Saturday, September 29, 2012

op ed review 9/30



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Mitt Romney continues to hold a seven-point lead in voter trust over President Obama when it comes to the economy, by far the number one voting issue. The candidates remain more closely divided in several other key issue areas, but voters are shifting toward Romney when it comes to national security.

Republican poll analysis: Romney winning by 14 % with middle-class families

“41 Million Tea Party Supporters Set to Vote”   The Tea Party is regularly ridiculed and declared "dead" by the mainstream press and their elitist allies in Washington and Hollywood. Not surprisingly, when Tea Partiers show up and rally by the thousands, they get all but ignored, while 30 Occupy Wall Street crazies in masks will always get wall-to-wall coverage and admiration……a new Associated Press poll shows tea party supporters may have the last laugh in November.

By kicking off his Ohio bus tour with an unusually blunt attack on Obama’s big-government philosophy, Mitt Romney appears to have adopted a new strategy. Romney described Obama’s vision of government as “entirely foreign to anything this nation has ever known.” He decried, “a larger government, taking more and more, intruding in your relationship with your doctor, investing, so to speak, in companies, picking winners and losers, or in his case, losers.” Then came the biggest applause line: “that is not the America I know. That is not the America that built Ohio.”

Low-wage work force grows 30% as the number of jobs shrinks
Household incomes are down 8% since Obama took office.
Campbell’s Soup is closing the oldest soup plant in America, 700 jobs lost.
President Obama promised that Obamacare would cut family health insurance premiums by $2,500 by the end of the first term--but instead they have risen by $3,000.

Jay Leno took some surprising shots at President Obama Thursday night. "A new survey out today shows how much time we waste every day in our lives. For example, we waste seven minutes in line every time we go to get coffee, 28 minutes getting through airport security, four years waiting for Obama to do something about the economy. Every year, we waste a lot. We wasted a lot of time."

The video of an Obama supporter bragging about having an “Obama phone” has gone viral on the web, but where do these “free cell phones” come from? The program was originally created to subsidize landline phone service for low income Americans.  In 2008, the program was expanded to support cell phones which quickly escalated the cost of the program. In 2008 the program cost $772 million, but by 2011 it cost $1.6 billion. Several websites have been created to promote “free” government cell phones, including ”The Obama Cell Phone” website at Obamaphone.net.

The Obama campaign has created a series of electronic greeting card aimed at women voters.  This is the most bizarre one:  "Dear Mom," the card reads. "Mitt Romney says he would repeal the Affordable Care Act. So here's a quick question: Can I borrow $18,000 to help pay for my birth control? Thanks!" It would seem the point of the eCard is to get daughters to encourage their mothers to vote for Obama. (Would any daughter really send this card to her mother?)  (Editor’s note:  The numbers don’t make sense: birth control pills cost $9/month).
President Obama followed his gaffe-ridden Univision interview with one on “60 Minutes” that is destined to wind up in a series of Mitt Romney ads. He said the recent attacks that left four Americans dead including the Libyan Ambassador are just a “bump in the road.”
In Florida, Vice President Biden tells seniors that thanks to President Obama, they can now get colonoscopies free without a co-pay.

President Obama declined to meet any world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, but found time to guest star on "The View."

The wheels appear to be coming off a two week attempt by the Obama Administration to cover up its fatal security failures at our consulate in Libya and to cover up the very fact that this was a successful pre-planned terrorist attack that cost four American lives, including that of our Libyan Ambassador. Not only has the scandal picked up steam in the mainstream press, but high-ranking members of the President's own party are now demanding answers.”…… the sins are so great and glaring, it doesn't look as though ignoring it will be possible for another 40 days.”

Massive quantities of algae are now blooming in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, where the federal government has just spent $34 million in stimulus money to make the pool "sustainable" and "improve the quality and appearance of the water."

FBI agents aren’t allowed to treat individuals associated with terrorist groups as potential threats to the nation, according to a startling, newly discovered FBI directive. The fact that a terrorism suspect is associated with a terrorist group means nothing, according to the FBI document, “Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.”

Election Day is more than six weeks away, but by Nov. 6 tens of millions of Americans — perhaps as many as 40 percent of all voters — will have cast their ballots in the presidential race and other contests.  The traditional get-out-the vote push, once focused on the final hours of a contest, has become an elaborate 45-day operation.

To the dismay of business leaders who fear an exodus of top talent, the French government confirmed a “temporary” 75 percent super-tax rate for high earners.

France is set to ban the words "mother" and "father" from all official documents under controversial plans to legalize gay marriage. The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word "parents" would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Michael Reagan  9/27

Why aren't you mad as hell yet, America? What will it take?

At home, unemployment is stuck above 8 percent. Twenty-three million are out of work. Millions of others have given up looking for jobs.

One American in six is on food stamps. Small businesses are terrified of Obamacare.  The economy ran out of gas four years ago and the president still thinks the only way to get it going again is to fill up the tank with trillions of dollars of debt and make successful people pay for the tow truck. Overseas, we have a dead ambassador and three other dead Americans in Libya. Dozens of our embassies are being threatened by mobs.  Iran is building a nuke. Syria is mired in a bloody civil war. Egypt's new democracy is turning against us. And our Middle East policy -- if that's what it can be called -- is based on apologies and weakness.

Meanwhile, what does President "Eye Candy" do this week? He goes before the United Nations and can't bring himself to even mention the words "Islamic extremists." He's still blaming the attack on our Libyan embassy on a stupid film. As the Middle East burns, Obama says he didn't have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or other world leaders in New York City. Yet he had plenty of time to do the Letterman show and drop in to see Whoopi and the gals at "The View."

How much worse does it have to get before a majority of the American people wake up, throw open their windows and scream, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take this crap anymore?"

In the movie "Network," news anchor Howard Beale said people first had to get mad before things would change.  So let's get mad, America, and change presidents. There are fewer than 1,000 hours between now and the election that can save us from four more years of Obamamisery.

Mitt Romney is the change we need -- and the only chance we have. But in their perverse way of thinking, the Obama Gang wants the American people to believe Romney is a bad guy for creating wealth and being a successful businessman.  Americans are supposed to be angry with Romney for paying "only" 14 percent in taxes or reducing his federal tax bite by giving $4 million to charity in 2011.

But there's no reason for the American people to be mad at Mitt. He's a good guy, a great American, and he's eminently qualified to repair the damage Obama has done to the country. But if Mitt's going to win, he's got to have a Ronald Reagan moment.

My father turned his fortunes around in the 1980 New Hampshire primary after the moderator of a scheduled debate in Nashua ordered his microphone to be turned off. My father's angry response -- "I'm paying for this microphone, Mr. Green" -- became a symbolic act that established his image, showed his strong character and led to a landslide win that knocked George H.W. Bush out of the presidential race.

Mitt Romney needs to have his own "Nashua Moment" -- and have it soon. A perfect time for it to happen would be next week (Wednesday, Oct. 3) in front of 50 or 60 million people during the first presidential debate.  Mitt needs to show us how angry he is at what Obama has done to America. He needs to show us he's as "mad as hell" and can't take it for another four years.

Come on, Mitt -- get as mad as the rest of us.





“It is time to suck it up. Governor Romney can win this thing. Compared to Ronald Reagan in 1980, the race is very competitive if you believe Gallup (tied) or Rasmussen (Obama +1).”
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"’The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.’  No Big Media outlet reported this stunning pronouncement. It's as if Ronald Reagan addressed the National Association of Evangelicals in 1983 and the media failed to report that he used the phrase "evil empire." To make the comparison more direct, imagine if a Republican president declared that "the future must not belong to those who slander the messiah of Christianity" - or, for that matter, the prophet of Latter-day Saints. We would have heard all about it, and for the rest of our lives.”
              -Diana West

 “A majority of the voters who decide presidential elections -- those in the murky middle between Republicans and Democrats -- are experiencing significant distress about the future of their livelihoods. Thus, they are gravitating toward the more convincing promise of safety and security. In the context of the current presidential campaign, however defiant of logic, the "undecided" are being lured by the greatest of lies -- that socialist statism will protect them.”….Some erudite analysts suggest that the upcoming election will mirror the 1980 contest between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. However, unlike the Carter v. Reagan paradigm of the last great recession, when Ronald Reagan devoted his campaign to restoring the grassroots optimism necessary for reversing the crisis of confidence miring our economy in the mud, Romney is facing a much more menacing foe -- an ideological socialist who is operating on the FDR paradigm………Time is not on the side of Liberty. There is little distinction between Marxist Socialism, Nationalist Socialism and Democratic Socialism. Socialism irrevocably results in state tyranny, and another Obama term may prove the end of the Constitutional Republic established by our Founders and supported by generations of Patriots since.”
                   -Mark Alexander

"If Romney had said that the death of our ambassador, the attack on our embassy, the death of three other Americans, the hoisting of the black al Qaeda flag over four U.S. embassies, and demonstrations all over the Middle East all the way to Indonesia including a burning in effigy of Obama in Sri Lanka of all places is a bump in the road, it would be a three day headline."
                         -Charles Krauthammer

"My statement to the United Nations would have been, 'The future does not belong to those who attack our Embassies and Consulates and kill our Ambassadors. The Angel of Death in the form of an American Bald Eagle will visit you and wreak havoc and destruction upon your existence.'"
                         -Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

"Our media doesn't just report 'news' unfavorable to Romney. They obsess over it; complete with repetitive and thoroughly useless incantations that Romney's campaign is hopeless. ... I will wager a million dollars that Barack Obama has held a meeting with his major donors where he has told them his job is not to worry about the 47 percent of greedy right-wing rich Republican voters who won't vote for him. It's the way politicians talk to donors in private. ... This Romney tape was recorded in May, but the activists who recorded it obviously wanted to delay its release until the fall campaign. ... We know by now that to these 'news' manufacturers, nothing can be a 'big story' unless it makes Obama look good and helps him win a second term."
                          -L. Brent Bozell

"The bigger the state, the smaller the citizen. Every Republican candidate should be repeating that truth in every speech. Why? Because the American experiment is on trial this November: Are we to remain the heirs of the American Revolution or become heirs to the French Revolution? Do we want to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities -- or do we want, as in Europe, the government to do so? Is it moral or compassionate to saddle our children and grandchildren with a crippling national debt? Is it moral or compassionate to keep printing dollars, which both devalues the savings of all Americans and imposes a tax on all Americans, especially on the poorest? These are the questions Romney must pose every day and in many of his ads. Only when Americans have to answer these questions will a sufficient number of them vote Republican this November."
                      -Dennis Prager

"The most poisonous aspect of this race is the Democratic Party political tactic of racial slander. ... To the Democrats and the mainstream media, this is war. They now have the political power to advance their leftist ideology and they will stop at nothing to keep it. The progressives aren't merely playing the race card. They are deploying the entire deck in a scorched-earth policy. If you oppose the Democrats, then you are a racist. ... Americans will pay the price for the racial hatred being incited by the Democrats and their media shills…... It is a dishonor and a sin to bear false witness against your neighbor. But this is the political party that booed God out of the DNC party platform three times before the chair ignored the majority and allowed the Almighty to return. And this was done cynically to avert political fallout and a possible loss of votes in November. Even God is a political calculation for Democrats."
                    -J. T. Hatter
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LEFTIST WATCH
A recording of the October 19, 1998 Loyola College forum on community organizing and policymaking has future President Obama saying he favors the government redistribution of wealth. Obama also said he viewed welfare recipients and “the working poor” as “a majority coalition” that could be mobilized to help advance progressive policies and elect their champions.

Jewish education is all about profanity, bestiality, and dishonesty--if George Soros, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sarah Silverman are to be believed. The so-called "Jewish Council for Education and Research," in reality a super PAC backed by Soros's son Alexander, has produced a new anti-Romney ad in which Jackson exhorts a family to "Wake the F--- Up!" and work for President Barack Obama's re-election. Earlier this year, the Jewish Council released an ad in which Silverman simulates sex with a dog to mock Jewish GOP donor Sheldon Adelson.

A Pennsylvania high school has put together a rather startling halftime show for the school’s football games. The New Oxford High School marching band has performed “St. Petersburg 1917,” commemorating the Bolshevik Revolution that brought the communists to power and led to the formation of the Soviet Union. The band, which performed the piece at the Friday night football game on September 14th, wore olive-colored military-style uniforms, and carried red flags–along with giant hammers and sickles. “There is no reason for Americans to celebrate the Russian revolution,” said an irate parent who alerted Fox News to the debacle.

Singer Madonna offered a profanity-laced endorsement of President Obama at her concert Monday night, which involved the singer stripping down to her underwear to reveal the president's name written on her body. “You all better vote for f---ing Obama okay..”
Madonna told fans to vote for "the Black Muslim in the White House" who's "fighting for gay rights."
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ACTIVISM
Make or break time:  reach into your pocket:
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GLOBALONEY
“It turns out that there is no way to reliably compare current global temperatures to historical data using NASA's database. It is a scientific scandal. I wrote recently about NASA changing its entire temperature record database, just from July to September. That is, in 2012, NASA changed temperatures going back to 1880. And it did that without telling anyone or explaining it. The net effect was to make the 130-year warming trend steeper, by lowering older (pre-1963) temperatures and slightly raising recent ones… It is what all claims of global warming are based on.

It costs $60,000 to $75,000 to build a Chevy Volt, including development, manufacturing and raw materials.  Government Motors is now discounting the price from $40,000 to $30,000 to move the inventory. 
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ISLAM
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday disregarded a U.N. warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric and declared ahead of the annual General Assembly session that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated."

Islamic leaders in Dearborn, Mich. are holding a rally this Friday night to build momentum for the passage of laws that prohibit speech or expression that hurts "the religious feelings of Muslims."

President Obama declared at the UN: 'The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.'

While Christian churches are being destroyed on a near daily basis in Muslim countries throughout the world, the Obama administration is investing millions of dollars to rebuild overseas Islamic mosques and minarets.
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ELECTION
Rasmussen keeps a running monthly poll of party identification. In the latest poll, they found 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.9% in July and 35.4% in June. It’s also the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen Report since monthly tracking began in November 2002. There is a new website, called unskewedpolls.com, that basically reweights the data to fit the Rasmussen party identification. Their results give Romney somewhere between a five and eleven point lead. Now, this should also be taken with a grain of salt. Basically, they claim (by the site name) to be an unskewed poll. In fact, they’re just a differently skewed take on existing polls.

“Certain media polls indicating Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by as much as 10 to 12 points in swing states seem to spell disaster for Romney, but what they really say about the Obama campaign may just surprise you? The absurdity of the skewed sample models in those polls is one thing, but what conservatives need to understand is that polls skewed to heavily favor Democrats logically point to one very important fact - Obama is in big trouble…”
If you're going to believe the polls released from CBS/New York Times this morning…you have to believe that the turnout advantage for Democrats over Republicans will blow away every previous record and common sense.

Voter assistance programs for the military – specifically targeted for improvement with $75 million after low military turnout in 2008 – have been left to languish by the Obama administration and the result may be depressed military turnout. Again.

The media insist that Mitt Romney is running a bad campaign. Whether that’s true or not, one thing is certain: Barack Obama’s campaign is undoubtedly worse. From day one, Obama’s re-election effort has been a microcosm of his failures in office. Here is a list of the top ten Obama campaign disasters--and there are still six weeks to go!

Wednesday morning, in a small conference room in its Washington, D.C. office, NARAL Pro-Choice America rolled out a plan to clinch the election for President Obama. That’s an ambitious goal for an organization pushing a niche issue in a contest dominated by the economy, but they’re hoping to win big by thinking small. Their plan is to target what they’ve termed “Obama Defectors”—pro-choice women who supported Obama in 2008, but are now poised to vote for Mitt Romney—and win them back. Nationally, they've identified 5.1 million across the country, 1.2 million of whom live in swing states.

The Obama campaign produced a poster of an American flag, with Obama’s “O” symbol replacing the field of stars, as an item of campaign merchandise, selling for $35. The image was tasteless at best. It is hard to imagine any other politician arrogant enough to remake the flag in his own image: Barack Obama, however, has never been one to be deterred by bad taste. The larger problem was that, as many pointed out, the flag bore an uncanny resemblance to this grisly photograph taken at the American consulate in Benghazi: So the Obama campaign has quietly ditched
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ARTICLES
“The American armed forces exist to defend our nation, not to conduct social science lab experiments in which our troops serve as human subjects. Try telling that to this administration. The first anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sept. 20, has come and gone. Now, there is mounting evidence that proves our warnings were not idle chatter. The threat to freedom posed by this radical sexual experiment on our military is real: It is grave and it is growing.”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Obama Voter Says Vote for Obama because he gives free ObamaPhones.

“Ann Coulter takes on 5 liberal women on The View, Causes Mass Hysteria, Whoopi Bleeped...”

Pat Condell has had it up to here with Muslim demands:  “Tell us how you really feel Pat.”

Must see:  Former Democratic pollster and analyst Pat Caddell has had a change of heart:  "Media Have Become an "Enemy of the American people."

Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013

Funny house for sale sign:
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WISE WORDS
"[E]very lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face -- that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand -- the ultimatum. And what then?"
                      -Ronald Reagan
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LATE NITE:
Leno:  The president's re-election campaign slogan is "Forward," which is also his policy on paying for stuff……A woman in Tampa, Florida, who is in danger of being foreclosed on, put a giant sign on her roof reading, "Obama, please save my home." To which Obama said, "Hey lady, I'm trying not to get thrown out of my own house, OK?........Mass riots broke out among 2,000 workers at the factory in China that's making new iPhones. This is what happens when third-graders don't get a nap. They get cranky.


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