Election Consequences: Man Forced to Lay Off Employees Due to Obamacare

Elections have consequences…

As a result of Obama’s reelection and Obamacare repercussions, a Las Vegas small businessman, who employs 114 workers, was forced to fire 22 workers yesterday. Asking to be identified by his first name only (for obvious reasons), ‘David’ spoke with KXNT radio host Kevin Wall:

(CBS Las Vegas)…

“I’ve done my share of educating my employees. I never tell them which way to vote. I believe in the free system we have, I believe in the right to choose who they want to be president, but I did explain as a business owner that I have always put my employees first. I always made sure that when I went without a paycheck that [I] made sure they were paid. And I explained that I always put them first and unfortunately I’m at a point where I’m being forced to have to worry about me and my family now and a business that I built from just me to 114 employees.

I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner.

“Well unfortunately, and most of my employees are Hispanic — I’m not gonna go into what kind of company I have, but I have mostly Hispanic employees — well unfortunately we know what happened and I can’t wait around anymore, I have to be proactive. I had to lay off 22 people today to make sure that my business is gonna thrive and I’m gonna be around for years to come. I have to build up that nest egg now for the taxes and regulations that are coming my way. Elections do have consequences, but so do choices. A choice you make every day has consequences and you know what, I’ve always put my employees first, but unfortunately today I have to put me and my family first, and you watch what’s gonna happen. I’m just one guy with 114 employees — well was 114 employees — watch what happens in the next six months. The Dow alone lost 314 points today. There’s a tsunami coming and if you didn’t think this election had consequences, just wait.”

Click on the image below to hear more of David’s compelling phone call (Click ‘back arrow’ to return to MRC):


  • Yesterday, after news of Obama’s reelection, the stock market fell over 300 points. (The debt crisis is starting to affect EU stalwart – Germany.):
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  • NEVADA: Taking Action to Get Out The Vote — Duty Calls

    By Rachel Anderson

    I had the opportunity to depart to Las Vegas, Nevada for three days last weekend to be a part of something monumental for America. As the 2012 Presidential election is at its peak, with only 11 days to go and a close race behind us, nothing but determination has motivated hundreds of volunteers from all over Utah and California, including myself, to get Mitt Romney elected in the White House.

    Rachel Anderson

    With Nevada being one of the twelve swing states for November’s election, I couldn’t help but sign my name up to make sure Romney got the good ole Sin City’s votes.

    As I stood in line with 100 other students and retired adults getting ready to board the bus, the Romney Campaign volunteers handed each one of us “Romney/Ryan 2012: Believe in America” stickers. At that moment, all I could think to myself with a smirk on my face was “Move it or lose it Obama, my man Mitt’s taking over the White House!”

    With previous experience volunteering for Prop 8 my senior year of high school in 2008, I kind of had an idea of what this experience was going to be like; knocking on doors, making phone calls, being an awesome representative for what is right…you know, the usual civic duties. Although I’m not the happiest or nicest person when it comes to walking around for hours in dry desert heat, I sucked it up and told myself this was for America.

    Friday night we arrived at the Marriot hotel in Las Vegas around midnight. Our trip leader started passing around envelopes with our names on them that included a deployment schedule, 30 bucks cash for food and hotel room key. I thought to myself… “Mitt really knows how to take care of his people and keep his supporters happy, even in Vegas!”

    8:00 Saturday morning, we found ourselves waiting for the bus to take us to Brady Industries where everyone would meet for instruction. After listening to a welcome speech from Jim Davies, Ann Romney’s brother, they immediately put us in vans and sent us to a Republican rally put on by the Mitt Romney Campaign. After a couple hours of food, comedians, speakers and radical rallying, we were then sent out to different parts of the town with bags full of, Romney/Ryan fliers, early voting location fliers, Dean Heller fliers, pens, and precinct bubble-in forms with registered voters names. We then started our quest to receive either support or straight rejection for the Republican Party.

    Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, NV, September 2012 (photo source unknown)

    The next two days involved constant walking and making phone calls; talking to many proud supporters of Romney, encouraging them to vote early in hopes to receive support for the Republican ballot, in which most already had. Aside from the excitement we received from Romney supporters, we also ran across many pro-Obama supporters. Some closed the door on us, some yelled at us and some even called the cops on us. It made me wonder why all these people were so angry towards everything that comes near them.

    As the hours cruised on by and the day got hotter by the minute, I ran into a lady, in her 70’s who really stood out to me. As we were walking through her neighborhood, she asked what we were doing. I told her we were part of the Republican Party reminding voters to vote in hopes to receive support for Romney and Ryan. With a bitter sound to her voice, waiting for her to yell or kick me off her property, she said this:

    I’m a Democrat. Born and raised a Democrat. But I’m voting for Romney. We need to save this country.”

    Just from those simple words, it was a humbling experience for me. Knowing and seeing that people with different views and beliefs than the rest of us can see the danger and despair our country is in. It doesn’t matter who you are – your race, religion or what you believe – we are Americans; this is America and we need to work together to fight for our country. We don’t want any of this Obama ‘change’ talk that is dividing our country while we watch it crumble from the laziness of our current president. In fact, why would we ever want a president that can’t even man up and take responsibility for his own actions?

    Let’s vote for a man that can rebuild a foundation for our country and bring hard work, education and belief in God back in this country; a man that we can not only trust, but that can be a strong leader and representative of our nation. Romney is the man to help mend our nation and bring us back together as a country and to save the citizens of America. He is a true American and stands up for what is best in this nation. This short three-day weekend in Vegas helped me to realize the importance of the 2012 election and the impact it will have on all of American society. With a few parting words – make your vote count and let’s kick Obama out of the White House!


    Rachel Anderson is 21 years old and is a senior attending Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah majoring in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She is currently the Assistant Sports Editor and Sports Writer for the UVU Review. Her interests include outdoor sports including hiking and snowboarding in nearby mountains. Other passions include exploring the many cultures of the world and the study of political issues (she credits a high school journalism teacher that required her class to watch the 2008 presidential debates as part of instruction). Rachel looks forward to one day working in the field of sports journalism as a writer and reporter in the NBA and/or action sports. She has a goal of working in PR back East as part of her career. Rachel grew up in Southern California.

    Main Stream Media & Middle East: Irrationally Vilify Romney to Protect Obama

    Protesters rip an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo as they hoist a black flag similar to an Al Qaeda banner on Sept. 11, 2012. (PHOTO – Mohammed Abu Zaid/AP)

    Four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador, have been murdered by radical Islamists. Additional embassy employees have been injured. (No Marines to protect our embassy on the 11th anniversary of 9/11… Huh?) Chaos and violence continues to spread throughout the middle east; angry crowds in Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Oman, along with demonstrators in Egypt, continue to fill the streets. The Muslim Mafiahood Brotherhood is calling for DEATH TO AMERICA and a massive protest after prayers on Friday. Our sovereign property, American embassies, have been breached, our fences covered in graffiti, items stolen, vehicles torched, emblems torn down, and our flags are burning. Along with our Egyptian embassy, U.S. embassies in at least nine other countries are warning of further attacks and urge Americans to curtail activities in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armenia, Burundi, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Sudan, Tunisia and Zambia.

    In the midst of this mayhem, pandemonium, and visceral display of hatred for America, guess what bothers the mainstream media the most?

    Mitt Romney.

    He responded to the chaos.

    Headlines, commentary, tweets, etc shout “How dare he?!”

    Yes, it’s driving them nuts – more than the attacks themselves.

    Thanks to new media, we’ve learned a nasty little secret about the traveling press corp following Romney. They coordinated ‘GOTCHA’ questions to demonize Mitt Romney for having the audacity to issue a statement on Obama’s unguarded reaction to these events. Listen to the voices of CBS reporter Jan Crawford and Ari Shapiro from NPR:

    CBS REPORTER: Yeah that’s the question. I would just say do you regret your question.

    UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Your question? Your statement?

    CBS REPORTER: I mean your statement. Not even the tone, because then he can go off on…

    UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: And then if he does, if we can just follow up and say ‘but this morning your answer is continuing to sound…’ – *becomes unintelligble*

    CBS REPORTER: You can’t say that..

    The transcript also noted this exchange, with a man Graham said is not Shapiro:

    CBS REPORTER: I’m just trying to make sure that we’re just talking about, no matter who he calls on we’re covered on the one question.

    UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: Do you stand by your statement or regret your statement?

    There is more information here.

    Here’s just one example of the relentless mainstream media assault on Romney (from Obama-loving CNN): Richard Williamson, Romney’s Senior Foreign Policy Adviser was interviewed by Chris Lemon yesterday (Hat tip to Matt Hadro on Newsbusters; see transcript and more here.):

    Headline from the Wall Street Journal yesterday: Romney Offends the Pundits

    Tuesday’s assaults on the U.S. Embassies in Benghazi and Cairo have injected foreign policy into the Presidential campaign, but suddenly the parsons of the press corps are offended by the debate. They’re upset that Mitt Romney had the gall to criticize the State Department for a statement that the White House itself disavowed.

    We’re referring to the statement issued Tuesday under the headline “U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement.”

    Mr. Romney reacted late Tuesday with his own statement: “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

    The Obama Presidential campaign jumped on the remarks Wednesday as inappropriate, yet a “senior Administration official” had told the website Politico later on Tuesday night that “The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government.” So the White House can walk away from its own diplomats, but Mr. Romney can’t criticize them?

    As Tuesday’s events showed, pandering to Islamists who would use the video to inflame anti-American sentiment isn’t going to stop the protests.

    His political faux pax was to offend a pundit class that wants to cede the foreign policy debate to Mr. Obama without thinking seriously about the trouble for America that is building in the world.

    It’s appalling how the mainstream media is tripping over themselves to condemn Romney – especially BEFORE uttering a word of condemnation for the terrorists. We continue to see a shameful lock-step march to shield our call-the-shots-from-behind President. The way they’ve portrayed Romney’s words as far more important than the actual events is insane!

    Yesterday, while speaking to CBS News’ 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, (an institution where Obama walks on water), Obama attempted to minimize Romney for his reaction to the Cairo embassy attack: “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.” Tripe! Then, with sickening photos of our battered, fallen ambassador racing across the internet and middle east foreign policy unraveling, Obama skipped out on the daily security briefing (he’s missed half of them since being elected) and sashayed off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.

    Crass – just crass.

    Here’s a VIDEO timeline of events:

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    Romney on Hannity: Obama’s Presidency has been a Failure



    And stay tuned to see Mitt on Hannity again Friday night to make his closing argument before Saturday’s Nevada Caucuses.

    UPDATE: Mitt On Friday


    Donald Trumps Talked up Mitt on Hannity as well. (more…)

    Grading the Nevada GOP Debate – Who Passed the Test?

    The following is a guest contribution by Adam Ebberts of Oklahoma:

    It’s no secret that I am firmly in Romney’s camp. That being said, I am open to the strengths of other candidates as well as the weaknesses of Romney. A good idea is a good idea. That being said, I have attempted to be as impartial as I can be in grading the individual candidates’ performances last night.
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    Mitt Romney

    Grade: A
    The Pros: Mitt appeared to have been anticipating an onslaught by the other fledgling campaigns. When you’ve been the obvious frontrunner for months you can expect everyone to try and tear you down as they clamor for some recognition.
    The Cons: The reason I did not give Mitt an A+ was because he looked to Anderson Cooper to intervene when he was being interrupted. This is a CNN debate; they want to see the bickering and fighting among republicans. I would have liked to have seen a little more masterful command of the stage without having to appeal to the would-be moderator.
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    Herman Cain

    Grade: B-
    The Pros: I gave Herman Cain a B- mostly for effort. He is not backing off his 9-9-9 plan and for the most part (at least the first two 9’s) it is resonating with voters. Even Newt gave Herman some props for opening people up to finally talking about substantive
    issues.
    The Cons: “Apples to Oranges” As Mitt attempted to point out; Herman’s 9-9-9 plan would impose an additional, federal sales tax on top of the sales taxes all ready leveled by the individual states. Herman tried to make the case that Mitt was comparing two different things and the two somewhere were not related. A more appropriate comparison would be, “do you prefer granny smith or red delicious?”
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    Michelle Bachmann

    Grade: B
    The Pros: Michelle articulated very clearly her rational for calling Herman’s 9-9-9 plan a Value Added Tax. She sounded very competent on the issue and was able to effectively draw on her experience as a tax attorney.
    The Cons: I felt the appeal to women voters towards the end of the debate was a bit odd and seemed like a new strategy for Bachmann. It sounded a little desperate to connect with a very specific demographic and felt a little more emotional then substantive.
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    Newt Gingrich

    Grade: B+
    The Pros: Who doesn’t love Newt really? He is very articulate, very concise and works very hard at actually answering the questions posed to him. His analogy concerning the so-called “super-committee” was very relevant and made the issue easy to understand.
    His praise for the other candidates when he feels they’re on to something, despite their other differences is commendable.
    The Cons: Newt lost his cool a little bit when Romney fired back the challenge that Newt supported the individual mandate. To Newt’s credit he did not lie about where he stood on the issue, but he revealed a side of himself we don’t get to see very often.
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    Rick Perry

    Grade: D+
    The Pros: Rick Perry made energy independence his primary selling point. He is right that America is an energy dependant nation and could do much better about taking care of ourselves in that regard.
    The Cons: Perry’s distaste for Romney was loud and clear. His attacks seemed petty and half-cocked. After more than one failed assault on Romney, Perry began skirting the questions and going back to his poll-tested policy stance on energy independence. Perry did not help himself in this debate.
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    Ron Paul

    Grade: C
    The Pros: Consistency. Ron Paul is nothing if not consistent. You can almost guess where he is going to fall on an issue.
    The Cons: Consistency. Ron Paul has been saying the same thing for years. He has done little to sway public opinion towards libertarianism. This time around however he made some comments concerning Israel that wont sit well with many republican voters.
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    Rick Santorum

    Grade: C-
    The Pros: True to form, Rick Santorum came out with both fists-a-swinging. Rick absolutely made the case that the family is the most fundamental and important unit of society, and is under attack. Santorum has been true to his faith and his family and that
    shines through in battles he chooses.
    The Cons: Not unlike Perry this time around, Santorum leveled a charge against Romney and then denied him the opportunity to respond. He seemed a little over the top given the issue of discussion (repealing Obamacare). We’ve seen Rick go after Perry and Paul, but this seemed even more personal than Guardisil.
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    Jon Huntsman

    Grade: W for withdrawal
    The Pros: I’m sure his New Hampshire town hall event was spectacular.
    The Cons: For a guy that has barely moved beyond the margin of error on national polls, missing a chance to share your vision in front of the entire nation could prove detrimental.
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    Agree or disagree? Give us your grades in the comment section below.

    Who Won the Nevada CNN Debate?

    Check back soon for highlights of the debate, debate reaction, and the debate in it’s entirety once it’s available.

    I don’t know if the candidates, CNN, or simply not having Jon Huntsman on stage contributed to the overall improved quality of the debate or maybe a mixture of the three. Whatever it was, this was the most intellectually stimulating debate of the year so far. Every time I leaned over to talk to someone watching the debate, I had to stop because the candidates were talking about another interesting issue. There a too many memorable moments in the debate to point all of them out, but I would like to highlight the ways in which Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 plan and the way Gov. Romney defended his record as Governor of Massachusetts. Both candidates were hit several times, but Gov. Romney clearly persuaded the majority of the crowd by the end of the debate while Herman Cain seemed to lose a little momentum. I can’t wait to see how the polls look after this debate.

    Also, just like last time Perry went on the attack, I can’t wait for the fact-checkers to expose the lies Perry keeps trying to shove down our throats.

    Who do you think won the debate?

    Having one less candidate on stage was interesting. Any chance we won’t see Jon Huntsman in any more debates or do you think his little boycott ploy will actually help him?

    UPDATE
    Las Vegas Republican debate: Winners and losers

    Update by Jayde – The Corner (National Review Online)
    By Seth Leibsohn
    Oct 18, 2011

    To use his own colloquialism, there is no question but that Mitt Romney won this debate. And he showed something new as well — serious chops in quick sparring and debating skill one on one. He was quick and effective against Herman Cain on the state-tax issue, Rick Perry on several issues (most effectively, at the end, judging someone on their past), and Newt Gingrich on the issue of the health-care mandate’s origins. It was a stellar performance. I am yet to be convinced he’s the inevitable nominee but one cannot gainsay his debating skills, especially compared with the others.

    Rick Perry did not overcome his debating-skills deficit. He came out of the box in his opening statement with a negative jab that seemed wrong for the moment and went downhill from there. One simply cannot look uninterested at best and throw jabs that don’t land at worst, especially when it is clear the strategy is to debate (and campaign) negatively.

    Press ReleaseFormer New Hampshire Governor and U.S. Senator Judd Gregg on tonight’s debate in Las Vegas:

    “Mitt Romney showed again tonight why he is Republicans’ best candidate to defeat President Obama and turn around our failing economy. Whether it is his economic know-how or plan to create jobs, Mitt Romney stands head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field. In November 2012, Republicans will need a candidate with the record, vision, and capability to go up against President Obama – Mitt Romney displayed that once again tonight.”

    Press ReleasePinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu on tonight’s debate:
    Romney Will Secure The Border

    “Mitt Romney was the clear winner of tonight’s debate because he again showed that he is the only candidate committed to implementing policies that will secure our border. While some candidates support the magnets that draw illegal immigrants into our country, Mitt Romney will put a stop to incentives for illegal immigrants to cross our border. Governor Romney stands with all of us who believe that we can and must secure our border — that’s why I’m proud to stand with him and support him as our next president.”

    CNN/WRLC Republican Presidential Debate (FULL VIDEO 10-18-11)

    UPDATE: GOP12 gives Mitt the highest grade of the night as well!

    Mitt Romney’s ‘No Teleprompter, No Text’ Jobs Speech: Bold & Comprehensive

    Gov Mitt Romney emphasizes his 'no teleprompter, no prepared text' jobs creation speech by holding up his one page of notes. Romney rolled out a comprehensive jobs plan to a large crowd at McCandless Intl Trucks in Las Vegas, NV. Sept 6, 2011 (photo by Julie Jacobson/AP)


    DAY ONE, JOB ONE

    He said it would be bold and sweeping.

    He was right.

    59 points contained in a 160 page book…

    It was a stunning revelation as Mitt Romney outlined his much–anticipated, comprehensive jobs plan to modernize the wheezing American economic engine.

    From Las Vegas, NV, a state crippled with 12.9% unemployment, 300 people crowded into a warehouse at McCandless International Trucks to listen to Gov Romney. Delivered without prepared text or a teleprompter, Romney elaborated at length on his vision for American prosperity – from just one page of notes. He spoke on taxes, regulation, trade, energy, fiscal policy, etc. He also outlined what he would do to spur job growth on his first day as President of the United States:

    At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way,” Romney wrote Tuesday in an opinion piece in USA Today that previewed his 160-page plan. “The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.”
    [...]
    Romney planned to use the plan’s rollout to contrast his candidacy with his Republican rivals and present a comprehensive outline for fixing the economy just as Obama prepares to unveil his jobs initiative on Thursday.

    (link, emphasis added) Continue reading here.

    FACT SHEET: MITT ROMNEY’S PLAN TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY

    Five Bills for Day One

    The American Competitiveness Act: Reduces the corporate income tax rate to 25 percent

    The Open Markets Act: Implements the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea Free Trade Agreements

    The Domestic Energy Act: Directs the Department of the Interior to undertake a comprehensive survey of American energy reserves in partnership with exploration companies and initiates leasing in all areas currently approved for exploration

    The Retraining Reform Act: Consolidates the sprawl of federal retraining programs and returns funding and responsibility for these programs to the states

    The Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act: Immediately cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent, reducing the annual federal budget by $20 billion

    Five Executive Orders for Day One

    An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them

    An Order to Cut Red Tape: Directs all agencies to immediately initiate the elimination of Obama-era regulations that unduly burden the economy or job creation, and then caps annual increases in regulatory costs at zero dollars

    An Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production: Directs the Department of the Interior to implement a process for rapid issuance of drilling permits to developers with established safety records seeking to use pre-approved techniques in pre-approved areas

    An Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices: Directs the Department of the Treasury to list China as a currency manipulator in its biannual report and directs the Department of Commerce to assess countervailing duties on Chinese imports if China does not quickly move to float its currency

    An Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers: Reverses the executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field in favor of organized labor, including the one encouraging the use of union labor on major government construction projects

    To learn how to access the PDF and kindle version of Romney’s book Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth click here.

    Immediately following Romney’s speech, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow was on hand to interview him:

    Part 2 Kudlow interview:

    Greta Van Susteren (FOX News) also conducted a phone interview with The Gov.
    Romney: “I’m looking at America over the next 30 years.”


    To see video of Romney’s entire speech, which includes an intro by Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV), co-chair for Mitt’s campaign in The Silver State, and inspirational remarks from John McCandless, founder of McCandless Intl Truck, click here. (Look in right-hand column at ‘Video Playlist’ then click on Mitt Romney Speech on Jobs & Economy.)

    ► Jayde Wyatt

    Big Moment in the Romney Campaign Today: Romney to Release Jobs Plan UPDATE: A 160 PAGE BOOK!

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    Mitt Romney - the Man with a Plan (Image by Andrew Redford Young)

    UPDATE: From the Washington Post: The plan is detailed in a 160-page book published by the Romney campaign titled “Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth.”

    I have a feeling this is going to be epic.

    When Romney criticizes Obama for having no tangible jobs plan (ie. not hope and change), liberals favorite response is “all I hear from Mitt is how Obama is doing it wrong, but Romney has no plan whatsoever.” Well, today that all changes. And what I find ironic is that Romney is releasing his jobs plan a year and half before his tentative term, Obama is giving his 2 and a half years after the beginning of his term – relatives to the start of each of their terms that is a 4 year difference!

    Granted, Obama had made an effort earlier spur the economy, but I’d hardly consider throwing hundreds of billions of dollars wantonly at pet projects a real jobs plan. Yet Obama promised that if the stimulus was approved that unemployment would never go above 8%. IT HASN’T BEEN UNDER 8% SINCE! In fact the number of consecutive months that unemployment has been above 8% is now at 31 – something that has not happened since the great depression.

    Yesterday Governor Romney released an op/ed entitled My Plan to Turn Around the U.S. Economy that was published by USA Today as well as on his campaign website. Previously I had no idea what might be entailed in Romney’s plan, but after reading Mitt’s preview op/ed I am guessing that this is going to be HUGE. Matt Coulter of Race42012.com shares my sentiment:

    Folks, tomorrow when Romney rolls out his plan, we will witness what is likely to be the most comprehensive plan in recent primary campaign history — on any subject. Back at the beginning of 2007, I was searching for a candidate to support when I heard Romney’s speech to the Detroit Economic Club. As I wrote here on Race back then, I got goosebumps listening to his speech. The level of detail in his proposals and the understanding of the economy he displayed are the reasons I originally became a Romney supporter. For fiscal/economic nerds like me, the unveiling of his plan tomorrow promises to be a similar experience.

    Here is short excerpt from the op/ed: (be sure to read the whole thing)

    Tomorrow, I will introduce a plan consisting of 59 specific proposals — including 10 concrete actions I will take on my first day in office — to turn around America’s economy. Each proposal is rooted in the conservative premise that government itself cannot create jobs. At best, government can provide a framework in which economic growth can occur. All too often, however, government gets in the way. The past three years of unparalleled government expansion have retaught that lesson all too well.

    (emphasis mine)

    I didn’t realize until last night that Romney was giving a speech today in Las Vegas where he would be unveiling his plan. But my feeling is there has to be more than just the speech. With 59 specific proposals there will have to be some sort of press release to accompany it. It may have only bullet-points, or it may expound on each of them. I am hoping for the latter since that is what would be necessary for proposals to be “specific”. Either way, my guess is that it will be the most comprehensive plan laid out by any candidate, including the sitting President. It will be dissected and analyzed, the talking-heads will start turning their heads, and Romney will slowly and surely be elevated up above the rest of the field. This will be an inflection point in Mitt Romney’s campaign.

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    Governor Romney will be introducing his plan at McCandless International Trucks, a business in North Las Vegas. His remarks will be at 3:30 Eastern (12:30 local). The event is open to the press, but we don’t know yet if it will be live on TV or online. We will update this post as soon as we hear anything.

    I am overly anxious with excitement to see this new plan, to compare it with the others of the GOP field, to compare it with Obama’s speech on Thursday (will his plan be any more than a speech?), and to see and hear what the media reaction will be. The timing of the release could not be more perfect – one day before the GOP at the Reagan library, and two days before Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of congress. Of course we will post all the reactions and links we can find here on our site.

    Good luck today Governor!

    ~Nate Gunderson

    UPDATE – Viewing options for Mitt’s jobs plan speech:

    TV

    C-Span 3:40 PM EST and then replayed at 8:00 PM EST

    Livefeed

    CNN 3:30 PM EST

    FOX News livestream 3:30 PM EST

    Fox News has been promoting Mitt’s appearance with Greta On the Record (vote for Mitt in her poll) tonight after his big jobs speech in Nevada. Mitt was on CNBC at 4:45 EST to talk about his jobs speech and will be on with Larry Kudlow on CNBC at 7:00 PM EST.

    Update2: The entire 160 page publication is available online at Mitt Romney’s website now. You can download the Kindle version for free as well! Write a 5-star review and “like” the plan here.

    Update3: The TwitPics are rolling in. Here are 3 showing the set-up for the announcement that show banners with some of the points of his plan: http://twitpic.com/6h0azlhttp://twitpic.com/6h0i96http://twitpic.com/6h0i97

    Update4: You can watch the event again here. How about Mitt giving this performance without a teleprompter or even prepared remarks? Could President Obama even dream of doing that?

    In Case You Missed It: Video of Mitt Romney's Facebook Town Hall + Romney Headlines Drudge



    Mitt knocked it out of the park today!

    This footage was streamed live to Mitt Romney’s Facebook page during his National Call Day event in Nevada earlier today. The 8-hour fundraiser garnered a whopping $10.25 Million for Romney’s Presidential Exploratory Committee.

    ~Update from Ross
    Even though some of the media isn’t giving Mitt’s fund-raising achievement the attention it deserves, Drudge is doing his part.

    UPDATE by Jayde – Headline on Drudge: Did Mitt Romney Mention That He Can Raise $10.25 Million in Eight Hours?

    [...]…we continue to maintain that Massachusetts’s health-care reform will not be the be-all-end-all for Republican primary voters that political commentators make it seem. The economy will be the most important issue in 2012, and Romney is seen as a successful businessman. As a reminder, he’s also the only person actually running (unlike Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump) to lead a poll this entire year, and upcoming polls without Huckabee and Trump will probably show him with a big lead over the rest of the field. In addition, not incidentally, he can raise a ton of money.

    Exhibit A: Yesterday, Romney and over 700 of his closest friends (and Cindy Crawford, for unexplained reasons) filled the Las Vegas Convention Center in a dialing-for-dollars event that brought in $10.25 million in eight hours. It would probably take Tim Pawlenty about a month to raise that much, especially with all the time his phone-bank volunteers would spend explaining to potential donors who Tim Pawlenty is. It was a display of fund-raising muscle-flexing that should remind both his opponents and his media doubters that, far from a longshot, Romney is still the front-runner.


    TODAY is the Best Day to Donate to Mitt’s Campaign! Don’t Miss the Live Townhall Today at 3:00 EST

    We have been collecting pledges for over a month now and finally TODAY is the DAY to donate to Mitt’s campaign!

    It doesn’t matter if you made a pledge previously because anyone and everyone should at least chip in a few dollars today to help Mitt blow away his fundraising goal for the day. I fully expect today to be the largest single-day fund-raiser for Mitt’s campaign for the entire primary season. If you think you may donate to Mitt any time before the actual voting starts, TODAY is the DAY to have your donation have the biggest impact.

    Up to 1,000 supporters of Gov. Romney are at the Las Vegas Convention Center at an event called National Call Day. The campaign has developed software (ComMitt) aimed at aiding volunteers in raising the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Gov. Romney has amassed an impressive list on contributors over the last many years and he would like as many of them as possible to donate today.

    Gov. Romney hosted a live Townhall event followed by a Question & Answer session. We watched it live and you may watch it here again once the video is posted.

    UPDATE 1

    LOL – #cindycrawford is training us on how to use the online system at #mittromney call day.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

    UPDATE 2 by Jayde:

    Speed skater Dan Jansen at Romney call day, says Mitt “turned the Olympics around and he’ll turn the country around.”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

    Update 3: Gov. Romney just added his 900,000th “like” on Facebook!

    Click on photo to enlarge.

    UPDATE 4 by Jayde – Scene where it’s all happening right now at National Call Day in the Las Vegas convention center:

    On conference call with supporters earlier today, Gov. Romney said that he can win on the economy.


    UPDATE 5 by Jayde: There may be Romney supporters who think The Gov’s big donors will take care of him or that he has plenty of his own money, or that your donation today wouldn’t matter. If so, remember this. Any donation, no matter the size, is GREATLY appreciated by Governor Romney. It shows him that you believe in him – enough to give your hard-earned money to him. A donation will solidify your own interest in the well-being of his campaign. You will find yourself more engaged and willing to help Gov Romney get America back on track. And, that’s a good thing.

    I encourage everyone to donate at least $10 for Mitt today (more, if possible)!That’s an amount that can be easily compensated in one’s budget by eating a sack lunch this week or using a few grocery store coupons. Like my Mama used to say “Many hands make light work!” If we ALL donate, we can send a strong message for Mitt. This is the day to show Mitt how much you care about our nation. No matter how small the donation, please donate to Governor Romney today. America needs him!