May 28, 2010

Support for Kagan Dropping

It seems that the more time that passes since President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the lower her measure of support tallies among the American people.

The latest Rasmussen poll shows that 47% of Americans hold an unfavorable view of Kagan, with only 41% favoring her - putting her upsidedown by six points. And that's up four points in the last few weeks, which would seem to indicate that the more the public learns about her, the less they like the idea of her serving a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court... (READ MORE)

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Join Our Campaign to Say NO to Kagan

President Obama is working to move our courts further to the left - and Elena Kagan will help him to do just that on our Supreme Court if she is confirmed.

As the Dean of Harvard's Law School, she supported banning military recruiters from college campuses because she opposes the ban on open homosexuality in the military. She supported laws that would allow the federal government to ban certain forms of political speech. And she has been endorsed by major pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage organizations.

Visit our Supreme Court Action Center and get the facts. Then join our online campaign and speak out to your Senators today!

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Arizona, Illegal Immigration and Boycotts

There's a really interesting new poll out today - from CNN no less - which shows OVERWHELMING opposition by the American people to any attempted boycotts against Arizona as a result of its new immigration enforcement law. Further, it shows the country moving away from Obama and the Democrats on this issue at a pretty rapid clip.

From the poll:

 

  • A full 82% of Americans are opposed to boycotts against Arizona - 57% saying that they support the law.
  • 60% of the public favor immigration reform that focuses on enforcing the law and the border, (instead of the "comprehensive, let's find a way to let them stay and be legal" reform). 
  • 54% say that they support building the border fence. 
  • Support for more fines on businesses that hire illegals has risen to 71% (from 58% four years ago)... (READ MORE)

 

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Government Becoming a Bigger Part of the Economy

Although you probably already knew this intuitively, and it certainly comes as no shock given the enormous spending increases, it turns out that government is a bigger part of our economy than ever...and the private economy is a smaller part than ever: (via USA Today)

Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds.

At the same time, government-provided benefits - from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs - rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010... (READ MORE)

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The Tea Parties and the Coming Spending Wars

In years past, most major political blowups over American fiscal policy that altered the political landscape were over the revenue side of the equation, meaning taxes. People begin to feel the pinch of higher taxes and they fight back, demanding that elected officials cut taxes, and supporting political candidates who promise that they will do just that. In some states, they've even been able to get initiatives on the ballot and push tax cuts themselves - California's prop 13 comes to mind.

But as Michael Barone points out, the new Tea Party related political activism over fiscal issues is different from the fiscal fights of the past. Now it's about spending... (READ MORE)

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