Sage Advice for Mitt Romney

 

 

Slowly, but surely, the political season will resume this week. After the shocking events of last week you might not think it will be business as usual. But, fear not…Campaign 2012 will return…whether that’s a good thing or not..well..I’ll leave that up to you…

In the meantime, Byron York offers analysis and advice for the Romney camp:

From The Washington Examiner…

 3 hurdles for Romney as campaign intensifies

The Republican primary race was longer and more grueling than Mitt Romney hoped. But for all its rigors, the contest left three key Romney issues unresolved. Each will play a role in the general election campaign — but in a different way than in the primaries.

The first is the question of Romney’s business career and taxes. In the GOP race, Newt Gingrich led the charge in accusing Romney of exploiting companies and laying off workers while head of the private equity firm Bain Capital. Gingrich’s attack was clumsy and poorly researched. But even if it had been more skillful, many Republicans just didn’t want to hear any criticism of Romney’s business record. Some equated such criticism with an attack on capitalism itself. Under fire from his own side, Gingrich backed off.

That meant Romney didn’t really have to work very hard to defend his Bain record. But now the Obama campaign is hitting Romney harder than Gingrich ever did. Even when prominent Democrats like Cory Booker, Ed Rendell and Bill Clinton criticized the Bain attacks, the Obama campaign kept banging away. The president’s operatives believe, and have polling data to suggest, that attacking Bain will work — not everywhere in the country, not with all voters, but with some key swing voters in the some of the most important key states. If Obama’s Bain attacks work only in Ohio, for example, that alone might be the president’s margin of victory.

As far as taxes are concerned, Romney’s Republican rivals pressured him to release his returns earlier than he had planned. But Romney stuck to his decision to release only his 2010 return and promised to make public his 2011 return when it is finished. That was enough to take the heat off in the GOP race. But it hasn’t been enough for Obama, who will keep pounding Romney — and accusing him of hiding something — until Election Day.

The second unresolved issue for Romney is Romneycare. In the primaries, the former Massachusetts governor argued that creating a mandate-driven universal health care system was appropriate for the governor of a state, but that it was unacceptable for a president and Congress to install a national program like Obamacare. That distinction was enough for Republican voters who might have felt uneasy about Romneycare but chose not to hold it against their leading candidate.

Now, after the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, Romney is making the even finer distinction that the individual mandate is a tax as far as Obamacare is concerned but is a penalty in the context of a state program like Romneycare. This hair-splitting requires far more explaining than is good for any candidate.

The problem for Romney won’t be those Republican voters who dislike Obamacare — they’ll certainly vote for Romney. The problem will be undecided voters who don’t know a lot about the former Massachusetts governor. When Obama argues — it will undoubtedly happen in the face-to-face presidential debates — that Romney doesn’t like Obamacare now but did the same thing himself in Massachusetts, Obama’s goal will be to show those undecided voters that Romney is a man who will say anything to get elected.

The third factor is Mormonism. For the most part, Romney’s religion didn’t arise in the Republican race. It’s possible it won’t in the general election. But if the campaign reaches the final weeks and Romney is leading Obama, some Democrats will find it hard to resist trying to make Mormonism a factor in the race. They tried hard in 1994, when Romney unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Ted Kennedy for a Senate seat from Massachusetts.

This time, their target will be a small but electorally significant group of independent voters who have reservations about voting for a Mormon.

For years now, Gallup has asked a poll question, “If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person who happened to be a Mormon, would you vote for that person?” In a 2011 poll, Gallup found that 27 percent of Democrats said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon, while a smaller number, 18 percent, of Republicans said the same. For independents, the number was 19 percent. That’s a big enough number for Democrats to try to exploit, should they become desperate enough to do it.

In the end, it’s hard to see how any or all of the three issues — business history, Romneycare, Mormonism — can outweigh the economy as a determining factor in the election. But if bad news economic news continues — and it appears it will — look for Democrats to push hard on all three fronts.

Byron York, The Examiner’s chief political correspondent, can be contacted atbyork@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears on Tuesday and Friday, and his stories and blogposts appear on washingtonexaminer.com.

 

 

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What you can expect….

"You people ain't seen nothin' yet!..."

Well, we have ‘Super Tuesday’ behind us. And, as expected, not much was decided or resolved…as far as the Republican presidential primary is concerned. I happened to catch an interview with political analyst Dick Morris this morning. I consider Morris one of the more astute and knowledgable individuals in the political arena. He was asked what could be expected should President Obama win a second term. His response was NOT encouraging. Basically, Morris said we can look forward to a continued stagnant economy. An increase in the number of those Americans looking to the government to soak the rich as their way of life. An explosive…literally..Middle East with crazy leaders run amok and unchecked, as the United States will be reluctant to step up. And a President basically seeking to operate with a blank check. That means more and more and more money out of your pocket. Combine these with a country that will continue to see diminished manufacturing and increasing imports, and it will be a bleak future, indeed.

In the meantime, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum continue the barrage against one another. A fact the latter two refuse to face, there’s little, if any chance, either can secure enough delegates to obtain the nomination and if their combined support denies Romney the nomination, that will almost certainly spell disaster for the Republicans come November.

All of this is going on and we have a media focusing on some women’s reproductive rights activist and her law school tenure at Georgetown, a completely false narrative that Republicans want to ban contraception as part of their “war on women”. That insipid premise put forth by the moronic DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schulz. You have to credit them in their efforts to re-elect Barack Obama. This President and his  supporters KNOW they have NOTHING to offer as far as his record in office. NOTHING! Mr. Obama is a dismal and absolute failure. His policies are wrong….and dangerous. Unless we can coalesce behind a Republican candidate and take this fight to Barack Obama and the Democrats, we are lost as a nation. Finished. If you, yourself, have not realized that fact, it’s time to wake up!!!!

Time to regroup….AGAIN!….

With each passing day, I shake my head in disbelief and disgust…..

 

THIS GUY……

 

 

IS GIVING US MORE OF THIS….

 

 

And these guys….

 

 

 

 

Are either spending time defending their stance or attacking the President for this…..

 

or this…

 

 

or this…

 

 

It’s time to FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….

Because, if we keep this up…..

 

 

We’re going to see this….

 

 

Don’t you think it’s time to set our priorities straight?…..

 

 

 

 

‘Rome’ burns while Obama and the Democrats fiddle…

 

 

I may be beating my head against a brick wall, but I’m going to keep harping on this stuff until more people pay attention. Of course, that may never happened. That being said, I do love a good “told ya’ so!”

Let’s see where we are this morning….

REPORT: DEBT WOULD GROW UNDER GOP PLANS – The Washington Post

EDITORIAL: REFORM AND CORPORATE TAXES – The New York Times

GOP FEARS RISE OVER 2012 TONE; MESSAGE – The Politico

DID DEMS MAKE CONTRACEPTION A CAMPAIGN ISSUE? – Salon

JON STEWART CAN’T BELIEVE THE REPUBLICANS’ CRAZY PREDICTIONS FOR OBAMA’S SECOND TERM – Gawker

Do you ever get the sense that it’s to the media’s advantage to keep you “ignorant” of the truth?…in the dark?….Regarding that last headline, should Mr. Obama get a second term (which it’s beginning to look more likely that he will) it will give me endless amounts of pleasure to see the snotty guys at Gawker eat those words!…well, you know what I mean…

My point is the media ignores very real, very imperative problems that we face in day to day life in this country. They continue to direct our attention to what they consider important and away from what is real, what is now!

The Economic Collapse blog continues to point out the FACTS of our desperate economic situation. Facts we can’t ignore. Yet, thousands of news outlets would prefer to quote Jon Stewart….giggle at Rick Santorum….focus on Romney’s message problem…or Newt’s days being numbered. In the meantime, Barack Obama continues to lead this country down a path that is literally to a dead end! The Democrats and this President don’t want you to know the truth because if you did, IT WOULD SCARE THE SH*T OUT OF YOU! 

And that wouldn’t work for them, now would it? They would be run out office so fast, it would be an awakening this nation has not seen in decades.

We have to face it. It’s not good…and it will likely get worse, before it gets better. You need to plan accordingly. What’s happening in Greece is NOTHING to what could happen here…

55 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE U.S. ECONOMY IN 2012 – The Economic Collapse

How is the U.S. economy doing in 2012?  Unfortunately, it is not doing nearly as well as the mainstream media would have you believe.  Yes, things have stabilized for the moment but this bubble of false hope will not last for long.  The long-term trends that are ripping our economy and our financial system to shreds continue unabated.  When you step back and look at the broader picture, it is hard to deny that we are in really bad shape and that things are rapidly getting worse.  Later on in this article you will find a list of interesting facts that show the true state of the U.S. economy.  Hopefully many of you will find this list to be a useful tool that you can share with your family and friends.  Each day the foundations of our economy crumble a little bit more, and we need to wake up as many Americans as we can to what is really going on while there is still time.  We have accumulated way too much debt, we consume far more wealth than we produce, millions of our jobs are being shipped overseas, our big cities are decaying, family budgets are being squeezed more than ever, poverty is rampant and we have raised several generations of Americans that expect the government to fix all of their problems.  The U.S. economy is at a crossroads, and the decisions that the American people make in 2012 are going to be incredibly important.

The statistics listed below are presented without much commentary.  They pretty much speak for themselves.

After reading this list, it will be hard for anyone to argue that we are on the right track.

The following are 55 interesting facts about the U.S. economy in 2012….

#1 As you read this, there are more than 6 million mortgages in the United States that are overdue.

#2 In January, U.S. home prices were the lowest that they have been in more than a decade.

#3 In Florida right now, some drivers are paying nearly 6 dollars for a gallon of gas.

#4 On average, you could buy about 10 gallons of gas for an hour of work back in the mid-90s.  Today, the average hour of work will get you less than 6 gallons of gas.

#5 Sadly, 43 percent of all American families spend more than they earn each year.

#6 According to Gallup, the unemployment rate was at 8.3% in mid-January butrose to 9.0% in mid-February.

#7 The percentage of working age Americans that have jobs is not increasing.  The employment to population ratio has stayed very steady (hovering between 58% and 59%) since the beginning of 2010.

#8 If you gathered together all of the workers that are “officially” unemployed in the United States into one nation, they would constitute the 68th largest countryin the entire world.

#9 When Barack Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that numberis sitting at 5.6 million.

#10 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high.

#11 According to Reuters, approximately 23.7 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now.

#12 There are about 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment.  That is an all-time record high.

#13 According to CareerBuilder, only 23 percent of American companies plan to hire more employees in 2012.

#14 Back in the year 2000, about 20 percent of all jobs in America were manufacturing jobs.  Today, about 5 percent of all jobs in America are manufacturing jobs.

#15 The United States has lost an average of approximately 50,000 manufacturing jobs a month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

#16 Amazingly, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have been shut down since 2001.

#17 According to author Paul Osterman, about 20 percent of all U.S. adults are currently working jobs that pay poverty-level wages.

#18 During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risenby 23 percent.

#19 An all-time record 49.9 million Americans do not have any health insurance at all at this point, and the percentage of Americans covered by employer-based health plans has fallen for 11 years in a row.

#20 According to the New York Times, approximately 100 million Americans are either living in poverty or in “the fretful zone just above it”.

#21 In the United States today, corporate profits are at an all-time high.  The percentage of Americans that are living in “extreme poverty” is also at an all-time high according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

#22 In the United States today, the wealthiest one percent of all Americans have a greater net worth than the bottom 90 percent combined.

#23 The poorest 50 percent of all Americans now collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#24 The number of children living in poverty in the state of California has increased by 30 percent since 2007.

#25 According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 36.4% of all children that live in Philadelphia are living in poverty, 40.1% of all children that live in Atlanta are living in poverty, 52.6% of all children that live in Cleveland are living in poverty and 53.6% of all children that live in Detroit are living in poverty.

#26 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.

#27 As the economy has slowed down, so has the number of marriages.  According to a Pew Research Center analysis, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.

#28 In 1984, the median net worth of households led by someone 65 or older was10 times larger than the median net worth of households led by someone 35 or younger.  Today, the median net worth of households led by someone 65 or older is 47 times larger than the median net worth of households led by someone 35 or younger.

#29 If you can believe it, 37 percent of all U.S. households that are led by someone under the age of 35 have a net worth of zero or less than zero.

#30 After adjusting for inflation, U.S. college students are borrowing about twice as much money as they did a decade ago.

#31 According to the Student Loan Debt Clock, total student loan debt in the United States will surpass the 1 trillion dollar mark at some point in 2012.  If you went out right now and starting spending one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend one trillion dollars.

#32 Today, 46% of all Americans carry a credit card balance from month to month.

#33 Incredibly, one out of every seven Americans has at least 10 credit cards.

#34 The average interest rate on a credit card that is carrying a balance is now up to 13.10 percent.

#35 Of the U.S. households that do have credit card debt, the average amount of credit card debt is an astounding $15,799.

#36 Overall, Americans are carrying a grand total of $798 billion in credit card debt.  If you were alive when Jesus was born and you spent a million dollars every single day since then, you still would not have spent $798 billion by now.

#37 It may be hard to believe, but the truth is that consumer debt in America has increased by a whopping 1700% since 1971.

#38 At this point, about 70 percent of all auto purchases in the United States involve an auto loan.

#39 In the United States today, 45 percent of all auto loans are made to subprime borrowers.

#40 Mortgage debt as a percentage of GDP has more than tripled since 1955.

#41 According to a recent study conducted by the BlackRock Investment Institute, the ratio of household debt to personal income in the United States is now 154 percent.

#42 To get the same purchasing power that you got out of $20.00 back in 1970 you would have to have more than $116 today.

#43 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850.  Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1700 an ounce.

#44 The number of Americans that are not paying federal incomes taxes is at an all-time high.

#45 A staggering 48.5% of all Americans live in a household that receives some form of government benefits.  Back in 1983, that number was below 30 percent.

#46 The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

#47 During 2012, the U.S. government must roll over nearly 3 trillion dollars of old debt.

#48 The U.S. debt to GDP ratio has now reached 101 percent.

#49 At the moment, the U.S. national debt is sitting at a grand total of$15,419,800,222,325.15.

#50 The U.S. national debt is now more than 22 times larger than it was when Jimmy Carter became president.

#51 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

#52 If the federal government began right at this moment to repay the U.S. national debt at a rate of one dollar per second, it would take over 440,000 years to pay off the national debt.

#53 If Bill Gates gave every single penny of his fortune to the U.S. government, it would only cover the U.S. budget deficit for about 15 days.

#54 Right now, the U.S. national debt is increasing by about 150 million dollarsevery single hour.

#55 Spending by the federal government accounted for about 2 percent of GDP back in 1800.  It accounted for 23.8 percent in 2011, and according to former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, it will account for 36.8 percent of GDP by 2040.

Bad news, eh?

But it isn’t just our economy that is decaying.

We are witnessing a tremendous amount of social decay as well.  As I wrote about the other day, America is rapidly decomposing right in front of our eyes.

When the water level of a river drops far enough, it will reveal rocks that have been hidden from view for a very long time.  Well, a similar thing is happening in America right now.  For decades, our debt-fueled prosperity has masked a lot of the social decay that has been going on.

But now that our prosperity is evaporating, a lot of frightening stuff is being revealed.

Unfortunately, another major financial crisis is rapidly approaching and economic conditions in the United States are going to get a lot worse.

So what is our country going to look like when that happens?

That is a very good question.

 

 

Like it or not….

 

'I don't stand here as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, I stand here as the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.'

 

AMEN!!!!….

I may not agree with Sen. Santorum on every issue, but that statement after his caucus/primary victories yesterday says it all! He actually has the guts to speak the truth when it comes to what we’re up against this fall. The Republican establishment may not like it, but they can’t deny it. The fight needs to be taken to President Obama and the Democrats. I believe Rick Santorum knows that…as does Newt Gingrich….and he’s not afraid to say it and do it!

Image is EVERYTHING!

 

If you think about it, it really IS! Especially in the political arena. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 proved that. Why would voters choose a tired, worn out, old white man when they could choose a reasonably good looking, mixed race man?…Substance didn’t matter. Not in the least. Doesn’t say a lot for the thought processes of the electorate. But it’s a sad reality in today’s world. I imagine it will continue well into the future.

"I'm sooo hoping these two kill each other..."

 

‘Emperor Obama’ is undoubtedly watching today’s Republican primary in Florida with great interest. I’m certain he’s relished the bitter feud between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. He’s probably banking on the voters growing weary of the unceasing sniping between the G.O.P. front runners. As I’ve mentioned before, once a nominee is for certain, it’s unlikely we will see such tactics applied to ‘Caesar Obama’ in the campaign. For certain, should Romney come out on top.

The Gladiators in a battle to the death...

 

Irony can definitely play cruel tricks on you. Unfortunately, that’s what we seemed to have in the 2012 election. A President with THE MOST DISASTROUS RECORD of any in the history of our nation and a Republican party divided as it struggles to find common ground and unified support. It doesn’t make any sense. That can also be said about our election of a ‘ruler’ rather than a leader four years ago.

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CRITIC’S CORNER TUESDAY: ‘GLEE’, ‘NEW GIRL’, ‘RINGER’ – Robert Bianco @ USA Today

 

 

•Many people seem to think Glee (Fox, 8 ET/PT) had given up on special “themed” episodes, having suffered from gorging on them last season.

But like its characters, Glee never learns any lessons and never feels bound by the past — which brings us to tonight’s salute to the music of Michael Jackson.

The plot centers on the intensifying rivalry between New Directions and the Warblers, but plot is seldom the point with this show, or at least it isn’t for long.

These days, it’s best to think of Glee as an excellent update on Your Hit Parade, and enjoy it on that level.

 

 

Party Down‘s Lizzy Caplan guests as Nick’s girlfriend onNew Girl (Fox, 9 ET/PT).

Unfortunately, her refusal to be labeled as his “girlfriend,” or as anything else, is about to send Nick into a panic.

 

 

Ringer (CW, 9 ET/PT) makes its winter return with both of star Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s twin characters at least temporarily in the same city.

That can’t be good.

 

•Elizabeth (Tiffani Thiessen) begins spying on her new next-door neighbor on White Collar (USA, 10 ET/PT).

 

 

And when the neighbor is played by True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, can you really blame her?

 

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What’s REALLY being said!….

Time, once again, for my favorite kind of post!…..

"Mr. President, I can't wait to see you get your ass kicked in November!...You arrogant son of a bi**h!

"Do you really think the RNC and the eventual candidate will have the balls and the guts to go after Obama like we've gone after each other....If I'm the nominee, you can count on it...If it's Gov. Romney, well..I'm not so sure..."

"I'm not really smart enough to retain info on Speaker Gingrich which could be used now...I'm not known as the dumbest b**ch in Congress for nothing..."

"Damn...I just wish my senile boss and this joke of a President would shut the f**k up about my salary and my taxes..."