Thursday, August 16, 2012

Running on Empty

“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” ~ Milton Friedman

One would think that will all the legislation passed under Obama that this campaign would be focusing on his record.  But they aren’t, and neither is the media—again.

In 2008, Obama had no real political record to speak of, unless you think voting “present” 129 times as a state senator instead of taking a stand on tough issues is a record of success.  The campaign was all hype and bumper sticker slogans, and the so-called “journalists” in our media did absolutely no vetting to expose his sordid past.  And it was sordid.

In the 2008 election, the media did little to expose Obama’s ties to Reverend Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ and how Obama went to Wright’s church for 20 years listening to Wright spew hate filled sermons saying blacks should not sing God Bless America but “God damn America” and follow the “Black Value System.”   In fact, Republican’s couldn’t even bring the issue up because any attack on Obama, due to his ties to Wright, would be viewed as racially insensitive—and stir up racist sentiments—and be too personal.

The media also didn’t bother to find out anything about Obama’s origins, formative years, or what his ideology is based on.  If they had, they would have discussed Obama’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.  It’s not as though this would have taken much journalistic investigation, Obama mentioned the man several times in his book, Dreams From My Father.  Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union.  While Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path.  Professor Gerald Horne, a contributing editor of the Communist Party journal Political Affairs, noted that Davis became the Obama’s mentor at the suggestion of a good friend.  That friend was Paul Robeson, the well-known black actor and singer who served as a member of the Communist Party USA and apologist for the old Soviet Union.

Then there are his ties to William Ayers, one of the formative influences in Obama's political life.  Ayers was also a pivotal member of the Weather Underground, a radical left-wing terrorist group first organized in 1969 with the goal of violently overthrowing of the US government.  Their revolutionary positions were characterized by Black Liberation rhetoric and in 1970 the group issued a “Declaration of a State of War against the United States government.”  Their violent actions include aiding in a jailbreak and escape of a criminal, causing a riot in Chicago, bombing the US Capitol on 1 March 1971, bombing the Pentagon on 19 May 1972, and bombing the US Department of State on 29 January 1975.  On 20 October 1981 the group robbed a Brinks armored truck containing $1.6 million in Nanuet, New York and killed two police officers and a security guard.  Bill Ayers was also the host of Obama's coming out political fundraiser party in 1995, gave Obama $150 million to head up education and the Annenberg Challenge, and introduced Obama to ACORN.  ACORN is a scandalous political advocacy group that filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after dozens of its workers were convicted of voter fraud in the 2008 and 2010 elections that continues to try to regroup under various identities.

Now running for reelection in 2012, Obama has a record.  During his first term, Obama passed several landmark pieces of legislation and executive orders, which by most Presidential standards would be viewed as a success.  There is just one problem.  His polices FAILED.

Obama bailed out failing auto industry companies, like GM and Chrysler.  He is apparently proud of the TAXPAYER-FUNDED government intervention that he claims “rescued” the automakers in 2009, and he regularly takes credit for the companies’ new-found profitability and hiring as one of his top achievements. There is just one problem.  GM stock shares fell to a new low in 2012, the lowest since November 2010 following its June 2009 bankruptcy. The Treasury still owns 26.5% of GM and taxpayers are still out $26.4 billion in direct aid. That leaves taxpayers with roughly a loss of $16.6 billion.  Additionally, while Obama claims his bailout of GM helped save Americans jobs, GM’s own annual report shows that at the start of the year, they only had 74,500 jobs in the US, and 122,500 abroad—in Canada, Mexico, and overseas. In other words, about two thirds of GMs jobs are outsourced to other countries with US taxpayer money.  Thanks Obama.

Today, 15.1% of American’s are now living in poverty; there have been 6.8 million home foreclosures since Obama took office, and with 12,700,000 unemployed Americans—unemployment is at 8.2 %. In fact, after three years with unemployment topping 8%, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that the US has seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression under Obama’s watch.   Thanks Obama.

That’s not the only record Obama has.  According to the Treasury Department, under Obama’s watch, the national debt has increased more than the debt accumulated by ALL 41 US Presidents from George Washington through George H.W. Bush COMBINED!  Thanks Obama.

Lastly, under Obama’s watch, the federal government has been operating without any annual budgets.  In fact, it’s been over 1,200 days and 5 trillion in new debt since the Democrat controlled Senate passed a budget (since they took majority control in 2006). In 2011, Obama actually did propose a budget.  It was so embarrassing that even the Democrat controlled Senate voted against it—it failed unanimously with a 0-97 vote.  This speaks volumes about Obama’s lack of leadership ability.  He either can’t get one passed or doesn’t want one---neither of those options speaks well of his governance.

During the 2012 campaign, Obama wanted to deflect from his wealth of FAILURES by doing what he does best—blaming others.  He wanted to run a scapegoating campaign against a “do nothing Congress” and activist Supreme Court Justices.  There are just a few hiccups with that strategy.  As previously noted, the Democrats have controlled the Senate since 2006. Despite Republicans winning back control of the House in 2010, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has routinely blocked Republican bill proposals.  Obama can’t claim obstructionist Republicans are to blame when his own party is doing the blocking.  Likewise, in two landmark Supreme Court case rulings, the Justices upheld key provisions in Obama’s healthcare bill and favored his Justice Department’s case against Arizona’s illegal immigrant bill.  Obama essentially got what he wanted despite all respectable polls showing American’s are against Obamacare and supported Arizona’s illegal immigration law.

Obama’s 2012 campaign is evidence of a flailing, desperate man who is trying to cling to power.  His ads are pure lies.  Who honestly believes Obama’s claim that Republicans are running on a platform advocating for, “Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance”?  In the last few weeks, Obama and the liberals have made some wild accusations and endorsed some outright irresponsible ads claiming Romney is a tax cheat and a felon.  Most despicably, Obama backers put out an ad claiming Romney was responsible for the cancer death of a woman--an ad that PolitiFact rated as "pants-on-fire" false and the Washington Post rated as “four Pinocchios,” the maximum rating.

I’ve listened to Obama this campaign season, and with all the negative campaign ads and lies, I can honestly say I don’t know what he’s running on.  He’s not talking about his failed record, and quite honestly, if he couldn’t find success when he and his party controlled the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate, then why bother giving him four more years to plunge this country deeper into despair.

I don’t know what Obama’s running on, he’s just running on empty, running blind, and running behind.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Seniors: Attention Scam Alert!

If you are under the belief that if you vote for Obama your medical concerns will be taken care of--you’re the victim of a vicious scam, and the Obama administration and the media are working overtime to make sure you don’t know the truth. 

The truth is Obama already cut Medicare by $716 billion when he shoved Obamacare down the throats of all Americans (except his union and liberal cronies he granted waivers to).  He robbed from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.  He cut Medicare despite the fact Obamcare also introduced 22 new taxes that were supposed to pay for it—new taxes that will directly impact families earning less than $250,000 a year.

In 2009, Obama said the Medicare cuts he signed as part of Obamacare would never be repealed under his watch, noting that nearly one-third of the Obamacare’s funding came from cutting Medicare.  ABC’s Jake Tapper asked Obama, “Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance – one third of it – that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?” Obama unequivocally answered, ““Yes.”

Even more frightening, Obamacare emphasizes government control.  Obamacare empowers a panel of 15 unelected government officials to regulate the program and eventually determine what types of procedures and treatments that the remnants of Medicare as we used to know it will and will not pay for.  Can you say rationed care—a.k.a. death panels?

What’s worse—Obama and the Democrats think their constituents are too stupid to know they’ve been lied to

While making the regular Sunday morning talk show rounds, former DNC chairman, Howard Dean, said, “Here's the problem with talking about $700 billion that got cut out of Medicare...The problem is that nobody believes it. You can't convince people that a Democrat is going to cut Medicare. They don't believe that.

Believe it people, because the Democrats did do it.
Under the Romney/Ryan plan, if you're older than 55--nothing about Medicare would change for you.  If you’re under the age of 55 you will have the option of staying in the current Medicare system or taking a private sector option where you are given the money that would have been spent through Medicare for treatment and you can shop for your own medical care and keep what you don't spend, or pay the difference as you would now through other insurance or out of pocket.  The Romney/Ryan idea is to bring competition back to healthcare and have prices that are commensurate with what people can afford to pay. 

So there it is.  The line has been drawn on healthcare.  You have a choice—go along with the people who are lying and laughing that you are too stupid to believe the truth—or go with a plan that puts YOU in charge of your own health care and not some nameless, faceless panel of unelected government officials.

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time till at length it becomes habitual. – Thomas Jefferson
Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Are you going to continue to let Obama, the Democrats, and the media lie to you?