One Year After the Election, Has Time Proven Romney Right?

It has now been a year since the presidential election - lets take a minute to recount some of the key events that have occurred since that fateful day. It is really amazing how accurate many of Romney’s forecasts have proven to be. started the conversation with a provocative article titled “Was Romney Right About Everything?” and the news about Romney’s accurate predictions just seem to keep coming. With President Obama’s approval ratings at all time lows, I can’t help but wonder how different things might have been with a different president.


1) Obamacare - Democrats as well as Republicans agree that the roll-out of Obamacare has been an embarrassment. The new website that people were to use to sign up for health insurance has been basically unusable and not functional since day one. Tech gurus find it humorous that the federal government, with all its vast resources, can’t produce a website capable of handling the amount of traffic seen by the Drudge Report. Lets remember that Romney ran against Obamacare from the beginning citing numerous difficulties and contradictions inherent it its laws.

But the website is only part of the problem. A bigger problem is how it was discovered that Obama willfully lied to America time and again by saying “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. period.” It is now widely known that Obama knew since early 2010 that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health plans. Already 3.5 million Americans have had their healthcare plans cancelled, according to the Associated Press. Conservative estimates say that 14 million people will have their insurance plans cancelled. Obama apologized recently for misleading Americans, and is currently scrambling to try to fix his healthcare woes.

It is my opinion that the biggest bombshells with Obamacare could still be coming. For example, the media hasn’t really begun to discuss the skyrocketing costs of health care premiums Americans will have to pay to purchase new, more comprehensive health plans. Also, for those Americans who are forced to switch health plans, many of those individuals will not be able to keep their doctor because their doctor may not accept their new health insurance plan. Remember, Obama promised repeatedly that Americans would be able to “keep their doctor.” Obama should have followed the RomneyCare model by letting each state have more control over their own healthcare plans and by rolling out the healthcare reform in phases.

2) Russia - We all remember how the Obama administration mocked Romney for saying that Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Romney’s statement caused Obama to say one of the most childish retorts ever uttered by a president during a debate: “The 1980’s called and they want their foreign policy back.” However, as time has gone on, Romney’s hardline stance on Russia appears to be proving more and more accurate. For example, earlier this summer Moscow defiantly refused to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to the United States, prompting Obama to cancel a meeting he had scheduled with Putin during the Group of 20 summit. “Russia has stabbed us in the back,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat regarding the extradition of Edward Snowden. Further, Russia has blocked United Nations action against Syria and, more recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers that Russia was one of the countries supplying Syria with chemical weapons.

And now, just last week, Forbes magazine’s list of the “Worlds Most Powerful People” placed Putin as world’s most powerful person and Obama as number two.

3) Detroit - This year Detroit became the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy in U.S. history. Detroit’s bankruptcy became a symbol of Obama’s inability to rescue a flagging U.S. economy. The Motor City was a symbolic battleground during the election, with Romney proudly touting his father’s ties to the auto industry and his childhood years in the state, while the Obama campaign relentlessly attacked Romney for a New York Times op-ed article he had written years earlier headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” Of course Romney didn’t write the title to the NY Times article. The title was written by the NY Times editorial board. But Romney did say that “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check,” and advocated a “managed bankruptcy” process for the auto industry rather than a federal bailout to get Detroit through the first phases of their turnaround. During the campaign, Obama frequently blasted Romney for his comments in the NY Times article. Obama said time and again, “[W]e refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt, I bet on American workers, and American ingenuity and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way.” Ironic words considering how the city of Detroit has fared since those comments. And yet, the federal government has made pretty clear there won’t be any sort of bailout for the city of Detroit like there was for the auto industry that lives there. Obama eventually took Romney’s advice to allow the auto industry to go through a managed bankruptcy process.

4) Government Shutdown - During the race for the White House, Romney spoke of how a government shutdown would be very likely due to Obama’s inability to work with Republicans in congress. One year later, the government did indeed shutdown for nearly two weeks, people were forced out of work, the economy was unnecessarily slowed down, and the U.S. threatened default of its payments. The shutdown and threat of default could have been avoided with a President more able to work with both sides of the aisle.

5) Mali - During a foreign policy debate in October, the Romney briefly expressed concern over Islamic extremists taking control of northern Mali — an obscure reference that was mocked on Twitter at the time, including by liberal comedian Bill Maher. Three months later, France sent troops into the country at the behest of the Malian president, bringing the conflict to front pages around the world.

6) Syria - Obama declared that there are clear “red lines” that Syria can’t cross without forcing the U.S. to get involved in their civil war. However, once those red lines were crossed by Syria when they used chemical weapons on their own people, Obama stated that military action was necessary, but then quickly withdrew his support for involvement in Syria. Declaring foreign policies that America has no intention of enforcing destroys American integrity and credibility. Who could trust a president who establishes a “corner-stone” foreign policy and then immediately refuses to uphold it? America cannot afford this kind of leadership. “If there is a part of the world in which America is stronger, it’s hard to find,” said Stuart Stevens.

So yes, it looks like Romney was indeed right about a whole lot of things, and we’re only 10 months into President Obama’s second term. I shudder to think of what other things Romney will be right about in the next 3 years.

Final Thoughts on a Great Candidate

First of all, a huge thank you to the 59,832,706 people who voted for Mitt Romney during this last contest. 60 million people saw what we here at Mitt Romney Central have believed about Mitt Romney from the beginning, that he would be the best person to lead America during these challenging and changing times. And we thank each and every one of you!

From the beginning, Mitt Romney has had to overcome huge obstacles to become the GOP nominee. Not only was he from one of the most liberal states in the country, but he was also responsible for a health care law that inspired Obamacare, something conservatives loathe to this day. Ironically, Mitt Romney represented the last chance for America to turn back from Obamacare, and yet America chose otherwise.

Also, Romney had to break new ground for religious freedom by being the first Mormon nominee of a major party. In a party with such large numbers of religious conservatives, this was no small task. Democrats are usually quick to point out how accepting they are of minorities of all stripes, but in this case it was the Republicans who were the first to nominate a well-qualified individual from this religious minority group and the GOP deserves credit for that.

Further, Romney was the first businessman to get so close to the presidency in a very long time. An unfortunate reality in American politics is that people with successful business backgrounds open themselves up to all kinds of attacks from political opponents. Whether the attacks be “he’s a rich guy who doesn’t understand the common man,” or “his business did harm to some people,” being a businessman is a profession fraught with difficulties when running for high political office. It’s really a shame because something America needs so badly is someone with skills and acumen for creating businesses and managing debt ridden programs.

Romney deserves great credit for having broken new ground in all these areas.

From the beginning, Romney surprised a lot of people who wanted to write him off for one reason or another.
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BREAKING: Unemployment Rate Rises

This morning, the Department of Labor released the long awaited unemployment statistic for the country. Today we found out that the unemployment rate actually rose again from last month and that the unemployment rate is higher today than when Barack Obama took office four years ago.

The unemployment rate is now 7.9% and when Barack Obama took office it was 7.8%. Of course the unemployment number does not count those who have simply given up looking for work or those who are employed just part-time when they actually want full time work. This jobs report shows that America’s economy is stagnating rather than improving.

The harsh reality of the unemployment number is that too many Americans are struggling to provide for their kids, save for college, save for retirement, or just plain create a better life for themselves. These times are hard for too many Americans as incomes have actually gone down every year for the last four years.

Here is Mitt Romney’s statement on the jobs report this morning:

The jobless rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office, and there are still 23 million Americans struggling for work. On Tuesday, America will make a choice between stagnation and prosperity. For four years, President Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class. For four years, President Obama has told us that things are getting better and that we’re making progress. For too many American families, those words ring hollow.

Economists at the Wall Street Journal had this to say about today’s job numbers: “the recovery remains disappointing compared to prior economic recoveries”
and “the bottom line is that the labor market remains unusually weak.”

Senator McCain: White House Handling of Benghazi a Cover-up or Incompetence

Senator John McCain is not shying away from labeling the White House’ handling of last month’s terrorist attack as a cover-up.

In an interview this morning, Senator McCain said:

“This is either a massive cover-up or an incompetence that is not acceptable service to the American people,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Now that it has been almost 2 months since the attack, enough facts have come out now to be confident in coming to a judgement about Obama’s actions.

Top 3 Reasons Why I’m Voting for Mitt Romney

It may surprise many of you, but I voted for Obama in 2008. This time around, I am voting for Mitt Romney, and here’s why:

#1 - Obama’s slim list of accomplishments -  After his first term in office, Obama can tout a very sparse list of successes.  We had all expected, and he promised, so much more. Yes, he bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, and we are all glad to see those companies doing better, but those companies make up less than 1 percent of the United States’ total economic activity. The vast majority of the U.S. economy continues to languish in the doldrums of the slowest recovery ever. 

If Obama wants to really help the auto industry, he needs to lift the rest of America out of its economic slump so that more people have the money to buy cars. Also, one of the best ways to help the auto industry is to be more tough with cheaters like China who game the system in order to sell cheaper goods than American companies. Everyone knows China is cheating on trade and that they are a “currency manipulator,” but Obama has refused to take a hard line against them. Mitt Romney has promised to label China a “currency manipulator” on the first day in office.

#2 - Mitt Romney is a man with a particular set of skills that are needed so badly in America today. This is a man who has spent his entire career turning around troubled enterprises, from small businesses to large businesses to the Olympics. And America needs a turnaround! 

Today, fewer children believe that they will be better off than their parents than at any time in our history. Americans all over the country have began accepting “the new normal”  of low job opportunities, declining incomes, and a weaker America abroad. That is a sad commentary on the state of the American Dream.

Politicians and economists are already talking about a “post-American world,” an America in decline much the same way England, Spain, and Rome all rose and fell from power throughout history. They believe America’s days of power are numbered. I can’t accept that way of thinking. I want to believe America’s brightest days are yet ahead.

As far as particular skills that Romney has, I think nobody knows better than him how to champion small businesses and help them grow. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and that was Romney’s career for 25 years. I also think that Romney will be able to use his knowledge of business  organization to streamline government by consolidating departments and getting rid of duplicate and wasteful spending. Romney knows how to make organizations much more cost efficient while preserving the programs that Americans depend on. 

#3- Obama’s Benghazi-gate - In regard to the terrorist attack last month in Libya that murdered our ambassador, we now know enough to make a judgement call on Obama’s actions. We now know that the ambassador had requested increased security multiple times before the attack but was denied each time. In fact, the Obama administration ended up reducing security at the embassy one month before the attack. 

We also know that Obama refused to act in order to save those at the embassy while the attack was taking place. In fact, three different requests for aid were denied during the attack. Planes in Italy were just an hour away and could have been deployed at a moments notice during the attack which lasted over seven hours. But Obama, fearing another “Black Hawk Down” episode, did nothing.

We also know that the Obama administration’s first explanation as to why the attacks occured (namely, an anti-Muslim video and a “spontaneous protest” to that video) have been proven demonstrably false. It took Obama two weeks before he admitted that the cause of the attack was terrorism, and not the anti-Muslim video he had initially cited. We know that a terrorist organization claimed credit for the attack just hours after the initial attack and that the Obama administration was aware of the terrorist group’s announcement. In summary, we know that Obama tried to cover-up his irresponsible, reckless and naive actions in order to help his chances to get re-elected. I know “cover-up” is a strong word, but in this case the evidence is overwhelming. If there is one thing American’s expect and deserve, it is that we expect our President to tell us the truth, even when the truth is hard.

Are such actions fitting of our Commander-in-Chief? The terrorist attack in Benghazi Libya last month was the first time an American ambassador has been murdered in over 30 years. At one point in time, killing an ambassador was just cause for declaring war. But our ambassador wasn’t just murdered, he was also tortured and raped then dragged bloody through the streets of Benghazi. American’s should be angered by the Obama administrations mishandling of the situation, and especially over the cover-up that ensued the weeks after the attack.

Time Magazine Hits Obama on Untrue Claims

A recent issue of Time Magazine listed the top 10 untruths that Obama continues to repeat on the campaign trail. I thought it was interesting to read so I will repeat some of them for you. I will write out the claim being made by Obama and then Time Magazine’s assessment of the Reality and Verdict.

The Top Untruths Told by Obama about Romney

#1) “We do not need an outsourcing pioneer in the Oval Office.” 

The Reality - Romney was no longer responsible for the company’s actions when the outsourcing occurred because Romney had left the company several years prior. Also, the company was not the first to invest in other companies who outsourced jobs.

Verdict - This claim is a distortion by Obama’s Team

#2) “After a decade of decline, this country has created over half a million new manufacturing jobs.” 

The Reality - The U.S. has lost about a million manufacturing jobs since 2009 and only regained half of that number in the comeback. Thus, the U.S. has actually lost half a million manufacturing jobs since Obama took office.

Verdict - Obama’s claim is untrue and misleading without context

#3) “Both Romney and Ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.”

The Reality - Romney has repeatedly said he would not seek to prohibit abortions in cases of rape or incest or when the health of the mother is endangered.

Verdict - Obama’s claim is untrue. 

#4) “Romney would give millionaires another tax break and raise taxes on middle class families by up to $2,000 per year.”

The Reality - Romney wants all Americans to have a tax cut. Romney doesn’t want to raise taxes on anyone and will allow middle class families to take advantage of more tax deductions and tax breaks than the wealthy. Under Romney’s plan, the wealthy will lose many tax deductions and loopholes they now have.

Verdict - The accusation is speculative

#5) Obama has “a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.”

The Reality - Obama counts $1 trillion in budget cuts that have already been signed into law

Verdict - The plan relies heavily on budget gimmickry - OUCH!

#6) “We’ve doubled our use of renewable energy.”

The Reality - Electricity generated by wind and solar energy has doubled. But other types of renewable energy, such as geothermal and hydroelectric and biomass, have not.

Verdict - Untrue. Renewable energy production is up about 25%

#7) “The way Bain Consulting reorganized cost the government and American taxpayers $10 million.”

The Reality - Bain wrote off $10 million in debt to a failed bank at the expense of the FDIC, which is funded by banks. Taxpayers paid nothing.

Verdict - The charge is untrue

#8) “My opponent says the Arizona law should be a model for the nation.” 

The Reality - At a Republican primary debate on Feb. 22, 2012, Romney said Arizona’s E-Verify provision, which requires employers to check worker eligibility, was a model - not its controversial immigration law, SB 1070.

Verdict - Untrue and deceptive

#9) “The U.S. is less dependent on foreign oil than any time in the last two decades.”

The Reality - The nations dependency on foreign oil has been dropping steadily since 2005. And Obama has reduced the number of oil drilling permits on government land.

Verdict - Obama  shouldn’t take sole credit for the trend

Actress Stacey Dash Endorses Mitt Romney and Confronts Critics

Actress Stacey Dash

In an interview with Piers Morgan, actress Stacey Dash discusses her motivations for endorsing Mitt Romney. She also addresses the horrible treatment she received from many within the Hollywood community as a result of her endorsement.

Thank you Ms. Dash for your endorsement. You are a courageous patriot!

Tweet your support for Stacey by using hashtag #ISupportStaceyDash.

UPDATE by Jayde - Suggested reading: Black Actress Supports Romney: Welcome Home Sista!

BREAKING: For the First Time, Romney Takes the Lead Over Obama Nationwide

According to Real Clear Politics, Romney has taken a slight lead over Obama nationwide for the first time this year.

Real Clear Politics, or RCP, is typically used as the gold standard for polling because it provides an average of all reliable polling data.

Romney continues to benefit from a strong debate performance against the president last Wednesday night.

Great Romney Website

I am not sure if everyone is aware of this website or not, so I wanted to put out a quick post just in case anyone was unaware.

The website is run by the Romney campaign and has become a favorite of mine over the last couple months.

It is called “Romney Response.”

Check it out regularly. You won’t be disappointed.

John Elway Endorses Mitt Romney Before Denver Presidential Debate

John Elway  and Mitt Romney

John Elway and Mitt Romney

From the Denver Post and other sources:

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway endorsed Mitt Romney ahead of Wednesday’s presidential debate in Colorado.

“Governor Romney is a proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy,” Elway said in a statement. “In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again – by standing on the side of taxpayers and small-business owners who do the real job creating. I am endorsing Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan for President and Vice President because I know having the courage to make decisions and tackle challenges is what leads to results and real change. America needs a comeback team – Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are that team.”

“Leaders come in many forms, and John Elway has always exemplified leadership, first as a quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Broncos, and now as an executive vice president for the team,” Romney said in a statement. “He’s had to overcome challenges during his career, and he knows what it takes to turn things around when things get tough. I’m proud to have him on my team as we campaign to lead the comeback this nation desperately needs.”

Elway, the longtime quarterback of the Denver Broncos, is executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos. Elway was instrumental in letting quarterback Tim Tebow go in the last off-season and signing Peyton Manning.

UPDATE: Elway will rally with Romney tonight. Should be a very cool experience to see both John Elway and Mitt Romney on the same night.