Frodo Baggins, John Roberts, The Rolling Stones, John Marshall, Marbury, And The Return of ‘Tax And Spend Liberal’, Part III

What hath Chief Justice John Roberts wrought? We’ve previously discussed the “several long term constitutional gifts” Roberts gave to Republicans/conservatives. Today we consider the “very important and immediate political riches” bestowed on the right by Santa Clause Roberts.

Consider, Obama has two “achievements” as president. There is the massive health scam force fed on an unwilling nation. There is the hideous Obama Dimocrat election slush fund dubbed so deceptively as the “stimulus”.

The Barack Obama health scam has been forever branded by Chief Justice John Roberts and the liberals on the Supreme Court as A Tax. The phony “stimulus” of course is a wasteful spending program. In short: “TAX AND SPEND”.

What hath Chief Justice John Roberts wrought? Roberts has provided Republicans/conservatives with the decades long strongest weapon in their arsenal. Republicans can go to their armory library and dust off the opposition texts they employed to win elections before and after Bill Clinton. Chief Justice John Robers has wrought The Return of the “TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL”.

Republicans/conservatives, at least those who disagree with our analysis, might not understand the potency of the return of the “tax and spend liberal” label. But Barack Obama understands the mortal threat Roberts has unleashed. So today Obama: It’s time to allow tax cuts for the wealthy, folks like myself, to expire but extend all the other Bush tax cuts to some but not all of the middle class.

It was not surprising to watch as Big Media/CNN spun like a top for a regurgitated Obama tax proposal We noticed that this was an Obama publicity stunt in which Obama could not have mentioned Bill Clinton’s economic record any more.

Obama never before has given respect to Bill Clinton’s brilliant economic record in office. But today Dumbo was all ears listening and recollecting Bill. Bill Clinton has a strong economic record. Bill Clinton has recently defended Mitt Romney’s business acumen. Bill Clinton several weeks ago made clear he does not think now is the time to raise taxes nor get rid of the Bush tax cuts.

But Bill Clinton is not the reason for Obama to call for tax cut extension. It is the John Roberts “tax and spend liberal” label that Obama is running from.

In today’s publicity stunt Barack Obama persistently claimed that he has cut taxes for the middle class by thousands of dollars. Unstated is the Obama health scam tax on millions of middle class and working class households to benefit Big Pharma and Big Insurance.

Politically John Roberts has given Republicans/conservatives a Lord of the Rings high value gift. The Republicans/conservatives now have this election being played on their turf:

“The Supreme Court lawsuit isn’t the end of the legal challenges to the health care law — and the next ones just might help Republicans keep pushing their favorite political hot buttons.

It’s easy to understand that Obama opponents on the left are unhappy with Chief Justice John Roberts. We would have much more preferred that the entire Obama health scam be struck down. But Republicans/conservatives unhappy? Heads must be scratched.

Some Republicans/conservatives are also making dubious claims that somehow John Roberts sold out the American people to the tax power. Nonsense:

“I’ve been a little surprised by the continued outrage on the right and chest-thumping on the left regarding the Supreme Court’s health care decision. The right got everything it wanted in the ruling, save for the actual outcome. The left got legal reasoning that, up until the minute the decision was handed down, it had maintained would mark the end of government as we know it. Sad to say, but the main takeaway is that most court-watchers, left and right, care a lot about the outcome and very little about the law.

Some on the right are latching onto one bit of doctrine as cause for unhappiness in the case. In particular, they claim that John Roberts expanded the government’s taxing power substantially, such that it now provides an endless capacity that Congress lacked with the commerce clause.

This is nonsense.

We fully understand the four conservative justices on the Supreme Court being mightily aggrieved against their leader. To read that Roberts is not exactly beloved by his colleagues is not surprising. But the emotional cries of “betrayal” and moaning and groaning by the rank and file is embarrassing to even have to witness.

If Republicans/conservatives want to be angry and indulge in feelings of “betrayal” the appropriate focus of outrage is the Romney campaign that refused to unwrap the John Roberts early Christmas gift:

“Allen West: Romney Needs To Get Better Counsel From His Advisers; ObamaTax Is a Tax

At Politico:

It’s a tax,” the Florida Republican told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. “I think that the governor probably needs to look at who he has within his circle of advisers, and probably get … them to provide the right type of counsel and advice.”

This was precipitated by Romney adviser Eric Fernstrohm agreeing that ObamaTax was not a tax — his argument is that it’s not a tax, it’s a penalty, ergo it’s unconstitutional.

Now, this argument has appeal to Romney because he also imposed a mandate, and doesn’t want the “tax-hiker!” charge leveled at himself.

But here’s the thing: If ObamaTax is in fact a tax, then doesn’t that mean… Justice Roberts got it right?

There’s a lot of games-playing going on with politics, obviously. We’re in campaign season, after all. The candidates do it, we do it.

I think a little too much is being pushed on to this point. On one hand, we’re trying to recover some win from Roberts’ disastrous decision by saying, “Well, at least he said it was a tax; that’s politically useful.”

On the other hand, we’re insisting he got it wrong.

Well, if it got it wrong, it’s not a tax.”

We always wrote that Barack Obama was in a lose/lose position and no matter what happened at the Supreme Court he would lose. Some however, now that the Supreme Court has spoken, insist on giving Barack Obama a win by being dejected that the Constitution was “violated” or that they are weary or that they don’t like what happened, or they are upset, or they feel betrayed, or they don’t know whom to turn to anymore or related feelings from the chocolate box of whines.

We rather everyone put those delicious but fattening chocolates of whine back in the box, realize that we have been correct in our analysis from before the decision came down that Obama was in a lose/lose position, and fight

And educate. Republicans/conservatives should put away the hankies and make sure everyone knows about the new powers of an increasingly intrusive IRS.

Indeed, if John Roberts is right (not left) than it is a tax, tax, tax tax tax tax tax:

“The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts argues that Obamacare is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress. The Obama administration’s advocate before the Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, made this case during oral arguments, and Roberts bought it. The decision, in a sense, formalized what many conservatives had long argued: The Obamacare tax is a tax.

The politics could have hardly been better: The Obama administration and other Democrats would not only have to defend an unpopular law, but they’d have to try explain that a mandate upheld because of the power of Congress to tax was not, in fact, a tax. [snip]

Whatever the mandate was before the decision, and regardless of how strongly one disagrees with the ruling, it’s a tax now. [snip]

Voters will call it a tax and so will every other Republican candidate running for every other office,” he says. “It will be the most popular attack ad in Senate and House campaigns.”

Yes it is a tax. Or is anyone sensible arguing it is not a tax?

We are not hunting for “sliver linings”. We said all along Obama was in a lose/lose position.

We are and have been right on this. By this time next year, or possibly much sooner as Supreme Court decisions begin to flow the next term, we will have been proven right on the constitutional implications we addressed in Part I. Even the damn New York Times knows we are correct:

“No Respite for Liberals [snip]

But the conservative majority also laid down a cache of weapons that future courts can use to attack many of the legislative achievements of the New Deal and the Great Society — including labor, environmental, civil rights and consumer protection laws — and to prevent new progressive legislation. Far from being a source of jubilation, the term may come back to haunt liberals.

But that’s the New York Times on the legal implications of what John Roberts hath wrought. What are the politics of what John Roberts hath wrought?:

“For Obama, a Signature Issue That the Public Never Embraced Looms Large

On the day President Obama took the final step in turning the Affordable Care Act into law, his senior adviser, David Axelrod, predicted the public would eventually embrace his ambitious effort at health care reform.

“As the American people become familiar with what this program is and what it isn’t,” Mr. Axelrod said, “they’re going to be very, very happy with it.”

Two years later, the public is no happier with the law than it was then. Mr. Obama’s signature initiative may have prevailed in the Supreme Court, but a White House that vowed a public relations blitz selling the act’s virtues never fully followed through, much to the frustration of many Democrats and even some of the law’s authors.

Now Mr. Obama faces the consequences as he heads toward a hotly contested election that will decide whether he has a second term and, by extension, whether the law will survive efforts to repeal it.”

Face the consequences for his actions – what a thought. Obama now has to face the consequences and Obama Hopium Guzzlers can fool themselves but they can’t fool the voters or rewrite history, no matter how much they try:

“Some supporters have argued that other social programs in the past were controversial at first before becoming embedded in American society. But polling suggests that is not so.

Social Security was popular from the start, supported by 73 percent of Americans in early 1937 and 78 percent the next year in Gallup polls. Medicare had the approval of 62 percent in early 1965 and 82 percent by the end of that year in Harris polls.

By contrast, just 32 percent supported the Affordable Care Act when it was approved in March 2010, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. As of a month ago, 34 percent supported it, virtually unchanged.”

What hath John Roberts wrought? For Republicans/conservatives “several long term constitutional gifts” and “very important and immediate political riches”.

For Obama Dimocrats Chief Justice John Roberts crafted a wooden horse, filled with danger and eventual destruction of their city and golden calf.


303 thoughts on “Frodo Baggins, John Roberts, The Rolling Stones, John Marshall, Marbury, And The Return of ‘Tax And Spend Liberal’, Part III

  1. Great Post admin as always.

    (still disagree with the Roberts and the other 4 cowards, but I guess time will tell how this goes) 🙂

    I watched Barry’s little speech today, I swear this man must think small business owners, who file as indivs. must have like a vat of money like Scrooge Mcduck that we swim in. The man has not one f**king clue how the economy works, he’s throwing any and every cliche at the wall. If the LSM wasn’t protecting him like they are, he would be in the 20s for approval.

  2. Here is a letter (written as an article) that pretty much sums up what I hear from the conservatives everywhere. This was an article on westernjournalismDOTcom:

    Dear Michelle,

    On the day that your husband was elected, you said that you had never been proud of the United States until that day. For the last three and a half years, I have been observing your husband and you, and I feel that it is time I share my thoughts with you. The day your husband was elected was the first time I was ever ashamed of this country, and today I am even more ashamed.

    I was ashamed then because your husband was not elected because he was the best qualified to do the job, or because he was the most intelligent, or even because anyone really thought he could get anything worthwhile done. The reason your husband was elected, the only reason, is because of the color of his skin. Your husband was chosen by the Democratic Party to be their “token black”, and that is the shame of the American public. We deserve better than a community organizer who seems to look down on his fellow Americans while bowing to an Arab leader. We deserve a president who was thoroughly vetted by his party and the media, not someone whom the DNC now admits was never even eligible for the job. There are many other men, Black, Hispanic, of Asian descent, Native American, and even Caucasian who are many times more qualified and eligible to be the president. If he had even a shred of self respect, Barack would resign and convince Joe Biden to do so as well, so that someone with a backbone could fix the mess your husband (NOT George Bush) has made much worse.
    Your husband said he would bring unity to the country; instead, he has brought class warfare and fanned the flames of racism by saying that his son would look like Travon Martin. When the Pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, he replied, “‘you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” “This is the greatest foremost commandment.” “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”(Matt.22:37-40 NAS). Notice that there is no modifying clause in the second commandment “You shall love thy neighbor as yourself.” NOT “You shall love your neighbor as yourself, so long as his skin is the same color as yours or he does not make more money than you.” In our home, race is not an issue; everyone is welcome and treated respectfully. My mother raised me right; she taught me these verses and the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I have lived this way all my life and never judge others; it is God’s job to judge, not mine. There is a big difference between loving the person and accepting the sin; I can love the person and still hate the things they do. The media was quick to condemn Sarah Palin’s daughter for getting pregnant (or was it because she chose to have the baby?), but at least she owned up and took responsibility for her actions, which is something your husband has said publicly he would not make his daughters do in that same situation. No, he would rather have them murder their baby should they be so shortsighted as to get pregnant before they were ready.

    Make no mistake here, please; through Christ, I love you and your family, but I hate what Barack has done to this wonderful country of ours. He has no need to apologize for an accidental burning of the Quran anymore than they would apologize for a deliberate burning of the Bible or our Constitution. In fact, as a nation, there is nothing he needs to apologize for on our behalf, but instead much he needs to apologize to us for. He needs to apologize to us for his blatant disregard for the Constitution, the very foundation of our government, and the freedoms guaranteed to us by that document. I have family members who fought to protect that document and what it stands for; yet you and your husband treat it like toilet paper for all the respect you show.

    You are fond of quoting the Scripture in Luke that tells us that “To those to whom much has been given, from them much shall also be expected”, but then you take it out of context and tell us that means that the federal government has the right to take what one man earns and give it to the man who sits on his butt all day doing nothing. Sorry, but I do not think that is what Christ meant when he said “take care of the widows and orphans.” He also told us that God loves a cheerful (or willing) giver. He did not want to force us to do what we so willingly do out of love. In case you had not noticed, when there is a crisis (i.e. Katrina) the American people pull together to help each other faster and better than the government (i.e. FEMA) could.

    The recent decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the individual mandate of the “Affordable” Care Act was equally shameful and has added one hundred-fold to the stress of my daily life. Stress that was not a part of my life until Barack took the office that by rights does not belong to him. My husband has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the treatments are expensive, and how long now before the committee decides that because he is not a “productive citizen” he cannot access the treatments he needs to stay alive? I clench my teeth at night wondering if he will be here when our daughter (now fifteen) walks down the aisle on her wedding day. When I had a heart attack last year, it was a Catholic-run hospital that picked up the greatest portion of the cost, allowing us to make payments on the rest when we could, not the government. Through the contraception mandate, Obamacare will shut down that hospital and hundreds like it, leaving people like me to fall between the cracks of your “perfect healthcare”.

    I am also ashamed that the first family sees the Presidency as a lottery they won (how many vacations do you need in a year, really?) I have not had a job in two years, and our family would love to have a vacation in Europe, just one, someday. Yet your family has taken over seventeen vacations, at my last count, on the taxes people like me have paid. So, in effect, the middle class of America has been paying for you and your entourage of secretaries and secret service personnel to run around the world, shopping and sightseeing, when we cannot afford to go visit relatives who live in another state. Your husband’s policies have not created any jobs worth talking about, but they have kept businesses from creating jobs. Even a low-paying job would allow us the luxury of going to visit family.

    So tell me Michelle, just what are you proud of? Are you proud of the fact that you are living in the White House because people did not want to be called racist? Or perhaps you are proud that your husband has chipped away at the civil liberties of the American taxpayers? Or perhaps you are proud of the race riots your husband instigated when he said that if he had a son he would look like Travon Martin, instead of keeping his mouth shut and letting the police handle the situation? The truth (whatever it is) will come out. I do not think there is anything that your husband has “accomplished” while in office that you should be proud of. Oh wait, I forgot all that golfing he has done that must have improved his game; I guess you can be proud of that.
    In Christ Always,
    Becky Smith


    such hate from these radicals.

    “At least 115 people, including a federal senator and a state parliamentarian, have been killed in central Nigeria in the last two days with herdsmen from the Fulani tribe besieging and raiding Christian villages near conflict-prone Jos city, prompting violent clashes.

    Those killed today were attending the funeral of 63 other people killed earlier yesterday in Karkuruk village in Barkin Ladi local government area when the assailants returned to kill more people with guns and machetes.

    Chairman of Barkain Ladi Local Government Emmanuel Lomang, and member representing Barakin Ladi/Riyom in the House of Representatives Simon Mwadkom, narrowly escaped death today.
    Mwadkom was wounded and lying unconscious in the hospital at Barakin Ladi General Hospital.

    After the attack on funeral attendees, some 50 bodies were also discovered burnt in the house of a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) in Matse village in Riyom Local Government Area of the state.”

  4. Could derail her senate bid?

    House Ethics Committee Unanimously Votes To Investigate Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV)

    In a stunning blow to the Senatorial hopes of Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV), the House Ethics Committee today unanimously voted to open an investigative subcommittee into conflict of interest charges stemming from her alleged attempts to direct cash toward the kidney health care industry – and, in particular, toward her husband, who runs the Kidney Specialists of Southern Nevada. Breitbart News led the charge in demanding investigation into Berkley’s activities.

    The House Ethics Committee, chaired by Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) and ranking member Rep. Linda T. Chavez (D-CA), released the following statement:

  5. Report: 83 percent of doctors have considered quitting over Obamacare

    Read more:

    Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

    The DPMA, a non-partisan association of doctors and patients, surveyed a random selection of 699 doctors nationwide. The survey found that the majority have thought about bailing out of their careers over the legislation, which was upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

    Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The newly passed health care bill increases the demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

    By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told The Daily Caller.

    “One of our primary concerns is that you’ve got an aging physician workforce and you have these new beneficiaries — these newly insured people — coming through the system,” he said. “There will be strains and there will be physician shortages.”

    The DPMA found that many in the medical profession do not believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will lead to better access to medical care for the majority of Americans, co-founder of the DPMA Kathryn Serkes told TheDC.

    “Doctors clearly understand what Washington does not — that a piece of paper that says you are ‘covered’ by insurance or ‘enrolled’ in Medicare or Medicaid does not translate to actual medical care when doctors can’t afford to see patients at the lowball payments, and patients have to jump through government and insurance company bureaucratic hoops,” she said.

    The American Medical Association, which endorsed Obama’s health care overhaul, was not able to immediately offer comment on the survey. Spokesperson Heather Lasher Todd said it would take time to review the information in the survey.

    Janelle Davis of the American Academy of Family Physicians said the AAFP could not provide thoughtful commentary without studying the survey’s findings and methodology.

  6. moononpluto
    July 9th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    It will get much much worse, private practice with the very best care will be reserved for those with financial resources, the rest of americans will have to settle for whatever the govt tells them they can have. Private practices will not be able to compete with massive hospitals and the insurance companies that control these hospitals. Docs will become just employees of the hospital.

    Today, a pretty big insurer bought out a somewhat smaller one, wellspoint bought out amerigroup, all cash.
    result? less competition, prices go up, consumer, patients lose, lose big time.

  7. BREAKING: Brian Terry Murder Indictment Unsealed, Five Charged

    After more than 18 months of waiting and a contempt of Congress charge against Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI unsealed an indictment of five illegal Mexican bandits charged with the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry today in Arizona and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four of the five men who are still on the run and suspected to be in Mexico. The men are Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza, Manuel and Heraclio are brothers. During a press conference earlier today, the FBI confirmed they will ask for the individuals below to be extradited to the United States should they be captured south of the border. The FBI did not confirm whether any of these bandits were working as FBI informants at the time of Terry’s death, which confidential sources have said to be the case. At least two of the guns found at Terry’s murder scene were linked back to the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious.

  8. This would go down like a lead balloon.

    Pennsylvania city workers to take mayor to court over across-the-board minimum wage salaries

    Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty cut everyone’s pay — including his own — on Friday, saying the state’s sixth-largest city is broke because the City Council blocked his proposed tax increase. Doherty, a Democrat, warned nearly 400 police officers, firefighters and public works employees about his doomsday plan, prompting a Lackawanna County judge to order the city to pay full wages to all employees, citing that it is a violation of their contracts. Hours later, the payday envelopes went out, and, despite the judge’s order, they were light.

    “This needs to be resolved,” Scranton firefighter and president of the local firefighters union John Judge told “My members are getting a check for $7.25 an hour. These are people that are the head of their households. They have mortgages. They have other living costs. They are now going to have to throw their bills in a hat and randomly pick what gets paid on time.”

    The judge was not in his chambers Monday, but attorneys for the local city workers’ unions were planning to go to court Tuesday morning to ask him to hold Doherty in contempt of court for violating the injunction.

    In addition to scaling back wages, Doherty’s move cut off overtime, worker’s compensation and disability.

    The city of Scranton has battled budget woes for years, but the problems reached a boiling point after the City Council blocked Doherty’s plan to raise taxes to cover a $16.8 million shortfall, opting instead to borrow money to cover the budget gap.

    “The mayor is trying to strong-arm the council into doing what he wants, but it’s the city’s employees that are paying the price,” Judge said, adding that the workers in his department saw their paystubs go from about $1,500 every two weeks after deductions to a gross pay of about $600. “This is not a case of no cash. It’s a cash-flow problem.”

    The cuts were sudden, as city employees were only given eight days’ notice. Doherty also claimed last week that there is only $5,000 left in the city’s accounts.

    “The employees are the ones in the middle of this battle between the mayor and the council,” said Sam Vitris, president of the public works union. “We’ve had four or five recovery plans over the years and none of them seemed to have worked. The stalemate between them has led the city to run out of money.”

    Doherty has maintained for months that if the City Council had not refused his 2012 budget proposal, which included a 29 percent tax hike, the city would not be in a dire situation. Doherty did not return repeated calls for comment.


    Is’nt this Biden’s supposed home town?

  9. there’s only 5K in the bank. what money exactly are they suing for? Its a horrible story, very sad for all those people, but there is no more money, spending has to be cut back, and economic growth has to be encouraged to start bringing in more revenues, and the more they tax, the more they drive away investments, exactly the problem Greece is going through.

  10. and this did not happen overnight, I remember in the past 2 years, the same problem was there. Meredith Whitney reported on it in 2010. Its now just snowballed into what it is now.

  11. now your talking MR…punch back…often and hard…

    Romney Set to Counterattack on Bain
    The L word.

    Posted Jul 9, 2012 1:02pm EDT

    The Romney campaign will begin to aggressively push back against President Obama’s accusations that the Republican was an “outsourcing pioneer” today, a source privy to the the campaign’s strategy told BuzzFeed.

    In a conference call Monday morning, senior staff said Romney’s surrogates would stop shying away from the word “lie” in responding to Democrats’ attacks on his business record, and plan to go on TV to call Obama a “liar,” the source said.

    “They are very fed up with these attacks,” said the source.

    The pushback comes after a week of hand-wringing among GOP elite, who worry that Romney is letting Obama’s attacks — which seek to undermine the very rationale for the Republican’s candidacy, his private sector experience — gain traction without any serious effort to rebut them. Some Republican strategists have said Romney should be spending serious money to respond to the attacks.

    “The feeling was that nobody is watching this right now,” said the source. “They had a time frame to respond to the Bain attacks… But today the counterattack with the surrogates is going to begin.”

    The thrust of Obama’s attacks come from a Washington Post story published last month that revealed Bain Capital invested in companies that specialized in “helping other companies move or expand operations overseas.” Chicago seized on the revelations to advance a narrative that Romney made his fortune by advising companies on how to outsource jobs.

    In response, Romney surrogates are going to make the case that most of the offshoring happened after the Republican left Bain, and that much of it was simply to help firms sell products overseas.

    To spread the message, the source said, the campaign is going to start circulating a document to press that compiles “presidential falsehoods and exaggerations.”


    imo…they also need to start putting together TESTIMONIALS from all the people MR has helped and employed…whether it be with Bain, as MASS Governor or with the Olympics…go big and go bold…put modesty on the back burner for awhile…

  12. good! call the OTurd for what he is … a LIAR!
    none of this “misleading” the american public, the po$ is an outright LIAR. He did it to Hillary, he did it to Mccain, he does it everyday. A LIAR!

  13. “they will ram through cap n trade”
    Probably the biggest failure of the political/business cartel during the past three years. Unlike the stim. pkg., Obamacare, etc., where the Repubs. could play to their base but then have “designated” Repubs. voted “for” it, “cap and trade” became too toxic even for the Rethugs.

    It is estimated, by Exelon and other energy players that cap and trade was worth at least $10 trillion and was to replace, among other things, the defunct mortgage derivative markets.

  14. “they will ram through cap n trade”
    Probably the biggest failure of the political/business cartel during the past three years. Unlike the stim. pkg., Obamacare, etc., where the Repubs. could play to their base but then have “designated” Repubs. voted “for” it, “cap and trade” became too toxic even for the Rethugs.

    It is estimated, by Exelon and other energy players that cap and trade was worth at least $10 trillion and was to replace, among other things, the defunct mortgage derivative markets.
    a perfect justification for a third party.

  15. If this was barry’s bus in 2008, the press would have been all over the story…. but since its Romney… *crickets*


    “Sharon Zambrelli voted for Obama in 2008 but has been disappointed with his handling of the economy and leadership style. “I was very disenchanted with the political process and he gave me hope,” she said, but ultimately: “He’s just a politician,” she said, an “emperor with no clothes.”

    The Zambrellis scoffed at attempts by the Democrats — who mocked Romney in an ad Sunday as “great for oil billionaires, bad for the middle class” — to wage class warfare. “Would you like to hear about the fundraisers I went to for him?” Sharon Zambrelli said of Obama. “Do you have an hour? … All the ones in the city — it was all of Wall Street.”

    “It’s not helping the economy to pit the people who are the engine of the economy against the people who rely on that engine,” Michael Zambrelli said as the couple waited in their SUV for clearance into the Creeks shortly after the candidate’s motorcade flew by and entered the pine-tree lined estate. “He’s basically been biting the hand that fed him in ’08. … I would bet 25% of the people here were supporters of Obama in ’08. And they’re here now.“”

  17. ““I think this is a declaration by Obama – the fact that he’s now pivoted back to this old issue that he’s been touting for at least four years. It’s a declaration that he’s surrendered on the state of the economy and on the issue of his stewardship of it. This is a white flag. There’s no way he can defend it.””

  18. First McConnell back away from Obamacare repeal and now the House Rethugs:

    “Instead, the House on Wednesday will take up the repeal measure after the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality was upheld, and amid growing misgivings that relitigating the issue now will make Republicans seem out of touch — especially when party leaders are still without an alternative.

    “Anytime Republicans are debating taxes and the economy, we’re winning,” said a veteran Republican campaign consultant who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid publicly crossing his party’s leadership. “Anytime we’re debating health care, they’re winning.”
    Moreover, divisions are emerging over the wisdom of pulling the law out, root and branch. Some Republicans, facing re-election in swing districts, are openly suggesting that some measures should remain.


    I suspect that Rethug Congressional leadership has been getting the “Come to Jesus” money talk from the “Big Health” lobbyists. The first three years of obamacare is basically accumulating revenues, the big payout to PHarma, Hospital Asso., insurance, etc. don’t start until 2014 and run through 2019. Big Health wants their ROI.

  19. I suspect that Rethug Congressional leadership has been getting the “Come to Jesus” money talk from the “Big Health” lobbyists
    You can bet on it. Now that the medical industry has come back in their fold (with contributions), the rethugs will fold like a cheap watch. Lest we forget, they were the ones who first conceived of the idea of an individual mandate.

  20. relitigating the issue now will make Republicans seem out of touch. That is a fucking big media narrative, and they have swallowed it hook line and sinker. Is it out of touch to be on the side of the American People?
    Now there is a fucking piece of bullshit. Out of touch WITH WHAT? Are we talking about relitigating or repealing it? If it is a tax, they should relitigate it for that reason alone. After all, they are opposed to onerous taxes, right? This is what is wrong with Boehner and McConnell. They say one thing to their constituents and then they turn right around and do the opposite. They are out of touch, and their backing down on Obamacare proves it. If they want to talk just about the economy, then the problem did not begin with the jackass Obama. Do they really want to talk just about the economy, or only the economy of the last three years? This is why we need a third party.

  21. This thing is so godamned incestuous. There is a clown who works for Romeny. His name is Dan Senor(ita). His wife is that dingbat Cambell Brown–who was cancelled on CNN. She was always anti Hillary, pro Obama piece of shit. Now however she rights an article in the pro Obama rag Politico claiming that Obama is condescending to women. I really don’t care, save to say this is what we have in DC. They are all married to eachother in one way or another, and the only thing they agree on is treating the American voter like he or she does not have a brain in their head. There is really only one party, the party of the Washington establishment. Washington is worse than a Maine village–so much intermarrige that everyone is related to everyone. Therefore, it is no suprise that the offspring which is to say their silly little ideas are deformed.

    This is why we need a third party.

  22. Obama Snubs Coalition of Black Pastors

    After being snubbed by President Obama, the 1300 member coalition of African American Pastors are calling on all blacks to boycott him in November.

    They were support with Obama’s decision to support gay marriage and wanted to meet with him about it.

    Washington Examiner reports , Rev. William Owens, president of the 1300 member Coalition of African American Pastors:

    “By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path…Some things are bigger than the next election.”

    “In the midst of this great moral struggle, we are also asking the great AME Church to reaffirm Biblical views on marriage that is between one man and one woman. The AME Church has not taken a position on this important issue in more than twenty years and it is time to get off the sidelines.”

    “We were once proud of President Obama, but our pride has turned to shame,”

  23. With Little to Say, Obama Eats Grits in Rust Belt
    With Little to Say, Obama Eats Grits in Rust Belt
    By Michael Barone – July 9, 2012

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    “A step in the right direction.” That’s what Barack Obama said in Poland, Ohio, about Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report, which showed only 80,000 net new jobs and unemployment remaining at 8.2 percent.

    The thought will occur to many, not all of them Obama detractors, that this was at best a baby step. It’s not enough to keep up with population growth, much less to restore the low unemployment rates of most of the 1990s and 2000s.

    Another thought will occur to professional amateur political strategists: Why did the president’s campaign schedule a two-day bus tour of northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania to coincide with the day the unemployment numbers were announced?

    Sure, Ohio and Pennsylvania are important states politically. They have 18 and 20 electoral votes, and Obama carried them in 2008 with 51 and 54 percent of the votes.

    And current polling shows Obama with only 46 percent in Ohio and 47 percent in Pennsylvania when paired against Mitt Romney.

    Obama’s bus tour was aimed at the historically Democratic Rust Belt territory. Since the United Steelworkers, United Auto Workers and United Rubber Workers organized the steel, auto and rubber factories on Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo, this has been prime Democratic territory.

    Even in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was winning a 59 to 40 percent landslide, this Rust Belt — 19 counties of northern and eastern Ohio and 14 counties of western Pennsylvania — voted 52 to 47 percent for Walter Mondale. It was 12 points more Democratic than the national average.

    If these 33 counties had been a single state, they would have cast 19 electoral votes for Mondale, more than doubling the 13 he won from his native Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

    In the 1980s, the Rust Belt was still smarting from factory closings and heavy job losses in the recession of the late 1970s. Most of those lost union-wage jobs never came back, and angry laid-off factory workers and their families were unpersuaded by the Reagan campaign’s claim that it was “morning in America.”

    In the years since, the economy of the Rust Belt has changed. The biggest employers in Cleveland and Pittsburgh these days are not steel mills but hospital complexes.

    There has been considerable outmigration of young people, and from 1980 to 2010, the population of these 33 counties declined by 7 percent, while the national population increased by 36 percent. If they were a single state, they would have 14 electoral votes, down from 19 three decades ago.

    The aging electorate of the Rust Belt remains Democratic, and these counties voted 56 to 42 percent for Barack Obama. But that means that they were only 3 percent more Democratic than the national average.

    The polling data suggests that Obama is not running as strong in the Rust Belt counties this year. The bus tour was undoubtedly aimed at pushing his numbers up.

    But he seems to have been left with little to say. No wonder he resorted to making jokes about his family and adding, “People’ve been commenting: I need to gain some weight.”

    As if to compensate, he ate some grits — a staple once you get an hour or so south of Washington, but not so much up north.

    But what else could he talk about? Certainly not the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules shutting down coal-fired electric plants. Nor his decision blocking the Keystone oil pipeline.

    He could hail the development of fracking in the region’s Marcellus shale natural gas formation in the region, except for the fact that regulators in his administration seem intent on shutting it down.

    He could repeat his calls for “investment” in education, but even if you don’t regard that as a political payoff to the teacher unions, the dividends are going to be a long time coming in.

    And calls for investment in infrastructure may lead people to recall his chuckling admission that there are no shovel-ready projects, thanks to regulatory and legal roadblocks.

    The uncomfortable fact is that Obama doesn’t have a convincing economic story to tell. The recovery summer promised for 2010 and for 2011 and again for 2012 has yet to arrive.

    Obama needs majorities in the Rust Belt counties to carry Ohio and Pennsylvania again. But last week’s bus tour shows he’s having difficulty in this historically Democratic territory

  24. Now that the medical industry has come back in their fold (with contributions), the rethugs will fold like a cheap watch. Lest we forget, they were the ones who first conceived of the idea of an individual mandate.


    Exactly! They built the briar patch, so now they’re happy in it.

  25. Pat Caddell echoes of Big Pink:

    EXCLUSIVE – CADDELL: Taxes and Trust – The Achilles Heels of Obamacare and Obama, Part I

    The Supreme Court’s Obamacare-affirming decision–which can be summed up as “Read John Roberts’ lips, it’s a tax”–has put a political cudgel in the hands of Republicans. The cudgel, of course, is taxes. But a huge nail is also embedded in the cudgel: the fundamental deceit of Obamacare. Yet in the week since the Court’s decision, Republicans have yet to demonstrate that they truly grasp the significance of this weapon–or that they can effectively wield it.

    Why? Some Republicans are worried that the fight over Obamacare distracts from the issue of the economy. What these Republicans fail to realize is that healthcare and the economy are inextricably linked; Americans now realize that Obamacare was a detour on the road to economic recovery, so to remind them of one is to remind them of the other. And the two issues, compounded, are all the more powerful.

    Other Republicans believe that the healthcare battle has been lost, that Obamacare is just another permanent ratcheting of the welfare state. What these Republicans fail to see is that the “ObamaTax” issue provides an opportunity to reignite healthcare into the white-hot issue that it was in 2010. And if the 2012 elections were to be a repeat of 2010, huge changes in the status quo would be not only possible, but inevitable.

    This November, if President Obama goes before the voters on the defensive–that is, on a rickety platform of defending Obamacare as a tax increase–it is he who has a huge problem. After all, his healthcare program was sold as a boon to the middle class, with a few regulatory sticks included therein. But if Obamacare can be exposed for what it is–a huge tax increase, the reality of which Obamacare proponents did their best to obscure–then the probability of his survival shrinks dramatically. To be sure, such an exposing of Obamacare as the ObamaTax will not be easy; the White House and the Democrats, as well as their handmaidens in the Main Stream Media, will do their best to armor up against any attack on the tax issue.

    So Romney must wield that cudgel, and wield it hard. And so must Republicans, because if the campaign against Obamacare–the ObamaTax–is to be truly effective, it must be a top-to-bottom message. Indeed, as we shall see, the anti-ObamaTax message could be even stronger for down-ballot Republicans than for Romney himself.

    The challenge is to keep the focus on the tax–the ObamaTax. Obamacare is many things, but the biggest single thing is the thing that they said it wasn’t--the ObamaTax.

    The American people have shown that they can tolerate incompetent policy. But what they will not tolerate is being lied to. As a Jesuit might say, incompetence is a venial sin, but deception is a mortal sin. And so if troubling questions about Barack Obama’s incompetence turn into serious concerns about his character, the President will lose.

    If the Supreme Court had struck down Obamacare, the question of Obama’s competence–why he wasted the first 15 months of this presidency on a legislative goose chase as opposed to helping the economy–would have been front-and-center this November.

    Now the issue is his character. The President promised no new taxes on the middle class, specifically saying that the mandate was a penalty, not a tax. Meanwhile, through the entire process of the legal challenge to Obamacare, Justice Department lawyers argued that the mandate was a tax. Indeed, his own Solicitor General asserted before the Supreme Court in March that the mandate was a tax. [snip]

    These are the big stakes for the 2012 election: whether a deceptive president–and/or a deceptive presidential administration–should be rewarded with a second term.

    The Achilles Heels: Taxes and Trust

    While many on the right are angry about Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision, the importance of that ruling–flawed as it might have been–in exposing the health-insurance mandate as a tax cannot be underestimated.

    Why? For two reasons, both starting with “T.” The first reason is “taxes,” and the second is “trust.” [snip]

    Meanwhile, loyal media allies of the DC political elite, eager to preserve the status quo, do their best to fog up the situation. The New York Times editorial page, for example, dismisses the whole tax-vs.-mandate wrangle as mere “hairsplitting.” [snip]

    And as now we know, thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, it’s a tax. Moreover, thanks to the Court, we know that it was all a lie all along–Obamacare is, and always was, a tax increase. So the “T” word of taxes is now joined by the “T” word of trust–as in lack of trust. Even ABC News’ Jake Tapper had to admit that the breaking of that pledge makes for “a sticky situation” for the president. Some might say that “sticky” is a polite way of saying “quicksand.”

    Indeed, Obamacare contains many tax increases, a point that Republicans have failed to seize on. Taking note of the GOP’s lack of interest in contesting new payroll taxes in the legislation, The New Republic’s Tim Noah wrote, “As a liberal, I find this pleasing. As a journalist, I find it puzzling.” [snip]

    The Obamans and the Democrats are sticking to this line because they know that to be labeled as the dishonest purveyors of the largest tax increase in history is a killer for them. And so, like vampires fleeing from sunlight, they are retreating back into the darkened recesses of their own deception. But the problem is that the further they stand away from the glare of public opinion, the more it becomes obvious that they are indeed vampires.

    Not to put too fine a point on things, Obama has misled, or dissembled, a total of three times: First, he misled by insisting that the original legislation was not a tax increase. Second, he continued to say that it was not a tax increase, even as his lawyers were saying it was. And third, his people continue this misleading charade even after it has been exposed as false.

    So again, the “T” word is really two words: “taxes” and “trust.” These are the twin Achilles Heels of Obamacare.

    The Abomination of Obamacare

    From the night that Obamacare passed more than two years ago, I said that the American people would reject this legislation as a Crime Against Democracy. That is, it was conceived, gestated, birthed, and weaned in corruption. It was enacted thanks to unsavory deals–with Big Pharma, with health insurers, with trial lawyers–as well as through the buying and selling of US Senators. And since then, it has been corruptly administered by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services; as we have discovered over the last two years, those with enough clout can get a “waiver” from Secretary Sebelius, finagling their way out of health taxes that other people have to pay.

    So far so good, one might say–from the point of view of the permanent political class. I, like almost every American, believe that we desperately need real healthcare reform. The problem is that this bill is not healthcare reform. Such a monstrosity as this could never be accepted by the American people, who want real healthcare and real medical progress, not political machination and misdirection. [snip]

    And yet of all its weaknesses the fastest way to defeat the bill is to label it as the ObamaTax. By zeroing in on the ObamaTax message–the lethal combination of taxes and lack-of-trust–Romney and the rest of the Republican ticket can focus the voters on Obamacare’s greatest liabilities. And do so with new energy in the wake of the Court ruling, like a laser. Taxes and Trust. [snip]

    Reject the lie. Repeal the ObamaTax.

    It’s a much longer article than the excerpts above. We left out a great many other good points made by Caddell. Read the whole thing.

  26. I posted this on the old thread not knowing a new post was up but it is directed to

    jbstonesfan that 47%-45% you’re quoting in swing states is REGISTERED voters which is not as accurate as LIKELY voters. Read the information in that poll.

    First of all undecided voters always go against the incumbent. Look at this video where Dick Morris says the polls that show this is a tight race is a poll among registered voters. The fact that Obama is doing better among registered voters than likely voters doesn’t show his strength but shows his weakness. Likely voters are more prone to vote than registered voters are

    This video was posted May 14th but Dick Morris explains it. Watch it. It’s interesting. Morris is of the belief that Romney will win in a landslide.

  27. wbboei
    July 10th, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I really like this guy,I wasn’t sure when he first ran, but unlike others he has stayed strong and true to the Tea Party.

  28. ABC fixing poll from the get go…..GROUPS – Vote preferences among groups, as noted, include Romney’s best showing to date among registered voters who identify themselves as independents, 53-39 percent. Obama comes back to parity overall because Democrats account for a larger share of the pie than Republicans, 36 percent of registered voters vs. 27 percent.

    Among other groups, preferences among married women who are registered to vote continue to be unsettled; they now divide very closely, 44-47 percent, Obama-Romney, after a better result for Obama in April and for Romney in May. Obama’s support meanwhile is a bit softer than usual among unmarried women, but his best to date among unmarried men. The gender gap more generally is back – Obama up by 8 points among women, Romney by 7 among men.

    Romney, for his part, ties his best result so far among senior citizens, 57-37 percent, and runs evenly with Obama among college graduates, a group in which Obama did better earlier this year.


    Obama had a 9% head start by the looks of it before the number even came out……the electorate is not D36/R27/I36

  29. This poll by ABC is total crap if Obama is losing independents by 14 points, he loses, no matter what, you cannot win if you lose inds by that much.

  30. aah well, i see the polling outfit is some obscure thing from New York, says it all really.

  31. So lets see that poll

    So if the breakdown is 36/27/36

    Then Obama gets Dems + 39% of that 36% of indies, thats about 49%

    Then Romney gets 27% Rep and 53% of independents, thats about 46%, you fiddle that around and voila, the polls magical 47/47.

    Now if we really put the figures right and you takes rasmussens weekly partisan split of Dems 34%, Reps 35% and 31% ind, that would mean

    Obama 34% + 12% of the indie vote = 46%
    Romney 35% + 17.5% = 52.5%

    That sounds about right from what I have seen, we are now seeing the weighting and rigging of polls for Obama.

    As i said, if Independents make up nearly a 3rd of the vote in Nov and Obama loses that by 14%, he is totally toast, no amount of rigged poll can fix that.

  32. While we busy ourselves with the coming election, a serious, deep, dark revolution builds beneath our American values. Of course something as serious as threats to America’s Exceptionalism and predictable way of life for all is ignored and continues going unreported by msm- Tom and Katie’s personal affairs take top billing on the Today Show by the media gatekeepers whose job it is keeping the country entertained while Rome burns.

    Muslims: ‘Wipe Christianity from the face of the earth.’

  33. Really, then what was all that $1 billion bullshit about and you would stomp Romney into the ground.

    Obama Campaign ‘Assumed’ Romney Would Raise More Money, Advisor Says

    That’s what the president’s top political strategist, David Plouffe, told me on GMA when I asked him about the Obama Campaign’s fundraising pitch entitled “We could lose if this continues” that was blasted out following the news that Romney outraised the president by $35 million in June.

    “We assumed all along that Governor Romney and the RNC would out-raise us. The real new dynamic in this race is obviously the Super PAC,” he said.

    After losing the fundraising battle for two consecutive months, Plouffe said this morning that “money matters in politics” but “you have to have enough money to run and win your campaign and our big concern is these SuperPACs who are, you know, you’ve got a few very wealthy people lining up, trying to purchase the White House for Mr. Romney.”

    Today the Republican National Committee Chairman will take Obama on in the same Iowan town. About one hour before the president holds a roundtable discussion in Cedar Rapids, Reince Priebus will unveil a new line of attack against Obama labeling him as an “outsourcer-in-chief.”

    This counters the Obama Campaign’s attack against Romney in television ads calling him a “corporate raider” who outsourced jobs. But when I pressed Plouffe on fact check reports (here, here and here) that said parts of these ads were untrue, Plouffe defended them.

    “That’s just not true, George. The Washington Post did an exhaustive look at this,” he said.

    “Mitt Romney, it’s clear, in his private sector experience and when he was governor is someone who practiced outsourcing. Now as president he wants to say to companies that ship jobs overseas, ‘We’re going to reward you for that.’ What the American people want us to do is keep jobs here, bring jobs back,” Plouffe told me.

    Get more pure politics at ABC and a lighter take on the news at

    It’s true that the economy is still the number one issue on Americas’ minds, according to the ABC News/ Washington Post poll out this morning. Obama and Romney are tied in the poll, each with 47%. But one part of the poll that’s interesting is if voters focus on Obama’s first term, his numbers drop. If they focus on his second term, the numbers rise. So I asked Plouffe how can his campaign focus voters on future promises rather than past performance?

    “We obviously are going continuing to talk about what this president has accomplished under very tough circumstances to help stabilize the economy and economic policies and philosophies focused on the middle class, but there’s no doubt that campaigns are about the future,” he said.


    Seriously Plouffe is full of shit.

  34. quick note : Hm, that’s strange. Employees of off-shoring leader companies Nike and Apple have given more than $112K to Obama. Funny that.

  35. tim
    July 9th, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    I always liked Ed Rendell, met him once while camapigning for Hillary.

    Where (in PA I’d assume) were you campaigning for Hillary?

    I met Rendell too, at a Hillary event at the Mayfair Diner, I think April 16, 2008. Ed is a tall dude, like 6′ 4″ or 6′ 6″… Hillary spoke, so did Chelsea, and Ed. Chelsea signed my T-shirt!!! She wrote, “Go Hillary”, and her signature.

    I also volunteered for HRC’s campaign in PA (even though I live in NJ) because it was more of a battleground in the nomination. She creamed him in NJ. As I recall, she won PA too. As I recall, she got more votes overall in nomination process as well. Who knows what the real delegate count was???

    I did canvassing for a few weeks, and was outside the Philadelphia Constitution Center for the debate, where Hillary supporters out-numbered and out-enthused Obama zombies, and where Hillary clearly was the better debater and better candidate, even with the moderator(s) trying to prop up the stuttering underwhelming Barry Soetoro.

  36. Hey, moon… I can’t get stirred up anymore than I already am about the campaign and poll numbers and theorizing about Roberts; although, admin has done a spectacular job offering an astute analysis of the Roberts conundrum. I plan on reserving my energy for after Romney officially gets the nomination, then the fireworks should start and just watching Obama’s team sputtering excuses. I think it is a bold move on the part of the Muslim dictates to be so forward on their pronouncements they plan ona world takeover..

    Maybe in the UK a Muslim takeover is a given but after spending almost 2 wks in the heartland; it was a refreshing break knowing they are ready for anything Obama wants to throw at us attempting to preserve his seat of power regardless of the outcome of the election.

  37. rgb44hrc
    July 10th, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I had the misfortune of being in Philly the better part of the day on Sunday. I got bumped not once but twice from my flight home on US Air… I have never seen such a dirty overcrowded airport in all my years of travel. If I never see Philadelphia again, it won’t be too soon. I have been reading here while away and getting telephone updates on current timelines and loved checking the pulse of the locals in TX. God, those Texans are amazing. The Wild West has been preserved there in perpetuity for the youngens. They are the way we were 50-60 yrs ago…

  38. admin
    July 10th, 2012 at 2:50 am
    You were the first to see the political advantage this hands to Romney.

    Obama and his supporters praised the decision to high heaven, not realizing the hook.

    Later of course they did. And they tried in vain to push back against that part of the decision.

    They tried to get Romeny to admit it was not a tax.

    Politically speaking, the decision hands Romney the silver stake to drive through the heart of the vampire.

    The core elements in the spike are incompetence and deceit by Obama.

    It is unclear, however, that the Republicans grasp its significance. Feherson for example was utterly clueless.

    If they fail to juxtapose Obama denials against his solicitor generals affirmations that it is a tax

    Then they are guilty of malpractice

    The legal aspect of the decision however presents a real quandry.

    I am not sure I grasp the distinction between congress penalizing people for a refusal to engage in economic activity under the taxing power vs the commerce clause. The impact remains the same.

    Pat’s article is sublime. And notice how he nails big media.

    Meanwhile, loyal media allies of the DC political elite, eager to preserve the status quo, do their best to fog up the situation. The New York Times editorial page, for example, dismisses the whole tax-vs.-mandate wrangle as mere “hairsplitting.”

    Sadly, we have drunken people running the country. People who are absolutely drunk on power. I am referring of course to the entire Washington establishment. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE RUN THIS COUNTRY INTO THE DITCH.

    As for the legislation itself, it is a cornucopia of corruption, which stinks like the backflow of the Ganges river on a blistering hot day.

    From the night that Obamacare passed more than two years ago, I said that the American people would reject this legislation as a Crime Against Democracy. That is, it was conceived, gestated, birthed, and weaned in corruption. It was enacted thanks to unsavory deals–with Big Pharma, with health insurers, with trial lawyers–as well as through the buying and selling of US Senators. And since then, it has been corruptly administered by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services; as we have discovered over the last two years, those with enough clout can get a “waiver” from Secretary Sebelius, finagling their way out of health taxes that other people have to pay.

    So far so good, one might say–from the point of view of the permanent political class. I, like almost every American, believe that we desperately need real healthcare reform. The problem is that this bill is not healthcare reform. Such a monstrosity as this could never be accepted by the American people, who want real healthcare and real medical progress, not political machination and misdirection. [snip]


  39. The only clean way to reform health care is to prevent health care providers from controlling the process. The only way to reform our financial system of too big to fail is to prevent Goldman Sachs et. al. from controlling the process. Under Obama it is no different than it was with Rezko. The formula is as consistent as it is childishly simple: big business ALWAYS WINS and Obama’s constituents–the people he supposedly represents ALWAYS LOSE. Under scumbag Obama, it cannot be otherwise.

  40. I had the misfortune of being in Philly the better part of the day on Sunday. I got bumped not once but twice from my flight home on US Air… I have never seen such a dirty overcrowded airport in all my years of travel
    Now perhaps you will understand the wisdom of WC Fields whose headstone reads: “All things considered, I would rather be here than in Philadelphia.”

  41. A party who represents the American People, rather than the Washington elites. The reason they are putting all these security measures which violate the Constititution into effect now is to protect them and their families apres le deluge. They are using terrorism as the boogie man. The real boogie man, however, is our economic situation, the one they refuse to talk about and make worse by the day. If this is not treason, then the world has lost all meaning.

  42. wbboei
    July 10th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    We need a third party.

    I would be happy to have an “opposition” party..
    Instead of the one party system we have now- Then again, this is what the T-Party represents spearheaded by Palin.

  43. The following is what allows the Washington elites to play one faction off against the other to preserve their own privileged status. The comment is from Victor Davis Hanson who is a professor at the Hoover Institute. By turning their collective backs on the country however they are digging their own grave. I do think, however, that there is an ebb and flow to elections, and Obama is being swept out to sea in the undertow:

    No One Left to Teleprompter to?

    Again, examine any current topic — green jobs, the Chevy Volt, cash for clunkers, the stimulus, tax hikes, ObamaCare, unemployment, amnesty, the debt, the deficits, race relations — and more or less incoherence follows. Either things have gotten worse or what Obama says is either untrue or not consistent with what he earlier had asserted. The result is that when he starts one of those long teleprompted orations, with the dropped g’s and the faux-African-American preaching patois, we still are impressed how the cadences can package the rather empty content and serial half-truths.

    None of the above means that Barack Obama is necessarily going to lose the election, and here is why, given the following paradoxes. There are roughly now two groups of tune-outs: the first are the 50% who are either partisan opponents or who have had it with a president who does not speak the truth and blames his own failures on others. The second are the 50% who likewise don’t pay much attention to Obama’s rhetoric anymore, but they assume that mortgage bailouts; loan forgiveness; massive public hiring; more food stamps, unemployment insurance, and disability payments; freedom from income tax; racial and class resentments; and more still all offer, for the poorer, welcome material, and, for the richer, psychic and philosophical, recompense.

    In other words, supporters, both the poor and rich, don’t worry all that much what Obama says, but focus instead only on the fact that he either wishes them to have more government stuff or abhors the same people they’ve always abhorred.

    But either way, both the president’s critics and his supporters now are tuning him out.

  44. In other words, in Hanson’s view, this election will not be a refendum on the economy, but a referendum on whether given the dire state of the economy the electorate as a whole wants more goverment or less government. In desperate economic times (I use that word advisedly, because I do not see the light at the end of this tunnel, particularly as I read the latest McKensie report indicating that the center of economic activity will be centered in Asia by 2025) that is a much closer question than it would be in the past. Survival is, after all, a non-negotiable item. This is the central challenge for Governor Romney.

  45. “Now perhaps you will understand the wisdom of WC Fields whose headstone reads: “All things considered, I would rather be here than in Philadelphia.”
    It must be my old brain making strange connections but when I read/hear Philadelphia, I think of Ptolemy II. After he married his sister, fellow Greeks called him “Philadelphus”, sibling lover(fucker). The incest translation of Philadelphia is probably more appropriate the William Penn’s Biblical interpretation of “Brotherly Love”.

  46. wbboei, Mrs Smith and others interested: There is a third party, the Tea Party. What would an Allen West vice president pick do to the AA vote; would they still vote for Him?

    The Republican Headquarters locally called several times to ask me to help them the way I did four years ago. They loved that an Independent voter for Hillary had come over to help elect McPalin; and I worked hard here locally and online. However, reports from friends who are helping them indicate my friends are upset with the ‘format’ that the Republicans are using, and so am I – at first locally but now I see they do not intend to repeal ObamaTAXcare. Maybe they are the smart ones and maybe they know how to win elections. But, I am veteran hard when it comes to working against an insane Alinsky loving uber left communist plain and simple campaign. What I am seeing is that socialist is too sweet of a word to use for a party and an administration that wants to deconstruct our country and change it to a dictatorship; maybe they even have a caliphate in mind.

    How can the Republicans NOT work at winning? They are having workers call mostly in the county which is already Republican bent; but some calling is going to southern Florida. A couple of my friends were working the call banks, but were upset because they were calling into mostly dimocratic areas and getting cursed and called names, so now they are only going to call locally which I told them they were spinning their wheels because ‘they (the party)’ need to go after Independents and former Democrats, and those voters who are having regrets from 2008, oh and the youth. I talked to the head of the Republican party and came away mighty unhappy with their focus; they have a 23 year old female in charge of a large county of senior citizens who are very well educated and with time on their hands……now what does a person that young have experience wise in dealing with thuggery, thievery, and corruption? The Republican Party does not even require a pledge from the candidates as does the Tea Party. The Republican party is not a tea party – that is another Party altogether.

    I had come up with a plan for us little old ladies and gentlemen that would focus on influencing the young people, but ‘they can only do what the Republican Party tells them to do’ was what I was told; and she said that they did have a get out the youth vote…but my main complaint is they all seem to be targeting mostly all voters who are already going to vote Obama out; so what is the point? To be fair, they are campaigning pretty hard for local office holders; but they never seem to check a candidates’ voting record. Now please tell me, am I off base or are the Republicans really not trying to win?

    This has been festering in me for a week or so now; so I put myself into action on my community by posting articles and graphics about the ObamaTAXcare bill and Fast n Furious as hundreds of local people back home are distant cousins of Brian Terry, and sweet little posts that have driven the ones who still support Him nuts, absolutely nuts. I finally had to post that it was my page and instead of pissing and moaning that the uber liberal lunatics could just delete me as a friend; I have only lost nine friends so far. These lunatics flush themselves out like quail when someone hurts their itty bitty feelings about their Messiah, roflo. Those graphics have been shared so many times that I think I am having way more influence than phone banking for the party.

  47. I think we should stop calling what Obama is doing as negative campaigning. That is a euphemism. What he is attempting to do is POISON the mind of the electorate, so it cannot save itself from the perils ahead.

  48. DC. They are all married to eachother in one way or another, and the only thing they agree on is treating the American voter like he or she does not have a brain in their head.

    That’s where the term ‘elitist’ comes from…it doesn’t mean they are smarter, more educated, just that they THINK THEY are smarter, more educated and wealthier than the perceived sheep they hustle into one pen then another.

    One thing they all hate, hate, HATE is the INTERNET, where people no longer have to pay up the a$$ for their daily propaganda paper, but can compare ‘news’ articles and over time find the truth for themselves. Now it’s true that much older folks that are not computer savvy are still going to be in the dark – having the ‘news’ spoon fed to them, and the young-ins are too wrapped up in their hormones and have the political attention span of a gnat…but in the next few years…the MSM is going to become less and less successful at spinning and deflecting their crap from the Oval.

    My guess is this is the LAST presidency that can use the media as their mouthpiece…for more reasons than one.

  49. Obama Administration Takes Credit for Inspiring Lexus Hybrid SUV–Which Began Production in 2004 |

  50. Shadowfax, my friends on fb are loving the graphic of the Trojan Horse and the IRS agents that I posted…..the others are hating it. Success.

  51. Shadowfax, my friends on fb are loving the graphic of the Trojan Horse and the IRS agents that I posted…..the others are hating it. Success.

  52. wbboei, Mrs Smith and others interested: There is a third party, the Tea Party.
    It is more of what political scientists would call a “pressure group” or a movement than a political party at this point. But in time, it may become something more. If a third party does emerge, they will play a key role.

  53. “We were once proud of President Obama, but our pride has turned to shame,”

    These folks biased all their pride on the color of Obama’s skin and not on the person or leader he was supposed to be.

    It took them long enough to recognize the truth. But my guess is these are only ‘harsh’ words they are tossing out to try and make Barry feel [cough, cough] ‘guilty’ and come back to his ‘roots’.

    Most of them will still vote for Barry when November comes because to vote for anyone else would be too difficult.

  54. It must be my old brain making strange connections but when I read/hear Philadelphia, I think of Ptolemy II. After he married his sister, fellow Greeks called him “Philadelphus”, sibling lover(fucker). The incest translation of Philadelphia is probably more appropriate the William Penn’s Biblical interpretation of “Brotherly Love”.
    I think you may have something there. I know a guy whose forebearer was the Secretary to William Penn. I must remember to ask him about that.

  55. That’s where the term ‘elitist’ comes from…it doesn’t mean they are smarter, more educated, just that they THINK THEY are smarter, more educated and wealthier than the perceived sheep they hustle into one pen then another.
    Yes indeed. And they have constructed a narrative which is chalk full of untested, unproven and erroneous assumptions which they repeat as a matter of orthodoxy. They suffer from the same disease as certain judges, i.e. “mere rabinical automotons with as much mental give and take as a scotch terrier watching a rat hole”. That little jerk off George Step and Fetch it unzips Obamas pants and inserts mouth every time he interviews Obama. If this isn’t love. Just watch that little grin and those adoring eyes as he beholds the fraud. The little monkey is beyond redemption. And he was a traitor to the Clintons and now to the country.


    Obummer’s recent argument for extending tax cuts for those under 250K / year is meant to sound like he’s fighting for the middle and lower classes…

    But when it comes to things that really do happen (not just political posturing), Oturd’s own horribly conceived HealthScare law turns out to hurt those just over the poverty level:

    NY Times Editorial
    A Gap in Health Coverage

    Published: July 4, 2012

    The Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of health care reform inadvertently opened a hole in health insurance coverage that could harm some of the nation’s poorest citizens. The problem arises from a mismatch between how the law was framed and how the court’s ruling will affect Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor.

    The reform law sought to provide coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans starting in 2014 through two mechanisms. It required states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover virtually everyone earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (about $31,000 for a family of four) or lose all federal financing for Medicaid. And it established new insurance exchanges through which people without affordable coverage at work could buy coverage. The law provides subsidies to help low- and middle-income families pay those costs.

    The Supreme Court’s ruling struck down the mandatory expansion of Medicaid as coercive and made expansion optional. Many states, perhaps most, are expected to expand voluntarily because the federal government would pay 100 percent of the increased costs for three years, dropping down to 90 percent by 2020. Even so, some states may resist paying even 10 percent more. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida announced this week that his state would not expand Medicaid.

    In states that choose not to expand Medicaid, substantial numbers of the very poor could be left out of coverage. The reform law provides tax credits to help people with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (about $23,000 to $92,000 for a family of four) buy private insurance. But the bill’s drafters made no provision to provide subsidies for anyone below the poverty line because they assumed that those people would be covered by expanded Medicaid.

    But now that the expansion is no longer mandatory, the poorest adults — those without children and parents with incomes below the poverty line but above Medicaid eligibility (typically well below the poverty line) — could land in the gap, ineligible for both Medicaid and for tax credits to buy private insurance.

    Some states may reason that these people will be no worse off because they are not now covered by Medicaid and the tax credits don’t yet exist. But it would be offensive and unfair for the poorest people to get no help while people with somewhat higher incomes get tax subsidies. State officials can solve this anomaly by accepting the very generous federal subsidies to expand Medicaid rolls.

  57. Caddell Part II:

    As we saw in Part One, the Achilles Heels of Obamacare are taxes and trust. If the voters had known in 2010 what they know in 2012–that Obamacare is ObamaTax–the bill would not have passed. And Obama and the Democrats know that, too. That’s why they are still fighting over whether or not it’s a tax, or a penalty; for the sake of their own survival, they need to keep their rhetorical fog machine fogging. In this effort, partisan Democrats enjoy the full support of the hard ideological left, and the left knows that if Obamacare is brought down, it is unlikely that replacement legislation of European-style scope would have a chance of passage. In other words, this is a last stand for the bureaucratic left–and last-standers have a way of fighting to the death. And so that’s why Republicans need to wield the cudgel wisely–but also strongly. There can be no quarter in this fight.

    Yet Republicans are Fumbling the Opportunity

    Meanwhile, Republicans are wielding the cudgel, alright–but they are missing the target. Indeed, so far, they seem to be conking their own heads.

    Obama and the Democrats should at least have to work harder to see Romney and the Republicans being tripped up over simple terminology. The White House knows that every day that the GOP spends fumbling around on the surface semantics of Obamacare is a day that the White House can worry less about the unpopular tax-reality of Obamacare.

    In politics, as in a courtroom, when the facts change, the argument must change. If a key witness has been revealed as a perjurer, a mistrial is declared, and a new trial must commence.

    Similarly, Republicans should heed the lesson–and the opportunity–of the Roberts ruling. It’s not particularly productive for the GOP to simply keep repeating its rote mantra of “Repeal and Replace,” or even just “Repeal.” Frankly, to merely repeat the old words sounds stale; as with anything involving humans and their attention spans, the message must be kept fresh. Moreover, in their determination to refight the old battle against Obamacare on the exact same terms as two years ago, there’s even a whiff of sour grapes. The Republicans are acting like the Bourbon kings of France. As Talleyrand said of them, “They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.”

    Democrats fear a singular focus on the ObamaTax because it is a fresh yet compelling attack, a nuanced variation on the familiar theme. It infuses the Republican argument with new energy. It becomes the cudgel with the embedded nail. And the beauty of it all is that an attack on the ObamaTax is that it is still the same as an attack on Obamacare, because if the mandate/tax goes, the whole edifice falls. Indeed, given the added twist of the trust issue, we can also say that if the voters’ trust in the Democrats goes, so will go their support across the board. [snip]

    To use a hoary cliche that is nonetheless distinctly apt, on the tax issue, the Democrats in the House and Senate are between a rock and a hard place. Either they admit that they were misleading voters and raised taxes, or they admit that they participated in the misleading–and raised taxes. If they admit that they raised taxes, and lied about, they are dead. On the other hand, if they claim that they, too, were victims of misinformation, then they face the natural test–they must vote to repeal the ObamaTax and the mandate. But to do that, to vote for repeal, is to blow up Obamacare, and with it, the Democratic power structure. That they cannot do. That’s their choice–their Hobson’s Choice. [snip]

    It is time for Republicans to emulate the imaginative spirit of their first President; they must begin re-imagining, and reframing, the war over Obamacare. Again, that’s the importance of Ockham’s Razor–Republicans should not let Democrats get away with voting for the good parts, they should make Democrats vote to defend the indefensible bad parts. If they want effective lawmaking, they will put only the ObamaTax/mandate provision up for an unencumbered repeal vote. That is, target the weak part, and thereby bring the whole thing crashing down.

    They need to put the Big Lie of 2010 on legislative trial next week, and force a vote on affirming or rejecting the lie on the ObamaTax and the mandate. And in doing so, strike a death blow at the vulnerable heart of Obamacare. Do that, and they will kill Obamacare.

    And there’s another dividend for Republicans to reap on the the anti-ObamaTax “pure play.” In raising the specific issue of the tax, Republicans can also raise the specific–and scary–issue of an engorged IRS, engorged by the need to enforce the new tax. And so in voting solely against the tax, Republicans can also vote to strip the power of the IRS to snoop through every American’s personal and medical records in the name of enforcing ObamaTax. In the year-long debate prior to the passage, Obamacare opponents neglected this potent issues. They need not again. It now could come to the floor naturally. Let Democrats vote in favor of more IRS power in 2012, now that everyone knows that the beating heart of Obamacare is ObamaTax. [snip]

    The potential effect of the ObamaTax strategy is perhaps greatest in the battle for control of the US Senate; every Democratic incumbent was the 60th vote to pass Obamacare. Every one of them was the vital link in the chain of the Obamacare passage. Every one of them must answer for either his or her complicity in the Great Deception, or break with Harry Reid and agree to vote to redeem themselves and repeal the ObamaTax mandate. [snip]

    Republicans can ask: Were the Democrats in the House and Senate part of the original deception? Or were they fooled by their own leaders? And now, in 2012, are they still being fooled? Or are they now part of a cover-up? In asking these questions, Republicans can drive a wedge between those Democrats in safe seats who can afford to stay loyal to the Obamacare ideology, and those Democrats who tremble for their careers. And if those Democrats break ranks to save themselves, then the resulting chaos could turn a possible Republican victory into a Republican sweep. And what is the wedge? Again is the wedge is ObamaTax, the incredibly unpopular mandate, and the original sin. [snip]

    By some estimates, to make Obamacare work, the Internal Revenue Service would have to hire 16,000 new IRS agents. That’s the equivalent of an entire US Army division. But in the popular mind, the IRS is not heroic, but rather, a vulture. So there’s a powerful TV spot to be done, featuring those 16,000 agents being rolled off Uncle Sam’s assembly line. [snip]

    “Tax” is the Achilles Heel of Obamacare. “Trust” is the Achilles Heel of Obama.

  58. This gets back to Sheldon Wollin’s point that the major insitutions in this country are not democratic and do not reflect the welfare of the public at large. They are hierarchical and elitist. Moreover, they define the criteria for advancement in such a way that only those people they want can meet them. This is why so often you see or hear the expression Harvard trained used when describing this or that Democratic official or staffer. Harvard trained. And what they tend to teach at Harvard is elitism. Not everyone who attends Harvard comes away with that mindset but many do. During world war II, it was a big thing in the military to be an Annapolis ore West Point graduate. Those who saw this and thought it was bullshit, referred to the worst members of those fraternities as ring knockers. That is what Harvard people are today. Their track record of running the country however is rather abysmal.

  59. The gravamen of the complaint against Bush should be expanded to include Greenspan. Bush killed us with spending. Greenspan killed us with cheap money which produced inextinguishable debt as well as the bubble. And Obama offered us the worst of both worlds. And it that means the little monkey Greenspan is married to gets feeling a little paranoid, well then so much the better.

  60. From the night that Obamacare passed more than two years ago, I said that the American people would reject this legislation as a Crime Against Democracy. That is, it was conceived, gestated, birthed, and weaned in corruption. It was enacted thanks to unsavory deals–with Big Pharma, with health insurers, with trial lawyers–as well as through the buying and selling of US Senators. And since then, it has been corruptly administered by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services; as we have discovered over the last two years, those with enough clout can get a “waiver” from Secretary Sebelius, finagling their way out of health taxes that other people have to pay.

    Yup, and Barry knows the voters know he has sold them out and that’s why he doesn’t brag to high Heaven, that HE has passed the best health care bill that Hillary wasn’t able to pass. He would love bragging rights on that, probably more than anything else because she has all the glory, the highest popular vote, the love, the respect he desires…

    but instead,

    he sits with a dunce cap on his gray head,

    in the corner waiting for the next unearned Peace Price to be gifted to him,

    the undeserved second term to be fought in the streets for him,

    and the appreciation he deserves….


  61. “During world war II, it was a big thing in the military to be an Annapolis ore West Point graduate. Those who saw this and thought it was bullshit, referred to the worst members of those fraternities as ring knockers.”
    Still do. My nephew, a navy pilot, started out at age 19 as an enlisted man, recently retired as Captain. The “Ring Knocker” clique is still very much alive in the US Navy. He had planned to stay in for 20 but his last duty assignment was at the Pentagon as Congressional liaison, which mostly involved kissing Congressional ass and chauffeuring their wives. After that it would be more of the same, so he said screw it.

  62. ShortTermer
    July 10th, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Shadowfax, my friends on fb are loving the graphic of the Trojan Horse and the IRS agents that I posted…..the others are hating it. Success.

    Yup, that is success ShortTermer, at least the image will stick in their heads and make them THINK when they hear future spin.

    My son had it posted on his FB page, and that is where I originally saw it. He actually voted for the fraud, even after working on him for months, because his girlfriend ‘held it over his head’ if he didn’t vote her way. I went ballistic when I found out months later…I told him he gave away HIS right to vote, and gave her two votes…

    Anyway, when he posted the Trojan Horse, it made me smile…

  63. Ugh…I gotta get that visual out of my brain………[puke..cough, gack]

    ……That little jerk off George Step and Fetch

  64. admin
    July 10th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    So now we have Florida and Texas opting out of the HellCare Medicaid expansion and exchanges…that’s enough right there to make the bill go bust unless Barry and his crew RAISE more taxes to pay for it.

    Perry needs to wear the wireless earphone and not stick it down into his ear. 😉

  65. Basically the whole obamacare is a bust unless they go hell on wheels for taxes to pay for it.

    You will have all the states that are dem states and dem run paying for the whole thing and they are at present on life support as it is… is states like california going to afford it?

  66. There is a third party, the Tea Party.


    Do they have a candidate for POTUS? How many state ballots can they get him on.?

  67. July 10th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    But when it comes to things that really do happen (not just political posturing), Oturd’s own horribly conceived HealthScare law turns out to hurt those just over the poverty level:

    NY Times Editorial
    A Gap in Health Coverage


    A good clear article, thanks for posting it. So Obamacare had this flimsy (ie fake) provision all along, like Lily Ledbetter and other Obama things that sound good are really fake?

  68. Imagine if Romney had said the reverse to Obama……

    Liberal group calls Romney too white for blacks to like

    In advance of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech Wednesday to the NAACP, a liberal group headed by a former New York Times reporter and ex-Media Matter executive have produced a video “satire” that claims blacks don’t like Romney, who they dub so white he makes “Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel.”

    The YouTube from “The Message,” an online “media hub,” is described as a satirical video of Romney getting advice on what to say to the civil rights group. Or, as they said in a release, the video “lacerates Romney and his advisors as they prepare for his speech to NAACP in Houston on Wednesday.”

    The lead “advisor” in the video is described as the brainchild of the 1992 Willie Horton ads and the 2004 swift boat campaign. He states bluntly that “blacks don’t like us and we’re about to give a speech to a whole lot of them.”

    He also says to the candidate, “you are so white, you are extremely white, you make Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel,” before advising the Romney actor never fully seen to “go on out there and get all Mormon, Martin Luther King on them, you’re going to be great.”

    According to a news release, The Message said it plans to use videos to “say things that Democrats are afraid to say, connect with young voters-many of whom are alienated by today’s political climate, and give smart and insightful voices an opportunity to contribute to the debate.”

    The group is directed by Razor & Tie co-founder Cliff Chenfeld, former Media Matters for America president Eric Burns, former AOL chief creative officer and co-founder of Michael Wolfson, and former New York Times journalist Andrew Zipern. “The Message’s unique mix of entertainment experience, political and messaging savvy, online creativity and distribution expertise, and a journalist’s eye makes it the platform Democrats and progressives need to lift their voices above the Republicans and have a cultural conversation that molds this election cycle and beyond,” added the release.

  69. moononpluto
    July 10th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Pelosi getting down dancing at Barney’s wedding

    😆 Haha, she sucks as a dancer. That isn’t a swing song. No Dancing with the stars for Nasty.

    She dances as well as she tells the truth.

  70. Of course, blacks don’t like Romney…they are awaiting the Rapture that their Messiah promised; and some are making out like a bandit with Obama’s stash. Just….follow Him he is the Piped Piper…

  71. so apparently, Jesse Jackson Jr attempted suicide.

    BREAKING WLS Radio: Hill sources saying likely Democrat Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. tried to commit suicide.”


    Sad if true, he has been facing a lot of accusations regarding corruption and sexual infidelity.

  72. Admin, this is why I believe Roberts siding with The Libs a dagger in the heart, not a silver challis…

    “Yet Republicans are Fumbling the Opportunity”…

    Something is wrong in Denmark and it an’t the Danes!

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    July 10, 2012
    Liberal Group: This Election Is Entirely About Race (And Religion)

    There is no other fair way to read it.

    The group calls itself, portentously, The Message.

    Their message is racial discord.

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  75. Andrea Mitchell Carries Obama’s Water, But Loses About Three Quarters Of It On Her Bumbling Way

    The RNC is pushing its own Outsourcing site — noting, for example, that that $500 million for Fisker electric cars went to Finland, to employ Finnish workers.

    Poor Andrea Mitchell was inadequately briefed by the White House on what Talking Points she should offer. Sununnu chuckles at her by the end:

    Sununu: [laughing] You’re struggling, Andrea. You’re struggling

    struggling, someone should stick a rag in it. I could really use a bit of my money that went to Finland right about now…

  76. ShortTermer
    July 10th, 2012 at 1:40 am
    Obama Snubs Coalition of Black Pastors

    After being snubbed by President Obama, the 1300 member coalition of African American Pastors are calling on all blacks to boycott him in November.

    “We were once proud of President Obama, but our pride has turned to shame,”

    Better late than never…2012 ain’t no 2008. After getting to see him in “action”, his former supporters must be wondering, “What was I thinking???”.

  77. totally crass…….video included.

    oe Biden made a sex joke about his parents and grandparents today at the La Razza conference:

    “My mother said, and by the way, it was wonderful for children by the way–having your grandpop living with you, having your great aunt, your uncle, for real,” Biden said. “Those walls were awful thin, I wonder how the hell my parents did it! But that’s a different story. I know you don’t anything about that. I know none of you in your families have done the same thing.”

  78. The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.

    Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal immigrant activity — one soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los Angeles.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it’s closing the stations in order to reassign agents to high-priority areas closer to the border.

  79. What sick bastards get pleasure out of this.

    Investigators with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office are searching for suspects who tortured and injured a pug-mix breed female dog. The animal has since been named Hope. A concerned citizen spotted the dog wandering in the 6900 block of Baker Road on Monday morning, hurt and frightened.

    Animal Control officers on horseback and a group of about 10 residents worked for hours to detain the dog, before finally catching up with Hope late Monday afternoon. According to Animal Control supervisor Karen Kessler, officers found Hope with a severely swollen tongue. Someone had pulled it out of her mouth before using electrical tape to secure the snout shut.


    They deserve the same treatment and see how they enjoy it.

  80. Cringe………….

    President Obama in Cedar Rapids: “Abraham Lincoln is in the house. My homeboy from Illinois.”

    no respect.

  81. Barry Obama is definitely an example of the dumbing down of Americans. I was having a discussion about Obama to a very progressive person at the Tampa International Airport post office a few nights ago. The man doesn’t support Obama, but thinks him highly intelligent. This man didn’t seem uninformed, but when he parroted that Obama was soooo smart, I got a little angry, and asked him why were Obama’s records sealed? Where is the proof of his supposed intelligence? Why can’t we see it? The man just looked at me, and didn’t have an answer. I watched a blank look come over his face. This man is a committed progressive who indicated that he loves America, is against illegal immigration, and wants single payer healthcare. Perhaps some on the far left have things in common with those more to the right, but I just don’t trust them regardless. I am hoping that this man votes against Obama in November, but I am not sure what his intention is. If I run into him again, I may ask. I’ve seen him there before a handful of times.

  82. I am currently away from home dog sitting for a friend, so I have access to TV. I have seen the commercial several times now in which Romney uses clips of Hillary Clinton from the 2008 campaign where the final clip in the commercial shows Hillary stating “Shame on you Barack Obama”. I find the commercial to be very effective.

  83. I am currently away from home dog sitting for a friend
    If anyone looking like Obama approaches wielding a knife and fork call 911. Otherwise, dogsombuco may be on the menu.

  84. The man doesn’t support Obama, but thinks him highly intelligent
    Highly. As in chooom.

  85. a navy pilot, started out at age 19 as an enlisted man, recently retired as Captain

  86. moononpluto
    July 10th, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    It’s difficult for me to feel sorry for him. He doesn’t seem like a very nice person.

  87. “a navy pilot, started out at age 19 as an enlisted man, recently retired as Captain
    One of those success stories where the military was the right place for a person. Growing up, he was the one that caused my sister and her husband to dread the 3:00 AM phone call. College drop out at 19, enlisted, Great Lakes, Groton, nuke school in Idaho, then someone saw his potential and suggest OCS, then Pensacola, etc. Along the way he completed college and a couple of MS degrees. Multiple sea deployments and two in Iraq. Dealing with politicians finished off his Navy career.

  88. Surprise! Little Debbie Wasserman Schultz had a Swiss bankroll | Twitchy

    Well, well, well @DWStweets thy name is HYPOCRITE! Dem. Chair Invested in Swiss Banks, Foreign Drug Companies, and the State Bank of India

  89. Democratic Congressional Candidate Drops Out After Military Service Lies Revealed

    Ken Aden, the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Steven Womack in the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas, withdraw from the race yesterday when it was revealed that he had lied about serving in the Army’s elite Green Berets. Though Aden was a ten year veteran of the Army who served in Iraq, an investigative report by the Arkansas Press-Democrat demonstrated that Aden’s claim that he had also been a member of the Green Berets was false. In fact, though he had attempted to join the Green Berets, Aden had washed out of the training program three times.

    As ABC News reported:

    Dave Chace, as spokersperson for the Special Warfare Center that trains Special Forces soldiers and personnel, told ABC News that Aden failed out of the training three times — each for academic reasons — before ultimately being removed from the program in April 2008, without ever being awarded a beret.

    You can see Aden making this false claim at the 1:34 mark of this February 2012 video, where he says “I finished up my time, my tour of duty, with, um, you know, Green Berets, Special Forces.”

  90. moononpluto
    July 10th, 2012 at 6:52 am

    regardless of what the polls say, i really think it will be a romney landslide this november.


    Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India. This revelation comes mere days after the Democratic chair attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for holding money in Swiss bank accounts in the past.

    “Americans need to ask themselves, why does an American businessman need a Swiss bank account and secretive investments like that?” the DNC chair, a chief surrogate for President Obama’s reelection team, said on Fox News Sunday two days ago. “Just something, a thought, that I’d like to leave folks with.”

    It’s been a consistent theme of Obama’s reelection strategy: Attack Romney for foreign investments he held, especially in Swiss bank accounts, “to try to promote his wealthy, out-of-touch businessman persona.”

    But disclosure forms reveal that in 2010, Wasserman Schultz invested between $1,001-$15,000 in a 401k retirement fund run by Davis Financial Fund. As the fund discloses, it is invested in the Julius Baer Group Ltd. and the State Bank of India GDR Ltd., as well as other financial, insurance, bank institutions.

    “The Julius Baer Group is the leading Swiss private banking group, focusing exclusively on the demands of sophisticated private clients, family offices and external asset managers from around the world,” its website explains. “Bank Julius Baer is the principal operating company of the Julius Baer Group, with origins dating back to 1890. The rich Swiss heritage becomes manifest in the values for which the Bank stands, e.g. trustworthiness, accountability, discretion and expertise. However, at the same time Julius Baer is a modern, forward-looking company at the leading edge of a genuine growth industry.”

    Similarly, according to disclosure forms from 2004, Wasserman Schultz had holdings in the Fidelity Advisor Overseas Fund. That fund is invested in HSBC bank (a British financial institution), Hengdeli Holdings (a Hong Kong watch company), Novo Nordisk (a Danish drug company), Volkswagen (a German auto company), Rakuten (a Japanese shipping business), Richemont Cie Financiere (a Swiss luxury goods company), and many others.

    To be clear, there is nothing in Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s disclosure forms to suggest that the DNC chair invested in anything illegal. But it is clear that some of her holdings had investments overseas, in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, the state bank of India, and many other overseas holdings.

    The hypocrisy, though, is clear: The Democrats, as well as President Obama, hope to paint Romney as an out of touch man for holding money in overseas bank accounts, when in reality their own chairman, Wasserman Schultz, had overseas investments.

    All this comes in addition to Wasserman Schultz’s refusal to disclose her own tax returns, despite continuously calling on Romney to do so.

  92. just wait until karl rove’s american crossroads super pac starts pummeling the airwaves with the 2012 ad version of harry and louise.

    get out the popcorn.

  93. “Barack Obama’s Presidency is entering the vortex that appears before a well-earned trip down the commode plumbing”

    Let Me Be Perfectly Clear…Barack Obama Is Losing
    Red State Blog
    Posted by Repair_Man_Jack (Diary)

    Tuesday, July 10th at 4:30PM EDT

    A little while back I put up a post that rattled some cages. I opined that if the election were held 27 June 2012, that Barack Obama would have been reelected by the skin of his teeth. I also opined that “…a confluence of recent trends in fundraising, burn rate and overall enthusiasm suggests that Barack Obama will have to significantly change his current trajectory if he wants to beat Mitt Romney this November.”

    I will basically update that column by saying that if the election were held 11 July 2012, we would all go to bed cranky at 3:45 in the morning and not know who our next president would be. In a confluence of recent trends in fundraising, burn-rate and all the rest of the stuff you could throw in, Barack Obama’s Presidency is entering the vortex that appears before a well-earned trip down the commode plumbing. Here are the signs that nothing he has done thus far has reversed his sclerotic decline.

    According to John Hindraker at Powerline Barack Obama’s special friends are getting treated to the following email…

    We’re getting outraised — a first for a sitting president, if this continues. Not just by the super PACs and outside groups that are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into misleading ads, but by our opponent and the Republican Party, which just outraised us for the second month in a row.

    The most recent jobs report has led Brave Sir Barack to loudly change the sublect. First he tried to spin it as a step forward. He then
    unleashed his class warfare proposal of extending the Bush Tax Cuts, but only to people earning less than $250K per year.

    This does nothing to change hiring except to take money out of the coffers of small businesses that would pay more taxes under the proposal. This suggests that President Obama has no clue and doesn’t care enough to buy one on how to fight the joblessness rate still reflected ominously in the “Scariest Jobs Chart Ever.”

    This President has failed. His primary challenge in 2008 involved fixing a broken economy. He took over a major swath of the insurance and auto industries instead. He issued a pork-barreling stimulus plan that rewarded his cronies at the expense of the suffering. His intransigence has led to the polling RS colleague Dan Spencer wrote of earlier today that showed Mitt Romney with a 14% lead among independent voters.

    I conclude by stating that our current President has outstayed his platitudes, and nobody listens to his annoying drone. He could still win, but it becomes a harder swim to shore every day that he continues to waste energy gripping about Bain Capital instead of describing his own 2nd Term Agenda. President Obama is now more likely to be unseated than any incumbent not named Bush that I can remember. Jimmy Carter looked better against Reagan at this stage of his 1980 reelection campaign than Obama looks against Romney. When your opposition is running a drowning campaign, the times call for sticking a live fire hose right in his mouth. Barack Obama is vulnerable and we can finish his Presidency in 2012.

  94. The Scariest Jobs Chart Ever (referred to in the above article) is reflected in the following link:

    What it shows is the current recession is wider and deeper than any previous recession, since the end of WW II.

    It also suggests that the prospects for a short term recovery are bleak.

  95. oh my goodness.

    What the hell is going on in the dem party? rabid anti-semtites runing for office.

    Here’s this nutjob running for SOS of Missouri, will Claire Mc. endorse her fellow democrat??
    “A Democratic Party caucus chairman vying to become Missouri’s next secretary of state is a 9/11 Truther who has associated with a radical Muslim cleric and trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

    MD Rabbi Alam is an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities.

    Alam, who was born in Bangladesh, served as a “satellite campaign manager” for then-candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 elections, and has since been invited to the White House.

    Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease.

    “Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?” Alam asked in an Internet discussion titled, “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??”

    “My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day,’” Alam said, maintaining that his inquiries are based on facts, rather than a bias against Jewish people. “Was there a single Jew killed on that day?””

  96. Worse than Bush:

    “Massive expansion of domestic spying under Obama
    By Niall Green
    10 July 2012

    Cell phone companies reported that US government bodies, including federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and courts, made at least 1.3 million demands for subscriber information in 2011.

    According to a report in the New York Times, telecommunications companies routinely hand over thousands of pieces of information every day about their customers, including the contents of text messages and caller locations. One of the largest carriers, AT&T, responds to more than 700 government requests for information each day, while another major cell phone company, Sprint, reported that it had received an average of 1,500 government requests each day last year.

    Nine telecom companies reported evidence of this pervasive state surveillance of their customers in response to an inquiry from a congressional committee investigating the increased use of phone tapping and other forms of data mining. The Times reports that because of incomplete record-keeping, the actual number of government demands for cell phone users’ private information was almost certainly far higher than the 1.3 million figure reported to Congress.

    The cell phone companies reported that government agencies have increased their requests for subscriber information at a rate of 12 percent to 16 percent per year over the past five years. Many of the demands for cell phone information are not accompanied by court orders or legal subpoenas, meaning that even the nominal safeguards against warrantless invasions of privacy are now routinely flouted.

  97. Former US Attorney, U.S. District Court Judge and now Attorney Genera Eric Holder has become a disgraced national figure in the eyes of most sentient people.

    His cover-up of the fast and furious scandal, his adamant refusal to protect the people of this country from terrorism, his playing fast and lose with the constitution, and now his invocation of the race card to attack efforts by states to protect against voter fraud have shown Mr. Holder to be the worst kind of scoundrel.

    False allegations of racism are, after all, the last bastion of scoundrels By virtue of these actions, he has joined that pantheon of race baiters which includes the likes of Sharpton, Farrakan, Wright and Jessee Jackson Sr.

  98. Holder’s Jim Crow Politics
    The AG says Voter ID laws are ‘poll taxes.’.
    Wall Street Journal

    smaller Larger Some of our liberal friends were a tad upset when we wrote last month that Attorney General Eric Holder was using the voter ID issue to stir up racial incitement. But maybe they should complain to Mr. Holder, who can’t seem to liberate himself from a Jim Crow-era political mindset.

    Speaking to the NAACP in Houston on Tuesday, Mr. Holder assailed the Texas law that requires voters to show some identification, using terms redolent of Deep South racism before the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them—and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them,” he said. “We call those poll taxes.”

    The nation’s first black Attorney General knows exactly what he is doing by citing the fee that some Southern states used after Reconstruction to disenfranchise blacks. Poll taxes were made illegal by the 24th Amendment in 1964. Yet faced with the prospect of a close re-election battle, and fading support from independents, Team Obama is trying to rekindle its 2008 coalition by using the race card to drive up black voter turnout. Texas and Florida, both with GOP Governors, are the election-year foil.

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    Mr. Holder knows his charge is buncombe. The Texas law stipulates that voters can use several kinds of ID to vote, including a driver’s license, passport, a U.S. military ID and (this being Texas) a handgun permit. As for the “poll tax” canard, the law says the Texas Department of Public Safety will issue a free Election Identification Card if requested.

    The AG knows all this, or should know it, because it is contained in a January 12 letter from the Texas Director of Elections to the Justice Department. He also knows, or should know before he throws around racially incendiary language, that the poll tax charge was raised and rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court when it upheld a similar Indiana voter ID law in 2009. The charge was also rejected by a lower federal court in Georgia.

    Mr. Holder’s wallowing in a Jim Crow metaphor to score political points is a discredit to his department, to the rule of law, and to the nonracist country that 45 years after the Voting Rights Act made him its chief law enforcement officer.

  99. what an utter hustler and embarrasment this pathetic woman is. Wonder what she’s doing in her spare time? planning another trip to Spain?

    ““[Obama] needs you to keep making those calls, doing that hard work. Knocking on doors. Treacherous work, right? Tiring work. He needs you to keep registering those voters. You know, the ones that aren’t registered and you gotta get ’em and shake ’em. Find them, get them registered”

  100. “There is a rich vein to mine here for GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Americans have a sober respect for a balance of power, so much so that they elected a Republican House in 2010 to stop the Obama agenda. The president’s response? Go around Congress and disregard the constitutional rule of law. What makes this executive overreach doubly unsavory is that it’s often pure political payoff to special interests or voter groups.”

  101. Great trilogy of articles Admin.

    OK, so it’s a tax. But no ordinary tax. It’s a tax imposed by the government on those who don’t put money in corporate pockets. To my eyes, this obscures the line between business and state (ie, outright fascism/corporatism). The healthscam ruling is a victory for the corporate state. But that is why corrupt Republicans aren’t making hay with it. It’s all about corporate power, imo.

    I don’t see how the dismantling of the New Deal is good news for the FDR Coalition.

    Great comments today, especially:

    Mrs. Smith
    July 10th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    July 10th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    We need a third party.

    I would be happy to have an “opposition” party..
    Instead of the one party system we have now- Then again, this is what the T-Party represents spearheaded by Palin.

  102. I think this could be the year for a third party/Independent. There are enough disillusioned members of both parties who are actually on the same page.

  103. I am seeing a lot more Obama commercials than Romney. The outsourcing one /auto
    industry is running in prime time. Romney needs to respond .

  104. LOL!!!!
    great clip admin.

    Sununu: {{laughing}} You’re struggling, Andrea. You’re struggling.

    Sununu ,as a romney surrogate, does it best because he does his best Simpson’s Nelson, pointing it out so obviously while laughing at them, making them so uncomfortable that they’ve been caught out in the open and its being pointed out.

  105. Admin: Mitchell is no match for Sununu. John is one of the sharpest knives in the Republican drawer. For that reason, it is all the more remarkable that MSNBC let him on their show. They like push overs like Feherson.

    Mitchell was indeed struggling.

    She reminded me of the German tank corp after he had rolled over France (or in this case the last glimmer of journalism) and came to the English channnel. There was nothing in their battle plan for that contingency. Consequently, their tank commander General Guderian (Panzer Actung!)wired Berlin (Keitel) and asked what the hell do we do now? Whereupon, Keitel like Mitchel like Keitel answered we will get back to you.

  106. Mitchell was indeed struggling.
    Not exactly locked and loaded. Aimless is more like it. You see what happened here is msnbc is part of the administraton as their ceo Phil Griffin told the head of the Young Turks. That being the case, it was incumbent upon the White House to give Mitchell her cross examination materials. The problem is the dog ate those materials before Barack ate the dog. So it the whole set-up fell apart, all at once and nothing first, just like bubbles do when they burst, end of the wonderful one horse shay, logic is logic that’s all I say.

    But we will get back to you. When? When you come back on my show sir. When will that be? Let’s see. How about the Twelth of Never. We here at msnbc/nbc may be corrupt as hell, we may even be the standing joke of big media, but we are not stupid. We don’t mind inflicting pain on others, but when it comes back in our direction we are like Roberto Duran in his final bout with Sugar Ray Leonard–no mas! and we throw up our hands–just like fat Phil Griffin (the real Homer Simpson) taught us to do. The last time we saw the president I swear I could hear a dog barking. Looking around for his Portuguese water dog, I saw none. I asked him if there was anything wrong, and he said just a little indigestion.


    Govs. Rick Perry in Texas and Rick Scott in Florida have both said they won’t expand Medicaid to more of the working poor in their states — rejecting a central part of the law designed to cover 15 million more Americans.

    The governors can do it because the Supreme Court ruled last month that states can opt out of the expansion without paying a penalty.

    Unlike the symbolic votes in the House this week, the governors’ tough talk has real-world consequences: Texas and Florida are among five hell-no states, meaning 3 million of the potential Medicaid beneficiaries — or about 1 in 5 nationwide — won’t get coverage through President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to a POLITICO analysis of data compiled by The Urban Institute. The governors of Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina also have said Washington can keep its Medicaid money and the new requirements that come with it. [snip]

    The Medicaid expansion is still in doubt in at least eight other states with GOP governors who are leaning no. Among the big-state governors who still have yet to make a decision: Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell and Georgia’s Nathan Deal.

    Some may join what Perry calls the “growing chorus” rejecting the expansion. The National Governors Association has a meeting in Williamsburg, Va., beginning Friday, and Perry already has been a ringleader for the anti-expansion forces. [snip]

    In a letter sent to the president on Tuesday, McDonnell, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, posed 30 questions to Obama about the implementation of the Medicaid expansion and the health care law’s insurance exchanges.

    “While we continue to believe the best option is to fully repeal and replace the [law], states now confront numerous deadlines and face major policy decisions in the wake of the Supreme Court decision,” McDonnell wrote. “Before making any final policy decisions, governors must carefully consider the short and long-term implications of an expanded entitlement program and the consequences of significantly increasing the size of government to manage these programs.” [snip]

    Texas is second only to California in the size of its eligible populations for the expansion — without it, about 1.3 million people who were expected to get insurance through the health care law will be left uncovered. In Florida, almost a million people will find themselves without options through the law.

  108. There’s another commercial that I saw today that I liked that I think may be effective for Romney. It is put out by the New Majority Agenda, and it highlights the excuses that Obama has made for the bad economy. It even uses the “lazy” comment that Obama made not too long ago.

  109. What a mess…….

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The City Council in San Bernardino voted Tuesday night to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the third California city in less than two weeks to make the rare move. The Southern California city of about 210,000 people will also become the second largest in the nation ever to file for bankruptcy.

  110. Independent Voter Surge Cuts Democrats’ Swing State Edge

    Independent voters are growing in numbers at the expense of Democrats in battleground states most likely to determine this year’s presidential election, a Bloomberg News analysis shows.

    The collective total of independents grew by about 443,000 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and North Carolina since the 2008 election, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state election officials.

    During the same time, Democrats saw a net decline of about 480,000 in those six states, while Republicans — boosted in part by a competitive primary earlier this year — added roughly 38,000 voters in them, the analysis shows.

    “Democrats hit the high-water mark for registration in 2008, so it’s natural that they are going to see some drop off,” said Michelle Diggles, a senior policy analyst with the Democratic-leaning Third Way research group in Washington who conducted a similar study earlier this year.

    The rise of independent voters has had a major impact on recent election results.

    In 2008, President Barack Obama won 52 percent of the independent vote, according to national exit polls, which was one percentage less than his overall total. Senator John McCain of Arizona, his Republican opponent, collected 44 percent of the independent vote — 2 points less than his overall total. Independents represented 29 percent of the total electorate that year.
    Election Volatility

    In 2006, independents backed Democrats by an 18-percentage- point margin nationwide in House races, handing the party control of the chamber for the first time in 12 years. In 2010, they backed Republicans over Democrats in House races by a 19- point margin, as Republicans regained the chamber’s majority.

    Independent voters are growing in numbers because of dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats, Diggles said.

    “Independents are really just fed up with both parties,” she said. “Most elections are about the center and that’s where the swing vote is going to come from.”

    A Bloomberg survey taken June 15-18 showed 50 percent of independents view the Republican Party unfavorably, while 47 percent say that about the Democratic Party.
    ’Freedom to Pick’

    “I just want to be able to have the freedom to pick the right person to do the right things for the country,” said poll participant Kimberly Sullivan, 27, an independent voter who lives in Nashua, New Hampshire.

    The registration advantage in the six battleground states reviewed — all of which Obama won in 2008 — is split between Democrats and independents. The states account for 69 electoral votes, with 270 needed to win the White House.

    Democrats are the top party in Florida, Nevada and North Carolina, while independents hold that position in Colorado, Iowa and New Hampshire. Ohio and Virginia, two other battlegrounds consistently identified by Democratic and Republican strategists, don’t report registration statistics by party identification.

    The Bloomberg analysis included both active and inactive voters in the states where that distinction was made in the public data because some states don’t provide such a breakdown and inactive voters can be restored to active status.

    The campaigns for Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, are already working to register additional voters ahead of November’s election and will spend millions of dollars on the task.
    Registration Versus Turnout

    Higher voter registration doesn’t necessarily translate to higher turnout. In the 1996 presidential election, registration went up and turnout down, while the opposite happened four years later with higher turnout amid lower registration, according to American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate in Washington.

    The registration statistics also should be treated with some skepticism, the center says, because some states do a better job than others of purging the names of people who have died or moved away.

    In Florida, the state is in the process of removing noncitizens from state voter rolls even after the U.S. Justice Department cautioned the program may violate federal law. The state, led by Republican Governor Rick Scott, has removed at least 107 alleged noncitizens from its voting rolls after identifying about 180,000 questionable registrations in its database of 11.2 million voters. State officials asked county election supervisors in April to review a list of 2,700 potential noncitizens and remove ineligible voters.
    Database Sought

    The state won’t send any additional names to supervisors until it gets access to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s citizenship database, said Chris Cate, spokesman for Florida’s secretary of state office.

    Republicans in several states have also pushed for tougher restrictions on voter registration, which Democrats and racial minority groups often characterize as ways of discouraging turnout.

    The Republican Party of Iowa last week promoted in a news release the roughly 21,000-person registration advantage its party enjoys in that battleground state among “active” voters — although independents still outnumber them.

    Iowa, as in some other states, breaks down its registered voters by “active” and “inactive” status. Voters can be classified as inactive if a piece of mail has been returned to election officials as undeliverable and for other reasons.
    Erasing Democrats

    As inactive Democrats have been erased, Republicans this year managed to move ahead with the most active registrations for the first time in six years.

    When active and inactive voters are included, the Iowa data shows Republicans have gained about 40,000 registrants since December 2008, while Democrats lost about 70,000.

    Obama carried Iowa four years ago, with 54 percent of the vote to McCain’s 44 percent.

    New voters, especially among minority and youth populations, helped Obama win the White House four years ago and his re-election effort has started voter registration drives in Hispanic and other neighborhoods in battleground states.

  111. Bill Maher has three defining characteristics: ignorant, ugly and shrill. That is all there is to him. The only people stupider than him is his audience.

  112. moononpluto
    July 11th, 2012 at 1:46 am
    So what we have is Europe and two cities in California–and eventually the entire state going under based on increased spending and a declining tax base. Today, a record number of new high tech companies are being formed, but in Seattle rather than Silicone Valley. We have no state income tax here, none of our cities are on the verge of bankruptcy, and by locating here, they can steal Microsoft people, who work at their corporate headquarters. But all this comes at the expense of California. Alot of chickens are coming home to roost, to borrow a phrase from Obama’s erstwhile spiritual advisor, who has a thing to say about black jesus in Ed Klein’s book Amateur. Well, as the Bible says a prophet hath no honor in his own country, and black jesus has made it clear that the world is his oyster. It therefore follows that he should join Bush on Mars, and continue preaching to what Buddaists refer to as The Great Empty. He and Bush can then roast marshmellows over an open fire and regale eachother with racist jokes.

  113. I am just wondering how the hell California is going to stay afloat, its a fiscal nightmare and entirely the doing of the stupidity of the party who have controlled it like some fiefdom for decades now. Moonbeam must be thinking why the hell he wanted this job as Gov because anyone with sense would not touch it with a bargepole at present and then to top it all off, they want to shovel $60 billion into a new monorail system and a new law that attracts illegal immigrants and stops them being deported from your state, doubling down on stupid.

    Here’s an idea, drop the rail system and save your cities……..


    Economic collapse is close for other major cities and the aim is at pensions, of city workers as well as wages. Foreclosure rates are the highest in the country in Stockton but no planning for a rainy day left the city coffers bare. The unemployment rate is at 20% now, and cutting healthcare benefits won’t make it easier for employees of the city.

    More US Cities Facing Bankruptcy:

    Detroit, Michigan
    Jefferson County, Alabama
    Boise County, Idaho
    Central Falls, Rhode Island
    Strafford County, New Hampshire
    Harrison, New Jersey
    Salem, New Jersey
    Pontiac, Michigan
    Riverdale, Illinois
    Camden, New Jersey

    Over 100 US cities are facing the same fears of bankruptcy as they attempt to keep budget payments, with dwindling revenues, due to unemployment rates.


    Anyone take a guess as to any common denominator in these cities?

  115. Report: Romney May Announce Running Mate as Early as Next Week

    Mitt Romney may announce his running mate earlier than usual, according to a Reuters report. And since Romney will attend the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics in London in two weeks, this would mean the Republican presidential nominee could name his running mate as early as next week.

    Naming his running mate early would give Romney advantages in fundraising and a full-time surrogate who can better help him not only attack President Barack Obama but also combat a mainstream media intent on distorting his record and associations while covering up the President’s.

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan have been much discussed as potential running mates. So has, to a lesser extent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, but the previous four potential running mates have been surrogates for Romney in recent weeks in a way Rubio has not, though Rubio will be the star attraction at a fundraiser for Romney on Friday.

    Jindal and Pawlenty recently shadowed Obama’s bus tour through Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and were effective surrogates, helping Romney’s message cut through the mainstream media filter.

    This led many observers to believe Messrs. Jindal and Pawlenty were at the very top of the very short list.

  116. Our friend SPEGA who commented here often during the primary appeared on Neil Cavuto’s show twice to explain why Hillary voters like us would switch to McCain. (Concidentally, I got the same question from a Baltimore Sun reporter after Hillary trounced Obama in West Virginia–67-27). I told SPEGA that she did an excellent job in those two interviews–she did. And, I asked her how she liked Neil. She told me she liked him a lot. This video explains why:

  117. Anyone take a guess as to any common denominator in these cities?

    Democrat mayors.

  118. Nate is right. When Romney was in town I have a briefing paper to one of his staff encouraging them to go after Obama for his systemic violation–and evisceration of the Constitution. It began with the following quotation by Tom Sowell, which sums the problem up nicely–like he always does.

    “President Obama is such a genial man that many people across the ideological spectrum cannot see him for the danger he represents. For every his geniality, probably only a handful see the grave danger his warped policies and rutheless tactics pose to a whole way of life that has given generation after generations of Americans unprecedented freedom and prosperity.”

    I flatter myself to believe that Romeny ever saw it. Most likely they just threw it away. Nevertheless, this is a productive avenue of attack.

    Obama-Holder war on the Constitution

    Nat Hentoff advises Romney to solicit some education from Ron and Rand Paul
    Published: 8 hours ago
    by Nat HentoffEmail | Archive
    Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of many books, including “The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance.”More ↓

    For the first time in our turbulent history, a sitting member of a presidential Cabinet, Attorney General Eric Holder, has been held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for failing, when subpoenaed, to provide key documents in an aborted gun-trafficking investigation.

    Stripping that historic contempt of any meaning, the Justice Department, of which Holder is the boss, refuses to prosecute him. That’s because Holder’s boss, President Barack Obama, has characteristically invoked executive privilege to keep those documents sealed.

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    Since 9/11, we have become a nation in which the president frequently acts as a king, without acknowledging the legislature and the courts.

    So, in the wake of the huge attention being paid to the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare, Eric Holder remains our chief law enforcement officer – and Obama’s regal role in keeping Holder out of court as a defendant has been almost entirely overlooked.

    With the presidential election fast approaching in November, voters on both sides have almost entirely lost sight of the high crimes committed by Holder and Obama against one of the most profound constitutional rights guaranteed to every one of us in the Fifth Amendment:

    Nor shall any person “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

    As King George III and his British troops found out, there is no place for a king in the United States of America. Yet, on March 5, before students at the Northwestern University School of Law, Attorney General Holder loftily explained why President Obama was well within the Constitution in assassinating three American citizens as terrorism suspects in Yemen without a trace of due process. The king had spoken.

    As George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, a constitutional-law sharpshooter, puts it: “He insisted that a ‘careful and thorough executive branch review of the facts in a case amounts to “due process”‘” (“Obama’s Kill Policy,”, March 7).

    Turley then spears Holder by saying that his “new definition of ‘due process’ was perfectly Orwellian.”

    And I urge any of you intending to vote to continue the rule of King Obama to dig this warning from Turley:

    “What Holder is describing is a model of an imperial presidency that would have made Richard Nixon blush. If the president can kill a citizen, there are a host of other powers that fall short of killing that the president might claim, including indefinite detention of citizens.”

    The president already has that power in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

    Turley continues: “Thus, by asserting the right to kill citizens without charge or judicial review, Holder (and Obama) has effectively made all of the Constitution’s individual protections of accused persons matters of presidential discretion.”

    As if that weren’t frightening enough to those of us whom the Declaration of Independence speaks for, Turley emphasizes how zealously the administration keeps these royal killings classified:

    “Already, the administration has successfully blocked efforts of citizens to gain review of such national security (assassination) powers or orders. Not only is the list of citizens targeted with death kept secret, but the administration has insisted that courts do not play a role in the creation of or basis for such a list.”

    As Turley writes, even when the family of one of the assassination targets “tried to challenge Obama’s kill order, the federal court declared that (the target) would have to file for himself – a difficult task when you are on a presidential hit list.”

    Entering this grim conversation is Tom Engelhardt, an author and a fellow at the Nation Institute:

    “Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief. The last two presidents may not have been emperors or kings, but they – and the vast national-security structure that continues to be built-up and institutionalized around the presidential self – are certainly one of the nightmares the Founding Fathers of this country warned us against” (“Praying at the Church of St. Drone,”, June 5).

    Mitt Romney, why aren’t you saying anything about our presidents having metamorphosed themselves into killing machines of the Constitution? At the very least, shouldn’t the voters know how you would disarm the presidency of the power to unilaterally kill Americans who are suspected of “association” with terrorism – and have no chance of defending themselves in court?

    To accomplish this, sir, you need to educate the citizenry on specifically how the Constitution forbids this. Because of your seemingly inadequate education in this area, I suggest you invite Ron and Rand Paul – the two members of Congress who consistently and insistently refer to constitutional liberties – to discuss with you those parts of the Constitution that have been forgotten by the previous two administrations.

    In this way, you can promise the electorate that the time of a president as assassin-in-chief is over, and you can assure the nation that, if elected, your office will no longer indefinitely imprison Americans.

    Also, during your education from Ron and Rand Paul, you might become engaged in other parts of the Constitution that will considerably improve your choices of nominees for newly available Supreme Court vacancies.

    Your place in history will then far excel those of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.


    Planned Parenthood of the Heartland faces a lawsuit alleging nearly $28 million in fraudulent billing and health care practices, according to documents unsealed this week.

    Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President Jill June released a statement describing the suit as “a pattern of harassment against women’s health care and Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country.”

    The suit alleges illegally billed Medicaid for services related to elective abortions. Elective abortions, defined as abortions in which the mother’s life is not threatened, are not covered by Medicaid under federal and state law. The document also claims Planned Parenthood “unbundled” services related to elective abortions – such as blood pressure tests, blood tests and other procedures – and billed those to Medicaid, but not the actual abortion.

    The lawsuit also alleges Planned Parenthood staff in Storm Lake and other clinics prescribed birth control pills for as long as 14 months without a qualified healthcare professional ever directly seeing patients or conducting a follow-up visit. A qualified healthcare professional should have seen the women at least once every three months, the suit alleges.

    June said Planned Parenthood attorneys have not been served with papers, but are aware of the allegations and provided “hundreds of thousands of internal documents and files dating back to 2006.”

    Susan Thayer, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director from Storm Lake, brought the lawsuit in March 2011 under state and federal whistle-blower laws that allow people with knowledge of fraud involving government contractors to bring allegations forward in the form of a lawsuit.

    The statute seals the complaint while state and federal authorities review it and decide if either the U.S. attorney general or Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office wants to prosecute the case. Neither office took up the complaint.

    “Despite the audit both federal and state government have declined to exercise their right to intervene in the matter,” June said.

    Miller issued a statement Tuesday regarding the case.

    “Our decision to decline intervention at this time follows an extensive review of the case with federal and state investigators, and an extensive review of a large volume of evidence.” Miller said. “We reserve the right to intervene at a later date upon the showing of good cause. Though the state is not currently a litigant, it remains the real party in interest, and is entitled to the majority of damages and penalties recovered on its behalf, should that occur.”

    If found guilty of fraud, Planned Parenthood could face fines as much as $5.5 billion. Thayer, an abortion opponent who believes live begins at conception, worked at Planned Parenthood in Storm Lake for nearly 17 years before her job was eliminated in budget cutbacks. Thayer said she believes her stance against Telemed abortions, in which doctors remotely dispense pregnancy-terminating drugs to clients via a online video connection, led to her firing.

    The allegations “came to light over time as I worked there,” Thayer said in an interview with The Des Moines Register. “I kept seeing things and asking, ‘Is this the right way to do things?’ I found out it was not.”

    Alliance Defending Freedom, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., helped Thayer bring the lawsuit. ADF, formerly known as Alliance Defense Fund, is a private, not-for-profit Christian group that opposes abortions, same-sex unions and supports sanctioned prayer at public meetings and the right of medical professionals to refuse to perform abortions or other organizations they find morally objectionable.

    June, the Iowa Planned Parenthood official, said Thayers relationship with ADM discredits her complaint.

    “The extreme organization that former employee Sue Thayer has partnered with has a mission to take down Planned Parenthood,” June said in a news release. ADF “uses politics as a form of destruction, targeting Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country with false claims and misinformation.”

    “Throughout Sue Thayer’s 17 years of employment with Planned Parenthood, there were vast opportunities to express any concern or discontent with practices or protocols,” June said in the statement. “Planned Parenthood has various safe guards and confidential resources in place for all employees with questions or concerns. It wasn’t until employment was ended that Thayer partnered with this extreme group against Planned Parenthood, that she began releasing mistruths about our organization.”


    Also from what i have read elsewhere this behaviour of PP was brought to the attention of the DOJ and it was ignored.

  120. Labor Dept. Estimates $7.1 Billion in Overpayments to Unemployed

    While many Americans are feeling the pain of expired unemployment benefits, some have gotten a good chunk more than they were legally eligible for.

    Preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Department of Labor find that, in 2009, states made more than $7.1 billion in overpayments in unemployment insurance, up from $4.2 billion the year before. The total amount of unemployment benefits paid in 2009 was $76.8 billion, compared to $41.6 billion in 2008.

    Fraud accounted for $1.55 billion in estimated overpayments last year, while errors by state agencies were blamed for $2.27 billion, according to the Labor Department. The department’s final report will be released next month.

    Some of the overpayments likely can be traced back to the overwhelming workloads facing state employment agencies during the recession, said George Wentworth, a policy analyst for the National Employment Law Project.

    “You’ve got a system that’s been under siege like the unemployment insurance system has been for the last two years,” Wentworth said. “You’ve got a lot of new staff coming into the system, there’s been a lot of federal extensions [to unemployment insurance benefits] that have had to be programmed in and so on. There’s just been a lot of change that states have had to handle. … I just think the volume and the new staff have made the systems more susceptible to error.”


    CBO: The wealthly pay 70 percent of taxes

    Wealthy Americans earn about 50 percent of all income but pay nearly 70 percent of the federal tax burden, according to the latest analysis Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office — though the agency said the very richest have seen their share of taxes fall the last few years.

    CBO looked at 2007 through 2009 and found the bottom 20 percent of American earners paid just three-tenths of a percent of the total tax burden, while the richest 20 percent paid 67.9 percent of taxes.

    The top 1 percent, who President Obama has made a target during the presidential campaign, earns 13.4 percent of all pre-tax income, but paid 22.3 percent of taxes in 2009, CBO said. But that share was down 4.4 percentage points from 2007, CBO said in a finding likely to bolster Mr. Obama’s calls for them to pay more by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire.

    The big losers over the last few years were the rest of the well-off, especially those in the top fifth, who saw their tax burdens go up.

    “Specifically, between 2007 and 2009, the share of taxes paid fell for the bottom three income quintiles, was close to flat for the fourth quintile, but rose for the highest quintile,” CBO said. “Within the top quintile, however, the shift was uneven; the share paid by the top percentile fell, and the share paid by the rest of the top quintile rose.”

    The tax fight has risen to the top of this year’s presidential campaign, with Mr. Obama calling for the wealthy to pay more money both to lower the deficit and fund his new spending promises. He wants households making $250,000 or more a year to see their rates return to Clinton-era levels, though he has proposed a one-year extension of the rest of the Bush-era rates.

    Republicans have countered that they want a one-year extension of all current rates in order to have breathing space to tackle a broader overhaul of the tax code.

    CBO, the nonpartisan agency that serves as Congress’ official scorekeeper, said the current tax code is progressive chiefly because of the income-tax structure. On average, the lowest 40 percent of earners actually get money back through the income-tax code because of refundable tax credits.

    Overall, the federal tax rates in 2008 and 2009 — at 18 percent and 17.4 percent — were the lowest in the last three decades, suggesting at least part of the reason the federal government has run record deficits in recent years.

    In terms of actual earnings, the top 1 percent suffered the most in the recession, with their average earnings dropping from $1.9 million to $1.2 million. The lowest 20 percent saw their incomes drop from $23,900 to $23,500 during that time.

    CBO included a wide range of measures of income including wages, employer-paid health insurance premiums and capital gains.

    CBO said the top 1 percent earned an average of $1.9 million in pre-tax income in 2009, while the top 20 percent as a whole averaged $273,000. The fourth quintile averaged $98,400, the middle quintile averaged $67,600, the second quintile averaged $45,600 and the lowest quintile averaged $23,900 in income.


    This is why it becomes increasingly stupid to keep squeezing until the pips squeak because if those paying that large share of tax decide to take it elsewhere, who makes up the shortfall.


    The federal regulators, inept and complicit, reports CEO of a few firms who were invested in now backcrupt another-MH Global… PFG.
    They ask, since the feds can no longer be trusted to regulate this industry, the guarantees they provide mean nothing. Shockingly, they didn’t even do the basic checks of making sure the money that PFG said it had in the bank, actually existed, they just took PFG’s word for it, the regulator did no independent checking. And now 200 million of customer money is gone.

  123. NAACP Requires Photo I.D. to See Holder Speak in State Being Sued Over Voter ID

    Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. What did media need in order to attend? That’s right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting. Holder’s DOJ is currently suing Texas for “discriminatory” voter ID laws. From the press release:

    All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials at For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 7:45 a.m. CDT for an 8:00 a.m. CDT security sweep. Once the security sweep is completed, additional media equipment will NOT be permitted to enter and swept equipment will NOT be permitted to exit.

    Ironically, NAACP President Ben Jealous railed against voter ID just before Holder took the stage.

    The head of the NAACP on Monday likened the group’s fight against conservative-backed voter ID laws that have been passed in several states to the great civil rights battles of the 1960s.

    Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said these are “Selma and Montgomery times,” referring to historic Alabama civil rights confrontations. He challenged those attending the NAACP’s annual convention to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.

    “We must overwhelm the rising tide of voting suppression with the high tide of registration and mobilization and motivation and protection,” he said.

    “Simply put, the NAACP will never stand by as any state tries to encode discrimination into law,” Jealous said.

  124. Sigourney Weaver Admits ‘Political Animals’ Character ‘Inspired’ By ‘Remarkable’ Hillary Clinton

    Appearing on Tuesday’s NBC Today to promote her new USA series Political Animals, actress Sigourney Weaver admitted that her character, a former first lady turned secretary of state, was based in part on Hillary Clinton: “Elaine Barrish Hammond is this very gifted politician with a very strong moral compass….we are inspired by Mrs. Clinton, who’s such a remarkable woman and a great secretary of state. She was a great senator for New York State.”

  125. I must admit, i give Romney big points for walking into the lions den today at the NAACP, they will be trying to find some way of making something that he said sound racist, it will be stripped bare and analyzed to hell. Personally, i would not bother going as its a lost cause.

  126. iowahawk : Obama outsourced his entire campaign to media sweatshops in NY. They may produce shoddy crap, but much cheaper that unionized DNC staffers.


  127. Palin To Romney: Step Up Your Conservative Game

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went on FOX News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday night and said Mitt Romney needs to light the conservative base’s hair on fire if he has any chance of beating President Barack Obama in the fall.

    Palin said Romney needed to be “courageous,” “bold,” and “passionate” about his free market ideas and had to fight for those beliefs in a way that would allow him to get through the filter of the mainstream media that Palin said were nothing more than “lapdogs” for Obama.

    Palin said if the Tea Party is not energized in the fall, it will be difficult to defeat Obama and “reverse course against bankruptcy and insolvency.”

    By all measures, the 2012 election seems like it will be a “base” election like 2004, where the side that best mobilizes will win.

    According to a recent ABC/Washington Post poll, nearly 90 percent of people have already made up their minds about their vote in November:

    At this point, 74 percent of all voters are “definitely” supporting Obama or Romney, and 12 percent say it is unlikely that they will switch from one to the other, making the race a settled issue for nearly nine in 10 voters. For both campaigns, such a high level of early commitment shifts the focus to turnout — and to which side can muster the most effective get-out-the-vote operation.

    Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the so-called independent voter needs to be courted, Romney needs to maximize his support among Tea Party voters so that they turn out as fervently for him as Evangelicals did for George W. Bush in 2004.

  128. Excerpts of Romney remarks at NAACP:

    You all know something of my background, and maybe you’ve wondered how any Republican ever becomes governor of Massachusetts in the first place. Well, in a state with 11 percent Republican registration, you don’t get there by just talking to Republicans. We have to make our case to every voter. We don’t count anybody out, and we sure don’t make a habit of presuming anyone’s support. Support is asked for and earned – and that’s why I’m here today. …

    … I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president. …

    … I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the President has set has not done that – and will not do that. My course will.

    When President Obama called to congratulate me on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, he said that he, quote, “looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future.” To date, I’m afraid that his campaign has taken a different course than that.

    If someone had told us in the 1950s or 60s that a black citizen would serve as the forty-fourth president, we would have been proud and many would have been surprised. Picturing that day, we might have assumed that the American presidency would be the very last door of opportunity to be opened. Before that came to pass, every other barrier on the path to equal opportunity would surely have to come down.

    Of course, it hasn’t happened quite that way. Many barriers remain. Old inequities persist. In some ways, the challenges are even more complicated than before. And across America — and even within your own ranks — there are serious, honest debates about the way forward.

    If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone. Instead, it’s worse for African Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income, and median family wealth are all worse for the black community. In June, while the overall unemployment rate remained stuck at 8.2 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans actually went up, from 13.6 percent to 14.4 percent.

    Americans of every background are asking when this economy will finally recover – and you, in particular, are entitled to an answer.

    If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, black families could send their sons and daughters to public schools that truly offer the hope of a better life. Instead, for generations, the African-American community has been waiting and waiting for that promise to be kept. Today, black children are 17 percent of students nationwide – but they are 42 percent of the students in our worst-performing schools.

    When it comes to education reform, candidates cannot have it both ways – talking up education reform, while indulging the same groups that are blocking reform. You can be the voice of disadvantaged public-school students, or you can be the protector of special interests like the teachers unions, but you can’t be both. I have made my choice: As president, I will be a champion of real education reform in America, and I won’t let any special interest get in the way.

    I will give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school. For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted. And I will make that a true choice by ensuring there are good options available to all.

    Should I be elected President, I’ll lead as I did when governor. I will look for support wherever there is good will and shared conviction. I will work with you to help our children attend better schools and help our economy create good jobs with better wages.

  129. “I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits,” Romney said, according to prepared remarks.

    The crowd was not amused.

  130. of course they were not amused, The NAACP is basically one great big welfare entitlement and freebie advice centre.

  131. NAACP Crowd Boos Romney For Vowing To Repeal Obamacare…best thing that could have happened to Romney there. It needed to be seen.

  132. Florida flipping to GOP.

    Republican Congressman Connie Mack draws his highest level of support yet against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida’s 2012 U.S. Senate race.

    A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Mack earning 46% of the vote to Nelson’s 37%. Seven percent (7%) prefer some other candidate, and 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The numbers were flipped back in April when Nelson held a 47% to 36% lead over Mack. At that time, Mack still had heavy competition for the GOP nomination and was being heavily criticized for a lackluster campaign. The contest was closer in earlier surveys.


    Healthcare is doing the Dems in, in Florida.

  133. Romney went before the toughest audience, and spoke right to their concerns. He also address an issue of controversary. I admire his courage to do that. A true leader does not just manufacture crowds that are going to worship him. They go before others to explain where he stands, and that he knows what there concerns are. That he go booed only proves we have Freedom of Speech.


    No Pander: Romney Makes Free Enterprise Pitch to Black Americans, Slams Obamacare

    Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney told the NAACP annual conference this morning: “I’ve never heard anyone look around an impoverished neighborhood and say, ‘You know, there’s too much free enterprise around here. Too many shops, too many jobs, too many people putting money in the bank.'” He’s wrong there–former Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry said that earlier this year–but Romney hit the right notes in pitching black voters on a common commitment to free enterprise, reaching past the big-government politics of the bulk of the NAACP’s leadership to connect directly with the aspirations of millions of Americans, black and white.

    By offering his audience a clear contrast between his policies and those of Barack Obama on an issue that has nothing to do with race, Romney transcended the divisive rhetoric that has surrounded the conference. He did not take the bait offered by Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday, who told the NAACP that Republicans were effectively applying racist “poll taxes” to black Americans through voter ID laws, and seeking to reverse the gains of the civil rights movement. Instead, Romney pointed to the involvement of his father, former Michigan governor George Romney, in supporting protests and legislation during the civil rights struggle. And he ignored the boos that some attendees gave him when he promised to repeal Obamacare.

    Romney acknowledged the misgivings some black voters have about Republicans, and asked them to look past stereotypes: “I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president.” But for the most part, Romney addressed the attendees as Americans, not just as black Americans. He also outlined a 5-point economic plan–as opposed to the 59-point plan he unveiled several months ago–as the answer to unemployment in the black community and beyond:

    read on

  135. lol, the stupid obot followers.

    Obama bill-paying hoax sweeps up victims nationwide: Plain Dealing

    myth that President Obama is giving people money to pay their bills has prompted thousands of people across the country to try to pay for utilities, phone service and loans using bogus bank routing numbers.

    United Way of Cleveland’s 2-1-1 changed its answering machine Monday to say rumors of the Obama program were false after fielding dozens of calls.

    Later that day, a United Way employee was on an RTA bus when a rider stood up and announced to fellow passengers that Obama was paying people’s bills. The rider told people they could use the red numbers on the backs of their Social Security cards to tap into the government money. Steve Wertheim of United Way said the woman claimed she had successfully paid her electric bill using the technique.

  136. No Pander: Romney Makes Free Enterprise Pitch to Black Americans, Slams Obamacare

    Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney told the NAACP annual conference this morning: “I’ve never heard anyone look around an impoverished neighborhood and say, ‘You know, there’s too much free enterprise around here
    With the obvious exception of drug dealers.

  137. Obama is GREAT at MATH!

    – he DIVIDES the country
    – he SUBTRACTS from jobs
    – he ADDS to the debt
    – he MULTIPLIES the misery

  138. Rep. Cleaver: Romney shouldn’t criticize Obama in front of a black audience

    Such is life under Obama’s post-racial presidency. Apparently a white candidate must never “go there” when speaking to a black audience about a black opponent’s policies. It’s okay to talk about Obamacare, just not to “this audience.”

    Would Rep. Cleaver would prefer that Romney lie? Does he think black Americans need to be pandered to and spoon-fed liberal pablum instead of hearing what Romney’s candidacy is really about?


    Seriously? Why the F not?

  139. Re: Mrs. Smith
    July 11th, 2012 at 9:25 am
    Palin To Romney: Step Up Your Conservative Game

    ABSOLUTELY!!! Without the conservatives, the former democrats, and the Teavangelicals the side that cheats will have the upper hand. Get with the conservatives……and light their hair on fire, Romney, as they see you more as a moderate-to-liberal and they have been known to stay home rather than compromise their values.

  140. Dear Black folks:Rep Cleaver thinks u r only allowed 2 hear pre-approved messages about other black people. Talk about condescending.

  141. Re: moononpluto
    July 11th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Bill Nelson is a liberal POS; it has been on the news that HE was the deciding vote on the ObamaTAXcare law. He has been very liberal with the smoke he blows.

  142. ShortTermer, i think the conservatives learned their lesson when they sat on their ass in 2008, if they do it again, they have no right to complain of whats going to happen, they had a good 4 year preview and if that does not get their asses to the polls then screw them.

  143. moononpluto
    July 11th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I must admit, i give Romney big points for walking into the lions den today at the NAACP, they will be trying to find some way of making something that he said sound racist, it will be stripped bare and analyzed to hell. Personally, i would not bother going as its a lost cause.

    Kudos to the Mittster, proving he isn’t too white to take on the NAACP, not a coward and he knows how to be respectful. Something Barry cares nothing about.

    I would rather the race card holders try and take pot shots at Mitt on this than have him not face them. I want my President to have coconuts, not make excuses and back down.

  144. And no, having coconuts does not imply I would rather have a male President, for God’s sake. 😉

  145. Most Voters Favor Photo ID At Polls, Don’t See It As Discrimination by 73% to 21%

    The Obama administration is in federal court this week challenging Texas’ new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. Attorney General Eric Holder told the NAACP yesterday that such laws are like the poll taxes of old intended to keep blacks from voting. But most voters don’t see it that way.

    In fact, Rasmussen Reports polling finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters nationwide think it’s discriminatory to require all voters to prove their identity before being allowed to vote. Seventy-three percent (73%) disagree and say such a requirement does not discriminate against some voters. That’s consistent with past polling on the topic.

    But then 56% of voters oppose the Justice Department’s decision to challenge the legality of Texas’ new law in court. Thirty-three percent (33%) agree with that decision, and 11% are undecided.

  146. After reading what admin posted on Mitt’s speech at the NAACP…

    The first post was great, respectful and I agree with it.

    I do think saying he was going to shred up ObamaCare and not offer anything as a ‘replacement’, somewhat of a safety net for people that sincerely need some help, is a HUGE MISTAKE.

    People that are chronically sick and lost their job, etc. Too poor to afford health insurance and have actively looked for work.

  147. BASIL99
    July 11th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    The NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.

    Who would have thunk? That’s awesome.

  148. Mitt Romney’s Surprisingly Strong Appearance Before the NAACP

    By Jim Geraghty

    July 11, 2012 11:25 A.M.

    Mitt Romney just completed his remarks to the annual NAACP convention in Houston.

    The media will focus on the strong boos that greeted Romney’s pledge to repeal Obamacare, but the crowd was cordially welcoming and applauded quite a few lines. The audience gave him a standing ovation at its completion.

    While it’s undoubtedly difficult for a Republican candidate to win over a significant portion of the African-American vote while running against the first African-American president, I think the speech was one of Romney’s best of the campaign, often articulating conservative principles. On Twitter, someone wondered if the tough crowd was somehow liberating to Romney and his speechwriters; with the odds of success so low, why not lay out one’s deepest principles, loudly and clearly, and let the chips fall where they may?

  149. NAACP stmt on Romney speech: “We appreciate that he was courageous and took the opportunity to speak with us directly.”

  150. Nancy Pelosi made between $1-5 million on Asian investments in 2011

    On the heels of The Weekly Standard’s report yesterday that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz — a vocal critic of Mitt Romney‘s investing practices, had herself dabbled in the foreign markets — we can add Nancy Pelosi to the list of prominent Democrats to profit from overseas investments.

    According to Pelosi’s 2011 financial disclosure statement, the Democratic House Minority Leader received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from ”Matthews International Capital Management LLC,” a group that emphasizes that it has a “A Singular Focus on Investing in Asia.” A quick trip to the company website reveals a featured post extolling the virtues of outsourcing.

    “Designed in California, Made in Manila” sounds like an excellent title for a smear ad to be run the by the Barack Obama campaign. Instead, it appears to be Nancy Pelosi’s investment strategy.

    Pelosi is also a small investor in the embattled “Moduslink Global,” one of the “outsourcing pioneers” that Mitt Romney has been criticized for associating with while at Bain Capital.

    It’s not surprising that a wealthy politician would invest globally (nor should it be considered problematic). This is interesting because of the attacks on Mitt Romney’s investments — because Obama purportedly believes in the virtues of “insourcing” and anti-globalization. (Obama appears to be running on a protectionist platform that went out of style with Canadian tuxedos)

    Obama sure can preach the economic nationalism, but it doesn’t appear his fellow leaders and surrogates are buying the message.

    If they aren’t, why should other Americans?

  151. NAACP stmt on Romney speech: “We appreciate that he was courageous and took the opportunity to speak with us directly
    This was after they brought the house down with their booing. So what we really have is two responses. One is how they really feel. The other is to cover their asses for communicating what they really feel. These peope are racist to the core. To the core. They are the furtherst thing from what Dr. King was about. They are soul brothers of Malcolm X. They take their grievances to the world court, and do everything they can to tear down this country. Again, this is not the NAACP of a generation ago. It is more like the New Black Panther party. This was a gesture on Romney’s part, and now he can move on.

  152. There needs to be a competing black organization that focuses on economic opportunity. That effort should go around the NAACP, and be the subject matter of the new black organization. The NAACP is now an angry racist artifact of history–in some ways the epitome of the very thing it sought to eliminate. A new black economic organization needs to step forward and fill the gap. That is where the hope is.

  153. moononpluto
    July 11th, 2012 at 1:12 pm
    Most Voters Favor Photo ID At Polls, Don’t See It As Discrimination by 73% to 21%


    73% to 21%: why does that look to be far more realistic as to Obama’s approval level than any of this 40+% crap that’s been coming up forever? If oversampling of Obama friendly demographics is accounted for, I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate that there are a LOT of folks who are polled that just aren’t telling the polling representative what they really think about Zero.

    Isn’t this BS about voter ID being discriminatory at the very heart of everything Obama is about? It is the bass-ackward approach to EVERYTHING this administration does that is the problem. Everything that should be treated as an afterthought for which remedial efforts should be made is magnified pushed to the center of focus with everything that SHOULD matter being ignored.

    I think that 73 – 21 breakdown is on an issue that timid respondents feel comfortable expressing their true feelings upon. Its the same with the immigration mess Obama has had his !@#$ in with Arizona. How can there be so many people who so strongly oppose these Zero admin policies not also oppose him as well?

  154. admin
    July 11th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks admin for posting the boos to Mitt.
    After listening to it, to me it sounded like about 15 people booting, and continued to boo, while Mitt let them, didn’t get all upset and try to drown them out with talking about himself…like Barry.

    Good for Mitt, I would give him two thumbs up.

  155. I think it was a mistake for him to go to that organization, for a lot of reasons. The booing was par for the course. White man, Republican, critical of Obama’s signature act–you are going to get boos from that group. It aint rocket science. The problem I have is they defend Holder, they take their grievances against Arizona to the UN, and they are anti-white. There are no votes for him in that audience. I would sooner see him spend that time with the Hispanics. By going there he elevates their stature, and there is no point in doing that.

  156. Five Democrats ended up defecting Wednesday. Reps. Mike Ross, D-Ark.; Dan Boren, D-Okla.; Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.; Larry Kissell, D-N.C.; and Jim Matheson, D-Utah, all voted yes.

  157. Rather than supporting Holders efforts to strike down legitimate constitutional voter identification requirements, the NAACP should be using its vast fundraising and ground network which operates through affiliate orginzations like ACORN (or its successor), to get everyone out to vote. They could but they don’t. The only reason I can think of for this is they want there to be voter fraud because it improves Obama’s odds. I witnessed that very king of corruption in Indiana, with the black Mayor of Gary, and in other venues. And then there is that wonderful NBP case in Philadelphia.

  158. wbboei
    July 10th, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    The Scariest Jobs Chart Ever

    What it shows is the current recession is wider and deeper than any previous recession, since the end of WW II.

    It also suggests that the prospects for a short term recovery are bleak.

    Also suggests there will be one more person unemployed as Jan. 20, 2013.

    Time to get working on a third “bio” (with a little embellishment here and there, and some composite characters; for instance, Bill and Hillary Clinton will become an androgynous “Pat Clint”).

  159. The best thing about the house vote on Healthcare is that the Senate will now have to go on record and those senators up this year will have to vote it down or support it.

  160. All those Dem senators will now have to publically say we support Obamacare. Will any Dem senators go rogue?

  161. Lieberman says NO, I smell dissent in the ranks.

    Count Sen. Joe Lieberman as a “no” on President Barack Obama’s tax plan.

    The Connecticut independent has just decided he will vote against the plan, saying it’s “not what we need now,” especially since it stands virtually no chance of becoming law before November.

    “It’s not that I don’t think we ought to raise taxes on people that make more money,” Lieberman told POLITICO. “To me, we ought to be focused on achieving a bipartisan, long-term debt elimination agreement. And that tax reform and tax increases would be part of it. I don’t want to pick it off piece by piece.”

    While the moderate Lieberman’s opposition is by no means a surprise, it could complicate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts to ensure there are 51 votes for the president’s plan. Anything short of a simple majority of Senate support would be seen as a blow to Obama in the heat of his reelection bid.

    Still, Lieberman allowed Reid an easier path to reach that 51-vote threshold. If the vote is on procedural grounds to break a GOP-led filibuster, which would require 60 votes, Lieberman said he could potentially vote to advance the bill so it can receive an up-or-down vote on the merits. He said he has not made up his mind on that possibility.

    But if the party leaders agree to hold a vote on the merits of the plan with a 60-vote threshold, Reid and the White House may need to scramble to prevent any more defections in the 53-member Senate Democratic Caucus.

    Democrats are generally united behind the president’s plan. But some senators, particularly ones up for reelection and from wealthier areas of the country, would much rather allow the Bush-era tax rates to be extended for everyone who earns less than $1 million. Under the Obama plan, there would be a one-year extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts for the first $250,000 of each household’s income. A family’s remaining income above that $250,000 threshold would be taxed at a higher rate.

    It will be up to Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to hammer out an agreement setting votes on the president’s tax plan and the GOP’s proposal to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, including for high earners. On Wednesday, McConnell tried to set votes immediately on both proposals, but Reid objected, prompting GOP accusations that Democrats were avoiding quick votes because of internal divisions.

    Reid later said there would be votes on the tax plans before the Senate’s August recess, giving each side fodder for the fall campaigns. And Democrats believe they will easily have the votes to beat back an extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts.

    “I don’t believe there will be many, if any, Democratic senators voting to extend the Bush tax cuts,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin after a Democratic leadership meeting with Obama in the Oval Office.

    While nearly every Senate Democrat will support the president’s plan, some Democratic lawmakers appear to be threatening to join Lieberman.

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who in 2010 voted against raising taxes above the $250,000 level, declined to say Wednesday whether he backs the president’s latest one-year plan.

    Asked twice whether he would vote to support Obama’s proposal, Manchin would only say, “We’ll be looking at it very strongly.”

    Similarly, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who faces a tough reelection bid this fall, would only say Wednesday he was about to discuss his tax views with Reid and that his “preference” is to set that level at $1 million.

    “I’ll talk to you when I’m ready to vote,” Nelson said.

    Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) also voted in 2010 against allowing Bush-era rates to expire above the $250,000 level. Nelson was non-committal on the Obama plan when asked about it earlier this week.

    Webb doesn’t believe that taxes should be increased on ordinary income, and has instead called for higher tax rates on capital gains and dividends.

    “His position remains the same,” an aide said.

    A spokeswoman for Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said her boss was still “determining the best proposal for Montana families and small businesses.”

    “Jon’s priority is to cut government spending and cut special tax breaks that benefit the very wealthy, but he will not support any plan that results in higher taxes for middle-class families,” said Tester spokeswoman Andrea Helling.

    Still, Obama’s team has succeeded in limiting some defections already, after dispatching top administration officials to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. They argued that 97 percent of small businesses would benefit from the plan.

    After saying he “disagreed with the president” on the $250,000 level earlier this week and preferred keeping it at a higher threshold, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) now plans to vote in favor of the president’s plan. He says he’d rather support the Obama plan than what the GOP is proposing.

  162. Good luck explaining this Obama.

    Obamacare Now Estimated to Cost $2.6 Trillion in First Decade

    The latest estimate, as the chart details, is that Obamacare will cost $2.6 trillion dollars in its first real decade. The bill does not fully go into effect until 2014, therefore the estimate begins with that year.

    “President Obama promised a joint session of Congress in 2009 to spend $900 billion over ten years on his health care law: ‘Now, add it all up, and the plan that I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.’ Adding up all the different spending provisions in the health care law, however, (including closing the Medicare ‘donut hole,’ implementation costs, and other spending) total gross spending over the FY 2010–19 period is about $1.4 trillion, based on CBO estimates,” the Senate Budget Committee Republican staff explains. “And most of the major spending provisions in the law do not even take effect until 2014. Congressional Democrats delayed these provisions in order to show only six years of spending under the plan in the original 10-year budget window (from FY2010-19) used by CBO at the time the law was enacted. Therefore, the original estimate concealed the fact that most of the law’s spending only doesn’t even begin until four years into the 10-year window. A Senate Budget Committee analysis (based on CBO estimates and growth rates) finds that that total spending under the law will amount to at least $2.6 trillion over a true 10-year period (from FY2014–23)—not $900 billion, as President Obama originally promised.”


    Face it America, you were sold a pup by Obama, Pelosi and reid.

  163. Would you believe it…..

    Wolf Blitzer on CNN giving Obama a wagon shitload of grief for not going to NAACP conference, saying he’s taking black vote “for granted”.

    Well i never.

  164. Well, looks like “LIBOR” is starting to get traction in the MSM. This “new” financial fraud could make the mortgage/securities/derivative fraud seem like chump change.

    With all of these type of “frauds” including financial, contaminated food, etc., it makes no sense to me to impose huge fines and penalties which bankrupt the companies but the board members, senior management walk. A Roman style decimation or the Chinese 9mm solution for senior management would be emotionally satisfying but I would settle for more traditional indictments and trials and long prison terms in the general prison population.

  165. “The best thing about the house vote on Healthcare is that the Senate will now have to go on record and those senators up this year will have to vote it down or support it.’
    Reid will never let that bill get through the front door of the Senate Chamber. The House vote was risk free for the Repubs. Their “come to Jesus” time will come if they have 50+ Senate seats next year. Too many traditional Repub. big money interests could get screwed if Obamacare is totally repealed.

  166. “Wolf Blitzer on CNN giving Obama a wagon shitload of grief for not going to NAACP conference, saying he’s taking black vote “for granted”.
    Was he invited??? Maybe the NAACP was tired of getting the Obama lecture about “Pookie and Ray-Ray” sitting on the sofa, feeding their kids cold fried chicken.

  167. “Reid has to, he has no choice, it has been sent from the house.”
    This House repeal bill is the 33rd bill by House Repubs. to repeal all or part of Obamacare, I don’t thing many/any? have received a vote by the Senate.


    They found Jesse…he’s in Rehab……..well it was what we guessed.

    NBC News Report: Jesse Jackson Being Treated For Alcoholism and Addiction

    Sources close to the congressman say that Jackson Jr. is in Arizona receiving treatment

    NBC News reports that missing Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been found.

    The 2nd District Congressman reportedly has been In Arizona receiving treatment for alcoholism and addiction in Arizona, according to Andrea Mitchell.

    Jackson Jr. went on hiatus from congress nearly a month ago, and his office released a statement nearly two weeks after that saying he was being treated at an undisclosed location for exhaustion.

    This is the first information as to his whereabouts since the office issued that statement.

    Jackson’s wife, Sandi, a Chicago alderman told NBC Chicago, however, that Jackson Jr. was not in rehab but would not elaborate.

    Doctors for Jackson Jr. were working to produce a statement on his condition, but said they wouldn’t be able to cull the information by Wednesday.

    This is a developing story. Check back for details.

  169. heeeeeere Ms. Donna “base: stay home” Brazille.

    Race baiting YET again… same line she used against Hillary in 2008 when she went to address the lefty NAACP and OTurd didn’t. Now she’s using it against Romney. Seriously, this is getting so old, do they seriously think people haven’t caught on??

  170. Bravo to Romney for speaking at the NAACP, why won’t the members there ask? how long will the black community demand more from OTurd or even the CBC, who is made of wealthy AAs who have done nothing to lift others from poverty. People like Valerie Jarrett and MeeeeChelle didn’t do a damn thing to help the black community in Chicago, they used them to get ahead, had patient dumping schemes at the Univ of Chicago, they used the black community and still do.

  171. Yes, Mitt got booed for the repeal of Obamacare line, but that was pretty much it. I just watched the entire speech and they did applaud Romney several times, particularly regarding choice of school and his support for charter schools.

    I don’t know that he convinced any of the attendees to vote for him, but he may have given them an incentive if the weather is bad on election day to simply stay home.

    Here is the speech in its’ entirety, a little over 23 minutes long. Well worth watching/listening to as this may be his best speech of the campaign to date.

  172. worth a watch from 16:40, how bills are rammed through, no one even knows what the hell is in them, no one even knows who writes them.

  173. Read an article that suggests Obama’s slim lead is because of significant gap among
    single women. Must be the same one’s who screwed Hillary last time.

  174. “no one even knows who writes them.”
    I think that it was Denny Hastert who clarified and simplified the bill writing process in the HR, he basically bypassed the staffers and had the K street lobbyists do the writing.

  175. jbstonesfan
    July 11th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Read an article that suggests Obama’s slim lead is because of significant gap among
    single women. Must be the same one’s who screwed Hillary last time.

    Do all of these polls undersample Repubs and Indies??? Just about all of them do.

  176. moononpluto
    July 11th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Obama is screwed with numbers like this. White blue collar men deserting him in droves.

    What about blue collar white women?

    Or just all blue collars?

    Or all people?

  177. Will any Dem senators go rogue?
    After they all voted for it the first time around? If I were running against them, I would argue that when they voted the first time they were under the mistaken impression from the CBO that Obamacare would save money or be revenues neutral, therefore they voted in ignorance. But not so this time. This time, the CBO has revised the estimate and shown that Obacare is a budget buster, therefore when they vote for it now, with the contrary evidence right in front of them, they do so with malice aforethought, for crass political reasons and against the interests of their constituents. That argument might be enough to sway Manchin, Tester, McCaskill who are facing tough elections and Obamacare goes down like a mouth full of grass burrs with their constitutents, they people they hope will vote for them in November. If they have additional doubts that Obama will win, that makes it easier too, because in that case, the arm twisting he will attempt to do will be short lived.

  178. rgb44hrc
    July 11th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    July 10th, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    The Scariest Jobs Chart Ever

    What it shows is the current recession is wider and deeper than any previous recession, since the end of WW II.

    It also suggests that the prospects for a short term recovery are bleak.

    Also suggests there will be one more person unemployed as Jan. 20, 2013.
    One of the few things I have learned over the years is when you are dealing with markets, the law of supply and demand applies. For example, when I worked in the Alaska Seafood Industry, when there were a lot of salmon in the market the price went to hell and we made very little money. Sometimes we lost money. And when there were very few salmon in the market we lost money because of insufficient revenue to offset fixed costs. It was only in those years when there was an average number of salmon in the market that we made money. This was confirmed by my boss’s son who was a professor at Stanford, and studied the phenomenon over a fifty year period.

    By analogy, if the American People believe our current economic problems, however severe they appear to be, are solveable, then what you say is true–Obama will be out on his ear. Whether you blame him for making the situation worse or not, the fact is he has had the opportunity to ameliorate if not solve our economic situation and he has failed. But if the American People come to believe the opposite, namely that the economic problems are unsolvable in the short term, and they will need government assistance to survive, then a different answer is likely. For that reason, I have got to believe that Obama will make the argument that this will be a long tough haul to recovery, more economic problems lie ahead, everyone’s economic future is in peril, etc. Moreover, given his psychotic nature,it is not unlikely that he will may even do some things along the way which are calculated to make the situation worse, so that more people need government help. The huge increase in disability claims and food stamp programs are but the tip of the iceberg.

  179. Read an article that suggests Obama’s slim lead is because of significant gap among
    single women. Must be the same one’s who screwed Hillary last time.


    Both times, Obama has claimed to be more supportive of reproductive choice than his opponent. That claim was false when his opponent was Hillary. But with Romney as opponent, it’s true.

  180. From elsewhere:
    a society which takes the moral primacy of Personal Responsibility seriously would outlaw corporations and limited liability companies and public and private insurers in favor of sole proprietorships and self-insurance, because any scheme that distributes liability for risk among a group increases the likelihood that some individuals will act in overly risky ways because the costs of doing so have been externalized. If our moral ideal is to insist that the person who fucks up or has bad luck take the full cost of the fuck-up or bad luck, then auto insurance is immoral, and incorporation is really, really immoral.

    This insight brought to you by Joseph Heath.

    Possibly the most interesting and enlightening book on politics I’ve read in a while is actually a book on economics by a professor of philosophy: Economics without Illusions by Joseph Heath. If I were richer I’d be deeply tempted to buy a bunch of copies and start giving them out because it’s that useful and important to clarifying one’s economic and political thought. Every chapter has several ‘aha’ moments and makes me see new ways in which economic confusion or dishonesty is driving the public discourse in directions that nobody actually wants to go. It’s not a book for entrenched ideologues on either end of the political spectrum, though. The structure of the book is to tackle twelve common economic reasoning fallacies — six common to conservatives, six common to liberals — and there are a lot of sacred cows that get gored along the way, but for anyone who wants to ditch ideologies in favor of understanding how markets actually work and how to evaluate government action in terms of actual results rather than theoretical ones, this is a very important book to read.

  181. Interestingly, Hispanics think it’s a tax by 60%/29%, which is an even higher margin than among whites. Real phenomenon or perils of polling subgroups?

    Now here’s the money stat: 27% of indies say it’ll make them less likely to vote for Obama, while only 9% say it will make them more likely.


    Now you know why they do not want to talk about it.

  182. rgb44hrc

    my apologies, I think you asked where in PA, it wasnt in Philly it itself, if I remember correctly, I think it was outside Philly, west chester? I don’t completely remember, but I think it was in the suburbs surronding Philly.

  183. Crony capitalist warren buffet on CNBC pretending to one have a damn clue what he’s talking about, two, pretending to be for the little guy.
    Stupid idiot man.

  184. Americans’ Confidence in Television News Drops to New Low

    [THERE’s a lot of info at this link. Here is the most humorous piece.]
    …The decline since last year in confidence in television news among liberals did not coincide with a similar decline among Democrats. Democrats this year are the most confident in the television news media among key subgroups. Interestingly, postgraduates, who tend to be Democrats, are now the least confident….

  185. wonder how the LSM would react if the Romneys did even something remotely disgusting as the Kennedys.

  186. Telling that Jane Pitt’s son won’t defend his mom, he doesn’t have to agree with her, but he won’t even publically defend her right to free speech, and more importantly won’t even at a basic instinct level defend his own mother from all the threats. Very telling, and not in a good reflection of his character.

  187. Brad knows if he defends her, the lefty mafia in Hollywood will crucify him. Most stars who are republicans get blacklisted in Hollywood as it is.

  188. Romney gave it to the NAACP straight. If Obama wants to take credit for Health Care Reform, then Romney was not out of line designating the behemoth crushing Tax as such utilizing the word ObamaCare in his statement.

    However, he needs to refine his thinking into not giving Obama supporters any ‘air’ for negatively reviewing his speeches. Unforced errors resulting in a news headline the next day become the message and his message is lost to another missed opportunity dust bin of accruing political capital for winning elections.

  189. Good but long ad.

    Outsourcer in Chief.

    80% of wind power jobs went overseas as did a large percentage of auto bailout jobs. Devastating and effective.

  190. I am working 100 hrs plus/week. People keep leaving me with their tips no obama pins, I am outside of Pittsburgh in a very blue collar town

  191. In re outsourcing, and other advenues of attack by the most brilliant campaign in history, by which I can only mean the Obama campaign, winner of countless awards, including but not limited to Advertising Age Man of the Year Award? I forget, but it has something to do with what people living in glass houses should do when it comes to throwing stones. Dumb young assholes.

  192. When only 21% of the public trusts big media one would think that would provide a come to Jesus moment. However, the effect is quite the opposite. Instead of correcting their errors, which include bias, censorship, stalking behavior, fale polls, deception, and condescension toward their audience, they do like the drunk does and reach for more hair of the dog that bit them.


    Simple: big media is the surrogate of the east coast establishment. Its entire raison d etre is to protect and promote the interests of the east coast establishment. Their perks, their priviledge, their power to advance (or as many of us would say reverse) the course of western civilization–against competing sources of power.

    Who and what are those competing sources of power? Ultimately, it is the American People. Predominantly, the people who live outside the beltway, and are not tied directly into its power grid. Ultimately that means us. We are their target, and their cash cow. They want our money and our votes, but they do not want us. They need us, but they don’t like us. As I see it, that is the bottom line.

    In order to protect their privileged position, the east coast establishment qua big media destroy outsiders who are embraced by large segments of the American People IF they refuse to play ball with the elites. They condesend toward these populist leaders on the outside, but on the inside they fear them, because these people shine the light on their predations, and schemes for self enrichment. This explains their morbid preoccupation with Sarah Palin.

    The other thing they do is construct a narrative which protects their power, priviledge and prerogatives. This narrative then becomes the golden handshake for advancement within their sect. This narrative is chalk full or errors and inconsistencies. It refuses to accept feedback from reality which indicates their schemes are not working and responds think how much worse it would be if we had not done X. The role of big media talking heads is to advance this narrative, with as much mental give and take as a scotch terrier watching a rat hole.

    In addition, the level of intermarraige betweeen media, campaign and government people contributes to the overall problem. They eat together sleep together and live together and what comes out of this is a highly insular view which is adverse to free thinking. When they write articles, they do so for each other–not us. When they give us the party line on television, they do so for eachother–not us. And woe betide the honest journalist who says I refuse to play this game, I am going to tell the truth, let the chips fall where they may.

    This explains why the American People no longer trust the media. They may not know all the whys and wherefores, by they know by now they are dealing with a dishonest broker, and they are the ultimate victim.

  193. Just to be clear, it is a mistake to assume that the reason big media behaves in this way is because they are liberal–which is the common assumption. The law of probability negates that premise. In an open system, we would not find 90% of the population voting liberal. On the contrary, the mean would be center right. The reason big media is 90% liberal is because the incentives and constraint of that industry produce that kind of behavior. They would say it is because they are more enlightend, but that is hardly the case. Not when you see the high rate of failure in the systems and candidates they promote. Wittingly or unwittingly, they are the surrogates of the east coast establishment. They are to the east coast establishment what the Jesuits were to the Catholic Church–the soldiers of the faith. And that faith, which purports to be liberal, is in fact heavily weighted in self interest, and the prservation of their control of this society–for the worse.

  194. Sheldon Wolin is clear on this point. He says all of the great American institutions are elitist and non democratic. From education, to big buiness, to the media, to the churches, etc. Roberto Unger echoes the same sentiments. And he imagines the possibilities of a society where more people were given the resources and the tools to contribute in the area of innovation. Yes, that means higher taxes–but it also means a significant return on investment. Neither party can provide that kind of leadership now–they are far too mired in conflicts of interest, and too reliant on special interests who want more than their share–which means they must steal from other. And they do–through their democratic and republican operatives. But as the center of economic activity moves from here to Asia, new possibiliies may emerge. You could argue that the braindrain will follow the money. Or you could assume that in an interconnected world people can stay were they are and innovate. But for that to happen, the old power structure must inevitably fall. Whether or not that is inevitable however, remains to be seen.

  195. O’s staff and followers must have a strong hold on the D’s superdelegates, or he would have decided to not run for re-election by now. What I don’t understand is no action has been taken by the D’s to stop this. They will all go down with him, and if your main goal is money and power, you will soon have neither.

    It appears to me that they have crossed the threshold of what Carter was facing. The who idea of the superdelegates was to prevent another Carter situation, when in actuality, they created one themselves. AMAZING!!!

  196. BASIL99
    July 12th, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Despite shameless pandering the POS slips 14% with Hispanics.

    Wasn’t the whole point of his election-year pandering (the immigration “Dream Act”-ish proposal) was to move the needle in the other direction???

    Maybe he’s out of his pandering options.

  197. Apparently Obama’s campaign is spending like Michelle out shopping and is getting into dire trouble.

    Obama Campaign Is in Worse Shape Than It Looks

    One strains, studying the entire history of presidential elections, to think of a president who was re-elected under such economic conditions as prevail in the U.S. today. Now, with June’s campaign finance data trickling out, we can add the grotesque financial mismanagement of the Obama campaign as another factor counting against the president in addition to those historic headwinds.


    I have been looking at this myself and this person is dead on, this is why we are seeing panic, they see the poll numbers drop, (obama state polls few and far between) donations to Obama is dwindling because the people he is pandering to, don’t have any money left in these times. His campaign staff is already bloated and in use unlike Romney who has not barely begun. If it continues, Obama’s campaign will be sunk, where is this great campaign genius….because the campaign genius who kept Obama’s campaign like glue last time was no other than GW Bush and he aint around this time.

  198. NewMexicoFan
    July 12th, 2012 at 11:36 am
    O’s staff and followers must have a strong hold on the D’s superdelegates, or he would have decided to not run for re-election by now. What I don’t understand is no action has been taken by the D’s to stop this. They will all go down with him, and if your main goal is money and power, you will soon have neither.

    It appears to me that they have crossed the threshold of what Carter was facing. The whole idea of the superdelegates was to prevent another Carter situation, when in actuality, they created one themselves. AMAZING!!!

    They assumed they’d be “super delegates”, not “super wooses”.

    I’d guess that they’ll continue grumbling into their sleeves, while still proclaiming, “Let’s win this damn thing”.

  199. moononpluto
    July 11th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    The best thing about the house vote on Healthcare is that the Senate will now have to go on record and those senators up this year will have to vote it down or support it.
    I can’t wait to fire my Senator. 🙂

  200. henry
    July 12th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I am working 100 hrs plus/week. People keep leaving me with their tips no obama pins, I am outside of Pittsburgh in a very blue collar town
    Pretend I just walked into your place and put this little song on the jukebox for you…

  201. moononpluto
    July 12th, 2012 at 11:55 am
    Apparently Obama’s campaign is spending like Michelle out shopping and is getting into dire trouble.

    jbstonesfan pointed out that he’s seeing a LOT of Obama commercials, but not nearly as many from Romney.

    However, I think Team Obummer is forced into heavy early spending due to heavy early spending by Republican SuperPACs, from whom I’ve seen a lot of ads.

    So Romney can horde his piles of cash, and let the Koch Brothers and other SuperPACs lay down crossfire, and watch Obummer burn through his ammo.

    Get out the popcorn.

  202. Amazing, the US Olympic teams uniforms were made in China, the people behind this should be ashamed of themselves. Probably boils down to the Govt does not give them any money to represent the country.

    Amazing the US olympic teams uniforms OUTSOURCED.

  203. Barry is wasting away…looks like a stick figure in shorts…


    Looks Like Obama Is Back To Hanging Out In His Study All Day…

    When he is not flying around the country trying to raise cash for a campaign to convince voters for four more years, Barack Obama is hardly at work doing a lot of nothing at the White House…

    Here is the official presidential schedule for Thursday, July 12, 2012:

    9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

    That’s all folks!

    While Rome burns….

  204. New Gallup Poll Says Americans Are Tuning TV News Out

    According to a new Gallup poll measuring Americans’ confidence in television news, the level is the lowest since the poll was begun in 1993. 21% of adults expressed a great deal of confidence in television news reporting. No wonder CNN’s ratings are in the toilet.

    Gallup tested 16 institutions, including newspapers, and TV news ranked 11th. Newspapers were ranked 10th. There was an interesting divide among those on the left; Democrats were the most confident in television news of all the groups surveyed (now there’s a shock) but postgraduates, who are more generally Democrats, had the least confidence in the TV news industry. This would tend to imply that well-educated people were more distrustful of what was spoon-fed them by the TV media, while those who were lower-income Democrats didn’t question the TV media’s bias toward the left.

    A very important statistic showed that moderates were much less confident than they were in 2008, which could mean a great deal in the November election because if the moderates view the TV news with suspicion, they will be less likely to vote for Barack Obama.

    As the reality of Barack Obama’s failed economy sinks in, more and more Americans are skeptical of the TV news departments that insist on painting a rosy picture that doesn’t match the bleak world of foreclosures, closed businesses, and radically high unemployment that’s out there. If the TV networks keep insisting on parroting the Democratic Party line, the day is not far off when they will have no one to preach to.

    New urgency for Team Obama

    By Amie Parnes – 07/12/12 06:00 AM ET

    A new urgency has swept into President Obama’s campaign as disappointing fundraising numbers have emerged alongside the shaky economy as a major threat to his prospects for reelection.
    ************************************** “
    But the former official said the sea change, especially with the tidal wave of GOP cash, is palpable.

    “There’s a very real sense of, ‘You can’t just sit back,’ ” the former official said. “There’s so much money on the other side, and we’re in unknown waters. If people are freaked out, I think they should be freaked out. After all, it’s the new reality of American electoral politics. And we’re venturing into the great unknown.”

    Don Peebles, who serves on Obama’s National Finance Committee, told The Hill he’s “concerned [Obama] won’t have sufficient resources to fight back with.”
    “He’s being put in a position where it’s going to be a difficult race,” Peebles said.

    Obama’s poll numbers have remained steady, with the president leading presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in most major surveys. But some say the change of pace in recent days underlines some concern for Team Obama.

    “Oftentimes an incumbent president expects to have more money than the opponent, and ideally use that money to define and hamstring that opponent, the way Bill Clinton did so effectively with his challenger, Bob Dole,” explained Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. “It’s becoming more clear that that’s not going to be the case this time. They’re realizing they’ve got to run hard from this point forward to maintain an uncomfortable lead.”

    The Obama campaign, Jillson added, “isn’t down and terrified. They’re up and running a little scared.”

    Republicans want to seize on their recent good news in fundraising.

    Kirsten Kukowski, a press secretary for the Republican National Committee, said Team Obama is “struggling across the board,” dealing with an enthusiasm gap problem, lackluster job numbers and an economy that isn’t growing fast enough, and being outraised for the second month in a row.

    “They’re nervous that with all their efforts, they don’t seem to be moving the needle,” Kukowski said. “Four months out, I think it’s a warning sign that they have a lot of work to do.”

  206. moononpluto
    July 12th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Those uniforms are absurd. They don’t represent America,

  207. Rubio : By law,all tax laws must begin in House,yet the Senate has wasted an entire week on Senate tax law that cant become law even if it passes, its all 4 show.

  208. Wow, this oughta be fun

    Oscar-winning producer to take on Obama’s ‘imperial presidency’ in documentary.

    Can Americans discern between the “dreams” of President Obama and those of the Founding Fathers? The makers of the upcoming documentary film “2016: Obama’s America” hope so. “I’ve got a strong desire to defend against the changes in our culture, our life, our laws, our freedom. We now have someone in office who has professed a desire for change, and this has disturbed me,” producer Gerald R. Molen tells Inside the Beltway.

    Mr. Molen, 77, is the Hollywood heavyweight and Oscar-winning producer behind “Schindler’s List,” “Rain Man,”and “Jurassic Park” among many other blockbusters. But he prefers life in Montana to that in Tinseltown, and as a former U.S. Marine, he has a strong memory of a traditional, cheerful, can-do America. He’s also not too keen on Mr. Obama’s penchant to “go around Congress,” among other things.

    “We don’t have an imperial presidency. He’s not the king,” Mr. Molen says.

    Above all, he hopes the film will jar a passive audience with proof of the political and cultural change that may not be for the better in the long run.

    “I hope people find out that it’s time to do their own research, get involved and ask this question: What kind of country do we want?” the producer says, predicting that public reaction to the project “will come alive” once the film is released nationwide July 27. The documentary itself is based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s best-seller “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” published last year.

    “All Americans want the same kind of country. Being united would be wonderful. But we’re divided now, and it’s frightening,” Mr. Molen says.

    Is there similar fare to come – perhaps another documentary meant to detect dangerous fissures in the bedrock of America?

    “I hope it’s not necessary for me to stay in this genre. But if the need arises, I’m there. I’ll stand up,” Mr. Molen says.

  209. Basil, hilarious, they cant even do black ops on the GOP without screwing that up. What next, leave them outside GOP offices.

  210. moononpluto
    July 12th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Biden spoke to near empty audience at NAACP……..they blamed the rain, i think its cause they sent the white boy.

    The NAACP must be suffering pangs of being snubbed by their great mixed race leader. When he doesn’t even care enough to energize his ‘peeps’ who helped get him elected in 08′.. treating them like lawn jockeys because he is above it all- and they are a given when he’s done NOTHING for them the last 4 yrs. Thinking they will vote for him in unison to continue the fable as the first black president of the US lets his people sacrifice and suffer all for his ‘ingloriousness’ for four more years.

    Romney’s acceptance demonstrated by their applause of half of the attendees at the NAACP event is very telling AA’s are NOT all on the same page.

  211. For real Mr NAACP…


    Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd, Mitt Romney declared Wednesday he’d do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. He drew jeers when he lambasted the Democrat’s policies.
    “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney told the group’s annual convention. Pausing as some in the crowd heckled, he added, “You take a look!”

    “For real?” yelled someone in the crowd.

  212. Shadowfax
    July 12th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Looks Like Obama Is Back To Hanging Out In His Study All Day…

    When he is not flying around the country trying to raise cash for a campaign to convince voters for four more years, Barack Obama is hardly at work doing a lot of nothing at the White House…

    Here is the official presidential schedule for Thursday, July 12, 2012:

    9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

    That’s all folks!

    This is stunning. Repubs should put up ads showing his “light schedule”, or in this case, “practically nothing schedule”.

    There is a leadership vacuum, and by now, it must be obvious to his handlers and staff that it is better to have Obummer flying around on fundraisers and speeches, or just keep him out of the way.

    O: “So, what are we doin’ today?”.

    Chief-of-Staff: “Oh, not much”.

    O: “Seriously, whaddup?”

    CoS: “Well, there’s the 9:45am briefing. Maybe you’ll be…a little more focused on things this time”.

    O: “My mind is preoccupied with the burdens of the most important job in the wor…”

    CoS: “Sure. Right. Whatever. The other meetings, they wouldn’t interest you. We’re going to discuss *your* tax proposals, your campaign itenerary, negotiation with Dems and Reps in the House, there’s the Syria situation where Hillary will be calling in…”.

    O: “Looks like I can play hoops before lunch and golf in the afternoon. I wonder if MJ (Jordan) is free?”

    O: “Michael, hey, how’d you like to play some hoops this morning, and a round of golf in the afternoon?”

    MJ: “I’d love to, but being a team owner, even in the off-season, has a LOT of responsibilities. And I have a few side enterprises as well. I’m a busy mover and shaker. Next time maybe.”

    O: “Bo, hey boy, want to go for a walk on the WH lawn?”

    Bo: “Arf. Arf arf. woof.” (translation: “Busy. Very busy. Being First Pet has so many responsibilities.”)

  213. Mark Thompson on MSNBC says the phrase
    “kitchen cabinet” is racist.

    Some NAACP bimbo calls MR’s speech demeaning and insulting becauue he criticized the ACA and called it Obamacare even though that’s the same phrase used on the POS’s website.

    Jesse Jackson’s sister (Atita?) says the media should give poor Jesse “space” even though Palin’s life was mauled over and misrepresented for two years.

    I am SICK of AA’s and have come to despise them – or rather – the 95% who keep trying to cram the white guilt trip down America’s throats. If it wasn’t for blacks capturing, enslaving and selling their fellow blacks the slave trade would not have existed, a minor detail NEVER mentioned in any American history book.

    F**k them all. If they want to rewrite the language along with the constitution let them get their own friggin’ country.


    That would involve work. That would involve delving into the details of the massive bill, then thinking REAL HARD about how to sell it. Nope, not for him.

    The NY Times bemoaned this recently, as does Eleanor Clift in this piece. This one part toward the bottom quotes Melody Miller (Ted Kennedy’s spokeswoman) about how she recommends selling Obamacare by simplifying the arguments…which is exactly why it’s no easy task: the Frankenbill is a nightmare, the furthest thing from simplicity.

    Why Won’t Obama Sell His Health-Care Plan Now That It’s Been Upheld?

    by Eleanor Clift Jul 11, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    A do-over is rare in politics, and the Supreme Court handed one to President Obama by upholding his much-maligned health-care law.

    Backers of the president and the health-care reform that he pushed through—and which cost Democrats the House—would like the administration and its campaign allies to move more aggressively and take advantage of the judicial thumbs-up.

    “It’s their own Etch a Sketch moment here,” says Matt Bennett of the centrist Democratic group Third Way. “It’s an opportunity to completely redefine what it’s going to mean for insured people and really sell this giant new legislative gift that Congress has given them.”

    Bennett chose his words carefully, selecting the target audience that Obama needs to reach: people with insurance, not the estimated 30 million without insurance who presumably don’t need convincing. Those who are covered through an employer or on their own worry that they will lose out as the system is stretched to cover everybody else.

    A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that the legislation is now viewed less negatively than it was before the court ruling, with 47 percent supporting the law and 47 percent opposing it. In April only 39 percent backed the Affordable Care Act while 53 percent opposed it, suggesting that voters are beginning to connect the dots of positive health-care benefits—such as keeping adult children on their policy until age 26—with the new law.

    House Republicans are voting Wednesday for the 31st time to repeal all or part of Obamacare, providing what Democratic pollster Mark Mellman calls “fodder for Democrats on what they’re voting to take away.” After two years of being on the defensive over the law, some Democrats feel the politics may have shifted to putting the onus on Republicans. A little-noticed amendment to the measure ends federal health-care benefits for lawmakers once they leave Congress and requires that they purchase insurance, like their constituents, on the health-care exchanges, or marketplaces, that are being set up under the law. Democrats have portrayed Republicans as wanting to end benefits for everybody else while keeping their own “generous” plans.

    The GOP, meanwhile, is doubling down. Paul Lindsay, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicts that no member of his party will oppose repeal in the House vote. “It’s not an issue we’re afraid to talk about,” he says.

    In anticipation of Wednesday’s vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched online ads targeting vulnerable Republicans in California, Illinois, and New York. A hospital-gowned patient sits on an examining table looking forlorn while the word “REPEAL” looms. “Carla knows the breast-cancer screening she got saved her life. Carla doesn’t know that her congresswoman, Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), may vote to repeal the law that added preventative coverage to Medicare … Tell Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack: she shouldn’t repeal our benefits if she wants to keep hers.”

    With such heart-wrenching stories readily available, why has the Obama team shied away from bringing the law into sharper focus now that it’s been ruled constitutional? Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster, says it comes down to resources in a campaign that is already fully engaged in an all-out air war.

    “The Obama campaign could only try to promote the ACA by extensive paid advertising, but it would mean diverting money from their Romney assault,” he says. “From a campaign perspective, my bet would be if given that choice, the campaign would always choose staying negative on Romney.”

    Online ads won’t break the bank, or strain the patience of voters who according to polls are ready to move on. In the Washington Post/ABC poll, just 18 percent want to repeal the whole law, and another 16 percent want to repeal parts of it. Sixty-five percent support the law or take a “wait and see” approach. Obama does bring up health care in his stump speech daily, talking about it Tuesday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and last week on his bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania, but it has not been a main focus. The campaign’s largest mailing so far focused on health care, and it went to 1 million women.

    “They’ve got to do something to get people to better understand what this thing does,” says Bennett. “Otherwise it will be known as Obamacare—expensive, government-run health care.”

    Simplicity is the key, says Melody Miller, Ted Kennedy’s spokeswoman for much of his long crusade for health-care reform. She proposes an ad with two hands, one that ticks off finger by finger five reasons to support the law; the other a fist that unfolds to reveal “Obamacare, health-care security for all,” written on the palm. “The truth” about Obamacare, says a narrator: (1) can’t be denied coverage for preexisting conditions; (2) no cap, you won’t get cut off or lose your home if you have costly medical bills; (3) reduces the deficit, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office; (4) you can keep children on until age 26; (5) you can keep your own doctor and choose your own coverage from a variety of plans, just like members of Congress.

    “If it’s simple and easy to understand, I think that you will start seeing people holding up their hands at rallies, with Obamacare written on them,” she says. “We might as well call it that. Everybody else does.”

    So far, at least, the White House is not taking that road.


    Hank Williams, Jr. is a country singer, record executive and political pundit, and he wears all those hats on his new CD, “Old School, New Rules”. He picks up on politics where he left off last year with some more fighting words for President Barack Obama.

    Williams calls himself “an executive hillbilly,” but he’s more than that. The second son in a line of country stars – legend Hank Williams is his dad and country/punk/metal singer Hank III his son – Williams is known for such standards as “Family Tradition” and “A Country Boy Can Survive.” He runs his own label and scouts for up-and-coming talent.

    He speaks his mind, too, and has become a voice for some Americans who are discontent with Obama. Last year, cable TV network ESPN pulled his song from its “Monday Night Football” telecast after he publicly compared Obama to Adolf Hitler.

    But the singer turned the backlash to his advantage by gaining some new fans for his outspokenness, and he continues to voice his political with the new CD released this week.

    The opening track, “Take Back Our Country,” includes lyrics like “…I’ll go find a network wants to treat me right, y’all can take the change and stick it out of sight” and “Hey Barack pack your bags, head to Chicago, take your teleprompter with you so you’ll know where to go…”

    Love him or not, Williams and his music always bears his unique take on life, whether he’s mixing country with southern rock or throwing in the blues. He writes most of his songs, and those on “Old School, New Rules” are no exception.

    “I got pretty motivated on this,” Williams told Reuters. “The people, the fans, have inspired me and I guess that’s why I wrote 10 and a half songs for the album. We have sold several hundred thousand dollars-worth of t-shirts that say ‘Take Back Our Country.’ It’s snowballing.”

    “Who knew Mickey Mouse and ESPN would put me in the forefront? I’m the mouthpiece for grandmothers who lost everything,” he said, referring to the cable TV network’s parent, The Walt Disney Co.

    “I had an 11-year-old write me, ‘My parents said you were a good role model for me, could you send me a picture?’ We’re also hearing from military personnel, saying, ‘We’re behind you 100 percent.’ It’s all good; it’s really special,” he said.

    Other politically-charged songs on the album include, “We Don’t Apologize for America” and “Who’s Taking Care of Number One?” but there are many other songs that avoid the subject.


    Williams’ family tradition calls for a few drinkin’ songs, and there are those, too. He partners with Brad Paisley on “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams” and with Merle Haggard on his classic “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.”

    The tune “Old School” is a song that seems it could only have been written by a member of a country dynasty. The opening lyric is “I remember a young Johnny Cash waiting in the wings, ‘cause he’d hand me his cigarette when he’d go out to sing…”

    The singer talks about first meeting Dolly Parton as a teenager – and watching industry folk fall over themselves to meet her – and about hearing Jerry Lee Lewis play rock ‘n roll at his home.

    “I never knew who would be there when I woke up,” said Williams of his life growing up in Nashville with his mother, Audrey Williams, who promoted the young Hank as a singer of his father’s songs. Williams took banjo lessons from Earl Scruggs and learned boogie woogie piano from Lewis.

    Williams said he was very passionate about making the new album and agrees that he leaves no room for people to wonder where he stands when it comes to his beliefs about the direction in which the United States is headed.

    “I’ve always been that way. If you like it, fine; if you don’t, great … People everywhere from New York to California can’t take it anymore, and they are ready for a change.”

    “Old School, New Rules” was produced by Williams’ company, Bocephus Records.

  216. Waxman : Oops sorry about Solyndra….about as sincere as a vampire biting a baby.

    “I’m sorry Solyndra happened. We lost $500 million. That’s a shame, but that’s why loan guarantees are provided because they are risky enterprises and not all of them are going to succeed,” Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Cali.) said at a House hearing on the alternative energy program today.

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