“Mitt Romney was attacking Obama about our failing education system. He has a point. We are graduating millions of people in this country who are so lacking in basic analytical skills, they are considering voting for Mitt Romney.”
- Mitt Romney’s iOS app calls for “A Better Amercia” (most spell it “America”) (americablog.com)
- Photos and Tweets: Romney’s Amercia Goes Viral (blogs.wsj.com)
- Obama campaign to hit Mitt Romney’s abysmal jobs record in Massachusetts (dailykos.com)
This is a followup to the Penn Jillette commentary I posted last week commenting on the problems with Obama‘s marijuana policy. This piece is from Online Paralegal Programs and has relevant statistical information:
So… this would save us public funds, help the economy, keep medical needs filled and would allow us to grow hemp for fabrics and other products, as this country used to do.
- ‘It’s Not A God Damn Joke!’: Penn Jillette Destroys ‘Beyond Hypocritical’ Obama Over Marijuana Laws (mediaite.com)
- Penn Jillette: Obama is a Hypocrite on Marijuana. Let the People Go! (bigthink.com)
- Marijuana Is Not A Joke (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Jillette: If Obama Were Arrested Under His Laws, He’d Be In Prison (huffingtonpost.com)
One thing that comes out of elections is the creation of positive images by candidates, developed by their campaign staff. The reason for this is we often know very little about the candidate’s previous life and real opinions and find it easier to depend on definitive quotes rather than actual knowledge.
A quote from Mitt:
And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.
“This is not who we are.”
— Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the US massacre of 16 Afghan villagers.
“This is not who we are.”
— General John Allen, commander of forces in Afghanistan, on Koran burning
“This is not who we are.”
— Secretary of State Clinton, also on troops posing with enemy body parts
“I can tell you something all of you know already – that using pepper spray on peaceful protesters runs counter to our values. It does not reflect well on this university and it absolutely is not who we are.”
— UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who ordered campus police to use force to clear peaceful student occupiers from the campus, leading to pepper spraying of students
“You can’t say, well, we developed trade and the economic relations first and the disregard of human rights. That’s not who we are. We are the United States of America.”
— Sasha Gong, director of the China branch of Voice of America
Mitt’s “hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people” are a concept… but does he really think they are a reality?
In other words, who does Mitt think we are and how will he twist that around to get votes? No one really believes we are perfect and moral… if they did, they never would listen to Mitt (or Newt, or even Barack.)
Someday it may be possible to have a government that is trusted to tell the truth. Meanwhile, we are not the good guys we think we are.
if the Obama team is any good, and I think they are, they are going to spend every penny they can spend, every squirreled away billion is going to hit the economy. if it is possible for us to have a recovery summer, this will be the summer we get it. of course it can’t be done without fingerprints and Republicans will all squeal like a stepped on cat every time a dollar gets spent. President Obama won’t be able to have an extra squirt of creamer in his coffee without being accused of juicing the economy. so that will be our long boring political summer. to the extent that anyone pays attention it’ll be a long boring political summer that Democrats win.
Sean, of course, is trying to make everyone think that Obama has done nothing on his 2008 campaign promise to help with increasing costs of student loans. The smug smile on his face shows that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
For instance, on March 30, 2010, President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which saved $68 billion by removing banks from the student loan processing business and freed up more to be given that could be spent on helping students pay for college.
Also, he saw to it that the law stated:
“New borrowers who assume loans after July 1, 2014, will be able to cap their student loan repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income and, if they keep up with their payments over time, will have the balance forgiven after 20 years.”
Borrowers are allowed to consolidate some of their payments and save a half of a percentage point interest. (Republicans are now trying to double the interest rate in student loans.)
President Obama has done a great deal to remove the big bank corruption from the student loan program and has made the program more about actually helping students get an affordable education, not adding to corporate bottom line.
What has Obama done for students who have loans? More that Sean Hannity’s lying heart will ever be able to admit.
—-> Thanks to Politicus USA
- Sean Hannity Gives Cornel West And Tavis Smiley A Hard Time Over Their Poverty Initiative (mediaite.com)
- Rich Guy Sean Hannity Thinks Poor People Should Survive on Beans [The War on Welfare] (inquisitr.com)
- Hannity embarrasses himself again (respectinpolitics.org)
- House keeps lid on student loans (timesleader.com)
- Watch: President Obama on student loan interest rates (mnn.com)
- Obama Will Veto Student Loan Bill (lezgetreal.com)
- House Passes Student Loan Bill (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Obama Pushes Low-Rate Student Loans (npr.org)
Both parties seem to think the full-fledged Presidential campaigns are now in force… Romney looks like the Republican favorite (although so many Republicans have appeared really edgy about his capability) and he is moving on Obama. Obama now seems to be taking on Romney.
…and all the special interest groups are letting folks know how they think:
…or dog lovers (Romney will never get past carrying his dog atop his car on a long trip)…
… and Republicans who are more and more dissatisfied with their party and its choice…
It’s going to be a long, uneasy road.
“I think it’s important to remember that the positions I’m taking now on the budget and a host of other issues, if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago, or even 15 years ago, would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What’s changed is the center of the Republican Party.”
The President spoke at an Associated Press luncheon yesterday and reminded campaign journalists about the false-equivalence fallacy:
“I think that there is often times the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally.”
Note that Obama changed his position on the mandate policy, but remember that the mandate was a conservative idea, embraced by Republican policymakers for years.
Does this strike you as Obama moving to the left? As the Republicans look to tear down the plan they had previously recommended, who is really moving away from the center?
… forwarded to me this morning from my friend Tom Weisshaus:
This is amusing!
Did you know that, the words “race car” spelled backwards still spells “race car”?
And that “eat” is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move it to the last, spells its own past tense, “ate”?
And if you rearrange the letters in “Tea Party Republicans,” and add just a few more letters, it spells: “Shut the fuck up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, violent hypocrites, and deal with the fact that you nearly wrecked the country under Bush and that our president is black, so get over it.”
Isn’t that interesting?
… go to KEEPING HIS WORD and be supplied with a list of his accomplishments, the answers to his promises that have been kept, and all the information you need to wipe the lying bastards off the great right-wing ass.
- Tea partyers not keen about GOP presidential field (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- President Obama will present his 2013 budget plan Monday (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- White House Will Renew #40dollars Campaign On Twitter (readwriteweb.com)
- Why Congress Must Extend the Payroll Tax Cut Through 2012 (whitehouse.gov)
The Mormon Church has always opposed gambling in every form, including government-sponsored lotteries.
Mormon prophets and leaders have counseled the members over time, to avoid gambling of any type. Doing so, leads one away from righteousness and into the hands of Satan. The Mormon belief is that it is an addictive behavior and leads only to destructive habits and practices. It undermines the value of work and motivates one to think that they can get something for nothing. In time, the gambler will deny themselves, as well as their family the basic needs of life. They will oft times steal from others to finance their addiction, which in turn leads to stealing, robbery, etc.
“If his predecessor cursed Obama by handing him a depression and two wars, the Good Lord has blessed him with the weakest field of opponents in memory. I stand by my early assessment: when I look at the economy, I think Obama can’t win, but when I look at the Republicans, I think he can’t lose. The economy is starting to get better; the Republicans aren’t. The president has moved to the populist center, smoothly co-opting the legitimate grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement and ensuring that he wouldn’t face a primary challenge from the left. ‘Barack’ means blessing in Swahili. Perhaps ‘Obama’ means luckier than a dog with two tongues.”
While he makes the budget balanced as President, Newt Gingrich has now promised to put a US base on the moon… by the end of his second term!
The two problems with this are 1.) the cost would blow us even deeper into debt, and 2.) we have to elect Newt for Two Terms!
Now we know he was angling for the NASA vote on the “Space Coast”, but doesn’t Newtie realize that the whole nation is watching (and laughing)?
Paul Begala doesn’t think so.
“I cannot think of a time when the economy declined but the president was not blamed — but this may be the first. If the Republicans were smart, they would do on taxes what they did on trade: quietly pass Obama‘s proposals, knowing full well that even a million new jobs will not be enough to climb out of the hole Obama inherited. The economy isn’t giving Obama enough jobs, but the Republicans are giving him the next best thing: a villain to blame for the poor economy. By killing Obama’s jobs agenda, Republicans may just save his presidency.”
– Paul Begala
… and he isn’t thrilled:
“As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table. President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal.”
– Mitt Romney, Republican Presidential Candidate
“Extraordinarily difficult situation” that Republicans have been placed in? Perhaps he doesn’t realize that the Republicans WON here. Then again, maybe his old Massachusetts liberalism is coming out.
I’m pretty sure it’s the same one since there are several others around but none of them seems concerned with the route we are taking. This one jumps from bush to bush to stay within 5′ to 10′ ahead us as we walk.
I’ve named him Nik-Nik after the sound he makes (which I imitate back to him) between chirps (I fear I am a lousy chirper.)
Now that we’re over a week since the first time he walked with us (I think he really comes out when he sees us walk out of the front door of the house), I’ll be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow.
I really expected him to be gone today. When we got over to the marshy area by the runoff pond our friend started flying around us and then went from bush to bush staying just a few feet ahead of us making his clicks and chirps.
I’m getting to expect him and will be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow. I think my dogs are getting used to him, too… especially Byron who would most likely eat him if he landed within grabbing room. Nestle looks at him and then goes back to sniffing the ground.
“I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president.”
The President was quoted by the Los Angeles Times, showing little sympathy to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who accused him of “mis-describing” the House GOP Medicare plan. (Thanks to Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire.)
- Late Returns: Wacky Pataki (huffingtonpost.com)
- CNN Poll: Ryan Plan Opposed by Majority of Americans (themoderatevoice.com)
- Medicare Cuts: What’s Real, What’s Kabuki? (firedoglake.com)
- IPAB – The Obama Death Panel (bellalu0.wordpress.com)
- Republicans Disrespect Obama on Debt Ceiling (usnews.com)
- GOP prods Obama on cuts – The Detroit News (news.google.com)
For two days now, as I’ve taken Byron and Nestle on their walk around the neighborhood, there has been this bird.. a red-winged blackbird, that has been following us, going from perch to perch. Once or twice it has suspended itself in the air a few feet above us chirping and, I think, trying to get our attention.
It started yesterday when I heard this guy (it’s a male, according to the birdwatching directory) doing two different kinds of chirps… one lower tone that sounds like a click, and a higher tone that is a louder call. At first I started imitating the click… then the high chirp… and I could swear this bird started talking back.
He began following us as we shared chirps and went from bush to bush as we walked around the little drainage pond near the house.
This morning as I walked the dogs I heard the chirps behind me, turned around and saw what must have been the same bird sitting on our road sign. I did the clicks and chirps again and he followed us on our walk once more…flying away as we headed back to the house.
- There’s my clicky… (ask.metafilter.com)
- Ungrateful Man (bigskyken.wordpress.com)
- The Birds… the Freaking Birds (skdickey.wordpress.com)
- What’s Red and Winged and Black all over? A Red Winged Blackbird! March 29, 2011 (slowbirding.wordpress.com)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the ability to stop Koch Industries, Inc. from profiting off a pipeline that would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth through six states, one of America’s most important aquifers and almost 2,000 miles of American homes and farmland. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 individuals telling Secretary Clinton to say No to the Kochs and Yes to protecting Americans at http://kochbrothersexposed.com/tellclintonno.
- Robert Greenwald: Sec. Clinton Has A Choice: Protect Americans or Profit The Kochs (huffingtonpost.com)
- Green: Demanding Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail – Now (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Here is an example of how Americans REALLY feel about the Koch Brothers and the upper 1% (iflizwerequeen.com)
- “Waxman to Koch Industries: “Are you now or have you ever been a capitalist?”” and related posts (knowledgeproblem.com)
“Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”
I’m getting so tired of listening to the conservative candidates, congressmen and capitalists complain about paying taxes at the level they should be… say, at the rate they were taxed at before George W. Bush lowered them.
As you recall, he lowered the taxes while, at the same time, getting us involved in an Iraq war for dishonest reasons without actually putting the expenses in the reported budget. It is as if bookkeeping and government spending had no relationship.
If a candidate cannot say “Yes, I will have to raise taxes, especially on the rich,” then he (or she) is being completely dishonest. As citizens, we should demand tax increases… and demand military cuts (and demand that we get out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and just about everywhere else in the Middle East.
- George W. Bush saved capitalism. And he got bin Laden too. (dailykos.com)
- Cue the waaaahmbulance: Brent Bozell whines that Bush didn’t get any credit for getting Bin Laden — or ‘winning the Iraq war’ (crooksandliars.com)
- It’s The Opposite Of Bush’s Policies That Make Us More Successful Now Fighting Terror (alan.com)
- Larry Womack: Okay, Let’s Give Bush the Credit He’s Due (huffingtonpost.com)
- The intellectually dishonest left forgets the “Birther” issue started by Democrats, over 50% thought Bush was behind 9/11 (ironmill.wordpress.com)
- Funny or Die: George W. Bush Reacts to the Death of a Top Terrorist Starring Will Ferrell (shoppingblog.com)
- Was George W. Bush a complete Idiot or What? (via Voting American) (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
What’s even better is what he is going to call the new show: Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
As Keith said when making the announcement vis-a-vis the show name:
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
I guess I’m going to have to catch MSNBC on the re-run.
- Keith Olbermann Heads to Current TV (tvsquad.com)
- Keith Olbermann to Current TV (dailykos.com)
- Keith Olbermann to Host Show on Current TV (cbsnews.com)
- Keith Olbermann: Joining Current TV? (joemygod.blogspot.com)
- Keith Olbermann’s Move to Current TV Offers New Beginnings for Both (tvsquad.com)
“I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.
“Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both to give and raise money for a presidential campaign. Many volunteers have organized events in support of my pursuing the race. Some have dedicated virtually full time to setting up preliminary organizations in critical, early states and to helping plan what has been several months of intensive activity.
“I greatly appreciate each and every one of them and all their outstanding efforts. If I have disappointed any of them in this decision, I sincerely regret it.”
– Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R)
So who will Haley support for the Republican nomination? Best guess is his good buddy, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R).
- Haley Barbour of Mississippi Bows Out of 2012 Run (mydd.com)
- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour Skips 2012 GOP Presidential Race (usnews.com)
- Haley Barbour Not Running in 2012 (abcnews.go.com)
- Haley Barbour Declines To Run In 2012 (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Haley Barbour: I’m Not Running (newser.com)
- Breaking: Haley Barbour not running for president; Update: Daniels now 60-70%? (hotair.com)
- Haley Barbour will not seek the presidency (dailykos.com)
- Barbour opts OUT! (smacktalkradio.wordpress.com)
Listening to the Republicans now is a real experience… do I think they are going to get together with the President and the Democrats and come to a compromise decision? What do YOU think?
- Paul Ryan Is Very Disappointed With The President: ‘Demagoguery Not Solutions’ (mediaite.com)
- Paul Ryan upset over Obama’s rejection of his plan to eliminate Medicare (dailykos.com)
- Joe Scarborough: ‘It Was A Stupid Political Move’ For Obama To Insult Paul Ryan (mediaite.com)
- On Cue, House GOP Pans Obama Speech (swampland.blogs.time.com)
- GOP wannabes pan Obama’s budget plan (capitolhillblue.com)
- GOP: Obama’s Speech So Partisan We’ll Never Reach Budget Agreement (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)