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Democratic Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Andy Schmookler to Debate Karen Kwiatkowski, Goodlatte AWOL

Andy Schmookler
Democratic Nominee

A candidates' forum, will be held on Monday, June 4.   It should give the voters of the Sixth District their first opportunity to do a side-by-side comparison of their choices for Congress from the two major parties.      You have heard about the best laid plans going wrong.      Andy Schmookler  (Democrat)  and Karen Kwiatkowski  (Republican)  have agreed to the debate but Bob Goodlatte  (Present Congressman)  can not find time to attend.     Bob has held the job for 22 years and managed to occupy the back bench the whole time surfacing only to vote against social security and medicare and other issues of importance to senior citizens.      Most years Bob had the luxury of running unopposed.      He is not that lucky this time asd he has a primary challenge and a general election challenge.      This might be the year the old free rider gets his wings clipped.      You can only keep the voters in the dark so long and Goodlatte has done it longer than most.

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Meet The 6th District Candidates for US Congress

Monday, June 4th, 6:30-8:30

Andy Schmookler

Congressional candidates of both major parties will discuss and debate the root problems confronting American society.

Karen Kwiatkowski

The event is co-sponsored by Occupy Harrisonburg and the Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County Liberty Alliance.   Republican challenger, Karen Kwiatkowski, and Democratic nominee, Andy Schmookler have agreed to participate.   The incumbent, Bob Goodlatte, was also invited, but declined due to a conflict in time between the debate and a hockey game he planned to watch on tv.

Andy Schmookler

Time:   Monday, June 4th, 6:30-8:30PM

April  and  Andy

Place:    Community Mennonite Church, at the Corner of High Street (Route 42) between West Market (Route 33) and West Water Streets.

Andy takes Questions

Free and open to the public;  parking available at the church or nearby.


Does Goodlatte get a picture even though he is skipping the event ?, you ask.      Yes.      If we penalized Goodlatte every time he failed to show, failed to care and plain just didn't do his job he would be the invisible man.   
Failed To Show Up

Sadly he is still visible.     Republicans get a thought in their mind and just never let it go.     They will still be searching the ballot for Goodlatte's name years after he takes his retirement and goes home.

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What is it and can I get some?

Here's a quote by Karl Rove you will need to think about.

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing."   Karl Rove

Now so you won't accuse me of being unfair here it is in context.

A little while after I met with Kent Conrad, I spoke on the phone with Karl Rove, who has been the chief political strategist for Bush's entire career in elected office. Obviously, Rove was thinking past the tax cut, to a whole first-year program for Bush that could strengthen the Republican Party considerably.   "Take a look at our agenda,"   Rove said.   "Education.   This year, we picked up seven points in the suburbs over '96. Our education plan allows us to make further gains in the suburbs.   It will also allow us to make gains with Hispanics and African-Americans.   The tax cuts will make the economy grow.   As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.   Look at the course of the campaign. There's a lot of data. If you give people the choice between a tax cut and more government services, they'll choose the tax cut. The more Bush talked about an across-the-board cut, the more support for it grew. People do have a desire for basic services--schools, helping the less
fortunate -- but not for unrestricted government."

The next time some jerk at Fox, like Shawn Hannity, quotes a democrat see if they are willing to provide context.

Karl Rove Likes Advertising

There has probably never been a completely honest advertisement done for any candidate.    Way back in the presidential campaign of 1840, William Henry Harrison was sold to the public as a humble frontiersman.    The log cabin and hard cider were his campaign symbols.    In reality, he was born into a wealthy, slave-owning, plantation family in Virginia.

If creating positive spin about a candidate has been around for a long time, negative campaigning has been part of the political process for just as long.    The presidential election of 1800 between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson remains one of the nastiest on record.    But the gargantuan amount of money available in modern campaigns promises to produce a quantum leap in meanness.

Currently, the Obama campaign is circulating tough attack videos that claim to expose the truth about Mitt Romney’s time as a venture capitalist.    The ads feature beleaguered workers who lost their jobs when Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, came in to restructure the companies they worked for.    Several Democrats, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, have criticized this line of attack, saying it goes too far in condemning a perfectly reasonable type of business practice, but the Obama campaign is not relenting.     Rendell is nothing more than a whore for business bucks disguised as a Democratic spokesman.

Republicans, meanwhile, got into their own internal spat when one conservative ad shop proposed revisiting President Obama’s long relationship with firebrand Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright.    Sarah Palin was all for it, but Romney nipped the idea in the bud.

Rove agreed with Romney.    Replaying the Wright debate would be "stupid,”  he said.    Instead, his "super PAC,"    Crossroads GPS, is spending $10 million to broadcast a video that hits the president on economic issues and makes its appeal to middle-of-the-road women who may have voted for Obama in 2008. It is the biggest ad buy so far in the 2012 campaign.

In the video, a mom worries about the national debt and her kids’ future.     There is a visual reference to burdensome student loans, a verbal assertion that federal spending has skyrocketed during the Obama years, a plea to cut the deficit and a warning that Obama wants to raise taxes.    This heavily focus-group-tested package ends with a plea to join a grass-roots effort to tell the president he must change his profligate ways.    It is expertly executed and, of course, it is also hugely misleading.

On student loans, Obama doubled Pell Grants and eliminated banking fees from the student loan equation, while Romney and the Republicans are all for cutting federal student aid.    Skyrocketing federal spending?    More deception.     It is a plain fact that spending has flattened out during Obama’s time in office.    Deficit reduction?

Obama’s present plan is projected to cut the deficit by $2 trillion over the next 10 years while the scheme proposed by Romney would increase the deficit by $5 trillion over the same period, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.   And raising taxes? The president is pushing higher taxes for the rich, not for any struggling, middle-class moms.

Oh, and that grass-roots effort?     That’s really Karl Rove and the millionaires and billionaires who pay for his ads.

What makes Rove brilliant?     He knows better than to waste time with silly issues, like the president’s birth certificate.     He knows the economy is the biggest concern of most voters.    And he knows that the average Jane or Joe does not have a command of the economic facts and so will not question the false assertions Rove’s team has injected into a heartstrings-tugging scenario.

Election campaigns are not about facts and truth, they are about images and myths.    Karl Rove is a master of myths;  the boy genius of the old boys club.      Once you realize the public you are playing to is not that smart the door opens to really advertise.

GOP Embraces Stupid

Anti-Intellectualism Runs Rampant in the Republican Party 

If one were to turn on the television today, and hear a political candidate say  "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed,"  it would be assumed that the candidate was a Democrat attacking
out of control military spending.    However, this famous quote was uttered by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, who also happened to be a Republican.    Unfortunately, this was before Republicans became the anti-intellectual party they are today.    According to Gallup, 60% of Republicans claim that evolution did not occur and humans were created in their present form, only 41% believe climate change is actually occurring, and 35% are in favor of gay rights.     In order for democracy to function effectively, both parties should be in the business of telling the truth as they see it, rather than denying scientific findings that contradict a cherished worldview.    The Republican party is not fulfilling their current role as a true alternative to the Democratic party, and this hurts democracy by dumbing down the public debate, ensuring
intellectually unqualified candidates win office, and by breaking their moral obligation in a democracy to actually be a reasonable governing alternative.

Public debate can happen anywhere and everywhere.    From the kitchen table to the campaign trail, every individual has an opinion about the state of the country, whether they vote or not.    Problems with society can be seen by anyone, regardless of whether they are active news watchers.    The level of this debate, however, is often determined by how the media frames issues, how representatives from each party explain their stances on the particular issues of the day.    And the media will often frame issues based on the language the representatives are using to explain themselves.    Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the candidates themselves take reasonable positions on issues in order to ensure supporters of the party help contribute overall to the level of public discourse.

The current GOP has become a circus.    Instead of elevating the public debate, they consistently dumb it down by taking positions that lack any rational or empirical support.   It is common now, for any Republican candidate running for Congress or the Presidency to deny that climate change is occurring due to human activity, to claim that being gay is an immoral choice some weird people make, that evolution is  "just a theory,"  and creationism should be taught as an  "alternative"  to evolution.    These positions are intellectually indefensible.    There is absolutely no evidence to support them, and instead of admitting discoveries that deal with our complex reality, Republican political candidates are bought and paid for by oil companies and groups like the  "moral majority."     When individuals in their houses and businesses across the country discuss politics, the Republican supporters immediately, and unthinkingly, parrot the factually challenged claims that their parties
representatives peddle on an increasing basis.

When a party becomes so intellectually vapid that they no longer put forth ideas that are worth considering, it is not a surprise that individuals such as Christine O'Donnell, or Sharon Angle, could run under the Republican banner, with the former running ads saying she is  "not a witch,"  and the latter evading the media after
claiming people should turn to  "second amendment remedies"   if the election does not turn out the way they had hoped.    Nor does it cause one to pause that Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich would be running on the Presidential ticket.     Romney worked as a  "vulture capitalist"  (words of...Rick Perry) before his recent run, and Newt
Gingrich has asked,  “What if  [Obama]  is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?    That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”     With it's obvious racism, Gingrich deserves no place in the national discourse.

The prime example of an intellectually disqualified candidate is former President George Bush, for his policies, and those that believe like him, are mostly to blame for the recent disaster America is currently in.

Bush came into office with a positive outlook for the future. Clinton had balanced the budget, and then the tax cuts for the rich came, along with two wars that were not paid for, and a costly prescription drug bill that did little to help seniors.     Deregulation (initially passed by a Republican Congress and signed by Bill Clinton,
which bears responsibility also, repealing the Glass-Steagal Act) is a major contributor to the current financial crisis, and it is the type of unregulated free market thinking so many Republicans support, and which Bush claimed to believe in.      Global warming was consistently denied under Bush, and there was absolutely no
action on furthering gay rights.      It was not until Obama and the Democratic Congress took office that DADT was repealed, an actual example of knowledgeable lawmakers.    One also cannot forget the incredible damage Bush did to America's reputation, by not having more international support for the Iraq war, and his open admission that he authorized the use of torture in American foreign policy.      And, even though he is not completely to blame for the current budget outlook, his administration was fiscally and morally irresponsible.

When a political party consistently runs factually challenged candidates, it does a disservice to the democracy that it resides in.    For a democracy to function effectively, both political parties must ensure that representative candidates are reasonable, tolerant, and intellectually honest.    If one party abdicates that responsibility, it is immoral.    For this ensures that if the party's candidates win, once in office they will make poor policy decisions, due to the fact that they are either willfully ignorant of information they should know, or do not have the country's best intentions at heart, and instead are being paid by oil and pharmaceutical companies.     In either case, bad decisions are an inevitable result.    Climate change is not
stopped, gay rights are voted against, religious propaganda is pushed in public schools, and society overall suffers.    Moral issues of the day go down on the wrong side of history.

In conclusion, in order for the Republicans to be a viable alternative in America's two-party system, they must
undergo a radical transformation. Scientific advancements cannot be denied, intellectually inferior candidates must be purged from the party; this will ensure that the Republicans will be able to once again fulfill their obligation to be a true alternative to the Democratic party, with a vibrant conservatism grounded in facts, and not fantasy.    It would remind us of all that is good about America that should be preserved, while also confronting the realities of modern life.

The GOP panders to the lowest common denominator.   This serves their corporate benefactors because it allows them to get away with incredible influence in government.   The Tea Party wing now directs the Republican party.   The party used to be conservative but with a strong intellectual foundation.   The intellect is now gone.   I'm fine with the present shape of the GOP since it produces no real leaders, just weak candidates that beat themselves.  Mitt Romney is prone to crash and burn.   Republicans have been pushing trickle down economics for 30 years and there is no trickle.  It does not work, it only fattens the bank accounts of the wealthy.












If You Don't Vote You Don't Matter

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ben Cline Flips Again, Follows Orders

Once again Ben Cline has taken his marching orders from Bob Marshall and folded like a cheap card table.     Cline flipped on his stated position when ordered to by Marshall and is less than truthful in explaining his change of heart and vote on a judgeship for an openly gay man.      Ben Cline may not be a bigot and homophobe, he might just be a weak willed man who will roll over on instruction.

Ben "No Spine" Cline

As the dust settles from the controversial shake-up and down vote of openly gay judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland, questions arise.

Questions like;   How did Thorne-Begland get approved initially, who turned in their votes, why did Bob Marshall wait until Saturday night to stir-up opposition, and why did one-third of the House not vote when they are elected to vote on such matters?       Why did chairman Ben Cline of the judicial review  committee flip his position and vote and why won't Cline tell the truth about the situastion.

It is bad enough to be represented in the Virginia House by a milktoast weakling who follows party direction and fails to represent the folks back home in Amherst County but it is wose to not be able to get a straight answer out of Ben Cline.

The chairman of a House of Delegates judicial selection committee, along with the other members who certified Tracy Thorne-Begland to become judge just 60 days ago flipped in their support.   That flipping chairman was Ben Cline, a might be bigot and homophobe representing Amherst County.   Why must these jerks make Virginia look as if it is still mired in the 1940's and make us the laughing stock of America as we refuse to grow and meet the future.

These do nothings in Richmond could be working on something important like funding for the Amherst schools and help for our funding starved educational system.     I guess if Bob Marshall told Ben Cline to work on getting some money for the county he represents he might consider it.

When it came time to vote, the chairman of that committee (Ben Cline) voted against Thorne-Begland, and others in that committee didn’t vote at all.   When it comes to stand up leadership Ben Cline is a lay down and roll over sort of guy who takes his marching orders from Bob Marshall.   The folks of Amherst County should know that Bob Marshall runs Amherst County.   We have said before that Cline might just as well phone his vote in since he is directed by others.    Next election it is time to retire Ben Cline and elect someone who will stand tall for Amherst County.

Ben Cline pretends to represents Amherst County in the Virginia House.   Cline is chair of the judicial selection committee and he admitted that he called the Family Foundation about Thorne-Begland.    The Family Foundation is a group that said it did not want the openly gay prosecutor to become a judge, in part because of what they see as his political activism.

But Cline insisted he speaks to the Family Foundation often, and voted against Thorne-Begland because he violated his oath in the Armed Forces and that mouthfull of drival from Cline doesn't pass the smell test.     Come to think of it not much that Ben Cline does passes the smell test.     If there was ever a politician who had exceeded his use by date it is Ben Cline.

Delegate Manoli Loupassi (R – Richmond) sponsored Richmond’s Chief Deputy prosecutor (Thorne-Begland) to become a judge.
He says 60 days ago, Begland went before the judicial selection committee.    In their possession was a questionnaire that Thorne-Begland filled out.

The document included facts such as he is gay, that he was vice-chair of a gay rights organization, and that he had advocated against national policy in the early 90′s challenging   “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

But Loupassi said none of the committee members questioned Thorne-Begland about those things—that would later become an issue, mainly vocalized by lawmaker Bob Marshall (R-Manassas).

“They did not ask him,” said Loupassi. “He was not asked.”

“He would have answered any question that was propounded to him because that’s why he was there,” said Loupassi.

The committee gave Thorne-Begland their approval.

T. Scott Garrett    Lynchburg

But early Tuesday morning, his bid to become a judge was rejected, by some of those same committee members.     They either voted No, or did not vote at all.

Paul Nardo, Clerk of the House of Delegates, said he`s never seen so many delegates vote against a judicial candidate in the 20 years he`s worked there.

“Because the question is put in the positive,”  said Nardo.   “So you vote yes, and anything else is no and in a judicial election we don`t usually count negative votes.”

Lets Look at How The Vote Went Down

Here is the roll call vote in the House of Delegates early Tuesday on Tracy Thorne-Begland, Richmond's chief deputy commonwealth's attorney, who was rejected for a judgeship in general district court.

Tracy Thorne-Begland, Richmond's chief deputy commonwealth's attorney

Thorne-Begland received 33 yea votes and 31 delegates voted against him. He needed a majority of the chamber -- 51 votes, to
be elected.

Yeas (33)
David B. Albo, R-Fairfax
Kenneth C. Alexander, D-Norfolk
Mamye E. BaCote, D-Newport News
David L. Bulova, D-Fairfax
Betsy B. Carr, D-Richmond

Barbara J. Comstock, R-Fairfax
Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg
Peter F. Farrell, R-Henrico
Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax
Charniele L. Herring, D-Alexandria
Patrick A. Hope, D-Arlington
Algie T. Howell, D-Norfolk
Matthew James, D-Portsmouth
Mark L. Keam, D-Fairfax

Terry G. Kilgore, R-Scott
L. Kaye Kory, D-Fairfax
James M. LeMunyon, R-Fairfax
Lynwood W. Lewis Jr., D-Accomack
Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington

G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond
Jennifer L. McClellan, D-Richmond
Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond
Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico

Thomas Davis Rust, R-Fairfax
James M. Scott, D-Fairfax
Mark D. Sickles, D-Fairfax
Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake
Scott A. Surovell, D-Fairfax
Luke Torian, D-Prince William
David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville
Jeion A. Ward, D-Hampton
Vivian E. Watts, D-Fairfax

Joseph A. Yost, R-Montgomery

Nays (31)
Richard L. Anderson, R-Prince William
Richard P. "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton
Robert B. Bell, R-Albemarle
Kathy J. Byron, R-Campbell
Benjamin L. Cline, R-Rockbridge
Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania
John A. Cosgrove, R-Chesapeake
John A. Cox, R-Hanover
L. Mark Dudenhefer, R-Stafford
James E. Edmunds II, R-Halifax
C. Matthew Fariss, R-Campbell
T. Scott Garrett, R-Lynchburg
Thomas A. "Tag" Greason, R-Loudoun
Gordon C. Helsel Jr., R-Poquoson
M. Keith Hodges, R-Middlesex
Timothy D. Hugo, R-Fairfax
Salvatore R. Iaquinto, R-Virginia Beach
Barry D. Knight, R-Virginia Beach
L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William
Daniel W. Marshall III, R-Danville
Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William
Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico
Donald W. Merricks, R-Pittsylvania
James W. "Will" Morefield, R-Tazewell
Brenda L. Pogge, R-James City
Charles D. Poindexter, R-Franklin County
David I. Ramadan, R-Loudoun
Roxann L. Robinson, R-Chesterfield
Ron Villanueva, R-Virginia Beach
Michael B. Watson, R-Williamsburg
Tony O. Wilt, R-Rockingham

Abstensions (10)
M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights
Anne B. Crockett-Stark, R-Wythe
Riley E. Ingram, R-Hopewell
R. Steven Landes, R-Augusta
Israel D. O'Quinn, R-Bristol
Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford
Larry N. Rush, R-Montgomery
Edward T. Scott, R-Madison
Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Frederick
Chris Stolle, R-Virginia Beach

Not voting (26)
Robert H. Brink, D-Arlington
David L. Englin, D-Alexandria

C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah
Gregory D. Habeeb, R-Salem
Christopher T. Head, R-Roanoke
William J. Howell, R-Stafford
Johnny S. Joannou, D-Portsmouth
Joseph P. Johnson Jr., D-Washington County

S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk
Joe T. May, R-Loudoun
Jackson H. Miller, R-Manassas
J. Randall "Randy" Minchew, R-Leesburg
Richard L. Morris, R-Isle of Wight
John M. O'Bannon III, R-Henrico
Robert D. Orrock Sr., R-Caroline
Christopher K. Peace, R-Hanover
Kenneth R. Plum, D-Fairfax
Harry R. Purkey, R-Virginia Beach
Margaret B. Ransone, R-Westmoreland
Robert Tata, R-Virginia Beach
Roslyn C. Tyler, D-Sussex
Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke

R. Lee Ware Jr., R-Powhatan
Michael J. Webert, R-Fauquier
Thomas C. Wright Jr., R-Lunenberg
David E. Yancey, R-Newport News

As you can see from the roll call Democrats don't have much to be proud of either ans they split their votes between Not Voting and Yes. 

Goodlatte and Cline
Two Politicians Who Have Stayed Too Long at the Fair

It is 2012 and high time we let go of the hangups of the past.     It is not ok to hate or discriminate against gays.     It is also not ok to fail to cast a vote when you are an elected politician.     If you don't have the courage to cast a difficult vote you are useless.

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Romney's Nonsense

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman Calls Romney's Job Creation Claims Nonsense
America’s recovery from recession has been so slow that it mostly doesn’t seem like a recovery at all, especially on the jobs front.   So, in a better world, President Obama would face a challenger offering a serious critique of his job-creation policies, and proposing a serious alternative.

Instead, he’ll almost surely face Mitt Romney.

Mr. Romney claims that Mr. Obama has been a job destroyer, while he was a job-creating businessman.    For example, he told Fox News:    “This is a president who lost more jobs during his tenure than any president since Hoover.     This is two million jobs that he lost as president.”    He went on to declare, of his time at the private equity firm Bain Capital,    “I’m very happy in my former life;   we helped create over 100,000 new jobs.”

But his claims about the Obama record border on dishonesty, and his claims about his own record are well across that border.

Start with the Obama record. It’s true that 1.9 million fewer Americans have jobs now than when Mr. Obama took office.    But the president inherited an economy in free fall, and can’t be held responsible for job losses during his first few months, before any of his own policies had time to take effect.      So how much of that Obama job loss took place in, say, the first half of 2009?

The answer is: more than all of it. The economy lost 3.1 million jobs between January 2009 and June 2009 and has since gained 1.2 million jobs. That’s not enough, but it’s nothing like Mr. Romney’s portrait of job destruction.

Incidentally, the previous administration’s claims of job growth always started not from Inauguration Day but from August 2003, when Bush-era employment hit its low point.     By that standard, Mr. Obama could say that he has created 2.5 million jobs since February 2010.

So Mr. Romney’s claims about the Obama job record aren’t literally false, but they are deeply misleading.

Still, the real fun comes when we look at what Mr. Romney says about himself. Where does that claim of creating 100,000 jobs come from?

Well, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post got an answer from the Romney campaign.     It’s the sum of job gains at three companies that Mr. Romney  “helped to start or grow”:   Staples, The Sports Authority and Domino’s.

Mr. Kessler immediately pointed out two problems with this tally. It’s “based on current employment figures, not the period when Romney worked at Bain,”  and it  “does not include job losses from other companies with which Bain Capital was involved.”     Either problem, by itself, makes nonsense of the whole claim.

On the point about using current employment, consider Staples, which has more than twice as many stores now as it did back in 1999, when Mr. Romney left Bain.     Can he claim credit for everything good that has happened to the company in the past 12 years?      In particular, can he claim credit for the company’s successful shift from focusing on price to focusing on customer service  (“That was easy”),  which took place long after he had left
the business world?

Then there’s the bit about looking only at Bain-connected companies that added jobs, ignoring those that reduced their work forces or went out of business.     Hey, if pluses count but minuses don’t, everyone who spends a day playing the slot machines comes out way ahead!

In any case, it makes no sense to look at changes in one company’s work force and say that this measures job creation for America as a whole.

Suppose, for example, that your chain of office-supply stores gains market share at the expense of rivals.    You employ more people; your rivals employ fewer.      What’s the overall effect on U.S. employment?     One thing’s for sure:   it’s a lot less than the number of workers your company added.

Better yet, suppose that you expand in part not by beating your competitors, but by buying them.    Now their employees are your employees.     Have you created jobs?

The point is that Mr. Romney’s claims about being a job creator would be nonsense even if he were being honest about the numbers, which he isn’t.

At this point, some readers may ask whether it isn’t equally wrong to say that Mr. Romney destroyed jobs.    Yes, it is.      The real complaint about Mr. Romney and his colleagues isn’t that they destroyed jobs, but that they destroyed good jobs.

When the dust settled after the companies that Bain restructured were downsized — or, as happened all too often, went bankrupt — total U.S. employment was probably about the same as it would have been in any case.     But the jobs that were lost paid more and had better benefits than the jobs that replaced them.     Mr. Romney and those like him didn’t destroy jobs, but they did enrich themselves while helping to destroy the American middle class.

And that reality is, of course, what all the blather and misdirection about job-creating businessmen and job-destroying Democrats is meant to obscure.

MORE Romney Nonsense

Romney's Foreign Policy Nonsense

Christopher Preble takes a close look at Romney's promise to spend "at least 4 percent of GDP on the military’s base budget":

Romney’s 4 percent gimmick would result in taxpayers spending more than twice as much on the Pentagon as in 2000 (111 percent higher, to be precise) and 45 percent more than in 1985, the height of the Reagan buildup.

Over the next ten years, Romney’s annual spending (in constant dollars) for the Pentagon would average 64 percent higher than annual post–Cold War budgets (1990-2012), and 42 percent more than the average during the Reagan era (1981-1989). Mitt Romney may genuinely believe that today’s enemies are 42 percent more frightening than the big bad Soviets.     He might believe that spending an average of $450 billion (in constant dollars) every
year since 1990 has left the country dangerously vulnerable.    If that is true, he should say so.

Larison comments on Mitt's foreign policy predicament:

Romney has now trapped himself by opposing himself to this imaginary Obama of  “apology tours,”  rejection of American exceptionalism, and appeasement, and he has tied himself to this thoroughly false portrayal of Obama for so long that it would be difficult for him to stop and to start grounding his attacks in facts.

His entire candidacy is built on various fantasies dictated by his unhinged party's base.    What's truly
staggering to me is that at no time during the discussion about Iran has the question of Iraq been raised by these trigger-happy war-mongers.    And Mitt  "I'd Double Gitmo!"  Romney is supposed to be the guy who knows how to
manage things.

Romney's Earlier Position on Gay Rights

This is a Gay Looking Group

In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts that was obtained way back when by the Boston Globe and has been mostly forgotten, then-Senate candidate Romney said .............     We all Know Romney has changed skins often.

Beyond his endorsement of gay rights back in 1994, Governor Mitt Romney's recently unearthed letter and interviews from that era show that he was making a political case for Republicans to back gay and lebisan causes.

In his 1994 letter to Log Cabin Republicans, posted here, Romney wrote of making "equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.'' The letter, the subject of stories in the Globe and the New York Times and much blog chatter, was posted on the Bay Windows website over the weekend.

"As a result of our discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever that as we seek to establish full equality for America's gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent,''  Romney wrote, referring to US Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

"If we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern.     My opponent cannot do this. I can and will,''   Romney wrote.

In an interview with Bay Windows the same year, Romney made a similar political argument:  “I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party and I would be a voice in the Republican Party to foster anti-discrimination efforts.''

In the interview, Romney was quoted saying that when Kennedy speaks on gay rights, he's viewed as a liberal  "extremist."    But Romney said when he speaks about gay rights he's seen as  "a centrist and a moderate."

Romney was endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans in his 2002 race for governor.     But the group declined to endorse his would-be successor, Kerry Healey, this year, complaining that he had used his office to rally against gay marriage.

 Since at least as far back as 2004, Romney has spoken out repeatedly for a federal amendment to ban gay
marriage.     But he occassionally has softened his tone, as he did before a Michigan audience in 2005.

''Americans respect all people.    We also recognize that there are many settings where children are raised,"

Romney said in Livonia, Mich., citing grandparents and same-sex couples as examples.    ''But we choose to recognize one setting as the ideal."

Andrew Sullivan asks "Was he lying then or is he lying now?    What does he really believe?''     Which Mitt do you believe the old Mitt or the new Mitt?      There is enough time before the election for Mittons to change his mind again.

Mitt is the kind of leader that watches the crowd to see which way they are heading and then runs to get in front of them.     Mitt follows from up front.     You're saying that doesn't make sense.     Republicans keep accusing Obama of leading from behind.      It makes as much sense as what the GOP is saying.

The Log Cabin Republicans are a funny group.     Mitt and the GOP want to stone them to death a la the bible and they continue to support the republicans.      It is hard to understand why groups support the republicans and vote with them when they get absolutely nothing in return.      I'm talking about small businessmen, factory workers, farmers, soccer moms, store clerks, retired people, people on medicare and social security and all manner of working people who are not now and never will be rich.     Bet you thought I was referring to just the Log Cabin Republicans.

Black Metrosexual Abe Lincoln ?

If you’re wondering why the phrase  “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln”  keeps popping up today, check out the New York Times‘ scoop about a group of high-profile Republicans working with TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts for a Jeremiah Wright-based Super PAC takedown of President Barack Obama.

The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”

The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an  “extremely literate conservative African-American”  who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”

A copy of a detailed advertising plan was obtained by The New York Times through a person not connected to the proposal who was alarmed by its tone. It is titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good.”

UPDATE:   An aide to Ricketts says the billionaire has decided to shelve the ads and the Obama Destruction Plan given the backlash and Mitt Romney’s repudiation.

There’s no way to know whether this will be successful or totally backfire (likely the latter), but until we see how it plays out, let’s take a moment to consider the merits of the plan.

• This plan to  “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do” would cost $10 MILLION?   Launching a fresh attack with the same ol’ tired  “Okay, so maybe Obama’s not a double-secret Mooslim but he does take his orders from a scary black man” tactic is the best you can do for 10 million bucks?    If it didn’t work in 2008, what makes these Republicans believe it would have the desired effect four years later?

• Do these Republicans realize how much this might hurt Mitt Romney? Opening the door to attacks on Barack Obama’s religion opens the same door to attacking Mormonism, Romney’s donations to the Church of Latter Day Saints and every dollar they’ve spent on support for things like Prop 8.

• Does anyone even use the word  “metrosexual”  anymore?     Try “Black Hipster Lincoln,”  guyz.

• Black and metrosexual descriptors aside, do Republicans believe comparing President Obama to Abraham Lincoln is really such a good idea?    Republicans love to claim Lincoln as one of their own. By putting the word Obama next to the word Lincoln, they’re really doing themselves a disservice.

• This is all part of a misguided “vet the president” meme. Republicans believe Obama wasn’t vetted properly in 2008 by a national media that loved him too much.    But the question then becomes:   Okay, what next?     Let’s say they find out that Obama in his past has expressed a deep hatred of Caucasians and said Jeremiah Wright didn’t go far enough.    What then?    Hasn’t this man been President of the United States for more than three years and white people as we know them are still hangin’ around?    There’s only one goal here, and that’s to stoke white fear.    It’s almost as if the people promoting a Renewed Wright Controversy and the people who want to believe it most are legitimately scared that a racist, classist Barack H. Obama will wipe white people off the map … but only in his second term.

• How is this desire to find an  “extremely literate conservative African-American”  spokesperson all that different from what Republicans saw in Herman Cain?    Or is the plan to find someone kinda like Cain who can be the black-on-black hatchet-man, only without the sexual misconduct allegations?

• How many TD Ameritrade accounts will be closed today?     How many new ones will open?      Worth watching.     ‘Til we see where this all goes, cue the Metrosexual Black Lincoln Photoshops!

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Romneyvilles are built for Poverty-Stricken Americans, Our Future???

Republican Vision for America brought to you by Mitt Romney

Romneyvilles are planned for Poverty-Stricken Americans should Mitt Romney and a yet to be named vice take over the White House.

The Republicans relocated his job to an over seas location so this formerly employeed gentleman has spare time for shack repair

Pick the wrong direction and re-live the past.   Now you know what the simple statement "Forward" signifies and why the Obama Campain is using it.     I suggest we decide against the destruction of our government and vote  "Straight Ticket Democrat".

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"Hooverville"  became a common term for shacktowns and homeless encampments during the Great Depression.    There were dozens in the state of Washington, hundreds throughout the country, each testifying to the housing crisis that accompanied the employment crisis of the early 1930s.

GW Bush started the downfall of America, Mitt Romney's aim is to complete it

"Hooverville"  was a deliberately politicized label, emphasizing that President Herbert Hoover and the Republican Party were responsible for the economic crisis and its miseries.    The new Hoover is Mitt Romney's Republican Party and they are experienced at folding businesses and sending jobs overseas.   Mitt was willing to kiss auto production in the US good-by along with all the support businesses and jobs that feed off the Auto Industry. 

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Now that President Obama's program is a great success and General Motors is once again number one in  the world Mitt Romney lies about what he wrote, said and did and tries to claim credit for the President's success.      Romney has a habit of claiming credit for successes he had absolutely nothing to do with.     There is a term for this Romney like behavior, it is called an outright lie.
Welcome to RomneyVille courtesy of the GOP

If Mitt Romney and the Republicans take control of the show we will re-visit Hooverville.   Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are planning the demise of the US Government as you read this and they aren't too worried about hiding the clues.   Paul Ryan is a committed follower of Ayn Rand and her dangerous ideas.   They think that they have you fooled.   They have been stacking the deck for years and your chance at turning the situation around grows smaller and smaller each time a Republican administration gets a shot at you and your country.     Republicans represent big business and not you.    They are more than pleased to accept your votes and money and do nothing for you.      Thats a great deal for them and big business.
Bill Made The Trains Run On Time

The last time employeement was steady and plentiful Bill Clinton was president and the right wing did all that they could do to belittle and cripple him.   Clinton's time was the last time we were at peace and not occuping another country.     Love Bill Clinton or hate him he did the job as no one since has.    George W Bush destroyed all that Clinton had built up and then took our country so low that it will take a full decade to recover.   

On Course to Recovery

President Obama has put us on course to recover even though the Republicans have roadblocked him at every turn.   Now after spending all their time saying no and blocking anything that might help get the country climb out of the hole the Republicans are campaigning and complaining that Obama hasn't gone far enough with the recovery and that he has not been quick enough.   Does your bulb burn dim enough to buy the republican slime?    Republicans will keep on feeding you crap as long as you buy it.

The New Hoover and designer of RomneyVille

It may be shocking  for me to tell you this but we live in a really dumb country.   25% of the population think President Obama was born in Kenya and a larger number of citizens thought Sarah Palin was a smart woman who was qualified to be president.    We have allowed and accepted that corporations are people, that a group called Acorn cast millions of phoney votes and stole the election from John McCain and Sarah Palin.   That all around the country hundreds of thousands of poor and old people are casting illegal votes and actions to end their rights to vote must be taken.

Republican Presidential ???

We have allowed and accepted that it is ok for Republicans to roadblock and obstruct everything the House and Senate try to do to help the country.   Republicans openly admit that the country be dammed their number one mission is to make sure President Obama serves only one term and they started working on this the day he was sworn in.  

And Now, the biggest misconception of all,  Republicans care about common people and are waiting to represent your interest.   How truly ignorant is a third of the population?    Are they silly enough to buy any lie the Tea Party and Republicans tell them?   Are they silly enough to elect Mitt Romney?   Silly enough to give control of the Senate to Republicans?   Silly enough to make reservations for a shack in Romneyville?

The Ryan Budget to Destroy America

Somehow there is not enough money for social programs, womens health care, low rate student loans for education, social scurity, medicare and help for poor children.    There is plenty of money for tax breaks for the wealthy, tax breaks for big business like oil companies and plentiful funding to start wars, occupy other 
countries and flood the Pentagon with weapon systems they don't want.   It is time for you to wake up, stand up and put this country on the right path permanetly.   It is time to load the House, Senate and White House with Democrats and it is time for Democrats to find their spine and fight.   Republicans pitch hardball and play to 
win.   Democrats are all over the board and rarely come together behind an issue with unified thought.

It is ok to feel sad that our great nation went thru a Republican created Hooverville that produced shacks and poverty for our citizens to live in.    It is not ok to vote to let Republicans and Mitt Romney take us there a second time.     Republicans offer only failed policies from the past,  I hope you are smarter than that. 








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"We'll Shut the Government Down This Time".

We Will Shut It Down

John Boehner and the Tea Party Vow  "We'll Shut the Government Down This Time".      Before raising the credit limit of the USA last year the Republican Tea Party boxed things up and obstructed any settlement until the rating agencies had dropped the countries credit rating a notch.     Republicans have vowed to kill America one way or the other and to do all they can do to make President Obama look bad.    These Republican Tea Party fools brag about shutting the government completely down.     How did we end up with idiots like this in our country?  and what motivates them?

3 Idiots Trying to Destroy America

House Speaker John Boehner set the stage Tuesday for another tense, partisan showdown over tax and spending policy later this year, as he vowed to insist on big spending cuts before he will agree to a new debt ceiling.     Has there ever been in our entire history a weaker Speaker than John Boehner?      Boehner has zero controll over the Republicans in the House.     He cannot even reach an agreement on his own.    Speaker Boehner is controlled by the ultra right wing of the GOP and gets his marching orders from Eric Cantor.
I am a job creator and an extreme conservative this week

Boehner also promised a vote before November's elections on whether to prevent Bush-era tax cuts from expiring at year's end, as scheduled.     The Bush tax cuts are the thing that took the country down and the Republicans refuse to allow them to end even though they were scheduled to end a year ago.

You have to feel for Obama.   He had people like Joe  "The Joke" Liberman maskerading as a Democrat.    With Joe in your party who needs enemies?

His address to a Washington budget forum had chilling echoes of the 2011 clash over increasing the debt ceiling, a weeks-long standoff between the Obama White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives that roiled financial markets, led to a downgrade of federal credit and nearly forced much of the government to close.
Republicans are still working from Newt's play book and intend to shut the government down and hold it hostage until they get what they want.

Another vote on raising the debt ceiling is expected later this year, probably after the Nov. 6 elections.      Boehner pledged Tuesday to make it an  "action-forcing event in a town that has become infamous for inaction."

A visitor touring the House met John Boehner and told him he was doing a medicore job.    John said it was the kindest thing anyone in the House had said to him since becoming Speaker.     Then John cried.

Democrats scoffed.     Democrats had best stiffen their spines and get ready for the fight of their lives.     Republicans are dead serious about shutting the government down.     Republicans have sold themselves to large business intrests and billionaires and will hold nothing back when it comes to delivering service to their owners.
"Republicans are once again choosing millionaires over the middle class, and Speaker Boehner is threatening to take our nation into another manufactured crisis that will harm America's families," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.   

The First, The One and Only Madam Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The White House was somewhat more measured.
"Everyone except for elected members of Congress, the Republican Party, agrees with that general proposition that we need to take a balanced approach to our deficit and debt challenges," said spokesman Jay Carney.

Jay has the toughest job in Washington

"A balanced approach"  to deficit reduction is Democratic shorthand for a package including tax increases as well as spending cuts.     Democrats should know by now that you can't communicate with Republicans using shorthand.     The hand must become a fist because Republicans are serious and are not likely to easily back down.    

President Obama is plenty tough but he could use some strong Democratic support in the House and Senate.     We can elect him some help and we can pester the daylights out of  weak Democrats to get their game on or go home.

Worst of all for the Democrats the people are tired of their weak, lack luster method of backing down, quitting and folding.     Voters don't have much of a choice and the democrats win by default but just barely.     How sad it is that Democrats can't get their act together.

The Republicans win this award for pretending they represent average working people

Boehner flatly rejected higher taxes.     Thats his opening position and should be understood as his ideal starting point.

And then after saying  "atta girl'   Mitt Romney and four of his friends held me down and cut my hair.     Now Mitt says he doesn't even remember.

"Any sudden tax hike would hurt our economy, so this fall - before the election - the House of Representatives will vote to stop the largest tax increase in American history,"   Boehner said, referring to the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.     Because the House has a 242-190 GOP majority, the cuts are sure to pass.      But they're likely to go nowhere in the Senate, where Democrats control 53 of the 100 seats.     The Democrats have 190 members in the House but only 168 votes they can count on.

What's going on?     Why am I here?    Who woke me up?     Have I been tweeting again?

Obama and House Republicans last summer agreed to raise the debt ceiling in stages and to impose automatic spending cuts, set to begin taking effect in January.      As you look at the things the Democrats have already agreed to you wonder if there is anything left to negotiate.

We the people are left to cross our fingers and hope for the best.    We have a weak Democrat party and a terriorist Republican party and almost no chance for common sense to rule the day.

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The South becomes Republican

In the century after Reconstruction, the white South identified with the Democratic Party.    The Democrats' lock on power was so strong, the region was called the Solid South.    The Republicans controlled certain parts of the Appalachian Mountains, and they sometimes did compete for statewide office in the border states. Before 1948, the Southern Democrats saw their party as the defender of the Southern way of life, which included a respect for states' rights and an appreciation for traditional southern values. They repeatedly warned against the aggressive designs of Northern liberals and Republicans, as well as the civil rights activists they denounced as  "outside agitators."     Thus there was a serious barrier to becoming a Republican.

Harry Truman
In 1948, Democrats alienated white Southerners in two ways.    The Democratic National Convention adopted a strong civil rights plank, leading to a walkout by Southerners.     Two weeks later President Harry Truman signed Executive Order 9981 integrating the armed forces.    In 1948 the Deep South walked out, formed a new regional party and nominated J. Strom Thurmond.      He carried the Deep South but the outer South stayed with Truman and the  "Dixiecrats" returned to the party.

J. Strom Thurmond

By 1964, the Democratic lock on the South was decisively broken. The long-term cause was that the region was becoming more like the rest of the nation and could not long stand apart in terms of racial segregation.    Modernization brought factories, businesses, and larger cities, and millions of migrants from the North;  far
more people graduated from high school and college.    Meanwhile the cotton and tobacco basis of the traditional South faded away, as former farmers moved to town or commuted to factory jobs.

Lester "Ax Handle" Maddox

The immediate cause of the political transition involved civil rights.   The civil rights movement caused enormous controversy in the white South with many attacking it as a violation of states' rights.    When segregation was outlawed by court order and by the Civil Rights acts of 1964 and 1965, a die-hard element resisted integration, led by Democratic governors Orval Faubus of Arkansas, Lester Maddox of Georgia, and, especially George Wallace of Alabama.     These populist governors appealed to a less-educated, blue-collar electorate that on economic grounds favored the Democratic Party, but supported segregation.     After passage of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 most Southerners accepted the integration of most institutions (except public schools).     With the old barrier to becoming a Republican removed, Southerners joined the new middle class and the Northern transplants in moving toward the Republican Party.     Integration thus liberated Southern politics
from the old racial issues.     Meanwhile the newly enfranchised black voters supported Democratic candidates at the 85-90% level.

George Wallace

The South's transition to a Republican stronghold took decades. First the states started voting Republican in presidential elections—the Democrats countered that by nominating Southerners who could carry some states in the region, such as Jimmy Carter in 1976, and Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996;   however, the strategy did not work
with Al Gore in 2000.     Then the states began electing Republican senators to fill open seats caused by retirements, and finally governors and state legislatures changed sides.     Georgia was the last state to fall, with Sonny Perdue taking the governorship in 2002.      Republicans aided the process with redistricting that
protected the African American and Hispanic vote (as required by the Civil Rights laws), but split up the remaining white Democrats so that Republicans mostly would win.    

Al Gore

In 2006 the Supreme Court endorsed nearly all of the gerrymandering engineered by Tom DeLay that swung the Texas Congressional delegation to the GOP in 2004.     DeLay himself was sentenced to prison in 2011 for illegally funding the state GOP.    DeLay is still free pending appeal as of May 16th 2012.

Just the thought of prison wiped the smile off DeLay's mug.

In addition to its white middle class base, Republicans attracted strong majorities from the Evangelical Christian vote, which had been nonpolitical before 1980.     The national Democratic Party's support for liberal social stances such as abortion drove many former Democrats into a Republican Party that was embracing the
conservative views on these issues.     Conversely, liberal Republicans in the northeast began to join the Democratic Party.     In 1969 in The Emerging Republican Majority, Kevin Phillips, argued that support from Southern whites and growth in the South, among other factors, was driving an enduring Republican electoral
realignment.     Today, the South is again generally solid in state elections, and mostly solid in presidential contests, but now for the Republicans.    

Jimmy Carter

Exit polls in 2004 showed that George W. Bush led John Kerry 70 percent to 30 percent among whites, who constituted 71 percent of the Southern voters.     Kerry had a 90-percent-to-9-percent lead among the 18 percent of the voters who were black.    One third of the Southerners said they were white evangelicals;  they voted for Bush, 80 percent to 20 percent.    

John Kerry

In 2008 Barack Obama carried Florida, North Carolina and Virginia;   in 2010 the GOP regained their losses.

George W Bush

The two biggest and most harmful things to happen to the Republican party were the entire 8 years of the  George W Bush presidency and Sarah Palin's run for vice president.    

Sarah Palin

The faith and trust of the GOP was damaged by both.     Without George W Bush and the dreadful job he did as president there would have been no Barack Obama.      So there is one thing to thank Bush for.


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