The 2012 talking points are flying fast and furious early this campaign season as each side jockey's to frame the picture and crystalize the debate with data.
Raleigh Republican consultant Marc Rotterman, whose firm advised Newt Gingrich, recently sent this political memo outlining his take on what it all means in North Carolina. Take a look.
To: Conservative and Republican candidates and Interested Parties
From: Marc Rotterman
Talking points for 2012
Thought it might be helpful to those in the arena and in the campaigns to have access to a set of facts that the democrats will have a hard time defending.
1. We have a leadership deficit in the White House and in the Governor’s mansion that has resulted in a jobs recession.
2. Excessive regulations and uncertain tax policies are stifling small businesses.
3. Obama’s policies have failed: The stimulus didn’t work, he has no plan for the economy and no vision for the future — and so all he can do now is go negative and attack Romney.
The same applies to Walter Dalton.
He can’t defend the Perdue/Dalton economic record. Therefore he is forced to attack Mayor McCrory
4. Numbers don’t lie.
5. Since Obama took office in 2009 we have had 36 straight months of unemployment over 8%.
6. Thirteen million Americans are without jobs. And about six million — approaching half — have been without jobs for than six months.
7. Young Americans just starting out in life are being hit particularly hard. Last summer, for example the country experienced the lowest share of 16-24 year olds employed in nearly 60 years.
8. Minorities are being hit particularly hard.
9. African-American unemployment was at 13.6% in January and has been at that level or above for three years. African American teenage unemployment has consistently been at 40% or above. So, African Americans have been suffering what amounts to a job depression under the current administration.
10. Hispanic unemployment — currently at 10.5% –has been in double digits for three years now. And the Hispanic youth unemployment is nearly 27%. Hispanics too are suffering a Jobs depression under President Obama.
11. Under Obama’s failed policies, the federal government has added 5 trillion and counting to the national debt.
12. The Stakes:
Here’s what’s coming in new taxes and regulations if President Obama is reelected.
A .Huge new across-the-board income tax increases.
B. Tax rates for our best job creators — small business –will go up as much as 20%
C. Capital gains taxes going up 60%
D. Taxes on dividends will triple.
E. Medicare taxes up by 26% on targeted taxpayers.
F. The death tax will go all the way up to 55%
13. NC unemployment rate is currently 9.4%, more than a point above the national average.
14. As of May 2012, NC has seen more than 41 months of unemployment of 9% or above.
The Perdue/Dalton solution more taxes more spending.
15. As of April 2012, nearly half a million– 439, 368 — of our fellow North Carolinians are unemployed.
16. North Carolinians have a strong work ethic, but the Obama/ Dalton tax and spend agenda is killing jobs and hurting families.
17. Hat’s off to NC Republican controlled general assembly for working towards a balanced budget with no tax increases, getting government off the backs of businesses and reforming education.
18. When President Obama was inaugurated, gas prices were an average of $1.92 per gallon. Today NC families and small businesses pay an average of $3.59 a gallon every time they go to pump.
Marc Rotterman is Public affairs Consultant based in Raleigh NC and Washington, DC