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Obama’s Libyan Moment

Posted by GB on September 30, 2012
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If you haven’t experienced “the moment” you have almost certainly known someone who has. The moment when you know the relationship has just ended, when you instantly realize that no matter what you do it cannot be saved. Relationships can survive many things. Addictions, money, and sexual issues can all put great stresses on relationships. The death-blow, however, usually comes from a lie. Once someone truly realizes (not just suspects) they can no longer trust in what the other person is saying, that relationship is over. Period. “The moment” may have arrived for Barack Obama last week and independent voters on, of all days, September 11th.

Previous statements by the President and his administration have been characterized by the right as “lies” and, while some were on the verge of being indisputable, many were at least debatable if you allowed for Clintonian parsing of words (“it depends on what the meaning of “is” is”). Informed voters may have had suspicions that their President was not telling them the truth but he is smooth and they didn’t really want to believe anything bad about him. The events in Libya, however, are absolute proof that this President is willing to lie to us. This one cannot be debated or parsed. This was not a “stretch” of the truth. He lied and we have to face it.

On September 11th, a hundred heavily armed men with AK-47’s and RPG’s attacked our scandalously unprotected consulate in Benghazi, killing our ambassador and three Navy Seals. We were told it was in reaction to a movie trailer when it was actually a pre-planned terrorist attack designed as a September 11th anniversary present. The movie story was not a one-time misstatement which was quickly corrected. This was a four-day campaign to get us to believe this attack was caused by spontaneous Muslim outrage over a trailer which was released in July. Our U.N. Ambassador, Susan Rice, went on five different Sunday talk shows and repeated the lie. The White House and the President’s press secretary, Jay Carney, stood by this story for four days. And, still, this week, during his recent speech to the U.N., the President himself said, “There are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. There is no video that justifies an attack on an embassy.”  

Even ABC (All Barack Cheerleaders) News is now reporting that the White House knew immediately this was terrorism and not in reaction to the movie. The Libyan President said it was not in reaction to the movie. Several intelligence operatives are now telling us it was Al Quaeda. Really? How smart do you have to be to immediately draw a link between a heavily armed attack on a U.S. facility on September 11th and Al Quaeda? Only five days ago, the President himself was still telling us it was that darn movie. We have to face it. Whatever his reasons, whatever the political implications, whatever nuance you want to attach, and no matter how much of a likeable guy you might think the President is, he saw fit to lie to us. This is “the moment.”

Why is it that moral people place such a premium on telling the truth? Why do we make such a big deal out of teaching our kids to tell the truth? What is it about a lie that is just so toxic? It’s really simple. Thousands of years of experience have taught humanity that, once trust is broken, it is almost impossible to get it back as all kinds of thoughts flood in. “What else has he been lying about?” “Do I really know this person anymore?” And most importantly for the remainder of this election season, “Can I ever really believe him again?”

As in any election, the voters sit as a sort of jury and decide whose “testimony” they believe. Both campaigns will present their version of several critical issues and, with facts being twisted into almost unrecognizable shapes, it can become difficult for the voter to know who to believe. Voters now have one fact to file away to help them make their decision. They know for sure one of the candidates has lied to them before.

The Libya cover up will not be carried in any meaningful way by the mainstream media. That might be harmful to their chosen one. The only way this story will get to those who need to hear it is if we spread it in through the new media. Please share this with anyone you think may be remotely on the fence so that they may properly consider the believability of future claims coming from the White House. The moment has come.

 

Top Ten Campaign Lies

Posted by GB on September 27, 2012
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As we head for the debates and the home stretch of the 2012 elections, here’s a quick look at my top ten lies you are likely to hear most often.

1. The auto bailouts saved GM, Chrysler, and the entire auto industry.

“Chrysler” no longer exists except as a nameplate for Fiat. Whatever valuable assets they had (which weren’t many) were just sold, name included. GM is still on a path of failure and their bailout is likely to cost taxpayers $35 billion. Ford did not take one dime and is just fine. Likewise for BMW, Volvo, Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and all other auto makers who build in the U.S. A conventional bankruptcy would have accomplished the same thing, just without handing over ownership of GM to the unions while seizing the assets of private investors. Oh, wait a minute….. maybe that was the point.

2. There is an economic “recovery” under way; just a slow one.

There is $2 trillion in corporate cash sitting on the sidelines. No one is investing, no one is hiring, and no one is going to make a move with the Obamacare booby trap ready to activate in 2014 on top of the already venomous anti-business climate created by Washington.

3. The economic “crisis” inherited by President Obama was caused by a lack of regulation.

The housing collapse (and the ensuing crisis) is directly connected to liberal government policies and overregulation which forced banks to give mortgages to people who everyone knew could not pay them back. (Turning point: Bill Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, threatening banks with legal action if they did not meet “quotas”). On top of that, Democrats knew about the problems, were warned in 2004, and disregarded the warnings for political reasons. You can see that here on C-SPAN:  http://youtu.be/Yga7TlsA-1A

 4. Our massive deficit is due to George Bush’s two “unpaid for wars.”

In 2007, with both wars at their height, George Bush posted a deficit of $161 billion. This year’s deficit is nearly TEN times that! In his first 60 days, President Obama added enough debt to run both wars for seven years and ended his first year with a deficit roughly three times Bush’s worst year. Current deficits include the revenue for Obamacare but not the cost of services provided (that begins next year). The price tag for Obamacare was supposed to be roughly $800 billion. By the government’s own statistics, that price tag has more than tripled since and it hasn’t even gone into effect yet. President Obama will have added more debt in his term than all previous Presidents combined. Our deficit has little to do with funding wars.

5. The “Bush tax cuts” are a major cause of the deficit and must be undone.

First of all, they are not “tax cuts.” They have been the tax rates for nearly 10 years. When instituted in 2003, tax money coming into the government went up to record highs for the next 4 years and every single measurement of economic health went up sharply.

6. “We have created…. “x” million jobs in the last “x” months.”

Whenever you hear this take a minute and do some math. It would have taken 150,000 jobs per month every month just to keep up with population growth and college graduations. Whatever number they’re quoting will be more like drowning than “treading water.” This is also, at the very least, disingenuous in that they are telling you about only the jobs created. At the same time jobs are created, jobs are being lost. The only number that matters is the “net” total and that is a number you will not hear them or the lapdog press ever mention.

7. Raising tax rates by any amount will help address the debt.

If the President gets his way on his current proposal for “taxing the rich” the additional revenue would last a total of three or four days. If he could raise the tax rate to 100% (take it all) for everyone making over $200K it would last a few months. And then what? It’s the spending stupid.

8. It’s not fair that “the wealthy” pay tax rates of 15%.

This one is outrageous. The 15% refers to the capital gains rate which applies to investments. This money has already been taxed once either as personal or corporate income so this is the second time the same money has been taxed! It is also possible that this investment money could go down in value or be lost entirely. A good response to this one is to ask a liberal if he/she would like the same tax rate on their paycheck if it was possible they could lose it all.

9. Each and every announcement of the unemployment rate.

Whatever number you hear on the evening news is calculated with nearly 60 million unemployed not being counted. The labor force participation rate is near an all-time low. The tens of millions who have given up or stopped looking “do not count” according to the current method. When you hear 8.1% as you did at last report, know that, if we were keeping score the same way it was kept for George Bush, the rate is 11.4%.

10. Any opposition to President Obama is racially motivated.

Nonsense. There are a vast number of legitimate policy reasons why more and more Americans want this President gone…. Obamacare, the debt, sidestepping the Constitution, overregulation, a crippled economy, a shrinking dollar, weak foreign policy, demonization of success……… the list could go on. It is highly more likely that most Americans want him gone because he’s red rather than because he’s black.

And just to throw one in for good measure….

11. The attacks on Sept 11th in Libya were caused by Muslim outrage over a film trailer.

Really? How stupid do they think we are?

Apologies if I happened to miss one of your favorites. This list could’ve easily been a “Top 50.”