Monday, September 3, 2012

Are We Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago?


Yes, we are.

When Obama took office America was lying in the street dying from a near fatal wound from the last Republican President. The banking system collapsed. We were losing 750,000 jobs a month. Housing collapsed. Construction stopped. The auto industry was in a death spiral. America was in a state of complete panic. Our nation was dying under Bush. 

Granted it would be nice if things were better. But since 2010 we have been the victims of an obstructive Republican Congress whose only real goal was to “Make sure that Barack Obama was a one term President.” If we had elected yet another Republican president there wouldn't be an America today, except for multimillionaires with money in Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts and shielded from taxation by loopholes favoring the wealthy and large corporations.

In his first two years, with a Democratic Congress, the President turned this around.

But, thanks to a multimillion dollar campaign loaded with lies and promoted by the standard bearer of conservative misinformation, Fox News, the 2010 election loaded the U.S. House of Representatives with enough intellectually challenged tea partiers to stymie any effort to continue the progress made in the first two years of the Obama Administration.

Whether you like it or not all progress is relative.

Supporters of Willard Romney keep referring to the fact that, under his administration, unemployment in Massachusetts was under five percent. But that cannot be compared to 2012.

In reality Massachusetts, under his administration, ranked 47th among all states in job creation. It also trailed in a number of other metrics while piling on debt. It’s all relative.

The Obama policies of his first two years were in direct contrast to those advocated by the Republicans and instituted in Europe.

The results are clear. Europe adopted the austerity programs advocated by the Republicans. As a result, Europe is experiencing a double dip recession, and it’s threatening to bring our economy down with theirs.

If we had not had the massive cuts in government spending resulting from this debt mania obsession it is likely that the unemployment rate would now be between 6.7 percent and 7.5 percent instead of 8.2 percent, and the labor force participation rate (which has dropped dramatically in recent years due to weak job opportunities) would be up to three-tenths of a percentage point higher than it is.

Republicans have conveniently forgotten the famous words of one of their own demi-gods, Dick Cheney, that “Deficits don’t matter.”

The key is to use deficit spending to restore growth and to then use the fruits of such growth to pay off the deficits incurred. That is precisely where the Bush Administration failed, by instituting enormous tax cuts that mostly benefitted the top income earners and embarking on a series of deficit spending programs such as two wars and an expanded Medicare program while generating little in the way of economic growth.

In my opinion the Republican Party of today has become the tool of a coterie of vulture capitalists who have little regard for real people.

They are using every tool at their disposal to shape public opinion to convince the American people that Barack Obama has failed, that he is a foreigner, that he is a socialist, that he is un-American. With the blessing bestowed upon them by the Citizens’ United case they are marshaling the greatest onslaught of money to defeat an incumbent President that has ever been seen.

And the Romney campaign has totally bought into this.

I have never seen a Presidential campaign in my lifetime that has so disregarded the truth. It has blatantly lied to advance its own interests. It has used coded language in lies about welfare to invoke the race issue. It has lied about its plans for Medicare to scare seniors. It has even resorted to attempting to change history as regards a single auto plant in Wisconsin.

Their resort to “The Big Lie” invokes a sad historical precedent.

But, the reality is, they think that they can get away with it.

They think that the American people are stupid, or maybe just misinformed. We have gotten to the point where mainstream journalists feel that it is necessary to say that there have been lies on both sides.

Please!!! Show me the LIES from the Obama campaign (not from the SuperPacs that he doesn’t control thanks to Citizens’ United).  The LIES I have cited come directly from the Romney campaign, not a SuperPac.

The response of conservative media as well as the Romney campaign has been to attack “fact-checkers” attempting to convince the public that what is true is in the eye of the beholder.

Economic circumstances are relative. The truth is not!

Have we actually gotten to the point that the “Big Lie” strategy advocated by Joseph Goebbels is acceptable?


17 comments:

  1. Mitt Romney (R) - Top Contributors (aka The Banking Cartel):

    This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2012 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

    Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization's members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates. Groups with national networks of donors - like "EMILY'S LIST" and "CLUB for GROWTH" - make for particularly big bundlers.

    Goldman Sachs...........$676,080
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.....$520,299
    Morgan Stanley..........$513,647
    Bank of America.........$510,728
    Credit Suisse Group.....$427,560
    Citigroup Inc...........$363,015
    Barclays................$349,400
    Wells Fargo.............$320,025
    Kirkland & Ellis........$309,042
    Deloitte LLP............$286,110
    PriceWaterhouseCoopers..$266,650
    UBS AG..................$259,200
    HIG Capital.............$220,495
    Blackstone Group........$219,525
    Bain Capital............$172,500
    Elliott Management......$172,475
    General Electric........$158,800
    Ernst & Young...........$156,425
    Marriott International..$154,837
    Bain & Co...............$145,800

    Percent of Contributions Coded:

    Coded.....$102,541,577 (68%)
    Uncoded...$ 47,830,570 (32%)

    ..Total...$150,372,147

    METHODOLOGY:

    The figures profiled here include money from two sources: These contributors were either the sponsors of a PAC that gave to the politician, or they were listed as an individual donor's employer.


    NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.

    Mat'l Credit: “The Center for Responsive Politics” (OpenSecrets.Org)

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  2. I recently read an article about fact checking groups. A Republican operative was noted as having said that because one of the fact checkers found that Republicans had lied more often than Democrats that it showed a bias. Actually all it really shows is that Republicans lie more than Democrats, because the only bias of the truth is against lies. If one side lies more than the other, then naturally that group will get pinged for lying more often. It's not bias. It's life and the Republicans really need to get over their sense of entitlement.

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  3. "US Companies Conduct Fire Drills in Case Greece Exits Euro"

    Preparations include planning to fill trucks with cash to send into the country, reconfiguring computers to immediately handle new currency.

    By Nelson D. Schwartz - "The New York Times"

    (Updated 9/2/2012 9:56:39 PM ET 2012-09-03T01:56:39)

    Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone.

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch has looked into filling trucks with cash and sending them over the Greek border so clients can continue to pay local employees and suppliers in the event money is unavailable. Ford has configured its computer systems so they will be able to immediately handle a new Greek currency.

    No one knows just how broad the shock waves from a Greek exit would be, but big American banks and consulting firms have also been doing a brisk business advising their corporate clients on how to prepare for a splintering of the euro zone.

    That is *a striking contrast to the assurances from European politicians that the crisis is manageable and that the currency union can be held together*. On Thursday, the European Central Bank will consider measures that would ease pressure on Europe’s cash-starved countries.

    Get More Info @:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48881981/ns/business-us_business/

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  4. STOP THE BULLSHIT YOU LIBERALSSeptember 3, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    YOU PEOPLE MAKE ME SICK ALL YOU DO IS SPIN! CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOUR GOING TO SAY AFTER ROMNEY RYAN WIN. OH AND THEY WILL WIN WE ALL ARENT AS BRAIN WASHED AS YOU OBAMA CULT PEOPLE ARE. OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING TO HELP MY SMALL BUSINESS BUT PUT MORE REGULATIONS AND FEES ON ME OF COURSE YOU WOULDNT KNOW YOU PROBABLY NEVER RAN ONE AND SOME OF YOU DONT EVEN HAVE A JOB AND ARE SUCKING ON OBAMAS TENICLES FOR FOOD STAMPS AND EBT CARDS! GOD FORBID OBAMA LOSES BECAUSE UNDER ROMNEY YOU ALL WILL HAVE TO GET A JOB.

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    1. Your rant about Obama’s record on small business proves that you’ve been drinking the Republican Kool-Aid. Why not check out the facts about Obama’s record on campaign promises made about small business.

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    2. You might also look at Obama Talks Small Business. Of course you don’t want the FACTS, do you?

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    3. From the constant caps lock, and the stink of sausage pizza from Charlton, I can bet anything I know who left this angry ignorant post.... Poor poor fool. Mr D. Get off the facebook, and take some classes at Bay Path or anywhere for that matter. Your hate is not patriotic. Get your thick thick skull in a book and learn some punctuation and the english language. As for being a small business owner,I hope your math skills are better than your other ones. Not all of us can start/run a business from finacial lawsuits or however you came up with your initial scratch!

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    4. I FOR ONE LOVE PIZZA WITH CHARLTON STINK AND REGULATIONS/FEES!!!!!!!!!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHHH SOOOOOO ANGRRYYYY!!!!!!

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  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZgQhnNRSuw&feature=player_embedded

    if things were better the speeches would be different and not include the same problems to work on.

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    1. Foreign Policy - Obama Wins
      (Note: Romney Favors War, Obama Favors Peace)

      Health Care - Obama Wins
      Budget - Tie
      Job Creation - Obama Wins
      Political Background - Obama Wins
      Donations by Ordinary Americans - Obama Wins
      Most Number of Children - Romney Wins
      Religion - Tie
      Taxes - Obama Wins
      Abortion - Obama Wins
      Human Rights (Including Gay Rights) - Obama Wins
      Immigration - Obama Wins
      Outsourcing Jobs (Overseas) - Romney Wins
      The Richest Among Two - Romney Wins
      Equal Pay for Women - Obama Wins
      Uber Liar - Romney Wins

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  6. Laughable one sided argument - Jester Wins

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  7. Some headlines from September 2008:

    STOCK SHOCK FELT ROUND THE WORLD. Gets ‘nasty’ as Lehman tanks, Merrill vanishes, AIG wobbles [New York Daily News, September 16, 2008]

    Depression Coming? Boil Some Beans; Ladies Who Quilt Give Tips On Surviving Tough Times [Albuquerque Journal, September 21, 2008]

    One day on the brink On Wednesday, it seemed U.S. economy might collapse [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 21, 2008]

    ‘Great Depression’ closer than U.S. admits, report finds [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 27, 2008]

    Will Bush become the new Hoover? [Politico, September 19, 2008]

    Developers bend under housing meltdown [Colorado Springs Gazette, September 27, 2008]

    Depression seen possible [Florida News-Press, September 27, 2008]

    Wall Street Meltdown Continues [CNN, September 17, 2008]

    Is It Really the Next ‘Great Depression’? [NPR, September 19, 2008]

    Behind Closed Doors, Warnings of Calamity [The New York Times, September 20, 2008]

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  8. Obama should get himself on TV every day saying, “Congress could fix the economy tomorrow. Just pass my jobs bill.” This should be ingrained in the American psyche, so deeply rooted in the public’s mind that the Republicans couldn’t make it go away. Instead, few in the public even know there is a jobs bill pending before Congress and they won’t even allow a vote on it, let alone pass it.

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  9. Another Romney campaign lie had to do with early voting in Ohio. The Obama campaign had sued the state to restore voting rights during the three day period before the general election, as had been in place during the 2008 election. The Romney campaign falsely accused the Obama campaign of trying to take away early voting rights from members of the military, who unlike other voters would be allowed to cast a ballot during that three day period under Ohio's law.

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  10. JESTER WHY DONT YOU PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF KENS ASS YOUR STARTING TO PICK UP THE SAME BROWN COLOR THE PRESIDENT HAS !

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  11. I think some of you people on both sides are eating the kool-aid straight from the package.............

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  12. Lie, Truth, or Media Attention Getter?

    Via The Associated Press - By Erik Schelzig, Stephen Braun

    Article Highlights:

    Did someone steal Mitt Romney's tax records?

    A group threatens to divulge sensitive information by late September unless it's paid $1 million. But there's no evidence of any theft.

    An anonymous letter sent to Romney's accounting firm and political offices in Tennessee and published online sought $1 million in hard-to-trace Internet currency to prevent the disclosure of his tax filings, which have emerged as a key focus during the 2012 presidential race.

    Romney's accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, said there was no evidence that any of Romney tax files were stolen.

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