Monthly Archives: October 2012
Well the Presidential Debate part deux has come and gone, and while others have already forgotten most of it, except how much more vigorous and lively President Obama was in this one, some of us are still pondering the debate based on what our current Potus has declared with such a conviction of truth.
Town hall debates are a bit difficult even for the most seasoned speaker with debating skills, because one has to be well versed upon any and all issues that can be tossed out as a question based upon the premises of that debate. Last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University, while appearing to be loose and free flowing was actually very well controlled and monitored. On television it appeared very open and intimate as far as surface appearances, but there were control factors such as the pre-selection of audience member’s questions, and immediate kill on that audience members microphone after stating said question. Time limit was more visible and supposedly to be adhered to strictly but that’s always a harder issue to control with the debaters in this particular format. The respondent was to each have two minutes to respond to the posed question from the audience member, which then the moderator would ask a follow-up question of their choosing and the respondent would have one minute to respond to that question.
For the most part I think both presidential candidates worked well with the format, but the one minute response to the moderator’s question after they were asked a key pertinent question by an audience member seemed a bit too restricting for even the viewers, and made the debate topic flow a bit scattered with focus on an issue.
Now that we have the basics laid out on the conditions and terms of the debate, I’m now going to mainly concentrate on President Obama’s top three biggest untruthful statements from last night. I picked Pres. Obama’s statements because he is after all the incumbent, he should be able to at least come to each debate with clear, concise, and truthful talk points on what he and his administration has done these last 3 years and 271 days. I also chose what appeared to be some of the hottest topics in media and social media as to the truth behind his claims and narrowed it down to three at this time which unfortunately does not include the unemployment and job creation statements at this time, as that will require a separate blog to break down the economic reasoning and impact of taxes as well as trade agreements.
1st. Bankrupt Detroit Claim: lets address the issue of the General Motors bankruptcy claim made by Pres. Obama, that Romney wanted the business to go into bankruptcy with no recourse for them to stay open for business. Pres. Obama stated, “what Governor Romney said just isn’t true. He wanted to take them into bankruptcy without providing them any way to stay open. And we would have lost a million jobs.”
FACT: Romney was advocating for a “managed bankruptcy”, one that allows a business to come through the bankruptcy filing quicker and maintain the assets as well as protect stockholder’s investments. In reality it should be noted that GM and Chrysler DID in fact go through a MANAGED bankruptcy after receiving bailout funds under the TARP program and other loans. Last but not least let us also remember Gov. Romney never made that suggestion, it was the title of an opinion article for the NY Times dated November 18, 2008, but he never even in the article stated that sentiment.
2nd. Taxes: President Obama stated, “I said I would cut taxes for middle- class families, and that’s what I’ve done, by $3,600.”
FACT: Problem here is not that he hasn’t done just that but it’s not as simplified nor as great as it sounds, because this tax cut is NOT in one big cut every year, but spread out over four years with $800.00 ($400 for singles) for each 2009 and 2010 with the “Making Work Pay’ tax credit and $1,000.00 for 2011 and 2012 which includes a social security payroll tax cut. Which by the way that “Making Work Pay” tax credit has expired and Obama has not made any promises to extend it, so next year your taxes are going up.
3rd. Benghazi and “Act of Terror”: This is was probably the most argued point of contention between the media, republicans, democrats and social media site debate watchers, when exactly did President Obama declare the Benghazi, Libya Embassy attack an act of terrorism?
FACT: Obama stated: ”outrageous and shocking” attack in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and said he has ordered beefed-up security at other embassies…then, “Obama said the United States rejects “all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others — but there is absolutely no justification for this type of senseless violence. None.” Which further on in the speech he stated: ”this attack will not break the bonds between the United States and Libya” and that “Libyan security personnel fought back against the attackers alongside Americans.” Therefore, NO WHERE in this speech is the term…”ACTS OF TERROR“, he states, “Brutal acts”. I have included the video with the transcript to the Rose Garden speech. That my friends is probably why for several days after while guest appearing on talk shows, and as well to the United Nations they speak of the movie that sparked the ire of muslims causing the riots and the murder of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans.
What I am trying to show besides it appearing that I’m picking on President Obama, by not fact checking Mitt Romney’s talk points (that is in the works), is that you have to hold the President accountable for how he has led this nation in the time he has held the White House office. The president is a mere mortal man, not some omnipotent with omnipresence, as his mainstream supporters make him out to be, so yes he can make errors and have shortcomings but at the same time, shouldn’t he act and serve the office with integrity and honesty at all times to say the least? As President of the United States with a full staff of advisors and administrators shouldn’t you be able to at least remember you’re own actions and words? Perhaps you should at least be able to count on your staff to have provided you with better notes and references for major events so that what may seem a contentious point with regards to your perspective of events timing and statements made in the past won’t come back to splatter all over you face?
Rose Garden Video Sept. 12, 2012
I got a message today from a staunch life-long, hard-core, refuses to see, or admit any flaws with the democrat party as a whole person that went on to admonish me for holding Pres. Obama accountable for his failures as well as his administration’s failures (executive members).
Well pardon me for placing the blame on those that should be accountable for the transgressions they incur! The President of the United States is the head of state and federal government. He is the commander-in-chief of the Military, he has the power of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers, with the appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances.
With that said, does it not behoove one to look at the person at the top of the command chain and wonder or state, “why does he not fix this issue?” Of course you have to consider the source that sent me this question as well as the fact that this is coming from a liberal that has no problems pointing to the past president, and with the conviction of one that has received word from all that is holy and sacred will just as quickly shout, “it was Bush’s fault”! “He has to clean up the mess that Pres. Bush left in place!” Never to consider that now the question being posed to me, or let’s be honest and upfront about it, is calling me out on something they consider offensive is the same tactic they (liberals) deploy to make justification for their severely incompetent and frankly just doesn’t give a damn about the United States citizens well-being as a whole, but his presumed for the greater good agenda (of course that is my own opinion)! Sounds like one-sided entitlement of freedom of speech if you ask me. It does no good either to point out that yes, Bush can be the figurehead for an uniformed and/or, one that chooses to stay ignorant of the fact that some pieces (a couple or to be fair 3 off the top of my head) legislative acts that contributed to this economic mess for lack of a better term and fall upon Pres. Bush’s shoulders, BUT you have to be fair and state, look at the senate party majority and, house party majority that he had to work with in his 2nd term of presidency.
Pres. Bush had a talent and you could at least state, the fortitude for doing something that Pres. Obama is severely lacking in, and that’s the ability to effectively use bipartisanship. The reason that his own senate, of which is a democrat majority and has been since 2009 has not been able to pass a budget because they don’t believe they can do so with a filibuster cloture of 60 votes (already they are pessimistic) and it makes no sense to them to earn their paychecks for issues that are as important as discretionary spending in appropriations bills and ease changes in taxes and entitlements. You have to wonder, what if there was some real leadership, someone who would make a phone call at least if not a summons to the Oval office and tell these public servants…correction let’s make that public tax payer paid government employee to, DO YOUR JOB, if only some real work would have been done in the past three years besides that of the Potus’s own self-interest and their Super Pac/lobbyists interests. I should also note that using filibusters to enact legislation does not harbor goodwill towards bipartisanship and even exempts the reasoning for a two-party system. It is something that may need to be reviewed for reform down the road. Filibusters use to be deployed as a last-ditch effort; it seems it is now the mainstream tactic of enacting laws.
Let’s break it down on why Pres. Obama is getting so much heat from those that are not his base of voters and some that are.
- He does not approach those that would be of the greatest influence to broach his policies with republican participation; instead he freely chooses to avoid doing the fair and right action, to have secret closed-door meetings. The health care act proves this point as by undercutting the Senate Finance committee chairman Baucus, not a smart move considering Baucus has or had bipartisan connections it was said that may have created a better healthcare mandate.
- When he takes credit for something working well, it’s usually because he’s recycling something that the Republican Party has enacted; therefore he’s not trying, but blatantly misplacing credit. Yes we can say Pres. Obama gave the last word for the kill of Osama Bin Laden, but you would think it was his operation from the start to hunt down the terrorist, and that is the least of his parties’ constant spin on legislation. I’ll mention but don’t feel it should be necessary to the intelligent reader to even expound on the Tax cut renewal he signed off on, must have felt great to just pick up a pen and with flourish re-extend an act that only required the next POTUS to sign on the dotted line.
- President Obama does not ever give a clear and concise response to the true data of unemployment and the directives he has taken to rectify or get the economy moving in the direction of gainful employment. Some can only make the assumption that he will not answer this particular issue head-on with clear and concise plan of action, except to bring up the same song and dance on private job sector is because he has no plan or concept how to fix something that he knows his cronies as well as a few so-called conservatives enabled this disastrous state of job affairs. His numbers recently celebrating the rise of numbers employed in the private job sector does not accurately reflect that it is only a net gain of 300,000 over the course of his administration
- Foreign affairs. You can rightfully point the finger at Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton and her department, but, is she not also under the command of Pres. Obama? Yes she is Sec. of State, and with that title one should have the competence to be able to handle the job without needing to consult with one’s boss, yet shouldn’t one’s boss being appraised of any situations that may need either confirmation from the leader of a free nation or even the confident backing of being able to say, “Pres. Barack Obama is appraised and has stated his…..”. I can not presume to state for sure whether those lines of communication nor the type of directives communicated to the executive branches of power were open and direct, but one has to wonder (since rumor has it he rarely attended foreign affair briefings), when Mr. President sir, do you take some accountability for the murderous and horrific execution of Ambassador Stephens, aides, and marines in Benghazi? Is it fair to hold him and his administration accountable for this horrific atrocity? That is soon to be seen with more and more information coming forth that states that the consulate had repeatedly asked for more security while diplomats were attending business in Libya. Senator Darrell Issa of Ca. and Senator Jason Chaffetz of Ut. are convening a hearing panel as soon as tomorrow (from date of writing this), October 10, 2012 to review possible security failures in Libya. Goodness knows Pres. Bush took enough of a verbal beating for his handling of Katrina and homeland securities response and competency for that sort of disaster.
I could go on and on, still haven’t touched on Pres. Obama’s dealings with the DOJ and the Fast and furious scandal. The failed green energy investments in firms that are now bankrupt as well as the bank stimulus funding. The flip-flop on gay marriage, and immigration laws. I have in the past touched on his senatorial voting records which when you put it into perspective, being absent for a vote on crucial social issues is as good as admitting you don’t’ want your true intentions to be stated nor recorded for all of history nor can it be used to hold you to an opinion made on record. 
I will close with this frame of thought upon his race relations; it is a consensus among many of all races that this current administration has not made any “historical” strides in race relations, it has divided races even more,and not conquered what they dreamed of eliminating prejudices and racists beliefs but actually escalated black on black racism! I personally attribute the growth and flagrantly vocal and without fear of impunity of this behavior to the way Barack Obama ran and allowed his 2008 campaign to be ran. Oh sure we all know he made a token statement about “this is not about being black”, but thou (Barrack H. Obama) did not protest too much when for months as your campaign picked up fever, even breaking barriers with white moderate conservatives that wanted to “make history” by electing our first black president. The real issue is that once it becomes acceptable, even justifiable to make references to race as an excuse, there was no longer the “internalized racism syndrome” but the say it loud, use it proud race baiting and racist calling mandate among your constituent of voters and supporters. They are so emboldened, that as of recent to take their chosen president to task for not being “black enough”. Imagine that? The audacity! Well why yes I can, imagine that, because not since the early 1970’s to just about the 1980’s have I been called a racists so many times from “my own people” and mainly I too wasn’t “black enough” in many cases.
In conclusion dear secret and too fearful to discuss your concern to me publicly, these are just a few issues in their most simplified form why I and others feel, leadership starts at the top, you’re only as good as the effort you put forth and the guidance you give. Remember dear friend, “you didn’t build that” so therefore those of you that helped “build the White House”, are also those that should be held accountable. Amazing how that works when one puts it into perspective with the words of THE ONE, you (democrats) revere more than whom your Bibles state should be revered.
In this video in Cincinnati, at the 3:06 time frame, listen to Anna Joiner when she touches on being black..then at 3:49 she states a common sentiment with black democrat voters. Angeline Hall at the 4:26 caps it off with the blatant statement acknowledging race having a significant factor and so are does the next speaker, followed up with the immediate Bush bash! It pains me to see the faith these women put into a mere mortal, a man that didn’t have the experience to handle the most fundamental elements of government let alone be the second coming and great unifier of Martin Luther King Jr.
Doesn’t seem like delegate Onzlee Ware is too happy either with the performance of his presidential choice nor are his constituents.
“Gary Younge talks to Virginia state representative Onzlee Ware, who he first met in Roanoke in 2008. Back then, Ware helped mobilise the black vote for Obama in Virginia, when it wasn’t as secure as he initially expected. Four years on, he’s is still an Obama supporter but finds it increasingly difficult to criticise Obama’s first term in office without alienating African American voters”