Thursday, October 4, 2012

My debut on HuffPostlive; Obama lost the debate - here are some comments from the media; Young Barack shows up on video; Obama describes racist, zero-sum society; Obama scrubs Communist mentor from audio books; How low can they go?; Yes, the middle class HAS been buried, Joe; Dems lie again, on Romney tax hikes

Yesterday at 1:00 I was one of four participants in a live online chat at the  If you wish to only listen to my input, you will find me at the following junctures in the 1/2 hour discussion: 10:55 (global warming and the Farm Bill), 15:05 (quiet campaigning in N. MI and Obama on coal mining as pertains to W. Va. voting for Romney), 20:00 (Jobs, Obama regulations, picking on job-providers) , and 26:14 (95% of African-Americans vote for Obama, Health Car law redo, and pass a budget after 3 years).  The HuffPost found me online by finding my website, fully understanding my political bent.  I congratulate them for allowing both sides to be represented.....
"Tonight wasn't an MSNBC debate tonight, was it?" Chris Matthews said after the first Obama-Romney presidential debate concluded on Wednesday night.

"I don't know what he was doing out there. He had his head down, he was enduring the debate rather than fighting it. Romney, on the other hand, came in with a campaign. He had a plan, he was going to dominate the time, he was going to be aggressive, he was going to push the moderator around, which he did effectively, he was going to relish the evening, enjoying it," Matthews said. 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Andrew Sullivan tweeted: 10.31 pm. Look: you know how much I love the guy, and you know how much of a high information viewer I am, and I can see the logic of some of Obama's meandering, weak, professorial arguments. But this was a disaster for the president for the key people he needs to reach, and his effete, wonkish lectures may have jolted a lot of independents into giving Romney a second look.
Obama looked tired, even bored; he kept looking down; he had no crisp statements of passion or argument; he wasn't there. He was entirely defensive, which may have been the strategy. But it was the wrong strategy. At the wrong moment.
The person with authority on that stage was Romney - offered it by one of the lamest moderators ever, and seized with relish. This was Romney the salesman. And my gut tells me he sold a few voters on a change tonight. It's beyond depressing. But it's true.
10.29 pm. How is Obama's closing statement so f--ing sad, confused and lame? He choked. He lost. He may even have lost the election tonight.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- President Obama’s former environmental jobs czar believes his former boss lost the debate.
Van Jones, President Obama’s former special adviser for green jobs, said on CNN that the president was not ready for Wednesday night’s debate against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“I think he took Romney too lightly. I think he did not expect Romney to throw that kind of heat,” Jones explained.
Jones added: “Romney was able to ‘out-Obama’ Obama. On the connection piece, on the authenticity piece, on the being able to tell the story.”
Party like it’s 1980!
Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework.
Not since Jimmy Carter faced Ronald Reagan has the U.S. presidency been so embarrassingly represented in public. Actually, that’s an insult to Jimmy Carter.
The split screen was most devastating. Mitt Romney spoke forthrightly, with carefully studied facts and details at the ready. He looked right at the president and accused him of being miles out of his depth.
Mr. Obama? His eyes were glued to his lectern, looking guilty and angry and impatient with all the vagaries of Democracy. This debate was seriously chafing him.
In the middle of the blood-letting segment about jobs, Mr. Romney said good-naturedly: “This is fun.”
Almost pleading, Mr. Obama reached out to the moderator for a lifeline: “You may want to move onto another topic.”
What we’re seeing right now is a trickle-down government approach which has government thinking it can do a better job than people pursuing their dreams. It’s not working,” he said. “And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is one out of six people in poverty. The proof of that is we’ve gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is 50 percent of college graduates this year can’t find work. We know that the path we’re taking is not working. It’s time for a new path.”
[The President talked last night about have the federal government HIRE more teachers and police, etc. - an investment in America.  I ask just when did the job of hiring teachers fall to the President?  Since the scores for students on reading and math are so low in spite of billions of dollars being spent, just where could he even find 100,000 more "qualified" teachers?  Perhaps we can finally fire the terrible teachers and hire the good ones - in our own communities.]
First, most pollsters are missing one ingredient- common sense. Here is my gut instinct.  Not one American who voted for McCain 4 years ago will switch to Obama.  Not one in all the land.  But many millions of people who voted for an unknown Obama 4 years ago are angry, disillusioned, turned off, or scared about the future.  Voters know Obama now- and that is a bad harbinger.
Now to an analysis of the voting blocks that matter in U.S. politics:
**Black voters.  Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group.  His endorsement of gay marriage has alienated many black church-going Christians.  He may get 88% of their vote instead of the 96% he got in 2008.  This is not good news for Obama.
In a video that surfaced on YouTube Wednesday morning, a young state Sen. Barack Obama is seen explaining from a church pulpit that the principle of nonviolent resistance for social change applies more readily to the wealthy than to Americans in lower social classes.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed,” Obama says in the video, shot on Jan. 21, 2002 at the University of Chicago, “but rich people are all for nonviolence. Why wouldn’t they be? They’ve got what they want. They want to make sure folks don’t take their stuff.” [Well, I guess regardless of what Obama said while campaigning, we ARE black America and white America after all.]
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DAILY CALLER: ‘For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America’… Developing tonight…
It’s an observation that was first broached, albeit very briefly, by Jack Cashill in a July article. And since then, the scrubbing has gone unnoticed. Until now.
“Frank” [as in Communist Frank Marshall Davis] — whose influence Kengor asserts was key to the fledgling politician and that the eccentric activist appears in “each mile-marker” of Obama’s path from Hawaii to the halls of Washington, D.C. — is mentioned no less than 22 times by name in “Dreams From My Father” and is referenced via pronouns numerous other times throughout the book.
But while listening to the audio version recently, Kengor noticed “Frank” had disappeared. He re-listened to the entire audio book on Tuesday afternoon and compared it to the unabridged memoir.
“Every reference to ‘Frank’ everywhere in the book, from every section—and there are many of them—are gone,” Kengor told TheBlaze in an email.
The omissions are important because a review of the Random House website reveals that all audio versions of “Dreams,” along with Obama’s subsequent book, “The Audacity of Hope,” are only available in the abridged format.
This is where we are.  Mitt Romney’s former garbage man is featured in a campaign ad, saying Romney didn’t appreciate his services:
Poor fella.  Romney never gave him a Gatorade.
Never mind the fact the ad completely warped the words of Mitt Romney.  He never said he didn’t care about people like Richard.  He said he shouldn’t try to win the vote of someone who would never consider voting for him.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class has ‘‘been buried the last four years.’’ Taxpayers agree.
The following are the top five tax increases on the middle class signed into law by the Obama-Biden administration:
1. The Obamacare Individual Mandate Non-Compliance Tax:
2. The Obamacare Tax on Union Member and Early Retiree Health Insurance Plans:
Obamacare imposes a new 40 percent excise tax on high cost or “Cadillac” health insurance plans, effective in 2018. This tax increase will most directly affect union families and early retirees, who are likely to be covered by such plans.  This Obamacare tax will be levied on insurance policies whose premiums exceed $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family.  Middle class union members tend to be covered by such plans in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
3. The Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Tax – a.k.a. “Special Needs Kids Tax”:
4. The Obamacare Medicine Cabinet Tax:
This $20 billion Obamacare tax increase prevents Americans from being able to use their pre-tax health accounts to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines.
The Obamacare Medicine Cabinet tax prevents these tens of millions of middle class families from being able to purchase everyday medicines using these accounts. Examples of items no longer able to be purchased with pre-tax dollars without a prescription include pain relievers, cold and flu medicines, antacids, nasal sprays, and children’s vitamins. 5. The Obamacare High Medical Bills Tax:
A report by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) has been used to claim that Romney will hike taxes on the middle class. A closer look, however, and the TPC report falls apart.
Democrats launched a surprising attack on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in recent weeks when they accused the governor of trying to raise taxes on the middle class. This criticism is odd coming from the party that unapologetically seeks hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes and that adopted numerous tax increases, including some on the middle class, in President Obama’s healthcare reform. The Democrats’ attack is also an about-face on their standard argument that Republicans think the solution to every problem is another tax cut.

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