Archive for July, 2012

I can’t believe he’s using that as his campaign slogan. It’s like he WANTS to lose!

The way you may hear it in the media these days, you would think in a moment of insanity President Obama, in the middle of his own reelection campaign, took 15 seconds out of his day to take a shot at every business owner in the country, stating they did nothing to build their own business, and then said ‘have a nice day’.  I know a lot of people do not like Obama, but doesn’t that strike everyone as a little odd?

Of course, that is not what happened.  President Obama actually was making a full speech, but a soundbite from that speech is being used against him.  See, coverage of politics is not based on substance.  That takes effort.  Also, sometimes substance is not scandalous and exciting.  The media wants attention, and it’s often easier to make up narratives and issues that are interesting than it is to simply fairly cover what is actually being said and done.  So instead of covering Obama’s speech using context, they hacked his speech apart to give it new meaning.  And since people running for office tend to want to win above all else, Romney is more than happy to take advantage of that.

But really, this is for the job to run the country.  So maybe, just maybe, our selection should be more reality-based.  So here is a link to Obama’s full speech where he supposedly said business owners did not build their businesses.

And here is a much larger snippet of that speech than most are playing on news channels or printing in the press:

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, first of all, like I said, the only way you can pay for that — if you’re actually saying you’re bringing down the deficit — is to cut transportation, cut education, cut basic research, voucherize Medicare, and you’re still going to end up having to raise taxes on middle-class families to pay for this $5 trillion tax cut.  That’s not a deficit reduction plan.  That’s a deficit expansion plan.

I’ve got a different idea.  I do believe we can cut — we’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts.  We can make some more cuts in programs that don’t work, and make government work more efficiently.  (Applause.)  Not every government program works the way it’s supposed to.  And frankly, government can’t solve every problem.  If somebody doesn’t want to be helped, government can’t always help them.  Parents — we can put more money into schools, but if your kids don’t want to learn it’s hard to teach them.  (Applause.)

But you know what, I’m not going to see us gut the investments that grow our economy to give tax breaks to me or Mr. Romney or folks who don’t need them.  So I’m going to reduce the deficit in a balanced way.  We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts.  We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more.  (Applause.)  And, by the way, we’ve tried that before — a guy named Bill Clinton did it.  We created 23 million new jobs, turned a deficit into a surplus, and rich people did just fine.  We created a lot of millionaires.

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back.  They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own.  You didn’t get there on your own.  I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.  There are a lot of smart people out there.  It must be because I worked harder than everybody else.  Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.  (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.  There was a great teacher somewhere in your life.  Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.  The Internet didn’t get invented on its own.  Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.  There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own.  I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service.  That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

Now if you can read all that and still believe that President Obama is saying that business owners have nothing to do with the success of their own business, then I’m afraid there is no hope for you.  But if we are going to play the game this way, let’s play.  Let’s see what we can come up with if we take Mitt Romney out of context:

Wow, I could go on and on, but Romney is a racist, anti-religion, fascist who thinks we should go further into debt by borrowing more money from China and believes businesses should just hang it up and hand off all power to him.  Or maybe, by taking his words out of context, I’m just completely making that up even though I didn’t actually change his words.

That’s kind of fun and all, but I think we would be better off deciding the election on the actual positions and issues, not on misrepresentations.  There is plenty of room for debate on real stuff, we don’t have to make it up.



Not only do we eat money, we also crap it and wipe up afterwards with it.

Just giving some thought to the upcoming election, and I have some questions regarding the candidates.  For Mitt Romney:

  • So Mitt Romney supposedly left Bain Capital in February of 1999.  However, he is still listed on SEC documents as being the CEO, chairman, and president of the company from 1999 through 2002.  Romney argues, nevertheless, that since he was on a leave of absence during that period, he is not responsible for any decisions made during that period. seems to buy that argument.  And I agree to the extent that I believe the Obama campaign is overplaying its hand by accusing Mitt Romney of committing a felony.  That said, not only was Romney CEO, chairman, and president of the company during this period, he was also the SOLE OWNER of the company.  Doesn’t someone who owns 100% of a company bear some responsibility for its actions even if he/she is not involved in its day-to-day operations?  Wouldn’t the 100% owner of a company be at least kept abreast of major decisions being made even if he/she wasn’t directly involved in making those decisions?  Further, even if none of the above is true, can’t the candidate at least be asked about his opinion about those decisions?
  • Why won’t Mitt Romney release more of his tax returns?  What could possibly be in those that he doesn’t want people to see?  Even some on the GOP side are questioning that, including much to my surprise, Alabama governor Robert Bentley.  Bentley is quoted as saying “You know if you have things to hide, then you may be doing things wrong.”  It’s hard to disagree with that.
  • Now that the Affordable Care Act has been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, what is Mitt Romney’s objection toward it, especially considering that it is basically his plan?  He says that states should experiment to find their own answers.  But if he stands behind his work, why have the states seek a solution that he has already found?  (He certainly could still argue for improvements to the plan without having to advocate its complete repeal.)
  • If we haven’t defeated the “insurgency” in Afghanistan in 11 years, what will make the next how many more years different?
  • In light of the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court decision, does Mitt Romney still plan on nominating judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts?

Next time I will have questions regarding President Barack Obama.


$11 billion can go a long way.  It can buy:

My point being that $11 billion is a ridiculous amount of money that could do a crazy amount of good.  $11 billion is also the amount the Federal Election Commission is projecting will be spent on the 2012 election.  That seems like such a waste to me.  This is especially true knowing that a large part of that money is coming from people wanting to buy influence for their own self-interest.  What a misuse of resources!


They left out “anarchy”!

This is one of those things you read and you swear that it can’ t possibly be true.  You have to assume that somebody read an article in The Onion and didn’t understand that The Onion is parody news.  Or it’s one of those e-mail forwards that everyone chooses to believe for some reason without verifying it for themselves.  I mean, the Texas GOP couldn’t have actually added a plank to their educational platform opposing the teaching of critical thinking skills.  I mean, not even the Texas GOP would do that.  Oh, well that’s where I was wrong.   Yes.  Yes, they would do that (see page 12).

As they explain, critical thinking is apparently just code for Outcome-Based Education, which is apparently evil.  It’s all just a ploy to undermine “student’s fixed beliefs” and “parental authority”.  So really, they see critical thinking skills and think (non-critically of course!), in the infamous words of Admiral Ackbar, ‘it’s a trap!’.

The Texas Republicans have it all figured out.  I just so happen to have excerpts from the meeting where they put their platform together, where they really put their non-critical thinking skills to use:

  • “How ’bout we take math out of the curriculum?  You know what they say, there are three types of lies, lies, damn lies, and statistics.  We don’t want our kids to grow up to be damn liars, do we?”
  • “What about tests?  Do we need those?  Won’t that challenge the student’s fixed knowledge?”
  • “Smaller classroom size?  Just a plot from the evil teacher’s union for more jobs!  How ’bout this?  Close all the schools.  Move all the students to Cowboy Stadium.  Then hire America’s number one educator, Glenn Beck, to teach them all at once!  Imagine the budget savings!”

“True, I have no college education. Yet I’m the smartest person alive, as demonstrated by my ability to draw diagrams on chalkboards!”

  • “Great idea!  And just piggy-backing here, but what about all those books in the library?  Why do we need books?  Get rid of those along with the classrooms.  Everything is on Wikipedia now.  Oh, and Discovery Channel.  And The History Channel.  Speaking of that, did you see “Ancient Aliens” last night?  Did you know that Nazis had a time machine?  Bet they don’t teach that in our classrooms!”

And when one or more these items appear in the 2014 Texas GOP platform, this time I won’t be surprised!