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We Still Don’t Know HOW Obama and Romney Will Fix Anything

Obama and Romney HowIt’s election day folks and the Facebooks are filled with insipid personal thoughts (including this blog), the Twitters are rife with racism towards #election2012 and everyone seems sharply divided on who to vote for, which leaves this intrepid word smith to believe we won’t know who the President is until at least one recount.

But amidst all of this cave-man (and woman) chest pounding, no one can clearly articulate from an issues standpoint why they are selecting either candidate beyond the sound bites of Romney is for the rich and Obama is for the poor.

Seriously, look at these fucking platforms and will become eminently clear that both Obama and Romney could (will) keep borrowing from China and still couldn’t afford to buy a clue.

Here’s just a snapshot of their brilliant ideas. 

Mitt’s Monstrosities

Eliminate Title X Family Planning Funding — Savings: $300 Million. Title X subsidizes family planning programs that benefit abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

Read Malcom Gladwell’s Freakonomics Mr. Romney, especially the part about crime decrease in NY in the 1990s. Please, let’s have a bunch of unwanted children so they can rob me of my car keys and wallet when I’m 55. Unless you have a plan to stop people from fucking, this is a really bad idea. 

  • Reduce Waste And Fraud — Savings: $60 Billion. The federal government made $125 billion in improper payments last year. Cutting that amount in half through stricter enforcement and harsher penalties yields returns many times over on the investment.
  • Align Federal Employee Compensation With The Private Sector — Savings: $47 Billion. Federal compensation exceeds private sector levels by as much as 30 to 40 percent when benefits are taken into account. This must be corrected.
  • Repeal The Davis-Bacon Act — Savings: $11 Billion. Davis-Bacon forces the government to pay above-market wages, insulating labor unions from competition and driving up project costs by approximately 10 percent.
  • Reduce The Federal Workforce By 10 Percent Via Attrition — Savings: $4 Billion. Despite widespread layoffs in the private sector, President Obama has continued to grow the federal payrolls. The federal workforce can be reduced by 10 percent through a “1-for-2” system of attrition, thereby reducing the number of federal employees while allowing the introduction of new talent into the federal service.
  • Consolidate agencies and streamline processes to cut costs and improve results in everything from energy permitting to worker retraining to trade negotiation.

This isn’t bad shit, but I ask what agencies will you get rid of? Oh, and on what day after taking office do you plan on killing Congress or can we just expect you to sidestep them like the last GOP President? Pretty words, but HOW????

Here are some words from Mitt on corporate taxes…

  • Cut the corporate rate to 25 percent
  • Strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit
  • Switch to a territorial tax system
  • Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Corporations already don’t pay taxes. Anyone who is still stateside has more than enough loopholes, just ask GE. Everyone else is already in other countries, again thanks to the last guy in the white house part of the grand ole’ GOP. 

  • Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates
  • Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Eliminate the Death Tax
  • Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

How are you paying for this, use your chin to cut some diamonds? 

Barry’s Bastardizations

President Obama has put forward a specific, balanced plan of spending cuts and revenue increases that reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, including $1 trillion in spending cuts he signed into law last summer as part of a deal with congressional Republicans.

Why didn’t we do this 4 years ago? Right, because we can’t.

President Obama knows we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity. His budget includes investments in education, manufacturing, and infrastructure, while bringing discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in more than 50 years .

I’m surprised the nonsensical nature of this statement didn’t rip a hole in the space/time continuum. How do you cut while spending?????? Investment requires money. We have none. This is like a homeless guy eating a cheeseburger and then convincing the cook he still has a cheeseburger and he got paid for it when neither are true. . 

President Obama has a plan to bring jobs back to the U.S. by eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and creating incentives for businesses to bring jobs back to America.

Offshoring has plagued this country for 12 years; we just recognize this is a problem now? I don’t buy it, there’s a reason this wasn’t done sooner.

President Obama cut taxes for every American worker and provided 18 tax cuts for small businesses to help them weather the recession. Now, he’s calling on millionaires and billionaires to pay a little bit more so that we can pay down our debt in a balanced way.

Nope, that was George W. Bush so we would forget about 9/11 with a big screen TV in every home. 

Manufacturing is an essential building block of our economy because it sparks innovation, generates higher-wage jobs, and strengthens entire communities. After declining for over a decade, the manufacturing sector has rebounded – led by President Obama’s rescue of the auto industry– and created 479,000 manufacturing jobs since January 2010. To build on this recovery, President Obama set a goal to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016 and is working to double American exports over the next five years by promoting U.S. goods and removing trade barriers, expanding access to credit, and promoting strong growth.

If it was 1824 I would agree Manufacturing is the future.

Some wonderful wish lists not based in a lick of pragmatism or ideas on how we will accomplish these lofty goals especially with those two other persnickety branches of government.

I’m voting Libertarian this year because we need to break the system before it will reset properly. Gary Johnson has some real revenue builders on the horizon and I know he isn’t backed by the 54 (yes that’s literal) special interest groups that called me to support Romney.

 

 

 

Why I’m Voting Gary Johnson Libertarian for President

My Father once told me, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and a majority of them stink.” Alas, with humanities’ huge frontal lobes we can’t stop ourselves from analyzing the world around us and ultimately placing value judgments on those observations.

I keep most of my observations rGary Johnson for PResidentelegated to comic books. It’s a topic I’m passionate about and I have a 30 + year history of wading through the excrement to the excelsior. I know comics, and I can say with certainty what they require structurally to succeed.

But comics are simple, the intricate machinations that keep a global super power up and running  – not so much. I’m naïve to most of these machinations; I’m also an idealist which never fares well in solving real world problems with any levels of pragmatism.

Basically, should you listen to me? No. Plain and simple. I’m like Ann Coulter or Anderson Cooper, I’m a person who can string words together and spew them from a moderately comely piehole. Go out and form your own opinion, but please for the love of God perform an ounce of research before you come to that opinion.

I sadly know too many people who won’t vote for Obama because he’s black and even more people voting for Romney simply because he isn’t Obama. It’s ludicrous when put in black and white arial font, but sadly this is the case.

Here’s why I don’t want to vote for either man: How will you fix America?

Before you start bombarding me with links to their websites, don’t bother, been there and done that since both candidates had their campaign sites up and running. If you scratch under the surface, look beyond the promises, you will find there is a woeful lack on plans for execution.

TRANSPARENCY SCHMANPARENCY

Look I’m in marketing, I get the power of people registering and following you. I understand the wealth behind an inbound lead raising their hand and submitting their information. However, I hock mobile device management solutions, I don’t guide the future of humanity.

Both Obama and Romney make it veritably impossible to get to their stances on the issue from their respective .com’s.

Obama offers a teeny tiny link, and Romney forces yo;u to engage in a game of Where’s Waldo to find the entrance to actual information on his site.

Now, I’ll admit my boy Gary Johnson also goes for the registration, but his link to continue to his site is just as prominent. Gary wants to give you answers, not just get your money.

Your Web architecture speaks to your strategy. Your strategy speaks to the goal of your presidency.

ECONOMY

Obama says

Everyone agrees the economy is in the shitter right? Is it as shitty as it could be? No. Could it be less shitty? You bet.

Why on earth would Obama merely talk about what’s been done in the past four  years when everyone agrees the past four years have been pretty shitty.

What have you done for me lately and what will you do tomorrow sir?

Romney on the Economy 

Retraining Workers

Mitt Romney will approach retraining policy with a conservative mindset that recognizes it as an area where the federal government is particularly ill-equipped to succeed. Retraining efforts must be founded upon a partnership that brings together the states and the private sector. The sprawling federal network of redundant bureaucracies should be dismantled and the funds used for better purposes. One particularly promising approach that Romney supports and believes states should be encouraged to pursue is a system of Personal Reemployment Accounts for unemployed individuals. These accounts would facilitate programs that place individuals directly into companies that provide on-the-job training—as governor of Massachusetts, Romney helped create just such a program.

  • Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency
  • Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds
  • Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts
  • Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs

What the sweet fuckity fuck does this mean? So right now, there are no offices looking to retrain and place American Workers? I think some agencies would take umbrage with this. Now here’s my question, “How do you plan to pay for it Mitt, while you cut taxes?

Gary Johnson Plan

1 Cut Spending

THIS RECESSION HAS FORCED FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES across America to make hard choices and limit their expenditures. We must now expect our elected officials to make the tough calls that will keep our government on a sustainable path moving forward. We must restrain spending across the board:

  • Revise the terms of entitlement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, which threaten to bankrupt the nation’s future.
  • Eliminate the costly and ineffective military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan; limit defense spending to actions that truly protect the United States.
  • Stop spending on the fiscal stimulus, transportation, energy, housing, and all other special interests. The U.S. must restrain spending across the board.

2 Cut Taxes

THE U.S. TAX SYSTEM IMPOSES AN ENORMOUS toll on productivity through high marginal rates, absurd complexity, loopholes for the well-connected, and incentives for wasteful decisions. A better, fairer system will be:

  • Abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Enact the Fair Tax to tax expenditures, rather than income, with a ‘prebate’ to make spending on basic necessities tax free.
  • With the Fair Tax, eliminate business taxes, withholding and other levies that penalize productivity, while creating millions of jobs.
  • Suggested Reading: www.FairTax.org

3 Reduce Federal Involvement in the Economy

MUCH FEDERAL INTERVENTION IS A PAYOUT TO special interests or counterproductive meddling that stifles competition, innovation, and growth.

We should:
  • Reject auto and banking bailouts, state bailouts, corporate welfare, cap-and-trade, card check, and the mountain of regulation that protects special interests rather than benefiting consumers or the economy.
  • Restrict Federal Reserve policy to maintaining price stability, not bailing out financial firms or propping up the housing sector.
  • Eliminate government support of Fannie and Freddie.
  • Reduce or eliminate federal involvement in education; let states expand successful reforms such as vouchers and charter schools.
  • Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, rather than wasting money on an expensive and futile prohibition.
  • Eliminate needless barriers to free trade and make it easier for would-be legal immigrants to apply for work visas.

Radical? Yes. It’s called a Hail Mary folks and when your back is against the wall as America’s back has often been, leaps of courage and faith are what have separated us from the status quo. 

TAXES

Obama says

  • Asking millionaires to pay their fair shareNo household making more than $1 million each year should pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than a middle-class family pays.
  • Investing in the middle classPresident Obama knows we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity. His budget includes investments in education, manufacturing, and infrastructure, while bringing discretionary spending to its lowest level as a share of the economy in more than 50 years .
  • Reducing the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade

President Obama has put forward a specific, balanced plan of spending cuts and revenue increases that reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, including $1 trillion in spending cuts he signed into law last summer as part of a deal with congressional Republicans.

Hey, sounds awesome. Why wasn’t any of this done over the past four years? Oh, that’s right for the same reason I drive to work in a Nissan instead of on a winged unicorn with a care bear as my co-pilot. Reality is a bitch. 

Romney’s Plan

Individual Taxes

America’s individual tax code applies relatively high marginal tax rates on a narrow tax base. Those high rates discourage work and entrepreneurship, as well as savings and investment. With 54 percent of private sector workers employed outside of corporations, individual rates also define the incentives for job-creating businesses. Lower marginal tax rates secure for all Americans the economic gains from tax reform.

  • Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates
  • Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Eliminate the Death Tax
  • Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Corporate Taxes

The U.S. economy’s 35 percent corporate tax rate is among the highest in the industrial world, reducing the ability of our nation’s businesses to compete in the global economy and to invest and create jobs at home. By limiting investment and growth, the high rate of corporate tax also hurts U.S. wages.

  • Cut the corporate rate to 25 percent
  • Strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit
  • Switch to a territorial tax system
  • Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Mitt, didn’t you want to just pay for a bunch of reeducation? How you gonna do that cowboy if we’re broke and you cut takes even more. And on the corporate taxes, don’t bother. There are more than enough loopholes right now to let companies like GE keep all of their ill gotten gains without ever giving back to the country that buys their goods. 

Gary Johnson thinks…that’s right, he already told us.

We need an answer, we need a change, we need to think outside the current system.

WE NEED MORE CHOICES. I’m voting for 2016 tomorrow.

Mitt Romney – Rhetoric At Its Finest

Everyone in the free world could hear the kathud as Mitt Romney shoved his foot directly into his pearly white teeth yesterday with his comment,

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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’s great Mitt, but let me pose a few questions back to you. Because it is hyperbole like this statement that has become a staple of politicians in recent years. It’s rhetoric plain and simple, made to undercut the incumbent and raise the ire of your base to distract them from the fact you have no real solution.

I would like to pose a few questions back to you…

  • How much have you paid in taxes in recent years? By your statement, we should all be kicking into the kitty. So why is it OK for the wealthiest of Americans to avoid taxes, but not the poorest?  I agree no one should get a free ride, but by the way you have lived your life and the way the Honey Boo Boos of the world live their lives, Essentially you are just displacing burden of keeping the lights on right back to the middle class again.
  • 47% really don’t want to work? Aren’t the elderly, children and the truly handicapped part of this number or did you weed them out of your figures. I don’t have the answer, but I think you don’t either.
  • Why don’t people want to work? Let’s assume you did weed out those that truly need assistance.  Let’s assume that 47% are people truly able to work. Why aren’t they working should be the question. Yes, some people are just lazy, that’s a fact. But might the fact that the jobs for uneducated Americans getting shipped offshore be a huge contributor to this number outside of just pure laziness.

Solutions Mitt, we all already know the problems.