Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mitt Romney

By Max R. Weller

See the transcript of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech here.

It’s time that the Democrats, and all others who support incumbent Barack Obama, realize that it’s not 2008. I supported Obama back then. I’ve been sorely disappointed, and finally gave up on the man about a year ago. It’s now 2012. I note almost all of President Obama’s supporters here in Boulder, CO — a large majority of residents — keep repeating that the sorry state of our economy is entirely the fault of President Bush, who left the White House over 3 1/2 years ago.

I think what they really mean is this: President Obama is too big to fail. Hogwash!

Excerpts from the speech below:

Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than what divides us.

When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.

That very optimism is uniquely American.

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

Freedom.

Freedom of religion.

Freedom to speak their mind.

Freedom to build a life.

And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands.

This is the essence of the American experience.

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I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”

So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision.

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The President hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. The President has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.

I learned the real lessons about how America works from experience.

When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.

So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies. We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.

So we started a new business called Bain Capital. The only problem was, while WE believed in ourselves, nobody else did. We were young and had never done this before and we almost didn’t get off the ground. In those days, sometimes I wondered if I had made a really big mistake. I had thought about asking my church’s pension fund to invest, but I didn’t. I figured it was bad enough that I might lose my investors’ money, but I didn’t want to go to hell too. Shows what I know. Another of my partners got the Episcopal Church pension fund to invest. Today there are a lot of happy retired priests who should thank him.

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.

These are American success stories. And yet the centerpiece of the President’s entire re-election campaign is attacking success. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for it.

We weren’t always successful at Bain. But no one ever is in the real world of business.

That’s what this President doesn’t seem to understand. Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn’t work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.

It’s the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s prosperity rather than trying to redistribute today’s.

That is why every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: “you are better off today than you were four years ago.”

Except Jimmy Carter. And except this president.

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Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.

What America needs is jobs.

Lots of jobs.

In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. Nearly one out of six Americans is living in poverty. Look around you. These are not strangers. These are our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans.

His policies have not helped create jobs, they have depressed them. And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America:

His plan to raise taxes on small business won’t add jobs, it will eliminate them;

His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China;

His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk;

His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine.

And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.

To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.

And unlike the President, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

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You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the America we want, the America won for us by the greatest generation.

Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China? No.

Does it fail to find the jobs that are needed for 23 million people and for half the kids graduating from college? No.

Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world? No.

And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division? We know the answer.

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight. 

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Another transient scumbag in Boulder, CO

By Max R. Weller

See the Daily Camera report here. I’m so sick and tired of the worst-behaved sociopathic bums coming to our fair city, and being welcomed by the  apologists/enablers who make their living by the creed of More Homeless People = More Money. Shame on you, Edward McMorris; I hope you get the maximum penalty as soon as you’re convicted.

And shame on you also: Isabel McDevitt, Greg Harms, Betsey Martens, et al. Your travesty of compassion for scumbags is what enables acts of senseless violence against the innocent, including this egregious case of Animal Cruelty.

Max’s Journal 8/30/2012

By Max R. Weller

See the transcript of Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech to the GOP Convention here. Quoting from it below:

President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all.

So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?

The first troubling sign came with the stimulus. It was President Obama’s first and best shot at fixing the economy, at a time when he got everything he wanted under one-party rule. It cost $831 billion – the largest one-time expenditure ever by our federal government.

It went to companies like Solyndra, with their gold-plated connections, subsidized jobs, and make-believe markets. The stimulus was a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst. You, the working men and women of this country, were cut out of the deal.

What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn’t just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.

Maybe the greatest waste of all was time. Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent. You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business.

But this president didn’t do that. Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care.

Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.

The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.

And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly.

You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn’t have enough money. They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So, they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama. An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obamacare, and we’re going to stop it.

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Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.

It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.

It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.

It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.

It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.

President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” – as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?

Ladies and gentlemen, these past four years we have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What’s missing is leadership in the White House. And the story that Barack Obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago – isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?

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Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere. A lot of heart goes into each one. And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them. After all that work, and in a bad economy, it sure doesn’t help to hear from their president that government gets the credit. What they deserve to hear is the truth: Yes, you did build that.

We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.

In a clean break from the Obama years, and frankly from the years before this president, we will keep federal spending at 20 percent of GDP, or less. That is enough. The choice is whether to put hard limits on economic growth, or hard limits on the size of government, and we choose to limit government.

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President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record. But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it.

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We will not duck the tough issues, we will lead.

We will not spend four years blaming others, we will take responsibility.

We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles.

The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.

We can get this country working again. We can get this economy growing again. We can make the safety net safe again. We can do this.

Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me. Let’s give this effort everything we have. Let’s see this through all the way. Let’s get this done.

Thank you, and God bless.

Great stuff, above . . . I urge you to take the time to read the excerpts I’ve posted.

There have been some changes on my corner in north Boulder, at N. Broadway & U.S. 36: Drunk Steve and Angry Girlfriend have left town, or so I’m told, and I haven’t seen their drama in at least a couple of weeks. (Sometimes) Drunk Banjo-picker finally figured out that his lazy panhandling partner, Able-bodied Brian, is a parasite who wants to spend all of his own money — and his partner’s, too — on vodka. DBP told me that the final straw came when he wanted ABB to buy some food; ABB replied that if they bought food, there wouldn’t be any $$$ left for another pint of vodka, and he also said the DBP had eaten the day before so they didn’t need to eat that day. So, the last few days, Able-bodied Brian has been alone on the corner when I arrive around 4PM, a pathetic figure. Now I understand why he keeps trying to give me the food that passersby have given to him (I buy my own groceries at King Soopers); he’s such a severe alcoholic that he doesn’t even eat every day.
 
I got an e-mail from Boulder Housing Partners, inviting me to apply to join one of two focus groups they’re forming. As I was given a choice, I indicated that I’d like to be a part of the group dealing with Housing First resident eligibility at the 1175 Lee Hill project. We’ll see if I’m selected, and then be able to try to influence BHP and BSH to adopt a sober-only policy for this new facility. However, I’m not naive; I can already hear the apologists/enablers claiming that substance abuse is a disability and they can’t discriminate against active drunks and druggies under current federal guidelines. Ahem! All the more reason to vote for Romney/Ryan . . .
 
MMJ dispensary owners just can’t leave their product alone, and so we have a story like this one. The sooner the feds close down all of these illegal operations, the better off we’ll be.
 
More interesting news about James Holmes’ many Red Flags before the Aurora shooting which left 12 people dead.
 
Tonight at my campsite: Hormel canned chili?

‘Wildlife rangers shoot 1 mountain lion in Boulder’

By Max R. Weller

See the Daily Camera article here

 (Photo courtesy Geneva Z. Bailey)
 
 
Living outdoors here in north Boulder’s environs for the past 4 1/2 years, I’ve never seen a mountain lion. But, I have no doubt they’ve seen me many times and don’t find me appetizing at all. There are lots of mule deer in my general area overnight so the Big Cats must be around, too. I understand the necessity of shooting the critter pictured above; in any contest between predators and humans well within city limits, the critters without fear of humans must lose. BTW, I posted the pic because too many citified fools in urban areas don’t know what the death of a wild animal looks like.
 
I never camped out in the Kansas City, MO area for one reason: way too many vicious dogs running loose, and way too many incidents of people being attacked by them. There is one definitive study of dog bite-related fatalities in the US, done by the feds some years ago. It’s very sobering to read, and should alert anyone to the far greater relative danger we face from attacks by domestic canines compared to wild animals. This is just as true here in Boulder, CO as it is elsewhere.
 
In the grand scheme of things, I rank threats to my safety (greatest to least) this way:
 
1) Other humans, in particular transients;
 
2) Vicious dogs running loose;
 
3) Microscopic germs of all kinds;
 
4) Wild critters.

Two great responses to a Daily Camera editorial

By Max R. Weller

See today’s Daily Camera editorial here. Copied below are the comments I find interesting:

1) Though official estimates will take weeks, some are guessing that the stage from Golden to Boulder may have attracted the largest crowds of spectators for a single day of professional cycling in America.

That may be so, but it is not a valid conclusion or prediction to make. Future spectator counts will likely be decidedly less.

As a Boulderite, I came out as a spectator simply because I had never witnessed a bicycle race before and I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. But I won’t again. It was a complete waste of my time.

Without a doubt, this was the single most boring sporting event I’ve ever witnessed, especially given the build-up. I’ve talked to other curious Boulderites along the route who came out to watch and they agree. Next time it’ll be a yawn.

2) Again, the Camera is a business that definitely benefited, and should be up front about it and not pose as coldly objective weighing the good and the bad.

The Camera does not note that the Race officials lied to them saying there were 35k people on Flagstaff, itself an admission of failure since they were only allowed 30k. But, it unsurprisingly turns out there was only about and maybe not even 10k, just like Golden last year, insofar as the info in the Camera has proven accurate. Shouldn’t an error that large call their competence or honesty into question? Apparently not, since the Camera chirps along with new race announcements.

People in Boulder are bike fans, and they’re willing to forgive so long as they get to watch it again live, and I would be lying if I intimated that this wasn’t a great race and well done. But they should know and be prepared for a fair sized financial loss to the city, and that the general fund will have to meet it and new income must be found. At that point, the heroic letters to the editor about Boulder’s honor, prestige, and coolness factors being on the line and met by this event will vanish.

This is EXACTLY the same crap that NFL and MLB and NBA teams and owners do when they want a new stadium, but on a far lesser scale in a smaller city. They want the new stadium – because of all the money it will supposedly bring in for everyone – to be paid for by regressive taxation, and certainly not themselves. The Race is supposedly justified by all the money it will generate for ‘everyone’ here in Boulder. It will work for the Race because the media loves it being so close to home, and a few businesses will love it because they made a killing. But, the vast majority did not and will lose when the losses are hidden away in the General Fund or in other bookkeeping locales.

This also doesn’t erase the legal concerns opened by the City approving an event that will possibly cost it a lot of money when it prevented far lesser events. The Council gets dramatic photos of itself with the winners and can pose as a supporter of a popular event for their re-election.

If it’s about a wash, it’s worth it, at least this time. But if it’s a wash on the first race, with all the alleged pent up emotion etc., it doesn’t bode well for the future. Bike racing in this country was carried by the popularity of Lance Armstrong in large, not total, ways. That’s gone.

Now, be alert to how the losses, if any, are represented and hidden in the weeks and months to come.

I’ve already posted my own thoughts on this: pro cycling is NOT a sport, and dopers are NOT athletes. I can only add that slick promoters have bamboozled the good citizens of every city which has served as a host to the USA Pro [Doping] Challenge.