Inside the Beltway: Courting the Vogue voter

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IN SUMMATION, PART 1

“President Obama has been in office, flying around the country and the world, without anything to show for it in the way of improving American lives or building confidence in this economy.

“Any way you look at it, we are suffering though the weakest recovery since the Great Depression. The following figures demonstrate — regardless of what the unemployment rate might be — that the President’s agenda is detrimental for the economy as a whole and especially for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.”

(Rep. Allan B. West, Florida Republican, in a message to his constituents released Saturday).

IN SUMMATION, PART 2

“Three and a half years, nearly 100 rounds of golf. Barack Obama has exploded the debt in this country. He has passed a stimulus program that grew government and not the economy. He socialized health care and he armed Mexican drug cartels… Admit it America, 2008 was our national ‘oops’ moment.”

(Texas Gov. Rick Perry, to the North Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday).

MELISSA’S MONEY

Three cheers: Child actress makes good. Melissa Francis once starred on “Little House on the Prairie,” appeared in 100 TV commercials, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University, then served as a reporter for five local TV stations before becoming a financial analyst for CNBC. The next chapter? Miss Francis debuts Monday at 5 p.m. ET as a newly minted anchor on the Fox Business Network.

“Money With Melissa Francis” focuses on the travails of the American taxpayer plus key policy issues that affect citizens for better or worse. The network advises their evening lineup will shift as well. Look for “The Willis Report” at 6 p.m., “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 7 p.m. Neil Cavuto will take over at 8 p.m.; “Stossel,” hosted by John Stossel will continue on Thursday night at 9 p.m.

POLL DU JOUR

• 67 percent of Americans plan summer vacation travel.

• 66 percent do not plan to travel on popular holiday weekends such as July Fourth or Labor Day.

• 54 percent will spend from $500 to $2,000 on their “getaway”; 18 percent will spend $2,001 to $3,000.

• 52 percent plan to cash in on credit card rewards to help with vacation expenses.

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