Obama’s Desperate Plea for Cash: “…it could cost us the election.”

The campaigns announce each month how much they bring in from fundraising. Last month both campaigns announced their May numbers the same day as I recall. Two days ago Governor Romney announced their June fundraising number — Obama has yet to announce his. What is he waiting for? Instead, yesterday Mr. Obama’s campaign manager sends out an email to supporters using the subject line “Urgent” with a pleading, even desperate tone to it.

Jim Messina — Obama Campaign Manager

Let’s think about this for a second: Effective unemployment nationally is around 15%, give or take; household incomes have tanked the last few years; the Obama economic “recovery” is headed for its second stall; food stamp dependency is through the roof; more Americans are “disabled” than at any time in history; small businesses are not hiring due to ObamaCare bureaucracy and cost; college grads are struggling to find above minimum wage jobs; Obama has held more fundraisers than all of the last incumbent presidents combined; Obama has used more gimmicks to raise money than any presidential candidate…on and on. And Mr. Obama wants these same Americans to sacrifice more!

Mr. Obama has no problem making these desperate requests almost daily now. Here is the Messina email yesterday — RedState:

Romney and the Republicans announced yesterday that they brought in more than $100 million in June.

For context, that’s about what we raised in April and May combined.

We’re still tallying our own numbers, but his means their gap is getting wider, and if it continues at this pace, it could cost us the election.

If everyone who’s been waiting to give pitches in $3 or more today, we can start reversing this trend in just a few hours.

Please do your part — make a donation of $3 or more right now.

One hundred million is alarming enough, but it doesn’t even include the millions pouring into pro-Romney super PACs — or the fact that, unlike four years ago, it’s perfectly legal for the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Karl Rove, and anonymous billionaires to funnel unlimited money into attacking President Obama in critical battleground states.

I’m proud of the way we build this organization. Through the primaries, more than three-quarters of our donations were from people giving less than $1,000. Meanwhile, in that same period, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised three-quarters of its money from people giving $1,000 or more.

If we don’t take this seriously now, we risk finding ourselves at a point where there is too much ground to make up.

We need to do something about it. Today.

Please donate $3 or more:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Close-the-Gap

More to come.

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

Did you catch the new “blame” phrase above? Obama is now blaming his supporters by effectively telling them if they do not step up now and donate more of their money, “it could cost us the election.” (Why is everything always about him?) What about Mr. Obama’s wonderful message for the nation? What about his “vision?” Just another opportunity passed up for Mr. Obama to take responsibility. No, it is better to blame his failure on those with the money.

Check a couple of comments the Obama campaign received at their official blog site in response to this lovely email message — Classic:

AnthonyinNC • 4 hours ago −
Jim Messina,

We need ideas as to how do we get more people to donate. We don’t need doom & gloom but a plan to raise more money. Also, Billionaires & Millionaires who supports President Obama will need to donate to Super Pacs so we can get a Congress controlled by Democrats to put in laws to limit this type of spending.

Nettie Christine • 11 hours ago −
To Jim Messina

I am giving this campaign every spare dollar and dime I have. I will
continue to give until it hurts. However, I am tiring of your messages
obsessing on the amount of money Romoney’s millionaires and
billionaires have donated to his campaign. Corporations may think they
are people to thanks to the supreme court but they don’t come close to
the number of individual donors responsible for funding the majority of
this campaign. It is those millions voices that will win this election
again for this president unless you continue to obsess only about money
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GOSAL~Official of Eng Art Mop • 5 hours ago • parent
Nettie ….. I feel the same way. I’m tired of Jim’s negativity, he can at least say thank you before giving the lecture! I really miss Chris Hass, Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird. They treated us with much more respect!

Remember, dollars raised by any presidential candidate is an important form of voting. Each dollar received is a type of vote received for that candidate.

Mr. Obama already knows how much money he received from June fundraising. Why is he waiting to announce the number? What is he waiting for?


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Romney Ad: Economy Slows, American’s Suffer in Silence (VIDEO), Desperate for Disability Benefits


I wrote about April’s pitiful job report when it was released on Friday; but there’s more…

Not only did 342,000 frustrated Americans drop out of the labor force last month – because they couldn’t find work – 65.8% of them felt so desperate they pulled a Hail Mary. 225,000 workers applied for Social Security disability benefits in April. And, 40 % of those applicants were accepted:

Almost 90,000 workers enrolled in the program in April, pushing the total for new enrollees above 333,000 in the first four months of the year.

Add in spouses and dependents, and the number of beneficiaries added to the program so far this year climbs to 539,000.

As IBD reported recently, more than 5 million workers and their families have enrolled in the disability program since President Obama took office.

● The Preezy of the United Steezy’s own economic advisers were sounding the ‘disability warning bell’ last fall:

The Obama administration’s economic advisers warned in a report last fall that the mass exodus of workers who can’t find a job onto the disability rolls poses a long-term risk to the economy. Once enrolled, they almost never return to the active workforce. This can, the report said, result “in a loss to society of the economic contribution those workers could have made.”

Not only do those on our swelling disability rolls not contribute to the economy, working Americans end up paying for their retirement.

Keep in mind if the labor force had NOT declined, April unemployment would be at 8.3%, instead of 8.1% as reported. If our labor force participation rate was the same as it was in June 2009, unemployment would be at 11%. Factor in the underemployed – those working part-time who want full-time work and the number is around 17%.

● Yesterday, President Obama launched his campaign for four more years in the White House by exhorting Americans to not ask if they are better off than they were four years ago, but – if they reelect him – how they’re going to be tomorrow. Today, Romney for President took a good punch at Obama’s reelection rhetoric in a new video ad. Here is Silence:

● An article in Friday’s Wall Street Journal examines some of the reasons behind America’s rapidly shrinking labor force:

[T]he recent fall is so sharp and surprising that aging baby boomers can’t be the entire reason. Another explanation is surely the slow pace of job growth, which means fewer opportunities to entice what economists call the “marginal” worker back into the labor force. Older workers who’ve lost a longtime job may find themselves unemployable in a rapidly changing economy. They may retire earlier than they might have preferred.

Second earners in a household may also not find work at a high enough wage to justify the costs of commuting or child care. In a recovery that is really cooking, like the Reagan boom, these workers find that the opportunities reward more work. In today’s mediocre expansion, not so much.

That’s especially true when stagnant wage growth means less reward for the effort. Over the past 12 months, average weekly earnings are up 2.1% but inflation has climbed by 3%. Real pay is rising far too slowly, which makes work less attractive.

The Federal Reserve has maintained a super-easy monetary policy in the name of reducing the jobless rate and to reflate the housing market, but this has contributed to higher food and energy prices and thus reduced real income gains. This too is a disincentive to work and undermines one ostensible purpose of the Fed’s easing.

● What begins as a helping hand morphs into a hammock…

Another culprit may be the rapid expansion of government transfer payments during this recession. Medicaid, disability payments and food stamps have all risen sharply in recent years, starting under President Bush and accelerating under President Obama.

This is a particular disincentive to low-skilled workers to enter the job market because in some high-benefit states they need to earn $30,000 or more to compensate for the benefits they lose. This is an insidious high marginal tax rate that deters many from ever acquiring the basic skills and experience they need to move up the income ladder.

● An important reason why this nation needs PRESIDENT Romney:

Reversing this falling labor force trend is a major policy challenge, especially as more of the baby boomers retire. The U.S. will need more workers to finance more retirees. This will require faster growth and more job creation than we’ve seen in this disappointing recovery.

The tragedy of the Obama Administration is that it put the political pursuit of its social welfare agenda above policies to nurture a strong, durable economic expansion. Americans are paying for that mistake in less work and less reward for the work they get. The priority of the next Administration must be to reverse the decline.

(emphasis added to articles)

Obama believes he deserves four more years…

No!

America deserves jobs.

America deserves a leader who will end the suffering.

America deserves Mitt Romney.

► Jayde Wyatt

Distracted Driving and Santorum’s Consequential Crash

The Santorum campaign woke up in a ditch this morning.

Their intrepid driver, Rick, was reportedly suffering from something a senior advisor called “campaign fatigue.” But there were other reports that a distracted Santorum had his head down and was fiddling with something on his knee while driving.

His patchwork campaign, which already bears a striking resemblance to a neighborhood yard sale, gave the word “disarray” new meaning with this latest mishap.

You realize, of course, that I am referring to (and pardon me for paraphrasing) his ill-advised but very revealing statement yesterday that he can see no difference between a Romney presidency and the continuation of Obama’s relentless war on liberty.

If Rick weren’t a teetotaler, I’d suggest that somebody get a cop down there to administer a roadside sobriety test.

But it must be that he’s just worn out. You know, there’s a reason why there are federal regulations limiting the length of time that a professional bus or truck driver can drive at a stretch. Campaigns can go on too long as well. Fatigue is a killer.

In this case, Rick’s fatigued statement has blown a giant hole in the thin veneer of conservatism and Republican Party loyalty that he has been trying to craft from the passenger seat of Chuck’s pickup truck since last year. By the way, where is chauffeur Chuck-in-the-Truck when you need him?

But although he would dearly love to take it back, Rick said it, and he meant it. What an amazing display of unvarnished self-interest and personal ambition. What happened to cause and country, Rick? When did you lose sight of the fundamental objective, a Republican win in the general election? How you could let yourself fall into the rookie mistake of believing your own publicity?

Sadly, I think we’ve seen the real Rick Santorum this time, and he is neither as publicly-minded, nor as purely conservative, nor as ready to govern as we might have hoped.

In fact, it’s starting to look like the only reason today’s road-weary Republican voters haven’t already run Rick off the road themselves is that, by contrast to his chief rival for that increasingly-distant second place, Rick’s narcissistic tantrum is a barely-audible whimper compared to the screeching whine of self- aggrandizement and vengefulness being displayed by a progressively less-relevant Newt Gingrich.

Their unguarded rhetoric has revealed that both are in this for themselves first. That leaves the rest of us and the good of the country as distant a second place on their agendas as they themselves are in the polls.

Rick will likely have his last hurrah in Louisiana tomorrow. Let it be a farewell party, so that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party can move on to the real business of taking on Obama, and retaking America from the freedom-crushing machinery of the liberal wrecking yard.

It’s over, and everyone knows it but Rick. By its leader’s own desperate and reckless act, the Santorum campaign has been totaled this time. As an aside, a somewhat dazed campaign spokesman dragged himself from the wreckage last night to refute media reports that Santorum’s little accident was the result of rhetorical texting while driving.

I sort of believe him, but only because I have it on good authority that the device he was fooling with on his knee at the time of the fateful crash was not his Blackberry, but an Etch-a-Sketch.

With anti-Obama voters poised to revoke his driver’s license, I suspect that Rick will have lots of time to hone his Etch-a-Sketching skills in the months to come.

Maybe he’ll take a driving lesson too.

President Obama’s Super PAC Spending Big on Attack Ads Against Mitt

Like this video shows, there is only one candidate the White House fears. The #1 rule in politics is to follow the money if you want to know the truth. President Obama’s Super PAC, Priorities USA, is spending even more money than they have in previous states to run attack ads against Mitt here in Michigan.

Fortunately, momentum is clearly on Gov. Romney’s side and these desperate attacks likely won’t be enough to stop him. The crowds at Mitt’s events continue to grow here in Michigan, and Mitt has launched a bus tour to crisscross the state until Tuesday’s election. Follow the bus tour here and RSVP for upcoming events here.

Listen to Ann and Mitt speak at the Americans for Prosperity Forum here.

Watch Mitt’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club below the fold. (more…)

Obama’s Scheme Team: “Kill Romney” – Governor Romney Responds: “Desperate, Despicable”


As America continues to suffer from President Downgrade’s Obama’s inexperience and blunders, talking heads predict that the next presidential election is bound to be one of the nastiest, dirtiest campaigns in a long time.

Not surprising, Real Clear Politics revealed last week that Democrats believe Mitt Romney is the greatest threat to their man, Obama:

In gearing up for President Obama’s re-election battle next year, party operatives have directed the bulk of their energy toward beating up on the former Massachusetts governor. With a number of strong Republicans opting not to run and some in the race failing to get traction, Romney has become a singular target for the party in power.

Today, we learn just how afraid Obama and his Scheme Team are:

Barack Obama’s 2012 plan: ‘Kill Romney’

Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s re-election 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.
[...]
“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.

The onslaught would have two aspects. The first is personal: Obama’s re-elect will portray the public Romney as inauthentic, unprincipled and, in a word used repeatedly by Obama’s advisers in about a dozen interviews, “weird” …

The second aspect of the campaign to define Romney is his record as CEO of Bain Capital, a venture capital firm which was responsible for both creating and eliminating jobs. Obama officials intend to frame Romney as the very picture of greed in the great recession – a sort of political Gordon Gekko.

(emphasis added) Additional details may be found here.

Romney issued a swift response:

August 9, 2011

BOSTON, MA – Romney for President campaign manager Matt Rhoades released the following statement in response to Politico’s report on President Obama’s re-election strategy:

It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks. President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change.”

(emphasis added)

Obama won’t be able to run successfully on his record. Even the lefty-left of his party are in full rebellion now:

On Sunday, Drew Westen, a professor of psychology at Emory, articulated the fury of liberal Democrats in a New York Times Sunday Review essay.

How can one explain this lack of leadership? Westen offered several harsh theories. Perhaps Obama is, as conservatives have alleged, too inexperienced and hence, incompetent. Obama, he wrote, “had accomplished very little before he ran for president, having never run a business or a state.” He had a “singularly unremarkable career as a law professor, publishing nothing in 12 years at the University of Chicago other than an autobiography.” Finally, before joining the Senate, he had voted “present” rather than “yea” or “nay” 130 times, “sometimes dodging difficult issues.”

(emphasis added)

Obama and his Scheme Team will resort to that which they are very familiar and comfortable with – the ol’ Alinsky Rules for Radicals. [Known as the 'father of modern American radicalism,' Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics that take the enormous, unfocused emotional energy of grassroots groups and transform it into effective anti-government and anti-corporate activism. ... Some of these rules are ruthless, but they work."]

A few Alinsky tactics to look for…

Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.” [Obamacare is Romneycare?]

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’

I can see how Mitt Romney’s private-sector experience, record of accomplishments, leadership, wisdom, work ethic, and straight-forward campaigning makes the Obama Scheme Team’s knees knock.

We’ve got a desperado president on our hands. America can’t take four more years of Oval Office conniving.


► Jayde Wyatt

A new video on this subject from the Romney campaign below the fold (more…)