Indiana, Republican Richard Mourdock had established a 5-point lead over Democrat Joe Donnelly. But his comments about rape knocked him back to a tie. With Romney carrying the state by 15 points, however, Mourdock could still make it. In Massachusetts, Brown has been in hand-to-hand combat with Elizabeth Warren. Down by five a few days ago, he’s now tied, but the undecided usually goes against the incumbent.
The most likely outcome? Eight GOP takeaways and two giveaways for a net gain of six. A 53-47 Senate, just like we have now, only opposite.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
October 30, 2012, 4:24 AM
By Stuart Taylor and Richard Sander
The pending Supreme Court case that has put affirmative action back in the news — a reverse discrimination lawsuit by a disappointed white applicant against the University of Texas — focuses mainly on the same debate about fairness to various racial groups that has gone on for more than 40 years.
But, meanwhile, the broader public debate is being transformed by previously unheralded evidence that the large racial preferences into which affirmative action has devolved are not working well — and are at war with the egalitarian principles that were once their goal.
This new evidence makes three points: First, racial preferences are exposing many or most of their supposed beneficiaries to a serious risk of academic struggle.
Second, university leaders are systematically misleading these black and Hispanic recruits (and everyone else) about their academic prospects.
Third, most of these preferred students are more affluent than many of the better-qualified Asians and whites who are disfavored on account of race.
Academic struggle results when black and Hispanic students (as well as athletes and children of big donors) who got B’s in high school are put into competition with Asian and white students who got A’s.
The research shows that most of the B students will have trouble keeping up, suffering heavy blows to their self-confidence, and will end up learning less than if they had gone to schools for which they were well-qualified.
We call this the mismatch effect.
Several studies have tracked black and Hispanic students who initially aspired to become scientists or engineers. Soon after arriving at elite colleges where they were academically mismatched, these students felt lost and got bad grades.
Their professors were racing through tough courses at a pace designed to challenge their far better-prepared classmates. These victims were only half as likely to get science degrees as comparably qualified students at less selective schools.
Another study shows that black students who aspire to be professors are far less likely to achieve their goals if they go to selective schools where they are mismatched rather than schools for which they are well-qualified. Other studies show that black law students are much more likely to pass the bar exam if they go to schools for which they are well-qualified.
Little-noticed University of California statistics show that a 1996 ballot initiative outlawing racial preferences was on balance good for black and Hispanic students.
Those who would probably have done badly if admitted through racial preferences to Berkeley and UCLA did better at somewhat less selective campuses, such as Riverside and Santa Cruz.
UC-wide, black and Hispanic grades, science degrees and graduation rates improved markedly. The total number of black and Hispanic students receiving bachelor’s degrees from UC has soared since racial preferences were outlawed.
Some scholars scoff at such evidence by claiming that black and Hispanic students can fully assess which college is in their own best interests.
But by hiding the enormous size of their racial preferences, by assuring marginally qualified students that they will do fine academically and gain ground on their better-prepared classmates and by ostracizing scholars who shine a light on mismatch problems, the universities do their best to deny their “diversity recruits” the opportunity to make informed choices.
Lastly, data showing that most racial-preference recipients are catapulted over working-class and poor Asians and whites who are less affluent and better qualified compels the conclusion that the current regime is perverting a once-egalitarian cause by increasing economic inequality.
Justice Samuel Alito highlighted this problem during the Oct. 10 oral argument in the Texas case, expressing incredulity at the university’s contention that it needs racial preferences to bring in affluent black and Hispanic students because those brought in by a law admitting the top 10% of every high school class were mostly underprivileged: “I thought the whole purpose of affirmative action was to help students who come from underprivileged backgrounds.”
Not any more, it’s not.
But we hope to see the original ideals of affirmative action revived as word of findings about mismatch, the dishonest practices of universities and the comforting-the-comfortable thrust of the current racial-preference regime filter through the academy.
The Supreme Court could speed that process by requiring that schools using racial preference disclose to applicants and the public their size, operation and effects on academic performance. Transparency is the best route to reform.
Taylor, a journalist and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Sander, a law professor and economist at UCLA, are the authors of “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It.”
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Polls show the already tight presidential race is getting even closer just a week before Election Day.
A handful of polls released Tuesday show President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney either tied or within 1 percentage point of each other. None of the polls show either candidate hitting the 50 percent mark.
A survey from Pew Research showed the candidates locked at 47 percent, a Washington Post poll showed them tied at 49 percent, and a survey from NPR shows Romney ahead of Obama by 49 to 48 percent.
Monday, October 29, 2012
John Adams, 1776
Isn’t this rich? Saturday Night Live couldn’t have thought of anything better. When I read this headline, I had to make sure it wasn’t coming from The Onion. President Obama actually said that in his second term, there could be a “Secretary of Business.“ That's right, he knows he has a problem with American business and naturally, he thinks there is a government solution. This shows how tone-deaf he is, how ignorant he must be of how business works in America and what American businesses want from Washington.
Anyway, if Obama is reelected, support for private business from the government is on the way. What could go wrong? Obama is going to use his own business savvy to redraw parts of the government organization chart to make a new Department of Business. The new department could be staffed with the community organizers, labor leaders and Occupy rejects who are currently doing field work for his campaign, along with assorted philosophy and political science majors from the president’s favorite universities, and a retired professor or two. The new Department of Business could have things like a “Bureau of Business Assistance” that reviews business plans to make sure they comply with the Obama worldview. Ha! Or maybe “The Office of Fair Hiring and Fair Pay Encouragement” will be knocking on your door. What business owner wouldn’t appreciate this ”help”?
Obama’s business liaison has been viewed as a joke and as an enemy of American business. He has had to hide from the honorable private sector leaders he appointed to his defunct jobs council. His previous Commerce Secretary was sent to China and no one noticed. His current Commerce Secretary couldn’t be picked out of a lineup with the Spice Girls. Mitt Romney could have some fun with this.
The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent. The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.
Ten days out, it's anybody's guess who will win the presidential election. But the tone of the two campaigns offers an insight into the confidence level of the two candidates.
Ten days out, it's anybody's guess who will win the presidential election. But the tone of the two campaigns offers an insight into the confidence level of the two candidates.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concertgoers after she touted President Barack Obama on her "MDNA Tour" in New Orleans.
The Material Girl asked during Saturday night's performance: "Who's registered to vote?" She added: "I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama." Drawing boos in touting Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, Madonna followed: "Seriously, I don't care who you vote for ... Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote."
1. 40%of all workers in Los Angeles County (Los Angeles County has 10.2
million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they
are predominantly illegal aliens working without a green card.
2. 95%of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75%of people on the most-wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on
Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35%of all inmates in Californiadetention centers are Mexican nationals
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliensin Los AngelesCounty are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely
illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60%of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in Los Angeles are Spanish speaking.
10. In Los Angeles County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak
Amidst this campaign’s bickering about which candidate is women’s friend or foe, the Obama camp targets young women in an eye-catching web ad intended as feminist but, in fact, profoundly insulting. Its main effect is to show that, while the Republicans have serious “woman problems” of their own making, the Democrats often peddle a pseudo-feminist paternalism that reeks of condescension.
Mugging Our descendants!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
To spend the first third of one's life getting all the education one can.
To spend the next third making all the money one can.
To spend the last third giving it all away for worthwhile causes.
Friday, October 26, 2012
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Ronald Reagan, 10/28/1980, final Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI made the announcement during an unscheduled news conference early Monday, telling reporters The Almighty had instructed the Pontiff to relay His choice to the world.
"With the exception of his bizarre religion, The Great I Am likes everything about Mr. Romney, and wholeheartedly endorses him for President of the United States."
Democratic Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was quick to criticize the endorsement, saying, "Democratic voters could really care less what somebody so wrong on abortion and gay marriage thinks.
" She then pointed out that President Obama has garnered his own notable endorsements, including Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Honey Boo Boo.
State Dept. Email to White House at 6:07 PM on 9/11/12: 'Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack' | CNSNews.com
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Postal Services created a stamp with a picture of
President Obama on it.
The Postal Service noticed that the stamp was not sticking to envelopes.
This enraged the President, who demanded a full investigation.
After a month of testing and $1.73 million in congressional spending, a special Presidential commission presented the following findings:
1.The stamp is in perfect order.
2. There is nothing wrong with the glue.
3. People are spitting on the wrong side.
Accusing the man who is justly credited with ordering Osama bin Laden’s killing and with ousting the Qaddafi regime in Libya of being a weakling who is constantly apologizing for the United States has little traction with most voters, including independents and many Republicans. Similarly, criticizing Obama for “throwing Israel under the bus” and promising to avoid an inch of daylight between Washington and Tel Aviv does not convey tough-minded American patriotism. A commitment to outsource decisions on war and peace to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu may appeal to a small segment of Jewish and evangelical voters, but it is bound to alienate many others in the process.
Instead, Governor Romney should be himself—a pragmatic, results-oriented leader—and tell the real story of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. The truth isn’t pretty. Americans are not only worse off economically after the last four years but worse of internationally as well. And President Obama has failed to fulfill his key foreign-policy promises.
Take Iran. While the Iranian people are suffering from punitive sanctions and the mullahs may feel less secure, Iran’s uranium enrichment has if anything accelerated, and Tehran is closer to having nuclear weapons. And the president’s decision to pursue regime change in Libya, after the Bush administration persuaded Muammar Qaddafi to give up his WMD programs with a “live and let live” understanding, has made war with Iran more likely. Undermining a deal is not a way to build confidence.
At the same time, relations with China and Russia, where Mr. Obama promised new beginnings, are deteriorating. The administration has failed to define clear priorities in either relationship, leaving Moscow and Beijing confused and angry, suspecting that the Obama administration does not take them seriously as important global players and is trying to undermine their domestic legitimacy and stability. As a result, for the first time since Stalin, China and Russia have better relations with one another than with the United States.
In the Middle East, President Obama gave false hope to the Palestinians with a dramatic speech in Cairo, but he failed to follow through. The administration now has a credibility problem on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Once Obama demanded an end to new Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority could settle for no less. Peace talks collapsed as a result.
If the Obama administration threw anyone under a bus, it was not Israel but the friendly Mubarak government in Egypt. Mubarak was an imperfect ally and an even more imperfect democrat. But in the context of regional politics, he was trying hard to maintain ties with the United States and keep the peace treaty with Israel. In fact, his commitment to the treaty and his security policies contributed to the popular backlash that triggered his repressive response. Let me be clear: The Obama administration did not just let Egypt’s less-than-peaceful revolution run its course. It put severe pressure on Mubarak and the Egyptian military not to fight back. America should not side with oppressors, but neither should it casually abandon its allies when the going gets rough.
President Obama has withdrawn American troops from Iraq and is in the process of drawing down troops in Afghanistan, as promised. What he glosses over is that he leaves an Iraq that is neither truly democratic nor truly friendly with the United States. Baghdad not only refuses to prevent Iran from supplying Syria through its territory; it also cannot even be counted on for support if America decides to attack Iran. In Afghanistan, the administration’s surge did not bring military or political advances analogous to the Bush administration’s surge in Iraq. Once American troops are out, the corrupt and inept Kabul government will either collapse or be forced to settle with the Taliban. Alternatively, there may be a protracted chaos with multiple opportunities for international terrorists.
Mr. Obama’s record might best be described using President Jimmy Carter’s immortal characterization of his failed raid to free Americans in Tehran. That raid, said Mr. Carter, was an “incomplete success.” But at least President Carter was embarrassed by his failures; with typical bravado, President Obama portrays his own as successes. Governor Romney should help the American people to understand that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is the same as its domestic policy—a long list of unfulfilled promises—and that it has been implemented in the same highly partisan fashion. If Governor Romney did so, and simultaneously showed the same principled pragmatism on foreign policy that has animated his recent approach to domestic issues, he could deprive President Obama of his pretense of global leadership.
Dimitri K. Simes is president of the Center for the National Interest and publisher of The National Interest
Barry Goldwater www.aHardRight.com
Monday, October 22, 2012
By Jeffrey H. Andersonon Mon, 22 Oct 2012
Several months ago, President Obama’s Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, initiated the Senior Swindle, an $8.35 billion ploy (far more than either presidential campaign will raise this year) to hide the effects of Obamacare’s Medicare Advantage cuts from seniors until after the election. The Government Accountability Office has said it’s “concerned” about the legality of this taxpayer-funded gambit, which may cause voters to recall other aspects of Obamacare’s checkered past — like the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, and Gator Aid. Now House Republicans have announced their intention to subpoena a heretofore uncooperative Sebelius, in an effort to obtain more information about this unprecedented election-year outlay.
Fox News reports:
“Republican Rep. Darrell Issa on Friday formally notified Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he intends to issue a subpoena for health department documents on a program he claims is being used to ‘buy’ the election by hiding the effects of ObamaCare.
“The Department of Health and Human Services handed over reams of material just minutes before a 5 p.m. ET deadline Thursday in response to Issa’s demand 24 hours earlier. However, Issa’s office called the cache ‘embarrassing,’ insufficient and not responsive to the congressman’s request.
“‘Basically somebody hit a button and said print out a bunch of spreadsheets in an illegible format,’ Issa told Fox News. ‘So we will be issuing the subpoena.’”
Fox News writes, “The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee effectively is accusing the department of stringing them along for months in their request for documents about an $8 billion program that pays bonuses to Medicare Advantage plans” on a temporary basis.
Fox News adds:
“Issa claims the bonus program is being used to mask the first round of Medicare Advantage cuts in connection with the health care overhaul — in order to win favor with seniors.
“‘It’s an unbelievable abuse of power,’ he said Thursday.”...
As Benjamin E. Sasse, HHS’s assistant secretary for planning and evaluation until early 2009 and now the president of Midland University, put it this spring, “In scope and intention, this is something completely new, and if it’s allowed to establish precedent, the only limit on what future administrations could spend money on, or how much they could unilaterally spend, would be their own electoral calculations about what they could get away with.”
P J O'Rourke
The only change Washington is interested in is in your pocket!
More than 5,500 people turned out Sunday afternoon at a mountaintop park in remote Buchanan County to show their support for coal.
With the "War on Coal" rhetoric that's been on a lot of Republicans' lips this election season, a lineup of political speakers that included Matt Romney, son of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, came to talk about the resource that powers both the electricity and the economy here.
"Right now our country is in dire straits," Matt Romney said, promising that his father, if elected, would make the nation energy independent by 2020. "We can't ignore the vast natural resources we have in this country: coal, natural gas, oil."
In coal country, the issue is complex. On one hand, the Appalachian coal industry has been steadily losing jobs in recent decades, due in part to mechanization and declining reserves. On the other hand, new policies implemented by the Obama administration have had a painful, immediate impact.
It was clear in the mood of the crowd Sunday. Some talked about how thousands of recent coal industry layoffs have impacted their families and communities; others said they go to work every day wondering if they will still have a job when they get there.
"The only promise Obama kept was to kill coal," said Jerry Shortt, a coal miner from Richlands who was laid off temporarily right after Labor Day -- and learned Friday that for him, along with 189 other employees at the mine where he worked, the layoff would be permanent.