It seems that many in the media went crazy in Flordia when slightly difficult voting mechanisms might have caused some people's votes not to count. But when outright fraud is involved, the dominant liberal media is silent...including the liberal member of this blog who most frequently writes about voting issues. So let me just offer you one article, by the Wall Street Journal's John Fund, laying out some of what's really going on. see "Falsified registrations become votes", John Fund, Politico.com, 11/2/08 http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15189.html Many of you may remember when liberals were squawking (for months, if not years) that George W. Bush stole the 2000 election even though all the recounts showed that he won Florida and it's likely that if there was voter fraud, it helped the Democrat, as always. But if Barack Obama wins Ohio narrowly, you will see some accusations of stealing an election which will have real merit. It's possible that Barack Obama can win Ohio without surrogates cheating for him, and he should be doing everything possible to do so. Instead, he's basically silent on the criminal organization ACORN as is the traditional liberal media. They care so much about getting The Messiah elected that they don't care whether they have to cheat, lie, or destroy our Republic to do it.
It's about time that the traditional liberal media recognizes that Democrats are not their friends. No, the Obama campaign is simply using a compliant media as another tool in their propaganda machine. It's probably too late to save us from electing the most liberal, least experienced president in our history, but at least it seems that the media is starting to push back. Here's my Sunday article for Human Events on the subject: Obama Campaign Turns on Media
I was going to repeat my many prior assertions that many Americans are economic morons, something I stand by. But rather than go through it again, just watch this very short video and think for a moment about what it means for your future if this woman is, heaven forbid, even close to correct: [youtube]L6ikOxi9yYk[/youtube] Is it my imagination, or is that jaw-dropping? And if it is jaw-dropping, is it because it's such a ridiculous thing for that woman to believe...or because it might not be?
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The following is supposedly by a Michael Master in McLean, Virginia. While I'm skeptical of the authorship of "open letters" that I receive in e-mail, the content of this letter is so on-target that I'm offering it to you as today's reading: To: Barack Obama Jr., The New York Times carried a story on Saturday, October 4, 2008 that proved you had a significantly closer relationship with Bill Ayers than what you previously admitted. While the issue of your relationship is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about it. The Chicago Sun reported on May 8, 2008 that FBI records showed that you had a significantly closer relationship with Tony Rezko than what you previously admitted. In the interview, you said that you only saw Mr. Rezko a couple of times a year. The FBI files showed that you saw him weekly. While the issue of your relationship is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about it. Your speech in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008 about 'race' contradicted your statement to Anderson Cooper on March 14 when you said that you never heard Reverend Wright make his negative statements about white America While your attendance at Trinity Church for 20 years is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America on March 14. In your 1st debate with John McCain, you said that you never said that you would meet with the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea without 'preparations' at lower levels ... Joe Biden repeated your words in his debate with Sarah Palin ... while the video tape from your debate last February clearly shows that you answered 'I would' to the question of meeting with those leaders within 12 months without 'any' preconditions. While your judgment about meeting with enemies of the USA without pre-conditions is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America in the debate with McCain. On July 14, 2008, you said that you always knew that the surge would work while the video tapes of you from more than a year ago show that you stated that the surge would not work. While your judgment about military strategy as a potential commander in chief is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America on July 14. You now claim that your reason for voting against funding for the troops was because the bill did not include a time line for withdrawal while the video tapes of you from more than a year ago show that you voted against additional funding because you wanted our troops to be removed immediately ... not in 16 months after the 2008 election as you now claim. While your judgment about removing our troops unilaterally in 2007 is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about your previous position. You claim to have a record of working with Republicans while the record shows that the only bill that you sponsored with a Republican was with Chuck Lugar ... and it failed. The record shows that you vote 97% in concert with the Democrat party and that you have the most liberal voting record in the Senate. You joined Republicans only 13% of the time in your votes and those 13% were only after agreement from the Democrat party. While it is of concern that you fail to include conservatives in your actions and that you are such a liberal, the greater concern is that you distorted the truth. In the 2 primary debates of last February, 2008, you claimed to have talked with a 'Captain' of a platoon in Afghanistan 'THE OTHER DAY' when in fact you had a discussion in 2003 with a Lieutenant who had just been deployed to Afghanistan . You lied in that debate. In your debates last spring, you claimed to have been a 'professor of Constitutional law' when in fact you have never been a professor of Constitutional law. In this last debate, you were careful to say that you 'taught a law class' and never mentioned being a 'professor of Constitutional law.' You lied last spring. You and Joe Biden both claimed that John McCain voted against additional funding for our troops when the actual records show the opposite. You distorted the truth. You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted against funding for alternate energy sources 20 times when the record shows that John McCain specifically voted against funding for bio fuels, especially corn .. and he was right .... corn is too expensive at producing ethanol, and using corn to make ethanol increased the price of corn from $2 a bushel to $6 a bushel for food. You distorted the truth. You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted like both of you for a tax increase on those making as little as $42,000 per year while the voting record clearly shows that John McCain did not vote as you and Joe Biden. You lied to America . You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time when you know that Democrats also vote 90% of the time with the President (including Joe Biden) because the vast majority of the votes are procedural. You are one of the few who has not voted 90% of the time with the president because you have been missing from the Senate since the day you got elected. While your absence from your job in the Senate is of concern, the greater concern is that you spin the facts. You did not take an active role in the rescue plan. You claimed that the Senate did not need you while the real reason that you abstained was because of your close relationships with the executives of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide, and Acorn ... who all helped cause the financial problems of today ... and they all made major contributions to your campaign. While your relationship with these executives and your protection of them for your brief 3 years in the Senate (along with Barney Frank, Chuch Schumer, Maxine Waters, and Chris Dodd) is of concern, the greater concern is that you are being deceitful. You forgot to mention that you personally represented Tony Rezko and Acorn. Tony Rezko, an Arab and close friend to you, was convicted of fraud in Chicago real estate transactions that bilked millions of tax dollars from the Illinois government for renovation projects that you sponsored as a state senator ... and Acorn has been convicted of voter fraud, real estate sub prime loan intimidation, and illegal campaign contributions. Tony Rezko has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to your political campaigns. You personally used your political positions to steer money to both Tony Rezko and Acorn and you used Acorn to register thousands of phony voters for Democrats and you. While your relationships with Rezko and Acorn are of concern, the greater concern is that you omitted important facts about your relationships with them to America . During your campaign, you said: 'typical white person.' 'they cling to their guns and religion.' 'they will say that I am black.' You played the race card. You tried to label any criticism about you as racist. You divide America . You claim that you will reduce taxes for 95% of America , but you forgot to tell America that those reductions are after you remove the Bush tax reductions. You have requested close to $1 Billion in earmarks and several million for Acorn. Your social programs will cost America $1 Trillion per year and you claim that a reduction in military spending ($100 billion for Iraq ) can pay for it. While your economic plan of adding 30% to the size of our federal government is of concern, the greater concern is that you are deceiving America . The drain to America 's economy by foreign supplied oil is $700 Billion per year (5% of GDP) while the war in Iraq is $100 Billion (less than 1% of GDP). You voted against any increases to oil exploration for the last 3 years and any expansion of nuclear facilities. Yet today, you say that you have always been for more oil and more nuclear. You are lying to America . Mr. Obama, you claimed that you 'changed' your mind about public financing for your campaign because of the money spent by Republican PACs in 2004. The truth is that the Democrat PACs in 2004, 2006, and 2008 spent twice as much as the Republican PACs (especially George Soros and MoveOn.org). You are lying to America Mr. Obama, you have done nothing to stop the actions of the teachers' union and college professors in the USA . They eliminated religion from our history. They teach pro gay agendas and discuss sex with students as young as first grade. They bring their personal politics into the classrooms. They disparage conservatives. They brainwash our children. They are in it for themselves ..... not America Are you reluctant to condemn their actions because teachers/professors and the NEA contribute 25% of all money donated to Democrats and none to Republicans? You are deceiving America . Oh Mr. Obama, Teddy Roosevelt said about a hundred years ago that we Americans should first look at the character of our leaders before anything else. Your character looks horrible. While you make good speeches, motivating speeches, your character does not match your rhetoric. You talk the talk but do not walk the walk. 1. You lied to America . You lied many times. You distorted facts. You parsed your answers like a lawyer. 2. You distorted the record of John McCain in your words and in your advertisements. 3. You had associations with some very bad people for your personal political gains and then lied about those associations. 4. You divide America about race and about class. Now let me compare your record of lies, distortions, race baiting, and associations to John McCain: War hero. Annapolis graduate with 'Country first.' Operational leadership experience like all 43 previously elected presidents of the USA as a Navy Officer for 22 years. 26 years in the Senate. Straight talk. Maverick. 54% of the time participated on bills with Democrats. Never asked for an earmark. The only blemish on his record is his part in the Keating 5 debacle about 25 years ago. Mr. Obama, at Harvard Law School, you learned that the end does not justify the means. You learned that perjury, false witness, dishonesty, distortion of truth are never tolerated. Yet, your dishonesty is overwhelming. Your dishonesty is tremendously greater than the dishonesty that caused the impeachment and disbarment of Bill Clinton. Your dishonesty is tremendously greater than the dishonesty of Scooter Libby. You should be ashamed. Mr. Obama, it is time for us Americans to put aside our differences on political issues and vote against you because of your dishonest character. It is time for all of us Americans to put aside our political issues and vote for America first. It is time for America to vote for honesty. Any people who vote for you after understanding that you are dishonest should be ashamed of themselves for making their personal political issues more important than character. Would these same people vote for the anti-Christ if the anti-Christ promised them riches? Would they make a golden calf while Moses was up the mountain? Would they hire someone for a job if that someone lied in an interview? ... of course not. So why do some of these people justify their votes for you even though they know you are dishonest? Why do they excuse your dishonesty? Because some of these people are frightened about the future, the economy, and their financial security .... and you are praying on their fears with empty promises ... and because some (especially our young people) are consumed by your wonderful style and promises for 'change' like the Germans who voted for Adolf Hitler in 1932. The greed/envy by Germans in 1932 kept them from recognizing Hitler for who he was. They loved his style. Greed and envy are keeping many Americans from recognizing you .. your style has camouflaged your dishonesty .... but many of us see you for who you really are ... and we will not stop exposing who you are every day, forever if it is necessary. Mr. Obama, you are dishonest. Anyone who votes for you is enabling dishonesty. Mr. Obama , America cannot trust that you will put America first in your decisions about the future. Mr. Obama, you are not the 'change' that America deserves. We cannot trust you. Mr. Obama, You are not ready and not fit to be commander in chief. Mr. Obama, John McCain does not have as much money as your campaign to refute all of your false statements. And for whatever reasons, the mainstream media will not give adequate coverage or research about your lies, distortions, word parsing, bad associations, race bating, lack of operational leadership experience, and general dishonest character. The media is diverting our attention to your relationships and ignoring the fact that you lied about those relationships. The fact that you lied is much more important than the relationships themselves .... just like with Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon ... Monica Lewinski and Watergate were not nearly as bad as the fact that those gentlemen lied about the events ... false witness ... perjury ... your relationships and bad judgment are bad on their own .... but your lies are even worse. Therefore, by copy of this memo, all who read this memo are asked to send it to everyone else in America before it is too late. We need to do the job that the media will not do. We need to expose your dishonesty so that every person in America understands who you really are before election day. Mr. Obama, in a democracy, we get what we deserve. And God help America if we deserve you.
With too much frequency lately, it takes a foreign writer to be saying things that the American media should be saying. Here's a great article by Melanie Phillips in the UK's Spectator, including this quote:
You have to pinch yourself – a Marxisant radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshipped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti-white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.See "Pinch Yourself", Melanie Phillips, Spectator.co.uk, 10/14/08 http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/2293196/pinch-yourself.thtml
In a speech in Sarasota, Florida on Thursday, Barack Obama said he "will eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-up companies that are the engine of job creation in this country." Sit back and think about that for a minute, especially in combination with what he said to Joe the Plumber. What does Obama think the goal of someone who starts a small business is? To stay small? How much clearer could Obama be that he does indeed want to punish success? As I've said before, an Obama victory will show two things: First, that Americans have little understanding of even basic economics, and second that the GOP has utterly destroyed their brand...both of which are undeniably true. How about a little thought experiment? Let's say Obama's definition of "small business" is one with profits of $250,000 or less, or one with some amount of revenue or less or some number of employees or less. Given Obama's rhetoric, it's likely that the jump in capital gains tax rate (or any other tax which Obama will use to punish success) will be large at that threshold value. So the business owner has great incentive to get the business to that level, but no higher, keeping him from creating more jobs, generating both economic activity and tax income for the government. Or imagine that the business owner wants to sell the business and retire in a few years. But if he grows the business any more, it will pass the Obama punishment threshold and he'll end up having basically built the business for nothing because the growth will have been pilfered by the Democrats. Therefore, he sells the business three years early, causing him to lose three years of productivity, three years of income, and basically three years of doing what he wanted to do with his life. The problem with "progressive" economics is that it leads to outcomes directly opposite to those which progressives claim to care about, namely better financial situations for people of modest incomes. Punishing success will simply cause those people to be unable to find work, whereas the rich or nearly-rich would-be-entrepreneur can just keep his cash in the bank...or in municipal bonds so he doesn't pay any income tax...and be worse off than he would have been but not nearly as much worse off as the person who really needed that job. There is a reason that data show capital gains revenues to the government to rise when the capital gains tax rate is cut. But when pressed about that in an interview a few months ago, Obama's answer is that he'd still raise the capital gains rate "in the interest of fairness". That was probably the first major publicly-recognizable clue that Barack Obama is a committed socialist: He wants to attack the rich even if it means the government gets less money. It's shocking that more hasn't been made of it, but between the disgusting pro-Obama bias of the media and the lack of curiosity on economic issues by Americans except during the worst possible times, the importance of Obama's admission was missed by most. I guarantee you that even low-income people won't miss the point when they can't find a job because the Democrats want to punish the rich. For small business, Obama is indeed "capital punishment". As they say, people get the government they deserve. It's too bad the rest of us are going to have to suffer through the government that California, Massachusetts, and Boulder deserve.
It seems that everyone but the dominant liberal media recognizes that the dominant liberal media has abandoned all pretense of objective journalism. It's one thing for the vast majority of journalists to be liberals and for the vast majority of editorials to support liberal candidates, causes, or ideas. But it is another thing entirely for the coverage of news to be not just slanted but fundamentally altered by the political views of editors. The only good thing that can be said about the media's behavior of late is that it will probably hasten the demise of (or at least the demise of the influence of) such formerly respectable institutions as the Wall Street Journal and the major broadcast networks' news divisions. Finally, here's a decent piece of media criticism by someone in the heart of it: see "Media's Presidential Bias and Decline", by Michael Malone, ABC News, 10/24/08 http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=6099188
How can anybody who cares about the economy, which is obviously by far the most important issue of this election, vote for Mark Udall? Congressman Udall has no understanding of economics, and almost everything he thinks he knows is wrong. Bob Schaffer has a deep understanding of economics (in part because he, unlike Mark Udall, has worked in the private sector including starting his own company) and is far more qualified to be our next senator, particularly during such difficult economic times. Watch these 6 minutes and see for yourself: http://email@example.com By the way, take note of Udall saying "the Obama (tax) package is not one which necessarily I support" (huh?) while then talking about "investing" in infrastructure and education and "helping people down the economic scale", essentially the same thing Obama is saying. Overall, Udall offers nothing but meaningless mumbo-jumbo while Schaffer offers sound policy based on clearly-understood principle.
In an interesting report Friday afternoon, Gallup argues that the turnout of voters between the ages of 18-29 does not seem likely to be substantially higher than it was in 2004 in terms of share of the total number of votes cast. Although some Republicans will take this information as giving them stronger hope that McCain will win, I don't think it's very important...and I continue to believe this election will end up being a substantial blow-out for Obama in terms of electoral votes. What's more important, in my view, is that the Obama campaign (in large part due to their huge money advantage) is "beating McCain on voter outreach." I believe this election will be won (and lost) among suburban independent voters, particularly women, and that they'll break for Obama because he's more charismatic, younger, and better looking. Of course, I hope I'm wrong, but as I've said a few times recently, the people are about to get the government they deserve. They deserve it for not getting educated about economics, for letting Congress enact the Bush tax cuts as temporary rather than permanent, for not screaming at Republicans for spending like drunk Democrats, and for being so easily fooled by Barack Obama, described by ABC reporter Michael Malone as a man who is "essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography." Unfortunately, the rest of us are going to get the government that Americans who are too lazy to care or, too stupid to see through the lies, deserve. Our economy, our liberty, our Republic will survive, but with great damage.