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Mitt Romney, Eminem, and President Obama’s “Weird Strategy”

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 13, 2011

This week, President Obama’s team leaked their Mitt Romney Strategy to the press.

From Politico — Obama plan: Destroy Romney
Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee. More.

…portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird.”….

…the Republican’s personal awkwardness will turn off voters….

.. The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm that was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs….  More.

Examples of the “targets” are Romney being weird, an incident with his dog on the roof of the car, dressing in tight jeans, etc..

They will also portray him as a flip-flopper using the example of Healthcare in Massachusetts.

Mr. Romney should thank President Obama’s team for all the constructive criticism.  Stay with me..

* * * * *

Let’s take a look at Eminem’s battle strategy in 8 Mile.  Eminem is in a rap contest and he knows his opponent is going to rip him for being white trash, living in a trailer park, having a dunk mother, having a cheating girlfriend, and other obvious items.

What does he do? He discloses these negatives about himself and beats the opponent to the punch. When it is the opponent’s turn, he has nothing to say.  Take a minute and watch the video.

So Mitt Romney should beat the Obama team to the punch…

Here’s a sample presentation or monologue for Mr. Romney:

President Obama and his team are trying to divert the attention from the poor job he as done as President Of The United States.  They are planning on avoiding serious topics such as unemployment, the historically low bond rating of the USA, and our deficit.

  • I know I am not perfect. I imagine you all realize you are not perfect. No human being is perfect.
  • I have on occasion dressed in a manner you may feel is weird. Yes have I have worn those skinny jeans.  So?
  • I made a mistake putting my dog’s crate on the roof of my car. Yes it was a mistake and I would not do it again.  Fortunately the dog is fine.
  • I have been the CEO of a very profitable company.  I have created jobs as well as eliminated jobs. Creating jobs is great.  I also needed to eliminate jobs to run the business.  That was my job. Tough decisions are necessary running a business as well as running a country. Unlike President Obama, I have a documented track record of having the ability to create jobs. When I am President, it will be my job to create jobs. I will create jobs.
  • I have implemented a universal healthcare program in Massachusetts.  As governor of Massachusetts, at that time,  it was the right thing to do for the people of the state.  Please keep in mind that decisions are made based upon the audience affected and the timing.     At that time it was the correct decision. And just because it made sense to implement it in Massachusetts, doesn’t mean it would have made sense to implement it in New York, Texas, Kansas, or other states.  Regarding timing… Sometimes the Fed will raise rates and other times lower rates.  Decisions are based upon timing and the current environment. This is not flip-flopping.

Now that all those irrelevant distractions are out in the open, let’s get down to the issues we need to improve the direction of our country.

President Obama,  what are your specific plans for the country? You have been in office for 3 years. There are no signs of job growth. The deficit is over $14 trillion.  And for the first time in history, the bond rating of  the USA has been lowered.

This is what the people want to hear.  You can talk all you want about my skinny jeans and awkwardness, but you are avoiding the subject — you have not done your job.

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If I ran my business that way, I’d be out of business (US Government budget)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 9, 2011

Remember Charles Grodin in Dave? Take a quick watch.

How can that clip be more relevant?

The way the President and Congress are running the country, it’s amazing we’re in business…

Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Raise the ceiling. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending. Spending….

The only person who can get away with that is Paris Hilton. (Just insert “Raise my allowance” where it says “Raise the ceiling”.)

Perhaps President Obama should bring in Charles Grodin to help with the budget.

It’s a good thing we are not a part of a common currency, like the Euro.  If we were, we wouldn’t have the ability to print more money… the answer to everything!

  • So we’re contemplating raising the ceiling.
  • Unemployment is at 9.2%.  Under-employment must bring that number up to an estimated 17%
  • We are spending billions of dollars fighting wars all over the world. (Libya? Libya?)
  • And we are still sending billions of dollars of aid to countries all over the world. How about we tell all these countries that we are only giving them 50% of the aid we had previously given to them. Let’s apply that saved money domestically and help ourselves!
  • And President Obama is now focused on his reelection campaign!

What happened to this great country of ours?   The left is far left. The right is far right.  All they care about is keeping their jobs and getting re-elected.

It’s a shame.

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Here’s $5.9 billion to help with the U.S. budget

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 25, 2011

These are numbers from 2008, and old, but you will get the point.

Why are  we looking to cut domestic programs to get under the debt ceiling and get closer (he he) to a balanced budget? Why are we so quick to cut domestic programs when we pay out all this foreign aid? Are we the world’s martyrs?

Why not simply cut 10% of the US foreign Aid to each country we support?  Don’t touch their military aid. We don’t want to hurt their sovereignty. Cut the economic aid.  We Americans are tightening our belts, why shouldn’t they share in the tightening?

We simply don’t have the money!

If we cut 10% of our foreign aid (economic aid only), we save $5.9 billion!

Table 1298. U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country: 2008

 

Cutting only Economic Aid.  Leaving Military Aid Untouched.

[In millions of dollars (16,836 represents $16,836,000,000). 2008.

 

2008

 

Region/Country

Total Economic & Military

Economic

Military

Cut Economic Aid by 10%

Savings to U.S. Budget (in $ millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

$                     53,243

$ 5,915.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unit indicator

 




 

Afghanistan

8,892

2,880

6,012

$                        2,592

$                     288.00

Albania

46

43

3

$                             39

$                          4.30

Algeria

13

12

1

$                             11

$                          1.20

Angola

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Antigua and Barbuda

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Argentina

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Armenia

221

217

4

$                           195

$                        21.70

Austria

11

11

0

$                             10

$                          1.10

Azerbaijan

37

33

4

$                             30

$                          3.30

Bahamas

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Bahrain

6

1

5

$                               1

$                          0.10

Bangladesh

171

170

1

$                           153

$                        17.00

Barbados

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Belarus

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Belgium

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Belize

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

Benin

94

94

0

$                             85

$                          9.40

Bhutan

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Bolivia

128

128

0

$                           115

$                        12.80

Bosnia and Herzegovina

36

32

4

$                             29

$                          3.20

Botswana

211

210

1

$                           189

$                        21.00

Brazil

38

38

0

$                             34

$                          3.80

Bulgaria

26

18

8

$                             16

$                          1.80

Burkina Faso

42

42

0

$                             38

$                          4.20

Burma (Myanmar)

83

83

0

$                             75

$                          8.30

Burundi

46

46

0

$                             41

$                          4.60

Cambodia

76

75

1

$                             68

$                          7.50

Cameroon

20

20

0

$                             18

$                          2.00

Cape Verde

18

18

0

$                             16

$                          1.80

Central African Republic

31

31

0

$                             28

$                          3.10

Chad

127

127

0

$                           114

$                        12.70

Chile

4

3

1

$                               3

$                          0.30

China (P.R. Hong Kong)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China (P.R.C.)

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

China (Tibet)

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

China, Republic of (Taiwan)

21

21

0

$                             19

$                          2.10

Colombia

888

834

54

$                           751

$                        83.40

Comoros

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Congo (Brazzaville)

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Congo (Kinshasa) \2

255

249

6

$                           224

$                        24.90

Costa Rica

9

9

0

$                               8

$                          0.90

Cote d’Ivoire

79

79

0

$                             71

$                          7.90

Croatia

5

5

0

$                               5

$                          0.50

Cuba

32

32

0

$                             29

$                          3.20

Cyprus

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Czech Republic

8

4

4

$                               4

$                          0.40

Djibouti

10

8

2

$                               7

$                          0.80

Dominican Republic

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Ecuador

51

51

0

$                             46

$                          5.10

Egypt

1,492

201

1,291

$                           181

$                        20.10

El Salvador

223

216

7

$                           194

$                        21.60

Equatorial Guinea

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Eritrea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Estonia

11

8

3

$                               7

$                          0.80

Ethiopia

1,008

1,007

1

$                           906

$                     100.70

Fiji

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

France

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Gabon

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Gambia

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Georgia

274

264

10

$                           238

$                        26.40

Germany

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Ghana

230

229

1

$                           206

$                        22.90

Greece

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Grenada

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Guatemala

111

111

0

$                           100

$                        11.10

Guinea

26

26

0

$                             23

$                          2.60

Guinea-Bissau

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Guyana

29

29

0

$                             26

$                          2.90

Haiti

310

309

1

$                           278

$                        30.90

Honduras

74

72

2

$                             65

$                          7.20

Hungary

30

28

2

$                             25

$                          2.80

India

147

146

1

$                           131

$                        14.60

Indonesia

208

194

14

$                           175

$                        19.40

Iran

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Iraq

7,452

3,083

4,369

$                        2,775

$                     308.30

Ireland

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Israel

2,425

44

2,381

$                             40

$                          4.40

Jamaica

22

21

1

$                             19

$                          2.10

Japan

4

4

0

$                               4

$                          0.40

Jordan

833

532

301

$                           479

$                        53.20

Kazakhstan

111

109

2

$                             98

$                        10.90

Kenya

719

718

1

$                           646

$                        71.80

Kiribati

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Korea Republic

6

6

0

$                               5

$                          0.60

Korea, Democratic Republic

188

188

0

$                           169

$                        18.80

Kosovo

207

207

0

$                           186

$                        20.70

Kuwait

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Kyrgyzstan

76

74

2

$                             67

$                          7.40

Laos

7

7

0

$                               6

$                          0.70

Latvia

9

6

3

$                               5

$                          0.60

Lebanon

195

187

8

$                           168

$                        18.70

Lesotho

362

362

0

$                           326

$                        36.20

Liberia

221

133

88

$                           120

$                        13.30

Libya

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Lithuania

5

2

3

$                               2

$                          0.20

Macedonia

31

28

3

$                             25

$                          2.80

Madagascar

119

119

0

$                           107

$                        11.90

Malawi

103

103

0

$                             93

$                        10.30

Malaysia

53

52

1

$                             47

$                          5.20

Maldives

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mali

142

142

0

$                           128

$                        14.20

Malta

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Marshall Islands

47

47

0

$                             42

$                          4.70

Mauritania

24

24

0

$                             22

$                          2.40

Mauritius

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Mexico

95

95

0

$                             86

$                          9.50

Micronesia (Federated States)

80

80

0

$                             72

$                          8.00

Moldova

20

19

1

$                             17

$                          1.90

Mongolia

326

324

2

$                           292

$                        32.40

Montenegro

10

10

0

$                               9

$                          1.00

Morocco

696

691

5

$                           622

$                        69.10

Mozambique

799

799

0

$                           719

$                        79.90

Namibia

129

129

0

$                           116

$                        12.90

Nepal

106

105

1

$                             95

$                        10.50

Netherlands

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Nicaragua

145

143

2

$                           129

$                        14.30

Niger

49

49

0

$                             44

$                          4.90

Nigeria

485

483

2

$                           435

$                        48.30

Oman

23

17

6

$                             15

$                          1.70

Pakistan

963

605

358

$                           545

$                        60.50

Palau

27

27

0

$                             24

$                          2.70

Panama

17

16

1

$                             14

$                          1.60

Papua New Guinea

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Paraguay

17

17

0

$                             15

$                          1.70

Peru

159

159

0

$                           143

$                        15.90

Philippines

161

132

29

$                           119

$                        13.20

Poland

31

2

29

$                               2

$                          0.20

Portugal

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Qatar

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Romania

26

13

13

$                             12

$                          1.30

Russia

1,261

1,261

0

$                        1,135

$                     126.10

Rwanda

172

172

0

$                           155

$                        17.20

Samoa

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Sao Tome and Principe

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Saudi Arabia

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Senegal

78

77

1

$                             69

$                          7.70

Serbia

58

58

0

$                             52

$                          5.80

Serbia and Montenegro \3

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Seychelles

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sierra Leone

12

12

0

$                             11

$                          1.20

Singapore

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Slovak Republic

7

5

2

$                               5

$                          0.50

Slovenia

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Somalia

351

303

48

$                           273

$                        30.30

South Africa

568

567

1

$                           510

$                        56.70

Spain

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sri Lanka

69

68

1

$                             61

$                          6.80

St. Kitts and Nevis

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

St. Lucia

0

0

0

$                              –

$                              –

Sudan

1,196

997

199

$                           897

$                        99.70

Suriname

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Swaziland

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Syria

36

36

0

$                             32

$                          3.60

Tajikistan

70

69

1

$                             62

$                          6.90

Tanzania

1,061

1,061

0

$                           955

$                     106.10

Thailand

55

53

2

$                             48

$                          5.30

Timor-Leste

35

35

0

$                             32

$                          3.50

Togo

3

3

0

$                               3

$                          0.30

Tonga

2

1

1

$                               1

$                          0.10

Trinidad and Tobago

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Tunisia

11

1

10

$                               1

$                          0.10

Turkey

22

12

10

$                             11

$                          1.20

Turkmenistan

22

22

0

$                             20

$                          2.20

Uganda

456

455

1

$                           410

$                        45.50

Ukraine

111

103

8

$                             93

$                        10.30

United Arab Emirates

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

United Kingdom

2

2

0

$                               2

$                          0.20

Uruguay

1

1

0

$                               1

$                          0.10

Uzbekistan

14

14

0

$                             13

$                          1.40

Vanuatu

13

13

0

$                             12

$                          1.30

Venezuela

19

19

0

$                             17

$                          1.90

Vietnam

87

87

0

$                             78

$                          8.70

West Bank/Gaza \4

575

575

0

$                           518

$                        57.50

Yemen

37

32

5

$                             29

$                          3.20

Zambia

262

262

0

$                           236

$                        26.20

Zimbabwe

234

234

0

$                           211

$                        23.40

Other

49,057

33,611

15,446

$                     30,250

$                  3,361.10

source: http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/foreign_commerce_aid/foreign_aid.html

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