Is this race about to get dirtier? The more crazy moves Obama makes, the greater the temptation will be for Republican candidates to start slinging mud at each other. I’ve said since the start of this primary that Republicans need to focus on Obama, but so far Newt Gingrich is the only one who has been able to accomplish this. The result is that he continues to post poor showings in the polls as few Americans are paying attention to anything he is saying.
So why are Republicans getting more comfortable attacking each other? The right is getting more and more confident of a 2012 victory with every misstep this President makes. I still maintain though that Republicans need to make this election about defeating Obama. Already, Romneycare, Perry’s HPV order, and Bachmann’s gaffes are going to make it that much harder for the GOP nominee to win in 2012. Obama has done plenty of things to run against, and I give credit to Newt Gingrich who has been pointing them out in his weekly newsletters.
I thought I would provide a refresher course to the Republican candidates to help them stay focused. For example, do they want to focus on jobs? President Obama is the President whose policies have driven unemployment up to 9.1% while running annual deficits over a trillion dollars a year.
In the meantime, he is also the President who is blocking the opening of a US manufacturing plant in South Carolina because it is not a union factory.
He is the President whose federal agents performed an armed raid on a US manufacturing plant because they were buying materials overseas and manufacturing them here in the US instead of manufacturing them in India. Yes, you read that right.
He is the President who took a public US corporation away from the company’s bondholders, sold the company overseas to an Italian company and gave the proceeds to the United Auto Workers union.
He is the President who unilaterally shut down US oil drilling in key areas of the Gulf of Mexico. When a judge said his moratorium was unconstitutional and tossed it, Obama simply wrote another one. In the meantime, he heavily invested US tax dollars into drilling operations in Brazil and promised the US would be one of their best customers.
He is the President who today proposed $1.5 trillion in cuts in private investment and consumer spending through higher taxes, after proposing $400 billion in tax hikes just a week and a half ago. That’s $1.9 trillion in proposed tax hikes over a two week period when he was promising new policies to create jobs. By the way, these are the same tax hikes his own party wouldn’t pass in 2009 or 2010. All this and he is the one proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
How about government waste?
He is the President who after taking $850 billion in stimulus dollars and funneling it to unions and pet projects such as duck ponds and skate parks is now asking for another $450 billion to fix the 152 bridges he neglected with the first stimulus.
Speaking of the first stimulus, Obama is the President who invested billions of our tax dollars into various “green energy” projects that have now gone bankrupt. And it gets worse:
He is the President who gave a $529 million taxpayer loan to a company owned by one of his biggest supporters, multi-billionare George Kaiser, despite knowing that the company was failing. Then he restructured that loan so that when the company went under Kaiser would get paid first and taxpayers would get what was left over.
Barack Obama says we need to cut private investment and consumer spending through higher taxes because the rich need to pay “their fair share”. But when it came to Solyndra, Obama specifically made sure that the rich got their millions of dollars back at the taxpayer’s expense.
How about in Afghanistan?
As Obama slowly draws down forces and quickly pulls out of combat roles, he also keeps fighting for cuts in military spending. He seems uncommittedly committed to the war in Afghanistan. Could that have any correlation to there being nearly twice as many US deaths in Afghanistan in Obama’s three years in office as there were during the entire Bush Presidency?
What about Obama’s management of the Justice Department?
While letting the black panthers off the hook for voter intimidation when they showed up in military garb with clubs at the voting booths, Eric Holder took pro-lifer’s to civil court and sued them over standing too close to abortion clinic driveways.
And of course, Fast and Furious. This was the operation where this President’s Justice Department sold guns to violent Mexican druglords. Those same guns were used to kill border patrol agents. Meanwhile, Obama has sued Arizona for trying to enforce immigration laws on their own.
All that, and I didn’t even mention Obama’s disastrous healthcare legislation.
If 2012 Republican candidates feel the urge to take a swing at a political opponent, might I suggest that Obama makes for an easy target?
Oh, and one last thing. Report@whitehouse.gov might be a thing of the past, but if you disagree with what I wrote you can always report me to Obama’s new citizen watch website, http://www.attackwatch.com.
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