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No Hope for Obama; It’s Mitt Time

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Many people would say the biggest mistake President Barack Obama made was getting elected President of the United States. He’s presided over one of the worst economies since the Great Depression where unemployment has been stuck over 8% for 41 straight months and our soaring debt earned America its first credit downgrade in history. Obama has spent America ($5 trillion to date) into a black hole of zero opportunity; diminished America’s standing in the world and divided citizens against each other at home. He has accomplished all this while blaming Bush, Republicans, Washington and every one under the sun except the man in the mirror, himself, for his incompetence as president.

Yet, in the face of this abysmal record, Obama’s arrogance is unwavering. During a cream puff interview with CBS anchor Charlie Rose, Obama said his biggest mistake as president was focusing too much on policy and not doing enough storytelling. Of course the opposite is true. Obama hasn’t focused on policies to improve the economy or our standing in the world.

He has had a myopic fixation on story telling, destructive stories pitting classes against one another, stories of blame and stories vilifying businesses and hard working Americans for achieving success.

“The mistake during my first term, a couple of years was thinking that this job was about getting the policy right. And that’s important but you know the nature of this office is to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity, and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times. It’s funny when I ran everybody said you give a great speech but can he manage the job,” remarked Obama.

After nearly four years, we know Obama can’t manage anything and that’s his biggest problem. It’s stunning a president would think his job is to tell the American people stories rather than fix the country’s problems. These comments demonstrate how out of touch, in over his head and “me” centric Obama is as president of the greatest country on earth.

Ironically, Obama campaigned on uniting blue and red Americans, healing the nation and he’s done just the opposite. Obama has waged war on nearly every segment of the population to divide the country asunder: class warfare; the war on women (stay at home vs. working); the war on religion (Catholic church contraception battle and support of gay marriage); war on race (Hispanic amnesty program) and the war on business.

As he tries to deflect attention from his lousy record to Mitt Romney’s tax returns, Obama sounds more ridiculous by the day.  Last week at a campaign stop in Roanoke, VA, Obama declared people don’t build businesses.

“If you’ve got a business you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet, so then all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together,” said Obama.

If people don’t build businesses, what the HELL do all of us do all day? We the people, who build and work at businesses, pay taxes that fund Obama’s salary and government. So businesses are people. And people who achieve success through hard work should not have their money taxed at higher rates and redistributed to others to subsidize their prosperity. That’s called collectivism another word for socialism another word for communism another word for the nanny state

In a fiery retort from a rally in Pittsburgh, Romney reminded Obama, people work hard to build businesses and ‘‘I tell you this. I’m convinced that he wants Americans to be ashamed of success.’’

As a former business owner Romney said, ‘‘To say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motors, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza … To say something like that, it’s not just foolishness. It’s insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America.’’

This election isn’t about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. This election is about restoring America and her people to prosperity again which Obama failed to do. As a former governor, who worked with Democrats, brought down Massachusetts unemployment, reformed education and a former CEO of Bain Capital who helped companies thrive and create jobs, Romney is immensely more qualified to lead the country out of this malaise than Obama. On the trail, Romney talks of uplifting all Americans out of this economic nightmare through reduced government spending, tax reform and repealing job killing laws like Obamacare.

During their joint interview with Charlie Rose, Michelle Obama said, smiling, “I mean, hope doesn’t get actualized in three and a half years.”

Hope doesn’t rule a nation, results and effective policy do; two things that will never be actualized under Obama. This president is destroying our country from the inside out and the outside in. If Obama was white, the media and liberal Americans would have excoriated him LONG AGO. OBAMA HAS NO CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING AND IS MORE CONCERNED WITH HIMSELF THAN AMERICA’S PROSPERITY. It’s time for Mitt Romney. Let the race begin!

Saint Santorum Sails Away with Louisiana Primary but Looks Zanier by the Day

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary but is looking zanier by the day,  as he can’t control the stream of consciousness erupting from his mouth. The killing of Trayvon Martin dominated news coverage last week leading up to the Louisiana primary, relegating Santorum’s win to its rightful place of a footnote in Saturday’s news cycle.  Only 20 delegates were awarded proportionally anyway in the contest. While Santorum boasted his Louisiana win was a vindication of his campaign, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Rick Santorum has become a polarizing candidate, reinforcing negative perceptions the Republican Party is obsessed with bedroom issues such as abortion and ultrasounds over pocket book issues like creating jobs and gas prices. Santorum won Louisiana like the other Bible belt primaries he won in Alabama and Mississippi because Louisiana is saturated with evangelical Christians, who respond to his message of allowing one’s religious beliefs to drive policy.

Louisiana wasn’t a game changer because Santorum can’t win for two reasons. First, Math matters and he’s trailing Mitt badly in the delegate count, (Romney has more than half the number of delegates needed to get secure the magic number of 1144) and second, Santorum is only appealing to a small audience of evangelical Christians. The combined formula will not hand him the nomination in Tampa. As G. Terry Madonna, a Santorum observer described him, “he is in a box that he doesn’t seem to be able to get out of because he keeps narrowing his message and going back to his demographic, so he is limited.”

In contrast Romney continues to win in swing states like Florida, Michigan, Ohio and most recently Illinois demonstrate he can win across all groups: men, women, Tea Party conservatives, Catholics, and different incomes. True, Romney hasn’t been able to woo evangelicals and win in the deep south but curiously an AP exit poll found most voters believe Romney would be a stronger candidate against Obama than Santorum. Exit polls in other southern states also revealed electability was an important factor to voters. I believe many evangelicals continue to vote for Santorum because it’s like going to a confessional it makes them feel good but they know in the end voting for Rick won’t win him the nomination. If Romney gets the nomination, in the end, evangelicals will support him.

Examples of Santorum’s out of touch message are numerous. Instead of talking about job creation, Santorum told people of Puerto Rico during a campaign stop there that they need to make English their official language before the gain statehood. Well, Congress should declare English the nation’s official language before we start telling states to do the same thing. Then there was Santorum’s comment that John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech assuring voters he wouldn’t govern with his religious beliefs as a Catholic made him want to “puke.” Let’s not forget his comment about birth control being harmful to women. Women whether pro-choice or pro-life are smart enough to ascertain what’s harmful to them and don’t need Preacher Rick telling them what choices to make. What turns many Republicans away from Santorum is his obsession with social issues which isn’t what this campaign is about.

Enter Ann Romney who explained to CNN’s Piers Morgan during a recent interview, when women approach her on the campaign trail they aren’t concerned about issues like contraception, they’re concerned about jobs. That’s exactly what Romney is talking about on the campaign trail along with Obama’s failed record of government over reach and massive debt. Aside from trying to peddle the ridiculous notion that you don’t need to raise tons of money to run for president (Obama raised $700 million in 2008 and won), Santorum showed his real tragic flaw as a candidate when he said Romney is just going to be Obama lite so we may as well stick with what we got. No Rick, while Romney needs to unequivocally reject Romneycare, he is no Obama and doesn’t believe drowning the country in regulations and higher taxes will create jobs.

But during a visit this weekend to Wisconsin, Santorum punctuated his desperation and unfitness to serve as the GOP presidential nominee when he said Romney is “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” In making this, Santorum cast himself as the biggest flip-flopper in this race, who will turn on one of his own and thereby the party to save his sinking ship. What conservative in their right mind would trust Rick now? Saint Santorum is preaching to a small choir of conservatives and the rest of us are tuning out his sermons. Bye, bye Rick, you will be denied the nomination!

The Road We’ve Traveled: Obama’s Film of Fiction Narrated by Tom Hanks

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

President Obama’s new campaign video “The Road We’ve Traveled” is enough to make any thinking, breathing American puke. The nearly 20 minute mini-documentary, narrated by actor Tom Hanks, is more fiction than fact, more fantasy than reality. Hanks tries to emotionalize the presidency of Obama asking viewers if they remember electing the nation’s first black president or the country on verge of economic collapse. (Eye-roll here)

The entire video seeks to seduce voters into re-electing Obama based on his character and unique story over his failed record of presiding over the worst recession since the Great Depression. Tom Hanks asks “How do we understand this president and his time in office? Do we look at today’s headlines?” This line will likely arouse laughter from viewers because Americans understand this president’s time in office as one of failure, which is why since last year Obama’s job approval ratings job approval ratings consistently hovered below 50%. Although Hanks would like us to be blind to the headlines, Americans read daily about the unemployment rate being above 8% for the past three years.

This sappy video tries to play Americans for fools. Describing Obama’s first meeting with his economic team in Chicago to discuss the country’s economic crisis, Communications Director for Obama’s re-election campaign David Axelrod exclaims, “There was a screen set up for slides but we might as well be watching a horror movie.” No most Americans would say the horror movie has been the one they’ve been living for the past three years under Obama’s presidency: $15 Trillion debt, virtually no hiring or economic growth, and $1 trillion plus deficits, etc.

This video paints a picture of a helpless President Obama. Hanks voice turns dreary and foreboding “Not since days of Roosevelt had so much fallen on shoulders of one president. And when he faced his country; he would not dwell in blame or idealism.” Obama ran for president of the United States. He knew what he was getting into and it’s an outright lie to say Obama didn’t blame anyone for the situation he stepped into. Obama has spent his entire presidency blaming George W. Bush and Republicans for his inability to lead America out of this recession.

Hanks waxes on about Obama’s record of success/relentless spending like the $800 trillion Recovery Act, which did nothing to create jobs. Several minutes are sucked up talking about how critical it was for Obama to spend $80 billion to save the US auto industry, oops I mean union jobs. Then Hank declares “Obama knew he couldn’t fix the economy if he didn’t fix healthcare.” He should have focused on fixing the economy rather not passing $1 trillion Obamacare which killed jobs, rather than created them.

Of course the video paints Obama solely responsible for the Navy Seals capture of Osama bin Laden, this is the only time during he’s presidency he’s taken responsibility for something. Note Vice-President Biden’s emphasis “this was his decision.” What’s left out of this narrative is it was Bush’s enhanced interrogation techniques that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder condemned that enabled CIA to get information from an al Qaeda operative that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan.

The most outrageous fiction in video is Hanks listing his record of success: Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, 3.5 million jobs created (no mention of the 6 million lost during his presidency) but Hank declares Obama’s successes “which changed the way the world sees us.”  That’s true enough. Obama’s policies have made the world see America as weak and broken.

Finally, Hanks notes: “Time and time again, we would see rewards from tough decisions he had made.” I guess Hanks is talking about the rewards of high unemployment, foreclosures and broken dreams Obama has given the American people? Watching this re-write of Obama’s record, which you think will never come to an end, Hanks finally pleads with viewers during the last minute “So when we remember this moment and consider this president, then and now, let’s remember how far we’ve come. And look forward to the work still to be done.”

Someone tweeted me “when I think of Obama, I feel like a battered spouse who has everyone fooled that our relationship is great when it’s not.”

Despite Hanks desperate attempt to portray Obama as a great president, many Americans, remember how much they’ve suffered under this weak, misguided president and they aren’t going to give him four more years to do more “work.” Game Change the book describes (pp.26-27) David Axelrod, Obama campaign advisor, “Axelrod was known for being interested less in policy than in softer qualities of character and biography. His central gift was a grasp of the power of narrative—his ability to weave his candidates beliefs and background into an emotionally compelling bundle.”

You don’t elect a President based on emotion; you elect that person based on his or her ability. The American people have had enough of the Obama narrative and aren’t going to fall for this fairytale a second time around. As producer of the HBO movie Game Change combined with his acting ability, Hanks is good at spinning tales with a leftist bent. But what both Hanks and Team Obama should recognize is Americans aren’t stupid and whether they’re watching a movie or living through the presidency of Obama, they can always separate reality from fiction.

Bill Maher’s Toilet Mouth Exempt from Obama & Democrats’ Standard of Decency

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

When Rush Limbaugh exercised his 1st amendment right to free speech and criticized Sandra Fluke for whining about paying for her birth control pills, Democrats and the liberal mainstream media pounced. Granted Rush used some harsh words to describe Fluke, but that was his first amendment right. What’s despicable is the hypocrisy exhibited by Democrats and President Obama who don’t apply this same standard of decency to left wing comedian Bill Maher, who on a daily basis says things more offensive than Rush ever has.

Could it be because Bill Maher is a huge supporter of Democrats and just gave $1 million to Obama’s Super PAC Priorities USA? Maher repeatedly utters vile, disgusting things which go well beyond the point of decency and all we hear is crickets from Democrats and the liberal news media. Maher mocked Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who prays before games with the following tweet on December 24, 2011 “Wow, Jesus just f**ked #TimTebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is tebowing, saying to Hitler “Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.”

There were no calls for Maher to be suspended from HBO and President Obama didn’t feel compelled to phone Tebow to comfort him after Maher assaulted his religion. Obama could have used that as a teachable moment to stand up for Christianity and freedom of religion.

Of course, there’s Maher’s vile comments about Bristol Palin in 2011, when he said:

“In Bristol’s new memoir Not Afraid of Life – working title, “Whoops, There’s a D*&+ in Me” – Bristol claims that the night she lost her virginity she had accidentally gotten drunk on wine coolers that she didn’t know contained alcohol and then blacked out and didn’t remember a thing. Oh, the Palins. I tell you, the shit doesn’t fall far from the bat.”

Maher has also mocked Sarah Palin relentlessly and repeatedly called her a “dumb twat”   and a “cunt.”  During his March 2nd broadcast, Rush said if Obama really practiced  what he preached, that is being the decency police, he would demand his Super PAC return the $1million Maher donated. Later that evening on his show, Maher responded and said he can say whatever he wants because unlike Rush’s radio show, “I don’t have sponsors. I’m on HBO.” But as News Busters pointed out, millions of HBO subscriptions like me pay Maher’s salary so it is the same standard of decency should be applied to his toilet mouth.

Rush commented: “Bill Maher and some of his comments make me look like Romper Room, a choir boy. So will Obama be giving back Bill Maher’s money?”

Unless I missed it, Obama didn’t express outrage over Maher’s insults against Bristol or Sarah Palin. Furthermore, he’s refused to respond to a letter from Concerned Women of America demanding Obama  tell his Super PAC to return Maher’s “filthy” money. White House Spokesperson Jay Carney explained to USA Today, “As for Maher’s PAC contribution, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama has nothing to do with Priorities USA, and can’t legally tell it what to do.” But White House staffer and campaign officials will headline Priorities USA fundraising events, yet Obama has no influence over the PAC? The take away: it’s okay to vilify and degrade Republicans but don’t you dare do it to Democrats.

In President Obama’s March 6th press conference , where he tried to upstage GOP Super Tuesday contests, Obama said the reason he called Sandra Fluke “is because I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about . . . I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way.  And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”

Obama added: “We want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate, and we want you to be engaged, and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.”

It seems Obama wants to teach his daughters the political double standard of decency—that it’s okay for conservative women and Christians “to be demeaned and insulted” but not their liberal peers.  Bill Maher is an odious pig with whom Obama doesn’t seem to have a problem being associated. Now, that’s a teachable moment for the history books.

Rick Santorum’s Baggage: Loaded with Hypocrisy & Moral Perfection

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Rick Santorum may be riding high in the polls of late, running neck in neck with Romney, but he’s not the Mr. Clean picture of social conservative perfection he wants everyone to believe. If Santorum opposes abortion, even in the case of rape, believes birth control is harmful, and the key to improving the economy is strengthening the family, why did he marry a woman who for six years lived with a man who was an abortion provider?

In 1982 Karen Garver, now Karen Santorum was a 22 year old nursing student at Duquesne University and began a six-year relationship with 62 year old Dr. Tom Allen. According to the Daily Beast, Allen was well known for delivering babies and helping to start a “therapeutic abortion” clinic at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh years before Roe v. Wade.” Apparently, Mrs. Santorum knew exactly what Allen was all about and didn’t have any problem living with him for six years.

Pictures of Karen Santorum during the time she dated Dr. Allen reveal a fresh faced girl dressed in care free clothing. Allen said when he ran into her years later in the 1990s, she was “dressed like Hester Pyrnne,” of the Scarlett Letter. Suddenly, Mrs. Santorum doesn’t look like the picture of conservative perfection.

Why does this matter? Because Santorum has grilled Romney for being a squishy conservative at best, someone whom you can’t trust on the positions and this revelation about his wife’s past makes Santorum look like a hypocrite. His wife may have strong pro-family positions today but it doesn’t appear she always clung to those values.

As we pull back the curtain on Santorum’s candidacy for president, his biggest electability problem is Santorum is running a morality campaign. While the other candidates are making job creation, economic growth and tax reform the center of the their platforms and rightfully so with 8.3% of people jobless, Santorum has fixated his campaign on the culture wars, condemning homosexuality, rejecting birth control and  holding himself up as the shining example of Godliness. Only God is perfect!

If we learned anything from the success of the Tea party movement in 2010 and Governors McDonnell and Christie, it’s that social issues aren’t Republican voters’ greatest concern right now but having more money in their wallet and food on the table is. Making wedge issues like family values the center of his campaign makes Santorum look grossly out of touch with today’s reality.

The company Santorum keeps also reinforces his problem as an electable candidate. Billionaire Foster Friess, a Santorum supporter, gives big money to the Santorum super PAC. In a recent interview with MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell, Friess said:

“On this contraceptive thing, my Gosh it’s such inexpensive,” he added. “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”

The only appropriate response to Friess’ comments is Yikes! Moreover, how does a person running for President of the United States associate with a person like this who’s living in the dark ages with his head in the sand. Friess’ said he didn’t understand why “people seem to be so preoccupied with sex.” The fact is We the People aren’t preoccupied with sex but Rick Santorum seems to be. We’re preoccupied with the economy and worried about finding a job or keeping one.

It’s still too early to predict anything in the GOP presidential nomination race. Frontrunners continue to come and go. But if the race comes down to a choice between Romney and Santorum, Romney while not the perfect choice is the saner, more capable choice of the two without question.

Someone described why young voters turned against Santorum in his 2006 re-election bid for Senator of Pennsylvania, “Young people thought he was kind of weirdly out of sync with modern times.” Nothing has changed. The Dark Ages appear to suit Santorum better than modern times. He sounds more like a character from Chaucer’s 14th century  book The Canterbury Tales than a GOP presidential candidate. Next!

Obama’s Budget Bomb, Worthy of Garbage Can

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Here we go again with President Obama demanding one class of citizens pay more in taxes than everyone else to help pay for his Ponzi scheme called a 2013 budget  Through his irresponsible spending, Obama has added $5 trillion to our now $15.3 national debt in his three short years in office and had the nerve this week to tell Congress he wants them to pass a nearly $4 trillion budget for 2013.

Making it more outrageous, Obama wants to slap higher earners in the face with $1.5 trillion tax increases by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for this special class of citizens. Families making more than $250,000 would go from a 35% to 39.6% tax rate and individuals making more than $200,000 would go from paying 33% tax rate to 36%. Also included would be raising the death tax (estate tax, money that’s already been taxed.

Of course Obama would allow the Bush tax cuts for everyone else to remain in place. Obama’s logic that 10% of those Americans who pay 70% of ALL taxes, just “don’t pay their fair share,” is preposterous, especially when 50% of Americans pay zero taxes at all. I think higher earners should be paying less and others should either start paying and paying more.

In defense of extending the holiday for the payroll tax through the end of 2012, the White House tweeted, “Obama: First and foremost, that means Washington shouldn’t hike taxes on working Americans. #40dollars” I guess Obama doesn’t consider higher earners some of which are business owners, who create jobs, as part of “working Americans.” If he did, he wouldn’t think they are any more deserving of tax hikes than any other class.

Many people have forgotten Obama and Democrats included a whopping $569 billion in new taxes in Obamacare, which includes taxes on higher earners such as: higher Medicare payroll tax, tax on investment income, and a tax on Cadillac insurance plans, among others.

Apparently, Obama won’t be satisfied until he can tax nearly 100% of higher earners’ income, making them indentured servants to the federal government.

Obama’s relentless assault on higher earners is a particularly obstructionist move on his part because Republicans have repeatedly and firmly warned him any talks of tax hikes is a non-starter for working together. He has tried this wealth redistribution move many times over (Americans Jobs Act, payroll tax extension, Congressional deficit reduction committee, debt ceiling debate, 2010 government budget, etc.) to no avail.

Yet, this president persists in pushing his extremist, leftist ideology that believes “the rich” should pay for the gains of everyone else, which is about as un-American as you can get. No where in the US Constitution does it state one class of citizens should ride to prosperity on the backs of another class who are taxed to death for their success.

After racking up our debt to $15.3 trillion, there is no way Obama can tax his way out of this mess. Instead of coming up with a meaningful plan to shrink government to meet revenue, as Newt Gingrich has oft said, Obama wants to increase spending to try to catch up with an out-of control, unsustainable government.

Never mind Obama’s budget projects a deficit exceeding $1 trillion for 2013, the fourth straight year in a row the country is running a $1 trillion deficit. What makes this budget even more of a joke is it does nothing to address the unsustainable growth of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Once again the president ignored the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission, which Obama created by executive order in 2012, that recommended the critical need to reform our entitlement programs, as well as our tax code, among other things to bring down our soaring debt.

Even more grotesque is White House estimates that if Congress gives Obama $4trillion to spend, he’ll reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. If you believe this, you believe pigs can fly. If government spending continues at this rate, cutting $4trillion over 10 years is like using a water gun to help quell a towering inferno.

You don’t need to read Obama’s budget tome in its entirety to know that unlike its title “An America Built to Last” this $3.8trillion budget is anything but built to last and should be called “An America Destined for Destruction.” The Simpson-Bowles report described our dire situation best:

“Our challenge is clear and inescapable: America cannot be great if we go broke. Our businesses will not be able to grow and create jobs, and our workers will not be able to compete successfully for the jobs of the future without a plan to get this crushing debt burden off our backs.”

But it seems Obama wants his legacy of hope & change to be dumping a pile of debt on America and being able to look back and say, after he’s finally voted out of office, “see that’s what I left behind.” The chapter on President Barack Obama won’t be a flattering one in the history books. Republicans are right to first denounce this fiscally irresponsible budget and then throw it in the trash can where it belongs.