These hard-working hands built it… not government.
Today, Romney for President released a new video winner! Created in both English and Spanish, it’s a web ad titled ‘These Hands: Texas.’
Small businesses are a vital part of our economy and crucial to our economic recovery. President Obama’s comments denigrating them show that he just doesn’t understand who the real job creators are. How can he help small businesses, like those in Texas, when he doesn’t even recognize their value?
“From El Paso to Texarkana, entrepreneurs and small-business owners across Texas know that they built their success with their own two hands,” said Texas Republican Senate Nominee Ted Cruz. “They also know the damage that bad policy from Washington can do to the economy. From new regulations to higher taxes to Obamacare, the President has placed one obstacle after another in front of Texas job creators. Mitt Romney knows how to turn this economy around, and his plan for a stronger middle class is exactly what we need. Texans – like all Americans—can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”
High fives for Texas entrepreneur Gilbert Cantu. He represents the risk-taking, hard-working, innovative spirit that makes America great:
“My name is Gilbert Cantu. I own Quality Security Products. My family came from Mexico where they started a business together working as a family. I’ve been in business on my own now for five years. We’re a mobile locksmith service that goes out to our customers to fix and repair safes and vaults, and other commercial locksmith applications. The key to success, I believe—as many Latinos believe—is hard work. President Obama said that if I own a business, I didn’t necessarily build it. That was a very insulting remark to make. I built this business.”
“If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own.”
“I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there.”
“It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something.”
“If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
- President Barack Obama, Remarks, Roanoke, VA, 7/13/12
“The idea to say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Kroc didn’t build McDonald’s, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, you go on the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn’t build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it is insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America and it’s wrong.”
- Mitt Romney, Remarks, Irwin, PA, 7/17/12
Who is the true champion of small businesses and the middle class?
Recently noted in a great article by Clark Judge, Managing Director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; Chairman, Pacific Research Institute, at HughHewitt.com - ”Let us never forget,” wrote Joseph Story, one of our history’s most revered Supreme Court justices, “that our constitutions of government are solemn instruments… not to be frittered away to please the demagogues of the day…. They are of no man’s private interpretation. They are ordained by the will of the people; and can be changed only by the sovereign command of the people.”
It is a dangerous trait we see here: a taste for arbitrary power in a president of the United States.
The matter of immigration in the United States is the domain of Congress, our Legislative Branch of the US Government. Constitutionally, we have empowered Congress with certain rights, duties and responsibilities; immigration laws, as with other lawmaking, policy making and related actions fall thereunder. Similarly, we have entrusted and empowered the US Supreme Court to assure that our legislative acts, laws and treaties, as well as the actions of the Executive Branch are compliant with the US Constitution. To quote Clark Judge again, “It is a dangerous trait we see here: a taste for arbitrary power in a president of the United States.”
What does Barack Obama think?
“Its a remarkable document…but I think it is an imperfect document…and reflects some deep flaws…” “It has a blindspot”
By his imperious actions, not just this past week with immigration, but in previous periods and on innumerable counts, Barack Obama has sought to obviate the Constitutional process and system instituted by our Founding Fathers. It is disconcerting beyond measure when the President of the United States acts without regard to the founding principles of our Nation; and this a Constitutional Law professor from Chicago??? What duplicity!
Charles Krauthamer offers further commentary here:
Fortunately, Mitt Romney has the reasoned capacity to understand and further respects the Constitutionally grounded foundations of our Nation. He also has the presence of mind not to fall prey to Broken Barack’s political ploys and taunts, wherein he sought to lure Governor Romney away from what matters (the economy) and into a discussion on immigration. Obama intentionally co-opted positions that were similar to pending actions of Congress – it isn’t the position he took but the manner and basis for his taking. And yet, the MSM blasted Mitt for a tepid response. Mitt Romney knows who bears responsibility for immigration and is committed to work within the system; he is committed to LEAD, something Barack Obama has failed to do. In fact, Broken Barack’s edicts are simply a ‘fool’s errand’ and derivative of failed leadership.
Notice Mitt Romney’s response below to Bob Schieffer:
ROMNEY: This is something Congress has been working on, and I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Senator Marco Rubio* and by Democrat senators, but the president jumped in and said I’m going to take this action . . . He was president for the last three and a half years and did nothing on immigration. Two years he had a Democrat House and Senate, did nothing of a permanent or long-term basis. What I would do, is I’d make sure that by coming into office, I would work with Congress to put in place a long-term solution for the children of those that have come here illegally. . . .
SCHIEFFER: But would you repeal this? . . .
ROMNEY: My anticipation is I’d come into office and say we need to get this done, on a long-term basis, not this kind of stop-gap measure. What the president did, he should have worked on this years ago, if he felt seriously about this he should have taken action when he had a Democrat House and Senate, but he didn’t. He saves these sort of things until four and a half months before the general election.
*See Senator Marco Rubio’s commentary on the matter in National Review Online, here.
Obama is treading on very dangerous turf, and to what end? His political fortunes weigh in the balance and he is above all things, POLITICAL. Even Pat Caddell, a Democratic strategist of renown status stated on Hannity the other night that, “Obama would do anything to get re-elected.” Frightening and dangerous.
The irony of it all is in the response of Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico. This, a country that imprisons illegal aliens coming across their borders.
Fortunately for America we have a man of character and integrity seeking to displace Obama. Mitt Romney understands the checks and balances of the Constitution. In spite of the contrary press, he stands resolute in what is right. I know that Mitt Romney has a defined agenda for the immigration challenges we face as a Nation. They are not myopically centered in ‘illegal’ immigration – but on IMMIGRATION. It demands a comprehensive long term solution, and he is meant to work within the Nation’s Constitutional framework to lead on this issue. Under President Romney we will see the needed changes in this regard. We will see an enforcement of our laws, we will see a secure border, and we will fix what is broken in our legal immigration processes, and consequentially see a waning of illegal immigrants. I look forward to the day when we retain the mindshare of our legal immigrants that are educated in our higher learning institutions; I look forward to the day when we see those with talent, resource and creative will coming more easily into our country to stimulate growth and economy; I look forward to the day when we attract the brightest and best in the world and they find a home in our Nation, and contribute to the fabric of our societies; I look forward to the empowerment of our economy and our people, and restore the rule of law that seems to have been abandoned by President Obama; I look forward to the day that we call my friend, PRESIDENT ROMNEY!
Republican candidates debated each other tonight on the topics of National Security and Foreign Policy. If the chat box starts moving too fast with all the chatting during the debate, feel free to start or respond to a topic at our forum. As soon as the entire debate is available, we will post the video below.
Full debate below followed by a compilation of just Mitt’s answers from the debate!
UPDATE 2 by Jayde – Mitt Romney’s Special Adviser on Foreign Policy and former Reagan Administration official, Ambassador Rich Williamson, and S. Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis issued statements following tonight’s debate in Spartanburg, South Carolina:
“Mitt Romney left tonight’s debate showing that he is the candidate best equipped to secure a more peaceful and prosperous world for the United States and our allies. Mitt Romney deeply understands that the only way to meet the challenges we face abroad is to rest our foreign policy on a strong military, a strong economy, and the strength of our values. For three years, President Obama’s feckless policies have weakened our country’s standing and influence across the globe. Mitt Romney is the candidate who will restore our standing and ensure that America leads the world.”
SC Treasurer Curtis Loftis:
“Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate by articulating a strategy to ensure that the 21st century is an American century. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney will conduct a foreign policy that acknowledges America’s exceptional role in the world, and he will do so with clarity and resolve. In a Romney administration, our friends will never question where we stand – and neither will our adversaries.”
June 29, 2010 – Two days before President Obama would plug in his teleprompter to deliver his first major speech on immigration, a bloody gun battle was going down in Juarez, Mexico. At the same time, just across the river in El Paso, Texas, City Manager Joyce Wilson was in a meeting with five other City Hall employees. As they discussed business, a bullet barreled through her office wall, passed between book shelves, and shattered a picture frame. When Wilson and co-workers realized a bullet had been fired into her office, they dove for the floor and crawled out. Another bullet struck Assistant City Manager Pat Adauto’s office on the ninth floor. Five other bullets would pierce the building.
Wilson and colleagues were lucky… this time. No one was injured. However, just 800 to1000 yards away in Juarez, after 40 rounds had exploded, one Mexican Federale officer and an innocent bystander were killed. Another officer was wounded.
Here is video of Adauto’s ninth floor office showing bullet hole, views from office across the U.S. border to ‘S Mart’ (business equivalent to WalMart) in Juarez, Mexico where shootings took place:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Deadly violence from drug cartels and transnational gangs in Mexico is knocking on the United States’ door with ever increasing frequency.
Yesterday, gunfire from the cartels pierced that threshold and struck City Hall in El Paso. Fortunately no one was injured or killed. But that good fortune was not the result of effective border control – it was mere luck that the bullets struck buildings rather than bodies.
Luck and good fortune are not effective border enforcement policies. The shocking reality of cross border gunfire proves the cold reality: American lives are at risk. As the attached news article notes: “More than 1,300 people have been murdered in Juárez this year as a war continues relentlessly between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels.” Americans must be protected as this deadly war bulges at our border.
Law enforcement officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and your own U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reveal the hard truth. Our state is under constant assault from illegal activity threatening a porous border.
The time for talk has passed. The time for action is now. The need is urgent. Each day that passes increases the likelihood that an American life will be lost because of the federal government’s failure to secure the border.
This threat demands immediate and effective action by your Administration to secure our border. As the Attorney General of Texas, I urge you to make border security your top priority so that no more innocent lives are lost to border violence.
June 30, 2010 – CNN’s Jack Cafferty spoke to TV viewers to lower expectations regarding hopes for any stellar illegal immigration solutions coming from the presidential pulpit:
July 1, 2010: Speaking in campaign mode at American University in Washington, D.C., Obama delivered a speech crafted to razzle-dazzle a key component of his base supporters – the Hispanic caucus. It was long on rhetoric and short on specifics. While calling for bi-partisan cooperation to work on comprehensive immigration reform, Obama rebuffed Republicans. I listened closely to hear if Obama would, once again, blatantly misrepresent Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070 and he did:
“These laws also have the potential of violating the rights of innocent American citizens and legal residents, making them subject to possible stops or questioning because of what they look like or how they sound,” he said.
Obama’s continual portrayal of SB 1070 as racial profiling is intentionally misleading and manipulative. Arizona’s immigration law mirrors federal law except it’s worded even more meticulously to specifically avoid racial profiling. (Governor Brewer has made the SB 1070 Peace Officer Training video/handouts available on line.) To see a portion Obama’s immigration speech click here.
[...]Advocates on both sides of the issue doubt a bill can pass this year. Republican leaders dispute Mr. Obama’s claim the borders are secure, and say no immigration bill can pass until they are.
“The president can make progress on this issue, but it will take more than a speech,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “If he would take amnesty off the table and make a real commitment to border and interior security, he will find strong bipartisan support.”
Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders, though, argue legalizing illegal immigrants has to be done at the same time, both for workability and because they fear if the borders are secured first, it might sap momentum from the push for legalization.
“Our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols,” Mr. Obama said. “It won’t work.”
Immigration rights activists were generally happy with the speech, saying it touched on the issues they wanted to hear.
“We have been waiting for the president to lean forward and push with us on the immigration issue the same way he did as a presidential candidate. We hope this is the start of a sustained push,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat.[...]
July 1, 2010 (afternoon): FederalJudge Allows Mexico to Have a Voice in Court Case Against U.S. Immigration Law
Mexico gets its say in one of the lawsuits challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law.
Mexico says it wants to defend its citizens’ rights and that the law would lead to racial profiling and hinder trade and tourism. It also says the law would hinder work against drug trafficking and related violence.
Until recently, Mexican law made illegal immigration a criminal offense — anyone arrested for the violation could be fined, imprisoned for up to two years and deported. Mexican lawmakers changed that in 2008 to make illegal immigration a civil violation like it is in the United States, but their law still reads an awful lot like Arizona’s.
Arizona’s policy, which President Felipe Calderon derided during a recent U.S. trip as “discriminatory,” states police can’t randomly stop people and demand papers, and the law prohibits racial profiling.
Mexican law, however, requires law enforcement officials “to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country before attending to any issues.”
Amnesty International recently issued a report claiming illegal immigrants in Mexico — typically from Central America — face abuse, rape and kidnappings, and that Mexican police do little to stop it. When illegal immigration was a criminal offense in Mexico, officials were known to seek bribes from suspects to keep them out of jail.
July 1, 2010 (evening): FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren interviewed Gov Brewer and State Republican Russell Pearce (R-AZ) to hear their views on Obama’s immigration speech. Click here to watch Gov Brewer Sounds Off Part 1 and 2. Pearce’s Ill Conceived and Unenforced or Following Federal Law interview is on the same link. (You don’t want to miss these interviews!)
July 1, 2010 10:07 PM MDT: Twelve miles from Nogales, Arizona, in a dark and deserted drug transport corridor near Hermosillo, Mexico, large-scale mayhem and murder wait…
HERMOSILLO, MEXICO — A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant-trafficking gangs near the U.S. border left 21 people dead on Thursday, prosecutors said.
The clash occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Arizona border — a prime corridor for immigrant and drug smuggling.
Sonora’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that nine people were captured by police at the scene of the shooting, six of whom had been wounded in the confrontation. Authorities at the scene found seven rifles.
Officials did not say why the gunfight had broken out, but powerful and well-armed Mexican gangs often fight for control of smuggling routes into the United States.
Mr. Obama, your highest priority as Commander-in-Chief is to protect American citizens. Stop playing politics with America’s sovereignty. Maybe a ‘James Carville’ will get your attention:
Governor Brewer’s word for the sound escaping one’s lips would be ‘disappointment’. Mine feels more like disgust.
After an hour and a half of sitting through White House Security Adviser John Brennan’s power point presentation – with no hard copies to follow or keep for reference, Governor Brewer was clearly frustrated with Obama’s underwhelming response to secure Arizona’s border:
Regarding the impending Obama Administration lawsuit…
“Well, you know I’m very disappointed. I think it’s wrong, but we will meet with them and we will push back. And, we will fight as hard as we can and I believe Arizona will win the lawsuit.”
Here’s how Obama and Napolitano are ‘bringing the hammer down’ on illegal immigration:
► Up to 524 National Guard personnel will be sent to AZ (not the promised 1200).
► National Guard personnel will be implemented in small numbers and fluctuate incrementally.
► National Guard personnel will conduct surveillance and support – not ‘boots on the ground’ apprehension duty.
► National Guard personnel at the peak number of 524 will be available for a limited time.
► 22 miles of existing border fence will be repaired.
► The $500 million originally pledged to Gov Brewer has been changed to $445 million. $310 million will be given to Mexico. Arizona will receive a whopping $135 million.
Phoenix 3TV report:
“No really substantial information was provided that would make us happy or pleased with the discussions today.” -Gov Brewer
White House Picks Critic of Local Immigration Enforcement for Key Role at ICE
Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the Director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination.
The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue.
Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations.
… as a police chief, Hurtt was a supporter of “sanctuary city” policies, by which illegal immigrants who don’t commit crimes can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don’t check for immigration papers.
He also, during his tenure as Houston police chief, criticized ICE’s key program that draws on local law enforcement’s support.
Obama’s agenda is obvious. He may well have met his match in Governor Brewer.