Stunning Poll Results

Yes, Internet polls are far from reliable and the majority of Fox News readers are indeed conservative. But it is still telling when Fox News asks Is it time to overhaul the IRS? and 96% of respondents want either a major overhaul of outright abolition of the IRS:

Is it time to overhaul the IRS?  Fox News

Posted May 18th, 2013 Filed in Taxes and the IRS, Tea Party

Poll: Bailouts a Bad Idea

Rasmussen finds that only 25 percent of likely voters think the financial bailouts were a good idea. A full 56% think they were out-and-out a bad idea. [Note: the 19% who are still undecided on the issue should have their voter registration cards taken away. How can you not have an opinion on this vital issue by now?

Unsurprisingly, political insiders don’t share this view:

There also continues to be a strong divide between the Political Class and Mainstream voters. While a strong majority of Mainstream voters are still against both of the bailouts, at least half of the Political Class think they were a good idea.

This dichotomy is supported by a recent Politico poll:

Only 27 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 61 percent who think the nation is on the wrong track. Likewise, when asked whether the national economy is heading down the right or wrong track, just 24 percent chose the right track, compared with 65 percent for the wrong track.

Yet among the 227 Washington elites polled, more think the country is on the right track, 49 percent, than the wrong track, 45 percent. On the economy, 44 percent of elites think the country is on the right track, compared with 46 percent who believe it is not.

Politico also found that compared to mainstream Americans, the political elites were more supportive of Obama, less supportive of Palin, and tended to think of the Tea Party movement as a “fad”. And that’s just sad.

Further, a Bloomberg poll shows that 7 out of 10 Americans see even more joblessness and an increasing deficit, believing that the country is mired in recession.

Seven of 10 Americans say reducing unemployment is the priority. At the same time, the public is skeptical of the Obama administration’s stimulus program and wary of more spending, with more than half saying the deficit is “dangerously out of control.”

If Obama’s “stimulus” had actually created jobs instead of rewarding failure, the recession might be in the rear view mirror and public opinion would be much different. Instead, 70 percent think the economy is still in recession and 13 percent think we are headed for a double-dip. Meanwhile, real unemployment hovers just short of 22 percent.

Amity Shlaes compares today’s economy with that of 1932, the end of Hoover’s presidency and just when things started getting better. She notes that although there are factors that differenciate the two, there are a number of similarities. Read the whole thing, but here’s the money quote:

The takeaway from 1932? Resetting the euro’s criteria for existence and member countries’ obligations when it comes to bailing out one another should happen sooner rather than later. Democrats and the president should ignore unions and cut trade deals with Latin America. John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, supported tax cuts. Obama can too, or at least block rate increases. The president might also want to suppress his lawyer- Keynesian reflexes and reconsider policy when it comes to wages. But the 1932 crisis talk actually impedes such consideration.

If anyone believes that these can take place in today’s partisan environment just hasn’t been paying attention. Get settled folks, this recession isn’t going away any time soon.

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Ten Best Tea Party Signs to Date

Posted April 22nd, 2010 Filed in Tea Party

NJ Dem Menendez asks Court to Block Recall Effort

New Jersey citizens are undertaking the colossal task of recalling Social Democrat Senator Robert Menendez. Recall requires collecting about 1.3M signatures.

Menendez is fighting back in typical liberal fashion: he is litigating to keep his job:

While New Jersey’s constitution explicitly allows the recall of federal officials, Menendez, is arguing that such a move violates that U.S. Constitution, which doesn’t address recalls.

“Mainstream New Jerseyans believe deeply in the U.S. Constitution that for more than 200 years has made ours the greatest form of government in world history,” a spokesman for Menendez said in a statement. “This attack on the Constitution undermines our uniquely American system of democracy and will be contested.”

This is the thinnest of all possible tactics which is bound to fail in the courts and will do nothing except fan the flames of the recall movement. This is the act of a desperate man.

Buy-bye Menendez.

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Survey: 40% of Tea Party Members are Dems or Independents

A new national survey profiles Tea Partiers. All in all, they are slightly older, middle income males that disapprove of Obama and Congressional Republicans. No surprises there, but then there’s this:

The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal. …

The group is united around two issues – the economy/jobs and reducing the deficit. They believe that cutting spending is the key to job creation and favor tax cuts as the best way to stimulate the economy. That said 61 percent of Tea Party members believe infrastructure spending creates jobs. Moreover, given the choice Tea Party members favor 63-32 reducing unemployment to 5 percent over balancing the budget.

I can understand independents leaving the Obama train. But those who consider themselves liberals?

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Posted April 4th, 2010 Filed in Tea Party

Extraordinary Abuse of Power

Says WSJ Online:

A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can’t stop Democrats from their self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny—ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan vote. What we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules to pass a bill merely because they think it’s good for the rest of us, and because they fear their chance to build a European welfare state may never come again.

Exactly. Read it all.

Remember that we never recovered from Roosevelts socialist New Deals (which arguably added years onto the Great Depression). We never recovered from Johnson’s Great Society. We will never recover from the Great Entitlement Expansions of the Bush/Obama era.

Health care reform, yes. Making us into the image of France, no.

Take back our country. Join the Club for Growth to support pro-economic candidates in winnable races that matter, regardless of party affiliation.

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What Obama should Learn from Superbowl

Wayne Allyn Root has five Lessons Obama Should Have Learned From Watching the Super Bowl. While all are valid, my favorite is in the preamble which (paraphrased) asks:

What’s the difference between Vegas and Washington D.C.?
In Vegas the drunks gamble with their own money.

I recommend reading the whole thing.

Wayne Allen Root was the Libertarian’s candidate for Vice President in 2008. He will, no doubt, be running for president in 2012. I recommend that every Tea Partier get familiar with Root’s philosophy.

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Posted February 8th, 2010 Filed in Tea Party

10 Frightening Facts on Obama’s Budget

Brought to you by Government Bytes, the official blog of the National Taxpayers Union. Go read!

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Tea Party Flashback

Reason’s Michael Munger compares today’s Tea Party movement with the Republican voter revolt of 1964:

It will soon become clear that the anger behind the Tea Parties was the first sign of something bigger, something much deeper. But of what exactly? My tea leaves reveal two possible futures.  First, this new celebration of conservative values may well be focused and directed by the Republican Party, reprising the electoral destruction of the Democrats in the 1994 midterms.

But the second possibility is that it will be the Republican Party, not the Democrats, that is torn apart trying to deal with its own internal contradictions. That’s what happened in the disastrous but portentous 1964 election: The GOP stood up for principle in its platform, and fell down at the ballot box. . . .

From a Republican perspective, and taking the long view, there’s this to be said: In 1964 a sharp turn towards principle led the Republicans to wander for four years in the electoral desert. But 1964 also laid the foundation for the majorities that put Republicans in the White House, starting in 1968, for all but 12 of the next 40 years. So enjoy your tea, unsweetened.

A vote against a RINO is not a wasted vote if enough of us stand together. Not a penny to the GOP, which supports any incumbent no matter what their principles as long as they have an “R” behind their name. I’m on a life-long RINO hunt. Because I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.

Stand together and vote for economic freedom and small government.

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Posted February 4th, 2010 Filed in Tea Party