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Monday, November 5, 2012

Down to the Wire

Could President Obama and Mitt Romney possibly get any closer? The polls suggest not.

This weekend all the political Einstein's provided us with their prognosis for the presidential outcome. It didn't give me any comfort that most of them said President Obama will be reelected because I remember from history “Dewey defeats Truman."

This morning, the general theme was that Obama has a razor-thin lead in the national and the battleground states. I'm waiting for the actual count Tuesday night or perhaps early Wednesday morning. I was getting a headache trying to decipher all of Chuck Todd's political data and map this morning. For example, Obama has a 2-1 lead in early voting but Republicans always cast more absentee votes and traditionally vote on the day of the election. Mitt Romney has a double-digit lead white male vote nationally but in Ohio, Obama leads in the white male vote. Huh? I now believe that poll responders tend to lie a little bit, but I still believe we will know the results of Ohio by just tallying up a few counties. For example, we know that our 77904 zip code will vote 90% Republican. Of course after the election, the first debate, Hurricane Sandy and the praise of Obama's handling of the storm provided by Governor Chris Christie will be evaluated. Fox News & Company thinks the mainstream media gave the president a pass on Benghazi.


I'm glad I left the VA forum because I can imagine that I would have been pretty busy debunking the nonstop partisan comments that have been posted lately.

I don't feel comfortable addressing religious comments because the entire topic is based on a persons' faith and beliefs. I'm not going to argue someone's belief that the Democratic Party is made up of a bunch of heathens because some in the party wanted to omit God from the platform. I think the Democratic Party is more than one issue, and I like the way the party tolerates secular views. It's a big tent party, and that was self-evident as the national television cameras panned the crowd at the convention. You would think that we would have 535 GOP legislators and a Republican president and vice president if God was really on the GOP's side.

I don't know who's going to win tomorrow night but I sincerely think that whoever does, will get an economy that's moving in the right direction. I really hope that President Obama gets reelected and gets the full credit for his efforts. I still think the passing and signing of TARP by the Bush administration, the actions by Federal Chairman Bernanke and a lot of policies by President Obama stabilized an economy that was heading for a depression. I agree with some world economists that I heard on Fareed Zakaria's CNN show yesterday. They said that American may have a lot of debt but our problems have solutions unlike the European and Asian markets. Our problems stem from a broken political system where nothing gets done because of ideological differences.

I will write one more blog Wednesday analyzing the election in my own words and opinion. It looks like the house will remain in Republican hands the Democrats will hold onto the Senate. That means that the Republicans will not get to use reconciliation (51% of votes) and depending on the final tally, and if Romney is elected, he will not have a veto proof repeal of Obamacare. I don't think Romney really wants to repeal Obamacare because it's the carbon copy of his masterpiece in Massachusetts...If President Obama is reelected, Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell's plan of not allowing the president a second term goes into the wastebasket. If you watched 60 minutes last night, I think you will agree that Congress has not gotten the message, and that they wear their low approval rating, as a badge of honor.


Mike said...

We are supposed to be the world's model for democracy, yet we need court orders to keep the early voting places open. In South Florida, People waited in line for 8 hours to cast their vote and I just saw long lines and a lot of people waiting to vote in Ohio... It didn't have to be that way because we should be encouraging more people to vote, not making it more difficult for them to vote. People want to vote despite the few who think it's about picking the lesser of two evils.

I had to go to get my ears irrigated this morning so I had a good chance to talk to my doctor about our healthcare system. He agreed that many doctors will get out of the profession and it's due to implementation of Obamacare but not for the reasons that are given. He said it's a good system but it needs a lot of improvement instead of repealing it and starting all over with what was in place.... He said Americans are too squeamish because they don’t want to talk about the costs of the last six months of a person’s life... He said we need to insure as many people as possible to bring down the cost and we need to tell the elderly no, when it comes to costly procedures and implants.

He made me laugh when he said that the world mocks us when we have some who call a committee of professionals who will be assigned the tasks of curbing cost," death panels."

born2Bme said...

You have no idea how many people have told me about these death panels if Obama gets elected.
It would seem to me that "anyone" with a lick of sense would question what FOX News puts out about this.

Mike said...

I didn't realize that the "death panel" nonsense made to our part of the country.

I heard Romney call Obamacare a government run heath care system knowing it would stir up the base...Romney knows better but he's betting his supporters don't.

Mike said...

So this is where some on the right get their fear from:

"WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used some of the precious remaining hours of the 2012 campaign to reach out to social conservative voters in a town hall-style call on Sunday night, warning that "Judeo-Christian" values were at risk if President Barack Obama is reelected.

Edith Ann said...

Born--anyone with a lick of sense is not watching FOX.

Mike, interesting about your conversaton with your doc. My parents have a great doc and we feel like he works very well with us kids when it comes to their health. He suggested we turn off my daddy's implanted defibilator and he agreed to mark his charts DNR even though my mother won't let them sign medical directives.

My brother is an ICU RN and he has done more to convince us that somethings just aren't necessary when folks are 88 and 84.

You know, the ACA could have been a world class system if the party of no had just come to the table and tried to get along.

born2Bme said...

Before my dad died, he had gone to Houston to have a pacemaker implanted. That is where they found that he was in Stage 4 lung cancer. They decided to not put the pacemaker and I'm guessing that they thought a heart attack was going to be easier on him than going through the lung cancer death. I agreed with that and he actually died 2 months earlier than expected with a heart attack.
The one issue I had was when they discovered he had tumors in his brain and they did the lazer surgery 1 month before he died. I feel that was an expense that was unnecessary. I think that bill was around $16,000 and Medicare paid for most of it. Those are the kinds of things that Medicare needs to say no on.

Mike said...

I totally agree EA and born and that doesn't mean that I don't sympathize with the family that wants to hang on.

Yes, it was a very interesting conversation with my doc..He told me of an 87 year old who wanted a knee replacement and a 75 year old who got mad at him because he had insinuated that the 75 year old was old..The 75 year old was diagnosed with arthritis but he got his feelings hurt when the Dr. said it was a common occurrence in seniors.

I think the country needs to have a sit down.

Mike said...

I'm going to miss this guy on my Twitter feed because he kept me in stitches throughout the process.
Some samples:


I'll defend to my death your right to vote against your own interests and my right to mock you for doing so."

"Everyone, BE CALM, it's not like the health care of 40 million Americans is on the line. OH, what? It is. MY GOD."

"f you're more afraid of someone coming for your gun than Mitt Romney coming for your Medicare, cancel basic cable."

"Regardless of who wins, I think we all agree it shouldn't be Mitt Romney. "

"n Ann Arbor, an undecided voter is someone who can't decide which country to threaten to move to if Romney wins. "

Mike said...

There is justice

"True The Vote Barred From Ohio Polling Stations."

Mike said...

Congratulations President Obama

born2Bme said...

Oh Hell Yeah!!
Now I don't have to worry about that damned Medicare voucher BS.

Mike said...

Lol....Karl Rowe wants Fox News to quit calling it for Obama but all the votes out in Ohio & Fla. are in Democratic districts....Mitt Romney has not conceded an hour after the election was called....Good night for the Dems by holding on to the senate.

Mike said...

Not worry Obamacare is here to stay.