July 26, 2012People seem to forget that the government we have today is the result of over 60 years of Democratic rule in Washington. Republicans have elected presidents and have controlled Congress for brief periods, but overall since Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1932 the Democrats have called Washington home.
So if the Republicans who already control the House could win the Senate and the White House, there would be a chance to fold back some of the Democratic work of the last 70 years.
All the Republicans have been able to do by controlling a portion of the government is block the exponential growth of government, although sometimes that didn't work. At times Republican presidents compromised to get what they wanted and government grew even faster.
If the Republicans can quit being the stupid party long enough to win the presidency, maintain control in the House and pick up four seats in the Senate, then not only can they do something about Obamacare but also about the direction government has taken.
Who would have thought even 10 years ago that the federal government would have a program to supply cell phones to people. Is a cell phone an essential need like nourishment and shelter? There is probably a federal program that provides Starbucks cards because, certainly, the ability to drink outrageously expensive coffee is a fundamental right of every American.
The Republicans are not going to be able to stop the unfettered growth of government overnight, but if they can win in November they should be able to immediately slow the rate of growth, and then, if they can win again, start cutting. The rule has been that the federal government has to be larger and more powerful every year. It would be so refreshing for the federal government to be reduced to the size it was 20 years ago.
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When President Barack Hussein Obama said, "If you've got a business – you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen," and other statements to the effect that business owners are not responsible for their own success but owe their success to the government, he indicated not just how out of touch he is with the American people, but how out of touch his campaign is with Main Street America.
From Obama's actions it's evident that he believes his statement to be true, but there are all kinds of things that candidates believe that their campaign staffs don't let them say in public. The fact that Obama went out and made a statement that 72 percent of Americans disagree with on something as important as small business success is another indication that the Obama campaign of 2008 that could do no wrong is long gone.
In fact it appears this campaign is just as bumbling as the Republican presidential campaign was last time around.
An indication of just how stupid Obama and his campaign think the American people are was revealed in an Obama campaign commercial that stated that Obama didn't say what Romney quoted him as saying. But the Obama commercial used the video of Obama saying exactly word for word what Romney had quoted. So Romney put out a commercial that didn't quote the words but simply replayed the video of Obama's speech. Obama said it.
It appears that everything is upside down this time. Even for those who support Obama, for him to run a commercial that states that Romney misquoted him, and include in that a video of Obama saying exactly what Romney had quoted him as saying, should be troubling. It is the old – Don't believe what you hear with your own ears; believe what I tell you to believe.
The bumbling Obama campaign has since then tried to parse what Obama was saying to mean that small business owners didn't build the bridges and roads that they use, not that they didn't succeed because of hard work and their own initiative. But once again the videotape defeats them because, if you listen to that entire portion of the speech, it is obvious that what Obama is saying is that people who are successful don't owe their success to hard work or being smart but to the government that helped them get where they are.
It is certainly true that we all use government roads and bridges, but all of the folks who use those roads and bridges do not have successful business. It also seems to be true that Obama doesn't care much for small businesses. You can't say the same about big corporations, who employ his buddies in the labor unions. Without the big corporations the labor unions wouldn't exist, so Obama understands the purpose of big corporations. Also he gets some major donations from corporate headquarters.
But small businesses don't generally hire union workers except when they are required to by law. Why would anyone hire union workers if they weren't required to? It is expensive and an enormous headache. Everything about the employment process is made more difficult, as well as many aspects of just working with somebody.
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When there is a plane crash and hundreds of people are killed, or when there is a horrific traffic accident involving multiple cars and many deaths, liberals don't get out and protest saying planes should be outlawed or, because vehicles still cause over 30,000 deaths every year in the US, they should be outlawed.
But when people are killed in shooting then there is a huge hue and cry from the left that guns need to be outlawed.
The massacres at Columbine and now Aurora, Colorado, both happened in gun-free zones, which means the killers could be relatively sure they were the only ones around with guns.
At the beginning of what could have been a similar massacre at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. In January 2002, after two law professors and four student had been shot by a former student, two students ran to their cars and got their legally possessed firearms and put a stop to the shooting rampage. Three of those who were shot died.
The CNN article on the event does not mention that the students who stopped the shooter were armed, but only says that "three students grabbed and subdued him." The only reason they could subdue him was because two of the three students were armed and told the shooter to drop his gun, which he did. But liberals are so against honest, law-abiding Americans carrying guns that CNN completely left that critical detail out of the story.
If one person in the movie theater had had a concealed carry weapon and had fired back, the story might have had a different ending.
Criminals are going to have guns regardless of the laws or penalties for possessing them. The question is whether society wants law-abiding citizens to have guns also. So far in our 236 years of existence the right of the people to bear arms has been maintained.
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Tracking polls don't matter that much right now, but it is very interesting that Obama's approval rating is still trending down and that polls show Romney and Obama in a statistical dead heat. Right now Obama has a huge advantage in that he is president of the United States and Romney is just a guy from Massachusetts. After the conventions each will be the candidate of their respective party, but Romney isn't yet. He is just the person who everyone assumes will be the Republican nominee. Obama is the president, no assumption or qualifiers are necessary.
It is incredible that Romney, before he is even the candidate, can outpoll Obama, the sitting president. It should have taken a lot of time and much more money for Romney to get where he is now. But so far his campaign has run circles around the Obama campaign, which is surprising since the Obama campaign four years ago was so good.
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It's funny, you can tell where people get their news by how important they think it is for Romney to release his income tax returns. Evidently, it is the top story on MSNBC, but not so big on Fox News.
It is incredible that the left wing of the mainstream media is up in arms about not having all of Romney's tax returns but aren't bothered at all about not knowing much about President Obama. When Obama ran for president he refused to release his birth certificate and the mainstream media were OK with that. Even though you have to produce a copy of your birth certificate to play Little League Baseball or other youth sports, the liberals didn't think Obama should have to produce one to be president. And what about that first thing the campaign released which everyone now seems in agreement was not Obama's birth certificate, because his birth certificate is what he released after Donald Trump got interested in it and sent folks to Hawaii to see what they could find out.