I’m not sure how many lies the Bush-Cheney ticket told during the 2004 election. between the economics lies, the national security lies, the lies about the Justice Department and Alberto Gonzales, continued lies and distortions about Iraq’s nonexistent WMDs and connections to Al-Qaeda, the missing $12 billion dollars in cash meant for Iraq reconstruction, the incompetent and fraudulent activities of no-bid contractor KBR, feeding reporter Armstrong Gates White House talking points passed off as real news, the General Services administration employees asked to help Republican candidates… well you get the picture. Sleaziness was not just their middle name, but their first and last as well. Obviously Romney is not president, but his campaign has all the flashing neon warning signs of being another Bush administration. If its possible a Romney administration might be even sleazier, more dishonest and incompetent. The Bush administration looked back at the Nixon and Regan administration scandals and rather than study them for lessons in morality and governance, they doubled down on on the hubris and tawdry behavior. Romney’s Three Biggest Lies, Just This Week. The tax issue continues to haunt Romney. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) makes for a nice distraction for the usual false outrage from Romney and the political movement that worships greed and thrift as virtues, but Mitten’s shadowy behavior is still an issue. For someone who supposedly has high morals, that shadowy behavior is all the more sinister. The lie about President Obama “gutting” welfare reform would be funny if it was not yet another racist dog whistle for the Republican base. Romney actually requested such flexibility for the states at one point,
Incidentally, if you’re wondering where Barack Obama could have gotten the idea of giving states more flexibility on welfare requirements, it may have come from this 2005 letter from the Republican Governor’s Association requesting exactly that from then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. The second signature on the request was then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who was for Obama’s welfare rule changes before he was against them.
Republicans have never been shy about exploiting patriotism in the most blatant and tawdry ways imaginable. Exploiting the military and the public’s kind feelings toward the military has been especially sickening.
Mitt’s biggest lie of the past week is a doozy. Romney claimed that Barack Obama was trying to limit the voting rights of members of the military in Ohio, because of a lawsuit filed in the state over Ohio’s decision to eliminate early voting except for members of the military. Was Obama trying to “undermine” the rights of soldiers? In a word, no. Instead, Obama and the Democratic Party sought to give everyone in Ohio the same rights as Ohio wanted to give soldiers — in other words, to give everyone the opportunity to vote early.
….Indeed, Romney’s bald-face lie drew a rejoinder from John Soltz of VoteVets.org, who said, “Obviously with the narrative the Romney campaign is pushing, they probably don’t have a lot of people around them who have actually served. We also agree, like the president does, that someone who served in World World II in the Battle of the Bulge or someone who lost their legs in Vietnam has just as much of a right to vote as today’s veteran.”
With three whoppers in the last week, it’s tempting to ask why Romney thinks he can lie with impunity, but of course, the answer is simple: the media won’t call him on it.
As always I recommend visiting some conservatives sites. They regurgitate everything Romney and his campaign put out, including what the campaigns feels are solid responses. The Romney campaign, thus his surrogates in the media and trolls on the internet have decided on several talking points. All of them ridiculous. The powers of denial, delusion and sheer amount of kool-aid required to make these lame rejoinders are amazing.
Troll: The only people whining about the release of Romney’s federal tax returns are the 48% of people who pay no federal income taxes. Proof please. It has become customary for presidential candidates to release around ten years their tax returns. Romney’s refusal to do so in combination with the public’s knowledge of his Swiss and Cayman Island, and his denial about profiting from outsourcing jobs makes the release of Romney’s returns all that more important as a matter of public ethics and accountability. A majority of Americans, including a third of Republicans think releasing his tax records is the right thing for Romney to do. If he is the successful businessman that conservatives claim. Someone who has always played fair and truly earned every dollar, it should not be an issue, right?
Troll: Romney’s tax returns are not important, we should be talking about jobs and 8.3% unemployment. OK, let’s talk honestly about unemployment. That unemployment figure would be under 8% and closer to 7% if Republicans had not blocked every jobs bill and used stimulus money to balance state budgets instead of using it to retain teachers and firefighters. Senate Republicans Block Dem Jobs Bill For Teachers, Firefighters…….Republicans block Bring Jobs Home Act, protecting companies that outsource jobs…..Republicans Obstruct Third Jobs Measure in Senate….Local, State Governments Have Laid Off 668,000 Workers Since Start Of Great Recession. The Romney plan? Romney’s Tax Plan May Cost U.S. As Many As 800,000 Jobs: Report. The Romney campaign team and the trolls can try to shift the conversation to anything they like and Romney still comes up a loser on the facts.
Troll: Home foreclosures are going to increase late this year, let’s talk about that. Maybe they will. In some instances that could be a good thing. Though discussing foreclosures with conservatives is a text book example of Republicans taking a stance about which they have no genuine interests in the government taking an active role. Like jobs, they have done everything they can to block mortgage relief. The mortgage relief we do have has been done through the powers of the executive branch and to some degree pressure from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Troll: Forget the outsourcing Romney did at Bain, let’s talk about the 37 million people on food stamps and the highest poverty level in history? Actually as a percent of GDP, poverty is no worse now than it has been in the past.
And as usual spare the rest of America the fasle and misdirected outrage. Conservative economic policies that started during the Regan era, that stripped away banking regulations and consumer protections lead to the Great Recession costing America $17 trillion dollars. Conservative spent a trillion just on Iraq, yet have filibustered any attempt to create jobs. Republican trolls like to pretend that what they say on the intertubes is related to how they act in real life. In real life Republicans take every advantage of the safety net and many of those white high school educated red staters would be in dire shape if not for the safety net, Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It
Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government.
He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region’s long-serving Democratic congressman.
Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice.
[ ]….The government safety net was created to keep Americans from abject poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive a majority of government benefits. A secondary mission has gradually become primary: maintaining the middle class from childhood through retirement. The share of benefits flowing to the least affluent households, the bottom fifth, has declined from 54 percent in 1979 to 36 percent in 2007, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis published last year.
And as more middle-class families like the Gulbransons land in the safety net in Chisago and similar communities, anger at the government has increased alongside. Many people say they are angry because the government is wasting money and giving money to people who do not deserve it. But more than that, they say they want to reduce the role of government in their own lives. They are frustrated that they need help, feel guilty for taking it and resent the government for providing it.
One of the reason these people think that participating in programs that help them to literally survive is a bad thing is because of the ceaseless cries by the conservative noise machine that says a country where citizens provide some safety net for an imperfect free market is some how the truly American way. Conservatives really believe that America was built on the philosophy of social-Darwinism, of dog-ate-dog ethics. Conservative pundits and think tanks believe this very thin think safety net we have are leaches and job killers like Mitt Romney are heroes. The same conservatives have no problems in paying $77,000 dollars in write-offs for Mitt Romney’s horse. Or subsiding his financial shenanigans at Bain.
Republicans get a lot of mileage out of deciding who is deserving and who is undeserving. It turns out they think they deserve their gov-mint benefits. They deserve subsidies. Those people over there – usually the working poor or a minority group do not deserve anything, even though they produce the work and services that create the capital on which the nation runs. “Deserving” and “Undeserving” How To Discuss The Safety Net
In bad economic times, when the number of people receiving government assistance is rising, politicians must acknowledge a class of deserving poor to reap the political rewards from the depiction of an undeserving poor. In this way, politicians can get politically mileage out of the idea that a class of undeserving poor is hurting the society while slyly suggesting to their poor, unemployed, or struggling constituents: “No, I don’t’ mean you. Those other people, you know who I’m talking about.”
The biggest slice of the pie still goes to people providing questionable value to the nation – Romney, the Waltons, the Koch brothers and corporations that pay less taxes than an assistant shoe store manger –America’s 10 Largest Corporations Paid 9 Percent Average Tax Rate Last Year, while conservatives are pissed off that some crumbs may be eaten by the dirty masses.