Is the Election Over?

The above graph shows the number of Americans on Foodstamps. It also shows why Obama will win the election in November. This premise is also the focus of an article on March 1, 2012 by Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post:

If you believe the conventional wisdom, the presidential election is virtually finished. Barack Obama will win. Perhaps in a walk. Game over.

Is it time to give up? Not even close. If this prediction becomes reality, there is one fact (not conjecture) that we will have to accept: the United States will not survive a second Obama administration. And the fault will rest on the people who sold out our country and freedom for 8 pieces of silver a month for foodstamps. This does not include welfare, cell phone subsidies, energy subsidies or unemployment. Let’s just round it up: 30 pieces of silver to sell out our children’s future.

David DeGerolamo

Is the election over?

If you believe the conventional wisdom, the presidential election is virtually finished. Barack Obama will win. Perhaps in a walk. Game over.

I don’t say this as a preference one way or the other — I have reached the stage in my journalistic career when I disapprove of most politicians — but simply as a matter of fact and logic.

The conventional wisdom, as I read it, rests heavily on the following propositions.

The economy is improving and will continue to improve, depriving the Republicans (and particularly the front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney) of their most powerful issue. This week, the government reported that economic growth hit a 3 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2011. Not great, but better than recent performance.

●Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, now his closest rival, are — each in his own way — alienating crucial independent voters. Romney is typecast as a wealthy businessman out of touch with most Americans. A recent Pew poll asked respondents whether he “understands the needs of people like you.” Only 31 percent agreed; 60 percent didn’t. For his part, Santorum is regarded as an extreme social conservative bent on imposing his moral code on the nation.

●The leading Republican candidates can be counted on to commit regular gaffes — Romney’s offhand comment about his wife’s Cadillacs, Santorum’s reference to the president as a “snob” — that make them look disconnected and un-presidential. In the general election, Obama will run circles around either of them.

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