Teaching House Speaker Boehner How To Negotiate

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. House Speaker John Boehner is negotiating like a man who believes he is already outflanked and defeated by President Barack Obama. As a Republican, I am embarrassed for Boehner and my party.

As a small businessman who has survived through his street smarts and negotiating skills (often up against much wealthier deep-pocketed competitors), I have some pointers for Boehner. I’m going to teach him out to negotiate from strength, not weakness. My goal is to prevent a GOP “brand suicide” in these fiscal cliff negotiations.

First, winning this negotiation is about winning the media battle. You need a winning argument. Doesn’t Boehner know that this battle has already been won in England? Why aren’t the House Speaker and his lieutenants in the media day and night, pointing out that the U.K. tried Obama’s exact idea of a “millionaire’s tax” only a year ago and it proved a disaster. Two-thirds of the millionaires in the U.K. disappeared in one year: from 16,000 to 6,000. Either they moved to other countries with their money, or they slowed down and stopped working so hard.

As a result, tax revenues plunged, instead of increasing. Two years ago, British millionaires contributed 9 percent of all taxes. After the special tax on “the rich” passed, this same group produced 4.4 percent of all taxes. In other words, U.K. politicians damaged their economy, and proved that revenues go down with the same “millionaire’s tax” that Obama now demands.

There is no debate. The case is settled. The “millionaire’s tax” is a proven failure. Get that message out before we kill our economy just like the U.K. did.

Second, winning this negotiation is about winning the public relations battle. Obama travels the Nation, stopping in the homes of middle-class families and asking them how paying $2,000 in extra taxes would affect them. Brilliant.

The face of the top 2 percent isn’t a billionaire. It’s the small-business owner, the professional, the family farmer. The GOP needs to win over the American public by showing them the faces of small business that will be affected by higher taxes.

The GOP should purchase national TV infomercial time and introduce America to farmers who will lose their farms because of this new tax; doctors who will lay off nurses; homeowners who will no longer pay the mortgage on their underwater homes if they get hit with higher taxes or loss of deductions; small-business owners who, because of a tax increase, will lay off half their employees.

Show the voters real faces and real stories. I know people with each of these stories — including me. Maybe Warren Buffett and Bill Gates can afford a tax increase, but most small-business owners are struggling to pay bills and keep their businesses going. We are hurting, too. We cannot afford a tax increase. “The rich” that Obama is attacking aren’t billionaires. They are you and me – small-business owners. Why is it OK to present us with a tax increase for Christmas?

Third, Obama claims this tax increase is “just going back to Clinton-era rates.” The GOP needs to take the offensive to debunk this misleading statement. The Bill Clinton economy was fueled by a GOP Senate and House that forced Clinton to cut spending, cut rules and regulations, lower capital gains taxes (to encourage investment, thereby creating jobs), and end welfare as we know it. And the GOP Congress killed government-run healthcare, too. The Clinton economy boomed because government, spending and entitlements were much smaller than today.

Each time Obama demands Clinton-era tax rates, Boehner should say: “Let’s go back to the size of government, spending and entitlements under Clinton. Let’s eliminate all the rules, regulations and mandates since Clinton. Then, we can compromise and raise rates to Clinton levels.”

Fourth, Obama claims his victory was a mandate for tax increases. So let’s give Obama’s voters tax increases. Why is Obama defending the Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans? Obama is admitting that Bush was right: Lower taxes are good for the economy. He says a tax increase now would devastate the economy. Really? If lower taxes are good for Obama’s voters (who voted for higher taxes), why wouldn’t they be good for everyone? This argument makes Obama look foolish and hypocritical. Boehner needs to take the offensive.

Fifth, point out that Obama created the fiscal cliff with $5 trillion in new debt. He is a spending addict. There is no “tax problem.” Taxes aren’t low. Obama has more tax revenues than any President in history. He’s just spent it all and then some. If high taxes worked, why are the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) all bankrupt and insolvent? And closer to home, why isn’t Detroit an economic model for the Nation? Why have more than 1 million citizens escaped from California in the past decade? There is no debate; this is already settled. Big government, big taxes and big spending destroy economies.

Lastly, let me give Boehner a hint about the art of negotiating. Obama already showed his hand a year ago. He asked for $800 billion in new taxes. This time, he asked for $1.6 trillion. That was a negotiating tactic. When Boehner came back with an offer of $800 billion, he handed Obama 100 percent of what he wanted in the first place. How dumb is that? How weak is that? Who taught Boehner how to negotiate? A librarian?

Boehner needs to point out there is only one antidote for this mess. Canada proved it in the 1990s. Its political parties agreed to compromise with massive spending cuts and tax cuts. That combination worked. Its economy healed. Its debt crisis ended.

That Canadian miracle proves that Ronald Reagan missed the other half of the equation that would have put our Nation on the right path 30 years ago: combining big tax cuts that encourage, motivate and reward entrepreneurship, investment and financial risk-taking with big spending cuts. That’s the half that never happened under Reagan: the spending cuts. Put those two together, and we get the greatest economic explosion in world history.

But Obama wants the disastrous opposite: tax increases combined with more spending and more debt to solve a spending and debt crisis. That’s like being diagnosed with cancer and asking your doctor for more cancer, which is why Boehner needs to get strong, be bold and take the offensive.

If the GOP caves on tax hikes, it is committing “brand suicide.” Going along with tax hikes as a compromise is not the answer, simply because it’s going along with damaging the U.S. economy.

In any negotiation the only way to win is to walk in prepared to walk away from a bad deal. Speaker Boehner, this is how you win a negotiation.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. See you next week. Same time, same place. God bless America and capitalism.

It’s Time For The GOP To Sacrifice Warren Buffett And The Billionaires

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Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I’m a small businessman who believes we are all over-taxed. I would not raise anyone’s taxes — not one dollar. Saving this economy is all about cutting spending dramatically. We don’t have a tax problem in America; we have a spending and entitlements problem. If I were in the GOP Congressional leadership, I’d never vote for a tax increase on anyone. Let Barack Obama pass a tax increase that sends the economy off the cliff by himself, then he can take the full blame.

But since John Boehner is the worst negotiator on Earth and is a weak-willed coward who has already showed his hand and offered Obama $800 billion in tax increases (the exact number Obama wanted in the first place), then I have a suggestion for the GOP.

Since Obama’s pet billionaires like Warren Buffett are so quick to sell out the upper middle class, two can play at that game.

Boehner obviously is frightened to death that Obama has GOP Congressmen between a rock and a hard place. He sees only two choices: Go along with Obama and raise taxes or be painted as “the party of the rich.” So since the weak-willed GOP is dead set on compromise (a terrible mistake unless it gets massive spending cuts in return — which it will never get from Obama), here’s a compromise that turns the tables on Obama.

I say it’s time to sacrifice the billionaires to save small business and the GOP.

Let’s start with the Warren Buffett story. Buffett is a complete phony, a con man. He’s the biggest tax avoider in America, yet he tries to portray himself as a “fair and generous man” who gladly wants to pay more taxes. It’s time to call his bluff.

Buffett and his best friend, Obama, have played a con game on the American people for too long. A Washington version of three-card monte, they misdirect, distract and divide with class warfare. The truth is the “top 2 percent” they are so keen on taxing isn’t made up of billionaires with yachts and private planes. It’s mostly a bunch of hard-working small-business owners (like me) who have no money to spare.

Buffett is a world-class phony and hypocrite. Buffett or any other billionaire liberal can voluntarily pay 35 percent tax rates (or higher) anytime he wants. Why not 50 percent? Or 90 percent? Billionaires don’t need the money, or so says Buffett. If he’s so keen on paying more taxes than his secretary, why does he choose to pay her with income that will be taxed at higher rates and yet convert all his income to capital gains, so he pays the smallest amount? What a hypocrite!

Are you aware Buffett is in a billion-dollar tax fight with the Internal Revenue Service? Yes, for years, Buffett has paid the best tax lawyers money can buy to not pay $1 billion one of his companies owes the United States. If you’re rich, generous and intent on paying more, why not just pay what you owe?

The reason, of course, is because Buffett doesn’t intend to pay more. He wants you and me to pay more.  His accountants and lawyers will keep his taxes low or nonexistent. High income-tax rates are another way billionaires like Buffet, who don’t live off their income, increase their advantage over small businessmen like me who can compete with them only by investing what we have left after we pay our taxes.

Oh, by the way, did you know Buffett’s father was a well-connected Congressman? He’s had a silver spoon in his mouth and gold-plated connections since the day he was born. He couldn’t care less about you and me. He cares only about the next sweetheart deal he can get from Obama. See this article.

Small businessmen like me don’t get sweetheart deals from government. We have no teams of lobbyists or lawyers on call. We need our earnings — desperately. We use our earnings to pay our employees, support our families, pay for our children’s college educations and provide for our retirement (small-business owners have no pensions). But most importantly, small-business owners need our money to start and expand our businesses or, in this horrible Obama economy, save them. Take more of our money with higher taxes and we won’t be able to pay for our employees’ health insurance, make payroll or keep our doors open in a crisis. And we’ll never be able to retire. Is that fair?

Mr. Buffett, please stop lying. Stop lumping us into your group. An income of $250,000 to $500,000 is hardly rich, and we need our money. Billionaires like you don’t create jobs. Seventy-five percent or more of new jobs are created by small business. How dare Buffett and Obama play a con game, saying: “The rich don’t need the extra money.” That’s a big, fat, Pinocchio-like lie.

Here’s another big, fat lie. When Democrats quote 80 percent tax rates of yesteryear to make today’s top rate of 35 percent seem “low,” they are leaving out all kinds of facts. On Wall Street omitting facts is called fraud.

First, that high rate of yesteryear applied only to the obscenely wealthy, not small business. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 79 percent top rate applied to only one billionaire in the whole country, and that rate kicked in only at an income of almost $100 million (in today’s dollars). Did you ever hear Obama say that?

Second, deductions were much higher in those days, so the higher rate was grossly misleading. Third, it was primarily a cash economy wherein the tax rate was meaningless because few ever paid it. The fact is those 80 percent (or higher) tax rates applied only to billionaire industrialists (like bigmouth hypocrite Warren Buffett).

Buffett and Obama are trying to divide the GOP, force it to sacrifice small business or be painted as “the party of the rich.” The GOP should break that stranglehold by positioning itself as the protectors of small business. The sweet spot where all the jobs are created is small-business owners earning $250,000 to $500,000. To prevent a collapse of the U.S. economy, the GOP needs to become the courageous fighter for small business.

Let’s give Buffett a taste of his own medicine. Forget the super-rich and the corporate CEOs. The phonies with the private jets and yachts supported Obama and claim to want to pay more taxes, so let them. The GOP should propose a deal to raise tax rates starting at incomes of $5 million, $10 million and $20 million per year. Add a special tax increase (a huge one) to incomes over $100 million per year. Hit Buffett where it hurts. Let’s see if the old, hypocritical geezer agrees to that one. I’m betting he blows a gasket. I’m betting he whines and complains and says it’s too expensive and the billionaires will leave the country, which exposes his lie and hypocrisy. He wants the tax increases on other people: the middle class, the upper middle class and small business. You and me. Let’s turn the tables on him. If Boehner is going to compromise on taxes anyway, let’s sacrifice the billionaires.

Result? The GOP is now the hero, the protector of small business. Thirty million small-business owners will owe a debt of gratitude, along with everyone who works for them. That’s probably a total of 50 million to 75 million people the GOP has stood up for, saved their businesses and saved their jobs.

In return for sacrificing the truly rich, the GOP should demand Democrats give a minimum of three to one in spending cuts: cuts that take effect right now — not 10 years in the future when a new weak-willed Congress will make sure they never happen at all. If Obama won’t do that deal, then he proves he’s the enemy of small business, he’s the protector of fat cat billionaires, and he has no interest in reducing the debt. If that’s the case, the GOP should walk away, let Obama send the economy off the fiscal cliff and allow Obama to take 100 percent of the blame. It’s his economy. Let him own it.

Oh, and he can keep Warren Buffett, too.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. See you next week. Happy holidays and God bless.

Can The GOP Really Be This Stupid?

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. Can the GOP really be this stupid? It appears many GOP Congressmen are suddenly willing to raise taxes. What utter fools. As Forest Gump’s mother (played by Sally Field) said: “Stupid is as stupid does.” And this is world-class stupid.

If GOP politicians can’t figure out any good arguments to oppose tax increases, I’ll give them a few.

First of all, Barack Obama and the Democrats argue that the wealthy don’t pay their “fair share.” Really? The top 1 percent pay 40 percent of all the taxes. That’s not “fair?” They also account, according to The New York Times, for 33 percent of consumer spending and 30 percent of all charitable giving.

So if everyone agrees that allowing a tax increase on the middle class, in the middle of an economic crisis, is bad for business, why would it be OK to raise taxes on the group that makes 33 percent of all purchases in the economy? You mean high-income taxpayers won’t cut down on spending, buying homes, starting businesses and creating jobs? Wow, if that’s true, monkeys can fly, hell is freezing over and Democrats can defy the forces of gravity.

Only those totally ignorant about the economy — those who have never actually created a job — believe the fairy tale that taking money away from the top spenders, investors and job creators isn’t going to further damage the economy.

Secondly, Obama claims that it’s “fair” to go back to “Clinton-era tax rates.” Well, that’s just not true. Under Clinton, there was no Obamacare. The new healthcare law raises taxes dramatically on the highest income earners. So by combining income tax increases with Obamacare taxes, the highest earners will pay substantially more than under Clinton. So Obama’s claim is a lie.

More importantly, Obama is comparing apples to oranges. Economic growth is about more than taxes. It’s about regulations, mandates, entitlements and spending. So the next time Obama suggests it’s “fair” to go back to Clinton-era tax rates, the GOP should say it’s only “fair” to go back to Clinton-era spending, regulations and welfare reform. Let’s agree to roll back all spending, entitlement increases, government programs and regulations enacted since Clinton. That’s the only compromise the GOP should agree to.

Obama and the Democrats also love to point to Ronald Reagan as a man willing to raise taxes. Reagan was actually the greatest tax cutter in American history. He cut income tax rates from 70 percent to 28 percent. This massive tax cut saved the U.S. economy, directly created more than 20 million jobs and motivated record-setting economic growth.

But after all that massive tax-cutting created the greatest economic expansion in history, only then did Reagan agree to compromise and raise a few taxes in return for serious spending reduction. Compromising after the economy has turned around and a magnificent expansion is under way is far different than raising taxes in the middle of an economic crisis. To compare the two is fraud.

Democrats have used Reagan’s “compromise” as an excuse to paint Republicans who refuse to raise taxes as “extreme.” Republicans should turn the tables. Whenever a Democrat like Obama wants to raise taxes, Republicans should point to Democratic hero John F. Kennedy as the ultimate tax cutter and call Democrats “extreme” for ignoring the success of JFK’s tax cuts.

I’m also sick of hearing Democrats call today’s tax rates “historically low.” That is once again a lie. There are many factors that determine your tax bill — like deductions and tax credits. Overall, we are all paying among the highest taxes ever. That is why “Tax Freedom Day” is now set at April 3. That means the average taxpayer has to give the government all his money until April 3 just to pay his tax burden.

Yet in 1900, “Tax Freedom Day” was January 22. Facts don’t lie, folks. If taxes are low, as Obama keeps claiming, then why does it take until April to pay our taxes versus mid-January in 1900? Because Obama is lying. Our tax burden is today just about the highest in history.

Perhaps stupidest of all is the idea of raising “revenue” instead of taxes. GOP politicians spout this nonsense all day long. You can’t claim to be against tax increases but then vote to “raise revenues” by eliminating deductions. How is that different? If my taxes go up, what difference does it make how it gets there. If I used to owe $10,000 to the IRS but now I owe $15,000, didn’t I just lose $5,000? Does it matter if tax rates went up or my deductions were eliminated? You can disguise your words, but you can’t hide the truth.

Here’s some common sense for the economically ignorant in Congress. This entire Great Depression II was created by the collapse in residential real estate values. Reduce or eliminate the mortgage deduction for upper-income taxpayers, and you will automatically wipe out about one-third of the value of every high-end home in America. Entire upscale suburban neighborhoods will be decimated overnight. Foreclosures will skyrocket. Residential real estate will take a final dive, causing a new bank crisis. Wealthy consumers will slow their spending. We are looking at a total collapse of the U.S. economy caused by ignorant politicians. Unfortunately, some of those ignorant politicians are Republicans.

Lastly, Republicans need to point to the EU as an example of high taxes damaging or destroying an economy. If higher taxes help an economy, why is the EU insolvent and on the verge of a Great Depression? Why aren’t Greece, Italy and Spain models of economic success?

Just this week in the U.K. it was proven that tax hikes on the rich are a massive failure. England passed a new tax rate just for millionaires. The result? Either two-thirds of all millionaires left England in the past year or they all stopped working so they could lower their incomes below the threshold. Tax revenues plummeted. The economy is collapsing. The exact opposite of what the brilliant politicians expected, proving that Obama is dead wrong before we even put a higher tax rate for the wealthy in place. The results will be catastrophic, as our friends in the U.K. just proved.

The GOP’s role is not to assist Obama in crippling business owners and job creators, in destroying even more jobs, in damaging the U.S. economy even further. Let him pass everything he wants and do it alone. That way, he’ll commit economic suicide alone, and he’ll have to accept all the blame — alone.

But to go along with Obama would not just hurt the U.S. economy, it would be brand suicide for the Republican Party. Either you stand for lower taxes and more economic freedom or you don’t. Let’s all hold the GOP’s feet to the fire!

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty. See you next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

Is America Now Officially A Banana Republic?

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Barack Obama’s election, the events leading up to it and the way the media have treated Obama certainly seem to indicate that America has officially become a Banana Republic. You know, one of those places where leaders control the media and the election outcomes, too.

For example, take the election results. Not a word in the mainstream media about massive voting irregularities. Not a word mentioned that Mitt Romney won every State requiring voter photo ID, or that Obama won in closely contested States that require no voter ID, like Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Was there voter fraud? We don’t know. You’d think an investigative reporter somewhere might be interested in this story? Amazingly, the media say nothing.

Or how about the impossible fact that in 59 voting precincts in Philadelphia, Romney got zero votes? Statistically impossible. Yet it happened in 59 precincts in one city and nine precincts in Cleveland. And in urban voting precincts in Florida, Illinois and Colorado (States wide open for fraud), Romney got zero votes. In many other inner-city precincts it was 100-1, 450-1, 315-1. This just isn’t possible. Yet the media say nothing.

Or what about the historic correlation between voter enthusiasm and winning? In 2008, Obama had all the enthusiasm. Not surprisingly, he won. This time around, polls proved that conservatives had a huge edge in enthusiasm and intensity. The tables had reversed. Romney rallies attracted 20,000 and 30,000 enthusiastic fans, while Obama rallies attracted embarrassingly low numbers.

On a personal level, I had reports from hundreds of friends and fans who excitedly reported three- to four-hour lines to vote in suburban conservative and Christian areas across this country. Yet we are told Romney had about 2 million fewer votes than John McCain received in 2008. Impossible. In multiple States there were reports of electronic voting changing Romney votes to Obama votes. Something certainly appears off. Someone should at least be investigating. Yet still the media say nothing.

Polls showed military members supported Romney by landslide numbers. So Democrats actively suppressed military voting, doing everything in their power to make it extremely difficult for soldiers to cast a vote. The media say nothing.

By the way, none of this may have affected the election results. Romney may have had literally no support from blacks, Latinos, women or college students in many areas of the country. Maybe there was no ballot box stuffing in urban precincts. Maybe Obama’s supporters didn’t vote multiple times with no voter ID required. Maybe the military really didn’t care to vote. But shouldn’t the media be mentioning the controversy? Isn’t it their job to investigate and prove it wrong? Yet the media say nothing.

Hurricane Sandy decimates New York and New Jersey. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response is pathetic, embarrassing, close to criminal. No food or water for days. No power for weeks. FEMA did not pre-position the most basic of supplies — like bottled water. They were completely unprepared, incompetent, invisible. This was Obama’s Hurricane Katrina. Yet while Bush was vilified, blamed and called “racist,” the media praised Obama, never blamed him; and 15 percent of voters call his response significant in their decision to vote for him on Election Day.

Then there’s Benghazi, Libya and the U.S. Consulate disaster. President Obama was warned that our Libyan consulate faced an attack on 9/11. He did nothing. The consulate asked for beefed up security. He did nothing. Four brave Americans died — including our ambassador. Obama’s Administration lackeys watched in real time (with drones filming it all from above) from the comfort of the White House Situation Room. They did nothing. SEAL teams begged for permission to rescue our boys. Obama ordered them to stand down. He not only left them behind, he watched them being murdered. Yet the media say nothing. 

Then he covered it all up. CIA Chief General Petraeus reported to Obama, declaring it a terrorist attack. But that reference to terrorism was removed. Obama, Hillary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice spent two weeks falsely blaming a YouTube video. Obama referred to the YouTube video four times in a speech at the United Nations two weeks after the attack. This was clearly a cover-up to save Obama’s re-election. This is Watergate with four dead bodies. The media say nothing.

Days before the election, out of nowhere, the Obama Labor Department extrapolated that 873,000 new part-time jobs were created in one month. This “miracle” allowed unemployment to miraculously dip below 8 percent after 43 consecutive months. Perfect timing for a politician trained in Chicago fraud politics. The media say nothing.

But now that the election is over, the Department of Labor reports new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 for just the first week after election, while The Wall Street Journal reports capital spending by America’s corporations has literally collapsed. I guess the perfectly timed one-month recovery is officially over. Any investigative reporter who reported on this fraud would win journalism awards. Yet no one in the media seems to want the job.

The Bureau of Labor & Statistics reports “real unemployment” (called U6) is 14.6 percent. Have you ever heard the media using the 14.6 percent real unemployment number and tying it to Obama? Or did you hear that food stamp growth was faster in Obama’s first term than job growth? During the campaign, the media mysteriously said nothing about those damning statistics.

Obama promised to cut the deficit in half; instead, he doubled it, increased the debt by a mind-numbing $5 trillion and presided over the first credit downgrade in U.S. history. Obama’s 43 consecutive months of unemployment above 8 percent was more than all the months over 8 percent from Presidents Harry Truman to George W. Bush combined. Did you ever hear the media mention that fact? During the campaign, the media said nothing. 

How about Obama’s secret tape about his love for “income redistribution” (the central tenant of socialism)? The media repeatedly pounded Romney’s 47 percent tape into every voter’s subconscious, but mysteriously ignored Obama’s tape for the entire campaign.

During the Presidential debates, Obama lied repeatedly. The biggest whopper was his claim he supported oil drilling. Facts proved drilling permits were down 60 percent under Obama. Two days after the election, Obama issued a plan to close 1.6 million acres of Federal land in the West originally slated for oil shale development. Still the media say nothing.

The media never mention Obama’s schedule. We are in a Great Depression II. Our economy is in the worst crisis since 1929. And Obama’s entire year 2012 was filled with golf, basketball, fundraising, campaign rallies and “morning zoo” media appearances. How is there any time left to deal with the economy? Well, there’s not. Obama’s Jobs Task Force has not found the time to meet in almost a year. The media say nothing.

Nothing to see folks. There is no story. Just move along.

The story I’ve just told you could be expected in Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea or Zimbabwe. I would never have guessed in America that the mainstream media would take their marching orders directly from the President.

It sure appears that we are now officially living in a Banana Republic. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you right back here next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

What Went Wrong?

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. This commentary is about what went wrong with Mitt Romney — and my prediction.

I predicted Romney would win big. What went wrong? I’ve been asked nonstop since Election Day, “Was your prediction based on hope or bias?”

My prediction was based on a combination of scientific evidence and common sense.

First, it was based on common sense that no President could possibly be re-elected with the worst economy of our lifetimes, with an economy that has produced more months above 8 percent unemployment (43 months) than produced by all the Presidents between Harry Truman and George W. Bush combined (39 months). People just don’t vote for the guy that brings you misery, malaise, foreclosures and bankruptcies, record unemployment, and inflation at the gas pump and grocery store. This election should have been, 100 out of 100 times, a repeat of Ronald Reagan’s landslide over Jimmy Carter.

Secondly, my prediction was based on common sense that turnout, enthusiasm and the makeup of the electorate would be far different than 2008. Obama’s coalition of single women, minorities and young people were the groups most hurt by his economy. They are the ones without jobs. They are the ones suffering: 14.3 percent black unemployment, 53 percent under-employment for college grads. Logic dictated these groups would not come out in record numbers again.

No one is such a glutton for punishment he’d return and ask for a second helping of misery, malaise and despair, right?

Well, I was wrong. The 2012 electorate looked almost identical to 2008. Obama’s supporters didn’t just come for a second helping of misery; they came out enthusiastically and cheered for more misery.

Lastly, my prediction was based on science. The University of Colorado’s predictive model had never failed. It worked to perfection in the Presidential elections of 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. It predicted a Romney landslide based on scientific facts and historical precedent.

This combination of science and common sense would tell you that in this economy, no President could be re-elected — unless Obama is more an American idol and messiah than a politician and his followers ignore logic, facts and the misery they are experiencing.

Unless we have reached the tipping point that Thomas Jefferson warned about, where a majority now gets checks from government and realizes they can vote for the guy who promises to keep the checks coming.

Obama’s re-election proves that bribery as a campaign tactic is validated. Promise enough free stuff and you win votes, even if the end result is no jobs, no hope and a lifetime dependent on government. You wouldn’t believe this could be true. Not in America. That’s why my prediction went wrong.

Why else did Romney lose? Romney did plenty of his own damage.

Romney picked the wrong Vice President. The GOP has to reach out to women and Latinos. In May, I predicted a Romney landslide if he picked Marco Rubio as his running mate. If Romney picked Rubio, he would have locked down Florida and made deep inroads with Latino voters. With an electorate divided almost exactly 50/50, the Latino vote is the missing link for the GOP. Attract even 5 percent more of the Latino vote and you win. Attract 10 percent more and you win in a landslide.

Paul Ryan added nothing. He reinforced the image of the GOP as an elite club of rich white men. In a diverse country, this choice said “diversity is unimportant.”

Worst of all, Ryan’s views on abortion reinforced that the GOP wanted to take away women’s sexual freedom and rights. Ryan supports no exceptions for abortion, including rape, incest or a women’s life in danger. Men and conservatives didn’t notice. But Obama’s campaign team made sure women noticed. Millions of female voters ignored the awful economy and record unemployment and voted for Obama based on women’s rights.

How does the GOP solve that problem? Simple. The next time any GOP candidate mentions abortion and rape in the same sentence, gag him, hog-tie him and put him in the basement until the election is over.

The real answer is to run candidates who are fiscally conservative and principled, but socially moderate and modern. The GOP needs candidates who say “Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land. I will uphold it, even though my personal views are pro-life. And I will always support exceptions for rape, incest and when a mother’s life is in danger. Period.” The issue is off the table forever. What’s left? The economy and jobs, winning issues for the GOP.

Finally, politics is played just like a football game. What matters is how you start, how you finish, your ground game and your level of aggressiveness.

Romney started poorly, allowing Obama’s television blitz to define him as a greedy, mean-spirited robber baron. Romney ended poorly, spending all his money on television ads instead of a “ground game” — i.e., a massive get-out-every-last-vote effort (like Obama’s). In between, Romney was not aggressive enough on the two defining issues of the campaign.

The first was the auto bailout. Romney lost the Midwest because of this issue. Romney should have taken the offensive with this argument: “President Obama tells us that he ‘saved’ the auto industry. It was his one and only accomplishment, so he repeats it 100 times a day. The reality is that he merely stole $25 billion from taxpayers to protect the pensions of auto union members, who contributed tens of millions of dollars to his election. Now taxpayers owe that $25 billion plus interest — and you don’t even get a car! Obama also allowed private sector autoworkers to lose their pensions because they didn’t contribute to him. This is all immoral, if not criminal.”

That argument would have won the Presidency.

Then there’s Obama’s Libya embassy scandal. Romney played it safe in the final debate and never took the offensive on the issue of Benghazi. Americans never quite understood. But they would have understood one image: “Mr. President, you denied them the security they asked for, watched them die in real time, refused to send a rescue team and then covered it all up by blaming a YouTube video. You left four Americans to die on the battlefield.” Game, set, match.

If Romney had been aggressive and not played it safe, would we be talking about President Romney and celebrating my brilliant prediction? We’ll never know. But if Romney had picked Rubio as his VP, and GOP Senate candidates Todd Akins and Richard Mourdock had never tried to tackle abortion and rape, I have no doubt my prediction would have been on the money.

But it wasn’t to be. And now we’ve got Obama as President for four more years, which means we better get busy defending our country. It’s going to be a busy four years, and I’m not going away. As a matter of fact, I’m stepping up to lead the fight. I hope you’ll join me. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you right back here next week. Same time, same place.

What Mitt Romney Should Have Said

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. What a stunning and miserable day. Ronald Reagan gave us “Morning in America” — as in a new sunny morning. I feel like I just woke up in “Mourning in America” — as in mourning for the loss of this great country. And it’s all because, in politics, “nice” doesn’t work. Mitt Romney is a nice guy, a gentleman. But in politics, nice guys often finish last.

To win the election, and beat a sitting President, Romney needed to do more than nicely debate Barack Obama.

He needed to indict Obama.

Here is the speech that Romney should have given. Had he given this speech, we’d all be waking up to “Morning in America” — as in a bright, sunny day filled with opportunity.

Let me start by stressing that President Obama may be a nice man. He may be a good husband and father. He may love this country. He may think he is doing what is right. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Nice or not, Barack Obama believes government has the answer to every problem. He believes in punishment of the successful. He believes in income redistribution. He believes in massive spending and debt. He believes in so many rules, regulations and mandates that no one can open a lemonade stand anymore without permission from government.

Those beliefs destroy economies and kill jobs everywhere they’ve ever been tried. The U.S. economy under Obama is in crisis and free fall. You don’t need to look far to prove Obama’s policies are dangerous and deadly. Europe has been following Obama’s plan for decades: big government, big unions, big spending, big taxes, big entitlements, big pensions, free healthcare, too many government employees and unlimited spending on green energy and high speed rail. The result? Economic disaster on a grand scale. Greece, Italy and Spain are enduring a tragedy few can comprehend. France is next. Someday, we will read about this in history books.

America, under Barack Obama, is following the exact same path.

This is the state of the U.S. economy under Obama. Judge for yourselves:

  • As of Election Day, unemployment is officially listed at 7.9 percent, the highest for any incumbent since FDR.
  • More importantly, the real unemployment rate (including the under-employed and those who have given up looking) is in the range of 15 percent — higher than in most years of the Great Depression.
  • Unemployment in the black community is 14.3 percent.
  • Unemployment and under-employment for college graduates is a staggering 53 percent.
  • The Labor Force Participation Rate among men is the lowest since 1948.
  • Food stamp growth is 75 percent greater than job growth under Obama. Forty-six million Americans are now on food stamps.
  • The record 11 million Americans on disability is larger than the population of a majority of U.S. States.
  • Over 100 million Americans get entitlement checks.
  • One-sixth of all personal income in the United States is now provided by government.
  • The housing collapse is now deeper than at the peak of the Great Depression.
  • The net worth of the average American is down 40 percent.
  • New business startups are at the lowest level in 30 years.
  • The U.S. credit rating has been downgraded for first time in history.

We are experiencing unimaginable economic wreckage, crisis and collapse from coast to coast.

None of this is a coincidence.

With 60,000 new rules, regulations and mandates in only three years, Obama has turned the entire U.S. economy into a “hostile work environment”:

  • With Obama demonizing the wealthy and taunting entrepreneurs and financial risk-takers with “You didn’t build that.”
  • With the Environmental Protection Agency attempting to put the coal industry completely out of business and end oil drilling.
  • With thousands of new Internal Revenue Service agents hired to harass and intimidate business owners.
  • With massive new tax increases looming.
  • With 3,000 pages of Obamacare, containing 23 new taxes.
  • With 2,000 pages of Dodd-Frank, making it much harder for banks to lend or for businessmen to raise money.
  • With $115 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities at the Federal level.
  • With States, counties and cities even more broke and insolvent than the Federal government. The debt in Cook County, Illinois (Obama’s Chicago), is now an unimaginable $108 billion.

You have to question if this is incompetence or a purposeful plan to overwhelm the system with debt and entitlements, to collapse the U.S. economy and weaken faith in capitalism, to turn America into a European social state.

Obama tells us that he “saved” the auto industry. It’s his one and only accomplishment, so he repeats it 100 times a day. The reality is that he merely stole $25 billion from you and me (the taxpayers) to protect the pensions of auto union members who contributed tens of millions of dollars to his election. Now your children owe that $25 billion, plus interest — and you don’t even get a car! But Obama allowed private sector autoworkers to lose their pensions (because they didn’t contribute to him), while closing only auto dealerships owned by Republican contributors. This is all immoral, if not criminal.

Ladies and gentleman, we have to change direction:

  • Before we have no country left to defend.
  • Before we have no economy left to rebuild.
  • Before unions strangle the life out of the private sector.
  • Before taxpayers are sucked dry to pay for a food stamp and unemployment benefits economy.
  • Before “free” healthcare adds trillions of dollars in debt to our children’s burden.
  • Before Obama’s extreme views on energy leave us all dependent on nations that hate America and support terrorism.
  • Before Obama uses executive orders to render Congress and the Constitution meaningless.
  • Before every terrorist attack is given a politically correct name.
  • Before more victims are blamed when Islamic radicals slaughter them over a cartoon, book or film.
  • Before every Bible is permanently removed from our military bases and hospitals.
  • Before all religious celebrations, except Ramadan, are permanently removed from our White House.
  • Or before 6 million Israelis are wiped out in a second holocaust due to a foreign policy of apology, appeasement and indifference.

This is our last stand. For capitalism. For small business. For the American Dream. For our Judeo-Christian values. For our small businesses. For our children and grandchildren’s future. For the survival of the American Dream. And yes, for our guns and Bibles.

When you walk into that polling place to vote, remember that Osama bin Laden is dead. And so is a U.S. border agent who died in the Fast and Furious scandal. And so is our Ambassador and three heroes abandoned and left to die at our Libyan embassy. And so is the U.S. economy.

Remember that even at this moment, as broke as America is, Obama is giving $450 million of your taxpayer money to the radical Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.

Remember Obama denigrates those who cling to old-fashioned ideas: God, country, faith, family, capitalism and our American exceptionalism.

Remember Obama presided over a Democratic convention that booed God three times. 

Forgive, but never forget. Now, let’s go out and reclaim our country. God Bless America.

That was the speech Romney should have given. The American people needed to hear the raw, unvarnished truth without sugar-coating.

The key to Romney’s getting elected as President wasn’t to debate Obama. It was to indict Obama. Being “nice” and refusing to offend anyone just re-elected Obama. It may lead to the end of America as we know it.

Well, I’m not Romney. I’m not waving any white flags. I’m a Tea Party conservative. I’m going to fight hard and aggressively. And I’m going to help take back our country. This battle has only just begun.

I’ll be back next week with my commentary on what went wrong and why and what the GOP must do moving forward to build a winning coalition. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. God Bless.

The Obama Farewell Tour: Size Matters

The Mitt Romney landslide I predicted on May 30 and in the media virtually every day since then is materializing. The signs are everywhere that Barack Obama is enjoying his farewell tour. These are the last days of his political career. Read on to experience the signs of the huge defeat coming today.

Protected by the biased liberal mainstream media and polls overpopulated with Democrats (based on the 2008 election turnout), most Americans haven’t a clue of the trouncing Obama is about to experience on Election Day. As a matter of fact, I’ve been a guest on several liberal talk shows of late where they actually think Obama’s re-election is a lock. They see a light at the end of the tunnel, but they have no clue it’s a train bearing down on them. Tonight will be a very long and sad night for Democrats.

But it will be even worse for the media that has drank the Obama Kool-Aid. Chris Matthews and all of MSNBC’s hosts will need special medical teams standing by on-site and “permission to use electric shock” orders clipped to their clothing.

What makes me so sure of a Romney landslide? The signs are everywhere.

First, enthusiasm always wins elections. Obama’s voters are disappointed and depressed. Many are in shock. They just can’t believe the anti-business policies of the messiah and his demonization of the wealthy didn’t magically create jobs and incomes. Actually, food stamp growth outpaced job growth by 75 percent under Obama. As my blue-collar butcher father used to say, “Son, I’d love to hate rich people, but no poor person ever gave me a job.” It turns out Dad knew better than all those books Obama read at Columbia and Harvard Law.

Obama’s core constituencies are blacks, Latinos, single women and young people. How could they be excited?

Black unemployment is 14.3 percent. Latino unemployment is close behind. Single women might get free contraception under Obama, but that $10 per month savings is immaterial if you have no job and no income. Besides, sex just feels so much better when you’ve got a job.

And then there are those naïve young people. Four years ago, Obama was a miracle man promising a bright future to college kids with wide eyes. Today, unemployment and under-employment for college grads is 53 percent. Yes, I said 53 percent. Vote on Tuesday? Most young people will likely be in bed, covers pulled over their heads, zoned out on Xanax and eating Doritos under the blanket with a flashlight.

Doubt my gut instincts? The most shocking tell-tale sign of Romney’s coming landslide is the panicked Democrat game plan in States like Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Polls show Romney leading or tied in these deep-blue Democratic States. Sensing blood, the Romney campaign has suddenly decided to spend millions of dollars on TV ads in these three States. Obama’s chief propagandist, David Axelrod, claims this is a sign of Romney’s desperation. He says Romney can’t find a path to get to 270 electoral votes.

How do you know who is telling the truth? Well, that’s pretty easy to figure out. Bill Clinton was dispatched to Minnesota a few days ago. Joe Biden was sent to campaign in Pennsylvania. Why? If these States are solidly in Obama’s column, why waste Clinton and Biden’s valuable time in the closing days of a Presidential campaign in front of home-team crowds? Why indeed? Democrats are panicking. Obama’s deep-blue firewall has been breached. Romney’s battleground has been expanded into States no one (except me) ever thought possible. Romney has Democrats on the run defending their no-longer-safe home turf.

But wait; the story gets better. On the last day of the campaign, Clinton made four appearances across the State of Pennsylvania. Why waste your biggest gun on the last day barnstorming a State already solidly in your win column? Clinton should be in Nevada, Colorado, Ohio and Florida. Why waste his time defending a deep-blue State that was supposed to be salted away six months ago? Because Pennsylvania isn’t in Obama’s win column. The State that has voted for Democrats for President for decades is now trending Romney.

Hint: Watch Pennsylvania tonight. If Romney wins it or is even close, a Romney landslide is happening. Pennsylvania is “the canary in the coal mine.”

But the most important sign is crowd size and enthusiasm. In my home State of Nevada, only 10 days ago, Democrats worked long and hard to pull barely 5,000 people off the streets to come to an Obama rally in North Las Vegas. Meanwhile, in Henderson, a quiet suburb of Las Vegas, an overflow crowd of 8,000 jammed into a rockin’ Romney rally that closed the streets for miles. Families came from far and wide with their children to see the next President.

Or take Ohio, the linchpin of the entire election. Whoever has the enthusiasm will surely take the State. This weekend, Obama attracted 2,500 people to a rally in a medium-sized city. Romney/Paul Ryan attracted more than 30,000 to a rally in a small town. Obama then traveled to Cleveland, where his rally attracted 4,000 fans. Four years ago, his Cleveland rally attracted 80,000. If only these were instead rallies for the unemployed, Obama would be playing to standing-room-only stadiums in every city in America.

The size of those crowds tells the depressing story that the Obama campaign and the mainstream media don’t want you to know. Obama is no longer a messiah. He’s just another lying politician, with a boring message that no one wants to hear anymore.

Yes, Obama, size matters. And you, sir, are suffering from shrinkage.

 

Christians Will Empower A Romney Landslide

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. This is my last commentary before Election Day, perhaps the most important day in modern American political history — the day we stop Barack Obama and defend capitalism. My prediction is a Mitt Romney landslide. I’m calling this “The Chick-fil-A Election” because Christian and faith-based voters will lead this Romney tidal wave that will shock the biased, liberal mainstream media that never saw it coming.

But first, I want to offer my prayers and best wishes to everyone suffering from the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy. The Northeast is in crisis. My prayers are with you as you deal with the most destructive and powerful hurricane ever seen in the Northeast United States. This tragedy deserves sympathy, support and prayer. Every American stands by your side and stands ready to help.

I’ve been predicting a Romney landslide since May 30 in media across the country. I doubled down in early October with my opinion pieces here at Personal Liberty. I tripled down with my appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” about 10 days ago. On “O’Reilly,” I coined the phrase “The Chick-fil-A Election” to describe the tidal wave of Christians and faith-based American voters that will rush to the polls on Nov. 6 with intensity and enthusiasm levels never seen in modern U.S. political history.

People hearing my predictions must have thought I was stark raving mad — perhaps like some of you do now. After all, most Americans have been bombarded with flawed national polls that based their election models on the once-in-a-lifetime 2008 Democrat turnout.

That is not the turnout of 2012.

My commentaries were not based on polls. I’m not a pollster. I’m a Vegas-oddsmaker-turned-Vice-Presidential-nominee (in 2008 for the Libertarian Presidential ticket) and now political analyst. My polls are my gut instincts. My subjects aren’t 500 random strangers on the phone afraid to tell the truth to pollsters. My subjects are my diverse group of middle-class American friends — the kind who determine the winner of virtually every election. I’ve seen this political earthquake coming for months.

While the media and pollsters talked about “Romney’s single female gap,” I talked to married women and found them angry, offended, motivated and mobilized to defeat Obama.

While the media talked about “Romney’s black voter gap,” I talked to white voters and found them angry, offended, motivated and mobilized to defeat Obama — and not because he’s black. Many of them voted for him in 2008 because he’s black, out of guilt. Four years later, they are motivated to throw him out because he’s either a socialist or completely incompetent.

While the media talked about “Romney’s Latino gap,” I talked to small-business owners who understand up close and personal how terrible the economy really is, and who see it getting worse. While about 30 percent of my small-business owner friends gave Obama a chance four years ago, today I can’t find one who supports Obama. Not one. And they are also motivated and mobilized to defeat Obama.

And then there’s the group that liberals in the media don’t know, don’t care about and don’t understand. This group is mad as hell and won’t take it anymore. I talked to Catholics and evangelical Christians and found them the angriest, the most offended, the most motivated and the most mobilized of all.

From the seething anger I witnessed, I predicted a turnout of Christians and people of faith in numbers never seen before. Remember the long lines in front of Chick-fil-A restaurants a few months ago? I predicted you’d see those same long lines in front of polling places on Election Day (or sooner). Christians are sick of turning the other cheek while their values are denigrated and their country is destroyed. Christians will lead the conservative tidal wave on Election Day. They can’t wait to take their country back from a man (President Obama) that seems to despise capitalism, disrespects faith and religion, never misses an opportunity to offend or damage our relationship with Israel, and fails to recognize the massive threat we face from radical Islam.

Chick-fil-A was the subtle hint of what’s coming on Nov. 6. I guess New York Times pollster Nate Silver didn’t notice. I suppose none of the New York Times-reading, latte-drinking, hypocritical limousine liberals noticed the other big development of the past few days: the Rev. Billy Graham endorsing Romney and supporting him with full-page ads in newspapers across America. Just another monumental development ignored by the mainstream media.

Then came the shocking polls that confirmed my gut instincts. First, Gallop released its extensive poll regarding the makeup of the 2012 electorate. For the first time in history, Republican voters outnumber Democrats. And independents, who form an enormous chunk of the electorate, also vote overwhelmingly Republican. All the polls based on the 2008 Democrat turnout were based on the wrong model — just as I predicted.

Then Gallop released its findings of the early Presidential voting. Shocking. Romney leads by 7 points, despite Obama’s vaunted get-out-the-vote machine – 7 points. That’s a 22-point turnaround from 2008 when Obama led John McCain by 15 points in early voting – 22 points.

Then Battleground Polling released its bipartisan prediction of the final outcome of the election: Romney by 5 points. Keep in mind this is a bipartisan polling organization headed by one Republican and one Democrat.

Finally, Rasmussen released its poll showing Romney leading for the first time in Ohio. The Obama firewall is disintegrating.

I went out on a limb three weeks ago at Personal Liberty to predict a 5 point to 7 point Romney popular vote victory and an electoral landslide of 100 to 120 votes.

I’m going out on a limb again. My prediction will be right on the money; or if it’s off, it was perhaps just a tad on the low side. Romney has already salted away 2008 Obama States like Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Indiana. States such as Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and New Hampshire are all trending toward Romney.

Romney has now extended the battlefield to States no one ever imagined. He is adding last-second media buys (TV ads) to deep-blue Democrat States like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota. Obama’s firewall has been breached. The rout is on.

Just as I predicted, just like Ronald Reagan/Jimmy Carter, it took voters a while to make their decision — to make the connection between a horrible economy, the collapse of small business, the loss of jobs and the man in the White House who is either incompetent or a Marxist. Same economy, same circumstances, same clueless fool in the White House, same decision. If we are ever to see economic growth and jobs again, it’s Obama that needs to join the unemployment line.

By Election Day, with the momentum all in favor of Romney, I believe deep-blue Pennsylvania will go red for Romney. Michigan and Minnesota are also within reach.

A Reagan-like landslide is now a very real possibility. And liberals should give delusional and clueless pollster Silver of The New York Times a gold watch and a retirement dinner.

I’m Wayne Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week with a post-election celebration.

I Am On Obama’s Enemies List

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Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Before I even begin my video commentary today, I’d like to read you a major part of the Articles of Impeachment that Congress leveled at President Richard Nixon:

He (Nixon) has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

My commentary this week is a personal story. It’s as personal as you can get. You see, I am on Barack Obama’s enemies list. I believe Obama is employing the same tactics as President Nixon. If so, he should meet the same fate: Congress should investigate and, if proven true, impeach Barack Obama for violating the Constitutional rights of American citizens.

Here’s my personal story. I’ve gone through an almost two-year ordeal with the IRS which, I believe, was triggered by my vocal criticism of the Obama Administration. Americans need to hear this story of a small-business owner — not a billionaire — with an unblemished tax record for 30 years suddenly facing this kind of harassment, persecution and intimidation.

If a President of the United States can go after me personally because he doesn’t like my political beliefs, then no one is safe. Today, it’s me; tomorrow it could be you. It doesn’t matter if the President is Republican or Democrat. This cannot be allowed to happen to anyone, regardless of his party or his beliefs.

But it is happening. I’ve done my own personal investigation, and I’ve found a pattern of abuse. This is happening all across America. Our Commander in Chief is a bully. Just like in the old Soviet Union, he’s using the power of the IRS and other government agencies to punish his political opposition and to try to intimidate and silence his critics.

It’s time for Congress to get involved. It’s time for Congressional hearings to determine if this is a widespread pattern of abuse. If this is a pattern of Obama using government to destroy his opposition, to destroy people’s lives, whether it is billionaires or small-business owners like me, Obama and his henchmen must be held accountable. The government of the United States has no right to persecute its citizens for political purposes.

This all started in 2008 when I became the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee and was campaigning across America. I informed audiences that I was Obama’s college classmate, class of ’83 at Columbia University. I told audiences what I thought Obama’s goal would be as President. I predicted he’d follow the strategy taught by two former Columbia professors, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.

I predicted that Obama would promote policies that would damage the economy and bankrupt the business community, so as to cause doubts about capitalism — to shake our faith in the current system. I predicted that he’d accomplish all that by overwhelming the system with spending, addicting a record number of Americans to entitlements, exploding the debt, demonizing business owners and then trying to convince the masses to redistribute wealth (with massive tax increases). 

Sound familiar? It’s all happened exactly according to plan. My prediction was on the money (excuse the pun).

Over the past four years, my opinions critical of the Obama Administration appeared in newspapers across the country and many of the Internet’s most popular conservative websites (like Personal Liberty and FOX News), reaching tens of millions of Americans. I made frequent television appearances on networks like Fox News and CNBC and thousands of appearances on talk radio — always criticizing Obama and his anti-business, anti-capitalist policies.

Obviously, this caught the attention of Obama and his socialist cabal that was hell-bent on destroying capitalism — and anyone who got in the way. Obviously, Obama’s dirty tricks Chicago hit squad decided to intimidate and distract me, in the form of an unsettling call from the IRS.

In January of 2011, an IRS agent called my home and left a message. Without waiting for a response, he immediately called my accountant. We were both shocked at how eager and excited he sounded to get started. My accountant told the IRS agent that he had my “power of attorney” and he was to speak only with the accountant from this point forward.

Guess what this overzealous IRS agent did next? He immediately called me again.

My accountant remarked that in 30 years of dealing with IRS audits, he’d never heard of an IRS agent starting an investigation with a phone call to the taxpayer, then the taxpayer’s accountant and then the taxpayer again. The IRS always sends a letter asking the taxpayer to call them. That was the tipoff something was out of the ordinary. My conversation with the IRS agent seemed odd as well.

The agent let me know that he understood that my accountant had the power of attorney and he was not allowed to speak to me. But he said he just wanted to speak with me once because he was “my biggest fan.” He just had to tell me that he read all of my political columns and often listened to me on the radio. Then, he said he supported my politics and agreed with most everything I said. He said that he personally requested to be my auditor and it was a great “honor” to be auditing me.

I hung up the phone and felt a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. This was an unsettling conversation. It was clear to me that the IRS agent was trying to imitate “Columbo” (the detective from the 1970’s hit TV show). He was playing a game, trying to win my confidence, let my guard down, to hide a more sinister motive. I immediately thought to myself, “This agent is telling a story to try to throw me off the scent of what’s really happening — an attempt to persecute and intimidate a critic of President Obama, ordered by the Obama administration.”

Soon, my gut instinct was verified. My accountant called to say he’d had several conversations with the IRS agent and something seemed very different from any IRS audit he’d ever handled. This agent clearly had an agenda. He was unreasonable. He disregarded facts. He simply disallowed virtually all of my legal deductions. There was even a debate over my mortgage deduction. Soon, he was auditing a second year. It got worse with each conversation.

My accountant called and said, “Wayne, it is so clear that this IRS agent is out to badly damage you. You must hire a top tax lawyer. This is like nothing I’ve ever dealt with. This is not an ordinary IRS audit. You need legal representation right now.”

Please keep in mind, I’m no billionaire or big shot politician. I’m a small-business owner, home-schooling dad and citizen politician. With my many businesses and careers all struggling in this Obama economy, I was now facing a massive IRS attack, an unaffordable tax bill and huge legal fees to fight it.

Soon thereafter I found out that my accountant of 25 years — one of the finest, nicest, men I’ve ever met in my life — had also just received an IRS audit notice for himself only weeks after mine. Coincidence?

I got the message: This was an attack based on my political views. I researched tax attorneys and found the best one in the country. He agreed to handle my case. He looked over my tax records and assured me that he felt the IRS agent was 100 percent incorrect in his belief that any taxes were due. My attorney was also concerned that a review of the audit revealed a highly and unusually aggressive IRS position.

As such, my attorney immediately changed venue to Los Angeles (where he is based) and appealed the case to U.S. Tax Court in California. After almost 18 months of sleepless nights, lawyer bills I could not afford, accounting bills I could not afford, damage to my marriage and who knows how many years of my life reduced by stress, this past July we won a full and complete victory. Not a dime was owed. All of the IRS agent’s unreasonable and overzealous assertions were thrown out. Case closed. 100 percent vindication. Complete victory.

Except the story isn’t over. It gets far worse. I had five days to celebrate. Five days to feel like my life was mine again, with no cloud hanging over me. Five days to hug my wife, with both of us exhaling and repeating out loud: “No more IRS. No more cloud over our heads. No more legal fees!”

And then the unimaginable happened. My tax attorney called to say: “Are you sitting down? I have bad news. I don’t know what to say, but the IRS just contacted me. You’re being audited again.” 

We had just won a complete victory for the years 2007 and 2008 five days before. And now I was being audited again (for the 2009 and 2010 tax years) five days later. In all his many years of practicing tax law, my tax attorney has never heard of such a situation. Ever.

And the new IRS agent treated my attorney the same way: with disdain. He disallowed every legal deduction. It was the same treatment all over again.

Here’s some important personal history you need to know. I have a perfect tax history. Not a single blemish. Thirty years of filing taxes without a problem. I was chosen at random for two audits in my life and came out of both owing nothing — not one dollar. I’ve never been late with a tax bill in my life. I’ve never owed money on a payment plan to the IRS. Nothing. I’m a model citizen and taxpayer.

The odds of this being some random occurrence are zero. People with perfect tax records for 30 years don’t suddenly become an IRS tax target. And certainly not after winning a complete 100 percent victory in U.S. Tax Court only five days before. There is no such thing ever.

And I’m not a billionaire. I’m not wealthy at all. There’s nothing big to go after. This is not just a witch hunt, but a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. Why would the IRS be persecuting a small-business owner (twice) who happens to be a vocal critic of President Obama?

There’s the answer. The answer is my media megaphone.

That’s why this story is so chilling. If this is allowed to stand, then anyone who has an opinion that government or a politician doesn’t like is at risk of being persecuted, harassed, intimidated and ruined. Free speech is at risk. Today, it’s me; tomorrow it could be you — even if you’re just a small-business owner.

Remember the famous lesson of the Holocaust?

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

I’m one of several who have come forward to call attention to this dangerous pattern of political persecution going on under Obama, but I’m betting that this is happening all across America to Republican and conservative critics and donors.

We know from media reports that virtually every Tea Party in the country is under IRS attack — not just simple harassment. The IRS is asking frightening questions, such as demanding the names of all members, donors and even speakers at Tea Party events. Are all of these critics of Obama being targeted for IRS persecution because of their ideological beliefs? And what are they doing with the names of Tea Party speakers? Let me give you two guesses: attacking them with IRS audits or attacking them with IRS audits?

We know Sheldon Adelson, the biggest GOP donor in America, is suddenly under Justice Department investigation. Coincidence? He calls it a “smear campaign” orchestrated by the Obama Administration.

Steve Wynn is another outspoken critic of Obama and a major GOP donor. He has been quoted as calling Obama the most anti-business President of his lifetime. Wynn says every business owner he knows is frightened by Obama. Days ago, it was disclosed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Wynn, too, is under Federal investigation. Coincidence? 

I’m sure the lawyers of billionaire CEOs like Adelson and Wynn have told their clients to no longer criticize Obama publicly. This is how Obama plays the game — like the Mafia. He learned it from politicians in Chicago. This is how you silence your critics.

I have had numerous conversations with high-profile friends who contribute to the GOP or are GOP bundlers, and they are also being audited by the IRS. One of my neighbors is a big GOP fundraiser and bundler, and he’s being attacked by the IRS. Several friends of mine know wealthy donors who received an IRS audit notice only weeks after making major contributions to Romney. One such donor has even gone public. His name is Frank VanderSloot. Just a few weeks after giving $1 million to Romney, he came under attack from both the IRS and the Labor Department. Coincidence?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell even recently accused Obama of using “Nixonian” tactics to target and silence Republican donors.

How many more victims of this Obama witch hunt are out there? I’m betting after my story comes out, thousands of GOP politicians, donors, Obama critics and conservative talk hosts come out of the woodwork to say that they, too, are under IRS attack. This is no coincidence. This can’t be an isolated incident. This is a pattern of abuse. It’s happening right now, right here in America under Obama.

It’s time for all of us to speak up now, before Obama is re-elected and we lose the right to speak out. Free speech and political expression are endangered in Obama’s second term. It is time for Congressional investigations. It is also time for Congress to pass a law that no Administration has the right to order the IRS to attack critics. It is time to reign in our government. It is time to demand an end to government witch hunts ordered by powerful politicians. It is time to shine the light of day on government attempts to intimidate and silence political opponents.

When President Nixon was found to be playing dirty tricks and targeting political opponents, the media screamed loudly about oppression, persecution and political intimidation and cried out for criminal investigations. Where is the media this time? It is time for the media to get outraged and demand Obama be held accountable, just as they did with Nixon.

Let me state this clearly. The IRS isn’t the problem. The IRS is filled with mostly good people, trying to do their jobs. They are just like you and me. But when they get a call from high above, from the office of the President of the United States or a close friend of the President, then they are fearful for their jobs. My outrage is toward President Obama and his henchmen. This is so wrong on so many levels.

But the bad news for Obama and his political mobsters is that they picked on the wrong guy. Not only have I never had a problem with the IRS in my life, I’m willing to do everything in my power to call out this political attack for what it really is. It is time for you to join me in asking questions about the harassment being aimed at critics of the Obama White House. It’s time for Congressional investigations.

I am on Obama’s enemies list. Next, it could be any one of us. It could be you. This cannot be allowed to go on in the United States of America.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I pray that none of you ever have to go through what I’ve been through for the past 22 months. No matter what your political party. No matter what your beliefs. Not in America. This cannot stand.

See you next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

‘That Damn Record’

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Did you see Tuesday’s second Presidential debate? It was like a heavyweight championship rematch. And Romney sealed the deal with another knockout performance. But this time it wasn’t Obama’s fault. He came ready to rumble. This time it was that damn record that got in Obama’s way. Remember the O.J. Simpson case? This time the glove fit. Let me explain.

No one has EVER been able to go into the ring with Obama — the heavyweight talker — and “take it to him.” Knock him out. Leave him reeling. Leave him shaking and breathless from body blows. Until Mitt Romney. Not just because Mitt is the smartest guy in the room — and he is. But because Obama has never in his career had to run on an actual record.

Obama has been allowed his entire career to lie with impunity. He is a lawyer. He is a great talker. He is a world-class debater. He can win an argument with anyone — with his fancy talk, propaganda and rhetoric. But things have changed. The difference is Obama now has a record he can’t escape from.

That damn record was Obama’s undoing on Tuesday night. You can’t talk your way out of a record. You can’t sweet talk America when the facts are staring every voter right in the face. This time Obama was prepared, alert, aggressive, in fine fighting form. He did everything right. He was ready for his big comeback. Yet he lost badly again. Because the facts ate him up. That damn record ruined everything.

One comment by Mitt was symbolic of the defeat Obama was about to experience. Mitt said, “You’re a good speaker, but you’ve got a record.”

Obama’s record is a millstone around his neck. In this heavyweight prizefight rematch, Romney hit him again and again — and hurt him badly — by simply pointing out his record. These weren’t slaps. These were gut shots. Shots to the body that leave a fighter in agony. There was no response to that record. Even the great socialist orator could not overcome that damn record. He was left motionless on the canvas, gasping for air.

The body blows kept coming fast and furious (excuse the pun) all night:

Energy. Obama seemed to lay claim to being “the energy President.” Obama said he loves coal, oil, gas, all forms of drilling. Really? Romney hurt him with repeated body blows — all based on his own record. He pointed out that Obama is trying to destroy the coal business. He’s cut drilling permits by over 50 percent. He killed the Keystone pipeline. Romney even asked a simple but devastating question, “If your energy policy is so great, why have gas prices doubled?” That damn record.

Libya. Obama said he called it a “terror attack” in the Rose Garden the very next day. Really? Romney turned into prosecutor and faced Obama. He nailed him in a complete fabrication. The next day? But didn’t Obama wait 14 days to call it a “terror attack?” Didn’t he in fact blame a YouTube video? Didn’t he allow Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador, to claim on Sunday talk shows five days later that it was “a spontaneous protest?” Obama was outsmarted by Mitt. Caught in a lie with the Nation watching, Obama looked shocked and disgusted. That damn record.

Women’s rights. Obama scored points with his single mom story. Then he hit Mitt with contraception and Planned Parenthood. In a Presidential debate four years ago, with no record to defend, Obama would have knocked Romney out with women. But not this time. Not with that damn record — the millstone around his neck. Romney pointed out the record. Women have lost 580,000 jobs under Obama. Three point five million more women are in poverty. Romney pointed out that a strong economic recovery is the best answer to how we help women. Create an economy that is growing and creating jobs and businesses will jump to hire women, and offer flexible schedules. Obama is offering you free contraception, but no job. That’s a really bad tradeoff. That damn record.

Guns. Obama was practically claiming to be “the pro gun President.” He said he’s a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. But that damn record got in the way again. At this moment, Obama became a joke. Romney didn’t need to say a thing. We were all laughing too hard at the lies this man tells. But just for good measure, Romney savaged him by bringing up the “Fast and Furious” gun scandal. He pointed out that it was the Obama administration that was selling guns and getting people killed. Oops. That damn record again.

The economy. Obama is good. If there was no record to defend, I have no doubt that 55 percent of American voters would choose his socialist pathway of big government, big taxes and big spending. But there’s that damn record to defend again. Romney took it to him. Twenty-three million unemployed. A drop in unemployment, only due to people losing hope and dropping out of the search for a job. Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs lost. A giant drop in income for middle class households. Anemic GDP growth. Worse growth this year than last year. You could see Obama thinking “That damn record is killing me.”

Debt. Obama beat Romney up pretty good over the debt that his lower taxes might cause. Until Romney brought up Obama’s actual record. Over $5 trillion in new debt. A promise to cut the deficit in half, yet instead Obama doubled it. Suddenly Obama looked small, powerless, weak. You can’t defend that damn record.

Obamacare. Romney took that myth out with one body blow. He pointed out that Obama promised healthcare costs would be down $2,500 per family during his first term, but costs are up $2,500 per family. That damn record.

Small business. Here Obama told the whopper of all time. He said he’s cut taxes 18 times for small business. Really. I own multiple small businesses. My taxes haven’t been cut one time, nor one penny under Obama. Obamacare will be a massive tax increase in January. Who is this man kidding? But Romney rushed to the center of the ring, and knocked him out with a right hook. He pointed out that regulation has tripled for businesses under Obama. The small business owners Romney speaks to say they feel under attack from their own government. Great line. Direct hit to the kidney. That damn record.

Obama is such a good lawyer, such a good talker, he could have gotten O.J. Simpson off. He’s that good. But the O.J. case was about circumstantial evidence. In Obama’s case, the facts are in. Even Obama the lawyer couldn’t get Obama off. The facts of Obama’s first term buried the President under a barrage of hooks and haymakers.

That damn record. To put it in lawyer’s parlance, this time the glove fit.

 

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Why Romney Will Win By A Landslide, Part 2

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. My commentary right here at PersonalLiberty.com predicting a Mitt Romney landslide victory back in the spring attracted tremendous attention. It was read and forwarded all over the country. I was called by media from coast to coast to talk about it. The reason it was taken so seriously is my track record as a well-known Las Vegas oddsmaker (the only one in history awarded my own 180-pound granite star in the sidewalk in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Walk of Stars) and, even more importantly, my track record of predicting political races.

In November of 2004, only days before the Presidential election, I went on CNBC and predicted a George W. Bush victory by 3 points and 30 electoral votes. Every poll at the time showed John Kerry in the lead. Bush won by 3 and 35. Newsmax magazine called it the most accurate prediction of 2004.

In October of 2006, I went on Fox News to predict the GOP would get slaughtered in the midterm election and lose Congress. It did.

In December 2011, before the GOP primary, I predicted Mitt Romney would win the GOP Presidential nomination and go on to win the Presidency. For the next few months, Romney trailed by a wide margin to a range of contenders: Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. It seemed no one wanted Mitt for President. It seemed no one believed in Mitt — no one, that is, except this Las Vegas oddsmaker and capitalist evangelist.

Fast-forward to spring 2012 after Romney clinched the GOP Presidential race but trailed in every poll to President Barack Obama. I boldly predicted a Mitt Romney landslide on Nov. 6.

Fast-forward to June 2012 when experts forecast a defeat for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election. Unions were pouring unheard-of sums into the race in a longtime Democratic State that welcomes union rights. I boldly predicted a Walker landslide victory of 7 to 10 points. He won by exactly 7 (despite reported Democratic voter irregularities).

For the past month, as Mitt Romney trailed badly in every poll (especially in the all-important battleground States), I continued to predict a big Romney victory. Today I’m making it official: I’m doubling down. Mitt Romney will win the Presidency, and it won’t be close.

I’m predicting a 5- to 7-point popular vote victory. Electorally, it won’t be that close. Romney will win many States that went to Obama in 2008. I’m predicting Romney victories in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Indiana. I predict a Romney victory by 100 to 120 electoral votes.

In the days before the first Presidential debate, polls showed Romney trailing badly in most of those States. But, as I’ve argued from day one, the polls are wrong. They are badly skewed toward Democrats. Quite simply, they are over-polling Democratic voters and assuming a turnout that looks like 2008, when record numbers of Democrats came out for Obama.

After Romney’s overwhelming victory in the first debate, he now leads or is dead even in battleground States where, only days before, he was supposedly way behind. My contention is a 1-point Romney lead in those Democrat-skewed polls is really a comfortable 5- to 7-point Romney lead on Election Day.

There are several specific reasons I predict a comfortable Romney victory on Election Day:

The news media are ignoring signs of mass revulsion towards Obama. In the West Virginia Democratic primary, a felon got 40 percent of the vote versus Obama. In deep-blue Massachusetts and Connecticut, GOP Senate candidates are even or leading in recent polls. In pro-union Wisconsin, Walker won by a country mile. But worst of all for Obama, several recent polls show Romney competitive in Illinois — Obama’s home State. Romney is actually winning by a landslide in the suburbs of Obama’s Chicago. Even in Cook County, the country’s biggest Democratic stronghold, Romney leads by double digits among independents (43-31) and white voters (53-40). These are very bad signs for Obama.

In 2008, Democrats overwhelmingly controlled the majority of Governorships. Today, Republicans control the majority of Governorships. Presidential elections are always steered in each State by the Governor, the most powerful force in State politics.

After the 2010 census, electoral votes were added to States that lean Republican in elections: Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah. Deep-blue Democratic States like New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Massachusetts lost electoral votes.

That brings up an interesting point. Why is everyone running away from these ultra-liberal, high-tax States in the first place? Isn’t that alone proof of the failure of Democratic ideas?

Next, follow the money trail. Yes, Obama is raising plenty of money, although there is a major question if it’s coming from illegal foreign contributors. But forget all that. What matters is that in 2008 Obama overwhelmed McCain by outspending him 10 to 1 down the stretch. That won’t happen in 2012. Romney is even with Obama, in the last two weeks of the election. That makes a huge difference in the outcome.

Christians will turn out in record numbers this year. Obama has offended Christians again and again. In the last election, 20 million evangelical Christians did not vote. They will turn out in record numbers in 2012 to defeat the most anti-Christian President in U.S. history. How motivated are Christians? Did you see the long lines around the country to support Chick-fil-A a few weeks ago? You’ll see those same lines on Election Day.

Voter rolls have been purged in 2012 of felons and illegals in many States, particularly Florida and Ohio. Turnout of Democrats will be nothing like 2008. That brings up another important question. What kind of political party relies on felons and people illegally in the country to win elections?

The “enthusiasm factor” for Romney is huge. Conservatives are focused, intense, motivated and enthusiastic. Democrats turned out for Obama in record numbers in 2008. Today, they are demoralized. A big edge goes to Romney on Election Day as conservatives, white voters, middle-class voters and independents turn out in record numbers for Romney. I know several people who voted for Obama in 2008, but never will again. Does anyone know a McCain voter who will vote for Obama in 2012? There are none.

Finally, history proves that a majority of undecided voters break for the challenger. Romney will take most of the undecided voters on Election Day — just like Ronald Reagan did versus Jimmy Carter in 1980. Romney’s fantastic debate performance gave them confidence to choose the challenger. This is Carter/Reagan all over again. The same horrible economy. The same economically ignorant fool in the White House bringing misery to Americans. The same economic collapse under the weight of socialist, pro-union, soak-the-rich, demonize-the-business-owners policies.

I predict the same result on Election Day. Mitt Romney will win in a landslide. And If I’m wrong, God help the United States of America.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you right back here next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

I Told You So…The Romney Landslide Begins

I made a bold prediction four months ago here at Personal Liberty Digest™ — that Mitt Romney was on his way to a landslide victory over Barack Obama. I called it a repeat of Ronald Reagan’s landslide over incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Don’t look now, but that prediction just became reality.

Romney schooled Obama in the debate last night. He made Obama look weak, small and childlike. Obama was listless and uninspiring, could not look Romney in the eyes and, worst of all, could not muster the confidence or energy to defend his own record. The whole Nation saw it: The emperor has no clothes.

Where’s a teleprompter when you really need it?

It all ended for Obama on Wednesday night. Romney is not only the smartest guy in the room (by far), but he proved it on that Presidential debate stage.

Romney was at ease. He was smiling. He was willing to look Obama right in the eye, debunk his lies and take the fight to him. Romney stayed on message. It was as if Romney’s debate coach were James Carville; the message was, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

It’s easy to lie when you are speaking to journalists who are gushing fans of your ultra-liberal policies. But it isn’t so easy to lie on that stage, with the Nation watching and with your opponent staring at you. Obama’s lies, myths and misrepresentations about Romney’s tax and budget plans were all debunked on that stage Wednesday night.

Of course, the great zinger that exposed Obama’s lies was when Romney said that raising five boys had prepared him for hearing things that aren’t true, and then hearing the lie repeated over and over again to try to make it appear true.

Every parent in America was smiling and nodding.

Romney won the debate by looking Presidential and staying focused on distinct targeted messages.

First, that he will cut taxes without adding to the deficit, and will never raise taxes on the middle class. Ever.

Second, that what matters above all else now is jobs. That is Romney’s priority. And you can create jobs only by growing the economy. And you can grow the economy only by keeping taxes low, cutting regulations and reducing the size of the government.

Third, that Obama is the one hurting seniors by cutting more than $700 billion from Medicare. Romney will protect Medicare and change nothing for current recipients. Obama is endangering it. Suddenly every senior in America was reassured this is not a man with a radical plan, nor should they ever fear losing their Medicare or Social Security.

Fourth, that Obama promised to cut the debt in half, but instead he doubled it. Romney called it immoral to keep spending more than we take in. Did you see the look on Obama’s face? Did you see his body language? He looked like a defeated man. He looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on that stage defending his record. Of course, that’s because his record on debt and spending is in fact indefensible.

Fifth, Romney pointed out that Obamacare will cost $2,500 more per family, and that it will kill jobs. Obamacare will make it less likely that small businesses will hire people. Romney used something that befuddles Obama: facts. He pointed out that the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 20 million Americans will lose their current insurance under Obamacare.

You could almost hear millions of Americans who are happy with their current insurance standing and cheering for Romney.

Then Romney went for the kill. He pointed out that Obama wasted his first two years on Obamacare — something the majority of Americans didn’t even want — in the middle of an economic tragedy, when jobs should have been his priority. He squandered his two years when he should have been fighting for jobs for the American people.

You could feel the life ebb out of Obama. He looked so small, he almost disappeared.

But the line of the night that completely emasculated Obama was: “Yes, Mr. President your spending does show your priorities. You spent $90 billion on green energy tax breaks. That’s like 50 years of tax breaks to oil companies. You gave $90 billion to companies like Solyndra. You could have hired 2 million teachers with that money.”

Bull’s-eye.

Romney looked and sounded like a President. He showcased his CEO leadership skills. Obama was depressed, befuddled, stumbling, bumbling and fumbling throughout the night. He wasn’t Presidential, even though he’s the President. He was a man out of his league. Obama looked like a scared young grad student debating his economics professor. I almost felt bad for him.

Almost.

In the end, Jim Lehrer had the best line of the night when he tried to stop Obama from going over his allotted time. He said, “Mr. President, your time is up.”

How prophetic.

–Wayne Allyn Root

Obama’s Suicide Economy

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. As John Lennon might say, “I want you to imagine with me for a moment.”

Imagine a U.S. President presiding over a country in major economic decline: sales tax revenues plunging; unemployment growing worse by the month; petroleum sales (the foundation of our economy) sinking like a rock; GDP anemic; the real estate crash worse than the 1929 Great Depression; 40 percent of the net assets of the average American gone; prices for food and gas skyrocketing; and suicides going up so fast, they now outnumber deaths from car accident.

Imagine that. It’s unthinkable!

Now, imagine in the face of all that, the mainstream media claiming things are getting better, refusing to challenge the President when he repeats over and over again the lie that “we are in recovery” and viciously attacking the Presidential challenger for daring to criticize the incumbent President? You’d be insane to picture that set of circumstances, right?

Sadly, it’s happening right now. We’ve gone from the world’s greatest economic superpower to an Obama economy where Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi claim food stamps and unemployment benefits are economic activity. And in our final death throes under Obama we’ve become “The Suicide Economy.” That’s right. Americans are so happy and financially secure under Obama, they are committing suicide in record numbers. More people are now purposely killing themselves than die in car accidents — for the first time ever.

How bad is the economy? Here are the stats the mainstream media are covering up:

A month ago, California reported sales tax revenues plunged a shocking $539 million below expectations. That’s over a half billion dollars in one State, in one month. Does that sound like a recovery to you?

The jobless rate rose in 44 States in July, including nine out of 10 battleground States. In August, Nevada’s unemployment went back up past 12 percent again. Does that sound like a recovery to you?

The American Petroleum Institute reports that U.S. consumer demand for oil and other forms of petroleum in July was the lowest since 1995. Does that sound like a recovery?

The labor force participation rate for all workers is the lowest since 1981, but for men it’s the lowest in over half a century (since 1948). Obama’s campaign slogan is “Forward.” When it comes to jobs we are heading 55 years backward. Does that sound like a recovery?

“Help wanted” ads have collapsed in back-to-back months to the lowest levels since the Lehman Brothers financial disaster. Does that sound like a recovery?

Just days ago, we heard the terrible news that durable goods orders dropped a horrific 13.2 percent last month. That is a measure of factory activity. This was the worst drop since the throes of the deep 2009 recession. More signs of business off the rails under Obama.

The final sobering stat is that 37,000 Americans are now committing suicide annually under Obama — more than die in car accidents — for the first time ever. Does that sound like a recovery?

There are two conclusions to be drawn from all these sobering economic statistics, but especially the rise in suicides.

First, there is no recovery. We are in far deeper economic trouble than the media admit. I’m an entrepreneur, small-business owner and capitalist evangelist who happens to have a media megaphone. I can tell you from firsthand experience what is happening at ground zero of the economy. Business is what I do, what I live, every minute of every day. And I can report that it’s ugly (and getting uglier) on Main Street.

There are no jobs. There is no improvement in business. I predict that soon after the holidays (and the election), if the massive tax increases are allowed to take effect, the U.S. economy will suffer a dramatic collapse. The stats reported above are warning signs of a coming economic Armageddon. Is anyone listening?

But as bad as things are here, Europe is the real “canary in the coal mine.” Looking at the EU is like looking into a mirror to see America’s future under Obama. Just in the past few days, we saw in the headlines stories about what is unfolding in Europe: unrest in the streets, rioting, violence, one-third of the business in Athens out of business, middle-class people starving and scavenging through dumpsters in Hungary and Greece.

All of this pain and tragedy is caused by big government and big debt. By governments spending far more than they take in. Eventually, it catches up with you. Eventually, the investors of the world stop lending you money. And then, the crisis hits. All at once, your country goes from a normal existence to a Great Depression to a daily struggle for survival. Don’t look now, but it’s headed your way, folks.

Obama is leading us in the exact same direction as Europe. Obama’s plan is just Europe’s plan for the past half century. It’s just old, tired, worn-out, refried socialist failure.

The sales tax drop in California, the drop in petroleum product sales, the drop in factory activity, the drop in “help wanted” ads, the rise in depression and suicides: These are all signs of where we are headed. All the tragic economic statistics above prove that even Obama and the Fed cannot print enough fake money to paper over the truth — just as the European Central Bank and the IMF (International Monetary Fund) can’t print enough money to paper over the truth about Europe. The EU is broke, insolvent and about to experience an economic tragedy that history will talk about for centuries to come. And, of course, the EU is going to break up.

The second conclusion you can draw from the stats above is that the mainstream media are trying to protect Obama. They know that these bleak economic facts would doom Obama’s re-election. So they have imposed a total media blackout. You’ll never hear the truth about the state of our economy from the mainstream media.

Just consider if suicides were dramatically up under a Republican President like Reagan or Romney at the same time the economy was in free fall, what would the media say? They would not only make the connection, they’d be trumpeting this tragedy in bold headlines 24 hours a day. They would blame the suicides on the poor economy. They’d blame it on capitalism. They’d blame it all the spending cuts and lack of compassion of a Republican President.

So far, Obama gets a pass because of the biased, leftist media. But history won’t be so kind. There is only one way to describe what we are all living through.

Someday, history books will call this “Obama’s Suicide Economy.”

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you right back here next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

Obama’s White Voter Gap

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Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Did you see the latest POLITICO poll just out this week? Mitt Romney has a 14-point lead among middle-class voters.

This poll points to a problem rarely ever mentioned in the media. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have a big problem — as wide as the Grand Canyon. The biased leftist media (which are openly rooting for Obama) constantly trumpet Mitt Romney’s problems with black, Latino and female voters ad nauseam. But what about Obama’s lack of support among white voters? It is historically large, and it is fueling Romney’s big lead among the middle class. See the latest Rasmussen poll that shows Romney with a 20-point lead among white voters: http://newyorklibertyreport.com/?p=14423

Or what about Obama’s problems in the latest POLITICO poll with males (Romney is up 6), white women (Romney is up 9), married voters (Romney is up 14) and older Americans (Romney is up 7). Other polls show big problems for Obama with veteran, religious, middle-class and independent voters. Obama’s gaps with those groups are all as bad as any voter gap that Romney suffers. But the media never happens to mention them. Strange.

It seems like a hundred times a day we hear or see or read media reports about “Romney’s problem” with black voters, Latino voters and female voters — particularly single women. The media love the term “Romney’s female voter gap.”

The media also love to trumpet polls showing Obama has the lead. Funny how they don’t mention that Rasmussen and Gallop, the two polls regarded as the most accurate by many experts, both show a dead even race. Ronald Reagan was way down to Jimmy Carter at this same time in 1980, yet Reagan won by a historic landslide. Some might conclude that Obama is in big trouble.

The media also never mention that all the other polls are skewed heavily toward Democratic voters (based on the 2008 turnout). Because of the “enthusiasm factor” among conservatives, I believe that the turnout in 2012 will look much more like the GOP Congressional landslide of 2010 (led by the Tea Party turnout) than the Obama Presidential victory in 2008.

So in light of all this, where are the articles and commentaries about Obama’s big problems? Doesn’t anyone in the media notice the only white male voters in the country that the Democratic Party can attract nowadays are union members (and no longer all of them) and media employees (they get 100 percent of those). If the purpose of the media is to report “fair and balanced,” why are they ignoring such a big story? You might call it “the elephant in the room.”

So why do the media talk nonstop about Romney’s female and minority gaps but not even mention Obama’s large white, independent, middle-class, married and male gaps? Why do the media seem to report only on the polls that show the worst results for Romney?

While many of these badly Democrat-skewed polls show Obama leading in battleground States, they forget to mention that Romney is either ahead or dead even in several States that Obama won in 2008: North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. In deep-blue Connecticut, the GOP is now leading for U.S. Senate. That can’t bode well for Obama. Yet the mainstream media paint a picture of the Romney campaign in panic. This is fraud being perpetrated by the media on the American public.

So let me ask a few simple questions. If Romney, the challenger, is even with a sitting President, shouldn’t the media be probing what’s going wrong for Obama? Shouldn’t they be reporting that the Obama campaign is panicking? It seems that Obama’s the one who now needs hope and change.

Shouldn’t a fair and balanced media be asking: “Why has the Democratic Party become such a pariah with white voters?” Obama got a very large percentage of white voters in 2008, so it’s obviously not racism.

Or: “If Obama won a majority of independents and the middle class in 2008, why has there been such a big turnaround in 2012? Could it be Obama’s policies at fault, and not his skin color?”

And how about this one: “Why do polls show that 99 percent of black voters support Obama?”

This question is important because black unemployment and poverty numbers are the worst in decades under this President. So why would just about 100 percent of black voters support him? No politician in history has ever seen unanimous support from one group before. I think it’s an obvious topic to explore, if the media weren’t scared to death at being called racists for merely asking the question.

One last question: Why has the media chosen to ignore Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke publicly stating a month ago that the unemployment numbers are “grave?” For the Fed, that’s a deeply disturbing word. They never use frightening words in public for fear of exciting or panicking the masses. When they start using strong words like “grave” to describe the state of unemployment, that is a sign that the Fed is in full-scale panic mode.

Shouldn’t the media be tying the Fed Chief’s “grave” economic fears to Obama’s leadership as CEO of the U.S. economy? Shouldn’t the media be questioning loudly if it’s possible to be re-elected with such a poor economic record? They would certainly be doing it with gusto (blaring headlines) if Reagan, Bush or Romney were President.

Funny how the media completely ignore Obama’s big problems with so many crucial voting groups. And his failure with that little thing called the economy. A total media blackout. No one in the mainstream media even thinks to address Obama’s grave problems — especially Obama’s glaring white voter gap. That’s a hot story that’s just waiting to be written.

Media bias to this extent is expected in Russia, Venezuela or Iran. But American voters deserve better.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you right back here next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

Why Didn’t We Fire The Chicago Teachers And Start Over?

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Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. As I record this video, the Chicago teachers strike has just ended after entering a second week. Isn’t that nice of them? The Chicago Teachers Union is getting a raise in the middle of a depression and they have decided to “allow” the kids to go back to school. These are such selfless people! It’s obvious they’re always thinking about the kids!

But even though the strike is now over, this is a perfect time to talk about it, to analyze what just happened. This is what President Obama would call a “teachable moment.” This is Exhibit A for what ails America, for why America is broke, why America is dysfunctional and for why our public school system is in shambles.

The Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the Nation. And their results are among the worst in the Nation. And in the middle of this Obama Great Depression — the second worst economic crisis in our Nation’s history — they went on strike because they were unhappy with a big fat raise, and they did not want to face evaluations of their performance from time to time.

The saddest part of all is how foolish government is. This is like an episode of “Dumb and Dumber.” The negotiation from the start involved government offering a raise, while the greedy teachers union asked for a bigger raise. They were fighting over how much of a raise to give grossly overpaid employees in the middle of a Great Depression. There was never even a thought of cutting their compensation or basing it on performance — like so many of us in the private sector.

The financial crisis we are in, as a country, is because government is full of fools who only know how to negotiate upward — with your tax money!

How broke is America, while we’re giving out raises to teachers? Well, in Cook County (Chicago) the Treasurer recently reported that the debt is $108 billion. Most of that is for pensions for overpaid government employees: $108 billion in one county, in one city. In particular, the Chicago school district faces a $700 million deficit.

Yet the debate was over how much of a raise to give Chicago teachers? This teacher strike is exhibit A for everything wrong with government. Especially Chicago government — the place where Obama learned everything he knows about how to bankrupt a country.

Remember, this strike was about failing employees who are paid an average of $71,000 per year, plus gold-plated healthcare packages, plus $2.4 million per teacher in taxpayer-funded retirement packages.

Yes, I said each teacher gets $2.4 million in retirement. Each.

Now, my wife and I home-schooled our daughter to Harvard, and she was just accepted at Oxford.

There is something wrong here, folks. Keep in mind my retirement (as a business owner) is funded only by me. Yet each Chicago teacher’s $2.4 million golden parachute is paid by you — the taxpayers — even though most taxpayers don’t have a pension!

And the teachers were on strike?

Keep in mind the disgraceful results produced by these striking teachers. For $71,000 per year plus obscene pensions of $77,000 per year, these union teachers have produced a graduation rate of 54 percent. Yet the graduation rate for charter schools in Chicago, with non-union teachers, is 76 percent. What do teachers at charter schools get paid? The average is $48,910 per year. Why do charter schools work so much better? Hmmm, could it be because they are non-union?

Chicago schools have the shortest school day of any major school system in the Nation. Only 33 percent of Chicago students who enter high school will attend college. But worst of all are the figures for African-American students in Chicago. Only one in 40 will graduate college from black, inner-city neighborhoods.

These are the results that teachers think demand big raises, fewer teacher evaluations and more job security? In the private sector these kinds of results would be met with: “You’re fired!”

So how should the strike have been handled? When faced with the strike of government employees, former President Ronald Reagan provided the model. In Reagan’s case it was air traffic controllers. These were (theoretically) irreplaceable employees who direct airplane traffic across the U.S. skies and are responsible for the safety of millions of lives every day. And they were good at their job. Unlike teachers, there were no failures or dropouts in the sky under this group of government employees.

Yet Reagan simply told the whole striking union to report for work in three days, or you’re fired. Forever. Don’t report, and you’re banned for life. When they refused, Reagan fired them all. Forever. Reagan replaced them with military air traffic controllers and supervisors until new controllers could be hired and trained. Result: a seamless transition and not one accident.

Why didn’t we handle the Chicago teachers strike the same way? Report to work or be fired. Forever. Then bring in substitutes and supervisors from across the State. Offer them full-time jobs at one-third lower salaries, one-half the pensions; and demand bigger contributions for their healthcare costs. And tell them the school day just got two hours longer.

I predict you’d have had lines stretching for miles with new teachers driving in from across the Nation begging to be hired. You would have had 10 applicants for every job opening.

If we had fired these greedy, selfish union teachers and brought in younger non-union replacements with fresh ideas, a stronger work ethic, and a positive, can-do attitude, I guarantee you that the kids would have benefited.

Most importantly, the key to my plan would be to incentivize these new teachers with giant bonuses based on performance so that if they produced great results, their salaries would actually wind up higher than the union teachers.

And combine performance-based compensation with school choice. Give vouchers to Chicago’s parents, so they can choose the best school for their children. I guarantee you that competition would improve public schools. This is how you bring competition and capitalism to education. This is how you empower teachers and change the lives of our children. Competition works for Coke and Pepsi and Microsoft and Apple. Why wouldn’t it benefit our education system?

Heck, the results could not get any worse. What do we have to lose? I say end the unions, fire them all and start over. Let’s do it right. Because our children’s entire future is at stake.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place. God Bless.

Why America’s Leading Libertarian Is Endorsing Mitt Romney And Joining The GOP

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for PersonalLiberty.com. I have a major political announcement: the biggest one of my life. Before I tell you about the most important decision of my political life and a little about my personal story that led to this decision, let me first cut to the chase.

If Obama is re-elected on Nov. 6, America and capitalism both face grave danger. I believe America as we know it and love it, the America of our Founding Fathers, the America that embraces capitalism and offers the famous American Dream, the America represented by the U.S. Constitution, the America of freedom, the America that allows the pursuit of happiness — that America is finished. Gone. In the rearview mirror. I don’t believe we ever recover from another four years of Barack Obama.

As Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, I’ve reported for four years now on his plan to overwhelm the U.S. economy and wipe out capitalism. It’s based on the strategy of two Columbia University professors, Cloward and Piven. Obama is following it to perfection. But he has only just begun. He’s actually tried to be reasonable for his first four years because his goal was to be re-elected, so he could finish the job. So he had to be moderate to hold his powder. To hold back from his true radical self.

If Obama is re-elected on Nov. 6, you haven’t seen anything yet. His gloves will be off. He will be free to be his real radical self. Without ever having to face voters again, Obama will truly wreck this economy from sea to shining sea — just as Saul Alinsky, Cloward and Piven, Barack Obama Sr., Frank Marshall, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, and a host of other radical, Marxist, American-haters taught him.

We will face a final economic Armageddon: the total collapse of the U.S. economy and our monetary system. Obama unleashed will send the IRS to crush his political opposition. He will appoint a majority of Supreme Court and Federal judges, so none of his violations of the Constitution will ever again be challenged. His policies will encourage radical Islamic and terrorist rogue states to threaten and eventually destroy Israel. He will finish his destruction — actually, extinction — of our domestic oil, coal, even natural gas industries, so we’ll become more dependent on these rogue terrorist nations who sell us their oil. And he will continue to weaken the U.S. military, so we will be unable to prevent it all from happening.

Have I got your attention now?

Here’s my personal story and my big announcement. It has been a whirlwind last five years in my life. I started out my journey as the antithesis of a politician. As a small businessman, “home-school” dad, Las Vegas oddsmaker and political newcomer running for the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 2007, you couldn’t find more of an anti-politician in all of politics.

But in America anything is possible. In this great country, never discount a long shot. I was elected the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee in 2008. The Bob Barr/Wayne Root Presidential ticket went on to garner the second highest vote total in Libertarian history. I was then elected Chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee and became the No. 1 vote-getter in the country for election to the Libertarian National Committee. Media across the country called me “Mr. Libertarian” in my 4,000 media appearances since 2008.

Today, after giving this many months of thought, I’m announcing the most important decision of my political career. I am stepping down from my roles in the Libertarian Party to rejoin the Republican Party and, most importantly, to elect Mitt Romney as President of the United States.

Why? First, let’s start with what I believe in. I believe in the limited government promised by the U.S. Constitution. I want government to get out of the way of small business owners like me, put fewer rules and regulations in our way, and allow us to keep more of our own money. I want government to remember that it’s our money in the first place. I want politicians to support and motivate the taxpayers, the private sector and small business — the economic engine of America. Small businesses create 75 percent of new jobs and pay most of the taxes in this country.

Under the Obama Administration, we have seen businessmen denigrated, demonized, punished, smothered by 60,000 new rules and regulations, threatened with massive new taxes, and attacked by the IRS. That’s why there are no jobs. That’s why, in my opinion, the economy is in free fall. That’s why America is facing economic collapse and disaster.

I’m a capitalist evangelist. I’m proud to be a small businessman. I love starting and running businesses. What matters now above all else — the issues that are of life-and-death importance to this country, the only issues that matter to 90 percent of Americans — are the economy, creating jobs, lowering spending, lowering the debt and deficit, reducing taxes, and saving capitalism. Because if the economy collapses or your personal economy collapses, what difference does any other issue matter? We need to get our fiscal house in order first, before we can deal with all the other problems. Without an economy, without jobs, nothing else matters. That’s why electing Mitt Romney is so important.

This election is not about Libertarian versus non-Libertarian. This election is about capitalism versus big government progressivism and Big Brother socialism. Mitt Romney believes in the same things I do: keeping businesses free from government intrusion; allowing small business owners to keep more of their own money; and rewarding instead of punishing investors, innovators and job creators. Mitt understands, as President Calvin Coolidge once said: “The business of America is business.”

Mitt understands that Obama’s rhetoric, constant threats against business, union favoritism, IRS intimidation, barrage of tax increases, 60,000 new rules and regulations, $5 trillion in new debt, the added taxes and regulations of Obamacare, and the attempt to ban oil drilling and regulate the coal industry out of existence, have collectively ground the U.S. economy to a halt.

If you don’t believe me, just look across the pond to Europe. They’ve been following Obama’s exact plan for decades. Their mantra was also big government, big unions, big spending, big taxes, big pensions, free healthcare, too many government employees and green energy. The result? Economic disaster on a grand scale. Specifically Greece, Italy and Spain are enduring a tragedy few can even comprehend. France is next. We are following the exact same path under Obama.

Is Mitt perfect? No. Sure, I’d rather have Ron Paul or Rand Paul or Jim DeMint running the economy. Those are principled, Tea Party, fiscal conservatives. And, of course, I’m a fan of Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian nominee for President. But guess what? Wake up. Like it or not, the only candidates that will run this country for the next four years are Obama or Romney. And we cannot afford to give Obama four more years. Period.

The sad reality is that this is our last stand to save America. The defeat of Barack Obama is necessary to save the U.S. economy from complete collapse. We will not survive four more years of Obama as CEO of this economy. I can speak personally; I know my businesses will not survive another four years of Obama. The economy is in free fall here on Main Street. Small-business owners like me are seeing our entire life’s work melting away. Our children’s future is being destroyed before our very eyes.

Don’t believe me? You think things are getting better, as Obama and Clinton claimed at the Democratic Convention? Then you’re in a delusional land of fairy tales. The economy is in danger of complete collapse. Did you see the latest jobs report? Disaster. For every one American landing a job, four dropped off the job rolls. At this rate, we’ll all be unemployed. By the way, unemployment is up in nine of the 10 battleground States. Nine of 10. The 10th is even. Did you notice that sales tax revenues in California in July were down a staggering $530 million versus projections? That’s in one State for one month. Disaster. Did you notice that petroleum sales nationally in July were down to 1996 levels? Disaster. Are you aware that “help wanted” ads are down to levels not seen since the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 (when the entire financial system was on the verge of Armageddon). Of course, you didn’t. The mainstream media don’t cover bad news. It might embarrass Obama.

The U.S. economy is like a very large and diverse failing company in desperate need of a turnaround. What America needs at this moment in history is a turnaround specialist. Not a Libertarian. That’s not the issue right now. We need a leader who knows how to turn around a failing business. We need a job creator with major CEO experience, with specific business-turnaround success, a detailed understanding of economics, a creative and innovative business mind, and a track record of extraordinary success to lead this country back from the edge of the fiscal cliff. That person is Mitt Romney. If he could pull off miracles with Staples (and dozens of companies like it) and the 2002 Olympics (which he saved from an economic disaster similar to the situation America now faces), he can turn this Obama bust into the Romney boom economy.

As opposed to Barack Obama who is not now (nor was he ever) qualified to run a bodega or a Dairy Queen. The first new net job he creates as President will be the first job he’s created in his life. He was quick to take credit for 4.5 million jobs created at the Democratic Convention. But the Labor Department says job creation during Mr. Obama’s Presidency has been several hundred thousand at best — almost all of them, by the way, terrible, low-paying jobs replacing good, high-paying jobs. But here’s the most important fact left out of Obama’s speech, “Obama is on track to have the worst jobs record of any president since World War II,” says Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler. By the way, the Labor Department just revised the June and July jobs report down another 41,000 jobs from what was reported.

Do I agree with Mitt and the GOP on every issue? Of course not. No one ever agrees 100 percent on everything. But I’m willing to put my differences aside to set an example in order to take back our country from the grips of socialism and the abyss of economic ruin. There is no other choice. Our back is to the wall, and Obama’s defeat is that important to the survival of our country, our economy, our freedoms, our children’s future and, ultimately, capitalism itself.

It’s time for a coalition of Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party activists, Libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, small-business owners, homeowners, investors, patriots, Christians, Jews and Israel supporters to join together and support Mitt Romney now.

As Clint Eastwood said, “We own this nation.” It’s time to take it back. Our businesses and jobs depend on it. The future of America and our children depends on it. Their quality of life is hanging in the balance. This is our last stand.

Is there still hope? Can this Obama nightmare be turned around? Look no further than Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s policies turned a Jimmy Carter economic disaster (similar to Obama’s) into the greatest and longest economic boom in world history — leading to the creation of over 45 million net jobs (20 million of them in just a few years), over $60 trillion in private sector asset creation (amazing), and the greatest increase in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in American history. Reagan’s “Great Bull Stock Market” created more wealth for America’s families than any boom ever.

Now I know some of you are saying the GOP is not the answer. I understand. I left the GOP in 2007 because I lost faith too. Far too often, the GOP has given only lip service to ideas and ideals like limited government, individual rights and the Constitution. Once elected, Republicans often ignore those ideas and grow government just like Democrats. Look at the spending and growth of government under George W. Bush. Look at the 25,000 new rules and regulations under Bush (far better than Obama, but still terrible). Look at the rising debt under Bush. This was precisely why I left the GOP in 2007: because the GOP left me.

But something has changed. With the birth and growth of the Tea Party, everything is now changing. The Tea Party represents me. I believe in the Tea Party. And I believe that with the right leader, the Tea Party can change the Republican Party — or certainly influence the GOP in a big way. I’m proud of U.S. Senate Tea Party Caucus leaders like Rand Paul, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio. I hope to join them one day, representing my home state of Nevada in the U.S. Senate. So, for the first time in a long while, I feel good about the GOP. And I’m happy to say I’m back. Like the Phillip Phillips song, I’m back “home.”

Because of my general agreement with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on important economic issues (not total agreement, but general agreement); and because the Tea Party will hold the GOP to their promises or we will start a firestorm and make their lives miserable and then in the next election, throw the bums out; and because of my deep understanding of what Obama intends to do to this economy and this country in a 2nd term, I am now all in. I will do everything in my power to help elect Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.

Because I believe Mitt Romney is our Reagan. And I am proud to once again call myself a Republican: a Tea Party Republican. This is our chance, folks. This is our last stand. This is the future of our children. There just is no other choice. Our businesses are on the line. Our economic survival is on the line. Our Constitution is on the line. So I’ve chosen to put my money where my mouth is.

I’ve sacrificed everything I’ve worked so hard for, everything I’ve built in six years to rise to the top of the Libertarian Party. It’s time for all of us to put our differences aside and fight for this country, fight for capitalism, fight for economic freedom, fight for our children’s future. Obama’s re-election will bring it all down. We can’t let that happen. I won’t let that happen. Will you?

I’m Wayne Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. Same time, same place. God Bless America.

Why Obama Has Abandoned Israel And Why Jews Should Abandon Obama

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. My video commentary this week is about the shocking news that President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. It is titled Why Obama Has Abandoned Israel And Why Jews Should Abandon Obama. But certainly this commentary applies to not just Jews, but Christians and all Americans who support our great ally Israel and the right of Israel to exist.

Mitt Romney had an interesting, controversial and completely ignored line during his speech at the Republican National Convention. Mitt said, “Obama has thrown Israel under the bus.” Mitt knew something the rest of us didn’t. The story is shocking — as much for the betrayal of one of our strongest allies as for the timing.

Obama has gone rogue. As I’ve said for 3½ years, President Obama is no friend of Israel. But I thought his betrayal would be timed for sometime after the election — perhaps on a quiet Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday weekend. The fact he has openly thrown Israel under the bus before the election is a disturbing sign for Jews (and for all Americans who support the right of our longtime friend and ally, Israel, to exist). Can you imagine what Obama is capable of after the Presidential election if he never again has to answer to Jewish voters?

On Thursday, Aug. 30, TIME Magazine disclosed that U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told reporters in London, “I don’t want to be complicit,” if Israel chooses to conduct a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. No top general would ever say anything like that without orders from the White House. Those are clearly Obama’s words, not Dempsey’s.

Even louder than the words are the actions of the Obama Administration. TIME reports that a U.S.-Israeli joint war games exercise was postponed several months ago to show Obama’s displeasure over Israel’s plans to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. After being rescheduled for this fall, it has suddenly been scaled back drastically. TIME reports that “well-placed sources” in both countries have confirmed that the Obama Administration has slashed more than two-thirds the number of U.S. troops participating, decided not to send crews to operate Patriot anti-missile systems and will either cut in half or entirely eliminate the ballistic missile defense warships involved in the exercise.

A senior Israeli official told TIME the message the Obama Administration is sending is, “We don’t trust you.” I would contend the Israeli official is being very diplomatic. The real message is much more brutal: “Good luck, Israel. You are on your own.”

Everyone in the Obama Administration is aware that an attack by Israel on Iran requires the latest “bunker buster” bombs provided only by the U.S. military. Israel also knows that a pre-emptive strike on Iran (to save itself from the holocaust promised by Iran as soon as it has nuclear capabilities) will result in retaliation from both Iran and Hezbollah. With more than 40,000 missiles aimed at Israel from nearby Lebanon, Israel needs not only missile shields, but also military help from the U.S. to protect her civilian population and her very survival.

Even worse, the X-band radar system in the Israeli desert aimed at Iran and linked to Israel’s anti-missile systems to warn Israel of incoming missiles is manned by and controlled by U.S. military personnel. Without cooperation from the U.S. military, Israel is literally flying blind. The ability to save Israeli civilian lives and shoot down incoming missiles is in the hands of Barack Obama. And his message is clear, “We don’t have your back.”

Given the cold shoulder Obama has given Israel since his inauguration, it is not a major shock that he is the first U.S. President to refuse to help Israel defend her citizens and national security. What is a major shock is his showing in no uncertain terms his bias against Israel’s right to defend herself before the election.

The question is: Why? Obviously, first is Obama’s true, radical nature — he is no friend of Israel. Second, Obama had no choice but to abandon Israel now. As I’ve predicted publicly for months now, Israel is assured of no help after the election (if Obama is re-elected and no longer has to face Jewish voters ever again). Therefore, Israel’s best option is to order the attack before the U.S. election, when Obama’s distaste for Israel may be overcome by his desperate need for Jewish votes and Jewish donors to remain in power. Netanayu undoubtedly told Obama that he has reached the same decision.

Boxed into a corner, Obama is now doing all in his power to stop the air strike now, stalling it until after the election. And, of course, we all know Obama loves to please Russian President Putin. Rumors from sources in both Washington and Moscow report that Putin has asked Obama to handcuff Israel. We all heard Obama tell the Russians: “Sit tight and give me space, this is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Unfortunately, it’s now clear one of those “flexible items” is to abandon Israel.

As a Jew and a lifelong supporter of Israel, I would ask my fellow Jews to think long and hard at the voting booth on Nov. 6. Perhaps it is time to consider whether the historic voting patterns of Jews on behalf of the Democratic Party are in the best interests of the Jewish people? Is a vote for Obama a vote condemning Israel to become a sitting duck in the name of liberal U.S. politics or political correctness? Even more importantly, is voting for Obama over social issues or a woman’s right to choose worth risking another Holocaust?

My conclusion: It’s time for Jews to abandon Obama the same way Obama has abandoned Israel.

And this late-breaking news just in from an Israeli newspaper: sources quoting the fact that Obama went through back channels (EU nations) to give the message to Iran and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the message was to Iran — our enemy and Israel’s enemy — a madman with nuclear ambitions (Ahmadinejad) who has stated publicly time and again his goal is to wipe out every Jew in the world and destroy Israel. The back channel message from our President to Iran — a rogue, terrorist nation — was that we do not have Israel’s back and that Iran should not even think of attacking U.S. interests or military installations because we will not be part of the attack, we will not be supporting Israel in any way. Can you imagine?

This is like FDR going through back channels to tell Adolf Hitler that we will not have England’s back, so go ahead and attack Britain. But don’t attack the USA because we are not on the same team. Can you even imagine this is happening in our country? It’s time for Jews to abandon Obama the same way Obama has abandoned Israel and teach the Democratic Party a lesson.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. Same time, same place. God Bless.

You Didn't Win That Olympic Medal

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. The Olympics just ended about three weeks ago. They are still fresh in our mind. But it’s been enough time that our Olympic athletes will soon be visiting the White House for that ceremonial visit with President Obama. You know, the President who believes you didn’t build your business. You don’t get credit for success. It’s always government that made it happen. So I thought it would be funny to imagine what Obama might say to our Olympic heroes. I call this commentary, You Didn’t Win That.

Can’t you just hear Obama’s speech to the U.S. Olympic athletes when they visit the White House? He’ll point to their gold medals and say, “You didn’t win that. Government did it for you. We built the Olympic training center, the roads that lead to it; we provide the coaches and team doctors. Since we won the medals for you, please place them in the communal pot behind the stage. These medals are now the property of the United States government.”

But wait. There’s more. With ultra-liberals there is always another lecture. Obama cares so much about “fairness,” “equality” and “social justice,” he can’t possibly allow a teachable moment to pass without a lecture.

“I want all the champion gold medal winners to share their winnings with the losers. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, come on down. You guys are Exhibit A. It’s the collective — not the individual — that is important. All those gold medals you won hurt a lot of feelings. You are dividers — not uniters. You’re greedy. You should feel guilty for not slowing up enough to let others win a few medals too. We’ve got to spread the gold around.

“Michael and Ryan, you’re going to make $50 million off these Olympics. But that’s just not fair. What about all the other U.S. Olympians who will make nothing? The rowers, the fencers, the curlers. We can’t have winners and losers. Everyone should share in your success. So…

“Here is my Executive Order. Michael and Ryan: In the interest of equality, you will both give 50 percent of your $50 million endorsement money to the rest of the Olympians. That takes care of the Olympians. But remember, without our bean-counting bureaucrats and egomaniacal, blowhard politicians, you would never have won a thing. So, of the amount you have left, you have to give 70 percent to the IRS. I think that’s paying your ‘fair share.’ You owe us.”

But then Obama couldn’t help himself: “One more thing. I am taking this opportunity to announce my new Executive Order for Social Justice. It isn’t fair that there are so few African-American swimmers and so few white track athletes and basketball players. I am ordering the U.S. Olympic Committee to no longer determine who makes the Olympic team based on talent. From this day forward, it must be based on quotas and affirmative action. You must set aside 50 percent of all swimming spots for black athletes and 50 percent of all track and basketball spots for white athletes. And, of course, I’m also mandating a few token slots for Latinos, Asians and American Indians.

“For far too long, the Olympics have been about talent, regardless of race. That was wrong. That was offensive. That was then. Now it will be based on social justice. Who says people want to see good swimmers? I think they’d rather see a rainbow of diversity and equality.

“And, one last thing: taxes. Each medal winner has to pay a $25,000 tax on your medals. You know, those gold things you no longer own. Just because you work harder and smarter than the next guy you will no longer be allowed to hurt people’s feelings by beating them. Win and you will be punished with massive taxes.

“Finally, by Executive Order I’ve also added a United Nations carbon tax to your taxes due. Each of you polluted the world and caused a dramatic increase in global warming with your carbon footprints traveling to Europe. So whether you won a medal or not, each of you is fined $10,000. Make the check out to Michelle Obama.”

As the White House press conference ends, the athletes are depressed and bewildered. The entire Olympic team, now with no incentive to ever again train past the point of exhaustion, retires en masse. Obama is thrilled. It is exactly as he planned. By retiring at such a young age, they remind him of government employees. He promises them pensions for not working for the rest of their lives and, of course, that guarantees them as Democrat voters.

Thinking of the hope and change he has just created: fairness; equality; social justice; the joy of the collective; and, of course, the full credit now assigned correctly to government, for all of these Olympic triumphs bring tears of joy to Obama’s eyes. He thinks to himself: “Gosh, isn’t this great? The Olympics are now just like my economy. Talent is replaced by fairness. It’s great to be God!”

And now you know exactly how every business owner in America feels under Obama! I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place.

God Bless.

What If The Media Actually Told The Truth?

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Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Today’s video commentary is about a strange concept: What if the media actually decided to tell the truth? Have you seen the latest Newsweek magazine cover out this week? Ultra-left Newsweek’s cover story features a photo of Obama and the headline: “Hit the Road Barack, Why We Need a New President.” My, how the mighty have fallen! Is it possible the mainstream media are finally starting to grasp what I predicted three months ago: that Obama will lose in a landslide? Has the first domino fallen? As the media realize that Obama will not only lose, but lose big, I predict this will be the first of many negative headlines for Obama. After all, no one likes to bet on a lame horse.

Why the change of heart? The latest Gallop Poll has Romney up by 2 points. That’s before the GOP Convention. Rasmussen (my most trusted pollster) has had Romney up by 3 to 4 points most days for a solid month. Rasmussen also has Romney winning Indiana, North Carolina, Florida and dead even in Wisconsin (all States Obama won in 2008). Obama is in deep trouble and that’s before America gets to see Paul Ryan debate Joe Biden and realizes that Biden is a worn-out union hack with no knowledge of facts whatsoever.

What if the media actually try playing fair and balanced and telling the truth? Here is what they’d report:

If the media told the truth, instead of harping on Romney’s “female gap” they’d report on Obama’s “male gap,” “white gap,” “senior gap,” “Christian gap” and “military veteran gap.” Obama is sinking fast with all these important voting groups. Romney is winning by landslide margins with them all. Obama loses the male vote by as much, or more, than he wins among females. Funny how the media never mention that!

If the media told the truth, they’d challenge Obama’s lies that his bailout of GM and Chrysler is a model of success. In reality, it is a model of disaster: a $25 billion loss for the American taxpayer. If the media told the truth, they’d report that the much of the $25 billion went to pay off auto unions that contributed heavily to Obama, while stealing bondholders’ entire investment.

They’d also report that while Obama used taxpayer money to make whole every pension for every union member of GM and Chrysler, he let the pensions of non-union autoworkers go bankrupt. If the media think this is success, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

If the media told the truth, they’d report that Obama is the first President in modern history to never pass a budget. How many Americans have heard that Obama’s most recent budget was voted down 99-0 in the U.S. Senate? Obama’s budget was so ridiculous that every single Democrat voted against it. I guess the media just forgot about that.

If the media told the truth, they’d call Vice President Joe Biden a racist and “gutter politician” for telling a primarily black audience the GOP plan is “to put y’all back in chains.” Cutting spending is hardly akin to slavery. The truth the media should report is that putting American taxpayers over $5 trillion more in debt in only 3½ years is enslaving our children and grandchildren to a lower quality of life. But the media have been careful not to mention that form of slavery.

If the media told the truth, they’d report that Paul Ryan’s plan reforms Medicare and saves it for future generations (with no change for anyone over 55) while President Obama has stolen $700 million from Medicare to pay for Obamacare (with no plan whatsoever to save this debt-riden, out-of-control program). They’d also report that Obama’s massive January tax increase raises taxes on dividends and interest to levels not seen in decades. Seniors live off investment income, interest and dividends. With Obama cutting their income, many seniors will lose their homes and retirement income. If the media told the truth, they would report: “This guy Obama clearly hates old people.”

Liberal feminists often call men “verbally abusive.” If the media told the truth, they’d report that Obama is the “verbally abusive President.” His never-ending punching bags are small-business owners and the rich. His off-teleprompter rants such as “You didn’t build that,” “The private sector is doing fine” and “We want to spread the wealth around” demonstrate Obama’s total economic incompetence and lack of understanding that America’s business owners provide the jobs and taxes that pays for government. How can any educated journalist protect a President so ignorant (and arrogant) as to not know that without businesspeople and entrepreneurs there would be no government services or employees?

If the media told the truth, they’d report Obama is “the bribery President.” Free contraception to women, amnesty through Executive Order to young Hispanics, advertising campaigns in Mexico to inform illegals in the USA that they qualify for food stamps, creating an Office of African-American Education. Every day, comes a new bribe to Obama’s voters, all within weeks of the election. Yet the media are silent. They are like Sgt. Schultz of the “Hogan’s Heroes” television series: “I see nothing! I know nothing!”

If the media told the truth, they’d report we are facing economic collapse. They would report the tragic economic indicators just out for July:

  • Last month, California’s sales tax revenues plunged a shocking $539 million below expectations.
  • The jobless rate rose in 44 States in July, including 9 out of 10 battleground States.
  • In the 10th (Ohio) it stayed even.

This is no recovery. And, here’s the worst news: The American Petroleum Institute reports that U.S. consumer demand for oil in July was the lowest since 1995. These figures are alarming, to say the least. Where are the media hiding while the economy collapses? Asleep at the switch.

My advice to the national media: Newsweek did it. You can do it, too. Break your Obama addiction. The truth will set you free! More importantly, it will set America free!

Well, a guy can dream, can’t he?

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place. God Bless.

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Turn Paul Ryan Into 'Obama's Shadow'

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Welcome to Personal Liberty. I’m Wayne Allyn Root. My commentary this week is about Mitt Romney’s choice for Vice President: Congressman Paul Ryan.

But first, a comment on last week’s video: I told you about Obama’s college scandal at Columbia University. That video went viral. Over 80,000 of you viewed it in just the first day. Over 150,000 in the first week. It is well on its way to unheard of numbers in the hundreds of thousands — spreading from coast to coast — and I just want to thank all of you for watching and telling your conservative friends.

Well, I’ll tell you what: My commentary sure struck a chord with Americans. In one 24-hour-period I was on Sean Hannity radio, Sean Hannity TV, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Governor Mike Huckabee, Geraldo and the late night national radio show Red Eye. That’s all in one day. Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham and CNBC were blogging about my commentary; and Investors Business Daily published an entire editorial based on me and my revelations.

And I want to let you know I’m working on an update right now. I’ve had over 3,000 emails from my fans, and the most-asked questions are:

  • “Why does this matter?”
  • “What do you hope to accomplish?”
  • “Can your revelations bring down Obama?”

I’ll have my Part II soon. Please look for it.

Now, to Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as Vice Presidential running mate. From a former Vice Presidential nominee to another, I have some advice. I’m going to tell Mitt the strategy that wins him the election: Use Paul Ryan as “Obama’s Shadow.” Because if there’s one man in America born for the job of debunking Obama’s myths and lies, it’s Paul Ryan.

Now, as a political pundit, I have to admit my initial reaction to Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for V.P. was surprise and disappointment. Because most Americans don’t know who Paul Ryan is. And the Democrats will, of course, paint him as the mean man about to take Grandma’s Social Security away. Another issue is that Ryan won’t gain Romney any Latino votes or expand Romney’s base. And, quite frankly, he’s not the most exciting guy in the room. Ryan is a policy wonk extraordinaire and boy genius. But those are not ideal attributes for giving rousing speeches. Not surprisingly, my first choice for the job was Florida Senator Marco Rubio. In my opinion Rubio solved all of the issues above.

But after a day of thought, my opinion has changed 180 degrees. Romney made a brilliant move: He found himself a stealth weapon — someone that proves that Obama is a phony, someone who proves that Obama is not the smartest guy in the room. My advice (from one former Vice Presidential nominee to another) is to capitalize on Paul Ryan’s unique — actually one-in-a-million — brainpower and knowledge of budgets. More on that later.

First, Romney made a bold move by not taking the easy road with a Pawlenty or Portman (“old white guys” just like him). He picked the architect of the GOP Congressional budget plan: the only plan by any politician that at least attempts to slow the growth of spending (although I believe Ryan should have gone even further). Picking Paul Ryan embraces cutting government spending as the centerpiece of Romney’s campaign. He’s not hiding from controversy or what Obama’s socialist cabal calls “radical ideas.” Romney is going for it. To be blunt, I didn’t think he had it in him. Bravo.

The image Team Romney has created is simple and stark: Vote Romney/Ryan to at least try to control the size of government, cut spending and debt, reform entitlement programs to save them for future generations, and encourage small business to create jobs.

Or stick with Obama/Biden and choose pure insanity: Embrace even more spending, more debt, bigger government, and keep demonizing and punishing the small-business owners that create the jobs and actually pay for all government programs. Keep telling them “the private sector is doing fine” while you raise their taxes and ruin their businesses, and keep demoralizing them by telling them: “You didn’t build that.” Voting for Obama is like killing the goose that laid the golden egg.

Romney has laid down the gauntlet. Like the heroic firefighters running into the burning World Trade Center towers, Romney ran toward the tough choices, controversy and claims by liberals that women, children and elderly will starve. Romney doubled down. Again, I just didn’t think he had it in him.

Romney’s choice of Ryan also shows that his strategists made the decision that this election will be won in the “Heartland of America” with Midwestern values. The Midwest has been ignored for decades. Midwesterners are starving for attention. This is a brilliant move. This is a battle cry for every Midwestern, Catholic, Christian, suburban, hunter, fisher, NASCAR/NFL lover (especially if you love the Green Bay Packers), married-with-kids American voter. There ain’t no foolin’ around here.

Romney will win this election by out-raising and outspending Obama to bring out record numbers of those disillusioned by Obama’s lies and divisiveness: white, middle-class, Catholic, Christian, suburban, married and those voters who — regardless of race, religion or location — believe in those values that have made America the greatest Nation on Earth. The choice of Ryan as VP makes it clear that if you vote for Romney, you won’t get something for nothing, money doesn’t grow on trees and the way to solve a debt crisis is not with more spending and debt. Is it working? Romney raised $3.5 million in 24 hours after announcing Ryan as his VP choice.

Romney is gambling that the battle will be won in the Midwest: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa (with Pennsylvania thrown in for good measure). Can Romney sweep those states? Ask Governor Scott Walker, who passed major union reforms in Wisconsin and then won his recall by a landslide. Congressman Paul Ryan has won by landslides year after year in a pro-union, heavily Democratic, Wisconsin Congressional district. Ryan knows how to win over moderate, independent, married-with-children voters who hunt, fish and go to church on Sundays.

But most importantly, as a former Vice Presidential candidate myself, I have advice for how Romney can put Paul Ryan’s brainpower and policy-wonk talents to use. Earlier today, I watched Congressman Ryan on YouTube debating and making mincemeat of both President Obama and Congressional leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the topic of Obamacare. This guy is seriously smart — as in boy-genius smart. So here’s my advice: Turn policy genius Paul Ryan into “Obama’s Shadow.” Send Ryan to crisscross the Nation to shadow Obama’s every move. Wherever Obama speaks, Ryan follows — in the same town, only hours or a day later. Ryan’s job is:

  • To intelligently rebut everything Obama says.
  • To call Obama on his fraudulent math.
  • To expose Obama for the phony he is.
  • To show by comparison that Obama is only a good talker, but he’s not as smart as advertised.

Ryan really is the smartest guy in the room. Put him side by side with Obama to prove it.

Ryan will expose Obama as a phony — in the same town and on the same local evening news. Ryan proves that Obama is full of hot air. Ryan unmasks him as a teleprompter reader with no understanding of the nuts and bolts of the budget. Ryan turns Obama into “the emperor with no clothes.”

This is Paul Ryan’s role of a lifetime. He is the brightest policy wonk in America. Unleash him to use his intelligence and mastery of facts to hound Obama and debunk Obama’s tall tales. If there is one man perfect for framing in detail how Obama’s ideas have damaged the U.S. economy and killed jobs, it’s Ryan. If there is one man who can paint the devastating picture of what happens to our children and grandchildren if we follow Obama’s plan for another four years, it’s Ryan.

I want all of you to YouTube the video of Paul Ryan schooling Obama about the lies and math fraud of Obamacare. Ryan clearly knows more about Obamacare than Obama does. My educated guess is that Ryan knows more about every issue than Obama does.

Paul Ryan is “Obama’s Shadow” — and the real smartest guy in the room. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place. God Bless.

–Wayne Allyn Root

Obama's College Classmate Speaks Out: The Scandal At Columbia That Ends The Obama Presidency

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Hello, I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. And have I got a story for you. I am President Obama’s college classmate from Columbia University, Class of ’83. And I’ve got a hunch on the scandal that ends Obama’s hopes for a second term. No, it’s not his birth certificate. The scandal that takes down Obama’s Presidency happened 30 years ago at Columbia University. This is the smoking gun.

This also ties into Harry Reid’s hunch about Mitt Romney’s tax records. You see Senator Reid opened up Pandora’s box. He made it OK for any of us to play a guessing game. If Harry can guess about Romney’s taxes, without a shred of evidence… then a citizen and taxpayer and former college classmate of Obama has the standing to do a little educated guessing of my own.

You see my background is one of a kind. I’m one of the most accurate Las Vegas oddsmakers and prognosticators ever. Accurate enough that I was awarded my own star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars – one of 60 legends in the history of Vegas to be honored with a 180 pound granite star in the sidewalk on Las Vegas Blvd. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia. My gut is almost always right. I became a self-made millionaire based on my gut instincts. And I smell something rotten in Denmark. Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. And it’s hidden in his college records at Columbia.

But first let’s examine the game being played to distract us from the real scandal. It’s a diversion… subterfuge. I call Obama’s scheme “Weapons of mass distraction.” Obama and his infamous strategist David Axelrod understand how to play dirty political hardball, the best its ever been played. They learned on the vicious, dirty streets of Chicago, where the mob appears downright nice compared to the politicians. Team Obama has decided to distract America’s voters by condemning Mitt Romney for not releasing enough years of his tax returns. It’s the perfect cover. Obama knows the best defense is a bold offense. Just keep attacking Mitt and blaming him for secrecy and evasion, while accusing him of having a scandal that doesn’t exist. Then ask your lapdog Senator Harry Reid to chase the Frisbee. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader is now making up stories out of thin air, about tax returns he knows absolutely nothing about. It’s a cynical, brilliant and vicious strategy. Make Romney defend, so he can’t go on offense and attack the real Obama scandal.

This is classic Axelrod. Obama has won multiple elections in his career by slandering his opponents and leaking sealed court documents. Not only do these insinuations and leaks ruin the credibility and reputation of Obama’s opponents, they keep them on the defensive and off Obama’s trail of sealed documents. And Obama spends millions to armies of lawyers to keep them sealed.

By attacking Romney’s tax records, Obama’s team of Chicago hit men creates a problem that doesn’t exist. And they even have the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in their pocket… leading the charge… thereby assuring that the media will cover it and put Romney on the Defensive. The U.S. Senate Majority Leader joins a scheme to defame a squeaky clean opponent with the record of a choir boy. Romney is the guy you want to marry your daughter. Religious. Brilliant. Family man. Never cheated in his life. Harvard Law and Harvard Business. Donates millions to charity. So you get Harry Reid to make up stories out of thin air to frame an innocent man… and you get the biased liberal media to go along with the execution of an innocent man. But the reason for this baseless attack is what is so interesting… such brilliant but disgusting cynical strategy it could only come from Chicago… the point of this deception and distraction is to make Romney defend, so he can’t go on the offensive… to dirty his perfect reputation up… and to give the media something to talk about… something other than the real scandal they should be investigating.

But I have the answer for Romney. A challenge that shuts up Obama forever.

It’s time to call Obama’s bluff. Romney should call a press conference and issue a challenge in front of the Nation. He should agree to release more of his tax returns, only if Obama unseals his college records. Simple and straight-forward. Mitt should ask “What could possibly be so embarrassing in your college records from 30 years ago, that you are afraid to let America’s voters see it? If it’s THAT bad, maybe it’s something the voters ought to see.” Suddenly the tables are turned. Now Obama is on the defensive.

My bet is that Obama will never unseal his records, never… EVER. Because they contain information that could destroy his political career. Once this challenge is made public, my prediction is you’ll never hear about Mitt’s tax returns ever again. End of story.

But why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer.

If anyone should have questions about Obama’s record at Columbia University, it’s me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought I’d heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama… or as he was known then, Barry Soetoro. Can you imagine…the President of the United States had a different name 30 years ago. How bizarre is that? You think you know him? You don’t even know his name.

But here’s where the mystery gets really strange. I knew everyone in the political science department. But I never met Obama in my life. Never saw him in my life. Never even heard of him in my entire four years at Columbia. And none of the classmates that I knew at Columbia has ever met him, saw him or heard of him either.

But don’t take my word for it. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that Fox News randomly called 400 of our Columbia classmates and never found one who had ever met Obama.

Now all of this mystery could be easily and instantly dismissed if Obama released his Columbia transcripts to the media. But even after serving as President for 3 1/2 years he refuses to unseal his college records. Shouldn’t the media be as relentless in pursuit of Obama’s records as Romney’s? Shouldn’t they be digging for Obama’s dirt with the same boundless enthusiasm as Mitt’s? Doesn’t something smell rotten here?

So let’s down and dirty to figure out the scandal. The first question I’d ask is, if you had great grades, why would you seal your records? So let’s assume Obama got poor grades. Why not release the records? He’s President of the free world, for gosh sakes. He’s commander-in-chief of the U.S. military. Who’d care about some poor grades from three decades ago, right? So then what’s the problem? Doesn’t that make the media suspicious? Something doesn’t add up.

Secondly, all of Obama’s old classmates and buddies at Occidental say he was a poor student there…spending lots of time smoking pot and attending radical meetings. His grades were awful they say. Again, we can’t prove it because Obama’s records are sealed. So if he had poor grades at Occidental, how did he get admitted to an Ivy League university in the first place? Do you know how hard it is to transfer into an Ivy League university – it’s almost impossible. And if his grades at Columbia were awful, how’d he ever get into Harvard Law School? So again those grades must have been great, right? So why spend millions to keep them sealed?

Third, how did a poor kid pay for all these fancy schools? If he had student loans or scholarships, don’t American students need good grades to maintain student loans?

I can only think of one answer that explains all of these mysteries…

So here’s my gut. I believe Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. That’s a fact. His mother made him an Indonesian citizen. But… did his mother ever bother to change him back to a U.S. citizen? I’m betting not. He was abandoned by his mother and sent back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. No one was paying much attention to young Obama, so his citizenship was never changed back. But suddenly as he nears college-age and starts thinking of how to get into college with lousy grades and no money… Obama learns that foreign students have a much easier path being admitted to U.S. universities. And even more amazingly, they get loads of aid and scholarships to attend college for free – something unavailable to U.S. citizens. It’s a completely different path – a path so easy that even a kid with no father… no mother to be found… no money… and lousy grades can get admitted to the best colleges… as a poor foreigner with an exotic background.

So a plan is hatched. Obama uses his Indonesian passport and citizenship to get into college. Suddenly even Ivy League Columbia University is a possibility for a foreign student from Indonesia. And it’s all paid for by the taxpayers.

That would explain how a poor student who rarely attended class and got mediocre grades, and with no money, was able to get accepted and pay for Occidental, Columbia and Harvard Law. The door magically opened for a foreign student. Every college needs one or two bright exotic foreigners to create “diversity.”

Now the sad reality is there is some U.S. student — a Valedictorian of his or her school — who never got to go to Columbia or Harvard Law because Obama fraudulently took their place.

That would also explain the great mystery of how in the summer of 1981 Barry Soetoro was able to travel to Pakistan when no U.S. citizen was allowed to travel there. An American couldn’t make that trip…but no problem if you’re an Indonesian citizen using an Indonesian passport?

Of course, here’s the wrinkle…a foreign student isn’t qualified to serve as President of the United States. So that secret had to be sealed and covered up for the rest of all time. In 2007 everything happened so fast no one could even ask questions…ask Hillary! She never imagined Obama could beat her and never did any serious digging. Next thing you know, Obama is President. But with a massive secret threatening his legacy every second of every day. That explains why a sitting President of the United States would spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep his past sealed.

If you could unseal Obama’s Columbia University records I believe you’d find that:

  • He rarely ever attended class.
  • His grades were not those typical of what we understand it takes to get into Harvard Law School.
  • He attended Columbia as a foreign exchange student.
  • He never paid for either undergraduate college or Harvard Law School because of foreign aid and scholarships given to a poor foreigner like this kid Barry Soetoro from Indonesia.

Lastly, why do his classmates at Columbia not remember Obama? Was he a ghost? Did he never show up at class? My educated guess is that he was too busy smoking pot, attending Marxist meetings, and plotting the destruction of the U.S. economy and the overthrow of capitalism. Don’t laugh. It’s working.

If you think I’m “fishing,” then prove me wrong. Open up your records Mr. President. What are you afraid of? Cat got your tongue? If all we’ll find is a few C’s and D’s… then show us the records. If it’s OK for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to go on a fishing expedition about Romney’s taxes (even though he knows absolutely nothing about them), then I think I can do the same thing. But as Obama’s Columbia Class of ’83 classmate, at least I have more standing to make educated guesses.

It’s time for Mitt to go on the attack and call Obama’s bluff. Oh and one more thing, Mitt. Tell Harry Reid you’ll release all of your tax returns when Harry Reid releases all of his. Inquiring minds want to know how Harry Reid entered the U.S. Senate with no assets and became one of the wealthiest United States Senators, now worth millions, and living at the Washington, D.C. Ritz Carlton? I’m not saying he did anything wrong, but just like Mitt’s tax returns… shouldn’t Harry have to prove he did nothing wrong? We all want to see Senator Reid’s tax returns to solve the second biggest mystery in Washington DC… behind only Obama’s scandal at Columbia.

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week, same time, same place. God Bless America.