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    Okay Mr. President, we can talk about the past

    Okay Mr. President, we can talk about the past

    After all, he asked for it. In a recent campaign appearance in Virginia, the President remarked:

    Ultimately, I think, Mr. Romney is going to have to answer those questions because if he aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is you’re ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations.

    The Obama campaign has been in all out assault mode on Mitt Romney since it was discovered that Romney may not have completely severed his relationship with Bain Capital after 1999.

    The precise role Romney played at the firm from 1999 to 2001 is important not only because critics have raised questions about his truthfulness, but also because Bain was sending jobs overseas during that period.

    But the President has a past as well. The real question is: Is President Obama ready to finally take responsibility for the conduct of his prior operations?

    1992-2008: Barack Obama has a close relationship with extremist Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. as evidenced by Obama’s 20 year patronage to Wright’s sermons and his officiating of Mr. Obama’s wedding to Michelle. One Obama spokesman back in 2008 even went so far as to say Obama compares Wright to “a member of his family…

    1995: Despite repeated insistence by the President that controversial figure Bill Ayers is “not somebody I exchange ideas from,” it has been confirmed that it was in Ayers’ home where Barack Obama’s Illinois State Senate bid was made apparent. Although never convicted of a crime, Ayers has been linked to the radical Weather Underground Organization. On the day of attacks of 9/11, a New York Times article ran in which Ayers was quoted talking about his organization’s nefarious activities, “I don’t regret setting bombs…I feel we didn’t do enough.” Ayers had also talked previously of Weather Underground’s philosophy.

    Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.

    All of this, Ayers now brushes aside as a “joke.”

    1999-2002: The Ayers connection persists. Barack Obama serves on the board of the Woods Foundation with Ayers.

    1999: Then State-Senator Barack Obama exploits Catholics to garner support for a universal health care bill that he co-sponsors. Illinois voters overwhelmingly reject it.

    1999: Obama voted “Present” to dodge a difficult vote that could potentially have drawn a rift between him and his African-American supporters. A strategy he invoked on nearly 130 occasions during his time as an Illinois State Senator.

    2001: State-Senator Barack Obama is the sole voice of opposition to an Illinois bill that would protect born-alive babies’ rights under the law when abortions failed to kill the fetus. The persuasive State-Senator, who is also a respected former law professor, quickly begins to garner support to kill the bill by saying it would undermine Roe v. Wade.

    2003: Mr. Obama is now the chairman of the committee that the bill is referred to. Although nearly identical to the federal bill which passed Congress without a dissenting vote, and one Obama has said he would’ve supported had he been in the U.S. Senate at the time, the Illinois bill never makes it out of committee, falling on a 6-4 vote along party lines.

    As you can see, the President has a long history of questionable relationships and conduct. Yet while President Obama was doing this, Mitt Romney was on a different path trying to save the troubled Salt Lake City Olympics, (h/t NewsMax):

    Having faced a budget deficit of $379 million when he took over, Romney ended up with a surplus of $56 million. The money went to fund future Olympics.

    When he took the job, Romney said he would accept the offered salary of $250,000 a year only if the Olympics made a profit. When it did, he turned his salary over to charity. In addition, he contributed $1 million to the games.

    But the Obama campaign doesn’t want to talk about that. They’d rather focus on whether Bain outsourced jobs while Romney was salvaging the seemingly hopeless Salt Lake City Olympics, saving numerous domestic jobs in the process.

    It’s also worth noting that unemployment was as low as 3.8% (h/t Bureau of Labor Statistics) during the time Obama accuses Bain of pioneering outsourcing, yet today Obama continues to outsource millions of tax payer dollars while unemployment remains stalled above 8%.

    The President appears intent on focusing attention away from his record in the Oval Office, and on to Romney’s past. But both candidates have a past.

    So which do you prefer? Past Barack Obama, or past Mitt Romney?


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    Moonbeam | July 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Obviously, the effort to tag Romney with leaving Bain in 2002 instead of 1999 is to further accuse him of outsourcing jobs. Why are we accepting that premise? According to the smackdown of the WaPo article, all of the companies that were identified ALREADY had overseas operations when Bain took them over BECAUSE they had clients/customers in the countries where they had foreign operations. Besides, I’d love to know what BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagon think of this line when they are doing the exact same thing- building cars in the United States because they have customers in the US. Does the Obama/Democrat argument boil down to a conviction that US companies should never grow so large as to ever have foreign customers? As for the real issue of offshoring jobs, with the highest corporate tax rate, union headaches, minimum wage restrictions and penalties assessed against companies that wish to repatriate their foreign revenues, why wouldn’t a smart corporation seek more favorable business/manufacturing climates overseas?

    I have occasionally argued with one particular friend who questions the patriotism of “American” companies that move their manufacturing or headquarters overseas. In my opinion, they were “American” companies as long as the United States remained the best place in the world to do business but, at their core, they are businesses that don’t particularly have a death wish. I dearly wish for them to remain “American” companies, but we have not done much to keep them here.

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    Panentheist | July 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Many of the previous posts have brought up very relevant information that needs to come out during this campaign.

    I am an old vet and probably wrong but I do believe the Romney Campaign WILL start using much of this information via Mass Media closer to the election (i.e. late Sept and October). I am currently enjoying watching the Dems (Wasserman, Reid, Big O, and others) digging a deeper hole with their current rhetoric.

    I will be very dissappointed if a strong attack, using the above information and more, does NOT come out. But I believe also it would be more effective closer to Nov election date.

    theyjustcantstop | July 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    i’d like you to add to the list of o’bama’s conduct of his operations,during o’bama-care mania,rep.sustak publicly stated o’bama offered him a government job if he would’nt run against spector.
    o’bama sent bill clinton to talk to sustak,then clinton stated it was’nt what it looked like,so if sustak sticks to his public statement under oath,the headlines should be.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!o’bama felon or clinton lied!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    […]  . It’s okay to take off the gloves and talk about Obama’s past since he’s talking about Romney’s past. We see where treating Obama as a gentleman and nice guy got McCain: ridiculed and defeated. […]

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