From one RINO to another….
According to the latest Gallup Poll:
Americans have a decidedly mixed reaction to the “fiscal cliff” agreement reached by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama this week, with 43% saying they approve and 45% saying they disapprove. Two-thirds of Democrats approve of the agreement, while almost as many Republicans disapprove. Independents are slightly more likely to disapprove than approve.
These results are based on a one-day poll of 1,026 national adults conducted Thursday, Jan. 3, two days after the agreement was reached. The strong rank-and-file Republican opposition to the agreement appears to be in line with the opposition among Republican House members. The agreement was initially approved by a strong bipartisan vote of 89 to 8 in the Democratically controlled Senate, but passed by a much slimmer 257-167 margin in the Republican-controlled House, with 151 Republicans voting against it.
Attitudes toward the agreement are split along ideological lines, in a fashion parallel to the partisan differences. Liberals are highly likely to support the agreement, while conservatives oppose it. Moderates tilt toward approval of the agreement.
Just wait until Americans receive their first paychecks for 2013 and discover their payroll taxes have increased 2 per cent.
The Fiscal Cliff compromise was a bum deal and while President Obama succeeded in winning more taxes for the rich and others, nobody really won here. Plus, the national debt continues to rise.
Posted by Flap in Joe Biden, tags: Joe Biden
Good ol’ slow Joe Biden.
To think he may face off with Hillary Clinton for the Presidency in 2016.
Posted by Flap in Guns, tags: Guns, Movies, Violence
Americans say there is too much gun violence and bemoan the Newton shootings (as they should), but…..
The weekend after the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, Conn. — which left 26 people dead, including 20 children — Obama aide David Axelrod tweeted, “In NFL post-game: an ad for shoot ‘em up video game. All for curbing weapons of war. But shouldn’t we also quit marketing murder as a game?”
And just a few days later, the NRA held a press conference during which executive vp Wayne LaPierre accused the media, Hollywood and video game industry for contributing to a violent society.
Many in the industry immediately began mocking LaPierre on Twitter, but how do consumers feel about violence in the media? The Hollywood Reporter teamed up with pollster Penn Schoen Berland to ask moviegoers and TV watchers how their views on depictions of violence were affected by the shootings.
Of those polled, 70 percent over age 30 feel there is too much violence depicted in advertising for movies and TV. And 34 percent of all respondents say advertising for violent films and TV shows should have greater restrictions.
Meanwhile, 44 percent of parents say the Newtown shootings actually made them more aware of how much violence their kids are consuming in media.
However, 75 percent of everyone polled said it isn’t Congress’ or the president’s role to pressure Hollywood to make less-violent movies and TV shows. But 35 percent of parents disagreed.