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It is no laughing matter, Biden fails and embarrasses the nation.

“Just kind of a grin with a body behind it” – Clint Eastwood

Old Smirkin Joe attempts to win a debate through disrespect and rudeness and loses. Hey Joe, like the old saying goes, it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. It was sad to watch the Vice president of the United States of America embarrass the nation with such a distasteful performance.

CNN Post Debate Snap Poll

Regardless of which candidate you happen to support, who do you think did the best job in the debate – Joe Biden or Paul Ryan?
Biden     44%

Ryan     48%

Ryan won in every category except for the question of who attacked their opponent more.

There is no doubt that the hard-core Democrats who were frustrated by the presidents lethargic performance last week were thrilled with Biden’s tactics but the independent CNN poll participants viewed the Vice President as largely ineffective. If his job was to stop the Romney momentum, he failed.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Joe Biden

 

Despite Obama’s BLS Fairytale, it does feel a lot like 1980

This is really starting to feel like 1979/1980 again.

“By the time 1979 was entering its final weeks, feelings of gloom were so heavy that even some of President Carter’s detractors had to admit he had a point: the country was suffering from a bad case of malaise.”- GEORGE JOHNSON

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Barack Obama

 

As goes a Democrat run, big government California goes, so goes a Democrat run, big government nation

California has for some time now been known as unfriendly to business and to the residents who staff them. While it is arguably the most beautiful state in the union, the state and local government has succeeded in creating an exodus from the Golden State. A recent study by The Manhattan Institute summed up the cause of the migration this way,

In sum, we can identify a number of cost drivers—taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, union power, and high labor costs—that offer incentives to businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the exodus.

Whatever the exact cause is it continues, this week two large corporations, Comcast and Campbell’s Soup announced they are eliminating or exporting 1000 Sacramento area jobs.Comcast citing the high cost of doing business in California is moving 300 call center jobs to other states in the West. Campbell’s is cutting 700 jobs, a result of a plant closing they  claim is necessary to “improve supply chain productivity,” but it is not surprising that the plant they chose to close was in California.

Democrat leadership and it’s big government tendencies, whether in Sacramento or Washington, lead to diminished opportunities to earn a living and provide for yourself and your family and the increased burden of a higher cost of living. So I ask you, once Obama and the Democrats complete their California style transformation of America, once they drive more job creators away, where then will we migrate to?

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Barack Obama

 

Obama says National Debt Nothing To Worry About and He Has No Serious Plan to Address It.

On the Letterman show, President Obama was asked if we should be scared that we owe over $16 trillion and the answer was alarming to say the least. Obama said, “We don’t have to worry about it short-term, but it is a problem long-term and even medium term.” Wow, just last year former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm.Michael G. Mullen said, “Debt is the biggest threat to U.S. national security”, and now the president is telling the American people that, at least in the short-term, whatever that means, we needn’t worry.

Obama also took the opportunity to announce his plan to eliminate the deficit to the Late Night audience and it really is appropriate that he announced this on a comedy program. He said,

“We’ve got to pare down that deficit, get that debt under control. The only way we ever been able to do that is when you do it in a balanced way, so you cut out spending you don’t need, there are programs that don’t work, I tell my Democratic friends all the time, if you’re going to be in favor of helping the American people, you can’t just assume that every program is working the way it should it can work better, but what is also true is that we’re going to have to ask folks like you (Lettermen) and me to do a little bit more and if you and I are paying the same tax rates that we did under Bill Clinton that helps to close the deficit. And if we do those two things we can manage effectively and get our books in order.”

I have listened to the main stream media badger Romney and Ryan for two weeks for not giving specifics and this president says his plan is to cut funding to programs that do not work and to raise taxes on the most productive Americans and nobody challenges that? There are so many issues with the Obama Plan I don’t know where to start. As for his plan to cut spending by merely improving the efficiency of government programs or maybe even eliminating some of those that he deems as not working, it sounded very familiar. I googled it and low and behold that was part of the Hope and Change agenda from 2008. On September 22, 2008, Obama said,

“I am not a Democrat who believes that we can or should defend every government program just because it’s there… We will fire government managers who aren’t getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money and we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government… The only way we can do all this without leaving our children with an even larger debt is if Washington starts taking responsibility for every dime that it spends.”

I ask you, if this was his plan in 2008 and our debt increased $5 trillion, what will be different in the next four years?

As for his plan to close the deficit by raising taxes on those making over $200,000 a year to Bill Clinton era levels (35%), the Tax Policy Center has effectively shown that this alone will do little or nothing to impact our debt and without a meaningful plan to cut future spending on entitlement programs we are looking at massive tax increases on all taxpayers and the addition of a Value Added Tax (VAT) to extract money from those Americans not currently paying federal income taxes.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Barack Obama

 

America today is on bended knee…

“American today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here” George Bush’s bullhorn address at ground zero

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

My God! Can you imagine…

A new ad raises an important point, do we really want to risk the possibility of a President Biden?

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Joe Biden

 

Obama leads like he plays basketball, we can do better!

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Reggie Love, the man by President Barack Obama’s side for two years in the White House, said the president leads like he plays basketball. It is a very interesting analogy but having never seen our president play basketball, I wasn’t sure if it was complimentary, insulting, or exactly what that meant. I have seen video clips of him playing golf and throwing a baseball and I know that was not pretty. Love himself offered little clarification citing only the president’s well documented cool demeanor and his competitive nature. Seeking further clarification, I sought to gain insight from some other reference, I than found a very recent article from Tucker Max. Tucker attended the University of Chicago from 1995 to 1998. This happened to coincide with the period that Barack Obama was a lecturer at the law school. During this time, Max claims that he played basketball with Obama probably 500 times. If anyone could tell us with specificity how Obama plays basketball, it was this guy.

Mr. Max did not disappoint. In his article “”What it’s like to play basketball with Obama”, he breaks down Barry’s game in detail. The Obama basketball scouting report states that;

“First thing: He’s a solid basketball player, one of the best professors who played with us. He’s not great, but he isn’t just out there for show. He can play a little.”

“But I didn’t fear him at all, not as a defender or an offensive player. I knew I could check him. I knew he couldn’t stop me. I couldn’t leave him as a defender and roam the perimeter for steals, but if I stayed close to him, I would shut him down without much problem, and that was true for most of the undergrads who were good.”

“I do remember that he had a good understanding of the game. He knew when to backdoor cut, how to pick and roll, when to take his man away so you could drive, how to block out for rebounds, etc. And he would hit open jumpshots if left alone. He was not some doofus out there trying to get exercise. He understood the basics of basketball very well, which is better than most people who play pick-up. Just this knowledge of the game made him fun to play with.”

“But the thing is, even though he knew the basics and could execute them, his performance wasn’t anything beyond that. He didn’t have what basketball players call ‘old man game.’ Old guys who have that know every trick, use every advantage, and kill your youth and quickness with their guile and strength. That wasn’t Barack. He would beat you if given space, but if you played even half decent defense on him, you could take him out of the game.”

“He played point guard a lot, but I don’t remember him as a dominant court leader, controlling the flow of the game. I cannot ever remember him being anything other than a solid player, someone who understood the game well and did most of the right things, but never did much of anything to stand out. I can’t think of a game winning shot he hit, or a game he just took over, or anything like that. Then again, I can’t think of him blowing a game either, or making some horrible mistake. He was just a very good role player to have on your team.”

So there you have it, doesn’t sound like the kind of person you want leading the most powerful nation in the world, does it? Sure. he would be fine as the mayor of some medium-sized city or even the dictator of some banana republic, but not the leader of the free world.

The funny thing is that Tucker Max then makes a statement that is eerily similar to the folks I have been seeing in the latest political ads. You know, the ones with various individuals, I think they are called “switchers”, who had voted for Obama in 2008 but are now going to vote for Romney due to their disappointment in Obama’s performance and policies. Listen to how Mr. Max, like the “switchers”, anticipated much more from Obama than he ever delivered.

“Weirdest thing about him — I always thought he would be better than he was. I mean, here was this guy, in good shape, relatively young (mid 30s at the time, I think) clearly likes and knows the game, and is black (so there’s the quasi-racist assumption that he’s good at basketball)… but he was never that great. Even after I knew the limits of his game, I always half-expected one day he would just decide to turn it on and light everyone up, but it never happened. He had everything that you’d think would make him great, and he definitely looked the part, but he never really turned that look into serious production in an actual game. I saw so many people pick him first, and then get burned because he didn’t play up to that pick.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Barack Obama

 
 
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