Why Obama Sucks

October 1st, 2012

Obama LaughingObama might get a lot of criticism from racists, conspiracy theorists and partisan hacks. But there are a lot of true, non-partisan reasons why Obama sucks. Let’s check them out.

  1. Position on free speech: Obama signed H.R. 347 allowing the Secret Service to limit protest based upon threat assessment and proximity.
  2. Closet Orwellian: Obama publicly opposed indefinite detention but debate on Congressional floor revealed that his Administration asked for language excluding American citizens to be removed from legislation.
  3. In unveiling his budget for 2013, President Obama’s plan would create $6.4 trillion in annual deficits between 2013 and 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Under the so-called alternative fiscal scenario, where Congress simply extends a number of favored policies, cumulative deficits would reach nearly $11 trillion. This also makes Obama hypocritical since in 2008 he called it “unpatriotic” to add $4 trillion to the national debt.
  4. Obama refuses to lower the drinking age from 21.
  5. Only 36 percent of Americans approve of the way Obama has handled the economy.
  6. Obama’s administration pushed through an over half a billion dollar loan to Solyndra despite internal memos revealing the Obama Administration’s own experts predicted it was a bad loan. Solyndra blew through the half a billion dollar loan and went bankrupt within two years. Why give a huge, bad loan to a company? Solyndra executives, investors and board members donated at least $87,050 total to Obama’s 2008 election campaign. (Granted, this pattern is common among elected politicians from all parties as addressed in a topic at the Philosophy Forums: The Philosophy of Government Spending)
  7. Broken promises galore! Whether one actually supported the policy proposal in the first place or not, we can all agree that liars and promise-breakers suck. Some (and for Obama some seems to be a lot) of the promises he has failed to deliver on follow:
    • Exit Iraq in 2009
    • Meet with the Iranian president without preconditions
    • Cut the deficit in half
    • Expand the child and dependent care credit
    • Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners
    • Provide option for a pre-filled-out tax form
    • Create a mortgage interest tax credit for non-itemizers
    • Require automatic enrollment in 401(k) plans
    • Require automatic enrollment in IRA plans
    • Create a retirement savings tax credit for low incomes
    • End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000
    • End no-bid contracts above $25,000
    • Create a $60 billion bank to fund roads and bridges
    • Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes
    • Phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners
    • Sign the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for workers to unionize
    • Lift the payroll tax cap on earnings above $250,000
    • Forbid companies in bankruptcy from giving executives bonuses
    • Allow workers to claim more in unpaid wages and benefits in bankruptcy court
    • Allow imported prescription drugs
    • Prevent drug companies from blocking generic drugs
    • Appoint federal-level coordinator to oversee all federal autism efforts
    • Double federal funding for cancer research
    • Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive study of federal cancer initiatives
    • Provide the CDC $50 million in new funding to determine the most effective approaches for cancer patient care
    • Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    • Create a National Commission on People with Disabilities, Employment, and Social Security
    • Change federal rules so small businesses owned by people with disabilities can get preferential treatment for federal contracts.
    • Reduce the threshhold for the Family and Medical Leave Act from companies with 50 employees to companies with 25 employees
    • Provide a $1.5 billion fund to help states launch programs for paid family and medical leave
    • Require employers to provide seven paid sick days per year
    • Expand the Family Medical Leave Act to include leave for domestic violence or sexual assault
    • Form international group to help Iraq refugees
    • Work with Russia to move nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
    • Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
    • Develop an alternative to President Bush’s Military Commissions Act on handling detainees
    • Secure ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)
    • Seek to negotiate a political agreement on Cyprus
    • Reinstate special envoy for the Americas
    • Double the Peace Corps
    • Seek independent watchdog agency to investigate congressional ethics violations
    • Create a public “Contracts and Influence” database
    • Expose Special Interest Tax Breaks to Public Scrutiny
    • Allow five days of public comment before signing bills
    • Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials
    • Double funding for afterschool programs
    • Expand the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity
    • Urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws
    • Support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
    • Sign the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act into law
    • Allow bankruptcy judges to modify terms of a home mortgage
    • Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour
    • Restore Superfund program so that polluters pay for clean-ups
    • Support tax deduction for artists
    • Re-establish the National Aeronautics and Space Council
    • Support human mission to moon by 2020
    • Pay for the national service plan without increasing the deficit
    • Reduce the number of middle managers in the federal workforce
    • Strengthen the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Limit term of director of national intelligence
    • Give annual “State of the World” address
    • Reduce earmarks to 1994 levels
    • Work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers
    • Establish a low carbon fuel standard
    • Enact windfall profits tax for oil companies
    • Create cap and trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming
    • Use revenue from cap and trade to support clean energy and environmental restoration
    • Require plug-in fleet at the White House
    • Require new federal fleet purchases to be half plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles
    • Require more flex-fuel cars for the federal government
    • Double federal program to help “reverse” commuters who go from city to suburbs
    • Require energy conservation in use of transportation dollars
    • Provide an annual report on “state of our energy future”
    • Devote federal resources to promote cellulosic ethanol
    • Sign the Freedom of Choice Act
    • Allow penalty-free hardship withdrawals from retirement accounts in 2008 and 2009
    • Give the White House’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Board subpoena power
    • Recognize the Armenian genocide
    • No family making less than $250,000 will see “any form of tax increase.”
    • Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN
    • Create a public option health plan for a new National Health Insurance Exchange.
    • Cut the cost of a typical family’s health insurance premium by up to $2,500 a year
    • Bring Democrats and Republicans together to pass an agenda
    • Introduce a comprehensive immigration bill in the first year

    That’s a lot of broken promises!

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Why Romney Sucks

October 1st, 2012

Romney's Magic WedgieMitt Romney is the turd sandwich challenging the giant douche called Obama for the presidency of the United States. Let’s look at the reasons why Mr. Mitt Romney sucks.

Why Romney Sucks

  1. Romney supports a regressive federal tax code, meaning he wants the rich to pay less as a percentage of income than the rest of America. Not just a little less, but a lot less: Even though the wealthy already pay less in taxes than regular Americans, Romney openly wants to make Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy (those making more than $250,000) permanent — making a regressive tax code even more regressive. This fits Romney’s sucky M.O. as governor of Mass, where he increased the tax burden by $1,200 per person but at the same time demanded $75 million in tax breaks for the 278 wealthiest citizens.
  2. Romney seems hypocritical on healthcare by promising to repeal the new federal health care program even though it is based on the legislation he enacted in Massachusetts.
  3. Homophobe or theocrat? Romney opposes gay marriage. He even wants it banned via the constitution. This also seems hypocritical when considering his pandering about leaving it to the states to decide when it comes to other wedge issues like abortion.
  4. Speaking of which, Romney flip-flopped on abortion. Romney explicitly supported abortion rights in 1994, but changed his position in 2005 while preparing to run for president.
  5. He’s a Mormon, and he is part of the LDS church which openly denied preisthood to black people until 1978 and practiced polygamy until 1890 and is still accused of racism, homophobia and sexism to this day. Perhaps most importantly of all, Romney wears magic underpants. We are all for religious freedom and tolerance, but when it comes to the leader figurehead of the free enslaved world, we think a little less crazy would be kinda nice.
  6. While the Governor of Massachusetts, Romney drastically and repeatedly increased fees on gasoline, gun licenses, marriage licenses, and driver’s licenses which had a disproportionate impact on people with lower incomes.
  7. Romney wants sex education to be abstinence-only — even though the evidence clearly shows that abstinence-only education is utterly ineffective if not counter-productive at preventing frequency of teen sex, teen pregnancy and STDs, whereas comprehensive sex education actually does prevent pregnancy and STDs (Source 1; source 2). Even no sex education at all leads to better results in terms of teen pregnancy and STDs than abstinence-only education, whereas abstinence-only education does NOT increase abstinence even though it does increase pregnancy and STDs.
  8. Romney demonstrating his suckiness in his own words: “It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.”
  9. Romney opposes legalizing marijuana, even just for medicinal purposes. Considering some of the lip-service Romney pays to the idea of lowering government spending, this also makes him arguably a hypocrite since it costs billions if not hundreds of billions per year to chase down and imprison non-violent marijuana users, and considering he supports the legal usage of heroine-like drugs for pain management.
  10. Romney despises 47% of Americans based on falsehoods. In his own words:

    “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax… [M]y job is is not to worry about those people.”

    Incidentally, as pointed out with this same link earlier, the bottom 47% pay more in taxes to the federal government than rich people like Romney, namely precisely because of the contributions typical Americans make to the special funds like medicare that literally do entitle them legally to things like health care, disability pay and retirement.

  11. Romney only paid an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent for his 2011 taxes and 13.9 percent for his 2010 taxes, way less than the 47% of Americans he secretly blasted. Worse yet, Romney would have paid even less taxes, but chose not to claim certain deductions to conform to his earlier would-have-been lie that he pays at least 13% every year. Still, 13% is less than most working Americans pay on just Social Security and Medicare (which as we saw above, Romney ridicules them for thinking they are entitled to be paid back when they get sick or old.) An American making less than a 6-figure income right now is being charged over 15% taxes just for social security and medicare on that income, plus an additional 10% to 35% on any taxable income leftover, making the typical American pay way more than out-of-touch, massively rich people like Romney. No wonder Romney was so hesitant to release his tax returns.
  12. Under Romney’s sucky watch, Massachusetts sank from 36th to 47th in job creation — third from last. The unemployment rate in the Bay State sank to above the national average to below while Romney was in office.
  13. Romney left behind a $1 billion deficit in Massachusetts, and increased Massachusetts total long-term debt by 2.6 billion. He increased spending by 6.5% each year, increasing government jobs at 6 times the rate of private sector jobs.
  14. Romney seems to be pandering to racists. Romney spent millions on a campaign ad that makes false claims about a made-up welfare policy it falsely claims is Obama’s, which many analysts believe is being used as a call to rally up racists, who would presumably be the only ones encouraged by such a clearly false and politically irrelevant ad.
  15. Anti-science conspiracy theorist? Romney does not believe in global warming despite the fact that there is clear scientific consensus. Also, his policies follow suit: Romney opposes EPA regulation of greenhouse gases.
  16. Presidential Suckoff 2012 – Who Sucks More?

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