Why I’m Voting for Trump in 2020 After Voting Against Him in 2016

Why I'm Voting for Trump in 2020In 2016, I was not a Trump fan, but in the four years since then, I have slowly turned from an opponent to a solid supporter who will pull the lever and vote for Trump for President in 2020. The following is my explanation of the evolution of how and why that transition happened as well as other factors I considered in my 2020 choice for US President.

This article is quite long article, and even then it is by no means comprehensive, so it is divided into sections that you can easily jump to with the following links:

The decision to vote for Trump was not something I took lightly or came to quickly. I have thought and prayed long and hard about it, and done much research. I read news articles from sources all across the political spectrum–left, right, and center. I have tried to document as many of those sources as possible in the hyperlinked text throughout the article. Please check out those references for more details on a given subject.

Why I Was Against Trump in 2016

I should set the stage by briefly going over why I voted against Donald Trump in the first place back in 2016. I am a registered Republican, so you might think I would vote for the party’s nominee. But I vote for the person, not the party (a principled stance more people ought to take), and I had major concerns about Donald J. Trump. I could not bring myself to vote for Trump for a myriad of reasons, and voting for the Democrat party candidate, Hillary Clinton, was not an option either, since she seemed corrupt and her policies were not my idea of good government. I ended up voting for a third party candidate in 2016, and honestly, after Trump was elected, I felt homeless, politically speaking. I thought the Republican party had elected someone who would not only ruin the party, but could ruin the country as well.

  • Mixed Feelings on His Policies. I liked some of Trump’s policy positions, but others I did not. Trump had some good financial policies, such as theoretical tax cuts. I also liked that Trump took a tough stance against China and other nations that threaten us. But I disagreed, and still do, on Trump’s stance on tariffs. He likes to raise taxes on goods coming into our country and this only makes things more expensive for us. Trump’s stance, as I recall, on government’s roll in healthcare also differed from my own. While Trump supported the repeal of Obamacare (the Un-Affordable Care Act), he supported the continuance of a large role of the government in the healthcare system which I believe in contrary to our Constitutional freedoms and contrary to good policy.
  • Is He even a Constitutional Conservative? Even if I could overlook the policy positions I didn’t like, Trump had an unproven track record, and therefore I doubted whether or not he would govern as a Constitutional conservative. He had a history of donating to Republicans and Democrats alike. He had close ties to the Clintons and other Democrats. I even wondered if he might even switch parties or become an independent after being elected. Overall, I didn’t think he was a good representation of the Republican Party, at least not the Constitutional/Libertarian/Individual Rights wing of the party.
  • His Perceived Character Short-Falls: I wasn’t sure I could classify Trump as honest, wise, and good–three of the main character traits I look for in elected officials. “Honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold” (D&C 98). In the debates and interviews during the 2016 campaign, I found Trump often stretching the truth or telling outright lies. Trump had a well-publicized extra-martial affair many years ago, definitely not a good thing, and in just weeks before the election, audio was released of him using some incredibly foul language.

Before the 2016 election I had a conversation with a friend in which we both agreed that we should vote for people who are morally good. Of course, unless Jesus Christ is running for office, no one is going to be perfect, therefore everyone you vote for will have some good and some bad elements. At that time, I came to the conclusion that Trump did not meet my minimum threshold for goodness. My friend, and many other Republicans, thought he did meet the threshold. So we agreed on principles but differentiated on where to place Trump in respect to that threshold.

Four years later, however, while I still think Trump is far from perfect, he does now meet my threshold of good enough to vote for. Let me explain why.

Why I’m voting for Trump in 2020

Overall, I have been pleased with Trump’s handling of the Presidency. Of course, there are things I wish he would do differently (more on that below), but overall, many of my fears about Trump turned out to be unfounded and he has implemented many good policies that I believe are benefiting the country.

Things I Don’t like about Trump, Some I’ve Learned to Deal With, Others I Wish He’d Change

In balance, I think Trump has been a good president, but I’m not blind to the inappropriate, wrong-headed, and sometimes idiotic things he says and does. For example…

  • He Says a Lot of Stupid Things. Perhaps this goes without saying, but often times Trump says things that I think are just idiotic. But I shake this off pretty easily because I learned to pay more attention to what he does than what he says. I wonder if many of the dumb things he says are part of his personality or ingrained tactics he has learned as a business negotiator. Regardless, it is clear that hes has learned that he can have a major influence on the news narrative through his Twitter account and he loves to use that platform to tweak his political enemies. When looking at Trump holistically, I’ve learned that you you have to bake this in, and when you do, you don’t become outraged at every little outrageous things he says. You realize that much of it is only hot air. As reporter Salena Zito said, you have to take Trump seriously, but not literally.
  • Printing Money and Dramatically Increasing the National Debt. This is one I can’t shake off as easily. Our politicians, on both sides of the isle and in all branches of government, are burying future generations in debt that will cripple them. Republicans are supposed to be fiscally responsible, yet under the Trump Administration, the national debt has continued to soar, and the printing of money is sure to cause massive inflation. There will be major economic repercussions for these actions that are unavoidable. I thought it was bad when the U.S. budget deficit hit an all time high in November 2018, of course that’s nothing compared to the COVID-19 budget deficits. These heavy spenders in government claim they are saving the country when really they are doing the opposite, dooming us and our children and grandchildren to an ever-greater bondage of debt.
  • Other Miscellaneous Things. There are numerous other thing Trump does that I don’t approve of like how he can be short-tempered and have knee-jerk reactions at times. I think he tends to associate at times with shady characters which is a concern (like Paul Manafort and Steve Bannon). Thankfully, he seems to correct those things and get it straight in the long run, distancing himself from people like that and getting good people around him.

These are all weaknesses of Trump, and with time we could list even more. I wish he didn’t have these weaknesses, but as Abraham Lincoln and Peter Drucker have said, in picking a leader, you should focus on their strengths, not their weaknesses, and when you look at that holistic picture, I think Trump brings many more positive strengths to the table, and certainly more than Joe Biden.

Why I Cannot Vote for Joe Biden

  • He is a Career Politician. To preface this, please note that I believe that an elected government official should not be a life-long career. I think career politicians breed corruption and thus it is a major strike that Joe Biden has spent nearly his entire adult life in politics. On top of that, I don’t see any major accomplishments in his record that show that he should be put back in public office. He was in the Senate for 36 years, and the vice presidency for 8 years. He’s had his turn and done little with it except enriching his family and increasing the partisanship and dysfunction of Washington. He is the epitome of the swamp that needs to be drained.
  • Joe Biden is Pro-Abortion. Pro-life groups are calling Biden and Harris the “Most Pro-Abortion Presidential Ticket In American History.” While I haven’t personally verified that, I did check out Joe Biden’s website, and he talks a lot about ensuring what he calls a “right” to an abortion. For 50 years the Democrat party has supported and is now even promoting abortion, a practice which I consider like unto murder and a violation of one of God’s most basic commandments. The 2016 Democrat party platform reiterates five times that they believe having an abortion is a woman’s right–neither Joe nor the Democrats make any mention of the baby’s right to life, though.
  • He Could Be the Most Corrupt VP in History. Peter Schweizer, a New York Times best selling author who I have followed for years and found to be trustworthy, has said that Joe Biden is the most corrupt vice president in the history of our country. When he was VP, Biden traveled to Ukraine on official state business and his son Hunter tagged along and came away with a multi-million dollar business deal. In China, it was even worse, with Hunter once again tagging along with his dad and coming away with a multi-billion dollar deal. Biden has replicated this ability to enrich family members many times and here is an article outlining how five members of Joe Biden’s family got profoundly rich through his connections.
  • Even the Left Thinks Joe Biden is Corrupt. Zephyr Teachout, a left-wing reporter for the Gaurdian who is no fan of Trump, had this to say: “Biden has a big corruption problem and it makes him a weak candidate. I know it seems crazy, but a lot of the voters we need – independents and people who might stay home – will look at Biden and Trump and say: ‘They’re all dirty.’ It looks like ‘Middle Class’ Joe has perfected the art of taking big contributions, then representing his corporate donors at the cost of middle- and working-class Americans. Converting campaign contributions into legislative favors and policy positions isn’t being ‘moderate.’ It is the kind of transactional politics Americans have come to loathe.” (see ‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem – it makes him a weak candidate.)
  • Picked Most Partisan and Liberal Senator as His Running Mate. Biden’s selected Vice Presidential running mate, Kamala Harris, scored as the “most liberal” U.S. senator in 2019, according to a GovTrack analysis. “The score can be interpreted as a conservative-liberal scale” but what it also indicates is how partisan and extreme she is. Harris joined bipartisan legislation “the least often compared to Senate Democrats.”
  • Joe Biden Clearly Has Racist Tendencies. Just a couple of months ago, Joe Biden had the temerity to say to black people that they aren’t truly black if they don’t vote for him. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” To think that all black people should vote for him is by definition racist, on top, of course, of being arrogant and condescending. To further his racist viewpoints, Biden also recently generalized the black community as lacking diversity. Said Biden, “unlike the African American community with notable exceptions the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community.”
  • He is an Authoritarian: Joe Biden has taken the authoritarian and unconstitutional approach to calling for a mandate requiring all Americans to wear a face mask. Even if there’s no cases of COVID-19 in your city, he would make you wear a face mask. On the contrary, Trump has resisted efforts to to take unconstitutional powers during this pandemic. Said Trump: “My administration has a different approach, we have urged Americans to wear masks.” But ultimately, “I trust the American people and the governors want to do the right thing to make the smart decisions and Joe doesn’t.” (see Trump: No Power to Require Masks or Enforce)
  • Joe Biden’s Deteriorating Mental Health. If all that isn’t enough to scare you away from Joe Biden, it is clear that his mental faculties are quickly slipping away. This is not an insult or attack, it is the unfortunate result of his advanced age (77). You can see the mental struggle Biden has had in many videos and speeches over the past few months like this interview on MSNBC where Biden struggled to speak coherently. Or this example where Biden struggles to complete a sentence. I feel bad for the guy, but what’s worse is that when he’s mentally checked out, he will likely become a puppet for the political extremists who surround him–people like his VP candidate Kamala Harris who has vocally supported the Black Lives Matter protests through and beyond election day–people like the Democrats in LA taking money away from police and redistributed to their favorite social justice organizations and Seattle cutting officers and slashing the budget of their police force–and people like the variety of attorneys general who let rioters get off the hook with no punishment and no justice.
  • I Disagree with His Socialist Policies. The public policy preference differences between Joe Biden and I, if listed out, would be lengthy. I won’t bore you with that level of detail, but as examples, I disagree his unconstitutional stance on guns and the second amendment, his pushing of harmful environmental and green energy policies, his overreach in the federal government’s role in local education, and his seemingly endless spending on government programs that destroy our country financially, physically, and spiritually. Bernie Sanders, a self-described Socialist, says if Biden’s “proposals are implemented…Joe Biden will become the most progressive president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.” And he’s not talking about generic human progression, he’s talking about progression towards socialism. And socialism is the path to communism, an anti-family, anti-God, and anti-freedom ideology I cannot support.

There is much more that could be discussed regarding why I cannot to vote for Joe Biden. Suffice it to say, I don’t think he would be a good president on any level–honesty, wisdom, or goodness.

Other Candidates Considered, Like Libertarian Jo Jorgensen

For those who are wondering if I considered any third party candidates, the answer is yes. I have often voted for people outside the two main, Republican and Democrat, political parties. In fact, there are many problems with the two-party-only system–I think it contributes to the corruption and the swamp environment that exists in Washington. So I considered third parties like the Constitution party, but they are on the ballot in only about half of the states, and therefore have no chance to win. I also gave Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian candidate for president, a good look. She has a lot of pros, but some cons as well, and ultimately, I didn’t see the net benefits as so great to push me over to her side. But here’s a summary of the pros and cons about Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian candidate for president.

Jo Jorgensen says a lot that I agree with. Here are some examples taken from her website, jo20.com:

  • “Tariffs that are destroying markets for American farmers.”
  • “We need to make government smaller – much, much smaller.”
  • “We can reduce the cost of health care 75% by allowing real price competition, and by substantially reducing government and insurance company paperwork.”
  • “I will veto any spending bill that would lead to a deficit, and veto any debt ceiling increase.”
  • “I will work to remove government barriers to … allowing off-grid use of solar power.”
  • “Eliminate trade barriers & tariffs, and work to repeal arbitrary quotas on the number of people who can legally enter the United States to work, visit, or reside.”
  • “I will use my Constitutional authority to end federal civil asset forfeiture prior to conviction”
  • “The real cure for poverty is a vibrant economy that generates plentiful jobs and high wages, combined with an affordable cost of living.”
  • “I will work to repeal laws and regulations that prevent individuals and charitable organizations from helping those in need.”
  • “I will work tirelessly to slash federal spending, make government much, much smaller, and let you keep what you earn.”
  • “I will work to eliminate the Department of Education and return control of education to where it belongs – with parents, teachers, and students.”

While all of those are great statements, I also have my share of concerns about Jo Jorgensen, like the following:

  • She is a full-time academic, and I’m not a big fan of putting academics in government positions of power. She had a career in marketing at IBM for a while, so that’s good, but now she is a teacher/lecturer in Psychology. Honestly, after browsing through her website, I am still left wondering if she is really qualified to be an effective chief executive for our country.
  • She says, “I will also work with Congress to end the failed War on Drugs and other victimless crime laws.” This concerns me because Libertarians tend to favor legalizing all drugs, which is too far for me.
  • Her website talks a lot about Republican and Democrat politicians failing us, and while that’s true, she seems to place the blame equally on both parties. While, there is corruption in both, I think the Democrats are far more nefarious, with their foot on the accelerator towards socialism and all the anti-family, anti-God, and anti-freedom evils that are brought with it.
  • She says we have “the highest imprisonment rate in the world; even higher among racial minorities and the poor.” Playing the race card and class-warfare card like that, to me, is not a good sign. With an attitude like that, it makes me think she will make unwise decisions to placate the progressive mob that pushes divisions based on race and economic class.

Having surveyed the field of third party candidates, none stand out to me, and given the dire circumstances of our country today, I think it is more important to rally around a pretty good candidate, like Donald Trump, who has the best chance to defeat the socialists and other extremists in our country. The time may come when we need to vote for 3rd party candidate but it is not this year. Donald Trump, despite his shortcomings, has been an effective chief executive for the nation, and given the track record he has, I think he will continue to be a good president and we should unite behind him. Unity to defeat the radicals in our political system is vitally important in this election cycle because, if we don’t, I fear we won’t have a country left to save.

Conclusion

All things considered, I think Donald Trump is the best choice for president in 2020. He is not the perfect candidate, that’s for sure, but his record shows that he will enact mostly good policies. And perhaps more importantly, he has shown himself to be one of the few politicians willing and able to stand up against the extreme elements of our society that would surely bring anarchy, violence, injustice, and ruin to our country. Few decisions in life are clear cut–absolutely right versus absolutely wrong–and the decision of who to vote for as president is no different, therefore, I don’t fault friends and family who think differently and vote differently. But if you are on the fence about Donald Trump, perhaps this article will give you courage to come on over to the Trump side.

62 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama

I wanted to call this post 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama, but I’ve only gotten to 62 reasons…so far. I’m going ahead and publishing it because I felt it would be better to get the information out there rather than delaying. I want as much time as possible to convince at least one person, hopefully more and preferably in swing states, to not vote for Barack Obama.

Of course there are plenty of additional reasons not to vote for Barack Obama, and perhaps I will add them in the coming weeks. If you have ideas of things I missed, please add them in the comments. The reasons are not necessarily in order of importance, but I did segment the reasons by the following categories.

Without further delay, my 62 reasons not to vote for Barack Obama are that he…

Poor Economic Performance

    1. Is presiding over one of the slowest economic recoveries in recent US history. (see “GDP Growth: Obama Presides Over Second Slowest Economic Recovery Since World War II” on policymic.com)
    2. Has increased our national debt by over $5 trillion. Our country’s debt stood at $10 trillion when Obama took office. In August 2012 it stood at over $15 trillion dollars, a 50% increase in less than four years. (see “Obama laments student loan debt, the national debt- not so much” on breitbart.com)
    3. Asked for only one term if he couldn’t turn the economy around. In 2009, Pres. Obama said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” (see GOP celebrates Obama 2009 comment: ‘One-term proposition‘)
    4. Spent billions on a stimulus that hasn’t worked. Within a month of taking office, Pres. Obama gave us a trillion dollar stimulus, of borrowed or printed money, and a promise of 3 million jobs by the end of 2010, but it has not worked. (see Obamanomics Has Failed)
    5. Has presided over major decline in household income. In the first two years of the Obama administration, household income fell by $4,000 (down 6.7%) and has yet to recover. (see U.S. Incomes Kept Falling)
    6. Thinks his economic plan worked. Talking about his tax policies and their influence on job and government deficits, in July 2012 Pres. Obama said, “Just like we’ve tried their plan, we tried our plan — and it worked.” (see Obama: ‘Our Plan Worked’)
    7. Thinks private sector is doing “just fine.” He says, in fact, in June 2012, that we need to take more money from the private sector to give to city and state governments. (see Obama: “The Private Sector Is Doing Fine”)




Inability to Help Create Jobs

    1. Has added virtually zero new jobs. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 0.1 million jobs created during the 3.5 years of the Obama Administration, the lowest in more than 60 years. (see “Labor statistics tell Obama story” on yumasun.com)
    2. Is more interested in improving his golf game than the job market. As of August 2012, Pres. Obama has played 104 rounds of golf while in office, including 12 outings since the last meeting of his Jobs Council on January 2012. (see The Obama Golf Counter)
    3. Has presided over record unemployment rates. With 3 years with unemployment topping 8 percent, the U.S. is in the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.(see “CBO: Longest Period of High Unemployment Since Great Depression” on usnews.com)
    4. Has overseen record low workforce participation. The number of people in the work force, the labor force participation rate, has fallen to 63.6 %, the lowest level since 1981. And in Aug. 2012 we hit a new record with 88 million Americans out of work. (see Record Americans Not in Labor Force)




National Security and Foreign Policy Problems

    1. Does not enforce immigration laws. In June 2012, Pres. Obama decided not to enforce immigration laws for certain individuals who came to the US illegally, allowing them instead to apply for work authorization. (see Obama administration to stop deporting some young illegal immigrants)
    2. Has cut the defense budget and put our national security at risk. The Obama administration has stated that America can make due with a smaller military. They have reduced the Army and Marine Corps as well as cutting new investments in weapons and defense systems. (see Obama cuts defense to the boneand Russian Nuclear sub sitting off US shores for a month)
    3. Has made the situation in Afghanistan worse. Violence has increased dramatically since Obama took office. Over 2,000 soldiers (1,500 from the US) have been killed there since January 2009 – more than two-thirds of the total who have died in the 11-year war. (see Obama lied about Afghanistan in DNC speech; glossed over worsening war)
    4. Supported the Arab Spring leading to Muslim extremist takeover in Egypt and US diplomats killed in Libya. (see Just What Is The Muslim Brotherhood? and Useful Idiots for an Islamic Revolution and New Axis of Evil: Egypt’s Intelligence Head Met with Iranian Spy)
    5. Thumbs his nose at allies, soldiers of the greatest generation, and freedom loving people. In a rude gesture of contempt to a great ally, one of Obama’s first acts as president was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. (see Barack Obama sends bust of Winston Churchill on its way back to Britain)
    6. Has not supported Israel. Obama has never visited Israel and has taken steps to weaken that ally, the only democracy in the region. (see the Reuters story “Obama won’t meet Netanyahu over Iran” and Romney Ad Blasts Obama’s Record on Israel)
    7. Has skipped 56% of intelligence briefings. The middle east is on fire, with protests and attacks at our embassies all over the Muslim world. Meanwhile Obama is skipping more than half of his intelligence briefings. (see Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?)




Lack of Family Values: Marriage, Abortion, Education

    1. Refuses to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. The Obama administration announced in February 2011 that it would no longer defend the federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. (see Obama Administration Drops Defense of Marriage Law)
    2. Funds abortions. Two days after taking office in 2009, President Obama instituted policies to allow federal funds to be used for promoting and performing abortions in other countries. (see Funding Restored to Groups That Perform Abortions)
    3. Supports infanticide. As a state senator, Obama opposed legislation that would grant legal protection to babies that survive a botched abortion. (see When Obama Voted For Infanticide)
    4. Proposed to eliminate school choice in Washington DC. (see Obama’s Budget Ends Funding for D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program and School Choice in D.C. Saved…For Now)




Socialized Medicine, and Other Socialist, Near Communist, Tendencies

    1. Has taken control of one-sixth of the economy through his health care law. Unprecedented regulations, fees, subsidies, taxes, and rule-setting boards in Obamacare give the federal government control over the health care system. (see “The Real Reason Obamacare Scares People” on usnews.com)
    2. Is depressing economic growth with ObamaCare. As one example, an Indiana-based medical equipment manufacturer recently scrapped plans to open five new plants because of the health care law. (see Obamacare’s 21 tax hikes are killing jobs and Company scraps plans for expansion over ObamaCare device tax)
    3. Has turned over unprecedented law making power to government bureaucrats. The phrase “the Secretary shall determine” is found hundreds of times in the Obamacare legislation to describe future health care regulations. This is an unconstitutional usurpation of power. (see Obamacare encouraging government by edict, not law)
    4. Wants to control what you eat. It’s one thing to teach and encourage children to eat healthy, but President and Mrs. Obama do it through force, intimidation, and expensive regulation. (see New Rules for School Meals and First lady ribs Gabby Douglas about McDonald’s and Michelle Obama want to change the nature of food in grocery stores).
    5. Claims to be for the little guy, but is in bed with big business. GE’s CEO is appointed to Obama’s economic recovery board in 2009 and then in 2010, despite profits of $14.2 billion, GE paid no taxes thanks to the “green-energy” giveaways of Obamanomics. (see The Unholy Marriage Of GE And President Obama)
    6. Would rather redistribution wealth than create it. In April 2012, Obama touted the many ways he has taken from producers and “spread it around”: the bailout of GM, government takeover of student loans, and his health-care law, as he called for even more tax and spend. (see Obama Calls for More Redistribution of Wealth)
    7. Took over and nationalized all student loans. In 2010, Obama signed a law making the federal government’s Department of Education the sole provider of student loans. (see Feds take over student loan program from banks and Bill Upends System for College Loans)




Failed Fiscal Policy

    1. Has bombarded Americans with new and higher taxes. ObamaCare contains 20 new or higher taxes on the American people, from the 10 percent “tanning tax” to the tax on comprehensive health insurance plans. (see Five major ObamaCare taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013)
    2. Undermined the free market with TARP/stimulus. This and the former administration have set the precedent of giving tax payer money to firms that, at its discretion, it deems worth supporting. That puts the government, not the free market, in the position of picking winners and losers in the economy. (see the Herald Magazine article, Transforming America: The Bush-Obama Stimulus Programs and the Wall Street Journal article, Obama Signs Stimulus Into Law)
    3. Has used stimulus money on wasteful projects and to pay off cronies. (see Solyndra’s failure is Obama’s, too and Treasury Dept approves huge paydays for execs at firms who received TARP bailout and Stimulus Funds for Green-Industry Grows Trees, But Few Jobs)
    4. Is a hypocrite on the national debt. Pres. Obama called the $4 trillion in national debt under the two terms of George Bush “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” Then in his first term proceeded to grow the debt by over $6 trillion. (see Obama calls $4 trillion national debt “unpatriotic”)
    5. Lost billions of tax payer dollars bailing out auto industry. The Obama Administration sold its shares of Chrysler for a loss of $1.3 billion, and US taxpayers stand to lose $16 billion for the GM bailout. (see U.S. Government Ends Chrysler Investment With $1.3 Billion Loss and Auto bailout price tag rises to $25 billion)
    6. Grows government at the expense of the private sector. During this recession, the private sector workforce has shrunk by 6.6% and lost more than 7.5 million jobs. Over that same period, the federal government workforce  has grown by 11.7%. (see Federal Workforce Continues to Grow Under Obama Budget)
    7. Has no plan to get government debt under control. Tim Geithner: “We’re not coming before you to say we have a definitive solution to our long-term [debt] problem. What we do know is that we don’t like yours.” (see the Geithner ‘no plan’ video)
    8. Broke promise to cut deficit in half. In Feb 2009, Pres. Obama said “I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term.” (see Obama’s Broken Deficit Promise)




Character Flaws and His Extreme Ideology

    1. Thinks all money belongs to the government. He has said he will not accept a budget that allows the well-to-do to “keep hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income that [they] don’t need.” (see Obama Aims for the Money You Don’t “Need”)
    2. Has an enemies list and intimidates contributors to his opponent. The man who controls the Justice Department (which can indict you), the SEC (which can fine you), and the IRS (which can audit you) has targeted private citizens who contribute to the Republicans with intimidation and threats. (see The President Has a List)
    3. Is a hypocrite about playing by same rules. In his 2012 acceptance speech, he said twice that he thinks it is best if “everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules.” Yet his is the party of affirmative action (different rules for different skin colors), and the progressive tax system (higher tax rates for higher earners). He hand picks the winners and losers in the economy with bailout money, and he passes a healthcare law and then hands out waivers to a select few. (see More Big Companies, Unions Win Health Care Waivers)
    4. Dissed the Boy Scouts. The Jamboree marking the  Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary was held in Virginia, right in the president’s backyard, yet he didn’t attend because he was too busy taping his appearance on The View. (see Obama skips historic boy scout jamboree)
    5. Failed to support law enforcement and instead played the race card. This event with Sgt. James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. showed Pres. Obama’s true colors, his cronyism, his view that America is racist, and his lackluster support for the police. (see “Cambridge Cop, Disappointed in Obama’s ‘Stupidly’ Comment, Refuses to Apologize” on foxnews.com)
    6. Is incredibly arrogant. Pres. Obama has said, “I think I could probably do every job on the campaign better than the people I’ll hire to do it…a better speechwriter than my speechwriters…a better political director than my political director.” (see “Obama Thinks the World of Himself” on spectator.org)
    7. Thinks government is the source of all business success. Pres. Obama has told business owners and working professionals, “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own” and “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” (see Obama to business owners: ‘You didn’t build that’)
    8. Fosters a very partisan political tone. In 2010, Pres. Obama claimed democrat policies were pulling the country out of recession and “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.” (see Obama To GOP: ‘Sit In Back’)
    9. Lies to score political points. Washington Post biographer David Maraniss has uncovered several lies that Pres. Obama has told throughout his books and speeches about his grandfather, parents, and girlfriends. (see Obama: ‘New York girlfriend’ was composite)
    10. Doesn’t take care of his own family. His half brother in Nairobi lives in a shanty.  His aunt in Kenya needs dental work. Pres. Obama hasn’t offered to help either. (see How I became George Obama’s ‘brother’)
    11. Does not play well with others in Washington. Obama, accepting no democrat responsibility for the economic mess in the country, in 2009 referring to Republicans said “I want them just to get out of the way …[and] don’t do a lot of talking.” (see “Obama Tells Economic Critics to ‘Get Out of the Way'” on foxnews.com)
    12. Takes an inordinate number of extravagant vacations at the tax payers expense. The Obama’s took more than 5 extended family vacations per year in this first three years in office. (see Michelle’s ski trip marks 16 Obama vacations)
    13. Will take one stance during the campaign and another after the election. (see During missile defense talk, Obama tells Medvedev he’ll have ‘more flexibility’ after election)




Poor Record on Energy and Environment

    1. Has made our country less energy independent. He did not approve the Keystone Pipeline, and he shut down oil production in the gulf. (see Obama rejects Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas and Gulf Lawmakers Plead With Obama to Ease Drilling Ban, Warn of Economic Blow)
    2. Lost millions of tax payer dollars giving loans to “green” companies. Solar-panel manufacturer, Solyndra, received a $535 million taxpayer-backed loan from the Obama Administration and soon thereafter filed for bankruptcy. (see House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents and Taxpayers to Recover a Mere $24 Million from Solyndra; Networks Ignore)
    3. Showed poor leadership and poor judgment in the wake of the gulf oil spill. Pres. Obama made a bad situation worse. By proclaiming it the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history and then putting a moratorium on drilling, he has cost jobs, lowered property values, and devastated tourism. (see Our Real Gulf Disaster)




Who He Chooses to Associate With: Friends and Advisers

    1. Gives us a tax cheat to run the Treasury. Tim Geithner failed to pay tens of thousands in self-employment tax between 2001 and 2004. (see Did Geithner Make an Honest Mistake?)
    2. Has an incompetent vice president. Biden’s gaffes, racists remarks, and just plain stupid comments are too numerous to mention here. Forbes recently called into question his mental capacity. We certainly do not want him as second in command. (see Joe Biden’s Gaffes Call For A Thorough Neurological Examination)
    3. Has given us a contemptuous, racist, partisan attorney general. Eric Holder has been voted in contempt of congress over the ‘fast and furious’ gun running scandal, and he refuses to prosecute the new black panthers for clear voter intimidation. (see Holder’s Black Panther Stonewall)
    4. Has domestic terrorist friends. Obama launched his political career from the home of two well known left-wing, radical terrorists, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Obama also served together on the board of a Chicago foundation with Bill Ayers. (see Obama once visited ’60s radicals)
    5. Had a communist mentor influence his thinking. Obama’s political and “social justice” thinking was influenced by his decade long mentoring relationship with a prominent member of the Communist Party USA, Frank Marshall Davis. (see Obama’s Marxist Mentor)
    6. Brought an avowed, radical, revolutionary communist, Van Jones, into the White House. (see White House Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy Over Past Activism)




Growth of the Welfare State and Dependency

  1. Took the work out of welfare. In July 2012, Pres. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law. (see Obama Ends Welfare Reform As We Know It)
  2. Partners with Mexico to boost food stamp enrollment. The Obama Administration has an agreement with Mexico to promote food stamps among Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America. (see USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation)
  3. Has overseen record high food stamps usage. This is a sign of the economic hard times and the growing dependency of people on the government. (HuffPo articled called Number Of Americans On Food Stamps Hits Another High)

Lehi City Council 2011: Primary Results and Other Candidates

September 13th was the primary election for Lehi Utah city council. There were a dozen or so candidates and the top six vote getters were selected to move on to the general election which will take place on November 8th. See this Lehi City website for more information on polling places. The six candidates who won and will be on the final ballot are:

  • Mike V. Southwick who got 1,067 votes in the primary election.
  • Mark I. Johnson who got 947 votes in the primary election.
  • Ted J. Peck who got 772 votes in the primary election.
  • Johnny Revill who got 757 votes in the primary election.
  • Clay T. Peck who got 719 votes in the primary election.
  • Paul C. Hancock who got 610 votes in the primary election.

Last month I wrote about most of the Lehi City Council 2011 Candidates, including four of the finalists (Paul C. Hancock, Ted J. Peck, Mike V. Southwick, and Mark I. Johnson). I wasn’t aware of the last two of the six finalists, Johnny Revill and Clay T. Peck, presumably because they did not attend the “Meet the Candidates” event where I got information on all the other candidates.

Clay T. Peck

Unfortunately, I still have not been able to find any information on Clay T. Peck. It’s a wonder that he made it through the primaries. He was not present at the “Meet the Candidates” night, and the Lehi City page on the 2011 City Council Candidates has no information on him or his website. http://www.votelehi.info/ has no information on him either. In fact, the only thing I can find about Clay is on his uncle Ted Peck’s article on Why Are Two Different Pecks Running for Lehi City Council?

Johnny Revill

Mr. Revill is a current member of the Lehi City Council, though I had to do some digging to find that out. He doesn’t publicize that fact on his election website. I’m not sure if that is an unintenional omission, or if he’s purposely trying to hide that fact. Mr. Revill appears to be against the two ballot initiatives saying “they are not needed” and they will do more harm than good and I would agree with him there. Like many of the other candidates he talks about more parks, emergency services, safe schools, a healthy business environment, and good transportation. He says he is committed to open and transparent government and to protecting the constitution of the United States and of Utah. And that’s good. But on the other hand, his website says, “I want all races, creeds and religions [to live in Lehi]. This is done with smart planning” which sounds a little socialistic to me. Maybe I’m just misunderstanding him. Mr. Revill seems well versed on the issues facing the city and has a website with much detail and his thoughts and his position on the issues (see johnnyrevill.com).

Who Do I Plan to Vote For?

I think I can eliminate Clay Peck and Johnny Revill. Clay Peck because he seems to be doing nothing to win my vote, and Johnny Revill because I have doubts about his conservative values and because of his vague and non-committal language. I really like Paul C. Hancock and Ted J. Peck, so I’ll probably vote for them. That leaves my third and final vote for either Mike V. Southwick or Mark I. Johnson. Based on my analysis in my previous post, I think I have too many concerns about Mark Johnson and his “hidden agenda” comments and also the fact that he is a sitting incumbent. So that means my vote will probably go to Mike V. Southwick.

Lehi City Council 2011 Candidates

In the past I have most written about national politics and broad-reaching social issues. I have a neighbor running for city councilman here in Lehi, Utah, so I thought this is a good time to get into a little local politics. Earlier this week I attended a Lehi City Council “Meet the Candidates” night. I spoke with several of the candidates and picked up literature for others. The primary election is next Tuesday, September 13, so below is some research and analysis on the candidates that I have conducted in my effort to determine who I will vote for. Honestly, it will be a hard decision, as all of these candidates seem good, honest, and capable. The primary election is Tuesday, September 13th. Find more Lehi city voting information on their website.

Paul Hancock

Paul is a BYU grad and has experience working in big corporations (Intel) and in small business (he started his own company in 2007). Paul, on his website, brings up some good points with regard to the large Lehi population under the age of 18 and the need for the city to work more closely with the school board. Paul also makes some good points about Lehi’s astounding population growth and the need stays ahead of the curve when it comes to public services  of Fire, Police, and Parks (though I’m surprised he doesn’t mention infrastructure like roads). Paul is opposed to both ballot initiatives, Initiative 1 would cap salaries, and Initiative 2 would impose residency requirements. I think I’d have to agree with him on both counts as these would hinder hiring the best people in a competitive job market. Paul also led an effort to petition the school board to expedite the building of a local elementary school in Traverse Mountain. Paul seems like he would be a nice addition to the city council.

Ted J. Peck

Ted is a retired salesman and business owner, and, according to Ted’s website, he now has the time and desire to serve on the city council. Ted was born and raised in Lehi, but he claims to be an outsider to Lehi City politics and that he is opposed to career politicians. I’d have to agree with him there as I feel career politicians tend to become corrupt and lose their focus on what is right. Ted claims to be a fiscal conservative and wants to reduce the City’s cost of doing business. He is an active member of the LDS Church, and is a substitute LDS Seminary teacher. Ted supports keeping taxes and fees for services and permits low, and his thoughts on the problems with the main street renovation also make a lot of sense.

R. Curtis Payne

Curtis is a small business owner and BYU grad. According to his website, he supports “property rights” and that’s good, as I feel private property rights have been under attack in our country for some time. I like his philosophy on government, he believes in “smaller government” and that the main purposes of government are 1) protection: police, military, etc., and 2) public resources: roads, sewers, electricity, etc. Curtis believes the city should be run as “business-profitable” which I take to mean it should live within its means.

Chris Condie

In the spirit of full disclosure, Chris is my neighbor and I think he would make a great addition to the city council. Chris is a native Utahn, and moved with his wife and four children to Lehi in 2007. He served an LDS mission to Boston Mission, and actively serves in callings in the LDS Church. Chris has a plan to work strategically with Alpine School District to ensure that Lehi provides a great education to all children. Chris also has plans to improve the city appearance by encouraging residents to participate in maintaining their communities. Check out Chris’ website, condie4lehi.com.

Mary Eka

Mary’s parents are from Africa, but she was born in Michigan. Mary spent most of her youth in Africa, but came back to the United States as a young adult. She is one semester away from her college degree and she is an Internet entrepreneur. Mary has some interesting ideas about improving the literacy center and providing workforce training for youth and young adults. She also wants to “create volunteer programs within the community to tutor, mentor, and be role model for youths.”Like most of the other candidates’ materials, Mary’s website has a lot of vague ideals, but I like what she says on easing the tax burden, improving the local library, beautification of our parks, and a website to make city decisions more transparent.

James A. Dixon

James has been on the Lehi Planning Commissioner for four years, with the last two years as chairman. James is also opposed to both ballot initiatives, points on which I agree with him. I like his stance on economic development and he claims to have a good record in creating a friendly business environment for many of the big employers in the city. Like many of the other candidates, James is very supportive of the police, fire, and parks departments. My only concern with James is that he is running for re-election, and I’d like to see some new people with a fresh perspective on the city council.

Mike Southwick

Mike’s flier was brief, but he seems like a nice fellow, and I’m sure he would be a capable city councilman. Mike is a lifelong Lehi resident and has served in many capacities. He has been a volunteer fireman, an LDS bishop, and has had much involvement with the Boy Scouts. His platform consists of efforts to bring more commercial and industrial businesses to Lehi., improving parks, updated city services, and fiscal responsibility.

Reldon Barnes

Reldon didn’t make the best impression on me personally, but his wife seemed very friendly and outgoing. His motto is “straight talk, no nonsense” and I believe it. The question is: where does he stand on the issues and do we agree? And to answer that, I don’t believe I have enough information. His flier contains primarily platitudes which would be hard for anyone to disagree with, but which come be interpreted to mean just about anything anyone wants.

Clint Carter

Clint was born and raised in Lehi, and I’m not sure if that is a plus or a minus. The last thing our city needs is good-old-boy cronyism. Clint has been a firefighter and EMT for years, which is a plus, but he has also been a city building official for 22 years. I am a fan of term limits and getting new blood in political office frequently, and I’m concerned that he has been too involved in the city for too long. His flier was vague on details, though I did like the statement on his website that he is “committed to involve all outlying areas of the city, not just the heart of the city.”

Mark I. Johnson

Mark has some good things going for him, and there are some aspects about him that concern me. Throughout his flier, he makes several mentions of “no hidden agenda” and no allegiance to “special interest groups.” This tends to make me wonder if he might have a hidden agenda or if he is beholden to special interest groups. He mentions that he works for a municipal government consulting company, and I can’t help but wonder if there are any conflicts of interests there. I also have concerns around his view on government spending as he makes several efforts to brag about his ability to acquire funding. In my view, being an elected leader is not a contest to see who can get control of the most tax dollars. Regardless, I do like his key issues that he says he will promote over the next four years, some of which are revitalizing downtown, developing fire stations and emergency services, and improving the city transportation network.  But given my concerns above, and the fact that I’d rather see new faces in the councilman seats, I’m thinking that I would rather not re-elect Mark Johnson.

2008 Election Results

I wanted to look at the results of our recent presidential election and compare it with other recent ones. Below is a complete chart with data from the past nine presidential elections (1976-2008, my lifetime). Obama’s election certainly was historic in many respects. Here are some statistical highlights:

  • Obama got more votes (popular votes) than any candidate in history.
  • McCain got over 3 million fewer votes than Bush got in 2004. (And it wasn’t as if those 3 million people voted for 3rd party candidates this time as you’ll see in the next point.)
  • 3rd party candidates got only 1.7 million votes, just over 1% of the voting electorate.
  • Total votes cast was over 128 million, up 6 million from 2004.
  • Obama was first Democrat to get more than 50% of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976, 32 years ago.
  • McCain got the lowest percentage of popular vote for Republicans since Dole in 1996 (of course Dole was also contending with Ross Perot who got 10% of the popular vote).
  • Over 5 million votes, 6.9% of the popular vote, separated Obama from McCain. This was the largest margin of victory for a candidate since Clinton in 1996.
  • Voter turnout, as a percentage of eligible voters, was slightly higher than 2004, and the best it has been in my lifetime, since 1976.

Sorry the chart is kind of small. Click on it to see a larger version.
What Does This Mean?
It means McCain lost the race as much as Obama won it. It means McCain did a lousy job of getting out the vote. McCain clearly didn’t excite the conservative base of the Republican party. You could have seen this coming by the fact that most conservative talk radio hosts (Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, etc.) fought hard against McCain during the nomination process. Of course they supported McCain over Obama, as McCain was the lesser of two evils. But this never translated into the party rallying around its candidate. There was some excitement from the conservative base at the nomination of Sarah Palin as vice president, but this was short lived and didn’t give McCain enough momentum to overcome the left’s excitement around Barack Obama.

Four years from now, if the Republicans want to regain the White House, they better put forth a better candidate…a more conservative, younger (I wish age wasn’t a factor but I think it was) candidate who can excite the party base and the nation as a whole.


Sources: Popular vote totals from Wikipedia.
Eligible and Registered numbers from: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html

Media Bias in Presidential Election

The extreme media bias in favor of Barack Obama was no surprise to me or the 70 percent of voters that also said it was obvious that the press wanted Mr. Obama to win the White House. What is a little surprising is that The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Deborah Howell, came out and admitted it and even offered evidence of an “Obama tilt” in her own newspaper. Washington Post Op Eds (Opinion Editorials) heavily favored Obama by a 71% to 29% margin. Obama-related articles dominated the newspaper in a 55% to 45% margin over McCain, and that doesn’t even account for whether or not those article were favorable or not to the candidates.

On that subject, whether or not the ‘objective’ news articles were positive or negative to the candidates, I turn to Glenn Beck. You can watch/listen to his series on Youtube; just search for Glenn Beck Battle of the News Headlines. What Glenn found, and again this is no surprise to most of us, was that most of the news articles were positive for Obama and negative for McCain.

The news coverage during this election cycle was so heavily slanted in favor of Obama that even the left-leaning Saturday Night Live had to make fun of it, as seen in the video clip below.

Obama’s Campaign Promises

Per guidance from my wife, I’m going to try really hard not to be sarcastic here. But I really do want to commit to the public record the promises Barack Obama made during his historic run to the White House. I do this for several reasons: 1) so that I can know what to expect for myself and my country with the election of Obama, and 2) so that I can have something to refer back to four years from now when Obama runs for re-election.

I scoured Barack Obama’s Web site this morning. I thought I should hurry and do this before he takes down his Web site and tries to erase from our memory all the promises he has made. What I found I divided into two categories: 1) promises to individuals and families, and 2) promises to and for the nation overall. Directly below, I summarize his promises in some quick bullet points; further below is more detailed quotes pulled directly from Barack Obama’s Web site this morning.

Promises to Individuals and Families:

  • $1,000 per working family from a new “Making Work Pay” tax credit
  • $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families
  • Simplify tax filings so Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes
  • A $500 Universal Mortgage Credit
  • Expand the Family and Medical Leave Act to allow parents up to 24 hours to participate in their children’s academic activities
  • Guaranteed health coverage for every American
  • Lower the cost of health care for the average American family by $2,500
  • Raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour
  • Completely eliminate taxes for seniors making under $50,000 per year
  • Provide home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers
  • Guaranteed seven paid sick days per year for low-wage workers
  • A new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth $4,000 in exchange for community service, making community college tuition completely free for most students
  • Protect Social Security, provide cheaper prescription drugs, and strengthen Medicare
  • Reduce homelessness among veterans

Promises to the Nation Overall:

  • Save more than 1 million jobs through a $25 billion State Growth Fund
  • Create 5 million new “Green” jobs
  • Create a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank that will create two million new jobs and stimulate $35 billion per year in new economic activity
  • Cut both taxes and government spending
  • Lower the federal deficit by reducing wasteful spending
  • Increase the supply of affordable housing
  • Reduce crime recidivism (i.e. repeat offenders)
  • Establish 20 Promise Neighborhoods which will provide early childhood education, violence prevention and after-school activities to entire neighborhoods from birth to college
  • Put 1 million plug-in hybrid cars on the road that can get 150 miles per gallon
  • Defeat terrorism worldwide
  • Secure our borders
  • Increase stability in Iraq and the Middle East
  • Support small business development
  • Put broadband Internet in every community in America

Now even Barack’s supporters must admit, this is a pretty tall order. But hey, I’m looking forward to it. I mean, we’re talking at least an additional $5,000 a year for me and my family due to his various tax credits and rebates. Government spending is going to be reduced. Terrorism will be defeated worldwide. Our borders will be secured. This is a conservative’s dream.

Okay, you can see that sacarism is starting to seep in. I just couldn’t resist. Below is the detail on each of our President Elect’s promises. It’s pretty lengthy, but again, I’m just putting it here for the record.


Barack Obama will provide a tax cut for working families: Obama and Biden will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 95 percent of working Americans the tax relief they need. They will create a new “Making Work Pay” tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family.

Provide tax relief for small businesses and startups: Obama and Biden will eliminate all capital gains taxes on startup and small businesses to encourage innovation and job creation.

Fight for fair trade: Obama and Biden will fight for a trade policy that opens up foreign markets to support good American jobs. They will use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world.

Jumpstart the Economy: Enact a Windfall Profits Tax to Provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American Families: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. This relief would be a down payment on the Obama-Biden long-term plan to provide middle-class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.

Provide $50 billion to Jumpstart the Economy and Prevent 1 Million Americans from Losing Their Jobs: This relief would include a $25 billion State Growth Fund to prevent state and local cuts in health, education, housing, and heating assistance or counterproductive increases in property taxes, tolls or fees. The Obama-Biden relief plan will also include $25 billion in a Jobs and Growth Fund to prevent cutbacks in road and bridge maintenance and fund school repair – all to save more than 1 million jobs in danger of being cut.

Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama and Biden will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama and Biden will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama-Biden proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.

Invest In A Clean Energy Economy And Create 5 Million New Green Jobs: Obama and Biden will invest $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial scale renewable energy, invest in low emissions coal plants, and begin transition to a new digital electricity grid. The plan will also invest in America’s highly-skilled manufacturing workforce and manufacturing centers to ensure that American workers have the skills and tools they need to pioneer the first wave of green technologies that will be in high demand throughout the world.

Create a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank: Barack Obama and Joe Biden will address the infrastructure challenge by creating a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to expand and enhance, not supplant, existing federal transportation investments. This independent entity will be directed to invest in our nation’s most challenging transportation infrastructure needs. The Bank will receive an infusion of federal money, $60 billion over 10 years, to provide financing to transportation infrastructure projects across the nation. These projects will create up to two million new direct and indirect jobs and stimulate approximately $35 billion per year in new economic activity.

Create a Universal Mortgage Credit: Obama and Biden will create a 10 percent universal mortgage credit to provide homeowners who do not itemize tax relief. This credit will provide an average of $500 to 10 million homeowners, the majority of whom earn less than $50,000 per year.

Expand the Family and Medical Leave Act: The FMLA covers only certain employees of employers with 50 or more employees. Obama and Biden will expand it to cover businesses with 25 or more employees. They will expand the FMLA to cover more purposes as well, including allowing workers to take leave for elder care needs; allowing parents up to 24 hours of leave each year to participate in their children’s academic activities; and expanding FMLA to cover leave for employees to address domestic violence.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/economy/ on November 5, 2008

As President, Barack Obama will guarantee health coverage for every American and will lower the cost of health care for the average American family by up to $2,500.

Barack Obama will ease American’s burden at the pump, giving American families $1,000 in rebates. Barack will also create five million new jobs by investing in clean energy technologies.

Barack Obama will end tax breaks for companies that send American jobs overseas, and reward companies who create good jobs here at home.

Barack Obama will cut both taxes and spending, implementing a responsible budget that lowers the federal deficit by reducing wasteful spending.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/economy/sidebyside.php on November 5, 2008

Barack Obama will expand access to jobs: Obama and Biden will invest $1 billion over five years in transitional jobs and career pathway programs that implement proven methods of helping low-income Americans succeed in the workforce.

Make work pay for all Americans: Obama and Biden will increase benefits for working parents, raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011, and provide tax relief to low- and middle-income workers.

Support rural and urban areas: Obama and Biden will invest in rural small businesses, improve rural schools, and attract more doctors to rural areas. And they will work with urban leaders to increase the supply of affordable housing and address the unique challenges of every metropolitan area.

Reduce Crime Recidivism by Providing Ex-Offender Supports: Obama and Biden will work to ensure that ex-offenders have access to job training, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and employment opportunities. Obama and Biden will also create a prison-to-work incentive program and reduce barriers to employment.

Provide Tax Relief: Obama and Biden will provide all low and middle-income workers a $500 Making Work Pay tax credit to offset the payroll tax those workers pay in every paycheck. Obama and Biden will also eliminate taxes for seniors making under $50,000 per year.

Support Parents with Young Children: Obama and Biden will expand the highly-successful Nurse-Family Partnership to all 570,000 low-income, first-time mothers each year. The Nurse-Family Partnership provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families.

Expand Paid Sick Days: Today, three-out-of-four low-wage workers have no paid sick days. Obama and Biden support guaranteeing workers seven paid sick days per year.

Establish 20 Promise Neighborhoods: Obama and Biden will create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in areas that have high levels of poverty and crime and low levels of student academic achievement in cities across the nation. The Promise Neighborhoods will be modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, which provides a full network of services, including early childhood education, youth violence prevention efforts and after-school activities, to an entire neighborhood from birth to college.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/poverty/ on November 5, 2008

Obama and Biden will complete the effort to increase our ground forces by 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/defense/ on November 5, 2008

Make college affordable to all Americans: Obama and Biden will create a new American Opportunity Tax Credit worth $4,000 in exchange for community service. It will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/education/ on November 5, 2008

Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars — cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon — on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/newenergy on November 5, 2008

Restore Work-Family Balance: Obama and Biden will double funding for after-school programs, expand the Family Medical Leave Act, provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/family/ on November 5, 2008

Barack Obama will defeat terrorism worldwide: Obama and Biden will find, disrupt, and destroy al Qaeda; prepare the military to meet 21st century threats;

Prevent nuclear terrorism: Obama and Biden will lead the effort to secure nuclear weapons materials at vulnerable sites within four years and help our allies stop the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction.

Strengthen American biosecurity: Obama and Biden will work to prevent bioterror attacks and mitigate consequences by improving U.S. intelligence collection and response management.

http://origin.barackobama.com/issues/homeland_security/ on November 5, 2008

Barack Obama will secure our borders: Obama and Biden want to preserve the integrity of our borders. They support additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/immigration/ on November 5, 2008

Increase stability in Iraq and the region: Obama and Biden will launch an aggressive diplomatic effort to reach a comprehensive compact on the stability of Iraq and the region. They also will address Iraq’s refugee crisis.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/iraq/ on November 5, 2008

Barack Obama will ensure economic opportunity for family farmers: Obama and Biden will fight for farm programs that provide family farmers with stability and predictability. They will implement a $250,000 payment limitation so that we help family farmers – not large corporate agribusiness.

Support small business development: Obama and Biden will provide capital for farmers to create value-added enterprises, like cooperative marketing initiatives and farmer-owned processing plants.

Improve rural quality of life: Obama and Biden will combat methamphetamine use, improve health care, improve education, and upgrade infrastructure in rural areas.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/rural/ on November 5, 2008

Integrate service into learning: Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year, and will establish a new tax credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/service/ on November 5, 2008

Barack Obama will protect Social Security: Obama and Biden are committed to ensuring Social Security is solvent and viable for the American people, now and in the future. They are strongly opposed to privatizing Social Security.

Provide cheaper prescription drugs: Obama and Biden will allow the federal government to negotiate for lower drug prices for the Medicare program. They also support allowing seniors to import safe prescription drugs from overseas.

Protect and strengthen Medicare: Obama and Biden are committed to the long-term strength of the Medicare program. They will reduce waste in the Medicare system and will tackle fundamental healthcare reform.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/seniors/ on November 5, 2008

Deploy a modern communications infrastructure: Obama and Biden believe we can get true broadband to every community in America.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/ on November 5, 2008

Help returning service members: Obama and Biden will improve the quality of health care for veterans, rebuild the VA’s broken benefits system, and combat homelessness among veterans.

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/veterans/ on November 5, 2008

Obama Attacks McCain Economic Plan as Selfish, But Who’s Really the Self One?

In a speech yesterday in Florida, Barack Obama defend himself against attacks from John McCain in which Obama is labeled a socialist. In fact, Barack attempts to turn the tables on McCain’s ecomonic plan by calling it “selfish.” Obama says, “I don’t know when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.” (from TampaBay.com)

Calling conservative economic principles, as far as John McCain is conservative, selfish is an insult and could not be further from the truth.

Which approach is more selfish?

  • John McCain wants to extend the Bush tax cuts and let the American people keep more of their hard-earned money.
  • Barack Obama was to end the Bush tax cuts, and raise taxes on top of that, taking away more of people’s hard-earned money.

Which approach is more selfish?

  • John McCain wants to balance the federal budget, reduce our national debt and require the government to spend only what it takes in.
  • Barack Obama proposes billions in new spending that will cause deficits and drive up our national debt, passing a tremendous burden on to future generations.

That fact is that Barack Obama is a socialist. He wants to raise taxes and spread the wealth with an all-powerful federal government. But while some democrats would trust Obama to take care of all American’s wants and needs, Obama is too selfish to even take care of his own family.

Obama’s selfishness can also be seen in his charitable giving:

Like most liberals and socialists, Obama is only generous with other peoples money. With Barack Obama, it’s do as I say, not as I do. Now you tell me, who’s the selfish one?

Obama: Most Liberal Senator

Every year a computer-assisted analysis is done by the National Journal that uses key Senate votes and places every senator on a liberal-to-conservative scale. Earlier this year, the 2007 ranking were released and Senator Barack Obama was rated by as the number one most liberal senator. Obama was given this ranking for good reason, here is a summary of his key voting record for the year:

  • A bill to give states the authority to set their own minimum wages…Obama voted NO.
  • A bill to require higher-income seniors to pay higher premiums for Medicare…Obama voted NO.
  • Repeal the estate tax (aka repeal the Death tax)…Obama voted NO.
  • Speed up the permitting process for oil-refining…Obama voted NO.
  • Support adult-stem-cell and other non-embryonic-stem-cell research…Obama voted NO.
  • Permit law enforcement officers to question individuals about their immigrant status…Obama voted NO.
  • Require the disclosure of information on visa applicants to law enforcement officers…Obama voted NO.
  • Make English the official language of the United States…Obama voted NO.
  • Define a fetus as an “unborn child”…Obama voted NO.
  • Raise the tax rate on income over $1 million…Obama voted YES.
  • Raise the cigarette tax by 61 cents a pack…Obama voted YES.
  • Require a study of global-warming effects…Obama voted YES.
  • Increase taxes to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program…Obama voted YES.
  • Make temporary guest workers eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit…Obama voted YES.
  • Require U.S. troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq by July 2007…Obama voted YES.
  • Set a timeline for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq…Obama voted YES.
  • Increase financial aid for college students…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Block abuse from non-pregnant adults for coverage under SCHIP…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Limit governments’ eminent domain power over private land…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Permit funding for international organizations that perform abortions…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Prohibit family-planning funds to organizations that perform abortions…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Restrict the U.S. share of the cost of United Nations peacekeeping operations…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Block funding for World Bank…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Condemn personal attacks on Gen. David Petraeus, U.S. commander in Iraq…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Implement a free-trade agreement with Peru…Obama DID NOT vote.
  • Add $70 billion to a fiscal 2008 omnibus spending package to pay for the Iraq war …Obama DID NOT vote.
  • NationalJournal.com, Key Votes Used To Calculate The Ratings

    Obama consistently voted for higher taxes and more government encroachment into our lives. He voted to give benefits to illegal aliens and to make it more difficult to enforce immigration laws. And unborn child is apparently not an unborn child to Obama. His national defense record is abysmal, voting to give money to the UN and World Bank while cutting off funds to our own troops. And its astonishing the amount of key legistlation on which he did not even vote. He can’t even make up his mind, yes or no, on college financial aid or on funding abortion groups. Someone too weak to take a stand on key issues is sure to weaken our country. Obama’s voting record clearly shows us the direction he will take this country and it is not a good one.

    Birds of a Feather

    When I was a boy, I was taught to be careful who I made friends with. You can influence your friends and your friends can have a large influence on you. “Birds of a feather flock together” was a common refrain explaining how people of like mind, character and action tend to become friends and work together. With that in mind, take a look at some of the friends of Democrat Party presidential nominee Barack Obama; they include terrorists, convicted criminals, anti-American radicals, and communists. These are not people that are just infrequent acquaintances of Obama, these are people he has worked closely with, some for as many as 20 years:

  • Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers
  • Convicted Real Estate Tycoon and Fundraiser Tony Rezko
  • Anti-American, Black Liberation Pastor Jeremiah Wright
  • Deposed Fannie Mae Executive Franklin Raines
  • Frank Marshall Davis of the Communist Party USA
  • Resigned and Imprisoned Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick

    Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers:
    In 1970, Bill Ayers, along with his wife Bernadine Dohrn, were indicted for inciting a riot and conspiracy to bomb government buildings. Dohrn was convicted; Ayers was not. However, Ayers remains unrepentant, telling The New York Times in 2001, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough.” In early 1995, Bill Ayers created a foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and Barack Obama became the chairman of the board of that foundation. Later that year, in Obama’s first political campaign, Barack held a campaign kickoff and fund-raiser at the home of Bill Ayers. –FOXNews Examines Barack’s Relationship With Bill Ayers
    Know Enough? John McCain ad about Obama’s Relationship with terrorist Bill Ayers
    Obama-Ayers records blocked at U of I Chicago

    Convicted Real Estate Tycoon and Fundraiser Tony Rezko:
    Antoin “Tony” Rezko is an American political fundraiser, restaurateur, and real estate developer in Chicago, Illinois. He was convicted of 16 federal charges in 2006 for using connections to the state boards to demand kickbacks from businesses that wanted to do business with the state. In 2008, Rezko was convicted on several more counts of fraud and bribery. In 2003, Rezko was on Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign finance committee, which raised more than $14 million. Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama, which was instrumental in providing Obama with seed money for his U.S. Senate race. Obama has since identified over $250,000 in campaign contributions coming from Rezko. In 2005 Obama purchased a new home in Chicago for $1.65 million, which was $300,000 below the asking price but, claims Obama, represented the highest offer on the property. On the same day, Rezko’s wife, Rita Rezko, purchased the adjoining empty lot from the same sellers for the full asking price. In 2006, Obama purchased a 10 foot wide strip of Ms. Rezko’s property for $104,500, more than twice the assessed value. Obama later acknowledged that the exchange may have created the appearance of impropriety, and said “I consider this a mistake on my part and I regret it.”
    Tony Rezko article on Wikipedia

    Anti-American, Black Liberation Pastor Jeremiah Wright:
    I have previously detailed the relationship between Obama and Pastor Jeremiah Wright in my post entitled Barack Obama is Dangerous. But to recap, Obama was a member of his congregation for about 20 years. Wright married Obama and his wife and baptized their children. Wright, a pastor for Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, has made numerous outrageous and anti-American sermons and is known for following Black Liberation Theology.

    Deposed Fannie Mae Executive Franklin Raines:
    The connection between Barack Obama, Franklin Raines, and ACORN, the radical community activist group that has repeatedly been caught at voter fraud, including registering nonexistent people to vote.-Connect the Dots With Barack Obama, FOXNews.com
    Franklin Raines made $90 million while he was head of Fannie Mae. After mismanaging that institution into financial crisis, he was deposed as head of Fannie Mae. Liberal Democrats have defended Raines and refused to hold him accountable. Franklin Raines is now a consultant to the Obama campaign on housing of all things! –Do Facts Matter? By Thomas Sowell, National Review Online

    Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party USA:
    Barack Obama has an admitted relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. Obama talks about this relationship with his friend “Frank” in more detail in his book, Dreams From My Father. –Obama’s Communist Mentor
    Why Obama’s Communist Mentor is News
    AP Lies About Obama’s Communist Mentor

    Resigned and Imprisoned Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick:
    Kilpatrick pleaded guilty in September to two felony charges, resigned, and accepted a 120-day jail sentence. On the stage together in May 2007, Kilpatrick introduced by Obama as a “great mayor.” Said Obama about Kilpatrick, “He is a leader not just here in Detroit, not just in Michigan, but all across the country,” an exuberant Obama said of Kilpatrick. “We know that he is going to be doing astounding things for many years to come. I am grateful to call him a friend and colleague, and I am looking forward to a lengthy collaboration.” –After Kilpatrick, GOP will seek to link Obama to Michigan’s poor governance.

  • Conclusion
    Based on who Barack Obama chooses to associate with, learn from and go to for advice, I have serious concerns about his judgment and the direction he will take this country. Obama is clearly a far left leaning liberal who flirts with socialism that will destroy the freedoms we hold dear. If you are “hoping” for “change” with Barack Obama, you may get it and you will get it in the form of more dirty politics and more scandals than even the Clinton administration. You will get a country that will be changed into a socialist republic in the way Barack Obama and his buddies want to make it. And in the process, our freedoms will be eroded, taxes will be raised, our security will be compromised, and the prosperity this nation has always enjoyed will be in jeopardy.