Although I'm not at all happy with this Prez's on-going criticisms of the Supreme Court and the nature of several late-Friday-afternoon Executive Orders, I believe we're in danger of over-emphasizing the power of the presidency. He (whoever he is or might be) has little power to create jobs, damage or improve the economy, improve test scores, bring honesty into government, or bring about peace.

If any of the foregoing good things do occur, he will take credit, if some of the bad things occur, it will be Congress's fault - Bill Clinton is still taking full credit for "balancing the budget" and curbing welfare payments, few recall and none mention that Republicans controlled both houses. Mr. O doesn't believe he should be tagged with late '08's and early '09's spike in unemployment as they were Baby Bush's responsibility– both houses of congress were controlled by Democrats and any actions, good or bad, have their fingerprints all over them.

Poor old Mitt. The guy hit the nail on the head and is being crucified for it. Rather than running from the mischaracterized "gaffe", he should embrace it. We are on the verge of a "poor" majority — one which will approve almost any legislation (and legislator) that increases their monthly stipend. It's been forecast for quite some time and its just about here. I expect my 401k (and yours) to be tapped sometime early next year. Why should Mitt stick with his statement? Remember Jimmy Carter and his "malaise speech." Go back and read it - much of what he said was, and is, true. Romney could have been similarly "vindicated" if hd'd only hung in there.

Personally, I'm promoting a "Vote for the Other Guy" campaign. Anybody who is truly a loyal Democrat or a loyal Republican should hope, pray, and steal votes for the candidate of the other party. Like several other List members, i see some real hard times in the near future - and, I believe, they will last for a lengthy period. The party of the man sitting in the White House will be blamed - unjustly, of course. Hoovervilles will be replaced with Romeyvilles or Poverty Baracks and one unfortunate party will be consigned to minority status for a long time.

Before signing off I want to quote another notable politician, this one form 1957: "I can prophecy that your grandchildren in America will live under socialism…Our firm conviction is that sooner or later Capitalism will give way to Socialism. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you."

I have two grandchildren, one 12, the other 3. Will Nikita be proven correct?


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