POLL: Plurality Believes That Republicans Are Sabotaging Economy According to a new Daily Kos/SEIU poll, nearly half of voters believe that Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jump start the economy to ensure that President Barack Obama is not re-elected. 49 percent of respondents to the poll say that Republicans are intentionally stalling the economy, compared to 40 percent who say they are not. 11 percent replied “not sure.” Among independents, 50 percent said that Republicans are stalling the recovery compared to 40 percent who said they are not, and 61 percent of self-described moderates said they are compared to just 40 percent who said they are not. Although 41 percent of voters believe that last week’s jobs report was bad news for the president (compared to 40 percent who said that it will have no effect on him, and 14 percent who said it was good news,) they seem to be primarily blaming the Republican party for the mess. POLL: Plurality Believes That Republicans Are Sabotaging Economy
So Obama made a pretty big "gaffe." He said that the private sector was doing "fine." Here's the full quote, via WSJ: "The truth of the matter is that … we've created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone ... The private sector is doing fine. Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government," which, he said, isn't getting the support it needs from Washington. The Private Sector And The Public Sector Under Obama The Private Sector And The Public Sector Under Obama
A surprising development on Wall Street Thursday could magnify a little-discussed but key difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney -- one with enormous consequences for public policy. On a conference call with analysts, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon announced that his firm had lost $2 billion investing in the same species of derivative that exacerbated the 2008 financial crisis. Dimon claims the company is prepared to absorb the loss, but it puts the reputation of one of the only big firms to weather the 2008 financial crisis directly on the line. This is exactly the type of major loss of depositor money that the Obama administration sought to ban with one of the major planks of its 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law -- the Volcker Rule, named after former Fed chairman Paul Volcker. And that's bad news for Romney, who wants to repeal the whole law, Volcker Rule and all. Mitt Romney Wants To Repeal The Rule That Would’ve Stopped The Latest Financial Scandal Mitt Romney Wants To Repeal The Rule That Would’ve Stopped The Latest Financial Scandal
Tweets WBUR’s Fred Thys. I’m guessing Brown will say it wasn’t “bipartisan enough”. Which it could have been, of course, if he’d voted for it. He’s not working hard enough at this bipartisan thing, huh? I’m having trouble imagining how it’s not a bipartisan priority to make sure women get paid the same as men for the same work. Unless, of course, one party doesn’t care much about women who vote. Scott Brown votes against Paycheck Fairness Act Scott Brown votes against Paycheck Fairness Act
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Obama spending binge never happened - Rex Nutting Obama spending binge never happened - Rex Nutting By Rex Nutting, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree. As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.” Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional Republicans will renew their call to repeal healthcare reform laws in bits and pieces, not all at once, members of both parties say. Back in January, the new House Republican majority's first major legislative effort was a highly publicized, party-line vote to repeal the entire law, which came to nothing in the Senate. Now, though Republicans said they will focus on two provisions of the reform that could put Democrats and President Obama in a tough spot as the 2012 election nears -- the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which Republicans have characterized as a Medicare rationing board, and the CLASS Act, a program the Obama administration put on hold that would have provided daily benefits for people with disabilities if they've paid monthly premiums for at least five years, The Hill reported Friday. GOP to renew healthcare law repeal efforts GOP to renew healthcare law repeal efforts
GOP hopeful Rick Santorum campaigns with a seriously ill daughter at home His is easily the most searing personal narrative offered by any candidate this season. And when he speaks of Bella publicly, it is almost always in conjunction with his top policy goal of dismantling the health-care reform legislation, which he sees as a threat to those like her, “on the margins of life.” Yet after he shared the story of her struggle and his decision to run anyway — not so much in spite of her fragile condition as because of it — people at King’s event didn’t seem to know how to respond; as the former Pennsylvania senator slowly worked his way through the emptying ballroom after the dinner, nobody mentioned his daughter, though one woman asked if his children ever got to travel with him. In a heartbreaking situation, and running near the back of the pack in the polls, Santorum said the campaign has been “incredibly hard” on his family — emotionally and financially. He’s given up all paid employment, including his work for Fox News, to make the run. GOP hopeful Rick Santorum campaigns with a seriously ill daughter at home
The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles. In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans. The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center. The Democratic Party has also built a substantial edge among independent voters. Of the 37% who claim no party identification, 15% lean Democratic, 10% lean Republican, and 12% have no leaning either way. Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans
For at least the next several weeks, politics will undergo a strange transposition, during which Republicans will warn of the economic dangers of cutting government spending, and President Obama will barnstorm the country warning voters that Republicans are inviting a tax increase on the majority of Americans. The timelines won't align perfectly, and the Democrats will have a greater sense of urgency. But in the wake of Super Committee failure, Democrats and Republicans are staring down uncomfortable deadlines, and each party's best bet for avoiding outcomes that harm their interests is to adopt the other's rhetoric. At the end of the year, a payroll tax holiday that many economists credit with buoying the U.S. economy in 2011 is scheduled to expire. The effect will be a noticeable tax increase with low and middle class workers -- the very demographic that needs to be spending more, not less, if the economy is going to recover. Switcheroo: Democrats And Republicans To Trade Places On Taxes, Spending
Democratic Congresswoman says GOP colleagues admit to tanking the economy to hurt Obama See? SEE?! I fucking told you so. We all knew it, right? But it’s especially painful to hear it put so bluntly. Rep.
Having had no luck in a political battle pitting deficit reduction against the unemployed, Democrats on Tuesday tried deficit reduction against veterans. It didn't work. Sen. Republicans Object To Bill For Homeless Veterans (VIDEO)
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney floated an eyebrow-raising suggestion on Veterans Day: privatize veterans' health care. Speaking with a dozen vets in an occasionally emotional roundtable discussion in South Carolina Friday, the GOP presidential contender sympathized with the service members' difficulties obtaining treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which one vet described as "adversarial." Romney, who has already proposed privatizing Medicare, suggested that maybe giving wounded warriors an outside option would force VA health bureaucrats to be a little more responsive. Mitt Romney: Maybe Veterans' Health Care Should Be Privatized
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Mitt Romney Has Announced That He Will Privatize Medicare Mitt Romney Has Announced That He Will Privatize Medicare By: Ray Nov. 4th, 2011 more from Ray The Republican Party has created a crisis to eliminate the New Deal and the Great Society our past generations built and enjoyed. They created this crisis intentionally by increasing spending, through the military and cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
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