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If you listen to Vice President Joe Biden, the most effective way to prevent rape and murder is more federal stimulus spending. In the Vice President’s defense, at least this is a new argument, considering the others—jobs created, bridges built, energy generated—have all miserably failed. But this desperate argument, while fresh, is also incorrect.

The Vice President made the remarks first in a speech on Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania, saying additional stimulus would put police on the streets and lower crime, adding that he wished conservative lawmakers “had some notion of what it was like to be on the other side of a gun, or [to have] a 200-pound man standing over you, telling you to submit.” On Wednesday in Flint, Michigan, Biden doubled down on those comments.

Biden was confronted on video by Human Events editor Jason Mattera and was asked: “And if the Republicans don’t pass this bill, then rape will continue to rise?” Biden angrily responded: “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.” White House press secretary Jay Carney gave President Obama’s blessing to this message in yesterday’s press briefing, even as The Washington Post’s “fact checker” gave Biden “four pinocchios,” calling the claim “absurd.”

Biden also has the blessing of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) who scheduled a vote yesterday on the $35 billion stimulus bill the Vice President was pushing, which was paid for with a new tax hike on wealthy Americans.

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This entire jobs bill debacle is really working my last nerve.  Obama wanted the full dog and pony show, requesting a joint session of Congress, and demanding that Congress “pass this jobs bill…RIGHT AWAY!”

Now, here we are, six weeks later, with no jobs bill.  Of course, I’m fine with that, given the fact that it will be paid for by higher taxes and basically only includes jobs for unions, i.e. teachers, first responders and construction workers.  Also, let’s not forget the fact that this would be, once again, a temporary fix.  But the political rhetoric and partisan bickering, along with the completely un-presidential behavior of Obama is truly beyond the pale.

Not only are Republicans against this bill, but so are some Democrats.  When Obama complained about the bill not being passed quickly enough, Senator Mitch McConnell suggested the Senate immediately bring it to a vote.  However, Harry Reid refused to do it.  Why?  Because it didn’t have the votes to pass!  Did Obama get upset at the Democrats?  Nope.  He blamed Republicans.  Finally, Reid brought it to a vote, and it didn’t pass.  Why?  Because there were Democrats who voted no.   Yet, all we hear is Obama blaming Republicans.  I haven’t heard one word about Democrats not voting for it.  And let’s be clear.  Obama doesn’t just make a point that Republicans won’t pass it.  He’s snide, sarcastic, mean-spirited and rude, calling Cantor out by name, and claiming that Republicans don’t want to put people back to work, which is completely disingenuous.  Does that sound presidential to you?

So, I’m wondering….why is he doing this?  Rush Limbaugh recently made the point that if Senate Democrats are only a few votes short, why isn’t Obama going to these people, and convincing them to pass the bill?  Isn’t that how the Democrats passed the health care bill??  Doesn’t that make more sense than for him to travel all over the country, making speeches about Republicans not passing it?  Clearly, Obama doesn’t care if this bill passes or not.  If the bill does pass, he wins over voters who benefit from the bill.  If the bill never passes, Obama can forever blame Republicans.  He thinks that will get him re-elected.   That’s a strategy???  These trips around the country are nothing more than campaign stops, and his strategy is to blame everyone else for his failures.

Liberals are always claiming that Republicans don’t want to put people back to work, which is, on it’s face, utterly ridiculous.  However, they don’t seem to care that Obama is using the American people as pawns in his bid for re-election.

VP Biden is just as bad.  He has repeatedly claimed that more rapes and murders will occur, if the Republicans don’t pass this bill.  Really?  Is that really the language a vice president should be using?  What is wrong with this administration?  I just don’t understand their mentality on this.  That is not a way to lead!!

And let’s not forget Harry Reid.  He claimed that private sector jobs are doing just fine, and that the public sector needs all the help.  Tell all of the private sector unemployed Americans that!  He has also proposed a 5.6% surtax on millionaires.  Please, please tell me how this is, in any way, shape or form, Constitutional!  We all know it is not.  Yet, who is calling him out on this?

When are Americans going to stand up and speak out against this administration?  They are dividing this country more and more, and no one is calling them out.   Obama claimed to be a uniter, but has done nothing but divide.  He promised transparency, but has been one of the most secretive in history, with clear signs of corruption and scandal all around him.

We cannot withstand another 4 years of this president.   Enough is enough.

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The 10th 2012 presidential debate was held last night, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This was probably the most “fiesty” debate of the season, which is exactly what the CNN moderator, Anderson Cooper, was looking for.  As we’ve seen with the liberal moderators in several of the prior debates, Cooper presented questions designed in such a way to encourage the candidates to go after each other, instead of Obama, and that’s exactly what the audience got last night.

For the first time, Rick Perry actually had a little fight in him.  While I supported Perry getting into the race, fully expecting him to “wow” me in the debates, I have been quite disappointed in his performance.  Last night, he showed a little more fire, but I still can’t say I was impressed.  The juvenile exchange between Perry and Romney probably didn’t score him any points.  He was actually booed by the audience on more than one occasion.  While I agree with his energy plan, and he was strong on the border issue last night, he’s going to have to do more to win back his supporters.  He may be a strong campaigner and fundraiser, but his lackluster performance in the previous debates may have done irreparable damage.

Herman Cain was able to withstand the extensive questioning and criticism of his 9-9-9 plan.  Some in the liberal media said he lost the debate, when he failed to effectively explain how the middle class will NOT be paying more taxes under his plan.  I don’t agree that he lost the debate.  I do, however, think he missed an opportunity to sell his plan by giving a more detailed description of how it works, and reminding people that this will eliminate the payroll taxes.  It came across, not as a replacement tax, but as an additional tax, as they would be paying a state sales tax AND a national sales tax.

I have to applaud Gingrich.  He refused to take the bait and trash the other candidates.  He handled his questions in a very classy way, and he reminded the others that they need to remain focused on Obama, instead of going after each other.  While he made the point that Cain’s 9-9-9 plan would be a very tough sell in Washington, he also gave Cain a lot of credit for coming up with a new, bold plan, and giving the candidates something of substance to debate.

Governor Romney has been consistent and strong in the debates, but he seemed very agitated last night.  His comment about Perry being testy because he’s had a rough couple of debates, was totally uncalled for, and simply rude.  I, for one, have little patience for bickering and personal attacks on the stage.  On the other hand, it was kind of refreshing to see Perry and Santorum rattle Romney.

Ron Paul reminded us, yet again, why he will never be elected POTUS.  He commented that we should not give aid to Israel.  That’s all I needed to hear.  While he brings up a lot of good points, when it comes to over-reaching government and the Constitution, his foreign policy views scare me.  He doesn’t seem to care if Iran has a nuke, and he doesn’t want to support Israel with foreign aid funding.  And….we’re done.  I don’t care what else he stands for or against.

Michele Bachmann held her own last night…nothing overly impressive and nothing damaging.  That said, it will be difficult for her to regain the support she’s lost over the past several weeks.

Rick Santorum got into it with Romney on Romneycare, and got quite testy, constantly interrupting him, then telling him he was out of time.  That behavior doesn’t help anyone.  Someone noted, after the last debate, that he’s already at an “11” when he comes on to the stage.  I would agree.  He’s just waiting to pounce, and gets worked up too easily.  He’s not getting through to voters, despite having some good ideas about getting manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

In my opinion, if anyone won this debate, which the idea of that alone is debatable, it was Speaker Gingrich.  He stayed above the fray, and I have to give him credit for that.  He’s also strong on policy, and provided clear, concise answers.  I don’t know that there was a clear cut loser last night.  For me, it was Santorum and Paul.  Santorum acted like a poor sport, and Paul is off the rails on foreign policy.  In a time with so much unrest around the world, we need a strong leader, who will defend American’s interests and lead with a “peace through strength” philosophy, as we saw in Ronald Reagan.  I don’t see any hint of that in Ron Paul.

The next debate will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, at Oakland University, and televised on CNBC.

What are your thoughts on last night’s performances?

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The media has been ripping Cain apart, since his sudden rise in the polls just a few short weeks ago.  One of the many criticisms of Cain, by both Republican and Democratic strategists, is that he may not be a serious candidate for president, because he’s not spending enough time in Iowa like most other candidates.  Well, as it turns out, maybe he doesn’t have to.  Here’s the latest Newsmax story on Cain’s rising numbers in the Hawkeye State:

Herman Cain has surged into an eight-point lead over his nearest Republican rival in first-in-the-nation Iowa, an exclusive Newsmax/InsiderAdvantage poll released on Monday shows.

The former pizza magnate is supported by 26 percent of voters who say they will vote for him in the Hawkeye State GOP caucus, compared to 18 percent who opt for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

The surprising numbers come just two months after the popular Ames Iowa Straw Poll where Cain ranked fifth among the top-tier candidates, taking 1,456 votes to winner Michele Bachmann’s 4,823 votes.

Cain also is running second behind Romney in New Hampshire, according to a separate Newsmax poll in that state.

Combined, the two polls confirm that with the clock ticking on the primary season, Cain is now the clear favorite among conservatives who are determined to defeat Romney for the nomination.

 

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Do you know why candidates for office tend to be reluctant to propose detailed plans? Because they know the plans will be flyspecked and picked apart by just about everyone. Inviting criticism doesn’t help you to get votes.

But fear of criticism prevents you from conceiving solutions to problems. So even if avoidance of criticism helps in propelling you to an election victory, how are you supposed to effectively govern? How are you supposed to fix the problems you told everyone you were going to fix?

That’s why I’m happy to see so much criticism of the 9-9-9 plan I’ve proposed. It shows that people are thinking seriously about a substantive idea. When people stop obsessing over “gaffes” and campaign strategy, and start honing in on fixing the country’s economic problems, we are getting somewhere.

This is not to say, of course, I’m going to leave poorly founded criticisms of the plan unanswered. Certain objections to the plan are circulating in the usual places, driven by the same kind of thinking that has left us with a stagnant economy, $14 trillion in debt and mounting entitlement obligations. These criticisms deserve responses, and here they are:

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Fellow Conservatives:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) fundamentally weakened the United States Senate yesterday in a desperate attempt to block a vote on the President’s stimulus bill.

Using a simple majority vote, Reid used the “Nuclear Option” to change the rules of the Senate so senators cannot offer amendments. In the future, senators will only be able to modify legislation if Harry Reid agrees to it.

Harry Reid changed the rules of the Senate because Republicans planned to force a vote on President Obama’s stimulus plan. The plan is so unpopular that it was going to be defeated by Republicans and Democrats when it came up for a vote. This would have embarrassed the president so Reid and the Democrats just changed the longstanding rules of the Senate to block it. You can learn more at RedState.com.

The Senate is supposed to be the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body”. That means debating, amending, and voting on legislation — all things Harry Reid has sought to avoid during his tenure as Senate Majority Leader.

Folks, we’re teetering on tyranny. We must elect a conservative majority in 2012 to stop this madness.  Read more

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Alabama 1901, PreambleWe, the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution…

Alaska 1956, Preamble — We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land…

Arizona 1911, Preamble — We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874, Preamble — We, the people of the State of Arkansas , grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government…

California 1879, Preamble — We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

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