The number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, at 75 percent, is higher than it has been on the eve of any midterm election since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that the economy remains, by far, the top issue on the minds of Americans. Fifty-two percent of people questioned say the economy’s the most important issue facing the country.
“That’s more than the deficit, education, health care, terrorism, energy, illegal immigration and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “No other issue was named as the country’s top problem by more than 8 percent.”
The economy has been the issue most on the mind of Americans in CNN polling since the end of 2007.
The top concern remains unemployment, with 58 percent saying it’s the most important economic issue facing the country today, followed by the deficit at 20 percent, and taxes and mortgages tied at 8 percent each.
USA Today/Gallup took a final temperature of Americans heading into the election. What they discovered was a surprising 15-point gap in favor of Republican voters. This is unprecedented in the history of Gallup polling and could signal the largest Republican margin in the House in the last 60 years. Republicans could chalk up 60 seats, with more possible. It’s an indicator of a walloping wave of Republican victories that will rush across the country today.
When Obama was asked about similarities between Bill Clinton’s policies and the sweep of Republicans into office in 1994, he replied: ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ That’s the problem, President Obama.
February 8, 2010 – Obama not concerned that Dems will get their clocks cleaned:
Even though three out of four Americans think things are going badly, and however high the expectations for conservative victories, no one can sit on their sofa and figure others’ votes will carry the day.
Governor Mitt Romney took a break from his busy schedule on election eve to appear on the Sean Hannity Show. He commented on the winds of change blowing through Massachusetts – which began whistling with Scott Brown’s victory and is hitting Barney Frank’s race with Sean Bielat and the gubernatorial race between Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. Romney also voiced his opinion on Obama’s failed policies, incl Obamacare.
Romney has earnestly given his all to help conservatives win tomorrow and has kept up a break-neck schedule on the campaign trail. It was wonderful to see him again.
In case you missed it, here’s a look at Romney’s recent activities on the campaign trail:
Make it a tsunami Tuesday tomorrow! Please vote and take your friends and neighbors with you!
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UPDATE – Speaking of Sean Bielat, here’s a TwitPic from Mitt:
Mitt TwitPic (11/01/10): Huge @Sean Bielat barn rally here in Taunton, MA- chanting 'Retire Barney Frank' They're right!
UPDATE 2 – Great video of Mitt at Sean Bielat Election Eve Rally:
Obama has been in office for almost two years now. Once he uttered the presidential oath, and without so much as a glance at the GOP side of the aisle, he commenced constructing his idea of change-we-can-believe-in USA.
The President and his Capitol Hill cohorts crafted cleverly-worded colossal bills that were completed just before vote time, making them impossible to read before they were voted into law. Arm-twisting, brow-beating, and secret shady deals were his methods of choice to ensure passage of legislation which massively expanded government power, added astronomical amounts to our deficit, and increased our entitlement burdens.
Obama justified the necessity for his $787 billion Stimulus Bill (or ‘stim’ as Ma’am Senator Barbara Boxer calls it) on the fact that lots of “shovel-ready projects” were ready to go and needed funding. He hammered home the idea that funding these shovel-ready projects would mean economic recovery and jobs. Just a few days ago, in a New York Times story, our President admitted he’s made a few mistakes – among them that there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects.
“We are seeing shovels hit the ground.” – Obama at Dept of Transportation March 3, 2009
The Times’s Peter Baker wrote: “Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead ‘let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts’ so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.”
Obama said he let himself be perceived as “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat,” as opposed to the new model of politician some thought he would be following his 2008 campaign.
Though Obama has accused Republicans of opposing his agenda for political gain, in the interview the president said whatever the result of the midterms, his relationship the GOP would be different starting in 2011.
“It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible,” he said. “Either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them, or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.”
Obama says his mistake was letting himself be perceived as the same old tax-and-spend liberal. That’s what he IS. He then states that he hopes after midterm results are counted that his relationship with the GOP will be different. Really? In the next breath, he continues to divert attention from his mistakes by blaming Republicans… again. Not a way to win friends and influence people on the other side of the aisle.
Democrats are running from Obama’s record as fast as they can. Meanwhile, false claims are being flung and dirty tricks continue. Obama hopes to pump up his beleaguered base and is embarking on a western campaign blitz tomorrow to better communicate that Dems aren’t dastardly and change takes time. Hope the 10% unemployed and 18% underemployed can hang on.
Let’s hope we begin to shovel our way out of Obama’s goofs on mid-term election day, November 3rd.
One of my favorite videos on YouTube has the tag-line: “Bring America Back – Mitt Romney for President in 2012”. The video is included below in case you haven’t seen it yet or you just want something to put a little extra pep in your step.
Here at Mitt Romney Central, we’ve spent much of our energy covering many of the ways that Mitt Romney is working his keister off to elect conservative candidates around the county. People need look no further than the extensive list of candidates his Free & Strong America PAC is supporting for the upcoming elections. Mitt follows up most of his endorsements with monetary donations, physical appearances to raise the profile of these candidates and often raise even more money, and even share donor lists sometimes (I think).
Mitt is doing everything to Bring America Back like we want him to. However, the problems our country is facing require that as many of us as possible do what we can in our spheres of influence to help. All of us here at MRC want Mitt Romney to be our next President, but a President can only do so much. We need to elect as many conservative candidates to offices ranging from local city councils all the way up to Congress as we can.
This brings me to the big question that I hope many of you will answer in the comments of this post. With only three weeks left until the biggest election day until 2012, what are you personally doing to make a difference?
As you can see by looking at the Team here at MRC, we are spread out around the country and we are all focusing on some races closest to us where we can make a difference. I’d love to hear which races you are focusing on and what you’re doing to help those candidates win.
UPDATE: Just a day after we publish this piece, Politico has released a piece highlighting many specific ways that Mitt is helping conservatives around the country. Check it out for yourself here.
The presidential seal fell off President Barack Obama’s lectern and clattered to the stage as he delivered a speech to a women’s conference.
“That’s all right, all of you know who I am,” the president joked to laughter from the audience when he realized what had happened.
“But I’m sure there’s somebody back there that’s really nervous right now, don’t you think?” the president added, referring to whatever staffer had hung the seal on the front of his lectern so precariously.
“They’re sweating bullets,” he said, laughing. “Where were we,” he then said, and returned to his remarks.
Tweetpic "Watching Mitt Romney speak at ACG LA Business Conference" Sept 22, 2010 Los Angeles, CA
Approximately 1200 executives, bankers, investors, and professionals congregated in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 22, for the annual ACG LA Business Conference to share information, network, and listen to Governor Mitt Romney speak.
Marketwire described the speakers as “A roster of luminaries from the worlds of business, politics and the media …” Romney was described thusly:
Mitt Romney, former CEO of Bain & Company, former Governor of Massachusetts and a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2008 presidential election. He is the author of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” and is regarded as a leading candidate to lead the Republican ticket in 2012.
This video shows a portion of Romney’s speech, his ease in taking questions, and how adroitly he answers:
Governor Romney continues to impress…
UPDATE – This tweet sums it up:
svranca: I just left the ACG conference in Beverly Hills and met Gov. Mitt Romney. He gave a great speech and made me wish he was the US President
Wed Sep 22 – 7:08:51 p
“The issue now is to end the hardships…” ~Mitt Romney, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness P. 144
That’s why Mr. Turn-Around himself, Governor Mitt Romney, is endorsing conservative candidates who are keyed-up to clobber higher spending, higher taxes, higher debt, and who will converge to kill the entitlement culture. Candidates that are focused on kicking unemployment numbers way down and getting Americans back to work get thumbs-up and cash from Romney. Here are his latest endorsements in Kansas and Rhode Island:
Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced the endorsement of the following seven Kansas candidates and said it is committing a total of $19,000 to their campaigns:
Senator Sam Brownback: Senator Sam Brownback currently serves the people of Kansas in the U.S. Senate, and is now running to become the next Governor of Kansas. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.brownback.com.
Congressman Jerry Moran: Congressman Jerry Moran currently represents the 1st Congressional District of Kansas and is now running to serve the people of Kansas in the U.S. Senate. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.moranforkansas.com.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins: Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins currently represents the 2nd Congressional District of Kansas and is running for reelection. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.lynnjenkins.com.
State Senator Tim Huelskamp: Tim Huelskamp currently serves as a Kansas State Senator, and is now running to represent the 1st Congressional District of Kansas. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.huelskamp.org.
Mike Pompeo: Mike Pompeo, a successful businessman, is now running to represent the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.pompeoforcongress.com.
State Representative Kevin Yoder: Kevin Yoder currently serves as a Kansas State Representative, and is now running to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.yoderforcongress.com.
Kris Kobach: Kris Kobach, an attorney and law professor, is now running to become the next Secretary of State of Kansas. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.kriskobach.org.
The PAC also announced that it is sending $2,000 each to Brownback’s gubernatorial campaign and Kobach’s Secretary of State campaign, $5,000 to Moran’s Senate campaign, and $2,500 each to the Congressional campaigns of Jenkins, Huelskamp, Pompeo, and Yoder.
Romney sums up his feeling on endorsed Kansas candidates:
“Rather than enacting pro-growth policies that will create an environment conducive to job creation, too many of our leaders are instead more focused on growing the size of government. It is more critical than ever before that we elect leaders who will stand up to the culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt, and that is why I am standing with these candidates today.”
John Robitaille: John Robitaille, a former Army paratrooper and small businessman, is now running to serve as Rhode Island’s next Governor. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.robitailleforgovernor.com.
State Representative John Loughlin: John Loughlin currently serves as a Rhode Island State Representative and is now running to represent the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.johnloughlin.org.
Mark Zaccaria: Mark Zaccaria, a small businessman, is now running to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Rhode Island. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.zaccariaforuscongress.com.
The PAC also announced that it is sending $2,500 to Zaccaria’s campaign and that it has already sent Loughlin’s campaign a $2,500 contribution.
“At a time when too many of our leaders are more focused on growing the size of government than turning our troubled economy around, it is more important than ever that we elect fiscally conservative candidates who will say no to the culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt. Rhode Island – and our nation – needs leaders who will enact pro-growth policies that will put people back to work and get our economy back on track, and that is why I am standing with these candidates today.” said Romney.
Relax over Rhode Island:
Romney has issued a multitude of endorsements for candidates who concur with him – that smashing economic stagnation with a job creating environment and yanking off the gag of big government is a MUST. In addition to all he has done, he is in the midst of a candidate-boosting 25-state tour – doing what he knows best – inspiring America to turn around.
Even though it’s not a federal public holiday, we couldn’t let the day pass without recognizing that today is
In the sultry summer of 1787, America’s founding document was written at the Constitutional Convention which has held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in what we now know as Independence Hall. The Framers of the Constitution consisted of 55 men who were each possessed of strong opinions on governance. They were bound together by a solemn conviction of the historic duty which lay in their hands. They came together to bravely craft the creedal document that would lay the foundation of our Republic.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia 1776 by Currier and Ives
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” ★ Preamble
Our U.S. Constitution stands as a testimony for those who founded our nation and their belief in limited federal government power. For 223 years, the truths they sacrificed their all for have survived. Consequently, America has become the bastion for freedom across the earth. Today, our Constitution is at risk. On this Constitution Day, September 17, 2010, let us recommit ourselves to do all within our power to uphold and protect the principles that lovers of liberty, throughout our nation’s history, have fought so hard to preserve.
What does this document mean to you?
Signers of U.S. Constitution 1787
The U.S. Constitution – a reason to celebrate!
To read more about the U.S. Constitution click here.
Talented artist Jon McNaughton has captured on canvas his interpretation of how America’s Founding Fathers would feel about our nation’s diminished Constitution and Barack Obama’s assault against our Republic’s founding document. With careful brushstrokes, McNaughton depicts the 44 presidents of the United States and The Forgotten Man. Here is video (which has gone viral) of McNaughton’s portrait story:
The Forgotten Man – Artist Jon McNaughton
Video editor of The Forgotten man, Seth Adam Smith, characterizes this profound painting:
Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future. Some of the past Presidents try to console him while looking in the direction of the modern Presidents as if to say, “What have you done?” Many of these modern Presidents, seemingly oblivious to anything other than themselves, appear to be congratulating each other on their great accomplishments. In front of the man, paper trash is blowing in the wind. Crumpled dollar bills, legislative documents, and, like a whisper—the U.S. Constitution beneath the foot of Barack Obama.
Take a few moments to appreciate/analyze McNaughton’s thought-provoking masterpiece by clicking here. (Artwork is interactive; scroll and click over the figures to learn more.)
Unless Americans usher a new Congress into office this fall, Obama’s redistribute-the-wealth-bankrupt-America agenda will likely smother our wheezing jobless economic recovery. The Bush tax cuts breathe their last at midnight on December 31, 2010:
Fiscal Policy: Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something’s done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes — including a return of the death tax — that will be real killers.
Through the end of this year, the federal estate tax rate is zero — thanks to the package of broad-based tax cuts that President Bush pushed through to get the economy going earlier in the decade.
But as of midnight Dec. 31, the death tax returns — at a rate of 55% on estates of $1 million or more. The effect this will have on hospital life-support systems is already a matter of conjecture.
Resurrection of the death tax, however, isn’t the only tax problem that will be ushered in Jan. 1. Many other cuts from the Bush administration are set to disappear and a new set of taxes will materialize. And it’s not just the rich who will pay.
The lowest bracket for the personal income tax, for instance, moves up 50% — to 15% from 10%. The next lowest bracket — 25% — will rise to 28%, and the old 28% bracket will be 31%. At the higher end, the 33% bracket is pushed to 36% and the 35% bracket becomes 39.6%.
But the damage doesn’t stop there.
The marriage penalty also makes a comeback, and the capital gains tax will jump 33% — to 20% from 15%. The tax on dividends will go all the way from 15% to 39.6% — a 164% increase.
Both the cap-gains and dividend taxes will go up further in 2013 as the health care reform adds a 3.8% Medicare levy for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and joint filers making more than $250,000. Other tax hikes include: halving the child tax credit to $500 from $1,000 and fixing the standard deduction for couples at the same level as it is for single filers.
Letting the Bush cuts expire will cost taxpayers $115 billion next year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and $2.6 trillion through 2020.
A few other areas where tax changes will occur include: The Medicine Cabinet Tax, HSA Withdrawal Tax Hikes, Brand Name Drug Tax, Economic Substance Doctrine, and the widening net of Alternative Minimum Tax – tax hikes on employers and the loss of deductions for tuition. Click here to read more on this tax nightmare. Read more here.
A VAT is a sales tax imposed on every level of a product’s path from production to consumption. It already exists in Europe and many other struggling countries around the world. It’s a sneaky sucker, too, since it’s essentially built in ahead of time and doesn’t show up on a receipt like a sales tax would. If a VAT were in place that iPad you just bought would be $600 instead of $500.
A VAT would pull in massive revenues. Just think: a 10% VAT would produce 1 trillion in revenues. Cash register sounds go off in the minds of every leftist that hears it.
Obama and the Democrats are spending SO much that they’ll be forced to invoke a VAT. They are creating a crisis so that they can solve it with a mechanism that will serve as the catalyst for future spending on their massive government programs.
And even though our president said he wouldn’t raise taxes on 95% of Americans while he was on the campaign trail, this move would raise taxes on everyone.
What Obama will say is that he is putting together a commission to find a way to pay down our country’s maxed out credit card.
Expect that commission to recommend the VAT tax after the 2010 midterm elections. By then, we’ll be on the verge of Greece-like catastrophe and we’ll have no choice but to impose a VAT. But only one that will, coincidentally, go into effect after the 2012 presidential election.
Mr. Geithner said there is “still some uncertainty about how strong the recovery is going to be,” which may be impacting spending decisions by businesses and individuals. But he discounted that as a reason to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for top earners, saying most private forecasts show moderate economic growth and increasing public confidence in the recovery.
No wonder Poll numbers for Obama are slippery sliding into the rocks; 27% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of his presidential performance and 44% strongly disapprove. Obama has a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17. More and more of his supporters are beginning to feel like this (go full screen and crank up your speakers):
“The Democratic Party is obsessed with spending more, borrowing more, and taxing more, all of which sap our national strength. ~Mitt Romney