Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Mitt Romney is not Popular Despite Campaigning for President since 2008.

I don't support the Ron Paul campaign, who put this video out, but it is one of the best summery's of why we can't trust Mitt Romney to lead America.

Mitt Romney trails Barack Obama by 19 points in basic popularity as the 2012 presidential contest inches closer to the main event, with a record 50 percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll now rating Romney unfavorably overall [...] Thirty-four percent hold a favorable opinion of Romney, the lowest for any leading presidential candidate in ABC/Post polls in primary seasons since 1984. His unfavorable score is higher than Obama ever has received [...] Obama, for his part, remains above water — 53 percent favorable, 43 percent unfavorable in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates This unpopularity is made worse for Romney in that President Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney in a presidential match-up in three key battleground states. Ohio: Obama leads Romney 47 — 41 percent. In Florida: Obama tops Romney 49 — 42 percent. And, in Pennsylvania: Obama edges Romney 45 — 42 percent. SOURCE: Phil Pruitt from The Ticket for Yahoo! News. And no Republican has ever won The White House without winning Ohio.

Mitt Romney's been running for president of the United States of America since the 2008 election, and in all those years, his popularity among voters has only gotten worse. I've said it before, Mitt Romney seems to be running for president because he's a bored, out-of-touch, multi-millionaire who has "American presidency" at the top of his bucket list to fulfill. In these hard times, when many good people are in poverty, Romney just doesn't understand our plight!! This is a man who thinks having "a couple of cadillacs" will help him relate to the town folk. He's in the middle of campaigning to lead a seriously beleaguered country in need of direction, yet he still finds time to retrofit one of his many mansions with elevators for his cars? Seriously. He wants elevators in his garage, for his cars.

The blue-collar, middle-class guy in me wonders what one needs with your cars on the main floor of your home? But, I guess if you live in a cavernous mansion like Romney you'd need cars to carry you from one end of the sprawling estate to another. And, that's the guy Republicans think can best understand our financial needs? I'd rather go with the president we already have, President Obama. He's a motivator who knows how to talk to people on their level. That is an ability that can not be bought, Mr. Romney. He cut his teeth as a community organizer where he had to learn how to navigate and lead different personalities. That is a leader. I don't think Mitt Romney, himself, is comfortable in his own personality let alone be able to bring people together. That inability to bring people together means he'd have a hard time working with Congress and worst of all, foreign leaders and dignitaries where fostering relationships are essential.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Trayvon Martin is the Victim. Marijuana Suspension Irrelevant.

I have always tried to stand for civil rights and equality of all kinds. That is partly why I'm so furious over the killing of the African-American teenager down in Florida, Travyon Martin. If you don't know, he was innocently walking home one night when he was pursued by an armed vigilante who shot and killed him. The shooter, George Zimmerman, has yet to be arrested, which in my opinion, is outrageous.

The latest outrage is that Zimmerman's lawyers are claiming Travyon was the aggressor, and that Zimmerman was just using self-defense. Their supposed "proof" is blood found on Zimmerman after the shooting. First of all, I think it's racial profiling that Zimmerman's lawyers (and those in the public) assume the blood found on Zimmerman was his own blood shed by Trayvon. What if that blood found on Zimmerman is Travyon's blood? After all, Zimmerman did shed Travyon's blood by shooting him dead!!

But, regardless, why was Zimmerman pursuing Trayvon in the first place? Because Zimmerman thought Trayvon was suspicious? Trayvon was minding his own business walking down the street!! If that's reason enough to kill someone today then we should all be scared. Zimmerman called the police out of suspicion of Trayvon Martin and the police told Zimmerman not to pursue Trayvon. Zimmerman ignored those warnings, which tells me that he was the aggressor and should be arrested, in part, for disobeying police orders. And, George Zimmerman has a record of assaulting police officers and other domestic violence. All evidence supporting the argument that Zimmerman was the aggressor.

That argument easily and logically explains the reason Zimmerman's body showed signs of an assault. Trayvon didn't know Zimmerman and understandably thought he was being attacked by a stranger, so as any victim would do, Trayvon defended himself and fought back. This would result in the signs of a struggle found on Zimmerman's body. Further evidence that Travyon wasn't the aggressor comes from the phone call he was making to his girlfriend during the incident. He told her he was worried by Zimmerman following him and she said to run. In a last effort to defend himself he fought back.

As if his death isn't enough tragedy, Zimmerman's lawyers are now attacking Trayvon's character. They are highlighting a recent suspension Trayvon received from his school for possession of an empty baggie that may or may not have had marijuana residue in it. What's the point of knowing that other than racially profiling him further as "another black man using drugs?" Are they saying that alleged possession of marijuana, a month before he was killed, means that it was Trayvon's fault??? The suspension doesn't change the fact that Trayvon was stalked and killed despite being unarmed and innocently walking down a street. Besides, there are more important facts to focus on than some minor marijuana possession that didn't even occur during the incident in question!!

In addition, why isn't the media focusing more on Zimmerman's past run-ins with the police? Including assaulting police!! Or, about his previous domestic violence charges? That shows a pattern of violence by Zimmerman, which directly relates to this unarmed shooting of Trayvon. Instead we are focusing on Trayvon's actions and suspension for "marijuana residue???" Outrageous. It sickens me to see Trayvon's character soiled when HE IS THE VICTIM!!!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Truth About Obama, Oil and Gas Prices.

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Dependence on foreign oil is dropping under President Obama. The president said today in Oklahoma, "Since I took office, America's dependence on foreign oil has gone down every single year. America is now importing less than half the oil we use for the first time in more than a decade."

Yes, we still need oil and gas as a bridge fuel to a mostly alternative energy future, but in the meantime we need to build up those renewable energy options because oil and gas will only get more and more finite and thus expensive. I'll never understand why we still subsidize oil and gas -- an industry that makes records profits yearly. Especially since it's a product that is dwindling. Those subsidies should be going toward industries that can give us sustainable energy for decades to come.

As for the Keystone XL pipeline, there's absolutely no guarantee that the oil would be primarily sold to America:
At a congressional hearing in December, Markey [Rep. Ed Markey] asked the president of TransCanada if he would agree to allowing Keystone XL oil and its refined products to stay in the U.S. He said no. So Markey then proposed an amendment to that effect, and Republicans said no—that it couldn’t be done, because the market for oil is not just domestic; it’s global. What Canada wants to do, says Markey, “is create a connection between Alberta and Asia and use the United States as the place where the pipeline gets constructed. And so if that’s all we are is a middleman in this transaction, then the American people should know that.”
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why Mitt Romney is Like an "Etch a Sketch" Toy.

It was once said that a political "gaffe" is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. This "Etch-a-Sketch" analogy wouldn't be as damning or relevant if it was attached to any other candidate than Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney has shown since the 2008 campaign that he's a political weather vane. He shifts positions on core issues depending on the audience he is talking to trying to be all things to all voters. The problem with that is people catch onto the game and you end up pleasing no one. I have followed this man since 2008 and I don't think it's the least bit inaccurate to say Romney is a fraud. He's got more money than the "Monopoly Guy" and appears to be a bored rich man looking to check off the American presidency from his bucket list. 

He has changed positions on a whole host of key principles. He's been on both sides of the following issues: 

Abortion, Reagan Conservatism, on fighting in the Vietnam war, steam-cell research, minimum wage, mandates, health care, his family's relationship with Martin Luther King Jr., on whether it was important to get Osama bin Laden, immigration, the role of Muslims in government, political campaign spending limits, the TARP bailout, "Don't ask, Don't tell," support for the NRA, and many others. You can find all these position changes on the website: "Mitt Romney Flip Flops." Click on this sentence to see the evidence.

I don't know about you, but if I behaved with such duplicity at work, and among family and friends, I'd be without a job and without supporters. Would you rather vote for "Slick Mitt" or a man like President Obama who doesn't need to convince anyone that he is authentic and sincere. People can disagree with his positions and views but you can't question his integrity. We know what we have in President Obama, and despite some drawbacks he has been proven to get results. He brought back the auto industry in the Midwest, passed legislation to equalize pay between men and women, ended pre-existing conditions with his health care reforms and killed America's number one enemy, Osama bin Laden. 

Now think about Mitt Romney again, can you honestly picture him improving on President Barack Obama? Does Obama have faults? Of course, like anyone, he's human, but he has shown an impressive ability to learn from his mistakes. His ability to calming navigate foreign policy and relationships with world leaders shows that he is the ideal representative for America. If we elect Mitt Romney, how can we feel like we have a leader who won't just switch positions during negotiations with foreign countries if the pressure rises? We still need the cool, calm leadership that President Obama brings.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Mitt Romney Wants to Defund Planned Parenthood.

TPJ: Ladies, Mitt Romney has just shown you that he cares more about his personal ambitions to be President of the United States than your health care. And, so has the entire Republican party for that matter. This can be seen in their recent condemnation of birth control and seeking to pass misogynistic bills that require women to submit to the demands of politicians before getting reproductive procedures. Why would you want to support a politician, like Romney, who won't support you? 

President Obama has shown time and time again that women deserve protected rights in this country. Just look at the Lilly Ledbetter Act. I think the influence of his wife, Michelle Obama, and his two daughters give him a good perspective on women's needs. It has been proven that when women succeed and have greater rights, society as a whole improves. President Obama, and the Democrats, however, need our support if they are going to continue advancing women's rights and issues. Please, consider voting to re-elect President Obama, and if you feel so inclined, donating to his campaign.

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Friday, March 09, 2012

Mitt Romney Praises China.

In a speech this past Friday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used communist China as an example of free-enterprise!! I got to go to the Olympic Games in China. It's pretty impressive over there how quickly they can build things, how productive they are as a society.

China's ability to grow so rapidly stems in large part from the government's ability to run projects by fiat. That's the nature of a communist system. They can force companies to work solely on what the Communist party wants. So, yeah, they don't have to deal with regulations because they are totalitarian state that doesn't care about worker safety or adequate wages.

Romney looks at things purely through a business man's eye, which is great for running a "Fortune 500" company, but being President of the United States requires a different way of thinking. Business experience is great, but being president demands being able to think outside the box. Mitt Romney can't do that so well. He's a business plan guy, but as president, the "plan" often goes awry, which calls for an ability to think fast and adapt quickly. That is why Romney's stiffness, rigidity and inability to relate to people other than himself on the campaign trail is a valid concern. The man seems incapable of operating extemporaneously.

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Republicans Losing the Latino Vote.

Recent polls have shown President Obama has the support of 70% of the Latino vote in this year's presidential campaign. None of the Republican candidates garner more than 14% of this fastest growing demographic in America. It's not too difficult to see why Latinos tend to favor Democrats. It's not just that Republicans oppose the DREAM act and a "path to citizenship" for undocumented workers. It's also the language and manner of addressing Latino-Americans. Yes, immigration is a thorny issue, but it doesn't help matters when conservative politicians insult our proud Latino brothers and sisters. 

For example, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain proposing we build a fence on the border with Mexico that is electrified to the degree it can kill people who touch it!! It gives the impression that those on the other side of the fence are subhuman. That's an inappropriate way to speak about immigrants (or anyone for that matter) regardless of what you think about immigration in general. The vast majority of those who come to America illegally do so to better the lives of their family, and children. Sometimes those children are brought with them across the border. Imagine if an electrified fence electrocuted one of those children!! Those are the things people like conservative Herman Cain don't seem to care about. It's as if he sees undocumented workers as rats that should be exterminated. Cain then goes on to generalize all those crossing the border as killers!!

Then there is the law in Arizona that allows police officers to pull a driver over if that officer suspects they are in this country illegally. The problem is that the vast majority of "illegal" immigrants to Arizona are Latino. And, since you can't tell the difference visually from a "legal" Latino and an "illegal" Latino, the law encourages racial profiling. And that is racial discrimination. Yet, Mitt Romney said in a recent debate that Arizona's immigration policy should be an "example" for the rest of America!!  Or, take the example of Arizona Republican State Senator Russell Pierce who categorized all Latino immigrants as being "illiterate" of the English language. 

We all agree that illegal immigration in America needs to be addressed. However, that does not mean politicians who decide these things should be allowed to insult these immigrants. Whatever you may think of immigration, the DREAM act or any other immigration issue, Latino immigrants are fellow human beings who deserve to be treated as such. Insulting them simply exposes the Republican party as a party that tolerates racism. Thankfully, President Obama is working to address the problems with immigration without denigrating the Latino culture or its people. He proposed and supported the DREAM act but couldn't get past the Republican wall of opposition to progress in Congress. But, he is committed to further attempts to bring some equality and sanity to the immigration debate. And in the meantime, President Obama shows by his welcoming attitude toward Latino culture that the Democrats are truly the party that celebrates and appreciates diversity. 

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Romney's Big Flip-Flop on "Obama-care."

PHOTO CREDIT: "Medical Sign" by jscreationzs for Free Digital

If you haven't noticed, Mitt Romney avoids talking about his views on health care like one avoids a leper colony!! He just can't get away from the reality that President Obama's health care reform ("Obama-care") was modeled upon the health care plan he created as governor of Massachusetts. Romney's contention is that his version is better because it only affects the state of Massachusetts, and that he doesn't support a nationalized plan. Except, according to a Yahoo! article by Steven Holmes, he did support a nationalized plan!! In fact, at the height of the health care debate!! In a 2009 editorial piece for USA Today, Mitt Romney urged President Obama to use the Massachusetts version as the model for his national plan. It is simply another piece of damning evidence that Mitt Romney is nothing but a charlatan as fraudulent as a "snake-oil" salesman!!

Of course, Romney says that the Obama version is worse because it requires that everyone have some level of health care, or be provided health care at an affordable cost. The so-called "individual mandate." So, then why did he, Romney support a mandate for insurance in Massachusetts? Yep, the Massachusetts plan covers nearly 98 percent of all citizens. I'd say that's a near-mandated majority. Romney said that such a mandate is "to take responsibility" for yourself:
“First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance,” Romney wrote. “Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages ‘free riders’ to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others.” "The Massachusetts reform aimed at getting virtually all our citizens insured,” Romney continued. “In that, it worked: 98 percent of our citizens are insured, 440,000 previously uninsured are covered and almost half of those purchased insurance on their own, with no subsidy.” 
TPJ: If "Obama-care" is so bad, then why did Romney give the model for such a plan to President Obama? I think the Massachusetts plan is good, and is also one of the reasons why I think Obama-care is good. Doing away with "pre-existing conditions" is a huge relief and benefit to countless Americans. So, to see Romney trash it during the Republican primary because conservatives hate it makes him look like a liar for the flip-flop, a fraud for the deception and a heartless bastard for trying to prevent all Americans from benefiting from universal health care coverage that he gave to the people of Massachusetts. I can't respect a man who abandons his principles in order to win. Good thing President Obama isn't abandoning his principles when he continues to support his health care plan that ends pre-existing conditions for all Americans!!

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Friday, March 02, 2012

Rush Limbaugh Calls Women "Sluts" and Calls for Feminist Pornography?

PHOTO CREDIT: "Tummy of Pregnant Woman" by Imagery Majestic for Free Digital

President Obama has been talking non-stop about jobs and the economy touting his successful program that helped save countless manufacturing jobs in the Midwest's auto industry. As well as hiring new workers to keep up with rising demand. General Motors even posted its highest profit in history!! The number of people filing for unemployment benefits are steadily decreasing, as well as the unemployment rate itself and the stock market is flirting with 13,000 points. Meanwhile, Republicans are distracting Americans with a war on women.

Americans are left wondering why Republicans are focusing on controlling women's access to birth control when that has been a non-issues for decades!! Rather than focus on keeping the economic recovery going, they seem obsessed with abortion, women's reproductive rights and gay marriage. Adding fuel to their hatred, the controversial, but influential, conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh decided to call women who ask for birth control coverage as "sluts." That's what he labeled a young women who testified in Congress about the non-sexual uses of birth control. She spoke eloquently about a friend who lost an ovary due to cysts that could have been prevented with birth control. This is a health care issue, but instead of apologize to this young woman and women across this country, Limbaugh insulted women further:
He's now insisting that women who want contraceptive coverage should "pay" in return by posting sex videos of themselves online. "Femi-nazis, here's the deal,If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch." 
TPJ: The Republicans are doing everything they can to isolate women and drive them into the Democratic Party, which is a party that does believe in women having access to all the reproductive health care that they need and deserve. The Republicans are forgetting that women outnumber men among the voting population, and this kind of extreme politics isn't going to sit well with independent women voters who decide elections. I personally think that they are also miscalculating how many men out there support a women's access to birth control. After all, you don't see many 12 children families anymore!! I don't know why any Republican woman would support such a party so replete with misogynists.

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