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Browsing Posts published in November, 2011

 This post was retracted because of a rush to post without doing due-dilegence.  I apologize to Target and anyone that may have thought the article was true.  I have now learned it is not.  My apologies.

From the Democrat Strategist:

Edsall: Dems Look to New Coalition for ’12 Victoryby J. P. Green, November 28, 2011 08:01 AM EST

Thomas B. Edsall’s op-ed, “The Future of the Obama Coalition” in the Sunday New York Times has opened up heated discussions about what Dems should now do about the white working class in terms of the presidential election. Edsall believes that Democratic “operatives” have made their decision:

All pretense of trying to win a majority of the white working class has been effectively jettisoned in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment — professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists — and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.

Edsall spotlights what he believes to be the changing strategic orientation of TDS co-editors Stan Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira to bolster his argument:

It is instructive to trace the evolution of a political strategy based on securing this coalition in the writings and comments, over time, of such Democratic analysts as Stanley Greenberg and Ruy Teixeira. Both men were initially determined to win back the white working-class majority, but both currently advocate a revised Democratic alliance in which whites without college degrees are effectively replaced by well-educated socially liberal whites in alliance with the growing ranks of less affluent minority voters, especially Hispanics. The 2012 approach treats white voters without college degrees as an unattainable cohort. The Democratic goal with these voters is to keep Republican winning margins to manageable levels, in the 12 to 15 percent range, as opposed to the 30-point margin of 2010 — a level at which even solid wins among minorities and other constituencies are not enough to produce Democratic victories.

 

Noting a shift in the support of white workers from progressive to conservative parties, not just in the U.S., but in industrialized nations in general, Edsall says the goal is now to cut white worker support of Republicans, rather than try to win them for the Democratic nominee. “In order to be re-elected,” writes Edsall, “President Obama must keep his losses among white college graduates to the 4-point margin of 2008 (47-51). Why? Otherwise he will not be able to survive a repetition of 2010, when white working-class voters supported Republican House candidates by a record-setting margin of 63-33.”

Edsall cites a recent memo by Greenberg “that makes no mention of the white working class,” describing instead a “new progressive coalition” made up of “young people, Hispanics, unmarried women, and affluent suburbanites.” He cites Greenberg’s doubts about winning back the ‘Reagan Democrats,’ a concern he and Teixeira both shared as a central priority in the 1990s.

But Edsall appears to be overstating his point about the memo, a section of which says:

Non-college voters across the groups respond in particular to evidence of strength and conviction. The white non-college-educated voters in these groups were particularly fed-up with politics altogether. They now say ― “it does not matter who wins,” even as some are attracted to conservative leaders who show strong convictions. Re-engaging them will be a difficult project, but it is certainly possible. More than any other group, these voters are re-engaged when leaders show strong conviction and say, ―”I’m ready for him to get in there and kick some butt.”

Certainly many in the white working-class are increasingly clear that the GOP has little to offer, and, for them a vote for Obama is not out of the question, given the hard-to-justify alternatives. The trick is turning them out.

Edsall nonetheless gives the revised strategy, which was successful in ’06 and ’08, “a 50-50 chance in 2012″ and says it’s now all about focusing on states like VA, CO and NH, with their “high percentages of college educated voters.” He lays out two basic scenarios:

One outcome could be a stronger party of the left in national and local elections. An alternate outcome could be exacerbated intra-party conflict between whites, blacks and Hispanics — populations frequently marked by diverging material interests…

The Republicans have unity problems of their own. But Edsall notes that the GOP is more than eager to exploit the fragile tension points of such a new Democratic coalition. Indeed, this may be why most of the GOP presidential candidates (Newt and Perry excepted) are so hot for unbridled immigrant-bashing. But, if that and tax cuts are all they have to offer in terms of economic benefit to white workers a year from now, the GOP may have a tougher sell than President Obama.

I don’t know about you but with the strategies coming out of this “brain-pool”, we can kiss Obama and most Dem incumbents good-bye.  You know what they say about “one’s worst enemy”.

 

The ABA is too strict in its criteria for judge positions so Obama goes it alone.  That is pretty bad when a corrupt organization that can’t do a decent vetting process falls short.  At least in Obama’s eyes.  It appears that lack of experience should not be a dis-qualifier when appointing judge positions (which falls in line with most ALL of his position picks for EVERYTHING).  You see, Barry is an affirmative action kind of guy.  Besides, he doesn’t like others doing what they should be doing.  He would rather use his expertize, circumvent rules and go it alone.  After all, no one suffers but America.  Could be worse…………….I’ll have to think on that one for awhile.

You know, the congressman that ran male prostitution out of his congressional home. Or better known for sub-prime loans thru Fannie and Freddie; that brought you this recession and housing crisis. Yes, that Barney. This is a trend I don’t wish to see end–bad politicians giving it up. No more Frank and Wiener. I think they were already banned from Michele Obama’s food group anyway.

It is a beautiful day here in Loudoun County, the sun is shining and the anticipation of the big meal is at its peak. Whether your family landed at Jamestown or Plymouth, or they immigrated to this great land in the centuries that followed – Thanksgiving is an American Holiday that we use to reflect, remember and most importantly give Thanks. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

This article made me sick. It is a story about how community makes a network of charitable people and organizations, brings then together and gives those in need a great and wonderful gift.  Then the government steps in, regulates it and EVERYONE loses.

My grandfather sucked a raw egg every day.  As kids, we would eat raw cake, pastry and bread batters.  I have butchered many hogs and steer with my neighbors.  I have grown and shared crops with others.  In all this, I cannot remember a single time ANYONE got sick from food.  I buy from the farmers market all the time without consequence.  Where is the concern?  Is it the government that understands big slaughter houses allow meat to fall on the floors with urine and everything else?  Are they thinking about the percentage of insects and pest parts they allow in packaged foods?  Is it the bacteria from laborers who defecate and urinate in the fields with the crops they are picking?  Also, those laborers are not using any protection and have never been screened for diseases WHILE being allowed to handle are foods.  All of the things that happen to us from our processed food centers do so under government control.  Yet when there is no control like I first stated, everyone is fine.  So why the difference?  GOVERNMENT CONTROL AND REGULATION!

This isn’t always a good thing as many people wish you to believe.  I am trying to figure out where the health dept. decided a church food kitchen was all of a sudden “retail”.  And how did they manage to miss this for 26 YEARS!!!!  If you believe less government, less entitlements and more charity, I would humbly request you turn your friends on to this outrage and maybe send a little note to Gov. Christie so that his eyes may be open to this travesty.  The government doesn’t belong in the charity business.  Leave that to those with good souls and that have a heart!  After all, what scenario would you rather see:

1.  A charitable gift of nourishment that gives hope to those without and that are hungry.

2.  A multitude of people scavenging any morsel of rotten food from dumpsters behind restaurants to quiet their famished stomachs.

This is a no brainer.

Was there any doubt.  The good thing is we won’t have to worry about it till after the election.  How coincidental is that!  Our ratings won’t diminish before then either.  Why did we need a “super” committee?  We have committees coming out our butt in Congress.  Wouldn’t one or more of them have worked just as well?  And why wouldn’t the Senate pass any of those bills approved in the Republican House?  After all, even though they are “transparent”, unless you pass them, how will they ever know what is in them?  And why didn’t the Dems do their tax hikes when they controlled everything?  Yes, I know, the tax hikes were part of elimination of tax breaks so they really weren’t tax hikes.  Right.

The Senate is making the whole Congress look bad.  Tax hikes are something that the Dems don’t want to be held accountable alone.  The citizens are swallowing all this crap about the “evil rich” and a Congress that won’t do their job.  This can be changed and corrected with the 2012 election be giving majority to fiscal conservatives in Congress (RINOs beware) and a president that doesn’t threaten with class warfare and refusal to sign ANY bill on his desk without tax hikes attached.

This was one SUPER boondoggle destined for failure.  It makes everyone look bad because of the stubbornness of one part of Congress.  Don’t be fooled!