"Binder-Gate" and the Lapdog Media
I'm watching various news shows on the television and every single one of these programs are talking about the comment Mitt Romney made the other night about "binders." In the debate, he was speaking about when he was governor, that he had binders filled with resumes from women in order to fill up his cabinet. His purpose was to fill these positions both equally between men and women. He asked his people to find qualified women for some of these positions because, for whatever reason, only qualified men seemed to be seeking these jobs.
So he tasked them to find equally qualified women and said, "'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women."
Anyone who isn't a blind partisan knows that he meant he had binders of resumes, and not literally binders of women. Common sense also should tell you that.
And yet, with the election less than three weeks, these talking heads are making this into a huge deal. These are he same people who have made a big deal about Paul Ryan washing dishes at a soup kitchen last week. Even after the people in charge came forward and confirmed that Ryan was indeed washing dirty dishes (they had left some aside for him to wash). Yes, it was a cheap photo op, but every politician, including Barrack and Michelle Obama, have done the same. In fact, when the Obama's did it, they were lauded as the perfect couple for it (with Michelle in $700 sneakers).
And yet while the media has gone into def-con 1 over "binder-gate," nary a word is spoken about Obama's outrageous debate comment about the cause of high gas prices. Romney started off with this criticism:
The proof of whether a strategy is working or not is what the price is that you're paying at the pump. If you're paying less than you paid a year or two ago, why, then, the strategy is working. But you're paying more. When the president took office, the price of gasoline here in Nassau County was about $1.86 a gallon. Now, it's $4.00 a gallon.
Put plainly, Romney told the audience that whatever strategy Obama has regarding lowering gas prices is clearly not working. His proof is that when Obama came into office, the average price of a gallon of gas was $1.86. Today, it's more than double that.
Here was the President's response:
Well, think about what the governor -- think about what the governor just said. He said when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney's now promoting. So, it's conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down gas prices because with his policies, we might be back in that same mess.
Did you get that? According to "the most intelligent President ever," gas prices have risen 130% because the economy is improving??? This had to be the most asinine thing the President has ever said! Just to make it simple, gasoline prices are an indicator of the economy. When the economy is strong, prices are LOW. To put it another way, if Obama was correct in his assumptions, gasoline prices today would be close to $0.
One of the main reasons are economy is in the dirt is because gas prices are so high! Higher prices means consumers have to pay more - meaning the keep less and put less into the economy!
Yet this comment goes mostly unreported. This statement by the president shows exactly why he is unfit for the office. We live in a free-market, Capitalist society and for our Head of State to not understand the simple fundamentals is both stunning and scary. The fact that the media is spending so much time on trivialities is also scary, but far from stunning.