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Jeff Flake endorses Mitt Romney

If you’ve been around for awhile, you know that I’m a big fan of Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who is running for U.S. Senate in 2012. He has been solid on fiscal issues and free trade and voted to repeal the military’s outdated “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and until his recent vote to reauthorize the PATRIOT Act, he’d been very good on privacy issues.

Unfortunately, Flake’s endorsement of Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential nomination is a big let down. Here is his brief statement on the endorsement:

“Mitt Romney has the experience and vision to get our country on the right path again. Whether it was his time as governor or as a successful businessman, Mitt Romney has shown that he has the economic knowledge to create the environment for businesses to start hiring again.”

The problems with Romney begin with health care, which may be a big issue during the 2012 election. Nominating Romney, due to the job-killing health care plan he pushed in Massachusetts, effectively takes that issue off the table.

Romney also seems to have no core or real principles. He’ll say whatever he thinks voters want to hear. Yeah, he does the best against Barack Obama in general election matchups, but does Jeff Flake really know what he’s getting with Romney?

Social Security is worse than a Ponzi scheme

With Social Security entering into the politics of a Republican primary for president, it’s time to stop beating around the bush with the New Deal-era program and start having a conversation about the program and what it really is.

Judge Andrew Napolitano brought it up on his show recently, brilliantly explaining how Social Security is a scam:

RomneyCare killed more than 18,000 jobs in Massachusetts

With unemployment the top issue in the country right now, every Republican is trying to angle their platform to appeal to voters. But Mitt Romney, once seen as the frontrunner in the GOP race, has a problem with his near constant pandering to voters on the economy. His healthcare plan, which became the blueprint for ObamaCare, cost Massachusetts 18,000 jobs:

The Bay State’s controversial 2006 universal health-care plan — also known as “Romneycare” — has cost Massachusetts more than 18,000 jobs, according to an exclusive blockbuster study that could provide ammo to GOP rivals of former Gov. Mitt Romney as he touts his job-creating chops on the campaign trail.

“Mandating health insurance coverage and expanding the demand for health services without increasing supply drove up costs. Economics 101 tells us that,” said Paul Bachman, research director at Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute, the conservative think tank that conducted the study. The Herald obtained an exclusive copy of the findings.

“The ‘shared sacrifice’ needed to provide universal health care includes a net loss of jobs, which is attributable to the higher costs that the measure imposed,” said David Tuerck, the institute’s executive director.
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Despite Romney’s vaunted business acumen as a successful venture capitalist, Bachman said the former governor “was a little naive about what would become of the law.”

The Beacon Hill Institute study found that, on average, Romneycare:

•    cost the Bay State 18,313 jobs;

HPV vaccine mandate a legit criticism of Perry

While some in the race for the Republican nomination are beating Rich Perry over the head for his views on Social Security, his executive order mandating that young girls receive the HPV vaccine is receiving some attention (though it was never implemented):

Michele Bachmann accused Rick Perry of using sixth-grade girls as profit engines for a drug company at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate, lacing into the Texas governor for having attempted to mandate the HPV vaccine for young teenagers.

“To have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just wrong,” Bachmann said. “Little girls who have a negative reaction to this potentially dangerous drug don’t get a mulligan.”

The Minnesota congresswoman went even further, accusing Perry of handing out favors to a company, Merck, represented by his former top aide, Mike Toomey.

“There was a big drug company that made millions of dollars because of this mandate,” Bachmann said. “The governor’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for this drug company.”

Ron Paul was the first candidate to hit him on the issue, though he has focused on Perry’s questionable tax and spending record as well. Sarah Palin, who can’t seem to make up her mind whether she is running for the GOP nomination, is backing up the criticism on this particular issue (emphasis mine):

NY-09: Bob Turner defeats David Weprin

As polls indicated since Friday, Bob Turner defeated David Weprin yesterday in the special election in New York’s Ninth Congressional District to replace scandal-plagued Anthony Weiner; picking up a seat for the GOP in a traditionally Democratic district:

Republican Bob Turner won a special election Tuesday in a New York City congressional district that has been held by Democrats for nearly a century — an upset that delivers a stinging rebuke to President Obama and his party.

Just before midnight, the Associated Press called the race for Turner, a cable television executive with no prior political experience. He and his supporters had billed the contest against Democrat David Weprin as a referendum on Obama.

“I am the messenger,” Turner said as he claimed his victory. “This message … will reverberate into 2012.”

Turner’s stunning win in New York’s 9th Congressional District is an ominous sign for the president. It came on the same day that the president’s party suffered a rout in another special congressional election in Nevada, and in a district where Democrats hold a 3-1 registration edge. Obama won NY09 by an 11-point margin in 2008 but his weak poll numbers there now appear to have dragged down his party’s nominee. Turner becomes the first Republican to hold the Queens and Brooklyn-area seat since 1923.

By marginalizing other candidates, MSM is forcing Perry and Romney on voters

MSNBC had a debate last week.  The featured players were clearly Mitt Romney and new frontrunner Rick Perry.  Michele Bachmann, who had been catapulted to “frontrunner status” after her win in the Aimes Straw Poll suddenly felt shut out.  Welcome to the world where the media tells us who to vote for.

OK, that might be just a tad cynical, but it’s not that far from the truth.  For example, Michele Bachmann received tons of press after her Aimes win, while Ron Paul’s second place finish barely got a mention.  The result?  A huge bump for Bachmann.  Now that bump is starting to slide as much of her base eases over to Perry, who the press immediately gave lots of time to.

I’m not the only one who’s noticed either.  For example, the New York Times seems to be seeing it as well, though they don’t necessarily disagree with the practice.

Mrs. Bachmann won the first important test of the Republican race in a straw poll in Iowa last month, but she has been upstaged ever since by the entrance of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas into the race.

She was uncharacteristically restrained at a debate last week in California while Mr. Perry and Mitt Romney tore into each other as if they were the only two candidates on stage. Moderators from MSNBC and Politico played into the storyline by returning to them repeatedly and giving each ample time to rebut the other. It was not until 14 minutes in that Mrs. Bachmann got to speak.

When they focus on these so-called “major players”, they give the impression that they’re the only real players.  Instead, if they gave equal time to all candidates, then the people of the United States of America could easily make up their own minds.  Unfortunately, that’s just not going to happen.

New ad from Revolution PAC calls Perry, Romney “plastic men”

Revolution PAC, a so-called “super” political action committee run by supporters of Ron Paul, released its first web ad of the cycle. The ad, which runs just over a minute long, calls the leading GOP contenders, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, “plastic men” that supported the Wall Street bailout. It also made note of Perry’s executive order mandating the HPV vaccine for young girls and Romney’s health care plan that became the blueprint for ObamaCare:

Top two GOP candidates bring in endorsements

Both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry managed to secure endorsements ahead of last night’s debate that are being highly touted by their campaigns. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Tim Pawlenty endorsed Romney:

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, praising his onetime rival for his “leadership ability” and the “depth and scope of [his] private-sector experience.”

“I believe he’s going to be our party’s nominee,” Pawlenty said on “Fox and Friends,” predicting Romney would be a “transformational and great president.”

Less than a month after ending his own White House bid, Pawlenty was in sync with the Romney campaign’s message on everything from jobs to health care, to Social Security and Rick Perry.

Asked how he could endorse a candidate who he once mocked as the author of “Obamneycare,” Pawlenty said he’d spoken about health care with Romney and concluded: ”Mitt Romney is 100 percent dedicated and committed to repealing Obamacare.”
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“Gov. Romney wants to fix Social Security. He doesn’t want to abolish it or end it,” Pawlenty said. “Gov. Perry has said in the past that he thought it was ‘failed.’”

Pawlenty criticized Romney pretty harshly in television appearances over RomneyCare - the blueprint for ObamaCare, but famously declined to do so during a Republican debate. Some are saying the endorsement is basically Pawlenty’s bid to be on the ticket with Romney. Maybe. Well, probably. But also Politico reports that Romney has apparently pledged to help Pawlenty pay down his campaign debt.

Bachmann lining up with Romney on Social Security

Michele Bachmann is such a fraud. She claims to be the “tea party candidate” (in reality, she is a political opportunist), but Bachmann is sounding more like Mitt Romney when it comes to Social Security now that Rick Perry is vulnerable on the issue; though vulnerability is based out of ignorance of voters that have been lied to about the program by politicians that want to say in power:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Iowa) believes Social Security, while troubled, needs to be retained for current beneficiaries and future generations.

The presidential candidate said Friday that while the program is “in trouble,” the federal government has made a commitment to senior citizens that it must keep.

“The United States made a decision 80 years ago about retirement for senior citizens,” she told Radio Iowa in an interview. “We have Social Security and we need to work within that system.”
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Bachmann said Friday that she wants to focus on “positive solutions” for fixing the program and ensuring it can hand out benefits for the forseeable future.

“This is something we can bring good people together to make this solvent,” she siad. “We have to keep the faith with senior citizens, but we also can’t deny the future upcoming generations of young people their right to have a chance, too. We can do this.”

Perry has come under fire for calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, but he is absolutely right. Don Boudreaux noted this back in 2008, comparing it to the scheme that Bernie Madoff ran that eventually put him behind bars:

Rick Perry: Punching Bag

So, in case you missed it, there was a debate Wednesday night.  It seems that everyone’s favorite target, predictably, was front runner Rick Perry.  When you’re the frontrunner, that’s just what’s going to happen.  While much of the attention was on Mitt Romney’s back and forth throughout the debate, there were some points worth discussing.

For one, Michele Bachmann’s campaign has been centered around her desire to repeal ObamaCare.  Not a bad plank to have, at least in the GOP primary.  Bachmann took issue with both Perry’s and Romney’s comments that they would issue an executive order to deal with ObamaCare.  As reported on The Hill:

Bachmann reiterated her promise to repeal Obama’s healthcare law, a centerpiece of her campaign, and said that Romney and Perry’s promises to sign executive orders upon taking office to dismantle the law were inadequate.

“With all due respect to the governors, issuing an executive order will not overturn this massive law,” she said.

On this, she’s 100% correct.  An executive order is an easy fix, but it’s not the right one.  An executive order can be over turned with…wait for it…another executive order.  That’s all it would take.  The next Democratic president would put ObamaCare in place with a stroke of his pen.  And that’s assuming that the executive order doesn’t get blocked by Congress who can overturn executive orders within a certain period of time.

Another interesting point was when Ron Paul took aim at Perry’s past as a Democrat.  Again, from The Hill:


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