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Last Night's Party, Today's Hangover

Trying to lead the charge.

A rundown of the Democratic National Convention

I wasn’t able to watch the DNC last week, at least not in its entirety. But, that was okay because I knew I couldn't stomach it, and I was right after reading the President’s speech and seeing excerpts from such speakers as Nancy Pelosi, VP Biden, and the big dog, the one and only, the man with the extra-long pointed finger saying, “He didn’t do that,” the Democrats answer to God almighty, the miracle, Bubba himself, Bill Clinton. Now, Clinton gave a good speech, making his case for his policies. But, news flash to all who will listen: Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. It was all quite the spectacle indeed, so let’s review.

There were the expected, usual speakers all conveying and swearing their loyalty and oath to the Democratic Party. The morals, the values, the honesty, the goodwill towards man, the support for the unfortunate and the downtrodden, and the ones who simply want to make the earth a happier, gentler, cleaner place upon which to live. The Main Stream Media did their usual, orchestrated best to zoom their cameras in on every tear, laugh, clap, and hysterical wave of arms from all angles showing the spun-up energy of the arena in Charlotte. There were the left-winged commentators slobbering over every blissful word, treating and spinning it into harmonic gospel. And only if the weather had held could the anointed one himself have made his big speech from the stadium down the street to a bused-in crowd of college students and campaign volunteers trying to re-capture the magic and omnipresent Greek columns of 2008. But, it didn’t happen, because all throughout this convention there was just one little thing missing, just a slice, a sliver, just a convenient afterthought which the MSM forgot to mention: the Obama Administration doesn’t have a record or leg of success to stand on; just empty, unfulfilled campaign promises and an impatient nation still awaiting that Hope and Change which he tearfully peddled before. Even Obama himself during his much anticipated speech said in so many words that he needs more time to “get it done, that the job was much harder than he expected, and he needs another four years to complete the tasks at hand.” Well, in the meantime, millions are suffering with unemployment, the national debt has now crossed sixteen trillion, and the latest jobs numbers the day after his speech are still abysmal. But, Obama can make a speech, I’ll give him that. He’s charismatic, energetic, articulate with his empty words, carries that certain swagger when he walks across a stage, and makes you think he really cares. The only thing missing was him wearing a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses to complete the package--now that would have really made the crowd jump through the roof! But, unfortunately for him, it takes much more than swagger to grow an economy like ours, defend a nation like ours, and balance a budget like ours. Obama would probably do great in the movies, because an actor he is. Perhaps he’ll be heading out to Hollywood to rub shoulders with George Clooney soon when he’s done in November, you never know. But, all joking aside, a severe economic downturn like we’ve had is a hard thing to recover from. However, when you have a new President who swears during his first term he’ll cut the deficit in half, reduce unemployment to 5%, and make our dependence on foreign oil take a dive and doesn’t, it’s time to fire the coach and hire a new one. After all, this is our country we’re talking about here, our blood and guts, our homeland, not a college team desperate for a winning season.

Of course, they did their best to tear down Mitt Romney, mainly his wealth and time spent at Bain Capitol. But, let’s read some truths about Bain Capitol, shall we? Because, the overlying theme of the entire week in Charlotte seemed to reside in the message that being rich and successful is supposed to be a bad thing, a devilish thing, an un-American thing. Of course, they conveniently never mentioned John Kerry’s huge wealth back in 2004 when he was running against George W. Bush (Kerry would’ve been the third richest President in U.S. History if he’d been elected.)

When you looked and listened to the boo’s in the audience while Romney’s wealth was criticized, did you ever wonder if some were his investors? That maybe they had benefited from his experience and ability to run a business, and a super-successful one at that.

According to New York based, Preqin who uses public documents, news accounts, and Freedom of Information requests to track private-equity holdings, the following have entrusted some 1.56 billion to Bain Capitol to acquire wealth while chanting, and applauding Obama’s name:

Government-worker pension funds are the chief beneficiaries of Bain’s economic stewardship.

Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ($2.2 million)
Indiana Public Retirement System ($39.3 million)
Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System ($177.1 million)
The Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System ($19.5 million)
Maryland State Retirement and Pension System ($117.5 million)
Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada ($20.3 million)
State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio ($767.3 million)
Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System ($231.5 million)
Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island ($25 million)
San Diego County Employees Retirement Association ($23.5 million)
Teacher Retirement System of Texas ($122.5 million)
Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System ($15 million)

These funds aggregate the savings of millions of unionized teachers, social workers, public-health personnel and first responders. Many would be startled to learn that their nest eggs are incubated by the company Romney launched and the financiers he hired. Why did these organizations do this? Because Romney has been proven to be a money maker, an economic razor, a guy who helps make companies profitable like Staples, Toys “R” Us, Sports Authority, BrookStone, Dominos Pizza, and Dunkin Donuts to name a few.

Leading, liberal universities have also profited from Bain’s expertise:

Princeton University (Michelle Obama’s alma mater)
Columbia University (Barack Obama’s alma mater)
Harvard University
Yale University
University of California
University of Michigan
University of Washington
Emory University
Cornell University
Notre Dame
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
College and university investments in Bain totaled at least $424 million between 1998 and 2008.

Major, center-left foundations and cultural establishments also have seen their prospects brighten, thanks to Bain Capital. Other such Bain clients have included the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ford Foundation, the Heinz Endowments and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Wow, Oprah Winfrey herself entrusted money with Mitt?

Of course, none of this information will ever be discussed on CNN, MSNBC, or any other liberal media outlet. It’s hypocrisy at its finest, but one which will come into play before the night of the election. Liberals want to be wealthy and successful just like those they argue against, so why the big displays like the ones last week? Why try and tear down those who made them wealthy?

The DNC was what those of us on the right fully expected: a hyped-up show, a broadway play, a desperate attempt to beg for more time, a needed diversion away from the true failures of Obama’s policies. The speakers all looked good, sounded “Fired Up,” and were “Ready to Go!” But, Obama knows he’s got an uphill battle to climb before winning over the American Voter one more time. He knows that time is running out, and when it comes to people’s money, jobs, and livelihoods, those items take precedent over a President’s social agenda any day. After all, what good is a windmill, solar panel, or electric car when you can’t afford to buy one?

Personally, I’m glad the conventions are over so we can get away from the glittery stages and focus more on the one-on-one debates, the town hall type question-and-answer sessions, and the fact-based media reporting before election night. It’s all getting really old really fast.

But, it is entertaining, isn’t it?

About the Writer

Randy Mitchell is a blogger on lifestyle, writing and relationship topics and is a published author of inspirational romance. His first novel "Sons In The Clouds" is available in paperback on Amazon. To read more about Randy, visit
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2 comments on Last Night's Party, Today's Hangover

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By Anastasia on September 11, 2012 at 05:31 pm

Randy, I imagine it was a bit like watching an old Soviet convention. :-)

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By Randy Mitchell on September 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

Yes, Anastasia, the blind leading the blind all drinking the Kool-Aid.

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