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47% by the numbers.

Recently a video of Mitt Romney at a political fundraiser speaking on the upcoming election was leaked. The video has caused an uproar in some and a faint wisp in others. The quote going around is

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Now the thing about the quote that is the most troubling to some is that the feeling is that he is writing off half of America. Me personally I think the more telling thing is that if you take a look at the map below of the states with the most nonpayers. Three states had more than 40 percent nonpayers — Mississippi (44.5 percent), followed by Georgia (42.5 percent), and Alabama (40.3 percent) — all three are red states. The remaining top ten were largely in the Sunbelt: Florida (39.0 percent), Arkansas (38.8 percent), South Carolina (38.8 percent), New Mexico (38.7 percent), Idaho (38.6 percent), Texas (38.5 percent), and Utah (38.3 percent). All but two of the top ten — Florida and New Mexico — are red states.
Nonpayers By State Map

 

McCain Can’t, Yes we Can!!!

Remember now all though you may see Rush Limbaugh endorse Senator McCain it wasn’t always like that, take a look here where Rush says McCain is not a Maverick.

He’s just playing the American card or the patriot card, the prisoner of war story or whatever, and that happens to appeal to some people.  But this is where I would distance myself from the analysis of my friend, and that is I think McCain really plays up this “maverick” business.  He loves the maverick business.  What is a maverick?  A maverick is somebody that bucks tradition and principles held by a majority of people.  A maverick is somebody in it for himself.  Even Cindy McCain has said that her husband loves the maverick label, and she does, too.  Who attached the maverick label to McCain?  The Drive-By Media!  Are there any Democrat mavericks?  Are there any mavericks on Democrat side?  Lieberman is a maverick, and look what the Democrats have done to him.  They ran him out of the party! Now, we’re left to believe that the Drive-Bys and the Democrats, that they love these mavericks. They love these independent thinkers, these “straight talkers.” Only when they’re on our side!  When the maverick is on our side denouncing our side, running against our side, doing what he can to diminish our side, of course the Drive-Bys love him. The New York Times, Washington Post, whoever it is endorsed this guy, the Drive-By Media choosing our candidate.

And that was directly from Rush Limbaugh’s own website. Do a search on Rush’s website and look at anything prior to the Republican nominee being picked and you will see that Rush was highly critical of McCain. Here he says McCain is surrounded by liberals.


RUSH:  Well, that’s really helpful.  He reaches across the aisle well. (sigh) That means he reaches out to Democrats — and of course Schwarzenegger probably could write the book on that.  Look, folks, make up your own mind on this stuff.  It’s just out there staring you in the face.  It’s up to you to see it.  I can’t make you see it.  I can only put it in front of you.  If you wish to keep your eyes closed, feel free.


The list goes on and on directly from rush’s own mouth but now that McCain has the nomination Rush changes his tune.“Well he is the guy for us!!”. So who is John McCain is he a Liberal, a maverick, a conservative, a bipartisan aisle crosser? Let’s take a look; McCain is now calling to make the Bush tax cuts permanent however in 2001 he aligned with Democrats to oppose the Bush tax cuts.

Last week, McCain reached across the Capitol to lobby for votes on overhauling campaign finance, his signature issue. He holed up in the office of House Democratic leader Richard Gephardt and plotted how to defeat his own party’s House leaders on a crucial test vote. The move came on the heels of his high-profile opposition to the White House on Bush’s tax cut and patients’ rights legislation.

In Fact we can see that if Senator McCain hopes to be called a maverick, someone who will break the good ol’ boy politics of Washington then we should expect to see that reflected in his voting record but in fact most of the positions he supports fall right in line with the failed policies of the last eight years promoted by President Bush. As far as I can tell he only differed with Bush on two issues, stem cell research which he supports and President Bush does not and the tax cuts for the rich which McCain opposed and now supports. McCain is even more out of touch to me when you look at the events of the last week, America is in a precarious position right now, you have CEO’s and lobbyist raiding the US through corporations, sending jobs overseas, bankrupting institutions that survived the great depression and then turning to the government for a corporate bailout all at the expense of the average taxpayer. These same companies side with McCain and Bush when it comes to smaller government, less oversight “Stay out of my pocket” taxation but sure enough want that handout in the end.

McCain supports the policies of George Bush that have led us to this point. And let’s not forget that he has not spoken out against other Bush policies some of them we should not forget, let me make a quick list.

1. The biggest domestic terrorist attack occurred under whose watch.

2. The US deficit now stands at nearly 10 trillion dollars, when Bill Clinton left us with a Budget surplus on his way out. (Please remember there was still a national debt at the time but with a balanced budget we would have been able to reduce the national debt)

3. WE ARE AT WAR IN 2 COUNTRIES AND ARE OBJECTIVE HAS NOT BEEN MEET. I believe our mission in Afghanistan was to crush the Taliban and get Osama Bin Laden. However the Taliban right now is reconstituted and Osama produces more videos then the best music video director on MTV. In Iraq we hear the surge is working but the surge was to put more troops in Bagdad and quiet the capital down. Truth be told that has worked, violence in Bagdad is down but only slightly as you can see here. But Iraq is not made up of just Bagdad and the violence continues in the rest of Iraq. (By the way what is our mission in Iraq? Originally it was WMD’s, oh yeah none there so then we moved on to Nation Building which cost us $70 billion in 2008 while Iraq socked away some $50 billion in oil revenue. When we settle on what our mission is then only then can we hope to accomplish it)

4. Environment: President Bush has denied that we are facing a crisis with global warming and we can see that his record on the environment reflects that belief.

5. Civil liberties: President Bush claims he is for your civil and constitutional rights prominently your rights to bear arms (and attack foreign countries without proven provocation) but when it comes to your right not the be wiretapped, or our rights as citizens trampled on by the patriot act, Water boarded or a State attorney general that won’t do his bidding and therefore has to be fired we see that he care very little for our rightsl, And since Senator McCain backed President Bush what conclusion can we draw?

And when you talk about abuse of power we see that Senator McCain is right in line with President Bush on that issue. Besides going out on a limb and assuming that Hillary Clinton supporters are so stupid as to be swayed by the selection of a woman as VP. He presents us with governor Palin who may or may not be a nice person and totally qualified to be governor but VP? Ok I admit I was willing to give her a chance and see what she had to say but that evaporated quickly when she discussed possibly going to war with Russia! Are you kidding me even President Bush would never mouth something that absurd? But she doesn’t stop there let me ask you if there was a probe into the affairs of Barack Obama or Joe Biden and they refused to cooperate as Governor Palin and her husband have do you think the republicans would ever let them live that down? For Governor Palin to suggest that the investigation is somehow engineered by Obama when we all know this investigation was instigated before she was ever announced as a VP candidate is an affront to the common sense of the American people.

Lastly let me say that healthcare is a major issue in this country. And I am for Obama’s plan for national healthcare, with it I know that there is an enormous cost so I would also like to see where Barack intends to cut back on spending by the federal government. But like we teach our kids something’s in life are tough especially when it comes to doing the right thing. So do we sit back and not do what is right because it is tough. No we teach them that even if it is tough we are obligated to push forward. I know that we can push forward. We once again can make a change, we can be the country that every other country looks to and aspires to be!! YES WE CAN!!!!