Monthly Archives: October 2012

How Obama Turned U.S. Economy into “Hostile Work Environment”

As Published at TownHall.com

By Wayne Allyn Root

The Presidential debates were Exhibit A for Obama’s habit of “misplacing the truth” (ie lying). Obama told lots of hard-to-believe whoppers about his support of guns; his love of the oil, gas and coal industries; his unshakeable loyalty to Israel; and of course his response to the Libya Embassy attack. Boy can this guy misplace facts.

Only a lawyer could say stuff like that with a straight face.

But the biggest whopper of all was when Obama claimed to be a champion of small business. He stressed this misguided storyline in all three nationally-televised debates. Obama even made a specific claim to back it up in the second debate- he claimed to have cut taxes 18 times for small business. This storyline attracted my attention because I am a small businessman. I’ve spent my whole life as a small businessman. I know how important small business is to the American economy. Small business is the economic engine of America, and the heart of all job creation.

And what I know to be the truth is that President Obama has turned the entire U.S. economy into a “Hostile Work Environment.”
Small business owners like me are struggling to survive under this President. Obama may be a champion, but he’s a champion of taxes, regulations, bureaucrats, and lawyers- not a champion of small business.

I am the son of a small businessman- my dad worked for 20 years as a butcher to save up enough money to eventually start his own butcher store. I am also the grandson of a small businessman. My grandfather (an immigrant), spent 20 years working as a butcher to eventually save up the money to start his own butcher store. Several of my uncles were given money by my grandfather to immigrate to America and they too eventually started their own butcher stores- after years of hard work and sacrifice.

We built our own businesses. We never had help from government. Government didn’t put up the risk money to start our businesses. Government wasn’t by our side when we worked 16-hour days. Government had nothing to do with the marketing and advertising of our businesses. Government didn’t help us land clients. WE WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO BUILT THOSE BUSINESSES.

Yet here was President Obama in front of the nation in three separate debates…the man who has demonized business owners for 4 years…the man who has threatened us with onerous new taxes for 4 years…claiming on national TV that he’s the biggest supporter of small business. And claiming to have given small businessmen and women (like me) 18 tax cuts.

What tax cuts? I have never heard of any Obama tax cuts for small business. Since I own multiple small businesses, isn’t that strange?

What I do know is that if you claim to be a champion of small business, first “Do no harm.” A champion of small business would not demonize or denigrate us. He wouldn’t kill our enthusiasm or motivation by saying “You Didn’t Build That.” Who would want to work for a boss like that? That’s verbal abuse. This is akin to a husband beating his wife, then claiming to be “the husband of the year.”

Obama has created a “Hostile Work Environment” and now he’s taking credit for saving us. Now that’s audacity. The only person we need protecting from is…Obama.

Life isn’t just about money, or profits. How you feel, how you’re treated, whether you like to get up in the morning, is more important than money. Obama has destroyed the enthusiasm of small business owners. Obama’s verbal abuse and “hostile work environment” has killed our will to do more. Why would anyone work harder, or take more financial risk, for someone so negative and unappreciative? Hence the horrible Obama economy and miserable unemployment numbers. Don’t expect any improvement until Obama is gone.

Now to those 18 small business tax cuts that Obama claimed. I did a little research. They are small; obscure; most were renewals of tax breaks from previous administrations; many have already expired; and worst of all- Obama double counted them. Any time a tax cut was renewed, Obama counted that as two tax breaks. The lawyer’s lips are moving again.

The real story of small business under Obama is tax raises. Coming this January, Obama will unleash a torrent of punishing taxes on small business. We face the most massive income tax increase in history (remember we file taxes as individuals). We face the greatest expansion of big government in history with Obamacare. We face massive Obamacare tax increases on income, Medicare taxes, the sale of our business, the sale of stocks, the sale of our homes. We face onerous Obamacare mandates.

And that’s all just a start. Based on the mountains of debt Obama has already created, and the mountains of spending he promises in the coming years, we can expect many more massive tax increases on income, capital gains, a national VAT tax (sales tax), removal of legal tax deductions, and worst of all- an attempt to remove the cap on FICA (Social Security) taxes. If this came to pass, I’d lose my businesses. This small businessman cannot survive another 4 more years of Obama.

I have a message for President Obama. Mr. President, please stop “saving” us. We can’t take it anymore.

And I have a message for small business owners. We need to sue. It’s time for all small businesses to file a class-action lawsuit against President Obama and the federal government for creating a “Hostile Work Environment” that terrorizes us and prevents us from earning a living. Now that’s a message even a lawyer can understand!

Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

Small Businessman to Obama: LIAR!

As published at FoxNews.com on 10/25/12

By Wayne Allyn Root

Congressman Joe Wilson got carried away and called Obama a liar during a State of the Union address a few years back. While I would personally never interrupt a major speech by Obama (or any other politician), it is time to admit that Congressman Wilson was right. Obama is a liar. He can’t help himself. He’s a lawyer. It’s in his makeup. How do you know a lawyer is lying? His lips are moving in front of a jury.

In a moment I’ll describe how Obama has created a “Hostile Work Environment” for small businesses. But first let’s look at a variety of Obama’s “misinformation episodes.”

The Presidential debates were Exhibit A for Obama’s habit of misplacing the truth. Obama acted as if he loves guns. He called himself a second amendment supporter. Now that’s a whopper. The great gun lover in the White House has appointed two Supreme Court justices who will spend decades trying to take away our gun rights.

Obama claimed to be a big supporter of oil, gas and coal. That is even funnier than the gun lie. Obama killed the Keystone Pipeline. His EPA is trying to regulate the coal industry out of existence. Obama claimed to have increased drilling, yet it turns out his administration has cut oil drilling permits by over 60%.

Obama claimed during the second debate that he called the Libya Embassy attack a “terror attack” the next day in the Rose Garden. If so, then he never got the memo to his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, or his White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, for two full weeks. How does Obama sleep at night with all these lies?

But the real sin was when Obama claimed to be a big supporter of small business. He stressed this misguided storyline in all three nationally-televised debates. Obama even made a specific claim to back it up in the second debate- he claimed to have cut taxes 18 times for small business. This storyline attracted my attention because I am a small businessman. I’ve spent my whole life as a small businessman. I know how important small business is to the American economy. Small business is the economic engine of America, and the heart of all job creation.

I am the son of a small businessman- my dad worked for 20 years as a butcher to save up enough money to eventually start his own butcher store. I am also the grandson of a small businessman. My grandfather (an immigrant), spent 20 years working as a butcher to eventually save up the money to start his own butcher store. Several of my uncles were given money by my grandfather to immigrate to America and they too eventually started their own butcher stores- after years of hard work and sacrifice.

We built our own businesses. We never had help from government. Government didn’t put up the risk money to start our businesses. Government wasn’t by our side when we worked 16-hour days. Government had nothing to do with the marketing and advertising of our businesses. Government didn’t help us land clients. WE WERE THE ONLY ONES WHO BUILT THOSE BUSINESSES.

Yet here was President Obama in front of the nation…the man who has demonized business owners for 4 years…the man who has threatened us with onerous new taxes for 4 years…claiming on national TV that he’s “the champion of small business.” And claiming to have given us 18 tax cuts.

What tax cuts? I have never heard of any Obama tax cuts for small business. Since I own multiple small businesses, isn’t that strange?

What I do know is that if you claim to be a champion of small business, first “Do no harm.” A champion of small business would not demonize or denigrate us. He wouldn’t kill our enthusiasm or motivation by saying “You Didn’t Build That.” Who would want to work for a boss like that? That’s verbal abuse. Some employees in this litigious society might sue a boss like that for creating a “hostile work environment.” Could that man possibly claim to be a “champion of small business?” Only if he’s a lawyer and his lips are moving.

Life isn’t just about money, or profits. How you feel, how you’re treated, whether you like to get up in the morning, is more important than money. Obama has destroyed the enthusiasm of small business owners. Obama’s verbal abuse and “hostile work environment” has killed our will to do more. Why would anyone work harder, or take more financial risk, for someone so negative and unappreciative? Hence the horrible Obama economy and miserable unemployment numbers. Don’t expect any improvement until Obama is gone.

Now to those 18 small business tax cuts that Obama claimed. I did a little research. They are small; obscure; most were renewals of tax breaks from previous administrations; many have already expired; and worst of all- Obama double counted them. Any time a tax cut was renewed, Obama counted that as two tax breaks. The lawyer’s lips are moving again.

The real story of small business under Obama is tax raises. Coming this January, Obama will unleash a torrent of punishing taxes on small business. We face the most massive income tax increase in history (remember we file taxes as individuals). We face the greatest expansion of big government in history with Obamacare. We face massive Obamacare tax increases on income, Medicare taxes, the sale of our business, the sale of stocks, the sale of our homes. We face onerous Obamacare mandates.

And that’s all just a start. Based on the mountains of debt Obama has already created, and the mountains of spending he promises in the coming years, we can expect many more massive tax increases on income, capital gains, a national VAT tax (sales tax), removal of legal tax deductions, and worst of all- an attempt to remove the cap on FICA (Social Security) taxes. If this came to pass, I’d lose my businesses. This small businessman cannot survive another 4 more years of Obama.

What would you call a person doing that kind of damage to small business, who calls himself a “champion of small business?”

Liar.

Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

“That Damn Record”- From FoxNews.com

As published at FoxNews.com on 10/17/12

By Wayne Allyn Root

It wasn’t Obama’s fault this time. It was that damn record.

No one has EVER been able to go into the ring with Obama- the heavyweight talker- and “take it to him.” Knock him out. Leave him reeling. Leave him shaking and breathless from body blows. Until Mitt Romney. Not just because Mitt is the smartest guy in the room- and he is. But because Obama has never in his career had to run on an actual record.

Obama has been allowed his entire career to lie with impunity. He is a lawyer. He is a great talker. He is a world-class debater. He can win an argument with anyone- with his fancy talk, propaganda, and rhetoric. But things have changed. The difference is Obama now has a record he can’t escape from.

That damn record was Obama’s undoing on Tuesday night. You can’t talk your way out of a record. You can’t sweet talk America when the facts are staring every voter right in the face. This time Obama was prepared, alert, aggressive, in fine fighting form. He did everything right. He was ready for his big comeback. Yet he lost badly again. Because the facts ate him up. That damn record ruined everything.

One comment by Mitt was symbolic of the defeat Obama was about to experience. Mitt said, “You’re a good speaker, but you’ve got a record.”

Obama’s record is a millstone around his neck. In this heavyweight prizefight rematch, Romney hit him again and again- and hurt him badly- by simply pointing out his record. These weren’t slaps. These were gut shots. Shots to the body that leave a fighter in agony. There was no response to that record. Even the great socialist orator could not overcome that damn record. He was left motionless on the canvas, gasping for air.

The body blows kept coming fast and furious (excuse the pun) all night:

Energy. Obama seemed to lay claim to being “the energy President.” Obama said he loves coal, oil, gas, all forms of drilling. Really? Romney hurt him with repeated body blows- all based on his own record. He pointed out that Obama is trying to destroy the coal business. He’s cut drilling permits by over 50%. He killed the Keystone pipeline. Romney even asked a simple but devastating question, “If your energy policy is so great, why have gas prices doubled?” That damn record.

Libya. Obama said he called it a “terror attack” in the Rose Garden the very next day.Really? Romney turned into prosecutor and faced Obama. He nailed him in a complete fabrication. The next day? But didn’t Obama wait 14 days to call it a “terror attack?” Didn’t he in fact blame a YouTube video? Didn’t he allow Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador, to claim on Sunday talk shows 5 days later that it was “a spontaneous protest?” Obama was outsmarted by Mitt. Caught in a lie with the nation watching, Obama looked shocked and disgusted. That damn record.

Women’s rights. Obama scored points with his single mom story. Then he hit Mitt with contraception and planned parenthood. In a Presidential debate 4 years ago, with no record to defend, Obama would have knocked Romney out with women. But not this time. Not with that damn record- the millstone around his neck. Romney pointed out the record. Women have lost 580,000 jobs under Obama. 3.5 million more women are in poverty. Romney pointed out that a strong economic recovery is the best answer to how we help women. Create an economy that is growing and creating jobs, and businesses will jump to hire women, and offer flexible schedules. Obama is offering you free contraception, but no job. That’s a really bad tradeoff. That damn record.

Guns. Obama was practically claiming to be “the pro gun President.” He said he’s astrong supporter of the second amendment. But that damn record got in the way again. At this moment, Obama became a joke. Romney didn’t need to say a thing. We were all laughing too hard at the lies this man tells. But just for good measure, Romney savaged him by bringing up the “Fast and Furious” gun scandal. He pointed out that it was the Obama administration that was selling guns and getting people killed. Oops.That damn record again.

The economy. Obama is good. If there was no record to defend, I have no doubt that 55% of American voters would choose his socialist pathway of big government, big taxes, and big spending. But there’s that damn record to defend again. Romney took it to him. 23 million unemployed. A drop in unemployment, only due to people losing hope and dropping out of the search for a job. Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs lost. A giant drop in income for middle class households. Anemic GDP growth. Worse growth this year than last year. You could see Obama thinking “That damn record is killing me.”

Debt. Obama beat Romney up pretty good over the debt that his lower taxes might cause. Until Romney brought up Obama’s actual record. Over $5 trillion in new debt. A promise to cut the deficit in half, yet instead Obama doubled it. Suddenly Obama looked small, powerless, weak. You can’t defend that damn record.

Obamacare. Romney took that myth out with one body blow. He pointed out that Obama promised healthcare costs would be down $2500 per family during his first term, but costs are up $2500 per family. That damn record.

Small business. Here Obama told the whopper of all time. He said he’s cut taxes 18 times for small business. Really. I own multiple small businesses. My taxes haven’t been cut one time, nor one penny under Obama. Obamacare will be a massive tax increase in January. Who is this man kidding? But Romney rushed to the center of the ring, and knocked him out with a right hook. He pointed out that regulation has tripled for businesses under Obama. The small business owners Romney speaks to say they feel under attack from their own government. Great line. Direct hit to the kidney. That damn record.

Obama is such a good lawyer, such a good talker, he could have gotten O.J. Simpson off. He’s that good. But the O.J. case was about circumstantial evidence. In Obama’s case the facts are in. Even Obama the lawyer couldn’t get Obama off. The facts of Obama’s first term buried the President under a barrage of hooks and haymakers.

That damn record. To put it in lawyer’s parlance, this time the glove fit.

Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

The VP Debate: Did Biden Win the Battle, But Lose the War?

By Wayne Allyn Root

Funny. Isn’t it Democrats that are always criticizing “angry white males?” Well look who’s the angry white male now.

The Vice Presidential heavyweight championship fight is over. Joe Biden needed a decisive knockout to prop up Obama’s failing campaign. He didn’t get it. Paul Ryan didn’t need a decisive win. He only needed to hold his own and come across as smart and sincere- mission accomplished.

The truth is, it wasn’t a decisive victory for anyone. They both held their own. I thought Biden won the first half of the debate. But Ryan came on strong to win the second half. Ryan’s closing was very strong. And he turned a tough issue- abortion- into a big win by bringing up Obama’s trampling of the rights of religious institutions. But overall, even-steven, perhaps a slight edge for Biden (only because he was the aggressor throughout the night).

However, something happened during this debate that was decisive. It was style over substance. If you’re a conservative, you probably liked Ryan’s substance. If you’re a liberal, you probably liked Biden’s substance. No revelations there.

But on the topic of style, I think something monumental happened in the VP debate. Biden was not likeable. He tried for the knockout so hard, he tried to show the aggressiveness that Obama did not with such desperation, that he came across as mean-spirited, angry, condescending, arrogant, and disrespectful.

Think back to Nixon versus John F. Kennedy. Those who heard the debate gave the win to Nixon. But those who watched it, voted overwhelmingly for JFK. Tonight’s debate followed a similar pattern. If you heard it, or read a transcript, you might give Biden a slight win for being the aggressor, for being more confident, for bringing the fight to Ryan.

But if you watched the debate, you saw a polite, cool, youthful Ryan with fresh ideas…versus an old hot head. Biden’s smirking, laughter, and constant interrupting was rude, disrespectful and annoying. He came across as an old, arrogant, know-it-all, on his way out the door (and angry because he knows it).

Biden’s performance will not play well with women- the very group he needed to win over. Men like aggression. Men like strength and confidence. Men like a guy on the attack. But the votes of men aren’t up for grabs. Men are voting overwhelmingly for Romney/Ryan. They’re not changing their minds.

Biden’s audience was clear: WOMEN. Without a rebound among women, Obama loses. Period. His 20-point lead among women has evaporated overnight. He is down to a 2-point lead among female voters in recent polls. Obama cannot win without a double-digit lead among women. If the women in my household are any indication, Biden bombed badly. He turned off women. He wasn’t a nice man. He had no manners. He never listened. He spoke with nothing but anger.

He reminded the women in my household of the grumpy old condescending Uncle who you have to invite to Christmas dinner, even though he insults you and treats you with disrespect. And he winds up ruining a nice holiday every time.

As my wife reminds me (all the time)- women don’t like men who interrupt them, who think they know it all, who don’t listen, who are pushy, who think they have all the answers. Women despise men who smirk and laugh at you in a dismissive way. And the worst attribute of all to my wife? Nothing turns her off like an angry man with a bad attitude.

Did Biden win the debate? Arguable. Was he the aggressor? Yes. Did he staunch Obama’s bleeding? Yes.

But did he accomplish his number one goal? Absolutely not. His job was to win over women. My gut instinct says the debate was a draw. But even if Biden won the battle, he lost the war.

America’s women will not approve of Joe Biden.

And that’s another win for Mitt Romney.

Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

Is America Becoming a Banana Republic?

As Published at Breitbart.com on 10/9/12

By Wayne Allyn Root

Barack Obama was warned that our Libyan Embassy faced an attack on 9/11 and did nothing. Zero. Zip. Four brave Americans died- including our Ambassador. The media says nothing.

Before the attack, the Obama administration turned down a request from our Embassy in Libya for more security http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/10/state-department-turned-down-security-request-embassy-libya/58611/?oref=river , even while Obama spent untold millions of taxpayer dollars giving a full Secret Service detail to White House aide, Valerie Jarrett. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/14/valerie-jarrett-pat-caddell-libyan-embassy The media says nothing.

Obama and Hillary then tried to blame the cause of the Libyan Embassy attack on a YouTube video, when most every security expert in the Obama administration concluded it was a pre-planned terrorist attack. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/09/26/u-s-officials-knew-libya-attacks-were-work-of-al-qaeda-affiliates.html The media says nothing.

Gas prices have doubled under Obama and are currently headed to an incredible $6 per gallon in California. Residents of the politically correct, environmentally-obsessed, anti-fossil fuel state, who want no oil drilling, no coal, no nuclear, no gas fracking, and no new refineries, don’t see the correlation between dropping gas prices in the rest of America (at the moment), and dramatically rising gas prices, shortages, and gas station closings in California. The media says nothing.

Obama promised to cut the deficit in half, instead he doubled it, became the first President in history to preside over 4 straight trillion dollar deficits, added an all-time record $5 trillion to the national debt, and presided over the first credit downgrade in U.S. history. More credit downgrades are coming. The media says nothing.

New reports are out showing that suicides are now at an all-time high under Obama. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-09-suicide-americans-car.html
For the first time ever, more Americans now commit suicide than die in car accidents. You think this might have something to with Obama’s miserable economy? The media says nothing.

When elected Obama said if he couldn’t fix this economic mess, “I’m a one-term President. Throw me out.” He made the economy far worse, yet he’s running for re-election and claiming success. The media says nothing.

The Obama administration is actively trying to suppress military voting from our brave soldiers overseas. http://www2.starexponent.com/news/2012/oct/04/readers-views-suppressing-military-vote-virginia-a-ar-2255483/ The media says nothing.

Media Matters reports that the media coverage of Romney’s secret tape about “the 47%” received 13 to 1 media coverage versus Obama’s secret tape about his love for “income redistribution” (aka the central tenant of socialism). http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/21/1135097/-In-the-Battle-of-the-Videos-Washington-Examiner-claims-the-Liberal-Media-Bias-was-showing
Should this surprise us? In a banana republic, the media protects their benefactor.

Obama loses the first Presidential debate badly, losing face with American voters. He was Romney’s piñata.
A total embarrassment that destroys the narrative that Obama has all the answers. Suddenly, it’s clear Obama has none of the answers. It’s all Americans talk about for 48 hours. Then suddenly a miraculous jobs report is released by Obama’s Labor Department to distract the masses. You know, the same Labor Department whose government employees make political contributions to President Obama.

Miraculously they report unemployment has dropped below 8% for the first time since Obama took office.
43 straight months over 8% unemployment, and it changes dramatically for the first time in Obama’s Presidency, 48 hours after the debate. Happy Days are here again…until next month’s revision.

The fix is in. Even former GE CEO Jack Welch called it Chicago-style chicanery. http://www.businessinsider.com/jack-welch-obama-jobs-report-numbers-romney-2012-10 They cooked the books. There is no miraculous hiring increase. This appears, to anyone with a brain, to be manipulation by Labor Dept. bureaucrats coming just 4 weeks before the election. The media says nothing.

First, the real jobs number was 114,000 jobs, as reported by employers. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-05/u-s-jobless-rate-unexpectedly-falls-to-7-8-114-000-jobs-added.html That’s a terrible number. It wouldn’t move the unemployment needle one tenth. But this second number that came out on Friday was based on phone calls made to “households.” http://nation.foxnews.com/unemployment-rate/2012/10/05/wealth-manager-jobs-report-no-way-world-these-numbers-are-accurate Suddenly, only days before the Presidential election, the Obama Labor Department extrapolated that 873,000 new part-time jobs have been created, out of the blue, in one month, by talking to a sample of households…most of whom were undoubtedly Democrats from Detroit. The media says nothing.

Why isn’t the media asking Obama about an economy where, even if we suspend reality…if we agree this dubious number is actually true…everyone is being forced to lower expectations and take crummy, low-paying part-time jobs? The media says nothing.

The Bureau of Labor & Statistics still reports that the number for “Real Unemployment” (called U6) in the United States, is 14.6%. http://m.foxbusiness.com/quickPage.html?page=32811&content=69772822&pageNum=-1 So why is the media trumpeting the 7.8% number that is based on a ludicrous 800,000 part-time jobs found out of the blue in one month?

Lastly, while Obama rushed to get these obviously “surgically enhanced” unemployment numbers out before the stock markets opened on Friday, he managed to hold the bad news until after the markets closed for the weekend. What a surprise! The after-market news that few noticed, is that food stamp usage has jumped to a new all time record of 46,681,833. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-05/us-foodstamp-usage-rises-new-record-high

Even worse, in the same month, the number of US households reliant on food stamps rose by an incredible 99,493 to 22,541,744. That means that even at a low average of two persons per household, more people went on food stamps in the past month than found jobs.

Be sure to add in 20,474 new disability recipients for the month. In just a few years Obama has created the liberal nirvana- millions of Americans hooked like crack addicts on government handouts, and desperate to vote for Obama, the drug dealer that feeds their addiction. Is this a plan? Still the media says nothing.

Why would they? America is on the way to becoming a Banana Republic. The mainstream media takes their marching orders from Obama. Worse, Obama himself ignores the adoring White House press corps, to instead take questions from the ladies at “The View” and “morning zoo” radio comedians.

Have you seen Obama’s schedule? We are in a Great Depression II. Our economy is in the worst crisis since 1929. Our American Embassies are under attack throughout the Middle East. And Obama’s days are filled with golf, fundraising, campaign events, and media appearances (with those “morning zoo” crews). Who has time to worry about terrorist attacks, national security briefings, or that pesky little problem called the economy?

If Obama is re-elected, these are most certainly the last dying days of America.

Las Vegas Oddsmaker Doubles Down on Prediction of Romney Landslide

As Published by FoxNews.com on 10/9/12

By Wayne Allyn Root

In November of 2004, only days before the Presidential election, I went on CNBC and predicted a Bush victory by 3 points and 30 electoral votes. Every poll at the time showed Kerry in the lead. Bush won by 3 and 35. Newsmax magazine called it the most accurate prediction of 2004.

In October of 2006, I went on Fox News to predict the GOP would get slaughtered in the midterm election and lose Congress. They did.

In December 2011, before the GOP primary, I predicted Mitt Romney would win the GOP Presidential nomination and go on to win the Presidency. For the next few months, Romney trailed by a wide margin to a range of contenders- Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. It seemed no one wanted Mitt for President. It seemed no one believed in Mitt. No one, that is, except this Las Vegas oddsmaker and capitalist evangelist.

Fast forward to Spring 2012 after Romney clinched the GOP Presidential, but trailed in every poll to President Obama. I boldly predicted a Mitt Romney landslide on November 6th.

Fast forward to June 2012, when experts forecast a defeat for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in his recall election. Unions were pouring unheard of sums into the race in a longtime Democratic state that welcomes union rights. I boldly predicted a Walker landslide victory of 7 to 10 points. He won by exactly 7 (despite reported Democratic voter irregularities).

For the past month, as Mitt Romney trailed badly in every poll, especially the all-important battleground states, I continued to predict a big Romney victory. Today I’m making it official:

I’m doubling down. Mitt Romney will win the Presidency, and it won’t be close.

I’m predicting a 5 to 7 point popular vote victory. Electorally it won’t be that close. Romney will win many states that went to Obama in 2008. I’m predicting Romney victories in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Indiana. I predict a Romney victory by 100 to 120 electoral votes.

In the days before the first Presidential debate, polls showed Romney trailing badly in most of those states. But, as I’ve argued from day one, the polls are wrong. They are badly skewed towards Democrats. Quite simply they are over-polling Democratic voters and assuming a turnout that looks like 2008, when record numbers of Democrats came out for Obama.

After Romney’s overwhelming victory in the first debate he now leads, or is dead even in battleground states where, only days before, he was supposedly way behind. My contention is a 1 point Romney lead in those Democrat-skewed polls is really a comfortable 5 to 7 point Romney lead on election day.

There are several specific reasons I predict a comfortable Romney victory on election day:

· The news media is ignoring signs of mass revulsion towards Obama. In the West Virginia Democrat primary, a felon got 40% of the vote versus Obama. In deep blue Massachusetts and Connecticut, GOP Senate candidates are even, or leading in recent polls. In pro union Wisconsin, Walker won by a country mile. But worst of all for Mr. Obama, several recent polls show Romney competitive in Illinois- Obama’s home state. Romney is actually winning by a landslide in the suburbs of Obama’s Chicago. Even in Cook County, the country’s biggest Democratic stronghold, Romney leads by double digits among independents (43-31) and white voters (53-40). These are very bad signs for Obama.

· In 2008 Democrats overwhelmingly controlled the majority of Governorships. Today Republicans control the majority of Governorships. Presidential elections are always steered in each state by the Governor- the most powerful force in state politics.

· After the 2010 census, electoral votes were added to states that lean Republican in elections: Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah. Deep blue Democrat states like New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Massachusetts lost electoral votes.

That brings up an interesting point. Why is everyone running away from these ultra liberal, high tax states in the first place? Isn’t that alone proof of the failure of Democrat ideas?

· Next, follow the money trail. Yes, Obama is raising plenty of money, although there is a major question if it’s coming from illegal foreign contributors. But forget all that. What matters is that in 2008 Obama overwhelmed McCain by out-spending him 10 to 1 down the stretch. That won’t happen in 2012. Romney is even, or can out-spend Obama, in the last 2 weeks of the election. That makes a huge difference in the outcome.

· Christians will turn out in record numbers this year. Obama has offended Christians again and again. Last election 20 million evangelical Christians did not vote. They will turn out in record numbers in 2012 to defeat the most anti-Christian President in U.S. history. How motivated are Christians? Did you see
the long lines around the country to support Chick-fil-A a few weeks ago? You’ll see those same lines on election day.

· Voter rolls have been purged in 2012 of felons and illegals in many states- particularly Florida and Ohio. Turnout of Democrats will be nothing like 2008.

Which brings up another important question. What kind of political party relies on felons and people illegally in the country to win elections?

· The “Enthusiasm Factor” for Romney is huge. Conservatives are focused, intense, motivated, and enthusiastic. Democrats turned out for Obama in record numbers in 2009. Today they are demoralized. A big edge goes to Romney on Election Day as conservatives, white voters, middle class voters and independents turn out in record numbers for Romney.

I know several people who voted for Obama in 2008, but never again. Does anyone know a McCain voter who will vote for Obama in 2012? There are none.

· Finally, history proves that a majority of undecided voters break for the challenger. Romney will take most of the undecided voters on election day- just like Reagan did versus Jimmy Carter in 1980. Romney’s fantastic debate performance gave them confidence to choose the challenger.

This is Carter/Reagan all over again. The same horrible economy. The same economically ignorant fool in the White House bringing misery to Americans. The same economic collapse under the weight of socialist, pro union, soak the rich, demonize the business owners, policies.

I predict the same result on election day. Mitt Romney in a Landslide.

And If I’m wrong- God help The United States of America.

Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

I Am on Obama’s Enemies List

As published at TheBlaze.com

By Wayne Allyn Root

As TheBlaze reported Monday, I’ve gone through an 18-month ordeal with IRS which I believe has been triggered by my vocal criticisms of this administration. While this may seem like a personal matter, America should hear when a small businessman–not a billionaire–with an unblemished tax record for 30 years faces this kind of prosecution. If a president can go after me because he doesn’t like my political beliefs, as I explain in this column, than no one is safe. Today it’s me, tomorrow it could be you.

Our commander in chief is a bully. Just like in the old Soviet Union, he’s using the power of the IRS and other government agencies to punish his political opposition, and try to intimidate and silence his critics.

It’s time for Congress to get involved. It’s time for Congressional hearings to determine if this is a widespread pattern of abuse. If this is a pattern of Obama using government to destroy his opposition, to destroy people’s lives, whether it is billionaires or small business owners like me, Obama and his henchmen must be held accountable. The government of the United States has no right to persecute its citizens for political purposes.

It started in 2008 when I became the Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee and was campaigning across America. I informed audiences that I was Obama’s college classmate, Class of ’83 at Columbia University. I told audiences what I thought Obama’s goal would be as president. I predicted he’d follow the strategy taught by two former Columbia professors, Cloward and Piven.

I predicted that Obama would damage the economy and bankrupt the business community, “so as to cause doubts about capitalism. To shake our faith in the current system. He’ll accomplish all that by overwhelming the system with spending, addicting a record number of Americans to entitlements, exploding the debt, demonizing business owners, and then trying to convince the masses to redistribute wealth (with massive tax increases).”

Over the last four years, my opinions critical of the Obama administration appeared in newspapers across the country and many of the Internet’s most popular conservative websites– reaching tens of millions of Americans.
I made frequent television appearances on networks like Fox News Channel and CNBC, and thousands of appearances on talk radio- always criticizing Obama’s anti-business, anti-capitalism policies.

I believe this all certainly caught the attention of Obama and his Chicago hit squad led by David Axelrod, as someone has decided to intimidate and distract me, in the form of a unsettling call from the IRS.

Not too long ago an IRS agent called my home and left a message. Without waiting for a response, he immediately called my accountant. We were both shocked at how eager and excited he sounded to get started. My accountant told the IRS agent that he had my “power of attorney” and he was to speak only with the accountant from this point forward. Guess what this overzealous IRS agent did next? He immediately called me again.

My accountant remarked that in 30 years of dealing with IRS audits, he’d never heard of an IRS agent starting an investigation with a phone call to the taxpayer, then the taxpayer’s accountant, and then the taxpayer again. The IRS always sends a letter asking the taxpayer to call them. That was the tipoff something was out of the ordinary. My conversation with the IRS agent seemed odd as well.

The agent let me know that he understood that my accountant had the power of attorney and he was not allowed to speak to me. But he said he just wanted to speak with me once- because he was “my biggest fan.” He told me how he read all of my political columns (in the Las Vegas newspaper), and often listened to me on the radio (on CBS Radio, Las Vegas). Then he commented that he agreed with my politics and agreed with most everything I said. He said that he personally requested to be my auditor…and it was a great “honor” to be auditing me.

I hung up the phone and felt a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. This was an unsettling conversation. It was clear to me that the IRS agent was trying to imitate “Columbo” (the detective from the 1970’s hit TV show). He was playing a game, trying to win my confidence, let my guard down, to hide a more sinister motive. I immediately thought to myself, “This agent is telling a story to try to throw me off the scent of what’s really happening- an attempt to persecute and intimidate a critic of President Obama, ordered by the Obama administration.”

Soon my gut instinct was verified. My accountant called to say he’d had several conversations with the IRS agent and something seemed very different from any IRS audit he’d ever handled. This agent clearly had an agenda. He was unreasonable. He disregarded facts. He simply disallowed virtually all of my legal deductions. There was even a debate over my mortgage deduction. Soon he was auditing a second year. It got worse with each conversation.
My accountant called and said, “Wayne, it is so clear that this IRS agent is out to badly damage you. You must hire a top tax lawyer. This is like nothing I’ve ever dealt with. This not an ordinary IRS audit. You need legal representation right now.”

Please keep in mind I’m no billionaire, or big shot politician. I’m a small businessman, home-school dad, and citizen politician. With my many businesses and careers all struggling and dramatically down revenue-wise in this Obama economy, I was struggling for the first time in my life. And now I was facing a massive IRS attack, an unaffordable tax bill, and huge legal fees to fight it.

Soon thereafter I found out that my accountant of 25 years–one of the finest, nicest, men I’ve ever met in my life–had also just received an IRS audit notice. For himself. Only weeks after mine.
Coincidence?

I got the message- this was an attack based on my political views. I researched tax attorneys and found the best one in the country. He agreed to handle my case. He looked over my tax records and assured me that he felt the IRS agent was 100 percent incorrect in his belief that any taxes were due. My attorney was also concerned that a review of the audit revealed an unusually aggressive IRS position.

As such, my attorney immediately changed venue to Los Angeles (where he is based) and appealed the case to IRS Tax Court in California. After almost 18 months of sleepless nights, lawyer bills I could not afford, accounting bills I could not afford, damage to my marriage and who knows how many years of my life reduced by stress, this past July we won a full and complete victory. Not a dime was owed. All of the IRS agent’s unreasonable assertions were thrown out. Case closed. 100% vindication. Complete victory.

Except the story isn’t over. It gets far worse.

I had FIVE DAYS to celebrate. Five Days to finally sleep like a baby. FIVE DAYS to feel my life was mine again, with no cloud hanging over me. Five days to hug my wife, with both of us exhaling and repeating out loud “No more IRS, no more cloud over our head, no more legal fees!”

And then the unimaginable happened. My tax attorney called to say, “Are you sitting down? I have bad news. I don’t know what to say, but the IRS just contacted me…You’re being audited again.”

We had just won a complete victory for the years 2007 and 2008. FIVE DAYS AGO. And now I was being audited again for the 2009 and 2010 tax years, FIVE DAYS LATER. In all his many years of practicing tax law, my tax attorney has never heard of such a situation.

And the new IRS agent treated my attorney the same way- with disdain. He disallowed every legal deduction- again. Same treatment all over again.

I have a perfect tax history. Not a single blemish. Thirty years of filing taxes without a problem. I was chosen at random for two audits in my life- and came out of both owing nothing, not one dollar. I’ve never been late with a tax bill in my life. I’ve never owed money on a payment plan to the IRS. Nothing. I’m a model citizen and taxpayer.

The odds of this being some random occurrence are zero. People with perfect tax records for 30 years don’t suddenly become an IRS tax target. And certainly not after winning a complete 100percent victory in tax court only 5 days before. There is no such thing- EVER.

And I’m not a billionaire. I’m not wealthy at all. There’s nothing big to go after. This is not just a witch hunt, but a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. Why would the IRS be persecuting (twice) a small businessman, who happens to have a vocal critic of President Obama?

The answer is my media megaphone.

That’s why this story is so chilling. If this is allowed to stand, then anyone who has an opinion that government or a politician doesn’t like, is at risk of being persecuted, harassed, intimidated, and ruined. Free speech is at risk. Today it’s me, tomorrow it could be you. Even if you’re just a small business owner.

Remember the famous lesson of the holocaust?

“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

I’m one of several who have come forward to call attention to this dangerous pattern of political persecution going on under Obama, but I’m betting that this is happening all across America to Republican and conservative critics and donors.

We know from media reports that virtually every Tea Party in the country is under IRS attack. Not just simple harassment, but the IRS is asking frightening questions- such as a demand for the names of all members, donors and even speakers at Tea Party events. Are all of these critics of Obama being targeted for IRS persecution because of their ideological beliefs?

We know Sheldon Adelson- the biggest GOP donor in America- is suddenly under Justice Dept. investigation.Coincidence? He calls it a “smear campaign” orchestrated by the Obama administration. Steve Wynn- another outspoken critic of Obama and a major GOP donor- has been mysteriously quiet for months now. Days ago it was disclosed in the Las Vegas Review Journal that Wynn too is under federal investigation. Coincidence?
I’m sure the lawyers of billionaire CEO’s like Adelson and Wynn have told their clients to no longer criticize Obama publicly. This is how Obama plays the game- like the mafia. He learned it from politicians in Chicago. This is how you silence your critics.

I have had numerous conversations with high profile friends who contribute to the GOP or are GOP bundlers, and they are also being audited by the IRS. One of my neighbors is a big GOP fundraiser and he’s being attacked by the IRS. Several friends of mine know wealthy donors who received an IRS audit notice only weeks after making major contributions to Romney. One such donor has even gone public.

United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell even recently accused Obama of using “Nixonian tactics” to target and silence silence Republican donors.

How many more victims of this Obama witch hunt are out there? I’m betting after my story comes out, thousands of GOP politicians, donors, Obama critics, and conservative talk hosts come out of the woodwork to say that they too are under IRS attack. This is no coincidence. This can’t be an isolated incident. This is a pattern of abuse and what tyrants do to their opposition. It’s happening right now, right here in America under Obama.

It’s time for all of us to speak up now, before Obama is re-elected and we lose the right to speak out. Free speech and political expression is endangered in Obama’s second term. It is time for Congressional investigations. It is also time for Congress to pass a law that no administration has the right to order the IRS to attack critics. It is time to reign in our government. It is time to demand an end to government witch-hunts ordered by powerful politicians. It is time to shine the light of day on government attempts to intimidate and silence political opponents.

When President Nixon was found to be playing dirty tricks and targeting political opponents, the media screamed loudly about oppression, persecution, political intimidation, and cried out for criminal investigations. Where is the media this time? It is time for the media to get outraged, and demand Obama be held accountable, just as they did with Nixon.
To add to the hypocrisy of this all, many of Obama’s top executives and advisors aren’t paying their taxes.

The IRS isn’t the problem. The IRS is filled with mostly good people, trying to do their jobs. They are just like you and me. But when they get a call from high above, from the office of the President of the United States, or a close friend of the President; then they are fearful for their job. My outrage is towards President Obama and his henchmen. This is so wrong on so many levels.

But the bad news for these political mobsters is that you picked on the wrong guy. Not only have I never had a problem with the IRS in my life, I’m willing to do everything in my power to call out this political attack for what it really is. It is time for you to join me in asking questions about the harassment critics to this White House have faced from the federal government.

I am on Obama’s Enemies List. Next it could be anyone of us. It could be you. This cannot be allowed to go on in the United States of America.

Wayne Allyn Root is a Capitalist Evangelist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party Libertarian Republican. He is a former Libertarian vice presidential nominee. He is the best-selling author of “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts.” His web site: www.ROOTforAmerica.com

Mitt Romney is The Smartest Guy in the Room

As published by FoxNews.com on 10/4/12

By Wayne Allyn Root

Four months ago I made a bold prediction – Mitt Romney will win in a landside. I called it a repeat of Reagan’s landslide over incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Don’t look now, but after last night’s debate that prediction is becoming reality.

Do you hear the air hissing loudly? That’s the air coming out of Obama’s balloon Wednesday night. Mitt Romney is not only the smartest guy in the room (by far)…he proved it on that Presidential debate stage.

Romney schooled Obama. He made Obama look weak, small, and childlike. Obama was listless and uninspiring. He could not look Romney in the eye, and worst of all, could not muster the confidence or energy to defend his own record.

The whole nation saw it. It was almost as if Romney was debating an empty chair.

Worse, an empty chair without teleprompter.

Romney was at ease. He was smiling and willing to look Obama right in the eye, debunk his lies, and take the fight to him. Mitt stayed on message. It was as if Mitt’s debate coach was James Carville- the message was “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Mitt debunked the lies that the media has allowed Obama to tell. It’s easy to lie when you are speaking to a journalist who is on your side. It isn’t so easy to lie on that stage, with the nation watching, with your opponent staring at you. Obama’s lies, myths, and misrepresentations about Romney’s tax and budget plans were all debunked on that stage Wednesday night.

Of course the great zinger that exposed Obama’s lies was when Mitt said that raising five boys had prepared him for hearing things that aren’t true, and then hearing the lie repeated over and over again to try to make it appear true.

Every parent in America was smiling and nodding in agreement.

Mitt looked Presidential and stayed focused on distinct targeted messages. First, that he will cut taxes without adding to the deficit, and will never raise taxes on the middle class. Ever.

Second, that what matters above all else now is jobs. That is Mitt’s priority. He stressed that you can only create jobs by growing the economy and you can only grow the economy by keeping taxes low, cutting regulations, and reducing the size of government.

Third, that Obama is the one hurting seniors by cutting over $700 billion from Medicare. Mitt made it clear he will protect Medicare and change nothing for current recipients. Obama is endangering it. Suddenly every senior in America was reassured this is not a man with a radical plan, nor should they ever fear losing their Medicare or Social Security.

Fourth, that Obama promised to cut the debt in half, but instead doubled it. Romney called it immoral to keep spending more than we take in. Did you see the look on Obama’s face? Did you see his body language? He looked like a defeated man. He looked like he wanted to be anywhere, but on that stage defending his record. Of course that’s because his record on debt and spending is indefensible.

Fifth, Romney pointed out that Obamacare will cost $2500 more per family annually and that it will kill jobs. Obamacare will make it less likely that small business will hire people. Romney used something that befuddles Obama – FACTS. He pointed out that the CBO predicts 20 million Americans will lose their current insurance under Obamacare.

You could hear millions of Americans who are happy with their current insurance, standing and cheering for Romney.
Then Romney went for the kill. He pointed out that Mr. Obama wasted his first two years on Obamacare, something the majority of Americans didn’t even want, in the middle of an economic tragedy, when jobs should have been his priority. He squandered his two years when he should have been fighting for jobs for the American people.

But the line of the night that completely emasculated Obama was, “Yes, Mr. President your spending does show your priorities. You spent $90 billion on green energy tax breaks. That’s like 50 years of tax breaks to oil companies. You gave $90 billion to companies like Solyndra. You could have hired 2 million teachers with that money.”
Bullseye.

Romney looked and sounded like a President. He showcased his CEO leadership skills. Obama was depressed, befuddled, stumbling, bumbling, and fumbling throughout the night. He wasn’t Presidential, even though he’s the President. He was a man out of his league.

In the end Jim Lehrer had the best line of the night when he tried to stop Obama from going over his allotted time. He said, “Mr. President, your time is up.”

How prophetic.