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Guest Post: Why President Obama Was Reelected

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Via James E. Miller of the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada,

It’s a safe assumption to make that the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama to the office of the United States Presidency will be talked about for decades to come. In history textbooks, 2012 will be referred as a momentous election year when the nation came together and collectively decided to stick with a president through the thick. Like Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and other “transformative” presidents before him, Obama will be praised for keeping the country together in the midst of economic difficulty. In sum, he will be called a popular figure who triumphed over America’s old guard and lead the nation into a new era of solidarity and renewed social tolerance.

The lavishing has already begun with prominent voices on the left like Paul Krugman declaring the “new America” has made Obama their champion. It’s being said in major newspapers across the world that this new incarnation of the American experiment is much more attuned to the struggle of minorities and the downtrodden. They went with a President who will use the divine power of the federal government to lift the disenfranchised onto the platform of dignified living.

Like most of what passes for accepted history, this is downright propaganda. The country as a whole wasn’t frightened over sudden change by throwing out the incumbent. It wasn’t a declaration of a new, more diverse America. Shaping a new destiny wasn’t on the casual voter’s mind on November 6th.

There is a rational explanation for the President’s reelection which doesn’t invoke a deep or complex meaning. The only way to explain the outcome is in the simplest and direct prose: the moochers prevailed.

Obama’s winning tactic was to do what any respectable man does when he wishes to have something; he bought it. From cell phones and contraceptives to food stamps and unemployment benefits, the Obama administration kept the money flowing to ensure a steady turnout on Election Day. The coup de grâce was painting his opponent as a second coming of Dickens’ Scrooge that was ready to cut the voters from their trust funds.

The campaign made no attempt to hide this tactic. In an online video, celebrity Lena Dunham was tapped to extol the virtues of government-supplied birth control. The advertisement was aimed at a younger generation already guaranteed access to their parent’s health insurance till they turn 26 (and then morph simultaneously into full grown, self-sufficient adults). The video was a great demonstration of the campaign strategy but it was topped by one woman from Cleveland, Ohio who exemplified the public trough mentality on camera. Commonly referred to as the Obama-phone lady, this woman was so enraptured by her “free” cell phone and other welfare entitlements, she was determined to “keep Obama in president” to use her exact words. Though clearly dimwitted, Ms. Obamaphone was a phenomenal orator of the President’s message of goodies in exchange for votes.

Though it worked splendidly, Obama’s strategy was not brilliantly crafted from the minds of experts. It was the same bread and circus routine employed by the Romans and applied to modern demographics that relish in a victim-like mentality.  Women, the youth, blacks, Hispanics, and the elderly were all catered to through subtle patronization and outright payoffs.  It was the same tactic employed by the Roosevelt administration when the New Deal got underway. As journalist John T. Flynn wrote of the popular 32nd president:

It was always easy to sell him a plan that involved giving away government money. It was always easy to interest him in a plan which would confer some special benefit upon some special class in the population in exchange for their votes.

The 2009 auto industry bailout was Obama’s great tribute to Roosevelt. By infusing two auto giants with the federal government and still maintaining the appearance of their private ownership, the President convinced a majority in the battleground state of Ohio to put him back in the White House. Criticizing the auto bailout was the last nail in the coffin for Mitt Romney’s presidential aspirations.

None of this is to say the election of Romney would have meant the much needed axing of the welfare state and state-subsidized dependency. The army of bureaucrats tasked with cutting checks in the name of kindness would still work to expand their budgets. The wealthy interests the former Massachusetts governor looked to appease were welfare queens in themselves and would likely receive all the state coddling money can buy.

Obama won the election by catering to the worst of all human traits: envy. He demonized the rich while promising to take more of their income and give it out in the form of entitlement payments. Under his presidency, the attitude of the takers will continue to swell as they clamor for more privileges. Anybody who speaks out against the Robin Hood scheme will be called an unconscionable xenophobe and a hater of the poor. The protestant work ethic will slowly be choked into submission through deliberate iconoclasm launched by the political class and their pet media pundits.

The opponents of capitalism will keep blaming money and greed for all the ills of society. They will also keep wearing fashionable clothes and coordinating protests on their smartphones while drinking caffeinated drinks that cost the same as some third world country’s average salary. They will scoff at hard work when it’s the sweat and labor of generations before them that has created the living standard they enjoy today. Under their tutelage America will be brought into its final form of, as right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh accurately defined it, a “country of children.”

Economist Thomas DiLorenzo sums up the key to Obama’s victory in this pungent bit of fine wisdom:

Every time Romney made one of his “let’s get the economy going again” speeches extolling the virtues of hard work he terrified the millions of welfare bums and parasites and motivated them more than ever to stand in line for hours to vote for Santa Claus Obama, their “savior” from having to work for a living.  (It’s always the low opportunity cost class that has the “luxury” of spending half a day or more standing in a line).

With Obama’s reelection comes the onward march of American society’s degeneration into that of the lazy, bitter masses forever on the lookout to loot a hapless minority still trying to make an honest living. The coming brave new world will be filled to the brim with self-righteous individuals eager to shuffle around the Earth’s gifts to achieve some kind of equality. In the process, none of them will produce a lick of good outside of satisfying their own disturbed need to dominate. It will be rule of the inept over the capable. Barack Obama will lead the way. He will be replaced in four years with someone that follows the same doctrine. The collective age of the country will continue to collapse till it reaches just shy of an unclothed infant wailing for succor. Except it will be grown men doing the crying and no one around to feed him because the sensible among us has already left.

The people have spoken and made it so.


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Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:49 | 2980174 icanhasbailout
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Fun fact: Fewer Mormons voted for Romney than McCain.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:45 | 2972812 laughnow
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Replace 'Bankers' and 'Corporations' with 'Democrats' and you got it straight.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:01 | 2972896 eclectic syncretist
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Spot on my friend.  This writer is a jackass and probably a paid shill for the bankers.  For 100 years our central bank has been supporting banks in sucking off the public tit by allowing issuance of credit backed by nothing.

When the public wakes up and learns what has been going on, well turnaround is fairplay.  It's time to bleed them dry and let them die.  If you're going to make free money a policy, give it to everyone, not just a select few.  That's fair, and it is the american way.  Down with Central Banks and bills of credit.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:24 | 2973074 alangreedspank
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Some of them anyways. But this tendency to limit your definition of 'moochers' to these shows the mentality people have to define moochers as 'someone else, not me.'

Bankers will say the moochers are the getho welfare moms, while those welfare moms will say the moochers are the bankers.

In the end, they're all sucking on the tit anyways.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:10 | 2973746 ejmoosa
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Why?  Because fundamentals do not matter.

When you have no skin in the game but get all the rewards of the game, they will never matter.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:06 | 2972613 Long-John-Silver
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ZeroFox News


Is this a poll of Takers (+) and Payers (-)?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:14 | 2972656 Northeaster
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Pretty certain ZH eviscerates both Party's fairly regularly, but I think you missed the "Guest Post" in the title. I don't think it's an endorsement of the piece by ZH, just allowing another viewpoint free to post.

In the meantime, most of those that have been here long enough don't trust either side of the political spectrum. Those that can have hedged, or are hedging to the best of their ability against government/Fed stupidity, which we're surely to see more of. 

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:32 | 2973116 homersimpson
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Nah you're just stupid

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 17:20 | 2973977 Go Tribe
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kept the country together?


FUCKING SERIOUSLY??????????????????????????????????????

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:04 | 2972560 hedgeless_horseman
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Hey folks here's a story about Minnie the Moocher.

And here is how the story ends...

Poor men.  Poor men.  Poor men!


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:12 | 2972643 Lets_Eat_Ben
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Obama is the champion of chump America.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:55 | 2972563 buzzsaw99
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like it mattered. get over it already.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:31 | 2972745 Rainman
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yeah...lean forward and eat your peas !

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:54 | 2972868 SokPOTUS
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...from the back seat...

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:57 | 2972569 mrktwtch2
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well at least we know the question is how do we make money from this unfortunate event??

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:28 | 2973073 Waterfallsparkles
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Buy Houses that you can rent to Section 8 Tenants.  The Government pays you above average rent and the Tenants stay for a long time.  Only downside is they tear the Houses up but you do get higher rent to compensate for the damage.  Plus, the Governemnt will put you thru 100 Hoops before you can rent it and a paperwork nightmare.  Their inspections are tough.  Anything to show the Landlord who is Boss.

Let the Government buy your Investment Property.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:58 | 2972571 nobusiness
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Nailed it.  Unfortunately.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:59 | 2972573 Richard Whiskey
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Obama will be remembered as the straw that broke the camels back.
Yet the sheep will continue to follow the Shepard.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:18 | 2972679 Cheesy Bastard
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The sheep will continue to follow the wolf who is dressed like a shepherd.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:22 | 2972706's picture

It may very likely be recalled that the camel's back broke during the reign of Obama but Obama himself will be remembered as an ill-informed puppet.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:01 | 2972575 spooz
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I can always trust what Mises, enabler for the elites, tells me.  Even when they have one of their hacks create confusion about what The Chicago Plan is, or tell me why insider trading is okay.

No discussion about the cronies who benefit from either party being elected, just a constant beating on the austerity for the peasants drum.

Here is the insider trading story that is written by the guy ZH chose to explain The Chicago Plan to the sheeple:

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 11:59 | 2972577 Police Commissi...
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I love this and encourage all Republicans to get behind this line of thinking. Calling people lazy, shiftless parasites is a great way to get them to vote for you.

The traditional GOP message of self-reliance, small, limited government and traditional values is an appealing one that would probably appeal to many of the unproductive moochers in our country. However, when you intentionally offend people you wind up going down in flames in three of the last four national elections.


Keep up the excellent commentary.



Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:04 | 2972597 yrbmegr
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A winning strategy, if there ever was one.  "You didn't vote for me, so you're a moocher.  If you vote for me in the future, I may change my mind about you."

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:06 | 2972616 Thulsa Doom
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The truth hurts, bitchez!

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:24 | 2972713's picture

Are you saying that you aren't a moocher or that you're proud to be a moocher?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:11 | 2973009 Darth Mul
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Most of the people Romney intentionally offended were never going to vote for him.


The largest bloc of potential voters he lost were the Ron Paul supporters.  Due to pressure from the Israel First wing of the party, they did all they could to denigrate his campaign.  But they went further, the Jewish Republican National whateverthefuck wouldn't invite him to their {the only ethnoreligious group} debate - because he's not sufficiently in thrall to Imperialist Zion and its 5th column here.


Further, it may be that Romney's historic level of Jewish ass kissing turned off people who are sick of seeing kids come back in body bags, or sick of seeing their kid's school crumbling, as we continue shipping money overseas.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:30 | 2973109 Waterfallsparkles
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Not any different that Obama telling Business Owners you did not build that.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:14 | 2973023 Darth Mul
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Do the people junking the above have an argument that Israel could not possibly have been involved?  Do they have a rejoinder to any of the links?


Or is it just that it's impolite to point out that, as to the crime committed on 9/11 - the evidence points to an operation run by intelligence agencies, including that of Israel's?


Fuck you cunts.  Wake the fuck up.  Look at the evidence before you decide that there is no evidence.



Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:33 | 2973376 blunderdog
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I junked ya for being a broken-record spammer type who can't comment on topic.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:00 | 2972579 Inthemix96
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42 million Americans, (ahem), voted for Sotero.

According to the polls I read, there are 310 million live in America.

Now in my eyes, thats not anywhere near what the most average of blokes would call a 'majority'.

Please, correct me if I am wrong, of course.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:05 | 2972611 yrbmegr
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Who is Sotero?  I didn't see that name on my ballot.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:27 | 2972730's picture



"My name is Barry Soetoro. I am a third-grade student at SD Asisi. My mom is my idol. My teacher is Ibu Fer. I have a lot of friends. I live near the school. I usually walk to the school with my mom, then go home by myself. Someday I want to be president. I love to visit all the places in Indonesia. Done. The eeeeeeend."

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:21 | 2972690 ebworthen
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61.9 million for Obama

58.6 million for Romney

U.S. Population ~315 million.

Good point though; 25% is not a majority, and winning by 2% is not a mandate.

Both parties can get busy now arguing in public but colluding behind closed doors to tax the pants off the middle class and cut their already taxed entitlements and individual liberties further.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:56 | 2972888 i_fly_me
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Naw ... taxes aren't going up substantially and entitlements won't be reduced meaningfully.  It never mattered who won.  All that matters is that he election is behind us.  We are now free to raise the debt-ceiling and print, print, print.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:00 | 2972580 hampsterwheel
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which is why the Rhinos will have to compete on the giveaways to ever win  - and why Ron Paul could never get elected - and which is why the MSM uses the term "Democracy" knowing full well America is a Republic - if you can override the constitutional law (basis for the Republic) and institiute a mob rule (Democracy) then power is all yours....

Throw this in with the fiat fractional banking system - GS,JPM, BofA and you can pretty well stick a fork in the American experiement -- heard Rush already talking about 2014 - LMAO - yeah Rush keep pumping that red team blue team -

I suggest everyone google the five stages of grief and simply get to stage 5 = Acceptance - and realize the middle class is on its own - you are on your own - so prepare accordingly and change your paradigm - adapt and surivive -

- John Gault


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:08 | 2972624 Thulsa Doom
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Is John Gault the barbarian version of John Galt? If so, "Take him to the tree of woe. Crucify him!"

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:13 | 2972654 machineh
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Maybe he's the Canadian version, eh?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:00 | 2972581 Pairadimes
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Most people put more thought into which igadget they are going to buy next.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:01 | 2972583 Thulsa Doom
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Go Galt in combination with Cloward-Piven. Starve the beast and suck off its teet at the same time. The moochers have won, so that is all that is left for the producers. It's the only reasonable and logical response to the reality in which we live.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:09 | 2972622 wonderatitall
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everytime i hear a conservative talk i repeat the same deal- GO ON STRIKE- do you want to work for and employ people who think you owe them? let the cafe latte , well dressed bmw driving democrat facists work....quit..end the ponzi criminal empire of blue looters


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:12 | 2972640 Thulsa Doom
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Downsize, pay off your house, get a menial low wage job, and apply for all the government benefits you can, and take advantage of the tax code. All lawful, and you'd be surprised how many benefits do not take assets into consideration at all. Convince 10% of households to do this, and you'll see a 20% swing in revenue to expenses. Burn, baby, burn!

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:26 | 2973347 Ricky Bobby
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What do you think of peasants? You think they're saints? Hah! They're foxy beasts! They say, "We've got no rice, we've no wheat. We've got nothing!" But they have! They have everything! Dig under the floors! Or search the barns! You'll find plenty! Beans, salt, rice, sake! Look in the valleys, they've got hidden warehouses! They pose as saints but are full of lies! If they smell a battle, they hunt the defeated! They're nothing but stingy, greedy, blubbering, foxy, and mean! God damn it all! But then . . . who made them such beasts? You did! You samurai did it! You burn their villages! Destroy their farms! Steal their food! Force them to labour! Take their women! And kill them if they resist! So what should peasants do?

from the Seven Samurai

I am proud to be from a long line of crafty peasants.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:13 | 2972652 A Lunatic
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I would caution against rolling with pigs.........

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:01 | 2972584 mewenz
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I didn't vote for Obama, nor did I vote for Romney.

The idea that all those with less are somehow on aggregate lazy moochers and all those with more are somehow "hardworking protestants"

...sorry not buying it.

That's the kind of thinking that epitomizes what drove me away from your "party"

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:04 | 2972606 UGrev
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I think you're missing the point. Not all those with less are lazy, moochers; but all lazy, moochers are those with less.  It was this demographic that he bought.. easily. 

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:19 | 2972684 Thulsa Doom
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Correct. Those with more are not necessarily producers. You're either a producer or a moocher. Plenty of unproductive people with lucrative jobs voted for Obama.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:34 | 2973121 mewenz
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plenty of lazy / moochers voted and belong on both sides, just as plenty of hard working producers did also.  Neither side uses the concept of fair and free markets or abides by anything close to "the land of opportunity"...look at the numbers on income and wealth disparity.  Are we a country that is being filled with more and more lazy people...not buying that to explain the shocking numbers.

One side simply wants to further enrich the encrusted establishment, regardless of if or how they earned it or if it makes any sense at all in terms of the overall betterment of the country.

The other side pretends to represent "the people" while allowing 1 individual, acting on behalf of the private banking system, to enrich the encrusted financial oligarchy, regardless of if or how they earned it or if it makes any sense at all in terms of the overall betterment of the country

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 16:30 | 2973805 hidingfromhelis
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Exactly why neither of the might as well be exactly the same, thoroughly vetted and approved candidates from the different rhetoric but virtually the same BS parties  received my vote.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:20 | 2972697 i_call_you_my_base
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"but all lazy, moochers are those with less."

Yeah, right. You obviously haven't met a lot of rich people. They just mooch from daddy instead of the government.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:33 | 2972754's picture

Lots of rich folks mooch off the government. That costs me plenty. I have no problem with those who mooch off daddy provided that daddy earned his money legitimately.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:02 | 2972587 yrbmegr
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Well, if we're going to reduce it to those terms, I guess there are more moochers than sociopaths in this country, so the moochers prevailed.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:15 | 2973022 Diogenes
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The moochers vote for the sociopaths and both prevail. The decent honest hard working people get their pockets picked and their rights taken away again.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:02 | 2972588 UGrev
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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:03 | 2972591 Everybodys All ...
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Bernanke printed and the people bought the illusion of recovery.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:03 | 2972592 sickofthepunx
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because he got more votes

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:05 | 2972594 Dr. Engali
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You are only partially right James. The parts that you are leaving out is that the republicans had nothing to offer but Obama lite. The only debate where Mitt shined was the first debate , on the third debate Obama might as well have been his teleprompter. He just agreed with everthing Obama said. So why change horses for a guy who offers nothing different? But that is not their major error,....that took place in the primaries with their behavior there and the treatment of Ron Paul afterwards, That action stripped them of 10% of the republican vote.....10% a number that would have put the election in their hands by over 2 million votes.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:05 | 2972612 UGrev
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and this is another big part of it. 

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:11 | 2972636 krispkritter
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I call him 'Obama-White'...could not count the number of Ron Paul signs around here earlier in the year. I saw one Obama sign 3 weeks ago, it was gone the next day. I think the GOP, God Offal Policians, missed by a country mile and paid for it in this election. Didn't give a dime to any of them except Paul...

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:21 | 2972668 Dr. Engali
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The funny thing is I know a lot of life long democrats who were Ron Paul supporters. Many of them were auto workers. My dad worked 35 years for Chrysler in Ohio and always voted straight ticket democrat. At 83 this was the first year he supported  a candidate that wasn't on the democrat ticket. As a result of the primaries and what they did to Ron Paul he and mom stayed home and didn't vote. Shocked the shit out of me.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:52 | 2972856 knukles
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Same out here in CA.
A bazillion stayed away who'd have voted for RP.

Note my preceeding post.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:19 | 2973052 Conax
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The sad part is they didn't even have to nominate Dr. Paul, all they had to dooo was let him speak at the convention, add a 'smaller gov't' and  'anti war' planks to the platform and treat him respectfully.

But no, they called him names and cheated him of votes and so forth.

Pissed everyone off.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:07 | 2973267 knukles
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And so ever very true.
One of my best friend has been a life long democrat, and sick and tired, fed up, feeling deeply betrayed, she wanted to vote for RP.

And she too commented about how he'd been treated... as a bit of advice about trusting the R's. 
And she knew that because she'd had enough interest in RP to watch and pay attention to the R convention.
And this from a life long hard core D.

There were tons of folks lined up behind the guy...
Tons of nontraditional R voters, who'd have pulled the lever for him, but Oh Fucking No....

I am mad at my R friends

The R's reelected O and now I gotta live with this shit.  They oughta pay my increased taxes for me.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 17:11 | 2973938 hidingfromhelis
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Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!  This was the Republicans' election to lose, and they pulled it off with flying colors.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:46 | 2972818 Overfed
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I think Ro-money and the RNC lost a whole lot more than that over their treatment of Ron Paul.

I firmly believe that it cost them some Senate seats and statewide elections as well, just on anti-Republican party sentiment due to their obvious fraud, backstabbing, and chicanery.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:26 | 2973088 Totentänzerlied
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"He just agreed with everthing Obama said"

You don't say.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:03 | 2972595 LawsofPhysics
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"Elected"?!?!  LMFAO!  No one was elected, obama was reinstated.  Stupid fucking sheep.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:07 | 2972618 krispkritter
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Same Shit, Different Politician. Why bother changing the stationery?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:17 | 2972667 machinegear
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To expand, voting has been opened up to those who are not qualified. Those who are not the household head or own no property or not a citizen or have been convicted of serious crimes or heck, are even dead, can now all vote. Are these sheep? No. They are self-destructive people that have been purposefully allowed to participate in our electoral system with the sole purpose of destroying a once great nation.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:23 | 2972708 Thulsa Doom
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Senators elected by popular vote rather than by state legislatures was the beginning of mob rule and the centralization of power at the federal level. It was the state politicians' desire for power that kept the Feds in check. There are no more checks left.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:36 | 2972771 machinegear
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Couldn't agree more. Direct election of Senators meant the States lost their representation at the Federal level which in turn meant they also lost their independence.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 20:42 | 2974597 Thulsa Doom
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The genius of recognizing the lust for power as a human flaw and using that flaw to keep competing powers in check was rejected in favor of the naive dream that democracy works. The framers were practical and realistic people.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:27 | 2973100 Totentänzerlied
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Their self-destructiveness is not my concern. Their other-destructiveness is only my concern because they have been allowed to vote and made it my concern.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:48 | 2972829 williambanzai7
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Yes, that is a good term to describe it. Reinstatement with a back up Plan B.

I'll tell you something, for all the talk about Romneys financial street cred, the real players on the street looked at him as a second stringer. In a word, he ain't no Henry Kravis. He was their back up Plan B.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:05 | 2972599 in4mayshun
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With voting machines, no election will ever be above suspicion ever again. In Ca, a tax measure appeared to be losing late in the evening but lo-and-behold, passed miraculously overnight. Why would a welfare state's citizenry who voted for a president because he gives them stuff, also vote themselves higher taxes?

Smells fishy.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:06 | 2972962 adr
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There were probably a couple million ballots that weren't counted in this election to make sure tax proposals were passed, certain judges getting elected, etc.

I noticed a lot of weird things in Ohio. Candidates that were up by 10% in polls losing. Tax proposals that were easily defeated five times in a row by margins of greater than 20% passing by 1%.

There were more than a few polling places that ran out of ballots, yet we are told turnout was lower than 2008. Then you have the confirmed reports of precincts in Cincinnati allowing non registered voters to cast ballots that were counted.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:04 | 2972600 Navigator
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Here's a serious article on why President Obama was reelected.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:09 | 2972626 Dr. Engali
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That's about as poor an analysis as the current post.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:05 | 2972602 Rainman
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OBL must be spittting up his goat stew with laughter....surrounded by his 17 virgins. WINNING !

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:21 | 2972704 HurricaneSeason
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I thought they get 40 virgins, but times are tough and I suppose virgins are hard to find.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:55 | 2972881 knukles
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He's surrounded by 40 virgin tranny goats.

Keep it in perspective.
All promised was virgins... didn't say what kind.
Even if they were Tijuana "My seester, she bean a virgin many times, senor.) Virgins would still be  a virgin

Eat your goat dick stew, Obie

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:09 | 2972603 williambanzai7
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What a fine simplistic analysis, as if the so called rich don't have their sticky fingers in the same public till...

At this point you really have to be an idiot or a propagandist not to see who wins either way. And BTW, they did.


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:54 | 2972864 Cynthia
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Yes, WB, there are quite a few people getting rich off of the warfare as well as welfare state. But this is rarely mentioned because most people have a big, glaring blind spot for seeing socialism for the rich.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:20 | 2973575 williambanzai7
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Not just the warfare. Pharma, energy, food yadda yadda...not to mention every conceivable manner of bailouts and government contracts. It's all one big jackpot for the plutocrats and people like this guy only care to mention the little ants chasing the shitty scraps like it is all by their grand design.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:56 | 2973472 waterhorse
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yes, that's why I rated it as a "1".

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:04 | 2972604 FROZENOJFUTURES




Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:04 | 2972607 stant
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small and mid size biz will have the next to last word on this, and then bond and dollar vigilantes

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:08 | 2972623 Long-John-Silver
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Obama's plan to cut unemployment.


Any business that employs people that work for 29 or more hours a week must provide Obamacare for them. The solution is to hire two people to work 24 hours each a week. This equates to 6 eight hour days split between two employees and you don't need to provide any benefits for them at all. You also save paying 8 hours of overtime to a single employee. The advantages for the government is in reporting the unemployment figures. Twice as many people will be employed so unemployment will be reduced even if the people working only receive half the wages they did before and have no benefits at all.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:35 | 2972763 Urban Redneck
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It works.  Switzerland has only a 2.9% unemployment rate, the last time I checked.  But the people at the BOTTOM of the pyramid who get stiffed on hours (60% time) because their employers don't want to pay social security might think otherwise.  The question is- are the people who voted for this stupidity in the US actually smart enough to learn from their mistakes?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:49 | 2972837 Overfed
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The answer to that question would be no.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:56 | 2973471 blunderdog
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No individual citizens "voted for" the health-insurance program as passed.  It was a Congressional bill.  Folks could only vote for supporters or opponents.

FWIW: the "liberal" demand was for a single-payer public health-insurance program, like most of the rest of the civilized world. 

NO ONE who paid any attention would EVER have come up with the idiocy that became "Obamacare."  The "We Love Obamacare" supporters were just useful idiots who thought something like, "well it's a step in the right direction."

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:10 | 2972631 johnnymustardseed
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Obama won because republicans have the soul of FOX News. David Frum nails it,  "the GOP is rapidly becoming the party of yesterday’s America."

"Those who would urge the GOP to double down on ideology post-2012 should ask themselves: would Republicans have done better if we had promised a bigger tax cut for the rich and proposed to push more people off food stamps and Medi­caid? Would we have done better if we had promised to do more to ban abortion and stop same-sex marriage? If we had committed ourselves to fight more wars? To put the country on the gold standard? Almost half of those surveyed on voting day said they wanted to see taxes raised on Americans earning more than $250,000. Exit polls do tend to oversample Democrats, but the tax result is consistent with other polling that has found that even Republicans would prefer to raise taxes on the rich than see cuts in Medicare"

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:11 | 2972632 Benjamin Glutton
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what an idiot....


There is a rational explanation for the President’s reelection which doesn’t invoke a deep or complex meaning. The only way to explain the outcome is in the simplest and direct prose: the moochers prevailed.


Imho, fear prevailed because fear reigns supreme. Americans are under assault from all directions and simply voted for the party that they believed would inflict less pain.


What you have purposefully overlooked is that the majority do not feel free enough to vote their conscience or for what may be best for their country because doing so will only deliver a mandate to the other major fear party.



Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:07 | 2973510 blunderdog
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I'm always visualizing Jimbo Miller as the OTHER Jeff Lebowski.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:11 | 2972634 Everybodys All ...
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There will be no change in democratic leadership until the whole entitlement mess falls on it's face. Until the pain is felt by every citizen. Until all the money is bled from the system. Until all hell breaks loose the electorate will choose the democrats who promise more free stuff to the citizenry.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:25 | 2972721 Thulsa Doom
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Go Galt and Cloward-Piven.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:11 | 2972635 RationalPrepper
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While not a perfect president, I couldn't help but think of this quote from Reagan:  "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."

And now I wonder...have we lost it?  I think the answer might be obvious.


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:27 | 2972729 Thulsa Doom
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Only place left to go is Firefly-class ship "Serenity," captained by Mal Reynolds. Live like a free man and you will be a free man.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:51 | 2972847 Overfed
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Unfortunately we're all stuck here on this rock with various flavors of nanny-state totalitarianism.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 20:44 | 2974602 Thulsa Doom
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RV called Serenity?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 01:31 | 2975244 Overfed
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Learn Spanish, sell your shit, and go south, WAY south.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:09 | 2973520 blunderdog
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Freedom's a state of mind.  No one can take it from you.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:13 | 2972641 lemarche
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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:12 | 2972646 Hugh_Jorgan
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“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.”
? Alexis de Tocqueville

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:13 | 2972649 vincent van goo
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How about the high end moochers that drain resources by being the benefactors of the printing machine?  This article has it half right.  The high end moochers give goodies to the poor to keep any voice of fiscal sanity in check. 

At this point all of us being taken for a ride cannot change things via the ballot box.  Both parties have it in for us.  Prepare for the day of reckoning we all know is coming.  That is all we can do.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:27 | 2972725 HurricaneSeason
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There are the medium end moochers too. Affirmative action janitors making $30 an hour instead of minimum wage and government workers collecting 2 or 3 retirements based on an 8% annual investment return and sky high fees.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:14 | 2972658 gigeze787
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1) the "free market" is always the best solution

2) tax cuts for the wealthy create economic growth

3) government is bad, and government regulation is worse

4) war is good, perpetual war is better

5) corporations have the same rights as individuals

6) billionaires should be able to buy elections

7) multi-millionaires and billionaires should not pay any estate ("death") taxes

8) political compromise is weakness

9) greed is good

10) ALL unions are bad, and ALL union members are THE enemy

11) profits should be privatized and paid to stockholders, but losses should be socialized and paid for by the taxpayer (except in the case of a unionized company, which should just go bankrupt)




Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:41 | 2972790's picture

As if the GOP has done anything that resembles support for a free market.

"We're all Keynesians now." -- Dick Nixon

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:11 | 2973002 adr
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Compromise is for idiots.

Think about compromise for a minute. At best you can only be 50% right.

Sure there will be the people that make the claim that 50% right is better than 100% wrong. However, how do you know which part made the compromise 50% right. If you make the wrong choice and are found to be 100% wrong, than you know what the right choice was.

That is why the elites love compromise and the 50% division in the country. It allows them to make sure every decision turns out to be 100% right for them.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:17 | 2973041 Benjamin Glutton
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you should be alarmed that it takes that much effort to make Obama appear somewhat liberal.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:15 | 2972660 Moneyswirth
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The tipping point has been reached, people.  And we are teetering.

Obama and Congress used their power to pay off donors, pay off the poor, and just enough of a margin of those in between to secure election---Obamaphones, food stamps, the $7000 payouts to auto workers in Detroit, the solar scams, etc.  The list is endless.

The problem is the majority of people who vote see no longer see a problem wiith government taking care of their already ruined middle-class lives.  Upside down on your house?  Govt will cut some principal to bring you whole.  Can't find a job? It's ok you got almost two years to find one while we pay you to remain idle.

Romney's big "positive" was his "electability"  See how that worked out.  On a few occasions, Romney basically had a message of "if you wanna mooch, don't vote for me."  Even acknowledged as much in his 47% video.  Not saying I disagree with him, and I admire him for it, but the electorate loves mooching, indeed they need mooching, and have voted accordingly.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:36 | 2972767 Thulsa Doom
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Go Galt and Cloward-Piven. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:16 | 2972665 GTO
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We are now officially a nation of "takers", not "makers."

The same demographics that re-elected "O", will elect Mrs. "O" in 2016 & 2020.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:34 | 2972759 Thulsa Doom
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Dynasty, bitchez!

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:42 | 2972799's picture

And don't forget Knot's Landing.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:16 | 2972669 illyia
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Romney spoke and made no sense. Obama said nothing.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:17 | 2972670 garyw
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Because half the country is employeed by government and pers are in danger. The combination of union government workers and the cheated Ron Paul supporters who did not vote or voted for Gary johnson or wrote in Ron Paul was over 6 million alone about 10% of the total voters. Throw in all that were afraid of Romney and voted to stop him and it was a blowout for Obama. Throw in the corrupt dibold electronic voting machines and the rothschild cabal and you have it all.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:17 | 2972673 Lewshine
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Perfectly put Tyler! We will find those on Zerohedge that will STILL defend an Obama victory as some how better than a Romney presidency. I call bullshit on these apostates. A Romney victory would have sent a message ATLEAST to these govt. program leeches, whether Romney himself followed through or not (because now we will never know). As it is now, WHY be the idiot Entrepreneur who funds the evil on behalf of the lazy parasite, at the threat of jail or the point of a gun??

We will all soon see how deserving and responsible we ALL are to what's coming. Changes so defiant and bold, none of us could imagine...Because this is america - Right?


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:23 | 2972707 spooz
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Who the hell on ZH ever defended an Obama victory over a Romney presidency.  I would have preferred the flip-flopping plutocrat over the imperial president, who is now setting up so he can personally gut bankster regulations:

"The bill would, according to AFR, strip away independence from various regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, OSHA, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the FCC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These and more agencies would have to submit additional cost-benefit analyses to the executive branch, as well as submitting their rules and regulations for executive branch review. The immediate effect of this would be to slow implementation of things like Dodd-Frank. Review processes take time, and adding an executive branch layer gives Wall Street and other corporate interests another point of attack against various regulations. Heads of all the major regulatory agencies have already complained in a joint letter that the bill would give the executive branch far too much ability to influence their policy decisions."



Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:18 | 2972682 monopoly
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This is a scary post. Notice it does not tell us how to get out of this morass. i am afraid I already know.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:51 | 2972802 Urban Redneck
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In 2008, things had to get worse before they got better.

Now, things have to get a lot worse before they get better.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:19 | 2972685 uno
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funny Romney " extolling the virtues of hard work" as if he ever did, he is the high level welfare queen along with buffet

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:20 | 2972692 Shizzmoney
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The only way to explain the outcome is in the simplest and direct prose: the moochers prevailed.

Yes and they work on the boards at JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Citibank.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:44 | 2972810's picture

Many of them do. JPM manages the SNAP program and so you get a nice mixture of moochers high and low who benefit from that program.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:24 | 2972705 “Rebellion to t...
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I hate to say it, but I have nothing in common with over half the people in the USA.  If for some reason, something unpleasant or tragic were to happen somewhere in this nation, my response now is: Too bad for them.  Let the government they wanted so badly take care of them.

My children are too young to vote; but I have many extended family members I am quite certain voted mooch because they believe in the easy way out.

Granted, Romney was not perfect. He merely would have put a band aid on the massive fiscal wound that sooner or later must be addressed.

Well the moochers, freeloaders, and all those who believe Barack will forgive their student loans, have temporarily won the day!

When the train leaves the tracks, most likely within Obama's second term, and the disenfranchised who so willingly believed in a take no personal responsibility mentality, fully realize just how precious freedom really is/was; No one but the most callous among us will be able to gloat and say I told you so.  

For years, the voters of this nation have taken the easy way out.  We elect no account morons because we ourselves are primarily no account morons.  


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:31 | 2972741 InconvenientCou...
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When you teach your progeny your twisted perspective of right and wrong, you will certainly reap what you sow.


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:45 | 2972815's picture

He could simply claim that he didn't sow that. Somebody else sowed that. Might work.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:56 | 2972890 Overfed
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Working hard, taking care of yourself, being self-reliant and not being a debt slave is just wrong, man! /s

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:23 | 2972712 sunnyside
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We have two problems in this country, the banker class and the government class.  It seemed to me that the powers gave us two choices for president; a lobbyist for one or the other.  Neither would address these or the real problems, but just pointed at the other one as the bad guy. 

Sometimes I go back and forth wondering is there is some great epic fight going on behind the curtain between these two with defections back and forth and spys or if they are really the same entity and just playing the side that pays better today like some advocacy lawyers I know.  Either way we are fucked without a real third choice.


Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:24 | 2972715 pragmatic hobo
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the only reason obama got re-elected is because the alternative was romney.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:49 | 2972833's picture

Romney was pushed by GOP bosses because he was supposedly "electable." It was the only positive trait which could be assigned to him. But it turned out that he wasn't electable at all.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:26 | 2972726 billwilson
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IDIOT ... and I am being too kind.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:27 | 2972728 InconvenientCou...
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Double down on the failed propaganda of class warfare and race baiting. Invoking the fear of God in a way that negates religion. Never mind a majority of the population are learning to unveil that strategy.

I think many "failed white authoritarians" already understand that --but being authoritarians, they can't accept it and will stop at nothing to retain power. The only step left is M.A.D. and that is being discussed in mildewed basements across the "bloated gut" of this nation.

Welcome to the rabbit hole. Pull up a chair, the Taliban have been waiting for you.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:29 | 2972736 Thulsa Doom
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Go Galt and Cloward-Piven. Passive and Active resistance at the same time.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 13:00 | 2972910 Overfed
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O'bomb-a did double down on the propaganda of class warfare and race-baiting, and it worked quite well for him. He is also an authoritarian who will stop at nothing to retain power.

What was your point again?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:34 | 2972732 ebworthen
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What really sank the Republicans?:


  1. Voting for the bailouts.
  2. Passing N.D.A.A.
  3. Snubbing Ron Paul.
Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:53 | 2972862 mendigo
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Excellent points.
Interesting how the pundits routinely over-look them.
Why is that, I wonder.
Also I think the statistically insignificant difference in popular vote is a sign of confusion and ambivalence.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:30 | 2972737 bigkansas
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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:31 | 2972740 OnTheWaterfront
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Rush said the Jews are using the Blacks as muscle against the Whites and thats why Romney lost.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:50 | 2972842's picture

But what I want to know is how do the Lithuanians fit into all this?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:55 | 2972876 Toolshed
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Say what? Romney was EXTREMELY pro Israel, sadly. So why would the Jews work against his re-election? Because a drug addled racist said so? Why not I guess. Makes as much sense as our financial markets do.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:58 | 2972902's picture

Should Israel's plans to attack Iran come to fruition you can be sure that Obama will support them. A difference which makes no difference is no difference.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 15:15 | 2973551 blunderdog
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They won their court case, so the bastards are marching today.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:32 | 2972746 Charlie the Chump
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Commissaration from England, sorry for your loss.

Welcome to the new socialist order, if you carry on like this you'll qualify to join the European Union!

As your Heritage Foundation says keep on fighting this pernicious welfare led decline. 

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:33 | 2972747 JohnKing
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duplicate post....

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:33 | 2972752 JohnKing
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The GOP alienated Ron Paul people, they stayed home. Had RP been given his due (several primary wins) and been accepted with floor time, etc. Romney would have won. You can't abuse the liberty bloc of the GOP and expect to win any election.

I do believe though that the GOP would rather lose the election than give Ron Paul his day in the sun, that is just to scarey for them, scarier than an Obama win.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 14:59 | 2973486 therearetoomany...
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You're right, it was much better to give the presidency back to Obama, rather than let the GOP put down Ron Paul.  We're much better off with Obama in office...


How does that work again?

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:33 | 2972753 azzhatter
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keep obama in president

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:48 | 2972830 sunnyside
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And that woman voted.  I truly believe that people like that should not be allowed to vote (they make the case for a republic instead of a democracy) but have no idea how to bring something like that up without getting shouted down as racist. She is an idiot and it has nothing to do with the amount of melanin in her skin.


We are not mature enough any more as a society to have certain discussions.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 12:42 | 2972757 TomGa
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"We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

-- Barack Obama, October 30, 2008


sub*vert v. 1. To undermine or erode, epsecially with regards to the character of, principles of, or allegiance to; 2. To ruin or corrupt


"Barack Obama promised to 'fundamentally transform' America as our nation's president. That's not surprising, because in various ways most presidential candidates say they will do just that.


But it's different with President Obama, because his plans, dreams, and vision for the United States are irreconcilably at odds with the most important thing our nation's Founders gave us and hoped for us to keep safe forever: our Constitution. The Constitution of the United States stands in the way of what Barack Obama wants to do.


For Obama to remake our country into what he wants it to be, he must subvert the Supreme Law of the Land.


Key parts of the Constitution are designed to protect us from our own government. Obama konws he must execute an aggeressive strategy to disarm those constitutional safeguards, to free himself from its constraints so that he can truly 'fundamentally transform' this nation.


And that's what he's doing."



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