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Monday, Jul 18, 2011

Strikeforce’s Josh Thomson Blasts Obama, Calls For New President Elect In 2012

Strikeforce superstar Josh Thomson said that "change" is all that he has left in his pocket since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Photos courtesy of Esther Lin/Strikeforce

By FCF Staff

Former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind.   These days, the 32-year-old San Jose, Calif. resident and Team AKA member is calling out someone far removed from the MMA world:  Barack Obama.

In a recent update on his Facebook page, Thomson stated “If you voted for Obama to prove you aren’t a racist, make sure you vote against him to prove you’re not an idiot in 2012 :-)”

Thomson, who is of half caucasian, half Mexican descent, explained to FCF that, like the vast majority of Americans, he’s fed up with the hard economic times the country has been enduring.  He said he thinks that Obama was unqualified to handle the role of president and that his victory in the 2008 election was, at least in part, aided by his relative youth as well as his race.

“I think that Americans felt that it was time to finally put an African-American in office,” said Thomson, who also stated that he did not vote for Obama in the 2008 election.  ” Over time, you’ve had guys like Jesse Jackson run for office, but there’s no way people could stand behind him. Then came Obama, who’s very well-spoken, very articulate and who had spent time in the Senate.

“He was a younger candidate who could bring in the younger voters.  The younger generation stepped up and voted for him, but they elected someone that wasn’t all that qualified.  There was never anyone like that who brought in the younger generation.  He did it.  It was just the right time, right place.”

In addition to his MMA career, Thomson moonlights as a mortgage broker to earn extra cash.  He said that the slumping economy, which has pummeled the housing market, has severely impacted his secondary source of income.

“Thank God I’m a fighter.  Who would ever say that?,” he laughed.  “If I was living check to check being a mortgage broker, I’d be broke right now trying to find another way to make money.”

For someone who has sported purple and orange hair and nicknamed himself “The Punk,” Thomson may sound self-contradicting when he  says that he leans toward being a conservative.  Yet he is quick to back this statement up by expressing his disgust with policies like the revolutionary Obama Care plan that provides certain benefits to everyone unconditionally.

“I’m someone who wants less government and more freedom of individuality – you work for what you get,” he said.  “I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family, but I feel like I’ve achieved a lot in my life.  I feel like handouts and freeloading is inexcusable.”

Regarding the state of the economy, Thomson, who holds down a second job as a mortgage broker said, "Thank God I'm a fighter."

Heading into the 2012 election year, Thomson said he sees promise in a couple of Republican candidates – former Speaker of The House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and House of Representatives member Michele Bachmann.  However, he also feels both will face significant obstacles that may very well impede their chances of making it to The White House should either win the Republican primary election.

“I like Newt Gingrich because of the experience he has,” said Thomson.  “I don’t think he’ll get elected because he’s had money issues.  He’s also a lot older.  I kind of think that the younger generation is voting now because of Obama, so I don’t think they’d identify with him.”

Thomson said that Bachmann’s biggest hurdle might be her gender.

“Coming off Obama being elected, I think everyone might be like ‘We elected our first black president (so) we did our good deed for the decade and we’re going to stop there,” he said.  “I don’t think she’ll get elected because she’s a woman.”

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6 responses to “Strikeforce’s Josh Thomson Blasts Obama, Calls For New President Elect In 2012”

  1. Josh Thomson says:

    Thanks bud!

    Josh Thomson

  2. Josh Thomson says:

    Michele Bachmann is possibly the best bet for the GOP but Im not sure America is ready for woman President just yet especially coming off such a horrible 4 years with Obama. I also, dont think Americans are ready to watch a woman age right in front of their eyes. Compare pics of Obama during his campaign and now to see the difference.


    Let’s look at the FACTS. Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution reads: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.” Our Constitution grants the president absolutely no authority to raise or lower taxes. The president is permitted to propose tax measures or veto them. Congress can ignore proposals and override vetoes.

    The Constitution grants Congress the final and ultimate say on taxes. The same principle applies to spending. A president cannot spend one dime that Congress does not first appropriate. Therefore, typical conservative statements such as “Under Barack Obama, government spending has increased 21 percent,” and “Under Barack Obama, welfare spending has increased 54 percent” are just plain nonsense, if they are suggesting that Obama has increased spending. Credit or blame, whether it’s a balance budget, budget surplus, budget deficit or national debt, lies with the U.S. Congress.

    Knowing where constitutional authority for taxing and spending is vital to our nation. No matter how we feel about President Obama, if we buy into the notion that it’s he who’s doing the taxing and spending, adding to our debt and deficits, we will focus our attention on trying to restrain the president. That will leave Congress less politically culpable for our deepening quagmire. Of course, if you’re a congressman, not being held accountable is what you want.

  4. Republicans howl that President Obama has exploded the size of federal government spending in his short tenure as President, and it is true that he has increased it. But President Bush actually increased federal spending by more than 2X as much as Obama has. So it is unfair to lay the explosion in spending at the feet of President Obama: Both presidents are responsible.

    The increase in government spending, meanwhile, is actually NOT the only factor that has caused the deficit. The other factor–equally if not more important–is the fall-off in government revenue (tax receipts).

    Please read my article on the subject of deficit:

  5. Jake Pereira says:

    I like how Obama is always given a free pass anytime someone brings up the nation’s deficit, was Bush granted that same luxury? If your not going to lay any of the burden of our country’s current problems at the feet of our current president, then don’t keep bringing up our past president’s names as a scapegoat.

  6. Jay says:

    It was a mess hard for any president to clean up. It was an ugly situation and seemed doomed to begin with. It’s the perfect time to put a “black” president in place. Our government knows how to manipulate anything they want, it’s sad to say but our leaders don’t always have our best interet in mind.