As you know, we have Barry for another four years. A majority of the voting majority did something I didn’t expect: they combined their general dislike for Mitt Romney with their genuine liking of Obama, and on these bases alone, decided to completely ignore the last four years. This selective amnesia is especially pertinent with respect to the economy. We know it was terrible before the election, and not surprisingly, it remains terrible today. Now that we have the election behind us, we can scan the landscape and evaluate the aftermath.
70.4 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid for fiscal year 2011. That’s about 20% of the total population, or 1 out of 5 people. That’s an incredible number when you consider Medicaid exists only for the poor. Obamacare, which becomes fully dysfunctional in 2014, will add even more people to the roll because it expands the po0l of people who qualify. The left will argue these figures support its call for more government. I’m here to tell you that more people on Medicaid is bad, and the only way to get people off of it is to improve the economy, and get them working again. So far, the response to Barry’s re-election by the private sector has not been good, although it has been expected.
Obama’s environmental regulations are certainly having an effect on the coal industry, which should surprise no one, since Barry himself said four years ago that his goal was to make coal-created energy so expensive that no one would/could use it. Well, elections have consequences:
EAST CARBON, Carbon County — A Utah coal company owned by a vocal critic of President Barack Obama has laid off 102 miners.
The layoffs at the West Ridge Mine are effective immediately, according to UtahAmerican Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corp. They were announced in a short statement made public Thursday, two days after Obama won re-election.
Other segments of the economy are also cutting workers. More consequences:
OWATONNA, Minn. – Some unwelcome economic news hit Owatonna Thursday with word that Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna, a move that will cost the community about 100 jobs.
Caterpillar Inc. notified employees Thursday it is closing the plant and consolidating operations within its forestry business. Production will end at the Owatonna facility by March 1, 2013. Caterpillar is offering employees at Owatonna a severance package and will work with appropriate agencies on finding those workers new opportunities.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — TE Connectivity will close its Greensboro plant by the end of next year, resulting in 620 layoffs.
Glenn Beck has a list of job losses announced since America rolled the dice on four more years of Barry here. A second list, which includes the companies planning layoffs specifically because of Obamacare is found here.
Maybe all of this is just coincidence. I suppose it’s possible. On the other hand, maybe we actually are just a nation of takers. For example, Illinois, a state that has currently $28 billion in general-obligation debt, with an additional $84 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, just decided to not only re-elect the Dems who set off the debt bomb, but actually increased the size of the Democratic majority in the legislature so that it is now veto-proof, thanks largely to re-districting. And then there’s California, with its own $617 billion in unfunded liabilities. Instead of cutting spending, Californians decided to raise taxes on high wage earners. It seems many are satisfied with the status quo.
All of this seems very confusing to some people. How could anyone re-elect Obama? Look at the economy. Look at the unemployed. Look at the number of people who are on food stamps. It’s like pinch-hitting a guy who bats .078 against lefties in the bottom of the ninth against the other team’s closer…who’s a southpaw. You can make a pretty good guess about the result based upon prior occurrences.
The thing is, it’s not confusing if you understand human nature (re-electing Obama, not the baseball analogy). Obama’s an affable guy who gives good speeches. People also trust him for reasons I have yet to comprehend. But people are also lazy. And if someone is given the opportunity to not work, while still being able to live a satisfactory life, that person is probably not going to work. We’re making it too easy for people to not work. It’s one thing to not have a job. It’s another thing to not have one for years. It’s another thing entirely to not even be looking for one. And there are jobs out there…I see help wanted signs all over the place. They’re for cashier positions and the like, but they’re jobs all the same. We shouldn’t be paying people to sit at home when they could be working, but we are.
Government assistance is beneficial right up until the point that it isn’t. Large segments of the population don’t recognize the dividing line, and as a result, re-elected a guy who doesn’t think such a line exists. Companies can’t create jobs when the government is openly attacking their ability to thrive. People won’t work if they don’t have to. These two facts will hamstring any recovery over the next four years if our government continues to institute policies like those of the last four. A closing quote from a guy at a Chicago job fair (who unquestionably voted for Barry):
Rodney Booker said, ‘I stood in line for four hours. They better give me a Wal-Mart gift card, or something.’
Sobering, isn’t it?
To all of you who are either undecided or voting for Barry, consider this your Public Service Announcement
Sometimes, parents try to impart wisdom to their children, based upon their life experiences. For example, I once told my dad that I was going to be a professional wrestler when I grew up. He looked at me and said, “Are you retarded? You’re small, relatively uncoordinated, and cry easily. The Ultimate Warrior craps bigger than you.”
And then he said, “Son, get yourself a desk job. The Macho Man will be dead in a few years from unknown causes, and you’ll have a secretary who will tell your wife that you’re in an important meeting when you’re really just in the bathroom.” And you know what? He was totally right.
Experience is important. It’s what makes wise people “wise.” Why do you think the really good wizards are always old? It’s because they’ve presumably learned from their earlier mistakes when they accidentally turned the family dog into a dragon, which then proceeded to burn down the entire village. One can also gain experience via someone else’s experiences. For those of you attending public schools, this is called History (although your man-hating teacher may have changed it to “Herstory”).
Many clever phrases have been created to remind people of the importance of relying upon one’s experiences, or history in general. We’ve all heard them, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” Or, “Insanity is doing the same thing while expecting different results.” Or, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” All of these phrases mean the same thing: “Hey moron, you already tried that.” My wife prefers that one.
So, here we are. Almost four years after a majority of this country elected Barack Obama. I can remember it now…the hope, the Greek columns, the obviously empty promises. People bought it though. Lots of them. I didn’t. I knew he came from the Chicago political machine. I also knew what that meant. What has Barry given us in the past four years? Where are we? Let’s ask MSNBC. That’s right. MSNBC:
All snarkiness and bias aside, what would compel anyone to vote for him again? What has he done in the past four years to lead someone to believe the next four years are going to be better? Barry’s “jobs bill,” that the left continues to blame the Republicans in Congress for not passing, is just a smaller stimulus. And whether you want to claim the first stimulus created jobs or not is largely irrelevant. We were told that borrowing $800 billion would keep unemployment below 8%. Unemployment just dropped below 8% for the first time last month (and I’ll bet you my lunch it will be back above 8% when the numbers come out in November). That’s failure by the Administration’s own estimatation. Obama has no other plan. He’s had four years. More people are on food stamps than ever before. More people are on welfare than ever before. More people aren’t even looking for work than ever before. He has failed.
And don’t let the left pull the wool over your eyes here. “No Congressional cooperation.” The President had a Democratic House and Senate for two years. He had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. He had at least two Republican Senators who were fiscal moderates and social liberals in Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Any assertion by anyone that Barry didn’t have the ability to control 100% of government policy for a significant period of time is simply lying. The fact is, he couldn’t get his own party to go along with him much of the time.
And Barry knows he’s failed. His party knows he’s failed. We can see this recognition in their own words. “We came in at a terrible time.” “Bush.” “Republican war against women.” “Romney was a vulture capitalist.” “Previous Administration.” “Romney pays too low of a tax rate.” “Bush policies.” “Romney doesn’t like that 47% of this country doesn’t pay income tax.” Does any of the foregoing constitute a plan for the next four years? Romney has a plan. He’s repeated it incessantly (Five Points). Some agree with his math regarding deficits; some don’t. But at least it’s a plan that everyone agrees will lead to significant job creation.
Are social issues, that the President has virtually no control over anyway, really that important to you? The left hopes so. They’re even walking out the multi-cultural triple-team from Hollywood. All they’re missing is Lucy Liu for ethnic completeness.
All I can say is “Huh?” Is this election really going to turn on abortion? Well, at least they didn’t parrot the nonsense about how Romney wants to take away your contraception. Look, I could sit here and pick apart the absurdity of this ad for pages, but I won’t, because I don’t think anyone who’s undecided really cares.
And it’s not just the economy that you should be remembering as you vote. Barry is also a serial liar. He lied when he asserted executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents that he claims he never saw. He lied when he said he immediately called the killing of our Americans in Libya a terrorist act. He lied when he offered the stupid suggestion that gas prices were low during the Bush Administration because we were heading into a recession. What, are prices high now because more people are unemployed and we’re teetering on entering into another recession? Barry deserves to be hit in the head with a kettle everytime he has the nerve to question Romney’s honesty.
I don’t care what your opinion is regarding Barry’s demeanor. If you like him so much, have him over for a lively game of Rummikub.
He’s been a terrible president though. And it shouldn’t hurt your feelings to accept that. As my old man said, I couldn’t be a pro wrestler. Voting for the rich guy doesn’t mean you’re racist, or that you hate the poor, or that you want to cover lady parts with cellophane to keep them from getting involved in pre-marital shenanigans. It just means you’ve used your, that’s right, experience. If you do vote for Barry, however, you might just be insane. And ScarJo still won’t know who you are.
I split-screened the Tigers-Yankees game and the presidential debate last night. Actually, I had the debate on t.v. with the game on the computer. I did the best I could to keep up with both, but with Verlander being Verlander, there wasn’t a whole lot going on in the game. Here’s a list of the things I learned last night:
1. Justin Verlander is a stud, and obviously worthy of Kate Upton’s love and affection. Tigers one win away from World Series.
2. Gas prices are low when the country is about to go into a horrible recession. Prices are apparently 100% higher when the economy is still terrible. If you don’t understand this, it’s because you’re stupid. Obviously.
3. Barry hasn’t actually been our president for the past four years. It’s been Congress…or Hilary Clinton…or maybe the CIA. Except for that whole killing Bin Laden thing. That was all Barry.
4. Barry has a fantastic economic plan that, while entirely devoid of details, is way better than Mittens’.
5. Barry definitely used the word “terror” the day after four Americans were killed in Libya. While it wasn’t used in the context of actual terrorism in Libya, it is possible he was referring to Sharktopus.
6. Mittens has a binder full of women.
7. Automatic weapons should be illegal in America. They’re ok in Mexico.
8. Barry’s private answer on why his administration failed to provide adequate security for our embassy in Libya was apparently better than his public answer, says the guy who asked the question:
Obama’s retail politics left an impression on Ladka: ‘I appreciate his private answer more than his public answer,’ he says.
9. Rich people suck , and they should be taxed more.
10. Mittens stared into the soul of the kid asking the first question. No, seriously,
‘Mitt Romney’s first answer — I felt like he was staring into my soul, just right through me, when he was asking me the question.’
11. Barry raged against the alleged Gender Pay Inequality Machine with the Lilly Ledbetter Act. This resulted in absolutely no change in the alleged inequality.
12. Barry’s love and respect for his single mother has lead to him paying female employees less than male employees at the White House.
13. People who are threatening to assassinate Mittens if he wins like to leave a papertrail for the Feds.
14. Mittens has more money in his pension than Barry does, and spends more time looking at it…just like this guy:
15. Barry’s economic plan is not built on government creating jobs.
16. Barry’s “jobs bill” involves taking tax-payer money and giving it to govt. agencies to hire people.
17. Barry kept his promise to pass a comprehensive immigration law by doing nothing about immigration.
18. Phil Coke has a filthy slider. I added that because my wife hates it when I use the term “filthy” to describe a pitch.
It’s sooooo easy.
I heard Harry Reid is a pedophile. How do I know? Someone close to the Senator told me. My source? Well, I’m not going to give you my source. All Harry needs to do is release the name of that boy he spent time with last year. Why won’t he release the name? What’s he hiding? If he weren’t hiding anything, he’d release the name.
You think the foregoing is absurd? Well good. It is absurd. Why, then, are Reid’s accusations of Mitt Romney not having paid his taxes any less absurd? Reid claims to have a source. He won’t name the source. All Romney has to do to disprove the allegations is release as many of his tax returns as the Dems want. The last time I looked, if someone makes an allegation, they need to submit evidence to prove the allegation. It’s not the other guy’s job to find evidence to disprove the allegation.
The left apparently thinks they have something here. My gut tells me they don’t. My gut tells me the Americans out there who still haven’t decided who they’re going to vote for care more about 8.3% unemployment than how much money Mitt gave to the Mormon church. Maybe I’m wrong; but I don’t think so.
And let’s not forget…if Mitt hasn’t been paying his taxes as required by law, you know the IRS would be all over it. Its boss is, after all, the president. The left doesn’t actually care about Mittens paying his taxes. They want to paint Mitt as the rich guy we already know he is. That’s what this is all about. Well that, and distracting us from how incompetent our current Commander in Chief is.
But what if I’m wrong? What if I’m giving too much credit to undecided Americans, and they’re actually giving some credence to Harry Reid’s nonsensical ramblings? Well, here’s what I’d do. I’d tell the American people that I’ll give them more tax returns as soon as Barack Obama gives us the Fast and Furious documents that he’s used the executive privilege to protect from disclosure. Obviously, the president is protecting the documents because he knew all about the botched operation. He just wanted to use the death of a border patrol agent to enact stronger gun laws. If I’m wrong, why won’t he just release the records?
Or I’d say I’ll release as many years of tax returns as Harry Reid does. Reid hasn’t released any. Don’t the American people deserve to know how a public servant, making around $200,000.00/year, ends up a millionaire? Or what about the details of his shady land deals? While he’s at it, he should demand the same from Nancy Pelosi. The fact that neither have disclosed any tax returns confirms our suspicions that they’re both crooks who use their influence to fatten their wallets. If we’re wrong, then why won’t they release their returns?
Unless I change my mind, I will continue to believe Reid’s efforts to be fruitless. I just don’t think most people care about Romney’s tax returns. Most people won’t tell you how much they earn because it’s none of your business. The same thing applies here.
I watched only part of the first season of “Mad Men,” before I simply couldn’t take it anymore. It’s a testament to our times that a show so full of depraved people could be so popular. In case you haven’t seen it, the entire show is about a bunch of overgrown children running around on their wives. Needless to say, I was surprised to come across an article seemingly equating Don Draper with a guy whose personal life is about at squeaky clean as they come. But after reading it though, I understood. “The Draperizing of Mitt Romney” does a nice job of laying out the culture war that has been created by the left, in the hopes of retaining the White House.
The president’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, has gone further, quipping that the former Massachusetts governor ‘must watch ‘Mad Men’ and think it’s the evening news’ while jabbing that Romney’s views are out of a time when ‘bosses could dictate on women’s health.’
‘I simply have not seen her in any way as an advocate for women’s empowerment in society,’ said Kim Gandy, the former head of the National Organization for Women, of Ann Romney before Rosen’s comments. ‘And since Gov. Romney looks to her to find out what women care about, that does not bode well. I haven’t heard her speaking out about increasing women’s opportunity for higher paid employment, for women in non-traditional occupations, specifically for increasing pay equity for women, closing the pay gap, certainly not on women’s reproductive rights.’
Well, you probably haven’t heard her talking about these things because they’re made up issues. Seriously, what’s a “non-traditional occupation?” Kicker for a NFL team? Is a wet-nurse a “non-traditional occupation,” because I’ve been looking to break into that market for a while. And gender pay-gap? There is no gender pay-gap if you actually compare apples to apples. In other words, women who haven’t left work at some point to have children or take up mud wrestling are actually earning more than men at the same job. And this fact doesn’t take into account another fact: the federal government shouldn’t be telling any private company how much they should be paying anyone. The only other issue referenced is “reproductive rights.” As indicated above, there is no “contraception issue.” It’s completely made up. And Ann Romney isn’t the first woman to be pro-life. So get a grip.
Note to my wife: Your life is easy and you should never talk about things that don’t involve baby-making and bon-bons. **UPDATE** Libs respond
If I ever said this, my wife would kill me. And by “kill,” I mean make me stay home with my kids for a week. The following is HILARIOUS. Not because it’s a woman saying it, but because it’s an Obama advisor, lefty woman saying it. After all, nothing irritates the feminists like a conservative stay-at-home mom. The fun starts around the 50 second mark:
Note to my wife: stop your yapping. You don’t ever have to worry about anything. You just sit around, eat your bon bons, and look pretty. This little blurb is yet another reminder of the set-in-stone fact that no one is more intolerant of those who don’t agree with them then liberals. It’s not like I go around blaming all the world’s problems on the latch-key kid whose parents are too important to have someone at home when the little deviant returns from school with his sixteen year old girlfriend and a couple of cans of Old Style that his buddy Johnny lifted from his old man.
And of course, all of this came after Barry explained to the world on Friday why his wife, Michelle “give me that Happy Meal” Obama, had to work while having two daughters at home.
‘Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling,’ he said. ‘And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work.’
Hey, I’ve heard this line before. People say this to me in a condescending way about all the money I must have, since my wife gets to stay at home with the fruit of my prodigious loins. In other words, Barry’s trying to tell you that he’s just one of the guys. A middle class, beer-drinkin’, blue-collar schmo, who didn’t have the money to keep a parent home. After all, the happy couple was only earning just south of half a million dollars per year at the time.
What’s the point about all of this? Is it that stay-at-home mom’s are good? Or that feminists are evil, blood-sucking, harpies? No, although both points are entirely accurate. It’s about the fact that, despite the conventional wisdom, the Dems aren’t “pro-women” or “pro-black” or “pro-gay.” If you don’t fit into their value system, you’re attacked. And their value-system for women isn’t being “barefoot and pregnant” at home. It’s making damn sure that mom is at work, trying to put her boss’s testicles in a box, while Timmy is knocking up his girlfriend on his Transformers sheets.
It seems the left realizes the problem here. So what does it do? It argues that the right is attacking the moron in the video above because she’s a lesbian. Seriously. And they just make it worse for themselves.
No one is arguing that raising children isn’t work. Democratic strategist and CAP Action board member Hilary Rosen is a single mother of twins who had to go through the expensive and challenging process of adoption with her then partner Elizabeth Birch. Now, she’s trying to stick up for other mothers who don’t have the luxury of millionaire husbands to help fund their child-rearing duties, and the backlash is getting ugly.
Granted, this isn’t the mainstream left responding here. It’s the crazy “Think Progress” fringe. Still, the fact that the author is a lunatic doesn’t justify dishonesty, right? The lady in the video wasn’t trying to “stick up for mothers” who have to work. She was degrading Ann Romney for having the nerve to talk to her husband about the economy when all she’s apparently qualified to do is paint her nails and yell at the lawn boy. No one is attacking the bimbo because she’s a lesbian; they’re attacking her because she’s everything that’s wrong with the left. Personally, I hope more Dems come to her defense because it will keep the issue in the news longer.
Primary season has officially arrived in Illinois. Even though early voting has been going on for a while now, and the actual voting is almost upon us (the 20th), I really didn’t feel the upcoming election until last night, when, as I was trying to find my remote control, I began being fed propaganda by Mitt Romney. Many people hate these commercials. Not me. At least I’m not being forced to watch another advertisement about stuff I’ll never use; like tampons. I’m not a woman, but I did marry one (SCORE), and I’ve never seen her do gymnastics during that time of the month. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen her do gymnastics at any time of the month.
The point is, I like political commercials. It was nice to see Mittens all up in Santorum’s grill during his thirty-second spots. I didn’t see any for Santorum. Do these commercials really impact how people vote? It seems unlikely. For example, I was on the fence for a while, between Mittens and Santorum. But then Santorum said he’d heavily regulate internet pornography, which caused me to immediately fall/jump off the fence onto Romney’s well-manicured lawn. Santorum’s porn position was not mentioned in Romney’s commercial.
Truth is, I’m voting for Romney because he can win…I’m not convinced Santorum can. And winning matters. I like being part of a winning team, even if I sat on the end of the bench. Winning increases self-esteem, and chicks don’t dig losers. Also, Obama’s a friggin’ train wreck, and not the kind you can’t look away from. Problem is, the wreck is everywhere.
Take his monumental health care plan, for example. Obamacare is right up there with shooting an unarmed man in the face in terms of Barry’s Greatest Hits. Of course, all of us with an ounce of common sense (and by “common sense,” I mean the realization that stuff costs money), knew that the healthcare bill would cost way more than the administration was claiming. Why? Because you can’t subsidize the health care of millions without it costing lots of money.
Well, the CBO just updated its cost estimates for the kindler, gentler version of single-payer healthcare, and those estimates have provided strong support for Nancy Pelosi’s immortal words: “We need to pass it to know what’s in it.” What’s in it happens to be slightly more than the gross domestic product of Italy, circa 2010:
President Obama’s national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
President Obama’s proposed budget would add $6.4 trillion to the nation’s deficits over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
And this is before the thing even gets implemented (coming in 2014). I can hear the liberals now…actually I can’t. My guess is we won’t hear anything from the left on this. All we heard from the left during the debate about Obamacare was that it would be deficit neutral. That they’d find the savings by eliminating “waste, fraud, and abuse” in Medicare. That they’d lower health care costs. Well, those things all turned out to be inaccurate. So, either the administration was criminally negligent in the quality of accountants it hired, or it simply lied. I’ll let you decide which.
All of this leads me back to the beginning. I’m voting for Romney because he can win (and he hasn’t mentioned regulating porn). In fact, I think he will win. Don’t look at national polls; look at local polls in the swing states. And don’t look at them now, because Obama is currently running against himself; even he can’t lose that race. Once Romney gets the nomination though, he’ll (hopefully) start pointing out Obama’s many large and distinguished warts. Does Romney have some of his own? Sure (see: Romneycare). But at the end of the day, we’ll have a very successful businessman up against a college professor who has presided over the worst economic recovery since our last little-dictator shoved the New Deal disaster down America’s collective throat.