Archive for August, 2012
Who can be a better leader?
Romney’s Bain Capital invested private money in:
- AMC Entertainment
- Burger King
- Burlington coat Factory
- Clear channel communication
- Dominos Pizza
- Dunkin Donuts
- Guitar Center
- The Sports Authority
- Warner Music Group
All are now profitable, growing companies, employing hundreds of thousands of people.
Obama’s Administration invested taxpayer money in:
- Solyndra - Bankrupt
- Ener 1- Bankrupt
- Beacon Power - Bankrupt
- Abound Solar – Bankrupt
- Amonix Solar - Bankrupt
- Spectra Watt - Bankrupt
- Eastern Energy - Bankrupt
All of these bankrupt companies were Obama Campaign contributors. Stupidity and corruption on full display.
The Mindset List for the Class of 2016
For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
- They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
- They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
- The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
- Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
- If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
- Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
- Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
- Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
- They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
- On TV and in films, the ditzy dumb blonde female generally has been replaced by a couple of Dumb and Dumber males.
- The paradox “too big to fail” has been, for their generation, what “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” was for their grandparents’.
- For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.
- They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
- There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.
- Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all.
- Since they’ve been born, the United States has measured progress by a 2 percent jump in unemployment and a 16 cent rise in the price of a first class postage stamp.
- Benjamin Braddock, having given up both a career in plastics and a relationship with Mrs. Robinson, could be their grandfather.
- Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.
- The Green Bay Packers have always celebrated with the Lambeau Leap.
- Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.
- A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
- The Real World has always stopped being polite and started getting real on MTV.
- Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
- White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited.
- They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
- Having made the acquaintance of Furby at an early age, they have expected their toy friends to do ever more unpredictable things.
- Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their tablets and smart phone screens.
- Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.
- They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.”
- There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.’
- Along with online viewbooks, parents have always been able to check the crime stats for the colleges their kids have selected.
- Newt Gingrich has always been a key figure in politics, trying to change the way America thinks about everything.
- They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future.
- Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents.
- Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.
- Stephen Breyer has always been an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Martin Lawrence has always been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live.
- Slavery has always been unconstitutional in Mississippi, and Southern Baptists have always been apologizing for supporting it in the first place.
- The Metropolitan Opera House in New York has always translated operas on seatback screens.
- A bit of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, has always existed in space.
- Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers.
- Gene therapy has always been an available treatment.
- They were too young to enjoy the 1994 World Series, but then no one else got to enjoy it either.
- The folks have always been able to grab an Aleve when the kids started giving them a migraine.
- While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’s Breaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances.
- Simba has always had trouble waiting to be King.
- Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
- They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.
- There has always been a World Trade Organization.
- L.L. Bean hunting shoes have always been known as just plain Bean Boots.
- They have always been able to see Starz on Direct TV.
- Ice skating competitions have always been jumping matches.
- There has always been a Santa Clause.
- NBC has never shown A Wonderful Life more than twice during the holidays.
- Mr. Burns has replaced J.R.Ewing as the most shot-at man on American television.
- They have always enjoyed school and summer camp memories with a digital yearbook.
- Herr Schindler has always had a List; Mr. Spielberg has always had an Oscar.
- Selena’s fans have always been in mourning.
- They know many established film stars by their voices on computer-animated blockbusters.
- History has always had its own channel.
- Thousands have always been gathering for “million-man” demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
- Television and film dramas have always risked being pulled because the story line was too close to the headlines from which they were ”ripped.”
- TheTwilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.
- Robert Osborne has always been introducing Hollywood history on TCM.
- Little Caesar has always been proclaiming “Pizza Pizza.”
- They have no recollection of when Arianna Huffington was a conservative.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has always been officially recognized with clinical guidelines.
- They watch television everywhere but on a television.
- Pulp Fiction’s meal of a “Royale with Cheese” and an “Amos and Andy milkshake” has little or no resonance with them.
- Point-and-shoot cameras are soooooo last millennium.
- Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during their lifetimes.
- Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight.
- Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive baseball games played has never stood in their lifetimes.
- Genomes of living things have always been sequenced.
- The Sistine Chapel ceiling has always been brighter and cleaner.
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Romney Has Big Lead In My Poll
By DICK MORRIS
Published on DickMorris.com on August 27, 2012
On Thursday, August 23rd, I conducted a national survey of 500 likely voters through live telephone interviews. The poll finds Romney ahead of Obama by 50-43! — far, far different from the published polls.
(The sample was 33% Democrat, 31% Republican, 11% black, and 8% Latino).
Apart from the head-to-head vote question, my survey tracks with the others on most of its internals.
Obama’s personal favorability is 47-50 while Romney’s is 48-48. The president’s job approval is at 46%.
Asked who would do the best job of:
Improving the economy = O-39 / R-49
Creating jobs = O-38 / R-50
Strengthening Medicare = O-44 / R-42
While the Medicare issue is important, it is not the major factor. Asked which is more important, “protecting and strengthening Medicare or improving the economy and creating jobs?” The economy wins by 67-18.
Comparing Medicare plans without explaining them, voters break even with 41% favoring Obama’s and 42% backing Romney’s. Asked which scares them the most, Obama’s scared 46% and Romney’s scared 44%.
But Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has scored a bull’s eye by his comparison of the two Medicare plans and the following answers indicate
Whose plan do you agree with more? Obama who would save $716 in Medicare spending and use the money to cover the uninsured or Romney who would make the same savings but use the funds to extend the life of the Medicare trust fund?
Obama’s 38% / Romney’s 53%
And the President continues to draw big negatives over his plans to intervene in medical decision making:
President Obama’s health care law sets up a Board to issue guidelines and instructions to doctors and hospitals on what procedures, medications, or treatment to use for each illness. Do you agree or disagree with this aspect of Obama’s legislation?
Agree: 33% / Disagree: 61%
After argumentation, disagreement with Obama’s Medicare cuts becomes even sharper:
Supporters of this provision say that it will allow us to save funds in Medicare without cutting care. They say that the Board can stop unnecessary tests or overly costly treatments that do not help the patients. But opponents say that it will lead to rationing of Medicare treatment. They say that the Board would ban the most effective medicines to treat cancer, for example, because they are too expensive and might stop old people from getting hip replacements or heart bypasses. In view of these arguments, do you agree or disagree with this aspect of Obama’s legislation?
Agree: 30% / Disagree: 57%
Voters agree by 56-20 that “Romney and Ryan would not change Medicare for current beneficiaries or for people who are now over 55.” And, by 25-60, they reject the statement that “Romney and Ryan would end Medicare and leave the elderly without a good alternative.”
By 48-33, voters agree that “President Obama has not proposed any real long term fix for Medicare” although by 63-18 they agree that “In a few years, Medicare will exhaust its trust fund and will go bankrupt unless we enact changes and reforms.”
But Romney still has some selling to do. Only 38% agreed and 31% disagreed that “Romney will always allow elderly to stay in traditional Medicare. He will just offer a voucher system that will have more attractive alternatives.”
In evaluating the health care and Medicare issue, voters feel that high medical malpractice costs play a key role in driving up costs. By 63-20, they agree that “the abuse of medical malpractice law suits is a big reason medical costs are so high.” By 57-37, they support Romney’s proposals to “curb medical malpractice litigation” agreeing that it “will save billions and extend the life of Medicare.”
Tomorrow, I’ll discuss the survey’s findings on the economy, Obama’s possible second term plans, Bain Capital, Romney’s taxes, the negative campaigning on both sides.