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Archive for September, 2012

GOOD NEWS! On Housing, Gas, Retail…

A TRIPLE WHAMMY injection of good news for the U.S. economy…on three fronts: HOUSING, GAS and RETAIL

  • Consumer Confidence is UP – at its highest level since February.
  • Housing prices are UP – home prices in 20 major cities rose in July.
  • The stock market is UP adding value to Americans’ 401(k) retirement plans.

The Conference Board, (a business membership and research group made up of  public and private corporations and other organization from 60 countries) says the Consumer Confidence Index is up nine points in September to 70 after declining in August. While 90 is the ideal benchmark for a healthy economy, given where we were, at the bottom, things are definitely improving!  We could get there FASTER if Republicans were on board – but we will get there without them if they so choose. 

Even recent public opinion is trending UP! More and more Americans are beginning to think the country is heading in the RIGHT direction. According to polling company Rasmussen: This is the “highest level of optimism” since June 2009 and the highest weekly finding since April.

I take this to mean this is the FIRST time since April more Americans feel the country is HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!!

I WONDER HOW REPUBLICANS FEEL WHEN THEY HEAR THIS? Despite their BEST efforts, despite the mountain of obstacles Republicans piled up to trip president Obama, despite their lack of cooperation, despite their secret meetings to PLAN OBAMA’S DOWNFALL even BEFORE he took office, despite their criticism, their posturing, grandstanding – despite the fact that Republicans did NOTHING, nothing to help Obama except trying to torpedo him at EVERY TURN, they COULD NOT HOLD AMERICA DOWN. No Americans tied their belts, swallowed their bitter medicine and pulled the country together – WITHOUT REPUBLICANS.

Now tell me, America:

  • How much better off would YOU be, would the country BE, if Republicans had worked together with President Obama? Worked hand-in-hand with the White House to bring jobs to America, fix our tax code so rich venture capitalists (including some of Mitt Romney’s fund-raising friends) could PAY MORE taxes leaving them with fewer profits” to hold wild parties featuring open sex acts?
  • How much better off would YOU be, would the country BE, if Republicans had presented sound ideas to the President and then instead of the macho, arrogant “Do it my way or hit the highway before I shut the country down” attitude?
  •  How much better off would WE be if Republicans had worked with the new president and yes, disagreed with him when needed. Then sat down together, brought in the coffee, rolled up their sleeves and pulled a couple of all-nighters to come up with the best outcome for America? Not the best for the rich AMERICANS who pump money into their campaigns – but for ALL Americans. The rich pay their share. We don’t want to break you, keep your millions, just pay some more. And the poor, we don’t want to walk over you. You can’t afford to pay but stand up and be counted. Yes, you too can give back in various ways.

For the 112-th Congress which will hopefully HEAD to Washington to WORK!

Remember Bill Clinton. What was it about Bill Clinton, one of the presidents who produced the BEST economic results that America ever had in recent time. Republicans SPENT TWO TERMS – 8 YEARS and MILLIONS of Tax Dollars (remember special prosecutor Ken Starr?) trying to derail President Clinton. That is what they DO to Democrat presidents. As for Hilary Clinton, Republicans could not stand Hilary – called her denigrating names…tried to run Bill Clinton our of town for adultery…

Then along came a series of Republican sex scandals. Like Idaho Senator Larry Craig. (Craig, incidentally was one of two Senate liaisons for Romney’s 2008 Presidential campaign). He was arrested for trying to solicit a male undercover cop for gay sex in an airport restroom. Maybe Republicans would like Clinton more if Monica Lewinsky was MARK Lewinsky and Clinton met him at Dulles International!

Larry Craig. Republican senator arrested 2007 for “lewd conduct” (involving another man) at the Minneapolis/St Paul airport restroom. Family values a la republican.

Ah yes. When Republicans sleep, if they can even sleep, there must be lots of gnashing and grinding of teeth.

–> So did you hear about the The Forbes 400? the list of the top richest people in America?

There are about 300-million people in America. About 400 are Billionaires. NOT Millionaires – BILLIONAIRES. I could live happily on 1 million dollars. I bet you could too, if you did not go crazy and spend, spend, spend.  I’d take that million, invest it, earn a couple hundred thousand a year, AVOID PAYING TAXES on MY “Investment Income” and leave taxes to schmucks.  

Yes, I could live on a million and GROW it too.

But some people cannot live on a million. They need 45 million. Not enough – they need 100-million. Still not enough. They need 400-million. MORE? How about 1-billion dollars? Nope? Then 30 billion? Uh-uh? OK! 66-billion like Bill Gates? Yea, now you’re talking. 66 billion is about enough – or is it?

Now Bill Gates is a philanthropist. I love what he’s doing with education, AIDS research and clean water, etc, in America and poor countries. But does any ONE person NEED to have 66-BILLION dollars?

Like Microsoft founder Bill Gates but $66-billion? That is way too much money for ONE person!

HOW about half …33-billion? Let’s use the other 33-billion to buy houses for RESPONSIBLE Americans who work hard and have a job or prospects to get a job so they can maintain the house? How about using that 33-billion to give scholarships to every high school kid who has the grades to get into college/trade school?

Would America not be better off with the money DISTRIBUTED like that, instead of concentrated in ONE person’s hands? Republicans tell you: NO.

–> Did you see Mitt Romney on TV at NBC’s Education Forum “Education Nation” held in New York Tuesday 9/25/2012?

Romney opened by saying he was “lucky to live in the state of Massachusetts.”Huh?  Because of the state’s very good schools. So Romney says HE went looking for the

Mitt Romney

REASONS (because HE knows that it is NOT due to HIM). Romney says HE went looking for answers and he went way back to 1993 when Republican governor Bill Weld worked with a Democrat-controlled congress to reform education.

Anyway, host Brian Williams referred to the high costs of a quality, PRIVATE education like the one Romney got at his exclusive Cranbrook School. Williams asked Romney “Do you think we owe, as a nation, to every pupil in America the equivalent of a 38-thousand-dollar education” like the one Romney got at his old school in Michigan?

…and all Mitt Romney had to say was:

“I would not say we “owe” it to them, but I think we should do EVERYTHING we can to ensure each child starts off in life by getting a quality education like the one I got. I was fortunate enough that my parents could afford to pay for me – but lack of money should NOT prevent our kids from getting a quality education. American kids need to be able to get the necessary qualifications to go on to a university or trade school of their choice – if he/she chooses.”

Cranbrook School. Mitt Romney’s exclusive private Prep school in Michigan.

Instead Romney waffled, beat around the bush and spoke at length about “dollar amounts” to finally say that he “rejects the idea that everybody has to have a Harvard expense level degree (like HIM) to be successful”. Was that the question? NO.

The question was not if every high school graduate should go to Harvard or other expensive universities? Obviously NOT everybody will go to Harvard because Harvard has a limited capacity. 

The question was: Should America PAY to ensure that every kid gets an expensive, private school type education like the one Romney got at his elite ELEMENTARY school: Cranbrook School, a private, PK–12 Prep School located on a 319 acres in Michigan. There’s a co-ed elementary school, a middle school with separate schools for boys and girls and a co-educational high school with boarding facilities.

As far as Romney is concerned HE does not support using tax dollars to fund the kids of those lazy, entitled 47-percent Americans…and send them to a upper crust PRIVATE boarding school like Cranbrook. He would rather pour billions into new missiles to attack Iran, Syria and Libya.

Education Nation: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news/49165345#49165345

Cranbrook School.

Romney says in Massachusetts that He proposed that BEFORE parents registered their kids for Kindergarten, these parents had to attend a “training program to learn about the impact of education”. He wasn’t able to get it done – but it’s something he wants to do because it has merit.

How about me, with my university diploma, going to register my son in Kindergarten, and Mitt Romney tells ME that I MUST do a program FIRST to learn about the impact of education BEFORE I can register my son?

Never mind if I am working one job, two jobs and CANNOT attend!

Never mind if I come from a family with university graduates and already KNOW the impact of education!.

Strange as it may seem to Lord Romney, some of US parents in the 47-percent KNOW the value of an education…

Never mind if I have sibling who is perusing a PhD program in Education or that my son’s father is an engineer – or that I have two other brothers with university degrees. Does not matter! I DON’T KNOW THE IMPACT OF EDUCATION – ’cause MITT ROMNEY DECIDES SO! I MSUT REGISTER AND TAKE CLASSES TO LEARN ABOUT THE IMAPCT OF EDUCATION.

See the arrogance of Mitt Romney? And he can’t even GET why we don’t get HIM! Now unlike Republicans, I’m not just dismissing an idea from the “other” side. But one size does not fit all. There are some parents who DO need to realize the impact of education – but NOT all parents. Shocked as Mitt Romney would be by this: SOME PARENTS ALREADY KNOW!

Yes governor Romney. Much as you think YOU know it all, US 47-percenters you seem to DESPISE so much are going about our lives, struggling yes, but doing the best we can with the little we’ve got – and producing kids who are just as smart as your 5 boys. and NO, our sons are NOT joining the military either.

I am sending my son to work on Wall Street to make millions he can invest in the Caymans and other off-shore accounts. This Investment Income will be taxed at a very low rate. Have a problem with THAT, Mitt Romney? 

Romney, Ryan request the pleasure of your company…

Am I the ONLY one who is noticing how Mitt Romney keeps dismissing Paul Ryan – like Ryan is of NO consequence? Well IS he?

Representative Paul Ryan (Wisconsin), chair of the House Budget Committee and Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Romney has said repeatedly that HE, Romney (65) and his ideas are the ones that will take precedence – NOT Paul Ryan’s. Then if so, WHY choose Paul Ryan (42) as a running mate in the first place? Why have Ryan campaign on his notorious Budget Plan?

Short answer? TEA PARTY votes…

But let’s look for a LONG answer first!

Back in August (8/15/2012) Romney told CBS This Morning:

“Congressman Ryan has joined my campaign, and his campaign is my campaign now…we’re on exactly the same page.” Nobody asked Romney if he and Ryan were reading the SAME book!

  1. According to Romney, (remember THAT, according to Mitt Romney who lives in a parallel universe) President Obama is trying to take $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obama’s health care plan.
  2. However, his running mate Paul Ryan’s OWN controversial 2012 Budget embraces many of the same Medicare reductions outlined in the president’s health care plan.
  3. (Democrats accuse Romney and Ryan of “hypocritical criticism” but I digress.

Running mates!

Romney says RYAN will have to toe the line — Tea Party Ryan will HAVE to support Romney’s plan WHICH DOES NOT HAVE ANY REDUCTIONS. 

“The president’s cuts of $716 billion to Medicare, those cuts are going to be restored if I become president.”

ANTHONY MASON (CBS News):  Are you running on [Ryan’s] budget or on your budget?” 

ROMNEY: “My budget, of course…I’m the one running for president.”

You think Washington is deadlocked NOW! Wait until a President Romney tries to go AGAINST the Tea Party! Mr. Romney, getting into bed with the Tea Party is like signing a pact with the Devil. YOU cannot take the protection then think you can turn around later when you feel strong enough and do your own shaking up!

Last night (9/23) again on CBS’s 60 Minutes Romney simply dismisses Paul Ryan’s proposal to cut spending by removing $17-billion from Medicare with a typical arrogant Romney brush off.

Be careful whom you get into bed with, Mr. Romney. NOT so easy to escape once you pledge your loyalty. (But if anyone can do – YOU da man!)

SCOTT PELLEY (60 Minutes): There is a lot of rhetoric about Medicare. What do you intend to do? 

ROMNEY: Well, I don’t want any change to Medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement. So the plan stays exactly the same. The president’s cutting $716 billion from current Medicare. I disagree with that. I’d put those dollars back into Medicare. 

PELLEY: Mr. Ryan has proposed something similar, almost precisely the same number, 716. 

ROMNEY: Yeah. He was going to use that money to reduce the budget deficit. I’m putting it back into Medicare and I’m the guy running for president, not him…

OUCH!!! The WAY he said it. 

Ryan is OPEN about WHAT he wants to do. Reduce the budget deficit. One may not agree with him on HOW he plans to do that, but you KNOW what HE wants to do. Romney wants to WHAT? This is the guy who went to congress cap in hand AND GOT a $342-million BAILOUT to bail out the 2002 Utah Olympics…PLUS an additional $1-billion in indirect federal funding in highway and transit projects.

(The 1984 games in Los Angeles got $75 million from the federal government. The 1996 games in Atlanta got $609 million. According to the Romney campaign, some of Utah’s $1.3 billion went to security (300 million – it was just after 9/11) AND parking lots ($30 million), sewer systems ($2 million), and an Olympic horse adoption program ($33,000). Apparently Mitt Romney loves horses.

I am not saying Romney has to Kow-Tow to Paul Ryan and Ryan’s over the edge Tea Party zealous fervor to cut government spending. Left to Ryan, the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will have to give the federal government an apartment in some public housing development in D.C.to use as an office. Until Ryan and Romney cut HUD too and federal workers squat on the steps of the Washington Monument! I DON’T have that dream…

But by golly. To go on TV and just write off his running mate’s one Claim to Fame – the Ryan Budget: Path to Prosperity? (Highway of Hallucination? Road to Recidivism?) leaves us asking?

What kind of man are you, Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney

John McCain was dogged by reports of his famous temper – how he would fly into rages. Who ARE you, Mitt Romney – Really?

We KNOW it is YOU who is running for President and NOT Paul Ryan but how does Ryan feel when he sees YOU on TV just dismissing an idea he is out there campaigning on – at the very moment that YOU, his running mate is dismissing it?

While Ryan is out campaigning, getting booed for telling seniors that a Romney/Ryan team is going to cut Medicare to balance the budget…Romney is saying that when Ryan cuts Medicare, I will plow those savings right BACK into Medicare.

So whom should we believe?

  • Either or neither?
  • Pants on fire somewhere?
  • Or is it “misspeaking” on one of their parts?
  • Or does the left hand NOT know what the right hand is doing?
  • Or is that left mouth, right mouth?
  • Or “Preexisting Political Calculation”? Ryan tells Tea Party voters what they want to hear. Romney tells the rest of us what WE want to hear?
  • SO WHO/WHAT WILL WE END UP GETTING? A MIX? EITHER? NEITHER?

Romney tells us: Believe me because I am the one running for President, not HIM (Ryan)!

Thanks Mr. Romney for clearing that up. Actually we thought it was Ryan running for president. When did that change?

Some reporter should have caught up with Paul Ryan and asked him: “Your running mate Mitt Romney just said on TV that as president, HE will take the $716 billion you plan to cut from Medicare and plow it right BACK into Medicare. What do you have to say about that?

Imagine Ryan’s chagrin – seeing Romney saying that on TV. And it is not only what Romney said, BUT THE WAY ROMNEY SAID IT – with that sneering dismissal, like. Oh pooh! I’m the one you need to listen to, not pretty boy over there.

If I was Paul Ryan, I’d call Romney and tell him to find himself a NEW running mate…preferably Romney’s ego!

So again I ask you: Just why do you think Mitt Romney chose Tea Party conservative dahling Paul Ryan as his running mate?

Bargain with the Devil?

  1. Well, he considered Jesus, but Jesus told him: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s…” (Mat 22:21)
  2. Mormon founder Joseph Smith was out of the running. After Smith died, there are NO eyewitness claims (as yet) to HIS resurrection…Smith remains dead.
  3. Marco Rubio? Are you kidding? Rubio is Hispanic! Bet Romney thinks Rubio is illegal too!
  4. Romney wanted the endorsement of the Tea Party and he had to BUY it, with blood – his blood!
  5. Poor Mitt Romney. No wonder he is sooo uptight. Wouldn’t you be too, if you had to bargain with the devil – and the bargaining chip is your own soul?

So the LONG answer to the question: Why did Mitt Romney choose as his running mate someone who is young enough to be his son? It’s the SAME as the short answer!

The long and short of it is: Romney wanted to woo conservatives. He expects Ryan to lure then down the garden path where Romney is waiting with a ring and engraved invitations – hoping he and conservatives can announce their engagement. Of course Romney’s plan is to secretly call off the engagement later! Open one of those invitations and the wedding date is missing! Romney will explain it as: “A misprint.”

Bugs Bunny would say someone here is “a maroon…a gullibull!”

Guess the engagement is still on, huh? Because with NOT even a wedding date the Honeymoon can’t already be over!?

Bugs again: “I know this defies the law of gravity, but I never studied law!”

 

 

 

Mitt Romney Toil and Trouble

Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Macbeth (Shakespeare) Act 4, scene 1

Mitt Romney is thinking of the Scottish general Lord Macbeth as he stirs a bubbling cauldron to prepare for his 2012 campaign:

  • Shall I choose the morally decrepit path to political power?
  • Should I lie, fudge, hint, hedge (Hedge Funds are good, though) or tell the truth?
  • Should I stand firm on the issues OR tell different constituencies what I think each one wants to hear?
  • Should I use my wife NOW or pull her out later?

    Double, double toil and trouble, hedge funds steam and profits bubble

  • Should I use my Massachusetts record or dismiss Health Care Reform?
  • Should I release my taxes or manipulate my 2011 return to appear in a better light?
  • Should I cozy up to rich hedge fund managers by denigrating Americans who don’t have my kind of money or should I pretend that I care, even if I don’t?
  • Should I distance myself from the things I did – or should I embrace them?
  • Do I suck up to Tea Party voters NOW, choose Paul Ryan and diss them later…OR diss them now and suck up LATER? 

What does Lord Romney Macbeth DO to fulfill his father’s prophecy – the one where young Mitt is sitting in daddy’s library and daddy says: “Son, I made a run for the White house and I failed. But YOU, son…I expect YOU to learn from my mistakes and redeem the family’s honor”. 

Romney sets off on a course that will take him to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue VIA Massachusetts. He tries very hard to get into the U.S. Senate. But he was blocked there by powerhouse Ted Kennedy.

So Romney uses another breeding ground for the White House: Governor. 

Governor Romney signs Health Care Reform with MANDATES (Tax?) in MA. Making History in Healthcare – a “History” he is NOW running away from!! Yes, that IS Ted Kennedy looking on…proudly!

Not that he cares about Massachusetts. We are just a spring-board to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and it shows. He spends much of his 4-years as governor travelling out-of-state, laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign.

He jumps ship after ONE term – and makes his first failed run for President by challenging fellow Republican John McCain for the nomination.

He then makes a second run and decides that THIS time, yes this TIME nothing is going to stand in Mitt Romney’s way – not taxes, not poor people, not health care reform, NOTHING. He will get there and by Joseph Smith, he will DO, SAY WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THERE!

How good is America at detecting lies and subterfuge? Iraq war?

And so we have the making of Lord Romney Macbeth!

I use moral turpitude to make my Romney as Macbeth argument by applying moral turpitude to a person’s MORALS and ETHICS!

Moral turpitude includes crimes like:

  • Making false representation
  • KNOWINGLY making that representation. 

Ah yes, Mitt Romney takes his morals and plunges them into the witches’ cauldron and comes up with “preexisting political calculation” which he makes his campaign cornerstone!

Now, he keeps adding ingredients. Let see. Just recently he threw in:

  • His NEGATIVE vision of nearly half of Americans.
  • His plan to hold on to the “good” parts of the federal healthcare reform act. Except he DID NOT TELL his running mate Baron Paul Ryan, The Irrelevant!
  • His tax returns!

And with a stir here and a stir there, Romney Macbeth keeps his witches CAULDRON bubbling happily without any heat from Democrats.

Do you know why that is? Because of Mitt Romney! Republicans themselves tell you the weakness lies not in the campaign but in the candidate.

Can someone, ANYONE, tell me WHY Mitt Romney released a SUMMARY of his taxes?

Mr. Romney, we already get it. Come hell or high water, you WILL NOT release those taxes. You cannot afford to release what some speculate is damning information in those taxes. OK. But WHO decided to release a summary?

He has 3 years to claim those deductions…that he is turning down NOW. Moral turpitude…?

Can you see that huddle? Someone pipes up: “How about releasing a summary?” Romney does not stop to think – he jumps up, pumps the person’s hands and says: “Yes” – why didn’t I think of that long ago?

So he releases a summary thinking: “THAT will STOP the clamor for me to release my taxes. What a fine solution!” Then he sits back and waits for a flood of congratulatory calls from the 47-percent of America he criticized for feeling “entitled”.

The more Romney hides his taxes, the MORE we wonder WHAT he is hiding. Because somehow if Mitt Romney had paid 35-percent in taxes it would be on a huge sign atop the Grand Canyon!

Saturday Night Live says the reason Romney’s tax rate of 14-percent was so low last year, 2011, is because Romney claimed the much maligned “47-percent of Americans” as dependents!

I don’t care about the very poor…or their vote…or do I?

Obviously you figured out WHY Romney did NOT claim millions in tax deductions:

  • So he could end up paying MORE taxes in an ELECTION year.
  • So he could release his return and quip: “See, I PAID more this year. I put in my thumb, I pulled out a plum! OK. NOW GET OFF MY BACK!”
  • KNOWING full well that he has 3 years to claim those deductions IN THE FUTURE when America is NOT watching. But again, he can refuse to release his taxes for the next 3 years too, so we may NEVER know. Once again DO anything, SAY anything Mitt Romney does a sleight of hand, pulls the wool over Americas’s eyes. A political con-game…

Rich people like Romney HIRE accountants, and not just any accountant down the block. NO, they hire TAX accountants and TAX attorneys who specialize in milking EVERY LAST TAX LOOPHOLE.

They say the road to HELL is paved with god intentions. And the road to the White House…?

These tax consultants advise people to set up trusts, open off-shore accounts, use creative accounting procedures that you and I have NEVER heard of like the “tax carry forward” so their rich clients pay less taxes or NO taxes. But somehow, Romney’s attorneys and accountants, who apparently are working pro bono, advised their client to NOT take ALL his deductions for 2011…and pay MORE taxes! 

I thought the only people who want to pay MORE in taxes are: Democrats and Warren Buffet.

Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

REPUBLICANS IN THE 111-th CONGRESS HAD TWO (2) STRATEGIES FOR 2012. Their CHARLIE- SHEEN STYLE NUMBER ONE “WINNING STRATEGY”:

Republican strategy #!: “Just say NO!” Want a flu shot? No! Need cleaner air over Washington? NO! Now STOP asking.

Romney critic, REPUBLICAN Peggy Noonan thinks:

Mitt Romney NEEDS, Needs, needs an “old hand” like James Baker to handle his campaign because with a Jim Baker (Baker’s jobs under republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush range from Treasury Secretary to Chief of Staff and Secretary of State) Romney would NOT have rushed in and tried to “make political hay” (HER republican words) as the Libyan embassy crisis was unfolding:

(Reagan speechwriter) Noonan: As soon as Libya blew, Romney went out there and tried to make some political hay of it…but an experienced political tactician like Jim Baker would have told Romney on the plane:

“Buddy, when Americans come under attack the first thing you do is say: We are praying for them, we are asking for unity, we will have no criticism right now, for the president, but this will unfold – we will be thinking about it and we will be talking to you very seriously about it. (Smacks of political calculation, but this is politics!)

NO, no! You pull aside a new arrival who’s spent his life in the wilds of some unreachable place that only National Geographic will go – and tell that to HIM. You expect a politician who has spent at least 16 years running for senator, governor and president TO ALREADY KNOW THAT!

ONE panelist, (let’s hear it FOR commonsense) pointed out Romney SHOULD KNOW THIS without a Jim Baker telling that to him: “You should not have to rush in and call James Baker to save the day if the candidate had something really solid to offer to the public…”

Yes, Mr. Romney – should you NOT already KNOW that? Apparently you are not the great student of President Ronald Reagan as you would have us believe. Why is that not shocking…

REPUBLICAN’S WINNING CHARLIE- SHEEN STYLE  STRATEGY NUMBER TWO (2)…?

Republican strategy #2

And BOTH of their strategies created a BOOMING economy!!!

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