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Week In The News: Romney-Ryan, Immigration, New Galaxy

Paul Ryan shakes the race. Candidates cry foul. Young immigrants get a break. There’s a new galaxy on the map. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Young immigrants stand in a long line at Chicago's Navy Pier on Wednesday, Aug.15, 2012, for guidance with a new federal program that would help them work legally in the United States and avoid deportation. (AP)

Young immigrants stand in a long line at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Wednesday, Aug.15, 2012, for guidance with a new federal program that would help them work legally in the United States and avoid deportation. (AP)

Paul Ryan on the GOP ticket and on the trail this week, as the presidential campaign swirls with “gutter” charges.   Mitt Romney talks taxes, just a little.  Joe Biden talks chains.  Medicare, big in the spotlight.

In Afghanistan, a Blackhawk down and more Americans killed by so-called allies.  In Moscow, a guilty verdict for punk rockers protestors.  In London, little Ecuador gives asylum to Wikileak’s Julian Assange.

We’ve got a wave of young immigrants signing up for work permits.  More wildfire.  A new cluster of galaxies gushing new stars.

This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter for The Washington Post for The Washington Post.

Ginger Gibson, national political reporter for POLITICO.

From Tom’s Reading List:

New York Times “Four years ago, John Brooks cast his ballot for Barack Obama, becoming one of the voters won over by his promise for changing Washington. This time, he had been undecided, but he said Mitt Romney made his decision easier by placing Representative Paul D. Ryan on the Republican ticket.”

Washington Post “The Obama administration kicked off one of the most sweeping changes in immigration policy in decades Wednesday, accepting applications from young illegal immigrants for the temporary right to live and work openly in the United States without fear of deportation.”

POLITICO “For Ohio voters, the 2012 campaign is starting to look like déjà vu all over again. With Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, some familiar battle lines are emerging: a Republican ticket promises to make tough, bold choices in order to solve major economic and fiscal problems while Democrats brand the GOP as a radical party bent on selling out the middle class at the behest of Wall Street.”

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  • Michiganjf

    Ann Romney says if Mitt releases his tax returns, they will just open the Romneys up to attack by Democrats.

    President Obama released TWELVE YEARS of tax returns, yet THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN HAS FOUND NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO ATTACK IN ANY OF THE TWELVE YEARS WHICH PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS RELEASED!!!!

    So what is it, Ann and Mitt, that you’re so sure will provide fodder to Dems if you release a reasonable number of your own returns???!!!!

    Why do you think your tax returns will provide ammunition to Democrats when your campaign can’t attack President Obama on ANYTHING in the twelve years of returns he has provided to the American people???

    … and TOM, why isn’t the media drilling Ann and Mitt with this same question????!!!

    • OnPointComments

      What’s in Romney’s tax returns that will provide fodder to Dems?  An easy question.  Go read the comments on any of the past On Point shows with a political topic, and see what the liberals’ prevailing sentiment is for anyone who has achieved any measure of success.  We already know that Romney has led a successful life, and that on its own is enough for the Dems to demonize him.

      • Michiganjf

        Yeah, poor rich people!

        They suffer so much abuse from the rest.

        Why can’t they just take eighty percent of the pie in peace?

        “We’ve taken everything from them to the point of national, even global ruin… why must they ‘demonize’ us?”

        Good God! You’re joking, right righty???!!!

        • sickofthechit

           Actually the top 20% have 88% of the wealth in the country, not 80%.  So only 12% more to go and if he gets to implement his 1% tax for millionaires it should only take about 4 years for them to get to more than 96% of wealth.  The last 4% are not going to be easy, because I think part of our wealth is the fillings in our teeth and our wedding rings!

      • anamaria23

        I would like to know what else Romney has done in life besides chase the almighty dollar or something  related.  Amassing a massive fortune, then enabling his ilk to do the same seems to be his reason for being   
        Does a servant’s heart lurk somewhere deep inside that we just haven’t seen yet?

      • anamaria23

        I would like to know what else Gov Romney has done in his life besides chase the almighty dollar.
        A token four years as a govener, then on to run for President so that he could ensure that he and his ilk continue to amass their  fortunes.  Is that all it takes to qualify a “successful life” 
         Or is there a servant’s heart lurking inside  that we just haven’t seen yet.

    • WorriedfortheCountry

      I could care less about Romney’s returns.

      However, if he does decide to release them, he should redact all the interesting information just like Obama did with fast and Furious docs. I would only leave the millions in taxes paid and millions donated to charity; everything else should be blotted out.

      • Ellen Dibble

        Possibly Romney did not prepare his own returns, and does not know the tax code as well as those he hires to prepare them for him.  Maybe we should be asking him to offer up his accountants?  Or do we want a president who knows the finer points of taxation?  Actually, I do want a president who knows just exactly that.  How else are we going to have a fair system best able to move us all forward?

      • Michiganjf

        Typical Republican response when asked to account for themselves…

        “… uh… er… LOOK! There’s a shiny object over there!”

      • Michiganjf

        … and we know you “could care less,” “worried,” because most conservatives would vote for a stick so long as it has an (R) in front of it.

    • WorriedfortheCountry

      Since you are so interested in people’s wealth did you know Nancy Pelosi’s net worth increased 62% to $48 million in 2011?

      Pretty good year for a lowly public servant!

      • Shag_Wevera

        WOW!  That’s almost HALF of what Romney has in his 401k!!!

      • Michiganjf

        Again:

        Typical Republican response when asked to account for themselves…

        “… uh… er… LOOK! There’s a shiny object over there!”

    • Bruce94

      “Why do you think your tax returns will provide ammunition to the Democrats?”  Well, you know what they say:  where there’s ammunition, often there’s smoke, and where there’s smoke there’s fire…

      I’m still interested in where all those computer hard-drives wound up after he & his staff pushed through healthcare reform in Mass. 

      • sickofthechit

         Wouldn’t be as interesting to find as the ones from Dick Cheney’s office during the first term….

    • sickofthechit

      Actually he now says he paid at least 13% for each of the years in question.  My guess is the deductions and write-offs are even more disgusting than the $68,000 or $76,000 for the horse Rafalcoe in 2010 he still has not gotten enough heat for.  At a 14% tax rate he saved himself right around $10,000!  This from a person who makes $20,000,000 a year! In Kentucky we would call him a cad at best.

      As for his wife’s claims that they give 10% to charity; is that before or after he deducts it off his taxes? Because if it is before then they are only giving 8.6% and so they owe a little more under Mormon “Principles”.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        I don’t know that his deductions are “disgusting”, but no worse or no better than anyone else in his income strata. That’s the jaw-dropping bit: He just may not want Joe Lunchbucket and Sally Housecoat to see what people, people in his circle, get to deduct. (That may have been your gist–I’m not sure.)

        Maybe if Mitt had just one iota of “noblesse oblige” to protect him.

        • sickofthechit

           What I found disgusting about the Rafalco deduction is that he wasn’t even willing to take what amounts to a net $10,000 tax “loss” on something as flimsy as deducting expenses for a horse.  Living in Kentucky I know a little about the business of horses.  But how he can ever conceivably make Rafalco a “going” concern is beyond me.  Didn’t he cost like $500,000 or $2,000,000? I know I can’t deduct cat food or kitty litter.

    • Gregg Smith

      Who cares? Is that all you guys have to get worked up about?

  • JGC

    Do you think your kids could get into a top tier school, even if they have top grades and SAT scores? “In criticizing the admissions policies of Ivy League universities, (Chandron Palihapitiya, multibazillionaire) cracks that, thanks to his money, “my kids could moonwalk into Harvard with kegs on their heads.  I’m not saying that’s good, but that’s how it is.”

    http://businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-26/social-plus-capital-the-league-of-extraordinarily-rich-gentlemen

    Palihapitiya is making an investment fund which will attempt “to marry the the social safety net and the Darwinian free-for-all so that smart kids like him can rise to the top. ‘I believe in a massive meritocracy,’ he says.”

    Coming to your neighborhood, soon…

  • JGC

    As Marc Walpow, a former Romney employee at Bain Capital, said in a Boston Globe story about Mitt’s 1988 deal with Michael Milken while the junk bond king was under federal investigation:  ”Mitt, I think, spent his life balanced between fear and greed.”

    Mitt and Ann, for the love of the Angel Moroni, release your tax returns…

  • Wm_James_from_Missouri

    1. There was a good article this week on Yahoo about Curiosity’s on board computer. Most cell phones have more computing capacity than this computer. We need to start putting our toys to work, don’t we ?

    2. I can’t help but comment on some of the things not said, in and about, Ryan’s Medicare fix. I would like to ask the American audience to reflect on their own habits and those habits that have been created by the “free market” system, so that we might “fix” some of the reasons for run away cost.
    _ Take a walk around your local grocery store and look at all the product labels that are loaded with salt and sugar ! All of these products were produced by a highly competitive free market system ( you can’t get much more competitive than the food business, excluding farm subsidies ) and yet a very large number of these products are creating the environment for the explosion in diabetes, and heart disease !
    _Secondly, how many Americans would be willing to experiment and ban “drive through” restaurants for awhile. Why not drop some calories, save on some imported oil, reduce wear and tear on your cars and make your children sit up straight and behave like the little angels you know they are ?
    _We know a lot more about the Universe than Adam Smith did. When will we come to terms with this simple fact ?

    3. After hearing about Romney’s pick of Ryan and listening to some of the republican “ideas” this week I found myself daydreaming about a parallel universe in which Romney was able to resurrect Gracie Allen ( of Burns and Allen ), to be his running mate. Her words were like pearls of wisdom compared to Ryan’s and the world was right again. I guess I have NPR’s Thursday’s show, about the science of sleep, to thank for those jewels. –Thanks and keep up the good work !

    • Thunderclees

      Stop reading Yahoo! News immediately, and, if possible, retroactively.

  • JGC

    Governor Romney practicing his jokes in preparation for the Al Smith charity dinner this October, where he will be appearing along with President Obama:

    Why did the polygamist cross the road?  To get to the other bride!  (cue rimshot)

    What happens when you get ex-communicated? You get a 10% raise and another day off!  (note to accountant: can that 10% raise be off-shored to Ann’s and my Cayman Islands retirement fund?)

    Hey, my good ultra-Conservative Catholic friend Paul Ryan here will like this one: The Pope is sitting in his office and his secretary enters and says, “Umm, sir, I have a phone call here for you. It appears to be some good news and some bad news.”   “Well, what is the good news!” demands the Pope.  ”The good news is that it is Jesus Christ on the line,” says the secretary.  ”That’s great!” says the Pope, “but what is the bad news?”   “He is calling from Salt Lake City.”    (double rimshot, give double thumbs up in Ryan’s direction, Ryan should grimace but laugh at the same time) 

    Hey folks, a young Mormon was on his mission, carrying the Book of Mormon in his coat pocket when he was shot by an armed robber.  Fortunately, the bullet lodged in the Book and saved him.  ”See?” said the missionary to his companion, “that bullet couldn’t get through the Second Nephi, either!”  (note to National Rifle Association:  wanton shooting by armed robber is not caused by the gun but by the disturbed individual…note to my Fox News comedy writers: why is no one laughing at my jokes???)

    • Wm_James_from_Missouri

      JGC,

      Jay Leno calling : Line 1 :)

  • Ed75

    For women who don’t agree with the administration speaks for them can go to:

    http://www.womenspeakforthemselves.com

    to register their views.

    Nellie Gray died at about 90 this week. She started and each year organized the March for Life in Washington on January 22, each year 3-500,000 people march, though the news doesn’t cover it. Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the USCCB’s Pro-Life Secretariat, said that Gray

    devoted herself to the legal protection of the unborn without exception. Through the March for Life, she mobilized millions to protest the injustice of Roe v. Wade and to speak out on behalf of unborn children, who have no voice of their own. While Miss Gray did not see Roe overturned in her lifetime, the movement she helped build – especially its young members – will not rest until the right to life is restored once again. May the angels lead her into paradise!

    • stillin

       and may the angels lead all the unwanted, abused, not interested in raising, kids get led as well. Every baby, a wanted baby , every pregnancy a wanted pregnancy, or let the mother decide what to do…I understand the emotion behind the pro life ideas…but reality is, you are not going to raise that kid for the mom so let her decide. Reality is, not every pregnant mother who really doesn’t want to be pregnant, is going to think of giving up her kid for adoption. A biological change happens when you give birth. Lastly, a pregnancy can occur, when truly, sadly, a baby may not be given much of a life and it is my belief, and others, that that is not to be decided by anyone except the one who is pregnant.

      • Ed75

        Unfortunately, many women are not given the choice, but are forced into abortion that they don’ want, by friends and family.

        An interesting and popular thought. But we have to bring the men involved in: they need to not get women pregnant unless they are prepared to support the woman and their child, i.e. a committed relationship, i.e. marriage.

        And the prospect for that human life, good or bad, doesn’t justify killing it. (It does justify not having children by abstaining or using NFP, which is very effective. But if you engage in the ‘marital embrace’, one has to be prepared for the possibility of children, even with NFP.)

        • stillin

          good luck with the “men involved ” idea…

          Subject: [on-point] Re: Week In The News: Romney-Ryan, Immigration, New Galaxy

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

          I’d laugh at you, but pity is the proper response for someone who so fully believes his own BS PR.

          And backup your stuff about “women forced into abortions by friends and family” in this country schtick.

    • Thunderclees

      Pro-lifer appears, insists this is the most important issue of our day.

      In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning.

  • G2aHVT1

    If, as is likely, a claim is made that Paul Ryan is some kind of serious economic thinker, it should be noted that his budget numbers don’t add up and that his prescription amounts to a radical version of trickle-down theory coupled with a further transfer of wealth upward.  He only appears to be intelligent because he can speak in complete sentences.  After the abyss of ignorance and syntactical incoherence of his predecessor, he looks like a genius.

    George from Hinesburg, VT

  • sickofthechit

    Ryan is the perfect poster child for my
    favorite saying about Repugnican Politicians.

    “Republicans:  Hypocrites? or

    Schizophrenic Hypocrites?”

    The perfect example are his stances on
    Medicare and Social Security.

    He is willing to take advantage of
    Social Security when it helps him pay for college, and yet he wants
    to essentially gut it. He has a grandmother (I believe) with
    Alzhiemers who he seems to think will be competent to make decisions
    about which Medicare Program to invest her voucher in. A voucher
    which will not keep pace with medical inflation. This guys got a lot
    of heart! Aynd Rand’s view of America is not my America!
     

  • Gregg Smith

    Despite the bailout GM went bankrupt. Now Obama motors (government owns 26%) is headed back to bankruptcy again. What a debacle. Will we bail them out again? This would have all been settled by natural market forces and behind us by now. But no.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/08/15/general-motors-is-headed-for-bankruptcy-again/

    • nj_v2

      In his desperate, ongoing quest to be taken seriously, here’s superpartisanhack Greggg bolding citing opinion as fact. Greggg’s got nerve, one has to give him that.

      To people like Greggg, elaborate, detailed, predictive  climate models are nonsense and unreliable, yet one article tossing out “bankruptcy” as an inevitability for GM is unassailable fact since any fodder to flogg Obama is good fodder.

      Greggg conveniently ignores the article right there on the same page with a somewhat different opinion.

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/08/16/leadership-not-another-bailout-will-fix-general-motors/

      Having once again been called out for his hackery, Greggg will either ignore this or post some sort of deflective, irrelevant nonsense.

      • Mouse_2012

        What greg not being honest again? no way. but hey he does reflect the Tea party quite well.

        • Gregg Smith

          NJ has no case, I’m as honest as the day is long. What the hell is he talking about anyway?

      • Gregg Smith

        Did we bail out GM or not? Did they go bankrupt or not? Does the government own 26% or not. Yes, yes and yes. These are facts. Smarty pants.

      • Don_B1

        If he really, really wanted to be taken seriously, he would have stopped making really, really ridiculous claims and statements that only distract from a thread’s subject.

        On the facts of Gregg Smith’s comment:

        1) There were two different TYPES of bankruptcy that GM could have gone through: Chapter 7, where the company is put out of business and its assets broken up and sold to the highest bidder, and Chapter 11, where the company is put in “temporary receivership,” continues operating using funds “borrowed or invested” by outside interests.

        2) There were NO, repeat NO, outside interests (banks, hedge funds, etc.) with any desire or ability to provide the funds for GM to continue operations while undergoing a Chapter 11 reorganization. [Note that Romney did not say that Bane would have joined in such an enterprise.]

        Thus Chapter 7 would have been the route that GM (and Chrysler) would have been forced to take. That would have put GM out of production for at least six months to a year and most likely more before some Carl Icon bought the best pieces and sold them off to whom: Toyota? Nissan? Mercedes? BMW? The sale of Chrysler to Fiat was on most favorable terms to Fiat and the worst performing aspect of the auto bailout; any intermediary operating under Chapter 7 rules would not have improved that and those cars would not be coming out of the factories today.

        So much of each automobile manufacturing has been “outsourced” to smaller suppliers. These suppliers do not have hoards of capital in reserve to weather a big hiatus in orders. Many and quite possibly most of them would have gone out of business, bringing all auto manufacturing within the U.S. to a halt. For that reason, the Ford Automobile company was adamant FOR the “bailout.”

        But Gregg chooses to “cherry-pick” [and that is a kind term here] using the term bailout without defining its type, meaning or consequences. And he KNOWS about those differences! Everyone should remember this about Gregg and put his future comments in the trash where they belong.

  • Gregg Smith

    MSNBC: Romney is engaging is the “niggerization” of Obama.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbcs-toure-to-panel-romney-engaging-in-the-niggerization-of-obama/

    That’s classy.

    • Don_B1

      First, it was not MSNBC that used that word; a program co-host did, and he, on Friday, apologized for using the word in emphasizing his case against how the Republicans are talking in “dog-whistles.”

      Unfortunately that word has joined the class of argumentation that Godwin’s Law represents. And that is what has effectively happened from Touré’s use of the word in this case. But he was making a strong case on how distorting the Republicans case of “dog-whistling” racial animus is.

  • Joseph_Wisconsin

    News from Ohio about Tea Party backed Republican candidate for Senate Josh Mandel.  This is as funny as Mitt Romney claiming earlier in this year while campaigning in Mississippi: “I am learning to say y’all and I like grits, and … strange things are happening to me.”

    From Mandel’s speech:

    ‘After saying some people in Hollywood and New York “think coal is a four-letter word,” Mr. Mandel said, “for any of these folks, trying to stand between us and affordable, reliable, dependable energy, we have just four words for them: over our dead bodies.”‘

    LOL, that’s right Mandel spells it c-o-a-l-e.

    http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2012/08/17/Southern-twang-creeps-into-Mandel-s-speech.html

  • skygvt

    If any individual is asked for photo ID at any polling place anywhere, then every individual has to be asked for photo ID, including the Governor.

  • Coastghost

    The David Maraniss book on Obama has been out for four months now, but you wouldn’t know that this book citing the numerous embellishments, misrepresentations, and lies studding Obama’s “autobiography” has seen the light of day from listening to “On Point”. Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, seems to have performed next to no factchecking and researching for his brief to the American people, his compelling narrative eliciting only sympathetic credulity from our hardnosed journalistic establishment. Or is NPR merely giving cover to Obama out of respect for a fellow practitioner of “narrative journalism”?   

    • Thunderclees

      Oh hi! You must be the new Executive Producer of OnPoint!

      Oh, you’re not? Weird, because you were getting really, really picky about which books the show did or did not review so I sorta assumed…

      • Coastghost

        I’m almost as disappointed as you, WBUR hasn’t even made me an offer . . . .

        • Thunderclees

          Funny how that happens, isn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbfox3 Jane B Fox

    Tom, I would love you to discuss three topics today if you could.

    1. The Center on Budget and policy Priorities interpretation of the CBO report on Ryan’s Budget. “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget plan specifies a long-term spending path under which, by 2050, most of the federal government aside from Social Security, health care, and defense would cease to exist, according to figures in a Congressional Budget Office analysis released today (March 20, 2012) http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3708#_ftn1

    2. Catholics Reaction to Ryan’s plan specifically “Nuns on Bus” http://www.networklobby.org/nuns-bus-trip

    3. Ryan had a lot of power as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and as VP, Romney was able to neutralize that power.

  • MrNutso

    Liar, liar pants on fire.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

    What’s going to help the GOP more: Ryan on the underticket, or voter suppression?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    13% of what you didn’t hide offshore?

    No, we want to see them Romney. You criminal cheat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    13% of what you didn’t hide in your 102 million IRA?

    No, we want to see them Romney. You criminal cheat.

  • Mouse_2012

    Toolbag Romney stated Iran is about to be Nuclear? this is clearly false and than Jake goes on to say

    “that’s one of Romney best”

    what? No counter that Iran per the CIA and even Mossad is seeking Nuclear weapons?

    Failure in Journalism once again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

    To Romney on taxes – you made this, now own it.

    Show us how rich Americans get richer.

  • Rex Henry

    Mitt Romney’s playing the Gingrich card by claiming he’s above his competitor’s tactics. Who does he think he is?

    And if he’s so tired of people asking about his taxes, he should denounce all the prominent Birthers still talking about Obama’s birth certificate.

    • Mouse_2012

      Than Sheldon Anderson and Donald Trump would stop “donating” money to him.

  • owensc

    does this mean that in 2008, Romney was not financially prepared to release ANY returns?

    • Mouse_2012

      one would think he released his returns with his run as Gov of Ma. Not sure why this information can’t be found than.

  • MrNutso

    What about your wild accusations Mitt?

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    “Never paid less than 13%”
     And he doesn’t understand why people think the tax rate he pays is unfair?

    And 13% of what? I bet it is NOT 13% of gross income. It is 13% of what he couldn’t remove through tax loopholes.

    I am ASSUMING when he says 13% he IS talking about income taxes only. Of course he pays no SS or medicare taxes since he doesn’t have a “paying job”.

    • Mouse_2012

      Romney reflects the repubilcans in which one cries about taxes being to high and we need to cut taxes on the rich while paying far less than the middle class.

  • Coastghost

    Also: after weeks of anti-gun angst, any chance we’ll hear discussion of this week’s attack on the FRC? Or: are left crazies exempt from probing journalistic consideration when they transgress with firearms?

    • Thunderclees

      Seventeen minutes into an hour-long show, dude…

      Your leading questions are kinda trite.

      • Coastghost

        Your lame replies dodge the trite issues, too.

        • Thunderclees

          So, to answer your original question (“Any chance we’ll hear discussion of this week’s attack on the FRC?”), yes, definitely a chance we’ll hear about that, since we’re still not even half way through the hour.

          • Coastghost

            Ten minutes and counting: treatment of the issue begins to look doubtful. The metrics for chance must have been quite low even forty-five minutes ago.

          • Coastghost

            So no: NO mention, not even in passing. Illuminating.

          • Thunderclees

            Know what else didn’t get mentioned? The drought. Why won’t Tom Ashbrook and the other liebruls talk about the effect this will have on food prices? Illuminating…

            Start a blog, buddy. You’ll never take issue with content selection again.

          • Coastghost

            The drought’s already three years old where I live (southeast). It’s only become “news” this year, as it begins to effect residents of the vaunted Northeast Corridor. The effects on future food prices are being underplayed considerably this side of the election. Given Obama’s enlightened approach, I suppose we’ll all be swilling ethanol soon.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            (Totally off-topic, but: Cool Brak Show handle.)

  • Gillian Isabelle

    The Romney tax issue is about much more than the norm or what the press expects.  If someone wants to be President of the United States, the people absolutely have a right to know where he got his money from.  I think Gov. Romney is an honest man, but what if he weren’t?  What’s to keep a drug kingpin, or some kind of Manchurian candidate from running for the Presidency, except for intense scrutiny by the people?

  • Mouse_2012

    “His campagin has made wild and reckless” yet Romney said Iran is going Nuclear(reckless)

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    When one person calls the other desperate, my thinking goes straight to the first person being so desperate they have nothing else to grasp at. They are the one who looks desperate.

    • Ellen Dibble

      I suppose he thinks he can class the current administration as a bunch of dead-enders, which is how the Cheney part of the Bush administration classed the people in Iraq who seemed unable to listen to, um, reason, to wit the economic beneficence bequeathed upon that country.  If, then.  People who have nothing to lose can be pesky.  And the president supposedly is just that desperate.  Angry and desperate.  You can define people till they back down, which is an option that those who really are throwing all they have into the battle, those people are not about to throw it back at those seeking to define them into a slump.  It’s a tactic used by the “entitled” wing of American citizens, and I hope everyone can see it for what it is.  He wants all Republicans to belong to that entitled group, psychologically if not financially.  Mostly, you don’t get a chance to answer back to the insulated class, and Romney has the attitude of anything you answer with is “water off a duck.”  That’s actually the nub of the problem.  Does this man know how to save the country, all while insulated like that?  I want to know.  I want to know before election day.

  • Mouse_2012

    Romney is trying to push the Angry blackman line.

    • Brandstad

      How? Please give me an example!

  • distractedriver

    Small minded?  He’s the figurehead for wealthy individuals who hoard wealth!  Have them put more back into the system and then maybe we won’t have such large deficits, more money for local projects, more jobs for the unemployed, etc.  13% is WAY less than what MOST Americans pay.

    • Brandstad

      distractedriver, you might want to take Econ 101 before talking about economics because you clearly don’t understand it.  Wealthy individuals who hoard wealth don’t put their wealth in cash in their closets, they put it in the bank as a deposit and the bank uses these deposits as colateral to loan money to poorer individuals, or they invest their wealth in companies that create jobs for poorer people. 

      • distractedriver

         And you need a lesson in common sense, because you clearly don’t understand reality.  You think these banks are located in the US?  You think the Cayman Islands invest in the US economy?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        Economics 101 is cute, right up until we reach the point it doesn’t apply.

        In today’s bidness climate there’s not enough demand. Rich folks aren’t buying more “trinkets” with their money because they’ve got all the houses, cars and yachts they could want, or investing it because there isn’t the demand.

        In today’s banking climate, the only way to get a business loan is to prove one doesn’t need the money, ie. to not be “poorer”.

      • jimino

        Unfortunately, none of the bankers with all that cash apparently ever took Econ 101 either, because they are not lending.  And businesses are flush with cash with no need to borrow and are still not hiring.  That’s how your infantile theory works in practice in 21st century America. 

        As anyone who is remotely familiar with how an actual economy operates, the real and obvious reason for the slack in hiring is lack of demand.

    • OnPointComments

      No, it’s not way less.  13% is way more than what most Americans pay.

      According the CBO report on Average Individual Income Tax Rates paid in 2009 by each 1/5th of earners (http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43373):
      Bottom 20%:  -9.3%;
      Next 20%:  -2.6%;
      Middle 20%:  1.3%;
      Next 20%:  4.6%;
      Highest 20%:  13.4%;
      Average all groups:  7.2%

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        He said “taxes”, not “income taxes”. Until Romney fixes that, I don’t trust what you think he said.

  • MrNutso

    The Russian punk band was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

    • Mouse_2012

      So it dropped from 7 years to 3 years to 2?

      • Rex Henry

        7 years was just the maximum possible sentence stated before the final number was announced.

    • Thunderclees

      Strangely, their sentence had nothing to do with their horrible music.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        What about their awesomely punk name? That’s gotta count for something.

      • MrNutso

        Just like Chick-Fil-A protests had nothing to do with their crappy food.

  • Matt Wade

    Romney is trying to smear Obama as “the angry, black man”. Its the Southern Strategy that the GOP has used since 1968. As Charlie Pierce said,  ”If Romney blows that dog-whistle any louder, Seamus may return from that great roof-rack in the sky”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

    “Lefties like this, because the rap on Democrats is that they couldn’t play hardball.” (was that Gibson?)

    That’s odd. Anytime Democrats do anything akin to fighting back, I just wait for the predictable mainstream media pearl-clutching about “tone” and “excessive partisanship”.

    • Thunderclees

      Co-signed, heartily.

    • J__o__h__n

      same for claims of “class warfare”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

    One thing that is sad is that politics on both side of the aisle are so intent on the soundbyte and what sounds good that reality and facts just don’t cut it on the campaign trail Instead we just get this constant flurry of BS.

    • Mouse_2012

      The media promotes this and profits from this so this is what the american public gets. Mainly in the name of “fair and balance” (thanks foxes)

      Think about it. R or D’s pay the media channels to run a soundbyte ad and say the ad is extremely distortful. What does that same media channel do? they talk about it give both sides and people watch the talking heads on the media channel talk about the ad they were paid to run.

  • Mouse_2012

    voter suppression.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6CO5C2HE4WM2OYGCDVWGPRXXM oldman

      This is going to be the big story and I’m sure a topic here in  later November – how thousands (many with valid id) were turned away from the polls election day.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        Big story?

        I would hope so. But our mainstream press seems determined to make a molehill out of this mountain.

      • Mouse_2012

        It wouldn’t be as big because the media will cover it as he said /she said

        For example.

        Democrats and civil rights groups say that thousands of valid voters were turned away from the polls on election day. Republicans say that this has stop voter fraud..

        Therefore the media judgement? one side says tons were turn away while the other said it stopped voter fraud.

  • OnpointListener

    The more I hear Romney the more I dislike him. 

    The Romney/Ryan ticket can’t run on truth so they HAVE to get nasty to win and wind up their tea party base.

    Obama can take his gloves off and just hit them with the facts:

    Romney –  offshore bank accounts, no tax returns

    Ryan- total hypocrite – voted for massive deficits for years and now he is a deficit hawk – has really only worked for government but wants to shrink government!   Pants on fire.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    Hey Romney, Ryan you liars

    Obamacare cuts $700 billion from COSTS not BENEFITS.

  • Jersee

    I am an ex-Mormon.  I heard Romney say from the pulpit that paying as little as possible in taxes was an important way to make and save money, and that it was important to find as many loopholes as possible. (Church members take turn giving “talks.” This was a “talk” Romney gave on financial responsibility,to a student congregation in Cambridge.) 

  • RonaldJohnson

    Oh please Jack Beatty, get real…the Romney tax issue is NOT going away. It will continue to grow unless he releases at least 5 years’ returns. Why do you not want to know what he’s hiding? 

    • Brandstad

      Romney’s tax returns are nothing but a distraction from Obama’s bad record. 

      Congratulations, you have been distracted from the important issues, Jobs, Deficit, National Security, Immigration, and morals

      • Thunderclees

        Morals, huh?

  • Stephen706

    Tom, Read this on air…

    Romney should say, “I’ll release more tax records ONLY AFTER the President unseals and releases ALL of his SCHOOLING RECORDS–transcripts, applications, financial aid, et al…”After all what is Obama hiding AND why is NPR not interested???

    • Thunderclees

      Romney will release “more” after Obama releases “all?” 

      Sounds like a fair trade to me…

      “After all what is Obama hiding…”

      I’m not sure, but I’ll bet dollars to donuts that whatever he’s hiding, he’s not hiding it in the Caymans.

      • Brandstad

        Obama must also release all fast and ferious documents!

        • Stephen706

          But it is not hiding if he is reporting/declaring and paying taxes on it, is he? 

        • Mike_Card

          The ferious documents are just delicious when served with mussels in a white wine sauce and a side of sauteed fennel.  I got that recipe from Michelle Obama, so consider the documents released.

      • Stephen706

        But it is not hiding if he is reporting/declaring and paying taxes on it, is he?
        And would really like to see all this crap out in the open and done with so they can move on to the real issues at hand…

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

          He is “hiding” it, as the press cannot “invade” the IRS’ records to find out what an individual’s return has. And thank the creator (or any applicable belief system you may or may not have) for that.

          Mitt can just do it if he’ll own up to it. Perhaps, even as he’s spent the last ~6 years of his life running for Prez, he hasn’t thought about this normal aspect of it. That’s the kind of foresight and preparation I want in a Chief Executive!

  • Matt Wade

    On Medicare, there is no lie Romney and Ryan won’t tell to distract and obfuscate the cruelty of their “plan”.

  • Michiganjf

    Cutting Medicare/Medicaid, going negative, race-baiting…

    Whatever Republicans are guilty of, that’s the charge they’ll lay against Dems.

    It’s the KINDERGARTEN DEFENSE:

    “No I didn’t, YOU DID!”

  • J__o__h__n

    Anyone who thinks the Republicans will be the defenders of Medicare is probably dumb enough to think trickle down and ending regulations will restore job. 

  • jim_thompson

    Tom,

    Today’s Boston Globe catches Ryan is a big whooper.  He stated on WBZ radio in 2010 and last week on a Cincinatti radio show that he never asked for stimulis money for his district.  Yet they produced letter after letter with his signature asking for stimulis dough for his district…just like medicare the GOP just can’t seem to really tell the truth.  Ryan’s irst budget called for turning medicare into a voucher program, now after public otcry they say you’ll have a choice if you are 55 or younger.  I am 52 and would like to say to those over 55…watch out the GOP will be coming after you next.  After all why would folks my age put up with paying into a program that we will not benefit from?

    Jim T in Fort Mill,SC

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    Amerika in 2012
    Romney/Ryan
    Criminal elite and tool of the criminal elites.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    Romney said two days ago he is going to cut all funding to PBS and Amtrak.

    Hey Romney, why don’t you start cutting from the 1 TRILLION DOLLAR A YEAR MILITARY BUDGET first.

  • TinaWrites

    That Romney speech that you just played, where he says something like, “President Obama knows better”…..

    That speech is so ugly, so patronizing; its TONE is worse than any TONE I’ve heard yet from this man who time and time again proves how low he will stoop to be President.  

    So far, the worst speeches for TRUTH have been from both Romney and Ryan when they claim that the President is cutting $716 billion from services for Medicare, when he is cutting subsidies and waste, and he is putting the funds back into Medicare.  Ryan’s plan cuts a comparable amount; yet uses those funds to make up for the tax breaks he’d give to the hyper-wealthy.

    I cannot believe that a major party of the United States has two people running for the highest offices in the land who are so cartoonishly reprobate, all the while POSING as principled individuals in possession of principled policies!!!  

    • TinaWrites

      Oops… when I said, “I cannot believe that a major party of the United States has two people running for the highest offices in the land”, I meant Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on one ticket.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

     Romney/Ryan to people under 55: get used to living like serfs without any healthcare or money to retire on.

  • J__o__h__n

    Romney blew the race by picking Ryan.  Now this issue is Medicare not jobs.

    • Mouse_2012

      Yep.

      I laughed when I saw the pick at the gym. Though the election will be close Obama will win and in 2016 when clinton runs the republicans will take the white house. By than the teaparty will be gain put to the margins.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

       Romney picked Ryan because the money boys told him to pick Ryan.

      They want this election to be about ramming cuts to our safety net through no matter who wins.

      Don’t think if Obama wins he isn’t going after Social Security and Medicare also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

    Romney would never hire an employee who insisted he had to be taken at his word about his past dealings.  He has to release his past taxes if he wants to be considered for the most powerful job in the world and he needs to realize most of us don’t consider tithing 10% to your politically active church to be a substitute for carrying your weight in our country.

  • Ellen Dibble

    I’m wanting to know what Chris Christie is going to say at the Republican convention.  So far, it seems the Republicans mostly misrepresent.  Their complaints about the Obama campaign are right on target if those shots bounce back, mirror-wise, against themselves.  
        So one tunes out.  Who listens to all this mega-spin?  

    • MrNutso

      He’s going to the Jersey comeback he engineered, whereby unemployment is 1.6% higher than the U.S. average.

  • MrNutso

    What!  Cars aren’t covered under the ACA?

  • Mouse_2012

    Who would have thought that Citizen United rulling would cause even more negative campagining?oh right everybody

  • Ellen Dibble

    The entitlements, both Social Security and Medicare, are impossible to talk about.  It seems to me.  People are going to be working longer.  We don’t know the stats for a decade from now.  Also, so much of the costs in Medicare/Medicaid are in the last year of life.  Actually, if 50 percent of 90-year-olds have Alzheimer’s disease, that probably represents a huge expense to society.  Do they figure that in?  Six years of nursing home care for X million people?  Or are the researchers right, that a cure is coming down the road, in which case the cost is not nursing home costs but the cost of that medication.  We don’t know.

    • Brandstad

      Ryan’s plan would have no effect on anyone over the age of 55 and those younger than that can either choose to go into Medicare as we know it today or go into a privatized voucher version.  This seems like the most mainstream solution that everyone can get behind. 
       
      Why do democrats not want people to have a choice?  Do they think people are not smart enough to make healthcare decisions for themselves.
       

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        Lemme guess: We can just figure that you don’t have a “Medicare donut” relative.

        Nobody in your family who’s spent their entire working life playing healthcare roulette every year in October, looking forward to Just. Having. Medicare. is gonna call up Branny frantically asking for advice on all that fine print on the paperwork and wondering why everything’s so much more expensive even with the Groupon in their hand.

        Save us the bother and go Galt already.

      • jimino

        You realize, of course, that there is currently no market for health insurance for individuals over age 65.  No such products are sold by any insurer.  The government would have to dictate that such a “free market” be created before anyone could actually spend a voucher.

        Did they cover that in Econ 101?

      • Ellen Dibble

        People over 55 mostly don’t have children at home anymore, and I’m assuming that we/they vote on behalf of the next generation/s.  If I had toddlers here under my feet, I think I’d vote a whole lot more selfishly, not extrapolating quite so much to people in other circumstances.  As it is, I consider myself out of the picture, except insofar as I have quite a lot of experience on many issues.  I’m using that experience in voting on behalf of those who come next.

    • Kathy

      Alzheimers brings up an important issue with the Ryan-Romney medicare privatization plan. Has anyone on the Republican side of the aisle talked about how elders with cognitive decline are going to be able to deal with the difficulty of finding and purchasing an insurance policy? Medicare Part D is already disaster and states and localities have had to step in with professional counselors to help people find a plan that will actually cover the meds they need.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

    Re Biden’s remarks: Is there a single black person not on Fox News’ payroll who’s offended by this?

    • OnPointComments

      Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder said he was offended.
      “First of all, without question they were appeals to race,” Wilder told CNN on Wednesday. “The important thing I got out of this was Biden separated himself from what he accused the people of doing. As a matter of fact, what he said is they are going to do something to y’all, not to me. Not us. So he was still involved with that separate American.  And I’m sick and tired of being considered something other than an American.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

        Douglas Wilder inserts himself into anything he can.  He has refused to endorse Dem candidates after he lost the nomination himself.  He is not taken very seriously.;

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

          I haven’t heard his name for ages. Actually, there are other non-Fox African Americans in the media are not to be taken seriously.

          Maybe Wilder is auditioning to be the next Harold Ford. You know, it’s a good living–there’s always room in the mainstream media for a contrarian  “Democrat”. (h/t Joe Lieberman).

    • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

       Yes.  Bot both are auditioning.  Losing Alabama Gov candidate turncoat Artur Davis, and the Desperate for attention has been former
      virginia gov.

      • Coastghost

        Are you saying that black Democrats are disposable once their (re)election prospects pass (once their service to Party interests has been exploited, that is)?

        • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

           No.  I’m saying chips grow on shoulders of all pigments and some see sour grapes as their best hope of a return to relevancy.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

          “A black man voting for a Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.”

          –attributed to J.C.Watt’s father, among others

          • Coastghost

            Then ask Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel why his fair city remains (one of) the most segregated in the country.

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            That’s a desparate play. You must be out of ideas.

  • MrNutso

    How many in the crowd objected?

  • Matt Wade

    Joe Biden is a BAMF

  • RonaldJohnson

    Ryan’s a crook: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/13/paul-ryan-sold-shares-banking-crisis?newsfeed=true

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

        Of course he is.

      Paul Ryan is the biggest hypocrite you can be.

      His whole mission is to cut “big, bad” federal government.

      He has become a millionaire off of his government paycheck

      He gets a 20 percent tax abatement on his house that he lives in because it is on the National Parks historical list.

      He got Social Security surviver benefits from the government.

      His health insurance is from the government as his retirement will be.

      He has lived off the government his whole life but wants to make sure you don’t get anything.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    Just remember this American people, this election is all kabuki theater.

    No matter which party wins a seat or the presidency, they don’t work for you and I, the people.

    They work for the criminal elite.

     

  • Ellen Dibble

    It seems to me the campaigns can stir the pot and let us study the aromas to do with the budget.  However, the crises now are in the rest of the world.  Netanyahu’s plans vis-a-vis Iran, for example.  I understand it’s difficult and dangerous to be too specific, but it’s probably much more important to get that out there.  The Americans are taking the time it takes to dig out from a busted balloon, the collapse of their savings, their homes, their jobs.  But I think we’re getting it done.  Are we going to elect someone who then executes gaffes small and large, circumnavigating the planet?

    • Mouse_2012

      Netanyahu’s is trying to goad the U.S. into attacking Iran once again. The guys a radical supremacist yet the U.S. media and our politicans pretend he’s not akin to a white supremacist

    • Joseph_Wisconsin

      You mean a candidate for president who would travel to Israel and for the purpose appealing to Jewish voters in the US, and more importantly for money from the number wealthy Jewish-Americans in the front row of his audience, encourage Israel to make a unilateral attack on Iran and state (counter to existing US policy) that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel?   

      Of course Romney had at least one intelligent thing to say in Israel:

      “When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care costs.”

      To bad about these details about healthcare in Israel.

      Israel regulates its health care system aggressively, requiring all residents to carry insurance and capping revenue for various parts of the country’s health care system.

      Israel created a national health care system in 1995, largely funded through payroll and general tax revenue. The government provides all citizens with health insurance: They get to pick from one of four competing, nonprofit plans. Those insurance plans have to accept all customers—including people with pre-existing conditions—and provide residents with a broad set of government-mandated benefits.

  • jdyallen

    I live on Social Security and my health insurance is Medicare, but I am somewhat insulted that candidates seem to think this is all I care about.  I want candidates to be asked what they believe is behind the droughts, fires, heat waves, drying up of the Mississippi, CT shutting down part of its nuclear plant because the sea water was to warm to cool reactors.  How do they plan to address these issues?

    Judy
    West Hartford, CT

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

       These candidates don’t believe global warming is behind the droughts, fires, heat waves, extreme weather events.

      It’s just god’s work.

      Yeah, god is saying F*CK YOU AMERICA.

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    Has Obama ever said HE personally killed bin Laden?

    Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  • Coastghost

    Then, Tom Ashbrook, why did Commander-in-Chief Obama himself politicize the Osama take-down?

    • Thunderclees

      How, exactly, did Obama politicize the killing of bin Laden?

      • Coastghost

        Begin with the justly-notorious “One Chance” ad featuring Honest Bill Clinton from April 2012.

    • BHA_in_Vermont

      Because security of the USA is part of the job.
      - One promotes their successes when applying for a job.

      Because GWB failed miserably in the task.
      - Republicans (the ‘strong on defense’ party) couldn’t pull it off but the Democrats (the ‘weak on defense’ party) did.

      He needs to show the “strong defense” voters that Republicans and Romney/Ryan in particular, have no edge on that issue.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

      You gonna link to some Fuxxery about how many times the President said “I” in the announcement?

      Cos this country’s never seen the hairsplitting between something great the military did and how the President had no role in it than after the President ordered the raid that got Bin Laden.

      Maybe if the Cheney (sic) White House didn’t get frustrated, walk away, and sour-grapes OBL’s relevancy, there might have been a different outcome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

    Director Bigalow has agreed NOT To release the movie about the killing of Bin Laden until AFTER the election to remove it as an issue

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

       Of course the Left caves while the Right charges ahead.

      ha ha ha ha ha

      • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

         She’s an academy award winning director and wants her movie to stand on it’s own.  The Right wants to make sure Obama gets as little credit for his role as possible.  I don’t know what you mean.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

           She caved to the rabid Right by not releasing it when it was going to be released.

  • Mouse_2012

    dianne feinstein was one of the leakers to David Singer’s piece. She currently has a bill flouting in congress that would in a sense criminalizing journalism that reports government leaks to the public(either without the government line)

  • MrNutso

    Ryan made the pilgrimage to Vegas to Sheldon could get a look at the goods before he decided to buy them.

  • davidbohn

    Does Adelson’s connection with the Macau gambling syndicate make anyone else kinda nervous?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

    Adelson is a billionaire Zionist trying to buy the presidency.

    Dirty money from casinos.

    Of course Ryan ran to Vegas to kiss his ring and get his blessing.

  • Ellen Dibble

    Hooliganism in Russia.  It’s interesting that the pussy punks were convicted of hooliganism.  I tend to agree.  We owe a certain respect to religions that hold people’s sanity and community stable.  If there is a place to feel safe and nonpolitical, that would be church, at least where there is separation of church and state, which is supposedly what Russia is.   So if artists invade a holy place, in this case in order to do an artistic critique of Putin, I agree, they should have tried a less sacred place.  The sentence will be two to seven years, and I’m thinking if Russia has that kind of money, to be locking up people who are idiots — just my opinion.

    • Joseph_Wisconsin

       Here’s a deal for you.  I will give churches the right to be safe nonpolitical places when they stop being so active in partisan politics.  Hell yes, I want separation of church and state.  That applies to Christian churches. I speak mainly for the US since that is where I live and hence the issue impacts me.

  • Mouse_2012

    sheldon anderson is a traitor to the U.S. and puts Israel before the U.S. This guy has a free paper in Israel that is pretty much deem the netanyahu paper.

    I don’t quite understand how Romney can go to a Foreign country and do fundraising for the president of the U.S. and not be illegal. I always thought it’s illegal to have foreign money in U.S. politics?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GYOKNNUKGSRTSA4RNFMUJRO5WE Greg

       Nothing is illegal anymore for the criminal elite in America.

    • Kathy

      They raise it from US ex-pats.

      • Mouse_2012

        Really? So you have proof that everyone there were a U.S. ex-pat and there familys,friends, etc were disallowed from donating any money? It’ seems reporters were not allowed to talk to the Ex-Pats at the event.

        Please provide links

      • Ellen Dibble

        You mean people with overseas tax shelters?  With no quid-pro-quo, of course, involved in supporting one candidate over the other?

    • Brandstad

      George Clooney has signed on for another special guest appearance as the Barack Obama re-election campaign takes its summer fundraising tour across the Atlantic in pursuit of Euro-cash.
      The Obama campaign posted an invitation on its website Friday revealing that the presidential pal-in-chief will appear at a pair of Americans Abroad for Obama events Aug. 27 in Geneva, Switzerland. Clooney, who usually spends summers at his villa on Italy’s Lake Como, made a similar appearance across the Swiss border on behalf of then-candidate Obama during the run-up to the 2008 general election.Charles Adams, co-president of the campaign’s European outreach effort, told the newspaper Tribune de Geneve
      that Clooney will address a crowd of about 150 at an evening reception, which will be followed by a more intimate — and expensive — dinner atwhich the star will be the guest of honor. Tickets for the latter event will go for $20,000 for singles and $30,000 for couples.Meanwhile, the Continental branch of the Obama fundraising effort will kick off next week in Paris with an Independence Day reception at the Rosenbloom Collection on the chic Rue du Chevaleret. 

      • jefe68

        So what. He’s a citizen just like Sheldon Anderson.
        The Supreme Court has ruled on this being legal.
        If you don’t like it you should dislike it for both parties.

        Personally I think all candidates should get equal time on TV and all the money and influence of lobbyist and corporations should be done away with.  Unions as well. Make it a level playing field and while we are at it lets get rid of the electoral college.

  • Matt Wade

    All of Obama’s supposed boogeyman mentors pale in comparison to Romney’s sugar daddy, Adelson. Reality is more terrifying than fiction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

    Tom Ashbrook- pls correct the false info put out by your conservative pundit guest that the Bigelow movie about the killing of BinLaden is coming out in Oct.  It IS NOT coming out until after the election to prevent just such lies and controversy

  • Brandstad

    JULY DEADLIEST MONTH OF 2012 FOR TROOPS…
     
    Didn’t the news talk about the US troop deaths every week when Bush was in office?  Why don’t they recognize that our troops are still dying in Afghanistan.

    • nj_v2

      I wonder how Branny found out about it if “the news” didn’t “talk about” it?

      Look at all the “non-talking” about Afghanistan in the news in the past couple of days:

      http://www.google.com/search?en&q=afghanistan&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=afghanistan&hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvnsu&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ei=qlwuUIOENK-40QHLpYCoDg&ved=0CFUQ_AUoBA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=4d5ad5fc55e3e15d&biw=839&bih=646

      The right-wingers “left-wing media” meme continues to be one of their preferred delusions.

      • Brandstad

        Unlike Iraq, ABC, NBC, PBS, MSNBC Skip 2,000-Death Marker in Afghanistan

        On June 13, the CBS Evening News devoted a story by David Martin to the Afghanistan death count reaching 2,000, as Martin interviewed a mother of a fallen Marine. CBS was alone. There was no story last week on the Afghanistan death “milestone” on ABC, NBC, the PBS NewsHour – or even on the MSNBC programs found in Nexis, including Rachel “Our Military’s In a Perilous Drift” Maddow.But the networks were all more aggressive when the 2,000 mark arrived in Iraq on October 25, 2005. The Big Three networks devoted 14 morning and evening news stories to the death toll from October 24 through the end of October, and another 24 anchor briefs or mentions. They used the number to spell “disaster for this White House.”

        Source MRC

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

    Republicans say “Clean voting”. Hahahaha.

    Ultimately, the governor of these states are responsible for running elections. It’s just another phase of governance that Republicans are incapable of performing.

    Can we get a guest who has something more about this than “Republicans say…Democrats say…”? Aren’t there any people (hint: Brennan center) who have expertise on this, and what do they say?

  • Brandstad

    Chicago marks location of first Barack-Michelle kiss with plaque…

    …at BASKIN-ROBBINS which is another company that was saved by Mitt’s BAIN CAPITAL!

  • lindy111

    Sorry, I am independent voter and leaning obama but this whole episode was uncharacteristically hugely partisan toward the democratic side. Romney doesn’t have publicly funded media allies to do hour long campaign ads so maybe fundraising is much more important to him.  

    • J__o__h__n

      No it wasn’t.  Even liberal Jack gave Mitt a pass on not releasing his taxes.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

      “Romney doesn’t have publicly funded media allies to do hour long campaign ads”

      All those PACs (the bulk of which are right-wing) which are “non aligned” and tax-exempt are, what, again?

    • Stephen706

      is there any show on NPR that is not partisan toward the democratic side??? This is a given if you listen to NPR…

    • jefe68

      So the fact that Mitt Romney tends to make the lion share of his interviews, the few that he does, on Fox means nothing to you?

      Mitt Romney makes Nixon look like an open book with the amount of secrecy he’s shrouded his campaign in.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDIOY7RQ3F5EAR4EAP5FKRS52M bethrjacobs

    yah now the authorities can find you this is only a deferral of deportation and why only young people many seniors came here the same way very suspect I would wait if I was affected as Obama also has the highest deportation rate in history too and this gives the government a way to find you

  • J__o__h__n

    What will be the new term, “semi-documented immigrants?”

    • VinceD2

      LOL!

      A) They never were “undocumented”, it’s just that their documents are in their home country.

      B) They aren’t “immigrants”. Immigrants come legally, through the front door. These people are illegal aliens.

      Let’s call them known illegals who will be deported as soon as we get a president with a pair. Hopefully Romney will give them and their scumbag parents who brought them here the boot on Day 1.

  • nj_v2

    Suggestion to the show: 

    The portion of the “Week-in-the-News” show given over to presidential campaign machinations has crept from 50–60% just a few weeks ago to now pretty much the entire show. It’s now 10:51, and it’s still Romney-Obama-Romney-Obama… It’s really become “Week-in-Politics-in-the-News,” and, recently, “Week-in-Presidential-Politics-in-the-News.”

    Why not just acknowledge reality and give over one weekly show entirely to politics and stop pretending that other topics carry the same import as politics in the “review” show?

    I’d vote for the other hour of “review Friday” to un- or undercovered topics, rather than just the stuff that made the MSM headlines during the rest of the week.

    • J__o__h__n

      I’d agree.  One hour on the race and the other on other topics.  Don’t worry, after the election there will be a few weeks respite before the 2016 race begins. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/blucaller Gary Stewart

         we only get one hour in Iowa. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        I’d like that also, but we are dealing with a host (and staff) who preps for ten different complete hours of radio every week. The work involved in making one more hour of that into topical live spontaneous interview, instead of an “artsy indepth interview on a fixed subject*” cannot be discounted.

        This is different than the news shows where a pile of reports or analysis are in the can and repeated hourly or several times a day. This is different from yakker radio where a near-monologue goes on to the point of ad nauseal repetition. Much easier to fill up the time that way.

        *I mean, the second Friday hour does get a bit less topical, but the “breather” Tom gets, to talk about the black rhino, or a book, or a musician or artist…he’s earned it as far as I’m concerned.

        • J__o__h__n

          I think the second hour probably requires more prep time.  I can BS about politics and current events with much less additional research than I can about rhinos (the real ones not RINOs). 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            But it’s a different kind of prep: Reading a book or digging into some art or music v. the scanning of newspapers, online reports, and other topical bits.

            I mean, I’m going by other peoples’ stuff, but it’s “funner work”, if that is a phrase. I remember the “Singin in the Rain” and “Hunger Games” shows.

        • TinaWrites

          I agree! Tom and his staff do an outstanding job!! Glad you pointed out the differences from other formats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1408098372 Mari McAvenia

    Voter ID requirements ARE a form of vote-suppression because that is the real effect of their sudden institution. Bush/Cheney rigged the game in ’00 & got away with it. Republicans now believe they are entitled to dirty victories. All’s fair -to them- in the quest for unilateral political power. 

    • Stephen706

      who is it suppressing? You are telling me that someone without ANY form of ID cannot in the next 75 days manage to go through the process to get some form of ID??? Not even an expedited passport??? Really??? Seriously??? And many of these same people who claim to have no form of ID whatsoever are on some form of government assistance (read, your tax dollars)–aren’t you the least bit concerned or worried about that? 

      I am not buying the illogical nature of “I cannot get an ID” mentality…

      • TinaWrites

        Do you happen to live in a gated community which you never leave?

        • Stephen706

          Never have, never will… that is why the argument of I cannot get an ID is absolutely ridiculous… if all entitlement benefits were cut off completely until people possessed a valid ID, guess how long it would take… not but a second/minute/hour for the legitimate ones…

          What world do you live in that you don’t have any form of ID??? Cannot get on a plane. Cannot buy alcohol. Cannot buy cigarettes. Cannot cash a check or use a credit card. Cannot get into an Eric Holder speech about voted ID issues… 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            More claptrap comparing voting rights to other privileges.

            Why don’t you just come out and say all those poor, brown/black, young, elderly folks just have to want it bad enough?

            Cos that’s the message everyone hears. That, plus “running elections are a part of government, and Republicans can’t handle governance”.

          • Stephen706

            What a load of bait crap??? Everyone one I know and see has an ID… it ain’t that tough… except if you are fighting every single step in the process along the way… 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            If all those teabagger govs and leges wanted to do it right, they’d have done it right.

            It’s a voter suppression gambit, pure and simple.

          • Stephen706

            And funny thing is that I have only heard one elderly woman 93 y/o who had an issue, but I am pretty sure the Philly government bureaucracy could get all this taken care of in a heartbeat once given the chance… everyone else seems to be people who already have IDs given their suits, make-up, talking points and rhetoric…

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            If all those teabagger govs and leges wanted to do it right, they’d have done it right.

            It’s a voter suppression gambit, pure and simple.

          • Stephen706

            They did do it right–they said people, get your documents… do you really now want them to go to each home and check??? Really??? Grow up… instead of bitchin’ and moanin’, go find someone who is without an ID and go help them get it. Tomorrow do it again. And the next day and the next day. Be part of the movement and will be done… 

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            It’s not my job to “be part of the movement”.

            It’s the government’s job to run elections. And the GOP has give up on governance.

            That’s a feature, not a bug.

            As was shown when Southern states decided that some folks  shouldn’t vote after the Civil War,, some GOP-led stated are scrubbing voters now.

          • Stephen706

            You are either part of the problem or part of the solution… clearly you don’t want solution…

          • WorriedfortheCountry

            I am required to show ID to purchase a firearm even though it is a right in the constitution. Why is there no outrage on gun rights ID restrictions?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

            If all those teabagger govs and leges wanted to do it right, they’d have done it right.

            It’s a voter suppression gambit, pure and simple.

          • OnPointComments

            It is a Democratic Party myth that there are hordes of people who are too stupid to figure out how to get photo IDs; it’s the typical fairy tale that liberals concoct to cast themselves in the role of messiah to the masses they believe are too unintelligent to make it through life without the guiding hand of the Democratic Party.  If the people in this myth exist and can’t master the simple task of acquiring an ID, what are the odds they can figure out how to cast a vote?

    • Brandstad

      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 http://action.naacp.org/page/s/registration. 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.

    • Brandstad

      How can anyone live without a photo ID unless you are bed ridden.  Look at this list I found…

      List of things that require photo identification

      1. Boarding an airplane
      2. Writing a check
      3. Cashing a check
      4. Using a credit card
      5. Driving a motor vehicle
      6. Applying for a business license
      7. Applying for permission to hold a protest or rally
      8. Securing employment 
      9. Purchasing a house or real estate
      10. Renting a domicile11. Renting a motor vehicle
      12. Purchasing a firearm (Includes BB guns)
      13. Applying for a hunting license (waived for 16 and 17 year olds when their legal guardian provides a photo ID)
      14. Applying for a fishing license (waived for 16 and 17 year olds when their legal guardian provides a photo ID)
      15. Purchasing alcoholic beverages
      16. Purchasing tobacco or products that contain nicotine
      17. Purchasing a motor vehicle
      18. Initial registration of a motor vehicle 
      19. Applying for a building permit20. Receiving prescription medicine
      21. Purchasing OTC medicine that contains pseudoephedrine 
      22. Serving on jury duty
      23. Getting a bank account
      24. Cash transactions of $5000.00 or greater

      Of the above, numbers 2, 3 and 4 are not state law but at a business owners discretion. By law, they can demand it. Numbers 15, 16 and 25 are usually applied using common sense, as in if you appear to be too young the business can demand proof and refuse to engage in the activity if one cannot provide proof of the required age law.

      • sickofthechit

         Actually #1 is wrong. It is accepted but not required.  Just results in a longer boarding process is all.

      • Mike_Card

        And which of those is a Constitutionally-guaranteed right?  Like, for example, voting?

    • Mike_Card

      You are totally correct.  The effect of these state laws is to deny the right to vote to those likely to vote for Democrats, which is the reason ALEC conducts seminars for Republican legislators re:  how to draft and enact legislation.

      The result is a mean-spirited solution in search of a problem:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/election-day-impersonation-an-impetus-for-voter-id-laws-a-rarity-data-show/2012/08/11/7002911e-df20-11e1-a19c-fcfa365396c8_story.html

    • VinceD2

      And the Dems are just as bad! Cut the R vs. D crap, BOTH parties are out of control power hungry monsters that need to go.

  • Eric Reagan

    The GOP could never use the Iraq or Afghanistan wars for political gain, being the disasters that they are. If they could, they would have exploited the two wars to no end for political purposes. Just like they’d use capturing OBL if it had been their party in the White House. They know this. But there is no symmetry in the matter of war, military or paramilitary victories for the GOP to lay claim to — so, they are in the clear on bashing Obama for his (imaginary) political egotism on the matter. It makes you realize just how disingenuous their political attacks really are.

    • Brandstad

      Didn’t Obama vote for these wars?  It is also true that Obama said “we are just air raiding villiages” while he was a senator.  The only reason he got OBL is because of Bush’s interigation techniques that Obama prommised to stop because they were uneffective.

      • jimino

        You, for once, make a valid point.  The truth is that Obama has in almost every respect followed what “W” did or, as in the ACA,  a right wing think tank proposal.

        But with all the criticism I hear from your ilk, he must have done it in a socialist manner.

      • Joseph_Wisconsin

          Two incorrect statements there. One Obama did not vote for the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. He could not have done so since he was not sworn in as a US Senator until January 4, 2005. While the authorization debate was going on in the US Senate Illinois state Senator Obama gave a speech opposing the war in Iraq.

        The claim that the intelligence gained from torture provided the information needed to locate and kill Osama bin Laden has come from former Bush administration officials with an obvious interest in claiming this to justify the use of torture and to try and share in the credit for OBL’s death. The Obama administration disputes this claim as do neutral critics. http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/may/03/osama-bin-laden-death-us-bush-torture-debate

        • Brandstad

          Obama defends votes in favor of Iraq fundingSays he backs troops, not warBy James W. Pindell and Rick Klein, Globe Staff  |  March 22, 2007

          Senator Barack Obama yesterday defended his votes on behalf of funding the Iraq war, asserting that he has always made clear that he supports funding for US troops despite his consistent opposition to the war.http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/03/22/obama_defends_votes_in_favor_of_iraq_funding/

          • Joseph_Wisconsin

             Do you really not see the difference between your original assertion that Obama voted for these wars and Obama voting to continue to provide funding for the troops once they were in Iraq attempting to extricate themselves from the mess G.W. Bush created?

          • sickofthechit

             Woops, you should read your posts before you post them.

        • William

          “Intelligence garnered from waterboarded
          detainees was used to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and
          kill him, CIA Chief Leon Panetta told NBC News on Tuesday. “

  • J__o__h__n

    Perhaps the Republicans don’t think Obama was responsible for killing bin Laden since as CEO of Bain, they claim Mitt wasn’t responsible for Bain’s job destruction. 

    • Brandstad

      You obvously don’t know much about Republicans or Bain.  Please listen for a while before you waste anymore of our time.

      • J__o__h__n

        obvously I don’t.

  • davidbohn

    so… if  undocumented young people sign up for the two year program and R & R get elected and do away with the program, will there be a massive deportation  order issued, since we then know where to find them?

    • Brandstad

      This is another typical Obama solution that isn’t permanent and doesn’t allow anyone to have any certainty about their future.  This is why investor confidence is at record lows, Consumer confidence is in the tank too.

      • sickofthechit

         …and the DOW has doubled from 6,500 to 13,000+!

    • VinceD2

      I hope you are right! Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty is a complete surrender and pander to the illegals and their sympathizers. If he wanted to help the kids, find. Kids up to 30? No. And he could have required the criminal tresspassing scumbag parents to leave. No, that would upset that voting block… Pander, pander, pander….

      Obama deserved imprachment for this one.

      • Mike_Card

        Imprachment is one of my most favorite memes.  Please, sir, Could I have one more?

  • TinaWrites

    How STUPID does Romney think we are when he runs off to confer with wealthy campaign donors; yet he expects Americans to believe the Patriotism he spouts?  The idiotic Supreme Court wasn’t far-sighted enough to see the effects of Citizens United, but now Romney flaunts his love affair with money and politics, even suggesting that American citizens who want a fair democracy (one person/one vote) are “jealous” of the financially successful amongst us!  And the efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters, spelled out by journalists who report accurately on what is happening, state by state…. so appalling!  HOW can we even try to call this a democracy anymore??  Mr. Adelson has far more power to influence events than does my one vote, my calls to my senator and representative, my letters to the editor.  Yet, you know what one subject I have not heard mentioned even once in the campaign so far:  campaign finance reform.  It should be top on the list!!   

    • davidbohn

      unfortunately I think they know we’re pretty stupid…

    • Brandstad

      In 2008 Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, received $84.1 million in public funds to conduct his general election campaign and raised an additional $46.4 million for legal and accounting expenses, the FEC reported.

      Democratic nominee Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, raised $745.7 million in private funds for his primary nomination and general election campaign.

      I hope you are as angry about Obama confering with wealthy campaign donors as you are about Mitt doing it since Obama outspends his opponents!

      • TinaWrites

        I AM as angry at Obama and I’ve been disappointed in his compromising too much. BUT he doesn’t pander to the Patriotism line to pull the wool over people’s eyes. He has been pretty clear about his motives, even when I was disappointed in his choices. It’s Romney’s semantic tricks that I was referring to. Thanks for calling me out on your point: it was fair.

        • Brandstad

          If Obama has been and I quote “pretty clear about his motives” then what exactly did Obama mean when he said he wanted to “Transformitively Change America”?  What did he want to Transformitively Change America into?  What did he want to Transformitively Change in America?

    • notafeminista

      What do you call it when President Obama runs off to confer with wealthy campaign donors?

  • Brandstad

    SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION EXPLAINS AMMO BUY
    Claims plan to purchase 174,000 hollow-point bullets normal for law enforcement

  • Brandstad

    WH hasn’t released a Biden transcript in 2 months…

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-biden-20120817,0,4217414.story

    • J__o__h__n

      Who cares?  Is there is shortage of gaffes? 

  • Coastghost

    Journalistic shorthand failure: if the Phoenix Cluster is 5.7 billion LY from us, it hardly counts as “new”. Same goes for the stars being “gushed”. Plus, the galaxy cluster was discovered in 2010. Compression itself does not yield accuracy, Tom, et al.

  • Ellen Dibble

    To me, the Romney approach to national government makes a lot of sense if everyone were Mormon.  That church is organized well enough to mobilize the members in all the ways that keeps a population working together.  I was looking on line because one of the TV networks let it be known yesterday that they were doing a special, I thought an hour special, and I thought they said today.  I can’t find reference to it.  If we were all Mormons, I’d probably think Romney is a no-brainer of a choice.  We owe a lot of respect, and reverence, to people’s devotion, so it’s not so easy to say maybe this is a problem.  Organized religion as a counterweight to democratic national government?  The more you have of the former, the less you want of the latter?  

    • J__o__h__n

      We have a say in who rules us in government.  Organized religion is not accountable to the people (and that is the very least of its problems).  

    • Mouse_2012

      Though the Mormon church has some great qualities for members that don’t follow the church line to the T can often find themselves shun and outcasted pretty quick.

      I personally know a few that were devoted followers of the LDS and in one case(among many) a 40 year women found love but didn’t want to get married just yet. She told the elders and they told the bishop who told her she either marry him now and have no sexual encounters until there married or live together and be excommunitcated from the church and live a terriable life. The LDS seems great until you get into it and they can be quite extreme after the fact.

    • Joseph_Wisconsin

       Even if what you say is true about Mormons, and it sounds like you are viewing them through rose colored glasses, I do not think that everyone should be forced to believe [or at least pretend to believe ] in an imaginary sky spirit, magic trick performing zombie Jesus, mysterious gold tablets that only one person ever [supposedly] saw, and magic underwear to derive the benefits.  Curious have you ever read the The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood?

  • Brandstad

    An NBC host admits he is a Socialist this week and NPR says nothing!  I bet most of you couldn’t even  tell me which NBC host it is! 

    Lets time it. 

    Who can tell me who he is and if they have a problem with Socialists on NBC!

    • Michiganjf

      Thank God!

        At last a socialist who can speak for the 99 percent!!

      • Coastghost

        Hardly: O’Donnell is a Harvard-trained socialist, apparently like most people dim enough to claim fidelity to socialism almost a century after Ludwig von Mises demonstrated how untenable socialism actually is. Not only that, but O’D. is likely a generously-remunerated socialist (I derisively refer to his clique of Ivy League socialists as “Jaguar socialists”). –Harvard gives it to America from every possible angle, hunh? Many of the culprits in the financial meltdown surely are grads of Harvard’s Business School, just as the attorneys defending them are grads of Harvard’s Law School. Then we get treated to Harvard-bred socialism. What a swell institution. 

        • J__o__h__n

          George W Bush and Mitt both went there. 

        • jefe68

           I’ll repeat: Have you no shame?
          The last time I looked this was a nation that was founded on the tenants of political and religious freedom. Which means people who want to believe in socialism are free to do so. 

          Nice example of a hyperbolic diatribe.

          • Coastghost

            Hyperbolic? And I was trying so hard to be understated! I agree with LO’D that the world today is full of mixed economies; his preference for “Euro-style socialism”, though, is obtuse, since the scale and history of the US economy does not merit comparison with the economies of, say, small Scandinavian countries with largely homogeneous populations. Funny how our Jaguar/Ivy League soclalists so seldom flatly endorse the far-seeing wisdom of a socialist like Hugo Chavez (the Huey Long of South America), whose institutionalization of South America’s highest rate of inflation during his long presidency of Venezuela has demonstrably hurt the poor the most.

          • jefe68

            I rest my case, yes hyperbolic.
            People are free to have whatever political philosophies they want in this nation. Notice that we let the nazi party march in the country and they are outlawed in Germany.  Notice too that you are confused on the word socialism and social democratic nations that have systems that have some good social mechanisms and are very much in the world of capitalism. Are you aware that some of the tiny nations of Scandinavia and Northern Europe, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands for instance, are more productive than we are when one puts work hours into the mix.
            Germany about the size of Texas and is sixth largest economy in the world.
            Not bad for a socialist nation, I mean Social Democratic nation.

          • Coastghost

            Don’t address the substance of my arguments, though, whatever else you do. We never hear Chavez cheerleaders in the US decry the high rate of inflation his policies have institutionalized. Do our Jaguar socialists really think that a 23% rate of inflation (last I checked, still the highest in all of South America, as it has been for well over a decade) HELPS the poor of Venezuela? Maybe Sean Penn can do a WSJ op-ed showing exactly how Venezuelans benefit. 

          • Brandstad

            Socialism is not compatible with the US constitution. 

            The US politica system was founded on the opposite of Socialism since socialism is incompatible with freedom.

          • Joseph_Wisconsin

             There is no economic system enshrined in the US Constitution.  That is unless he can cite some specific reference guaranteeing pure capitalism or prohibiting any socialism?  Saying socialism is incompatible with freedom is ridiculous unless one says any government is.  I am sure the population of all the social-democratic countries in Europe that freely elect the governments that make their laws consider themselves free. 

          • jefe68

            Bollix. What a load of contrite nonsense. 

    • Mouse_2012

      calm down there Mr. joe mccarthy

    • hennorama

      Ummm … Lawrence O’Donnell said this about 2 years ago as I recall – kinda old news

    • jefe68

      Have you no sense of decency? 

      • Gregg Smith

        I love all the faux outrage over the word Socialist.  

        • jimino

          More like “Fox” outrage.  Repeatedly using the term “socialist”, on Fox and every other right-wing broadcast medium, especially in describing Obama administration policies that are identical to those long advocated and implemented by Republicans, is the Republican Party playbook.

          • Gregg Smith

            Jimino, that was very lame for you. The incident was at NBC. There have been recent guest here at On Point calling Obama a Socialist. It was reported, albeit barely, when the minutes revealed Obama was a member of “The New Party” (Socialist) after having previously denied it. The very large Socialist contingent was noted at Obama’s “One Nation” rally. There is no host on any Fox show calling Obama a Socialist. There are guest on all outlets saying we are headed towards Socialism. Every now and then someone actually calls Obama a Socialist. Fox has nothing to do with anything.

            Trillion dollar deficits are the norm, Obamacare is a massive power grab, new regulations are oppressive, government is bloated and growing, the government owns 26% of GM, more people are on food stamps than ever by gobs, more people are collecting disability without qualifying, Obama by executive order lifted the work requirement for welfare, he is on record complaining about the Constitution’s negative liberties which is a Socialist view and we know he wants to spread the wealth around. He believes in Keynesian economics and printing money. We’re spending 100% of GDP. It is perfectly reasonable to say we are on a path towards a European style Socialism without accusing Obama of being an outright Socialist. This sure ain’t a “Path to Prosperity”.

      • Brandstad

        Yes, Do you have any outrage for an admitted Socialist hiding within the Democrat party?

        • jefe68

          No, not one bit. Hiding? What a load complete crap. I could ask if you have any sense of decency but I can see you don’t.
          Here’s a little note for you: we live in a nation in which freedom to be a member of legal political parties, I say legal because the nazi party is illegal, is a right as is the freedom to worship in the religion of ones choice or not. You get that? Does the concept get into your thick skull?

    • Joseph_Wisconsin

       Why should NPR have a problem with a Socialist on NBC?  Should they have a problem with a Libertarian on FOX News?  A Democrat on CBS?  A Republican on ABC?

      • Brandstad

        If I was a Democrat, I would have a problem with Socialists acting in my party to change Democrat policies towards Socialist Intents.

  • Brandstad

    Author steps in to pay hospital bill for Obama’s brother… 

    The brother of the Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, called D’Souza, rather than his own kin, when a family medical emergency put the Nairobi resident in the hole for $1,000. 
    Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.)  George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world.  Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.”  Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.So much for spreading the wealth around….So what’s the real story here?  Where’s George Obama’s “fair share”?  George’s tragic situation exposes President Obama as a hypocrite.  Here is a man who demands that others pay higher taxes to help the poor—even poor people who are not related to them—while Obama himself refuses to help a close relative like George. 

    • Coastghost

      Likewise, we’ve never heard from our beloved journalists just how Sen. Obama stoked tensions between Luo and Kikuyu factions in Kenya on his trip there. A thousand or so Kenyans died in the aftermath after Sen. Obama publicly castigated the administration of the Kenyan president. (Obama is of Luo descent, I believe, Pres. Mwai Kibaki [sp?] is of Kikuyu descent.

    • keltcrusader

      Lifted verbatim from the story on Faux News website without attribution.

      Shocking!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        It is shocking. Typical Brandstad would be to have a bunch of lopsided cut-n-paste lines because of embedded carriage returns and line feed marks.

  • Brandstad

    IF THE BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE, HOW MUCH MORE WOULD YOU HAVE TO PAY?

    What does that mean to you and me? It all depends on where you live? CNBC’s calculations showthat Mississippi taxpayers will fare better than most people, but they still are looking at an increased tax liability of just over $1,300 (per household) for the year. Connecticut residents are on the other end of the scale and may be hit with a tax increase of almost $6,000 (per household)  if the Bush tax cuts expire.CNBC’s calculations showthat Mississippi taxpayers will fare better than most people, but they still are looking at an increased tax liability of just over $1,300 (per household) for the year. Connecticut residents are on the other end of the scale and may be hit with a tax increase of almost $6,000 (per household)  if the Bush tax cuts expire.

    • TomK_in_Boston

      Yeah, life in the USA has been SO much better since the Bush tax cuts, LOL. They produced SO many jobs, just like the pet economists at the Heritage Foundation predicted.

      When you figure how much you have to pay, don’t forget to compare taxes + real medicare to tax cuts + Ryan Groupons.

    • Joseph_Wisconsin

      It would help when you post these claims if you actually posted a link so one is able to check the facts and context.  Were those numbers per household an average, or a median?  That makes a big, big difference. What percentage of households will see their income taxes increase by the amounts you cite?  Either way given the difference between the incomes in Mississippi ( the poorest state in the Union) and Connecticut (one of the most affluent) the relative numbers do not surprise me.

  • Esmereldan

    I had expected a video of the Russian female band performing their SONG in the church.  If THIS video is what actually happened, with REAL policemen and nuns, then I see nothing wrong with their being arrested, charged, and found guilty.  I had thought that maybe they had “rented” the church for a day in order to record their song on video at that location.  Instead, what I saw was a bunch of vandals-trespassers who wore masks over their heads while shouting and acting inappropriately while the nuns and police tried to restrain onlookers and defuse the situation.  No “freedom of speech” issue here, especially if the CHURCH did not want them there.

  • sgrover321-buy

    13% settles it??? In how many other industrial countries does someone with Romney’s income pay just 13% in taxes?

    • TomK_in_Boston

      Maybe Greece :). The right is always telling  us that we’re doomed to become Greece if we don’t gut the retirement programs. I think we’re already Greece in terms of giving the elite a free ride.

      • InnerCynic

         And yet when was the last time you saw Greece spending nearly three quarters of a trillion dollars a year all across the globe just to bomb and threaten anyone who is “perceived” as a “threat”?  Still, the thieving swine in the US government manage to fool the voting public into selecting either the left or right side of its one-party war mongering state.

        • OnPointComments

          Here is a snapshot as of the moment from the US National Debt Clock.  Let’s say you want to cut the defense budget in half; where are you going to get the remaining trillion dollars to eliminate the deficit?

          • jefe68

            Revenue smart guy.

          • Gregg Smith

            Exactly, just don’t think tax hikes in this economy equals revenue.

          • InnerCynic

            Simple. You do so elsewhere and STOP spending! Eliminate departments. Cut federal salaries (jeez!… and do they pay themselves). It isn’t as hard as they love to lie about. Why must it be assumed that what they claim to be necessary truly is? Here you have a pack of thieves and liars and foolish people roll over time and again when these lying bastards babble about how “hard it all is” to make decisions. When YOU are in debt do you go on a further spending binge and in order to balance your books rob your neighbor? That’s insane! And yet that’s the mentality of those who don’t actually “produce” anything while leeching upon those who do.

      • Brandstad

        You could tax every rich person 100% this year and the US Federal budget wouldn’t be balanced unless you defined rich as anyone earning over $100K. 

        • Duras

          That is one of the biggest bs propaganda turds that comes from the right wing.  First, we can balance the budget within a few years if we taxed milionaires and up at 49% and $250K and up at 44$, got out of the wars, cut from homeland security to the levels it was at during 2003 or so, Obamacare reduces the deficits by $100B and also eliminates the fraud in medicare.

          The 3 leading drivers of the deficits according to the CBO are (1) Tax Cuts, (2) War, (3) Mdicare Part D.  Tell me where food stamps and welfare are on the CBOs list because I can’t find them.  Apparently, they didn’t make the top 10.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Nolan/100001066025325 Dennis Nolan

    I listened to a radio program yesterday on which a Republican consulant (one J. David Woodard), when asked if the language in a Romney ad that accused Obama of “raiding” Medicare to pay for the ACA was honest, said: ”It’s enough to win the election. That’s all that matters.” See? Sometimes these guys do tell the truth, but only when it’s about not telling the truth.

  • Gregg Smith
    • Mouse_2012

      Hill sucks

  • TomK_in_Boston

    Isn’t it a hoot that anyone considers Ryan fiscally responsible? Cutting taxes while oligarchs are paying 15% or less is obscene in the current climate. Also his budget, while turning medicare into a groupon, doesn’t balance for thirty years and does so even then because of transparent lying!!!

     At the request of the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Paul Ryan, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has calculated the long-term budgetary impact of paths for federal revenues and spending specified by the Chairman and his staff. The calculations presented here represent CBO’s assessment of how the specified paths would alter the trajectories of federal debt, revenues, spending, and economic output relative to the trajectories under two scenarios that CBO has analyzed previously. Those calculations do not represent a cost estimate for legislation or an analysis of the effects of any given policies. In particular, CBO has not considered whether the specified paths are consistent with the policy proposals or budget figures released today by Chairman Ryan as part of his proposed budget resolution.
    The amounts of revenues and spending to be used in these calculations for 2012 through 2022 were provided by Chairman Ryan and his staff.

    See? Ryan ORDERED the CBO to use his numbers, perverting the whole point of having an independent agency. Lies, lies, lies.

    Wake up, people, if you haven’t already. The RR boys have one agenda, making sure the oligarchs hold onto their current winnings and add to them in the future. Of course this will be disguised with plenty of “trickle down” smoke. 

    • William

       How much does Warren Buffett owe in back taxes? How come we don’t hear or read much about that case? Stange? If the Koch brothers owed back taxes it would be on the news daily, but for some strange reason, not a word about good old Warren. 

      • Mouse_2012

        sounds like rich envy towards Buffett.

      • http://joellknott.myopenid.com/ Joel

        I believe this is probably because Warren Buffett has called for HIGHER taxes on himself and other billionaires.

        • Brandstad

          Even though he owes back taxes and is fighting them, and he spends over a million dollars a year on tax attorneys to reduce his tax burden.  He is a Hypocrite
           

      • Duras

        That was Birkshire Hathaway’s back taxes problem, not Buffets.

        I know republicans like to think of business tax and individual tax as the same thing but they are not.  Republicans like to forget about distinctions and deify the top as Creators of Jobs to make their faith-based economic theory look plausable, but there’s no need to confuse Buffets individual taxes with that of his company’s.

    • Brandstad

      TomK_in_Boston

      Have you even read The Ryan Plan?  If you did, you need to again because it preserves the current plan for those that want it and gives an additional option for those under 55 if they choose to use it! 

      Why don’t you want to allow people to have a choice?

  • hypocracy1

    The (R) made such a big deal about Obama’s faith last election.. but nobody is saying anything about R-Money being a Mormon.

    • hypocracy1

      You won’t even open your screen door for a Mormon, but the (R) wants to push one into the White House.  Amazing..

    • Brandstad

      Ok, the difference is we know Mitt’s religion, and it doesn’t preach anything hateful. 

      Obama is a Christian for at least the last 20 years who attended a church filled with hate and he might have had a different religion prior to that, and most likely was exposed to other religions during his early upbringing overseas.

      • hypocracy1

        The Mormon ‘Church’ wouldn’t even allow blacks to join until the 70′s…talk about hate…

        • Mouse_2012

           late 70′s

        • Mike_Card

          Willard is the perfect Mormon model:  whenever principles conflict with progress, shake the etch-a-sketch and modify the principles.

          Polygamy?  No problem, we’ve got that one.  Blacks?  No problem, send ‘em on in. 

          This guy has no core and will continue to sniff out the money.  He’s an unprincipled creep.

      • jefe68

        You have to be kidding. The Mormon church dose not exactly have the best of histories, I think it might be wise to drop this hyperbolic diatribe. 

  • Coastghost

    Four PR members appear on the video frame above but only three were sentenced. Was the fourth charged?

  • Coastghost

    On the Proportionality and Risibility beat: Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello (net worth: $60 million) rages against Rep. Paul Ryan (net worth: c. $5 million). Whose rage against whose machine? (OnPoint reminder: Bruce Springsteen, aged rock populist, has a reported net worth of $200 million, in this day and time the virtual equivalent of Romney’s fortune.)

    • jimino

      Do you really not understand that not every wealthy or well-to-do person hates the United States that existed before being hijacked by movement conservatism?  FDR was called a traitor to his class for his work in creating a true middle class.  The rage that so upsets you is about policy, not net worth.

      • TomK_in_Boston

        No, he doesn’t. The far right has drunk the randish “greed is good” Kool-Aid and they can’t imagine that anyone well-off cares about anyone but themselves, let alone the USA. That’s where the “Don’t worry, medicare will be fine for everyone over 55″ message comes from. They think seniors don’t care about their kids.

        They think Buffett and Gates are just weird hypocrites. I’m routinely told here that my opposition to the oligarch takeover is “envy”, by individuals whose whole net worth would be a painless check for me to write. 

        • Coastghost

          I do not fail to appreciate how the Congressional delegation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts kept its collective mouth shut for years going on decades while your notorious “Big Dig” took its $15 billion+ bite in cost overruns from the Federal government. (Poor New Orleans, poor California, they could well have used some of those free funds along and along.) “Greed” is good when it’s good for Massachusetts, is that correct?

          • TomK_in_Boston

            Huh? The Big Dig has been great. Taking down the elevated expressway has transformed the waterfront, which is now the city’s hottest neighborhood. Developers and startup companies and big companies are moving in. The greenway is slowly developing into a beautiful new park system. It’s amazing, you should have a look.

            It’s not “greed”, it’s just the public-private partnership that once made the middle class in the USA the economic wonder of the world, before voodoo economics.

            It was badly managed and that’s all the gvt haters can see. That way you miss the real point, which is that even badly managed gvt projects have payoffs that are vastly more significant than any excess  costs. The big dig will transform and revitalize Boston for 100 years or more and previously provided at least 10 years of full employment in the construction sector etc. $15 bil is a bargain for that, as would be $50 bil. We sure could use a lot more of that right now!

          • Coastghost

            $15 billion+ in cost overruns does not constitute “bad management”: it amounts to no management whatsoever. If the enviromaniacs are correct, your voodoo paving project will be obsolete by 2030 . . . hard to imagine, too, how $15 billion+ in “free” Federal funds could fail to be perceived as a boon to the Boston economy. How about let’s impose a special user tax on all of your local developers and start-ups in order to recoup at least some of these billions. State taxes in the Commonwealth are not high enough, to hear you tell the tale. 

          • TomK_in_Boston

            Sorry, but you missed the point. $15 bil or $50 bil is a bargain for 10-15 years of a construction boom followed by the transformation and revitalization of the waterfront of a major city. Big gvt spending is such a powerful thing that it works even with “no management at all”.

            Look at WW2. Massive gvt spending ended the  first voodoo economics  Depression, and in that case we blew up most of the “product”. The debt was lost in time, like tears in the rain, in the subsequent boom, fueled largely by the technology developed in the war. Gvt spending is good. Keynes was right.

            RE your original accusation of “greedy”, wrong. I want everyone to have their projects. I want high speed rail for CA, I want everyone to have their bridges repaired, etc. Maybe the red states could build fine anti-science facilities. Tax and spend is the way out of the second voodoo economics Depression.The bad mgt is the fault of the anti-gvt fanatics. I’d like to see the Commonwealth employ highly paid, expert engineers who could have overseen the project. Since we can’t do that in these sorry times, it was necessary to turn key decisions over to the corporations, and we all know where that leads – screw the quality for short term profits.

            You’re right about state taxes. The state income tax should be progressive, not a flat rate. People like me should pay a lot more, and can do so easily.

          • jefe68

            Sorry but the Big Dig was mismanaged from the get go.
            From corrupt contractors do companies that ripped off the state and the tax payers with everything from bad concrete to faulty machined screws meant to hold up the ceilings in the tunnels. 

            The problem is in this country we just do not seem to be able to anything wright anymore. Well with the exception the recent amazing engineering that landed that probe on Mars, we just can’t get it right. Now the right has taken over the argument because of all the screw ups in government. They want a nice small government. Whatever that means. They think that privatizing everything that is not screwed down and even things that are the market will make it all well and good.

            OK lets let the market go wild. Oh wait, we already did that and the geniuses on Wall Street almost brought the entire world to a financial halt.

          • Mouse_2012

            If only we Had Mitt Romney Running the state when the “Big Dig” was going on. He would have fixed things…oh wait.

      • Coastghost

        I don’t accept your premiss that the US has been “hijacked by movement conservatism”: but I suppose I understand your assertion at least as well as you would understand mine, that not every auditor of NPR or “On Point” is enamored of the Federal, state, and local funding they receive courtesy of the CPB. Also, I’m hardly “upset” over the huffy assessments offered by a multimillionaire musician who’s joined at the hip to whatever machine he imagines himself raging against.

    • Mouse_2012

      Wow one can have a 5 million dollar Net worth just working for the government. Screw the lotto. So Ryan was elected in 1998 and it’s now 2012. Say we take 14years of his service to government and use his 5million net worth we get 357,142.86$ yearly. But the current pay of a congressman per year is around 174,000. but using 14 years and his net worth of 5 million $$ he’s making around 49% more than what he’s being paid?

      Sounds like a over paid public worker is somehow gaming the system.

      • Coastghost

        IF your figures are correct, Rep. Ryan is making less than some notable NPR anchors and hosts, some of whom pull in well over $400K/year. Not bad for state-subsidized journalism, hunh?

        • Joanne Brown

          So?
           

        • Mike_Card

          Ryan has authored 2 bills in 13 years that were passed into law:  one to name a post office in his district and one to change the excise tax on arrows from a percentage of 11.7% to 39 cents per arrow.  Compared to that record of service, I’d say the NPR hosts and anchors are friggin’ bargains.

        • nj_v2

          I guess thin, vaporous posts should be expected from such a handle.

          I’d ask the spirited one how much he thinks NPR gets from the “state,” but they’re probably long gone.

          At 4.6% from all government sources, it should really be called Barely Public Radio.

          • Coastghost

            Your “4.6% from all govt. sources” line comes whence? Accord. to our friends at Wikipedia, almost 17.3% of CPB funding came directly from the Feds in FY 2005. Another 22% of funding apparently came from state and local taxes, with the remainder coming from members, foundations, and all those odious corporations that members rely on to support public broadcasting. For FY 2012, CPB had a budget of $445.2 million (the combined net worths, approximately, of Mitt Romney and Bruce Springsteen). NPR gets well over $100 million (perhaps much closer to $200 million) in terms of direct grants to member stations and programming grants (PRI, APM, presumably, with requisite duplication of effort, of course). My question remains: what business does the Federal govt. have in funding a domestic broadcasting and propaganda service through a non-profit corporation that, in NPR’s case, serves only 26 million listeners a week? Mind you, I’m not opposed to NPR itself: I simply want to see the CPB abolished, NPR and PBS can go their merry ways respectively with their cheerful members and their ready corporate sponsors and dispense with the illusion that they are magnificently exempt from crass commercial considerations (of course they’re not nor have they ever been). Certainly, Americans have no crying need for public broadcasters that routinely repackage ad nauseum the views and opinions expressed in commercial media, and we damned sure don’t need a government broadcaster spewing lame entertainment and variety shows. And why would anyone with a brain want to see American journalism–AMERICAN JOURNALISM, I say–ennobled with receipt of Federal subsidies amounting to hundreds of millions of tax-paid dollars each year?   

      • TomK_in_Boston

        It’s funny how these righty lifetime pols posture as the “outsider who will fix Washington”.

        The salary is irrelevant. Pols don’t get rich on their salaries! It’s the deals, the “consulting”, the big payments for half hour speeches, the ghostwritten books, the jobs for wives (Ms ryan big lobbyist) children and relatives….do I really have to explain? Then, if they ever leave DC, the lobbying job is the real payoff, along with board memberships, maybe an affiliation with a righty think tank….do I really have to spell it out?

        • Coastghost

          Ditto for Democrats, puhlease. 

      • WorriedfortheCountry

        Gee, Nancy Pelosi’s net worth increased a staggering 62% to$48 million in 2011.

        Nice return for a public servant.

        • Mouse_2012

          So we agree both Ryan and Pelosi are gaming the system. If so than why would you support the guy?

          • Duras

            Worried–doesn’t care if republicans game the system, only democrats.  Worried will criticize Obama and will excuse Ryan when they’ve voted for the same policy.  Worried doesn’t think about the issues; Worried just cheerleads for a political party; Worried is only worried about the republican party.

        • Mike_Card

          Pelosi’s husband is a real estate developer; the $48 million derives from their community property.  You understand how that works–right?

    • jefe68

      So.

  • Gregg Smith

    Earlier I posted a link of the MSNBC dude accusing Romney of “Niggerization”. I hope all the haters around here who throw the word “racism” around with astonishing ease, watch this response.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfjn4BpmirU&feature=player_embedded

    • sickofthechit

       Could someone please post the video of Romney regaling a group of black teenage females in Florida with “Who let the dogs out, who, who?”  I think it was during the 2008 campaign.

      • Mouse_2012

         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDwwAaVmnf4

        Mitt Romney – Who Let the Dogs Out?

        • Gregg Smith

          What possible point could you be trying to make with this delightful video?

  • hennorama

    Just when the Romney campaign was breathing a sigh of relief that Romney’s tax returns issues seemed to be fading from public attention, Willard himself pops up to say “I did go back and look at my taxes, and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent.”

    Romney continues on, saying “The fascination with taxes I’ve paid I find to be very small-minded.”  A bit of an odd linguist construction, which sounds even more high-handed than the substance of the remark.  Perhaps Mr. Romney doesn’t know that about 2/3 of poll respondents want to see more of his tax returns.  Kind of a bad idea to call all of those people (including a bunch of prominent Republicans) ”small-minded”.

    Pretty sure the standard political advice here would be to shut up and change the subject.  Which political strategist thought this was a great idea?

    Way to keep the tax return issues alive, Willard!  Ann gets the silver medal for her strident, irritated responses, too.

    • Mike_Card

      Yup.  And I’m going to repeat my comment from yesterday:  Notice how he says “taxes,” and not “federal income taxes?”

      Anybody who liked the paranoia and secrecy of Dick Nixon is just going to LOVE a Willard presidency.

    • JGC

      For myself, I guess it doesn’t matter because my mind is made up.  Maybe there are a lot of other people of similar frame of mind.  I just have to assume the worst, when it comes to the tax returns.  This was no last minute surprise sprung on the Romneys, after all. They have been preparing for this day for the past 10 years, and they are still not ready.  

      When I assume the worst, it is not necessarily the low rate they paid on their investment income compared to what people pay on earned income.  It is probably how their investments were made, and where they were made, and how cynically they were made at the expense of local folks trying to make their day to day living. That would be revealed on each line of their tax returns. 

  • Joanne Brown

    Since Mitt Romney only said he never paid less than 13 percent, but didn’t say what the whole represented, he didn’t answer the question. He has a lot of money off shore. If that’s not subject to our tax laws, then he’s not paying taxes on it, and not including it in the whole on which he’s paying 13 percent. He needs to show his returns.

    As for being scurrilous, that label belongs to Romney, not to Obama and Biden. What a creep.

    • Stephen706

      You assume he reported his offshore accounts which are perfectly legal (by the way) and then think he didn’t pay taxes on the very thing that the IRS looks for audits??? Really??? Think!!! Don’t be another sheeple!!! Think for yourself…

      Another way to look at it, WHY WOULD THE IRS PASS ON AUDITING HIM IF HE PAID NO TAXES OR LESS THAN WHAT HE IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED? Do you see or hear of the IRS auditing him for these years??? Uh, no!!! If you were running for president, would Romney really set himself up for a John Edwards or Gary Hart event? Uh, no!!!

      Why is he not releasing? Because the Obama plays very dirty and will look for ANYTHING to make an issue to distract the people from the pathetic economy, jobs, and partisanship? Any you really that naive to not see how dirty these people stoop to stay in power???

      The best deal on the table is–
      Obama shows are his schooling records–applications, transcripts, products from high school to include law school… (throw in the original birth certificate (not a picture, not a photo copy) to make the birthers happy and shut them up)… then Romney will give up 5 years… 

      Why isn’t Team Obama doing that? Hmmm… guesses anyone???

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

        The whining for “school transcripts” are for people who have just barely learned to stop whining “birth certificate”.

        • Stephen706

          really… ever see them? Ever wonder why millions have been spent to keep them sealed??? At least the IRS has reviewed Romney’s tax records year after year…

  • Zenplatypus

    The unemployment rate rose in 44 states last month. Nationally, it’s higher now than when Obama took office. The labor force participation rate is at its lowest level in more than three decades. Polls consistently show that an overwhelming majority of Americans feel the country is on the wrong track. What to do? Prattle endlessly and indignantly about Romney’s taxes, of course. The idiocy of it all is simply staggering.    

    • hennorama

      Mr. Romney is making taxes, debt, deficits, unemployment and other economic issues the core of his campaign.  As such, his own personal taxes become an issue.

      It’s pretty standard these days for candidates to release this stuff.

      It seems obvious that if his other tax returns were simple, innocent and crystal clear, and were similar to the 2010 return he’s already released, he would have already released them.

      He has already been portrayed as an out-of-touch rich guy, who uses whatever tax reducing strategies he can afford.  The image is that he won’t be up front with the American electorate.  Not releasing these returns simply keeps this portrait in full view, and makes Romney appear suspicious.

      This just compounds the rest of his image as a candidate who will change his mind on nearly every political issue, and that no one can trust a word he says.

      The guy’s been running for President for a long time and he hasn’t already figured this out?

      Adios, Romney.

    • Duras

      Romney’s taxes are an economic issue.  The republicans say he’s being over taxed, which is why they think if they lower his taxes, he’ll use his capital to bless us with more jobs.  While, democrats say that his money is sitting in banks and out of the economy and would be better used to rehire the 800,000 public employees and also use out of work constuction workers on infrastructure projects until the housing market returns.  That new employment would give new demand to the private markets and cause them to hire more employees.  After all, demand is the most crucial reason why the Creator hires.

      • Gregg Smith

        What logic are you employing to make the claim, “Republicans say he’s being over taxed”? Unless I’m missing something (possible), no Republican has actually said that, so you are inferring something and spinning it in your head.

        Allow me to take a stab at it, I realize it’s bad form. My guess is you first conflate tax hikes and tax cuts. Somehow the rates that have been in place over a decade, and already extended once by President Obama, are still a tax cut if the rates are preserved but not a tax hike if they aren’t. With this premise it’s easy to make the leap in logic that equates opposition to a tax hike with whining about being over taxed. Obviously it’s easier to believe when you frame it as a tax cut because equating wanting a tax cut with whining about being overtaxed is a logical conclusion. So, since Republicans say don’t raise taxes in this economy that magically means they want a tax cut. And that means they think they are over taxed. Saying you are happily paying enough and don’t want to pay more is the same as saying you are overtaxed. Have I got it?

        • Duras

          Why would anyone need a tax cut if they weren’t over taxed?   Why would republicans propose a tax cut on the top if they felt that they didn’t need one?

          • Gregg Smith

            Who is asking for a tax cut? It went right over your head.

          • Duras

            The Ryan Budget proposes that the current tax rates on the top be lower than that of the Bush Rates, and every republicans has voted for it!  Why do they think the top needs a tax cut? 

            If the entire republican party voted for lower taxes on the top (which they did), then they must think the top is currently overtaxed.

          • Gregg Smith

            Romney’s plan is similar to the Obama deficit commission’s in that it lowers and combines rates but offsets that with closing loopholes and ending most deductions. It’s deficit neutral and not targeted to the rich or poor. Many others have suggested the same thing and it’s hardly radical. It’s an overhaul of the entire tax code and can hardly be described as a tax cut for the rich. You’ve jumped the shark.

          • Duras
          • Gregg Smith

            Where in that piece does is say Romney says he’s overtaxed? Why are you changing the subject?

          • Duras

            top
            .

      • WorriedfortheCountry

         Romney not calling to lower his own taxes.  You need a better talking point.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

          He’s not calling for it.

          But it’s funny how every right-wing “plan” anyone is floating or being credited with or having mainstream non-economist Beltway Inbreds gush over, no matter how useless their math, will result in it, however.

        • Duras

          Ryan’s plan cuts capital gains tax.  He believes that Romney is being taxed to high, and so does every republicans that voted with him.  So eat on that.

  • Mouse_2012

    Israeli lobbyist hack calls for war while pretending to be against it. Dennis Ross Israel’s Foreign agent

    This is what he actually freaked said

        Second, America should begin discussions with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany (the so called P5+1) about a “day after” strategy in the event that diplomacy fails and force is used. This would signal to both Israel and Iran that we mean what we say about all options being on the table.

        Third, senior American officials should ask Israeli leaders if there are military capabilities we could provide them with — like additional bunker-busting bombs, tankers for refueling aircraft and targeting information — that would extend the clock for them.

        And finally, the White House should ask Mr. Netanyahu what sort of support he would need from the United States if he chose to use force — for example, resupply of weapons, munitions, spare parts, military and diplomatic backing, and help in terms of dealing with unexpected contingencies. The United States should be prepared to make firm commitments in all these areas now in return for Israel’s agreement to postpone any attack until next year — a delay that could be used to exhaust diplomatic options and lay the groundwork for military action if diplomacy failed.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/opinion/how-america-can-slow-israels-march-to-war-with-iran.html?_r=2&hp&pagewanted=all
     

    Now square this with the title of his piece

    “How America Can Slow Israel’s March to War,”

    • hypocracy1

      The Answer is..

      D) We do none of the above.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXSANCUDPIKQSPID5KT2U4XK5Y TF

    Well, the next broken promise of “sure, we want folks to vote” didn’t take long:

    “On the same day a judge cleared the way for the state’s new voter identification law to take effect, the Corbett administration abandoned plans to allow voters to apply online for absentee ballots for the November election and to register online to vote.

    A spokesman for the Department of State said county elections officials told the agency that implementing the new online initiatives as well as voter ID requirements was too much to handle less than three months before the election.”

    http://articles.philly.com/2012-08-16/news/33233687_1_absentee-ballot-absentee-ballots-new-voter-identification-law

    Running an election is too much like governance to trust Republicans to do it. Oh, and one more Teabagger focusing like a laserbeam on JobsJobsJobs!

  • ExcellentNews

    Listening to Ann Romney, I do have to say that she has balls. After all, whether you are rich or poor, it takes balls to bear five kids. On the other hand, I am not sure whether Mittens has any (balls). Other than hang around the executive club (in which he was induced since childhood), and use his father’s money to flip companies, what has he really accomplished? The only thing you hear from him is whine and blame the Commander in Chief…

    • Gregg Smith

      “…blame Commander in Chief…”

      Has Obama ever made a comment where he didn’t blame Bush… or the tsunami, or ATM’s, or Europe or everything under the sun. As he said: “The buck stops with you”.

  • ExcellentNews

     Oh, and Mittens tax rate was NEVER below 13%… Oh the poor poohy poo… does that means that his tax rate WAS 13%? Do you know, Mr. Experienced Executive, that engineers, doctors, scientists and other professionals usually enjoy marginal tax rates of 40%, while regular working americans have rates of 25%?

    • WorriedfortheCountry

      Please go back and check the Federal tax code and then get back to us with accurate facts since it appears you are not aware of the top marginal tax rate.

  • Mouse_2012

    Kind of funny that both Romney and Ryan pay less in taxes than Obama. 

  • TomK_in_Boston

    To those complaining about the $15 bil Big Dig:

    The formerly ugly, run down waterfront is now the city’s hottest neighborhood. Developers, big companies and startups, residents, restaurants etc are swarming to the area. Vertex pharma is building a new HQ, we have an amazing new Inst of Contemporary Art, convention center, etc. The greenway is becoming a beautiful new park. The benefits will last for many decades, if not centuries.

    Before that, there was a 10-15 year construction boom that percolated through the whole economy.

    Does anyone really think that’s not worth $15 bil? Geez, we threw a lot more than that at the financial criminals, with nothing to show for it. Get real.

    People have a hard time getting past the mismanagement. Hey, I agree, our GoP governors really went overboard in letting the corporations call their own shots – surprise! However the lesson is that even a mismanaged big project that is basically a good idea is a wonderful thing. The public-private partnership that was the cornerstone of our great economy of the 50s and 60s still works.

    To those happy that Romney said he paid “at least 13%, trust me” in taxes for the last 10 years:

    When Etchasketch wanted to run for gov, he had to establish he was a MA resident. He said he’d been filing his taxes as a MA resident. He lied.

    He’s a professional financial manipulator. He specializes in hiding assets, avoiding taxes, schemes, tricks, etc. When a professional con man assures you that everything is fine, do your alarm bells really not go off? 

    Anyway, I’m amazed that anyone is happy at an oligarch paying 13%. Giving a free ride to the super rich is rather disconnected from the righty deficit hysteria and calls for “hard choices” and “shared sacrifice”. What sacrifices are we asking of the romney types? Seems to me the GoP wants to offer them even lower taxes.

    • Coastghost

      $15 billion is JUST the amount of the cost overruns: the project was budgeted back in the 1980s at over $3 billion (roughly $5 billion in today’s dollars). Your own papers have reported that the final costs will be well in excess of $20 billion, your apologia for wasteful spending and excessive cost overruns notwithstanding. You also fail to give any credit for the cost overruns to union labor contracts: I wonder how many non-union workers were even permitted on BD construction sites (that datum I have not seen reported by your local papers).

      • jefe68

        Unions were not the problem. That’s not were the waste came from. Everyone had their hands out on this one.

        • TomK_in_Boston

          No I’m not ignoring the mismanagement. I repeat, even with mismanagement, it’s a big win. The lesson is that if an infrastructure project is a good idea, there’s no way to screw it up. And as I said already, I don’t care if the cost was $3 bil or $15 bil or $50 bil – that’s dirt cheap for transforming the waterfront of a major city and providing 10-15 years of a construction boom.

          We’re talking about sums that were casually tossed around to bail out the financial criminals, or for weapons systems. It’s great to see an expenditure with a real lasting payoff. The original plans for the greenway may have run out of $, but so what, it’s taken on a life of its own. Check it out.I’m glad union workers got their share. That’s what built the middle class.The mismanagement is the fault of the anti-gvt types. Since gvt can’t hire the kind of engineers who can supervise such a project after 32 years of gvt bashing and tax cutting, it was necessary to turn it over to the predatory corporations, and our GoP governors got the usual shoddy work for short term profit. 

          • jefe68

            You seem to mix up a lot of topics in here. The mismanagement came from all sides of the Big Dig. The state of Massachusetts is not a red state that has slashed and burned itself into a fiscal corner.

            I’m not os happy about how this thing was funded. It put a lot of the burden on the MBTA how in turn had nothing to gain except some better roads to the airport. Now we see the result of not only years of MBTA mismanagement, but how the funding of the Big Dig has all but destroyed public transportation.
            All so the people who drive cars don’t have to pony up more gas tax to pay for the project they use.

            The Big Dig is a financial failure that speaks more to the issues that we can’t build large projects in this country anymore. What happened here would most likely never happen in Germany, Japan, or Denmark. 

          • TomK_in_Boston

            I’m saying the Big Dig is a great success despite the mismanagement. I’m happy not to mix up anything else with that.

            Re your remarks about the greenway, don’t just read about it, have a look. I particularly like the fountain by the aquarium, which is drawing big crowds.

            Public transportation has not been destroyed. I take it every day.

    • jefe68

      And yet the MBTA is going broke. The so called Green-way is running out of funds. The tunnels leak and the work on them is now suspect. Yes, it is great that North End is now part of the city and the waterfront is being developed.
      I would add to what end as not many working folk can afford to live there.

      You seem to throw off the mismanagement of a huge project such as the Big Dig as if it’s OK as long as the end result is some parks and a convention center. I can’t get with this kind of thinking. The Big Dig is most likely going to bankrupt the MBTA and cost the residents of Massachusetts a lot down the road for years to come.
      It’s not even built well and you say it’s a success.
      I’m not sure I can agree with that assessment 100%.

      • TomK_in_Boston

        Turning the depressed waterfront into a a vibrant neighborhood and 10-15 yrs of a construction boom are not so easily dismissed. It goes from the north end to chinatown and there’s a hell of a lot more than the convention center. The greenway is getting better every year.

        I agree that dumping the debt on the MBTA is a horrible move. Our GoP governors did that. It’s typical of their anti-tax ideology. I hope we can undo it.

  • Coastghost

    Appendage-of-the-Machine guitarist Tom Morello, I learn only late in the day, is yet another illustrious graduate of Harvard University. Why don’t he and fellow Harvard alum Lawrence O’Donnell co-found a chapter (or, even better, their own eponymous chapters) of Occupy Harvard? Harvard Yard’s 25 acres could well accommodate hundreds, if not thousands, plus public urination is already common there, accord. to Wikipedia. The social conscience of university alumni, administrators, faculty, and students would be much alleviated, I’m sure. Overflow crowds could hang out on Harvard Square now that the tourist trade spawned by Click and Clack is waning, and if the crowds get THAT big, I’m sure with all the green spaces provided courtesy of the Big Dig, Boston proper would be more than happy to accommodate an enhanced and enlarged protest. The Kennedy School of Govt. might even take it in its collective head to sponsor its own chapter! (Charitably, I think we can all agree that Boston Commons should properly be reserved strictly for the use of Bostonians.) Anyone harboring any doubts about the wisdom of this proposal must understand that the protesters can all be served by donated yacht-taxi service up and down the Charles, all the way out to Cape Cod on weekends if need be, the OH crowd may very well want to sample as much of the local culture as possible. (Boggles my mind that Lawrence and Tom didn’t think of all this themselves, they’re the Harvard men, after all.)

  • Mouse_2012

     At NPR, You Can Take Money From Banks–Just Don’t Protest Them

    http://www.fair.org/blog/#post-21839

  • JGC

    An August surprise?  British Commonwealth papers are reporting Mitt Romney may have broken Massachusetts state ethics laws while governor, by holding a stake in a company, Imagitas, that performed lucrative work for his administration. By coincidence (?), Paul Ryan’s brother Tobin held positions at Bain Capital from 1995 to 1998, then moved to an executive position at Imagitas.  Bain invested $5-million in Imagitas, selling the company to Pitney-Bowes in 2005 for $230-million from which Romney, as a holder of Bain Capital Partners IV, would have profited . Romney campaign spokesmen declined to comment. 

  • Duras

    Gregg:

    The article clearly shows that Romney is trying to reduce taxes on the top.  Why would he and Ryan and the rest of the republicans party do so if they didn’t believe that the top is overtaxed as it is?

    I know republicans won’t say that they believe such a thing, but it is the logical conclusion, or it is their religion to lower taxes on the top regardless of sound economics.  Why else would someone want to lower taxes on the top? 

    • Gregg Smith

      Flattening out tax code and getting rid of loop holes across the board has many benefits to all. Your non-sequitur is not logical. As I wrote before, you inferred something and spun it in your head. Fine but no one said Romney was over taxed and you wrote: ”The republicans say he’s being over taxed”.  That’s not true.

      • Duras

        Of course no one said he was being overtaxed, but it is implicit in republican policy.  You can’t reduce revenues without believing that the top is currently being taxed too much–if Romney actually believed that it was revenue neutral, then he is too stupid to manage the economy because he’s clearly wrong.  But he knows what he is doing. Reducing taxes on people who don’t need the reductions is not helping anyone but a thin minority to buy summer homes, their kids BMWs, and take more vacations around the world.

        I agree with getting rid of loopholes, and I agree with Reagan that capital gains should be taxed at the same rate as labor, but flat taxes only work in a country with strong unions; e.g., Japan.  America’s wage gap is too great for the flat taxes we have today.  And we do have flat taxes if you look at us in relation to the rest of the world and our history.

        • TomK_in_Boston

          Tax simplification, “reform”, “flattening”, closing loopholes, blah blah blah – talking point overload. It’s all designed to deflect the conversation from what we really need – a more progressive system with MUCH HIGHER RATES AT THE TOP!!!
          Did you notice that when Etchasketch said he paid at least 13% (AArgh!) the corporate media added “federal income tax” even tho he never said it? Who knows what he paid 13% on? Did he hide all his income but $100 and pay $13 tax? Did the 13% include other taxes? The man is a con artist, a guy who overpays on a purchase from himself and then sells back to himself to claim a tax loss. There’s smoke and mirrors and something up the sleeve everywhere. I’d say we still have no idea about hsi taxes.

          • Duras

            If Romney did release his taxes, Obama would win for sure.  Once the American public see how much he has made over the years while the majority of the country has lost wealth, the republican experiment will be over.  Gregg knows it too.  He just needs to be honest with himself.  It is obvious that Romney’s tax rates are working for himself and his kids but not the rest of the country.

        • Gregg Smith

          Let’s get this out of the way. The only point to my original reply was to ask for , and hazard a guess at, the logic behind your statement. 

          “The republicans say he’s being over taxed”. 

          I believe the subsequent back and forth confirms my guess. And now you say:

          Of course no one said he was being overtaxed,…”

          I originally wrote “…no Republican has actually said that, so you are inferring something and spinning it in your head.” 

          You said:

          …but it is implicit in republican policy.
           
          It was not implicit, you inferred it…as I said.

          I still think you are making assumptions. You are equating revenue with tax hikes. You are assuming all kinds of things down to the type of car spoiled brats drive or what rich people need and don’t need. 

          • Duras

            When I said “no one said he is being overtaxed,” I meant “no one republican said he was being overtaxed.” But why would they lower the top tax rate if they didn’t believe that?

            You have yet to answer the question as to why republicans would reduce taxes on the top if they didn’t believe the top was being over taxed…?

            There is no assumption.  And I grew up in the 1%, I know what kind of cars my friends drove to high school.  You need to learn how the rich spend their money!  No one flipantly hirers people because they all of the sudden got excess capital.  They hire people to produce enough product to cover demand.

            It is not my logic that is absurd; it is the republican plateform that is absurd. And republican voters need to stop seeing the world backwards and relying on faith-based economic policy.

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