Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cruising the Web

Karl Rove, who should know, explores the differences between 2004 and 2012.

Jay Cost explains why the Democratic Party was never Bill Clinton's party.

Byron York reports
that the Romney campaign is just not going to get involved in the game of repudiating fools like Donald Trump who support him but say abysmally stupid things. They're exactly right. This is a one-team game. The Democrats don't repudiate their fools like Bill Maher and Jon Corzine who are supporting and raising money for Obama. And the media only demands such repudiations from the Republicans.
Romney aides believe that cooperating with Democrats and media figures who are demanding a Trump disavowal would most certainly lead to more calls for more disavowals of other figures in the future -- leaving Romney spending as much time apologizing for his supporters as campaigning for president. Team Romney views it as a silly and one-sided game designed to distract voters from the central issue of the race, which they remain convinced will be President Obama's handling of the economy.

By one-sided, they mean not only that Obama has not disavowed SuperPAC contributor Bill Maher for a number of Maher's statements that were particularly insulting to Republican women. They also mean the press, with, as Team Romney sees it, questionable associations of its own. Has David Gregory, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," repudiated his colleague Al Sharpton, the MSNBC host with a decades-long record of incendiary statements and actions? And has, say, the New York Times columnist Gail Collins repudiated her colleague Charles Blow, who once wrote to Romney, "Stick that in your magic underwear"? Romney, his team believes, understands that the calls for him to repudiate Trump over the issue of birtherism -- and future calls to repudiate this or that supporter next week or next month over some other issue -- are at the core all about politics.
The campaign is going to keep their eyes on the ball regardless of what distractions the media will dig up to change the subject. Good for them.

No surprise - Obama and his supporters are just making up statistics about how many jobs have been created by his green energy programs.

May 30, 2012 4:02pm 1 Comment
Obama's bogus clean energy job claims
byConn Carroll Senior Editorial Writer
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The Department of Energy's Loan Program Office website claims that a $400 million loan guarantee recipient has created 1,200 permanent jobs. But a company Chief Financial Officer confirmed that the company actually employs just 125.

Earlier today on MSNBC, President Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter claimed that Obama's "strategic investments" in companies like the now-bankrupt Solyndra solar panel manufacturer had created "almost a quarter of a million jobs." "There are plenty of other examples that were successful," Cutter said.

But the DOE website that tracks loan guarantees only identifies 60,000 jobs created. And even that number is highly suspect.

Take the 1,200 permanent jobs that Obama claims were created by his $400 million loan to Abound Solar. Contacted by phone today, Abound Solar's CFO said the company currently only employs 125 people total. They did employ as many as 400 people at the beginning of the year, but they were forced to fire 280 of them in late February. A new factory in Indiana was also delayed.

That is not even the biggest discrepancy on the DOE site. The Ford Motor Company currently employs around 60,000 employees in the United States, but the DOE claims their one $5.9 billion loan saved 33,000 of them. Obama's DOE also claims 2,000 jobs were created by a $529 million loan to Fisker automotive. But as of April 18th, Fisker's only U.S. factory was completely empty.

Even teacher union officials have trouble demonstrating that Scott Walker's reforms hurt their school districts. The evidence is clear that the school districts that implemented those reforms were able to preserve teacher jobs; those that haven't yet implemented them are the ones cutting teacher positions.

James Pethokoukis uses CBO data
to demonstrate that the stimulus cost between $540,000 and $4.1 million per job created.

Larry Sabato reviews the low predicative ability of June polls for November presidential contests.

Martin Feldstein reviews
the history of European economic unification and how it was a goal pushed by the French with little attention to warnings on the effects of expanding the Euro to such widely different economies.

Kevin Williams explodes the silly arguments
that the New York Times made to refute the study about how many people are leaving New York and the possible connection to tax rates. Apparently, the NYT figures that if Michael Bloomberg wouldn't leave New York for a lower tax state, no one else would. After all, doesn't everyone behave like billionaires?

More signs of the lunacy of the United Nations - now it's giving an honor to Robert Mugabe as a leader for tourism.