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.
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7 October 2012