Who Wants to Spend a Day on the Road with Mitt or Paul?

Midnight tonight is the deadline to be entered into a drawing to win a day on the road with Mitt or Paul. All you have to do is click here and donate at least $3 to the campaign. Easy peasy.

And YES, it could happen to you. Read the story below about JoAnne, one of our readers (also an MRC Chatbox regular) who happened to be a lucky winner in one of these contests back in August and had an amazing experience:

On an especially warm sunny day in Goodyear, Arizona my phone rang and a nice young voice told me she was calling from the Romney for President Campaign. We had been making regular contributions to the Romney campaign so I immediately thought that they were going to thank us for our donations and then ask for more. I was taken by surprise when I was told “congratulations you have just won the VP contest.” Just before Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt’s VP choice I had entered a contest to win a day to campaign with him. You just needed to donate $3 and your name would be entered in the drawing. I decided $3 was kind of skimpy so I raised mine to a $5 contribution thinking I would never win this thing anyway. My Bunco friends can attest that I rarely ever win at games of chance. I was told that they would be in contact on the dates and the destination and that I would be e-mailed documents to sign and to fax them back as soon as I could do so.
Click here to read the rest of JoAnne’s exciting trip to Boston

Open Letter to Mitt Romney from Active Duty Service Member

The following was sent to us by an active duty service member currently serving abroad, and is published here with his permission:

Dear Mr. Romney,

I serve my country and have done so for a decade – the thought of another four years of our current direction saddens me. If you do not win, I and many others may find ourselves unemployed as massive cutbacks begin to take hold. It is frightening to picture our warriors standing hopelessly in unemployment lines; this is a fate they do not deserve. There is a paradigm shift occurring, and it is doing so at an astounding pace. We are becoming a nation that does not honor its protectors. We have begun to take from them and to take them for granted… This is a result of the chasm that has widened over the last few decades… A chasm of indecency and selfishness.

Please allow me to explain. Our policies have begun to shift towards victimization; we laud the individual that has always taken and never given. We empower dependency and encourage its advocate. We force those who have already given so much to give more. How long will our nation sit by as its heritage of strength and fortitude is laid to waste? I am saddened as I ponder all those who have made the greatest of all sacrifices… Have their souls been laid to rest in vain?

I am hopeful that someday I can call a man such as yourself my Commander in Chief. But, for now I serve in the Middle East. I and many like me stand watch over our nation. We wear her flag and protect her honor. We are her keepers. We sit silently as crowds gather on Wall Street to profane her name and exercise their right to free speech. We have always protected even those that do not appreciate the awesome price of their freedom.

This may never make it to Mr. Romney… But know this sir; the service members that have sacrificed so much these past 11 years are tired. We cannot afford to sacrifice more; we cannot stand in unemployment lines as policies destroy what we’ve shed blood to build. Many in the Armed Forces are pulling for you… We need you to win; we need you to pull our country from the brink. Please work hard for those that have always given for our nation. Our brothers’ bodies have left their imprints on the battlefield, their blood has stained the soil of foreign nations, and tears wet the cheeks of those they leave behind. The price is great, it demands the blood of the brave and bold, and it calls for the lives of those filled with courage. Yes… It is a terrible price, but our flag must always fly. Our nation is a lighthouse for all who seek freedom; it guides them as they navigate the rocky shoals of liberty. I implore you sir – remember the sacrifice, remember the price and win.

Sincerely,

A Guardian of Freedom


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Romney: “We’re Going to Win Pennsylvania”

Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Most of you probably have family members and friends that are expressing worry, even pessimism about Governor Romney’s chances to beat Mr. Obama in November. I do. The polls from the battleground states in the last couple of weeks have turned negative, etc. I just smile and tell them, you are wrong. He is going to win!

I’m not going to get into a big explanation of the unreliability of the many polls; suffice to say they are historically unreliable and wrong. President Reagan used to say he did not pay attention to the polls. He stayed on message and he did what he knew was the right thing. Governor Romney is doing the very same thing.

The only polls that matter are those maintained by professional pollsters in the Romney and Obama camps. They know. NBC published an article yesterday, “Romney: ‘We’re going to win Pennsylvania’”

“You know, I’ve got a little secret here,” Romney told a rally crowd of a few hundred supporters. “That is that the Obama campaign thinks Pennsylvania is in their pocket — they don’t need to worry about it. And you’re right, and they’re wrong.

“We’re going to win Pennsylvania. We are going to take the White House.”

At the fundraiser earlier this morning in Philadelphia, Romney was more circumspect about his chances, telling donors it would “really shock people” if, on Nov. 6th, Pennsylvania seemed to be going his way. He first predicted “it could happen” before closing with an outright prediction: “I’m going to win Pennsylvania.”

This is huge news! When I woke up this morning and saw this, I got even more excited. This is huge news!

I am guessing that most of you that frequent MRC are well-read, well-informed, optimistic Romney supporters. If so, we need to get our pessimistic friends off the dime and get their heads in the game. It is game on and Governor Romney is in this game to win. It is not unusual for Governor Romney’s days to begin at 5:00 a.m. and to end at 2:00 a.m. Are we matching his work ethic, enthusiasm, energy, determination, and persistence? He is our file leader; he cannot win this thing alone. All of us need to step it up for him. And as Donald Sutherland shouted in the film Kelly’s Heroes as he led a tank column, “No negative vibes boys! No negative vibes!”


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Obama’s Nasty Habit of Deception to Go Unchallenged? — Karl Rove

Karl Rove (Photo: Twitter: @karlrove)


Because of what I am about to write regarding President Obama, I must begin this post by stating this is my opinion alone and is not intended to reflect the opinion of my fellow MRC writers, Mitt Romney, or the Romney campaign.

I’m not entirely sure why pundits, Romney surrogates, and other “political experts” are so reticent to call out Barack Obama for what he is: A liar. Five days ago I wrote this piece outlining four inherent advantages that Mr. Obama has over Mitt Romney. As President of the United States, prestige alone allows Mr. Obama to lie with impunity as the mainstream media covers for him. Many Americans trust their president implicitly and would never disbelieve him because of their respect for the office of president. Frankly, I strongly believe President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and other senior administration officials are actively involved in a cover-up to prevent disclosure of solid intel they had before the consulate attack in Libya, indicating it was pre-planned and was terrorism.

Yesterday morning, Eric Fehrnstrom was outlining how Barack Obama had been deceptive and did so by providing excellent examples. When asked directly by the FOX anchor if he was calling Obama “a liar” he basically backed down and said “no.” What? Obama is not just dancing around the truth; he is outright lying and he is getting away with it! Before you get after me for writing this, I must say that I do think Governor Romney has definite plans to take care of Obama’s nasty habit of prevaricating.

Yesterday, Karl Rove published his weekly opinion piece entitled, “Obama’s Biggest Opponent Is the Truth.”

When George Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney in a Sept. 14 “Good Morning America” interview what he’s learned about President Obama as a debater, the former Massachusetts governor replied, “I think he’s going to say a lot of things that aren’t accurate.”

If Mr. Obama’s debate performance mirrors his campaign, Mr. Romney’s prediction will be dead on. To get a sense of how comprehensive the president’s assault on the truth has been, consider some of his false claims in recent speeches and ads.

One Obama spot says, “To pay for huge, new tax breaks for millionaires like him, Romney would have to raise taxes on the middle class: $2,000 for a family with children.”

That claim has been thoroughly discredited, including by PolitiFact Virginia and editorials in this newspaper. [...]

Another ad says, “As a corporate raider, [Mr. Romney] shipped jobs to China and Mexico.” In response, the Washington Post editorialized, “On just about every level, this ad is misleading, unfair and untrue.” As recently as Sept. 17, Mr. Obama claimed in Ohio that Mr. Romney’s “experience has been owning companies that were called ‘pioneers’ in the business of outsourcing jobs to countries like China.” But that claim, too, is a fabrication.
[...]
Candidates always have disagreements, arguing over the meaning of events or evidence. But Mr. Obama has taken ordinary political differences beyond anything we’ve seen. Every day, it seems, he attempts to disqualify his opponent through deliberate and undeniable falsehoods.

[VL: I call "falsehoods" ------> "lies"]

Barack Obama plans to be re-elected through cunning deceit…lying

This is only one side of a two-sided coin. The president can’t tell the truth about his own record either.

For example, Mr. Obama said at a Univision Town Hall on Sept. 20 that his biggest failure “is we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done.” The president then did what is second nature to him: He pinned the blame on Republicans. The problem with this excuse is that the Democrats controlled Congress by huge margins in the first two years of his presidency—and Mr. Obama never introduced an immigration bill or even provided the framework for one.

In the same interview, Mr. Obama claimed that his Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program was “begun under the previous administration.” This time it was ABC’s Jake Tapper correcting the record, pointing out, “it was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.”

The most troubling recent example of Mr. Obama’s serial dishonesty is his administration’s effort to deny that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was a premeditated terrorist assault, as if the truth would somehow tarnish Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy credentials.

Voters expect politicians to stretch the truth. But when the offender is as persistent with mistruths, half-truths and no-truths as Mr. Obama is, voters expect the other candidate to blow the whistle. They want their leaders to show toughness and be competitive. Which brings us back to the coming Oct. 3 debate, to be followed by two others on Oct. 16 and 22.

During these widely watched events, Mr. Romney must call out the president. That is not so easy: Mr. Romney can’t call Mr. Obama a liar; that’s too harsh a word that would backfire. Mr. Romney must instead set the record straight in a presidential tone—firm, respectful, but not deferential. And a dash of humor is worth its weight in gold.

While Mr. Romney must point out the president’s misrepresentations, he can’t take on the role of fact-checker-in-chief. He should deal comprehensively with several of Mr. Obama’s untruths and, having done so, dismiss the rest as more of the same.

By carefully calling into question the president’s veracity, Mr. Romney will have the opportunity to provide context: Mr. Obama doesn’t shoot straight because he can’t defend his record and has no agenda for the future except the status quo, stay the course.

What exactly about the past four years do Americans like? And why would they want four more years like them? Mr. Obama knows how most Americans would answer these questions, which is why he is being so fast and loose with the truth. Mr. Romney’s job is to shine a light on this for voters.

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Coal Miners are Mobilizing for Mitt Romney

Last week, in my first post here at MRC, I wrote about Mitt Romney’s two coal ads and how they accurately depicted the war we are waging here in Appalachia against President Obama and his EPA. I described those ads as heart wrenching, and I’m not afraid to admit they brought a tear to my eye. It breaks my heart to see so many of my neighbors struggling simply because our current President hates coal.

This week, we learned that the Obama campaign has been targeting coal supporters at rallies. In Virginia, Obama staffers confiscated pro-coal signs and hats worn by folks at a Joe Biden rally. And at a rally for Barack Obama in Ohio, coal supporters were banned from the event altogether. Banned? He had people banned because they support coal? Yes. He. Did.

The Romney campaign released a new ad today targeted at coal country. Let me tell you, if the one last week pulled at my heart strings, this one fires me up! We are sick and tired of fighting our federal government, which by the way, is supposed to help, not hurt, create jobs. The new ad, titled “Bankrupt”, reminds voters in Appalachia of Obama’s 2008 campaign promise that under his energy plan “…if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them.” You heard that right; here we have an American president promising to bankrupt an industry. Has there ever been a politician so brazen to brag he’ll bankrupt an industry and kill jobs? Not that I can remember. The ad goes on to explain that China has no problem taking our jobs and burning our coal. The spot closes with “Mr. President let us keep our jobs. We can’t afford 4 more years.”

Great news! I’m not the only one fired up! This week I learned that a group of grassroots West Virginians calling themselves “Miners for Romney” are organizing a caravan of nearly 100 vehicles to travel from Logan County, West Virginia to Ironton, Ohio. The caravan, organized by Shaun Adkins and other grassroots folks, will make stops in Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia, before arriving in Ohio. It will include coal miners, their families, local residents and business owners that rely on the industry, as well as ordinary people concerned what would happen to the coal industry if Obama got reelected. Joining the West Virginia group will be likeminded Ohioans and Kentuckians. Once they all make it to Ironton, “Miners for Romney” will spend hours knocking on doors and getting out the vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan!

After door knocks, the group will be treated to a picnic by the Romney campaign, followed by a rally where several people will speak. Among the speakers are a passionate West Virginia coal miner named Josh Nelson, who’s running (and winning) for a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates that’s been held by Democrats for nearly 80 years! The rally will be keynoted by Tom and Deneen Borelli, two nationally known pro-energy conservatives. Tom is a columnist at TownHall.com and a Senior Fellow at FreedomWorks. Deneen is the author of Backlash and Director of Outreach at FreedomWorks. Both are frequent contributors at FOX News. The rally will also feature representatives of the Romney campaign as well as Josh Mandel’s campaign.

I don’t have to tell anyone how important Ohio is on the electoral map. It’s a huge part of winning the White House and Mitt needs all the help he can get there. It makes me so proud to know that my fellow West Virginians are stepping up to help turn Ohio red for the Romney-Ryan ticket!

Governor Romney, if you’re reading this, keep it up! Thousands of Mountaineers stand ready to help you take back this country and save coal!

A Campaign About…Nothing (and other thoughts)

Is Obama intentionally, in the words of Reince Priebus, or John Ransom, running a Seinfeld campaign “about nothing,” hoping to win solely on likeability? In listening to XM Sirius’ “POTUS” channel Wednesday in my car I was struck by Julie Mason’s comment that this presidential campaign has lacked serious substance. We did get a brief glimmer of hope when Mitt chose Paul Ryan, as folks seemed encouraged by the boldness of the pick and Mitt’s staking ground in the debate about the size of the Federal budget. Ms. Mason lamented that the campaigns, however, have seemed to retreat from that attempt, and that if she craves something like a debate about the proper size and role of government it must mean there’s a real deficiency in her diet, like when she craves spinach. I agree, and quickly responded with a tweet reminding her that Mitt has a proposal, just one of many not responded to in any way to my knowledge by the Obama campaign (while they focus on attacks on Mitt’s personality), to limit government spending to 20% of GDP. Meanwhile Obama ducks the traditional bi-lateral meetings surrounding the UN General Assembly in New York to be filmed on The View. The administration’s quietly stated reason? Too much room for error. So not having meetings to build international relationships and help avoid little things like war over Iran was a a political calculation. The president is likely to make a gaffe or make a promise he can’t deliver on. So he decided to just keep away from problematic stuff like doing his job so he could cultivate his celebrity image. According to Time:

Of course, meeting with world leaders when you don’t know if you’ll still have your job in the next few weeks, can be potentially awkward. It can lead to unfortunate hot-mic gaffes, of which Obama has not been immune (for example, in Seoul earlier this year he asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to be flexible on missile defense until after the election, when Obama would have more space to maneuver–too much diplomatic candor for the sensitive electoral season). Still, ignoring the opportunity to meet one-on-one with world leaders underlined where Obama’s attention is fixed: the campaign. And it was the election that dominated the taping of The View. That, and the inside skinny of the Obama family’s schedule.

So he seems to want to float above the fray and not engage in the discussion, just repeating the same old lines about Bain Capital and exporting jobs. On that point, if you haven’t seen it yet, read this article in the New York Post pointing out just whose money is at Bain. Hint: unions, retirement funds and academic institutions are who trusted Mitt to make money for them. Turns out corporations he helped succeed are made up of people (their investors) and the left has known it all along! (more…)

41 Medal of Honor Recipients Endorse Mitt Romney

There are many reasons Mitt Romney is receiving enormous support from active duty military service members and veterans.

Governor Romney announced yesterday the endorsement of 41 Medal of Honor recipients:

“Of all the heroes that have served in our armed forces, only a few have had the great privilege of receiving the Medal of Honor,” said Mitt Romney. “They are the best of us all, and their dedication to our freedoms and their fellow servicemen and women serves as a shining example to every American. I am deeply honored and grateful to have the support of so many of these brave men, but my deeper thanks is for their service to this nation.”

“I have dedicated much of my life to the service of my country, and I want it to be in good hands for the next four years and beyond,” said Medal of Honor recipient Leo Thorsness. “In Mitt Romney, I believe we have a leader who can address the problems we face, while restoring America to its place on the world stage. Governor Romney understands the needs of our servicemen and women, and he will ensure that those who have fought for us abroad will not have to fight for a good job and good healthcare when they come home. We need that sort of leadership in the White House.”

An Iowa newspaper briefly described two Medal of Honor recipients who gave their support to Mitt Romney yesterday: Salvatore Giunta and George Day (the Iowa newspaper inappropriately used the term “winner” three times instead of the correct usage of “recipient”). Note: According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society there are currently 81 living recipients.

Medals of Honor of the United States Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marine Corps

Medal of Honor Recipients Endorsing Mitt Romney (list & citations): (more…)

Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate and Your Fair Share

I was just reading another leftist try to make the claim that Mitt Romney’s tax rate is lower than “ordinary Americans.” Mitt’s 2011 tax return is right here if anyone is curious.

The claim always looks something like this: “In 2011, Mitt Romney paid $1.9 million in taxes on $13.7 million of income — a 13.9% tax rate (and this claim is calculated to fire up working Americans who supposedly pay much high tax rates than Romney.) As always, this claim by those on the left is complete bogus…and those who use it to attack Romney are either misrepresenting the facts or they do not understand tax rates (or both.) Expect some form of this question to come up in the debates.

Here is how the average American can make an apples to apples comparison between Mitt Romney’s tax rate and their own. (I am an accountant, so I should be able to offer a little intelligence in this subject matter.)

Let’s assume the average American household makes $65,000/year, contains two spouses, a mortgage, a couple of kids and a couple of cars. (According to this website, that is pretty close to average.)

First — The household’s taxable income is not $65,000 because the couple pays health insurance, pays interest on their mortgage, property taxes, etc…and even if the couple does not take itemized tax deductions, it receives a standard deduction as an alternative. Further – the household receives a $1,000 tax credit per child. Finally, with graduated rates — the first $17,000 of the couple’s taxable income is taxed at 10% and the rest (up to $69,000) would be taxed at 15%. Therefore, a realistic tax return calculation for this hypothetical household would look more like this:

Adjusted Gross Income: $65,000
Standard Deduction: ($11,600)
Exemptions (4 x 3,700):($14,800)
Taxable Income: $38,600 (15% tax bracket)
Tax Before Credits: $ 4,940
Tax Credits: ($ 2,000)
Tax After Credits: $ 2,940

Effective Tax Rate on $65,000 of income: 4.5%

So, yes — the average American household pays a lower income tax rate than Mitt Romney.

How about an above average American household, say, one that earns $100,000 per year? (Same assumptions, except now any taxable income over $69,000 is going to be taxed at 25%)

Adjusted Gross Income: $100,000
Standard Deduction: ($11,600)
Exemptions (4 x 3,700): ($14,800)
Taxable Income: $73,600 (25% tax bracket)
Tax Before Credits: $10,050
Tax Credits: ($ 2,000)
Tax After Credits: $ 8,050

Effective Tax Rate on $100,000 of income: 8.05% (If itemized deductions were $20,000 for this taxpayer–which is pretty normal in this income range–the effective rate drops to 6.3%)

If we expand this example to a $150,000/year household under the same hypothetical assumptions, it gets a bit more interesting (but again – this is getting more and more above average household income):

Adjusted Gross Income: $150,000
Standard Deduction: ($11,600)
Exemptions (4 x 3,700): ($14,800)
Taxable Income: $123,600 (25% tax bracket)
Tax Before Credits: $ 22,550
Tax Credits: ($ 2,000)
Tax After Credits: $ 20,550

Effective Tax Rate on $150,000 of income: 13.7% (If itemized deductions were $30,000 for this taxpayer–which is pretty normal in this income range–the effective rate drops to 10.6%)

Also — People conveniently forget that one of the reasons Mitt pays such a low tax rate is due to the fact that he consistently contributes around 15%-20% of his income to charitable organizations…because that is several million dollars of his gross income tax won’t be taxed.

I suppose it is possible that were we to examine the tax rates on Americans making $200,000 or $250,000 per year or more…we might find those who pay a higher effective tax rate than Mitt Romney, but are these “ordinary Americans?” Obama doesn’t think so — he wants those Americans’ taxes raised even higher.

Update

I’ve been asked several times why I excluded social security taxes from my analysis. Here’s why: Social security is a forced savings plan. In theory, you are funding your own retirement with your social security contributions because you receive a retirement benefit statement each year that you pay into the system. I consider social security more of a “mandatory pension plan contribution” than I do a tax. Thus, it shouldn’t be included in your effective tax rate any more than should the 10% going into your 401(k) plan because you will be living off this money when you retire. If you don’t pay into the system, you don’t get any when you retire.

MUST SEE VIDEOS: Paid Protesters at Romney Event Admit Obama Will Give Them a Free Phone if They Vote for Him

What we’re up against.

Unfortunately — because I work for a living — I couldn’t make it to any of the Romney-Ryan events this week in Ohio. Had I known they were paying folks $11/hour (and apparently giving out free phones?) to protest just outside the event, I might have worked it into my schedule.

There is a sad reality that comes with these videos: As politically incorrect as it was, Romney was exactly right when he said there are people that will never vote for him because they are too dependent on the government. That’s why that have to “keep Obama in president, you know?”


There’s one more video that is similarly amazing, watch it here.

Ann Romney Dazzles on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’

Ann Romney sits down with Jay Leno.

Ann Romney made an appearance on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ last night.

As always, Ann did a great job making the case that the nation needs her husband’s help.

Take a moment to watch the interview and let me know what you thought about it in the comment section below.


CLICK HERE to Watch Parts Two and Three

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