Friday Potpourri: Mittâ€™s In EditionBy: Jeff Spector
So it appears that the United States will have its first real Mormon Presidential candidate that has a chance of winning the Presidency in Mitt Romney as Rick Santorum drops out of the race to â€śspend more time with his familyâ€ť and, of course, avoid a second embarrassing defeat in his home state of Pennsylvania. Â There is no question that Rick is a family man and his little girl was recently hospitalized again. Rick stayed off the campaign trail to be at her side.
None of which would be possible without the solid gold healthcare plan he has from his time serving in Congress and the Senate, which is helping keep his daughter alive beyond the life expectancy of most children with her Trisomy 18 condition. I hope that she has a long and healthy life made possible by the US taxpayer, a benefit Rick would deny other parents in the same situation. But that is another story.
Back to Mitt. Mitt now has the problem of appealing to the middle of the road and independent voters who are actually going to decide this election. Having painted himself into the most right wing corner of the room will make it difficult for him, given his reputation as the flip-flopping, etch-a-sketch candidate. The improving economy, as tenuous as it is, also doesnâ€™t help.
Luckily, he has his wife, Ann, who is much more appealing to most people except for:
Hilary Rosenâ€™s All Day Meal of Foot
Democratic strategist and former head of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Hilary Rosen stepped in it big time over the past two days for a comment made on CNN Wednesday night. You can find it here. But this was the line that got her in trouble:
â€śAnn Romney never worked a day in her life.â€ť
Now, the context was that Mitt Romney refers to his wife, Ann, as knowing the problems that working women have and that she knows that there main concern is the economy. Rosen was trying to attack Romney for saying this since Ann has always been a rich stay-at-home Mom and how can she really know anything about what real people struggle with on a daily basis.
Rosen got it wrong on some many levels she was roundly attacked from all sides, even from her own including President Obama that she finally had to retreat to an apology on Thursday afternoon. Especially if she wanted to work for the Democratic Party again. At this point, neither party wants to be even remotely seen as hostile to women of any kind, even though that has already been a hot topic recently. Rosen also has a problem because she is the person who went after single Moms, teenagers and poor people with lawsuits on music downloading when she was the head of RIAA. So she has no room to talk about being disengaged from the real world.
As Mormons we know a few things. Raising a large family is hard work. Raising kids while having to work is hard work and just having to work can be hard work. Women talk to each other and I think that Ann is a nice person and it would be natural for women on the campaign trail to confide in her about their situation. She is obviously a smart woman so she can be a voice for these women to her husband and the campaign. That is primarily where Rosen got it wrong. Just like the:
Arrest made in the Trayvon Martin Case is for Political Reasons
Well, the shoe has dropped and George Zimmerman has been arrested in the killing of Trayvon martin. This should have happened a long time ago but apparently the Sanford Florida Police Department took the initial evidence strictly at face value and decided this was a justified â€śStand your groundâ€ť killing.Â The political pressure put on State Prosecutor Angela Corey to bring charges was huge and anything less would have potentially been disastrous.
Now the whole thing can play out where it belongs in the court of law and the professional attention seekers can go home.Â I donâ€™t know at this point whether this is a racial incident or not, but those that make their money off of making things racial sure had their day in the sun on this one.
One interesting note is that Trayvonâ€™s Mom Sybrina Fulton, a very gracious lady under these extreme conditions made an interesting statement that she thought the killing was accidental. I assume she means that George Zimmerman didnâ€™t intend to kill her son and that it just happened as a result of the circumstances. But, as with many statements made these days, it was quickly retracted and then later on Thursday, Fulton released a statement to MSNBC saying,Â ”in NO way did I mean the shooting was an accident.”Â I am sure her â€śadvisorsâ€ť made that move for her.
Bill Cosby also made an interesting statement having to do with George Zimmerman carrying a gun. He said, “Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself,” Cosby added. â€ťThe power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations. Â ”When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody.” (ABC News)
However this situation plays out, someone will not be happy. It appears that a crime was committed, but that will be for a jury to ultimately decide. But if you want to talk criminal, here is the:
The GSA robs taxpayers while having a good time!
The General Service Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks. Well, these folks, charged with reducing cost have been living high off the hog at Taxpayer expense. I am sure youâ€™ve heard about the $800K party they held in Las Vegas, but that really only scratches the surface.
While this happened on Obamaâ€™s watch, there is apparently a long standing sense of entitlement matched only by our politicians and corporate executives. The agency routinely spent millions of dollars on lavish affairs and conferences under the guise of â€śsharing best practices on saving government money.â€ť Yeah, right.
In addition to dinners and conferences, they reward themselves with electronics such as iPODs, iPADs, smartphones, etc. They devised a policy which allowed them to hold a government-paid dinner to dish out awards to each other like the â€śJackassâ€ť Award. In other situation, they paid over $300,000 to relocate an employee to Hawaii from Denver. Other reports uncovers millions spent on relocations.
As a result, the GSA administrator has had to quit as well as a number of other executives. Members of Congress are rightly outraged, but cautioned not to look too hard in the mirror.