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In February of 2008, I wrote this blog.


Should Style Trump Substance?

DateTuesday, February 5, 2008 at 10:59PM

We had eight years of Bill Clinton with style and no substance. We had eight years of George W. Bush with neither style nor substance. He mumbled and stumbled every time he needed to speak. He never got better. He did Dad’s bidding and finished the job Dad left undone in Iraq. That’s it. No more. He hadn’t insulted us enough, so he tried to lease key ports to Dubai then fired Rumsfield the day after he turned the house and senate over to the Democrats. He increased the size of government raised the deficit and destroyed the dollar. Wow George, that’s quite a job. Wait, on the way out let’s wreck the economy.

Now we have a love affair with Obama. Is it no wonder? The man can speak, he can answer questions,and he can look smooth in the process. This is another credit we can give W. We are so desperate as a county to have someone we can be proud of as president, we don’t even care about experience, credibility, platform, or anything else that pertains to substance. We are willing to put a socialist in as president if he makes good speeches.

Thanks to George, today I believe style does trump substance. We will elect Obama, then try to survive four years while government grows, taxes increase, health care is socialized, business is taxed for the good of illegal aliens, and all those wonderful dreams we had while intoxicated by Obama’s charm are shattered as we see how really ill prepared he is for the job.

I was part of an organization where style trumped substance. It’s gone. A $40 Billion dollar company, gone. All senior people were clones of the main man. None had ever gotten results, just looked good trying. Diversity was more important than meeting profit goals. Excuses were well explained. It’s what happens when glib is God. Better strap it down, the USA may be headed for another four years of not getting anything done.

Now the country suffers from buyer’s remorse. We could have had a president who was an honest man with true business experience who might have worked with Democrats as he did as goverrnor. Instead we got a president who doesn’t work, period. Will our next mistake be to elect our first female persident, just to say we did?
Frankly, we suck at hiring good help in this country.
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Jimmy Carter followed Obama’s plan to destroy the US economy in four years. He grew government, increased government spending, added regulations,  increased taxes, and initiated a timid foreign policy. Those of us who remember watched the rise of pessimism about the future of America.

Here’s the comparison. Only twice since WW II has unemployment gone over 10%. In 1982, under Carter, and in 2009, under Obama. In just over 4 years, the Reagan recovery added 7.8 million jobs. In just under 4 years,  Obama has lost 4 million jobs. Under Reagan, household income grew by $3,380; under Obama it has dropped by $4,000.. Under Reagan, people on food stamps dropped by 3 million. Under Obama that number has grown by  20 million.. Under Reagan, Medicaid grew by 535,000. Under Obama it has grown by 11 million.

How did Reagan turn it around. He just undid what Carter had done. He lowered taxes, reduced regulations, cut government spending(except military where he added a trillion dollars), and sent a foreign policy message that America was once again serious.

Based on this  comparison, can you even envision what four more years of Obama’s policies would do to this country?

Does it matter if Romney put his dog on the car or cut another kid’s hair in prep school? Does it matter that he’s rich or a few people were laid off at Bain? Or that he’s a little stiff?

All that matters is very,very clear. Romney will follow the Reagan road that fixed the Carter economy. Obama will continue the Carter/Obama path that destroys the economy. We only gave Carter 4 years to break everything. If we give Obama 8 years it may be broken beyond repair.

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If you are an effective leader you know your greatest asset is the people you hire.  Paul Ryan as Romney’s choice for VP helps me to understand Romney’s leadership style and his success in the private sector.

Joe Biden explains why Obama fails. The humor the media spins on Biden sickens me. No one that incompetent should be next in line to run this country. Plain and simple. For Obama to foist that man on the public as his very best selection to run the country if he can’t, it’s a disgrace.

If Biden isn’t enough, let’s go down the line. How about Holder? In contempt of congress. Do you really believe he isn’t covering up information on Fast and Furious? Did you think it was a good idea to try the Sheik in NYC? Would you have sued Arizona and all the other states he has sued who want ID’s at the polls? He has lost most of his cases. He can’t get the Ft. Hood shooter to court. This is the best attorney general Obama can hire?

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, started out of the box putting out the memo to the entire law enforcement community that military veterans returning from combat may be terrorists. She has bought all kinds of gear for the TSA that sits in warehouses unused. She blew the underwear bomber mess. She has lawsuits from TSA employees on harassment and unfair promotions. Her credentials for this job. She just about destroyed the Arizona budget, but she was one of the first to come out for Obama as president. Makes sense, same credentials as the president has to be president. No results, just potential. Unfilled potential.

Ray LaHood, secretary of transportation. He’s the guy who jumped on the rapid acceleration issue with Toyota and created recalls  and huge sales losses for the company only to disclose months later that DOT tests could not find one case of mechanical failure. It was all human error.

Or, my favorite, Lisa Jackson, of the EPA. She’s eliminated more jobs faster than Obama can create them with billions of taxpayer dollars. Hey, President Obama, want to know how to reduce unemployment, fire Ms. Jackson.

What do all of these people have in common, they are just like their boss, people who have fed at the pubic trough without private sector experience. Yep, Paul Ryan meets that too, no need to remind me. But, in his case it’s an asset. Romney will need a CFO, someone who understands the numbers and where cuts can be made. Compare that to Biden, who would have to pause to give you his age, then tell me who earns his pay on the VP job.

Holder did spend time in private practice. Defending terrorists. That’s a big plus on the resume.

Based on the Ryan hire, if Romney is president you will see quality people replace all the incompetents Obama has hired. That’s what leaders do. Think back on the clowns who worked for Jimmy Carter. They helped take him down. The Obama clown show is even more laughable.

Think about it. Do you want a circus running this country for four more years with Joe Biden as head clown? Or, would you feel better with people who are more like Paul Ryan, serious and capable?