Debate #3

The most tweet-worthy line of the night came when Romney complained about the size of our Navy and Obama was ready with: Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.

I think that Obama won, as Romney spent the first half of his time regurgitating all of the foreign towns and religious/military factions that he had memorized [as my math students do for the module on measures when they sit down for a test and immediately write 5280 ft = 1 mi, 16 oz = 1 lb, 4 c = 1 qt, and so on down the side of the sheet, before they forget them] and the second half agreeing with Obama’s tactics and saying that he’d do the same thing.

But I mentioned to a friend that I was sorry that Obama didn’t point out Romney’s recent disastrous tour of nations (since the topic was Foreign Policies): insulting the Brits – dissing the London Olympics, after writing in his book, No Apology 

England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions,

infuriating the Palestinians (at a fundraiser in Jerusalem Romney suggested Israeli culture contributed to its economic success, compared with Palestine – without acknowledging the negative impact Israel’s sanctions have on Palestine), and then, at a Polish holy site, when reporters tried to ask questions, his traveling press secretary snapped, telling reporters, Shove it! and Kiss my ass.   Under Obama we are now held in higher regard by nations previously offended by Bush’s My Way or the Highway approach to foreign affairs.  Do we want a return to an American President insulting the rest of the world?  Ah, but no one asked me.

Many Republicans worry that Romney is a “closet moderate”.  If he did win (God forbid as my mother-in-law would have said) and returned to his moderate tendencies, he’d have as much trouble with the Tea Party as Obama does (gridlock).  If he appeased them with a conservative agenda, he’d leave out most of the country.  No winning either way.


One of the points that hit home (literally, my state) was when Romney mentioned that the states should decide on the best health care of its constituents, as he would nix Obamacare.  (This, understand, was in a debate about Foreign Policy.)  For an example he said that Arizona had done so well with Medicaid.  As if!  Our dear Gov, Jan Brewer, set up her own Death Panel of one, and declared which organ transplants would not be covered, sentencing 98 innocent people to death.  (Remember the incident during a Republican presidential debate in which an audience member yelled, Let them die during a discussion about patients who could not afford health care?)

The savings Arizona is supposed to have by not funding the transplants amount to $1.36 million.   “The fact our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters (hard-working citizens and good people) have been deemed expendable at a price of $13,877.56 per human life still does not make sense.”1

Next, Gov Brewer signed a law to keep Planned Parenthood from getting any Medicare funds.

The law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer establishes an order for dividing up public funds for family planning. That specifically includes Arizona’s Medicaid program, which is funded two-thirds with federal money and a third with state tax dollars.

Under that law, top funding priority goes to government-run health-care facilities, followed by hospitals, rural health clinics and private doctors.

But the real teeth in the measure is that it bars funding for anyone who performs abortions or operates a facility where abortions are performed. Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa, sponsor of the legislation, acknowledged it is aimed specifically at Planned Parenthood. 2

The 47%

Fundraising in this [presidential] election has already crossed the billion-dollar mark.  The official campaigns and outside groups have already raised over $1.4 billion.3  Mega-donors giving $500,000 or more to these unlimited money groups remain the biggest source of funds, accounting for 68 percent of all contributions.

Think of all of the bake sales to help schools buy supplies, sports events (such as the Tour de Tucson) to help fund cancer research, NPR’s radiothon for All Things Considered, elementary kids saving pennies to build schools in Pakistan.  Imagine what those billion dollars could do.  But no, the billionaires donating to candidates don’t care about the 47%, or even the 99%.  They want deregulation of their industry, support for their cause, whatever.

See Harper’s It’s a Rich Man’s World – How billionaire backers pick America.4





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5 Responses to “Debate #3”

  1. Matt Says:

    “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

    The army and marines have issued 330,000 M9 bayonets in 2012. In 1916, we only had 108,000 men in the army and marines combined.

    • notesfromthewest Says:

      Wow. (Use one of those pies!) According to the ABC News, “The Army said today it has 419,155 bayonets in its inventory. The Marine Corps has another 195,334 bayonets that it bought in 2004 and it plans on buying 175,061 more bayonets this year.”

  2. Kim D. Blair, P.E. Says:

    I told my 22 yr old male cousin that I would drop his ballot in the ballot drop box for him. I had to record myself putting it in the box because I really wanted to put it in the trash… In the recording I state that not only is this a vote against women, it is also a vote for the privileged. Of course I am speculating. I don’t actually know for whom he voted. Judging by the stack of Romney/Ryan stuff that came in the mail, I’m pretty sure… At least he voted…

  3. Hal Says:

    You’re probably one of those liberals that believes the government has no business making health care decisions for women.

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