You Gotta Love Mitt Romney – Part 4

Mitt Romney, appearing relaxed and casual wearing blue jeans with a blazer, shirt and tie, slow-jammed the news last night (January 24, 2014) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Governor Romney and Mr. Fallon talked and rapped on topics ranging from President Obama’s upcoming State-of-the-Union address, the NSA spying on American citizens, the flawed Obamacare program, and Governor Romney’s “47%” gaff in his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

The Detroit Institute of Arts: Goose or Golden Egg?

You cannot escape the irony that the name of the labor lawyer who wants to lay his hands on the $2-Billion collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is Michael Artz. Mr. Artz represents the bankrupt Motor City’s largest union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He can’t be pleased with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes’ ruling that “pension benefits are a contractual right and are not entitled to any heightened protection in a municipal bankruptcy.”

According the the Detroit News, Judge Rhodes stated that selling DIA masterpieces does not address long-term financial and structural problems, and therefore would make no sense. Further, the judge said, “When the expenses of an enterprise exceeds its revenue, a one-time infusion of cash, whether from an asset sale or borrowing, only delays inevitable financial failure unless the enterprise reduces expenses or enhances income,”

Residents of counties surrounding Detroit also pay taxes to support the museum. The judge’s opinion was welcome news to museum supporters. “Oakland County and the entire region have a vested interest in protecting our art,” said Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner. “Judge Rhodes’ statement is a clear indication that the sale of this world-class art collection has no long-term financial benefit for the city.”

Further information:
Orr: Combined value of DIA’s most valuable art less than $2B, can’t fix shortfalls [Detroit News; Dec 3, 2013]
Detroit Ruling on Bankruptcy Lifts Pension Protections [New York Times; Dec 3, 2013]

George W. Bush, the Renaissance Man

George W. Bush, the man who told Jay Leno that he named his cat Bob, “So I can remember how to spell it when I get older,” has been very busy.

Between rounds of golf, organizing and riding in 100K mountain bike rides with America’s wounded warriors, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, and personally refurbishing health clinics in Africa, through the Bush Center’s partnership with Pink Ribbon/Red Ribbon, whose mission is to screen women, in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, for cervical and breast cancer, the 43rd President of the United States has also become an accomplished portrait painter.

President Bush charged his painting instructor, Gail Norfleet, with a task. “There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is to find it.”

While a guest on the The Tonight Show on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, President Bush presented a portrait he had painted of Jay Leno to the late night television host.

Jay Leno portrait

Jay Leno portrait by President George W. Bush

President Bush has plans to paint portraits of 19 foreign presidents and prime ministers with whom he worked during his tenure at the White House. He has already provided the artwork for a Christmas ornament, which may be purchased through the Bush Center web site (which, incidentally, works).

Bush Center Ornament

Bush Center Ornament

See also:
As Bush Settles Into Dallas, Golf Tees and Family Time Now Trump Politics [New York Times; Nov 2, 2013]

George Bush Shows Off Painting Hobby, Shares Jay Leno Portrait [US Weekly; Nov 20, 2013]

George W. Bush Presidential Center

Rubio, Republicans and the Right: Winning with Water

Never mind that there was more truth in Senator Marco Rubio’s awkward drink of water than there was in the preceding State of the Union address by President Barack Hussein Obama. Anyway, most Americans skipped the cringe-inducing hour-long speech by the Targeted-Drone-in-Chief. (Many of us chose the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show over the Dog-and-Pony-Show Tele-prompter Lalapalooza. Yay Affenpinscher! Go Banana Joe!!) Even fewer stuck around to witness the Big Drink of Water. We had to catch it in the endless re-runs, courtesy of the supurbly-coiffed moving mouths in the Alphabet Networks.

But just forget Wolf Blitzer and the other gasping girls in the CNN Situation-Comedy Room. What they are trying to divert your attention from is the wisdom and clarity of what Senator Rubio actually said.

But [President Obama's] favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him – they only care about rich people.

Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.

And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

Okay, Wolf, I know this play. I lived in New York. It’s a hot summer night. You set a little fire in the garbage shoot and start yelling. The tenants, hearing the commotion and smelling smoke, run into the hall to see what’s going on. This gives your partner time to sneak into the apartment through the open window on the fire escape, to steal the radio.

But it is a pathetic stretch to turn an unscripted drink of water during the delivery of a nationally televised speech into a tsunami in order to prop up the vapid Leader of the Western World (formerly known as the Free World). This is what “Journalism” has become in the 21st Century.

If you live in the mind of an MSNBC broadcaster, this “Rubio’s Watergate” incident is apparently a train wreck. Therefore, we demand photographs! Brace yourself, because until now it has been a not-too-well kept secret that Senator Marco Rubio is not the only one in the GOP who has been observed refreshing himself with a drink of water. Here are the pictures to prove it!

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney: Refreshing

As an interesting point of trivia, while it is probably true that Democrats also drink water, there are no known photographs of Vice President Joseph Biden in the act of doing so. There is evidence, however, that while the party with the elephant mascot favors water, the jackass party has distinctly more complex beverage preferences.

Clinton_Clinton_Obama

Pres William Jefferson Clinton, Sec Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pres Barack Hussein Obama: In their Cups

Right.

I Put a Spell on You, Because You’re Mine

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929-2000) may well have been a man born ahead of his time. His best known song, I Put A Spell On You, recorded in 1956 when he was drunk and in a blackout, sold more than a million copies. This is the perfect theme song for the second term of the Pop-Culture President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama:

I put a spell on you
’cause you’re mine

You better stop the things you do
I ain’t lyin’
No I ain’t lyin’

Screamin Barack Hussein Obama

Screamin Barack Hussein Obama

When Barack Obama first ran for President in 2008, unlike Screamin Jay Hawkins, he was a man without a record. Now, of course, he has a record. It’s an abysmal one. But for some reason, a majority of voters decided to give this man another shot. (And you gotta love the way Barack Hussein Obama pronounces the word “shot” with his Chicago accent. He was fond of electioneering on the basis that he was the One who would give everyone a “fair shot.” Unless of course you are an entrepreneur, a small business owner, an investor, a Medicare recipient, a Christian, an hourly wage earner, a coal miner…. Well, maybe it’s not exactly fair, but you do get a shot if you are in certain labor unions, or if you want someone else to pay for your birth control and abortions. That’s not just me talking. No. It’s that straw man. You know. The one over there.)

Speaking of the straw man, there is another character from The Wizard of Oz who bears a striking resemblance to the leader of the Free World. It’s not just me saying it:

Apologies to Margaret Hamilton

Witch is the Real Obama?


Does this man look angry a lot? Other people have noticed. Haven’t you? And how’s this for a coincidence? The Leader of the Western World and the Wicked Witch of the West are in practically the same pose. What are the odds?

And here they go again:

Wicked Witch of the West & Leader of the Western World

Wicked Witch of the West & Leader of the Western World


I don’t know about you, but so far this week I have watched a lot less Fox News and a whole lot more reruns of The Big Bang Theory.

No one is recommending that you stay drunk and in a blackout for the next four years. But maybe listening to that great recording by Screamin Jay Hawkins will lift your spirits, if only for a couple of minutes.

Have a nice day.

Vote for Love of Country: Mitt Romney for President

If a man is known by the company he keeps, let’s take a look at the Friends of Barack Obama:

  • Frank Marshall Davis, was a journalist, poet and Communist Party USA activist in Chicago and Hawaii and a mentor to a young Barack Obama, from about age 10 to 18.
  • William Ayers, is the former leader of the terrorist group Weather Underground. Barack Obama wrote an endorsement for Mr. Ayers’ book, “A Kind and Just Parent: Children of the Juvenile Court.” In 1995 Mr. Obama was hired by Mr. Ayers to head the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama served together as directors of the Woods Fund from 1999 through 2002.
  • Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC)in Chicago. It was Reverend Wright who famously said in a sermon to his congregation on September 16, 2001:

    We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

    As Hillary Clinton said, “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.” Barack Obama chose TUCC at age 26 and remained a member for two decades. Reverend Wright performed the marriage ceremony for Barack and Michelle Obama, and baptized their two daughters.

  • Tony Rezko is a Syrian-born Chicago business man, currently serving a 10-1/2 year sentence for 16 counts of corruption and fraud. Mr. Rezko was a major fundraiser for Barack Obama’s successful 2008 Senate campaign. He also had ties to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, now serving a 16-year prison term for his conviction on one count of lying to the FBI in a case centered on attempts to sell the Senate seat once held by Barack Obama. The Rezkos and the Obamas purchased adjacent lots in Chicago, in a real estate deal that cast the appearance of inpropriety, and about which Mr. Obama stated, “I consider this a mistake on my part and I regret it.”
  • Rashid Khalidi, is a college professor, one-time spokesman for Yasser Arafat and the PLO, radical Palestinian activist who denounces Israel as a racist state and defends suicide bombings. He held a fundraiser for Barack Obama’s unsuccessful run for Congress in 2000. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, at a 2003 farewell dinner for the Rashidis, who were moving from Chicago to New York,

    A special tribute came from Khalidi’s friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Senator Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

    His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It’s for that reason that I’m hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid’s dinner table,” but around “this entire world.”

In 2008, candidate Barack Obama was elected on promises of hope and change. He has spent the last four years whining and blaming George Bush instead of taking constructive steps to find solutions and fix the problems. After four years of charting his own course, hope and change are completely at odds to President Obama’s failed leadership and abysmal record

Benghazi, Libya. Four dead Americans; ignored pleas for help from the Consulate while it was under siege; complete failure to heed the warnings from Ambassador Chris Stevens in the weeks, days and hours leading up to the attack; a made-up excuse of mob action inflamed by a video trailer that no one had seen or heard of; a stonewalling White House and State Department; an on-going coverup aided and abetted by complicit and/or incompetent reporters in the national media. (Jennifer Griffin and Catherine Herridge at Fox News have been out in front on this story. ABC, CBS and the Washington Post have finally begun to report on this developing story and the emerging coverup.)

The Economy: Unemployment

  • 7.9% unemployment, at rate higher than when President Obama took office.
  • Unemployment rate at or above 8% for 42 out of 44 months; at or above 9% for 29 of those months, the worst record since the Great Depression.
  • 23 million people unemployed or underemployed.
  • Since January 2009, 7.8 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force. If the work force had not declined, the unemployment rate would be above 10.5%.
  • A record 47 million Americans are on food stamps
  • As unemployment benefits run out, more Americans are applying for disability benefits. More than 3.8 million new applications have been approved, and a record 8.3 million Americans are collecting disability payments, many of whom will never return to work.

The Economy: Spending

  • Barack Obama has failed to get a budget passed during his entire term in office. This is not something he can blame on the Republicans. The Democrat-controlled Senate showed true bipartisanship in voting 0-97 against proceeding with the President’s 2012 budget. In contrast, the Senate vote against proceeding with Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan was 40-57.
  • Sixteen trillion-dollar debt; trillion-dollar deficits

Crony Capitalism: The Obama Administration picks winners and (mostly) losers. Here is a list of some alternative energy companies that received stimulus money, and are now either in bankruptcy or close to it:

  1. Solyndra
  2. Frisker
  3. Abound Solar
  4. Evergreen Solar
  5. A123 Systems

Obamacare, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If you like the Department of Motor Vehicles, you will love Obamacare. This legislation puts one-sixth of the national economy under the control of Washington bureaucrats. To pay for for this bureaucracy and the health care mandates, the law creates or increases 21 separate taxes, resulting in the largest tax hike in the nation’s history.

Under Obamacare, there is a 2.3% tax on medical devices, which goes into effect next year. This is not a tax on profits. It is a tax on gross receipts. Investment capital is fleeing the medical device industry, and is down for the third straight quarter. By some estimates, more than 40,000 jobs may be killed just in this one industry as a result of this tax.

Barack Obama is a failed leader because his vision for America is the wrong vision. We don’t want big government. We want more liberty, less bureaucratic intrusion, and more effective government.

Mitt Romney has a record of leadership, fiscal responsibility, job creation, and positive values. On Day One he will introduce a bill to reduce taxes, and will issue an executive order to pave the way to end Obamacare.

It’s time for positive change. Vote for Mitt Romney.
 
See also:
Frank Marshall Davis
Bill Ayers
Tony Rezko
REWARD: $100,000 FOR KHALIDI TAPE, breitbart.com, (September 20, 2012)
Obama’s Unprecedented Record of Failure on Jobs, Investors.com (November 2, 2012)
Obama Receives Zero Votes in Senate, The Hill (May 5, 2011)
A123 given $249M created 400 jobs now added to list of companies that received Billions in Federal Stimulus on verge of bankruptcy, American Livewire (October 30, 2012)
Obamacare’s Silent Job Killer, USA Today (November 3, 2012)