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Mark Steyn: 2012 Election Is The Last Exit Ramp Before The Death Spiral
Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 10, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 08/10/2012 4:54:41 PM PDT by Zakeet

The other day, I passed a Republican Party county office here in my home state, its window attractively emblazoned with placards declaring "Believe in America. Romney 2012" and "New Hampshire Believes. Romney 2012." There's not a lot of evidence for the latter proposition, but I'm certainly willing to believe that Romney believes that New Hampshire believes.

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If it were up to me, the {Romney's] campaign slogan would be "You're screwed, losers. Steyn 2012" — or, after yielding to the consultants' internals showing that moderates want something more sunny and upbeat, maybe "Get real, you chumps. Steyn 2012." That's the reason I'm not running. Well, that and the Hawaiian birth certificate.

I wouldn't claim to know what America believes or even what "New Hampshire Believes," but this is what I believe — that another four years of the present statist ascendancy will seal America's fate.

As noted here previously, the International Monetary Fund predicts that China will become the world's dominant economic power by 2016. So the guy elected in November will be the first president since Grover Cleveland to know what it feels like to be the global also-ran.

Even this, however, understates the size of catastrophe the United States faces. There are no precedents in history for a great power spending itself to death on the scale America is doing. President Obama has added $5 trillion to the national debt, and has nothing to show for it. Do you know how difficult that is to do?

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012election; 2012issues; romney; slogan; steyn
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Steyn's at his best in this one!

1 posted on 08/10/2012 4:54:51 PM PDT by Zakeet
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Classic Steyn:

In the last three years, he has "created" 2.6 million new jobs — a number that does not even keep up with the number of (legal) immigrants who arrive each month. Obama does not "create" jobs, he creates disabled people: in the same period as 2.6 million Americans signed on with new employers, 3.1 million signed on at the Social Security Disability Office.

Obama is the first president in history to create more disabled people than workers. He is the biggest creator of disabled people on the planet. He has disabled more people than the Japanese tsunami. More Americans have been disabled by Obama than have been given cancer by Mitt Romney. "Ask yourself, 'Are you more disabled now than you were four years ago?' Obama 2012." Followed by the wheelchair logo with the Obama "O" where the wheel should be. In the Democrats' Dependistan, the wheelchair ramp is downhill all the way.

Don't you just live the Mark Steyn? And don't you wish you could rip the Wee Wee just one tenth as well as this guy?
2 posted on 08/10/2012 5:01:21 PM PDT by Zakeet (If you don't like abortions, don't get one. If I don't like guns, we should ban them.)
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To: Zakeet
2012 1992 is was the last exit ramp before the downward spiral.
3 posted on 08/10/2012 5:01:59 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Zakeet
President Obama has added $5 trillion to the national debt, and has nothing to show for it.

Obama has A LOT to show for it. He's been able to buy the complacency of America. We know something is wrong, but the checks keep coming, so America is not worrying too much.

4 posted on 08/10/2012 5:04:09 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Zakeet

Thanks Zakeet. That out-take was killer. He nailed him.


5 posted on 08/10/2012 5:04:20 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Zakeet

btt


6 posted on 08/10/2012 5:05:41 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: PGR88

On top of that Obama has avoided so much blame that there are actually some freepers willing to sit this one out.


7 posted on 08/10/2012 5:05:44 PM PDT by tatown ( FUMD, FUAC, and FUGB)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yep.

Electing Romney will just slow it down a bit.

I always say: It doesn’t matter if Thelma is driving the T-Bird at 80 MPH, or Louise is driving it at 100, the car is still going over the cliff.


8 posted on 08/10/2012 5:07:15 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: tatown

Unbelievable isn’t it?


9 posted on 08/10/2012 5:07:27 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Sure is....


10 posted on 08/10/2012 5:09:15 PM PDT by tatown ( FUMD, FUAC, and FUGB)
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To: Zakeet

“Get real, you chumps. Steyn 2012.”

That be funny. I don’t care who you are!


11 posted on 08/10/2012 5:11:54 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Zakeet
"President Obama has added $5 trillion to the national debt, and has nothing to show for it. Do you know how difficult that is to do?

Apparently, not very hard, it happened in less than 3 years.

12 posted on 08/10/2012 5:12:59 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Zakeet

Funny but it misses the point: how do you deal with a debt that exceeds the net wealth of the average American?

Answer: you don’t because you can’t.

We’re well into the spiral. That may be why the gop isn’t making much of an effort. They don’t want to be as associated with it.


13 posted on 08/10/2012 5:14:32 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Romney/Pelosi 2012- the Spirit of Bipartisanship!)
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To: Zakeet

Steyn is, as usual, right on the mark!!! I agree 100%!!! Now....I know Romney is really McCain repeated, a weak sister that does not fight for neither his political life, his dignity, his reputation, and his country. He’d rather be a nice guy, shoved around like a paper doll or tiger by the Obama dirt bags!!! Problem is: He is all we have!!!

So......this weekend, as he travels through the so-called toss up states in his campaign tour bus, I ask, I request, I implore, I beg for thousands of America patriots and lovers to turn out publicly, show up at his stops and rallies and cheer him on.

The visual impact of large, motivated, excited, supportive crowds is impressive and meaningful in TV land, plus.....you can coax Romney to courage by your presence and words to stick it back to the Obamabots. I know all of you get it. Thanks!!! We must win this one. Romney is not at stake, our great, magnificent, free country is!!!


14 posted on 08/10/2012 5:14:39 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Zakeet
"Ask yourself, 'Are you more disabled now than you were four years ago?' Obama 2012." Followed by the wheelchair logo with the Obama "O" where the wheel should be.

Clear, concise, and to the point.

15 posted on 08/10/2012 5:16:06 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: Zakeet

Steyn makes me so jealous I could spit.
I wish I could write only 1% as good as he does.


16 posted on 08/10/2012 5:17:03 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Zakeet
America's been taken over -- and Obama isn't the beginning of it, he's the culmination.

If anything is going to improve, it needs to be taken back. It will be long, hard row to hoe.

17 posted on 08/10/2012 5:17:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (At what point does an escalated effort to remove this traitor commence, and what form does it take?)
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To: Zakeet

If not the last exit, at least it amounts to a rest area. Demographics will eventually doom America, but a Romney victory and GOP majorities in the House and Senate would at least slow the dying process long enough to allow people time to prepare for it.


18 posted on 08/10/2012 5:20:05 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: Zakeet

Maybe the milquetoast pantywaist candy-assed soft-focus “Believe in America” shtick will prove sufficient under a relentless barrage of nakedly thuggish attack ads designed to Barry Goldwater the guy.


19 posted on 08/10/2012 5:20:14 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. - F.Cardinal George)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I’ve had that same thought. Who would even want to tackle this mess? Things are such a mess, you’re chances of turning it around in 4 or even 8 years would be slim but your chances of being forever associated with decline are damn near 100%.


20 posted on 08/10/2012 5:21:20 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Zakeet

bfl


21 posted on 08/10/2012 5:22:49 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: DoughtyOne

Sadly you’re quite correct.


22 posted on 08/10/2012 5:24:23 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: ScottinVA

Honestly, why do demographic changes have to necessarily doom America? As the white vote gets smaller on a percentage basis, the democrats have shown that they are getting a smaller percentage of it as well. If the dems lose any percentage of the hispanic or black vote than they got in 2008, they lose.

For all the talk of demographics and the fatalistic view that we are ‘doomed’ one just has to look back at the 2010 midterms which paint a more optimistic picture. Where am I wrong on this??


23 posted on 08/10/2012 5:26:20 PM PDT by tatown ( FUMD, FUAC, and FUGB)
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To: LegendHasIt

Yep, you’ve nailed it. Couldn’t agree more.


24 posted on 08/10/2012 5:28:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Lurker

Yeah, there are times when it’s a real pain to be right.


25 posted on 08/10/2012 5:32:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Zakeet

BUMP!


26 posted on 08/10/2012 5:32:40 PM PDT by badgerlandjim (Helen Thomas - the older, smarter, prettier version of HRC.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Conservatives are all about substance... if you want thousands of people to show up and rally for you... YOU must give them a reason. ABO is not a reason... it may be a justification for voting for mitt but it is not going to motivate anyone to rally in the thousands.

Motivation requires respect... and respect is earned... not given.

LLS

27 posted on 08/10/2012 5:34:39 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Zakeet
"...but this is what I believe — that another four years of the present statist ascendancy will seal America's fate."

Not if our bond collapse and debt repudiation ("haircuts") come first. Can't have big government without sustainable and valuable revenues from big manufacturing. Become more self-sufficient. Starve the B.


28 posted on 08/10/2012 5:38:39 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: tatown

The mid-term electorate tends to be a smaller, more energized, more ideological slice of the population. In Presidential election years, the electorate is the whole enchilada.. more minorities and more people who aren`t otherwise involved.


29 posted on 08/10/2012 5:39:23 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: DoughtyOne
2012 1992 is was the last exit ramp before the downward spiral.

In which case, I confess to being "guilty". It was I who voted for Ross Perot..."to send them a message".

30 posted on 08/10/2012 5:41:07 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE002)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Here in VA willard will be mobbed by 10s of his supporters.

I’ve never seen an election like this. The ads on TV and radio are nonstop. And no one seems to care.


31 posted on 08/10/2012 5:41:27 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Romney/Pelosi 2012- the Spirit of Bipartisanship!)
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To: Zakeet

MARK STEYN FOR PRESIDENT!


32 posted on 08/10/2012 5:43:36 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: Zakeet

I doff my hat to MS. How he continually turns such phrases eludes me. Superb!


33 posted on 08/10/2012 5:44:03 PM PDT by pingman ("Human history seems logical in afterthought, but a mystery in forethought." (Strauss & Howe))
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
So......this weekend, as he travels through the so-called toss up states in his campaign tour bus, I ask, I request, I implore, I beg for thousands of America patriots and lovers to turn out publicly, show up at his stops and rallies and cheer him on.

And shout, at the top of our lungs, "Defend Youself! Defend The Country. Defend US, Dammit!".

34 posted on 08/10/2012 5:44:38 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE002)
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To: okie01
It was I who voted for Ross Perot..."to send them a message".

I've voted in 10 Presidential elections.Haven't missed a single one for which I was legally eligible and I'm proud to say that every candidate for whom I voted got at least 100 Electoral votes.And I don't intend to break that streak this November.

35 posted on 08/10/2012 5:52:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I agree with you and I intend to support Romney as actively as I possibly can.

One thing about him, he does fix things. I think that should be his slogan: Mitt fixes things.

I don’t know if he can fix the mess we are in, but I was horrified to read that our national debt is a million dollars per family. That’s terrifying.

Somebody needs to at least start really try to fix it. Guaranteed Obama 2.0 will only make it worse.


36 posted on 08/10/2012 5:53:39 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: tatown
On top of that Obama has avoided so much blame that there are actually some freepers willing to sit this one out.

It's not about blame, its about "principles". I was in that camp earlier this year until I realized that sometimes it really is better to vote for the lesser of two evils.

I think we can control Romney down ticket, but we will never control Obama down-ticket because he does not care at all about the rule of law.

37 posted on 08/10/2012 5:54:20 PM PDT by KittenClaws
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To: okie01

Once he withdrew and then came back in, I dismissed him.

Remember what he said about what the FRee Traitors were trying to push though?

It took a little time, but that sucking sound came and went.

Look what’s left. IMO, he sure nailed that one.

If he hadn’t pulled out, I may very well may have voted for him. I was seriously considering it.


38 posted on 08/10/2012 5:56:46 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Zakeet

“I support Romney, and I’m not rattled by a bad week’s polls. But I am bothered that Romney’s insipid message does not rise to the challenge this nation faces. Maybe the milquetoast pantywaist candy-assed soft-focus “Believe in America” shtick will prove sufficient under a relentless barrage of nakedly thuggish attack ads designed to Barry Goldwater the guy. But John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, thinks not:

“This is a race he should be able to win,” he wrote, “so if he loses, it won’t be because Obama won it. It will be because he lost it.”

Just so. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. The hour is late, and the man needs to get in the game.”

Devastating.
But correct.


39 posted on 08/10/2012 6:02:46 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: okie01; DoughtyOne
In which case, I confess to being "guilty". It was I who voted for Ross Perot..."to send them a message".

We see how that worked out, right? I'm not being confrontational - I am guilty as well.

I'm voting for Romney, I'm saving my "message" my "principles" this go-round to try and get this country back on track.

I know RomneyCare, all that stuff..but its well beyond that now, this is our Country. Regardless of the social messages and disagreements, I do not believe Romney hates this country. I believe that Obama does, though - and I'm voting against him.

It is time to ignore the social issues and just get the kenyan OUT!

We'll deal with the social issues after the election.

40 posted on 08/10/2012 6:04:12 PM PDT by KittenClaws
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To: Zakeet

“There are no precedents in history for a great power spending itself to death on the scale America is doing”

That’s why they’re going for the Extortion-Racket, with HillaryRomney Extortion-Care.


41 posted on 08/10/2012 6:06:58 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: Lorianne

And Obama has spent the last 3 years wearing out the “it’s the last guys fault” line that when it’s true it will hold no value.


42 posted on 08/10/2012 6:08:24 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

“I’ve never seen an election like this. The ads on TV and radio are nonstop. And no one seems to care.”

Please read what I wrote in this post:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2909469/posts?page=46#46
Especially towards the end.


43 posted on 08/10/2012 6:17:09 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Lorianne
> I’ve had that same thought. Who would even want to tackle this mess?

Anyone who is deeply disturbed by the willful destruction of their country for starters ....

44 posted on 08/10/2012 6:19:24 PM PDT by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: KittenClaws; okie01

I’m not faulting either of you. You did what you thought was right. At least you were thinking.

If you want to blame someone, blame the guy who ran one of the worst campaigns I’ve seen a politician run.

I’m convinced Bush either thought he couldn’t lose due to the successful Desert Storm, or he didn’t actually care if he won or lost.

I was left scratching my head for months that year, as Bush seemed to play rope-a-dope and allow Clinton’s people to pummel him without so much as a burp in response, and he didn’t go after Clinton on the obvious.


45 posted on 08/10/2012 6:20:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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To: Zakeet

“Believe in God, God Eternity”


46 posted on 08/10/2012 6:26:35 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

47 posted on 08/10/2012 6:31:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: DoughtyOne
I’m not faulting either of you. You did what you thought was right. At least you were thinking.

I was faulting myself. Yes, I did what I thought was right, at the time, even knowing that I was voting for a kook. But, upon reflection, I concluded that I had served no useful purpose and, in fact, contributed to a calamity and would never vote third party again.

The supreme test weas McCain. I passed. Just barely.

In contrast, voting for Romney is easy.

48 posted on 08/10/2012 6:39:05 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE002)
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To: Zakeet

You just, uh, “believe in America”, use guys, and everything will be copacetic!


49 posted on 08/10/2012 6:39:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: okie01

Only voted for Bush once. Did not vote for McCain. Am so far still determined not to vote for Romney.

I’ve had my fill of Leftists.

If the GOPe wants my vote, they can help get someone nominated that I can vote for.


50 posted on 08/10/2012 6:43:09 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Nope 2012)
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