Here’s today’s Progressive Facebook offering:
Point by point, let me show why this poster is really, really stupid:
His support of the middle class by encouraging the auto-industry to go bankrupt? If you’re not living in Victorian England, when bankruptcy meant that the man of the family ended up in debtor’s prison, while his family starved in the streets, you’ll discover that American business bankruptcies are actually very well-managed, humane affairs. A company that is put into bankruptcy, not for liquidation purposes but for restructuring, often comes out much stronger. The bankruptcy process gives it relief from overwhelming creditor pressure, it allows the company to renegotiate debts and labor contracts, and it provides for payment plans that lessen or spread out the debt burden. Our bankruptcy laws are some of the best things in the Federal codes and regulations. What Obama did by taking over GM was to screw the creditors and the shareholders, while handing the unions a free gift — all at taxpayer expense. Hell yes, I supported Romney’s insistence that GM go into an organized bankruptcy.
His lack of support for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women? I think it was Joe Biden who said it best, when he opined about what a minimal effect the Lily Ledbetter Act has on women’s working conditions:
Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act. All [it] said was if a woman finds out she’s been treated and treated wrongly– cheated in terms of her salary and benefits at work– that she’s able to sue from the moment she finds out. That’s all it said. Because they were locked out they said that if you didn’t learn within two years you were being cheated, then you’re out of luck. But we changed the law. It’s not a– it’s a big deal for women, but it’s not a big deal in terms of equal pay. But it’s an important– and they couldn’t even support that. Talk about being out of touch.
Keep in mind that Ledbetter’s only problem was a statute of limitations (i.e., the time within which someone can sue for a wrong). Congress had made it short, the Supreme Court said that was Congress’ prerogative, and the Obama Congress then made it longer in a way that can be very damaging to American business.
His ability to make enemies upon every visit to a foreign nation? The Muslim world hates Obama. Obama insulted the Prime Minister of Israel. He insulted Queen Elizabeth, the Prime Minister, and (when he sent back the Churchill bust) England itself. He offended our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic when he reneged on a promise to provide them with protection against Russia. Need I go on?
His experience in “running a business” that buys up companies, breaks them up, and sends jobs overseas? Romney knows how businesses work. When a company could be made stronger (Staples), he made it stronger. When it couldn’t, he spared it (and its employees) a lingering death. He also created millions upon millions of dollars in the free marketplace, money that benefited ordinary Americans (and their pension plans). He took the Olympic balance book from red to black, and then he did the same with the Massachusetts budget. Obama, if I remember correctly, wasted all of the Annenberg Challenge money.
His lack of support for college students and lower interest rates on loans? Obama said yesterday that banks are evil because they’re in it to make money. No, Mr. President, banks are not evil. Banks are necessary, because they provide the funds people use to start and grow businesses. No loans, no free enterprise. (Just think of the Muslim world’s absolute prohibition on interest and its absolute paucity of true economic development.) Interest is the way in which banks earn money on these loans. I’m opposed to usurious interest rates, but forcing banks to provide low-interest loans to unqualified people is exactly what led to the financial collapse in 2008. Romney doesn’t want to repeat that error; Obama does.
His hateful, arrogant, racist supporters like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter? Do I need to make the usual laundry list of hateful, arrogant, racist Obama supporters? Okay…. Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, the Rev. Wright, Father Pfleger, Hugo Chavez, Ahmadinejad, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un….
His ultra wealthy supporters like the Koch Brothers? Two words: George Soros. Two more words: John Kerry. You can add others to the list, but I think those two say it all.
His ability to turn into a chameleon wherever he goes? Cast your mind back to 2007 when Obama, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii, went before a black audience and started speaking as if he just got off the plantation. Interestingly, Hillary and Joe do the same thing. Romney is never anything but what he is: an upper middle class white guy who wears a suit.
His experience hiding his money in Cayman Island accounts? I think we’ve already learned about Obama’s Chinese/Cayman Island pension. Democrat policies make investing in the U.S. a risky business.
Or is it just because he’s a white dude and you just HATE Obama? I don’t hate Obama’s color. I hate his politics. I couldn’t care less about Romney’s color or sex. I like his politics.
Posters such as the one above work because people are ignorant. They are ignorant because they want to be and because the MSM keeps them that way. It’s up to us — the informed people — to spread a little knowledge around.