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Nums: Obama’s bad day … and, about the Tea Party

March 13, 2014

Holy smokes.

First, a dude from Hangover asks him: “What’s it like to be the last black President?”

Then, some dullard named Jolly rides the anti-ObamaCare train to victory in a Florida Congressional election.

And, finally, more bad polling from WSJ / NBC  (which I assume offset one another re: political bias)

The top line: Approval slides to 41% … an all-time low.



Here are some nuggets that I found interesting in the polls details ..


IRS: The 501(c)4 advantage … it’s not about taxes.

June 3, 2013

Last week, we raised a couple of points re: the IRS – Tea Party flap.

First, we pointed out that organizations don’t need to seek IRS approval to operate as  a 501(c)4 … they can just do it.

Someday they might get the 501(c)4 status audited and  revoked, but since Tea Parties spend the money that they raise on their activities, there shouldn’t be any income to tax.

And, donations to a 5042(c)4 are not tax deductible.

If there isn’t a tax advantage to either the organization or it’s donors, why did the conservative organizations go through thee agony of applying?


The answer is simple … and, not surprisingly, upended by the IRS targeting …


IRS: Why did the Tea Parties even apply for 501(c)4 status?

May 30, 2013

Many aspects of the IRS – Tea Parties bruhaha have me head scratching.

Clearly, the IRS was targeting conservative groups.  That’s a no-brainer.

But, I ask, why did the groups apply for 501(c)4 status in the first place?

Reading the IRS regs and a letter from the IRS to Senator Hatch, organizations can “self-declare” to be 501(c)4.

Source: Original letter

Here’s why this has me head-scratching …


How many Tea Partiers voted for Obama?

September 14, 2012

According to pollsters Rasmussen & Schoen in their book “Mad as Hell … …

A significant number of self-identified Tea Party supporters —20 to 30 percent, depending on the poll — voted for Obama,

To put hat number in context:

  • A February 20, 2010, Economist/YouGov poll found that one in five Americans identify themselves as being part of the Tea Party movement.
  • Approximately 35 percent of the electorate self-identifies as Tea Party “supporters.

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Source: Rasmussen, Scott; Schoen, Doug,
Mad As Hell (pp. 44, 219, 220).
Harper Collins, Kindle Edition.


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It’s called "principle": Why tea partiers swayed by a dollar-a-day …

April 21, 2010

Punch line: Tea party supporters are not easily bought off with dollar-a-day tax credits — they resist an emerging culture of dependence.

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Excerpted from Washington Examiner, Tea Partiers Fight Culture of Dependence, April 19, 2010

The Obama Democrats’ vast expansion of the size and scope of government — is really not just about economics. It is really a battle about culture, a battle between the culture of dependence and the culture of independence.

The Obama Democrats see a society in which ordinary people cannot fend for themselves, where they need to have their incomes supplemented, their health care insurance regulated and guaranteed, their relationships with their employers governed by union leaders. Highly educated mandarins can make better decisions for them than they can make themselves. That is the culture of dependence.

The tea partiers see things differently.

They’re not looking for lower taxes — half of tea party supporters, a New York Times survey found, think their taxes are fair. Nor are they financially secure — half say someone in their household may lose their job in the next year. Two-thirds say the recession has caused some hardship in their lives.

But they recognize, correctly, that the Obama Democrats are trying to permanently enlarge government and increase citizens’ dependence on it. They believe that this will destroy the culture of independence which has enabled Americans over the past two centuries to make this the most productive and prosperous — and the most charitably generous — nation in the world.

Seeing our political divisions as a battle between the culture of dependence and the culture of independence helps to make sense of the divisions seen in the 2008 election. Barack Obama carried voters with incomes under $50,000 and those with incomes over $200,000, and lost those with incomes in between. He won large margins from those who never graduated from high school and from those with graduate school degrees, and barely exceeded 50 percent among those in between.

The top-and-bottom Obama coalition was in effect a coalition of those dependent on government transfers and benefits and those in “the educated class,” who administer administer those transactions. They are the natural constituency for the culture of dependence.

The in-between people on the income and education ladders, it turns out, are a constituency for the culture of independence.

Tea party supporters are not in the mood to be bought off with $400 tax credits. They have a longer time horizon and can see where the Obama Democrats are trying to take us.

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