Archives for November 2012

Medicare brought out of the shadows as a genuine issue (thank you Paul Ryan)

Jennifer Rubin in her Right Turns blog has an interesting post regarding an interview of Paul Ryan’s advisers.  The most important part of the post covers the issue of Medicare and how Paul Ryan brought that issue to the fore without suffering from the left’s “mediscare” tactics:

[A]ccording to exit polling for the National Election Pool, the Romney-Ryan ticket carried voters age 65 and older by 17 points (58%-41%), nine points more than the McCain-Palin ticket four years ago. Among voters 45-64 years of age, Romney-Ryan defeated Obama-Biden by four points. In 2008, Obama-Biden carried that demographic by five points.

Most noteworthy, voters responded well to Mr. Ryan’s Medicare argument when positioned against the Democratic attack. In a postelection national survey by Resurgent Republic, 52% of voters agreed with the description of Mr. Ryan’s Medicare plan as one that would “preserve and protect the program,” versus 35% who agreed with the description that his plan would “end Medicare as we know it.

Exclusive: The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He’d Win | The New Republic

Exclusive: The Internal Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He'd Win | The New Republic.

States in a “death spiral” (in other words, don’t invest here)

Henninger: The Racializing of American Politics –

Mitt Romney: A good man. The right fight. – The Washington Post

Mitt Romney: A good man. The right fight. – The Washington Post.

New-Home Sales Drop 0.3%, Cast Shadow on Recovery: CNBC

New-Home Sales Drop 0.3%, Cast Shadow on Recovery – US Business News – CNBC.

Endurance Sports: Studies on Older Endurance Athletes Suggest the Fittest Reap Few Health Benefits

Endurance Sports: Studies on Older Endurance Athletes Suggest the Fittest Reap Few Health Benefits –

In a surprising article about strenuous exercise in later life, the Wall Street Journal reports that older endurance athletes may be doing more harm than good when they participate in certain endurance activities. We already know, through reporting done by Gary Taubes of the New York Times in his thought-provoking book “Why We Get Fat” that eating is the most important component to maintaining a healthy weight.  More specifically, eating a low-carbohydrate diet is invaluable to obtaining the proper weight.  

Now, I don’t think that the position of the article is that exercise is bad. Just the contrary, there are many healthy benefits to be healthy, inconsistent, exercise regimen. I think the larger story is that of extremes. Perhaps it really is better to have moderation in all things (even exercise).

Here’s a lecture that Gary Taubes gave last year on the subject:

Laboratories of Democracy: the rise of one-party control of state governments provide clear contrasts in what works

As usual, Michael Brown writes an interesting piece about America’s “laboratories of democracy.  One of the strengths of our Republic is the division of individual states with their respective sovereignty. Much like our economic system, built on underlying free-market and competition, these individual states are free to govern themselves and compete outside the direct control from Washington (well…for the most part). The results should be instructive.

First, we are starting to see the intraparty disputes, where factions within either political establishment are challenged. Second, we are seeing the overall product of either Democratic, or Republican rule.

For the national public, one-party Democratic and one-party Republican states provide a look at how each party governs — and the results.

In California, voters just gave Democrats two-thirds majorities in both houses and a tax increase, as well. We’ll see if their policies help California reduce its dismally high unemployment and resolve its enormous pension underfunding.

In Illinois, Democrats won again, despite increasing the state income tax from 3 to 5 percent in 2011, after which the state’s unemployment rate went up, while declining in neighboring states. Democrat Michael Madigan has been speaker of the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years.

Many Republican governors and legislatures have gone in another direction, holding down spending increases and seeking to cut taxes or hold rates even, rather than raise them.

Texas’ low taxes (no income tax) and light regulation have been followed by some of the most robust job creation in the nation. Texas’ population grew so rapidly in the last decade that it gained 4 U.S. House seats from the 2010 Census.

No-income-tax Florida gained two seats, and no other state gained more than one. California, for the first time in its history, gained none.

States are laboratories of democracy, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote. Citizens of every state can monitor their experiments and judge which set of one-party states is getting better results.

Bill O’Reilly echoed this sentiment on his show:

Why is Shelley Moore Capito a target of the far right? – Right Turn – The Washington Post

Why is Shelley Moore Capito a target of the far right? – Right Turn – The Washington Post.

The Republican Party’s right wing contingent has not learned from 2012.  Read Jennifer Rubin’s latest post about the attack against Shelley Moore Capito.

The “Elections Industrial Complex” is gearing up for 2016 and it’s target is Marco Rubio

Marc Caputo, from The Miami Herald, analyzes how we’re already tumbling head-long into the 2016 contest which inevitably (many would say) will involve Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.  In case you missed it, there was a moderate kerfuffle over some comments made in a GQ magazine interview of Sen. Rubio. He was asked how old he thought the earth was (a curious question, as I’m sure it is never put towards a left leaning politicians). Since he did not immediately say that the earth was “X” number of billions of years old, many perceived that he was a type of evangelical extremist. Mr. Caputo, who has covered the Florida resident for years, has the following analysis:

For the record, in the decade we’ve covered the West Miami resident, Rubio has never sounded or really acted like a religious fundamentalist. But he is deeply conservative in many of his religious beliefs and he has voiced support for a modified type of Creationism, known as Intelligent Design.

As Florida House Speaker in 2008, Rubio passively supported an Intelligent Design-related bill, but allowed it to die in his chamber. He spent no political capital on it. And he didn’t suggest then that the Earth was only a few thousand years old or that this was subject to scientific dispute.

None of that was mentioned by the liberals intent on making Rubio into a right-wing nutcase this month.