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Why Romney lost in Michigan – Blame the Democrats

Will he lose Michigan? We’ll know in 24 hours but with Santorum running ads hitting the ‘workers’ hot button and calling on Democrats to vote for Santorum, Romney may well lose.

And a defeat here, even a close one, will make a much, much bigger splash then Romneys big victory in Arizona.

So what does Romney do?

Well he could stop talking –

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_02/mitt_keeps_digging_in_michigan035674.php

Describing an event he was at that occured before he was born is kinda weird………

Maybe that’s why he doesn’t excite his base.

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/02/28/romney_quickly_losing_conservative_vote.html

Or more accurately he doesn’t have a base to excite. 

But instead he’ll blame the Democrats.

Michigan is an ‘open primary’ State so anyone can vote for any candidate.

And if I lived in Michigan, I’d vote for Santorum. Why?

Something HAS to wake up the Republican party. The party of Eisenhower and Reagan.

So if the Republicans won’t wake up, discipline themselves, maybe the Democrats should step up and do it for them.

It’s not just the Republicans losing the Presidential election, it’s America losing what should be the real and intelligent debate between two differing opinions as to the economy and the  direction of our Nation.

And instead, we’re getting ideological crap from the fringe of the Republican party. A fringe that with each passing day, is gaining credibility because no one in the Republican party will (or can) stop it and redirect the energy of the Republican party back to the real issues of ALL Americans – the economy.

Not going to college.

Not contraception.

Not seperation of church and State.

Not name calling.

But – ‘It’s the economy stupid’.

So why is this happening? How could a moderate Conservative like Romney lose to a biblicial Constitutionalists like Santorum?

Go back to 1970 –

http://gawker.com/5814150/roger-ailes-secret-nixon+era-blueprint-for-fox-news

Roger ailes proposes a National news network for the GOP to Nixon.

In 1996, Roger Ailes launches Fox.

To boost ratings (for profit) Fox attaches and promotes a small political movement called the Tea party beginning in 2009.

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2011/12/21/the-fox-in-the-tea-party/

From the beginning, Fox was the ‘dog wagging the the Tea party tail’.

Fox gave the Tea party ‘credibility’ even thosugh there was very little credibility.

The Tea party took the lead in the 2010 Midterm elections and Republicans soared. Then it fell flat on it’s face.

Good rhetoric does not equal good policy.

But the toothpaste was already out of the tube.

Fox is now toning down it’s rhetoric but the tea party which proved to be a failure, has been taken over by the fringe religious right that has waited oh so long for this opportunity.

And that’s why Romney lost in Michigan (maybe).

The Republican party embraced the popularity of the Tea party (profit for Fox) over the practicality of policies giving credibility to now fringe religious right.

But blame the Democrats.

So while Romney lost in Michigan (maybe), Americans are the real losers.

We’ve lost the needed debate about the economy for our future to the need to go back to our religious foundings.

The new Republican party song :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He82NBjJqf8

A Rick-A-Day keeps the intelliegence at bay

“We went into a recession in 2008 because of gasoline prices,” Santorum told a packed hotel ballroom of supporters. “The bubble burst in housing because people couldn’t pay their mortgages because of $4 a gallon gasoline,” he added.
From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/santorum-gas-prices-caused-the-2008-recession

‘One Democratic economist points out four problems with Santorum’s argument’:

1) The NBER business cycle dating commission said the recession began in December of 2007 and he’s talking about prices in summer 2008.

2) Lehman fails in September 2008 and the economy collapses. That leads gasoline prices to plunge precipitously (check out the price series at http://gasbuddy.com/gb_retail_price_chart.aspx and click on the 5 year or 4 year graph) according to all analysts at the time because people understand output will be falling, not the other way around.

3) By Santorum’s reasoning, why didn’t the fall in gasoline prices from a record of 4.12 in summer 08 or from 3.75 in September 08 down to 1.61 in December 08 lead to a big recovery? Obviously the economy is driving the gasoline price not the other way around.

4) High gas prices hit consumers, no question, but the average person drives about 10k miles and gets 20 mpg so uses about 500 gallons. If gas prices go up a full $1 per gallon, that’s an extra $500 bucks a person or around $1000 per household. That’s a tough hit but compared to a 14.5 trillion economy, it’s hard to see that causing the recession.

 

Doomsday? Or maybe an idea who’s time is coming?

Is it that far fetched to make plans?

‘CHEYENNE — State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States’.

‘House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government’.

‘The task force would look at the feasibility of :

‘Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier’.

‘The bill must pass two more House votes before it would head to the Senate for consideration’.

‘University of Wyoming political science professor Jim King said the potential for a complete unraveling of the U.S. government and economy is “astronomically remote” in the foreseeable future’.

‘But King noted that the federal government set up a Continuity of Government Commission in 2002, of which former U.S. Sen. Al Simpson, R-Wyo., was co-chairman.
From : http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/wyoming-house-advances-doomsday-bill/article_af6e1b2b-0ca4-553f-85e9-92c0f58c00bd.html

Continuity of Government Commission

http://continuityofgovernment.org/index.html

The ‘Faith’ of the coming Culture Wars

I found this great piece (and site)
http://www.philipvickersfithian.com/2012/02/culture-wars-are-real.html

In it he asks –

‘How can democracy flourish without civility, respect for those with whom we differ, and a sense of mutual understanding’?

And that is and will be the bottom line if you will.

Respect for those with whom we differ.

We are a diverse Nation of people. It is not MY Country – it is OUR Country.

And this is why we are failing.

Rick Santorum on education

“I understand why Barack Obama wants to send every kid to college, because of their indoctrination mills, absolutely … The indoctrination that is going on at the university level is a harm to our country.”

‘He claimed that “62 percent of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it,” but declined to cite a source for the figure’.
From : http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_02/satans_indoctrination_camps035619.php

 

The Three Card Monte of gasoline prices

Three Card Monte is a bait and switch game. A ‘shill’ pretends to play along with the ‘mark’ to cheat the ‘dealer’.

The ‘mark’ in our case is the American consumer.

The ‘shill’ is the oil industry.

And the ‘dealer’? The Future Contracts of oil. The ‘speculators’.

The oil industry says it needs to explore and open new markets and all the while getting Billions of dollars from the Government – i.e. the taxpayer – i.e. the consumer in subsidies to help pay for that exploration.

The speculator moves paper (literally) around and makes Million and Millions of dollars and as this is ‘capital gains’, gets taxed at a flat 15% rate.

The consumer, having paid taxes that go to the oil industry as subsidies and actually working for a living ‘gets’ to pay a higher rate of taxes then the speculators.

There is an old saying ‘Defication rolls down hill.

Three guesses and the first two are wrong as to who out of the oil industry, the speculators or the consumer is at the bottom of the hill.

See : http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/02/21/139521/once-again-speculators-behind.html

 

 

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