Who Wrecked it?

While we have argued about who built it, let's consider who wrecked it!

I read yesterday again one of the many partisan statements completely misrepresenting the President’s “You didn’t build that” statement about the societal infrastructure that entrepreneurs enjoy here when building a business. The Republican convention used a distorted “We Built This” theme and Romney, Ryan and others have tried to build an issue around this misrepresentation.    

I have also started and built my own business. And I thank God every day that I was able to do it in a country as great and supportive as the United States. It provided me with the environment and everything I needed to be successful. Then it was up to me to take the risk, add the creative ideas, and work incredibly hard to make it happen. And that was the President’s point. I am not insulted by the President’s words. I am their embodiment.

Romney’s positions on real issues are often (intentionally or otherwise) hard to determine. And much of the specifics about his business and tax activities are also unknown or disputed.  But Rep Paul Ryan (the VP candidate) and Rep Chris Smith (the Congressional candidate) have real records and they are political and policy blood brothers.  Romney and the Republican platform effectively endorse and adopt Ryan and Smith’s past records and recommendations.   

So here are real facts that you can consider when voting. Rep Paul Ryan admitted in his acceptance speech that the President was handed an “economic crisis”. (A historic understatement!) What he didn’t say was what or who created that crisis. Smith has been in Congress for 32 years (and Ryan for 14 years.) and we have had increasing spending and debt for all those years. And the Republicans have had the Presidency for 20 of those 32 years, the Senate for 16 of those 32 years, and the House for 14 of the last 18 years. During that time Paul Ryan and Chris Smith voted for the all the spending and the tax cuts (that simply added to the debt). So, given the many years of Republican work that produced that ever growing debt and “economic crisis”, perhaps it is not surprising that it will take more than 4 years to fix it. The Republican convention theme should have more properly been “We wrecked this”

And the latest Ryan (Romney/Smith) Plan is quickly falling into disfavor even with fellow Republicans. David Stockman, President Reagan’s Director of OMB, said the Ryan Plan was “preaching the same empty conservative sermon,” that it was “devoid of credible math or hard policy choices,“ and that it will “do nothing to reverse the nation’s economic decline and arrest its fiscal collapse.”  Senator Coburn called the Republican tax cuts nothing more than a tax on future generations since they simply increase the debt.

Meanwhile over 100 Democrats and Republicans have been moving toward the bipartisan and balanced Simpson Bowles Plan (SBP). SBP bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate with bipartisan support. In short, if we work together, we can build that!               

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Stop the insanity September 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Watch this video it's a little long but shows every lie and who this Marxist really is. This is why the people need to re-elect people like Chris Smith who will fight against Obama and Democrats who distort the truth. "Privatize Social Security, voucherize Medicare, and devastate Medicaid, Deny women their rights and award tax cuts to the wealthy". Lies, mistruths and scare tatics never win elections. http://www.ijreview.com/2012/09/15290-case-closed-if-moderate-voters-see-this-video-its-over-for-obama/
Brian Froelich September 23, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Sorry that you think facts about the things that Smith, Ryan, Romney and the Republican have publicly and proudly proposed are lies or scary? Their proposals, and my opposition to them, are all on the record.
johnson732 September 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM
"Deny women their rights..." what exactly do you think not allowing women to take ownership of their own bodies is? Republicans like Chris Smith are so focused on birth control, abortions, and which rapes are illegal to deal with anything like job creation. Ocean county has a 9.8% unemployment rate that our congressman has done absolutely nothing about. Yet you want to vote him back into office? I hope you have no sisters, daughters, a wife, aunts, ect. because you obviously do not care much about their rights.
Jay Podell September 24, 2012 at 09:00 PM
In the last 32 years, Brian Froelich has done more (as a private citizen) for the state of New Jersey than Chris Smith has from his post in Congress. Smith has worked mercilessly to attack a woman's right to choose. He's been far too busy trying to turn his own religious beliefs into law to take a serious look at unemployment and job creation. The thousands of NJ jobs Froelich has already created speak volumes. Hiring Brian Froelich means electing someone whose priority is the ECONOMY and JOBS, and firing someone in Chris Smith whose priorities clearly lie elsewhere. Froelich is not some "tax and spend" lefty. He has proven he is fiscally responsible and understands the virtues that a small business can provide for an entire community. Let's let businesses flourish and bring jobs back to NJ -- HIRE FROELICH.
Dologirl September 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Go, Brian!!


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