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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 665 -- Freedom Means Prosperity.

United States Should Maximize Economic Freedom-

Some good news out of Germany this week. The center-right coalition won a nice victory, and the left-wing party shrunk considerably. In the UK, Gordon Brown's increasingly left-wing Labour Party came in third in an opinion poll this week. See the WILLisms Twitter feed for links to those stories. Freedom is catching on across the pond.

The United States has slipped to #6 in the Index of Economic Freedom. We've got to aim for the top:

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Within the United States, Rhode Island and Michigan might be the down the scale considerably, while states like Texas would be on the upper end of the curve.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Baucus Needs To Lose.

Posted by Will Franklin · 30 September 2009 07:38 PM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 664 -- Baucus Needs To Go.

Baucus-Care Gone Amok-

Max Baucus really needs to lose his next Senate race. Or just not run. His health care plan is big government mandates and punitive taxes:

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The Baucus proposal would impose punitively high, regressive taxes on low-income and moderate-income working families--those with the least ability to pay. It would also subject them to lower incomes, job losses, and reduced job opportunities. While the families with the lowest incomes will be hit hardest, moderate-income families would also suffer from higher taxes and lower incomes. Yet even at this high price, millions of Americans would still be left without health insurance, and the plan's tax penalties would further punish these uninsured for their misfortune.

Meanwhile, all Americans, even those who can afford the higher premiums and higher taxes, would suffer needless invasions of their privacy as they are forced to reveal the income of other family members to their employers and provide private, personal financial information to their health insurance companies.

Why on earth would libertine red state Montana send this guy to the Senate? Snap out of it, Montana.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Federal Debt.

Posted by Will Franklin · 29 September 2009 04:21 PM · Comments (2)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 663 -- Obama's Debt Bubble.

Unsustainable Levels Of Debt-

A little bit of debt is not a terrible thing, and zero debt might actually mean higher taxes and slower economic growth, but projected debt levels are entirely out of whack, historically speaking.

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While Texas has the second lowest state debt per capita in the nation, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has voted 10 times in favor of raising the national debt ceiling, which has gone from $4.3 trillion in 1993 to roughly $12 trillion today.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Kay Bailey Hutchison: Obama's Congressional Ally.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 28 September 2009 12:15 PM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 662 -- Obama & His Congressional Enablers.

Bigger, Bigger Spending, Ad Infinitum-

Heritage, as usual, has some great research on Obama's budgets:

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Interestingly, there are some Congressional Republicans who continue to enable the President's big spending spree. Big spending Republicans like Kay Bailey Hutchison:

Big spending Republicans like Senator Hutchison: not what Republicans need right now to make our comeback.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: 2010 Comeback For GOP Possible.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 25 September 2009 04:34 PM · Comments (2)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 661 -- 2010 GOP Comeback?

My "Gut" Odds: 25%-

Republicans need to pick up 41 seats to take back the House of Representatives. There is a great deal of chatter around that possibility.

The somewhat left-leaning (but really great blog, graphically-speaking) FiveThirtyEight says it is a definite possibility:

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It's still early--and there's a lot of scatter in those scatterplots--but if the generic polls remain this close, the Republican Party looks to be in good shape in the 2010.

P.S. Is there any hope for the Democrats? Sure. Beyond the general uncertainty in prediction, there is the general unpopularity of Republicans; also, it will be year 2 of the presidential term, not year 6 which is historically the really bad year for the incumbent party. Still and all, the numbers now definitely do not look good for the Democrats.

It is way too early to make any prediction, but my gut tells me that Democrats are going to lose a lot of seats in 2010. 40 seats? Probably not, but it is definitely possible. There are, after all, 55 seats that flipped from Democrat to Republican from 2004 to 2008:

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Indeed, Larry Sabato believes it is possible for Republicans to retake the House in 2010:

Roughly three-fourths of the districts (42) voted Republican for president in at least one of the last two elections. Twenty-one districts voted for the GOP presidential candidate in both 2004 and 2008.

....

What ultimately happens in 2010 could depend on how closely the electoral backdrop next year resembles 1994. At this point, there are some strong similarities. Like Bill Clinton a decade and a half ago, Obama is an ambitious young Democratic president who has seen his poll numbers drop sharply in the opening months of his administration. And like Clinton, Obama has invested a good bit of his political capital into a massive effort to overhaul the nation's health care system. As in 1994, it is so complex an undertaking that foes are finding it much easier to pillory the project as "big government" than supporters are able to defend it as needed reform.

Yet will history necessarily repeat itself? Even on election eve in 1994, only the most optimistic Republicans were forecasting a GOP congressional takeover. The Democrats were largely blindsided.

My guess is that the media will pull a full-court press in favor of the Democrats, similar to what they did in 2006 and 2008. There is also still a lot of left-wing money that will be thrown at 2010, because if Obama loses a lot of seats or even all-out control of Congress, it will essentially mark his "Waterloo," as Jim DeMint would put it.

Chris Stirewalt believes independent voters are the key, and they are already turning on Obama:

For the first few months of the Obama administration, independents, who make up about 43 percent of the electorate, reflected overall public opinion in giving the president consistent approval ratings of about 60 percent. But now, unaffiliated voters are less positive than the overall electorate, which is holding steady at 51 percent job approval for Obama.

More shocking is that independent voters now favor a Republican-controlled Congress by a four-point margin and would overwhelmingly like to see their own member of the House replaced.

Those are the kinds of numbers you see before electoral hurricanes like 1966 or 1994. And if independents are already at that point after so recently enduring the shoddy performance of the previous GOP majority, it's a sign of real dissatisfaction. Democrats have grown very jittery about the congressional elections in 2010.

Michael Barone is more skeptical:

...the chances of the Republicans recapturing the House have to be rated now at well below 50%. But I think they’re not as negligible as I thought even a few weeks ago.

Newt Gingrich believes three things have created this new conservative opportunity:

1. The economy is so bad that people want straight talk about creating jobs. Since the American people believe, by 59 percent to 21 percent, that business tax cuts will create jobs better than government spending, this concern about jobs is becoming an increasingly anti-left phenomenon (the opposite of what the left expected).
2. The world remains dangerous and the Obama administration's confusion on fighting in Afghanistan, releasing terrorists and trying to punish those who have been defending America is beginning to arouse great anger among the national security wing of American life.
3. The radicalism of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi team has aroused a level of suspicion unseen in the last 40 years. The intense reaction to the president's plan to talk with students (something both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush also did) is a reflection of the intense hostility to radicalism which is building in the American people.

I tend to remain skeptical about it, but I think one thing is abundantly clear: Democrats will lose dozens of seats in 2010. How many dozens will depend on just how organized the opposition to Obama/Pelosi/Reid really is, and how well our people can articulate positive conservative alternatives to the nation's problems.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: More Proof That Texas Leads: Bankruptcy Statistics.

Posted by Will Franklin · 24 September 2009 04:28 PM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 660 -- Texas Outperforms On Bankruptcies.

Leave Us Alone-

Texas is outperforming the nation as a whole, economically. This is undeniable, except to those with left-of-center political motives. Texas is also besting every other large state in the country, in just about every common measure. Looking at mortgage foreclosures, a major indicator of the depths of today's economy, Texas has a rate far below the national average. Another relevant category for recessions is bankruptcies. Texas has one of the very lowest bankruptcy rates in the entire country:

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Only left-of-center hacks with ulterior motives could say that Texas is not outperforming the nation as a whole, even in this tough recession. That is a relevant point, because Obama is leading us toward more disastrous Michigan-style policy, rather than Texas-style fiscal discipline.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Federal Government Shouldn't Pat Itself On The Back For Stimulus Dollars.

Posted by Will Franklin · 23 September 2009 01:16 PM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 659 -- Federal Government Takes More Than It Gives Back To Texas.

Leave Us Alone-

Texas is a giving-- or donor-- state, which means the federal government confiscates more in taxes than it sends back in benefits. When people complain about Texas balancing a small portion of its budget with stimulus dollars, they are avoiding the fact that Texas sends more in tax dollars than it gets back in payouts:

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Any number below 1 means the feds take more than they give back. Numbers above 1, generally found in small agricultural states (millions in farm subsidies and funds for interstate highways add up quickly when the population is so small), means the state receives more back in federal benefits than it gives up in taxes. The Texas number: .94.

The 2009 federal stimulus dollars in Texas are really just dollars that have been laundered first through the bureaucracy of Washington, D.C.

It should also be noted that the overwhelming bulk of federal stimulus dollars coming to Texas this year are paying for federally-mandated programs like Medicaid, and only a much smaller fraction of the dollars are going toward any state level function.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: America Needs Flatter Taxes.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 September 2009 08:55 AM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 658 -- Progressive Taxes; America Has 'Em.

Why Not Try Flatter?-

The United States needs to snap out of it. Our advantages are plenty, but we are heading down a rotten path. A friend described it well the other day, referring to something a Texas barber expressed to him about California's problems: "Too many freebies, but none of them are free."

Not only are we spending too much, we're taxing according to Marx. Heavy, progressive income taxes are not healthy for a vibrant market economy, but the United States has the most progressive tax system in the world:

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How could anyone be against a flat tax?


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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Un-filibustered Congress Scary Prospect.

Posted by Will Franklin · 21 September 2009 09:06 AM · Comments (2)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 657 -- Unchecked Congressional Power Bad For America.

Leave Us Alone-

Our nation thrives on government staying the heck out of the way, and that goes for both parties, really. When Republicans have had unchecked power in recent years, GOP Senators like Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas porked it up with the worst of them and otherwise spent like Democrats.

Until the Republican Party grabs hold of itself and stops letting RINOs taint the entire brand, the Congressional Wealth Effect will be operative for either party:

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The GOP must be a credible "leave us alone" party if we are going to have any ability to take back our political system from the far-left activists who currently preside.

Just leave people alone, government.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Doing Well Comparatively.

Posted by Will Franklin · 18 September 2009 10:27 AM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 656 -- Strongest Performers In This Recession.

This Recession Not Created Equal-

Ideas matter. Limited government, low taxes, individual liberty: they all matter to economic outcomes. Texas has fared relatively well compared to the rest of the country throughout this recession, because Texas is well-positioned on things like taxes, spending, labor climate, legal climate, regulatory climate, and overall climate of freedom.

It's cliche to say that the Brookings Institute is far from a bastion of conservative thought, but this less-than-conservative outfit really has no reason to fudge the numbers in favor of Texas, but looking at the numbers, Texas again stands out as standing up to the recession better than the rest of the country:

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Texas cities comprised 6 of the top 20, including all 3 of the top 3, in terms of overall performance.

Another outfit, IHS Global Insight, says that Texas cities will lead the U.S. out of recession:

Two Texas markets will be the first to recover from the recession, says a nationwide forecast by IHS Global Insight.

Austin and San Antonio will bounce back to their pre-recession job levels sometime next year, according to the economic forecasting firm, which is based in Lexington, Mass.

Eight other metropolitan areas are predicted to recover by 2011, a group that includes Texas’ two largest markets, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, along with Washington, D.C.

Last in, first out. Most shallow dip. Maybe ideas matter. Maybe the nation shouldn't follow the Michigan/California/Rhode Island path we're heading down right now and should instead follow the Texas model of limited government and greater freedom.

Maybe? Definitely.


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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Don't Trust The Media.

Posted by Will Franklin · 17 September 2009 09:05 AM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 655 -- Texas Foreclosure Rate Well Below National Average.

Texas Housing Market Stronger Than Average-

The Texas housing market is outperforming the national averages, as usual:

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While foreclosures are up by 3.6% this year in Texas, they're up by 18% nationally. While the Texas proportion of the nation's population is 8%, the Texas proportion of national foreclosures is only 3.1%.

Texas never saw a huge bubble, but we also never saw a big burst, either.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Don't Trust The Media.

Posted by Will Franklin · 16 September 2009 03:52 PM · Comments (2)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 654 -- Don't Trust The Media.

Polarization-

Don't trust the media. Nobody else does:

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Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. That percentage had fallen sharply by the late 1990s and has remained low over the last decade.

Similarly, only about a quarter (26%) now say that news organizations are careful that their reporting is not politically biased, compared with 60% who say news organizations are politically biased. And the percentages saying that news organizations are independent of powerful people and organizations (20%) or are willing to admit their mistakes (21%) now also match all-time lows.

No wonder they are all going bankrupt and trolling for bailouts.


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Previous Trivia Tidbit: American Health Care.

Posted by Will Franklin · 15 September 2009 12:02 PM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 653 -- American Health Care.

No Such Thing As A Free Lunch-

One oft-overlooked aspect of health care is quality. In America, we drive the innovations. We produce the new drugs. We develop the new gene therapies. We pioneer the new machines and processes. Advances in medicine come overwhelmingly from America.

As such, America has much better survival rates for many common illnesses (.pdf):

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Good work by TPPF-- my alma mater, if you will-- on this study. And congrats to them for their announcement on the new digs.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Economic Fredom.

Posted by Will Franklin · 14 September 2009 03:51 PM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 652 -- Economic Freedom.

Freedom Isn't Free-

The Fraser Institute has the data:

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The index is based on 10 components in three categories:

1) Size of Government;
2) Takings and Discriminatory Taxation; and
3) Labour Market Freedom.

Interesting is how many of the most free states and provinces in the study are performing better economically than the states and provinces in the bottom half of the study.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Obama Lies.

Posted by Will Franklin · 14 September 2009 09:33 AM · Comments (2)

Four Not-So-New Things Joe Wilson's "YOU LIE" Kerfuffle Reveals About America.

This Joe Wilson "YOU LIE" controversy is a pretty fascinating glimpse into four not-so-new aspects of American political culture:

1. POLARIZATION. We're still just as polarized as we were a few years ago. Take a look at this YouTube video from a second-term George W. Bush State of the Union speech to Congress:

I uploaded this YouTube video 40 months ago. It shows Democrats behaving less-than-cordially toward Bush. In fact, in the video, which has received a few new bursts of interest in the past several months and now has more than 20,000 views, Democrats brazenly and arrogantly applaud their own obstructionism on the issue of Social Security reform.

While Joe Wilson was a lone voice calling the President a liar, opposition parties have always grumbled and pushed back and even passively but rudely sat on their hands, when the President has delivered speeches. If anything, Joe Wilson may have been surprised he was the only one shouting back at Obama for lying to the American people. Indeed, the folks he associates with probably unanimously believe as he does, just as the folks Pelosi associates pretty much unanimously believe as she does.

Polarization is nothing new, but it may be on the rise, as media are increasingly segmented and individuals increasingly choose to live in ideologically comfortable places.


2. PASSION & TAKING POLITICS PERSONALLY. American partisans are just as angry and just as distrustful of the other side as they were a few years ago. President Bush was subjected to pretty terrible heckling, snickering, name-calling, and sneering from the left. In some ways, Joe Wilson's outburst was mild compared to some of the negative campaigning that took place in America before the 20th century. South Carolina, in particular, has produced some infamous political outbursts, including the "Caning of Charles Sumner" in 1856:

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After Massachusetts Republican Senator Charles Sumner called out South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks by name in a speech, Brooks was so incensed at the insult, that Brooks physically beat Sumner inside the Senate chamber. Brooks resigned afterward but was immediately rewarded with reelection. The country was polarized. His constituents appreciated that he beat the crap of a trash-talking Yankee.

Joe Wilson's fleeting outburst is extremely mild, in comparison.

3. CHANGE. The dominant political ideology and party is just as in flux as we were during the Bush administration. There is no settling in of a Democratic majority for 40+ years, like Democrats had pre-1994.

The immediate political future of America is very much still up for grabs.

Tugging from the left are demographic changes such as church attendance falling off the face of the earth in many parts of America and Hispanics becoming outright majorities in otherwise conservative states like Colorado, Arizona, and Texas.

Tugging from the right are demographic realities including the fact that conservative women have lower abortion rates, higher birthrates, and conservative families tend to impart their values more readily on younger generations.

Hispanics outside of California and New York are also much more up for grabs for the political parties. In places like Los Angeles County, Hispanics are heavily unionized and therefore strongly Democratic, whereas in Texas and elsewhere, Hispanics are far more independent.

Looking at 2010 Census projections, conservative states are poised to gain quite a few new seats in Congress (as well as quite a few electoral votes) at the expense of liberal states, due to higher birthrates and higher domestic in-migration rates.

Republicans are clearly not conceding 40 years of continuous reign to Democrats, and Joe Wilson's "speaking truth to power" moment encapsulates the zeitgeist of a party that has not thrown in the towel to become mere loyal opposition for a generation. While I think Wilson was somewhat out of line and may cause a bit of a rallying behind Obama among liberals, the Republican Party does need more people to stand and fight, not merely throw in the towel.


4. LOCAL FIGURES CAN CAPTURE NATIONAL RESOURCES. All politics may be local, but there is no such thing as a purely local race for any office, anywhere in America. Both Joe Wilson and his challenger have reportedly raised more than a million bucks online, since the outburst. Raising money outside of one's district is nothing new for "celebrity" candidates, but the internet is making it far more easy to do so. Let's stop pretending, however, that the internet is some new fad. It has been around for nearly a generation in political terms, and it is not going anywhere.

The near-term political future belongs to those who can marry their inevitable 15-minutes of political fame with technology to cash in and succeed. Joe Wilson likely did not plan "you lie" as a fundraising ploy, nor did his opponent have any ability to see it coming, but both sides had the infrastructure in place and were ready to raise tens of thousands of small donations over a brief period of a few days. Raising dollars is not the exclusive purview of Howard Dean or MoveOn.org or Barack Obama, but it never really was.

Posted by Will Franklin · 13 September 2009 04:14 PM · Comments (2)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 651 -- Tax Cuts For The Rich?

Obama Wrong-

Obama is blaming deficits on tax cuts that we can't afford, blaming wealthy people for costing the government money.

Everyone saw tax relief, not just wealthy people:

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Obama is a typical liberal, not some transformative figure. He always was, though. It's only now that large numbers of people are seeing it.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Stimulus Not Stimulative.

Posted by Will Franklin · 11 September 2009 05:54 PM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 650 -- Stimulus Not Stimulative.

Biggest Stimuli, Worst Recovery Rates-

Those Aussies:

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As can be seen the increase in unemployment is much less than the size of the stimulus package would suggest. If our unemployment rate had grown in line with average OECD expectations, the unemployment rate would be 7.9 percent but still less than the budget forecast of 8.5 percent.

So it is not clear that stimulus spending has saved Australian unemployment from going through the roof. It is far more likely that our resilient economy has fared well due to 25 years of economic reform beginning with the Hawke government and is not simply due to governmental quick fixes.

Stimulus. Not all that stimulative.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Trial Lawyers On A Rampage.

Posted by Will Franklin · 10 September 2009 05:20 PM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 649 -- Trial Lawyers On A Rampage.

Let's Do Some Tort Reform-

The Institute for Legal Reform has the details:

Both the spending and frequency of lawyers mass tort solicitation creatives focusing on medical malpractice claims have increased massively since 2004. From 2004-2008 the spot count of these advertisements has increased over 1400% while the spending on these types of ads shot up over 1500% percent.

A visual:

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Pretty wild numbers.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Kay Bailey Hutchison Is For Big Government Health Care.

Posted by Will Franklin · 9 September 2009 10:52 AM · Comments (3)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 648 -- Big Government Health Care.

Socialized Medicine On An Installment Plan-

Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has recently hopped on the anti-Obamacare bandwagon, but her record is pretty consistent-- in favor of expanded government health care. Again and again, she has voted against conservatives in the Senate, including John Cornyn, and she has sided with Democrats to vote in favor of a larger government role in health care in America.

A little info on S-CHIP:

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Expanding SCHIP to cover children in higher income families is not an efficient or cost-effective way to reduce the ranks of uninsured children. As the safety net is cast further up the income ladder, it will increasingly substitute government programs and taxpayer dollars for private coverage and funding. In order to avoid significant and increasing crowd out, and to optimize the program’s “bang for the buck,” Congress should abandon its current course before SCHIP expires. Congress should, then, restore SCHIP’s purpose as a targeted safety net for uninsured children in low-income families and work to more efficiently and effectively direct assistance to those most in need.

Governor Perry has taken plenty of heat from Democrats and the establishment media for his opposition to S-CHIP expansion at the state level. Hutchison and Democrats have berated the Governor for "leaving federal money on the table."

Perry could have taken the easy way out to avoid criticism, but he didn't. We should reward Republicans when they stand up against the prevailing mentality that says let's push toward health care socialism one little bit at a time.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, meanwhile, has proven with her big government health care votes over the years that she is all for the federal government's involvement in care-- achieved on an installment plan. S-CHIP fits nicely into Senator Hutchison's career of "enlightened" Republicanism.

Enlightened is really just another way to say RINO: REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Prospects Pretty Good For Republicans.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 8 September 2009 10:58 AM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 647 -- Republicans May Pick Up Some Seats In 2010.

Let's Deserve Those Seats This Time-

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball doesn't always know all, but they have a solid reputation and have been pretty accurate in recent years. They're predicting big gains for Republicans:

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Rasmussen also has ample evidence of Democrat tanking and Republican success. Republicans are so far behind right now that we may not be able to take back the House, even with a major GOP surge, but in two or three cycles, it is not unlikely that Republicans will retake Congress, especially if Obama and the Democrats keep pushing their far left agenda. When we do retake Congress, let's deserve it this time.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Congress Destroys Wealth.

Posted by Will Franklin · 4 September 2009 10:05 AM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 646 -- Congress Destroys Wealth.

Go Away-

Hey.

Congress.

Leave us kids alone.

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Congress comes back to Washington next week. They need to just leave us alone. Especially the Democrats and RINOs.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Obama Slipping.

Posted by Will Franklin · 3 September 2009 09:23 AM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 645 -- Obama's Slippage.

Falling Fast, Falling Hard-

Earth to President, we don't want your socialism.

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Republicans are now beating Democrats in generic ballots, but it is still too early for Republicans to celebrate:

This summer, support for Republican candidates ranged from 41% to 43%, support for Democrats ranged from 37% to 39%. Looking back one year ago, support was strikingly different for the parties. Throughout the summer of 2008, support for Democratic congressional candidates ranged from 45% to 48%. Republican support ranged from 34% to 37%.

This is now the tenth straight week GOP candidates have held the advantage. However, Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, notes that it’s too early for Republicans to be celebrating. “These numbers certainly represent weakness for the Democrats, but it’s important to remember that the mid-term elections are 14 months away. That’s plenty of time for the President’s party to do some damage control and pick up the pieces from what has been a tough month of August.”

Obama may become an albatross around the necks of Democrats if this all keeps up.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Freedom Found More In GOP States.

Posted by Will Franklin · 2 September 2009 11:52 AM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 644 -- Texas Freedom.

Liberty & Texas Go Together-

I was recently climbing up a mountain in Slovenia with some Aussies, and we got to chatting about politics and what the parties in America stand for. While there is often a perception of conservatives and Republicans being for restrictions on liberty, the truth is that "red" states are freer than "blue" states for the most part. Freer economically, but freer personally as well.

According to the Mercatus weights of so many items, Texas is the 5th overall freest state in the nation, but they have a cool feature where you can adjust the weight of each item to fit your idea of freedom. I did a little tweaking, putting a few things lower or higher based on how important I find them, and here's what turned out:

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Go weight stuff yourself, and you'll see that strongly Republican states remain high on the list of freedom almost no matter what you do to the weighting scheme. Texas is one of the most free states in the country, and that's a good thing. Let's keep it that way.

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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Big Spender..

Posted by Will Franklin · 1 September 2009 12:01 PM · Comments (1)