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Super Tuesday

From Drudge:

Romney wins Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Ohio (narrowly by 1%), Virginia, Vermont

Santorum wins Oklahoma, North Dakota, Tennessee

Gingrich wins Georgia

Trouble in Toledo: Wrong ballots distributed...

Total delegate count:

  • Romney 404
  • Santorum 165
  • Gingrich 106
  • Paul 66

No. of delegates needed to win GOP nomination: 1,144

It’s looking more and more like we’re heading toward a wide-opened brokered GOP convention.  😦



42% of voters Strongly Disapprove of Obama

Are the sheeple waking up?

Remember the news 10 days ago about Obama’s approval rating going up to 50%?

Don’t believe it.

For that matter, don’t believe any polls from the Associated Press because the polling firm it uses, GfK, has a huge conflict-of-interest, being the recipient of federal government contracts.

Last year, National Investigative Media (NIM) uncovered an unusual financial relationship between the AP and the federal government – and evidence that that relationship may have influenced the AP’s reporting on the Obama administration.

In March 2011, GfK announced that it had received clearance for federal government contracts to do marketing and research for US government agencies. On May 11, 2011, based on a poll conducted by GfK, the AP reported that — Surprise!!! — Obama’s re-election was a foregone conclusion.

But NIM found that the GfK employed a severely flawed polling model that gave a significant advantage to Obama in calculating his favorability ratings on a number of issues from national security to the economy. The flawed polling data influenced not just the AP, but other media including ABC NewsTimeThe Washington Post and Yahoo News which ran the AP’s reportage without scrutiny.

In contrast, polling by Rasmussen Reports is more reliable, not least because Rasmussen surveys likely U.S. voters instead of merely U.S. adults.

Rasmussen Reports‘ daily Presidential tracking poll for today shows that as many as 42% of U.S. voters Strongly Disapprove of the way that Barack Obama is performing as role as president, with only 26% of voters Strongly Approving.

This is how Obama fares in potential match-ups against the four GOP candidates:

  • Mitt Romney 45% vs. Obama 43% (Romney has a 9-point advantage among independent or unaffiliated voters).
  • Ron Paul 43% vs. Obama 41% (this is the first time that a poll shows Paul being favored over Obama).
  • Obama 45% vs. Rick Santorum 43%
  • Obama 49% vs. Newt Gingrich 39%

To conclude, when it comes to polling data, caveat emptor. Obama's re-election is not a shoo-in. Things are not as bleak as they seem.


Washington, D.C. is America’s adultery center

Bill Clinton, John Edwards. Newt Gingrich, John Ensign.

The first was a U.S. president; the third a former Congressman and House speaker; the second and fourth are former U.S. senators. What do these men have in common, other than their being major Washington Beltway politicians?

While Clinton and Edwards are Democrats, Gingrich and Ensign are Republicans. All are adulterers.

So it comes as no surprise that, by one measure — those who sign up for the “Life is short. Have an affair” website Ashley Madison — Washington, D.C. has more adulterers than any other city in America.

Neal Augenstein reports for wtop.com, Feb. 24, 2012, that more people per capita in the D.C. metropolitan area sign up for the website Ashley Madison than in any other city, according to the site, which helps people looking to stray. Washington has the highest per capita membership among the site’s 13 million users, The Washington Post reports. The site claims 38,000 registered users in the District.

Ashley Madison’s CEO Noel Biderman rationalized to the Post that it’s because D.C. has so many successful people. People become successful from taking professional risks that often pay off; that risk-taking personality trait also prompts personal risks such as adultery. “The more successful you are, the more prone to cheating you are, and Washington is full of successful people looking for something outside their marriage.”

So the political capital of the United States of America is also the adultery capital! No wonder our country is so screwed up.

Founding Father John Adams certainly anticipated this sad state of affairs, writing in a letter to Mercy Warren in 1776:

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superiour to all private passions.”


Mitt wins Maine

Yesterday, Mitt Romney scored a double win:

  • He won Maine’s GOP Caucuses preference poll
  • He also pulled a surprise win at the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) conference, scoring 38% of the vote

Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich did not compete in Maine, making it essentially a two-man race between Romney and Paul.  Here are the vote counts in the Maine GOP Caucuses:

  • Mitt Romney 39%
  • Ron Paul 36%
  • Rick Santorum 18%
  • Newt Gingrich 6%

Total delegate count so far:

  • Mitt Romney: 123
  • Rick Santorum: 72
  • Newt Gingrich: 32
  • Ron Paul: 19
  • Jon Huntsman: 2 (which no doubt will go to Romney)


Santorum leads GOP candidates in national poll

Actress Scarlett Johansson thinks Santorum’s sweater vest is “so sad.” But we expect no less from a woman whose only educational achievement is that she had graduated from the Professional Children’s School.  Johansson also displays impeccable judgment in wanting 4 more years of Obama. [snark] The Santorum campaign is doing a jujitsu on Johansson. If you donate $100 or more to his campaign, you’ll get a free official Santorum for President sweater vest. Click here!


Riding a wave of momentum since his surprise wins last Tuesday in the GOP contests in three states — Minnesota, Missouri, and supposed Romney stronghold Colorado, Rick Santorum has taken the lead nationally in the Republican presidential race for the first time.

John Lederman reports for The Hill, Feb. 11, 2012, that according to a national poll released today by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling (PPP), Santorum has a 15-point lead on Mitt Romney.

Santorum leads Mitt Romney 38% to 23% in the new poll, while Gingrich is in third place with 17%, and Ron Paul comes in last with 13%.

This is the first major national poll to show Santorum in the lead. The closest he had come previously was after his surprise win in Iowa the first week of January, but even then, Romney performed 10 points better than Santorum nationally.

Donations also have been pouring into Santorum’s campaign — of more than $2 million since Tuesday. He was the biggest attraction today when about 10,000 activists packed the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Some of Santorum’s success in the new poll may be attributed to declining support for both Romney and Gingrich. Romney’s favorability rating has declined substantially in PPP’s polling and now stands at 44% — just one percentage point higher than the 43% who say they disapprove. Gingrich’s numbers are almost identical to those of Romney. Santorum remains highly popular, with 64% saying they approve and just 22% viewing him negatively.

Santorum is also besting Romney and the others with key demographic groups, including self-described very conservative voters, Tea Party voters and evangelicals.

The survey of 656 Republican primary voters was conducted Feb. 9-10 using automated telephone interviews and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.


Santorum wins big in 3 states!

Mitt Romney and the GOP establishment have better hold their water ’cause a Mitt presidential nomination is not a done deal.

Last night, true conservative Rick Santorum who actually had won the Iowa caucuses, swept the GOP caucuses and primaries in three states — Minnesota, Colorado, and Missouri!

The Minnesota result marked the first time so far in the 2012 Republican race that Romney did not come in first or second. Romney also lost in two states – Colorado and Minnesota – that he had won in his failed 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Steve Holland reports for Reuters, Feb. 8, 2012:

“Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum rejuvenated his presidential hopes on Tuesday with a shocking sweep of the three nominating contests in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, dealing a blow to wounded front-runner Mitt Romney.

Even though Romney still holds strong advantages in financing and organization, his campaign will now have to refocus to fight back the challenge from the surging conservative Santorum.

Backed by a wealthy “Super PAC” that pays for attack ads against rivals, Romney had excelled in major contests thus far in the race. After big wins in Nevada and Florida in the previous week, he did little campaigning in Minnesota and Missouri and had been expected to win easily in Colorado.

Until Tuesday, Santorum had won only one of the first five Republican contests in the state-by-state battle for the Republican nomination to face President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.”

Here are the results of the GOP contests in the three states:

Colorado Caucuses (36 delegates; with 99% of precincts reporting):

  1. Rick Santorum: 40%
  2. Mitt Romney: 35%
  3. Newt Gingrich: 13%
  4. Ron Paul: 12%

Missouri Primary (52 delegates; with 99% of precincts reporting):

  1. Rick Santorum: 55%
  2. Mitt Romney: 25%
  3. Ron Paul: 12%
  4. Uncommitted: 4%

Minnesota Caucuses (40 delegates; with 95% of precincts reporting):

  1. Rick Santorum: 45%
  2. Ron Paul: 27%
  3. Mitt Romney: 17%
  4. Newt Gingrich: 11%

Santorum is a devout Catholic who had been in a battle with Gingrich to become the conservative alternative to RINO Romney. Santorum’s victories give heart to social conservatives fighting battles of abortion, gay marriage and contraception in recent days.

Tuesday’s strong showing by Santorum came as divisive social issues came to the forefront again in U.S. politics. Earlier in the day, a U.S. appeals court ruled that California’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in a case expected to lead to a showdown in the Supreme Court.

In addition, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops have slammed the Obama administration for a new regulation that would require health insurance to include birth control. The bishops contend the policy infringes on religious liberty because the church does not condone birth control of any kind.

Santorum took some jabs at Obama, focusing in particular on the new contraception rule. He accused the president of trying to “impose his secular values on the people of this country.”

“I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama,” he added to cheers from the crowd.

The startling results in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri raised fresh doubts about whether Romney, long considered the most likely Republican nominee, can win over the broad swathe of Republican voters, particularly the most conservative ones who are the most unenthusiastic toward him.

But Santorum’s campaign is far behind Romney in fund-raising and in support by the Republican establishment. Santorum is not a wealthy man like Mitt, nor does he have a billionaire SuperPAC donor like Newt. Despite that, Santorum has managed to win 4 of 8 GOP contests to date (Mitt won 3; Newt won 1; and Ron has won none).

So if you want a real conservative to run against Obama this November, donate some dollars to Rick Santorum! Click here.

The next major Republican nominating contests are the Arizona and Michigan primaries on February 28, while Maine wraps up its caucuses this Saturday.


Mitt vs. Newt: Whose Tax Plan is Better?

Why Gingrich’s Tax Plan Beats Romney’s 

Newt’s flat tax would do a lot more to attract capital, spur growth and reduce compliance costs.


Jobs and wealth are created by those who are taxed, not by those who do the taxing. Government, by its very nature, doesn’t create resources but redistributes resources. To minimize the damages taxes cause the economy, the best way for government to raise revenue is a broad-based, low-rate flat tax that provides people and businesses with the fewest incentives to avoid or otherwise not report taxable income, and the least number of places where they can escape taxation. On these counts it doesn’t get any better than Mr. Gingrich’s optional 15% flat tax for individuals and his 12.5% flat tax for business. Each of these taxes has been tried and tested and found to be enormously successful.

Hong Kong, where there has been a 15% flat income tax on individuals since 1947, is truly a shining city on the hill and one of the most prosperous cities in history. Ireland’s 12.5% flat business income tax propelled the Emerald Isle out of two and a half centuries of poverty. Mr. Romney’s tax proposals—including eliminating the death tax, reducing the corporate tax rate to 25%, and extending the current tax rates on personal income, interest, dividends and capital gains—would be an improvement over those of President Obama, but they don’t have the boldness or internal integrity of Mr. Gingrich’s personal and business flat taxes.

Imagine what would happen to international capital flows if the U.S. went from the second highest business tax country in the world to one of the lowest. Low taxes along with all of America’s other great attributes would precipitate a flood of new investment in this country as well as a quick repatriation of American funds held abroad. We would create more jobs than you could shake a stick at. And those jobs would be productive jobs, not make-work jobs like so many of Mr. Obama’s stimulus jobs.

Tax codes, in order to work well, require widespread voluntary compliance from taxpayers. And for taxpayers to voluntarily comply with a tax code they have to believe that it is both fair and efficient.

Fairness in taxation means that people and businesses in like circumstances have similar tax burdens. A flat tax, whether on business or individuals, achieves fairness in spades. A person who makes 10 times as much as another person should pay 10 times more in taxes. It is also patently obvious that it is unfair to tax some people’s income twice, three times or more after it has been earned, as is the case with the death tax.

The current administration’s notion of fairness—taxing high-income earners at high rates and not taxing other income earners at all—is totally unfair. It is also anathema to prosperity and ultimately leads to the situation we have in our nation today.

You will find the rest of the article here.

At least Newt is on the right track, as his plan is far superior to Romney’s as well as the idiotic one we have in place now, which is broken beyond all hope of repair.

The problem I have with a flat tax (aside from my derision at federal income taxes of any kind) is that congress will probably start screwing with it right out of the box, just like they did back in the mid 1980s, and before you know it we will be right back in the same boat a few years down the road.

A flat tax also leaves the hideous IRS intact, and as I see it, the goal of all freedom-loving true conservatives should be the total elimination of that most tyrannical of government agencies.

But there is a plan out there that is far and away better than either Romney’s or Newt’s.

It is called the Fair Tax, which not only does away with federal income taxes entirely, but will ultimately rid us of the IRS.

Now if we could just get Newt on board.


(h/t: boortz.com)