Sunday, November 13, 2011


Yes...Ohio rejected removing government workers from collective bargaining rights.  OK, so Ohio is broke and going to get broker.  What cha going to do now Ohio?  Let's see how this gets played by the Conservatives after the upcoming tax increases:

Oh and....

Of all the noise of this week's state election results, what mattered most for Election 2012 came out of Virginia. It was the sound of the air leaking out of the Plouffe plan.

That would be David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and current senior strategist, who is focused today on how to cobble together 270 electoral votes for re-election. That's proving tough, what with the economy hurting Mr. Obama in states like Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania that he won in 2008. The White House's response has been to pin its hopes on a more roundabout path to electoral victory, one based on the Southern and Western states Mr. Obama also claimed in 2008.

Democrats were trounced in Tuesday's state legislature election, despite the president's heavy investment of time in the state.

States like Virginia. Mr. Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia since 1964; he beat John McCain by seven percentage points; and he did so on the strength of his appeal to Northern Virginia's many white-collar independents. Along with victories in North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada, the Obama Old Dominion win in 2008 inspired a flurry of stories about how Democrats had forever altered the political map.

So the White House is pouring resources into what Tim Kaine, the state's former Democratic governor, now pridefully refers to as Democrats' "New Dominion." The Obama campaign has held some 1,600 events in the state in the last half-year alone. Only last month Mr. Obama hopped a three-day bus trip through Virginia and North Carolina. Obama officials keep flocking to the state, and Tuesday's election was to offer the first indication of how these efforts are succeeding.  Let's just say the New Dominion is looking an awful lot like the Old Dominion. If anything, more so.

Every Republican incumbent—52 in the House, 15 in the Senate—won. The state GOP is looking at unified control over government for only the second time since the Civil War. This is after winning all three top statewide offices—including the election of Gov. Bob McDonnell—in 2009, and picking off three U.S. House Democrats in last year's midterms.

But then...The Az Republic never failing to misread the obvious.

Last week, voters nationwide said no to the right-wing efforts of some state political leaders.
Those in west Mesa's Legislative District 18 ousted one of Arizona's most powerful conservatives, partly because of his focus on illegal-immigration enforcement. Phoenix and Tucson elected Democratic mayors.  In other states, voters overturned legislation that would have restricted unions and also rejected a ballot measure to ban all abortions.

The outcomes of these elections have politicians and analysts wondering whether the nation is moving left.


I had cynically assumed that the superfriends would address America's imminent debt catastrophe with some radical reform — such as, say, slowing the increase in spending by raising the age for lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 47 to 49 by the year 2137, after which triumph we could all go back to sleep until total societal collapse.

But I underestimated the genius of the superfriends' supercommittee. It turns out that a committee created to reduce the deficit is instead going to increase it. As the Hill reported:

"Democrats on the supercommittee have proposed that the savings from the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan be used to pay for a new stimulus package, according to a summary of the $2.3 trillion plan obtained by the Hill."

Do you follow that? Let the Congressional Budget Office explain it to you: "The budget savings from ending the wars are estimated to total around $1 trillion over a decade, according to an estimate in July from the Congressional Budget Office."

Let us note in passing that, according to the official CBO estimates, a whole decade's worth of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan adds up to little more than Obama's 2009 stimulus bill.

But, aside from that, in what sense are these "savings"? The Iraq War is ended — or, at any rate "ended" at least as far as U.S. participation in it is concerned. How then can congressional accountants claim to be able to measure "savings" in 2021 from a war that ended a decade earlier?

And why stop there? Why not estimate around $2 trillion in savings by 2031? After all, that would free up even more money for a bigger stimulus package, wouldn't it? And it wouldn't cost us anything because it would all be "savings."


Baxter said...

Charles Krathammer actually wrote a great piece, from his far right perch, on Tuesday's lessons for 2012.

I hope that the Bowles-Simpson plan - absent any changes - gets an up or down vote in the committee. With success, both houses would face the same vote and to the extent that our representatives actually care about the deb/deficit, it would pass by a large margin.

I'm not holding my breath.

terry said...

Jim, Jim, Reading the tea leaves again. Let me remind you you need a horse in the race to win. Obama still polls ahead on any real candidate. Now which one again has more than 20% support from likely Republican voters. Oh! I forgot they were asked by God to run so I suppose they have his support, and as Chevy Chase says they have got that going for them. The Great Emancipator of Selfishness Ronald Reagan could not get the nomination of this runaway party. So good luck with Slick Rick Romney and whoever he chooses as a runningmate, and stands on his record flip flopping. His only firm policy is he is flexible. The voters of this election will clearly vote out incumbents.But I believe in the case of Obama you need a better candidate.