Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Michael Barone: House Democrats in Trouble, Tom Ganley With a Strong Lead

July 28th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Michael Barone:

Today a lot more Democratic incumbents seem to be trailing Republican challengers in polls. Jim Geraghty of National Review Online has compiled a list of 13 Democratic incumbents trailing in polls released over the past seven weeks.

Some of these poll numbers are mind-boggling. Tom Perriello, a 727-vote winner in Virginia 5 in 2008, has been running two weeks of humorous ads showing what a hard worker he is. A poll shows him trailing Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt 58 to 35 percent.

In industrial Ohio 13, which Barack Obama carried 57 to 42, a poll shows incumbent Betty Sutton trailing free-spending Republican Tom Ganley 44 to 31 percent.

As Geraghty notes, we haven’t seen polls released by many other Democrats on Republican target lists. Most are conducting polls; many have reason to release favorable results if they’re available. This looks like a case where the absence of evidence is evidence of absence.

Two years ago, Obama was elected president with a historic 53 percent of the vote — more than any other Democrat in history except Andrew Jackson, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.

These metrics — the generic ballot results and polls in individual districts — suggest that House Democrats are headed toward historic losses. Quite a swing in 18 months.

During Ohio’s Road Paving Celebration, Workers Forced Into Unpaid Leave

June 18th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Oh well… all that matters is the re-election of Ted Strickland, right? That’s the only actual JOB President Obama is worried about today, besides his own.

And traffic in the general area around this visit is a nightmare today.

What Took So Long?

June 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

With the Oil Spill, Here is Why President Obama Should Kick His Own Ass

June 11th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Reason.TV:

And for the fun remix version, click here.

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“Never Again”

May 28th, 2010 Matt View Comments

The NRSC makes yet another fantastic web ad:

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$165 BILLION: Reps. Pat Tiberi and Steve Latourette Want to Bail out Underfunded Union Pension Plans, Latourette Cries About Fox News

May 26th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Fox Business’ Erik Berte:

A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.

The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.

As FOX Business Network’s Gerri Willis reported Monday, these pensions are in bad shape; as of 2006, well before the market dropped and recession began, only 6% of these funds were doing well.

Although right now taxpayers could possibly be on the hook for $165 billion, the liability could essentially be unlimited because these pensions have to be paid out until the workers die.

It’s hard to say at the moment what the chances are that the bill will pass. A hearing is scheduled Thursday, which will give the public a sense of where political leaders sit on the topic, said Willis.

Just last week President Obama said there would be no more bailouts.

You Make It. They Take It.

The resolution, HR 3936, sponsored by Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and Pat Tiberi, and co-sponsored by Steve Latourette is raising some eyebrows with conservative groups:

Americans for Limited Government (ALG) has sent a letter to 9 House Republicans urging that they withdraw their support from legislation providing a taxpayer bail-out of labor union run pension funds. Among the union pension funds in critical danger are those run by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and more than a hundred other union-run funds.

“We are asking that each Representative remove his or her cosponsorship of this blatant handout to unions, which are now asking the American people to bail them out of their own mismanagement of pensions,” Wilson said, adding that “Compensating poor investment strategies, like those pursued by the multi-employer pension plans, only incentives further underfunding of these plans.”

According to Wilson’s letter to the 9 House Republicans, “While the legislation deals with some challenging issues related to retiree pensions, it is our view that it in fact rewards bad behavior. Those who are asking Congress for this change are largely responsible for the plight of these pension funds, having failed to take the steps to rectify problems that have been looming since well before the stock market drop and recovery over the past two years.”

The letter was sent to Representatives Patrick Tiberi, Ginny Brown-Waite, Jo Ann Emerson, Steven LaTourette, John Linder, Thaddeus McCotter, Tim Murphy, Peter Roskam, and Aaron Schock.[...]

ALG President Bill Wilson said, “The proposed Congressional bailout of union pension funds is outrageous, particularly when you consider that these union run pension funds have failed to take reasonable measures to meet basic solvency requirements.”

“HR 3936 does not require that a union cut benefits, have participants pay part of the pension costs, change retirement ages, limit access to younger employees, or use union dues to supplement the plan. It doesn’t require that unions negotiate for higher pension payments from employers in lieu of other benefits. Instead, it merely throws the unfunded liabilities onto the backs of taxpayers – a potential $165 billion dollar bailout,” Wilson explained.[...]

Citing the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by labor bosses to support Obama, the Democratic majority, and the 9 House Republicans (see attachments below), Wilson decried unions’ “audacity to try to cash in on their political investment by foisting these unfunded liabilities accumulated under their watch onto the backs of taxpayers, who are struggling to fund their own retirements.”

I haven’t found a response from Tiberi yet, but Latourette, who has always had close associations with union leaders, went to the floor of the U.S. House and sounded like a clueless a**hole.:

Connie Schultz Forgets President Obama Opposes Gay Marriage

April 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

So instead, the wife of Ohio’s junior Senator uses the pages of the Plain Dealer to write glowingly about meaningless fluff from the Obama Administration to pander to the homosexual lobby:

Only four days after Peter Taylor had moved in with the man he loved, he was racing him to the closest emergency room.

The following morning, his partner lay in a hospital bed and delivered the jarring news.

“I’m HIV-positive,” he told Peter. “This is an opportunity for you to leave.”

“Why would I do that?” Peter replied. “I’m here. I’m in love with you. And I’m staying.”

Thus began the nine months they had left. They exchanged rings and planned a trip to Canada to marry, but they never made it. Sam was never healthy enough to go. (Peter asked that I give his partner a pseudonym to protect his parents’ privacy.) Sam’s disease soon exploded into full-blown AIDS, and he spent weeks at a time in Lakewood Hospital, and then University Hospitals, neither of which ever challenged Peter’s primary role in Sam’s life.[...]

Even if a couple lives near a hospital that recognizes their rights as partners, fear looms. One never knows when illness may strike. Every out-of-town visit to family, every vacation, every road trip, they worry whether their documents — and their very relationship — will be honored if one of them is rushed to a hospital. Anyone who has ever had a loved one hospitalized knows the crucial role a family advocate can play.[...]

Last week, President Barack Obama finally issued an order that forces most hospitals to respect the rights of gay and lesbian partners. In essence, he told them to treat these couples like any heterosexual patient with a significant other and the necessary advance directives, such as durable powers of attorney and health care proxies. As usual, what’s good for gay and lesbian Americans is good for the rest of us, too, as the change in policy also stands to help single and widowed straight people who need the “support and comfort of a good friend.”

“For all of these Americans,” the president wrote, “the failure to have their wishes respected concerning who may visit them or make medical decisions on their behalf has real consequences. It means that doctors and nurses do not always have the best information about patients’ medications and medical histories and that friends and certain family members are unable to serve as intermediaries to help communicate patients’ needs. . . . And it means that all too often, people are made to suffer or even to pass away alone, denied the comfort of companionship in their final moments while a loved one is left worrying and pacing down the hall.”

It’s sad to think we needed a presidential order to force more hospitals to do the right thing for Americans who want to do exactly what we encourage and celebrate in committed couples.

Horrible stuff right? But inconvenient for the Schultzer is that ALMOST NO HOSPITAL HAVE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON VISITORS AT ALL.

Individuals can confer a health care proxy and power of attorney to anyone.

President Obama’s memo accomplishes nothing for visitation rights. Instead, it is another example of the Federal government taking over every tiny detail of healthcare and a subtle attempt to promote the homosexual lifestyle while still maintaining the President’s carefully poll tested opposition to homosexual marriage.

And to push that message, the wife of a United States Senator just shamelessly used the corpse of an AIDS victim as a prop.

Ingrid Martin vs. President Obama

March 16th, 2010 Matt Comments off

From Matt Lewis in Politics Daily:

During his speech in Strongsville, Ohio, Monday afternoon, President Obama highlighted the struggle of Natoma Canfield, a cleaning woman from the nearby town of Medina who is fighting cancer without benefit of health insurance. But it was another woman, Ingrid Martin, an out-of-work health care sales representative, who caught his attention — and debated him on the merits of his health care plan for two minutes after his speech.

Ingrid Martin has been unemployed for almost six months. Her last job was with HealthSmart, a privately held health care benefit management organization. She has health insurance through her husband who is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic.

“When national health care became a real threat over the summertime, I was laid off,” she said in an exclusive interview with Politics Daily. “They went from six sales reps down to two, east of the Mississippi, and I happened to be one of the last ones. And the big problem now is after 24 years of being in this industry, I’ve sent out resume after resume, and nobody is hiring right now. I think they’re all terrified of what Obamacare’s going to do.”

Read the rest here.

Massillon High School Teachers Using Classes to Recruit for Obama Youth

January 31st, 2010 Matt View Comments

The purpose of having state-run schools is, above all else, to turn children into adult secular statists. But this story is beyond ridiculous and parents of children at Perry Local should be outraged.

Capital University Law Prof. Brad Smith on Obama’s “Foreign Corporations” Lie

January 28th, 2010 Matt Comments off

President Obama last night said that in Citizens United vs. FEC, the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections:

Former FEC Chair Prof. Smith explains why this is wrong:

The Court held that 2 U.S.C. Section 441a, which prohibits all corporate political spending, is unconstitutional. Foreign nationals, specifically defined to include foreign corporations, are prohibiting from making “a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election” under 2 U.S.C. Section 441e, which was not at issue in the case. Foreign corporations are also prohibited, under 2 U.S.C. 441e, from making any contribution or donation to any committee of any political party, and they prohibited from making any “expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication.”

This is either blithering ignorance of the law, or demagoguery of the worst kind.

If you have some time, listen to the oral arguments from this Supreme Court case. Instead of worrying about “special interests,” why aren’t Democrats offended that the US government argued that movies and political books released before elections could be banned or treated as serious crimes… but we shouldn’t worry because they would never fully enforce those laws? President Obama’s sort of rhetoric is cheap, populist demagoguery.

Elyria, Ohio is on the Map

January 28th, 2010 Matt View Comments

My friend Ray Noble, who I worked with at the Lorain County Prosecutor’s office during a summer internship, was on CBS News reacting to the State of the Union address last night. I thought I should post the video, and thereby double the number of people who actually watched this Katie Couric segment:

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The mention of Elyria during the State of the Union was the only part I enjoyed. Why? Because non-locals have a difficult time pronouncing it correctly. President Obama even took a long pause before reading it off the teleprompter at Lorain County Community College.

So America, in case you missed it, it is pronounced “Ee-lear-rea-a,” not “Eh-lie-ree-a.” This has been a public service announcement. Thank you for your attention.

Tax Man

January 24th, 2010 Matt Comments off

This is very good editing:

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There is No Such Thing as a Saved Job

November 3rd, 2009 Matt Comments off

And in Ohio, the fuzzy Obama math continues:

The Obama administration announced Friday that federal stimulus money had created or saved about 7,200 education jobs in Ohio as of Sept. 30.

Although a couple of hundred of those jobs were in Columbus City Schools, the district acknowledged yesterday that many of the “saved” jobs definitely wouldn’t have been lost in the first place, and others might not have been lost at all.

Of the 212.5 full-time equivalent jobs the district said were funded with part of the $64 million in stimulus it expects to receive, about 65 percent were “saved,” including 36 principals and assistant principals.

So was the district on the verge of laying off 36 school administrators?

“No,” Dannemiller said, explaining that the reporting choices were “created” and “saved.”

“They weren’t ‘created,’ obviously, so our only other choice was ‘saved.’  ”

The federal Office of Management and Budget told agencies in June to define a “saved” job as “an existing position that would not have been continued to be filled were it not for Recovery Act funding.

And the same sort of logic is used in this NBC 3 Cleveland report, which, without question, buys Gov. Strickland’s claim of grant dollars (corporate welfare) creating or saving jobs:

COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced more than $1 million in funding for economic development projects in the City of Cleveland that are expected to create 40 and retain 625 jobs.

The projects were approved today by the State Controlling Board.

“We are making strategic investments in Ohio communities and businesses to retain jobs and to advance urban redevelopment efforts,” Strickland said.

Flats East Development LLC will receive a $1 million Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with building construction in support of the company’s redevelopment project in the City of Cleveland (Cuyahoga County).

Flats East Development was created in 2005 to lead the redevelopment of 23 acres along the East bank of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland.

This $250 million project is expected to retain 625 positions.

AIM Pharmakon, Inc. will receive a $50,000 Rapid Outreach Grant for the costs associated with the acquisition of machinery and equipment in support of the company’s project in the City of Cleveland.

AIM offers an array of niche marketing, branding, and sales consulting services for facilitating pharmaceutical commerce. This $1 million project is expected to create 40 jobs.

It could be entirely correct that stimulus and grant dollars created specific jobs or artificially prolonged someones employment. However, not only is this an inefficient use of resources, these are dollars taken out of the economy from elsewhere- ie.,  your and your employer’s pockets.

As Henr Hazlitt explained in his classic economics book from 1946, Economics in One Lesson:

I am here concerned with public works considered as a means of “providing employment” or of adding wealth to the community that it would not otherwise have had.

A bridge is built. If it is built to meet an insistent public demand, if it solves a traffic problem or a transportation problem otherwise insoluble, if, in short, it is even more necessary to the taxpayers collectively than the things for which they would have individually spent their money had it had not been taxed away from them, there can be no objection. But a bridge built primarily “to provide employment” is a different kind of bridge. When providing employment becomes the end, need becomes a subordinate consideration. “Projects” have to be invented. Instead of thinking only of where bridges must be built the government spenders begin to ask themselves where bridges can be built. Can they think of plausible reasons why an additional bridge should connect Easton and Weston? It soon becomes absolutely essential. Those who doubt the necessity are dismissed as obstructionists and reactionaries.

Two arguments are put forward for the bridge, one of which is mainly heard before it is built, the other of which is mainly heard after it has been completed. The first argument is that it will provide employment. It will provide, say, 500 jobs for a year. The implication is that these are jobs that would not otherwise have come into existence.

This is what is immediately seen. But if we have trained ourselves to look beyond immediate to secondary consequences, and beyond those who are directly benefited by a government project to others who are indirectly affected, a different picture presents itself. It is true that a particular group of bridgeworkers may receive more employment than otherwise. But the bridge has to be paid for out of taxes. For every dollar that is spent on the bridge a dollar will be taken away from taxpayers. If the bridge costs $10 million the taxpayers will lose $10 million. They will have that much taken away from them which they would otherwise have spent on the things they needed most.

Therefore, for every public job created by the bridge project a private job has been destroyed somewhere else. We can see the men employed on the bridge. We can watch them at work. The employment argument of the government spenders becomes vivid, and probably for most people convincing. But there are other things that we do not see, because, alas, they have never been permitted to come into existence. They are the jobs destroyed by the $10 million taken from the taxpayers. All that has happened, at best, is that there has been a diversion of jobs because of the project. More bridge builders; fewer automobile workers, television technicians, clothing workers, farmers.

But then we come to the second argument. The bridge exists. It is, let us suppose, a beautiful and not an ugly bridge. It has come into being through the magic of government spending. Where would it have been if the obstructionists and the reactionaries had had their way? There would have been no bridge. The country would have been just that much poorer. Here again the government spenders have the better of the argument with all those who cannot see beyond the immediate range of their physical eyes. They can see the bridge. But if they have taught themselves to look for indirect as well as direct consequences they can once more see in the eye of imagination the possibilities that have never been allowed to come into existence. They can see the unbuilt homes, the unmade cars and washing machines, the unmade dresses and coats, perhaps the ungrown and unsold foodstuffs. To see these uncreated things requires a kind of imagination that not many people have. We can think of these nonexistent objects once, perhaps, but we cannot keep them before our minds as we can the bridge that we pass every working day. What has happened is merely that one thing has been created instead of others.

It doesn’t matter if we are talking about giving ObamaBucks to inefficient public schools or if Gov. Strickland cuts a check to contractors to rebuild part of the Cleveland Flats, this is a redirection of resources taken by force. Therefore, this claimed job creation and retention is only at the cost of destroying jobs and potential investment elsewhere.

However, if they media is going to take the Obama Administration’s ridiculous numbers seriously, perhaps they should mention that, according to, Ohio has had fewer “created or saved” jobs than Puerto Rico.

Problems with Obama’s Speech to Students

September 9th, 2009 Matt View Comments

I felt a creepy statist feeling while watching his speech to grade school students, and Prof. Brad Smith of Capital University Law School explains what I mean better than I ever could. Please read

All I will add is that, I love how much Barack Obama, during his Presidency has mentioned the iPod. It is as if he is the super-mega rockstar leader of the “O” brand, commenting on Apple or CocaCola. Not to mention, the union types he spoke to in Cincinatti on Labor Day can’t be pleased that most of the iPhone is manufactured outside of America.

And what is the difference between President Bush 41 speaking to students and President Obama? Obama, outside of electoral success, has accomplished nothing, and isn’t a particularity good role model.

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Obama in Cincinnati Today- Ted Strickland Gets the Taft Treatment

September 7th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From the AP:

CINCINNATI — President Barack Obama declared Monday that modern benefits like paid leave, minimum wage and Social Security “all bear the union label,” as he appealed to unions to help him win the health care fight in Congress.

“It was labor that helped build the largest middle class in history. So, even if you’re not a union member, every American owes something to America’s labor movement,” said Obama, whose run for the presidency was energized in no small part by unions.

Obama asserted that “our recovery plan is working,” but repeated that he won’t be satisfied until jobs are much more plentiful.

Shortly after taking the oath, Obama confronted a rapidly deteriorating economy, a clogged credit system, failing or ailing banks and a a shaky stock market. He used his speech here to tick off a host of steps the administration has taken to steady the economy, and he made a special pitch for the health care overhaul he has pushed.

Do you know what else carries the union label? The collapse of the American automobile industry. And President Obama should know that minimum wage laws, such as the Davis-Bacon Act, were passed with the specific intent of keeping white union members from having to compete with people who look like Barack Obama.

But the important question today is: WHERE WAS GOV. TED STRICKLAND? Every time President Bush came into Ohio to campaign in 2004, the media correctly noticed that Bush always avoided the incredibly unpopular Gov. Bob Taft like the plague.

Is Barack Obama still sore over Ted Strickland’s racially tinged American Idol jokes? Or has the White House already written off Ted Strickland as too unpopular & a soon-to-be 2010 loser?

Ted Strickland, with his support of burdensome union mandates such as multiple-prime contracting and prevailing wage, is a staunch union ally.

Ted, where are you?

Ohio Students Watch Important Message from Dear Leader

September 4th, 2009 Matt View Comments

From The Dispatch:

School districts across central Ohio learned today that the list of things parents want their children protected from — drugs, predators, violence — now includes the president of the United States delivering a “stay in school” message.

Faced with phone calls from angry parents who don’t want their children to view the Tuesday address to the nation’s students by President Barack Obama, several districts have decided to just say no.

The U.S. Department of Education has billed the 15- to 20-minute speech as one that will talk to students “about persisting and succeeding in school.”

But critics, fueled by talk radio and conservative bloggers, have objected nationwide, fearing the address from a high school in Virginia will cross the line into politics.

Here is a preview of the video that students will watch:

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Behold, Obama’s Stimulus Dollars in Action!

August 20th, 2009 Matt View Comments

$288,000 to help snot-nosed students find their locker.

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Sherrod Brown’s Sham Townhall

August 13th, 2009 Matt View Comments

I was there, only after seeing emails from the Ohio Democrat Party, Progress Ohio, and Obama’s neverending web campaign, but the room was small and his staff recognized me so I was not allowed in. The best report I’ve seen of it is from Shelby Holliday of UWIRE. I know Ms. Holliday, and every report she does on Ohio puts the state’s dinosaur media to shame:

Although thankfully, lots of reasonable people got to ask their questions and express their reservations about the proposed government takeover of 15% of the private economy. Here is the video I took of Senator Sherrod Brown LYING about President Obama’s support of single payer health care:

The way to make single payer happen is to have a public insurance competitor on steroids (an unfair advantage), which will slowly kill off private insurance. Sherrod Brown was the champion of single-payer health care as a Congressman (He doesn’t accept the Congressional health care insurance, which gives him more opportunities to talk about the issue as if he is “one of us.”) and he knows this sort of transitional stage is necessary to make socialized health care a a reality.

Exit Question: Why does Sherrod Brown talk like he is gargling with salt water? Perhaps he should go to Cuba and have a doctor check that out.

The White House Wants You to Rat on Dissenting Bloggers

August 4th, 2009 Matt View Comments

This is absoutely frightening. It reminds me of a few scenes from one my favorite movies, The Lives of Others.

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Happy Birthday!

August 4th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Happy Birthday to Gov. Ted Strickland (1941) and President Obama (1961) today!

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