Some depressing benchmarks on the country’s economic status.
There are two very simple questions that need to be asked over the next eighteen months. The first is, Are you better off than you were four years ago? If the answer is “Yes,” the second question is even more blunt: Really? How are you managing that? March ’07 March ’11 Unemployment Rate 4.40% 8.80% Gas price (per gallon) $2.56 $3.60 National Debt 8.84 trillion | Read More »
No, the Milwaukee DA press conference has nothing to do with Prosser.
This is a preemptive post: the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and the DA’s office for Milwaukee County is will be having a joint press conference Monday afternoon at 2 PM local time about a “significant investigation.” Given that the DA for Milwaukee County is a Democrat – and given that the election results for Milwaukee County have not yet been certified – there has already | Read More »
I think David Prosser has won his WI Supreme Court race.
At least, for him to lose it at this point will be actually be a bit of a surprise. The numbers don’t seem to be there for his opponent. First, let’s look at the total votes cast in Milwaukee and Outagamie counties (the two remaining to be canvassed), as of right now. Prosser’s current vote margin: 7,310. Milwaukee % Outagamie % Combined % Prosser 98,933 | Read More »
House GOP desegregates DC school system.
Teachers’ unions, racists, Dick Durbin hardest hit: The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program — which provides low-income District students with federal money to attend private schools — is a top priority of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The program was closed to new entrants by Democrats in 2009, but Boehner has sought to revive and expand the program. The House passed a Boehner-authored bill last month — | Read More »
The PEOPLE’S BUDGET!
…yeah, you know what’s in it already, don’t you? That “People’s” bit is what we call a tell: a promise of big, honking wholesale confiscation of Other People’s (Not Really The Real People) Money. And lo! – this is precisely what the Congressional Progressive Caucus wants to do: Increase payroll taxes. Both sides. Reintroduce the tax hikes on small businesses that were threatened last year. | Read More »
RedState Interview: Gov. John Kasich (R, OH).
Gov. Kasich is, of course, one of the freshmen Republican governors that took over large swathes of the Midwest last election cycle. We discussed both union reform (in the form of SB 5) and the upcoming budget battle – including about why both are so necessary for Ohio. The Midwest is probably the most interesting region of the country right now, from a political science | Read More »
Gallup: Obama slips with African-Americans, Hispanics…
Gallup mentions the most obvious point – the President has slipped from his historical approval rating among African-Americans (usually around 92%) all the way down to 85%* – but it kind of obscures a detail on the graph with regard to Hispanic voters. They acknowledge that the President is currently at a low with 54% of those voters, but Gallup does not point out that | Read More »
Speaker Boehner gets three minutes of President Obama’s time…
…for the trivial issue of trying to avoid a government shutdown this Friday. Unfortunately, it was only three minutes; nothing was accomplished in that time period, which means that we’re still on track for said government shutdown by the Democrats. And there probably won’t be any more meaningful negotiations today, mostly because President Obama has dinner plans tonight. Dinner plans involving Al Sharpton – because | Read More »
One day in at DNC, and Wasserman-Schultz already at work!
Stung by reports that the first Obama ad of 2012 was both a) insipid as all get-out and b) eclipsed by the NRSC parody video of it, the new DNC chair has reportedly authorized the re-release of what turned out to be the seminal Obamacare argument. This is five years old, sure – but it spells out everything about the Democrats’ health care plan, strategy, | Read More »
The Morning After Wisconsin.
Well. It’s barely Prosser, and we’re off to the recount. You’re going to see the phrase ‘margin of fraud’ a lot this morning; while this is a valid concern, the bright side to that is that with a Republican governor AND Republican legislature – neither of which is particularly inclined to be trusting – Wisconsin Democrats will find it harder to play the same games | Read More »
How many *other* racial incidents has Gov. Pat Quinn (D, IL) tried to cover up?
Background: Ken Snider, Illinois state trooper and former regional head of Quinn’s security detail, abruptly resigned both positions (among others) last month. Turns out the resignations are allegedly related to Snider using a racial epithet – the racial epithet, in fact – towards an African-American college student, as prelude to a fight (it would be stretching things to call what happened next a ‘brawl,’ but | Read More »
The ‘GOP Path to Prosperity:’ first reaction.
Three things immediately leap out at me regarding this first look at the GOP’s long-term budget proposal: As Hot Air put it, everything’s apparently on the table. Everything. 6.2 trillion cut in spending over the next ten years*; 4.4 trillion cut from the deficit. Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security reform. An implicit promise of an end to ethanol subsidies. Defense cuts. Ending the bailout mindset. Top tax rates | Read More »
This ad about Wisconsin Democrat Joanne Kloppenburg scares the Left.
I’m repeating myself, but the Left keeps trying to push back on this ad highlighting Wisconsin Democrat (and candidate for Supreme Court Justice) Joanne Kloppenburg’s utter lack of compassion for abuse survivors: …so pass it along. Make sure that the Wisconsin voter in your life watches it. The vote is tomorrow; the incumbent is David Prosser; and his site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
The Circle of Corn-based Ethanol.
It’s quite fun, for given values of “fun:” The US Government subsidizes the production of corn-based ethanol, as a substitute/supplement for gasoline. To maintain a demand, the US Government pushes for standard gasoline mixtures containing 10% ethanol. This will supposedly decrease pollution and increase efficiency. Corn is then turned into ethanol wholesale. Corn-based food prices rise. That includes critters that eat corn, by the way. | Read More »
Hi, here’s a food stamp graph that will ruin your day.
Because why have a nice, sunny morning? We probably can’t afford those anymore, anyhow. H/T AoSHQ Headlines: Primed by the financial meltdown; took off like a rocket in January 2009, and is now reaching for the stars. Over 44 million on the rolls (somewhere around 14.3% of the population), which is about 14 million or so more than when this administration took office. The graph | Read More »