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Why last night was so troubling

posted at 12:19 pm on November 7, 2012 by

From my Townhall post-mortem:

Policy: Obamacare is Exhibit A.  It’s here to stay, even if certain elements of it are struck down or frustrated by states.  This enshrines a massive federal intrusion into citizens’ lives, raises the cost of healthcare, and exacerbates an existing doctor shortage.  It’s also fiscally unsustainable, guaranteeing that its failures will be exploited to push even more bad ideas in the future.  Exit polls showed most voters disapproving of the law, yet their voting decisions helped cement it into the American policy firmament.

Our politics: Mitt Romney, for all of his faults, ran an aggressive, well-funded, honorable campaign that (generally) focused on the very profound, very big, very urgent issues of our time.  He scored a major debate victory then sprinted toward the finish line, harnessing enthusiasm and momentum along the way.  But it wasn’t enough.  He was defeated by a small, petty, and overwhelmingly negative opponent whose turnout machine swamped all else.  The unserious and unseemly drumbeat of birth control, Big Bird, binders, and Blame Bush worked.  The “Kill Romney” strategy laid the groundwork for this successful approach.  The president offered no meaningful or sweeping vision for a second term, but it didn’t matter.  What an awful precedent.  I fear it says more about the nation than it does about the opportunistic and ruthless Obama campaign.  Two core assumptions must be re-evaluated: America the meritocracy, and America the center-Right nation.

Demographics: Romney performed very well among white voters, but got hammered by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and young voters.  These problems aren’t going to magically disappear.  Obama the Alinskyite will almost certainly avail himself of coming opportunities to further marginalize Republicans with these groups, likely by pushing a flawed and partisan immigration reform package early in his second term.  It’ll be a win-win politically.  If it passes, he takes the credit.  If Republicans block it — even for entirely legitimate reasons — they’ll again be branded as the anti-minority bad guys, worsening their demographic problems.  Conservatives must begin to pick battles carefully and undertake the difficult process of expanding their appeal.  This will be a long, hard project.

I keep trying to decide which of these take-aways is the most disheartening.  Take your pick, I suppose.  I agree with Jim Geraghty (see his downtrodden ‘Morning Jolt’) that 2012 holds darker implications than the 2008 wave did — even though Obama’s margin was diminished, and the House remains in Republican hands.

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I know it may be taboo to say this, but the fact is the immigration argument has been hijacked by the extreme “death before amnesty” wing of the Republican party.

I don’t know how long most people have been here, but HotAir and Michelle Malkin herself was at the time one of the strongest proponents of this wing back in 2007, or whenever it was that Bush first tried to push through comprehensive immigration reform.

Just think how things would have turned out differently if Bush was successful?

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I agree with this. We shouldn’t be afraid of reform–if it’s real reform. Dems are as afraid of this issue as we are. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Jeb Bush in 2016.

writeblock on November 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Someone posted about a functional democracy having certain characteristics. I don’t have it all but these posters saying we need to do this or that maybe don’t realize WE need something from the public too.

We need to have a public that when someone says something suspicious like Republicans are thinking of banning birth control they at least doubt it. The fact is we were in an environment where any meme could be put into play by the democrats and get pushed as the truth. I would remind everyone about that when they think messaging or outreach is going to work. The fact anything we do like having many minorities as top elected officials in our party means nothing to groups who poo-poo them means we almost would need a new country and that country doesn’t exist as far as I can see.

Conan on November 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Bush won with the issue, so did Reagan. It’s not the issue, it’s the candidate.

True, but might the well be irretrievably poisoned after decades of idiot candidates pissing down it?

PD Quig on November 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Just think how things would have turned out differently if Bush was successful?

tkyang99 on November 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Hello? Our candidate last time was Juan freakin’ McCain, who co-sponsored the 2007 immigration reform bill with Teddy freakin’ Kennedy. McCain got 31% of the hispanic vote in 2008, just a fraction more than Romney. This isn’t about immigration. It’s about free stuff.Hispanics do not believe in capitalism and individualism in much higher percentages than do blacks. Capitalism and individualism are weird cultural traits shared by a dwindling percentage of the population. Kissing immigrants’ butts with promises of amnesty will not make them stop voting for whoever promises them more free stuff.

Ted Torgerson on November 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Your reasons all have merrit but only very minor. The problem the Nation faces is institutional. All institutions, private and public, are as corrupt as corrupt can be. Particularly education and Media/Press. Does anyone think for a second that if the MSM/Press were as hard at going after D Politicains as they are at going after R Politicians Obuma would have had a prayer of winning a second term?

aposematic on November 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

America is no longer dabbling or experimenting in Socialism. We are defined by our majority view and we are now a confirmed Socialist state. We are now the kind of country that we used to bomb.

CrustyB on November 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Let’s try to keep some perspective. A look at the electoral US map shows we still own the heartland of America. We returned Indiana and NC to the fold. We expanded our majority in the House. Out of 160 mil votes we only lost the pres by 3 mil. And the vast majority of those from the urban “spigot” cities. We don’t need to suck up to special interest groups and/or causes. Just stick to freedom and libery, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the Bible and more people, like NM Gov Martinez will discover “I’ll be dambed, we are Republicans!

devan95 on November 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

And as for ObamaCide, keep in mind that with Prohibition, we actually went to the trouble to amend the Constitution….and the repeal it later. Same thing will happen to ObamaCide without having to go through the amendment repeal process…. Just wait til some bureaucrat tells Bubba that they won’t treat his Mamma cause she’s too old and he calls upon his 2 old friends, Smith and Wesson….. Ticking time bomb, no?

devan95 on November 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Demographics: Romney performed very well among white voters, but got hammered by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and young voters. These problems aren’t going to magically disappear.

This is interesting to me.
You see, I believe most people are unable to extricate themselves from the flimsy notion of race.
In fact, I conclude it is so a part of our DNA that it is instinctual to align ourselves with people who look like us & distrust others & reject those who do not.
Unfortunately, it goes against survival bcs they do it to their detriment.

Badger40 on November 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Jeb Bush in 2016.

writeblock on November 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

How about making it Jeb Bush/Chris Christie? That will ensure that I stay home.

bw222 on November 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Badger40 on November 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I doubt race will remain a hangup for Latinos if they assimilate, which is why I’m optimistic. If we’re smart, we should turn our efforts toward providing English lessons. Legal, illegal, citizen or non-citizen, even actually setting up in Latin America. It’s in our interest to spread English as it more or less automatically assimilates them when they learn it.

Don’t believe me? Consider the Irish or Italians or other ethnic groups that once lived and voted and spoke “apart.” (OK, they do probably sway Democrat vs other whites, but that’s because many of them live in large cities.)

Another reason I’m optimistic is that these Obama demographics are, again, fans of Obama himself, in all his suave emptiness. None of them are actually going Republican any time soon, but the margins and splits for them are a product of BHO.

They won’t be as steep in 2016, and even a small change would have thrown this election, never mind what the public will think of the actual consequences of this election.

HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I guess we are officially a center-left nation now.

ironked on November 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM

We need to have a public that when someone says something suspicious like Republicans are thinking of banning birth control they at least doubt it. The fact is we were in an environment where any meme could be put into play by the democrats and get pushed as the truth. I would remind everyone about that when they think messaging or outreach is going to work.

Conan on November 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

This is what Breitbart–may he rest in peace–was talking about when he said conservatives had to step in and make a play for the pop culture. When libs make fun of us, we need to stop brushing it off with a dismissive “whatever”. We need to put our own positive images out there to combat their negative ones, and to put out more than a few negative ones of our own about the libs.

Because eventually someone will slip up, ala Mourdock or Akin, or do something worse (as indicated below) and walk right into the trap set by that meme, and then you’re stuck with it.

Remember 60 years ago when Catholic priests in the movies were stand-up guys who fought to save the orphanage or the school? Or were busy trying to fix up John Wayne with Maureen O’Hara? Back in the days before every last priest was assumed to be gay and/or a pedophile?

Also, given the traction the Dem’s got with the War on Women meme, do you think they won’t bring back the ghosts of Akin and Mourdock to use as boogeymen in 2014 and 2016?

JimLennon on November 7, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Had only Obama won I would have argued the the issue was presidential. But with conservatives losing and ballot measuring passing I think it boils down to I want free stuff. Lets face it in many respects life isn’t all that bad if you are getting free stuff.

When Carter lost it was because 22% inflation was biting everyone. There was a price to be paid now for that. Democrats learned their lesson and have temporarily hidden inflation. With 5 trillion in debt and climbing it will come roaring back sometime. We will see.

BullShooterAsInElk on November 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

All this election came down to was people still blame Bush more than Obama for the current economic conditions.

ButterflyDragon on November 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I doubt race will remain a hangup for Latinos if they assimilate, which is why I’m optimistic. If we’re smart, we should turn our efforts toward providing English lessons. Legal, illegal, citizen or non-citizen, even actually setting up in Latin America. It’s in our interest to spread English as it more or less automatically assimilates them when they learn it.

HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

This^.

A lot of the people who do come here illegally really do want to work and succeed in America. They would make fine additions to our society. We should be raising holy hell not about an incompetent immigration system that leaves our borders open, but rather about an incompetent immigration system that won’t let good people in.

JimLennon on November 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

All this election came down to was people still blame Bush more than Obama for the current economic conditions.

ButterflyDragon on November 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Abortion is a loser for Republicans
Gay Marriage is a loser for Republicans
Self-deportation is a loser for Republicns
Birth Control restrictions is a loser for Republicans

Gun Control is a loser for Democrats (they don’t bring it up anymore)

The Dems picked up 5 congressional seats, 2 Senate seate, and won the White House. What will happen when the economy improves and Hillary is running?

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The thought of four more years of Obama makes me physically ill. The thought that so much of the country is a lost cause that we may forever be an impotent minority party makes me overwhelmingly physically ill and practically catatonic.

But during my moments of lucidity, here are my thoughts.

1. We lost to an outrageously popular INCUMBENT. The man’s popularity–”likeableness”–should have cratered a year or so into his first term, based on the nonsense he’s pulled. But the Dems and the media have just rolled with it. Given the advantage regular incumbents have, taking down a full-fledged superstar was never going to be an easy thing. In what sane world does a president whose administration is responsible for something like Fast and Furious and the murders in Benghazi not face impeachment? In a world where that president is shielded from reality by the media. Propaganda works.

2. We did not lose because of our values or our principles. We lost because our values and principles–and our candidates and ourselves–have been vilified and demonized to a mind-boggling degree. The Dems didn’t run against Republicans; they ran against caricatures of Republicans. The message that we are racist, homophobic, sexist haters who hate is so firmly entrenched in the HuffPo crowd mindset that no amount of changing our message will ever fix it. Going soft on social issues will not make them like us more; it will not change their message about us at all. But it will forever alter the party–to the point that a split is unavoidable. Take away abortion, etc., and what distinguishes us from the Dems? Fiscal restraint, which…uh…is also a trait that is vilified and demonized: “Republicans hate poor people!!” We win nothing by backing down from the tenets of conservatism. People won’t like us more if we become more like the Democrats; the Democrats will always “out-liberal” us (and adopt new and even more outlandish ways to trash whatever we stand for) and win. We do, however, need better, bolder alpha-male messaging that takes the fight to them instead of defending against the lies and fabrications they concoct. And we need to close ranks and not give their messaging any credence whatsoever. The in-fighting must stop.

3. Romney might be a great guy, but he only demonstrated brief glimpses of leadership. He was hampered at every point by his desire to strictly control the messaging and make himself palatable to the mushy middle. The first debate was a turnaround because it was a rare moment of him pushing back against the duplicity and deceit of the last four years. I was as desperate to see him win as any of his from-the-start ardent supporters, but that desperation came not from trusting him based on his record or the confidence he projected or anything else inspiring–it came from a sense of desperation about what four more years of Obama would mean. By the end of the campaign, he won over the base (or most of it). But let’s be honest: some people still had their doubts. Had he not been running against the magnificent failure that is Obama, we would’ve applied a different standard to him. Think what support he could’ve built if that first-debate-Romney was the Romney we had seen through the entire campaign. (That being said, if I woke up to discover all this was just a nightmare and that Romney had really won, I would welcome his presidency.)

4. The Democrats can no longer be considered rational human beings. They are writhing, venomous serpents hellbent on destroying anyone and anything that calls into question their worldview and/or moral code. At the end of the day, their assault on Republicans is not about a genuine concern for what Republicans will do to the country if elected. The multiple years of shrieking about the war in Iraq–followed by deafening silence on war when Obama was in charge, the wailing and gnashing of teeth over Valerie Plame and the firing of a few U.S. Attorneys–followed by deafening silence over Benghazi and Fast and Furious, the fever-pitch war-on-women hysteria over the rights of religious organizations not to pay for birth control and abortion–followed by a celebration of Bill Clinton, alleged rapist and womanizer extraordinaire…all of these things reveal that the issues do not matter to them. At all. What matters to them is grinding Republicans into the dust–not for power (although they want that), but because they hate us. They hate us the way the trashy, drunken party kids in high school hated the smart, responsible good kids. And they will lie and lie and lie again–and cheat without compunction. It’s time to stop thinking compromising with these people or being “nice” (not professional, not adult, but slobberingly polite) will get us anywhere.

My point is…I still have hope that this loss is not as bad as it seems. Like the monster storm that hit the East Coast, I have a sense that this was a perfect storm scenario, not the new normal.

butterflies and puppies on November 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

The Dems picked up 5 congressional seats, 2 Senate seate, and won the White House. What will happen when the economy improves and Hillary is running?

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

.
Wilderness happens.

FlaMurph on November 7, 2012 at 9:26 PM

This from Yahoo News 6 hrs ago:

By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News

In initially off-the-record comments to the Des Moines Register’s editors in October, President Barack Obama said that if he won re-election, he would owe it to Latinos.

“Should I win a second term,” Obama said, “a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.”

Exit polls show the president’s prediction was on the mark.

The national exit poll estimated that about 10 percent of those who voted in the presidential election identified as Hispanic, marking Latinos’ highest-ever share of the electorate. Latinos backed Obama over challenger Mitt Romney a resounding 71 to 27 percent.

Gary Segura, a pollster for Latino Decisions and a professor at Stanford University, told reporters on Wednesday that he believes the exit poll understated Latinos’ support for Obama by 4 points, and that the president actually won 75 percent of their vote.

Segura estimates that Latinos gave Obama an extra 2.3 percentage points in the popular vote. If Romney had managed to nab just 35 percent of Latinos, he would have won the popular vote, Segura said. (President George W. Bush captured at least that share of Latinos in 2000 and 2004, showing Republicans are backsliding with the group.)

Leaders of immigrant rights and Latino groups told reporters in a conference call on Wednesday that Obama owes his second term to Latino voters, and should repay them by passing comprehensive immigration reform. Obama promised to pass a law legalizing many of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country while he campaigned four years ago, and he’s been chastised by Latino leaders for breaking his promise.

“Obama is going to return to the White House more energized to take these issues seriously,” said Ben Monterroso, the director of Mi Familia Vota, a national organization that encourages Latinos to vote.

“Yes, Romney “alienated” them all right. He said those here illegally should be deported…what a concept. We live in very strange times where good is bad and illegal is legal.”

Scrumpy on November 7, 2012 at 9:30 PM

2. We did not lose because of our values or our principles. We lost because our values and principles–and our candidates and ourselves–have been vilified and demonized to a mind-boggling degree. The Dems didn’t run against Republicans; they ran against caricatures of Republicans. The message that we are racist, homophobic, sexist haters who hate is so firmly entrenched in the HuffPo crowd mindset that no amount of changing our message will ever fix it.

butterflies and puppies on November 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

You got this in a nutshell, it is exactly what I get from the few libs I speak with, no amount of saying this isn’t so will EVER change their minds, it is firmly entrenched…

I am looked upon as a’kookie’ con, whose thoughts are so far out of this world as to be nonsensical…I am asked ‘Do I think they were born yesterday’?

I am pooh-hooed to even think I could minutely their minds…

Scrumpy on November 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

What will happen when the economy improves and Hillary is running?

ZippyZ on November 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM

LOL

You think the economy is going to improve with the Marxist in Chief going full bore now? No way, no how.

We’re getting ready to slip back into recession.

By the time 2016 rolls around, inflation will be so high you’ll need good credit to buy a loaf of bread.

ButterflyDragon on November 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Here is how we get our government country back:

We run candidates for the White House, the Senate and the House promising absolutely everything we can imagine to every freakin’ interest groups out there, including gays, illegals and abortion-mad batches. Then, when we finally take control of the whole government we pass sweeping legislation to put this country on the right track keeping just shy of Supreme Court efforts to stop us. We do as the enemy does. Say one thing, do another. Screw ‘em and anybody who supports ‘em.

Fly your flags EVERY DAY, and fly them upside down to show the country in distress until we’ve corrected this terrible decision we made as a nation.

HiJack on November 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Had only Obama won I would have argued the the issue was presidential. But with conservatives losing and ballot measuring passing I think it boils down to I want free stuff. Lets face it in many respects life isn’t all that bad if you are getting free stuff.

Ballot measures weren’t so much about free stuff. They were mostly abortion, gay marriage, and legalizing marijuana. Sex and Drugs, dude. (Plus, more free stuff is always good, too…)

bofh on November 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

- Policy: Obamacare is Exhibit A. It’s here to stay, even if certain elements of it are struck down or frustrated by states. This enshrines a massive federal intrusion into citizens’ lives, raises the cost of healthcare, and exacerbates an existing doctor shortage. It’s also fiscally unsustainable, guaranteeing that its failures will be exploited to push even more bad ideas in the future.

I wish they would stop saying this. When people are not going to be able to afford it and can not find a doctor to treat them, what do they think is going to happen? Oh, yeah, more bad laws. That’ll work.

Blake on November 8, 2012 at 1:18 AM

I have followed the analysis of the Romney loss all day. No one has pointed out the obvious. Romney didn’t lose because he was too moderate or too conservative. He lost be cause he is too white. It’s as simple as that. We have to come to terms with the fact that white people are the object of racial hatred. Political correctness will be our undoing. The promise of racial harmony would have been a nice achievment. Sadly we have to face the fact that it’s not going to happen. They know it. It’s time we stop kidding ourselves.

Buck Turgidson on November 8, 2012 at 1:34 AM

I vote all of the above, plus this: Obama’s near-complete control of print and television journalism, and with it the message that most people got regarding Romney; Romney the gaffe-er, Romney the Bain plunderer, the tax cheat, the woman-hater, etc. Romney’s attempts to hit back on issues like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc. in the debates were ignored. The selfishness of the Gimme Generation – my generation – coupled with the self-interest of the waves of Takers who see Republicans as enemies to their food stamps and free stuff, together with your listed observations, were enough to establish a coalition powerful enough to defeat a good and appealing candidate. If the 4th Estate turns into Pravda, how can anyone win? And how, as Limbaugh said, do you run against Santa Claus? I think we’re profoundly screwed. The party hasn’t failed – the people have.

datripp on November 8, 2012 at 5:37 AM

My point is…I still have hope that this loss is not as bad as it seems. Like the monster storm that hit the East Coast, I have a sense that this was a perfect storm scenario, not the new normal.

butterflies and puppies on November 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Great post. I agree with everything you wrote, but I don’t see this situation getting better. With the power the socialists now wield, they will destroy every voice of dissent. The propaganda will get worse.

They have destroyed our nation.

dogsoldier on November 8, 2012 at 5:48 AM

I doubt race will remain a hangup for Latinos if they assimilate, which is why I’m optimistic. If we’re smart, we should turn our efforts toward providing English lessons. Legal, illegal, citizen or non-citizen, even actually setting up in Latin America. It’s in our interest to spread English as it more or less automatically assimilates them when they learn it.
HitNRun on November 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM
This^.
A lot of the people who do come here illegally really do want to work and succeed in America. They would make fine additions to our society. We should be raising holy hell not about an incompetent immigration system that leaves our borders open, but rather about an incompetent immigration system that won’t let good people in.
JimLennon on November 7, 2012 at 7:53 PM

There’s points to things you guys are saying.
But I’m pretty sure this mess that started more than 100 years ago is too far gone to correct.

Fly your flags EVERY DAY, and fly them upside down to show the country in distress until we’ve corrected this terrible decision we made as a nation.
HiJack on November 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

My husband & I discussed this last night.
He wants to do this.
I say let’s all do this starting on BO’s next inauguration day.
Are you with me everybody?
Let’s take it beyond the Tea Party March & the Empty Chair a la Eastwood.

Badger40 on November 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

“I am so done with worrying or caring about the entire corrupt political process and state of our nation. I will selfishly take care of my business affairs and family, etc., and laugh in the face of every single homeless person, giggle every time I hear a teacher crying about no erasers, and smile every time I hear the latest sob story. I will be just like 50%+ of my fellow Americans now. Selfish. Entitled. Greedy. All of it. I’ve got mine and I don’t give a rat’s patootie anymore. Dead serious. And I will make government at all levels spend $10 for every extra $1 it tries to take from me.”

That’s !!!! – why you lost! That’s your image in the eyes of real people with real problems. You are guys who laugh in the face of people with though problems! And please dont act like if you wasn’t like that before and just became like that because the election outcome wasn’t in your favour. The people had the choice between a selfmade, hard working man like Obama or a spoiled ignorant brat like Romneny and made the right choice. I can’t understand why you people aren’t sick of being ruled by out-of-touch millionairs like Bush and Rommeny.

iggya on November 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

ZippyZ First a disclaimer. Nothing is forgotten more quickly than a morning after pronouncement.

Detoqueville said: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent entity. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy….’

Even a so-called conservative candidate such as George Bush was a liberal fiscally-unfortunately necessary to get elected which he barely did. A close look at Bush’s opponents-Gore and Kerry-reveal both a liberal social and fiscal philosophy highly similar to Obama’s and both were one inch shy of electoral success.The bottom line is that Republicans cannot save the country because they too must shower handouts to the people-but they do slow down the rate of decay-giving us a few more years. As big a spender as Bush was, Obama is spending at a rate three times as great.

Now to directly answer your rhetorical question about Hillary Clinton stepping into an improved economy. There is very little likelihood of an improved economy in the next four years. In fact, major economic collapses are the far more likely scenario for the following reasons. 1 A national debt increasing 5 billion dollars every day (and likely to escalate to 10 to 15 billion a day at the end of four more years.) 2 Obamacare will force businesses to run more lean and mean operations which means firings (or even worse–non-hirings). It will also increase escalation in health costs for every policyholder thus having a ripple effect on national spending patterns.3 Upcoming tax increases , instead of jump starting the economy. will suppress it further-especially a proposed increase in the capital gains tax. 4 About a third of the population is to some degree welfare dependent (I have not counted retirees collecting Social Security.) This could go north of 50% by the end of President Obama’s second term.5 There will be an exponential increase in GDP-draining government employees to administer expanded government programs-particularly those needed to administer Obamacare and thousands of increased IRS employees needed to enforce it.6 I could go on and on-inflation exacerbated by quantitative easing,passing along increased costs to consumers by businesses as the result of EPA rules and regulations, increasing costs of fuel and international dependency on it as the result of drilling suppression directly related to to green energy rules and environmentalism—-ad infinitum.

MaiDee on November 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

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