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Can You Ever Forget the Flip-Flopper - Romney?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why did Mitt Romney loose?

The overwhelming question concerning the man was "Can we trust him?"

1) He says that he opposed the President's stimulus, "No time, Nowhere, No How", after he was quoted for saying "I think there is need for economic stimulus".

He flipped so many times on the issues, that people doubted his character.

Here is more proof...

2) Has he flip-flopped on abortion?  First he says he will choose to respect the right for the woman to choose..(Pro Choice)  But then he says, "the right next step in the fight to preserve the sanctity of life is to see 'Roe vs. Wade' be overturned.(Anti-Choice).

First, he is pro-choice, then he is pro-life.

3) He showed his true colors when he mentioned that he was against Reagan, when is says that he was an "independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I'm not trying to return to Reagan-Bush" (Against Ronald Reagan). But then he says "that the principles that Ronald Reagan espoused are as true today as they were when he spoke them" (For Ronald Reagan).

3) "In 1985 I helped found a company. I learned how America competes with companies from other countries". But then what does he does with Bain Capital? He shut down companies, liquidating their assets and firing their American workers. He says that "I think you'll find that I've been as consistent as human beings can be" and then he says "if you are looking for someone who has never changed on any positions on any policies, I'm not your guy."

4) Then his fellow Republican and fellow candidate Rick Perry was quoted " I think Americans just don't know sometimes which Mitt Romney they're dealing with.

5) Was he very likable  On the front cover of a Time Magazine sported Mitt Romney's picture with the headline posed in a question, "WHY DON"T THEY LIKE ME? He spent little or no time doing interviews on the TV, whereas the other candidates worked the Sunday news shows circuit like a real politician. He often bypassed reporters on the rope lines  refusing to answer questions, making people to wonder what he was hiding. When he actually had a personal television interview, it was disastrous.

6) He received million dollar donations and the (fake) companies just suddenly ceased to exist. He wanted people just to donate money or make people believe that they were actually donating money while he just stayed in the shadows. In all actually, the chuck of his funds came from his buddies on Wall Street. He said " To get that kind of money, you have to cozy up as an incumbent to all of the special interest groups who can go out and raise money for you from their members." "That kind of relationship has an influence on the way that you are going to vote."  But then in another breathe, he says "I'm not going to spend my time going after Ben Bernakie. I'm not going to take my effort and focus on the Federal Reserve." Then he says that Ben Bernakie is doing a great job and he thinks it's important to have the Fed as an independent agency. He said that he doesn't want to have the Congress of the United States try to pull strings at the Fed.

7) In a statement made on the Fox News Channel, the narrator said that "personality wise he comes across as if he was designed by German scientists to be an 'android' politician.

8) Donations from Mitt Romney lobbyists were more than all of the other Republican candidates combined, he alone at 51.6%, Tim Pawlenty coming in second at 23.7%, then Jon Huntsman at 11.8%, Newt Gingrich at 9.6% and then Rick Santorum with the least number of lobbyists.

9) Then there was health care. He said that what he did in Massachusetts  that he put together an exchange, and he was glad to see the President copying it. But then he said "Obamacare is bad news, and if I'm President of the United States, I will repeal it." He was for it when he was governor, but since President Obama wants the same coverage for all Americans, he is now against it.

10) Then there was the issue on immigration. He said that "I don't think that I hired an illegal in my life" but then 2 minutes and 14 seconds later in a debate with Perry, he says " We hired a lawn company to come and mow our lawn. They had illegal immigrants that were working for them." Is that a stroke of genius on Mitt Romney's part or what?!?!?!?!!!!??????

11) On the subject of climate change, he said "I believe the world is getting warmer. I believe that humans contribute to that." Then later he says, "My view is that we don't know what is causing climate change on this planet."

He seems to change positions on the issues because of political expedience. He changed his positions regarding unions.

12) He says that he would be proud to sign a 'no new taxes' pledge, but then he says that "I'm proud to be the only Republican candidate for President to sign the tax pledge." So first he said that he wouldn't, but then he actually did.

13) As Governor of Massachusetts, he signed into law a bill extending the ban for assault weapons, but then he said " I do not support any new legislation of weapon band nature." How can he so blatantly flip-flop on the issue of assault weapons, but he did.

Even the late night TV hosts can joke about Mitt Romney, saying that he's against the Mitt Romney of just 4 months ago.

14) He says that TARP was the right thing to do. So then guess what he says next.  "TARP aught to be ended."

15) Mitt Romney tried to take credit for the auto industry, when he was prepared to let the auto industry die, as he put it "Let Detroit go bankrupt".

16) After all of what was just mentioned, then he says, "I think people understand that I'm a man of steadiness and consistency  Oh my....  

Actually, it's probably a good thing that now the Presidential campaign is over, as now we no longer need to listen to a thing he has to say, and whether he now flip-flops more on the issues, it really doesn't matter. I can go out on a limb here with certainty that he will never again run for President. Will the Republican party learn from such a candidate of Mitt Romney, or will they be ready to do it all over again. Will their principles change, from being so leftist so that they can pull votes from the Democrats the next time. Why, because if they do not figure out a way to do it, they will just loose again in 2016.


The Fiscal Cliff - Can It Be Avoided?


There is lots of information out there on the web that will give you an idea as to whether or not the Fiscal Cliff will be avoided. The President is doing everything he can to get the Republicans to accept the fact that taxes on the rich have to become a reality, or is he?

As stated in a 'CNNMoney' article, it's just too early to know what truly is going to happen, and for the people who depend on the Congressional leaders to create laws that will benefit everyone, it's very obvious to all the people that Congress is now set to continue in performing in their 'do-nothing' ways.

All they seem to do is argue about everything, and when things get difficult for making real concrete decisions, permanent ones that they will have to stand by, they just seem to give up, and take a recess, or go on vacation. How is it that this governing body can just leave their unfinished work behind and just decide to go on vacation and in other words say 'to hell with it' or 'we'll vote on it when we come back' knowing full well when they come back after eating their thanksgiving turkey or their Christmas traditional dinner, that they will not be any further than before they left.

I'm not saying that the Democrats or the Republicans do not want to deal together, but our Democracy demands that something come out for the benefit of the people and the lawmakers of the country are ultimately responsible for what happens. The President alone cannot make the laws himself. He depends on that Congressional governing body to approve of the laws that he signs into law with a simple stroke of a pen.

Recently he has attended a White House meeting with the media, and has explained that the fiscal cliff can be easily avoided with the stroke of a pen he was sporting at the meeting. In the past just a few years ago, the President renewed the Bush tax cuts which was just a temporary measure, but now it's time for a permanent law to take effect so that Americans are not constantly burdened or put in a constant state of panic when it comes to tax hikes.

Nevertheless, the lawmakers seem bent in doing nothing, and the following are the reasons as stated in a 'CNNMoney' article as to “why the fiscal cliff won't get resolved easily.”

1. President Obama insists on a tax rate increase on those earning $250,000 or more, and House Republicans balk.
2. President Obama and Democrats refuse to accept revenue increases that won't be scored by the Congressional Budget Office -- i.e. that depend upon tax reform and/or upon an assumed increase in economic growth.
3. Republicans won't accept another extension of the temporary 2% payroll tax cut for working Americans. So President Obama may insist on a Making Work Pay tax credit much like the one from the 2009 stimulus package. That credit was worth up to $400 for single workers earning less than $95,000 and up to $800 for married couples making less than $190,000.
4. House Republicans insist on entitlement cuts that Senate Democrats won't accept. Senate Democrats see Social Security as completely off the table, and Medicare cuts will be difficult to achieve because most of the easier ones were used to pay for health care reform.
5. Everyone wants to repeal the $109 billion sequester of defense and non-defense spending, but Republicans may object if it's not "paid for."
6. Democrats want bigger defense cuts than Republicans will accept.
7. Discretionary spending can be shaved a bit more, but not much more without incurring Democratic opposition.
  1. Republicans may refuse to accept a debt ceiling increase that is not "paid for." A one-year hike would cost about $1.2 trillion. There's no way they could pay for that.


Obama Continues to Push on Tax hikes for the Rich

President Obama doesn't seem to want to wait for the continued slow decisions of Congress and seems intent in bringing his case of tax hikes for the rich to the people. Presently, he is continuing his effort with building pressure on the U.S. Congress through public support as he flies around the country, because it seems that Congress seems willing to let the Bush Tax Cuts expire by the end of this year.
President Obama continues to build his case with others including small-business owners on Tuesday,, returning Wednesday to host an event at the White House to highlight how “middle-class Americans who would be impacted' if Congress fails to reach a deficit reduction agreement by the year's end.
Besides trying to implement tax cuts, the Congress is trying to figure out on how to raise revenue at the same time in a package deal. But it seems as if the Congress is running out of time, as the tax hikes are set to kick in for every American starting on January 1, 2013.
The President is not letting down, and seems determined to make sure that the middle-class people continue to have no hike in taxes while proposing a tax hike for Americans making above $250,000.

Now here is the kicker. Most people do not understand how the tax hikes for the people making over $250,000 works. Let's say that a business owner makes $260,000 for the year. He will not be taxed at a higher rate on the entire $260,000 but would only be taxed at a higher rate for the mere $10,000 over the $250,000 that he made. If the business owner make $500,000 for the year, he would be taxed at a higher rate for only $250,000 of his income. Some business owners claim that they will refuse to pay the higher rates, therefore they would have to limit their business income. A few say that they will make sure to only make $249,999, just so they don't have to pay the higher tax. That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. As an example of the extra tax, a family or a business with income between $250,000 and $300,00 in taxable income would on average owe an additional $199 for the year, and this is in according to projections drawn from Census and IRS data by the progressive Citizens for Tax Justice. That works out to $16 a month, enough to reduce the number of afternoon stops at Starbucks but not so devastating that the beach vacation gets canceled.  


The Effects of the Pending 'Fiscal Cliff'

Saturday, November 24, 2012

What is this 'fiscal cliff' everyone is talking about? Is it important to prevent 'going over the cliff' and how will if effect everyone?


Fiscal cliff” is the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum that the U.S. government will face at the end of 2012, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect.
Among the laws set to change at midnight on December 31, 2012, are the end of last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts (resulting in a 2% tax increase for workers), the end of certain tax breaks for businesses, shifts in the alternative minimum tax that would take a larger bite, the end of the tax cuts from 2001-2003, and the beginning of taxes related to President Obama’s health care law. At the same time, the spending cuts agreed upon as part of the debt ceiling deal of 2011 will begin to go into effect. According to Barron's, over 1,000 government programs - including the defense budget and Medicare are in line for "deep, automatic cuts."
In a nutshell, Everyone who pays income tax — and some who don’t — will feel it.
So will doctors who accept Medicare, people who get unemployment aid, defense contractors, air traffic controllers, national park rangers and companies that do research and development.
The package of tax increases and spending cuts known as the ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ takes effect in January unless Congress passes a budget deal by then. The economy would be hit so hard that it would likely sink into recession in the first half of 2013, economists say.
And no matter who you are, it will be all but impossible to avoid the pain.
Middle income families would have to pay an average of about $2,000 more next year, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has calculated.
Up to 3.4 million jobs would be lost, the Congressional Budget Office estimates. The unemployment rate would reach 9.1 percent from the current 7.9 percent. Stocks could plunge. The nonpartisan CBO estimates the total cost of the cliff in 2013 at $671 billion.
Collectively, the tax increases would be the steepest to hit Americans in 60 years when measured as a percentage of the economy.
‘‘There would be a huge shock effect to the US economy,’’ says Mark Vitner, an economist at Wells Fargo.
Most of the damage — roughly two-thirds — would come from the tax increases. But the spending cuts would cause pain, too.
The bleak scenario could push the White House and Congress to reach a deal before year’s end. On Tuesday, Congress returns for a post-election session that could last through Dec. 31. At a minimum, analysts say some temporary compromise might be reached, allowing a final deal to be cut early next year.
Still, uncertainty about a final deal could cause many companies to further delay hiring and spend less. Already, many US companies say anxiety about the fiscal cliff has led them to put off plans to expand or hire.
A breakdown in negotiations could also ignite turmoil in financial markets, Vitner said. It could resemble the 700-point fall in the Dow Jones industrial average in 2008 after the House initially rejected the $700 billion bailout of major banks.
Since President Barack Obama’s re-election, nervous investors have sold stocks. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index sank 2.3 percent last week, its worst weekly drop since June. The sell-off resulted in part from anxiety over higher tax rates on investment gains once the fiscal cliff kicks in.
Last week, Obama said he was open to compromise with Republican leaders. But the White House said he would veto any bill that would extend tax cuts on income above $250,000.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner countered that higher tax rates on upper-income Americans would slow job growth. Boehner argued that any deal must reduce tax rates, eliminate special-interest loopholes and rein in government benefits.
The US government has run annual budget deficits in excess of $1 trillion in each of the last four fiscal years. A report Tuesday showed the government started the 2013 budget year with a $120 billion deficit in October, suggesting a fifth $1 trillion annual deficit is likely.
That adds pressure on Obama and Congress to reach a budget deal.
Still, most economists want an agreement that would lower the deficit gradually over several years, rather than a sharp cut that could rattle the still-weak economy.
More than 50 percent of the tax increases would come from the expiration of tax cuts approved in 2001 and 2003 and from additional tax cuts in a 2009 economic stimulus law.
The first set of tax cuts reduced rates on income, investment gains, dividends and estates. They also boosted tax credits for families with children. Deductions for married couples also rose. The 2009 measure increased tax credits for low-income earners and college students.
About 20 percent of the tax increase would come from the expiration of a Social Security tax cut enacted in 2010. This change would cost someone making $50,000 about $1,000 a year, or nearly $20 a week, and a household with two high-paid workers up to $4,500, or nearly $87 a week.
The end of the Social Security tax cut isn’t technically among the changes triggered by the fiscal cliff. But because it expires at the same time, it’s included in most calculations of the fiscal cliff’s effects.
And it could catch many people by surprise.
‘‘Every worker in America is going to see a reduction in their paycheck in the first pay period of 2013,’’ Vitner noted.
An additional 20 percent of the tax increase would come from the end of about 80 tax breaks, mostly for businesses. One is a tax credit for research and development. Another lets companies deduct from their income half the cost of large equipment or machinery.
Mark Bakko, a Minneapolis accountant, says many mid-size companies he advises are holding off on equipment purchases or hiring until the fate of those tax breaks becomes clear. Bakko noted that the research and development credit typically lets a company that hired an engineer at a $100,000 salary cut its tax bill by $10,000. The credit has been routinely extended since the 1980s.
The rest of the tax increase would come mainly from the alternative minimum tax, or AMT. It would hit 30 million Americans, up from 4 million now.
The costly AMT was designed to prevent rich people from exploiting loopholes and deductions to avoid any income tax. But the AMT wasn’t indexed for inflation, so it’s increasingly threatened middle-income taxpayers. Congress has acted each year to prevent the AMT from hitting many more people.
Under the fiscal cliff, households in the lowest 20 percent of earners would pay an average of $412 more, the Tax Policy Center calculates. The top 20 percent would pay an average $14,000 more, the top 1 percent $121,000 more.
All this would lead many consumers to spend less. Anticipating reduced sales and profits, businesses would likely cut jobs. Others would delay hiring.
Another part of the cliff is a package of across-the-board spending cuts to defense and domestic programs — cuts the CBO says would total about $85 billion. Congress and the Obama administration agreed last year that these cuts would kick in if a congressional panel couldn’t agree on a deficit-reduction plan. The magnitude of the cuts was intended to force agreement. It didn’t.
Defense spending would shrink 10 percent. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said those cuts would cause temporary job losses among civilian Pentagon employees and major defense contractors. Spending on weapons programs would be cut.
For domestic programs, like highway funding, aid to state and local governments and health research, spending would drop about 8 percent. Education grants to states and localities; the FBI and other law enforcement; environmental protection; and air traffic controllers, among others, would also be affected, the White House says.
Hospitals and doctors’ offices could also cut jobs if an $11 billion cut in Medicare payments isn’t reversed.
Extended unemployment benefits for about 2 million people would end. The extra benefits provide up to 73 weeks of aid.
‘‘It would be nice if we could ... address these issues before the very last moment,’’ said Donald Marron, the Tax Policy Center’s director.end of story marker


President Obama 2012 Schedule to Date

Thursday, November 22, 2012



Nov 17-20 Bangkok, Thailand; Rangoon, Burma; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Nov 7 Washington DC
Nov 6 Chicago IL
Nov 5 Columbus, OH; Des Moines, IA; and Chicago, IL
Nov 4 Concord, NH; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Aurora, CO; and Madison, WI
Nov 3 Mentor, OH; Milwaukee, WI; Dubuque, IA; and Bristow, VA, Washington DC;
Nov 2 Hilliard, OH; Springfield, OH; and Lima, OH, Washington DC
Nov  1 Green Bay WI, Las Vegas, Denver CO, Columbus OH
Oct 31 Atlantic City New Jersey
Oct 30 Washington DC
Oct 29 Washington DC
Oct 27 Nashua NH
Oct 24 Davenport, IA, Denver, CO, and Las Vegas, NV
Oct 23 Boca Raton FL, Dayton OH
Oct 18 New York City
Sep   9 Melbourne, West Palm Beach Florida
Sep   8 St Petersburg, Kissimmee, Orlando Florida
Sep   7 Portsmouth NH, Cedar Rapids IA
Sep 5,6 Charlotte NC
Sep   4 Norfolk Virginia
Aug 31 El Paso Texas
Aug 28 Des Moines Iowa, Fort Collins Colorado
Aug 22 New York City
Aug 21 Columbus Ohio, Reno, Las Vegas Nevada
Aug 15 Moline Illinois
Aug 13 Omaha Nebraska
Aug   9 Colorado Springs Colorado
Aug   8 Denver, Grand Junction, Pueblo Colorado
Aug   6 Stamford CT, New York
Aug   2 Orlando Florida, Leesburg Virginia
Aug   1 Mansfield, Akron Ohio
July 30 New York City
July 25 New Orleans Louisiana
July 24 Portland OR, Seattle WA
July 23 San Francisco, Reno NV, Oakland CA
July 20 Fort Myers Florida
July 19 Jacksonville, West Palm Florida
July 17 San Antonio Austin Texas
July 16 Cincinnati Ohio
July 13 Norfolk, Hampton, Roanoke Virginia
July 10 Cedar Rapids Iowa
July 6  Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Camp David
July 5  Toledo Ohio
Jun 29 Colorado Springs
Jun 28 Walter Reed
Jun 26 Boston, Atlanta, Miami
Jun 25 Portsmouth NH
Jun 22 Orlando, Tampa Florida
Jun 18, 19 Mexico G8 Plenary Session
Jun 1 Golden Valley, Minnesota
May 24 San Jose CA, Newton Iowa
May 23 Colorado Springs & Denver, Colorado
May 21 Joplin Missouri
May 20 Chicago Illinois
May 18 Camp David G8 Summit
May 11 Reno Nevada
May 10 Seattle Washington, Los Angeles
May 8 Albany New york
Apr 27 Hinesville, Georgia
Apr 25 Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Apr 24 Chapel Hill, NC - Colorado
Apr 18 Ohio, Michigan
Apr 13 Cartagena Colombia, Summit of Americas
Apr 13 Tampa Florida
Apr 10 Palm Beach Florida
Mar 30 Burlington Vermont
Mar 24 - 27 Seoul S Korea
Mar 22 Cushing Oklahoma; Columbus Ohio
Mar 21 Boulder City Nevada; Roswell New Mexico;
Mar 16 Chicago Illinois
Mar 13 Dayton Ohio
Mar 9  Richmond Virginia
Mar 7  Charlotte North Carolina
Mar 1  Nashua New Hampshire, New York City
Feb 23 Miami Florida; Orlando Florida
Feb 16 San Diego California, San Francisco CaliforniaEverett Washington
Feb 15 Milwaukee Wisconsin; Los Angeles California
Feb 1 Falls Church Virginia
Jan 27 Detroit Michigan
Jan 26 Denver Colorado
Jan 25 Las Vegas Nevada
Jan 24 Cedar Rapids, Iowa & Phoenix Arizona
Jan 19 Orlando Florida Tourism Jobs


People say things that are Untrue, Just to Feel Better after the Election

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The man who came in second place for Vice-President this year, Paul Ryan....

Paul Ryan says that President Obama won because of a high turnout in urban areas. The truth is that he is saying this because it makes him feel good. The fact is that President Obama did as well as Democrats usually do in swing states in urban areas. So the President did well there, and that was to be expected. Nothing was new there, but Paul Ryan claims that he knows why he and Mitt Romney didn't win the election. Not true. He doesn't seem to know a darn thing. He needs to come up with a better reason than that. If you look at the 8 swing states that the President won, the President only did marginally better in some of them then the last election running against John McCain, and in two states he actually did worse, and the state of Florida was really the only state where there was a significant increase. This was a state that the President didn't even have to win to win the election. So when Ryan says that the surprise urban turnout that happened this year makes makes him feel better about what happened, but it really doesn't explain WHY it happened. So his thesis is not true.
How about Mitt Romney in 2012 verses John McCain in 2008. Among liberals that are happy that Mitt Romney lost this year, and among conservatives that are claiming that they know the reasons why Mitt Romney lost, there has been a fair amount of bi-partisan Mitt Romney glee over the idea that Mitt Romney even received fewer votes for President than John McCain did in 2008. It turns out that this is not true. It may have looked like that on election night or on the day after the election, but millions of votes weren't counted right after the election, as it may take days and even weeks before you get all of the votes in after an election. The fact is that President Obama beat both Romney and McCain easily. It wasn't even a close election, but believe this or not, Mitt Romney was closer than John McCain. Mr. Romney did beat Mr. McCain in terms of the absolute number of ballots cast, which is neither exciting or may just be population growth depending on your perspective. But if someone tells you that John McCain got more votes than Mitt Romney, no matter why they are telling you this, it is definitely not true.
How about another guy named Dean Chambers. He ran the now famous for all the wrong reasons website "unskewed polls" ( That website became famous in the campaign for being hilariously but very self-confidently wrong about polling in the Presidential election. 'Unskewed polls' said that everyone else's polling assumptions were wrong, and if you fixed them, you would see just how much Mitt Romney was going to win the election by. 'Unskewed Polls' said that Mitt Romney was going to win the State of Florida by more than 4 points. He was supposed to win the state of New Hampshire by 2 points. Mitt Romney was supposed to win the State of Iowa by 3 points. There was supposed to be a Romney blowout in Virginia, as he was to win by 6 points. Mr. Romney did not win the states of Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire or Virginia, let alone by the margins that Dean Chambers predicted. Now, this website becomes the political standard for 'wrong' when it comes to polls. So now that he failed so miserably, what does he continue to do. He brings up a website called 'Barack O'Fraudo'. It's all about voter fraud, and that President Obama stole the election in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. If you look at his map on the website, those four states are marked in black. The excuse of voter fraud is the reason why Dan Chambers says that President Obama won those states. So saying things in politics that make you feel good seems to be the norm on this website. But people need to look at the facts portrayed on this website to the facts that actually happened so they can learn from them. The website is a total joke.
Unfortunately from the Conservative side after the election, people must continue to bear with the lies that continue to come forward from this group of Americans that really don't really seem to know why they lost this year and also in the previous election. If they can't get it right, then how will they get it right for the next election in 2016?
The bottom line is that if the Republican base does not get a good leader and get that person soon, then 2016 and 2020 should be in the bag for the Democrats. President Obama had one of the least popular Presidents that ran for re-election but actually won. This fact is not secret. If there weren't a law stating that a  sitting President could only go for re-election only once, then I could safely say right now that the President could be re-elected again, unless the conservative movement could get their act together soon. Even with this said, until the Republican party becomes more organized on the issues and more realistic in their beliefs on a wide variety of subjects, they just will not win election in 2016, but the new Democratic candidate after President Obama will.


Weekly Address: Working Together to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts

Monday, November 19, 2012

Published on Nov 17, 2012 by 
President Obama urges Congress to act now on one thing that everyone agrees on -- ensuring that taxes don't go up on 98 percent of all Americans and 97 percent of small businesses at the end of the year. On Friday, the President had a constructive meeting with Congressional leaders on finding ways to reduce our deficit in a way that strengthens our economy and protects our middle class, and he looks forward to working together to get this done.


The President In Action After the Election

In the White house this past week, the President invited 14 middle class Americans to the White House to stand with him during a press conference that highlighted the next steps towards a continued economic recovery. On Veterans day, the President went to Arlington National Cemetery to honor the dead soldiers. But that was only the beginning of a trying week. He traveled to New York to continue to be part of the continuing cleanup effort from the effects and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
On Friday, the President spoke to reporters in the east room with middle class Americans to try and convince Congressional Republicans to support an already Senate passed bill to prevent a tax hike on 97 percent of small businesses and all Americans to take effect at the beginning of next year. The President pleaded with the Republicans to do the right thing, all the while he sported an ink pen and vowed to use the pen to sign into law permanent tax cuts. He mentioned that there is no disagreement of not raising taxes of people making under $250,000 but with raising taxes on people above that rate, people who do not need tax cuts. The bill has stalled in Congress within the last couple of months mainly because of two reasons. First, the Republicans were hoping that President Obama would not get elected and that Mitt Romney would. Mitt Romney supported no tax hikes on anyone and supported less taxes for the rich. Second, since President Obama renewed the Bush tax cuts in 2010, he vowed to never do a temporary fix again, and this time he would see it through until a plan can be reached to make the tax cuts permanent. The decision now is clearly in the Republicans hands and they will have to act by January or accept the possibility that a tax hike across the board will come for all Americans, no matter what class you are in.
In the middle of the week on Wednesday, the President conducted meetings in the White House to gather more plans on how to reduce the national deficit. Again, his idea was to also strengthen the middle class and ask the upper class of Americans to do their fair share.

The President says that he has one mandate. It is to help middle class families and to help families that are working hard to move up to the middle class. He's not worried about the politics of it, and not interested in the special interests, just to work hard at it to see how it would be possible for people to get ahead. If his mandate works, then people will be back to work, people will able to purchase, and live the American dream.
On Thursday, the President traveled to Staten Island New York, to meet with local officials and to check on the on-going recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. He thanked first responders and comforted victims that are still directly effected from the devastation caused by the storm.

After all of this activity by the President, it was now time to begin his Asian trip. One of his goals was to expand the U.S. leadership in the Asian Pacific region. The President traveled to Bangkok Thailand, where talks were about security cooperation and to discover ways on how the American people and the Thai people can create more bonds to go forward.

The President was the first American President to visit the country of Burma. The President realizes the Burmese people and their goals to step towards Democracy. Recently, there were hundreds of political prisoners released from prison in Burma, cease fires reached with the ongoing civil wars within the country.

The President moved on to Cambodia, where he attended the East Asian summit which involved a variety of Asian nations to deal with challenges such as maritime security, energy cooperation, trade investments that would support jobs and opportunities for people of many nations, including the Asian-Pacific region. Lots of progress is expected there. Then a visit to Cambodia. He will be the first American President ever to visit Cambodia. America's interests will become more known there during this process, but people will also recognize what are the American values, including human rights which are so very important in this part of the world during this time in history.


Democrats Already Favored to Win in 2016

Why does it seem to always be an uphill battle for the Republicans every election, excluding the policies of each party? Before the voting even begins each election year, there are a certain number of states, namely 18 that traditionally vote Democrat. Here is the  'blue' list and  a main reason why the Democrats may win again in 2016 unless a qualified, well liked, viable candidate for the Republican nominee is found.

New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Washington State

Besides the 18 states listed above, add the District of Columbia. So right from the start, the Democratic nominee, and in this case President Obama, had a start of 242 electoral votes before even campaigning. All that was needed is a mere 28 electoral votes. Many people who watch the elections for the first time during an election are not aware of that. What they may be aware of is that the Republicans knowing these facts tried to steal the states of Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Michigan during the election this year, but failed to do so. They did not have many options.
In the case of President Obama, he was worried loosing some of those traditional 'blue' states, because of his limited successes and failures in his first term, along with the lies spilled out by the Republican campaign about the Democratic candidates. The President was only hovering around 50% in popularity overall, but to his advantage, he was extremely popular among the middle class, mainly blacks and Hispanics along with a majority of women voters.
The choices and beliefs of the Republican party and the presidential candidate this year, Mitt Romney made it easy for President Obama to regain the White House for the second term with ease.
Now the Republican party is in need of a new leader, new policies and a new referendum to run on. The beginning of the Presidents second term begins very soon, so it really is not in the mainstream Republican's idea to wait until the next election in 2016 takes place. Yes, they will not have to contend with President Obama as he will be ineligible to run for a 3rd term. At the top of the list already in mention is the present Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden, and the present Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. For the short term, the Republicans already know the status of each of these 2 people for the next four years. Vice President Biden will continue to be the Vice-President, no surprise  Hilary Clinton plans to retire in January, and talks are that President Obama may nominate Susan Rice, who is already being strongly opposed by Senator John McCain. In another botched attempt to put down a good person for a nomination, Senator McCain will prove how he continues to spoil possible future Republican chances for successful elections in the future. Instead of concentrating on what will be necessary to beat the next Democratic candidate in 2016, he continues to wage a war against someone who is extremely qualified for the job of Secretary of State, instead of going after President Obama. Time will only tell if John McCain fights with President Obama if Susan Rice is nominated by the President.

Who will be the next Republican nominee for President? Will it be John McCain, Sarah Palin, or how about Paul Ryan? Mitt Romney will never get a renomination from the Republicans. How about Marco Rubio, or is he even qualified to run?! How about Governor Bobby Jindal from Louisiana. Jindal overlooked possibilities of a vice-presidential candidate with John McCain in 2008 and with Mitt Romney in 2012. Who else is qualified to run? So what the republicans need to do is decide who may run against a Democrat in 2016 or soon they may be looking at the possibility of not having a good candidate for 2016. Oh yes, don't let me forget about Rick Santurum who almost beat Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination this year. Truthfully, I'm hoping that Rick Santorum is picked in 2016, because the win for the Democrats will in the bag again for the next election and possibly for the 2020 election if Santorum becomes the nominee for the Republicans in the next campaign.


What If's in a Presidential Election

Sunday, November 11, 2012

No candidate wins majority
• Newly elected House picks president from top three Electoral College vote-getters.
• Newly elected Senate chooses vice president from top two Electoral College vote-getters.
• Timeline: Congressional intervention

An elector bucks system
• In 26 states and Washington D.C., laws require electors to follow the popular vote.
• Some states threaten penalties for "faithless electors." No one has ever been prosecuted.
• Details: Rules and regulations

A candidate must receive an absolute majority of electoral votes (currently 270) to win the Presidency. If no candidate receives a majority in the election for President, or Vice President, that election is determined via a contingency procedure in the Twelfth Amendment, which is explained in detail below.



State population per electoral vote for the 50 states and Washington D.C.
The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of representatives and senators the state has in the United States Congress. In the case of representatives, this is based on the respective populations. Each state's number of representatives is determined every 10 years by the United States Census. In the case of senators, each state is entitled to two.
Under the Twenty-third Amendment, Washington, D.C. is allocated as many electors as it would have if it were a state, but no more electors than the least populous state. The least populous state (Wyoming, as of 2011) has three electors; thus, D.C. cannot have more than three electors. Even if D.C. were a state, its population would entitle it to three electors; based on its population per electoral vote, D.C. has the second highest per-capita Electoral College representation, after Wyoming.
Currently, there is a total of 538 electors, there being 435 representatives and 100 senators, plus the three electors allocated to Washington, D.C.. The six states with the most electors are California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20) and Pennsylvania (20). The seven smallest states by population—AlaskaDelawareMontanaNorth DakotaSouth DakotaVermont, and Wyoming—have three electors each. This is because of these states' entitlement to one representative and two senators.

What actually happened in the 2012 election....

The Electoral map above is the final tally of electoral votes for all the states in the 2012 election. The only state with a considerable number of electoral votes won by Mitt Romney was Texas, and winning that state was no surprise  as it traditionally goes Republican each election.  But what counted for Obama was Ohio, Pennsylvania,California, New York along with a host of others that swung the vote to Obama. Interestingly enough, the Republican candidates of Romney and Ryan could not even win their home states, but  Obama won his home state (Hawaii). 


Obama Wins Florida - Electoral Count reaches 332 for Obama

A Win is a win. Adding the state of Florida to your win column just makes the win more special, and brings the Presidents total and final electoral vote count to 332, compared to Romney"s 206. During the start of the night of the election, the results seemed gloomy for the President. At first glance, the President had just one state in his column, and Romney had many. But the ones that really counted ALL went to President Obama. When Ohio finally moved to the Obama column early in the night, the outcome of the night was known and the announcements started coming in that President Obama would be re-elected. He won with 50.01% of the votes cast and the difference between candidates were just shy of 74,000 votes in the state of Florida.
Why did it take so long for the state of Florida to give the results? The facts were that there were at least 4,000,000 absentee ballots to be counted, and with the race within a margin to go either way, then it was clear that the tally wouldn't be given the night of the election. In matter of fact it took until Saturday afternoon to get the vote count finally done.
It seems that every year the race seems to close to call for many campaigns, but this year, it was especially close, and the polls didn't seem to help much. Talk radio was entertaining, but you could let your fingers walk from one radio station to another and get a different result as far as polls. If you went to a station like KLIF sponsoring conservative talk show hosts bent on putting down the President and promoting the Republican candidate which not necessarily was their choice, you would hear that Governor Romney was ahead in the polls. If you listened to liberal stations, you would hear that Obama was ahead in the polls. At the end, the polls didn't matter. The electoral college that went past the magic number for President Obama was reached when he won the state of Ohio.
What is sad is that there were several possibilities that the election could have come down to the State of Florida as did in the past, and that would mean a time after the election that a winner could not be chosen because of absentee ballots. I'm glad that this did not happen for the 2012 elections, and that the electoral and popular votes went for President Obama, just as they did in 2008. Interestingly enough, knowing the facts of the actual voters after the election just gives you chills, knowing that if the same number of republicans would have come out and voted for their candidate as they did for McCain in 2008, there was a chance that Mitt Romney could be president-elect right now. Instead, millions of Republican voters stayed home this year. No-one knows the definitive reason why they did not come out and vote.  Maybe it could be contributed to Hurricane Sandy that ravished the eastern coast during the early election cycles that kept people from voting. But maybe not, because the President won all of the eastern border states except North Carolina, South Carolina and  Georgia this year as Romney won that state of North Carolina by a margin of 51% to 48% a state that he won in 2008. Obama's prior successor George W. Bush won North Carolina twice, but it has traditionally gone Republican. Maybe it could be because of the long lines of voters, where in many cases it would take hours before you could reach a voting booth. People just didn't have the patience to wait, or the desire to possibly be told that they could not vote because they did not have a proper I.D.  Rules of the Republican that they were imposing on their voters worked against them this year.
What does this mean for the Republican party in 2012, with such a devastating loss across the board, including Senate seats and House seats lost to the Democrats? Listening to Conservative talk shows after the election, you can hear the blame game. One thing is for sure, the Republicans do not have a clear path for the 2016 elections. The only thing they may have going for them is that President Obama will not be running in 2016. Since the ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1951, no person may be elected President more than twice, and no one who has served more than two years of a term to which someone else was elected may be elected more than once. Upon the death, resignation, or removal from office of an incumbent President, the Vice President assumes the office. The President must be at least 35 years of age and a "natural born" citizen of the United States.
So just as there was a long list of candidates in 2012 for the Republicans who wanted to run against President Obama, there will be a long list of Democrats that will bid for the Democratic nomination. The question is can the Republican party that is clearly in disarray at the present time come up with a truly solid Conservative leader that the voters can stand behind. For that matter, who do the Democrats have in mind? Is it too early to start looking for another candidate for the 2016 election right now?


What We Will Not Have and What was Gained as a Result in the 2012 Election

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The country may not realize what they had actually accomplished by not voting for Mitt Romney for President. If he were successful in his bid for the highest office in the land, a slow destruction of a long list of accomplishments gained by this Democratic President Barack Obama would have happened.

 Because of the vote, you are not going to have the following...

1) We are not going to have a supreme court that will overturn 'Roe vs. Wade'.

2) There will not be a repeal on health care reform. By 2014, Obamacare will be in full force.

3) No-one's going to kill medicare.

4) Millionaires and billionaires will not get 20% tax cuts, and expect programs like food stamps and child's health insurance tax cut for the rich. .

5) You will not have to clear it with your boss if you can get birth control through the insurance plan that you are on.

6) Rape will not be redefined.

7) U.S. Constitution will not be amended to stop gay people from getting married.

8) Guantanamo will not be doubled in size.

9) The Department of Energy, or the Department of Education, or housing at the
Federal level will not be eliminated.

10) An extra 2 trillion dollars will not be spent on the U.S. military even if they originally didn't want the money.

11)Student loans will not be scaled back, with the idea in mind that the new plan would think you should borrow money from your parents.

12)We will not be vetoing the 'Dream Act'.

13) We are not going to self deport. Romney was for it.

14) We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.

15) We are not starting a trade war with China on inauguration day in January.

16) We are not going to have as a president, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help and there was no apology, not ever. .  Read that story right here..

17) We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton..

18) We are not bringing Dick Chaney back.

We are not going to have a foreign policy stalked with architects of the Iraqi war. We have he choice to do that if we wanted to do that as a country, and right now we said no on the night of the election.

To be fair if you were a conservative, a few things did go your way..

1) The Republicans did not loose that senate seat they may have lost in Arizona..  Another Republican was elected, Jeff Flake.

2) The Republicans did not lose that Senate seat in Nevada, the Republican incumbent Dean Heller won re-election.

3) Last election, the President carried 28 states in 2008, and lost a few to the Republicans this time, Indiana and North Carolina.

4) Remember the Thaddeus McCotter seat in Michigan? Because he screwed up, another guy whom the Republicans have dubbed as the shirtless reindeer guy, someone who could never win in Michigan and would end up in jail if the voters elected him, won the election.

Mainly because of redistricting, the Republicans were never in danger of loosing the house, but what they actually won is a very very short list.

But now let's focus on what went well for the Democrats last night.

1) Starting with the Senate race in Missouri, a woman who everyone thought would loose, Clair McCaskill won her Senate seat over the very controversial Todd Akin by a wide margin, 55% against 39% for the Republican incumbent  Did the republicans think that the voters could ever forget the comments made by Todd Akin about women who get raped? Obviously not.

In Massachusetts,  Scott Brown who won a surprise mid-term election when Ted Kennedy passed away in 2010, lost in the 2012 election to the foremost authority on the economic rights of the middle class, Elizabeth Warren. Why so? Maybe because he supported Mitt Romney for President so strongly, and voted against the wishes of a solidly Democratic state of Massachusetts  The voters of that state wanted to accept his promise that he would be independent in his thinking and support for the state, but in the end, it was clear that he was bleeding red Republican blood, through and through. He lost mainly because of the gender gap. Women would not support him.
Instead of focusing the debate on him, he focused the debate on Elizabeth Warren, claiming that she could not possibly be 1/32 Cherokee Indian because as he said she should not possibly be a person of color, but "as you can see, she is not." Instead of his proving that she was not of color, he was insulting and showed prejudice against her race.

For marriage equality, same sex marriage, in the state of Maine, Maryland, voted for the measure. In Minnesota  they were asked to vote against marriage equality, but the voters refused to ban it. In Washington state, they became the 9th state to vote for marriage equality.

A judge in Iowa, Judge Wiggens, kept his seat after supporting marriage equality.

Nevada elected it's first African American congressman, Steven Horsford, over Republican Danny Tarkanian.

In Wisconsin, the first openly gay United States woman senator was elected, along with a first ever to be elected Asian woman Senator for Hawaii.

Another woman,  a Democratic Iraq war veteran, Tulsi Gabbard, age 32, a first Hindu member of the U.S. Congress for Hawaii. Gabbard previously served as Hawaii's youngest state representative, elected in 2002, and was the youngest woman in the United States to be elected to a state legislature. She is currently a Company Commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard, and has volunteered to serve on two deployments to the Middle East. She is also vice-president and co-founder of the environmental non-profit organization Healthy Hawaii Coalition. She is a woman to watch, because she is on the fast track of becoming very famous some day.

Another woman, Tammy Duckworth, who is a war veteran helicopter pilot who lost both of her legs in the Iraqi war has won election, and she is sending home someone who mocked her for her war record, Joe Walsh.

California relaxed it's 'three strikes your out' law. and rejected a law to cripple the power of unions. With the 'three strikes you're out law' repeat offenders of even non violent crime would get a 'life' sentence  For second time offenders, it would double the penalty/jail sentence for first time repeat offenders. Repeat offenders would have to serve there time in prison, would not be eligible for parole. Juvenile convictions along with out of state convictions would count as strikes. Again, this law was overturned.

Decriminalization of marijuana was approved in the states of Washington and Colorado.

In North Dakota of all places, the Democrats gained a Senate seat. Another woman by the name of Heidi Heitkamp won election there over the Republican Rick Berg.

In Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia  not only did Republicans loose the Presidential race, but they also lost the Senate race. There was a democratic sweep of the Presidency and of the Senate races took place, and the verdict is out for the state of Florida. But sometime around noon today, Saturday November 10, the verdict will be in and will be the major news story of the day as the votes will be revealed for that state.

Democratic women swept every major office in the state of New Hampshire.

In California, the Democrats won a 'super' majority in the state House and State Senate. That means that the Republicans are now completely legislatively irrelevant in the state of California.

More woman got elected to the U.S. Senate than any time in U.S. history.

Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lost the Presidential races in their respective home states.

Missouri, Montana and West Virginia chose Democratic Governors.

West Virginia and North Dakota chose their first gay person for their legislature.

Joe Leiberman's old seat went to a Democrat in Connecticut named Chris Murphy.

The proportion of young people voting compared to 2008 went up, and also with African Americans and Latinos.

President Obama was not only re-elected to the Presidency, but he will go down in history as one of the most successful Presidents since FDR. Not only did he get re-election with big electoral margins, but he won re-election with a majority of voters in the popular vote and now he did it twice.


Hilary Clinton expected to Step down in January 2013

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

With the Bush tax cuts expiring at the end of the year, it's as if the President doesn't have enough on his plate. In another event that should happen at the same time that the Bush tax expire, there should be a change in command when it comes to the position of Secretary of State.
Yes, Hilary Clinton is now expected to retire in January. So now a political guessing game will take place in trying to decide who President Obama will nominate for the position to replace her. Do you think this is precedence to a bid for the White House for Hilary Clinton in 2016? Personally, I do not believe that Hilary will run, especially since she ran against Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2012 and is already at age 65, which means she would have to endure a presidential run in just 3 years at age 68 and fulfill her first term in office as President at age 73. Three candidates that may be considered for the position is Democratic Senator John Kerry, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and National Security adviser  Tom Donilon. Personally, I believe that President Obama will nominate Susan Rice. As for John Kerry, that would mean a potential loss of a democratic Senate seat for Massachusetts.
So what else is in store for Obama's core national security team? How about speculation that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will step down in mid-2013. Two possible successors for him include his deputy, Ashton Carter, and former Pentagon Security Chief Michele Flournoy, whom if elected to that position would be the very first female defense secretary.


Issues facing the President

With the national elections over, Republicans now find themselves now having to compromise with President Obama to find a better way to move forward. Republicans now did find out the hard way with the defeat of Romney that in order for this country to move forward that they must cooperate in a bi-partisan fashion or things like the fiscal cliff will become reality. But unfortunately, the hard right wing conservatives will continue to be selfish in their thinking, and not be willing to compromise. even with the idea that in fewer than 60 days for now, arbitrary spending cuts and tax increases will begin to kick in unless the president and the Congress can find a better way to manage debt reduction. If the Bush tax cuts expire, there will be an average tax increase of almost $2,000 for middle-class Americans and possibly raising the unemployment again up above 9%. The stick in the mud here is that the President will extend the tax cuts for the middle class but he will veto any bill that extends the cuts for households with incomes over $250,000. Not passing the tax cuts would be good for the government, as it would bring in some 500 billion in revenues, but bad for the middle class.
So there is really no break for the President, even though he should celebrate that he won re-election. The fiscal cliff now hanging over his head and of Congress needs to take immediate precedence and dealt with swiftly.  President Obama needs to continue to try and find a way to get the divided Congress to work together to get things done. House Speaker John Boehner says that he is up to the task to work with the President, but that was his initial statement after the election. When legislation is presented in Congress, he most likely will not work with the President. But he and other Republicans in Congress now realize that Barack Obama is in this for the long haul. Now, the President doesn't have much to loose, and will show his veto power in many instances in the future when needed, and the Congress will now have to step up to get things done. The Republicans now know that trying to defeat Obamacare is a lost cause. Prior to the end of Obama's second term in 2016, Obamacare will be in full force. It will be between now and then for the people to either accept or not accept the plan, and the success will have allot to do if a Democrat will have a chance to win and election in 2016, as President Obama will not be allowed to run again. The President knew ahead of time if he were to win re-election at continuing as President would be no easy task.
The world economy which is very fragile at the moment is highly dependent on how the United States can handle their immediate crisis. Most of Europe is now in a recession, and Japan is also facing their version of a fiscal cliff.
Will the Congress get the tax issue done before the end of the year. They only have 16 more days in session before the end of the year, so they only have that long to get it done. Most likely like other bills passed in a rush, they will pass a law to band-aid the issue instead of creating a long term solution. It is extremely critical for the U.S. to get a tax reduction bill passed, as the markets closed today some 300 points down in the first day after the election, so things need to turn around fast or there may not be any way to come back. Also looming is the idea of the U.S. sovereign rating may drop again from 'AAA' to just 'AA'. It was downgraded the first time when the Congress couldn't come up with answers to address the debt ceiling, now may happen again because of the fiscal cliff issue.
Another issue facing the President is what is considered his greatest foreign policy headache, and that is Iran's nuclear program. Obama stated repeatedly that Iran would not be allowed to obtain or build a nuclear weapon on his watch. Likewise Netanyahu of Israel also pledged that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon on his watch. The United States favors sanctions against Iran that should eventually force the Iranian leadership to come to the table for productive talks on its nuclear program. Also, the current president in Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in his final term in office, so an outcome for a future nuclear program is undecided.
Then there are the revolts in Syria, and the United States is expected to take a more muscular approach now since the election is out of the way. Also looming is the military drawdown in Afghanistan, which will be a challenge, but is obtainable.
So there is allot at stake for the President right now, but if Obama can control things on the international front and the Obama administration can reach a deal with the Republican congressional leadership to reduce the federal deficit and head towards a balanced budget, then the U.S. should be well on it's way to prosperity.


President Obama WINS !

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Today has been another historic moment. Not because a President was elected, but because this is the first time in Presidential history that an African-American has won the Presidency a second time. President Obama, exhausted after a long, hard-fought campaign with his challenger Governor Mitt Romney, now has another 4 years to continue his work in an all out attempt to bring back the economy. Again, the republicans will have to endure democratic President Barack Obama. 
The conservative talk show hosts will sound like they are all in a hangover, thinking that what has happened was a bad dream. In reality, the people of the country have spoken, and did so loudly. Obamacare is now safe with Obama continuing to guard his most famous legislation. The Supreme Court not so long in the distant past has also validated Obamacare  All of the statements like, " I will repeal Obamacare my first day in office", by Mitt Romney are now just words of his memory. The name of Paul Ryan will finally become a name in the past. No vice-president that lost re-election or a vice-presidential candidate that lost an election has ever come back to run for President. 
It's not to say that Paul Ryan will not run for President some day, but let's look at the last election as an example. Did John McCain or Sarah Palin run for President this year? Will Sara Palin ever run for President? These are questions for the future and it's really too early to know, but now is a time to reflect on a long campaign in which the President came on top, and the celebration for the victory will be short lived. 
In the morning, the President will continue in his position as acting President of the United States, this time not worrying if he may be put out of office. 

As a result of this election, this blog will be around for at least another 4 years.


Will the Election be Over After Tonight? Maybe NOT!!

The end is near. After tonight, Americans accross the country can rest as say that the Presidential campain will finally, finally be done.

Guess What !!!!!!?!?!?!???

Maybe not. For example if President Obama wins Ohio by at least 2% of the vote or more, then it will be a cut and dry result in the favor of the President. But if he wins by under 2%, then the vote counting may take as long as November 17th. How do I know that?

There are approximately 200,000 to 300,000 provisional and absentee votes that will not get counted until that day. But the number of those votes are known, and if the winning candidate wins the state by more than the 300,000 votes that are provisional and absentee, then the country will not have to wait for those results. If the separation between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are within that 200,000 to 300,000 vote range, then the country will just have to wait until they get counted.

It has been a long, and hard campaign for both sides. Governor Romney has elected to campaign in Ohio up to the very last minute. President Obama has finished his last campaign. Both men are exhausted, but Romney, age 65, acts like he's sprinting into college as a freshman, ready to take on the world. President Obama, whethered by 4 years of being President is more subdued. He knows that this is the last time that he will ever vote for himself for President, let allone making any futher political ballot.

President Obama, age 52, has been a fighter, but still he must wait, along with Mitt Romney in anticipation as to how the election will turn out. Of course everyone is betting that Ohio will be the breaker. If Obama wins Ohio, then history says that he will win his second term as President, as no Republcan has ever won the Presidency without taking Ohio.

Regardless of who wins or who looses, the fact is that one will win and one will loose. Will it be your candidate or the opponent? If Obama wins re-election, then the Republicans will blame him on a dirty campaign and that he didn't win fairly, warping the minds of voters, lying about his opponent.
Actually, the other instance is true, whereas the governor has been caught lying in the campaign, falsifying ads that also distort the facts, blatently lying and flipflopping on the issues just so that things will work in his favor. Many republicans will tell you that if they had another choice, they would not choose Mitt Romney.

Voting is now taking place accross the country and polls will be closing shortly, and then there will be the long wait for the results. All the major news affaliates will be covering the results along with live streaming on the computer at and many people who do not have cable will use the streaming service for coverage.

It will be a big night for political news for sure, but let's just hope that we get a unanimous decision amongst the entire country as soon as tonight, and hope that there is no tomorrow as far as the presidential election is concerned.


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