Dems’ new midterm strategy: Make the election about … Birtherism

posted at 9:18 pm on January 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

The “blame Bush” strategy flamed out in Massachusetts so they’re moving on to an even more substantive Plan B.

“Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical – yet time-sensitive –opportunity for Democratic candidates,” a DSCC memo, obtained by CNN, states. “We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record.”

Specifically, the DSCC wants Democratic candidates to pin down their likely opponents on several hot-button issues, including:

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?
- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?
- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?
- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Honestly, it’s not a bad strategy. They’ve got nothing left to offer independents, as Brown’s win proved only too well, and they’re too fatally compromised by ObamaCare to recast themselves as small-government types now. If they want to win the center, their best bet — which doesn’t mean it’s a good bet — is to screech about “birthers, ‘baggers, and blowhards,” as Bob Beckel so memorably put it. Besides, these are all good wedge issues to help sow dissent in the Republican ranks. How will McCain answer the Social Security question knowing that Hayworth’s bearing down on him?

After this leaked, the GOP came up with its own list of wedge questions for Republican candidates to use against their opponents. Follow the link and see which side’s talking points are more relevant to the national debate. Exit quotation: “Do you agree with the Obama Administration that terrorists should be afforded the same rights as American citizens, tried in American courtrooms, and ultimately held on American soil?”


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Do you think President Obama is a socialist? No. I think he’s a Marxist
I ain’t scared of these questions!

mizflame98 on January 26, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Your husband is a lucky man.

thomasaur on January 26, 2010 at 10:05 PM

;-)

mizflame98 on January 26, 2010 at 10:08 PM

The problem is ,as the dems know. these programs are so entrenched that people cannot see themselves without them. The left continually uses them as a club to push more and more socialism. They believe that Americans are fine with some socialism and in general they are correct. This is exactly why such programs need defeated because they only beget more and more of the same.

CWforFreedom on January 26, 2010 at 10:03 PM

SS can be phased out in 20 years if we wanted. Require a private retirement plan, with payments equal to SS confiscation. Any amount less is taxed at 100%, to cover those still on SS. And work from there.

This is the short version, to be sure.

Liam on January 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM

macncheez on January 26, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Brilliant list of questions. It has substance and deals with pertinent issues. I love it.

mizflame98 on January 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM

there’s only 1 IMHO that’s even a serious question: Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?
r keller on January 26, 2010 at 9:25 PM

It’s not really complicated. But it doesn’t matter anyway. This is nothing but a giant can of worms for Democrats.

The problem with this entire campaign is that it assumes the average American wakes up every night in a cold sweat, terrified of the dreaded words: “Tenth Amendment.” The “gotcha” questions are geared to push the buttons of only the most rabid moonbats – who would rather die than vote for any Republican.

Best case scenario: the Republican candidate is not a complete dolt, and can make a coherent (and very populist) case for the right of the citizens of his state to make their own decisions about health care.

Worst-case scenario: the Republican candidate is a complete dolt, and just blathers on in standard meaningless Politicalese. The average voter will be confused, but will blame it on the twit who asked the question rather than the twit who didn’t answer it.

logis on January 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Hannity received an e-mail from somebody on what the SOTU is going to be about it’s the 3r’s.Rescue, Rebuild, and Restore. The WH would not confirm or deny this. Sounds like something Zero would do.

Brat4life on January 26, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Nah it will be about the three B’s. Bush, Bush, and Bush

CWforFreedom on January 26, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Unfortunately, here is one thing that I have found in conversations here (specially on the libertarian versus conservative threads) : there are a lot of things which people claim to like on principle. However when push comes to shove and people’s livelihoods and/or lifestyles are threatened, the same folks start responding very differently.

The exact same problem is found to a much greater degree among liberals, too. However, conservatives are not completely free from it either.

peter_griffin on January 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Here is my contribution for repubs to ask Democrats on the trail:
Do you believe Michale Moore is accurate?
Do you believe that Global Warming will melt the Himalayas?
Was Che Gueverra and evil man?
Is Chavez a tyrant?
Is the Daley Machine an ethical operation?
Did the surge work?
Is Iran building Nuclear Weapons?

rob verdi on January 26, 2010 at 10:13 PM

However, conservatives are not completely free from it either.

peter_griffin on January 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Wow I would not think that among groups made up of millions each that you would find such people. Amazing.

/

CWforFreedom on January 26, 2010 at 10:13 PM

peter_griffin on January 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Can you name a few? And asking Lois isn’t allowed.

Liam on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Alohapundit.

You stated that I had never seen a Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth.

You would be wrong.

Here it is.

Some of us actually keep personal archives to answer bellicose charges.

Look REAL close at the original birth certificate and see the level of detail, compared to the short form.

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:15 PM

By the way when the actual unemployment rate is over 20% I am sure this will be relevant.

rob verdi on January 26, 2010 at 10:15 PM

In case that link didn’t show, here it is again:

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM

By the way when the actual unemployment rate is over 20% I am sure this will be relevant.

rob verdi on J

It already is. The government numbers on unemployment are fudged, as usual.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Now you’re just messin’ with us :)

neurosculptor on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I am beginning to wonder if, in front of the entrance to the DNC Headquarters, they have a large slot next to the door with a sign above it that reads CHECK BRAIN HERE.

Because it is becoming very clear that when it comes to the subject of thinking, hardly any Democrat is doing so these days.

pilamaye on January 26, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Dark-Star on January 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM

I wrote that down, thanks.

mizflame98 on January 26, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Yes, I have been preaching what Beck has been pointing out in his history lessons for years. Libs can’t see the common statist philosophy in the two main isms since they love the color red so much.

I had a Viet Nam copter pilot(highly decorated) fight me all the time. He would say things like “If the Russians were so oppressed they would dump that government in two minutes. And was always jumping on US Presidents for saying things like “If you are not with us you are against us.” Soros did a similar observation in his interview with Neil on FOX. I have heard that and variants of it in corporate speeches and lots of other places I bet The One has that as an attitude. But to some folks that makes you a Nazi.

Really obfuscates and cheapens the real meaning of the term.

IlikedAUH2O on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Let me help you out cane_loader.

And notice that it says that this is a true and correct copy of the original kept on file in the research, planning and statistics department of the state of Hawaii.

mrsmwp on January 26, 2010 at 10:26 PM

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

It never has been about whether or not he is a U.S. citizen.

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

I don’t believe Obama and his gang of fascists give a rat’s arse about what the U.S. Constitution says.

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

Have you stopped beating your wife?

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Yes, a socialist fascist, and clearly so.

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

No. Clearly we should just keep printing confederate money.

MB4 on January 26, 2010 at 10:27 PM

re: the gold standard..

Everyone, take a few minutes and read this -excellent- paper on the history of the gold standard and the mistakes that have been made by both parties. I can’t recommend it enough! Progressives…you read this too. It’s non-partisan.

http://mises.org/books/whathasgovernmentdone.pdf

visions on January 26, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Honestly, it’s not a bad strategy.

If I ever run for office please remind me not to pick you as my campaign manager.

MB4 on January 26, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Push the EASY button on these……

Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

I’m more concerned with his destruction of the job creating private sector, I’ll answer this when the economy is fixed.

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Tenth Amendment? How about what the President is going to do about creating JOBS, and halting his Deficits that are going to bankrupt the United States (90% of the output of the U.S. economy will be eaten up by the national debt).

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

I’ll answer this question when you tell me when President Obama will create the millions of jobs he promised. I’ll answer this question when you tell me how the President is going to pay for HIS TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS that will bankrupt our childrens futures.

Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Is it socialist to bankrupt a nation, then yes.

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

I think America should return to a BALANCED BUDGET or Surplus that we had during the Clinton years. Could you tell me when that will happen?

:-) Now produce results you Marxist leaders in D.C.

PappyD61 on January 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM

pilamaye on January 26, 2010 at 10:24 PM

It seems to me that, once they were able and allowed to push that Porkulus through on a Friday night while bragging that no one was allowed to read it (and it wasn’t even written!) or else the world would explode … and then The Precedent ran off to a vacation, not to bother signing it until Tuesday … in Denver!! … they figured they could get away with anything. And they did, for a long time.

The Precedent is such a transparent liar that they all figured that it was okay to just say anything, no matter how obviously stupid it is.

neurosculptor on January 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM

90% of the output of the U.S. economy will be eaten up by the national debt.


by 2019

PappyD61 on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 PM

visions on January 26, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Thank you. I’ve read a number of good articles on the subject, but there’s always room for one more.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2010 at 10:32 PM

CWforFreedom on January 26, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I am not saying I am surprised. However, given that we value our principles much more than the liberals, I would have *hoped* to see only a negligible percentage of conservatives behave that way, and that’s not really true.

peter_griffin on January 26, 2010 at 10:37 PM

mrsmwp-

thanks for the save!

i can’t see embedded quotes, or whether links post. computer is so old that i can only see about half the website, can’t view video, etc.

it’s like fighting with one hands behind the back, one eye covered, using a hand mirror!

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM

is to screech about “birthers, ‘baggers, and blowhards,” as Bob Beckel so memorably put it.

Bob, do you really think Americans are concerned about your bogeymen of birthers, ‘baggers, and blowhards, or do you think they just might be more concerned about layoffs, bankruptcies and closings?

http://www.dailyjobcuts.com/

MB4 on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM

It’s the economy, stupid.
- James Carville (1992)

It’s got to be about anything but the economy, stupid.
- Bob Beckel (2010)

MB4 on January 26, 2010 at 10:46 PM

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM

0_o How old of a machine are you running?

Dark-Star on January 26, 2010 at 10:49 PM

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Anytime! Happy to have helped, although both my computer equipment and my skills are pretty sad. I’m not a big techie.

BTW, of course most of think he is a citizen. It’s just the dual-citizen at birth part that messes up that pesky “natural-born citizen” requirement. But you’ll never get any of these deniers to care. It’s just the freaking Constitution!

mrsmwp on January 26, 2010 at 11:04 PM

Can you name a few? And asking Lois isn’t allowed.

Liam on January 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Lois wouldn’t know.

No asking Brian!

Mark Boabaca on January 26, 2010 at 11:07 PM

The first question should be answered that they believe he was born in Hawaii, but the President should explain how he attended schools in Indonesia, that only accepted Indonesian citizens.
Yes on the second question, which is why the current helathcare bill was of most concern to them.
The answer to number three is that both programs were created back in the 60′s and all citizens were required to pay into them through payroll withholdings. Therefore, people get out what they paid into it. That’s not really socialism. However, we need to address the shortfalls and put citizens back in charge of their retirement plans. If that means increasing the Medicare withholding amount, while giving a tax cut to offset this deduction, then that’s what needs to happen.
Question four is simple. YES. He just redistributed money from the private sector to the public sector. Just look at recovery.gov to see which jobs and monies went to which sector. It’s easy research.
Question five would be no, but with the current spending habits from the Democratic Congress over the past three years, we may not have a choice.

djaymick on January 26, 2010 at 11:10 PM

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

They should just answer that one with another question: “What do the Democrats think is so bad about socialism?”

ddrintn on January 26, 2010 at 11:31 PM

I hope they keep f***ing this chicken because it plays straight into our hands. I heard Beck discussing these talking points on his radio show today. Even he admits a gold standard is unrealistic. Do our extremists get any more fringy than Glenn Beck? I don’t think so.

These boneheads are hopelessly misguided, but that’s a good thing. The tinfoil hat brigade and the Paulians are but a very, very small segment of our side. In fact, I don’t even know if I would claim them as “ours” in the first place. OTOH, the Tea Party contingent is very much mainstream, no matter how much the leftists would like to believe otherwise. Being a supporter of states’ rights is not extremist, Democrats; it’s been pretty much the prevailing view for the last 200+ years. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty certain it’s the whole premise on which the country is founded — you know, LIMITED federal government and all of that.

I love that they don’t get it. November will be an even more spectacular bloodbath than originally anticipated.

NoLeftTurn on January 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

Yes.

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Yes.

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

Not socialism, but they clearly constitute unfunded deficits that will eventually bankrupt the country if not fixed/adjusted significantly.

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

No, I don’t think he’s that clever.

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

No, I don’t think it is possible at this time to acquire enough gold (or whatever asset) to cover the cost of our current cash in circulation… and printing or borrowing to buy the assets is clearly a circular problem with no solution either.

I’ll stand by those statements; make them in public, and not really worry about it. Will any of them get someone crushed by either the Republicans base or the Independents?

gekkobear on January 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Real unemployment 20%+ and rising, national debt on track to bankrupt the nation, losing the war in Afghanistan… and their plan is to talk about “birthers”?

These people aren’t fit to run a lemonade stand, never mind govern a nation.

Rebar on January 26, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Lol, let them. Let them try to make birtherism the issue.

The issues are the economy and national security.

Geez, the Donks are so freaking stupid.

atheling on January 26, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Anyone here doubt that these questions will coincidentally be the ones on the MSM’s lips all of a sudden? Can’t wait for the Sunday Follies.

hillbillyjim on January 27, 2010 at 12:11 AM

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

According to Obama’s own book he intentionally sought far left wing kooks as friends and professors in college. A mentor of his, whom he called “uncle”, (I believe), was a self described Marxist. Obama taught Alinksy. He continues to hang out with and appoint left wing extremists to his cabinet and related positions. He speaks and governs like a leftist, using their tactics.

But I don’t think he’s a socialist or a Marxist or a Fascist—he’s an amalgam of left wing pathologies including those three and more.

Obama is a sick, sick man.

FloatingRock on January 27, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Mark Boabaca on January 26, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Good one. Really love Family Guy, specially when it began. It became more and more politicized later on, but now there is always South Park.

peter_griffin on January 27, 2010 at 12:37 AM

The birther idiots will get Obama reelected.

modifiedcontent on January 27, 2010 at 12:39 AM

Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Why are people still debating this? Of course Obama is a socialist. Why is that so hard to believe for Americans? Obama is a red diaper baby. His mentors were communists. He was a New Party candidate, a typical thinly disguised post-Soviet Union socialist party. He’s using all the standard euphemisms for standard marxist doctrine – my marxist professors at the University of Amsterdam in the early 1990s talked the same way, including Kees van der Pijl, now at University of Sussex, who was a card-carrying member of a stalinist splinter of the Dutch communist party.

modifiedcontent on January 27, 2010 at 12:50 AM

This strategy is an attempt to inoculate the public against ever being willing to hear the facts that they know will be coming out soon. Very incriminating facts that deserve to be heard. If Obama can so easily inoculate us simply by calling us (tee-hee) “birthers” and threatening media heads (such as Fox) to destroy them if they allow contributors (such as Michelle Malkin) to allow anybody to speak of this subject, then the Obama mafia has won.

Before you dismiss this, please look at some facts:

http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/red-flags-in-hawaii-2/

justincase on January 27, 2010 at 12:56 AM

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

He’s a U.S. citizen on the virtue of his mother being a U.S. citizen. That is enough. This is a non-issue.

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Yes. That privilege belongs to the States. See MA with “RomneyCare” and TX with tort reform and malpractice reform.

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

The SS system is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever erected on the American People – taking from those who work to give to people who think they’ve earned their retirement, but in reality are “spending their children’s inheritance.” The poor can get a government pension – everyone else should have private retirement accounts.

If a country like Chile can see the beneficial effects of applying such reform in a period of thirty years, why can’t the United States?

Yes, it is socialist. Classic “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Nope. He’s a Marxist. Born from Marxist parents. Raised a Marxist by his parents. The classic “Red Diaper Baby.” Never left it. Deceived a lot of people, though.

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

I don’t know. The dollar was once “as good as gold”. What’s the value of platinum? We can discuss this at length.

newton on January 27, 2010 at 1:13 AM

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

Yes

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

That is a dishonest statement. The so called HCR is not about establishing “minimum healthcare coverage standards.”
It is about forcing people to buy an over priced, reduced quality of healthcare that will be worse than anything we have now. If they can’t afford the coverage and don’t buy it they will be fined. If they don’t pay the fines they will be jailed.

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

Irrellavent. We have it and need to find a way to fix it. The dems have stood in the way of true reform for decades.

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

While he has certainly made moves similar to those of socialist governments elsewhere, he doesn’t seem to understand economics and believes that more government control over our lives is the answer. The results of these efforts appear to prove him wrong.

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Absolutely not. That would be disasterous to our economy. Even more so than the stimulus package, govt take over of industry, and HCR combined.

Hard Right on January 27, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Let me try this one agaqin

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

That is a dishonest statement. The so called HCR is not about establishing “minimum healthcare coverage standards.”
It is about the government taking control of healthcare, forcing people to buy an over priced, reduced quality of healthcare that will be worse than anything we have now. If they can’t afford the coverage and don’t buy it they will be fined. If they don’t pay the fines they will be jailed.

Hard Right on January 27, 2010 at 1:44 AM

Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

This is good. Anyone unaware of all the discussion going on in conservative circles about the 10th amendment will respond with “Wha??”

After that, some of them will be curious about the issue.

YehuditTX on January 27, 2010 at 2:18 AM

Alohapundit.

You stated that I had never seen a Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth.

You would be wrong.

Here it is.

Some of us actually keep personal archives to answer bellicose charges.

Look REAL close at the original birth certificate and see the level of detail, compared to the short form.

cane_loader on January 26, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Where is it? Was there supposed to be a link?

I am looking at my both of my childs’ certificates of live birth (the long form), in my hand right now, issued by the state of Hawaii, the only one I could possibly get by the state, and it is EXACTLY LIKE BHO’s, EXACTLY. There is no other document provided by the State. You birthers are killing our credibility. Even if you are right, there is still nothing to gain from continuing this. We conservatives have had a gangbusters couple of weeks with the Miracle in Massachusetts, the Supremes ruling in favor of the first amendment, and the death (fingers crossed) of Health Care reform; why in the hell do birthers want to rear their heads again and bring all this to a crashing halt? Are you attention starved, or do you just need to keep us conservatives in our place? We need to win the ‘hearts and minds’ (to coin a phrase) of America again and not drive our recent gains back to kook-town. Leave the kookiness to the 9/11 truthers. Why don’t you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?

alohapundit on January 27, 2010 at 4:14 AM

The birther idiots will get Obama reelected.

modifiedcontent on January 27, 2010 at 12:39 AM

No, there’s not enough of them to make a difference. They’re mostly Alex Jones fans who hang out at conspiracy sites, and many of them are also Truthers, though they won’t usually admit it.

They’re loud, obsessive and not really concerned with policy issues, so candidates need to be wary of them, and prepared to treat them politely but firmly, then ignore them.

MSNBC caters to a fringe audience on the opposite side, and birthers (particularly the loony Taitz) are easy targets for political performance artists such as Olberman.

Nichevo on January 27, 2010 at 4:28 AM

D

o you think President Obama is a socialist? No. I think he’s a Marxist
I ain’t scared of these questions!
mizflame98 on January 26,

Actually he’s a “Maoist”

If he were a “Marxist” he would have put someone competent in charge of GM.

DSchoen on January 27, 2010 at 5:33 AM

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Tell ya what… if you want my support on that, then the right to bear arms needs some supporting out in America, so why don’t we demand that every US citizen own a firearm and that the federal government give a tax break on each pistol, rifle and shotgun sold, plus full tax deductability for ammo, cleaning supplies and range time. And if you don’t own a firearm you get taxed for not wanting to protect yourself. The federal government can’t infringe on the righ to bear arms, but it can damn well encourage it.

You want healthcare for the poor?

I want lots of well armed citizens that Congress doesn’t feel so free to infringe upon for the other parts of their lives.

Deal?

And watch a Leftist keel over and faint dead away when that proposition gets put out…

ajacksonian on January 27, 2010 at 6:44 AM

How about answering the tenth amendment question with another question? Why do you think the tenth amendment was written?

conservnut on January 27, 2010 at 6:46 AM

Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Why, yes, yes I do. That doesn’t mean we can’t have minimum healthcare coverage, it just means that it is a state issue instead of a federal one. In fact, Massachusetts, Maine, and Oregon already have such legislation in place. The other 57 47 states can choose to follow suit or stay with the current system.

That answers that one. The rest should be answered with a question:

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

Do you believe that when an elected official’s qualifications are challenged, he should be allowed to lawyer up and refuse to divulge his credentials?

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

Do you think it was right for Congress to have spent the social security trust fund, leaving future generations high and dry and future Congresses scrambling to find the money to issue those checks? Why do you think most doctors are refusing to accept new Medicare patients?

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Do you think he believes in and is committed to our capitalist system, the system, by the way, that has made this country the #1 economy in the world?

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Do you think the Federal Reserve should be allowed to print money at will without being able to back it up?

Kafir on January 27, 2010 at 6:49 AM

irrelevant and desperate imho…can’t talk about issues that americans want answers to, so they resort to this?

cmsinaz on January 27, 2010 at 6:59 AM

I was all set to oppose this narcissistic socialist who is driving us over the debt cliff, but then I realized there are still people out there demanding production of his original birth certificate.

It makes as much sense as everything else the Democrats have tried to convince the public that they have a clue.

Basilsbest on January 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM

If only the GOP was listening to us.

PappyD61 on January 27, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Yeah, I believe he was born in Hawaii but I think there is something on his birth certificate he doesn’t want us to see. Is is religion or does it say he is caucasian? I’m guessing it says he’s white and the myth couldn’t take that.

Haunches on January 27, 2010 at 8:32 AM

These questions are ridiculous. A good oppenent that knows history and has a good campaign team will get through these questions easily and not harm his campaign nor alienate voters.

They also, may open up a pandoras box that they don’t see the harm that may come to them.

xler8bmw on January 27, 2010 at 8:34 AM

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

Yes. However, if you ask Is he a natural born U.S. citizen as required by the constitution? I don’t know – that’s why we’re asking for proof by him producing the long form of his birth certificate just as pretty much every citizen has had to do at some point in their life.

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Yes. Use of the commerce clause excuse is wearing thin.

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

Yes. They morphed, as all government programs do, into something that they weren’t supposed to become. SS was to aid in retirement, not become it’s sole source of income.

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Is the Pope Catholic?

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

It would be nice but probaby not doable anymore.

iamsaved on January 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM

I’ll take the republican wedge questions as more apropos for $1000 Alex.

csdeven on January 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM

iamsaved on January 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Your answers are fine with me. That’s what I was thinking when I heard them. Stupid dhimmicraps think this will split conservatives. No, it just saves me the trouble of reading a lot of puffed up rhetoric on an issues page.
 
My real problem is once again, the GOP is letting the dhimmicraps frame the debate. You cannot win a basketball game playing the other team’s game. You only win when you play your game. The GREAT teams ALWAYS play their own game, regardless of what the other guy is up to.

Blacksmith8 on January 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Nichevo on January 27, 2010 at 4:28 AM

Start at http://www.butterdezillion.wordpress.com and tell me why you think law enforcement is not an issue worthy of even addressing. Then follow the link at the bottom to the overview article of my 11 major points and then tell me which of those 11 points is trivial and why.

Obama cared enough about this one subject that he threatened any media which would report on this. Then he switched tactics to do the “make fun of them” – thinking he could marginalize. But the saying is true, showing the process of ignoring and making fun – and it ends with them being defeated. They want to make fun of this issue just like they’ve wanted to look down their noses at normal people for everything under the sun. But they miscalculated the American people. I don’t think America will join with him in laughing at people who want the laws to be followed. The only challenge is to get people to know how badly the laws are being mangled. And THAT is what they are afraid of.

I say we should take it to them. Expose the facts. I don’t think America will be amused when they realize that this whole issue could have been figured out exactly the way the “birthers” have been asking all along, if only DOH Director Fukino had not broken the law and hidden the laws she is supposed to be following. I also don’t think they would be amused to find that our supposed president has the same documentation – according to the DOH – as an illegal alien.

justincase on January 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM

As to Social Security, I would answer like this:

SS was originally designed to be a pay as you go system. Each person would on retirement, get back the money they personally put into the system, and no more. Unfortunately generations of politicians have turned SS into a pure welfare system. A system that takes for current workers and gives that money to retirees. Parents and grandparents are forcing their children into poverty because they bought into a lie. That lie is no longer sustainable.

MarkTheGreat on January 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Yes, the founders created the 10th amendment to give power to the states and the people to determine their will that is not relegated under the US Constituion

Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

That will be determined by the people when Pres. Obama opens his records as all other pres. in history have when running for pres. He signed an exec order to seal his information. Why all the secrecy to keep it from the american people?

Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

No, they are unconstitutional. But, they are programs our senior citizens have been using for 60 yrs and should remain in tact. But, they need to be overhauled to rid them of abuse and fraud so that the senior citizens can depend on these programs and not worry they may be lost by mismanagement of federal oversight. Starting with taking them out of a spending account for use of congress that LBJ had done and put them back into a trust fund as the original intent of the program. Our senior citizens and future senior citizens need to now that they will have these funds and not worry they will one day be without them after paying their hard earned dollars are being wasted or taken for other uses.

Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Pres Obama current course and agenda are anti-capitilaist policies. As we see from this agenda it has not increased the wealth and strength of the private sector which create 60-80% of the jobs in our country. Which inturn has kept our unemployment rate increasing not decreasing.

Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

Yes, the gold standard enables the country to have a resource to back up our current dollar. Currently the federal reserve just prints money that has no real value and deacreses the value the more money it prints. Historically we see the strength of the dollar and gold standard as far back as President Lincoln.

xler8bmw on January 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

These are actually good questions.

No Birthers in Congress!

Abby Adams on January 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

…birthers, baggers and blowhards. They just don’t understand the American people at all. Carville must be drinking a lot more these days.

Kissmygrits on January 27, 2010 at 9:36 AM

L’il Barry Dunham was born of a British citizen circa 1961. That makes him a dual citizen.
 
L’il Barry Soetoro was adopted by an Indonesian and went to school. That makes him an alien.
 
Barry Dunham(why doesn’t he stick with one name like everbody else?) moved in with the mean old white lady in Hawaii. Without REdeclaring his citizenship, as ALL US born children could do when returning to the states, he remained a foreign student.
 
Barack ObowMao travelled to Pock-ee-stahn while travel to that country was interdicted by the state department, meaning NO US citizens were allowed to travel on US passports. That makes him a fraud for travelling on an Indonesian passport. But how could a citizen have a foreign passport?
 
Where’s the birth certificate? It shows Barack Obama Sr. (a foreign national) as the father doesn’t it?
I want the registration from that school in Hawaii. If it shows Barry as a foreign student. He’s OUT OF HERE. I want the state department records for his foreign travel. I want to see for myself the stamp in his US passport for his entry to Pakistan.
 
When the president is not eligible, the Vice President shall assume the responsibilities of the office. Bring it on!

Blacksmith8 on January 27, 2010 at 9:38 AM

No Birthers in Congress!

Abby Adams on January 27, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Good luck with that ;-)

Blacksmith8 on January 27, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Where’s the birth certificate? It shows Barack Obama Sr. (a foreign national) as the father doesn’t it?

Again, birthers miss the key point about Obama’s birth, who he is. Obama Sr and Ann Dunham were never a serious couple. Ann Dunham was a marxist student. For her to hook up with an African socialist must have been a radical act. Obama Sr. was never an active father. He already had a family in Kenya and was gone as soon as his time in Hawaii was up. Obama is Ann Dunham’s son, a red diaper baby, born in Hawaii, raised by his white Kansas family, mentored by various marxist father figures.

modifiedcontent on January 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM

modifiedcontent on January 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I am not a birther but, you’re missing a key point in your synopsis. Under the law of “Natural Born” Jus Solis and Jus Sanguinis he is not “Natural Born” for the very legal point that his father is NOT a citizen of the US but a British citizen. Under the 2 points of the law above BOTH parents MUST be citizens of the US. His father was not and she is debatable because of her age and time to qualify he citizenship under the law when she originally left the country to go abroad.

xler8bmw on January 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Ya know what, I’ll bite.

– Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

Insufficient evidence to decide either way. Plenty of nonsense on the birther side but no shortage of legal shenanigans on Obama’s side.

– Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Absolutely; that issue should be left to the individual states.

– Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

No, they were just two more in a long list of programs that have been hijacked by the money-grubbing statists on both sides. SS would still be in the black if our government hadn’t turned it into a slush fund to be frittered away on nonsense.

– Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Close but no sickle. He’s a Communist, more specifically a Marxist.

– Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

HELL YES. It may be our one hope for reigning in government spending.

Gold is a finite resource, and therefore immune to the print-and-spend impulses of politicians. A precious-metal standard would put a hard limit on the budget that the USA desperately needs.

Dark-Star on January 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Dark-Star on January 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Plenty of illegal shenanigans on Obama’s side also, which is why anybody who cares about law enforcement should care about this issue.

http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/red-flags-in-hawaii-2/

justincase on January 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Besides, these are all good wedge issues to help sow dissent in the Republican ranks.

Why not, it worked brilliantly the last time. When we had idiots burying McShaaaaamnisty and focusing on Juan Hernandez and Daddy Yankee in the face of electing a chicago machine, terrorist befriending, islamist appeasing, country bankrupting socialist.

It can’t help but work. There are so many perfectly willing to shoot themselves in the foot to demand that they get every last thing they want that it is virtually certain that the “right” can be split again to re-elect Barack Obama. It’s a no brainer for the DNC.

Boxy_Brown on January 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Interesting stuff on Obama and socialism . One quote attributed to our President:

there is no limit to taxation if the benefits derived from public services by society measure up to the cost in taxation which they have to pay” “Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”
CWforFreedom on January 26, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Frightening. Atlas Shrugged.

riverrat10k on January 27, 2010 at 4:31 PM

- Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S.citizen?

Yes, do you?

- Do you think the Tenth Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum healthcare coverage standards?

Congress is certainly not allowed under the constitution to throw you in jail for not purchasing healthcare.

- Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism, and should never have been created in the first place?

No, do you?

- Do you think President Obama is a socialist?

Rather than using that term, which gets thrown around a lot and misused, let me just say he just has an unfortunate habit of attempting to have the government take control of large sectors of the economy, and leave it at that. What is in a name, after all?

- Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

No, do you?

That wasn’t so hard, now was it? Which of those answers are going to alienate the Tea Party? Which are going to alienate moderates?

RINO in Name Only on January 27, 2010 at 4:50 PM

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