There is so much wrong with your statement, I'll attempt to cover as much of it as I can in as organized a fashion.
1) I do agree there's an energy crisis in this country. Pumping stimulus money into green energy companies that are disasters waiting to happen doesn't help one bit. Not ONE supposed "green energy" stimulus recipient has succeeded. Solyndra, A123 Systems, Solar Trust, Abound Solar, Nevada Geothermal, and on and on and on. All these companies are propped up on a house of cards and greased with taxpayer money and what happens when they fail? Nothing. Where does the money go? Where does OUR money go? What's it DOING for us? Greasing the pockets of Obama-backers? Speaking of stimulus, a general point----the Obama administration said that by July 2012, unemployment would be 5.6% if Stimulus was passed, and 6.0% if it WASN'T. It's 8.3%, and if the labor force was the same size as it was in January 2009 when Obama was sworn in, the unemployment rate would be 11.0%!
If Obama and the left truly cared about the energy problems we face, then everything truly WOULD be on the table. But it's not. Massive regulations intended to bankrupt the coal industry (Obama stated this was a goal and that prices would "necessarily skyrocket" back in his 08 campaign----go check it, this quote is readily available), increase difficulty for overall energy production and drive up costs are a FEATURE, not a bug. I don't know about you but European levels for gas and energy (again, a DIRECTLY stated goal of Steven Chu, Energy Secretary) are disastrous for the economy.
I don't care about these systems that may or may not work over the next 70 years and suffering massive economic impact because of it. We can't afford it. It would stifle economic growth in unimaginable ways. Of course, for those who want to chase this greentopia, that's what they want. The EPA needs to get scrapped. I want cheap oil and gas. I want shale deposits. I want to crack open the reservoirs of all of this so we don't have to deal with the tyranny of other nations having us by the balls on this front. I want to build the Keystone XL pipeline, the one from Canada through the continential US because I don't want Canada to just turn around and sell it to China instead, thereby defeating any "environmental" purpose we have for not doing such a thing AND helping our biggest economic rival at the same time.
2) Nobody cares about contraception at a time when people are having the most difficult time making sure food is on the table, a roof is over their childrens' heads and clothes are on their backs. Seriously. This whole "war on women" crap has GOT to stop. You want to talk about detrimental to women? How about 1.5% GDP growth in Q2 2012? How about nearly 16 TRILLION dollars in debt with many more TRILLION in unfunded liabilities? How about 42 STRAIGHT months of 8%+ unemployment where the 60 years PRIOR only experiened 8%+ for 39 months TOTAL? How about the fact that women in the Obama White House get paid significantly less than the men? How about the fact that women are losing jobs at a higher clip under the Obama economy? How about insulting them by acting like they need to have condoms and birth control pills paid for by someone else? Contraception is not a "fundamental right", lol. And you can go to any clinic and get condoms or whatever for free if you need to.
Like this idiot Sandra Fluke, who came out as some "innocent Georgetown student", later we find out is an official operative for radical feminist groups and the Obama campaign. You can get birth control from Target for like 9 bucks a month. Is that what we want women to do? Create a culture of dependancy? I thought those on the left were about freedom. What says freedom like having to depend on the government and other people to pay for stuff? Are women only uteruses and vaginas? How offensive is THAT.
And you wanna talk about religious freedom? The whole contraception thing would force religious institutions (Catholic schools like Georgetown, for example) to cover contraceptives and such under their insurance plans. As you may or may not know, Catholics are against those things. What kind of religious freedom is it to FORCE religious institutions to pay for and provide things they don't believe in? And why is it bad that Paul Ryan, a devout Catholic, stands by his beliefs? Does THAT make him a religious extremist? A shitload of people are Catholic, dude.
Besides. Paul Ryan is running for VP. He doesn't have the ability to ban abortions. He doesn't have the ability to do ANYTHING on that front. He can't sign things into law. He can't veto things. And besides, his main talk about abortion as it pertains to things that are actual and tangible and not just "beliefs and values" is making sure there's no public funding for it. Your concerns on this front are THOROUGHLY unfounded. Anyone who thinks primarily about "women's rights" as a reason to hate Paul Ryan where the country is literally headed to hell in a handbasket in every way imaginable is selfish, delusional, and downright misguided.
3) I'm not sure where you get the idea that the economic disaster was Bush's fault. Seriously. If that's the idea you have, you're under a COMPLETE misapprehension. Bush (and McCain, interestingly enough) called for reform of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae MULTIPLE times throughout both terms of his administration, only to be met with cries by people like Chris Dodd, Maxine Waters, John Kerry, Barney Frank, etc that nothing was wrong. Well, something WAS wrong. Community Reinvestment Act under Carter, tweaks by Clinton, etc led to this bubble and it burst. To blame it on Bush is seriously downright unfathomable and its a myth that HAS to be shot down. Oh by the way, a bubble to keep an eye on? Student loans. Surely this will be met by denials from the usual suspects as well.
Contrary to popular belief, Obama HAS fulfilled many of his promises, and has fulfilled his main one---to fundamentally transform this country. If you think his policies have "kept the country running", I'm not sure what to say to that. As I said before, record unemployment numbers at this point. Record debts. Record deficits. Sooner or later, it's not "Bush's fault" anymore. Reagan's recovery in the early 80s DEMOLISHED this supposed recovery, providing an average of 6.7% GDP growth per quarter in the first nine quarters of his recovery. Obama's? Only FOUR quarters of growth at or above 3%! And Obama has absolutely nothing but shallow rhetoric and more "ism" politics garbage. Gender, class, race, sexual orientation, etc. Only distractionary crap.
I'm not sure what you mean that "Obama has kept the big picture in mind". What picture is this? His vision of America no longer being exceptional and of America being a European-style failure? If that's the big picture, then I agree, he's kept it in mind. I guess I'm just confused as to how you can talk about the house of cards, prosperity for college graduates, fiscal health long term, taxes, balancing budgets, etc and talk about Obama positively and Ryan and Romney negatively. I just don't get it. With CONSTANT Obama's demonization of business, it's no surprise that businesses are scared to develop, invest, and grow demand so that hiring can happen, and the economy remains awful as a result.
Did you know that the Senate under Barack Obama's tenure as President has not passed or even proposed their own budget, even though they're obligated to? That's Harry Reid for ya, who hasn't done anything on a budget OR job/growth proposals that have started in the House. Did you realize that Obama's "budget" has not received ONE VOTE OF SUPPORT from EITHER SIDE in the House OR Senate? How can you talk about all of these things and not see this? Ryan is the only one who HAS a plan. When Ryan and Treasury Sec Geithner were talking a few months back, Geithner literally said that they don't have a plan and all they know is that they don't like Ryan's.
All these points aren't even TOUCHING on disastrous scandals like Fast and Furious, horrendous foreign policy, etc. I DO wish Ryan had more foreign policy experience, but I guess if Romney gets elected, I'll have to trust he'll appoint the right guys as Secretary of State and Defense. Romney's foreign tour a couple weeks ago was pretty good, IMO.
A house is divided. You're right. There's one side constantly pushing to divide us into groups and there's another side constantly talking about all of us as Americans. I guess it's up to you to figure out which side is which.
Feel free to ask me for links if you're unclear on something. Left them out to keep it simple, if not long still haha.
Edited by TheMatrix31, 13 August 2012 - 04:02 AM.