Why Obama is Running from Serious Reporters — (Strassel)

www.MittRomney.com (published in The Wall Street Journal, 8/16/12)

Three days ago, Kimberly Strassel’s weekly column from the Journal nailed it. The piece is titled, Why Republicans Can Win. At the time this MRC post was published, there were 159 really interesting comments at the WSJ article indicating the Democrats are seriously worried about this debate! I love it! Here is the last paragraph from Strassel’s excellent column:

This fear, this fundamentally changed political landscape, does not guarantee a Republican victory. But what it does promise is that if the Romney-Ryan ticket stays on offense—if it can fight to a draw on entitlements and leverage the powerful economic argument—then it has every shot at the White House.

As Paul Ryan would say: “Game on!” or “Bring it on!” or “We welcome this debate!”

So in thrall is the Beltway crowd to its received beliefs that it has missed this (minor) point: America looks nothing like it did even four years ago. The political landscape has been upended. And that is why Republicans can win this year.

As they have been winning. Those who insist the GOP loses when it talks entitlements have yet to explain Mr. Ryan. True fact: You can’t be the House Budget chairman without having won an election. That’s what Mr. Ryan has done, seven times, in a competitive Wisconsin district that contains senior citizens, independents and party moderates—and that voted Obama in 2008.

Kimberly A. Strassel (source: economics.wsj.com)

Save for his first run, he’s never earned less than 63% of the vote. And he’s done that by taking the entitlement fight to his opponents.

Ah, say the pros, but even Mr. Ryan couldn’t win an oldster state like Florida. Senior citizens will flip out. So they said in 2010, when Marco Rubio, in a debate with opponent Charlie Crist, suggested raising the retirement age and altering benefits to preserve Social Security. “Rubio just lost Florida!” screamed the Twitterverse.

Well, Sen. Marco Rubio is still talking about entitlement reform today. As are Republican Sens. Ron Johnson, Pat Toomey and Rob Portman, who beat Mediscare in swing states in 2010. As are dozens of House freshmen who ran on Mr. Ryan’s budget.

They won because something fundamental has changed in the electorate. Our country has been through recessions before. What it has not experienced is an administration that used an economic slowdown to spend America into a debt crisis. The debt numbers are today so extreme ($16 trillion, 70% of GDP), the consequences so real (credit downgrades, default), that voters are scared.

As Messrs. Obama and Biden continue to smile and swirl and squirm in their attempts to scare seniors and other Americans about Governor Romney’s plans to preserve Medicare, just refer back to Strassel’s simple logic and reasoning here. In the meantime, R&R will be taking it to O&B aggressively and relentlessly until they square with the American voter, or more likely, keep running from press conferences and experienced, serious reporters! I love it! Watch ‘em do the dance.

Add to this the creeping nearness of an entitlement explosion. Social Security payouts already exceed revenue. Medicare could be bankrupt in eight years. In a 2011 Gallup poll, 67% of Americans agreed that Social Security and Medicare would create a financial crisis within a decade. Voters are willing to have this debate.

Then there’s the other dramatic political change, more recent: Voters for the first time have an honest entitlement choice. Democrats have for years claimed that the choice was between the status quo and GOP cuts. Then they passed ObamaCare. In doing so, they put themselves on record with their real plans for Medicare.

The president’s Affordable Care Act uses Medicare as a piggy bank, stripping today’s program of $716 billion. And the law’s way of dealing with the ensuing Medicare shortages is to empower a group of 15 individuals to make decisions on what medical services will need to be cut. So how does the Democratic Party intend to fix Medicare? Cut Medicare dollars, ration care. Now we know.

It is this Obama Medicare plan—not the status quo—that Republicans are running against. It is against this that they are contrasting Mr. Romney’s proposal to restore that $716 billion, to preserve existing benefits for those 55 and above, and to give younger Americans more options and continued quality care.

There is only one candidate gutting Medicare today: Mr. Obama. There is only one candidate who will preserve Medicare for future generations: Mr. Romney. That comparison is striking, and it blows up conventional wisdom.

In a Rasmussen survey this week, Florida voters were asked, “When it comes to the future of Medicare, which scares you more: President Obama’s health-care law or Paul Ryan’s proposal?” By 48% to 41%, Floridians were more scared of Mr. Obama’s $716 billion cut. And Floridians age 65 and up? By 54% to 34%—a 20 percentage-point difference—Florida seniors feared most an Obama future.

Democrats may not have good ideas, but they aren’t blind. They’ve felt the shifting landscape, lived through 2010, and they understand the threat of a bold reform politician.

That’s why Mr. Obama has personally spent such time the past two years publicly working to isolate and discredit Mr. Ryan. He’s not thrilled by the Ryan pick, oh no. He fears it.

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Would you like another clue as to why we may win in November, with your help? Guess what happened in these key swing states last year? [Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania] What is your guess? 825,000 Democrats left the party and went Independent. Guess where Independent voters will likely go? Usually to the challenger, especially when the incumbent POTUS is not working and has done a terrible job in the saddle. For details, read this. R&R are excited as they should be. We need them to stay on offense, keep increasing the intensity, and never let up!


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Paul Ryan’s First Solo Interview since VP Announcement

This was a Brit Hume (Fox News) exclusive interview of Paul Ryan. It is a high level discussion that I think effectively starts the national debate to contrast the Romney economic plan with Obama’s. I like Ryan’s powerful use of words like “irrefutable” and “raids on Medicare.” Obama will now either have to defend his terrible plan or we will see more of his same ole tactics: Personal attacks.



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Mitt Romney Selects Paul Ryan as his Choice for Vice President

Governor Mitt Romney and his Vice Presidential running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan

If your home is anything like ours, discussions of late have centered on the Olympic Games and whom Governor Romney would choose as his VP running mate and the timing of the announcement. Well, speculation is over; almost. This piece is published prior to the official event of the announcement.

Congressman Paul Ryan is an outstanding choice for many different reasons. Those of us that have researched and written to promote Governor Romney for years know him to be a strong, proven conservative leader. Is there any doubt now about his conservative vision for this ticket? No! We know Governor Romney as a man of great courage; Congressman Paul Ryan too is known for bold, assertive leadership. (See YouTube below for a glimpse of how Rep. Ryan is likely to handle any debate with Mr. Biden)

For the next two weeks leading into the Republican National Convention, we will be bombarded with details of Paul Ryan’s politics, leadership, background, families, etc. What do we know of this great American?

Character / Reputation

Ryan is a fighter who will never back away from a good scrap involving truth and he will fiercely defend against any of the many Obama elitist soothsayers and hacks like Burton. He is a passionate conservative – brilliant, articulate, energetic, and hard working. Many conservatives believe Ryan typifies the future of the Republican Party.

Families / Interests

One television news report from last night stated Ryan has 67 cousins living in and around Janesville, WI (his birthplace and current hometown). He is 42 years old, born January 29, 1970 to Paul, Sr. (lawyer) and Elizabeth Ryan. He is the youngest of four children; siblings include his sister Janet and brothers Tobin and Stan. Ryan’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks between the ages of 55 and 59 (his father died when Paul, Jr. was 16). He is of Irish and German ancestry.

The Paul & Janna Ryan Family

Paul Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, almost 12 years ago. They have three children, Liza, Charlie, and Sam. They are Roman Catholic.

Ryan is a fan of the Green Bay Packers, a fitness enthusiast, and a hunter who enjoys hunting with bow and arrows. If he is like my Cheesehead friend, Steve Miller, Ryan considers Wisconsin “God’s Country.”

Education / Political Career

Paul Ryan attended Joseph A. Craig High School and earned a BA at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in economics and political science (he originally wanted to be an economist). He was first elected as a United States Congressman in 1998 at age 28 and is currently serving in the House in his seventh term. He is chairman of the Committee on the Budget and a member of the Committee on Ways & Means and the Subcommittee on Health.

Representative Ryan is an active and committed mentor to up and coming Republican leaders; he has been instrumental in guiding several individuals in their successful campaigns to elected office at the federal level. He is one of three founders of the Young Guns Program. Prior to his election to the House, he served as a speechwriter to several elected and appointed federal officials.

Social Media

Paul Ryan’s Twitter handle is @RepPaulRyan and he follows only one Twitter handle: @NationalDebt (at the time this post was published, his last tweet was August 5th). Check out the Paul Ryan YouTube Channel.

On April 29, 2012, The New York Times reported,

WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. Ryan strolls the halls of Capitol Hill with the anarchist band Rage Against the Machine pounding through his earbuds.

At 6:30 every morning, he leads an adoring cast of young, conservative members of Congress through exercise sessions in front of a televised trainer barking out orders. For fun, Mr. Ryan noodles catfish, catching them barehanded with a fist down their throats.

He may be, as a friend described him, “a hunting-obsessed gym rat,” but Mr. Ryan, 42, of Wisconsin, has become perhaps the most influential policy maker in the Republican Party, its de facto head of economic policy, intent on a fundamental transformation of the federal government.

[…]

That is not bad for a man who was once just another minion on Capitol Hill, working for a research group, then for a member of Congress, and moonlighting as a waiter at the Hill hangout Tortilla Coast and as a personal trainer at a gym. Co-workers at the conservative policy group Empower America admonished him for hanging his workout clothes out to dry at work rather than laundering them.

“It’s amazing to all of us because Paul was just an ordinary guy,” said A. Mark Neuman, an old friend.

Rep. Ryan and Governor Romney

Late yesterday, Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol wrote in The Weekly Standard,

Romney and Ryan bonded as they barnstormed Wisconsin in the days leading up to the state’s decisive April 3 primary. Over the course of their travels together, Ryan went from a small role as the guy who introduced Romney at their first event,to someone who shared the stage with him, taking some of the questions and bantering easily with Romney. The expanded role, Ryan told TWS in May, was Romney’s idea. “He knows how I talk and what I say. And I’m pretty clear about that stuff. I think he’s comfortable with that.”

Thursday, August 9th, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal published its main opinion column titled, “Why Not Paul Ryan?” – A strong endorsement of Representative Ryan:

Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult—that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things that matter. That dude really believes in something, and we certainly can’t have that.

[…]

The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House Budget Chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.

[…]

Personalities aside, the larger strategic point is that Mr. Romney’s best chance for victory is to make this a big election over big issues. Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to make this a small election over small things—Mitt’s taxes, his wealth, Bain Capital. As the last two months have shown, Mr. Romney will lose that kind of election.

To win, Mr. Romney and the Republicans have to rise above those smaller issues and cast the choice as one about the overall direction and future of the country. Americans tell pollsters they are anxious and unhappy precisely because they instinctively know the country is troubled in ways it hasn’t been since the 1970s. They know the economy is growing too slowly to raise middle-class incomes, while the government is growing too fast to be affordable.

Above all, Americans are hungry for leadership. They want leaders willing to take on the hard issues, preferably without the rancor and polarization that have defined Mr. Obama’s Presidency. But they will reward leaders who succeed despite the rancor, as Wisconsin voters showed by their huge turnout in support of Governor Scott Walker this year.

Whatever doubts Americans may have about Mr. Romney’s empathy or background, more of them will turn out for him if they see a leader with a vision and plan worthy of the current difficult moment. This is the kind of candidate and message that voters need to see in the Republican convention this month and into the fall, and it is the message that Mr. Romney’s choice of a running mate should reinforce.

Watch how Rep. Paul Ryan completely dismantles ObamaCare in front of national leaders including President Obama and Vice President Biden; he leaves them virtually speechless:


THANKS to Jayde Wyatt for contributions to this post.


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Axelrod’s Deflection: “All White Houses Leak”

David Axelrod is the perfect spokesman for Mr. Obama! He is such a lousy liar! You can see it all over his face and body language. Also, watch the body language of Scarborough and the lady to his right (watch her face; she doesn’t believe one word). They are disgusted with Axelrod’s attempted filibuster — and this is MSNBC, the Obama cheerleaders!

Fact: Senator Feinstein has stated for weeks senior White House officials have leaked classified information, endangering American assets abroad; Fact: The White House leaking of top secret data has alienated a large percentage of active duty military from their commander in chief; Fact: The very definition of a “leak” is that it is intentional — and these White House leaks were made by very senior White House officials.

In this video clip, Scarborough scolds David Axelrod for his “distractions” and has to raise his voice to speak over Axelrod’s increasing deflections. The best quote is by Scarborough to Axelrod: “It is very obvious the White House is leaking classified information.”

As Scarborough presses Axelrod for answers, he finally falls back on an excuse: “All White Houses leak.” A few months ago I predicted Mr. Obama would fire Axelrod because he is such a lousy spokesman. I am so glad he didn’t! I hope they just keep Axelrod talking, front and center for the next 100 days.


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As Young American Voters, We Will be Heard! — Game On!

We Pick Mitt

16.4% unemployment rate, double the national average. Record amounts of college tuition debt and loans by students. A national debt nearing $16 trillion, with zero plans to curtail. Healthcare, that is now a requirement and being forced upon us. These are just a few examples my generation, Generation Y, has to look forward to in years to come.

Shane Bias

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Shane Bias, and I am a young conservative in need of a new president. I come from a small retirement town on the East coast of Florida. Growing up in a predominately Republican county, I was often surrounded by Democrats. That’s because most of my immediate family were registered Democrat. Nonetheless, I was able to see through the propaganda and false promises at a very young age.

Fast forward to today; I am currently 21 years of age and attending school at Marshall University, majoring in Public Relations with a minoring in Political Science. I am the product of a blue collar family and would say I am pretty average at best. My dad is a nurse and my mother is disabled. Let’s just say we know what it is like living pay check to pay check and most importantly, we know the value of hard work. Our country has traveled down a path of destruction due in large part to the conductor or President if you will. Obama’s failed policies have ultimately failed America, failed the working class and most notably, have failed the youth and young adults.

The young adult is often an untapped resource and voting block in many elections. Normally the young adult voter gets the least amount of attention and the least amount of money directed to it. Not this year. This year is the year that the young adult will decide which path our country travels down. This is the year my colleagues and I take back our country. The GOP hasn’t won the young adult vote since Ronald Reagan and this is the year that we return as a voting block to the GOP.

So far in this campaign cycle, I have made a few major contributions to the Republican Party. In my efforts to further educate and organize students in campaigns, I assembled and managed the second most successful students’ campaign in the primaries: Students for Rick Santorum. The success of this campaign was immense, but ultimately Senator Santorum ended up dropping out.

Republican Presidential Debate, February 22, 2012 (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

A lot of people might have given up after their candidate dropped out; not us. We knew the true importance of the mission at hand. We grouped together and continued the march forward behind the candidate we felt was prepared to defeat Barack Obama. We formed, and ultimately partnered with, Young Americans for Mitt Romney.

There are a countless number of reasons why Mitt Romney should be President of the United States. Mitt Romney, to me, stands for real hope. Romney gives my generation hope that the future will be brighter. The future will have more jobs available, less college debt, balanced budgets and a healthcare plan that is constitutional and not forced upon us. This time the youth won’t be fooled by the Obama administration’s smoke and mirrors.

Mitt Romney has an impeccable record of creating jobs and managing budget; you can’t say the same for President Obama who has failed to pass a budget his whole time in office. Mitt Romney has more to offer us than just jobs. Mitt Romney has a message that resonates with all Americans of all stripes. Romney is truly a principled leader and understands the importance of family in society.

We, the young adults, look forward to getting our first jobs and contributing to society. Young adults want to be a part of their communities in positive ways. And only Mitt Romney can allow young adults to gain independence and start working once again. We simply cannot afford to travel down the path of Obama for the rest of this year, let alone four more years!

As young adults, we will fight hard in this election and we will be heard. We have one of the largest coalitions the GOP has seen and we will stop at nothing to make sure our man, Mitt Romney, gets elected in November! We will work night and day alongside the campaign and other grassroots organizations to ensure our victory. We have a team of the most intelligent, hardworking, self-motivated Young Americans in the nation and we have a message to send the people of America.

Young adults will no longer put up with the failed policies of the Obama administration. We are ready to make good on your promise to lower the unemployment rate below 7 percent Mr. Obama. The promise you made to the American people in order to be reelected to a second term. We are here to collect. We are here to guarantee America never again gets a Liar in Chief, but instead, we get a Commander In Chief. Mr. Obama, I leave you with some famous last words, “Game On!”

God bless you all, God bless Mitt Romney, and God bless The United States of America!

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Shane Bias is a junior at Marshall University. He entered politics at a very early age, holding his first executive position at age 16, on a congressional campaign. He also played a pivotal role in the primaries and election cycle this year. Shane built and managed the second largest student movement in the primary behind the label, Students for Rick Santorum. Days after Santorum dropped out of the race, Shane was contacted by Young Americans for Mitt Romney and was elected president of that organization, his current position. Also, a couple months after accepting the position as president of YAMR, Shane was voted in as President of Students for Romney.

Obama’s Voters on Independence Day + Tuesday Humor

VIDEO: The Future of America (press play button below)

Awhile back, I coined the term “TV voter” in reference to the person whose sole or primary knowledge of political candidates’ positions is acquired via television viewing. In my opinion, the majority choosing to vote for Barack Obama are TV voters. Their source of knowledge? I don’t know; probably MSNBC.

All kidding aside, check out this unscientific survey conducted by Jesse Watters. On the Fourth of July he interviewed 27 people under the age of 40 — a whopping 55% of these individuals had, quoting Mr. Watters, “no clue about the founding of this country.” Remember, each one of these person’s vote is exactly equal to yours and mine and they love Obama!

Key words to watch for in these TV voters’ answers: “Bicentennial” — “Independence from whom?” — “Abraham Lincoln, our first president” — “What’s a ‘founding father’?” — “Samuel Adams” — “Freedom” — “1600″ (the year Declaration of Independence was signed) – and many more! What is shocking and sad is these people are serious and they are sober.

The reason I put up this “survey” is because I strongly believe the main reason we have many young people who are so willing to give up personal liberty for the mirage of entitlement is because they know little to nothing about the sacrifices of the women and men that established this nation (and if I didn’t, you would not have believed me when restating their answers). Sadly, most know nothing about why this nation is special — why America is exceptional.



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The Ghost of Ronald Reagan Haunts President Obama (O’Reilly)

President Reagan

When it comes to videos posted, my general rule is to put up videos that are two minutes in length, or less. Once in awhile a longer video clip comes along that deserves to be seen far and wide. Bill O’Reilly’s opening monologue from yesterday’s “The Factor” is one. This is outstanding.

For weeks I have been wanting to do the research to illustrate what Bill O’Reilly so concisely explained in these six minutes. History is such a wonderful teacher — so why does Mr. Obama ignore the lessons of history? What do we learn here from O’Reilly’s tutorial?

Mr. Obama has enacted and is attempting to enact policies that are the opposite of what is needed to create jobs and stimulate strong, sustained economic growth. O’Reilly includes several video vignettes of both Reagan and Obama that are powerful. Each point made here seems so amazingly obvious, that one one wonders why so many millions of Americans just don’t see it. Every decision Barack Obama makes seems intended to damage the economy — to damage America.

O’Reilly states that Ronald Reagan effectively proved that Jimmy Carter was incompetent. Mitt Romney will be effective in exposing Barack Obama as not only incompetent but also as naive and simple minded.

Check out the chart O’Reilly includes contrasting Obama’s tax rates with Romney’s. In my opinion, this piece by O’Reilly is brilliant:




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Key Differences Between RomneyCare and ObamaCare

*Got questions about RomneyCare and ObamaCare? Visit our newly updated page on RomneyCare – The Truth about Massachusetts Health Care to find articles like this and other questions you may be wondering.

It is often asserted that RomneyCare is the same thing as ObamaCare, but this is simply not true. It is important to note that Massachusetts, the state where Romneycare was founded, opposed Obamacare. In fact, Massachusetts opposed Obamacare so much that they elected Senator Scott Brown (R) in 2010 to be the deciding vote against Obamacare after Senator Ted Kennedy’s death. Why would the state where Romneycare was founded be opposed to Obamacare if the two laws were really the same? The answer is, of course, that they are not the same. While there are similarities between the two laws, there are also key differences. Below is a table of differences between the Romney plan and the Obama plan.


RomneyCare
ObamaCare
Overall Size and Scope
-Whole bill was 70 pages
-Romney vetoed significant sections of the bill including the employer penalty for not providing health insurance
-Romney favored an “opt out” provision from the mandate
-Romney favored no mandated benefits for health care coverage, catastrophic only
-No federal gov. insurance option
-Intended as a market driven solution to healthcare
-Whole bill was 2,074 pages
-Very broad regulation of the insurance industry including an employer penalty for not providing health insurance and no “opt out” provision
-Establishes a 15 member board of unelected bureaucrats with great control over health care benefits and risks rationing health care
-Leaves open the option of creating single-payer gov. insurance in the future
-Intended as a step toward gov. run insurance
Costs
-No new taxes!
-Romney balanced the state’s budget first, then passed healthcare law
-No cuts to Medicare benefits
-Modest cost to state (only added 1% to state budget)
-Increased taxes by $500 billion and taxes people who don’t buy insurance
-Despite massive federal gov. debt, Obama still passed Obamacare
-Cuts Medicare by $500 billion
-Overall costs unknown!
Popularity
-Very strong bipartisan support
-Strong special interest support
-Very popular among the public in Massachusetts
-Strong consensus of approval was built in the state to support the law
-Consensus was built to support an individual mandate
-Absolutely no bipartisan support
-Very controversial and divided special interest groups
-Unpopular in nation overall
-No consensus was built to support a mandate
Does Constitution Define it as a “Tax” or “Penalty/Fee”?
-Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts ruled state mandates are “penalties” because states have different authority and powers than the fed. gov.
-Mass. constitution never considered this a tax
-Supreme Court ruled that federal gov. only has the authority to enact this law by its ability “tax,” and does not meet the required standards to be considered a “penalty.”
-This tax breaks Obama’s promise that he would not raise taxes on the middle class
Federalism
-A state solution to a state problem
-Through collaboration and discussion, Massachusetts created a consensus among stake holders to support the new law
-Federal gov. “one-size-fits-all” plan
-Doesn’t take into account that each state is unique in important ways such as:
1)Vastly different debt levels between states (some states can’t afford new spending on health care)
2)Some states have three times the percentage of uninsured citizens (Much greater costs will be imposed on states with a larger percentage of uninusured citizens)
3)Conservative states will reject implementation of federal gov. plan.


As the above table illustrates, the plan Romney proposed was a much more conservative, business friendly law than what the Democrats passed under President Obama.

The Boston Globe editorial board recently published an article defending RomneyCare on conservative grounds. The editorial board states “the role Romney played on the state level was skillful, creative, and business friendly. Romney was a governor sensitive to business concerns and worried about the state’s business climate.”

A crucial difference between RomneyCare and ObamaCare is that the two healthcare plans, while similar in some ways, present vast differences in the essential origins and motives that separate Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. One author summarized it this way:
 

We know what Romney’s goal was when he passed his health care plan. His goal was to involve the private sector of Massachusetts in insuring a small percentage of the Massachusetts’ residents [who didn't have health insurance and who were receiving free health care from the government.]

Obama’s goal prior to signing Obamacare into law was much, much bigger.
In 2003, he said, ”I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care plan.”

The fact is, Obamacare was originally going to be single payer. It was going to be European — as close to it as Congress would allow. But that was curbed. What they got, instead — what we got, instead — was the first step. Obamacare. The first step toward single-payer, universal healthcare coverage.

And that is the crucial difference. Romney never said, never touted, never promised that “we may not get [single-payer] immediately” or even a little later than immediately. Romneycare is not Obamacare because Obamacare is just getting started. One was an end in and of itself. The other is (still) a means to an end.

In 2006 when RomneyCare was passed, most conservatives praised Romney’s plan. The Bush administration sent a letter praising the passage of the new law. An often overlooked fact is that without the support of the Bush administration, Romney’s health care law never would have become a reality.

One of Romney’s main goals in passing healthcare legislation was to counter many much more liberal attempts within Massachusetts to take over the healthcare system. The Boston Globe newspaper discusses in detail one plan that Romney feared would become law if action was not taken. That plan was the imposition of a payroll tax of up to $1,700 per employee on all businesses that did not offer health insurance to their employees. It was a serious threat. The plan had been voted on in the year 2000 and the law barely failed by 3%. In 2006 the employer mandate coupled with a heavy payroll tax was to be voted on again.

In regard to ObamaCare, Romney firmly believes that each state should have the right to craft its own health care program. Health care has traditionally been a state issue, not a federal issue, and Romney wants to keep it that way. In his book, No Apology, Romney states:

“My own preference is to let each state fashion its own program to meet the distinct needs of its citizens. States could follow the Massachusetts model if they choose, or they could develop plans of their own. These plans, tested in the state ‘laboratories of democracy,’ could be evaluated, compared, improved upon, and adopted by others.”

In keeping with the belief that states should be able to craft their own programs, Romney has said that on his first day as president, he would issue a waiver to all 50 states allowing them to opt out of ObamaCare. This waiver would allow states to postpone the implementation of ObamaCare while Romney works with congress to formally repeal the bill.

In conclusion, a recent article in The New Yorker magazine states that “Romney had accomplished a longstanding Democratic goal – universal health insurance – by combining three conservative policies.” In other words, Romney had beaten Democrats at their own goal of providing universal health insurance – but Romney’s novel approach accomplished this goal not with a government takeover, but with conservative principles. The success of Romney’s healthcare law led many Democrats to consider adopting a similar approach to achieving universal health insurance. However, the end result from the Democrats under President Obama was a plan with a much larger government, much greater spending, increased taxes, and less power to the states and individuals to determine their own health care goals.

Romney Best to Rescue from Obama Economy (CNN Poll)

The Business section of The Chicago Tribube carried a Reuters article describing a continued flat, lackluster economy. Reading this caused me to look throughout the Internet to find whom Mr. Obama is blaming for this bad news:

While the so-called U.S. fiscal cliff – a combination of expiring tax cuts and automatic government spending cuts – will be hit only in early 2013, if Congress does not act, an increasing economic toll could be exacted in the second half of this year.

“I don’t think we are going to get a resolution before the fourth quarter,” said Julia Coronado, chief North America economist at BNP Paribas in New York.

“Companies and households won’t know what their tax liabilities are going to look like in 2013, what the regulatory or spending backdrop is. It’s going to be an uncertainty which weighs on people’s ability to make plans.”

The latest Reuters survey estimates third-quarter growth at around a 2.3 percent pace, with fourth-quarter GDP at about 2.4 percent. But some economists say these forecasts already appear a bit optimistic.

“Right now we have a forecast that is around 2 percent in the second half … (and) while I expect growth to stay on track, it’s hard to point to a factor that’s going to lead to an acceleration,” said Coronado. “The risk is that the second half of the year will also lead to growth that is below 2 percent.”

Remember that quote from the film TOP GUN after Maverick buzzed the tower of the aircraft carrier, causing the XO to spill coffee all over his uniform and when he later yelled at them in reprimand? Maverick’s commanding officer said something like, “Well, I would say that just about covers the fly by!” Following is one of those reprimand quotes for Mr. Obama I would say:

“Our sense was that of a gradual improvement. Now the sense is of muddling along at a low level of activity,” said Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago. “We went from seeing progress, though gradual and very uneven, to not seeing progress at all.”

Fortunately, most American’s believe the better person to lead us out of the ObamaMess is Mitt Romney – from Newsmax:

Romney tops Obama 52 percent to 41 percent among independent voters who were asked in a CNN poll which candidate would do a better job handling the economy.

41 percent? I can understand 4%, but 41%? I would sure like to speak to one of those “Independent” voters that thinks Obama is the best person to handle the economy — how can they think that? I keep hearing that Mr. Obama will be starting to talk about his new plans for a better economy. He better start talking fast. The Newsmax article closes with this:

Romney has a 10-point advantage over Obama when Americans were asked which candidate would do a better job dealing with the federal budget deficit.

Obama led by 8 points on foreign policy and by 7 on healthcare. Romney holds a 3-point margin on illegal immigration, the CNN poll said.

“Not surprisingly, the poll indicates that the economy’s the public’s top issue, the only topic that more than half say will be extremely important to their presidential vote in November,” Holland said.

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Barack Obama’s Deception to Americans may be The Largest in American History

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, which effectively states that the mandate as a tax, is constitutional points right back to Barack Obama. This is nothing less than a massive deception by Mr. Obama. He has stated publicly, many times, that his bill/law was not funded by taxes and was never intended to be a tax. Yet, when using that argument in front of the Supreme Court and facing certain defeat with the mandate, they changed their tune and started calling it a tax.

Of all the lies put forward by Mr. Obama, this particular desire of his to deceive the American people on such a massive scale is the greatest lie of them all. Had the American people been told the truth from the beginning, Mr. Obama knows he would never have been able to get the bill passed in Congress. Rather, we now know this to be an incredibly massive tax increase to the American people. Mr. Obama’s strategic deception was in fact successful.

Since the Supreme Court leaves the law in place, effectively we are left with no less than 21 new taxes. In fact, Rush Limbaugh is characterizing this as the largest tax increase in world history. I still need time to study it all, but I believe he is correct.

Most important to me is the fact that the current President of the United States is always so willing to deceive me and my fellow Americans, if doing so will move forward his agenda. His arrogance knows no bounds and he must be stopped from lying any more. The only way that can happen is to vote him out.

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Addendum by Nate: Ben Howe of Mister Smith Media whipped together the video below and I’m adding it here since it does very well to illustrate the points Vic is making here.