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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Swing Voters Don't Want Big Government

This is an encouraging poll taken by Pat Toomey and the Club for Growth and the numbers mirror those taken by Newt's American Solutions. This is still a center right nation no matter what the Democrats might think about their wins on tuesday and if they overreach they are going to fall off the pedestal they are on. This was a classic throw the over spending bums out election as Toomey points out. Go read the whole thing to get a little cheer back in your heart, it made me feel better.

Although currently held by Republican congressmen, all but one of these 12 districts we surveyed flipped to Democratic control Tuesday night. Collectively, President Bush carried these districts in 2004 with 53%. They are nearly evenly split in party affiliation: 40% Democratic, 37% Republican and 19% Independent. The poll surveyed 800 voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percentage points.

Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district will always support universal health care, and Jeff Flake's Arizona district will always support less government. But the 12 districts we surveyed represent the political middle of the country, and in this cycle their partisan allegiances changed. The question is, have their opinions on the issues changed as well? The answer is emphatically no.

Consider the most salient aspects of Mr. Obama's economic agenda: the redistribution of wealth through higher taxes on America's top earners; the revival of the death tax; raising the tax on capital gains and dividend income; increased government spending; increased government involvement in the housing crisis; a restriction on offshore drilling and oil exploration in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); and "card check" legislation stripping workers of their right to a secret ballot in union elections.

On each of these issues, swing voters stand starkly against Mr. Obama. According to the Club's poll, 73% of voters prefer the federal government to focus on "creating economic conditions that give all people opportunities to create wealth through their own efforts" over "spreading wealth from higher income people to middle and lower income people." Two-thirds of respondents prefer to see the permanent elimination of the death tax, and 65% prefer to keep capital gains and dividend tax rates at their current lows.

I have little doubt Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama are going to overreach on taxes and spending and leave the door wide open for the same type revolution Newt led in '94 when the GOP retook control after 40 years. Though Bill Clinton gets the credit it was the policies the the Newt Gingrich led House pushed through that had a direct effect on the economic expansion that ensued not anything Clinton did though he did govern from the center.

The GOP should take this information to heart in the reshuffling that is going to take place within its leadership and from what I am seeing they are with the elevation of some great new faces like Eric Kantor, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence and Jeb Hensarling. Plus we have the young reformers like Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal serving as Governors of states important to our energy issues. I would love to see Newt take the RNC chair and direct the next Gingrich revolution built on solid ideas to advance America into this new century. Newt has more good ideas between a bite on a doughnut and the next sip of coffee than any liberal has had in 40-50-70 years.

Get your heads up my fellow conservatives its time to mount up and fight even harder, George Washington didn't give up and neither should we.


The Lizard said...

I agree. Conservatism is not dead. The Republican party will rise from the ashes. The party of zero ideas now has to lead. There will be no excuses and their policies are bad for America.

The Republican party lost its way. The career politicians in both parties are beholden to lobbyists and forgot to represent the people. In short Republicans started acted like Democrats. Corruption killed the Republicans in 2006. Bush killed them in 2008. Conservatives will rally. I am looking forward to the 2010 elections.

Tired of being called racist said...

Although they may believe in being center-right, it only counts if they vote that way.

Otherwise, it really doesn't matter.

As far as I'm concerned, all Congressional Republicans should vote the same way Obama is famous for in regards to his voting record. 'Present'

Not 'Nay' or 'Aye', just 'Present'.

If the voters want to know why?, just reply, it was the will of the American people. They made a choice to vote them in. So, no obstruction from Republicans.

Green Agenda, 'Present'
Taxation, 'Present'
Abortion, 'Present'
Education Agenda, 'Present'
And everything else they want, except 'Fairness Doctrine'.
That, on the basis of the 'Free Speech', 'Nay', and filibuster.

Otherwise, let Democrats have whatever they want. It's ALL on THEM. And in 4 years, the American People can render their verdict on their accomplishments.

Will it be painful? I believe it will be VERY painful, however, 'No Pain, No Gain'.

suek said...

>>As far as I'm concerned, all Congressional Republicans should vote the same way Obama is famous for in regards to his voting record. 'Present'>>

Interesting idea. It goes against the grain...but if Republicans aren't going to _fight_ for conservative standards, they might as well.

No...I think they should fight against the program. They may lose, but that doesn't mean they should go along and make no resistence.

Interesting idea. I'll have to think about it...!

suek said...

>>In short Republicans started acted like Democrats.>>

I think you're right. We didn't realize that "Compassionate Conservative" was just another name for a 1960s type Democrat. Not as bad as the Liberal/Socialist Democrats today, but not a lot better.

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knowitall said...

Big government is the way of the left-wing illuminati, and unfortunately, we have four years of it ahead of us.