We believe in America and we believe the time for real change is now upon us. These last four years are merely a detour and not our destiny. This is the moment we have been waiting for.
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“We will lead. We will lead again. We’ll have the jobs we need, the incomes we deserve, the respect we should receive around the world. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it. Our nation depends on it. The peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future for America tonight.” – Mitt Romney
President Obama recently stated, if reelected, he might rustle up a Secretary of Business.
Because, when it comes to business, Obama is LOST.
Plus, tossing out that new position to the masses is a two-fer for Obama. He thinks it makes him sound smart and hopes it assuages the electorate’s fear about him right now – that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
Obama’s out-to-lunch-on-business evidence: His colossal mountain of national debt is proof. America’s pitiful downgraded credit rating is proof. His ‘shovel-ready‘ projects, er, lack thereof, is proof. His weak economy is proof. The number of desperate Americans standing in unemployment lines is proof. Americans working part-time when they fiercely need a full-time job is proof. Those who have given up – just stopped looking for a job is proof. Declining, downward middle class incomes is proof. The sad number of Americans descended into poverty is proof. The woeful number of Americans on welfare is proof. The atrocious number of U.S. citizens surviving on food stamps is proof. Swelling disability rolls are proof. His take-over socialization of health care is proof. His trade policies are proof. Onerous job-impeding federal regulations are proof. His auto bailout is proof. His squandered “stimulus” of $787 billion which America’s children and grandchildren will be forced to pay back is proof. His nix-on-anything beneath-the-ground energy policy is proof. (Federal oil drilling permits down 36%! War on coal! No Keystone pipeline! High gasoline prices! And, with the October bankruptcy of Satcon Technology Corp as many as 50 Obama-backed green energy companies have gone belly up or are wobbling!) His hoped-for tax policy is proof. His aversion to numbers, e.g., a federal budget, is proof.
Obama’s badgering, big government beliefs are bad for America. When it comes to business, our outsourcer President is agonizingly, hair-pullingly, head-bangingly daft. That’s why he’s dangling the idea of adding another bureaucrat and bureaucracy if he finagles another four.
Team Romney has released a fantastic new ad. We’ve only got five days, people. Let’s SHARE it!
Barack Obama recently said he might appoint a Secretary of Business.
His solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat.
Mitt Romney understands business and knows what it will take to create jobs and get our economy moving again.
He’s done it before.
He’ll do it again.
At this crucial, decisive time, America must have a president who UNDERSTANDS business.
America needs Mitt Romney.
UPDATE – Paul Ryan’s remarks on Obama at Greeley, Colorado today (November 1, 2012):
“He can’t run on the broken promises. He can’t run on the trillion-dollar deficits each and every year. But he did come up with a new idea the other day. He’s got a new idea for the second term, and here’s what it is. In addition to all the borrowing and all the spending and all the money printing and all the regulating, he wants a new Cabinet position. He wants to create a new secretary of business. You know, we already have a secretary of business. It’s actually called the Secretary of Commerce. That’s what this agency does. Let me ask you a question. Can anybody name our current Secretary of Commerce? You know why? We don’t have one. It’s been vacant for over four months, and the president hasn’t even proposed or put somebody in the job. We don’t need another bureaucrat or another bureaucracy.”
On the eve of the first Presidential debate, Veep Joe dramatically, fiercely, earnestly spewed a truth out of his lying lips:
This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest… How they can justify — how they can justify — raising taxes when the middle class has been buried the last four years… How in Lord’s name… — Vice President Joe Biden, spreading the conservative message at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct 2, 2012.
Contrary to all the lies shooting out of the Obama/Biden calumny camp, Governor Romney will NOT raise taxes on the middle class. He and Paul Ryan are CHAMPIONING the middle class AND the poor; they will kick-start Obama’s cardiac-arrest economy and create upward mobility for all.
Under Obama/Biden, 23 million fellow citizens DO NOT HAVE JOBS, one in six Americans now find themselves in POVERTY, food stamp and disability enrollments have exploded, and average Americans have lost income to the tune of $4,000. Many lucky enough to have a job are often overworked for less pay and are afraid a pink slip is just around the corner. Under spend-’n-go Barack and Joe, gasoline and food prices have flown out the roof!
America’s individual tax code applies relatively high marginal tax rates on a narrow tax base. Those high rates discourage work and entrepreneurship, as well as savings and investment. With 54 percent of private sector workers employed outside of corporations, individual rates also define the incentives for job-creating businesses. Lower marginal tax rates secure for all Americans the economic gains from tax reform.
Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates
Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
Eliminate the Death Tax
Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Without going into specifics right now because they’re outlined on his website and because The Gov will speak more on his plan at tonight’s debate in Denver, Romney will also CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES for the wealthy.
Today, Romney for Presidentreleased a new television advertisement titled “Give Me A Break”. As President Bill Clinton took center stage at the Democratic National Convention last night, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember what he said just four years ago about President Obama.
“Give Me a Break”:
AD FACTS for “Give Me A Break”:
Voiceover: “As the economy gets worse, Barack Obama calls on Bill Clinton to help his failing campaign.
Text: “Obama Economy Even Worse”
· “The Obama Economy Is Weaker Than Previously Forecast And Darker Days Lie Ahead.” (Donald Lambro, Op-Ed, “Obama Economy Even Worse Than Anticipated,” The Washington Times, 8/23/12)
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “It’s about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.”
· Pres Bill Clinton: “It’s about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.” (Obama For America’s, “Clear Choice”, 8/23/12)
Text: “Obama TV Ad”
Voiceover: “He’s a good soldier—helping his party’s president. But what did Bill Clinton say about Barack Obama in 2008?”
Text: “What Did Clinton Say About Obama In 2008?”
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
· Pres Bill Clinton: “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.” (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Hanover, NH, 1/7/08)
Text: “23 Million Americans Struggling For Work”
· More Than Twenty-Three Million Americans Are Unemployed, Underemployed, Or Have Stopped Looking For Work. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 8/26/12)
Voiceover: “23 million Americans struggling for work.”
Text: “‘The Middle Class Falls Further Behind’”
· CNN Money: “The Middle Class Falls Further Behind” (Aaron Smith, “The Middle Class Falls Further Behind,” CNN Money, 8/22/12)
Voiceover: “A middle class falling further behind.”
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “Give me a break.”
· Pres Bill Clinton: “Give me a break.” (Bill Clinton, Remarks, Hanover, NH, 1/7/08)
MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”
Hypocrisy, falsehoods, and someone who knows how to spin a good yarn…
Today, Romney for President released a new web video, Soul Mate. On World Multiple Sclerosis Day, Ann Romney and her family share their thoughts on her struggle with the disease. Ann and her sons also recount Mitt’s undying support to the woman he calls his “soul mate.”
This video is a very small, but revealing, window into the courage of Ann Romney and the unwavering strength of the Romney’s marriage and family.
Ann has said, if she should become our next First Lady, MS awareness would be one of the issues she would promote.
My heart goes out to all who suffer from this disease.
A new get-to-the-meat ad from Team Romney focuses on the one word Rick Santorum used to describe himself at this weeks GOP CNN debate…
Don’t you agree that Team Romney really hit the nail on the head with this one?
It’s worth noting that another revealing ad about Santorum, created by Restore Our Future (a pro-Romney Super PAC), was reviewed for its veracity by reporter by Ben Swann from WXIX… Rated TRUE on all points:
Rick Santorum – Radical Big Spender in Conservative’s Clothing
Take a moment to go to Swann’s Facebook page, ‘like’ it, go to his wall to find his related post to the above report, and let him know you appreciate his work.
Here’s a call out to a video created by Mike Sage (“xcentricmike”) over at America Needs Mitt blog. This YouTube came to my attention from Joel in the MRC Chat Box — THANKS Joel!
What a great video! As a serious amateur photographer, I love to view photographs that I have not seen before, especially behind-the-scenes-photos of Governor Romney and his family. Over the years, I have seen many photographs of Governor Romney’s family, but I have not seen most of these. Awesome! Great work Mike!
Readers: If you agree with my critique of this video, please forward the URL of Mitt Romney Central to as many people you know — Gov. Romney doesn’t have Zuckerberg in his back pocket as Obama does.
My two favorite photographs in this slide show are of Governor Romney and the little girl with the Santa hat (at 2:44) and of Mrs. Romney at the end.
“What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.” — Aristotle
After Rick Perry’s sophomoric attack on Mitt Romney’s credibility on illegal immigration at last night’s presidential debate, which was a ploy to draw attention away from his own liberal stance on illegals, I’m sharing some of today’s commentary on Perry.
And, it all leads up to an attention-getting new website from Romney for President…
Romney’s patience and endurance was tested to the limit as he was subjected to a series of vicious attacks on immigration, health care and jobs policy. But Romney, who has emerged this year as one of the most polished and able political debaters in recent memory, ended the evening still on his feet without any of the others able to say they had floored him.
The nastiest attack came from Rick Perry, who seemed to be a different man than the sleepy and unfocused performer in four previous debates. Perry was much improved over his previous tries, but that is not the same thing as saying he helped himself all that much. Perry’s aggression was certainly what his team wanted to see, but he overreached when he repeated a smear about Romney personally hiring illegal aliens. That charge fell flat in the face of Romney’s explanation, and it didn’t help that Perry kept repeating it. It was an obvious attempt on Perry’s part to distract conservatives from his more liberal stands on illegal immigration. It’s doubtful many bought it.
Later in the debate, we were reminded of Perry’s previous debate problems when he attempted to make a point about the United Nations and its role in facilitating Palestinian efforts to evade the peace process. Perry knew what he wanted to say but couldn’t quite spit it out and wound up sputtering when he could have made a strong argument. Even at his best, and this was the best we’ve seen of him, Perry still doesn’t sound presidential or that focused. He may get a bump in the polls, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever retrieve the lead he lost last month.
This evening was feistier than the previous debates and rougher sledding in many ways for Romney. But it merely confirmed the same conclusion: despite the fireworks, this race is still Romney’s to lose.
Governor Romney showed some of the passion Tuesday night I think people have been hoping to see. And smart to even get a little legitimately testy with a smile. He took command of the stage on more than one occasion.
He also had to further defend his health-care plan and made some headway.
And he may have benefitted from some low blows and pettiness along the way. (Perry on the lawn issue was low. Gingrich mandate issue was petty.)
Pat Gray, radio commentator (filling in for Glenn Beck, begins @1:14):
Romney gives Perry a debate beatdown
… Whoever is advising Rick Perry should be fired for encouraging Perry to take on Romney over illegal immigration. Perry dug up the same claim from the 2008 campaign – the one that was thoroughly examined and dismissed. Perry doubled down on his mistake by trying to interrupt Romney as he explained it (again) — and looked terrible in the process. Check out the clip and reaction on radio today.
“Another win; I mean, another Romney win. He just beat him [Perry] senseless. Rick – just a piece of advice: Shut up about immigration, ‘k?” – Pat Gray
There’s a lot of focus online and in the post-debate shows on the immigration exchanges, but Governor Perry’s decision to throw the old and discredited lawn care company charge against Governor Romney seems at best an odd choice, and one that simply will not go down well with GOP voters used to seeing such attacks peddled by the MSM. What that specific attack did do is create enough heat to leave the definite impression that there are really only two choices on the stage. It was the most fiery exchange of the evening, and the one that has already replayed and replayed across the screen. A Romney-Perry moment like that makes it a Romney-Perry debate which in turns defines it as a Romney-Perry campaign.
The second tier of candidates made a huge miscalculation in turning their fire on Romney before dispatching Perry completely from the field. Rick Santorum, especially, seemed to believe that his long-shot path went straight through Romney when there are in fact two obstacles before him in the persons of Herman Cain and Rick Perry. The former Pennsylvania senator chose to turn his fire on Romney and not Perry and ended up with Perry walking off the stage with a second lease on a campaign.
Forbes – E.D. Kain: In Vegas Debate Perry Take the Gloves Off but Romney is Still King
Last night’s CNN GOP debate in Las Vegas has been widely described as the most heated of the debates so far, and the gloves really came off when Texas governor Rick Perry accused Mitt Romney of hiring undocumented workers – illegals, as he put it – in the past and then interrupted Romney several times instead of allowing him to finish.
Romney … easily deflected Perry’s aggression, turning it back on him and chuckling the whole time. Romney is practically dancing on the grave of Rick Perry’s presidential ambitions[.] …
(emphasis added )
I was pleased to see Romney for President release a new website, CareerPolitician.com, in an effort to provide voters with the facts about Rick Perry’s record as a career politician. Voters can access this website to find Governor Perry’s support for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, his proposal that would dismantle Social Security, his real record on job creation, and his history of distorting facts during the short time he has been in the Republican Primary.
The ad that illustrated Rick Perry’s inability to string a couple complete sentences together without a teleprompter was pulled due to a copyright claim by CNN, but you can still see much of it in the following Morning Joe clip:
With South Carolina battling it’s ‘seventh most impoverished state in the nation’ status and unemployment at 11.1 % (in Aug 2011), Mitt Romney’s new video, Mitt on the Road: The Low Country, South Carolina, has a timely message:
As president, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness.
Poverty defies ‘New South’ promises in S. Carolina
By Margaret Newkirk and Frank Bass
Oct 16, 2011
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Nineteen years ago, when BMW announced a new factory off I-85 just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina looked like the king of smokestack recruiting.
The world’s biggest manufacturer of luxury vehicles would make the city a “Mecca of foreign investment in the United States,” The Independent of London predicted. It would see a rush of industry chasing Munich-based BMW. Downtown would spring to life. I-85 would be America’s Autobahn.
“Oh, they were going to solve all of our problems,” said Cynthia Lounds, director of community economic development at Piedmont Community Actions Inc., a social service agency.
Today, South Carolina is one of the most impoverished states in the nation, climbing to seventh poorest in 2010 from 11th in 2007, according to recent Census data. Its percentage of residents living in poverty shot to 18.2 percent from 15 percent in that period.
In downtown Spartanburg, near-empty Morgan Square features a used clothing store and two pawn shops.
South Carolina and other Southern states topped the nation’s poverty rankings, a sign of trouble in the so-called New South, known for its growth and ability to lure employers with laws restricting union organizing. The South was the country’s only region with an increase from 2009 to 2010 in both the number of poor and their proportion of the population, the census said.
South Carolina on Jan. 21 will play a key role as host to the first Southern primary in the race to select President Barack Obama’s Republican challenger.
Gov Mitt Romney gestures while answering a question at Senator Jim DeMint's Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. Sept 5, 2011. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty) Click on photo to enlarge.
Its rising poverty rate coincides with a dispute over the Obama administration’s stance toward expansion of a Boeing plant in North Charles-ton. The National Labor Relations Board sued Boeing over its decision to locate a 4,000-job facility there, saying the move was illegal retaliation against unions at its manufacturing base in Washington state.
“It’s like the Obama administration can’t come up with anything else to stifle business growth in this state,” said Lewis Gossett, president of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
Like much of the Southeast, South Carolina lost construction employment during the recession. Its textile industry continued to bleed jobs as well: Union County, about 20 miles from Spartanburg, had the state’s fourth-highest unemployment rate after a sock factory and a mill closed in 2009 and 2010. The county also lost a 150-job Disney distribution warehouse it had lured from Memphis 12 years earlier with tax breaks. Disney moved the operation back to Tennessee in July.
Romney recently delivered a major foreign policy speech at the Citadel in Charleston and toured the SC Boeing plant. In September, The Gov participated in Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum. Last spring, he met with South Carolinian small business owners and during the summer, Ann Romney was in The Palmetto State campaigning for Mitt.
Romney for President: It’s estimated about 750,000 U.S. jobs are lost every year due to counterfeiting. The trade deficit with China is at $273 billion, the largest in history. President Obama is currently doing nothing to address this issue. Mitt Romney will work aggressively to open new markets for our goods and services by forging relationships with other nations committed to the principles of free trade.
'In this photo taken Thursday, July 21, 2011, customers browse products at a shop masquerading as a bona fide Apple store in downtown Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan province. China, long known for producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, software and brand name clothing, has reached a new piracy milestone, fake Apple stores.' (AP Photo)
Romney for President has released a new web video, “Obama Isn’t Working: Trade.” The video highlights China’s stealing of intellectual property and President Obama’s failure to confront China. With the recent passing away of Apple CEO Steve Jobs (10/5/11), the specific mention of China’s counterfeiting of Apple products is especially poignant:
“People in China identified Apple products being sold in certain stores. And following the investigation, it turned out these entire stores were counterfeit. Apple went in and investigated and the prevalence of the stores just show how epidemic this has become that a company like Apple who is focused on solving this problem still finds these surprises in the marketplace.”
“My name is Camilla Herron. I investigate people that manufacture, distribute and sell counterfeit products globally and I work with federal and state law enforcement. The experts say that almost 70% or more of the value of any company is in their intellectual property. It’s not in their buildings, or their office space. It’s in their intellectual property.”
Video text: “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground”
• “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground” (James Dyson, “China: The Intellectual-Property Battleground,” Bloomberg Businessweek,2/16/11)
“And once you put that at risk and it’s gone, you don’t get it back. And if you look at what China is doing they are subverting us on every level.”
Video text: “750k Jobs Lost Due To Counterfeiting”
• “Counterfeiting Costs U.S. Businesses As Much As $250 Billion Every Year And Results In The Loss Of 750,000 Jobs, According To FBI Estimates.” (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, “U.S. Chamber Urges Congressional Action on Counterfeiting,” Press Release, 3/17/05)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates between 750,000 to a million U.S. jobs are lost a year due to the counterfeiting. Even huge companies that are globally visible, for example Google, who is a very large employer here in the Bay Area, has challenges in China.”
Video text: “Trade Deficit With China: $273 Billion – Largest In History”
• The 2010 Trade Deficit With China Was $273 Billion. (“U.S. Trade With China,” U.S. Census, 10/12/11)
• “The U.S Trade Deficit With China Hit A Record $273 Billion In 2010.” (Steve Bennish, “Industrial Power Use Plummets,” DaytonDaily News, 9/25/11)
“Anything that will generate revenue is being counterfeited and the vast majority of it is coming out of China. Currently, I don’t see President Obama doing anything to address this issue.”
Video text: “Industries Are Being Robbed On The Floors Of Chinese Factories”
• “America’s Most Innovative Industries Are Being Robbed Every Day On The Floors Of Chinese Factories.” (Ted C. Fishman, “How To Stop Intellectual Property Theft In China,” Inc. Magazine, 6/1/06)
“I don’t recall him ever calling the Chinese out on any of these issues. The public is not being made aware of the job losses. 750,000 a year to a million job losses. That’s a huge issue in this country. Innovation leads to new products, new products lead to manufacturing, manufacturing leads to jobs in distribution. Even retail clerks stocking shelves. Everything. If we don’t stop the hemorrhage of intellectual property in the next three to five years we will have reached a point of no return.”
Yesterday, one day after the Dartmouth presidential debate, Governor Romney was interviewed by Laura Ingraham. China was the first topic discussed (along with tax loopholes/banks and Rick Perry/Baptist pastor Jefress):
Ingraham: “Without a doubt, the most forceful commentary about China cheating on trade, the effects on the U.S. economy, and holding China accountable have come from Governor Romney.”