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    The Corporate Blackmailing Of America Is Now All the Rage - Forbes →

    progressivefriends:

    To drive home their blackmail efforts, the industry has launched a television and print campaign telling us what is going to happen to our jobs if we remove their subsidies.

    You know what? Enough already.

    How does any American avoid the reality that these are the very people who claim to despise welfare unless that welfare is corporate welfare?

    Restaurant owners who whine about paying the cost of their employees’ health care are leaving it to you and I to do the job for them with every monthly health insurance premium we pay, thereby subsidizing their bottom lines whether we buy their products or not. How is that not corporate welfare? Oil companies who threaten to take their jobs and go elsewhere if we dare to cut back on their research and development subsidies, all the while pointing the finger at single mothers who get government help.

    I’m sorry, but this is nuts.

    It is no secret that American patriotism was, for many people, long ago replaced by something these folks consider far more important—personal and shareholder profit.

    I like profits. But I also like living in a country where our commitment to the betterment of our nation and the lives of our people takes precedence over the desire to give away a few million pizza pies.

    If these companies are permitted to get away with this effort to hold hostage their employees—and the American public at large—in order to get their way because they lost an election…or if they can successfully threaten to pick up their ball and take it to a different field because we might just ask them to forgo some R&D subsidy money for the national betterment…America has a problem far more dramatic than paying an extra fifteen cents for a slab of carbohydrate drenched in sugar filled tomato sauce and then covered with artery clogging meat.

    I can only hope that Americans will have the good sense to show these businesses what we think of their tactics and their notion of patriotism by choosing to support businesses who believe in a more basic yet evolved sense of values.

    It doesn’t require massive efforts or campaigns involving staging boycotts or creating other types of mischief. It is far simpler than that.

    The next time you are taking the family out for dinner, do a quick Google check to see if your destination is a place where they are punishing their workers to make a political points as they ask you to subsidize their profits by requiring you to pay higher health insurance premiums due to the costs of emergency rooms treating their employees because they have no coverage.  If you find that your planned destination is such a business, maybe you can think of another, similarly priced restaurant that your family might enjoy.

    These business have made their choice and their choice is to politicize their businesses.

    Fine. Now, let’s make our choices.

    Choice made

    (Source: sarahlee310, via divineirony)

    — 1 year ago with 244 notes
    #Business  #healthcare  #papa johns  #Obamacare  #class war  #politics  #welfare 
    The Bain Files: an illustration of why America is going broke? →

    “So, what’s the worst aspect of Romney’s character? What does he know he has to run away from, even though he continually fails to do so? Simple: the perception that he’s a rich asshat who thinks he’s too good for the little people he deigns to rule. That he thinks so little of us that he demands the right to be our leader without giving anything in return.”Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte, on why a Gawker document dump, showing Mitt Romney as a serial tax dodger, matters • via: quickhits 

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    Maybe some people will finally see that the result of all these perfectly legal financial shenanigans, in all Romney’s / Bain Capital’s various schemes and loopholes and shelters and business practices, that THIS is why the United States is going broke, not because it would be nice to extend Social Security and Medicare for the next generation or provide health care for people.

    The GOP has been rigging the system for the wealthy for decades. Mitt Romney is the chicken that’s come home to roost for the non-wealthy, evangelical voting base. These conservative social-issue rubes support the Republican candidate automatically, like zombies or Manchurian candidates, trusting these establishment politicians when they claim to actually care about stopping marriage equality (they can’t stop it!) or overturning Roe v. Wade (they won’t ever overturn it — have they EVER been close?). The Republicans don’t care about those things! They’re patronizing you. They just want more money, more deregulation, more income redistribution from the bottom to the top.

    You want a thriving middle class in American again? STOP VOTING REPUBLICAN. Also: Stop watching Fox News. Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

    Snap out of it.

    RelatedThe Bain Files: will 954 pages of Bain’s financial documents reveal anything?

    — 2 years ago
    #1. tax cuts for the rich  #2. austerity for the rest of us  #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #media  #Mitt Romney  #news  #politics  #Republican Party  #Tea Party  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #bain capital  #document dump  #financial documents  #fundies  #gawker  #tax evasion  #teagelicals  #the bain files  #the king of bain  #vulture capitalism  #why america is going broke 
    Like Mitt Romney, the world’s super rich are hiding at least $21 trillion offshore →

    CBS News“With about 55,000 inhabitants, the Cayman Islands should not be a well-known name in the rest of the world, but the tiny Caribbean territory has become famous as a tax haven for the world’s super rich. According to a new report, the Caymans – along with the other dozen or so international havens for wealth like Switzerland and Bermuda – are the holders of so much of the world’s capital, entire regional economies could be moved on it. The Tax Justice Network has just released a report estimating that the world’s tax havens house anywhere from $21 trillion to $32 trillion of money that governments cannot tax.” 

    It has been revealed that Mitt Romney keeps part of his fortune in all three tax havens mentioned above: the CaymansSwitzerland, and Bermuda. And he wants to be president.

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #1. tax cuts for the rich  #2. austerity for the rest of us  #class war  #income redistribution  #Mitt Romney  #news  #politics  #Republican Party  #Tea Party  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #bermuda  #caymans  #hiding money  #international tax havens  #not like us  #one percent  #plutocracy  #Switzerland  #tax free money  #tax havens  #the world's wealthy 
    More undisclosed offshore money: Romney’s even wealthier than previously reported →

    You don’t get to know how much Mitt Romney is worth — or where he keeps his money. Via Political Wire: “Mitt Romney’s investment portfolio “has included an offshore company that remained invisible to voters as his political star rose,” the AP reports.”

    Based in Bermuda, Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. was not listed on any of Romney’s state or federal financial reports. The company is among several Romney holdings that have not been fully disclosed, including one that recently posted a $1.9 million earning — suggesting he could be wealthier than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.”

    “The omissions were permitted by state and federal authorities overseeing Romney’s ethics filings… But Romney’s limited disclosures deprive the public of an accurate depiction of his wealth and a clear understanding of how his assets are handled and taxed.”

    original image via: christopherstreet

    This is how the wealthiest become even wealthier: earn money in America, offshore it to other countries to avoid taxes. THAT’S HOW AMERICA WORKS!

    Investigation: Mitt Romney’s Offshore Accounts, Tax Loopholes, and Mysterious I.R.A. | Vanity Fair“For all Mitt Romney’s touting of his business record, when it comes to his own money the Republican nominee is remarkably shy about disclosing numbers and investments. Nicholas Shaxson delves into the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow the very wealthy to skirt tax laws, and investigating just how much of Romney’s fortune (with $30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands alone?) looks pretty strange for a presidential candidate.”

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #class war  #income redistribution  #journalism  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #bain capital  #bermuda  #even richer  #GOP  #king of bain  #LOL  #offshore money  #plutocracy  #Republicans  #sankaty high yield asset investors  #tax avoidance  #the unwashed don't need to know  #undisclosed accounts 
    Citizens United and transparency: it really is your choice →

    What are the Democrats working on, with regard to donor transparency and the ridiculous idea that “corporations are people too” Citizens United ruling?

    The Raw Story reports that Nancy Pelosi wants to fix the SCOTUS’ Citizens United ruling: “In a conference call, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters, “We must amend the constitutional to fix Citizens United.” Her latest call to action was spurred by Monday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Montana’s 1912 law limiting corporate spending in political campaigns based on its 2010 Citizens United ruling. The court’s decision led Montana’s governor Brian Schweitzer (D) and Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger (R) to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.”

    Great! What are the Republicans working on? Read more…

    — 2 years ago
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #1. tax cuts for the wealthy  #2. austerity for the rest of us  #campaign transparency  #choice  #Citizens United  #corporations are people too  #Democrats  #donors  #Mitch McConnell  #Nancy Pelosi  #Republicans  #super pacs  #undisclosed donors 
    Worst. President. Ever. (Let’s do it again with Mitt Romney)
Political Wire: “An excerpt of Where They Stand:The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians by Robert W. Merry in Salon suggests George W. Bush will be ranked near the bottom of all presidents: ”Based on the contemporaneous voter assessments, the objective record, and what we know of history, it’s difficult to see him even in middle-ground territory. History likely will view Bush largely as the voters did after eight years of his stewardship. And so it’s probably just as well that he doesn’t care much about the verdict of history.“
Consider that Mitt Romney, in actions if not in words, is creating a campaign that seems to be an exact duplicate of the Bush Years, from extending tax cuts for the one percent — who’ve already surpassed all other earners in the country with net income advantages, and who’ve hoarded their wealth gains to the detriment of our entire economy — to a neocon foreign policy platform that’s becoming more “Cheneyfied” by the day. What could go wrong?
Ari Berman: “Of Romney’s forty identified foreign policy advisers, more than 70 percent worked for Bush. Many hail from the neoconservative wing of the party, were enthusiastic backers of the Iraq War and are proponents of a US or Israeli attack on Iran. […]  Romney’s malleability is an advantage for his neocon advisers, giving them an opportunity to shape his worldview, as they did with Bush after 9/11. Four years after Bush left office in disgrace, Romney is their best shot to get back in power. If that happens, they’re likely to pursue the same aggressive policies they advocated under Bush. “I don’t think there’s been a deep rethink,” says Clemons. “I don’t think the neoconservatives feel chastened at all. As a movement, the true neoconservatives never, ever give up. They will be back.””
Andrew Sullivan: “When you check reality, rather than the alternate universe constantly created by Fox News and an amnesiac press, you find that Bush had a chance to pay off all our national debt before we hit the financial crisis – giving the US enormous flexibility in intervening to ameliorate the recession. Instead, we had to find money for a stimulus in a cupboard stripped bare – its contents largely given away, by an act of choice. I’m tired of being told we cannot blame Bush for our current predicament. We can and should blame him for most of it – and remind people that Romney’s policies: more tax cuts, more defense spending are identical. With one difference: Bush pledged never “to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.””

    Worst. President. Ever. (Let’s do it again with Mitt Romney)

    Political Wire: “An excerpt of Where They Stand:The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians by Robert W. Merry in Salon suggests George W. Bush will be ranked near the bottom of all presidents: ”Based on the contemporaneous voter assessments, the objective record, and what we know of history, it’s difficult to see him even in middle-ground territory. History likely will view Bush largely as the voters did after eight years of his stewardship. And so it’s probably just as well that he doesn’t care much about the verdict of history.

    Consider that Mitt Romney, in actions if not in words, is creating a campaign that seems to be an exact duplicate of the Bush Years, from extending tax cuts for the one percent — who’ve already surpassed all other earners in the country with net income advantages, and who’ve hoarded their wealth gains to the detriment of our entire economy — to a neocon foreign policy platform that’s becoming more “Cheneyfied” by the day. What could go wrong?

    Ari Berman: “Of Romney’s forty identified foreign policy advisers, more than 70 percent worked for Bush. Many hail from the neoconservative wing of the party, were enthusiastic backers of the Iraq War and are proponents of a US or Israeli attack on Iran. […]  Romney’s malleability is an advantage for his neocon advisers, giving them an opportunity to shape his worldview, as they did with Bush after 9/11. Four years after Bush left office in disgrace, Romney is their best shot to get back in power. If that happens, they’re likely to pursue the same aggressive policies they advocated under Bush. “I don’t think there’s been a deep rethink,” says Clemons. “I don’t think the neoconservatives feel chastened at all. As a movement, the true neoconservatives never, ever give up. They will be back.””

    Andrew Sullivan: “When you check reality, rather than the alternate universe constantly created by Fox News and an amnesiac press, you find that Bush had a chance to pay off all our national debt before we hit the financial crisis – giving the US enormous flexibility in intervening to ameliorate the recession. Instead, we had to find money for a stimulus in a cupboard stripped bare – its contents largely given away, by an act of choice. I’m tired of being told we cannot blame Bush for our current predicament. We can and should blame him for most of it – and remind people that Romney’s policies: more tax cuts, more defense spending are identical. With one difference: Bush pledged never “to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.””

    — 2 years ago
    #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #politics  #security / safety  #survival  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #1. tax cuts for the wealthy  #2. austerity for the rest of us  #3. preserve / expand defense spending  #9/11  #Afghanistan  #at the bottom  #Bush legacy  #cheneyfied  #DICK Cheney  #forever war!  #George W Bush  #george w. bush's legacy  #go down in history as the worst  #history books  #income inequality  #Iran  #Iraq  #jobs lost  #more war  #neoconservatives 
    Mitt Romney: A person should “get as much education as they can afford” →

    “I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford…” —Mitt Romney on Wednesday, advocating for a class-based society of higher education, based on the wealth a person was born into as opposed to an individual’s talent and intelligence.

    New America: The math genius who’s poor shouldn’t go to college, but should spend his/her life shining the shoes of people like Romney’s sons (or Mitt and Marie Antoinette themselves) who are born with trust funds and inheritances. Because, let’s be honest, who among us couldn’t “afford college” without financial help from programs or services like student loans, scholarships, and grants? Not all of us can borrow money for college from our parents.

    And what a great way to enslave entire generations into a minimum wage existence — to the great advantage of corporations and the one percent.

    — 2 years ago with 19 notes
    #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #99%  #and this isn't a class war?  #emperor romney  #fuck you mitt  #GOP  #king of bain  #one percent  #plutocracy  #Really  #Republicans  #thunderdome  #unbelievable  #you should get as much education as you can afford 
    In 30 years CEO pay grew 127 times faster than worker pay: do Americans want MORE inequality?
ThinkProgress: According to an analysis by the pay research group Equilar, compensation for top bank CEOs grew by nearly 12 percent last year. The Financial Times noted that    these increases occurred “despite widespread falls in profits and share prices“ […] According to a different estimate by Bloomberg News, Wall Street CEO pay grew by 20 percent last year. At the same time, worker wages grew by only 2.1 percent. And inflation adjusted wages actually declined by 0.6 percent between March 2011 and March 2012. […] Over the last 30 years, CEO pay has increased 127 times faster than worker pay. 
That time frame for unequal growth in CEO / worker pay coincides with the time period that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital (and companies like theirs) began their siege on outsourcing (offshoring!) American jobs. That’s quite a coincidence, isn’t it?
What’s sad about these facts is that low-information voters are completely missing the point: according to a Pew poll, Americans currently give Romney an 8-point lead over Obama on who they trust to handle the economy better. Seriously.
Profit for a few at the expense of many — do these people understand they’re saying that’s exactly the kind of economy they approve of with Mitt Romney?

    In 30 years CEO pay grew 127 times faster than worker pay: do Americans want MORE inequality?

    ThinkProgress: According to an analysis by the pay research group Equilar, compensation for top bank CEOs grew by nearly 12 percent last year. The Financial Times noted that    these increases occurred “despite widespread falls in profits and share prices“ […] According to a different estimate by Bloomberg News, Wall Street CEO pay grew by 20 percent last year. At the same time, worker wages grew by only 2.1 percent. And inflation adjusted wages actually declined by 0.6 percent between March 2011 and March 2012. […] Over the last 30 years, CEO pay has increased 127 times faster than worker pay. 

    That time frame for unequal growth in CEO / worker pay coincides with the time period that Mitt Romney and Bain Capital (and companies like theirs) began their siege on outsourcing (offshoring!) American jobs. That’s quite a coincidence, isn’t it?

    What’s sad about these facts is that low-information voters are completely missing the point: according to a Pew poll, Americans currently give Romney an 8-point lead over Obama on who they trust to handle the economy better. Seriously.

    Profit for a few at the expense of many — do these people understand they’re saying that’s exactly the kind of economy they approve of with Mitt Romney?

    — 2 years ago
    #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #american jobs  #American workers  #average workers  #bain capital  #ceo pay increased 127 times faster than worker pay  #CEOs  #income inequality  #jobs  #living wage  #Mitt Romney  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #pew poll  #President Obama  #profit for a few at the expense of many 
    The Romney campaign wants the WaPo to RETRACT the Bain outsourcing story →

    And the Washington Post is actually entertaining this ridiculous request?

    TPM reports: “Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti confirmed that editors are meeting with Romney officials to discuss the campaign’s request for a retraction of the paper’s story on Bain Capital’s outsourcing. ”The editors really do take complaints seriously,” she told TPM. ‘They’re always willing to listen to people’s concerns. That’s what they’re doing.’”

    I have a concern: who owns the Washington Post — and was the owner in Park City, Utah last weekend?

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #class war  #journalism  #media  #news  #politics  #editors  #ludicrous  #Mitt Romney  #mitt romney is a fragile butterfly  #offshoring  #outsourcing  #Republicans  #retract story  #romney campaign  #washington post  #who owns the media? 
    Our current system is creating a country of a few million overlords and 300 million serfs →

    Henry Blodget at Business Insider reports that corporate profits are at an all time high, while wages are now at an all time low:

    1) Corporate profit margins just hit an all-time high. Companies are making more per dollar of sales than they ever have before. (And some people are still saying that companies are suffering from “too much regulation” and “too many taxes.” Maybe little companies are, but big ones certainly aren’t)

    2) Fewer Americans are working than at any time in the past three decades. One reason corporations are so profitable is that they don’t employ as many Americans as they used to.

    3) Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low. This is both cause and effect. One reason companies are so profitable is that they’re paying employees less than they ever have as a share of GDP. And that, in turn, is one reason the economy is so weak: Those “wages” are other companies’ revenue.

    Blodget bottomlines it for us in a series of related charts: “Companies need to start sharing more of their revenue with their employees. Wages as a percent of the economy simply have to go up. Yes, this means corporate profit margins will drop. But they can drop a long, long way and still be “above average.” And this is our country we’re talking about. If corporations really are people, it’s time for them to start acting like people–and sharing their wealth.” 

    Not to mention all the unions that have been busted up by Republicans for the past 30-40 years. What Blodget says makes sense, of course, yet Tea Street, USA has been conditioned to think sharing downward isn’t fair, it’s Socialism (or one of those -isms), and Rush Limbaugh and Jesus wouldn’t approve. Psychologically it has something to do with supposedly “punishing” the successful (the wealthy will say) plus gay marriage and race wars… it’s all way too murky and complex to get into here.

    It is safe to say that the only “sharing” that the GOP and the one percent are interested in is bottom-up sharing: legislating more tax cuts to profitable corporations and the wealthiest citizens and paying for those tax cuts (and decreased government revenue) with austerity — by cutting programs and services that the rest of us use. Just look at the Ryan plan or the Romney budget.

    You really don’t think that the Koch Brothers, Foster Friess, Sheldon Adelson and all the other rich guys who were in Park City, Utah with Mitt last weekend are donating hundreds of millions of dollars to Romney Super PACs, just so they can turn around and ‘share’ profits with their workers, do you? Their political donations are a business investmentwhich they hope to recoup, with interest. They want even more, not less.

    questionall: Tom Toles on Mitt Romney

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #class war  #economy  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #American workers  #companies need to share profits  #companies need to share revenue  #consumers have no money to consume  #corporate profit at an all time high  #corporate profit at record high  #employment at all time low  #few americans are working  #hunger games  #income inequality  #LOL  #overlords  #plebians  #profit margins should drop  #proletarians  #serfs  #thunderdome  #union busting  #wages at an all time low  #workers 
    The steadily shrinking white electorate, Voter ID laws, and the far-right’s “race wars”
Because, as Jim Galloway at the AJC observes, white voter registration is steadily moving downward: “In May of 2008, African-Americans made up 28 percent of active registered voters in Georgia while whites made up 65 percent and “other” race… In May of 2012, African-Americans made up 29.4 percent of active registered voters, whites made up 60.2 percent, and “other” race made up 10.4 percent. So the downward trend in the white share of voters in Georgia has continued.”
So while GOP lawmakers will try to disenfranchise the voters who they assume wouldn’t vote Republican anyway (i.e. non-whites), the rightwing media are working overtime to whip up enough FEAR and ANGER to get the whites who have voted Republican before into the voting booths again — despite how they feel about Mitt Romney. How? By victimizing whites, by insinuating there’s a race-war, by reminding their audience that everyone thinks they’re the “R” word (racist), and by evoking the usual tribal reaction from their base. McKay Coppins at Buzzfeed outlined some of the main players on the far-right last month in his article, “In Conservative Media, A “Race War” Rages“:
Bill O’Reilly, Fox “News” — With the Norfolk, VA story, using the narrative: Black-on-white violence is spiking — and the mainstream media is trying to cover it up.
Drudge Report –  ”Miami ‘war zone’ during urban weekend;” “Rib fest at Rochester beach turns rowdy;” and “Unruly urban crowd shuts down Nashville water park.”
Tucker Carlson, Daily Caller – ”I was struck by the immediate, uncloaked assumption by the media that Trayvon Martin was innocent.”
Rush Limbaugh – ”In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering.”
Dan Riehl, Riehl World News, Breitbart News – ”There are special interest groups on the left that exploit reports of white-on-black crime for political gain.”
But as Coppins fairly reports: “Indeed, the irony of the race war narrative’s latest flare-up is that it comes at a time when national crime rates have reached historic lows — including reported hate crimes against whites… What’s more, hate crimes against blacks have continued to outstrip those against whites by about four-to-one: In 2010 alone, there were 2,201 reported. Violent crimes across the spectrum reached a four-decade low in 2010.”
Jobs? Health care reform? Tax cuts for the one percent? Austerity for the rest of us? None of that really matters to low-information voters. Reality and facts, once again, are not part of the narrative that’s written and produced by the American conservative media and performed for the American conservative voter’s entertainment. What gets these people to the voting booth is fear and anger: do you want to be attacked by mobs of ‘rib-eating’ ‘urban’ youths? No? Then you’d better vote for Mitt Romney.
image: Buzzfeed
Related: Bill Maher: the problem with racism is Matt Drudge

    The steadily shrinking white electorate, Voter ID laws, and the far-right’s “race wars”

    Because, as Jim Galloway at the AJC observes, white voter registration is steadily moving downward: “In May of 2008, African-Americans made up 28 percent of active registered voters in Georgia while whites made up 65 percent and “other” race… In May of 2012, African-Americans made up 29.4 percent of active registered voters, whites made up 60.2 percent, and “other” race made up 10.4 percent. So the downward trend in the white share of voters in Georgia has continued.”

    So while GOP lawmakers will try to disenfranchise the voters who they assume wouldn’t vote Republican anyway (i.e. non-whites), the rightwing media are working overtime to whip up enough FEAR and ANGER to get the whites who have voted Republican before into the voting booths again — despite how they feel about Mitt Romney. How? By victimizing whites, by insinuating there’s a race-war, by reminding their audience that everyone thinks they’re the “R” word (racist), and by evoking the usual tribal reaction from their base. McKay Coppins at Buzzfeed outlined some of the main players on the far-right last month in his article, “In Conservative Media, A “Race War” Rages“:

    • Bill O’Reilly, Fox “News” — With the Norfolk, VA story, using the narrative: Black-on-white violence is spiking — and the mainstream media is trying to cover it up.
    • Drudge Report –  ”Miami ‘war zone’ during urban weekend;” “Rib fest at Rochester beach turns rowdy;” and “Unruly urban crowd shuts down Nashville water park.”
    • Tucker Carlson, Daily Caller – ”I was struck by the immediate, uncloaked assumption by the media that Trayvon Martin was innocent.”
    • Rush Limbaugh – ”In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering.”
    • Dan Riehl, Riehl World News, Breitbart News – ”There are special interest groups on the left that exploit reports of white-on-black crime for political gain.”

    But as Coppins fairly reports“Indeed, the irony of the race war narrative’s latest flare-up is that it comes at a time when national crime rates have reached historic lows — including reported hate crimes against whites… What’s more, hate crimes against blacks have continued to outstrip those against whites by about four-to-one: In 2010 alone, there were 2,201 reported. Violent crimes across the spectrum reached a four-decade low in 2010.”

    Jobs? Health care reform? Tax cuts for the one percent? Austerity for the rest of us? None of that really matters to low-information voters. Reality and facts, once again, are not part of the narrative that’s written and produced by the American conservative media and performed for the American conservative voter’s entertainment. What gets these people to the voting booth is fear and anger: do you want to be attacked by mobs of ‘rib-eating’ ‘urban’ youths? No? Then you’d better vote for Mitt Romney.

    image: Buzzfeed

    RelatedBill Maher: the problem with racism is Matt Drudge

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #anger  #birthers  #Democrats  #fear  #Mitt Romney  #non-white voters  #President Obama  #race war  #racist  #Republicans  #set the plebs against each other  #voter id laws  #voter registration  #white voters 
    The U.S. of Dumb: low-information voters and health care reform →

    Political Wire: A new AP/GfK poll finds that just a third of Americans back President Obama’s health care law on which the Supreme Court is about to pass judgment, but more than three quarters want Congress and the president to begin work on a new bill if the court strikes down the 2-year-old law.

    Bob Cesca writes about a major conflict in perception or messaging  (thanks GOP!) over health care reform, since Americans hate Obamacare while loving everything about it. He says, “The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll results about the ACA are embarrassing and incomprehensible.”

    Most Americans oppose President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform even though they strongly support most of its provisions, Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Sunday, with the Supreme Court set to rule within days on whether the law should stand.


    image: The Maddow Blog

    “In other words, Americans hate the law, but they love everything in it. While 56 percent of Americans hate the law, while a plurality of 45 percent of Americans will vote for a candidate who wants to repeal the law, a full 82 percent love the law’s “pre-existing conditions” language. 61 percent support the section of the law that allows kids to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. 72 percent support requiring corporations to cover employees. And so forth.”

    Cesca goes on to respond to those people who base all their objections to the law on the individual mandate: “You can’t have roads without taxes, and you can’t have affordable healthcare without requiring that everyone be involved. Besides, only a tenth of the population is uninsured anyway, so only a tenth of the population will be subject to the mandate. One out of every 10 citizens will be required to buy health insurance with significant government subsidies to make it affordable — or free, depending on income level. And you know what? Tough noogies. If you have moral objections to buying corporate health insurance, then pay the ridiculously low tax penalty. If you don’t want to pay the tax penalty, there’s no enforcement mechanism in the law, so you’ll get away with it. It’s unethical, but you’re the one who has to sleep at night. The secret is this: the mandate isn’t really a mandate.”

    The bottom line is that Americans have been conditioned to dislike “Obamacare,” — and it would seem they’re more than happy to go along with The Program, even if it hurts them personally in the long run.

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
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    Mitt Romney’s bid to become liar-in-chief →

    “When challenged about an untruthful statement, Romney’s tactic is to deny he said it – lie trumping lie.”

    Michael Cohen summarizes the lies which Romney has been repeatedly called out for, yet he continues to use:

    President Obama:

    • “My personal favorite in Romney’s cavalcade of untruths is his repeated assertion that President Obama has apologized for America. […] President Obama never went around the world and apologized for America – and yet, even after multiple news organizations have pointed out this is a “pants on fire” lie, Romney keeps making it. Indeed, the “Obama apology tour”, along with the president bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia, are practically the lodestars of the GOP’s criticism of Obama’s foreign policy performance (the Saudi thing isn’t true either).”

    The stimulus / private-sector / public-sector jobs:

    • “According to Romney, “that stimulus didn’t put more private-sector people to work.” While one can quibble over whether the stimulus went far enough, the idea that it didn’t create private-sector jobs has no relationship to reality. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus bill created more than 3m jobs – a view shared by 80% of economists polled by the Chicago Booth School of Business (only 4% disagree).”
    • “Romney also likes to argue that the stimulus didn’t help private-sector job growth, but rather helped preserve government jobs. In fact, the Obama years have been witness to massive cuts in government employment. While the private sector is not necessarily “doing fine”, as Obama said in a recent White House press conference, it’s doing a heck of a lot better than the public sector.”

    Taxes:

    Auto bailout:

    Obamacare / Affordable Care Act:

    • “Then, there is the recent Romney nugget that the Obama administration passed Obamacare with the full knowledge that it “would slow down the economic recovery in this country” and that the White House “knew that before they passed it”. It’s an argument so clearly spun from whole cloth that according to Jonathan Chait, the acerbic political columnist for New York Magazine, Romney is “Just Making Stuff Up Now”.”
    • “Also of Obamacare, Romney has said that it will lead to the government taking over 50% of the economy (not true) – its true cost can’t be computed (that’s why we have a Congressional Budget Office in the United States); that it will create to “a massive European-style entitlement” (many liberals wish this were true, but alas, it is not); and that it will lead to a government-run healthcare system (a lie so pervasive that it’s practically become shorthand for Republicans – yet it too, like the infamous made-up death panels of the health care debate, is simply not accurate).”

    Why does Romney lie? Cohen explains: “The lying from the Romney campaign is so out-of-control that Steve Benen, a blogger and producer for the Rachel Maddow showcompiles a weekly list of “Mitt’s Mendacity” that is chockfull of new untruths. […] Romney has figured out a loophole – one can lie over and over, and those lies quickly become part of the political narrative, practically immune to “fact-checking”. Ironically, the more Romney lies, the harder it then becomes to correct the record. Even if an enterprising reporter can knock down two or three falsehoods, there are still so many more that slip past. […] As… Steve Benen told me: ‘Romney gets away with it because he and his team realize contemporary political journalism isn’t equipped to deal with a candidate who lies this much, about so many topics, so often.’

    “Quite simply, the United States has never been witness to a presidential candidate, in modern American history, who lies as frequently, as flagrantly and as brazenly as Mitt Romney.”

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
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