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On August 11, 2012 Mitt Romney announced his running mate House Representative Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. This is a Great Day for America indeed and the road to equal opportunity for all is almost back upon us. Romney and Ryan will take responsibility for their success and failures unlike the Obama administration which continues to blame anyone else besides their failed policies of burdensome regulations, wealth redistribution, crony capitalism with 5.2 Trillion worth of new national debt in less than four years with no positive recovery to proclaim whatsoever. Ronald Reagan inherited a far worse economy in January 1981 with a divided congress with unemployment at 7.7%, inflation over 12% and a recession just starting in March 1981. Reagan implemented tax cuts and less regulation by truly reaching across party lines which culminated in a bold recovery for America. He cut the top marginal rates from 70% to 28% and Capital Gains from 35% to 28% and the American Economy grew on average from 4.5-6.0% GDP per month. Unemployment rose to an astounding 10.8% around the summer of 1982; however within 18 months of the recession the policies he put in place came to fruition. By November 1984 the unemployment rate dropped to 7.2% and Reagan won a 2nd term in a landslide. John F. Kennedy agrees too that when you cut taxes the federal government benefits with more revenue. JFK cut the top marginal rates from 90% to 70% in 1962 and it took 19 years before another cut took place under Reagan. Now President Obama will boast about Bill Clinton raising the top marginal rates from 28% to 39.0%; however he doesn’t mention that Clinton cut Capital Gains from 28% to 20% and the Republicans took over Congress and passed a balanced budget which Clinton signed after 3 attempts of passage culminating in a budget surplus. I grew up as a Democrat and the party has left me and become something unrecognizable with extreme progressivism with the most extreme Leader of all President Obama a student of Saul Alinsky's and his Rules For Radicals. A message for the President”If you have a business you did build it”. GWB is responsible for the mess President Obama inherited; however his policies did not inherently cause it. The cause was from politicians in Congress not doing the jobs by isolating a virus called Fannie and Freddie who infiltrated the private sector with a virus that corrupted the financial institution. President Obama was the 2nd leading recipient of donations from Fannie and Freddie in just 2 years following only Chris Dodd who had over 20 years in Congress. President Obama is the First President in our history to not pass a budget in a 4 year term of office and Democrat led Senate has not passed a budget in over 1159 days. Sometimes I wonder do liberals really want to know the truth, I already know progressives don’t; they just think you are stupid. It’s time to take back America with Leaders who accept the responsibilities of their actions. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are “America’s Comeback Team” and will lead us back to prosperity.


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Sheran commented on Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 at 23:50 PM

I agree... "God Bless America".

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 00:11 AM

I agree too..."Ronald Reagan tried to warn us; however we didn't listen see and hear it here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3hY1e...

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 07:27 AM

Excellent Blog

sebekm commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

"It’s time to take back America with Leaders who accept the responsibilities of their actions."

We can't keep kicking the can down the road. Four more years of Obama = fast-forward to 2016 for any hope of confronting our problems NOW. Growing government will not solve our problems.

Great post, Funky. The way the Dems are (as Jimmy would say) "squealing" tells me that Ryan was a good choice. He will undoubtedly crush Joe Biden in the debate, and will continue his terrific performance as attack-dog for the GOP. It remains to be seen whether he will actually attract any new votes, but that could be said about anyone Romney would have picked. The choice of Ryan shows that the Repubs are serious about making tough choices to fix our financial problems.

Hopefully, a majority of the country (electoral vote-wise) will agree.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 13:18 PM

....and the new GOP ticket will be interviewed by Bob Schieffer on "60 Minutes" tonight at 7 p.m. How they fare will be a good indication of whether the duo is "ready for primetime," but they are fortunate to get somebody like Bob Schieffer as the interviewer. He tends to conduct fair, even-handed interviews and tries to keep his own personal politics out of it.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162...

sebekm commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 15:03 PM

....John Fund makes the case for Ryan:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/...

...and as he predicts:

"... Ryan will bring in a flood of donations from overjoyed conservatives and tea-party members. Romney had a problem with energizing the GOP base. That problem is now solved, and that will make it easier to pump up conservative turnout."

...here come the bucks:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governme...

SportsFan31313 commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 17:04 PM

Great Post,

All of this Sounds good. (If you are a Republican) But when it's all said and done, President Barrack Obama will be re-elected for a second and final term.

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 17:31 PM

I think Sportsfan is right.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 18:03 PM

Nothing would surprise me, but one thing's for sure: we won't have a repeat of 2008. No more "hopey-changey"; no more alleged "air-head" VP candidates (unless you count the incumbent); no more Bush to run against.

For those three reasons alone, the hope for change is with the challengers. It will be an interesting 86 days....

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 19:37 PM

Thanks TOT for your kind words.

Thanks, Chief MVB for yours to and the additional coverage of this ongoing event.

And Thanks to you too SF3; however it’s more than just Republicans that feel like President Obama has been a failure, Independents, Moderate and Conservative Democrats and Libertarians too.

Have you forgotten about the 2010 elections which were a referendum on Obamacare and the Republicans had the biggest landslide victory in Congress in over 70 years. Obamacare is on the forefront this year too, it is a tax on the middle class and it’s time for the Empty Suit with no Job Creation or Economic Experience to go.

This situation is also very similar to the 1980 elections when the economy was in shambles and Ronald Reagan made Jimmy Carter a one-termer. The only people I know right now that will vote for BHO are Democrats who don’t understand how this country should be function. I dare anyone in this blogosphere to run your household like the Obama administration has run our economy.

SF3, I’m not attacking you but I have to point out that you present yourself as one of those hopey-changey voters that will give President Obama another chance regardless of his obvious failures as President.

Thanks to you too up2, are you ready for four more years of failure? If you are not don’t let the Lamestream media bias persuade you to give in, we have a country to save.
And here are some more interesting notes, 40% of the electorate is conservative, 39% Independent and 21% Liberal. President Obama fooled a sizeable amount of Independents in 2008 and the conservatives didn’t come out like 2010. BHO won’t fool Independents this time and he has a failed record that he is attempting to hide from by using Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals techniques. The base is fired up, and only no shows can stop America’s Comeback Team now.

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 19:51 PM

Thank you seb, I am an independent (and the fact I have to pick D or R in some elections really stick important much crawl.) I didn't vote for O B and won't this time due to some of the things he has done in office which has divided thwarting country even more than it had been. I don't really like Mitt but I like our sitting prez even less.

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 20:47 PM

up2, can you give Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan a chance and follow their campaign and don't be a no-show November 6th. It's Independents like you that will decide this election, a no-show is a half vote for Obama. Do you really want to give him that. The good thing about this process is that if Romney gets elected and don't fix it like Reagan did we fire him in 2016!

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 20:55 PM

I hate auto spell check. I meant was "really sticks in my crawl..."

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 20:57 PM

I hate auto check :(

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 21:20 PM

It's ok up2, I'm not The Murrelet we all make mistakes I'm sure I've done it already in this blog.

Sheran commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 22:23 PM

I had this link forward to me, if our military don't want Obama, than neither should we!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HqHS...

lholmes commented on Sunday, Aug 12, 2012 at 22:58 PM

what a lot of people don't remember is that about 2 years before the housing bubble popped, President Bush warned about Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. At the time, I didn't know what a housing bubble was. Then I started hearing it on Glenn Beck, a couple years before it happened, echoing Bush. Nobody listened. I think (not sure) Bush kept trying to pass items to reign them in but kept getting shot down. Voila'! Here we are. Great post Funkmeister!

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 13:29 PM

Enjoy your hopes and dreams while they last yall conservative boys and girls....but it ain't a gonna last. The Euphoria you feel right now is understandable. It happens usually right after these running mate naming events. So, go ahead and have some fun for a wee bit. I, personally am looking forward to Ryan explaining his medicare voucher system to the aging boomers in Florida, Ohio, and all the other swing states and the rest of the country.

If yall think these two fellas are your financial economic lifeline to the good ole days then you are all as giddily foolish as those poor souls who bought those first tickets on the Titantic.

If...????... economically speaking the US economy is on the express elevator to financial hell, I will tell you: these two guys, Romney and Ryan are going to get you to the bottom of the abyss much quicker than you can possibly imagine if they get power.

Have a nice day, right wingers. Enjoy your party today.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:09 PM

We will - although I don't consider myself a "right winger" - I'm just "anti-Democrat." The left would like to roll all of those up into one "extremist" ball, but it ain't so just because they say so.

Of this I do agree:

"...economically speaking the US economy is on the express elevator to financial hell..."

...and the current administration has been pressing the DOWN button ever since January of 2009. It's time for some DIFFERENT hopey-changey. Once the chains are off the GOP as far as attack ads go, I suspect they will give as good as they have gotten thus far.

The Ryan pick was designed to energize the base - just as Obama is trying to do with his. It appears to have done just that. I don't think they will experience the election day malaise that they had in 2008 with the McCain-Palin ticket.

As I said, it will be an interesting 80+ days, and Obama can STILL lose. It is that close.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:17 PM

"I had this link forward to me, if our military don't want Obama, than neither should we!"

Part 1:

I viewed the entire video, and I'm not sure what to make of it. There is the strong likelihood that it just the typical propaganda that weaves a bit of truth with a bit of untruth and some outright lies for the effect of it all. Of three things I am sure:

1. If the video was "banned" by Obama, how is it that we are watching it via youtube?

2. The video states that Obama "allegedly" attended Harvard; graduated with a law degree; and was president of the law review. If these were not facts, we would have found out about it long before now. This statement alone makes me question the credibility of the entire video.

3. If ANY of the stuff about citizenship (or lack thereof) was actually true, I have no doubt that the Clinton "Dirt Machine" would have dug it out and put it in the street during the 2008 Democratic primary. There is absolutely no love lost between the Clintons and Obama - despite the fact that Hillary is now Secretary of State. Bill has referred to Obama's political instincts as being akin to that of a "Chicago thug," and has also categorized him as an "amateur" and "incompetent" in not-so-private statements which I believe are accurate.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:22 PM

Exactly when do you reach the abyss?????

I'd say that is when you are bankrupt.

Bankrupt of money and wisdom as well as judgement.

It can all be measured in dollars.

Our national debt has doubled in the last three years.

I don't want to ride this same bus for four more years.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:31 PM

Part 2:

As far as the military not wanting Obama - that's pretty much the attitude when there has been any Democratic president in the White House for the past 35 years. I've stated the reasons several times on this here blog site, but to summarize:

The military generally favors a Republican president because it is usually a Democrat who cuts their funds; slashes their manpower; and implements ham-handed and insensitive policies which make their skin crawl. Further, it's usually a Republican who restores their resources, and enhances their pride and sense of self-worth after a Democrat has run those into the ground.

Now - having said all that - I give the Obama presidency its HIGHEST marks for his performance as Commander-in-Chief. (As I've also stated before, I think his performance as Economic Leader-in-Chief hasn't been worth a dump.) But after all:

*Bin Laden is DEAD.

*We are disengaging from foreign wars and will properly scale back our overseas footprint and manpower levels so that we can actually experience a BIG TIME "peace dividend."

*Obama - much to the chagrin of his extremist base - has continued the vast majority of the Bush policies in the area of national defense, and it is this "staying of the course" that I credit most of Obama's achievements in homeland security. After all - we haven't had another attack on U.S. soil, and al Qaeda is pretty much in shambles.

However - since it's now ALL ABOUT THE ECONOMY - I've got to take the "what have you done for me lately" approach when voting in November. And in the case of the current administration, it's not so much what they've done or not done for me lately that I'm worried about.

I'm concerned about what they'll do TO all of us if they get four more years.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:48 PM

...and speaking of enjoying the party - while the "right wingers" celebrate the "left-wingers" are in panic mode. From an excerpt of an email from the President's Chicago Headquarters:

"Paul --

I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday's Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.

There's no spinning that number. It's a LOT of people, and the Republican base i(s) energized.

And that's not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney's campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.

We've got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters -- starting right now.

Listen to what one Republican supporter said about Paul Ryan: "I love him...He's going to excite the Tea Party and get them on board..."

We can't let the Republicans claim the momentum. Donate $3 or whatever you can.

Thanks,

Brynne

Brynne Craig

DCCC Field Director"

See: http://washingtonexaminer.com/new-oba...

And check out this "engagement poll" which was done BEFORE the Ryan VP selection was announced:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/...

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:51 PM

sebekm, thanks for dissecting the video which was referenced earlier.
I watched it in wonder. Wonder if this is true or not.

That is why I am skeptical of everything I see on the computer.

Not enough accountability to be reliable.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 15:57 PM

We need to insist that the print media remain the record.

To do otherwise is to lose control and accountability.

Syndicated columnists can be sued for libel.

They must stick to the truth.

If we don't protect the value of a newspaper as our watchdog we run the risk of having nothing more than this medium to keep us informed of the inner actions of our government.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 16:04 PM

Hi TOT: Yes - you have to take all of those videos with a grain of salt. It's too easy to "magic up" phony stuff and put it in an attack video. (After all - the Dems have been doing that for the past six months.)

There's a lot of funny stuff on youtube, but I rate it at the bottom of the list for credible, informative TRUTH.

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 18:01 PM

Talking about a housing bubble, here are the 2004 Congressional Hearings where the Democrats block regulation of Fannie and Freddie; I guess this is GWB’s fault because the Republicans were in charge but they didn’t hold Super Majorities like BHO had in 2009 and 2010 when they forced anything they wanted down the throats of America, and now want to blame anyone but themselves. See it here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIjoW_...

And here is an excerpt that ties Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats hypocrisy in 2008. Listen to Pelosi say the Republicans de-regulated everything when those Knuckleheads blocked the Republicans from actually doing some good for America. See it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxMInS...

Here is even more proof that the Democrats are the MAIN Culprits in the Financial Housing Crisis. If there are any liberal Democrats out there that want to know more of the truth, watch this too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1M1T...

Of course we have to blame GWB too because it happened on his watch and he warned Congress to act and the Democrat side shot him down because he couldn’t influence the Dems to do the right thing.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:03 PM
sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:15 PM

Gee, Funky - you've got me fired up. We need to start the "BLAME BUSH 2012" campaign. The backlash should further energize the GOP base to get out the November voters in record numbers.

The liberal media is going ape on the Ryan pick - as expected. But I think he is probably the best Romney could have chosen from the list of likely contenders. He needed somebody who could debate; can get in-the-weeds on the policy/finance stuff; and doesn't come across as a Palin-type. Ryan fits all of these, plus he probably has a Likeabilty Factor which exceeds Romney's (which isn't too hard).

I'm going to actually watch the debates this time. I haven't done so since '92, when I wanted to see The Ross Perot Show. The one between Biden and Ryan ought to provide some late-nite TV humor.

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:24 PM

Thanks Chief, you energize me too by being as fair as anyone can be. I really want to meet you sir!

And according to the North Carolina Post if it continues that way it looks like Romney/Ryan will take the battleground state of N.C.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:31 PM

maybe,,,,,,,,,,,,just maybe,,,,,,,
Let's just hope and pray for change

Four more years of this and most of us will not live long enough to see it's having been overcome if it is in fact ever overcome in the future.

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:35 PM

Thanks,lHolmes for reminding us about the bubble which made 2004 Congressional Hearings come back to memory. Google it Liberal Democrats and accept the Truth about the party that I grew up in and don't recognize anymore. If you want to LABEL ME, call me a JFK Democrat!

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:37 PM

"I really want to meet you sir!

I don't think that possible. According to my wife, I can only be seen by someone who tricks me into saying or spelling my own name backwards. (Or perhaps it's the fact that I have the power to cloud men's minds so they cannot see me.)

And as for Romney-Ryan: They attacked in NC yesterday, and Ryan marched into Iowa today. More than 3,000 were in attendance for his "soapbox" presentation, and his listeners included the expected hecklers:

http://content.usatoday.com/communiti...

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:51 PM

Greetings Funkentelecky,

I know you're not attacking me, and I appreciate your debates. In fact, It's quite entertaining to read. But lets face it. Mitt Romney is not a strong enough Republican to defeat President Obama. By Mr. Romney selecting his running does not add any more punch. This has been a very tough 1st term for President Obama to include a defiant Republican Party majority on Capitol Hill, that wanted nothing more than to see President Obama Fail. It has nothing to do with his experience or inability to get certain legislations passed or to even improve the economy. It has everything to do with who he is on a personal level. Not politics. Besides, I really don't believe any Democratic President would have done any better if they were in the place of President Obama. This Republican Party does not see racial harmony or anything else. They don't White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or any other race right now or could anyless. They only see GREEN. The US Dollar and power. They only want the rich to get richer and the poorer get poorer. So with that being said, do you believe in capitalism, or socialism?

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:52 PM

Running Mate. Sorry for the typo....

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:55 PM

SEBEKM,

I agree with you 100%. The fault lies with former President George W Bush. He has done a fantastic job of ruining the economy. He is by far the worst President I have even seen in office.

SEBEKM, I give you a A+ for that assessment.

Sheran commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 19:56 PM

Remember Icyman's blog? I trust the iceman.

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:03 PM

Funkentelecky,

I'm not a Hopey Changey voter. I'm a realist voter who happens to vote democratic. So now, there you have it. I just revealed myself. I vote democratic. However; I have crossed democratic lines if I feel a candidate is better than the incumbent. Right now, there is no one out there who could do any better than our present President Of The United States. If they were, they would have been in the primary running. So I will say this again, Republicans can be all fired up, Idependents, and Libertarians. At the end of the day, and when it's all said and done, and at the end of the day, President Barrack Hussien Obama will be elected President Of The United States again for a 2nd term.

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:15 PM

"SEBEKM, I give you a A+ for that assessment."

Thank you. I'll take an A+ anytime. "Bush's Fault" was that he wasn't a true Republican - especially during his second term. He tried to be all things to all people, and spent (for the times) like a drunken sailor. In a word, Bush tried to be a DEMOCRAT.

Unfortunately, President Obama has been true to HIS Dem roots (i.e., "tax and spend") - especially the SPENDING part. By the end of his first (and hopefully only term), Obama will have run up more federal debt red ink than all former U.S. presidents COMBINED.

If Bush is the worst President ever, Obama is running a close second. He claimed to be a UNITER and to provide "hope" and "change." Well - nothing changed (except spending went through the ceiling), there's no hope left (for him), and the country is more polarized than ever. Not only didn't Obama work with the GOP to forge compromises, but the constant playing of the race card by his surrogates has instigated race/class warfare across the country.

Yes - Bush wasn't the greatest, but Obama OWNS this economy now, and the more his campaign focuses on Romney's taxes, Romney's work history, and Romney's dog, the more evident it will be to the American people that we don't need four more years of THIS.

Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:19 PM

SF3, thanks for your response and I will gladly say your expertise lies within Sports more than politics and I say that because if you read my post and truly analyzed what I said you would realize that President Obama did whatever he wanted in 2009 and 2010 even though most polls disagreed with it however he rammed it through with Super Majorities in Congress. If his policies were good it didn’t matter what the Republicans did in 2011 and 2012 because what President Obama had done in his first two years is law, period. So if it would lead us to prosperity we would see the fruits of it right now like Reagan’s first term, read it in my initial post. Additionally making a profit is GREAT and is the American way to prosperity because it is spreaded amongst us all. The government doesn’t spread prosperity only dependence and laziness amongst the people.

I’m taking a calculated chance now from experience; but SF3 Chief MVB was being sarcastic about GWB in general and I don’t think he blames GWB totally for this mess just like he don’t blame BHO totally.

Chief MVB if I’m wrong please set the record straight for me?

Saluter24 commented on Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:49 PM

sebekm, do you always use terms such as "attacked" and "marched" when dems arrive to spill dribble that no one can blame on anyone else but "you know who"?

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Funkentelecky,

I agree with you that a political pundit. I never said I was. But it does not take a genius to see that this coutry was left in so much bad shape, no President could get the economy back into decent shape in one term. It took Former President George W Bush two terms to successfully screw up this economy, and you want our current sitting President to pull us out of it in one term, or expect that to occur.

When I said the Former President George W Bush was the by far the worst President in United States History, I would say well at least in my life time.
No other sitting President has never been so disliked in my life time than former President George W. Bush. He was not only disliked here in the United States by many people here in America, but across the globe. When was the last time you heard that Former President George W. Bush been outside the United States other than Haiti to visit any foreign country, and be welcome? All of the other Former Presidents, and Former Vice Presidents have traveled to other countries since leaving office. But not Former President George W. Bush. But again, you are correct. My expertise is not in politics. I honestly admit that. But I do know enough to know to say that President Obama will win this election. By the way, I'm not being sarcastic about former President George W. Bush. Just my opinion. Thats all.

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Funkentelecky,

I agree with you that I am NOT a political pundit.

Sorry for the typos....

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

"sebekm, do you always use terms such as "attacked" and "marched" when dems arrive to spill dribble that no one can blame on anyone else but "you know who"?"

I try to call 'em as I see 'em. I don't recall using the term "marched" before in ANY post on this blog site, but "attack" is the operative methodology in this day and age of change-the-subject-smear-the-opponent campaigning.

The Obama administration has "attacked" Romney PERSONALLY for months now. Romney has limited his ads to a focus on the economy and the President's record. You could call Romney's ads "attacks" as well.

IMHO - semantics aren't as important as substance. I see NO substance whatsoever in the approach by the Dems to enable four more years for President Obama. Ryan will bring substance - whether the opposition likes it or not - to the conversation. Romney was correct on "60 Minutes" the other night when responding to a question by Bob Schieffer. His reply was that America will be given a clear choice in this election. I think that's all we can ask for.

Speaking of "attack ads" - I'd put all the money I could into running the first 28 seconds of this clip every day in every state between now and the election. I'd provide no voice-over; no commentary; no on-screen narrative. I'd just run it over and over and over again:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/c...

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

"...if I’m wrong please set the record straight for me?"

Hi Funky: Yes - there was some sarcasm there, but I was calling 'em as I see 'em when I characterized Bush's last four years as president: He tried to be all things to all people and presided over a spending spree that was worthy of any Democratic administration.

Further - I don't characterized presidencies as good or bad based on a president's popularity ratings. If we did that, then Abraham Lincoln was the WORST President in U.S. history. No president was as unfavorably viewed by almost every segment of the American population as Lincoln just before he got shot. Only his assassination gained him some sympathy at the time of his death. But he was hated by the South; derided and scorned in the North. Even a lot of slaves at the time were unhappy because they felt his Emancipation Proclamation didn't REALLY free them because it provided for no actual method of enforcement.

But time and historical perspective have shined favorably on Mr. Lincoln, and now he is considered by most historians - and more importantly by the American people at large - as our BEST President.

I truly believe that once we get past the partisan rancor of today, Bush will be viewed much more sympathetically as well. No - he won't be right up there with Lincoln, FDR, and Ronald Reagan, but he certainly won't be in the bottom quarter, that's for sure. Anybody who knows U.S. history will tell you we really had some bums hold the office over the years.

I believe that Bush was an honest man who lived out the courage of his convictions while in the Oval Office. He may not have been a Mensa member; he may not have been Mr. Personality; and he may not have bee Mr. Likeability; but after 9/11 - which one could say that he "inherited" from Clinton - he inspired this country and did what he felt was necessary to keep the citizens of this country safe.

As I said earlier, I give President Obama his highest marks as Commander-in-Chief, despite several policy decisions I personally disagree with. But a lot of what I rate Obama highly on is based on his being smart TO CONTINUE DUBYA'S POLICIES.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 13:05 PM

....he may not have beeN Mr. Likeability, that is....

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 15:52 PM

Once this nation learns all about the Tea Party partner of Mitt Romney, (Paul Ryan) for VP and his plan to bust their nest eggs, medicare, and also the poor's being fed while lowering the taxes on all the wealthy....the country will see the man for what he is: An out of touch second tier congressman who represents the values and ideals of Michelle Bachman.

Or in JimmyMack speak: the lunatic is not capable of being President should he and Mitt squeak in the oval office and Mitt God forbid is stricken with some disabling illness or any other impairment.

I look forward to the debates.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 16:07 PM

When we Dems win this thing...(I pray we will)I expect the conservatives to move even FURTHER to the right. Moderation is not in their vocabulary. Republicanism is loaded to the brim with self marginalized bubbas and bubbettes, most caucasion and long for the good ole days.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 16:24 PM

Good talking points, Jimmy - but you're beginning to sound as far out as the people you criticize.

As for Ryan, I for one will take the word of former Clinton Chief of Staff and LIFELONG DEMOCRAT Erskine Bowles, who says that Ryan is (and I quote):

"Amazing....honest....straighforward....sincere.....sensible....(and) serious"

See: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/c...

Tough choices have to be made in order to get this country off the road to bankruptcy and complete fiscal doom. You said it correctly in an earlier post on this blog string: "the US economy is on the express elevator to financial hell." I said it correctly that the Dems have been pushing the DOWN button for nearly four years.

NO MORE. WE MUST STOP THE INSANITY.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 16:54 PM

....and another update on how the Ryan pick has energized the GOP base from USATODAY.com:

"After only 72 hours as the GOP vice presidential contender, Paul Ryan has helped the Romney campaign bring in some big bucks.

Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul posted on Twitter that the Romney-Ryan ticket has raised $7.4 million online with over 101,000 donations.

Romney and his allies at the Republican National Committee have raised more money than President Obama and his team for three straight months. The Republicans have $185.9 million in the bank already, much of which Romney cannot touch until he officially becomes the party's presidential nominee at the end of the month."

See: http://content.usatoday.com/communiti...

Part of Romney's problem thus far is that he hasn't been able to fight back against the Dems character assassination/personal attacks because he's not yet the "official" GOP nominee. So he has had to be content with being the Dems punching bag. But after the Republican convention, I predict two months of serious counter-attack advertising which will go a long way toward offsetting the damage done thus far.

For the past six months, Romney has taken the Obama campaign's best shots and the election is still close. I expect the GOP ticket to make some headway in the debates and in the political advertising. Whether it is enough to carry the day, only time will tell.

But at least NOW we'll have a contest. If we had a repeat of 2008 - especially with the President's exceptionally POOR economic record - it would have really been a shame. (It would have been kinda of like what we see in our local elections.)

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 17:00 PM

....and let's see how the Prez will try to weasel out of THIS:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/...

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 17:03 PM

...but the beat goes on - another LIFELONG DEMOCRAT and former Clinton staffer criticizes the campaign tactics of the Obama campaign:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/...

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 19:48 PM

Almost three years ago I posted Barack Hussein Obama and was vilified on this blog as a racist and any other thing you can imagine by Murrelet and then Jimmy Darsey now Jimmy Mack. I feel wholeheartedly that Jimmy Mack is a compassionate Democrat and we eventually resolved our differences and agreed to disagree; however The Murrelet is a Progressive and there is no compromise or reaching across party lines with her. President Obama is one and the same as I presented in this blog his true colors are there for all to see. Jimmy’s comments which were quite offensive were deleted and I remained civil throughout the blog but may have offended him by not being clear enough. If you check out the blog when I felt like I was wrong in the debate, I corrected myself. The best thing that government can do is follow the rules “U.S. Contitution”by doing this you guarantee equal opportunity, there is no way to guarantee equal out comes. See the blog here:

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

Here is what Romney/Ryan should put in place of the repeal of Obamacare if they are to win as I expect in 2013:

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

We need Free Market solutions and if it fails let it go bankrupt and reorganize instead of wasting more taxpayer dollars with BIG GOVERNMENT, said Windell!

SportsFan31313 commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 21:23 PM

Sebekm,

What do you think about Former President George W Bush and his effectiveness during Hurricane Katrina?

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012 at 22:23 PM

SF3, What do you think about President Obama calling GWB irresponsible and unpatriotic for 4 Trillion worth of debt in 8 years when he has accumulated 5.2 Trillion in less than 4. See it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMbD6...

SF3, what do you think about President Obama saying you can’t pass healthcare with a 50+1 vote and you can’t govern if you don’t see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s6BmR...

SF3, what do you think about President Obama saying he will cut the deficit he inherited by half in his first term. The deficit was 458 Billion annually and is now over 1.3 Trillion annually see the promise here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaQUU2...

In 2006 the annual budget deficit under Bush and a Republican led Congress was 160 Billion. The Democrats took over Congress in Jan 2007 and as Chief MVB said GWB attempted to be all things to all people instead of stinking to Conservative principles and let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid explode the deficit after already stopping the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. How many facts will it take for the blind to actually see the light?

pmmarion commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 08:07 AM

It would appear that the majority of folks on this page are living in dream world. Which is not surprising considering that Obama will win in November and y'all will be left saying "How could I have been so wrong". LOL

up2sumptin commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 09:45 AM

Not wrong as we know how things work in this world but we can hope for Better.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Thanks Funk. Really no need to bring up old fights. I was off medication during those days of bickering. Haven't you noticed how I play in the sandbox better than I did before?

Anyway, yes I am a proud Democrat; a completely different species from a Republican. And no matter what happens in November WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

Ryan can crunch his numbers all he wants. But once he puts it all out there for the public to see he and Romney will go down like the Edmund Fitzgerald on the Great Lakes. Fast and straight to the bottom.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

"...and then Jimmy Darsey now Jimmy Mack."

Funky - I believe you know that the latter is the nom de voyage of the former...

"What do you think about Former President George W Bush and his effectiveness during Hurricane Katrina?"

I agree with the U.S. News analysis published by Kenneth T. Walsh on December 11, 2008, the operative portion reads as follows:

"It was a disaster at every level. But in political terms, the government's failure to respond effectively to Hurricane Katrina in the late summer of 2005 was Bush's biggest setback at home. "Katrina showed he is incompetent," says Howard Dean, outgoing chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "Before Katrina, everyone, including America's friends and enemies, believed if something awful happened in the world, you could call in the Americans and they'd fix it." The government response to the hurricane, which devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast, ruined that reputation, Dean argues.

Bush seemed slow off the mark as millions of people suffered, and he created a lasting image of isolation when the White House released photos of him, a solitary figure in his cushy seat, looking out a window on Marine One at the hurricane devastation far below. He also made a huge mistake when he praised Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with a now infamous attaboy—"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job"—even though the agency was botching the disaster response, adding to the impression that Bush was out of touch.

White House advisers say the blame for the poor Katrina response must be shared by the federal, state, and local governments, especially in dealing with the hurricane-related problems in New Orleans. Bush defenders add that he was correct not to visit the disaster sites immediately because to do so would have greatly complicated the relief efforts on the ground.

More substantively, Bush refrained from having the federal government immediately take over the relief effort even when it became clear that the state and local governments in Louisiana were not up to the job. His aides say Bush was guided here by his experience as governor of Texas and his belief that such matters are best left to lower-level officials. "For him, it was a question of usurpation of power," says a former senior adviser. But his failure to act while thousands of desperate people, unable to find food or water, were appealing for help on national television erased his image as an effective decision maker."

See: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2...

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Part 2:

The bottom line is that it "left a mark" on Bush's presidency - but NO President was flawless, not even those who have been graded as the best ever. As I mentioned above, if you took a poll in April 1865, Lincoln would have probably been graded as our WORST president. FDR supposedly knew about the planned Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but let it happen so that American sentiment would swing from isolationism to support of WWII. Reagan had The Iran-Contra Affair, and the list goes on and on. All of the "great" presidents had their "loyal opposition" who would undoubtedly have classified their particular opposing President as a BUM, "WORST EVER," etc.

I reiterate: I predict that history will be much kinder to Dubya as time passes and the events of 2000-2008 can be viewed with fairness and in context. Of two things I am absolutely certain:

1. Thank GOD Al Gore wasn't in the White House to deal with 9/11. Bush met the problem HEAD-ON, and no matter about intelligence and confusion on WMD, I'd much rather have him in there than Senator Ozone and HIS priorities.

2. Thank GOD John Kerry wasn't in the White House to deal with Iraq and Afghanistan. You think the morale of the military is low NOW. With Kerry, you might have had a full-blown coup.

Yes - it's easy now to bash Bush, and I truly believe we haven't yet seen the full extent of the BLAME BUSH 2012 campaign. But now that Romney has Ryan, and the Dems are in disarray and sniping at each other while supporting Romney's qualifications to become President and Ryan's personal qualities, at least we have a CONTEST.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

"It would appear that the majority of folks on this page are living in dream world. Which is not surprising considering that Obama will win in November and y'all will be left saying "How could I have been so wrong". LOL"

Then I suggest you get to the polls, and take as many like-minded with you, 'cause IT AIN'T GONNA BE NO LANDSLIDE. The GOP will remain fired-up, and I expect the debates to go their way. There may not be many "undecided's" left even now, but as Dubya showed in 2000, it's the ELECTORAL VOTE that makes the difference. That's why you see both sides focusing so much time and attention on the so-called "battleground states."

But by not being able to spend fully until officially nominated - and not having had a running mate until just recently - Romney has essentially fighting back with one hand tied behind his back. As I said earlier, I expect that in the 60 days running up to the election, it will be a real donnybrook, with Romney no longer having to be the punching bag.

And up until now, whenever there was any criticism of President Obama, somebody on the Dem side would play the RACE CARD - complaining that it's only because he's black that people are questioning his competence. Look for the Repubs to find away around this and hammer the point home in a way that insulates them from that charge. It's really not too difficult to do.

Yes - it it GAME ON. And you ought to watch the polls....yes...WATCH THE POLLS....

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 13:11 PM

...Romney has essentially BEEN fighting back with one hand tied behind his back, that is....

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 13:16 PM

...and as for the polls, here's the first one:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/a-romne...

Perhaps it could just be a "bump" resulting from Romney picking the "more youthful" (compared to Biden) running mate, but as Zogby pointed out at the end of the site above, perhaps today's youth are:

"....worried that they are going to get stuck with the nation's looming fiscal bill.

"They want change," said Zogby."

Yes - THIS TIME - they want change they can REALLY believe in.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 13:21 PM

...and the fragmentation of the President's high-profile political support continues. Now the Alabama Congressman who seconded Mr. Obama's nomination for President at the 2008 Democratic National Convention will actually be CAMPAIGNING FOR ROMNEY! See:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/...

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 13:24 PM

...and VP Biden's gaffe-prone mouth is - once again - "unchained":

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/w...

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 15:09 PM

Sebe I am becoming aware of the exuberance of your verbosity here on this blog site. I must say tho, I do not think it detracts from your content. It just takes longer for a dimwit such as I to take in...so rapidly.

I tho, disagree that W. will be looked upon "more kindly" by historians. He inherited a Clintonian FINANACIAL SURPLUS and turned right around and plunged us, the nation, in to trillion dollar deficit spending. Sure, I'd like to have a beer wid da guy but the bottom line is that his pre-emptive strikes against non existent weapons of mass destruction contributed greatly to the fiscal hole we are now ALL IN. He did it in eight years. BHO, to make things 'fair and balanced' deserves at least eight years to try and climb our way out of this mess.

I'm votin' Demo in November.

Really tho, IMHO, it will not matter whom is at the helm when the real financial crisis comes. Romney or Obama. We are on a course to sink like an ocean tanker loaded with lead all the way to the bottom.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 16:21 PM

Verbosity is my problem (and not my only one). And no - no dimwit art thou. But I get so few opportunities for real "exuberance," please excuse when I make the most of one every now and then.

But I disagree that it won't make a difference who is at the helm. I've gone on record previously - and many have disagreed - that I believe that there must be no sacred cows and that EVERYONE must sufffer in order for us to get past the looming crisis. This means that:

*Taxes must go UP - for everyone. Also, we must eliminate "tax refunds" for people who don't pay taxes.

*Entitlements must go DOWN - for everyone. We can no longer afford to balance the budget on the backs of the American people, and the "earners" are at the end of their rope in being "their brother's keeper" in our present wealth-redistribution system.

*Foreign wars must CEASE. The President deserves the credit for getting us well on the way to this goal. In this regard, the DOD budget must give way to the "peace dividend" and troop and funding levels must be cut. An local indicator to me that we now have too many bodies for the mission is that there are uniformed MPs pulling duty on the gates at Ft Stewart, and packs of uniformed troops are pulling "police call" on the sides of the road on 119 and 144. We must transition back to a "peace-time military" - as always after major conflicts end. It won't be easy, and it can't be done "comfortably."

*The Welfare State must be REFORMED. Sure - we need to crack down on welfare fraud, but when our elected politicians exchange pats-on-the-back FOR EXPANDING THE FOOD STAMP ROLLS, we truly are in the "Bizarro World."

*New to my list: ObamaCare must be repealed. When we "steal" (or you can call it double-count) more than $715 BILLION DOLLARS from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare, the train is running in reverse.

I believe that only by implementing ALL of these measures - simultaneously - can we get a good start on preventing financial disaster and dooming our descendants to a future "far worse than we have it now."

God help us all.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 16:31 PM

....and Joltin' Joe STRIKES AGAIN:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/b...

(I can't wait for his debate with Ryan...)

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 16:34 PM
sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 16:39 PM

Here's an interesting read on "Old Joe":

http://www.nationalreview.com/article...

SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 18:25 PM

Funkentelecky Asked:

"SF3, What do you think about President Obama calling GWB irresponsible and unpatriotic for 4 Trillion worth of debt in 8 years when he has accumulated 5.2 Trillion in less than 4. See it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMbD6...

SF3, what do you think about President Obama saying you can’t pass healthcare with a 50+1 vote and you can’t govern if you don’t see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s6BmR...

SF3, what do you think about President Obama saying he will cut the deficit he inherited by half in his first term. The deficit was 458 Billion annually and is now over 1.3 Trillion annually see the promise here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaQUU2...

In 2006 the annual budget deficit under Bush and a Republican led Congress was 160 Billion. The Democrats took over Congress in Jan 2007 and as Chief MVB said GWB attempted to be all things to all people instead of stinking to Conservative principles and let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid explode the deficit after already stopping the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. How many facts will it take for the blind to actually see the light?"

Well Funkentelecky, I will say GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 18:34 PM

Funkentelecky,

President Obama have not done any worse than his predecessor. To elect Candidate Romney, and Ryan will worse than what we already have.

SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 18:41 PM

Greetings pmmarion

I agree with you.....

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 19:52 PM

Thanks Funk. Really no need to bring up old fights. I was off medication during those days of bickering. Haven't you noticed how I play in the sandbox better than I did before?

Anyway, yes I am a proud Democrat; a completely different species from a Republican. And no matter what happens in November WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY.

JimmyMack, I hold no malice toward you sir you are a true patriot who say when he’s wrong or could be wrong and steadfastly stick's to your core beliefs and priciples, what more can anyone ask of a fellow human being.

I’m a JFK Democrat and we don’t exist anymore so I side with people who have similar core beliefs and principles for example “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s views of this country parallels JFK’s far more than President Obama, he wants to transform the country into something we don’t recognize like GREECE!

Example: If you have a business "you didn't build that" which sounds like this" Ask not what you can do for your country, but what the country can do for you"

This is a sad day for America with a US President espousing this garbage.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 20:24 PM

It would appear that the majority of folks on this page are living in dream world. Which is not surprising considering that Obama will win in November and y'all will be left saying "How could I have been so wrong". LOL

Funkentelecky,
President Obama have not done any worse than his predecessor. To elect Candidate Romney, and Ryan will worse than what we already have.

Greetings pmmarion
I agree with you.....

Pmmarion and SF3 can you give us patriotic Americans 3 substantive and true accomplishments of President Obama that he has accomplished in his first term which can influence at least Independents because if BHO don’t capture at least 29% of the 39% it doesn’t look too good.

And to understand what I mean by JFJK Democrat, please review this opening Presidential speech by John F. Kennedy in 1960 against Vice President Richard Nixon”Tricky D*cK”. If you do this you will understand why BHO is not what America needs and it’s a shame that you would still vote for him because of “whatever” instead of facts.
See a True Democrat John Fitzgerald Kennedy right here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xWW4W...

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 20:45 PM

Funkentelecky Asked:
"SF3, What do you think about President Obama calling GWB irresponsible and unpatriotic for 4 Trillion worth of debt in 8 years when he has accumulated 5.2 Trillion in less than 4. See it here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqMbD6...

SF3, what do you think about President Ob
ama saying you can’t pass healthcare with a 50+1 vote and you can’t govern if you don’t see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s6BmR...

SF3, what do you think about President Obama saying he will cut the deficit he inherited by half in his first term. The deficit was 458 Billion annually and is now over 1.3 Trillion annually see the promise here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaQUU2...

In 2006 the annual budget deficit under Bush and a Republican led Congress was 160 Billion. The Democrats took over Congress in Jan 2007 and as Chief MVB said GWB attempted to be all things to all people instead of stinking to Conservative principles and let Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid explode the deficit after already stopping the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. How many facts will it take for the blind to actually see the light?"
Well Funkentelecky, I will say GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!

SF3, when it comes to politics you are entertaining as well, remember the Murrelet said I was treating the prosperity of our country like a Team Sport, well you just trumped me sir if that is true because the facts about Obama say differently than you proclaim.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 21:20 PM
sebekm commented on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 23:35 PM

I saw that. The Dems are painting it as "Republicans changing the subject," but the group is NOT "Republican." They are active and retired military of all political persuasions who are p*ssed about the security leaks that have occurred during this administration which can only be for PERSONAL or POLITICAL GAIN.

They say that the only reason they're going public now is that "election time" is the only time the politicians are actually LISTENING to what the people say.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 13:03 PM

It is spin and dirt and it will all soon turn in to an all out mud bogging contest.

I am going wid da incumbent in a photo finish.

SportsFan31313 commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 16:10 PM

Funkentelecky Ask:

Pmmarion and SF3 can you give us patriotic Americans 3 substantive and true accomplishments of President Obama that he has accomplished in his first term which can influence at least Independents because if BHO don’t capture at least 29% of the 39% it doesn’t look too good.

Sure I could give 3. But you probably wont agree. So I will pass on this one.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 17:46 PM

"I am going wid da incumbent in a photo finish."

That would be fun - either way. I wonder if there be any chads to hang or butterflies to ballot this time around? The good citizens of the great State of Florida gave us one hell of a good time in 2000, didn't they?

I suppose that to even the score the Dems are owed one. But if it happens, I'm pulling for big GOP majorities in the Senate and the House, so that we can actually get things done over the next four years. Ryan would still be in Congress to spearhead his budget, and Hillary would be primed for 2016.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 18:03 PM

SF3, said

Sure I could give 3. But you probably wont agree. So I will pass on this one.

Why pass if what you present is a fact for example:

President Obama said he would cut the deficit in half in his first term; however the deficit has tripled from $458 billion to 1.3 Trillion which is a failure.

It’s that easy.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 18:23 PM

He certainly hasn't delivered on the majority of his campaign promises - especially the "hopey-changey" ones.

If I were the GOP - in addition to running the Erskin Bowles "assessment " of Ryan - over and over and over again - I'd create a 90-second spot which just showed clips of then-candidate Obama and his promises. I'd show a "promise" (about 5 sec.), followed by the reality (another 5 sec.). That way - you could get "The Top 10" of the unkept promises. As with the Bowles clip, I'd have no voice-over or talking narrative. The only person speaking would be Candidate Obama. Then you show the reality - black letters on plain, solid white background.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 19:31 PM

....and here's a CNN contributor's "road map" for Ryan to take Romney to the White House:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/16/opinion...

SportsFan31313 commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 20:12 PM

Funkentelecky

I'm not a political expert as you are. You know that. To try to debate you on your expertise, and in your arena will be futile in my opinion. However; I will say that any promises that was not fullfilled by President Obama, was not that he simply did not try, but with a majority republican congress that did everything they could to try to sabotage President Obama, so that he could not be re-elected. But guess what? I know enough in this political arena that the Republicans will fail in unseating our sitting President. Now ask me how do I know? Just listen to Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, and his Running Mate Mr. Ryan.
The two can't even get on the same page of a political agenda. Mr. Ryan says he has a financial plan, and Mr. Romney says his plans are somewhat similiar to Mr. Ryan. Now should'nt this be vice-versa? I believe that Mr. Ryan should be on the same page as Mr. Romney.

President Obama will win this election. By the way, President Obama currently leads Mr. Romney by 22 points by women voters in thr polls.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 20:32 PM

Keep up the good fight Chief to educate the blogosphere about the truth and reality, check out this post by Thomas Sowell he’s over 80 years old and black; however he see’s Americas Greatness just as I do:

http://townhall.com/columnists/thomas...

And here is the clip of Paul Ryan educating President Obama on his failure to deliver affordable Healthcare:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op11jS...

And here is a clip of Paul Ryan educating Tim Geihtner the Tax Cheat that BHO hired watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Paul Ryan is a True Patriot, just like JFK and he Energizes the Chief of this Blogosphere

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 20:56 PM

First of all SF3 you are a true patriot too. You are right here battling in regards to your core principles which are GOOD, thank you sir. However politics is very fickle as you have admitted and to set the record straight please don’t play by the Progressive playbook of S.I.N. Mitt Romney’s vision and proposals are all that matter, he is the top DOG of the ticket just as BHO was in 2008. He picked a tremendous Conservative who can articulate a message of true Change instead of the status quo like BHO. I don’t see you pushing Vice Presidents Joe Biden’s quote of telling his black constituents in Danville Virginia that the BHO campaign can take North Carolina by saying” They want to keep ya’ll in chains.” The thing about politics is both make sure what you say is true, and not an emotional diatribe which today’s Democrats survival is predicated on.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 21:09 PM

SF3, I'm a JFK Democrat that can also be conceived as a Reagan Democrat that believes in following the rule of law.

I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the Republic from which it stands, one nation indivisible with justice for all!

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 21:13 PM

One nation under GOD, idivisible with liberty and justice for all, Sheesh! How did I blow that. I forgot I'm a knucleheaded human who loves his country and make honest mistakes.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 06:47 AM

Funkentelecky, Glad you corrected that little slip.

I remember very well when it was added in the early fifties.

This has been one of the best blogs on this site since I started following a couple of years ago.

Keep up the good work.

sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM

....check this out for a further indication of the "Bizarro World" we're living in:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/...

sebekm commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 16:12 PM

....and more great news for Georgia voters:

Our state has made the Top 10! No - not David Letterman's top 10 - but the U.S. Labor Department's Top 10, which ranks states' unemployment rates.

GA's 9.3% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS NOW THE 7TH HIGHEST IN THE NATION, according to this chart provided by USATODAY.com:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy...

Our current unemployment rate is only surpased by:

Tied for 5th: NC and SC at 9.6%
4th: NJ at 9.8%
3rd: CA at 10.7% (surprise, surprise)
2nd: RI at 10.8%

...and (drum roll) - the #1 ranking - THE highest unemployment rate in these United States of America - goes to:

The Great State of Nevada at a whopping 12%

(Why DO they keep re-electing Harry Reid, anyway?)

SportsFan31313 commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 16:54 PM

Funkentelecky,

Yes indeed i heard that excerpt by Vice President Joe Biden. But it was taken out of context. You correct on a lot of things here in your blog. I just disagree with you in not giving BHO a fair shake. But I am confident that he will be re-elected.

By the way, GO Bradwell Institute and Liberty County tonight in their scrimmages. Get that win......

Sheran commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 17:43 PM

SF3, I disagree with giving BHO another chance, he screwed up his first chance "BIG TIME".

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 18:21 PM

SF3, that’s good that you feel confident; however it’s too early to get a clear picture other than it will be close. Here is Joe Biden on the Young Turks a Progressive organization and they agree too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9UdVk...

And here is a 1 o3 part series by Chuck Norris. The Top Ten Reasons not to re-elect Obama.

http://townhall.com/columnists/chuckn...

We have a country to save as Bill Clinton said “The era of BIG GOVERNMENT is over, time to FIRE BHO!

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 19:04 PM

Sheran your post has truly defined the Democrat Progressive Party of today, picking winners and losers instead of believing in the individual. As an American who happens to be Black, I would be a failure by following this progressive ideology.

Check out Joe Biden gaffes here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VAzOI...

If most of our electorate were bamboozled by the Obama mania media as these people are. BHO will win by a landslide in 2012; however America is not, check these uniformed voters out, they area a Cancer to the electorate!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_JJLL...

Obama, Obama, Obama, Oh Obama!

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 19:09 PM

The Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic on which it stands one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Red Skelton was known for saying it on his show!

Sheran commented on Friday, Aug 17, 2012 at 19:32 PM
sebekm commented on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I think Klein has it totally backwards. From what I've read, there WERE "feelers" put out for Hillary and Joltin' Joe to swap jobs, but that Wild Bill is totally AGAINST it. I agree with John Fund's assessment at:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article...

...especially the part which reads:

"I’ve no doubt that some Democratic strategists would love for Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to swap jobs and bolster the Democratic ticket with a little Clinton magic. But there’s no evidence that Hillary would take that deal. If she wants to run, she is already the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination and would gain no advantage by being yoked to Obama, her old adversary, for the next three months if they lost or the next four years if they won."

sebekm commented on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

...but it would seem that Obama should have gotten rid of Old Joe long before this Eleventh Hour "crisis." It's not as if there weren't doubts about Biden's clear-headedness and capability to be "a heartbeat away from the presidency" before now. In addition to the recent "put y'all back in chains"-"telling Virginians that they'll help the Dems win NC"-"still in the 20th Century" comments, there were these:

January 2012: During speech at a manufacturing plant in New Hampshire, the vice president spoke about outsourcing to India and put on a bad Indian accent while asking 'How many times do you get the call, 'I like to talk to you about your credit card.'

December 2010: During the swearing in of a Republican Senator Mark Kirk in Congress, Biden told the Capitol Hill newcomer to put that hand on the Bible and raise his left. According to the congressional rulebook, it should have been the other way round.

March 2010: He dropped the F-bomb during the signing of the administration’s historic health reforms, apparently unaware that the microphones would catch him out when he whispered into the President’s ear immediately before the announcement, declaring: 'This is a big f****** deal!'

March 2010: Mr Biden said 'God rest her soul' in reference to the mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Mr Cowen's mother is alive; his father had died. Realising his misstep, he corrected with: 'God bless her soul'.

October 2008: Speaking in Athens, Ohio about John McCain's economic strategy, he said: 'Look, John's last-minute economic plan does nothing to tackle the number-one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.'

September 2008: During a political rally in Missouri, he urged wheelchair-bound state senator Chuck Graham to rise and be recognised, saying: 'Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya.' Realizing his mistake, he said: ‘Oh, God love you… what am I talking about?’

September 2008: After he was named the vice presidential nominee, he addressed a crowd in Nashua, New Hampshire, questioning how he beat out Hillary Clinton: 'Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be vice president of the United States of America,' he said in New Hampshire. 'Quite frankly it might have been a better pick than me.'

August 2008: He also mixed up Barack Obama’s name at his first campaign rally with the president, introducing him as: 'A man I'm proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States - Barack America!'

See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

SportsFan31313 commented on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 19:41 PM

Funkentelecky,

Bamboozled? Well do you remember how Former President George W Bush won the election over Albert Gore?

President Obama will win this election. I don't know if it will be a landslide victory, but he will take the electorial votes, which counts.

You want to fire sombody? Fire those Republicans in Congress, who have you all Bamboozled.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 20:42 PM

SF3, what makes you Great and an Expert in Sports is that you Love it and you conduct extensive research to give a respectable analysis of the matchups or situation along with your actual experiences. That’s me in politics and I’m not bamboozled at all. If it wasn’t for the Republicans taking over the House in 2011 the country would be in even worse shape than it is now. Because of the President and the Democrat led Senate America lost its AAA Credit Rating last year and to help you understand the Rule of Law and how this Country is supposed to be run by our elected officials, I’m posting the Constitution for you to read. It’s written so that the common man or women can understand it and you don’t need President Obama’s ideal of it to influence you at all. Article I states the powers of Congress. Article II states the powers of the President. Article III states the powers of the Supreme Court. And the X Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Learn the Constitution and listen to what BHO say’s against what he actually does and I'm sure you won't be bamboozled again.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 20:45 PM

Here’s the Constitution I promised you!

http://constitutionus.com/

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 18, 2012 at 21:01 PM

I forgot the most important fact. The founders listed what Congress, The President and The Supreme Court can do; if it's not there they cannot do it by law. That's where the 10th Amendment takes over.

SportsFan31313 commented on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I hear you Funkentelecky. I must say you make great points. As I am into Sports, so are you into Politics. Educate me.. :-)

Funkentelecky commented on Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 19:58 PM

Thanks, SF3 Sebekm alias Chief MVB has been preaching this all along about listening to what politician say and what they actually do.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM

This here blog site is now becoming my substitute for political humor once reserved by Faux News. The world has changed boys and girls and it ain't coming back. Embrace it rather than reject it. More is coming....

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Looks like everybody here doesn't share your opinion, Jimmy. Are you better off today than you were four years ago?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics...

(And BTW, I only watch it rarely, but Faux News continues to be the nation's #1 source of "news," crushing the other cable so-called "news" networks. Why is this? I think you are correct - the world HAS changed, and most people aren't buying what the CNNs, MSNBCs, and lamestream media have been selling.)

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 13:06 PM

...and when a national "mainstream" news magazine puts THIS on their cover, perhaps the world HAS changed (since 2008, that is):

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek...

sebekm commented on Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 14:17 PM

...and speaking of watching the polls - if he loses Illinois, we really COULD have some change we can believe in:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/20/sho...

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hi Sebe: I am not nor have I ever tried to run a popularity contest here or anywhere else.

The conservative blather on this blog is in MY view laughable. I could care less that "everybody here" doesn't share my opinion.

We are getting closer to the finish line. My dollar is on the incumbent by a nose.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 13:33 PM

Hi Jimmy: I guess my comment could have suggested a "popularity contest," but isn't that what elections actually are? I mean - when people are talking about how candidates treat their dogs; whether they make a "fashion statement" with rumpled clothes; and whether they committed felonious acts, cheated on their taxes, killed a woman - we're dropping down to the level of reality TV, aren't we?

I agree - let's get to the SUBSTANCE.

*Who can best get our country on the road out of the financial hole we're in?

*Who do you trust to work with the opposition and forge compromises for the good of ALL the people? (And yes - the so-called "wealthy" are people, too, and they already pay the majority of the taxes which fund our government.)

*Who wants to discuss real ISSUES, and who wants to sling mud?

The election is still Obama's to lose, but I think there's a good chance he will do so via the debates. I believe the debates are Romney's and Ryan's to lose, and they are the GOP keys to success.

Good stuff.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 14:48 PM

...and as I said, the BLAME BUSH 2012 campaign hadn't yet gotten fully cranked up. Here's one salvo, which gets titled:

BLAME BUSH *FOREVER*:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/madelei...

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 21:35 PM

The conservative blather on this blog is in MY view laughable. I could care less that "everybody here" doesn't share my opinion.

Brother Jimmy, can you present one example of conservative blather on this blog.

Here’s some Liberal Blather posted by you.

I tho, disagree that W. will be looked upon "more kindly" by historians. He inherited a Clintonian FINANACIAL SURPLUS and turned right around and plunged us, the nation, in to trillion dollar deficit spending. Sure, I'd like to have a beer wid da guy but the bottom line is that his pre-emptive strikes against non existent weapons of mass destruction contributed greatly to the fiscal hole we are now ALL IN. He did it in eight years. BHO, to make things 'fair and balanced' deserves at least eight years to try and climb our way out of this mess

Congress and the House of Representatives are in charge of spending. You totally left out that a Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and Newt Gingrich becoming Speaker of the House which put him in charge of it was very instrumental for President Clinton to sign into law a balanced budget. Also GWB didn’t start us into the Trillion Dollar deficits it is President Obama and the Democrat led Congress with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. The $260 Billion annual surplus turned into a $160 Billion annual deficit by December 2006, the last year the Republicans were in charge of Congress. The Democrats took over Congress in January 2007 and the annual deficit grew to $458 Billion by December 2008. In January and February 2009 BHO signed the over $200 Billion in Omnibus and $700 Billion Stimulus spending into law which actually generated the 1.3 Trillion Dollar annual deficits. The Omnibus Bill was from 2008 and GWB didn’t sign it into law Obama did. Before GWB launched a pre-emptive strike he went to Congress and he had unprecedented support the Senate allowed the use of force 97-1 and the House had over 300 yeas out of a possible 435 to allow the use of force. He did this by constitutional muster and bipartisanship; what more can you ask of a Commander in Chief? Ronald Reagan inherited a Greater mess than Obama and we saw clear results that are why he won in a landslide in 1984. See the numbers in the original post. The major point is the recession was over by July 2009 so what happened to the recovery. The recession started in Reagan’s 3rd month in office March 1981 and almost thru the middle of his first term. So yes supply side economics work and BHO did the opposite of Reagan and it has failed even though the imperial Federal Government has manipulated the unemployment numbers because if we counted unemployment like we did under GWB it would be over 10%. BHO has got to go; he hasn’t earned a 2nd term and its time to fire him, we have a country to try to save .

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 23:22 PM

And fairminded patriots like you who are respected and appreciated blather Democrat talking points, which are not true causing even more turmoil!


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