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July 15, 2012
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This Week’s Events
House lawmakers tasked with investigating the Energy Department's $535 million loan to the now-bankrupt solar company, Solyndra, unveiled legislation today that would ban DOE officials from giving out any more loan guarantees.
A coalition of 1,300 black pastors went to Houston for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention this week - to host a protest against the NAACP's decision to follow President Obama in backing gay marriage.
It was discovered this week that the uniforms for this year’s U.S. Olympic team were made in China. The designer of these uniforms is Ralph Lauren has given $7,300 to Obama since 2008, and more than $35,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
Mystery solved! Dem Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been in rehab for drugs and alcohol.
Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies. Even before the recession, immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives.
The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio "novelas" promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republicans' leader, attempted to set up competing votes - one on the GOP's plan to extend all the Bush tax cuts for one year, and another on Mr. Obama's proposal to extend them only for households making $250,000 or less. Senate leader Harry Reid blocked these votes.
Part of the Clinton welfare reform required those on welfare to look for work. President Obama has weakened those requirements this past week, almost unnoticed by the Obama Media Complex. Republicans claim that this is a violation of the law, and that the president cannot simply do this by executive order.
The AFL-CIO has supported the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Also the union giant recently posted an article by Tula Connell hyping a booklet entitled "Economics 101 for the 99%." The booklet was produced for the Occupiers by a socialist group called the Center for Popular Economics. It is all about how socialism should replace capitalism.
The 2012 election:
House Democrats are now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see.
WaPo fact checker gives "Three Pinocchios" to Obama's claim Romney is a possible felon, adding they are "Blowing smoke here". What is in dispute is when exactly Romney left Bain Capital.
Fortune has determined, based upon documents that they have, that Mitt Romney did not manage Bain Capital's investments after leaving to run the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
The White House said Saturday that President Obama wants to have a "highbrow debate" with Mitt Romney, even as it touted a new ad hitting the GOP candidate's business record and mocking his singing of "America the Beautiful."
Democrats this week have made a big deal out of Romney having overseas investments and accounts. So does Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Nancy Pelosi made between $1 and $5 million on her Asian investments.
The rumor from the Drudge Report is that Condi Rice is high on the list of Romney VP picks.
A paid Planned Parenthood strategist will head the Democratic National Committee's platform committee when party leaders gather later this summer to nominate pro-abortion President Barack Obama for another four-year term.
Liberals love irony:
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to the NAACP about discriminatory voter laws which require voters to show a photo ID; and requires photo ID to enter auditorium.
News off the news grid:
Records released this week reveal that a federal law-enforcement agent accompanied George Zimmerman to his police interrogations, and FBI interviews did not turn up any sign of racial bias in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The lead Sanford Police investigator who sought manslaughter charges against George Zimmerman told the FBI that a sergeant and two other officers tried to pressure him into making an arrest in the controversial case - even though he didn't think there was enough evidence.
The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.
Obamacare's Death Panel made its first official housecall last week, when the president gave a hug to the 70-year old owner of the "Ann's Place" family restaurant... and several hours later, she died of an apparent heart attack from the excitement.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has laid bare the Obama administration's effort to delay the impact of Medicare cuts in the health care law until after the 2012 election. Under the new law, cuts to Medicare Advantage funding would force many seniors off their preferred health plans.
No sooner had the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act than scam artists began working the phones. They say they're from the government and that, using the Affordable Care Act as a hook, they need to verify some information. They might have the routing number from your bank, and then use that information to get you to reveal the entire account number. Or, they'll ask for your credit card or Social Security number, Medicare ID, or other personal information.
The liberal agenda:
The National Organization for Women, a prominent liberal women's rights group, has endorsed President Obama for reelection, the group announced Wednesday.
The Gay Agenda:
The Episcopal Church on Tuesday approved an official liturgy for blessing same-sex unions, enabling priests who have the approval of their bishops to bestow the church's blessing on gay couples whether they live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal or not. However, this is not what gays want; they want their unions to be called a marriage union by the state. This gives them a legal foothold.
Riots and destruction in Los Angeles. Few news stories on this.
It’s all about racism...
Republican Mitt Romney attended the NAACP conference. He was criticized in all media outlets for not pandering to his audience. The boos he received were seen on virtually every network and reported in every paper.
President Obama was too busy to show up to the NAACP. Were there any headlines, like, “Too busy, Mr. President?” I didn’t see any.
Vice President Joe Biden pandered to his audience and actually did a better job than most in this regard; but he was not criticized.
First lady Michelle Obama will stop in Miami on Tuesday to recruit residents to vote and volunteer to reelect her husband, President Barack Obama. This recruiting will take place at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes, a public school.
Bible study leader Michael Salman is sitting in jail today after his home was raided earlier this week by more than a dozen Phoenix, Ariz. police officers and city officials. His offense? The city says people aren't allowed to hold private Bible studies on their own property. You may come up with some reasons why this is okay, but what if this was a birthday party, a garage sale, a school club meeting, a scouts meeting?
Liberal Denise Rich decided to leave the U.S. for England. She has given over $1million to the Democratic party. Apparently, she will save tens of millions of dollars by doing this.
They’re just like us:
Tunisia: Islamists Chasing bikini-clad women off the beaches.
In more moderate India, a Taliban-inspired group has placed several restrictions on women in a village panchayat in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh - about 40 km from the national Capital. They banned girls from using mobile phones when out on roads and women less than 40 years old from going out shopping.
Video footage from Tunisia of a convert from Islam to Christianity being murdered by Muslims has been shown on Egyptian TV. The footage shows a young man being held down by masked men with a knife to his throat. One man chants a number of Muslim prayers in Arabic, mostly condemning Christianity. The man holding the knife to the Christian convert's throat begins to cut, slowly severing the head amid cries of "Allahu Akbar" ("god is great").
Not only did the original "underwear bomber" Abdullah Hassan al-Asiri hide explosives in his rectum to assassinate Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef - they met in 2009 after the 22-year-old holy warrior "feigned repentance for his jihadi views" - but al-Asiri apparently had fellow jihadis repeatedly sodomize him to "widen" his anus in order to accommodate the explosives - all in accordance with the fatwas [religious edicts] of Islamic clerics.
Suicide bomber in Afghanistan kills over 20 people at a wedding.
Islamic authorities in Iran have shut down both the Central Assembly of God Church in Tehran and its summer campsite.
With time running out on the legislative calendar, a Republican lawmaker is urging a Democratic senator to lift a "hold" on legislation that would establish a special envoy to promote religious freedom in the Middle East and South-Central Asia. This bill was passed in the House with strong bipartisan support.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will urge Egypt's civilian and military leaders to work together to complete a full transition to democratic rule, senior US officials said on Saturday (right now, the military is in control, which control has seemed to be fairly even-handed).
Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade Sunday and shouted, "Monica, Monica, Monica" as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria. Okay, maybe not all Egyptians are crazy.
Barack Obama: “If you ask me what’s frustrated me the most over the past 4 years, it’s not the hard work, the enormity of the decisions; it’s not the pace. It is that I haven’t been able to change the atmosphere here in Washington.”
President Obama on Hugo Chávez, socialist dictator of Venezuela: "We're always concerned about Iran engaging in destabilizing activity around the globe. But overall my sense is that what Mr. Chávez has done over the last several years has not had a serious national security impact on us." It wasn’t very long ago that the U.S. had a lot of oil interests in Venezuela and a good relationship with that country that was beneficial for both countries.
Senate leader Harry Reid of the U.S. Olympic Team's uniforms that were made in China: "They should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them."
Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi: “I'm an insatiable beast.” Okay, I admit; this was taken out of context.
Vice President Joe Biden: "It is not an exaggeration, were it not for the leadership of the NAACP, for the men and women who educated me when we`d sit over in Reverend Wright's church as we're talking about desegregating the Rialto and the Queen movie theater. Remember Mouse, those days? I learned so much, I learned so much.”
Prof. Robert F. Shedinger in the beginning of a book he published this year entitled Was Jesus a Muslim?, asks: "`Was Jesus a Muslim? I will answer with a very qualified yes."
Shedinger, in an interview about his book: "I had to rethink what Islam is. . . I came to the conclusion that it was a social justice movement and I think that's who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim."
Liberals on the economy:
President Obama: "If you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own. You didn't get there on your own...If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."
A federal government pamphlet on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (the government food stamps program): "Each $5 dollars in new SNAP benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community...Everyone wins when eligible people take advantage of benefits to which they are entitled." Any question as to why these people are not fit to oversee any sort of economy or business?
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: "The entire purpose of the Recovery Act was to grow the American economy and grow American jobs here at home, and that's what it did. It's widely recognized to have broken the back of the recession." The Stimulus worked! A 2010 CNN poll on the stimulus found that 21% of people questioned in the poll say nearly all the money in the stimulus has been wasted, with 24% feeling that most money has been wasted and an additional 29% saying that about half has been wasted. 21% say only a little has been wasted and 4% think that no stimulus dollars have been wasted.
President Obama, a day after removing the work seeking requirement from welfare: "Americans can't be looking for handouts." His reference was to the Clinton tax policy. So, I guess what he is saying is, government not taking enough money from you ought to be seen as a government handout?
Senate leader Harry Reid: "More than 99 percent of business would qualify for this extravagant tax break even if they don't create a single new job or raise wages for one single new employee. In fact, fabulously rich so-called `small-business owners' like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton could qualify for these wasteful giveaways even though three-quarters of Americans oppose tax breaks for the wealthiest few - nearly half the benefits of this $46 billion proposal would go to millionaires and billionaires." So there is no misunderstanding, this is not a tax break, it is continuing the tax rates as they have been for the past 7 years. If these tax rates are raised, that will allow the government to run for an additional 8 days every year.
Hot, hot, hot:
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley: "A grid that was resilient for the weather of [the past] is not resilient enough to withstand violent storms that climate change and global warming in our atmosphere are causing today."
Liberals on Obamacare:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.): "As you know, yesterday, once again for the thirtieth-some, I don't know, thirty-something time, the Republicans tried to take away protections for patients in our country: whether the little baby born with a birth defect, a child with a disability, or asthma, cancer, diabetes; there's the senior who's getting prescription drugs much less expensive because of the Affordable Care Act, or free wellness examinations once a year."
President Obama: "By the way, if you've got health insurance, you're not getting hit by a tax. The only thing that's happening to you is that you now have more security because insurance companies can't drop you when you get sick." Oops......
Liberals on the 2012 election:
Barack Obama: “We’re gonna win this election; we’re gonna win Virginia; we’re gonna put this country on [the] right track.”
Barack Obama: “This campaign’s still about hope...it’s still about change. Washington feels as broken as it did 4 years ago.”
Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: "Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony. Or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments"
Harry Reid: “His father, George Romney, set the precedent that people running for president would file their tax returns, let everybody look at them. But Mitt Romney can't do that because he's basically paid no taxes in the prior 12 years.” According to the Washington Post’s fact-checker, Romney pays roughly $3 million per year in taxes and donates $3 million to charity.
David Axelrod, the senior strategist for President Obama's reelection bid on Romney: "I'm not suggesting that, based on what we know, that he's done anything illegal,"
David Axelrod: “[Republicans] have had a policy of obstruction from the day the president arrived. When the president is reelected, it will be a rejection of the politics of obstruction. There's this reign of terror going on in the Republican Party.”
President Obama: "In case of friends like Uncle Jim who watch Fox News.. let's be clear, I've lowered taxes." This is a distortion of language; Democrats believe that, when they give a new tax write-off (or, loophole, if you will), that is the same as a tax cut. The President has not lowered anyone’s tax rates. He has, so far, supported, the Bush tax cuts.
Rep. Henry Waxman about Mitt Romney: "Let's not go back to a time - to the years when people acted like they're entitled to keep everything secret, that they're entitled to run the government and the American people are not to be permitted to know what's going on because they know better than the rest of us. This is an elitism. It's a sense that they're better than anybody else - they're entitled to all of the money they have and the rest of us should just grin and bear it because they're the ones in charge."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Mitt Romney: "He not only couldn't be confirmed as a cabinet secretary, he couldn't be confirmed as dog catcher. As a dog catcher, you'd at least want to get a look at his tax returns."
Eliseo Medina, SEIU's international secretary-treasurer: "Romney's dismissive rhetoric regarding the concerns of middle-class and the Latino community clearly indicate how out of touch he is with real people, and the kinds of policies he would champion. He comes from a world that broke the economy and made him a millionaire, and he has no interest in helping us repair and regain the American Dream." I believe this is a part of the $4 million worth of ads being run on Spanish language television with Spanish subtitles.
Vice President Joe Biden of President Barack Obama before the NAACP: "He has put country first." This was the McCain slogan in 2008.
Dem Rep. James Clyburn: "The fact of the matter is unless we see some transparency in Mr. Romney, none of it we've seen thus far, I don't think he really can be considered honorable enough to serve in office."
The Liberal agenda:
Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards: ”Many Republicans support Planned Parenthood and they have for decades. Frankly our work is consistent with the conservative Republican values of individual responsibility and government staying out of people's personal lives.” Planned Parenthood derives more than 80% of its revenue from abortions and does not provide mammograms, they are simply a referral service.
Joe Biden And that, Biden to the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas: “For middle class folks like me and most of you, owning a home is maybe the single most consequential element of our existence to be able to provide for our families.” Biden and his wife Jill had an adjusted gross income of $379,000 last year.
Vice President Joe Biden: "Republicans have changed the law so you get arrested if you do vote."
It’s all about racism...
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Of Mitt Romney speaking at the NAACP: "I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention."
Joe Biden to the NAACP: "Children should be educated to the degree they are educable." Just imagine if Romney had said this.
Frances Fox Piven: "And you know what they [TEA party people] yell? `Take It Back! Take It Back! Take It Back!' And you know what they’re talking about? They're talking about taking the country back from those dark skinned foreign-looking people who threaten to become a demographic majority."
Vice President Joe Biden at the NAACP convention: "Imagine what the Romney Justice Department will look like. Imagine when his senior advisor on constitutional issues is Robert Bork. Imagine those incredibly important positions of justice. Imagine, and I mean this, this to me is one of the most critical issues in this election, imagine what the Supreme Court will look like after four years of a Romney presidency."
MD Rabbi Alam, an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities. Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease: "Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?" He has since walked back this statement, when he found out that many Jews died in the 9/11 attack.
The Compliant Obama Press Corps:
PBS NewsHour, liberal analyst Mark Shields: “There is one great strength here that Romney does have, and I think it's been overlooked. And that is, the Republican position has been, we want to increase revenue without raising the rates. So that means closing tax loopholes or tax expenditures. There's nobody who knows more about tax loopholes and tax expenditures than Mitt Romney.” (Laughter)
Newsweek's Michael Tomasky: “Until yesterday, I thought of Mitt Romney as a spineless, disingenuous, and supercilious but more or less decently intentioned person who at least wasn't the race-mongering pyromaniac that some other Republican candidates of my lifetime have been. Then he gave his speech to the NAACP, and now I think of him as a spineless, disingenuous, supercilious, race-mongering pyromaniac who is very poorly intentioned indeed, and woe to us if this man sets foot in the White House as anything but a tourist.” Tomasky determined that Romney was a racist because he used the term Obamacare (which is now commonly used by both Democrats and Republicans) and that he got intentionally booed at the NAACP in order to gin up his “mostly white” base.”
NY Times writer Bill Keller of voter ID laws: “Well I think what you're getting at is this is not about voter fraud. It's about disenfranchising specific constituencies who tend to vote Democratic. Nobody's going to say that who supports it, but that what it's really about.”
New York Times liberal reporter turned liberal columnist Timothy Egan: “But Romney has a longer list of people who may be disinclined to vote for him. Latinos. Gays. Gay soldiers. People who were bullied as kids. Dog lovers. People who like sex. People who use contraception during sex. People who want "free stuff," as Romney classified those without health care on Wednesday. People who believe in science.”
Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times: “...the breathtaking radicalism of the other four conservative justices. The opinion pointedly signed individually by Justices Kennedy, Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito Jr. would have invalidated the entire Affordable Care Act, finding no one part of it severable from the rest. This astonishing act of judicial activism has received insufficient attention, because it ultimately didn't happen, but it surely got the chief justice's attention as a warning that his ostensible allies were about to drive the Supreme Court over the cliff and into the abyss.”
Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, of very liberal show The Newsroom: “Well, absolutely. The Newsroom, which is on HBO, is terrific. For a lot of reasons. For those who haven't watched it, it's a story of the battle for the soul of a big-time big network anchorman, the soul of his newscast, and on a broader scale, the soul of news itself.”
Peter Alexander on NBC: “A story that gives Americans a sense of "unity" and "optimism," the President said. But Romney, who's relentlessly attacked the President for mishandling the economy, quickly pounced: "Being president is not about telling stories," Romney said in a statement, "Being president is about leading." Still, with this campaign becoming bitterly personal Thursday, both sides accusing the other of lying, Romney was once again forced to defend his business experience, responding with this new ad.”
Bloomberg View's Margaret Carlson - formerly of Time magazine: “He's not speaking to the group in the room. He wanted the boos. He's taking those boos to his fund-raiser with Dick Cheney in Wyoming. He put the boos in the overhead bin, carrying them out there. He's so proud of them.”
MSNBC's Toure: "Why would he bother going to the NAACP convention to get booed? Because the real audience wasn't in the room. He wanted to be booed by that black audience so that white conservatives - who still don't see him as one of them - and white undecideds would see that he's unafraid to talk down to black people, to offend them, to be their villain, to make them boo. The result is that he comes off looking tough or gains sympathy. Either way, he gets a soundbite that will bounce through the cable news echo chamber and elicit an emotional reaction from white voters. Romney's performance wasn't intended to win more black votes, it was intended to help win more white votes."
Rev. Al Sharpton, an MSNBC host: "He had a hard audience for him. But I think that what was interesting to me is, I think it was calculated, Tamron, that he was going to attack the president's Affordable Health Care Act, call it `Obamacare' and expect that he would get some kind of displeasure from the audience."
Howard Fineman on MSNBC: “By showing up, by going to the NAACP, he might get some credit. Although, he took a lot of it away with the use of the word 'Obamacare,' which is a loaded word. With some independent white voters in suburbs, they may say, 'Look he went to the NAACP, isn't that nice?' But there are other parts of the white voting community, the conservative part in the South who have their doubts about Mitt Romney, as a conservative, who, sadly, perhaps will have their views strengthened about him as a conservative by watching him being booed by that audience.” Isn’t that weird? All of these news commentators just happened to come up with the same explanation.
Ron Reagan Jr., MSNBC political analyst: “...there might be a variety of reasons why he's [Obama] been less than successful at telling his story, as he put it...I think there also might be some personal reticence on his part. You know, George H.W. Bush was famously averse to using the "I" word. So there might be a little of that.” Yep, Obama is adverse to using the word I. Now, that is expert analysis.
Excerpts from DailyKos articles:
Alex Budarin: ...and (figuratively) devour them
...It hasn't been a 100-year conspiracy of progressives to create a "socialist utopia." It is the result of a progressive, pragmatic evolution of human relations...[T]he majority of us do not subscribe to the Donner Party ethics of contemporary conservatism...
Trenz Pruca: Loser white guys are quintessential right-wingers
...[W]hite males from the middle and lower classes especially in the mid-West and the South...persist in their decline from the economic and social backbone of our nation to become hate-filled failures in life spewing venom born of their frustration and ignorance upon those who have begun to supplant them.
And, if truth be known, they chose this path...
This group that has chosen to be left behind are the heart and soul of the modern conservative movement...
occams hatchet: Repeal or be haunted
...The Republicans are well and truly f#*ked. They HAVE TO repeal "Obamacare."
Unless the Republicans can erase from the public record all vestiges of the Affordable Care Act, they will have to spend the rest of their lives - literally, the rest of their lives - hearing Americans refer to their medical insurance plans as "Obamacare"...
Yes, that's right: The man the neoracist oligarchic xenophobic tribal other-haters want to light their hair on fire about will be named every time anyone in their gott-blessid United States of Amrka mentions health insurance...
bfrederk: The Founders' vision is obsolete
We can govern ourselves in the exact way the Founders intended, or we can adequately govern an interdependent 21st century society. We cannot do both...
Limited government in the 21st century means our food will not be safe. It means that college will be unaffordable for millions. It means that 50 million people will not have health insurance. It means that an unregulated Wall Street can tank the global economy...
...The Teapublicans are building a bridge to the 19th century...
Radio liberal Ed Schultz: “It's not, is it unpatriotic to have a Swiss bank account? The question is, is it the patriotic thing to do? Is it patriotic to put your money offshore? How would he answer that -- it doesn't matter? How could he say, yes it is, yes it's the patriotic thing to do? It simply isn't.” Ed Schultz bought a Canadian fishing lodge in 2010.
Roseanne Barr: “...if Romney gets in there—if that happens, I don’t think there will be another election. I think that if he wins, we won’t have another election. We already have a pretty fixed and rigged system as it is, but it’ll just keep going that way...I’m terrified that Romney already has the receipt for the White House; I’m terrified because Romney has enough money to buy it—the Supreme Court put it up for sale. He might have already bought it, and if it is true, it’s just a return to the confederacy.”
Oliver Stone: “The Iraq War had something to do, I believe, with the new violence in Mexico...it gave license to the world to become more brutal.”
Actor John Leguizamo: "It's terrifying that they [people who want to stop illegal immigration] think that it's okay to take kids out of schools, to stop a person and profile them because they look Latin. . . I don`t think that's cool. It's like Nazi Germany time. It's terrifying."
Comedian Chris Rock: “I mean, if I want to talk to him, I can call him. Dude, being the first black anything sucks. But the country was in shambles, and he's cleaning it up. If you properly clean a room, it gets dirtier before it gets cleaner. Ever come back to your hotel room before the maids are finished? My G___! Republicans are complaining. Romney's complaining. But Romney's rich. He doesn't know s__ about cleaning.”
Comedian George Lopez doing a bit: “Mitt Romney wants the Latino vote. He ain't going to get it. He ain't going to get it. And you know why? Because Mitt Romney is a f--king Latino and he won't admit it. His father was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. Mitt Romney is a Chicano. But he won't admit it.”
James Earl Jones: “I think I have figured out the Tea Party I think I, I do understand racism because I was taught to be one by my grandmother. My grandmother was part [tribal affiliation] Indian part black, she hated everybody and she taught all of her children and grandchildren to be racist to hate white people and to distrust black people.”
Liberals from the past:
President Obama in 2010: “The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession."
President Obama in 2010: "I am just listening to the consensus among people who know the economy best. And what they will say is that if you either increased taxes or significantly lowered spending when the economy remains somewhat fragile, that that would have a destimulative effect and potentially you'd see a lot of folks losing business, more folks potentially losing jobs. That would be a mistake when the economy has not fully taken off."
George Lopez: “And while we're at it Sheriff Joe in Arizona - f--k you you f--king puto. How about that? F--k you. You fat mother f--ker. F--k you. I said I was going to talk some s--t. F--k you Sheriff Joe you f--king puto. F--k you. F--k you.” This is HBO comedy. "Puto" is Spanish for male prostitute. In Mexico it's used for cowards and traitors.
Actor Michael McKean calls Michelle Malkin: “d___ of the week”
Brad Pitt’s mom wrote a letter to the editor, which was in favor of Romney. One of the kinder tweets from rabid liberals was, “Brad Pitt’s mom, die.” See some more.
The chants of 1500 socialists who convened in suburban Chicago at the International Socialist Organization's annual conference: "disarm the police; Free, free Palestine; Long live Palestine; Long live the intifada; Intifada, intifada; Free abortion on demand; Can we do it? Yes we can!" Sessions during the conference included, "The battle for the soul of teacher unionism," "After Wisconsin: The battle for public sector unions," "Education and revolution," "Education and capitalism," as well as "Prison reform or prison abolition?"
President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "Today the ugliest form of suppression is ruling the U.S. where you see that a group of Zionist capitalists are ruling over 300 million Americans from behind the scenes."
Liberals making sense:
President Obama: “And right now, there's a big debate going on in Washington over two fundamentally different paths we can take as a country to do that.”
Liberals being honest:
Washington Post fact checker on the accusation that candidate Romney might be a felon: “The Obama campaign is blowing smoke here. We realize that Bauer gets to the word "criminal" by mentioning "investigation," but that distinction might be lost on most listeners.”
James Carville's campaign advice to Obama: "The more that he focuses on the first term, the worse he's going to do; the more he focuses on the second term, the better he's going to do."
CBS’s Mark Knoller tweet: In a prayer at start of Obama event, local pastor asks God to give Pres. Obama a second term "so he can finish his great visionary work."
Reid Epstein tweet: Obama is sorry for the rain. "Ladies, I do apologize for your hairdos being messed up."
Jay Leno, after speaking of Senator Griffin as a possible veep choice for Romney, and getting scattered applause: “There is no Senator Griffin—you get the government you deserve.”
Charlie Rose: “He clearly will say, let’s look at your record; let’s look at the fact that unemployment is 8.2%—it is unlikely to change. Uh, let’s look at how effective the stimulus was. Let’s look at your management of the economy—yes, it was a bad hand you were dealt, uh, but you have not made it to what it ought to be—that is the centrality of their campaign.”
Barack Obama: “Exactly. That is his argument and you don’t hear me complainin’ about him makin’ that argument because if I was in his shoes, I’d be makin’ the same argument.”
President Barack Obama: "When I think about what we've done well and what we haven't done well, the mistake of my first term - couple of years - was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that's important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times." Is he saying, he did not give enough speeches?
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney jumped on this: "President Obama believes that millions of Americans have lost their homes, their jobs and their livelihood because he failed to tell a good story. Being president is not about telling stories. Being president is about leading, and President Obama has failed to lead. No wonder Americans are losing faith in his presidency."
Q Jay, can the President do more to show leadership on being transparent with regard to documents, records, his own background? That's another sort of underlying theme here that the campaigns are clearly going at.
Jay Carney: Are you talking about Donald Trump? (Laughter.)
Q Not talking about Donald Trump.
Carney: Well, you'd have to ask me a specific question. I think the President's record of unprecedented levels of transparency in the White House is well established. His record as a candidate, both when he ran for the Senate and when he ran for President in 2008 and now as a candidate for reelection, in terms of transparency is a solid one and reflects a long tradition of being an open book, as I think he described it when he was asked this question not long ago.
That's part of the process. It's not always pleasant or comfortable, but it has become a well-established tradition in our country to make available information about one's private dealings. That just comes with the territory. So he not only accepts that but practices and believes that it's the right thing.
Q I know this has been asked for years, but one thing that people -- at least on the -- among his opponents, continue to bring up is the -- his college records.
Carney: Right. This is a Donald Trump question, which I think --
Q That's the Donald Trump.
Carney: -- he's the one who brings it up the most.
Q But what's the answer to that particular question?
Carney: I would refer you to the campaign. It is preposterous -- this is from the guy who insisted that he didn't believe the President was born in the United States. And it is funny, every once in a while when I sit back in my office and remember all the things that seemed to be the most important issue of the day, and there were briefings after briefings where that was the most important issue of the day, to the point where we had to solicit the long form of the President's birth certificate.
And again, the President's record on transparency is extremely sound. He has provided the kind of documentation that candidates for President have now, by tradition, provided for 30 years. And he believes it's the right thing to do.
Clayola Brown, the member of the NAACP's National Board of Directors who invited Romney to speak, said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee should not have used unemployment numbers to try to turn the crowd against Obama: "It was insensitive and quite demeaning as a matter of fact. Certainly we are aware of what the numbers are and the impact is in our communities. It's the dialogue used that we find insulting."
What did Romney say? "If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it's worse for African Americans in almost every way."
CNN host Wolf Blitzer: Well, obviously they've got something to say. He's got to answer these questions, why aren't you releasing all of your income tax returns? When exactly did you leave Bain Capital, why did you appear on these SEC documents in 2000, 2001, saying you were still there when you were running the Olympic games in Utah?
Howard Kurtz: All legitimate questions, Wolf, but I think this may be overkill on the part of the Obama campaign. All the megatonnage it has dropped on Mitt Romney's head over the many events that happened 14, 15 years ago. And I've increasingly been worried about whether the media which have been pushing a lot of these stories, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post on outsourcing, Vanity Fair on Cayman Island accounts, seem to some people to be echoing the message of the Obama campaign by raising so many questions about Romney's business background.
Lauren Ashburn, editor in chief, Daily-Download.com: I don't agree with you. I think that when it comes to this kind of stuff, the more questions the better. This is a man who's running for President of the United States of America. Ask the questions, answer the questions, if you want to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Blitzer: Because if you want to be President, you know this Howie, I'm a little surprised to hear what you're saying, because no more secrets. Everything basically becomes an open book if you want to be the President of the United States.
Kurtz: I am not saying, Wolf, that journalists shouldn't be asking these questions, probing Romney's business background. It is, after all, his principal credential for running and saying he's going to fix the economy. What I am saying, is that when you combine all the stories, all the airtime, all the column inches, it looks to many people, I'll just say this bluntly, like the press is giving much more aggressive scrutiny to Romney and his background than it ever gave to Barack Obama.
Bltizer: So when I hear you saying, and correct me if I'm wrong, that the so-called "mainstream media," "liberal media," or whatever, doing the work of the Obama campaign just like four years ago the conservative media doing the work of the McCain campaign, going after Barack Obama and the Reverend Wright issues and the other issues that were out there?
Kurtz: I don't think journalists are intending to do that, but I think it may - that may be the perception of many folks because of the 24/7 nature of these questions about Romney. There hasn't been basically another story that's broken through in the last ten days.
E! Host Chelsea Handler: Ann Coulter must hate you. Does she?
Meghan McCain: I think she has a little voodoo doll she sticks needles in every day.
Handler: She probably sees you as coming in and stealing her thunder.
McCain: If anybody compares me to Ann Coulter, I got to go away for awhile because I don't want to be anything like that woman.
[A bit later, Handler defended President Obama's job performance and declared that "I really do hope" he gets reelected:]
Handler: Honestly, there's been like three million jobs created since Obama was elected. I mean, there has been.
McCain: Do you think Obama's going to get reelected?
Handler: I don't know. I hope that he does. I really do hope that he does. I don't know. I'm not good a predicting stuff like that. I think that four years is not enough time for anybody to make a huge impact on any country. I think you need a long period of time. But I understand that, I also understand, and I'm no politico, but I understand that people are very upset with Obama. I'm not one of those people, though. I just love black guys too much.
[The liberal comedienne then went on to praise McCain's willingness to admit she uses marijuana:]
Handler: Now, do you smoke pot ever, on occasion?
Handler: Good for you, good.
McCain: I'm so high strung. I'm just alpha, type A, as I'm sure you are as well. It mellows me out, so I do on occasion.
Handler: It's good for people to admit that they do stuff like that. That's what I'm asking you for because I hate when people lie about stuff and like, "No, I never do that." Well, who cares? Just say what you do and stand behind what you do unless what you're doing is really bad.
Sean Hannity of one of the possible Romney veeps: “He has more experience than Obama.”
James Taranto: “Okay, but that’s a low standard.”
David Limbaugh, of Obamacare: “This is an adversarial system, the IRS versus the citizens.”
Rep. Allen West: "Conservatives believe that ever person who comes to America or is born here, they have a ladder that they are given as their birthright or becoming a citizen. Sometimes you fall off of that ladder, but we believe that there is a safety net that is there, and that safety net is to catch you and get you to bounce back up and continue to climb on the ladder. That's what conservatives believe. But liberals tend to believe that the safety net is a hammock, so you can stay there the rest of your life."
Woman on Hannity-Luntz focus group: “How insulting that they [liberals] picture women on bended knee to the government for free birth control and free abortions.”
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) said about the response to his comments about slavery and liberal racism: "I don't care about my critics. I understand that my country is at a very perilous situation and I'm going to use the type of words that are necessary to get the attention of the American people. I want to make sure that the United States of America, that has been around for 236 years as the beacon of liberty, freedom and democracy, continues on for our subsequent generations. Our children and grandchildren. And I really don't care about critics. I really don't care about the liberal media."
Former Virginia first lady Susan Allen handing out Krispy Kreme donuts at a new Romney campaign office: "We're gonna fill you up on sugary doughnuts today because Michelle Obama's not here to tell you, `No.'"
Mitt Romney: “Early on, one of their insiders said that their campaign was going to be based upon the strategy of, quote, ‘kill Romney.’ ...it’s something the president should take responsibility for and stop.”
Former chief Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson: “Well, it's the Obama campaign that made this not just about outsourcing, but accusing Mitt Romney personally of lying on government documents, which is a felony. That's what -- campaign officials did this. For that kind of charge, you need significant evidence in the context of a presidential campaign, which so far has not just been lacking, but fact-checking organizations of The Washington Post and FactCheck.org have said, well, you know, this case is really quite weak. There's very little evidence here. And so that, you know, is, I think, a -- it shows a tendency on the part of the Obama campaign, not just to criticize, but to vilify. So it's not enough for Romney to do outsourcing and have a debate on outsourcing. He has to be a felon. It is not just enough that he won't disclose his tax returns. They compared him to Richard Nixon in the level of secrecy. I don't think these are a particularly set of credible charges. Mitt Romney has a lot of problems, a lot of challenges on these issues. But he doesn't come across as a Nixonian criminal figure. He's more like a wealthy Boy Scout. So I think that this doesn't meet the minimal levels of credibility. In my view, this particular swift boat sinks.”
Romney: "If they (Obamacare supporters) want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy - more free stuff. But don't forget nothing is really free."
Jodi Miller: “CNN’s ratings have sunk to a 21-year low, which explains their new slogan: ‘at least we’re not MSNBC.’ ”
Paula Priesse: “One thing is clear, President Obama doesn't like people who work for a living. First he (once again) thumbs his nose at the Constitution by gutting welfare reform work requirements. Then O said this Friday, "If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." Unbelievable, this from a guy whose hand calluses come only from playing golf. Right O, dis everyone who put in 80-hour workweeks getting their businesses off the ground. This is getting tiresome, a president belittling those who risked everything in pursuit of the American dream. Or those who still find dignity in a hard day's work. Depressing to have a leader so totally clueless on what made this country great. P”
Dennis Miller of single women supporting Obama in the polls: “Young single women always have bad taste in men.”
From Rush Limbaugh’s Pearls of Wisdom:
Rush: "Nobody starts a business to create jobs. Nobody starts a business to provide health care for the community. Nobody starts a business so that the economy or the climate is safe. Nobody starts businesses for these reasons."
Rush: "Who gives a flying whatever when Romney left Bain? The media does and Obama does because that's all they've got. What a pathetic bunch of losers."
Rush: "Obama wants to be elected president by the takers. Obama wants to be the president of the nonproducers. And I'm here to tell you that our country has not gotten to the point where there are a majority of them. Now, when it comes to turnout, that's a whole different thing."
Rush: "I have to share with you the quote of the day, and it comes from Charlette Stoker Manning of the NAALCP. She told the website BuzzFeed after Romney's speech at NAALCP yesterday, 'You can't possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he's coming from. He's talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts. Black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work.'" Let me add, this is the essence of Democratic paternalism. ‘Blacks are inferior; they know nothing about business or savings accounts; they are unable to better themselves without being given a hand up. They can barely drive to work and back. That is what the Democratic party believes about Black Americans.’ What do conservatives believe? Black Americans are just as capable as any other kind of American.
Rush: "That's the express reason for the NAACP's existence. It's the primary objective, is to make sure that blacks don't vote Republican. That's all it's for, 'cause it's certainly not accomplishing anything else. Is it?"
Rush: "You know, one of the biggest lies that the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party is foisted on us for the past 50-years-plus is the lie that the Democrat Party is the savior of blacks and all minorities."
Rush: "The KKK was a wing of the Democrat Party. It was the militant wing of the Democrat Party. The KKK was created to stop blacks and whites from voting for Republicans. The earliest targets of the KKK were Republicans!"
Rush: "We all know who tore up the black family. The American welfare state tore up the black family. The American welfare state, as personified by the federal government, assumed the role of father and husband. That's how the black family got torn up."
Rush: "Romney came off as a guy who wasn't pandering to his audience. He thinks Obamacare ought to be repealed. He knows that audience doesn't want to hear that. He said it, he stuck with it, and when they booed him he smiled about it. He didn't change one thing he believes in. He didn't make one alteration in a policy that he has planned. He didn't pander in any way, shape, manner, or form."
Rush: "If you try something and it doesn't work, why would you try it again? All this stuff that never worked in the world before, you're trying it again, Obama. You're the definition of insane and we're the ones in the freaking asylum."
Rush: "There is no recession in Washington. That's where all the money is. Everybody there is doing just fine. They have no clue what's happening outside the Beltway, and I'm not just speaking euphemistically. They really don't know."
Rush: "Raising taxes on the rich slows down the economy by 1%. It's amazing that there are people who think it's a good idea. 'Cause it's all about getting even with people! It's all about being fair and getting even with people. It's about making sure some people suffer as long as everybody else is."
Rush: "The welfare rolls were reduced by 50% in four years with the passage of welfare reform. Half of the people on welfare found work in the first four years. And yesterday Obama guts it. Mr. Jobs. Mr. Work. Mr. Worried About Outsourcing. Mr. American Dream talking about working hard and getting someplace in life is what his administration's all about. All Obama wanted to do was double government dependency, which he's done."
Rush: "Let there be no doubt what Obama's main intentions are. Let there be no doubt that all of this economic disaster is not coincidence and not an accident. There is no way."
Rush: "Stephanie Cutter's got a long track record as a professional disinformationalist. She is perhaps the most qualified disinformationalist in all of the Democrat Party."
Rush: "The fact that we're even debating whether Barack Obama's qualified to be anywhere near the White House is obscene to me. If anybody has demonstrated their lack of qualifications, it's Barack Obama."
Rush: "I don't care what Mitt Romney is doing with HIS money. Capital 'H,' capital 'I,' capital 'S.' HIS money. I don't care what you are doing with YOUR money. I don't care. What I care about is what Obama is doing with all of OUR money."
Rush: "Barack Obama doesn't want to change what's going on. He doesn't want to improve the circumstances of this economy. It's altogether true. Barack Obama wants a bigger government, him in charge of it. He wants more people depending on it. It really isn't any more complicated than that."
Snarky comments from Weasel Zippers:
I believe that Weasel Zippers this week was running on maximum snark.
Obama: "I am my brother's keeper" - Obama's Brother: "He's got other issues to deal with"
"He was a handsome, roundheaded boy with a wary gaze." - Bill Ayers, Dreams From My Father
Scam Begets Scam: FTC Warns That Frauds Are Using Obamacare to Scam Consumers
21 People Faint During Obama Campaign Rally
And this is before anyone told them their share of the national debt.
Obama: Romney May Not Be "Qualified" To Think About "Economy As A Whole"..
You can fit Obama's qualifications to run the economy on the head of a pin and still have plenty of room left over.
Liberal Non-Profit Group Sending Out Pre-Filled Voter Registarion Cards To Dogs, Dead People, Non-Citizens.
But . . . but . . . but . . . voter ID laws are raaaaacist!
Elizabeth Warren (D-Fauxcahontas) Still Insisting She's Native American.
Typical leftist ego-maniac incapable of admitting she's wrong.
Kukis—I admit, I feel a little sorry for her; perhaps her mother did tell her for years about having Indian in her family. But, 1/32nd Indian?
Occupy LA Protesters Throw Rocks And Bottles At Police Officers After Being Told They Could Not Draw On The Sidewalk With Chalk.
I think I had the same argument with my 4-year-old the other day.
Tree-Rings Prove Climate Was Warmer During Roman And Medieval Times Than It Is Now, World Has Been Cooling For 2,000 Years.
Or as Al Gore calls it, an inconvenient truth.
DNC Chief Wasserman Schultz Calls Allen West "Unhinged" And "McCarthy-Esque".
Are my eyes deceiving me or did Debbie Wasserman Schultz just call someone else "unhinged?"
Hollywood Lib James Earl Jones: The Tea Party Looks Racist To Me.
Dammit! Darth Vader is on to us.
Obama Compares Economy To A Hurricane During Interview With Katrina-Ravaged New Orleans Reporter.
Could he have picked a worse analogy?
Conservatives not making any sense:
Meghan McCain, giving her opinion on a number of issues:
On climate change deniers: "I can't even touch that. Is climate change a liberal issue? We're having the hottest summer on record, and wildfires for a reason."
On gun control: "I'm a big second amendment rights supporter, but I've changed my mind about how much you need. There is no need to have more than 30 rounds at a time. Especially after Gabby Giffords."
On gay marriage: "I think gay marriage is civil rights. This generation just wants their friends to have equal rights."
On abortion: "I personally am pro-life, but I don't want to repeal Roe v. Wade. I think there would be riots in the streets. It's such a private choice for a woman and I don't like telling people how they should live their lives. Talking about abortion makes me uncomfortable, the vaginal probe [issue] makes me uncomfortable, and it shames women."
On marijuana legalization: "Look what's going on with marijuana in this country. I just smoked it in this book."
On Democrats and Republicans today: "Democrats have co-opted the Lady Gaga cool factor. I worry that Republicans are going to miss the boat on the young generation."
On how she's been received by the Republican party: "Old school Republicans [look at me and] it's like I'm talking about killing Ronald Reagan."
On who she'd like to see as a Republican president, other than her father: "Is Mitt Romney the wrong answer? [laughs] I'd like to see Lindsay Graham or Joe Lieberman." (Lieberman, a former Democrat, still caucuses with Democratic candidates.)
These quotes come from a story titled: Meghan McCain Is A Democrat, She Just Doesn't Know It I think you can add that to a fairly long list.
32 second Romney ad; it is devastating. Called, What happened?
1.5 minutes ad on how the Stimulus Bill spent a lot of money outsourcing jobs.
Romney takes off the gloves and calls Obama a liar.
RNC ad on Obama’s “War on Women.”
Crossroads GPS ad, “Excuses.” They have tons of excellent vids.
CNN confirms that Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, from 4 Bain employees, 3 of which are Democrats, 2 of them active Obama supporters.
Romney at the NAACP in Houston. Short clip. The one you didn’t see.
CNN reports that Obama’s tax increases could cut GDP growth by 30–50%. Now, when did they start reporting the news?
Along the same lines, Obama supporter Ed Rendell, said that the Obama campaign has gone too far with their attacks on Bain Capital.
Syrian Jihadists blow themselves up while praising suicide bomber. I am assuming that this is a legitimate description of the video.
Kirk Cameron video on marriage. He is attacked pretty regularly for his vocal pro-marriage stance.
Al Sharpton’s show does a dramatic re-enactment of a discussion at a Romney fundraiser in the Hamptons. President Obama out-raised Romney in the Hamptons.
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Random Acts of Journalism
CNN asks Romney, “Do you believe you are being swift-boated in this campaign?”
This past week, I have noticed several stories coming out of CNN which seem, pardon the expression, fair and balanced, and, omigosh, how do you put it?, objective. It is kind of a shock to see this in a franchise that use to carry the water for Obama 90% of the time.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Host: John, when the Romney campaign says he had nothing to do with the company post-1999, is there any reason to doubt that's true? What benefit possibly would they get from not being fully accurate about his dealings there?
John King, CNN CHIEF national correspondent: When you show those SEC filings, there's the reason to doubt it. And they're going to have to explain that away. That's a government document. It is filed with the United States government.
Here's how they explain it. They say he left in February 1999, that it took almost two years to have the new management team put in place, and that they're required by law until that new team is in place to list Romney as the top guy.
Is there any evidence that he had a hands-on role? No. You heard what Governor Romney said, "The Washington Post," FactCheck.org, our partners at "Fortune" magazine. I today have either spoke or communicated by e-mail with four current or former Bain officials. Three of these four are Democrats. Two of them are active Obama supporters in campaign 2012.
They were all there at the time. They say Mitt Romney left in a hurry in February 1999 to take over the Olympics and he was never involved after that to their knowledge, not in any meetings. Not signing any documents. Not involved in any deals. Again, three of these four are Democrats, and they say what the Obama campaign is saying isn't true.
Cooper: So, David, is this an overreach, overreaction by the Obama campaign trying to fit it into the narrative that they have been running with now over the last couple of days?
David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst: It certainly may well be.
I talked today to two of the senior leaders of Bain Capital, people I have known for a long time. They said exactly what John King just reported, that when the request came in from the Olympics for him to come out there, he said, guys, you know, I don't really want to go, but in the end I think I must.
And he left within five to 10 days. It was a real hurry. A lot of the documents that pertain to a number of entities took a while to unwind. They were in no hurry because they didn't think there was anything like this ever coming.
But the critical thing is, what they said, to a person, is after February 1999, he made no calls on behalf of Bain Capital. He made no hiring decisions. He made no investment decisions. And they suggested another way to check this would be to talk to people who invested in the next round of fund-raising -- money raising for Bain Capital about whether they thought he was running things. And they said, if you check with him, you'll find they thought he had left.
Time magazine's Michael Scherer, not a Romney backer, slammed the Obama spot as "centered on a clear untruth": ”Here is the part that is false: "Romney backed a law that outlaws all abortion even in cases of rape or incest." Romney has not backed a law like that.
“His stated position since 2005, when he went from being a pro-choice politician to a pro-life politician, is that he supports an exemption for rape, incest and risk to the life of the mother. He said it here to the Des Moines Register in December of 2011, and here in the National Review in June of 2011. He said it all through the 2007 campaign. He even said it in 2005 in a Boston Globe Op-Ed announcing the end of his pro-choice approach to politics. "I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother," he wrote. Not much nuance there.
“But the hobgoblin of a politician opposing abortion with an exemption for rape and incest is far less scary than the hobgoblin of a politician who believes a raped woman must bring the resulting child to term. So the Obama campaign has made up a scary falsehood. They justify the falsehood by pointing to this single exchange from a 2007 debate, in which Romney says he would hypothetically like the idea of an America with a broad consensus that all abortion was a bad thing.”
1) People did not get what Obama was doing by removing the “work seeking” requirements of women on welfare. If they stop seeking work, they are out of the job market; if they are out of the job market, Black unemployment will go down. Not because more blacks are working but because fewer blacks are looking for work. The president needs some quick numbers to show that Black unemployment is going in the right direction. This could have that affect.
2) I really don’t get the drama about the U.S. Olympic uniforms—they were purchased in China, and this was a bad idea. However, this was not done with taxpayer money, so they have the option of doing whatever they want. If we threw out all of the clothing that we wear that is made in other countries (as Senator Harry Reid suggested should be done with the Olympic uniforms), then many areas of the United States would appear to be nudist camps. However, Brian Williams did a story on this, calling such outrage jingoism (referring mostly to FoxNews). That is also pretty lame.
By the Numbers
The national debt has now increased by more than $64,000 per federal taxpayer since Barack Obama was inaugurated president.
Wealthy Americans earn about 50 percent of all income but pay nearly 70 percent of the federal tax burden, according to the latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
President Barack Obama's campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.
In just three years President Obama has increased the federal workforce ten times as much as President Reagan did in eight years.
Unemployment rate for 2012 graduates is 16.8%.
Unions spent $4.4 billion over the past 7 years, which takes in one presidential election.
There seems to be a kurfuffle out there as to where it is 40+% of doctors are considering getting out of the doctor biz over Obamacare, or 83%. If Obamacare is odious to even 10% of the doctors, that is problematic.
Polling by the Numbers
Gallup (of registered voters):
75% of voters said that Romney's riches made no difference in their voting preferences,
20% said that it made them less likely to vote for him,
4% said that Romney's wealth made it more likely that they would vote for him.
U.S. voters say: 14% say America's economy is "excellent" or "good" while 86% say "not so good" or "poor."
The Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey:
50% of voters said they "strongly" agreed with enacting the Arizonan immigration law,
17% "somewhat" agreed.
29% strongly or somewhat disagreed,
and the rest were uncertain.
Washington Post Poll (placed on p. A13)
"Americans are leery of broad-based tax increases. More than 70% oppose policies that would rely on tax increases on electricity or gas to change individual behavior, while 66% favor tax breaks to curb greenhouse gas emissions." Well, at least they put it in the paper.
Washington Post/ABC News Poll:
Do you think we are generally going in the right direction as a country?
All adults 33% 63%
Independents 26% 70%
Liberal Democrats 66% 33%
A Little Bias
Bill O’Reilly showed that taxing the rich would actually pay for an additional 8.5 days of spending each year. “It’s not going to be on the front page because they [our news services] don’t want to tell the truth.” Now try to find any news service which mentions this. If you really want more free stuff (well, actually, the free stuff we are currently getting), then raise taxes on the poor and middle class...or cut spending. This ought to be front page news, with Obama telling every audience, “We need to tax the rich just a little bit more.” A little bit more means, 8.5 more days are paid for this year. Take all of their money, and a year will be covered...but not year 2.
Almost every news program and article I have seen on Romney speaking to the NAACP has focused on him being booed for saying that he would do away with Obamacare, with the weirdest explanations (most of them suggest that Romney is looking to gin up racist voters who, prior to this, did not think he was racist enough. Few of these articles mention that he got a standing ovation at the end of his speech.
What the media does most often is ignore many of the things which occur, e.g., the 1300 pastors who went to Houston to protest the NAACP’s support for gay marriage. Of the major new organizations, it was on a blog for the Houston Chronicle; it was in the Washington Examiner, on the Huffington Post, and on no other liberal new source that I could find (3 pages of google links).
The New York Times does a story on an Arizona abortion law (which was passed and is now being challenged in court). The story makes it sound as though, on one side (the pro-abortion side), you have A group of doctors and women's rights advocates. And on the other side, you have Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative Christian group that helped write the law.
The are a host of articles on Romney fundraisers where the cars of the attendees are discussed or the protests are front and center; and don’t forget those evil Koch brothers. But, Obama campaigns, which are far more numerous and involve the same things, news reporters are, at worst, caught up in the glam of it all.
Occupy violence erupted in Los Angeles on Thursday with protesters using slogans such as "Kill the cops." NBC skipped the story on Friday's Today. CBS This Morning and ABC's Good Morning America offered a combined 31 seconds. This is what the news does—if there is a story that makes their side look bad, they often ignore it.
Freeloaders = those who do not buy insurance or buy the wrong kind of medical insurance.
Outsourced jobs = jobs moved overseas, offshore jobs
News Before it Happens
Although we are a long ways off, with Black unemployment as high as 16%, this is tough for the President. He is going to try to deal with this number by removing more blacks from the “seeking employment” rolls. However, enthusiasm will be down and voter turnout, therefore, will be down. The Obama edge of Black voters may be cut down to 90% or less.
Hugo Chavez Declares His Crotch Cancer Free - the Malignant Tumor Metastasizing on His Neck Remains — Weasel Zippers
Flying Pigs Alert: Pro-Pot Publication Praises Bush; Slams Obama (from NewsBusters)
1300 Black Pastors Demonstrate Against NAACP over gay marriage and abortion
Illegal Immigrants Get Many Government Benefits
Republican McConnell wants a vote on ending Bush tax cuts for rich
3 Pinocchios again to Obama ad
High Level Democrats Have Overseas Investments too
Obama Shutting Down Border Stations
Pastor holding home Bible study put in Jail—in Arizona
Egypt television shows beheading of Christian
Come, let us reason together....
Obama Energy Official Calls Loan Guarantee Program Responsible for Solyndra "Enormous Success"
House Energy & Commerce Committee
Surprising Declaration Comes One Week after Abound Solar, which Received $400 Million Loan Guarantee, Filed for Bankruptcy
WASHINGTON, DC - During today's hearing on the Upton-Stearns "No More Solyndras Act," the Acting Executive Director of the DOE Loan Program Office, David G. Frantz, proclaimed the program responsible for Solyndra as an "enormous success." The statement comes a week after Abound Solar became the latest loan recipient to announce bankruptcy. With the bankruptcies starting to pile up, and taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars, the Obama DOE's definition of success is cause for concern.
Enormous success? Unfortunately, Solyndra is just one of a growing list of the Obama Department of Energy's stimulus failures:
• Abound Solar - The solar manufacturer received a $400 million DOE stimulus loan guarantee - BANKRUPT
• Solyndra - The solar manufacturer received a $535 million DOE stimulus loan guarantee - BANKRUPT
• Beacon Power - The solar company received a $43 million DOE stimulus loan guarantee - BANKRUPT
• Nevada Geothermal Power - Internal audit for the firm that received a $98.5 million stimulus loan guarantee revealed $98 million in net losses and significant debt. MAJOR LOSSES & DEBT
• Ener1 - The battery maker, #67 on the White House list of 100 Projects that are Changing America, received a $118.5 million stimulus grant - BANKRUPT
• A123 - The battery maker received a $249 million DOE stimulus grant - LAYOFFS
• Fisker Automotive - The electric vehicle manufacturer received a $529 million DOE ATVM stimulus loan - LAYOFFS
http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=9696 (links for each company can be found at that site).
The ghost of Ronald Reagan haunting President Obama
By Bill O'Reilly
Mr. Obama opened up a new front in his battle against Mitt Romney today by going back to the "tax the rich" mantra. The President trying to force Romney into defending wealthy Americans by opposing tax increases on them.
So, say hello once again to our little friend, class warfare. But here is an interesting side bar. The ghost of Ronald Reagan may be haunting President Obama. 32 years ago America was also in bad economic times. The incumbent President Jimmy Carter had expanded the federal government and lost control of the private sector. Unemployment and inflation were very big problems.
The challenger, Ronald Reagan, took full advantage of that portraying Carter as incompetent; and of course, Reagan won the election. On January 20th, 1981 Ronald Reagan said this in his inaugural address.
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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.
But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending.
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O'REILLY: And Mr. Reagan kept his promise in that address dropping the federal income tax rate for the highest earners from 70 percent to 28 percent. Mr. Reagan went on to say that a large federal government was a problem, not a solution.
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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government.
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O'REILLY: Mr. Reagan kept the federal government mostly in check during his eight years in office, adding about 12,000 workers in that time. By contrast, Jimmy Carter added almost 100,000 federal jobs in just four years. During Mr. Obama's first three years in office, the feds have added about 130,000 employees... more than 10 times what Reagan added in eight years. So you can see that Mr. Obama's philosophy is the exact opposite of Mr. Reagan's.
But history shows President Reagan was successful in reviving the American economy. So that's why Mr. Obama's policies are a bit perplexing.
In June, just 80,000 jobs are created in the USA, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but 85,000 workers... 85,000 left the marketplace in order to get disability payments.
Since June of 2009, there have been 2.6 million jobs created in America. But 3.1 million people have gone on disability. The math is clear... American workers are leaving their jobs to get paid by the taxpayers. And disability payments are at a record rate. That's a disaster for America.
Yet Mr. Obama continues to believe that he can tax his way out of the situation that raising taxes on the wealthy will somehow stimulate the economy. But listen to this. Say President Obama gets his way and he's able to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year? Say that happens... that rate hike would generate about $85 billion a year in increased revenue.
But right now, the feds are spending $85 billion every eight and a half days according to the Treasury Department. So it's all a ruse, this whole "tax the rich" deal means little in bringing down the deficit or anything else positive.
Look at this tax chart put together by the ISI group which invests money for institutions. It shows President Obama wants to raise the income tax rate for wealthiest Americans to 39.6 percent. Governor Romney wants the rate to drop to 28 percent like Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Obama would tax dividends, stuff you get from savings, at 43.4 percent in the top bracket. Governor Romney would tax them at 15 percent. President Obama would double the cap gains tax rate to 30 percent for everybody. Mr. Romney would keep it at 15 percent.
Now, if you double cap gains that would prevent me, a private investor, from aggressively putting any money in the market. The risk reward is simply too great. And I'm sure I'm not alone in that thinking.
So let me ask you, if Ronald Reagan was successful in reviving the American economy by dropping the tax rates for everybody, why would anyone think President Obama can revive the economy by doing the exact opposite? By raising rates for investors and the affluent? It doesn't make any sense. But still the President is betting big on that vision.
Here is what he said again today.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: I'm calling on Congress to extend the tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 for another year.
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O'REILLY: Congress, of course, is not going to do that. And if the Republicans win in November, federal tax rates will fall. Ironically, a few years ago, Mr. Obama was saying the exact opposite of what he said today.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession because that would just suck up, take more demand out of economy. And put businesses in a further halt.
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O'REILLY: That's right. "Talking Points" would support federal tax hikes on the wealthy if I thought they would help the folks. But there's absolutely no evidence more revenue to the government would do anything other than allowing President Obama to hire even more federal workers.
The President is not behind cutting spending. He's not stimulating the private sector. And he doesn't seem to be worried about America's massive debt. But the ghost of Ronald Reagan must be worried because this is 1980 all over again.
And that's "The Memo."
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/2012/07/10/bill-oreilly-ghost-ronald-reagan-haunting-president-obama#ixzz20ivEfvLO (for video)
Business Friendly States
by Human Events
As if we need any more proof that reckless spending and high taxes impede economic growth, CNBC's new survey, America's Top State for Business, is an indictment of progressive economic policy. It finds that Texas - for the third time in five years - is the most accommodating state for business. And it's no mystery why.
We already knew that Texas, which, over the years has instituted a number of free-market economic reforms, leads the nation in net creation of jobs with 410,400 between May 2007 and May 2012. In the meantime, 41 states have yet to reach their pre-recession job levels. California, for instance, has lost 891,200 since the recession started in 2007.
You'll also notice similarities between states that rank high on the CNBC list - namely that most of the leadership in those states supports economic policies that mirror the national Republican platform.
Here are the top 20 most-friendly business states according to CNBC:
The top 10 features only one Democrat governor - John Hickenlooper of Colorado-who, it should be noted, is about as business friendly as any politician can be in today's Democratic Party. In the top 20, there are only five Democratic governors.
This will make you laugh; why Obama eats ice cream cones with a spoon now. Really. Many photos.
Democrats Broke Up the Black Family
RUSH: We have another one: Amos Brown. Amos Brown, an NAACP board member, is criticizing Romney for "his references to the importance of family. 'For him to come here and lecture us about the family -- he doesn't need to be talking to Negros about that,' Brown said. 'Who tore up the family?'" Amos Brown said that, implying that Romney and the Republicans tore up the black family.
RUSH: Yep, there it is, folks, right there, the Washington Examiner. The DC Examiner and the headline of the story: "NAACP Crowd Calls Romney Demeaning and Insulting."
By the way, this is gonna be the last on this for a while. We're gonna move on to other things. I gotta tell you about Amos Brown of San Francisco. Amos Brown is a board member of the NAALCP. Well, let me say he's a member of the board. A board member could mean he's bored with the whole thing and I wouldn't blame him, but we'll call him a member of the board.
NAACP, Amos Brown called Romney's address to the NAALCP an insult to them, including Romney's references to the importance of family. So Romney goes in, treats 'em as adults, treats 'em as equals, talks to 'em about his policies, and they're insulted. This guy, Amos Brown, said, "For him to come here and lecture us about the family -- he doesn't need to be talking to Negros about that. Who tore up the family?" Well, we all know who tore up the black family. The American welfare state tore up the black family. The American welfare state, as personified by the federal government, assumed the role of father and husband. That's how the black family got torn up. The Democrat Party did it, Mr. Brown, and you damn well know it.
So here once again, Romney goes in, what's he supposed to tell 'em? "You know what? I'm gonna bring you 15% unemployment. I'm gonna put even more of you on food stamps. I'm gonna give you more of what Obama's done," and they would have applauded him? I'll tell you what, the more these people at the NAACP speak up and give us a chance to tell people what they said, 'cause the Drive-Bys are not gonna report this. You're not gonna see this or hear audiotape. You're not gonna read this in mainstream media publications. You're not gonna read about this Stoker babe and her comments. You're not gonna read about Amos Brown here. But as long as they keep talking this is gonna end up being a bigger win-win for Romney. These people come off as just small, inconsequential, and really out of the mainstream.
Small Businessman Decides to Close
RUSH: Who's next? Don in Chicago. Don, I'm glad you held on. You're on Open Line Friday next. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. Last night I was sitting down with my wife 'til almost 1:30 in the morning. I'm self-employed, I'm a painting contractor. We were doing payroll and we were doing the quarterly taxes, and I was looking at the numbers and it's just not going. I've been in business 20 years, and I think I gotta just close shop and call it a day and go get a job. Because I'm borrowing money. I'm not paying myself. I'm paying my guys. My guys aren't working full weeks anymore. It's been going downhill for the last three, four years.
RUSH: Isn't sitting down and doing the quarterly a pain? Isn't that depressing?
CALLER: Ugh. I hate it.
RUSH: I gotta tell you, I know, man. I know exactly where you're coming from. I despise it. If most people had to pay their taxes that way --
RUSH: -- it would be the biggest tax reform we ever had.
CALLER: Absolutely. I've been listening to you for 20 years. I'm inspired by you. It's what keeps me going. I'm sitting here in my family room. I'm looking at a picture of my son who is a sergeant in the Marine Corps, and I know if I was talking to him right now, he would say, "Dad, don't do it. Don't quit. Don't do it." But reality being what it is, Rush, I don't see anything getting better.
RUSH: Wait a second. Who's quitting? If you shut down your business 'cause it's not viable and you go get a job someplace, or you try to, you're not quitting anything.
CALLER: I know but I --
RUSH: You're just changing your strategy.
CALLER: I understand, but I feel like I'm failing. You know, I feel like I've been beat.
RUSH: Don, I'll tell you what: You're in Chicago. If I were you I'd be thanking the Lord every day I'm still alive.
CALLER: (laughing) I'm outside of Chicago, but, yeah.
RUSH: You gotta learn to look at the positives here.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah.
RUSH: Your mayor is looking out for you.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, he isn't my mayor, I live out in the suburbs, but I understand. I understand. It's just, you know, I feel like I've been beat up. I'm trying to stay in the ring and I just keep on getting knocked out, keep on getting back up.
RUSH: You said you're a painting contractor.
CALLER: That's correct.
RUSH: You own your business.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: What kind of painting? Residential, construction, business, what kind? Anything you can get?
CALLER: Well, that lately, but we kind of specialize in retirement communities so it's kind of residential commercial work. And with the economy being the way it is, these people aren't moving into retirement communities 'cause they can't sell their properties.
RUSH: Right. They can't afford to retire. I got a story right here. It's in Forbes: "Why You Should Plan on Working to Age 70." It's 'cause if you don't, you're either gonna get wiped out by a death panel or you're gonna starve because there isn't gonna be a retirement for you.
CALLER: I understand. I understand.
RUSH: So the seasoned citizens are not moving into retirement homes at a rapid enough rate for you to go in there and paint the walls.
CALLER: That's correct. And these are high-end communities. One of them's up in Lake Forest, and these people have million-dollar homes that are now worth, you know, five and six hundred thousand-dollars. You know, properties that they can't sell because they're not gonna let 'em go and they can't afford to move in and have a double mortgage payment. So they're just sitting.
RUSH: Well, go on welfare.
CALLER: (chuckles) Never.
RUSH: They just reformed that. You don't even have to work anymore. Go on welfare.
CALLER: Never, Rush. I'm not gonna be a burden anywhere. I'm not gonna file bankruptcy. I'm gonna close up and slowly pay down the money I owe and I'll just find a job. It's the right thing to do, but it's not... I just don't want to do it. I just don't want to do it.
RUSH: I know. How many employees do you have?
CALLE: Well, I've had as many as 15, but now we're down to like three guys. I'm not even counting myself. And lately we haven't been putting in 40-hour weeks 'cause the work is so sporadic.
RUSH: But you still have to pay 'em?
CALLER: Absolutely! I'm cutting their checks right now and I'm not getting one. (laughing)
RUSH: Well, the employees always eat first.
CALLER: Absolutely. Absolutely.
RUSH: Then after a while none of 'em appreciate it anyway.
CALLER: Well, my wife had to take a job four years ago just to kind of pick up the slack so we could drop the health care that I was paying for. So now she's picking up the health care. Our kids are grown up and married, so that's not a burden on us.
RUSH: Well, health care is free now. That Supreme Court took care of that.
RUSH: You got it better off out there than you actually know.
CALLER: I'm glad I called, Rush. (laughing)
RUSH: (laughing) I'm glad you did, too.
CALLER: You're really making me feel great. (laughing)
RUSH: I'm sorry. Look, I am so ticked off today, I can't describe it. I don't mean to be shoveling that all on you. I really understand your frustration. I feel for you. What's happening to you and people like you has me burning under the collar. What's happening to this country, it just frosts me. I can't tell you how mad it makes me.
CALLER: You know, Rush, for years...
RUSH: It frustrates me that I can't do anything about this. I know what to do about this. So many other people know what to do. We are hamstrung. We are prisoners to a bunch of people who are happy that you are in the circumstance that you're in.
RUSH: That's what ticks me off. It ticks me off! This is the greatest country on earth. I get e-mails from people in your circumstance, phone calls from people like you, and it's so damned unnecessary. And it's happening because there are people that want it to happen. I can't tell you how it ticks me off. It ticks me off that more people don't realize it for what it is.
CALLER: For years I've heard you say -- and it's one of the favorite things I've ever heard you say -- there could be a recession, there could be a depression, but I'm not participating. And that's the attitude I've always taken, that somehow I'm gonna work through this. I can make things happen. And if I could just get a lead, I can make things happen. I'm a salesman; I can do it. But lately I've just been feeling like I'm fighting the world.
RUSH: The deck is stacked against you as it's never been stacked against you. You have your government working against you now. You have institutions working against you. You have people who are drawing up plans for this to happen as it's happening.
CALLER: (groans) Oh, it's bad.
RUSH: That's what you're up against. That's what makes this different. You know, and I have said it. I've often said, "You're gonna have a recession? Fine. I'm not participating." (sigh) It's still possible to do that, but we've not been in a circumstance like this. We have not been in an economic downturn caused by the White House and prolonged by the White House, with policy after policy after policy that is oriented toward creating the circumstance that you're in.
RUSH: So you've got all kinds of double whammies. Then you, on the other hand, are an entrepreneur. You're a business owner. Most people think you're rolling in dough. You own your own business.
CALLER: Ha! No. That's not the way it is. I'm trying to make ends meet like everyone else.
RUSH: Have you thought about painting housing projects? Maybe figure out where all these people Obama's taking care of are and go paint where they are.
CALLER: (laughing) I guess I gotta start thinking outside the box a little more.
RUSH: Well, you do. For real!
RUSH: You do. You're up against odds that you've not been up against, and you're up against things that you never thought you'd be up against.
CALLER: No, this is a whole different season. I've been in business for 20 years, I've been in the trades for 32, and I've never seen anything that even was close to this. Never.
RUSH: And no end in sight.
CALLER: No. And that's why, you know, when you're sitting downstairs in the basement in your office and you're looking at your wife and she's looking at you like, "This is bad. We need to change strategy. We gotta look at this as a reality and I think you gotta go get a job."
CALLER: And I couldn't even sleep last night, Rush. I couldn't even sleep.
RUSH: I really feel for you. It frustrates me. I wish there were things that we all could do. See, there are! That's what's frustrating. There are things to do. There are things that could fix this, or at least get started on a parts of having this fixed right now. They could be done, and we're sitting here debating when the hell Romney left Bain.
It just frosts me.
RUSH: Our last caller was Don outside Chicago. Don, seriously, something you might look into. All these foreclosed homes have to be kept up. The banks have to keep 'em up, and I guarantee you, there's a bunch of 'em in the Chicagoland area. As part of your investigation, Don, about maybe packing up and becoming an employee, before you do that, call on some lending institutions and find out if there's any work to be done in maintaining foreclosed properties, 'cause there's a hell of a lot of them out there.
Folks, let me tell you something. What bothers me about this is that every day in the media, we get horse race crap. We got poll after poll after poll, how's Obama doing here, how's Obama doing there. The country is crumbling. It's literally falling apart at the foundations around everybody except in Washington. There is no recession in Washington. That's where all the money is. Everybody there is doing just fine. They have no clue what's happening outside the Beltway, and I'm not just speaking euphemistically. They really don't know. They should; it's their job. They live in this world where they can pursue all these issues in an academic and anecdotal way as though there's reality attached to it.
Eight-point-two unemployment means something; 14.4% unemployment in the black community means something. Economic growth of zero means something. It has impact on real people. And all these people in the media, they're liberals, they supposedly have all this care and compassion and concern for their fellow man. There are lives being changed for the worse and forever out there because of the policies of this guy, and none of that matters to them. All that matters is how they can massage the news every day so that this guy doesn't look bad and maybe get reelected. To do what? More of this? What is happening to this country that these people support? What is happening to this country that these people want more of?
Well, there are answers to those questions, and they ought to scare you to death. There are people who want more of this, and if they don't want more of this, there are people who will guarantee more of this by virtue of keeping in power those running the show now. Meanwhile, real people are seeing their businesses close up, their life's work count for nothing, their savings go away to zilch. Kids up to debt $200,000 just to go to stupid schools. There's real life happening out here that's being destroyed and these people are so unaware of it, no concern whatsoever.
Breitbart.com: Obama: Romney Not Qualified on 'Economy as a Whole'
Forbes.com: Why You Should Plan on Working to Age 70 - Kerry Hannon
Romney Treated the NAALCP as an Audience of Equals and That Scares the Left
RUSH: The first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man. That was Joe Biden back in 2007. Biden spoke to the NAALCP today and he got booed when he left. He got booed when he said he was going to stop speaking. I think the audience didn't want the laughs to stop.
Hi, folks. How are you? Rush Limbaugh here, and we are back, three full hours of broadcast excellence. Telephone number, 800-282-2882, if you want to be on the program.
And just as predicted yesterday, the media, all they can do, all they've been doing is running nonstop repeats -- it's like the Rodney King beating all over again -- of Romney being booed at the NAACP yesterday. The media is as excited as they were during the Rodney King beating, replaying that thing over and over and over. And Pelosi, Pelosi may be the one that has figured this out. Did you hear what Pelosi said? Pelosi said to Bloomberg TV it was all a setup, that Romney wanted to be booed by the NAALCP, that he went there for the express purpose of ticking 'em off so that he would get booed because Romney was playing to the racist white vote. That it is a benefit -- is what she meant -- it is a benefit to Romney for the rest of the voters in America, to get booed by the NAACP.
Now, if she's right, then the State-Controlled Media has certainly fallen into his trap. (laughing) Romney laid this cleverly -- well, formulated plan, a trap, and the media's fallen right into it 'cause they're playing that clip, as I said, like it's like the Second Coming of the Rodney King beating. (interruption) Yes, yes, we mentioned he got a standing O at the end of the speech, but they're not mentioning that. They're not talking about that. In fact, let me ask you, how disgusting would it have been -- what did Romney get booed for? He said he's going to repeal Obamacare. So these people, I guess, want higher taxes, they want death panels, they want all of the chaos that's going to come with Obamacare.
Imagine if Romney had told them what they wanted to hear, how would that have gone? If Romney had told the NAALCP what they wanted to hear, he would have said, "Under a Romney administration, we will get even more blacks on food stamps than President Obama has." Yeah, right on, dude, right on. We've gotta be honest about this, Snerdley. Romney got booed for articulating policies that would improve the lives of every American. He did. He got booed for policies that are designed to improve the lives and lifestyles of every American, did he not?
Okay. So what could he have said that would have generated applause? Well, I was thinking about it. He could have said, "Under a Romney administration, we will get even more of you on food stamps than President Obama has." Right on. "We will keep unemployment above 14% for black Americans, and we will raise the minimum wage so that 75% of blacks won't have a job." Right on, dude, right on. (interruption) You say he would have been booed if he said that? No, wait a minute. He was booed for saying the opposite, because Romney's policies want to reduce black unemployment. Romney's policies want to reduce the number of people on food stamps. Romney's policies want more people working, and that got booed, so I'm simply asking what could he have said that would have generated cheer?
He got booed for telling the truth. Biden got booed because he stopped lying. Biden's speech was a lie. He ends his speech, they boo. The audience wanted Biden to keep lying to 'em. They asked the spokeskid, Jay Carney, "Why isn't Obama here?" The spokeskid said, (paraphrasing) "President Obama, he doesn't go in for voting bloc speeches," or something like that. He doesn't pay attention to voting blocs. And Donna Brazile said that Obama was there in spirit. We have that. Grab audio sound bite number seven. Wolf Blitzer is ticked off that Obama didn't go the NAALCP. Did you hear about that? Everything CNN's doing is a ratings ploy these days. Here's Brazile, and Wolf Blitzer said, "I think he shoulda gone as well. I think Obama should have gone. Why didn't he go?"
BRAZILE: First of all, I thought the president was there in spirit. Eric Holder was there yesterday. The vice president's gone.
RUSH: He was there in spirit. See, here's the thing. Mitt Romney treated the members of the NAALCP as though they were independent thinking adult citizens, and he got booed. He treated them with respect, and he got booed. He treated them with equality. He treated 'em as equals. He got booed. Another sound bite. This is a good one. I'm not playing this because I'm in it. This is another one of those days where, if I wanted to, every sound bite could be me. This is Jonathan Karl on Good Morning America today and they're doing a report on Romney's speech.
KARL: Rush Limbaugh went after President Obama for not even showing up to speak.
RUSH ARCHIVE: To send Biden to the NAALCP, the first black president, election year, can't show up to your convention? He's confident they'll boo Romney simply cause Romney's white.
KARL: Four years ago then-candidate John McCain took a different approach and praised his opponent.
MCCAIN: Senator Obama talks about making history, and he's made quite a bit of it already. And the way was prepared by this venerable organization and others like it.
KARL: And he received a standing ovation.
RUSH: See? The media wants Romney to do what McCain did. I had forgotten this, but now I play this sound bite and I'm reminded. McCain went to the NAALCP, he praised Obama, and then praised the NAALCP. He even praised the Congressional Black Caucasians for preparing Obama for his history making campaign, and he did indeed get a standing ovation. And he got shellacked in the election. But he did what the media wanted him to do. He went in there and he praised Obama, and he praised the NAALCP and the Congressional Black Caucasians for preparing Obama for his moment in history. Right on, Senator, you just killed yourself, and we love it. We can't be happier. You came here, and you fell on your sword for us, and you know what that's gonna get you? Defeat.
Now, I realize it may be somewhat controversial to say, and I certainly am no stranger to controversy, but I live in Realville, and logic and common sense perhaps are my burden. I'm burdened with logic. I'm burdened with common sense. If Romney goes in there, treats them as equals, if he treated them as independent thinking adults and gets booed, then what could he have said to engender applause? And I'm thinking more of the same? He could have gone in and promised what Obama's gonna give 'em. He got applause on gay marriage. He got applause on that. But I'm not dealing with what really happened in there, Snerdley. I'm dealing with a perception. Perception's reality, and the perception is he got booed all day long. That's the media. Every news story from last night, yesterday afternoon, through today, is that Romney got booed. That's what I'm dealing with.
So if he got booed for treating them as independent thinking adult citizens, what could he have been praised for? Giving them more of what Obama's given 'em? I guess that's what they're happy with? Okay, how about 15% unemployment. "I, Mitt Romney guarantee 15% unemployment in the black community." Right on. That's what we want to hear. "Now, I guarantee that 80% of black Americans will be on food stamps after my second year in office." Right on. That's exactly what we want to hear. (interruption) Well, of course it sounds absurd, but the whole thing's absurd. This is my point.
The Obamacare tax gets cheered because Obama has lied about every aspect of it. Democrats are convinced they can trade food stamps for votes, cash in on the ignorance of the people that they lie to. I mean it's the lowest form of politics. It's a betrayal. Obama and the Democrats get away with betraying these people, and these people applaud them. The Democrats have promised variations on a Utopian theme since LBJ's Great Society. The intent was to do nothing more than buy votes with trinkets of dependency and false hope. And so fraud has been the Democrats' platform for black America for 50 years. And yesterday it was illustrated, that the Democrat Party platform is fraud. Yesterday on this program, ladies and gentlemen, talking about what Romney was doing and so forth, I ventured this opinion.
RUSH ARCHIVE: Now, what do I think Romney was really doing here in this speech today? I don't think he was speaking to that audience. That's why I kinda got a little short with Snerdley. I think Romney used the forum. He knew there's media there. I think he used the forum to try to take the occasion here to spread his own message about the economy and everything else he's trying to accomplish in his campaign. I think he used this event as an opportunity, rather than to speak to these people directly as his primary purpose.
RUSH: So we put together a montage of various media figures all over the place -- from the Washington Post, to CNN, to NBC, to Nancy Pelosi -- and this is what we found when we put the montage together.
JOY-ANN REID: He went in there with an eye toward an audience which is really not black voters.
MIKE VIQUEIRA: Mitt Romney intentionally and willfully antagonized the audience down in Houston today!
BROOKE BALDWIN: That whole line about repealing Obamacare? Could he -- Maybe? -- have been aiming at his own base with that one?
BEN JEALOUS: He really wasn't trying to talk to them. He was trying to talk to somebody else.
WILLIE BROWN: He did not speak to the working-class people who were in that room. He spoke beyond them.
JONATHAN CAPEHART: The other audience is still his core constituency, his base.
CORNELL BELCHER: He wasn't there to try to have a conversation with NAACP. He was there this afternoon to have a conversation with his Republican base.
NANCY PELOSI: It was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention.
RUSH: Yeah, so I guess I called it. Show prep for the rest of the media. I said he was speaking to people beyond the audience, and that's what these people thought, too, and that was Pelosi at the end. It was "a calculated move to get booed." Why would he want to get booed? What's the calculation, that it's helpful to get booed at the NAACP? That's very cynical, is it not, folks? How much cynicism do you have to have to sit there and think Romney purposely went in there to get booed by the NAALCP so as to benefit him with other voting blocs? I can't imagine anybody doing anything like that, not in American politics. It's a new low. I can't fathom it.
Romney himself, last night on Fox News Channel, was with Neil Cavuto, who said, "What's your reaction to the fact that you got a booed in there?"
ROMNEY: I think we expected that, of course. But, you know, I'm gonna give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs. And if jobs is the priority, then we're gonna have to replace Obamacare with something that actually holds down health care costs, as opposed to causing more spending for the government and more spending for American families.
RUSH: Exactly. He went in there and he treated 'em like independent-thinking adults, as good citizens. He got booed for telling them how he wanted to improve their lives and the lives of all Americans. He got booed for it. And he knew he was going to. He shoulda gone in there and promised more disaster, promised more calamity. Now, the response from one NAALCP leader after his speech was quite telling.
Charlette Stoker Manning is a chairwoman of Women in NAALCP. It's a subgroup. You have the NAALCP, and then under that umbrella you got the Congressional Black Caucasians, and then you have the Women in NAALCP. So there's actually two NAALCPs that women can be members of. They can be a member of the umbrella group, and then the subgroup, Women in NAALCP. And this babe, Charlette Stoker Manning, is a chairwoman of Women in NAALCP.
She said, "I believe his vested interests are in white Americans. You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he's coming from. He's talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts -- black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work." Black people don't know about savings accounts; black people don't know about entrepreneurship. Who does Romney think he's talking to?
I'm not making this up. She said it. This is Charlette Stoker Manning. She said those exact words. (interruption) It's not racist, Snerdley. It's not possible in our political culture for blacks to be racist. The Reverend Jackson, in between mood swings, has told us this. There are no black racists. And do you know why? Because they don't have the power to enforce, implement, or use, whatever, their racism. They don't have the power. Tell it to Holder. Tell it to Obama. I'm telling you the active, accepted political theory is that racism among blacks is not possible.
I'll tell you again what Charlette Stoker Manning, a chairwoman of Women in NAALCP said. "You cannot..." She's talking about Romney. "You cannot possibly talk about jobs for black people at the level he's coming from. He's talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts -- black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work." So they don't know savings accounts and entrepreneurship. I take you back. I take you back to Monday of this week on this program when I first introduced the notion of the economy and how it resonates as an economic issue.
RUSH: So you go into the NAALCP, you address the members like independent-thinking adult citizens, and you propose policies to improve their quality of life, and the quality of life of all black Americans. You try to empathize with the members of the NAALCP when it comes to jobs, and you have a woman say: You can't talk about jobs of black people like Romney did! He's talking about entrepreneurship and savings accounts? Black people don't know what that is.
Does it sound to you like Ms. Stoker is saying blacks aren't smart enough to start businesses or have savings accounts? Does it sound like she's saying that blacks are inferior and stupid? She's not saying that, obviously, but she wants people to think that blacks have nothing to do with savings accounts and entrepreneurship. (translated) "Are you kidding? We are so discriminated against, we are at such an unfair disadvantage, why, we can barely get back and forth to work in this racist country! What are you talking about, savings accounts and entrepreneurship?"
That's what she wants people to think. But the way it comes across is that she doesn't have any faith or confidence in black people to get a job, have a savings account, or start a business. She doesn't want to admit that there's a black middle class. Folks, I think this is sick. And not just sick; I think it is tragic. And I also think this is exactly what Barack Obama hoped would happen. Romney goes in there, and the aftermath is all about how he got booed and the color of his skin.
And I'll tell you why. I think they're scared to death of his message. He went in there and he did treat them as adults. And he did treat them as independent-thinking, competent citizens. And he treated them as equals. He treated 'em as people with the same desires as he's got. Substance. Issues. I think they're having a collective upset. Plus he looked good, and I think they're panicked. I think they're beside themselves here. Romney wasn't supposed to pull this off that well.
RUSH: People are like Snerdley. They don't believe -- I mean they believe it. They just can't process that this woman, Charlette Stoker Manning, actually said this. But she did. In criticizing Romney, she said, (paraphrasing) "He can't come in here and talk about jobs for black people like he did. He's talking about entrepreneurship and savings accounts. Black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work. They don't know savings accounts, entrepreneurship."
She doesn't get that she's making 'em sound inept, incompetent, stupid, uneducated, and totally dependent. What she wants people to think is the deck is so stacked against black people, it's such a racist country, so much discrimination out there, why, entrepreneurship? Why, The Man ain't gonna let that happen. Savings accounts? The blacks aren't gonna be allowed to have savings accounts. Look at what the banks did to 'em in the subprime -- that's what she's counting on. I guarantee you, that is what she's counting on the black audience thinking of her remarks. She's hoping to create a bond with these people. She wants to relate to what she thinks the plight of black people in America is. Savings accounts? What do you mean? Why, we can't even find a way to get back and forth to work.
Well, who has been president for the past three-and-a-half years, and who was supposed to fix all that? Who was supposed to make this better while it's gotten worse? Romney hadn't anything to do with this. Romney hadn't lost one job for these people. Romney has not done one thing that has impacted these people in any way, pro or con. He's been nothing but a candidate for the last three-and-a-half years. (interruption) I know. Well, there is no firestorm over this because this is the kind of comment the media wants. This is what the left wants out of a Romney trip to the NAACP. They want comments. Romney's too white. Romney got booed. Obama wants this about skin color.
They might say, why is Obama not there? Would you go to the NAALCP with your record, with your economic record? You've got 14.4% black unemployment. Look at all the other horrible statistics involving black life in America, would you want to go there? That's why he's not showing up. He doesn't have a story to tell 'em. So he sends surrogates out there, like Holder and Biden, to tell these people, "Now, you gotta have Barack's back, 'cause these mean people are after our president, after our historical president, gotta have your back." He doesn't have the guts to go, and the Drive-Bys can't figure this out. Grab sound bite six. Let's do that one first. This is Wolf Blitzer last night on The Situation Room on CNN.
BLITZER: Here's something I'd like to say to President Obama: You should have attended the NAACP convention in Houston today. Mitt Romney did. It was the right thing to do. The Republican knows the nation's oldest civil-rights group isn't exactly friendly turf but he went anyway. It was a smart political move for Mitt Romney to address the NAACP. He knows he is not going to win over a lot of black voters, but attending these kinds of events is important in reassuring a lot of those suburban white voters that he is a moderate, decent politician, someone who wants to work with all Americans. I'm surprised the president was a no-show. The president should not take the African-American vote for granted. My bottom line is this: Romney did the right thing on this day; the president did not.
RUSH: Wait a second. What just happened here? Aside from what Wolf said, this is a breakout. This is Wolf Blitzer doing commentary not disguised as news. Normally Wolf does this stuff as news, but this was obviously Wolf Blitzer doing an editorial. This is unheard of for CNN. They usually bring in guests and commentators. Wolf, right from the anchor chair, delivered an editorial, so to speak. I guess they're trying to break out of the doldrums there at CNN with an opinion, stated opinion. That's what it was.
It was an undisguised opinion. Wolf wasn't pretending to be objective here. He branched out. If I didn't know better I'd say he's auditioning for Fox. Maybe MSNBC. No, it wasn't hard hitting enough. You can't audition for MSNBC criticizing Obama, so it wasn't that. He had to be auditioning for Fox. Here's Romney. Romney coming out of the NAACP went over to Cavuto on the Fox News Channel, and Cavuto said, "Four years ago, Obama got 96% of the black vote. You expect to chip away at that?"
ROMNEY: I do, actually, and I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event, and they said, you know, a lot of folks don't want to say they're not gonna be voting for Barack Obama, but they're disappointed in his lack of policies to improve our schools, disappointed in urban policy, disappointed in the economy. 14.4% rate of unemployment among African-Americans today. The president has not been able to get the job done. People want to see someone who can get this economy going. So I expect to get African-American votes. And, by the way, at the end of my speech, having a standing ovation was generous and hospitable on the part of the audience, and I believe that while we disagree on some issues like Obamacare, on a lot of issues people see eye-to-eye.
RUSH: Well, the point of that is that Romney said a bunch of them told him that they're dissatisfied with Obama, when the thing was over, in private. Of course, the deal is he will not mention their names. But the Atlantic, a reporterette by the name of Molly Ball: "Why Isn't Obama Speaking to the NAACP?" The Drive-Bys can't figure this out. Wolf Blitzer is not alone.
"President Obama is going to win the African-American vote. By a lot. Let's just get that out of the way. Even so, his decision not to speak at this week's NAACP convention is perplexing. ... The official explanation from the White House was that Obama had 'scheduling' issues. When the president is invited and sends an underling instead, that's an undeniable dis, especially when his opponent shows up in person. Obama, who won 95 percent of the black vote in 2008 ... may believe he can afford to take black voters for granted. But that's not at all clear."
So the Drive-Bys are trying to figure out why would Obama dis the brothers and the sisters at the NAALCP? 'Cause they can't find an obvious political explanation for it. All they gotta do is listen to me. Obama doesn't have the guts to show up. He's got no story to tell. He can't go up there and say, "You want four more years of this? Working together, we can make it even better." He can't say anything like that. There's not one positive he can go before that group and say. So he has to send the underlings in there to present this tale about how they're all out after Obama. Send Holder in there and send Biden in there and say, "You gotta have Obama's back. You gotta hold the brothers back because out to get him." That's about all they can do.
You remember the book, Uncle Tom's Cabin? The Democrats of old fought to keep blacks living on the plantation, Uncle Tom's Cabin. We need to revise that. Now the Democrats fight to keep blacks on the dependency plantation. Uncle Tom's Cabin, no. It's now Uncle Sam's Cabin. That's exactly what's happened. Uncle Sam's Cabin.
We're gonna start Arlington, Virginia. Hi, Joe. Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: First, I think Ms. Charlette has Joe Biden writing her talking points for her, because him and his Mexicans living in the tiny house while the parents do it next door, only he could put his foot in his mouth like that. And she followed in his footsteps. But I think Romney going to the NAACP is huge on several accounts. I think it helps to turn independents. My wife is an independent. I'm a Republican. But I --
RUSH: Tell me how. I want to understand this independent business. How does Romney going to the NAALCP help him with independents?
CALLER: Well, because I think that, you know, the fact that he can go in there and say the same thing to them, knowing that they're not gonna agree with him, it helps people to think, okay, I can get behind a guy who's gonna go in there --
RUSH: So it's kind of like what Wolf Blitzer said, Romney going to the NAACP shows the independents that Romney is for all Americans. That Romney wants the best for everyone. Romney's willing to reach out and work with even those who disagree. And that's what the independents want. They want somebody that's gonna work with the people and hate 'em. They want somebody that's gonna work with the people who disagree with 'em and that's how you get the independent vote. So Romney going in there to the NAACP, enemy territory, that is gonna redound very favorably with the independent vote. Is that how it works?
CALLER: Yeah. I think the independents, even more so than Republicans, have really still been, you know, very undecided about which direction they're gonna go. And I just heard somebody yesterday say they were leaning towards Romney. Myself, I was a Ron Paul guy. I like what the Ron Paul message is. It's very clear: I'm gonna dismantle this government and start over. So I've had a hard time with Romney 'cause he seems, you know, kind of aloof, kind of political.
RUSH: You're warming up to Romney 'cause he went to the NAALCP and treated 'em as equals?
CALLER: Absolutely. And that was a huge turning point for myself and for my wife, which is a registered Independent.
RUSH: Right. Cool. Cool. Well, the only loser here is Ron Paul. I'm glad you called.
RUSH: To refresh your memory if you're just joining us. One of the comments from a lot of ranking leaders at the NAALCP, after Romney's speech yesterday... Her name is Charlette Stoker Manning, she is a chairwoman of Women in the NAALCP. She told the website BuzzFeed (this is the source for it in case you want to independently confirm this for yourself), following Romney's speech at the NAALCP in Houston on Wednesday...
Charlette Stoker Manning said to Buzz Feed, "You can't possibly talk about jobs for black people at a level Romney's coming from. He's talking about entrepreneurship, savings accounts -- black people can barely find a way to get back and forth from work." Okay, they don't know savings accounts, entrepreneurship. So let's try an experiment. Let's pretend that Romney went in and spoke to the members of the NAALCP in a way that Charlette Stoker Manning says that he would have related better, that would have succeeded.
Let's pretend that Romney was there, and he said, "I'm not here to talk to you about jobs. Certainly not jobs in the way I understand them. I don't want to talk to you and waste your time about entrepreneurism, starting your own businesses, being financially independent. I don't want to talk to you about savings accounts, 401(k)s, retirement funds, planning for your future, because I know that you people are barely bright enough to get back and forth to work, if you can find a job.
"So I don't want to talk to you the way I talk to most everybody else about jobs. I want to talk to you in a way you understand it -- and that is, you don't have any, and you don't know how to find one, and if you do find one, all you can barely manage to do is get back and forth to it." Now, what if he'd said that? What if Romney had approached the members of the NAALCP as Charlette Stoker Manning seems to have suggested would have been a better way to do it?
Folks, I shudder to tell you what the news last night and all day today would be if Romney had gone in there and said that. Yet, Romney can go in there and treat them as adults, as equals. He can relate to them as human beings who have the same aspirations that he does. He can say that he understands they're no different than he is. They want the same thing he wants, and vice-versa. He wants the same things they want.
And the reaction is, "He's too white; he doesn't get it. He's too rich. We want Obama. We want 14.5% unemployment, not 14.4%! We want more food stamps. And, by the way, who do you think you are to come in here and talk to us about jobs? You don't understand jobs like we do!" It's mind-boggling. This organization, which was founded by three rich white people... Did you know that? Not that it matters to anything now, but three rich white people founded the NAALCP. White Republicans, in fact.
Rich white Republicans founded the NAACP.
The first president of the NAACP was a rich white Republican. All of its original officers, except one, were rich white Republicans. All of its early members and officers, black or white, were Republicans. NAACP was formed to fight Jim Crow laws, which were instituted in the South to keep blacks and poor whites from voting for Republicans. And now the NAACP has become an organization expressly devoted to keep blacks from voting for Republicans. Pure and simple. That's all it exists for, to make sure they don't vote for Republicans.
That's it. Because that's how the leaders of the NAACP remain at the table of power at the Democrat Party. They are part of the civil rights coalition, and their job is to turn out that vote every four years for the Democrat candidate. It doesn't matter who or what he or she is. That's the express reason for the NAACP's existence. It's the primary objective, is to make sure that blacks don't vote Republican. That's all it's for, 'cause it's certainly not accomplishing anything else. Is it?
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