Daily Archives: Feb. 21, 2011

‘Birthers’ a majority of likely GOP voters

Why are House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other GOP leaders so reluctant to distance themselves from those who think President Obama isn’t a citizen? Because “birthers” are now a majority of likely GOP primary voters. According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, 51 percent of likely Republican primary voters either think that Obama was born outside the United States or are unsure. Also of note, Sarah Palin has an 83 percent favorability rating among birthers. Among GOP non-birthers, her rating is 47 percent. Meanwhile, Palin said last weekend that it was unwise for Republicans to keep doubts alive about whether Obama is a U.S. citizen. “It’s distracting. It gets annoying,” she said. “Let’s stick with what really matters.”

Pompeo, 1; EPA, minus $8.4 million

Defunding implementation of the health care law has been a stated goal of House Republicans. But Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, led a charge Wednesday to similarly dock the dollars accorded to the Environmental Protection Agency and its efforts to collect data on industrial greenhouse-gas emissions. The Pompeo amendment passed on a 239-185 vote. “This data is the very foundation of the EPA’s effort to pursue its radical anti-jobs agenda,” Pompeo said. “Indeed, continuing the greenhouse-gas registry at currently funded levels will permit the EPA regulatory nose inside the job-destroying tent. We cannot head down this path.” However, a new survey of Americans sponsored by the American Lung Association found an overwhelming bipartisan majority wants the EPA to set stricter limits on air pollution and opposes congressional efforts to stop the EPA from updating carbon dioxide standards.

Other presidents worthy of day off?

Has any president since George Washington earned a federal holiday marking his birthday? (Abraham Lincoln’s Feb. 12 birthday is usually lumped in with Presidents Day, the unofficial name of the federal Washington’s Birthday holiday). In a Rasmussen Reports survey, 27 percent of respondents said they believe Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6) should be next in line for such an honor, with 20 percent endorsing a John F. Kennedy (May 29) holiday, 14 percent picking Thomas Jefferson (April 13) and 9 percent picking Franklin Roosevelt (Jan. 30). Twenty-eight percent said the nation has too many federal holidays as it is.