The following question has been added to this blog posting which was published two days ago, October 29. All other material in the posting remains unchanged.
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It's a Week Until Election Day. Vote Early if You Can!
Any Port in a Storm
More on Romney's Tactics and a Word about Sheldon Adelson
The only issue which Mitt Romney can use as Election Day draws near is the economy. Although the solutions he offers have been proven historically not to work, he still offers them in the face of continuing unemployment and a very slow growing economy, both of which enable him to claim that the President didn't deliver on what he said he would accomplish back in 2008. But Romney himself has nothing to offer except discredited "trickle down" remedies.
The economy is the only issue on which he wants to contest the presidency. Otherwise, he is giving the appearance of being more moderate and likeable than he was a month ago. He wants us to believe that RomneyCare won't really differ very much from ObamaCare, except in how it is funded. He likes women. He likes teachers. He likes Detroit. He wants the troops home. As Bill Clinton is reported to have said, "It's the economy, stupid." And that is all Mitt will be talking about from here on in. Forget everything else. And in doing so, he will take the confident attitude of someone who believes he is ahead. That's why the polls on Fox News differ from those from other sources, serving to instill confidence in their candidate and his supporters. Don't believe them and don't believe him.
Here in South Florida, things are a bit different. The state's electoral votes are important to both candidates. They could prove, as they did in 2000, decisive. And the "Jewish" votes in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties could make the difference in 2012. That is why the SuperPac funded by gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson has poured so much money into organizations like the Republican Jewish Coalition to dupe these voters into thinking that President Obama is not a friend of Israel. He is! The President has provided Israel with more high tech military defensive material than any other President. He will not permit Iran to have a nuclear weapon. Even Mitt Romney, at the Lynn University debate, concurred with the President's approach to dealing with Iran and his policy toward Israel.
If you sat Mitt Romney down at a table with Indiana Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, Missouri Senatorial candidate Chad Akin (both of whom he has endorsed) and of course, G.O..P. Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and got them into a discussion of
(a) a woman's right to decide for herself if she wants an abortion,
(b) under what circumstances abortion should remain legal, and
(c) Rowe vs. Wade,
Mitt Romney would probably be the most sympathetic to women's rights of the four of them.
But that is, as they say, damning with faint praise. The fact that he has endorsed Mourdock and Akin, and shares his ticket with Ryan, all of whom have dedicated themselves to working to severely limit a woman's right to an abortion, is reason enough for any self-respecting woman to refuse to vote for him.
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During our subsequent shopping safaris her eyes sparkled at the latest, high-tech offerings while I dragged her from the winking, blinking control panels desperately praising the functionally adequate, impeller-equipped, minimal cycle-choice models that had served us admirably for fifty-eight years.
So, I chuckled to myself as I overheard her on the phone with tech support in Panama (where else?) struggling again to learn how her new high-tech washer could be made to obey her desire to just spin-dry her hand-washed articles. She begged me to try to interpret the exchange between her and two different English-challenged techs…unplug the power cord, hold the start button to reset the electronics, select different cycles, etc., etc., etc. When we requested to speak to a tech in America, we were told that there is no such support available. The Panama crew is it.