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Presidential election year is like plane crash

Published 9:36am Wednesday, October 24, 2012

OK, I have seen many people expressing their political opinions on Facebook and elsewhere, so I guess it is time for mine.

I have been studying both presidential candidates.

First, there is Obama. He has been in office for four years, and what has he done? What?

Well, gas is higher than it has ever been. We have lost millions of jobs. He has spent billions of dollars on unnecessary wars. He has spent billions of dollars on banks that just laugh at him, hand out bonuses to their executives and take vacation.

Well, don’t even get me started on Obama’s health care plan.

So, I don’t want him in office.

Then there is Mitt Romney, who is the most deceiving and lying person there is.

If he gets in office he will raise taxes on us and the middle class as well as cut on Social Security some more. He has openly made statements that he is not worried about the poor and that they can worry about themselves.

I don’t want him in office either.

So I said to my wife, “What am I supposed to do?”

I can’t vote for either one not to be in the office, and I don’t want to vote to put one into office. So, what do I do about voting this year?

Well, I thought about it really hard this morning and came up with my answer.

This year is the first time I am not voting.

Why? Because this year’s election is like a plane crash. Yes, you heard me right, a plane crash. I am sitting in my seat and I know we are going to crash, no matter which one of those idiots get into office.

And as bad as I don’t want this plane to crash, I cannot stop it. I cannot simply get up and jump out of the plane because that would be certain death as well.

So, all I can do is get into crash position, hold on for the ride and, when we hit and the crash is over, hope and pray to the good Lord above that there will be survivors.

So, yes folks, no matter how bad we want this country’s leader to do a good job, it is not going to happen.

There is no sense in voting because, no matter what we decide, this plane is going to crash.

Lee Craft

Ironton

 

  • indieVoter

    “Obama Faces GOP On Its Talking Points”
    youtube.com/watch?v=N5BE9_x7xTo

    This clearly shows Obama reaching out to the republicans and not just for liberal or progressive ideas. The clip is from January, 2010 and you can see for yourselves.

    You don’t have to take anyone’s word for it. Check it out.

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    • Noesis

      LOL, he talks the talk but he doesn’t walk the walk.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: It was their game plan to defeat Obama.
    —————

    Only if Obambi continued with his liberal ways. If he did a Clinton and moved to the center, they would have been willing to work with him.

    The American people showed their support for Obambi’s liberal ways as evidenced by the Nov 2010 elections.

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  • Noesis

    Indie: As for President Obama reaching across the aisle, he did his part. The lack of bipartisanship is completely the fault of the republican party. It was their game plan to defeat Obama.
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    He reached across the aisle? When? Obambi famously started out in the stimulus bill negotiations telling John Kyl “I won” and building a bill so heavy on liberal wish-lists and so light on the kinds of tax cuts preferred by conservatives that he ended up without a single House Republican and only three Republican Senators backing the bill. Was there bipartisanship when he refused to listen to Republicans during the health care debate? Cap and trade? How about when he demonized Ryan’s fiscal plan after inviting him to attend?
    How about when Obambi got a tax deal with Republicans but at the last minute wanted $800 billion more in tax increases to scuttle the deal?

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  • indieVoter

    mikehaney – “bipartisanship—four years in the making? Week to go before elections and preaching bipartisanship from Obambi? Somebody needs to stop drinking the kool aid.”
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    Not exactly. If you want to fixate on the pop culture phenomenon of “drinkin’ kool aid” then I’ll suggest you begin your search for suspects by taking a long look in the mirror.

    As for President Obama reaching across the aisle, he did his part. The lack of bipartisanship is completely the fault of the republican party. It was their game plan to defeat Obama.

    Don’t take my word. Take a look instead at a video I first suggested to you about two and a half years ago.

    “Obama Faces GOP On Its Talking Points”
    youtube.com/watch?v=N5BE9_x7xTo

    Proof. Mike, I know you won’t watch this because you don’t want that conflict where you have to decide whether or not to believe your lying eyes.

    I’m recommending that (completely uncut) video clip only for those who actually are interested in the truth. The truth, in this case, is that President Obama wanted very badly to work across the aisle but that was intentionally withheld from him by the republicans.

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  • indieVoter

    It was good to see the President drop everything in order to get back to the White House and do his job as this unprecedented storm zeroed in on the east coast.

    Obama was supposed to be in FL, OH and VA with Bill Clinton so it’s not like he didn’t have big things on his agenda already. I’m proud that our President showed good discretion and i agree with him that “the election will take care of itself.”

    I was also happy, and surprised, to see NJ governor Chris Christie give his endorsement to the job President Obama is doing handling this storm. Christie said on one of the news shows “President Obama has been all over this…” and that he gave Christie his direct phone number in the White House to call if he needed ANYTHING to help New Jersey weather this storm.

    One more week!!

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    • mikehaney

      yes, just heart warming.

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      • indieVoter

        What’s the problem Mike? Are you reticent to compliment the President because you wish that we’d privatized FEMA as Romney has promoted??

        You know who’s NOT for privatizing FEMA? Republican poster-child Chris Christie is ALL IN. He’s 100% for FEMA and now we have a Republican in this country who is willing to work across the aisle with President Obama. What a shame that people have to be put in a literal life-and-death situation to see this from a Republican of significance.

        May Chris Christie continue in this “lapse of insanity” and continue to recognize the value in bipartisanship. Maybe he can set a new precedent for a party that needs it badly.

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    • mikehaney

      bipartisanship—four years in the making? Week to go before elections and preaching bipartisanship from Obambi?
      Somebody needs to stop drinking the kool aid.

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  • mikehaney

    “The average American really cannot appreciate the level of incest that is the so-called mainstream media. They are their own echo chamber … Some may put on the happy face on TV, but they rarely tell viewers and readers what they really know. In this case, there are the real polls. Each campaign has a good handle on whether they are moving up or moving down. Obama is in free fall and did not do himself any favors last night …

    “Obama’s angry, petulant, in-your-face histrionics did not sway the middle. It alienated them. That’s the dirty secret that most of the media knows and refuses to disclose to America. The election has shifted decisively in Romney’s favor and Obama’s ship, not submarine, is going under.”
    Larry Johnson

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  • Noesis

    Indie: It’s so funny that we agree on a superficial level but it’s only because in your way of seeing things it would be a surprise if Obama wins.
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    Newly released figures from Gallup show that the demographics of the American electorate … have changed very little since 2008 except in one way: Party affiliation has swung dramatically toward the Republican party… Gallup’s tallies on the composition of the electorate show that, among likely voters, Democrats held a 10-point advantage over Republicans in party affiliation in 2008 — 39 to 29 percent. Four year later, Gallup’s tallies show that, among likely voters, Republicans hold a 1-point advantage over Democrats in party affiliation — 36 to 35 percent. That’s an 11-point swing in just four years.
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    So Keta… when you see see polls that have Romney up 3-5 points with a +4 democrat bias, it’s really would be Romney up 5-8 with a +1 rebublican sampling… and then there’s the independents who are flocking to Romney….

    = landslide

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  • indieVoter

    It’s so funny that we agree on a superficial level but it’s only because in your way of seeing things it would be a surprise if Obama wins.

    Most people have seen Obama hold a solid lead for a while now and, with all due respect to Donald Trump, there isn’t going to be an October Surprise that would give Romney a win.

    We’re close enough to the election now that we don’t have to debate about which one of us is right. We’ll know a week from Tuesday so just stay tuned….

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  • Noesis

    Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if Colin Powell comes along with Bill and Barack as a surprise guest at these rallies starting Monday?!?!
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    It’s over…. there’s no October surprise and now we see the following news:

    Officials Denied 3 Help Requests During Attack on Libya
    Sources on the ground in Benghazi during the attack on the US consulate tell Fox News that CIA operatives twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff, and twice were told to ‘stand down’ — while a later request for military backup was denied.

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  • indieVoter

    OK, so Mitt Romney was here in Ohio last night. Check out this headline:

    “Meat Loaf on the menu at Romney campaign rally in Ohio”
    - The rocker was joined by Randy Owen of the band Alabama, John Rich of Lonestar and Mitt Romney himself in a spirited, if not entirely tuneful, rendition of ‘America the Beautiful.’

    So Mitt’s on the campaign trail with Meat Loaf by his side. This campaign does just keep getting weirder from Romney’s side. He’s got Donald Trump making a fool of himself again with his “huuuuuuge news” Weds and now he’s got the guy who made a fool of himself on Trump’s TV show. Is Romney now targeting the psychotic vote? His campaign strategists should know better and recognize Romney’s already got that block nailed down.

    As for President Obama, he and Bill Clinton will be hitting the campaign trail together starting this coming Monday. They’ll be on the same stage in Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

    What a contrast. Obama has Bill Clinton and Colin Powell with him and Romney keeps surrounding himself with these strange characters. Oh well, I can’t wait to see Bill and Barack on the campaign trail. I’ll be watching live but I’ll bet it’ll be all over the news too.

    Good stuff for going into the last week before the election.

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    • indieVoter

      Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if Colin Powell comes along with Bill and Barack as a surprise guest at these rallies starting Monday?!?!

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    • Noesis

      No, weird would be talking about losing your virginity and comparing it to voting for Obama:

      This afternoon, the obama campaign released its latest ad from a celebrity. This one was from Lena Dunham, 26-year-old creator of HBO’s raunchy series Girls. It’s an astoundingly tasteless ad comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity. Really. And Dunham recommends that if you’re going to have sex – er, vote – for the first time, you should really do it with President Barack obama.

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  • keta

    use regulators to knock FOX News off the air
    ———————————————————

    Oh, geez. Tucker Carlson’s fact-free website, the Daily Caller, strikes again. A university professor suggests that the FCC could shut FOX down, and old Tucker reports that a “secret cabal” of journalists said it. The writer he’s attacking, Ezra Klein, was absolutely right about a progressive media being more important than any elected official. Benjamin Franklin put it this way: “A free press is more important than government itself.” Amen.

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    • Noesis

      LOL, Keta, you never fail to do your knee jerk reaction of attacking the messenger. Fact free? He publishes E-mails from the JournoList members and yet you say it’s fact free? How is the below not a “fact”?

      On July 20, 2010, The Daily Caller (DC) published the dialog of the JournoList concerning Jeremiah Wright.[12] The contributors discussed killing the Wright story, as it was reflecting negatively on Barack Obama. In a separate discussion, about an ABC News-sponsored debate between Obama and Hillary Clinton, Michael Tomasky, a writer for The Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of JournoList: “Listen folks – in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people”.[12] James Taranto observed that one JournoList contributor, Spencer Ackerman of The Washington Independent, stated “If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists”.

      And I’m fairly certain Bemnjamin Franklin was talking about a press free of bias so that real news gets out.

      If you’re in active collusion with the government, is it really a free press?

      And why so quiet about Obama’s lies and attempts to stir up racial animosity? If Romney pulled the same trick, you’d be screaming to high heavens.

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  • mickakers

    Why watch and listen to these commentators? Do we need someone to think for us? I look upon these gentleman and ladies as entertainers (over paid at that). I prefer just the factual news being presented. I am still capable of doing my own thinking.

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  • indieVoter

    “how is this any different than Op-Eds in the NY Times from the likes of Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman and others that went on long before Fox News or MSNBC?”

    The difference is how much more sophisticated and ubiquitous it is today. Fox and MSNBC are not the entirety of this issue. It extends out to talk radio, blogs and all the rest. The thing is, it’s in your face 24/7 and almost impossible to escape these days.

    Sometimes you have to take a step back to see clearly.

    At least if you watch “Hardball” and “The Factor” back-to-back you’ll be able to see first hand how many are being manipulated. I say just try it because nobody ever appreciates something more than when they see it with their own two eyes.

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  • Noesis

    Here you go Indie:

    “I think that the creation of a media environment that can sustain and propel progressivism is more important than any single elected official,” Ezra Klein, a Washington Post writer told the Washington Monthly in 2004. “The media is as effective and important an agent for change as the legislative bodies.”

    Ezra Klein was the ringleader of a secret cabal of 400 top journalists and political operatives who coordinated the Obama administration’s early political messaging from a listserv known as “JournoList.”

    Those on the invitation-only list discussed matters such as as how to paint Sarah Palin in a bad light and use regulators to knock Fox News off the air.

    Klein was part of an “all-star” cast of leftist journalists called to the White House by President Obama in 2011 to coordinate “economic messaging,” reported ABC News’ Jake Tapper, who wasn’t invited.

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  • Noesis

    You want to see extreme rhetoric…. well it starts at the top. I wonder how much the MSM covers this:

    During his 2007 run for President, Obama accused the federal government of showing cruel indifference to the primarily black victims of Hurricane Katrina. The evidence, he claimed, involved something called the Stafford Act, which requires a locality receiving federal disaster relief to provide 10 percent as much money as Washington does. And as Obama worked the crowd, he said:

    When 9/11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act. …And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation; we don’t expect you to come up with your own money. Here, here’s the money to rebuild…because you’re part of the American family.’ What’s happening down in New Orleans?! Where’s your dollar?! Where’s your Stafford Act money?! Makes no sense. …Tells me that somehow the [black] people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much.

    (I verified the above. You can see it at the 3 minute mark of the youtube video: tinyurl(.)com/bqeynxa)

    The problem:

    Barely two weeks before Obama gave the Hampton U. speech, the US Senate had in fact waived the Stafford Act for New Orleans. Moreover, that city ended up receiving more aid than Florida and NYC combined. But that’s not all. As Thomas Sowell wrote:

    The U.S. Senate keeps a record of who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007 shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted against – repeat, AGAINST – the legislation which included the waiver.

    Absolutely mind boggling. Obama votes against the bill that includes the waiver designed to help people about whom he purports to care. Yet the bill passes despite his resistance. Obama nonetheless appears before a black audience not two weeks later and claims that the waiver for aid was never granted. Even more damnably, he clearly implies that this is due to white “racism.”

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  • TribuneSubscriber

    Mr. Craft….
    While I honor your right to NOT VOTE in the Presidential Election…

    PLEASE REMEMBER…
    There are ‘other IMPORTANT ISSUES’ to be voted on whether
    its City – County – State – And National….

    PLEASE… DON’t THROW AWAY YOUR RIGHT…

    A lot of good people have served these United States in order to PRESERVE YOUR FREEDOM & RIGHTS…!!

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE Mr. Craft…
    God’s Blessings to you and yours.

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  • indieVoter

    It is no secret there are factions in operation who’ll be happy to hear Lee’s not voting. It’s a political strategy designed to shrink the electorate, trimming people off the edges who might be less likely to vote for their side. This article is an indictment against the times we live in.

    Why is this? What’s made Lee so disgruntled. Now he could come right here to this forum and tell me that he knows darn good and well why he feels this way. He’s wrong.

    There’s a conscious effort underway in this country. It’s not too hard to figure out. Just watch Hardball with Chris Mathews at 7pm and then The Factor with Bill O’Reilly back to back. You will see the two different spin cycles (to oversimplify it) in this election, as represented by MSNBC and Fox News.

    I did this recently and it’s an eye-opener. I recommend you try it sometime and see them both on the same night in order to see how one day’s news is handled by each side. I’ll probably come back to this thought at some point but for now I’ll just leave you with the recommendation to watch those two shows and reflect on what’s happening in and to our country.

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    • Noesis

      I recommend you try it sometime and see them both on the same night in order to see how one day’s news is handled by each side.
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      And how is this any different than Op-Eds in the NY Times from the likes of Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman and others that went on long before Fox News or MSNBC?

      Remember the Plame blame Bush game when the NY Times had about 50 articles with 6 being on the front page above the fold trying to convict Bush but then when 911 commission results came out saying Plame lied, it was buried deep within the paper? (Where are the cries for an investigation about a real CIA asset being “outed” and thrown in a Pakistani prison?)

      My point being that if the majority of the media didn’t have such an obvious liberal slant to it, FOX news never would have prospered. MSNBC is just trying to out-liberal the other liberal stations.

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  • Noesis

    Ah Lee, what is your proof that Romney will raise taxes on the middle class? Because Obama said so? And will Social Security and other programs get cut? you better believe it. That’s what happens when you design a program where people only lived on average 5 years after they retired, based it on the hopeful expectation that the population growth will continue to expand. We are borrowing 40 cents on every dollar we spend.

    I just don’t get how people who won’t accrue a years worth of salary on their credit card believe that the government can without consequences.

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