The message we need to hear

Christie's speech at GOP convention handed down the much-needed truth

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As impeccable as his delivery was Tuesday night, Chris Christie’s keynote speech to the Republican National Convention needs to be read as much as seen.

The New Jersey governor masterfully, and forcefully, presented the nation’s daunting financial challenges – this generation’s imperative – with no sugar coating, insisting we’re adult enough to be told the truth by those who would lead us.

We hope he’s right. His own experience shows he may be: Christie is the Republican governor of a largely Democratic state who managed to work with the loyal opposition to tackle deficits and labor union intransigence that others said would be impossible to take on.

“They rewarded politicians who led instead of politicians who pandered,” Christie said of the people of New Jersey.

This is the Mitt Romney gamble – reason over emotion – that he put on the table when he chose budget hawk Paul Ryan, congressman of Wisconsin, as his running mate. Tuesday, Christie doubled down on that bet, made on behalf of the better nature of Americans.

Fans and foes alike might have expected Christie’s keynote to be more of an attack on the incumbent president’s indefensible record. Instead, Christie attacked our problems – most urgently, federal overspending with no end in sight that doesn’t involve a cliff.

Typically, liberal pundits decried Christie’s “nasty, mean” truth-telling much as an adolescent might complain about the rules at home. But facts are stubborn things. While Democrats want to be popular by dancing around the numbers – they haven’t even passed a budget in three years, as the federal debt has exploded – Romney, Paul, Christie and the new Republican Party have chosen to stand up to the hard choices we must make, including reforming Medicare and Social Security to save them for future generations.

The response of the Demagogic Party and its lapdogs in the media is to bark and howl to scare voters. What the Demagogues won’t tell you is that they have no plan to save the entitlement programs from imminent collapse. They just want to be in charge when it happens.

It’s a delicate message to bear, but Christie did it with aplomb and a fierce earnestness we hope will galvanize Americans into doing what’s necessary to save America.

“We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something,” Christie said. “I have faith in us. I know we can be the men and women our country calls on us to be.”

We’ll learn in a mere couple of months whether that faith is well-placed.

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fedex227
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fedex227 08/29/12 - 10:40 pm
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Maybe we listened to two different speeches ...
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“We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something."

Unfortunately he neglected to mention throughout his speech that Mitt Romney was the man for the job. In fact his use of "I" 37 times and the name "Romney" only 7 times in his speech left many wondering if Christie himself wasn't campaigning for President. This was met with harsh criticism from many liberal pundits and lamestream media journalists including Charles Krauthammer and Chris Wallace.

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palmetto1008 08/29/12 - 11:19 pm
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You must have listened to the
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You must have listened to the speech, FedEx, I can't decipher a thing about it from this empty, space-fiillingrhetoric, that the ACES just produced,

Street smart
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Street smart 08/29/12 - 11:20 pm
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Republicans are in the middle

Republicans are in the middle of four days of Obama - bashing and truth - distorting attacks - and they're hoping it will give them a badly needed bump in the polls. The reality is, we're probably going to see it come true over the next couple days. When the Republicans leave Tampa, it's pretty likely they"ll be ahead in the horse race.

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scoopdedoop64 08/29/12 - 11:37 pm
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The Message We Need to Hear

Christie did a good job but I think he could have done better. This doesn't change the truth of what he said which was right on target. However, Paul Ryan did a much better job tonight. He knocked it out of the park. We have got to get President Obama and his cronies out of white house and back to Chicago where they belong. I would appeal to everyone reading to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. We can do better!

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Fiat_Lux 08/30/12 - 12:07 am
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You got that right, Scoop

Ryan was terrific.

I just read that to re-elect Obama would be like backing up the Titanic and ramming the iceberg again.

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faithson 08/30/12 - 01:05 am
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gotta love the direction repub's have taken their party in !

'On Monday, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse, defending the campaign's blatantly false ads .... said, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 04:27 am
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"Tonight I want to talk to

"Tonight I want to talk to you about love."
"I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved."

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Riverman1 08/30/12 - 04:46 am
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Democrats Don't Quite Get the Value of Money

You better not give a Democrat money to go pay your light bill down at the power company office on Evans to Lock. I did that once and missed a weekend of football on TV.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 04:50 am
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"He created a bipartisan debt

"He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way and then did exactly nothing," Paul Ryan 8/29/2012

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (aka: Simpson-Bowles plan or deficit commission). Made up of 18 members and required a supermajority of 14 of 18 votes to be formally endorsed.

Votes for: Bowles, Coburn, Conrad, Crapo, Cote, Durbin, Fudge, Gregg, Rivlin, Simpson, Spratt.

Votes against: RYAN, Baucus, Becerra, Camp, Hensarling, Schakowsky, Stern.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/30/12 - 04:56 am
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If anybody thinks Democrats

If anybody thinks Democrats can solve our budget woes better than Republicans, good luck in life.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 05:37 am
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"“A lot of guys I went to

"“A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant Janesvill, WI). Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in (Feb)2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day."

During GM's 2008 annual shareholder meeting on June 3, 2008, CEO Rick Wagoner announced that the Janesville assembly plant would close by 2010. Plant closed Dec, 2008 (except for small crew to complete Izuzu contract). Obama inaugurated Jan 20, 2009.

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Tullie 08/30/12 - 06:25 am
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fedex227

Unfortunately he neglected to mention throughout his speech that Mitt Romney was the man for the job. In fact his use of "I" 37 times and the name "Romney" only 7 times in his speech left many

fedex227, you sat there and counted how many times that he said I and how many times he said Romney?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 06:40 am
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Great Speech

"central planners", "faded Obama poster", good stuff.

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carcraft 08/30/12 - 07:42 am
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Iresting you should mention

Interesting you should mention GM Techfan GM isn't doing as well as Obama touts and has cost taxpayers billions p about thirteen billion as GM stocks fall! http://www2.tbo.com/news/politics/2012/aug/13/falling-gm-stock-raises-go... . Ryan voted against the Bowls Simpson plan because there was no adressing of medicare growth. Obama may have ended the growth of medicare by taking $700 billion out of medicare to fund Obama care.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 08:07 am
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You mean the same amount Ryan pulls from Medicare

You mean the same amount Ryan pulls from Medicare to give tax breaks to millionaires. The problem is, Obama takes his from future growth in Medicare and private insurers and puts it back into insurance (the Affordable Care Act) and Ryan takes his to give to folks like Romney.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/aug/15/checking-fac...

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 08:17 am
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GM

GM:
8/29-$21.27
52 week low-$18.72
52 week high-$27.68
Without bailout-No GM, no cars, no stock price, no jobs.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 08:23 am
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716 Billion

All to fund Obamacare. Services that providers give to the elderly will have to be reduced to order to stay in business.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 08:32 am
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Stock

So the stock is now worth one half of what Uncle Sam paid for it. Great.

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southernguy08 08/30/12 - 08:33 am
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OBAMA'S "ACCOMPLISHMENTS"
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I'd love for a liberal to actually tell us some of Obama's accomplishments, besides what they used in 08 that, "Well, he got elected." All I see is continued high unemployment, continued poor jobs reports, a downgrade in our international credit rating for the first time in our history, and an extra 5 TRILLION added to our national debt. Thanks but no thanks Obama, America has had about all the "hope and change" we can take.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 08:41 am
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What

I have no idea what you are talking about. Did you say something? I see nothing but left wing links which I have no intention of opening. I could post just as many with conflicting views.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 08:46 am
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Just trying to help

"So the stock is now worth one half of what Uncle Sam paid for it. Great." The money that went to GM and Chrysler was agreed to under TARP signed Dec. 3, 2008 by President George W. Bush.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 08:46 am
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CBO- Non partisian

According to the CBO, the payment cuts in Medicare include:

•A $260 billion payment cut for hospital services.
•A $39 billion payment cut for skilled nursing services.
•A $17 billion payment cut for hospice services.
•A $66 billion payment cut for home health services.
•A $33 billion payment cut for all other services.
•A $156 billion cut in payment rates in Medicare Advantage (MA); $156 billion is before considering interactions with other provisions. The House Ways and Means Committee was able to include interactions with other provisions, estimating the cuts to MA to be even higher, coming in at $308 billion.
•$56 billion in cuts for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.* DSH payments go to hospitals that serve a large number of low-income patients.
•$114 billion in other provisions pertaining to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP* (does not include coverage-related provisions).

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hotsaucemom 08/30/12 - 08:49 am
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Republican ideological

Republican ideological insults towards women have been relentless lately, each one more outrageous than the last. And, these guys ever got to implement their agenda it would have dangerous consequences for American women. Watching the Republican National Convention, you get a sense of what life would be like if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win the White House. We'd no longer have that critical buffer against their destructive policies and out languish ideas. It's almost too terrible to imagine. I know that neither one of us wants to contemplate that scenario.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 08:51 am
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Non-partisan fact checking

Non-partisan fact checking sites are left wing? Good one. If that's true, facts evidently are left wing.
Fact-something that actually exists; reality; truth.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/30/12 - 08:54 am
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HOtsouce mom, please provide

HOtsouce mom, please provide some supporting evidence. Truth is Ann Romney has been called a "corperate House wife", Love from Utah ( a black female congressional canidate) has been called a prostitute, Condi Rice has been villified and called basically a sex toy for Bush. These are attacks on conservative women some by news commentators others by bloggers.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 08:56 am
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factcheck

Factcheck my last post and tell me what isn't true.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/30/12 - 08:58 am
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Question for hotsauce

What does "out languish" mean?

Techfan
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Techfan 08/30/12 - 09:02 am
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