Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Pew Research Center

Pew Research: Americans Getting More Comfortable With Firearm Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 23, 2017:  

Pew Research Center’s latest in-depth report on what it calls “America’s Complex Relationship with Guns” is revelatory. According to the report, released on Thursday, Americans are becoming more and more comfortable with guns and gun ownership, and less and less enchanted with more gun laws to fight perceived gun violence.

When 3,390 U.S adults were polled in March and April, they were asked whether it was more important to protect gun rights or to control gun ownership. In the year 2000, two-thirds of those polled then favored more gun control. Today, that has dropped to less than half,

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May’s Jobs Report Stronger Than It Appears

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, June 2, 2017:

The headline number from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) May jobs report, released on Friday, appeared weak: Just 138,000 new jobs were created last month compared to expectations of 185,000 by forecasters. But as usual, a peek beneath the headlines shows an economy growing steadily, providing it with more than enough workers to absorb those leaving or retiring.

After revisions were made to March and April numbers, May’s job creation was more than the last three months’ average of 121,000. Taking into account robust numbers reported from ADP, a national human resources and benefits firm, on Wednesday — it reported that 253,000 new jobs were created in May — Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics remarked,

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Heritage Foundation Blames Obama Admin. for America’s Economic Decline

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 15, 2017:

The Heritage Foundation minced no words in commenting on its latest Index of Economic Freedom: America’s continuing decline is all Obama’s fault:

America’s standing in the index [now in 17th place, the lowest in history] has dwindled steadily during the Obama years. This is largely owed to increased government spending, [increased] regulations, and a failed stimulus program that enriched the well-connected while leaving average Americans behind.

For the ninth time in 10 years, America’s index has lost ground. Coming in above 80 in 2008, the United States’ current index is barely above 75, tying it with

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Pew: BLM Making Cops Reluctant to Enforce the Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, January 11, 2017:  

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George Soros, the funding source of BLM

A measure of just how effective the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has become in its virulent anti-police protests was released on Wednesday by Pew Research Center. In its report “Behind the Badge,” reflecting the view of nearly 8,000 active law-enforcement officials, Pew stated: “Recent high-profile fatal encounters between black citizens and police officers have made their jobs riskier, aggravated tensions between police and blacks, and left many officers reluctant to fully carry out some of their duties.”

Specifically those BLM-inspired and George Soros-funded protests have increased tensions between

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2015 Gun Sales On Pace to Set New Record

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, December 23, 2015:  

On Black Friday the FBI processed 185,345 gun background checks, the most ever recorded in a single day. In November there were 2,243,030 background checks, one of the highest on record. For the first 11 months of the year, the FBI processed nearly 20 million gun background checks, and that was before the San Bernardino massacre.

Now it’s winter, and Christmastime, one of the periods of highest demand for guns and their accessories. With momentum growing to own and carry a gun continuing through the end of the year,

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First anniversary of Newtown shooting punctuated by anti-gun protests

On Saturday, the first anniversary of the ghastly unprovoked attack on innocents at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last year, anti-gun rallies are being held in 35 states in an attempt to energize the push for more gun controls. Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America which will be ringing bells across the land in its “Silence No More” memorial rallies, said:

Moms won’t be silent anymore. Something changed after Sandy Hook. We can’t unring the bell, and we will be heard.

This is not the America I want for my children.

At the moment Watts’ efforts are being challenged by a rising tide of resistance. In April President Obama was visibly angry over

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More Americans Say Country is Headed in the Wrong Direction

Last week’s poll from Bloomberg show that 68 percent of Americans – two out of every three – say that the country is heading in the wrong direction, the most in two years and a substantial increase just since the first of the year. In addition, it appears that more Americans are blaming President Obama as the cause,

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A Clear Case of Propaganda

It isn’t often that one sees such a blatant example of propaganda as this. The article in USA Today last week caught my attention. It was titled “Guns in the home proving deadly for kids.” I should have smelled it sooner. Here are some warning signs:

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Pew says most Americans don’t like “doing” their taxes

This borders on frivolous. The Pew Research Center asked 1,003 people what they thought about doing their taxes and predictably most of them (us) don’t like to. The reasons given are:

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Who Will Pay the Taxes?

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This is one of the key questions raised by the Pew Research Center in its November report on the U.S. birth rate. Pew reports that “the overall U.S. birth rate…declined 8% from 2007 to 2010…[and is] the lowest since at least 1920.”

My first question is why? Why such a sharp drop? Did it have anything to do with the Great Recession? It appears to Pew that it does:

This report does not address the reasons that women had fewer births after 2007, but a previous Pew Research analysis4 concluded that the recent fertility decline is closely linked to economic distress. States with the largest economic declines from 2007 to 2008, as shown by six major indicators, were most likely to experience relatively large fertility declines from 2008 to 2009, the analysis found. (my emphasis)

That seems logical to me. When Mary and I discovered in 1972 (I was 33 years old and Mary was 30) that we

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The Republicans have folded like a cheap suit

The left thinks they have. I think they’re right. Here are headlines from each of the flagship establishment publications: from the New York Times: “Boehner Gains Strong Backing from House Republicans.” And from the Washington Post: “Republicans wave the white flag.”

Of course it’s all about the current negotiations over the fiscal cliff and the frittering away of whatever leverage the House has in an attempt to placate the president as well as the voters who seem to be buying the message that they are the ones standing in the way of a compromise.

The Times makes it sound like a victory for Boehner. One has to be very careful in reading the Times, as always, because a victory from their point of view is a defeat from ours:

As Mr. Boehner digs in for a tense fiscal confrontation with President Obama, the strong embrace from a broad spectrum of the rank and file may empower him as he tries to strike a deal on spending cuts and tax increases that spares the country a recession, without costing Republicans too much in terms of political principle.

It’s fun to parse this paragraph. The “broad spectrum” is meant to read: tax pledge holdouts are either being marginalized or ignored altogether. It’s that strong centrist position, the one of waffle and compromise of principle, where the real work of politics is done. And the writer acknowledges it, too, when she notes “without costing Republicans too much in terms of political principle.” It’s those nasty principles that keep getting in the way of doing a deal.

What’s also interesting is what isn’t said: where is the White House on this? Where are they giving in, where are they violating their principles? Nothing is said about that. It’s all about the caving of the Republicans, moving towards the White House’s position.

Boehner now enjoys support from Eric Cantor, the House majority leader who has signed on to the Boehner bill to raise revenues, and he’s gotten rid of those pesky fiscal conservatives that gummed up the works in various committees. It’s now clear sailing ahead.

Dana Milbank, writing in the Washington Post, was much more direct:

[Boehner] is hoping to lead his fractious GOP to an orderly surrender. The question is no longer whether Republicans will give on taxes; they already have. All that remains to be negotiated is how they will increase taxes, and whether they will do it before or after the government reaches the “fiscal cliff.”

It’s over. Just the details need to be clarified, ratified, and signed into law.

He repeats the same message: the polls support the president, and are blaming the Republicans over the alleged “impasse” in Washington:

A poll by the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of Americans would blame Republicans for sending the nation off the cliff and only 27 percent would blame Obama.

And so, with the removal of fiscal conservatives and the caving in of other Republicans, the deal is done. One of Boehner’s lieutenants, Rep. Pete Roskam of Illinois (whose Freedom Index is an expectedly weak 64) surrendered:

House Republicans are prepared to get to yes. House Republicans are not prepared to get to foolish, and it is foolish to reject President Obama’s own self-described architecture of $3 in spending cuts for every dollar in new revenue.

Milbank nails it:

Coming from a bunch that liked to say they wouldn’t allow a dollar of new revenue even if it came with $10 in spending cuts, this white flag is as big as a bedsheet.

 

Victory for the Attack on the Middle Class: They’re Poorer

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I’m sorry to bring bad news to you on this gorgeous Saturday morning, but I take comfort in the fact that you’re probably already aware of both sides of this title: there is an attack on the middle class, and it is succeeding.

A burgeoning and healthy middle class has historically been the bulwark of freedom in America. With hope and aspiration of a better day coming, they represent the strongest part of society interested in maintaining and strengthening its freedom. Not just economically, but in all other ways as well. That’s why the welfare statists have targeted the family with interventions and promises designed to make them more dependent upon the state. The War on Poverty has successfully managed to all but destroy black families.

And now the numbers are showing up on America’s white middle class as well. This article references a study done by New York University economics professor Edward Wolff which proves it. Writes Wolff in his abstract,

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Demographics and the Republican Party

 

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Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an American boat in California, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my article at The New American yesterday, I reviewed studies from the Pew Research Center which showed that changing demographics resulted in the election victory for Democrats. I concluded from that study that the continued secularization of America would continue to favor them.

Thomas Sowell disagrees. He thinks that if the Republican Party gets back to its roots, it can have an intelligent and persuasive conversation that will resonate in future elections. After all, Ronald Reagan did it:

Conventional wisdom in the Republican establishment is that what the GOP needs to do, in order to win black votes or Hispanic votes, is to craft policies specifically targeting these groups. In other words, Republicans need to become more like Democrats…

Yet the most successful Republican presidential candidate during that long period was a man who went completely counter to that conventional wisdom– namely, Ronald Reagan, who won back to back landslide election victories.

Sowell holds that the Republican Party is missing the boat: that it’s can’t out-promise the Democrats:

If non-white voters can only be gotten by pandering to them with goodies earmarked for them, then Republicans are doomed… Why should anyone who wants racially earmarked goodies vote for Republicans, when the Democrats already have a track record of delivering such goodies?

No, says Sowell. Instead the Republican Party needs to harken back to its roots of limited government, individual responsibility, private property, strong families, etc., etc., etc…

Republicans [need] to articulate a coherent case for their principles and the benefits that those principles offer to all Americans…

The Republicans’ greatest failure has been precisely their chronic failure to spell out their principles– and the track record of those principles– to either white or non-white voters.

In other words, he thinks the Republican Party can be saved.

I don’t think so. It is, and has been for years, just one half of

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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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New York Times Editor Blasts the New York Times!

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The New York Times building in New York, NY across from the Port Authority. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In his final column as Public Editor of the New York Times, Arthur S. Brisbane concluded that “the paper’s many departments…share a kind of political and cultural progressivism…that virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.” But it’s certainly not because of any conspiracy, just a meeting of like minds in promoting a worldview that editors and writers share: urbane, worldly, and flexible. Wrote Brisbane:

I…noted two years ago that I had taken up the public editor duties believing “there is no conspiracy” and that The Times’ output was too vast and complex to be dictated by any Wizard of Oz-like individual or cabal.

I still believe that, but also see that the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds—a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within…

As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, over loved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.

Brisbane was the fourth public editor to take on the task of handling complaints about the Times’ reporting on various issues and then writing about them every couple of weeks. He is a self-proclaimed Democrat with all the proper liberal credentials: stints at the Kansas City Star and the Washington Post, and the requisite degree from Harvard.

When he arrived on the scene he viewed his role as that of coroner, called in to do autopsies on “flawed new articles that drew complaints.” And there were plenty. So many, in fact, that The Times’ “believability rating” at Pew Research Center continues to

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Jeffrey Sachs Decries Coming Government Shrinkage under Obama or Romney

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In his article in London’s Financial Times, professor Jeffrey Sachs laments the inevitable shrinkage in America’s federal government, regardless of which political party takes the White House in November. Calling the national elections “a full-throated ideological brawl…the small-government agenda has already prevailed. No matter who is elected on November 6, dangerous cuts in public goods and services are already in train.”

Sachs’ point of view is that government is the central provider of goods and services, especially for those who can’t afford them. According to Sachs,

Mr. Ryan’s budget plan…would…slash transfer programs for the poor, such as Medicaid and food stamps…[and] would also eliminate Mr. Obama’s healthcare legislation.

[This is] Radical stuff.

But the Obama administration, if it is returned to power, would be no different, he says. Obama “has also already accepted a brutal shrinkage of government programs in coming years. The similarities of the Obama budget and Mr. Ryan’s are striking.” For instance: 

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Voters Holding Their Noses and Voting Republican

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A new New York Times/CBS News poll illustrates the mass exodus of support for President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress in favor of the Republicans. Jim Rutenberg writes that “critical parts of the coalition that delivered President Obama to the White House in 2008 and gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 are switching their allegiance to the Republicans…[They] have wiped out the advantage held by Democrats in recent election cycles among women, Roman Catholics, less affluent Americans and independents.

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Despite Kagan, Public Knows Little About Supreme Court

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Now that Elena Kagan has been confirmed as Justice of the Supreme Court following several weeks of highly publicized hearings, the public remains poorly informed about the Court’s role. And even what is supposedly known is contradictory. Pew Research Center’s latest New IQ Quiz, which was conducted in early July, revealed that “an overwhelming proportion of Americans are familiar with Twitter…yet the public continues to struggle in identifying political figures, foreign leaders and even knowing facts about key government policies.”

For example, barely one in four of those surveyed was able to identify John Roberts as the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Pew goes on to say, “young people fare particularly poorly on political knowledge.”

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.