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Edge of My Seat…

Listening to Trump CUT Romney down to size.

I was ON the EDGE of my seat for the entire 50 minutes or so…and remember, I DON’T even like Republicans, but I DISLIKE Romney SO MUCH, I could not wait for Trump to slam him. Bingo…or should I say, “sit!”? Woof, woof…

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“Mitt Romney would have dropped to his knees”…for me. And I thought Romney hated gay marriage, too!

Who knew?

Now PAY for that carpet, Mitt!

 

Charlie BAKER 2.0

Charlie BakerRepublican Charlie Baker is looking for an APP that will make him MORE palatable as Governor of Massachusetts this time around.

Baker who ran in 2010 against incumbent/current governor and President Obama pal Deval Patrick (Democrat) in 2010, is planning Baker 2-point-0…the upgrade!

I wonder if Curt Schilling will campaign for Charlie Baker this time around…or whether Baker will consider Schilling, again, as his running mate?

In case you’ve forgotten, Curt Schilling is the former Boston Red Sox pitcher (baseball) who:

  • Is King – was King? of bloody socks (at least, here in Boston).
  • Championed Republican Baker against current governor Patrick, who took office in 2007: “I’ll vote for him (Baker) because he’s someone that has always appealed to me as being out for the greater good above all else. This state is in dire need of exactly that right now…”
  • Later wanted the state (Massachusetts, under Governor Deval Patrick) to give him, Schilling, millions in loan guarantees/state subsidies for his Gaming startup company, 38 Studios.
  • When Patrick said no (what did Schilling expect? You campaigned for his rival – and Microsoft you are not!)

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  • Schilling threw a tantrum. He flounced over to Rhode Island where Schilling got the $75 million in loan guarantees he wanted – then in 2012 defaulted on a million-dollar payment and declared bankruptcy, leaving RI holding the bag. RI is suing!

Yes – that Curt Schilling.

So what role is HE likely to play in Charlie Baker’s second run for governor, Baker 2.0? I say 38 NADAs!

Because back then, when Schilling was campaigning for those government hand-outs from Massachusetts and Patrick turned him down…

Said Baker:

“Over the course of the past four years, Massachusetts has lost a lot of businesses…we can’t blame that on businesses that make decisions to do what makes the most sense for their employees.”

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Rick Gorka, a spokesman for the Baker campaign, called Schilling’s departure:

An example of a “toxic business climate’’ created by Democratic incumbent Governor Deval Patrick. 

So given the debacle that Schilling’s 38 Studios turned out to be, how will Baker justify his campaign getting it so wrong…???

How does Baker parlay that into a bid for faith in his ability to make SOUND business decisions for the Bay State?

For surely IF Baker (thank God) had been governor – HE would have given his buddy/campaign torch bearer the tax-payer dollars Schilling was asking for – and TODAY, it would be Massachusetts TAX PAYERS left holding that bankrupt bag!

According to news reports, angry RI lawmakers were left asking:

Why Rhode Island backed an untested company helmed by a wealthy former athlete when the state grapples with an 11.2 percent jobless rate and chronic budget deficits.

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Incidentally the very SAME day that Baker announced that he’s running for governor (09/4/13)…the governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee announced  HE will NOT run for another term.

Chafee refused to give Schilling’s 38 Studios yet MORE subsidies to bail the company, (as Schilling was demanding). Chafee called the 38 Studios deal:  a very, very challenging investment by the state.

So what does that say about Charlie Baker?

Because if HE had been governor of Massachusetts, WE would be looking at the 38 Studios debacle and drumming him out of town!

38 Studios created such a MESS  for/in RI, that I can’t figure it out.

  • The state issued $75-million in bonds backed by RI taxpayers. Not just any bonds, moral obligation bonds that they apparently can’t default on, maybe. RI owes the bond holders $110 million!
  • The state is suing 14 people involved with the 38 Studios deal, including Curt Schilling.
  • Erosion of confidence in the RI Economic Development Corporation – every deal is now suspect!
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Welcome 38 Studios! What a mess THAT turned out to be…Charlie Baker.

Now here comes Baker 2.0!  More like “Oh NO! Not again?!”

This is ONE time you do NOT upgrade…

Reminder (taken from an online news article about 38 Studios):

  • “In April, the Boston Business Journal reported that new court filings alleged 38 Studios knew it was in dire straits before it moved from Massachusetts to the Ocean State. According to documents filed in Rhode Island Superior Court, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. attorney Max Wistow said there was “crushing evidence” that shows that Schilling and others at the company covered up financial information”.

Rhode Island was left to find a multi-year plan to start paying down the debt.

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Goodbye 38 Studios. Didn’t come back – and neither should Charlie Baker!

  • In 1989, RI issued about $23 million in bonds for the office building housing 38 Studios…and the state retirement system compounded the error by buying the 38 Studio bonds.

When the building’s owners filed for bankruptcy, RI ended up owing it’s OWN pension system.

Oh what a tangled mess we missed – when governor Patrick, Schilling dissed!

 Photos: Google Images

Republican: American Workers are Dope Addicts

Have you heard?

One Republican congressman, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) says – quote:

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David Joyce: Represents Ohio’s 14th congressional district

According to an online news story, Joyce says that’s because “they either can’t find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs.”

OMG!!! Illegal immigrants have SO much to answer for!

Businesses CANNOT find 3 MILLION people to HIRE? WHERE, oh where are the illegal immigrants hiding?

Why? Because as Republicans claim, Illegal Immigrants are taking ALL the jobs from American workers – and now you’re telling me…

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American workers – forget it. Don’t want dope addicts like you on the job!

NO, wait – a REPUBLICAN is telling me…

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-Ohio) is TELLING America that there are JOBS that Americans CANNOT fill (for whatever reason) but according to HIM: “because they either can’t find people to come to work sober, daily, drug-free and want to learn the necessary skills going forward to be able to do those jobs”…

Said the night wind, I mean…unbelieving immigrant…to the little lamb…er, republican senator… “Do you hear what I hear…?”

Rep Joyce – HAVE YOU BEEN LYING TO US all this time – when you and your GOP colleagues BLAMED illegal immigrants for “taking” American jobs…decimating the middle class…?

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NOT doped out – you won’t! Hey, according to Joyce (not me!)

Don’t know WHERE he gets his facts from…but…

OH dear, dear me!

And the Truth shall set Illegal Immigrants free…

Hey, John Boehner, apparently the two of you come from a different Ohio – (he’s probably from Ohio, Canada a la Ted Cruz maybe?) No, I don’t mean Ontario! Ohio, Canada or Ohio, Hawaii…

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King – Calls Hispanics kids: drug mules…

Republicans have about insulted every ethnic/minority that they can:

Poor black people, poor white people, homosexuals, blacks, Jews, Hispanics – especially Hispanics, women, single mothers, Asians, the tax-dodging 48%, immigrants…you name it.

Joyce’s fellow Republican Steve King calls Hispanic immigrants: drug mules

Now Joyce finds an end point for these drugs…

Next week, another Republican will disclose who are the drug kinpins raking in the money.  Can’t wait…

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Next target to insult Angels!

Yep. Watch Republicans go after Angels for lazing about in Heaven ALL day while allowing us sinners to run amok on Earth…!!!

(Using Angles as a metaphor only!)

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Like that OTHER “Mission Accomplished” NEVER!

Today, the Romney/Ryan version of Former President George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” that never was!!! Set against the back-drop of another flag-draped US. Battleship, this time the U.S.S. Wisconsin! I wonder if they thought of the symbolism of FAILURE!!! WHO chose it? Well, duhhh!

Romney, Ryan have their own version of: “Mission Accomplished!”

Paul Ryan, the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin that Mitt Romney chose as his running mate is conservative dahling and hero! OF COURSE HE IS – HE WANTS TO CUT FOOD-STAMPS!

Yes, that’s Tea party darling Paul Ryan…and am I glad that Romney chose him, because:

If you are unemployed
If you are on welfare
If you get food stamps
If you depend on affordable childcare
If you depend on affordable housing
If your Health Coverage comes from Medicare
If you are a senior depending on Medicaid
If you are POOR
Then Paul Ryan is NOT for you!!!

Ryan Budget: “The Path to Prosperity.”

Paul Ryan wants to balance the budget AND THAT IS EXCELLENT! No argument there. We should ALL want to balance the budget. The point is: HOW DO WE DO THAT?

Let’s look at the U.S. government’s $3.8 Trillion FEDERAL budget for 2011. That budget, submitted to the 111th Congress by President Obama, was passed on April 15, 2011.

Remember that whole nail-biting process when Republicans refused to approve the budget and we were heading to a government shutdown…until the two parties reached a deal just hours before the deadline?

Let’s look at some areas of the 2011 Budget and see which black hole is sucking the MOST of YOUR tax dollars. According to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities:

BLACK HOLE #1 THAT’S SUCKING OUR TAX DOLLARS: Defense and international security assistance:

In 2011, 20 percent of the budget, or $718 billion, paid for defense and security-related international activities. The bulk of the spending in this category reflects the underlying costs of the Department of Defense and other security-related activities. The total also includes the cost of supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, funding for which totaled $159 billion in 2011.

F-22 Raptors. Unused fighter jets are 143-million-dollar White Elephants…

  • Do you feel safer now with ALL that money spent on defense?
  •  Do you feel safer now after the $159 billion spent in 2011 supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan?
  • Do you feel safer now with ALL that money spent on a defense that is based on missiles and bombs that were effective during the cold war, BUT AS WE SEE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN – are no longer effective against suicide bombers?
  • Do you feel safer now with ALL that money spent on those NEW F-15 bombers that cost 143-million-dollars but are sitting on the tarmac while air force pilots refuse to fly them?

(See my May 03/2012 Post -> Pentagon’s 143-million-dollar White Elephants: https://conlibe.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/pentagons-143-million-dollar-white-elephants/)

Ryan tax plan will embrace Bush-era Tax Cuts for very rich…while cutting food-stamps and unemployment benefits for poor, middle-class.

DOES PAUL RYAN want to at all CUT some of the notorious waste at the Pentagon? OF COURSE NOT. Paul Ryan wants to cut Food-stamps for poor people.

BLACK HOLE #2 THAT’S SUCKING OUR TAX DOLLARS: Social Security. Another 20 percent of the budget, or $731 billion, paid for Social Security, which provided retirement benefits averaging $1,229 per month to 35.6 million retired workers in December 2011.

Social Security also provided benefits to 2.9 million spouses and children of retired workers, 6.3 million surviving children and spouses of deceased workers, and 10.6 million disabled workers and their eligible dependents in December 2011.

Should Social Security be overhauled? YES, yes! yes!!! Does the Paul Ryan Budget propose a plan to overhaul Social Security WHEN BOTH PARTIES KNOW IT MUST BE DONE? Nobody wants to touch Social Security!

Ryan budget cuts medicaid/medicare

BLACK HOLE #3 THAT’S SUCKING OUR TAX DOLLARS: Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP: Three health insurance programs – Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – together accounted for 21 percent of the budget in 2011, or $769 billion. Nearly two-thirds of this amount, or $486 billion, went to Medicare, which provides health coverage to around 48 million people who are over the age of 65 or have disabilities.

The remainder of this category funds Medicaid and CHIP, which in a typical month in 2011 provided health care or long-term care to about 60 million low-income children, parents, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Both Medicaid and CHIP require matching payments from the states.

The Congressional Budget Office, says PAUL RYAN’s “Path to Prosperity” will convert the current Medicare program to a system under which beneficiaries would be entitled to premium support payments to help them purchase private health insurance. Those payments would grow over time with overall consumer prices. The change would apply to people turning 65 beginning in 2022; beneficiaries who turn 65 before then would remain in the traditional Medicare program, with the option of converting to the new system.

2011 Budget Pie

Convert the matching payments that the federal government makes to states for Medicaid costs under current law into block grants of fixed dollar amounts beginning in 2013. Those amounts would grow over time with overall consumer prices and the population.

Repeal the key provisions of the major 2010 health care legislation that deal with insurance coverage and certain other provisions..

BLACK HOLE #4 THAT’S SUCKING OUR TAX DOLLARS: Safety net programs: About 13 percent of the federal budget in 2011, or $466 billion, went to support programs that provide aid (other than health insurance or Social Security benefits) to individuals and families facing hardship. Spending on safety programs declined in both nominal and real terms between 2010 and 2011 as the economy continued to improve and initiatives funded by the 2009 Recovery Act began to expire.

These programs include: the refundable portion of the earned-income and child tax credits, which assist low- and moderate-income working families through the tax code; programs that provide cash payments to eligible individuals or households, including Supplemental Security Income for the elderly or disabled poor and unemployment insurance; various forms of in-kind assistance for low-income families and individuals, including food stamps, school meals, low-income housing assistance, child-care assistance, and assistance in meeting home energy bills; and various other programs such as those that aid abused and neglected children.

Ryan budget: Cut children’s health care, repeal Obamacare, LURE kids to land of NO Healthcare…

Such programs keep millions of people out of poverty each year. A Center analysis shows that government safety net programs kept some 25 million people out of poverty in 2010. Without any government income assistance, either from safety net programs or other income supports like Social Security, the poverty rate would have been nearly double in 2010 (28.6 rather than 15.5 percent).

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HERE’S WHAT THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (CBO) HAS TO SAY ABOUT PAUL RYAN’S BUDGET: THE PATH TO PROSPERITY.” 

In response to a request from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, CBO has conducted a long-term analysis of a proposal to substantially change federal payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, eliminate the subsidies to be provided through new insurance exchanges under last years major health care legislation, leave Social Security as it would be under current law, and set paths for all other federal spending (excluding interest) and federal tax revenues at specified growth rates or percentages of gross domestic product (GDP).

Ryan budget DOUBLES spending on health care…for Seniors!

Long-Term Effects of the Proposal

Under the proposal, most elderly people who would be entitled to premium support payments would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system. For a typical 65-year-old with average health spending enrolled in a plan with benefits similar to those currently provided by Medicare, CBO estimated the beneficiarys spending on premiums and out-of-pocket expenditures as a share of a benchmark amount: what total health care spending would be if a private insurer covered the beneficiary. By 2030, the beneficiarys share would be 68 percent of that benchmark under the proposal, 25 percent under the extended-baseline scenario, and 30 percent under the alternative fiscal scenario.

Federal payments for Medicaid under the proposal would be substantially smaller than currently projected amounts. States would have additional flexibility to design and manage their Medicaid programs, and they might achieve greater efficiencies in the delivery of care than under current law. Even with additional flexibility, however, the large projected reduction in payments would probably require states to decrease payments to Medicaid providers, reduce eligibility for Medicaid, provide less extensive coverage to beneficiaries, or pay more themselves than would be the case under current law.

Path to Prosperity for WHOM?

Key Considerations

Under the proposal CBO analyzed, debt would eventually shrink relative to the size of the economy but the gradually increasing number of Medicare beneficiaries participating in the new premium support program would bear a much larger share of their health care costs than they would under the current program; payments to physicians and other providers for services provided under the traditional Medicare program would be restrained (as under the two scenarios); states would have to pay substantially more for their Medicaid programs or tightly constrain spending for those programs; and spending as a share of GDP for federal programs other than Social Security and the major health care programs would be reduced far below historical levels. It is unclear whether and how future lawmakers would address the pressures resulting from the long-term scenarios or the proposal.

When Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his running mate, he called Paul Ryan the: “intellectual leader of the Republican party”

Ryan said: “Our rights come from nature and God, not from government” and said this was what made America great…

According to Ryan: He and Romney are not planning to: “replace our founding principles – we will reapply them” That is CODE for what? Gay Rights roll backs, Abortion Rights roll backs, Affirmative Action roll-backs?

Be careful what you vote for – you’ll have to live with it for a long. long time!

“neh-neh-neh-neh-neh-neh!” STOP Whining Romney!

ALL this Bain Involvement and whether Romney was or was NOT running Bain is just another Mitt Romney EVASION coming back to haunt him…BIG TIME.

Remember I told you that Romney will SAY anything, do ANYTHING to further his political ambitions? Well here’s how I’m breaking it down:

Mitt Romney left Bain in 1999…went to the Olympics, asked Congress for a huge Taxpayer Bailout (the kind he NOW hates), propped up the Olympics THEN  decided it was an opportune moment to pursue his burning ambition, his ULTIMATE GOAL:

Reedeem his dad’s failure to become U.S. President in 1968 by ensuring George Romney’s son does get into the White House where Mitt Romney thinks he belongs. Look at me now, daddy! I did it for you!

Mitt Romney’s father: George Romney released 12 years of taxes. Looks much more genuine than his son!

And he’s been working towards this like the elephant that never forgets…

Did Mitt Romney have Massachusetts residency or did he have Utah residency…when he ran for MA governor in 2002? You judge.

Utah charges STATE taxes at TWO different rates.

Residents pay a LOWER rate and there’s a box you check off that asks if you are a resident or NOT. During his stay in Utah, Romney paid the LOWER TAX RATE used by Utah residents but he DID NOT CHECK THE BOX – he left it blank. (He MISWROTE).

But Romney can’t DENY that he paid the lower tax rate for UTAH residents. Guess he saw himself as a Utah RESIDENT…at that convenient (for him, NOT for Utah) point in time.

So he comes to Massachusetts and makes a bid for governor and Massachusetts democrats say: “Not so fast. Are you a Utah resident or a Massachusetts resident?” and Romney says: “I’ve ALWAYS been a Massachusetts resident!”. (Yep! Even when he was paying the LOWER tax rate in Utah RESERVED for Utah residents.) 

Then he “FIXES” his calculated Utah “residency” mis-issue by:

  • PAYING Utah THE DIFFERENCE between the taxes he paid in Utah when he used the LOWER Utah resident rate AND THE TAXES HE SHOULD HAVE PAID at the higher Utah rate as a Massachusetts resident. NOW he is a Massachusetts resident for REAL this time! (You and I could well have been charged with Tax Fraud, but the Massachusetts Ballot Commission accepted it.)

So say he paid a million dollars in Utah when he paid at the lower Utah residents rate…but now that he is running for governor of Massachusetts he gets a revelation: “Hey, I was really a Massachusetts resident all along, not a Utah resident at all, stupid me! I should have paid the HIGHER rate for Utah non-residents, which is 5-million, duh!!” and so he writes Utah a check for the difference. (My figures are just for clarification, I don’t know how much MORE he paid or what the amounts were).

Here’s what Ed Conard, former Bain Capital Partner had to say in a MSNBC interview (Sunday July 15, 2012) on UP with Chris Hayes):

  • (After Romney left Bain in 1999 to head Utah Olympics) a management Committee was running Bain to try and transition from Romney to a new structure.

Now that’s a well managed company. So well managed that when the CEO left they needed a management committee to take over. Didn’t you hear…about the “management committee” over at Apple after Steve Jobs died?

Yeah, Apple’s was hush hush – didn’t want to  embarrass new CEO Tim Cook! And don’t believe in that “orderly succession plan” at Microsoft after Bill Gates, either. Those are not REAL business like Bain.

  • Conard says Romney’s name was on the documents as the sole owner of Bain and…they had a very complicated set of negotiations that took about 2 years to unravel. (Yeah: Bermuda and Switzerland and Mars and God knows where.)

(Not so busy. He found the time for “social trips and business trips that brought me back to Massachusetts, board meetings, Thanksgiving and so forth…” MEANING? For someone who seems to have forgotten his passing acquaintance with the concept called “truth” I need to ask what so forth means?

Some things come back and bite you in the ….

But NEVER with his OWN company Bain, where he held 100-percent ownership, where legally, ON PAPER he was the CEO. He was involved with all these others but the one that paid him the 6-figure salary, with a Management Committee struggling through paperwork for 2 years, HE NEVER CONTACTED THEM in those 2 YEARS!

NOT even by phone. NO advice – NO updates. Nothing! He just turned his back and left them to muddle through 2 years of transition by themselves? Do you buy that? And what kind of PAPER CEO is that, anyway? Is THIS how you want to run America, Mr. Competent Businessman?

IN THE MEANTIME, Romney was earning the 6-figure salary from Bain (plus dividends?) in 2001 AND 2002 for what? Just for having his name on paper as CEO? I’d like a deal like that, wouldn’t you? 

So he was NOT running the company? ARGUE that fact. But CAN YOU ARGUE THAT HE POCKETED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS by gutting companies and sending jobs overseas? He’s not the only one who does that, no. But do you feel sympathy for the person who bullies your child because other bullies are out there harassing other people’s kids?

Guess Romney knew back them that the issue of “outsourcing of jobs” would come up 12 years in the future during his run for President! So he stayed AWAY! Or did it have to do with residency?

Just tell us NOW, Mr. Prescient Romney, WHICH one of you wins the election in November – so we can tune out and go do other stuff – like sit on boards! Maybe Romney should also forget about Vice Presidential picks and appoint a “Management Committee.”

UNDENIABLE is this: Romney PROFITTED from the “outsourcing” by banking his 6-figure salary and other dividends. Did he give that money back. Did he say: “I’m sorry. I can’t accept millions of dollars because Americans had to lose their jobs for me to make so much money?”

He did not. So why then come now and pretend that you are “da great businessman” who will SAVE American jobs?

Because he cannot run on anything else…unless he wants to talk about Health Care reform? Or Olympic Bail-outs, like the one he DID NOT WANT DETROIT TO GET, but Salt Lake City could?

Republican strategist John Weaver, July 2012: “There is no whining in politics. Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”

Alabama governor Robert Bentley, Republican tells ABC News, July 2012: he believes in “total transparency” and wants Romney to release his tax returns to show voters he has “nothing to hide.”

Lies hiding in the TRUTH – or Truth hiding among LIES?

Romney released his 2010 tax documents and his estimated returns for 2011.

Why release Tax Returns?

According to the Washington Post:

Tax returns offer information not available on the financial disclosure forms that are legally required of candidates, including their charitable deductions and use of tax shelters.

Tax information could be especially revealing in the case of Mr. Romney and his extensive investment income, which may be why he has been reluctant to release it.

During his 1994 Senate race, Mr. Romney called on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D) to release his tax returns and show Kennedy had nothing to hide”. Neither candidate released his tax information. Such secrecy will not stand for a presidential nominee.

The identity of a candidate’s bundlers is similarly important. Campaign finance laws limit individual contributions to a candidate to $2,500 per election ($5,000 if you include the primary and general election campaigns), but bundlers haul in tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars by tapping extensive donor networks.

Knowing to whom and for how much candidates are indebted is essential information, of which candidates and their advisers are exquisitely aware. Yet under current law the only bundlers whose identities candidates must disclose are registered lobbyists.

That information is useful but insufficient: A CEO who bundles $500,000 for a candidate can have as much influence as the company’s Washington lobbyist. Why should this knowledge be kept from voters?

Yes, WHY Governor Romney? Romney has made a HABIT out of secrecy, evasions, saying ONE THING one way, ANOTHER THING thataway. He erased his e-mails when he left as governor of Massachusetts. He left with computer hard drives from the governor’s office. Questions arise over his residency and taxes… HE:

  • Did it to Gingrich
  • Did it to Santorum

Now he’s whining and crying….

Like candidate Mitt Romney told candidate Newt Gingrich, Dec 2011: “This is, after all, politics. There is no whining in politics. You get in a political process and you fight hard and describe the differences between yourself and the other candidates.” 

That was a flip…do we hear a flop?

TWO choices, Two IDEOLOGIES.

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People who mistakenly think that a vote for Mitt Romney also means a vote for jobs…

…should also remember that Romney and Obama have completely different ideologies – and don’t see things the same way.

President Obama wants everybody to get along (possibly from his childhood experiences growing up half-black/half-white and belonging nowhere). Obama wants to please everybody, he wants people to get along, he wants to build consensus. I think he really believed that he could sweep into Washington and bring people together and he made us believe too…

I want to keep on believing, because WHAT ELSE IS THERE? Go on the way we’ve been going — Republicans on one track heading East, Democrats heading West on another track?

That would be fine if they were on the same circular track, BUT THEY ARE WALKING

Different routes, never meeting…?

ON SEPARATE PARALLEL ROADS – SO THEY WILL LIKELY NEVER MEET…unless both parties veer off track. But with “consensus” now being such a dirty word, especially from the Republican/Tea Party side that they’re targeting. going after and voting OUT Republicans who work with Democrats – I’m becoming less positive they will even TALK to each other and shout out a greeting anytime soon!

Yet for the sake of America and Americans – THE TWO PARTIES NEED TO MEET.

So again I ask you: Where do we go from here?

How do we make the right choice?

What do we look for?

We  have TWO choices. Both of these men are presentable, have  good/stable families which they appear to enjoy (I say appear because I don’t live with them) are sufficiently educated and capable.

The question for ME is this…

WHOSE IDEOLOGY DO I WANT TO LIVE WITH – WHOSE WAY OF DOING THINGS AM I MORE COMFORTABLE WITH – WHICH OF THESE TWO MEN DO I AGREE WITH THE MOST ON THE BIG ISSUES – AND WHICH WAY OF DOING THINGS can I live with FOR THE NEXT 4-YEARS?

  1. ON ABORTION CHOICE
  2. ON STOPPING UNNECESSARY WARS
  3. ON IMMIGRATION REFORM
  4. ON PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
  5. ON LIMITING TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHIEST
  6. ON EDUCATION REFORM
  7. HEALTH CARE REFORM FOR ALL
  8. ON PROTECTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS
  9.  ON PROTECTING GAY RIGHTS
  10.  ON REGULATING BIG BUSINESS
  11.  ON DEVELOPING CLEAN ENERGY TO SLOW GLOBAL WARMING
  12. ON CHECKING ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION
  13. ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEES WHO WILL GUARANTEE YOUR RIGHTS
  14. ON PROTECTIONS FOR THE POOR
  15. THE LIST GOES ON: ADD YOUR ISSUE

Obama is promising Jobs and the above – Romney is promising jobs and none of the above.

SO ask yourself:

  • Do I prefer the Democrats take on these issues?
  • Or do I prefer the way Republicans plan to address these issues?

Then MAKE your choice – because YOU ARE NOT VOTING FOR “Romney” the man or “Obama” the man. You are ALSO voting for their PARTY’S AGENDA.

  • Would you like to see the Pentagon spend less on useless weapons and systems
  • Would you like to cut programs for poor people like Foodstamps, subsidized daycare for poor/low-income working families, funding for after-school programs
  • If you cut these programs HOW do you intend these people to survive, what do you do with those kids who will now be on the street at loose ends, the woman who will lose her job with NO daycare and No Foodstamps and NO subsidized housing?
  • Republicans?

    Would you like America to intervene AND SEND TROOPS in civil wars in places like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Egypt etc OR have you had enough of war/

  • Would you like ALL Americans to have Health Care and yes, while it is EXPENSIVE, it is even MORE expensive when people with NO Health Care go to Emergency Rooms.
  • If you prefer they go to Emergency Rooms – who is paying for it? YOU do – or did you not know?
  • If you don’t want to PAY for it, are you willing for these people to die in the street outside th hospital?
  • Do you want big businesses to constantly get tax breaks and move their jobs and bank accounts overseas to avoid taxes?
  • Do you want the TEA PARTY in power?
Decide WHAT ANSWERS you want to THESE AND OTHER QUESTIONS then decide which PARTY you want to vote for, because YOU ARE NOT JUST VOTING FOR ROMNEY OR OBAMA.
If you let yourself get fooled into thinking that Romney can do something to create jobs that Obama or any other President can’t – that he has a magic wand – that he can single handedly fix the European Economy, go ahead and vote for Romney.
Then when you get a job (maybe) and every time some Middle East country has turmoil your president is sending troops to that country – OR some big oil company is polluting your air/water – OR your health care reform is repealed THEN you lose that job and have NO health care…don’t start complaining or whining…because YOU made the wrong choice!

Choose NOW or Hold Your Peace for the next 4 years!

The time to make the RIGHT choice is NOW!!!

4 Years of Talking aka NOTHING!

What have Republicans done over the last 4-years TO PUSH AMERICA FORWARD?

  • What did they do in 2009?
  • What did they do in 2010?
  • What did they do in 2011?
  • What have they done so far this year, in 2012?

Please pick a Republican, any Republican: like Florida Senator Marco Rubio (the one Conservatives are trying to FORCE FEED down Mitt Romney’s throat as a Vice Presidential candidate) and ASK him:

  • What have YOU and your party done to create a job…just ONE job…in the 4 years you were in Congress (collecting a fat salary, with comprehensive Health Care coverage (yes, comprehensive – the second Republican “Dirty Word” after compromise) and other perks?

Ask Republicans to tell you WHAT ANY of them has done in terms of:

  1. LEGISLATION that these congressmen supported?
  2. BILLS any of them pushed through Congress?
  3. FACTORIES any of them brought to their state/your state?
  4. Or the MEASURES they took to stop the train wreck in the Housing Sector?
  5. And the REGULATIONS they slapped on Wall Street/big banks to prevent another meltdown…since President Obama took office in January 2009?

Because some of us may not KNOW. And we’d LIKE to know. Because we hear Republicans TALKING a lot, CRITICIZING a lot, THROWING blame around – making a lot of NOISE, but we have NOT heard them saying: THIS IS WHAT I DID AND LOOK – IT WORKS!

So that when next we see these Republicans on TV talking about jobs, we’ll know that they actually did SOMETHING…instead of spending 4-YEARS TALKING about NO JOBS!

Republicans are all for creating jobs involving Iraq and Afghanistan. We understand that. NOW SHOW US THE JOBS YOU HELPED CREATE HERE, IN AMERICA!!!??? Between 2009 and 2012?

Don’t let people TELL you. check the figures FOR YOURSELF from the GOVERNMENT’S Bureau Of Labor Statistics. The department releases statistics (monthly/quarterly, etc) on the economy and jobs, including employment and unemployment statistics. When President Obama took office in January 2009, the national unemployment rate was: 7.8 percent. It’s now 8.2 percent (MAY 2012), ALTHOUGH:

  • Republicans/an intransigent Congress are un-cooperative and blocking the President’s job-creating efforts
  • The economy is still weak/sluggish
  • Big business is sitting on its money with lackluster investing/hiring
  • The Housing Industry is still in flux
  • Europe is melting down…
  • WHAT ARE REPUBLICANS DOING…?

Has someone asked Republicans: WHOM do you blame for the massive job layoffs in 2009? They happened just months after President Obama took office. He was probably still trying to remember which turning to take to get to the Oval Office.

Do Republicans blame Obama for those layoffs? Wall Street, the Auto Industry and Housing were crashing when Obama took office  — happened under who’s watch? Outgoing Republican President Bush — or incoming Democrat Obama?

(Remember, President Obama did not take office until 2009, but don’t tell Republicans. They will argue Obama was president in 2008!) 

Regardless. In December 2008 the number of unemployed persons increased by 632-thousand to 11.1 million and the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent. That was under President Bush!!!

Here are some figures from The U.S. Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor) during the time that Republican George Bush was President – Bush Administration figures!

2 million jobs lost so far in ’09

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION: DECEMBER 2008 

Non-farm payroll employment declined sharply in December, (2008) and the unemployment rate rose from 6.8 to 7.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  

Payroll employment fell by 524,000 over the month and by 1.9 million over the last 4 months of 2008. In December, job losses were large and widespread across most major industry sectors.  

In December, the number of unemployed persons increased by 632,000 to 11.1 million and the unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent.    

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has grown by 3.6 million, and the unemployment rate has risen by 2.3 percentage points.  

The unemployment rates for adult men (7.2 percent), adult women (5.9 percent), and whites (6.6 percent) increased in December. The jobless rates for teenagers (20.8 percent), blacks (11.9 percent) and Hispanics (9.2 percent) were little changed over the month. The unemployment rate for Asians was 5.1 percent in December, not seasonally adjusted.  

These job losses OCCURRED in 2008 – as in – the year BEFORE President Obama took office in 2009.

CNNMoney.com

The hemorrhaging of American jobs accelerated at a record pace at the end of 2008, bringing the year’s total job losses to 2.6 million or the highest level in more than six decades.

A sobering U.S. Labor Department jobs report Friday showed the economy lost 524,000 jobs in December and 1.9 million in the year’s final four months, after the credit crisis began in September.

The unemployment rate rose to 7.2% last month from 6.7% in November – its highest rate since January 1993. The steep annual drop in jobs marked the highest yearly job-loss total since 1945, the year in which World War II ended.

The total number of unemployed Americans rose by 632,000 to 11.1 million.

November, in which 584,000 jobs were lost, and December marked the first time in the 70-year history of the report in which the economy lost more than 500,000 jobs in consecutive months.

Under-employment at a record high

A growing number of workers seeking full-time jobs were able to find only part-time work. Those working part-time jobs – because they couldn’t find full-time work, or their hours had been cut – jumped by 715,000 people to 8 million, the highest since such records were first kept in 1955.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/09/news/economy/jobs_december/

From the GOVERNMENT’S Bureau Of labor Statistics.

Substantial job losses in 2008: weakness broadens and deepens across industries Economy in crisis: bls.gov/opub/mlr/2009/03/art2full.pdf

Employment growth slowed in 2007 as housing troubles and problems with subprime mortgages struck construc­tion and related manufacturing industries, while con­sumer-driven industries continued to expand payroll employment. 

During 2008, poor economic news swept the Nation as each additional economic weakness prolif­erated and permeated into the broader economy. Across the board, economic indicators continued to plunge dur­ing the year.  

The housing crisis broadened into commercial and heavy construction, deepening employment losses in construc­tion and manufacturing and moving into housing-related wholesale and retail industries. Furniture and home fur­nishings, as well as building material and garden supply stores, were particularly hard hit.

Defaults on mortgages surged, especially for subprime loans.

Record-high oil and gas prices permeated nearly every industry during 2008 and affected consumers and compa­nies alike, resulting in cash flow problems. Many compa­nies tried to absorb rising shipping costs in order to retain sales; in turn, this cost-minimization strategy led to jobs cuts. Still, weak sales entering the holiday season pushed many retailers into further layoffs and even bankruptcy.

Mr. Boehner was in Congress then. John McCain was in congress then. Mitch McConnel was in congress then. Michele Bachmann was in congress then.

CNNMoney.com

Unemployment rate spikes to 8.5%, a 25-year high, as 663,000 jobs lost in March. 5.1 million jobs have now been lost since the beginning of 2008.

Last Updated: April 3, 2009: 6:35 PM ET

 Job losses continued to mount in March (2009) and unemployment hit a 25-year high, according to the government’s latest reading on the battered labor market Friday.

Employers trimmed 663,000 jobs from their payrolls last month, roughly in line with forecasts of a loss of 658,000 jobs, according to economists surveyed by Briefing.com.

For the first three months of the year, 2 million jobs have been lost, and 5.1 million jobs have been lost since the start of 2008.

More bad news…

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)/Oct. 2, 2009, 4:26 p.m. EDT
Job losses accelerate to 263,000 in September U.S. unemployment rate rises to 9.8%, a 26-year high

The nation’s job losses accelerated in September, (2009) driving the unemployment rate to a 26-year high of 9.8% and casting a cloud over the incipient recovery, economic data showed Friday.

Nonfarm payrolls fell by a greater-than-expected 263,000 in September, the Labor Department reported. It marked the 21st consecutive month of job losses.

Since the recession began in December 2007, 7.2 million jobs have been lost and the unemployment rate has doubled.

Details of the report were almost universally dismal, with the number of unemployed people rising by 214,000 to 15.1 million. And of those, 5.4 million have been out of work longer than six months.

In December, both the number of unemployed persons, at 15.3 million, and the unemployment rate, at 10.0 percent, were unchanged. At the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.7 million, and the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent. 

 

Review of 2009/Department of Labor 

For all of 2009, on a not seasonally adjusted basis, the total numbers of mass layoff events, at 28,030, and initial claims, at 2,796,456, reached their highest annual levels on record.  

Among the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy, manufacturing had the most initial claims in 2009 (1,137,106), followed by administrative and waste services (294,709) and construction (205,765). 

Manufacturing also had the largest over-the-year increase in total annual initial claims (+266,796), with retail trade (+57,283) and administrative and waste services (+48,039) experiencing the next largest increases. 

U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics/Monthly Review, November 2009 

In the summer of 2009, U.S. payroll em­ployment continued to fall as a result of the recession that began more than a year and a half earlier in December 2007.  

The re­cession has been one of the most severe since World War II, with the unemployment rate jumping from 4.7 percent in November 2007 to 10.2 percent in October 2009.  

However, as with other business cycles, the Bureau of La­bor Statistics (BLS) projects that the economy will return to a path of long-run growth over the next decade.

Although the recession has had a short-run impact on the economy, the BLS expects that the accompanying slowdown in the growth of both productivity and the labor force also will have an important long-run impact on the economy over the projection period. (2008 to 2018)

As a result, the BLS projects a 0.8-percent average annual growth of the la­bor force from 2008 to 2018, 0.3 percentage point lower than the historical rate of 1.1 per­cent posted from 1998 to 2008.

As regards employment prospects in the next decade, household employment is pro­jected to increase by about 13.1 million be­tween 2008 and 2018, less than the increase of 13.9 million across the 1998–2008 decade.  

This employment projection is accompanied by an assumed unemployment rate of 5.1 per­cent in 2018, 0.7 percentage point lower than the actual rate in 2008.

Note the TIME FRAME the government/Bureau of La­bor Statistics (BLS)  gives for the economy to “...return to a path of long-run growth”? A decade. 10  years. The government did NOT say over the next 2-years or even over the next 4 years. It said: over the next decade.

If Republicans can find someone (sane, credible) who expected the economy to start creating enough jobs in the last 2-years between 2009-20011, to replace the millions of lost jobs between 2007-2009 DUE TO REPUBLICAN POLICIES (including Tax Cuts ad nuseum and lack of financial oversight), please parade that person on TV for us all to see, because America, indeed the World, needs such a SAVIOR…and phenom!!!

Sane people understand that job creation and economic activity, especially during and following a recession, take longer than the time it takes to go through a drive in window and order a latte!

These Unemployment figures come from the Government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. George Bush (2001-2008) Barak Obama (2009-2112) for MAY of each year.

  • 2001: Both the number of unemployed persons (6.2 million) and the  unemployment rate (4.4 percent) were little changed in May.
  • 2002: The number of unemployed persons (8.4 million) and the unemployment rate (5.8 percent) were little changed over the month.
  • 2003: The unemployment rate (was about unchanged) 6.1 percent in May; the number of unemployed persons was 9.0 million.
  • 2004: The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 8.2 million in May, and the unemployment rate held at 5.6 percent.
  • 2005: Both the number of unemployed persons, 7.6 million and the unemployment rate 5.1 percent, were essentially unchanged in May.
  • 2006: Both the number of unemployed persons (7.0 million) and the unemployment rate (4.6 percent) were essentially unchanged in May.
  • 2007: The number of unemployed persons (6.8 million) and the unemployment rate (4.5 percent) were unchanged in May.
  • 2008:  The number of unemployed persons increased by 861,000 to 8.5 million in May, after seasonal adjustment, and the unemployment rate rose by 0.5 percentage point to 5.5 percent.  A year earlier, the number of unemployed persons was 6.9 million, and the jobless rate was 4.5 percent
  • 2009: The number of unemployed persons increased by 787,000 to 14.5 million in May, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.4 percent.  Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of  unemployed persons has risen by 7.0 million, and the unemployment rate has grown by 4.5 percentage points.
  • 2010: The number of unemployed persons was 15.0 million in May. The unemployment rate edged down to 9.7 percent, the same rate as in the first 3 months of 2010.
  • 2011: The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) were essentially unchanged in May. The labor force, at 153.7 million, was little changed over the month.
  • 2012: Both the number of unemployed persons (12.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.2 percent) changed little in May. 

Why haven’t REPUBLICANS worked with the President? Why have Republicans done NOTHING, NOT anything, not ONE thing to boost the economy?

Because:

The Republican agenda is NOT about job creation.

SOME PEOPLE THINK that Republicans are united in one thing only:  Ensuring that Barak Obama is a ONE-TERM PRESIDENT. And if they support job creation and work to stimulate the economy and things get better, President Obama will be re-elected. SO THEY ARE CHOOSING TO SABOTAGE HIM?

Meantime, while Republicans adjust their blinders and work doggedly to DERAIL Obama, YOU – Joe and Jane American – are losing your job, your house, your hopes and dreams

But AS LONG AS Obama fails, SO WHAT if the country goes down the drain in the process!?

Republicans hope you REWARD them for their excellent STEWARDSHIP by drinking that Kool-Aid and voting for them…

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