October 2011


ABC News reported today that at a fundraising event  in San Francisco, President Obama warned his supporters that if he loses his reelection bid next year that they had better get used to the end of government hand-outs.

“The one thing that we absolutely know for sure is that if we don’t work even harder than we did in 2008, then we’re going to have a government that tells the American people, ‘you are on your own,’” Obama told a crowd of 200 donors over lunch at the W Hotel.

“If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own,” he said. “That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.”

Apparently he believes that America should be practicing socialism and not capitalism.

Obama also went after the banks and the health care industry as well as taking a shot at those that have sought to curtail the power of unions.

“I reject an argument that says we’ve got to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from exploiting people who are sick,” Obama said. “And I reject the idea that somehow if we strip away collective bargaining rights, that we’ll be somehow better off.

“We should not be in a race to the bottom where we take pride in having the cheapest labor and the most polluted air and the least protected consumers,” he said.

Forget about self-reliance.  Under Obama’s vision that is too much for American’s too bear and that it is far easier  if the government provides a safety net for everybody turning us into a nation of victims.

Obama campaigned on Hope and Change and ran away with the election three years ago as the country had been convinced by Obama and the media that George Bush and the Republicans were responsible for their woes. Since that time unemployment has soared and the economy went into  a deep recession which though technical indicators say is over certainly doesn’t feel like it t those that don’t have jobs or can’t pay their mortgages.

Now he is trying once again to scare Americans into thinking that things will get even worse if those nasty Republicans win the White House next year, glossing over his own failures which have brought him to the brink of defeat.

This is just like Obama who instead of manning up tries to pin the blame on his opposition.

If this is his idea of leadership then it truly is time for a change.

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First it was Diane Sawyer stating that the Occupy Wall Street protests had spread to more than 1,000 countries (the earth has 196 at last count), now someone at CNN decided that the Blackberry outage that hit the globe this week has stretched beyond our planet.

Looks like a couple of people need a geography lesson.

 

The Christian Values Voters Summit which was held last Friday and Saturday declared its own GOP presidential poll irrelevant because Ron Paul won.

Paul manged to garner 37% of the vote largely because of 600 supporters that were bused in on Saturday morning specifically to vote for their favored candidate.

That prompted Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council who sponsored the Summit to declare the poll irrelevant.

The poll results were certainly skewed by the flood of Paul supporters that were brought in to vote on Saturday but they didn’t do anything wrong nor and different what others have tried in other straw polls in the last several years.  Rather than give Paul supporters credit for being well organized Perkins chose to declare his own poll irrelevant because of them.

Throwing out the Paul votes would give Herman Cain a win  at 33%  followed by Rick Santorum with 23% and Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann ties for third at 11%.

Perkins should have just pointed out how the results were skewed and left it at that.

Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld both seems to love and hate Al-Jazeera.

In an interview with Sir David Frost he told the veteran host that he was “delighted in what you are doing” in referring to the channel’s reporting on world events. (The praise clocks in roughly at the 15:25 mark)

Then in a subsequent interview with Al-Jazeera’s D.C. bureau chief  Abderrahim Foukara  Rumsfeld became far more critical of the network.

Maybe it was the fact that the interview with Frost was a little more friendly so Rumsfeld felt it necessary to praise Al-Jazeera while Foukara was far more confrontational bringing out the real Rumsfeld.

When reports first surfaced of Rumsfeld’s praise it had people scratching their heads. With the second interview the world has returned to normal.

 

 

 

Barack Obama who used an effective grassroots campaign in 2008 to help propel him to victory is finding that motivating them this year is much harder.

According to ABC News a campaign website set up to track grassroots fundraising reported 11,518 donations through midday on Sept. 30 which was well short of their announced goal of 20,000 donations.

Even an offer to the two top online fundraisers of a personal phone call from Obama or Biden to the person of their choice wasn’t enough motivation to supporters.

Obama is still raising plenty of money for his reelection campaign but the failure of the online campaign and the backlash of previous supporters on Wall Street are showing that there are serious chinks in Obama’s armor and don’t portend well for him in 2012.