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Larry Elder the five “reasons” to re-elect Obama Townhall #tcot #teaparty #2012elections

http://m.townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2012/09/06/the_five_reasons_to_reelect_obama

”1) Obama “inherited” the worst set of economic conditions since World War II.

False. Based on unemployment, inflation and interest rates, the recession of 1981-82 was worse. Unemployment during the early ’80s reached 10.8 percent, inflation 13.5 percent, and prime interest rates reached 21.5 percent. During this so-called “Great Recession,” the numbers peaked at 10.2 unemployment, 5.6 percent inflation and 7.25 percent for the prime interest rate.

2) Obama’s economic policies “rescued the economy from falling off a cliff.”

False. Nearly 350 economists, including several Nobel laureates, publicly urged Obama to following the path President Reagan pursued — cutting taxes, slowing the growth of domestic spending and continuing deregulation.

Most business economists think Obama’s “stimulus” plan accomplished little, if anything, with some academic economists, like Stanford’s John Taylor, believing that stimulus actually made things worse: “I just don’t think there’s any evidence. When you look at the numbers, when you see what happened, when people reacted to the stimulus, it did very little good.”

TARP, begun under President George W. Bush, supposedly prevented financial institutions from collapsing. But Neil Barofsky, in his new book called “Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street,” argues that TARP completely failed in its mission: to increase liquidity to jumpstart lending.

The reason for intervention in the first place is that banks had become “too big too fail.” Not only did the banks park the money and make risk-free profits off the spread, but banks became bigger than ever after TARP”

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To those who think that Obama is Peter Keating #aynrand #objectivism #tlot

RRD: There are some individuals who believe that Obama is “a Peter Keating”,and that Ryan is “the real threat” . To those people I would say that this is what the “pragmatic”,”go along” Democrats,led by Obama,are saying about the Health Care Bill that cost them the House.

Dems embrace Obama health law – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

http://thehill.com/conventions-2012/dem-convention-charlotte/247729-dems-embrace-obama-health-law

Kathleen Sebelius:

….“For us Democrats, ObamaCare is a badge of honor,” “Because no matter who you are, what stage of life you’re in, this law is a good thing.” Michelle Obama at the convention: “When it comes to the health of our families, Barack refused to listen to all those folks who told him to leave health reform for another day, another president,” “He didn’t care whether it was the easy thing to do politically —that’s not how he was raised — he cared that it was the right thing to do.”…. Fmr.Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania said that Democratic candidates ….should challenge Republican opponents about what parts of the law they would repeal,citing provisions banning insurance companies from excluding children with pre-existing conditions and giving seniors rebates for prescription drugs not covered by Medicare. “We can kill them on it,” he said.” Neera Tanden, a former adviser to Sebelius who is now at the liberal Center for American Progress, said: . …“My advice to them will be to use Mitt Romney’s experience on healthcare as an attack on Mitt Romney but also a character point about what he was willing to do five years ago, six years ago. He was arguing for the individual mandate,” … . …“Do I think we could have done a better job of explaining what’s in the legislation? Yes, I think we could,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a close ally of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “But I think people are experiencing it, and that, I think, is the best way to get the word out.” DeLauro said the healthcare law represented “the proudest vote” she had taken in her 22-year career. “I think this is an opportunity, one, to let people know what’s in this legislation, and two, to dispel the misinformation about the legislation,” . “We are proud of the Affordable Care Act.We are proud of what’s in it and the difference it’s making in people’s lives. And we are going to talk about it here.” “I think we Democrats have basically turned a corner on that,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), “We all knew that it was going to take some time for average Americans to understand what the Affordable Care Act was. But now they’re getting it. People are now saying, ‘Wow, this is good stuff.’ ” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) “We don’t need a reason to defend the Affordable Care Act,” ,“We have millions of reasons to defend the Affordable Care Act.” Harkin again: “Don’t run away from ObamaCare. Embrace it.” “If people have something of value, and you want to take it away from them? Look out,” …“That’s a losing proposition.” RRD: As someone said recently “This is the power of belief!” But you see Obama is just a Peter Keating,he isn’t a driven ideologue,no,no he bends with the wind. He’s not a Toohey, or a Ferris or even a Walter Breckenridge. Keep telling yourself that a Peter Keating could have gotten Obamacare passed. Keep telling yourselves that Obama is a Peter Keating,but that Ryan,on the other hand is E-V-I-L. Why? I could understand it if someone said that both are evil in different ways or to different degrees,but how can one conclude that Obama is some kind of benign weakling? Maybe because Ryan is Catholic & wants to enact a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion, even though that will never be passed or ratified? Is that it? If not, then why,& how? How,exactly,is Ryan “ten times worse than Obama”,or “five times worse than Obama”? How? What specific harm will Ryan inflict,that makes him worse than Obama? The first time that I heard the claim that Obama was like ”Peter Keating” was during the 2008 election. It was made by Robert Tracinski,so far as I know he has long since abandoned it. But never mind:Keep telling yourself that Democrats are just taking “some ambling steps” towards socialism. Keep telling yourself that socialism is “a fad”,which “has had its day” (during which time the ”fad” just happens to have killed tens of millions of people and left whole countries in ruins). Keep telling yourself that it is espoused only by “anti-ideologists” & “that Leftists are no longer the passionate collectivists” that they once were. Keep telling yourself that long after the person who made such statements has (at least partially) modified his view. Remember Obama is Peter Keating! One day he may even get the memo.

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List of stories in the MSM whose theme is that Santorum endorse Romney. #2012 #teaparty

RRD:Please note that I have excluded stories put out by Conservative,or Republican Establishment mouthpieces.
Note also that this list only covers about the past week.
There are two reasons that the MSM wants Santorum gone,(and no,concern for the GOP isn’t one,& concern about the damage Santorum does to his reputation if he does not make a “graceful exit” isn’t the other).

1.They hate Santorum

2.They wish to ensure that if worst comes to worst,and Obama is defeated,that his legacy remains intact.And finally they see it as a opportunity to entrench Liberalism in the GOP.

Cracks emerge in Santorum’s evangelical support | The Raw Story

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/04/08/cracks-emerge-in-santorums-evangelical-support/

Rick Santorum edges toward the embarrassment zone – The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/rick-santorum-and-the-embarrassment-zone/2012/04/05/gIQABYIZxS_blog.html

Rick Santorum’s Pennsylvania primary problem – POLITICO.com

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74887.html

What’s Rick Santorum’s exit strategy – er plan to prevail? – CSMonitor.com

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2012/0407/What-s-Rick-Santorum-s-exit-strategy-er-plan-to-prevail

Santorum moves fuel predictions he will exit – Boston.com

http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-07/news/31305573_1_santorum-democrat-bob-casey-pennsylvania-senator

Will Kentucky’s Republican presidential primary matter? | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com

http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/06/2142454/will-kentuckys-republican-presidential.html

Santorum fights speculation his race has been run – TheHill.com

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/220255-campaign-fights-growing-speculation-that-santorums-race-has-been-run

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Politico:Romney advisors think Romneycare will help him with independents by showing his ”compassion” #obamacare #2012 #teaparty

Mitt Romney or not, GOP is coming for ‘Obamacare’ – Alexander Burns – POLITICO.com

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74629_Page2.html

…..“The debate right now is fundamental and there’s one candidate in this race who can actually make the contrast that is necessary to take the Republican position, conservative position,” Santorum said outside the Supreme Court on Monday. “There is one candidate who is disqualified to make the case.”

RRD:I am not a Santorum supporter,(he has problems of his own),but Santorum,(and Gary Johnson and Ron Paul,when you can find coverage of them),are correct,this is a fundamental moral issue and one of Individual Rights ,and the GOP is reverting full-bore to its suicidal mee-tooism that helped give us Obamacare.

For why this is a disaster see:

“Obama’s Atomic Bomb: The Ideological Clarity of the Democratic Agenda” by John David Lewis

http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2009-fall/obamas-atomic-bomb.asp

….”Romney and his aides view things differently: Since the outset of his 2012 run, they have privately predicted that “Romneycare” would be an asset in the general election that could help cast Romney as a kinder, gentler kind of Republican that swing voters can embrace.

More recently, Romney has sought to reassure conservatives by vowing to scrap the federal law “root and branch,” though he has also pointed to the Massachusetts law as an example of his compassion as a governor.”

RRD:From the “Etch-a-sketch” comment to this,(assuming it is accurate),the man’s own campaign is vindicating the predictions and fears of his critics.

….”Regardless of how swing voters ultimately view the Massachusetts law, it still presents a quandary for the rest of the Republican Party, which has typically been able to paint in the broadest of rhetorical strokes when discussing the federal law and its impact on individual rights. And softening Romney’s image is not necessarily an urgent priority for Republicans focused on the House and Senate.”…

RRD:Translation:Romney will kick the legs out from under our efforts to defeat statism,and Republicans in the House and Senate are frightened that Romney will so alienate the GOP Base that they will not vote,and Congressional Republicans will be slaughtered in 2012.
If true,such is the “practicality” of the GOP.

“Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, a Romney endorser who has also brought suit against the federal law, said that the party would have to be “slightly more nuanced” in its health care messaging with Romney at the top of the ticket.

RRD:Those who participated in the 2008 campaign know exactly what is meant by “nuanced”:Self-defeating hypocritical partisanship that,at best,undercuts the efforts of those of us who oppose and condemn the Individual Mandate on principle,and at worst leads some to sell their souls by shilling for a position that they never would have taken had not a Republican taken it.

There are people that, as a matter of public policy, think they shouldn’t be required by anybody to do anything,” he said. “As a matter of public policy, those guys are goners. But I think there’s a lot of people in between that understand the difference, where states can make their own decisions.”

RRD:”There are people that, as a matter of public policy, think they shouldn’t be required by anybody to do anything”,indeed,they include the Founding Fathers,Objectivists,Libertarians,and a significant portion of the Teaparty and Conservatives;including some of the most dedicated,passionate and energetic activists.And what does he mean by “goners”?That they will not vote for Romney?
Not true,I will not,but I know many who believe that Romney is the “lesser of two evils”.
Or does he mean “goners” in that they are marginal figures?If the latter then he has it backwards:the argument that the Individual Mandate violates individual rights is what has motivated people to oppose it,(due to their vestigial knowledge of,and respect for,the concept of individual rights),it is the narrow,legalistic argument that does not have wide backing.(And don’t get me started on the absurdist irony of the “states can make their own decisions”;on

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what?Whether to violate individual rights?On the Individual Mandate?On Forced segregation?On Forced abortions?On Eugenics?On Slavery?)

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