Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The John Kerry Dilemma

Ronald Reagan once famously asked, "Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes — one rich, one poor — both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other?"  The answer it seems is whenever doing so benefits Democrats.

Obama and his surrogates have been trying to hit Romney hard on his wealth.  Romney is estimated to have a net worth of just under $200 million.  They say because of this he is out of touch, he is a rich elitist that isn't familiar with the struggles of the average American.  As proof they point to offshore bank accounts, his tax rate of 15%, and his wife's horse hobby.  What they never say is that Romney also donates an additional 14% of his income to charity.  

Where were these Democrats so concerned with the country being led by an out of touch, rich, elitist just two presidential elections ago when they were busy nominating John Kerry?

John Kerry's net worth was around $1.2 billion in 2003, the year he began campaigning for the presidency.  Not only does his immense wealth eclipse Mitt Romney's, but as uncovered by the Boston Globe, Kerry also made use off offshore bank accounts.  However, unlike the Romney's, the Kerry's refused to release tax documents that would show whether they held any other offshore bank accounts.

Even worse, John Kerry was caught hiding a $7 million dollar yacht in Rhode Island to avoid paying Massachusetts taxes.  By doing so, he avoided paying nearly $500,000 in taxes.

When Barrack Obama took the stage at the 2004 DNC National Convention he didn't attack Kerry for his lavish wealth.  Instead he praised him.

"In this election, we offer that choice. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry."

The John Kerry dilemma isn't stopping the majority of middle-class and poor Democrats from buying into the propaganda. Here's just a smattering of the thousands of twitter posts parroting Obama's talking points:

Let's look at the facts.  Obama took over an economy in the middle of a deep recession.  He was elected to right the ship.

He promised his stimulus bills would keep the unemployment rate from going above 8%.  It's never been below that.  Although the economy is now adding some jobs, it is at a rate far less than that what is necessary to keep up with population growth.

He promised that if the government bailed out the auto industry they'd be able to avoid bankruptcy.  They went into bankruptcy anyway and tax payers are out an estimated $30 billion and hundreds of former investors in the companies were stripped of their rights in order to hand a portion of those companies over to the very same people that were helping to drive them out of business.

Obama promised a lot of things he has failed to deliver on.  His policies have resulted in the slowest recovery in history, the largest expansion of feed stamps and other welfare programs in history, and the largest amount of people leaving the workforce to collect disability.  Not exactly the hope and change Democrats and independents were signing up for when they elected him.

On the other side, Mitt Romney has spent his entire professional life turning around failing organizations.  At Bain Capital, his company invested in failing or struggling companies.  In most cases they were able to turn them around saving and creating thousands of jobs.

In 1999, the Salt Lake Olympics was failing.  It was suffering from massive budget deficits and was embroiled in scandal.  Romney was asked to take over and help save the Olympics.  He did just that.  By the time the Olympics were over it had turned a profit and was considered highly successful.  Many of those working with Romney were so impressed by his leadership that they went to work for his presidential campaign.

As governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts, Romney inherited a state that was 50th in employment rate.  By they time he left office, Massachusetts had climbed to 28th.

It seems America is once again being offered a choice, a choice between a proven leader, one capable of taking struggling organizations and making them successful again and another man who has repeatedly put his ideology before the good of the nation, a man who has ignored the signs of his failed policies and advocates for more of the same.  When Democrats go to the polls in November they will have to search their souls, reconcile their John Kerry dilemma, and make a choice.

To borrow a phrase from Obama, Republicans have chosen a man to lead us, one who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is Mitt Romney.


Anonymous said...

Romney sent many many jobs overseas in outsourcing. He considered thos jobs as 'costs' (his words) when in fact they were the LIVLIHOOD of WORKING men and woman. This is just one quick example of how 'out of touch' he is with the regular working man.

I might be wrong, but I do not recall Kerry foing things to hurt working people; in fact he has supported legislation to help those same working folks.

One thing I noticed is the source of this article Kansas. When I was on a jury , we were advised to consider the source of the testimony, I just learned today that the leaders of the great state of Kansas are meeting to figure out how to remove Barack Obama from the November ballot due to their claim , all evidence to the contrary from 4 years notwithstanding, that his birth citizenship is in question.

So much for a sense of pride of place that his mother was a native Kansan. His mother probably gave him most of the good stuff that animates him. You all s/b proud, instead of trying to remove him from teh ballot.

theKansasCitian said...

Actually, Obama sent more jobs overseas through his GM bailout then Romney ever did. If you dig into the so-called outsourcing that resulted from Bain you would see they weren't Bain but companies that subcontracted out the work. Like contracting with IBM to do various IT work, who then subcontracted to another company in India.

Kerry on the other hand hides hi Yacht out of state to avoid paying taxes, taxes which would help provide support for the poor and for education. Kerry's Heinz business that he married into just laid off over 1,000 workers after posting their biggest profit ever:


Here's a list of factories Heinz has moved offshore to take advantage of cheap labor while putting hard working Americans on the street:


I guess there's a pretty good reason Kerry is worth about 10 times what Romney is.

theKansasCitian said...

As for your ridiculous Birther ballot claim, any idiot can file a motion. In fact, several have been filed in almost every state in the union, including previous ones in Kansas that were tossed out on their ass by the all Republican controlled board which features constitutional expert Kris Kobach.