With the 2010 midterm elections less than a week away, Americans and ambitious politicians are already looking to the 2012 elections and asking who will come forward to take on President Obama and his liberal progressive agenda in the next presidential campaign. The Blaze reports that Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence is considering stepping down from his post as House Republican Chairman to do just that.
TexasFred, a conservative blogger, reports that West Tawakoni Mayor Pete Yoho has fired Officer Johnny Beckett from the city’s police department and also suspended for ten days without pay Police Chief Jack Schultz, after which he will be terminated. The offense alleged is that the two officers belong the Tawakoni Area Tea Party. West Tawakoni is a small town in eastern Texas with a population of about 1,500 people. In Hunt County, where West Tawakoni is located, Barack Obama received less than 30 percent of the vote in the 2008 general election, about the same percentage that John Kerry received in the 2004 general election, and a little less than the 32 percent of the vote which Al Gore received in the 2000 election.
Planned Parenthood has entered into the campaign arena against Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, a former professional wrestling executive, by contacting 10,000 female Connecticut Independents via mail. The mailers assert, “Linda McMahon is an out-of-touch millionaire who made her fortune from sex, violence, and exploitation of women.”
The ideologically motivated termination of Juan Williams by National Public Radio has drawn ire from many Americans. Government-owned, government-sponsored, and government-regulated media will almost always create an inclination to genuflect to the opinions of those who run government — which will over time blossom into full-blown kowtows to the powers of state. What has happened to Juan Williams is simply one example of what Americans see in PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
ABC News reported the results of its latest poll indicating that the American public’s optimism had just hit a 36-year low. A quick scan of the headline, however, revealed that 75 percent of those polled “still call America the greatest country in the world.”
"I won't take any PAC money from banks that took TARP funds, nor would I take it from the top executive," Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, told Roll Call in February 2009.
In May 2008, the Dallas Morning News questioned why Amazon.com, America’s largest online retailer, didn’t charge sales taxes even though it maintained a distribution center in Irving, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth. The question resulted in an investigation by the Texas comptroller’s office, and now the state has sent a $269 million bill (including penalties and interest) to Amazon for uncollected sales taxes.
An unsettling development has reared its ugly head for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just one week before the midterm elections. Fox News reports, “An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up an illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation.”
In a last-ditch effort to salvage the Democratic majority, President Obama is encouraging Hispanic voters to remain inspired by stalled immigration "reform" to vote against Republicans on Election Day. More importantly, President Obama is inspiring his constituents to "punish our enemies and reward our friends," encouraging a similar kind of "thugocracy" we have seen with labor unions.