Obama’s lesson on success…

Success Symposium

Success Symposium (Photo credit: BetterBizIdeas)

He makes too much money and doesn’t pay enough taxes.

He paid all the taxes he is obligated by law to pay. Just like you

He is a greedy businessman

He donates a significant amount to charity

Yes, but it mostly goes to his church. There might be others that need it more

Why shouldn’t a person get to donate to the charity they choose? So the charitable giving only counts when the money goes to the charities you want?

He doesn’t like women

He had more women on his cabinet and they did better financially than women have done under Obama.

He only cares about himself

He has worked for a charitable cause (his church), been a public servant (Governor) and helped a international cause (The Olympics). And in each case he did not take a salary, or donated the salary to charity

Yes, well he should have. Easy to do when you have money

So you make a protest, then it turns out he has done what any civil person would hope, and that isn’t good enough? What exactly do you want from him?

Do you know what the Mormon religion stands for?

Really? You are going to use that as an argument? No, I guess not. I know what they don’t stand for. They don’t want to kill people who don’t believe as they do. I haven’t seen them involved in any fiery highly divisive speeches like, say, Trinity United or Jeremiah Wright. Oops. Didn’t want to discuss that?

Well, what it comes down to …. He could fail once in a while. He is hardworking, successful, charitable and civil.

Why is this such an offense?

Well, it is awfully difficult to divide a population with fear, resentment and jealousy when you have a candidate the earned his success through hard work and determination.

Our son recently asked, “So being successful means people will hate you one way or another? It doesn’t really matter how you get there?” From the mouths of babes…

Thanks President Obama.  That is a heck of lesson and quite a legacy.

Cast a vote that counts

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Voting (Photo credit: bjmccray)

Why is your vote important?

In a nutshell, either Barak Obama or Mitt Romney will be elected president on Tuesday. No amount of wishful thinking will make any other candidate President. A protest vote or “principle” vote for another party only leaves your country’s future up to the whims of others.

Watch and consider before you “protest” or just as bad, abstain.

What else do you need to see? Religious intolerance, suppression of free speech? One man has already been arrested for making a YouTube video – a scapegoat for failed foreign policy. Do you really think 4 years from now you will still be able to “protest”?

Or might you be explaining, very quietly, to your grandchildren what it was like when we were free…

Get out and vote – and make it count.

I See You – Observations in Change

“What you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Behind The Mask, 2011, 9 (Photo credit: iosue.williams)

The negativity, intolerance and divisiveness; the attacks on self worth and success – all this has to stop. We currently have a President who has never had a “real job” and who has never passed a piece of legislation without a supermajority running against a candidate, Mitt Romney, who has succeeded with collaboration in government and business.

Friday night there were 30,000 people at a Mitt Romney rally in Ohio. Hopefully enough honest people want to make a difference and believe in America that they will show up at the polls to overcome the democrats bussing in and bribing voters, or democrats like Jim Turner who vote multiple times. Could this be prevented? Yes. The only reason you would want to avoid or prevent voter registration is because you are doing something wrong. Like Democrat Jim Murphy. Is the type of ethics you want for our country?

Or perhaps you endorse this representation of free speech? Here is what you can look forward to in our education system. Click on this link:

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Obama says voting is the best revenge, again choosing words of conflict instead of collaboration. Mitt Romney wants you to vote for love of country.

Just as with the debate, a pretty clear difference – divide and conflict, or reconcile and find common ground.

Who would you rather count on to move this country into a more positive position? We already have 4 years of history that Obama really doesn’t want us to talk about. During his Presidential Campaign, he blamed Bush for the economy. In his first two years in office, with a Democrat majority in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate, the economy only got worse. And is still worse by all measures than when he was elected in 2008. He still has not passed a piece of legislation without the support of a supermajority.

I see you.

 

The Day After – The media really just doesn’t get it

That’s right, it isn’t only the Democratic Party that is completely out of touch with the moderate voters. If you spent any time what so ever looking at commentary after the first Presidential Debate, you will have noticed the desperate tone of much of the mainstream media trying to salvage something out of the debate for the Democrats. But it just wasn’t there. That behavior isn’t so unusual, so why am I saying the media doesn’t get it?

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The general lamentation is that the President would have done so much better had he only mentioned:

• Caiman Islands and Tax Breaks
• Bain Capital
• The 47 percent

• Tea Party

Really? Look, I really don’t think folks in the middle have any beef with folks who comply with the tax law. As I have written in my previous blog post Would you pay more?, we have all had the opportunity to see Governor Romney’s taxes. He complied with the law. Would you pay more? Right, so lets just move on.

Bain Capital? So the man was successful in business. Now is that supposed to be a liability? Governor Romney has been just as successful in business as he has been in politics. Lets not pretend that success and experience is a turn off for the moderate voters. They want to see someone in the Oval Office with a track record of success and inspires confidence in the ability to actually make things happen.

The 47 percent. Yes, this resonates with the liberal voters. What the media is overlooking is that the liberal voters are going to vote for Obama anyway. There are people in the so-called 47% that are planning to vote for Governor Romney. Why? They might be in 47% due to business bankruptcy or for other reasons, but they understand what he was saying. And they still believe in a meritocracy, true freedom of speech, and want their children to have a shot at the American dream because they worked hard and earned their way to success – they don’t believe in an entitlement society. The 47% wins points only with people that have already made up their mind. And that was Governor Romney’s point.

Tea Party? Huh? I feel like I am watching Monty Python and “Knights Who Say ‘Nie’” scene! If you say Tea Party three times fast, are all conservatives supposed to quail in fear or something? What does the tea party have to do with anything that Governor Romney has been saying?

Joshua Green of BloombergBusinessWeek posted the following:

“The effect was mainly impressionistic—he did it without offering any new details. And he did it by emphasizing his “beliefs” (“great schools, great teachers”), which don’t necessarily align with his policies.”

What? Joshua did you do any research? Governor Romney has strong views on education and has taken steps as a governor to boost the education levels within the state of Massachusetts. I would expect better from a business periodical.

The fear that we will make a move away from the path of trickle down government control, and toward a more open society that includes a thriving business sector and a free, democratic process and has the possibility of strengthening the ties that bind us together, instead of the differences the democrats have emphasized in their attempt to divide us, has the left and much of the media in a panic.

No Middle Ground?

The partisan nature of our recent political history raises a question as to whether there is any middle ground remaining? Left and a right, Republican and Democrat – only one can win, right?

There is no doubting the fact that one party, one candidate must win and one must lose. The middle ground isn’t necessarily the parties or party lines, but rather the voters. I do not believe the voting public is so clearly polarized as the political party extremes. People are complex. Their needs, thoughts, questions, desires and life experiences vary, often dramatically. It is entirely possible to have someone who believes strongly in abortion, is against drilling in national parks and is open to raising taxes; but is a hawk on military matters, is a fiscal conservative, believes that entitlement programs must be trimmed and the government needs to get out of people’s private lives, and wants to see greater controls on immigration. Truly. So do you exclude these people from your party?

I don’t believe this to be a rhetorical question. I think there is a group of people in that middle ground who believe in a meritocracy, true freedom of speech, and want their children to have a shot at the American dream because they worked hard and earned their way to success – they don’t believe in an entitlement society. How many families have a registered Democrat and a registered Republican? I am sure there in some middle ground happening there.

So here is the opportunity. Some of the folks I mentioned above probably voted for the current President last time around. Without a doubt the positions the Democratic Platform conveyed at their recent convention alienated some of those voters. They missed out on the key issues, and instead drove home conversations about special interests, class warfare and dependency. The current administration’s policies have left some of the voters I mentioned above feeling mislead, disillusioned. Alienated. The Democrats have built a party line that is totally dependent on fear, division and anger. They are close minded and exclusive.

This is an opportunity for the conservatives to capture that middle. I have written previously that every election comes down to choices. We have a choice between a party led by President Obama that wants to keep moving forward on the same path, is delusional about whether we as a country are better off and wants to consolidate and centralize their power and build dependency. The other choice is a party led by Mitt Romney who believes that our country needs a drastic change in direction including fiscal reform, a robust private economy and a democratic process.

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democracy’s chorus (Photo credit: howard.hall)

So in reality, “the middle ground” is the battleground. That middle ground is full of the people who can and will make a difference in this election. Believing there is no middle ground is a slippery slope. Once you believe that, there is no reason to “reach across the aisle”. There is then no reason to have constructive conversations and plant the seeds of hope and change. Instead, people tend to get lost in the focus on “winning the argument” or getting in the best insult; something we see all too often in the partisan environment today. Every “smackdown” of an undecided voter is a small battle lost. There is plenty of middle ground out there and it is ours to take.

Would you pay more?

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Tax (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)

What is the fixation on Romney’s Taxes? After all the demands to release Mitt Romney’s tax returns, the Romney campaign finally did. And……..?

I guess the Obama camp thought that this would prove once and for all that Romney made a lot of money? But we all already knew that. So why the fuss?

Perhaps the democrats thought this would be an excellent opportunity to show how greedy a business person like Mitt Romney was? Lo and behold, it turns out that in addition to the taxes Mitt Romney paid, he donated an additional almost $4 million to charities, more than 19% of his 2011 income. Hard to label that as greedy. The best one could do is complain that the money didn’t go to the charities where you wanted the money to go, but I don’t see any takers emerging on that front. Not even Harry Reid.

Perhaps they thought they would find that he didn’t pay all the taxes he owed? I can’t imagine someone running for president would be so ill prepared as to leave themselves exposed like that. Although, I guess we have had presidential candidates withdraw for plagiarism and all sorts of scandalous activity. But no, it appears that all the taxes are in order and there is some general confusion regarding how to use this information by the Obama campaign. Charges that he doesn’t pay enough taxes were quick to emerge. Hmm. What is “enough” exactly? And who decides? I thought that was decided by the tax codes? So Mitt Romney paid over $3 million in taxes in 2011…all the taxes he is legally obliged to…and someone thinks he should pay more? So is the argument we are hearing that he paid his taxes and in addition donated 19% of his income to charity , but he should have paid more tax?

So let me ask, how many of you are paying more? Who has signed up and said, “well, I owe 25%, but I think I will pay an extra 5% this year? If you use an accountant, have you told him or her lately, “don’t worry about all those deductions, I would like to pay a little more this year?” I am pretty certain you haven’t.

So if we add this latest bit of information to the supposed reasons Mitt Romney should not be President, the list is kind of shaping up like this:

1. He was successful in the business world
2. He was successful in the political world, and operated in a non-partisan way
3. He was successful in making the Salt Lake City Olympics come together
4. He is a very generous man
5. He abides by the law and pays his taxes

I don’t know about you, but that list sounds a lot like 5 really positive attributes I would like to see in a President!

How about you? I would like to hear your thoughts, and in your comment, be sure you open up with whether or not you have volunteered to pay extra taxes! Just click on “Leave a comment” below this post. And don’t forget, text highlighted in green is a link to additional information – click them and see!