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Archive for January 24th, 2008

Swift Kids Collection

Posted by Mike on January 24, 2008

Just keeping our promise to our friend from “Denver.”

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Kucinich is Out!

Posted by Ryan on January 24, 2008

I guess the pressure, lack of funds, and being wrong on nearly everything has finally gotten to Dennis Kucinich who is set to announce the end of his bid to be our next President tomorrow.  Maybe it was the fear of alien retaliation if he lost his House seat that finally did it.  Maybe not.

Pic from Kevin Tracy.

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Fred — The Brokered Nominee?

Posted by Sal on January 24, 2008

I ran across this interesting article about the possibility of Thompson becoming the nominee if the Republican Party heads into a brokered convention.  The article poises that if McCain, Romney, and Huckabee all gain a number of delegates on Super Tuesday and beyond, and none have enough for the nomination, a brokered convention may turn to Fred Thompson, much in the way that it did for Warren Harding almost 90 years ago.  The article states that if none of the top three or four remaining candidates have close to a majority of delegates, the dynamics between them may prevent a brokering of delegates a-la-1976.  Enter Fred, someone whom almost everyone universally likes, but for whatever reason never received the support he deserved.  Improbable?  Sure.  But it is certainly plausible the way things are going, especially if McCain doesn’t win Florida on Tuesday. 

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It’s Not Over

Posted by Sal on January 24, 2008

The media would have you believed that the Republican nomination is all-but over, and John McCain is the nominee.  What this is is more of a case of the media hoping that their protege Republican will get the nod based on his perceived strength against the Democrats and his inevitability, much in the same way that they hailed Bob Dole as the most electable Republican in 1996.  With victories in New Hampshire and South Carolina, two states that have open primaries, McCain is now perceived to be the front-runner, if not inevitable.  The truth is, he has won fewer states than Mitt Romney, has fewer delegates, and has less of a vote total.  So how is he the front-runner again? 

Now enter Florida.  Florida has the distinction of being the final primary before super-duper Tuesday.  It also happens to be a closed primary, and McCain has not done well among non-Conservatives, capturing most of his support in the Republican Primary from Democrats and Independents.  Florida also has a fairly large 57 delegates at stake in a winner-take-all Primary battle.  Two new polls now look like the momentum in Florida has shifted to Romney. 

Both Rasmussen and Mason-Dixon have Romney up by 4 points in Florida.  Both of these polls were taken after the drop-out of Fred Thompson from the race, so it appears that Romney is benefiting from end of Thompson’s campaign.  (Only these two polls, as well as InsiderAdvantage, which has McCain up by 1 point, have been taken since Tuesday when Thompson left the race).  Mason-Dixon is by far the most accurate polling firm at the state level, followed by Rasmussen.  Although much could happen between now and Tuesday (including tonight’s debate), the momentum is clearly in Mitt’s favor. 

If Mitt does indeed claim victory in Florida, will he then be hailed by the Drive-by media as the “clear front-runner” going into Super Tuesday?  I doubt it, but it will be clear that the race for the Republican nominee is far from over. 

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The Economic anti-stimulus Package

Posted by Sal on January 24, 2008

President Bush and Congress are close to a deal on a $150 billion economic “stimulus” package.  The package includes a temporary suspension of the 10% income bracket, meaning that everyone who fell in this bracket would receive up to $800 ($1200 for married couples) in the form of a rebate.  In addition, the plan would include business tax write-offs, business investment write-offs, and plans for rescuing those who being foreclosed on by allowing Fannie Mae and and Freddy Mac to purchase mortgages that are greater than the current $450,000.00 cap (those poor people who really couldn’t afford their $600,000 houses). 

This plan is nothing but a show and will do very little to stimulate the economy.  It will provide a short-term boost in consumer spending and saving, but will not do anything long-term to stabilize and grow the economy.  The economy, and Wall Street in particular, is based on future long-term projections.  The best way to grow the economy is to provide long-term, permanent solutions.  While I don’t particularly object to the tax rebates (I never mind when the government gives me back some of my money) or the write-offs, they are minor, temporary, and probably low-impact changes.  Below are a few ideas on how to really grow the economy: 

  • Make Bush Tax Cuts permanent:  Due to the sunset provision in the Bush tax cuts, there will be an automatic tax increase in 2010 for all Americans, the re-invention of the Marriage penalty, the complete reversal of the cut in the death tax, and numerous other increases.  These tax cuts were in a large way responsible for the sustained economic growth of the past 5 years.  Making them permanent would be a good first step in assuring long-term growth. 
  • Corporate Income Tax Cut or elimination:   This is one proposal that would surge the economy, create more jobs, and make America more competitive in the global marketplace.  One of the reasons that countries such as India and China are so attractive to businesses is the low or non-existent corporate income tax.  Cutting this tax would provide for further investment, more jobs, and a surge in wall street. 
  • Capital Gains Tax Cut or elimination:  This cut would surge investment in Wall Street.  A cut in capital gains makes investing more profitable, and would stimulate investors to buy. 
  • Further Income Tax Cuts / Simplification:  Cutting the income tax rates further, or even more daring, going to a low-rate flat tax or national sales tax would provide a boost in the economy.  The major expansions of the last 30 years have all included personal income tax cuts which have given people more of their money to spend, save, invest, and start their own businesses. 
  • Social Security:  This may not seem obvious, but allowing people to invest their payroll taxes into private accounts in the market would in effect take billions from the buerocratic sink-hole that is Washington, and move it into investments in American Business. 

Any of these proposals would not only stimulate us out of the current market correction, but also put us on a track for unprecedented economic growth and make us more competitive in the world market.  America has to discard its socialist tendencies that started with the New Deal, massively expanded with the “War on Poverty”, and continues today with the current crop of Democrats.  President Bush is doing this country a disservice by abandoning the economic principles he once adhered to, and pushing this anti-stimulus package. 

There has been much talk of elections and the current Republican field.  While there are numerous problems in other areas, as Mike has indicated in his previous post, most of the Republican candidates would provide a better economic leadership than any of the Democrats (Mitt and Rudy in particular).  Hopefully whoever the next Republican president is can work to enact economic policies that will grow the economy the way that the Reagan policies of the 80s, the Gingrich policies of the 90s, and the Bush policies of this decade have led us to sustained economic growth, with fairly mild corrections/recessions in between. 

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