“Republican Candidate” Extends Lead vs. Obama to 47% to 39%

Registered voters by a significant margin now say they are more likely to vote for the “Republican Party’s candidate for president” than for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, 47% to 39%. Preferences had been fairly evenly divided this year in this test of Obama’s re-election prospects.

The latest results are based on a July 7-10 poll, and show that the Republican has an edge for the second consecutive month. Obama held a slight edge in May, when his approval rating increased after the death of Osama bin Laden. As his rating has come back down during the last two months, so has his standing on the presidential “generic ballot.”
Gallup typically uses this question format when a president is seeking re-election but his likely opponent is unknown, as was the case in 1991-1992 and 2003-2004, when incumbents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively, were seeking re-election.

The elder Bush held large leads over his generic Democratic opponent throughout 1991, but early 1992 preferences were more evenly divided and Bush eventually lost his re-election bid. The younger Bush also consistently maintained at least a small advantage over the Democrat throughout 2003, before winning re-election in a close contest in November 2004.

Thus, the results more than a year ahead of the election do not have a large degree of predictive ability, and underscore that things can change greatly in the final year or more before an election.

Read More at Gallup by Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup

Obama threatens to starve granny to keep socialism alive

Washington gets $200 billion a month, Social Security costs $50 billion a month, and Obama is threatening to starve Grandma?


Washington Examiner (by Mark Tapscott):  President Obama told CBS News today that he “cannot guarantee that those [Social Security] checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.”


But wait just a minute. If Washington receives about $200 billion in monthly revenues and sends out roughly $50 billion worth of Social Security checks and the same amount of Medicare payments, why is Obama claiming the checks may not go out?


Isn’t $200 billion minus $100 billion still $100 billion?


Because Obama is playing the demogogue, that’s why. Pure and simple. He is trying to scare seniors into making panicked calls to their congressmen begging them to do whatever Obama and the Democrats want in order to keep the checks coming.


Read more HERE.

U.S. Debt Ceiling Increase Remains Unpopular With Americans

PRINCETON, NJ (Gallup) — Despite agreement among leaders of both sides of the political aisle in Washington that raising the U.S. debt ceiling is necessary, more Americans want their member of Congress to vote against such a bill than for it, 42% vs. 22%, while one-third are unsure. This 20-percentage-point edge in opposition to raising the debt ceiling in Gallup’s July 7-10 poll is slightly less than the 28-point lead (47% vs. 19%) seen in May.

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U.S. military could be shut down by secret ‘back door’

Sources have confirmed that the U.S. Department of Defense over recent months purchased 59,000 microchips to use in Navy equipment that control everything from missiles to transponders, according to report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

But all of the chips turned out to be cheap knock-offs from China, and they ultimately were not installed, according to sources.

Besides being subject to failure, the chips also were designed with a “back door” which would have allowed the chip, and the device it controlled, to be shut down remotely at any time, sources report.

Had the flaw not been detected, the chips could have shut down U.S. warships, aircraft, advanced weapons systems and encoded transponders that distinguish friendly aircraft from hostile attackers.

The revelation is only the latest in a series of incidents that have sent off alarm bells in the Pentagon. China previously was found to have been actively pursuing placing back doors in computer equipment. Several cases have been uncovered in which Internet-capable devices have had Chinese chips in them which also provided a back door into the networks the devices were supposed to protect. The devices were attached not only to industrial and commercial networks but also to networks that were defined as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.”

Read More at WND WorldNetDaily

Obama’s Drug of Choice: Welfare Addiction

Once upon a time, people’s hands were busy putting food on the table and they were too busy or too proud to consider extending those same hands out to the government for a handout. But that time has long passed, and time is running out before America the Great turns into America the Nanny State.

Let this Conservative go on record: When used properly, welfare can be a force for good for those most in need. Unfortunately, we have an administration, whose failed (0-97 in the Senate) 2011 budget bulged with middle-class handouts meant to expand the welfare state. Democrats are bent on making addicts of otherwise perfectly capable citizens to the designer drug of taxpayer dollars. In an attempt to make this addiction permanent, the administration rolled out Obamacare.

In 2008, anxiety over a failing economy and soaring costs of healthcare helped to propel Obama to the White House, but, three years later, and after the passing of Obamacare, the anxiety has morphed into anger – as the truth about this poorly constructed bill unfolds to find that it is nothing more than a compilation of mistakes, bloopers, paybacks and blunders that fix healthcare about as well as handing a bandage and bottle of blood thinner to a gunshot victim.

The most recent “blunder,” which involves dropping people from the middle class and rolling them onto the welfare rolls, will not only add billions of dollars of cost to the bill; it will throw millions of middle class retirees into the Medicaid program. Medicaid was created to help the most needy in our society. Medicare actuary, Richard Foster, told the House Budget Committee that a provision in Obamacare did not consider social security benefits when calculating eligibility for early retirees, effectively branding those making up to $64000 per year as destitute. Talk about the destruction of the middle class.

Most troubling is the White House admits Democrat lawmakers knew this provision was in the bill and passed it anyway. Come hell or high water, the Democrat-controlled Senate and House insisted on ramming Obamacare down the throats of Americans against our wishes, and did not care that it would apply more pressure to state budgets already buckling underneath the weight of exorbitant Medicaid costs.

 Read More at Floyd Reports by Susan Stamper Brown, Floyd Reports

The “Obama Line”

This chart compares the progress of unemployment levels for recessions prior to 1948 by using the nadir of unemployment as the zero point in time for each depression. Thus one can compare the relative progress of employment loss and subsequent employment recovery for each different recession. Notice the lowest line,which I call the “Obama Line”,shows the current recession is far worse than any since 1948 in terms of both depth of employment loss,as well as duration. In fact,the duration trend is extremely frightening,because unless something dramatic changes,we are unlikely to return to current employment levels for at least another decade.

The “Obama Line” thus starkly illustrates the destructive economic policies promulgated by the Democrat-Marxist-Progressive-Socialist-Obammunist ideologues have been wildly successful in promoting their stated and desired goal of “shared sacrifice”for we,their subjects,instead of shared prosperity for everyone. But then that’s the reality of socialism laid bare:history has repeatedly shown that “shared sacrifice” is the best any socialist economy can aspire to. Never once in the history of mankind has a socialist economy brought sustained and increasing prosperity for generation after generation.

Unfortunately,for those of us peasants who actually live on the Obama Line,Obama’s job-killing policies are an abject failure and cause for soul-destroying misery. Even worse,there is no chance for improvement until the Obammunist leadership is replaced,because no one in their right mind is going to invest inU.S.economic growth as long as Marxists are in charge of the economy.

It makes no sense to take additional risks to try to increase profits if those profits are simply going to be stolen by Obama and “redistributed”;whether such redistribution occurs via Obamacare,increased taxes,increased regulation,deliberately increasing energy prices,deliberate destruction of the currency via insane inflationary policies,or deliberate destruction of the Constitution and rule of law by simply ignoring them.

Those are the real reasons our economy is in the crapper today. And it will remain in the crapper until leadership is elected who will actually promote an economic environment conducive to job creation rather than merely pretending to think about it,while in reality deliberately killing U.S. economic power like the Obammunists have been doing every day since they came into power.

Read More at Coach is Right by Coach Collins, Coach is Right

Marco Rubio flays ‘incompetent’ Obama

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., believes Barack Obama is an incompetent president leading America into a “significantly worse” situation in every measurable regard.

Making an appearance this afternoon on Rush Limbaugh’s top-rated radio program, Rubio flayed Obama’s quest for another term after a dismal performance thus far.

“He wants a four-year extension to his contract to be president of the United States. So we have to measure him,” Rubio explained.

“And how do we measure him? Unemployment is significantly higher than when he took over. What about the value of people’s homes? The value of people’s homes are down. How about the national debt? The national debt is up, significantly higher with no solution in sight and none offered by him. By every measure that you can measure a president by, things have gotten worse, and significantly worse.”

Rubio indicated Obama and members of his administration have a flawed ideology “that takes us away from the things that have made America exceptional.”

Read More at WND by Joe Kovacs, WorldNetDaily

From Gunrunner to Gun-Grabber

On June 30th, Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings assembled gun confiscation advocates and Second Amendment foes from across the nation to approach the Project Gunrunner/Fast and Furious debacle by doing what the Left does best: changing the subject.

As it is not in the nature of liberals to allow truth to interfere with their agenda, the Congressman decided to ignore the fact that members of the Obama regime’s ATF had directed the sale of thousands of weapons to drug cartel straw buyers and assisted in trafficking those guns across the Mexican border.

Instead, Cummings claimed that “no legitimate examination of [drug cartel violence and illegal firearms trafficking] will be complete without analyzing our nation’s gun laws, which allow tens of thousands of assault weapons to flood into Mexico from the United States each year.”

It apparently escaped the Congressman’s notice that it was President Obama’s ATF and DOJ that fractured those gun laws and caused a flood of weapons across the border in the first place.

So, with the embarrassing facts of Project Gunrunner properly shoved under the table, the Cummings Forum offered the following recommendations to halt the flow of arms across the border:

Increase the penalties for illegal straw purchases;
Enact a dedicated firearms trafficking statute;
Implement a multiple long gun sales reporting requirement.The unabridged Federal Guide to Gun Laws is 400 pages long. Everything illegal about gun manufacture, import, purchase, use, ownership or sale is already “on the books.”
For example, lying on the federal form required to purchase a weapon carries a penalty of “not more than 5 years” in prison. A straw purchaser can be sentenced to 5 years for EVERY gun he purchases and then delivers to someone else for their use. (3)

Read More at Floyd Reports by Doug Book, Floyd Reports

Geithner says hard times to continue for many

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says many Americans will face hard times for a long time to come.

He says President Barack Obama rescued the United States from a second Great Depression and will keep working to strengthen the economy. But Geithner says will be some time before many people feel like the country is recovering.

Geithner tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it’s a very tough economy. He says that for a lot of people “it’s going to feel very hard, harder than anything they’ve experienced in their lifetime now, for a long time to come.”

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Analyst: Even Dollar Stores Struggling In ‘Obama Depression’

More stores across the U.S. that offer deeply-discounted products are seeing their sales decline after years of growth amid America’s “Great Recession” — and one analyst said on Monday it’s another sign of even deeper downturn.

While the demand at stores like the 99-Cent Store or Dollar Tree is still relatively high, the biggest chains in the nation have fallen short of Wall Street’s expectations for several months, a trend that may prove even more ominous for the economy at large.

“I think what’s going on in those stores is that we are in a depression for 80 percent of Americans,” top retail analyst Howard Davidowitz told KNX 1070.
America’s three largest discount chains — Dollar General Corp., Family Dollar Stores Inc. and Dollar Tree Inc. — all recently missed their quarterly earnings targets.

Davidowitz pointed to the weakness of the dollar and a gloomy consumer outlook as some of the factors behind the stores’ slump.

 Read More at CBS Los Angeles