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REPEAL OBAMACARE, SAY MOST AMERICANS

Posted by Andrew Roman on May 24, 2010

Liberals have no interest in what Americans really care about. Rather, they are interested in telling Americans what they should – nay, will – care about. The needs of their constituencies are irrelevant to them, because, for the most part, they don’t believe the people they are charged to represent really know what they need. It’s because buried deep within the soul of the modern-day American liberal, stuck to their DNA like Nutella to a butter knife, is that inherent tendency toward totalitarianism. Whether it’s someone in the thick of the liberal stew like New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who says he actually fantasizes about what it would be like in America if we were like China for just one day, to entertainment icon Woody Allen, who says that a few years of an Obama dictatorship would be good for this country, they are liberals, and they know best.

Just ask one.

Ever since Arizona passed its illegal immigration law, a majority of Americans have been in favor of it. In fact, in some polls, support for the law has actually increased. Meanwhile, Obamacrats continue to speak out against it – including those who haven’t yet read it – demonstrating how out-of-touch with the country they really are.

The same can be said for Obamacare.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, a convincing six in ten Americans believe that Obamacare should be flat out repealed.

That’s right … repealed.

That’s the highest level ever.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.
Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

The new findings include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care bill and 25% who Strongly Oppose it.

While opposition to the bill has remained as consistent since its passage as it was beforehand, this marks the first time that support for repeal has climbed into the 60s. It will be interesting to see whether this marks a brief bounce or indicates a trend of growing opposition.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters now believe the health care plan will be good for the country, down six points from a week ago and the lowest level of confidence in the plan to date. Fifty-five percent (55%) say it will be bad for the nation. Only three percent (3%) think it will have no impact.

This can be filed under “Why Elections Matter.”

We are a little over five months away from, arguably, the most critical non-Presidential election in America’s history. Key components of ObamaCare really don’t start to kick in until 2014. For a repeal to actually happen, Republicans must come away winners in November and then take back the White House from the jaws of destruction in 2012.

One step at a time.

But it isn’t that one-dimensional.

Republicans cannot just run on repealing ObamaCare. They must put together sensible reforms as part of a repeal package.

That’s how a roadmap to repeal could work … “on paper.”

Unfortunately, the fear is that once the “benefits” start flowing, only the most steadfast conservatives will not cave.

Supreme Court, anyone?

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GOVERNOR BREWER’S NUMBERS JUMP

Posted by Andrew Roman on April 29, 2010

If you are politician facing an upcoming election, and you’re trying to figure out how best to boost your poll numbers, one option might be (as outrageous as it might sound) to pay attention to what the people who make up your constituency are saying.

Shocking, I know … but a concept worth visiting on occasion.

The citizens of the great state of Arizona have been demanding for a long time that something be done about the influx of illegal aliens and drugs across the state’s southern border with Mexico. They’ve had to withstand more than their fair share of lip service from sham-hawking public officials and pecksniffering crap-merchants who pledge to do something about it, but never do.

In the end – as always – the people wind up getting the shaft and are left listening to endless debates about “comprehensive” this and “path to citizenship” that. They’ve seen crimes committed in their communities at the hands of these illegals – including murder – with little or no response (outside of tedious platitudes) from government.

Governor Jan Brewer decided to finally do something about it.

And just like that, her approval rating has shot up.

Imagine that.

From Rasmussen:

Last week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an immigration law that launched a national debate. It has also at least temporarily helped her own chances of remaining Arizona’s governor.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state shows that 56% now approve of the way Brewer is performing her role as governor. Two weeks ago, just 40% offered their approval.

The bounce in the polls is also evident in new numbers on the November election. If Brewer is the Republican nominee, she would get 48% of the vote while her likely Democratic opponent, State Attorney General Terry Goddard, would attract 40%. Two weeks ago, it was Brewer 44% and Goddard 40%. Goddard is an outspoken opponent of the new law.

As with all poll bounces, it remains to be seen whether this is a temporary spike in support for the governor or if it signifies a lasting change in the race.

With 70% of Arizonians supporting the new illegal immigration bill – including a little more than half of Democrats in that state – Brewer’s bolstered numbers won’t be diminishing any time soon.

The people are, indeed, pushing back.

The attempt by Democrats to deflect attention from themselves and their Marxist-like goals of bringing every facet of American life under the awning of the federal government is not going to have the desired effect. Trying to shift focus from the unsustainable expansions of government they are implementing, and their continued efforts to replace our liberty with their warm, nestling bosom is going to backfire.

Hypothetically, it would be a setback for conservatism (and this country) if the national focus was, indeed, diverted from the never-ending cavalcade of Democrat disasters – and the ever-growing momentum to defeat them in November – to the repulsive straw men created by them and their throngs of desperate race-baiting demons fuelling the immigration debate.

But I don’t see that happening.

Democrats, liberals, leftists and all of the other children who believe it is a political winner to show more concern for people who are here illegally than the citizens of their own country had better think again. Those who go rummaging through the fecal matter of their minds to compare the passage of the Arizona law to acts of terrorism – like Jesse Jackson did – or the obligatory parallels to Nazi Germany – already proferred by countless pundits, bloggers and moonbats – had best rethink their strategies.

They sound like ill-educated, emotionally-driven, uninformed asses.

Cheapening words will not win the day. Not this time.

I welcome the race-baiters, ethnicity-obsessed-victicrats, and bigots of all stripes across the land to stage whatever rallies and protests they want in however many cities they desire. It won’t change a damn thing and will accomplish nothing – unlike the Tea Party movement, which has Democrats shaking in their thongs.

It’s a foregone conclusion that they will get far more coverage in the mainstream media than the Tea Parties, so what’s the difference?

Let them have at it.

The questions to be asked are: How many swastikas will we see at these rallies? How many of these people will be depicted as “angry?” Will dissent suddenly be cool again?

Incidentally, since when is asking people who are reasonably suspected of being here illegally for their documentation akin to behaving like Nazis? Aren’t legal immigrants required to have paperwork, subject to inspection?

Is having my backpack randomly searched by New York City cops before going on the subway also reminiscent of Nazi Germany?

Is spending four hours taking off my shoes and belt at the airport screening station just like being herded onto the train bound for Treblinka?

Is being frisked at the gates of Citi Field before seeing a Mets game the American equivalent to being rounded up by Hitler’s henchmen?

I love when libs use the word “Nazi.”

How is it that race-based quotas for schools, the takeover of the American health care delivery system (as well as banks and car companies), the push to regulate salt, the seizure of the federal school loan program, the public ostracizing of dissenters, the request that people opposed to Obama be reported to the government, the utter and complete disregard of the will of the people, and the confiscation of even more private property through increased taxation is not seen as Nazi-like, but doing something about controlling illegal immigration – not legal immigration, mind you, but illegal immigration – somehow invokes images of Hitler’s Father Land?

The Arizona law is simply about actually – finally – enforcing laws that already exist.

How dare they.

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MORE GOOD NEWS POLLING FOR THE BAMTASTICS

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 23, 2010

The theme over the past couple of days seems to be “poll data.”

To that end, I thought I’d toss around a few more Obamalicious numbers for you to gnaw on.

Once upon a time, when the Messianic Age had just emerged from the electoral womb, and the people of America – and yes, planet earth – were poised to embark on a future of unprecedented promise and camaraderie, there appeared to be nothing that could not be accomplished by the dynamically teleprompted strapping young socialist from Chicago. After all, he had super majorities in both houses of congress, a media more than eager to swallow his offerings, and approval ratings that rivaled only chocolate and orgasms. The world, so we were told, was all Bushed out and new blood needed to be infused in the ailing body of Washington.

What a difference thirteen months can make.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, only 15% of Americans believe Washington is working.

Coincidentally enough, all of Washington is run by Democrats.

Go figure.

From the Los Angeles Times:

After months of what sure looks like political gridlock in the nation’s capitol despite voters having handed majority control of all three political institutions to Democrats back in 2008, almost three-out-of-four Americans today say “Washington right now is broken.”

I was going to say that it didn’t take long for the American people to roundly reject Obamacratic in-your-face, progressive nannyism, but thirteen months of this has been a camel’s eyelash shy of an eternity for Constitution-loving types like myself.

Even more amazingly, one out of four Americans still haven’t been fully convinced that the nation’s capitol is broken.

Actually, a new Rasmussen Reports Poll finds 73% see DC as broken while only 15% disagree. Twelve percent, who’ve been watching the Weather Channel or catching up on “The Sopranos” DVD’s, aren’t really sure.

The 12% who fall into the “not sure” category don’t interest me too much.

I’m not sure why.

But I’d love to ask one of those 15% exactly what it is about Washington that makes it work so well in their eyes. Is it the growing discontent across the country? Is it the push by Dems to exponentially expand the government’s role in all of our lives? Is it the acid the’re taking? Is it the complexity of Nancy Pelosi’s pre-facelift fault lines?

I think 10% of America still thinks Elvis is alive and that Mikey from the Life cereal commercials died from a lethal combination of pop rocks and soda.

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THE PEOPLE SAY: SMALLER GOVERNMENT IS BETTER

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 18, 2009

Many on my side of the aisle like to use the phrase “smaller government” when upholding one of the foundational tenets of conservatism. I prefer to use the term “limited government” (i.e., restricting the federal government to only those functions clearly expressed in the Constitution). The distinction is very important.

“Smaller” government does not necessarily mean that the feds are limited to involving themselves to only specific areas of public life. Rather, it could still mean a far-reaching, overly intrusive, finger-in-everyone’s-pie brand of governance - but at a seemingly curtailed, more reasonably palatable level. It could mean prescribing cutbacks in specific areas, or being less involved in areas they shouldn’t have been meddling in in the first place – potentially good things, of course, depending on where those cuts happen – but it is not the same as keeping government confined to its Constitutional charges.

And while it may be a matter of semantics when it comes to collecting poll data, a new Rasmussen survey shows that the American people – by a margin of 2-1 – prefer “smaller” government.

And yes, that’s a good thing.

From Rasmussen:

Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a more active government with more services and higher taxes. That’s the second highest finding of the year: In August at the height of the congressional town hall controversies over the health care plan, 70% felt that way.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% prefer a government with more services and higher taxes. Eleven percent (11%) aren’t sure which is best.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major party like a smaller government better. Democrats are more narrowly divided: 51% favor a smaller government, but 37% opt for a larger, more activist government.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of liberals chose a government with more services and higher taxes. Eighty-six percent (86%) of conservatives think a smaller government is better.

Six in ten also say that tax cuts, instead of increased government spending, are a better way to create jobs.

One would think this latest polling data is worthy of a rousing “hip hip hooray!” or even a “Yeah, baby!” from those of us on the steadily-recharging right. However, when I see these kinds of poll results, I am wont to proceed with caution.

Indeed, people can say anything they want all day long. They can make philosophical assertions for all the tally-takers, poll masters and statistical inquisitors they wish. But unless they put their votes where their poll questionnaires are, it’s hard to go sis-boom-bah over this.

The fact is, people like their “stuff.”

They want their “services.”

And they’ll go down scratching and clawing to keep them.

Many, for instance, are quick to condemn the installation of railroad crossing lights in some rural county far, far away, but will burn down the courthouse if their own neighborhood playground funding is slashed.

Platitudes and theories are dandy in water cooler debates, but how much Americans are really willing to do without in the name of conservatism, no one can really know.

Rob at the great Say Anything blog writes:

Maybe we’re seeing a new shift in the American electorate. Maybe this is that awakened “sleeping giant.” I could be persuaded to believe that, but in the past most Americans are only nominally against big government spending. When you talk about spending (and the debts and deficits that spending creates) in general terms it’s hard to find a single American who isn’t in favor of less. But when you start talking about specific spending, well suddenly that’s a different matter.

Yep.

Please don’t misunderstand. As I said earlier, this is a good thing. This is generally a “thumbs up” kind of story.

Just keep talkin’, Obamacrats.

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POLL: NEW HEALTH CARE LOW

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 24, 2009

Cheaper costs or a return of the King?

You see, the question is … will Democrats, who are running the whole kit and caboodle on Capitol Hill, actually start paying attention to the electorate on health care, or will they continue to meander down the path of we-know-better-than-you elitism?

For panicky Dems still wondering where it all went wrong in ten short months, keeping a brave face and shrugging off poll results for the cameras is one thing; trying to figure out how to save their political hydes behind closed doors is another. Make no mistake, there are a whole lot of donkeys who know they must start paying attention to the poll numbers at some point.

The game of determining how much of a hit the ship can sustain before the lifeboats become necessary isn’t one for the faint-of-heart.

The real question is: How low do the numbers have to go before the rumble coming from the peasants reaches the ears of the exalted ones, Harry Reid and Company?

Rasmussen says the numbers constinue their steady saunter south:

Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% now oppose the plan.

Half the survey was conducted before the Senate voted late Saturday to begin debate on its version of the legislation. Support for the plan was slightly lower in the half of the survey conducted after the Senate vote.

Only 38% say “yay” to ObamaCare.

Fancy that.

Even registered Democrats aren’t buying into the gobbledygook that health care costs will go down if ObamaCare becomes law. Only 16% of Americans believe that fairy tale.

That’s only five points more than the percentage of Americans who believe Elvis Presley is still alive.
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TRENDING … DOWN

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 12, 2009

Rassmussen chart 11_11I thought I’d kick off my Thursday morning with a little poll jabber.

As you may or may not know, the Presidential Approval Index is tabulated by combining the percentages of people who strongly approve of the President with those who strongly disapprove. Rasmussen currently has President Barack Obama’s Approval Index at -10 (30% strong approval, 40% strong disapproval). In recent times, his rating has dipped as low as -13 (last Wednesday), and has gotten as “high” as -7 (Saturday).

Overall, his less-than-impressive Approval Index has been fairly consistent for months now.

For those keeping score at home, the President hasn’t had a positive rating since June 29th. (The highest of his presidency occurred two days after his inauguration when he hit +30).

Can you say “decisive trend?”

And if the ouster of two Democrat governors last week wasn’t enough of an indicator, Rasmussen shows that Republican candidates continue to expand their lead over Dems in the Generic Congressional Ballot. The lead is now six points.

Not bad.

Even those who claim no affiliation with either of the two major parties are favoring the GOP by 23 points.

Ouch, donkeys.

Still, as I wrote about yesterday, in a world where former President Bill Clinton and his perceptions actually have some relevance, we conservatives – or “tea baggers” as he called us – are “inflamed” because Democrats are “winning.”

Whatever you say, Mr. Hillary.

While other polling firms appear to show different results on the generic ballot, Real Clear Politics explains the differences in survey samples and question ordering, stating “if you are asking which pollsters have it right, I’d probably put my money on Gallup-Rasmussen.”

And as far as Pelosi-ObamaCare is concerned:

Over the weekend, Democratic leaders said the House’s passage of health care reform legislation was an historic moment. But public opinion remains unchanged: 45% favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, and 52% oppose it.

That 45% will shrink, guaranteed.

Some other things of note in the Rasmussen poll:

-6 in 10 Americans think the massacre at Fort Hood last week needs to be investigated by the military as a terrorist act.

-Only 46% approve of the President’s overall performance.

-Two-thirds of Americans are against any law that would ban the sale of big screen TVs for the purpose of saving energy.

-1 out of 1 contributors to this blog think the Presidential approval numbers are way too high.

 

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THE END OF THE “BLAME BUSH” ERA?

Posted by Andrew Roman on November 3, 2009

poll numbers dropI’m always after interesting little tidbits.

Take this little morsel from Rasmussen: In one month, the percentage of people in the United States who blame former President George W. Bush for the nation’s economic woes has dropped six percentage points – from 55% to 49%.

Here’s a tastier nugget: The percentage of people who say President Barack Obama is more to blame for the ailing economy has jumped eight – from 37% to 45%.

Obama’s closing in.

And all of this in spite of a liberal media complex that all but greases itself up and bends over for the man.

Another delectable scrap to chew on is the fact that back in February – during the first month of the Messianic Age – just under half of all Americans said they trusted their own judgment more than the president’s when it came to economic issues – something that, in and of itself, is tremendously troubling. Today, however, that percentage has surged to 63%.

Talk about a right turn.

It’s actually a novel idea … trusting your own judgment. I wonder what Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Paine, Franklin, Hancock, Hamilton, Jay, Livingston, Chase and Madison would have thought of that concept.

(Inexplicably, 27% of Americans say they still trust the President’s economic judgment more than their own).

And if this next little statistic doesn’t perfectly illustrate the difference between left and right, then nothing ever will.

According to Rasmussen, “Eighty-four percent (84%) of conservatives trust themselves more, but 56% of liberals have more confidence in the president.”

More than half of the left place more trust in the president – and thus, the government – than themselves. I’m not sure whether to nod and sigh, or scream and vomit.

And I’d love to know who these sixteen percent of conservative are that put more trust in Barack Obama than themselves. Still, the fact remains, the overwhelming vast majority of conservatives believe in themselves – the individual – more than an elected official.

Conservatism 101.

No further analysis necessary.

Three more little gems to gnaw on:

- 62% of voters oppose the passage of another economic stimulus package this year.

- Just 42% now support the health care reform plan proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats. Most voters expect the plan, if passed, to drive up health care costs and hurt quality and expect a middle-class tax hike to pay for it.

- For nearly four-out-of-five voters, the bigger problem for the country is not their unwillingness to pay higher taxes. It’s their elected representatives’ refusal to cut government spending.

In other news, America is a center-right country.

Can we remember that?

(Say it with me, now) Yes, we can!
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