Six Enormous Stakes In Presidential Election
11/01/2012 06:31 PM ET
Should Obama be re-elected, he could have the chance to replace any one of these justices and shift the court to a liberal majority, potentially for decades to come.
On the other hand, liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer will be 83 and 78, respectively, in 2016.
Should Romney win, he might have the chance to strengthen the conservative bloc.
• Higher taxes. Obama has already signed into law a raft of new taxes under the guise of ObamaCare — many of which will kick in next year if he is re-elected. He's also promised higher taxes on the "rich" and higher taxes on energy producers.
But none of these tax hikes is enough to fill the budget gap, leaving a 10-year deficit totaling $6.7 trillion, according to Obama's own budget plan.
And even that assumes strong economic growth and that health costs don't "unexpectedly" explode.
As a result, Obama is virtually certain to start pushing for higher taxes in his second term, and not just on the rich, to cut the deficit and pay for all his new spending programs.
Romney's plan is to enact revenue-neutral, pro-growth tax reforms that, combined with spending restraint, have the potential to lower the deficit without raising any new taxes.
• A regulatory tsunami. As IBD has catalogued recently, a second Obama term will bring with it a tidal wave of massively expensive new regulations.
There are more than 4,000 federal rules in the pipeline, with just the 13 biggest imposing $515 billion in compliance costs over four years.
And that doesn't include the regulatory costs from ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank, both of which still require vast amounts of rules to be written.
Romney has promised to eliminate "all Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy," gut Obama's costly global warming regulatory agenda, and require congressional approval of all new "major" regulations.
• A weaker America. Obama's budget calls for reducing defense spending as a share of the economy to 2.9% by 2017, the smallest share devoted to national defense since just before World War II.
Should Obama win re-election, he will be able to claim a mandate to downsize the military while beefing up the nation's entitlement programs.
Romney, on the other hand, promises to protect the military from this huge budget ax.
Given all this, anyone who thinks it doesn't really matter whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins next Tuesday is, to put it bluntly, delusional.
Why I am voting for Mitt Romney by Democratic Columnist Michael Goodwin
October 29, 2012
...He failed as president because he is incompetent, dishonest and not interested in the actual work of governing. His statist policies helped consign millions of Americans to a lower standard of living and his odious class warfare further divided the nation. He had no intention of uniting the country — it was his Big Lie...
Read the entire article at: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/10/29/why-am-voting-for-mitt-romney/
House Candidate Ann Wagner Gives GOP Weekly Address On Obama's "Failed Presidency"
Hello, I'm Ann Wagner from the heartland in St. Louis, Missouri.
“I grew up around here, working from a very young age at the small retail carpet business my parents started. I vacuumed, tagged sale items – worked my way up to the showroom floor. As it happens, that's where I met a young man, working his way through high school, named Ray – who today is my husband of 25 years and the father of our three beautiful children.
“We are truly blessed, but like so many of you, we worry for the future. Our economy is hurting, our national debt is exploding, and the president’s policies are making things worse. Americans deserve leaders who will keep their promises and won't let up until our future is secure and our economy is strong.
“That’s why I’m supporting Mitt Romney, and it’s why I’m asking for the support of the people of Missouri’s Second Congressional District.
“As a first-time candidate, I do a lot of listening. For all the fear out there, the one thing I hear most often is, ‘we can do better.’ It’s what our parents taught us. I can remember watching mine toil morning, noon, and night. I saw my father deal with every headache the government threw his way – whether it had to do with the signs on the front of the building or the prices on the showroom floor. He knew he could do better, if government would just get out of the way – and stay out of the way. He was right. When we get government off the backs of our job creators, small businesses have a better chance of thriving. And when small businesses thrive, so does our economy.
“That’s why, instead of raising taxes, we ought to fix our 72,000-page monstrosity of a tax code so we can keep jobs here and bring jobs home that have gone overseas. We should repeal the president’s health care law – which makes it harder for small businesses to hire – and replace it with reforms that actually lower costs and protect the doctor-patient relationship. And instead of giving in to high gas and energy prices let’s jumpstart the development of America’s vast domestic energy resources. Let’s build the Keystone pipeline, let’s expand the exploration and use of natural gas and coal.
“These are all good ideas that Mitt Romney supports, but President Obama has ignored or rejected. That’s disappointing, especially considering how his policies have failed. He promised to listen, promised us change, but all we’ve gotten is more of the same. More spending, more red tape, more debt and decline. A loss of hope.
“The United States Senate, run by the president’s party, hasn't passed a budget in more than three-and-a-half years. That is irresponsible and reckless.
“Now, the president is demanding another tax increase on small businesses that would destroy more than 700,000 jobs and drive our economy off the fiscal cliff.
“In Missouri, we count on coal for 82 percent of our electricity. President Obama's war on coal is threatening higher electricity prices for families and job creators.
“We cannot go on like this. This election is not about President Obama the person, it’s about his failed Presidency and failed leadership. Our country is going in the wrong direction – and Mitt Romney is the only leader who can turn this economy around, get Americans back to work and build the better America our parents worked and sacrificed to make possible.
“That's the opportunity before us. And it’s the one we must seize, for the sake of our children and the future of our great nation.
“God bless your families, and my God continue to bless the United States of America.”
State’s in trouble; where’s Patrick?
By Joan Vennochi
Globe Columnist - October 14, 2012
Springing thousands of drug dealers from prison because of tainted evidence at a poorly-run state lab is bad enough.
But now, a lack of oversight by the same Massachusetts agency responsible for the drug lab may have also contributed to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed at least a dozen people around the country.
And where is Governor Deval Patrick on this?
When he’s not prepping for Sunday talk shows, he’s blaming “a rogue chemist” for 10 years of tainted evidence. When he’s not traveling, he’s accusing the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak of “misleading regulators and operating outside its license.”
Isn’t it his job to make sure his appointees are watching the chemist do her job? Isn’t it his job to make sure regulators responsible for public health are regulating?
This isn’t about giving speeches or going on “Meet the Press.” It’s about governing.
Read the entire article: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2012/10/13/state-trouble-where-patrick/NybqY7qwjdS2qelFgSOXlN/story.html?camp=newsletter
10/13/12 Republican Weekly Address
Published on Oct 13, 2012 by The NRCC
Markwayne Mullin is an eastern Oklahoma native, successful businessman, and rancher, running to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Dan Boren in Oklahoma's Second Congressional District. Shortly after Markwayne graduated from Stilwell High School, his dad fell ill and the family's small plumbing company encountered financial troubles. Markwayne was only 20 years old but he and his wife, Christie, took over with only six employees. Through hard work and discipline, Markwayne and Christie not only stabilized Mullin Plumbing, but grew it into the largest plumbing service company in Oklahoma.
The Second Congressional District, which includes the eastern Oklahoma towns of Muskogee and McAlester, is one of 25 pickup opportunities Republicans are targeting across the country this November. The Cook Political Report rates Markwayne's race as "likely Republican."
GOP Booth at 10/6/12 Harvard Flea Market
Jon Golnik, 3rd Congressional District Candidate, Dean Cavaretta, Middlesex & Worcester State Senate Candidate and Chuck Kuniewich, 3rd Middlesex State Representative Candidate joined us for Meet 'n Greet at our booth and were escorted throughout the flea market by HRTC members. Many thanks to those who worked at our booth - from Bolton: Fred Van Bennekom, Gil Burns; from Harvard Jim DeZutter, Don Graham, Sherry Graham, Pam Marston, Marylin Morgan, Julie Rembrandt Seeley, John Seeley, Debbie Skauen-Hinchliffe as well as State Committeeman Brian Burke.
Priebus: Obama doesn't want to do president's job
Republican Weekly Address - 10/6/12
Delivering the GOP weekly address, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus argued that President Obama "enjoys being president," but "he doesn't seem to enjoy the work required of being a great president."
Six Dem Senators Voted With Leadership All The Time
The Lowell Sun 09/24/2012 06:57:23 AM EDT
By Bob Katzen
THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week.
This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call examines the percentage of times local senators in 2012 voted with the Senate Democratic leadership on key roll call votes.
Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 135 key votes from the 2012 Senate session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not on local issues.
The six senators, all Democrats, who voted with the leadership 100 percent of the time are Sens. Frederick Berry, D-Peabody; Stephen Brewer, D-Barre; Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester; Jennifer Flanagan, D-Leominster; Anthony Petruccelli, D-East Boston; and Karen Spilka D-Ashland.
The senator who voted the lowest percentage of times with the Democratic leadership is Sen. Bob Hedlund, R-Weymouth. He supported the leadership 72.1 percent of the time.
The next three who voted the least with the leadership are, not surprisingly, the Senate's other three Republicans: Sens. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, 73.3 percent; Michael Knapik, R-Westfield, 74.0 percent; and Richard Ross, R-Wrentham, 74.8 percent. The two Democrats who voted with the leadership the lowest percentage of times are Sens. James Timilty, D-Walpole, 80.9 percent and Barry Finegold, D-Andover, 84.3 percent.
The other 33 Democrats all voted with the leadership more than 90 percent of the time.
Here is how local senators fared in their support of the Democratic leadership on 135 key roll calls.
The percentage next to the senator's name represents the percentage of times the senator supported the Democratic leadership.
The number in parentheses represents the number of times the senator opposed the Democratic leadership.
Some senators voted on all 135 roll call votes. Others missed one or more of the 135 votes. The percentage for each senator is calculated based on the number of roll calls on which he or she voted and does not count the roll calls for which he or she was absent.
Sen. Kenneth Donnelly 96.0 percent (5); Sen. Eileen Donoghue, 96.6 percent (4); Sen. James Eldridge, 91.7 percent (11); Sen. Susan Fargo, 94.6 percent (7); Sen. Barry Finegold, 84.3 percent (13); Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, 100 percent (0); Sen. Bruce Tarr, 73.3 percent (36).
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