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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Barack Obama, Serial Job Killer

This is a guest post by the Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Pat Mullins.

Friday the 13th was an appropriate day for Barack Obama to visit Virginia touting his new tax increase. When you look at Barack Obama’s policies, it’s just one job killing proposal after another. Let’s look at some of the worst examples of those policies in action.

"What might surprise Americans, however, is how the President is setting up the U.S. economy for one of the biggest tax increases in history in 2013." The Wall Street Journal

"Keep in mind that Mr. Obama has already signed the largest tax increase since 1993. While everyone focuses on the Bush tax rates that expire after 2012, other tax increases are already set to hit the economy thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act." The Wall Street Journal

"The medical device industry says it could lose 10 percent of its U.S. workforce because of a tax created by healthcare reform." The Hill

"So the 2013 tax cliff is a big enough economic problem that President Obama now wants to postpone it for some taxpayers. But it isn't so big that he's willing to curb his desire to raise taxes on tens of thousands of job-creating businesses. … But Mr. Obama is demanding tax increases, not tax cuts, and large increases at that."  The Wall Street Journal

For Americans who are out of work and for job creators and small businesses, President Obama has been a nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue. Let’s hope that, in November, this horror movie finally comes to an end

Obama's a Loser In SW Virginia

Boy, if there's any one thing that broadcasts defeat for Barack Obama in this part of the state come November, it's this:

Ousted Liberal Democrat Ward Armstrong and Ousted Liberal Democrat Roscoe Reynolds To Help Open Soon-to-be-Ousted Barack Obama Campaign Office In Martinsville

Creigh Deeds, Tom Periello, Rick Boucher, and Terry McAuliffe were either unavailable, out interviewing for jobs, or couldn't find Martinsville.

* With apologies to Roanoke Times reporter Michael Sluss for ... slightly altering his original headline.

A Wake-Up Call To UMW Members

You're probably as shocked as the rest of us about the fact that your union leadership has come out and endorsed the candidacy of Democrat Anthony Flaccavento in Virginia's 9th Congressional District race.

That would be environmental kook Anthony Flaccavento.

More than just a kook, though, you should know that he's one of them.  An environmentalist Democrat who's signalling his intention to join the ranks of Obama's buddies in Washington who are diligently working to bankrupt the entire mining industry.

From a Mason Adams interview in the Roanoke Times with Flaccavento’s communications director, Dave Miranda:

"Miranda said Flaccavento seeks to balance support for the coal industry with reasonable protections that will result in “breathable air, drinkable water” and a decrease in black lung among miners."

The emphasis is mine.  The intentions are about as clear as they can be.

Thanks to Obama and the Democratic Party more than 100 coal-fired power plants are being forced to close in the next few years.  To solve a problem that doesn't exist.

Environmentalists like Anthony Flaccavento have seen to that.

Your leadership in the United Mine Workers wants to give him the power to shut the rest of the plants around the country down, and throw you out of work.

This placard was seen recently over in Dickenson County.  It expresses a sentiment shared by everyone in the coalfields:

You'd do well to add the name Anthony Flaccavento to that sign.

On Obama's Visit To Roanoke

Can I say something about Mr. Wonderful's speech to that adoring crowd up in Roanoke the other day?  Not about its content.  Everyone is having a field day with that.

No, I'm thinking about delivery.

Remember his Philadelphia speech from 2008 that had the liberal press soiling its collective Depends, it was that spectacular?

Take away the Ray-Ban sunglasses and tailored suits ...

Take away the teleprompter and thoughts prepared by others ...

Take away the fawning press ...

... and you end up with a mortal human being with some kind of faux accent (that he only adopts when he's speaking to a crowd of the great unwashed), an incoherent, rambling message, and a delivery that makes John Kerry, by comparison, look like Billy Sunday.

Barack Obama,  The Greatest Orator Of Our Time?

How about Empty Suit?

Who Created Jobs & Who Didn't?

The truth about Bain Capital:
Mr. Romney can happily claim credit for Bain's entire impressive history, rather than just the period through 1999. He has every right to do so as the company's founder. And it will help illuminate the basic difference between his Bain career and the President's 3.5 years running America's economic policy to deliver 8.2% unemployment.

Mr. Romney's Bain worked so well that it became the model for an entire industry. Mr. Romney helped create Staples, a start-up that worked and created tens of thousands of jobs. Mr. Obama financed Solyndra, which did not work. Neither did Abound Solar. The many Obama alternative-energy ventures play in different market segments, but they struggle for the same reason: They serve political agendas more than customers.

What Bain did is what all successful organizations do: Seek to deliver products and services that are better, faster, cheaper. In some instances that means fewer employees, even if Mr. Obama still can't or won't grasp the concept that we live in a competitive world.

Overall, Bain capitalism means more successes than failures, and many more jobs. In March of this year, the managing directors of Bain Capital wrote to their investors and reported that, over the firm's 28 years, companies backed by Bain have grown their revenues more than twice as fast "as both the S&P and the U.S. economy."

The managers went on to note that after Bain invested, companies have grown their revenues by more than $105 billion globally, including $80 billion in the United States. Bain-backed companies, they added, have opened more than 5,000 stores and facilities during their ownership. [source]
If I were Romney, I'd be shouting Bain Capital! from the rooftops.

And then there's this point that should give everyone pause. In my microscopic little part of the country, I created more jobs last week - 1 - than the President of the United States - with the 12 trillion dollars at his disposal over time - has created in all the years he's been in office.  I am more of a job creator than Barack Obama.

Want to denigrate Bain Capital? Bring it, tough guy. You don't have a leg to stand on.

So Out Of Touch

"During the day, legislators in the lower chamber, the House of Deputies, and the upper chamber, the House of Bishops, discussed such weighty topics as whether to develop funeral rites for dogs and cats, and whether to ratify resolutions condemning genetically modified foods. Both were approved by a vote, along with a resolution to "dismantle the effects of the doctrine of discovery," in effect an apology to Native Americans for exposing them to Christianity."
-- Jay Akasie, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2012 --

Funeral rites for pets?  A resolution condemning frankenfoods?  An apology to Indians?  What is this, a gathering of drugged-up, over-the-hill, surgically altered and botoxed Hollywood actresses at Barbra Streisand's villa?

No.  It's a meeting of the leadership of the Episcopal Church.  In Indy.

A meeting that, as it turns out, could probably been held in a phone booth.

This is sad:
The Episcopal Church’s Collapse
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

More sunny news for your Sunday morning: numbers from the Episcopal Church show a stunning collapse in church attendance between 2000 and 2010. It’s down 23 percent overall, with some dioceses in far steeper decline than that. Pittsburgh, for example, has lost 73 percent of its churchgoing Episcopalians over that time period. That’s nearly three out of four Episcopalians in Pittsburgh, gone within a decade. San Joaquin saw four out of five of its people stop coming to church in the same period.

According to TEC’s figures, only about 700,000 Episcopalians are in church on Sunday morning. There are megachurches in suburban Dallas that have more worshipers on Sunday than most Episcopal dioceses. That’s not hyperbole. [link]
My God. A precipitate drop in membership in just the last ten years? Don't they see what they're doing to their church?

Obviously not:

Episcopalians move closer to allowing transgender ministers

"Transgender ministers" and no parishioners.

If the trend continues, soon those hopelessly confused ministers will be ministering to each other. And to nobody else.

Yet on down that destructive path the Episcopalians plunge, oblivious to the outside world, oblivious to and uninterested in the attitudes or concerns of the (former) flock.

Happy.  And alone.

The faithful deserved better.

What Does This Remind You Of?

Chris Matthews: 'Obama Is the Perfect Father, the Perfect Husband, the Perfect American'

O great Stalin, O leader of the peoples,
Thou who broughtest man to birth.
Thou who fructifies the earth,
Thou who restorest to centuries,
Thou who makest bloom the spring,
Thou who makest vibrate the musical chords...
Thou, splendour of my spring, O thou,
Sun reflected by millions of hearts.
              ---A. O.Avidenko
Matthews would have made the perfect Soviet prole.

Stupid. Ignorant. Poverty-stricken. Happy.

O great Obama, thou who restoreth ...

The Last Of Its Kind?

When I was a kid, this wasn't all that unusual a headline:

Nazi-era war crime suspect detained

The reason it's unusual today?

Well, the fact that this suspect is 97 years old ought to be an indication.

Fifty years ago there were a lot of Nazis running around in backwater locations around the world who needed to be hunted down and brought to justice.  Today?  They're all either dead or have met that justice.

That headline above, perhaps, signals the end of an era.

A rather satisfying end to an horrendous era.

Obama, Get Out

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Romney Sure Ain't a Democrat

Received via email:

A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being "likable" or that he doesn't "relate well" to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this "unlikability."

Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney:

1. Drop-dead, collar-ad handsome with gracious, statesmanlike aura. Looks like every central casting's #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.

2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.

3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)

4. Can't speak in a fake, southern, "black preacher voice" when necessary.

5. Highly intelligent. Graduated cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School ...and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.

6. Doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today's America ?

7. Represents an America of "yesterday", where people believed in God, went to Church, didn't screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

8. Has a family of five great sons....and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that "choice" deserves America 's scorn.

9. Oh yes.....he's a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.

10. And one more point.....pundits say because of his wealth, he can't relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that's because he made that money HIMSELF.....as opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad. Apparently, he didn't understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you unrelatable to Americans.

My goodness, it's a strange world, isn't it?

Now I Know

I never could figure out why I'm singled out for special treatment when I go through TSA checkpoints at airports around the country.

Now I know.

Even though I try folding it in half or tucking it into my socks, it still causes ...