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Monday, November 01, 2010

With Just Hours to Go ...

... the most widely respected election analyst in the country - Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report - has today taken the 9th Congressional District race here in Southwest Virginia and reclassified it from "leaning Democrat" to "Toss Up," reflecting a similar determination made by SurveyUSA just days ago. 

This, folks, is going down to the wire.

Crunch time.

Hitting Boucher Where It Hurts Most

You are the most creative people on this planet.

From "X-Firefighter" in yesterday's comments comes this:

"Saw a good sign outside Abingdon today that stated: Vote for Barack O'Boucher.'"

Sweet.

Just In The Nick Of Time

This was so needed:


Thank God. Tourism up around the Mall had fallen to disturbing numbers.  From 5 souls per week to 3.

So redirect that money that the county needed so desperately a few months ago for important stuff.

Tourism in Montgomery County. Good grief.

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Of course it could be worse:


I'm thinking we should start over with this whole government thing.

My Prediction

No, I have no idea who is going to win the race here in the 9th Congressional District.  I'm not privy to that kind of polling data on a daily basis and the race is too tight to even venture a guess.  But I will predict this:

If the weather is nice, Rick Boucher wins.  If it's raining Morgan Griffith rides to victory.

It's as simple as that.

Why?

Because, based on all recent polling, the elderly remain steadfast in their support of the Democrat.  And the elderly always turn out in (relatively) high numbers in mid-term elections.  Unless the weather is bad and they (well, some of them) are unwilling to risk their health.

A Fact: Old people vote.

And the younger citizens among us?  Those who break heavily in Morgan Griffith's favor?

Not nearly as likely.

So pray for bad weather.

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What does Weather.com predict tomorrow to look like?

Sunny.  High of 59°.

Uh oh.  Better get on the phone and call your neighbors.  Tell them to get off their dead asses in the morning and go down and stand in line behind granny.  'Cause you know she's going to be there.

Sarah Palin Victorious

This may go down in history as the vice presidential contender's most memorable line (spoken long after she and John McCain lost to The Messiah and Uncle Buster):

"How's that hopey-changey thing workin' out for ya?"

Because its sting hurts so bad:
Thin Crowd for Cleveland Campaign Rally
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times

Cleveland — President Obama wrapped up a weekend of last-minute campaigning in Ohio on Sunday, addressing Democrats in an indoor arena that, in a sign of the “enthusiasm gap” that the president is working so hard to close, was little more than half full.

About 8,000 people attended the Democratic National Committee’s Moving America Forward’ rally at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, a hall where the capacity is 13,000. The rafters were largely empty.

Organizers noted the president was competing on a Sunday afternoon with church, football and Halloween. [link]
All one can surmise: The thrill is gone, baby.

To think, a radio talk show host and two cable TV channel comedians can draw - between them - half a million people to their rallies, and Mr. Wonderful has difficulty filling a phone booth.

It wasn't supposed to be like this.

Those at CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN who created the man must feel so discouraged these days.

If Puerto Rico Can Do It ...

... why not the USA?

Where have you heard this before?
Puerto Rico's Governor Channels Ronald Reagan
By Mary Anastasia O'Grady

Move over, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. You've got a tax-cutting, pro-growth competitor who may be even bolder than you. His name is Luis Fortuño and he is the governor of Puerto Rico, a place that, if you can believe it, is in worse fiscal shape than the Garden State.

When Mr. Fortuño took office in January 2009, Puerto Rico had a 46% budget shortfall equal to $3.3 billion. Things were so bad, he told me in a telephone interview from San Juan on Tuesday, that he had to fly to New York while still governor-elect to explain his fiscal plan to the investment community in order to avoid a sharp downgrade of Puerto Rican debt. "We were one step from junk status," he says.

After 22 months in office and a boatload of spending cuts, the deficit is now down to about 11%. That achievement notwithstanding, the commonwealth still is spending more than it takes in. In the Washington political handbook this means Puerto Ricans are not paying enough in taxes.

Mr. Fortuño has a much different view of the problem: He thinks high taxes have destroyed the Puerto Rican economy. He has already signed into law a five-year property tax holiday for real estate purchased through June of next year and waivers on fees for those transactions. Last week he handed his legislature a radical plan to simplify the tax code and sharply reduce corporate and individual rates.

Mr. Fortuño says that Puerto Rico's recession—which began two years before the U.S. recession—only partly explains the current crisis. "If you look at the past decade, Puerto Rico has had negative growth for the entire period." (According to his office, the economy contracted 0.2% in the 2000s.) This shows, he argues, that "we are in need of a major overhaul. If we just tweak it a little, we won't accomplish what we need."

The governor says he cut 20% of the budget but "it was not enough." Puerto Rico needs "to provide an environment for our people to flourish and to let their ingenuity take them where they want to go." He adds: "Puerto Rico has not been competitive. Investors have been going to Singapore and Ireland. Our system was failing us." And it wasn't for lack of capital. Commonwealth debt offerings, he says, always sell out quickly. "There is plenty of money here but it has not been worthwhile taking risk" in private-sector ventures.

To change that risk-reward profile, the Fortuño plan dramatically reduces corporate tax rates and raises the income levels in which higher rates kick in. The new schedule will replace six brackets with three and move the top corporate rate of 41% on income over $500,000 down to 30% on income over $2.5 million. [link] [emphasis mine]
Meanwhile, here in the USA, Obama and Pelosi scheme to raise taxes ever higher and make it more difficult for the job creators among us to thrive.

And we're now being shown up by the Puerto Ricans.

For the love of God.

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A worthy read: "Why We Should Eliminate the Corporate Income Tax."