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July ObservationsPosted Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 12:00 PM
July was mostly a quiet month in the political world as Mitt Romney had already clinched the Republican nomination (or so we think) and both parties began to gear up for their respective conventions, set for this month.
The Chick-fil-A debacle. The president and chief operation officer, Dan Cathy, came out against all things homosexual, most notably homosexual marriage, declaring that legalizing such marriage was "inviting God's judgment on our nation." (http://news.yahoo.com/chick-fil-president-gay-marriage-inviting-god-judgment-154602388.html). The Jim Henson company, which was running a toy campaign through the company immediately cut ties with the company because of these remarks. Several Chick-fil-A stores put up signs declaring that the reason the Muppets toys were no longer available was because of safety concerns and potential of the toys causing children injury. For those unfamiliar with libelous and slanderous statements, those signs fit the bill. There were no safety concerns with the toys at all.
Dan Cathy can say anything he wants to say about any range of topics. I happen to disagree with him on his statements and because of that I will no longer go to Chick-fil-A. I know this will not hurt the company but it's my decision. Just like he has the right to say what he wants, I have the right(or choice, however you want to word it) not to frequent his stores.
It is becoming clearer by the week and sometimes by the day that power structure of the Republican Party is growing less and less thrilled with their nominee, Mitt Romney. He refuses to release tax records other than the one year he has already released stating that it would be a very bad political move for him to do so. Just for the record it has become commonplace for all presidential candidates to release at least twenty years of tax records.
Then there is his time a Bain, which apparently no one (not even him) can pinpoint exactly when and how long he served in his role at the company. It has gotten so whacky that one of his campaign managers stated that he retroactively retired from the company.
Romney is currently on a world tour that started right before the Olympics and he has managed to offend every country that he has visited.
Let us not forget the 2010 version of the Do-Nothing Congress which for two years has yet to pass anything that will help Americans get back to work. They have been to worried about women's re-productivity, Obamacare, and making sure that the rich keep their historically low tax cuts. If you remember correctly the last time that the Republicans were in charge of one of the chambers of Congress the same thing happened. They talked big before the session began and then sat on their thumbs for two years. It has gotten so bad that one of the sub-committee's in charge of ICE recently added a section to a bill barring ICE from performing or paying for abortions for immigrants. That is all well and good but since ICE's inception in 2001 the organization has done neither. So, they have just been barred from doing something they never did.
In my neck of the woods (Arkansas) our esteemed Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr released a rather scathing attack on President Obama about comments he had made about small businesses. There was just one small problem, at the start of his column he quoted Obama as saying, "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own...If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." (http://ltgovernor.arkansas.gov/newsroom/index.php?do:newsDetail=1&news_id=87). Unfortunately, for Darr, Obama never made these comments. The Lieutenant Governor ripped that quote from Bill O'Reilly, who changed what Obama had said (odd coming from a man who is fervent about his own words out of context to turn around and do it to the president) to make a point. So, essentially Darr based an entire column trashing the president based off of a quote that Bill O'Reilly made.
What Obama actually said is this:
"If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
Obama is absolutely correct in his complete statement taken in it's full context. Most, if not all, businesses have had some form of help along the way.
Romney, trying to hit Obama for the taken out of context quote, quickly released an ad featuring a small business owner taking issue with the fake Obama line, "You didn't build that." Romney actually helped Obama with this supposed snafu when it came out that the man featured in the ad had taken government assistance when he first started his business, actually proving Obama's point. Romney, on several campaign stops, featured small business men discrediting the false Obama line that had also taken government assistance when first starting their business.
We are now less than 100 days from the Presidential election, so politics is about to heat up again. It is going to be absolutely nasty, but I can not wait for the debates.
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