Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.
Michael, a couple of shows ago we talked about I mentioned that Biden had presented his budget to Congress. Now he’s presented it two months late, but here’s what’s interesting. The assumptions are five months old.
So, for example in this year’s budget, he is projecting that inflation will be 2.9 percent. Now, inflation is 8 percent, but his projections are 2.9 percent. In his budget plan, he has 36 tax increases that he says will collect $2.5 trillion.
He has a 36 percent corporate tax increase, and he plans to increase taxes on domestic fossil fuels by $45 billion. Now, the media isn’t talking about Biden’s budget at all, but here’s what else is interesting.
Biden, right now here are the headwinds that Democrats have going into this election. 88 percent of the American public now thinks that America is on the wrong track. That’s an all-time high.
Ever since they’ve been measuring that particular metric, it’s never been 88 percent. 23 percent have confidence in Joe Biden’s presidency.
But here’s what’s interesting about the media. When you ask the voters going into the Midterms, what are their biggest concerns, here are their top four: Rising gasoline prices, 92 percent concerned.
Inflation, 91 percent concerned. The economy, 89 percent. Violent crime 88 percent. Those are the top four. What are the top four media issues going into the Midterm? Climate change 64 percent concerned. Abortion rights 63 percent concerned. Ukraine war 60 percent concerned, and capital riot investigation 57 percent.
And so the people who present the news to us are completely at odds with the American people and live on a different planet than the voters who will determine who will be our House and Senate and our governors and legislatures across the state.
Because when you look at this data and you look at what the people in the media care about, you can begin to understand why there’s such a huge disconnect among the public because the public expresses what their concerns are.
And the media essentially sticks their finger right in the eye of the public and says, we really don’t care what your concerns are because your concerns, frankly, don’t affect us.
So we’re more concerned about the others. So my sense of it is that with Democrats not being willing to share the stage with Biden, Tim Ryan, when asked directly, do you want Biden to come to Ohio to campaign on your behalf? Wouldn’t answer the question.
Leahy: And when Biden went to Ohio on Wednesday, Tim Ryan was nowhere to be found.
Carmichael: Neither was the lady who’s head of the Congressional Black Caucus, who’s from Ohio. She wasn’t on the podium either, which tells me that there’s a big shift also with Black voters. Now, we already know that Hispanic voters are leaving the Democrat Party in droves.
And it could be that Black voters will support a Republican candidate perhaps as much as 25 perhaps in this election, which would be a huge shift.
And with the Hispanics, the only constituency, the Democrat Party seems to have left is very wealthy white people, particularly very wealthy white women.
And so it will be interesting to see if that very narrow constituency can somehow carry the day. I doubt that it will. And also, Michael, we like to kind of give our predictions here, at least I do. I think that Republicans will win the state Senate seat in the state of Washington.
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