He’s not an economist either but he’s never declined to talk about tax cuts. So, is Rubio a creationist or just pandering to them?
GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.
"And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of “legitimate rape.”"
Karen Hughes, former George W. Bush adviser • Voicing her frustrations with the rhetoric on rape and women’s rights from some members of her party leading up to last Tuesday. As both a woman and Republican, Hughes comes by the intensity of her disdain naturally — no less than two GOP Senate candidates in eminently winnable races, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, had their chances derailed by high-profile, tone-deaf and offensive comments on rape and pregnancy. The Obama campaign maximized its advantage with female voters to staggering effect this cycle, beating Mitt Romney among single women by 38%. source (via shortformblog)
This is why politics is a sham. Instead of saying this after the matter, after her team lost, why not speak her mind before the election? Wouldn’t that be the right thing to do, to speak up even when it’s your side talking stupid? Put people before party; put facts before fiction; put truth before lies. This is true for Democrats as well as Republicans, but more true for Republicans.
"They were having in event in Bettendorf, Iowa. And they—if you went online, you could get these free tickets, so we decided we would go. And I was seven rows from the podium that he stood behind. And I asked him, “Will you please come to Freeport, Illinois, and help Sensata employees save their jobs?” At that point, we were removed. And as we were being removed, his supporters are scream—first they start a “U.S.A.” chant. And we’re like, “Yes, we agree.” And then they started calling us communists for trying to keep our jobs from going to China. And I have never understood that yet."
Tom Gaulrapp, Sensata Employee of 33 years, talks about his experience at a Romney campaign stop. Sensata is controlled by Bain Capital, the company Romney helmed for years and still owns interest in. He was there to plead with Romney to intervene, to stop his and his colleagues jobs from being shipped overseas.
Well, you know, this was—this is a business that makes a lot of profits. Sensata Technology has set a record last year for profitability. So it’s not like they’re moving these jobs because it’s either move it or it goes bankrupt. It’s just they don’t make enough. And the Chinese government is providing them with a plant, and they can save on labor. And a dollar seems to be more important to them than any sense of community responsibility towards the areas where they are.
To be clear, Tom isn’t being let go because of necessary cutbacks due to a failing business. He’s being let go to boost his boss’ bottom line in spite of a great fiscal year. Gotta love those job creators.
I’m sure in the coming days we’ll see articles about this being yet another attack on Mitt Romney by “lyin’ liberals” and whatnot. People will say he has no influence in the matter while conveniently ignoring the fact that this particular business model was pioneered by none other than Mittens himself.
I’m sure Mitt Romney has never gained anything from tactics like these. Oh. Wait. Never mind that.
What bothers me most is the treatment of these people by Romney, his campaign, and his supporters. Romney may or may not have influence over Bain today, but what he does have control over right now is his campaign and the people running it. What does his campaign do? Sic the police on people who might be under this crazy notion that a presidential candidate might be interested in actually taking a stand FOR them. I guess this is where we pretend that the man who wants to run the country was completely ignorant (and therefore innocent) in the matter and accept it as a valid excuse. We also pretend that Romney’s privilege as Presidential candidate and former founder of the company firing the people in question simply doesn’t exist.
This is the treatment Romney’s so called 47% can expect in their hour of need. Something to remember when you walk to the polls this November.
"I believe that my duty is to follow my conscience and vote what I think is in the best interest of the country, and the political risks will have to abide."
Sen. Arlen Specter • On his decision to switch parties and support the Affordable Care Act, a switch he made in 2009 amidst controversy. The change cost him another term in the Senate — he lost a challenge to Rep. Joe Sestak in 2010, and Sestak lost to Pat Toomey in the general election. Specter managed to become the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history despite suffering numerous health problems — including two benign brain tumors in the 1990s, and two separate bouts of Hodgkin’s disease in the 2000s. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma on Sunday. (via shortformblog)
BREAKING: Former Sen. Arlen Specter, who served Pennsylvania for three decades and notably switched parties in 2009 — paving the way for the Affordable Care Act’s passage by giving Democrats 60 votes in the Senate — has died at the age of 82.