The Republican party of Massachusetts has released a new Halloween-themed web ad criticizing Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, particularly her positions on Obamacare and a balanced budget. “This election season, Elizabeth Warren is masquerading,” the text reads.
She’s Not Who She Says She Is. On November 6th, Don’t Let Her Trick You!
You know they smell defeat when the Left and it’s media get this desperate…
From Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: I told you it was gonna happen. It wasn’t hard. I predicted it even before Jay Carney’s press conference yesterday. I predicted that there would be media outlets who would urge Obama to move the election. The president has no power whatsoever to do this. The president cannot do it. The fact that so many people want the president to is alarming because it indicates how many people would be comfortable with that kind of autocratic, totalitarian power.
But in our constitutional system, the president has no say. I hate to tell you this, but the president can’t do a thing about this. He can go on TV, and he can suggest and he can cajole and he could talk about “fairness” and all that, but he can’t do anything. The Constitution sets the terms of the election. The states determine whether the elections are, the federal government and states together.
Congress requires the states inform it of their electors by mid-December. But the president has no say-so in when the election is. “Mr. President! Mr. President! Would you move the election?” They’re asking Jay Carney. “Jay, would the president move the election? Huh? Huh? Will you move the election?” Slate.com is suggesting it; the Atlantic Monthly is out suggesting we move it. Can’t. It’s absolutely silly.
RUSH: Here just one sample story on moving the election. It’s from The Politico. The headline: “Hurricane Sandy: Could It Push back the Election? — [FEMA] is preparing for Hurricane Sandy to disrupt next week’s elections, agency Administrator Craig Fugate said Monday afternoon.” Really? How’s FEMA preparing for Hurricane Sandy to disrupt the elections? What’s FEMA got to do with it? FEMA doesn’t have anything to do with this. “We are anticipating that, based on the storm, there could be impacts that would linger into next week and have impacts on the federal election,” said Craig Fugate, the FEMA administrator.
Well, he can “anticipate” all he wants, but FEMA’s got nothing to say about this. Congress sets the date of election. The states have to get their reelects in by the middle of December. They’ve got 34 days to have their electors vote. States don’t set the election day; the Congress does. The uniform date for the presidential election is in number three and title two of the US Code.
Trick or Treat: This new ForAmerica video is going out to our enthusiastic 3 million-plus supporters. ForAmerica fans on Facebook have friends totaling over 150 million people (more than total number of voters in the 2008 election), and ForAmerica supporters in our key target states – Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Missouri and Montana – can reach every voter in their states through social media.
From CNS News:
The federal government spent enough money on federal means-tested welfare programs to have sent each impoverished household a check for nearly $60,000, according to figures from the Census Bureau and the Congressional Research Service(CRS).
According to a report from the CRS produced for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), $1 trillion was spent on federal welfare programs during fiscal year 2011 – with $746 billion in federal funds and $254 in state matching funds.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that there were approximately 16.8 million households living below the federal poverty level of $23,000 per year for a family of four in 2011. ( See: 2011 Households Below Poverty 2011.pdf )
If each of the estimated 16.8 million households with income below the poverty level were to have received an equal share of the total welfare spending for fiscal year 2011, they each would have received $59,523.
If only the 2011 federal share of welfare spending (no state matching funds) were spent as direct cash payments, each household would have received $44,404, which is nearly double the federal poverty level for a family of four.
In Nevada, a new poll from the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals that Dean Heller is leading embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley by 6 points. A week before the election, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller has maintained a six-point lead over Rep. Shelley Berkley, according to a new poll that suggests Heller will keep his GOP seat unless Democrats get far more Southern Nevada supporters to the polls to overcome voter qualms about the congresswoman’s ethics. Heller was leading Berkley 46 percent to 40 percent in the poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and 8NewsNow.
- Meanwhile, Dean Heller is out with a new ad about his parents and how it’s important to play by the rules. My dad was an auto mechanic, he built his own business. And mom was a school cook. They believed that if you worked hard, you’d have an opportunity to succeed. And if you played by the rules, you’d be rewarded. If you didn’t, there would be consequences. Boy has America changed. Now Washington uses your hard earned tax dollars to bad decisions by Detroit and Wall Street while hardworking middle class families struggle. I’m Dean Heller and I approve this message because it’s time to put Nevadans first.
- Finally, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the NRSC is asking supporters in Nevada and across the country to help them “Recall Reid.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee is asking would-be donors to “Recall Reid” by helping the GOP take over the Senate majority from Democrats. “Help send a message to Harry Reid,” reads the NRSC solicitation, which committee officials say has helped bring in more than $1 million. “This is our chance to recall Harry Reid as leader of the Senate this November!” Reid has become second only to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., this election season as the Democrat whom Republicans are most likely to rail against as they try to rally their supporters. An online petition drive led by the NRSC asks voters to sign a “pink slip” to fire Reid. Democratic Senate candidates in Nevada, Arizona and elsewhere have been denounced by Republicans as Reid’s “hand-picked” competitors.
In Massachusetts, Politico’s Morning Score previews Scott Brown’s closing ad – “People Over Party.” Every day I hold this office, I will give all that is in me to serve you well and make you proud. I’ve kept my promise to be an independent voice,’ Scott Brown says in speech footage used in the ad. ‘I put people ahead of politics, and now I need your help to keep that independent tradition alive in Massachusetts. Let me tell you, things would be a lot better in this country if more people in Washington were willing to think for themselves and work with each other for the good of America.”
- Meanwhile, the Salem News is the latest editorial board to endorse Scott Brown for re-election. [O]ur scorecard shows that Brown has heeded all of those calls and, in some cases, taken them a step or two beyond what anyone could have hoped. Despite the questionable claims about his positions by his challenger, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, it is clear that he has fought for Massachusetts workers and taxpayers alike — and that he will continue to do so. That’s why Scott Brown is our clear choice to be re-elected to his U.S. Senate seat when voters go to the polls Nov. 6…. Brown has been an effective, bipartisan senator in his short time in office. Let’s send his independent voice back to Washington to serve Massachusetts for a full term.
- And the Boston Herald editorial board pans the faux outrage from Elizabeth Warren and the Democrats over Scott’s decision to continue his planned statewide bus tour instead of rescheduling the last debate. Certainly a recent Boston Globe poll which showed a neck and neck race (although a Suffolk University poll had her up by 7 percentage points) had nothing at all to do with her enthusiasm for a Thursday debate — one co-sponsored by the Globe, which had just endorsed her. But all that’s mere coincidence we’re certain. Yes, some 300,000 households are still without power and wouldn’t be able to watch it anyway. And more than a few are distracted by the flooding in their basements and the trees down on the street. In fact, Brown spent yesterday inspecting storm damage from Rehoboth to Plum Island — it’s what incumbents do. Warren’s campaign did not release an official schedule.
- This sentiment was echoed by several local columnists today including the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld – This was a no-brainer for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Pick the voters. Democrats and some in the media are predictably in a lather about the Republican incumbent forgoing a fourth televised debate, but the fact is Brown has already taken part in one more debate than then-U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy did in 1994…. Brown also had agreed to two radio debates that Warren refused to attend, but there was no outrage over that.
Spending Daily | October 31, 2012
Sandy’s Economic Effects to be Felt After Election Day
According to The Hill, “Hurricane Sandy is expected to take a $20 billion bite out of the U.S. economy. … Still, experts say that nationally, any negative economic effects from the storm are unlikely to be felt until after Election Day, meaning the economics of Sandy might not be a game-changer for President Obama or Mitt Romney. ‘Hurricane Sandy has been very disruptive as millions have lost power and many businesses and financial markets have closed, but its economic impacts should prove temporary,’ said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.”
“Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs”
According to The Washington Times, “Battery maker A123 Systems vowed thousands of new jobs when it received a nearly quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant in late 2009, but federal job-tracking figures show only a few hundred positions were created before the company joined a growing list of federally backed energy businesses that ended in bankruptcy. The latest quarterly report on file with a federal stimulus tracking database shows just seven positions created through the grant from April to June this year. Previous quarters’ job reports contained anywhere from a handful of positions created to more than 100 new jobs. But even when the quarterly reports are combined, a total of 408 new positions were reported under the stimulus program since 2009, amounting to more than $300,000 spent for each new job reported.”
Judgement Day: Jobs Report Coming Friday
CBS reports, “A Labor Department official tells CBS News correspondent Bob Fuss there should be no delay in the release of the monthly employment report. It’s expected to be released this Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET. The closely watched report is the final snapshot of employment before the Nov. 6 presidential election.”
“Lukewarm jobs report awaits Americans as election nears”
According to Reuters, “U.S. job growth likely picked up in October, but not enough to prevent the unemployment rate from rising off a near four-year low, although that might not matter for next week’s presidential election. Coming four days ahead of the tight contest, the closely watched employment report on Friday is not expected to shift much from its recent pattern, limiting its impact on voters. Employers are expected to have added 125,000 jobs to their payrolls in October, up from 114,000 in September, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is forecast to tick up a tenth of a percentage point to 7.9 percent after a dramatic 0.3 percentage point fall in September.”
“Intelligence spending fell in 2012 for second year in a row”
Reuters reports, “The U.S. government’s total spending on intelligence activities fell in 2012, the second year in a row of declines after years of soaring security spending since the September 11 attacks in 2001. The Office of Director of National Intelligence, the top U.S. intelligence authority, announced on Tuesday that total funding appropriated for the National Intelligence Program, covering activities of the CIA and high-tech spy agencies such as the National Reconnaissance Office, was $53.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended on September 30. That was down from the $54.6 billion appropriated during Fiscal Year 2011, according to government officials and figures published by the private Federation of American Scientists.”
Obama Wants Top Earners to Pay More in Taxes Than Under Clinton
Bloomberg reports, “President Barack Obama says he wants top earners to pay the tax rates they did under President Bill Clinton. He actually wants them to pay more. By increasing investment taxes, limiting breaks and setting a minimum tax rate, Obama would extract more than $900 billion from the top 2 percent of earners over the next decade. That’s on top of the $849 billion that would flow to the government if the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire for that group. … During his first term, Obama has revised his tax policies to place an even greater emphasis on toptaxpayers than he had in 2008, proposing changes that make his budgets add up by raising their tax burden. … ‘It’s dangerous to construct a tax system that relies on a very small percentage of the population,’ said Olson, who was the top tax policy official at the Treasury Department for Bush.”
Unemployment in Eurozone Hits Record High
The Associated Press reports, “Unemployment in the 17-country eurozone hit a record high of 11.6 percent in September, official figures showed Wednesday, a sign the economy is deteriorating as governments struggle to get a grip on their three-year debt crisis. The rate reported by Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, was up from an upwardly-revised 11.5 percent in August. In total, 18.49 million people were out of work in the eurozone in September, up 146,000 on the previous month, the biggest increase in three months. While the eurozone’s unemployment rate has been rising steadily for the past year as the economy struggled with a financial crisis and government spending cuts, the United States has seen its equivalent rate fall to 7.8 percent.”
Greece Raises Deficit Forecast as Recession Rolls into Sixth Year
The Associated Press reports, “The Greek government raised its debt and deficit forecasts for 2013 in a revised budget submitted to Parliament on Wednesday, highlighting the country’s monumental struggle in turning around its publicfinances. Greece’s general government debt is projected to rise to 189.1 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, above the 182.5 percent predicted in the preliminary draft submitted at the start of the month. That’s up from 175.6 percent forecast for this year. The revised figures projected the government deficit at 5.2 percent of GDP, up from 4.2 percent predicted in the preliminary draft of the budget – but still an improvement from the 6.6 percent predicted for this year. The recession, which will head into its sixth year, will be deeper than the 3.8 percent contraction the preliminary draft had predicted, with the new figures estimating the economy will shrink by 4.5 percent.”
On this Halloween, a truly frightening specter is looming.
No amount of garlic, crosses, or exorcists can help us—only Congress and the President can chase this ghoul away.
A horrifying combination of expiring pro-growth tax policies from 2001 and 2003, the end of the once-temporary payroll tax cut, and just a few of Obamacare’s 18 new tax hikes, Taxmageddon will be the largest tax increase EVER to hit Americans. It’s nearly $500 billion in one year, starting January 1. That’s two months away.
The number $500 billion is rather large and abstract, so The Heritage Foundation has broken down the expected tax increases per person just for 2013:
- Families with an average income of $70,662: tax increase of $4,138
- Baby boomers with an average income of $95,099: tax increase of $4,223
- Low-income workers with an average income of $24,757: tax increase of $1,207
- Millennials with an average income of $23,917: tax increase of $1,099
- Retirees with an average income of $42,553: tax increase of $857
And if that isn’t scary enough, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has forecasted another recession in the coming year. The last thing this country needs is another recession, after years of high unemployment and months of a sluggish, barely noticeable recovery.
The tax hikes will hit small businesses very hard—and not just any small businesses, but the ones that create jobs. As Heritage’s Curtis Dubay and Romina Boccia explain:
The businesses that would pay the higher tax rates proposed by President Obama earn almost all the income earned by small businesses that employ workers. According to President Obama’s own Treasury Department, these job creators earn 91 percent of the income earned by flow-through employer-businesses. These are the biggest, most successful small businesses. They employ more than half the private workforce, according to an Ernst and Young study. Raising their taxes would destroy more than 700,000 jobs.
There’s one way to address Taxmageddon—reverse it.
Why hasn’t Congress acted to prevent this? Simple: The House passed a bill that would prevent the largest share of Taxmageddon, but the Senate failed to finish the job.
It appears this job will fall to the next Congress now. When the new Congress takes office on January 3, 2013, after counting the electoral votes for the presidency, the first order of business should be to reverse Taxmageddon. The congressional leadership and the successful presidential candidate should make clear right after the election that reversing Taxmageddon will be their top priority, to reassure businesses and employees as soon as possible.
If this future Congress also fails to act, as the current Congress has, then trick-or-treaters for years to come will tremble at the telling of this tale—a Congress who, when economic darkness threatened, chose this cruel and mysterious route of making things worse.
Obama’s Redistribution Halloween, even children know wealth redistribution is wrong… HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
A statue of the Virgin Mary sits amid rubble in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Tuesday. Fire destroyed at least 80 homes there as Sandy hit the beachfront community.
Sandy Cuts Wide Swath of Damage
WSJ – Megastorm Sandy’s march of destruction claimed at least 43 lives in the U.S. and left more than eight million people without electricity by late Tuesday, in one of the largest storms ever to strike the East Coast.
Diminished but still dangerous, the storm churned across Pennsylvania on Tuesday in an arc toward Canada, and the northeastern U.S. began its slow process of recovery. In New York, financial markets were expected to resume trading Wednesday, though big chunks of the city are without electricity and its vast network of subways remains idled by historic flooding.
As dawn broke Tuesday on the storm’s trail of wreckage, it began exposing stories of heroism and tragedy, bad decisions and lucky breaks.
New Jersey took a particularly severe hit. Portions of the famed Atlantic City boardwalk were reduced to splinters, the casino town itself all but submerged. The Seaside Park roller coaster lay twisted in the Atlantic Ocean. Countless homes were damaged or destroyed.