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“Listen to me now: No president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage that he found in just four years”- Bill Clinton

Clinton also described Obama as “a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside”, also Clinton stated that Obama has “laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy.”

There a few problems with these statements uttered by the somewhat revered former President at the DNC recently.

Praiser’s of President Clinton’s words need to keep in mind that President Obama did not “find” these problems, he did not “inherit” the problems either. Obama spent a fortune of other peoples money and lots of his own to get the office of the President. The man didn’t fall out of the sky and into the oval office, he worked hard to get there. To say that he simply “inherited” or “found” the issues facing America when he took office implies that he was out of touch, uninformed, and frankly not ready for the Presidency. All of which were criticisms leveled by Republicans toward Obama that were vehemently denied and fought against by Obama supporters.

This type of rhetoric isn’t new to politics and Clinton knows this. Bill Clinton was openly blamed for 9/11 by many neo-conservatives who claimed that he gutted the military and made it possible for those terrorist acts to occur. They claimed that George Bush had inherited an America with weak national security. Clinton received a lot of blame through the first four years of  the Bush era from Republicans, the rhetoric was used as a crucial part of his re-election campaign in 2004.

It was the success of the Bush administration’s ability to convince its base that Bush wasn’t a bad President and that he just needed four more years of work that has inspired this very same propaganda by the Obama administration. It worked once, why couldn’t it work twice?

The next fallacy in Clinton’s statements was that he said Obama has “laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy”.

It is the tendency of central planner types to assume that they are solely responsible for the growth and success of the economy. I find the hypocrisy of this mindset to be so blatant that I can’t conceive of how it is missed by so many. Think back to the much vaunted comments made a while back by Obama claiming that “you didn’t build that, somebody else did”. His comments set out to remove the individualism of America to remind us that government has an important role to play. He didn’t say that business didn’t accomplish anything, he said that business didn’t accomplish anything without some form of government assistance. But apparently in the mind of Bill Clinton this isn’t a 2 way street. Government is crucial to the success of business, but businesses and business people are not crucial to the success of  the economy and/or the government. If Obama has “laid the foundation” for this “more modern, more well-balanced economy” then all of the reinvestment, cost cutting, and entrepreneurship of Americans and American businesses  has absolutely no effect on the future of our economy.

The success or failure of the economy moving forward is the sole ownership of Barack Obama if you are willing to accept these remarks as the truth. After all, if you built a brand new house and 3 years later the house collapsed due to a bad foundation you would probably call the guy who laid the foundation and demand restitution. Obama should and will be held to the same standards, if we are willing to forgive Obama for his first lets say 2 years (which is an arbitrary number decided upon by the excuse makers) because he was busy digging out of a hole then from those 2 years forward it is all his. If they are willing to say it took 2 years to dig out of the hole then they are saying that the hole was dug out of in 2 years, right? So around late 2010 early 2011 President Obama’s term began fresh, clean and unimpeded by his predecessor. I am holding every single one of you to that.

If you are willing to put a lot of faith in the words of Bill Clinton and praise him for his wisdom then you had better be willing to own up to what that “wisdom” entails. If you are Barack Obama and you are willing to let him march out into public and speak on your behalf and convince America that you are the best thing for the future because you have “laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy” then you had better be willing to take responsibility for the words that he speaks on your behalf.

In my estimation, if President Obama is responsible for the “foundation” of the future economy we are screwed. The foundation he has laid is based on the Federal Reserve continuously pumping more money into the economy to keep it from seizing and collapsing a practice which risks monetary inflation. The foundation he has laid is based on the Federal Reserve mandating that rates be held artificially low for an open ended amount of time to encourage lending of easy money which can lead to the gambling and irresponsible investment behavior blamed for the housing collapse in 2008-2009. The foundation that he has laid is based on the Federal Reserve, a consortium of privately owned banks, buying our national debt and using it as a backer for printing more money (monetizing the debt) risking hyperinflation.  The foundation he has laid is based on buying up failing businesses and interrupting the business cycle to “save” jobs. The foundation he has laid is based on an ever increasing number of unemployed workers, an increasing number of people collecting welfare, and persons claiming disability (a common trick for the long term unemployed who can no longer collect unemployment benefits is to go onto disability).

Thank you Bill Clinton for clarifying for all of us who is responsible for the “more modern and more well-balanced economy” that we have to look forward to.

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An analysis of the Fox News debate from Monday night. If you have any question on these quotes or paraphrasing please watch the debate, its all on video.

Mitt Romney

1.(Paraphrase) “People Convicted of Violent Crimes Should NEVER Get to Vote Again.”

But they will still have to pay taxes right? Will they be eligible for the military draft? Does a bar fight when you’re 19 justify a lifetime voting ban?

2. “I do not believe that marriage should be between two people of the same gender” (exact quote)

Will you put your personal beliefs aside and govern based on the equal rights of all Americans? Or much like Obama, will you govern from your personal beliefs and use the government to unfairly benefit people that you prefer?

3. (Paraphrase) “I would have supported the NDAA”, “You do not have the right to support groups that do not agree with the Federal Government”

Wow. So now disagreeing with the Federal Government should lead to indefinite detention under the NDAA. At least he promised not to do that, we all know that we can trust promises from politicians.

Rick Perry

1. Confused the Taliban with Al Qaeda.

Called out by Ron Paul for not knowing the difference.

2. “I don’t think its the governments responsibility” in reference to Government intervention in the housing market

Kudos Rick, you sound a little like you’re getting it!

3. “We will have Predator drones on the border patrolling” (paraphrase)

Do we really want unmanned weapons flying around our skies? How long before police use these against “criminals”? This issue could be a slippery slope toward the police state.

Newt Gingrich

1. “All unemployment compensation should be tied to a job training requirement” (exact quote)

Who runs this training program? The federal government? Who funds this Federal job training program? The taxpayer that’s who. Or is this mandated on private industry and/or the individual….like Obamacare.

2. “Andrew Jackson had a pretty clear opinion on America’s enemies, kill them” (exact quote) in reference to Ron Paul saying that we should apply the “Golden Rule” to foreign policy and that we should respect the sovereign territory of other nations.

What if Canada was at war with China? Let’s say that there were Chinese militants hiding in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado? Would we be ok with secret missions flown into US airspace by Canadian forces without permission of America to bomb suspected hiding places of these Chinese militants? Perhaps the suburbs of Denver? Perhaps inside a national park? Doubtful. So why would it be ok for the USA to fly into Pakistan and bomb neighborhoods in pursuit of insurgents without the cooperation and permission of the Pakistani government?

3. “As a historian”

Don’t even need to complete the sentence, Newt we get it, you know a little bit about history and distort it to fit your answers. This is something like the 16th debate, we have all heard that you are a “historian”.

Rick Santorum

1. “Neutrality ends in poverty”, “this is unconsionable”, in regard to the Federal government taking a neutral stance on promoting marriage.

Obviously the Government should be determining what individuals should be doing with their lives. What about parents, communities, churches, and organizations being the mentors who suggest and encourage proper or preferred individual behaviors? Is parenting and mentoring now the job of the government? What about individual responsibility and accountability for your behavior and for raising your children?

2.”sometimes you have to pass laws to keep worse laws from passing” (paraphrase)

Sometimes you have to cut off your nose to spite your face, right Rick? Or is this more along the lines of digging your way out of a hole in the ground? Big Government politicians see the only solutions to the nations problems as being more government oversight and more legislation. Rick needs to learn that often times government oversight is a large part of the problem.

Ron Paul (here are some of his best hits tonight)

1.”I want to cut money, overseas money, I want to cut military money, not defense money”, “I want to bring the troops home”, “there is a difference between military money and defense spending”

2. “Our taxes should be the lowest they’ve ever been since 1913, 0%”

3. “If we have no respect for the sovereignty of another nation it will negatively effect our nation” (paraphrase)

So who won or lost this debate?

Winner, big government neocons who got favorable questions and more air time.

Losers, the American people who got lied to, mislead, and had establishment candidates shoved onto them.

Comment below if you have any argument for any of these points.

If you have read my NFL Playoff predictions then you know not to put much stock into this post, but I can’t help myself.

The GOP field will be one less after Jon Huntsman formally drops out on Monday. This makes me wonder who will be left after South Carolina.

This is how I predict South Carolina will effect the race.

Romney will win, but the margin will be much smaller than in New Hampshire. Nevertheless, the corporate media will kiss his ass and talk about how historic it is and how the race is over.

Paul will finish 2nd. It will be a strong 2nd, and it should raise more eyebrows inside the establishment, unfortunately it probably wont. The big media will ignore him just as they have in the last 2 states.

Here’s where I think it gets tricky.

If Perry comes in 3rd then I think he stays on the campaign trail to Florida and Nevada. If Santorum or Gingrich comes in 3rd then Perry is done. Perry skipped New Hampshire and made his big bet on South Carolina, if that bet doesn’t pay off he will drop out.

I think Santorum is going to stay on board until Florida (regardless of his finish in SC) where unless he finishes in the top 2 he will drop out as well.

Newt is impossible to read because he has no organization, and the funding for his campaign has been weak. If he does well in South Carolina 2nd or 3rd then he will ride it out as long as he possibly can. He seems like he just loves to hear himself talk and be on TV so I think he hangs around trying to make a splash.

I predict that Romney wins SC and Florida then Paul will take Nevada. The most important thing is that the delegates will remain close between Romney and Paul and after all the other jokers drop out it should get very interesting.