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Updated on November 20, 2014


Another version of my proposed Obama bumper sticker for 2012.
Another version of my proposed Obama bumper sticker for 2012.

A Few More Tidbits

It seems like I raised quite a stir when I posted the original article, “Why November 2012 is the Most Important Election of Your Lifetime.” Some of the comments dismissed the article as “regurgitated boilerplate of the Tea Party-Koch-Corpratism Gang,” “Fox Kool-Aid,” and something about “group-think” and “agitprop.” (This last commenter must have confused my hub with the Democratic Party website.) Of course, what I stated was a list of facts (not “opinions” as someone said). One would think he has done enough to disqualify President Obama for reelection but, of course, there’s more . . . a LOT more. Here we go:

 TAXES - Obama wants to raise our taxes by allowing the “Bush tax cuts” to expire, well some of them anyway. Apparently anybody with a gross income of $250,000 is “rich.” They will have their income taxes raised and, if the “Buffet Rule” passes, capitol gains taxes will rise as well. Know what will happen if these things take place? Thousands of small businesses will have to tighten their belts, let some employees go, and probably raise prices. Some of them will probably close their doors. With respect to the proposed capitol gains increase, this would discourage investment and have a next negative impact on the economy. Economist Don Luskin has estimated that allowing this to happen will cause a 30 percent collapse in the stock market. (Phil Kerpin column, Fox News, 9 July 2012). Besides, raising taxes in a recession is a bad idea. You know who said that? Barack Obama in 2009.

 “OBAMACARE” - Speaking of taxes, conservative pundits are calling “Obamacare” the largest tax increase in American history. Well, it turns out it’s the tenth largest tax increase in history (see Ezra Klein’s “Wonkblog,” 2 July 2012), and that’s large enough for me. Of course, the Obama administration argues the mandate was not a tax when they were arguing for the bill, then the administration’s lawyers turned around argued it WAS a tax before the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court said, yup, it’s a tax! If it looks like a duck . . .

 FAST AND FURIOUS - What can I say about this? The Attorney General has been held in contempt of Congress (and Obama has injected himself into it by declaring "executive privilege"). Stay tuned - this could get worse - far worse.

 INTEL LEAKS - This one really irks me - I spent almost 40 years in jobs with high security clearances and to see these kind of leaks coming out of the White House is alarming to say the least. I know, all administrations selectively leak intelligence for political reasons, but this one seems particularly egregious. We now have major leaks of classified information from the administration negatively affecting our national security, and the Attorney General appoints a couple of Justice Department attorneys to “investigate” the leaks. Naturally any results won’t be known until after the election.. Someone needs to hang for this.

 “DREAM ACT” - So the so-called Dream Act could not pass Congress, so Obama basically enacts it by executive fiat. He is ignoring the Constitution (and the law) by essentially granting an amnesty to over 800,000 illegal aliens. There is a much better way to address this issue but this is NOT the way to do it. The states are trying to cope with this problem and the federal government keeps thwarting their efforts. My grandparents came here in the late 1800s legally and had to go through all the wickets to become citizens. Why should hundreds of thousands of people who entered the country ILLEGALLY get these benefits without going through the system?

 WELFARE REFORM - One of the few good things Bill Clinton did right was to sign the welfare reform act back in 1996 (thanks primarily to Newt Gingrich and the GOP congress). Now Mr. Obama has essentially gutted it by choosing to waive the work requirements for able-bodied people that formed the backbone of the act. So much for welfare reform. This is one of the worst of all Obama’s economic decisions and undoes sixteen years of good results from the landmark legislation.

 “YOU DIDN’T BUILD YOUR BUSINESS” - Obama’s speech the other day about the role of government in business and in our lives shows his true colors. Yes, he didn’t actually say businessmen did not “build” their own businesses, but the implication is clear: you couldn’t do it without us. So “us,” being the government, is benign and helpful and don’t worry if it keeps growing, gets more burdensome, consumes more of the GNP, and we impose more regulations, etc., etc. This guy is a statist, pure and simple. I agree with some of the pundits that are saying the president gave Romney a gift with this one.

 2ND AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION - Secretary of State Clinton supports the UN’s “Small Arms Treaty,” an onerous act that, if we ratified it, could seriously curtail our 2nd Amendment rights. Luckily, the US Senate will never ratify this piece of dung but it is disturbing that this administration would support it. Disturbing, but not surprising. By the way, gun owners, can you imagine what may happen if he is reelected?

Oh, and before I forget, he’s gutted the Defense of Marriage Act, this after he stated quite plainly a couple of years ago that he was against gay marriage. Those of you who voted for Obama 4 years ago, ask yourselves these questions - do you really think he deserves reelection? Do you really want bigger, bloated government? Do you really wish to see a further erosion of individual liberties? How about a bankrupt economy? Think about it. And then do the right thing - vote this president out of office.

Update - 11 June 2013

Well, I must say the 2nd Obama administration is even worse than I thought it would be! Scandal after scandal and quite a few people are calling for his impeachment. (President Biden? Ugh, what a thought!) Now we have scandals at the IRS, DOJ, and NSA. Some liberals maintain each has nothing to do with the other but they are clearly wrong. These scandals are indicative of the nature of our government: a huge, bloated bureaucracy aggrandizing more and more power, and practically the opposite of what the Founding Fathers envisioned. Now one of the excuses coming from the White House is Obama knew nothing of these things. If that's true, then we have an out-of-control mess with minions doing what they damn well please. If that turns out to be NOT true . . . well, what does that tell you about Obama?


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    • AlexDrinkH2O profile image

      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      joer4x4 - interesting response - a bit cynical perhaps, but interesting none the less. Thanks.

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      joer4x4 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Good article.

      I wish I could be as upbeat about it. But my thinking is that is doesn't matter.

      It is a rare event when the republicans rescind any laws the democrats put in place. It was easy to rescind health care without control of the Senate but I want to see them do it if they get control of both houses. I don't think that will sit well with the health care industry. If you read the actual affordable health care act you would know that health care providers and pharmaceutical companies will make lots of money.

      Our money is worth nothing and the value is set by the Fed instead of congress. This is why everything is so much more expensive today. Neither party wants to tackle this fundamental economic issue. Have you ever noticed that your money (except for your pocket change) is always in the bank and just gets transferred from bank to bank. Even if the money is tied up in debt it gets loaned out again.

      Our government politicians (both parties) are funded by large banks, corporations, and zealot organizations who want us to live their way. Politicians oblige by writing laws to benefit these funders no matter who it hurts.

      Neither party really wants to sacrifice votes to ween the loafers off of welfare. It is a big voting block. If they do, they will riot in the streets, if they don't the economy will collapse and they will riot in the streets. Both parties have created a no win scenario.

      If we had to pay off debt today, we would have to $222 trillion. There can't be that much money in circulation. It is an enormous amount and impossible to be real. This does not include consumer debt.

      Get ready for QE3 - more fake electronic money for big banking, business and government driving the dollar to inflate more.

      If Romney is voted in, the people better give republicans control of the house and senate otherwise nothing will change. But if republicans do take control they will make few changes with lots of lip service because they are just as much in debt to big business as the democrats.

      And then there is Iran? Will we go into the final conflict or not? I think Romney has a disdain for Putin and Obama is just arrogant. I think they will put Putin to the test. But Putin is not Khrushchev. Putin has a totally different personality and he will bite emotionally.

      Government puts up a good front with is socialistic lip service but it is all fascism. The spoils go to business with government as its puppet. Is that a better world?

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I think your analysis is spot on. Your article is great and right to the point. Well done! I agree with you.

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      Nick Hanlon 5 years ago from Chiang Mai

      Theere use to be a Prime Minister of Australia named Paul Keating who would drum out the line that t"his is the most important election of our lifetime".He did so often the cartoonists,the satirical shows and the editors started to poke fun at him for this.He lost the election by the way.People in Australia really have an aversion to hype and semantics.If you tell them is "gee whizz,ain't she beaut" then you'll start to make people suspicious.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      That came from the republican candidate for president who said of the between 11 and 20 million illegals living in the country right now that his solution to the problem would be to make their life so unbearable that they will self deport, and the position of the people in charge of the republican party of the present is to deport all illegals not making available any way for them to become legal,believe me with this current position a few years from now it will be very hard to meet a hispanic voter voting republican except for a few cuban expatriates in florida because whether the image is accurate or not,we will feel the republicans don't like us.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      "the republican party's solution to the illegal immigrant issue and immigration reform is to put all of them on a boat and ship them out," - where on earth did that come from? And the people who came into this country illegally are not "immigrants" - remember that. Immigration is LEGAL. Invasion is not. No one wants to round them up and deport them, we just want them to go through the process like our ancestors did. Amnesty is NOT immigration reform - it would be another example of ignoring the laws of the United States.

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      clearly because the republican party's solution to the illegal immigrant issue and immigration reform is to put all of them on a boat and ship them out, this won't be forgotten soon by the immigrant community it might change the vote of immigrants for generations to come,just like the african american vote has favored democrats 9 to 1 for decades now.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      A question that you may be missing is--why is that?

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      mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

      I agree with you that 2012 is the most important election of our lifetime for the republican party, because given the fact that the minority vote is on its way to becoming 90 percent democrat as a whole , if the republicans lose in 2012 we may not see another republican president in our lifetime or maybe in our children's lifetime.