Lukewarm. That´s the feeling I get from the election numbers. Turnout was apparently down, at least as a percentage of eligible voters. The president was re-elected by a reduced margin. The challenger didn´t inspire the turnout surge he needed. Every re-elected president since Andrew Jackson has won with an increased popular vote percentage. Barack Obama didn´t. He won 53 to 46 percent in 2008. His numbers as I write are 50 to 48 percent over Mitt Romney. That could go up to 51 to 48 percent when California finishes its count, which took five weeks in 2008. Obama owes
It is not a fine line between "going negative" and outright lying. Had Obama and his campaign simply gone negative, he´d be packing his bags today. And the problem isn´t the lies in and of themselves...that´s to be expected from from a Democrat pol. It´s the ignorance of the Obama voters who are dull to the point of not being able to discern the difference between truth and fiction.
Yes, 0bama won by a very narrow margin in most states, but he won. Food Stamps are being given out in huge numbers, an all time high. Gun sales and ammo sales are at an all time high. Companies are laying off huge numbers of people due to his expensive healthcare plan. And very soon America will suffer its next Depression. Get used to it.
Without getting rid of Obamacare, I don´t know how we will make it as a free country. If a panel controls your healthcare and decides who will get treatment and who will not, what treatment is refused and to whom, who will live and who will die, they pretty much have you. One of the most unfair aspects is the the ruling class will be exempt from the negatives. Obama and family, Nancy Pelosi, the Bidens and Clintons will have the best of everything. They will skim off the top and we will be left to beg for the scraps.
Obama´s tax raising "mandate" came from 28% of the voting public.
26% not so much.
46% could not bring themselves to participate.
28% of the voters have seized "mob rule democracy” and have placed 26% of the voters on the Tax Slavery Plantation with the leadership of President-Elect Obama. We have to pay even MORE of our “Fair share" to Washington so they can continue to spend OUR money and borrow trillions more to stay in power.
There is no audit of the Fed. There is no audit of the Federal Government. No fraud, waste and abuse is even considered for elimination. The Pirates who caused the “2008 Meltdown” are not in jail. The Pirates who caused the “2008 Meltdown” are the ones in charge of “fixing” the problem. Banks were bailed out. Main Street went into foreclosure.
Children voted against their parents in this election and now Washington will seize their inheritance. Taxes are going up. Employers are laying off workers because of ObamaCare. Charities will be receiving receive less in contributions. Washington will be confiscating that money. And for what?
Hope & Change? Let the Progressives and the corrupt Media continue to bankrupt America & future generations.
In 2016, the election will be "You build that, Progressives". A storm is coming in America and it´s name is FREEDOM!
#3, agree with your first line. I´ve long held Michael Barone in high esteem, and have lost no respect him now.
Barone´s post-election analysis is correct. There are two things that defeated us: (1) The Dems´ "kill Romney" campaign of negative ads (yes, they were lies -- lies that worked) (2) The Dems´ skillful manipulation of "early voting."
Point (2) deserves a little elaboration. What Obama campaigners did was to target weak and poorly informed potential voters with bribes (e.g. beer & pizza parties on college campuses; cigarettes to homeless people; cash to inner city ministers; free stuff for Somalian immigrants).
Few of these voters were as enthusiastic for Obama this time as they were in ´08. However they were still bussed en masse to early polling stations; and they pulled the lever for Zero.
I truly believe this election was stolen. Obama getting 108 percent of the vote in some precinct? 99 percent in others? We´ve heard how easy it is to tamper with the election machines. They knew Mitt Romney would be gracious and not pull a Gore for the good of the country, so they knew they could get away with it.
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I´m generally for more disclosure in campaign finance, but the best argument against requiring full disclosure by groups engaged in political speech is that politicians sometimes retaliate against their critics. Sen. Elizabeth Warren inadvertently made that very argument this week. As told by Ben White at Politico, a group called "Third Way" criticized Warren. Warren apparently suspected that Third Way´s criticism of her was funded by banks. So she wrote a letter to bank CEOs demanding they disclose which political groups they´re funding. Warren sits on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. She´s basically telling the entities
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
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