2012 County level Results
Same Map adjusted for population
Needless to say I was shocked and dismayed at the results on Election Day. There is really no conclusion to be drawn other than America in large part voted for bigger government, less freedom and less personal responsibility. Unfortunately, this country has taken a turn away from our historic roots and towards a very uncertain future. Here are some thoughts about what it all means for this country…
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville
We have had our time to mourn for the uncertainty of this country as a result of last Tuesday. Now it is time to go back to work, keep fighting and make sure that America still stands as a beacon of freedom to the world. When I enlisted into the Marine Corps, I raised my hand and promised to defend this country against our enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. President Obama is the most dangerous domestic threat this country has faced since WWII. Our task will be tougher and the road much longer but with faith and perseverance America will always be that shining city on a hill.
Earlier this week in Toledo, Ohio President Obama said the following about Right to Work legislation being passed all over the country:
“So, Toledo, what you need to know is this: When they’re trying to take your collective bargaining rights away, when they’re trying to pass so-called “right to work” laws that really mean right to work for less and less, you should know this isn’t about economics. This is about politics.” ~ Barack Obama
From 1990-2010 Right to Work states (non-union) experienced better economic growth than union states http://t.co/f6e2RKzF The President is not being honest again on this issue. These states like Georgia keep adding population and growing influence with new Congressional seats while union states keep seeing a net loss in people living there. Americans are voting with their feet and moving to states with MORE opportunity. The National Right to Work Committee posted these statistics about young people in right to work states:
In the Right to Work states as a group, the number of 25-34 year-olds increased by 20.0% — more than double the national average — between 1999 and 2009. (Oklahoma, which adopted its Right to Work law in 2001, is counted here as a Right to Work state for the entire period.)
Meanwhile, the 28 states without Right to Work laws collectively saw their 25-34 year-old population grow by just 3.3% — barely over a third of the national average.
The clear indication is that right to work states have performed much better than the states that pander to union interests. The President has proven once again that propping up his Big Labor base is more important than being honest with the American people. We have seen the influx of people here in Georgia as they flee anti-competitive states from other parts of the country.
The President was right about one thing…It is about politics and he is letting his disdain of our market economy color his rhetoric. The only way to climb out of this economic downturn is to embrace American Exceptionalism and let our entrepreneurship society once again lead the world in innovation education and job creation. We must have a leader who believes more in the spirit of individual opportunity than group think collectivism. Our country must always be a place where freedom is celebrated and opportunity available to anyone willing to work for it.
Here are some additional links:
Here are some of the things that I have been thinking about after hearing what President Obama had to say last night:
Read this story about sweeping new proposals from Democrats should Obama win that would impact your 401k retirement savings. This is just further proof that Obama and the Democrats are socialists who believe that government is the answer to all of America’s problems.
October 16, 2008 2:46 AM
ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports:
John McCain may have found a blue-collar face to help him argue that no American — not even the richest 5 percent — should pay higher taxes.
“Joe The Plumber” has weighed in on Wednesday’s presidential debate and he says that Barack Obama’s tax plan “infuriates me.”
“To be honest with you, that infuriates me,” plumber Joe Wurzelbacher told Nightline’s Terry Moran. “It’s not right for someone to decide you made too much—that you’ve done too good and now we’re going to take some of it back.”
“That’s just completely wrong,” he added.
Wurzelbacher, who says no one from the McCain campaign got in touch with him before Wednesday, was a centerpiece of the third and final presidential debate.
The plumber’s brush with fame began on Sunday when he confronted Barack Obama outside of Toledo, Ohio. Wurzelbacher challenged the Democratic candidate on his plan to raise taxes on the top five percent of earners — a policy which would, by the Obama campaign’s own estimation, mean higher taxes for 184,000 small businesses.
“I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year,” Wurzelbacher told Obama. “Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?”
Under Obama’s plan, individuals making more than $200,000 per year, or couples making more than $250,000 per year, would pay higher taxes on income, capital gains, and dividends. Starting ten years from now, Obama supports an additional 2-4 percent tax on individual income above $250,000 per year to help shore up the Social Security system.
To evaluate how Wurzelbacher and his wife would fare under Obama, one would need to know his wife’s income (if any) plus what the plumber meant when he told Obama that the company he is getting ready to buy “makes” $250,000 – $280,000 per year.
Was Wurzelbacher referring to gross revenue or net profits?
Obama’s higher taxes on small businesses would be leveled against those whose net profits exceed $250,000 per year, according to Obama’s campaign.
While at least 184,000 small businesses would face higher taxes under Obama, the Illinois Democrat is also proposing a series of tax credits that could aid small businesses.
Obama has proposed a $3,000 tax credit for every new job that companies create in the United States over the next two years, a small business health tax credit on up to 50 percent of employee premiums paid by employers, and elimination of capital gains taxes on investments in small and start-up businesses.
Regardless of how Wurzelbacher would personally fare under the candidates’ plans, he suggested to ABC News’ Nightline that he is against all forms of progressive taxation.
During his telephone interview with ABC News, the Ohio plumber argued that the government should not tax some more than others and argued that this principle should extend not only to Americans at his income-level but also to the world’s richest man.
“I don’t like it,” said Wurzelbacher. “You know, me or — you know, Bill Gates, I don’t care who you are. If you worked for it, if it was your idea, and you implemented it, it’s not right for someone to decide you made too much.” [polldaddy poll=1006733]
After all of the back and forth through the week the first presidential debate of the season went off as planned at Ole Miss last night. The debate was to focus exclusively on foreign policy but as a result of the economic crisis the first thirty minutes covered the proposed bailout.
Obama continues to try and define keeping the Bush tax cuts as new tax breaks for the wealthy. His plan would provide refundable tax credits to people in the lower tier tax brackets who currently pay no federal tax. This plan in essence is paying people for their political support.
Democrats still fail to understand that “poor” do not employ the “poor”. The best way out of this crisis is to cut corporate tax rates and allow American companies to compete and expand. This means more jobs and more prosperity for all Americans.
Sen. McCain came across much more prepared on matters of national security. Obama looked frustrated and not ready to lead on day one. We cannot afford to have Obama in the White House with a resurgent Russia and Iran on the brink of acquiring nuclear weapons.
Put Country First and vote for John McCain!
There is a poll out from CNN that indicates that Americans 2 to 1 place blame with Republicans on our current economic crisis. First of all both parties and the President have to step up and take responsibility for this mess. We also need to cast blame at some Americans who purchased homes that they could not afford.
People need to know however that the Democrats pushed the government and Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae to lend to people who could not meet traditional lending standards. Sen. John McCain proposed a bill that would have increased regulation on Freddie and Fannie and the Democrats killed it on a party line vote.
There is plenty of blame to go around but the notion that Republicans are more to blame goes against the facts of this story. As a community organizer Barrack Obama worked for ACORN a group pushing Freddie & Fannie to make the bad loans.
John McCain is the only choice Americans have to keep this country from sliding any closer to the Socialist agenda that is being outlined by Sen. Obama.
UPDATE: ACORN is also being investigated for voter fraud in Seminole County Florida for work in conjunction with the Obama campaign