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“I Just Want To Work”

I will not, nor can I, add anything more to this article………………..”you will have to read it, to find out what is in it”!!!!

Transcript: Romney’s speech to the Clinton Global Initiative

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 25, 2012 09:35 AM

Mitt Romney spoke to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. All three major networks broadcast the speech live. He name-checked the Muslim Brotherhood, noting that Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is a member. Here’s a transcript of his prepared remarks:

If there’s one thing we’ve learned this election season, it’s that a few words from Bill Clinton can do any man a lot of good. After that introduction, I guess all I have to do is wait a day or two for the bounce.

Since serving as President here in America, President Clinton has devoted himself to lifting the downtrodden around the world. One of the best things that can happen to any cause, to any people, is to have Bill Clinton as its advocate. That is how needy and neglected causes have become global initiatives. It is that work that invites us here today.

As I have watched the astounding impact of this Initiative from afar, I have been impressed by the extraordinary power you have derived by harnessing together different people of different backgrounds, and different institutions of different persuasions. You have fashioned partnerships across traditional boundaries — public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, charitable and commercial.

On a smaller scale, I have seen partnerships like this work before. In Massachusetts, two social pioneers brought corporations and government and volunteers together to form City Year, the model for Americorps. I sat with then candidate for President Bill Clinton as he investigated the life-changing successes which occurred when young people came together for a year of service, linked in teams with corporate sponsors. Then, as the head of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, I saw again the stunning success than comes when the disparate elements of a community join together in unity, to overcome challenges that had seemed insurmountable before.

The Clinton Global Initiative has also demonstrated the effectiveness of entrepreneurship and social enterprise. You endeavor to not only comfort the afflicted, but to also change lives thorough freedom, free enterprise, and the incomparable dignity of work.

Free enterprise has done more to bless humanity than any other economic system not only because it is the only system that creates a prosperous middle class, but also because it is the only system where the individual enjoys the freedom to guide and build his or her own life. Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people.

Ours is a compassionate nation. We look around us and see withering suffering. Our hearts break. While we make up just 4.5 percent of the world’s population, we donate nearly a quarter of all global foreign aid—more than twice as much as any other country. And Americans give more than money. Pastors like Rick Warren lead mission trips that send thousands of Americans around the world, bringing aid and comfort to the poorest places on the planet. American troops are first on the scene of natural disasters. An earthquake strikes Haiti and care packages from America are among the first to arrive – and not far behind are former Presidents Clinton and Bush.

But too often our passion for charity is tempered by our sense that our aid is not always effective. We see stories of cases where American aid has been diverted to corrupt governments. We wonder why years of aid and relief seem never to extinguish the hardship, why the suffering persists decade after decade.

Perhaps some of our disappointments are due to our failure to recognize just how much the developing world has changed. Many of our foreign aid efforts were designed at a time when government development assistance accounted for roughly 70 percent of all resources flowing to developing nations. Today, 82 percent of the resources flowing into the developing world come from the private sector. If foreign aid can leverage this massive investment by private enterprise, it may exponentially expand the ability to not only care for those who suffer, but also to change lives.

Private enterprise is having a greater and greater positive impact in the developing world. The John Deere Company embarked upon a pilot project in Africa where it developed a suite of farm tools that could be attached to a very small tractor. John Deere has also worked to expand the availability of capital to farmers so they can maintain and develop their businesses. The result has been a good investment for John Deere and greater opportunity for African farmers, who are now able to grow more crops, and to provide for more plentiful lives.

For American foreign aid to become more effective, it must embrace the power of partnerships, access the transformative nature of free enterprise, and leverage the abundant resources that can come from the private sector.

There are three, quite legitimate, objects of our foreign aid.

First, to address humanitarian need. Such is the case with the PEPFAR initiative, which has given medical treatment to millions suffering from HIV and AIDS.

Second, to foster a substantial United States strategic interest, be it military, diplomatic, or economic.

And there is a third purpose, one that will receive more attention and a much higher priority in a Romney Administration. And that is aid that elevates people and brings about lasting change in communities and in nations.

Many Americans are troubled by the developments in the Middle East. Syria has witnessed the killing of tens of thousands of people. The president of Egypt is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Our Ambassador to Libya was assassinated in a terrorist attack. And Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons capability. We feel that we are at the mercy of events, rather than shaping events.

I am often asked why, and what can we do to lead the Middle East to stability, to ease the suffering and the anger and the hate.

Religious extremism is certainly part of the problem. But that’s not the whole story.

The population of the Middle East is young, particularly compared with the population of the West. And typically, these young people have few job prospects and the levels of youth unemployment across the region are excessive and chronic. In nations that have undergone a change in leadership recently, young people have greater access to information that was once carefully guarded by tyrants and dictators. They see the good as well as the bad in surrounding societies. They can now organize across vast regions, mobilizing populations. Idle, humiliated by poverty, and crushed by government corruption, their frustration and anger grows.

In such a setting, for America to change lives, to change communities and nations in the Middle East, foreign aid must also play a role. And the shape that role should take was brought into focus by the life and death of Muhammed Bouazizi of Tunisia, the street vendor whose self-immolation sparked the Arab Spring.

He was just 26-years-old. He had provided for his family since he was a young boy. He worked a small fruit stand, selling to passers-by. The regular harassment by corrupt bureaucrats was elevated one day when they took crates of his fruit and his weighing scales away from him.

On the day of his protest, witnesses say that an officer slapped Bouazizi and he cried out, “Why are you doing this to me? I’m a simple person, and I just want to work.”

I just want to work.  (emphasis mine)

Work. That must be at the heart of our effort to help people build economies that can create jobs for people, young and old alike. Work builds self-esteem. It transforms minds from fantasy and fanaticism to reality and grounding. Work will not long tolerate corruption nor quietly endure the brazen theft by government of the product of hard-working men and women.

To foster work and enterprise in the Middle East and in other developing countries, I will initiate “Prosperity Pacts.” Working with the private sector, the program will identify the barriers to investment, trade, and entrepreneurialism in developing nations. In exchange for removing those barriers and opening their markets to U.S. investment and trade, developing nations will receive U.S. assistance packages focused on developing the institutions of liberty, the rule of law, and property rights.

We will focus our efforts on small and medium-size businesses. Microfinance has been an effective tool at promoting enterprise and prosperity, but we must expand support to small and medium-size businesses that are too large for microfinance, but too small for traditional banks.

The aim of a much larger share of our aid must be the promotion of work and the fostering of free enterprise. Nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insight that lies at the foundation of America’s own economy–free people pursuing happiness in their own ways build a strong and prosperous nation.

When I was in business, I traveled to many other countries. I was often struck by the vast difference in wealth among nations. True, some of that was due to geography. Rich countries often had natural resources like mineral deposits or ample waterways. But in some cases, all that separated a rich country from a poor one was a faint line on a map. Countries that were physically right next to each other were economically worlds apart. Just think of North and South Korea.

I became convinced that the crucial difference between these countries wasn’t geography. I noticed the most successful countries shared something in common. They were the freest. They protected the rights of the individual. They enforced the rule of law. And they encouraged free enterprise. They understood that economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty – and kept people out of poverty.

A temporary aid package can jolt an economy. It can fund some projects. It can pay some bills. It can employ some people some of the time. But it can’t sustain an economy—not for long. It can’t pull the whole cart—because at some point, the money runs out.

But an assistance program that helps unleash free enterprise creates enduring prosperity. Free enterprise is based on mutual exchange—or, rather, millions of exchanges—millions of people trading, buying, selling, building, investing. Yes, it has its ups and downs. It isn’t perfect. But it’s more durable. It’s more reliable. And ultimately, as history shows, it’s more successful.

The best example of the good free enterprise can do for the developing world is the example of the developed world itself. My friend Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute has pointed out that before the year 1800, living standards in the West were appalling. A person born in the eighteenth century lived essentially as his great-great-grandfather had. Life was filled with disease and danger.

But starting in 1800, the West began two centuries of free enterprise and trade. Living standards rose. Literacy spread. Health improved. In our own country, between 1820 and 1998, real per capita GDP increased twenty-two-fold.

As the most prosperous nation in history, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running—to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity to all corners of the earth. We should do it because it’s the right moral course to help others.

But it is also economically the smart thing to do. In our export industries, the typical job pays above what comparable workers make in other industries, and more than one-third of manufacturing jobs are tied to exports. Sadly, we have lost over half a million manufacturing jobs over the last three and a half years.

As president, I will reverse this trend by ensuring we have trade that works for America. I will negotiate new trade agreements, ask Congress to reinstate Trade Promotion Authority, complete negotiations to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and create what I call a “Reagan Economic Zone,” where any nation willing to play by the rules can participate in a new community committed to fair and free trade.

I’ve laid out a new approach for a new era. We’ll couple aid with trade and private investment to empower individuals, encourage innovators, and reward entrepreneurs.

Today, we face a world with unprecedented challenges and complexities. We should not forget—and cannot forget—that not far from here, a voice of unspeakable evil and hatred has spoken out, threatening Israel and the civilized world. But we come together knowing that the bitterness of hate is no match for the strength of love.

In the weeks ahead, I will continue to speak to these challenges and the opportunities that this moment presents us. I will go beyond foreign assistance and describe what I believe America’s strategy should be to secure our interests and ideals during this uncertain time.

A year from now, I hope to return to this meeting as president, having made substantial progress toward achieving the reforms I’ve outlined. But I also hope to remind the world of the goodness and the bigness of the American heart. I will never apologize for America. I believe that America has been one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever known. We can hold that knowledge in our hearts with humility and unwavering conviction.

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you all very much.

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Seek Truth And Report It !!!!!!!!!!!!

With only 42 days left until the election that will determine the future for our children and grandchildren, time is of the essence.  I am on a mission to share the “best of the best” political articles and videos from some of the many websites and blogs that I read each day.  It is my hope that the information they contain will provide food for thought as you weigh the merits of each of the arguments for any given topic.  Clicking on the imbedded links will assist you in gathering more information about specific details as well as clarifying the veracity of the author’s message.  The following article touched on a subject which frustrates me a great deal.  The author of this piece gives voice to the concerns that I have about the moral neglect in the media to seek the truth, and to report and interpret information in an honest and fair manner.

The second article is also well worth the read, in my very humble opinion.

A Few Questions for ABC-NBC-CBS-NYT-NPR-CNN-WASHPO-LAT

You’re the elite, the cream of the national press corps (That’s pronounced “core” rather than “corpse,” which the president botched recently, but which you all found far less important than the “e” that’s not at the end of potato when a Republican VP stumbled). Thanks for coming. I invited you here to ask when’s the last time any of you fearless pros asked the president as direct and challenging a question as these two hardballs he faced last week at Univision, the Spanish language network:

“I think up to 100 Mexicans might have died (in Operation Fast and Furious) and also American agent Brian Terry. There’s a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation, but shouldn’t the attorney general, Eric Holder…have known about that and if he didn’t, should you fire him?”

“You promised [immigration reform] and a promise is a promise. And with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.”

Those are some respectful zingers doing just what the press is supposed to: holding political leaders accountable for their words and actions. So, can you think of any tough question you’ve put to him lately? As in, sometime this term?

You don’t really want to look like lap dog sycophants, do you?  Good. Then here are a few suggestions:

Ask him if his policies toward the Middle East may have contributed to current violence there.

Specifically, did his decision to pressure Mubarak out of Egypt and to forcibly remove Qaddafi from Libya enable radical elements hostile to the US to rise to power?

Ask him if his overall approach to engaging the Muslim world has produced positive results.

Ask him why, after the attacks on Egyptian, Libyan, and other embassies, his administration immediately asserted the fiction they were spontaneous demonstrations of religious grievance at an obscure internet clip critical of Mohammed.

Ask why for over a week it denied there was a deliberate targeting of America by terrorist groups on the anniversary of September 11th.  Ask him if it’s true the State Department had warnings of likely attacks in the Middle East at least 48 hours before they occurred.

Ask him, with or without warnings, why are American embassies in some of the most dangerous places on earth essentially unguarded? Will secretary of State Clinton be held accountable for this failure to protect American personnel?

Speaking of Obama team players, will any of you professional skeptics ask Harry Reid if he plans to apologize to Mitt Romney for falsely accusing him of paying no taxes for 10 years? And if he doesn’t, then why not?

Will any of you ask the president how he can serve all Americans, as he pointedly told David Letterman is his job, if he doesn’t even know what the national debt is or what he has added to it?

When the president declares he “saved the auto industry,” will you ask him if he thinks Ford Motor Company and the American plants of Toyota, Honda, and Nissan aren’t also part of the American auto industry?

Ask him—if Chrysler and GM couldn’t pay their bills–what he thinks would have happened if bankruptcy law had been allowed to operate in a normal way?  Would Americans’ demand for cars have been less? Wouldn’t Chrysler’s and GM’s assets have been sold in an orderly way to leaner competitors or start-up companies, who would have created new jobs and joined other suppliers to serve the American market?

Will you ask if it isn’t it more accurate to say he saved the ruinous pay, benefits, and pensions of the United Auto Workers that GM and Chrysler employed, and did it by lawlessly ripping equity out of the hands of secured creditors and bondholders and gifting it to the labor unions?

And, isn’t it true that the happy talk a while back about GM paying back its loans was highly misleading, as in essentially false? That wasn’t income from auto sales, was it, just federal stimulus grants that GM turned around and handed back to the government? And don’t taxpayers still hold a major chunk of GM ownership in billions of devalued stock? And isn’t the company’s survival still very much in doubt?

Will you ask him if this is really a success story, or likely a terribly costly, vote-buying boondoggle that just hasn’t played out yet?

Those are just a few starters. If you all think about it, there are a lot of fastballs you could throw over the left edge of the plate—if your peripheral vision reaches there.

For those of you who would like to test the waters of the “alternative” media and discover “independent” thinking versus “group” thinking please read the following article which will present a great number of media sites to check out:


July 14, 2012

Yes, Virginia, There Is Truth in Media

By Betsy M. Galliher

A smart, savvy high school student recently asked me to recommend some sources for real news, or what is commonly found in new media — truth.  For most readers, it is a long-held foregone conclusion that mainstream media is little more than a mouthpiece of the left — celebrity wannabes clinging to the coattails of the ruling class elite.  And yet, far too many of our youth and, far more startlingly, right-of-center adults are still dangerously unaware that the mainstream media of old is a wholly unnecessary exercise in head-banging frustration.  Yes, Virginia, there really is another media.  The media.  Maybe it’s time we spell out how to get there.

For all the lessons youth have crammed down their throats by leftist teachers, MTV, Steven Colbert, and even Planned Parenthood, the ideals of conservatism are largely, if not entirely, left to parents.  This is not exactly a news flash.  But it does make it all the more alarming that so many adults are still in the dark when it comes to finding reliable, truthful news without spin and without the taint of progressivism.  There really is a media that exposed the coming fundamental transformation at the hands of a composite fraud long before youth voted for him in droves in 2008, and long before David Maraniss came along and made even old media scratch its collective head for the first time in years.  For Maraniss, it’s one thing to expose embellishment (lies) for the sake of narrative — a deception that is practically the left’s modus operandi — and there’s missing the forest for the cover of a few trees.  Because the truth is, the ultimate Barack-Barry-Soetero-Hussein-Obama fraud, as Maraniss fails to report, is that Obama didn’t actually write his auto-biography (autobiographies), so much as close friend and terrorist Bill Ayers did, as has been exhaustively and expertly established by author Jack Cashill, at American Thinker and elsewhere.  If this is news to you, it’s time you had a blueprint for finding real media, no matter your generation.

Dictating thought is virtually protocol to the left, so I don’t presume to borrow their pulpit.  New media thinks far too much of your ability to reason, as do I, to consider offering anything more than friendly suggestion on your new path to information.  I certainly don’t have the blueprint, and this is far from an exhaustive list.  The only thing to really remember is there is no path to truth, and certainly to conservatism, through old media.  We can talk fair and balanced until the cows come home, but there’s simply none to be found between the right and wrong.  Compromise with communists still begets only communism, if only in very small and incremental doses.

First, let’s get one big question out of the way — why are we still having this conversation?  Why are so many smart friends, under no delusions of mainstream impartiality, still wading through old media looking for glimmers of hope amid the inept, and nearly defunct, cesspool?  How is it that a friend was aghast to only just discover honor killings and female genital mutilation under Islamic law?  How can Republican friends, by no means Obama supporters, herald Mrs. Obama’s garden, wholly unaware that the Obamas plant the illusion of personal responsibility with one hand and sow millions of new food stamp recipients with the other?  Why, on the day John Roberts betrayed the Constitution and the American people, did I leave a lunch meeting almost more distraught over my companions’ reactions than Roberts’s decision itself?  One lunch partner was equally devastated by the Court’s decision, but resigned to his fate.  What can I do about it?  Two admitted that they simply can’t stomach mainstream news of any kind, and are thus all too happy to concede willful ignorance, which they prefer to call ignorant bliss.  And my last lunch partner, in what seemed a scene from the Twilight Zone, asked, “What’s ObamaCare?”

If I may, let’s begin with making sure both parent and child know one simple truth about the old media company they still keep.  Take again, for example, ObamaCare — a tyrannical tax behemoth and an egregious constitutional breach of the limits of federal government, passed by the vilest political maneuvering in history, against the will of the people.  Unless ObamaCare is repealed in its entirety, doctors will flee or practice medicine according to bureaucratic dictate, private insurers will implode, joblessness will increase, and states’ rights and what we know of individual liberty will be a thing of the past as much as actual medicine.  ObamaCare makes every person from his birth to his death property of the state, and the IRS the enforcement mafia.  This is fact.  Not that you would ever know ObamaCare was anything more than free health care from the land of magic government fairies for the gazillions of poor and put-upon denied medical care, according to old media.

Now think for a moment that following Robert’s decision, not one conservative, or any of the majority of this country that opposes Obamacare, took to the streets to pillage.  Not one conservative occupied anything, nor demanded the fruits of another’s labor.  John Roberts didn’t receive death threats, and no one camped on his front lawn and threatened his children’s lives.  This seems like good company to keep.  And yet, it is those who oppose government-run health care, wealth redistribution, runaway entitlements, rewriting the Constitution, crippling taxation, and tyranny over liberty who are the uncivil according to old media: Republicans, conservatives, Sarah Palin, Christians, opponents of illegal immigration, the Tea Party, gun owners, the military, and pro-life advocates.  Truth be told, barbaric behavior is the sole property of the left, and that includes its media.  This is not company you wish to keep, let alone those from whom you should receive information — any information.

So — here goes.  It is not my intention to highlight any particular new media, much of which has been around for some time — print, blog, radio, or otherwise — and with none of which I have any association, other than American Thinker, which I unashamedly believe to be one of the best op-ed sites around.  Once you really begin to find your way around new media, click on other links you find listed from site to site, and find your own favorites.  Old media does make for some near-hilarity as it attempts to deny bias and spin the economic and jobless misery it aids and abets.  Think Andrea Mitchell stammering her way through economic fallacy.  Brent Bozell has been hard at work for many years exposing the inanities.  For the highlights, peruse his site, NewsBusters.

Read the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and bookmark it on your computer for easy access.  It is an especially useful source for college students who will notice all too soon to which media most of their professors are beholden.  Investor’s Business Daily is another excellent op-ed site.  Michael Ramirez’s brilliant cartoon on that same page puts the absurdity of liberalism in perspective as well as any editorial.  These are some personal blog favorites you might consider: Lucianne, Michelle Malkin, Mark Steyn, Drudge Report, Badblue, Fox Nation, Legal Insurrection, HotAir, Breitbart’s Big Government, Townhall, Daily Caller, Real Clear Politics, Gateway Pundit, Red State, Right Wing News, Pajamas Media, PowerLine, and American Thinker.  You certainly won’t agree with every conservative, nor should you.  But it will be an education no matter what you eventually call your comfortable new media home.  And you will find you are among more friends than the MSM led you to believe you had.

There are phenomenal writers at American Spectator, Weekly Standard, National Review, American Conservative, and Human Events, to name a few in print medium.  All have websites.  A few of my favorite writers include Quinn Hilyer, Paul Rahe, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, Andrew McCarthy, Shelby Steele, John Fund, Katie Pavlich, Kimberley Strassel, and Dinesh D’Souza.

Study Islam and the threat of sharia law under the tutelage of the great Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch, Pamela Gellar at Atlas Shrugs, or Brigitte Gabriel at Act! For America.

The organizations working on behalf of conservatives are an invaluable resource: the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, the Hudson Institute, Cato, FreedomWorks, Ludwig von Mises Institute, John Birch Society, Hoover Institution, and Hillsdale College, to name just a few.  Read Hillsdale’s Imprimis newsletter.  And read conservative authors — the greats, such as Frédéric Bastiat; Milton Friedman; Hayek; de Tocqueville; William F. Buckley, Jr.; and anything by Thomas Sowell.  If you don’t know where to start, try Thomas Sowell’s Intellectuals and Society, Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, or Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny.

Follow — or better yet, join — the TEA Party.  Know what it really stands for — not just the imbecilic, racist picture old media and Saturday Night Live paint.  Listen to Rush Limbaugh.  No matter what you believe him to be, Limbaugh is still the standard-bearer of truth in the muddied political world.  Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, and Dennis Miller are other good conservative radio choices.  Just beware the conservative who speaks from the borrowed grandiose Greek columns so loved by Barack Obama.  They can be a bit of a distraction, considering that the message of conservatism itself speaks volumes.

Because conservatives are not as humorless as the old media would like you to believe, enjoy the brilliant satire of David Burge at Iowahawk (as well as his Twitter feed), I Own The World, Weasel Zippers, Sunny TV, and the incomparable wit of Mark Steyn.  Call it civil disobedience.

Finally, beware what is easily mistaken — likely the intention — for reliable media.  Those who claim to be above the fray — who shirk “divisive” labels, claiming moral, middle high ground — Third Way, Americans Elect, NO Labels.  Many of them claim conservatives among their ranks, but they are progressive fronts — as incapable of real compromise as any leftist, despite their rhetoric.  For that matter, write off any organization that has “open” anywhere in its title.  It is almost always funded by George Soros.

With a few noted exceptions (Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, or Allen West, for example) even most teens are smarter than those elected to rule — excuse me, serve — and that includes at least five Supreme Court justices.  You deserve a media that respects your intelligence, protects your liberty, and speaks truth to power, even if it takes a bit more effort to seek it out.  It’s really quite simple — without the media, you would never know what the old media is keeping from you.  And our representative republic simply will not survive such ignorance.

It’s a brave new media world out there, but don’t just take my word for it.  I will never lead some to that water, but thinkers, like you, will glory in the refreshment.  Enjoy your journey.

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