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I saw it quickly yesterday and dismissed it, since it was commissioned by World Net Daily and "Wenzel Strategies," whoever they are. After seeing a bunch of other people get all jazzed up as the day went on, though, I decided to give it a closer look. It's not Gallup, but for the time being, it's the only poll that provides a general election prediction by voter affiliation, so it'll have to do.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll finds that Americans are growing more optimistic about the economy and the overall direction of the economy.
Some of the poll's key results:
Gingrich can praise Ronald Reagan all he wants today, but he was not nearly as complimentary while the Gipper was with us. Some of the things Gingrich said about Reagan back in the 80's and 90's would probably end a Republican's career if uttered in 2012.
Mitt Romney has done nothing wrong. It's not his fault our tax system favors the ultra wealthy. We shouldn't blame him because only 15% of his income goes to the IRS. Likewise, it's not Romney's fault he has millions tucked away in the Cayman Islands. Mitt has done what any red-blooded American capitalist would have done under similar circumstances.
Today is the New Hampshire primary. By all estimations, Romney will run away with a victory, but I'm hoping most of the discussion later tonight will be about the second place finisher-- Jon Huntsman. He's the only candidate who hasn't yet gotten a shot with Republican voters, and he's still the only candidate to offer a real alternative to Romney.
As the Wall Street Journal reports today, this morning's jobs report is the real deal:
There is a lot of hysteria coming from the far left ( I call them the "professional left" ) and libertarians over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Led by the ACLU, they are calling it the “Indefinite Detention Bill.”. The amendment about "indefinite detention" is only a small part of the Defense Dept budget bill. And, those who are fear mongering about it are leaving out something very important. The amendment clearly states:
The President has been criticized from many sides for his Osawatomie speech. Some have said it offered no specifics, and therefore served little purpose. Others say it was just a call for more failed liberal tax and spend policies. But no matter how hard his critics try, the policies the President hinted at are mild by historical standards.
Now that Republican leaders agree that we shouldn't raise payroll taxes at the end of the month, everyone's now worried about how we're going to pay for them. Democrats have proposed a surtax on those earning over a million dollars a year. Reported Republican plans include adding three more years to the current 2-year federal pay freeze.