Major League Baseball Players Trying to Front-Load Contracts to Avoid Obama Tax Hikes

November 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm (Adam Dunn, Barack Obama, C.C. Sabathia, Carl Crawford, Contracts, Front-load, Greg Genske, Major League Baseball, Mitt Romney, Taxes, Vernon Wells)

It looks like major league baseball players, much like businesses, are proactively and pessimistically trying to avoid the disaster that is the looming second-term Obama economy.

Via My Fox NY:

Team executives and agents wandered into the Agave Sunset lounge at the resort where the general managers’ meetings were held in Indian Wells, Calif. Four of the six flat-screen televisions were showing election coverage, with the other two turned to sports.

President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was of as much interest to baseball’s money men as the game scores, given the millions of dollars routinely guaranteed in player contracts these days.

As free agents negotiate deals this offseason, tax policy is an area that comes up along with the usual issues. Some players are wrangling for as much money as they can get before the end of the year to avoid a take hike in 2013.

“Front-loading would make sense if at all possible as tax rates will definitely go up on January 1st on all high-income taxpayers,” agent Greg Genske said in an email. “The only question is HOW MUCH will the rates increase????”

Genske of course should be wary of the tax implications lurking for his clients in 2013.  After all, his clients currently represent nearly $100 million in contract values for the 2013 season.  Genske represents such clients as C.C. Sabathia, Vernon Wells, Carl Crawford, and Adam Dunn.

Nobody expects to feel sorry for MLB players, but the point here is that prevailing wisdom in the player agent field is to get your money up front, and get it before President Obama can take it away.

Perhaps advice we should all be following…

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Republicans – Where Were You When Liberals Took Your Country?

November 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm (2012 Election, Enthusiasm, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, John McCain, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Republicans)

I honestly find this to be an unbelievable statistic.

According to the Gateway Pundit, Republicans turned out in fewer numbers for this year’s election than in 2004 and in 2008.

The enthusiasm gap that we heard so much about leading up to the election was supposed to be a double-edged sword – a drop in voter turnout for Obama, and a groundswell of support for Mitt Romney.

Only one edge lived up to the hype.  President Obama received 10 million fewer votes than in 2008.

But his Republican challenger saw no edge on his side, earning roughly 5 million fewer votes than President Bush in 2004, and even receiving 3 million fewer than the hapless John McCain campaign in 2008.

So I have to ask my fellow Republicans – Where the hell were you last night?

Not showing up just granted four more years of absolute failure to this President.

It’s four more years of trudging off to work knowing that a majority of your paycheck will be going to support government programs that benefit those who see no benefit in working.

Four more years of 8% unemployment being the norm in America.

Four more years culminating in over $20 trillion in debt.

Four years of further creating an entitlement society, one in which our children will live their lives predominantly dependent on government.

Four more years of having to accept the President’s own mantra – that American exceptionalism is a thing of the past.

Where were you when liberals took your country from you?

Now we get to sit back and find out what America would have looked like had Jimmy Carter won a second term – fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your misery index, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

As for our Democrat counterparts:  It shouldn’t bother anyone to hear you shouting “Four more years!”  But it should bother you that every other America-hating leader around the globe is now chanting the same thing.

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Republican Internal Polling Has Romney Up in Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Tied in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm (2012 Election, Dick Morris, Iowa, Mitt Romney, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Polls, Republican, Wisconsin)

If these figures are correct, Romney will almost certainly become the 45th President of the United States…

Via the Daily Mail:

Mitt Romney is ahead by a single percentage point in Ohio, according to internal polling data provided to MailOnline by a Republican party source.

Internal campaign polling completed last night by campaign pollster Neil Newhouse has Romney three points up in New Hampshire, two points up in Iowa and dead level in Wisconsin and – most startlingly – Pennsylvania.

If the Romney campaign’s internal numbers are correct – and nearly all independent pollsters have come up with a picture much more favourable for Obama – then the former Massachusetts governor will almost certainly be elected 45th U.S. President.

Then there’s these headlines on Drudge:

It’s going to be a stressful day tomorrow for most of us.  But not in the mind of Dick Morris, who is predicting a Romney landslide.

Via Gateway Pundit:

Dick Morris doubled-down today telling Megyn Kelly on America Live there is a 90% chance Mitt Romney will win tomorrow and a 60% chance it will be a landslide.

Only time will tell, but I tend to lean towards Morris’ and George Will’s thinking.  Romney wins going away.

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US Labor Secretary Celebrates Rise in Unemployment by Handing Out Candy to Reporters

November 2, 2012 at 10:20 am (2012 Election, Candy, Hilda Solis, Jobs Report, Labor Department, Labor Secretary, Minority, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Redistribute, Scott MacFarlane, Stimulus, Unemployment, Women, Youth)

Can somebody please explain to me what reason there is for celebrating another uptick in unemployment – to 7.9% – in America?

This tweet just came across from Scott MacFarlane:

And here is the picture:

How fitting that an administration who operates under the economic premise that handing out free stuff is the way to create growth and recovery, is celebrating another pathetic jobs report by … handing out free stuff.
What is she celebrating exactly, the fact that it didn’t go back above 8%?  We’re really happy and content with it at 7.9%?
Here’s the chart in question.  Notice also, that their predictions had the unemployment rate at 5.2% for October of 2012.
Mitt Romney released the following statement:

“Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. The jobless rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office, and there are still 23 million Americans struggling for work. On Tuesday, America will make a choice between stagnation and prosperity. For four years, President Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class. For four years, President Obama has told us that things are getting better and that we’re making progress. For too many American families, those words ring hollow. We can do better. We can have real economic growth, create millions of good-paying jobs, and give middle-class families the security and opportunity they deserve. When I’m president, I’m going to make real changes that lead to a real recovery, so that the next four years are better than the last.”

Romney and most Americans see it as yet another sad day in a four-year struggle with the economy and unemployment.

Not the Obama administration.

7.9% unemployment and Hilda Solis is acting like a giddy schoolgirl.
Speaking of young people, take a look at these statistics regarding the new jobs report – You don’t want to be young, female, or a minority in the Obama economy.
Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans on the important economic issues facing the nation, announced non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) 18-29 youth unemployment rate data for October 2012 as the Presidential election nears:
  • The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for October 2012 is 12.0 percent (NSA).
  • The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for October 2012 is 21.4 percent (NSA); the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for October 2012 is 13.4 percent (NSA); and the youth unemployment rate for 18–29 year old Women for October 2012 is 11.8 percent (NSA).
  • The declining labor force participation rate has created an additiona1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.
  • If the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.5 percent (NSA).

Don’t worry though, things can turn around after Election Day.

In a press release to CNN, Romney reiterated his five-point plan to create a real recovery in America:

Together with Paul Ryan, I’ve put forward an economic recovery plan consisting of five central elements that will in four years create 12 million jobs. 

We will produce more of the energy we need to heat our homes, fill our cars, and make our economy grow.  We will stop President Obama’s war on coal, his disdain for oil, and his effort to crimp natural gas by federal regulation of the very technology that produces it. We will support nuclear and renewables, but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet. We will invest in energy science and research to make discoveries that can actually change our energy world. By 2020, we will achieve North American energy independence. 

We will retrain our work force for the jobs of tomorrow and ensure that every child receives a quality education no matter where they live, including especially our inner cities. Parents and students, not administrators and unions, need to have greater choice. Our current worker retraining system is a labyrinth of federal programs that sprawls across 47 programs and nine agencies. We will eliminate this redundancy and empower the 50 states and the private sector to develop effective programs of their own. 

We will make trade work for America.  We’ll open more markets to American agriculture, products, and services. And we will finally hold accountable any nation that doesn’t play by the rules.  I will stand up for the rights and interests of American workers and employers. 

We will restore fiscal sanity to Washington by bringing an end to the federal spending and borrowing binge that in just four years has added more debt held by the public than almost all previous administrations combined. We will put America on track to a balanced budget by eliminating unnecessary programs, by sending programs back to states where they can be managed with less abuse and less cost, and by shrinking the bureaucracy of Washington. 

Finally, we will champion small business, the great engine of job creation in our country, by reforming the tax code and updating and reshaping regulations that have suffocated economic growth.

What do you want America?  A President who celebrates mediocrity in America, or a President who will bring back exceptionalism to this great nation?

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MSNBC Somehow Finds a Way to Criticize Romney For Collecting Food and Supplies For Hurricane Victims

October 31, 2012 at 7:00 am (2012 Election, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Cillizza, Disaster, Donations, Hurricane Sandy, Liberals, Martin Bashir, Mitt Romney, MSNBC, Ohio, President Obama, Red Cross)

Only the leftist hacks at MSNBC could somehow find fault in a person trying to donate time and effort to support the victims of a disastrous hurricane.

Via NewsBusters:

In this afternoon’s broadcast of Andrea Mitchell Reports, Mitchell accused Romney of surreptitious campaigning, and asked what are the true intentions of Governor Romney collecting storm supplies after a hurricane.  With Chris Cillizza, who writes Washington Post’s The Fix blog, Andrea Mitchell nonsensically noted how donations are the most effective forms of assistance in situations like this because there is no packaging involved.  Mitchell revealed herself, yet again, as a liberal hack, and someone who is absent minded when it comes to common sense.  There are 7.5 million people without power, and how dare Mitt Romney try to help those in need.  

Additionally, Mitchell’s colleague, Martin Bashir, added to this anti-charity narrative on his show this afternoon with “Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Lehigh professor James Peterson [saying], Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?” 

NewsBusters colleague Noel Sheppard aptly said, “Imagine that. A presidential candidate who gives millions of dollars a year to charity does a storm relief event in Ohio, and an MSNBC anchor is disgusted by it because the Red Cross would prefer people donating cash.”

Of course, had Romney simply cut a check to the Red Cross you know these same hacks would be piling on him for being too rich, out of touch, and lacking in compassion.

Oddly enough, they weren’t nearly as critical of the President who instead of actually holding a relief effort, was busy trying to convince supporters in hurricane ravaged areas to phone bank for his re-election campaign.

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Class Act: President New Tone Calls Romney a Bulls****** in Interview

October 25, 2012 at 9:35 am (2012 Election, Bullshitter, Children, Kids, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Rolling Stone)

He has no record to run on.  He has little in the way of an agenda for his second term.  And he is devoid intellectually of being able to debate in a rational manner.  So it seems, President Obama has resorted to childish name-calling.

This is a sitting U.S. President saying this:

FIRST LOOK – Rolling Stone cover, “Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview,” by Douglas Brinkley: “We arrived at the Oval Office for our 45-minute interview … on the morning of October 11th. … As we left the Oval Office, executive editor Eric Bates told Obama that he had asked his six-year-old if there was anything she wanted him to say to the president. … [S]he said, ‘Tell him: You can do it.’ Obama grinned. … ‘You know, kids have good instincts,’ Obama offered. ‘They look at the other guy and say, “Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.”

Mind you, this is a President who has perfected the art of bulls******* the American people over the last several weeks with his grand story-telling about the events that transpired in Benghazi.

This is a President who fed the public absolute bulls*** when he claimed he didn’t raise taxes on the middle class, all the while knowing that Obamacare is set to hammer the middle class with such taxes.

This is a President who presided over the longest stretch of unemployment of 8% in history, while telling the American people that if he passed his stimulus it would never go above 8%.

If children have instincts that help them to identify a bulls******, they’d be running for the hills from you, Mr. Obama.  You are not Presidential material, you’re barely an accomplished snake-oil salesman.  And soon, you’ll be gone.

That’s no bulls***.

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Classy MSNBC Audience Jeers 9-Year-Old Girl For Supporting Romney

October 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm (9-Year-Old, Child, Girl, Liberals, Little Girl, Mika Brzezinski, Mitt Romney, Morning Joe, MSNBC, Willie Geist)

Chris Matthews seen leading the jeers.

Via the Daily Caller: 

If you ever wanted a glimpse into potentially just how rabidly left-of-center your average MSNBC viewer is, you had an opportunity this morning during the “What have we learned today?” segment on “Morning Joe.”

As the Tuesday broadcast of “Morning Joe” was wrapping up, co-host Mika Brzezinski introduced viewers to 9-year-old Annabelle

“I have Annabelle,” Brzezinski said. “She is nine and a half. She has four brothers so she kind of feels my pain this morning. But Annabelle, who do you think should win the election, Annabelle?”

Annabelle replied, “Mitt Romney,” which was met with a chorus of boos on the show’s live set at Racks Downtown Eatery and Tavern in Boca Raton, Fla.’s Mizner Park.

“Booing a 9-year-old girl?” co-host Willie Geist said. “Clean it up.”

In their defense, feeling threatened intellectually can make people say and do strange things.  Isn’t that why Obama has gone on about Big Bird, binders, and bayonets?

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Romney Takes Lead in Battleground Tracking Poll

October 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm (2012 Election, Battleground States, Debate, Demographics, Men, Mitt Romney, Politico, Poll, President Obama, Tracking Poll, Women)

For the first time since May, Mitt Romney has taken the lead in a Politico Battleground Tracking poll of 10 competitive states.

The surge toward a November victory continues post-debate:

Via Politico:

Mitt Romney has taken a narrow national lead, tightened the gender gap and expanded his edge over President Barack Obama on who would best grow the economy.

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — taken from Sunday through Thursday of last week — shows Romney ahead of Obama by 2 percentage points, 49 percentage to 47 percent. That represents a 3-point swing in the GOP nominee’s direction from a week ago but is still within the margin of error. Obama led 49 percent to 48 percent the week before.

Romney has not led in the poll since the beginning of May.

Across the 10 states identified by POLITICO as competitive, Romney leads 50 percent to 48 percent.

Ed Morrisey at Hot Air reports that while the numbers are more realistic than some other polling samples, they still likely do not capture the enthusiasm gap in favor of Republicans.

Let’s take a look inside the numbers.  The D/R/I for this poll is 35/31/33 for a D+4, a not-insupportable number that probably still understates Republican enthusiasm and turnout.  Republicans comprised 32% of the electorate in 2008 and 35% of the electorate in 2010, so they’re unlikely to have a worse relative turnout this time than either of the past two elections.  However, the non-white percentage in the sample (22%) looks a little thin compared to 2008 (26%), but close to 2010′s 23%.  That’s something to keep in mind, as I suspect that the 2012 turnout will be somewhere between the two, and the undersample here may balance out the undersample of Republicans.

Two keys suggest Romney’s doing better than his toplines.  First, he’s winning the gender gap.  Romney gets a +10 among men, while Obama gets a +8 among women, for a +2 advantage for Romney.  In 2008, Obama had a +14 gender gap advantage over John McCain.  Obama wins single women, but is getting clobbered among married women, 42/55.  Romney’s also leading among women without children overall, 50/46, suggesting that women who already know how to access birth control aren’t terribly concerned about it as an election issue.

The second key is age demographics.  Obama has a 30-point lead among voters 34 years and younger, but that’s his only win.  He and Romney tie among 35-44YOs at 48 each, but Romney has double digit leads among 45-64YOs (54/44) and seniors (58/38).  Those last two demographics are the most likely to vote in the election.

This is yet another poll series showing Romney trending toward victory, and I suspect that the momentum is greater than the toplines suggest…

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Video – Mitt Romney Crushes Obama in Hilarious Speech at Al Smith Dinner

October 19, 2012 at 7:23 am ($16 Trillion, Al Smith Dinner, Big Bird, Comedy, Funny, Hilarious, Mitt Romney, New York, New York City, President Obama)

Beltway Confidential writes:

Mitt Romney delivered a great series of jokes at the Al Smith dinner this evening in New York City.

Both Romney and President Obama attend the 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York. The speeches traditionally feature political humor, as both candidates are invited during an election year.

They’re right, Mitt absolutely tore it up last night, and if any independent voters had a chance to see this speech, it would have added an even further layer onto the man that Democrats have been trying to portray as an evil corporate raider.

Personal favorite:

“… people seem to be very curious just as to how we prepare for the debates. Let me tell you what I do. First, refrain from alcohol for 65 years before the debate.  

 Second, find the biggest available straw man and then just mercilessly attack it…

 Big Bird didn’t even see it coming.

And by the way in — in the spirit of Sesame Street, the president’s remarks tonight are brought to you by the letter ‘O’ and the number $16 trillion.”

Watch the speech, I guarantee you will laugh your a** off…

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Bill Clinton Sides With Romney – Obama Hasn’t Fixed the Economy

October 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm (Bill Clinton, Economy, Fixed, Mitt Romney, President Obama)

Payback for throwing Hillary under the bus?

At a campaign event in Ohio, Bill Clinton concurs with a main argument of Mitt Romney’s, stating that it is true that the economy is not fixed under Obama.

“Governor Romney’s argument is ‘we’re not fixed, so fire him and put me in.’ It is true, we’re not fixed. When President Obama looked into the eyes of that man who said in the debate, ‘I had so much hope four years ago and I don’t now,’ I thought he was going to cry because he knows that it’s not fixed.”

Watch…

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