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Friday, March 2, 2012

Romney told Obama to support Individual Mandate... in 2009

One of the biggest red flags here is the fact that Mitt Romney's 2009 Op-ed for the USA Today is now unavailable, except for approximately the first half of it on the Wayback Machine internet archive. Thanks to Buzzfeed, we now have access to it and it ain't kind to Governor Romney's current position about Obamacare being unconstitutional. The piece was practically written as an advice column to Barack Obama.

That advice?

Well, embrace the most unconstitutional part of Obamacare; embrace the individual mandate.

Here's the relevant excerpt of Romney's piece, h/t Red State:
Our experience also demonstrates that getting every citizen insured doesn't have to break the bank. First, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance. Using tax penalties, as we did, or tax credits, as others have proposed, encourages "free riders" to take responsibility for themselves rather than pass their medical costs on to others. This doesn't cost the government a single dollar. Second, we helped pay for our new program by ending an old one — something government should do more often. The federal government sends an estimated $42 billion to hospitals that care for the poor: Use those funds instead to help the poor buy private insurance, as we did.
Again, the single most defining issue of Barack Obama's agenda in his first term was Obamacare. Romney's debate quiver will be out of arrows on this issue. Not only was his state's health care plan the blueprint for Obamacare but whenever the issue comes up, Obama will be able to snarkily say, "Tell me again, Mitt, why is my health care law unconstitutional?" Regardless of Mitt's answer, Obama can whip out the aforementioned paragraph each time Romney attempts to say it's unconstitutional. If Mitt stands by the position, Obama will be able to assert that Romneycare is unconstitutional, save for the tenth amendment argument.

Even then, Romney advocated Obama go against the Constitution... in 2009 (assuming his position now is that Obamacare is unconstitutional).

As the proverbial cherry on top, check out this montage of Mitt Romney over the last few years. Stick with it though and take note of how he says during a 2008 campaign debate that he supports mandates. Then candidate Fred Thompson calls Romney on it and said, "I didn't think you'd admit that."

h/t Hot Air:

Mormonism has Anne Frank and Adolf Hitler on same plane

My latest column is up over at Red County:
Could Hitler's Mormon Baptism destroy Romney? 
As the Nevada Republican Caucus returns were coming in last month, CNN's John King referred to Mitt Romney as “Governor Mormon.” Without correcting himself, he used the word “Mormon” four times in nine seconds. While some may argue it was an innocent slip, others will say it was Freudian in nature.

A short time later, King's network did a story on a bizarre Mormon practice that involves posthumously baptizing non-Mormons by proxy. In the report, the parents of “Nazi hunter” Simon Wiesenthal were identified as having been subjected to such a practice. Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, who was interviewed for the CNN story, unhappily responded to revelations that he himself had been placed on such a list.

In its report, CNN cited Helen Radkey as the person who discovered these unusual baptisms. Radkey is a former Mormon who claims that, “Jewish Holocaust names are regularly going into the Mormon database.” The report concluded with a reference to Romney actually participating in such proxy baptisms. The message was clear but subtle; Romney is part of this.

Radkey is an extremely key figure, not so much for what she provided to CNN for that story but what she still has yet to provide.

About one week later, the Independent, MSNBC, and Yahoo News all reported that the iconic diarist and heroine, Nazi-era Anne Frank had been posthumously baptized nine times by the Mormon church. Yahoo News cleverly segued from this story to an unrelated story about a Romney comment during a Republican debate, in what appeared to be an attempt to subtly connect the two stories.

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert went even further by inviting a Jewish intern onto his set during his program and asked him to hold a hot dog while Cobert cut off the tip with a cigar cutter. The point was to posthumously circumcise all dead Mormons and convert them to Judaism.

At this point, it's time to revisit the information Radkey has; a significant amount of it is actually piled up in one of her spare bedrooms. Since she has become the mainstream media's source for all things Mormon, we can certainly expect the same liberal outlets to whip out one of her more incendiary revelations – that Adolf Hitler was also baptized as a Mormon posthumously.

Perhaps the biggest issue of Barack Obama's first term is his signature piece of legislation – Obamacare. Mitt Romney's healthcare plan in Massachusetts was the blueprint for it. That essentially takes the issue off the table in a general election campaign between the two men.

Another issue that could be neutralized is the Jewish vote, which traditionally goes Democrat, though Jewish voters have become increasingly disenchanted with Obama these last three years. if Romney is the nominee, look for the mainstream media, in true bigoted fashion, to make his religion the issue – something it didn't do with Obama and Jeremiah Wright. In essence, this could drive away the Jewish vote at a time when any Republican nominee should do relatively well with in this election year.

The mainstream media will pull out all the stops to paint Romney as someone whose religion now places Anne Frank and Adolf Hitler on the same plane.

Speaking of religion or even Obama's ties to Islam, well, that might be off the table too because of what Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith is quoted as saying in 1838:

“I will be to this generation a second Mohammed, whose motto in treating for peace was 'the Alcoran [Koran] or the Sword.' So shall it eventually be with us.”

The Obama campaign's strategy may just be to destroy Romney by attacking his religion through the media.

It just might work.
Go to Red County for the hyperlinks.

Videos: How about the Obama tapes Breitbart had?

Three weeks before Andrew Breitbart's death, he was at CPAC and dropped a bombshell that he had videos of Barack Obama during his college days. As I watched him lower the boom, I thought he was planning to release the videos in October. However, according to his close friend Steve Bannon, the tapes are going to be released in a couple of weeks and are from Obama's time at Harvard. Not sure if releasing the tapes in March instead of October is the best strategy but perhaps plans changed with Breitbart's death. Or, perhaps their so damaging that it won't matter.

Here is Bannon on Hannity's television show via MediaIte:

Here is the video of Breitbart at CPAC less than one month ago. Fast forward to the 5:30 mark to see him make the announcement.

Sheriff Joe Presser: 'Probable cause' that Obama Birth Certificate a 'Forgery'

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his 'Cold Case posse,' led by Mike Zullo had a press conference yesterday to bring people up to speed on where their investigation stands with regard to Barack Obama's Birth Certificate, as well as the president's Selective Service document. The conclusion at this point is that there is 'probable cause' the documents are 'fraudulent' and that a 'forgery' has been committed in both cases.

Via Washington Times:
Armed with a new 10-page report he commissioned, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday he suspects the birth certificate President Obama released last year is a “computer-generated forgery” — and also raised questions about the authenticity of the president’s selective service registration card.

In an extensive — and at times combative — press conference in Phoenix, Sheriff Arpaio repeatedly said he is not questioning the president’s legal status under the Constitution nor alleging fraud on Mr. Obama’s part, but did say there is evidence crimes have been committed by someone and his investigation continues.

“Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic,” Sheriff Arpaio said. “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in paper format as claimed by the White House.”
Much of the press conference mirrored what has already been done on the internet by graphic artists who used presentations to demonstrate why the document is a forgery but there were moments that made eyebrows cock.

For example, Zullo mentioned that efforts were made to obtain passenger manifests for all flights coming into Hawaii from overseas over a ten year span. Any such flights during the 1960's would have been either Pan-Am or TWA. Though the manifests no longer exist, they were able to get ten years worth of INS records from the National Archives. Apparently, in reviewing them, the records from August 1, 1961 - August 8, 1961 were all missing (Obama's Birth Certificate says he was born on August 4th).

Another moment involved an affidavit from a former government employee who swore that in the early 1980's, he was introduced to Barack Obama on the front lawn of the home belonging to Bill Ayers' mother.

There was also an announcement that the 'Cold Case posse' has a person of interest relative to the alleged creation of Barack Obama's Birth Certificate but would not reveal it.

Another area of focus for the 'posse' was Barack Obama's Selective Service registration form, which I've always viewed as more suspect than the Birth Certificate.

In any event, Arpaio seemed to somewhat throw up his hands while pledging to carry on with the investigation. As a former federal employee, he seemed to concede that any agency having jurisdiction in this case seems disinterested in pursuing it. He's basically admitting that if Hawaii's state investigators will do nothing to further the investigation, the only place to get justice is Congress, which is nowhere near being interested in pursuing it.

So, it looks like Arpaio is left with looking for any smoking gun that might exist, on his own.

WND has the entire press conference available here.
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