January 25, 2012

He Must Be Trying to Lose (Updates: Polls All Over the Place)

At RedState:

Mitt Romney’s advisors have now advised him to support “a $2 gas tax, a VAT, and open Taliban talks.” Add to that list not repealing Obamacare.

Next thing you know, he’ll be promising to close Gitmo and try the detainees on U.S. soil.

If this were an athletic contest, they’d be calling in the point-shaving investigators.

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UPDATE: Rasmussen National — “Gingrich 35%, Romney 28%, Santorum 16%, Paul 10%.”

UPDATE, Jan. 26: Rasmussnen — “Romney 39%, Gingrich 31%, Santorum 12%, Paul 9%.” Zheesh.

SOTU Follow-up: Master Lock Has Insourced ‘Approximately 100′ Jobs

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:01 am

I went to Master Lock’s web site this morning to follow up on a statement about “insourcing” made by President Obama last night in his State of the Union speech (transcript; idea HT to a frequent emailer):

A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock’s unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity.

So we have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. Tonight, my message to business leaders is simple: Ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country, and your country will do everything we can to help you succeed.

Master Lock proudly trumpeted Obama’s highlight of the company in a press release last night (bolds are mine):

President Obama highlighted Master Lock in his State of the Union address Tuesday night for moving jobs back to the U.S. from China. Since mid-2010, Master Lock has brought back approximately 100 union jobs to its Milwaukee factory.

“We are honored to be mentioned by the President in such a traditional and time-honored event as the State of the Union address,” said John Heppner, president and chief executive officer, Master Lock Co. “As an American manufacturing company in business for approximately 90 years, we are proud to participate in the trend of “insourcing‟ jobs back to the U.S.”

The company’s 16,000 associates generated more than $3.2 billion in net sales in 2010. FBHS is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index.

It is indeed nice that Master Lock has brought back some jobs. But even accounting for the fact that Obama would never mention a nonunion company bringing back more of them … This is the best example they could find? You guys call this a “trend”? Really, at about 0.6% of the company’s worldwide employment, the “approximately 100″ jobs brought back are not significant to Master Lock itself, let alone the entire USA.

As to Obama’s promise to “do everything we can to help you succeed,” please. Just for starters, as seen in the Keystone Pipeline debacle, he has no interest in ensuring the reliable availability of energy, and his EPA continues to run amok. Hollow words.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012512)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:59 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: 40,000 Pro-Life Activists Line the Streets of San Francisco

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:58 am

From the West Coast’s March for Life:

1/23/12 11:48 AM

On Saturday, tens of thousands of pro-life activists lined the streets in front of San Francisco’s City Hall and then filled the city’s main thoroughfare, walking about two miles down Market Street to the Embarcadero.

Banging drums, playing guitars and chanting “We are pro-life,” the enthusiastic throngs filled Market Street and stopped all traffic for more than a mile. Organizers estimated more than 40,000 attended the Walk for Life West Coast.

“We are here to say life is the choice and women are hurt by abortion,” said Dolores Meehan, co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coast, which is held on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

Walk co-chair Eva Muntean urged participants to sign petitions to put a parental notification of a minor’s intent to procure an abortion on the California ballot and urged support for a state initiative for a personhood amendment.

At the rally, Dr. Vansen Wong, an OBGYN, told his story of performing abortions to pay off his medical bills, saying he ended hundreds of lives over the course of seven years working at an evening abortion clinic for his employer.

“Abortion is barbaric, abortion is intolerable,” said Dr. Wong, who now works with a pro-life medical clinic where pregnant women receive ultrasounds. “Abortion has no place in any civilized society.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.