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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Voter Fraud In Wisconsin

In the following posting, you will hear a man from Michigan who was being taken to Wisconsin to vote against Scott Walker, even though he and everyone else on the four bus convoy was not registered to vote in the Badger State.  If this is true, (at this point we have not been able to verify),  we about to lose one of our most cherished rights--the right to vote?

We have  seen videos of individuals attempting to vote using another person's name and some have said this is all "Hollywood."  (By the way, the individuals attempting to vote did not as it would have been against the law.) One might be an error by the voting clerks but three or four in different states and cities illustrates that the voting system is broken. 

Add on top of this, the apparent attempt to skew the votes against Scott Walker by bringing in citizens from another state to vote. Obviously, if you do not need to have any ID or prove who you are, this will devastate our election process.

If no one has to prove who they are to vote, this is a problem of which the unions are taking advantage.  It was only a short leap and now it looks like they have taken the jump. All involved should be ashamed, should be charged with voter fraud and all those who do vote illegally should also go to jail.

If true, this is a travesty. Hopefully we can verify the story and bring to justice all those who perpetuated  the crime.

Conservative Tom

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Germany Up Close

Will the Germans continue to prop up the Euro or will they pull the plug on the whole mess? In the following post Victor Davis Hanson writes an interesting article about the Germans and their attitudes.

We wonder out loud. Are we about to see a resurgent Germany that arms itself and financially takes over Greece, Spain and the balance of the Euro-zone? Could that result in a United States of Europe? Could Germany accomplish in the 21st Century which it failed twice to do in the 20th?

What do you think?

Conservative Tom

The Limits of German Patience
June 3, 2012 - 12:48 pm - by Victor Davis Hanson
(Cologne, Germany)

I’m still in Germany, and keep noticing a predictable, but continually interesting, pattern in talking to Germans of all walks of life — tourists, hoteliers, guides, drivers, casual bystanders, or students. When Greece comes up (or rather is brought up by Americans), there is a noticeable tension. Brows tighten. German smiles momentarily vanish. A second later a forced recovery and grimace follow, accompanied by a sort of pained EU propaganda speech, along the lines of “Well, yes, we all have to get along” or “We Europeans of the Union must work something out.” Then after the platitudes, we are back to silence and a look to see whether their constructed optimism worked on you.

The Scratched Veneer

But then if you press with a polite question or two — something like an innocent (or perhaps not quite so innocent) “But is it really true that the Greeks find ways to retire in their fifties while you work to 67?” or “How did those deficits get so big without being detected?” — the fa├žade crumbles. Your German friend takes a quick look to the side, to see whether anyone is listening. And then in a quiet, but soon to be louder and finally animated voice, he starts in on the “EU racket” and “How in the world is Germany supposed to pay for all these freeloaders?”

In minutes you begin to sense that the entire cohesion of the EU is predicated now on two dubious premises. One, of course, is 70-year-old war guilt. I do not mean that in the logical sense as it pertains to the use of victimization by Mediterranean debtors (after all, how can once fascist neutrals like Spain and Portugal, or the successors of Mussolini’s Axis Italy, piggy-back onto Greece’s World War II suffering?). Rather, there is a larger guilt about the Holocaust, Hitler, and starting a war that ended up killing 50 million and, obviously, wrecking Germany (Germans like to point out the extent of the 8th Air Force’s and Bomber Command’s destruction along the Rhine, where 60-80% of some of the larger urban centers were destroyed.) War guilt, then, looms as the lever to pry out German cash, and after three generations the Germans are getting tired of it.

The second premise touches on a vaguer issue — the near admission that with a wink and a nod German companies and banks set up a sort of mercantilism, in which a Mercedes or Siemens found lucrative markets in Mediterranean Europe, got banks to back buying on time, and then sold things on credit to dubious government-sponsored entities and private corporations. After all, the Athenians had no business having one of the highest per capita rates of Mercedes ownership in Europe. Did Germans really think that siestas and 9 p.m. dinners led to prompt repayment of Audi and BMW loans?

No Players Left?

In other words, Germans seem to admit that they were playing poker with amateurs, that they knowingly took the players for a ride, and that they now find themselves with all the chips and no one anymore with the wherewithal to keep on playing. And yet they don’t think they can start over and divvy up the chips, not just because to do so would be to forfeit their winnings, but also because they suspect that the game would repeat itself identically every five or six years. They are right, which explains why the euro in its present manifestation is doomed, and why the Germans are exasperated for doing everything rightly that is now condemned as doing everything wrongly.


The EU crackup and the looming costs for Germany — are Germans to work until 70 or are they going to put off another bridge over the Rhine, or pass up building an autobahn? — seem to lead to other — how should I put it? — “exasperations.“ The Muslim population in places like Berlin and Cologne is growing and not being assimilated. Meanwhile, the good-life, statist Germans are shrinking and aging with one of the most depressing fertility rates in Europe. The angst grows because the Germans themselves brought Muslims in, kept them as permanent second-class aliens, and now are quite confused over their proper status — both not wanting them to become full Germans (there is still a word, after all, Volk, in their language, which, like Raza, denotes a solidarity beyond mere shared citizenship), and yet resentful of their chauvinism and often militant Islamism. As one of my conversationalists put it, “Oh yes, the Turks — how can their sons somehow afford our BMWs?”

Indeed, the list of other exasperations is growing. The once beloved United Nations’ UNESCO bunch is likewise picking on poor Germany by “red listing” some of their tourist treasures. Must Germans really tear down their new super-modern aerial tram over the Rhine — an engineering marvel which resembles a designer kitchen as much as a cable lift — at Koblenz, or postpone building high-rise office towers and apartments in Cologne just to ensure UN World Heritage status for their Rhine gorge castles or the cathedral at Cologne (e.g., “So an Iran or Syria is to be judge of our heritage?”)?

Then there is Angela Merkel’s proposed shutdown of Germany’s 17 nuclear power plants in the wake of panic about the Fukushima tsunami disaster. Once minor German concerns about geological fault lines and obsolete designs have now snowballed into a hyped-up nuclear terror (e.g., if the Toyota-building Japanese can have a disaster, then even the BMW-building Germans in theory could, too).

But from where comes the replacement electrical power? (The Ruhr today looks like Detroit and Cleveland should have.) There is still plenty of coal, but the green Germans pride themselves on being model globing warming alarmists. The German countryside is dotted with enormous windmills, but they seem to the casual observer to turn slowly, if at all. I have enjoyed about three or four hours of sunshine every other day, so I don’t think solar is going to save Germans from blackouts. In other words, Germans seem again agitated over their dilemma: the greenest of Europeans cannot survive through wind and solar power; their coal is politically incorrect; they have little natural gas; and now nuclear, which used to be a non-carbon, non-heating approved energy, is discredited. What is a good pan-European to do? Perhaps buy nuclear-produced electricity from a cash-hungry France?

Be Careful About What You Wish For

Another grimace comes from mention of their beloved Barack Obama. He too seems lately to be adding to German angst. Make no mistake about it and let me be perfectly clear, Germans, could they vote in the U.S., would reelect Obama by a wide margin. I’ll spare you the reasons (Bush comes up in the conversation, of course). But they are edgy with him nonetheless: Is it really a good time to be drawing down NATO and redeploying Americans to “Asia”? (As in “who will pay for our defense or ensure NATO solidarity as the EU unravels?”)

Resentments, or so Germans fear, are building against Germany and Germans themselves sometimes sound as if they fear their inner demons as much as do the French in the Alsace. Does Obama — “Polish death camps,” Austrian-speaking Austrians, Berlin Wall anniversary skipped, the old demand for speechifying at the Brandenburg Gate — appreciate the contours of Europe politics and the pretensions of the Atlantic Alliance? Germans assume that we Americans grasp their old postwar two-step that allows them to snicker about Americans (e.g., McDonald’s, Texas, George W. Bush, etc.) publicly and count on us privately. In sum, concerning Obama, there grows a flicker of realization that Germany proverbially should have been careful about what it wished for.

An Edgy Nation

Let me sum up. Germans are, just as the stereotypes go, thrifty, solvent, and an industrial people who played by all the postwar rules. To watch the Rhine is a dizzying experience as barges zoom by, as if on a three-lane highway, while rail cars roar in the background and the parallel autobahns are crammed, all beneath the steam stacks of the Ruhr plants. In comparison, California seems like it is in a slumber.

Germans rebuilt their country, renounced war and did not rearm, unified their bifurcated nation at their own cost, subsidized European development, were good EU and UN head nodders, are at the forefront of the green global warming cult, are rejecting nuclear power — and are terrified that they are unfairly not liked. I am not sure whether they are afraid that the world does not appreciate their efforts or that anytime the world does not appreciate German efforts, petulant Germans can become a bit scary to Germans themselves as well as to their neighbors.

I would be very careful to support Germany as much as we can in accordance with U.S. national interests. I would not, like Obama, encourage French-socialist calls for “growth,” which is a euphemism for inflating and stimulating European economies without commensurate structural reform at the expense of Germany.

I would also be careful about downsizing and redirecting NATO at a time when Germany has an anemic military and a growing list of envious if not angry rivals and former friends. I would cut Germany some slack (and I have been guilty in the past in print of not doing this) about its hypocrisies and strained multicultural internationalism, given its own psychological uneasiness about its past proclivities. And finally, at some point, cannot some American flat out state that it was Germany that worked hard, saved, invested, and prospered, and that is to be admired rather than caricatured and condemned? Texas is not responsible for California any more than Germany is responsible for contemporary Greece. An envious Europe seems to look at Germany the way that Obama has trained us to disdain those above the $200,000 in annual income Mason-Dixon line.

Yes, we might prefer to vacation in Florence or Santorini, but only because we are able to — given that there are for a while longer more wealth-producing Germanys in the world than there are wealth-consuming Italys and Greeces.

Obama's Defeat Not A Slamdunk

The following post was on the Blaze regarding the voting blocks that voted strongly for Obama in 2008. As you go down the list you will see that there is erosion everywhere (at this point in time.) But before you start your election celebration, one very strong note of caution.  Do NOT assume this election is in the bag for several reasons. They are:

    1.  Let there be no doubt that Obama wants to continue being President. He has never lost at anything and losing at being President would devastate him. He believes he will win otherwise he would not have told the Russians that he "would have more flexibility after his "last" election. Additionally, what would Michelle do if she did not have the money to go on these extensive and expensive trips on the taxpayers dollar.

    2. Obama and the people who surround him will do anything in their power to stay in the White House. They feel they can change the country to their view and they are not finished. They will use dirty tricks, voter fraud, outright lies and deceit to make sure they win. Nothing in Romney's or his VP's background will be "off limits."  Expect to hear from former girlfriends, former partners, former Massachusetts politicians, former Olympics workers and anyone else who had a disagreement with him or who did not agree with the way he did his work.  Also expect to hear about skeletons in the family tree. Any member of the family who ever had a speeding ticket or a drunk driving conviction will be fair game including Mrs. Romney and their children.  This will be the most dirty, personal campaign since Andrew Jackson's.

    3.  We expect to see Obama use the Office of the President to make sure that his constituencies remain loyal. He will announce programs that placate  Hispanic (proposing new rules on illegal immigrants) and Jewish voters (additional money and arms to Israel) who it looks like he is losing in significant numbers according to the following article. Also expect a revision of the ObamaCare rule on abortions which has angered Catholics. Additionally, you should expect some sort of financial stimulus for the economy itself such as a money sent to every taxpayer in October. In addition, we believe the way unemployment is counted will be modified to make the numbers look better especially the September and October reports which come out just before the election. (We still believe that those "numbers" will be in  the 5-6% range that he needs to get re-elected).

    4.  He also might start a war somewhere. Would he love to take on the Syrians? Iranians? It's called wag the dog and he might employ such a move.

    5.  He might start riots around the country. Should Zimmerman be set free, would his minions start riots? Or would there be another spark that starts the civil disturbances? Regardless, if there were fires, death and mayhem occurring in cities around the country, would he call off the elections using the excuse that it would be unsafe to hold them? Is this the reason for the purchasing of all the weapons, body bags, and ammunition?

    6.  If all else fails, we believe that to win, he needs some event or catastrophe to cause the American public to fall in behind him.  Whether it will be a Bundestag type event, an attack such as 9/11 or Pearl Harbor or something else of this nature, it has to be major, un-expected, and cataclysmic.  We would hope that the Administration would NOT have a part of the planning and execution, but it definitely would ensure that he was re-elected. Is this group so driven that they would do something like this to Americans?  You answer the question. All we can say is, we sure do hope not.

The only way we can assure that Obama is a one term President (assuming a total takeover of the government and a cancellation of elections) is to continue to talk to independent voters and convince them to cast their vote for Romney.  Independents hold the key and we must win that battle not for this election but for the future of the United States.

Conservative Tom

Why Obama Will Lose In A Landslide

*Black voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. His endorsement of gay marriage has alienated many black church-going Christians. He may get 88% of their vote instead of the 96% he got in 2008. This is not good news for Obama.
*Hispanic voters. Obama has nowhere to go but down among this group. If Romney picks Rubio as his VP running-mate the GOP may pick up an extra 10% to 15% of Hispanic voters (plus lock down Florida). This is not good news for Obama.
*Jewish voters. Obama has been weak in his support of Israel. Many Jewish voters and big donors are angry and disappointed. I predict Obama’s Jewish support drops from 78% in 2008 to the low 60’s. This is not good news for Obama.
*Youth voters. Obama’s biggest and most enthusiastic believers from 4 years ago have graduated into a job market from hell. Young people are disillusioned, frightened, and broke- a bad combination. The enthusiasm is long gone. Turnout will be much lower among young voters, as will actual voting percentages. This not good news for Obama.
*Catholic voters. Obama won a majority of Catholics in 2008. That won’t happen again. Out of desperation to please women, Obama went to war with the Catholic Church over contraception. Now he is being sued by the Catholic Church. Majority lost. This is not good news for Obama.
*Small Business owners. Because I ran for Vice President last time around, and I’m a small businessman myself, I know literally thousands of small business owners. At least 40 percent of them in my circle of friends, fans and supporters voted for Obama 4 years ago to “give someone different a chance.” I warned them that he would pursue a war on capitalism and demonize anyone who owned a business…that he’d support unions over the private sector in a big way…that he’d overwhelm the economy with spending and debt. My friends didn’t listen. Four years later, I can’t find one person in my circle of small business owner friends voting for Obama. Not one. This is not good news for Obama.
*Blue collar working class whites. Do I need to say a thing? White working class voters are about as happy with Obama as Boston Red Sox fans feel about the New York Yankees. This is not good news for Obama.
*Suburban moms. The issue isn’t contraception…it’s having a job to pay for contraception. Obama’s economy frightens these moms. They are worried about putting food on the table. They fear for their children’s future. This is not good news for Obama.
*Military Veterans. McCain won this group by 10 points. Romney is winning by 24 points. The more our military vets got to see of Obama, the more they disliked him. This is not good news for Obama.
Add it up. Is there one major group where Obama has gained since 2008? Will anyone in America wake up on election day saying “I didn’t vote for Obama four years ago. But he’s done such a fantastic job, I can’t wait to vote for him today.” Does anyone feel that a vote for Obama makes their job more secure?
Forget the polls. My gut instincts as a Vegas oddsmaker and common sense small businessman tell me this will be a historic landslide and a world-class repudiation of Obama’s radical and risky socialist agenda. It’s Reagan-Carter all over again.
But I’ll give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.