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A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Study: House Republican Budget Would Raise Taxes On The Middle Class, Cut Them For Millionaires’

‘According to a study prepared by the congressional Joint Economic Committee and verified by independent experts, the House Republican budget authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would raise taxes on families making less than $200,000, even while it gives millionaires a tax cut’:

‘So although households earning $100,000 to $200,000 a year would save about $7,000 from the lower tax rates in the GOP plan, those savings would be swamped by eliminating major deductions, according to the report by the Democratically controlled congressional Joint Economic Committee’.

‘The net result: Married couples in that income range would pay an additional $2,700 annually to the Internal Revenue Service, on top of the tax increases that are scheduled to hit every American household when the George W. Bush-era cuts expire at the end of the year’.

‘Households earning more than $1 million a year, meanwhile, could see a net tax cut of about $300,000 annually’.

“Ryan seems to want to have his cake and eat it, too, and this report shows that you can’t,” added Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). “If you want to cut taxes on the rich and not raise the deficit, you’re going to have to basically clobber the middle class.”

‘According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, the Republican budget would also slam those making less than $30,000 per year, because it doesn’t extend some of the tax cuts for low-income Americans that President Obama has signed into law’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/20/502695/gop-budget-tax-study/

 

‘Obama is winning the debate over taxes. Will it matter’?

My guess is it not only will………………but IS having an effect : ’55 percent, view Romney as more out of touch with average Americans compared with 36 percent who say the president is more out of touch’.
@ : http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-20/obama-leads-in-poll-as-voters-view-romney-as-out-of-touch.html

It has taken a couple of months, but it is slowly sinking in (so no more Face The Nation or ANY media EXCEPT FOX) that Mitt Romney just isn’t going to answer questions.

While it ‘is the economy stupid’, it’s also don’t make Americans look stupid by not trusting us and answering even the simplest of questions.

‘The larger context, though, is important. Romney isn’t simply proposing to make the Bush tax cuts permanent; he’s also proposing an additional across-the-board tax cut on top of extending the Bush tax cuts that would disproportionately benefit the wealthy’.

‘A recent study found that under Romney’s tax proposals, 67 percent of the tax cut would go to those over $200,000’.
See : ‘In other words, it is just part of Romney’s tax cut because he has not specified what tax breaks he would eliminate or trim in order to meet the goals he outlined on his Web site’.
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/a-fierce-tax-debate-without-much-light/2012/06/18/gJQAijuEmV_blog.html

‘Romney knows that cutting taxes for the rich further isn’t at all popular. So he has been saying that his plan wouldn’t reduce the share of the tax burden the rich pay’.

‘The only problem, of course, is that he won’t specify what those deductions and loopholes are, and says he sees no need to do so for the duration of the campaign’.
See : ‘Romney: No need to detail how I’ll pay for massive tax cuts. Just trust me’.
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-no-need-to-detail-how-ill-pay-for-massive-tax-cuts-just-trust-me/2012/06/17/gJQAJi4IjV_blog.html

‘This may all turn on how convincingly Obama can make the case that the money to pay for Romney’s tax cuts for the wealthy could come out of programs that Americans like and rely on’.

‘This is an argument that swing voters are receptive to. As that recent Democracy Corps focus grouping found, non-college whites in particularly are receptive to a message about taxes and entitlements, and “clearly fear that Mitt Romney and the Republicans will cut things that matter to them because they are not willing to raise taxes on the rich.”
See : ‘I think there’s a certain level when you get so high up the business where you’re making so much money that you don’t need where you just lose some of your humanity and you just don’t care. (Non-college-educated woman, Columbus, OH)’
@ : http://www.democracycorps.com/focus/2012/06/shifting-the-economic-narrative/

‘So’:

‘Romney won’t say how his tax cuts for the wealthy would be paid for’.

‘Or what revenues the rich will be asked to pony up in order to offset their disproportionate gains under his plan’.

‘He won’t share those details for the duration of the campaign’.

‘A good deal of this will turn on whether the press lets Romney’s lack of specificity continue to skate’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/obama-is-winning-the-debate-over-taxes-will-it-matter/2012/06/19/gJQAKn22nV_blog.html

Mitt Romney Lies #18 – ‘Inconvenient Untruth: Mitt Romney’s ‘Wawas’ Story Was A Big Fat Lie’

But not the lie you might think.

Listen carefully to Romney’s anecdote about the optometrist and the 33-page change of address form:

http://videos.mediaite.com/embed/player/?content=JPXGDF24Z3NTX0CZ&content_type=content_item&layout=&playlist_cid=&media_type=video&widget_type_cid=svp&read_more=1

‘He only missed it by 31 pages. That’s right, the form that’s so very inferior to the sandwich computers at “Wawa’s” is two pages long, four if you include the instructions’.

‘That optometrist is either delusional, or a delusion of Romney’s. Either way, it’s inexcusable for journalists to let this go, even as they come down on MSNBC for completely permissible, completely transparent editing’.

‘Let’s see if those same journalists are this aggressive with Mitt Romney about his bald-faced lie. In fact, let’s see if the lapdog right-wingers who leapt to his defense have the self-respect to care that he lied to them. I’m betting no’.
From : http://www.mediaite.com/tv/inconvenient-untruth-mitt-romneys-wawas-story-was-a-big-fat-lie/

The text : “I met an optometrist this morning and … this optometrist wanted to change his billing address. He moved his office from one side of town to the other, same Zip code, same post office. But he wanted to change his address. He got a form from the federal government. This is so he could get reimbursement from the federal government for the services he provides for the poor and seniors.

“The form he gets to change address is 33 pages long — 33 pages long. He calls someone to ask how to fill it out. He calls someone in government. They tell him what to do. He sends it in. They sent it back. It wasn’t done right, got to do it again, another 33 pages. He calls another person. They tell him what to do. Doesn’t get it right the second time. The third time’s the charm, though. This takes several months during which time he’s not getting the checks for the work he’s doing for people who need his care. That’s how government works.”
From : http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/19/12301855-thats-not-how-government-works?lite

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Republicans Attempt To Raid Food Stamps: Would Reduce Average Monthly Benefit By $90’

‘The federal government provided the average family a $133.84 monthly benefit in 2011, so Sessions’ proposals “could leave America’s poor only $43.84 on average to spend on food in a month.”

‘Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is advancing an amendment to the 2012 farm bill that will cut more than $4 billion from the food stamp program and could take $90 out of the average benefit just as millions of lower-income families are struggling to make ends meet in a difficult economy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to bring the measure up for a vote, along with an amendment from Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) that may “restore some of the lost funding” as part of a compromise on Monday’.

‘Sessions claims that the cuts would prevent fraud in the program. As he put it during a June 7th floor speech’.

‘But the fraud rate is only 1 percent in the food stamps program and overall error rates have plunged in recent years, hitting an all-time low in 2010, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/19/502366/republicans-raid-food-stamps-would-reduced-average-monthly-benefit-by-90/

What makes a Country ‘great’?

The Daily Hottentots

The United States is a rich land full of wealthy people and a mighty military.  And we are taught from a very young age that it  is, in fact, the greatest country on earth.  If you don’t agree that we are better than everyone else, then you hate America and everything we stand for.

What is it about this country that supposedly makes it superior to other countries in this world?  And why is it if you dare to question its superiority you are branded an enemy who obviously hates it?

After giving a lot of thought to these questions,  I have come to the conclusion that our military power—our ability to kill off our enemies swiftly and brutally—is what makes us the greatest country on earth.  You don’t want to mess with the US because we will come kick your ass!

You would have to be pretty stupid to…

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‘GOP Front Group Suggests WWII Vets Fought To Protect Unlimited Secret Money In Elections’

‘The American Future Fund (AFF), a shadowy right-wing attack ad group that does not identify its donors, was responsible for one of the most racially offensive ads of the 2010 cycle. But its latest online ad, “Thank You Senator McConnell,” may be one of the 2012 cycle’s most ridiculous’.

‘The 80-second spot features images of the nation’s Founding Fathers, American troops on D-Day, anti-government protesters wielding “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, and a clip of Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) recent speech blasting calls for disclosure and limits to unfettered corporate political spending — all while text on the screen suggests American veterans fought for corporations’ right to buy and sell elections’:

‘Despite attempts by McConnell and his allies at AFF to make the issue about free speech, it is not. Prior to the Supreme Court’s election buying decision in Citizens United, no corporate CEO was prevented from saying anything he or she wished about political candidates and issues, as loudly and as often as he or she wished. This ruling was about whether CEOs and other corporate leaders could use unlimited pools of money from their corporate treasury to drown out the speech of everyone else’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/19/501396/gop-front-group-suggests-wwii-vets-fought-to-protect-unlimited-secret-money-in-elections/

 

A ‘Conservative’ vision for America – ‘Arizona Radio Host Calls Obama a ‘Monkey’’

‘Barbara Espinosa, the host of an Arizona radio show called “Hair on Fire,” called the President a “monkey” on a recent radio segment. “I don’t believe in calling him the first black president,” she said, “I voted for the white guy myself. I call him a monkey.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/06/19/502136/az-radio-host-calls-obama-monkey/

‘Joe The Plumber: Gun Control Caused The Holocaust’

There are some things that are just so stupid, words fail……………..

‘Samuel Wurzelbacher, famously known as ‘Joe The Plumber,’ is running for Congress this year on a platform of party-line Republican reforms, including gun control. But while it’s only natural that he would make a campaign advertisement around the issue, the tack he took is rather unusual — Wurzelbacher has a new advertisement in which he says that gun control laws are responsible for the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust of the Jews. What’s more, he explains the theory while loading his gun and shooting fruits and vegetables’.

‘Update’

‘Hunter Walker at the New York Observer reached out to Wurzelbacher’s spokesperson, who only worsened the comparisons, comparing gun control to slavery as well’:

‘Phil Christofanelli [said] “there’s nothing offensive” about the video and discussed how gun control may have led to slavery in the United States too…. “Well, blacks weren’t allowed to own guns in the south, that’s a historical fact as well,” said Mr. Christofanelli. “So, it would seem that the argument would apply there as well.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/06/19/502331/joe-the-plumber-gun-control-caused-the-holocaust/

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