Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rahm is one of the President's toughest, most aggressive and credible surrogates. The media doesn't mess with him, nor do seemingly the Rethuglicans. Teamed up with former President Clinton delivering Obama's message to blue collar whites, what a great one-two punch they can make.
Monday, July 30, 2012
(image: h/t to tBogg's blog)
The increasingly repressive regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin has its latest victims: three women punk rockers from the band [ahem] Pussy Riot. The three (Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich) went on trial today charged with "hooliganism" for a brief performance inside the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. During the performance, which was meant to highlight the close ties between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Putin regime, the three sang "Throw Putin out." The women could face 7 years in prison for what would be at most a misdemeanor (trespass?) in most civilized countries.
Putin promised to bring a "managed democracy" to Russia. Time is proving that the only thing that's being managed is the destruction of freedom and civil liberties.
"Can everybody on both sides of the big political dig please now come to the overdue realization that the president was not elected to fulfill your rosy dreams of what you believe America to be? He was a politician, more ambitious than most, who was handed the biggest dungburger of pre-existing political conditions of any president since FDR. Right now, his primary obligation to himself — and, I would argue, to democracy its own self — is to keep his job out of the well-manicured and grasping talons of Willard Romney. That he is doing so with enough vigor to give the vapors to the country's lycanthropic financial titans, and to the reporters who worship them, is what he's supposed to be doing. And, in doing so, I don't think he's gone more than a yard out of bounds to make his hits. If that disturbs nappy-nap time for people who thought the country voted for Martin Luther Ruxspin last time around, that's just going to have to be too bad."
Believe it or not, it only gets better from there.
“I like Governor Palin,” Cheney said of the former Alaska governor. “I’ve met her. I know her. . . . Attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test . . . of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake.”Not surprisingly, Alaska's half-term Governor has recently lined up with the American Taliban and other homophobes in supporting Chick-Fil-A, whose CEO has come out (no pun intended) against marriage equality and other LGBT issues. "Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods" (as Esquire's great Charles Pierce accurately refers to her) is through politically -- she wasn't even invited to the Rethug convention -- but she'll continue to stand squarely on the wrong side of everything. A "mistake?" Yes, and one that America luckily avoided electing.
(photo: Stay classy!)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
"So, beyond the anemic economy, why do the latest polls show the former Massachusetts governor in a dead heat with the president? Because Obama’s administration made three crucial errors that enabled the Republican obstructionism that has tied his hands for the past two years, with GOP leaders shooting down any idea — even if it’s one of their own — that might have helped the president strengthen the economy. And those mistakes have made possible what was unimaginable in January 2009: that a private-equity baron lacking a sense of noblesse oblige, and preaching the gospel of deregulation and lower taxes for the rich, might actually win the presidency four years after those policies led to the collapse of the U.S. economy."
Also, the Kaplan Daily has an editorial about Rethuglican voter suppression - calling it, rightly, a modern version of the old poll taxes that were meant to keep minority voters away from the polls in the Jim Crow South. We need more media outlets to shine a light on this Rethuglican attempt to pull off an election day coup.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
"To compile this list, Health.com used data from several sources, including the Kaiser Family Foundation, the National Women’s Law Institute, and the Guttmacher Institute.
"We looked at more than a dozen indicators, including the percentage of women getting first trimester prenatal care, the percentage of women who were up-to-date on cervical and breast cancer screening, maternal mortality rates, and the percentage of women living in poverty.
"States that were in the top 10 on these indicators were most likely to be included in our list; states are not listed in any particular order."
Unless and until the American talibangelists and good ol' boys that run these states are defeated, don't expect this list to change any time soon.
Friday, July 27, 2012
If it's Friday, it's another installment of the bald-faced lies of Willard "Mitt the Twit" Romney. We didn't have to go any further than #1 this week, the "you didn't build that" faux contretemps ginned up by Willard's campaign and its right-wing Wurlitzer to get the conversation off Willard's record at Bain Capital and his arrogant refusal to release his tax returns. Tune in next Friday for the next installment!
"Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive." - spot-on commentary in Britain's The Telegraph. We ask again, how is this trust fund stiff getting in the mid-40's in polls??
First, "The Last Time" from 1965, with a brief cameo by British soccer legend George Best (this one's for you, Richie Poo):
And "Tumbling Dice" from 1972 (this one's for me):
We can expect more of the dishonest editing and spinning from the "I'll Do Anything to Get Elected" candidate, Willard "Slick Mitt" Romney in the weeks ahead. The Obama team needs to guard against minor slips like the one that allowed the Rethugs to lie about his actual words.
1. Calling into question the preparations for the Olympics, resulting in some pointed return jabs from Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and the British press;There's still time for weird Willard to garner more tin medals on his international charm offensive. Poland offers a target-rich opportunity for some good natured Polish jokes, and Israel shouldn't be offended if former Mormon bishop Willard offers to collect the names of deceased Israelis so as to posthumously baptize them.If only he were using the trip to look into new offshore investment opportunities...
2. Forgetting the name of head of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, and referring to him as "Mr. Leader."
3. Announcing to the world that he met with the head of Great Britain's super-secret MI6, a no-no that indicates Willard is unprepared for dealing with security matters.
4. Repeating the debunked canard that Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy (repeated today by professional dickwad and Obama Derangement Syndrome sufferer Charles "Kraphammer" Krauthammer in the Kaplan Daily). The bust's still in the White House, of course.
(image: Congratulations, and may you earn many, many more!)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
This could be the start of Willard's very own "apology tour!"
BONUS: Love PM David Cameron's put down of Willard's experience with the Salt Lake City Olympics: "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
DOUBLE BONUS: The Daily Mail's conservative political writer James Chapman tweeted on weird Willard's complete flop in his meeting with the British Prime Minister:
Serious dismay in Whitehall at Romney debut. 'Worse than Sarah Palin.' 'Total car crash'. Two of the kinder verdicts #romneyshambles— James Chapman (Mail) (@jameschappers) July 26, 2012
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
How does outsourcing pioneer Willard "No New Tax Returns!" Romney's use of offshore tax havens and his refusal to release his tax returns (and thereby face questioning on them) relate to income inequality issues in America? Mark Braude says, in part:
"Mitt Romney’s brazen attitude toward Bain Capital’s dealings in Panama, coupled with his refusal to release his tax returns, shows he is more than out of touch with the causes of the men and women he would serve. He is openly at odds with their financial well-being. How is it that someone can talk relatively openly about having potentially taxable income parked overseas and remain a viable candidate for the highest public office? How often, really, do places with lax banking regulations such as Liechtenstein, or Andorra, or Switzerland enter our national dialogue? [snip]
"[W]hen all of those individual [American plutocrat] offshore accounts are considered as a whole, they present a resoundingly clear and alarming picture. All of that potentially taxable income sitting in tax havens amounts to billions—some estimates say trillions—of dollars lost from the American tax pool. For local communities, this translates into a host of government services and programs that won’t be launched because the revenue that would have funded them has been lost forever."
It's important that the American people see that this is an issue of responsible citizenship, and that Randians like Willard are having a negative impact on their nation's economic well-being -- imagine any part of the hundreds of billions (or trillions) parked by the Willards of America being used to create jobs instead of just more obscene wealth!
(Photo: "Get a move on, my good man! My plane is leaving for the Cayman Islands in a few minutes!")
We have been remiss in failing to note the untimely passing of a great American, former astronaut Sally Ride, who passed away Monday at the age of 61 from pancreatic cancer. A multi-talented scientist and athlete, Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard the Challenger space shuttle on June 18, 1983. She completed a second space mission, also aboard the Challenger, in October 1984. After her retirement from NASA, she was a physics professor at the University of California - San Diego.
May she rest in peace.
New reports that elements of al Qaeda are attempting to gain a foothold in the civil war illustrate the complexity of the struggle, and one in which the U.S. needs to keep pressure on the Syrian regime and its allies without committing our military assets. We need to shun the reckless impulses of the neocons, who are once again urging U.S. military intervention in a situation that is ripe for unintended consequences.
(photo: USA Today)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
the HuffPo, the quote from Greek playwright Aeschylus should have read,"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." In the immortal words of Preznit Dumbya, "is our children learning?"
But that's not all she's done. Bruni goes after her claim of being a devout "Christian," and cites numerous instances of Crazy Eyes' rabid statements on the President, gays, and generally people that she disagrees with:
"What I find most fascinating about Michele Bachmann — and there are many, many more where she came from — is that she presents herself as a godly woman, humbly devoted to her Christian faith. I’d like to meet that god, and I’d like to understand that Christianity."The whole column is worth a read, because it captures the essential hypocrisy and dementia of the far right, especially those that style themselves as "evangelical Christians." It's a pity that she doesn't practice what her religion preaches.
UPDATE: Here's the Muslim Brotherhood's response to Crazy Eyes' charges:
“The Muslim Brotherhood can’t even penetrate the Egyptian government,” said a Brotherhood leader in Egypt’s Daqheleya province, Ibrahim Ali Iraqi, in response to the accusations his group had infiltrated top US agencies.BWAHAHAHA.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Just as in Wall Street banking, collegiate sports has had a "too big to fail" mentality in which successful athletic programs are protected at all costs, due to their national profile and ability to generate revenues for the college or university. Hopefully this case and the criminal penalties that followed will compel institutions of higher education to ensure that this shameful episode won't be repeated.
(photo: Workers remove statue of former coach Joe Paterno)
A couple dozen fans of "self-help" con artist Tony Robbins recently got the hot foot at one of his "If I'm rich and you're not, it's your fault" seances. Walking barefoot over white-hot coals can do that to you. But do those whose tootsies got second and third degree burns blame Robbins? Course not! To paraphrase their take away: "the fault lies in ourselves." No More Mister Nice Blog explains:
"Because a lot of us are much too willing to believe whatever a rich, successful guy tells us -- especially when he tells us that our problems are exclusively our fault and not the fault of people like himself. If a guy is rich, and he tells us he and his class are helping us when they're really hurting us, a lot of us just believe him -- after all, he helped himself, didn't he? If we're not being helped, it must be our fault."Or, as the great Charles P. Pierce (who gave us the title for this posting) succinctly puts it:
"He's a fake and you're all morons.(Image: Robbins and ...(sigh) Oprah)
Bailiff, bring in the next group."
Sunday, July 22, 2012
We have to do something about gun controls. Police license okay for hunting rifle or pistol for anyone without crim or pscho record. No more— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 22, 2012
Perhaps he could pass the word to his wingnut employees at Fux, etc. who push the NRA's positions.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Even the Onion has a piece of black humor to illustrate what we've come to expect from the most powerful interest group (hat tip to the Silver Spring Bureau Chief).
"At a basketball game, the President and Michelle Obama got caught off-guard on a Kiss Cam. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was caught off-guard by the Show Us Your Tax Returns Cam."
"Mitt Romney says he doesn’t know where his financial records are because he doesn’t manage them. He would have said more but he had to go give a speech on why he's the perfect guy to manage the economy."
"I was just the guy with the smoke-screen'ish yet still-legal title of CEO and managing director who was paid at least one hundred thousand dollars a year to do what, according to me, Mitt Romney, was nothing! And that's the kind of common-sense business experience I hope to bring to the White House."
---Jon Stewart, channeling his inner Mitt
"Wall Street says they prefer Mitt Romney for president. And, by God, who could question Wall Street's judgment?"
"I don’t know why, but Mitt Romney has gotten this reputation as a guy who can't identify with the common man, no matter how hard he fires them."
It's said that weird Willard's economic and foreign policies would be like Dumbya's on steroids, but a reminder of that fact by Dumbya's presence at the convention would have been awkward in the extreme for the Romneybots.
(image: "Abudee, abudee, that's all folks!")
Friday, July 20, 2012
It's Friday, so that means another installment of Steve Benen's chronicles of Willard "Mendacious Mitt" Romney's sickening sewer of lies. This week, our choice is number 17:
"Look, President Obama attacks success, and therefore, under President Obama we have less success."
Citation? No? Video? No? Tape recording? No? What Willard is referring to is the fact that people don't like his weaseling about his Bain "retroactive retirement," his outsourcing jobs, his offshore accounts, his arrogant refusal to release his tax returns, etc., etc. Oh, yes, and the tango horsey.
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Aurora is a suburb of Denver, and only 30 minutes from Littleton, the scene of the Columbine shooting in April, 1999. Perhaps the NRA can simply change the dates and locations and reissue the same "guns don't kill people, people kill people" press release from those days.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
UPDATE: Weird Willard's aristocratic spouse, "Queen" Ann Romney, tells a national audience that, "we've given all you people need to know" about their finances. And if "you people" ask for more, OFF WITH YOUR HEADS!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
It's a good day for democracy.
(photo: The President and First Lady are captured by the Kiss Cam at Verizon Center in D.C. during a warm-up game between U.S. and Brazil Olympic teams, as daughter Malia checks out the Jumbotron. Getty Images)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
You can see the flop sweat starting to ooze out of the collective pores of these bums.
(photo: "Job creator" Smelly Shelly Adelson enjoys creating jobs in Macau.)
"I was just the guy with the smokescreenish yet still legal title of CEO and managing director who was paid at least $100,000 a year to do... nothing. And that's the kind of common sense business experience I hope to bring to the White House."
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And Part Deux:
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Please, Willard, pleeeaasse maintain your arrogant tax secrecy, dig in your heels and tell the voters they have no right to know about your past financial dealings, but should elect you President anyway. Pleeeaasse!
Monday, July 16, 2012
"The Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more. More things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to try make a mountain out of and to distort and to be dishonest about. We’re going to put out two years of tax returns." -- That's Willard "Believe in America, But Don't Pay Any Taxes" Romney on today's Fux and Friends. Despite the likes of fellow right-wingers George "Quill" Will and Wee Willie Kristol telling him to release all his taxes and fess up to his Bain role, Willard insists on sounding like someone with something to hide. Maybe that's because he is. We're guessing he paid no taxes in multiple years, he was drawing salary from the company he "retired retroactively" from, he somehow managed to bend the law to get a $100 million IRA, and some of his investments overseas would, um, raise eyebrows. How's that for a start?
"The Romney campaign prides itself on a slavish adherence to script, and Palin cannot be trusted to avoid the impulse to go rogue. That is why, perhaps, the Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party’s marquee event in Tampa."We can't wait for the snowbilly grifter to roll up in her touring bus in the parking lot of the convention, uninvited, making a scene as she speaks in her customary word salad to the teabagger goobers. You know she's not going to go away quietly. We're lovin' it.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
You can add the term "retired retroactively" to the growing list of risible Rethuglican word salads invented to divert the villager media and rubes in the Rethug base. We have former Enron stooge, former RNC chair and advisor to Willard "Offshore Mitt" Romney Ed Gillespie to thank for using that term to describe Offshore Mitt's status in the years 1999-2002, when Offshore Mitt was supposedly "retired" from Bain Capital while running the Salt Lake City Olympics, but continued as sole owner, president and CEO of Bain, according to SEC filings, and documents filed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Or as Balloon Juice's John Cole put it:
"In other news, immediately after hearing the phrase 'retroactive retirement,' Penn State University officials began drafting paperwork to retroactively retire Paterno and Sandusky in 1997 so as to avoid any civil litigation related to the Nittany Lion child rape regime."
As Andrew Sullivan said the other day, he's not waving, he's drowning.
We're hoping that Virginny's true conservatives / Confederates vote for Virgil Be Bad to take some critical votes away from weird Willard. However, we draw the line at wearing American Revolution garb...or flying the Confederate flag.
-- Vanity Fair's James Wolcott talks about the most recent Obama killer ad, "Firms":
"What's brilliant about 'Firms' isn't so much the way it mails home the irony of Romney murdering 'America the Beautiful' with his toneless, tuneless voice on the soundtrack as info flashcards remind us of all the jobs Bain Capital shipped overseas and how much money Romney's stashed in tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, though it is a clever, damaging juxtaposition that takes Romney's chief asset as a candidate--his halo of executive achievement--and hangs it around his neck like a choke collar. Very Rovian, that."
-- NY Times' Paul Krugman writes on the tie-ins the Obama campaign is working on:
"[Romney's] policy proposals amount to a radical redistribution of income away from the middle class to the very rich; he’s also being highly dishonest about budgets and just about everything else. How to make those true facts credible? By associating them with his business career, which involved a lot of profiting by laying off workers and/or taking away their benefits; his personal finances, which involved so much tax avoidance that he’s afraid to let us see his returns before 2010; his shiftiness over when exactly he left Bain."
That squealing you hear from the Very Serious People and the Romney munchkins? It just means the campaign is working. Keep pouring it on!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
"Most presidents have something under the hood – wit, warmth, approachability, something. [snip]
"But Romney doesn’t buzz with anything. His vision of humanity is just a million tons of meat floating around in a sea of base calculations. He’s like a teenager who stays up all night thinking of a way to impress the prom queen, and what he comes up with is kicking a kid in a wheelchair. Instincts like those are probably what made him a great leveraged buyout specialist, but in a public figure? Man, is he a disaster. It’s really incredible theater, watching the Republicans talk themselves into this guy."
That this guy is polling in the mid-40's is a commentary on a large swath of the American electorate.
"Romney had absolutely nothing to do with Bain after 1999, no responsibility for anything it did, barely even knew what it did. Only he was the owner, the Chairman of the Board and the CEO. At least according to all the official documents, many of which he signed. Only he wasn’t any of those things, says Romney.
"Partisans can be walked through the arguments of how this might be true, just as you could explain what John Kerry meant by saying he was for a bill before he voted against it. But it still makes no sense. And doubling down on nonsense makes you look silly and trapped. That’s especially dangerous for someone already saddled with a reputation for shifting his stories and positions to suit the moment."
And the media? Romney-leaning, "both-sides-do-it" pundits and fact-checkers (like the Kaplan Daily's pathetic Glenn Kessler) always can be counted on to miss the forest for the trees.
UPDATE: In the past two days, this ad's been getting a lot of thumbs up, from Vanity Fair's James Wolcott (see our July 15 posting) to this review by Wonkette:
"Watch this new Obama campaign ad and have your mind blown because, my god, wow, it’s actually a perfect ad, and we’re going to be talking about its ice-cold haunting killer beauty perfectness for years to come."
Friday, July 13, 2012
Once again, Steve Benen chronicles 25 instances of Willard "Corporations Are People Too" Romney's lying through his foie gras hole. Our whopper this week? It's always a tough choice, but we have to go with Number 25:
"The great majority of small business -- 54% of American workers work in businesses taxed as individuals. So when the president wants to raise taxes on individuals as he's proposed from 35% to 40%, he kills jobs. If your priority is crushing people, vote for him."
As Benen notes: "Only about 3% of American small businesses would be affected by the higher rate, and there is literally no evidence to suggest Clinton-era top rates on the wealthy 'kills jobs.'"
"The Republican message to uninsured Americans in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling couldn’t be clearer: You’re on your own.
"The party may not have officially adopted the 'let him die' policy of right-wing hecklers at that CNN primary debate, when Ron Paul was asked what should be done when an uninsured man shows up at the hospital. But as a practical matter, Republicans are in pretty unsavory territory. What other conclusion can we draw when Rick Perry, who presides over a state where one in four people lack health coverage, makes swaggering indifference to these Texans’ plight a point of sovereign pride?
"Fifty million uninsured Americans would be the immediate casualties of the GOP’s 'let them eat the emergency room' mentality. But all of us would be at risk. In America — alone among wealthy nations — everyone is a pink slip or job change or new illness away from finding they have lost coverage or are uninsurable.
"This is the shameful reality behind the GOP’s rhetoric on health care. Republicans don’t want to spend a penny to insure the uninsured.
"We know this because back during the original debate over Obamacare, the 'boldest' GOP alternative would have extended coverage to 3 million of the 50 million uninsured, versus Obama’s 30 million (which still leaves us 20 million short of behaving like every other civilized nation, mind you). [snip]
"You may have noticed that Republicans have been struggling to come up with a credible alternative to the Affordable Care Act once they repeal it. Why is it so hard? Because Obamacare WAS the Republican alternative. It was the conservative-designed mandate and subsidy approach. Republicans are in such an intellectual cul-de-sac on this issue that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) actually blasted Obamacare for being a sop to the president’s 'cronies' in the insurance industry. Oy!
"I feel like a broken record, but some truths bear repeating. Only in America could a Democratic president pass Mitt Romney’s health plan and fund it partly through John McCain’s best idea from the last campaign (taxing some employer-provided plans) and be branded a 'socialist.'”
Presumptive Rethuglican nominee and small varmint hunter Willard "One Percenter" Romney held a cozy fundraiser with fellow gazillionaires yesterday with former (Vice) President's Dick "Dead Eye" Cheney in Wyoming. It's the "we're V.I.P." crowd with tacky Western outfits.
No word on whether quail hunting was on the program....Oh, and Willard, if they yell "duck," they're not referring to the bird.
Weird Willard has surrounded himself not only with Bush-era neocon advisors, but with Papa Neocon himself -- Dead Eye. They are absolutely itching to repeat the failures of the last Administration by sending our troops to war with other countries in the Middle East if, heaven forbid, Willard's elected. They're even floating the name of Condoleeza "My Husband George Bush" Rice as a top-tier VP candidate (of "mushroom cloud" fame). So, if you just thought Willard would bring Bushonomics back and put more right wingers on the Supreme Court, add a couple of wars in the Middle East to the mix.
(image: "Oh Wabbit, Willard Wabbit, where are you?")
Evidence that the atrocities are affecting Syrian elites is apparent in the defections of military leaders and diplomats in recent months. The keys to toppling Syria's butcher certainly will be his power base crumbling, and also in the actions of his most powerful Muslim neighbor, Turkey, and of the Arab League. So far, the support from these groups has been in delivering small arms (including RPGs), medical supplies and funds, but as the severity of the atrocities increases and the Assad regime grows more desperate, these Muslim neighbors will have to consider direct intervention.
(photo: Tremseh under attack)
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Today, Biden fired up the house with a strong speech to the NAACP membership, ticking off the President's accomplishments -- from the rescue of the auto industry to killing bin Laden -- in the face of Rethug obstruction, and noting the current efforts by Rethugs to disenfranchise minority voters in key states ("did you think we'd be fighting these battles again"), much as Southern racists tried to bar blacks from voting in the '50s and '60s. At the same time, he demolished Willard's dishonest claim that he would have better policies for African-Americans.
Keep up the good fight, Joe. Your passion, your authenticity, and your simple honesty serves the President and the country well.
(hat tip to AZ Gail)
Once again (and tomorrow we'll have a wrap-up of the lies he's told just in the last week), Willard can't seem to tell the truth about something that's easily fact-checked. He's counting on a lazy Beltway media to glide over the story and instead focus on whatever shiny object his campaign can distract it with. But the cascade of questions about his finances, taxes, and core beliefs continue, and the steady production of lies from him and his campaign won't work in the end.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Number of jobs bills passed: 0
Number of symbolic bills passed to repeal Obamacare: 33
Cost to taxpayers of Rethuglicans' symbolic Obamacare repeal bills: $50 million
Non-reaction of media: priceless
"Mitt Romney wants you to show your papers, but he won't show us his."Combined with the successful attacks on his job outsourcing record at Bain, weird Willard's refusal to disclose his financial and tax records is going to take a toll politically, at least among those paying attention to the issue. There will always be the low information voters who see Willard's "success" as a dreamy goal for themselves, as they cling precariously to their middle-class jobs, not realizing that the corporatist 1% that Willard's fighting for are the ones causing their economic hardship. The Latino voter has an additional motivation beyond the economic one, and the Vice President neatly summed it up yesterday.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
By saying that Rethugs should move ahead with him and the Dems to extend the vast majority of tax relief, but to let the decision on the top incomes to wait until after the elections, the President has set up an election issue that bodes ill for plutocrat weirdo Willard "Millionaire Mittens" Romney: it's fairness vs. feed the greed. As today's New York Times' editorial states:
"There will never be consensus for solving the nation’s budget problems without first ending the lavish tax breaks at the top. In the near term, letting the high-end tax cuts expire would raise much-needed revenue without harming the recovery because tax increases on high-income Americans do not cut into consumer spending nearly as much as middle-class taxes. The revenue that could be raised — about $850 billion over 10 years — would be a significant step toward reducing the deficit and financing programs to spur the economy."Don't expect the Rethugs in Congress to work with the President on such a no-brainer. Their mantra of "taxing the job creators" -- false as it is -- is their only game until the election. But the public will be treated to the spectacle of a party lined up to protect the wealth of the few against the vast majority, with their standard-bearer being Mr. 1% himself: the Swiss bank / Cayman Islands / Bermuda corporation guy with the countless homes...who likes to fire people, and ship their jobs overseas.
Monday, July 9, 2012
(photo: The Crisco Kid)
"I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact [of Obama's policies]*.”
* Lowest tax rates in 50 years; stock market gained back much of its losses since 2009; record corporate profits 3 years running. Believe in America!
(Photo: Hampton estate of Revlon billionaire Ron Perelman, site of one weekend fundraiser for Millionaire Mitt.)