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My Impressions of the First Obama-Romney Debate


I just finished watching the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and it wasn’t so much what was said, but how it was delivered. Have you ever watched someone who’d deceitful, or flat-out lying? They avoid eye contact except for the occasional glance. By contrast have you ever watched someone who is honest, forthright and confident? They have the opposite behavior, they maintain eye contact, they speak to you not the floor or some other point in the room.

If you recorded the debate, or get a chance to see a reply and didn’t pick this up for yourself, fast forward through and watch Obama and Romney as both speak, and listen to their opponent. Obama looked at his podium or at the moderator perhaps ninety or more percent of the time, while Romney rarely looked away from his opponent. He displayed a keen focus on what Obama was saying, only looking away to take the occasional note, and spoke directly to Obama while giving his statements. The only real exception was his closing remarks when he looked into the camera as though talking to the voters.

This body language, and believe me I’m typically oblivious of this as a rule, was screaming to me that he was being 100% honest and engaged, while Obama showed his annoyance with what Romney had to say and chose to talk to Jim Lehrer for most of his answers, only glancing toward Romney with the occasional jab. I felt Romney was straight forward with his ideas on how to turn the country around, while Obama seemed to just skirt the fact that he has accomplished virtually nothing in the past four years and was begging for a “Mulligan”. (Golf slang for a do over)

Look, I don’t agree with everything that Romney proposes, but I am convinced that four more years of Obama’s policies will devastate this country. Romney expresses his desire to adhere to the declaration of Independence, ans well as the Constitution. Not the least of which was his reference to the 10th amendment which states basically that it is the states and the people who are the foremost governing powers, not the Federal government, which has far over reached its power and authority. The voters need to ask themselves… “Has Obama done the things he promised four years ago?” Things like calling George Bush’s four trillion-dollar rise of the deficit “Unpatriotic” then increasing it another six trillion in half the time? Or cutting unemployment then letting it sit stagnant at over 8% for the past 43 straight months. Those numbers are actually artificially low, as it doesn’t count those who haven’t looked for a job for the past three consecutive months. When those folks are counted, the number is nearly 16%. He said himself in 2009, that if he didn’t “…turn the economy around in three years, (his) would be a one term proposition”. I say, let’s hold him to his word.

I can’t say that Romney will keep every promise he makes, few politicians do, but when I see a man look his opponent in the eye, and speak with conviction, I see a man who is admirable, and a man of his word. Not a con-man who doesn’t look you in the eye, while hoping you don’t notice his deceit, or his record of failure. Someone who hopes you’ll just keep the Status Quo, but I don’t believe we can even hope for it to be that good if he were to win four more years. Hold him to his word, make his a one term proposition.

Who won? I give it to Romney for his engagement, his appearance of confidence and honesty, and a forthright explanation of where the present administration is missing the mark, and what he wants to do to turn that around.  Romney 1 – Obama 0

Obama’s Record on Jobs and Spending. Claims vs. facts.


Obama claim: We’ve added back more than 4.5 million private sector jobs and seen 29 straight months of job growth.  Sounds good huh? But let’s look beyond the hype, shall we?  When Obama was took office the unemployment rate was 7.8%, not his fault, but for all his promises to put the country on track the unemployment rate climbed to a high of 10% by October 2009.

Starting in May 2009 the jobless rate stayed at or above 9% for 22 consecutive months with a one month dip to 8.9% then back above 9% for an additional six months. So 28 out of 29 consecutive months of over 9% unemployment on his watch is hardly something to crow about. The “official” number which is what the BLS calls the U3 chart, finally dipped into the 8% range just last October and has remained there for the past 11 months.  What many don’t know, is that there is also a U6 chart, which lists also those unemployed who have just plain given up looking for work for at least the previous 4 weeks. This chart shows that the real unemployment rate is 15% or nearly double the officially reported U3 rate.

The fact is, that the official jobless rate had not been below 9% from the month after Obama took office until March 2011, that’s 37 months. So his hype about 29 months of job growth, while not untrue, doesn’t really tell the whole story. Between March 2010 and July 2012 (his 29 months) the official unemployment rate only dropped from 9.8% to 8.3%, a whopping 1.5% or about one half of one percent per month. In the 40 months of data since he took office, only 12 months have seen less than 9% unemployment.

While I’ll give him all of 2009 as an inherited problem from the Bush-era, the fact is that things continued to get worse in 2010. According to a PEW Charitable Trust study, in August of 2010 4.4 million people—roughly the population of Louisiana—had been out of work for a year or more; an increase of nearly 30 percent since December 2009. That’s a 30% increase in long-term unemployment in the first 9 months of his second year in office. By comparison Reagan inherited a bad job market too, worse than Obama’s since Reagan’s was at 7.5% when he took office, but peaked at 10.8% and stayed over 10% for 10 straight months, yet Reagan policies resulted in a drop of 3.6%, from 10.8% to 7.2% by his 40th month in office. So while Obama’s jobless rate peaked at 10% and had only dropped 1.8% over the same first 40 months in office. The Reagan drop of 3.6% took 20 months to accomplish, while Obama’s drop of just 1.5% took 28 months. He has presided over less than half the decline over a 30% longer period time between high and low points.

Read more: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000 and http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Economic_Mobility/LTU%20Addendum%20Final%2010_07_10.pdf

Obama claim: “Since I’ve been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years.”  Wow, really? Well, no. Let’s go back to the Clinton Presidency, when Bill took office federal spending was at 23.5% of GDP, when he left in 2001 it was down to only 19.5%, a decline of 4%. Although I was never a fan of President Clinton, the truth is that he and a strong Republican congress cut federal spending more than any administration in modern history.

Now even if you take the second half of TARP, which Obama requested; most of the Auto Bailout which Obama pushed; The Mortgage/Loan Medication Program; The Omnibus Spending Bill signed by Obama March 2009; The Stimulus Bill, and the S-CHIP expansion – take all of this 2009 spending and blame it all on Bush, even then spending is up by almost 24% in Obama’s first term vs. Bush’s last. Spending under Bush, especially in the second term, was huge, a democratically controlled congress, gave Bush Carte Blanche with the purse strings and he went wild like a kid in a candy store. Yet considering the fact that the federal deficit has climbed has much in Obama’s first term as it had from George Washington to Clinton’s first term, to claim he’s not a big spender is simply a lie.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/even_with_nuttings_math_obama_1st_term_spending_up_24_vs_bushs_last_term.html#ixzz258iLBxbJ

The Left Is Going Into Full Panic Mode


With Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the left is going even more insane than they already were. Prior to the announcement, we heard that Romney was a job outsourcer while at Bain Capital and that he was somehow responsible for the cancer death of a man’s wife. The fact that Romney had left Bain two years before the man lost his job and insurance, or that his wife was employed and had her own insurance makes no difference to the liars on the left. They will never let a good lie go to waste.

And let’s not forget such Left Wing luminaries as Harry Reid, who made this stupid accusation about Mitt Romney, “The word’s out that he hasn’t paid any taxes in 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes—because he hasn’t.”.  Really? Guilt by slander? In our legal system you’re innocent until proven guilty; in left wing politics you’re guilty till you prove yourself innocent. Now the idea that the IRS would possibly overlook a big ticket like Romney skipping his taxes for a decade, should put big question marks in the minds of even someone with a room temperature IQ. But the leftists in the media gave Reid plenty of air play. I guess they have been out in the cold so long, that they haven’t yet reached room temperature.

If these two recent examples aren’t bad enough, looks what’s coming from the media now that Ryan is on the ticket. ABC’s Bianna Golodryga and David Kerley said respectively on Sunday… “New battle lines have been drawn after Mitt Romney chose conservative congressman and budget-slasher Paul Ryan as his running mate.” and “Sen. Harry Reid claimed that the pick of Ryan caters to the far right rather than standing with the middle class. Others called Ryan extreme. The ticket, a match made in millionaires’ heaven. Ryan, the author of disastrous budgets.”

Wow, “budget slasher” or “author of disastrous budgets.” Is the left really so stupid that they believe in a time of government over-spending that these are bad things? I should add that the Ryan budget was not passed because congress is spineless. However, ABC wasn’t done yet, on Monday David Muir said “Ryan is known in the political world for his controversial budget plan that would call for steep cuts and the Obama campaign said it would change Medicare as we know it.” Is that the same Medicare that’s already being gutted by Obamacare? The liberal duplicity is astounding. Ryan on the other hand went on the offensive on Tuesday saying that the Romney/Ryan plan will save Medicare from being gutted by Obamacare. [Read it here]

On Tuesday (Aug 14) Joe (the gaffer) Biden had this to say about Romney… “he’s gonna let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unnnn-chain Wall Street,” he exclaimed “They’re gonna put y’all back in chains,” [Watch him here] this from the administration that was going to end the racial divide. Since 2008 when Obama and Biden were elected, the racial divide in America has grown, not shrunk, and much of it is the direct result of comments like these from the administration and the left in general.

These are but a few recent examples out of many that show the left is in panic mode. In an article published today (Aug 15, 2012) Michael Medved points out The one way for the GOP to regain momentum would be to return the campaign’s focus to the issues, where most Americans agree with them. More people want to see government do less than do more and prefer to see spending cuts rather than Obama’s “new investments.” According to Gallup, those who describe themselves as “conservative” outnumber those who call themselves “liberal” by nearly 2 to 1 (40 percent to 21 percent), which suggests that the GOP should win any election that focuses on ideology, rather than on vague notions of hope and change or questions of which candidate would make the most lovable neighbor over the backyard fence.”(emphasis added) I hope he’s right and I hope Romney & Ryan do.

Is This A Joke?


After over three and a half years we should all be used to Obama blaming George Bush for every ill plaguing the country. Afterall he inherited the problem right? One of Obama’s lackeys has now come out and is blaming Romney for continued high unemployment. Wow and he hasn’t been nominated yet, much less elected, yet AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka whose union endorses Obama, said during a statement last Friday that “The cruel reality is Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress are willing to sabotage the recovery in the hope of scoring political points against the President” This would be funny if it were not so sad and completely typical of Obama and his supporters.

He was complaining about the slow job growth and the fact that (the official) unemployment rate remains at 8.2% which is artificially low and is actually well over 10%, but the Labor Department doesn’t like to count those who’ve simply given up even trying to find a job. The reality is that Trumka and his ilk blame the republicans in congress for holding up Obama’s “American Jobs Act”, and fighting for tax cuts for the rich instead. As I pointed out in my previous post today, supply-side tax cuts result in far more prosperity for everyone and far more job creation, than stupid government spending programs like the failed stimulus package of 2009, or this latest bill, which only continue to be an anchor around the necks of the real job creators in this country. 

 Remember the only jobs the government can create are those within government and who pays those salaries? That’s right scooter, you and me, the productive tax payers, and who benefits from the boondoggles like the stimulus and the American Jobs Act? The lazy, the corrupt and the friends of Obama, but I repeat myself.

Here’s Mr. Trumka’s full statement if you have the stomach for it…

For America’s working people, the economy is simply not delivering right now. The trend of slow job growth is both frustrating and heartbreaking. The economy added only 80,000 net new jobs last month – not nearly enough to bring unemployment down and fuel a robust recovery.

Republicans in Congress have responded to a massive jobs shortage and weak economy with obstructionism and dishonesty. They have repeatedly blocked public investment that would create jobs and spur growth, including President Obama’s American Jobs Act. They have held up countless necessary bills, including relief for student loans, by insisting on yet more tax cuts for the richest one percent and preserving existing tax breaks for outsourcers. They push a politics of austerity, which here and in Europe is strangling our economy.

Republican priorities are more tax cuts for the richest one percent and more layoffs for teachers and firefighters. The cruel reality is Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress are willing to sabotage the recovery in the hope of scoring political points against the President.

Cutting back on policies that provide relief for millions of working families is not just bad policy, it’s immoral. Working people are willing to take the lead to get our economy back on track, but they need our policymakers to do their part. By investing in jobs, reconnecting wages to productivity growth and ending policies that ship jobs overseas, we can turn things around. The labor movement is committed to pushing for these deeper changes and reforms that bring us together and make America strong.

There you have it folks, just keep this in mind as the November elections approach, do you want more of the failed policies of the past three and a half years. More of the same old BS like that stated above, or do you want real change and a return to the ideals that made America the greatest country ever brought forth on the face of this Earth? More Robin Hood economics that can’t possibly sustain itself, or a return to liberty and individual initiative and responsibility? More Nanny State, “We know what’s best for you”, or the freedom to make your own choices, decide what’s best for you and your family and spend your money how you want, not how some DC bureaucrat thinks you should?

If I may make a suggestion, consider this… Don’t vote for one single incumbant,  Democrat, Republican, whatever. Vote every single incumbant out of office and send a clear message that we’re sick and tired of politics as usual and we aren’t going to take it anymore. Let’s tell them all… YOU’RE FIRED! So what if we get a bunch of inexperienced new comers, if they don’t know “How it’s always been done” then maybe it we’ll get done our way.

The Dictator Obama does it again!


Is anyone out there surprised? Obama has once more displayed his arrogance, and contempt for the constitution and the rule of law. Within hours of the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the core portion of the Arizona Immigration law allowing law enforcement to check the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants, Obama has once more decided that his administration is above the law and has announced that it will not enforce it!

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that the Obama administration was “suspending a key program that allowed state and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law.” Of course this is not the first time Obama has taken this course, with every law or ruling that goes against his personal agenda, he simply ignores it, refuses to enforce it or as with his June 15th executive order, makes law where none existed before, something even he has admitted that he lacks the constitutional authority to do!  [See him here] With his continued flagrant disregard for the Constitution that he swore an oath to “protect and defend” how can anyone even consider electing this wannabe dictator again?

The SCOTUS is scheduled to rule tomorrow on his signature bill commonly known as Obamacare, if as most suspect it will be at least gutted, and hopefully overturned completely, will he once again choose to circumvent the court and order the Department of Health and Human Services to push forward with implementation? My bet is yes he will, let’s watch and see.

The Tyrant in the White House


(This post was actually written a week ago, but I neglected to “Publish” it till now)

When will the people of America wake up and realize that Obama is leading us to the edge of a cliff and the gullible are following like lemmings ready to plunge off into the abyss of socialism? Their liberal hypocrisy is endless, and their desire to corrupt the very foundation of our once great nation is on a path to completion. We have a man in the White House who last October basically declared congress irrelevant when he said “We don’t have to wait for Congress, we’re just going to go ahead and act on our own,” while indicating that he planned to issue executive orders weekly for the remainder of the year. On average he did just that, issuing 9 Executive Orders between October 31 and December 19th, 2011.  In addition he has issued 7 more so far this year. In the span of only five months he has continued to usurp more unconstitutional power, sixteen times.

On April 2nd he likewise lashed out at the Supreme Court decrying that it is an “Unelected” body and chastising them for even considering the possibility that they might “overturn a duly constituted and passed law”.  So congress is irrelevant and the unelected Supreme Court shouldn’t even think about overturning unconstitutional laws, which he worked so hard to get passed. I ask you, what is left? As I see it we now have a totalitarian state with Barack Obama as its supreme commander. Who needs three independent branches of government when we have the omniscient and omnipotent Barack Obama to tell us how to live, how to think, and what to buy?

 Can you name another leader who has managed to get the national media to follow in lock step, fawn over him as a messiah and cover any attempt to question his legitimacy? Has any other leader had school children being indoctrinated to sing songs about him? How about one who has written an autobiography that is used like a bible to promote his life and thinking? I can think of one, and that the risk of being dismissed as a quack, it was Adolph Hitler. I don’t expect you to take my word for it, or accept my point of view, I want you to use your own ability for critical thinking and look at the facts for yourself. Simply Google “Hitler’s rise to power” and see for yourself.

Take an honest look at the highlights of Hitler’s rise to power, look at the things he promised the people of Germany to put him in power in the first place. Then compare that to what Obama is doing, including his complete disrespect, or dare I say hatred, of Israel. He has bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, (and others) while denigrating the right of Israel to make its own choices in dealing with its neighbors and its enemies. He barely veils his support of Islam and Arab countries, and his disdain of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. For instance, remember when Obama told Netanyahu he wanted him to redraw his borders to the pre-1967 lines, to give the (non-existent) Palestinians their own homeland?

 Can you imaging the leader of another country telling a U.S. President to redraw our borders to some historic line and give a piece of the U.S. to some made up group of people as their homeland? Once more Obama displays his audacity…  no arrogance, to believe that he has the right to tell another world leader what to do. This man is a tyrant and megalomaniac of the highest order, and anyone who believes he has done anything to deserve another term just isn’t paying attention.

 Rob

The Liberal Mind, is it Political Madness?


It is typical with liberals to keep certain things in the forefront so they have a cause to champion. As former Obama advisor Rahm Emanuel once said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste“. Such crisis’ after all give liberals more opportunity to push their particular agendas. For instance, if some nut goes on a rampage and kills a bunch of people, or if someone of light skin kills someone with dark skin, then the liberals start screaming for more laws to control guns. This is despite all the evidence that murder rates fall when gun control laws are repealed and vise versa (See here). You see liberals have a cause, and statistics be damned, they won’t waste a good crisis opportunity to try to shove their mindless views down everyone else’s throats.

Although I have one of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes at the top of these blog posts, I don’t believe that Ron was completely correct. While I do believe that a significant number of liberals are at least somewhat ignorant, the problem is that facts, are ignored or ridiculed and scientific data skewed to make political points without regard for the truth, and most liberals just mindlessly believe the crap the media spoon feeds them without question. A prominent psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Lyle Rossiter published a book titled, “The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness” and while I haven’t read it, I suspect that he may be on to something. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that all people with liberal beliefs are brain-damaged, mentally ill, or stupid. I am curious however, why so many leftists who hold political power are always trying to tear down our great country in the name of “Equality” and “Fairness”, and their followers fail to question it.

There is nothing fair about their methods or goals, and it sure as Hell isn’t about equality. Obama and his ilk want to play Robin Hood, to steal from those who have and give to those who don’t. It’s not that most of those folks aren’t capable of doing better for themselves, but rather they are too lazy to do otherwise when Obama will take care of them. Don’t believe for a moment that there is any anything noble about this either, he has a plan and it’s to buy votes from those lazy bums, and he’s doing it with your money. If you don’t believe that, you aren’t paying attention.

I can only imagine the shock on the left when documentary film maker Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of ultra-liberal “Queen Nancy”, made a short film about the welfare bums in New York and aired it on Bill Maher’s TV show (see a clip here). While I may disagree with her politics, I admire the fact that she has the intellectual honesty to show the entitlement mentality that the liberals have fostered. “I’m here for the Obama bucks” one man said or when asked why he will vote for Obama another replies “because he’ll give me stuff”. Did you see any of this on the 6:00 O’clock news? I didn’t think so.

The latest figures from the IRS (for tax year 2009, released in Oct. 2011) show that the top 1 percent of tax payers accounted for 36.7 percent of all individual federal income taxes collected, while earning only 16.9 percent of the adjusted gross income (AGI). The rest of the top 5 percent paid an additional 22 percent, for a total of 58.7 percent of individual federal income taxes for by only 5 percent of earners. The top 25 percent of wage earners, (those who make over $66,000 per year) foot 87.3 percent of the tax burden, and the top 50 percent carry 97.7 percent. The bottom 50 percent of all wage earners account for only 2.3 percent of the total individual income tax revenue collected by the IRS. In 2009, about 47% of households, that’s about 71 million, did not pay any federal income tax at all.

Obama displays his Robin Hood mentality and a complete lack of  intellectual honesty when he claims that the rich are not paying their fair share, while nearly half of all households pay no income taxes at all. When the top one percent of earners pays over one-third of the total individual tax revenue collected, that’s unfair. It’s time we revise the moronic tax code in this country and have everyone pay a share.

I could go on and on here, but history is pretty clear that liberal policies result in a weak economy, higher dependency on government handouts, and an overall expansion of government bureaucracy, with its inherent degradation of freedom. Conservative and/or libertarian policies on the other hand, tend to result in lower taxes and smaller government which promote greater freedom and a bigger, healthier economy. I believe that’s good for everyone no matter their income level. It is also clear to me that our Federal government has become an oligarchical body with right and left arms, that work together to expand their own power at the expense of “We the people”. They also fail to hold one another accountable by refusing to prosecute unconstitutional acts or outright fraud against the rule of law.

November is coming, so let’s end the political madness in Washington D.C. and vote against every sitting incumbent Democrat, Republican, or whatever who hasn’t lived up their oath of office to “… to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.” and believe me there are precious few who have. Ronald Reagan asked this in 1979 and I’m going to repeat it here until the elections in November…  Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?

Rob