What does $1,605,000,000 get you in American politics? Little more than a continuation of the status quo and maybe, if you’re lucky, the ability to roll joints in the Southern Rockies. In an election where the potential for major shakeups was highly probable, most of us woke up Wednesday, rubbed our eyes and realized that Barack Obama won the electoral slug fest, the Democrats retained control of the Senate, and John Boehner will continue to be the butt of late night jokes.
According to the New York Times, it cost El Duce nearly $1,000,000,000 to remain in the Oval Office. Seems it would’ve been a lot more cost effective had he just publicly declared his closet dictatorship before the election process ever began. On the flip side Mitt Romney spent over $750,000,000, had the advantage in Super PAC spending and still saw his bid for the White House fall short of an electoral college victory.
Clearly, a cash influx was never the problem for either candidate. It would appear that messaging was the bigger problem. The electorate was presented with lofty soaring rhetoric about shared prosperity and they swooned..again. Mitt Romney lobbied for a return to traditional America and a majority of Americans decided they would rather closet the Norman Rockwell America in favor of an America that Vladimir Lenin would salivate over.
For all the media fuss over Super PACs and specifically the influence of “right wing” PACs on the election, the panic was misplaced. The media’s candidate of choice won re-election and now the honeymoon continues.
Just think of all the free condoms $1,605,000,000 could have bought.
In most forms of discourse, it’s understood that just because someone utters a statement does not mean that said statement is accurate or even truthful for that matter. Apparently this unwritten law does not apply to politics, specifically when a Democrat is composing the statement. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the floor of that very chamber this morning with the assertion that Mitt Romney failed to pay federal income taxes for an unspecific ten-year period. With no documentation and no proof to substantiate his erroneous claim, Reid trumpeted that “the word is out”. Yet, the “word” is complete here-say. Where did he get such information? Purportedly, someone from Bain Capital leaked this information to him. Who exactly? Reid’s not telling, at least not yet. Continue Reading
If there are still reasonable individuals left looking at Barack Obama and finding it hard to make up there minds as to whether he’s a left-wing ideologue, then there may be no hope for you. I’m just saying. After the president’s most recent “off-prompter” moment in Roanoke, Virginia, there should no longer be any reservations about who this man is, what he believes, and what he’s trying to do to the greatest society the world has ever known. Continue Reading
Since the Supreme Court decision was handed down last Thursday, Republicans, conservatives and other critics of the new health care law have been falling all over themselves in an attempt to find positives. Their attempts are genuine and notable but moot at the same time. Some argue that Chief Justice John Roberts “fell on his sword” so to speak; ruling in favor of the legislation’s constitutionality under the tax code and therefore sticking it to Obama and the Democrats who have railed all along that the individual mandate was not a tax. Others have pointed to the effect the ruling has had and will continue to have on the conservative grassroots. For those feeling un-energetic about the Romney campaign, this should light a reasonable sized fire under them. The “glass-is-half-full” mentality is admirable, but it’s important that we understand where this ruling puts us – politics aside. Continue Reading
I know most of you are having a hard time containing your excitement over Mitt Romney’s Tuesday night victories in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin. Just imagine – we’re one step closer to a Romney coronation in Tampa. How historic. Is this what you all had in mind back in 2009? The Tea Party forms. Constitutional conservatism is revived. The Republicans take back the House in 2010. And a moderate former governor of Massachusetts is being propelled toward the 2012 nomination by the GOP establishment? The Tea Party does the hard work of beating back Obama and the Democrats and the establishment reaps the benefits? Continue Reading
Without all the facts and a clear picture of what transpired the night of Trayvon Martin’s death, it’s hard to cast judgment upon neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman – that is unless you’re not concerned with the facts. It seems that Democrats in Congress and the Sharpton/Jackson duo are content with playing on stereotypes, dividing us all along racial lines and exploiting a tragic situation in Sanford, Florida. Continue Reading
Many of us are waiting with bated breath as the Supreme Court meets today behind closed doors to decide the future of the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare. The Obama administration fielded a weak defense of the legislation this week as three days of oral arguments allowed for many of the Justices to pile on Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. The audio and transcripts are available at the Supreme Court website. Continue Reading