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‘Battleground state polls show a more negative reaction…’

An analysis by the Washington Post’s polling experts has bad news for Democrats hoping the Ukraine scandal would weaken President Trump.

After months of bad headlines and two weeks of public testimonies, voters in key battleground states are not buying the Democrats’ impeachment case against the president. The Post’s average of a dozen polls conducted since October in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin found that 51 percent of voters are opposed to impeachment and 44 percent support it.

Pollsters Scott Clement and Emily Guskin also noted: “Battleground state polls show a more negative reaction to the impeachment inquiry, signaling more risk to Democrats and potential benefit for Trump,” adding that “support for impeachment in key 2020 states lags the country overall.”

Nationally, voters remain divided

As TheBlaze has pointed out, support for impeaching Trump spiked nationally on or around October 14, just a few weeks after the Ukraine scandal broke in late September. However, public opinion began turning on the Democrats the more voters learned about their case.

Clement and Guskin looked at the polls before and after the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearings and found little movement:

The Post’s average of nationally representative polls conducted since the start of the House’s public hearings on Nov. 13 finds 47 percent of Americans support impeaching and removing Trump, while 43 percent are opposed. That level of support is little different from the 47 percent support in the two weeks before hearings began and 48 percent support earlier in October.

The two analysts noted that Independent voters are also divided on impeachment: 42 percent in support and 44 percent opposed.

Trump’s popularity has ‘barely moved’

Additionally, the Post examined Trump’s job approval ratings, which are a baseline indicator of how voters feel about his performance, and found they have “barely moved” since the Democrats initiated their impeachment inquiry.

The stability of Trump’s approval ratings affirms just how locked-in Americans are in their views toward Trump, even as some independents and Democrats changed their opinion on whether Congress should impeach and remove him from office. The lack of movement in this essential measure of Trump’s political standing also indicates that while most Americans think Trump did something wrong in his dealings with Ukraine, news and congressional testimony about this issue have not shifted how people feel about the president.

According to Gallup’s polling over the past 10 weeks, the percentage of voters who say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president has remained within the range of 39 to 43 percent. Quinnipiac University polls show similar numbers with 38 to 41 percent of registered voters approving of Trump’s performance during the same period.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Washington Post analysis confirms Dems are losing impeachment argument in key swing states

We also paid singer-songwriter Bob Dylan $84,000 for a statue

Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) recently published the fall edition of his Waste Report that details prodigal spending by the federal government.

According to Paul’s report, taxpayer spent $230 million on items ranging from $500,000 for an unused toilet and $22 million to bring Serbian cheese up to international standards, Townhall noted.

A press release from Sen. Paul’s office stated:

Once again, The Waste Report takes a closer look at just some of what the federal government is doing with the American people’s hard-earned money, this time including stories of it continuing to turn over so many taxpayer dollars to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, funding research that involves hooking Zebrafish on nicotine, buying textbooks for Afghan students that are subpar or sitting in warehouses, and more in a list that totals over $230 million.

Half a million dollars for a used toilet

The report states: “From 2003 to 2017, according to the OIG, [DC] Metro spent ‘approximately $500,000 maintaining a single self-cleaning toilet located at the Huntington Metro Station.'”

“The OIG cannot definitively state how much was spent because Metro lost invoices for 2007, 2012, 2013, and 2014,” the report added. “To make matters worse, the toilet was not user-friendly, a documented experience shared by the news shows — though it did excel at providing some background music for users.”

Taxpayers paid Bob Dylan $84,375 for a statue

The list of absurd spending items listed in the Waste Report was a payment exceeding $84,000 to music artist Bob Dylan for a statute for an American embassy.

The full list included:

  • Spent millions on the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority: $153,000,000
  • Funded debate and Model United Nations competitions in Afghanistan: $300,000
  • Funded research that involves hooking Zebra fish on nicotine: $708,466
  • Bought a statue from Bob Dylan for the embassy in Mozambique: $84,375
  • Studied the connection between drinking alcohol and winding up in the ER: $4,658,865
  • Improved the quality of Egyptian schooling: $16,000,000
  • Bought textbooks for Afghan students: $33,921,175
  • Brought Serbian cheese up to international standards: $22,000,000

“Why is the State Department buying art in the first place?” the report asked. Apparently, every time the State Department develops a new consulate or embassy, “0.5% of the value of the construction project” has to be allocated for the acquisition of art, regardless of how large the 0.5% represents.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Taxpayers paid $22M for Serbian cheese upgrades, according to government waste report

Wrong priorities, maybe?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters on Friday that the pending trade deal with Mexico and Canada, known as USMCA, is “the easiest trade deal we’ve ever done,” prompting conservatives to ask after two years of negotiations: Why is it not finished then?

According to Bloomberg, the congresswoman from San Francisco said, “We’re on a path to yes, and I think every day brings us closer to agreement. Adding “I’d like to have it done as soon as it’s ready. I wouldn’t rule it out next year. Hopefully we can do it sooner, but I said: when it’s ready we’ll do it.”

Conservatives aren’t buying it

GOP congressional leaders say that delaying a vote on USMCA until next year could inject 2020 presidential politics into the decision and sink the agreement. Conservatives argue that Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues have been too distracted by their efforts to impeach President Donald Trump to approve the deal.

As conservative pundit Ed Morrissey argues in Hot Air:

If it’s that easy, why haven’t they finished it up? And why can’t they get it done “sooner”? Could it be that Pelosi and her majority caucus have been distracted all year long pursuing another goal — one in particular, perhaps?

Morrissey noted that Canada and Mexico are waiting for the U.S. to get its act together and approve the deal:

The other two trading partners (our biggest partners, by the way) are waiting for the US to commit to this agreement, and in the meantime the stalling creates uncertainties for businesses and investors that limit economic growth. We’re going on a year now without even getting a mark-up.

It could boost the economy

Further bolstering conservatives’ concerns that delays are mainly driven by Democrats’ desire to deny President Trump a victory is the fact that economists anticipate a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico to strengthen the American economy. In a study released in April, analysts at the U.S. International Trade Commission said the new agreement will create thousands of jobs and boost economic growth:

The Commission’s model estimates that USMCA would raise U.S. real GDP by $68.2 billion (0.35 percent) and U.S. employment by 176,000 jobs (0.12 percent). The model estimates that USMCA would likely have a positive impact on U.S. trade, both with USMCA partners and with the rest of the world. U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico would increase by $19.1 billion (5.9 percent) and $14.2 billion (6.7 percent), respectively. U.S. imports from Canada and Mexico would increase by $19.1 billion (4.8 percent) and $12.4 billion (3.8 percent), respectively. The model estimates that the agreement would likely have a positive impact on all broad industry sectors within the U.S. economy. Manufacturing would experience the largest percentage gains in output, exports, wages, and employment, while in absolute terms, services would experience the largest gains in output and employment.

With polls showing most Americans already approve of the president’s management of the economy, Pelosi’s hesitation to call a vote on USMCA may provide the GOP with an argument to take to the nation in the weeks and months ahead as Republicans back against the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Pelosi admits trade deal is the ‘easiest we’ve ever done.’ Conservatives ask: Why is it taking so long?

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