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  2. Ametia says:


  3. rikyrah says:

    I love that tax reporter David Cay Johnston. He’s always on the money when it comes to Willard’s tax returns, and the questions that should be asked. He doesn’t take nonsense, and cuts through the bull.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Some Liberals Love The Honorable Losers

    Categories: Liberals
    By Oliver Willis
    August 07,2012

    I’ve never understood the compulsion by liberals to adhere to some fictional higher standard while losing the fight for political power. In politics, there isn’t even a certificate of participation for coming in second place. You just lose

    This is why, while I often agree with Kevin Drum, this post of his strikes me as so amazingly out of touch with politics as it is practiced in reality. Drum is among those tsk-tsking Sen. Harry Reid for his repetition of allegations about Mitt Romney. Nevermind that Romney could shut Reid and other doubters by simply releasing the same amount of tax returns that every candidate for the last 40+ years has done. Simple!

    What’s the gain here? Is there any upside to keeping your nose out of the dirt, as a practical matter in American politics? I would love if our politics was about a set of densely worded highly detailed policy proposals presented side by side to diligent voters, with the policy with the most supporters winning the fight. That isn’t the real world, however.

    We’ve recently had Democratic presidential candidates who have refused to go “there” against Republicans, and were applauded by the mainstream press and Republicans for being such swell guys. President Gore and President Kerry had really consequential presidencies, didn’t they?

    And gee whillikers, it isn’t as if the right has engaged in a non-stop smear campaign against Barack Obama since he became a national figure, right?

    For a lot of Americans, the change in leadership in the country really matters. Mitt Romney as president would be substantially, detrimentally different. The desire to be the good guy won’t change that, it won’t undo the damage that would be done by Republicans run amok — again. I wish some of our liberal friends would understand that.

  5. rikyrah says:

    GOP governors sidestep Romney lie
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 7, 2012 4:46 PM EDT.

    When President Obama agreed to extend additional flexibility to states on welfare experimentation, he did so in response to a request from two Republican governors: Utah’s Gary Herbert and Nevada’s Brian Sandoval. Because Obama agreed to these GOP officials’ request, Mitt Romney is falsely accusing the president of “gutting” welfare reform.

    The reality, whether it’s said out loud or not, is that every relevant player knows Romney’s blatantly lying. Reporters know it; Obama knows it; Republicans know it; Bill Clinton knows it; Romney certainly knows it; and even Herbert and Sandoval know it. They are, after all, the ones who asked for the waivers in the first place.

    So Greg Sargent did something smart: he asked the Republican governors’ offices for their take on Romney’s demonstrably ridiculous claim. They both dodged.

  6. rikyrah says:

    August 07, 2012 4:54 Pm

    Mitt Will Play the Hand He’s Been Dealt

    By Ed Kilgore

    In case any Republicans are talking themselves to sleep at night with the hope that no matter what happens in the next few weeks, Team Romney will sail to victory on a sea of Super-PAc New Yorker’s John Cassidy offers a good reminder of past moneybags that eventually poured vast sums down the rathole of bitter defeat:


    After recommending some highly unlikely game-changing running-mates, Cassidy argues it all boils down to Mitt finding some way to “establish some sort of bond with the public.” Consider all the unusual aspects of Romney’s life and personality, and the rather alarming fact that he doesn’t want to talk about his own record of governing or his agenda for the future, and you have to say: Good luck with that! It’s all the more reason we can count on Romney and his moneyed backers to go negative with a true vengeance down the stretch.

    They don’t have much of a positive story to tell, even with the best and most expensive ads. The fact that history shows that usually doesn’t work doesn’t much matter: you play the hand you are dealt.

    • Ametia says:

      And this lying POS will have folks like CNN’s Erin Burnett and John Avalon, a mess of other water-carrying GOP toadies clutching their pearls about that “UNDERSTANDING” ad by Priorities USA.

      Mitt’s superpacs haven’t begun to sling their shit at PBO. GAME ON, BITCHES!

  7. rikyrah says:

    August 6, 2012

    Romney Needs More Than Money—A Lot More

    Posted by John Cassidy

    After weeks of negative media, disappointing polls, and sniping from fellow Republicans, Mitt Romney got a bit of good news Monday: he’s still raising more money than his rival. In July, the Romney/G.O.P. campaign raked in $101.3 million, compared to the seventy-five million dollars that Obama and his fellow Democrats garnered. It’s the second month in a row that the Republican campaign has raised more than a hundred million dollars, and these figures don’t even include the vast sums that Karl Rove and his fellow Super PAC wranglers have been rustling up from the likes of Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer, and Richard Mellon Scaife.

    If November’s electorate were confined to millionaires and billionaires, Romney would be a shoo-in. Unfortunately for him, even the G.O.P.’s best efforts to suppress voter turnout through the introduction of voter I.D. laws and the like won’t prevent many less-wealthy Americans from ambling along to their local polling station and pulling the lever. Which means that the Mittster is also going to have to ingratiate himself with the regular folk, something he’s never been particularly adept at.

    Rove and Stuart Stevens, the sometime novelist and bon vivant who is Romney’s campaign manager, may be hoping that they can spend their way to victory, burying President Obama under an avalanche of negative ads, but in their heart of hearts they know they can’t. In today’s politics, money is a necessary condition for success, but it’s by no means sufficient. From Steve Forbes in 1996 to Meg Whitman in 2010 and Rick Perry last year, the political landscape is littered with the detritus of well-funded campaigns that self-destructed because the candidate wasn’t up to it, the opposition was too strong, or the objective conditions were unfavorable.

    Right now, Romney is in grave danger of joining the list of money-rich candidates who ended up as roadkill. Look at the polling data. According to the Real Clear Politics poll of polls, Obama is up about three and a half per cent in the national race, his biggest lead in quite a while. At the state level, the numbers are even more worrying for the G.O.P. Just last week, Rove himself acknowledged that Ohio and Colorado, two key swing states, had moved from “toss up” to “lean Obama,” and that Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia, three states Romney desperately needs, were still too close to call. If the Republican candidate doesn’t win Florida and at least two of three from North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia, it is very difficult to see him getting two hundred and seventy votes in the Electoral College.

    Read more–a-lot-more.html#ixzz22uGSyCyg

    • Ametia says:


      HE’S TOAST!

  8. Ametia says:

    James Carville Explains What Harry Reid Is Really Doing: ‘He’s Having The Time Of His Life’
    Grace Wyler|Aug. 7, 2012, 12:45 PM

    Democratic strategist James Carville heaps praise on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a new video today, praising the Democrat for his seemingly baseless claim that Mitt Romney has not paid federal income taxes for 10 years.

    The video, produced by Carville’s Democracy Corps, puts plainly what most Democrats have declined to say in public: That Reid is relishing his new attack dog role — and Democrats are thrilled he has stepped up to the plate.

    “God bless Harry Reid! I mean, my god, this guy!” Carville begins, adding that he believes Reid’s claims. “And don’t you just love this Republican response? They’re all trying to agitate the base by going out and attacking Senator Reid, who’s just sitting there. He’s an old prize fighter — he grew up in Searchlight, Nevada. You think he cares? He’s just punching it out there.”
    The Carville lays out the real reason why Democrats are quietly cheering Reid on:

    “The truth of the matter is, you know, Mitt can’t release his returns. Everybody knows that. You can only speculate…As far as I know, Reid could probably be right. Sometimes in the Democratic Party it takes somebody with some sort of guts to stand up and say the obvious.”

    Read more:

  9. Ametia says:


    Romney Calls On Reid To Reveal His Source

    Mitt Romney on Tuesday called upon Harry Reid to reveal his source that claims Romney paid zero taxes over the previous 10 years, saying that the Senate Majority Leader has “lost a lot of credibility.”

    “I don’t really believe that he’s got any kind of a credible source,” Romney told Fox News. “I don’t know who gave him this line of reasoning, whether it came from the White House or the DNC or a staffer, but he ought to say where it came from, and then we can find out whether that person has any credibility. I know they don’t.”

      • Ametia says:

        As part of that 2009 amnesty deal, Americans with accounts in Swiss banks were gven an opportunity to come forward to pay taxes, penalties, and interests. And they had to go back and submit revised tax returns for the last ten years. So the McCain campaign never saw those revisions. Yes, the 2009 returns are critical. In addition to the Swiss amnesty issue, Romney probably had big losses in the stock market crash that started in 2008 and might have had -0- taxes because of that.


  10. Ametia says:

    Life Term for Gunman After Guilty Plea in Tucson Killings
    Published: August 7, 2012 12 Comments

    TUCSON — Jared L. Loughner pleaded guilty on Tuesday to carrying out a shooting rampage here last year that left six people dead and 13 others wounded, including Gabrielle Giffords, then a member of the House of Representatives. In exchange, the government has agreed not to seek the death penalty.

    In the hearing in Federal District Court, Judge Larry A. Burns found Mr. Loughner mentally compentent to admit to the crimes.
    Under the terms of the deal brokered by his defense team and the prosecution, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. The deal also means that victims’ relatives and the shooting’s survivors will not have to endure the prospect of sitting through a lengthy trial of uncertain outcome.
    In a statement, Ms. Giffords’s husband, Mark E. Kelly, said they had been in contact with the United States attorney’s office as the negotiations over Mr. Loughner’s plea evolved.
    “The pain and loss” caused by the rampage “are incalculable,” Mr. Kelly said. “Avoiding a trial will allow us — and we hope the whole Southern Arizona community — to continue with our recovery and move forward with our lives.”

  11. Ametia says:


    Talking Points Memo reports, the Romney Camp still won’t say if Vets, Firefighters and Cops deserve early voting rights:

    Columbus Dispatch reports that experts assert Romney is wrong on the Ohio early-voting suit:Experts: Romney’s wrong on Ohio early-voting suit

    Bob Cesca calls it Mitt’s biggest lie yet:

  12. Ametia says:

    Jared Lee Loughner pleads guilty in Tucson shooting case

    Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to going on a shooting rampage that left six people dead and wounded his intended target, then-Congresswoman Gabriele Giffords (D-Ariz.), and 12 others. The plea spares him the death penalty.

    Loughner’s plea came soon after a federal judge had found that months of forcibly medicating Loughner to treat his schizophrenia had made the 23-year-old college dropout competent to understand the gravity of the charges against him and assist in his defense.

    Under the plea, he will be sentenced to life in federal prison with possibility of parole.

    Read more at:

  13. Ametia says:

    Media Help Advance Romney’s Lies About Ohio Early Voting
    George Zornick on August 6, 2012 – 4:22 PM ET

    This weekend, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched on attack an the Obama campaign that is unambiguously based on a lie. On his Facebook page, Romney posted a note directly accusing the re-election effort of working to undermine the voting rights of military members in Ohio:
    President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.

    The background is that, while all Ohio voters used to enjoy in-person early voting privileges for three days, Republicans in the state legislature this year restricted that right to military members only. The Obama campaign subsequently filed a lawsuit asking that the privileges be extended to all voters:

    Plaintiffs bring this lawsuit to restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day—a right exercised by an estimated 93,000 Ohioans in the last presidential election. Ohio election law, as currently enacted by the State of Ohio and administered by Defendant Ohio Secretary of State, arbitrarily eliminates early voting during the three days prior to Election Day for most Ohio voters, a right previously available to all Ohio voters.

  14. Ametia says:

    Obama’s health-care law: The fitness and wellness provisions you may have missed
    By Lenny Bernstein, Tuesday, August 7, 11:02 AM

    Perhaps you’ve had a mammogram recently, or taken a child for an immunization or consulted with a specialist about a weight problem. Since late 2010, those visits to health care providers have carried an additional benefit: They’re free. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law 28 months ago and upheld in June by the Supreme Court, it’s illegal for insurers to charge consumers a co-payment for a long list of health care services designed to prevent disease.

    In fact, while they have been largely overshadowed by the furor over the requirement that everyone carry health insurance, there are many provisions in the law designed to encourage wellness, fitness and prevention. It’s an effort to improve health and reduce the ever-escalating cost of health care.

    Some measures have been in effect for nearly two years and escaped cancellation when the Supreme Court preserved the law. Others are on the way. Just last week, the controversial regulations on free contraceptives and other preventive care for women took effect.

    A large portion of health-care costs are attributable to preventable disease. Federal statistics show, for example, that more than one-third of American adults are obese — a condition that carries all manner of health risks, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The health-care law tilts heavily toward preventive services and developing new prevention policies.

    “When you remove cost barriers, people are much more likely to use services and that’s been demonstrated for many, many years,” said Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation who specializes in health-care reform and private insurance.

    The benefits kick in when your health insurance plan changes or is updated. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 54 million people have received free services under the law that previously would have cost them at least a co-payment.

    Workplace benefits :

    Read on

  15. rikyrah says:

    Defense Industry Leans On Congress — Avoid Cuts, Even If It Means More Taxes

    Brian Beutler- August 7, 2012, 5:58 AM

    The very real possibility that defense programs will suffer deep, across the board spending cuts early next year has major defense contractors and their allies making an unusual plea to members of Congress: Put everything on the table to avoid the so-called sequester — including higher taxes.

    That might not sound like an extraordinary ask. But it’s typical for incumbent interests to leave all questions of ways and means to Congress. And given the defense industry’s enormous power and historic alignment with the GOP, it could have enough force to finally break the GOP of its anti-tax absolutism.

    A House Armed Services Committee hearing two weeks ago first exposed the rift. Under questioning from Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ), two major defense contractors acknowledged that the GOP’s refusal to consider higher revenues was not conducive to solving the looming budget crisis.

    “I think everything’s gotta be on the table at this point, now,” said a reluctant David Hess, President of Pratt & Whitney — a subsidiary of United Technologies. “This is a personal opinion. I’m not speaking for the employees of United Technologies, or for UTC.”

    Robert Stevens, CEO of Lockheed Martin, volunteered agreement.—-avoid-cuts-even-if-it-means-more-taxes.php?ref=fpa

  16. rikyrah says:

    PM EDT, Tuesday August 7, 2012
    Obama To Fundraise With Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing

    President Obama will host an “Obama Classic” fundraiser with basketball greats Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony, per a campaign email.

    Supporters who choose to donate will get a chance to attend the event which will also include Sheryl Swoopes, Kyrie Irving, and Alonzo Mourning.

    “Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo,” reads the email.

  17. rikyrah says:

    07, 2012 12:44 PM
    Romney’s Welfare Gambit

    By Ed Kilgore

    At first it was just a buzz from right-wing think tanks (particularly Heritage’s Robert Rector, who has long been the Darth Vader of poverty policy) and blogs, and a few conservative pols, but it’s sure gone Big-Time now: the claim that the Obama administration is “gutting” the 1996 welfare reform law is the subject of Mitt Romney’s latest ad, and looks like it will be featured in his speeches as well.

    This is kind of personal with me. I worked on welfare policy back in the 90s at the Progressive Policy Institute, which was the absolute hotbed of “work first” approaches to welfare reform. Indeed, we were about the only people in the non-technical chattering classes who seemed to understand the distinction between the Clinton administration’s philosophy of welfare reform (aimed at getting welfare recipients into private-sector jobs, not just through work requirements but with robust “making work pay” supports like an expanded EITC, which was enacted at Clinton’s insistence well before welfare reform) and that of congressional Republicans (House Republicans were mainly concerned about punishing illegitimacy and denying assistance to legal immigrants, while Senate Republicans enacted a bill that was just a straight block grant that let states do whatever they wanted so long as they saved the feds money).

    I mention this ancient history to point out the rich irony of conservatives now attacking Obama for an alleged hostility to the private-sector job placement emphasis they never gave a damn about, and for giving states more flexibility in administering the federal cash assistance program, which GOPers at every level of government (including Mitt Romney) were clamoring for loudly before, during and after the 1996 debate.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Birthers Demand Obama’s Transcripts in Exchange for Romney’s Tax Returns
    By: Sarah JonesAugust 7th, 2012

    Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns is sending conservatives over the edge. They especially can’t take seeing a Republican on the defensive. They are so used to playing offense that they simply can’t cope when the tables are turned. Their big solution to this dilemma is to put Obama on the defense by demanding his college transcripts, as if college transcripts were the equivalent of tax returns.

    Glenn Beck’s site The Blaze assures us that Romney should demand Obama’s college transcripts in exchange for Romney’s tax returns because there’s a big scandal in Obama’s college transcripts. You’d think Beck would be the fringe by now, but his crazy talking points have already found root, with conservatives demanding the college transcripts with their usual barely-contained, smug aggression.

    It starts off with this promise; “Obama has a big skeleton in his closet. It’s his college records. Call it “gut instinct” but my gut is almost always right. Obama has a secret hidden at Columbia- and it’s a bad one that threatens to bring down his presidency. Gut instinct is how I’ve made my living for 29 years since graduating Columbia.”

  19. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 08/06/2012
    Romney has a cash advantage. What can he do with it?
    By Jamelle Bouie

    The pace of fundraising for Team Rommney has yet to decrease from the beginning of the summer. Overall, the Romney campaign — including the Victory Fund and the Republican National Committee — raised $101 million in July, compared to $75 million for the Obama campaign. The president is still on pace to break his 2008 fundraising totals, but if these numbers are any indication, he’ll remain behind Romney for the remainder of the election season.

    What can Romney actually do with this cash haul?

    The conventional wisdom is that Romney can gain an upper hand by flooding the airwaves with ads in the final months of the campaign. But if those ads are meant to diminish Obama’s popularity with voters, they’ll fall short. According to Pew, 90 percent of Americans have already made up their minds about the president. When you consider the diminishing return of ads — even in a competitive election, effects are short-lived — there isn’t much to gain from constant commercials.

    Romney could devote his extra cash to swing states, but if early numbers are any indication, the battlegrounds are already saturated with campaign messages. Last week the campaigns spent $40 million in swing states, a number which will only increase as November approaches. It should be said that this is a bigger problem for Romney than Obama; as the challenger, Romney is not as well defined in the eyes of the public, and thus more vulnerable to attacks. Indeed, if Team Romney plans to spend its extra haul on ads, it should give weight to more positive spots that could blunt the assault from Team Obama.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/07/2012
    Romney campaign `vote fraud’ push dealt a setback in Virginia
    By Greg Sargent

    All eyes are on the battle over early voting in Ohio right now, but while you weren’t looking, a Romney campaign effort to challenge voter registration in Virginia — a key swing state — has been dealt a setback.

    Not long ago the conservative media lit up with claims — voting dogs and cats! — that a voter registration group was sending registration forms to deceased relatives, children, those ineligible to vote, and even pets. The cries of “vote fraud” against the group — the D.C. based Voter Participation Center, which focuses on registering unmarried women, minorities and younger voters — were very similar to others we’ve heard from those who are seeking to place tougher conditions on voting.

    The Romney campaign wrote a letter to the Virginia attorney general and board of elections asking for a probe into the group. Romney’s team also demanded that all “pre-populated” voter registration applications from the group — i.e, forms that are filled out with names and addresses and sent to people based on a purchased mailing list — get tossed out.

    Yesterday, the board of elections denied the Romney campaign’s request for a criminal probe:

  21. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 08/07/2012
    The politics of resentment makes a comeback
    By Greg Sargent

    The new Mitt Romney ad attacking Obama over welfare is generating a lot of chatter this morning, as it was clearly designed to do. It hits Obama for supposedly “gutting” Bill Clinton’s welfare reform bill, by “dropping work requirements.”

    “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work,” the ad says. “They just send you your welfare check.”

    The ad is highly dishonest; Steve Benen and Arthur Delaney both do a good job taking it apart. The key point is that Republican-led states — Utah and Nevada — had led the request for waivers to the work requirement in the welfare reform bill, so they could experiment with ways to do a better job shifting people from welfare to jobs. The work requirement would remain; states would have more flexibility in implementing it.

    To sum up, this ad is tantamount to claiming that Republican governors want to gut welfare reform and ensure that the government just sends people a “welfare check.”

  22. rikyrah says:

    Is the Arab Spring a positive development or not?
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 7, 2012 1:28 PM EDT.

    Reader Z.S. flagged some interesting remarks Mitt Romney made in North Las Vegas the other day, which went largely overlooked.


    Consider this item from two weeks ago:

    In his latest broadside against the incumbent’s foreign policy, Mitt Romney blamed President Obama for the Arab uprisings last year, arguing that he could have headed them off by pressing the region’s autocrats to reform first.

    “President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda,” Mr. Romney told the newspaper Israel Hayom, referring to President George W. Bush’s democracy policy, “and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history in a more peaceful manner.”

    Now, this line, in and of itself, was strange. The typical Republican argument doesn’t give Obama credit for the Arab Spring; it gives Bush/Cheney credit — it was the Republicans’ neocon adventure, the right argues, that led people to rise up throughout the Middle East to demand democratic freedoms.

    Do you ever get the sense that maybe Romney hasn’t given foreign policy a lot of thought?

  23. rikyrah says:

    spare me the concern from a Politico hack who can’t ever say anything positive about Democrats.


    The Massachusetts Curse

    by Gwynn Guilford

    Meanwhile, Maggie Haberman wonders whether Warren’s DNC speaking spot – she is introducing Bill Clinton – is a good idea for the Dems:

    While not the across-the-board liberal she is painted as – she is hawkish on Israel, for instance – Warren nonetheless remains a lightning rod for GOP criticism. She is not yet enough of a known quantity that she can be put on a piece of conservative direct mail and used to stir up the base – like Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid – but Republicans are hoping to turn her into one

  24. rikyrah says:

    woody45 wrote this morning:

    The tax return is a key piece of a bigger narrative I think Team Obama is writing. Besides being a pathological liar Mitt is one of if not the most secretive candidate that’s ever run for President.

    I think it goes deeper than that.

    Listen to the President from yesterday:



    ‘trickle down fairy dust’

    The President is attacking the very core of the Republican Party’s line for the past 30 years.

    And, Willard is the total package as to what went wrong for Middle Class America.

    He is a pioneer in outsourcing.

    He made millions of dollars while ruining people’s jobs, livelihoods, pensions and healthcare. I’ve said it before…nobody in America, unless you’re on the fringe, has a problem with people making money off of a successful business. People get that. What people don’t get, because it makes no damn sense, is how, people like Willard, could run a company, a company that was OK until it met Bain, INTO THE GROUND AND INTO BANKRUPTCY, and walk away with MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    NOBODY can make that smell good to middle-class America.

    The GOP has been shilling the bullshyt about ‘ job creators’.

    Where here the President has a prime example of what the rich have actually been doing:

    1. destroying the middle class
    2. taking away their pensions and healthcare
    3. not paying taxes on the money owed
    4. hiding their money from taxes overseas
    5. and not paying taxes period to this country.

    W-T-F do they need a tax cut for, when, when they got them, THEY CREATED NO JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY.

    The President has been waiting patiently and crafting the background for this. Willard is the epitome of what is wrong with this country, and he is the perfect example for the President to point to over and over again about ‘ trickle down fairy dust’.

    While GOP political people may want Willard to release his taxes, the 1% doesn’t, because it would expose them for the frauds that they are. And, it would blow a hole the size of the Grand Canyon in the entire GOP financial scam.

  25. rikyrah says:

    7 Aug 2012 12:19 PM

    Can Romney Ditch His Economic Platform?

    by Patrick Appel

    Andrew swatted down the idea that Romney has a secret plan to fix the economy a few weeks back. Josh Barro later doubled down:

    It’s possible to understand every action in Romney’s life as an effort to become president. But once he is president, what will his goal be? I don’t know (nobody knows) but I suspect getting re-elected will be near the top of the list. To increase his chances of getting elected, he will have to implement policies that are likely to grow the economy. Redoubling on Bush Administration economic policies — with the added factor of severe budget austerity laid on — is unlikely to serve that end. So, Romney will have good reason to implement policies that aren’t in his stated platform, even if that means butting heads with Republicans in Congress.

    Reihan adds his two cents. How exactly is Romney going to win a policy duel with Congressional Republicans? George W. Bush managed to get Congressional Republican buy-in on some bipartisan legislation during his time in office, but the Tea Party House is far more extreme than any Congress Bush ever dealt with. At this point, GOP Congressmen are either Tea Party true believers or afraid of getting primaried by Tea Party true believers. Neither group is big on compromise.

    A sizable chunk of the Republican base is distrustful of Romney already; he’d risk a rank-and-file revolt if he strayed more than a few inches from the party line. And, despite what you may hear, presidential candidates tend to fulfill their campaign promises.

  26. rikyrah says:

    MS community balks at Romney plans
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 7, 2012 12:44 PM EDT.


    Back in January, at one of the many debates for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney highlighted Ann Romney’s multiple sclerosis. It’s proof, the candidate argued, that “as First Lady, she will be able to reach out to people who are also struggling and suffering and will be someone who shows compassion and care.” Romney even released a web video on this in honor of World Multiple Sclerosis Day.

    It’s a nice sentiment, but there is some trouble with this — those who share Ann Romney’s condition are convinced her husband’s policy agenda will be horrible for them. Stephanie Mencimer has a good piece on this today.

    With Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, his wife, Ann, has become the most high-profile advocate for people with multiple sclerosis since Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. From her new post as potential first lady, Ann Romney has done much to raise the profile of an incurable, degenerative illness that afflicts some 400,000 Americans. Local chapters of the National MS Society have been clamoring for her to appear at their fundraisers and other events.

    But there’s a problem: MS advocates say that policies Romney now supports would be detrimental for many MS sufferers, and they are actively opposing these proposals. Which means that Mitt Romney is now at odds with the MS community he and his wife have long supported.

  27. rikyrah says:

    Presidential Candidate Tax Returns

    From what I can tell, below are the years for which various presidential candidates and presidents have released their tax returns. Bold checks are for returns released as candidates, “e” is for estimate, “s” is for summary, and “p” is for partial. Click to embiggen.

  28. rikyrah says:

    The scandal behind Romney’s new attack ad
    By Steve Benen – Tue Aug 7, 2012 10:50 AM EDT.

    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.”

  29. rikyrah says:

    The Disgraceful Richard Cohen
    by BooMan
    Mon Aug 6th, 2012 at 11:39:31 PM EST

    The sins of Richard Cohen have been well-documented. I don’t think I need to recount them all here. All that is important is that you realize that Cohen is one of the rare ‘liberals’ who applauded when Poppy Bush used the last Christmas Eve of his time in office to pardon anyone who got in trouble for Iran-Contra and might be able to implicate him in the crime. Cohen defended Scooter Libby to the hilt. And Cohen suggested that all our American torturers should get a mulligan. It seems that the one thing that Mr. Cohen really can’t stand is the idea that someone important in Washington DC might do jail time. He really has created a tremendous record as an apologist for elite law-breaking.
    But now it seems that he has taken it a bit further. Now, he doesn't think powerful politicians should question the integrity of other powerful politicians.

    In “The Godfather Part II,” a senator from Nevada is portrayed as corrupt. His name is Pat Geary. In real life, a senator from Nevada is a jerk. His name is Harry Reid.

    If that lede makes sense to you now or in retrospect please let me know why, but, in any case, Cohen is out of the box with an ad hominem. Harry Reid is a jerk. He’s a jerk because he made an accusation with inadequate proof. Let’s look at Cohen’s argument.

    He has accused Mitt Romney of paying no taxes for 10 years. Romney denies the accusation and challenged Reid to put up or shut up. In an apparent response, Reid repeated the charges on the Senate floor. Countless aides have echoed their boss. They and he attribute their information to a source they will not name.

    The timing is wrong here, as Harry Reid took to the Senate floor the first time prior to Mitt Romney making his comment about “putting up or shutting up.” When Cohen says that “countless aides have echoed their boss,” he reveals that he cannot count to two. As for not naming their source? Well….we’ll get to that.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Romney’s telling ad strategy:

    Nate Cohn is puzzled by the Romney campaign’s advertising approach: few positive pro-Romney ads, but lots of negative anti-Obama ads. Cohn writes that even though Romney’s image with voters remains fairly malleable with voters and therefore more vulnerable to attack ads, “the Romney campaign and their Super PAC allies have focused on attacking the President. That’s either a big mistake, or a sign that the Obama campaign is doing better than some think.”

    • Ametia says:

      Romney’s got nothing to stand on. He’s destroyed his record as Governor, his BAIN CAPITAL tenure , his tax returns, his 2002 Winter Olympics records, and the OBAMA camp has only just begun to EXPLOIT them! That’s why the MOFO is running away from his so-called business record. BWA HA HA

  31. rikyrah says:

    Revisiting DHS’ warnings about domestic threats
    By Steve Benen – Tue Aug 7, 2012 9:55 AM EDT.

    At Salon this morning, Jordan Michael Smith takes a walk down memory lane, reminding folks about one of the first Republican freak-outs of the Obama era.

    When Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano released a report in April 2009 identifying right-wing extremists as a threat to the country, conservatives howled. The general sentiment was expressed by Michelle Malkin, who declared the report a “piece of crap … propaganda … an Obama hit job.” Jonah Goldberg complained that the DHS report failed to stick “to the practice of describing these groups with more specificity and without the catchall, ideologically loaded descriptors.”

    Well, now that we have learned the murderer of six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple was a well-known white supremacist, conservatives might want to consider reexamining their claims that terrorists don’t exist on the right side of the political spectrum.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/07/2012
    The Morning Plum:
    Romney’s profits-first presidency
    By James Downie

    In 1996, the Italian Treasury sought to sell several state-owned companies to reduce the Italian government’s debt. One of the many interested parties that caught wind of the impending sales was the Italian subsidiary of a company named Bain Capital. Bloomberg News reports:

    Under Romney as chief executive officer, [Bain] made about $1 billion in a leveraged buyout 12 years ago that remains controversial in Italy to this day. Bain was part of a group that bought a telephone-directory company from the Italian government and then sold it about two years later, at the peak of the technology bubble, for about 25 times what it paid.

    Bain funneled profits through subsidiaries in Luxembourg, a common corporate strategy for avoiding income taxes in other European countries, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg News. The buyer, Italy’s biggest telephone company, now has a total market value less than what it paid Bain and other investors for the directory business.

    In Italy, the deals have spurred at least three books, separate legal and regulatory probes and newspaper columns alleging investors made a fortune at the expense of Italian taxpayers. Boston-based Bain wasn’t a subject of the inquiries, which didn’t result in any charges.

    So overall, the deal was a success for Bain and a spectacular failure for Italy’s citizens. Now that Romney is running to lead a country, not a business, here’s how his campaign is portraying the deal:

  33. Ametia says:

    Fighter jets intercept two small planes in Obama airspace
    Tue Aug 7, 2012 7:48am EDT

    (Reuters) – Two F-15 fighter jets intercepted two small planes that strayed into President Barack Obama’s airspace during a campaign visit to Connecticut on Monday and the planes landed without incident, media reports said.

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the fighter jets intercepted a small plane over Long Island, New York, at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) and followed it until it landed, and that the pilot was met by law enforcement authorities.

    Roughly half an hour later, the jets intercepted a second small plane in Connecticut near New Haven, but it was allowed to continue to its destination, NORAD said in a statement.

    A local NBC affiliate, NBC Connecticut, reported on its web site that the planes had entered airspace temporarily restricted during Obama’s visit to the state.

    Obama was in Connecticut on Monday evening for a campaign event at the Stamford Marriott and later at a private residence in Westport, according to a schedule posted on the White House website.


  34. rikyrah says:

    It’s a stumbling block for voters, sure, but we have bigger problems

    By Kay August 7th, 2012

    Sorry to have to address this again, but the fact checkers are apparently busy yelling at Harry Reid, and Romney continues to lie, so here’s the Ohio blog, Plunderbund, with a run-down:


    I don’t think you should overreact to this. The last three days of the early voting period are important, but if the new Republican ban on early voting in those last three days stands, we will work within this like we’ve worked within each and every barrier to voting conservatives have set up since 2002, and I’m sure they’ll come up with still more new rules prior to November.

    In my opinion, Pennsylvania voters are in a much more precarious position, because they have one of the most restrictive voting laws in the country AND some of the most restrictive provisional ballot acceptance rules in the country AND they have restrictive absentee balloting AND there is mass confusion on the law, which is being administered by two different state agencies.

    Pennsylvania is the perfect storm of voter suppression. New, wildly restrictive law with a completely useless provisional ballot process, political hacks and lobbyists hired to promote the law, mass confusion or complete ignorance on the law, confusion or ignorance that goes all the way up to the governor and the state official in charge of elections, and no mechanism to take pressure off the system with early voting.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Michael Tomasky: How Mitt’s Tax Returns Show His Character Defect
    by Michael Tomasky Aug 7, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    Why does it matter that Mitt won’t release his tax returns? Because it’s yet another sign that the man suffers from a pathological mixture of insecurity and entitlement.

    What earthly power can make Mitt Romney release his tax returns? None whatsoever. Incredible as it may seem, it’s true: He can go all the way to November 6 without giving an inch, and there’s not one thing anyone can do about it. He pretty obviously thinks that the heat he’s taking for sitting on the returns is more bearable than the heat he’d have to endure by releasing them. And that calculation says something astonishing about the man, and ultimately, that is the issue here—this is far more about Romney’s character than it is about the money per se. And character is very quickly becoming the issue that the Obama camp hadn’t even planned on exploiting but now must, because Romney’s lack of it has become so obvious.

    OK. It’s a possibility. But it isn’t likely. Nothing about the way Romney comports himself suggests the above. That little chuckle of his is always the giveaway that he’s nervous. It’s the chuckle that came out involuntarily when ABC’s David Muir interviewed him on the subject in Israel, and it brings us to the other and more likely possibility—that something is very wrong indeed in the returns. So wrong, in fact, that he’d rather go through 13 more weeks of this than budge an inch.

    Think about it. Through a week of a Democratic convention, when his tax returns will be mentioned by speaker after speaker. Through the early fall campaigning. Through the debates, when he will again say that he feels he’s revealed all he needs to reveal. Through the campaign’s final, home-stretch weeks. If he hasn’t released more returns, then by mid-October, this will be one of three main things the average American knows about Mitt Romney: that he’s rich, that he’s running for president, and that he won’t release his tax returns.

  36. rikyrah says:

    Romney Ad Attacks Obama On Welfare: ‘You Wouldn’t Have To Work’
    Pema Levy-August 7, 2012, 8:24 AM

    Rather than trying to shift the election narrative back to the economy, the Romney campaign is out with a new attack on President Obama. Riding a wave of conservative outrage against a little-noticed Department of Health and Human Services memo last month, the Romney campaign is attacking Obama for ending “welfare as we know it.”

    The new argument allows Romney to paint Obama as a big-government liberal while shifting the narrative away from specifics of his tax plan and own tax returns.

    “Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job,” says the narrator of a new ad from both the Romney campaign and the RNC. “They just send you your welfare check.”

    “Mitt Romney will restore the work requirement because it works,” the narrator concludes the ad.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Romneyhood rocks.

    I’m waiting for all you folks with photoshop to get us some good visuals :)

  38. rikyrah says:

    Romney Camp Still Won’t Say If Vets, Firefighters, Cops Deserve Early Voting Rights

    Ryan J. Reilly-August 7, 2012, 6:00 AM
    Days after falsely accusing the Obama campaign of working to restrict the voting rights of members of the military, the Romney campaign still won’t say whether they believe Ohio cops, firefighters and veterans are worthy of early voting rights.

    The Romney campaign has failed to respond to multiple inquires from TPM on whether they believe Ohio veterans, cops and firefighters should also be allowed to vote in-person during the three days before an election.

    Joe Davis, a spokesman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, told TPM that the VFW doesn’t see the Obama campaign’s suit as a veterans’ issue, but said the VFW wouldn’t object to veterans (and the general public) being allowed to vote in the three days before the election.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 7, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    Four years ago, Ohio allowed voters an early-voting window of three days before Election Day, which in turn boosted turnout and alleviated long lines. This year, Republican officials have closed the window — active-duty servicemen and women can vote early, but no one, not even veterans, can enjoy the same right.

    President Obama’s campaign team has filed suit, urging a federal court to level the playing field, giving every eligible Ohio voter equal access. For Mitt Romney, this means Obama is trying to “undermine” the troops’ voting rights — an idiotic and dishonest claim that the Republican campaign couldn’t even begin to defend.

    But the lie is spreading like a cancer. Here’s RNC Chairman Reince Priebus last night:
    A tip for Reince: try not to call someone a “dirty liar” and then get caught lying on the same day.

    In the meantime, the legal controversy is advancing. Yesterday, the federal court hearing the case agreed to allow 15 military groups to intervene in the lawsuit, a move backed by Obama’s team.

  40. rikyrah says:

    The wrong Israeli metric for American presidents
    By Steve Benen
    Tue Aug 7, 2012 8:30 AM EDT.

    Mitt Romney launched one of the stranger attacks of the campaign season yesterday, unveiling a new ad about U.S. relations with Israel.

    For now, we can put aside the propriety of Romney treating the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem as a prop in an attack ad. Instead let’s focus on this claim: “Barack Obama has never visited Israel as president.” Unlike most Romney attack ads, this one happens to be based on an accurate detail: Obama visited Israel as a candidate, but not during his first term. It’s a fact that’s apparently outraged Sean Hannity and Bill Kristol, too.

    That is, at least they’re pretending to be outraged.

    Look, as fodder for campaign commercials go, I realize some shots are going to be stronger than others, but this is deeply silly. George W. Bush didn’t visit Israel at any point during his first term. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush didn’t travel to Israel during their respective terms in office at all.

  41. rikyrah says:

    For the last four years, Republican lawmakers around the country have diligently tried to eliminate early-voting periods, which give people a chance to vote at their convenience. The reason is simple: early voting was wildly popular in 2008 – comprising a third of the vote – and many of the people who took advantage of it voted for Barack Obama.

    More than half of Florida’s early voters in 2008 were Democrats, and many black voters went right from their church pews to the ballot box on the Sunday before Election Day. That’s why the state’s Republicans severely restricted the practice last year, and specifically banned voting on that final Sunday. Similar restrictions were also passed in Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ohio, part of a movement to restrict voting that includes tough voter ID requirements.

    Now, the Obama campaign’s attempt to fight the measure in Ohio has led to one of the lower moments of this year’s presidential campaign. The state legislature cut back on the early voting period, and banned it in the three days prior to Election Day. (Even though 93,000 Ohioans voted in those three days in 2008.) An exception, however, was made for military personnel, who tend to lean Republican.

    The Obama campaign and the Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit last month in federal court, saying the practice violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The lawsuit asked the court to restore to everyone the right to vote in the last three days.

    Then, in an extraordinary lie, Mr. Romney issued a statement Saturday turning the lawsuit around to accuse Democrats of trying to end early voting for the military….The lawsuit does nothing of the kind…..

  42. rikyrah says:

    Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe. Apoplexy is not the tone politicians generally seek to project. Yet there was GOP chief Reince Priebus on ABC’s “This Week,” calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a “dirty liar” for his claim about how little Romney may have paid in taxes….

    It was a coordinated Sunday morning display of righteous indignation …. But in making such a show of denouncing Dirty Harry’s foul calumny, all Republicans succeeded in doing was draw attention to Romney’s stubborn refusal to release more than a year’s worth of tax returns ….

    Reid was a boxer in his youth, and what he did to Romney was the equivalent of a head butt. ….If he is being as cynical and mendacious as Republicans charge, Romney could demolish the majority leader’s credibility — and put the whole issue to rest — with a single phone call instructing his accountant to release the returns….

    …. The fact that he won’t — even when continued secrecy clearly hurts the campaign, if only by diverting attention from other issues Romney would rather be talking about — clearly means there’s something embarrassing, inappropriate or just plain ugly in there.

    You don’t need a secret source to tell you that. Common sense will do.

  43. Ametia says:

    Warring over tax returns
    By Eugene Robinson, Published: August 6The Washington Post

    Mitt Romney’s defiant secrecy about his personal finances looks like a cross Republicans will have to bear all the way to Election Day. To put it mildly, the burden seems to chafe.

    Apoplexy is not the tone politicians generally seek to project. Yet there was GOP chief Reince Priebus on ABC’s “This Week,” calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a “dirty liar” for his claim about how little Romney may have paid in taxes. There was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying of Reid, “I think he’s lying.” There was Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” decrying a “reckless and slanderous charge by Harry Reid.”

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  46. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone! :-)

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