This week on New Hampshire Perspective we talk about the issue gambling in New Hampshire.
We are joined by former-NH State Senator, Jim Ruben, Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling . Topics:
1. The 3 ‘C’s” of Gambling Cannibalism, Crime, Corruption
2. The true impact on New Hampshire
3. 30 proven negative effects of gambling
4. Pending legislation
“For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent. It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interest are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. – Sam Adams”
The topic (abortion) is controversial, and the subject (Supreme Court Justice Scalia) is a lightening rod for many on the Left, but Ms. Ho does a good job covering the story fairly.
History will show that Scalia is one of the greatest justices to ever have served on the Supreme Court. When you take away emotion and ones ‘political perspective,’ Justice Scalia’s intellect and common-sense should, and must, be the benchmark for all future justices.
Scalia stands by his ‘originalist’ views on Constitution
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said judges should not shape abortion laws in the United States, and that attempts to advance abortion rights through the courts instead of voter-approved measures are sneaky.
The associate justice, speaking for 30 minutes at the annual meeting of the Washington Metro Area Corporate Counsel Association on Thursday, drew many laughs as he reiterated his views that the Constitution should be interpreted strictly. He repeatedly called himself an “originalist” and at times blasted the interpretation taken by other justices who regard the Constitution as a “living” document that should evolve along with the society it governs.
Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, delivered the keynote address at the meeting, attended by more than 100 in-house lawyers at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.
“The Constitution is not a living organism, it’s a legal text for Pete’s sake,” he said, adding that criticism that originalism doesn’t allow the court to deal with modern times is “absurd.”
“Originalism has something of a bad name, certainly in academia,” he said, joking that it’s seen as “almost like a weird affliction, like you’ve acquired a taste for human flesh.”
Scalia said those who believe proponents of “living Constitutionalism” — the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted differently as times change — are interested in flexibility are “crazy.”
Supporters of that approach are actually promoting more rigidity in the law because they want their personal views on issues like abortion, homosexuality and the death penalty “to be the law coast to coast, now and forever,” Scalia argued.
“I have three colleagues who believe the death penalty is unconstitutional,” he said, emphasizing that citizens have never voted to outlaw capital punishment. “What wasn’t a prohibition voted on by the American people has somehow become a prohibition.”
Abortion rights are not protected by the Constitution, and should be determined by voters, not the judiciary, he said.
“I’m not saying you shouldn’t have the right to an abortion,” said Scalia, who has previously spoken out against Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that established a woman’s right to an abortion. “But don’t tell me the American people demand that you have it and wrote it in the Constitution, because that’s not true.
“Most rights are adopted in a democracy by persuading [fellow voters], not by sneaking it compulsory through the back door, making it mandatory and permanent … that people never voted for,” he said.
Busy show this week, with three great guest:
Segment One: Voter Fraud
We are joined by Ed Naile, Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers (http://www.cnht.org/), to discuss the real issue of voter fraud. Ed and his group have been at the forefront of this issue for over a decade.
Segment Two: Concord Update with AFP
We are joined Corey Lewandowski, NH State Director for AFP – Americans for Prosperity (http://
CACR 6: Supermajority Requirement to Increase Taxes and Issue State Bonds – http://www.votesmart.org/
CACR13: Relating to prohibiting any new tax on personal income (http://www.nhliberty.org/
HB 648: Eminent Domain (http://
Segment Three: The Healthcare Compact in New Hampshire
We are joined by healthcare advocate Matt Murphy. The Healthcare Compact is an effort by local citizens to help return control over our healthcare issues back to the State.
There will be a hearing on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Citizens are invited to attend, testify, and are encourage to contact the legislators.
Find out more at: http://
There are several narratives that will be repeated by the media throughout the 2012 Presidential Election (in large part because they lack any imagination or desire to be real journalist): Racist, divisive, things are getting better, things were terrible before BO, BO is the smartest person in the room, and Republicans are protectors of the 1%…yada, yada, yada. But quite possibly the best yarn that will be spun will be that the critics of President Obama are (wait for it)…………..dumb.
How we manage to get up every morning and get ourselves dressed, then somehow make it through the day without sticking a fork in our eye, is beyond me.
Let’s just call this story what it is…media elitism. It is nothing more than tripe meant to appease those that lack the ability to present a cogent argument; it is an attempt to self-placate by a media outlet that abandoned their integrity long ago.
Fortunately, people like Sarah Palin are out there keeping the story in perspective: ‘Trig Truther’ behind the ‘dumb’ story.
Newsweek Cover Story: ‘Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?’
It seems almost impossible to believe, but the upcoming issue of Newsweek has a cover story entitled “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”
The Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway wrote a few hours ago, “If in recent years it seems as if Newsweek has been descending into self-parody, it’s still hard to imagine that this is real.”
Is there anything the mainstream media won’t do to get Obama reelected?
*****Update: Politico has some excerpts from the not yet published article…
“[I]t remains simply a fact that Obama has delivered in a way that the unhinged right and purist left have yet to understand or absorb. Their short-term outbursts have missed Obama’s long game … [T]he president begins by extending a hand to his opponents; when they respond by raising a fist, he demonstrates that they are the source of the problem; then, finally, he moves to his preferred position of moderate liberalism and fights for it without being effectively tarred as an ideologue or a divider. This kind of strategy takes time. And it means there are long stretches when Obama seems incapable of defending himself, or willing to let others to define him, or simply weak. I remember those stretches during the campaign against Hillary Clinton. I also remember whose strategy won out in the end.”
In a victory for life that was largely ignored by the mainstream media, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the State of Texas to immediately begin the enforcement of the law that requires doctors to conduct a sonogram before an abortion can be performed.
Planned Parenthood: Seeing a Baby Before Abortion is Abhorrent
By Katie Pavlich
The taxpayer funded abortion factory Planned Parenthood making millions in profits by preying on women, specifically minorities and teenagers, seems to think a woman seeing her baby before making the ultimate decision to end her pregnancy is an “abhorrent” standard. The classification comes after a federal appeals court upheld a law that requires doctors to give women considering an abortion an ultrasound and full information before performing the procedure.
Writing for the court, Chief Judge Edith Jones was frank about the other side’s failure “to demonstrate constitutional flaws with the law,” which requires women to have a sonogram 24 hours before an abortion. Judge Jones said the state has “legitimate interests in protecting the potential life within her.”
“Denying her up-to-date medical information,” Jones wrote, “is more of an abuse to her ability to decide than providing the information.”
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that the Fifth Circuit ruling “sets an abhorrent precedent” as other states prepared to consider similar laws to help women receive factual information about their baby and his or her development before making a life or death decision to have an abortion.
But why is Cecile Richards so against giving women ultrasounds?
What Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council finds abhorrent is Richards’ reaction to the ruling.
“Her organization recognizes that the biggest weapon in the abortion debate is the ultrasound machine,” Perkins said. “For thousands of women, this window into the womb is the only persuasion they need to reconsider abortion. And, as Richards’s group has proved, pro-abortion activists will do everything in their power to stop mothers from recognizing the personhood of their unborn babies.”
“This is a country where Americans can’t even play paintball without signing a paper acknowledging the risks. How does it possibly make sense to let women undergo a major surgical procedure without giving them all the facts?” he said. “The media may be calling it a victory for pro-lifers, but in this case, women and their babies are the real winners. While Texans still have the right to “choose,” at least they’ll finally know what they’re choosing.”
Perkins is right, ultrasounds decrease the chance of a woman having an abortion significantly. Abortion is big business for Planned Parenthood and the acceptance of a child in the womb as life, viewable through an ultrasound, threatens them. Not to mention it is really disgusting the president of a taxpayer funded organization, views a mother’s ability to see and hear her baby’s beating heart before choosing to take it away as “abhorrent.”
Ultrasounds are the single easiest way to prevent abortion. You can donate here to make sure crisis pregnancy centers have the equipment they need to save babies.
What most people do not realize is that Planned Parenthood has a business model to help ensure profits (in a ‘non-profit’ sense) and survivability. Part of their model includes exporting their ‘services’ overseas to developing nations. This model means that indirectly U.S taxpayers will be funding abortions overseas.
Planned Parenthood will receive funds from the United Nations (as well as other international ‘relief’ groups), which receives a large chunk of its funding from, that’s right…you guessed it….US!
Planned Parenthood International’s Plan for Africa: 82 Percent Increase in Abortion Services by 2015
By Penny Starr
(CNSNews.com) – In its strategic plan for the Africa Region for 2010 to 2015, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) states that it is working toward an 82 percent increase in abortion services.
That number is in Figure 2, the “performance framework” of the plan (page 7), under “performance milestones/benchmarks” and notes its expectation of an “82 percent increase in abortion services: 212,021 services by 2013, and 273,656 by 2015.”
CNSNews.com asked Paul Bell, senior communication officer with IPPF based in the United Kingdom, a series of questions about the group’s strategic plan, including whether the 82 percent increase and the more than a quarter million “abortion services” projected by 2015 represent abortion specifically or abortion and other services. Planned
Bell said the numbers include various things, including “post-abortion care services following unsafe abortion,” counseling services, post-abortion family planning services, and medical and surgical abortions.
“IPPF does not seek to ‘increase’ the number of abortions, but to make abortion accessible and safe wherever women seek such services,” Bell said in his response to the questions via e-mail.
According to Figure 2 in the strategic plan (on page 7), increases in “New Family Planning Users” is listed separately and states an expected 68 percent increase in “new users” of family planning by 2015 and a 64 percent increase in the “volume” of family planning services.
Also, in Table 1 – “Key result areas, outcomes, outputs and selected indicators, IPPFAR strategic plan 2010-2015” — “safe abortion” is a separate “key result area.” This information is also repeated under “performance benchmarks”: “82 percent in safe abortion-related services (2009 as baseline).”
The only other service listed under “safe abortion” (in Table 1) is a “50% increase of post-abortion family planning services (baseline 2009).” A 50 percent increase in “policy initiatives” and “legislative changes” in “support of safe abortion” also are listed under “safe abortion.”
According to a Fact Sheet from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America — the U.S. counterpart to the international organization (current as of September 2010) – “abortion services” are listed as “abortion procedures.” It specifically says:
“Abortion Services – 3 percent of services in 2008
Abortion Procedures 324,008”
Three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services were abortion: 324,008 in 2008, according to the fact sheet).
The Strategic Plan for the Africa Region states that the “Five A’s of programmatic emphasis” are: Access, AIDS, Abortion, Adolescents and Advocacy.
When asked by CNSNews.com why two other “As” were not included in the plan – abstinence and adoption — Bell said the IPPF does not have a “mandate as an adoption agency” but that clinics operated by the organization “do provide counseling and referral for adoption services.”
The IPPF’s latest annual report for 2010, however, does not have any statistics on or references to adoption.
CNSNews.com also asked Bell why abstinence was not mentioned in the strategic plan.
Bell said IPPF “provides a comprehensive approach to sexual health information and sexuality education, of which abstinence is included,” but added that, “as abstinence is a component of sexuality education it wouldn’t appear as a major element in a top-level strategy document.”
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed an executive order that put the “Mexico City Policy” into place. This policy prohibited taxpayer funds to be provided to non-governmental organizations around the globe that promote or provide abortion. Each Democratic president has reversed the policy – Carter, Clinton and Obama – and both Bushes reinstated it.
Bell said abortion services account for less than 2 percent of IPPF’s “overall work.”
Bell said the IPPF does “excellent work,” including “ providing millions of people around the world with access to maternal and child health services, including nutrition and vaccination services; family planning and contraception services that help prevent unplanned pregnancy and abortion, and allow women and men to better space pregnancies that improve the health and outcomes for both mother and child; pre- and post-natal care.”
The complete transcript for the questions and answers between CNSNews.com and Bell are presented below:
CNSNews.com: “The plan focuses on the “Five A’s” — Access, AIDS, Abortion, Adolescents, and Advocacy. Can you tell me why IPPFAR has not included anything in the plan about adoption?”
Paul Bell, IPPF: “ IPPF’s mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals by providing sexual and reproductive health services. While we have no mandate as an adoption agency, individual Member Associations of IPPF do provide counseling and referral for adoption services.
CNSNews.com: “Can you tell me why IPPFAR has not included anything in the plan about abstinence?”
Paul Bell, IPPF: “IPPF provides a comprehensive approach to sexual health information and sexuality education – an approach that helps empower people to make informed decisions about their sexual lives and health, and which does not prioritize one approach over another but takes an evidence-based approach. This provides for a wide range of approaches, including delaying sexual debut and abstinence. As abstinence is a component of sexuality education it wouldn’t appear as a major element in a top level strategy document.”
CNSNews.com: “In Figure 2: IPPFAR Performance Framework, 2010-2015, under performance milestones/benchmarks, in the second column of the top row it states: an 82 percent increase in abortion services, followed by numbers for 2013 (212,021) and 2016 (273,656). Do those numbers represent abortions specifically or other services, including abortions? If those numbers do not represent abortions, or a combination of other services and abortions, can you tell me exactly what those numbers represent?”
Paul Bell, IPPF: “The numbers seen in relation to abortion services include post abortion care services following unsafe abortion, counseling services related to abortion, post-abortion family planning services and safe abortion services including medical and surgical abortions. IPPF does not seek to ‘increase’ the number of abortions, but to make abortion accessible and safe wherever women seek such services. Unsafe abortion is a significant health problem in African countries, accounting for up to 30% of all maternal deaths in some countries, the majority of this burden of death and ill-health falls disproportionately on poor women and girls. IPPF’s Member Associations are all registered, legal entities in their respective countries; as such they work within the legal framework governing access to abortion services in each country.”
Paul Bell, IPPF: “Globally, IPPF’s abortion services account for less than 2% of our overall work. I would hate to think that your article would only focus on abortion (and abstinence) to the neglect of all the other excellent work IPPF does, including providing millions of people around the world with access to maternal and child health services, including nutrition and vaccination services; family planning and contraception services that help prevent unplanned pregnancy and abortion, and allow women and men to better space pregnancies that improve the health and outcomes for both mother and child; pre- and post-natal care; Gynecological and Obstetric services (16.6 million in 2010); cervical and breast cancer screening; and our work on prevention, treatment and care of HIV, last year reaching more than 12 million services worldwide.”
Gun lovers. Herewith are thirteen things to remember when carrying your weapon. BTW- this list is not original. I’ve Google up the bullet points but alas …I got nada in regards to who penned it. If and when someone schools me on who the author is you can rest assure that I’ll give him or her proper praise. Enjoy.
1. Guns have only two enemies rust and politicians.
2. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
4. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
5. Never say, “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.
6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
7. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.
8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets . . . You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, because it’ll be empty.
9. If you’re in a gunfight:
- If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
- If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
- If you’re not moving, you’re dead.
10. In a life and death situation, do something . . . It may be wrong, but do something!
11. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
12. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.
13. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.
Editor’s Note: Our good friend Doug is the author of Raising Righteous & Rowdy Girls. Follow him on Twitter @Doug_Giles and on Facebook. You can see and hear Doug’s video blog and talk show at ClashRadio.com.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/16/13-politically-incorrect-gun-rules/#ixzz1jfh91fvE
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: “For Whites Only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3
I Have a Dream Speech (audio)
Some will disagree with me, but one of the more important narratives that came out during the New Hampshire Primary is that the Bain story needs to be fully flushed out before the convention. This is NOT an attack on capitalism. It is a legitimate question that all Republicans will be called to defend or explain in the general election. Like it or not, if Republicans are unprepared to intelligently talk about the issue, the debate will be lost. Sadly, Romney is not helping define the narrative. During CBS This Morning interview, Mitt Romney, said that his work to increase profits for his investment firm, Bain Capital, “was no different from the Obama administration’s auto industry bailouts.” Mr. Romney said:
In the general election I’ll be pointing out that the president took the reins at General Motors and Chrysler – closed factories, closed dealerships laid off thousands and thousands of workers – he did it to try to save the business.
Oh, that won’t do at all. Was that suppose to rally the troops. Bet you $10,000.00 dollars it won’t work.
Romney’s record at Bain, ‘job growth’ – increase tax and fees as Governor, and his invisible tax return (which will suddenly appear in October of 2012) will all be ammo in the Fall (along with a host of other issues). Let these issues be flushed out now, or the Republicans will lose the election.
I do find it amazing that many of the people who support Romney this go around (at least in NH), were many of the same people that supported George Bush against Ronald Reagan back in 1980. Funny how they did not feel as offended when Bush referred to Reagan’s economic plan as ‘voodoo economics.’ They all felt that the scrutiny was legitimate, and that it would make Reagan a stronger candidate (if he survived the establishment’s onslaught during the primaries). This term would later be co-opted by the Democrats during both the 1980 and 1984 election. Funny how one person’s ‘scorched Earth strategy,’ is another person’s ‘but it’s an appropriate critique of the candidate’ strategy. Don’t cha just love politics!!??!!
Ignorance is bliss, and the truth is painful – but necessary. If you have not researched this story (Baron’s WSJ, Business Weekly, The American, and Red State have all brought forth legitimate questions), than you will lose the argument (as will Romney) when trying to convince people to vote for the Republican ticket. If you have researched the story, than you know that it is a mixed bag, and that the narrative is not as easy to explain as simply an attack on capitalism. Whether we like it or not, Republican candidates WILL ALWAYS be held to a higher standard, and amazingly every lint ball from under the bed will see the light of day. Better now than after the convention.
If you are a Romney supporter, you will be call to task on the details – ignore them at your candidate’s peril. If you are not a Mitt supporter, know exactly what the story is and is not. Bain did some good, but was also involved in deals that will be used to paint Romney (and therefore the Republican Party) as disconnected and heartless (gee, where have I heard that before?).
Washington Post: Romney’s Bain figures don’t add up
The Dallas Morning: Are Romney, private equity and capitalism on trial?
Mother Jones: Mitt Romney Airbrushes His Bain Capital Record
Washington Post: The two faces of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
Huffington Post: Mitt Romney’s Bain Pitches Outsourcing Acumen On Website
Outside the Beltway: Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, And The Politics Of Creative Destruction
This week of New Hampshire Perspective
Segment One: 2012 March for Life – New Hampshire Right to Life
Segment Two: NH Primary and US Politics
We are joined by former-NH GO Chairman and 2012 Candidate for NH Governor Jack Kimball. Topics
- Preview the 2012 NH Primary
- Recent Jobless Report – Unemployment in U.S.
- Obama’s ‘Recess’ Appointments