Real Hope and Change

“Rabbit it will be interesting to see how you balance your conviction that Romney will save us from Obama with the fact that under Romney things won’t change. I almost want Romney to win just to see how the conversations on this blog change next year.” – Rutherford Lawson

 This comment was made by Rutherford- affectionately known as R- at his blog and it got me thinking: will the election of Romney alone be enough to turn the country around?

 Hmmm, an interesting question, but then it got me thinking of this: will the defeat of Obama be enough to turn the country around?

 One could argue that these are merely two sides of the same coin, but I think there’s a bit more to it than that. The second question, far more than the first, could be critical in gauging what the electorate may do in November.


I started writing this post on June 27th, and as such, this is how it was going. Then June 28th came along and well, things have changed.

I have said before that the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare was a lose-lose for Obama. If he loses, he comes across as a moron. If he wins, then he fires up not just the right, but independents that were very much against this bill. Which brings us back to this comment: will the election of Romney alone be enough to turn the country around?

Yesterday I would have said that this election is all about getting rid of Obama. Today, not only is this about getting rid of Obama, but it is also about scouring the country from the stain of his policies.

The 2010 mid-term election was largely a referendum on the process, and subsequent passing, of Obamacare. It birthed the Tea Party and resulted in the Dems losing sum 70 seats and control of the House of Representatives. A major part of the 2010 mid-terms were the independent voters, angry at the passage of Obamacare, who showed up in droves to vote out Dems who supported the bill. Their opposition to Obamacare has not changed in the two years since its passage.

So back to the question. I thought that there was something deeper to the issue. Not anymore. Romney’s win and Obama’s defeat is critical to turning this country around. We have to have a change in policy at the top. We have to have an emphasis placed on economic development. Obama won’t do that. Again, 75% of business say Obamacare is a major reason why they are not hiring. That and the Taxagedon scheduled to hit like the Mayan end-of-days on January 1st, 2013. Obama’s not going to fix these major obstacles to economic growth.

More to the point, business now is not going to hire until after the election. Business wants clarity, and they won’t have that until after they know whether it is four more years of Obama or a new direction under Romney. That means that job numbers are not going to increase in any real way for probably the rest of the year. Business is not going to hire. Period. Thanks Barack.

But like I said, poll after poll shows independents against Obamacare. Expect to see the ‘undecided’ or ‘don’t know’ numbers in the various polls decline, and they will likely overwhelmingly jump to the disapprove column. While a July 1st Reuters/Ipsos poll of registered voters showed increased support for the law- 48% up from 43%; however, it also found 53% said they would likely vote for a candidate running on a platform to repeal the law- up from 46% before the ruling.

Of course, this isn’t the only thing Obama has done recently to piss folks off. Let us not forget his recent amnesty fiat for illegal immigrants. AQuinnipiacUniversitypoll found that 26% ofOhioindependent swing voters were less likely to support Obama following the decision, versus only 10% saying they were more likely to support him. Likewise inPennsylvania, 32% said the decision would push them away from Obama while again 10% were more likely to support him. InFlorida, 14% of independents said they were more likely to support Obama because of the immigration decision while 22% were less likely to do so. These aren’t unimportant states- every single one of them are critical for either candidate to win the White House and in every case, the critical independent vote is less likely to support the Administration.

And then there is the decision by the White House to cover for the corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder by Obama invoking executive privilege. The Hill recently conducted a poll that found that 56% of likely voters nationwide disapproved of Obama’s invocation of executive privilege, while only 29% supported it. Of this, 61% of independents disapproved versus 25% supporting.

And this has only been the last couple of weeks.

The toll is starting to show. Obama hit 33 fundraisers in June- eight times as many as George W. Bush in June of 2004. That’s right, eight times- Bush did four fundraisers in June ’04. Yet Romney has outraised Obama. In fact, Obama and his policies has turned out to be a pretty big fundraiser for Romney. For instance, following the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare, Romney received $4.3 million in donations from 43,000 donors: that’s approximately $100 each donor. Those are real middle class donation instead of the $38,800 a plate specials that Mooch and Barack scheme with their celebrity sycophants.

R’s convinced things won’t change under Romney. I can’t fathom how they wouldn’t. I find it hard to imagine that any other President could be as dishonest with the American public as Obama. When Obama loses in November- and yes, he will lose big- everything is going to change. Maybe even, we can have hope once again…


21 thoughts on “Real Hope and Change

  1. Washington (CNN) – Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the country’s health care law appears to have had exactly zero impact on the presidential election so far, and has produced virtually no change in opinions on President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a new national poll.

    And while the CNN/ORC International survey released Monday indicates the president with a very slight three point edge over Romney among registered voters nationwide, the presumptive GOP nominee appears to hold an eight point advantage among voters who live in the 15 states considered in play in the race for the White House. […]

    About a third of all Americans live in states that are not considered safe Republican or safe Democratic strongholds, including toss-ups states (like Florida and Ohio) as well as states that lean toward one presidential candidate but could ultimately wind up voting for his rival. In those 15 “battleground states,” the poll indicates that Romney currently has a 51%-43% advantage over the president among registered voters, if the election were held today.

  2. On the grounds that there is no such thing as bad publicity, thanks for the mention. Hate to burst your bubble but hope and change is empty no matter who promises it. I learned that the hard way.

    One more clue — a multi-national corporation with which I am very familiar was outsourcing jobs overseas as a business strategy long before the economy tanked. Get your head out of the clouds. Obama is not the primary reason hiring is slow. When a company learns it can do more with less (with cheap labor) there is no going back — Mitt or no Mitt.

    1. Empty no matter what, and yet, that’s what you’re living by right now with this clown.

      R, they polled small business. They said that taxes and Obamacare were why they were not hiring. I didn’t say it, they did. I’m saying that they will continue that course of not hiring till they know whether or not they have to deal with Obama. It’s not rocket science.

      Here’s a question for you: what do you think the company with 53 employees is gonna do when Obamacare goes into effect?

      Answer: layoff 4 employees to get under 50 so as to not be required to provide healthcare.

      Another question: what is the company with 60 employees gonna do?

      I don’t know the answer to this, and more importantly, I don’t know where the equilibrium is for accepting the penalty to keeping the workforce under 50. After all, paying a $2000 fine is much better than paying $7-8000 in healthcare costs. Of course, that was intended all along to sabotage the system and cause it to collapse, justifying a push for single payer.

      I do know this, we lose either way. Welcome to Obama’s Change…

      1. All I can say is …. watch Romney get elected and watch unemployment go … no where. The “uncertainty” is a bullsh*t excuse. Take my word for it. Business will not go back to paying a decent wage to Americans. The layoffs and the lack of hiring actually predates 2007’s financial meltdown. I saw the trend first hand.

        So you go on believing that Romney is the cure for all ills. This time next year it will be my turn to chuckle at your naivete.

      2. Let’s play your little game for a moment: what if? What if unemployment goes down because of Romney’s election? What will you say then? You’re always going to have an excuse because you cannot admit that this experiment has failed. You’re unwilling to subscribe to the fact that Obama is a part of the problem.

        Business is interested in profits. That includes growth, but Obama has arbitrarily inserted a cliff. If you grow too much, we’ll make that growth cost you. I notice you didn’t answer my questions: what does an employer with 53 employees do? How about 60? How can you think Obamacare is not impeding jobs when the difference between a 50 employee company and a 49 employee company is thousands of dollars.

  3. Hey, Captain Lockstep, you went on and on at your place about how the Dems fail to stay in sync on stuff. Of course, we all know that’s bullshit. Case in point:

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, a largely symbolic move that has virtually no chance of moving forward.

    Five Democrats crossed the aisle to join 239 Republicans in voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Not a single Republican voted to keep the law. The final vote count was 244 to 185.

    Now, Republicans don’t believe in the law and never have. There are more than 5 Dems though that do not support Obamacare, but are so afraid of what Pelosi will do to them in this election season that they stayed in lock step.

    Chumps, every one…

  4. Hahahahahahahahaha, this is rich…

    (CNN) — Wealthy socialite and Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich has renounced her U.S. citizenship and resides in London, her spokeswoman Judy Smith said Tuesday.

    Rich’s maiden name, Eisenberg, appeared on April 30 in the Federal Registrar’s Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen To Expatriate, though she left in November 2011.

    By handing in her American passport, tax lawyers say she is able to legally avoid paying significant taxes on her estate.

    Rich, 68, is the ex-wife of billionaire commodities trader Marc Rich, who was pardoned in 2001 by then-president Bill Clinton for oil profiteering and tax evasion after he fled to Switzerland. The pardon was considered controversial because of Denise Rich’s financial contributions to the Democratic Party and to the Clinton Library.

    As of 2001, Denise Rich had made more than $1.3 million in political contributions to the Democratic Party since 1993, including $70,000 to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign and $450,000 to the Clinton presidential library in Arkansas.

    Investigators told CNN at the time that there were Secret Service logs showing that Rich went to the White House the last night of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

  5. If you grow too much, we’ll make that growth cost you.

    Balance that against the fact he’s done nothing to stop “too big to fail”.

    Not sure what you’re proving with the Denise Rich story other than having a good Clinton chuckle.

    The fact that every GOPher voted for repeal and five Dem’s did not only proves my point about Dem’s lack of solidarity.

    1. He was in a position to stop it how? He was against the bailouts, remember? You blamed him for that position, now you want to forget he had that position and then blame him for not having what you accused him of before.

      Get your story straight.

      Republicans never supported the bil because they never believed in it. Why would they change their mind now? There are several Dems, facing very strong opposition, essentially cutting their throats because Pelosi has herded them as such. If forcing you to commit political suicide is not control, I don’t know what is.

  6. Oh …. and the Obama outsourcing via stimulus. Assuming the ad has no distortions, it proves the stim poorly administered with insufficient restrictions on how the money should have been spent.

    1. Putting aside the words “excusing” and “blaming” the nature of Obama’s outsourcing is clearly different from that of Romney’s. The stim was used for some outsourcing CONTRARY to intent. Romney helped companies whose stated business strategy was outsourcing. So there is a difference.

      1. And one is our tax dollars and the other private enterprise. So there’s another difference too.

        So. . . Obama excused for the so-called unintended misuse of stimulus funds becuase it was not his intention just his administration’s nonfeasance?

      2. R, you know that is patently false. Even the Washington Post has called that total bunk, yet here we are, after the lie is exposed for what it is, and you’re still telling it thinking that somehow it’ll become true. It’s bullshit and you know it.

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