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Get ready for health care tax-apalooza

Get ready for health care tax-apalooza

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 7, 2009 11:17 AM

Photoshop: Reader Rachael in Ky

The Democrats are preparing for their Big Reveal on how to pay for their trillion-dollar government takeover of health care.

Gird your loins and say goodbye to your wallets:

By the end of this week, House Democrats may have answered the biggest question looming in the healthcare debate – how they plan to pay for their overhaul.

Leadership aides say they will introduce a bill by Thursday or Friday, in preparation for votes in committee next week. And that bill, they say, will include a way to pay for the bill…

…Leadership aides stress that no final decision has been made on how to pay the tab. The Democrats on Rangel’s committee will hold a marathon meeting all day Tuesday where healthcare and the “pay-for,” as it’s called, are sure to come up.

A large portion is expected to come from reductions in Medicare and Medicaid. But that won’t pay for the full overhaul. As for raising money, ideas have included a national sales tax, taxing soda and a “surtax” on people making more than $250,000.

In addition to that, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) and Vice-chair Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) will hold six “listening sessions” that break rank-and-file members out by region. The three leaders will take concerns and ideas from the sessions’ members back to the leadership in preparation for markup next week.

Gallup sees Americans moving to the right

Gallup sees Americans moving to the right

Thomas Lifson
Gallup has released a special report that puts the lie to Democrat claims that America has delivered a mandate for vast changes in our political economy along liberal-left lines.  The data is worth examining, but the narrative itself is surprisingly direct in its conclusions:

Despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say their political views in recent years have become more conservative rather than more liberal, 39% to 18%, with 42% saying they have not changed. While independents and Democrats most often say their views haven’t changed, more members of all three major partisan groups indicate that their views have shifted to the right rather than to the left. …
…the results are conspicuously incongruous with the results of the 2008 elections, in which the Democratic Party won the White House for the first time in eight years, and increased its majority control in the U.S. House and Senate. Rather than suggesting an upturn in conservatism, the elections, the tattered image of the GOP, depressed identification with the Republican Party, and President Obama’s broad popularity have many in and outside of the Republican Party wondering whether the country has outgrown the GOP’s largely conservative platform.

Conservatives currently outnumber liberals in the population, and thus, conservatism has a natural advantage on any question asking the public to choose between these standard ideological labels. So that’s part of the explanation for the incongruity.


Hat tip: Susan L., Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner

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Obama Presidential Approval Index slips to -3

Obama Presidential Approval Index slips to -3

Thomas Lifson
The public’s disenchantment with Barack Obama continues to rise. Rasmussen reports:

33% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-six percent (36%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -3.


Rasmussen cautions that this could be just statistical noise, and notes:


Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be the first update based entirely upon interviews conducted since last week’s report showing higher than expected job losses in June.
Just 27% of voters nationwide favor passage of a second economic stimulus package. Sixty percent (60%) are opposed.
Fifty-four percent (54%) say the average Democrat in Congress is more liberal than they are, while 36% believe the average Republican congressman is more conservative.


Drip, drip, drip.


Hat tip: Richard Baehr

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