So I spent most of yesterday afternoon with a friend rather than listen to the drivel at the DNC…but I will have a recap once I get a chance to read all the speeches…in the mean time let’s tear apart the main event…the speech by the empty worthless chair himself—Barry Obama, One Term President.
Gosh…how can I make having no idea sound fresh and exciting?
Since I have no intention of causing you to gouge your eyes out, we’ll only cover highlights of this pointless palaver
The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man; a Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hope – not blind optimism or wishful thinking,
That kind of mindless thinking is for my followers
but hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; that dogged faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long.
I came to destroy that hope…and man have I done a great job.
It will be a choice between two different paths for America.
A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.
Yes a choice between another generation of prosperity offered by the freedom that Romney will bring or a generation (possibly more) of servitude to a bloated government offered by this arrogant ass.
Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known;
The values that created the middle class and a great economy were the values of capitalism, Barry, something you know nothing about but oppose at every turn.
I ran for President because I saw that basic bargain slipping away. I began my career helping people in the shadow of a shuttered steel mill, at a time when too many good jobs were starting to move overseas.
Again, if you actually had even a thousandth of the intelligence people say you have you would know that globalization and outsourcing help everyone. They give people overseas jobs which help their economy and their good fortune translates into a mutual economic boom in America. By complaining about jobs going overseas you latch onto an issue that has strong emotional appeal (the appeal of racism and hatred of others, a popular point with Democrats) and ignore the facts of capitalism—that global prosperity only helps America, it never hurts it in the long run. (But also steel mills had been closing for over the past decade due to Barry’s beloved EPA and Unions)
And by 2008, we had seen nearly a decade in which families struggled with costs that kept rising but paychecks that didn’t; racking up more and more debt just to make the mortgage or pay tuition; to put gas in the car or food on the table.
Would that be because of liberal regulation, liberal taxation, liberal over-reach of government and a wimpy president who liked to call himself a conservative but latched onto almost every liberal plan you threw at him. Maybe. . (And actually it was not until the very end that there was a financial problem country wide and then he made it worse and last so much longer than necessary).
And when the house of cards collapsed in the Great Recession, millions of innocent Americans lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings – a tragedy from which we are still fighting to recover.
Blame Carter, Clinton, Frank, Dodd, Reno and yourself for forcing banks to make bad loans. And we will never recover with your policies – we will sink to a new depression.
Now, our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan.
Idiot. I know reading isn’t a big thing with you, but Romney has pages and pages of plans. If you bothered to read them you’d see he has plans on how to make every aspect and department run cheaper and more efficiently…but that would ruin your cheap slogan which prays that people are too dumb and lazy to do any research. And as your speech demonstrated your still stuck on “Hope an Change” with no real plan other than destruction to the US
And that’s because all they have to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years:
“Have a surplus? Try a tax cut.”
“Deficit too high? Try another.”
“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”
Maybe because taxes are too high and maybe because your lot never misses a chance to raise them. Our corporate tax is the highest in the world…do you think that helps business? Our income taxes are a quagmire of exemptions your party put in to benefit your donors. Yes we like tax cuts, because you like them too much, the only difference is we know you can’t tax your way to prosperity.
Now, I’ve cut taxes for those who need it – middle-class families and small businesses.
You extended existing tax rates. Hardly a cut.
But I don’t believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs to our shores, or pay down our deficit.
Because you know nothing about macroeconomics.
I don’t believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy, or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China.
Firing bad teachers will improve education, but your backers in the Teacher’s union who care more about protecting bad teacher than educating students will never allow that. And your “financial aid” to college students is the reason that tuition costs are outrageous…cutting said “aid” would actually work to make college affordable.
After all that we’ve been through, I don’t believe that rolling back regulations on Wall Street will help the small businesswoman expand, or the laid-off construction worker keep his home. We’ve been there, we’ve tried that, and we’re not going back.
Again if you can’t see the harm your regulations do, it’s not our fault that you’re an economic idiot. Wall Street wasn’t the cause or the problem of this recession. Government forcing banks and Wall Street to do insane things was the underlying cause. You’re not going to solve that problem with more government…but that is all you have to offer. Vast regulations have hurt business and Unions for several decades now and you are just increasing that pain.
I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy.
Or in any way intelligent, logical or has any chance to work.
You elected me to tell you the truth.
Okay, why don’t you try it sometime? What were your grades in college, because as far as I can tell you must have been a D student, but prove me wrong? How involved were you with the Fast & Furious and what is your culpability in the murder of border patrol agents? Or how about the truth that you and your White House has leaked numerous classified details to boost your career, putting the lives of American and Israeli operatives in severe danger. How about that truth.
And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.
Who wants to bet it will take Romney less than 4?
It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.
Again, maybe if you knew ANYTHING about economics you’d know that FDR’s policies made what should have been a recession of a few years last over a decade. Also Reagan inherited a much worse recession than you did and he did great…and Romney will be inheriting a mess, yet he will also do fine.
And by the way – those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.
But Obama is going to try goddamn it.
But know this, America: Our problems can be solved.
By the private sector. By individuals. By people who build their lives without government help. By everything Obama is opposed to and by no other means.
Our challenges can be met.
By booting this ignorant, arrogant bastard to the curb.
The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.
What better place. The same better place they talk about when lowering Granny into the ground…and why did Granny die? Because a rationing board said she didn’t need the operation.
And I’m asking you to choose that future.
Which is why I brought out Bill Clinton. Because I couldn’t point to anything I did so I had to point to 1992 as “the future.”
I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing,
Not the government’s concern
You’ve done all you can to prevent growth in this sector
Not the Federal Government’s concern, and you and your Union ilk should not be involved in any way shape or form.
By cutting the defense budget in the wrong places, by betraying our friends, and aiding our enemies.
and the deficit
$16 Trillion…if you cared about the deficit you would not have done a single thing you did in your first term. But it appears that you want to duplicate it all over again – and do you really expect a different result???
We can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs. After a decade that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, we’re getting back to basics, and doing what America has always done best:
We’re making things again.
Great! While the world is moving to an information based economy you want to focus on the strengths of the last century. Forward to where we were a century ago! Not to mention this line demonstrated a disturbing amount of Isolationism and… gee I guess he really does want to emulate FDR
I’ve met workers in Detroit and Toledo who feared they’d never build another American car. Today, they can’t build them fast enough, because we reinvented a dying auto industry that’s back on top of the world.
And those Chevy Volts explode on a regular basis. And if you really think that GM isn’t on the verge of bankruptcy again, you’re just deluding yourself Barry.
I’ve worked with business leaders who are bringing jobs back to America
– not because our workers make less pay, but because we make better products. Because we work harder and smarter than anyone else.
But an economy where we worked harder and smarter wouldn’t necessarily be built on manufacturing…so please show me how these concepts work together?
I’ve signed trade agreements that are helping our companies sell more goods to millions of new customers – goods that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America.
You signed 3 in 4 years. Other countries are signing dozens a year. You don’t get to gloat about this; this is a failure on your part.
After a decade of decline, this country created over half a million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years. And now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States of America.
Or we could not play favorites, lower everybody’s taxes and encourage them to come back because the system is more capitalistic…because I’m sure they’ll just rush back if you’re using the tax code to pick winners and losers. (Not mention the fact that your numbers are made up).
We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. You can make that happen. You can choose that future.
Yes we could help these companies…by getting out of their way…but you’re not proposing that Barry, not in the least. This statement actally demonstrates which party wants to live in the past not the future
You can choose the path where we control more of our own energy. After thirty years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas. We’ve doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long-lasting batteries.
You’re taking credit for things that haven’t even happened yet.
This drivel and complete lack of understanding of how economics continues for some time. Short version he either contradicts everything economics tells us or takes credit for things he didn’t do.
And then there were his words on education. Didn’t really say anything except promising to defend the broken system and make sure the bad teachers will keep their jobs.
Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq.
By leaving before it was stable. Who wants to bet there is a good chance this will come back to haunt us?
More importantly we still have soldiers in Iraq dying and by saying the war is over does that mean we no longer need to acknowledge them or their deaths?
We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. We’ve blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014, our longest war will be over.
By negotiating with terrorists. And last I heard the Taliban was increasing in power and Muslim Brotherhood in a whole bunch of countries that I celebrated their takeover in
A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.
Al Qaeda is resurgent in Libya, Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan…I know you’ve gutted our intelligence capabilities…but not knowing this is still kind of pathetic. And the way you brag about it, you’d think you fired the kill shot yourself.
Tonight, we pay tribute to the Americans who still serve in harm’s way.
You want to honor them, LEAVE. From everything I can tell, the majority of them loathe you.
Around the world, we’ve strengthened old alliances and forged new coalitions to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.
By making sure nothing stands in the way of Iran getting them.
We’ve reasserted our power across the Pacific and stood up to China on behalf of our workers. From Burma to Libya to South Sudan, we have advanced the rights and dignity of all human beings – men and women; Christians and Muslims and Jews.
Which is why we have given billions to the butchers in Egypt to persecute Christians, Jews and women.
Our commitment to Israel’s security must not waver
ROFL. This guy talking about supporting Israel is something beyond surreal. This man would gladly see Israel wiped off the face of the Earth.
So now we face a choice. My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we’ve seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly.
You mean peace through strength, when democracies flourished, freedom expanded and tyranny was beaten back. Why would we want to go back to that when we can grovel to Communists in China, despots in Russia, and butchers freshly risen from the Arab Spring.
After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy – and not al Qaeda – unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp.
Well you wouldn’t, you’re Putin’s lapdog. The rest of us know that at this point a lot of the money used by those terrorists networks flows back to Russia which has plans to restore its former glory by any means.
My opponent said it was “tragic” to end the war in Iraq, and he won’t tell us how he’ll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will.
So calling your turning tail and running before the job was completed wasn’t tragic? That men and women lost their lives only to have you piss on their graves by making their work useless. And you think giving a time table for our enemies in Afghanistan, negotiating with the Taliban and letting Pakistan ride rough shod over us is a good thing. What would you count as tragic?
And while my opponent would spend more money on military hardware that our Joint Chiefs don’t even want, I’ll use the money we’re no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work – rebuilding roads and bridges; schools and runways.
A. You’re not cutting what the Joint Chiefs would want to cut if they could. B. You can’t pay down the debt and build infrastructure …I know in your little universe you can spend the same dollar three or four times over, but here, on Earth you can only spend it once C. you’re not cutting that much from the defense budget to make a dent in the deficit or in infrastructure, yes you’re cutting a lot, but in the grand scheme it’s only enough to cripple the DOD.
After two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it’s time to do some nation-building right here at home.
Step one: Depose the dictator.
But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy – well, you do the math.
I did, it’s called the Laffer Curve, it says when you lower taxes you boost the economy and take in the same amount of money in taxes (perhaps even more). But you would actually need to know math and economics.
I refuse to ask students to pay more for college; or kick children out of Head Start programs, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, elderly, or disabled – all so those with the most can pay less.
If you cut aid, the system would actually have college kids paying less; Head Start is the most worthless program ever envisioned, and your health care will cost us all more for less.
And I will never turn Medicare into a voucher.
Because that would make costs go down and quality up. No we can’t have that.
No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.
You’re right, instead of having to work with Insurance Companies that will lose all their business if they don’t provide you with a high quality low cost product, Seniors need to be at the mercy of bureaucrats and rules which are at the whim of whatever petty leader is in office at the time and who are effectively not answerable to anyone for the 4 years they’re in power.
They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.
Just not the money they’ve earned, because Barry plans on taking ever last dime.
Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but we’ll do it by reducing the cost of health care
How will he do this, by enacting Obamacare….just ignore that every similar plan in every other country to try it has resulted in higher costs and less care…reality has no bearing here…he is Obama, he is The One. He can do it if he says he can…laws of reality be damned. As you can tell by the last 3 1/2 years
If you can’t afford to start a business or go to college, take my opponent’s advice and “borrow money from your parents.”
Or get a job. But now Barry’s plan is to steal it from your parents and everyone else’s parent and give the bill to your children. How caring.
As Americans, we believe we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights – rights that no man or government can take away.
Gutsy. Right about the moment this was spoken Jefferson, Adam and Franklin started spinning in their graves. This man has opposed those natural rights at every turn. EVERY TURN.
We insist on personal responsibility and we celebrate individual initiative.
What did we learn from this statement? Never play poker with Barry. He can tell you a total lie with a straight face.
We’re not entitled to success. We have to earn it. We honor the strivers, the dreamers, the risk-takers who have always been the driving force behind our free enterprise system –
Now, Barry, you have done everything you can over the last 4 years to tell people they are entitled to everything they want and you punish those who try to dream and do with taxes, regulations, and restrictions.
Some class warfare bullshit follows.
Because we understand that this democracy is ours.
Idiot, the country is a republic not a democracy. BTW – a constitutional Republic
We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me,
A mentality that Adam Smith showed leads to the most ethical behavior
a freedom without a commitment to others,
Commitments can only be given freely by free individuals of their own volition—to demand them from people is to make them slaves
a freedom without love or charity
I recall that Republicans believe more in charity than Democrats…or is your 3% donations somehow more charitable than Romney’s 15%. No it must be the fifth of my income you’re counting as your giving.
or duty or patriotism,
Again patriotism is more a Republican value,
is unworthy of our founding ideals,
A man who hates all of the ideals of the Founders is one to talk
and those who died in their defense.
Wow. Classy. Wrapping yourself in the flag and the mantle of people whom you revile.
The rest is more meaningless platitudes and examples of people whom he has no connection with.
This speech actually was sad, even by Obama’s standards.