Begich Running to Obama’s Left in a Red State Because of Social Security

By: Monday April 28, 2014 11:37 am

I think this section of a recent Politico article perfectly captures how incredibly damaging President Obama’s grand bargain focus has been to Democrats in the mid-term elections. Even in the red state of Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) feels the need to run to Obama’s left to win over seniors. This shows just how outside [...]

How Obama Helped the GOP Become the Party of Old People

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:47 am

For most of the past two decades the Grand Old Party didn’t actually get its support from older voters. Not very long ago the Democratic party had an advantage with senior citizens but that has disappeared since President Obama took office. From Gallup: The demographic reversal is huge and one of the most significant things [...]

NRCC Attacks Democrat Over Social Security Cuts

By: Tuesday February 25, 2014 1:31 pm

To really understand how completely President Obama threw Democrats under the bus by putting chained-CPI in his budget last year, look no further than Florida. There the NRCC is attacking Alex Sink (D) in the special congressional election for saying positive things about Obama’s past grand bargain efforts. From the Sunshine State News: On Thursday, [...]

Help the Middle Class to Help the Poor

By: Friday April 12, 2013 12:06 pm

One of the most important political lessons from both domestic and international government programs is that the best way to help the poor is to help the middle class. The most popular and effective anti-poverty programs in America are Social Security, Medicare and public education. In large part they are popular because they are truly [...]

Is Obama Actively Trying to Keep Democrats From Taking Back the House?

By: Friday April 5, 2013 12:54 pm

News that President Obama will include chained-CPI, which is both a Social Security benefit cut and a middle class tax increase, in his official budget left one with a major question. Is Obama activity trying to prevent Democrats retaking the House in 2014 or does he simply just not give a damn about his fellow [...]

Rick Perry’s National Poll Numbers Collapse

By: Tuesday October 4, 2011 10:58 am

Well that was quick. Texas Governor Rick Perry’s national poll numbers have plummeted to almost half of what they were only a few weeks ago, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Perry is now tied for second with Herman Cain and is well behind front runner Mitt Romney. From the Washington Post: Among [...]

Perry Demonstrates that Social Security Is Still the Third Rail

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 1:38 pm

In senior citizen heavy Florida, despite Obama’s poor job approval numbers and the terrible economic conditions in the state, Obama leads Rick Perry by a huge seven point margin. On the other hand, Obama is effectively tied with Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. From PPP: Social Security’s a big issue in Florida and only 25% [...]

Romney Leads Perry in Florida

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 3:49 pm

Mitt Romney currently has a six point lead over Rick Perry among Florida Republican primary voters. From PPP: Mitt Romney continues to lead the way in Florida with 30% to 24% for Perry, 10% for Gingrich, 8% for Ron Paul, 7% for Herman Cain, 6% for Michele Bachmann, 3% for Jon Huntsman, 2% for Rick [...]

Romney Has More General Election Potential than Perry

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 10:57 am

Significantly more Americans are willing to consider voting for Mitt Romney than Rick Perry according to the latest Gallup poll. While an equal number of voters would definitely vote for Perry or Romney in the general election, only 35 percent of voters would definitely vote against Romney, while 44 percent would definitely not vote for [...]

Why Romney Will Make Sure Social Security Haunts Perry

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Last year in his book, Fed Up, Rick Perry called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” that should be eliminated as a federal program. Looking at the polling it is clear why Mitt Romney’s campaign is going to make sure that highly unpopular position haunts Perry at every turn throughout the campaign. Romney’s attack on Perry’s [...]

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