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Tag Archives: 2012 Elections

Koch Brothers Learn from 2012, Restructure for 2014 and Beyond

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This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, October 8, 2014:

Sensing an opportunity to turn the liberal tide in 2012, free-market advocates Charles and David Koch established the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce. They successfully recruited about 200 members, each of whom paid a minimum annual membership fee of $100,000 and raised more than $250 million in the process. When added to other funds that the Koch Brothers were able to raise in their effort to influence the electorate in 2012, the total came to more than $400 million.

Despite that enormous sum,

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Obama’s Reelection May Lead to Gun Confiscation

Arms Trade Treaty Banana Shootout

Arms Trade Treaty Banana Shootout (Photo credit: Eyes on Rights)

Pastor Chuck Baldwin is long past being polite and pulling his punches. In his latest newsletter he reminds us that people are beginning to become restless. The petitions on secession are mounting in numbers daily, and he thinks that’s a good thing. Not that they will have any impact whatsoever:

Does anyone believe that these states are really going to secede from the union? Of course not. At least, not yet. Citizen petitions are just that. In order for a State to secede it would have to be formally declared by an act of the State’s legislature and governor. Good luck finding many of those.

But they do represent a stirring of discontent which could be the beginning of something much bigger and more ominous. Baldwin thinks that Obama is going to be successful in ramming the UN small arms treaty through the Senate, which is the next step to enforced confiscation. He sees it coming,

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Obama, Yes! Freedom, No!

John Stossel

John Stossel (Photo credit: C o l i n)

John Stossel is about as pessimistic as I’ve seen him. Freedom lost last Tuesday. Totalitarianism got stronger:

Some people with records of supporting liberty were elected: Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona and U.S. Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio in Michigan and Thomas Massie in Kentucky…

Also, Washington and Colorado voted to allow any adult to use marijuana…

But overall, the results were bad for freedom.

He says we should “fix” government the way we “fix” our cats and dogs: spay them, neuter them.

How does he propose to do that? Term limits! That’ll work, you bet:

Term limits would be good. When we give politicians power, they should know they don’t get to keep it forever. They have to bring that power right back to us and drop it at our feet. “Good boy. Now go back outside!”

But don’t we already have term limits: two years for members of the House, six years for members of the Senate, four years for the President? How is that working?

Stossel thinks that, for the moment, gridlock will

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The Changing Demographics of Election 2012

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On Sunday before Election Day, the Pew Research Center released its final prediction on the outcome of the election: President Obama would win, beating Republican Party candidate Mitt Romney, 50% to 47%. When all votes were tallied, Obama beat Romney, 50.6% to 47.8%.

Pew acknowledged that the president’s virtual takeover of the media in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy just before the election persuaded some who were undecided to vote for the president. According to Pew:

Obama’s handling of the storm’s aftermath may have contributed to his improved showing. Fully 69% of all likely voters approve of the way Obama is handling the storm’s impact.

Even a plurality of Romney supporters (46%) approve of Obama’s handling of the situation; more important, so too do 63% of swing voters.

In its final pre-election survey of 2,709 voters conducted from October 31 through November 3, Pew began to see how the electorate was moving. 39% of likely voters supported Obama strongly whereas just a third of them strongly supported Romney. Noted Pew: “In past elections…the candidate with the higher percentage of strong support has usually gone on to win the popular vote.”

Among women voters, Pew noted the most dramatic shift towards Obama, favoring him 53% to just 40% for Romney – a 13 point margin and a 6 point gain from just a week before.

Meanwhile, Pew noted that among voters age 65 and older, Romney’s support began to fade down the home stretch. Romney’s 19-point lead in Pew’s previous poll had declined to just 9 points in the latest one.

On Wednesday, November 7, Pew released its post-election analysis and noted that its prediction was

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Voter Fraud for Obama? You Bet!

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The real question isn’t “whether” there was voter fraud, but instead “how much” was there? Joseph Farah, writing on his WorldNewsDaily blog, says there was a lot. And he knows: he’s been on both sides:

I understand Barack Obama and Bill Ayers because I was one of them early in my life. I even met Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda in the old days. I admired them. If Obama had been old enough during the 1960s and 1970s, I probably would have run into him, too…

I know the arguments of the other side and can still spout them before most of today’s practitioners of so-called “progressive” thought can.

He knows that morality is relative for these thugs: whatever gets the job done is OK, no matter who’s hurt or what’s damaged. It’s simple: the ends justify the means. Pragmatism. Practical politics. It’s all

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Obama’s Support for the UN Arms Treaty is Back On

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The 2nd Amendment: America’s Original Homeland Security (Photo credit: afagen)

Less than 24 hours after being reelected, the president has taken the gloves off. Obama supports the UN gun control treaty but put his support “on hold” until after the election. He didn’t want to give Romney any more ammunition (so to speak) about Obama’s anti-Second Amendment intentions. Here’s the lead:

Last July, the U.N. General Assembly  began formal discussion of the Arms Trade Treaty [UNATT], which seeks to establish “common international standards for the import, export and transfer of  conventional arms…

Gun rights supporters blasted the treaty as it inched toward approval, and many  suspected U.S. procedural maneuvers were intended to delay the treaty so it wouldn’t become a topic of discussion during the election.

Naturally, the White House intones that it’s just a coincidence, and besides, the arms treaty doesn’t

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What Liberties are We Actually Losing?

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Washington DC – West Potomac Park: Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Photo credit: wallyg)

Russ Roberts received an interesting email that asks some important questions about the freedom fight:

You guys have been forecasting the arrival of universal serfdom for about as long as the left has been predicting the collapse of capitalism. Is the Road to Serfdom gridlocked? Did someone forget to gas the car? Has our dashboard GPS unit failed? Or our we just moving really slowly, the better to take in the scenery?

I mean, come on. I’m guessing that you, the readers of this blog are among the freest people in human history. You are free to go pretty much anywhere in the world you wish to go, free to buy pretty much anything that’s available for sale anywhere, free to think anything you want, say anything you want, read anything you want, watch anything you want on TV. And even after you’ve paid for all those dinners in nice restaurants, vacations in nice places, and homes in nice subdivisions, you still have enough left over to own shares of Apple or Google. You’re paying less in taxes than you have in decades. If you get really sick, or suffer a serious injury, you will receive top quality medical care than will not leave you penniless even though you might never be able to pay the full cost of your care yourself– thanks largely to the pre-eminently socialist institution known as “insurance.” And even if you’ve not made or saved lot of money in your lifetime, you will not be destitute in your old age, and you will not be allowed to die like a dog in the street. And so on.

Maybe I’ve missed something. But an itemized list of liberties of which you have been deprived, or that you are at risk of losing, might help me get up to speed.

What might such an “itemized list of liberties” look like if you got an email like this? Or if a skeptic asked you face-to-face?

Roberts fumbles around with

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W and the GOP Gave the Election to Obama

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This no doubt will upset some people but, in my opinion, Pastor Baldwin has properly called out the Republican Party for giving the election to Obama. On the good side, he thinks little has changed in Washington as a result of the election. On the other side, the fight for freedom was not advanced in any significant or measurable way. And that he blames on the GOP:

Ever since Reagan, Republicans have routinely rejected legitimate freedomists and have nominated pseudo-conservatives. The result has always led to a resounding defeat for Republicans at the polls. Since the defeat of George H.W. Bush after one term in 1992, due to his blatant big-government and globalist policies, Democrats have dominated the White House. The lone exception was the election of G.W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. But, Bush, Jr., ran as a Reagan-conservative. He wasn’t, of course, but he was perceived as one.

But it was Bush, the Big-Spending-Warmonger, that doomed the GOP’s future [efforts]. Bush’s out-of-control deficit spending, coupled with his preemptive wars of aggression, and the implementation of a burgeoning police state/surveillance society made the name “Republican” something dirty to the American electorate. As a result, the GOP is in complete disarray and without principled leadership.

The GOP picked someone who simply couldn’t win, while ignoring the one man who could have

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Obama Intends to Bring Down Capitalism

ENEMY OF THE ECONOMY

ENEMY OF THE ECONOMY (Photo credit: SS&SS)

I have great respect for the work done by the Cato Institute. I attended one of their week-long economic seminars a couple of years ago, thanks to my generous brother, and was greatly impressed and informed by their work. I still refer to the copious notes I took there.

But Alan Reynolds fails to see that Obama intends the results of his actions. Reynolds explains Obama’s actions through abysmal economic ignorance:

In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed (November 2) President Obama wrote that “in the eight years after” Bill Clinton left office, “we followed a different path. Bigger tax cuts for the wealthy we couldn’t afford. . . . The result of this top-down economics? Falling incomes, record deficits, the slowest job growth in half a century, and an economic crisis . . .”

Obama had taken up that theme during the first presidential debate, arguing that “The approach that Governor Romney’s talking about is the same sales pitch that was made in 2001 and 2003, and we ended up with . . . the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

This is a remarkably imaginative theory — albeit one that reveals appalling economic illiteracy. Who else would have imagined that the housing bust and subprime-mortgage crisis were actually caused by cutting the top two tax rates in mid-2003?

He goes on say that at least Obama is consistent in his

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Obama’s Second Term and the Second Amendment

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I’m taking literary license here, writing this on Election Day, so I don’t know if the Annointed One will capture a second term. But this from Katie Pavlich is a good reminder, regardless of who is president. Pavlich, as you may remember, wrote a devastating expose, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Shameless Cover-Up, about which I did a review.

Here, she posits his reelection, and reminds us of Obama’s promise:

During the second presidential debate of 2012, President Barack Obama said, “What I’m trying to do is get a broader conversation about how we reduce the violence generally. Part of it, is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.”

Obama is strongly opposed to concealed carry, has supported gun owner licensing and gun registration and voted to ban semi-automatic rifles, handguns and ammunition during his time in the Illinois State Senate. He even voted for the criminal prosecution of those who use a firearm in self-defense. (my emphasis)

She reminds us of the potential for mischief during

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One Last Look at the Polls

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls.

George Horace Gallup, founder of the Gallup polls. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I promise: this is the last time I’ll comment on the election. But Russ Robert’s analysis of what’s likely to happen on Tuesday is worth reviewing. He starts with a little necessary history and the purpose of polling:

Quick summary: dating back roughly to George Gallup’s introduction of modern political polling in the 1936 election, a pollster seeks to extrapolate the voting behavior of many millions of people (130 million people voted in the 2008 presidential election) from a poll of several hundred or a few thousand people.

But political polling is different:

Not all adults are registered voters, and not all registered voters show up to vote every time there’s an election.

And this is where “scientific” polling becomes a lot less

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Pollsters Looking at Pollsters and Mittens Closing Strong

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt (Photo credit: jdlasica)

I love it when someone sticks his neck out, and then looks around to see if anyone else is also. Hewitt is a talk show host and is great for finding out what others think and the riffing on that with his own comments. Sort of like what I do here.

Hewitt thinks Romney is going to win on Tuesday. And he’s glad to ride Michael Barone‘s coattails while doing so:

[Yesterday] Barone, having surveyed all the polling data from every source and all the early voting numbers from all the states, sees Mitt Romney rolling up 315 Electoral College votes, including the states of Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin –and Pennsylvania!

That agrees with what Hewitt thinks:

Other evidence is rolling in to back up Barone’s prediction, most especially the not-friendly-to-Romney Washington Post tracking poll which put the governor a point ahead of the president on Friday night, a post-Sandy sign of a momentum swing towards Romney.

He thinks Hurricane Sandy helped Romney. He quotes another observer who

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Looking Behind the Latest Jobs Report Numbers

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On the surface, Friday’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) looked pretty good, and the response from establishment economists was predictable: the economy continues to grow, Obama’s policies are working, just give them time, and so forth.

For the record, BLS reported that “total non-farm payroll employment increased by 171,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged [from September] at 7.9 percent.” It disclaimed any impact that Hurricane Sandy had on these numbers as the data upon which their report was based had been collected before the storm.

Diane Swonk, an economist at Mesirow Financial told CNBC: “The consumer’s feeling a little bit better…[employers] are not hiring out like crazy, but certainly you’ve got to welcome these kinds of numbers.” And Arne Kelleberg, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, claimed the report proved that “the fundamentals are strong. I do see the cyclical aspects of the unemployment situation being

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How a Liberal Apologizes for Voting for Obama

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In this quite remarkable article in the Washington Post, Richard Cohen tells his readers that he is going to vote for Obama, again, but he doesn’t want to. Why? Because Obama is an empty suit:

[When Robert F. Kennedy was first confronted with how desperately poor some blacks were], Kennedy brimmed with shock and indignation, with sorrow and sympathy, and was determined — you could see it on his face — to do something about it. I’ve never seen that look on Barack Obama’s face.

Instead, I see a failure to embrace all sorts of people, even members of Congress and the business community. I see diffidence, a reluctance to close. I see a president for whom Afghanistan is not just a war but a metaphor for his approach to politics: He approved a surge but also an exit date. Heads I win, tails you lose.

Back in 2008, Cohen was voting for a dream, not a man:

I once wondered if Obama could be another RFK. The president has great political skills and a dazzling smile. He and his wife are glamorous figures. He’s a black man, and that matters greatly…

History was draped over Obama like a cape. His bona fides in that sense were as unimpeachable as Bobby Kennedy’s. The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself. Liberals were intolerant of anyone who had doubts. Obama was not a man, but a totem.

Obama is a fraud. Cohen, to his credit, sees it:

Somewhere between the campaign and the White House itself, Obama got lost. It turned out he had no cause at all. Expanding health insurance was Hillary Clinton’s longtime goal, and even after Obama adopted it, he never argued for it with any fervor.

In an unfairly mocked campaign speech, he promised to slow the rise of the oceans and begin to heal the planet. But when he took office, climate change was abandoned — too much trouble, too much opposition. His eloquence, it turned out, was reserved for campaigning.

The Post is endorsing Obama (of course). And so is Cohen (the Post signs his paychecks). But he is holding his nose while doing so:

It’s hard to care about someone who seems not to care in return. I will vote for him for his good things, and I will vote for him to keep Republican vandals from sacking the government. But after watching Bobby Kennedy, I will vote for Obama with regret. I wish he was the man I once mistook him for.

Taxmageddon Only Part of the Problem

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Explosion (Photo credit: Freidwall)

The Heritage Foundation went to the trouble of calculating exactly what will happen to the tax liabilities of taxpayers if Taxmageddon stays in place after the first of the year. Accordingly to Amy Payne, “Taxmageddon” is the

horrifying combination of expiring pro-growth tax policies from 2001 and 2003, the end of the once-temporary payroll tax cut, and just a few of Obamacare’s 18 new tax hikes…

Taxmageddon will be the largest tax increase EVER to hit Americans. It’s nearly $500 billion in one year, starting January 1. That’s two months away.

Here is Heritage’s breakdown of Taxmageddon’s impact on Americans:

  • Families with an average income of $70,662: tax increase of $4,138
  • Baby boomers with an average income of $95,099: tax increase of   $4,223
  • Low-income workers with an average income of $24,757: tax increase of $1,207
  • Millennials with an average income of $23,917: tax increase of $1,099
  • Retirees with an average income of $42,553: tax increase of $857

But even this fails to measure the real impact of Taxmageddon starting January 1. It’s that most of the tax increases will be borne by s

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Ann Coulter’s True Colors

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English: Commentator and author at CPAC in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For the most part I enjoy reading Ann Coulter’s columns. True, sometimes she is over the top with her vitriol, but most of the time her targets deserve it.

But her column today betrays her. She makes two mistakes immediately – two incorrect assumptions in my view – and comes out with the inevitable wrong conclusion: Romney is our man!

Assumption number one:

The single most important issue in this election is ending the national nightmare of Obamacare.

If Obamacare if not stopped, it will permanently change the political culture of this country. There will be no going back. America will become a less productive, less wealthy nation. What wealth remains will have to be plowed into Obamacare — to the delight only of the tens of thousands of government bureaucrats administering it.

Has she been away? There is credible persuasive evidence that the slide – the push – into socialism began in 1887 when President Cleveland signed into law the Interstate Commerce Act. Others say it began in earnest under

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Looking Forward to Wednesday

Erick Erickson

Erick Erickson (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

I’m looking forward to Wednesday for lots of reasons, most of which you can surmise: the noise, the chatter, the incessant drumbeat of political ads interrupting every TV program, the constant ringing of pollsters on my phone, the yard signs, the answering the inevitable question: who do you think is going to win?

For Erick Erickson, of RedState, the race is already over:

We are less than a week from the election.

At this point, I just want it over.  I want my life back.  I’m worn out.  I am struggling to still care now that I have cast my absentee ballot.

I think most Americans feel that way.  The people of Ohio and Florida are begging for a return to TV ads for male enhancement drugs and self-lubricating catheters.

I could refer you to Real Clear Politics which reviews and summarizes the various polls. Or you could go to Rasmussen. Or Intrade. But Erickson can’t resist making

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Obama Set to Unleash Tsunami of Regulations after the Election

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Obama Visits Silicon Valley (Photo credit: jurvetson)

After learning that the White House had failed to enforce the law in order to protect President Obama’s reelection chances from potential negative feedback, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) wrote a letter dated October 25th asking the president to comply:

It has come to my attention…that the federal government is not adhering to [the legal requirement that agencies publish their regulatory agendas on a semiannual basis]. More specifically, your Administration has failed to publish its regulatory agenda since the fall of 2011…

My primary concern is with the [EPA’s] refusal to be open and transparent about its regulatory agenda. Magnifying this concern is that the EPA, in what appears to be a string of politically motivated decisions, has “punted” or put on hold until after the election a number of economically damaging regulations, including greenhouse gas regulations, strict mandates for ground-level ozone, as well as guidance which seeks to expand greatly the EPA’s authority to regulate waters of the U.S…

I request that you comply with the law and publish the federal government’s regulatory calendar this month.

Not surprisingly Inhofe didn’t hear back from the president by the October 31st statutory deadline, and published his outrage at the website of

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Romney, Obama, Polls and the Outcome

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Obama and Romney wanted poster, Brooklyn, New York, USA (Photo credit: gruntzooki)

John Hawkins describes himself as a “professional blogger” which must mean that he gets paid for expressing his opinions. And his thoughts on the polls are interesting:

Which polls do you believe? Although there’s no way to be sure yet, I believe Gallup and Rasmussen. Not only do I think Mitt is going to win Ohio, I think he’s going to win by a large enough margin that Ohio doesn’t matter. Here’s why I say that:

  1. The Anecdotal Evidence: In 2008, Barack Obama was a challenger with no record, up against a non-incumbent. The Republican incumbent who was in office had an approval rating of 25% and a massive financial crash at the very end of his second term. Meanwhile, Obama had a 3-to-1 spending advantage, was drawing massive crowds, and was generating tremendous excitement while a lot of Republicans chose to stay home rather than vote for John McCain.
  2. Early Voting: In 2008, Barack Obama crushed John McCain in the early voting by a 55-40 margin. This was something his campaign was counting on doing again. Instead, both Pew and Gallup are finding that Mitt Romney is winning early voting by a 7 point margin. In state after state, like Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the evidence suggests that Obama’s numbers are way down. This is very significant because Republicans tend to outperform Democrats on Election Day. So, without that edge in the lead up to November 6, Democrats usually lose.
  3. The Flow of the Blow: At the end of the campaign, you’re starting to see Romney campaign in states that were considered givens for Obama a few months ago. Michigan (16), Pennsylvania (20), and Wisconsin (10) are all in play and arguably, even Minnesota (10) and Oregon (7) aren’t out of reach for Romney if he were to make some big ad buys. Obama is now in the same situation McCain was in back in 2008 when he was desperately playing defense in states like North Carolina and Indiana that are generally considered to be gimmie states for Republicans.
  4. Independent Voters: Since Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly vote for their own side, Independents are obviously very important. In 2008, Barack Obama had an 8 point edge over John McCain with Independent voters. This time around, polls show that Mitt Romney has a big edge with Independents. Although the numbers vary from poll-to-poll, almost all of them have Romney winning Independents by somewhere between 7-20 points. Just to give you an idea of how significant that is, the last candidate to win Independents by double digits was George H.W. Bush, who won Indies by 10 en route to a 426-111 electoral victory. Romney isn’t capable of winning by that kind of margin, but if he takes Independents by 10 points or more, as a practical matter, it would be almost impossible for him to lose.

I just wish I could get more excited about Tuesday’s election. My problem is: I know too much. Back when I was a uninformed voter, I registered myself as a Republican. Now, however, no matter who wins on Tuesday, we lose.

Many years ago my dad asked me why I left the life insurance profession – the profession that helped him to become one of the top life insurance salesmen in the country – and I had to answer: I didn’t leave the insurance business. The insurance business left me. It had so drastically changed that I could no longer in good conscience ask my customers to buy what they were selling.

That’s how I feel about the Republican Party. After Tuesday, I’ll probably change my party affiliation to Independent.

Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Election

Hurricane Sandy (2012): 60 km Wind Area Forecast

Hurricane Sandy (2012): 60 km Wind Area Forecast (Photo credit: Canadian Pacific)

Hurricane Sandy is immense and could be the worst storm to hit the east coast of the US in 100 years, according to the Economic Collapse Blog (ECB). Michael, writing for the ECB, ticks off the remarkable impact the storm is having (or likely to have) on the 50 million residents living in the estimated impact area:

  • Tropical storm winds are being felt more than 500 miles away from the center of the storm
  • No reported storm recorded since 1988 has been larger than Sandy
  • Nearly 10,000 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm
  • New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg has ordered the evacuation of all residents living in Zone A (a high risk low-lying area in the city)
  • The storm surge could be more than 15 feet above sea level in Zone A
  • The city could experience winds of 80 mph or higher
  • The city’s subway system is being shut down, and could be flooded by Sandy
  • Schools as far away as Boston are closed
  • The stock market is closed
  • Some parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and North Carolina could get as much as two feet of snow
  • Damage estimates by AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions is projecting that Sandy could result in $100 billion in damage,more costly than Hurricane Katrina

But the impact could determine the outcome of the election, according to Josh Vorhees, writing for Slate, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the establishment mouthpiece Washington Post. For one thing, it has turned the campaign schedules of the presidential candidates upside down, with Romney canceling key visits to

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