On Tuesday while Atlantic City and New York were being torn apart by Hurricane Sandy, Willard “Mitt” Romney was at a campaign event in Ohio.
Oh sorry, that was re-named a ‘relief event’.
But, true to form, it was a scam event, because the campaign bought $5,000 worth of goods from WalMart to put on the stage for the photo op and then had people take those goods and ‘give’ them Willard for another photo op. A lie upon a lie to look like a charitable occasion. Now here’s the real problem. Goods like this even if they were to be donated to the victims of the Hurricane, are difficult and costly to distribute. Willard did say, “we’re going to box these canned goods, put them on trucks and send them to, I think, New Jersey”. Apparently he wasn’t quite sure where the Hurricane had just hit. The Red Cross tell people to donate cash not goods for this very reason, but then checks cant really be seen in photos. (Read the Atlantic Wire article here http://bit.ly/TYJuQp)
The “Flim Flam Man” strikes again.
Then there is the claim by the Romney Campaign, endorsed by Willard himself, that Obama plans to ship Jeep jobs to China. This has been proven to be – if not by strict definition a blatant lie – at the very least a gross mischaracterization. Chrysler (who own Jeep) acidly denounced the Romney campaign accusing them of flagrantly misinterpreting the Bloomberg report.
This is what Bloomberg said: On Oct. 22, 2012, at 11:10 a.m. ET, the Bloomberg News report “Fiat Says Jeep® Output May Return to China as Demand Rises” stated “Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. Manley (President and CEO of the Jeep brand) referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”
Now I don’t know what planet the Romney Campaign are inhabiting at this time, but not only do they not know anything about anything, they can’t speak or read English either.
Okay so it’s a fight to the finish, but to try and slip these lying radio and TV ads into Ohio when they have already been debunked by the media and Chrysler themselves, at a time when the East coast and Mid West is suffering under a huge storm that threatens peoples’ lives, is cynical in the extreme, and another indication that Willard doesn’t give a crap about 47% of the people at all, only about winning.
And on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, he has now decided that if he becomes President he will ensure FEMA is fully funded, having stated earlier this year that programs like FEMA should not be Federally funded, should go to the States or better still go to the Private sector. I can hear the Tea Party Neo-Cons scratching their heads about now, wondering what happened to the “Severely Conservative” candidate they so blindly cheered. Willard flip-flopping yet again.
So far this year, he’s managed to piss off all of Europe and most of the rest of the world with his arrogance and stupidity and yet nearly half the country are going to vote for him. Has America completely lost their mind just as they did when they voted Dubya into the Oval Office, and then again for a second term that resulted in almost total destruction of our economy and our standing overseas?
Critical thinking does not seem to be a part of the American culture I am sad to say, partly because the USA ranks 7th amongst developed countries in High School graduation, and it is dropping even further as I write this article. Soon America will have a graduation rate lower than many developing countries. Good education breeds critical thinking which in turn means that voters have a better chance of thinking for themselves instead of being led by the nose by unscrupulous politicians.
In my book AN UNQUIET AMERICAN, set during the 2008 Presidential Election, I wrote about the extent to which the Tea Party Neo-Cons will go in lying, cheating and stealing to promote their own plutocracy onto the unwitting voters. We do not need another descent into economic chaos and foreign policy mayhem.
Then there are my BOOK OF BAKER series of books, satires on the whole social, religious and political system during times when social, economic and natural disasters befall the world. I really did think I was writing a funny, laugh-out-loud tongue-in-cheek view of what could happen in 2020, given the way everything was trending back in 2000. Seems that what I wrote is, in some strange way, actually happening. THE BOOK OF BAKER is a parody of The Book of Mormon, but no way back in 2000 when I started the series (first two books published in print form in 2003 and 2004) did I ever think that a Mormon Minister would ever challenge for the Presidency.
Now before all the sanctimonious people in the world jump out of their prams and start shouting and dribbling, I have read the Book of Mormon, I have had young Mormons on their missions in my home giving a presentation. Good earnest young men. But that still doesn’t stop me from questioning the basic premise that Joseph Smith found golden plates in a forest, and then wrote a book, then put the plates back and nobody else in the whole wide world ever saw those plates, just accepted Smith’s word for it. A so-called church was based upon that?
My main problem is that someone who professes to be a Man-of-God is really a charlatan, posing as a do-gooder buying goods for people to donate back to him for a photo op, to show he really cares about the people who have been traumatized and hurt by Hurricane Sandy. I call that cynicism of the highest degree and not charitable at all.
THE BOOK OF BAKER