Top Six Reasons Why We Should Vote to Reelect President Obama Include Saving Auto Industry

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Top Six Reasons Why We Should Vote to Reelect President Obama Include Saving Auto Industry [With Gov. Chris Christie] (Photo Credit: White House)

President Obama has shown us that he can work in a bipartisan spirit, but has been stymied for his entire term in office by over zealous Republicans who are putting their needs ahead of their constituents. Republican leaders such as Sen. Mitch McConnell said his goal was to make sure Obama is a one-term president. In other words, they have no intention of working with him. Well, NJ Gov. Chris Christie bucked the trend by working closely with the president on the devastation left behind by Super Storm Sandy.

Here is my list of the Top Six  Reasons Why We Should Re-elect President Obama on November 6, 2012:

1. Auto industry:  President Barack Obama rescued the auto industry and saved thousands of jobs. Contrary to what the Romney campaign would have you believe, he didn’t force GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, nor is Chrysler outsourcing Jeep jobs to China.  Further, the U.S. auto industry has added nearly a quarter million jobs since June 2009.

2. Education:  President Obama’s  education initiatives have succeeded. He doubled funding for Pell Grants, which helped to make college more affordable for nearly 10 million families. Further, his student loan reform eliminated billions in subsidies for banks, or middle men, and reinvested those savings directly to students. Lastly, the Race to the Top Initiative helped nearly every state raise academic standards. His commitment to education is second to none.

3. Economy:  President Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses since taking office, though Mitt Romney and his sidekick Paul Ryan, would have you believe he’s out to get small businesses. Additionally, President Obama’s tax cuts, social-welfare programs, and economic policies lifted over six million Americans above the federal poverty line in 2010. He fought for and  won middle-class tax cuts for that saved the typical family $3,600 in taxes over the last four years. Further, he fought for Wall Street reform that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency charged with focusing solely on consumer financial protection. That was a first in the nation.

4. Obamacare — yes, which is child of Romneycare,  made it possible for over three million more young adults have health insurance today. Insurance discrimination against the approximate 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, came to a screeching halt under Obamacare. Instead of dismissing the uninsured to get medical attention at emergency rooms as his opponent suggests, he fought to help those uninsured get coverage via his landmark legislation.

5. National Security:  President Obama kept us safe, ended the war in Iraq and will bring the Afghanistan war to an end in 2014. He oversaw the assassination of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and killed many al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. He sent the largest security assistance package to Israel in history and funded the Iron Dome system, which is protecting Israeli homes and schools from rocket attacks. Though Israeli Prime Minister would rather take sides with his buddy Mitt Romney. President Obama also rallied the international community to impose the toughest sanctions on Iran to-date. He didn’t go it unilaterally, as Mr. Cold War Mitt Romney wants to do. He He fought hard and won the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” allowing gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly for the first time in history.

6. Immigration:  When Congress failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system, he signed an executive order that halted deportation of young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has a history we can’t quite verify completely. He refuses to show us his tax returns, he stashed much of his money in off-shore bank accounts, refuses to say exactly how he created jobs during his tenure at Bain Capital and was largely M.I.A. as governor of Massachusetts, where he took a lot of vacation time. His track record on disaster management is abysmal. His track record on bipartisanship depends on who you ask and he is all over the place where the issues are concerning, tailoring his message according to the audience he’s addressing. He has sunk to a new low by shamelessly and with a straight face claiming Chrysler is outsourcing jobs to China.

We don’t need someone as president whose mental health is a cause for concern, as Ann Romney said of her husband. That little side-show he put on yesterday that was supposed to be a storm relief event, turned out to be a glorified campaign event with photo ops for the candidate and his sidekick Paul Ryan. He was mum on his stance on FEMA, though he changed positions today saying he will make sure the agency has all the funds it needs. Um, didn’t he say he would get rid of FEMA since it wasn’t fair to burden our kids with these types of expenditures? Just the mere thought of how this man changes positions like one changes lanes on the freeway, that’s enough for me to say, um, no, not my vote. Full disclosure:  I already voted for President Obama in early voting in my state.

President Obama and NJ Gov. Chris Christie Bipartisanship:

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Mitt Romney Says “Obama Has Given Trust Where it Was Not Earned, Insult Where It Was Not Deserved”

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Mitt Romney Says “Obama Has Given Trust Where it Was Not Earned, Insult Where It Was Not Deserved” (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Mitt Romney is speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention slamming President Obama saying he doesn’t deserve a second term in office because his policies haven’t fixed the economic problems and has diminished American leadership.  He said President Obama has exposed the military “to cuts no-one can justify” and that his administration has compromised national security secrets. Romney went to bat saying “in dealings with other nations, President Obama has given trust where it was not earned, insult where it was not deserved and apology where it was not due.” He said the military will be saddled with a trillion dollars in cuts. He said strategy isn’t driving the military cuts. Mark my words, the cuts would only weaken the VA system. Funny Romney should attack the president on that, since Republicans signed that legislation for $50 billion in cuts — 175 in the House and 29 in the Senate.

Romney slammed Obama on the covert intelligence leaks, that even a Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein said some ‘intel leaks’ came from someone at the White House. Mitt Romney said it was contemptible. By the way, Diane Feinstein has backtracked on her comments, saying “I stated that I did not believe the president leaked classified information. I shouldn’t have speculated beyond that, because the fact of the matter is I don’t know the source of the leaks,” the Hill reports. Um, that would be lost on Mitt Romney. Romney vowed that his White House won’t leak intelligence information. Really? Does Scooter Libby come to anyone’s mind? That has to do with the Valerie Plame outing that occurred under Romney advisor Eric Edelman’s watch. Romney asks why is flexibility with the Russian leaders more important than transparency with the American people. That assertion should be fact-checked.

He says Obama is fond of lecturing Israel’s leaders, saying he has undermined their positions. He claims at the UN Obama spoke of them as though they weren’t our closest ally. This may be the best speech Mitt Romney has given, but it doesn’t mean he knows what he is doing. I recall then-candidate Barack Obama saying he would close Guantanamo Bay when he got into office. Well, guess what, it is still open. Some times you may want to do but can’t when you are actually sitting in the Oval Office.

Mitt Romney is slamming China and their one-child policy saying it can be ruthless. He says China manipulates its currency to achieve an unfair advantage. He said Obama hasn’t stopped the cheating and he will. Really? Let’s see, aren’t we up to our necks in debt to China? Sorry, Mitt Romney as a foreign policy expert is laughable.  He says we can’t be neutral in the outcome of the Middle East crisis.

He said resolve moves events in our direction and won’t surrender America’s leadership in the world — clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. Sounds like a lot of hogwash as usual coming from the lips of politicians. Yeah, Mitt, let’s see what you will do when you get in the White House if you win the election.

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President Obama to Take Gamble and Ask Voters for Four More Years to Fix U.S. Economy

President Obama is set to make his case for four more years by unveiling new ideas to boost the economy and create new jobs in an economic speech Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Instead, he will make the case that he needs four more years to undo the damage left by George W. Bush, his Republican predecessor in the White House, and argue that a President Romney would bring back the weak financial regulation and budget-busting tax cuts of the Bush years.”

“The strategy defies the widely held view among political analysts that most voters decide whether to fire or re-hire an incumbent president based on his own record… But many Democrats believe that Obama must put his achievements into context by explaining that he has spent his first term digging out from a disaster that was brought on by a Republican presidency.” Source: Reuters

Obama is right about digging this country out from the disaster left, like a tornado by a Republican president, and I guess he’s emulating Ronald Reagan, who never let it be forgotten that he inherited a mess from Jimmy Carter. Of course, the critics don’t want him to keep reminding voters of the mess he inherited, but how else is he going to make a case for the next four years? To say, sorry I created this mess and I promise I’ll do better next time around? Come on people, he won’t.

On the flip side, asking for more time by reminding voters that he inherited a truckload of mess has its risks. People don’t want to keep being reminded about the last president’s term in office, particularly since the bottom literally fell out the bucket. It gets really tired. Obama’s record has been largely mediocre and it would seem that he’s ducking his responsibilities by always reminding voters about the Bush years. I’d love to see him win based on his record, but that record is shaky, at best, so therein lies the problem for Obama. The current economic climate has cast deep doubts in the minds of many Americans that Obama is the best candidate to trust with recovery efforts. Though largely undefined, Mitt Romney is looking attractive to many voters because he’s anything but Obama.

Spike Lee on Obama Reelection Chances: “Not Just Racist People Unhappy”

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Spike Lee on Obama Reelection Chances: "Not Just Racist People Unhappy"(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obama supporter director Spike Lee is wondering out loud about his reelection chances, saying the “racists” aren’t the only ones who are unhappy.

Spike Lee tells Politico:  “I can’t say to all the people that are unhappy with him that they’re racist people,” Lee said of Obama’s critics. “People ain’t got jobs, people are hurting. So I don’t care what color you are, if people are out of work, it’s tough. And then when you’re the first African American president, that’s not helping either.”

First we have James Carville, Ed Rendell and other high level Democrats sounding the alarm on Obama’s reelection chances and now Spike Lee? Well, I have long maintained that hope and change thingy Obama sold us on in 2008 is long gone. Give me Hillary Clinton any day of the week. At least we would know exactly what we are working with.

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Maureen Dowd Turns on Obama: “White House Hard Place to Go on a Vision Quest, Storm Brewing”

Maureen Dowd Turns on Obama: "White House Hard Place to Go on a Vision Quest, Storm Brewing" (Drudge Report)

MAUREEN DOWD TURNS ON OBAMA:  New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd seems to have turned on President Obama, like many prominent supporters such as former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, saying “the White House is a very hard place to go on a vision quest, especially with a storm brewing.” The whole hope and change thingy Obama ran on in 2008 is a distant memory and actually quite laughable today, that’s in Maureen Dowd’s opinion. But was it fair of her to have held President Obama to such high expectations? I guess Obama will lose sleep over Maureen Dowd turning on him. Um, stop the presses, Maureen Dowd is no longer “dreaming of a Superhero.”

On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”


The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney.

In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch. Source

Nothing Bill and Hillary Clinton do and say is by accident. This tag team is too shrewd and calculating to be taken lightly as we have seen through the years. Bill Clinton pulled a Cory Booker after praising Mitt Romney’s business record as “sterling” as opposed to Obama’s thin business record. Even though he tried to walk back those comments, it was a slap to the Obama campaign and shows how little regard former president Clinton seems to have for the Obama presidency. I have been shocked at how off-message the Obama campaign is and it seems they are unable to replicate that campaign success they had in 2008. There are a number of issues that seem to dog this president, with the sluggish economy being front and center. I am not sure if anyone can swoop in and fix this mess in a short period of time. The sad reality is that people are impatient and want to see results right away or else they will run into the arms of the other side.

I’m not excusing Obama’s obvious missteps, of which there are many. He seems to interject himself in issues that have nothing to do with the presidency, such as the Trayvon Martin case and gay marriage. He is clearly out of his league in this election cycle and it’s a sad commentary from that resolute and cocky politician we saw in 2008 going toe-to-toe with Bill and Hillary Clinton. He is being slapped on either side by both Republicans and Democrats, many of whom were serving in Congress during the Bush administration, essentially giving him a blank check to wreck the economy. This mess isn’t all Obama’s fault and we saw, from the start, the Republicans wanted him to fail and refused to work with him.

I must also say that on the flip-side, Mitt Romney is no bastion of hope and change in America. He is the consummate flip-flopper, who was a mediocre governor, at best. Mitt Romney doesn’t care one iota about the middle class, since that doesn’t show from his years as governor of Massachusetts. Sorry, but I don’t believe Mitt Romney has the “Midas touch” but he could beat Obama in November given the ugly economic reality we face. To echo the AP, “a spring slowdown in hiring and a rise in the unemployment rate are weighing on President Barack Obama, while enhancing Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s argument that the incumbent is in over his head.” Sadly, this election won’t come down to who is best able to lead the country, but who can beat his chest the loudest.

I am not looking forward to November 2012. This election is going to bring out the worst in both President Obama and Mitt Romney, with people on Main Street caught in the middle. The eight year administration of George W. Bush should serve as a backdrop for Mitt Romney and the Republicans to explain why voters like you and I should trust them so quickly to stand up for all Americans again. Memories of rising health care costs, wage stagnation, a real estate bubble, the near collapse of Wall Street and financial markets linger and are still painful. Sorry, but we have a dilemma on who to trust to best meet our needs. Yeah, Maureed Dowd is right, a storm is brewing….

Trouble for Obama as Unemployment Rate Inched Up to 8.2 Percent in May

Trouble for Obama? Er, President Obama, you know that economic recovery you’re trying to feed us? It ain’t happening as evidenced from the 69,000 jobs created in May, less than the 155,000 expected. Obama has a big problem because the unemployment rate edged up  to 8.2 percent. The Republicans have lost no time in reminding voters on why they should go with flip-flopper Mitt Romney, saying his policies have failed. I am really disappointed in the whole “hope and change” thingy Obama sold on us. The reality is that the Democratic Congress failed to act (as usual) and now the Republicans don’t have a vested interest in working with this president.

Blacks fared worse than other racial groups in May as well, with the jobless rate coming in at 13.6 percent, from 13 percent in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Whites was 7.4 percent; Asians 5.2 percent down from 7.0 a year earlier; and Hispanics 11 percent, edging up slightly. Why isn’t the black community calling President Obama out on the unemployment rate in our community? He has yet to campaign in a predominantly black community. The black community continues to allow itself to be taken for a fool by the Democrats and President Obama. Of course, you will never hear people like Rev. Al Sharpton criticizing the president for the economic state of the black community.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had this to say:

“Today’s weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families. This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the President’s handling of the economy. It is now clear to everyone that President Obama’s policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America’s middle class. The President’s re-election slogan may be ‘forward,’ but it seems like we’ve been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That’s why I’m running for president.”

I can’t top that because he’s right. On a separate note, Bill Clinton kicked Obama in the face when he praised Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business record and offered some kind words about Donald Trump, the “Birther King.” I am sure many Democrats are ticked off by his comments. Well, the Clinton-Obama grudge goes pretty deep. The only problem I have with Donald Trump is the whole birther thing he’s pushing. Other than that, I have no beef with him. In fact, I have admired him for his business acumen and his success.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter, slamming Obama for unemployment rate inching up:

Obama Campaign Confident of Beating Mitt Romney Because He’s a Weak GOP Candidate

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Obama Campaign Confident of Beating Mitt Romney Because He's a Weak GOP Candidate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that the Obama campaign is confident of beating Mitt Romney in the presidential election because he is a weak candidate, even with his so-called “vast” business experience that includes his stint at Bain Capital and as governor of Massachusetts.

Mark Halperin: “First, in the view of the Obamans, Romney is still a weak candidate. His stump skills continue to be uneven at best, with speeches plagued by awkward jargon and passionless rhetoric. They believe his tenure as head of Bain Capital and his term as governor of Massachusetts conceal vulnerabilities yet to be unveiled…”

“Second, they maintain, their research suggests Romney has exactly one rhetorical path to victory, as a can-do businessman able to fix what’s broken. Chicago intends to focus as much of its formidable firepower as necessary to dismantle Romney on that front, and prevent the election from becoming a referendum on the President’s economic tenure.”

“Third, the Obama team argues, Romney has taken many positions to the right of public opinion. The President’s team plans to throw two years’ worth of provocative statements in Romney’s face, using sophisticated micro targeting to impacted demographics.”

“Fourth and finally, presidential politics, in the end, is all about the Electoral College. The Obama campaign’s analysis, matching recent media number crunching, indicates Romney has a paper-thin margin of error to get to the magical 270.”

Well, they may be confident, but being overly confident can back fire. Look at all the giants falling in Europe due to the economic crisis engulfing many countries.

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Rep. Jim Jordan Compares Beating President Obama in General Election to Ending Slavery, Battling the Nazis

Rep. Jim Jordan Compares Beating President Obama in General Election to Ending Slavery, Battling the Nazis

There are some morons masquerading are true representatives of their constituents in Washington D.C. According to Right Wing Watch, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently talked to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins at a recent FRC summit where Perkins asked the congressman how he viewed the increase in turnout of evangelical voters in the Republican presidential primaries. Jordan said that the energy among conservative Republican voters this election year is akin to Esther delivering the Jews of Persia from genocide in the Old Testament, the Founders defeating King George III, the Union Army in the Civil War ending slavery, overcoming the Great Depression and battling the Nazis. What? SMH

Jordan: There is an anxiousness that American feel about their country, they think there is just something not right and they feel this anxiousness, they know there are real concerns, a real change in direction, a real change from what we view and value of what America has always been so you are seeing people of faith step forward and participate in a big way, which is exactly what we want to see happen. I love the example of the teenage girl, and everyone in this audience knows this story but it’s so important to think about this, the teenage girl who saved her people and the best line in that narrative is when her relative said to her ‘Esther, maybe the only reason you’re at where you’re at is for such a time as this,’ and I think Americans get that, I think Christians get that, they understand, this is a critical time.

John Fund, I heard him give a speech and it’s interesting, and it kind of parallels what Senator Blunt said, he said it’s every third generation that has to do something big in this country. He started with the Founders who put it on the line, lost their lives and many of them lost their business, we remember Franklin, Jefferson and Adams but most of them lost everything, and then it was three generations later when we had this evil of slavery that Americans said ‘we will get rid of this and we will keep the union together,’ three generations later those people in America at that time said we can deal with the Great Depression and we can deal with the evils of Nazism in the Second [World] War and we can with that. And they did it. Now here we are three generations later and it is our turn. It is our turn to do what Esther did way back when, it is our turn to do what they did at the founding, and at the Civil War and at the Second War, it is our turn.  Source

Democratic Pollsters Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen: Obama Should Abandon Run for 2nd Term

Democratic pollsters Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen say Obama should abandon run for 2nd term just as Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson did and should hand over the reins to Hillary Clinton.

One-time Democratic pollsters Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen wrote in Monday’s Wall Street Journal President Obama should abandon run for 2nd term and turn over the reins to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two argued that Obama should do just as Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson did when they decided not to pursue additional runs though they could have. Um, did these two pollsters also call on former president George W. Bush not to seek reelection when he decided to seek a second term in office?

“He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president’s accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

“One year ago in these pages, we warned that if President Obama continued down his overly partisan road, the nation would be ‘guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it.’ The result has been exactly as we predicted: stalemate in Washington, fights over the debt ceiling, an inability to tackle the debt and deficit, and paralysis exacerbating market turmoil and economic decline.” Source: Wall Street Journal

Caddell worked as a pollster for President Jimmy Carter, and Schoen, worked as a pollster for President Bill Clinton, argue that Obama will “inevitably have to run a negative campaign in order to win reelection, the negative consequences of which will make it difficult for him to govern effectively.” Dang, I haven’t heard it said like that before, but I still have to ask if these two men took a similar position when Bush or even Bill Clinton sought reelection? Both men claim they wrote their screed as “patriots and Democrats” who are concerned for their country. Really? While I believe President Obama may have dropped the ball on a few issues, he took over the country when it was in a mess, thanks to the Bush administration. So, let’s not forget Congress has a far worse approval rating than he does. I know there were a lot of people who were quite upset not to see Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee and subsequent president. Well, you have the delegates to thank for that. Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote, but the delegates decided they didn’t want her to be the nominee. So, get over it already. Caddell and Schoen’s desire to see Obama step aside because to their love for this country is pure bullsh*t.

MTV Says No to President Obama Re-Election Campaign’s Bid to Reconnect with Young Voters

MTV reportedly nixed President Obama reelection campaign’s bid to reach out to its audience of young people. Seems politically motivated, since they had no problem allowing Bill Clinton to reach out to young people. According to the NY Post:

President Obama’s re-election campaign wants to connect with young Americans and reached out recently to MTV for help — but the cable network turned them down, sources tell The Post.

The president’s Get Out the Vote campaign, run by Buffy Wicks, concerned the high unemployment rate of the so-called millennial generation would turn them off to their candidate, asked the network of “Jersey Shore” about helping to supply them with ideas on how to deal with their, er, situation…

The re-election effort wants to reconnect with youth, which were among its most fervent supporters in 2008. “The youth initiative is having trouble with big donors and youth votes,” said a person familiar with the discussions. “They asked, ‘Can you tell us how we should be talking to them?’ ” one source noted.

Viacom’s unit took a few weeks before getting back to the campaign to decline its invitation, saying that it doesn’t do political work.