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Washington Examiner’s Stephen G. Smith Lays Out How Obama Could Win If Obamacare Overturned, Others Not Buying It
I have no problem with Mr. Smith. I read his articles here and there and never have really taken issue with his ideas or his thought process, until now. I have linked the article from the Washington Examiner above and suggest you all read it to get the full effect of what Mr. Smith is trying to say. In effect, he is saying that if Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional then the President will not have to talk about it during the campaign and can stick to other issues while getting his base behind him using the court decision to drive more voters. If Obamacare would happen to get through the Supreme Court, however, then he has his prize legislation in tact, and in the words of Stephen Smith, “will be able to argue that the Administration always knew Obamacare was constitutional, and the expedited review will muffle the issue in the general-election campaign.” I am not buying this logic, and let me show you why I believe Mr. Smith got this one wrong.
I do agree that if it is struck down at the Supreme Court, the President will be able to use that to get more people out in his favor, maybe tipping the election into his hands if he can get enough people that are not already soured on him. While that may be the case, and the verdict is still out, it does not mean that it will not be a topic of discussion during the debates or even out on the stump. This is a heated issue, and if Republicans knew better they would make sure that no matter if they win or lose at the Supreme Court the people remember what legislation was pushed through Congress that they did not want. To allow the topic to be put aside would be detrimental to the Republican chances next year to take back the White House. read more »
The suggestion by North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue that we should suspend election for two years while we work to fix the economy is something I thought I would have heard from the White House before the Governor of a state, but no matter who is actually putting the idea out there is not the real issue. The issue here is that someone in a position of power would work it into the conversation to see how people would respond to it. Once the Governor and her team saw the people were not behind her idea, they backtracked and told the media that she was just joking. I am not sure what is so funny about this, but suspending elections for no other reason that to try and fix an economy when many Americans are looking forward to voting their leadership out is one of the most despicable ideas ever presented by someone in power in this nation.
As you can tell if you take a look at the video at the link above, which includes the audio of the address by the N.C. Governor, it does not sound like she is kidding. Her press team may believe they can pull a fast one on the American people and the people of her state, but the people are not buying it for a minute. We the people believe that those in Washington need to be held accountable, and if they lose their elections then they lose their jobs. To allow people who would otherwise have lost their jobs to stay in office just because the job market is not where it should be is to say that just because I might be overweight means I should not eat for the next six months. Both ideas make no sense and have absolutely no logic or reason to back them up. read more »
I came across this while reading through the news this afternoon, and while it does not surprise me that anyone on MSNBC would try to make race an issue, the way it was done in this instance only shows they are reaching to the bottom of the barrel for something to talk about. AFter the President’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, the AP put out a transcription of the speech, as many other news outlets also did. The difference in the AP version is that it was not “cleaned up”, which means where Obama dropped his g’s for effect, the AP left it as it was said while other news organizations “cleaned up” the transcript to make it look like he was speaking to the group as he would any other group. Realistically, however, the AP transcribed the speech as they should have, while the other news networks and news outlets changed it, for one reason or another. Because of this, MSNBC thought it prudent to call out the AP (which for the record is as Left Wing as MSNBC, so this makes no sense at all) and try to bring race into the discussion once again. Unfortunately, I do not think it is working because the six people left on the planet that actually still watch MSNBC were watching something else at the time.
If this shows us anything, it shows how the next election is going to be run. This is why I truly believe it would be great for this nation if there were two black men going head to head for the Presidency, so the media would not be able to use these kinds of tricks on the people. While media outlets like MSNBC would still try to, the people would never buy into an excuse that a black man was racist against another black man on the campaign trail and would throw all the ammunition that MSNBC and the others have right out the window. I believed this the last time that Obama ran for election, and there was no one in the Republican Party willing to stand up and say the same thing because they were afraid off looking like racists if they said that the GOP needed a black candidate. There is nothing wrong with saying someone who is black and Republican would make a good choice for President, and to say it would not take way from the media arsenal would be denying the games that we have seen them play already in this election season. We all know it will get worse, and the GOP needs to look deep into their party and look at who REALLY has the best chance of not only beating President Obama but the media as well. read more »
In the latest Zogby poll, asking respondents if the primaries were held today who would you vote for, 28% say that Herman Cain is now their choice for the Republican nomination. While many may see this as a step in the right direction, I fear that Herman Cain is hitting his high point much too early in the process. With word coming that Christie will more than likely decide for the final time to stand aside during the Republican primary and not run, the field that we see is the field that we are getting. I am split between really believing that the Republicans will jump behind Herman Cain and him getting too popular much too early, making his run through the primary much more difficult.
There is a reason we are seeing this, however. This is not JUST because people may believe that Herman Cain would be the best choice to go against Barack Obama, but because the field of other nominees is weak. Rick Perry is having a terrible time trying to explain his stance on immigration, and it is not playing well, especially in early primary states. Mitt Romney is having the same problem he had the last time around, and can still not explain away his health care plan when he was Governor. The only man left with any kind of chance that is in the field right now is Herman Cain, and it would upset the balance if this man actually got the American people on his side.
The Republican primary may not be much of a gauge when it comes to how electable a man or woman is for President, considering many pundits do not give Cain much of a chance against Obama. What the Republican nomination process may show us, however, is that the party is starting to move away from the status quo. We have been asking for something different all along, and when that is shown to us and there is a possibility that it could work, we cannot stand by and say that we may not agree with him on one or two issues. I have not met a person yet who has said to me they rather see Perry or Romney beat someone like Cain or even Paul. We want something different than the status quo, and we have it if we are willing to fight for it. The name Herman Cain is now out there and prominent among political circles, it is time to work hard to get a man who has ideas to get the job done into the nomination, and put someone with him that will carry the election for the Republicans. read more »
In the latest Gallup Poll which asked people if they felt the government was a threat to their individual liberties, nearly half of the respondents said that the government WAS, in fact, a threat to their individual liberties. This is the highest it has ever been since the poll started being taken by Gallup back in 2003. Although only 28% of Democrats say that the government is a threat to their liberties, 61% of all Republicans and 57% of all Independents agree that the government is a threat. We can see the divide between party lines and those who are sticking with President Obama through thick and thin. As Gallup states, the numbers during the Bush Administration were also high, but not nearly as high as this and the number of Democrats were much higher than Republicans at that time, with Independents believing that no matter who is in office they are a threat to the freedom of the American people.
With these numbers getting higher and higher by the year, does the government have to start taking notice of what the American people feel or will they put it aside and not pay any attention to it? Pelosi, during the debate on Health Care Reform, responded very sarcastically to someone who asked her it was against the Constitution to pass such legislation. This is one of the reasons, I believe, that the numbers are much higher than they have ever been. The people see that the government is a threat to individual liberties if they do not understand where their power ends and the people’s power begins. The people in power are no different than any other people in history who wanted even more power once they tasted a little, and if we go down the road of those other civilizations we will end up in the trash heap of history along with them. read more »
This is an extended clip of the exchange between the teacher and the Tea Party leader in this district of Texas. It does not seem like the teacher is all that happy with the answers he is receiving, so of course the next thing out of his mouth must be that the Tea Party leader is a Nazi because that is what he heard on MSNBC. It would make sense that this teacher said something like this because this is what we think of when we think of teacher. Wrong or right this is what we think of, and the fact that it is so predominant in our nation we really have to look at who we are allowing to teach our children. This man obviously has no idea what the Nazi’s did, and it was not round up illegal aliens and ship them out of the country unharmed.
This teacher, a government teacher at the John F. Kennedy School, seemed to not be so pleased with what was said in response to his agitation, so he took it up a notch by calling the leader a Nazi. While I would hope a government teacher would have more sense than to call someone a Nazi, this shows that our children are many times better off being taught by a blind, deaf, hooker than they are being taught in a public school by teachers such as this. While I know there are many good teachers out there, there are not enough to make the American people believe that the kids who are entering these schools are getting an education of fact and not indoctrination. read more »
Here is the shocker of a lifetime, isn’t it? The Palestinians have asked the United Nations for a statehood declaration, but the Palestinians STILL refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist. This has, as far as I know, never happened at the United Nations and it should not be allowed to happen this time. The member-states can get up and cheer for the Palestinians all they want, but at the end of the day they are cheering for a group of people, headed by Hamas, that will do everything in their power to destroy the nation of Israel. Is that something to be clapping about? Are these other nations in belief along with the Palestinians that Israel does not have the right to exist? It seems to me that if you are going to stand up and clap for a people that would kill their neighbor faster than you can say Holy Land, you are supporting a people that do not have the right to be included in such a body.
Just imagine that the United States was not a member-state at the United Nations and they applied for statehood. During that time they told the United Nations that they wanted statehood, but they would not recognize the right of Canada to exist. I doubt there would be many standing ovations for that declaration, but it seems to be a different situation. Those who want to see a Palestinian state have no idea what they are asking for, and the United States would never allow the United Nations to approve something like this. I know President Obama seems friendly with the Palestinians and probably is too friendly for being an American President, but the fact remains this will never happen outside of the negotiating room, and even there is not much of a chance it would happen there, either. read more »
We on the right are saying “I told you so” today, but it would not be the first time we did so. Since the bill was passed into law and signed by the President, individuals like myself have been pointing out that health care coverage prices would go up in some way, but those Democrats who are so happy to have this plan will not hear it. They are still happy about the passage of the law, even though they will have to pay more as well. With the taxes going higher, more money going to health care, and energy prices on the rise, we as Americans are going to have a lot less money when it comes to buying anything else that we enjoy. This is not because we did not fight hard enough against the law, because we did. We protested in Washington and made our stance to Congress that this is not what we wanted. The polls showed the majority of Americans were against the plan, yet the Democrats pushed it through. They were so excited and planned a whole march to the chamber to make sure everyone seen their accomplishments. The only problem is their accomplishments, if left unchecked by SCOTUS, will cost every single hard working American more money. I would ask the President and those Democrats in Congress how this is fair!
I have been around politics long enough to know that just because it is not fair doe not mean it will not happen. I am a realist, and the realist in me says the Democrats will do anything to make sure this law sticks. The only hope we the people have now is the Supreme Court, and that is not a sure bet. We have to come to the realization right now that we may be stuck with this, and if we are what will the Republicans do to get rid of it if and when they take the White House and also the Presidency next year. That question is something that has been asked of the candidates, but as we have seen in the past it is much more difficult to get rid of these programs once they are started than it is to stop them in their tracks when it comes to passing them. We have the fight of the century on our hands, and I am not so sure the American people are up for it. read more »
What do all of these three things have in common: Troy Davis, the death penalty, and race? Well, for starters, the supports of Troy Davis, the man who was executed earlier this evening in Georgia, are playing the race card yet again. I am here to try and be the voice of reason, although many in the black community will call me a racist, bigot, and whatever other term they learned from Left leaning radio.
First, I want to start out by telling everyone something that may surprise them: I am, in many instances, against the death penalty. I know that is very odd for someone who calls himself a Conservative, but I have my reasons. One of those reasons is because there are many doubts in many cases, and since our system is not fool proof, I believe that in many of the circumstances the death penalty can do more harm than the good it is supposed to do. Having said that, I also believe that there are times when it must be used. Some may call that hypocritical, but I call it being as consistent as possible on an issue that is never the same. Case by case we, from the outside, can look and judge for ourselves if we believe the person should die or not. The fact of the matter is that we, from the outside in many cases, only have some of the information or we choose to join the crowd that is against the death penalty because it pushes our belief system to the next level. Having said that, we need to look at this case in general. Those who are angry that this man was CONVICTED, and in subsequent appeals was not able to be set free or his death sentence set aside, are angry not at the process but those who made that decision. read more »