Captain Kickass Hits New Low In Rasmussen Poll

Get ready for more of the same as the Recovery-Summer-That-Wasn’t winds down and even more Americans start paying attention to his disastrous, failed policies and constant whining about it being the last guy’s fault.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-seven percent (47%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -24 (see trends).

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook.

Overall, 41% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s performance. Fifty-eight percent (58%) disapprove.

Today’s Approval Index rating is the lowest yet recorded for this president. Overall Job Approval matches the lowest recorded number, and the number who Strongly Disapprove matches the highest yet recorded.


CBO: GOP Health Care Plan Will Lower Costs, Deficit Without Raising Taxes

John Boehner received a letter from the CBO which scores the bill.

Washington, Nov 4 – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed in a letter tonight that the Republican health care plan will lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent and reduce the deficit by $68 billion over 10 years without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses:

“When it comes to reforming health care, controlling skyrocketing costs is the American peoples’ top priority.  Now CBO has confirmed that the Republican plan will lower health care costs for American families, and that’s good news for everyone struggling in today’s economy.  The choice now could not be clearer: Speaker Pelosi’s plan raises costs. Our plan lowers them.

“Not only does the GOP plan lower health care costs, but it also increases access to quality care – including for those with pre-existing conditions – at a price our country can afford. The cost of the Speaker’s bill, now at $1.3 trillion and counting, is a debt that will be paid for by our kids and our grandkids. The American people deserve a better solution, and Republicans’ smart, fiscally-responsible plans give them exactly what they want.”

NOTE:  In a letter delivered tonight, CBO estimated that the GOP health care plan would reduce average private health insurance premiums per enrollee in the United States relative to what they would be under current law.  Specifically:

•    For the small group market (generally businesses with 2 to 50 employees), the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 for example by up to 10 percent.
•    For the individual market, the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 by up to eight percent.
•    For the large group market, the GOP plan would reduce premiums in 2016 by up to three percent.

How novel.  Reduce premiums. Lower the deficit.  No taxes.

Take that, Queen Nancy.




Eric Cantor: Obama Hasn’t Met With Republicans Since May

The most bipartisan president EVAH!

President Obama has cut off communication with Republican leaders, going more than four months without hosting the bipartisan congressional leadership at the White House to discuss his health care proposal, the No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday.

Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, told The Washington Times that health care reform has been an “utter disaster” for Mr. Obama and predicted if he pushes through a public option as part of a final bill, Republicans will win back at least one chamber of Congress in the 2010 elections.

Mr. Cantor said Mr. Obama initially asked for Republican help on health care, but Republicans have heard nothing since they offered their ideas.

“No matter what the cry is from the White House, no matter what the president claims, they have not engaged with us,” he said.

“The White House at this point has shut down, as far as any kind of engagement. I think that the last time that we as a Republican leadership were at the White House was in May, and that’s when they called us in at the beginning of the health care discussion so that they could get our ideas,” Mr. Cantor said. “The president enlisted us and said we want your ideas. [Minority Leader John A.] Boehner and I sent a letter to the White House in response to that request. Nothing.”

Dough Boy Gibbs had a typical snarky response:

“We’d be happy to evaluate their comprehensive proposal to provide health care reform to the American people. If you want to get it from them, I’ll be happy to take it over to [legislative] affairs,” Mr. Gibbs said.

Mr. Gibbs also said Republicans could take advantage of “a series of two-way streets between here and Capitol Hill” if they want to be constructive.

How does “I won” fall into that two-way  series of streets, Gibbsy?

House Majority Leader scoffs at suggestion that Democrats should bother to read health care bill

Steny Hoyer thinks that actually, you know, reading a trillion(+) dollar health care bill is a real laugh riot.  And making it available to the public for 72 hours prior to a vote?  Another knee slapper.

In a stunning remark, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) mocked the suggestion that Democratic lawmakers should actually read their massive health care bill and make it available to the public online for 72 hours before a vote. According to

“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it. …

“Hoyer was responding to a question from on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also make the full text of the bill available to the public for 72 hours before a vote.

“In fact, Hoyer found the idea of the pledge humorous, laughing as he responded to the question. ‘I’m laughing because a) I don’t know how long this bill is going to be, but it’s going to be a very long bill,’ he said.”

They didn’t read the stimulus bill or the cap and trade bill so why start now?  Perhaps John Boehner should read it line by line from the House floor.  I’d love to see Queen Nancy’s reaction.

Dude, where’s my job?

We know the stimulus bill has not created the millions of jobs that Obama and Company claimed it would.  In fact, at his press conference earlier this week, Obama conceded that unemployment is going to reach 10% – and soon.

Now they are touting Cap and Trade as a jobs bill.  Obama started this new tact earlier in the week and Nancy Pelosi continued the meme with her shrill scream of “JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS” on the House floor last night.  Calling this a jobs bill is a blatant lie.

As unemployment continues to rise and the deficit continues to explode, Americans are becoming skeptical and Republicans need to be all over this like white on rice.  It looks like they are formulating a plan that includes shining the light on this.

Hot Air has a link to the GOP’s weekly address…starring the George Hamilton of Congress.  That’s not a dig against Congressman Boehner.  I’m a tad jealous of that tan andI will always hold him dear to my heart after he threw a copy of the stimulus bill to the House floor in disgust.