Early Voters-There is No One In the Voting Booth With You!

by Jayne D. Frank

All over the Country, you are making your way into the voting booth for early voting to make the most important choice of your lifetime – that of the President of the United States.  It is extremely unfortunate that much of this voting takes place a full month before the scheduled November 6 election, because you will not have had a chance to personally evaluate the candidates from their answers in the Debates, and much can happen to our economy and national security in the upcoming month which could affect your vote.

But the important things to remember when voting are:  1)  There is no union official following you into the booth and no one that will be casting that ballot with you, 2) there is no one in the booth that will make you feel guilty should you no longer feel the first “black” President has performed his duties, and 3) there is only your intellect, knowledge and gut feeling about the path our country is taking and the future of our children that will be with you in that voting booth.

The facts of the last four years and the record of  President Obama will be the only true reality that will help you make this crucial choice in 2012:

  • This President and his Administration lies to the American people about the condition of the economy and their ability to do anything about it.  This is because the President has no experience in the private sector and has no clue how to provide prosperity to the middle class.  His entire life has been spent denigrating the wealthy and capitalist endeavors in this Country and his sole goal is to redistribute your present and FUTURE earnings to those less fortunate.  The President cannot dispute the facts that the wealthy in this Country are your employers, and they overwhelmingly give a huge percentage of their personal income, by choice, to charities that take care of those less fortunate.  Mitt Romney personally chose to give over $4 million of his money in 2011 to poor people.  The wealthy in this Country will be the only ones able to provide you and your family with a secure working environment with the opportunity of millions of new good jobs.
  • You alone are responsible for making the choice of whether your lives and those of your spouse, partner and children will be  negatively affected by choosing to rehire a President that has not done the job he was hired to do over the past four years.  Is there more regulation and interference in the choices you make for your family and will you will be able to provide a comfortable life for them going forward because of the choice you make?  The Obama Government is already in your church making decisions about whether you must support partial birth abortion and contraception; he is in your child’s school changing your children’s lunch choices often leaving them hungry and unable to properly stay focused and learn during the afternoon; his Administration is changing the curriculum of your children’s school to distort, eliminate, or refocus their learning,  not on the basics that can provide them with good jobs, but to better agree with his socialist redistribution statist agenda.  Because of Obama’s regulations and mandates which have hurt small business in this Country, the prospects for you or your family to better your financial condition in the next decade will be severely restricted should you vote to elect him for a second term and continue his policies.
  • Obamacare, unless replaced with a more workable private market health system, will cut into your health choices, extend your waits for needed procedures much like other countries using a similar system, and your individual and/or family health costs will necessarily skyrocket to cover all the people intended to be covered under this flawed legislation.
  • Your cost of living has skyrocketed under the Obama Administration.  Precipitated in large part by the sheer arrogance of the Administration not to tap into and expand our natural resources such as our own off shore oil resources, shale oil and natural gas (in lieu of more “green” energy that costs more and is unreliable at best).  The gasoline prices at the pump have doubled since Obama took office causing the average American family to make budget decisions from the resulting increases in food prices and consumables against paying for gas  to drive to work should they be fortunate enough to have a job.  Can your family afford to continue $4/gallon gas or higher any longer, not to mention how home heating fuel will increase as we approach the winter months?  Because of the high cost of gasoline to ship goods, your  grocery bill is at an all-time high and you are already making decisions for your family whether to feed them cheaper processed box meals rather than healthier and more expensive fresh produce or meats that provide the nutrients your children need.
  • Finally, we only have to look back two weeks at the fact that President Obama and his surrogates deliberately lied to the American people about issues of national security.  They lied to our face about our Americans having been killed by spontaneous protests of a video instead of telling us that Al Qaeda was alive and well and had purposely killed Americans in Libya on the anniversary of our original 9/11 attack.  If he lied about this, how many times will he lie to us about your family’s national security in order to make himself appear more peaceful and anti-aggressive?  As Governor Huckabee indicated this morning, Watergate was the largest Presidential scandal in this Country before Libya, but people did not die in Watergate.  Americans die and continue to die under this President’s leadership.  Don’t put your family at risk with a President who routinely bends the truth when it is convenient to further his agenda and makes the wrong decisions for the American people .

So what candidate should you vote for?  I think you know the answer to that question, so go alone into the voting booth and vote your conscience for your future and the future of your family and our Nation.

Whether our Country Survives is Up to the Women of America

by Jayne D. Frank

Single women in America in large part have made up their minds that they will vote this year for “Mr. Cool” and you can attribute this to one main reason.  These women have no other responsibility or concerns other than themselves – their paychecks, their contraceptives and health care, and of course protecting “the One” from getting voted out of office.  Married women and those who have the responsibility of taking care of parents or others in their homes will have every decision they make for the good of their household members negatively affected for the short and long-term by re-electing President Obama.  Although said to be an independent body, Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve, has a high stake in the re-election of Obama – Mr. Romney has indicated that he will “fire” Bernanke.

Mr. Bernanke’s most recent decision to print billions of additional paper dollars, is not only his attempt to support Obama, but this devastating action is the “real war on women” in this country.  Mothers in this country do not have to understand the perplexities of quantitative easing to understand that their family’s standard of living will substantially decrease with the printing of more fake money to “stimulate” the economy and produce jobs, as stated by Mr. Bernanke.

The immediate impact on mothers and other female heads of households is dealing with inflation.  Costs of food, clothing and fuel to heat your homes and transportation all jump without any corresponding economic improvement.  Families are on the brink already of skimping on the nutrition and quality of food for their children and cutting back on family activities requiring driving.  They already are purchasing their children’s clothes either on lay away or from thrift stores.  And women are already wondering how they will heat their homes this winter.  The Fed’s actions for printing more money have just exacerbated this problem.  Will you do the right thing for your family and change course this November by voting to stop this kind of frivolous government spending by the current Administration?

The segment of our population most severely impacted are the seniors already living on fixed incomes who must decide on spending their scarce eroded dollars on food, medicine, energy or the basic necessities of life just to survive while the Feds print out paper money, the value of which reduces the standard of living for every American.  But seniors for the most part have lived long enough post depression and through the Carter Administration’s similar disastrous policies, that they will turn out this November to make their voices heard and say “Enough” to President Obama.  Our busy mothers, with often two jobs trying to make ends meet for their families, will be the deciding votes to either continue this downward spiral for their families, or they will also say “Enough” and vote to change Presidential leadership for the good of their family’s future.

Thugs, Political Hacks, Actors and Muslims to be Showcased at Democratic National Convention

by Jayne D. Frank

Having been a witness to countless speeches at the 2012 GOP Convention by intelligent, serious, substantive people about equally substantive issues of our time such as our economic crisis and our standing in the World, I wondered who might be appearing at the Democratic National Convention next week.

The contrast is so glaring and telling of a failed Administration and the desperate grasping for anyone willing to speak on their behalf.  Most troubling is the fact that outside of the convention and with the blessing of President Obama, will be a prayer session and concurrent conferences headed by Grand Iman Siraj Wahhaj, who called America a garbage can and seeks a caliphate in the Obama Administration.  This is a man who in 1995 said it was his “duty and our duty as Muslims to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Quran.”

Other speakers thus far announced range from has-beens like John Kerry to Sandra Fluke, a student, whose popularity rose when she in essence told the U.S. Congress that the Government was responsible for making sure every woman got contraceptives for free.  You also have Mayors of large african-american regions of the country, most of which are decimated by the unemployment numbers in the black community because of Barack Obama’s leadership failure.  Actors and rock stars as usual have prominent speaking roles at the convention to attract the Millenial crowd because Barack Obama thinks young voters only care about their genius list on their Ipods and Iphones and will support his Administration for another four years despite the fact that they can’t get jobs.

You will see Chicago thugs and politicians throughout the convention whose only responses to the economic and unemployment crisis that Obama failed to fix, is to bad-mouth Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan who actually DO have plans for the next 4 years for restoring this country to economic and foreign policy excellence and strength.  Rahm Emanuel, in particular, who is a real proponent of redistribution of wealth in this Country and said something to the effect of “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste” (for promoting Obama’s agenda), also has a prominent speaking role.

The Obama campaign’s reaction to last night’s detailed and positive message from Paul Ryan?  A memo circulated to all of its donors saying Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, or who tweets “This seat is taken.” So undignified and unbecoming of a President that has a great deal of explaining to do to his 2008 voters.  The campaign also has plans to allow people “from the community” to get chances to attend the convention, much the same as his “beer summits” and online beer contests the last year or so.

The contrast thus far in speakers, plans for each convention, substance and tone, could not be more striking and it is incumbant on every person who will cast a vote this November, to not only watch Romney and Ryan’s speeches as well as President Obama’s and look at the Democrat’s Convention for the ugly tone it will set. Americans must also be concerned about Obama’s unspoken endorsement for the presence of the Muslim philosophy for America, and most importantly, for what the Convention will fail to say and do about the next four years.  A nation precariously close to being a total entitlement country is doomed to stay subservient to the Government and President Obama’s socialist agenda until each American citizen-young, old, black, Hispanic, poor, and middle class-understands the stark differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s visions for our future.

The Conditioning of America!

By: Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign pledge to “fundamentally change America” has been launched and implemented little by little over the past 3 1/2 years. His administration’s initiatives to achieve “fundamental change” have been marked by a three-pronged assault upon the free enterprise system and our Constitution itself. The coordinated attack starts with onerous legislative efforts, which usually fail, followed by pushing the proposed objective through executive and or administrative fiat. If either of these approaches raise the ire of Congress , or the electorate, the administration turns to the Justice Department to challenge and intimidate those that oppose their initiatives.

The liberal progressives are tenacious in pursuit of their socialist ideology. They have persisted in pushing their agenda for nearly 100 years and with the election of Barack Obama have virtually brought this nation to its knees as a result of the accumulated burden of unfunded entitlements, out of control spending and a national debt on the fast track to $20 trillion over the next four years. A debt that outstrips GDP and burdens our children for generations to come.

Achieving energy independence is a prime example of how the liberals condition the population to accept “fundamental change” and their agenda. The Obama administration stands directly in the path of the free market initiatives to develop our own natural resources through exploration and development on Federally-controlled lands and offshore paying homage to the special interests that support their agenda. New sources of fossil fuel and environmentally-safe technology for extracting these resources are demagogued as unproven and a threat to the environment. As a result the increasing demand for oil world-wide increases the price of crude and sends gasoline prices soaring along with every commodity requiring transport to the market place. The Obama administration contends that there is little they can do to impact oil prices and that lifting restrictions and increasing permits will take too long to impact the world market. This is the same story we have heard for the past 30 years when, if we had acted, we would not be faced with a looming crisis for future supply at a price dictated by supply and demand as opposed to that determined by the far east oil cartel.

Until the price of a gallon of gasoline approaches $5.00 and the electorate rebels against the government inaction and their outright obstruction to increasing domestic supply the administration resorts to short-term actions like releasing oil from the strategic reserve as a means to manipulate prices just enough to cause the price to drop just below $4.00 per gallon. In the interim the President condemns big oil for raping the public and making obscene profits when the truth is big oil makes about 8 cents for every gallon of gasoline sold while the Federal government makes 26 cents, more than three times that of the oil companies.

This shell game orchestrated by the Obama administration is intended to condition the public to accepting $3.50 per gallon as the new normal and forget that just 3 1/2 years ago we paid only $1.80 per gallon in 2009 when Obama took office. Over time just as a trainer does with his dog, the public is conditioned to gladly accept the 100% increase as a good thing.

Then we have “Obamacare” sold to America by liberals in Washington in support of the President as the panacea that would provide “affordable” health insurance to every American. For over two years Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama preached the following rhetoric until many Americans believed them.

  • If you like your current health care plan and doctor you can keep them.
  • The average family will save $2500.00 per year in premiums under Obamacare.
  • Obamacare will not increase the deficit – not by a single dime.
  • The Affordable Health Care Law mandate is Constitutional under provisions of the commerce clause.

The first three statements above have been proven to be untrue and we will soon hear from the Supreme Court if the fourth is in fact Constitutional or not.

Three and one half years after Obama and his administration assumed power the standard of living for many Americans has deteriorated. We are told that the new norm for the middle class will include limited opportunity for jobs and sustained unemployment levels of 8% or higher. Higher taxes will be required for all income levels to support expanded entitlement programs with food stamps alone growing to include in excess of  50 million families.

For those senior citizens living on a fixed income the prospect for the future appears bleak. The inflationary impact from energy prices coupled with the necessary rationing of health care under Obamacare are the first harbingers of the “fundamental” changes yet to come. The conditioning process for the elderly includes loss of equity in their homes and the value of their pensions earned over all their working years. Expendable income vanishes rapidly for this segment of American society more quickly than for any other.

The conditioning process will proceed even faster should Obama be reelected until the standard of living we experienced in the 20th century will just be a fading memory. The “fundamental Change” Obama seeks is to achieve a social democracy where we are dependant upon government for survival. Statism fosters such dependency on government for subsistence. When that dependency can no longer be supported through taxation of the free enterprise system those conditioned to rely upon the so-called entitlements eventually turn upon their benefactor, the state, and rebel. We are witness to this in Greece and many other European social democracies.

Generations yet unborn will not know how this nation was conditioned to give up freedom and self-reliance in the name of fairness and turned America into a nation of mediocrity from the vibrant , exceptional free society experienced in the past.

Those of us that have experienced the blessings of freedom embodied in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution must stand firm against “fundamental change’ in America and return to the conservative values and principles that made America the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

Barack Obama – Vulture Capitalist!

by Richard H. Frank

Since Barack Obama cannot run on his record of accomplishments as President, he and his minions have chosen to attack Mitt Romney for his record as a venture capitalist while running Bain Capital.  This tactic is in furtherance of dividing our nation into the haves and have-nots or the 99% against the 1%.  Unfortunately, the average American voter has no concept as to how venture capital works in the free market and thus swallows the lies and distortion spread by Obama during his re-election bid “hook, line and sinker.”

Joe Biden credits Obama and his administration as single-handedly saving the American auto industry with the $80 billion bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009.  Examining the facts with regard to General Motors paints a drastically different picture, however, and in fact shows Obama using many of the tools available to venture capitalists in the GM bailout.

In order to set the stage for the events leading up to the Government-forced bankruptcy, it is helpful to understand some facts concerning the world’s once largest corporation.

During the 20th Century General Motors Corporation grew to become the world’s largest successful corporation with 91 manufacturing and assembly plants in the U.S. alone. During the 1980s foreign competition, armed with low-cost labor and in many instances Government subsidies, began to erode GM’s market share which fell steadily from approximately 50% to the low 20% by the end of the century.  Efforts by management to curtail costs and reverse the downward trend in market share were met with fierce opposition by labor unions and contractual commitments that hindered increased productivity and cost reduction.

Notwithstanding this opposition GM either sold or closed 43 of  its U.S. facilities between 1981 and 2008 reducing its operating  locations by 30% while still operating  under oppressive legacy costs acquired under previous contract commitments.

By 2008 GM was faced with receiving Government loan guarantees or bankruptcy.  Hence, along came Barack Obama and his Government takeover structured to reward labor unions at the expense of creditors, shareholders and bondholders.  Under Obama’s Automotive Czar, the Government pumped $50 billion of the taxpayer’s money into the ailing corporation and immediately announced the eventual closing of 14 additional U. S. plants and three parts and service centers resulting in the loss of 20,000 jobs.  This action further reduced the number of U. S. facilities by 23% although without the necessity to recognize any previous contractual commitments while operating in the Government-arranged auto bankruptcy.

The consideration given to labor unions was a share in the new General Motors and a seat on the Corporation’s Board of Directors.  Up to this point it would appear that Obama and venture capitalists had a lot in common as to how they approached saving a company.

1.  They both infused large sums of money while actions to curtail costs were devised.

2.  They closed obsolete and unprofitable locations.

3. They fired excess labor and management personnel from closed facilities and reduced remaining workforces as required to increase productivity and achieve consolidation of operations.  The major differences, however, between the Government bailout and the acquisition by venture capitalists are stark in comparison:

  • Venture capitalists use their own money.  The government uses our money from tax revenues and/or borrowing from China to continue to keep GM afloat.
  • Venture capitalists are required to follow  bankruptcy law and honor creditor claims according to statute.  The Government ignored the law and entered into arrangements that benefited organized labor over creditors, shareholders and financial institutions; hence the term “crony capitalism” has been coined to define the bailout.
  • Venture capitalists invest to create value and profit by making enterprises successful.  Barack Obama spends our money to do whatever he and his administration deem politically expedient to support their agenda without regard to creating value.

In the years following the bailout of GM, what have we learned?

Dan Ackerson, Chairman of the “New General Motors” reported in a speech that 70% of GM vehicles are produced outside of the U.S.  I guess that equates to a large portion of the $50 billion bailout going to create jobs outside the U.S.  Does Obama count those jobs as either being saved or created?

While 14 plants and three parts and service centers were closed in the U.S. as part of the Government bailout, 11 assembly plants and 4 powertrain plants have been opened by GM in joint ventures in China, along with 2700 dealerships.  Where did the money come from to make these investments?  Certainly not from operating profits from the “New General Motors.”  More of our tax dollars to creat jobs in China with SAIE and FAN?

Ackerson also stated in 2011 that a new “Advanced Technology Center” was being built to assure the company’s success in China.  More alarming is the transfer of advanced technology from the U.S. to China under the joint venture arrangement between GM and the Communist Chinese Government.

Saginaw Steering Gear was acquired by Pacific Century Motors and became Nexteer.  Under the Obama Administration oversight ownership of Nexteer was quietly transferred to AVIC, a Chinese Communist Government association.  Another example of Obama’s crony capitalism.

As the campaign rhetoric heats up over the coming months and Obama mounts his vicious attack on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital for destroying jobs in the quest for profits and moving jobs overseas, keep the story of the “New GM” in mind and it will expose Obama for the hypocrite he and his administration really are.

Who Do You Trust?

by Richard H. Frank

Today the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate in the U.S. dropped to 8.3% due to the creation of 240,000 jobs during the month of January.  The talking heads on television are ecstatic about this development and Obama’s policies finally resulting in job creation.  I just don’t understand the math when the same Government agency has reported over 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment each week over the same time period.  If my multiplication skills are correct, the first-time claims equal 1,400,000 job losses over the same period.  In order for the private sector to have had a net gain of 240,000 jobs in January, a total of 1,640,000 jobs would have to have been generated during the month. That rate equates to more than 19 million jobs per year outpacing the record set during the Reagan administration. Not likely!

There also seems to be some sleight of hand present when it comes to calculations for the unemployment rate.  When the trend is unfavorable to Obama politically, the base number for the workforce is adjusted downward making the percentage look better.  However, as people re-enter the workforce there appears to be no adjustment to the base again making the percentage look better, and a trend line favoring Obama’s policies.

The real measures for recovery are quite different from the Government manipulated numbers.  The economy can hardly be touted as being on the rebound when:

  • The annual growth in GDP is less than 2%.  Historical recovery growth ranges between 5 and 7% annually.
  • The annual budget deficit is running at a rate of $1 trillion/year with the debt ceiling now set at $16.2 trillion.
  • Unemployment benefits of 99 weeks are about to expire and a further extension is expected.

Even the Congressional Budget Office has a more realistic view of the recovery over the long term and is forecasting tepid growth in the GDP of around 2% per year and unemployment increasing to between 9 and 10% by 2013.

So long as the Obama Administration stubbornly clings to its anti-oil policy and anti-coal policy and pushes for redistribution of wealth in America we will see our standard of living continue to erode and see America  join Europe as a nation in decline.

Look around your community and ask yourself where the growth is and who do you know that has been hired in a good-paying  job with the prospect of long-term employment.  Ask yourself “Have my personal finances improved or am I paying more today for gasoline, energy, food and health care?”

Lastly, and more importantly, are you better off today than before the Obama presidency and what is the future prospect for your children achieving a better standard of living.

Trust yourself and not those having a political agenda and the answer will become quite clear.