Info Highway: July 23rd 2012

Button_Newsboy-Extra_animatedBoth Romney and Obama have been spending record amounts in the presidential campaign. The high cost has been largely due to an agenda of sifting out dirt to find on each other and negative campaign ads for the presidential as well as other election candidates throughout the nation. I change channels when I see campaign ads. First, they are not informative from whichever side of the political aisle they come from, and secondly, they usually insult my intelligence. If enough Americans switch channel and start ignoring the costly propaganda advertisements, maybe it will lead to reform in the atmosphere of election campaigns. As far as the media, well it will take a great effort to reform those entities. They may start by insisting that journalist and media colleges and schools start teaching ethics in broadcasting and news reporting – what the media is for: objective and informative (with truth) and leaving opinions and conjecture to the op-ed reports and programs.


In addition, start firing TV hosts that are verbally abusive and profane, who think it is entertaining to defame a person even based upon no facts.

We accept the negative ads, name-calling and lies as part of the way the political game is played, then we sit back and gripe about how our politics have gone into the dumpster. But we can’t have it both ways. It’s like going to the Indianapolis 500 hoping to see the accidents — and then complaining about the accidents. It’s like going to a cage fight — and complaining about the violence. Today we no longer have political ads that tell the truth about a candidate or the issues. We have negative ads that spin, distort and take words out of context. … The politicians are giving us exactly what we want. If we really want more truth in politics, if we really want less negativity and fewer lies, we have to make it clear to the politicians that we no longer want to watch their grubby cage fight. Until we do, we’ll be fed the same old dirt.
Michael Reagan

But that is not what the gist of this article is about, so I move from this digression …
The Obama campaign is spending more heavily than ever before and it is all about making Romney look evil. While this is going on, Democrats are worrying about the cost overrun by the Obama crowd. Reportedly, they are starting to run in the red – more spending than donations and funding received; which means that Obama and company are doing what they have done to the national debt and the economics of this country in his term of office.
In the final stretch to get votes for reelection, Obama campaigners are going to have make serious choices in cutting costs, as Peter Nicholas and Danny Yadronreported at Wall Street Journal. See also, NewsMaxreport on this subject of campaign spending. To date, Obama has spent more than $25 million just on payroll for campaigning. It spent $38.2 million on media last month, which brings the total to $72 million, as the Wall Street Journal reported.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s approval rating just registered 46.8%, which the Gallup polling seems to give a higher rating than what other polls have given him. Yet it is one of the lowest since 1945. The historical average is 54% and Obama ranks in the 32ndpercentile range according to NewsMax.
More disturbing news about the Obama administration, NewsMaxreports:
The Democratic leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Monday that the White House appears to be responsible for some leaks of classified information. “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a World Affairs Council forum. The California lawmaker said she was certain that President Barack Obama, who receives a daily intelligence briefing, isn’t disclosing secret information, but she was uncertain about others at the White House. . . . Attorney General Eric Holder [“Fast & Furious] has appointed two attorneys to lead the investigation into who leaked information about U.S. involvement in cyber attacks on Iran and about an al-Qaida plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.
Once again this is testament to my cause: all candidates running for federal offices and Cabinet members, as well as heads of agencies and departments MUST undergo a thorough FBI background check like anyone would whose job is to handle sensitive documents. It is remarkable that Feinstein is blowing the whistle because of her enthusiastic loyalty to Barack Obama. But she did say she doubted it was the president, but instead someone within White House staff, those who have access.
In unrelated news . . .
Blaming the Colorado horror on firearms and stating it is a reason for gun control or ban is like doing the same for GM when an auto is used in a crime or is the inanimate object that causes death and injury.
Arnold Ahlert, columnist concerning movie theater massacre …

It didn’t take long. Despite 12 dead and [58] injured, reckless media were looking to exploit the rampage perpetrated by alleged killer, James Holmes, as quickly as possible. ABC News reporter Brian Ross led the despicable charge, immediately attempting to politicize the issue. ‘There’s a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it’s Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado,’ Ross irresponsibly told Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos. Yet within hours, the network was forced to make a retraction. … MSNBC used the tragedy to slam the National Rifle Association (NRA), while a blogger at the Daily Kos website blames America in general, contending that real problem ‘is getting past the mental and emotional resistance of those who continue to believe that we’re the best country in the world, the best culture ever produced by human beings, and the best everything else.’ … Rush Limbaugh was blamed for the atrocity because he reviewed ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ the movie playing in the theater at the time, and noted that the name of the lead villain, Bane, was a homonym for Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, and that it was no accident. … The essence of senseless tragedies such as this one is just that: utter senselessness. And that is exactly why irresponsible speculation, armchair psychology, and attempts to politically exploit them are so despicable. Yet the nonsense continues, led by the Associated Press, which compiled a list — of more possible parallels between the massacre in Aurora and the Batman comic book character. Perhaps, much like the current bleating for more gun control, such ‘insight’ will lead to calls for more comic book or movie controls as well.

And Mona Charen wrote my thoughts concerning Colorado massacre – I feel rage about this atrocity and wish there were concealed carry citizens in that theater. . . .

The responses of both presidential candidates to the horror in Colorado feel weak to me. They are characteristic of our culture, which treats each of these grotesque acts of mass killing as ‘tragedies.’ The proper response to such an atrocity is rage. It wouldn’t be out of place for the president and the man who hopes to replace him to refer to the shooter as a ‘monster.’ We don’t do that. Instead, we focus on ‘healing.’ We’ve become excellently behaved victims.

Did you ever wonder why people are far more likely to become conservative in their views and values as they get older? When this rather devastating question is posed to liberals, leftists, progressives, Democrats — you choose the label or group — they answer that people get more selfish as they get older. … People get worse as they get older? If you were walking in a dark alley at midnight, which would you fear more — a group of teenagers or twenty-somethings or a group of senior citizens? Do older people or younger people give more of their time to charitable institutions? Are our prisons filled with young people or old people? The fact is that not only do people get more wise and more conservative as they get older, they get more kind and more generous, too. … If anything, we older people yearn for a peaceful world even more than young people do. We are the ones who lost friends or relatives in some war. We are the ones who have lived a lifetime of seeing and reading about human suffering. And, we, not you, have children and grandchildren whom we ache to see alive and healthy. … What the term ‘more idealistic’ really means when applied to young people is that young people are more naive, not more idealistic, than older people. … We are seduced by policies based on the awesome American value of individual initiative combined with liberty to create and retain wealth. It’s now called conservatism.
Dennis Prager
– radio-talk-show host
It doesn’t require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the deed or the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? Such machinery already exists.Ronald Reagan

And Obama believes that government is what makes business successful, as he recently expressed. Keep talking … right out of the White House. Romney needn’t spend on negative ads, Obama is going to cut his own throat because of his narcissism, socialist platform/rhetoric, and his pompous attitude towards Rule of Law and ethic-values. That is only if the American society, majority of voters, are not as morally bankrupt as he is.