Gun Laws

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of American Adults continue to believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun. Only 17% disagree, while nine percent (9%) are undecided. (1-10-13)

O! So anti-business

"Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history," writes Dinesh D'Souza, president of King's College in New York City, in the Sept. 27th edition of Forbes.com Forbes.com. Indeed, BHO is living out the frustrated dreams of his father, who D'Souza describes as a "philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions."

DC Democrats are the richest pols

Wealth is not in and of itself bad, but when the wealthy run around wildly spending other people’s money that’s practically criminal. So, we find it less than amusing that the spendthrift Democrats — check Omaba’s recent spending spree — are also the richest elected officials in Washington, DC.

The Web political publication, The Hill , just issued its list of the 50 richest politicians in DC, and eight of the top 10 are Democrats, which we list below.

Of the 50 richest members of Congress, The Hill says 26 are Democrats and 24 are Republicans.

What’s especially irritating is that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry heads the list and he’s the guy we recently wrote about because he docks his new $450,000 sailing yacht in Rhode Island to avoid paying the Bay State’s sales and excise taxes. What a hypocritical cheapskate!

Of course, after the story hit every newspaper in America and many abroad, Kerry said he’d pay the $70,000 in taxes even though his boat would still be moored in RI. Kerry is the poster boy for adage, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Here are the top 10 richest elected officials according to The Hill , where you can read the full list.

S. John Kerry, D-MA, 167M
R. Darrell Issa, R-CA, 164M
R. Jane Harman, D-CA, 112M
S. Jay Rockefeller, D-WV, 80M
S. Mark Warner, D-VA, 72M
R. Jared Polis, D-CO, 71M
R. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, 50M
S. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, 48M
S. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, 43M
R. Harry Teague, D-NM, 40M

Richest Politician Skirted Taxes

It only took two days of bad press to get the Democrataic Senate hypocrite John Kerry to cave in and pay his tax bill, as the AP reported.

Kerry is a free spender of tax dollars, but when it comes to his own money, he's obviously a bit tighter. Of course, all of that money really isn't Kerry's, a good bit of it comes from his wife who inherited the Heinz ketchup fortune from her late husband, also a politician.

Kerry recently commission the 76-foot yacht, christened Isabel, at a boatyard in Rhode Island. Therefore, it was naturally convenient for Kerry to have the boat legally moored in Rhode Island. The location also allows Kerry to avoid paying the sales tax plus annual excise tax, which total about $70,000 in Massachusetts.

If Kerry were only as stingy with tax dollars that would be nice.

We might note, too, that the Isabel is said to spend a good bit of her summer moored off of Nantucket Island, the millionaires island, where the Kerry family has a summer home.

A couple of broadcast reports the Kerry Yacht Fiasco and interesting. One is WBZ-TV, Boston, and the other isFox News'

Obama’s disaster: Unemployment

Gallup Daily tracking finds that 20.3% of the U.S. workforce was underemployed in March — a slight uptick from the relatively flat January and February numbers.

A rise in the percentage of part-timers wanting to work full time (from 9.2% to 9.9%) is responsible for the March increase in underemployment.

Unemployment saw a slight, but insignificant, decline in March.

Six in 10 underemployed Americans are not hopeful they will find work or move from part-time to full-time work in the next four weeks. That translates to 12% of the workforce that is both underemployed and not hopeful they will find their desired amount of work.

The lack of change suggests that underemployed Americans anticipated long-term difficulties in finding work well before the administration's formal announcement was made.

The Gallup report was released April 1, 2010.

Wisdom of America’s founders

America’s founders were uncommonly clear thinkers, especially when their commentaries are juxtaposed with today’s political behavior. Unfortunately, today’s politicians seem to have lost sight of that vision, and have brought the United States to our current and very dangerous precipice.

‘The Downgrade President’

Obama — the Big O now The Downgrade President — may not be first in the eyes of his countrymen, but he certainly is Number One when it comes to creating a global negative stir regarding America’s previously unassailable credit rating.

The fall of Obama as deity

Not long ago, The New York Times and its Democratic apologists like Paul Krugman expressed only adulation for Obama, his thoughts and actions. But a dramatic epiphany appears to have overcome Krugman, who today boldly admits that Obama is much less than a deity and his pronouncements are not infallible.

Obama clueless even after shellacking

Despite the vitriol among politicians and the media during the just-past election season, Charles Krauthammer consistently rose above the cacophony, and does so again today in his Washington Post column. Key points follow.

Greenberg on Obamanomics

Is this Administration anti-business? I think it is an ideological belief that government is the one that should be leading the charge, not the private sector. I think they are trying to restructure the country that way.

Gallup reports GOP lead

The Gallup organization today reported that “Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters” in their weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences.

Political anger turns to anxiety

“People are really smart,” Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg told The Washington Post. “They know the economic collapse happened before Obama. They hold lots of people responsible, and they’re realistic enough to know you can’t change things overnight. People are more angry at Washington being broken, and the wrong people being helped.”