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Poll: 63% favor repeal of ObamaCare

The news just keeps getting worse for B.O., n’est-ce pas?  From Rasmussen:

Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.

Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.

Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.

The new findings include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care bill and 25% who Strongly Oppose it.

While opposition to the bill has remained as consistent since its passage as it was beforehand, this marks the first time that support for repeal has climbed into the 60s. It will be interesting to see whether this marks a brief bounce or indicates a trend of growing opposition.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters now believe the health care plan will be good for the country, down six points from a week ago and the lowest level of confidence in the plan to date. Fifty-five percent (55%) say it will be bad for the nation. Only three percent (3%) think it will have no impact.

This part doesn’t bode well for the Socialist-in-Chief and his Marxist minions in Congress:

Not only has support grown for repeal overall, it has also grown broadly in the electorate.  Majorities of both men (65%) and women (62%) want ObamaCare repealed.  Majorities in every age demographic want it repealed as well, including a shocking 70% of 18-29YO voters, which normally form the base of Barack Obama’s age-demographic support.  That includes a 47% plurality that strongly supports repeal, suggesting that younger voters have finally realized that ObamaCare uses them to subsidize insurance premiums of older Americans.

In other demographics, the news is equally bad.  Only the lowest income earners don’t want repeal, and that’s just by eight points, 40/48.  Solid majorities support repeal in every other income bracket, and “strongly supports” doesn’t get below 48% in any of them.  Seventy-two percent of independents want it repealed, and even 36% of Democrats support repeal — 17% of them strongly.

As Sarah Palin said: “I can see November from my house!” (S##k it, Tina Fey.)

May 24, 2010 Posted by | health care, Obama, polls, socialism | 1 Comment

Report says ObamaCare will encourage small businesses not to grow or hire

Oh, goodie!  Yet another surprise that we needed to pass ObamaCare to find out what would happen!  Details:

A study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that tax credits in the new healthcare law could negatively impact small-business hiring decisions.

The new law provides a 50 percent tax credit to companies offering health coverage that have fewer than 10 workers who, on average, earn $25,000 a year. The tax credit is reduced as more employees are added to the payroll.

The NCPA study finds the reduction in tax relief to be a cost concern for companies looking to hire additional workers, but operate on slim profit margin yet still provide employee health coverage.

“You wouldn’t think this would have an impact, but at the margins, when they [business owners] decide to hire an extra worker, they’re not only going to be paying that worker’s salary, they’re going to have to absorb the cost of losing the tax credit,” Pamela Villarreal, NCPA Senior Policy Analyst and co-author of the report, told The Hill.

After the 13th worker the economics surrounding the credit change, the study says.

For employers with 15 workers, taking on an additional hire will reduce the credit by $1,400. For a company looking to expand from 20 to 21 workers, the credit will shrink by $3,733. And businesses will take a $5,600 reduction on the credit when hiring the 25th worker.

The credit phases out for companies with at least 26 employees.

Bill Rys, tax counsel at the National Federation of Independent Businesses, told The Hill that while demand is the primary driver for hiring decisions, costs related to new hires is a key factor.

“To the extent that a tax credit is related to the benefits that you’re paying your employees, it is going to be a factor in determining what is the cost of the employee,” he said. “The fact that you’re losing a portion of the credit because you brought in a new employee is going to have to factor into the cost of who you’re hiring.”

You know, it’s almost as if liberals were a bunch of drooling economic illiterates with no real comprehension on how things work in the real world!  Almost, that is.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | big government, economic ignorance, health care, taxes | 1 Comment

Rep. Tom McClintock blasts Mexico’s president for assailing the AZ law

Most of you have seen the shameful display by B.O. and his minions in Congress, giving a standing ovation to the president of Mexico who came to our country, stood before our elected officials, and lambasted our immigration laws.

Two observations here:

1.  President Calderon was grilled by Wolf Blitzer on Mexico’s immigration policy, which is far more brutal and exclusionary than our immigration policy.  Calderon was apparently oblivious to the hypocrisy coming out of his burritohole:

BLITZER: So if people want to come from Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador or Nicaragua, they want to just come into Mexico, they can just walk in?

CALDERON: No. They need to fulfill a form. They need to establish their right name. We analyze if they have not a criminal precedent. And they coming into Mexico. Actually…

BLITZER: Do Mexican police go around asking for papers of people they suspect are illegal immigrants?

CALDERON: Of course. Of course, in the border, we are asking the people, who are you?

And if they explain…

BLITZER: At the border, I understand, when they come in.

CALDERON: Yes.

BLITZER: But once they’re in…

CALDERON: But not — but not in — if — once they are inside the — inside the country, what the Mexican police do is, of course, enforce the law. But by any means, immigration is a crime anymore in Mexico.

BLITZER: Immigration is not a crime, you’re saying?

CALDERON: It’s not a crime.

BLITZER: So in other words, if somebody sneaks in from Nicaragua or some other country in Central America, through the southern border of Mexico, they wind up in Mexico, they can go get a job…

CALDERON: No, no.

BLITZER: They can work.

CALDERON: If — if somebody do that without permission, we send back — we send back them.

Hypocrisy: it’s not just for dessert with flan and sopapillas anymore.

2.  Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) had a fiery retort to Calderon’s and the liberals’ disgusting and shameful behavior.  Read the transcripts here, an excerpt of which follows:

The Mexican government has made it very clear for many years that it holds American sovereignty in contempt and President Calderon’s behavior as a guest of the Congress confirms and underscores this attitude.

It is highly inappropriate for the President of Mexico to lecture Americans on American immigration policy, just as it would be for Americans to lecture Mexico on its laws.  It is obvious that President Calderon does not understand the nature of America or the purpose of our immigration law.

Unlike Mexico, our nation embraces immigration and what makes that possible is assimilation.

The largest group of immigrants now comes from Mexico.  A recent RAND study discovered that during most of the 20th Century, while our immigration laws were actually enforced, assimilation worked and made possible the swift attainment of the American dream for millions of immigrants seeking to escape conditions in Mexico.

It is an outrage that a foreign head of state would appear in this chamber and actively seek to do so.  And it is a disgrace that he would be cheered on from the left wing of the White House and by many Democrats in this Congress.

Arizona has not adopted a new immigration law.  All it has done is to enforce existing law that President Obama refuses to enforce.  It is hardly a radical policy to suggest that if an officer on a routine traffic stop encounters a driver with no driver’s license, no passport, and who doesn’t speak English, that maybe that individual might be here illegally.

And to those who say we must reform our immigration laws, I reply that we don’t need to reform them, we need to enforce them, just as every other government does.  Just as Mexico does. …

If the left insists on fighting on ther wrong side of an issue on which 73% of Americans disagree with them, that’s fine with me.  Then again, all that the left has done since assuming power is wipe their backsides with the Constitution and flaunt their contempt for normal America.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | hypocrisy, illegal immigration, Mexico, Obama, shameful | 3 Comments