Friday, August 31, 2012

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - What America Needs

Even Romney's fellow conservatives/Republicans know that their candidate is an empty suit, big on Obama-bashing but small on substance. Ben Stein is the latest conservative to openly verbalize the truth about Romney's failure to articulate a plan for recovery and about Paul Ryan's obsession with the supply-side fallacy that upper income tax cuts and spending cuts are economic panaceas. I say good morning to Mr. Stein.

Ben Stein: Romney's a 'losing candidate'

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For someone who says he doesn't think he'll ever vote for a Democrat, Ben Stein sure has some harsh words for this year's Republican ticket.

"[Romney] has all around him the look of a losing candidate," the economist and actor said Thursday on Tavis Smiley's PBS program.

Stein, who made waves in May for saying he doesn't think President Obama is a very smart man, said the chief reason for the GOP nominee's woes is his lack of a strategy for economic recovery.

"Mr. Romney does not have a plan to turn things around. All he's saying, and correctly so, is that Mr. Obama said he had a plan that would work and it didn't," Stein said. "But does Mr. Romney have a better plan? If he does, we haven't seen it."

(Last September, Romney released a 59-point plan that he said would improve the economy over both the short and long terms.)

The former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford went on to say he's not satisfied with Paul Ryan's approach to taxes.

"He has bought into what I think is a bit of nonsense about supply-side economics. He has bought into the idea that by cutting taxes, you automatically spur the economy. That would be wonderful if true, and it may be true, but there's no data that it's true," he said. "And it certainly isn't true that by cutting taxes you spur the economy enough so you make up the lost tax revenue."

But even though he predicts an Obama victory unless Romney "pulls himself together," don't expect Stein to pull the lever for the incumbent this fall — or ever.

"For me, the number one issue is right to life. I don't think the Democrats are very good on the right-to-life issue," he said. "People who think of abortion as a reasonable method of birth control just are never going to get my vote."

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On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM, Assensoh, Akwasi B. <> wrote:

It is nice to read about the just-concluded Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. Of course, there are some of us, who are open-minded to read about all sides of the American political spectrum (i.e. about the Republicans, the Democrats, and the others). Interestingly, we read about outright and subtle appeals on behalf of the major political parties.

In the last few days, we have heard Republican leaders with their messages and, also, we have read from various Republican Party members -- Blacks and Whites -- some of the great things their party is doing, including heated commentaries advanced in the USA Africa Dialogue Series. Conversely, major American newspapers -- without partisan interests -- have also started to evaluate what Nigerian Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have described as "the Republican jamboree". To say the least, I have been sombered and fascinated by three published items in THE NEW YORK TIMES of today (September 31, 2012): the first of three editorial comments, titled "Mr. Romney Reinvents History" (on page A22);  Paul Krugman's column, titled "The Medicare  Killers" (on page A23) and, interestingly, "Check Point: Facts Took a Beating In Ryan's Speech" by Michael Cooper (page A15).

The above-cited NEW YORK TIMES write-ups are real eye-opening scenarios that, hopefully, will humble a lot of us, no matter whom we support. After reading them, I laughed, and I also wondered aloud about which political party and its leadership "desperately" want to win the November presidential elections! Is the Obama Camp or the Romney Camp? Please, be the best judge! However, we live to see!

A.B. Assensoh (Indiana).   

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Romney accepts nomination, focuses on adding jobs

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to delegates before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo - Charlie Neibergall)
From Associated Press
August 30, 2012 10:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney has a message for the millions of Americans who voted for Democratic President Barack Obama: It's OK to be disappointed.

The biggest moment of his political career at hand, Romney looked to appeal to the feelings of anxiety that are rippling through the electorate as the nation faces stubbornly high unemployment and fears about its future place in the world.

"Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I'd ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama?" Romney said as he formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination Thursday night. "You know there's something wrong with the kind of job he's done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him."

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In 2008, Obama swept to victory with a message of hope and change — and as the first black person to earn the nomination of a major party, his candidacy was historic. He won in states like Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina, turning out African Americans and excited young people in record numbers.

To win, Romney needs to convince some of those voters that "hope and change" didn't really work out — and that he is the man to fix the problem.

"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," Romney said.

Aides said the speech was the most important of Romney's political career and will forever change his family's legacy. In winning his party's presidential nomination, the former Massachusetts governor has succeeded where his father failed a generation ago. But facing a two-month sprint to an Election Day matchup against President Barack Obama, Romney is now trying to broaden his appeal and connect with women and with middle-of-the road voters who will ultimately decide his fate.

To do so, he struck an often soft tone laced with deeply personal themes. He drew from Mormon faith and the influence of his mother and father — both dead for more than a decade — when he faced the Republican National Convention and a prime-time audience.

"My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all — the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do," Romney will say, according to prepared remarks released by the campaign.

George Romney, a Michigan governor, ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 when Romney was a young man. His mother, Lenore, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Michigan in 1970.

"My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way," Romney said.

The remarks were delivered a stage that puts him a little bit closer to the crowd inside the convention hall. His campaign hopes the evening ends with Americans feeling a little bit closer to the Republican presidential candidate, too.

On this night, they told Romney's story

The entire evening — from the physical staging to the speakers' program to the planned whole-family entrance after Romney's big speech — was aimed at introducing the sometimes stiff and distant politician as a businessman, Olympic savior and deeply religious family man. His pitch to his party, as well as to the many undecided voters who are disappointed in the country's direction, will be that he's the candidate better able to shoulder the country's economic burdens.

The testimonials were deeply personal.

One couple, Ted and Pat Oparowsky, told the crowd about their 14-year-old son David, dying of cancer, who Romney would visit in the hospital. He bought the boy fireworks, helped him write a will, and, at David's request, delivered the eulogy at his funeral. Another woman, Pam Finlayson, talked about her daughter, born three months premature — and Romney, her church pastor at the time, would come to the hospital and pray for the little girl.

"Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church," Romney, who met both families through his church, will say. "We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways."

That speech is the centerpiece of the evening, and touches on themes that are both personal and political. He'll tell stories, aides say, that haven't been part of his campaign trail pitch. He discussed his Mormon faith, particularly his time helping struggling families when he served as a church leader in Boston.

To prepare for the big night, Romney spent months making meticulous notes about his experiences campaigning. He read numerous previous convention speeches and talked to a number of close friends and confidants about how to approach his address. He and his wife, Ann, spent part of last weekend rehearsing their speeches in an auditorium at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., near the family's lakeside summer home.

Before Romney spoke, a parade of people from his past took the podium to walk through different phases of his life: his time running the private equity firm Bain Capital, his years running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and his experiences as governor of Massachusetts. Referred to inside the campaign as "character witnesses," the speeches were designed to showcase the man who friends say inspires fierce loyalty. Much of the list was drawn up by Romney's son Tagg

Addressing the crowd were Bob White, a longtime friend and colleague from Bain Capital, and Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples, the office supply store; Olympic speed skater Derek Parra and hockey player Mike Eruzione; and former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who is still a closer adviser.

All offered their own testimonies to Romney's character.

"Go back and look at every pursuit in Mitt's life," said White, who jokingly noted that he's sometimes called Romney's "wingman."

"Surrounding him are people who have worked with him over and over again. They trust and respect him. They want to be part of his team," White said. "I've seen Mitt Romney be that leader. He is the right man at the right time to be the next president of these great United States."

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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