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Leaked Obama Tape: ‘I Believe in Redistribution’

Sep 19, 2012, 9:35 am EDT
Leaked Obama Tape: ‘I Believe in Redistribution’

Matt Drudge, the journalist behind the right wing news site Drudge Report, has posted a link to a video featuring Barack Obama saying he believes in redistribution.

The video is actually a recording of a speech given by Obama in 1998 at Loyola University, in which he attempts to counter conservative arguments against assisting the poor. Towards the end of the clip, he can be heard saying, “I believe in redistribution, at least a certain level, to make sure that everybody has got a shot.”

Mitt Romney, facing heat for his own leaked comments, has used these newly leaked Obama comments as an opportunity to criticize Obama and draw attention away from what he said about certain Americans believing they were victims. Read 

Small Businesses: Economy, Ethics Guide Our Votes

Sep 18, 2012, 3:34 pm EDT
Small Businesses: Economy, Ethics Guide Our Votes

Small businesses overwhelmingly see the economy and jobs as the most important issue this presidential election, followed by ethical issues, according to data released today by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and Thumbtack.com.

More specifically, small businesses’ ethical concerns revolve around honesty and corruption in government. In the study, 40% of all small-business owners rated the economy and jobs as the most important issue to them. Ethical issues were most important to 14% of small-business owners.

Also interesting to note is that more small-business owners say President Barack Obama is more supportive of small businesses than Mitt Romney. However, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they were unsure who was more supportive of small businesses, and only 20% said that Obama’s health care policy helped their businesses. Read 

Romney Explains Secretly Recorded ‘Victim’ Remarks

Sep 18, 2012, 10:04 am EDT
Romney Explains Secretly Recorded ‘Victim’ Remarks

Once again, Mitt Romney is attempting to explain away another potential gaffe. The Republican presidential candidate says that a secretly recorded video of his answer to a question at a campaign stop was an “off the cuff” response that wasn’t “elegantly stated.”

In the video, Romney is heard saying “there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what” and “All right — there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them.” He also added they “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”

Yesterday, Romney tried to clarify his statements. “Of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future.” Read 

No Happy Anniversary for Occupy Wall Street

Sep 17, 2012, 3:50 pm EDT
No Happy Anniversary for Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street marks 1st anniversary with marches, party hats”

As I read this Los Angeles Times headline, I couldn’t help but think: “Wouldn’t black veils have been more apropos?”

Occupy Wall Street did indeed mark its first anniversary today, but it sure wasn’t a cause for celebration. For all intents and purposes, OWS has been a colossal failure. Read 

Obama Tackles China On Trade

Sep 17, 2012, 9:53 am EDT
Obama Tackles China On Trade

President Barack Obama is launching a trade action against a familiar fair trade foe: China.

According to Obama administration officials, he will announcement the trade enforcement case during a campaign visit in Ohio today. The case involves what the Obama administration says are illegal subsidies for Chinese automobiles and automobile parts. The administration says the subsidies put U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage and encourage manufacturing outsourcing to China.

Obama will be seeking a solution with the World Trade Organization, after efforts to stop China’s subsidies through direct talks failed. The U.S. is also pursuing a case with the WTO accusing China of imposing unfair duties on imported American vehicles. Read 

Why Obama Is Moving Ahead

Sep 17, 2012, 9:03 am EDT
Why Obama Is Moving Ahead

More than a week after the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama has moved to his widest lead in the polls in some time.

He leads Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by three percentage points in the latest Gallup and CBS News/New York Times polls, by five points in the Fox News poll, and by six in the most recent CNN poll.

The president also has moved close to or actually at a 50% approval rating in several recent polls (including conservative Rasmussen Reports) — a key threshold that often points to an incumbent’s re-election. Read 

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