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    “Well, they weren’t jobs, they were ‘job-ettes,’ right? No health care, no benefits, low pay. You can go to a waitress anywhere from Texarkana all the way to El Paso and say to a waitress, ‘Did you know Rick Perry’s created 1 million jobs? And she’d say, ‘Yeah, I’ve got three of them.”
— Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s ‘1 million jobs’ claim. (Source: kileyrae)
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Mitt Romney in his RNC speech: “You deserved it because you worked harder than ever before during these years.  You deserved it because, when it cost more to fill up your car, you cut out moving lights, and put in longer hours.  Or when you lost that job that paid $22.50 an hour, benefits, you took two jobs at $9 an hour…”
Matt Taibbi: Are you kidding? Mitt Romney was the guy that fired you from that $22.50 an hour job, and helped you replace it with two $9 an hour jobs! 

He was a pioneer in the area of eliminating the well-paying job with benefits and replacing it with the McJob that offered no benefits at all. One of the things that killed him in the Senate race against Ted Kennedy were Kennedy ads that reminded voters that Mitt’s takeovers resulted in slashed wages and lost benefits. He was exactly the guy that eliminated that classic $22.50 manufacturing job, like in the case of GST Steel, where Bain took over with an initial investment of $8 million, paid itself a $36 million dividend, ended up walking away with $50 million, and left GST saddled with over $500 million in debt. 750 of those well-paying jobs were lost.
What kinds of jobs were left for those fired workers to look for? Well, in the best-case scenario, you might have found one at Ampad, another Bain takeover target, where workers had their pay slashed from $10.22 to $7.88 an hour, tripled co-pays, and eliminated the retirement plan.
So a guy who eliminated hundreds of $22 an hour jobs and slashed hundreds more jobs to below $9 an hour blasts Barack Obama for not giving you the better life you deserved, after you lost your $22/hour job and had to take two $9/hour jobs. Are we all high or something? Did that really just happen?

Job-ettes: the Republican jobs plan for America

    “Well, they weren’t jobs, they were ‘job-ettes,’ right? No health care, no benefits, low pay. You can go to a waitress anywhere from Texarkana all the way to El Paso and say to a waitress, ‘Did you know Rick Perry’s created 1 million jobs? And she’d say, ‘Yeah, I’ve got three of them.”

    — Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s ‘1 million jobs’ claim. (Source: kileyrae)

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    Mitt Romney in his RNC speech: “You deserved it because you worked harder than ever before during these years.  You deserved it because, when it cost more to fill up your car, you cut out moving lights, and put in longer hours.  Or when you lost that job that paid $22.50 an hour, benefits, you took two jobs at $9 an hour…”

    Matt TaibbiAre you kidding? Mitt Romney was the guy that fired you from that $22.50 an hour job, and helped you replace it with two $9 an hour jobs! 

    He was a pioneer in the area of eliminating the well-paying job with benefits and replacing it with the McJob that offered no benefits at all. One of the things that killed him in the Senate race against Ted Kennedy were Kennedy ads that reminded voters that Mitt’s takeovers resulted in slashed wages and lost benefits. He was exactly the guy that eliminated that classic $22.50 manufacturing job, like in the case of GST Steel, where Bain took over with an initial investment of $8 million, paid itself a $36 million dividend, ended up walking away with $50 million, and left GST saddled with over $500 million in debt. 750 of those well-paying jobs were lost.

    What kinds of jobs were left for those fired workers to look for? Well, in the best-case scenario, you might have found one at Ampad, another Bain takeover target, where workers had their pay slashed from $10.22 to $7.88 an hour, tripled co-pays, and eliminated the retirement plan.

    So a guy who eliminated hundreds of $22 an hour jobs and slashed hundreds more jobs to below $9 an hour blasts Barack Obama for not giving you the better life you deserved, after you lost your $22/hour job and had to take two $9/hour jobs. Are we all high or something? Did that really just happen?

    Job-ettes: the Republican jobs plan for America

    — 1 year ago with 13 notes
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #jim hightower  #job-ettes  #matt taibbi  #rick perry  #republicans  #republican jobs plan 

    Obama Super PAC enlists Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Sarah Palin on Romney’s time at Bain Capital. 

    • LOL Hypocrisy: “I’m very surprised that President Obama went down this road.” – Newt Gingrich, in an interview with CNN, on criticizing Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital. Gingrich, of course, led the attack during the GOP primary. – Political Wire

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #super pac ads  #president obama  #mitt romney  #bain captial  #newt gingrich  #sarah palin  #rick perry  #jon huntsman  #republicans  #lol 
    Thursday’s status update on the ‘not-Romneys’

     Ron Paul, Culture Warrior  — Asked about the right to privacy in relation to the sale and use of contraceptives — or to use the argot of the evening “abortifacients and abortive devices” — Paul went completely to the zoo. “The issue wasn’t privacy. It was life!” he burbled, before coming around again to the notion that he thinks a right to privacy is spelled out in the Constitution (it’s not, which only about 10 million anti-abortion lawyers could tell him in their sleep), and that he thinks it’s a pretty good idea generally, and probably not one we should toss out idly just to keep women from taking the pill and f*#king without Rick Santorum’s permission. “Privacy is a very important issue,” Paul concluded, to something of an awkward silence.

    Stephen Colbert Sees A Google Search Surge in South Carolina And Nationwide –  “Over the weekend we posted that searches for Stephen Colbert of the  The Colbert Report saw a 189% jump in South Carolina traffic, while  Ron Paul, Rick Santorum,  Mitt Romney and  Newt Gingrich all saw declines during the same period (goo.gl/RaDqD)” Google reports. “Since Sunday, Colbert has dropped in South Carolinian searches.


    We’ll Just Call It A Tie
    – In an example of just how terribly corrupt Republican party officials are, the official, certified results of the Iowa caucus are finally in and Rick Santorum actually won by 23 votes. The Iowa GOP has decided to call it a tie instead.

    The Marianne Bomb Goes Off? – Newt Gingrich’s second wife (out of three) has long maintained that she has the power to end his campaign with a single interview. Leaking out on the Drudge Report in drips and drabs tonight are indications that Marianne may well have given that interview to ABC News, which is reported to be conducting an internal debate on whether to air it before Saturday’s South Carolina primary.

     Perry Slammed by Turkey for Saying Nation Led by Terrorists – Turkey’s government condemned Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry for saying the country is ruled by “Islamic terrorists” and should possibly be kicked out of NATO. U.S. presidential candidates should be “more knowledgeable about the world and more careful in their statements,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. “Turkey was a NATO member when the governor was a mere two years old.”

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #new  #politics  #ron paul  #rick perry  #newt gingrich  #rich santorum  #stephen colbert  #gop  #republicans 
    How’d that GOP debate go? →

    Wonkette has the highlights,

    1. South Carolina Republicans booed a black person for mentioning blacks (Juan Williams / Newt Gingrich), and
    2. Rick Perry got some huge applause for defending the Marines desecrating the corpses of whatever people the Marines were killing that day. It’s inspirational, as always…
    3. Mitt Romney gave an ‘uncomfortable’ performance.

    And here’s video of the South Carolina audience BOOING Ron Paul when he mentions the Golden Rule with regard to our foreign policy:

    http://embed.crooksandliars.com/v/MjMwODEtNTM2NzQ?color=C93033

    Would this be an audience full of rightwing Christian fundamentalists or evangelicals? I can never tell…

    — The End —

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #ANOTHER DEBATE?  #GOP  #LOL  #Mitt Romney  #Newt Gingrich  #presidential candidates  #Republicans  #rick perry  #South Carolina 
    Status update on the ‘not-Romneys’

    Gingrich Suggests Illegally Firing Federal Employees Over Liberal Views – Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suggested at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee in South Carolina on Saturday that it would be a good idea to fire federal employees for being too liberal. Federal law, on the other hand, says Gingrich’s plan would be illegal.

    Ron Paul’s useful idiots on the left – Megan Carpentier: Progressives who make common cause with Paul on US foreign policy ignore his stunningly reactionary views on everything else…

    Read more…

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #news  #politics  #newt ginrich  #mitt romney  #ron paul  #rick perry  #jon huntsman  #rick santorum  #rick perry  #stephen colbert 
    Falling out of lockstep →

    An exchange between Sean Hannity and Rick Perry, regarding Perry’s statements that Bain Capital (and likely GOP candidate Romney) were vultures who preyed on distressed companies:

    HANNITY: “It almost sounds like Occupy Wall Street. It doesn’t sound like someone who is governing Texas as a conservative.”

    PERRY: “There is a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism. Venture capitalism we like. Vulture capitalism, no. And the fact of the matter is that he is going to have to face up to this at some time or another.”

    Hannity’s right — it does sound like OWS because it makes sense, it’s factual. When someone in wingnuttia falls out of lockstep and starts spouting facts and truth, they’re accused of being like “the liberals.” Heh.

    Related:

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #humor  #news  #politics  #bain capital  #Fox News  #GOP  #Mitt Romney  #occupy wall street  #ows  #Republicans  #rick perry  #Sean Hannity  #the sean hannity comedy hour  #vulture capitalism 
    The Democrats could learn a lesson from Newt →

    Here’s an excellent point about Newt’s message on Romney and Bain Capital:

    One of the big ironies of the anti-Bain attack on Romney is that Newt is the one doing what the Democrats should be doing, namely, painting Bain as part of the Wall Street problem:

    “You have to ask the question, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people and then walk off with the money?” […]

    The former Speaker is making the case that, in contrast to good old fashioned businesses who make stuff, Romney and his ilk have instead gamed the system to create a soulless machine that profits from the misery of others. […]

    “I am totally for capitalism, I am for free markets,” Gingrich assured reporters on Monday. “Nobody objects to Bill Gates being extraordinarily rich, they provide a service.” What he instead is concerned about is when an investor receives “six-to-one returns, and the company goes bankrupt.”

    I haven’t seen a Democratic attack on Bain phrased this crisply.

    Read more…

    Democrats really need to watch Newt. He knows how to hold the knife and how to stick it in. Especially because what he’s saying (on this subject) is CORRECT. More of this please:

    The Bain Bomb | Politico

    …[T]he Wall Street Journal on Monday ran an extensive analysis that found of 77 business Bain invested in from 1984 to 1999, 22 percent either filed for bankruptcy or closed within eight years, and another 8 percent lost all the money Bain invested.

    Mitt Romney: Job Creator or Job Cremator?

    “Mitt Romney, I think, is more of a job cremator than a job creator. He was a corporate buyout specialist at Bain Capital. He dismantled companies. He cut jobs. He forced companies into bankruptcy and he outsourced jobs and sent jobs overseas. That’s not a record to write home about, that’s not a record to be proud of, and it’s something voters need to know.” — DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz


    liberalsarecool — Kudos to Rick Perry.

    Related:

    — 2 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #class war  #income redistribution  #bain capital  #corporate raiders  #cut jobs  #dismantled compaines  #forced companies into bankruptcy  #GOP  #i like to fire people  #job cremator  #Mitt Romney  #Newt Gingrich  #outsourced jobs  #presidential candidates  #Republicans  #rick perry 

    The Daily Show — The GOP: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Wealthy

    On [last] night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a look at some of the GOP infighting and realized there’s only two things that the field can agree on: that class warfare is bad and that Mitt Romney is too rich. (via: Gawker)

    Jon Stewart says Romney’s political competitors are now acting like the 99 percent — of the one percent:

    — 2 years ago with 20 notes
    #class war  #humor  #politic  #GOP  #Jon Stewart  #LOL  #Mitt Romney  #Newt Gingrich  #ows  #presidential candidates  #Republicans  #rick perry  #rick santorum  #Teaparty  #The Daily Show 
    Things said at the New Hampshire GOP debate last night →

    Besides preferring to be at some safe, American, good ol’ boys shooting range rather than another GOP debate, Perry also said last night that he’d send troops right back into Iraq! See video… 

    Mitt Romney said last night that he thinks only wealthy people should run for office:

    Recalling something his father, who served as governor of Michigan, told him, Romney said, “He had good advice to me. He said, ‘Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, why you ought to have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference, you oughta have a responsibility to do so.’” A few moments later,

    Romney bragged about making former senator Ted Kennedy take out a mortgage on his house when Romney ran against him. “I was happy that he had to take a mortgage out on his house to ultimately defeat me,” Romney said.

     Here were their ‘thoughts’ on same-sex marriage:

    NEWT GINGRICH: We want to make it possible to have those things that are most intimately human between friends.

    RICK SANTORUM: I’m certainly not going to have a federal law that bans adoption for gay couples, when there are only gay couples in certain states.

    MITT ROMNEY: There is every right for people in this country to form long-term committed relationships with one another. That doesn’t mean that they have to call it marriage.

    RICK PERRY: That is a war against religion and it’s going to stop under a Perry administration.

    I don’t even know what Gingrich means.

    And here’s an interesting exchange between Mitt and Newt:

    ROMNEY: “This for me, politics is not a career,” Romney, who began running for office in 1994, replied. “For me, my career was being in business. … I long for a day when, instead of having people who go to Washington for 20 and 30 years, who get elected and then when they lose office, they stay there and they make money as lobbyists or connecting to businesses. I think it stinks.”

    GINGRICH: Look, can we drop a little bit of the pious boloney? The fact is, you ran in 94 and lost. That’s why you weren’t serving in the Senate with Rick Santorum. The fact is you had a very bad re-election rating. You dropped out of office. You had been out of state for something like 200 days preparing to run for president. You didn’t have this interlude of citizenship while you thought about what to do. You were running for president while you were governor.”

    “You then promptly re-entered politics. You happened to lose to [Arizona Sen. John McCain] as you had lost to [former Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy]. Now, you’re back running. You’ve been running consistently for years and years and years and years. So, this idea that suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind, just level with the American people. You’ve been running for at least since the 1990s.”

    Put Mitt and Newt together and you’ve got the best pious baloney sandwich ever.

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
    #news  #politics  #same sex marriage  #GOP  #gop debate  #Iraq  #Mitt Romney  #new hamsphire  #Newt Gingrich  #paying court  #pious baloney  #Republicans  #rick perry  #the non-romneys 
    2012 GOP Presidential Candidates: will anyone be voted off the island on Tuesday? →

    Tweet of the Day:

    MICHELE BACHMANN has been one of the loons who has repeatedly criticized and mocked President Obama about using teleprompters. So this happened:

    At a campaign stop in Creston, Iowa Wednesday, the candidate read her campaign speech directly from an iPad tablet computer.

    “I have a statement I would like to read before I open up and take a few of your questions,” the candidate told the crowd, only pausing from her prepared remarks to yell “Good morning!” at a passing train.

    Is there a major difference from which type of electrical device one reads one’s speech, Michele? I really want to know your thoughts on that.

    ~ ~ ~

    Because of falling poll numbers, NEWT GINGRICH is now feeling SO desperate that he’s actually considering the half-term former governor / one-season reality TV star as a running mate:

    “She is certainly one of the people you would look at. I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she’s somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities.

    There are also some very important Cabinet positions that she could fill very, very well. I can’t imagine anybody who would do a better job of driving us to an energy solution than Gov. Palin, for example. Tell her that she would certainly be on the list of one of the people we would consider.”

    Newt’s current fragrance? Flop Sweat.

    ~ ~ ~

    Shit RICK PERRY says:

    To a voter:

    “I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case. I don’t, I’m not even going to try to go through every Supreme Court case, that would be — I’m not a lawyer. We can sit here and you know play I gotcha questions on what about this Supreme Court case or whatever, but let me tell you, you know and I know that the problem in this country is spending in Washington, D.C., it’s not some Supreme Court case.”

    To a reporter:

    “I’m not taking the bar exam…I don’t know what a lot of legal cases involve.”

    These responses were in reference to Lawrence v. Texas — a Supreme Court case which struck down the Texas sodomy law. Perry referenced the case in his 2010 book Fed Up!, calling it one of the court cases in which “Texans have a different view of the world than do the nine oligarchs in robes.”

    ~ ~ ~

    Stormfront founder and prominent white supremacist Don Black thought RON PAUL was “One of us”:

    “Everybody, all of us back in the 80′s and 90′s, felt Ron Paul was, you know, unusual in that he had actually been a Congressman, that he was one of us and now, of course, that he has this broad demographic–broad base of support.”

    And Black’s thoughts on the newsletters:

    “It was written in the first person frequently and, you know, a normal person would have thought that Ron Paul must have written this, or at least whoever wrote it must have did so with the approval of Ron Paul, but things change. So, now that he has this new base of support of course, he’s having–frantically trying to disavow himself from the newsletters, and I agree the newsletters were a little over the top.”

    Wow. You know things are bad when the founder of Stormfront thinks Paul’s newsletters were “a little over the top“!


    image: bobcesca

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    Finally, WHY won’t MITT ROMNEY release his tax returns?

    Despite his famous demand in the 1994 Senate race that Ted Kennedy release his tax returns to show he has “nothing to hide,” Romney last week reiterated his own paperwork would not be forthcoming. “We don’t have any current plans to release tax returns, but never say never,” Romney said, adding:

    “I can tell you we follow the tax laws, and if there’s an opportunity to save taxes, we like anybody else in this country will follow that opportunity.”

    Truer words were never spoken.

    In October, Citizens for Tax Justice estimated that the Romneys paid only 14 percent of their income in taxes. (It’s no wonder Mitt opposes the “Buffett Rule.”) As Time reported…

    […] Two weeks ago, the New York Times shed light on that “$5.5 million to $37.3 million from dividends and capital gains” that represents most of Romney’s income. Though Mitt left Bain Capital in 1999, 13 years later his windfall continues uninterrupted:

    In what would be the final deal of his private equity career, he negotiated a retirement agreement with his former partners that has paid him a share of Bain’s profits ever since, bringing the Romney family millions of dollars in income each year and bolstering the fortune that has helped finance Mr. Romney’s political aspirations…

    […] And that creates what Steve Benen aptly called “Romney’s ‘carried interest’ problem.”

    In case anyone needs a refresher, there’s a tax loophole on “carried interest” — sometimes called “the carry” — that taxes private equity and venture capital income at a lower, 15% rate, as compared to 35% on ordinary income. Hedge-fund managers and the Wall Street have fought tooth and nail to protect this loophole — even after the Obama White House tried to eliminate it — and so far, they’ve been successful.

    Which is why Mitt Romney has thus far refused to join his fellow GOP White House hopefuls in proposing the elimination of the 15 percent capital gains tax.

    Read it all…

    Of course he doesn’t want to tell us how much he paid in taxes on his vast Bain Capital wealth! GOP candidate Mitt Romney is looking out for his own, ever-growing, fortune while he secretly expects the rest of us to continue to subsidize it with austerity measures and GREAT ideas like this. Vote for the Republican candidate no matter what, wingnuts!

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #class war  #2012  #GOP  #idiots  #Michele Bachmann  #Mitt Romney  #Newt Gingrich  #presidential candidates  #Republicans  #rick perry  #Ron Paul  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy 
    image: randomactsofchaos
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The 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate lineup: have at it, Iowa!
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YOUR 2012 GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES (via: silas216):
Michelle Bachmann: ”Don’t misunderstand. I am not  here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are  bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for  people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in  their life and sexual identity disorders.” (2004)
Ron Paul: ”The rate of AIDS infection is on the  increase again. From the gay point of view, the reasons seem quite  sensible. First, these men don’t really see a reason to live past their  fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives  are centered on new sexual partners… because sex is the center of their  lives, they want it to be as pleasurable as possible, which means  unprotected sex. Third, they enjoy the attention & pity that comes  with being sick.” (1995 in a newsletter)
Rick Perry: ”I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a  Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know  there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in  the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in  school. ” (2011 in a campaign ad)
Mitt Romney: ”I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” (2011 while speaking to unemployed people in Florida. Romney’s net worth is over $200 million.)
Newt Gingrich: ”She’s not young enough or pretty  enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.”  (1994, about his first wife)
Rick Santorum: ”Is anyone saying same-​sex couples  can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my  brother. Heck, I even love my mother-​in-​law. Should we call these  relationships marriage, too?” (2008)
Michelle Bachmann: ”Carbon dioxide is portrayed as  harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows  that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” (2009 during a debate)
Mitt Romney: ”PETA is not happy that my dog likes  fresh air.” (2006, when questioned about driving 12 hours with his dog  in a cage strapped to the top of his car)
Some more:
Rick Perry: “Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.” (Dec 2011)
Ron Paul: “I also do an investment letter — it’s  called the ‘Ron Paul Survival Report’ — which is a gold oriented  newsletter. But it’s also expressing concern about surviving in this age  of big government.” (1995 video)
Ron Paul’s campaign: “Dr. Paul did not write that  solicitation. It does not reflect his thoughts and is out of step with  the message he has espoused for 40 years.” (Dec 2011, responding a day after Reuters reported that a direct-mail ad for Paul’s political and investment newsletters – they were sent around 1993 and appeared to include Paul’s signature  at the end – warned of a “coming race war” and a “federal-homosexual  cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS.)
Mitt Romney: (aka Braveheart): “By in large, Rush Limbaugh speaks a number of conservative principles that a lot of us agree with.”  (kissing the ring, Dec 2011)
Newt Gingrich: (summary): If elected, he  says he might (1) eliminate courts he doesn’t like; (2) ignore court  rulings he doesn’t like; and (3) take judges into custody if he  disapproves of their legal analyses. (Dec 2011)
Ron Paul: some things he’s against — Social  Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the National Labor Relations Board, the  Federal Reserve, income taxes, and even the dollar bill. (video)
Newt Gingrich: “Really poor children in really poor  neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who  works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They  have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and  you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.” (Dec 2011)
Michele Bachmann: “Our nation needs to stop doing  for people what they can and should do for themselves. Self reliance  means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.” (Nov 2011)
Michele Bachmann: “… I believe that Iraq should pay the families that lost a loved one several million dollars per life, I think at minimum.” (Nov 2011)

    image: randomactsofchaos

    The 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate lineup: have at it, Iowa!

    YOUR 2012 GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES (via: silas216):

    • Michelle Bachmann: ”Don’t misunderstand. I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgender. We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.” (2004)
    • Ron Paul: ”The rate of AIDS infection is on the increase again. From the gay point of view, the reasons seem quite sensible. First, these men don’t really see a reason to live past their fifties. They are not married, they have no children, and their lives are centered on new sexual partners… because sex is the center of their lives, they want it to be as pleasurable as possible, which means unprotected sex. Third, they enjoy the attention & pity that comes with being sick.” (1995 in a newsletter)
    • Rick Perry: ”I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school. ” (2011 in a campaign ad)
    • Mitt Romney: ”I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” (2011 while speaking to unemployed people in Florida. Romney’s net worth is over $200 million.)
    • Newt Gingrich: ”She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.” (1994, about his first wife)
    • Rick Santorum: ”Is anyone saying same-​sex couples can’t love each other? I love my children. I love my friends, my brother. Heck, I even love my mother-​in-​law. Should we call these relationships marriage, too?” (2008)
    • Michelle Bachmann: ”Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” (2009 during a debate)
    • Mitt Romney: ”PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.” (2006, when questioned about driving 12 hours with his dog in a cage strapped to the top of his car)

    Some more:

    • Rick Perry: “Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.” (Dec 2011)
    • Ron Paul: “I also do an investment letter — it’s called the ‘Ron Paul Survival Report’ — which is a gold oriented newsletter. But it’s also expressing concern about surviving in this age of big government.” (1995 video)
    • Ron Paul’s campaign: “Dr. Paul did not write that solicitation. It does not reflect his thoughts and is out of step with the message he has espoused for 40 years.” (Dec 2011responding a day after Reuters reported that a direct-mail ad for Paul’s political and investment newsletters – they were sent around 1993 and appeared to include Paul’s signature at the end – warned of a “coming race war” and a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS.)
    • Mitt Romney: (aka Braveheart): “By in large, Rush Limbaugh speaks a number of conservative principles that a lot of us agree with.”  (kissing the ring, Dec 2011)
    • Newt Gingrich: (summary): If elected, he says he might (1) eliminate courts he doesn’t like; (2) ignore court rulings he doesn’t like; and (3) take judges into custody if he disapproves of their legal analyses. (Dec 2011)
    • Ron Paul: some things he’s against — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal Reserve, income taxes, and even the dollar bill. (video)
    • Newt Gingrich: “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.” (Dec 2011)
    • Michele Bachmann: “Our nation needs to stop doing for people what they can and should do for themselves. Self reliance means, if anyone will not work, neither should he eat.” (Nov 2011)
    • Michele Bachmann: “… I believe that Iraq should pay the families that lost a loved one several million dollars per life, I think at minimum.” (Nov 2011)
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    "Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source."
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    "[I]f somebody were to ask me what the best advice that I could give them? It would be that money is probably the most highly overrated thing in the world."
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