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Romney 2016: Say It Ain’t So

Yesterday afternoon, on the Fox News show The Five, Bob Beckel predicted that Mitt Romney will again seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016.   For a number of reasons, SF believes another Romney run would equate to yet another loss to a Democrat Party challenger.

Mitt Romney is a class act, which is part of the problem.  Any serious candidate for President must be willing to take the proverbial gloves off to defeat an ethics-less Democrat Party candidate.   In the last election, Romney’s challenge to Obama was akin to taking one’s fists to a gunfight.  The goons from the Chicago political machine claimed the former Massachusetts governor was waging a war on women. Obama himself lampooned Romney for suggesting that Russian might be a geopolitical threat, while Harry Reid spread the big lie that Romney paid no federal income taxes.

With nine of ten members of the mainstream media voting Democrat, the Fourth Estate gave Obama and his operatives a free pass to campaign like the goons from the Chicago political machine that they are.

Meanwhile, Romney gave Obama — a President who makes Jimmy Carter look like Genghis Khan — a pass on the Iranian nuclear program.   Besides talking loudly while carrying a wet noddle, Obama has done little besides appease the Iranians.  Now, the mullahs are only months away from having nuclear weapons.  Instead of producing a Lyndon Johnson like daisy-ad depicting an Iranian nuclear weapon exploding in an American city or over the Middle East, Romney did little to call out Obama.

The Romney/Ryan ticket also refused to make Eric Holder a campaign issue.  In 2014, Holder, the most partisan Attorney General in American history, has sent dozens of FBI agents to investigate local police shootings and has sued states over voter ID laws, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld such laws in the past.  An author of a book about Holder insists that the AG had carried a card in his wallet for 30-years proclaiming his sympathies with the African-American criminal.

Because Mitt Romney refused to take off the gloves and fight like a serious political candidate, the nation is now saddled with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Russian invasion of the Crimea and the Ukraine, China threatening our Japanese and Filipino allies over islands, and a porous southern border that leaks to the tune of 1,100 illegal immigrants each day.

Quite frankly, if Romney was unwilling to take the good fight to Obama, why would Americans believe that the GOP standard bearer is willing to stand-up to the Iranians, the Russians, the Chinese, and ISIS?  No matter how the Republicans try to parse Romney’s failed campaign, weakness is a character flaw.  In a world full of despots, butchers, thieves and thugs, the timid soon become the trampled.  In 2016, the U.S. hardly needs a Soeren’s Ford nice guy as President.

Contemporary U.S. history shows that only a handful of Presidents, such as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, could campaign and, then once elected, govern effectively.  Romney would have probably been a good President; however, politicians who run poor campaigns rarely get the opportunity to govern.  Others, like Obama, are great campaigners but are inept at governing.  In this respect, the 2012 race for President produced two duds.

What is clear is that this nation is in need of new blood with a fresh set of ideas.  Hillary Clinton with her Chinese manufactured Russian “reset” button hardly fits this bill.  On the other hand, Mitt Romney is not a candidate who has proposed bold ideas to fix a broken nation that, under Obama’s leadership, is in full retreat.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at Amazon.com.

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2014


SF’s Analysis: How the GOP Lost the Presidential Election

Over the course of the past few days Republican strategists have engaged in some soul searching regarding their party’s chances of again winning a Presidential election.  In hindsight, some pundits blame former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s ‘play it safe’ campaign strategy.  Behind the scenes, there is some talk that hundreds-of-thousands of evangelical voters failed to vote for the GOP candidate because of his Mormon religious beliefs. Others charge that the GOP’s refusal to grant de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants—by way of what the Democrat Party calls ‘comprehensive immigration reform’—cost Gov. Romney the votes needed to win the election.

To some extent, empirical data exists to support these arguments.  Romney did receive 3 million fewer votes than John McCain, which suggests some former GOP voters shied away from the Romney/Ryan ticket.  Meanwhile, Hispanic-Americans cast 50 percent fewer votes for Romney than George W. Bush, who supported a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally.

Another explanation for a Romney loss is the candidate’s unwillingness to roll in the mud with those from the Chicago political machine.  Many believe that in the third debate, Romney gave President Obama a free pass on the tragic loss of life at the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Former GOP standard bearer John McCain has called the Obama administration’s actions in the aftermath of this attack a “cover-up.”

Having spent the last few days looking over the data with the SF staff, I believe two factors contributed to Romney’s defeat: a sizable loss of Hispanic votes and the Republican Party’s abandonment of libertarian principles.

Exit polls indicate that 11 million Hispanic-Americans cast ballots in the 2012 Presidential election but only 2.3 million voted for Romney.  Had the Republican candidate received the same percentage of Hispanic support as George W. Bush, Romney would have garnered another 2.3 million votes, leaving just 700,000 votes between himself and President Obama.

At the Republican National Convention, the neo-conservative wing of the GOP—a group with several advisors in the Romney camp—went out of their way to isolate Ron Paul, whose candidacy received a large chunk of its support from voters between the ages of 18-29.  Had the Romney camp incorporated some Paul’s libertarian philosophy, the GOP might have eliminated Obama’s 700,000 vote margin in the popular vote.  Here are two examples: what if the GOP platform would have included planks that agreed to explore the impact of legalizing marijuana and strict controls on government surveillance?  The numbers suggest that support for such language would have likely resulted in Romney winning Colorado and possibly other states, like Wisconsin, where Democrats campaigned almost exclusively on college campuses.

Meanwhile, the Obama team did what patronage politicians from Chicago do best: make empty promises to key demographic groups. For Hispanics, President Obama allegedly championed immigration reform, although when the Democrat Party controlled both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate during the first two years of his term, Obama ignored Hispanic concerns.  To the gay community, Obama claimed to support gay marriage, but said this was an issue the states should consider. In other words, he would do little if anything as president to change federal law.

On the other hand, the 2012 election did make one thing perfectly clear: the neo-conservative wing of the Republican Party—at least at the national level—is dead.  If the GOP is sincere about ever again occupying the White House it needs to make amends with Hispanics—the vast majority of whom are family oriented, socially conservative Catholics—and once again incorporate a truly constitutionally sound, limited government philosophy into its core set of principles.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I, is available at Amazon.com

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.

For more information, please visit:

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© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


Before Casting Your Vote on Tuesday…

Tuesday is Election Day. Unlike many major newspapers, political hacks, and partisan bloggers, the Spingola Files (SF) is not in the business of telling Americans how to vote.  That being said SF is a site that focuses on law enforcement issues and the rights of the citizenry to live free from excessive government intrusion.

But no issue is larger than the fiscal health of the United States government.  Even though our national debt is quickly approaching that of Greece’s as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, the German economy is not large enough to bail us out.

Right now, one of every three tax dollars collected by the federal government is used to pay just the interest on the national debt.  This amount is sure to rise even if the federal government does not borrow another penny. Why? The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates artificially low.  Those who buy Treasury bills or U.S. bonds, get a return of about 1.5 percent. However, when interest rates increase to traditionally modest levels of 5 to 7 percent, at current debt level, almost four of every tax dollars collected will go just to pay the interest on the debt. The Obama administration’s policy, pursued through the Federal Reserve, is to print more money to make these interest payments, which devalues the dollar and causes prices for commodities to rise.  This is why food prices are up 30 percent over the last four years and the cost of gasoline has nearly doubled, even in a low-growth economy.

President Obama’s 2013 proposed budget—one that would add another $1.2 trillion to the national debt in the next fiscal year—was voted down 99-0 in the U.S. Senate and 414-0 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In other words, not one member of Obama’s own political party voted for his budget that would lead the country off the fiscal cliff.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/may/16/obama-budget-defeated-99-0-senate/

President Obama claims he can solve the budget crisis but modestly cutting spending (although he has never specified a single cut) and raising taxes on those who make over $250,000. This plan is nothing more than smoke-and-mirrors.  If every penny of those who made over $250,000 were taxed, the revenue raised could only fund the federal government for 98 days.

SF believes the only way to prevent an eventual federal government default is reforming entitlement spending, streamlining and prioritizing the defense budget, and dramatically reforming programs that provides checks to abled-bodied non-retirees to sit at home.

The fundamental rule of Economics 101 is if policy makers want more of something subsidize it; if they want less of something tax it.  But the policy of the current administration is to tax success—those who run small businesses, work overtime, and create innovative products—while subsidizing a growing underclass by elaborately spending billions of dollars on wasteful programs like food stamps, SSI, and free cellular telephone program giveaways.  Our federal lawmakers already use the tax code to punish success in order to underwrite handouts.  With the Obama administration advocating even higher taxes on producers, is it any wonder why our nation’s economic productivity has decreased each of the last three years while the number of those on the dole has increased exponentially?

As things currently stand, over 46 million Americans are on food stamps, an increase of nearly 47 percent since Obama took office.  Since 2009, food stamp growth is 75 times higher than job creation.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/may/16/obama-budget-defeated-99-0-senate/

Cleary, if the status quo stands, the United States government is an unsustainable operation.  What does this mean? In Greece, their retiree’s version of Social Security checks decreased 50 percent and their minimum wage was cut by over 20 percent.  The Greek unemployment rate is now over 25 percent, even though Germany, through the European Union, has agreed to bail them out.  No nation is large enough to bailout the United States.  If our government misses a single payment to bond holders, the global economy will collapse.

If you’re a police officer, firefighter, a member of the Teamsters Union pension fund, and the bond market collapses, you can kiss your current pension promises goodbye.  As the lyrics to that old Billy Preston song correctly surmise, “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’.”

But besides reprioritizing defense spending, dramatically reforming poverty programs, and entitlements, the federal budget is full of pork that could be easily slashed. Let’s start with the nearly $80 billion that the federal government is spending each year constructing the American surveillance state. Have you noticed all those cameras on the Interstate or mounted at the top of poles at busy intersections, as well as the chemical sensors at weigh stations? These programs are paid for with borrowed money.  In the interim, these high-tech gadgets have done little to improve clearance rates for major crimes. Instead, over 1,100 private corporations that make-up the security-industrial complex profit from this wasteful spending that a nation at the edge of the fiscal cliff can no longer afford.

So, before casting your ballot look past the rhetoric.  As this clip from YouTube, during the 2008 campaign, suggests, pay close attention to what President Obama and Gov. Romney have done, not what they’ve said.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kuTG19Cu_Q

In other words, hold those who break their promises accountable on Tuesday.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I, is available at Amazon.com

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.

For more information, please visit:

www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012