If there is ever a moment when President Obama needed to capture the vintage version of himself, it is Saturday’s campaign rallies in swing state Ohio and Virginia.
More bad news for the Obama camp from Rasmussen:
Forty-three percent (43%) of Likely U.S. Voters consider themselves conservative when it comes to issues such as taxes, government spending and business regulation, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Nearly as many (40%) say they are fiscal moderates, but just 13% call themselves fiscally liberal.
Gas may be pricey (and getting more pricey by the day), but a statement like this one is priceless:
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that “no one knows” if gasoline prices in the United States will reach $9 per gallon, and acknowledged that the possibility is outside his control.
The line is probably one of the most important for Reagan’s victory over Jimmy Carter: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”
“Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change,” Romney says in his remarks. “But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?”
In an homage to the political mantra of Ronald Reagan – “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” – Romney sought to appeal to average Americans.
It’s almost like he wanted the economy to tank again… or is that still?
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.
After five years, the CBO says the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent.
At first glance, this seems to be a bit contradictory, but it does sort of make sense:
President Obama holds a thin 46 percent to 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday, even as voters give the Republican a major edge on such key issues as the economy, jobs and gas prices.
The president has a ten-point edge with women voters, 49 percent to 39 percent. But Mr. Romney is viewed as better on a number of pocketbook issues that both sides agree could be critical come November. On the economy, according to the survey, voters rate Mr. Romney as the better candidate by 56 percent to 38 percent.
Given that this election is almost certainly going to hinge on economic issues, this poll result gives me hope:
Voters now have more confidence in presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney than in President Obama when it comes to the economy, but on other major issues facing the nation, the two men continue to run nearly even.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey asks Likely U.S. Voters whom they trust more on five key issues, and when it comes to the economy, 49% say Romney versus 39% who trust the president more. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.
Wasn’t it Al Gore who once said, everything that should be up is down, and everything that should be down is up? That pretty much sums up the economic news these days.
Experts expect prices to jump 10 to 20 cents over the next few weeks before spiking in mid-May at around a record-breaking $4.25 a gallon.
When Reagan was running against Carter, I remember that one of the Gipper’s slogans was, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” (Or something to that effect. Yes, I am old enough to remember that, but I wasn’t old enough to vote till Reagan’s re-election campaign. You should be able to get a good general idea of my age from that, if you’re curious.)
Obama seems to be trying to be Reaganesque here, but all he’s really doing is giving the GOP a sound bite to use in ads against him.
Rick Perry has unveiled his economic plan, and it’s likely to pick up the nickname 20-20, from the 20% personal and 20% corporate flat tax rates. However, it has a lot more to it, as the campaign website shows:
The current economic problems faced by so many Americans were created by years of wasteful mismanagement and incompetent central-planning and cannot be fixed overnight. To be sure, there are a number of things that can be done by the president on day 1 to begin the process of restoring the American economy. But the reforms necessary to fix the broken tax and regulatory code, balance the budget, and grow the economy for the long-term will take some time and patience. Their implementation requires a clear plan, consistent leadership, and sustained resolve.