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    The GOP is against welfare for people, unless by ‘people’ you mean ‘corporations’ →

    “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money. I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families.” — Rick Santorum 

    Why did Santorum single out black people (or for that matter, people?) The truth is:

    [T]he people who benefit most from welfare programs are white people.

    Among the poorest of the poor—single mothers, living below the poverty line with minor children to support 39.7 percent of AFDC clients are Black single mothers and 38.1 percent are White women with children. Food stamp recipients are 37.2 percent Black and 46.2 percent White. Medicaid benefits are paid to 27.5 percent Black recipients compared to 48.5 percent White clients. source

    And which “people” (according to Mitt Romney) benefit from government welfare most of all?

    Thirty corporations paid less than nothing in aggregate federal income taxes over the entire 2008-10 period.

    In fact, in the last three years, 78 corporations had at least one year where they paid no federal income tax at all, while 30 corporations paid not a dime over the entire three years. Those 30 corporations paid nothing, even though they made $160 billion in profits over that period:

    […] These companies, whose pretax U.S. profits totaled $160 billion over the three years, included: Pepco Holdings (–57.6% tax rate), General Electric (–45.3%), DuPont (–3.4%), Verizon (–2.9%), Boeing (–1.8%), Wells Fargo (–1.4%) and Honeywell (–0.7%).

    Instead of giving corporations “other people’s money” in the form of more tax cuts, loopholes and federal subsidies, shouldn’t we think about “giving them the opportunity to go out and earn the money and provide for themselves and their families“?

    More tax cuts for the wealthy paid for with austerity for the rest of us. Go GOP!

    The Republicans candidates’ economic agenda for the 1 percent.

    — 2 years ago with 75 notes
    #news  #politics  #income redistribution  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #class warfare  #2012  #99percent  #corporations  #GOP  #job creators  #opportunity  #ows  #people  #presidential candidates  #Republicans  #rick santorum  #welfare 
    Mitt Romney’s high school years: a privileged, rich punk who enjoyed bullying others →

    “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize.”MITT ROMNEY conditionally apologizes for behavior in high school after the Washington Post published a story on his high school years.

    The most surprising thing about this story on youthful Mitt Romney isn’t that it reveals he was another privileged, rich punk at an exclusive prep school who enjoyed (and had a real talent for) bullying others, but that Romney’s classmates admitted it:

    Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook SchoolBack on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.

    “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

    A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

    The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.

    “It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me,” said Buford, the school’s wrestling champion, who said he joined Romney in restraining Lauber. Buford subsequently apologized to Lauber, who was “terrified,” he said. “What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”

    “It was a hack job,” recalled Maxwell, a childhood friend of Romney who was in the dorm room when the incident occurred. “It was vicious.”

    “He was just easy pickins,” said Friedemann, then the student prefect, or student authority leader of Stevens Hall, expressing remorse about his failure to stop it.

    The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall.

    Continue reading…

    Imagine if that was your kid. Romney considers this incident a “hiijink” or “prank.” Lifestyles of the rich and famous. Isn’t this kind of behavior what most of us already understand to be the standard mentality for many of the wealthiest one percent? It’s horrifying that this guy wants to be our president.

    — 2 years ago
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #people  #politics  #bully  #bullying  #cranbrook school  #exclusive prep school  #GOP  #high school  #hijinks and pranks  #lifestyles of the rich and famous  #Mitt Romney  #one percent  #Republicans  #rich people humor  #the governor's son  #washington post 
    Chuck Hagel: “Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party” →

    “Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party. There’s a streak of intolerance in the Republican Party today that scares people. Intolerance is a very dangerous thing in a society because it always leads to a tragic ending. Ronald Reagan was never driven by ideology. He was a conservative but he was a practical conservative. He wanted limited government but he used government and he used it many times. And he would work with the other party. … Now the Republican Party is in the hands of the right, I would say the extreme right, more than ever before. You’ve got a Republican Party that is having difficulty facing up to the fact that if you look at what happened during the first 8 years of the century, it was under Republican direction. … The Republican Party is dealing with this schizophrenia. It was the Republican leadership that got us into this mess. If Nixon or Eisenhower were alive today, they would be run out of the party.” – former Sen. Chuck Hagel to Foreign Policy magazine 

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #people  #politics  #vote!  #chuck hagel  #conservative  #GOP  #reagan would especially hate the tea party  #Republicans  #Ronald Reagan  #st. raygun  #tea party 
    Your Zombie News / End Times Update →

    5/31: Joppatowne, MD: Maryland man charged with killing, eating man’s brain, heart — A 21-year-old Morgan State University student told investigators that he ate the heart and portions of the brain of a man whose dismembered remains were found in his Joppa home, according to a grisly account from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. – baltimoresun.com  |via: reader Sophia 

    • In the days prior to the arrest, Kinyua had posted several strange messages on his Facebook page, in all capital letters. In two of the posts, he uploaded “QR Codes,” those bar code images that lead you to a web page when you hover a smart phone over them… – Baltimore Sun

    5/28: Madison, WI: Man allegedly bites two officers while being arrested – Delarence Moore, 29, was tentatively charged with two counts of battery to a police officer, two counts of resisting, attempted battery to a police officer and disorderly conduct, according to a Madison Police Department news release. — madison.com | via:reader Liam  

    5/30: Seattle: Suspect in Seattle slayings kills himself –Seattle was reeling Thursday after a man killed five people in two shootings before turning the gun on himself. The suspect, identified… as Ian Stawicki, died Wednesday night, several hours after he shot himself in the head as a five-hour police manhunt came to an end. – CNN

    • Walter Stawicki last spoke to his son the morning of the shooting. He recalled a cheerful conversation. “He handed the phone to his mother and I said, ‘Gee, he sounds in a good mood,’ and she said, ‘Yeah,’” he recalled. – Fox News

    5/30: Portland, OR: Workers sickened by chemicals at Darigold – Several people were evacuated from the plant, located at 2720 SE 6th Avenue, and 11 employees were decontaminated on site, then transported to an area hospital for checkups. – kgw.com 

    5/30: CDC: Flu season is over, next season begins in five months –This latest flu season set a new record for having the lowest and shortest peak for flu-like illness since the agency started keeping track. – WTVR.com

    5/30: NWS to start sending cell phone alerts — Some cell phone users will be able to receive free severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service beginning this Friday. Customers with WEA enabled cell phones will also receive AMBER alerts and presidential alerts during a national emergency. – Minnesota Public Radio News

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #horror  #news  #people  #security / safety  #bath salts  #cannibalism  #cdc  #cell phone alerts  #darigold  #delarence moore  #drugs  #end times  #Florida  #flu season  #ian stawicki  #man bites officers  #maryland  #miami  #national weather service  #nws  #oregon  #portland  #ronald poppo  #rudy eugene  #Seattle  #shooter  #suicide  #voodoo  #wisconsin  #workers sickened 
    Ann Romney’s dressage horse is going to the Olympics, after it was a $77,000 tax write-off in 2010 →

    One of Ann Romney’s many, expensive dressage horses is going to be in the Olympics, Courant.com reports:

    Ann Romney’s mare, Rafalca, and Jan Ebeling, the Moorpark, Calif.-based rider she sponsors, did well enough at the first of two Olympic trials, spread over two weekends, that they almost certainly will be headed to the Summer Olympics in London as part of the U.S. equestrian team.

    It seems really bizarre that Ann’s winning Olympic horse was listed as a $77,000 LOSS on the Romney’s 2010 tax return, via the NY Times:

    On the Romneys’ 2010 tax returns, they reported a loss of $77,000 for their share of the partnership that owns Mr. Ebeling’s top mount, Rafalca. Mrs. Romney owns the horse with Ms. Ebeling and a Romney friend, Beth Meyers. Sponsorship arrangements are not unusual in dressage, where riders who want to climb to the top look to wealthy backers. “Having people like that is very important to the success of this sport and our country being represented,” said Mary Phelps, the publisher of an online dressage news site, who estimated that the costs of exhibiting a horse on the international circuit could run to $200,000 a year.

    Proving that the wealthy win when they win and win when they lose. That’s the way America works!

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #people  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #$77000  #ann romney  #business loss  #dressage  #jan ebeling  #marie antoinette  #olympics  #rafalca  #rich people's taxes!  #tax loss  #tax write-off 
    High Park Fire: 6/25 update: 83,205 acres burned — Colorado ablaze with 7 more wildfires →

    Current Situation: Monday firefighters will continue to strengthen the line on the north side of the fire. Firefighters will also monitor areas with structures and other areas throughout. Staffing will be heavy in the southwest portion. Reinforcing lines and mopping up areas will also take place. Crews continued to work throughout the night. […] The total number of homes lost is now 248 after additional homes were lost late last week in the Glacier View and Hewlett subdivisions. Details of this are available in the assessment article to the right.

    TOTAL PERSONNEL — 2,037    

    SIZE — 83,205 acres

    PERCENT CONTAINED — 45%

    GALLONS OF WATER DUMPED TO DATE — 2.2 million gallons

    COST TO DATE — $29.6 million

    Wildfires punish Colorado – thousands evacuated – SFGate – Wildfires moved in on some of Colorado’s most popular summer tourist destinations over the weekend, demolishing nearly two dozen homes and other structures near Rocky Mountain National Park and emptying hotels and campgrounds at the base of Pikes Peak. With eight wildfires burning, including a fire that has scorched more than 118 square miles and destroyed at least 248 homes near Fort Collins, Colorado is having its worst wildfire season in a decade.

    Eight wildfires roaring across Colorado – Boulder Daily Camera – On the hottest day of the year so far, wildfires erupted throughout Colorado on Saturday, producing fast-moving fires that burned down homes in Estes Park, forced evacuations in Colorado Springs and shut down state highways in southern Colorado. Firefighting officials are girding for more of the same as a hot and dry weather pattern likely won’t lift until midweek. A jetliner full of firefighters has been summoned to the Western Slope, where buses will take them throughout the state; firefighting planes and helicopters are being positioned around Colorado to be ready to strike; and fire managers are set for a tough battle over the next few days. “We are preparing for the worst while hoping for the best,” said Steve Segin of the Rocky Mountain fire-incident team. “We just have to hope Mother Nature gives us a break.”

    image: wildfiretoday

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #environment  #animals / nature  #security / safety  #news  #people  #fire  #Colorado  #firefighters  #wildfire  #feds  #usfs  #Roosevelt National Forest  #le  #high park fire  #ems  #federal firefighters  #8 wildfires 
    Photo above: via: @denverpost Before and after views of neighborhoods burned by the‪ #WaldoCanyonFire‬: http://dpo.st/KG1K7j  by @CharlesMinshew
Update Colorado wildfires: Waldo Canyon Fire, High Park Fire — President Obama to visit Colorado today 
Current stats from Inciweb:
HIGH PARK FIRE: (7:00 PM MT)
TOTAL PERSONNEL — 1,125  
SIZE — 87,284 acres
PERCENT CONTAINED — 85%
HOMES LOST — 257
COST TO DATE — $36.4 million
High Park Fire: 1,900 evacuees from High Park Fire near Fort Collins to return home
WALDO CANYON FIRE: (9:00 PM MT)
TOTAL PERSONNEL — 1,118   
SIZE — 16,750 acres
PERCENT CONTAINED — 15%
HOMES LOST — 347
COST TO DATE — $5.2 million
Waldo Canyon Fire:Waldo Canyon Fire evacuees crowd hotels, as thousands remain displaced
Waldo Canyon Fire: Police Chief Pete Carey said late Thursday the remains of one person were found in a home where two people had been reported missing.
More…

    Photo above: via: @denverpost Before and after views of neighborhoods burned by the‪ #WaldoCanyonFire‬http://dpo.st/KG1K7j  by @CharlesMinshew

    Update Colorado wildfires: Waldo Canyon Fire, High Park Fire — President Obama to visit Colorado today

    Current stats from Inciweb:

    HIGH PARK FIRE: (7:00 PM MT)

    TOTAL PERSONNEL — 1,125  

    SIZE — 87,284 acres

    PERCENT CONTAINED — 85%

    HOMES LOST — 257

    COST TO DATE — $36.4 million

    WALDO CANYON FIRE: (9:00 PM MT)

    TOTAL PERSONNEL — 1,118   

    SIZE — 16,750 acres

    PERCENT CONTAINED — 15%

    HOMES LOST — 347

    COST TO DATE — $5.2 million

    More…

    — 2 years ago
    #animals / nature  #news  #people  #security / safety  #survival  #Colorado  #colorado is burning  #colorado springs  #deaths  #disaster  #disaster declaration  #firefighters  #fires  #fort collins  #high park fire  #homes destroyed  #how to help  #President Obama  #victims  #waldo canyon fire  #wildfires 
    What rightwing domestic terrorism?
“You may call tyranny a mandate or you may call it a tax, but it still is tyranny and invites the same response. If we refuse to obey, we will be fined. If we refuse to pay the fine, we will in time be jailed. If we refuse to report meekly to jail, we will be sent for by armed men. And if we refuse their violent invitation at the doorsteps of our own homes we will be killed — unless we kill them first. … I am on record as advocating the right of defensive violence against a tyrannical regime.”— Mike Vanderboegh, the ex-militia blogger…recently predicted that if the Supreme Court declared the health care reform bill to be constitutional, it would lead to violent insurrection against “government tyranny.”
Your Second Amendment right to bear arms gives you no right to use violence against those you disagree with.

    What rightwing domestic terrorism?

    “You may call tyranny a mandate or you may call it a tax, but it still is tyranny and invites the same response. If we refuse to obey, we will be fined. If we refuse to pay the fine, we will in time be jailed. If we refuse to report meekly to jail, we will be sent for by armed men. And if we refuse their violent invitation at the doorsteps of our own homes we will be killed — unless we kill them first. … I am on record as advocating the right of defensive violence against a tyrannical regime.”— Mike Vanderboegh, the ex-militia blogger…recently predicted that if the Supreme Court declared the health care reform bill to be constitutional, it would lead to violent insurrection against “government tyranny.”

    Your Second Amendment right to bear arms gives you no right to use violence against those you disagree with.

    — 2 years ago
    #news  #people  #politics  #security / safety  #vote!  #wingnuts  #ACA  #armed and dangerous  #dittoheads  #domestic terrorism  #domestic terrorists  #far right  #mike vanderboegh  #obamacare  #rightwing  #ruled constitutional  #rwnjs  #scotus  #Supreme Court  #upheld 
    “(The rich) are different from you and me.”
“They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s description of the very rich
Mitt Romney on a jet ski — the GOP candidate’s Kerry moment? – The Boston Globe

    “(The rich) are different from you and me.”

    “They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”F. Scott Fitzgerald’s description of the very rich

    Mitt Romney on a jet ski — the GOP candidate’s Kerry moment? – The Boston Globe

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #people  #photography  #politics  #Boston.com  #f scott fitzgerald  #GOP  #jet ski  #john kerry moment  #marie antoinette romney  #Mitt Romney  #Republicans  #the rich  #they are different than you and me