Patronizing Democrats – Susan Rice Only Being Criticized Because She’s Black

November 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm (Benghazi, Congressional Black Caucus, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Libya, Lindsey Graham, Marcia Fudge, Minority, Ohio, Race Card, Republican, Susan Rice, United Nations, Women)

It remains a mystery in my eyes, how liberals and Democrats fail to recognize that by constantly playing the race card in every possible scenario, it ends up being patronizing to the minority group that they are actually trying to defend.

Case in point – voter ID.  Liberals would have you believe that getting a free photo identification from the local DMV, and making it necessary to vote in elections, would suppress the minority vote.  Now, the only way you can possibly believe that statement is true, is if in your own little head, you actually believe that those minority groups are too incompetent to attain the proper identification necessary to vote.  It’s the only way that statement rings true.

And now we have this…

Via Gateway Pundit:

Representative Marcia L. Fudge the next Chair of the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus released a statement today defending Ambassador Susan Rice.
Twelve liberal Democratic women in the House embarrassed themselves today by defending dunce Susan Rice over her bizarre Libya comments.
They said Rice was being attacked because she’s black.
ABC News reported:
A dozen female members of the House staunchly defended U.N. ambassador Susan Rice against Republican criticism over her remarks on the deadly Sept. 11 Libya attack, suggesting the GOP lawmakers’ comments were racist and sexist.
“It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities,” Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told reporters Friday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham earlier this week called Rice untrustworthy and unqualified to be the nation’s top diplomat if President Barack Obama chooses her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The two vowed to block any Senate confirmation if she is nominated.

First off, Rice’s actions amount to one of two things.  She either knowingly lied about what had happened in Benghazi, or she was used as a puppet by the administration to feed the public their talking points.  If she lied, then she is unfit to serve in her current post, let alone as a replacement for Hillary Clinton.  If she was used to promote the administration’s lies, then they have also denigrated this African-American woman by using her as a tool rather than letting her do her job.

Second, to come to the conclusion that Rice is being attacked because she is a black woman, is to view her with a condescending level of tunnel vision.  The very people that are criticizing her are doing so because they view her as Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  The people that are defending her do not look at her in the same manner.  Instead they patronizingly view her as a poor defenseless black woman incapable of standing up to her critics or defending her position.

When Susan Rice attained the tremendous heights that she has throughout her career, do you think she’d rather have been viewed as a successful overall individual, or do you think she’d prefer to be viewed as the career product of being a poor black woman?

There couldn’t be anything less racial about the entire Benghazi cover up.  And yet Democrats feel they still have to play that card.  The left consistently turns race into a political ploy.  If you’re a minority, don’t you feel a little bit embarrassed every time they do it?

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US Labor Secretary Celebrates Rise in Unemployment by Handing Out Candy to Reporters

November 2, 2012 at 10:20 am (2012 Election, Candy, Hilda Solis, Jobs Report, Labor Department, Labor Secretary, Minority, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Redistribute, Scott MacFarlane, Stimulus, Unemployment, Women, Youth)

Can somebody please explain to me what reason there is for celebrating another uptick in unemployment – to 7.9% – in America?

This tweet just came across from Scott MacFarlane:

And here is the picture:

How fitting that an administration who operates under the economic premise that handing out free stuff is the way to create growth and recovery, is celebrating another pathetic jobs report by … handing out free stuff.
What is she celebrating exactly, the fact that it didn’t go back above 8%?  We’re really happy and content with it at 7.9%?
Here’s the chart in question.  Notice also, that their predictions had the unemployment rate at 5.2% for October of 2012.
Mitt Romney released the following statement:

“Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. The jobless rate is higher than it was when President Obama took office, and there are still 23 million Americans struggling for work. On Tuesday, America will make a choice between stagnation and prosperity. For four years, President Obama’s policies have crushed America’s middle class. For four years, President Obama has told us that things are getting better and that we’re making progress. For too many American families, those words ring hollow. We can do better. We can have real economic growth, create millions of good-paying jobs, and give middle-class families the security and opportunity they deserve. When I’m president, I’m going to make real changes that lead to a real recovery, so that the next four years are better than the last.”

Romney and most Americans see it as yet another sad day in a four-year struggle with the economy and unemployment.

Not the Obama administration.

7.9% unemployment and Hilda Solis is acting like a giddy schoolgirl.
Speaking of young people, take a look at these statistics regarding the new jobs report – You don’t want to be young, female, or a minority in the Obama economy.
Generation Opportunity, the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization in the United States engaging and mobilizing young Americans on the important economic issues facing the nation, announced non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) 18-29 youth unemployment rate data for October 2012 as the Presidential election nears:
  • The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds specifically for October 2012 is 12.0 percent (NSA).
  • The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for October 2012 is 21.4 percent (NSA); the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for October 2012 is 13.4 percent (NSA); and the youth unemployment rate for 18–29 year old Women for October 2012 is 11.8 percent (NSA).
  • The declining labor force participation rate has created an additiona1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.
  • If the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.5 percent (NSA).

Don’t worry though, things can turn around after Election Day.

In a press release to CNN, Romney reiterated his five-point plan to create a real recovery in America:

Together with Paul Ryan, I’ve put forward an economic recovery plan consisting of five central elements that will in four years create 12 million jobs. 

We will produce more of the energy we need to heat our homes, fill our cars, and make our economy grow.  We will stop President Obama’s war on coal, his disdain for oil, and his effort to crimp natural gas by federal regulation of the very technology that produces it. We will support nuclear and renewables, but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet. We will invest in energy science and research to make discoveries that can actually change our energy world. By 2020, we will achieve North American energy independence. 

We will retrain our work force for the jobs of tomorrow and ensure that every child receives a quality education no matter where they live, including especially our inner cities. Parents and students, not administrators and unions, need to have greater choice. Our current worker retraining system is a labyrinth of federal programs that sprawls across 47 programs and nine agencies. We will eliminate this redundancy and empower the 50 states and the private sector to develop effective programs of their own. 

We will make trade work for America.  We’ll open more markets to American agriculture, products, and services. And we will finally hold accountable any nation that doesn’t play by the rules.  I will stand up for the rights and interests of American workers and employers. 

We will restore fiscal sanity to Washington by bringing an end to the federal spending and borrowing binge that in just four years has added more debt held by the public than almost all previous administrations combined. We will put America on track to a balanced budget by eliminating unnecessary programs, by sending programs back to states where they can be managed with less abuse and less cost, and by shrinking the bureaucracy of Washington. 

Finally, we will champion small business, the great engine of job creation in our country, by reforming the tax code and updating and reshaping regulations that have suffocated economic growth.

What do you want America?  A President who celebrates mediocrity in America, or a President who will bring back exceptionalism to this great nation?

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Romney Takes Lead in Battleground Tracking Poll

October 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm (2012 Election, Battleground States, Debate, Demographics, Men, Mitt Romney, Politico, Poll, President Obama, Tracking Poll, Women)

For the first time since May, Mitt Romney has taken the lead in a Politico Battleground Tracking poll of 10 competitive states.

The surge toward a November victory continues post-debate:

Via Politico:

Mitt Romney has taken a narrow national lead, tightened the gender gap and expanded his edge over President Barack Obama on who would best grow the economy.

A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — taken from Sunday through Thursday of last week — shows Romney ahead of Obama by 2 percentage points, 49 percentage to 47 percent. That represents a 3-point swing in the GOP nominee’s direction from a week ago but is still within the margin of error. Obama led 49 percent to 48 percent the week before.

Romney has not led in the poll since the beginning of May.

Across the 10 states identified by POLITICO as competitive, Romney leads 50 percent to 48 percent.

Ed Morrisey at Hot Air reports that while the numbers are more realistic than some other polling samples, they still likely do not capture the enthusiasm gap in favor of Republicans.

Let’s take a look inside the numbers.  The D/R/I for this poll is 35/31/33 for a D+4, a not-insupportable number that probably still understates Republican enthusiasm and turnout.  Republicans comprised 32% of the electorate in 2008 and 35% of the electorate in 2010, so they’re unlikely to have a worse relative turnout this time than either of the past two elections.  However, the non-white percentage in the sample (22%) looks a little thin compared to 2008 (26%), but close to 2010′s 23%.  That’s something to keep in mind, as I suspect that the 2012 turnout will be somewhere between the two, and the undersample here may balance out the undersample of Republicans.

Two keys suggest Romney’s doing better than his toplines.  First, he’s winning the gender gap.  Romney gets a +10 among men, while Obama gets a +8 among women, for a +2 advantage for Romney.  In 2008, Obama had a +14 gender gap advantage over John McCain.  Obama wins single women, but is getting clobbered among married women, 42/55.  Romney’s also leading among women without children overall, 50/46, suggesting that women who already know how to access birth control aren’t terribly concerned about it as an election issue.

The second key is age demographics.  Obama has a 30-point lead among voters 34 years and younger, but that’s his only win.  He and Romney tie among 35-44YOs at 48 each, but Romney has double digit leads among 45-64YOs (54/44) and seniors (58/38).  Those last two demographics are the most likely to vote in the election.

This is yet another poll series showing Romney trending toward victory, and I suspect that the momentum is greater than the toplines suggest…

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Official Obama Campaign Website: ‘Vote Like Your Lady Parts Depend On It’

October 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm (2012 Election, Biden, Campaign, Lady Parts, Mitt Romney, Obama, President Obama, War on Women, Women)

Well this seems mildly inappropriate for a presidential campaign website.

It is an e-card with a woman’s image and an attached caption which reads, “Vote like your lady parts depend on it.”

And a comment which accompanies the image states, “because they kinda do.”

You know, because the Republican war on women extends to banishing and/or controlling your lady parts.

Here is the description of the campaign site:

This is the Obama 2012 campaign’s official home on Tumblr. Have a story, photo, or video you’d like to share here? Go ahead and submit it today.

If this were on Romney’s campaign website, it’d be plastered all over the media.  But not so for the Obama campaign, where you will hear nary a peep from mainstream journalists.

The childish attempt at humor would seem to be beneath the dignity of the President, but then we’ve learned that little is actually beneath the moral character of this administration.

UPDATE:  The campaign has scrubbed the image from their website.

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New Romney Ad – ‘Dear Daughter’

September 18, 2012 at 7:02 am (Daughters, Dear Daughter, Debt, Jobs, Mitt Romney, Mothers, Romney, Unemployment, War on Women, Women)

President Obama’s policies are making it harder on women. Over 5.5 million women are unemployed and their individual share of debt is over $50,000. That’s what Obama’s policies have done for women.

Here is the ad…

AD FACTS: Script For “Dear Daughter”:
VOICEOVER: “Dear Daughter”
VOICEOVER: “Welcome to America.”
VIDEO TEXT: “$50,000 For Each Person”
VOICEOVER: “Your share of Obama’s debt is over 50 thousand dollars. And it grows every day.”
·         Under President Obama, The National Debt Has Surpassed $16 Trillion – An Increase Of More Than $5.4 Trillion. (Department Of The Treasury, 9/10/12)
·         Every American’s Share Of The National Debt Currently Stands At Over $51,000 – An Increase Of Over $16,000 Under President Obama. (Department Of The Treasury, 9/10/12; U.S. Census Bureau, 9/10/12)
VOICEOVER: “Obama’s policies are making it harder on women.”
VIDEO TEXT: “Highest Level In 17 Years”
·         16.3% Of Women Are Living In Poverty – The Highest Rate In 17 Years. (U.S. Census Bureau, 9/12/12)
VOICEOVER: “The poverty rate for women – the highest in 17 years.”
VIDEO TEXT: “Over 5.5 Million Women Unemployed”
VOICEOVER: “More women are unemployed under President Obama. More than 5.5 million women can’t find work.”
·         Since President Obama Took Office, The Unemployment Rate For Women Has Increased From 7% To 7.8%. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 9/10/12)
·         Currently, The Nation Has Over 5.5 Million Women Who Are Unemployed. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 9/10/12)
VOICEOVER: “That’s what Obama’s policies have done for women.”
VOICEOVER: “Welcome, daughter.”
MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”

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Democrat Candidate: Sexual Harassment in NY Government ‘Routine’

September 10, 2012 at 11:14 am (Monica Arias Miranda, New York, Scandal, Sexual Harassment, Sheldon Silver, Vito Lopez, Women)

Democrat Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver’s unethical coverup of sexual harassment claims against prominent politicians and former staff, has been covered extensively here at the Mental Recession. 

Despite what would seem like a tactic that should be universally denounced – using taxpayer money to pay off victims of sexual harassment – all of New York state’s top Democrats have stood by Silver.  Deligitimizing the seriousness of women being the victims of sexual harassment – or in the case of Silver’s former staff member, J. Michael Boxley,  sexual assault - seems like a risky play for a party constantly beating the drum of Republicans being at war with women.

Now however, a Democrat Senate candidate is bucking her own party by calling for a thorough investigation of Silver, and also claiming that she too has been the victim of sexual harassment by what she called the “good ol’ boy” network in New York politics.

Via the  Village Voice: 

A former New York Assembly staffer who now is running for the state Senate says the multiple sexual harassment allegations made against shamed Assemblyman Vito Lopez — and the subsequent coverup by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — is just a “smokescreen and coverup for something much bigger.”

Democratic Senate hopeful Monica Arias Miranda claims she was sexually harassed routinely by male co-workers when she worked as a budget analyst for the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. She says she never filed complaints about the abuse because she feared retaliation from the “good ‘ol boy” culture in the Legislature.

Miranda, who faces two other Democrats in Thursday’s primary, has called for an investigation into Silver — a risky move for a Democrat, but one that is sure to set her apart from her opponents in her suburban Albany district.

“Why are elected officials calling for Mr. Lopez’s resignation yet are not willing to say the same about the speaker, who is the one responsible for using $100,000 of tax-dollar money to hush the sexual harassment allegations,” she said at a press conference yesterday.

Silver approved a payoff of more than $103,000 in taxpayer money to silence two of Lopez’s alleged victims.

It should also be noted that had Silver done a proper investigation into the initial victim’s claims, the subsequent instances of harassment that led to Lopez’ eventual punishment may never have taken place.

Silver is an accomplice to the second pair of victims being groped and sexually harassed.

We continue to call on the resignation of Mr. Silver, but even more so, we are calling on other prominent Democrats in New York state to ask for the same.

It’s time New York Democrats took a stand that actually helped women, instead of using them as pawns for their own political aspirations.

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Women Falling Out of Love With Obama?

September 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm (BetterDirection.org, Boyfriend, Heather Higgins, Independent Women's Voice, President Obama, Women)

BetterDirection.org, a project of the Independent Women’s Voice, today released a 30-second web video, “Boyfriend,” ahead of President Obama’s convention speech.

Women, who four years ago overwhelmingly supported candidate Obama based on his promise of a robust economic recovery and a new tone in Washington, are feeling a bit cheated.

For the first time this year President Obama is going through a rough patch with women, leaving him upside down on favorability rankings, with a majority (50%) of women voters, single and married alike, viewing him unfavorable while only 46% find him favorably.

Despite his dubious efforts to win women over, his policies have resulted in the real war on women: chronic unemployment, rising cost of living and a less-than thrilling economic recovery.

Said IWV President, Heather Higgins: “We’re just reflecting what we are hearing over and over.  The “change” all went the wrong way.  The “hope” has turned to disappointment.  It’s like a boyfriend that didn’t work out. You invest so much in them, you think they’re perfect.  And they’re not.”

Here’s the video…


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Democrats Drop God From Their Official Party Platform

September 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm (Abortion, Children, Democrats, DNC, God, War on Children, War on Religion, War on Women, Women)

The shocking part here is that they ever actually had God in the platform to begin with.

CBN reports:

Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform.

This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform:

“We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

Now the words “God-given” have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this:

“We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

I suppose it would be difficult to include God in a platform that also “opposes any effort” to stop abortion.

LifeNews reports:

Democrats at the 2012 Democratic National Convention are set to approve a platform today that is unambiguously pro-abortion and opposes any effort whatsoever to stop any abortions. The platform also calls on forcing Americans to pay for abortions at taxpayer expense.

The platform Democrats will approve rejects efforts to stop forcing taxpayers to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business and supports the Obama HHS mandate that forces religious groups to pay for and refer women for abortion-causing drugs under Obamacare.

Here is an excerpt of the exact wording on their abortion stance:

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.

And so it is… Democrats are waging a War on God, Catholics, women, and children.

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Ad Rips Gillibrand’s Attack on Religious Freedom

August 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm (Catholic, Contraception, Kirsten Gillibrand, National Horizon, New York, Super PAC, Wendy Long, Women)

Earlier this week National Horizon, an Arizona-based Super PAC, announced it would be running ads in New York supporting GOP Sen. candidate Wendy Long.  The ad can be seen below.

The new video attacks liberal Kirsten Gillibrand’s unwavering support of President Obama in his battle with the Catholic church and their leaders.  The battle stems from Obama’s attack on religious freedom, specifically regarding the healthcare overhaul’s inclusion of a contraception mandate.

The line has been drawn.  Wendy Long supports religious freedom.  Kirsten Gillibrand supports government controls that force the Catholic church to go against it’s teachings.

Where do you stand?

Here is the transcript of the ad:

“Obamacare demands people of faith compromise on core beliefs. The issue isn’t abortion, it’s religious freedom – what Cardinal Dolan calls a radical intrusion into a church’s ability to teach, serve and sanctify its own.”

“Sadly, Kirsten Gillibrand stands with Barack Obama against over 400 Catholic leaders who oppose this attack on religious freedom. It’s time for a senator who shares your values: Wendy Long.”

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Gillibrand Continues to Lie About Off the Sidelines

August 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm (Alex Wagner, Campaign Contributions, Democrats, Glen Caplin, Kirsten Gillibrand, MSNBC, New York, Off the Sidelines, Republicans, Senate, Wendy Long, Women)

New York Republicans are still waiting to hear Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand name a single Republican who has benefited from her ‘Off the Sidelines’ website. Seems like they’ll be waiting a little longer, too.

Despite the claim that Republican women have been helped by the site – claims made by Gillibrand herself – nobody from the Democrat’s campaign has been willing to offer any proof.  As such, her opponent Wendy Long, has challenged Gillibrand to put her campaign money where her mouth is.

A year after being caught by the Buffalo News misleading voters about her Off the Sidelines campaign, Kirsten Gillibrand is at it again.  This time, she is trying to represent the organization as a bipartisan social organization rather than exactly what it is: a front for Gillibrand for Senate.

On MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, Gillibrand said, “I’ve been doing it nationwide, trying to get more women, Democrats, Republicans, all women, to again, hold their elected leaders accountable, vote, and hopefully run for office. They just need to be asked.”
 
U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long said, “The question remains, can Senator Gillibrand name a single Republican woman who “Off the Sidelines” aka Gillibrand for Senate has assisted?”

In response to inquiries, Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin said, “I’m not going to comment on a clear distortion of reality and the facts.”

This is the same Glen Caplin that told the Buffalo News on July 5, 2011 that “Off the Sidelines is not meant to be a fundraising venture, but rather an attempt to inspire women to get involved politically.”

This is the same Glen Caplin, who in the same article said, “It is very transparent that it is Gillibrand for Senate.” And then just days later following scrutiny from The Buffalo News updated the Off the Sidelines site to clarify that it was a Gillibrand project, and that donations were going directly to Senator Gillibrand.

“The only distortion is the con job Kirsten Gillibrand continues to perpetuate by falsely representing that Off the Sidelines is anything but a front for Gillibrand for Senate,” said Wendy Long.

Added Long, “Gillibrand should take down the site and turnover these proceeds raised under false pretenses to an organization dedicated to advancing all women, not just Kirsten Gillibrand.”

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