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Survey: President Obama’s Job Approval Drops in 47 States

If you watched Speaker Boehner this past Sunday on ABC’s This Week you probably heard him reaffirm to host Jake Tapper that this year will be a “referendum” on President Obama’s performance on jobs and the economy.  The calculation is widely accepted:  the president sets the agenda in Washington, and is judged in a reelection year based on his or her record on the issues Americans care most about (jobs and the economy).

So how are things looking as more and more Americans begin to think about the November elections? Here’s the story:

>> CBO expects “sluggish” economy, “high unemployment” and another deficit exceeding $1 trillion. (New York Times, 1/31/2011)

>> “Consumer confidence stalls in January” over “rising gas prices,” “unemployment.” (The Hill, 1/31/12)

>> Obama "Solidly Underwater … In Many States, Worse Than Publicly Perceived" (National Journal, 1/31/12)

>> "Perhaps Most Troublesome To Obama's Re-Election Campaign Were The Declines Sustained In 12 General Election Battlegrounds." (ABC News' Political Punch, 1/31/12)

>> “Obama approval rating down in all but three states in 2011.” (Los Angeles Times, 2/1/12)

>> “Why Obama should be worried.” (Politico, 2/2/2012)

Working from a recent Gallup survey, the Washington Examiner yesterday mapped out how the election would go if President Obama only carried states in November where he currently has a net positive approval rating:

Examiner Map

Granted, a lot will happen between now and Election Day.  But Americans have been watching these past three years as President Obama has championed an agenda that included a trillion dollar “stimulus” that didn’t create the jobs we were promised, a government takeover of health care the American people didn’t want, and a “cap and trade” national energy tax that created massive uncertainty for job creators across America. 

Speaker Boehner went on to argue on This Week that the president’s policies not only haven’t worked, they’ve made things worse.  It’s a message that resonates with hard-working families and small businesses across America.


NRCC Announces Another Round of Patriot Program Members


This morning, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) announced the third round of Patriot Program Members for 2012. The program - a rigorous, goal-oriented initiative that enables Members to stay on offense as they build winning re-election campaigns - empowers House Republicans to build strong campaigns through measured benchmarks and accountability, including for fundraising, communications and grassroots organization. 

The following Members were announced today as participants in the Patriot Program:

  • Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01)
  • Congressman Dan Lungren (CA-07)
  • Congressman Gary Miller (CA-31)
  • Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-52)
  • Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03)
  • Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-06)
  • Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-08)
  • Congressman Tim Johnson (IL-13)
  • Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)
  • Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01)

As NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions noted, “The Patriot Program is about staying on offense by building strong and winning campaigns against Democrats and their agenda that bankrupts our nation.” 


NRCC Announces Second Round of Patriot Program Members

On Patriot Day, Boehner Pledges Support for NRCC: “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link”


5 keys to jobs

Jobs & the Economy

Tonight, I’ll join my colleagues in the House and Senate in welcoming President Obama to the Capitol to deliver his State of the Union Address.

Here are the things on job creation Americans need to hear from this president tonight, but almost certainly won't hear, because by his aides' own admission, he is completely focused on his re-election campaign:

1. We need a budget. The Republican-led House passed a budget last year that made tough decisions and outlined a path to pay down our job-crushing debt.  We'll do so again this year.  But the Senate last produced a budget 1,000 days ago -- on this exact date.  Tonight, President Obama should call on the Democrat-controlled Senate to join the House in passing a budget in 2012. Likewise, the President must put forward a serious budget proposal this year, unlike last year when his budget failed to receive a single vote in the Senate.

2. We need the Keystone XL Pipeline. With unemployment still unacceptably high, President Obama cannot stand by his decision to deny tens of thousands of Americans new jobs. The American people also deserve the energy security afforded by reliable, domestic sources of energy. Tonight, President Obama should admit his mistake and reverse his decision to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline.

3. We need to cut excessive red tape. The House has passed nearly 30 bills that would help get millions of Americans back to work. The simple fact is that the Obama Administration needs to get out of the way and get rid of the unnecessary red tape and over-regulation. Tonight, President Obama should call on the Democrat-led Senate to take immediate action on the House-passed jobs bills, which, at a minimum, deserve an up-or-down vote.

4. We need to repeal Obamacare. With one third of business owners citing Obamacare as a reason they’re not hiring, it’s clear that President Obama’s health care law must be repealed. Tonight, President Obama should announce his commitment to dismantling Obamacare before it can impose more job-crushing regulations on American job creators.

5. We need to stop the spending binge. With the national debt topping $15 trillion, it’s time for President Obama’s spending binge to stop. Each year he has been in office, the US has racked up record budget deficits. Under President Obama’s leadership, the US now borrows $1 for every $1 of economic activity it produces. It’s a recipe for disaster. Tonight, President Obama should announce his commitment to balancing our nation’s budget by making significant cuts to government spending.

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Democratic Tax Hike Scheme Would Slam Small Business Job Creators

Fiscal ResponsibilityJobs & the Economy

Last evening, Senate Republicans led the charge to defeat a Democratic scheme to raise taxes on small business job creators.  But that isn’t stopping the Democrats who run the Senate from continuing to push for permanently higher taxes on job creators.  

To the surprise of no one, today’s New York Times reports that Democrats are putting politics before governing: 

“After struggling all year for an economic message that resonates broadly with Americans in hard times, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have settled on one they believe can carry through next year’s election as they use a fight over payroll taxes to portray Republicans as defenders of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class....

“But politically, Democrats believe that they have already won this latest skirmish in the message wars....So they have reprised an old message — that Democrats fight for the middle class, Republicans for the rich — and are likely to sound it through 2012, in hopes of blunting the headwinds they face as unemployment remains high.”

Of course, Democrats won’t let facts stand in the way of their partisan ploy. Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial unmasks the real victims of the Democrats’ tax hike scheme – small business job creators: 

“Mr. Reid's surcharge—which would hit incomes of $1 million and above—would slam small business job creators. Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that taxpayers will declare about $1.2 trillion of business income in 2013….Joint Tax finds that 34% of that $1.2 trillion is on tax returns with ‘modified AGI [adjusted gross income] in excess of $1 million.’ This means about $400 billion of business income would be subject to Mr. Reid's profits surtax.

Mr. Obama's own Treasury Department examined 2007 IRS data and found 392,000 returns with incomes above $1 million. Some 311,00, or more than three out of four, were classified by Treasury as ‘business owners.’ Perhaps Democrats can explain how taking money from employers is going to lead them to hire more workers.

“By the way, Mr. Reid's surcharge comes on top of the tax increase that will hit when the Bush tax rates expire at the end of 2012. So if Mr. Reid has his way, the top income tax rate will climb to 44.5% in 2013. And because dividend income will again be taxed as ordinary income starting in 2013, the dividend tax goes to 44.5% from 15% today. And don't forget that the ObamaCare investment income tax surcharge of 3.8% also begins in 2013, so stock owners are going to be happy to hear that the new dividend tax rate could be 48% in the name of tax fairness. This will only deter business investment, which is critical to job creation and higher wages.”

Speaker Boehner has said that House Republicans are willing to work with the President and Washington Democrats to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut in a fiscally responsible way.  Washington Democrats should abandon their demand to impose a job-crushing tax hike on small businesses and work with Republicans to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance temporarily.