John Aravosis ?@aravosis
‘If Romney wants to prove he was “only joking” he can release his tax returns’
?@bellobass 15h @aravosis Best Obama response to this: Talk about paying fair taxes (not dodging them!) then say “No one’s ever asked to see my tax returns”
John Aravosis ?@aravosis
Come on America!
We need to get behind the honesty, integrity – the sterling character of Mitt Romney for President!
Mitt Romney – “[O]ur campaign would be — helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon — business or family or taxes or things of that nature.”
From : http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/08/romney-wants-his-taxes-business-record-off-table-131665.html
Mitt Romney is running on his ‘experience’ at Bain Capital……….but won’t talk about it when pressed for details.
Mitt Romney releases only a part of 1 year of tax returns and his wife Ann says ‘You people have all you need to know’.
Mitt Romney offers a budget but won’t give details on the cuts to spending to off set massive tax breaks for the rich so the ‘budget’ can’t be scored.
Mitt Romney lies and the press allows him to get away with it.
And now……….the ‘dog whistle’ of birtherism.
It’s not just Mitt Romney.
It’s not just the Republican Party.
If you see, hear hate and DON’T speak up, you are just as much to blame.
Ask your Republican friends how it feels to run a campaign on hate instead of, as Mitt Romney said, a campaign on issues.
‘Politicians sometimes think they can get away with saying something profoundly offensive or just plain stupid by acting like it was a joke. It never works, just like it didn’t work today when Mr. Romney shamelessly played the birther card in what seems like an increasingly desperate campaign against President Obama’.
‘Speaking in Commerce, Mich., about his Michigan roots, Mr. Romney said: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
‘Get it? Everyone knows he’s from Michigan, but nobody is really sure where the president is from’.
‘In April 2011, Mr. Romney himself used the “well if he says so” dodge that many Republicans love. “I think the citizenship test has been passed,” Mr. Romney said. “I believe the president was born in the United States. There are real reasons to get this guy out of office.”
‘Citizenship test? Barack Obama did not have to take a citizenship test. And why couldn’t Mr. Romney cut out the “I believe” preamble? The president was born in the United States’.
‘But today’s crack was way over the line. His audience laughed and applauded, probably not because they thought Mr. Romney was doing hilarious stand-up comedy, but because they knew exactly what he was up to’.
‘The Romney campaign’s response was especially lame. An adviser, Kevin Madden, said Mr. Romney was “only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.” Right’.
From : http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/mitt-romney-plays-the-birther-card/
This IS the ‘new’ Republican Party.
Make sure you tell all your Republican friends that you just love the ‘new’ Republican Party.
‘Indeed, as Republicans head down to Tampa for their convention next week, they are preparing to see a veritable festival of politicians who have dabbled in — or fully embraced — birtherism’.
‘Here are the members of the birther bunch who will be speaking in Tampa next week’:
1. ‘Donald Trump. The famed billionaire/birther king Donald Trump has been the most vociferous — and most closely connected to Romney — person alleging that the President wasn’t born in the United States’.
2. ‘Actress Janine Turner. The Northern Exposure star who has her own conservative radio show wrote a long screed titled “Reasoning ‘Kenyan Born.’” In it, she complains that anyone who questions the president’s citizenship is deemed a racist: “If this were a legal case in court, [Obama’s] book bio stating that Obama was ‘born in Kenya’ would be taken into consideration.”
3. ‘Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. During a town hall captured on video (at 3:5), Olens said, “You know the state of Hawaii says he’s produced a certified birth certificate… so on one hand I have to trust the state of Hawaii follows the laws. On the other hand it would be nice for the President to say, here it is, I have a copy.”
4. ‘Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. On one radio appearance during Huckabee’s bid for president, the former governor said, “I would love to know more [about where Obama was born]. What I know is troubling enough.” He later walked back the statement’.
5. ‘Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In 2010, the Orlando Sentinel reported than an audience member at one of Scott’s campaign events asked “what he would do about President Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ and whether he could legally appear on the 2012 ballot in Florida.” Scott responded, “I’ll have to look into it.”
6. ‘Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Conference once told reporters “Oh, I’d like to see the documents.”
7. ‘Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal was willing to sign a “birther” bill into law. It would have required all presidential candidates to release their birth certificate in order to qualify for a spot on the state’s ballot’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/08/24/743791/birther-convention/?mobile=nc
My apologies to America.
I am a Liberal, living in a ‘blue’ State but from a very ‘red’ 5th District.
A District that re-elects Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers over and over (Did I hear a teabagger say ‘term limits’?) so that she raises to the top of the Republican leadership and then, and there is no polite way of saying this, says something so stupid……..
Oh and remember this as you listen to her speak at the Republican National Convention.
‘Birthers may have briefly harbored hope – and people who think the whole idea is crazy as bat spit may have arched an eyebrow – about two weeks ago when the Eastern Washington Republican gave a wishy-washy answer to a question about Obama’s legal qualifications to a blogger from the Huffington Post while hurrying up the Capitol steps’.
‘Asked if she thought Obama was a natural-born citizen, constitutionally permitted to be president, she replied: “We’re all going to find out.”
‘Asked what she believed personally, she said: “Oh, I’d like to see the documents.”
From : http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/spincontrol/tags/obama-birth-certificate/
Hauling out my very, very best Captain Jack Sparrow……WHAT!?!
So now after releasing a part (including you contributions) of your tax returns for 1 year, you don’t want to release any more because you don’t WANT your contributions known.
Well even now that the ‘horse is out of the barn’, how about you black out your ‘contributions’ and give us the rest of your tax returns.
Mitt Romney –
“Our church doesn’t publish how much people have given,” Romney tells Parade magazine in an edition due out Sunday. “This is done entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one’s financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended our contributions to be known. It’s a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.”
‘There are a number of problems with this explanation. For instance, as Steve Benen notes, we already know how much he’s given to the Mormon church in at least one year, the one for which he did make his returns available. Alex Seitz Wald, meanwhile, points out that this didn’t stop Romney’s father from releasing a dozen years of tax returns, which detailed how much he’d given to the church’.
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-releasing-tax-returns-would-violate-my-religious-privacy/2012/08/24/333ec2d0-edfc-11e1-afd8-097e90f99d05_blog.html
Mitt Romney’s success was in creating wealth for the investors.
Mitt Romney, after leaving Bain Capital, is now an investor at Bain Capital.
And reaping the rewards of what Bain Capital does.
‘Workers at Sensata Technologies, a business based in Freeport, Illinois, have been protesting Mitt Romney’s campaign stops across the country all summer because the company, which is owned by Bain Capital, is laying off workers in order to hire employees in China. Bain took control of Sensata in 2006; last year, it took over the Freeport plant and announced that it would layoff 165 workers and close it’.
‘Some of the workers, according to Sensata employees, have been forced to train their Chinese replacements, adding insult to the injury that was their looming job loss’.
‘Bain’s role in the layoffs hasn’t been a secret. But given that it took control of Sensata and the plant well after Romney’s departure from the firm, the candidate has thus far steered clear of the controversy, only drawing protests from the workers who want him to step in and stop the plant’s closure’.
‘But according to documents detailing Romney’s finances obtained and published yesterday by Gawker, his connection to Sensata is much more direct’.
‘Romney held a direct investment in Sensata through one fund titled “Bain Capital Fund IX, L.P.,” dated December 31, 2009, meaning he has likely financially benefited from Bain’s ownership of the company in the past, and could benefit from the plant’s closure and the outsourcing of the jobs to China’.
‘According to his 2011 personal financial disclosure, Romney still holds the Bain Capital fund that contains the Sensata investment’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/24/744331/romney-invested-in-company-that-is-outsourcing-jobs-forcing-workers-to-train-their-chinese-replacements/?mobile=nc
Come on America!
We need to get behind these Republicans so they can ‘take back America’!!!!
Yeah. Those Native Americans aren’t ‘real’ Americans according to Republican National Committee leader Pat Rogers.
‘A progressive group called on Republican National Committee leader Pat Rogers to step down on Friday after emails showed him telling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s staff that meeting with a group of American Indians “dishonored” Gen. George Armstrong Custer, the 19th century commander who killed scores of American Indians’.
“The state is going to hell,” Rogers, who is a member of the GOP executive committee and is currently in Tampa for the RNC convention, wrote in a June 8 email released by Progress Now New Mexico. Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Col. Allen Weh “would not have dishonored Col Custer in this manner,” he wrote’.
From : http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/susana_martinez_custer.php