You Need to At Least Be Better at Some Things

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 3:00 pm

Presidential elections tend to be a referendum of the incumbent and the job s/he may have done. By that metric, President Obama should be in trouble given the poor state of the economy. That said, the main way people  vote against an incumbent is to vote for the candidate of the other major party.  But [...]

Obama’s Pivot to the Deficit Was a Total Political Failure

By: Friday February 10, 2012 5:49 pm

Over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber has a pretty decent account of how the Obama administration made its pivot to deficit reduction after the 2010 election and messed up the debt ceiling issue. From Scheiber: BY JANUARY 2011, two months after Democrats suffered a rout in the congressional midterm elections, the West Wing again [...]

Obama Administration Tries to Tempt Congressional Democrats into Political Suicide

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 11:40 am

Apparently the White House is back handing out extremely bad political advice to Congressional Democrats to get their support for a big partisan austerity package that includes Medicare and Social Security benefits cuts. All I simply recommend is that Congressional Democrats remember the last political advice the Obama administration gave before a big vote, when they promised the popularity of corporatist health care reform law would soar after it was passed.

Poll Shocker: Republicans Like Ryan Plan, Dems Favor Obama, Few Follow Details

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 3:49 pm

The latest Gallup poll for USA Today found that the American people where close to evenly split along mostly traditional partisan lines on whether they support Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) deficit reduction plan or President Obama’s deficit reduction plan. In reality, however, the poll tells us basically nothing about how the American people feel about the [...]

Left Wing Nation: America Says, Tax the Rich, Don’t Cut Social Safety Net

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 12:01 pm

When it comes to tax policy and what to do about our social safety net, it seems the American people overwhelmingly support what would be labeled in Washington “radical left wing” positions. From the McClatchy-Marist poll: On tackling the deficit, voters by a margin of 2-to-1 support raising taxes on incomes above $250,000, with 64 [...]

By Greater than Two-to-One, Americans Want Jobs, Not Spending Cuts

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 10:16 am

CBS News has released a new poll and, not surprisingly, with official unemployment around nine percent, it found that an overwhelming 51 percent of Americans said jobs/economy is the most important problem facing the country. By comparison, the national debt comes in second with a mere seven percent of Americans saying it is the most [...]

Americans to Washington: We Want Jobs, Not Budget Cuts

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 12:23 pm

In what is something like the 50th survey to show the same thing, a new Bloomberg poll (PDF) found that by far the top issue for Americans is jobs, and that a clear majority want the federal government to be focused on the priority of creating jobs instead of cutting spending. Which of the following [...]

American People Overwhelmingly Oppose Reductions in Social Security and Medicare; Would Prefer Tax Increases, Pentagon Cuts

By: Friday January 21, 2011 11:48 am

The newest CBS News/New York Times poll finds that Americans strongly oppose cutting Social Security or Medicare. They would dramatically prefer higher taxes and/or cuts to the military budget over reducing benefits for seniors. From the New York Times: Nearly two-thirds of Americans choose higher payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security over reduced benefits [...]

To Reduce Deficit, Most Americans Support Higher Taxes for the Rich

By: Monday January 3, 2011 11:57 am

When it comes to balancing the federal budget, our country isn’t mythically “center right,” it is, in reality, ultra-left wing. From a recent 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll of American adults: What would you do first to balance the budget? In order to balance the budget, 61 percent of Americans would rather start by taxing the [...]

TARP Kills: Political Careers in Peril from Bailouts; Americans Overwhelmingly Support Government Stimulus to Create Jobs

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 1:51 pm

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus, has been under heavy attack. Right-wing pundits have spent months railing against it. Most Americans think it was ineffective, and the Obama Administration completely botched the sales job when it over-promised what it would accomplish. Despite all that, a vote for the stimulus package [...]

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