While in the strictest sense it is true that the president has lowered taxes for small businesses 18 times, this does not accurately reflect the totality of his small-business tax policy. In fact, on net, the president’s policy proposals will inflict significant harm on small businesses.
On the cusp of an election offering stark choices on how best to handle the economy, 60 percent of Americans still describe the current economic situation as poor, but almost as many think things will get better in the coming year. More voters expect the number of unemployed to go down, too. Forty-two percent anticipate improvement in the jobs picture, up 10 percentage points from a month ago.
Exclusive--Cover-Up: Chinese Govt Blocks Access To Obama.com, Obama Campaign Blocks Chinese Web Visitors
The Chinese government has suddenly blocked access to Obama.com throughout mainland China, and the Obama campaign website now shows error messages to Chinese visitors.The startling developments come just days after the New York Post and Breitbart News ran extensive reports on Obama.com owner Robert Roche, an expatriate American and Obama bundler with business ties to the Chinese government who lives in Shanghai. The Government Accountability Institute revealed the website’s ownership in its widely covered 108-page report, America The Vulnerable, which details the threat of foreign and fraudulent online campaign contributions.
Rising enthusiasm for Mitt Romney’s surging presidential candidacy has driven Americans to the donation box: Romney’s campaign raised a whopping $112 million in 17 days of October, according to the Republican National Committee. Much of that giving was obviously driven by Romney’s stellar performance in the first debate.
Romney needed a good showing after incumbent President Barack Obama defeated him in fundraising for September, $181 million to $170 million. The Romney campaign has approximately $169 million to spend over the final two weeks of this campaign. Approximately $38 million of the money raised in October came in donations of $250 or under, suggesting burgeoning grassroots appeal for Romney.
House Speaker John Boehner sent an open letter to President Barack Obama today demanding to know who knew what and when in what has now developed into a three-pronged scandal: The lack of security at our consulate in Benghazi, the fact that nothing was done during the seven-hour attack to bring in American reinforcements, and the dishonest narrative that evolved afterwards that blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest and YouTube video.
President Obama's reelection campaign has focused on the theme of trust, especially on his foreign policy record. But the father of one American victim of this year's 9/11 attacks says that, based on his firsthand interaction with Obama, that trust isn't warranted.
This is what the president, according to a campaign official, believes will ensure that "every voter knows what a second term of an Obama presidency would mean for middle-class Americans." So, in other words, a shiny substance-free pamphlet is a metaphor for the Obama presidency—because these 11 pages of fluff make Romney's tax proposal look like an annotated edition of the Talmud.
Give me a break.
Bill's smart. If he believes such things, we who care about freedom have done a poor job communicating economics.
Blaming problems on "greed" is a mindless cliche.
Yes, Wall Street was greedy -- but that's nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more. With this election approaching, and statist, eager-to-regulate candidates in ascent, we need more Americans to understand this.
The statist left says it's government's job to protect consumers and help poor people. But greed -- more precisely, the pursuit of self-interest in the free market -- would work better. The market (if not corrupted by corporate welfare and bailouts) harmonizes the interests of diverse people who don't even know each other and might not even like each other. It motivates them to work hard to serve customers.
What they didn't learn is what the next president's foreign policy will look like or whether to expect war or peace. That's not the fault of the debate. It's the fault of the candidates—not just these two, but pretty much all presidential candidates. Ultimately, it's the fault of voters, who repeatedly give their presidents a blank check.
An obscure tropical island may seem an odd starting point for an essay on the coming global disorder. Yet great conflicts have been known to flare over little things in faraway places. “On the morning of July 1, [1911,] without more ado, it was announced that His Imperial Majesty the German Emperor had sent his gunboat the Panther to Agadir to maintain and protect German interests,” wrote Winston Churchill in his history of the First World War. The proximate causes of the German foray to this deserted Moroccan bay “were complicated and intrinsically extremely unimportant.” But the real purpose of the kaiser’s move was to test—and, he hoped, to break—Britain’s alliance with France and, perhaps, scope out the possibility of establishing a German naval base in the north Atlantic. “All the alarm bells throughout Europe,” Churchill recalled, “began immediately to quiver.”
By Sen. Rand Paul
However, it is also clear neither candidate adequately addressed the gross intelligence failure in Libya that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens. Too many important questions remain unanswered concerning Mr. Obama’s entire mishandling of the recent siege of Benghazi.
By Larry Kudlow -
There isn't a single true economic-growth incentive in this scant plan. There's no serious spending, deficit and debt reduction, and no attempt to solve the Social Security and health-entitlement problems, which are moving us toward bankruptcy.
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
Author of "The Rise of Tyranny" and
"Global Censorship of Health Information" and
"Restore The Republic"
Harvey GordinDespite the disingenuous doublespeak coming out of the Federal Reserve and all the campaign rhetoric, the true state of our economy is in dire circumstances. It is not going to have a 'soft' landing and unemployment is not going to rebound for tens of millions of Americans. Not in 2012 or 2013. Unless the U.S. Congress suddenly awakens from their delusional state that spending us into the stratosphere is the right course to take, you should look out for yourself and your family - now.
Why? Because the toxic "global" economy for one thing is trillions in debt. Because the affected countries are socialist (except Germany), the reforms that should have been undertaken decades ago are too little too late. Greece is DOA and Germans are tired of bailing out the same repeated mistakes. Portugal, Ireland Spain and Italy are the next dominoes in line for major trouble.
Author of "Hypnotic States of Americans"
Condi Rice Cautious on Benghazi: 'We Don't Have All the Pieces'
For months, conservatives have criticized the obviously Democrat-friendly samples used in any number of polls, samples giving Dem respondents anything from a 6 to 13 point edge over the GOP.
The Suffolk University poll of likely Ohio voters uses a voter registration sample of 39% Democrat, 35% Republican, and 27% Independent. But the 4-point advantage for Democrat Party members yields a 3 point advantage in the poll for Mitt Romney, 48-45.
The Monmouth University poll uses a sample of 35 Dem/34 Indep/31 Rep. Here, even Independents outnumber Republicans, and Democrats hold a 4 point edge. Yet the results of the national poll show Romney with a 3 point lead among likely voters, 48-45. Also, though Obama holds a 4 point lead with women voters, he is down dramatically among men at 51-40.
Benghazi has damaged voters' willingness to believe in Barack Obama.
It is conventional wisdom that incumbency breeds advantages. But incumbency also brings burdens, and the Obama candidacy looks like it's buckling beneath one: Of the two candidates, the president is held to a higher standard of behavior.
There have been only two events that could be said to have caused significant movement by voters in the campaign. One was the Oct. 3 Denver debate in which Mitt Romney disinterred political skills that stunned the incumbent and woke up a sleeping electorate. Race on.
A revealing interview about his priorities in 2009—and 2013.
This will come as a surprise to voters reading the President's just-released 20-page brochure on his second-term agenda, which makes little or no mention of these priorities. Perhaps that's why the White House first demanded that the interview be off the record, making the transcript public only after the Register editor objected in a public blog post.
But the larger reason to be skeptical concerns Mr. Obama's answer to another Register question: Whether he regrets pursuing ObamaCare and other liberal social priorities in his first two years rather than focusing on the economy.
"Absolutely not," Mr. Obama told the Iowa journalists. "Remember the context. First of all, Mitch McConnell has imposed an ironclad filibuster from the first day I was in office. And that's not speculation."
Whoaaaa there, big fella. Mr. McConnell was then and still is the Senate Minority Leader, and in 2009 he had all of 40 votes. Mr. Obama could have pursued any agenda he wanted, and the Des Moines editors wanted to know why he didn't focus on the economy first. Yet Mr. Obama's instinctive reaction is to blame Republican obstructionism that never happened.
Over the last 40 national surveys, Mr. Romney is at or above 50% in 11, with Mr. Obama at or above 50% in one
By KARL ROVEThis year's presidential election was transformed between the first debate's opening statements in Denver and the closing statements in Boca Raton. As a result, most of the negative impressions created by the Obama campaign's five-month, $300-million television advertising barrage were destroyed. Seen unfiltered, Gov. Mitt Romney came across as an earnest, straightforward, thoughtful conservative with a concrete plan for the nation's future.
Wednesday's RealClearPolitics.com average of polls showed Mr. Romney with 48% support to President Barack Obama's 47.1%. On the eve of the Denver debate, Mr. Romney had 46% and Mr. Obama 49.1%.
More revealing, in the past week's 40 national surveys, Mr. Romney was at or above 50% in 11, with Mr. Obama at or above 50% in one. Mr. Romney leads 48.9% to 46.7% in an average of these surveys. At this same point in 2004, President George W. Bush led Sen. John Kerry in this composite average, 48.9% to 45.8%.
So what are each candidate's strategies for the stretch run?
New television spots reveal the Romney campaign's closing message. One says another four years for Mr. Obama would mean more debt, up to 20 million people losing their employer-provided health insurance, higher taxes, rising energy prices and Medicare cuts. Other ads emphasize Mr. Romney has a plan for jobs and showcase his success as a Republican governor in a Democratic state.
By Associated Press|
Those churning gender dynamics leave the presidential race still a virtual dead heat, with Romney favored by 47 percent of likely voters and Obama by 45 percent, a result within the poll's margin of sampling error, the survey shows.
Today, at the White House press gaggle, Jay Carney was asked one – really, just one – question about the emails regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi. Those emails, to refresh, showed that within two hours of the attacks, the White House had been informed that the action on the ground was a terrorist attack. There was no mention of a YouTube video or a spontaneous demonstration in the emails.
Carney acknowledged today not only that the White House knew, but that it knew “instantaneously”:
Instantaneously. Yet the Obama administration claimed for weeks that they were giving Americans the best available information.
As I write this, Barack Obama's gal-pal Gloria Allred and the Boston Globe have aligned themselves with the Chicago Machine in a partisan crusade to launch an October Surprise against Mitt Romney. That we all know. What you might not know is that Allred's client, Maureen Sullivan, the woman pushing to unseal the gag order on her own divorce records, is an embittered leftie, a Huffington Post "Super User," and a vicious anti-Mormon bigot.
CBS News has released a clip of an interview by Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes on Sep. 12 with President Barack Obama that indicates Obama knew the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was a premeditated terror attack--and suggests the White House later deceived the public by blaming protests against an anti-Islam video. CBS chose not to air the clip for over a month--but did air Obama’s attack on Romney that same night.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
And after more than 40 years of living in North America (first in the United States, then in Canada) I think I also have a fair sense of real (and imagined) differences between the mores, attitudes, strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations of the two continents, differences conceived in simplified, idealized — and perhaps superficial — generalizations and abstractions. I am allergic to many of those perceptions and claims because of their ignorance and condescension.
Federal health agencies are rightly focused on recalling the drugs, and members of Congress are already calling for new laws with tighter controls over compounding pharmacies. New laws merit consideration, but so do existing rules that are not being enforced and policies that are driving more widespread use of these compounded products.
Neither of these assertions squares with the record, however.
As Hagerty explains, the Eisenhower administration, working through the Housing Act of 1954, tried to wean Fannie off the government’s credit and make it operate with private capital. It succeeded instead in creating the essence of the fateful and costly government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) structure.
But unknown to the public — and certainly unknown to this 18-year-old freshman at Vanderbilt University — the greatest crisis of the Cold War was brewing. Afraid of a possible U.S. invasion of Cuba, the Soviet Union had in September begun deploying intermediate-range ballistic missiles to the island, which lies just 90 miles off Florida. These missiles were capable of carrying one-megaton warheads (enough to destroy a large city) and had ranges of up to 2,400 miles. That was great enough to put much of the Western Hemisphere and most of the United States under threat.
Exposing the Left’s gender politics and pandering
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: You contend that there is no “war on women” in the United States. If that’s the case, why does the Left seem to think it’s an accusation with traction?
SABRINA SCHAEFFER: There is absolutely no war on women. And the claim that one political party is openly hostile to more than 50 percent of the electorate should strike any reasonable person as absurd. You don’t have to be a political scientist to know that women – single or married, rural or urban, young or old, mothers or childless — are not a homogenous voting bloc.
Obama Knew Benghazi Was Terrorism And Did Nothing
According to Fox News, 300 to 400 national security figures received these emails in real time almost as the raid was playing out and concluding. These people work directly under the nation's top national security, military and diplomatic officials.
The first email was sent at 4:05 p.m. Washington time, about 25 minutes after the attack began, with the subject line "U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack (SBU)" It read: "Embassy Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM (chief of mission) personnel are in the compound safe haven."
Introduction: Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com. Doherty is author of the books This is Burning Man (2004, Little, Brown; paperback BenBella, 2006), Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement (PublicAffairs, 2007) and Gun Control on Trial (Cato, 2008). From 1994 to 2003, Doherty worked as associate editor and reporter for Reason, writing a variety of stories on topics ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act to pollution-credit trading to the independent rock scene. Doherty's work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows and was the Warren Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 1999. He served as managing editor at Regulation magazine from 1993-94.
Daily Bell: Tell us about yourself and your background. Where did you grow up and go to school?
Brian Doherty: While born in New York City, I left at age three. Spent my school and college years all over the state of Florida.
Daily Bell: You received a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. What do you think of Western mainstream journalists and media?