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At a fundraiser yesterday, Obama told supporters “The odds of me being re-elected are much higher than the odds of me being elected in the first place.”

He continued to say “..we remain very confident about our ability to win a contest of ideas in 2012 — as long as we can get the message out.”

President Obama may have won on ideas in 2008, but voters in 2012 want someone with a record of results.  President Obama simply has no record to run on.  His ideas have been nothing more than tax and spend, which have produced no results, other than to drive our economy further into the abyss.  Gas prices have continued to remain at nearly $4/gal.  Food prices are up.  The housing market is down.  Unemployment has remained over 9%, after promises that upon passage of Obama’s stimulus bill, it would never go over 8%.

Obama also made this statement:  “I think, an innate sense among the American people that things aren’t fair, that the deck is stacked against them,” he said, “that no matter how hard they work, their costs keep on going up, their hours are longer, they’re struggling to make their mortgage, and somehow nobody’s paying attention.”

I found this statement disturbing.  Do Americans really think that things aren’t fair, and that the deck is stacked against them?  Americans used to believe that they could do anything they put their minds to, and that they could overcome any obstacles.  They used to believe in the American dream.  That’s what I believe.  I still believe in American exceptionalism.  Don’t you?

The sad fact is that this is the message our president and his party are sending to the American people.  Obama says he cares, but his actions speak much louder than his words.  He’s out on the golf course, or on vacation, or making campaign speeches and attending fundraisers….all while Americans are without jobs and are seriously hurting.  Then in the next breath, he blames Republicans for all of the problems the American people are experiencing.  When is this president going to take responsibility for his actions, or lack thereof?  When are his supporters going to start holding him accountable for those same actions or inactions?

Fortunately, we are starting to see this happen, as evidenced in New York this week, when the seat formerly held by Representative Weiner, and held by Democrats for the last 90 years, was won by GOP candidate, Bob Turner.  The communities taken for granted by Democrats are being lost, because Americans have had their fill of this president…one who does not show support of Israel, and one who does not support the true American ideals upon which our country was founded.

How can we trust him to lead this great country, when he doesn’t even believe it is one?

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Political strategist and former Clinton adviser James Carville thinks it’s time for President Barack Obama to . . . panic.

Following the results in two highly watched U.S. House elections Tuesday — a stunning upset with a Republican win in New York and and another GOP victory in Nevada — Carville says he can think of only one word of advice for the president: Panic.

“We are far past sending out talking points. Do not attempt to dumb it down. We cannot stand any more explanations. Have you talked to any Democratic senators lately? I have. It’s pretty damn clear they are not happy campers.

“This is what I would say to President Barack Obama: The time has come to demand a plan of action that requires a complete change from the direction you are headed.”

And then, Carville offers advice to the president in a CNN column. Step 1: “Fire somebody. No — fire a lot of people.”

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America, it’s time to wake up to the dangerous tactics of Obama and his cronies.  The Obama campaign has launched a new website called AttackWatch, reportedly to fight misinformation in the media.  But the real intent of this site is much more concerning.  Not only is the website designed to counter attacks by Republicans and conservatives, the site also encourages people to report these attacks, and basically rat out their neighbors.  Sound familiar??

I went to the website to see what the hubbub was all about.  The look is very “Mission: Impossible”.  They list the “attack”, the person propagating the attack, and then set the record straight. Then they ask if you’ve seen or heard it.  Here’s an example:

This is yet another way of the Obama administration/campaign trying to intimidate voters.  If you say anything against him, you may be reported and targeted.  What happens when you’re reported?  Will you be investigated, like Joe the Plumber?  Will you be audited by the IRS?  Will you be put in jail?  This should concern every American.  Wake up and see what’s happening to your country, folks.  These are not the principles our country was founded upon.  Let’s take our country back in 2012!! 

Update:

Well, on a lighter note, this plan has completely backfired on Obama.  It has been mocked on Twitter relentlessly since the new website was released, with people offering to turn themselves in.  One of my favorites….someone said they spotted 6 ATMs trying to kill a job in the alley.  Perfect!  Would love to see the Obama campaign’s reaction about now!

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Tea Party Republican Debate

Last night, CNN hosted the Tea Party Republican Debate, sponsored by the Tea Party Express.  Here are some highlights:

Social Security

The night began, once again, with Romney attacking Perry on Social Security.  Perry held his own, and actually took Romney to task about his comments on Medicare.  When other candidates were questioned, they wouldn’t agree to call Social Security a Ponzi scheme; however, they were quick to agree that it’s broken and needs to be reformed.  The audience also was clearly with Perry on this one.  Oddly, the questions were being framed in the sense of who backs Romney vs who backs Perry, which was probably insulting to the other candidates. 

Gingrinch stayed focused, attacking Obama instead of the other candidates, and proposing personal account options for the younger generation, while leaving benefits for current recipients untouched.  I loved Gingrich’s response as to whether Romney or Perry were scaring seniors.  He said “I’m not particularly worried about Governor Perry or Governor Romney frightening people, when Obama scares them every single day.”  Big applause for that comment. 

Cain and Bachmann were strong in their answers as well.  Bachmann stated that America needs to be an ownership society and embrace personal responsibility, in lieu of government giveaways. 

Jobs

Perry took Obama to task on jobs, saying we need to free up small business men and women, and allow them to run their businesses without so many burdensome regulations.  He called for reforms in the tax code as well.  When questioned further about tax cuts being balanced with spending cuts, he said “people are tired of spending money we don’t have on programs we don’t want”.  

Romney said a lot of good things about Texas when asked, including oil, job creation and zero income tax, then basically
said Perry could take credit for little or none of it.  He said “if you
draw 4 aces, that doesn’t necessarily make you a good poker player.” 
Wow.  Yet, Romney seemed to take credit for everything that happened in
MA when HE was governor.  Interesting.


Taxes

Herman Cain pushed his 9-9-9 plan….9% corporate tax, 9% income tax and 9% national sales tax.  He said his critics told him he can’t do it, because he doesn’t know how Washington works.  His response: “I know how Washington works…it doesn’t.”  Enough said.

Healthcare

Everyone agreed on repealing Obamacare…very
strong response from Bachmann.  Perry said he would use an executive order to repeal as much of Obamacare as possible, but Bachmann responded that an executive order wouldn’t be enough.  Ron Paul also gave a very strong answer
on healthcare and personal responsibility. 

Other Issues

The Gardisil issue came up again in this debate.  Bachmann attacked Perry on this over and over.  She even went as far as insinuating he was bought by Merck.  Perry’s response: “Merck contributed $5,000 to my campaign.  I raised about $30 million.  If you think I can be bought by $5,000, I’m offended.”  While I’m not crazy about the Gardisil debacle, Perry has not tried to defend his actions, and has willingly admitted he handled it badly.  But Bachmann kept ramming him on mandate, despite Perry continuously saying there was an opt-out.  After the debate, she said Perry can’t just say “I’m sorry”.  I disagree.  He admitted fault here, and that’s more than most do with their bad decisions….a.k.a. Romneycare.  So I give Perry credit for that.

Perry was booed by the audience on in-state tuition for illegals.  This issue will definitely haunt him throughout the campaign.  I don’t agree with his decision, but I respect him for being willing to take the heat on it.

Overall thoughts

There was one thing that really bothered me
throughout the debate.  I’m all for the candidates talking about their
records, but sometimes this becomes very tiring.  Between the 3 former
governors, Bachmann and Santorum, I had my fill less than an hour into
the evening.  Huntsman boasted more than all candidates combined, which was a huge turnoff.  I can look at your record.  Just tell me what you’re going to do now,
to fix Obama’s mess.

I was disappointed in Perry’s performance.  I like Perry, but I still have some questions.  I expected him to shake things up, but he was not on the offensive tonight.  He had a few good jabs, but seemed to be spending too much time on defense. 

Bachmann came on strong, and this was considered a crucial night for her, given her dip in the polls after Perry entered the race.  Her responses were
strong and she’s very consistent on conservative principles.  That said,
I didn’t like the way she pounded Perry relentlessly on Gardisil, and I
found it bothersome that she refused to look at Perry or Romney when
attacking them. 

Gingrinch is a strong debater.  Kudos to him for keeping the focus on Obama.   Unfortunately, his overall campaign is not as impressive as his debating skills.  Hopefully, Perry took some notes on Newt’s techniques, and will do better in the next debate.

Romney came out swinging, but he’s still not impressing tea party voters.  He continues to defend Romneycare, which as noted by Perry, was touted as the model for Obamacare by Obama himself.  Ouch.

The more I listen to Herman Cain, the more I like
him.  He’s all about solutions, and he’s very frank.  He doesn’t mince
words, and I like that about him.  He’s strong on jobs and the economy,
which is the major focus right now.  He’s still learning when it comes
to foreign policy, but look who’s in office now….in comparison, Cain’s
already ahead of the game.

I like Santorum personally, but he’s just not breaking through to voters.  He has no chance in this race.  Santorum’s best line of the night:  Obama’s economy needs a drastic improvement just to be a disaster.

I agree with many of Ron Paul’s views on the Constitution, spending cuts and personal responsibility.  However, when it comes to defense, he’s way out in left field.  His indifference to Iran having a nuke and his claims that we brought 9/11 on ourselves are ludicrous.  I’m not sure why he’s even running on the Republican ticket with such positions.

Huntsman is irrelevant.  End of story.

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Last Thursday, we heard President Obama give a 32 minute speech on jobs, in which he urged us to “pass this bill right away”….18x as a matter of fact.  This bill, which includes very little in the way of actually creating jobs, but a lot in the way of spending, is estimated to cost $447 billion, with no real plan of how to pay for it.  One of the key items is extended unemployment benefits.  This not only creates no jobs, but creates more dependence on government.  This doesn’t sound like much of a jobs plan to me.

On the other hand, the Republicans have come up with their own jobs plan, which actually provides relief and some stability for America’s job creators, in the form of cuts on corporate taxes and fewer regulations.  This allows the U.S. to be more competitive in global markets, and will actually provide incentives for companies to bring work back to the U.S.

A staggering statistic in the proposal:

The Small Business Administration has reported that government regulations are
estimated to cost our economy over $1.75 trillion a year. To make matters worse, in
2009, the Administration had – under various stages of consideration – another 184
regulations that are estimated to cost the economy in excess of $100 million each,
and likely to cause more Americans to lose jobs.

This is what we’ve been telling liberals since Obama took office in 2009, but it has fallen upon deaf ears.  The increased regulations not only cost money, but they create an environment of fear, not confidence, in the market, which is a death wish for any economy.  They insist that the only solution is more spending, a solution which we have witnessed, time and time again, does not work.

The key points of the Republican bill include the following:

Empower Small Business Owners and Reduce Regulatory Burdens:

  • Require congressional review and approval of any
    government regulations that have a significant impact on the economy or
    burden small businesses.
  • Audit existing and pending regulations to identify and address those that hinder economic growth.

Fix the Tax Code to Help Job Creators:

  • Increase American competitiveness to spur investment
    and create more American jobs by streamlining the tax code and lowering
    the tax rate for businesses and individuals including small business
    owners to no more than 25%.
  • Reform the tax code to allow American businesses to
    bring back their overseas profits without having to pay a tax penalty so
    they can invest in our economy and create American jobs.

Increase Competitiveness for American Manufacturers:

  • Pass the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea to create up to 250,000 jobs.
  • Continue to open new markets to American made products.

Encourage Entrepreneurship and Growth:

  • Modernize our patent system to protect our nation’s innovators, discourage frivolous lawsuits, and expedite patent reviews.
  • Re-Authorize and improve federal programs and approval
    processes to streamline development of new products.
    Remove barriers to building a first class
    workforce so that the United States can compete in the global
    marketplace and lead the way in technological development and growth.

Maximize Domestic Energy Production to Ensure an Energy Policy for the 21st Century:

  • Promote lower energy prices through increased domestic production.
    Encourage all forms of energy production.

Pay Down America’s Unsustainable Debt Burden and Start Living Within our Means:

  • Build upon the House Republicans’ Budget by enacting significant spending cuts.

Now, I’m no economist, but I would venture to say this jobs plan sounds much more likely to actually create jobs and stimulate the economy than what President Obama has proposed.  What do you think?

To see the full Republican proposal, click here.

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A Humbled American President on 9/11?… A picture says it all

A Tale of Two Presidents

President George W. Bush brought
us through that Horrific Day with Grace and Dignity leading us forward
and keeping us Safe everyday thereafter.  I remember the Comfort and
Pride I felt when he said these words:

I hear you, the rest of the World hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!

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Heritage’s experts watched President Barack Obama’s jobs speech
delivered to a joint session of Congress. Here are some of their
immediate reactions:


Jobs for Teachers?


In his remarks tonight, President Obama argued that his jobs proposal
would create more jobs for teachers. He went as far as to say laying
off teachers…”has to stop”.


But since 1970, student enrollment in public elementary and secondary
schools has increased just 7 percent, while public elementary and
secondary staff hires have increased 83 percent.
Moreover, in the 1950′s, there were approximately 2.36 teachers for
every non-teacher in a school district. Today, in our nation’s school
systems, that ratio is closer to 1 to 1. So every teacher in the
classroom has an administrative counterpart in your local public school
district. That is a tremendous strain on state budgets. But it is also a
huge boon the education unions.


President Obama’s call to spend more precious taxpayer dollars to
“prevent teacher layoffs” may do more to inflate schools’ non-teaching
rosters than to retain teachers.  Read more.

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