Archive for February 2nd, 2011
A college student reporter ask the simple question: “Do you fully support the Obama agenda?”
You remember the flap when North Crolina Congressman Bob Etheridge went beserk, assaulted a student, then apologized.
Well, Etheridge was defeated for re-election as Michelle tells the story about his new government gig.
Etheridge was ousted in November by GOP newcomer Renee Elmers.
But arrogant pols never die. They just land new taxpayer-funded gigs.
Good grief – these old POLS just never seem to go away.
He will earn about $100K a year in his new, make work government job.
Gov. Beverly Perdue said Tuesday she has appointed the Democrat to oversee North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus program. Etheridge replaces Dempsey Benton, who departed his position at the Office of Economic Recovery and Investment in November.
Money will go through the program through at least 2012, but nearly 80 percent of the recovery funds have already been spent. Etheridge will oversee how the money is dispersed and make sure projects under contract are getting done.
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Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., left, and Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, prior to the start of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address
More than likely a GOP Senate pick-up in 2012.
Every poll released so far on the 2012 Nebraska Senate race has shown Ben Nelson in deep trouble and our numbers are no exception. Nelson trails Attorney General Jon Bruning 50-39 in a hypothetical contest and Treasurer Don Stenberg by a 45-41 margin.
It’s not hard to peg the reason for Nelson’s precarious situation: you need to have a lot of appeal to Republicans if you’re going to win as a Democrat in Nebraska, and while Nelson had that in the past he doesn’t seem to anymore. The 2006 exit poll showed him winning a pretty remarkable 42% of the GOP vote. Now his approval rating with Republicans is down at 26%, and he gets just 17% of their votes against Bruning and 16% against Stenberg. Nelson actually has a 9 point advantage with independents over Bruning and a 17 point one over Stenberg but that’s not enough given his lack of crossover support in the heavily GOP leaning state.
The GOP will need to flip four seats to take control of the U.S. Senate and this WILL be one of them.
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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels with President Bush in the Oval Office
David Brody, CBN News White House Correspondent seems to think so.
The other day on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Daniels re-iterated his call for a “truce” on social issues while America gets its economic house in order. He now says he’d like to “mute” those issues for a little while.
Listen here.(You have to go 4 minutes into the clip to hear this) The transcription is below:
“If you don’t accept that we face a republic-threatening issue in terms of the debt–and again I would love to conclude one day that I was overreacting–but that threatens every one of us whatever our views on these other questions. I would like to think that fixing it and saving our kids future could be a unifying moment for our country and we wouldn’t stop our disagreements or our passionate belief in these other questions, we just sort of mute them for a little while, while we try to come together on the thing that menaces us all.” (Laura Ingraham show 01/31/11).
If Daniels gets in the race you can be sure that some other candidate is going to call him out on this. Whoever does it first will immediately endear himself or herself to social conservatives nationwide. Who’s going to do it?
Yes, who will do it?
Mike Huckabee could as a Baptist minister but he has his own problems with pardoning Arkansas criminals and calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard. So, it won’t be Huck, since I doubt he runs.
Will it be Mitt Romney? Nope. Romney has flipped more than a fish out of the sea on social issues like abortion.
Sarah Palin? Most of the social conservatives will be voting for Palin anyway but they may cool to her, when she cozies up to lesbian Tammy Bruce (A Palinista BFF) and her friends at GOProud who support repeal of DADT and Gay Marriage.
Newt Gingrich? With his adultery baggage and the three marriages, very doubtful.
No, the social conservatives may bitch and moan (like Laura Ingraham and Brody) but will come around and support Mitch when his campaign catches fire. He is socially conservative enough to appeal to them in the GOP but does not wear it on his sleeve – much like Ronald Reagan.
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The Pew Hispanic Report
does not spell out the reasons behind the illegal immigration numbers stabilization but you don’t have to be a brain donor to understand.
After two years of declines, the number of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. was virtually unchanged last year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center.
The annual report, relied upon by both sides in the contentious immigration debate, found 11.2 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., statistically identical to the 11.1 million estimated in 2009. The number peaked in 2007 at 12 million and dropped steadily as the economy collapsed.
“It seems the decline has halted as of 2010,” Jeffrey Passel, one of the report’s authors, said in a conference call with reporters.
The center’s findings do not include reasons for the decline or for the stabilization in the illegal immigrant population, which has widely been attributed to the sluggish economy and tougher enforcement.
“Common sense suggests both of them are, in fact, factors,” said Paul Taylor, the center’s director.
The stabilization seems to stem largely from a dwindling number of people making the often perilous journey into the U.S. from Mexico.
“People in Mexico look at the U.S. economy, they look at the U.S. as a potential source of employment, and they see that the opportunities aren’t here,” Passel said. “They weigh that against the cost of hiring somebody to get them across the border and the risks of getting across the border.”
The report also found that illegal immigrants in 2010 were parents of 5.5 million children, 4.5 million of whom were born in the U.S. and are citizens. Because illegal immigrants are younger and more likely to be married, they represented a disproportionate share of births — 8% of the babies born in the U.S. between March 2009 and March 2010 were to at least one illegal immigrant parent.
The entire report can be viewed or downloaded here (Pdf).
Some summary points:
- The number of unauthorized immigrants decreased from 2007 to 2010 in Colorado, Florida, New York and Virginia. The combined population in three contiguous Mountain West states-Arizona, Nevada and Utah-also declined.
- In contrast to the national trend, the combined unauthorized immigrant population in three contiguous West South Central states-Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas-grew from 2007 to 2010.
- Although the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. is below 2007 levels, it has tripled since 1990, when it was 3.5 million and grown by a third since 2000, when it was 8.4 million.
With the hiatus or stabilization of illegal alien migration from Mexico, it is imperative that the Congress enact an enforceable employer verification system for employees. It is obvious that when the economy improves the pressure on the Mexican border will increase.
Since it is unlikely that the Obama Administration will increase the enforcement of existing immigration laws or increase border security, it will fall to the states and the Congress – probably setting up a Presidential election year confrontation.
It is not surprising that California which has the highest number of illegal immigrants, also is one of the states most financially impacted by the recession. You see social welfare, medical and education expenses continue for the children born of the illegal immigrants, year after year.
Also, Nevada is feeling the impacts.
Nevada has the largest share of illegal workers in the nation, with roughly 10 percent of its work force not authorized by the federal government, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group.
The report published Tuesday shows a slight jump in illegal workers as Nevada’s job market has shrunk amid record unemployment. Nevada’s population of illegal workers was 9.4 percent in 2009. The Silver State’s unemployment rate has since climbed to 14.5 percent, the highest in the nation.
Nevada also has the largest share of illegal immigrants at 7.2 percent. Only 3.7 percent of people in the United States are illegal immigrants.
Nevada’s illegal immigrants are far from the mightiest immigrant community in the United States. California’s 1.85 million illegal workers, for example, are the largest in the nation. But they represent only 9.7 percent of the Golden State’s work force.
Nevada’s illegal workers soared in 2007 before the recession hit, climbing to 240,000 employees. That number dropped to 190,000 in 2010.
But, while the numbers MAY have stabilized, the babies born from the illegal immigrants remain. All are American citizens who are entitled to social welfare and education.
Can the states and federal government, any longer afford neglecting this issue?
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