Condescending Alert: So, #YouPeople are #SmallMinded is now unambiguously how .@MittRomney & .@AnnDRomney regard the majority of Americans.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) August 16, 2012
Apparently, so are 20 of their Republican friends, since they called for release of the tax returns too.
See these articles from Think Progress:
“On a final note, does Romney think that the 20 prominent conservatives calling for more tax returns are “small minded”?”
The King and Queen have promulgated their royal edict. ALL HAIL THE ROYAL ORIFICES.
… “royal orifices” …
Yeah. Pick an end.
.@TheJusticeDept if .@MittRomney received amnesty from #IRS it should be public info. cc .@Lawrence .@maddow .@edshow .@TheRevAl @stefcutter— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) August 16, 2012
They are so cute
Congrats on 1st Bobfr
And it so obvious that they are sisters. The ‘lipstick’ just blew her off, just like sisters do!! And the other sister didn’t pay her one BIT of mind. Too cute!
Seems Andrea Mitchell was moaning earlier about PBO not being available to the press…
@Political_Bill: Someone should tell .@MitchellReports the Pres IS AVAILABLE…TO CITIZENS in oh so many ways..— Vick C. (@sonamie) August 16, 2012
So I shared Chips’ find with her ….
.@MitchellReports, as noted earlier @BarackObama IS available. ..to citizens youtube.com/watch?v=glOzMJ…. Watch to end. Enthusiasm gap? Covered.— Vick C. (@sonamie) August 16, 2012
Thanks Ms Chips, great find! Your burst of energy has left me in the dust repeatedly this afternoon.
Tell Mrs. Greenspan to go cover her man, that lying Mitt Romney.
I wonder if she’ll wash her face tonight.
She is Not going to wash her face tonite!!!
Love these women. I don’t think they’re unusual. These are the people who will create the landslide.
Chips you are on FIYAH today!!!!
Chips, are you trying to break a record on most posts in a two hour span? Anyway, bringing over from bottome of last thread:
Good article on Ryan and what Ryan/Romney can do to health care. Key quote:
Ryan’s most extreme Medicare and Social Security proposals are opposed by huge middle-class constituencies. So the political process should protect these social insurance programs from more serious damage. I’m more frightened by Ryan’s proposals concerning Medicaid, Food Stamps, and other programs that serve the most politically and economically vulnerable Americans. More than 60 percent of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan come from programs that serve low-income people.
As I discuss here, I’m dismayed by the language Ryan uses in describing these issues: “We don’t want to turn the safety net into a hammock,” and as Jonathan Chait puts it, “Ryan’s philosophical opposition to a government that forces the ‘makers’ to subsidize the ‘takers.’” Ryan still uses these terms in his speaking and writing about social policy. A pampered millionaire known to purchase $350 dinner wine, Ryan may
not be the best judge of poor people’s lives.
These are funny romneyswhiteboard.tumblr.com/page/2 #MittsWhiteBoard— Pnthrgrlgail (@Mama4Obama1) August 16, 2012
OMG that’s AWESOME.
That is sooooo great! Looks at how excited these folks are! I’m excited for them.
We need a new meme: Enthusiasm gap my ass! EGMA!!
I love the delight of those women…and I’m more than a little bit jealous!
Those gals were having the best time! They loved that PBO said to wipe the lipstick off his cheek because Michelle would be jealous. Cute!
True Obots, in need of naughty mats and all! I love those ladies.
That gentleman too — said he was so excited he forgot to take a picture.
I do that all the time. My family knows never trust me to take the photos; they’ll end up with nothing.
I was just thinking about all the offshoring in the past 10 – 15 years and am wondering… What relative percentage of the added profit lined the pockets of the executives, what percentage was paid to shareholders, what percentage is being hoarded as cash and what percentage went to improving the compensation of the workforce? Any brilliant Obots have insights into this?
I know that executive compensation is orders of magnitude greater when compared with the average worker as compared to a few decades ago.
Gotta leave. Will check back for any answers. enJOY your night great TODers.
Can’t say I have a direct answer, but here’s some fuel for the discussion.
Taxes and executive compensation
Offshore Accounts, Corporate Income Shifting, and Executive Compensation
2011 Executive Excess Report from the Institute for Policy Studies
Oh yeh, and check this load of crap out
Biotech Companies Face Compensation Conundrum
To Susan from another Susan. Off shoring started in the early 70′s. Steel Mill jobs to Mexico. My father was guilty of that. It seemed we were better off before he sent the still plant to Mexico from Cleveland. No country clubs after that. Not sure if it was to SAVE the mill itself, or what.
Of course the answers to your questions are complicated, but the crux of what’s wrong with today’s American capitalist system is the outrageous amounts shareholders feel compelled to pay CEOs. Check out these 2011 articles (with charts) on (follow-the-leader) CEO pay:
CEO Pay: Still Skyrocketing, Still Undeserved mojo.ly/oHdux9— Kevin Drum (@kdrum) October 04, 2011
Lake Wobegone in the executive suite: Where all the CEOs are above average wapo.st/pun06b— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) October 04, 2011
And once CEOs make oodles of (undeserved cash), they invest in offshore tax havens to ensure that these CEOs (aka vulture parasites) don’t contribute to the country’s benefit:
Bear in mind that it’s standard practice to pay CEOs millions, regardless of the performance of the company. How screwed it that?
And the Bush tax cuts is just the cherry on top:
So where the hell are the jobs? RT @thinkprogress: Bush Tax Cuts saved 57 CEOs more than $1 million EACH last year thkpr.gs/QFkVQX— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) August 16, 2012
Meant to post this tweet, instead of link to Guardian UK article. This should be the mantra of the 99%: Wealth doesn’t trickle down – it just floods offshore:
Wealth doesn't trickle down – it just floods offshore, new research reveals
via @guardian— David Wescott (@david_wescott) July 23, 2012
Would have been a great if Occupy Wall Street used their time and energy to beat that message home. Instead they prefer to stay in parks and make nuisance of themselves.
I’m not saying civil disobedience is a bad thing; it’s just their behavior really turned off a lot of people when it didn’t have to be that way. They had a great message, something most of us could relate to.
Romney’s Whiteboard Presentation Proves ‘Wonk’ Is a Meaningless Word
By Elspeth Reeve
Romney has a reputation for loving data, as expressed through his love of PowerPoint. The PowerPoint presentation and the whiteboard are supposed to signal smart data-driven analysis. But the whole point is to actually show the data. Romney did not do that today, as you can see in this video posted by Politico’s Alexander Burns. Romney divided up a whiteboard into two columns and two rows, showing how current seniors and the next generation of seniors would be affected under his and President Obama’s proposals. He did this because Democrats are attacking him for Ryan’s old plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program and his new plan to make the vouchers an option. Democrats have also screamed bloody murder over Romney’s attacks that Obama will cut $716 billion from Medicare, when Ryan’s plan keeps those cuts, and the cuts affect how much providers are paid, not what health services old folks receive. But Romney’s counter-counter-counter attack did not address those attacks. Instead, he reiterated his claim about the $716 billion. As for the next generation of seniors? Under Obama, Romney wrote “bankrupt.” Under Romney, Romney wrote “solvent.” Well, that explains everything.
Share this, send a strong message: Florida seniors can't afford Romney and Ryan's plan to end #Medicare as we know it. http://t.co/JW5NFgI9— Obama for America FL (@OFA_FL) August 15, 2012
Mitt Romney paid taxes at a rate of at least 13 percent. And he’s proud to say so.
By David Simon
Can we stand back and pause a short minute to take in the spectacle of a man who wants to be President of The United States, who wants us to seriously regard him as a paragon of the American civic ideal, declaiming proudly and in public that he has paid his taxes at a third of the rate normally associated with gentlemen of his economic benefit.
Am I supposed to congratulate this man? Thank him for his good citizenship? Compliment him for being clever enough to arm himself with enough tax lawyers so that he could legally minimize his obligations?
I am with David Simon. There is no way I am going to congratulate the multimillionaire for paying 13% of his income in taxes when I paid 26.7% of my income in taxes though my income is 0.28% of his income.
Romney’s White Board
Hi all. Haven’t posted for awhile but still try to lurk by each day. Just came across this new OFA WI video on Ryan that is pretty good. It is 1.4 min so assume it will only be on the web. I will try to embed it but don’t know if it will work. For all you who tweet, please pass it on! Forward!
i wonder if Ryan’s line of I am on Mitt Romney’s ticket and Mitt saying I’m going to be President will disuade journalists from asking Ryan about his plans? My thinking is we need to continue to have journalists ask him questions so people can understand how extreme his positions are. If you get the whole package and the top dog dies you will have Ryan at the helm using his own ideas. Mitt should not get away without facing the consequences of his pick.
If Mitt says he didn’t hire Paul Ryan for his ideas, as radical as they may be, then why DID he hire Paul Ryan? For the awesome post office naming record he’s got?
You hit the nail on the head, theo67! So far as I can tell, Paul Ryan’s major accomplishment in life is his Ryan budget proposal entitled “Path to Prosperity.” Other than than that, what exactly has Paul Ryan accomplished that led Mitt Romney to select him as his VP running mate? Surely it wasn’t about Ryan’s impressive record of sponsoring major legislations that became law. And, it certainly was not about Paul Ryan’s impressive business experience of creating jobs that Romney thinks should be required of all those who want to be presidents.
As you so ably stated: “If Mitt says he didn’t hire Paul Ryan for his ideas, as radical as they may be, then why DID he hire Paul Ryan?”
Imagine how informed the majority of American citizens would be if we truly had a legitimate media that were courageous enough to ask the question you posed to Mitt Romney? It’s now almost a week since Romney selected Ryan as his VP. I’ve yet to see so called mainstream media reporters ask Romney to explain why he selected Ryan; especially now that both Romney and Ryan are running away from Paul Ryan’s signature accomplishment: “Path to Prosperity,” which earned him the status of a guru of ideas among right wing Republicans.
.@andreamsaul How pitiful that Ayn Rand acolyte .@RepPaulRyan needs his mom to shade him as he sells his #Medicare COUPONS to FL retirees.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) August 16, 2012
RT .@Messina2012 Next time Romney uses a whiteboard to explain his Medicare plan, he should probably use this one: OFA.BO/1tWVeq— Pnthrgrlgail (@Mama4Obama1) August 16, 2012
All of these whiteboard stories remind me how much I miss Austan Goolsbee’s White House Whiteboard sessions.
They still have them (http://www.whitehouse.gov/whiteboard) just not as fun — at least not for me.
Not the First Time Ryan has Offered a Budget that Didn’t Include a Budget
Posted on August 16, 2012
Before Mitt Romney picked him to be his running mate, the DC press corps anointed Paul Ryan the “serious” Republican. So on one level it is astonishing that the supposed leading Republican budget expert would be forced to admit that, despite referring to Romney-Ryan budget, there in fact is no any Romney-Ryan budget, because, according to Ryan, they “haven’t run the numbers.”
A budget that hasn’t been added up doesn’t add up.
Making a pillar of your campaign a budget you’re forced to admit does not exist is worthy of entry in the World Championship of Chutzpah. Unless the press is far more inept that I think I believe they are, this will drain even more of the Romney campaign’s nearly-depleted reserves of credibility. But it’s not as if Paul Ryan hasn’t previously done almost the exact same thing.
Emailing this all over. Right now!! Love it, love it, love it!
That was fun. I particularly liked the ‘yacht’ chef who had a winner before the judging was over. This will be the first children’s state dinner, right? There is little doubt that when the Obamas leave the White House they will also leave a country in which far more young people feel connected to the White House and the country in more practical ways than ever before. They will have truly made the WH the people’s house – little people, big people, veteran people, science people, ….everyday people. In the original words of VL,
I love the Obamas, yes I do. I love the Obamas, how about you?
BTW, for some reason I haven’t been able to access my notification box for over an hour now, even though the light is on signaling that I have a response there. So whoever replied to a comment of mine, I’m not ignoring you, I just can’t see who it is yet. /roll/
I love everything about this administration… that was wonderful Chips, thanks for posting it
Obama Camp Whiteboard-
Those two ladies are so cute in that video.
Yes they were so excited and I loved their refreshing attitudes.
ROMNEY’S WHITEBOARD BACKFIRE
Rmoney’s White Board (let the photoshops begin!)
Please check out comment number 1.
HAHAHAHA! Very funny!
Bill Clinton made a pitch for the pro-President Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action at a private home in Manhattan last night, with a crowd that included White House senior adviser David Plouffe and Democratic donors.
Clinton spoke for about 20 to 30 minutes at the event, held at the home of Amy Goldman, whose father used to own the Chrysler Building.
Among those on hand was former Clinton donor Daniel Berger, as well as Obama backer Brian Mathis, according to sources familiar with the event.
Clinton, the sources said, described the advent of super PACs as unfortunate, but still gave a full-throated sell of the Obama one.
Plouffe also gave a presentation.
MITT ROMNEY IS THE POSTER CHILD FOR WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR TAX CODE.
Agreed, Ladyhawke. Willard and his sidekick Paulie are also poster children on how NOT to win friends and influence people.
Worried about Pa. If Dems are correct that 780,000 could be affected by new voter ID law——and there’s 82 days, or whatever it is, till election day—–and I know there are people there working to get ID’s for voters—–but that would require securing IDs for over 9,000 voters per day.
Dear GOP: Obama isn't 'divisive', but voter ID is w/ @RepJohnLewis… fb.me/1wsFSj4nw— Martin Bashir (@BashirLive) August 16, 2012
I thought Ed Schultz’s head was going to explode over this last night….he was freaking out…yelling about PBO losing because of it.
I had to turn him off
I agree with you but maybe the amount to be made up is not as much as that. Does anyone know the number of votes PBO won by in PA in 2008 or where to get the information?
That could give a guide as to the type of numbers of newly made ineligible voters that have to be made up to give him a much better margin. If PBO won by say 300,000 then at least 500,000 should be registered but if he won by more then fewer might suffice . It would still be cutting it close but increases the odds.
Just found it.
PBO won by 620,478 votes so this amount of 780,000 is a difference of 159,522.
Assuming that his support has not fallen off too much and factoring in people dying, moving state etc at least registering 200,000 to 250,000 of disenfranchised voters who support him should be enough. I believe they have been registering new voters already and helping existing voters with the new requirements so it may be achievable. Fingers crossed.
Headline: An appeal to the Voter ID Law has already been submitted
// The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia confirms that they filed an appeal to the ruling on the Voter ID legislation. The appeal, which is filed with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, could take one of many outcomes. The Voter ID law goes into effect Sept. 17, unless the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decides otherwise. That is what those fighting against the legislation want.
The Executive Director for the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia provided a few statements regarding what’s next for the appeal. Jennifer Clarke stated not only did they file an appeal Thursday, they also submitted a possible timeline.
Someone involved with filing the appeal said there was a good chance it would not happen in time. Also there are 3 Dems and 3 Repubs on the court and if it is a draw they go by the previous judgement from the lower court.
so I’m on the phone with daughter #2 in LA, who for some reason has on Hardball. She’s not a regular political TV show type person so it surprised me when she asked me to turn to it. She wanted to know why the guy on the TV have a crooked adam’s apple. I turned and there was Mark Halprin. I thought I’d fall off the chair. All this time, and I never noticed his crooked adam’s apple. So that’s why he doesn’t talk straight. LOL!!
Then she tells me about this website Wake the Beast, a political pro-Dem site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38poYzXpTfQ&feature=youtu.be
Cool website cookemon — http://www.wakethebeast.org. Love their videos! Thanks for sharing this!!!
Let’s face it: the media has done little to make American youth give a crap about the electoral process. So we tried something that will. Stop macking, American youth. You won’t be disappointed.
The latest video from progressive upstart The Message features YouTube sensation Soul Khan engaging apathetic youth voters, metaphorically bitch slapping them to join the electoral process.
thanks gotta share this one with her. btw, she’s appearing in the next Wake the Beast video. she talks about why she supports PBO. I got all excited and I sent her all kinds of stuff to say. Well, when she got to the shoot they only gave her a limited amount of time to say her piece, then they asked her to say something like “Why the F**k wouldn’t you vote for PBO”.
Imagine, my sweet, young, innocent, kid talking like a sailor. Pass the smelling salts, I’m shocked and appalled.
It’s all for a good cause, mom! You raised her right!
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz coming up on Rev Al. They will be taking on Mitt Romney’s whiteboard debacle.
They are so cute. Hey Mitt……don’t bother. Give up Iowa.
Totally off-topic, but it’s Stephen Colbert from back when he was promoting his SuperPac.
Just discovered this clip and I can’t stop laughing. Tears flowing. Stomach hurts. Even Stephen tries to keep it together and can’t!
Apologies for the poor film quality — someone filmed this from their tv. Apologies to those who will find it offensive.
It’s purile, it’s tasteless. Yes, I know.. I know! Maybe better for a late night posting. Oh well, here goes:
@markknoller We don't care what Romney says. He MUST release his returns or we will continue to assume that he's hiding something. Period.— (@aspirational12) August 16, 2012
Considering that Mitt Romney lies all the time, just because he said he paid 13% in taxes, doesn’t mean it’s true. Release the tax returns and prove that he has paid 13%.
Well said, hopefruit2! Because I know that the right wingers love St. Ronnie Reagan, my new mantra about Willard “Mitt” Romney’s taxes is: “TRUST BUT VERIFY!” All Mitt needs to do is release his tax returns from 2000-2012, just as both President Obama and Vice President Biden have done. That’s all. Mitt is not being asked to do something totally different from what his opponent and his running mate have done. By the way, I think the call for the release of income tax returns is now applicable to Romney’s VP candidate, Paul Ryan.
To repeat, both President Obama and Vice-President Biden have each released their tax returns from 2000 to 2011. For the sake of transparency, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, if they have nothing to hide, should do the same.
So moving on from my last post to something a tad more serious — if you can take the Ryan plan serious — my favorite grumpy Econ Elf (Paul Krugman) has something to say about Mr. Ryan’s shenanigans
What’s In The Ryan Plan?
WSJ proves .@PaulRyanVP is a LIAR. They published the letters he wrote demanding stimulus funds that he once scorned. online.wsj.com/public/resourc…— (@utaustinliberal) August 16, 2012
Jim Acosta @jimacostacnn
RT @mnoble5: LEADS: ABC: ROMNEY/TAXES NBC: ROMNEY/TAXES CBS: ROMNEY/TAXES
“The president’s campaign has put out a campaign that’s talking about me and attacking me…” – Mitt Romney, in an interview on CBS News, August 15th. http://pragmaticobotsunite.com/thursday-evening-thread-mitt-romney-strikes-back-at-big-meanie-obama/
Not ready for prime time. I can’t take all this whining. The guy has a birther surrogate who hired investigators to research “The Kenyan”s place of birth. I don’t want to hear about civility from Mitt Romney. Putin would eat this guy for lunch.
lol… the ladies in the video are wonderful.. awesome, loved their joy
Found this one on http://www.wakethebeast.org
Is that Romney’s Hand In Your Pocket
I hadn’t seen that one. Thanks!
Paul Ryan Set to Appear With Mom at World’s Largest Retirement Community, Defend Medicare Plan
By Shushannah Walshe
WARREN, Ohio—Paul Ryan is headed to a Florida retirement community with his mother on Saturday to make his argument about the need to change Medicare for future generations. Ryan’s mother is in her late 70s.
He’ll appear at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community and a conservative stronghold that is a must stop for Republican candidates. In 2008, a massive crowd of between 30,000 and 60,000 seniors came out to a rally Sarah Palin held there. Despite the Republican-leanings it’s a clear sign the Romney campaign will continue to stay on the offense on Medicare, but with this trip they may be entering the lion’s den.
Ryan’s mother, who will accompany him, can help her son connect with the senior citizen audience. She lives part of the year in Lauderdale-By-The Sea and part of the year outside of Janesville, Wisconsin.
But if addressing a group of Florida seniors on Medicare reform is a challenge for Ryan, even as his drastic changes to the program would alter no benefits for those currently over 55, then Ryan is making his pitch to one of the friendliest lion’s dens possible: The Villages is a hotbed of pro-Romney money.
The retirement location itself made a hefty corporate donation to the main super PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. The Villages of Lake Sumter, Inc., the Florida retirement community that includes property development, golf and other recreational activities, donated $250,000 to Restore Our Future last June. Five individual residents donated a total of over $678,000 to the group, which also received money from utility, communications, commercial property, and investment companies located in The Villages, Fla.
@shushwalshe How pitiful that Ayn Rand acolyte .@RepPaulRyan needs his mom to shade him as he sells his #Medicare COUPONS to FL retirees.— Bobfr (@Our4thEstate) August 16, 2012
Florida Registration numbers-
3,904,032 4,137,890 R +233,858 R +828
They said we were struggling registering voters Obama camp hit back with figures!
Yes, GOPOLITICO released some garbage article about DEM registered voters down by 800K this year compared to 2008. I tweeted them and called BS on their propaganda.
OFA heard you. When you find something like that, tweet Lis Smith- she is Fierce.
Maybe if the GOP believed the lower numbers and the difficulty of registering voters they would underestimate the number of suppressed votes they need to accomplish. Underestimating could be helpful. They may even rig the voting machines wrongly. LOL
One of Tweety’s old Aunts must be calling him 24/7 about moving in, cause he’s been a dog with a bone about Willard, Ryan and CouponCare. He’s not letting anything slip by when it comes to Willard and CouponCare.
This is from back in April, forgive the repeat, but hey,it’s very informative. That’s right Mitt. We didn’t forget about Bain Capital or your taxes.
How Did Mitt Romney Get So Obscenely Rich? Robert Reich Explains
ROMNEY/RYAN CAMPAIGN REMINDS ME OF ABBOTT & COSTELLO “WHO’S ON FIRST”
This came out the day before Ryan was revealed as Mitt’s running mate, so it didn’t get much play. Time to get the word out. Lays it all out, step by step.
REVEALED: THE GOP STRATEGY
HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT “33″ TIMES
14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever
By Ezra Klein
This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.
But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rd time they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?
Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.
Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it:
What do you call someone who repeatedly does the same thing expecting different results? (Insane?) Nope, Congress!
I wish I knew how to post a video, this one is good too. Wake the Beast: http://youtu.be/MGgDA0sZCMM
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