When historians look back on the Presidential Election of 2012, it will be remembered as one of the dirtiest campaigns in history. No candidate can ever be one hundred percent clean in this day and age of gotcha politics. However in this cycle it is no mystery which candidate has thrown the most mud and told the most lies in order to win an election. That candidate is our current President Barack Obama.
When an incumbent President is desperate, he will tend to ignore real issues like jobs, health care, taxes and foreign policy in order to distract the voters with small things. This election year we’ve seen the Obama campaign focus on Big Bird, binders for women, contraception, abortion, offshore accounts and even Mitt Romney’s dead dog. Big Bird became a big topic after Romney spanked Obama in their first debate. Contraception, abortion and binders were wedge issues that the campaign deployed to increase their feminist base. This is a group that had no trouble supporting Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and John Edwards, but thought it was outrageous for the Catholic Church to even dare oppose contraceptives. With Obama losing ground with independents, it was important to make sure that this reliable group of hypocrites turned out the vote this year.
- Obama has consistently lied about Mitt Romney’s record as well as his positions. Obama has continued to push the narrative that Romney was against federal aid for the auto industry. He cites a headline from the always un-reliable New York Times that read “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” The headline has been mistaken to mean that Romney wanted to let the industry go belly up, which he didn’t.
A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk. In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.—Mitt Romney
- · Obama said unemployment among military veterans is lower than for the general population. That’s not true for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
- · Obama claimed that Romney said “we should ask Pakistan for permission” before going into that country to kill or capture terrorists. Romney actually said that taking unilateral action in Pakistan should be an option, but criticized Obama for publicly talking about it, saying, “we keep our options quiet.”
- The President along with most the Democratic Party continues the sin of omission when it comes to Bill Clinton and his responsibility for the economic collapse of 2008. It was Clinton who signed into law a repeal of the Glass-Steagall act which separated commercial and investment banks — a policy shift that played a big role in the economic crisis. Clinton also signed into law the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which removed derivatives contracts from regulatory oversight. Derivatives such as the credit default swap were at the heart of the financial crisis.
“This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment. This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That is what got us into trouble in the first place.”-Barack Obama .
Within a week, barring a natural disaster, America will have voted for their next President of the United States. The question they have to ask is if they care more about Big Bird and female body parts over jobs and balanced budgets. Does a four year record of high unemployment, high budget deficits, and a high number of people on food stamps deserve another term in office?
Four years ago, John McCain was denied the Presidency thanks to a public that was enamored with a candidate who painted a rosy picture for the future and played fast and loose with the facts. Will America fall for the same routine a second time?