Archive for October, 2012

The US debt is not a problem that needs to kill us now

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Very good video explaining how the debt is a problem but it is not a problem killing us now.

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1,000,000,000,000 Frames/Second Photography

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

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The WORLD agrees…they hope Obama is elected NOT Romney

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (photo) said on Wednesday that he “wouldn’t hesitate” to vote for US incumbent Barack Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, breaking diplomatic protocol. By News Wires (text)

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has broken with diplomatic protocol by openly expressing his hope that Barack Obama wins the upcoming US presidential election.

“If I was an American citizen I wouldn’t hesitate to vote for Obama,” he told a radio interviewer on Wednesday.

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Horrible comments by Republicans about rape that keep rearing their ugly heads….the comments AND those Republicans

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

President Barack Obama Wednesday condemned Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s statement on rape, saying that distinctions on abortion exemptions “don’t make any sense.”

Obama addressed the comments during a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

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Each year in the US, 10,000–15,000 abortions occur among women whose pregnancies are a result of reported rape or incest. An unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term. There is absolutely no veracity to the claim that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (ie, pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.

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On Sunday night, as Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment caused a national uproar, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz previewed how Democrats will use the remark to tie Akin to Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

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The man without a soul. Romney changed EVERY stance he has held for months on foreign policy during the third debate.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Rachel Maddow with a great segment on the topic of Romney wildly changing his policies.  Video is located here
Mitt Romney…as Jon Stewart pointed out quite well tonight….spent the past year or so saying Obama’s foreign policy was weak and a total failure.
In the midst of the third Presidential debate Romney adopted the vast majority of Obama’s foreign policy policies.
How do you debate someone on something as important as foreign policy when their stances they have based their campaign on for months and years suddenly mean nothing and they change their stances during the debate? In a college debate class for a week or so the stance each team will take for Friday’s debate would be sharpened during the week and then Friday they go in with their views settled. However when those views change in mid debate this would call for a mandatory FAIL in that class. These were BRAND NEW stances for Romney contradicting everything he has built upon during the Primaries and during the general election.
So Mitt called Obama’s policies failures and then adopts them. Has this EVER happened in the history of ANY political debate ANYWHERE let alone for the superstar stage of the Presidency?
This is stunning that the American people believe Romney won when it was not Romney’s policies that Romney spouted but rather Obama’s.


In the final debate, Romney disavows almost everything he’s ever said on foreign policy while the media just shrugs.

Mitt Romney should be doing a walk of shame today, after reversing most of his irresponsible, hawkish foreign policy statements from the last year just to have a hot night with undecided female voters in the final debate. How does he live with himself?

But I’m having a hard time watching television coverage of Romney’s debate performance the morning after. The conventional wisdom seems to be that while President Obama won the debate, Romney’s “prevent defense” at least kept him in the race – and it was the politically wise course. Of course, Obama’s “prevent defense” two weeks ago in Denver was a debacle that changed everything. I’m not sure why Romney’s turn at it is supposed to be smarter politics.

Beyond scoring the debate on style points, though, why aren’t more people horrified by Romney’s capacity to disavow virtually everything he’s said on foreign policy and cuddle up with Obama, in order to seem less frightening to voters? On Afghanistan, on Iran, on abandoning Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, on killing Osama bin Laden, on Syria, on drones, Romney mostly said “me too” to Obama’s policies. And it’s not as though the debate merely gave Romney the space to explain foreign policy positions that may have been misinterpreted. After a year spent attacking Obama’s “weakness” globally and promising to be hawkish, he was, at times, the dove, insisting more than once “We can’t kill our way out of this.” And when he wasn’t echoing Obama, he sounded like a schoolboy reciting what he just learned in world geography class.

I found it chilling. Once again I thought to myself: Who is this guy who’s trying to imitate a cautious, sober global statesman (albeit one who sweats a lot)? I just watched Doris Kearns Goodwin on “Morning Joe” say Romney did the right thing because his goal was not to scare anybody and lose the momentum he gained from Debate 1, and everyone seemed to agree. But in what new realm of cynicism is it the right thing to hide your real policies in order to become president?

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BBC poll: Rest of world favours Obama

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

A BBC World Service opinion poll has found sharply higher overseas approval ratings for US President Barack Obama than Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

An average of 50% favoured Mr Obama, with 9% for Mr Romney, in the survey of 21,797 people in 21 countries.

Only Pakistan’s respondents said they would prefer to see Mr Romney win November’s election.

France was the most strongly pro-Obama (72%).

The survey was conducted by GlobeScan/PIPA between 3 July and 3 September.

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96 percent in Ireland say they would vote for Obama in US election – Puzzled Americans ask why do Irish in Ireland dislike the GOP so much?

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

They blame George Bush and Ronald Reagan and American support for Israel.
Reagan first. During his war in Nicaragua against the Sandinistas Reagan alienated the Irish, especially the religious orders who had large numbers of nuns and priests working in poor neighborhoods there.

There was a universal sense in Ireland of America the bully which cost the American image dear.

Now to Bush. The Iraq war and its aftermath was also a disaster for the perception of America abroad.

But perhaps nothing is more damaging than the perception by the GOP that the UN is a useless institution

While the UN maybe reviled in the U.S. in many circles, in Ireland it is seen as a very necessary international institution. It is the one way that a small country like Ireland can have an influence on great issues of the day. Irish troops who serve in UN peacekeeping missions are highly praised there and regarded with great pride. United Nations happenings are very closely reported.

There is huge animosity to the sense of America First, anti UN sense that the GOP foreign policy seems to foster.

Then there is the issue of Israel.

The overwhelming number of Irish identify with the Palestinians and draw many comparisons between their plight and the Irish under British rule.
America’s role as Israel’s defender come what may, especially in GOP circles, plays very badly in ireland.

On the other hand Obama is seen as an internationalist who seeks co-operation across borders and who sees the UN as a valuable institution.

I don’t see much changing in the future as long as the GOP continues to drift right.

That 96-4 figure may even shrink further for Republicans if the current anti GOP sense continues.

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Tax cuts for the rich do not spur economic growth

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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It seems self-evident that tax-cuts should stimulate the economy. It seems so self-evident, that we discuss the theory as if it were a known fact. We don’t even question the claim. But history offers us some evidence that tax cuts don’t stimulate the economy.
  In 1921 & 1925, major taxes cut were passed. In the following years a stock market bubble formed while working class wages stagnated, then in 1929 the bubble burst and the economy crashed into the Great Depression.
In 1981 a tax cut was passed. The economy sank deeper into recession and stayed in recession for nearly two years.
In 1987 major tax cuts were passed. By 1990 growth declined leading into the 1991 recession.
In 2001 a tax cut was passed, and another rebate was given in 2008. From 2001 through 2008 the economy grew slower than it did in the preceding 8 while a bubble formed in stocks, housing, and executive salaries. In 2008 the bubble burst, and now the economy in sinking into the worst recession since the Great Depression.
So what do we see in the data overall? Perhaps we should look at the data more thoroughly. We start by looking at the marginal tax rate on the richest citizens.

Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

We’ve come to think of “blue” and “red” states as political and cultural categories. The rift, though, goes much deeper than partisan differences of opinion. The borders of the United States contain two different forms of government, based on two different visions of the social contract. In blue America, state government costs more—and it spends more to ensure that everybody can pay for basic necessities such as food, housing, and health care. It invests more heavily in the long-term welfare of its population, with better-funded public schools, subsidized day care, and support for people with disabilities. In some cases, in fact, state lawmakers have decided that the social contract provided by the federal government is not generous enough. It was a blue state that first established universal health insurance and, today, it is a handful of blue states that offer paid family and medical leave.

In the red states, government is cheaper, which means the people who live there pay lower taxes. But they also get a lot less in return. The unemployment checks run out more quickly and the schools generally aren’t as good. Assistance with health care, child care, and housing is skimpier, if it exists at all. The result of this divergence is that one half of the country looks more and more like Scandinavia, while the other increasingly resembles a social Darwinist’s paradise.

Americans have been arguing over which system is morally and economically superior since the beginning of the republic. But every now and then, the worldviews have clashed and forced a reckoning. The 2012 election is one of those moments.

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Teabagger relied on free lunches as a kid now opposed to free lunches for kids

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Though Flake was a direct beneficiary of the federal school lunch program, he’s refused to support these free school lunches for other children. Flake has regularly been one of a few hard-line conservatives to vote against child nutrition and school lunch programs in Congress. In 2004, Flake and just 4 other members of Congress voted against reauthorizing funding for child nutrition programs. He has also steadfastly opposed even recognizing the importance of school lunch programs over the years, voting against Congressional resolutions celebrating the School Breakfast Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which provides food assistance in daycare for low-income families. Most recently, refused to express support for “the goals and ideals of the National School Lunch Program.” Each time, he was joined by around 10 other members in opposing the overwhelmingly popular programs.

There are around 48.8 million people currently living in food insecure households like the Flake family. 20 million children take advantage of free and reduced lunches every day.

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Romney is for and against abortion

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Romney spokespersons say contraception is not important to women.  Video is located here

Article showing why Romney’s statement about contraception should not be believed.  Video is located here

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However they signed the Personhood Bill

Regardless he has never stated he supports Roe vs Wade which supports a woman’s right to decide what to do with her body and it also ensures a variety of birth control methods are legal.

Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 sinking, structure on verge of complete collapse

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This is highly concerning, as Unit 4 currently holds more than 1,500 spent nuclear fuel rods, and a collective 37 million curies of deadly radiation that, if released, could make much of the world completely uninhabitable. As some Natural News readers will recall, Unit 4 contains the infamous elevated cooling pool that was severely damaged following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.

According to the Secretary of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the ground beneath Unit 4 has already sunk by about 31.5 inches since the disaster, and this sinking has taken place unevenly. If the ground continues to sink, which it is expected to, or if another earthquake of even as low as a magnitude six occurs in the region, the entire structure could collapse, which would fully drain the cooling pool and cause a catastrophic meltdown.

“If Unit 4 collapses, the worse case scenario will be a meltdown, and a resultant fire in the atmosphere. That will be the most unprecedented crisis that man has ever experienced. Nobody will be able to approach the plants … as all will have melted down and caused a big fire,” said Murata during the interview. “Many scientists say if Unit 4 collapses, not only will Japan lie in ruin, but the entire world will also face serious damages.”

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14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On its own, such a vote would be unremarkable. Republicans control the House, they oppose President Obama’s health reform law, and so they voted to get rid of it.

But here’s the punchline: This was the 33rd time they voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Holding that vote once makes sense. Republicans had promised that much during the 2010 campaign. But 33 times? If doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result makes you insane, what does doing the same thing 33 times and expecting a different result make you?

Well, it makes you the 112th Congress.

Hating on Congress is a beloved American tradition. Hence Mark Twain’s old joke, “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” But the 112th Congress is no ordinary congress. It’s a very bad, no good, terrible Congress. It is, in fact, one of the very worst congresses we have ever had. Here, I’ll prove it:

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Second Presidential Debate in graphs

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney tossed out plenty of statements and figures in the second presidential debate on Tuesday. Many of them were ripe for charting. So we’ve compiled some graphs that help add context for some of our favorite moments in the debate.

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Then again Romney told a ton of lies

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A message from Bruce Springsteen

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

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Dear Friends:

The election is coming up on all of us and we all have strong feelings about it. I’ve been getting asked a lot about where I stand, so for those who are interested, here goes.

This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama has a four year record to run on. Last time around, he carried with him a tremendous amount of hope and expectations. Unfortunately, due to the economic chaos the previous administration left him with, and the extraordinary intensity of the opposition, it turned into a really rough ride. But through grit, determination, and focus, the President has been able to do a great many things that many of us deeply support.

Domestically, that record includes working to increase and expand employment for all, protecting our all important social safety net, passing guaranteed health care for most of our citizens, with important new protections for all of the insured, rescuing the auto industry and so many of the American jobs that go with it, protecting and enhancing the rights of women, and bringing us closer to full acceptance of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

In foreign affairs, that record includes following through on the removal of troops from the misguided and deceptive war in Iraq, and vigorously pursuing our real foreign enemies, especially the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Right now the opposition’s resort to voter suppression in so many states is not receiving as much attention as it deserves. I believe that all of us, of whatever views, should be opposing these anti-voter, anti-citizen efforts.

Right now, for the President to be effective in his next term he needs our increased support and he needs support in the Congress, where some sterling candidates, such as current Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, challenger Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, and so many others, are fighting to make their constructive voices heard.

Right now, there is an ever increasing division of wealth in this country, with the benefits going more and more to the 1 percent. For me, President Obama is our best choice to begin to reverse this harmful development.

Right now, there is a fight going on to help make this a fairer and more equitable nation. For me, President Obama is our best choice to get us and keep us moving in the right direction.

Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some, whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military.

Right now, there is a choice going on in America, and I’m happy that we live in a country where we all participate in that process. For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together. We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country “…where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone.”

That’s why I plan to be in Ohio and Iowa supporting the re-election of President Obama to lead our country for the next four years.

Bruce Springsteen

2009: The Year Wall Street Devoured the US Government

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

 2009 will, I believe, go down in history as the year that Wall Street – shorthand for the finance capitalist class – finally chewed up and swallowed whole the government of the United States. It is, of course, true that businessmen have shaped the laws and policies of the American state since the founding the Republic – most notably, men in the business of slavery and land piracy.

The picture that best explains the historical significance of the year 2009, is President Obama holding a teleconference with bankers who didn’t bother to show up for a meeting with him at the White House, in mid-December;”>. Obama is pleading with them to at least pretend to act in the interest of the public whose national resources they have stolen. But the banksters see no need to pay even token respect to a president who is actually their servant. Having swallowed the state whole, they simply…digest it, knowing they can come back for seconds and thirds until the people’s credit is exhausted

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Roosevelt created 4 million jobs in one month

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The CWA laid 12 million feet of sewer pipe and built or made substantial improvements to 255,000 miles of roads, 40,000 schools, 3,700 playgrounds, and nearly 1,000 airports (not to mention 250,000 outhouses still badly needed in rural America). Most of the jobs involved manual labor, to which most of the population, having been raised on the farm, was far more accustomed than it would be today. But the CWA also provided considerable white-collar work, employing, among others, statisticians, bookbinders, architects, 50,000 teachers, and 3,000 writers and artists. (“Hell, they’ve got to eat like other people,” Hopkins noted matter-of-factly.) This was achieved with a remarkable minimum of overhead. Of the nearly $1 billion—the equivalent today of nearly $16 billion—that Hopkins spent during the CWA’s five-month existence, 80 percent went directly into workers’ pockets and thence stimulated the economy by going into the cash registers of grocers and shop owners. Most of the rest went to equipment costs. Less than 2 percent paid for administration.

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Paul Krugman gives an overview of the FDR Stimulus here

Bill Nye slams GOP Rep. on science committee: Creationism is ‘not in the national interest’

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

In the filmed comments, he goes on to claim that he’s informed by his own scientific expertise that evolution, the Big Bang theory, and embryology are all “lies straight from the pit of hell,” designed to keep people away from the Christian savior.

“Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun’s views are not in the national interest,” Nye told Huffington Post‘s David Freeman. “For example, the Earth is simply not 9,000 years old.”

Nye went on to claim that Broun “is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”

Broun sits on the Republican-controlled House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which said last June that they were concerned the administration may be putting too much emphasis on clean, renewable energy while not giving enough help to oil and gas producers.

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Cutting Food Stamps. Why Republicans want to put so much pressure on churches when they are strapped for cash already

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Sister Simone points to a study from Bread for the World, a genuinely nonpartisan group that advocates on hunger issues, to suggest one useful line of questioning. To make up for the food stamp cuts in Ryan’s budget, the group found, “every church in the country would have to come up with approximately $50,000 dedicated to feeding people — every year for the next 10 years.” Can government walk away like this? Can we realistically expect our houses of worship to pick up such a tab?

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A Conservative religious group predicts “World Under Obama” and they get 0 out of 34 correct

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The whole purpose of this letter … was to scare evangelicals out of voting for Obama at any cost. And today, they’re doing the same thing. If you vote for Obama, they say, every manner of horrible awful no good very bad thing will happen. Your freedoms will disappear. They will take your guns, they will ban homeschooling, they will send your grandma to death panels.

But this is getting old. See, leaders on the Right do this every election year. Every election is “the most important election of all time,” and every election year they warn that our freedoms as Americans are on the line. Every election year they predict catastrophe if they lose the election.

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Even Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney lied about his tax plan

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

This morning on Meet The Press, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs confronted Newt Gingrich on a fundamental inconsistency in Romney’s description of his tax plan. During the primary debates, Romney insisted that everyone in America would get a 20% tax cut, including the 1%. But last week’s during his debate with Obama, Romney insisted that his tax cut would not reduce taxes at all for wealthy Americans.

Gingrich acknowledged the clear inconsistency, saying “I think it’s clear he changed.” He described the change as “good politics.”

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Koch Brothers Exposed online

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Watch the whole documentary here online for free

Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch—two of the world’s richest and most powerful men—is the latest from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, Rethink Afghanistan). The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.
Koch Brothers Exposed is a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst. This full-length documentary film on Charles and David Koch—two of the world’s richest and most powerful men—is the latest from acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: the High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, Rethink Afghanistan). The billionaire brothers bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights. This film uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.

What can you do to fight back? Get the film. Host a screening. Tell your friends. Get the Koch brothers out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

10 Shocking Facts on the Kochs

1. Koch Industries, which the brothers own, is one of the top ten polluters in the United States — which perhaps explains why the Kochs have given $60 million to climate denial groups between 1997 and 2010.

2. The Kochs are the oil and gas industry’s biggest donors to the congressional committee with oversight of the hazardous Keystone XL oil pipeline. They and their employees gave more than $300,000 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010 alone.

3. From 1998-2008, Koch-controlled foundations gave more than $196 million to organizations that favor polices that would financially enrich the two brothers. In addition, Koch Industries spent $50 million on lobbying and some $8 million in PAC contributions.

4. The Koch fortune has its origins in engineering contracts with Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

5. The Kochs are suing to take over the Cato Institute, which has accused the Kochs of attempting to destroy the group’s identity as an independent, libertarian think and align it more closely with a partisan agenda.

6. A Huffington Post source who was at a three-day retreat of conservative billionaires said the Koch brothers pledged to donate $60 million to defeat President Obama in 2012 and produce pledges of $40 million more from others at the retreat.

7. Since 2000, the Kochs have collected almost $100 million in government contracts, mostly from the Department of Defense.

8. Koch Industries has an annual production capacity of 2.2 billion pounds of the carcinogen formaldehyde. The company has worked to keep it from being classified as a carcinogen even though David Koch is a prostate cancer survivor.

9. The Koch brothers’ combined fortune of roughly $50 billion is exceeded only by that of Bill Gates in the United States.

10. The Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs accused Koch Oil of scheming to steal $31 million of crude oil from Native Americans. Although the company claimed it was accidental, a former executive in this operation said Charles Koch had known about it and had responded to the overages by saying, “I want my fair share, and that’s all of it.”

80-year study: Democrats better at economics

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

When it comes to which party is better for the economy, Republicans talk the talk, but it’s Democrats who deliver the goods according to an unusual 80-year study of the impact presidents have on growth, personal wealth, the stock market and even 401ks.

The bottom line, according to Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box: Of the five best economic presidents since Herbert Hoover, only one is a Republican. The paydirt finding: $100,000 invested during the 40 years Republicans had the White House would be worth $126,027. The same amount invested in the stock market during the Democrat’s 40 years would be $3,912,210.

“Our book is a myth buster,” said financial planner Bob Deitrick who co-authored Bulls, Bears with CPA and educator Lew Goldfarb.

Goldfarb blamed the conventional wisdom that Republican presidents are better economic managers on the inability of Democrats to tell their story. “Democrats stand on their message so poorly,” he said. “Republicans, on the other hand, win the salesmanship merit badge every single year.”

The duo stumbled on their conclusions while working on a different issue. Researching the impact of politics on stock market trends, Deitrick realized that in the last 80 years, Democrats and Republicans have held the White House 40 years each, minus President Obama’s term. They came up with a ranking system based on stock market returns, personal income, economic growth and business prosperity.

The best period was during the Kennedy-Johnson years, the worst Herbert Hoover, who presided over the Great Depression. In order, the rankings are: JFK/LBJ, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford, George W. Bush, and Hoover. Carter was the only Democrat in the bottom half of the list.

Theirs is a non-political book that also suggests that the Democrats have been luckier than the Republicans. Just consider that George H.W. Bush had a flat economy that was starting to surge when Clinton was elected and it roared during his term. By the time George W. Bush took over, the Clinton-era internet bubble had popped and he started two wars. For example, they write, $100,000 invested in 1993 was worth $341,894 at the end of Clinton’s term. Under Bush, that $100,000 was worth $64,990 after his eight years, a difference of $277,000.

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Why Obama Now?

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

4 minutes explains the economy and why Democrat’s ideas triumph

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Romney surrogate admits that Conservative topics will not win the election

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Mitt Romney campaign surrogate Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) admitted that the GOP presidential candidates was changing his positions and moving towards the middle in order to win over voters, during an appearance on CNN’s Starting Point on Friday morning. Gingrey’s comments, reminiscent of Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom’s claim that Romney would “Etch-A-Sketch” his positions after the GOP primary, came in response to the candidate’s recent claim that his 47% remarks were “completely wrong.”

“[T]he Republican, the conservative candidate in the primary, is always going to lean right and come back to the center for the general, the opposite for the Democrat,” Gingrey explained. “That’s all you are seeing here. It is very typical. We strong conservatives understand that. There are a lot of undecideds in this country…we want those votes too. So, this is campaign strategy.” Watch it:

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Mitt Romney: ’47 Percent’ Comments Were ‘Just Completely Wrong’

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen…who ARE these people that continue to support Romney? They truly must not mind that the world view of Romney is basically on a Lazy Susan and spins with the wind. Today’s spin….as if the 27 lies in 38 minutes during the debate was not enough….has Mittens saying the 47% comment was completely wrong.
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Stunning….that he believes he can get away with this….and the fact that he IS getting away with it with his followers.

If the headline is not “Mitt Romney lied” then lying is acceptable.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
IF the headline is not ROMNEY LIED then lying is acceptable and any means to an end is fine. I can go lie myself to being a doctor or lawyer or President like Mitt is trying to do. You can say the cars have 500 horsepower and will never break down and buying a Honda will result in you also receiving 72 virgins… drive them to their Support Hose knitting group but still…72 virgins who happen to be 72. Awesome!!! The Mitt Romney route to the end of using the tactic of lying just made things easier for us all….lie lie lie and if you get what you want…BOOYA!!!
Or…lying matters….and we want our President to NOT be a pathological liar.
A lying President seemed to be an issue with Nixon with Constitution smashing Watergate….and Reagan with Constitution smashing Iran-Contra…and ironically the Republicans said it mattered with Clinton and an adult intern….but they dont mind Bush lied us into Iraq and now Mitt lying is apparently ok because he is taking whatever route he needed.
Oh irony…. love it when you raise your ugly head!!!!!

Massive list of lies that Mitt Romney has told

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

A huge list and almost endless look at the many lies of Willard Mitt Romney

Debate #1 analysis is overwhelming….Romney lied and lied and lied and looked good doing it.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

You can watch the whole debate at this link

Romney won….talk about a pathetically low standards. 

At the end of the debate Romney goes into a screed about God….after he lied many times in this whole thing.  Just awful. And then he tried to tie Trickle Down to government when in fact it was from the people who hated government.  What a rewrite of God and economics and misleading people. 

A long list of the many lies and myths that Romney told.

The tax plan that Romney has explained for over a year is not something Romney will be supporting

Romney confirms our suspicions that he has no consistency in anything.  Here is Romney on abortion.

Romney debate plan……LIE

Romney surrogates put a baind aid on the Romney comment on green jobs

Obama told the truth and what Romney said was a lie

Romney’s main spokesperson says that Romney was simply wrong with what he said

Rolling Stone with the biggest 5 Romney lies

Romney lied about green energy and was just way off

Chris Matthews railed against Obama for being so complacent

A video collection of Romney’s flip flops that just goes on and on and on and on

If truth was a winner then Obama mopped the floor with Romney.

A huge list of debunking of Romney showing that a showman looks good initially but that fades when the facts are brought out.

ThinkProgress liveblog of the night is located here

BusinessWeek analyzes the debate here

 The NY Times checks in with a liveblog of the debate

A second NY Times analysis of the big debate

The LA Times says Romney’s tax claims are not truthful

TheDailyBeast described Romney as becoming a moderate during the debate and again throwing the Teaparty under the bus.

Politifact says Romney gave Obama rope in which to hang Romney.  Explanation is here

Reuters basically said Romney lied again and again and again.  Explanation is here

“People who can’t care for themselves should care for one another.” ~ Mitt Romney

Obama’s team debunks Romney attacks here

Salon fact checks Romney here

Politifact on Romney’s claim of not having to raise taxes on average income earners is seen here

This is some great analysis from Robert Reich on tonight’s debate:

“In tonight’s debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction,
which means he’s either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he’s a fabulous actor.

But what struck me most was how much Obama allowed Romney to get away with: Five times Romney accused Obama of raiding Medicare of $716 billion, which is a complete fabrication. Obama never mentioned the regressiveness of Romney’s budget plan — awarding the rich and hurting the middle class and the poor. He never mentioned Bain Capital, or Romney’s 47 percent talk, or Romney’s “carried-interest” tax loophole. Obama allowed Romney to talk about replacing Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act without demanding that Romney be specific about what he’d replace and why. And so on.

I’ve been worried about Obama’s poor debate performance for some time now. He was terrible in the 2008 primary debates, for example. Expectations are always high — he’s known as an eloquent orator. But when he has to think on his feet and punch back, he’s not nearly as confident or assured as he is when he is giving a speech or explaining a large problem and its solution. He is an educator, not a pugilist, and this puts him at a disadvantage in any debate.

Romney stayed on script. If you look at a transcript of his remarks tonight you’ll see that he repeated the same lines almost word for word in different contexts. He has memorized a bunch of lines, and practiced delivering them. The overall effect is to make him seem assured and even passionate about his position. He said over and over that he cares about jobs, about small businesses, and ordinary Americans. But his policies and his record at Bain tell a very different story.

The question now is whether Team Obama understands that our President must be more aggressive and commanding in the next two debates — and be unafraid to respectfully pin Romney to the floor.”

Eliot Spitzer and Glenn Beck “War of Words” debate 10/2/2012

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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Top 1% Got 93% of Income Growth as Rich-Poor Gap Widened

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The 1.2 million households whose incomes put them in the top 1 percent of the U.S. saw their earnings increase 5.5 percent last year, according to estimates released last month by the U.S. Census Bureau. Earnings fell 1.7 percent for the 96 million households in the bottom 80 percent — those that made less than $101,583.

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