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« Reply #195 on: Oct 13, 2012, 08:20 AM »


Mitt Romney’s Misogynistic Agenda is Designed to Punish Every Woman

By: Rmuse October 12th, 2012

It would be an exercise in futility to quantify hate in America because there is an abundance of groups that a certain segment of the population abhors based on racism, socio-economic status, and ancient religious mythos. There is an alarming increase in the hatred of women, and according to feminist theory, misogyny manifests itself in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women. It is an outrage that in 21st Century America, after generations of struggle and progress, the level of hatred targeting women is increasing, and it is primarily the purview of conservative Christians. Equally spectacular is the number of conservative women misogynists supporting and working hand-in-hand with Republican men to assign all women the roles dictated in the Christian bible, and whether they comprehend it or not, they are punishing themselves, their female family members, and every woman in America.

After Willard Romney tap-danced around the abortion issue on Wednesday, for a minute it appeared he softened his stance to appeal to women and voters in the middle with his assertion that “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” It was classic Romney mendacity and belies the statements he has made throughout the Republican primary and general election campaign, and in typical Romney fashion, he walked back his comments two hours later when his campaign stated, “Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life” to fit the extremist Christian pro-life crowd’s demand that America follow Old Testament edicts instead of the U.S. Constitution and established law.

Romney fits the feminist theory of misogyny exquisitely, and for good measure throws in a healthy dose of Mormon ideology on women’s role in America. Romney, and his running mate, Paul Ryan, have established their position on women’s rights that should frighten every semi-intelligent woman in America, but unfortunately, when religious fanaticism, racism, and self-hatred enter the picture, an alarming percentage of America’s women become little more than tools to expedite an environment for women that will rival the harshest Islamic theocracy.

For the record, Romney supports the Blunt Amendment, defunding Planned Parenthood, a national Personhood Amendment, overturning Roe v. Wade, and his running mate co-sponsored Todd Akin’s Sanctity of Human Life Act (legitimate rape law), and voted six times against gender equality in pay, against expanding protections for battered women, and against education funding. It is gross understatement to assert Romney and Ryan represent a clear and present danger to America’s women, and yet every woman who intends to vote for the masters of misogyny are culpable for the impending patriarchal doom the Republican Party and bible prescribe.

The national personhood amendment Romney supports arguably becomes a ban on contraception that forces all women to become perpetual birth machines as well as making most forms of birth control murder weapons, and defunding Planned Parenthood denies millions of American women access to birth control as well as life-saving cancer screenings. Romney criticized President Obama for promoting hiring more teachers, and his promised cuts to education primarily affects women who make up 76% of the nation’s teachers. Ryan votes against equal pay for women as a matter-of-course, and Romney remains non-committal for fear of alienating women more than his wife and her elitist attitude toward working women.

Mrs. Willard’s support for her husband’s agenda epitomizes what is wrong with conservative women stuck in biblical hell themselves, and is assisting Romney and Republicans to relegate all women to second-class status as birth machines and underpaid slaves.  If they aspire to work outside the home or not, they should be subservient to men like Willard whose cult elevates men to god status to dominate women. In fact, every single one of the misogynistic positions Romney and Republicans hold regarding women’s rights, reproductive health, equal pay, access to healthcare, and protection from abuse is about male superiority set forth in the bible and Book of Mormon.

After observing the Republican war on women since the start of the 112th Congress, it is mindboggling that any woman would support a GOP candidate for president of the United States. Romney attempts to appeal to women as their economic salvation, but if they imagine being stuck home churning out a baby-a-year, or taking a job for less pay than a man is going to earn them the American Dream, they are as deluded as the conservative misogynist’s field-manual (bible) is fantasy. Romney has made it crystal clear his allegiance is to the wealthy and not America’s women or their right to equal pay, reproductive health, or ability to decide when they give birth. Willard exposed his true feelings about women when he refused to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s disgusting remarks about Sandra Fluke, and although he claimed he would have used different language, he certainly agreed with Limbaugh’s message. His pro-life position eliminates women’s right to choose their own reproductive health, and defunding Planned Parenthood guarantees low-income women lose cancer screenings and contraception assistance.

It is no mystery why misogyny is rampant in America, or why it is unique to Republicans, Christian conservatives, and Mormons; it is simply because they adhere to archaic Jewish mythology found in the Christian bible. Maybe women who support Republican misogyny suffer from Stockholm syndrome and identify so strongly with their captors that the idea of punishing every other woman in America is not only acceptable, it is appealing. However, every vote for Romney or his Republican misogynist cohort is a vote against their daughters, sisters, and mother’s well-being and hope for equality, and regardless how much they hate American women, one would think familial instincts would engage and they would oppose men like Romney.

Republicans are the party of hate and their standard bearer, Willard Romney, has proven he is the avatar of hate toward the American people, but especially women. There is not one single Romney policy that does not adversely affect most of the population, and that includes the 47% Romney writes off as parasites, but especially women. At least Romney’s hatred of 47% of Americans was spoken at a private fundraiser, his hatred of America’s women, though, is expressed in every stump speech, interview, and press conference, and unfortunately it invigorates conservative Christian women who intend on forcing every woman in America to share in their biblical hell as subservient birth machines and underpaid slaves which is precisely what Romney is selling the American people.


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« Reply #196 on: Oct 14, 2012, 07:05 AM »


Sensata Workers Are Living Proof that Romney’s Tough Talk on China is Worthless

By: Jason EasleyOctober 13th, 2012   

Mitt Romney is running around Ohio talking tough about China today, but one place he won’t go near is Freeport, IL where the Bain owned Sensata Technologies is sending 170 jobs to China.

During campaign stops in Ohio today, Romney said, “It’s time for us to stand up to China for their cheating. It’s got to stop. We’ve got to get those jobs back and make trade to be fair.”

In a statement, Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner responded to Romney’s tough talk, “Mitt Romney’s talking tough, but his record and his policies show he’s anything but when it comes to China. Mitt Romney called the President’s aggressive action on behalf of American tire workers ‘decidedly bad for the nation.’ As a corporate buyout specialist, he invested in companies that were pioneers in outsourcing to low-wage countries like China. And now, while President Obama would close tax loopholes that reward companies for shipping American jobs overseas, Mitt Romney’s tax plan could create 800,000 jobs outside of America. That’s not a candidate who would be tough on China as president – that’s a candidate who thinks sounding tough will win him votes.”

The best way to understand Romney’s real attitude towards China, is to watch the workers at the Sensata plant tell their story:

As one worker put it, “Before I ever knew anything about Bain Capital, I actually kind of liked Mitt Romney. You know, I thought, okay, he is going to create jobs. He is going to, you know, save America, so when I found out about this, it’s like okay, you really aren’t doing what you say you’re going to do. You aren’t going to create American jobs because the companies that you profit off of are sending jobs, and you’re not doing anything about it.”

According to The New York Times, Romney could stand to profit off of the Sensata outsourcing, “In addition, Mr. Romney’s generous retirement agreement ensures that he continues to profit from the deals and decisions that Bain makes. He owns about $8 million worth of Bain funds that hold 51 percent of Sensata’s shares. If Sensata saves money by closing the Freeport plant, that could add money to Mr. Romney’s trust accounts, now or after the election.”

Mitt Romney has made vast sums of money off outsourcing, so does anyone really believe that he will crack down on China and stand up for American jobs? Romney’s business experience has taught him that outsourcing is a good thing, so why would ever be in true opposition to something that he has been so personally lucrative to him?

It is simple common sense.

Don’t listen to the words coming out of Mitt Romney’s mouth on the campaign trail. Look at his actions when he wasn’t running for president. Those actions speak volumes, and reveal that for American workers, Romney is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Mitt Romney’s tough talk on China is worthless, when his deeds prove that he is adding to his fortune by selling out American workers and outsourcing their jobs.

Romney actions speak much louder than his hollow and insincere words to America’s workers. The workers at the Sensata plant are living proof that Mitt Romney is no friend of the American worker.

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« Reply #197 on: Oct 15, 2012, 08:20 AM »

October 14, 2012

Death By Ideology

By PAUL KRUGMAN
NYT

Mitt Romney doesn’t see dead people. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to see them; if he did, he’d have to acknowledge the ugly reality of what will happen if he and Paul Ryan get their way on health care.

Last week, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch, Mr. Romney declared that nobody in America dies because he or she is uninsured: “We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.” This followed on an earlier remark by Mr. Romney — echoing an infamous statement by none other than George W. Bush — in which he insisted that emergency rooms provide essential health care to the uninsured.

These are remarkable statements. They clearly demonstrate that Mr. Romney has no idea what life (and death) are like for those less fortunate than himself.

Even the idea that everyone gets urgent care when needed from emergency rooms is false. Yes, hospitals are required by law to treat people in dire need, whether or not they can pay. But that care isn’t free — on the contrary, if you go to an emergency room you will be billed, and the size of that bill can be shockingly high. Some people can’t or won’t pay, but fear of huge bills can deter the uninsured from visiting the emergency room even when they should. And sometimes they die as a result.

More important, going to the emergency room when you’re very sick is no substitute for regular care, especially if you have chronic health problems. When such problems are left untreated — as they often are among uninsured Americans — a trip to the emergency room can all too easily come too late to save a life.

So the reality, to which Mr. Romney is somehow blind, is that many people in America really do die every year because they don’t have health insurance.

How many deaths are we talking about? That’s not an easy question to answer, and conservatives love to cite the handful of studies that fail to find clear evidence that insurance saves lives. The overwhelming evidence, however, is that insurance is indeed a lifesaver, and lack of insurance a killer. For example, states that expand their Medicaid coverage, and hence provide health insurance to more people, consistently show a significant drop in mortality compared with neighboring states that don’t expand coverage.

And surely the fact that the United States is the only major advanced nation without some form of universal health care is at least part of the reason life expectancy is much lower in America than in Canada or Western Europe.

So there’s no real question that lack of insurance is responsible for thousands, and probably tens of thousands, of excess deaths of Americans each year. But that’s not a fact Mr. Romney wants to admit, because he and his running mate want to repeal Obamacare and slash funding for Medicaid — actions that would take insurance away from some 45 million nonelderly Americans, causing thousands of people to suffer premature death. And their longer-term plans to convert Medicare into Vouchercare would deprive many seniors of adequate coverage, too, leading to still more unnecessary mortality.

Oh, about the voucher thing: In his debate with Vice President Biden, Mr. Ryan was actually the first one to mention vouchers, attempting to rule the term out of bounds. Indeed, it’s apparently the party line on the right that anyone using the word “voucher” to describe a health policy in which you’re given a fixed sum to apply to health insurance is a liar, not to mention a big meanie.

Among the lying liars, then, is the guy who, in 2009, described the Ryan plan as a matter of “converting Medicare into a defined contribution sort of voucher system.” Oh, wait — that was Paul Ryan himself.

And what if the vouchers — for that’s what they are — turned out not to be large enough to pay for adequate insurance? Then those who couldn’t afford to top up the vouchers sufficiently — a group that would include many, and probably most, older Americans — would be left with inadequate insurance, insurance that exposed them to severe financial hardship if they got sick, sometimes left them unable to afford crucial care, and yes, sometimes led to their early death.

So let’s be brutally honest here. The Romney-Ryan position on health care is that many millions of Americans must be denied health insurance, and millions more deprived of the security Medicare now provides, in order to save money. At the same time, of course, Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are proposing trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthy. So a literal description of their plan is that they want to expose many Americans to financial insecurity, and let some of them die, so that a handful of already wealthy people can have a higher after-tax income.

It’s not a pretty picture — and you can see why Mr. Romney chooses not to see it.

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« Reply #198 on: Oct 15, 2012, 09:55 AM »


Is Mitt Romney Mentally Ill?

By: Rmuse October 15th, 2012

During an important election to decide the fate and direction of a country, a voter is likely to consider a candidate’s consistency of actions, values, methods, principles, and expectations, as well as outcomes from previous experience in political office before supporting a candidate. Many voters contemplate a candidate’s honesty and truthfulness, or accuracy of actions, before deciding to cast their vote, and few would choose a candidate renowned for lies and hypocrisy because it defines the candidate as morally deficient with anti-social tendencies. Americans are witnessing a morally deficient candidate for the presidency, and if it is not obvious by now that Willard Mitt Romney is a pathological liar, a hypocrite, and deceitful in words and deeds, it is about time his possible mental illness, Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASP), is exposed to the American people.

An individual suffering from ASP is calculating, manipulative, frequently charming and alluring, and fits the clinical portrait matching depictions of con artists and predators found in literature, and is masterful at using machinations of a criminal who fails to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors. Some criteria psychologists use to diagnose ASP are deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, conning others for personal profit, and lacking remorse or rationalizing having caused harm. Besides persistent lying, Romney demonstrates an innate inability to care about harming others borne out of narcissism, elevated self-worth, and a sense of extreme entitlement and cannot tolerate authority figures. If these criteria seem suspiciously similar to convicted felons and life-criminals, it is because over one-third of the prison population suffers from different degrees of ASP and,  like Romney, they have a childhood history of the disorder.

Over the course of the campaign, stories of Willard’s childhood bullying and disregard for people other than himself abound, and besides chasing and holding down a gay classmate and cutting his hair, there are other instances of his disregard for others. Romney’s impersonating a police officer is not just a prank, and victims of Romney’s faux law enforcement attention may have a different opinion of his behavior that contradicts the portrait of the squeaky-clean Mormon boy. Indeed, Romney carried his disregard for young Americans into college when he protested in favor of sending young men to fight and die in Viet Nam while his “religious” deferments allowed him to luxuriate in a French castle while he proselytized French people into his cult.

Willard carried his disregard for other people with him to Bain Capital where he repeatedly lied and  conned unwitting companies and shareholders into believing that, under Bain management, their firms would flourish only to end up in bankruptcy as Romney and his partners pillaged their assets, shuttered businesses, and raided employee’s pensions all for personal profit. Romney’s narcissism drives him to claim he saved the Salt Lake City Olympics, but he is remiss to give credit to the American taxpayer who funded his efforts to the tune of $1.5 billion, and then destroyed records to conceal malfeasance and cronyism related to his Mormon business associates. He continued covering tracks at the end of his failed term as Massachusetts governor when he charged taxpayers for wiping computers to conceal internal correspondence, and his bankruptcy gang repeated the cover-up practice by destroying books and records in the eToys bankruptcy between 1999 and 2001. Old habits die hard, but especially when they are borne of a cognitive disorder like ASP.

Romney’s narcissism informs his fallacious contention that he “retroactively retired” from Bain Capital in February 1999 despite SEC and FEC filings clearly showing he was CEO until 2002, and his blatant disregard for the law allowed him to assume that because he is Willard Romney, federal and state law enforcement officials dared not challenge his contention that he lied on disclosures. Recently, Romney displayed his belief the law did not apply to all Americans equally when a mine owner who forced workers to lose pay to stand with Romney at a rally contacted Willard for help after a complaint filed with the FEC and Ohio Democrats alleged “extortion, money laundering, racketeering,” to which  Romney responded “We get a lot of charges, this will go away.” It was a telling statement that reeks of an organized crime boss used to influencing investigations to avoid prosecution, and not something an upright businessman, or candidate for president, would cavalierly utter.

Throughout the campaign for the presidency, Romney has distinguished himself as a master of mendacity, and boasts that his wealth qualifies him to “run” America as a company Bain Capital is preparing to pillage for Romney’s personal profit. His persistent lying conceals his well-laid plans to eliminate funding for myriad programs that help the least fortunate Americans to fund tax cuts for himself, and informs a man devoid of compassion for others borne out of an extreme sense of entitlement and elevated self-worth.

Romney may not express his dysfunction the same as a convict who shows disregard for others physically, but his willingness to destroy jobs while at Bain Capital, or as president by eliminating entire agencies to fund his tax cuts, is only a matter of degree. As a psychologist pointed out, sociopaths like Romney do not think or act like normal people, and his aggression is acted out on entire groups such as the 47% he considers parasites, or gays, women, and minorities. Romney has demonstrated he will do anything to succeed and everything in “the service of his own wishes” and not what is good for the American people or this country. Willard’s biggest advantage to date is that it is incomprehensible that a presidential candidate would resort to lying, obfuscation, and blatant racism in his bid for the White House, and to a degree this falls on a negligent press that is as aware of Romney’s anti-social behavior, record of entitlement and flouting the law as anyone, and yet they have turned a blind eye to his malfeasance.

Perhaps Romney’s greatest crime is purporting to be a Christian to appeal to the religious right. The crazy Mormon foundations and beliefs notwithstanding, would a Christian lie as a matter of course, promote pre-emptive war, cut funding for children, seniors, and Veterans in the pursuit of greater tax cuts for himself? Willard Romney has given every indication under the Sun that he harbors sociopathic tendencies on a variety of levels, and as such, is not qualified or trustworthy to run for the presidency much less win the election. Any reasonable human being is revolted by a pathological liar, narcissist, and entitled charlatan, so it is curious why any American other than Mrs. Willard thinks he is qualified to be president. It is true that a president has to be something more than normal to handle the Herculean job of leading America, but the idea of more than normal does not mean abnormal, and certainly not a self-entitled narcissist displaying all the traits of a dysfunctional antisocial sociopath with personality disorders reminiscent of a third of the prison population.


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« Reply #199 on: Oct 16, 2012, 06:55 AM »

Romney a no-show for Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Pick the President’ program

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 7:27 EDT

President Barack Obama wooed Americans not yet old enough to vote Monday in a unique children’s television news special that his rival Mitt Romney opted to avoid.

Obama fielded pre-recorded questions from under-18s on topics as varied as the economy, gun control, gay marriage and heartbreak during the half-hour program titled “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates.”

“The good news is that we’re starting to bounce back,” said Obama in reply to a 14-year-old Texan’s question about hard times and the middle class. “The most important thing for you guys is making sure you’ve got a great education.”

Television news veteran Linda Ellerbee, who hosted the show on the Nickelodeon children’s channel, told viewers that Romney had been asked since April to participate in the show.

But his team replied they were “unable to fit it in” to his schedule — leaving producers to put together a mash-up of Romney sound bites from the campaign trail in the interest of equal time.

“I don’t know if it’s a bad thing for the Romney campaign (not to participate), but it is a bad thing for the Nickelodeon audience,” Ellerbee told AFP a few hours before Monday’s broadcast.

“The point of our show is not about who wins. It’s about engaging kids in the democratic process early.”

On gun control, Obama said he favored a ban on assault weapons. On immigration, he said those who enter the United States illegally to seek a better life should “have a chance to earn their citizenship over time.”

In response to a California teenager with many gay friends, he stated: “I’ve got a lot of gay friends, too… Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do, and the fair thing to do, to allow gay couples to marry.”

He also confessed to going through heartbreak.

“That happened to me,” he replied to a 15-year-old who asked the president what lost love had taught him. “I think the main thing you learn is that, you know, life goes on.”

With no known video of Romney discussing heartbreak, the producers did what they could with file footage of the candidate at such un-childlike events as the National Rifle Association convention, where he defended gun ownership.

He was also seen behind a podium ticking off “the five things I’m going to do” to create middle-class jobs: “energy, education — the skills we need to succeed, trade, balancing our budget and championing small business.”

“We want to be fair, but it’s not equal,” Ellerbee told AFP. “We have no news clip of Romney answering a very kid-like question.”

“Kids Pick the President” premiered a day before Obama, who has two young daughters, and Romney, with five grown children and 18 grandchildren, face off in the second of three prime-time debates ahead of the November 6 election.

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Scared of Joy and Whoopi, Mitt Romney Cancels on The View

By: Sarah Jones October 15th, 2012

Mitt Romney has shocked no one by suddenly announcing that no, he will not go on ABC’s The View. His wife Ann will go on for him this Thursday due to “scheduling” problems. The View is too “high risk” for Romney. There are people and they ask questions….

Remember when Mitt Romney was telling his 50k a plate friends about how lazy we all were and how we thought we were entitled to food? Well, he also told them that he thought The View was “high risk” for a candidate like him, with four “sharp-tongued” women and only one conservative.

Yes, that means all of you women who do not agree with Mitt Romney are sharp-tongued harpies and FemiNazis who don’t deserve to have breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood and he knows just what to do about it, thanks for trying to talk to him, but no thanks.

Here’s Mr. Presidential discussing the women of The View, “Four are sharp-tongued and not conservative, Whoopi Goldberg in particular,” he said. “Although the last time I was on the show, she said to me, ‘You know what? I think I could vote for you.’ I said I must have done something really wrong.”

Oh, good one, Mr. Romney – slap down that woman who almost bought into your used car salesman routine. Yes, we can’t have Whoopi voting for Romney, that would make him look bad. After all, she’s black and sharp-tongued. Can you say 47%? You People don’t understand how hard it is to have to listen to you during the campaign.

Mitt Romney sees The View as too high risk, but running America, which is full of people sorta like the panel on The View — which is the entire point of that show, by the way – hey, that is No Problem, because you don’t have to talk to people or even like them in order to harvest the country for profit. Nice Elisabeth Hasselback, now she’s the kind of woman who isn’t sharp-tongued because she reads her talking points each morning with great sincerity and never questions authority. But Joy and Whoopi? Too sharp tongued and high risk for a man like Mitt Romney.

See, ladies? How hard is this, eh? Lest you feel picked on, you must remember that Mitt Romney also preened that David Letterman hates him because Mitt has gone on Jay Leno’s show more. This assumes that Mitt is a big draw, when in fact, he is not. Dave must hate him for another reason….

You just can’t be a Republican unless you suspect that everyone hates you as much as you secretly hate them. Romney is doing what all strong, courageous politicians do when they are afraid to meet with a group of voters – he’s throwing his wife at them and running for the hills. This is not the first time Romney has used his wife Ann as a shield, but it may be the last time he thinks it’s a good idea.

After Romney wins, the Imperial Presidency will commence immediately. The View might be canceled for representing too many Americans who shouldn’t be allowed to voice their sharp tongued opinions, but that will teach them to get a job. Lazy victims.

The View is too radical for Mitt Romney, but he wants to “run” America because while he might have said he had no use for half of America, there’s that top 2% that really needs some protection from the greedy vultures like the women on The View — oh, except Elisabeth.

Don’t worry. If you’re really jonesing for some presidential TV on Thursday, your President will be on Jon Stewart’s show, unless he suddenly cancels after a hidden tape comes out in which he calls Jon Stewart a sharp-tongued risk and half of America “victims”. No? Too absurd for a President? Think again, America!

Mitt Romney won’t go on The View, so I think we can assume that all of MSNBC is out the entire four years of his term, should he manage to win. The women over there are very sharp-tongued and high risk. In Mitt Romney’s America, you can take the picture accompanying this article and cross all of the women out except the young, pretty, white blonde. She is not high risk, so she can stay.

If you are not left standing, Romney doesn’t even want your vote because it would suggest he is doing something wrong.

What do you do when you are too scared to speak to a group of women, when they aren’t profitable for you, when they are too high risk to even speak to? If you’re Mitt Romney, you toss them Ann and run.
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« Reply #200 on: Oct 16, 2012, 06:59 AM »

Soup kitchen operator blasts Ryan photo op: ‘He did nothing’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, October 15, 2012 18:47 EDT

The operator of a soup kitchen in northwestern Ohio blasted the Romney campaign on Monday after vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his family were photographed cleaning dishes on the premises.

Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society in Youngstown, told the Washington Post that the Romney campaign did not ask for permission before entering the soup kitchen. He said he worried his faith-based apolitical organization could lose funding if it appeared the charity favored one of the political candidates.

“It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it,” Antal explained. “They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate,” he added. “He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

During Ryan’s appearance at the soup kitchen on October 13, he briefly talked with volunteers before donning an apron and cleaning some large metal pots. Antal noted that the dishes were not dirty. The soup kitchen had already closed down for the day.


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« Reply #201 on: Oct 17, 2012, 08:52 AM »


October 17, 2012 07:00 AM

'I Kinda Liked Mitt Romney, Until I Lost My Job'

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United Steelworkers put out this tv ad yesterday which captures some of the heartbreak and devastation that shipping jobs overseas causes in small town America. A longer, more detailed version of this ad can be seen here, Romney's Bain Selling Out American Workers to China.

    Mary Jo Kerr is a young mom of three. She's one of hundreds of workers whose jobs at an auto sensor plan in Freeport, Ill., are being shipped to China because of Mitt Romney's Bain Capital. Before you vote, please watch and share her story.

Click to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BCH89gJmZSg

Last night Mary Jo told her story and that of Sensata to Ed Shultz.

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« Reply #202 on: Oct 17, 2012, 09:10 PM »

     The Republican presidential candidate dispatched his five adult sons onto a late night television show where they jokingly told stories of their father's pranks in an effort to humanise the former businessman who critics accuse of being boring.

    But the light-hearted anecdotes carried an uncomfortable echo of earlier allegations that Mr Romney had been a bully while at prep school and has a long history of uncaring behaviour.

    Matt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor's second son, told how his father would present his children with a stick of butter, telling them "it's so rotten you have to smell it". When they leaned down he would gleefully shove their faces into the plate.

    Mr Romney apparently repeated the trick recently with one of his grandsons, pushing the shocked child's head into a platter of whipped cream.

    During the rare joint appearance by all five sons on Conan O'Brien's talk show, Josh Romney told how he once ambushed his father in a darkened basement as Mr Romney groped for the light switch.

    The startled private equity boss responded by tackling him to the ground and wrestling him on the floor.

    "He does like pranks but he doesn't like to get pranked. We've learned that the hard way," Josh said.
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« Reply #203 on: Oct 17, 2012, 09:19 PM »

Job Creation Isn't The Same As Vulture Capitalism

http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2012/10/job-creation-isnt-same-as-vulture.html

I doubt that former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman wrote the headline, but the Newsweek article he penned is titled Mitt Romney: The Great Deformer. And if Stockman didn't write the headline, he sure wrote all the reasoning behind it. Last we touched bases with Mr. Stockman was in March when he appeared with Bill Moyers to announce that we've learned no lessons about the dangers of crony capitalism. As every Republican running for office continues to pledge undying fealty to Ronald Reagan, they are willfully forgetting the uncomfortable lesson Reagan found out when he tried the trickle down economics being pushed again today by Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP hierarchy-- charlatans and flimflam men whose electoral careers are being underwritten by the banksters, the oil companies, the Military Industrial Complex and the insurance companies. When Stockman talks about the financialization of the economy-- and how that produces nothing of value at all-- he sounds almost like David Korten, the economist who most represents the ideas behind the Occupy/99% Movement.

Stockman, a former congressman from Michigan, talked with Moyers about the problems inherent in a Congress financed by special interests. He advocates banning corporate contributions entirely-- and putting a $100 cap on individual contributions. A different kind of Republican than the kind we're hearing about these days, huh? He was very candid with Moyers about how money dominates politics, distorting free markets and endangering democracy: “As a result we have neither capitalism nor democracy. We have crony capitalism.” He shared details on how the courtship of politics and high finance have turned our economy into a private club that rewards the super-rich and corporations, leaving average Americans wondering how it could happen and who’s really in charge. “We now have an entitled class of Wall Street financiers and of corporate CEOs who believe the government is there to do… whatever it takes in order to keep the game going and their stock price moving upward,” Stockman told Moyers.

So when I saw the "Great Deformer" article he had done for Newsweek I was eager to read it. And he didn't disappoint me. "Bain Capital," he wrote, "is a product of the Great Deformation. It has garnered fabulous winnings through leveraged speculation in financial markets that have been perverted and deformed by decades of money printing and Wall Street coddling by the Fed. So Bain’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise." They use a model of antisocial predation that Romney set up and Romney boasts that his experience at Bain is what qualifies him to be president. He claims to have been an incredibly successful "businessman" and that that someone will make him a great president.

    Except Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way-- out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale-- the faster the better.

    That is the modus operandi of the leveraged-buyout business, and in an honest free-market economy, there wouldn’t be much scope for it because it creates little of economic value. But we have a rigged system—a regime of crony capitalism-- where the tax code heavily favors debt and capital gains, and the central bank purposefully enables rampant speculation by propping up the price of financial assets and battering down the cost of leveraged finance.

    So the vast outpouring of LBOs in recent decades has been the consequence of bad policy, not the product of capitalist enterprise. I know this from 17 years of experience doing leveraged buyouts at one of the pioneering private-equity houses, Blackstone, and then my own firm. I know the pitfalls of private equity. The whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. Occasionally, we did invest in genuine growth companies, but without cheap debt and deep tax subsidies, most deals would not make economic sense.

    In truth, LBOs are capitalism’s natural undertakers-- vulture investors who feed on failing businesses. Due to bad policy, however, they have now become monsters of the financial midway that strip-mine cash from healthy businesses and recycle it mostly to the top 1 percent.

    The waxing and waning of the artificially swollen LBO business has been perfectly correlated with the bubbles and busts emanating from the Fed-- so timing is the heart of the business. In that respect, Romney’s tenure says it all: it was almost exactly coterminous with the first great Greenspan bubble, which crested at the turn of the century and ended in the thundering stock-market crash of 2000-02. The credentials that Romney proffers as evidence of his business acumen, in fact, mainly show that he hung around the basket during the greatest bull market in recorded history.

    Needless to say, having a trader’s facility for knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em has virtually nothing to do with rectifying the massive fiscal hemorrhage and debt-burdened private economy that are the real issues before the American electorate. Indeed, the next president’s overriding task is restoring national solvency-- an undertaking that will involve immense societywide pain, sacrifice, and denial and that will therefore require “fairness” as a defining principle. And that’s why heralding Romney’s record at Bain is so completely perverse. The record is actually all about the utter unfairness of windfall riches obtained under our anti-free market regime of bubble finance.

Stockman goes on, in great depth, to prove that Bain's record of self-proclaimed greatness is about "a dangerous form of leveraged gambling that has been enabled by the failed central banking and taxing policies of the state. That it should be offered as evidence that Mitt Romney is a deeply experienced capitalist entrepreneur and job creator is surely a testament to the financial deformations of our times." And that anyone is buying it-- other than the Republican base-- is an even worse testament to the health of our democracy.

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« Reply #204 on: Oct 18, 2012, 01:06 PM »

Soup Kitchen In Paul Ryan Photo-Op Faces Donor Backlash

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of Rep. Paul Ryan's embarrassing soup kitchen photo-op last week, the organization that runs the facility tells The Huffington Post that donors have begun pulling their money out of the Youngstown, Ohio charity.

Ryan may have suffered a few late-night jokes, but the fallout for the soup kitchen appears to be far more bruising. Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, confirmed that donors have begun an exodus in protest over Ryan's embarrassment. The monetary losses have been big. "It appears to be a substantial amount," Antal said. "You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash."

Antal says he can't give an actual dollar amount. "I can't say how much [in] donations we lost," he said. "Donations are a private matter with our organization."

Antal's charity represents the kind of organization that conservative Republicans might champion. But that was before the Ryan incident went viral a few days ago. According to The Washington Post, Antal said that the moment should never have happened. He told the newspaper that the photo-op was not authorized and that the campaign had “ramrodded their way” inside.

Ryan supporters have now targeted Antal and his soup kitchen, Antal said, including making hundreds of angry phone calls. Some members of Antal's volunteer staff have had to endure the barrage as well, he said. "The sad part is a lot of [the callers] want to hide behind anonymity," he said, adding that if someone leaves their name and number he has tried to return their call. In addition to phone calls, people have posted a few choice words on the charity's Facebook wall, including statements like "I hope you lose your tax [sic] emempt status," Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice" and "Shame on you Brian Antal!"

On the phone with HuffPost, Antal seemed worn out by all the vitriol. "Honesty, I really don't need any more attention," he said. "I really just want this to go away."

Antal said doesn't understand why donors would take out their frustration over the incident on those who can't afford to pay for their own meals. "I'm a volunteer,' he said. "I receive zero compensation. Withholding donations is only going to hurt the over 100,000 we serve annually."

To make a donation to the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, money can be sent to P.O. Box 224, Youngstown, Ohio 44501.
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« Reply #205 on: Oct 19, 2012, 07:29 AM »


Ann Romney Thinks a Mormon Mission is the Same as Serving in the Military

By: Sarah Jones October 18th, 2012

Now we know why Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wouldn’t go on the “high risk” The View today. The Mitt Romney dubbed “sharp-tongued” Whoopi Goldberg asked a question that was super hard as part of the show’s “Red, White and View” series. Goldberg asked the wife of the man who keeps suggesting that we need to go to another war and he wouldn’t bring the troops home from Afghanistan if the reason Mitt Romney never served in the military was due to their religion.

Whoopi Goldberg: What I read about your husband, what I read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion.

Ann Romney: He was serving his mission. (Explaining that none of her sons have served in the military) My five sons have also served (on) missions. We find different ways of serving… I sent them away boys and they came back men.

Whoopi Goldberg: So when you’re facing these mothers whose children have not come back, how will you explain to them that your sons haven’t gone?

Ann Romney: I think it’s the hardest thing that a president will probably do.

Ann Romney continued by claiming that Mitt “went to every funeral” when he was governor, which seems to be stretching the odds, especially since he was out of the state for 400 plus days in the last two years of his only term, but accuracy is not a Romney trait. This is the man who forgot to mention the troops in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, and who later said you don’t go through a laundry list when giving a speech, you talk about the things that are important.

So there you have it from Mrs. Romney’s mouth — Mitt Romney’s four draft deferements should not be construed as serving in the military being against the Mormon religion. Fox News is outraged, claiming that Whoopi attacked Romney’s religion. However, Romney’s deferements were qualified as “minister of religion or divinity student”, thus bringing his religion into his deferements. Mormon deferements were also a source of scrutiny as the Vietnam War escalated.

As with all things Mitt, this story has taken more twists and turns than any regular dodging of the draft would. Mitt Romney once claimed to the Boston Globe, “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft.” This was not true. Governor Romney had asked for and received four deferements, after he protested in favor of the war as a college organizer.

At another time*, Romney denied that he sought to avoid the draft and claimed that he had wanted to serve, saying, “I was supportive of my country. I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there, and in some ways it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Vietnam.”

In 2007, Mitt Romney said that his sons are not fighting for the country because “one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected.”

Mitt Romney spent the Vietnam War driving about the French countryside and his sons won’t be serving in the wars he wants to start/continue because they are serving him, which is the same thing as serving our country according to Mitt Romney. Ann Romney thinks that sending her sons off to serve “their mission” is the same thing as sending your sons and daughters off to Iraq or Afghanistan. She sent them away as boys and they came back as men.

The Romneys are war mongers with other people’s children while claiming that their own have served by serving their “mission” and helping Mitt Romney get elected. Military service is not a necessity for a CIC, but being a four time draft-dodger and refusing to send your own children to war is a far distance from simply not having served.

Mitt Romney was overheard dissing the ladies of The View in the secret tape recording, saying, “The View” is “high-risk because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.” Ann Romney claimed today that what he had really said was “”He said ‘sharp and young’”. So, Mrs. Romney is suggesting that her husband said he would not go on The View because The View is “high-risk because, of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp and young and not conservative.”

Ah, yes, that makes sense. It’s all better now.

In case you were wondering if this was still hard, yes, it is. Ann Romney lamented how hard all of this is for her and her kids, “This was a very hard thing for me to decide to go forward again…for the family to have to go through this. The children have a hard time with it. I have a hard time with it.” It is so hard for them, but you wouldn’t understand. Your husband/wife/kids are off in Afghanistan. What do you know about hard?

Update: Mitt Romney did not attend “every funeral”, “Gov. Mitt Romney, who has pledged to return home for important occasions and prided himself on attending the funerals of Massachusetts servicemen killed overseas, skipped the funeral of an Malden Marine on Friday to campaign in South Carolina and Michigan.” (Boston Globe, 10/13/2006)

Update II: Mormons may and do serve in the military. Whoopi confused the reason for Romney’s deferements with a church doctrine.
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« Reply #206 on: Oct 19, 2012, 07:31 AM »


Female Romney Adviser Calls Equal Pay a Left Wing Agenda

By: Sarah Jones October 18th, 2012

Thursday on Andrea Mitchell Reports, Romney senior adviser Delegate Barbara Comstock (and transvaginal ultrasound supporter) called equal pay a “left wing agenda”, dissed Lilly Ledbetter as being “partisan” and claimed that “real women… Appreciate male and female bosses who accommodate their schedules and time.”

All you not real women, holla.

TRANSCRIPT:

MITCHELL: I’m just saying that’s not what he said that night.

COMSTOCK: Yeah, but I can tell you, having watched — when you watch how women reacted to that in real time, which Lilly Ledbetter and these other women, who are trying – I mean, they have a left wing agenda that they’re trying to make an issue of a statement that women didn’t respond that way, and that I understand there may be partisans who respond that way but real women out there in the working world appreciate male and female bosses who accommodate their schedules and time.

END TRANSCRIPT

So, all women who want equal pay are part of a left wing agenda perpetrated by partisans like Lilly Ledbetter. Real women are appreciative of being let off early so they can cook dinner. This is the Republicans great offering to replace equal pay. Freedom, ladies.

Let’s review. Comstock, who voted for mandated transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion in Virginia is calling other women who want equal pay partisans furthering a left-wing agenda. She, however, is not furthering a crazy right wing agenda, using the “small” government to force an unnecessary and costly medical procedure upon women. Oh, no. It’s those radical lefties like Lilly Ledbetter and you other women who want equal pay.

I’m losing faith in the Republicans’ ability to do simple math. Equal pay for women = more money for middle class families and the poor with which to pay for things like mortgages and food. How is this a partisan agenda? Is shelter now a partisan agenda? Is work itself now partisan, left wing agenda?

Lilly Ledbetter issued the following statement after the second presidential debate, “If Romney was truly concerned about women in this economy, he’d take a stand against paycheck discrimination. Instead, he has remained silent and refused to speak out for equal pay for women and their families. Simply put, Romney doesn’t get it.”

Romney has been all over the map on the Lilly Ledbetter Act; for it, against it, won’t say. The usual clown show. The fact that he wouldn’t answer the question should tell you all you need to know. When Mitt Romney launches into personal anecdotes about giving women time off to make dinner for their families, be afraid. Be very afraid. The personal anecdotes always come when Romney does not want to tell you his policies.

And of course, his running mate voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act. That wasn’t a partisan act on his behalf at all; he just doesn’t believe that women should be able to fight back if they are not being paid the same as a man for the same job.
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« Reply #207 on: Oct 19, 2012, 07:32 AM »


Ann Romney Jokes Mitt Was So Hurt by Her Dating Other Boys it Put Him in the Hospital

By: Sarah JonesOctober 18th, 2012

Things that are humorous to Ann Romney: Mitt ending up in the hospital was joke worthy.

Mrs. Romney joked on The View today that Mitt ended up in the hospital in France because she was back in America dating other boys. Mitt Romney was in a very bad car accident in France, in which a passenger (the Mormon mission president’s wife) was killed. Perhaps he was in the hospital twice in France, one time for the car accident and another for the mental anguish of Ann dating other boys.

This was a ha-ha moment today on The View:

Elisabeth Hasselbeck: That is exceptional, and a bunch of grandkids as Barbara mentioned. There was one point though, did you guys almost break up?

Ann Romney: Well, not according to Mitt. We were separated for a very long time. We dated in high school and then he went to Standford for a year and then he went on a mission for two and a half years. I didn’t see him really for like three and a half years and during that time I was, of course, dating other people and having fun, and sort of forgetting about Mitt a little bit too much. I think that really kind of hurt him, a lot. I think it did actually put him in the hospital when he was in France.

Audience laughs.

You tell me- what’s the funny part: Is it funny that her dating other boys and forgetting about Mitt put a presidential candidate in the hospital?

Or is it funny that he was in the hospital as the result of a tragic car accident that killed the Mormon mission president’s wife, “who had been seated in the front between her husband and Romney.” Which one is funny? And if Mitt only went to the hospital the one time, how was that about Ann dating other boys?

I just don’t get it. If your husband had been driving when another car swerved over and killed the wife of a good friend in front of her husband, would you be making jokes about this car accident — ever? If your future husband had to go to the hospital because he was so hurt by you dating other men, is this funny?

Perhaps I lack the Romney humor. Team Romney claims Tagg Romney was also “joking” yesterday when he said that he wanted to take a swing at the President of the United States.

We were also treated to more of Ann Romney’s claims of being the “Mittstablizer”. Mrs. Romney said, “I walk into a room and I’m happy then Mitt dumps everything on me and I have to calm him down and stabilize him.” Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Romney can seem to help themselves from self-aggrandizing when they tell a story. If it weren’t for Ann, Mitt would be a nervous wreck. Isn’t she great?

Tagg Romney unwittingly contributed to the growing narrative that Mitt Romney is a basket case of nerves when he said on a radio show that his father was terrified before the debate last Tuesday.

I believe we saw The Mittstabilizer in action after Tuesday night’s debate when Ann Romney rushed the stage and practically pulled Mitt out of the limelight before he could figure out that yes, indeed, he had blown it.

In one appearance on The View, Ann Romney managed to sell her husband as so emotionally dependent upon her that he ended up in the hospital when she forgot about him and now he needs her to “stabilize” him.

Ann Romney is not helping things, no matter what Barbara Walters thinks (she praised Ann as being a great surrogate). Why would Mitt end up in the hospital over her dating other people? Is he that unstable – did he have a breakdown or was she making a joke about him being in the hospital for the injuries he suffered from the car accident, in which his passenger’s wife was killed? Neither is exactly a win.

Or was she just making a joke about Mitt Romney ending up in the hospital over a broken heart? Ha ha, I put my future spouse in the hospital because I just forgot about him. Ha ha. So funny. He needs me so much he ended up in the hospital after I cruelly forgot about him — hahaha, vote for Mitt!

Mrs. Romney might be as all-important as she believes, as she has done what no one else could — made me feel a bit sorry for her husband.

The View’s Red, White and View series was too high risk for the Republican Presidential candidate, so he sent his wife in to deal with the “sharp-tongued” women. Mrs. Romney also told Americans that her sons had served their country by serving their Mormon missions instead of the military.

Ann Romney always manages to make Mitt Romney sound emotionally unstable, needy and dependent. It wasn’t too long ago that she warned Americans about her concerns for his mental health should he be elected — God help us all.

Another well executed plan by team Romney.
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