Monday, July 23, 2012

You Olympians didn't get here on your own!

We have lots of instances of Mitt Romney making the argument for the President on healthcare, abortion, human rights, the economy, balancing of common welfare and free enterprise... and lots of examples of him excoriating the President for espousing the very ideas Romney himself has propounded in the past, even sometimes his last speech. Here is an especially delicious one:

"You Olympians, however, know you didn't get here solely on your own power. For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them. We’ve already cheered the Olympians, let’s also cheer the parents, coaches, and communities. All right! [pumps fist].” - Mitt Romney 2002

Exactly the message the President was giving business-folk last week when the Gov. decided to take him completely out-of-context.

Motivation, enterprise, innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, hard work, are so important, and this President has taken every opportunity to promote those qualities in the young people who look up so to him. But he also recognizes, as everyone should, that NO ONE achieves great success in any area solely on his own. We all owe our success also to ... well you know much of the list, and that a good deal of that list includes many many things we as a people have decided that we want to covenant together to provide for each other like [clears his throat] roads and bridges ... and even "communities built venues".

Our Congress is Disfunctional

Our Congress is disfunctional.

Virtually every bill in the Senate is blocked by filibuster. A majority of the Senate and a majority of Americans want to end tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas. But Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bipartisan "insourcing" bill that would have have done just that.

The Bring Jobs Home Act also would have given tax incentives to companies that bring jobs back to the United States. The measure failed to advance despite a 56-42 favorable vote, because 60 votes are needed to end the Republican filibuster of the bill.

Earlier in the week, Republicans also used their ever-ready filibuster to stomp out the Disclose Act, which would have required (oh, no!) their fat-cat employers - errrrrr, contributors, to disclose campaign contributions of more than $10,000.

Our Georgia, errrr Corporate, Senators, Chambliss & Isakson, are part of the 42, of course.

Four Republican senators bucked their lock-step colleagues and voted with the people - Snowe & Collins of Maine, Heeler of Nevada, and Brown of Massachusetts (the last in a neck-and-neck battle for re-election - the opinion of the people is perhaps a little more important to him right now.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mitt's Bain

 

Gov. Romney made Bain the #1 reference on his job application to the American people.

Gov. Romney's the one who decided his lack-luster term as Governor wouldn't serve the purpose. Bain is his whole campaign.


“The costs of not releasing the returns are clear, therefore he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.” 
- George Will, pretty much the dean of conservative commentators

Now he shows us one year of info - a year during which he was already running for President and surely had at least one sensible advisor to help him keep his finances un-embarrassing.

Pitiful.

He has admitted that his records contain info that would be used by his opposition, and it must be worse than the info in the one he has already released. If the older records were virtually the same, he'd gladly release them and likely say "Na-na-na-na-na", at least mentally.
“He should release the tax returns tomorrow. This is crazy… you’ve got to release 6, 8, 10 years of back tax returns.”
- Bill Kristol, conservative commentator, Fox News
National Review, Will, Kristol, Perry, Paul, Bentley, Steele, Grassley, Barbour, Lugar, Frum, and lots more of the Republican leadership have called on him to, as Sarah! might say, "man up".


"The Romney campaign says he has released as many returns as candidate John Kerry did in 2004, and cites Teresa Heinz Kerry’s refusal to release any of her tax returns. Neither is an apt comparison [...]
Romney may feel impatience with requirements that the political culture imposes on a presidential candidate that he feels are pointless (and inconvenient). But he’s a politician running for the highest office in the land, and his current posture is probably unsustainable. In all likelihood, he won’t be able to maintain a position that looks secretive and is a departure from campaign conventions. The only question is whether he releases more returns now, or later [...]” 
- The National Review, leading conservative magazine
I disagree. I think he won't release them because he knows that he --
1) paid NO taxes one or more years,
2) will be documented to have seriously misled the public about his involvement with Bain after '99,
3) missed his financial commitment to the Mormon religion on one or more occasions, or
4) some other mortifying or even game-changing embarrassment.
“If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong. I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.”
- Gov. Robert Bentley, (R-AL)
Gov. Romney really is in a Catch-22 bind. His emphasis on his business prowess demands he release them, but he has adamantly refused and will look weak if he backs down. And since by stonewalling he has succeeded in magnifying the issue, the embarrassment, whatever it is, will also be magnified.
“There is no whining in politics. …Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.”
- John Weaver, GOP strategist
Romney has been running for office for a lonnnnng time. He has won one race and served one unimpressive term as governor, renouncing his largest achievement. He is a smart, family-oriented, patriotic man but he is not, in my opinion, presidential material.
“…whenever you are asking for the vote of the American people you need to fully disclose what your holdings are, if you have any.”
- U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Materially Governor Romney has some. And some.

I've said it before.
“Mitt Romney is not ready for prime time.”
- Terrell Shaw, Democratic blogger, Alone On a Limb

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Give Till It Hurts

 Sheldon Adelson

I guess I'm a big time political donor. I have given a larger percentage of my wealth to the President's reelection than than the portion of his wealth that Mitt Romney's largest donor has showered so far on the Romney super-PACS.  Of course even the 100 million he has indicated he may give is as nothing to Sheldon Adelson who will have 25 billion or so left. My proportionately larger (so far) donations added to the thousands of other middle class donations cannot match the proportionately smaller donations of the top 20 fat cats.

Yes, that's right, the vast majority of the money spent on this year's campaign will come from less than 20 men - whose donations will hardly be missed by the donors -- just trifles with which they may buy a President or Congress or both.

Oligarchy 1]  a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people.

Thank Justices Scalia, Roberts, Alito, Kennedy, & Thomas who believe corporations are people and that there should be no limits on the influence of money in politics.