Posts Tagged Mitt Romney
And so it begins…………….a new period in the life of a “right-wing nut”!!!! Following a lengthy discussion with someone whose opinion I greatly respect, it was suggested to me that I try to be a bit more positive in presenting my case for change this election.
Understanding that any one individual candidate or public official can not possibly fulfill every voter’s dream, and admitting that I am not as educated on every political issue or candidate as I would like to be, or should be, I offer only this…………………………… that in my somewhat exhaustive search to understand the character, the beliefs and the values of the various individuals who are either in office or running for office, I have very methodically come to the conclusion that the current leadership is the direct antithesis to that which I believe in morally and ethically.
To those very points, I begin by presenting the following article which provides so much more than a simple narrative…………………they are words from real people who were real recipients of the real character of the “real” Romney………………..
The highlights of the last day of the convention, for me, were the ordinary people who spoke of the impact of Mitt Romney in their lives. I wish these speeches had been prime-time, and that every wavering voter could see them. This is what kindness looks like. This is the supposedly uncaring, greedy, rich bastard in action.
Grant Bennett, a fellow volunteer pastor at the Romney’s Massachusetts church, explained that while building his business and earning his millions and raising five boys, Romney volunteered two evenings a week and every weekend — ten, fifteen, twenty hours a week — in acts of personal service and pastoral counseling.
He met with those seeking help with the burdens of real life…unemployment, sickness, financial distress, loneliness…single mothers raising children, couples with marital problems, youths with addictions, immigrants…individuals whose heat had been shut off.
Typical of Mitt Romney, he let others give the sermons. He did the work. He did not delegate kindness: Mitt shoveled snow for the elderly, brought meals to the sick. He led by example. “Mitt’s response to all who came was compassion in all its beautiful varieties. He had a listening ear and a helping hand.”
“I treasure every minute we served together,” sums up Bennett.
I can hear Democrats scoffing. Bennett obviously loves Romney as his mentor and friend. That is just the point. Bennett worked with Romney for “thousands of hours over many years” and took over the job when Romney left. Romney earned Bennett’s love and respect and loyalty by his empathic, compassionate love of and service for his fellows.
Then we heard from Pat and Ted Oparowski. “Evening ,folks. My wife and I are people of modest means. I made my living as a professional firefighter for 27 years.” There followed rip-your-heart-out testimony about the many tender kindnesses of Mitt Romney to their 14-year-old son, David, dying of cancer, thirty years ago. The cameras panned over an entire convention hall in tears.
I felt keenly that these bereaved parents were on stage because they want the country to benefit from the blessings a deeply good and kind President Romney will bring to us all. Love of family, gratitude to Mitt, and love of country brought them to that stage.
“The memories are still painful, but we wanted to share them with you, because David’s story is part of Mitt’s story, and America deserves to hear it. …the true measure of a man is revealed in the …quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters. This is the time to make that assessment.”
Romney arranged a fireworks party on the beach to bring David a time of joy; he gave him solace and respect by helping David write a will, to leave his prized possessions to his best friend and brother. “How many men do you know who take time out of their busy life to visit a terminally ill fourteen-year-old?” asked Pat, the boy’s mother. “We will ever be grateful to Mitt for his love and concern.”
Next, we hear from another congregant who became a personal friend of the Romneys, Pam Finlayson. She started with a simple but telling anecdote. Mitt Romney, captain of industry, folding laundry in a spontaneous act of helpfulness. If only people would hear Pam talk, Democrat caricatures of Romney as a cold-hearted man, out of touch with ordinary people, would be seen as the shameful lies they are.
I knew Mitt was special from the start. We didn’t own a dryer, and the day he stopped by to welcome us, I was embarrassed to have laundry hanging all over the house. Mitt wasn’t fazed. In fact, as we spoke, without a word, he joined me and started helpfully plucking clothes from round the room and folding them. By the time Mitt left, not only did I feel welcome, my laundry was done!
Pam and her husband had a very ill premature baby.
As I sat with her in intensive care, consumed with a mother’s worry and fear, dear Mitt came to visit and pray with me….I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back. I could tell immediately that he didn’t just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl…
When Thanksgiving rolled around, Kate was still struggling for life. Brain surgery was scheduled, and the holiday was the furthest thing from our minds. I opened my door to find Mitt and his boys, arms loaded with a Thanksgiving feast. Of course we were overcome. When I called to thank Ann, she sweetly confessed it had been Mitt’s idea, that most of the cooking and chopping had been done by him. She and the boys had just happily pitched in.
It seems to me when it comes to loving our neighbor, we can talk about it, or we can live it. The Romney’s live it every single day.
… It is with great excitement and a renewed hope, to know that our country will be blessed as it is led by a man who is not only so accomplished and capable, but who has devoted his entire life quietly serving others. That man is Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney is known in his personal circles for his lifelong acts of reaching out a helping hand — ordinary, human to human, personal acts of kindness that are all about empathy and fellow-feeling.
Everyone who knows Romney in the church community seems to have a story about him and his family pitching in to help in ways big and small. They took chicken and asparagus soup to sick parishioners. They invited unsettled Mormon transplants in their home for lasagna.
One Saturday, Grant Bennett got up on a ladder outside his two-story [house] intent on dislodging a hornets’ nest. . . .The hornets went right at him, and he fell off the ladder, breaking his foot. . . .About nine thirty that Sunday night, Romney reappeared. Only this time, it was dark out. Romney was in jeans and a polo shirt instead of his suit, and he was carrying a bucket, a piece of hose, and a couple of screwdrivers. “He said, ‘I noticed you hadn’t gotten rid of the hornets,” Bennett recalled. “I said, ‘Mitt you don’t need to do that.’ He said, I’m here, and I’m going to do it. . .You demonstrated that doing it on a ladder is not a good idea.'” Romney went at it from inside the house, opening a window enough to dislodge it. Soon the hornets were gone.
When a neighbor’s 12-year-old son died, Romney organized the effort to build a playground in his name and then led the cleanup crew to maintain it. When a neighbor’s house caught on fire, he organized neighbors to run in and save his belongings.
Two sons of Mark and Sheryl Nixon broke their necks in a car accident on their way home from a Mormon youth activity …. Both Rob and Reed Nixon were quadriplegics. After hospitalization and rehabilitation, the boys were home with their parents on the morning before Christmas when Mitt and Ann Romney showed up with their sons. The Romneys did not know them personally but had heard about the accident and the need to remodel their home to make it more accessible for the two sons. The Romneys brought a stereo for Rob and a check for Reed. Mitt told Mark Nixon he would pay for his sons’ college educations if necessary, and he continued to give the family support financially. … “What is more important to me than the dollar amount is that Mitt could have sent the checks in the mail instead of taking time out and coming over to see us,” Mark Nixon says. “I’m much more impressed with the family values he demonstrated and what it says about who Mitt is.”
And then there is this extraordinary story. When a partner at work told Romney his 14-year-old daughter had snuck off to a rave party in New York, taken ecstasy, and disappeared, Romney shut down Bain and organized 200 employees to fly down to New York to find her. Thanks to Romney’s signature leadership and competence, they did. But it all began with Romney’s core character: his loving concern, self-confidence, and taking responsibility himself to get things done right.
Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott. He hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with New York City police. …Romney and others from Bain Capital trudged through Manhattan, even scouring Central Park, and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – to try to develop leads.
The man who helped save my daughter was Mitt Romney. Mitt’s done a lot of things that people say are nearly impossible. But, for me, the most important thing he’s ever done is to help save my daughter.
These are the sorts of good deeds Ann Romney was referring to in her convention speech, when she said her husband does not believe in boasting about how he helps people.
This is important. I want you to hear what I am going to say. Mitt does not like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. We are no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don’t do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy.
Democrats want us all to know that Mitt was born rich, as if that disqualifies him from being an excellent president. Romney inherited a fortune from his father, who was an all-American rags-to-riches story, a working man who never graduated college and went on to head American Motors. But listen to this: Mitt Romney turned around and gave away every dime he inherited to charity, honoring his father’s memory by funding a school of management in his honor. I’ve never heard of anyone who has done that — give away his entire inheritance.
Mitt earned his own wealth, and he has always been generous with his money. Both Mitt and Ann have volunteered and given prodigiously their whole lives. Mitt and Ann gave away 13%-19% of their income the last two years. That is two to three times the norm for philanthropy.
Giving to their church heads the Romney list. The Democrats want to make tithing sound like a bad thing, something required and therefore meaningless. The Mormon church should be honored and famous for its charitable efforts. From 1985 to 2009, for example, Mormons donated over a billion dollars to humanitarian aid in 178 countries.
In addition to giving to and through the Mormon Church, the Romneys’ main donations are to cure cancer, multiple sclerosis, and cystic fibrosis; to help the blind; and to help disadvantaged inner-city youths and disabled youths. They have given to libraries, to AIDS victims, to Harvard. In addition, Romney in 1997 created and led the Bain Capital Children’s Charity Ltd., which spends more than $1 million annually on youths. Romney served for years on Boston’s City Year, a group that works to help at-risk kids stay in school and graduate.
The Romney family commitment to help underprivileged children dates back to when Ann and her five boys saw a vehicle carrying a group of boys to a Massachusetts Department of Youth Services detention center. Ann became a remarkable volunteer.
She was a director of the inner-city group Best Friends, for teenage girls. She was a volunteer for the Ten Point Coalition for urban youths and for Families First, a parent education program. She was a volunteer instructor of middle-school girls at the multicultural Mother Caroline Academy in Boston.
She served on the board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, again focusing her work on at-risk youth. By 1996, she was a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Board of Stand for Children.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics effort, she co-chaired the Olympic Aid charity, which provides athletic activities and programs for children in war-torn regions.
Charitable giving does reveal who a person is. Romney went to the NAACP to deliver this message, in a speech that received several standing ovations, but I doubt anyone there knew that the Romneys have been helping the black community for many years.
Some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African-American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between.
But there is another reason: I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color – and families of any color – more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president.
The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich. Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I am elected or not. The President wants to make this a campaign about blaming the rich. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class.
I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help.
The Democrats are right in one thing. Mitt Romney is not an ordinary person.
Romney is an unusual man in every way — unusually ambitious, unusually capable, unusually wealthy, unusually kind, unusually compassionate, unusually generous, unusually dedicated to serving his community and country. He is an unusually wonderful friend and neighbor.
He has earned a level of love, loyalty, respect, and admiration most of us only imagine — has earned them by his good deeds. Not just in his church, but everywhere he has participated. He worked in business and created jobs — not for a hundred, not for a thousand — for over a hundred thousand other families. Then Romney moved on to public service, where he worked without pay, to save the Olympics after 9/11, and to be governor of Massachusetts.
As governor of Massachusetts, he won intense respect and loyalty from Secretary Jane Edmonds, a liberal Democrat and a black woman, whom he chose as cabinet secretary for education and workforce training. Jane Edmond’s speech was another highlight at the convention:
He is the real thing. Authentic. Honest, transparent, and inclusive. …I wanted to be around him… where my energy, skills and talents would be channeled, along with others, towards the public good. ….The governor was in office, not for himself, or to promote himself, but for the people….During the four years I served in the cabinet, I saw him up close and personal. …He is an amazing steward and leader. … Unselfish leadership….Motivated by doing good for others. That is how I see Governor Romney. He is authentic….He brought out the best in me, and as President, he will bring out the best in our country.
Now Mitt Romney wants to be president of the United States. We are very lucky people to get the chance to elect a man of this moral caliber.
Karin McQuillan served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, wrote mystery novels set in Kenya, was a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, and contributes regularly to American Thinker.
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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.
Are you, or is someone you know and love, age 55 or older??? Are you, or is someone you know, still on the fence about whom to vote for in this election??? I ask you then to please consider reading this timely article and viewing the video which follows.
The facts that need to be before the American electorate are seldom found in the mainstream media these days and it would be unwise and unethical of the voting public to go to the polls relying solely on the narrative of the MSM talking heads. If we do not do whatever is in our power, and within our own individual capabilities, to determine the veracity of what is being disseminated over the airwaves and in the print media and social networks then shame on us! We will be contributing to a future devoid of critical thinking along with individual freedom for the next generations of Americans to self-determination. The video is an astounding visual of the 159 agencies the “Health” Care bill creates……………………..and I promise you, you will never see those details on the nightly news!!
Who Should Americans Trust as the Medicare Messenger?
By Allen West
Candidates running for election who love to use fear mongering and scare tactics to persuade voters are usually hiding their incompetency. This election cycle is no exception, and it has never been more apparent than when it comes to debating the issue of Medicare. President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill are constantly telling Americans that Republicans want to “End Medicare as we know it.” However, just by saying it does not make it true. Republicans understand that America has a responsibility to its seniors to preserve and protect Medicare and we are committed to our future generations of Americans.
What seems to get lost in the scare tactics is the simple undeniable truth that Medicare is on a pathway to bankruptcy. The Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees report has these programs going “belly up” in 2024 and 2033 respectively. Just look at the numbers. Americans pay $110,000 -$115,000 into Medicare, but receive closer to $300,000 in benefits. This simply cannot sustain itself. In addition, Medicare is rife with widespread fraud, making the system even more insolvent.
While many on the left want you to believe Republicans will end Medicare, it is the Democrat-controlled Congress that enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with plans to slash $716 billion from Medicare over the next ten years. This is not a political talking point but comes directly from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. These cuts to Medicare cannot be disputed. President Obama and the Congressional Democrats want to use Medicare as a “slush fund” to pay for their massive government expansion into healthcare. Unfortunately, the money meant for seniors’ health care will go directly into creating 159 new government agencies and bureaucracies.
The cuts include $517 billion to Part A (Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund) and $247 billion to Part B (Supplemental Medicare Insurance Trust Fund) as follows:
– $294 billion payment cuts to hospitals
– $156 billion cuts to Medicare Advantage affecting 25 percent of seniors nationwide
– $39 billion cuts to skilled nursing
– $17 billion cuts to hospice care
– $66 billion cuts to home healthcare
– $33 billion cuts to other providers
– $11 billion cuts resulting from the Independent Payment Advisory Board (the 15-member panel of unelected government bureaucrats making Medicare price control decisions).
The Democrats’ approach thus far has been to deny the facts, demonize its opponents’ solutions, and essentially do nothing. The Republicans, on the other hand, are working to solve the problem before it becomes unsolvable. The House-passed budget plan does not affect Medicare for anyone 55 years of age and older. When younger Americans become eligible, Medicare will provide a premium-support payment and a list of guaranteed coverage options, including a traditional fee-for-service option. Medicare will be determined by a competitive bidding process, helping drive down prices and improving the quality of care for our future seniors. All of this will allow recipients to choose a plan that best suits their needs.
The facts are that the House-passed budget championed by Congressman Paul Ryan actually increases spending on Medicare over the next 10 years. Through all the mudslinging and the political platitudes about who really wants to protect and preserve Medicare, the question is very simple. Whom shall Americans trust in this critical debate?
Will Americans trust those who stated, “We must pass the bill in order to know what is in the bill?”
Will Americans trust those who said the healthcare bill will only cost the American taxpayers $940 billion only to find out it now costs closer to $1.7 trillion?
Or will Americans trust those who said the individual mandate was not a tax, only to find out in order for it to be declared constitutional, the mandate must in fact be a tax?
The facts are clear. Americans should trust Conservatives. We’ve put forward a plan that protects Medicare exactly as it is for today’s seniors and preserves Medicare for our future generations.
Congressman Allen West proudly and humbly serves the constituents of Florida’s 22nd district, encompassing parts of beautiful Broward and Palm Beach Counties along South Florida’s coastline.
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
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.