Monday, September 24, 2012

A Bump in the Road??

On a 60 minutes interview, President Obama was asked about his Middle East policy in light of the deaths of four people including an American Ambassador.  President Obama replied, ""But I was pretty certain and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road because, you know, in a lot of these places, the one organizing principle has been Islam. The one part of society that hasn't been controlled completely by the government. There are strains of extremism, and anti-Americanism, and anti-Western sentiment. And, you know, can be tapped into by demagogues."

Governor Romney immediately  replied saying, "What's happening in the Middle East is hardly characterized in my view as a bump in the road. Not with Egypt electing a Muslim Brotherhood president. Not with Libya seeing the assassination of an American ambassador. Not with Syria, with 20,000 people killed by Mr. Assad. Not with Pakistan in tumult and of course, not with Iran on the verge of becoming nuclear capable. This is a far - far from a bump in the road."

Later, Governor Romney told ABC NEWS, "I can’t imagine saying something like the assassination of ambassadors is a bump in the road.”

 Look for MSNBC, CNN, NBC, and CBS to claim the remarks were out of context or that Romney is "jumping the gun", or some other such nonsense.  They will twist this to benefit President Obama in any way they can.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Harry Reid Owes Romney an Apology

Harry Reid has been accusing Governor Romney of not paying any taxes.  Today, Harry Reid was proven a liar.

The Romney campaign released Mitt and Ann Romney's 2011 tax return today. The campaign previews a few of the highlights here:
  • In 2011, the Romneys paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in mostly investment income.
  • The Romneys’ effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1%.
  • The Romneys donated $4,020,772 to charity in 2011, amounting to nearly 30% of their income.
  • The Romneys claimed a deduction for $2.25 million of those charitable contributions.
  • The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor's statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.
Additionally, the Romney campaign is releasing a summary of 20 years of taxes, between 1990-2009, detailing their tax expenditures during those years:
  • In each year during the entire 20-year period, the Romneys owed both state and federal income taxes.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the average annual effective federal tax rate was 20.20%.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the lowest annual effective federal personal tax rate was 13.66%.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the Romneys gave to charity an average of 13.45% of their adjusted gross income.
  • Over the entire 20-year period, the total federal and state taxes owed plus the total charitable donations deducted represented 38.49% of total AGI.


Let's see if Harry Reid is a man and apologizes for his slander.  My bet is that he says nothing.  In my book, that would make him a coward.

The Lies Are Not Working

For months, the Schreibman campaign has been telling lies about Congressman Gibson.  They have been trying to use "Mediscare" tactics to turn seniors against him. 

A new poll from Siena shows that it is not working.  Gibson leads 52 to 36 thus giving him a commanding 16 point lead.  In actuality, the lead is much higher.  The Siena polls always seem to favor Democrats.  In political circles, it is well known that any results from Siena require an additional 4 to 5 points be added to the Republican total to be truly accurate.  Thus, I suspect Gibson is really up 20 to 21 points.

Some have theorized that Obama being on the ticket will carry democrats.  Not so.  The same poll shows Obama up 4 points in the district.  Using the math that I mentioned before, the race is a dead heat in the district.  (Don't get excited if you are backing Romney.  NYC, Albany, Ithaca, and Buffalo will guarantee that New York goes with Obama.)  In the district though, there appears to be no coat tails from the President.

I guess it is time to tune up the band for Mr. Schreibman and sing, "Turn out the lights, the party's over . . ."



Kingston Then and Now

I post this video every now and then.  It is a nice collage of pictures of Kingston then and now.  Enjoy.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Major Gaffe by Obama

This is one that is hard to believe.

“The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside,” President Obama told a Univision forum Thursday. “You can only change it from the outside.”

I thought his campaign was about change??!!  Now, he admits that he cannot change government as President.  Not missing a beat, Mitt Romney responded that the voters will give Obama a chance to change it from the outside after the November election.

This is a major gaffe, but is nowhere near as bad as the famous "You didn't build that" comment.  Take a look at the video below to see a funny video concerning that infamous comment.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Good Ad With No Negativity

Proof

I and many others have stated that President Obama is a Socialist.  Democrats have denied this.  More often than not, the response from liberals has been that Obama is not a Socialist and is a moderate.

Now, there is proof that Obama is indeed a Socialist.  The core of socialism is redistribution of wealth.  Socialists believe that money and wealth should be taken and given to those they believe deserve it.  The idea is forced equality regardless of merit and work.

Take a listen to the comments made by President Obama on the YouTube link below.  Take special notice of President Obama's statement, "I actually believe in redistribution."


Friday, September 14, 2012

United States Credit Rating Downgraded Again

After the Federal Reserve announced it was printing and injecting $40 billion dollars into the U.S. economy (a move seen by many as a way to temporarily inflate the numbers to favor the reelection of President Obama), ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on the U.S. government to "AA-" from "AA," citing its opinion that quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve would hurt the U.S. economy and the country's credit quality.

In its downgrade, the firm said that issuing more currency and depressing interest rates through purchasing mortgage-backed securities does little to raise the U.S.'s real GDP but reduces the value of the dollar.

"In turn, this increases the cost of commodities, which will pressure the profitability of businesses and increase the costs of consumers thereby reducing consumer purchasing power," the firm said.

The credit rating of our country was always the absolute best and had never been downgraded.  Now, with one term of Barack Obama not even completed, we have been downgraded twice.

We need new leadership and it starts with a new President.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Talk About Insane

Three news stories have come to light which cause me to shake my head and wonder if any sane person is currently running our country or our foreign policy.

First, it is being reported by various non-partisan news sources that the Marines assigned as security detail for our embassy in Egypt were under orders by our Ambassador to Egypt not to carry live ammunition. Instead, we were relying upon Egypt security (run by the Muslim Brotherhood) to guard our sovereign territory, i.e. the embassy and its personnel. The idea of having unarmed Marines guarding our embassy in Egypt, especially given the current political climate there, is absolute lunacy.

A former Democratic elected official (Zell Miller) once said at the Republican National Convention in 2004 that he was concerned that national Democrats were planning to weaken our national defense. He asked whether our country was to be defended "with spitballs". Apparently, this was the case for our Marines in Egypt.

Second, it is now being reported that the White House was informed of dangerous protests and violent outbursts against our embassies in Egypt and several other countries 48 HOURS BEFORE IT HAPPENED.  Yet, NOTHING was done to protect our embassies or our citizens.  Now, one of our ambassadors is dead along with an aide and 2 marines.

Why was nothing done?  

Third and finally, the official initial response from our country after these attacks was an apology for offending the Islamist terrorists and attackers.  The media did not criticize this at all.  Yet, when Governor Romney expressed his outrage over this abysmal response, the Obama pocket media attacked Romney while giving Obama a pass. 

Sometimes, with this administration, I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone.  Right is deemed wrong and a proper objection is deemed treasonous.  It was bad enough when there was no white or black, just grey.  Now, it has been completely reversed so that anything pro-America is deemed politically incorrect and wrong.  If I say the pledge of allegiance, I am apparently offending people.  If I say God Bless America, I am anti-atheist or anti-agnostic.  The majority of people at the Democrat Convention booed God.  The majority of the media did not criticize this, but instead criticized those who objected to the booing.

After all of this, I am forced to ask some questions.  What's wrong with people?  Has the whole country gone mad?  Am I, as a proud and patriotic American, in the minority?  Is the United States not the greatest country in the world?  Or am I somehow a racist, "Europhobe", or "Middle Eastphobe" for believing that America is the best?

Man, do I need a beer!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Gibson Counters His Opponent's Lies


 We have already documented the lies being spewed against Congressman Gibson by his obviously desperate opponent.  The response from the Gibson camp is set forth below.  You may also click HERE to go directly to the link which sets forth the response with better graphics and fonts.

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Why our opponent has a credibility problem

PAID FOR BY CHRIS GIBSON FOR CONGRESS

Our opponent routinely uses false attacks and distortions to advance his partisan narrative. Devoid of vision and inspiration, his campaign represents all that is wrong with American politics.

Here are just a few of the most egregious and oft-repeated false attacks.

False claim: “[Gibson] quickly began supporting the Tea Party’s radical agenda.” [Julian for NY Press Release, August 14, 2012]…“And his voting record is not one of a moderate.” [Timestamp: 3:30]

Fact: Congressman Gibson enjoys broad support across the political spectrum, from conservative Republicans and pragmatic Independents to moderate Democrats. The Washington Post ranks him as the 3rd most independent Republican in the House of Representatives [U.S. Congress Votes Database, Washington Post, Accessed August 30, 2012] and he was ranked at the center of the House by National Journal in 2011. [Members in the Middle: House Members with Centrist Records, National Journal, March 2, 2012].

False claim: “Congressman Chris Gibson has voted to effectively end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a coupon program.” [Julian for NY Website, Accessed August 30, 2012] “Guaranteed coverage is gone” [Politics of Fear Target Elderly, Times Union, August 22, 2012]

Fact: The non-partisan fact-checker organization, Politifact, called the claim that the Republicans voted to end Medicare the 2011 “lie of the year.” With the nonpartisan Medicare trustees estimating Medicare will go broke in a little over a decade, what ends Medicare is the status quo. That is not an option – Congressman Gibson believes we owe it to those who built this country to fulfill our pledges and commitments we made to them. He has supported two different proposals to date that ensure we honor those pledges. The premium support proposal in the Republican budget would allow future seniors -those 54 and younger - to choose between a variety of federally pre-approved plans (like 25 percent of Medicare beneficiaries already do) to pick the coverage option that best meets their needs. Plans would be required to offer coverage to every senior (they could not cherry pick beneficiaries), and lower income seniors and the chronically ill would receive more money from the government while the wealthiest seniors would receive less. Anyone 55 or older would have absolutely no change in their benefits. The most recent iteration of the premium support model would have the option to choose between traditional Medicare or a pre-approved plan, with the government paying the full cost for at least two plan options. This year Congressman Gibson supported the bipartisan budget proposal (Cooper-LaTourette) that incorporates an accountable care approach, broader access to discount drugs, and additional measures to combat fraud, waste, and abuse. Congressman Gibson has demonstrated a willingness to work together with Democrats to ensure we save Medicare from bankruptcy and strengthen it for future generations. [Additional Resources: “Republicans Voted to End Medicare is 2011 Lie of the Year, Politifact; “$6,400 Myth,” Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2012; “Despite Democrats’ Warnings, Private Medicare Plans Find Success,” New York Times, August 25, 2012]

False claim: “…one area where a majority of Republicans went one way and [Gibson] broke with them was support for the small business innovation research fund....He was against it when even a majority of Republicans supported it.” [Timestamp: 3:39]

Fact: Congressman Gibson voted four times (H.R. 366, H.R. 2608, S. 1082, and H.R. 1540) to extend and reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. [Library of Congress THOMAS]

Sunday, September 2, 2012

"The Lie of the Year" being spread by Julian Schreibman

It would appear that Julian Schreibman, the Democrat candidate for Congressman, is either out of ideas, desperate, or just following the "Mediscare" play book. Perhaps it is all three.

Over the last 4 days, I have received fliers at my home from or on behalf of the Schreibman campaign containing a massive lie.  The ads accuse Congressman Gibson of "gutting Medicare" and "ending Medicare as we know it".  Now, there is a front page story in the Daily Freeman.

This is of course the lie liberal Democrats have been spreading about Paul Ryan and is plan to save Medicare.  The Albany Times Union, which is a very strong Democrat paper, recently ran an article stating that Julian Schreibman is playing "Mediscare politics". (http://bit.ly/RgFUxB).  When a Democrat rag like the Times Union says that about a Democrat or frankly says anything negative about a Democrat, it is saying something.

It should also be noted that PolitiFact examined the claims of Schreibman and his fellow left wingers that the Romney-Ryan plan would "end Medicare as we know it".  These non-partisan fact checkers concluded that the claim was the "Lie of the Year".  Imagine that. Schreibman is continuing to spread the "lie of the year".  That speaks volumes about his credibility.  What is next?  Will Schreibman and his supporters run an ad depicting Congressman Gibson throwing an old lady in a wheelchair over a cliff like the national democrats did to Paul Ryan?  Here's an idea for Mr. Schreibman.  Try to campaign honestly and stop spreading the "lie of the year".  Stop trying to scare seniors and offer some real plans for the future.  If you do not support the Ryan-Romney plan, then what is your plan to keep Medicare solvent?  Finally, stop sending lying and negative attack ads to my home and the homes of other voters.

In German, "Schreibman" means writing man.  Perhaps we should refer to him as "Schreibliegen" which means writing lies.