We’re all reminded the President hasn’t met with his jobs council since January…but we may have forgotten the real reason why.
Refresher: In its last published report, the council recommended that America should broaden its tax base and lower tax rates, extract more coal, oil and natural gas, approve Keystone XL, etc. – a number of policies supported by Mitt Romney and not Barack Obama.
And given the council was headed by Jeff Immelt and run by many major corporate CEO’s, it appears that President Obama is against not only small business (“You didn’t build that!”) but the recommendations of big business as well.
Bloomberg news excerpt and link below.
Bloomberg: Obama Jobs Panel Urges Broadened Tax Base, More Oil Drilling
By Roger Runningen
The U.S. must broaden its tax base and lower rates, extract more coal, oil and natural gas, and boost government research and development to revive the economy and stay competitive, according to recommendations of President Barack Obama’s jobs council.
Nevada Senate Poll: Heller 51, Berkley 42
From the Weekly Standard:
Rasmussen’s latest poll of the Senate race in Nevada shows incumbent Republican Dean Heller opening up a nine-point lead over Democratic congresswoman Shelley Berkley. Fifty-one percent of likely voters support Heller, with 42 percent choosing Berkley and only 5 percent undecided.
This survey shows a recent trend in Heller’s direction, according to the RealClearPolitics average, which gives the Republican a 3.7-point lead overall.
Heller, who was appointed to the seat following the resignation of Republican John Ensign in 2011, was considered vulnerable in the western swing state. But Berkley has been dogged by an ethics investigation launched earlier this year in the House of Representatives. The seat is a must-keep for the GOP, which hopes to take control of the Senate in November.
Our friends at MRCTVhave a great new video that goes through a short history of the liberal media’s penchant for hastily laying the blame for spree shootings and other violent attacks on conservatives. Yet time after time, when all the facts came out, we learned that it was anything but conservatives behind each and every incident. Of course, by the time all the facts came out, the media spin and speculation had already sowed the seeds of misinformation. As is to be expected, some of the worst offenders were MSNBC talent like Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz.
WASHINGTON – Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to protect all American families and businesses from a massive tax hike in 2013. In advance of next week’s vote, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin released the following video, making the case for pro-growth tax reform to spur job creation.
You know, American businesses and families are wondering what will their tax rate be come 2013. Well, a lot of us are wondering the same ourselves because the President seems intent on making sure that we have a massive tax increase that hits families and successful small businesses come January 1, 2013.
We think it’s a mistake. We don’t think it’s the right way to go. There’s all this uncertainty plaguing the economy as to what our tax rates are going to be. So next week in the House of Representatives, we are going to be passing legislation to show very clearly, here is what we want to do.
We want to extend the current tax code for one more year and have fast track procedures in the House and the Senate to make sure that we actually embrace tax reform. The days of picking winners and losers through the tax code need to come to an end. We need to lower our tax rates by plugging loopholes so we don’t lose revenues but by making it easier for families to keep more of what they earn, for small businesses to take risks and create jobs.
If this tax increase hits our economy come January as the President seems to be committed to doing, it is going to cost us jobs. It’s going to make our businesses less competitive. One estimate says it could cost us 700,000 jobs. All of this uncertainty, all of this taxing and spending — it’s not working.
We need to reform our tax code, cut our spending, and give families and businesses the certainty that they need to make good decisions so they can prosper and create jobs in this economy – that’s exactly what we’re doing in the House of Representatives next week.
PUBLIC NOTICE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FUND LAUNCHES $1.2 MILLION
CAMPAIGN URGING WASHINGTON TO FOCUS ON DEBT REDUCTION
Arlington, Va. – Public Notice Research and Education Fund (PNREF) today announced a national advertising campaign urging Washington to focus on debt reduction as the national debt approaches $16 trillion. The more than $1.2 million campaign will run from this weekend through Monday, Aug. 6, and will include national cable as well as online advertising.
The ad, titled “Washington is Still Digging,” will air on A&E, Bloomberg, CNN, Discovery, Fox News, History, Lifetime, MSNBC and USA.
Gretchen Hamel, president of Public Notice Research and Education Fund, issued the following statement regarding the campaign:
“The national debt has become a national disgrace made even worse by Washington’s steadfast refusal to agree to a long-term strategy for fiscal responsibility. While our elected officials are content to play political games, the weight of the debt on our economy grows heavier. Washington’s solution to every problem from health care to a sluggish economy involves more spending, but that is unsustainable and clearly isn’t working.
“The purpose of highlighting this issue is to ensure that the enormity of the debt isn’t lost among the many small squabbles that occupy so much of the time of our elected officials. According to a recent poll conducted by Public Notice, almost 80 percent of Americans believe it is extremely or very important for Washington to tackle the national debt. Americans want Washington to make the tough choices, but Washington doesn’t. It’s time to stop digging and start being responsible.”
People seemingly voting after they’ve been dead for years. Drug kingpins buying votes from poor people to sway elections. Non-citizens being bussed to the polls and coached on how to vote. Stories of voting fraud are shocking, and states have been taking action to make sure that elections are secure. But the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, has blocked states at almost every turn.
This is the same Justice Department that stopped a non-partisan election reform by arguing that if party affiliation were removed from a ballot, African-American voters wouldn’t be able to identify and vote for the Democrats. Holder has continued to stoke the racial fires, calling a requirement for voters to produce photo identification a “poll tax.” Heritage expert Hans von Spakovsky said this argument is merely political. “Holder continues to perpetuate the incendiary error to the public, knowing that the poll-tax assertion is a racially charged one that should not be used lightly,” von Spakovsky said. He explained:
Even the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals—the most liberal appeals court in the country—did not buy the Holder poll tax claim when it reviewed Arizona’s voter ID law. In Gonzalez v. Arizona (2012), the Ninth Circuit held that even though “obtaining the free identification required under [Arizona law] may have a cost,” such immaterial costs are not a poll tax.
Holder is now “investigating” Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, on the left’s charge that it disenfranchises minorities.
Former Congressman Artur Davis, an African-American from Alabama who served in Congress as a Democrat from 2003 to 2011, finds this argument incredibly insulting. Speaking at The Heritage Foundation yesterday, Davis held up his driver’s license and said, “This is not a billy club. It is not a fire hose. I used to represent Birmingham and Selma, Alabama, and I know something about fire hoses.”
In states that have voter ID laws, the real-world results show that minorities have not been disenfranchised by any means. States that require ID to vote have offered free IDs to anyone who does not have one already. In Kansas, which allows any of nine different forms of ID as proof of identity to vote:
Out of a total of 1.713 million registered voters in Kansas, only 32 people had requested a free photo ID as of May 4, 2012. That represents only 0.002 percent of the registered voters in the state. Of those 32 voters, 80 percent were white, 10 percent were black, and the race or ethnicity of 10 percent was unknown. Thus, there is no evidence that minority voters were disproportionately affected.
Georgia, which has had voter ID since 2007, allows six different forms of ID to vote. And there has been no stampede of would-be voters who lack identification: “The number of photo IDs issued by Georgia to individuals who did not already have one of the forms of ID acceptable under state law is remarkably small, averaging less 0.05 percent in most years, and not even reaching three-tenths of 1 percent in a presidential election year.”
What happened to minority voting after the law went into effect? In the 2008 presidential election, Hispanic voting in Georgia increased by 140 percent over the 2004 election. African-American voting increased by 42 percent. That is also a higher rate of increase than in other states without voter ID. Von Spakovsky notes:
The increase in turnout of both Hispanics and blacks in the 2008 presidential election after the voter ID law became effective is quite remarkable, particularly given the unproven and totally speculative claims of the Justice Department that the voter ID requirements of Texas and South Carolina will somehow have a discriminatory impact on Hispanic and black voters. In fact, Georgia had the largest turnout of minority voters in its history.
The evidence that producing photo ID is a burden simply isn’t there. “How can it be a burden to ask people to do something they do all the time?” asked Congressman Davis, who said he went to a news organization to do an interview on voter ID and had to produce his driver’s license to enter the news organization.
The Justice Department requires ID from visitors as well.
Voter ID battles are not over, and activist groups are trying everything they can think of to challenge these requirements. The Minnesota legislature passed a referendum that placed the question of voter ID on the ballot for citizens to decide. But the ballot question is under litigation because the League of Women Voters has sued, arguing that the question is “misleading” to voters. The Minnesota Supreme Court will be considering it.
In the state of Kentucky, it has become clear that buying votes is a common practice. A person’s vote can often be bought for $50. Recently, it has come to light that cocaine and marijuana dealers are using drug money to buy votes and turn elections. According to one report, “In the Eastern District of Kentucky alone, more than 20 public elected officials and others have either been convicted or pleaded guilty in various vote-buying cases just in the last two years.”
America cannot allow its elections to be anything but secure and legal. Preventing voter fraud is common sense, and it is outrageous that the U.S. Justice Department would stand in the way.
The Wall Street Journal:
AUSTIN, Texas—Tea-party favorite Raphael “Ted” Cruz is aiming to pull off an upset in a U.S. Senate primary runoff next week, aided by a rush of super PAC spending.
Just weeks ago, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appeared to have a comfortable lead in the race to become the Republican candidate—the main event in the conservative Lone Star State—after he finished first in the May primary. But his 10-point margin wasn’t enough to avoid next Tuesday’s runoff with Mr. Cruz, a former Texas solicitor general.
Now, against a backdrop of heavy spending by independent political-action committees, Mr. Dewhurst looks to be in the fight of his life. Recent polls suggest momentum has shifted to Mr. Cruz, a Harvard Law School graduate and son of Cuban immigrants.
Mr. Cruz became a darling of tea-party activists through his muscular support of states’ rights and criticism of the federal government. He favors allowing states to pass Arizona-style legislation targeting illegal immigration and has called for reducing income-taxes rates and federal spending, including shuttering agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
A July 12 poll of likely GOP voters by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found Mr. Cruz leading the runoff race 49% to 44%, a reversal from its May poll showing Mr. Dewhurst ahead by 17 points.
From the Weekly Standard:
U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican, has a new 30-second advertisement contrasting himself with his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Donnelly. Mourdock ties Donnelly with Barack Obama and encourages Hoosier voters to “follow the Indiana principles that Richard Mourdock and Mitch Daniels fight for.” Daniels is the popular, two-term outgoing Republican governor of Indiana. Watch the ad below:
The seat is currently held by veteran Republican Dick Lugar, who lost the GOP primary earlier this year to Mourdock. The six-term Lugar would have likely been a shoo-in for reelection, but the race with Mourdock only leans Republican, and a Democratic poll in May showed Mourdock and Donnelly tied at 40 percent.
‘You Don’t Raise Taxes’
Weak Economic Data Is Casting A Shadow On The Dems’ Vote To Raise Taxes On Nearly A Million Businesses
In 2010, Obama Said Tax Increases ‘Would Have Been A Blow To Our Economy’
PRESIDENT OBAMA: “You don’t raise taxes in a recession.” (“Obama: We Must ‘Help Elkhart Reinvent Itself,’” MSNBC, 8/5/09; Video Here)
· OBAMA: “…tax rates for every American were poised to automatically increase on January 1st… would have been a blow to our economy just as we’re climbing out of a devastating recession.” (President Obama, Remarks At Bill Signing, 12/17/10)
New Data: Economy ‘Weak,’ ‘Sluggish,’ ‘Stalling’
BEA: “Real gross domestic product … increased at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012…” (“Table 8. Real Gross Domestic Product: Percent Change From Quarter One Year Ago,” Bureau Of Economic Analysis, 7/27/12)
· “Economy weak in second quarter … The U.S. economy has never been so sluggish this long into a recovery.” (“Economy Weak In Second Quarter, GDP Grows At 1.5% Rate,” USA Today, 7/27/12)
· “The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling…” (“US Economic Growth Slowed To 1.5 Pct. Rate In Q2,” AP, 7/27/12)
· “The United States economy grew by a tepid 1.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, losing the momentum it had appeared to be gaining earlier this year, the government reported Friday.” (“U.S. Economy Slowed To A Tepid 1.5% Rate Of Growth,” The New York Times, 7/27/12)
Dems Voted For Tax Hikes On Nearly A Million Businesses
GOVERNMENT STUDY: “The staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that in 2013 approximately 940,000 taxpayers with net positive business income … will have marginal rates of 36 or 39.6 percent under the President’s proposal…” (Joint Committee On Taxation, Letter To Congressional Office, 6/18/12)
· 51 Democrats voted to hike taxes. (S.3412, Roll Call Vote #184, Bill Passed 51-48: R 0-46; D 50-1; I 1-1, 7/25/12)
President Obama: “We tried our plan and it worked.”
AP Headline this morning: “US economic growth slowed to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2”