Quote of the day

posted at 10:00 pm on February 27, 2009 by Allahpundit

“President Obama was awfully vague about some of his plans, but I think I heard him say that government is responsible for educating a child from birth—from birth—to its first job. Universal pre-school and universal college. And there were hints as well of universal healthcare and a universal service corps. It all sounds very appealing, until you realize that these plans mean universal government. That model has never worked anywhere in the world. America is great because our society is free and the power of government is limited by the Constitution.

For the last several years, we’ve heard liberals moaning about the 700 billion dollars that have been spent over six years to win freedom in Iraq. They have now spent more than that in 30 days. And with a government almost 12 trillion dollars in debt, any unnecessary spending puts at risk the creditworthiness of the United States. If the world loses confidence in our currency, that could cause a run on the dollar, or hyperinflation that would wipe out savings and devastate the Middle Class. President Obama says he hopes to cut the deficit in half after four years—does that mean a deficit in 2012 of 600 billion dollars? No president should accept such a staggering deficit, much less hold it up as a national goal. This is the time to pare back government spending. It is not the time to fulfill every liberal dream and spend America into catastrophe…

America voted for change. America did not vote for a boat-load of new government spending programs that would guarantee higher taxes and high deficits as far as the eye can see and that would threaten our currency, our economy, and our future. We must be the alternative course. We can’t be that if all we say is no.”

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Just imagine if we had someone smart, pragmatic, competent, with business experience running the country. Wouldn’t that be nice? Nahhhh…religion is what counts more than anything!
/sarc

therightwinger on February 28, 2009 at 12:39 AM

But he doesn’t believe in Jesus man! …oh wait.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 12:59 AM

What a load of bullsh1t.

As if McCain would do things more than 10% different than Obama is currently doing.

To compare the cost of Iraq to the cost of the bailout is apples and oranges and ridiculously naive.

Romney needs to stfu and jump on board – the train has left the station. Funny how he says nothing about Bush inheriting a surplus and devastating your national debt more than any other president in history. No, don’t mention anything about that.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

What a load of bullsh1t.

As if McCain would do things more than 10% different than Obama is currently doing.

To compare the cost of Iraq to the cost of the bailout is apples and oranges and ridiculously naive.

Romney needs to stfu and jump on board – the train has left the station. Funny how he says nothing about Bush inheriting a surplus and devastating your national debt more than any other president in history. No, don’t mention anything about that. IS:

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

F.I.F.Y.

…Your welcome.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:07 AM

Romney is a serious wonk, wooden with the personality of a tree trunk.

Palin is the best (wo) man for the job. She has the populist profile and the personality to defeat Obama.

Romney is an elitist who appeals to the same contingent that voted Obama into office.

Captain America on February 28, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Palin will be good after another term as gov, and maybe a term in the senate.

Borislav on February 28, 2009 at 1:11 AM

Captain America on February 28, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Whoa… If Yer Comparing Romney (as wooden as he can be.) TO Obama, Then…

Yer Spelling yer Name wrong… Kaptain AmeriKa.
(And NO I’m not refering back to Jerimiah Wrights Ameri-KKK-a. Get a Clue.)

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Palin is the best (wo) man for the job. She has the populist profile

Captain America on February 28, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Um Populists are economically illiterate. Palin doesn’t hold a candle to Romney. Ask ANY major company who they would hire to run it and it will not be Palin.

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Dave, don’t be an asshat. Bush spent like a democrat, but Obama is making him look frugal by comparison. You can’t spend your way out of debt. How the hell is Obama going to pay for all of this? Bush had this little thing called 9/11, remember that? Then we had six years of economic recovery and growth. The thing that is screwing us now is the housing bubble burst, something mainly caused by Democrats, ignored by Democrats, and denied by Democrats.

Again, Bush spent poorly. But so did the Democratic controlled Congress the past two years, and now they are spending like Pelosi at a plastic surgery sale. It doesn’t make it right, what is YOUR solution Dave?

cannonball on February 28, 2009 at 1:13 AM

F.I.F.Y.

…Your welcome.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:07 AM
———

Wow. You’re an intellectual force to be reckoned with. Let me get my 12 year old nephew online so it can be a fair fight.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:14 AM

Yeah Drywall, ’cause you don’t stand a chance!

Vince on February 28, 2009 at 1:15 AM

At least my nephew can speak English, not like Mr Wastleland with his vacant Paris Hilton command of the English language. Must be hard for him to be so illiterate. Embarrassing, even.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:19 AM

Comeback?
Yeah AllahPundit, you’d like that.

joe_doufu on February 28, 2009 at 1:20 AM

Palin is Damaged Goods…
Now that makes me sad. I AM a Mitt fan, but Palin is a good and decent woman with what seems to be TRUE conservative values. The problem is the MSM, and That D@uchebag McCain, and his croneys threw her under the bus to cover his sorry ass in the election.
Romney has had his critics and has only continued to repair his image for a couple of years now about his personal reforms.
Palin unfortunatly was politically assassinated during the election and is goin to have to do at least TWICE the PR repair that Romney would have to do.
So OK I like her A LOT still.

Maybe Romney / Palin 2012.

Going in the realm of supposition, I guaren-dang-tee you Romney would have treated Sara-cuda Better than McCain did if he’d been the nominee. think about that scenario…
Just for a minute…
and how much better we’d all be off if it were a reality a few precious months ago.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:22 AM

you come on here with an asinine statement about how Romney should just suck it up like everyone else and embrace Obama, and you expect a grownup response? go throw bombs at some other forum ya hack.

I also have the luxury of not taking myself as seriously as you do, and YOUR SIDE WON @SS****!!!! so why are you still angry?

-Wasteland Man

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:19 AM

..and gee my response to you was all of a few words long and yet “I” merit 2 comments from our great and mighty LIB pressence here WOW I’m honored to be noticed by an Obama Butt-boy…

*Wink*

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:27 AM

To compare the cost of Iraq to the cost of the bailout is apples and oranges and ridiculously naive.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

Hot Air is now attracting all the economic illiterates. “Castro for Economic Czar!”

Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Bigger Goverment Is Not Stimulus (Video) (Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D. Economics)

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Dave Rywall, Question: Socialism or Capitalism?

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Dave Rywall, Question: Socialism or Capitalism?

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 1:32 AM

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It’s not that simple, simpleton.

In case you hadn’t noticed, America already has rampant socialist programs.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the purer the capitalism, the more disfunctional and f’d up things get.

You need both in moderation.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Romney is definitely a contender. But he is not assured of anything as Huckabee and Palin are not either.

technopeasant on February 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Romney should have been our nominee in ’08, but we got stuck with the maverick. Now all bets are off, but what is the sense of arguing now who should be our nominee four years from now!? It would make more sense to me to stand for conservative values wherever we see them. It would make more sense to pressure the Republican party to never let anyone not registered Republican to nominate our candidate. How about having a country-wide primary where we all vote at once! We got the short end last year because of early and open primaries.

Christian Conservative on February 28, 2009 at 1:43 AM

technopeasant on February 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

I agree NO ONES a shoe-in I mean It looks like right now that Obama is going to end up Jimmah Ca-tah pt.2 X 5.

but hes still the incumbant and he has some RABID followers.
so I’m pretty much hoping Mao-Tse-Tung comes back to life and runs for the repubs. cuz right now (looking at how china is gonna be more capitalist than us soon.) He would probably be to the far right of Obama.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 1:44 AM

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

You’re the one who needs to stfu, pal. You’re a canadian. Go fix your own crappy country. Jerk off.

Blake on February 28, 2009 at 1:54 AM

I like what he said. Now the GOP–or heck–some other party (even dissidents in the Obamacrat Party) needs to stick to that message and that common sense.

And some people brought up voting processes. We need to stop the “vote early” trend. The Democrats always push for early voting because the longer their policies and beliefs spend in the public eye, the less enticing they look.

There is a reason why all Democrat wants are URGENT!!

Global Warming!! (before people realize there is something called the SUN)
The Stimulus!! (before people realize it’s nothing more than an orgy of Socialist spending)
OUT OF IRAQ NOW!! (before we win and prove GW Bush right)

Find the message.
Communicate the message.
Stay on the message.
Match deeds and words in relation to the message.
Marginalize, if not jettison, the namby-pamby preening fence sitters (Hi Lindsey Graham, Hi John McCain).

Montana on February 28, 2009 at 1:55 AM

Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!Mitt!!

Little Boomer on February 28, 2009 at 1:59 AM

devastating your national debt more than any other president in history.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

Sorry, but that particular distinction no longer belongs to Bush.

It’s your boy Obama’s now. Here’s a guy who comes into the presidency whining about the deficit he “inherited” from Bush — conveniently forgetting to mention that during his brief Senate career he voted for the bloated budgets and the TARP I that helped to create that deficit — then triples the size of that “inherited” deficit in a matter of days.

It’s Obama cultists, especially the Canadian versions like yourself, who need to STFU.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2009 at 2:00 AM

It’s not that simple, simpleton.

In case you hadn’t noticed, America already has rampant socialist programs.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the purer the capitalism, the more disfunctional and f’d up things get.

You need both in moderation.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Hmm, let’s take these three in order:

In case you hadn’t noticed, America already has rampant socialist programs.

He’s right.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the purer the capitalism, the more disfunctional and f’d up things get.

He’s wrong. He is likely ignorant of the role of the US Govt involvement (socialist style per his first point) in this economic crisis. Here is one viewpoint, one which I find to be accurate, both because it agrees with my political and economic beliefs and because it agrees with what I witnessed as professional in the banking/finance world:

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9788

You need both in moderation.

He’s wrong. This is evidence of the “feel-good” education system found both here (US) and in Canada. An education that stresses “even shares” for all…no ideas are bad, no culture is superior…you get the point.

You don’t need both in moderation. You need a limited Federal Govt that is strong in key areas and weak in all others. And you need a Constitution that isn’t treated like the latest Hollywood fashion.

Canada has neither, but Dave argues from what he knows. And I suspect he argues from envy at what America was and can still be.

Montana on February 28, 2009 at 2:03 AM

Montana on February 28, 2009 at 2:03 AM

Canada is feeling the pain of the economic Tsunami that started here in the US but they do have the healthiest bank system around right now. My biggest problem now as the money manager of a fortune 500 company is finding banks that can fit our tax model and global footprint which aren’t at deaths door. Canadian banks don;t have the footprint we need globally but in a sea of slush they stand out as pretty solid.

lexhamfox on February 28, 2009 at 2:25 AM

It is a bummer that Barry is getting fingers pointed at him. How rude to hold the President of the United States responsible for the steering problems of the ship of state.
We all know Cheney and Bush left a chimp somewhere down in the engineering rooms.

Limerick on February 28, 2009 at 2:25 AM

It’s not that simple, simpleton.

In case you hadn’t noticed, America already has rampant socialist programs.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the purer the capitalism, the more disfunctional and f’d up things get.

You need both in moderation.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Yes it is that Simple you economic illiterate. The more government intervention the more disfunctional and f’d up things get. The Federal Reserve has a monopoly on banking, the Dollar is a Fiat Currency, Fannie and Freddie are GSEs – Government Sponsored Entities, none of this is pure capitalism. You don’t even have a remote understanding of economics.

Understanding the financial crisis (Video) (8min)

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 2:28 AM

Is Dave Rywall really Stephen Fowler?

I’m just sayin’…

SavoirFaire on February 28, 2009 at 2:30 AM

Just a point of order here. Governments around the world made themselves responsible for education. Who the hell asked them?!

OldEnglish on February 28, 2009 at 2:35 AM

MITT is STAFF.

SARAH is LINE.

Palin/Romney ’12

Palin’s courage and leadership with Romney’s advisory abilities on economic issues at the national level and the weakening currency.

Sapwolf on February 28, 2009 at 2:36 AM

Dave, maybe if you had the intellectual capacity to comprehend economics you would not parrot socialist talking points. Instead you are the typical economic illiterate, jealous of all who are successful because you are personally a failure. Your brainwashing of Capitalism as bad is telling:

…”Doh Corporations ur greeeeeedy and those evil CEOs making all tat money, tat is not fair, only if idiots like me Davey could comprehend how capitalism and free markets work I would not look doh Stoooopid”

Be proud, you are Dumb Canadian.

Don’t Blame Capitalism (Peter Schiff, President of Euro Pacific Capital)

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 2:37 AM

Thanks Mr. President but I think my core values eclipsed yours by my 200 plus years of American Heritage. Leave my kids and my grandkids alone. We’ll do fine without you. Fuck off.

seesalrun on February 28, 2009 at 3:21 AM

Apples and oranges… $27.00 a lb., all the government cheese you can swallow and you don’t even have to get off the couch of the house that Republican lady gave you to stay in for free.
If your 12 year old nephew can debate, his parents are Conservative and he doesn’t even like you because you wake him up at night to fight your battles.

2Tru2Tru on February 28, 2009 at 3:27 AM

Um Populists are economically illiterate. Palin doesn’t hold a candle to Romney. Ask ANY major company who they would hire to run it and it will not be Palin.

Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Although I see where you are coming from, I don’t think we should ask say GM or Chrysler whom they would hire… Perhaps we should ask small businesses that are most hurt by an overreaching government — whereas large corporations may benefit from some government regulations as this will lead to less competition.

Upstater85 on February 28, 2009 at 3:50 AM

Would any company hire the Obamessiah before Sarah Palin? If they hired Barack, they would be worried about him filing a discrimination lawsuit every day if he didn’t get the best doughnuts in the break room.

Speedwagon82 on February 28, 2009 at 3:54 AM

It’s not that simple, simpleton.

In case you hadn’t noticed, America already has rampant socialist programs.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the purer the capitalism, the more disfunctional and f’d up things get.

You need both in moderation.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Ah, simple insults from the simplistic.
It is that simple. If you’ll notice that history goes back a bit further than your ‘Bush is the bane of existence’ you’ll notice that our problems are the culmination of years of meddling with the markets that drive commerce, not allowing them to work as they should.
Think housing crisis of 1982 – oh wait, for you that’s when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

TinMan13 on February 28, 2009 at 4:17 AM

To Dave Rywall, if you really think that John McCain would do nore than 10% of things differently than Barack Obama, then you are deluded or not paying attention; it is that idiotic.

Obama has been implementing a radical far left agenda — a second New Deal with a $1.75 trillion deficit, a pro-abortion executive order with FOCA in the wings, and so on. In distinct contrast, John McCain is a pro-life, pro-military fiscal conservative and showing it.

McCain was a visible and vocal opponent of the Democrat spending bill that McCain said was not a stimulus bill and denounced as constituting generational theft. During the campaign, McCain had said if elected, he would freeze federal spending, and that is what his voting record indicated he would do as the fiscal hawk he has always been.

Of the 18 votes taken so far this year by the U.S. Senate, John McCain’s record is as good as any Republican — 16 votes with the GOP against the Democats; the only 2 were, along with most other Republicnas, to confirm Hillary (Senatorial courtesy) and to confirm Holder (no Republican up for re-election voted against that Afro-American). McCain voted against Geithner.

This last week, McCain criticized Obama for not congratulating the troops for winning in Iraq, and McCain spoke to the American Enterrise Institute about Afghanistan — what it would take to win there. McCain knows better than most anyone about military matters; Obama does not have a clue about military matters and I don’t think cares.

I know Rush is playing parodies of McCain as if McCain were playing along with Obama. I have a mind to call Rush to say cool it as to McCain and to use the fire instead on Obama and the Democrats. The truth is that so far, McCain has been a solid Republican in opposition to Obama.

Phil Byler on February 28, 2009 at 4:28 AM

Man I’d feel so much better if Mitt was President right now.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 5:07 AM

Romney will never win an election with his liberal appeasement record. Even if he has a chance, the dems will trot out that video of Romney and those urban kids.
“who let the dogs out? Woof Woof… bling bling”.

V-rod on February 28, 2009 at 5:53 AM

we could use someone with Romney’s business skills right now- Obama’s crew doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing, making it up as they go- the results will likely be disastrous- a year from now when we’re paying $400 a month electric bills and our 401ks have finally evaporated, we’ll regret having elected a rank amateur as President- these are serious times we’re in, and the President is not a serious person.

onehorsephoto on February 28, 2009 at 5:58 AM

we’ll regret having elected a rank amateur as President- these are serious times we’re in, and the President is not a serious person.

onehorsephoto on February 28, 2009 at 5:58 AM

In 2012 the economy will still likely be the biggest issue. Romney is the most credible GOP contender pinpointing the ways in which Obama’s overreach is damaging the long term economic growth of the country.

dedalus on February 28, 2009 at 6:31 AM

Good points by Romney, but I have a couple of quibbles.

First our answer isn’t always say no and, at the same time, it behooves us to explain why it is our most frequent answer: Two year olds who spend their entire waking hours saying the government should “Gimme this and gimme that” don’t often hear yes.

People’s wants are insatiable and when they are in charge of hiring their parents, they are going to hire miscreants and thugs who will arrogate to themselves the license to steal. What we are seeing, what we have seen in enormous magnitude over the last 70 years is just that.

The right to petition the government for redress of grievances was not intended to be “Send me your Christmas list” but that is what too many consider it to be, due mainly to the connivance of those who campaign for election as mommy and daddy in chiefs, whether that head be the President or the any of the other lesser rent seekers aspiring to have their own little fiefdoms.

The other quibble is with Romney’s appeal to the good senses of the Middle Class with his warning on the consequences of Dems acting like money grows on trees in the real world as well as in their Lala land. I thought there was an urgency to enlarge our tent by appealing to the broader public. If so, then it might behoove Romney and others to explain that the consequences of hyperinflation will affect us all. The poor will be the first out on the streets as rental, food, clothing, medical and transportation costs skyrocket, jobs become scarce and those that they used to have are lost to those in one rung higher in the jobs ladder take those. And the rich will not be immune either. They will become the new Middle Class and that most made their way from there, they should know how abhorrent that thought is.

Dusty on February 28, 2009 at 6:36 AM

We all know Cheney and Bush left a chimp somewhere down in the engineering rooms.

Racist!!

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 6:37 AM

It would be nice if Mitt could somehow learn to seem less plastic and contrived.

It would also be nice if a fourth of the party weren’t slack-jawed Huckabee fans hating on teh m0rm0nz!!

Lehosh on February 28, 2009 at 6:41 AM

and our 401ks have finally evaporated

One of barry’s advisors, a woman, has recommended the government confiscate retirement accounts and throw them all into the pot with the incredibly successful social security program. I hope all the idiots who voted for barry, who have half a brain, and looked at us like we were insane when we warned them about these people are crapping their pants and realizing they elected someone who intends to do anything and everything he learned in his marxist upbringing. By the way, Michael Steele Called it like it is the other morning, he said this isn’t socialism they are forcing on us, this is marxism.

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 6:42 AM

It would be nice if Mitt could somehow learn to seem less plastic and contrived.

i don’t know why you people believe his enemies instead of your own eyes and ears. barry has one facial expression and his eyes stay glued to the teleprompter. Mitt makes contact with and reacts to his audience. You know he believes in what he is saying because he actually has facial expressions that change unlike barry. barry just reads off the lies.

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Obama’s inexperience is on display for all to see. He is like a teen-ager who was left with his parent’s credit cards. All he has done is charge, charge, charge. Don’t worry, he says, the moms and dads of America will pay for his massive bill. All that matters to Obama is that he gets what he wants. Now. So it’s charge, charge, charge.

Obama and the Democrats are now on record as having been the administration that has run up the largest debt in history. And they still have the credit cards. Epic failure.

pearson on February 28, 2009 at 7:10 AM

There are intelligent liberals who can articulate Obama’s agenda in terms of what they believe will be the future benefit. Dave Rywall, by harking back to Bush and throwing up red-flag comparisons to make a point when the discussion is about Romney’s view of why Obama’s agenda is a bouquet of thorns should tell you he’s just here to poke a finger into some sore spots.
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If you strip away the socialist programs Obama is slamming through, taking advantage of the crisis for cover – and rather cynically – the liberal thinking appears to be as follows:
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America has stopped spending. Because we are a consumer nation the government is taking over the spending dip until such time as America (the citzen) has had a chance to pay down her debts. As Americans start spending again, the government will withdraw from the spending field and pull back the printed dollars with no gdp to back them to ease certain inflation. They are banking on several beliefs that I feel are incorrect. They believe that America can pay back on her debts as they did in Japan during the lost decade. Japan in the 90′s had a LOT of savings. They took money out of savings and worked their way out of debt. We are not savers statistically. And- our money was in the markets – most of which is now gone. It would take a miracle for the majority who have defaulted to restore their credit and start spending again.
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Japan did not lose jobs the way we are bleeding jobs.
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If there is a liberal out there who understands the plan and is willing to discuss it on the merrits against the Romney vision, I’m all in on that chat. I would go on but then this would be a long-assed post and no one would read it and my real point is: Dave Rywall is just yanking chains and has nothing valuable to add to a very important topic.

BrideOfRove on February 28, 2009 at 7:16 AM

Good morning all you Romney fans.

Sorry but I actually lived in Massachusetts under Governor Romney. I saw him campaign against Tedd Kennedy. His commercials were very telling and how he presented himself on many issues like same-sex marriage, stem cell research, abortion, gun control. He took very liberal positions on those issues. On some of these like same sex marriage he claimed to be to the left to Tedd Kennedy.

When he decided to run for President he had a sudden “evolution” toward the right.

He would make a great treasury secretary or economic adviser, but he’ll never become president.

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:17 AM

I saw him campaign against Tedd Kennedy.

massachusetts is a nuthouse. He ran for the top job in the most liberal state in the Union. The state that gives the country a hoodlum family like the kennedy’s and corrupt and prowling homosexuals as their choice for public office. How did he govern? That’s the pertinent question.

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 7:26 AM

How did he govern? That’s the pertinent question.

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 7:26 AM

How did he govern? Romney Healthcare!!

Need I say more?

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:31 AM

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Bullshit! Where did you live? Prove to me you’re from here because I don’t believe you. He ran against Kennedy in 94 and those weren’t even issue. He was an outstanding competent Governor who, despite his very limited power, was able to keep taxes in check and reengineer much of State government. If you’re really from here then you know who Barbara Anderson is and you know what she thinks of Romeny’s tenure.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM

How did he govern? Romney Healthcare!!

Need I say more?

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Why don’t you hsow us all how smart you are by describing what it, what it was designed to do, and how it was changed by the Dem controlled legislature into its current form. Tell us what the form is and how it is working in practice.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 7:55 AM

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Romney will never be president, you need to get over it. He has been vetted and found wanting. There are too many good candidates coming up through the ranks for the GOP to waste money recycling Mitt.

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Nice speech right up until he called for a global solution to the global warming problem. Like Bush, he is a gut liberal.

Thanks for highlighting that – I read the comments before watching the clip, and will skip it now. Global warming? FAIL
China right now is positioning itself with long term oil contracts at favorable prices with those American dollars it needs to move. Anybody who thinks we are anywhere near a post oil world is naive.

rhodeymark on February 28, 2009 at 8:04 AM

How did he govern? That’s the pertinent question.

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 7:26 AM

He governed largely as a highly competent Reaganite. The stuff he was able to accomplish was pretty remarkable given the limited power of the MA Governor (by design) and the 90% liberal Dem legislature. It’s amazing they actually listened to him and went along with his reengineering projects but they generally respected his capabilities greatly. Barbara Anderson is the head of Citizens for Limited Taxation. She single handedly changed MA through the initiative petition and a law called Proposition 2 and a half. Prop 2.5 put a cap on real estate tax increases to 2.5% per year which changed MA fundamentally. As Barabara said recently, Mitt prevented more bad things from happening than you could imagine. The Legislature didn’t even bother passing tax increases and a prop 2.5 repeal becuase they knew Mitt would veto it. So it changed the way they governed. All one has to do is look at what Obama’s buddy Deval Patrick has done since and more frightening, what they have on the board right now. MA, like the rest of the country is about to go economically very far left in the days ahead.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:08 AM

I believe in the general incompetence of elected officials; however, in this instance I have a different opinion. The financial turmoil is being used to take over our lives from the womb to the grave. I have never, ever heard an elected official claim that the government is responsible for education from birth.

It is not a real crisis yet, when the grocery stores start limiting purchases, then it is a crisis.

There is no comparison between Bush and Obama, Obama wants to take control of everything, including the Census!. This is very important – Not one new firearm restriction was enacted during Dush’s time. Bush may have spent like a Democrat, but he did not govern like a Democrat.

Pelayo on February 28, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Romney will never be president, you need to get over it. He has been vetted and found wanting. There are too many good candidates coming up through the ranks for the GOP to waste money recycling Mitt.

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Frankly, I don’t care but there’s no need for you to be a blatant liar. You’re no better than the Left in your tactics. So to me, you are no better. Unfortunate that we share the same tent becuase I don’t respect your tactics.

That said, the country should be so lucky to have Mitt in the Oval Office today. He’s the one man that I would trust to straighten out the economy without destroying our free market system. Unfortunately bigots and fools on the Right went with the worst possible candidate in McCain and now we are stuck with a disciple of Lenin. Mitt would have one easily by showing his economic brilliance when it mattered the most. So be it. We reap what we sow. We get waht we deserve.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:13 AM

one won

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Romney will never be president, you need to get over it. He has been vetted and found wanting. There are too many good candidates coming up through the ranks for the GOP to waste money recycling Mitt.

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Yeah, never mind that Romney’s the most qualified and capable. We sure don’t need that now. Another incompetent community organizer will do nicely.

As for being vetted, he’s the only one without a skeleton in his closet.

I am sick of the stupidity in this countr.

eaglesdontflock on February 28, 2009 at 8:17 AM

Palin/Romney

Has a fairly good ring to it.

pastorjim67 on February 28, 2009 at 8:18 AM

eaglesdontflock on February 28, 2009 at 8:17 AM

These idiots are getting exactly what they deserve which is why I really don’t care what happens. I saw this coming like a freight train and took steps to protect myself from what is happening and what is still yet to come. After 4 years of Obama they’ll be begging for somebody competent like Romney to save them.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:21 AM

we’ll regret having … a rank amateur as President- these are serious times we’re in, and the President is not a serious person.

onehorsephoto on February 28, 2009 at 5:58 AM

While I agree with the overall sentiment, in terms of bringing transformational, full-bore European socialism to the United States in a matter of weeks (how’s that for having largely flown under the radar screen of large swaths of the voting public with obscure banalities such as “hopenchange”?), he’s a serious as a heart attack.

As Rahm would say, he is not letting this crisis go to waste.

In government, where politicians buy votes by confiscating our money through taxes and then redistributing it to their constituencies, some things are temporary, but entitlements are forever.

The Democrats are in the midst of a gross and uncontrolled spending orgy, satisfying almost every last one of their long pent-up desires and wishes. The picture is not pretty.

Blackacre on February 28, 2009 at 8:24 AM

I’ve been getting a big kick lately out of the people on Wall Street who backed Obama. They are shocked he meant everything he said about remaking America’s economic system. They are shocked he really is a communist. They convinced themselves he would govern as a Clintonite centrist/moderate. It’s amazing how willfully blind can be.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:28 AM

Rank amateur? Obama may not be an experienced leader, but he has experience in other areas. I think he could be called The Great Manipulator.

I think Obama has the leadership qualities of a Meyer Lansky. Lansky had Segal, Obama has Emmanuel.

Pelayo on February 28, 2009 at 8:34 AM

Romney will never be president, you need to get over it. He has been vetted and found wanting. There are too many good candidates coming up through the ranks for the GOP to waste money recycling Mitt.

RadioFreeUSA on February 28, 2009 at 7:56 AM

I don’t suppose you are old enough to remember Richard Nixon. After he lost the presidential election to JFK in 1960, he ran for Governor of California in 1962, and lost as well. After that he made the famous statement “you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.” Six years later he was elected President of the United States.

After Bob Dole ran for Vice President and lost in 1976, not many people expected to see him on a national ticket again. It took him 20 years, but he did it.

Do not count out Mitt Romney. He’s still pretty young. I would like to see him run move back to Michigan and run for Governor there. If he can fix Michigan, the nation will beat a path to his door by 2016.

rockmom on February 28, 2009 at 8:37 AM

The stuff he was able to accomplish was pretty remarkable given the limited power of the MA Governor (by design)

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:08 AM

You lost your argument right there, Mass. has one of the most powerful governors in the nation along with the govs. of NJ and Alaska.

wow

joey24007 on February 28, 2009 at 8:37 AM

I’d get behind Romney in a heartbeat. And Newt Gingrich. Wish he’d run in 2012.

RepubChica on February 28, 2009 at 8:37 AM

The Democrats run socially conservative candidates in the South and Mountain states, so doesn’t it make sense for us to run socially liberal ones in New England?

Speedwagon82 on February 28, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Did I just wake up from a bad dream, or did the GOP really pick John McCain as our nominee in 2008?

joncoltonis on February 27, 2009 at 10:21 PM

And this thread will draw out the Mcshamnesty and Huckabigot morons again.

Remember, Mitt’s a, a, a……GASP….

MORMON!

csdeven on February 28, 2009 at 8:51 AM

You lost your argument right there, Mass. has one of the most powerful governors in the nation along with the govs. of NJ and Alaska.

wow

joey24007 on February 28, 2009 at 8:37 AM

You have no idea what your talking about. The only power the MA governor has is veto power and with a 80% Dem legislature it can be overridden any time they want.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Any opposition to Obama in 2012 will have to stop saying what a wonderful “story” he is, now, and start calling him on ALL of his follies~ fiscal, social, warmaking and government expansionist.

Mitt does. Palin does.

Either would be infintiely preferable to tyro Obumbles.

(Huck and Ron Paul are too far off the mark on too many mainstream angles to be serious contenders in a general election, but their critiques of Barry will help, too.)

profitsbeard on February 28, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Control of the State Legislature

* Republican Seats Held in the State House of Representatives: 16 (10%)
* Republican Seats Held in the State Senate: 5 (12.5%)

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 9:02 AM

BTW, historically the most powerful person in MA State government is the President of the Senate. The most pwerful man in MA for many years was William “Billy” Bulger. His brother is the famous gangster Whitie Bulger made famous in the fictionalized version in the move The Departed.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Mitt has balls, is financially shrewd, and is a sharp communicator. Sounds like the perfect candidate for ’12. Don’t care about anything else. Everybody’s got faults, but we need the strongest on deck for the next election cycle.

RepubChica on February 28, 2009 at 9:09 AM

Um Populists are economically illiterate. Palin doesn’t hold a candle to Romney. Ask ANY major company who they would hire to run it and it will not be Palin. Poptech on February 28, 2009 at 1:12 AM

I couldn’t agree more. And I love Sarah. Romney is easily the most attractive and inspiring politician I have seen in my 62 years. I love his family life and his record of success in business. He would clean Obama’s clock in debates on the economy.

Basilsbest on February 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Ron Paul is a libertarian isolationist who is as naive and incompetent about defense as Obama is about defense and the economy. (But Obama reads well from a teleprompter.)

Basilsbest on February 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM

I don’t suppose you are old enough to remember Richard Nixon. After he lost the presidential election to JFK in 1960, he ran for Governor of California in 1962, and lost as well. After that he made the famous statement “you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.” Six years later he was elected President of the United States.

rockmom on February 28, 2009 at 8:37 AM

You have a good point. However, I wonder if we have become a superficial society. And now people have the attitude once a “loser” always a “loser.”

terryannonline on February 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Romney is a great executive who will make great decisions. I know he has shifted positions on abortion and other issues, but I seriously doubt he would appoint a pro-choicer to the Supreme Court.

lavell12 on February 28, 2009 at 9:18 AM

OT, but where the heck is a vid of Newt at CPAC yesterday? He was brilliant as usual. Scrolled all the way down and see none posted. ?

RepubChica on February 28, 2009 at 9:22 AM

I getting real tired of people saying we shouldn’t be the party of no.

I think we need somebody to give a speech pointing out that the big problem today is that people won’t say no. Particularly no to bigger government. I don’t want something to replace it either. I just want to say no! Leave me alone!

I’m for the party of no- in fact one of my big complaints with Bush was that he didn’t say no enough.

Sackett on February 28, 2009 at 9:22 AM

I couldn’t agree more. And I love Sarah. Romney is easily the most attractive and inspiring politician I have seen in my 62 years. I love his family life and his record of success in business. He would clean Obama’s clock in debates on the economy.

Basilsbest on February 28, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Based upon all the grief Romney got here, and from the libs I know, I think he would only have a chance if things are desperately bad here and people become anxious to vote anything but Obama. Clearly, when things seemed more or less OK, he was rejected. Since things are likely to get much much worse, he may have a chance.

fwiw, he was my choice.

JiangxiDad on February 28, 2009 at 9:23 AM

The pool of voters that are deciding elections, the 100K in Ohio for example, are not going to vote for another person that’s perceived to enter office with a learning curve. Obama was able to equate several years as a state senator to Palin’s two years as Governor and then act like his two years as US Senator trumped her in Washingtonese. For ’12, he’s going to get to act humble, talk about learning curves and cast Palin as the Obama from 2008; Pollyannish about the ways of the world. Palin knows this and she knows she can easily lose to the country’s largest case for Affirmative Action.

Mitt’s leverage is he’s now the Regret Candidate. Repub’s regretted voting for Perot over Bush 41 because it gave us Clinton, so they voted for Bush ’43. They then regretted voted for Bush ’43 over McCain, so they voted for McCain over Romney. Now, they’re regretting not voting for Romney over McCain.

Hindsight is 20/20, and we would have been better off with a Bush 41 until ’96, McCain 2000 or Romney ’08. But that doesn’t mean we should just hand it to the guy in ’12. What Mitt needs to do is something big – save a company, turn around a city, something that shows he wasn’t simply surviving on buyer’s remorse for the past four years.

IMO, his Achilles heel was a business decision from several years ago that cost a lot of jobs in Ohio. He should go into Ohio and help one of his sons start up a new company. If he employs a hundred people by 2012, then the voting population will see he’s trying to make good.

budfox on February 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Palin is Damaged Goods…
-Wasteland Man.

Damaged with who??? Everywhere she went she drew record crowds and raised mass quantities of money!! Just a few weeks before the election she was here in Williamsport and drew, I think, around 10,000 or more at the same time Biden was here. She outdrew Biden by thousands!! So just who was she damaged with??? Certainly not the people!!
The media is a powerful tool,,,, and frankly,, I will not listen to them tell me who we need to vote for! If the media says she’s damaged goods,, what they mean is that she is a serious threat to liberal power!!
I remember libs telling me how out of it Reagan was. They said he was a figure head, out of touch,, fell asleep at meetings, a war monger,,, I remember someone somewhere saying he would not be remembered much in history because he was a mediocre president.
Palin has just warmed up! She hasn’t even begun!!

JellyToast on February 28, 2009 at 9:27 AM

How did he govern? Romney Healthcare!!

What they have going up there is not what he put in place. All the problems with that system are from the changes your democrats put in.

peacenprosperity on February 28, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I’d vote for Romney/a spotted pony in 2012 if it gets the WH out of the Mess-I-ah’s hands.

RalphyBoy on February 28, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Palin has just warmed up! She hasn’t even begun (to fight)!!
JellyToast on February 28, 2009 at 9:27 AM

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Oh yeah!

RalphyBoy on February 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

America would be better off with Romney than the current Pretender in Chief right now.

old trooper2 on February 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Palin is Damaged Goods…
-Wasteland Man.

Sexist. That is the exact phrase that used to be the popular way of saying a woman was a slut and that her reputation was sullied. Last year was a real eye opener for me on the sexism thing. It wasn’t just the men who came out swinging against women, it was the women, too. Wasteland Man. Please find different words to say that you believe Palin’s political reputation has taken a fatal hit.

BrideOfRove on February 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2009 at 5:07 AM

+1 Romney knows economics, Obambi does not.

becki51758 on February 28, 2009 at 9:57 AM

A mormon won’t be elected president…if he is republican.

tomas on February 28, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Mitt is my man. And I love Sarah too.

But neither has a shot against Zero in 2012. Not with the media in tow.

Mitt is an “elitist” and Sarah is a “doofus.” The scripts are written, produced and queued up.

Put up a firebrand, who has no shot, but would rip Obama intellectually — like a Gingrich.

kevinkristy on February 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

A real live Kool-Aid drinker, Wow!

FireBlogger on February 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

BrideOfRove on February 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Ahem… Thank you for putting YOUR definition of “Damaged Goods” on MY post. (I guess your hubby Rove hasn’t talked to you about NOT being the PC Police!!!!)
Perhaps you only got that far in my post before being “SCANDALIZED” like a leftard looking at a picture of Bush in the WH. Let me give you some of the rest of what I actually wrote
HERE! I’ll even paste it So you don’t have to break a nail scrolling back up you delicate flower you.. (AWWWW)

Palin is a good and decent woman with what seems to be TRUE conservative values.

Thats Hardly ME calling her a SLUT!!!!

So back off! I worked for a while in a grocery store and thats where I got the phrase “Damaged Goods” from.
I dont usually Banter with the other Hens in the Chicken yard for my vernacular.

Thank you.

-Wasteland Man.

No more “PC” Bull Crap! We get enough of that from the LEFTIES!

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

…BTW

Romney /Palin
or..
Palin / Romney 2012!!!

FTW!

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM

kevinkristy on February 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Thank you For putting this, as it seems, *Ahem* more “Delicately” than I could!
What you said was what I was trying to say!

er… with out the YUCKY Gingrich part. That dood has gone squishy on us I tell ya! (And I must admit as much of a Mitt fan as I am, I have the intellectual honesty to say the global warming part in his speech DISTURBED me GREATLY! Noooo, Mitt! Come back to the LIGHT!!!)

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM

To compare the cost of Iraq to the cost of the bailout is apples and oranges and ridiculously naive.

Dave Rywall on February 28, 2009 at 1:04 AM

But when the lefties were whining about how the money spent in Iraq could have been spent on universal pre-school or more self-esteem programs or whatever it was they wanted, that’s a valid and direct comparison? That point of view reveals a complete lack of understanding of the proper role of government.

doppelganglander on February 28, 2009 at 11:41 AM

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