Reasons for Obama Not to be Reelected

The more time that goes by, it becomes more apparent that the Obama Administration is broken and needs to be replaced.  Operation Fast & Furious, the non-terrorist status of terrorists, a porous border, class warfare, and continuing race-based issues are just a start on the long laundry list of administrative failures.  Then there is a focus on the antics of the Secret Service, the GSA, and yes, even the President’s taking tax-payer funded world-wide shopping sprees & vacations.  Let’s not mention (but will anyway) the President making his way around the late-night talk circuit…

Question for the masses:  When was the last time a Republican President had this many failures, both professional or personal?  Not within the last three, I would wager…

During the writing of the last post, The Obama Reelection Strategy, I ran across the following list at Political Economy.  It lists 101 reasons that Obama should not be reelected in the 2012 elections.

Obama 2012 – 101 reasons why he will lose.

1. Unemployment after 4 years of Keynesian economics is still over 7%. If Americans are out of work so will be the President. 

2. US debt is over 14 trillion dollars and counting. He tripled the debt. We had a party and our children will have to pay. 

3. We are still fighting an undeclared war in the Middle East with American men and women on the ground taking casualties with no end in sight. This really upsets me. It is not Obama’s fault but America should only fight declared wars, because undeclared wars are a never ending battle. 

4. The budget is not yet balanced and 60 percent of the money goes to entitlements. 

5. Change did not come. 

6. Obama looks exhausted. As a leader he physically looks like life is a chore. He looks too skinny and will lose some votes based on his look. I know it is superficial but people vote on this. 

7. Inflation is picking up. He is allowing the currency to be inflated. 

8. Health care is not fixed. Not his fault. The Republicans only allow a watered down version to get ,through. Yet on the other hand, my thinking is there are better ways to fix health care than the Obama plan, such as a negative income tax, free market and light regulation such as not allowing people to be dropped for pre-existing conditions. 

9. The housing market is far from recovered. 

10. China is rising faster than the USA. 

11. US jobs are going overseas. 

12. Pro family Americans question Obama’s core values. 

13. He accepted the Nobel peace prize for nothing. 

14. Still no real business experience, only an academic. 

15. Liberals feel betrayed as he did not follow through with transforming America with a liberal vision. Too much compromise. 

16. Increased taxes. 

17. Half the country is conservative. 

18. After the initial honeymoon with international leaders, the global community respects him only for his title rather than his ability to lead. 

19. Tea party. 

20. Herman Cain, the conservative Obama. 

21. His party turns against him. 

22. 2012 is the apocalypse? 

23. Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Alex Jones, Drudge Report, National Review, Freeman, Greg, Mankiw, American Thinker 

24. Wikileaks did not help the American image. 

25. Jimmy Carter lite. He was elected to restore trust in the office of the Presidency, but ineffective as a leader. 

26. Does not understand economics. Never read the classics from Adam Smith to Hayek to Milton Friedman. Filled with a mix of Keynesian and populous ideas. 

27. Too many vacations at critical times. 

28. Too many bailouts of big US businesses. 

29. Special interest president. 

30. Mysterious past from which passport he used to got to Pakistan to college records, to fake social security number and drug use. 

31. Questionable lavish trips for his family 

32. Some surprises will come out right before the 2012 election. 

33. Expansion of government and unaffordable entitlement programs. 

34. US military is being poorly run. Valuable resources are being wasted. 

35. Well rehearsed for speeches, but lacks charisma. 

36. Was basically an anti-Bush blame candidate. But after 4 years of failed policies it will be hard to blame Bush. 

37. Continues setting presidential golf records. 

38. Putin embarrasses him. 

39. An Asian dictator embarrasses him. 

40. A Middle Eastern Emir embarrasses him. 

41. Chavez makes him look bad. 

42. Lacks support in the congress which is a reflection of the sentiment of the US. If reelected he will be a 4 year lame duck president. 

43. Rebuilding Iraq, but not our roads and schools. 

44. Freedom is decreasing and the constitution has taken a back seat to government central control, for example the TSA or potential regulation of the Internet. 

45. Too many people drawing metaphors to 1984 (the book, not the year). Big brother is alluded to in many headlines. 

46. Comedians will begin to roast him and the youth will lose respect for him. 

47. Food, healthcare, education and oil increases or at least agri-inflation, have you been to the grocery store lately?

48. Illegal immigration problem never solved. 

49. Drug problem never solved or not even a dent in it.

50. Violent crimes are many fold higher than other nations. 

51. America is slipping more as an economic leader and relative standard of living is in decline. 

52. Blatant unrepentant globalist, putting America second. 

53. Minor irritants for the US citizens like body scanners more paperwork and forms. 

54. States are in crisis and the is only the beginning and Obama has done little to help. 

55. Latest census shifted the political balance in swing states. 

56. Was not a landslide in the first election. 

57. Trade deficit is worst. 

58. Many people I personally know that crossed lines have told me it was a mistake. 

59. Lacks the combination of vision and ability to implement, like Ronald Reagan. He talks about united the parties instead of doing
60. America is too divided. 

61. The U.S. trade deficit with China increased by 26% last year. 

62. Independent voter and minor parties are shifting their alliances away from the Democrats. 

63. Obama is getting too much advice from George Clooney. 

64. South Park will produce some parodies that will hit home at Obama’s weaknesses. 

65. Substance wins over symbolism the second time around. 

66. Double dip recession at the end of 2012 could derail any chance of an Obama victory. 

67. Obama is no Roosevelt because opposition to Roosevelt usually conceded for the greater good. The opposite is happening in the USA. The Obama presidency is polarizing the country. 

68. Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Missouri, Oregon, Washington ,Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, California, Nevada, are bankrupt and cannot meet their obligatory payments. The last drips of Federal money will expose the dire economic situation of these states. 

69. Majority of the polls currently show an Obama loss in the 2012 election. 

70. Republicans learned from their mistakes and will not elect someone like McCain to represent them again. That is the four pillars of the republicans are: social and religious conservatives, fiscal conservatives, imperialists and war hawks and moderate Republicans who can cross party lines. McCain was a War hawk conservative with some social ideas. Not a combination needed during an economic crisis. You need a fiscal and religious conservative that appeals to moderates. Hawks do not swing elections unless there is a real Peal Harbor. 

71. Exceptions were too high for the first term. 

72. Stagflation. 

73. Florida the key swing state demographically is changing more conservative. Whoever wins Florida will have a good chance at the White House in 2012. 

74. Arizona, Texas, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina all Republican states picked up electorates. 

75. Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania all democratic states lost electorates. 

76. It is showdown of Big Government vs the US citizens, I am pulling for the Americans. 

77. Vegas and psychics and predictors of the sort are edging towards a Republican win. 

78. Barack broke the promise of raising taxes for capital gains and dividends for the top percentage of wage earners. 

79. Broken promise of double funding for after school programs. 

80. Centralize lobbying and ethics reporting for US citizens to view, another broken promise. 

81. Phase out exemptions for high earning tax payers. Another broken promise. 

82. Repeal Bush tax cuts for the top earners, another Obama unfulfilled promise. 

83. Obama promised to end income taxes for seniors making less than 50k. This was a huge issue in the sunbelt swing states, Obama did not do this. 

84. A score of other broken promises too many to list. This does not help his credibility. 

85. Is Obama Keynesian or Kenyan? To date there is still some confusion in some people’s minds. 

86. Much of the Hollywood crowd that were his darlings in the 2008 Presidential elections are not as zealous in the 2012 Presidential elections. 

87. Republicans have a real candidate in 2012. 

88. Has an extreme anti-life voting record. 

89. Obama is soft on crime. 

90. Relief for the middle class never materialized and many stimulus injections of cash were temporary and favoring a few rather than the majority who will pay with taxes. 

91. Obama wants a European style social economy which does not fit the American spirit. Obama is not a socialist, rather more follows the French economic model than the American. 

92. Extension of Bush foreign policy, pax America. The sun never sets on the union jack (make the world England), I mean stars and bars. 

93. Unemployment benefits have run out of federal money for chronically unemployed and people underemployed and out of work are looking for new ideas and answers rather than government money and temporary fixes.

94. Many good ideas proposed in 2008, but few implemented even with a Democratic majority in the congress. It is really hard to be Obama, as there is a lot of political infighting and most of the US money is being consumed my entitlement spending and a pittance is for these new interesting ideas. 

95. Has done nothing to curb the close ties between the military business infrastructure and government spending. 

96. Bailed out Wall Street not Main street. I thought he said things would be different. Most jobs are created by small companies, close to 70% as well as innovation, but the large dinosaurs got the funds. 

97. Alex Conant, a GOP election campaign advisor said President Barack Obama cannot be a bipartisan candidate in 2012, like he was in the last election because American voters know him now as something different. He will lose many center and independent voters. 

98. After 25 years of the Bush and Clinton dynasties, Americans have less tolerance for legacy candidates and more focused on results. That is just because they know someone, no longer is a good reason to reelect them. 

99. Traditionally candidate who spend more money on election bids win. This is a reasonably strong correlation. For example, Democrats spent $956,049,411 in 2008 while the Republicans spent $792,186,627. This is contrast with 2004 where the Republicans spent $875,704,006 and the Democrats spent $710,416,993. It is not just that when a campaign has more money it is an indicator of real sentiment, but money and marketing does influence people. At this point Republicans have the momentum and mount an all out attempt to dethrone Obama in 2012 as they see it as an attempt to save the USA. 

100. Crazy indicators that could mean nothing or something, such height of the Candidates, Obama being 6’1” would lose against Mit Romney at 6’4”. Many of the crazy indicators point to an Obama lose in 2012. Hair also counts, and Obama’s salt and pepper thin hair is no competition for the flowing hair of Sarah Palin’s for example. 

101. I will not vote for him and I usually vote for winners (not always). I have an even better track record with predicting elections. Sometimes I am a sucker for lost causes.

Make sense?

The Obama Re-Election Strategy

While looking over the comments from the previous post and thinking a little bit, I started to wonder what President Obama’s re-election strategy would be.  There have been very few successes for the Obama administration with the exception of Obamacare, and that’s being challenged in the Supreme Court.  With the latest scandals with GSA malfeasance with tax dollars and the Secret Service hiring foreign nationals for “evening entertainment,” it doesn’t look good, but only for the short-term.

In his election campaign of 2008, the Obama campaign machine ran a near flawless campaign, only marred by two items that I can remember – his unscripted comment about “spreading the wealth” to Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbache, and his grand tour of Europe badmouthing America.  A brilliant slogan of “Hope and Change” with the near iconic “O” campaign graphic was a combination most politicians would die for.  He was promoted as an academic, a brilliant teacher that as a new & hip politician on the scene that, dare I say it, was African-American & promised to heal any and all racial divides (real or imagined).  Of course, appealing to all of the Liberal base with talking points promising the sun, moon, and stars along with a mantra of “blame Bush,” how could he lose?

President Obama cannot run on his record alone.  He cannot claim saving the automotive companies – his predecessor started that ball rolling.  He cannot claim victory over the economy as his stimulus package didn’t stimulate, allowed unemployment climb above the promised limit of 8%, thousands found themselves unemployed, businesses (and Wall Street) collapsed, and all at a cost of over 1 trillion of our taxpayer dollars!  The promise of promoting green energy has also cost millions of taxpayer dollars in failed loans & subsidies, and has been increasingly turning brown.  Our troops are still being killed overseas and Guantanamo is still open despite the campaign promises to bring the troops home & close the camp.  And the previously mentioned Health Care Plan passed with many closed door & under the table deals to politicians, special interests, and general obfuscation (Pelosi’s “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…” is the perfect quote for these shenanigans).  There are many, many more broken promises, almost too numerous to list, but a comprehensive list is here.  (In the interests of fairness, the promises kept are here, although most of them have to do with health care.)

Instead, the Obama Re-Election Strategy is going to be focused on two words – Attack and Blame.  We are all seeing the beginning of that strategy.  For instance…

A combination of these two words can be found in the attack of the 1%, blaming them for being successful and, how dare they, not sharing with the rest of us and being so greedy to begin with.  It doesn’t matter that 48% of us are paying taxes to support the other 52%, class-warfare is in full swing.  I guarantee you that he will drag Mitt Romney in the middle of it while emphasizing his humble beginnings.

There will be a resurgence of ads attacking anyone opposed to ObamaCare, no matter how the Supreme Court rules on the case, and blaming the same people for raising roadblocks toward a mandated universal health care system.  The ads will involve the doom and gloom of the senior citizens and children not being treated for the most minor (and major) health issues.

The blame will come for hindering the Obama Plan to revitalize the economy.  It will go something like “if (name given here) hadn’t stood in the way, the economy would have recovered by now and unemployment would never have gone above 8%.”

The attack will come in playing the race card in some way, either made up or partially based in some fact.  Just the fact that President Obama is chiming in on various issues (such as Trayvon Martin) is all the indication I need to know that this will happen.

I know that there will be other strategies in play, but I believe that the above will be the main thrust.  And I know that someone far cleverer than I will come up with a Bulls**t Bingo card with this and more – that can be counted on.

Those are my thoughts for the moment – what do you think?

Who Will Win in November?

At this point in time, it looks like Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination for the Presidency.  On the other side is Barack Obama, who ran a near flawless campaign in 2008, but has failed to live up to the many promises made during that campaign.

Mitt (can I call you Mitt?) has lots of baggage to overcome.  Bainbridge is the least of his worries. Appearing to be out of touch with the average voter is going to be the biggest hurdle as, at least to me, he seems to not have a clue of the issues which concern mainstream America.  To me, his religion is dead last, and passing Romneycare in Massachusetts is fairly close to the bottom as well.  It will be interesting who will be selected to fill the VP slot.

The current President has much more to answer for.  The many unfulfilled campaign promises will be the biggest burden as well as an unemployment rate that blew past his in office promise of “no more than 8%”.  Indeed, the campaign promise of health care passed, but the provisions are being challenged in the Supreme Court, and the passing of the bill was about as contentious as any bill in recent history.  With his selection of Joe “Foulmouth” Biden as VP and the latest GSA and Secret Service scandals, it does make you wonder if amateur hour rolled into Washington for an extended stay.

The latest polls have Mitt and the President in a dead heat if the election was held today.  In other words, it’s a toss-up.  So regardless of your politics and who you want to win, who do you think will win in November?

The Real Tragedy of the Trayvon Martin Case

First off, I’m not going to pass judgment on whether Trayvon Martin assaulted George Zimmerman, or if Mr. Zimmerman was justified in shooting & killing Mr. Martin.  I was not there, and such judgments are left to a Higher Power.  Rather, I would comment on the insanity & inanity surrounding this incident.

How the media at large has treated this tragedy is absolutely shameful.  Altered and incomplete voice recordings have done nothing to deal with the truth of the event, and have inflamed various groups.  They have portrayed Mr. Martin as an absolutely pure & innocent youth minding his own business, and Mr. Zimmerman as a gun-toting racist nut looking for trouble.  Neither one of the previous statements is true, but that gets lost in the noise of the media’s “if it bleeds, it leads” quest for ever higher ratings. 

And going right along with the media are the usual suspects, the ones that pop-up every time there is a perceived racial incident.  Sharpton, Jackson, the New Black Panther Party, and others stand up and demand justice (i.e., immediate arrest and conviction) for the dead or else.  I believe it is absolutely shameful that these people posture for the media, and inflame & incite near riots before all the facts are known.  And in the case of the New Black Panther Party, they have stated the or else would include taking matters into their own hands unless their idea of “justice” isn’t carried out.  This is unacceptable from all angles – are we a civilized society with laws and procedures to follow, or are we mindless barbarians?

The prosecutor in this case has stated that any arrests & subsequent prosecution would not be influenced by public opinion.  Somehow, this statement falls flat when this same elected public official makes a campaign speech the night referencing the case before bringing charges against Mr. Zimmerman, and some have called the charges excessive.  This will either result in an acquittal if the case goes to trial, or Mr. Zimmerman pleading to a lesser charge.

Here’s the problem if you haven’t picked up on it now – it’s all a sham, an over-blown hype of an incident that would otherwise be a footnote in the news if the conditions were different.  What if both of the participants were black, or white, or Hispanic?  The incident would barely make the local news much less the national news.  The usual suspects wouldn’t even raise their heads, and a special prosecutor wouldn’t be appointed to investigate the incident.  Stop to think about it – can you really in your right mind disagree with the above?

Yes, anytime someone is killed, especially a youth, it is a tragedy for all of us. The parents are devastated, and the person causing the death will be scarred & affected for the rest of his life.  People’s lives are changed forever and permanently.  There’s no getting around that.

The real tragedy of the Trayvon Martin case is that the truth and the rule of law have been replaced with half-truths, outright lies, threats of violence & vigilantism all for the purpose of advancing various agendas.  Again, are we a civilized society, or barbarians?  You decide.

I’m Coming Back!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  Friends, Enemies (Frienemies?), and not-so-innocent bystanders…

I’m coming back to the blogging world.

I’ve found that over the past 5-6 months, I miss writing about the stuff that concerns & honks me off.  Yeah, there will be some fun posts as well, but at the same time, the majority of the writings are going to be serious.  We are living in a serious(ly) screwed-up time in the history of this country, and I cannot stand by and not kick my two cents into the bucket.

I’m moving the blog from an independent server to WordPress.com.  I’m tired of the site going down without warning and notification, and more and more restrictions being forced upon me.  I can live with the few restrictions that WordPress.com has, and I don’t have to worry about the headaches of site maintenance.  After all, I’d rather be writing than tearing my hair out figuring out coding around the latest denial of service from the provider.

Not everything translated over from the old site.  I’m missing the graphics, the blogrolls, and the sidebar needs work, but those will be rectified as time goes on.  It will be a little while before the first serious post show up here, but it could be as soon as next weekend.

Until then…