31 Mar

Louise Annarino
March 31, 2012

A young boy goes in to the confessional.

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been one week since my last confession. I lied about my cousin so our friends would think he was rotten.”

“Before I give you your penance and absolve you of your sin, go get a pillow and bring it back to the confessional.”

The boy runs home, grabs a pillow from his bed and returns.

“Father, I have the pillow.”

“Now, my son, go stand on the front steps of church. Tear open the pillow and let the wind carry away every feather. Then return to the confessional.”

The young boy does as instructed. He rips open the pillow with a shout. The feathers are flying! It takes some time, but soon the feathers have dispersed. He returns to the confessional.

“Now, for your final penance before I can absolve you of your sin, go back outside and collect every feather.”

It is not easy to forget this lesson taught by Father Torre as we prepared for our first confession. Telling a lie is one of the most destructive and irreparable sins one can commit.

The feathers Have been flying in speech after speech,and ad after ad; not simply by misleading and untruthful “facts”, but in a slew of ad hominem attacks on President Obama. You cannot help but watch them float by.

ObamaCare proves Obama is a socialist.
Fact: delivery of services is by the private sector; Doctors and hospitals are paid by insurance carriers or individuals, not the government.

Fact:Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for pre-existing conditions,canceling coverage when someone gets sick. The Donut Hole is closed. Companies must spend at least 80% of premiums on health care or refund difference to consumers.Quality and lower costs are now part of healthcare picture. This is good business sense;not socialism.

Obama is a Muslim, was born in Kenya, was sworn in on the Koran.

Fact: He is a Christian (not that this should matter to anyone since the US Constitution assures freedom of religion, especially in those seeking government office). He was born in Hawaii. He was sworn in on the same Bible used by President AbrahamLincoln.

Obama’s economic policies made the Bush recession worse, are anti-business, and are destroying our freedom.

Fact: Not since the Great Depression were so many jobs lost, 750,000 in one month. Within a year of the stimulus package, the peak of 4 years of job loss began to steadily decline, and continues to do so despite economists predicted a continued rise to a 20% jobless rate. The economy has added 1.2 million jobs in the past six months, the fastest pace of growth since 2006.The private sector created 3 million+ jobs during 22 months of consecutive job growth.

Fact:1.4+ million jobs were saved when the auto industry was saved from collapse.

Fact:The month to month change in new home sales was a gain of  approximately 14% in 2012 vs. 5% in 2011. Lowest prices are rising slowly;highest prices are not. Movement is upward, but it will take more time for full recovery.-WallStreetExaminer,3-23-12

Fact:Business Roundtable‘s 2012 first-quarter survey of 128 CEOs,results:
-81% expect sales to increase in the next six months–a 12 percentage point gain over the prior quarter’s survey
–48% say their firms will increase U.S. capital spending, a 16 point jump.
-85%say staffing at their firms will hold steady or grow in the coming months.
-Survey’s index, a composite of CEO expectations for the next six months of sales, capital spending and employment–increased to 96.9 in the first quarter of this year, from 77.9 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Readings above 50 reflect growth.   -Wall Street Journal, 3-28-2012

Fact: Senate Republicans have used the filibuster more than any time in history. Both House and Senate republican leadership has clearly stated they will stop Obama from succeeding. Despite this strategy of obstruction, the overall economy move steadily upward,as does the hopeful expectation of most Americans.

Obama’s energy polices and refusal to drill for American oil are the cause of rising gas prices.

Fact: “The U.S. exported more oil-based fuels than it imported in the first nine months of this year, making it likely that 2011 will be the first time since 1949 that the nation is a net exporter of such goods, primarily diesel.That’s not all. The U.S. has reversed another decades-long trend. It began producing more crude oil in 2008 than the year before and accelerated that upswing 3% in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period in 2010. That production has helped reduce U.S. imports of crude oil by about 10% since 2006.
“It’s dramatic. It’s transformative,” Edward Morse, a former senior U.S. energy official who now directs global commodities research at Citigroup, says of the historic shifts. He says the U.S. is importing a smaller share — 49% in 2010, down from 60% in 2005 — of the oil it uses, adding: “We’re moving toward energy independence.”

-Obama is an apologist, anti-American, unpatriotic, and supports terrorism.

Fact: Osama bin Laden was found and killed.

Fact: Between 2004-2008 / 42 drone attacks. Between 2009-2012 / 252 drone attacks. Al Quaeda Afghanistan decimated –

Fact: End of Iraq War with orderly withdrawl of troops.

Fact: End of War in Afghanistan and orderly withdrawl of troops expected by 2014.

Fact: Obama gets agreement form companies to create hundreds of thousands of jobs for veterans. Obama negotiates settlement to reimburse veterans who suffered excess interest rates and/or foreclosure from private mortgage lenders.

Fact: Obama signs into law the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act which expands mental health and counseling services to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including National Guardsmen and reservists.

Fact: Michelle Obama and Jill Biden tirelessly work to improve the lives of miltary families.

Scattering feathers of deceit is not a pretty sight. While you sneeze and wheeze remember this: there can be no absolution at the polls for such sins. Vote for Barack Obama in November.


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