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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..

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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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Health Care – Transparency — The SAT Word of the Day

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 7, 2010

I’m glad I am not taking the SAT’s in the near future because I would have a problem with the definitions of certain words.

<from nypost.com>

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that the health care overhaul would take place in a public forum, most notably on C-SPAN …

In a video montage posted on Breitbart.tv, Obama is seen promising voters — on eight different occasions — that the health care debate would be transparent.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that the health care overhaul would take place in a public forum, most notably on C-SPAN, …..

In a video montage posted on Breitbart.tv, Obama is seen promising voters — on eight different occasions — that the health care debate would be transparent…

According to thefreedictionary.com…
Transparent –
adj. — frank, open, direct, straight, straightforward, candid, forthright, unequivocal, unambiguous, plain-spoken striving to establish a transparent parliamentary democracy frank
Ant — mysterious, vague, unclear, ambiguous, deceptive, disingenuous

Unless there is a new definition of transparent / transparency, there is no transparency taking place during the health care reform process.

Now The House and The Senate are getting together behind closed doors trying to push through health care reform. C-Span has requested to broadcast the meetings. It appears the administration is denying C-Span the opportunity to broadcast the meetings.

Why the lack of transparency? They already seem to have the votes, so what is the problem?

Hopefully whatever is passed will help the country. Seriously, what is the problem letting us see these meetings? It was promised to us during the campaign on many occasions.

You are making it into a bigger issue (than it is) by denying C-Span the opportunity to broadcast the proceedings.

Transparency Health Care Reform Obama C-Span

Click to see campaign promises of Transparency

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49 States will pay for Nebraska’s Medicaid Costs

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 29, 2009

So it looks like Health Care Reform is going to be pushed through at all costs… At all costs except for people living in Nebraska.

According to an MSNBC, the state of Nebraska is getting a sweet heart deal in order to get their vote for health care reform.  (Let’s call it what it is… their vote was out-and-out bought.)  It is such a questionable deal that top prosecutors from seven states (Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Michigan, North Dakota, Colorado,  Washington state) are contesting the constitutionality of this “Nebraska Compromise”.

“The Nebraska compromise, which permanently exempts Nebraska from paying Medicaid costs that Texas and all other 49 states must pay, may violate the United States Constitution — as well as other provisions of federal law,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. <MSNBC>

… and …

Nebraska wasn’t alone in getting Medicaid breaks. Vermont, Louisiana and Massachusetts also got help with their programs.

I do not know what to say.  Nebraska will pay nothing.  Vermont, Louisiana, and Massachusetts get discounts or assistance.

Am I naive? Is this really how it works?  I live in New York.  I want our Medicaid costs covered 100% by the rest of the states.  Why should we be left out? Afterall, we are New York!!!

Senator GillibrandSenator Schumer? Are you listening?

Please take back NY’s commitment to health care reform until we get our Medicaid costs covered.  Thank you.

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The Health Care Reform “Two-Step” – Part 2

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 31, 2009

Please take a look at my previous suggestion on Health Care Reform. <click>

Simple. Right to the point. Doesn’t increase government intervention.  Should put us in the right directon and we can add more ideas later (if necessary).

We do need something done in healthcare. And it should not matter if it comes from Republicans, Democrats, Independents,  or “Martians” … if it makes sense let’s try it.

Here is an excerpt from ideas of John Boehner…  (source)

  • Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
  • Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.
  • Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
  • Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it’s good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

This sounds very similar to my previous suggestions.

Why would anyone not consider this?

Why are we looking to make massive changes before trying small changes?

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Electoral College – Electoral Votes – The New Plan for 2012

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 4, 2008

(Yes, I know everyone should vote… everyone’s vote counts,… etc…) electoral_college

I live in New York. I vote in New York. New York votes Democrat (with or without me). ...So if I vote for Obama, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes go to Obama. If I vote for McCain, well, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes still go to Obama.

Let’s get everyone voting. Let everyone feel their vote counted; Every last vote mattered.

Here’s the new plan…

  • If a candidate gets 57% or more of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 100% of the state’s electoral votes.
  • If a candidate gets less than 57% of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 80% of the state’s electoral votes.

This plan will (a) have states without a dominant preference, contributing 80% of its electoral votes to the candidate  and 20% to the other candidate, and (b) states with dominant preferences (greater than 57%) will have all of their electoral votes given to the candidate.

From a psychological perspective, let’s look at my situation of living in New York. (In each scenario I realize NY is an Obama state.)

  • Scenario (a): If I plan on voting for Obama, I rush out and vote hoping to contribute to New York awarding 100% of the electoral votes to Obama.
  • Scenario (b): If I plan on voting for McCain, I rush out and vote hoping that I can contribute to New York only contributing 80% of the electoral votes to Obama. (and 20% to McCain).

Hypothetically, if Obama gets 55% of the NY popular vote, he would get 24.8 electoral votes and McCain would get 6.2 votes. (Yes, we need to account for fractions and the point there is more than 2 candidates… plus other details.)

Interesting idea?  This plan keeps the electoral college process in place but also accounts for the popular vote. It also has everyone feeling their vote does count.
(photo nationalpopularvote.com)

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Obama is the better presidential candidate — and the end of debate

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 31, 2008

Obama is the better presidential candidate but we simply cannot afford to ignore checks and balances.

We are in a critical time in the world – not just the USA.

We cannot afford to have a Democratic Congress AND Democratic President.  It is not the time to start pushing through legislation.  We need to seriously contemplate next moves and all signs are there that legislation is already being teed-up to slide through…

Even before Obama is elected, the talk is that Obama and Congress are already cutting the defense budget by 25%. The cut may be the right move but it needs to be discussed and debated.

If Obama wins it may be the end of debate on important issues.
For background and more info, click here.
(photo congressforkids.net)

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Politics – New definition(s) – The Wright Stuff, The Wright Thing

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 23, 2008

new political terms for dictionary

Here is a new definition that should be used throughout politics (and anywhere else appropriate):

The Wright Stuff * or * The Wright Thing: To run from, avoid, distance onself from a person or item that may hurt you. Related to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s relationship to Barack Obama. Ex: A political candidate who is endorsed or befriended by someone who may hurt their campaign. Usage(1): The Democrats’ strategy should be to do The Wright Stuff. Usage(2): When McCain refused the endorsement, he was doing The Wright Thing.

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America’s First Female President – the winning democratic ticket

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 19, 2008

We’re going through tough times. The economy. Terrorism. War. And one of the most horrendous administrations in U.S. history.

As I had written earlier, the 2004 presidential election was a slam dunk for the democrats. Bush had a poor term and the democrats, with a “decent” candidate and “decent” campaign strategy, should have won the office.

But it didn’t happen. Obama and Oprah Winfrey

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So now we have McCain, Obama, and Clinton vying for the top office in our land. Not too much to cheer about.

  • A republican distancing himself from the republican president (rightfully so)
  • A Chicago extreme liberal who is inexperienced and making inroads because of the web 2.0 generation.
  • A democrat who is hated by the left and the republicans

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The American public loves seeing and knowing celebrities. That is why we have people like Susan Sarandon, Alec Balwin, and other famous people on their soapboxes in politics.

The public sees them on TV and movies and, for some reason, thinks their opinions count more than other people’s opinions. Some of them are intelligent and knowledgeable. Others not.

During the run of “West Wing”, Martin Sheen would have received many votes for the presidency.

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In all seriousness, there is someone on TV who is intelligent and would do a good job in politics; Oprah WInfrey. She is sincere, extremely intelligent and has a strong following.

If Oprah ran for congress, she would win. After a few terms, she could win the presidential nomination. Imagine a Oprah and Obama ticket where Obama was the VP.

Silly? Think about Arnold.

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What’s the big deal? California Superdelegate Wants $20 Million for vote

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 9, 2008

What’s the big deal? California Superdelegate Wants $20 Million for vote

Superdelegeates seem to be the key to the Democratic Presidential nomination contest between Obama and Clinton.

Steven Ybarra, a California lawyer in Sacramento, says he wants $20 million for his endorsement. He says it is not for him but to register Mexican-Americans voters in various states. He also says that registering these people can assist the Democrats in the General Election.
Stephen Ybarra and Obama

Given that Mr. Ybarra does use the money for that purpose and does not pocket it, why is this news? Politicians do this type of politicking all the time. They vote for a bill because it is good for his district or state.

The only difference here is Mr. Ybarra asked for cash for the purpose.

As long as Mr. Ybarra believes that either Obama or Clinton would be good candidates, he is not really selling out.

Next story.

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