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If Twitter is any indication, Kim Kardashian is our next president

8:57 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

IfLizWereQueen Cross post ,

Yesterday I reported on The Twitter popularity of Candidates. Today I decided to investigate other candidates and pundits and personalities and their corresponding twitter popularity

This is what I found:

President Obama https://twitter.com/#!/barackobama is the champion of the politicians with over 12 million followers:  12, 276, 394

But perhaps to put the president’s 12, 276, 394 into perspective.  We might note that Kim Kardashian beats him by almost 700,000 followers.  Ms. Kardashian has 12, 928,641 twitter  followers.  http://twitter.com/kimkardashian.  Does that mean that she should be our next president?

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Newt Gingrich https://twitter.com/#!/newtgingrich has 1,433,224 followers

Sarah Palin https://twitter.com/#!/sarahpalin has 728, 895 followers

Jon Stewart http://twitter.com/thedailyshow has 622, 147 followers.

Mitt Romney https://twitter.com/#!/mittromney has 313, 472 followers (half as many as Palin and more than four times less than Gingrich.

Speaker Boehner http://twitter.com/speakerboehner has 272,846 followers.

Ron Paul http://twitter.com/ronpaul has 223, 309 followers

Nancy Pelosi http://twitter.com/nancypelosi has 152, 676 followers.

Bill O’Reilly http://twitter.com/oreillyfactor has 133,288 followers.

Bernie Sanders http://twitter.com/senatorsanders has 89,045 followers

Eric Cantor http://twitter.com/EricCantor has 58,054 followers.

Rachel Maddow http://twitter.com/maddowblog has 55,300 followers

Rick Perry https://twitter.com/#!/teamrickperry has 25,190 followers

Alan Grayson http://twitter.com/alangrayson has 24,404 followers

Harry Reid http://twitter.com/HarryReid has 7,553 followers

Chris Matthews http://twitter.com/MSNBC_CMatthews has 6,003 followers.

Green Party USA http://twitter.com/gpus has 2,462 followers

Jill Stein http://twitter.com/jillstein2012 has 1,866 followers

Justice Party USA http://twitter.com/justicepartyusa has 461 followers


It’s interesting to see who these people follow as well.  While most of them follow several hundred people, there are some such as Eric Cantor, who only follow 20 people—what does that say about them?

The Republican leadership are the ones imitating the European “Socialists”

4:59 pm in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

IfLizWereQueen Cross Post

The Irony of who these two jerks really are seems to be missed on a lot of people–especially the base of the Republican Party

They are  the real austerity candidates, these guys will be the water boys for the banksters who are crippling Europe, and a lot of Europeans, with economic strategies that keep themselves afloat while children die of preventable diseases.

They accuse President Obama of wanting to turn the USA into a Socialist state.

President Obama and his administration have actually created 2 million jobs. [They could have/should have done better--and maybe they would have with a little more cooperation from the Republicans.  But Obama has helped to create more jobs in three years than the Republican leadership created in 8 years and that's a fact.]

The Republican leadership under Bush, while chomping at the bit to bail out Wall Street financial institutions wanted to let the American Automotive industry go to hell in a bankruptcy hand basket–which surely would have happened to GM if Obama had not stood up for them. Today GM provides jobs to 5,000 Americans.

And here is the Irony:  While they accuse Obama,  it is the Republican leadership who are imitating the socialistic European lead–not the President.

Just listen to them and their pitches for austerity:  ”cut taxes, austerity for the working people, cut public services, etc.”

Doesn’t that sound familiar?  Well it should because that’s what Europe has been hollering for the past year!  Look at what they did to Greece.  Look at their austerity program for Spain and Ireland.

And how well have these austerity programs worked?  About as well as the George Bush tax cuts for the rich have worked in the USA.  Almost a year now after the austerity measures in Ireland, they stand at 14% unemployment.  Spain? After its austerity programs have been enacted, the unemployment among their youth have risen to almost 50%.

Are Newt and Sarah Twins separated at birth?

6:53 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

IfLizWereQueen

TWINS SEPARATED AT BIRTH?*

In addition to an exaggerated sense of self-worth, they are both quitters who chose personal profit over service to the people.

Gingrich cares more about making money than he cares about serving the people.  In that aspect he is a Sarah Palin junior. In 1998 Republicans lost five seats in the House in the 1998 elections—the worst midterm performance in 64 years for a party that didn’t hold the presidency. Polls showed that the attempt to remove President Clinton from office, by Gingrich and the Republican Party, was deeply unpopular among voters. (Considering their campaign these last three years against President Obama , it doesn’t look like they have learned anything.  But  President Obama has his own unpopularity issues to deal with.)

Gingrich suffered much of the blame for the election loss. Facing a rebellion in the Republican caucus, he announced on November 5, 1998, that he would not only stand down as Speaker, but would leave the House as well.  Gingrich made this announcement only a day after being elected to an 11th term from his district. Commenting on his departure, Gingrich said, “I’m willing to lead but I’m not willing to preside over people who are cannibals.  Do you wonder why the leadership of the Republican party hate Gingrich?

Sarah Palin, was elected Governor of Alaska in 2006.  In July of  2009, 18 months before the end of her term as governor, she left office.  It was a great choice for her in terms of personal profit.  Palin’s salary as governor of Alaska was $68,000 a year.  It’s not likely that she would have been re-elected in 2010.  Palin would have been forgotten by the end of 2010 had she stayed in Alaska.  Her total earnings for that time period from the state of Alaska would have been about $102,000.  Sarah Palin’s net worth in 2011 was reported at $14million.  There is no way that Palin could have stayed down on the farm in Alaska with the people who elected her to serve them and garnered that kind of money.

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*The difference in their years would explain a lot in regard to the younger twin–what with oxygen deprivation from having been in the birth canal for 21 years.  However, it certainly did not dull her ability to add 2+2 when it comes to her own personal profitability.

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ILWQ PREDICTION:

Look  for the Romney Team to label Gingrich a “quitter”.  Republicans hate quitters–regardless how deep the rut.

 

It was a knockout for Gingrich in SC but a long road paved with ironies from the past and present stretch before him.

7:55 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Yep.  No doubt about it. Ole Gingrich won last night and he will make a formidable opponent for Obama.  Unlike Romney, who no doubt is intelligent and viscous, Gingrich is all that and more.  Gingrich is clever, thinks on his feet and likely writes most of his own stuff. Unlike Romney, nothing is lost in translation because Gingrich’s words are connected to the horse’s mouth.  There little  feedback time delay between what he thinks and what he says. Also, unlike President Obama, Gingrich has a knack for knowing the hot buttons of Americans and he is willing to push them all.  President Obama seems to be totally out of touch with Main Street America.  It’s not that Gingrich represents us any more than Obama, but Gingrich seems to at least be aware of what makes us tick and what really ticks us off.  Gingrich goes for the knockout while President Obama plays the ropa dopa game.  That game may have worked with McCain and Romney, but it won’t work with Gingrich because Gingrich is no gentleman, and he is not above sucker punching.

Already this morning I read where Ginrich is comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter.  Now that’s a heck of a metaphor since in the minds of most Americans Jimmy Carter, while intelligent and a kind person, is viewed by many Americans as having been a weak and ineffectual one-term President.  It’s what I would call a “bless your heart” attack.  On the one hand Carter is a kind man while on the other hand, he was a one-term President.

But let us not forget that even Rick Santorum is still a viable candidate.  It’s all about electoral votes.  The candidate with the most wins.

Gingrich: 21 – Romney 18 – Santorum 16.

At least at this  point in the campaign:  Even Santorum is still in the race.  It’s all about electoral votes.  Gingrich, who the profane argue has outdone Jesus Christ by arising from the dead three times, holds the lead  having gone from zero to  21 electoral votes last night;  Romney follows on his heels with 18; and Santorum follows even closer on Romney’s heels with 16 electoral votes.

Ron Paul? Not so much.  Paul has garnered only 11 electoral votes. Think of this as a marathon that has just begun. Gingrich is already at the 21 mile marker and Paul is back at the 11 mile marker.

The only reason Paul should be in this race at all is to obtain national exposure that he could never get as a third party candidate.  But if Ron Paul doesn’t run as a third party candidate at the end of this dog and pony show, he should have once and for all proved himself for what he really is–just another Wall Street shill like the rest of them.

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The Ironies of the Gingrich Win


*See note below for photo credit.

Irony #1:  To Win the Presidential race, Gingrich may have to Pass off Moderate Republicans as Socialists.

The only way that Gingrich may able to garner enough votes is to show that Obama is a Wall Street shill just like he showed the majority of the American people what a private equity company like Bain Corporation really does.  In order to do that, he will alienate much of the old guard from the Republican Party.  Simply calling Obama a “socialist” won’t work this time around.  Thanks in part to Gingrich’s recent pulling back of the curtain,  and three years of the progressive bloggers along with only four months of OCCUPY, the American people much more about how Wall Street works than they ever have in the history of our nation.  Many of them are beginning to see that Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Party are  not that different from the middle of the road Republicans.  Many Americans are letting go the myth of the two-party system and its 4 year cycles of presidential sideshows.

Gingrich’s challenge will be to pass off moderate Republicans as socialists because if Obama is a “leftist socialist”, then moderate Republicans are too.  This, I don’t think that even Gingrich can accomplish.

It is ridiculous that these candidates stand up and refer to Obamacare as socialism when in fact it would be more accurate to call it “WallStreet Investor Care”–a right-leaning program since it forces 50 million Americans to buy services from Wall Street corporations and the only ones who really benefit from it are the ones who work for a corporation.

Irony #2: A 15 year Anniversary

Gingrich won his first Primary and captured the lead in electoral votes on January 21, 2012.  On that same day and month in 1997 Gingrich’s Congressional colleagues voted 395-28 to penalize him $300,000 for misconduct.  See this article from Washington Post.

Note: Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker. After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was penalized $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote. It was the first time in history a speaker was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.

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* This image is a work of an employee of the United States Farm Security Administration or Office of War Information domestic photographic units, created during the course of the person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

 

Why Newt Gingrich is the Great White Hope for the Republicans

7:21 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

I’m not at all surprised by Gingrich’s rise in the polls.  The American People realize that it will take a bold, intelligent leader to make things better–someone who is willing to shake things up in a big way.  And at the moment, that’s more than either Obama or Romney seem to realize.  You need to take their pulses to determine if either of  them are still breathing.

The USA is not likely to  get better fast enough to save a lot of drowning people without a bold leader with bold, specific, new and credible solutions who  is able to stand up to the establishment and fight for the 99%.

Many Americans I talk to believe that it will take someone who is a fighter and a screamer like Lyndon Johnson who is willing to make waves and crack heads–perhaps someone a little crazy and grandiose–not some pious religious fanatic like Rick Santorum who criticized Gingrich for being grandiose and not a Wall Street yes man like Obama who gives away the farm even before negotiation have begun as he did with health care insurance and certainly not someone like Mitt Romney, an avowed plutocrat.

The tepid leadership of Barack Obama has been great for Wall Street investors as many of them have more than doubled their wealth (including Congressional members) over the past three years. However, his leadership and his hand selected,  Harvard and Yale graduated Wall Street groomed cabinet and administration have not been nearly enough for the 99%. His campaign team still don’t get it because they have surrounded themselves with people who  agree with them–people who like them belong to the Wall Street invested 1%.

The tepid leadership of a mealy-mouthed private equity plutocrat like Mitt Romney certainly would not be enough.  After all, why vote for someone who looks so much like the current President we have–especially in his unabashed support of Wall Street.  The people realize this and that is why Romney is losing South Carolina with its 9.9% unemployment and why Gingrich is winning.

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Gingrich Needs to Work on His Solutions for the USA

But if he wants to win, Gingrich is going to have to do a lot better than offer Associates Degrees for unemployed workers as he suggested in one of  the debates:  He is going to have to be able to offer the unemployed jobs that pay a living wage.

The problem in the USA is not lack of education, nor is it an unwillingness for Americans to go to work.  Ask a friend of mine who holds a Masters degree and is working as a checker at a WalMart in Houston.  Ask any one of the 1,000 people who last fall applied for four jobs at a McDonalds.  I’m sure there were several hundred of them who even had four year degrees.  Tell me how an Associates degree is going to help them obtain a non-existent job.

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Gingrich and Clinton’s welfare reform act was one of the cruelest examples of “bipartisan” leadership in the history of our nation and few Americans realize what really happened.  Gingrich is going to have to do better than offer solutions such as his and Clinton’s Welfare Reform Act.  Peter Edelman, a Clinton appointee was so disgusted over the injustice of this bill that he resigned over it, calling the bill  the worst thing that Clinton had ever done [ Rwanda must have slipped his mind and of course this was before the "Bank Modernization Act of 1999".]

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) was passed August 22, 1996–just in time for Clinton’s presidential campaign that year. PRWORA instituted Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). which became effective July 1, 1997. TANF replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program.  TANF put a time limit on poverty.  It gave the poor parents (usually just one parent in these families) assistance for 2 years.  After that, if they didn’t have a job–tough luck.  No more help.  The rug is jerked out from beneath them.  This is justice?  This is humanity?

Making people work instead of keeping them on the dole sounds great and fair and few Americans including me would argue that..  However if there are no jobs to be had, what the hell good is an education and what are these parents going to do. Even more basic, what are their children going to eat?

At the beginning of his first term Bill Clinton passed NAFTA (with the assistance of Rahm Emmanuel shoving it down the throats of reluctant Congressional members).  Then throughout the Clinton presidency, they turned a blind eye as Wall Street cooked the books and inflated the value of stocks–particularly for all the newly formed dot com tech companies.  Clinton’s parting gift to the 1% and Wall Street investors was the deregulation of the  financial system of the USA with the “Bank Modernization Act of 1999″.

But back to the “welfare reform” and its time line.  USA Trade agreements like NAFTA hit the people of the other countries hardest first.  There is lag time in the USA, a lull before the American people feel the full brunt of such one-sided agreements for the rich of both countries.  Within the first two years after the passage of NAFTA, the Mexican corn farmers were decimated.  They could not complete with the heavily subsidized USA corporations such as ADM and Cargill.  As the Mexican corn farmers failed, so did hundreds of other cottage industries whose prosperity depended on the corn farmer.  Within two years inflation had gone through the roof and thousands of Mexicans were out of work.  They did what all citizens of a nation do when they are displaced by war, famine or unfair trade agreements that decimate their local economies:  They migrate.  From 1996 to 2000 the illegal immigrant population in the USA swelled from just under 2 million (which it had been for almost 10 years) upwards to estimates as high as 15 million.

TANF became active in 1997–just in time for the USA to start feeling the full impact of NAFTA in our own country.  It is estimated by most reliable sources that by 1998 NAFTA had resulted in the loss of over 2 million jobs for Americans.  Then the crash of the dot com bubble brought more job losses.  So here these people are, mostly young women with children under the age of five with their training and associates degrees but no jobs to be had.

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Newt’s not going to win by regurgitating solutions from the 1990′s–or if he does, he is not going to make any more difference for the 99% than Obama has.

We’ve been living with an administration for three years who have been reliving the Clinton solutions from the 1990′s so we already know that doesn’t work.

 

Economic solutions are tied to removing Wall Street Investors from Congress

8:55 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from iflizwerequeen

Yes, we currently have a modern-day serf economy.  Wall Street=Serfdom

Most of my readers understand all that follows at an intellectual level.  However, simplifying the story often reveals the sheer absurdity of a situation which is often obfuscated behind layers of cliches and standard political rhetoric, propaganda, and hyper intellectualism.

The economy that we currently have in the USA and the world is a Wall Street corporate economy that benefits the few–15 to 20% at the most.  Today in the USA 1 in 2 Americans live in poverty and the situation is not getting better for the majority.

This corporate economy is based on the principle that labor is cost and cost is bad (thus workers who ask for living wages are “bad”.)  Anything to cut cost is justifiable–even so far as murdering workers who oppose corporate domination and non-living wages by encouraging workers to organize.

This corporate economy is based on the principle that the lion’s share of profits do not stay in the local economies where the goods and services are created by the workers.  Instead, it is sent to the location of the headquarters of the corporation where the lion’s share of the profits are distributed to the preferred shareholders of that corporation–the members of the 1%. The distribution system of the wealth to the wealthy is Wall Street and it is a system that the majority of our elected officials not only support, but also participate in.  These people only spend a tiny percentage of their wealth.  The majority of it they horde and invest in other large corporations who are following the same economic principles.

It is indeed the modern day version of the old serf economy where the workers gave the lion’s share of the end-products of their work (goods, crops, tools, etc.)  to the elite who ignored the poverty and misery that they were creating. Today that same willful blindness exists among the elite who tend to blame the poor while refusing to look at their own part in creating and continuing to maintain the current state of economic inequality.

This is the situation, but it does not have to continue.  We the people can change it.

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ILWQ COMMENTS ON CHANGE

1. Realize that Wall Street is a system that only works for a few–20% of the population at the very most (and that’s a high estimate).

2. Realize that you are not going to change this modern day serf system as long as the people who are in control of our law-making are millionaire Wall Street investors. How dumb is that to expect a Wall Street investor to represent a citizen on Main Street who works for a living.

3.Realize anyone who is invested in Wall Street has a direct conflict of interest with all local economies–and that includes your local economy.  The Wall Street system is bleeding Main Street to death and has been for at least 30 years–drip, drip, drip.

4. Realize that Democrat or Republican/Tea Party membership makes no difference. Both parties are Wall Street corrupted to the core.  You will not have significant change by voting for members of either party.  Their leadership are all Wall Street investors and over 44% of them currently in Congress are Wall Street multimillionaires who profit from this corrupt system that exploits the majority.

For one example: Romney, the Republican candidate likely to carry Iowa is one of the biggest Wall Street jerks of all.He made much of his fortune via hedge funds.   He even mocks the people on Main Street.  We have a photo of Romney and a bunch of his hedge fund pals clutching money in their fists as they posed for a photo in the 1980′s to prove his disdain for Main Street.  If the people in Iowa are smart, they will stay home from the primary caucus tomorrow and spend their time looking for a non-millionaire, non-Wall Street invested candidate who is neither Republican nor Democrat.

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Understand that politics down to and including the local level must be swept clean of Wall Street Influence

It’s not just our national level that has been polluted by Wall Street influence.  Our local level politics suffer from the results of Wall Street influence as well.  If you wonder why there are so many  empty store fronts in your local downtown, you don’t have to look any further than your local city councils, mayors and Chamber of Commerce for your answer.  In municipalities across the nation, leaders have sold out their communities to Wall Street by offering outrageous tax breaks and even paying incentives to have Wall Street corporations locate in their communities.  The result of these tax breaks and other incentives to Wall Street has been erosion of the tax revenues to support, schools, roads and other infrastructure support for the community.  And also higher taxes for the individual citizens of the community who foot the bill as usual for rich Wall Street freeloaders.

The only way it will stop is for voters to start asking candidates: Do you own Wall Street stock?

and if the answer is “yes”, then look elsewhere for a candidate who is not a Wall Street investor.

As long as Wall Street investors are in charge of our Congress, we will not have a democracy that works for the majority.    It’s called “conflict of interest.”   What do you think that your elected officials will support–legislation that puts money in their pockets or legislation that will benefit you but not be so profitable for them personally?

If you want the answer to that question, all you have to look at is the across the board increase in net worth of our Wall Street Congress over the past three years as millions of Americans have lost their jobs and homes.  This increase in Congressional net worth is directly related to legislation that they have and have not passed–legislation that benefits Wall Street investors to the detriment of the Main Street majority.

Told you so. Snowball’s chance in hell is back in the race again.

7:57 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

Update on the Antics of the Tawdry Circus known as the American Presidential Primaries

I smiled when I read about Gingrich falling off his perch.

All it takes for Perry to steal a lead is just a crack in the door and he will wedge his foot in and before you know it, he is the biggest elephant in the room. He has done this at least 10 times in his long career. As I’ve said before, Perry is the only one of the R candidates with snowballs chance to win because of 1) he has the Latino vote (Texas is the only state in the Union with a version of the Dream Act, Perry has criticized the border fence AND his fellow Republicans for being hard-hearted to Mexicans. All they have from Obama are broken promises along with the fact that his administration as deported more Latinos than any prior administration.) 2)Perry has the evangelical vote and 3) he is rural America’s native son.

ProPublica is even promoting Perry.  They recently published an article telling us indirectly that Perry is kinder than Mitt Romney. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney refused to grant a single pardon while Perry currently rivals the record of Ma Ferguson for handing out pardons. So far Perry has granted 178.  Bush only pardoned 21.  We can’t compare Perry to Romney’s stance on the death penalty executions since capital punishment is against the law in Massachusetts.

“Kinder” is and will continue to be a winning issue for candidates in 2012.  Kindness may very well be the wedge that Perry needs (but he will have to work very hard to overcome that execution record–still if you compare Perry’s executions to those carried out in Iraq and elsewhere in the world by Obama. . . ).

More than anything else it was Gingrich’s record of being a harsh meanie–not only to his wives, but to poor children that did him in.  Gingrich’s uncharitable remarks about putting poor children to work cleaning toilets dealt a huge blow to his campaign.  Now Romney, with his comments regarding not offering welfare to poor children promises to do the same for him. Are these people nuts?  In these hard times, what makes any candidate in their right mind think that they are going to win the hearts and minds of the American people by insulting poor children?  That might have worked in the 1980′s or even the 1990′s but not today.  What part of populist don’t they understand?

One thing’s for certain.  This observation is not missed by Perry and you can expect his campaign to be making the most of kindness in the coming days before Iowa.

Perry is not the most articulate candidate on the block.  In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that he is the least articulate candidate on the block.  But do I have to remind anyone of George Bush?  Has the American public so quickly forgotten all the Bushisms?  If so–My, what short memories.

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ILWQ PREDICTION FOR REPUBLICAN RACE

Perry will place 1, 2 or 3 in Iowa and will continue to limp along.

The Republican nomination will be a nail biter of a contest all the way to the Republican convention.  Perry will win some and other candidates will win other states.  However, when the dust settles, it is most likely that Perry will be the victor–even if it is by a hair, even if it sends some Republicans to their sister party, the Democrats.

After all, since there will be no Democrat challenger, mainstream media will need some kind of drama to sell all that corporate advertising and make the American people continue to believe that there is a difference between the Democrats and the Republicans for almost an entire year.

And speaking of snowball’s chances in hell–How about that Sarah Palin.  Palin, like any astute predator, smells blood in the water in Iowa.  “It’s not too late for folks to jump in,” Palin said during an interview on the Fox Business Network, according to advance excerpts. “Who knows what will happen in the future.”

But again we all need to remember the two-party system is nothing more than a tawdry circus. THROW THEM ALL OUT IN 2012!  Vote for non-millionaire, non-Wall Street investor, Independents from the 99%.

The Wall Street Deciders have already decided that Obama will win

11:28 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry

Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen

A back-hand  compliment from the HuffPost for Perry

Perry is regaining his footing in spite of a concerted effort led by mainstream pundits representing  the Wall Street Deciders to oust him.  The Huff Post reported that it was a good day in Spencer Iowa yesterday for Rick Perry and they added that  he will need a lot more like it to climb his way back to the top slot among the GOP presidential candidates.

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The Deciders have already decided that Obama will be re-elected.

And that is why pundits from Mainstream Media are Pushing Romney — a sure fire loser

I know, it’s a good sideshow and one could almost believe that the leaders on the right want Obama out, but they don’t.  Why should they?  With Obama they can continue their good cop/bad cop sideshow and maintain the status quo for the rich for another four years without having to take any responsibility for it.  After all look what Obama and the Democrats have already done for the conservatives:  they passed a healthcare bill that will enrich the wealthy stockholders of healthcare insurance corporations;  approved of continuation of the Bush tax cuts; made sure that the war business continues for Wall Street war mongers like Northrop Grumman; took Jeffrey Immelt as a financial advisor–the CEO of GE, a corporation that has paid no income tax for the past two years; voted to defund ACORN, an organization who represented the poor voters, based on the flimsy testimony of one known conservative operative–and  all this with a Democratic majority in BOTH houses.

Why does anyone in their right mind think that the Republicans would want Obama to leave?  If they elect a Republican President, then they will have to take responsibility for their behavior.  Keeping Obama in office means that they can continue to blame the Democrats and get what that they want any way.

Do the Democratic leadership and members of Congress mind?  Heck no.  These people are going to continue to amass their wealth regardless which party is in power.

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And Why is Romney a Loser?

1) Romney  is a Mormon and therefore most evangelicals will not vote for him. (14% of the electorate are identified as the “Christian Right” at least 31 million.  In 2000, 79% of them voted for Bush.)

Perry has all the leadership of this group behind him. Perry got their blessing with the big prayer meeting
even before he announced his candidacy. The media predicted that no more than 8,000 would show up.  33,000 showed up.  I was there and fully 1/3 of these people were Latinos.  The event was  live streamed to 1000 churches all over the USA–many of which are those large mega churches.  AND it was live streamed to 100,000 people on the Internet.  Perry has captured this coalition.

2) Romney’s remarks regarding immigration have alienated the Latinos (21.3 million eligible voters)  Romney’s incessant attacks on Perry over immigration (he tied Perry to Vicente Fox last week)–all he is doing is indirectly telling the Latino community that he does not support them.  The Latino majority would never support Romney. And Obama’s record is no better.

In May 2009 the people of Brownsville wrote a letter with a petition signed by hundreds of their citizens asking President Obama to stop the building of the wall at their Texas Mexican border.  Obama did not even bother to answer their letter. That story appeared in a 2009 issue of the Texas Observer. There is no immigration bill on the horizon as Obama promised and instead, a record number illegal immigrants have been deported by the Obama administration.  Perry has spoken out publicly against the wall.  He has stood up for the Hispanic community and dared to call other Republicans heartless. He also saw to it that a Texas version of the Dream Act was passed.

In 2001 Perry signed a state immigration law in 2001 known as the Texas DREAM Act.  Here is an excerpt from that speech:

“As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions.We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.”

 

So, again, what bill for immigrants has Obama or Romney signed into law?

3) Rural America won’t vote for Romney. 59,274,456 people live in rural areas in the USA.  20.781% of the total population and this is a vote that is essential for Republicans.  In 2010, 39 rural Democrat districts turned Republican.  The Republicans won the House in 2010 with rural votes.  Obama mocks the rural people of America and refers to them as the ones who “cling to their guns and Bibles.”  Romney would be seen by most of them as another rich Wall Street politician and many rural people are evangelicals who would not vote for a Mormon.  Perry, however, who was born and raised in the small farming community of Paint Creek Texas, is a native son for almost all of rural America except the black people living in rural areas.

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So why would the Republican leadership push Romney?

Only if they had decided that their winning strategy for 2012 is a losing strategy.

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But there is a fly in the ointment at the present that they are working overtime to remove:  The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to over 1000 cities in the USA

The strategy and tactics that mainstream media have followed thus far is  1) black out all reporting and ignore the protests –a tactic that most of them followed for the first two weeks   2) Now that it is obvious that the people are not going away, present “reports”  with selected photos that only show protesters in a unfavorable light such as goofy hippie types with no credibility and 3) Infiltrate the protests  and incite violence to discredit the movement as the peaceful movement that it is.

Will the deciders win?  I don’t know.  It’s too early to tell, but it’s obvious that they made a serious tactical error by ignoring the Occupy Wall Street Protest for so long.  The Internet media and the foreign media have been reporting the truth on the event from Day one, September 17, 2011.

If the majority can stay united and keep all personalities out of the event, we can at the least take over the House of Representatives in 2012.  And it is not that far-fetched that we might be able to replace Obama with a third party candidate.

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I will not vote for Perry or Romney.

I hope to have a choice other than Obama.

A race between Perry and Obama would be very close.  However a race between Romney and Obama is no contest.  Obama would win easily.

If the Republicans ran Romney and Perry on the same ticket, they might win because this could bring the two factions of their party together.