The President's problems are not restricted to millennials -- a majority of whom support throwing him out of office. A new Gallup poll finds that his job approval among Hispanics has fallen 23% in the last year. What's more, white women (especially blue collar white women) have turned sharply against ObamaCare. From the National Journal, reporting on polling provided to it from the Kaiser Family Foundation:
According to Kaiser, 40 percent of college-educated white women hold a “very unfavorable” view of the law—10 points higher than a month ago. An additional 10 percent view the law “somewhat unfavorably.” A month ago, those two groups together totaled just 42 percent. . . . .
And that’s not all. Democrats should be far more worried about white women who do not have a higher education. The numbers are astounding: In the latest Kaiser poll, 50 percent have a “very unfavorable” view of the law—9 points higher than in October. An additional 13 percent view it “somewhat unfavorably.” Indeed, antipathy among blue-collar white women runs even deeper than the most conservative white demographic group, blue-collar white men (59 percent of whom hold an unfavorable view, Kaiser found).
Remarkably, only 16 percent of blue-collar white women have a favorable view of Obamacare. They disapprove of it by a 4-1 ratio.
Democrats who thought they could depend on women's support based on the trumped-up "war on women" meme had better think again. And it looks like the once-mighty Obama coalition of young people and Latinos is fracturing. All this, put together, is terrible news for Democrats up for re-election next year.
Perhaps all those claims about the inevitable decline of the GOP were just a touch premature.
The National Republican Congressional Committee isn’t taking any chances when it comes to the 2014 election. Together with top aides, it's giving GOP members a very important lesson on how to talk to women on the campaign trail.
Via The Washington Times:
The GOP doesn’t want another Todd Akin-like moment, when the Missouri Senate-hopeful dropped with a thud in polls after speaking on the campaign trail about “legitimate rape.” Sen. Saxby Chambliss later attributed some sexual assaults in the military on male hormones, sparking accusations that he was dismissing and making excuses for what’s emerged as a top-talked about criminal issue.
The GOP has also been dogged by Democratic branding as waging a war on women, a mantra that reared frequently during the recent Virginia gubernatorial race between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
Speaker John Boehner is also committed to the effort. His top staffers met recently with party aides to discuss how lawmakers should talk to female constituents, Politico reports.
“Let me put it this way, some of these guys have a lot to learn,” said a Republican staffer who attended the session in Boehner’s office.
There have been “multiple sessions” with the NRCC where aides to incumbents were schooled in “messaging against women opponents,” one GOP aide said.
According to Politico, “there will be at least 10 races where House GOP male incumbents face Democratic women challengers,” in the 2014 cycle, with the chance that more races could crop up in the coming months.
Maryland is an overwhelmingly pro-choice state. With a pro-choice governor and a mostly pro-choice legislature, citizens have managed to keep abortion-regulating legislation outside its borders. Yet, one organization is worried that’s not enough.
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland’s executive director, Jodi Finkelstein, and education and outreach coordinator Amber Banks, called into the Washington DC-based radio station WPFW today, during a segment called “In Our Voices” with host Nkenge Toure, to discuss their efforts in not only ensuring women's "right to choose," but combating complacency as well in the securely pro-abortion Old Line State.
"Our biggest challenge is we are battling apathy in the state of Maryland."
Their first priority? Inform citizens about crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which the NARAL representatives describe as giving young women “false medical advice in order to convince them to stay pregnant” and offering their services for free "to lure people in." Banks is also the coordinator of “Its Lies” – a campaign established to expose the dodgy pro-life practices of CPCs. She and Finkelstein listed more of these pregnancy centers’ offenses.
“All of them offer what they call counseling […] free pregnancy tests […] some of them offer ultrasounds […] free diapers, STI services.”
Free diapers? Why aren’t they calling the police!
At least 50 crisis pregnancy centers are present in Maryland alone, NARAL explains. Nationwide, there are thousands – outnumbering abortion clinics 4 to 1.
Despite what Finkelstein and Banks think, crisis pregnancy centers are life-saving organizations that provide young and scared mothers with the encouragement and support they need to not only give birth, but to excel as parents.Yet, Toure didn't hide her suspicion, asking her guests, “Who’s paying for them? How are they funded?"
NARAL explained CPCs are funded by a lot of private donations, religious organizations and some taxpayer money, some of which is thanks to the state’s “Choose Life” license plates. Toure’s response? “Wow."
Don’t even get me started.
If I had to start, it would be with these two words: Planned Parenthood. Not only is Planned Parenthood the largest abortion provider in the country, but it is taxpayer-funded – by many who disagree with their services. What's more, unlike CPCs, the abortion giant is currently under investigation for misuse of funding.
As for NARAL, the representative insisted they are a “very transparent, hardworking non-profit.”
One way NARAL is working to “expose” crisis pregnancy centers is through a bus education campaign in Baltimore, which has the highest number of CPCs in the state. Banks proudly stated, “no one has ever done a bus ad on their side in the pro-choice education sphere.”
Finkelstein explained her decision to launch the bus ads after seeing pro-life advertisements posted on public transportation: “I couldn’t stand seeing that CPC ad day after day, I wanted to do something similar. So, it was the result of my angst sitting in traffic and seeing that ad but doing outreach that will make an impact.”
So, what exactly do their pro-choice ads say?
Crisis pregnancy centers, with the 'Its Lies' website listed,” according to NARAL.
“We’ve had ads on buses for a month and almost 1,000 people visit the website […] We want as many people as possible to be educated.”
The NARAL representatives told listeners about other groups supporting their effort. Some of their partners include local chapters of Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and NOW. They also receive help through funders, granters, and other donations. “We don’t do this alone," she said.
So, there you have it. While crisis pregnancy centers are working to promote a culture of life and offer gracious support to young mothers, NARAL is taking people’s money to fight abortion apathy.
Toure spoke for Marylanders in response to this noble cause:
“Thank you, on behalf of the childbearing population, thank you.”
"What he said was true. If you want to keep the insurance you have, you can keep it. The problem is, we did not put the bill into effect that way."
I'm speechless. The promise Obama made was true, except for the fact that the law he signed didn't allow it to be kept. Incredible. Reid's bigger point -- and I use the term loosely -- is that because insurance plans are renewed on an annual basis, nobody in America technically gets to keep their plan from year to year, or something. Sorry, Harry, but here is what the president said, over and over and over again to anxious Americans who were already skeptical of his costly healthcare overhaul:
"Let me repeat this..."
Americans heard that unambiguous pledge repeatedly. They understood what it meant. And it's turned out to be a huge lie, as many of us warned at the time. And that lie will only grow bigger. Imagine if the original sales pitch had been some form of Reid's imbecilic parsing, or Obama's ex post facto revisionism. The law wouldn't have passed. So Democrats knowingly lied to millions of people as a means to an end, the end being an historic federal power grab. The same mindset applies to their "reduced costs" lie. How would Obama's signature legislation have fared if Democrats had peddled the Gutierrez talking point about premium increases being great news:
But it's not just the rich paying more (even though we were promised that "everyone's" rates would go down). Millions of middle class Americans like Jessica Sanford and Liz Binns are also experiencing sticker shock, which is likely to grow even worse next year. "A lot of you are going to pay more, and that's a good thing!" was a sure loser, so they lied. I look forward to hearing Democrats' ludicrous excuses when people start discovering that they also cannot keep their preferred doctors, thanks to Obamacare's severely limited coverage networks. "Whatever. Your doctor was super greedy anyway..."
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. He was surrounded by family and friends at his him home.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family, to them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so our people could be free," South African President Jacob Zuma announced. "Our nation has lost its greatest son."
Flags in South Africa have been ordered at half-staff.President George W. Bush has issued a statement:
President GWB on Mandela: "He bore his burdens with dignity and grace, and our world is better off because of his example."— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) December 5, 2013
A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom showed an enduring faith in God and respect for human dignity http://t.co/WoDe0qO05A— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) December 5, 2013
Republican Senator Ted Cruz:
Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe. He stood firm for decades on the principle that until all South Africans enjoyed equal liberties he would not leave prison himself, declaring in his autobiography, 'Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.' Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.
"We mourn his loss and offer our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa."
President Obama from the White House:
“We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again — so it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love, to never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.”This post has been updated.
Last December President Obama boasted a 53 percent (average) approval rating. Eleven months later, however, only 41 percent on average now approve of the job he’s doing as president -- a remarkable reversal. Millennials, in other words, mustn’t be the only ones losing faith in their president. As it happens, so are Hispanics, non-whites, moderates, the poor, and just about everyone else:
Obamacare aside, perhaps one reason why the president’s approval ratings are plummeting is because Americans' distrust of the president is growing. And public relations "blunders" like these aren’t going to change their minds.
The ‘knock-out’ game is one that has taken over many urban areas. Young African American men will select a victim and the objective is to hit them so hard, it knocks them out. The victim is caught completely off guard and is left alone, passed out on the street. This extremely violent game has become an issue in some New York City neighborhoods, because it appears the teens are targeting only Jewish Americans.
This week a city councilwoman decided to speak out about the crimes against many members of the Jewish community in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. She pointed to the success of the community as a trigger for this aggression.
Although the councilwoman, Laurie Cumbo said she “admire[s] the Jewish community immensely” for its work ethic, black teens may see it differently. She continued to say,
“While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success,” Cumbo, who was recently elected, wrote in a letter. Chief among the issues causing resentment against Jews could stem from hostility towards Jewish landlords, she added. Cumbo, who is black, said that she was looking to “offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens” think and how it can lead to the attacks.
Does the councilwoman not understand that those statements are exactly what led to the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust? How completely insensitive does one have to be in order to understand how extremely inappropriate that is to say? Not only is this hurtful, but she has now spread this idea that is just simply false. Empathizing with the perpetrators is a dangerous precedent to start, and one must tread lightly when discussing this topic. Hate crimes are hate crimes, no matter what the cause.
Hard work and a good attitude go a long way in life, entitlement does not. Meet 11-year old Madison Root from Portland, Oregon. In an effort to pay for her braces, Root collected mistletoe and tried to sell it in a public park. Because she didn't a have a license, she was told to stop due to being in violation of city ordinance. Last night, Root explained on The Kelly File.
"What made me so mad about that is that he said I could beg, but I couldn't work hard and sell. What has society really come to? Teaching these kids to beg instead of work hard and sell?" Root said. "That's what I believe in, work ethic."
To all of the fast food workers on strike today demanding a $15 minimum wage, take note.
Despite White House claims in early 2012 that President Obama had never met his illegal immigrant uncle Onyango "Omar" Obama, the president admitted today that he did indeed stay with him during a three-week period in law school.
Omar Obama first made news when he was charged with drunk driving in 2011, and was recently granted permission to remain and work in the United States. At his court hearing he claimed the president lived with him briefly in the 1980s, which contradicted earlier White House claims.
On Thursday, a White House official said the press office had not fully researched the relationship between the president and his uncle before telling the Globe that they had no record of the two meeting. This time, the press office asked the president directly, which they had not done in 2011.
“The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10.”
The White House said Obama’s immigration case was handled “without any interference from the president or the White House.”
Never mind the fact that it makes zero sense to not go to a direct source when announcing whether or not two people know each other, but this story just seems a little fishy. I cannot understand why someone would lie about knowing a family member. (I also do not understand why an illegal immigrant with a criminal history would be allowed to stay in the United States, but that's another topic for another article.)
This makes you wonder what other lies the president has told.
No one seems to be buying the president’s claim that Obamacare “is working and will work into the future.”
According to a Rasmussen report released Thursday:
“Despite assurances from the Obama administration over the weekend that the problems with the federal health insurance exchange website have been fixed, voters need more convincing that Obamacare is on the right track.
Only 37% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s at least somewhat likely that the current problems with the new national health care law will be fixed within the next year. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% think that's unlikely. This includes 22% who say it's Very Likely those problems will be fixed in the coming year and 35% who say it's Not At All Likely.”
Nearly 60 percent of Americans doubt Obamacare can be fixed within the next year. An even larger majority, 81 percent, believe the law should be changed or repealed all together.
Despite the people's wishes, Obama said he will work to implement and improve, but never repeal his legislation.
"My main message today is, 'we’re not going back.'" —President Obama on helping millions of Americans afford health insurance #Obamacare— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 3, 2013