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Taking the Red Pill: Believing Eyes & Liberal Lies

My four-year-old daughter loves these gummy vitamins we get at Costco.  They come in a huge jar with multiple colors.  She loves the red ones.  She begs me to pick a red one every morning.  But being a practical mother, I’m not about to go rooting around in a jar of vitamins just so my baby can have a red one.  She gets what comes out on the first tip.  Realizing she wasn’t going to get her wish of a red vitamin every time, my daughter devised a very mature plan: she would just pretend every gummy she got was red.  I think she’s pretended for so long that now she genuinely does see a red vitamin in her hand every day.  It doesn’t matter what color it really is.  If its orange, yellow, green – it’s still red.  She says, “This looks orange, but I don’t think its orange. Its really red”.

Today as we went through the typical red vitamin routine, it struck me that perhaps my daughter’s coping mechanism isn’t all that unique.  As I watch our President campaigning this week, I see him applying the very same techniques to his view of the economy and Americans in general.  Barack Obama has figured out a way to see the red vitamin every time he tips the jar.

This week we’ve heard sound bite after sound bite of the President lamenting the “slow” economy.  He has been making the typical Washington promises of better governing and more helpful programs, and asserting that he understands the plight of the typical American family right now.  Of course, those of us who actually are typical Americans understand that everything this administration has done over the last two and a half years has been antithetical to capitalism and prosperity.  A giant “healthcare” bill that few people wanted and even fewer actually read, disastrous financial reform that’s added new burdens to the business community, extending unemployment to nearly 2 years, a drilling moratorium, a war in Libya, prosecuting Arizona for prosecuting illegal immigration, a government takeover of GM/Chrysler, an 800 billion dollar stimulus package – all of these Obama-led “solutions” have guided us right into 9.6% unemployment (which we know is an artificially low figure thanks to government math), as high as 24% in the Black community.  Any working, thinking American can see that spending more money than we bring in is a recipe for disaster, and we are reaping the first harvests of that disaster currently.  However, Obama has amazingly been able to turn all that gray, garbage-colored mess into a nice, shiny red pill.  Its not QE1, QE2, or even QE3 that’s responsible for rapid inflation, it was the earthquake in Japan.  Its not the drilling moratorium that makes it impossible for us to produce our own oil that is causing sky-high gas prices, it was the oil spill in the Gulf last year.  Its not the 4 trillion in deficit spending his administration will have added by the end of its first term, it’s the House GOP spoilsports backed by infamous terrorists such as the Tea Party and their hobbit minions. Also, George Bush, George Bush, George Bush.  Obama has found a way to deny the reality of this poison pill and make his eyes see a healthy, red vitamin.

This isn’t a quality unique to our President.  Indeed, most liberals are steeped in LDS – not the church.  Liberal Denial Syndrome.  I should know, I once suffered from the same thing.  Its most disturbing symptom is the ability to ignore or deny glaring facts and information and replace them with good intentions and wishful thinking.  Despite continually rising unemployment numbers and foreclosures last year, Liberals still trumpeted the Summer of Recovery as proof Obama-ism was working.  Leaked emails from global warming researchers at East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (which gives recommendations to the UN regarding climate policy) have exposed global warming as a massive hoax based on doctored research and billions of dollars in financing.  The jig is up and yet the liberals are still supporting the UN’s call for a global Climate Change tax and business-killing Cap and Trade here at home.  The polar bear population has increased beyond endangered species parameters, but tell that to any liberal and they will passionately assert that oil and cow flatulence have all but destroyed their natural habitat and they are drowning one by one in the melting Arctic.  One needs only look as far as the IRS’s own website data to see that lower taxes bring increased revenue, but every liberal will tell you with absolutely no embarrassment that the only way to prosperity for more people is to increase taxes.

Provable facts mean nothing to the liberal suffering from LDS.  They mean nothing to Barrack Obama.  These are people who have spent a lifetime practicing up as down and down as up.  They want their good intentions and naïve utopian dreams to be enough to for them to be considered good people.  They want it so badly they are willing to make their eyes see what they wish so badly for in their hearts.  They choose to see the healthy red vitamin, while those of us rooted in reality know it’s really a cyanide pill.

Governor Scott Acquires $30 million from BP for Florida Businesses and Tourism

APRIL 11, 2011                                                                                                       
 

 GOVERNOR SCOTT GETS $30 MILLION FOR NORTHWEST FLORIDA MARKETING FROM BP

   Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Northwest Florida Tourism Council (NWFTC) will receive a $30-million BP marketing grant to help mitigate impacts to Northwest Florida ’s tourism industry as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The grant was a direct result of efforts by Governor Scott, with the help of local leaders, to ensure BP is more deeply invested in the Northwest Florida recovery effort. 

“I’m pleased that BP is doing the right thing, and I’m optimistic that with the assistance of this grant the world will know that Florida’s beaches are as beautiful as ever and open for business,” said Governor Scott. “However, this is just one small step on the road to recovery, and I’m going to continue to hold BP accountable to the Floridians and businesses that lost millions of dollars because of the oil spill.”

 The Governor and the NWFTC signed two separate agreements which direct the $30-million marketing grant directly to the NWFTC coalition, which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa , Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin , and establishes a policy for handling the grant.

“On behalf of the tourism council, we want to thank BP for helping to ensure Northwest Florida returns to its previous state and continuing to support this region’s economic recovery. This grant is over and above what is being allocated through the claims process,” said Dawn Moliterno, chairperson for the NWFTC. “We believe this additional marketing push will be just what Northwest Florida needs to create that share of voice to showcase that our beaches are as beautiful as ever.” 

The three-year grant must be used for the purposes of tourism promotion and awareness building. BP will evaluate expenditures and the NWFTC partners have agreed to quarterly updates on tourism program activities and results pursuant to the grant agreement. The detailed reports will measure results against quarterly benchmarks to demonstrate how the funds are being used and the results that were generated. Return on investment will be measured in variety of ways including website metrics and analytics, participation at events, visitation, bed tax collections and economic impact. 

BP America’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization Executive Vice President, Luke Keller said, “BP is very pleased to be working cooperatively with Governor Scott and the state on this road from response to restoration. The agreement we have signed is a further example of BP’s commitment to doing what is in the best interest of the state and the people of  Florida . Today’s announcement brings BP’s commitment to Florida to $82 million for tourism and seafood testing and marketing.”

The NWFTC was created by seven tourism development councils (TDCs) many years ago for the purpose of marketing Northwest Florida through a regional partnership. The seven-county coalition reunited after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in an effort to overcome misperceptions about the status of Florida beaches. The organization, which is a 501C6, will receive the overall marketing grant funds and then distribute to the seven TDCs. The dollars will be allocated to each TDC based on an agreed upon formula—two percent flat plus two percent of annual bed tax collections. The individual grants will allow each organization the flexibility to customize advertising and marketing programs to their customers and markets and address specific needs.

“The Tourism Council has been in conversations with BP since fall of 2010,” said Moliterno. “We owe a great deal to our Governor Rick Scott and his staff who have been working tirelessly with state and local elected officials, our partners and VISIT FLORIDA to rally on behalf of the region, encouraging additional marketing funds be made available prior to our peak summer season.”

   More change you can truly believe in for all Floridians. Thank you Governor Scott.