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‘Romney launches new attack on Obama over welfare’ – ‘Bill Clinton slams Romney ‘misleading’ welfare ad’

I wonder if the REPUBLICAN Governors of Utah and Nevada are also trying to make us a ‘welfare state’. And since Clinton WAS there…………………..

“The recently announced waiver policy was originally requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada to achieve more flexibility in designing programs more likely to work in this challenging environment’.

“The Romney ad is especially disappointing because, as governor of Massachusetts, he requested changes in the welfare reform laws that could have eliminated time limits altogether. We need a bipartisan consensus to continue to help people move from welfare to work even during these hard times, not more misleading campaign ads. ”

“Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true.

“The act emerged after years of experiments at the state level, including my work as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1980. When I became President, I granted waivers from the old law to 44 states to implement welfare to work strategies before welfare reform passed.

“After the law was enacted, every state was required to design a plan to move people into the workforce, along with more funds to help pay for training, childcare and transportation. As a result, millions of people moved from welfare to work.

“The recently announced waiver policy was originally requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada to achieve more flexibility in designing programs more likely to work in this challenging environment. The Administration has taken important steps to ensure that the work requirement is retained and that waivers will be granted only if a state can demonstrate that more people will be moved into work under its new approach. The welfare time limits, another important feature of the 1996 act will not be waived.
From : http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/08/bill-clinton-slams-romney-misleading-welfare-ad-131405.html

Washington State Primaries

Washington State is a ‘blue’ State with isolated ‘red’ districts. I live in one. The 5th District.

The Senate race was no surprise. And by the time Cantwell debates Baumgartner and hammers him with lack of experience and using his less then 2 years as State Senator as a personal stepping stone to higher office (after he claimed he wasn’t going to), this will be a 2-1 or better for Cantwell.

Governor’s race. Kind of a surprise. Both are moderates but Republican McKenna, like Mitt Romney has been running for Governor, well……….. for all his life. So losing in the primary by 3% is BIG.

US 5th. In 2010 McMorris-Rodgers won easily :
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 167,791 – 63.70%
Daryl Romeyn (D) 95,632 – 36.30%
But now she has been campaigning heavily with this result :
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Prefers Republican Party) 54,673 – 53.99%
Rich Cowan (Prefers Democratic Party) 35,350 – 34.91%

So I think she’ll win again ( this is a very ‘red’ District, but a lot closer considering Cowan hasn’t even been campaigning.
For that alone I’m going to stick this is the ‘Races To Watch’.

Washington State US Senate
Maria Cantwell (Prefers Democratic Party) 445,161 – 55.77%
Michael Baumgartner (Prefers Republican Party) 241,350 – 30.24%

Washington State Governor
Jay Inslee (Prefers Democratic Party) 378,751 – 46.77%
Rob McKenna (Prefers Republican Party) 347,656 – 42.93%
From : http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/StateExecutive.html

Sunday Picks – Seattle settles on QB

Jackson will make a good back up QB – someplace else.

He was too timid. Wouldn’t take a chance.  He’s the type of QB that won’t lose the game but because of that – won’t win many either.

‘The first act closed with the expected news that veteran newcomer Matt Flynn has been appointed the quarterback starter for the first exhibition game against Tennessee Saturday at the Clink, and that 5-foot-11 rookie Russell Wilson will play the second half’.

‘Last year’s starter, Tarvaris Jackson, will get no more reps in practice this week, meaning that the three-way QB battle, which has entranced and enraged portions of the fruited plain that care about such things, is all but over’.

“We know what T-Jack can do,” coach Pete Carroll said, “We had him for 14 games and four exhibitions (in 2011). He came in great shape, quicker than he was. I wanted really good information (on the other two) so I can make a clear-cut choice’.

“Matt has done a fantastic job so far. He’s learned the system, he reads defenses, he moves well. Now I need to see him in a situation where he takes over.”

‘Carroll has, barring injury, made his choice, so Jackson is nearly out the door. Carroll wouldn’t talk about plans beyond Saturday. Jackson could still be showcased, but after 10 days of practice, Flynn established that he’s better quarterback, and Wilson has a more intriguing upside’.
From : http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/aug/07/thiel-seahawks-welcome-owens-circus/

Blog Running – ‘The scandal behind Romney’s new attack ad’

This is an op-ed over at the Maddow Blog by Steve Benen. An op-ed that Mr Benen could answer for himself by what HE has written.

This is the PERFECT example of what is wrong with the American Press.

They do it for money not journalistic integrity.

Mr Benen writes :
‘How are we to respond to a campaign that deliberately deceives the public without shame? This lie about welfare policy comes on the heels of Romney’s lie about voting rights in Ohio, which came on the heels of Romney’s lies about the economy; which came on the heels of Romney’s lies about health care; which came on the heels of Romney’s lies about taxes’.
‘The Republican nominee for president is working under the assumption that he can make transparently false claims, in writing and in campaign advertising, with impunity. Romney is convinced that there are no consequences for breathtaking dishonesty’.

‘The test, then, comes down to a simple question: is he right’?

Mr Benen. For MONTHS now you have been running a series you called ‘Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity’. MONTHS! What is mendacity? A lie. But YOU wouldn’t even type that samll little word.

So can Mitt Romney get away with lying?

You are proof that he can. And not just by you. By almost ALL of the American Press.

Don’t try and tell us the rest of the press and America has a ‘test’ when you fail it.

‘Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has presented the political world with an important test. I’m eager to see whether we pass or fail’.

‘First, a little background. Some Republican governors this year asked the Obama administration for some new flexibility on welfare standards — the governors had some ideas about moving folks from welfare to work and needed the White House to sign off. Obama agreed — existing work requirements would stay in place, but states, if they want to, can take advantage of new flexibility when it comes to experimenting with existing law’.

‘This is the sort of shifting-power-to-the-states policy that Republicans are supposed to love. As of this morning, however, it’s the basis for a new Mitt Romney attack ad’.

‘It’s important to realize this is as dishonest an ad as you’ll ever see — in 2012 or in any other campaign cycle’.

‘For those who can’t watch clips online, the ad shows President Clinton signing welfare reform into law in 1996, “requiring work for welfare.” The spot then argues, however, that President Obama “quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.” The voiceover tells viewers, “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check…. and welfare to work goes back to being plain old welfare.”

‘We then learn, “Mitt Romney will restore the work requirement because it works.”

‘Romney’s lying. He’s not spinning the truth to his advantage; he’s not hiding in a gray area between fact and fiction; he’s just lying. The law hasn’t been “gutted”; the work requirement hasn’t been “dropped.” Stations that air this ad are disseminating an obvious, demonstrable lie’.

‘All Obama did is agree to Republican governors’ request for flexibility. That’s it. Indeed, perhaps the most jaw-dropping aspect of this is that Romney himself, during his one gubernatorial term, asked for the same kind of flexibility on welfare law that Obama agreed to last month. Romney, in other words, is attacking the president for doing what Romney asked the executive branch to do in 2005′.

‘The entire line of attack is simply insane’.

‘And that brings us back to the test for the political world’.

‘How are we to respond to a campaign that deliberately deceives the public without shame? This lie about welfare policy comes on the heels of Romney’s lie about voting rights in Ohio, which came on the heels of Romney’s lies about the economy; which came on the heels of Romney’s lies about health care; which came on the heels of Romney’s lies about taxes’.

‘The Republican nominee for president is working under the assumption that he can make transparently false claims, in writing and in campaign advertising, with impunity. Romney is convinced that there are no consequences for breathtaking dishonesty’.

‘The test, then, comes down to a simple question: is he right’?

‘The cynical response to an ad like this is that the lies are routine — it’s just something “everybody” in politics does. That’s wrong. An ad this dishonest is a genuine scandal and it’s time for political observers treat it as such. Reporters within earshot of the candidate shouldn’t ask, “What about the gaffes?” They should ask, “Why are you lying about welfare policy?”

‘Also note the larger context: if Obama were as awful a president as Romney claims, the Republican attack machine wouldn’t have to make stuff up — the truth would be so brutal that voters would recoil and flock to the GOP candidate naturally. What does it say about Romney’s strength as a candidate that he has to make up garbage and hope voters don’t know the difference’?
From : http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/07/13163204-the-scandal-behind-romneys-new-attack-ad?lite

 

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