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Americans Want Obamacare!

Once again our divided Congress cannot come together, act like adults and make a decision on the budget or the debt ceiling. Republicans continue to provide Democrats options to prevent a government shut down related to either defunding Obamacare or delayin it.  In defending this stance I have heard countless Republicans state that the American people do not want Obamacare.  I swear if I could scream from the mountain tops on that one I would.  I have continued to break this down from every angle I can think of but I for one cannot find any evidence that indicates that the majority of Americans do not want Obamacare.

Let’s start with what is called the silent majority. Do not be misled by the loud and vocal Obamacare protestors or the town halls that seem to be enraged by the impending implementation of Obamacare.  Just because you are the loudest does not mean you are in the majority. Ironically at some points we have viewed the silent majority as the conservative faction of our country. You know the older “typical Regan supporting American” who is not to into the whole grassroots organizing thing like Liberals, but what they will do is vote and that is when it matters.  Well I am starting to feel that the Obamacare supporters, likely liberals are now the silent majority in this country.

During the 2008 election, Healthcare was a hot button issue. Seems crazy now looking back but Republican candidates put forth plans on changing American’s health care system too.  Back then it seemed like a necessity for winning under that climate.  When we mention President Obama’s campaign for office from a historical standpoint, without a doubt his campaign pledge to provide universal healthcare would be included.  When presented with his plans to overhaul American’s healthcare system majority of Americans sided with President Obama over John McCain effectively voting for universal healthcare as well. So in 2008 I would say we had a majority of Americans in support of Obamacare.

Moving on to 2012. Now with the Healthcare bill passed, Republican candidates continued to make this an issue but now instead of providing a different plan, they campaigned on repealing the current plan.  In Romney’s case we can argue that there was a conflict with his health care statements during the election, and what he did while Governor of Massachusetts and that might account for the discrepancy in voting but this is who you selected during the primaries.  One of the key things, if not THE key thing Mitt Romney ran on was a repealing Obamacare and once again a majority of Americans sided with President Obama, giving their approval on healthcare again.

Back in 2008 election, it was essentially a referendum on President Bush so the Democrats held majority in the House, Senate and captured the White House.  During midterm elections, the Republicans took over the House and have held control ever since.  In 2012, the Republicans would have loved to gain ground in Washington by taking over the Senate or the White House. They failed to do either.  Even though they maintained the majority in the House, as a combined total Democratic candidates received move votes in all the House elections than Republicans.  Another majority for you. More Americans cast votes for Democratic, Obamacare supporting candidates, in 2012 legislative elections. So districting, or gerrymandering, allowed Republicans to maintain the House in 2012.

The only “strong” win I see for Republicans  is the midterm elections from 2010. I recently heard President Clinton state that we see two different Americas during a midterm election and a Presidential election which could easily account for the varied results.  Just from a pure numbers stand point we know that voter turnout is significantly lower during midterm elections. So I ask again, where are they getting this majority of the country does not want ObamaCare from?

It is crazy to me that Republicans continue to make this “majority of Americans” argument when the facts are not there. They are not holding up our country on a principle argument or by doing what the “majority” wants. In short, if the majority of Americans agreed with you, you would not be in the minority in Washington. I get it, these candidates ran on repealing Obamacare and if they want to keep their jobs in Congress they have to do what they said they were going to do in Washington. That is fine but lets not confuse what is going on here.  Time and time again, on a national level, majority of Americans have indicated that they want and support Obamacare.  Now if you those who elected you from your small district in Ohio or your entire home state in the case of Senators do not support it that is fine, but let’s not prevent our country from handling it’s business just to stop what the majority has continued to vote in support of.

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Mitt Romney thinks he’s the President

My first hint that Former Governor was a little delusional about his current role in American Government came when he and his wife went to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.  The Romneys had a horse competing in the Olympics, because yes they are just that wealthy, but what was interesting was the Opening Ceremonies.  President Obama was not present at the Olympics but he sent his wife Michelle Obama in his place.  During the Opening Ceremonies  as the American athletes paraded in Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney stood up and waved and saluted the delegation of athletes as if they were receiving them.  I sat there and thought this man really thinks he is President in his mind!! It is not the role of the candidate to receive or welcome the American athletes.  In the President’s absence that was the role of First Lady Michelle Obama.  The Romney’s seemed completely oblivious to this protocol. Fast forward to now and Mitt Romney’s delusions are even more prevalent.

During the last debate, which focused on foreign policy, Romney continued to make statements related to the goings on in other countries, including enemies like Iran, as if he talked to insiders in these countries daily or received briefings from the CIA. Statements such as Iran’s true feelings about our government to which Obama rebuffed as an untrue statement.  I had to sit back and say once again this man believes he is the President and is taking the rumors his campaign drudged up as intelligence reports that he then presents to the American people as truth.  If Romney was a current senator on important homeland security committees than maybe I would give him a little leeway here but he is not.  At this point Mr. Romney is just an American citizen like you or I who happens to be running for President. He does not receive official security briefings and to pretend as if he does is flat out delusional.

As the East Coast prepared for Hurricane Sandy this weekend, his delusions became even more evident.  The President is in a unique position where he campaigns but still has a job that he cannot abandon for full time campaigning. With the election only a week away and the thought of President Bush’s fumbling of the Katrina response not such a distant memory, it was important that Obama make being the President his number one priority.  So as any good President would do, Obama postponed his campaign events and sent surrogates like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden instead in order to focus on preparing for the hurricane and the necessary relief efforts after the Hurricane.

Well Romney decided he needed to do the same, also postponing his campaign events during the hurricane. Keep in mind that Mitt Romney does not currently hold an office and has no role in the response effort.  So why would he postpone his events?! Because he thinks he is the President that is why.  To make matters worse, Romney called the Republican Governors in the path of the storm. This is what the President does! The current President of the United States calls the Governors to offer federal support and talk about a game plan. Candidates do not do this! I think Mitt Romney avoided calling the other Democratic Governors in the impacted area simply because that would look too much like being the President and frankly those Governors may have laughed and refused such a political call.  So on top of overstepping his bounds as a candidate Mitt Romney also appears extremely partisan while he has lambasted President Obama for the hyper partisan behavior that has troubled this administration. It was a truly unnecessary step to take.

Mitt Romney did not stop there though today appearing at an event in Ohio which his team has labeled a storm relief event where he accepted donations for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy and also campaigned. I honestly do not knock Romney for continuing to campaign.  What else he supposed to do since he is not the President. What I do take issue with though is his attempt to label the event as something it was not. This was not a relief effort event, it was a campaign event, in a major swing state mind you, where you happened to be accepting money as well. Pretending to be President seems to be getting a little messy for the Romney team.  So to Mr. Romney I say in 2008 you lost to John McCain in the Republican Primaries who then lost to President Obama thus making him President and not you!  We are only a week away from the end of this of election and it cannot come soon enough but if we see Romney visiting the areas devastated by Sandy before election day next Tuesday I will have a conniption!

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Debate Night 2012

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Tonight is the first Presidential debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney. For a politics nerd like myself this is like the first round of the playoffs leading up to the superbowl, election day. Here are a few things I think both sides should do in the debate tonight in order to win over more voters.

Former Governor Romney

Be easy on the zingers

Reports are that Mitt Romney is practicing several zingers for the debate tomorrow. I am concerned. Let’s be honest. You need a certain level of coolness to really make a zing work and Romney just does not have it. It is going to be corny mark my word. He does need the zingers because those are the lines that people remember and discuss the next day at the water cooler. That is what Romney needs, he needs a positive comment replayed by the “liberal” media as he calls it. He needs to win here so treed lightly governor.

We need details sir!

The biggest substantive critique of Romney right now is he has failed to give us details on his plans specifically his tax plan. Specific details rather than what he claims the overall impact will be of his tax plan! When these issues come up Romney needs to balance attacking what Obama has done with a sprinkling of blanket statements but a large amount of details! That is what we are all waiting for even the Republicans are waiting on details.

Be genuine

Romney needs to appear that he genuinely cares and lets be honest that is nearly impossible for him. The democrats have played up this out of touch rich white man from the beginning and the recent leak of the “47% video” fell right into that only difference was that the elitism came from his mouth not the democrats! So how does he do that? Well what he should not do is be too empathetic it will come of as fake. I have heard that there are some great anecdotes that highlight a softer Romney that he refuses to use because he did not do these things to win an election they were just out of the kindness of his heart. Well Romney you are losing, it is time to bust those stories out and the debate is a great time for it.

Women, minorities and the poor

Romney is polling extremely low among women, Hispanics and African Americans and it does not seem like he cares. I do not think Romney can win the general election with only older white men voting for him. He is going to need to pull from another demographic. I will be surprised if Romney makes it through all of the debates without a question regarding women’s health issues ranging from abortion to birth control. Romney needs to find some balance between the male conservative, who has an odd need to control the reproductive organs of women, with the rights and desires of women to have their own autonomy when dealing with their bodies! He also needs to find a more attractive stance on immigration, which is another question that will be brought up in one of these debates. Advocating for self-deportation is not going to garner him any Hispanic votes. Although he needs to find a better solution here, I don’t see him doing it because the opposing side to this debate falls squarely among his supporters. He’s probably not going to win a majority of these groups over but a few percentage points would not hurt.

President Obama

Be cool you are winning!

Now is not the time for a Romney level debate gaffe, like the “wanna bet $10,000” comment made during the Republican primary debate. Obama needs to be cool as a cucumber and well thought out in his answers. Republicans are praying for a slip up because it could be a huge momentum changer in this race and that is exactly what Romney needs. Cool is what Obama does best so I am not too concerned. I will be surprised if there is an Obama gaffe in the debate, now Biden on the other hand that is a different story.

Add some zingers!

Leaders of Obama’s campaign have made it seem like zingers are beneath him. They’ve indicated that he will be highlighting the issues and speaking directly to the American people without the applause lines. Honestly I hope this was just bluffing because zingers are what make Presidential debates fun and there is so much material with Romney! An attack on “Obamacare” a zinger about “Romneycare” would fit right in. A line about his flip flopping would also be good! I hope Obama goes for it.

Don’t be to professorial

President Obama is a smart man. He actually was a professor at one of the top law schools in America. I think this is a strength and a negative all in one. He knows the issues well and can break them down but maybe not plain enough for all the American people. So I hope Obama takes a page from Bill Clinton’s book and just makes it plain to the American people. Speak directly about issues that they understand impact them. I think he can do this.

This should be a fun debate to watch!

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My thoughts on Herman Cain

Some kind of way Herman Cain is becoming a legitimate candidate right before our eyes! Initially I considered him “the fringe” candidate who had no chance of winning.  During debates I checked twitter when he discussed his 9-9-9 plan or made nonsensical ramblings.  Well apparently some Republican voters were listening to him and liking what they heard.  So now I have had to take a harder look at Mr. Cain.   Yes I currently have no intention on voting for a Republican candidate but I like to stay informed.   One of these people could be our President and I’d like to know about them before they enter the White House.  After Herman Cain won the Florida straw poll I started paying a little more attention to him, actually listening rather than looking at twitter and I can’t say that I like what I see.   Here are a few of the things that disturb me about Herman Cain.

He said I was brainwashed!

It is common knowledge that most African Americans vote democratic.  This has been the case since FDR was elected.  Herman Cain claims that African Americans have been brainwashed to do so. Well Mr. Cain if you were trying to get me to change my vote, insulting me first is the wrong way to go! “Brainwashed” implies that African Americans are not informed voters or not intelligent.  According to Herman Cain blacks are just voting for the person with the D next to their name and not making intelligent decisions.

The real reason African Americans aren’t voting for Republicans has nothing to do with what Democrats have done or their attempts to “brainwash”.  It is based on what Republicans have not done to court and address the needs of the African American community.   My community is facing unemployment that is well above the national average yet all I hear from the Republican Party is essentially protect the rich or “job creators” and corporations.  Mr. Cain said himself if you want to be rich you need to just try harder.  It’s hard to try when Republicans are working to limit pell grants, which so many poor students benefit from.  It seems impossible to try harder when even a family that falls within the disappearing middle class would have to nearly go broke to send their child to college.   For some voting for democrats under the current climate may be a choice between the lesser of two evils.  All the same Republicans, particularly Mr. Cain will have to do something other than make claims of brainwashing to gain the African American vote.

No Muslims can be in his cabinet?

Herman Cain blatantly said he will not appoint any Muslim into his cabinet or as judges for fear that they would attempt to gradually ease their Muslim faith into our government.   I need Herman Cain to take a gander at our constitution before he makes a statement like that again.  Our country prides itself on the separation of Church and State, religious freedom, and that all men were created equal.  With one statement Herman Cain trampled on all of those principles.  If he is concerned with Muslims introducing their religious principles into American law then he should be equally concerned with Christian judges and cabinet members doing the same.  If we are holding true to our ideas of separation of church and state then we should not tolerate these actions by any member of any religion.  It is fear mongering to only point out Muslims.  More importantly it is beyond irresponsible for a presidential candidate to do so.  In addition Cain’s statement assumes that any Muslim will be looking to apply Muslim religious principles and it is just not a fair assumption.   Finally, we should not support any presidential candidate who openly admits that he will discriminate.

CEO to President? Just don’t see it.

Before beginning his campaign for the highest office in the country Herman Cain only spent time in the CEO office but never any political office.  The whole outsider thing is cute and may work when you running for the legislature but not for the highest office of the land.  Cain is trying to put a spin on his political inexperience and I hope voters see through it!  President Obama spent many years in the Illinois legislature and a few years as a Senator from Illinois and opponents challenged his experience.  It seems to me that people are accepting Herman Cain’s claim that being a CEO is comparable to holding a political office.   I will not take away that his experience as a CEO can be beneficial when determining economic policy but I see this more as an advisor not the leader.  Call me crazy but I would like to see someone more experienced with social issues and more sensitive to these issues.

His Role in the Civil Rights Movement

Herman Cain is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia; a historically black college which counts Martin Luther King Jr. as one of its’ alums.   Cain was a student during the 60’s which of course was during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  I saw a clip of Herman Cain explaining his role in the Civil Rights Movement while he was in college.  His responses raised more questions than answers.  After watching it I have to say it seemed that this man who is currently running for president avoided the political activism around him and he seemed proud of that.   I know every African American living in Atlanta at the time was not actively involved in the movement but would we want them to be President later in life?  I believe those who are destined to become President are cut from a different cloth.  I would expect them to be the person who rose to the occasion throughout their life.   I have read about President Obama’s work in Chicago as a community organizer prior to running for office and that seems to fall in line with being President.   Herman Cain was given the perfect opportunity to further expand on his claims in the book but he failed to do so.   I would have respected him more if he said that in his early twenties he did not feel called to lead or be involved but later in life after more experience in business changed him.  I guess what is even more odd is that Herman Cain does not seem to regret not being involved! Here he sat right in the midst of the one most pivotal moments in American history and he was okay with the fact that he walked to the back of the bus when asked.   I personally question his character based on this alone.

This is a Martin Luther King quote that is included in the new MLK memorial. It is so fitting for Herman Cain.

9-9-9 plan = voodoo economics!

I am going to revive George Bush’s term for Ronald Reagan’s economic plan and call this mess Cain is pushing voodoo economics!  The plan is very simple, 9 percent income tax for everyone, 9 percent national sales tax, and 9 percent corporate income tax.  This of course would have to be passed by Congress and often times Presidential candidates speak as if they will go into office and just make this law!   The first part that strikes me is the national sales tax.  Most states already have a sales tax, so now we would be paying the state’s sales tax in addition to national sales tax?  I’m not an economist but I imagine that would have a negative effect on the nation’s poor.   There are certain necessities that every family needs.  We have seen the prices of things as simple as milk going up during the recession, I would hate to add an additional tax to further burden Americans.  His income tax amounts to a flat tax, which has of course been debated around the country.  Once again my concern is for America’s poor.  Nine percent of Bill Gates income is far different than nine percent of a minimum wage workers income.  In short, I do not like this plan.

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