Romney Praises Candidates-Elect for GOP’s Sweeping Midterm Victory: “ Honor Pledge to America”

Mitt Romney on election night, Nov 2, 2010.

After all the candidates endorsed, flying coach across thousands of miles, pulling his suitcase in and out of hotel rooms, speeches given, funds raised, McDonalds meals on the road, and many days away from his beloved Ann, Governor Mitt Romney is delighted with yesterday’s election results.

Now that Romney has unlaced his elect-conservatives-running shoes, Jason Matter from Human Events was able to catch up with the him. Romney hopes Republicans keep their pledge:


With its historic gains in the House of Representatives, the biggest thing the GOP can do right now is “honor the Pledge to America,” Mitt Romney told HUMAN EVENTS. “This election was a referendum on Obama’s agenda,” and the electorate took a decisive stand against the Democrat Party’s “excessive spending, borrowing, and growth of government.”

“Our [GOP] majority is growing,” the former Massachusetts governor went on to say, noting that House Republicans will end up with a net gain of more than 60 seats in the House, easily blowing past the 39 they needed to regain the Majority.

While many conservatives are disappointed about the losses in Nevada and West Virginia, Romney said that Republicans should highlight their victories in New England, where GOP challengers Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta beat Democratic incumbents to take House seats and where Kelly Ayotte held on to Judd Gregg’s Senate seat.

“It goes to show you that when you have strong candidates with a compelling message, Independents will get behind you,” even in a blue state like New Hampshire. Asked if the impressive GOP showing inches him closer to a 2012 presidential run, Romney said he’s “not thinking about that right now.

“I’m basking in the delight of our historic news.”

(my emphasis)

Thank you, Governor Romney, for contributing so much toward yesterday’s GOP victories!

You deserve some time off. But, don’t be gone too long…

Sea of red! Midterm election House results 2010

Governor Mitt Romney

H/t to friend Frank

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney: Obama Must Slay the Job-Killing Beast

On this day after feisty midterm elections, many of us are a little bleary-eyed after late-night return watching. This morning, Republicans hold a majority in the House of Representatives and have added more balance to the Senate. Some races are still being determined. How sweet it is!

What next? What will Obama say during his post-election press conference today? While we’re still catching our breath from yesterday, Mitt Romney has written a succinct op-ed offering advice to the president…

Obama must slay the job-killing beast
By Mitt Romney
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

President Obama could have focused on solving the financial crisis. He did not. He could have endeavored to conquer the looming threats to our future. Instead, he added to them. Now that voters have rejected his first two years in office, the president should not waste this political crisis: He should seize his “Nixon to China” opportunity.

Government is a greater threat to America in 2010 than China was in 1972. Government is smothering the pioneering, entrepreneurial spirit that propelled our economy past those of older, larger nations. Ever higher taxes on small and big business, layers of red tape, onerous labor regulations, and punitive bureaucrats and lawsuits are suffocating U.S. economic vitality. So far, the president and his fellow travelers in Congress have made things worse: If Obama is serious about changing the way things are done in Washington, he must slay the job-killing beast Washington has become.

He must also choke off government’s voracious appetite. Under current law, the federal government’s share of the economy will grow from its 50-year average of 20.3 percent to 26.5 percent by the end of this decade; federal, state and local governments will then constitute more than 40 percent of the economy. At what point do we effectively become a socialist economy, with its associated low growth, low incomes and permanently high unemployment?

And at what point will lenders to our government insist on charging punishingly high interest rates, or stop buying U.S. debt altogether? Congressional Budget Office data indicate that government spending through the next decade will require $12.4 trillion in additional debt, bringing our total public indebtedness to $22.2 trillion by 2020 – about the size of our gross domestic product. America’s debt then will look a good deal like Greece’s debt does today.

Obama’s first instinct is to blame all this on his predecessor’s tax policies. But the $22.2 trillion figure already assumes that Obama will raise taxes on annual incomes higher than $250,000, repealing the so-called Bush tax cuts for the rich. So the $12.4 trillion in new debt is entirely due to government spending and the president’s own tax policies. Spending, Mr. President, is what threatens America’s economy, not tax cuts.

To tame runaway government spending, the president should of course embrace the usual measures: freeze government employment; freeze growth in discretionary spending; veto every spending bill chocked with earmarks; work to regain an effective line-item veto; extinguish ineffective, wasteful programs. But these are just the start.

If the president is to become serious about spending, borrowing and deficits, he must subject government to the two budgeting rules employed by every well-run business and home.

Rule One: Start with the total, don’t end up with it. Decide from the outset the amount that the government will spend for the year. Don’t add up all the program requirements, departmental requests and political wish lists to calculate the total – that’s surrendering, not budgeting. The nation’s 50-year average annual tax burden has been 18 percent of GDP. That’s the right figure for total spending; it may take several years to rein in spending to that level, but it should be the target.

Rule Two: Go where the money is. With entitlement spending about half of all federal spending, the president has no choice but to address Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He should propose less costly progressive indexing for future Social Security beneficiaries – using the consumer price index inflator rather than the wage index for higher-income retirees. Medicaid should be granted in block to the states, giving them flexibility to meet the needs of poor residents in their own ways. Medicare will require reform of health care, making it more like a consumer market and less like a regulated utility. Medicare recipients should also be given better options for private coverage. Regardless of the reforms chosen, the entitlements budget should be subject to Rule One – set a total first and conform the programs to that level. Advocates of this course include the Brookings Institution on the left and the Heritage Foundation on the right.

Finally, don’t let the Bush tax cuts expire. Keeping them will yield revenue at 18.4 percent of GDP in 2020 – higher than the historic tax average. Lower taxes will propel growth, add jobs and produce a larger GDP that can accommodate our spending priorities. And don’t push defense below 4 percent of GDP; with today’s global threats and allies’ diminishing military capabilities, freedom will increasingly depend on American strength.

The president can turn his party’s losses Tuesday into a win for the country. It all depends on the course he sets.

(my emphasis)

I hope Obama is in the mood to take advice. If not, I know who should be our next president.

*Thanks to all who particpated in our election day chat. You helped make it a memorable day!

► Jayde Wyatt

It’s Tsunami Tuesday! Republicans Hope to Make Big Waves, Referendum Against Obama

It’s Tsunami Tuesday!

At last; midterm election day 2010 has arrived! And, Americans aren’t happy…

Washington (CNN)

The number of Americans who say things are going badly in the country, at 75 percent, is higher than it has been on the eve of any midterm election since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates that the economy remains, by far, the top issue on the minds of Americans. Fifty-two percent of people questioned say the economy’s the most important issue facing the country.

“That’s more than the deficit, education, health care, terrorism, energy, illegal immigration and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “No other issue was named as the country’s top problem by more than 8 percent.”

The economy has been the issue most on the mind of Americans in CNN polling since the end of 2007.

The top concern remains unemployment, with 58 percent saying it’s the most important economic issue facing the country today, followed by the deficit at 20 percent, and taxes and mortgages tied at 8 percent each.

USA Today/Gallup took a final temperature of Americans heading into the election. What they discovered was a surprising 15-point gap in favor of Republican voters. This is unprecedented in the history of Gallup polling and could signal the largest Republican margin in the House in the last 60 years. Republicans could chalk up 60 seats, with more possible. It’s an indicator of a walloping wave of Republican victories that will rush across the country today.

When Obama was asked about similarities between Bill Clinton’s policies and the sweep of Republicans into office in 1994, he replied: ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ That’s the problem, President Obama.

February 8, 2010 – Obama not concerned that Dems will get their clocks cleaned:

Even though three out of four Americans think things are going badly, and however high the expectations for conservative victories, no one can sit on their sofa and figure others’ votes will carry the day.

Get to the polls and make some waves!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney on Hannity Show, Comments on MA Races: Barney Frank vs Sean Bielat, Deval Patrick vs Charlie Baker

Governor Mitt Romney took a break from his busy schedule on election eve to appear on the Sean Hannity Show. He commented on the winds of change blowing through Massachusetts – which began whistling with Scott Brown’s victory and is hitting Barney Frank’s race with Sean Bielat and the gubernatorial race between Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. Romney also voiced his opinion on Obama’s failed policies, incl Obamacare.

Romney has earnestly given his all to help conservatives win tomorrow and has kept up a break-neck schedule on the campaign trail. It was wonderful to see him again.

In case you missed it, here’s a look at Romney’s recent activities on the campaign trail:

Make it a tsunami Tuesday tomorrow! Please vote and take your friends and neighbors with you!

Be sure to join us here for an all-day election chat party!

UPDATE – Speaking of Sean Bielat, here’s a TwitPic from Mitt:

Mitt TwitPic (11/01/10): Huge @Sean Bielat barn rally here in Taunton, MA- chanting 'Retire Barney Frank' They're right!

UPDATE 2 – Great video of Mitt at Sean Bielat Election Eve Rally:

H/t Bosman for Hannity video

► Jayde Wyatt

Halloween Greetings from Mitt Romney Central: ‘Twas the Night Before Elections…

A chill in the air and leaves crunching underfoot signal the time of year when ghoulies, ghosties, and long-leggety beasties are felt amidst the howling wind… Lizard’s leg, wool of bat, and owlet’s wing conjure images of spooks, kooks, and The Great Pumpkin. As greetings are whispered through the fearful shadows on All Hallow’s Eve, spines shudder in the mist. Blood-curdling shrieks echo across America’s sleepy hollows

Halloween Greetings

T’was the night before elections
and all through the town
tempers were flaring
emotions up and down.

I, in my bathrobe
with a cat in my lap
had shut off the TV,
Tired of political clap-trap.

When all of a sudden
there arose such a noise,
I peered out my window,
Saw Obama and his boys.

They had come for my wallet,
They wanted my pay
to give to others
who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
and quick as a wink
jumped back on his bandwagon
and I thought ‘What a fink!’

He then rallied his henchmen
who were pulling his cart,
I could tell they were out
to rip my country apart!

On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On ACORN, On Pelosi!
He shrieked at the pairs!

They took off for his cause,
As they flew out of sight,
I heard him guffaw at the nation
that wouldn’t stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think
On this one final note—

God bless America – our only hope!

– Author unknown

from all of us at Mitt Romney Central


► Jayde Wyatt

Romney-Endorsed Carly Fiorina Out of Hospital, Campaigning to Save California and U.S. Taxpayers

“Five more days. We’ve got to work hard.” -Carly Fiorina

Good news!

Carly Fiorina, who was hospitalized the last two days due to an infection related to breast cancer reconstruction, has jumped back on the campaign trail and is on the go. She is running against Ma’am – er, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and, according to the latest from Rasmussen, is just three percentage points behind Boxer.

There-isn’t-a-tax-hike-I-don’t-love Boxer has been on Capitol Hill for 28 California crippling years and is renown for her far-out, far-left ideology. Her voting has bankrupted the U.S. Treasury, the California treasury, and added trillions to the national debt. As a resident in her chronically poorly managed, brink-of-bankrupt, blue blue state of California, which struggles with 18% unemployment (yes, 18%), the thought of removing liberal career politician Barbara Boxer makes me giddy-glad.


California Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina is back on the campaign trail and feeling “fantastic” after her two-day hospitalization, according to local reports.

Campaigning at a business park outside Sacramento, Fiorina thanked a small group of supporters for their concern.

“It’s fairly common, unfortunately, for women who have been through the kind of breast cancer and reconstructive surgery that I went through to sometimes get infections, and they need to be treated aggressively and quickly, and this one was,” she said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009, Fiorina, 56, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, was successfully treated, thanks to a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. She remains cancer free, she said.

Click here to see Fiorina on Good Morning America today:

Here’s Romney-endorsed candidate Carly for California:

“Call me senator!” Director David Zucker writes and produces the hilarious, but sad, tale of Boxer’s disrespect of our Military. Ad not authorized by Fiorina – but worth watching!

While I don’t agree with Carly on every political point, she is what California needs now and stands a good chance of being elected. The choice between Fiorina and Boxer couldn’t be clearer:
● Jobs? Or, continued unemployment and bailing businesses?
● Lower taxes? Higher taxes?
● Restructure state pensions? State insolvency?
● California turns a corner and takes care of itself? America bails out California?

Republicans who are willing to do battle on the front lines in liberally entrenched blue states are extraordinarily courageous and deserve our full support. The odds are against them. The dynamics they face are fundamentally different from conservative candidates running in red states. They take unrelenting heat from their liberal opponents and often, unrelenting heat from those on the right who believe they aren’t conservative enough.

The fact that Carly Fiorina is within striking distance of one of the most progressive, cushy-sofa, career senators gives one hope that we, the people, even we, the conservative people in a blue state, with support – not condemnation – from other conservatives across the country, do have the power to save our state and our Republic.

As with many close races across the USA, it’s going to come down to voter turn-out. For California – and across America, let’s get it done! 

Go Carly!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt Romney: Tele-Townhall for Sharron Angle, Goes to Iowa & S. Carolina, Announces Third Round of 10 for ’10

On this final week before midterm elections, Mitt Romney was fresh out of the starting gates – again.

Monday, Oct 25th – Governor Romney hosted a Tele-Townhall with Sharon Angle. The senatorial race between her and rival Harry Reid is nose-to-slightly-ahead-nose, with Angle polling at 49%. Reid is at 45%. Only 2% remain undecided with less than a week to go.

Despite aspersions cast on Romney’s and Reid’s religion from Angle’s former pastor, Sonrise Church Pastor John Reed, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) is a “cult” with “kooky” beliefs, Romney’s conference call with Angle is evidence of his continued support for her and the conservative cause. Angle has distanced herself from Pastor Reed and hasn’t attended his Reno church for six years. Her campaign reiterated that, as a lifelong Christian, Angle shares similar values with members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who comprise 7 percent of Nevada’s population.

Meanwhile, Harry Reid has been characterized as “running his election like there’s no tomorrow.” He called in his last-minute cavalry; President Obama stumped for him last Friday (Oct. 22nd). To help pump up his union support, Reid was supported by Senator Al Franken and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at a rally in Reno yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 26th).

Republican consultant Ryan Erwin:

“I think someone like Mitt Romney offering to help, being able to connect with voters… this is a candidate who in a multi-candidate field got more than 50 percent of the presidential caucus.”

Also, on Monday Oct 25th, Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC released its third 10 for ’10 – focusing on 10 Republican House candidates Romney supports in battleground states. Here are the latest candidates and states they represent: Sandy Adams – Fl, Rick Berg – ND, Sean Duggy – WI, Keith Fimian –VA, Ryan Frazier – CO, Ed Martin – MO, Kristi Noem – SD, Austin Scott – GA, Van Tran – CA, and Allen West – Fl.

Please support these candidates! You may read more here.

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Tuesday, Oct 26th On to Iowa!

Romney greets supporters at Branstad rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Oct 25, 2010

Romney stumped for former Iowa governor Terry Branstad, his running mate Lieutenant Governor nominee Kim Reynolds, and other GOP candidates at a “Road to Victory” morning rally in Cedar Rapids:

Radio Iowa:

Second district congressional candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks is first to speak to the crowd.

The crowd cheered as a group of Iowa Republican candidates and the party’s chair entered the room. “Look what the bus brought in,” Miller-Meeks said, adding a few seconds later: ”Boy, the Winnebago can bring in a lot of people.” She also joked with the crowd about Romney wearing jeans on the campaign trail.

A tweet revealed Gov Romney’s response:

jmartpolitico: Romney in Dubuque explains his casual look compared to the other suit-wearing pols. “I’m unemployed.”

More from Radio Iowa:

Romney, who spoke for a little less than eight minutes, told the crowd liberals are trying to “smother that spirit of America,” and citizens across the country are responding.

“We’ve had a chance to see liberal policies in action and they have not worked and people are saying, ‘No more of that,’” Romney said. “We’ve watched what happened when they built their stimulus which didn’t create private sector jobs. It instead protected government workers and unions. It did not do what the economy needed, which was to stimulate investment and hiring in the private sector where jobs will stay and grow. And then we saw ObamaCare, We saw their cap and trade efforts and their card-check efforts, and so people have said,’Look, that liberal agenda doesn’t work.’”

Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor nominee, introduced Mitt as “a great friend of Iowa.”

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

After firing up the crowd, Romney then traveled with the group to Dubuque for another rally:

Evening time found Governor Romney at the Scott County GOP Reagan Dinner where he was the featured speaker. The gala event was held at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

Branstad maintains a double-digit lead over Democratic incumbent Chet Culver.

Today, Romney is off to South Carolina, where he’ll be campaigning and fundraising for Senator Mick Mulvaney.

(H/t Bosman for Iowa videos)

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Marathon: Endorsements & New Initiative, Holds Tele-Townhall, Stumps for Emmer, Meeks, Walker, Portman, Pennsylvania GOP – Goes to MN, WI, OH, D.C.

Mitt Romney just completed another bustling week of midterm campaigning. What did he accomplish? Take a look:

Governor Romney’s schedule for October 18-22, 2010

Monday, Oct 18, 2010:
» Announces Minnesota endorsements

» Campaigns in Minnesota with Tom Emmer and Annette Meeks

As they say in the news business, Mitt Romney was a good get for Tom Emmer.

Not only did the former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential contender attract some 200 donors at a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner for Emmer Monday, he later worked up a crowd at a rally at the Ramada Hotel in Bloomington.

With just two weeks before the election, Emmer needs to rouse every base within the Republican base, from the fiscal conservatives to the Tea Party discontents to the patriots.

Romney, who sounds and looks like a corporate CEO, rolled up his sleeves and delivered a brief speech to a crowd of about 500 at the rally. He didn’t focus on fiscal conservatism as anticipated, but on the new social hot buttons: the Constitution, patriotism and American exceptionalism.

“It’s not just about failed policies in Washington,” Romney said. “Liberals are changing the very face of America. We are a nation of pioneers and liberals are trying to smother that spirit.

“America needs no apologies to the world,” he said. “The best ally peace has ever known is the United States of America.”

The crowd gave him love as he doffed his jacket and worked the line of attendees for pictures.

Minnesota’s GOP candidate for governor was impressed as well.

“Mitt Romney, wow — he is really a standard bearer for American exceptionalism,” Emmer said in an interview after the rally. “Yes, he just touched on the fiscal policy. But people in Minnesota that I meet, we know what the problems are. When you remind people it’s about the American spirit, you heard them here tonight — they don’t want leaders who apologize for America.”

(my emphasis)

» Announces endorsements in Wisconsin

» Campaigns with Scott Walker in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Two of the biggest names in Republican politics – possible 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney and rising GOP star Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – came to Wisconsin on Monday to raise money and campaign for gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker.

Romney and Jindal made the latest in a series of visits to Wisconsin by high-wattage political figures – from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In Milwaukee, Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, and Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, spoke to more than 200 people at a $250-a-plate fund-raiser at the Italian Community Center. In Madison, Walker and Jindal hosted about 300 people at a $75 per-person reception at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

Attendees could meet with the hosts in more intimate settings for $5,000 per couple. The campaign declined to say how much the two events raised.

Romney and Jindal briefly took questions from reporters at both stops, but the events themselves were closed to the news media.

Afterward at a news conference, Romney said his trip to Milwaukee had been planned some time ago.

“Scott’s just opened up such a big lead – he’s doing better,” Romney said.

As if to underscore that point, a new poll Monday showed Walker with a 9 point lead over Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker had 50% and Barrett had 41% in the poll of 402 registered likely voters by Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College in De Pere. The poll was conducted Oct. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

“But you can’t become too complacent,” Romney said. “Things can happen in the waning weeks.  . . .  So it’s important for us to touch the bases of those races where myself and people like me can hopefully make a difference.”

Jindal said voters were drawn to Walker because of his pledge to cut the size of government. “He understands we can’t tax, borrow and spend our way back to prosperity,” Jindal said of Walker.

For more on the Tom Emmer fundraiser, click here. More on the Minnesota and Wisconsin events can be found here.

Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010:
» Campaigns for Rob Portman in Ohio

Ohio Senate Republican hopeful Rob Portman introduces Mitt Romney to Michael Bridges at InfoTech 2010. Bridges' company was one of many exhibiting at the defense contractor technology conference.

DAYTON — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Portman brought potential 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney along with him Wednesday during a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center.

Ret. Air Force General Lester L. Lyles, left, shares a laugh with Romney & Rob Portman at InfoTech 2010 in Dayton, OH. 10/20/10 - A/P Photo Skip Peterson

Portman and Romney shook hands and posed with corporate executives and others for photographs as they worked the red, white and blue-decked aisles where defense contracting companies had technology displays at the InfoTech convention and trade show. The Dayton event annually brings Air Force and business leaders together for discussions of military hardware and software needs.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2008 presidential contender, accompanied Portman to a private fundraising lunch in the Dayton area before appearing at the InfoTech convention, said Jessica Towhey, a Portman campaign spokeswoman. Towhey declined to say how much money the event raised.

Romney, considered a likely front-runner for the Republicans’ 2012 presidential nomination, declined to say when he will formally announce that he is running again for the White House.

“That’s not a decision I’ll make for some time. I don’t know when that will come, but certainly after November,” Romney said. “I’m here to support Rob Portman in his race for the Senate, and also (governor candidate) John Kasich and other Republicans across the state, and I’m doing my best to help raise money and bring a little awareness of the strong candidates we’ve got.”

Romney TwitPic: "Talking with Hank and Tony at the Waffle House in Dayton, OH. Oct 20, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010
» Holds luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Mitt Romney and two of his senior aides are holding a small lunch in Washington today to brief GOP lobbyists and potential 2012 supporters on what the former governor and his PAC have done for candidates this cycle.

“Spencer Zwick, Finance Director and Matt Rhoades, Executive Director will join the Governor at lunch to give an update on the political activities of the Free and Strong America PAC,” wrote Drew Maloney, one of Romney’s top K Street backers, in an e-mail sent by another lobbyist to POLITICO. “The Governor has traveled across the country supporting many state and federal candidates. The PAC has given more than $800,000 to federal candidates and raised millions for many of the competitive races.”

The gathering, to take place at a downtown restaurant, will be held in a room that only seats about 20-25 people, Maloney wrote. It’s not a fundraiser.

(my emphasis)

Friday, Oct 22, 2010
» Announces second phase of Take America Back: 10 for ’10 Initiative
» Holds Tele-Townhall for Pennsylvania GOP candidates

Could Romney pack any more into his schedule? Just 10 days until the BIG day… The Gov continues to GO!

Mitt Romney Announces 10 for ’10 Initiative – Going Full Court Press in Final Election Day Countdown

Despite the fact that Mitt Romney has been extremely busy making endorsements and campaigning all across America, he is pulling out all the stops in the final two weeks of the November 2010 election.  Recently, Romney’s Free And Strong American PAC announced the “Take Congress Back: 10 for ’10 Initiative.” The purpose of this initiative is to provide the necessary tools for citizens to make a difference for 10 House challengers in key battleground contests who have received endorsements by Mitt Romney.

Ronald Reagan declared that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Our President prefers to hide the lamp of freedom under a bushel. Romney is unapologetic about the greatness of our country.  However, the brightness of the light of freedom does not depend entirely on the President, Congress or the Supreme Court. It will burn only as brightly as the citizens of America want it to.  Therefore, it is the duty of each one of us to ensure the light of freedom does not dim. This is the election where normal everyday citizens will have a direct impact on the course our nation takes.

America did not gain its independence from England through some government entity. We gained our freedom through the sacrifice and contributions of individuals. While we study the names of great leaders, we dare not forget the nameless men and women who also had a role in history. Through their efforts, they determined the outcome of our country.

Those who fought in the Revolutionary war and in subsequent generations have made their personal, quiet, and private contributions to ensure the beacon of freedom is always shining. Mitt Romney is doing all he can, as well. What will your contribution be for our great nation in the remaining days of this election? How will you make a difference?

Obama Admits Mistakes, Shovel-Ready Projects Don’t Exist, Democrats Flee

Obama has been in office for almost two years now. Once he uttered the presidential oath, and without so much as a glance at the GOP side of the aisle, he commenced constructing his idea of change-we-can-believe-in USA.

The President and his Capitol Hill cohorts crafted cleverly-worded colossal bills that were completed just before vote time, making them impossible to read before they were voted into law. Arm-twisting, brow-beating, and secret shady deals were his methods of choice to ensure passage of legislation which massively expanded government power, added astronomical amounts to our deficit, and increased our entitlement burdens.

Obama justified the necessity for his $787 billion Stimulus Bill (or ‘stim’ as Ma’am Senator Barbara Boxer calls it) on the fact that lots of “shovel-ready projects” were ready to go and needed funding. He hammered home the idea that funding these shovel-ready projects would mean economic recovery and jobs. Just a few days ago, in a New York Times story, our President admitted he’s made a few mistakes – among them that there is no such thing as shovel-ready projects.

We are seeing shovels hit the ground.” – Obama at Dept of Transportation March 3, 2009

Fox Nation October 13, 2010:

With regard to his first large legislative effort, the $787 billion federal stimulus, it took too long for him to realize “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects,” Obama said.

That’s a nearly TRILLION dollar goof.

“…there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects…”

More admissions from Obama:

The Times’s Peter Baker wrote: “Perhaps he should not have proposed tax breaks as part of his stimulus and instead ‘let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts’ so it could be seen as a bipartisan compromise.”

Obama said he let himself be perceived as “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat,” as opposed to the new model of politician some thought he would be following his 2008 campaign.

Though Obama has accused Republicans of opposing his agenda for political gain, in the interview the president said whatever the result of the midterms, his relationship the GOP would be different starting in 2011.

“It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible,” he said. “Either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them, or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.”

Obama says his mistake was letting himself be perceived as the same old tax-and-spend liberal. That’s what he IS. He then states that he hopes after midterm results are counted that his relationship with the GOP will be different. Really? In the next breath, he continues to divert attention from his mistakes by blaming Republicans… again. Not a way to win friends and influence people on the other side of the aisle.

Democrats are running from Obama’s record as fast as they can. Meanwhile, false claims are being flung and dirty tricks continue. Obama hopes to pump up his beleaguered base and is embarking on a western campaign blitz tomorrow to better communicate that Dems aren’t dastardly and change takes time. Hope the 10% unemployed and 18% underemployed can hang on.

Let’s hope we begin to shovel our way out of Obama’s goofs on mid-term election day, November 3rd.

► Jayde Wyatt