Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

People are often unaware of the influence they possess over friends, loved ones, or even strangers. If you believe that there are great risks to the future of our country that hinge on this election, what are you willing to do to avoid the country making the wrong decision?  Elections come and go, and many believe that there isn’t much difference between the parties.  In some cases they are right.  In the last 40 years there has been a slow drive towards socialism with the only difference between the parties being slightly different speeds.  This election is different.  Republicans see the problems, and want to change course.  Democrats want to step on the accelerator.

If you believe that an Obama victory means a greater risk: of a debt crisis; that a dirty bomb will be detonated in NYC; that the middle east will go nuclear; you will pay higher taxes; he will find more ways to limit traditional energy production; he will do almost nothing to solve our growing debt problem…HOW CAN YOU DO NOTHING!  Do you think that the people in Greece or Spain who saw where the country was headed 10-15 years ago wish they had done more at that time to change its trajectory?  Will you feel comfortable telling your children or grandchildren what you did or didn’t do when you saw these things coming?

The next issue of course is what you do.  If you own a business, and you believe that a 2nd term of Obama will hurt your ability to grow, don’t you have a responsibility to tell your employees what you think?  This is your honest assessment of your company’s future prospects.  The presentation to employees should not be nasty or partisan, it could be similar to estimating the impact of a natural disaster.  Statements should be in a matter-of-fact fashion, and employees will appreciate the information ahead of time.  This certainly beats a layoff announcement as a direct result of some new federal imposition on your business a year from now.

From a personal standpoint, it can be a phone call to a family member, striking up a conversation at the Deli counter, speaking up while waiting for dance class to end, bringing up the debates at a card game, or casual conversation at a sports bar.  The people who you will be speaking to may not believe that the risks are as grave as you think, so here are some simple nonpartisan ways to get your point across.  Try…

  • He says that Medicare is the biggest cause of our long term debt problem, yet he has not suggested a fix.
  • He said that he would bring the two parties together, and work toward a “Purple America”, but he couldn’t convince one Republican to agree with him on his biggest initiatives.
  • We’ve had recessions before, why is this the only one we can’t get out of?
  • He had his chance, and things aren’t any better.
  • We’ve fired better presidents than this.

If you believe that this election will change your children’s lives for better or worse, depending on how it turns out, isn’t it worth the risk of a little social discomfort to ensure the right result?  Bob Grant has been a radio personality in the NYC market for over 40 years, and he has signed off his radio show the same way for all of those years.  “Your influence counts.  Use it!”

Author Bio:

Michael has been an editor and contributor at the website www.freemarketsfreepeople.net for over 2 years. He has over 20+ years of diverse business experience, from running complex operations where he managed hundreds of people, to starting and running small businesses such as www.realinterestfund.com. He is blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a logical mind which he uses to analyze government, media, politics, and culture. He believes that his life experiences help him bring a unique perspective to the issues of the day.
  • ShaquiceWillz

    As an active member of my Baptist church, I have been keeping quiet for so long about my personal opinions about the chaos Obama has caused for our country. He tries to distract people like a whirling dervish to keep them away from the truth. A few weekends ago one of my friends and fellow church goers was talking about the 5 trillion dollar plan and all of that. I finally stood up for my candidate and told her that Romney has been in business for over 20 years and know how to get this economy back on track! GO ROMNEY!!!!

  • jujubeebee

    Choice is Clear…
    Romney’s Free Market…Romney’s Bain Capital invested money in:   AMC Entertainment, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory Clear Channel Communications, Domino’s Pizza, Guitar Center, The Sports Authority Staples, Toys R Us Warner Music Group.

    Versus Obama’s Socialism….Obama invested Taxpayer money in:  Solyndra (bankrupt) Ener1(bankrupt), Beacon Power (Bankrupt), Abound Solar (bankrupt), Amonix Solar (bankrupt), Spectra Watt (Bankrupt), Eastern Energy (Bankrupt)  All of these companies were Obama campaign contributors.

    So the choice is clear….Do you want a businessman who has generated billions or a president who has wasted trillions?

  • asl3676

    Because I have a brain. I’m educated and I think for myself….unlike most Texans other than those who live in Austin…

    • Shanice W

      That is the most generic statement I have ever heard. For you to say everyone in Texas does not have a brain is extremely stereotypical. Ironic because I’m sure you have used race and stereotypes in your favor about Obama being black.

  • Jcrides

    Bernie; 
       I’m impressed that some of the liberals actually read some of your remarks. I mean~~the fact that they can read and think at the same time is amazing in itself.
       But; more importantly to me is the fact that there are so many truly ignorant people in this nation. The government supported educational system from elementary through high school and on into college, is devoid of logical thought and common sense. It’s easy to see how the inept and indolent (dumbed down) can so easily be swayed to vote for the scum who holds office untill Nov. 6th. 2012. They never looked into his background to see what and who they were voting for. They obviously didn’t care enough to protect what so many have fought and died for through every war, our right to liberty and freedom, our unalienable right to a fair and just society. In one fell swoop of the stupid in our society, they elected someone who has destroyed any hope of this nation remaining strong and powerful. He has deliberatly handed the Muslim jihadist in the world a gift which we will now have to reconcile by numerous conflicts now and in the future. He must go, and soon!!

  • bookman65000

    You write a lot of words, most of which are pure nonsense.  What does CPA stand for, Can’t Prove Anything?  What a dummy.

  • Drew Page

    If you hate the U.S. so much, its corporations, its health care, its “plutocracy” and its Wall Street, why don’t you just GTFO?

    • asl3676

      I think you’re sufferring from Fox News Derangement Syndrome…get to a doctor immediately and ask for a brain scan…LOL

  • Drew Page

    Obama has broken nearly every campaign promise he made since running for office back in 2007.    Some may say that he tried to keep his promises, but ‘circimstances’ prevented him from doing so.   Others may say that he has ‘evolved’ from certain positions he previously held, or simply that he changed his mind.    When you don’t do what you said you would, you have lied and his lies are too numerous to catalog here.  But those who benefit from Obama’s reckless free spending on social welfare programs, green energy cronies, public  and private sector unions and people who want something for nothing have grown to nearly 50% of the electorate and they don’t care about his lies, as long as they continue to benefit at other’s expense.

    • Jcrides

      Very well said Drew!!    Thanks.  ~~  Jcrides!

  • caleb41

    Another four years of Obama/Biden and we can change the spelling to: Amerika

    • asl3676

      Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured. ……ROMNEY HEALTHCARE POLICY

      • Jcrides

        You 3676 ~Need to look at the negatives your Messiah has brought down on the nation before you spout off about Romney not appearing to care about folks health!

        • asl3676

          Lets hope you dont get sick….amazing how some people don’t give a crap about anyone but themselves…

          • Jeffreydan

              You’re voting for Obama, so how much could self-centeredness really bother you?

  • Wallace Flint

    Hi Bernie,
       I enjoyed your comments re exerting some influence on the coming election. This I have been doing for the last couple of years. I write my conservative opinion and send it out by group e-mail to approimately 40-50 people at a clip. You may have seen them, as I used to code you in. Then I got messages that you were not receiving them. If you have  a deliverable e-aiail address, I’ll be glad to add you in.
       Fisrt off, I’m 84 years old- a veteran of the “forgotten War’ and every now and the, Iwonder how our country could forget about 52,000 war dead in 3 years, plus all the wounded, is beyond me. But I don’t mean to get into that. Right now I will continue my leters on the world situation and, of coure, the political situation here in the U.S.. I make no money on this and as a matter of fact it costs me money in ink and paper. But It’s o.k. with me to be able to express may opinion as a free citizen of this great country! May it never change!
       There are a lot of situations to be addressed, as I see it and as long as my health holds out, I will continue my e-mail letters- especially to push for a change in the direction of our country. I feel Obama must go and if he doesn’t- may God help our country, in my mumble opinion. Well Bernie, I guess I’ve talked too much, but my e-mail address is Wallaceflint@aol.com. I thank you for you time.

                                    In God We Trust,
                                       Wally Flint- Boonville, NY 

    • asl3676

      Please send this out to your group….

      Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured.

      • jujubeebee

        People are treated in the hospital regardless of insurance.  People can apply for medicaid.  
        Obamacare will lead to single payer lousy care and  rationed care.   ALL employers will be dumping employer coverage even if they are not saying it now.  That is the trigger~the low fine.   No one will be getting the care we have now.   The government will decide how the money is spent and whose life is worth the expense.  Granny will be over the cliff. 
        Drug companies will give anyone drugs free if they can’t afford them.  You have to apply for it or prove it…..just like you have to apply for medicaid.

        Where we have gone completely over the top with is “preventive” care.   Everyone will die and that is the only thing in life that is certain.   Managing care, treating an ilness and preventing an ilness are really not the same thing.

        • asl3676

          You are talking theory based upon your imagination….Talk to someone who is uninsured with cancer…If you did you wouldn’t be spouting theory based upon lack of knowledge…

          • George – CPA

            What are you talking about? 
            I was not talking theory.  I lived
            in Canada for 6 months and saw first-hand how great the Canadian Health Care –
            single payer system is.  My wife’s entire
            family has had nothing but great care including seeing specialists and not
            waiting any longer than you have to wait in the USA to see those specialists –
            sure there are isolated cases of incompetence and poor care under all systems –
            but those are rare in Canada.

            For example, my wife has Celiac.  It takes about 6 months in Canada to be diagnosed;
            it takes about two years in the USA to be diagnosed.  My wife saw all the specialists  and was diagnosed within three months and it
            cost her nothing.  Celiac is not
            considered an emergency condition.  My
            father-in-law had serious heart problems and he received immediate care and was
            hospitalized immediately.  

            So, again, you
            are spreading bullshit lies like most of the GOP and those who make billions
            supporting the health care industries in America.  

            And, in Canada, you get taken care of even if
            you have pre-existing conditions, and you continue to get care no matter what
            the cost – you are not denied care once you have exceeded predetermined limits
            set by your insurance policy – like is done in America by all the medical
            insurance companies – you exceed those limits – too damn bad in America –sell your
            house and be forced into bankruptcy because of unpaid medical bills, which is
            the number one contributing reason for most bankruptcies in America.

            In Canada you get preventative care, you do
            not get that in America by going to an emergency room – they will tell you to
            get lost.  Everyone gets preventative care under President Obama’s “Affordable Health Care Act”, which is Constitutional.

            Despite the BS you hear about rationing care in Canada or
            under the Affordable Care Act, it is no different than how care is rationed by
            the Medical Insurance companies in America, like UHC – United Health Care and BCBS
            - Blue Cross – Blue Shield.  All medical
            insurance companies have doctors on staff full time whose job is to determine
            what care is “reasonable and customary.” If those medical insurance company
            doctors determine that a new treatment (e.g., Cancer treatment or drug, like in
            your example) is not “reasonable and customary,” you will not get that
            treatment unless you pay for it yourself, even if your doctor believes that the
            new treatment will save your life, you will have to pay for it yourself.  That is a fact, not theory.  I have done audits of those companies and
            know exactly how they work; this is also public knowledge; and, most of that is
            explained in the fine print of your policy or your employer’s plan.  Funny, you must not read much.  Why didn’t you know those facts?

             

            Here are more facts that you must be choosing to ignore:

            Of the top 7 industrialized countries, the USA is ranked
            last in wellness and medical care.

            “U.S. Ranks Last Among Seven Countries on Health System
            Performance Based on Measures of Quality, Efficiency, Access, Equity, and
            Healthy Lives”…New York, NY, June 23, 2010—Despite having the most expensive health
            care system, the United States ranks last overall compared to six other
            industrialized countries—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New
            Zealand, and the United Kingdom—on measures of health system performance in
            five areas: quality, efficiency, access to care, equity and the ability to lead
            long, healthy, productive lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
            While there is room for improvement in every country, the U.S. stands out for
            not getting good value for its health care dollars, ranking last despite
            spending $7,290 per capita on health care in 2007 compared to the $3,837 spent
            per capita in the Netherlands, which ranked first overall.”

            http://www.commonwealthfund.org/News/News-Releases/2010/Jun/US-Ranks-Last-Among-Seven-Countries.aspx

            “Evidence that other countries perform better than the
            United States in ensuring the health of their populations is a sure prod to the
            reformist impulse. The World Health Report 2000, Health Systems: Improving
            Performance, ranked the U.S. health care system 37th in the world — a result
            that has been discussed frequently during the current debate on U.S. health
            care reform.”

            http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910064
             

            So if you want to believe the BS and lies spread by Plutocrats
            like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan, so be it. 

            I have presented the facts, not theory!

             

        • George – CPA

          My wife is from Canada, and I lived up there for 6 months working for my American company that had a factory in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.  Universal Health Care – single payer works great.

          Universal Health Care in Canada is much better than anything we have in America.  Jerks like you don’t know what you are talking about – you are full of it up to your eyebrows.  My wife and her families have gotten wonderful care and saw all the specialists – again – you are full of crap.  And, Canada does not throw Granny over the cliff.  The prescriptions drug, dental and vision insurance offered in Canada is much cheaper than in the USA and pays more procedures.  Again, you are full of crap!

          Also, Canada has a much better social security system than America.  And, Canada’s pay a living wage to everyone with a much better min wage laws, e.g., waitresses and farm workers are paid $10 per hour, and the waitresses still get to keep their tips.

          And, businesses in Canada still do very well, with higher minimum wage laws, better benefits, and Universal Health Care.

          And, the taxpayers in America end up paying for everyone that goes to the emergency room without insurance.  So the taxpayers are helping the medical insurance companies in America get too wealthy – I am sorry you are too stupid to know the facts.

          • asl3676

            George,

               Unfortunately many seniors now have the attitude that “I got mine so screw the rest of you”. They havent been to other countries, they have no idea how they are being screwed and Republicans have convinced them getting screwed is part of the constitution…
               It’s sad to see some of the nonsense spouted by people on the site but they have been brainwashed by Fox News and talk radio..
               What is most amazing that many people did not learn any lesson from the Bush years and want an encore…frightening

  • Johnny Deadline

    Love this line Michael: “The presentation to employees should not be nasty or partisan, it could be similar to estimating the impact of a natural disaster.” Natural disaster is a fantastic analogy befitting  The One who promised to stem the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.  Amazingly, nearly four years later and The One still has no clue where jobs originate and how to balance a budget. 

    • asl3676

      Johnny….

        How come you didn’t complain about Bush’s unbalanced budget? How come you didn’t complain that, under Bush, there were no private sector jobs created?

        If you say, as most Obama haters claim, that they did complain was the complaint made to anyone who would listen?  LOL

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/XCQGC2VDAWROELL22F7MQJKGF4 Jack Cox

        Why do you continue to back this scum loser of yours–Obama??

      • asl3676

        Mr. Deadhead,

           Most of the posters on this site could be termed “The Walking Dead”…
         

        • Johnny Deadline

          Which must make you a follower of seances since you seem to enjoy communicating with the “dead” on this site.  A dead British white guy once said, “Life is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel.”  This explains why conservatives are generally happy and positive about America while liberals are generally unhappy and blame America.

      • Johnny Deadline

        How do you know I didn’t complain about Bush’s budgets? Unlike most liberals, many conservatives judge a president by his actions, not their skin color.  As far as your points, no dice; Bush created more private jobs than Obama ever will even if he wins re-election (God forbid).

  • Wheels55

    If Obama wins we will get: Four more years of a stalled economy, debt that is too large to handle, most likely a terrorist attack here in the US, social programs in a uncontrolled free fall headed toward going broke, too many people checking their mail boxes for government checks, more major corporations moving off-shore, more executive decisions that leave congress out of it, more of an ineffective congress…
    I can’t believe this is what any smart person really wants. Yet, there are seemingly smart people who post here that do want this. Amazing!

  • jujubeebee

    CEO of ASG Software Solutions Arthur Allen recently emailed his employees asking them to vote for Romney for the sake of the company–and their jobs.  The subject of the email was “Will the US Presdiential election directly impact your future jobs at ASG?”.    Another CEO of Westgate Resorts David Siegel made a similar move, telling employees he’d have no choice but to reduce the size of the company if Obama wins.
    This election will have consequences if Obama is re-elected.   Companies are hanging on to see what happens.
    The country needs to elect people with business experience and not just politicians with personality and a line if they want to fix this country.

    • Wheels55

      A side effect of Obama winning will be many more small companies making sure they have fewer than 50 employees and arrange to hire subcontractors to fill in the workforce gap (all of these subcontractors having less that 50 employees too). This will become the state of the art way of running a business.

  • Anna S.

    No matter what party you belong to (or are dissappointed with) I think we can all agree that this article speaks to the apathy in this country.  This apathy manifests itself in many, many forms. It could be the choice we make to educate ourselves about our country and global foreign affairs, or the choice instead to watch the complete filty garbage onTV, or allow our youth to watch.  It could be the smalles choice to hold the door open for the person behind you, or allow a car to slip into your lane while driving.  Here we influence with out words.  When we think of our fellow man and the common good, great things are possible.

    When we all raise our moral standard, that raises the bar for this country.  Please think of yourselves as individual ambassadors for the great American way, and remember there is a much misguided generation of 0 – 25 year olds that have grown up with no other bar to judge themselves.  Why not influence them as possitively if we can. We must let them know how great it is to truly be a free American.

  • Ted Crawford

    Yes we know Comrade the Hegelians will soon overcome!

  • Pat

    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill

    • George – CPA

      Churchill was part of the Plutocracy and a drunk, like John
      Boehner  and Mitch McConnel, and very
      much a racist.  Churchill was a war hero
      though, and a great man for that aspect of his life; but, he is not noted for
      anything else.  But again, he was part of
      the royal Plutocracy in England, silver spoon in mouth nobility that has to be
      ended in England.  But, at least England
      has Universal Health Care.  

      England needs
      to kick the royal family out and redistribute all the wealth they have horded
      and screwed the working class out of – the people who actually made and make
      England possible – the 99% – just like in America.  All the dukes, princes, and other royal
      bullshit in England, France, Germany, etc. are going to be taken down, just
      like will happen in America.  The world
      Plutocracy will eventually be destroyed.

      The working class, the laborers will eventual rule and
      socialism will be the only ism practiced in the world.

      You wealthy white racists better run and hide.  I suggest you find a deserted island
      somewhere and form a new race and government modeled after that in the novel “Lord
      of Flies.” 

      Good Luck!

      • Ted Crawford

        AH YES ! The joys of Dialectical Materialism bestowed upon us by the wonderful Dictatorship of the Proletariet! ” Workers of the World Unite”
        Where have we seen that stupidity before? Oh I remember it was your great Uncle Karl and his idiot buddy Friedrich! It did, of course make them and later Kim Yong-bom and Mao Zedong and a handful of their buddies very, very rich! What it brought to the Proletariet however was starvation, misery and death by the tens of millions!
        History can be a wonderful teacher, unfortunatly, as Thoreau pointed out, ” It doesn’t matter what you look at, it matters what you see!” 

      • conservativlyspeaking

        What an A$$

      • NS Sherlock

        Georgie boy sounds like a lazy-ass, hand in his crotch, zit-face, bald, greasy, jealous liberal still sleeping with his mama -who squats to pee and is sniffing around for his next handout. Probably was bullied as a kid as well as an adult and is stunted mentally.

      • Drew Page

        Up to your same old, same old, huh George?   Now Churchill, Boehner and McConnell are drunks and racists as are, according to you, wealthy white people.  I think you may have offended a few wealthy white people like George Soros; (white) Hollywood actors, writers, directors and producers;  Nancy Pelosi;  the Pritzker family; and the Democrat members of the U.S. Senate (millionaires club).    Last I heard, neither France nor Germany have royal families living off the masses.    Maybe you should consider a move to France because of they have national health care and no monarchy.  I don’t believe their 75% tax rate on the wealthy would bother you at all because I doubt that you would be employed.

      • bookman65000

        George, for God’s sake spare us your inane drivel!

  • IJustHaveAQuestion

     Socialism or serfdom and fiefdom is the choice you’re suggesting, Bernie?  Is there an in between? 

    • Ted Crawford

      Now that you have explored the extremes, why not focus on a mid point? That is best achieved by praticing a lifestyle of accountability and personal responsibility and demanding that those we elect to lead us do exactly the same!

  • venter

    This election is a very important one because we are voting for our constitution and giving America back to the American people .  Government is soooooo out of control with people who have no real life experience in business and leadership and love of country.  The past month has to be an eye opener.  How secure is this country if all of the middle east hates us.  We are told a Video coursed the riots and killing of our embassador.  We are told 7/8% employment, 5,000,000 new jobs, Obamacare won’t raise taxes.  We see a President who  was unable to have a decent  debate and let us know his plans for America,   We see a  Vice President laugh through his debate and lie to America.   We are responsible for America’s future and we can and must try to influence others to vote a new man into office. This will put the brakes on all the changes Obama has made.   I believe  Mitt can do the job and he will be held accountable.   40 years has to be undone not just what Bush has done.  Michael good article . Now I am going to influence someone !!!!!!! I think I’ll start with Big Bird who’s probably  loosing feathers over all the attention he is getting    

    • Drew Page

      America will not be given back to the American people, it must be TAKEN back by the American people.

      • venter

        Thank you!    You are right I should have said this election is about TAKEN BACK AMERICA by we the people.

  • Hjbrager

    For several years, I volunteered to make calls for my favorite Republican candidates.  Now, however, the calls that both parties make are excessive, counter-productive and, in some cases, make people very angry.  I’ve refused to make the calls this year, and, instead, have sent an e-mail to everyone in my very large address chain and asked them to forward the letter to their friends.  When people get an e-mail from their friends, they typically open and read the notes,  so I can reach far more people to remind them to vote than I could ever do making phone calls.  I hope other Romney supporters will do this because the election will be decided by turnout. 

  • James King

    Michael, we have been moving toward full socialism since Teddy Roosevelt, and he’s on Mr. Rushmore! Both political parties have participated in this immoral move with the blessing of the single force that could have stopped it, but refused to do so or even to understand what was taking place. That force in the American citizen.

    There is only one way to stop the full socialist march but it will not happen. It will not happen because of two political parties who spoon-feed pablum to an open-mouth electorate, and they keep right on saying, “give me more daddy, mommy!”

    Our founders were libertarians. Or at least some of them were, but ultimately, they are responsible for not making the Constitution fool-proof, because America is filled with fools.

    Should any of you agree that you have been fools and want to start learning, I recommend that you look up The Objective Standard. I am only a subscriber and have nothing more to do with them except to recommend them every chance I get, kind of like William DeVane who buys gold every chance he gets.

    We have been losing America all of our lifetimes. Romney might slow the march, but he will not stop it. Why? The American people will not demand it. And they will not demand it because they have no understanding that that is what needs to take place.

    I wish all of you well, even those of you who support BHO. But it he and others like him win a few more terms, they will eventually come for what you own, because they do not believe in property rights or individual rights, only in statist government, and that ultimately requires you to give up your rights and your property in total. Good luck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Colburn/663676634 John Colburn

    “We’ve fired better presidents than this.”  Well, we didn’t fire Bush who was about as bad a president as I can remember.

    • joer1

       John,

      I couldn’t disagree more…. but, it appears you drank 7 years worth of kool-aid.  I suppose you also think President Bush is responsible for all of Obamas failures too.

    • Ted Crawford

      ” Bush who was about as bad” Not by a long ways, although Bush ’43′ isn’t one of my favorites, agree or disgree with him, he was at least a leader! The closest, in modern times, would be Jimmy Carter! It is primarily, in my opinion, Carters incompatent, idealistic mishandling of Foreign Policy ( especially as it regarded the Middle East) , that has led to this dangerous situation the World now faces!

      • asl3676

        Bush was a leader but not quite as good as Hitler…When Republicans have run out of cliches they fall back on “he’s a leader”…Carter’s Middle East policy was so bad he negotiated the Middle East accords which have held to this day….

    • bookman65000

      There has never, ever, been a more incompetent bozo than this President.  Even Warren G. Harding, Hoover, or the corruption of U.S. Grant.

  • George – CPA

    More doom and gloom forecasts by right wing reactionaries and
    their self-made national debt crisis; we do not have a national debt crisis.  We have a not-taxing the wealthy enough, too
    many tax loopholes for the Plutocracy and mega corporations, and spend too much
    on the military and industrial military complex crisis.

    The last great recession/depression comparable to what is
    happening now took over 10 years to fix, and most likely would not have been
    fixed had it not been for WWII.  So the
    jerk who wrote this article is full of crap if he thinks it can be fixed in
    less than 5 years.  Go hang that crook
    President George Bush, he caused this recession. 

    We have a society that has favored the wealthy for too long;
    we are returning to the “Gilded Age” again. 
    We are controlled by greed and the Plutocracy that screws labor and
    does not give a damn about the middle class and poor.  We are ruled by Vulture Capitalism.  That will be stopped by the millions of
    laborers in America – the 99% – We will stop you greed idolaters!

    We have had  Congress
    and Republican Presidents that have encouraged the outsourcing of over 20
    million jobs to third world toilets, and the insourcing of at least 5 millions
    more jobs that have destroyed the lives of that many middle class families.  Romney has outsourced middle class jobs to
    China; he does not  give a shit about anyone but the wealthy – that jerk is
    coming down. 

    Romney are Ryan are two faced liars – they can even tell us
    what tax loopholes they are going to eliminate to fund their 20% tax cut.  The American public better wake up – these two
    jerks are just liars.

    The mega corporations have been allowed to bring millions of
    workers in from India with B1 work Visas claiming they can’t find qualified
    workers in the USA, which is pure bullshit. 
    These bastard companies like Microsoft, Accenture, etc., should be
    forced to hire Americans instead of people from India.  They should be forced to show that there are
    no Americans that can do those jobs; and that determination should be done by a
    independent governmental board, not the heads of those corporations.  Congress should pass legislation that makes
    it unprofitable to bring workers in from any other country, e.g., India as long
    as there are qualified Americans that can do those jobs.  Bill Gates, you can move to India – moron silver
    spoon in mouth brat. But folks like Romney and Ryan think that it is OK; increasing
    EPS – Earning per Share and the wealth of the Plutocracy are all that count.

    We have a totally broken health care system that is
    dominated by the greedy bastards in the Health Care, Medical equipment, and
    Prescription drug industries.  The AMA is
    a joke for the wealthy.  Doctors in
    America, on average, are paid ten times more than in most other countries,
    where doctors still live quite well. The annual Health and Welfare enrollment
    in companies’ Health and Welfare plans is a joke, and premiums keep going up,
    screwing the workers, who are not paid enough to begin with.  Companies are offering less each year; just
    so they can keep paying billions in egregious salaries and exorbitant bonuses to
    those above the glass ceiling and trillions in dividends to the
    Plutocracy.  Wall Street is only for the
    wealthy and is gambling that has ruined the USA twice – The Great Depression
    and what we have now.  Wall Street and
    the stock market need to be shut down now.

    We need Universal Health Care now!  And, I guarantee you, we will have Universal
    Care within the next ten years because the greedy insurance companies won’t be
    able to work with the Affordable Health Care Act, which is why Romney and Ryan
    are fighting to repeal it.  Their wealthy
    friends in the Heath Care Insurance and Medical industries are crying and
    paying billions in contributions to stop it. 
    Those bastards are coming down.

    All corporations need to be employee owned.  All employment at will laws need to be
    repealed.  All employees need collective bargaining
    and unions.  All workers, white and blue
    collar should be paid overtime for over 40 hours per week.  All employees should get at least 5 weeks
    paid vacation per year – the whole work ethic in America is wrong.  American do not get enough time to enjoy
    live, just work until you drop and hope your survive a few years after you
    retire.

    The minimum wages laws in the USA need to be increased and
    be similar to those in Canada, where the minimum is about $10 per hours, even
    for farm workers and waitresses.

    Trickle-down economics has never worked; just another lie by
    the Republicans, Romney and Ryan – all two-faced liars.

    And, if you bozos think you can end Medicare or Social
    Security and privatize either, you are totally delusional.  We the people, the 99% will not let that
    happen.

    You folks better accept the facts, the GOP is dead.

  • Nealhixon

    About 6 months ago I started getting respectfully vocal at my local restaurants and other places I frequent about my feelings of how important  it is to not only elect Mitt, but to oust Obama. I never acted rudely or got angry. Suren I got some loud, rude and inappropriate responses, but not as many as you think. Just stick to the facts, be polite and let people know you are not just going to sit there and listen to the robotic talking points of the left. Its effective and even surprises people. Try it!

    • http://twitter.com/PhilSilverman7 Phil Silverman

      Obama has a good track record of support 4 small businesses. Look it up. Romney has a terrible track record with blue collar in general. He raids struggling companies, pockets a million bucks, sends Americans to the unemployment line.

      • Ted Crawford

        This from someone supporting a ….person(?) who has outsourced our Manned Space Flight Program, to Russia no less! One who uses our taxpayer dollars to build windmills in China! Builds cars in Finland, again with taxpayer dollars! Obama has created millions of jobs, they just aren’t in America! 

        • asl3676

          Obama outsourced parts of NASA to cut the budget  deficit…When he cuts the budget you complain, when he doesnt cut the budget you complain….see a pattern here?

      • bookman65000

        You are deranged.  Obama has not been a friend to ANY businesses, small or large, you dunce.

        • asl3676

          And you know this how? How is the POTUS a “friend” to business?  Have any other cliches?

    • George – CPA

      Those on the right repeat the same lies that their parents
      repeated; most know nothing about history and how Republicans have tried to screw
      the middle class and poor over the last 150 years.

      So who are the robots?

      I talk to many people about politics.  What I have learned is that most folks that vote
      the same party as their parents are too dumb to think for themselves.  Most Republicans, Tea Partiers, and
      Libertarians are white elite racists, who actually hate Blacks.  It really pisses them off that a Black man
      actually became President and is one of the most popular Presidents in history.

      The only way you folks will win the election is through
      voter suppression and fraud.

      If all the Blacks, Hispanics and Latinos, voting age
      students, and union workers, and those in the middle class that have had their
      jobs outsourced or insourced come out and vote, then President Obama wins his
      second term in a landslide.

      I only hope that we, the 99% win control of Congress; then the
      99% will win it all; and the greed idolaters, the Plutocracy is doomed.  We will then get Universal Health Care,
      higher minimum wages, higher Social Security Benefits – you wealthy folks
      better run for the hills – we will get your wealth and distribute it to those
      who actually earned it – the workers, the laborers.

      Power to the people, the working class; power to labor, as
      President Lincoln so eloquently stated:

      President Abraham Lincoln, the Illinois Rail-Splitter, told
      his audiences that,

      “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could
      never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is the superior of capital, and
      deserves much higher consideration.” 1861

      In 1864 Lincoln cautioned a workingmen’s association against
      the “effort to place capital on an equal footing with, if not above labor, in
      the structure of the government” and he warned working people “to beware of
      surrendering a political power which they already possess, and which if
      surrendered, will surely close the door of advancement against such as they…”

      “The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and
      conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy,
      more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces
      as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
      I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the Bankers in
      the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe.. corporations have
      been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the
      money powers of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon
      the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a
      few, and the Republic is destroyed.”

      President Andrew Johnson warned in 1869, “an aristocracy
      based on near two billion and a half of national securities  has arisen in the Northern states to assume
      that political control which the consolidation of great financial and political
      interests formerly gave to the slave oligarchy. 
      The war of finance is the next war we have to fight.”  For years later Mark Twain coined his famous
      term, the Gilded Age.

      “What is the chief end of man?–to get rich. In what
      way?–dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.”

      – Mark Twain-1871

      Before I forget, my Mom is 89 years-old.  When she hears Romney speak she knows he is a
      liar, just by his tone and mannerisms. 
      She is one smart old woman; way to go Mom.

      • Ted Crawford

        ” Usefull idiots” such as yourself continue to babble 19th Century Political Philosophy, that has FAILED everytime it has reared it’s ugly head for over two Centuries! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/tbfh1955 tb thomas

    Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Porfido, for the longest time I’ve been saying this election is the most important since 1860. Having observed the events over the last month involving our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, the conduct of the Obama administration following the attack, and the facts which have already come out as to the state of our nation’s foreign policy (and standing in the World), I believe our country is at greater risk today than it was in November of 1860, when the electorate had the wisdom to elect our first Republican President. 

    There is almost too much to try and absorb, but I will add this link which I believe every American should visit and review:

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/videos/2012/10/lara_logan_of_cbs_news_on_al_q.php

    In addition, this interview with the mother of Sean Smith, the chief information officer at our Benghazi consulate, who apparently died because he stayed at his post attempting to destroy as much proprietary national security information as possible while the terrorist attack was in progress.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1900505614001/mother-of-murdered-state-department-official-sean-smith-demands-answers-about-libya-attack/

    I hope it will not be considered overly melodramatic to add this slightly paraphrased excerpt from President Lincoln’s address to Congress on December 1, 1862:

    “Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We [the voters of this country], will be remembered in spite of ourselves.
    No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or
    another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light
    us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say
    we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this.
    We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know
    how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the
    responsibility.”

    I can think of no more timely words than these here and now.

    • asl3676

      This is the most important election since 1860? I think you are watching too much Fox News…

  • Ahalbert

    Good points.

  • Joel Wischkaemper

    I do NOT get into it with people.  I feel that there was hope for change in the air when Obama was elected, and he did not do almost all of the change he suggested he would give us.  He did not do it, and when he was elected, Congress had been solidly democratic for two full years.  Those guys should have set Obama up for an unbroken chain of successes, and instead, there was nothing for the Democratic Platform Promises.  Nothing.  Obama came to office, and both Houses of Congress were, AGAIN, democratic.  Two years diddled away with a medical care most people have not read, but that accountants are horrified by.  (I still think Nancy Pelosi did not read that bill because she didn’t want to get caught up in the illegal parts of it, and go to jail for malfeasance.)

    In any case.. Obama had two chances and he could not close ..any.. deal worth noting.   (I wonder now if Paul Ryan knows about all this.) 

    Foreign Police?  Anyone along the border worth his beans will tell you that if you give a Mexican Revolutionary a gun, he is as libal to shoot an American as anyone else, OR sell the gun to a bad guy on this side of the border.  What was he thinking with Fast and Furious?  Embassy Security?  Those guys in Libya vowed to build a nuke and destroy the U.S.  Obama knows how dangerous that is too: look at the security he took with him or arranged to meet when he went overseas.  Holy cow.. he KNOWS and he was remiss.

    We need to save money?  We are giving 100 billion a year to illegal aliens in the form of welfare and he thinks that is the third rail.  “I know” he says.  “Open the borders!”  I am making myself sick.. let me out of here.

    Tell people what you think: tell them you are afraid of the guy.  He made a dozen promises and he couldn’t get any of them with a Democratic Congress.  Lets go for Romney and make that fat lady loose a whole lot of weight!

  • Kitcrsn68

    Huge crowds in Ohio for Romney.  Hope & change was a huge canard, it didn’t work.

    • http://twitter.com/PhilSilverman7 Phil Silverman

      It didn’t? in OHIO? Ask all the recent hires at GM.

      • Pat

        Thanks to Gov. Kasich.

      • bookman65000

        And ask all the non-union retirees that lost much of their savings because of that phony deal, asswipe.

  • joer1

    Folks, As an American of modest means, with only one vote, I am frustrated because all I can do is sit, wait, and watch to see what my fellow citizens will do.   Yesterday, I was in a crowded local meat market and suddenly, an extremely heavy woman wearing a particularly loud Obama t-shirt started yelling repetitively:  “Obama y’ all … I’m going to get up early and vote … y’all better be there”.  No one said anything but, I was just amazed.  I earned my Ph.D. from a large, high quality mid-western university but, I am 70 years old and perhaps the country has past me by.  I love this country but, it is what it is …..

  • wally

     The deception that was created by the Libyan terrorist attack hopefully will wake up the voters  that Obama and his administration don’t care about the US and its citizens. He and the democrats only care about power and are determined to use whatever tactic they please to accomplish their power grab.
       There are many people both republicans and democrats that were against the war in Iraq and the policy of Bush in trying to bring a representative type of government to the area. It may not work because Obama stopped some of it on political grounds. Bringing  a representative government to Germany and Japan after WWII worked to the extent that both countries have become peaceful nations. So why not try it elsewhere? At least Bush tried. What did Obama do in Libya? He sent jets to the country to kill the dictator and then walked away. Since his main experience in his life has been as a community organizer, why didn’t he use it prior to going to war with Libya? He should have sent his crew, the SEIU, there to establish a democratic party or a socialist party depending on what you think his real goals are.

    • asl3676

      We are not at war with Libya….We are not paying billions in reerations to Libya….Learn your history dumbass…

      • nickshaw

         You really are clueless, Helen.
        What do YOU call it when you drop bombs on a country, destroy their airforce, attack ground forces of the government and hasten the death of their leader?
        Politics?
        And I don’t get the line about “paying reerations”, whatever that’s supposed to be.
        Aren’t you late for your AA meeting?

        • asl3676

          That’s reparations…dumbass….I am a memeber of AAA..is that the same thing?

          • nickshaw

             You wrote “reerations” and I’m the dumbass, Helen?
            Interesting.
            Maybe you can tell me where Wally was talking about reparations (or reerations) being paid to anyone.
            And are you telling us that we paid reparations to Japan and Germany after WW2?
            Are you, like, slow or something, Helen?

          • bookman65000

            Hey as(sho)l(e)3676, how about giving it a rest and going over to the Huffington Post or Moveon.org.  We get so tired of your moronic, uninformed, hackneyed regurgitated statements.  Leave thinking people alone!

  • http://twitter.com/Stopthejunk Patty Rains

    I believe what you’re saying.  Several friends know and don’t want to talk about it. They’ll just vote for Romney and that’s that.  Refusing to be involved in knowing about the tumult is part of the problem. Most don’t know about Obama and his background. The newest info. is by Jan2013, 1% of all bank/card transactions will go to the feds..and more.  They wait and then they’re sorry.  Most of us see our hands tied if the O gets in again.  It’s the end of America as we have known it.  Even with all the ‘intelligence’ available about this guy and his czars…no one is stopping his movements.  If, God forbid, he allows Sharia law as part of our system…we are dead.  Observe Dearbourn, MI.  Total Annathema!!

    • asl3676

      1% of all bank/card transactions will go to the feds?  What are you referring to?

  • wayne

    We need a purple america. but we need a true america  that is making progress instead of a stagnant complacent america waiting for the govt to fail or impose its will on us.  The govt works for us .  WE DONT WORK FOR THE GOVT

  • Bran

    when will people really stand up . sometimes the noise around you is just the music  we play

    • Frank I

       Quit yer yakking

  • nickshaw

    Even the NYT is saying the crowds for Mitt in Ohio are “Obama like”.
    Don’t let reports like this lull you into complacency!
    Vote like your life depends on it! Because it does!
    The left has to be crushed so that they don’t get a chance to hold the reins for many years.

    • Kitcrsn68

      Romney supporters in Ohio lined the streets in the thousands,  Saturday.  Time for some real change, for all that hope & change from those slimey thugs in the White House have ruined this country.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      I was in Vegas when Obama came and what I saw were a huge number of shills from the Hotels jumping around and chanting.  I was pretty sure they were from the local SEIU Organization because four of them were from my floor of the hotel I was staying at.
      http://www.seiu.org/
      http://www.seiu.org/press/

      Obama has one of those Union Members in his White House staff and that Union doesn’t mean well for us.

      • nickshaw

         If the Repubs are smart (and show some guts for a change!) they will take measures to outlaw public sector union influence on politics.
        If you work for the government, you should not be able to pay off, through campaign funding, the ones in charge of your pay with unlimited public resources.
        I’m with you in banning lobby groups too.

        • Joel Wischkaemper

          The President needs those communications in Air Force One.. and in those limos.  But when he does need them, he needs to stay home and send his vice president out to deal with the .. re-election, and cite his web page.  A GOOD reason to have a good web site.

        • asl3676

          Right after they outlaw corporate influence on politics….What a moronic statement..

          • nickshaw

             What, exactly, do you think “lobby groups” are, Helen?
            Speaking of morons….

          • Joel Wischkaemper

            I see a big flashing sign here:  corrupt businesses go for Obama.

          • asl3676

            Sorry … I thought I was communicating with someone who had a brain..

          • nickshaw

             That’s so funny, Helen.
            You say you thought you were talking to someone with a brain.
            And we knew we were talking to someone without one.
            Ain’t that a knee slapper?
            Helen?

      • asl3676

        Dont like unions? Why because their members get decent pay and benefits? That must really piss you off…

        • Joel Wischkaemper

          If Republicans read those links out there, they will know where the bushwhackers are.  Literally, the way it happened was.. harry reid set up the demonstrations with the SEIU Hotel Workers, and Obama seems to have given an executive in the SEIU organization a job in his cabinet.    Ah but… that ..is.. Chicago Politics and this country wants a significant change.

      • http://twitter.com/PhilSilverman7 Phil Silverman

        Unions are horrible. They NEVER employ War Veterans; never employ people from the PRIVATE SECTOR.

  • asl3676

    “I am Mitt Romney and I approved this message”…..This sounds like it was written by the Romney campaign. …Sounds like the usual angry old man rant…

    • suki33

       Take a deep breath and open your mind.

      • asl3676

        I am deeply worried  about what the poeple who agree with this nonsense will do after Obama wins….The whining will be unbelievable…

        • wally

          So will the whining be even more unbelievable if Mitt wins? It sounds like he has he wind at his back at least for now. The true test is the election. I hope you vote for your champion so the Mitt victory will be so much sweeter. 

          • Patrick

             Asl really needs a life.

          • asl3676

            I have a great life….That’s why I like to see what the morons who watch Fox News are reading….those who can read….LOL

        • TarHeel456

          What would be unbelievable would be how fast we become the USSA.  God forbid.

          • asl3676

            USSA? What’s that an insurance company?

        • nickshaw

           Whether Zero wins or loses, there will be riots, ASL.
          Celebratory or punitive.
          In neither case will they be initiated by conservatives.

          • asl3676

            Will the rioting be led by old farts like Bernie Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly…If you’re dumb enough to buy one of their books you will get a free pass to attend the riot…..LOL

          • nickshaw

             You don’t even understand what I said, do you Helen?
            What a maroon.

          • Patrick

            Shouldn’t you be out on a high ledge somewhere preferably on the edge?

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      Boring.

      • asl3676

        I understand this right wing lunacy is boring…

  • suki33

    There are a lot of articles about polls results. The only poll that will count is the votes counted on election day.

    If I may add to the author’s final sentence above; vote as if your vote really matters — because it does.

    • Joel Wischkaemper

      There is NOTHING.. nothing in any of the polls out there that tell us Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should get complacient.  There is a lot out there that tells us both of them should point out that Obama and the angrey old man did not keep any of their promises and didn’t keep them with a Democratic Congress going into the White House, and a Democratic Congress seated for two years after they got in.  Where is the MEAT???  Hain’t none and the Republicans should talk about it.

      • Patrick

         No, they shouldn’t get too comfortable. Next week, Obama will probably be more aggressive than he was in Denver and Romney has to be careful not to sound too much like Bush in terms of foreign policy. Otherwise, Obama will use that against him and trust me, as much as people don’t like Obama, they don’t like Bush so much either. Romney has to distinguish himself as much as possible not only from Obama, but from Bush on this issue.