The debate Tuesday evening will firm up the voter trend for this election — moving it further to your side of the ledger, or reversing it in Obama’s favor. In preparation for this debate, I have a few suggestions in regard to what millions of grassroots Americans most want to hear from you in order to extend the energy of the last debate to independent voters.
Taxes and Debt:
Note that while Obama has sought to divide America with his race- and class-warfare rhetoric, the Romney-Ryan ticket will reunite America to restore Essential Liberty in this Land of Opportunity. As soon as Obama starts his classist rhetoric on economic growth, respond by highlighting the “Obama Tax”: Median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) across the board since this president took office. That’s the Obama Tax, and you can paste it on his forehead! Hammer Obama when he asks, “Are we going to double-down on the top-down economic policies that helped to get us into this mess? Or do we embrace a new economic patriotism?” ECONOMIC PATRIOTISM?
QUOTE: “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” –Thomas Jefferson
(Read up on that here: Socialism v Free Enterprise)
Obama’s ‘Blame Bush’ routine:
Obama’s re-election prospects depend entirely on his ability to deceive a majority of Americans with the same old blame-shifting blather that he used to dupe them in 2008: “It’s Bush’s fault.” Obama can’t effectively focus his campaign on the textbook pillars of socialist propaganda — race and economic disparity — if he has to spend airtime defending his ruinous economic policies. To that end, in the first debate Obama repeatedly invoked his now-familiar refrain about the financial crisis he “inherited”: “When I walked into the Oval Office, I had more than a trillion-dollar deficit greeting me. And we know where it came from…”
Well, yes we do. It’s true that the economy Obama inherited wasn’t the solid recovery that began some months after 9/11 under President George W. Bush and his Republican Congress. Instead, it was the gravely weakened economy of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) and their Democrat congressional majorities in both houses. On January 3, 2007, the date that the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress took office after a record 52 months of job growth accelerated by Bush administration tax cuts, unemployment was at 4.6 percent, and the economy was growing at three times the current rate.
QUOTE: “[The President] is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people.” –James Wilson
(Read up on that here: Who Inherited What from Whom?)
Obama will insist that the latest jobs numbers support his economic plan — “We found out the unemployment rate fell to its lowest rate since I took office. It’s a reminder this country has come too far to turn back now.” Respond as follows: “Yes, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor did report that, according to a survey, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. The problem with this report, a survey of only 0.6 percent of U.S. households, is that the anomalous drop starkly contradicted much more reliable economic data, including a payroll survey of 30 percent of employers (indicating no change), and the economic growth measure of GDP (revised downward). If jobs numbers are really improving, it’s because of underemployment and the fact that millions of Americans have simply stopped looking for work. Any improvement in our economy is a testament to the vitality of free enterprise, despite Obama’s so-called “economic plan.”
If Obama attempts to back up the Labor report by citing another Labor report that the Leftmedia proclaims is evidence that the 7.8 percent figure is accurate — a DoL report noting that weekly jobless claims dropped by 30,000 to a mere 364,000 new unemployment claims, lower than it was when Obama was elected — remind Obama about some fine print in the DoL data: “One large state didn’t report some quarterly figures.” That “one large state” would happen to be the nation’s largest state, California, and a DoL analyst concluded that the “missing figures” account for most of the decline. In other words, there was little or no decline in new jobless claims. But who reads the fine print anyway?
QUOTE: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” –John Adams
(Read up on that here: Obfuscation and Diversion)
The ’47 percent’:
Many commentators wondered why, during the first debate, Obama didn’t hammer you on your surreptitiously recorded remark about the “47 percent who pay no taxes” being dependent upon government. Biden mentioned this with Ryan, and Ryan responded, “I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”
Clearly, just because someone pays no taxes does not mean they are dependent on government, and I know that is not what you meant to imply. Thus, you must reframe your comment, and put this monkey on Obama’s back by noting first that while your citation of the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income taxes was in fact correct, it also coincides with Obama’s current support in the polls — and that was the basis for your misstatement on government dependence.
Restate your case: The fact is that 30-35 percent of Obama’s most fervent constituent support is composed of those who are now culturally, if not irrevocably, dependent upon a plethora of government subsidies. (Be sure to note, too, that you’re not talking about “earned entitlements” like Social Security.) Those subsidies are graft for buying votes.
Quote avowed socialist George Bernard Shaw, who smugly declared at the turn of the 20th century that redistributed wealth can buy elections: “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
Then clearly make this point: “I suspect that the real reason you objected to my remark is that you believe 100 percent of Americans are dependent on government, as you made plain in your now-infamous assertion, ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else [read: "government"] made that happen.’ The Democrat plan envisions that all Americans would be enslaved on the government plantation.”
QUOTE: “Repeal that [welfare] law, and … industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” –Benjamin Franklin
(Read up on that here: ObamaNation Plantation)
Don’t rehash this whole issue — your response to those ridiculous Obama ads worked: “The president spent the last week talking about saving Big Bird. I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs.” But don’t leave it there. Insist that you believe it’s more important to fund our men and women in uniform who stand ready to defend our country — funding that’s actually authorized by our Constitution. Obama is prepared to gut our military. Remind the American people that Congress is authorized to collect taxes for very specific expenses, not the out-of-control welfare state that Obama seeks.
QUOTE: “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” –James Madison
The current news-cycle debate is focused on who knew what and when. Unfortunately, that’s obscuring the real issue regarding our foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Libya is just the latest symptom of a much larger problem, and that is Obama’s appeasement of our enemies — from his apology tour following his election, to his continual snubbing of our most significant ally in the Middle East, Israel. Make sure to focus on the grievous failure of Obama’s foreign policy overall, and don’t get stuck in the minutiae over Libya.
QUOTE: “National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” –John Adams
Note that our current vice president’s demeanor in the debate was a disgraceful display of condescending arrogance, a trademark of Obama’s deeply divisive administration. After almost 40 years of living in Washington’s lap of luxury at taxpayer expense, Biden’s class warfare, statist obfuscations and “man of the people” malarkey doesn’t fly, and he should stop shoveling that “stuff.” Joe made it clear that he’s been a Washington insider for a long, long, long, long time. Note that he’s part of the problem, not the solution. While your running mate, Paul Ryan, discussed serious topics like job creation, health care and Iranian nukes, Biden laughed and sneered. Note that he was the only one laughing.
QUOTE: “If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.” –Proverbs 29:9
The issue of illegal foreign and fraudulent online campaign donations is important, but don’t get stuck in the minutiae. Just lay it out there as yet another reason not to trust Obama.
QUOTE: “If an election … can be procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good.” –John Adams
Your Closing Remarks:
Take the American people back to that moment just prior to the 2008 election, when Barack Obama said his objective was “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Inform the people that this transformation has indeed begun, that it has been catastrophic, and that it will only get worse.
Here’s the bottom line: The only unemployment number that matters is 23 million, including those who are underemployed and those who have simply given up looking for work. In addition, households considered impoverished have grown to one in six, and there are 47 million food stamp recipients — up 50 percent since Obama’s election. Obama has also amassed $5 trillion in new debt, and our national debt now totals $16 trillion, which for the first time in history now exceeds U.S. annual economic output. Finally, remind the American people that median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) since Obama took office. Remind them that this is the real “Obama tax.” Also remind them that energy prices have doubled because of Obama restrictions, and economic growth has slowed to an anemic 1.3 percent.
Obama’s road “Forward” is a dead end.
I ask you, Governor Romney, to recall the words of George Washington at a turning point during the American Revolution: “A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come.” Let the American people know that our nation is at such a turning point again.
This election, we must restore our Declaration’s assertion that Liberty is “endowed by our creator,” which Obama frequently omits because he believes Liberty is endowed by government. According to our Constitution, it is “We the People” who enshrined that Liberty, not the government.
I suggest, Governor Romney, that you close this coming debate with these words to the American people: “In two weeks, you will be voting for the future of Liberty. In doing so, please consider carefully the words of Founder Noah Webster: ‘In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.’ I ask nothing more from you this evening and on November 6. God bless you, and God bless our great nation.”
If the selection of moderators is an indication, the “bipartisan” Commission on Presidential Debates is something less than advertised.
For Tuesday night’s “town hall” debate, CNN’s Candy Crowley joins the list of far-Left moderators of this year’s debate lineup. The first debate was moderated by PBS’s Jim Lehrer, a noted liberal — but Mitt Romney ruled that venue. The VP debate last week was moderated by ABC Lefty Martha Raddatz, who did little to reign in the unmitigated arrogance of Joe Biden. As you recall, Raddatz’s ex-husband, Julius Genachowski, with whom she maintains close contact, is Obama’s Federal Communications Commission Chairman.
In advance of the upcoming Romney/Obama debate at Hofstra University, Crowley asserted, “Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?’” No, that is most decidedly NOT her role, and we hope Mitt Romney rules that debate with the same courteous but firm authority he demonstrated with Jim Lehrer.
To put these moderators in perspective, it would have been equally “bipartisan” to have tapped Glenn Beck, Bret Baier and Sean Hannity as moderators.
The October 22 debate at Lynn University will be moderated by CBS’s Bob Schieffer.
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