The Craziness!

Now we ALL know Barack Obama has NEVER been confronted by the harsh reality his economic policies and pursuits have bestowed upon this country. Can you imagine the reaction across the land if everyday Americans realized how disastrous THIS President has been for our well being?…

“Mr. President…what’s your reaction to this list stats that show how things REALLY are in the United States?..”

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Let’s get into this laundry list…courtesy of The Economic Collapse

83 NUMBERS FROM 2013 THAT ARE ALMOST TOO CRAZY TO BELIEVE

“During 2013, America continued to steadily march down a self-destructive path toward oblivion.  As a society, our debt levels are completely and totally out of control.  Our financial system has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet and our big banks are behaving even more recklessly than they did just before the last financial crisis.  We continue to see thousands of businesses and millions of jobs get shipped out of the United States, and the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated.  Due to the lack of decent jobs, poverty is absolutely exploding.  Government dependence is at an all-time high and crime is rising.  Evidence of social and moral decay is seemingly everywhere, and our government appears to be going insane.  If we are going to have any hope of solving these problems, the American people need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and finally admit how bad things have actually become.  If we all just blindly have faith that “everything is going to be okay”, the consequences of decades of incredibly foolish decisions are going to absolutely blindside us and we will be absolutely devastated by the great crisis that is rapidly approaching.  The United States is in a massive amount of trouble, and it is time that we all started facing the truth.  The following are 83 numbers from 2013 that are almost too crazy to believe…

#1 Most people that hear this statistic do not believe that it is actually true, but right now an all-time record 102 million working age Americans do not have a job.  That number has risen by about 27 million since the year 2000.

#2 Because of the lack of jobs, poverty is spreading like wildfire in the United States.  According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.

#3 As society breaks down, the government feels a greater need than ever before to watch, monitor and track the population.  For example, every single day the NSA intercepts and permanently stores close to 2 billion emails and phone calls in addition to a whole host of other data.

#4 The Bank for International Settlements says that total public and private debt levels around the globe are now 30 percent higher than they were back during the financial crisis of 2008.

#5 According to a recent World Bank report, private domestic debt in China has grown from 9 trillion dollars in 2008 to 23 trillion dollars today.

#6 In 1985, there were more than 18,000 banks in the United States.  Today, there are only 6,891 left.

#7 The six largest banks in the United States (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) have collectively gotten 37 percent larger over the past five years.

#8 The U.S. banking system has 14.4 trillion dollars in total assets.  The six largest banks now account for 67 percent of those assets and all of the other banks account for only 33 percent of those assets.

#9 JPMorgan Chase is roughly the size of the entire British economy.

#10 The five largest banks now account for 42 percent of all loans in the United States.

#11 Right now, four of the “too big to fail” banks each have total exposure to derivatives that is well in excess of 40 trillion dollars.

#12 The total exposure that Goldman Sachs has to derivatives contracts is more than 381 times greater than their total assets.

#13 According to the Bank for International Settlements, the global financial system has a total of 441 trillion dollars worth of exposure to interest rate derivatives.

#14 Through the end of November, approximately 365,000 Americans had signed up for Obamacare but approximately 4 million Americans had already lost their current health insurance policies because of Obamacare.

#15 It is being projected that up to 100 million more Americans could have their health insurance policies canceled by the time Obamacare is fully rolled out.

#16 At this point, 82.4 million Americans live in a home where at least one person is enrolled in the Medicaid program.

#17 It is has been estimated that Obamacare will add 21 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#18 It is being projected that health insurance premiums for healthy 30-year-old men will rise by an average of 260 percent under Obamacare.

#19 One couple down in Texas received a letter from their health insurance company that informed them that they were being hit with a 539 percent rate increase because of Obamacare.

#20 Back in 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance.  Today, only 54.9 percent of all Americans are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#21 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

#22 Incredibly, 74 percent of all the wealth in the United States is owned by the wealthiest 10 percent of all Americans.

#23 According to Consumer Reports, the number of children in the United States taking antipsychotic drugs has nearly tripled over the past 15 years.

#24 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low.  Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of just 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.

#25 According to a shocking new study, the average American that turned 65 this year will receive $327,500 more in federal benefits than they paid in taxes over the course of their lifetimes.

#26 In just one week in December, a combined total of more than 2000 new cold temperature and snowfall records were set in the United States.

#27 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.

#28 The rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen for eight years in a row.

#29 Only 47 percent of all adults in America have a full-time job at this point.

#30 The unemployment rate in the eurozone recently hit a new all-time high of 12.2 percent.

#31 If you assume that the labor force participation rate in the U.S. is at the long-term average, the unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent.

#32 In November 2000, 64.3 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  When Barack Obama first entered the White House, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job.  Today, only 58.6 percent of all working age Americans have a job.

#33 There are 1,148,000 fewer Americans working today than there was in November 2006.  Meanwhile, our population has grown by more than 16 million people during that time frame.

#34 Only 19 percent of all Americans believe that the job market is better than it was a year ago.

#35 Just 14 percent of all Americans believe that the stock market will rise next year.

#36 According to CNBC, Pinterest is currently valued at more than 3 billion dollars even though it has never earned a profit.

#37 Twitter is a seven-year-old company that has never made a profit.  It actuallylost 64.6 million dollars last quarter.  But according to the financial markets it is currently worth about 22 billion dollars.

#38 Right now, Facebook is trading at a valuation that is equivalent to approximately 100 years of earnings, and it is currently supposedly worth about 115 billion dollars.

#39 Total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.

#40 Student loans are up by an astounding 61 percent over the past three years.

#41 At this moment, there are 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are neither in school or working.

#42 The “inactivity rate” for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) has just hit a brand new all-time record high.

#43 It is hard to believe, but in America today one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency.

#44 Middle-wage jobs accounted for 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession, but they have accounted for only 22 percent of the jobs created since then.

#45 According to the Social Security Administration, 40 percent of all U.S. workers make less than $20,000 a year.

#46 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

#47 After accounting for inflation, 40 percent of all U.S. workers are making less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

#48 When Barack Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks.  Today, it is 37.2 weeks.

#49 Investors pulled an astounding 72 billion dollars out of bond mutual funds in 2013.  It was the worst year for bond funds ever.

#50 Small business is rapidly dying in America.  At this point, only about 7 percent of all non-farm workers in the United States are self-employed.  That is an all-time record low.

#51 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.

#52 Once January 1st hits, it will officially be illegal to manufacture or import traditional incandescent light bulbs in the United States.  It is being projected that millions of Americans will attempt to stock up on the old light bulbs before they are totally gone from store shelves.

#53 The Japanese government has estimated that approximately 300 tons of highly radioactive water is being released into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility every single day.

#54 Back in 1967, the U.S. military had more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads.  That number is already being cut down to 1,550, and now Barack Obama wants to reduce it to only about 1,000.

#55 As you read this, 60 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty and there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

#56 Wal-Mart recently opened up two new stores in Washington D.C., and more than 23,000 people applied for just 600 positions.  That means that only about 2.6 percent of the applicants were ultimately hired.  In comparison, Harvard offers admission to 6.1 percent of their applicants.

#57 At this point, almost half of all public school students in America come from low income homes.

#58 Tragically, there are 1.2 million students that attend public schools in the United States that are homeless.  That number has risen by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.

#59 According to a Gallup poll that was recently released, 20.0 percent of all Americans did not have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed at some point over the past year.  That is just under the all-time record of 20.4 percent that was set back in November 2008.

#60 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

#61 Right now, one out of every five households in the United States is on food stamps.

#62 The U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

#63 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs.  Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#64 According to one survey, approximately 75 percent of all American women do not have any interest in dating unemployed men.

#65 China exports 4 billion pounds of food to the United States every year.

#66 Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.

#67 The number of Americans on Social Security Disability now exceeds the entire population of Greece, and the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.

#68 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Social Security will rise from 57 million today to more than 100 million in 25 years.

#69 Back in 1970, the total amount of debt in the United States (government debt + business debt + consumer debt, etc.) was less than 2 trillion dollars.  Today it isover 56 trillion dollars.

#70 Back on September 30th, 2012 our national debt was sitting at a total of 16.1 trillion dollars.  Today, it is up to 17.2 trillion dollars.

#71 The U.S. government “rolled over” more than 7.5 trillion dollars of existing debt in fiscal 2013.

#72 If the U.S. national debt was reduced to a stack of one dollar bills it would circle the earth at the equator 45 times.

#73 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent.  Today, it is up to 101 percent.

#74 The U.S. national debt is on pace to more than double during the eight years of the Obama administration.  In other words, under Barack Obama the U.S. government will accumulate more debt than it did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.

#75 The federal government is borrowing (stealing) roughly 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.

#76 At this point, the U.S. already has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain.

#77 Japan now has a debt to GDP ratio of more than 211 percent.

#78 As of December 5th, 83 volcanic eruptions had been recorded around the planet so far this year.  That is a new all-time record high.

#79 53 percent of all Americans do not have a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes.

#80 Violent crime in the United States was up 15 percent last year.

#81 According to a very surprising survey that was recently conducted, 68 percent of all Americans believe that the country is currently on the wrong track.

#82 Back in 1972, 46 percent of all Americans believed that “most people can be trusted”.  Today, only 32 percent of all Americans believe that “most people can be trusted”.

#83 According to a recent Pew Research survey, only 19 percent of all Americans trust the government.   Back in 1958, 73 percent of all Americans trusted the government….”

You can only IMAGINE what 2014 will bring!….

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(Past the) Time to get SERIOUS!

 

"I'm serious about this! "

“I’m serious about this! “

 

"Whoa!...just a minute! We can't actually DO SOMETHING to save this nation!..That's TOTALLY against our nature as Democrats!...What we do best is LIE!"

“Whoa!…just a minute! We can’t actually DO SOMETHING to save this nation!..That’s TOTALLY against our nature as Democrats!…What we do best is LIE!”

 

 

 

You don’t have to agree with the Ryan budget to realize SOMETHING has to be done with this nation’s finances if we are to survive. Fiscally, socially, productively,  the United States is in DEEP sh*t! At least Paul Ryan (R-WI) has the GUTS to realize this and step forward with a proposal to turn things around. The Democrats? You can FORGET IT! Aside from trillions in new taxes, they will have no part of spending reform! They simply LACK THE GUTS to be honest with the American people. It’s not in their nature and it speaks VOLUMES for the character and personal integrity of many in that party.

The Editors at National Review offer their opinion of the Ryan plan…

RYAN’S NEW VISION

Paul Ryan and House Republicans are in a familiar quandary: They know that it is necessary, both economically and politically, for them to introduce a budget with reforms sufficient to place the national debt on a path toward stabilization. They also know that such a budget has only the most theoretical chance of passing Harry Reid’s Democrat-controlled Senate or being signed into law by President Barack Obama. The question before them is how many steps toward fiscal rectitude they can take before the budget debate ceases to be an exercise in balancing politics with policy and becomes instead an exercise in politics exclusively.

Ryan’s proposal shows its best face when paired with the Democratic alternative, to be formally released by Democratic senator Patty Murray’s Budget Committee on Wednesday. The Democratic proposal contains: 1.) a tax increase of nearly $1 trillion, 2.) a new $100 billion stimulus bill, 3.) $275 billion in health-care cuts that are unlikely to be enacted, and 4.) $240 billion in military cuts that will be enacted. In exchange for all this, the Democrats’ proposal achieves less than half of the deficit reduction of the Ryan plan.

 

"Hey, the answer is simple..screw the taxpayers..choke the economy...it's what we do as Democrats!"

“Hey, the answer is simple..screw the taxpayers..choke the economy…it’s what we do as Democrats!”

The Ryan plan begins with an enormous concession: While the budget calls for some important tax-code reform, the revenue line stays where it is under current law. That is, Ryan’s budget grants President Obama and the Democrats their recent tax increases, including those associated with Obamacare. (Obamacare itself would be repealed, but the tax level it established would be maintained.) On this point, we think the Republicans made the wrong choice.

Otherwise, the new Republican proposal will be in its broad strokes familiar to those who know Ryan’s early proposals. It contains tax reform that will trade the elimination of certain exemptions and deductions for reduced tax rates. This alone will neither reduce the deficit nor add to it, but the simplification of our overcomplicated tax code will encourage investment and growth, and will bring some measure of relief to those taxpayers who do not at present benefit from the panoply of federal special-interest tax benefits. But if it seriously reduces the mortgage-interest deduction and similar benefits enjoyed by middle-class taxpayers — in exchange for reducing the tax rate for the highest earners to 25 percent — it will be very difficult to defend politically. It would be better to begin by jettisoning those deductions that are least defensible and then adjust rates down proportionally, rather than assuming a top rate of 25 percent and then eliminating deductions until the point of revenue neutrality is reached.

Ryan’s budget is designed to eliminate the federal deficit within ten years. That would be a remarkable achievement made more remarkable still by the fact that the budget includes no net tax increases.

 What Ryan’s budget does not contain, it should be emphasized, is spending cuts. The difference between Ryan’s balanced budget and Obama’s crippling deficits is this: Ryan proposes that federal spending be allowed to grow at 3.4 percent a year rather than the 5 percent rate it is expected to hit otherwise. That is the most important context for this debate: For a difference of 1.6 percentage points in the growth of federal spending, we get a balanced budget in ten years instead of a headlong rush into a debt crisis on the Greco-Spanish model.
Besides the repeal of Obamacare, the most controversial aspect of Ryan’s proposal will be his Medicare reforms. They will be controversial not because the policy itself is remarkably austere — it is in fact very mild — but because Democrats know from long experience that they can have a great deal of success frightening old people and their economically illiterate base with the specter of helpless grandmothers’ having their Medicare benefits snatched away. In reality, Ryan’s plan will affect nobody over 55 years old, and it will not necessarily affect anybody else, either: Ryan’s plan is to offer “premium support” — converting traditional Medicare benefits into a subsidy for buying health-care coverage in the private marketplace — as an option for those seniors who prefer it. The other option is Medicare. The politics of this are obvious: Democrats have had great success with Medicare demagoguery; Ryan’s plan to allow seniors the choice to substitute private insurance for traditional Medicare will make such cynical manipulation of the electorate’s fears much less effective.
On Medicaid, the Ryan plan would see the federal government continue to provide the bulk of the funding for the program through block grants, which would be administered at the state level — an important money-saving move, but also one that would be desirable regardless of its effect on spending: State legislatures and governors are better positioned to understand and respond to local conditions in their jurisdictions than are faraway Washington pooh-bahs.

Changes to Social Security will be necessary at some point, but they are not contemplated by the Ryan budget. They should be: Along with accelerating the schedule for Medicare reform, reforming Social Security would enable a balanced budget with smaller but more realistic cuts.

 

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As a broad vision for the fiscal future of the United States, the Ryan budget would represent an important step in the right direction if it were to become law. Its structural reform of Medicare would do a lot to limit the welfare state’s cost while making it less bureaucratic; it would thus be a more important achievement even than eliminating the deficit in a decade. As a workable legislative package, the budget is in need of two pieces of companion legislation: The first order of Republican business is coming up with a practical vision for health-care reform to replace Obamacare after its repeal; the insecurity that many Americans feel with regard to their health-care coverage is acute and it is justified, and it is the reason we got Obamacare in the first place. Repealing Obamacare will be a knife fight; replacing it will be all-out war. But it must be done. The second task is for the tax-writing committees to flesh out the specifics of the broad reforms the Ryan budget envisions.

 

"Let's get one thing clear...we are NOT here to save this nation!..we ARE here to destroy it..and blame the Republicans while we do that!"...

“Let’s get one thing clear…we are NOT here to save this nation!..we ARE here to destroy it..and blame the Republicans while we do that!”…

Critics will say that the Ryan budget is unserious because its enactment would require President Obama to sign off on the repeal of his hallmark legislation as well as swallow entitlement reforms that are inimical to his party’s political interests. But the reality is that the continuation of Obama-scale deficits into the indeterminate future creates a brake on economic growth, certainly in the long term and likely in the present. If Barack Obama wants to hold reform hostage to his own political interests, it is not Paul Ryan and the House Republicans who are unserious!”

 

Peggy Nails It!…Again!

The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan is one of my favorite columnists. She always delivers an opinion based on facts, pure and simple. She’s sensible and direct. You don’t find much of that these days. Check out her expert analysis of how President Obama squandered an opportunity and a legacy…

He had the confidence without the full capability.”

HOW FAR OBAMA HAS FALLEN

“So where are we? A softly catastrophic storm left us, in the Northeast, shocked at the depth and breadth of its power to destroy. Everyone who could be was hunkered down Monday waiting it out, and at first we hoped it might not be as bad as we’d been warned, because we’d all seen higher wind and harder rain. But the waters rose and wouldn’t stop, breaching dunes, overwhelming barriers, filling the tunnels and subways like a bathtub, as somebody said on TV. It was—is—a true crisis. So far, our political leaders have done pretty well. But the hard part will be from here on in—getting things up and operating again without the original adrenaline rush.

New York’s mayor, Mike Bloomberg, was sterling—a solid, unruffled giver of information whose news conferences were blessedly free of theatrics save for his gifted sign-language interpreter, who wowed a city and left the young evacuees in my apartment furiously signing “Where’s the coffee?” and “I think the baby needs to be changed.” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was his usual compelling self, similarly informative. This is a man who knows a levy from a berm. He is one tough red-state player on a blue-state field. If Mitt Romney loses, will Mr. Christie garner Republican criticism for his hearty embrace of president Obama just days before the election? Yes, he will. Will it hurt him in Jersey? Not a bit. Will it help Jersey? Yes. They are cold and wet and running out of food in the house. Keep your friends close and your president closer.

The “I” of the storm was New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo. He was equally competent and effortful but took the mildly hectoring tone of a kind of leftism that is now old. It involves phrases like “As I’ve long said.” I think this is the worst and I was appalled and when I was at HUD I handled storms and I learned a great deal and I saw we were prepared and I am relieved and I will work hard and I need you to know global warming is what I told you it was.

The winning politicians of the future will not be all about I. People don’t like it. They don’t want to have to wade past the ego to the info.

Which gets us to Tuesday. No one knows what will happen. Maybe that means it will be close, and maybe it doesn’t. Maybe a surprise is in store. But the fact that Barack Obama is fighting for his political life is still one of the great political stories of the modern era.

Look at where he started, placing his hand on the Bible Abe Lincoln was sworn in on in 1861. It was Jan. 20, 2009. The new president was 47 and in the kind of position politicians can only dream of—a historic figure walking in, the first African-American president, broadly backed by the American people. He won by 9.5 million votes. Two days after his inauguration, Gallup had him at 68% approval, only 12% disapproval. He had a Democratic Senate, and for a time a cloture-proof 60 members. He had a Democratic House (256-178) with a colorful, energetic speaker. The mainstream media were excited about him, supportive of him.

His political foes were demoralized, their party fractured.

He faced big problems—an economic crash,two wars—but those crises gave him broad latitude. All of his stars were perfectly aligned. He could do anything.

And then it all changed. At a certain point he lost the room.

Books will be written about what happened, but early on the president made two terrible legislative decisions. The stimulus bill was a political disaster, and it wasn’t the cost, it was the content. We were in crisis, losing jobs. People would have accepted high spending if it looked promising. But the stimulus was the same old same old, pure pork aimed at reliable constituencies. It would course through the economy with little effect. And it would not receive a single Republican vote in the House (three in the Senate), which was bad for Washington, bad for our politics. It was a catastrophic victory. It did say there was a new boss in town. But it also said the new boss was out of his league.

Then health care, a mistake beginning to end. The president’s 14-month-long preoccupation with ObamaCare signaled that he did not share the urgency of people’s most immediate concerns—jobs, the economy, all the coming fiscal cliffs. The famous 2,000-page bill added to their misery by adding to their fear.

Voters would have had to trust the president a lot to believe his program wouldn’t raise their premiums, wouldn’t limit their autonomy, wouldn’t make a shaky system worse.

But they didn’t trust him that much, because they’d just met him. They didn’t really know him.

You have to build the kind of trust it takes to do something so all-encompassing.

And so began the resistance, the Tea Party movement and the town-hall protests, full of alarmed independents and older Democrats. Both revived Republicans and, temporarily at least, reunited conservatives.

Why did the president make such mistakes? Why did he make decisions that seemed so unknowing, and not only in retrospect?

Because he had so much confidence, he thought whatever he did would work. He thought he had “a gift,” as he is said to have told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He thought he had a special ability to sway the American people, or so he suggested to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

But whenever he went over the the heads of the media and Congress and went to the people, in prime-time addresses, it didn’t really work. He did not have a magical ability to sway. And—oddly—he didn’t seem to notice.

It is one thing to think you’re Lebron. Its another thing to keep missing the basket and losing games and still think you’re Lebron.

And that really was the problem: He had the confidence without the full capability. And he gathered around him friends and associates who adored him, who were themselves talented but maybe not quite big enough for the game they were in. They understood the Democratic Party, its facts and assumptions. But they weren’t America-sized. They didn’t get the country so well.

It is a mystery why the president didn’t second-guess himself more, doubt himself. Instead he kept going forward as if it were working.

He doesn’t do chastened. He didn’t do what Bill Clinton learned to do, after he took a drubbing in 1994: change course and prosper.

Mr. Obama may yet emerge victorious. There are, obviously, many factors in every race. Maybe, as one for instance, the seriousness of the storm has sharpened people’s anxieties—there are no local crises anymore, a local disaster is a national disaster—so that anxiety will leave some people leaning toward the status quo, toward the known.

Or maybe, conversely, they’ll think he failed to slow the oceans’ rise.

We’ll know soon.

Whatever happens, Mr. Obama will not own the room again as once he did. If he wins, we will see a different presidency—even more stasis, and political struggle—but not a different president.”

WHAT did you expect?….Can you say A**HOLE!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I, for one, am not THE LEAST bit surprised by Joe Biden’s performance in last night’s debate. The man is an absolute moronic, idiot! You saw it! The man is a complete, buffoon who offers nothing more than smirks, snorts, and snarls as answers to the problems the nation faces. Sure, Paul Ryan could have made his point better. But, it could be argued that it’s hard to make a point when you’re restricted by the moderator and it’s directed to an abject fool!…

 

One review noted that Biden brought his “A game”…wha…?…yeah, I guess you could say that….his A**HOLE GAME!….WE HAVE TO DUMP THESE IMBECILES COME NOVEMBER!

 

“Lord, help me to appear at least half way rational!”

 

“I’m trying to get my mind to work…my thoughts to mesh with my mouth…but, as you know..I’m not very good at that…”

 

“Yeah, I’m a f**kin’ cheshire cat!…a dumba** one, at that!”

 

“I have absolutely no idea which way to go….so I’ll just wing it…go the “complete moron” route this evening!”

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve never seen a candidate as disrespectful as Joe Biden was tonight!” – Chris Wallace @ Business Insider

He was condescending at times to Paul Ryan. I think I could have done with a lot less eye-rolling and chuckling on the part of Joe Biden.” – Gloria Borger @ Real Clear Politics

It looked like a cranky old man to some extent debating a polite young man!” – Brit Hume @ Real Clear Politics

“I just realized the problem with the debate: it was the weird distance between style and content, and the degree to which Mr. Biden’s style poisoned his content.” – Peggy Noonan @ WSJ Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re waiting!…….

 

 

If you’re like me, your wondering if anyone is AWAKE at Team Romney. The clock is ticking and Mitt Romney seems to be sleepwalking through this campaign. Lackluster ads..which I’ve YET to see on television.., half-hearted responses to whatever President Obama throws out there….and virtually no offense whatsoever! It’s frustrating! His supporters are frustrated, discouraged…and genuinely frightened! I’m not sure what his advisors are telling him, but one thing for sure…it ain’t working!

 

The country continues to suffer under the MOST DIVISIVE AND DISHONEST President in United States history, yet Romney seems to be encountering a real struggle convincing voters of those facts. I know a good part of it is the plain stupidity of vast numbers of the American electorate. But, he doesn’t seem to be expending any energy to at least try!

In the meantime, President Obama’s support grows due in large part to the perception that he is nothing more than the caretaker-in-chief….witness the woman in Cleveland who bases her support for Mr. Obama because he “gave” her a cellphone! That sort of garbage should incense EVERY, SINGLE AMERICAN who earns a paycheck!

“Romney sucks!”

I suppose there are not enough Americans out there who see anything wrong with this…they don’t care if it continues…or even expands!…This is how much we’ve devolved….

Charles Krauthamer asks the question: Why is Romney hesitant to make big-picture criticisms of Obama’s policies?

Message to Mitt: Make the Case

In mid-September, 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bottom fell out of the financial system. Barack Obama handled it coolly. John McCain did not. Obama won the presidency. (Given the country’s condition, he would have won anyway. But this sealed it.)

Four years later, mid-September, 2012, the U.S. mission in Benghazi went up in flames, as did Obama’s entire Middle East policy of apology and accommodation. Obama once again played it cool, effectively ignoring the attack and the region-wide American humiliation. “Bumps in the road,” he said. Nodding tamely were the mainstream media, who would have rained a week of vitriol on Mitt Romney had he so casually dismissed the murder of a U.S. ambassador, the raising of the black Salafist flag over four U.S. embassies, and the epidemic of virulent anti-American demonstrations from Tunisia to Sri Lanka (!) to Indonesia.

Obama seems not even to understand what happened. He responded with a groveling address to the U.N. General Assembly that contained no fewer than six denunciations of a crackpot video, while offering cringe-worthy platitudes about the need for governments to live up to the ideals of the U.N.

The U.N. is an institution of surpassing cynicism and mendacity, but the speech was so naïve it would have made a fine middle-school commencement address. Instead, it was a plaintive plea by the world’s alleged superpower to be treated nicely by a roomful of the most corrupt, repressive, tin-pot regimes on earth.

 

Yet Romney totally fumbled away the opportunity. Here was a chance to make the straightforward case about where Obama’s feckless approach to the region’s tyrants has brought us, connecting the dots of the disparate attacks as a natural response of the more virulent Islamist elements to a once-hegemonic power in retreat. Instead, Romney did two things:

He issued a two-sentence critique of the initial statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo on the day the mob attacked. The critique was not only correct but vindicated when the State Department disavowed the embassy statement. However, because the critique was not framed within a larger argument about the misdirection of U.S. Middle East policy, it could be — and was — characterized as a partisan attack on the nation’s leader at a moment of national crisis.

Two weeks later at the Clinton Global Initiative, Romney did make a foreign-policy address. Here was his opportunity. What did he highlight? Reforming foreign aid.

Yes, reforming foreign aid! A worthy topic for a chin-pulling joint luncheon of the League of Women Voters and the Council on Foreign Relations. But as the core of a challenger’s major foreign-policy address amid a Lehman-like collapse of the Obama Doctrine?

It makes you think how far ahead Romney would be if he were actually running a campaign. His unwillingness to go big, to go for the larger argument, is simply astonishing.

For six months, he’s been matching Obama small ball for small ball. A hit-and-run critique here, a slogan-of-the-week there. His only momentum came when he chose Paul Ryan and seemed ready to engage on the big stuff: Medicare, entitlements, tax reform, national solvency, a restructured welfare state. Yet he has since retreated to the small and safe.

 

 

When you’re behind, however, safe is fatal. Even his counterpunching has gone miniature. Obama has successfully painted Romney as an out-of-touch, unfeeling plutocrat whose only interest is to cut taxes for the rich. Romney has complained in interviews that it’s not true. He has proposed cutting tax rates, while pledging that the share of the tax burden paid by the rich will remain unchanged (by “broadening the base” as in the wildly successful, revenue-neutral Reagan-O’Neill tax reform of 1986).

 

But how many people know this? Where is the speech that hammers home precisely that point, advocates a reformed tax code that accelerates growth without letting the rich off the hook, and gives lie to the Obama demagoguery about dismantling the social safety net in order to enrich the rich?

Romney has accumulated tons of cash for 30-second ads. But unless they’re placed on the scaffolding of serious speeches making the larger argument, they will be treated as nothing more than tit for tat. 

Make the case. Go large. About a foreign policy in ruins. About an archaic, 20th-century welfare-state model that guarantees 21st-century insolvency. And about an alternate vision of an unapologetically assertive America abroad unafraid of fundamental structural change at home.

It might just work. And it’s not too late.

— Charles Krauthammer is a nationally syndicated columnist. © 2012 the Washington Post Writers Group.

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‘We’re doomed!’…or…’We’re doomed?’…You tell me!

 

Expanding a bit on yesterday’s post, you’re probably aware that I’m fairly pessimistic when it comes to Mitt Romney’s chances in November. I just don’t think there are enough Americans who give a damn any longer. The man that is the cause of that and benefiting from that is one in the same…Barack Obama. He’s fostered a divisive, frustrated society that’s reached the point that they just shrug their shoulders and accept it. Not everyone, of course. But I believe the majority. I often think if we were faced with a national calamity…something that had an effect on the country as a whole…those same people would not be equipped to handle it. You may have never noticed the government sponsored commercials run on the radio advising Americans that they should be prepared to take care of themselves for possibly several days..that help will not be immediately forthcoming. Yeah…good luck with that!…Imagine Hurricane Katrina..on a national scale! Many of those people in New Orleans had absolutely no clue…nothing…and their city collapsed into anarchy.

But, I digress!….

Back to the matter at hand...Robert Stacy McCain @ The American Spectator tries to convince me otherwise, when it comes to my sinking feeling about November….what do you think?….

ARE WE DOOMED YET?

“Polls present a challenge for Mitt Romney — and for the America he believes in.

TOLEDO, Ohio — The line to get into Mitt Romney’s “victory rally” here Wednesday stretched up Jefferson Avenue to Huron Street and around the corner nearly to Monroe Avenue. People stood in a drizzling rain to get into the event and, by the time Romney took the stage at the SeaGate Convention Center, more than four thousand were packed into the arena.

Romney’s voice was slightly hoarse as he hammered President Obama’s policies, especially the deficit spending that has brought the national debt to $16 trillion. “If President Obama were to get re-elected,” the Republican challenger said, “we’d have a $20 trillion debt by the time he left office. But he’s not going to get re-elected…” The crowd went wild.

The size and the enthusiasm of the audiences that have attended the GOP ticket’s rallies during this three-day tour of Ohio have gotten less press coverage than the polls which show Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan trailing the Democrats by a wide margin. It is hard to reconcile the strong turnout for Romney and Ryan with the impression conveyed in most of the media that the Republicans are doomed to defeat on November 6.

Yesterday, Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard asked, “Are the Polls Tilted Toward Obama?” Also, while we’re asking questions: Is water wet?

In all seriousness, however, conservatives need to ponder this disturbing hypothetical: What if the polls are right?

 

 

Suppose, for the sake of argument, that Obama really is sailing on his way to a landslide victory of such historic proportions that he defeats Romney by 10 points in Ohio. What if, despite all the bizarre poll skews that have become an almost constant subject of complaint on the Right in recent days, there actually has been a decisive shift in the electorate? When we think of what this would mean — an emphatic endorsement of all that Obama has done in the first four years of his presidency and a powerful mandate to continue doing it for another four years — we are confronted with an event of genuinely profound consequences.

It is easy for cynical pundits and dyspeptic critics to minimize what this election means. Whatever the results on November 6, the TV talking heads will still have their network sinecures on November 7. David Brooks won’t forfeit any book contracts and Peggy Noonan won’t lose any lecture fees, just because Obama wins the election. Such members of the GOP’s professional intelligentsia have never cast their lot with the Tea Party, nor have they shown any empathy for the grassroots activists who are manning phone banks and distributing yard signs, the volunteers motivated by a sincere belief that defeating Obama is essential to the preservation of the American Republic.

Remarkable irony: Many of those conservative now working hardest to elect Mitt Romney are conservatives who spent the primary campaign supporting other candidates in an effort to prevent Romney’s nomination as the “It’s His Turn” choice of the party establishment. Meanwhile, the elite pundits who spent the primary season nitpicking every fault of Romney’s rivals are now the first to raise the white flag of surrender, abandoning hope in the candidate that they insisted was the only one in the GOP field with any realistic chance to win in November.

 

At this apparent low ebb of the Romney-Ryan ticket’s fortunes, with less than six weeks to go until Election Day, the crisis moment of the campaign poses existential questions for the Republican Party. What if, ignoring every warning from conservatives, Americans are indifferent to Obama’s failures and heedless of the threat to liberty posed by four more years of his policies? What if a majority of Americans have lost faith in the world-changing beliefs proclaimed by the Founders at Philadelphia in 1776? What if our nation’s people have contemptuously abandoned the principles of limited constitutional government established by the Framers in 1787?

Perish the thought. This cannot happen. The Republican Party cannot allow it to happen. There is too much at stake, and there is still enough room for hope and it is too early to quit now. Romney’s proven ability to mount turnarounds cannot be discounted by fainthearts and naysayers. The candidate himself was full of confidence Wednesday, and the crowd of Ohio Republicans cheered as he reached the peroration of his speech to the rally at the SeaGate Center, invoking his favorite theme, American exceptionalism.

“This is who were are,” Romney said. “The world needs the example of America. It needs a strong America.… The world needs America to lead. Our future needs America to lead.”

Romney began a sentence, “If I am the next president,” then stopped and corrected himself: “When I am the next president of the United States.” A cheer rose from the crowd, and he continued as the cheers grew louder: “I will do everything in my power to keep America strong — strong in our homes, strong in our economy, strong in our military. We will lead! We will lead again!… I love this country!”

Can the polls be right? Is there no hope left for American leadership? Are we doomed? Perish the thought.”

Irresponsible Democrats!

Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions (R) blasts a broadside at the President and the FAILED Democrat leadership in Congress: THAT MEANS YOU, SENATOR REID, AND YOU..MS. PELOSI!

SESSIONS BLASTS DEMOCRATS’ IRRESPONSIBILITY

Senator Jeff Sessions delivered the Republicans’ radio address this morning. He took the opportunity to excoriate President Obama for lying about his budget plan, and Senate Democrats for ignoring their legal duty to adopt a budget. He addressed his listeners as though Americans, preparing to vote in November, were a jury:

Hello. I’m Jeff Sessions, United States Senator from Alabama. I’m also the Ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

Before entering politics, I was a federal prosecutor. I tried many cases and spoke to many juries. The brilliance of our legal system is that it places judgment in the hands of everyday citizens. Twelve complete strangers, from all walks of life, sit in a jury box, carefully weigh the evidence, and then reach an impartial verdict.

Our democracy works much the same. Voters hear the arguments, weigh the evidence, and then go to the ballot box and render a verdict.

As a prosecutor, I learned to trust the wisdom of these everyday citizens. I also learned, more than anything else, jurors want the facts. Today my goal is to present to you the facts as honestly and directly as I can.

Americans feel right now like the world has been turned upside down. They sacrifice to pay their bills and then watch federal workers throw lavish parties on their dime. They hear warnings of a debt crisis and yet learn that we still borrow nearly $4 billion a day. They send their tax dollars to Washington on the hope those dollars will be wisely guarded and then discover that those dollars have been lost and wasted and abused. They balance their family budgets only to find out that the United States Senate, under Democrat control, will not even bring a budget plan to the Senate floor.

The American people see the financial chaos. They know it must stop. They know their families are at risk. And that their country is in danger. Yet the President does not rally the country to action. Instead, he says our debt course is nothing to worry about. He continues to insist that his budget plan will pay down the debt.

This is the pivotal question of our time. This is a question on which our future depends. Does the President’s plan pay down our debt? Or does it leave our nation on a certain path to financial disaster?

Let’s review the facts.

To pay down the debt requires a surplus. Under the President’s 10-year budget, there is never a surplus. The single lowest annual deficit is $543 billion. The annual deficit in the 10th year grows to $652 billion. Despite $1.8 trillion in new taxes, his budget increases our spending and debt every year, adding $11 trillion to the debt overall. Just the interest alone on our debt would exceed defense spending in seven years. These are not my numbers; they come from the tables in the President’s own budget document that he printed and sent to Congress.

For the President to say his plan will pay down the debt is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever made to the American people.

Adding to the chaos, the Senate Democrat Majority has decided to adjourn through November having utterly failed to meet its most basic obligations. For the last three years, in a time of national crisis, Senate Democrats have deliberately violated the legal requirement to produce a budget plan. How can they ask the American people to send them one more dime in new taxes when they won’t even meet their legal duty to write a financial plan and tell how that money will be spent?

They also failed to pass a single annual appropriations bill—not once, but twice—the first time a single spending bill wasn’t passed in Senate history. They would not even bring up the crucial national defense authorization bill—for the first time in 50 years. And they presented no plan to prevent the huge tax hikes and steep cuts to defense known as the fiscal cliff.

All these failures create uncertainty and weaken the economy.

People should know that the Republican-led House on the other hand, met its obligations. Most significantly, it passed a budget to rescue America from a debt crisis. Compared to the President’s plan, the House budget achieved $3.3 trillion in greater deficit reduction while fostering economic growth.

If given the chance, Republicans will get this government under control. A Republican Senate will pass a budget. Failure is not an option.

We believe in a better way forward. A way that brings us closer to—not further from—our heritage as a nation.

We believe in growing the economy, not the bureaucracy. We believe in helping more people live good and prosperous lives. We believe in preventing the safety net from becoming a restraint. We believe in lifting people onto the employment rolls instead of leaving them on the welfare rolls. And we believe that compassion should not be defined by much money the government spends on poverty but how many people we can help rise out of poverty.

And we believe in the good, decent, hardworking citizens of this Republic.

These are the facts. The case is in your hands. God bless you, God bless our troops, and God bless America.