For the most part, Governor Romney has not outlined cuts in specific programs. But if policymakers exempted Social Security from the cuts, as Romney has suggested, and cut Medicare, Medicaid, and all other entitlement and discretionary programs by the same percentage — to meet Romney’s spending cap, defense spending target, and balanced budget requirement — then non-defense programs other than Social Security would have to be cut 29 percent in 2016 and 59 percent in 2022 (see Figure 1). Without the balanced budget requirement, the cuts would be smaller but still massive, reaching 40 percent in 2022.
The cuts that would be required under the Romney budget proposals in programs such as veterans’ disability compensation, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for poor elderly and disabled individuals, SNAP (formerly food stamps), and child nutrition programs would move millions of households below the poverty line or drive them deeper into poverty. The cuts in Medicare and Medicaid would make health insurance unaffordable (or unavailable) to tens of millions of people.
Imagine Medicare cuts alone. You or someone in your family having to pay as much as 29% to 59% more out-of-pocket or going without some medical care. Romney has said once that he would not cut Social Security benefits, but cuts in medicare are de facto cuts in Social Security because most Americans would use those funds to fill in the gaps left by lack of Medicare coverage. Romney and conservative Republicans who hate the safety net would thus bring back The Grapes of Wrath era without the dust bowl.
It can be a good thing for a politician to change their mind. They get new formation, new data and they have a sudden realization about old information. Mitt Romney seems to be just a an old-fashioned pandering flip-flopper. Very good catch here about Mittens 180 degree turn on Keynesian stimulus spending, Romney Campaign Attacks Stimulus Mitt Once Supported
Tuesday’s Politico headline shouting “Mitt Romney camp to attack stimulus” may not be surprising, but it is more than a little ironic. After all, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act worked; most economists – including the nonpartisan CBO and some of John McCain’s own 2008 advisers – believe President Obama saved the American free-enterprise system from the abyss.
[ ]….As Salon recounted in “The Stimulus Plan Romney Forgot,” Governor Romney hoped to improve the Bay State’s dismal 47th ranking for job creation:
[T]he governor went big. In February 2005, Romney unveiled a sweeping $600 million stimulus package to kick-start the economy and create 20,000 jobs over five years…Most controversial: Romney wanted to spend $37 million to create new jobs by offering employers $30,000 for each new person they hired.
Mittens and his supporters have managed to create a pretend world in which RomneyCare, the near clone of Obamacare never happened. Which impresses me to no end. These are people who have created a make-believe world in which President Obama is some kind of Super Manchurian candidate that was secretly smuggled in from Kenya – to govern very much like a Republican-lite candidate. That is some pretty potent psychedelic drugs in the conservative punch bowl. You get to pretend things that happened did not and things that did not happen, did happen. For those who yearn to live in a nightmarish fairy tale, getting wasted on the conservative bong is just the ticket. Though as impressive as those chapters are in the conservative fairy tale, this is some powdered sugar on top,
A month before the passage of final $787 billion stimulus program, Romney in January 2009 told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he backed quick action by the incoming Obama White House:
BLITZER: He’s talking about a $750 billion economic stimulus package. He wants it to be passed as soon as possible. It’s unclear if whether it can be passed before he’s inaugurated on January 20th. What do you think about this proposal?
ROMNEY: Well, I frankly wish that the last Congress would have dealt with the stimulus issue and that the president could assign that before leaving office. I think there is need for economic stimulus. Americans have lost about $11 trillion in net worth. That translates into about $400 billion a year less spending that they’ll be doing, and that’s net of additional government programs like Medicaid and unemployment insurance. And government can help make that up in a very difficult time. And that’s one of the reasons why I think a stimulus program is needed.
I’d move quickly. These are unusual times. But it has to be something which relieves pressure on middle-income families. I think a tax cut is necessary for them as well as for businesses that are growing. We’ll be investing in infrastructure and in energy technologies. But let’s not make this a Christmas tree of all of the favors for various politicians who have helped out the Obama campaign, giving them special projects.
That would be wrong. You’ll see Republicans fight that tooth and nail if that happens. Let’s do what’s right for the economy, and let’s not do what’s a political expedient move.
CNN obviously has that video. The Obama campaign might want to look into using Mitt’s shift from Keynesian to austerity peacock.
Take one sleaze bag who has spent most of his adult life selling the USA the political equivalent of get-rich schemes and herbs that will cure cancer, i.e. Bill O’Reilly. Mix with a Breitbart trained serial liar – one committed to spreading propaganda in the greater cause of the conservative movement Lila Rose, and you get the kind of disinformation campaign of which despots around the world use as commonly as some people use a spoon. They have no real conscience, having a set of ethics would just get in the way. The Movement is all. O’Reilly And Lila Rose Team Up To Spread More Lies About Planned Parenthood
Discredited anti-choice activist Lila Rose went on The O’Reilly Factor to push her latest hoax video attacking Planned Parenthood. Rose and host Bill O’Reilly want people to think that, in the words of Rose’s group, Planned Parenthood is complicit in “widespread sex-selection by means of abortion.” In fact, Planned Parenthood has stated that it “finds the concept of sex selection deeply unsettling” and the organization “does not offer sex determination services; our ultrasound services are limited to medical purposes.”
Furthermore, Huffington Post reported that Planned Parenthood “condemns seeking abortions on the basis of gender, but its policy is to provide ‘high quality, confidential, nonjudgmental care to all who come into’ its health centers.”
O’Reilly and Rose mentioned none of this. Instead, they aired footage from Rose’s hoax video of a person walking into a Planned Parenthood office and pretending to be a patient. O’Reilly and Rose pretended that the actions of the employee were representative of the organization. O’Reilly even asked “Are we now China in this country? If Planned Parenthood is advising woman to abort because of gender choice, then we are China. And you should remember that the next time a politician or famous person endorses Planned Parenthood.”
But Planned Parenthood has said that the staff member highlighted in the video was terminated “within three days of this patient interaction” and that “all staff members at this affiliate were immediately scheduled for retraining in managing unusual patient encounters.”
Republicans cannot have an honest national debate about the issues much less handle the subtleties of one person misspeaking.
Scott Brown (R-MA) Has a Remarkable Chameleon Act. He rides up in is little truck dressed like a gentleman farmer to speak to folks at the small town dinner and tells them how moderate and bi-partisan he is. he points on the $2000 suit to tell the bankers not to fear, he’ll fight any attempt to force them to be responsible and ethical. Neat trick and it has worked so far.
The state used an outdated driver’s license database in their initial effort to scrub non-citizens from the voting rolls. Officials believed that 182,000 voters on the rolls were non-citizens, and began sending out notifications that required voters to prove their citizenship within 30 days.
But plenty of legal U.S. citizens who should be allowed to vote wound up on the purge list. In Miami-Dade County, 1,638 people were flagged by the state as “non-citizens,” yet at least 359 people provided the county with proof of citizenship and another 26 people were identified by the county as U.S. citizens, ThinkProgress reported. An analysis by the Miami Herald found that Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters were most likely to be targeted by the purge effort.
We’ve all heard the saying that rich white guys never go to jail. Scott is the poster boy for that phenomenon. He should be in jail, yet he convinced Florida conservatives to reward him with political office. It probably did not take much convincing. Florida is the stomping grounds of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris who also helped purge enough voters to help Bush 43 get appointed to the presidency. Meet Bill: The 91-Year-Old Decorated WWII Veteran Targeted By Florida Governor Rick Scott(R) Voter Purge
President Obama is getting some special interests money. Regardless of what the business, most of them hedge their bets. Big campaign dollars equals at least some White House access. That said more than ever Obama and Democrats running for the House and Senate are going to be more reliant than ever on small donors – Republicans to Spend More Money Than God
The biggest political news story of the day is that the vast, mind-boggling sums that conservative millionaires have been planning to spend to elect Republicans will now be even more vast and mind-boggling than planned:
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives — including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress.
The best detail in the story, by Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei, is that the Koch brothers alone plan to spend more than the entire McCain campaign raised in 2008. Meanwhile, the super-PACs supporting President Obama are scrounging for loose change in the sofa.
I’ve seen this video in a couple of places. One of the best I’ve seen on why Romney’s activities and his pride in those dubious activities matters, How Did Mitt Romney Get So Obscenely Rich? Robert Reich Explains