Change? Obama Worse than Bush

The verdict is in, and Barack Obama did not produce the change he promised.  In fact, as he blames all his ills on the last 8 years, it is interesting to compare the Bush years to the Obama years.  Consider the following:

Average Annual Increase in Public Debt (in millions):

Bush: $543,818        Obama: $1,497,601

Total Increase in Public Debt (in millions):

Bush (8 years): $4,217,261   Obama (4 years): $5,990,407

Average Annual Unemployment (Also see here):

Bush: 5.26%                    Obama: 9.2%

Median Household Incomes:

January, 2009: $55,198       August, 2012: $50,678

The Average Annual Price of Gas (not even including 2012):

Bush: $2.14                     Obama: $2.89

Cost of Higher Education (adj. for inflation, not even including 2012):

Bush 2008: $16,661     Obama 2011: $18,497

But isn’t health insurance cheaper now with Obamacare?  No.  In 2012 the amount a family with employer provided coverage pays in annual premiums has increased to about $16,000.  For families with private individual plans, the amount is up to $5,615.  And before you ask why families don’t all just switch to private individual plans, remember that Obamacare taxes medium-large businesses up to $3,000 per employee that they don’t cover.

But we know Obama has handled the economy terribly.  The other thing people elected Obama for was to end the wars.  Obama promised to close Gitmo, which didn’t happen, and to end the war in Iraq.  He ended the war in Iraq by sticking to Bush’s timeline, but that wasn’t the whole story.  Obama intended to continue the war and leave troops in Iraq, but Biden could not negotiate simple immunity for our troops.  Don’t look now, but the Afghanistan war isn’t ending in 2014.  The administration is already negotiating to keep up to 25,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014.

Let’s look at war by the numbers.

Involvement in Major Foreign Conflicts:

Bush: 2 countries           Obama: 3 countries

Military Spending as % of GDP:

Bush, 2008: 4.4%          Obama, 2011: 4.7%

Average Annual War Spending:

Bush: $99.3 Billion       Obama: $155.1 Billion

Obama boasts of ending the war in Iraq, but how is the peace President doing in Afghanistan?

Average Annual Troop Deaths:

Bush: 606                        Obama: 445

Iraq:  528                         66

Afghanistan: 78              379

But what about Bush’s handling of Katrina?  Surely Obama has done better than that, right?  Former NYC Mayor Guiliani says no.

What about taxes?  Obama boasts about cutting people’s taxes, but most of the tax hikes he passed don’t go into effect until next year.  Obamacare has 20 different tax hikes in it, and many of those affect the poor and the sick.

But Obama saved the auto industry, right?  Actually, the only Detroit major that survived was Ford.  Ford didn’t take Obama’s bailout.  Chrysler did, and is now owned by an Italian company called Fiat.  GM took Obama’s bailout and is now owned by the taxpayers.  This was after Obama spent billions to bailout the unions before letting the two companies go through bankruptcy.  If that’s Obama saving the auto industry, I hope he doesn’t do me any favors.

Add these factors to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the Black Panther polling case, Solyndra, and the other various scandals and overreaches of the Obama administration, and there is no reason to re-elect Obama.  Except of course if you got an Obama phone and are afraid of losing it.

How Obama Could Still Win:

Several states in play are ties or tossups in the latest polls.  In some, Obama is leading by 3-5%, but 3-5% are either undecided or going third party.  Obama can still win, even with his horrible statistics, if people vote third party or stay home.

I know many out there are voting third party or not voting to protest Romney.  I, like you, am a very libertarian leaning constitutionalist.  I’d love to see us out of the Middle East.  I’d love to see government spending cut in half.  I’d love to see us hold to our 10th amendment.  But Mitt Romney is NOT Barack Obama.

If anything, Mitt Romney is far closer to Reagan.  Despite being hailed as a conservative hero, Reagan is not as conservative as I would have preferred.  In fact, many Ron Paul and Gary Johnson voters would probably not vote for Reagan either.  But Mitt Romney is not the candidate you should be protesting.  You should be protesting Barack Obama.

Consider your goals and which candidate will get us there:

Less involvement in the Middle East: Mitt Romney has a comprehensive energy plan that gets America using its own resources to lower our dependence on OPEC.  Obama spent billions of your tax dollars on green energy companies that went bankrupt, and we are no closer to independence from foreign oil.

Simpler, fairer tax system: Romney’s plan reduces rates in order to remove loopholes and deductions based on the government’s definition of what a good citizen looks like without raising taxes.  Obama’s plan is higher taxes, more redistribution and a more complex tax system designed to pick winners and losers.

Foreign wars: Obama has proven himself to be an interventionalist.  He is not the peace President people hoped for.  He hasn’t closed Gitmo.  He only left Iraq because he was too incompetent to negotiate a way to stay there.  But he is already negotiating to keep 25,000 troops in Afghanistan.  Romney’s approach is to show the kind of strength Reagan did.  What major war did we fight when Reagan was President?  The Cold War, where we sat across the ocean from each other and didn’t pull the trigger for eight years.  Finally, the Soviet Union collapsed under their economic system.

More personal freedom and responsibility: Nothing took us backwards further as a nation than Obamacare.  Obamacare mandates that every American buy private health insurance or pay a tax.  Obamacare takes deciding power away from doctors and patients and gives it to the government.  If you protest Romney, Obamacare is here to stay.  If you vote to protest Obama, we have a shot at repealing this monstrous tax on the sick and the poor.

Does My Vote Count?

If you are thinking of voting third party or not voting because Romney is not as conservative as you’d like, you could be part of the margin that gives Obama four more years to take us down the path towards socialism at hyperspeed.  So where does Romney need your vote the most:

Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico, Arizona.

But believe it or not, he also needs you in Oregon, Minnesota, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. If nothing else, vote to tell the liberals in your state that they do not have a mandate.  The country is changing and is leaning to the right.  You will never get the conservative, limited government you want if you let the country fall off the socialist cliff because the most conservative candidate who can win is not conservative enough for you.

When you walk into the voting booth, consider what you want America to look like in 2016.  Do you want to move forward the way Obama does?  Do you really want four more years of this?

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Defamation and Felony

While a felony can land you in court, slander and libel can get you in legal trouble too.  However, in the dirtiest of political campaigns, defamation is the name of the game.  That is what Obama is running: the dirtiest of political campaigns.    Even still, cries of one’s opponent being a “felon” are usually relegated to the third party shenanigans of an “issues” candidate who has no hope of winning.  Such charges could also be associated with peanut gallery observers and shock personalities like Sean Hannity or Bill Maher.  However, now it is also a tactic of the Obama campaign.

Can Obama sacrifice all credibility and still win?

Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama campaign, suggested that Mitt Romney is either a liar or a felon and could face criminal prosecution.  Why?  Because either she is a liar, or the Obama administration is incompetent when it comes to corporate structures and SEC filings.

At issue is whether Mitt Romney was running the show at Bain Capital after 1999.  Everyone at Bain Capital, including Democrat Obama supporters, say no.  Everyone at the Olympics say Romney was there.  The only people who think Romney was at Bain after 1999 are in Obama’s campaign.  They blame Romney for everything that happened in Bain up to 2002.  Kind of like how they still are blaming Bush for 8.2% unemployment.

So why do Cutter and Obama think Romney is a felon?  The Boston Globe came out with a story showing that Romney signed SEC documents as the President, Director and CEO of Bain Capital up until 2002.  The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine and Factcheck.org explain this.  Romney left to save the Olympics before any sort of replacement could be found and remained listed as President and CEO until his shares were passed on.

Typically liberal Washington Post embarrasses Obama even more with a follow up fact check story, giving Obama another three Pinocchios.

Obama’s outright false and defamatory Bain attack is designed to get Romney to release more tax returns.  Obama believes he is gaining ground by highlighting the low percentage Romney pays in taxes.  However, another Washington Post factcheck story shows that even this line of attack is dishonest.  In fact, one of the reasons Romney’s tax rate is lower is because he gives as much to charity as he pays in taxes.

Media organizations have not been able to back Obama up on this one.  Even CNN’s John King backed up Romney’s side of the story.

In addition to exposing himself as a liar and a dirty campaigner, Obama has exposed himself to an easy rebuttal from the Romney campaign.  In fact, while Obama’s campaign is cheering any unfair negative press they can get on Romney, the result is Romney sitting in front of CNN, Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC cameras, on their dime, explaining how Obama is wrong and not living up to his promises of running an issues centered campaign.

In fact, as John Sununu pointed out, Obama’s bringing up things like felonies and outsourcing is really a liability for Obama.  Obama can be tied to Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojavich, Bill Ayers, and more recently Eric Holder and the Fast and Furious scandal.  You want to talk about secretive.

Here is my challenge to the Obama campaign.  Bain executives, Olympic executives, and anyone who knew Romney in 1999 knew that he was no more running Bain Capital than Bush was running a timber company in 2004.  So why doesn’t Obama send Eric Holder to arrest Mitt Romney for listing himself as CEO of Bain in 2002?  It wouldn’t be a waste of Holder’s time, he’s busy not turning Fast and Furious documents over to Congress and not enforcing Congress’s vote of contempt against him.  Send Holder to arrest Romney for supposedly committing the felony of being the president of a company he wasn’t running or involved with.  Then we can all have a good belly laugh at Obama and get on with our lives.

Obama has been consistently dishonest in this election season.  Eventually more people than just the political junkies like you and me will figure this out.  When a President lies several times during a campaign, the average joe on the street might miss every instance.  When a President lies continually, eventually every American will experience his dishonesty.  And when not even CNN and the Washington Post can backup Obama, his credibility is gone.  Can Obama win with no credibility?

The Myth of the Obama Recovery

Depending on how you read the jobs report, you might think we are well on our way to economic recovery.  At least if you read the headlines.  Well, we should be.  In three short years, this President has increased the debt more than any President in the history of our country combined.

What do we have to show for it?

Think about it.  Think of all that we have accomplished with the last $6.3 trillion in debt.  We won two world wars, at various times brought unemployment down to 4.4% (most recently under the economic policies that supposedly got us into this mess), fought five other major wars, four major undeclared conflicts, and assisted in several other wars, gave hundreds of billions back in tax cuts, sent a man to the moon, maintained a shuttle program, bought over half the land in the country, rebuilt after a civil war, implemented civil rights, built socialistic retirement, healthcare and welfare systems, helped produce 5% and higher GDP growth, built every crumbling and non crumbling bridge in the United States today, and created a massive bureaucratic infrastructure covering roads, education, homeland security, and our entire regulatory system.

So what has Obama done with $6.5 trillion in debt?  He has brought 5.7% unemployment down to 8.3%.  Oops, I meant up to 10% and then down to 8.3%.  We have managed to get GDP just over 2% for a fleeting couple quarters.  We did continue two major conflicts which accounts for almost a trillion of Obama’s $6.5 trillion in debt.  But he didn’t do anything to stop the conflicts, and in fact started another one in Libya.

A lot of that money went in to funding failed green energy projects, such as Solyndra, which were owned by Obama’s supporters.  A lot of money went towards bailing out Wall Street and making the United States a shareholder in failed companies like Citigroup, GM and Chrysler.

One of Obama’s large debt contributions was in the form of extended unemployment benefits to make the victims of his economic policies comfortable enough to not complain.  This year when he runs on a platform of how he cut taxes, be assured that no member of the media will ask him about the taxes he has forced states to collect to fund their own broke unemployment compensation funds, and pay interest on federal loans of unemployment funds, all of which has been passed on to business owners of every size.

The amazing thing is that in his term so far, Obama has spent the equivalent of more than one full year of United States private sector GDP.  Nearly half of that has been in the form of debt.  Stop and think about that for a minute.  And yet, with more debt than every other President combined, Obama is ecstatic with an 8.3% unemployment rate?  There is something seriously wrong with this.

But it gets worse.  There is unemployment and real unemployment.  What’s the difference?  The 8.3% represents only people who are still looking for a job.  If you counted the same number of people who were looking for a job in 2007, the unemployment rate would be at 10.3% and that hasn’t changed  since 2009.

Ezra Klein at the Washington Post notes this disturbing trend which seems to show little variance in the unemployment rate when you consider people who have stopped working.  That means that with $6.5 trillion in new debt, more than all other Presidents combined, Obama hasn’t managed to increase job growth, he has just managed to increase the number of discouraged workers who are willing to settle for his extended unemployment welfare program.

In fact, although Obama will be running on the myth of jobs saved and created, in actuality there are 2.4 million fewer people working today than there were when Obama signed the stimulus in 2009. The number of people who have jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is down to 139 million from 141 million in 2009.

For those keeping score, it was 127 million in 2001.  Do the math.

Who Would You Bring to Join You for Dinner With President and Mrs. Obama?

Bookmark and Share    While I am not a big fan of too many social media platforms, I must admit that each one of them can be effective if used properly and for the right things.  In my case, not being a very social person (I don’t like too many people in society much), limits my need for social media platforms, but when it comes to politics, which is the only reason I do socialize, I have come to find that Twitter is by far the most useful and effective platform of all.  It’s 140 character limitation allows for the dissemination of a great deal of useful and valuable information in a very quick and direct way.  Twitter cuts through the garbage and gets to the point.

I find it particularly a particularly good source for finding pertinent links.  After reading a short sentence of anywhere from as few as three, to as many as twenty or so words, I can tell if the link that usually follows it,  is something which I want to examine further.  And more often than not, I find the link that I thought I would be interested in, to in fact be very interesting.

On this particular night, after reviewing the Twitters that I follow, I came across this one from President Obama.  It is not his personal Twitter.  I doubt he has one.  I mean, look what it did for liberal Democrat Anthony Weiner  (“it can be effective if used properly”).  This particular Obama Twitter feed is that of his reelection campaign,  and it showed up as follows:

Barack ObamaBarackObama Barack Obama

Which friend do you think deserves a seat at the table for #DinnerWithBarackhttp://OFA.BO/J165ya

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I checked out the link and was brought to a page that read;

 “Make a donation today to be automatically entered for a chance to have dinner with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

We’ll cover your airfare and the meal—all you have to bring is your story and your ideas.

And this time, if you win, you can invite a guest.”

The concept started to make me think about who I would invite to go with me for a dinner with President and Mrs. Obama.

Now this would never happen of course.  First of all, as much as I respect the office of President and am fascinated by it, I don’t think I could ever sit across from this President and eat a meal.  I think I would pull a George H. W. Bush and involuntarily choke up a few unintended, disrespectful, chunks. That’s not something I would actually want to do to any President, even this one.  But thought about it in the hypothetical.

The list I came up with though, did not contain the names of any of my friends.   And before you write any smart remarks,…..Yes I do have some friends.  But like me, the best ones are conservative and I would  not subject them to the same kind of embarrassing situation I would want try to avoid.  So instead, I came up with a list of perspective guests whom for a number of different reasons,  I would invite to dine with myself and the Obama’s.

1. –Jeremiah Wright

That would be a reunion I wouldn’t want to miss.  Can you imagine just how much Barry and Michele would be squirming?  And what kind of conversation would such a dinner consist of?:

  • Rev. WrightSo Barack, I haven’t seen you at Sunday services in a while?
  • President Obama: Yea, well, you know Rev., I’ve been kind of busy and they have a few cozy little congregations closer by around here.  Make’s it more convenient, ya know.
  • Me:  Hey I’ve got a great idea!  Let’s call your scheduler and see if we can arrange for you to attend Sunday services with Rev. Wright sometime between now and the Sunday before the election?

2. – Bill Ayers

That would be dynamite!

  • Me: So tell me, what exactly did you two teach back in Chicago once the bombs stopped exploding? 

3.John Holdren

Holdren is President Obama’s Director of Science and Technology and he wrote a book which addressed potential problems with overpopulation.   Some suggested solutions in the book included limiting the size of families,  adding sterilizer to the drinking water supply, and of course, mandatory abortion. Holdren has also called for a  “Planetary Regime” to control the global economy and  a global tax on greenhouse gas emissions.

With a dinner guest like that, guess what topics I would stay on and how it would start?

  • Me: Mr. President; why don’t you and the First Lady go ahead and drink the water first.  And don’t worry about me.  Just leave me some of that filet mignon your having, I’ll eat whatever you don’t finish.

4. –  Carol Browner

Browner is the Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and she has been one of 14 leaders of Socialist International’s Commission for a Sustainable World Society, a group that has called for affluent nations to shrink their economies in order to help prevent climate change.

  • Me: “So Mr. President, Carol tells me that she wants to continue to see the economy shrink.  Is that why you have been spending so much and refusing to free the free market?

5. – Congresswoman Maxine “The Tea Party Can Go to Hell” Waters

  • Me: So Mr. President, is there anything that  the two of you don’t agree on? 

6. – Mark Levin

Mark Levin is a constitutional scholar, author, former deputy in the Reagan Justice Department, and my favorite conservative radio talk show host.  He is refreshingly honest, does not hide his feelings, and makes the case against President Obama and liberals, succinctly and relentlessly.  Mark Levin is the type of guy who will say to your face what others will only say behind your back and I would just love to  see President Obama try to eat his dinner while Mark Levin chews him out, respectfully of course.

7. –   Kent and Josephine Terry

The parents of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who died almost one year ago as a result of the Obama Administration’s bungled Fast & Furious operation, have never received an explanation for the American government’s hand in the killing of their son.  Nor have they received an apology from the leaders of our government who made it possible for Mexican drug dealers to kill their son.  I would like to see President Obama look Mr. and Mrs. Terry in the eye and then try to eat his dinner.  I would like to see him explain to them why his Administration has been unwilling to be forthcoming with all the information surrounding their sons death insofar as the government operation that provided their son’s killers with the weapons they used to kill him with.  If there were ever any two people who deserved an audience with the President and his wife, it’s Kent and Josephine Terry.  In fact, President Obama owes it to them.

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Trunkline 2012: Monday Mentions from The Republican Presidential Race – 12/5/11

Bookmark and ShareThe “late” edition of Trunkline 2012 has talk of Newt, Mitt, Michele, Rick Perry, Donald Trump, Chuck “the Schmuck” Todd, Nancy Pelosi, some advice from Mark Levin, the lies involved in Fast & Furious, and more news from the campaign trail.

 “I just think it’s time to have a president whose idea of being “hands on” doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club….” – Mitt Romney

  • Tweet of the Day:

PublicPolicyPollingppppolls  PublicPolicyPolling

 If Gingrich meets the same fate as the last 2 front runners, Mitt well positioned to win in Iowa: http://tinyurl.com/c5upzmx
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Trunkline 2012: Saturday Political News in Review and the Cinema Politico Movie of the Week 11/19/11

Bookmark and Share   Saturday’s Trunkline 2012 brings you the busting of myths about Newt, Rush Limbaugh on Newt, Romney making moves Iowa, a look for someone who defeat Obama from outside the current field of candidates, Sunday’s political show lineup and a special Cinema Politico feature film of the week.

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Jeb Hensarling, (R-TX) Texas; Rep. Xavier Becerra, (D-CA); Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics; Brit Hume, Fox News; A.B. Stoddard, The Hill; Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard and Fox News; Juan Williams, Fox News; Sandy Lerner, Ayrshire Farm, ABC’s This Week: Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE); Matthew Dowd, ABC News; Paul Krugman, The New York Times; Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal; George Will, CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA); Condoleezza Rice, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and former Secretary of State, CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ); Sen. John Kerry (D-MA); Dee Dee Myers, Democratic strategist; Mike Murphy, Republican strategist; Eugene Robinson, Washington Post; Ed Gillespie, former chair of the Republican National Committee, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeanne Cummings, Bloomberg News; Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal; Joan Biskupic, USA Today,  NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HDNet; Helene Cooper, The New York Times; John Heilemann, New York Magazine; Lizzie O’Leary, Bloomberg

  • White House 2012’s Cinema Politico:  This week’s feature presentation comes from C-Span and it takes us back to very different America, the pre 9/11 America.

Tonight’s Cinema Political feature film is only for the most discerning of political junkies.  It is a look back at how the Republican presidential candidates and how they fought for the Republican nomination back in 2000, when there was no incumbent and the field was wide open.  Political observers will not be able to avoid how much of the debate back then is similar to the debate today.  That despite what we now realize was a much more innocent and different America than we live in today.  One of the most striking remarks comes from Utah Senator Orin Hatch who during the debate made a very Nostradamus-like prediction and actually warned us about Osama bin Laden.Bookmark and Share

Why the Cain story is so big

Let’s be honest.  There really isn’t much to this Herman Cain story.  After a week of the media acting like Cain had raped a woman, had an affair with an intern or broken some federal laws or something, all we know is that he allegedly did something to someone a couple decades ago. In the grand scheme of things, the Cain story is the biggest non-story since we discovered that George W. Bush was a drunken AWOL airman because Dan Rather had a fake letter that said so.

The intensity with which the media has been following this story has consumed major media resources.  So let’s look at what the Cain non-affair story might be hiding.

– Administration scandals such as Fast and Furious and the Solyndra affair continue to get juicer as Congress subpoenas the administration for documents they have been slow about releasing

– Occupy Oakland protests show the true nature of the Wall Street Mob as protestors get violent and start destroying public property.  The movement is finally stooping to the level we have come to expect from liberal, leaderless mob protesters, especially union supported mobs.  Now the media is working hard to find OWS protesters who look enough like they are in charge of something who will disavow the violence.  Of course, poll that crowd and you are sure to get even responses either way.

– Speaking of union led protests, a story that has barely entered the Cain filled news cycle is yet another document shred drill at the ACORN offices in New York City.  ACORN is shredding documents and firing workers as fast as they can to cover up the extent of their involvement behind the scenes with the now Democrat bought and owned Occupy Wall Street movement.

– Wall Street meanwhile ended a winning streak on Friday after job growth came in lower than expected and downright anemic compared to what the economy needs to start making significant strides towards reaching reasonable employment levels.

– After taking millions in bonuses, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae execs are reporting billions in losses and Freddie Mac is asking for $6 billion in new bailout funds.

– Obama’s jobs tax hike bill continues to face bi-partisan opposition, though he is choosing to blame it all on Republicans.  Meanwhile, Democrats are blocking Republican jobs provisions that don’t kill jobs at the same time by raising taxes.

– And perhaps the biggest scandal fresh on the scene and being ignored by major media outlets is the Jon Corzine fraud story.  Remember Bernie Madoff?  He was the guy who tricked investors into giving him money in a grand pyramid scheme which worked great until he ran out of money.  Corzine did it the legal way.  Corzine’s investment company, MF Global, found a legal loophole that allowed him, without investor knowledge, to take funds out of investor accounts as a “loan” to fund business operations.  When the investors went to get their money, they found it wasn’t there.

So how is what Corzine did legal, you might ask?  Simple.  Jon Corzine is a well connected Democrat, former senator and New Jersey governor.  He was a star at Goldman Sachs where many administration officials cut their teeth.  When Obama regulators considered eliminating the loophole that allowed Corzine to steal from his investors’ brokerage accounts to fund business operations, Corzine himself personally lobbied them (all his friends), into not regulating out that loophole or even requiring proper accounting for it.

Throughout the 2012 campaign, we will continue to hear the same mantra about how we need regulation to prevent what happened in the past from happening in the future.  In this case, we have another example of the hand in glove relationship between Democrat politicians, Democrat corporate CEOs and Democrat regulators.  And as usual, the media ignores it.  Why?

Because a conservative allegedly did something offensive to a female employee 20 years ago.  For all we know, he picked his nose while she was in the room.  No names, no specifics, just enough to inspire the tabloid writers we used to take seriously.

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