I know I am very grateful that my enlightened government refuses to officially allow elderly and ill to be impoverished.
A factoid: where are the largest percentages of the Mr. Romney’s 47%? You already knew I’m sure. Remember also that those blue states are largely donor states, getting back less than a dollar for every dollar into the kitty and those red states are largely recipient states. Whoops, I meant ‘takers’.
So it makes perfect sense that they mostly voted for the guy who holds them in contempt. And says so.
Posted in 2012 Elections, economy, Government, Politics, poverty, taxes
Tagged 47%, donor states, income distribution, Mitt Romney, Politics, poverty, Red State - Blue State, Taxes
Romney and Robin were on the trial today, out there, tie-less, with the people.
QUESTION: “If you guys take over Washington, what are you going to do about this damn mess in Afghanistan?”
ANSWER: “I can tell you this, when I become commander in chief if I’m so lucky, I will address the American people about these issues. […] With regards to Afghanistan, I will do everything in my power to transition from our military to their military as soon as possible, bring our men and women home and do so in a way consistent with our mission . . “
Wow. That’s bold. And so different from, ya’ know, what we’ve been doing for the last seven or eight years.
Romney has sold his soul so many times. This latest is annoying in the extreme. It’s the old then and now stuff. Tiring.
The Romney campaign is pushing back against a new study from researchers at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center suggesting Mitt Romney’s tax proposals would actually increase taxes for a whopping a 95% of Americans, denouncing the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution, as a “liberal” group. While the Romney campaign hasn’t rebutted the substance of the study, they claim the Tax Policy Center should be dismissed entirely as a biased source.
But the Obama campaign notes that Romney aides took a very different view of the group when they put out a similar analysis of Rick Perry’s tax plan during the Republican primaries. Here’s how a Romney press release in November described their work: Objective, Third-Party Analysis Showed Governor Perry’s Plan Would Raise Taxes On Millions Of American Families – But He Doesn’t Seem Interested In The Discussion.
Yeah, that’s Moe’s prediction – Romney picks Pawlenty (unless he’s another Mormon – that would be a spoiler for sure. Is he?).
(By the way, go google images for Kerry and Edwards – was there something going on there that we missed?)
Here’s what I learned from Mitt Romney tonight:
We are a patriotic people. Americans put their hands over their hearts during the playing of their national anthem. No other people on earth do that.
Someone ought to have told Nelson Mandela when they played his national anthem at the Olympics that he was disrespecting our traditions.
Is this worth thinking about? How does a 2012 Democratic challenger to Republican Senator Scott Brown do in Massachusetts if that state’s former governor is the presidential candidate? Could the ‘favorite son’ gene bring the Republican ticket there all the way home?
We need Elizabeth Warren in the Senate. We haven’t had a real consumer advocate around since Ralph Nader (who lost me when he gave the Presidency to George W. Bush in 2000).
Give her money.
From The Hill:
Romney: One-day money haul brings in over $10 million
From Political Irony:
Satirist Andy Borowitz reports that a new poll shows that 97% of Americans favor SEAL Team Six — the elite unit that took out Osama bin Laden — landing on the US Capitol building and taking out Congress by force. According to the study “There’s a broad consensus out there that the Navy SEALs get things done, and that they would make C-SPAN more fun to watch.”
In related news, in reporting on bin Laden’s death, Fox News apologized for mispronouncing Barack Obama’s name as “George W. Bush.”
From The Onion:
Mitt Romney Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Uninsured Sick People
BELMONT, MA—Though Mitt Romney is considered to be a frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, the national spotlight has forced him to repeatedly confront a major skeleton in his political closet: that as governor of Massachusett… …more »
POSTED BY ORHAN
Anticipating the coming 2012 campaign, FactCheck.org takes a detailed look at the results of the 2006 Massachusetts health care law. Because of the similarities to the federal bill, much spin is predicted. FactCheck summarizes its findings:
- The major components of the state and federal law are similar, but details vary. The federal law put a greater emphasis on cost-control measures, for instance. Massachusetts is just now tackling that.
- The state law was successful on one big goal: A little more than 98 percent of state residents now have insurance.
- Claims that the law is “bankrupting” the state are greatly exaggerated. Costs rose more quickly than expected in the first few years, but are now in line with what the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation had estimated.
- Small-business owners are perhaps the least happy stakeholders. Cheaper health plans for them through the state exchange haven’t materialized, as they hoped.
- Despite claims to the contrary, there’s no clear evidence that the law had an adverse effect on waiting times. In fact, 62 percent of physicians say it didn’t.
- Public support has been high. One poll found that 68.5 percent of nonelderly adults supported the law in 2006; 67 percent still do.
The article is long but worth a read. Check the section “What Happened to Premiums?” (The short answer is that overall they went down — but, of course, it’s much more complicated than that.) Prepare to consume mass quantities of hot air in the lead-up to the election.
Joe Bageant, 1946-2011
Joe Bageant, author of the incomparable Deer Hunting with Jesus and the recently-released Rainbow Pie died yesterday following a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 64. Joe wrote about poverty and class in America with humor and love. His work will live on.
Posted in From Orhan's Perch, health care, Health care reform, Politics
Tagged FactCheck, Health insurance, Law, Massachusetts, Massachusetts health care reform, Mitt Romney, republican, United States