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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cruising the Web

Ron Brownstein looks at the success the Republicans have had recently in the polls and decides that the problem is that Obama hasn't done enough to blame Bush for everything that's gone wrong with the economy.

IBD wonders what exactly Americans are supposed to be thanking President Obama for. It's quite clear that he's broken his campaign promises about not raising any type of taxes at all on those earning less than $200,000 a year. And he's set us on a path where we're going to need massive tax increases.

Diana West examines how far the judges of the Pulitzer Prize have gotten from how Joseph Pulitzer described the purpose of the awards and criteria he wanted used when he established the prizes.

Why are black ministers working against the unions and Chicago politicians? Perhaps it is because they understand that opening a Wal-Mart in their community would be good for everyone.

The WSJ looks at what my new favorite governor, Chris Christie, is doing in New Jersey to address the state's emergency-level deficits. No wonder the public unions hate him. That's a sign that he's doing the right things.


Tacitus Voltaire said...

Poll: 34% Think Obama Has Raised Taxes

A new CBS/NYT poll shows that 34% of the respondents think Obama as raised taxes despite the fact that this statement is simply not true. In fact, the stimulus bill passed last year cut taxes for 98% of the taxpayers and taxes are now at a 60-year low. Many people are unaware that during the administration of the (conservative Republican) Dwight Eisenhower, the top marginal tax rate was 91% (vs. 35% now). The moral of this story is that a lot of people are woefully ignorant of both facts and history.

Pat Patterson said...

Yet that same poll, which is over 60 days old, also admitted that over half the respondents thought taxes had not changed. And at the miniscule amounts claimed, $13 per individual per week or worse $70 per working family per month. And the poll does not make it very clear exactly who make up those working families. The poll also admits that rising state taxes have probably wiped out any federal reductions.

Plus the methadology leaves something to be desired.

"This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1084 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone February 5-10, 2010. Phone numbers were dialed from random digit dial samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher."