Planned Parenthood of New York is providing tips on how to promote abortion at your Thanksgiving dinner.
In what universe did anyone think this would be a good idea? Just… wow.
via Jeff Jacoby
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
You know you want to; it’s so edgy, so sexy, so… progressive. It makes you feel young again, doesn’t it? Takes you back to the 60s or the 80s, when you were going to change the world; when, with enough will and fervor (and Acapulco gold), you could defy reality and turn the world into one large anarcho-socialist nirvana. Free health care, free love, free stuff… You were gonna have it all.
Or, maybe not:
Yet the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people—and particularly with swing voters who are largely independent and have been trending away from the president since the debate over health-care reform.
Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.
The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%).
What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.
Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising taxes for everybody, with only 36% in favor. And by a close margin, protesters are divided on whether the bank bailouts were necessary (49%) or unnecessary (51%).
Thus Occupy Wall Street is a group of engaged progressives who are disillusioned with the capitalist system and have a distinct activist orientation. Among the general public, by contrast, 41% of Americans self-identify as conservative, 36% as moderate, and only 21% as liberal. That’s why the Obama-Pelosi embrace of the movement could prove catastrophic for their party.
The author, Doug Schoen, is a Democrat pollster who worked for Bill Clinton. Read the whole thing; it sounds like someone on his knees begging a loved one not to do something monumentally stupid.
I, on the other hand, being of the firm belief that Nemesis always follows Hubris, encourage Obama, the Democratic Party, and their Big Labor and MSM allies to hold the Occupy movement close and never let it go. Give in. Live in the now. Do what feels good.
Because this time just has to be different.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
I linked to this yesterday, but it really deserves a post of its own. In a spectacular case of self-immolation, the campaign of Congressman Mike McMahon (D-NY) released a report detailing all the money his opponent was receiving from Jews:
Mike Grimm, a G.O.P challenger for Mike McMahon’s Congressional seat, took in over $200,000 in his last filing.
But in an effort to show that Grimm lacks support among voters in the district, which covers Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, the McMahon campaign compiled a list of Jewish donors to Grimm and provided it to The Politicker.
The file, labeled “Grimm Jewish Money Q2,” for the second quarter fundraising period, shows a list of over 80 names, a half-dozen of which in fact do hail from Staten Island, and a handful of others that list Brooklyn as home.
“Where is Grimm’s money coming from,” said Jennifer Nelson, McMahon’s campaign spokeman. “There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees.”
Asked how the McMahon aide who compiled the report knew which donors were Jewish and which weren’t, Nelson replied:
“She herself is Jewish so she knows a lot of people in that community…”
I can picture it now, late at night at the McMahon campaign bunker HQ, the aide looking over the list and saying “Jew, Jew, Goy, Jew…”
After the firestorm broke, McMahon tried to salvage the situation by the time-honored “apologize and blame the staff” ploy, but somehow I don’t think it’s going to work. In fact, the real question is probably whether McMahon loses by 50 points or is forced by his Democratic colleagues, who are already terrified of November, to drop out of the race so they can field a replacement.
AFTERTHOUGHT: And wouldn’t this be a nice opportunity to strike a blow against dirty politics by donating to McMahon’s opponent, Mike Grimm?
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
Really, the Bizarro explanation is the only one that fits the Obama Administration’s conception of foreign affairs. After Turkey sponsors a jihadist flotilla aimed at breaking a legal naval blockade in order to give aid to Hamas, a jihadist terror group, the Obama Administration wants Israel to apologize to Turkey:
Tensions between Turkey and Israel escalated Monday as Turkey’s foreign minister said his country would sever diplomatic relations with Israel unless it either apologizes for its deadly raid on a Turkish aid ship or accepts an international inquiry into the incident.
The threat came as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to meet Tuesday in Washington with President Obama. A Western diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the foreign minister made his comments, said Obama plans to press the Israeli leader to apologize to defuse tensions.
“The president is very concerned about the breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations,” the diplomat said. Asked if he thought Obama could persuade Netanyahu to apologize, the diplomat added: “I’m sure he’ll give it the college try.”
Senior Obama administration officials would neither confirm nor deny the president’s intentions for the meeting with Netanyahu.
If the President really does ask the Prime Minister to apologize for Israel’s act of self-defense, I have Netanyahu’s answer already prepared for him: אגוזים!
(via Hot Air)
Kiss off 1600 jobs, thanks to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:
The people at Zoll Medical Corporation saw a ray of hope in January when Scott Brown was elected senator from Massachusetts. Located in Chelmsford, 30 miles outside Boston, Zoll is the nation’s leading manufacturer of heart defibrillators, which save thousands of heart attack victims each year. Back in January, as the Senate race was raging, both House and Senate Democrats wanted to impose a crippling new tax on the makers of medical devices, Zoll included, to help pay for Obamacare.
The total tax on the industry would be about $2 billion a year, or $20 billion over the next decade. Companies watched nervously as lawmakers pushed ahead, first the House and then the Senate. But then Brown was elected on the promise to be the crucial Republican vote to stop health care reform. For Zoll, things were looking up.
Not anymore. The bill passed by the House Sunday night contains a particularly damaging version of the $20 billion hit for the medical device industry, meaning Zoll and other medical device makers could well be headed for hard times.
“We believe that the tax will cost us somewhere between $5 million and $10 million a year,” says Richard Packer, Zoll’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our profit in 2009 was $9.5 million.”
That would be a devastating blow. Zoll employs about 1,800 people. Roughly 1,600 of them are in the United States, and about 650 of those are in Massachusetts. Once the new tax kicks in, that could all change. “We can’t run this company at a break-even or a negative rate,” says Packer, “so we will be forced to look at alternatives.”
Alternatives such as shipping those jobs overseas, passing on higher costs to customers, or just going out of business because the new taxes make staying in business more trouble than it’s worth.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: raising taxes in a recession is one of the worst things a government can do and is guaranteed to choke off the job-creating energy of any recovery. Zoll is just the first drop of a coming unemployment storm, as businesses all rethink their hiring and even the country within which they do business. The Progressives’ fanatical desire to remake us into a European social democracy will also have the result of giving (lower) levels of growth and (higher) levels of long-term unemployment, and all for a health-care reform that will not do a damned thing they promised.
Genius. Sheer frakking genius.