2012年11月6日火曜日

Abigael Evans Prove This Message

Abby Evansが米大統領選キャンペーンに参加した。

Abby:
 Because I'm tired of Bronco Bamma(Barack Obama) and Mitt Romney.
Elizabeth:
 That's why you're crying?  Oooooh.
 It will be over soon, Abby. OK?
 The election will be over soon, OK.
Abby:
 OK.
(Elizabeth Evans:Abby's mother)

選挙運動関係者以外、米大統領選には興味が薄い人もいる。
移民が多い米国では、そもそも選挙権が無い人もいるし、あっても投票
できない人もいる。支持政党がある有権者は、投票する人を決めているし、
無党派層のために、テレビコマーシャルが繰返し報道され、毎週のレギュ
ラー番組も1ヶ月近く中断する。1ヶ月も前のテレビ番組の内容を覚えて
いる人は少ないと思う。
やっと有色人種系が大統領になったが、女性が大統領になるのは当分先。
最近の大統領候補者には、政府にたかる貧困層とか裕福でないBig Bird
(放送会社含)を叩いたり、推し進めた戦争の経費を補うために、戦争と
は関係の無い業界への政府助成金を削減と言う。
候補者は、災害対策費削減案が発覚し、代償に募金活動をしたが、代償
になったとは思えない。
米大統領選TVCMが、Ring Ding DongやFashion Monster同様、繰返し放送
され、興味が薄い人にはうんざりだったと思う。

米大統領立候補者は、1年かけて、身辺調査されると言われるが、最近では、
発言に似せた誤情報を意図的に流出するため、事実確認のサイトも現れた。
Big Data収集や経歴情報収集、加工した情報を拡散するにも資金が必要。
米大統領の席を手に入れるには、資金が必要と言う傾向は、さらに顕著に
なった。

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以前は、米マスメディアが支持する米大統領立候補者を表明し、身辺調査と
ネガティブキャンペーンを行っていたが、既存メディアの影響力の低下と
報道の中立性の問題で支持者表明は止めたようだ。記事内容も少し中立
傾向。

正直だったAbbyと嘘をつく選挙関係者。
一部の人が嘘をついて大金を手に入れ、多くの人か安定した生活ができる
かを決めるのが投票日。
嘘をつきたくない大人は「もうじき終わるから」と言うしかない。
子供をだしに使って、選挙応援する家族も見かけるが、それをしなかった
母親も娘と同感か。

Abigael Evans Prove This Message:
I'm tired of Bronco Bamma(Barack Obama) and Mitt Romney.

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Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney


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---「セサミストリートを守れ」 米大統領選を前にワシントンでデモ行進---
2012.11.05 Mon posted at 12:08 JST
http://www.cnn.co.jp/special/us_election/35024006.html

 ワシントン(CNN) 米ワシントンで5日までに、公共放送サービス(PBS)への支持を訴えるデモが行われ、PBSの子ども向け番組「セサミストリート」のキャラクターに扮したり人形を持ったりした参加者が市内を行進した。
 デモの発端となったのは、米大統領選の共和党候補ミット・ロムニー氏の発言。先月3日の第1回テレビ討論会で、同氏はPBSへの支援を打ち切る可能性に言及していた。
 デモ隊は、ベトナム反戦運動で掲げられた兵役拒否のスローガン「Hell no(ヘル・ノー=とんでもない). We won’t go(行くもんか)」をもじって「Elmo(エルモ=セサミストリートに登場するキャラクター). We won’t go」などと唱えながら練り歩いた。
 子どもとともに人形を持って参加したという男性は「PBSと言論の自由への支持を表明するために来た。私自身がPBSで育ったし、子どもたちの土台にもなっている」と話した。
 PBSは連邦政府から年間約4億5000万ドル(約360億円)の助成金を受けている。セサミストリートの制作会社セサミ・ワークショップは、経費の93%を企業スポンサーからの収入やライセンス収入でまかなっているという。


---White House and control of Congress on the ballot---
Posted: Nov 03, 2012 10:37 PM JST Updated: Nov 04, 2012 4:15 AM JST
By DAVID ESPO
AP Special Correspondent
http://www.kpho.com/story/19992602/white-house-and-control-of-congress-on-the-ballot

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House, the Senate, the tea party revolution in the House and 11 governorships are on the line Tuesday in a fantastically costly, relentlessly negative election played out in unsettled economic times.

There is more at stake, though - the future of "Obamacare," the fate of Medicare, too - in a land where the campaign tab is counted in the billions of dollars, where voters have been polled to the point of rebelliousness, and where a 4-year-old approached national hero status when she tearily protested the onslaught of campaign advertising.

"I'm tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney," sobbed Abby Evans of Fort Collins, Colo., in a video that went viral in the campaign's final, frantic days.

And why not? The rhetoric alone was cringe-inducing.

Democrats accused Romney of a "war on women." Romney said President Barack Obama was waging a "war on coal."

Plunging through a final weekend of campaigning, the two rivals honed their appeals as they flew from one battleground state to another.

"You want to know that your president means what he says and says what he means," Obama told a crowd of 4,000 on Saturday in northeast Ohio, a reference to Romney's late campaign commercials incorrectly suggesting that Jeep was creating jobs in China at the expense of domestic workers. "And after four years as president, you know me."

Romney and his supporters projected confidence in Dubuque, Iowa. "Three more days," they chanted as he stood on a stage adorned with a banner that read "Real Change." Said Romney: "The president speaks well, but I have a plan" to restore the economy and create jobs.

Apart from the candidates, divided government - perhaps a politically correct term for dysfunctional government - is on the ballot after a 2-year stretch that produced gridlock on many issues and record-low congressional approval ratings.

A victory by Democrat Obama would ensure the survival of the health care law that Republicans oppose so strongly, even if they win contested control of the Senate and, as expected, hold the House.

A triumph by Republican challenger Romney would slam the door on tax increases on the wealthy, even if Democrats demand them as the price for a deficit deal that includes curtailing the costs of programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

As well, the winner could wind up appointing one or more new justices to the Supreme Court, where four justices are older than 70. The potential exists to alter the balance of a tribunal that recently has issued 5-4 rulings on abortion, affirmative action, campaign finance and religion in public life.

The economy has trumped all other issues in a campaign carried out in the shadow of slow growth, high unemployment and huge federal deficits. Heading into the race's final weekend, the government reported that 171,000 jobs were created in October. Unemployment ticked up to 7.9%.

"The question of this election is, 'Do you want four years of the same or do you want real change?'" Romney asked an audience in West Allis, Wis., on Friday. He said, correctly, that unemployment is higher than when Obama took office, and he contended the president would fail to improve the economy with a second term. "Four more days," his supported chanted.

Obama countered that more than 5 million jobs have been created since the depths of the Great Recession. He ended the campaign as he began it, insisting the election wasn't a referendum on his performance in office, but a choice between him and his rival. It's "between going back to the top-down policies that crashed our economy or adapting the kinds of policies that will make sure we've got a strong and growing middle class," the incumbent said Friday in Hilliard, Ohio.

Going into the final weekend of the campaign, opinion polls showed a race for the popular vote so close that only a statistically insignificant point or two separated the two rivals. Soundings in the nine battleground states tightened after Obama's poor performance in the first debate, on Oct. 3, and stayed that way.

Yet Republicans quietly acknowledged that Romney had so far been unable to achieve the breakthroughs needed in Ohio and Wisconsin, and he left it to running mate Paul Ryan to make a campaign-ending trip to Nevada rather than go himself.

Looking elsewhere for electoral votes, Romney and his allies sought to expand the political map into Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, Minnesota and Michigan. Obama's aides expressed confidence about all three, although some private Democratic polls showed relatively close contests and the two sides engaged in a late advertising war.

Not counting those three states, Obama appeared certain to carry 15 states and the District of Columbia, accounting for 191 of the 270 electoral votes required for victory.

Romney was similarly secure in 23 states, also for 191 electoral votes.

The other nine states have seen much of the campaigning by the two men and their running mates, Ryan for Romney and Vice President Joe Biden for Obama. They were also the targets of most of the nearly $1 billion in television advertising financed by the candidates and their allies, both named and anonymous.

The nine battleground states account for 110 electoral votes combined, and include areas with particularly high joblessness (Nevada and North Carolina) as well as low unemployment (Iowa, New Hampshire and Virginia). Also large Hispanic populations (Colorado and Florida), an economy heavily dependent on the auto industry (Ohio) and the home of Romney's running mate (Wisconsin).

They reflect many of the key differences that have defined the presidential struggle. Among them are the competing visions of economic policy, the disagreement over raising taxes on upper-income Americans, the 2009 auto bailout that Obama said saved an industry and that Romney opposed, and immigration, where the Republican sought to move to the middle after calling during the primaries on illegal immigrants to self-deport.

The Senate races feature all that - and more.

Republicans must gain three for a majority if Romney wins the White House, otherwise four. There are 33 seats on the ballot, 23 currently in Democratic hands and 10 in Republican, a lopsided split that for months made the GOP favored to capture control.

But a series of unexpected turns, including Republican Sen. OIympia Snowe's retirement in Maine, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's remark that women's bodies have a way of preventing pregnancy after "legitimate rape," and tea party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock's primary victory over veteran Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana have all complicated the party's task.

Now, strategists in both parties rate Democratic Sen. Rep. Claire McCaskill the favorite for a new term in Missouri. Independent former Gov. Angus King appears to hold an advantage over major party rivals in Maine, where Democrats sought to blunt GOP attacks. Mourdock is struggling against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in a race where a Libertarian candidate, Andrew Horning, appears to be draining votes from the Republican.

Even so, there are more than enough competitive races to leave the overall outcome in doubt. The closest of them, judging from the polls, are in Virginia and Wisconsin, two states where Democrats are retiring. Also in Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is in a struggle with Rep. Dennis Rehberg, and Massachusetts, where late-campaign polls suggest Republican Sen. Scott Brown is slipping in a race with Elizabeth Warren.

Nowhere is the influence of outside groups tested more than in Ohio, where Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been hit with more than $30 million in televised attack ads, designed to deliver a victory for challenger Josh Mandel.

Not even Democrats claim they will pick up the 25 seats they need to win House control, a virtual concession that the tea party-infused majority that swept to power two years ago will remain. All 435 seats are on the ballot, although only about 60 are seriously contested.

About two dozen of those involve first-termers. One freshman, Rep. Allen West of Florida, has spent more than $13 million trying to return to Congress.

Once-a-decade redistricting to take population changes into effect forced incumbents to face off in five races.

1 of them gave the campaign a particularly memorable moment. That came in Los Angeles when Rep. Brad Sherman seized the shoulder of Rep. Howard Berman during a debate, yanked him toward his chest and shouted, "You want to get into this?" The two men - both Democrats - stood nose to nose before a sheriff's deputy moved between them.

"I should not have done that," Sherman said afterward. He is favored to win.

In gubernatorial races, Democratic retirements in Washington, Montana, North Carolina and New Hampshire created opportunities for Republican gains.


---Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney bring Abby Evans to tears---
November 1, 2012
By: Scott Paulson
http://www.examiner.com/article/abby-is-tired-of-bronco-bamma-and-mitt-romney-video

You think you’re tired of the election? Check this out. On Wednesday, four-year-old Abby broke down in tears due to the constant bickering between President Barack Obama and GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney.

Abby was video recorded by her mother who was kind enough to share the video on You Tube for all to “enjoy”. In the video, the little girl is obviously upset and says the reason she is crying - with tears rolling down - her cheeks is because she’s tired of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

However, it her four-year-old dialect, she says she’s tired of “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney” as opposed to saying Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - or simply saying she's tired of the campaigning.

Her mother, heard on the video, tells her that it will soon be over as she consoles her with an “awww”.

So, who is the star of her mom’s video? She is Abigael Evans of Colorado. And the director of the priceless and entertaining video is mother Elizabeth Evans. Mrs. Evans said that a long day compounded by hearing NPR radio in the car going on and on about the election is what brought her little girl to tears.

One might say that most Americans can agree with little Abby.

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