Archive for June 12th, 2012

June 12, 2012

Poll Update: 49% Believe GOP Stalling Recovery To Beat Obama

Despite the Democratic-leaning source this is the first poll I’ve come across that broaches the perception of voters on this topic. It’s worth asking and it may well be a valid issue for other polling institutes to track. In addition, one must wonder why Democrats and the Obama campaign are not hounding the Republican Party on this and the 2009 inaugural night meeting with the top GOP leadership to develop a strategy of obstructionism designed to make Obama a one-term president, a strategy which overrode the needs of a country in economic crisis.

Nearly half of voters believe that Republicans are deliberately hamstringing efforts to resuscitate the economy in order to bolster their chances of defeating President Barack Obama, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

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June 12, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Will conservatism bankrupt America?

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A “Kinsley Gaffe,” named after the journalist Michael Kinsley, occurs when a politician accidentally blurts out what he really believes. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently committed a classic Kinsley gaffe when he criticized President Obama:  “He wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Romney blurted out the unstated premise of America’s anti-government conservatism:  many tasks of government could be performed more cheaply and efficiently by private firms competing in competitive markets.

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June 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: North Dakota’s Oil Boom Brings Damage With Prosperity

This is quite a long investigative reporting article by ProPublica but well worth the time reading it through.

Oil drilling has sparked a frenzied prosperity in Jeff Keller’s formerly quiet corner of western North Dakota in recent years, bringing an infusion of jobs and reviving moribund local businesses.

But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the boom, too: Oil companies are spilling and dumping drilling waste onto the region’s land and into its waterways with increasing regularity.

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