Hope and Change, R.I.P.

President Obama tells White House reporters that he’s running a serious campaign based only on issues, that nothing he’s done is “out of bounds.”  This raises a question:  Who are you going to believe — your eyes and ears or the President of the United States?

In just the last month or so, the president’s team, or his allies, have done everything they could to slime Mitt Romney.  It’s how they hope to distract voters from Mr. Obama’s dismal economic record.  In that pursuit, they produced an ad that links Romney to the death of a steelworkers wife; they intimated that Mitt Romney is a felon; their party’s leader in the United States Senate leveled an unsubstantiated charge that Romney paid no income tax in 10 years; and the vice president, who had been talking about GOP supposed plans to “unchain Wall Street” took on a southern accent, and told a crowd which included many African Americans that, “They’re gonna put ya’ll back in chains.”

To the president, apparently none of this is “out of bounds” – but if any of it is, don’t blame me, he says.

At an impromptu news conference at the White House, a reporter asked the president about his campaign labeling Romney a felon. Not true, he said. “Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon,” the president told reporters.

And technically, he’s right. Nobody actually said, “Mitt Romney is a felon.” But the president’s deputy campaign manager came pretty close, and President Obama knows it.

Last month, Stephanie Cutter, introducing a subject absolutely nobody cares about, said if Romney misrepresented his position at Bain Capital to the Security and Exchange Commission (when he was running the Salt Lake City Olympics) that “is a felony.”

You see how unfair Mr. Obama’s critics can be.  She never said Mitt Romney is a felon.  She said he might be guilty of a “felony.”  This may be a distinction without a difference to most reasonable Americans.  To the president, it’s simply setting the record straight, and certainly not “out of bounds.”

Then a reporter asked about that slimy ad put out by Priorities USA Action, a Democratic Super Pac, which ties Romney to the death of a Kansas City steelworker’s wife.  The man lost his job and insurance after Bain shut down the plant; his wife contracted cancer and died.

“I don’t think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad,” the president said.

What a guy!  Barack Obama actually came out and publicly acknowledged that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the death of that woman, who, by the way, had her own insurance even after her husband lost his, and who died of cancer seven years after Romney left Bain.

The president also made sure to point out that the ad wasn’t put out by his campaign.

Right again, Mr. President.  He didn’t put out the ad, but a hit man who used to work for him at the White House did.  And Mr. Obama could have at least denounced the ad, as “out of bounds” – something liberals as well as conservatives had done.  But not Barack Obama.  He never said the ad crossed a line of decency.  And when given the opportunity at the news conference he still wouldn’t condemn it.  Acknowledging the obvious, that Mitt Romney is not responsible for the woman’s death, was as far as he would go.

Harry Reid never came up at the news conference.  You remember Harry Reid, the leader of the United States Senate, who – on the floor of the Senate — said he had a secret source who told him Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes in 10 years.

The president, through his flack Jay Carney, said that was a matter between Reid and Romney, as if Team Obama wasn’t pulling Harry Reid’s strings.

This is a president who lets his henchmen do all the dirty work while he innocently tells reporters that “we don’t go out of bounds.”

This is the same president who put on a show leading us to believe he would be a different kind of politician.

At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator Obama said, “There is not a liberal America, not a conservative America, there is a United States of America.”

Four years later, running for president, he said, “One of the things we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism.”

But when he realized it would be a tough re-election fight, he didn’t hesitate to tell voters that Republicans want “Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.”  If this isn’t “out of bounds” what is?

And we haven’t even gotten to the conventions yet.

Hope and change, R.I.P.

 

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  • venter

    If Obama is running a SERIOUS campaign , where is he?  Tweeting!  Great that is where all the seniors are and the few working people, and the serious voters.   What are Obama’s  SERIOUS plans for the USA.   After the GOP convention  I feel better  .  That was serious!  It was what America needs a SERIOUS man who knows what has to be done  in a SERIOUS way without all the B.S. ( which we all have had enough of) .  Wtih children you tell them  “be quiet and do your homework”   Mitt will be quiet and get the Job done in a SERIOUS way……..

      

  • Mgoveia

    Hope and Change were a crock to fool the public.  It has always been Smear and Fear.

  • Walter

    Nothing is beneath this President. I think Michelle has him promising her more lavish vacations using Air Force One.

  • Wil

    Hey Bernie, you schmuck — first rule is never get in bed with the political party who wouldn’t have let your parents into the country club.

    • Mgoveia

      Yeah, but Bernie can get into any country club he wants to, so what’s your point?  You sound like a typical “smear and fear” Democrat hack.

    • joeV

      Wil- you realize that is the Dem Party.  Did you know the KKK was the militant arm of the Dem party after the Civil War.  http://www.black-and-right.com/the-democrat-race-lie/

  • Hondo3

          People like Harry Reid and Nancy Wasserman Shultz are trying to accomplish two things when they open their mouths:

    1)Do their damndest to get Obama reelected since, as the figurehead leader of the Party they belong to, his reelection is their bread and butter.

    2)Protect their own backsides because being a Congressman or a Senator is now viewed as a potentially “lifetime” position…despite how the founders saw these positions.

         It’s amazing as to how little regard they hold for the truth when this stuff is at stake.  I saw an interview with Ms Schultz and Andersen Cooper who is certainly no conservative where he was calling her out on some of her statements regarding Romney’s positions that Kafka and Fellini working in tandem (if you could imagine such a thing) couldn’t have written.  Cooper was reading quotes to her and she straightfaced said she was correct and completely comfortable continuing to lie and misrepresent what Romney has said.  Of course being such an insufferably strident ideologue, she couldn’t bear listening to Cooper when he pointed out that she probably wasn’t serving her own cause and just kept right on speaking over him.

         These folks are “taking no prisoners” and it’s all hands on deck/screw the truth time.  Even though there are some cracks showing in the concrete wall of support Obama has enjoyed with the vast majority of the press and Romney seems to be making some headway in the polls (albeit…slow), the dirty tricks stuff has only just begun.   These tactics don’t seem to bother the majority of Democrats and even the “undecideds” any more than the Democrats’ very loose relationship with the truth.  I’m guessing the only thing stopping the Romney campign from going toe-to-toe in the dirty tricks war is the press’ habit of magnifying Republican nastiness and ignoring the same from Democrats.  How in heaven’s name did we get here?

  • Wil

    Bernie, What
    would lead you people to believe that a person (Mitt Romney) who is an expert at
    screwing over taxpayers and businesses for profit, is a good fit for
    president? 

    • Jeffreydan

      Interesting. By your logic, since the overwhelming majority of struggling companies that hired Romney ended up in better shape, then he must have put his expertise to poor use.

        I know you like your candidates to associate with terrorists and loud bigot preachers who think America deserved 9/11, so nobody expects you to approve of Governor Romney. 
        It’s pretty obvious he has you scared silly that B.O. will lose all that wonderful power (rightly so), and it’s entertaining as heck.        

  • Wheels55

    Why doesn’t Obama discuss the cost of healthcare? If there was one thing to reform about healthcare, that wouldbe it. He doesn’t talk about it because Obamacare has increased the cost of healthcare insurance and makes doing business on the doctors’ side more financially difficult.

    • asl3676

      Obamacare has increased the cost of healthcare insurance? Healthcare insurance has been increasing 7% per year for the past 10 years…Do you know any doctors living in poverty….I don’t know any doctors who are in financial distress ..do you?

      • Jeffreydan

          I knew you were arrogant, but not so much that you’d actually think that because you don’t know any doctors with money troubles, that must mean there are no doctors with money troubles.

          Your ignorance is par for the course, though. 

        • asl3676

          I don’t know any martians either? Doesn’t mean there aren’t any?
          I do know some moronic right wingers..there are plenty of them around…

          • Jeffreydan

            Question mark fixation, eh?
            You can go ahead and just give it up now. You either didn’t understand the point, or you actually believe there’s no such thing as a doctor with financial problems.
              You’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that doctors, like most human beings, can indeed experience financial problems, mmkay?

              Please don’t expect me to give you examples. Have a smart person teach you how to Google. You already think highly of Obama, so it’s not necessary for me to make you look like an idiot.   

          • asl3676

            I was responding to a point which said that Obamacare would make “doing business on the doctors side more financially difficult”…Lets assume this statement is true…

          • Jeffreydan

            “I was responding to a point which said that Obamacare would make “doing business on the doctors side more financially difficult”…Lets assume this statement is true…U.S. Doctors in 2010 average $210,000. Do you believe doctors are hurting financially…If so why did the A.M.A. support Obamacare?….”-asl36765  Better questions: why did the majority of doctors, unlike the A.M.A., dislike Obamacare? When businesses and people face an enormous increase in govt regulations, how does it affect their finances and ability to work efficiently?   Now, please tell me you understand that an average income of $210,000 is not an indicator that all doctors are free of financial troubles. Do you not understand the concept of averages, or do you just think you can get away with misleading people around here?      

          • joeV

            AMA doesn’t come close to representing the majority of doctors.  Most doctors belong to their respective societies and have no use for the AMA (which is viewed as an insurance company).  Only 1/5 doctors are members of the AMA, and I suspect they are non-practicing or fresh grads.  They certainly do not reflect the view of the American doctor!

      • joeV

        Insurance premium increases do not equate to increased reimbursements to doctors!  They’ve been going in opposite directions for quite some time!  Ignorance is bliss.  Stupidity is contagious.

    • Bob Hadley

      The cost of healthcare insurance has continued to rise beause the healthcare mandate has not yet kicked-in.  The Congressional Budget Office even stated that health insurance costs would continue to rise under Obamacare until the mandate took effect.  Then, healthcare costs would slowly start to go down.

      My understanding is that under Romneycare health insurance costs have continued to rise, but much more slowly than before Romneycare.

      • Wheels55

        Romneycare was designed for Mass., not the country.
        The CBO used an old Excel trick, work the numbers until you get the result you want.
        In 2014 when the entire Obamacare kicks in, the individual mandate will be worthless. Since the Supremes ruled the Obamacare penalty as a tax penalty, one can avoid paying this penalty simply by never overpaying their income tax withholdings. This penalty otherwise is without teeth. Therefore, the CBO’s estimated cost balancing act is bogus. In the meantime, Obamacare takes $700 billion+ from Medicare.
        Scrap Obamacare, learn from its short-comings and design true healthcare reform.
        By the way, your general practitianer doctor is not rich. With all of that education, they should clear more than they do.

        • Bob Hadley

          “Romneycare was designed for Mass., not the country.” 

          I know that’s the best you can do, but you should know when to fold ‘em.

          What needs do the residents of Mass. have that are currently being met by Romneycare, needs that the rest of us don’t have?  If Obamacare is such an albatross to business and to doctors, so oppressive to individual liberties and a bugetary nightmare, then how is it that Romneycare magically is free of these disasterous policy results?

          The guy who helped Gov. Romney design Romneycare said there’s virtually no difference between Romneycare and Obamacare. 

          And don’t tell me that it’s because Mass. is full of pinkos.  Even if true, that doesn’t allow a state gov. to infringe on constitutional liberties.  Besides, there are a lot of conservative in Mass.  I lived there before, and I’ve traveled throughout the state.  Anyway, if Obamacare is financially oppressive to the nation, then Romneycare must be financially oppressive to Mass.

          “The CBO used an old Excel trick, work the numbers until you get the result you want. ”

          Yes, this is an old canard.  If ideologues don’t like a result, they attach the integrity of the institution.  If they like the result, all of a sudden the institution becomes virtuous.  I wonder why American institutions are held in such low esteeem?  The CBO is non-partisan.

          If what you really meant is “garbage in, garbage out, ” that doesn’t hold much water either.  The figures were poured over by conservative Democrats and even some Repubs as well. 

          “Obamacare takes $700 billion+ from Medicare.”

          The money is not taken from the recipients.  It’s taken from the duplication and overcharging of medicare from providers.  Whether this will discourage a lot of providers is widely disputed.  The more expert opinions I’ve heard is that generally it will not. 

          I’ve heard on Fox News that under Romney’s plan about the same amount will be taken out medicare recipient’s hospital care.  That will bankrupt that part of medicare within 4 years.   Gov. Romeny’s aid to that part of the system will not kick-in until about 2023.

          I think you want to see Pres. Obama defeated so badly that you’re willing to swallow Gov. Romney’s talking points.

          • Wheels55

            Bob,
            You make good points, but you do the usual liberal thing by only putting your hand in the water. You have to jump in to fully understand these issues.
            Romneycare may provide the same kind of things as Obamacare, but it didn’t rob from Medicare to do it. You have to ask yourself: If Romneycare can provide the same things and is truly paid for without robbing someone else’s wallet, isn’t Mitt better suited for President than Obama? Yes.
            The calculations to say Obamacare was paid for was funny business. When the court struck down the penalties under the commerce clause, the financial part substantially changed. Obamacare lawyers argued for that very decision, even though the law was written under the commerce clause. Not funny business??
            Yes, I want Obama defeated very badly. He sucks on so many levels. Let him earn a living on the speach giving tour – the only thing he is good at.

          • Bob Hadley

            “Romneycare may provide the same kind of things as Obamacare, but it didn’t rob from Medicare to do it. You have to ask yourself: If Romneycare can provide the same things and is truly paid for without robbing someone else’s wallet, isn’t Mitt better suited for President than Obama?”

            So, your only objection to Obamacare is that it supposedly robs money from medicare (a highly questionable allegationg at best)?  It sounds like if it weren’t for that, you’d think Obamacare is as good as romneycare.

            You ignored the fact that Gov. Romney’s plan – such as it is –  also takes a similiar amount out of medicare and leave hospitalization bankrupt in 4 years.

            Ideologues are blind to facts that go against their pre-conceptions.

          • Wheels55

            Bob,
            I should be clear about what I support and don’t support. I think the pre-existing conditions thing is fine – but even that adds to the insurance cost of others.
            I do not support government getting into the healthcare business. Government sucks at it. If I was a Mass resident, I wouldn’t have liked Romneycare.
            Mitt has a much better head for financial decisions than Barack “let’s print money” Obama.
            If Romney does not show some fiscal responsibility, I will not support him in 2016. But I think he will do fine. He has to work with congress – working with others is something that a CEO is used to doing.

            Obama is used to demanding his way and pointing fingers if he doesn’t get it. Who in their right mind wants that as a President?

          • Bob Hadley

            “I should be clear about what I support and don’t support. ”

            “I do not support government getting into the healthcare business. Government sucks at it.”

            Ye, you need make up your mind first, then you can communicate your ideas.

            You appeared to justify Romneycare because it only was initiated by the state, but to decry Obamacare as stupid and evil because it was initiated by the feds.

            Then you said that at least Romney care didn’t raid $700 billion from medicare (Are you sure about that?)

            Now you appear to be inclined to admit that whatever ills Obamacare has Romneycare also has.   It seems that the non-partisan analysists who are up-to-speed with both plans agree that the two plans are almost identical. 

            But have you investigated the effects of Romenycare?  My understanding is that health insurance rates are increasing much more slowly since Romenycare has taken effect and that something like 98% of mass. residents are insured.

            In Hawaii, we’ve had an employer mandate for some 40 years.  It works nicely.  For example, since I’m selff-employed, I’m on my wife’s employer’s plan.  She pays $12 a month for our health ins.  plan, and it’s a very good plan.  Even if purchased a private plan, it would not cost much more than $250 a month. 

            Incidentally, my understanding is that Pres. Nixon proposed a national employer mandate.  In his auto, “True Compass,” Ted Kennedy said his major political regret was leading the opposition to that proposal.   

            It sounds like you’re opposed the the idea of comprehensive health insurance reform, not necessarily the reality.

            As for Obama demanding his own way, that’s Republican propaganda.  To the chagrin of many liberals, Pres. Obama tried to be accommodating to the R’s in his stimulus package (which was 1/3 tax breaks) and in the health care insurance plan (which didn’t include a public option or a single payer system). 

            It was only after the Republican Congress was gonig to play obstructionist that he didn’t try to work with them. 

            You heard about the meeting of Republican Senators on the day of Pres. Obama’s inauguration?  Initially they met to commiserate losing the White House, but then started plotting to take Pres. Obama down.  Soon thereafter the anti-Obama drum beat and the record-setting filibusters began.

  • Concernedmimi

    Sure would be nice to have a real press corps to ask Obama some serious questions instead of the mickey mouse press club presently in place to put on a show that everyone is laughing at everyday.

    • floridahank

      That would be something new and news too.  Those reporters and the politicians sleep in the same incestuous bed.  They  do nothing that would might get some truth or real news out  of those puppet politicians.   I’d like to know what
      % of them have an IQ over 100 –very few I would guess.

  • Wil

     Mitt Romney is not responsible for the woman’s death, was as far as he would go.>>
    And, that wasn’t enough for Bernie Goldberg. Bernie that was the gist of the entire ad! How petty you have become…too much time spent with Bill O’Reilly, I suspect!

    • Jeffreydan

        Not surprisingly, you don’t see the big picture.

        BO is a lofty talker who claimed to be “post-partisan”, who spoke up about the importance of civility when the uncivil person either was a Republican or thought to be, also said as much generally in ’08 campaign speeches. 

        One thing he seems to have a real problem with, besides actually practicing the same civility he expects of others, is openly condemning his own side’s vitriol, even if it’s in a campaign ad from his PAC.

        What, you think a guy shouldn’t live up to his own shiny standards?  

      • Wil

        Interesting, Romney doesn’t want to release his taxes because he wants to
        keep his Mormon tithing private:
        But, of course Ann Romney has already said they tithe 10% . However there is an
        issue whether the Mormon 10% should be on gross income versus net income. Some
        Mormons believe:”you are not a full tithe payer unless you pay on pre-tax
        income.”
        Is Romney trying to hide that his tithe is on his net income after
        taxes? What do you think Jeffy?

        • Jbubs55

          Allow me to jump in here, Wil. First, I don’t care a wit about Romney’s taxes, his net worth, or how he chooses to use his money. It simply is none of my business. This standard holds for Romney about me –and for you and everyone else. Second, I am happy and proud that the U.S.A. allows people to be have extraordinary success in making money. Romney’s story is but one of hundreds and hundreds of thousdands of stories throughout our history. In fact, this very concept of “making money” seems to have originated in the U.S.A. because of its unique political emphasis on protecting liberty and private property. Making alot of money allows Romney to do so much good precisely because he has earnerd so much more –like  investing in business, which is capital and donating to others, which is charity. I feel the same about Bill Gates and many others who have been blessed this way. These individuals have been able to so much more for society than most, although I don’t stop trying. Third, the moment I started to accumulate wealth beyond my immeidate needs, the first thing I did was to protect it and allow it to grow (if possible) using any and all legal means at my disposal. Mitt Romney is no different than me or anyone else in this way. And fourth, if there was a real issue with Romney’s taxes, I would bet a year’s pay that the IRS would have caught it 9 years ago, the same as anyone else.            

          • Wil

            Just remember Romney is running for the presidency, so what makes you happy or what is none of your business means nothing to the country or me!

          • Wheels55

            Wil, you speak for the entire country? How did you get that position? You related to Pelosi?

          • jbubs55

            Wil, I sense that you are talking way above my abilty to understand your cogent analyses, so I’ll sign off now…

        • Wheels55

          I had this same conversation years ago in my Baptist church. The Preacher answered that same question like this: “whatever you think is best”. Taxable income was not considered when tithing first came around.
          As to whether this could even be a small issue for any of us in this election – no, not a chance,

          • Wil

            I say Mitt is lying about what he gives to his ‘church’ doesn’t that bother you people? I mean just a little bit.

          • Wheels55

            Yes, it bothers me that you say he is lying when you simply don’t know. The details of Mitt’s tax returns really don’t matter. The fact that he filed the returns and has not run into trouble with the IRS is enough.

        • Jeffreydan

            How cute. You still think you can get away with changing the subject. What, no accusation of racism this time?

            Again, should Obama live up to his own standards, or should he be treated like a shallow little child like you? 
           
           

          • Wil

            Jeffy, Still using grade school insults. How sad!

          • Jeffreydan

              I gear responses down to the recipient’s level as necessary, son. 

              I understand your unwillingness to answer. You don’t have the stones to admit you and the child president are in the inferior party. You hold yourself to a lower standard than your opponent, and then hope you can distract people when you fail to even meet that.

              You’d deserve a little pity if you had some respect for this country.  

             

          • joeV

            Wil, Do you really think anyone cares about his tithing?

          • Wil

            What?

  • Wil

    But when he realized it would be a tough re-election fight, he didn’t hesitate to tell voters that Republicans want “Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.”  If this isn’t “out of bounds” what is?>>
    Bernie, Out of bounds? I don’t think so. Aren’t you aware of the Republicans record on those issues? 

  • Ksp48

    My 96 year old mother has never voted for a Republican. She thought Hubert Humphrey was too conservative. She turned to me a year ago and said ‘You told me we were in trouble when Obama was elected. You were right”. She is appalled at the divisiveness of this man. Class, race, income, gender, religion, geography  are all just means of dividing Americans to him. Occupy Wall Street turned anti-semitic within days. What even (or especially) my 96 year old mother understands is that one such hate is turned on , there is no magic switch to turn it off. 

    • Wheels

      Proof that our seniors are still our most precious resource for common sense

    • Wil

      The only hate I see, is your grandmother having trouble having a black man as president. How sad!

      • Jeffreydan

          Wil, congratulations! You just lost yet another argument.

        • Wil

          Only in your addled mind!

          • Jeffreydan

            You’re the one who pulled out the race card, not me. Deal with it.

          • Wil

            So, you are saying race is not an issue in this election? If you believe that, you are stupid or a fool. I’d say both.

          • Jeffreydan

            “So, you are saying race is not an issue in this election? If you believe that, you are stupid or a fool. I’d say both.” -Wil*************The racism accusation you threw at Ksp48’s grandmother was wrong both factually and morally. First, it was mother, not grandmother. Second, since you have not proven there is any bigotry in that comment, you have proven you have nothing to offer.  If you believe racism is of any consequence now, you are several levels below stupid.

      • Ksp48

        What a sick little man you are. First , my grandmother is decease. My 96 year old mother voted for Obama. It will be a relief however to get back to being able to criticize the president’s actions without being accused of racism by the likes of you. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VMAT7AY3JCWLQFOZYYH2YTVGVA AnnettaF

    I’m reading “Obama’s Last Stand” Politico’s Playbook 2012 by Glenn Thrush and what really concerns me is that Obama’s apparent desire to win, to beat Mitt Romney, is greater than his desire to fulfill a vision for the country. He seems motivated by the belief that the recovery is around the corner and he doesn’t want Romney to get credit for his work.

    I have only read part of the Kindle book, and while it is a more critical picture of Obama than I would have suspected it would be, there still seems to be an admiration of Obama.

    Frankly, I was surprised when Hillary Clinton went to work in his administration after the savaging his campaign dumped on her in 2008, but Obama seems to have the bad boy/good boy personna down pat, which attracts a lot of women voters. They long to admire him for what he he could be, rather than who he is.

    Since he seems to have been bored being President for some time now, escaping Washington every chance he gets to campaign and fundraise, I have to wonder how he will spend the 4 years of his second term if he is elected. I think we can count on more of the dysfunction out of Washington that has become SOP during his first term.

    • EddieD_Boston

      I also get the impression that the mundane tasks of being an executive are either beneath him or too complicated for him to actually delve into.

      His he too self-absorbed or is he a complete suit? Scary.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/ON4HHDYPEEDF3USYEBHZ7CJBCU potvin

    When he entered office he was an empty suit, now he’s a suit filled with lies.

  • Jbubs55

    “This is a president who lets his henchmen do all the dirty work while he innocently tells reporters that ‘we don’t go out of bounds’.” Well Bernie, what’s a commnity agitator supposed to do? Obama’s style has always been to talk big behind the scene in order to foment action by others while he steps back. This way he avoids blame when necessary and takes credit when opportune. That’s how one “leads from the rear”. Like all petty despots, this guy is predictable as the sun but nowhere near as bright.    

  • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

    I’m at the point that whatever is said, or presented, I feel more threatened by the ignorance celebrity dependence of the American voter.
    They want to see what Romney’s taxes.  But they care to see if Obama’s competence couldn’t have been predicted by school applications and transcripts.
    Ironically, as keyed up as they are about taxes as measures of Romeny, when Obama says the public should be able to judge such things; the don’t pick him up on it and demand his records.
    How can I help bu look upon contempt at voters?

  • Wtb3127

    I don’t care about Romney’s tax records, what about Obamas birth certificate and the phoney Social Security number he is using?.  I belonged to a dead man who was born and lived in Hawaii!.  What is he and where was he born and why is he president of the U.S.?.  Why will he not produce his Harvard grades and transcript and who paid the tuition?.  I think he was going to Harvard on a foreign student scholorship and that is why he is refusing to explain……He is not a “natural born American”.  Impeach!!!!!!.

  • john nazzaro

    The tax thing is odd but irrelevant. More significant, I think, would be the candidate’s health records-which Obama has steadfastly declined to release.  The public doesn’t have any entitlement to personal financial data sans any credible allegation of misconduct or conflict of interest. I would argue however they  have a right to credible reassurance that there is no health factor which would mitigate the decision making capacity of their electoral choice or threaten his continuation in office (see Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Kennedy, and perhaps Eisenhower in the last century). Obama’s campaign tactics and dishonest response is of course the Chicago way.  As Bernie no doubt realizes, the media response here is completely imbalanced; if Romney made similar assertions they would be on him like white on rice. Romney’ s foray into hyperbole on welfare to work changes got three Pinochio’s from the Post: that was clearly an exaggerated response after they gave Obama four of the same for his Bain Capital  (woman dies) ad, and probably designed to restore their liberal bonafides.  Romney’ s exaggeration there was not completely true-but it was not untrue either: Obama gave governors the right to reject the current work obligations if they saw fit (which certainly Illinois and California will). At any rate his completely convetional exaggeration of policy implication for political effect received more attention at the press conference than any of the remarkably nonsensical allegations of Cutter-whose name was studiously avoided in that discussion.

  • Wiley

    I do not beleive any thing that Obama says he lies about every thing. Why will not let us see his coledge records and his birth records.If he is rewlected we will never see another election

    • asl3676

      Get back on your medication immediately…..

  • JRawl

    You said, “As long as it’s not illegal”–but a lot IS illegal!  Saying his Justice Department (sic) would not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, “recess” appointments when Congress was not technically in recess, the Executive Order “dream act” that Congress had already voted down, et al.   This is rule by fiat, and in a sane world with real statesmen as our representatives, he would be impeached!

    • Ksp48

      In a sane world, the voters would get rid of him. 

  • Wheels

    What concerns me almost as much as Obama being in the White House another four years is the thought that his tactics of lies, finger pointing and dividing our country will become the norm in politics – if it hasn’t permanently gone that way already. Very non-productive stuff.

  • Wil

    Bernie, Obama’s biggest mistake was trying to work with the Republicans! You know this is true!

    • Wheels

      When did Obamie try to work with Republicans other than to say “this is what I want – now”?

      • Ksp48

        What he actually said was “I won”. 

      • Wil

        Jul 10, 2011 –
        Sen. McConnell: Making Obama A
        One-Term President Is My Single Most Important Goal.”

         

         

        ’nuff said!

        • Jeffreydan

          Well, it was ’nuff said for the smart people anyway. I’ll tell you what it meant, and I’ll try to keep the language simple enough for you.
            If Obama only serves one term, the person who replaces him will have less problems to fix. That’s why it is a good thing to make Obama a one-term president.

          • Wil

            Jeffy, For a person (you) who voted for Dubya (two times) that was crazy talk!

          • Jeffreydan

              Well, I should’ve known I wouldn’t be able to word it down to your level. It is an almost inconceivable brand of idiot that would give the U.S. presidency to a guy with clear disdain for the U.S.        

  • topgun_1959

    John Rawl.  Thanks for your kind thought.  I rarely get involved in these discussions but every now and then I feel it appropriate to put someone in his or her place and try to do it from the high road, something most liberals can’t quite comprehend.  Their level of intelligence generally rears its ugly head in their attempts at debate.  When they have nothing of consequence to put forth, they generally fall back on democrat talking points and really don’t even do a good job of that. How sad!

  • Wil

    I want to see all of Mitt Romney’s tax records. What is he hiding from the American people?

    • Windylmp

       Personally “Wil”, I could care less about Mitt Romney’s tax records. I care more about who is going to fix this country and get us out of the hole we are in. And If I  remember correctly Mitt said he was going to show his tax records… but obviously this is all some people care about……. You are really more concerned with tax records?????????

      • Wil

        Yep and why
        doesn’t someone point out that the seniors already on Medicare, who will retain
        their guaranteed benefits,
        are being asked to throw their own children
        (children who have paid into Medicare for over 30 years) under the bus
        and
        leave them with a voucher that won’t provide anywhere near the same level of
        healthcare? 

        • Wheels

          Because the bus will run out of gas and nobody will get anything. Like or not, the younger generations will have to pay for these large entitlements and receive less for their efforts. This bus started all the way back to LBJ and has been picking up speed for years. At least Ryan’s plan gives everyone a chance to get something and the younger generations time to plan for the obvious. Current seniors, who don’t have time to make adjustments, will not be hurt. Obama’s plans hurt today’s seniors.

        • Windylmp

           Wil,  don’t even get me started on the Medicare and Obama care. I am a nurse and I see this stuff everyday. We have already lost outstanding Dr’s and more will be leaving because of this so called Obama care.And Sadly to say when Obama care really kicks in, lets see who gets thrown under the bus. As far as I am concerned you haven’t seen nothing yet. Seniors will be thrown under the bus and some are already getting thrown under that bus as we speak.

          And to your comment I know who the president is you did not read it correctly.

          • Wil

            You know there is never a discussion on the cost of healthcare. I
            continually hear about cost of insurance, but the doctor, hospital and health
            part of it is not discussed. Maybe you people are making too much money!

      • asl3676

        And you know Willard will “fix” the country? How do you know and what has he told you to make anyone believe he has any agenda but lower taxes for his rich buddies…

    • Wheels

      What exactly will his tax records tell you that you don’t already know? We know he is rich, pays an average of about 13% and most of his income is from the private sector. If you want to make an issue of his effective tax rate, then call Congress and tell them to increase tax rates. No smart person would pay more than what the tax laws require. If you think he hasn’t paid taxes in the past ten years, like Harry Reid said, then think how the IRS could miss such a high-profile guy like Romney. It just isn’t possible.
      Let’s move the conversation to issues that really matter to all of us.

      • asl3676

        You only know what Romney wants you to know? How do you know he didn’t write off the $40 mil he blew on his 2008 campaign? How do you know there were years he paid no taxes? How do you know he pays taxes on offshore funds? Take Willard’s word for it?..He wouldn’t lie to you trusting right wingers would he?

        • Wheels

          Logic, which seems to escape you liberals, tells us that the IRS would not let such a big fish go untouched if he had not paid his taxes properly. Now, I don’t give the IRS that much credit to say they catch everything, but someone this big would get caught. Also, each party checks out their guy and would have seen a problem. Also, Mormans are very honest people. Our Muslim President on the other hand….

          • asl3676

            and how many Mormons do you know?……LOL
            This pretty funny stuff…You should be working for SNL…

          • Wheels

            I know 3 Mormans personally. Thank you for asking.

        • Ksp48

          How do we know? Because the IRS (you know, the one controlled by Obama) routinely scrutinizes the tax returns of people who make many millions and people who run for office. 

          • Wil

            And, the IRS never makes any mistakes…get real!

          • asl3676

            And you know whether Romney has been audited by the IRS? 

        • Jeffreydan

            How do we know Governor Romney has paid his taxes? Simple: Harry Reid said he didn’t.

      • Wil

        Romney, Just release the tax forms and I will shut up. What is he hiding?

    • 50scars

       Wil:  Do you REALLY BELIEVE that that the IRS has left any stone unturned in Romney’s taxes?  Romney does not sit down at his computer to do his taxes on Turbotax–I bet you’d love to have as an annual income, what he pays REAL TAX EXPERTS to do his taxes specifically to keep him out of trouble.  I’d bet that the IRS and Romney’s tax lawyers have a quarterly appointment.  The guys the IRS sends aren’t some amateurs that just fell off the turnip truck, either.  All of those people on both sides of that table know their stuff.  Can you imagine what kind of an attaboy the IRS agent who brings down some national figure, like Romney, would earn?

      • Wil

        Well, what we do know is, Willard Romney is the biggest liar who has ever run for president. He lies about every thing! I’m betting he has even lied on his income taxes. That is why he will not release them. Hell, he gave his tax forms to McCain and McCain went with Palin. That should tell us even McCain doesn’t trust Romney!

    • Ksp48

      You already know that he’s rich, makes a lot of money and that most of it is capital gains. You also know that the IRS has never asked him for another dime. So what will thousands of pages of Tax Returns (yes, I make very little money and mine is perhaps 60 pages)  tell you, except that he is rich, made a lot of money, mostly in capital gains and that the IRS never asked him for a dime.  Oh, I guess it would also give jealous losers another chance to be jealous losers. 

    • Captain America

      I want to see Obama’s college transcripts. Bush’s transcripts were leaked to the press & he had very good grades. What is he afraid of people finding out, that he got into Occidental &  Columbia because of affirmative action? How come no one who attended those schools at the same time Obama did remember him? Maybe, because he was too busy hanging out with the marxists & the hate America crowd? maybe, he doesn’t want you to find out he anin’t that smart.

    • Jeffreydan

        Better question: what is the self-professed “transparent” president hiding from the American people, in terms of his educational records and Fast & Furious?

      • Wil

        Mitt Romney: “I was too important to go to Vietnam”

         

        http://www.project.nsearch.com/m/blogpost?id=4878805%3ABlogPost%3A534641

        • Jeffreydan

            What? Wil has no answer? Shocker.

            Keep changing the subject to cover for that precious little girl and her transparency crap. It takes less brain cells than arguing your position.   

        • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

          I guess Bill Clinton was too. Romney did a missionary commitment.  Clinton was pursuing one.

          • Wil

            Mitt Romney: “I was too important to go to Vietnam”.

          • Wil

            Are you really saying Mitt wanted to go fight for his country, but couldn’t pass up the chance to be a bishop and demi-god?

          • http://shawmut.blogspot.com/ Dave O’Connor

            Not at all, Wil. It’s just that the issue is off-limits when it comes to Clinton (speaking of demi-gods then and currently).  I don’t think we’re too far apart in the issue; just the personalities. Service can be very arbitrary. And, I’ve never scored Clinton on motives. Even as a veteran, I consider it a duty to allow (frankly endorse the openness, practice and expression of another.
            I’ll go further in expressing that Clinton showed respect for those in uniforms.
            I hope I haven’t shocked you by this.  But, I’m trying to be candid and fair.

  • Windylmp

    I love this one…. Michelle Obama spoke at a kids state dinner , that Obama’s dog is on a diet…….?????? Wow….. this president and his wife should be talking about our economy that is going down the sewer drain pipe, people loosing jobs right and left, gas prices on the rise and getting higher each day, grocery prices increasing,people starving over in this country, and let alone the housing market. I think the Obama’s really need to get off of this fantasy world because they have no, and I mean no idea of the reality of what is going on in this country.

     Secondly, MSN needs to be reporting on what Obama has done for this country and why he should be re elected…. Oh wait, I forgot, I guess this is really important to report since Obama is not worthy of being re-elected and nothing to report in that area.

     

    • Wil

      Clue: 
      Michelle Obama is not the president!

      • CCNV

         I believe WindyImp really meant Michelle Obama is the dog who’s on the diet.

        • Brian_Bayless

          I believe WindyImp just likes to ramble about anything having to do with Obama. What does the first lady talking about her dog going on a diet have to do with anything about gas and grocery prices or the housing market?

          • wally

            Yes. Let us talk about the price of food and gas and what Obama has done to lower them. The truth is that he has done nothing to reduce the price of food and gas. He has actually been working to increase them. Take the price of gas. Obama gave billions of dollars to Brazil so they could drill for Brazil oil. Then he stated he would buy Brazil oil rather than allowing investment in US oil and gas. Tell me how has that helped the US economy and job creation? You know it hasn’t so admit it. Shutting down oil exploration on US lands has also stifled job growth and slowed down the economy. He has admitted that he wants to have all existing energies prices of oil,gas and coal increase to a high level so his favorites, the green energies could compete. Is that what you want? Gas at $7 to $10  per gallon. Not me. The green energies may one day be competitive on their own but to cause existing energies to increase relative to world prices will put us all in the poor farm. Are you independently wealthy that you can afford those type of prices? I can’t. The price of food and other items that are not measured by the government in terms of inflation have risen by up to 30% with the policies of the Obama government. Energy costs are a part of the reason and the federal monetary system is the other reason. Hey! If you thing these high prices are a good thing, you should vote for Obama. Just remember that if he is elected the price of food and energy will continue to increase and your taxes will increase to cover all the goodies that he will dish out and the nation will go bankrupt like Greece.

          • Brian_Bayless

            My response was how there is no correalation to Michelle Obama talking about her dog’s diet to high prices. The off-topic ramblings by a majority of the posters here are mind-blowing.

          • Wil

            Wally, Where are you getting your information from, Limbaugh?

        • Wil

          Nice…I ‘ll bet you also, go to church every Sunday!

  • Berryraymond

    The national company Best Buy is going through a restructuring now.  This will involve closing  some of the stores and getting rid of those employees along with other employees in the corporate office.  When all is said and done, Best Buy may survive and be a better company.  If Mitt Romney ran this operation, he would be blamed for the 10% who lost their jobs and nothing would be said about the thousands of jobs he saved.  Obama economics. 

  • Jhawk89

    I love it that the President is trying to cutoff dissent over the poor economy by saying that his opponents have the audacity to challenge him on it over and over again. “The same old song” he said the other day. I guess criticizing him about the economy over the last four years is out of bounds.

    • Windylmp

       Yep, the same old song , just a different day of the week

  • Trnsamcc

    As usual, right on Bernie!!!

  • Brhurdle

    The Obama Administration has proven itself to be incompetent and driven by ideology that makes no attempt to determine the impact of it’s actions on the welfare of the country. I have the impression that even intelligent supporters are not willing to acknowledge the despicable state of affairs. The less intelligent supporters are energized by these tactics since they see more entitlements stemming from these positions.

  • Paul Courtney

    Bernie:  My condolences.  Dems will keep doing this, and get away with it (while Rs get tarred with a stupid comment by a senate candidate from Mo.) until the progressive press rights itself (and I do mean “right”).  They give fleeting coverage to Biden’s greatest hits, but will spend several news cycles explaining how this obscure congressman’s gaffe (for which he has begged forgiveness) represents the thinking of all Rs.  Meanwhile, Liz Warren speaks with the forked tongue of the OWS nuts, but nobody (not even Fox) covers her gaffes or ties her lunacy to the Dems.  If the press eases it’s foot off the double standard pedal just a bit, pols like Biden might start guarding their words.  At this point, Barry and Joe needn’t worry that the next interview will call out the lie in the previous statement.  Is there any reporter anywhere who is curious enough to ask the Pres. how this steelworker went from the White House, with his deputy press sec., to an “independent” PAC?  And ask the same question for several days in a row?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ULTKU6JQVAWBBYQJRTSW3D4XCM Always.October

    Honestly, the first thing I thought of when I read the “nothing out of bounds” comment was all the constitutionally out-of-bounds stuff he’s done.  The out-of-bounds innuendo is nothing compared to that, but I’m sure Obama doesn’t mind it being used as a smokescreen for what he’s been up to.

  • Ahalbert

    The movie 2016 explains who Obama is and his actions. Essentially, everything he has done or wants to do is about weakening the U.S. and other Western nations to atone for colonialism. This was his father’s dream, and now his. The redistribution of wealth, the Start treaty, LOST treaty, weakening of the military, attempts to dilute the 2nd amendment, efforts to block use of our natural resources, weakening of our currency, running up of debt, favoritism toward unions, overregulation of businesses, and ultimately the 100% taxes Barack Obama Sr. called for. All of this is to pursue the dream. All of his mentor’s shared the same dream. Obama will lie as necessary to achieve it, and willing fools, rich and poor, will lie for him because they don’t understand his goal.

    I hope fence sitters will go see the movie.

    • MARYJOE

      I agree with you 100% we are really in for it if he is re-elected!! They will probably want to change our flag. Do you remember during the 2008 primary when Hillary,  Obama and someone else who I can’t recall were on the trail and they played the National Anthem and he refused to put his hand over his heart? The should make that a Romney ad.

      • Ahalbert

        Yes — Obama also had problems with wearing a US flag pin, and after it was questioned, he wore it upside until a US soldier pointed that out to him. He never believed in America and doesn’t now. As it was to his father, America is simply a place to get a free education, donations, and leftist sympathizers, all of which are tools to humble the country and people that provided those things.

        • MARYJOE

          That’s it in a nut shell!!!

        • Windylmp

           True that statement.

      • Windylmp

         Obama probably does even know what the “National Anthem “, means.Probably never heard of it…… lol

      • Windylmp

         Obama probably doesn’t even know what the “National Anthem”, means…I agree this would be a great attack ad.

    • Upaces

      The Saudi(s) paid him a great deal of $ to take America down.  IF he succeeds he has a huge bonus waiting for him…and I do apologize, I did look for the URL and it is hidden somewhere in over 3000 emails concerning him….
      (we now know why he bows to the Saudi Prince now, don’t we!).

  • Drew Page

    So if it’s OK for the Democrats to press Mitt Romney show his tax returns, why is it so terrible for the Republicans to press Mr. Obama to release his college applications and passports when travelling to and from Indonesia in his younger years? 

    Mr. Obama has broken so many of his campaign promises, not onlyto his base, but to Americans in general, I don’t see how anyone can believe anything he says.   The only campaign promise that he has been trying to fulfill is the one he let slip with ‘Joe the Plumber’, when he said it would be his intention to “spread the wealth”.    This was the man who once said, “There is no liberal America, no conservative America, only the united States of America”.  Sounds great, right?   Yet this same man has done more to promote class warfare and divide America than any previous president.   He has turned the poor against the wealthy; workers against businesses; tax payers against non-taxpayers; black against white; women against men; the young against the old;  union against non-union workers; illegal aliens against legal citizens; gays against straights; and non-Christians against Christians.   Is all of this a strategy of divide and conquer?   Seems to me it’s right of of Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules For Radicals.

    • Wil

      Mitt Romney told NBC, “there’s nothing we’re hiding” with regard to the couple’s
      finances, but that

      unveiling a more extensive record of their tax history
      would “only give Democrats more ammunition.”

      Really?

    • Brian_Bayless

      It is a bit fishy that Clinton, both of the Bush’s, and even McCain have showed there tax returns and Romney hasn’t. He must have a lot of $ tied up overseas.

      • EddieD_Boston

        All rich people have accountants that take tax breaks and shelter income as much as legally possible. All of them including Obama, Matt Damon and John Edwards. Unless you have proof (yes, you and Harry Reid) Romney did something illegal give it up. The left’s attempt to turn the spotlight off of the failed presidency of Obama isn’t working. Just remember what happened during the 2010 mid-terms.

  • Johnnydeadline

    It defies commonsense and comprehension how anyone could support Obama after the past three-and-a-half years.  He’s treated Treasury like a piggy bank for his supporters and the voting population like choomed-up Kool-Aid drinkers.  Fortunately I’ve noticed a lot fewer Obama 2012 bumper stickers than in 2008 and it appears the college kids that supported him four years ago have learned that the fortune cookie “Hope and Change” political philosophy that  has hampered them from finding real jobs is now worth less than the worthless philosopher that sold it to them.  

    • Windylmp

       Amen….. to your comment. More and more are going to find out that Obama is not for them either as the election nears.

      • Johnny Deadline

        Obama is more tone deaf than Beethoven when it comes to voters’ concerns.  Yesterday he was in Ohio telling the nine or 10 people that cared to listen that Romney didn’t want to invest in their children’s education. It seems to me that increasing spending on education is way down the totem pole of concerns with chronic unemployment, illegal immigration,  foreclosed homes, increasing gasoline costs, a shrinking military, expiring tax cuts and the fiscal threat Obamascare poses.  My two-year-old grandson has a better understanding of economics than Obama, although I doubt that our little guy will win a Nobel prize or write two autobiographies in his mid-forties.  

    • Wil

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDmPEeurfA&feature=player_embedded

       

      This video of Bush with his hat in his hand begging America to pony up
      almost a trillion dollars reminds us what really happened. Maybe then the public
      will have a real choice about whether we are going to stay the course with Obama
      or go back to irresponsible spending and deregulation as it was when Bush gave
      this speech.

  • MARYJOE

    Bernie,
    Obama didn’t have any time to get things done, he was busy campaigning and blaming Bush. I think he has been the only President to hurt race relations. He was suppose to be the President for all the people not only minorities. I truly think there is more tension between the races than ever. Not to mention how he has pitted the poor and middle class against the rich. most people are rich because they WORKED 
    for it. They got up at 5AM to go to work they didn’t lie on the couch to watch Jerry Springer! I think most tax payers are sick and tired of carrying the load for the lazy ones who are satisfied the way they are and have no intention of trying to better themselves. This is the GIVE ME people that I’m referring to not the people who always worked and carried their own weight and have fallen on hard times. As long as Obama is in the White House we will not get rid of the freeloaders, we will only get more.

  • Reactoroperator

    Be careful of what you wish for. Reason and logic will lead a person to realize Romney and Ryan are selfish dickheads and this Darwinism that Rand put out is the worst thing for the poor when you couple in corporate welfare.

    • topgun_1959

      My only response to you is this:  I, and those folks with whom I surround myself, can make a point without resorting to calling someone a “dickhead” as you did.  My guess is that you were educated in our pathetic public education system.  Having retired from the Marine Corps, I could get down in the gutter with you but you’re apparently not worthy of my time and effort.  May you have a great day!

      • John Rawl

        Thank you for your service, sir, and thank you for putting that idiot in his place!  And how right you are about “our pathetic public education system.” 

    • Ahalbert

       Is there a country that embraces Obama’s ideals that poor Americans would want to move to? Don’t think so.

  • soundnfury

    My biggest concern going into November isn’t these petty shots coming from the President & his Choom-gang. These remind me of how I distract my dog by yelling; “Look! Squirrel!”

    No, I am concerned that if Israel attacks Iran in October, as it appears increasingly that they will do, we will be dragged by default into a war with Iran over the Straight of Hormuz, and this will work to Obama’s political advantage. These attacks are typical Axlerod distrations, but real debate will quickly shift if the situation with Iran deteriorates.

    I hope that Romney/Ryan will hammer Obama for gutting the military under sequestration and leaving us vulnerable militarily. They also need to emphasize how his metatastisizing entitlement/stimulus spending is also weakening our national defense. This may well become the principal issue that turns the election, not all this other petty crap.

  • Reactoroperator

    You should expect as much from a socialist kenyan who wasted his time doing community service when he wasn’t attending an angry Christian church while being a secret muslim.

    Oh, wait. It’s only out of bounds when democrats use facts to make accusations.

    • asl3676

      Once again Bernie is pimping for Romney…..I wonder if Bernie even writes this or is it mailed in from the RNC?….I guess Bernie’s under orders from Fox News to maintain his obvious bias towards Romney..

      • Ahalbert

         Sure,  no one could possibly have their own opinion of Obama. If anyone is getting their ideas from others, it’s you.

      • Dmmaule

        asl3676, you are an uninformed, liberal kool-aid drinking moron.  Bernie Goldberg makes more sense than all of the main-stream pundits (or should I say Obama’s minions) combined.  Face the facts…your guy is an empty suit with no ideas, no shame, and no class.  

      • Trnsamcc

        How full of it can you be!!

      • Drew Page

        It’s the economy stupid.   It’s still terrible after nearly four years of Obama’s “leadership”.  Unemployment has been officially in excess of 8% for 47 months, and if you count those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and who are still out of work, the unofficial rate of unemployment is 15%  —  all this after the $850 billion ‘Stimulus’ he spent.   Obama criticized Bush for growing the deficit by $4 trillion dollars over eight years;  Obama increased it another $5 trillion in less than four years.  It was under Obama’s watch, that America’s credit rating, for the first time in history, was reduced by Standard & Poors.   Obama criticizes the Republicans, specifically Paul Ryan, for introducing a Medicare reform bill that would not impact those age 55 and older.  Instead of debating the proposed bill in the senate for possible amendments and compromise, the Senate declared it dead on arrival.  President Obama’s answer to Medicare going broke?   He cuts Medicare funding by $700 billion over ten years to pay for Obamacare.

        Mitt Romney was not responsible for the lousey economy over the past four years.  He was not responsible for the failed “Stimulus.   Romney isn’t the one who ordered the ban on drilling offshore, on government lands and in ANWAR, or for the EPA regulations that prohibit the use of coal fired or nuclear power plants and the building of new refineries.    The EPA that is strangling American business with its rules and red tape is not under the direction.   It wasn’t Romney that promised that “no American family with an annual income of $250,000 or less will see their taxes go up by even one dime to pay for Obamacare.”   The man who is responsible for all these things is Barack Obama.  

        If you want to call telling the truth “pimping” you go right ahead.

        • http://www.facebook.com/bookfayce Chris Bateman

          Considering a very large portion of that stimulus was made up of tax breaks, and that unemployment is much lower than when Obama took office, despite the fact that republicans have blocked every jobs bill that didn’t include a handout to the rich, you are saying one of two things.
          1) Tax cuts don’t create jobs, so Reaganomics doesn’t work.
          AND/OR
          2) Obama has done a good job, now let us vote out some of the obstructionists so he can do more good work.

          He criticized the republicans for gutting medicare. The only reason it doesn’t affect current seniors is because they’re the only solid demographic that still votes republican. If they so blatantly gutted medicare for those who have already paid for it, he would lose votes.

          You do know that the S&P rating was reduced because the republicans were blocking the budget and threatening to screw the middle and lower classes unless they extended the Bush tax cuts, right? Oh, that’s right, it’s like slapping your wife isn’t your fault because she MADE you do it… 

          • Ahalbert

            Tax cuts, tax certainty going forward, and streamlining of regulation are all necessary in combination to stimulate the economy.  The majority of the failed Obama stimulus went to transfer payments to state/local governments to bolster union support. Obama has done a lot of blatant things that are wrong, but blatant isn’t a problem if you have unquestioning followers and press. Liberals don’t seem to grasp that once reelected, you mean less than nothing to Obama. You are a means to an end. Obama will eviscerate America, and you along with it, in his quest for anti-colonialist revenge on behalf of his father and mentors.

          • Brian_Bayless

            I find a great deal of laughter from your paranoid delusions.

        • asl3676

          Dear Drew,

               So here’s the bottom line…Bush in eight years wrecks the economy, gets the US in two wars and lets the dollar collapse…Obama comes along and gets the US partially out of the ditch in four yeras but that’s unsatisfactory so we should bring in Romney to impliment the same programs that got us in the ditch…..What you don’t seem to want to understand that The Republican’s domt give a crap about anything but tax cuts…..Their running a scam and you’re buying it…

          • Wil

            The only reason for a Republican Party, is to cut the taxes of the very
            wealthy. Everything else, is window dressing! 

      • Wil

        Are you saying Bernie’s opinions are bought and paid for? Who would have guessed!

    • Wil

      calls the President a “community organizer” as if being a loud mouthed neo-Nazi
      is somehow better. Anyone should be proud to be a person who helps members of
      his community having a tough time living in such a greedy world.

  • rbblum

    With the continual, blind practice of the main stream news media walking so comfortably along the same ideological path  of the powers that be, it would be refreshing to witness the dawning of Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave (in regards to the news media).

  • VinBick

    BO stinks, period.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

    I think this is the most disappointing thing about Obama’s presidency is that he portrayed himself as the person who would bring Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives together. Honestly, if he did anything to accomplish that goal, I would have WAY more respect for him than I do now.

    • Brian_Bayless

      Thank god someone posted something that doesn’t signal a need for an immediate psychaitric evaluation. I agree with this comment. I dont think much of Obama, personally. Look. the guy won the eletion with a brilliant campaign. Much like advertisers, political campaign’s make a person/product appear a lot better than they are. Americans do not seem to want to learn about all the facts and really do get influenced easily by what they see. Obama is a lightweight and was so the entire time during the campaign in 2008. If you couldn’t make that assumption, then you werent watching his debates or listening to him speak. McCain looked worn out and defeated towards the end and quite frankly, that is the final nail in the coffin for a campaign.  

  • L1nkh0gthr0b

    democrats and communists lie 100.000% of the time.

    • Brian_Bayless

      Comments like this make it almost embarassing to post on this site.

  • TheGoodDoctor

    President Probama.  One day, history will speak with great clarity about these past four years, and may we all soon say “past” with finality as we work together to dig ourselves up out of the hole and the whole mess we have dug ourselves into, having forgotten posterity as well as the maxim “If it looks too good to be true it probably is.”  For many it did look like “He’s just too good to be true!” but they didn’t know what they were saying, much less what they were doing, with willful abandon.

    • Drew Page

      Doctor  —  Dont say  “…the whole mess WE have dug ourselves into.”    I never voted for this guy and neither did millions of others.   “We” may be stuck trying to dig our way out of the hole Obama dug, but millions of us had nothing to do with digging the hole or helping the mole.  

      • TheGoodDoctor

        I did not vote him either, Drew, but it is our mess.  We dug it in the sense that those of us who thought W wasn’t doing all that badly, despite things we did not like, failed to effectively communicate that to the media, press, and our neighbors…who did vote for their presumed savior.  Was W a saint?  No.  But when stacked against Obama, molecule for molecule, the sitting president today runs out of dna far short of the mark.

      • TheGoodDoctor

        I should add, Drew: the hole we dug was dug by each of us who failed to behave in frugal and consistent enough a way to stand the time test for our present world and nation and for posterity.  All of us are complicit in that.

  • Fred

    This IS change. He is re-defining the term “dirty politics”. But, hey, no use crying about it. The Dems certainly don’t care. In fact, the Dems I know at the office look at his tactics with a certain pride. They like to do the “play the fiddle” thing with their fingers, accusing Republicans of being crybabies. As long as it’s not illegal, they support this clown and his campaign. The only recourse is to hit back with the truth.

    p.s. Why hasn’t there been an ad pointing out that in the Solyndra deal, the Obama administration changed the terms so the bundler gets the money before the taxpayers?

  • rlpincus

    More whining from the former tough guys of the Right.  Someone plays rough and all you mopes do is cry.  Ohh, the big bad MSM painted moustaches on Romney’s face! BooHooHoo.

    How’s this for the MSM blowing a story.  In 2008, St. Paul Ryan castigates Obama’s stimulus publicly, but privately he’s on his knees begging for money.  That callow hypocrisy should be enough to shut even the loudest Ryanite down, but there’s a second wave. 

    Ryan begged the money for  the Energy Center of Wisconsin, a nonprofit that promotes more
    efficient energy use of energy. Wisconsin utilities belong to the Energy
    Center, including Alliant Energy and Xcel Energy. Together, Alliant and
    Xcel’s political action committees have donated $32,900 to Congressman
    Ryan since 1998, including $10,000 after he wrote those letters.

    Thanks
    to Ryan’s three letters, the Energy Center received a $20 million grant
    from the Energy Department, funded by the stimulus bill he voted
    against.

    So Bernie, the next time you play the “out of bounds” righteous card, consider how foul your alternative is.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

      This is not whining rlpincus, this is pointing out that a guy who claimed he was going to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans and that there were no red states or blues states, but just the United States. Honestly, he said he would bring a new tone to politics and unfortunately he failed. If President Obama had managed to bring that new tone to politics that he was talking about, I would have a lot more respect for him now even though I don’t agree with many of his policies. In my opinion, that’s the most disappointing thing about the Obama administration, the lack of a civil tone or that new tone he was talking about. Can’t you take off your left-leaning glasses to see that for a minute?

      • Reactoroperator

        How long did Obamma sit quietly while you people called him(incorrectly) every name in the book. I’ve seen people(including bernie on some counts) call him socialist, fascist, socialist, etc.
        Now, what Romney did is actually a felony, and somehow Obama’s being unfair because one of his staffers poined it out! What a crock!

        Republicans just seem like bullies nowadays. The thing is, though, that bullies are the biggiest panzies. They can’t take the heat and whine like hell when somebody shows them what it’s like.
        Keep justifying the whining though, you’ll be fine.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GE7RQIWYBNBPNPK2BD3GEUDCQE ph16

           Give me one example of Bernie calling Obama a socialist or a fascist. Just one, and it’s not just the felon comment, it’s the unsubstantiated change of Mitt Romney not paying taxes for 10 years  as well as the ad by a former Obama spokesman for Priorities USA ad essentially accusing Mitt Romney of murder which these two examples have even liberals taking notice and criticizing. Don’t get me wrong, Republicans are just as bad at these types of games, but to try and excuse the bad actions of Democrats is not good at all. So don’t even try.

          • ph16

            P.S. I do acknowledge that the “Obama gutted welfare reform” was not accurate and I strongly condemn that on Romney’s part, I do not agree with everything Obama says, but let’s not lie about it.

          • Reactoroperator

            Same with the “you didn’t build it” issue. It’s out of context, and exactly the opposite of what was intended.
            Did you know that the name “Grand Ol’ Party” is a lie too? It was 20 years after the civil war, they were small and losing popularity, so they renamed themselves to seem more grand, aged, and wise. 
            Did you know that FOX News was originally to be called GOP-TV?
            It’s a party based on greed, fear, and emotion. Obviously not compassion and logic.

          • ph16

             Where did you get the idea FOX was originally meant to be called GOP-TV? And no, Media Matters and George Soros doesn’t count.

          • Reactoroperator

            http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/were-approaching-the-tipping-point/

            There you go. Sure he doesn’t outright say the words “Obama is a socialist.” But he says “blah blah blah, socialsm, redistribution of wealth… gold nuggets for Obama”
            That’s the same as the connections he repeatedly makes ^above^ to make it seem like Obama is playing dirty.I agree the murder thing is a stretch. You know for a fact that people got laid off by Romney, and some of them died or suffered financially because of health care bills. I don’t like that specific commercial, but the point is good.I’m just saying the republicans spew hate and lies via fox and get all pissy when democrats finally punch back a few times.

          • ph16

            I didn’t see the ad trying to make a point as much as attack Romney’s character and make him out to be a murder, why else leave out the time frame of events like Soptic’s wife died five years after Soptic lost his job and she was insured for two of those three years. Anyway, I do agree that Republicans ran too far with the “you didn’t build that” thing as Obama most likely didn’t mean to say it like that. As for the article, I’m not quite sure if he’s trying to Obama is a socialist as much as he has those ideas. Honestly though, I do think you’re right that Republicans do sometimes bring these things on themselves and honestly, I wish politics wouldn’t turn so nasty as they have been.

          • Elaine Coyle

            It is hardly necessary to lie about Obama.
            He provides constant fodder for any  anti Obamists. He & you tend to forget that everything that he & his buddies say is on tape.
            Axelrod  said Obama never cut money from Medicare….Right?
            Within 20 minutes there was a tape of Obama
            saying that if the 500 Billion dollarsfrom Seniors was cut from the Health-care bill, he would veto it.
            He is a Liar & he proves it all the time, all by himself.

          • Jeffreydan

            “You know for a fact that people got laid off by Romney, and some of them died or suffered financially because of health care bills”

            What a load of crap. You’re making a hell of an assumption when you suggest people possibly died, and dressing it up with “you know for a fact” just makes it more idiotic.

              I’ll give you some facts: if not for Bain stepping in, people like Soptic would’ve lost their jobs sooner (and likely wouldn’t have been offered the buy-out Soptic eventually refused).
              While Bain has a sterling record in its field, it does not have a 100% success rate. You’d have to be ignorant to criticize a VC or investment firm because a small percentage of the time their efforts aren’t successful.  

             

        • nameless

          Go suck the nigger’s dick, fag!

        • Ahalbert

          People who can’t tell the difference between calling someone a socialist and calling them a murderer/felon shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

          It isn’t about whining, it’s about holding Obama accountable, which his supporters and the MSM won’t do.

    • rlpincus

       He failed? The lack of civility? That’s hilarious.  You’re just upset he didn’t lay down like all good Democrats; instead he stood up spit in your eye.

      The Stimulus–in 2002 the Bush-led Republicans offered a stimulus to combat the recession cause by 9/11.  Paul Ryan helped push it.  Obama wants a stimulus and suddenly they are bad, they don’t work, they offend delicate conservative sensibilities.  Ryan leads the pigs to the trough but keeps saying he never took money until his signed requisitions surfaced.  Bush stimulus–good.  Obama stimulus–categorically bad.

      Birthers–Led by congressional big shots, Obama’s citizenship is constantly questioned.  Most don’t believe it, but they fan it to rile up their base and undermine the president, stoking the virulent hatred we see on the internet today.

      Rule by Fiat–the use of the filibuster in the Senate has never been greater.  Instead of working with the Dems, the Repubs simply say nothing then filibuster.  The Senate has been crippled by this rule by the minority.  If the Repubs retake the Senate, they must assume the Dems will fillibuster everything if only to let them know what partisan horse manure looks like from the other side.

      I could go on.

      • Ahalbert

        Don’t you understand that Obama DOESN’T WANT to fix the economy?

        His goal is to humble the US and redistribute its wealth, in keeping with his father’s hatred of colonial powers. He has to create just enough credibility to get reelected. After that, the wheels come off, and you will be expendable.

        • rlpincus

           D’Souza psycho rant.  Love the Oedipus twist. Let’s apply that to Mitt and his conflicted behavior with his father.  Needed to make vast amounts of money to outdo Dad, but Dad was good to employees and gave money away while Mitt cuts jobs and hoards dough offshore. 

          The Fatal Flaw: Dad thought showing tax returns was honorable, but Mitt knows if he shows his, he’s dead.

          Almost as good as 41 and Dubya.

          Wow, what fun.

    • Drew Page

      Sounds like you are the one doing the whining.

    • rlpincus

       Good one about calling someone a murderer/felon, which is what half the wingers are calling Obama over Issa’s F&F fantasy and, interestingly, what the other half called the Clinton’s over Vince Foster.  Funny how it comes around.

      Drew, Bernie whines about the lack of civility and ignores why it happened.  I’m not whining.  I’m loving watching the crazy Republicans get all their mud splashed back in their faces.

      Oh, nameless.  Thanks for proving my point.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com/ Cyberquill

    If Jay Carney is Obama’s flack, then Dana Parino must have been Bush’s … flackette?

    And did Obama really accuse Republicans of wanting “less” people with health insurance, not fewer? 

     

  • Janwh

    Bernie,
     Only about 16 million miles from “Hope and change”!!! I’ll say! As usual, I agree with you wholeheartedly!! What a crock from Barack Obama. Yes, he’s a real slimeball, alright!! I can say that!!! I just “Hope and pray” he doesn’t get re-elected in November, based ONLY on his ideas and awful policies, NOT because he is African American!! He almost had me believing things would be better four years ago, and see how great that turned out now! LOL
                                                                                                                                                            Jan
                                                                                                     

  • Walter

    Everytime the President, speaks lies fly out of his mouth.

    • Brian_Bayless

      Everytime I read your comment, I realize that education in our schools are failing.

  • Superamerican

    It is time to choose: kill the Democratic Party orKill America. Stark, but true. This is the Second Civil War, thankfully so far a bloodless one, for the soul of the United States of America.

    • Reactoroperator

      Yeah, it is WAAAYY better to have the guys who want to give handouts to the tax-dodging fat cat bankers, wiretap your phone calls, detain you without due process and tell the ladies wha they can and can’t do with their whory little vaginas. That’s called freedom!

      • Drew Page

        If you don’t like bankers don’t patronize them.   There is no wholesale wiretapping of American’s phone by the government.  I have no problem however with wiretaps authorized by a judge on those suspected of terrorist or other criminal activities.   I also have no problem with foreign combatents being held by the military in detention centers; they are not American citizens and have no Constitutional rights.  As for your crude comments about the ladies, show us your proof.

      • John Rawl

        You are a mindless cretin.  Nobody is interested in reading your nonsense.

    • Wil

      Yeah, One party rule. That worked well in Germany and The Soviet Union, didn’t  it?

  • Ulyssesmsu

    Please don’t use the idiotic ”
     a distinction without a difference ” cliche. Say what you mean–Cutter is dishonest.

  • Bruce A.

    Enough change.  This mess we are will take years to get out of.  I just hope our next President & Congress has the guts to right the ship.

  • Farthgum

    After Nov the entire country will be “in chains”. He is going to win and he will be unleashed to do as he pleases by Executive orders. No one will put up any legal challenge.  

  • EddieD_Boston

    He can do and say what he wants b/c the media are his cheerleaders and he knows it.

    • Farthgum

       They are FAR MORE more then his cheerleaders…they are his “DIVISIONS”

  • Windylmp

     President Obama tells White House reporters that he’s running a serious
    campaign based only on issues, that nothing he’s done is “out of
    bounds.”

    Seriously, does he really honest to god think this??????????

    • Ronkean

      I’m not a psychologist but the answer may be yes.  It’s called  lying to yourself when admitting the reality might hurt too much.    

      • Windylmp

         ROFL…. I mean honest to god…….I know he lies every time is mouth opens…..

  • sjangers

    Come on, Bernie.  This is the face of hope and change.  And I hope it changes. 

    Who would ever have believed, four years ago, that in 2012 two old white guys from a world of business and privlege would give us our best chance of restoring civility and decency to our polical landscape?  Of bringing us positive ‘hope and change’?  That’s gotta be what they mean by ‘irony’.

    • EddieD_Boston

      Ryan is an old white guy from privilege?

      • sjangers

        Perception, Eddie.  Perception. 

        • EddieD_Boston

          Ok, but perception given to us by the MSM…who know it’s not true but want it to be.

  • Wheels

    Obama has redefined the word “Hypocrite”.
    He embraces the “Do as I say, not as I do” way of thinking.
    Let’s hope that Romney gets elected, is very practical when making decisions and takes blame when appropriate. That would introduce responsibility and honesty in Washington.

  • topgun_1959

    Bernie, You did your usual great job of telling it like it is in a manner that even an extreme liberal should be able to understand. Will they? Do they care?  Only a small percentage of the electorate remains undecided in this race and hopefully those folks have the intelligence to listen to voices of reason such as yours.  Keep up the good fight!

  • GlenFS

    When it comes to Obama, if he is saying “you can’t make things up”, it is exactly how he operates as a matter of course.  And the part about his being held accountable for making things up, he knows the media as a matter of course don’t.

    I don’t think enough people are fooled anymore, Mr. President.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    What is most amusing is the fact that the Bernie Goldbergs of this world who have been at this game of politics for decades and have access to many, many tools that can be used to uncover the truth about anyone who has a place at the political table and they totally missed how utterly evil and deceptive Barack Hussein Obama and his Chicago handlers are.  There is only one person who said the day after the immaculation of Obama that he “hoped he failed” because he did his homework and knew exactly who and where this guy had his political birth and that was Rush Limbaugh.  People crucified him for that observation about Barack Hussein Obama, all of which have come true in the past 4 years.

    Bill O’Reilly is still spreading the bunk that this usurper is not intentionally destroying America step by step as his real Daddy taught him and as his favorite community organizer  Saul Alinsky taught him via Rules for Radicals.  Their political philosophies are playing out before our eyes through their creation, Barack Hussein Obama. 

    Obama is a proven fraud, a proven criminal and a proven usurper and the Goldbergs and the O’Reillys of this world are keeping their traps shut while America sits back and HOPES he loses in November.  Shame on them!!

    • Farthgum

       BINGO

  • Deny916

    Face it obama has no kind of record to run on so he has to use all of the slimy tatics he can to make his opponents look bad.  Let’s hope we change presidents in November!

  • RonKean

    Great points, Bernie.  Now, hope and change is our goal.