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A ‘Conservative’ America to look forward to

The silence from Conservatives for such outrages as these (see Rush Limbaugh) is setting the ‘tone’ for what America will be like if Romney is elected, the Republicans hold the House and take the Senate.

A culture war that along with the complete shift of economic and legislative power to corporations, America will never recover form.

This isn’t an isolated incident. But just another in a string that is getting too long.

‘A radio personality in Cleveland is facing tremendous backlash after telling a father that he should get one of his male friends to rape his daughter to force her to turn straight’.

‘In response to an email from a father who suspected his daughter was gay after discovering her kissing another girl, DJ Dominic Deiter declared on the air that “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”

‘You read that correctly. An apparently anti-gay radio personality told a father that he should arrange for his daughter to be raped repeatedly until she magically turns straight’.

‘After the disgusting remark, GLAAD received multiple reports about the incident, which was said during ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ radio program that airs on WWMS 100.7 FM radio station on Clear Channel Communications, which includes radio shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and several other right-wing radio shows. Clear Channel is also owned primarily by Bain Capital, the company that Mitt Romney began and is still involved with’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/04/28/rape-away-the-gay/

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Romney’s ‘Vision’ for America – ‘One is, don’t try and stop the foreclosure process’.

Then ‘investors’ like John Paulson, who just held a ‘marvalous’ fund raiser with Romney (see below), can buy up the homes and turn around and rent them.

“Let it run its course, and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy up homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up, and let it turn around and come back up’.
From : http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/romney-dont-try-and-stop-the-foreclosure-process-video.php

‘Let it come back up’.

With the ‘investors’ holding most of the real estate. And middle class America left to ‘rent’ from the ‘investors’.
‘Mitt Romney held a high-dollar fundraiser Thursday night at the home of John Paulson, the controversial hedge-fund billionaire who made a fortune shorting the housing market and subprime mortgages in 2007’.
From : http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/27/romney-holds-big-money-fundraiser-at-n-y-billionaire-s-townhouse.html

 

Romney’s ‘Vision’ for America

There are two ways to look at and solve problems.

One is the ‘right now’ solution. You solve the problem as it exsists ‘right now’. No thought is given to the consequences long term. You ‘solve’ those problems when they come along. By then they are usually bigger.

The other solution is ‘paying it forward’. This combines ‘today’ with some future time and how to move from ‘today’ to ‘tomorrow’ with stability.

Romney in an after thought to a speech –

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/romney-backs-extension-of-low-student-loan-interest-rate/2012/04/23/gIQA7hIQcT_blog.html

favored keeping interests rates low for student loans so that implys Romney wants to take funds away from the Prevention and Public Health Fund because after all – EVEYTHING has to be paid for – right now –  ‘right?’

But the GREAT news is that the interest rates increase for student loans problem is solved!
 
‘House Republicans want to use money earmarked for health reform’s Prevention and Public Health Fund to hold down interest rates on student loans’.

‘Over the past two years, Health and Human Services has used $1.25 billion of Prevention Fund dollars to fund a pretty sweeping variety of health-related programs’.

‘The Prevention Fund’s biggest investments have been in two areas: Increasing the size of the health care workforce and implementing community-based, health care interventions’.

‘On the workforce front, the federal government spent $198 million last year to create new residency positions for primary care doctors and ramp up training capacity for physicians’.

‘This investment is expected to train about 1,000 new doctors (a program I wrote about here) and 600 physician assistants. The Association of American Medical Colleges projects we’ll be short 30,000 primary care doctors within three years, by 2015’.

‘The other big Prevention Fund investment has been in community-level health interventions. These are programs that try to reduce obesity and tobacco use by targeting environmental factors’.

‘These kind of programs are run as grants to cities and states’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/how-the-prevention-fund-is-being-spent/2012/04/27/gIQANwZUlT_blog.html

 

Romney Works! – Romney campaign aide claims auto bailout was Romney’s idea


Yes. Doing my very best Captain Jack Sparrow – ‘WHAT’!?!

Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign :

“[Romney’s] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed. I know it infuriates them to hear that.”

“The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”
From : http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/224371-romney-campaign-claims-auto-bailout-was-his-idea

Ummmm. Mitt Romney’s ‘advice’ –

‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt’ By MITT ROMNEY
‘Published: November 18, 2008’
From : http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html?_r=1

I don’t think that Americans are really this stupid. But frist the candidate lies easily and openly about important issues to the mundane and now those lies have BECOME the Romney campaign.

Lie and force the Democrats to waste the time in proving him wrong.

‘Swift Boating’ on steriods.

Time to be taxed

BY DANIEL TAIBLESON | APRIL 27, 2012 6:30 AM

The beating heart of modern Republican rhetoric is the argument that there is nothing more dangerous than a tax increase.

This thinking, however rhetorically effective, is fundamentally wrong. Furthermore, it has narrowed the policy options available to our elected officials to the point that it risks bringing up the kind of economic crises they purport to be circumventing by fighting tax increases.

Counter to what Republicans argue, we can address debts and deficits by increase tax rates on high-income households, dividends, and capital gains without upending the U.S. economy.

To be sure, Republicans are not completely wrong: Austerity policies that intentionally reduce government spending, cut government benefits, and increase taxes, except in the rarest of cases, risk imparting real measurable economic harm.

One need only look at the current state of the Britain’s economy to see that.

Since Britain’s Conservative-led government imposed a slew of austerity policies in the name of debt reduction, Britain’s economy has formally fallen back into recession — GDP shrank by 0.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

At some point however, some level of austerity becomes necessary. Ideally this would be done in a time of growth, when the negative economic blow would be softened by otherwise strong growth, but sometimes austerity becomes necessary even in tough economic times.

The question then becomes: How do we reduce debts and deficits while minimizing the human and economic costs of austerity?

Republicans would say the answer is to cut government spending to avoid tax increases at all costs. A 2010 analysis written by a team of professors from the University of Nebraska, the University of Michigan, and the University of California-Berkeley, differs in its conclusions.

The team of scholars found that marginal tax rates can be raised on high-income households without imposing much, if any, economic harm. The researchers found that high-income individuals, in the aggregate, do not withdraw from economic activity when marginal rates increase — counter to the arguments of Republicans and Ayn Rand fans.

They found that raising marginal tax rates on high-income households can be done without hurting small businesses. This is in part because only 2.5 percent of all small businesses fall within the top income brackets. But, even for that 2.5 percent, because they can deduct investments in full, they can pretty much avoid feeling most changes in marginal tax rates.

Perhaps most importantly, they found that preposterously low capital gains and dividends rates do not spur investments in new ventures — for example, entrepreneurship.

As an alternative to tax increases, Republicans have pushed for cuts in highway funding, unemployment insurance, food assistance for the poor, and a slew of other government programs. The problem with this approach is that these kind of programs are proven to have huge positive economic effects, according to Mark Zandi, an economist who testified before the House Budget Committee in 2010.

Research and history inform us that we can increase taxes in a targeted and thoughtful way without realizing high economic costs. Furthermore, they inform us that kind of program cuts proposed by Republicans risk realizing high economic and human costs.

Austerity is a dangerous game. But, we cannot avoid it forever: This is why it should be approached in a calculated fashion — relying on evidence and not ideology as a guide.

Let’s start there and see where it takes us before we consider the far more dangerous kinds of programs proposed by Republicans.

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This is really the only alternative to slowing the influence peddling.

CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE

Free Speech for People has filed a brief in the Supreme Court in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, a case that challenges Citizens United v. FEC and raises the issue of whether the State of Montana can prohibit election spending by corporations. The people of Montana enacted the corporate spending restriction by referendum in 1912. The Montana Supreme Court upheld the law in December, notwithstanding Citizens United, and a corporate lobbying/spending entity has appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Free Speech for People brief, joined by the American Sustainable Business Council, the American Independent Business Alliance, and a Montana business corporation, is here.  Free Speech for People’s press release is here, and below.

FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE AND BUSINESS GROUPS URGE US SUPREME COURT TO REVERSE CITIZENS UNITED 

MONTANA’S BAN ON CORPORATE MONEY IN ELECTIONS PRESENTS
FIRST DIRECT CHALLENGE TO 2010 RULING
 
Amicus Brief Filed Before the Supreme Court 

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The Weekly 2012 – The ‘Vision’ edition

Both campaigns are molding their message.

The Republicans – ‘Obama isn’t up to the job’.

We have been, are in and may well go into another recession. THAT needs to be explained. The ‘how’ we got there. The ‘what’ to do to get out of it. The why we do to stay out of it. And explaining ANYTHING has been the hardest job for this administration.

If Obama loses, it won’t be the economy stupid. It’ll be, you couldn’t explain it.

And explaining does not lend itself to easy talking points.
Especially to an electorate that has a very, very short attention span.

The Democrats – ‘Romney is out of touch’.

The Conservative policy of ‘cut taxes’, ‘cut regulations’ and THIS will spur a magnificant growth, once agian thrusting America back into the role of ‘Leader of the Free World’.

No it won’t : http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/02/stimulus_and_jobs_bills

And if we do go into another recession (or more likely ‘when’), who do you want Governing?

A Party that cares and legislates in favor of business? Because THAT will spur eventual ‘growth’?

Or a Party that favors and legislates in favor of people? Because THAT will provide safety nets until business finally figures out that CONSUMERS are the real ‘job creators’. And for consumers to spend, they need jobs. If the private sector won’t hire because Government won’t ‘guarantee’ them a profit, then Government HAS to step in a create jobs.
Put America Back To Work!

That is the ‘bottom line’ of this election.

And THIS is the real problem :

‘A more aggressive monetary or fiscal policy, or both, would help put lots of Americans back to work.(Spending) Sadly, there’s little sign that policymakers have much interest in using these tools. The inertia can be chalked up, in part, to ideological hostility from those who are opposed to more government spending or to anything that might increase inflation. But the bigger obstacle may be psychological: the longer unemployment stays high, the likelier people are to get used to it’.
From : http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2012/04/30/120430ta_talk_surowiecki?currentPage=all

And the constant ‘white noise’ in the background :

‘Dutch government falls in budget crisis’
From : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17811509

‘Markets Plummet As Dutch Government Collapses’
From : http://finance.boston.com/boston/news/read?GUID=21150665

The EU and their financial crisis may have more to do with the outcome of our election then any efforts by the campaigns.

Austerity, cutting Government budgets to ‘save’ Government from economic crisis or even collaspe, is resulting in extreme hardship on the very people these Governments are suppose to protect and still it’s bringing on crisis and collaspe.

Conservatives are so eager to yell ‘Look at Greece. All that spending lead to their collaspe.’

Look at the EU. All that cutting of budgets is leading to collaspe.

Romney Works! – Romney speaking about President Obama – “If you want to know where his vision leads open your eyes.’’- Pt 5

Open our eyes indeed.

Misinformation. Disinformation. Lies.

The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ edition.

Maybe this is why Mitt Romney won’t go on any interview program that ISN’T friendly.

Note to Mitt. Keep your mouth shut and stupid stuff won’t keep falling out.

Is it that he just can’t stop himself – even when it’s on completely unimportant, mundane matters like these?

‘Tonight’s CNN GOP debate opened with the candidates and the host introducing themselves (though considering this is debate 11, and SNL has been on fire this month, it’s hard to imagine people don’t yet know who they are)’.

Wolf Blitzer: ‘I’m Wolf Blitzer, and yes that’s my real name’.

Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Mitt Romney, and Wolf that’s also my first name’.

‘Except it’s not.  Mitt Romney’s first name is Willard’.
From : http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-11-22/politics/30428055_1_mitt-romney-wolf-blitzer-bad-joke

And……………….

‘During a virtual debate with the Boston Globe in 2007, Romney was corrected when he claimed to own a gun that he later clarified actually belonged to one of his five sons’.

“I have a gun of my own.  I go hunting myself.  I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,” said Romney, to which the interviewer corrected him, “Ah, excuse me, but isn’t that son Josh’s gun?”

‘Romney responded, “Um, well, yes, but so what’?
From : http://akronnewsnow.com/news/politics/item/30725-romney-to-address-nra-weeks-after-revealing-he%E2??s-a-gun-owner

‘So what’?

To me if I said ‘I have a gun OF MY OWN’, it would mean that I OWN the guns. I guess ‘own’ means something different to Mitt.

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Part 4
November 22, 2011
‘At the end of Romney’s term as governor, Romney’s staffers destroyed emails, sold publicly-owned hard drives to staffers, and made sure no digital tracks were left behind’.

“I’m confident that we complied with the letter and the spirit of the law,’’ he added’.
From : http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/mitt-romney-implies-he-destroyed-hard-drive

‘Mitt Romney said in New Hampshire on Friday that he “followed the law” when disposing of documents as he left office as governor of Massachusetts in 2007’.
From : http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/18/8885407-romney-says-he-followed-the-law-disposing-mass-governor-records

“I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more,” Mr. Romney said’.
From : http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/romney-tax-returns-to-give-view-of-family-wealth/

‘Mitt Romney has taken advantage of an obscure exception in federal ethics laws to avoid disclosing the nature and extent of his holdings’.

‘By offering a limited description of his assets, Romney has made it difficult to know precisely where his money is invested’.

‘Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said the disclosure “completely and accurately describes Governor Romney’s assets as required by the law.”
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-using-ethics-exception-to-limit-disclosure-of-bain-holdings/2012/04/05/gIQARcVmxS_story.html
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Part 3

‘Mitt Romney told a Michigan audience on Feb. 23 that he had “fond memories” of a landmark moment in Detroit history’.

‘Romney recalled he was “probably 4 or something like that” the day of the Golden Jubilee, when three-quarters of a million people gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American automobile’.

‘That was, indeed, a landmark day in the history of the Motor City — June 1, 1946’.

‘Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947’.
From : http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-news-mitt-romney-remembers-event-that-happened-before-his-birth

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2007
‘Mitt Romney – ‘“I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”

‘Problem is, it’s not true’.

‘Asked about the specifics of George Romney’s march with MLK, Mitt Romney’s campaign told the Phoenix that it took place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan’.

‘But that account is incorrect. King never marched in Grosse Pointe, according to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society’.
From : http://bluemassgroup.com/2007/12/mitt-romney-never-saw-his-father-march-with-martin-luther-king-never/

‘Mitt Romney acknowledged yesterday that he never saw his father march with Martin Luther King Jr. as he asserted in a nationally televised speech this month, and historical evidence shows that Michigan’s Governor George Romney and the civil rights leader never did march together’.
From : http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/12/21/romney_never_saw_father_on_king_march/
 
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Part 2
‘At first Romney claimed, “I haven’t seen the ads” but then only a few seconds later he responded ”The ad I saw said you were forced out of the speakership.”
From : http://www.inquisitr.com/177960/romney-caught-in-stupid-lies-during-gop-debate-gets-attacked-by-gingrich-and-santorum/

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Part 1
‘The setting, however,  sent a mixed if not misleading message: The National Gypsum Co.’s warehouse closed not on Mr. Obama’s watch but during the presidency of George W. Bush, in June 2008, during the depths of the recession’.
From : http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/04/19/romney-visits-empty-factory-to-mock-obama/

Exxon Makes $104 Million In Profit Per Day So Far In 2012

Now remember, Exxon gets subsidies from the Government. So part of the taxes WE pay, go to ‘help’ Exxon. And make sure you thank the Senate Republicans for their support in ‘helping’ the big oil companies : http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/03/29/454789/senate-republicans-protect-big-oil-subsidies-as-their-gasoline-profits-soar/

So. How much did it cost you to fill up?

‘As consumers paid record-high springtime gas prices, Exxon posted first quarter profits of $9.45 billion’.

They do pay taxes : ’13 percent: The tax rate Exxon paid last year, lower than the average American family’.

And, yet again with another ‘big oil’ company, can you say ‘Money In Politics’? :

‘$1,091,000: Political contributions sent to federal politicians for the 2012 election cycle, making it the largest oil and gas spender’.

‘91% of these contributions went to Republicans’.

‘More than $52,000,000: Lobbying for the first three years of the Obama presidency, 50 percent more than in the Bush Administration’.

‘$52,300: Political contributions from Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson in the 2012 cycle, alone’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/04/26/471469/exxon-takes-104-million-profits-per-day-so-far-in-2012-while-americans-are-stuck-with-a-higher-gas-bill/?tw_p=twt

 

Romney’s and Republicans ‘Vision’ for America

 

‘House Republicans recently proposed cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program’.

‘On April 18 the House Agriculture Committee passed a bill cutting over $33 billion from SNAP over the next decade. About one-third of these cuts ($11.5 billion) comes from putting restrictions on “categorical eligibility’.

‘By restricting this provision, the bill would kick an average of 1.8 million low-income people a year off of food aid and end automatic enrollment in free school meals for 280,000 children in struggling families’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/25/470967/gop-school-lunch-cuts/

‘The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center crunched the numbers On Mitt Romney’s tax plan — part of a series of analyses the group has done of the GOP candidates’ tax proposals — and found that the plan constitutes a major tax cut for wealthy Americans. But compared to today’s rates, Romney proposes effective tax increases for people making less than $40,000.
From : http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/chart-romney-plan-raise-taxes-on-lower-middle-class-cuts-taxes-on-wealthy.php

 

 

 

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