“Binders” of Women

A few years ago, I got a phone call from a headhunter who had been given my name in connection with a position he was trying to fill. After I answered the phone, he introduced himself, confessed that he didn’t realize who I was working for until our receptionist answered the phone and concluded with “so M. finally got her female engineer“. It turns out that one of our execs had repeatedly asked him to find her a woman.

Romney’s comment during the second Presidential debate may have been poorly worded, but I can’t find any fault in what he did nor can I understand why it’s being portrayed as a huge issue by the media.

Independents Play A Major Role In 2012

To give a bigger sense of why this is such an important number for Romney, consider this: In 2008 Obama won the national popular vote by 7.2 percent overall. If you assume equal turnout in 2012 as 2008 (39 percent Democrats, 32 percent Republicans, and 29 percent independents) but take Obama’s 8 percent win with independents and give it Romney, that 7.2 percent 2008 margin drops to 2.6 percent. If Romney can get Obama’s lead down to 2.6 percent before they even chip away at the giant turnout advantage Democrats had in 2008 (or win over some Democrats to Romney), it is going to be almost impossible for Obama to win.

Josh Jordan Obama’s Independent Problem


We have seen that it’s possible to overcome the politics of division and distraction; that it’s possible to overcome the same old negative attacks that are always about scoring points and never about solving our problems.

Barack Obama after winning the North Carolina primary May 2008

Would you trade a dollar for seventy-five cents?

Nancy Pelosi thinks you would:

The Affordable Care Act extends the life of Medicare by nearly a decade by reducing the rate of increase in payments to health care providers, by reducing costly taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies, and by reducing waste, fraud and abuse.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/15/opinion/pelosi-medicare/index.html?hpt=op_t1

But I keep running across comments from medical professionals that seem to suggest that Nancy Pelosi is naive:

Both a 2010 American Medical Association (AMA) survey and the 2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that about 17 percent of physicians were already restricting the number of Medicare patients they treat even before ObamaCare.

A recent survey from the Doctors Patients Medical Association found that 74 percent of doctors say that they will stop accepting Medicare patients due to the restrictions of ObamaCare. It is not clear that restricting Medicare choices by cutting doctor and hospital reimbursements for procedures that are deemed unnecessary by the new Medicare board will save money if it leads to doctors dropping out and patients becoming sicker if they end up with less access to timely care.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/20/cure-for-medicare/#ixzz29UL37C5M

So, who do you believe?

The Truth About GM

For months, I’ve been wondering why no one wants to challenge how the politicians spin it. During the Vice Presidential Debate, Biden said:

“Romney said, ‘No, let Detroit go bankrupt.’”

According to the Washington Post:

This statement is drawn from a headline — “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” — on an opinion article written by Romney for The New York Times. But he did not say that in the article. (He repeated the line, however,on television.)

Although “bankrupt” often conjures up images of liquidation, Romney called for a “managed bankruptcy.” This is a process in which the company uses the bankruptcy code to discharge its debts, but emerges from the process a leaner, less leveraged company.

Ultimately, along with getting nearly $80 billion in loans and other assistance from the Bush and Obama administrations, GM and Chrysler did go through a managed bankruptcy. But many independent analysts have concluded that taking the approach recommended by Romney would not have worked in 2008, simply because the credit markets were so frozen that a bankruptcy was not a viable option at the time.

Biden also overstated the Obama administration’s role in saving the auto industry, glossing over the fact that the outgoing George W. Bush administration first bailed out General Motors and Chrysler.

There you have it. See Wikipedia for all the gory details.

Faith & Politics

This was a country of faith before the first settlers arrived. Atheists are welcome to stay… but if you think you’re going to eliminate faith from American life, you’re more than welcome to move to a country that’s more in line with your way of thinking.

History has lessons to be learned. If only we were still teachable.

From Peter Wehner’s The Role of Sympathy and Trust in American Politics:

This is admittedly a complicated area, as some of our greatest presidents pursued policies that caused deep divisions. President Lincoln is a particularly fascinating case study. He presided over a Civil War that led to the death of around 620,000 people in a nation of roughly 30 million. And yet, as the Lincoln biographer Ronald C. White, Jr. has said, his second inaugural address called the whole nation to account and offered a moral framework for peace and reconciliation. When passions were at their highest and the North was at its strongest, Lincoln held out a path for reunification instead of revenge.

America has lost it’s ambition? Really?

We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge.

— President Obama at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Tuesday October 25, 2001.

I’m sorry Mr. President, but I haven’t lost anything. And I have a problem with any politician who gets on a stage and tries to convince me I’m a big fat zero.

Here’s a thought: What if we spent all of what we borrow on interests here at home instead of giving a significant portion of it to another country in the form of foreign aid. Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for us helping our allies in times of need, but borrowing from Peter to pay Paul is not fiscal responsibility in a weak economy.

Town Hall With Kelly Ayotte in Bow, NH

It was a little reminiscent of the 1992 Presidential election where Ross Perot would take the stage and whip out his charts and graphs. All in all, it was a good, informative event. It’s a shame the turnout was a little light, though. There are a lot of people who would have benefited from having the big, government analysis broken down into terms that every one can understand.

There was definitely an audible reaction in the room when Senator Ayotte compared the U.S. deficit, debt and spending to a person who makes $60K a year, borrows another $40K a year and spends in excess of $117K a year. I think some people were actually frightened by it. I’m becoming more convinced that we all need a good dose of fear from time to time.