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Exposed

Since Paul Ryan was announced to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, we’ve heard non-stop about the “Ryan Plan” and how it was a gold mine for the left in their fight against Romney. This was it! This was going to be the stepping stone to another four years of his Majesties reign! The Messiah would come again and fundamentally change this nation! The seas would recede, the masses would be blessed – halleluiah, we’d all be saved from ourselves and those evil Republicans.

Except for one little problem.

Actually, ‘problem’ isn’t the right word. It’s a question, dared to be asked:

What is Obama’s Plan?

This seems to have caused great consternation, for no one can explain it. No one can point to it. No one can even articulate the premise it’ll be conceived from. We know, we’ve asked.

Of course, this leaves us with but one course, just one road that can provide insight into what we can expect out of Obama, and that would be the road we’ve been on. 8+ percent unemployment. Record debt, record poverty, record hopelessness. You want to know what Obama’s plan is for Medicare? Look at what he’s done- suck the funds from that entitlement program to fund his own entitlement program. Liberals will tell you that all he did was take money from the insurance companies, so its OK. Really? In an industry that operates on a 1-2% profit margin, do you really think they’ll just suck up $716 billion dollars? Of course not, they are going to transfer those costs to the patients because they have to recoup the funds from somewhere.

Ha, tag, you’re it.

Obama and the left have been exposed. The silence is deafening. The fact that we are about to get into September – just two months till election day – and Obama, nor any of his bots, can articulate or point to a single plan to deal with the pressing issues of this nation speaks volumes. He has been a complete and utter failure as a leader and as a president. And the fact that he thinks that he doesn’t have to tell us what he’s going to do in any substantial way is insulting and degrading.

The mantra for the Obama campaign might as well be, “you’ll have to elect me to see what I’ll do.

No, we don’t. We’re going to look at you now, just like we’re gonna look at you in two months…

…through the rear view mirror.

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Choices and Referendums

So I was at my blogging compatriots place and he made the following statement, with my reply:

Rutherford Lawson – “I’m glad Mitt has made this election about a choice between two philosophies. The tax returns and “you didn’t build that” and cancer killers stuff was getting old. Now let’s get to some substance!”

Gorilla – “R, this will still be a referendum on Obama.”

But this got me thinking, is this really just a referendum on Obama or a referendum on liberalism writ large?

Democrats have wanted to make this a choice election since the beginning because they think that it obfuscates Obama’s atrocious record. Republicans on the other hand have wanted to focus on the failure of Obama’s leadership and policies. With the Paul Ryan pick for Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential candidate, the one word we keep hearing from both sides now is choice. So does that mean that the Dems have won and that this election will be purely an election based on choice? Fat chance.

No, THIS is a referendum election, but EVERY election is about choice. The choice is to continue four more years of Obama’s policies or choose a different path for the nation. But it has become larger than Obama. At a recent fundraiser, Obama said:

“Too many folks still don’t have a sense that tomorrow will be better than today. And so, the question in this election is which way do we go? Do we go forward towards a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared? Or do we go backward to the same policies that got us in the mess in the first place?”

Kind of reminds you of this:

Obama doesn’t like America. He’s never liked America. Anyone who has paid attention to his past – his associates, his mentors, his writings and his positions – there is nothing that demonstrates a profound sense of love for this nation. We could make the argument that for every president, part of the equation is the power that comes with the office, but for Obama, it is ALL power. This isn’t about patriotic duty, it’s about Obama’s liberal ideology and narcissistic power. He is quite literally, America’s first tyrant.

So yes, this is a referendum on Obama, but more so a referendum on Obama’s ideology of liberalism. American’s are going to make a choice of do they want the tyrant, or a different direction. Mind you, I recognize that this is not per se an easy choice. It’s far easier to blame someone else and get handouts than it is to hold yourself accountable and make hard decisions about the future. But that said, I certainly believe that the American people are going to choose right, and the right, on November 6.

Folks are pretty fired up about Romney’s choice in Ryan. More importantly, folks are pretty fed up with Obama. Together, these point to a landslide election in November. That’s good, because Obama is young and between his narcissism and the left’s cult-like worship of him, he’s going to be a regular face on the left. The greater the margin of victory for Romney, the greater the rejection of Obama and everything he stands for. The nation needs Obama beaten, but America needs Obama rejected.

 

UPDATE: Since we’re talking “plans” and choices, let us consider what a leading Dem has said:

 

Romney-Ryan 2012

 

 

It is official, Mitt Romney has selected Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his Vice President running mate. I really like this decision and I think the American people are going to be especially receptive to this choice as well, and here is why: the Ryan selection shows that Romney is serious about the issues most important to the American people. A Rubio selection would have looked too much like pandering to the Hispanic vote. I like Rubio and I know a lot of Conservatives were really interested in his selection, but he has a lot of seasoning left to do in order to be ready for the Presidential stage.

So why is Ryan the right choice? Well, to answer this, you have to look at what the American people want:

 

 

The top three in particular are sharp rebukes to the Obama Administration: Good jobs, federal corruption and federal deficits. In the top five is also the long term stability of Social Security and Medicare, something Ryan actually has a plan for as opposed to Obama. But let us consider this:

 

 

Romney supporters hold four of the top five issues of the American people as their top priorities. Obama supporters, not so much. Let’s look back at the election issue priorities: creating good jobs, reducing federal corruption, and reducing the federal deficit. Obama has failed at creating jobs, something that the American people have expected since day one. Further, Obama is responsible for the fastest rate of debt in the Nation’s history and has contributed fully one third of the national debt in just three and half years with what will be four years of consecutive trillion dollar deficits. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, instead, he has increased it by over 200%. And Obama has had one of the most secretive governments in modern history, literally rivaled only by Richard Nixon. His party was punished for its failure to concentrate on these priorities in 2010. Since the mid-term elections, Obama and his party continue to fail in reflecting on the will of the people. But let’s further consider what the priorities of the American people were were in 2008:

 

 

There are two things in particular that I find most interesting in reflecting on the differences in the election priorities of 2008 and now 2012. Reducing federal corruption and stabilizing Social Security and Medicare. Neither of these were even on the 2008 priorities list, yet they are both in the top five of the 2012 list. Why? The corruption priority is second only to creating jobs, which is clearly a reflection of the disapproval of the American people of the secrecy and crony capitalism going on in Obama’s Administration. Only 16% of the American people approve of Obama’s approval of federal loans to Solyndra and only 27% think the fed should be funding venture investments in the first place. Per the Washington Post, “71% of the Obama Energy Department’s grants and loans went to ‘individuals who were bundlers, members of Obama’s National Finance Committee, or large donors to the Democratic Party.’” Further, the Department of Energy Inspector General has opened over 100 criminal investigations. The Obama Administration has hoped this would go unnoticed, but clearly it has not.

As for Social Security and Medicare, we’ve received multiple reports about how the program is going bankrupt. Buried within the latest Trusties Report one finds that inflation begins to exceed program gains in 2013. Yes, 2013. Yes, that is next year. Significant tax increases (~28%) or benefit cuts (~22%) will be required in roughly 2037. Medicare is projected to go broke in 2016, and that is assuming that no “Doctor fix” is passed by Congress and Obamacare’s 31% decline of doctor reimbursement goes into effect. Again, the American people are acutely aware of the growing national debt and recognize that the national entitlement programs have to be overhauled if they are to have any chance of continuing to exist.

All of this has manifested itself in Obama’s job approval. Gallup’s most recent weekly average reflects Obama’s job approval as:

 

This poll reflects one of the main reasons why I think Obama loses in November. First and foremost, his approval is above 50% – but is declining – with only the 18-29 Age group, which is historically the most unreliable voting age group. His approval rate with whites, the largest and most reliable voting demographic, is an abysmal 35%. But look at his approval rating with Independents, just 39% and falling.

Romney made a good choice in selecting Ryan. He can articulate the GOP’s policies, but more importantly, he can expose the obfuscation of the Obama campaign. It’ll be good to see him and Romney fix the nation.

 

Here is Ryan exposing Obama at the Healthcare Summit. Note, Ryan was dead on when he said that the President and the Dems were not listening. Obamacare is STILL not popular, with most wanting it repealed.

 

Here is Obama exposing himself for not really understanding the problem and wanting to score cheap political points.

 

 

The REAL Cancer this Political Season

This campaign has been arguably one of the dirtiest we’ve seen in some time. Now, when I say dirty, I mean dishonest. I think honest ads are completely legit, but there are some that are just beyond the pale. Interestingly, those beyond-the-pale ads seem to be coming from one direction. Obama.

The latest is an ad from the Obama superPAC Priorities USA Action claiming that Mitt Romney was responsible for the death of a woman with cancer:

Now, this is a pretty inflammatory ad. It is also grossly inaccurate.

Ranae Soptic, the wife of Joe Soptic, died on June 22nd, 2006. The GST Steel plant went out of business in February 2001- a full five years prior to her death. On top of it, Romney had left Bain Capital, which had acquired controlling interests in the company in 1993, in 1999. Clearly, Romney wasn’t around when the plant closed and he certainly wasn’t around for when Mrs. Soptic died.

UPDATE: This important fact needs to be included here. One of the major flaws in the ads claim is that Romney was not even at Bain Capital when GST Steel closed. However, Jonathon Lavine – a Managing Director at Bain Capital – was. More importantly, Lavine is one of Obama’s top bundlers, so by the ads logic, Lavine – not Romney – is implicitly responsible for Ranae Soptic’s death.

Surprisingly – or not – many in the media have decried the ad for its inaccuracy. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gave Bill Burton – Obama’s superPAC manager – half a dozen opportunities to denounce the ad, to which Burton asked what part of the ad was inaccurate. Ah, how about all of it you fucking hack. This after Burton had this to say in 2008, “How does it strengthen our country to pollute our politics with false and mean-spirited attacks?” Indeed.

Now, the campaign went on and on about how they had nothing to do with this ad. The campaign even put out its deputy manager, Stephanie Cutter, who said this:

Ahem, except she had a conference call with Joe Soptic in May, to which he recounted his wifes death:

Ahhhhhh, liar, liar, pants on fire.

But this isn’t the first time the Obama campaign has had dealings with Soptic, as reported by – believe it or not – MSNBC:

And Fox News:

After all this, the Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki was finally forced to come out on Thursday and say, “No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads. He was on a conference call telling his story.” Well, Jen, this is exactly what you were trying to do, especially since on WEDNESDAY you said, “we don’t have any knowledge of the story of the family.”

To all of this, the Romney campaign responded:

“President Obama’s campaign has been caught lying about its knowledge concerning a vicious smear run by his Super PAC.  And now, they have doubled down with another dishonorable and dishonest attack. In 2008, candidate Obama said ‘you make a big election about small things’ when you don’t have a record to run on.  Since President Obama can’t run on record unemployment, falling incomes, and massive debt, he has decided to run a dirty campaign that is an affront to everything he claims to stand for.”

Damn straight.

The Obama campaign has run on vicious attack after vicious attack, most of which devoid of fact. The have repeatedly received criticism for running factually inaccurate ads and they’ve made no effort to clean their game up. After all, why should they when this administration has been one big lie after another.

This is what we have to expect now from Hope and Change- Lies and Distortion. Little things indeed. Obama can’t run on his record of abject failure. Period. From this Romney tax issue to Bain Capital, Obama has been doing everything he can to get away from the simple fact that pretty much everything he has done has failed miserably. It isn’t going to work, but that won’t keep Obama, who is truly a cancer to this nation, from trying. But all hope isn’t lost since the cancer gets removed in November.

 

UPDATE II: Provided by el Tigre, this is exactly what the Romney campaign and supporters needs to do.