Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I’m Taking to the Polls on November 6, 2012 Election Day

The Second Presidential Debate: What I’m Taking to the Polls on November 6, 2012 Election Day

Mr. President, with all due respect, here’s “THE MATH”: CREATING JOBS STIMULATES THE ECONOMY which pays for itself ten times over. Your ongoing failure to grasp this fundamental concept of simple economics is why our American economy continues to flounder when all previous historical data for recessions to date indicates that we should be well out this recession by now and yet we are not. Your continuing insistence that Gov. Romney’s numbers “Don’t add up” and that his tax plan will leave us with a net result of “7 trillion additional dollars added to the deficit” is just smoke and mirrors, and if the American people have a shred of common sense left they aren’t buying into these smoke and mirrors tactics any longer. History is history and data is data: Its time to try something new because what we’ve been doing these past four years is simply NOT working!

Furthermore, Governor Romney is not a liar and “he’s [not] lying.” You see Gov. Romney’s “5-point plan” to get the American economy going once again --and his tax plan in particular-- simply acknowledges that if elected to the “Office of President of the United States of America” (executive branch) Gov. Romney will only be a part of a system of government that also includes the congressional (House and Senate) and judicial branches of government. Gov. Romney accepts that the executive branch of government does not have the sole power to proclaim and enact laws all on its own and as such the minute details of specific revisions to the tax code (i.e., “closing loopholes”) will have to be ironed out in a bi-partisan effort in the Congress after the election. And contrary to what your administration believes, just because you say something often enough doesn’t make it truth: Gov. Romney’s tax plan is specific on the one point that really matters and that is that the top 1% of wealthiest Americans will NOT BE GETTING A TAX BREAK. Quite frankly, given the recent scandal unfolding around the brutal killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a technical analyst and two additional armed forces members –the loss of FOUR AMERICAN LIVES! -- in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya: you have one heck of a lot of nerve standing up in front of the American people and calling anyone else a liar.

As a matter of fact, media analysis to date –to the best of my knowledge—has only conclusively proven that you yourself, Mr. President, have been the one “to lie” to American people, but I'll be more diplomatic and simply claim that you have spoken a mistruth. Post analysis debate of the first Presidential Debate, on CNN “By the Numbers”, found and explicitly stated that the only mistruth that they had found during the course of the initial debate had been spoken by you, Mr. President. CNN clearly stated that your claim of having created “5 million jobs” during the course of your 4-year term in office was false. Their analysis of the numbers showed that 4.3 million jobs were lost in the recession and that only 4.4 (4.425) million jobs had been created by your administration over the course of the past four years, which resulted in a net creation of only 125,000 jobs. Even if you do not count the 4.3 million jobs lost due to the recession, 4.425 million jobs is still less than 5 million, by almost half a million jobs. Your math on “job creation” is what does not “add up”, Mr. President: 4.4 million does not round up to 5 million as any fourth or fifth grade math student will tell you.

Pointing fingers, shifting focus (e.g., Gov. Romney’s proposed “hard choice” funding cuts, like “Big Bird” funding cuts to PBS, which makes a huge profit each year solely on its own merit: 53 million in profits last year, I believe, even before government subsidies of an estimated 430 million per year) with smoke and mirrors tactics, creating fear and pitting the American people against one another along lines of class status, and outright lying to the American people about this Administration’s failures with respect to the recent terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, isn’t leadership! And it isn’t what we need in order to move this country forward once again along a path that would restore America’s economic independence by getting people back to work, creating jobs and getting a handle on our soaring 16 trillion dollar national debt … your lack of true leadership, Mr. President, isn’t what America needs in order to protect Americans working abroad against future terrorist attacks. Governor Romney has a plan, Mr. President. We have yet to hear anything that even begins to resemble a specific, detailed plan for changing the current “recession status quo” from you or your campaign. And that’s what I’m taking to the polls with me on November 6, 2012!

God Bless the USA!

P.S.  On "Women's Issues" in this election ... Yes, I don't necessarily like all of the Republican Party's stands on "women's issues" and I have written many political pieces discussing my problems with specific Republican stands on women's issues (e.g., birth control and healthcare coverage).  That being said, being able to afford to put food on my table, buy clothes for my kids, put gas in my car and heat my home for the winter, seem to be the more pressing set of issues facing not only me, but my family as well. Looking on down the line several years, if we continue to limp down this pot-holed road we've been on for the last four years:  I can only see a huge "SOLD TO CHINA" sign slapped across the good old USA. I look at China and the kind of lives and issues facing women in China, today, and I think to myself, "Is this the kind of economic uncertainty and future that I want to hand off to my daughters tomorrow?"    ... Okay, so China owns less than 10% of our national debt, Russia owns a large portion as does a conglomeration of Middle Eastern oil interests ... Then there are undisclosed Cayman Island offshore account holders and others with Swiss account holders of similar undisclosed origin (maffia or other criminal organizations?). Are any of the latter preferabe to China?  Probably not, but WHO owns our debt isn't the REAL issue.  The REAL issue is that we have an unacceptably enormous amount of national debt:  16,000,000,000,000 ... that's 16 trillion, dollars (!!?!!) and with the interest alone, this number is growing each and every day!!  It doesn't matter who owns this debt and how we got here:  the important issues are that 1) we have this enormous debt and 2) we need to get a handle on it NOW.  To this end, we need a President with a proven track record for economic success so that we can create jobs, put people back to work and get our economy going once again ... Because what we've been doing these past four years simply IS NOT WORKING!!

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