Monday, November 1, 2010

I Agree With Obama - Please Get Out And Vote!!

We’re down the wire in this year’s election. As I’ve previously stated, voter turnout means everything this year, and I am very worried about conservative overconfidence. When we hear in poll after poll how well the Republican candidates are doing, I am reminded of an episode of the Simpsons where Bart is running for class president against the bookish Martin. The class overwhelmingly supports Bart and amidst their victory celebration, the only votes that are cast are by Martin and his lone supporter. Martin wins.

We’re not up against a nerdy 4th grader with a lone supporter; we’re up against a well oiled political machine with fanatical supporters and seemingly unlimited campaign funds. Here’s what we’re fighting against:

• President Obama – while he may not be a good leader, the campaigner-in-chief can campaign like a stallion He has been travelling the country, appearing on talk shows, yucking up with Jon Stewart and bad-mouthing Americans who oppose Democrats all in the name of getting his progressive minions to the polls.

• Organizing For America – Obama’s campaign machine, now run by the DNC, has been making millions of calls, knocking on millions of doors and tweeting from the @BarackObama Twitter account like crazy. A couple of samples: “I need you fired up. In just 9 days you can set the direction of this country.” And “If you knock on doors and talk to voters, we won’t just win this election; we will restore the American Dream.”  The only problem is an increasing majority of Americans don't want to go in his direction, and his version of the American Dream is more of a socialistic nightmare.

• Unions – with campaign donations in excess of $400 million from unions, Democrats have had over $1 Billion at their disposal this year. That has funded a lot of misleading, half truth advertising. In Nevada, electronic ballots were found with Harry Reid’s name pre-selected. The group that services those machines? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

• The Media – George Soros has given NPR $1 million to hire 100 new correspondents. NPR fired Juan Williams for just appearing on Fox News and having an honest dialog. With Soros buying media like a capitalist would buy a McDonald’s franchise, independent journalism is an endangered specie. In Alaska, CBS was caught red handed trying to manufacture news to damage Tea Party Candidate Joe Miller when a correspondent left a voicemail for Miller’s campaign manager and then forgot to hang up. It’s repulsive, but pervasive.

• Politics of division – Far from uniting the nation as a ‘post-racial’ president, Obama has unilaterally declared that people who oppose him are fearful and not thinking clearly. He later elaborated for a Latino audience that they need to vote so their ‘enemies’ don’t win the elections. Illegal aliens are actively campaigning for Patty Murray in Washington state. The Democratic National Congressional Committee has been running ads painting Republicans as anti-woman, anti-senior citizen, anti-youth, anti-civil rights. None of these charges are true, but a lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth catches up.

If the Democrats win tomorrow, here is a short list of what we have to look forward to in the next session of congress:

• An increase in the nation’s ‘debt ceiling’ to allow for more profligate spending.

• A $165 billion bailout of Union pensions.
• Continued increases in public sector salaries. Public sector employees make $30,000 more, on average than their private sector counterparts. That gap increases to $60,000 when you account for benefits. During the recession, the number of public sector employees making in excess of $150,000 tripled while private sector wages were stagnant or reduced. That’s our tax dollars at work, folks.

• Speaking of taxes, Obama’s ‘deficit commission’ is looking at the impact of reducing or eliminating the mortgage tax deduction.

• 2003 tax cuts will expire at the end of the year, raising taxes for everyone and trapping millions more in the Alternative Minimum Tax. The reinstatement of the ‘death tax’ will force thousands of family farms to sell large swaths of their land or face bankruptcy.

• Forced unionization via ‘card check’ legislation.

• Increased energy costs via cap & trade legislation.

I could go on, but I think the point is made. There’s a lot at stake for America in this election. We can stop the progressive agenda, but only by getting out and voting and encouraging our like-minded friends and family to vote as well. You can contact your local GOP office and see if they need help driving people to the polls. Don’t stop fighting until the polls have closed! REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!
Yours in liberty,

Rich Baker