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Thank goodness for Hurricane Sandy! It’s provided some respite from the ongoing presidential campaigns. That a major tropical storm system could strike New England just before Halloween is news enough – without the inevitable destruction and loss of life. We have eight more days until election day here in the U.S., and Sandy could provide a twisted sort of the proverbial “October surprise.”
If it’s bad enough, both President Obama and Mitt Romney may not be anywhere near Washington, D.C. Obama could hunker down at his Chicago abode, while Romney could seek refuge in one of his many estates. Their responses to the disaster will prove what they really think of the American people. Obama most likely won’t stay in Chicago; he’ll want to head back to Washington to coordinate recovery efforts. I suspect Romney will take the traditional conservative Republican stance and just let New Englanders fend for themselves. After all, that’s been the mantra of his campaign; if you don’t have enough money in your bank account or drive a couple of Cadillacs, then you’re not worth saving.
Aside from November 7 being the birthday of one of my closest friends and former colleagues, it’ll be the first day after the elections and thus, the end of this campaign season. I got tired of this crap – oh – I’ll say around July 1. Political campaigns here in the U.S. are never-ending – like Thanksgiving turkey, deep space and the Harry Potter series. They just go on and on and on.
I suppose it’s inevitable in a truly democratic society. But, as a frequent, dedicated, tax-paying voter who’s experiencing firsthand the worst this dismal economy has to offer, I have some advice for all would-be candidates.
People are always glad to see election season come to an end. Yes, the candidates are tired, but so are we. Our elected officials don’t seem to get it sometimes. I’m still unemployed and have massive student debt to pay off. I don’t care about gay marriage; don’t want to hear your definition of when life begins; don’t want too much of our tax dollars go to treat diseases in foreign countries where people should have figured out by now that having sex with a virgin doesn’t cure AIDS. I want to see some real action in Washington – and not on the dance floor. I want to see our elected officials handing out water bottles after Sandy hits.
Watching the three debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney made me feel trapped between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Gone with the Wind. While Obama insists on moving our country forward into the 21st century, Romney wants to take us back to the old days – when Negroes and Indians knew their “place” in society and grown men could screw as many little girls as they want and call it God’s righteousness. Romney’s campaign slogan could be called, ‘The Audacity of Retrohope.’
As you all know, I’m no fan of politicians, but I fully support Obama in his battle against the bigots and moneyed elite that comprise the Republican Party. Still, the last debate on Monday, the 22nd, provided some delectable oral treasures for the history books.
“I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership in Al Qaeda, but we can’t kill our way out of this mess.” – Romney
“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you agreed that we have been successful in going after Al Qaeda, but I have to tell you that your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map and is not designed to keep Americans safe or to build on the opportunities that exist in the Middle East.” – Obama
“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region. And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel.” – Romney
“When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors. I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there to remind myself of the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel would be unbreakable.” – Obama
“We don’t want another Iraq. We don’t want another Afghanistan. That’s not the right course for us.” – Romney
“You say that you’re not interested in duplicating what happened in Iraq, but just a few weeks ago you said you think we should have more troops in Iraq right now. You’ve said that first we should not have a timeline in Afghanistan then you said we should. Now you say maybe or depends, which means not only were you wrong, but you were also confusing and sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies.” – Obama
“I have clear eyes on this. I’m not going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin and I’m certainly not going to say to him, ‘I’ll give you more flexibility after the election.’ After the election, he’ll get more backbone.” – Romney
“Gov. Romney, I’m glad that you recognize that Al Qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia – not Al Qaeda – you said Russia. The 1980s are now calling and asking for their foreign policy back.” – Obama
“I want a great relationship with China. China can be our partner, but that doesn’t mean that they can just roll all over us and steal are jobs on an unfair basis.” – Romney
“Well Gov. Romney is right, you are familiar with jobs being shipped overseas because you invested in companies that were shipping jobs overseas.” – Obama
“Our Navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We’re now down to 285. We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me. I want to make sure that we have the ships that are required by our Navy. Our Air Force is older and smaller than any time since it was found in 1947.” – Romney
“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have ships going underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships but what our capabilities are.” – Obama
“The president mentioned the auto industry and that somehow I would be favor of jobs being elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry.” – Romney
“If we had taken your advice, Governor Romney, about our auto industry, we’d be buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China.” – Obama
“As I always do at the end of these debates, I leave you with the words of my mom, who said, ‘Go vote; it’ll make you feel big and strong.’” – Bob Schieffer, debate moderator.
“I hate to say this on FOX – and I hope I’ll be allowed to leave here alive – but I don’t think there is any way we can cut spending enough to make a meaningful difference. We are going to have to raise taxes on very rich people; people with incomes of like say, 2, 3 million a year and up, and then slowly move down.”
– Conservative economist Ben Stein on FOX News.
This is Earth-shattering! A well-known conservative saying taxes should be raised on the upper classes! I know Stein must have been terrified; feeling like a Jew in a Catholic church during Easter mass. But, the facts are what they are. Mitt Romney’s economic scam – er – plan just doesn’t add up. I can only hope at this point that the American people will see that I’m right, especially in the so-called swing states.
“I just want to make sure I got this straight. He’ll get rid of regulations on Wall Street, but he’s going to crack down on Sesame Street.”
– President Obama, in response to Mitt Romney’s idiotic statement during last week’s presidential debate that he will cut funding for PBS.
While George W. Bush may have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth – to paraphrase the late great Ann Richards – Mitt Romney was born with a golden plug up his ass. In case you just woke up from a coma or have been spending too much time watching the Kardashian clowns, you know that Romney has been busted disrespecting nearly half the American population. During a private fund raiser at the home of a wealthy Florida benefactor this past May, Romney said, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.”
Someone in the crowd surreptitiously videotaped Romney’s speech, but only now has it come to light. Gosh, if a rich White guy isn’t safe saying whatever he wants in the home of an affluent supporter, where can he be safe? I mean, what a cruel world!
In one respect, Romney is correct: some people will vote for Obama no matter what. And, some people will vote for Romney regardless of what he says or does. In either case, they have that right. That’s the beauty of a truly democratic society; people can vote for whichever politician they choose and not feel compelled to explain it to anyone.
But, once again, Romney proves just how far removed he is from American reality. While he and his family lounge on their luxury yacht that flies the Grand Cayman flag, the average U.S. citizen – that loathsome “47 percent” – continues to struggle with joblessness, low wages and / or high medical costs. He seems to have the same understanding of what us lowly common folk experience every day as – well – as the Kardashians. I guess when you live in an ivory tower, everything on the outside looks like a garbage landfill.
That “47 percent” comprises not just nearly half the American population, they include many folks who vote Republican. They’re retirees who paid plenty of taxes during their working lives and military veterans whose pay is tax exempt. Since Mitt Romney – like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney – dodged the draft during the Vietnam War and Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life, neither can relate to many souls in that “47 percent.”
But, that “47 percent” includes people like me who have struggled to find work in a fragile economy brought on by conservative Republican financial incompetence and my parents who – between them – have put in a century’s worth of work and rely upon Social Security and Medicare just to stay alive. None of us has a million dollar trust fund. We didn’t get a $77,000 tax credit like Ann Romney’s dressage horse. But, we don’t ask for that either. We don’t need millions of dollars to be happy. No one really does. Anyone who feels they need a million dollar salary just to get by is an idiot.
But, since my parents and I, along with millions of other Americans, have worked hard all our lives and done what was expected of decent, law-abiding citizens, we deserve more respect than Romney seems able – or willing – to dish out. That he made those comments during a meeting staged by a wealthy donor and where attendees paid $50,000 just to be able to walk in the front door shows where his interests lie. Of course, big political contests require big monetary donations – both Republican and Democrat.
In 1992, then Governor Bill Clinton appeared at a “town hall” type forum where a woman asked him if he knew the cost of certain basic essentials like a loaf of bread and a gallon of gas. Clinton answered accurately and without hesitation. It was clear he could relate to the average American. But, his prime opponent, President George H.W. Bush, couldn’t. That seems to be an attribute of most politicians and – from my independent perspective – an affliction of the vast majority of Republican politicians.
So, here’s a piece of uninvited advice to Mitt Romney from a middle class voter and tax-paying citizen: pull that golden plug out of your ass and stick it in your mouth. Have your wife and her horse help you if it’s wedged in there too tight. All that shit in unpaid taxes has backed up into your brain and obviously has no place to go. Now, happy campaigning!
“Because when you give a speech, you don’t give a laundry list. You talk about the things that you think are important.”
– Mitt Romney, in response to a question from Fox News’ Bret Baier on why he didn’t mention the troops in his August 30 convention speech.
Romney may be in a statistical tie with President Obama among likely voters, but he’s already won the ‘Asshole of the Year’ contest as far as I’m concerned. Note to Romney: our troops aren’t a laundry list! They’re flesh and blood human beings who have sacrificed more than you’ll ever know; just so you and your trophy wife can build a house with an elevator for your Cadillacs. But, I guess we should expect as much from a draft dodger in the same mold as George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.