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April 23, 2012 03:36 PM UTC

Monday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others.”

–Groucho Marx


15 thoughts on “Monday Open Thread

  1. All other being equal you’d expect to see our Presidents numbers migrating to equilibrium, yet all is not equal in the pocket books of the average American. The President must run on his record and yet he seems to want to continue his hopey-changey sales pitch favored with tax the rich and war on women. Unfortunately he has conducted an economic war on Americans pocketbooks, especially those of women and southern border countries nationals.

    In well over half the households who’ve lost jobs under Obama, the unemployed victim has been a woman. 3,000,000 foreign nationals have been tossed southward to their native borders.

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends).

    Fifty-four percent (54%) believe increases in government spending hurt the economy. Only 23% believe more government spending will help the economy.

    Beyond creating, deploying assets to enhance and conducting wars on Mexicans and women, etc… what’s the plan from the Presients camp and his cadre of Obama Super PACs?

    The question in everyone’s head is this …. So are we better off now than under Obama?


      With that negative a billion approval rating, it’s a wonder he’s even running. My guess is he fridge golf Himalayan cookie pow blitz socialism Ayers willow puff Mott the Hoople clang whirr bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      1. From Colorado Peak Politics …. Oh the shocking news from your guy Floyd.

        SHOCK POLL: Ciruli Associates Poll Has Obama Approval Rating At 25% In Broomfield, 36% In JeffCo

        by: ColoradoPeakPolitics

        Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 12:37 31 MST

        The Presidential election in Colorado is likely to be won or lost in the swing metro area counties. That makes the most recent Ciruli Associates poll especially troubling for the Obama campaign as it found Obama with near Jimmy Carter approval ratings in key swing counties.

        The poll was conducted April 6-10 with 500 Colorado voters in seven metro area counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, & Jefferson). Rick Santorum dropped out of the race on April 10.

        The poll found Obama with an approval rating underwater in the seven Denver metro counties, at 45% approve to 47% disapprove, but the real trouble was found in counties that the Obama campaign has been targeting.

        In Broomfield County, the poll found a shockingly low 25% approval of Obama’s job performance. The caveat is that the sample size was probably pretty small for Broomfield, but the same poll also found a 67% approval rating of Governor Hickenlooper in Broomfield.

        The two counties that many observers expect could determine the election are Jefferson and Arapahoe. In Jefferson, Obama’s approval rating is 36%, compared to Hick’s 65%. In Arapahoe, it’s 42% to Hick’s 60%. No wonder Hick has refused to formally endorse Obama.

        That JeffCo number has got to lift the spirits of Joe Coors Jr’s campaign, as the heart of CD7 is in JeffCo, while stirring up some heartburn at Obama HQ in Chicago.

        This poll is also bad news for all the down-ticket Democrat legislative candidates running in these key counties. With Obama so widely despised in JeffCo and Broomfield, Democrats like Diane Primavera, Max Tyler, Andy Kerr, and Brittany Pettersen have reason to worry. And no, Brittany, your community organizing background won’t help you overcome a down-ticket drag this big.

          1. They wanted single payer health care or at least a public option.

            They wanted to close Gitmo.

            They wanted US out of Afghanistan.

            They wanted to repeal the Bush tax cuts.

            They wanted immigration reform.

            They wanted real privacy protections restored and the perceived overreach of the PATRIOT act repealed or modified.

            They wanted a reduction in military spending and real medical and social support for vets.

            So maybe the GOTP is onto something – ’cause maybe my disappointed Obama voting friends and neighbors are going to vote for Romney.  

    2. Well, we all know that the GOP would have pushed austerity measures, like they’re doing in Europe, so we can say that the fact that they’re still in recession while we’re not is hard proof that we’re better off under Obama.

      Not that you or your other radical buddies would ever admit it.

      1. One of the problems with economics (and politics, too) is that there’s no “control” for the experiment. We never really know what would happen if we chose the other option. The European experiment with austerity provides us with that control.

        If we had followed the Republican path in this recession we would be in a full-blown depression. Just look at Europe.

    3. Yes, ‘tad, I am very happy that President Obama and the Democratic Party kept all of their promises to help veterans, in stark contrast to the Pepublican’t party that just voted to cut the VA’s budget exactly at the time when they need it most.

      The List:

      *Increase the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals

      *Expand Veterans Centers in rural areas

      *Establish standards of care for traumatic brain injury treatment

      *Fully fund the Veterans Administration

      *Assure that the Veterans Administration budget is prepared as ‘must-pass’ legislation

      *Make the Veterans Administration a national leader in health reform

      *Expand the Veterans Administration’s number of “centers of excellence” in specialty care

      *Reduce the Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog

      *Institute electronic record-keeping for the Veterans Benefits Administration

      *Expand housing vouchers program for homeless veterans

      *Launch a supportive services-housing program for veterans to prevent homelessness

      *Create a ‘Green Vet Initiative’ to promote environmental jobs for veterans

      Facty-thingies after the jump – you probably won’t read that.  

  2. One State Where The Youth Vote Really Does Matter: Colorado

    Voters under the age of 30 comprised 18 percent of Colorado’s turnout in 2008, outnumbering voters over the age of 65, and that injection of youth helped hand President Barack Obama a comfortable nine-point victory there.

    “Their turnout levels were really amazing,” David Flaherty, CEO of the Colorado-based Republican polling firm Magellan Strategies, told TPM. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Obama’s youth coalition weakened older, traditionally right-leaning groups of voters, Flaherty says.

    The generation gap is arguably more pronounced in Colorado than any other state, says Tom Jensen, director of the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. PPP released a survey of the state earlier this month that showed Obama, powered by support from young people, holding a 13-point lead over Mitt Romney.

    Anyone delusional enough to think Mittens can   capture the under-30 vote?  Anyone … ?  

  3. Number of illegal immigrants from Mexico drops for the first time in decades: report  

    The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades, a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, return to Mexico.

    An analysis of census data from the U.S. and Mexican governments details the movement to and from Mexico, a nation accounting for nearly 60 percent of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. It comes amid renewed debate over U.S. immigration policy as the Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Arizona’s tough immigration law.

    Roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S. last year, down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007, according to the Pew Hispanic Center study released Monday. It was the biggest sustained drop in modern history, believed to be surpassed in scale only by losses in the Mexican-born U.S. population during the Great Depression.

    Much of the drop in illegal immigrants is due to the persistently weak U.S. economy, which has shrunk construction and service-sector jobs attractive to Mexican workers following the housing bust. But increased deportations, heightened U.S. patrols and violence along the border also have played a role, as well as demographic changes, such as Mexico’s declining birth rate.

  4. Scott Tipton has never had genuine tea party support, and never will. He is classified as a RINO by the genuine tea parties in the 3rd Congressional district, and has voted to deny his constituents’ 1st, 4th, and 5th amendment constitutional rights.

    This attempt to falsely portray all Republican candidates as having “tea party support” is a naked lie, deserving of exposure in the press, so that the entire electorate may see for themselves how politics are really working in the grand valley.…  

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