Our new executive committee
There will be no Wyandotte County Third Saturday Breakfast this Saturday, December 15th. We do not meet in the month of December, so that you may better enjoy the Holiday season.
The Wyandotte County Democratic Central Committee elected officers for the next two years on Sunday, December 9th.
The elected officers are:
Chair- Scott Mackey
Vice Chair- Cecila Ysaac
Secretary- Carol Finney
Treasurer- Barbara Ikerd
Sergeant at Arms- Victor Harris
Ward Captains are: Rashanda Rhodes, Mike Peterson, Janet Alvey Powell, Roy Wiltrout, Shirley Ikerrd, LaVert Murray, Dave Spero, Serena Hein, Denise Tomasic and Shane Gagnebin.
Barack Obama won 67.4% (34,302) in the official vote totals in Wyandotte County. Romney received 30.45% (15,496). Third District Congressman Yoder received 50.66% of the Wyandotte County vote, which I predict will be his highest ever here. There was no Democratic candidate this election.
Nationally, the final election totals have been counted. President Obama received 50.95% (65,457,410 votes); Mr. Romney ironically got 47.3% (60,772,932 votes); the libertarian candidate got under one percent; and the green party candidate got .36%.
The total House of Representatives vote by party was 49.1% (59,318,160) for Democrats compared to 48.1% (58,143,273) for republicans.
President Obama's job approval, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released yesterday, is now 53% favorable, 43% unfavorable. This favorability rating is the highest since July 2009.
Democratic Party positive/negative ratings are 44%/35%; republicans are 45% negative and 30% positive.
The opening paragraphs of an article by republican Charlie Cook in the National Journal recently summed things up:
"It’s hard to pick up any publication or watch any television program oriented toward politics and not be reminded of the problems facing the Republican Party. Republicans have now lost the popular vote for president in five of the past six presidential elections. The last time the GOP won 300 electoral votes was in 1988; Democrats have won 300 or more in four of the past six contests. Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia have voted Democratic in each of the past six presidential elections; those places total 242 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.
In two consecutive elections, the closest Senate races have fallen domino-like toward Democrats. In 2010, they won five of the seven races rated as toss-ups by The Cook Political Report; this year, Democrats prevailed in eight out of 10. While Republicans held onto their House majority, they lost eight seats, about a third of their 25-seat margin. Democrats actually won the national popular vote for the House. Republicans were saved by the new district boundaries they drew. The long-term demographic trends in the country look very bad for the GOP as the party is presently configured. A party built around older, white men is not well positioned for a multicultural future."
Considering the debate about tax increases for the top 2% of the country, here are some facts to consider:
In 1950, 26% of tax revenues were made up by corporate income tax,with 11% coming from individual income taxes.
In 2010, 40% of tax revenues were coming from individual income taxes compared to 9% from corporate income taxes
And 25% of major corporations pay no taxes.
"The tax increase will kill jobs and lead to a recession and the recession will force people out of work and onto unemployment and actually increase the deficit." This is a quote from Newt Gingrich in 1993 concerning the Clinton tax increase. Anyone remember the thriving economy and tax surpluses of the 1990s?