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Green card! Work Permit! SSN!

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Ice Sculpture: Copley Square. Boston, MA. New Year’s Eve celebration. First Night 2013.

Immigration Reform is finally here… Yeah!!!  

Eight bi-partisan U.S Senators (Democrats: Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Republicans John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona) have taken the FIRST STEP. 

“We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows.

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Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here. We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revisited.”

President Obama is already taking STEP TWO. He will lay out HIS vision for Immigration Reform in Nevada on Tuesday (1/29/2013) – and it is reportedly similar to the Senate version.

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Undocumented Immigrants are looking for:

  • A SOCIAL SECURITY  NUMBER: Front burner with the flame on HIGH.
  • A WORK PERMIT:  Front burner with the flame on HIGH.
  • GREEN CARD: Front burner with the flame on HIGH.
  • CITIZENSHIP? Back burner – flame not even on!

The “Pathway to Citizenship” is clear and simple. CITIZENSHIP is a manufactured issue Republicans use to crush Immigration Reform. ANY failure to pass Immigration Reform must be laid at the Republican’s doorstep! And if they sabotage it THIS  time, come next election, they will be made to understand that 100 seats in the House of Representatives does NOT move their agenda forward! 

iceThere’s NO need to make Citizenship an issue, because U.S. Immigration laws ALREADY set out the guidelines for applying for Citizenship. 

Click HERE or go to: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/Citizenship%20&%20Naturalization%20Based%20Resources/A%20Guide%20to%20Naturalization/PDFs/M-480.pdf

Fix it so Undocumented Immigrants can apply for a Social Security Number, a Work Permit and a Green Card. Then those who can meet the guidelines laid out for Citizenship will apply when the time comes – like everyone else! Not at the front of the line – or back of the line – or cutting in line. Just when they, like everyone else, can afford the fees, meet the requirements and feel they can pass the test…or feel that it is time! then they get a lawyer and start the process. Yes, just like that!

Guidelines state U.S Citizenship applicants (with a few exceptions for people with Armed Forces connections) MUST:

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  1. Be 18 years and over.
  2. Be a Permanent Resident/Issued with a Green Card.
  3. Have lived CONTINUOUSLY in America for 5-years (3-years in some cases)
  4. Have NOT been out of the U.S. for 30 months or more.
  5. Have NOT traveled out of the country on trips longer than a year (during last 5-years (3-years in some cases).
  6. Resided in the State/District in which the applicant is applying for Citizenship
  7. Can read, write, speak basic English.
  8. Know the fundamentals of U.S History/Government. (In other words, applicant must PASS the Citizenship Test).ice10
  9. Applicant must demonstrate Good Moral Character.
  10. Undocumented immigrants may run into issues HERE with adjusting of Status AND THIS MAY BE THE ONLY AREA THAT CONGRESS MAY NEED TO ADDRESS FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.
  11. Never deserted from the U.S. Army.
  12. Never received, from the U.S Army, an exemption/discharge for not being a citizen.
  13. Pledge to serve in the U.S military if it is mandated by law.
  14. Support the U.S. Constitution.
  15. Willing to take the Oath Of Allegiance to the U.S.

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THAT’S IT. Where is the big ring-ding? Seems the ONLY area that needs some tweaking is #10 of the U.S. Citizenship REQUIREMENTS which deals with ADJUSTING the applicant’s status. Being in the U.S. illegally can interfere with applying for citizenship. Congress can address that easily by allowing Undocumented Immigrants who were in the country BEFORE THE DATE ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM LAW PASSES or whatever the cut-off point is – to easily apply for a waiver or whatever process they decide. END OF STORY.

The important part is LEGALIZING people so they can come out of the shadows and join the mainstream. This includes applying for Citizenship down the road, IF they meet the requirements.

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Congress, President Obama – please DO NOT GET BOGGED DOWN IN A CITIZENSHIP QUAGMIRE. You won’t meet many Undocumented Immigrants who will GIVE UP the chance for Legalization because of a disagreement over Citizenship! People wan to work and live without fear – citizenship will come later.

Two-time Presidential candidate, Republican Newt Gingrich is blasting former rival Mitt Romney (his party’s nominee for the 2012 Presidential election) and the party’s overly conservative policies as the GOP’s 2012 curse.

“When I said as a candidate we’re not going to deport a grandmother if she’s been here 25 years, we had a nominee who said yes, we would, that she would self-deport…I think at that point we lost Asians, we lost Latinos. You can’t lose Asians, Latinos, African Americans and young people, and think you’re going to be competitive.

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Hard-line Tea Party obstructionists are no doubt girding their loins for battle. But obstructionists could not STOP blacks from getting their freedom, or STOP women from getting the vote, or STOP interracial marriages OR stop abortion rights or STOP gays from getting married or STOP blacks from joining the military or STOP women from joining the military or STOP gays from serving openly in the military – AND THEY WON’T STOP IMMIGRATION REFORM EITHER!

I suspect Hard-line Tea Party obstructionists in Congress and their supporters will not find the usual “loud mouthed” response from many of their former cheerleaders. They can hold on to their rigid ideology – but they will end up facing extinction in a Congress dominated by Democrats. 

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The “FOUR PILLARS” of Immigration Reform:

  1. Create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, contingent upon securing the border and better tracking of people here on visas. 
  2. Reform the legal immigration system, including awarding green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in science, math, technology or engineering from an American university.
  3. Create an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.
  4. Allow more low-skill workers into the country and allowing employers to hire immigrants if they can demonstrate they couldn’t recruit a U.S. citizen; and establishing an agricultural worker program.

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So Begins The 2nd Term That Could…

NOT be held back by Republicans…

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THE "dress": by Jason Wu

THE “dress”: by Jason Wu

Congratulations, President Obama…in91

"I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear..."

“I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear…”

YOU are making HISTORY again.

  • Sworn in 4 times. Only one other President, Franklin Roosevelt, was sworn in 4 times*.
  • Sworn in on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Sworn in on Martin Luther King Day

Even the weather is on your side…

(* First swearing-in during Obama’s first term, Chief Justice John Roberts mixed up the words and the President had to retake the oath. Obama was officially sworn in on Sunday, Jan 20, to meet Constitutional guidelines and then again, in a public ceremony on Monday).

And congratulations America, for getting it right!

We now have a President who will NOT go to war at the drop of a rifle…and a President who will continue to let women make their OWN choices regarding their ovaries – (much as men do with their testes) regardless of whether these choices are deemed right or wrong by their loved ones or unloved ones.

Second Term President

Second Term President

A President who will be sympathetic and empathetic to the Poor, who will NOT penalize ALL the poor, especially the working Poor because some of the poor are users. Yes, some of the poor ARE users who abuse the welfare system…just like some of the rich ARE takers, who abuse the free-market system.

We are inaugurating a President who understands 100-percent of Americans – the rich, the poor and the middle class in between – not a President who only understands the top percentage of the super-rich with the off-shore accounts, the elevators for their cars and the 77-thousand-dollar high-maintenance show horses.

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All in this DIVERSE USA together…

We have a president who not only straddles the class divide, going from welfare to the White House but a President who straddles the race divide. A president who understands that in 1813 America was about white males in power – but today in 2013 it’s about everybody: White, black, Asian, Hispanic, citizen, immigrant, unemployed, employed, gay, straight, crooked Wall Street player, transgender, male, female, pet dog, pet alligator, tree hugger, oil driller, Christian, Muslim, wiccan – ALL, yes ALL – in this USA together.

In January 2008, Republicans were discussing how to CONFRONT and WEAKEN the new president in his first term. Their  express purpose was to prevent Obama from having a second term. David Axelrod called it: “A strategy of Obstruction”. This morning, republican Frank Luntz told a reporter this time around republicans are not about standing in anybody’s way – but rather about how to be relevant. They’re STIL figuring that out?

House Speaker, Republican John Boehner

House Speaker, Republican John Boehner

Well, so they claim PUBLICLY, but if I know republicans and I’ve been studying their modus operandi for some time, they’re just as SET on stymieing and blocking Obama’s agenda. However, THIS time, they won’t air their mission in public. This TIME they will pretend that oh, they so want to work with the President, they’re practically suicidal about the lack of progress, but alas, the President just WILL NOT WORK WITH THEM. Republicans insist that the President MUST meet them HALFWAY…on EVERYTHING.. They don’t get it. That’s why nothing happens. This is NOT compromise. That is half-a-mise.

Compromise is about BOTH parties moving: Sometimes I meet you halfway, sometime you meet me halfway.

Crowd

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Sometimes I give up altogether, sometime you give up altogether. And sometimes we meet each other three-quarters of the way or a third of the way – on MY side, YOUR side. That’s compromise when BOTH parties move in either direction. Compromise is not rigidly holding my turf and demand YOU come over to ME…and come first too!

To show you how MUCH Republicans want to work with the President, the leave town on Inauguration Day. Yes, reporters covering the Inauguration say Republicans fled town. The House and Senate leaders who have to be there remained like John Boehner, Mitch McConnell (who must be snacking on laxatives), and a few others. But the rank and file left town. Very gracious.

First Family prays

First Family prays

To show you how MUCH Republicans want to work with the President, they REFUSE his invitations to meet with him…because they can’t afford to let their rigid, unrelenting constituents even SEE them fraternizing with the President whom their constituents dislike so much! Thus, these republican lawmakers always have a headache – not tonight dear. So President Obama should of course send flowers and candy, possibly bribe a congressional page to sneak him into their chambers and wait for them with the candles and mood music.

This time around Luntz says republicans plan to: “stop bickering and yelling.” Yeah, after every remaining leopard in the Americas changes its spots. Not just change their spots – drop their spots altogether and become monochromatic. Does a baby stop yelling? Well so will Republicans when they too GROW UP. Seems to me somebody (Charlie Sheen, maybe) needs to redefine the concept of democracy and winning, and losing to Republicans.

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If ten city councilors are arguing about whether to build a bridge or pass on it and by a vote, 6 members decide to do it, that is a majority. The other 4 people lost – and for them to now decide to sabotage the project at every turn, start a long court battle and refuse to choose a contractor – they are simply obstructionists. When you lose, you work graciously with the winner, even when you disagree.

Why have an election if the losing party won’t yield to the winning party. You made your pitch and the people rejected it. Who says it has to be a 70-30 margin for it to be a win? When an investor holds 51-percent of a company, do the other 49-percent run the show?

Beyonce - sings at inauguration.

Beyonce – sings at inauguration.

First actions of 2nd term: Obama signs official documents

First actions of 2nd term: Obama signs official documents

Republicans need to understand that they LOST and to the winner go the spoils. Yes, you have a large constituency who voted for you and yes, they need A voice but not THE voice. Still, Republicans want to SET the agenda. They want to CONTROL and DICTATE  and TELL the President how things will be. And,  and…they the audacity to do it spouting the SAME formula that Americans rejected at the polls. Really?

I’m watching on CBS as Michelle Obama arrives for the swearing in…oh la la. I’s so proud! I guess Mrs. Romney is home like me, watching? Baking cookies – or perhaps listening for the sigh of overwhelmed mothers like her all across America. No sighing today, though – well not on the part of Democrats – unless it is with envy over the country’s beautiful first family.

And so, my president has arrived…and I’m off to listen…and WATCH!

Beyonce, husband Jay-Z and...Paul Ryan (red scarf)?

Beyonce, husband Jay-Z and…Paul Ryan (red scarf)?

Bright eyes, still full of hope!

Bright eyes, still full of hope!

OH-Bama!!! ROMNEY LOSES

Headlines say: Obama wins.

I choose to say: Romney Loses. Much more savory to my palate…

After 8 years of campaigning for President, I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT MITT ROMNEY STANDS FOR!

  • Romney calls Massachusetts his “home state”. He was governor here – he did not win here and Republicans lost Scott Brown’s crucial Senate seat. 
  • Romney has a multi-million-dollar home in New Hampshire. He started his 2012 campaign there and ended his campaign there. He did not win there…
  • California, where he has a multi-million dollar home he plans to rebuild with the car elevator – California did not vote for him
  • His other “home state” Michigan – he did not win there. 

I suppose it’s because those of us who live with Mitt Romney don’t KNOW Mitt Romney well enough! Maybe we need him to make another run for President before we really get to understand Mitt Romney? Perhaps after 12-years running for President, we might…just might…understand WHO Mitt Romney is!

Nah! We’ve had enough of Mitt Romney. Please go to California governor and try to run for something there…or search for the Holy Grail. Just leave the East Coast alone!

Now my dear Republicans.

Does:  C – N – D – E – O – R – E- M – S – T  mean anything to you?

To me it means: S-E-C-O-N-D  T-E-R-M

Yeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssss!!!

SECOND TERM! Term TWO or as Hispanics say: Dos!

Birthers, put that in your ballot question asking if Medical Marijuana should be legalized and smoke it!

You just added more bitter words to your bag of shame! Phrases like: “One-Term President” and “Voter Suppression” and “Self Deportation.” 

How dare you try to rob poor, blacks, Hispanics and disenfranchised voters of their vote – SOLELY to ensure that YOUR candidate wins. How DARE you when black people in this country had to DIE to get the right to vote  – the very vote you tried to TAKE away from them? What are you going to do in 2016? Kidnapping?  

YOU could not STOP the tide…

You could not stop the black man…

You could not stop the African…

You could not stop the gay sympathizer…

You could not s top the Immigrant lover…

You could not stop the anti-war drum beater…

You could not stop the defender of the poor…

You could stop nothin’…because the POWER of “We the People” remains stronger than any one party or donor.

So what now?

Gonna keep bashing gays?

Gonna keep demonizing Immigrants?

Gonna keep embracing  hardliners?

Gonna keep ramming vaginal probes down women’s…er, consciousness?

Gonna keep hating blacks?

Gonna keep spitting every time you hear this word: Compromise?

Gonna keep disrespecting  the President? The RE-elected President to a SECOND term. Our Two-term President?

Go ahead – make my day! Everytime…

So what are you planning now?  Forming some underground cabal to impeach Obama?  Or are you going to roll up your sleeves and work for the betterment of America – DO the right thing, even if it’s not always the popular thing?

“Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle — will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

Mock Turtle’s Song: “Lobster Quadrille” from Alice in Wonderland.

Will you walk a little faster said Paul Ryan to Romney

The Tea Party’s close behind me and it’s treading on my tail

See how eagerly Tea Party extremists now advance

They are waiting at the Capitol, won’t you join the dance?

“You can really have no notion how delightful it will be

When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!”

But Romney replied “Too far, too far!” and gave a look askance —
Said he thanked Paul Ryan kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

“What matters it how far we go?” his scaly friend replied.
“There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further from America — the nearer to China –
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

“I predict Mr. Romney will win FL (29), NC (15), VA (13), NH (4), OH (18), IA (6), CO (9) and Mr. Obama will get MN (10), NV (6), WI (10), MI (16), PA (20). This brings Mr. Romney to 285 Electoral College votes and Mr. Obama to 253.  These are just my base predictions and I still think several of these states are too close to call.  For example, while I put them in Mr. Obama’s column, I still believe NV, WI, and PA are in play and very winnable for Mr. Romney.  If crowds at his recent stops in these states are any indication of his supporters’ enthusiasm, Mr. Romney will likely be able to claim victory in these states as well.”  (Karl Rove. Those Crossroads ads did not work?)

Exit, stage left…

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

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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? 

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!!!

How Romney Found His Conscience…

Have you heard? Mitt Romney has found his compassion!

Any COMPASSION in there?

He stumbled on it while he was groping in the dark in the night (9/18, 2012). At a fundraiser in Utah Romney said: “We are compassionate, caring people. We want to help those in need, but we don’t believe that redistribution is the way to create a bright future.” He had an “aha” moment!

Are you familiar with the nursery rhyme, Jack Horner? 

Little jack Horner, sat in a corner, eating his Christmas pie. He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said: “What a good boy am I”

“Little Mitt Romney, sitting in one of his mansions, on Lake Winnipesaukee,
eating his filet of veal…

Well here is HOW Mitt Romney found his compassion. Romney was sitting on the deck of his Wolfeboro mansion in New Hampshire when he:

 “Put in his thumb and pulled out a plum of compassion…”

Er, the plum was apparently stuck under his shoe! It fell off when Romney put his feet into his mouth – he was disparaging American voters – those moochers with the “Victim Syndrome” who don’t pay taxes and feel entitled to oxygen!

“Little Mitt Romney, sitting in one of his mansions on Lake Winnipesaukee,

Eating his filet of veal…

He pulled a thick wallet, out of his gullet 

And quipped “Oh, what a rich boy I am!”

My loss of compassion, is now in remission

I’m a flip-flop politician!”

One of Romney’s homes: Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.

So Republicans want to use Mitt Romney’s arrogant dismissal of half the country to focus on “distribution of wealth”.

Yes. Let’s. Now is really the time, with a rich man running for President, to remind Americans that a small percentage of the super rich hold nearly ALL the country’s wealth. BY ALL MEANS, let us focus on DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH. But FIRST, let’s begin with the 47-percent (minus the multi-millionaires) whom Romney dismissed as self-described “victims” of entitlement.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, nearly 74-million American workers (73.9 million) age 16 and over were paid at hourly rates. They represent 59 percent of ALL wage and salary workers. Among those hourly paid workers, nearly 2-million (1.7 million) workers earned exactly the prevailing Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. About 2.2 million had wages below the minimum. (Romney and Republicans think you are a moocher if you don’t pay taxes on those LOW wages, but it’s OK if THEY, with their millions, DON’T PAY any taxes!)

Across America, MILLIONS of Americans (including the majority of the 47-percent), many of whom DO work and sometimes hold TWO jobs, will never earn in a year what Mitt Romney earns in ONE DAY. Romney made $60-thousand a day in 2010. AFTER TAXES! $60-thousand a day multiplied by 365 days = 21 million, 900-thousand dollars. Romney’s gross adjusted income (after taxes) in 2010 was 22 million). 

  • The minimum wage in Boston, Massachusetts while higher than in many other cities/states is $8.00 an hour. Multiply that by the 8 hours of a working day, that comes to $64.00 a day.
  • Multiply the daily wage by the 5 days of an average work week: that is $320.00 a week.
  • Multiply that $320.00 a week by 4 weeks = $1280.00 a MONTH…before PAYROLL taxes.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came up with a Living Wage Calculation for Boston (or: http://livingwage.mit.edu/places/2502507000)

According to MIT: The living wage shown is the hourly rate that an individual must earn to support their family, if they are the sole provider and are working full-time (2080 hours per year). The state minimum wage is the same for all individuals, regardless of how many dependents they may have. 

MIT finds that one adult with one child needs to earn $26 dollars an hour to get by in Boston. $33 an hour for an adult with 2 kids.

NOW LET US LOOK AT THE RENTS BELOW AND TELL ME, MITT ROMNEY AND REPUBLICANS…can you or a family with kids live on $1280.00 a MONTH without a housing subsidy? Or a rich parent? Or a friend or relatives to share costs with or double up by? Remember Romney made $60-thousand every day in 2010. 

The rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Boston is nearly $2-thousand a month and more! Check it out yourself. Visit the classifieds in the Boston Globe (one of the leading newspapers in Boston and America) and hit For Rent -> Apartments.

Found this 2-bedroom,1-bath in Boston’s North End (Globe classifieds) for: $1795.00 a month

Some examples below:

$2990 / 2br – 1200ft² – Coolidge Corner 2 Bed 2 Bath Private Patio Parking, by…
Truly Spectacular 2 Bed Room, 2 Baths Condo, (approx 1200 sq ft. Large private patio. Spacious… 

$1867 2 bedroom in Woburn
A credit and criminal background check is required. Rental is subject available lease terms. Please… 

$2034 2 bedroom in Essex
At The Residences at Stevens Pond youll experience the pleasure of living the good life. Everything… 

$1754 1 bedroom in Woburn
A credit and criminal background check is required. Rental is subject available lease terms. Please… 

$2995 1 bedroom in Back Bay
LUXURY APARTMENT on the most desirable street in Boston. The Marlborough is a distinctive address in… 

The Americans Mitt Romney and Republicans say are mooching off the government, DON’T pay taxes and see themselves as “victims” entitled to everything, including oxygen, I suppose!

  • $1280.00 a month multiplied by 12 months = $15, 360.00 a year. Yet multi-millionaire Mitt Romney (who made $60-thousand a day in 2010, uses every loophole to NOT pay taxes on his 40 million in pre-tax income) and Republicans — are bitching that you, Joe American, are NOT paying taxes and see yourself as a victim. Of course YOU are a victim – of Republican IGNORANCE and lack of charity!

Find the Republican who can argue INTELLIGENTLY that someone making $1280.00 a month with one or two kids can live on this amount of money: buy food, care for the kids, afford healthcare and personal stuff, save for college etc…without some help from a rich relative like Mitt Romney? No rich relative to give you a loan to start a business?  No sugar daddy? OK. Get a second job or get government benefits, if your income allows it. Remember Romney made $60-thousand a day in 2010.

DO YOU HAVE CHILDCARE? Can you afford to pay $200-$300.00 a week PER CHILD if you don’t get into a government subsidized Day Care Program like Headstart. Republicans wanted to cut Headstart by $2-billion in March 2011? REMEMBER THAT? 

If you’re lucky enough to have someone who will care for the kids in the evenings – like a live-in relative, spouse or willing grandmother, trusted neighbor/friend, then you can get a second job. Don’t have child care – aw, don’t worry – Ann Romney will take care of the kids for us. How many hours do you work on that second job? OK, let’s show Republicans how hard-working we are (Ann Romney’s watching the kids, remember, checking their book reports). Let’s do another 40 hours! So we’re working 80 hours a week. Good capitalist Americans generating income for big business…

You pull in another $1280.00 each month. So now you are earning $2560.00 a month. Republicans are happy – you are staring the Middle Class in the face now – making $30-thousand a year.

So now you can barely afford an apartment on the open market. But even on $2560 a month, you STILL struggle with transportation, food, clothing, incidentals, school supplies, child care etc. CAN YOU MAKE IT WITHOUT SOME HELP, even working 80 hours a week?

Most moms cannot work 80-hours a week – say you do 60 hours…is that enough?

Do you want Republicans calling you a loser? Saying you “believe that you are a victim, you believe the government has a responsibility to care for YOU…you believe that you are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.

Are you happy that Republicans think you’re a leech, sucking the government dry?

Do you want to tell Republicans where to go? Well you can – on November 06.

So we now come to Income Distribution and Wealth Distribution…

Wikipedia explains Income distribution in simple terms: How a nation’s total Gross Domestic Product (value of all the goods and services a country produces) is distributed amongst its population. In other words, Income Distribution tells you WHO earns WHAT.

The one you want to talk about is the Distribution Of Wealth – a comparison of the wealth of various members or groups in a society. It looks at the distribution of ownership of the assets in a society, rather than the current income of members of that society.

WHERE is the money, the assets? WHO has it, WHO is controlling the assets in America? You already KNOW. A small percentage at the top. To Republicans, that is just OK. That status quo is just fine with THEM! Democrats say: NO! NOT fair! Let’s spread the profits around a little so we all end up better off!

So Joe average American: Are you happy with the status quo? Is it not time for you to say “Party be damned, I need  relief!” How do we share the pie more equitably…?

Republicans want you to believe that President Obama will come charging up on his trusty steed and play Robin Hood by holding up a bank, grab Mitt Romney’s millions and give them to YOU. We wish! More likely Obama will be riding a donkey. No disrespect. Jesus (Republicans?) rode on a donkey too!

In most societies, wealth is spread through factors like:

  • Property redistribution
  • Taxation
  • Regulation
  • Labor market/unions
  • Education
  • Even marriage/divorce!

Few rich people will take their money and give it away to the poor. Look at Medieval times when the rich were lavish in their lifestyles and the poor were abject in their desolate poverty. WHAT changed THAT? Not these batch of Republicans we have today. Left to them, the masses would still be serfs, working on land they leased from their noble Lords…and would NEVER own!

Achieving EQUALITY has always been a struggle – it’s NEVER come easy! Those with the wealth and power DO NOT always hand it over easily or graciously…

Luckily, pioneers of change forced the wealthy to share the pie. UNIONS ensured workers were paid better wages, that helped workers and their kids to progress and NOT remain serfs all their lives. Working conditions were improved, so workers did not die on the job like animals. Workers became able to buy land, build a comfortable house and own it. The masses could vote and choose people who would further their interests instead of that of the nobility and large land owners. The lower classes were educated, etc…

By doing that, wealth began to leave the hands of the wealthy few and trickle down to the poor masses. A middle class was built. WEALTH WAS DISTRIBUTED. Should we have left THAT to the nobles to do? The French Revolution made many of the ruling elite begin to see the light!

But today, that wealth is beginning to trickle BACK UP TO THE TOP again. And Republicans want it to keep heading that way. Here are some facts I pulled from Wikipedia (because I was too lazy to go find the facts for myself from the government website):

  • According to the Congressional Budget Office, between 1979 and 2007 the incomes of the top 1-percent of Americans grew by about 275-percent.
  • But the incomes of the 60-percent of Americans in the middle income scale rose by 40-percent..
  • Since 1979, the average pre-tax income for the bottom 9-percent of households FELL by $900.
  • Pre-tax income for the top 1-percent ROSE by over $700-thousand as federal taxation became less progressive. (Thanks to the Bush tax cuts – rich people paid less in taxes, lower brackets pay more)
  • From 1992-2007 the top 400 income earners in the U.S. saw their income RISE 392-percent…while their average tax rate FELL by 37-percent. 
  • In 2009, the average income for the top 1-percent ranged from 344-thousand to $960-thousand.
  • In 2007 the richest 1-percent of Americans owned 35-percent of the country’s total wealth. The next 19-percent owned 51-percent.
  • The top 20-percent of Americans owned 85-percent of the country’s wealth and the bottom 80-percent of the population owned 15-percent.
  • Financial inequality was greater than inequality in total wealth. The top 1-percent of the population own 43-percent. The next 19-percent of Americans own 50-percent and the bottom 80-percent own 7-percent of total wealth.

Wealth. There is a difference between Money and Wealth. You may earn money but don’t have wealth…

YET, Republicans do not see the need to spread the wealth around. So instead of one person having $20 billion, he/she can have $15-billion. Is that NOT enough? Instead of one person like Mitt Romney earning 45 million in two years, he can take home $35-million. IS THAT NOT ENOUGH? Is that not still RICH enough?

So America – WHAT do you want to DO about this wealth inequality?

Do you want companies to keep making huge profits while workers make $7.00 an hour and struggle along? Or can workers earn a few dollars MORE while a company makes a few million Less?

Are you pleased that rich people are getting so much richer while you are not moving or getting poorer?

Do you like watching the Romneys spend $77-thousand on a horse while you can’t spend $17.00 on your medication?

You don’t mind seeing rich donors spend 150-thousand dollars PER HEAD, 300-thousand for a couple to eat fancy chicken at a political fundraiser – while you will never make $50-thousand a year? Can’t even come up with $150.00 to send your kid to camp?

 YOU decide…

Mitt Romney thinks Snooki (Jersey shore reality TV star)

And yes, Mitt Romney disclosed on TV that HE is a fan of trashy reality scandalmonger Snooki. Don’t ask me – I give less than a hoot about these poor examples of behavior. Did not watch that show. But it’s interesting to know that Mitt Romney did! Romney also hangs with rich playboy party animal Marc Leder (the millionaire pal at whose Florida home Romney made his famous 47-percent tax comments). Leder reportedly throws pool parties in the Hamptons, featuring scantily clad female dancers and open sex acts. Now Romney is watching Snooki too? Better watch those Republican values, Mr. Romney…

He put in his thumb…

And pulled out more crumbs…

of insanity – wooee!

Romney a “victim” of his Arrogance!

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Oopsy! I put my foot in my mouth – again!!!
AGAIN?

[M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Mitt Romney is such an arrogant, arrogant person…

Remember when he said: “I don’t care about the very poor”?

Now he just dismisses about HALF of the American voters because he, Romney the Great, will NEVER, not ever – convince these freeloading losers that “they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

No we don’t CARE about our own lives, Mr. Romney. We’re waiting for your wife Ann to come calling with a plate of cookies…and take over. SHE understands how WE roll…

His JOB is not to worry about those people – we KNOW that. Romney’s job is to ensure that rich people keep their status quo. THAT’S his job. The poor and middle class can get lost. Hedge fund managers, that’s his JOB! Incidentally he was speaking at the Florida home of one of these private equity managers named Marc Leder (May 17, 2012).

Romney was speaking at Sun Capital Partners co-founder Marc Leder’s home in Boca Raton, Florida.

So when Romney becomes president, YOU just know Mitt Romney will put in all those great programs for ordinary Americans. He will invite you to the White House. He will listen to your concerns. He will look for advice from YOU. He will champion your causes. He will continue to subsidize your housing and your health care and insurance for seniors. He will continue to subsidize day care for working moms, (like his wife Ann), and he will continue to support food stamps and extend unemployment benefits.

Go ahead and vote for him – then midway through his term when you CANNOT breathe, just swing around and vote Democrat – then sit back and expect a miracle.

Did I not say in an earlier post some time ago that “Stupidity should be a crime”?

This is a PATTERN with Mitt Romney. He has made statement after statement that shows how he thinks about people who cannot afford to pay from $50 thousand to $150-thousand to attend one of his fund-raisers.

Romney’s multi-millionaire Private Equity pal Marc Leder

Here he is, a multi-millionaire who uses tax loopholes like off-shore accounts and the lower rates paid on investment income to weasel OUT of paying HIS FAIR SHARE of taxes. Yet, Romney goes on a rant about people who don’t pay taxes – NOT because they are hiding their money in off-shore accounts like Romney and his multi-millionaire friends – but because many of these people have NOTHING left to give after they take home their measly paycheck.

This Bible that Romney and Republicans both PRETEND to believe in – is it not that SAME Bible that says the POOR will ALWAYS be with us? Yes, that’s right. Matthew 11:26 AND Mark 14:7 say: “The poor will always be with us.”

The poor will always be with us, Jesus says – unless Romney and Republicans, the bestest Christians and lovers of God that ever was, was – yes, the Pharisees and Sadducees of OUR day – no longer believe in Jesus and his integrity?

Assuming they still DO, IF the poor are always going to BE with us, then what should we DO with the poor?

Romney and Republicans want to throw them out. Leave the poor by the wayside. Turn their backs on poor people.

(2008). Mitt Romney has a lot of people to get rid of – all ACROSS America. Yes, Republicans YOU too.

Jesus and Democrats want us to remember that the poor will always be with us – and to remember the example of Mother Theresa…instead of billionaire hotelier Leona Helmsley! 

Americans have always taken care of the poor, be it here or in other countries. How can somebody who has the kind of lifestyle that Mitt Romney has, the houses including his California mansion with the elevator he’s building for the family’s CARS, the clothes that cost thousands of dollars, the millions and millions of dollars in his bank account (like 22-million in 2010) not even FEEL sorry for people who have so little?

May I remind Romney that only a small percentage of Americans are as rich as HE is? Even the middle class is taking a hit, due in large part to Republican policies. Millions of HARD-WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES depend on subsidized programs – housing, health care, vouchers – and would be in serious trouble without these benefits. Romney supports pouring billions of dollars into the Middle East but we cannot support our American poor – who are NOT rioting in the streets!

If 47-percent of the country is not your “job” then what is? Will you move the White House to Wall Street?

Now Romney called a press conference to – I don’t know what – save his image? But instead of apologizing to the millions of voters he disrespected, he just clarified that his comments were not “elegantly stated”. In other words: What I said is true, but I should have said it differently. 

I was waiting for somebody to ask Romney to rephrase his remarks in a more “elegant” way. I’d like to hear such elegance stated. 

May I also remind Mr. Romney that HE IS WRONG AGAIN. That HE DID NOT CHECK HIS FACTS (facts are just minor inconveniences to Mitt Romney) because what he said is NOT true. The “Working Poor” pay OTHER taxes like PROPERTY taxes and SALES taxes. According to the breakdown of the 47-percent of households/voters Romney is referring to (source: Daily Beast):

  • Only 18-percent of households pay NO taxes. And most of these people, two-thirds of them, DO PAY PAYROLL TAXES. And these payroll taxes are at a HIGHER RATE than the income tax rate MULTI-MILLIONAIRE Romney paid on his millions of Investment Income.

  •  About 10-percent of the people who do not pay taxes are elderly and/or retired.
  • Many are poor, with yearly incomes of $20-thousand or less. And the reason WE THE (POOR) PEOPLE pay no taxes is because we can claim Tax Credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Will a President Romney keep those credits?
  • Many people who don’t pay taxes live in the South, in conservative states that vote Republican, NOT democrat so they are NOT Obama voters – they are Romney’s voters. NINE of the TEN states with the most people who DO NOT pay income taxes are “RED” states.  Bet you did not know that, Mr. Romney. Yes, they are Republicans. Now do you want to hold another press conference and really apologize this time to all those Bible-thumping freeloaders who were planning to vote for you? Though I don’t  know why. Which would they rather have? Romney or their Tax Credits?
  • And yes, some of the people who DO NOT PAY TAXES are the super rich – the roughly 3-thousand members of the top one-percent of taxpayers who make their money from investing. Hedge fund managers, private equity lenders like Mitt Romney. These real estate investors and wealthy financiers use another tax loophole “tax-loss carryforward,” (whatever that is) and end up paying little or nothing in taxes.

THAT’S WHAT MANY PEOPLE SUSPECT MITT ROMNEY DID – THAT THIS IS WHY HE CANNOT RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS – BECAUSE THEY WILL SHOW THAT ROMNEY PAID NOTHING IN TAXES FOR THE YEARS HE IS HIDING!

Tax credits like the Child Tax Credit deduction helps lower income brackets pay less in taxes. Super rich people use the: “tax-loss carryforward” to avoid paying taxes. Ask Romney which one he plans to get rid of?

Isn’t it rich (apt pun) that the multi-millionaire who pays a lower tax rate than the middle class, than his running mate even — the multi-millionaire who is AFRAID to release his tax returns because as some insiders claim, ROMNEY DID NOT PAY ANY TAXES for the years he is hiding — now blasts poor people and LOWER INCOME EARNERS, those unpatriotic FREELOADERS…for NOT paying taxes?

Still surprised at Republican hypocrisy? Why?

Romney earned in one DAY more money than most Americans make in a year! HE does not care about the very poor. We understand THAT, Mr. Romney. Indeed we do…

As the British probably said when Romney went to London and insulted the Brits over Olympic preparations: “What a rum chap, this Mitt Romney.” 

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