Category Archives: Mitt Romney

Even Blue New York Gets It – Papers Endorse Romney

We have seen over the past week a large number of newspapers defect from President Obama.  These are major papers that wholeheartedly endorsed “hope and change” in the 2008 election.

Now today, after the President took his victory lap of disaster struck New York and then scuttled back to his campaigning, even that city’s papers have turned on him.  The New York Post not only endorsed Mitt Romney in today’s paper, the included a scathing review of the failures and disappointments of Obama’s last four years.  They call it “Our choice for America’s future: The Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president” and it is well worth the read.

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Vote Or Die…

… a coward’s thousand deaths.  Bill Whittle says it better than anyone when he says that a vote for ANYONE but Mitt Romney is a vote for socialism and the destruction of our republic as it was founded.  Take a moment to watch and then share it with everyone.

On The Side Of The Road

I’m glad to see people working to get the word out far and wide as to how important the outcome of this election is.

Billboard at the intersection of M40 and Blue Star near Saugatuck, MI.

(From Dave S. in my e-mail… thanks)

Obama Full Of Horsesh*t At Last Debate

So last night,  true to form, the President decided to deliver a whole host of whoppers and zingers instead of substantive answers on important national security issues.  As Commander-in-Chief you would expect Obama would acknowledge that lower numbers of ships spread across the same size oceans results in longer cruises, more crew fatigue, and shorter equipment life cycles.  You would expect that he would understand that the Marine Corps and Army still have procured over 500,000 bayonets since 1984 and they continue to train extensively in their use for the close quarters engagements that are so common in low intensity conflicts like Afghanistan.  At least he should be familiar with recent conflicts and how our troops have been engaging and destroying the enemy.  This last item is especially telling as his own Vice President attended last years dedication of the America’s Response Memorial.

I mention this memorial specifically because it was raised, through private funding, to recognize those special operations soldiers deployed in the first weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001  It depicts a special operations soldier mounted on an Afghan war stallion while traversing mountainous terrain..  Sculpted by Douwe Blumberg, it was inspired by photos shared at the announcement of troop involvement in Afghanistan.

Alex Quade produced an award winning mini-documentary called Secret Mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11.  The Daily Caller has been kind enough to host it on their site.  The soldiers profiled in the film share a lot of inspirational stories and details about the early days of America’s response to the 9/11 attacks.  This is one of my favorite bits:

“It was like out of the Old Testament,” says Lt. Col. Max Bowers, retired Green Beret, who commanded the three horseback teams. “You expected Cecil B. DeMille to be filming and Charlton Heston to walk out.”

President Obama’s callous and politically calculated amnesia at the debate dishonors these warriors and all those who followed behind them.  They deserve a real Commander-in-Chief even more than America needs a new president.

If you want more information on these heroes who rode to war on horseback, you can read the fantastic Doug Stanton book called Horse SoldiersAlso, you should check out the U.S. Army M-9 bayonet and the U.S.M.C’s OKC3S bayonet.  You can never be too prepared.

UPDATE:  My father was in the Navy so I can’t let this tidbit slide.  Someone needs to remind America’s self-anointed 4th Smartest President that ships that go under water have been sunk.  Submarines are called “boats”.

Best Post-Debate Roundup (Taiwanese)

Last night the candidates for President met for the first time in a debate setting.  You’ve probably seen the spin machines already at work and had your e-mail inundated.  For a brief but complete (and absolutely hilarious) roundup of the debate, watch below.

You almost don’t need the subtitles.

Government Didn’t Build It

The most revealing thing Obama has said during the 2012 campaign continues to bite him on the butt… and HARD.  The reaction of business owners to his “you didn’t build that” comment continues with all of the creativity and intensity and energy that are the hallmarks of the American entrepreneurial spirit.

From roadside signs to refusing the use of your business as a campaign photo-op for the Vice President, business owners are expressing their long pent-up frustration at a government that has “erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”  However, the owner of Davenport, Iowa Village Corner Deli did agree to cater an event during President Obama’s recent visit.  He just made sure that he wore a Mitt Romney campaign shirt while doing it.

The outrage over the President’s comments has taken on a life of its own.  Weeks later the controversy has only sharpened as the true import of what was said is examined.  In one of the notoriously long comment threads over at the Ace Of Spades HQ, a poster summarized his feelings of anger, frustration, and betrayal that Obama’s statements have brought to the surface – and the forefront of the campaign.

129 As a small business owner all I can say is that I think the current sentiment in the small business community is that we didn’t sign up for this shit. Y’all can vote for whatever the hell you want but we are not going to be a part of it.

I have seen more owners get out of the business or retire in the past couple of years than ever before and with the ACA on the horizon the jobs these businesses produced will not be replaced. The economics no longer work. This is why unemployment is always so high in socialist countries. What you have to go through to have employees is just brutal.

But here’s the thing about what Obama said — he has it exactly backwards. The government didn’t build any of that shit he is talking about — we built it. We are the ones who paid for it. Not only did we build our businesses we built the schools and the roads and everything else he thinks was generated out of thin air. If you want to get technical about it the businesses and taxpayers that came along before we did built it all and now we are building what comes next.

And not only that, but we did it with the albatross of a predatory, corrupt and overbearing government hanging around our necks at every juncture.

And now we have had enough…

Go read the whole thing here.

No advertising agency or focus group could have developed a campaign with as much impact as Obama’s own un-telepromptered disdain for free market capitalism.  Statements like these demonstrate daily to the American people why the economy is where it is.  Government did build this…

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More posts on Obama’s “you didn’t build that” fiasco:

Do Democrats Really Want To Campaign On Their Medicare Record?

The Democrats seem to think that they can win by making Medicare reform a key issue in the upcoming election.  They hope to scare seniors in crucial battleground states like Florida and Ohio – telling them that Paul Ryan’s budget would “end Medicare as we know it”.

Well, Obamacare HAS ended medicare as we know it.  The Romney/Ryan campaign points out that The Affordable Care Act stole $716 billion out of Medicare; cutting benefits for seniors, giving us bureaucrat run rationing boards, and bankrupting the trust fund.  If the Democrats insist on attacking Ryan and Romney over their plans, then Democrats will have to defend their own as well.

National Review lays out rather succinctly why this strategy may be a losing one for the Obama campaign.

Their defenses so far fall into roughly three categories: Ryan did it too, the Obamacare Medicare cuts aren’t very serious, and finally what can only be called frantic distractions. Even as pure demagoguery (let alone as efforts at actual substantive arguments) all three are exceptionally weak defenses, and suggest the Democrats could be in serious trouble. Let’s examine each one.

The “Ryan did it too” defense is perhaps the most amusing of the three, as it succeeds in being simultaneously untrue, irrelevant, and an admission of the basic charge against the Democrats. Even as they call Paul Ryan a cruel and merciless budget cutter who cares not for the weather service and would gladly see children exposed to E. coli, the Democrats justify their taking $710 billion out of Medicare and spending it on Obamacare over the next decade by pointing out that Paul Ryan didn’t put that money back into Medicare in his budget. So if he had, would that have made their cuts unjustifiable? Well it so happens that he did. By repealing all of Obamacare’s spending, the Republican budget does not spend the money Obamacare took out of Medicare and thus those funds are used to extend the Medicare trust fund. And this point is hardly hidden in the Ryan budget. The budget document spells it out in its spending tables and also explains it in its narrative section, noting on page 54 that:

This budget ends the raid on the Medicare trust fund that began with passage of the new health care law last year. It ensures that any potential savings in current law would go to shore up Medicare, not to pay for new entitlements. In addition to repealing the health care law’s new rationing board and its unfunded long-term care entitlement, this budget stabilizes plan choices for current seniors

The Republicans so far are giving as good as they get; staying on offense where Medicare is concerned.  Check out the new video:

 

Romney / Ryan 2012

The forces are in place.  The battlefield chosen.  Now the fight to retake America really begins.

If you slept in this morning, you may have missed the announcement that Paul Ryan has been selected by Mitt Romney to be his running mate.  Reactions have run along a predictable course amongst the mainstream press.  They are making their biases know from the start.  Amongst the more asinine comments are:

“Ryan has no significant private-sector experience… Ryan’s Washington experience is also light” ; The New Yorker

“This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women.” ; Andrea Mitchell, NBC

“looks a little bit like some sort of ticket death wish” ; Candy Crowley, CNN

“Is Mitt Romney’s decision to choose Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate the GOP equivalent of a concession?What happened to strategic political importance of Ohio, Florida and Virginia? What happened to emphasizing job growth, to voters who say that is their number one priority? What happened to appealing to independent, suburban women voters concerned about maintaining the social safety net? What happened to seniors concerned about their Medicare and Social Security? “ ; Juan Williams, FOX News

Absurd on their face, these comments give us just a taste of what will be coming from the left as the campaign moves on towards November.  In the mean time, Obama’s Hollywood stormtroopers took to Twitter to vent about the Ryan pick for Vice President.

Russell Simmons: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, two men who will destroy our people…

Michael Moore: Paul Ryan? I guess they plan on winning. It’s all about who is able 2 get more ppl 2 the polls. Ignorance fear & hate r great motivators.

 Olivia Wilde: Two R’s won’t make it right. Romney/Ryan are Wrong for America.

Michael Ian Black: Romney/Ryan = same initials as Ronald Reagon. THINK ABOUT IT.

 The bothersome thing about these people is that I don’t think they have even started getting warmed up.  The smear and distort machine that Obama has built will take campaigning back to the days of Adams v. Jefferson.  Hang on to your hats.  It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

www.mittromney.com/

Eligibility Requirements For The Office Of President Of The United States

In life, we all have needs and wants.  These are two different things.

The needs, or necessities, of life are what it takes stay vertical and ventilated.  We need air, food, water, and freedom to live.  Everything beyond these adds or changes the quality of life.  Restrictions upon any of these places our very existence in jeopardy.

The wants of life are your hopes, dreams, wishes, and covetous impulses.   Many times these wants are detrimental to our lives and can end up threatening our actual needs.  I WANT cake for breakfast – I can justify having it because cake provides some of what I need.  But, what it supplies on the want side is NOT good for me.

What this little rant has been leading up to is the current hue and cry – on both sides of the political spectrum – for DOCUMENTS about our Presidential candidates.  This side wants tax returns.  That side wants  college transcripts.  Some cry out for medical records on both candidates.

I admit that I am not immune from the urge to know as much as I possibly can about the future leaders of our great nation.  Sure, I’d love to know a young Barry Sotero managed to travel to Pakistan when American’s were prohibiting from visiting state sponsors of terrorism.  I am not quite as concerned with whether Anne Romney’s horse was being bred with horses of big donors to her husband’s campaign.  But, I’m sure someone is.

Guess what?  The only way you are going to get this information is if the campaigns decide to release them.  There is no law or constitutional requirement to provide every nosy-Nellie in the body politic with the private details of a candidate’s life.  The campaigns also know that for every document that they release, the other side can and will twist and distort the information to their sides best advantage.  Unfortunately, that is the era of politics in which we now live.

Here is what you Do get:

 The Constitution of the United States of America

Article II, Section 1

 No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States

Any other information you get is gravy.

At the moment, Congress is ignoring the business of a nation in its worst economic crisis in almost 100 years.  Unemployment is alarmingly high, trillions of dollars have been added to the deficit for make-work and payback for political supporters, and regulations are strangling the last spark of entrepreneurial spirit in this country.  Meanwhile, your representatives are arguing over passage of a law to require the release of a candidates tax records, college transcripts, and medical records.  This is a total waste of time designed to try to tar the other side with a brush dipped in obstructionism and deceit.  What a crock!

Congress can not and should not pass any such legislation.  The mere act of considering of such legislation is a violation of their oaths of office.  If they would bother to read the Constitution that they have sworn to “support and defend”, they would know that they do not have the power to place requirements upon those who would seek to hold the office of President of the United States.  To do that they need to amend the Constitution.  Shame on them.

If you want more information, do your own research.  Email the candidate’s campaign.  Write a letter to the editor.  Go to a town hall or rally and stand in line for the microphone.  Don’t press your legislator to make a futile and unconstitutional effort to fulfill your wants.  I don’t think it will get you what you need.

So, We Didn’t Build It? (Video)

After President Obama’s asinine statement that “…look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”, the backlash has been palpable.  Entrepreneurs, business people, inventors, and every day folks that have a basic grasp of free market economics have been pushing back.

The media says that the comments were taken out of context.  Well, I argue that his comments were the un-telepromptered truth.  Read the text here for context.

Governor Romney has it right when he says “President Obama attacks success, and therefore under Obama we have less success.”  To push that point home, the campaign has released a new video.

Let’s Check Obama’s credentials.

Here’s what Obama is trying to say.

And here is what a real leader says about American progress and success.