Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

The gender gap in the 2012 presidential election was the largest since Gallup began tracking the metric in 1952, according to data released by the polling firm on Friday.

President Obama won women by 12 percentage points, while Mitt Romney won men by 8. That’s a 20-point gender gap, edging out the 1984 election when Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in a landslide. Reagan won both men and women in that election, but carried men by 28 points and women by only 10 – a disparity of 18 points.

via Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.

Why Your Voter ID Card is in Limbo

Why haven’t you received your voters ID card if you live in Collin and other counties in Texas?

The redistricting drawn up by the Texas Legislature is in litigation and is being reviewed by the Obama Justice Department under Justice Secretary Eric Holder.

The issue of the court in San Antonio holding up the process is just muddying the water.

The law comes out of the liberalism of the 1960’s. According to Wikipedia:

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchis****t of African Americans in the U.S.

Echoing the language of the 15th Amendment, the Act prohibits states from imposing any “voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure … to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” Specifically, Congress intended the Act to outlaw the practice of requiring otherwise qualified voters to pass literacy tests in order to register to vote, a principal means by which Southern states had prevented African-Americans from exercising the franchise. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, who had earlier signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

… The Act has been renewed and amended by Congress four times, the most recent being a 25-year extension signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2006.

The original act was directed to the following states:

§ Alabama

§ Alaska

§ Arizona

§ Georgia

§ Louisiana

§ Mississippi

§ South Carolina

§ Texas

§ Virginia

This map shows the covered jurisdictions and states who have limited power to draw their own district boundaries.

Click on map for a large size

Pork Chop Hill and the legacy of the American voter

The MGM cable channel recently released a vintage movie, Pork Chop Hill.

It was released in 1959 and was based on an actual account of the last battle of the Korean War. I remember where I was when I saw it in 1959. It was at a theater in Mexia, Texas. I don’t remember the name of my date.

I was very interested in this motion picture story because the movie was based on a book written by historian and author Brig. Gen. S.L.A. Marshall He was known as SLAM to his friends. I have read every book he wrote.

I first remember Gen. Marshall in an interview he gave to CBS news in 1967 before the Israeli-Arab war. When every political pundit had predicted dire consequences for the outnumber Israelis, Marshall assessed that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) was a small professional army that could easily handle the Arabs who had overwhelming numbers of poorly trained and poorly motivated men.

He was right! In six days, the IDF was on the banks of the Nile and outside the gates of Damascus. The Arabs asked for peace.

Marshall died in 1977 and left a legacy of controversy that even brews to this day.

He was a journalist who joined the U.S. Army during the Second World War. As a journalist his job was to document the events of WWII. Gen. Marshall went much further, and his findings told us something about ourselves that we really did not want to know, although we knew it all along.

Marshall’s studies revealed that only 20 percent of the soldiers in action ever fired their weapons. He went further and said that that ratio extends into private life, as well.

Whether it is on your job, in church, or political life only 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. In political life, it may be even lower than that!

Economists call it the Pareto Principle. It goes like this:

  1. 80% of your profits come from 20% of your products
  2. 80% of your sales come from 20% of your sales staff!

In wealth, 20% of the people have 80% of the wealth. That’s where the controversy is … if you look at it as a socialist or a communist or a progressive.

Some people strive to be 80 percenters. A friend, who was an accountant, illustrates this principle. He worked for a Central Texas utility company in Killeen. He felt his and his wife’s interests would be best served if he could get a U.S. government Civil Service job which were were handed out like water. The U.S. Army and Department of Defense was the biggest employer in the area.

He finally got his wish and ended up in the Fort Hood accounting office. They gave him a pile of paper work to do. He did it and asked his supervisor for more.

He said his supervisor looked alarmed but gave him more work. This went on for a few days. The supervisor told him he was working too fast. “The principle here was to pace one’s self and always keep a backlog of work on your desk,” the supervisor advised him.

He was a 20 percenter. That working principle was not his style. He went back to civilian work.

As a journalist, I worked every writing beat on my last paper. I was rewarded with a supervisory position. I was the city editor with 10 writers and two photographers to give assignments and supervise. I edited all their copy and advised them where they need to improve. When I found slackers, I had them fired. In rising in my profession, I passed up several other people, who were employed longer than myself. They were resentful. They also did only the minimum amount of work to hold on to their jobs.

I eventually got a degree in computer science and moved on to another career. I went to work for nationwide retailer in their information technology department. My first cube mate had been there for more than four years. We became friends and socialized. In three years, I was his supervisor. Our friendship ended. He saw rewards as something that should be handed out for longevity, not achievement. I saw it the opposite way.

In local elections, such as the city council and school boards perhaps only three to 10 percent of the registered voters even vote. That is far short of the 20/80 rule. Even more dismal is the people who register to vote. Some estimates are that less than 50% of those eligible to register even do so.

My personal theory is that 80 percenters will perform if rewarded, first. For example, the Fox News Channel reported today that Wall Street protesters are being paid to protest. Unions are in my opinion made up of 80 percenters. Unions do give their members incentive to protest, strike, and work for political candidates.

Unions are a disincentive to work harder and innovate. For example, England once boasted the finest automobile industry in the world. The unions through the Labor Party took over the government and the government took over the auto companies. Today, all of the British auto manufacturers are out of business.

Back to Pork Chop Hill

Gregory Peck played the lead character, Lt. Joe Clemons. Capt. Joe Clemons (the same) was advisor on the movie and was named in the credits.

The movie depicts Lt. Clemons pushing his troops up the hill and exhorting them to “use your weapons!” Some soldiers were cooking up excuses to go back to the company aid station. One soldier was wandering around in a daze with no rifle.

The book was an allegory to American life and a study in leadership. Clemons overcame every obstacle and captured the hill. The lieutenant was a leader. He accepted the challenge, and shaped his effort in to meet achieve that objective.

Obama on he other hand is someone who was a product of a entitlement society. From all accounts his academic career was specially shaped for a minority. He spent his time working his way up through 80 percenters. He was elected by 80 percenters.

Now that his policies have failed, his objective is not to achieve but to blame someone. His objective his turned to just get re-elected.

It’s was good thing that this country was conceived and built by 20 percenters.

The legacy of the first Do Nothing Congress

The liberal cable media and the left-wing main stream media are referring to the current Congress as the Do Nothing Congress.

The Tea Party conservatives have succeed in stopping the runaway spending by the Obama-Pelosi-Reed Spend-a-crats. Yet much still must be done to bring the economy back.

But where did this term Do Nothing Congress originate?

It was first used by Democrat President Harry S Truman in describing the 80th Congress. It worked to gain his re-election, too.

Here’s what happened.

In 1946, the spending by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and the Second World War left the United States strapped with huge debts. In fact, debt was 100 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) just as it is now.

Republicans swept into power in the elections of 1946 and controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The GOP immediately set about reversing the laws passed during the New Deal and Truman’s Fair Deal.

Here is a list of legislation that came out of the Do Nothing Congress:

  1. Approved assistance to Greece and Turkey. They were being threatened by communists from within and the Soviet Union from without
  2. Passed the Taft-Hartley Act that monitors the activities of organized labor and assures workers the right to not be forced into unions. Truman vetoed the Taft-Hartley Act, but the “Do Nothing Congress” overrode his veto.(read more…)
  3. Passed the National Security Act that created the Air Force, the CIA and re-aligned American’s intelligence network to counter Soviet espionage. (read more …)
  4. Minerals Leasing Act (read more …)
  5. U.S. Information Exchange Act which set up the Voice of America radio stations. (read more …)
  6. Here’s the big one … the Marshall Plan for assistance for Western Europe which was near collapse and was being threatened from within and without by the Soviet Union (read more …)
  7. Peacetime draft
  8. Greek-Turkish Assistance Act.
  9. Civil Air Patrol
  10. Presidential Succession Act that names the Speaker of the House to be vice president when there is no VP.
  11. Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
  12. War Claims Act that liquidated German and Japanese assets and paid claims to American prisoners of war and detainees.
  13. Agricultural Act of 1948. (Read more …)

Above all, the “Do Nothing Congress” proposed the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution which limited the President to two consecutive terms in office. This amend was ratified in 1951. (read more …)

All these measures were signed into law by Harry Truman, who named the congress the Do Nothing Congress.

“The 80th Congress was nicknamed the “Do Nothing Congress” by President Harry Truman. The Congress opposed many of the bills passed during the Franklin Roosevelt administration. They also opposed most of Truman’s Fair Deal bills. Yet they passed many pro-business bills. During the 1948 election Truman campaigned as much against the “Do Nothing Congress” as against his formal opponent, Thomas Dewey,” according to Wikipedia.com. (bold face added)

The Do Nothing Congress also took over the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated communist influence in Hollywood and elsewhere. Truman denounced the HUAC, but documents seized after the fall of the Soviet Union revealed that some of Truman’s and Roosevelt’s top advisors were indeed working for the KGB.

Truman also played the race card. (read more …)

Now President Barack Hussein Obama has revived the strategy that worked for Truman in 1948.

Will it work in 2012?  We will see.

Voter ID passes out of Elections Committee

 

S.B. 362, Voter ID, passed out of [Texas] House Elections Committee this afternoon [May 12], with the next stop on the House floor for a full vote–but the work is not yet done. 

With 70% of Texans favoring a Photo ID to vote, it is still up to Chairman Todd Smith, Speaker Straus, and the rest of the Texas House to ensure that the final Voter ID legislation is what Texas voters want: valid Photo ID to vote, an increase in penalties for fraud without creating loopholes such as same-day voter registration, and immediate effect to ensure that our elections are free and fair. 

Democrat legislators will be looking for procedural “points of order” to prevent them from being held accountable to their constituents–it is up to Smith and Straus to ensure this bill has a full debate and vote on the floor. 

Please remind Chairman Smith that Texans are counting on him as the House Sponsor to strengthen, not weaken, this important bill on the floor–Republicans won’t just support any bill masquerading as Voter ID if it’s not real Photo ID to vote.