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“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?

The Book of Romney…

January 2006

Remember the Mysterious Case of The Missing Romney emails, when he left as governor of Massachusetts?

Mitt Romney: Closed his Swiss Account, says he paid normal US taxes…

It was legal for the Romney administration to spend $97,000 in public money to swap out computers and email servers, making sure that emails never got into the hands of the public, journalists, historians and, not incidentally as Romney himself points out, his opponents in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Reuters:  “In the final weeks of Mitt Romney’s term as Massachusetts governor, his office sought and received permission to destroy 150 boxes of paper records of his tenure, according to documents obtained by Reuters.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/16/us-usa-campaign-romney-records-idUSTRE7BF04F20111216

January 2012.

Remember too when Romney refused to release his tax returns?

MSNBC: …for a second-straight debate, Romney struggled to explain why he hasn’t yet released his tax returns. When he was asked why he won’t release his taxes now, Romney gave this striking answer: Because I want to win. “I want to make sure that I beat President Obama. And every time we release things drip by drip, the Democrats go out with another array of attacks.” (Just asking, but doesn’t that suggest there’s something there?

If he’s worried about attacks, then there is something to hide, right?) Romney also looked uncomfortable when he was told that his father released 12 years of his taxes in 1967. Folks, this issue isn’t going away. And whenever these tax returns come out — if they do — Romney and his campaign team have now guaranteed it to be a BIG moment in the GOP race. And it’s an unforced error by the campaign.

READ the story. LISTEN to the video.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/20/10198873-first-thoughts-showdown-in-south-carolina?lite

Romney’s Adjusted Gross income (2010) was nearly 22 million! (Too embarrassed to reveal mine) Yours?

Romney was FORCED to release his tax returns.

Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s tax returns (story) shed some light on his investment wealth

  • Mitt Romney offered a partial snapshot of his vast personal fortune late Monday, disclosing income of $21.7 million in 2010 and $20.9 million last year — virtually all of it profits, dividends or interest from investments.

None came from wages, the primary source of income for most Americans. Instead, RRomney and his wife, Ann, collected millions in capital gains from a profusion of investments, as well as stock dividends and interest payments.

  • Romney released his tax returns — nearly 550 pages, including the 2010 returns for three family trust funds and a foundation — in a bid to regain his footing in the Republican Presidential campaign after stumbling badly in last weekend’s South Carolina Primary.

In recent days, Romney’s GOP rivals have pressed him to make his returns public, arguing that it is critical for the public to vet his finances before the party settles on its nominee. The revelation that Romney pays a significantly lower tax rate than most wealthy Americans underscores his image as a multimillionaire financier, an image that some Republicans believe would hurt his chances in the general election.

  • Pages and pages are devoted to foreign entities in which Romney is invested. Many are located in places like Luxembourg, Ireland and the Cayman Islands, all famous tax havens. None shows much income.

Monday’s disclosure marked the first time the former Massachusetts governor has released his personal tax returns. Though Romney has relied on his wealth to finance his political career, he did not disclose his tax returns in his three prior campaigns — not even in the 1994 Senate race, when he blasted Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) for failing to release his own taxes.

Let’s open those Tax Returns, Mr. Romney…what pops out? Abortion waste!

Did you WONDER WHY Romney fought so hard to keep his tax returns secret?

JULY 2012

Nicholas Shaxson delves into the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow the very wealthy to skirt tax laws, and investigating just how much of Romney’s fortune (with $30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands alone?)

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-offshore-accounts

One internet site describes Grand Cayman as the: “Home and holiday playground of the rich and famous” where you will find palatial multi-million-dollar beach condos and villas owned by the world’s rich and famous.

(If you have THE MINIMUM REQUIRED $80-100 thousand-dollars lying around and want to stash it off-shore or you’re just curious, pretend to be Mitt Romney. Visit the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.) If the link is broken, visit their website at: http://www.cimoney.com.ky/about_cima/default.aspx?id=34 or just Google them.

Cayman Islands: Red box, below Cuba…

  • Romney’s Bermuda company and other offshore accounts do not show up on any of Romney’s financial disclosures as a candidate for Governor, as Governor, or his disclosures in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
  • Romney was not only hiding assets in Bermuda, he was also hiding the fact his Bermuda company Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. and Romney made millions investing in Stericycle a medical waste company that disposed of “abortion waste” from clinics and hospitals.
  • Evangelical Christians and Catholics believe that “abortion waste” is human remains and should be buried, not disposed of like used bandages or syringes. They also deplore anyone who profits from abortions in any form.
  • AP reports that Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. “was not listed on any of Romney’s state or federal financial reports. The company is among several Romney holdings that have not been fully disclosed, including one that recently posted a $1.9 million earning – suggesting he could be wealthier than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.”
  • Rake it in!!!

    Sankaty was transferred to a trust owned by Romney’s wife, Ann, one day before he was sworn in as Massachusetts governor in 2003, according to Bermuda records obtained by The Associated Press. The Romney’s’ ownership of the offshore firm did not appear on any state or federal financial reports during Romney’s two presidential campaigns. Only the Romney’s’ 2010 tax records, released under political pressure earlier this year, confirmed their continuing control of the company.

  • His limited disclosures deprive the public of an accurate depiction of his wealth and a clear understanding of how his assets are handled and taxed.
  • This story is not likely to go away until Romney releases his tax returns and answers questions about what those returns reveal. The average American does not feel warm and fuzzy when they pay their taxes and then see rich guys avoid taxes by taking money out of our economy and putting it in offshore accounts. 
  • Report: Romney made millions from investing in abortion related firm: Romney and his partners made $49 million in profits from that investment, in the medical waste disposal company: Stericycle.

http://www.examiner.com/article/report-romney-made-millions-from-investing-abortion-related-firm

Dear Republicans…

Holy Bible

As a flaming liberal elitist, I was thinking of coming around to YOUR side. I was prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt. Yes, I wanted to believe in “No, We Cannot”…

But I notice that you voted for a candidate who:

  • Does NOT subscribe to the religion that you hold so dear. Now you hate Obama because according to YOU he’s a Muslim (among other things), BUT you now have a Mormon who believes that in 1820, at age 14, Joseph Smith. Jr, (Mormon Church founder), experienced his first vision, in which he was visited in person by God, the Eternal Father, and his Son Jesus Christ. (I don’t believe that, or some things in the Bible. Have not read Koran) and that is OK.
  • And it could be TRUE. Thing is: Do Republican conservatives believe it? If you want to talk religion, between the Koran, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, WHICH are the most similar?
  • Supports Abortion Rights when it suits his interests.
  • Supports Immigration Reform when it suits his interests
  • Believes in Global Warming when it supports his interests. (Believes it in his 2010 book: ‘No Apology’, but now is skeptical, no longer sure
  • Implemented UNIVERSAL Health Care Reform (with a MANDATE which is now a TAX) and signed it with praise from Ted Kennedy, who was standing behind his shoulder. My Precious!
  • And now we learn he made millions, yes millions, from investing in abortion waste disposal. Yes conservatives, YOU believe abortion waste is human remains and should be buried. Romney believes he should bury something alright – HIS PROFITS, in off-shore accounts around the globe!
  • Holy Koran

    Oh you got seduced by the glamour? Hey, we did too in Massachusetts, FOR A WHILE! Awww…don’t feel so bad…

  • How are you going to VOTE FOR ROMNEY, ELECT HIM…then come preach to ME about how much you care about life when you elect, hug, kiss, embrace and defend someone who profits so much from the destruction of life?
  • How are you going to VOTE FOR ROMNEY, ELECT HIM…then come try to convince to ME that you don’t like mandates.

Now I am confused. Are you saying that if I interchange “mandate” with abortion in a Massachusetts context, but limit it ONLY to Massachusetts, then abortion is fine?

How can you preach ONE thing, then compromise your beliefs in the interest of political and personal gain?

I’m afraid that I can’t stomach this type of hypocrisy. What would Jesus do? Would Jesus be pleased by this example that you are setting – with the ambassadors that you are? I don’t think so. Do you?

Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. A companion to the Bible…

Are you worried at all about what the new Chapter is going to be in the Book of Romney!?

Has Santorum contacted you? Have you contacted him…? Do you remember that comment that hey, with a guy like Romney, best just vote Obama? What do you think about that now?

I’m sorry. But this is the bed you made….and I can’t lie (unintended pun) in it with you.

Sincerely, Conlibe.

Want to see how the 1-percenters live? Check the photos on my HOME Page: CASTILLO CARIBE -a  60 million dollar home on Grand Cayman. How about it Mr. Romney. You could buy four of them!  Obama, the elitist, could buy one-sixtieth (1/60) of one, maybe…

Like a Thief in the Night!

Rick Santorum finally “endorses” his Republican candidate for President – if you want to call it endorse

Rick Santorum (left) debates Mitt Romney in Mesa, Arizona 02/2012. In March Santorum said (about Romney): “Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

And the Tea Party pushes out another moderate. Yes indeed, “Compromise” is a dirty word in the Republican Cuckoo’s lair!

I don’t know what pain-killer Rick Santorum had to swallow – which anesthetic he was under…but apparently, IT DID NOT NUMB THE PAIN. Santorum finally threw his PUBLIC support behind Romney last night (5/8/2012) but he buried it so deep, the sun’s rays just barely reach it.

Santorum’s “ringing” endorsement of Romney came in a LATE NIGHT E-MAIL! In the 13th paragraph.

Santorum sent the e-mail to his supporters Monday at 11 P.M.

He says: “…we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.”

He goes on to say in paragraph 14:

“My conversation with Governor Romney was very productive, but I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign. I hope to ensure that the values that made America that shining city on the hill are illuminated brightly by our party and our candidates thus ensuring not just a victory, but a mandate for conservative governance.”

I hope you noticed he said: BUT I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign. 

In other words: I don’t trust you. You are a flip-flopper. You are using us to get into the Oval Office, BUT DON’T THINK THAT ONCE YOU GET IN THERE, WE WILL ROLL OVER AND PLAY DEAD WHILE YOU FLOP BACK TO THE MIDDLE. You are not going to screw us…so I and the Tea Party, us “real” extreme Republicans WILL BE WATCHING YOU!

Tea Party sign. Mr. Romney….take note. THEY will be watching you!!! What is YOUR position on guns, again…!?

Note how it would read differently if he’d said: AND I intend to keep lines of communication open with him and his campaign…

AND here would be conciliatory. BUT is more OR ELSE

Santorum ends by noting in a post script: P.S. “As promised, very soon we will be making another big announcement, and I will be asking you to once again join forces with me to keep up the fight, together. Stay tuned.”

Trust me – we’re tuned! Even then he just has to steal Romney’s thunder. I have NOT seen other people picking up on these points. Interesting. Very interesting. Is he in the Vice Presidential stakes…?

Santorum says: “I felt a deep responsibility to assess Governor Romney’s commitment to addressing the issues most important to conservatives, as well his commitment to ensuring our appropriate representation in a Romney administration.”

Cartoon making fun of Conservative Principles.


What are the issues MOST important to conservatives? DO these issues resonate with YOU.

So YOU WANT MORE JOBS AND SMALLER GOVERNMENT. Fine. But do you also want the government denying homosexuals their rights, destroying the environment, women’s reproductive rights, etc. Because you are GETTING THE WHOLE PACKAGE.

This is not like buying a package of unscented and scented soap then keeping the unscented soap and giving the scented soap away because you don’t like scented soaps. You WILL NOT be able to return that soap until after 4 years!

According to Santorum in his email: “The family and its foundational role in America’s economic success, a central point of our campaign, was discussed at length. I was impressed with the Governor’s deep understanding of this connection and his commitment to economic policies that preserve and strengthen families. He clearly understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved.”

I HOPE YOU GET WHAT SANTORUM IS SAYING. I hope you’re getting the message, understanding the code words and hidden nuances and implications. When code-words are used to describe and refer to blacks, some of us PRETEND we don’t understand. DO NOT PRETEND HERE THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!

Do you know that cuckoos exhibit brood parasitism? Some cuckoos choose NOT to build nests. They lay their eggs in other birds nests and sometimes THROW OUT the eggs and baby chicks they find there! According to Wiki: Some of these parasitic cuckoos have been shown to exhibit “Mafia-like” enforcement, in which adult cuckoos will completely destroy the host’s clutch if they reject the cuckoo egg. Poor Senator Lugar…at the hands of the Tea party Cuckoos who took over his Republican nest! More fallout…?

If you think that a president Romney will be an independent actor – check what happened when Tea Party lawmakers ALMOST shut down the government (spring 2011) because they refused to budge and compromise. It was their way or the highway…and speaker John Boehner almost could NOT restrain them.

Look at the election results for the Republican Senate Primary in Indiana. The moderate Republican, Richard Lugar, lost! Lugar is one of the Senate’s longest-serving members. 

Indian Sentor, Republican Richard Lugar.

He was trounced by the Tea Party candidate, Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bitter primary election. Lugar criticized his fellow Republican’s: unrelenting partisan mindset.”

Is that what you want, America?

Go ahead. Vote for a Republican!

Then fasten your seat belts….

Both Tea Party darling Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum backed Mourdock.. Lugar is too “moderate” and “bi-partisan” for the Tea Party! He works with democrats! The UNpatriotic traitor!

We’ll see CHANGE with a President Romney…indeed!

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