[Note from the Staff of VFTB: We proofread Tim Jones’ rant below about why he’s switching his vote from Obama to Romney. We uncovered a few minor errors in his analysis and felt compelled to insert corrections as needed. – the Staff]
I’ve been a lifelong Democrat ever since my grandmother was five years old. I can still remember the very first vote I cast for president – for Millard Fillmore (I just liked the way his name sounded). I later found out he wasn’t actually on the ballot when I first voted in 1976.
In 2008, I voted for Barack Obama. Like millions of Americans, I was inspired by his vision of Hoes in Chains, or whatever his slogan was. But when I look back on the past four years, it’s clear that Obama is not up to the task of leading our nation for another four years. Let’s look at his track record:
Obamacare: This monstrous piece of healthcare legislation will raise every American’s health insurance rates through the roof. Americans don’t want it and don’t need it. Besides, I feel healthy as a horse. [Staff correction: Under Obamacare, health insurance premiums have risen at their smallest rate (4%) of the past 40 years. Roughly 32 million previously uninsured Americans will be eligible for coverage. You can’t be turned down for a pre-existing condition, and insurance companies can’t drop you when you get sick. And Tim, you should have that mole checked out.]
Unemployment and the economy: Since Obama took office, the economy has fallen off a cliff. Unemployment soared to more than 9% nationwide. He has failed to pass meaningful jobs legislation. Worst of all, he’s refused to return my calls inquiring about that Secretary of Commerce job opening. [Staff: Actually, the nation’s economy is turning around, albeit slowly. The nation has recorded 31 consecutive months of job growth and over 4 million new private sector jobs. The stock market has doubled in value since its low point in 2009. And in September, 2012, Senate Republicans blocked the passage of a bi-partisan jobs creation bill for veterans.]
The automotive bailout: Obama almost wrecked the U.S. automotive industry and crushed freedom in America by attempting a socialist government takeover of the U.S. auto industry. He should have let the Detroit car companies fail – or at the very least fired the car salesman who sold me that lemon of a Buick. [Staff: The auto bailout is estimated to have saved or added 1.45 million jobs. Unemployment in Michigan is at its lowest level in three years. General Motors is once again the largest car company in the world. At the time, Mitt Romney said he would have let the U.S. car companies go bankrupt.]
Out-of-control spending: Obama has expanded our government spending to levels never seen before. He has no fiscal responsibility whatsoever. And where the hell is my $50,000 stimulus check? [Staff: Actually, the Obama administration has shown the smallest spending increase of any administration since Eisenhower – just 1.4% growth compared to almost 8% under George Bush and almost 9% under Reagan in his first term.]
- Solving the European debt crisis
- Removing Iran, North Korea and Pakistan from the face of the Earth
- Landing a man on the sun
- Inventing a way to travel back in time and kill Hitler before he rises to power
- Turning water into wine and feeding five thousand with five loaves of bread
- Getting my daughter into Dartmouth on a full-ride scholarship
- Inducting Pete Rose into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Let’s face it. Obama has done none of these. [Staff: Technically, we can’t dispute this point.]
On Fox News, I recently learned Obama wants to turn our nation into a giant socialist commune in which nobody works and nobody pays taxes except oil companies. I saw a video in which Romney explained that 47% of Americans are lazy, irresponsible parasites who eat bonbons and feel entitled to lavish government handouts like food and clean water. [Staff: These lazy parasites include freeloaders like disabled Iraq war veterans, government-dependent leeches like fire fighters, policemen and teachers, and gravy train riders like retired senior citizens and displaced blue collar workers.]
But the straw that broke my camel’s back (yes, I own a camel – there’s a lot about me you don’t know) was a shocking, recently released photo (left) showing Obama attempting to fondle two defenseless, innocent young girls. [Staff: But aren’t those his ki – oh, forget it.]
That’s why I’m voting for Mitt Romney. Okay, so maybe he flip flopped once or twice on a couple of minor topics [Staff: Like healthcare, the 2008 economic stimulus, immigration reform, abortion rights, the automotive bailout, global warming, banning assault weapons…– abridged due to space limitations].
Maybe Mitt hasn’t gotten around to revealing any specifics about his plans to reduce the debt. He’s a very busy man. Don’t rush him. And I’m sure the only reason he’s not released his tax returns is because he doesn’t like to flaunt his business success. He’s a modest man. Thanks to Mitt, I now know that almost half of Americans are ungrateful moochers who want to eat my hard-earned food and sleep on my porch. (He pretty much described my entire family on my mother’s side).
We could do a lot worse than elect Mitt Romney for president. If you don’t believe me, I have two words for you: Martin Van Buren. [Staff: Counting is not Tim’s strong suit.]
So I’ve decided to back Willard Mitt Romney for president – mainly because I just like way his name sounds. And I’ll be casting my vote for Mitt on Election Day this coming November 11. [Staff: November 11? Should we tell him? Nah.]
That’s the view from the bleachers. Perhaps I’m off base. God Bless America.
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© Tim Jones, View from the Bleachers 2012