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Updated on October 7, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Watching the aftermath and the fall out of the first 2012 presidential debates was very interesting. Nothing assured me more that those who have drank the Kool-Aid want so badly for confirmation that it is the flavor that they were told that it was. When there is any inkling that it is not, they immediately reel and lash out in accusation after accusation. The first line of defense justifying Obama’s poor performance one assumes was most accurately defended by Al Gore who suggested that the President was suffering the effects of oxygen deprivation. Others claimed that Obama was not properly prepared then one begins to think “how much preparation does an “on-the-job” President need to debate the issues before us?” Then, of course, there was only one defense left….lies…the President lost to lies!

Obama began his stumble when he attempted to hang the yoke of a $5 trillion dollar tax break around Romney’s neck at the outset of the debate. He returned to that point time and again in the early portions of the debate and each time Romney countered it with a factual representation of what his approach to debt, deficit, and government spending would be highlighting the fact that he had no intention of lowering taxes, especially for the wealthier sector, if it meant increasing the debt we currently face. No matter how he tried, Obama could not make the accusation stick and from that point he quickly wondered off script without his handy-dandy teleprompter to bring him back to the world.

The next morning, Obama is right back out on the campaign trail offering up the very same lie which a large portion of Americans saw effectively countered on national television the night before. Still, the crowd, so purposely posing behind him for the cameras cheered his baseless accusation of his opponent. Here indeed stood a portion of that 47% which is so full of the Kool-Aid that it would be a waste of good campaign money for anyone to attempt to sway their vote and Romney is fully aware of that fact. At the same time, the accusation looked very stupid coming across the morning newsroom wires. As Romney indicated in the debate, if you tell yourself something which is not true enough, you might just start believing it.

The President insinuated that Romney would continue to support shipping jobs out of the country allowing companies to gain tax credits for doing so. Romney countered stating that within his broad business experience, he knew of no such tax credits in the current tax code. Research indicates that some loopholes do exist but the current value of that leak is around $16 million dollars. While the credit probably needs to go away, in the whole scheme of things, it amounts to literally nothing in terms of our debt or our deficit. As such, most astute business people would not up and decide to leave America with their jobs for that reason alone. Here again, the President uses an all but worthless method on which to hang out his “plan for the future”. Instead he wants to present it as an item of significance which Romney is simply lying about to protect the rich.

The liberal media outlets love the idea that Romney can be accused of lying because it shifts the gaze away from Obama once again. It shifts the discussion away from the facts that were highlighted which the President either could not counter or so poorly countered during the debate. The fact of the matter is that the national debt has increased by more than $6 Trillion dollars since Obama took office and the deficit has steadily grown from day one. There has been no budget or much of an attempt to secure one which came with any approach on compromise or concensus of both parties within the Congress. As for spending reduction, the Republicans had to settle on cuts to the military to gain any ground there and the whole time that agreement was being gained, Obama knew that he had painted them in the corner using one of the most important elements of our society’s defense. He also knew that downstream he would put any reversal of that on the back of the Republicans. Some might call that compromise but I see it as nothing more than manipulation to serve one’s own agenda.

Obama attempted to holdup healthcare reform as a model which came from Romney’s own design when he had served as the Governor of Massachussetts. Romney was quick to point out that the State’s plan was one of compromise and concensus while that of the federal government was simply a “ramming down the throat” of a program which the American people did not want, did not understand, and could not expect an explanation of until they had actually experienced the shortcomings of it. He also highlighted the added tax burden to the American people and the potential out of pocket costs increases of $2500 per household. The President, on the other hand, apparently did not understand his own plan well enough to counter those points….yet Romney was the one who was lying simply because they can accuse him of it without any basis for the accusation.

Obama criticized the supplements made to the oil industry on the basis that they were wasteful and unnecessary to the industry. Romney pointed out that while that might be the case, the amount of money involved was small relative to other government costs and that the majority of those credits were there for small producers, not major oil companies. Romney took it a step further to emphasize that if the President felt those supplements were excessive then how could he take an amount of money equal to more than 50 years of those supplements and hand it to the “green energy business”? He went on to point out that the vast majority of those green companies managed to go under shortly after receiving that money bringing no good result to any intentions on the part of the President or his administration. It was an “investment” program highly populated with losers which, in the end, was nothing more than a pitiful wasting of the taxpayers money, which, by the way, was likely borrowed from China.

When the moderator posed the question as to how each man saw the federal government’s role for the American people, Governor Romney reminded us of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as well as the intentions of the Founding Fathers to have a small and limited government which does not impose itself on the freedom and liberty of the people but instead looks for ways to protects them. He re-emphasized the unalienable rights of the people which are given by God and should be recognized and protected by the government rather than diminished and taken away in trade for posed security or welfare safety nets which promises an undeliverable utopian dream. Governor Romney also was quick to point out that the federal government must move out of the way and allow the private sector and the free-market to expand which will create jobs, higher employment, more taxable wages, and ultimately send more money to the federal coffers to cover our expenses and reduce our debts.

The President offered a vision which immediately put big government at the center of man’s universe either controlling or providing all of mankind’s needs and intertwining itself through every aspect of our individual lives justified by welfare and security for all. He saw government as the creator and giver of jobs. All his answers for our current problems lie within the confines of the federal government and it matters little how much “borrowed money” must be spent, the solution is one of more government which ultimately translates to “higher taxes” for all who pay taxes. Because, after all, we are all in this together whether we pay or not, aren’t we? This seems to be the President’s mantra which ultimately drips with the suggestion of class-envy and warfare and further justifies the presence of big government to police the process. As for the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or The Rule of Law, the President apparently applied no values to those documents. That is understandable given that he has commented on the outdated aspects of our founding documents. It is also tragically outrageous given that he took an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Furthermore, it is appalling that a “Magna Cum Laude” graduate in the art of Juris-Prudence should have a much more high regard for those documents on which our entire system of justice is founded. Need we say more?

I find myself wondering if Obama’s strategy in this debate process was simply to do the “Rope-A-Dope” and flail around the issues knowing that when the Vice-Presidential Debates followed that he could turn “Uncle Joe” loose with the mud and accusations. In that manner, the President gets no dirt on his hands and if “Uncle Joe” fails in his mission, we could all simply have a good laugh and say, “why that’s just ol’ Joe Biden making another of his humorous guffaws!” No doubt, that will be the case as ol’ Joe will likely not notice that Paul Ryan is the most knowledgeable man in the Congress on American finances and budgets. Joe just might take a few on the chin before he is through laughing at yet another of his guffaws. By the way, the program will be broadcast in all “57” states throughout America.

Back out on the campaign stump, President Obama was stating that the man who he debated was “not the real Mitt Romney”. He claimed the man that he debated was simply “acting”. On the basis of what I saw, if Mitt Romney was acting, he would be the hands down choice for every acting award in the book because his performance was on point, on issue, sincere, patriotic, and extremely well-delivered without the aid of a teleprompter. Those who saw that debate witnessed a man who loves America, appreciating the history of its founding, and desiring to continue that path to the future. We saw a man who understands the grave dangers this country faces and how bad that situation has become in just four short years under the current President. We saw a man who does not have to volunteer for the job but wants it in order to make America a place where his own children can grow and prosper with the same opportunities which the country afforded to him as a young man. Now, you can call that lies if you want or you can call it acting but it beats the living hell out of any empty promises of “hope and change” which are planned along a path leading directly to a socialist society.

We have a clear choice as voters in November. We can, as President Obama says, continue to move “forward” growing our government into a money consuming beasts which eats up the vast majority of our tax dollars and only cries for more driven by an environment which promotes dependency and entitlement though as the weight of the burden grows, it dooms us all to bankruptcy and eventually totalitarian rule, or we can look to our history, our founding, and take confidence in the American people’s ability to go to work and grown our economic position out of this stagnation in which we are mired. Romney presents the opportunity to once again get the federal government off the back of small business and open up the lanes to which these businesses can once again look to the future with investment and growth that will ultimately create jobs and put Americans back to work. Once that step is accomplished, then we once again are on the road to aligning this great nation with its roots and sustaining the great democratic republic which began with man’s desire to be free of religious intolerance and chained in tyranny. The choice should be clear, if one has not already drank too much of the Kool-Aid of Hope and Change.

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

7 October 2012


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @barbergirl28....Thank you for those kind words. You don't have to be political to be aware and that is really the purpose of this create awareness, make you think, and hopefully come away with a different choice than was made in 2008. ~WB

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I am not a political person, and I hate the fights that start when talking about politics. But I wanted to say this was a well written hub!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Jackie Lynnley....Yes, I agree. I just saw a forum post by Ralph Deeds and he was pointing out that Bain Capital was still shipping jobs overseas. I had to laugh as I sat there reading that concern thinking "yes, and Barack Obama is still studying his Communist Manifesto as he plans to fundamentally transform America"....which one concerns you the most???? Thanks much! ~WB

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You really said it, no matter what they throw at Romney; it is never going to change the shape we are in right now, the destitution facing us and this man once re-elected I believe will destroy us so fast we won't know what hit us.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @tinamariemiller....Thank you very much! ~WB

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      tinamariemiller 5 years ago from Peoria, AZ


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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Ken Burgess....It is likely akin to my military background and the fact that I have spent a good portion of my life solving for "X"....when someone tells me they have a solution, I want to know how they got there. Thanks much for your good words. I do appreciate it. ~WB

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      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      Great article BTW, easy to read as it flows so well, I look forward to reading many of your past articles in the near future, you have a keen eye for what seems to elude so many Americans today.

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      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      I thought it was fairly simple to break down. Romney has a firm grasp of the topics of discussion, having been in business and politics ALL his life, and having been successful at very high levels in everything he's done...

      And Obama doesn't have that experience to draw off of, he doesn't understand the complexities of business, economics or tax codes.... despite four years as President. Obama is, and has always been good at campaigning... but when you need to get into the details, when you need to show a firm understanding of the issues, he's a hollow suit... or an empty chair, take your pick.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @ImKarn23...Historically speaking, politicians in general are frightening. Our focus must be on the values on which were created and the principles on which we have sustained as a democratic republic. Those are strong foundations and there is no reason to abandon them especially for what some "snake-oil" salesman is pushing. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      There is no excuse for Obamas poor showing in the debate - none - i couldn't agree more..

      It's a sad state of affairs when one candidate is more frightening than the next..

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Ruchira...You might want to read this once again. My point is that Obama's attempt at trying to make lies stick hurt him in the debate not the vice-versa. Sorry....but I am at my "Obama-Limit" with the end of the first term. I believe we need a significant change in order to get America back on the track as a democratic republic. At present, the road we are headed down leads only to one place....socialism or worse. Thanks much! ~WB

      @rcrumple....In truth RC...."Big Bird" is a rich rich boy who is hiding behind government grants and pocketing all that he drags in on the side. The same is true of Barney. There are plenty of commercial channels more that willing to feature such stuff without the taxpayers picking up the tab. I do agree that the point will be overplayed. We also have laws in this country forbidding taxpayer dollars to be spent on abortion but how much money does our government hand to "Planned Parenthood" each year...again, someone is getting wealth at taxpayer expense. Mr. Obama seems to recognize what a "shovel" is but he has a lot of trouble calling a "spade" ....a "spade". So glad you liked the article! ~WB

      @Angela Blair...Thank you very much, Sis. I think it is important that those on the fence understand that we do have a reasonable choice and that Obama has nothing to defend of any value. America is sinking into the sunset with this guy at the helm and the sun is going down fast. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent, Wayne -- I watched the debate and listened to the recaps and you sorted it all out more effectively than anyone else I've heard or read -- good going! Best/Sis

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Wayne - Extremely detailed argument and presentation of the debate. Yet, for all your efforts, let us think back on the debate and what most Americans remember. Got it? The next day, and ever since, the fact that Big Bird may not have a job received more media attention than any other point made or danced around. I guess the quality of our educational system still reflects our wisdom of a nation. So sad. Great Hub, my friend!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I like how you said that Obama lost to lies :)

      Am looking fwd to the next debate...hope he better have good excuses for the lies after all he is a politician.

      Want him re-elected!!!

      Good one, Wayne

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop....Yes, if one listened closely one could her the seals flippers clapping together as they clamored for more fish! LOL! Thanks Poppy! ~WB

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      The Obama that we saw during the debate was the real Obama, an actor at a complete loss without his teleprompter and gaggle of smiling fools behind him. Up and awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @TFP....Well stated, Frog....well stated! Thanks much! ~WB

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      All the little minions of Obama's hitting the talk shows saying Romney was a liar amazed me. I'm sure they must have been talking about Obama because the very next day the hypocrite was out there selling the same snake oil about a 5 trillion tax cut. One of Obama's campaign contributor economist buddies dreamed that figure aup and it was thoroughly debunked but Team Obama wants to hang onto the lie like a rabid dog.

      Romney is too much of a gentlemen to allow his people to do what I just watched Obama's koolaid crowd try to sell the public. Yes, we have a very distinct choice.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Yes, I agree and as much as they say Obama will be ready next time, don't you think that if he could look presidential, he already would be by now????? LOL! Maybe they should have dressed in golfing attire! Just think, by the time they vote again, Obama should be wearing all the guffaw that spews out of Crazy Uncle Joe's mouth in the debate this week. That shouldn't be a distraction....shucks Joe meant well, he just got a little confused, cut him some slack! the slack they cut Romney on the 47%???? Thanks much, Doc! ~WB

      @caltex....Thanks glad that you agree. The choice is clear but there is much work to be done to get there. ~WB

      @teaches12345...Yes, I was as well. I thought his confidence and his knowledge of the issues shined in the moment along with his regard for his country and the future of his children. Meanwhile, Obama pours over the blueprint for yet another regional gulag of the future....a vast difference in vision. ~WB

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I was really impressed with how polished Romney looked on the last debate. He certainly showed a side that we were all hoping he had within him. He was able to answer all questions well and appeared in control of the discussion. Looking forward to seeing what happens on the next debate.

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      caltex 5 years ago

      "Those who saw that debate witnessed a man who loves America, appreciating the history of its founding, and desiring to continue that path to the future. We saw a man who understands the grave dangers this country faces and how bad that situation has become in just four short years under the current President."

      Exactly! On the other hand, I saw Obama just trying to keep his job by simply showing up. I agree, the choice is clear.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent summation, Wayne, as usual. I would say that in the debate Romney was extremely knowledgeable and presidential, and BO was NOT!

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @lrc7815....Oh no! If I had that type exposure I would be a die-hard Obama Chris Matthews says, "all tingly in the legs!" Thanks much, Linda! ~WB

      @Pamela99...I agree. If Obama had a viable plan beyond what we have seen in the past four years then one must ask why he waited until now to unveil it. He has no plan except "forward" nowhere. Thanks much! ~WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I watched the debate and Obama simply did not have 4 years of accomplishments that he could defend and Romeny came prepared with a plan. I'm sue Obama will look at the camera next time and all that, but I don't see how he can have anything good to sat since he has been so inept. Great hub as usual Wayne.

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Wayne, you already know that I think Obama gave it away this time but watch out next time. lol Another great hub, though I think your perspective is a bit distorted. Too much mainstream media exposure?

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @mio cid....I do not think any one of us, if we were standing there in Romney's shoes, being accused of putting forth a tax break program that wa not our plan would just stand there and let Obama hang it on us. Of course Romney came back and demanded to answer the accusation, otherwise silence is confirmation. When such an accusation takes place right out of the box things go to hell in a hurry. Otherwise, I did not get the sense that Romney ran the show. Both parties did their part to hold up on subject shifts driven primarily by the passion of the moment. That is a common occurrence in debates. I think the moderator did the best he could with it given the emotion of the subjects and the time constraints. Certainly I applaud the moderator for subjecting each man to the same question rather than throwing softballs to one and playing hardball with the other as we have seen in some debates of the past. Thanks again! ~WB

      @fpherJ48....Thank you! Good comments! ~WB

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      fpherj48 .Nobody wants Obama to be reelected more than me,but there is no way to deny his was one of the worst debate performances in the history of the universe.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      OH...mio cid...Trust me.....I have no doubt that Wayne agrees with you that the prez sucked.

      Personally, IMO...nothing sucks more than making "excuses for why" the guy we like, lost .....or why the guy we don't like..."cheated." Crazy as it the end, the winner is usually the one who did better.

      Great hub as always, Wayne....30 days and counting.....UP+++

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      No that accounts why Romney TELLS the moderator what we are going to do next and does it,Obama got four more minutes more than Romney, which by the way he wasted because since Romney had done whatever he wanted with the debate, Lehrer could not also cut off the president in the middle of a response.However you look at it the president sucked.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @mio cid....And that must account for why Obama got four more minutes of actual speaking time than did Romney. Thanks much. ~WB

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      The reason Romney so overwhelmingly won the debate is because, he looked presidential, he steam rolled a Lilliputiens Obama , and a moderator in Jim Lehrer who was more worried about showing the 20 million Limbaugh dittoheads he wasn't in the tank for Obama than to live up to his own standards.


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