Caught: MSM #realreporters cheering Obama knocking Romney’s wealth

Surprise (not):

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The room set aside for reporters to watch Tuesday night’s debate erupted into applause after President Obama ridiculed the size of Mitt Romney’s personal wealth.

Mr. Romney was trying to make the point that both his and Mr. Obama’s investment funds probably include investments in China — something the president has attacked Mr. Romney for.

“Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?” Mr. Romney said.

“You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it — it doesn’t take as long,” Mr. Obama retorted. His reply prompted laughter in the debate hall where the two men were squaring off — but across the way in the separate room where the press was stationed, a brief round of applause broke out.

Move along here, nothing to see …

And if that last chart didn’t convince you…

**Posted by Phineas

Here’s another, this time of the growth in food-stamp recipients under Barack Obama:

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There are now nearly 20 million more Americans on food stamps now that there were when Obama took office. Gee, do you think it could have anything to do with the fact that, since Obama’s inauguration, ten times as many people gave up looking for work as those who found jobs?

This is disgraceful, and yet the Obama administration’s Department of Agriculture celebrates and encourages people to get on food stamps, and rewards states for signing up more. I have no problem with a small welfare state that helps the truly needy; it’s a mark of our compassion as a society. But I have a big problem with government policies that a) have the net effect of encouraging people not to look for work; b) encourages them to become long term dependents on welfare (no matter how they brand it, the dole is what it is); and c) acts as if this is a good thing.

It isn’t. In fact, it’s a record the Democrats should be ashamed of (rather than suggesting people hold parties), and it is an outstanding reason to vote Obama out of office. Depending on welfare is nothing that should ever be praised — it should be a mark of shame and embarrassment for those on it; shame is a healthy emotion that pushes us to correct what’s wrong, such as by looking for work as much as one is able to do, trying to be productive and a net contributor.

But the biggest shame is the government’s, for encouraging freeborn, productive citizens to become infantilized, dependent clients — and then acting as if that’s a good thing.

Come to think of it, to the Progressives it is a good thing.

This chart, and the one in the preceding post, represent an assault and danger to the character of the American people by Leftists obsessed with redistribution. On Election Day, we need to redistribute them out of power.

via Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Quickie Recap: All you need to know about last night’s presidential debate


My quick thoughts:

1: Debate moderator Candy Crowley went from moderator/questioner to actively plumping Barack Obama’s pillow and actually being a participant, especially towards at the end when she stepped up to the plate to pinch hit for Obama by seemingly bailing him out on the Libya issue. Key word: Seemingly. Debate moderators who exceed their responsibilities as Crowley did are completely unacceptable, and no future GOP candidate/nominee for President should accept any debate scenario in which she is proposed as the moderator. Crowley even admitted on CNN after the debate was over that Mitt Romney was correct on the issue of Barack Obama not calling Benghazi an act of terrorism for two weeks.

2: That being said, Mitt bungled the Benghazi question which in reality should have been an easy one for him considering the events of the last month. Fortunately, the next and final debate (on Monday) will be on foreign policy, and he should be able to rebound on this question. He simply MUST get this right the next time around. This issue is too important to let the President and his administration slide out of with misdirection, lies, and moderator assistance.

He also needs to point out that it’s not “political” to ask questions about what happened and who knew what and when – and that the families of those who were murdered deserve answers the administration is not willing to give.

3: Barack Obama had over 4 minutes of speaking time more than Mitt Romney.

4: The majority of the questions – selected by Crowley in advance – were slanted against Romney, one of them being asked by someone who may have been a regional Code Pink coordinator.

5: Post-debate polling gave Obama the “edge” on winning the debate, but gave Romney the clear advantage on the economy and the deficit (CNN, CBS). The focus group undecideds on MSNBC and Fox gave the win to Romney, with one on the Fox group saying Obama had gotten away with BSing the American people for four years, and was “trying to do it” at the debate last night. The undecideds on Fox, btw, were mostly Obama voters from 2008.

6: The left, as usual, are spending more time making fun of an innocent Romney gaffe on the question regarding “equal pay” than they are actually talking about debate substance. Shocking.

7: Obama basically needed to prove to his base that he would not be asleep at the wheel the second time around, and he accomplished that – lying most of the way through the debate. As predicted, the MSM and liberal pundits are essentially calling Obama “the Comeback Kid” today. Romney punched and counterpunched often, but will need to do a better job at the foreign policy debate at making the Benghazi issue understandable to low information voters.

8: The whole phony town-hall debate concept should be scrapped. ASAP. It’s a farce, and an insult to actual town-hall discussions that are not scripted, and are not moderated by one-sided journalists.

Your thoughts?