Memo to Mitt From Grassroots Americans

Oct. 15, 2012

Governor Romney,

The upcoming presidential debates have the potential to move more independent voters into your column – but your campaign has yet to embrace messages that will draw moderate grassroots Americans to your side of the ledger.

This “Memo” was prepared and delivered to your communications director, but I have concerns that it will not get through the gauntlet of your campaign hacks, who are certain they already have the victory formula. At present, you most assuredly have not connected with enough moderate grassroots folks to defeat Obama – not because you don’t genuinely care about Americans from all walks of life, but because your staff is top-heavy with politicos who, themselves, have little or no grassroots grounding.

In order to close the biggest deal you have ever negotiated, I have a few suggestions to help you better understand what millions of grassroots Americans most want to hear from you.

Taxes and Debt:

On taxes, note that while Obama has sought to divide America with his race- and class-warfare rhetoric, the Romney-Ryan ticket will reunite America to restore Essential Liberty in this Land of Opportunity. As soon as Obama starts his classist rhetoric on taxing the rich, respond by highlighting the “Obama Tax”: Median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) across the board since this president took office. That’s the Obama Tax, and you can paste it on his forehead! Hammer Obama when he asks, “Are we going to double-down on the top-down economic policies that helped to get us into this mess? Or do we embrace a new economic patriotism?” ECONOMIC PATRIOTISM?

For the record, when Obama became a Senator in 2005, he listed his net worth as $328,442. Now in his fourth year was POTUS, Obama’s net worth is $11.8 million. Apparently, “public service” does pay! He accuses you of being greedy, but the fact is class warfare is rooted in greed.

Regarding the National Debt, in 2006, then-Sen. Obama protested: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” On April 15, 2011 (Income Redistribution Day), when confronted with that comment, Obama said, “I think that it’s important to understand the vantage point of a senator versus the vantage point of a president. When you’re a senator, traditionally what’s happened is, this is always a lousy vote. Nobody likes to be tagged as having increased the debt limit – for the United States by a trillion dollars. As president, you start realizing, you know what, we, we can’t play around with this stuff. This is the full faith and credit of the United States. And so that was just an example of a new senator making what is a political vote as opposed to doing what was important for the country. And I’m the first one to acknowledge it.”

On taxes and debt, Obama can’t be trusted.

QUOTE: “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” –Thomas Jefferson

(Read up on that here: Socialism v Free Enterprise)

Obama’s ‘Blame Bush’ routine:

Obama’s re-election prospects depend entirely on his ability to deceive a majority of Americans with the same old blame-shifting blather that he used to dupe them in 2008: “It’s Bush’s fault.” Obama can’t effectively focus his campaign on the textbook pillars of socialist propaganda – race and economic disparity – if he has to spend airtime defending his ruinous economic policies. To that end, in the first debate Obama repeatedly invoked his now-familiar refrain about the financial crisis he “inherited”: “When I walked into the Oval Office, I had more than a trillion-dollar deficit greeting me. And we know where it came from…”

Well, yes we do. It’s true that the economy Obama inherited wasn’t the solid recovery that began some months after 9/11 under President George W. Bush and his Republican Congress. Instead, it was the gravely weakened economy of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV) and their Democrat congressional majorities in both houses. On January 3, 2007, the date that the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress took office after a record 52 months of job growth accelerated by Bush administration tax cuts, unemployment was at 4.6 percent, and the economy was growing at three times the current rate.

Tell Obama, “On my first day in office, I will accept full responsibility for the condition of our nation’s economy. I will not make excuses about the "mess I inherited,” and I will set about restoring the foundation of economic growth – free enterprise, lower taxes and lower regulations.

Obama can’t be trusted to take responsibility.

QUOTE: “[The President] is the dignified, but accountable magistrate of a free and great people.” –James Wilson

(Read up on that here: Who Inherited What from Whom?)


Obama talks a lot about how “we created jobs” but government does not create jobs, government impedes job growth. He will insist that the latest jobs numbers support his economic plan – “We found out the unemployment rate fell to its lowest rate since I took office. It’s a reminder this country has come too far to turn back now.” Respond as follows: “Yes, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor did report that, according to a survey, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent. The problem with this report, a survey of only 0.6 percent of U.S. households, is that the anomalous drop starkly contradicted much more reliable economic data, including a payroll survey of 30 percent of employers (indicating no change), and the economic growth measure of GDP (revised downward). If jobs numbers are really improving, it’s because of underemployment and the fact that millions of Americans have simply stopped looking for work. Any improvement in our economy is a testament to the vitality of free enterprise, despite Obama’s so-called "economic plan.”

If Obama attempts to back up the Labor report by citing another Labor report that the Leftmedia proclaims is evidence that the 7.8 percent figure is accurate – a DoL report noting that weekly jobless claims dropped by 30,000 to a mere 364,000 new unemployment claims, lower than it was when Obama was elected – remind Obama about some fine print in the DoL data: “One large state didn’t report some quarterly figures.” That “one large state” would happen to be the nation’s largest state, California, and a DoL analyst concluded that the “missing figures” account for most of the decline. In other words, there was little or no decline in new jobless claims. But who reads the fine print anyway?

On the economy, Obama can’t be trusted.

QUOTE: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” –John Adams

(Read up on that here: Obfuscation and Diversion)

The ‘47 percent’:

Many commentators wondered why, during the first debate, Obama didn’t hammer you on your surreptitiously recorded remark about the “47 percent who pay no taxes” being dependent upon government. Biden mentioned this with Ryan, and Ryan responded, “I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.”

Clearly, just because someone pays no taxes does not mean they are dependent on government, and I know that is not what you meant to imply. Thus, you must reframe your comment and put this monkey on Obama’s back by noting first that while your citation of the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income taxes was in fact correct, it also coincides with Obama’s current support in the polls – and that was the basis for your misstatement on government dependence.

Restate your case: The fact is that 30-35 percent of Obama’s most fervent constituent support is composed of those who are now culturally, if not irrevocably, dependent upon a plethora of government subsidies. (Be sure to note, too, that you’re not talking about “earned entitlements” like Social Security.) Those subsidies are graft for buying votes.

Quote avowed socialist George Bernard Shaw, who smugly declared at the turn of the 20th century that redistributed wealth can buy elections: “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

Then clearly make this point: “I suspect that the real reason you objected to my remark is that you believe 100 percent of Americans are dependent on government, as you made plain in your now-infamous assertion, ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else [read: "government”] made that happen.’ The Democrat plan envisions that all Americans would be enslaved on the government plantation.“

Obama can’t be trusted with "spreading the wealth around.”

QUOTE: “Repeal that [welfare] law, and … industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.” –Benjamin Franklin

(Read up on that here: ObamaNation Plantation)

Big Bird:

Don’t rehash this whole issue – your response to those ridiculous Obama ads worked: “The president spent the last week talking about saving Big Bird. I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs.” But don’t leave it there. Insist that you believe it’s more important to fund our men and women in uniform who stand ready to defend our country – funding that’s actually authorized by our Constitution. Obama is prepared to gut our military. Remind the American people that Congress is authorized to collect taxes for very specific expenses, not the out-of-control welfare state that Obama seeks.

On preventing wasteful expenditures from the national treasury, Obama can’t be trusted.

QUOTE: “If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” –James Madison

National Security and Foreign Policy:

The current 24-hour news recyclers are pressing the Libya question, who knew what and when, ad nauseam. Of course the reason Obama is obfuscating the facts on Libya is that he would like Americans to believe that al-Qa'ida died when he (actually Navy SEALs) killed Osama bin Laden. Thus, Obama insisted that protests over a web video insulting Islam led to the deaths of Americans in Libya. That smokescreen dissipated quickly when Congress pressed for answers.

The reality is, al-Qa'ida cells around the world are alive and well, and their ultimate objective remains to disable the U.S. economy (as they temporarily did in September 2001, in order to undermine our political, military and cultural support for liberty around the world. Their plan to accomplish this objective centers on OBL’s “American Hiroshima,” which calls for a nuclear attack on several American urban centers. Al-Qa'ida’s goal is to obtain several low-tech nuke devices from one of their terrorist state backers (Iran), and detonate those devices, most likely in the harbors of East Coast urban centers.

Don’t get mired in the minutiae of who knew what and when in Libya. The real issue regarding our foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is Obama’s appeasement of our enemies – from the “apology tour” after his election, to his smirking snubs of our most significant ally in the Middle East, Israel. Focus on the grievous failure of Obama’s foreign policy overall and the fact that al-Qa'ida is a clear and present danger.

Additionally, Obama’s politically timed announcement of Osama’s death in Operation Neptune Spear greatly undermined our ability to act on all the intelligence gathered in that raid. The flood of administration intelligence “leaks” since is the subject of a bold new video from Special Forces operators, condemning Obama for endangering American military personnel. (An Obama operative called the SEALs' criticism “gutless.”)

Oh, and Obama snuck in a reference to the “47 percent” video in his closing remarks after the second debate. Highlight Obama’s remarks, caught on tape, to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev about watering down our national security: “After my election I will have more flexibility.” Medvedev responded, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” That would be current Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whose side is Obama on?

Make the case that Obama can’t be trusted to do what is necessary to protect our national interests. Then shift the conversation back to the economy by noting that al-Qa'ida is not the greatest threat to our national security; Obama, Senate Democrats, and the crushing burden of our national debt the have dumped on our nation is the greatest threat. It’s time for a president who will work with Congress to solve the debt crisis, not grow it.

QUOTE: “National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” –John Adams

(Foreign Affairs Footnote: There are still three weeks for a diversionary “October Surprise” to bolster Obama’s stature as a “foreign policy president.” Expect a “rice-paper” (easily dissolvable) agreement from Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, puppet of Ali Khamenei, promising new negotiations on their uranium enrichment plans. Additionally, expect BO to drop a few 500 pounders on some peasant villages in Libya and claim direct hits against those who attacked our embassy – since the diversionary 500 pounder they dropped on that anti-Islamic web video did not suffice.)

Second Amendment:

Obama claims, “We’re a nation that believes in the Second Amendment, and I believe in the Second Amendment. We’ve got a long tradition of hunting and sportsmen and people who want to make sure they can protect themselves.” For the record, the Second Amendment is NOT about “a long tradition of hunting,” unless you’re talking about hunting down those who offend Liberty, and it’s about much more than “making sure people can protect themselves.”

The Second Amendment is about the ability of the people to throw off a government that becomes antithetical to Liberty. And make no mistake, implicit in the assurance of “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” is the right to keep and bear arms that will serve that purpose, including those so-called “assault rifles” which are responsible a very tiny fraction of murders in the U.S., and most of those, gang-bangers who, yes, don’t obey gun laws.

Obama most certainly can’t be trusted when it comes to abiding by his oath to “support and defend” our Constitution.

QUOTE: “The Second Amendment is the Palladium of all others…” –Justice Joseph Story


Note that our current vice president’s demeanor in the debate was a disgraceful display of condescending arrogance, a trademark of Obama’s deeply divisive administration. After almost 40 years of living in Washington’s lap of luxury at taxpayer expense, Biden’s class warfare, statist obfuscations and “man of the people” malarkey doesn’t fly, and he should stop shoveling that “stuff.” Joe made it clear that he’s been a Washington insider for a long, long, long, long time. Note that he’s part of the problem, not the solution. While your running mate, Paul Ryan, discussed serious topics like job creation, health care and Iranian nukes, Biden laughed and sneered. Note that he was the only one laughing.

On appointing solid leadership for his administration, Obama can’t be trusted.

QUOTE: “If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.” –Proverbs 29:9

Fundraising Irregularities:

The issue of illegal foreign and fraudulent online campaign donations is important, but don’t get stuck in the minutiae. Just lay it out there as yet another reason not to trust Obama.

Obama can’t be trusted to abide by the law.

QUOTE: “If an election … can be procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good.” –John Adams

Your Closing Remarks:

Take the American people back to that moment just prior to the 2008 election, when Barack Obama said his objective was “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Inform the people that this transformation has indeed begun, that it has been catastrophic, and that it will only get worse.

Here’s the bottom line: Drive home the fact that Obama’s policies have failed – there are 23 million, unemployed or underemployed, and those who have simply given up looking for work – and tens of millions more who are working, but have not received pay increases to keep up with inflation. On Obama’s watch, we have “record spending on welfare” – households considered impoverished have grown to one in six and there are 47 million food stamp recipients – up 50 percent since Obama’s election. Obama has also amassed $5 trillion in new debt, and our national debt now totals $16 trillion, which for the first time in history now exceeds U.S. annual economic output. Finally, he should keep reminding the American people that median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) since Obama took office. This is the real “Obama tax.” Also, energy prices have doubled because of Obama restrictions, and economic growth has slowed to an anemic 1.3 percent.

Obama’s road “Forward” is a dead end. He can’t be trusted with the future of America. He has been elected once so he believes the American people are irrevocably ignorant. Make your case that you think our countrymen are smart enough not to be fooled twice.

I ask you, Governor Romney, to recall the words of George Washington at a turning point during the American Revolution: “A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come.” Let the American people know that our nation is at such a turning point again.

This election, we must restore our Declaration’s assertion that Liberty is “endowed by our creator,” which Obama frequently omits because he believes Liberty is endowed by government. According to our Constitution, it is “We the People” who enshrined that Liberty, not the government.

Finally, you should end every speech at every stop between now and November 6th, with this bottom line: “Obama can’t be trusted.” He can’t be trusted with our national security. He can’t be trusted with our national debt and he can’t be trusted to restore the health of our economy. And he most certainly can’t be trusted with the future of American Liberty.

I suggest, Governor Romney, that you close this coming debate with these words to the American people: “In two weeks, you will be voting for the future of Liberty. In doing so, please consider carefully the words of Founder Noah Webster: ‘In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character.’ I ask nothing more from you this evening and on November 6. God bless you, and God bless our great nation.”


If the selection of moderators is an indication, the “bipartisan” Commission on Presidential Debates is something less than advertised. The fact is, moderators shape debates.

The first debate will be moderated by PBS’s Jim Lehrer, a noted liberal. The only VP debate will be moderated by ABC Lefty Martha Raddatz, who will do little to reign in the unmitigated arrogance of Joe Biden. As you recall, Raddatz’s ex-husband, Julius Genachowski, with whom she maintains close contact, is Obama’s Federal Communications Commission Chairman.

CNN’s Candy Crowley is scheduled to moderated the second presidential “town hall” debate. Regarding her role Crowley has asserted, “Once the table is kind of set by the town-hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what about X, Y, Z?’” As you may recall, Crowley recently labeled Romney’s selection of Ryan “some sort of ticket death wish.” In case you missed the fine print, Crowley will choose the audience questions for the town hall debate. So not only is Crowley a partisan referee, but she will select questions that will deliver Romney up for Obama sucker punches.

The final October 22 debate at Lynn University will be moderated by CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who may be more balanced in his moderation.

Oh, I should note that the Commission on Presidential Debates, shot down my “equally bipartisan” list of recommended moderators: Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh.


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RedLeg in M'Boro, TN said:

Question remains then: Why can't there be a moderate (my definition) or right-leaning moderator? How can we the voter/people make this so?

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:


It doesn't matter. The next POTUS is Romney. Obozo has purchased a $40Million estate in Hawaii and will be retiring there in January to play golf and hobnob with tail-chasers like Tiger. The NWO is finished with Obamao and we will be partying like it's 1999 because we're having an RRgasm. Are you ready?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Shepherd in Alexandria, VA replied:

After Romney takes office I am going to write him and ask him to consider giving Hawaii back to Japan in an effort to settle some of the debt we own them. Sort of a "two birds" thing. We get rid of some debt, and the Obama's once and for all.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

KP of NOVA in VA said:

One item you missed in your list of recommended topics and responses. Obama has issued some executive orders like the one giving illegal immigrants who came here as children immunity to the laws against these people and has forbidden the government offices from demanding proof of immigrant claims. He has also decreed other exceptions to laws on the books. Does this make Congress irrelevant? Is this Obama's objective? Can he then announce other laws which the people of this country must obey? Does this sound more like the actions of a dictator? Is this what our citizens want to elect?

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming replied:

When it comes to executive orders, how come the Republican Big Shots (you can't call them leaders) haven't called him out on it? For his end run around Congress, how come no Articles of Impeachment? BTW, which section of the Constitution covers executive orders?

I did not and will not watch any of the debates. I get physically ill when I see or hear Barry or Bozo. Also my TV is not resistant to thrown objects or .45 ACP.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:30 PM

RedLeg in M'Boro, TN replied:

Nurf balls work. It is quite enjoyable, if you get good; make up a point system. You will not believe how well your aim will increase.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Michael Thomas in Lafayette IN replied:

All excellent points, but saying your not going to participate on Nov.6th is a bit like saying your not going to play because the team didn't pick you or your guy to be quarterback. Just because your upset, as most of us are, with the current Republican leadership in Congress doesn't mean your voice shouldn't be heard loud enough to vote out Barry. Congress won't impeach but the American people can fire him.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Lillirose in Indiana replied:

It is pretty much an unwritten law that if anyone called Obama on anything, the were automatically a Racist...not. News flash to those people...he's half Muslim, half American, and zero leader.
Also...not to still a vote. We need to unite to rid America of this Mafia style government !

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

RL Harvey in The Socialist State of Maryland replied:

I could not agree with you more, sir. Although I have no affinity for television, nor the lame stream media, and remain a 'semi-captive' due to my significant other's (read: wife) continued loyal service to our nations better interests ... I remain, at least temporarily here (retired mil, myself) ... tolerating (at best, on a good day) the MOST entitled geopolitical environs I've ever been witness to in my born days - to wit: gimme, gimme, gimme!!! and gimme some more!!! ... and it's all about 'rights' ... theirs. but just wait til they go away, should this narcissist succeed in tricking them into relinquishing those rights. They'll be gone in a twinkling of an eye. God Bless You, and may you, your family, your neighbors, and 2d Amendment Rights weather the storm... ONE AND ALL! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

RL Harvey in United Socialist State/Republic Bawl'mer, Maryland replied:

The good Doctor Timms from Georgia has lots to say... If we allow the outcome of the debates, and thus the election and our freedom to be manipulated by these 'monitors', we may as well retreat to the caves from whence Brando muttered about the horrors... for we too may be likewise subject, lest we employ other means of circumvention. Mitt - hear us now! The Voice of the People has ne'er been more a collective and acute plea for what we have come to be so proud of all the years, yet so close to losing: Our Bill of Rights, and our Constitution.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Shepherd in Alexandria, VA replied:

I use the mute button when Barry starts to speak. I completely agree. I hate it when someone lies to me and everything that comes out of Obeelzebubs mouth is a lie.

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Luap Nosretep in Benson replied:

Impeachment is a useless consideration as long as Harry Reid and his buddies run the Senate.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis said:

Other news reports this debate's primary focus will be foreign policy.

Obama's foreign policy poures fuel on coals that burn hot since the bloody violent establishment of Islam (religion of peace?) by the megalomaniac Mohamed. Obama re-ignites flames of jihad and imperils any hope of stability for the Middle East. His apology tour, and obvious snubbing of Israel emboldens the Taliban and Muslim terrorists. More U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Ambassadors and staff will die as a result of Obama's deadly ignorance or deception and the fatal naiviete of the electorate.

The middle east mosves cautiously for now; still hurting from the beating begun by Obama's predecessor (this, indeed, WAS Bush's fault!). The terrorists will be much more careful to conceal intent and avoid culpability using plausible lies that deflect accountability. However, make no mistake, their rage can never be saitiated. Islam must destroy Israel and her allies forever, including the USA. Our only choice will be convert or die. Failure of the USA to support Israel will doom her fate, but will also doom the USA soon after.

Of course, all history; past, recorded or forgotten; present, written or ignored and future yet unrevealed, is "His story." He, Jesus Christ, may return before, after or during these tumultuous times. Regardless, we all, Obama, Muslims, Romney, the USA, and ourselves, will someday acknowledge are instruments working together by His pleasure, in His name, for His glory. Every knee shall bow and every tounge confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus.


Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Minstrel in Arizona said:

What about the Fast And Furious gun trafficking scandal and cover up?

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto said:

I'd prefer Romney to look him in the eye the first time Obama blames Bush and say this:

"You're right, Mr. President, you're not responsible."

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Rod in USA replied:

Nice! (if delivered in the right way).

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Cord in Fredericksburg, Texas said:

Please note - California is not the nation's largest state.
Someone has been around Biden too much! ;)

" That "one large state" would happen to be the nation's largest state, California, and a DoL analyst concluded that the "missing figures" account for most of the decline.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

its Sam in LS, MO replied:

California is the largest state by population. Alaska is larger than Texas but has less people, Texas is larger than California but has less people. Population is the reference here not area.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Mike McGinn in People's Republic of Maryland said:

Here's something else Mitt can do. He can tell America that on his first day in office, he will accept the American situation as his...and his alone. None of this "I inherited" nonsense.

I am reminded of the dozens of military changes of command that I've attended over the years. At one point in the ceremony the unit flag is passed from the outgoing to the incoming commanding officer. It is at that moment when the mantle of command shifts and the burden and responsibilities of command are lifted from one individual and placed squarely on the shoulders of another.

In the military, the commanding officer is responsible for everything that his or her unit does (or fails to do) starting on day number one. Many an incoming commanding officer has inherited a mess, but they take responsibility for their command and they fix the problems. In my 20 years of military service I've never heard a commanding officer blame the performance of his command on what "he inherited"...especially not when they were over 75% through their command tour of duty.

I can guarantee you that when Obama goes out the door this coming January, he will, after 4 years "in command", still be blaming the situation in America on what he "inherited" from the previous "commanding officer".

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

NK in Greenlawn, NY said:

In Romney's closing remarks he should hit 2 points. 1) Recite almost word for word the speech Obama gave in 2008 when talking about when the opposition has no leg to stand on, they will attack on small things. Most people have forgotten. Just say, that was word for word from Obama on the campaign trail in 2008. 2) Say Ryan and I will take ownership of this office Day 1. In 3-4 years, you will know if I did the job or not. There will be no blaming of the former administration. We know we have work to do. We want this job. We want the trust of the American people. You will be the judge if we succeeded or not. We fully anticipate succeeding but if we fail, I will not blame others.

That is a leader. That is someone to be looked up to and respected. Take joy in success and sorrow in failure. Not pass the buck on the bad stuff and raise their hand looking for praise on the good stuff.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Nam_Vet68 in Philadelphia said:

I keep reading that Obama will come out much more aggressive in this debate then the first one. I wonder what voice he will use? Will he use his preacher holy than thou voice, his comedian voice or his fake statesmen voice? One thing you can count on, he will not take any responsibility for Libya debacle but he will take responsibility for getting Bin Laden.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

WTD in AZ said:

"Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look to his character." If every voter would honestly do as Webster said, it would be a landslide against Obama as the exhibited aspects of "character" have been and are all negative; e.g. a good leader leads by example. With the massive deficit, exorbitantly expensive family vacation trips are clearly yet another example of "do as I say, not as I do". And the flip-flop of saying a president doesn't have the power to effect elements of the Dream act, and then later doing it by executive order w/o any explanation of the magical change. He said if he couldn't lower the unemployment rate and improve the economy, he deserved to be a one-term president. Why is he running again?

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Ileen Cuccaro in Garwood said:

That about sums it up, not if you could e-mail it to him that would be great

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Richard Roger in West Des Moines, IA said:

Regarding Big Bird: The power to tax is the power to destroy. It should be exercised with severe restraint. The Constitution empowers the Federal Government to reach out and TAKE from our citizens the fruits of THEIR labors in order to provide for our men and women in uniform. It is neither just nor proper to do so for a man in a bird costume.

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

The Sesame Street Corporation and Big Bird make plenty of money on their own, and need no government assistance to continue indoctrinating our youth to the insanity of marxist ideology.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Frank in San Diego, CA replied:

I agree! Another business making tons of money are phoney baloney churches. No more tax breaks for these hucksters like Pat Robertson. Either they truly believe that the "Lord will provide" or they need to close down shop and get a real job. Lazy ass pastors, suckling off the teet of us taxpayers!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

bisoncookie in Orlando said:


Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

demsarerats in Oregon said:

Excellent points except for;

“Make sure to focus on the grievous failure of Obama's foreign policy overall, and don't get stuck in the minutiae over Libya.”

Libya is by far the stronger issue for Romney, it underscores Obama’s dishonesty and constant attempts to blame others for his failures. Obama failed to provide adequate security for an ambassador to a country with active terrorist groups on the anniversary of 9-11 resulting in his death, and then Obama blamed it upon a bogus movie made in America instead of the terrorists who killed him. Joe Average can understand this much better and will be influenced by it much more than a general discussion about “Obama's foreign policy overall.”

Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Chaiman Obamao also illegally egaged American Troops in Lybia, bypassing Congress in collaboration with the UN.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

These are all great points and suggestions, but I am very concerned that the future of America and the free world will depend on about 3 hours of contrived and media manipulated attacks on the conservative constitutional philosophy of American government. Worse yet, the major objective of all this is to persuade the largely uninvolved citizenry ( and I use the term loosely) many of whom will caste a vote based on whether they might want an abortion one day, or whether they guy will mail them free birth control pills to the house, so they don't even have to go to the drug store.

It is frighteneing that the future of the world boils down to this. And who is "moderating" this debate for the survival of human civilization -- Linda Ellerby..
My God -- in the words of Marlon Brando,,the Horror, the Horror.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM