Sunday, February 21, 2010

Obama campaign cavalry rides in to save the day for GORDON BROWN.

Gordon Brown, Britain's increasingly desperate hapless twit of a PM has, with the help of Obama's campaign "wizards" come up with a sure fire winning slogan specially crafted to keep Labour in power for at least the balance of the Obama Administration.

Get ready, here it comes, the campaign theme that's gonna rock the British electoral system to its foundations. {Drum Roll}

"A future fair for all."

Huh ?????? Bwahahahahahahaha. Good luck with THAT Gordo!

D'ja evah think you might be getting set up Mistah Brown?

In fact, were I betting man I'd put money on that one being a reject from Barry's own 2008 campaign. Looks like ya might just have paid a whole lot of silver for a slogan they wouldn't even use themselves. Sucka...

Labour party gets tips from Obama campaign

Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:40pm GMT

LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour party is taking a page from U.S. President Barack Obama's campaign book by contacting voters directly and encouraging word of mouth campaigning by members, its election coordinator said.

Douglas Alexander said Labour, which has been clawing back some of the opposition Conservative party's commanding lead ahead of an election that must be held by June 3, has been in discussion with the Obama team for more than a year.

"Their key campaigning insight in an age of cynicism about politicians is word of mouth," Alexander told the Guardian newspaper for an interview published in its Saturday edition.

"The (opposition) Conservatives are fighting a broadcast election in a networked age. What we are going to offer is not a one-way communication, but one-to-one communication," he added.

"Obama better understood community organisation and peer-to-peer communication than any recent candidate and we are applying that lesson."

He said Labour had made 400,000 voter contacts in marginal seats since the start of the year -- double the number of such contacts in the 2005 election -- using software that allows party members to set up phone banks in their homes to contact voters and build a relationship with them.

Revealing a new election slogan, "A future fair for all" -- due to be officially unveiled by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Saturday -- Alexander said it had been chosen to counter what he called the Conservative's "empty" offer of change.

"Change is a process, future is a destination. People want a sense of hope, possibility and pride about Britain," he said, adding that beneath the anxiety and anger over bankers' bonuses, the expenses scandal and the recession, there was a "submerged optimism" among voters.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Humble Libertarian: Joe Stack Was A Left Leaning Marxist

W.E. MESSAMORE primary author for The Humble Libertarian has put up a remarkably good analysis of Joe Stack's screed that quite conclusively demonstrates that Mr. Stack was a far left wing zealot and demonstrably not the "Tea Party" enthusiast that the Ostrich Media Elite has tried - quite desperately - to paint him as.

Read it here: Joe Stack Was A Left Leaning Marxist:

RASMUSSEN REPORTS: Are California State Legislators facing an electoral bloodbath come November?

Just caught this today over at Rasmussen Reports and it makes me wonder if the stench of that state's debt bomb has just awoken Californians like a stink bomb brings around the unconscious. Perhaps its too soon to tell, but the numbers suggest a possible seismic shift in economic ideology is underway in Kali-for-nia

60% in California Say Better If Most Incumbents in State Legislature Are Defeated

Thursday, February 18, 2010

As California stumbles through its continuing budget crisis, 60% of likely voters in the state now believe it would be better if most incumbents in the state legislature were defeated in this November’s elections.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in California finds just 17% think it would be better if most of the legislative incumbents were reelected. Another 23% are undecided.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans and 60% of voters not affiliated with either major party say it would be better if most incumbents were defeated, a view shared by just 52% of Democrats.

Voters are much more ambivalent, however, when asked about their own state assemblyman. Twenty-eight percent (28%) say their local representative deserves to be reelected, but 33% disagree. A sizable 39% more are undecided.

Not that voters are happier about how Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has handled the state budget crisis. Thirteen percent (13%) now give the governor good or excellent marks for the job he is doing. Fifty percent (50%) view his performance as poor.

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman now runs dead even with likely Democratic nominee Jerry Brown in California’s gubernatorial contest. Brown continues to maintain a double-digit lead over the other leading Republican in the race, State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of California voters say the bigger problem for the state is not taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay enough in taxes but is instead the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending. Still, that’s down nine points from 84% in May of last year. But only 16% see taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay enough as the bigger problem.

To meet California’s multi-billion-dollar deficit, 43% of voters say the state should cut back on services. Twenty-six percent (26%) say it should raise taxes, and 18% think the state should file for bankruptcy. These findings are little changed from a month ago. But in January 2009, California voters were evenly divided over whether taxes should be raised or government spending cut to reduce the state budget deficit.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) say the state tries to do too much, while 41% believe it doesn’t do enough. Fourteen percent (14%) say it does about the right amount of what the public wants.

As the result of a voter proposition passed in 1988, California requires automobile insurers to get approval from the state insurance commissioner before they can raise rates. With the largest public health insurer in the state just announcing rate increases up to 39%, most California voters (70%) now believe health insurance companies also should be required to get state approval before they raise their rates. Only 13% disagree, but another 17% aren’t sure.

Just 26% of voters in the state now approve of Schwarzenegger’s job performance, while 73% disapprove. These numbers include six percent (5%) who strongly approve of the job he is doing versus 37% who strongly disapprove.

For the second month in a row, incumbent Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is in surprisingly tight races with three potential Republican challengers in California.

In 2008, Rasmussen Reports projected nationally that Obama would defeat John McCain by a 52% to 46% margin. Obama won 53% to 46%. Four years earlier, Rasmussen Reports projected the national vote totals for both George W. Bush and John Kerry within half-a-percentage-point.

In California during the 2008 campaign, Rasmussen Reports polling showed Barack Obama winning the state by a 61% to 34% margin. Obama won 61% to 37%. Four years earlier, Rasmussen Reports polling showed John Kerry leading George W. Bush in California 53% to 43%. Kerry won 54% to 44%.

In the 2006 California governor’s race, Rasmussen polling showed Schwarzenegger defeating Phil Angelides 53% to 40%. Schwarzenegger won 56% to 39%. In the 2006 race for U.S. Senate, Rasmussen polling showed Dianne Feinstein defeating Richard Mountjoy 58% to 35%. Feinstein won 60% to 35%.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fun in the Snow - So now I don't have to move to warmer climes

Not sure how these young ladies can stand the cold.... but they are young and presumably have faster metabolisms than I do. Every winter, usually while shoveling the white stuff, I promise myself that I'll move to a much warmer place soon!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

RASMUSSEN REPORTS: 75% of polled likely voters reject Keynesian Economic Theory

Somewhat fresh from the Rasmussen Report comes this report that 75% of polled respondents reject the theories of Democrat economics deity John Maynard Keynes.

None of this should come as much of a surprise. Its what the Tea Party movement is all about. Most working people (as the poll report below dramatically demonstrates) generally seem to grasp the concept that high taxes and Himalayan debt loads are exactly the wrong prescription for an economy suffering the equivalent of a cerebral hemorrhage. So how come our political class can't grasp these elemental truths? I suggest that there are two reasons: (1) Most politicians are not particularly intelligent, they're just street savvy and skilled suck-up artists, and (2) politicians are constitutionally allergic to "Truth."

Anyway, here it is:

Americans Reject Keynesian Economics

Friday, February 05, 2010

Richard Nixon once said, “We’re all Keynesians now.” But that was a long time ago, and it’s certainly not the case anymore (if it ever was).

While influential 20th Century economist John Maynard Keynes would say it’s best to increase deficit spending in tough economic times, only 11% of American adults agree and think the nation needs to increase its deficit spending at this time. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 70% disagree and say it would be better to cut the deficit.

In fact, 59% think Keynes had it backwards and that increasing the deficit at this time would hurt the economy rather than help.

To help the economy, most Americans (56%) believe that cutting the deficit is the way to go.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Americans, in fact, say the size of the federal budget deficit is due more to the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending than to the reluctance of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.

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Rejection of Keynesian economics is found across demographic and partisan lines. Republicans and those not affiliated with either major party overwhelmingly reject the notion that increasing the deficit is the right prescription in difficult economic times. Among Democrats, 21% agree with the Keynesian approach, and 47% do not.

Investors reject deficit spending even more strongly than non-investors.

Of course, not all deficits are created equal. Forty-nine percent (49%) of the nation’s voters believe it’s more important to cut spending than to reduce the deficit. Polling released earlier this week shows a similar attitude as voters prefer lower taxes and deficits to higher taxes and a balanced budget.

However, all polling on federal spending and deficits must be viewed with the recognition that only 35% of voters realize that the majority of federal spending goes to just defense, Social Security and Medicare.

"These figures highlight a massive failure of leadership from both Republicans and Democrats among the nation’s political elite,” says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “Given the amount of political chatter about the budget in recent years, it is almost beyond comprehension that neither party has seen fit to highlight the basics so that the American people can make reasoned choices on the fundamental issues before them.”