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It is difficult
to beat an incumbent President given that he stands behind a Presidential
seal and speaks with the authority of Commander-in-Chief while any
challenger is left to take pot shots at a standing President that
are often perceived as attacks on the Presidency itself.
like their Presidents being unfairly criticized and sometimes the
White House even plays on this unfairness game by planting people
in audiences to heckle the President, to make it appear he is being
picked on. These are usually controlled
political party meetings where the planned interruption makes
for good political theatre. The President usually handles these
interruptions with calm because he has foreknowledge of the whole
on our President
how many faux pas GW Bush made in the minds of many he could do
no wrong. (Remember he couldnít quite get that story right about
"fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me"
and photographers captured an un-presidential moment when he tried
to give German chancellor Andrea Merkel a massage?). GW Bush was
klutzy for sure, but donít pick on him, he is our President!
is that Americans generally donít vote FOR a Presidential candidate,
they vote AGAINST the candidate they fear will do them the most
harm. The current President didnít get elected so much on his campaign
promises as he did by the knee-jerk public reaction to George W.
Bush and his weapons of mass destruction and end-of-term financial
And maybe the
current President has his own blunders like the Solyndra and the
Obama-car embarrassments where the Federal government offered guaranteed
loans to companies that failed or are failing (GM has only sold
six-thousand Chevy Volt Obama cars). But regardless, the President
is trying to do something for them, disenfranchised voters often
prevails in the Supreme Court challenge, Obama gets credit, and
if it fails, Obama rallies a whole segment of voters who feel at
least he was trying for them, despite the fact such a plan would
eventually bankrupt Medicare. The masses of uninsured donít see
Obamacare for what it is, a raid on the private insurance pool of
younger/healthier insured to pay for the uninsured which really
ends up being a payoff to doctors, hospitals and drug companies.
Said that way, Iím not sure so many would vote for it.
So how do you
unseat a reigning President who by the way can pull off an October
surprise, like a war with Iran, or a terrorist attack, to create
public insecurity that gets incumbents re-elected?
this President got rescued from a horrible public approval rating
by pulling a rabbit out of his hat an undeserved Nobel Peace
Prize. And when the President and the Federal Reserve Bank chairman,
Ben Bernanke, briefed the nation on financial matters in a Thursday
press conference in early May of 2011, the markets began to tumble
and gold prices soared on speculation the Fed was planning to print
more money to dig itself out of the nationís financial grave. By
Monday it was anticipated the stock market would crash. How did
the federal government side-step this impending crisis? The White
House pulled another rabbit out of its hat with the Sunday evening
announcement that 9-11 terrorist Osama din Laden had been shot and
killed in Pakistan. So itís likely the administration has lots of
other publicity stunts like this up its sleeves.
total load of negative stories that sways voters
One way to
dethrone a reigning President is to keep pouring out the negative
stories that donít involve the President at all. That way they donít
appear to be propaganda by the opposing party. A continued barrage
of negative stories about the federal government can finally push
voters to say they "have had enough" and they will opt
for the other guy.
is exerted over voters, it had better be directed to single mothers
(so called Wal-Mart
moms) who are demographically expected to sway the outcome of
the election. The problem is this particular segment of voters is
more swayed by issues that affect them personally than what is good
overall for the country.
To get back
to my claim that every negative news story involving government
takes votes away from the incumbent, let me offer some examples
and comments on how they might play out in the ramp up to the 2012
Service forgot to pay
that the Presidentís royal guard, the Secret
Service didnít pay their bill for prostitutes at an overseas
hotel in Colombia, and that up to 20 women were involved, is quite
an embarrassment. Itís not the moral outrage it is the short-changing
of the girls who have to work the streets for a living that will
probably rile the public. This is the way the public thinks about
these things. If the President said he was going to make sure these
working girls got their money he would have probably won more votes.
has mistakenly backed the Secret Service chief however.
Federal agency blows a big wad in Vegas
Or how about
the lavish $823,000
party the General Services Administration held in Las Vegas,
an event conducted by an agency that is supposed to save the government
money! The GSA boss in charge of planning that event got a $9000
bonus afterwards. This kind of news story ends up as a negative
in the minds of Americans who wonder who is running the show there
in Washington DC. Republicans are not attempting to pin this one
on the Democrats.
intrudes in yard sales?
Or how about
this one: the federal
government is thinking of snooping on and sanctioning yard sales
where dangerous or recalled products are being sold. The US Consumer
Product Safety Commission is butting into this part of hometown
America probably at the behest of some behind-the-scenes player
that makes political contributions, maybe a large retailer who knows
yard sales cut into their revenues. Gees, you lose your job and
you try to drum up a few dollars to pay the bills with a yard sale
and the revenuers are at your door! This all adds to the total negative
load that is building up in votersí minds. A Presidential contender
ought to be jumping all over this one. So far it hasnít hit the
political radar screen.
nothing riled the public more than the fact Congressional representatives
were using their position to obtain advance information that would
affect the price of stocks and then using this insider information
for their own gain and saw nothing wrong with buying or selling
shares in advance of a positive or negative event. You go to jail
for this, unless you are a U.S. Congressman. The bill
that got passed that now forbids insider trading by Congress
simply skates past any past wrong-doing. No Congressman is being
asked to forfeit his ill-gotten gains, nor resign. Congress got
the tail pinned on its hind end on this one, not the President.
of Homeland Insecurity
federal agency is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Surely
Americans are getting a bit edgy about what this agency is really
up to. Itís as if DHS is planning on some huge uprising by the masses
that it must quell, rather than protect Americans from natural disasters
and such. I mean, why would DHS be purchasing hundreds of millions
of bullets? DHS
has a list of all 135,000 registered gun owners in the US. Why?
does DHS now have a fleet of monstrous swat trucks? And why
does the Cyber
Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act induce America companies
to ignore existing privacy laws and share information with the federal
kinds of issues are often seen as unfounded conspiracy theories.
Why the government is here to protect us, right? Itís not likely
to sway a large number of votes. But when one looks at all what
DHS does and it
canít even protect a man from killer swans, it becomes the brunt
of so many jokes that this can sway votes.
as political theatre
A primary objective
of any Presidential campaign is to make the contenders appear to
be uncaring and insensitive to the plight of the little guy in America.
And there is no better way to do it than using any negative story
that involves babies, dogs or apple pie. So in the middle of an
economy that is going down the toilet and an impending war that
the White House appears to be planning against Iran, political hacks
assail Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney over strapping
his dog to the roof of his car for a fun ride. He must not care
for dogs and if he terrorizes dogs, imagine what kind of President
he would make. Mr. Romneyís wife had to come to his rescue and state
"the pooch loved it." End of story. Why does the
American news media air this crap anyway? Still, it might sway those
Wal-Mart moms, who are unlikely to catch on that all the class warfare
is being drummed up to gain their vote.
to be rolling with the punch of $5.00/gallon gasoline. If it should
ever come to light that Congress and The White House have been gaming
the American public, being paid off by special interests, to keep
gasoline prices inordinately high, that might anger the public sufficient
to roust the whole lot of incumbents out of office.
has been considerable positive publicity about America becoming
energy independent through an effort to obtain oil from shale beds
by fracturing the earth (what is called fracking), this effort has
tapped into a great deal of natural gas (NG). The price of NG is
at an all-time low.
But the Federal
government has made it difficult to convert existing vehicles to
natural gas, changing requirements so it costs $10,000 to convert
an automobile to NG instead of $2000. And Congress failed to pass
the Natural Gas Act which would have offered incentives for individuals
and businesses that would convert to natural gas-driven automobiles.
There are only a few hundred NG filling stations across the country.
Itís not like
NG is an unknown. There are an estimated 12 million vehicles NG-powered
vehicles on the road today, but unfortunately only 112,000 of them
are in the US!
estimation compares the cost of gasoline to NG and shows that
$3.25/gallon gasoline is equivalent to just a 42-cent cost for natural
gas. We are talking about putting ~$4500 back into the hands of
most American families (what a pay increase!)
gasoline you could drive an NG car 190 miles at the same cost that
you paid for 1-gallon of gasoline which would probably push your
car down the road about 20-25 miles. NG is completely clean burning
and would reduce the amount of imported oil to zero! Weíre talking
about savings in the balance of trade in the range of $600 billion
a year, enough to fund Medicare!
to the topic of natural gas but it is the federal government
itself, going back a few Presidencies, that has put roadblocks in
the way of natural gas. Instead, the White
House points fingers at imagined speculators who manipulate oil
of promoting NG cars, the President is pushing the Obama-electric
car (the Chevy Volt) because GM was a recipient of government bailout
funds. So far, only about six-thousand electric cars have been sold.
If only a Presidential contender would make an issue out of this.
Wal-Mart moms would certainly get the message.
of who is electedÖ
A problem for
US voters is that they are going to get suckered. Just prior to
the election, overseas war zone military deaths will almost come
to a halt. The economy might be flooded with money to create a temporary
bubble in the economy and create new jobs (weíll worry about the
inflation that causes after the election).
But right after
the 2012 election and Presidential inauguration, the extended unemployment
benefits will cease. There will be a horrendous
increase in taxes in a misdirected attempt to balance the budget.
The federal government has done a good job of making an overspending
problem appear as an under-taxing problem. While these tax increases
are largely directed at the wealthy, they will surely backfire,
crashing the consumer economy (which represents 70% of GDP) and
cause investors to freeze their money to avert higher capital gains
taxes. It appears your federal government, regardless of who is
elected, is going to invoke tax increases that will backfire and
reduce rather than increase tax revenues! Then maybe the federal
government collapses and even more draconian measures are enacted.
The public canít remain passive and uninvolved for long.
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