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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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USA’s problems – healthcare – illegals – how did we end up here?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on March 6, 2011

I haven’t been posting of late. I just received this email and it angered me. I know it’s an old story but it just keeps arising.

My family pays taxes and contributes to our health care costs.  We manage our visits to doctors and do not go as often as we should.

Meanwhile, we have illegal aliens in our NY neighborhood, not paying taxes, getting medicaid (she is poor), having babies, getting the hospital/medical costs covered, using resources in the public schools because we now need additional ESL teachers… it goes on and on!

We’re not wealthy. We contribute to charities. We do community service. Is there something wrong here?

How did we (USA) end up here?

—–This is the email I had received————

TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE

I have a job.   I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes & the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.  

In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). 

What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.  

So, here is my question:  Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet.  I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their BUTT—-doing drugs while I work.

Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a welfare check?

I guess we could call the program “URINE OR YOU’RE OUT”!  

Pass this along if you agree, or delete if you don’t.  Hope you all will pass it along, though. Something has to change in this country – AND SOON!

P.S. Just a thought, but all politicians should have to pass a urine test too!

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Protectionism Today – Germany – United States

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 6, 2010

Per Wikipedia:

Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between states, through methods Protectionism Germany US Tariffs Custom Taxessuch as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and a variety of other government regulations designed to discourage imports, and prevent foreign take-over of domestic markets and companies.

This policy is closely aligned with anti-globalization, and contrasts with free trade, where government barriers to trade and movement of capital are kept to a minimum…

So we’re heading to a business conference in Berlin Germany.  We need to ship our giveaways  for the conference.  I get notification from UPS via my hotel, the shipment is being delayed in customs. A Customs Tax of 19% must be paid before they will release our boxes.

19%

That’s a great example of Protectionism! Of course we pay the tax. We have no choice. We need the giveaways  for the conference.  We had already paid for and had our logo put on these  Memory products (our giveaways.)

I ventured to try to figure out the import tax to bring a similar product into the USA.

(I would not be surprised if I am wrong figuring this import tax.) I visited the USITC – Tariff Information Center at http://www.usitc.gov/tariff_affairs/. I ended up looking at section 8542.32.00.  I believe, if this is the correct product classification, there is no tariff for bringing memory into the USA.  No tax.

19% versus 0%

Does that make sense?  Is that good for us?  The USA is one of the world’s largest markets and we allow other countries (Germany in this case) to charge an exorbitant fee for imports into their country? And we are not charging any tax on the same product coming into the USA from their country?

I am not an economist but this cannot be good for our economy.

(Note: I know I am correct with the 19% customs fee into Germany because I just paid it.  If someone can help verify or correct my import into the USA tax information, it will be greatly appreciated. )


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Interesting Obama-related business letter being forwarded

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 30, 2008

Here is an email that has been floating around the country…

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Dear Fellow Business Owners

As a Business owner who employs 30 people, I have  resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama,
wll be our next President, and that my Taxes and Fees, will go up in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure, that the Customer, will have to see an increase in my
fees to them of about, 8%. I will also have to lay off 6 of my employees. This really bothered me as
I believe we are family,here and did’nt know how to choose who will have to go. So, this is what I did.

I strolled thru the parking lot and found, 8 Obama bumper stickers on my employees cars.

I have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off.

I can’t think of another fair way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let me know.
I am sending this letter to all Business owners that I know.

Sincerely
xxxxxx
yyyyyy Corp.

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Illegal immigrants – a Californian’s View – who are they?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 9, 2008

This post came after a conversation with a friend who would make a better presidential candidate than Obama or McCain. Too bad it’s too late to get him on the ballot.

****************************illegal alients immigrants from Mexico
We all know illegal immigration is a hot buttons in the 2008 Presidential Election. I am not an expert on the details of this immigration crisis. I do not pretend to be an expert on the subject.

I DO know what is fair. I DO know what I like and dislike.

I believe everyone has the right to provide for their family. In many cases it even admirable that these people are risking getting arrested, and at times their health, to come into the U.S. to provide for their family (even if it formally is a crime). (For today, let’s not argue about whether they are taking U.S. citizens’ jobs.)

Note: I do resent it when they use resources without paying taxes. I do resent it when they get free healthcare. An illegal immigrant in our neighborhoood just had her baby delivered, expense free. We have health insurance. We still had to pay deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. Not fair. But that’s a topic for another day… Oh yeah, her delivery was on my, and my fellow taxpayers dimes…

We recently spent a week at Moon Palace in Cancun. Great vacation. Great service. Every employee was helpful, polite, and courteous. Very impressive. Thousand of hard working Mexicans. Wow. What a great resource for employees.

When I mentioned it to my friend, who had just gotten back from Mexico (on pleasure) and California (on business), he told me he shared a similar experience with the excellent staff during his stay in Mexico.

His comments from his colleagues in Southern California were interesting.

There are thousands of illegal aliens here in Southern California. Who are the people sneaking across the border? They are not the high quality people. The good people are getting the jobs in Mexico. The good ones ARE working in Mexico. Who are we getting here? Think about it.”

I never thought of it from that angle. I personally don’t know if there is any merit in these statements. I imagine it is a case-by-case situation…. but it is food for thought… and perhaps should be thrown into the debate…

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