President Obama is gearing up for his presidential campaign. He's also created a new series of ads. The first ad boasts, "Just last week my Secret Service created jobs for 11 Colombian women...Conan
- From Pres. Obama to almost every Progressive Democrat (which means most of them), they always talk about the need to "redistribute" the wealth and/or paying our "fair share." These are both core principles of Socialist doctrine, but that's not what I want to focus on. I want to focus on the hypocrisy, the scam being perpetrated on the American people when they use these words and phrases. And nowhere is this more evident than reviewing the data on who actually gives more money to charity or more of their time to charity. Almost all of the research in this area shows over and over again that conservatives are much more generous than liberals. In other words, conservatives share THEIR wealth, not the wealth of others. A study by Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University entitled, "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism," found that liberals are less likely to give to charity---meaning, less likely to spread THEIR wealth. But conservatives don't only donate more money to charity, Brooks found they donate more of their time, goods and even their blood. ABC's 20/20 also found liberals donate less to charity. Just last week, the White House released the tax records of Slo Joe Biden (who is the lap dog for the White House regarding redistributing wealth) which showed he paid a whopping 1.5% of his income to charity. In fact, since Biden took office, he's made about $1.1 mil and has donated about $16 grand to charity. In 1997, Al Gore's IRS tax returns showed he made about $200 grand and gave a whopping $353 to charity that year. And for all those Dick Cheney bashers, in 2005, the Cheney's gave 77% of their income to charity or a total of almost $7 million. In 2011, the Romney's gave 19% of their income to charity or $21 million. Yet, with all of these facts, the media has been able to portray conservatives as being the "big, bad guys" who want the poor to starve. Their narrative is a lie and a smokescreen. Giving USA/NY Post/ABC News/Real Clear Politics
- The Congressional Budget Officer reported today that food stamp rolls have jumped 70% since 2007. Spending on the program rose $72 billion, up from $30 billion just four years ago. So to paraphrase Sarah Palin: How's That Hope and Changee Thing Going For Ya?
- The Obama campaign is also trying to use these type of tactics in their "class warfare" strategy as well. Just this week, Obama, at another one of his campaign speeches, implied Romney was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. It was good to see Romney hitting back strongly and with pride. He pointed out his father grew up poor, but became a successful businessman. Romney, himself, did not inherit his father's wealth. He went out on his own and created his wealth through hard work. The Obama campaign keeps demonizing "success." What I believe he and his handlers don't realize is their are attacking the long held "American Dream."
- Regarding the inane back and forth on the social media---especially Twitter---about Obama's eating of dogs while in Indonesia and Romney's transporting his dog on the roof of his vehicle, one thing is certain--the Obama campaign can no longer use the dog story as a wedge issue. Chris Hayes of MSNBC reported last week that the Obama campaign was "obsessed" with the Romney dog story. So John Podhoretz of the NY Post put it in perspective regarding the message that the Romney people Tweeted back to the Obama people: "You want to make a political issue of the decades-old dog story? Fine, then. Here's one that makes your guy look really weird. How do you like dog stories now?"
- One lesson the Republicans have learned from 2008: Social media is a powerful thing. Finally, they've learned how to use it effectively. And kudos to the conservatives on Twitter.
- Delusional Statement of the Week: No, not Slo Joe Biden, but Michelle Obama. Last week, she said Pres. Obama, "Brought us out of the dark and into the light." I would venture to say most Americans would say the light is at the far end of the tunnel.
- Yesterday I neglected to mention "Days of Remembrance" memorial to the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis. Memorials were held around the world including at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, a place I've visited myself (In fact, it was the place of my conversion from a moderate-liberal to a conservative. I think my reasons were obvious). Today, in Israel alone, there are almost 200,000 survivors remaining. One survivor dies each hour in Israel since 88% are 75 or older now. It's imperative we remember considering the Nazis tried not only to exterminate all Jews, but also every trace of Jews.
- Not only should we ever forget the Holocaust, but we should not forget that there are radical thugs out there still who would like nothing more than the Holocaust being repeated. Unfortunately, in many cases it has been---Rwanda and The Balkans come immediately to mind. Yet, we have to remain vigilant.