Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tip of the Hat / Idiot's Delight

In an effort to conserve precious time and space on what has become a pretty busy and crowded month, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and combine two of my favorite features.  Normally these two segments don't share anything in common other than this blog, but this time around they segue perfectly.  You'll understand as you read on.


TIP OF THE HAT:

Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama on CBS This Morning:

"I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012 and I'll be voting for he and for Vice President Joe Biden next month.  

"When he took over, the country was in very very difficult straits. We were in the one of the worst recessions we had seen in recent times, close to a depression. The fiscal system was collapsing. Wall Street was in chaos, we had 800,000 jobs lost in that first month of the Obama administration and unemployment peaked a few months later at 10 percent. So we were in real trouble. The auto industry was collapsing, the housing was starting to collapse and we were in very difficult straits. And I saw over the next several years, stabilization come back in the financial community, housing is now starting to pick up after four years, it's starting to pick up. Consumer confidence is rising.

"Generally we've come out of the dive and we're starting to gain altitude.  The unemployment rate is too high, people are still hurting in housing but I see that we're starting to rise up.

"I saw the President get us out of one war, start to get us out of a second war and did not get us into any new wars. And finally I think that the actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very very solid. And so, I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on.

"The Governor who was saying things at the debate on Monday night ... was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier. I'm not quite sure which Governor Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.  One day he has a certain strong view about staying in Afghanistan but then on Monday night he agrees with the withdrawal, same thing in Iraq. On almost every issue that was discussed on Monday night, Governor Romney agreed with the President with some nuances. But this is quite a different set of foreign policy views than he had earlier in the campaign. And my concern ... is that sometimes I don't sense that he has thought through these issues as thoroughly as he should have.

"As I listen to what his proposals are especially with respect to dealing with respect to our most significant issue, the economy, it's essentially let's cut taxes and compensate for that with other things but that compensation does not cover all of the cuts intended or the new expenses associated with defense.

"The major problem faced either by Governor Romney or President Obama, whoever wins the election, is going to be what to do about the fiscal cliff we're about to fly over. This is something that was put in place by Congress and while we're talking about the two candidates for president let's not forget that Congress bears a lot of responsibility for many of the problems that we have now. They're the ones that write the appropriations bills. They're the ones that pass the legislation for more spending and for the various entitlement programs that people have trouble with."


IDIOT'S DELIGHT:

John Sununu's Reaction to Colin Powell's Endorsement of Barack Obama on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight:

Sununu: Well, I'm not sure how important that is. I do like the fact that Colin Powell's boss, George Herbert Walker Bush, has endorsed Mitt Romney all along. And frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.

Morgan:
What reason would that be?

Sununu:
Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.

Yep, there you have it: a man of conviction and a man convicted.  One man thoughtfully chose his words; the other played the race card.  One man is a patriot; the other an idiot.


Links: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sununu-dismisses-powell-obama-endorsement-race-based-article-1.1192868

http://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-news/releases/view?id=33401


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