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July 13, 2012

Biden warns against electing Romney

Vice President Joe Biden inspired shouts of "No" from the crowd when he asked them to imagine a Romney Justice Department. (UPI/Kevin Dietsch)

HOUSTON (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Thursday warned in a speech to the NAACP in Houston a Romney presidency would roll back progress made by minorities.

One day after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney elicited boos from the group with pledges to cut federal spending and repeal healthcare reform, Biden told the nation's oldest civil rights group electing the GOP candidate would be detrimental to the black community.

Echoing a theme President Obama has used, Biden said this election is a battle for the "heart and soul" of America.

"I think Mitt Romney is a fine family man. I believe he's driven by what he believes. But the differences are so basic about how we view the future of America," Biden said.

Biden ticked off a list of things he said Republicans oppose that benefit the middle and working classes, including voting rights and healthcare reform.

"Did you think we'd be fighting these battles again?" Biden asked. "I didn't think we'd be back. I remember working with Republicans -- and by the way, this ain't your father's Republican Party -- on motor-voter, expanding the [voting] franchise. Some of these were Republican ideas. This is not the Republican Party's view today, nor Romney's. They see a different future in which voting is harder than easier."

Biden inspired shouts of "No" from the crowd when he asked them to imagine a Romney Justice Department.

"Imagine who he'd recommend to be the attorney general or head of the civil rights division. Imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after four years of a Romney presidency," Biden urged.

He also listed Obama's accomplishments, saying he succeeded despite Republican obstructionism, The Washington Post reported.

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e2809cWee28099re spending $1 mioliln more a day than wee28099re taking in. I have a golf date. Good luck!e2809d That was the most cheerful news we were to hear for quite some time.California state government was increasing by about 5,000 new employees a year. We were the welfare capital of the world with 16 percent of the natione28099s caseload. Soon, Californiae28099s caseload was increasing by 40,000 a month.We turned to the people themselves for help. Two hundred and fifty experts in the various fields volunteered to serve on task forces at no cost to the taxpayers. They went into every department of state government and came back with 1,800 recommendations on how modern business practices could be used to make government more efficient. We adopted 1,600 of them.We instituted a policy of e2809ccut, squeeze and trime2809d and froze the hiring of employees as replacements for retiring employees or others leaving state service.After a few years of struggling with the professional welfarists, we again turned to the people. First, we obtained another task force and, when the legislature refused to help implement its recommendations, we presented the recommendations to the electorate.It still took some doing. The legislature insisted our reforms would not work; that the needy would starve in the streets; that the workload would be dumped on the counties; that property taxes would go up and that wee28099d run up a deficit the first year of $750 mioliln.That was four years ago. Today, the needy have had an average increase of 43 percent in welfare grants in California, but the taxpayers have saved $2 billion by the caseload not increasing that 40,000 a month. Instead, there are some 400,000 fewer on welfare today than then.Forty of the statee28099s 58 counties have reduced property taxes for two years in a row (some for three). That $750-mioliln deficit turned into an $850-mioliln surplus which we returned to the people in a one-time tax rebate. That wasne28099t easy. One state senator described that rebate as e2809can unnecessary expenditure of public funds.e2809dFor more than two decades governmentse28094federal, state, locale28094have been increasing in size two-and-a-half times faster than the population increase. In the last 10 years they have increased the cost in payroll seven times as fast as the increase in numbers.We have just turned over to a new administration in Sacramento a government virtually the same size it was eight years ago. With the statee28099s growth rate, this means that government absorbed a workload increase, in some departments as much as 66 percent.We also turned overe28094for the first time in almost a quarter of a centurye28094a balanced budget and a surplus of $500 mioliln. In these eight years just passed, we returned to the people in rebates, tax reductions and bridge toll reductions $5.7 billion. All of this is contrary to the will of those who deplore conservatism and profess to be liberals, yet all of it is pleasing to its citizenry.Make no mistake, the leadership of the Democratic party is still out of step with the majority of Americans.Speaker Carl Albert recently was quoted as saying that our problem is e2809c60 percent recession, 30 percent inflation and 10 percent energy.e2809d That makes as much sense as saying two and two make 22.Without inflation there would be no recession. And unless we curb inflation we can see the end of our society and economic system. The painful fact is we can only halt inflation by undergoing a period of economic dislocatione28094a recession, if you will.We can take steps to ease the suffering of some who will be hurt more than others, but if we turn from fighting inflation and adopt a program only to fight recession we are on the road to disaster.In his first address to Congress, the president asked Congress to join him in an all-out effort to balance the budget. I think all of us wish that he had re-issued that speech instead of this yeare28099s budget message.What side can be taken in a debate over whether the deficit should be $52 billion or $70 billion or $80 billion preferred by the profligate Congress?Inflation has one cause and one cause only: government spending more than government takes in. And the cure to inflation is a balanced budget. We know, of course, that after 40 years of social tinkering and Keynesian experimentation that we cane28099t do this all at once, but it can be achieved. Balancing the budget is like protecting your virtue: you have to learn to say e2809cno.e2809dThis is no time to repeat the shopworn panaceas of the New Deal, the Fair Deal and the Great Society. John Kenneth Galbraith, who, in my opinion, is living proof that economics is an inexact science, has written a new book. It is called e2809cEconomics and the Public Purpose.e2809d In it, he asserts that market arrangements in our economy have given us inadequate housing, terrible mass transit, poor health care and a host of other miseries. And then, for the first time to my knowledge, he advances socialism as the answer to our problems.Shorn of all side issues and extraneous matter, the problem underlying all others is the worldwide contest for the hearts and minds of mankind. Do we find the answers to human misery in freedom as it is known, or do we sink into the deadly dullness of the Socialist ant heap?Those who suggest that the latter is some kind of solution are, I think, open to challenge. Lete28099s have no more theorizing when actual comparison is possible. There is in the world a great nation, larger than ours in territory and populated with 250 mioliln capable people. It is rich in resources and has had more than 50 uninterrupted years to practice socialism without opposition.We could match them, but it would take a little doing on our part. Wee28099d have to cut our paychecks back by 75 percent; move 60 mioliln workers back to the farm; abandon two-thirds of our steel-making capacity; destroy 40 mioliln television sets; tear up 14 of every 15 miles of highway; junk 19 of every 20 automobiles; tear up two-thirds of our railroad track; knock down 70 percent of our houses; and rip out nine out of every 10 telephones. Then, all we have to do is find a capitalist country to sell us wheat on credit to keep us from starving!Our people are in a time of discontent. Our vital energy supplies are threatened by possibly the most powerful cartel in human history. Our traditional allies in Western Europe are experiencing political and economic instability bordering on chaos.We seem to be increasingly alone in a world grown more hostile, but we let our defenses shrink to pre-Pearl Harbor levels. And we are conscious that in Moscow the crash build-up of arms continues. The SALT II agreement in Vladivostok, if not re-negotiated, guarantees the Soviets a clear missile superiority sufficient to make a e2809cfirst strikee2809d possible, with little fear of reprisal. Yet, too many congressmen demand further cuts in our own defenses, including delay if not cancellation of the B-1 bomber.I realize that miolilns of Americans are sick of hearing about Indochina, and perhaps it is politically unwise to talk of our obligation to Cambodia and South Vietnam. But we pledgede28094in an agreement that brought our men home and freed our prisonerse28094to give our allies arms and ammunition to replace on a one-for-one basis what they expend in resisting the aggression of the Communists who are violating the cease-fire and are fully aided by their Soviet and Red Chinese allies. Congress has already reduced the appropriation to half of what they need and threatens to reduce it even more.Can we live with ourselves if we, as a nation, betray our friends and ignore our pledged word? And, if we do, who would ever trust us again? To consider committing such an act so contrary to our deepest ideals is symptomatic of the erosion of standards and values. And this adds to our discontent.We did not seek world leadership; it was thrust upon us. It has been our destiny almost from the first moment this land was settled. If we fail to keep our rendezvous with destiny or, as John Winthrop said in 1630, e2809cDeal falsely with our God,e2809d we shall be made e2809ca story and byword throughout the world.e2809dAmericans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness.I don e28098t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, e2809cWe must broaden the base of our partye2809de28094when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the peoplee28099s earnings government can take without their consent.Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help.And let it provide indexinge28094adjusting the brackets to the cost of livinge28094so that an increase in salary merely to keep pace with inflation does not move the taxpayer into a surtax bracket. Failure to provide this means an increase in governmente28099s share and would make the worker worse off than he was before he got the raise.Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people. Let us also call for an end to the nit-picking, the harassment and over-regulation of business and industry which restricts expansion and our ability to compete in world markets.Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing governmente28099s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.Our banner must recognize the responsibility of government to protect the law-abiding, holding those who commit misdeeds personally accountable.And we must make it plain to international adventurers that our love of peace stops short of e2809cpeace at any price.e2809dWe will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our free way of life.A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.


> You really beielve nobody is trying to attack Obama's character? People are trying to claim he is a terrorist for Gods sake.OK, what PLANET of fools did you drop off of to manage THAT logical abortion?Yes, they ARE attacking his character -- and there's NOTHING wrong with attacking his character.NOT ONE THING.-- because it just pretty much flat out sucks.He's a blatant communist, and it seems to matter not a whit to him about the history AND CURRENT views of someone who is clearly a self-avowed anarchist and enemy of America. His wife apparently shares these views, given her own statement that, up until Obama was considered, that "she was never proud of America". His pastor, whom he associated with for more than 20 years, has also expressed such sentiments. All around him are these people whose expressed sentiments are antiAmerican and communist in nature.Now, I can tell you -- if someone around me expressed such opinions, then that would be a serious stressor on our relationship. And I cannot imagine having multiple people around me who all evinced ideas and beliefs which I abhor and consider reprehensible.So, I am led inevitably to the notion that Obama does not, in fact, find these attitudes and views reprehensible or offensive. Which means he shares and advocates them, to at least some extent (and, if he does not, and does not, regardless of that, grasp the implications of such presences, then he's an ignorant fool and has no business in the office of the President, anyway!)And that set of views also follows along with the likely views of his mother, father, and mentor Frank Davis, because those are long-held communist attitudes, too.I have YET to see anyone CALL him a terrorist, despite your claim. I have seen him linked TO terrorists and antiAmericans of every stripe because it's quite clear he has no problem with ANY of these notions.And, sad though it is to point out, neither does a percentage of people who associate with and support his candidacy for PotUS.But many, possibly most, of us here in America are asking: "Why the hell would you want to elect an antiAmerican communist with no executive experience of any kind?"I think todd made an error in including the "black" reference, even though I joked about it a moment ago. But the fact of the matter is, anyone supporting Obama is, almost certainly, a racist.Not a closet one, but an open one.Because there is no way in f***ing hell that Obama would have ANY chance of being anywhere NEAR this close to the PotUS job if he WERE NOT BLACK. And it is virtually impossible to argue that a man with his resume has ANY business being seriously considered for the top spot in this nation. He just hasn't got the chops. But he IS black, so that trumps the inadequate resume.And that's racist, pure and simple. It doesn't matter if it's in a black man's FAVOR or to his DETRIMENT. =================================Anytime someone gets -- or fails to get -- a job solely because of the color of their skin*, that's racism, and it's wrong. Period. And F*** You if you claim otherwise, "you racist SOB".=================================*(I'll kinda grant a vague exception to this if you can actually relate the job to skin color, such as, perhaps, someone being an official liason to black people, but even there, it should not matter. Sorta like Hooters' Waitresses -- in a similar manner, there are possibly some jobs where I'd grant the qualification might include skin color. But "PotUS" ain't one of them.) [url=]oibxbqz[/url] [link=]eprvmvaj[/link]


> With regard to cateachrr, isn't it more important to understand what precisely these 2 dudes are planning to do when they get into the oval office. Their cateachrr is about as relevant as whether they are 5 time winners of Witch Weekly's most charming smile award.Doesn't ANYONE of you people grasp the meaning of the word "character"? And how it's relevant to the election?Here, let me spell it out for you using the entry:charb7acb7ter [kar-ik-ter] –noun1. the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing. 2. one such feature or trait; cateachrristic. 3. moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable cateachrr. 4. qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes cateachrr to face up to a bully. 5. reputation: a stain on one's cateachrr. 6. good repute. 7. an account of the qualities or peculiarities of a person or thing. 8. a person, esp. with reference to behavior or personality: a suspicious cateachrr.Now, does anyone here not grasp how "qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity" might apply to the person in the office of PotUS? Is it a mental challenge, somehow, to grasp the application of "moral or ethical quality" to the office of PotUS might Be A Real Good Thing?Can I find some agreement that "the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person" might somehow reflect on the ability of someone to perform the job of PotUS admirably or well?So yeah, among other things, I'm judging BOTH of the sonsabitches on their Character.And Guess What:I find one of them particularly wanting in that regard.


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