Cal Thomas: Plenty of campaign distractions and diversions

There's another video, this one of Mitt Romney speaking to donors at a fundraiser in Boca Raton.

The video was reportedly "leaked" by James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. How appropriate. It apparently was saved for the most politically opportune moment and then published by the liberal Mother Jones Magazine in hopes of causing maximum damage to the Romney campaign. It's all part of the Democrats' attempt to distract attention from the president's failed record.

But the Obama campaign has had to deal with a "leak" of its own recently, namely the release of a 14-year-old audio recording of remarks supposedly made by then-Illinois State Sen. Obama at a conference in Chicago. "...I actually believe in redistribution," he said, "at least at a certain level, to make sure everybody's got a shot." Will this statement derail the president's re-election campaign?

Romney was correct when he told the donors, "Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income taxes." He was also right when he suggested that "...47 percent of the people ... will vote for the president no matter what" and that they "are dependent on government" and "believe that they are victims." Democrats are the party of government and the more people they addict to government the better for Democrats.

Romney refused to back down, but did admit his remarks had not been "elegantly stated." What he said was that a large number of people "...believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." Who could credibly say otherwise when all we hear about are entitlements?

What Romney might have said was, "My policies will help people get jobs and earn a decent wage while President Obama's policies will cause more people to rely on government than on themselves."

I wonder what's going on behind closed doors at the Obama campaign, that, if recorded and published in a conservative magazine, would cause political damage to the president's re-election prospects? But we don't have to go behind the scenes. There is plenty already in the public arena, much of it ignored by mainstream media.

Wall Street Journal columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote recently: " is the president of the United States — the same one who presented himself as the man who would transcend political partisanship because we were all Americans — who has for most of his term set about dividing the nation by class, by the stoking of resentments. Who mocks 'millionaires and billionaires.' Who regularly makes it clear that he considers himself the president of the other — the good — Americans. How's that for presidential tone?"

Will the same media that plays "gotcha" with Romney, advancing the viewpoint that he is incapable, or unwilling, to connect with "average" Americans, hold the president to the standards he set for himself? The president says he tried to "reach out" to Republicans, but they refused. What they refused to do was give in to big government and his tax-and-spend agenda. This is the way Democrats play the game: if you agree with them and compromise your principles, you are bipartisan. If you stick to your principles, you're a polarizer.

Do the promises Obama made four years ago still matter? They should, especially when he has failed to fulfill most of them. But don't look for the moderators of the upcoming debates to hold him accountable.

Perhaps Romney might reference Vice President Biden's recent remark. Romney, he said, "...thinks the middle class is $200,000 to $250,000. Whoa! Whoa! Don't you all wish you were in that middle class? Whoa!" But isn't that the middle-class threshold used by the president? Is Biden disparaging the middle class?

During the Oct. 3 presidential debate, Romney might also reference a comment the president made last February: "One of the proudest things in my three years in office is helping to restore a sense of respect for America around the world..."

In light of the uprisings that have included the burning of American flags in the Middle East and the murder of Americans in Libya, that's one more broken promise that can be added to a growing list.

With comments like these, there's no need to go behind closed doors. It's all out in the open.

Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist and author.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I have one question.....

Am I in the 47%???
Every time I trash talk a Republican, I get jumped on by the same people, I am now called names. Do you have any idea how much that hurts my feelings? Neither do I, now on to my question. Mitt Romney, has made a sweeping statement. He considers 47% of the population, to be to dependent on government help. People who don't pay federal income tax, people who are just plain dependent on help from the government, need to get off their duff and accept responsibility for them selves. He just assumes that everyone in my position, needs to take responsibility and get out and do something. I don't know what to do, I've already done that and I still can't work. What do I do now?
Yes I'm living on Social Security, by law that is not taxable income. I do get Medicare, and pay quite a bit for that, I was paying less for health insurance when I was working. I am fortunate, in that I took advantage of a very common perk a lot of larger companies offer, which a lot of people ignore. I received many shares of stock over the years. to be honest, I don't really know how much. All I do know is that any time anything is done with them, I pay taxes on any profits I make. I guess that doesn't count. I pay all my rent, and utilities, which by the way are also taxed. When I register my car, I'll be paying an excise tax. Oh and I can't forget about the new boat I just bought a couple of weeks ago, Sales tax registration fees, insurance, tax on the insurance. I pay a lot of taxes. Yet I'm told I still don't take responsibility for myself. Tell you what.. Next April first, I'll be doing the responsible thing. I just hope the motor starts on the first crank, oh, and by the way, I'll need to buy a fishing license. To be honest, at that point I'm not going to give a damn.........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Yes, I'm living on Social

"Yes, I'm living on Social Security, by law that is not taxable income."
If you earn a certain level of income beyond your Social Security it becomes taxable, thanks to our good friend, Slick Willy Clinton.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Thats why they invented accountants.....

I can't keep track of all that crap.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Some would say you're too

Some would say you're too busy counting money and playing with your stocks. 0O:-)

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I would rather play with the money...

Actually, most of my extra money is from not having to buy three packs of cigarettes a day for the past five years, that alone is ten times more dependable than the stock market. Not only that, the inside of my car smells better.............

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Smokers have no idea of the

Smokers have no idea of the money they're putting up in smoke. When I quit, a pack of Benson & Hedges 100's went for 69 cents a pack.

RONALD RIML's picture

How Odd.......

I pay income tax on my Social Security and Military Retirement.

Why does Weird Willard believe otherwise???

MARK GRAVEL's picture

For you I’ll make an

For you I’ll make an exception – more taxes for you.

RONALD RIML's picture

You are 'Exceptional'

They may even have a Special Tax Avoidance Olympics for you.........

Betty Davies's picture

I'm "addicted" to government.

Government by the people and for the people. In another year or so when I retire, my husband and I will be among the 47% who don't pay income tax--living on Social Security and his military pension after lifetimes of paid work. Just the sort of folks Romney despises.

Romney is addicted to destroying government and replacing it with rule by and for corporations.

That's anti-democracy and un-American.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Starbucks is a corporation.

Starbucks is a corporation. Do you hate them too?

Betty Davies's picture

Is your hope for America

... that it be ruled by corporations such as Starbucks? They do sell good coffee, but that's not all that high up on MY criteria for a democracy.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

My hope for America if for

My hope for America if for liberals to get their heads out of other peoples' back pockets, allow capitalism to function as it is supposed to, and let America's economy thrive once again. Take away American corporations' disencentives to investment and THEY will create the jobs necessary for a thriving economy, not the government.

Betty Davies's picture

How much more do you figure corporations want?

Millionaires and billionaires have had special tax breaks for nearly a decade. The sum of the *average* annual tax cuts delivered to households with incomes over $1 million in *each* of the last nine years exceeds $1.1 million. Yet they keep investing their money overseas (Romney is a stellar example) to make sure they avoid every possible tax.

Meanwhile, total corporate federal taxes paid fell to 12.1% of profits earned from activities within the U.S. in fiscal 2011, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That's the lowest level since at least 1972. And well below the 25.6% companies paid on average from 1987 to 2008.

Yet they have not bothered to create new jobs!

Indeed, more than two dozen major corporations have paid ZERO taxes in the past 4 years. In the years they paid no income tax, these companies earned $156 billion in pretax U.S. profits. But instead of paying $55 billion in income taxes as the 35 percent corporate tax rate seems to require, these companies generated so many excess tax breaks that they reported negative taxes (often receiving outright tax rebate checks from the U.S. Treasury), totaling $21.8 billion.

Yet they have not bothered to create new jobs!

As for small businesses, in February the Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority released a survey blaming the stagnant economy *not* on supposedly onerous regulations but on weak consumer demand. Huge corporations have been enjoying quite a free-for-all, thanks to few regulations and those poorly enforced. They've been making money hand over fist.

Yet they have not bothered to create new jobs!

What do you figure they want from us? First-born children?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Oh, did I fail to mention?

Oh, did I fail to mention? Help us get that anti-business, know nothing (couldn't even tell Letterman what the exact amount of the national debt was the other night.) socialist out of the White House. Anyone not willing to do that loses all credibility on how the rich are hurting America. oBAMa as president is hurting America.
Tell me something Betty; if you won an $8 million dollar lottery, would you give it all back because it would make you rich, or would you just hang onto it and hate yourself for being so rich?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Given that you want the

Given that you want the government to do so much for you – yes you are addicted.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Plenty of campaign distractions and diversions

†o : Cal Thomas, evangalist for hire 12.09.22 19:00 hst •
Why don't you run for President and stop putting words in other peoples' mouths ? ref : What Romney might have said was, "My policies will help people get jobs and earn a decent wage while President Obama's policies will cause more people to rely on government than on themselves." Jerry Falwell tried to once , didn't he ? Jim and Tammy Faye Baker ? " I am all ears ," Ross Perot, too . With God on your side , how could you lose ?
b t w - Is Mitsie even a Christian by your reckoning ?
A: _________________________ . .
Rev Taylor , feel free to respond , also •
/s , The rest of us , the 99%
News ƒlash , former Gov. Romney earned US$13 Million last year .. fact
Vote or they win • 

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Sounds like someone you

Sounds like someone you should model your success, or lack thereof, after.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Anyone seen Rod Blagojevich

Anyone seen Rod Blagojevich lately?
Leonard Pitts had a good column you'd enjoy today. It's about racism.

RONALD RIML's picture

Two Illinois Governors in Federal Prison - One 'R' and one 'D'

Rod's the 'D' - Ryan's the 'R'

I could tell you some stories about the Ryan boys.......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Tell us, if you can do it

Tell us, if you can do it without slandering yourself. The Pirate's not familiar with them.

RONALD RIML's picture

You can read it yourself.......

Click the image.......

This should work.......

A governor of Illinois from my Hometown - currently residing in a Federal Pen - and his brother the Mayor......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

You seem to know a lot about

You seem to know a lot about boys – the Romney boys, the Ryan boys.
Are you jealous, envious?

RONALD RIML's picture

Some folks 'Know'

And other folks "Blo"-viate.....

It's obvious where you fit in, Grasshopper......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Whatever, my focus is on the

Whatever, my focus is on the candidates, not their children...

RONALD RIML's picture

As is mine

And it's obvious what his learned from him: Let others do the "Heavy Lifting" when your country is at war.

And he didn't teach them any different even after our Homeland was attacked.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

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You sound like the parrot on this issue – squawk. Less than 10% of the population serves in the military, so the Romney boys are mainstream.

I think your fixation with the Romney’s has more to do with his wealth and your jealousy therefore than anything else.

RONALD RIML's picture

And you sound - quite successfully, like an Apologist.

My focus with Romney has to do completely with his candidacy and platform.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

His sons are not his

His sons are not his platform, so I calling you on the mat for lying.
You get two “brownie” points:

RONALD RIML's picture

My point is entirely consistent with his platform and candidacy.

You are the one out to lunch, Mitt is the Problem, and those around him.....................

He talks a good story, but obviously never had any intentions to personally put skin in the game, nor very much taxes.

Romney Campaigns For Stronger Military to ‘Protect Ourselves From The Most Evil Around the World’

[...]“I will not forget that for us to have liberty here, for us to be able to protect ourselves from the most evil around the world, for us to share liberty with our friends around the world,” he said. “We must have a military second to none, so strong no one would ever think of testing it.”

”We need a stronger military. I propose that we sharply increase our investment in national defense. I want to see at least 100,000 more troops. I want to see us finally make the long overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense. We should commit to spent a minimum of 4% of GDP on our national defense. But increased spending must not mean increased waste.“ - Source: The Man, His Values, & His Vision, p.109-10

And I certainly need not find any quotes from Romney concerning people taking 'Personal Responsibility' - We've been bombarded repetitions of him saying that lately.

So just who is it that Mitt expects to fight and die in these Wars he loves so much???

It's high time he and his family take 'Personal Responsibility' for what Romney preaches.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ronald, You do know that

You do know that Romney has the same level of military experience as Obama did at this point in his presidency. Did you have these same feelings of tense dislike for Obama at the same time for his lack of military service?
Since the situations are similar between the two men, why does one infuriate you while the mere mention of Obama’s name gives you a Viagra moment?

In my opinion, you really do have a hang-up for successful people; your writing reflects that observation. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it makes your false indignation transparent.
Another opinion that I have on this subject is that the US cannot sustain the current level of military spending. That in itself is the biggest threat to national security, not Mitt Romney. If there is no money, there is limited national defense; that is the simple unadulterated truth.

Now go criticize the rich.

RONALD RIML's picture

Obama's a very successful person -

Even for not having a Rich Daddy. According to your criteria for my alleged having "a hang-up for successful people" - I should have great indignation for him. I don't. There goes your theory. I even like Bill Gates and Andrew Carnegie, though I don't approve of all they did.

I reserve a goodly portion of my bile for Chickenhawk (Hall of Shame) Republicans who dodged the draft during 'Nam. Romney certainly fits the bill.

He was ranked as a "Chickenhawk First Class with Distinguished Fleeing Cross" by the New Hampshire Gazette. It was reported: "When your daddy's a Governor and a Cabinet Secretary, it's amazing how your odds of being drafted diminish"

Romney hasn't indicated how he'll pay for his supercalifragilisticexpialidocious military. It certainly won't be with his 14% tax rate, nor will he raise taxes to accomplish this. But the unadulterated truth is he plans to have it his way while he enriches his Military-Industrial cohorts.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Military service is not among

Military service is not among the criteria for qualifying one for the presidency, is it? Some have served, some have not. Clinton did not serve; I don't believe Al Gore did either. I don't understand your anger. All who have served are not necessarily heroes; all who have NOT served are not necessarily "chickenhawks" or cowards, are they? Men go and don't go for their own reasons.

RONALD RIML's picture

Too bad 'Being Informed' is not a criteria for Voting.

Contrary to what you believe, Gore served in Vietnam.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

If being informed were a

If being informed were a criteria for voting, we'd have had President McCain for the last 3 1/2 years and we wouldn't be voting to re-elect BHO again.

RONALD RIML's picture

Voters were informed - and rejected a possible Palin Presidency

John McCain was a reasonable choice - Sarah Palin was(is) Batsh*t Crazy...........

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Maybe so, but some have said

Maybe so, but some have said that Palin was not the component that was wrong with that ticket. At any rate, the so called informed voters rejected a possible Palin presidency and instead gave us a possible Biden presidency? What a nauseating thought.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

McCain was too far left to

McCain was too far left to energize his base.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Agreed. The man has served

Agreed. The man has served his country well, but he couldn't energize a pinwheel in a windstorm.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Well, good for him; now we've

Well, good for him; now we've all been enlightened.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I agree with Pirate - what

I agree with Pirate - what does it matter?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ronald just needs a reason to

Ronald just needs a reason to hate Romney for reasons he only knows. You do notice most of Ronald’s attacks on Romney are personal, not policy based.

RONALD RIML's picture

Unlike 'Mittens'

My policies align with my beliefs.

One is that you put skin into your game. Romney's policy would have others besides his family put their skin into his game.

You are SO transparent. Just like Mittens.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

How much "skin" did Clinton

How much "skin" did Clinton have in the game when he bombed the aspirin factory to divert the heat from his tryst with Ms. Lewinsky?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Romney is putting skin in the

Romney is putting skin in the game. He is running for president is he not? More skin than Riml provided in a lifetime.

RONALD RIML's picture

He's running for Power

Putting other folks' $$$ at risk.

The only skin He's got is Fore......

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Don’t they all run for power

Don’t they all run for power (or money)? Do you expect anything different?

Are you that naïve to think they run and spend more money to get elected than they would be able to replace with a presidential salary if it were not for power?

Did not Obama put our money at risk - and lost it in green enery. How selective!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Can you say SO-LYN-DRA? $500

Can you say SO-LYN-DRA? $500 mill of taxpayer swag right down the toilet of failure.

RONALD RIML's picture

Can you say

Sour Grapes.....

You'll be suckin' on 'em come Nov. 7th......

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Next thing you know, you'll

Next thing you know, you'll be telling us that Madonna has threatened to do a strip on stage if BHO loses the election. Funny thing is, her ego is big enough to think that people would pay to see a 54 year old bag take her clothes off.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Some canvases are better left

Some canvases are better left unpainted.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

LOL...Good one.

LOL...Good one.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

I -> I'm

I -> I'm

MARK GRAVEL's picture

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