Posts for July, 2012
(Thanks to my conservative sister, Moe, for sending me this easy-to-understand e-mail, and for creator Emily Kim giving me permission to post her cartoon).
A few days after the pathetic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare (which, in all honesty, needs to be called "Obamatax"), Mitt Romney's campaign has seen a huge upsurge in campaign funds - thousands of donations in the $10 - $25 range - from people upset with the courts blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution. Good. Let's keep it going. What happens in November is monumental - and the voters will decide if the United States is saved (with the election of Romney) or destroyed by Obama and his socialist minions.
In regards to Obamacare, if anyone needs to be reminded, Obama & Co. insisted all along that the "individual mandate" was NOT a tax!!! (It was to be considered a "fine" if one did not wish to purchase health insurance). Yet, with unsolicited and unexpected assistance from Chief Justice John Roberts, using his own pen, the Obamacare mandate was re-written - and deemed A TAX. And this, folks, will be the biggest tax increase ever forced upon the American people - if it is not repealed.
The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel's Business section ("What the Court's Ruling Means for Consumers - 7/1/12) provided a few insights into how health care costs are expected to rise with the implementation of Obamatax:
- new levies under the law, such as the 10% tax on tanning services, stay put
- Most of the mandates don't start until 2014,. That's when most Americans will be required to carry insurance or pay the penalty at issue in the Supreme Court case. The penalty will start at $95 per year, or up to 1% of a person's income - whichever is greater.
- Most consumers can expect to keep seeing increases in premiums and co-payments because the underlying cost of health care is expected to rise.
The brief article in the Journal/Sentinel doesn't even touch many of the other "hidden" costs, rules, regulations, dangers, etc. in the mess of legislation that most Americans do not want. Face it. Obamacare is bad - bad for Americans and bad for America. Obamacare needs to be repealed and Mitt Romney is up to the task.
The cartoon above sums up the absurdity of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
(Interesting to note, the approval ratings of the U.S. Supreme Court took a huge nosedive after the Obamacare ruling came down. )
In a major story ignored for the most part by major news outlets in Wisconsin, the Racine recall race between Republican Van Wanggaard and Democrat Jim Lehman for the 21st district state senate seat on June 5th was a complete fiasco.
What happened in the Racine area was simply organized chaos by the left to win an election. It appears that the left-leaning Government Accountability Board is simply going to ignore the rules that were violated in Racine and other fraudulent, questionable activities and occurrences on recall election day.
Where to start?
1) Missing pages of poll books, in which voters (same day registrants) were supposed to sign their names
2) Voters providing mailers listing "occupant" as proof of residency - and such "proof" being accepted by poll workers in spite of challenges by poll watchers
3) Busses, vans, and cars coming up from Illinois being parked around polling stations
4) Unsealed, then re-sealed, and re-opened ballot bags
5) Wrong and unverifiable addresses of voters
6) Wrong voter numbers
- A polling inspector refused to uphold the challenge of a poll watcher, who saw that a voter had showed improper documentation to a poll worker at Bryant Park in Racine. The voter had submitted a handwritten rental receipt as proof of residency.
- A poll worker at the Jefferson Lighthouse was seen canvassing while she was supposed to be working. The woman claimed she was asked to let voters know that they shouldn't park near the student play area, but poll watchers followed the woman outside and noticed she was going door to door.
- A poll worker provided assistance to voters and did not document it.
- In at least one polling site, poll workers were supposed to have a witness oversee the transfer of copy of absentee ballots onto real ballots that could go through the machine, but they only had one person doing the work Caesar Chavez Center in Racine.
What happened in Racine and the surrounding wards is shameful. A blatant attack on the legitimacy of the voting process. It sure looks like Republican Van Wanggaard was "Frankened" by the left - losing due to the "cheat factor," with help from the GAB. Did the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel or any of the larger news outlets in the state cover this with any real digging to get to the bottom of what happened in Racine? No. To the liberal media, this was a non-story because their guy won. And that is all that matters. So they will look the other way.
We must not.
This must serve as yet another lesson for all who care about honest elections. November is just a few months away. The race for the presidency is paramount and is shaping up to be the most important election our country will ever see. The United States is at a tipping point - under assault from within by Barack Obama and his socialist minions. If we want to take our country back, Mitt Romney MUST be elected our next president. An honest election in Wisconsin will ensure this happens.
As Wisconsinites know, the Voter ID LAW (yes, it passed) is STILL being roadblocked by liberal activist judges. With Voter ID in place for the recall elections, it is a pretty safe bet that Van Waangard would have kept his senate seat. But this is a case of fraud winning out. We must not let this happen again in November. We need to bombard our elected officials with demands that they force the hands of the courts to act on Voter ID. Even if the leftie judges rule against it, the law will end up in the Supreme Court, where it will be reinstated. Time is of the essence. Voter ID MUST be in place come November.
Hopefully, Van Wanggaard WILL take his very valid and strong case of voter fraud to the courts. If for nothing else, such a case will serve to expose the level that the left will go to in order to swing elections. People must wake up and not sit complacently by, allowing this to happen.
(As a side note, remember how the lefties demanded Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of Waukesha County LOSE her job for simply failing to report Brookfield vote totals to the Associated Press in a timely fashion in the past Wisconsin Supreme Court race? Well, Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen obviously didn't do her job and SHOULD get fired. She oversaw an intentional mess. Real ballot bags being stuffed, sealed, then re-opened and sealed again. Laws ignored about signing poll books. Rules thrown out the window regarding what constitutes a valid "proof of residency" with little concern that voters were who they said they were. Poll workers apparently lacking in poll work training. Yet, where is the outcry from the left about Ms. Christensen's job performance?)
Here are Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen's own words about the recall election voting concerns:
"I believe I've done a lot when it comes to training poll workers, but it's clear that municipal clerks need to be sure they're hiring competent help. The way things were documented and the document sealing reflects poorly on the election process."
Christensen's deputy, Roseanne Kuemmel, agreed.
"These were not minor clerical errors. I'm appalled that they're being classified in that manner because what happened in the city make people lose their confidence in our election process."
News flash, Ms. Kuemmel, many of us honest voters - who only vote once come election time - are sick and tired of the antics of the left when it comes to voter fraud. We know it happens. The left knows it happens.
Do not allow what happened in Racine to happen in Wisconsin come November. Let's work to ensure honest elections - and getting Voter ID reinstated is the first step.
Aside from the most obvious reasons (the dismal economy, the unemployment rate, the anti-American stances, pro-socialist policies, pro-bigger government, pro-entitlement mentality, Obamatax, etc.) why Obama will not be re-elected in November comes the following:
Wayne Allyn Root, an American politician, entrepreneur, television and radio personality, author, political commentator, and 2008 Libertarian vice-presidential nominee, who began his career as a professional sports handicapper in Las Vegas, was kind enough to grant me his permission to post a column he had written a few months ago. This article originally ran on the Townhall.com website.
(Mr. Root also predicted a big win for Governor Scott Walker in the recent recall election.)
Why Obama will lose in a Landslide
By Wayne Allyn Root
May 30, 2012
Most political predictions are made by biased pollsters, pundits, or prognosticators who are either rooting for Republicans or Democrats. I am neither. I am a former Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee, and a well-known Vegas oddsmaker with one of the most accurate records of predicting political races.
Neither Obama nor Romney are my horses in the race. I believe both Republicans and Democrats have destroyed the U.S. economy and brought us to the edge of economic disaster. My vote will go to Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson in November, whom I believe has the most fiscally conservative track record of any Governor in modern U.S. political history. Without the bold spending cuts of a Gary Johnson or Ron Paul, I don’t believe it’s possible to turnaround America.
But as an oddsmaker with a pretty remarkable track record of picking political races, I play no favorites. I simply use common sense to call them as I see them. Back in late December I released my New Years Predictions. I predicted back then- before a single GOP primary had been held, with Romney trailing for months to almost every GOP competitor from Rick Perry to Herman Cain to Newt- that Romney would easily rout his competition to win the GOP nomination by a landslide. I also predicted that the Presidential race between Obama and Romney would be very close until election day. But that on election day Romney would win by a landslide similar to Reagan-Carter in 1980.
Understanding history, today I am even more convinced of a resounding Romney victory. 32 years ago at this moment in time, Reagan was losing by 9 points to Carter. Romney is right now running even in polls. So why do most pollsters give Obama the edge?
First, most pollsters are missing one ingredient- common sense. Here is my gut instinct. Not one American who voted for McCain 4 years ago will switch to Obama. Not one in all the land. But many millions of people who voted for an unknown Obama 4 years ago are angry, disillusioned, turned off, or scared about the future. Voters know Obama now- and that is a bad harbinger.
Now to an analysis of the voting blocks that matter in U.S. politics:
*Black voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. His endorsement of gay marriage has alienated many black church-going Christians. He may get 88% of their vote instead of the 96% he got in 2008. This is not good news for Obama.
*Hispanic voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. If Romney picks Rubio as his VP running-mate the GOP may pick up an extra 10% to 15% of Hispanic voters (plus lock down Florida). This is not good news for Obama.
*Jewish voters. Obama has been weak in his support of Israel. Many Jewish voters and big donors are angry and disappointed. I predict Obama's Jewish support drops from 78% in 2008 to the low 60’s. This is not good news for Obama.
*Youth voters. Obama’s biggest and most enthusiastic believers from 4 years ago have graduated into a job market from hell. Young people are disillusioned, frightened, and broke- a bad combination. The enthusiasm is long gone. Turnout will be much lower among young voters, as will actual voting percentages. This not good news for Obama.
*Catholic voters. Obama won a majority of Catholics in 2008. That won’t happen again. Out of desperation to please women, Obama went to war with the Catholic Church over contraception. Now he is being sued by the Catholic Church. Majority lost. This is not good news for Obama.
*Small Business owners. Because I ran for Vice President last time around, and I'm a small businessman myself, I know literally thousands of small business owners. At least 40% of them in my circle of friends, fans and supporters voted for Obama 4 years ago to “give someone different a chance.” I warned them that he would pursue a war on capitalism and demonize anyone who owned a business...that he’d support unions over the private sector in a big way...that he'd overwhelm the economy with spending and debt. My friends didn’t listen. Four years later, I can't find one person in my circle of small business owner friends voting for Obama. Not one. This is not good news for Obama.
*Blue collar working class whites. Do I need to say a thing? White working class voters are about as happy with Obama as Boston Red Sox fans feel about the New York Yankees. This is not good news for Obama.
*Suburban moms. The issue isn’t contraception…it’s having a job to pay for contraception. Obama’s economy frightens these moms. They are worried about putting food on the table. They fear for their children’s future. This is not good news for Obama.
*Military Veterans. McCain won this group by 10 points. Romney is winning by 24 points. The more our military vets got to see of Obama, the more they disliked him. This is not good news for Obama.
Add it up. Is there one major group where Obama has gained since 2008? Will anyone in America wake up on election day saying “I didn’t vote for Obama 4 years ago. But he’s done such a fantastic job, I can’t wait to vote for him today.” Does anyone feel that a vote for Obama makes their job more secure?
Forget the polls. My gut instincts as a Vegas oddsmaker and common sense small businessman tell me this will be a historic landslide and a world-class repudiation of Obama’s radical and risky socialist agenda. It's Reagan-Carter all over again.
But I’ll give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.
Before Barack Obama was elected president, a concerned citizen (deemed "Joe the Plumber") asked him a question:
Obama's "spread the wealth" explanation - which elicited scared and angry responses from many Americans who heard it - was probably one of the few honest moments in this president's sordid career. The true socialist ideology of Obama was on display for all to witness - and many people couldn't believe it. They chose to ignore it - convinced Obama didn't really mean what he said - and elected Obama president anyhow. They didn't really think he could be a socialist, since all during the campaign he kept his socialist ideology pretty well under wraps. Except for the "Joe the Plumber" moment.
Fast forward almost four years. The original "Joe the Plumber" confrontation was right on - and then some. All Americans have had three plus years of seeing what Obama is doing to this great nation of ours. Obama and his policies are ruining the United States. The 3-plus years of the Obama presidency have done NOTHING to improve the country. In fact, America and Americans are far worse off than before Obama took office. This is due to Obama's ideology.
Now comes the second "Joe the Plumber" moment. Another blip of honesty in a presidency ripe with deceit. Most of us realize that Obama wants everyone (except him and other elite cronies) beholden to the government. The government should grow - bigger and bigger - and be the end-all for everyone from cradle to grave. The philosophy of Obama and the socialists/communists who agree with him disdain the individual. Individual success. Individual ingenuity. Individual thought. Individual prosperity. Hard work. Personal responsibility. Drive. Achievement. Under Obama - people MUST become dependent upon the government. That is what Obama is aspiring to do.
Over the past weekend, Obama had a second "Joe the Plumber" moment in which his true motives were yet again on display.
After Obama's socialist diss of private business and personal success, the White House went into spin mode, stating that Obama's anti-business, pro-government remarks were taken "out of context."
No they weren't. If anyone listens or reads Obama's words in their entirety, they demean those who work hard and achieve great successes ON THEIR OWN. Obama's very specific words and examples of "hard work" and "success" all point TO THE GOVERNMENT.
A snippet of Obama's most revealing speech:
"There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
People are yet again justifiably outraged about Obama's second "Joe the Plumber" moment. Perhaps this will be enough to finally convince those who are on the fence about Obama's true intentions.
As the old saying goes:
FOOL ME ONCE - SHAME ON YOU. FOOL ME TWICE - SHAME ON ME.
The country has a great opportunity in November to right a horrible wrong. Elect Mitt Romney and save America. How much more proof does anyone need? Obama should never have been elected president in the first place.
A friend sent me a link to the following column by well-known conservative writer John Hawkins. This article originally appeared on the Townhall website. I contacted Mr. Hawkins directly and he was kind enough to grant me his permission to reprint his post on my site:
FIVE THINGS CHILDREN KNOW THAT LIBERALS HAVE FORGOTTEN by John Hawkins (2/28/12)
"Liberals love to think of themselves as intellectual and nuanced, but liberalism is incredibly simplistic. It's nothing more than ‘childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.’ Very seldom does any issue that doesn't involve pandering to their supporters boil down at its core level to more than feeling ‘nice’ or ‘mean’ to liberals. This makes liberals ill equipped to deal with complex issues." -- John Hawkins, September 21, 2007
Liberals are actually worse than children, not just because it's so appalling to see adults who view themselves as highly intelligent and sophisticated thinking like little kids, but because in some respects, left-wing thinking is inferior to that of children. There are things that five year olds all across this country know that liberal child-men are intellectually unable to comprehend.
1) Life's not fair. There's probably not a kid in this country who hasn't said, "That's not fair," and has heard a "Life's not fair" in return. You could actually go farther than that. Not only is life not fair, the word "fair" is completely arbitrary and primarily dependent on whose goose is getting gored.
If you're paying 35% of your income in taxes and are being told that it's not "fair" you're only paying that much when almost half the country isn't paying any income tax at all, you probably disagree in the strongest of terms. On the other hand, someone making $10,000 a year might not think it's "fair" for someone else to make so much more money than he does after taxes. If you're a black, Harvard educated business owner with 10 million dollars in the bank, you may think it's perfectly fair that your son gets into a college over a more qualified son of a white garbage collector because of Affirmative Action, but it's pretty easy to see how the person being discriminated against because of his race wouldn't feel the same way.
In other words, one person's "fair" is another's person's "unfair" which can become a huge problem when the government starts defining what's "fair" and putting the force of law behind it. Yes, some of that has to happen in order to have an orderly and law abiding society, but increasingly, what's "fair" is becoming little more than an overbearing government and tyrannical judges abusing the law to do favors for the politically well-connected and voting blocks they think will help "their side." No matter what they do, life will never be “fair" and trying to make it so is an inherently "unfair" exercise in utopianism that has proven to lead to considerably more misery than simply accepting that "Life isn't fair" in the first place.
2) You can't have everything you want. This is something most kids learn when they don't get a pony at Christmas or when their parents take them into a dollar store and tell them they can have "two things."
This is not a lesson liberals seem to have ever learned because their thinking is, "If it's a 'good idea,' then it should be funded, regardless of what it costs, regardless of whether it's worth the money." It's like liberals start with the assumption that we have infinite money and if anyone opposes spending for any reason, it must be because he’s "mean." Did you know we actually have a higher debt load per person than Greece ($44,215 vs. $39,000), a nation that's only being saved from default because richer countries are paying its bills? So what happens when we run out of money, go into a depression, taxes explode, and the checks from the government slow down and stop? Judging by what's happening in Greece, liberals will start throwing Molotov cocktails in the street and blame everyone but themselves for spending the country into oblivion.
3) Good people make the world work. Most fairy tales, boiled down to their essence, consist of someone being put in danger and either learning to overcome the danger through working hard and showing virtue or having a "good" prince, teacher, or fairy godmother help the hero triumph. Who is Superman? Captain America? Spider-Man? They're personifications of goodness and righteousness come to life to protect people and to right wrongs. Children not only believe in goodness; they want to BE that hero when they grow up.
Liberalism, on the other hand, undercuts Christianity at every opportunity and sneers at goodness and virtue. Liberals believe enforcing moral standards is one of the worst things you can do. They consider judging people for bad behavior to be "mean" and impermissible. The liberal replacement for decency, character, and virtue is the pseudo-morality of being "nice, tolerant, and non-judgmental." Of course, you can be "nice, tolerant, and non-judgmental" and still be a bad person, a coward, and generally worthless as a human being. Being genuinely good requires a moral code, it requires drawing a clear line between right and wrong, and it requires having the fortitude to stand up for what's right. The real heroes, the people who make the country work as opposed to parasites who leech off the efforts of better men, generally turn out to be exactly the sort of good people that liberals hold in complete and utter contempt.
4) Liberals think EVERYONE should get a trophy. Oh, you're the right race? It should be easier for you to get into college. You're the right gender? Well, you should get paid more even though you work less because you take three months off to take care of your children. You want to work for a non-profit? Well, you should make as much as that guy running a small business because some people think that's just as valuable.
Life is a competition on an almost infinite number of levels with an almost infinite number of ways to "win." As P.J. O'Rourke has said, "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." If you think "banksters" and CEOs have it so much better than everyone else, you don't demand that the government put you on the same level they are; you become a banker or CEO. If you're a secretary and you don't think it's right that a fireman makes more than you do, become a fireman. If you like having lots of leisure time, but you want to make the same money as someone who works two jobs, then you make your choice as to what you value more and you live it.
Everyone can't be on the same level. Some people will be born with richer parents, better looks, more athletic ability, more brains, a better environment, etc., etc. All of them won't be good at the same things and the only way to make sure they all "get a trophy" in the same areas is to make sure that everyone is equally mediocre. Smart people push for equality of opportunity and let everyone rise to his own level while liberals try to tear people down and turn them all into losers to insure equality of results.
5) Nobody owes you a living. There are a lot of people who have come to believe that they're owed a certain standard of living just for being born in this country. Oh, you're an American citizen? That means you're owed a free education, a house, medical care, a job you enjoy with lots of vacation days, and then early retirement with someone picking up the bills.
You're actually owed "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" all of which you're primarily responsible for getting and maintaining yourself. Even most people's parents expect them to move out at 18 and take care of themselves and newsflash, the government isn't your parents. Because Americans are a benevolent people, we've chosen to put a basic safety net in place to take care of people who fall on hard times. Unfortunately, it has been so abused that we have a whole movement full of bums, thugs, and losers with their hands out, demanding that everyone take care of them because they think they should be children for life and the government should take the place of their mommy and daddy.
At the end of the day, you are responsible for taking care of yourself. You want a bike, get a paper route. Want to go to college at a private school for 6 years to get a degree in lesbian studies, then get a job, pay your bills, and pay off your own loans. Live below your means, save some money, get married before you have a kid, and if, God forbid, you do fall on hard times and take government assistance, have the common decency to feel a deep sense of shame for leeching off your betters instead of paying your own way.
(If you wish to read more of John Hawkins works, click on: http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/)
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