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Back in the day folks would cook over an open flame using copper kettles and iron pots. They would scrub and polish the copper kettles after using them but the pots did not receive as much attention or care. So over time the pots would get blackened from the soot.
Word on the street is that one day the iron pot met this fine looking shiny copper kettle somewhere in Washington DC, some say it was in Congress or maybe in the Senate. In its overly partisan haste to criticize the copper kettle, the pot pontificated on how black the copper kettle was and how unfit it was for office considering all the soot that had accumulated on the copper kettle.
What Romney, (uh the pot) did not realize that what he was actually seeing was a reflection of himself in the shiny copper kettle.
The moral of this story is that pots should not go around accusing kettles of not knowing how to create jobs in America when the pot, as governor of Massachusetts, had a state economy that was 47th in job creation at a time when the national economy was significantly more robust than it is today.
So as Romney stomps the campaign trail today blasting Obama for the poor jobs report, and make no mistake it is poor, he should take a moment to ask himself this question:
“Why would America believe that I can create more jobs than Obama during a time of unprecedented economic shrinkage when during a robust economy I could not create jobs in my state as Governor”?
The current conflict in Syria where thousands of citizens are being killed has been addressed and continues to be addressed through a philanthropic response. In addition to the horrific genocide of “somewhere between 10,000 and 19,000 Syrians” over the last year there is the issue of close to “half million Syrians are now refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.” (RTT News, 2012).
Philanthropic organizations and individuals from the Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been at the forefront of the philanthropic response. The Saudi equivalent of the Red Cross; the Saudi Red Crescent; has stepped in as a conduit for donations of food and supplies from Saudi citizens to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
But not only have Saudi citizens and philanthropic organizations come to the aid of the refugees, members of government and political leaders have stepped up to the plate. The Saudi deputy premier and defense minister, Crown Prince Salman, donated $2.6 million dollars to a fund for the refugees on the heels of an earlier $5.3 million donation by King Abdullah. To date the fund has close to $500 million dollars to support those who have been displaced by the tragic genocide in Syria. (RTT News, 2012)
As America is embroiled in a downright nasty presidential campaign which is anything but “presidential” here is a question for those two men aspiring to be leaders of the American people: “how large a check are they, Romney or Obama, willing to write for those Americans recently displaced by Isaac? Romney’s image would get a much needed facelift with a sizable public donation to victims of Isaac.
Instead of spending BILLIONS on nasty deceptive and shameful political ads maybe both campaigns should take a page from the Saudi leaders and spend that money where it counts. In fact, I have a feeling that if a candidate would spend HALF as much on philanthropic initiatives as they do on the lies that pass for campaign ads that they would get TWICE as much a boost in their poll numbers.
Just try it: I dare either Romney or Obama to take a page from King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman.
Staff Writer. (2012, July 24). Saudi King Launches Syrian Fundraising Drive, Donates $5.33 Mln. RTT News. Retrieved from http://www.rttnews.com/1928950/saudi-king-launches-syrian-fundraising-drive-donates-5-33-mln.aspx?type=gn&Node=B1
Here is a crazy idea. Why not have both Mitt & Barack be Presidents. We have co-captains, co-MVPs co- everything, why not co-Presidents. If they both want the best for America, why not take the one step that will show that America’s interests are more important to them than winning the Presidency. Are they willing to put egos aside and work together for the good of America?
The truth is neither Romney’s nor Obama’s policies are the cure for what ails America. They both have policies and proposals that make sense for Main Street and they both have their fair share of boneheaded poorly vetted propaganda proposals that cater to the underbelly of American partisan politics.
So how about it America; an Obama-Romney ticket?
The American system of politics is brutally flawed in that it is an incubator for partisanship. Economic platforms are not judged based on merit but they are judged based on which party proposed it. So for Democrats, any proposal from a Republican is automatically flawed and to Republicans any proposal offered by a Democrat is intrinsically worthless.
Why not get rid of the party system and get the best and brightest of America and create a non-partisan working body that gets things done. Of course there has to be proper vetting and stringent guidelines to ensure that the will of the people is not slighted in any manner but I can’t imagine any system more toxic than the current state of politics in America today.
So anyone for an Obama-Romney ticket?