Tuesday, 7/10/12, Public Square

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19 responses to “Tuesday, 7/10/12, Public Square

  1. Let me repeat that.

    Mitt says, “I pay all the taxes that are required and not a dollar more. I don’t think you want someone, as the candidate for president, who pays more taxes than he owes.”

    Jon says (and lets give him a standing ovation!): No … But we might want one who thinks that’s WRONG!

    Maybe a Mitten$ as president could give lessons to citizens about how to shield their money from taxes? Maybe he could form a cooperative where all of those who have a tiny amount could pool their money and make a large enough amount to ‘protect.’ Maybe a large enough amount to reduce their taxes to the levels Mitt pays?? Maybe everyone could learn to be the freeloader Mitten$ is!

    Or maybe Americans want a president who understands people who have much less and pay a much higher tax rate than he does, people who have nothing to ‘protect’ after taking care of the needs of their family, people who realize how lucky they are if they can take care of those needs and acknowledge that an income tax bill means they’ve still got an income.

    • Of course Mitten$ enjoys wealth without work. Gives him the luxury of running for president for … what’s it been, about six years straight now? He doesn’t even have the running part perfected after all these years. If elected he has the Bush2 model of cut taxes for the wealthiest and deregulate everything added to the Ryan budget to guide him.

      How long do you think it would take to get back to where Bush2 left off? How much worse could Romney make it and how quickly?

      In every economic measure — jobs created, stock market, unemployment rates… — America has improved since President Obama took office. But since republican obstructionism has not allowed a more robust recovery, I think Mitten$ could get us back to the dismal way Bush2 left everything in less than a year.

  2. Here’s some electoral college prediction sites to buoy your spirits. 🙂 America still elects presidents by electoral college votes so as you go about your day among Kansans remember that even tho all six electoral votes from Kansas will go to Romney, that number won’t get bigger just because the republicans get nastier and louder.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/2012_elections_electoral_college_map.html

    http://www.aei-ideas.org/2012/05/5-electoral-college-predictions-for-2012/

    http://www.governing.com/news/politics/2012-electoral-college-predictions.html

    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/

  3. A post originally made April 5th when I said I would bring this list forward so nothing would be forgotten.

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    I’m going to start keeping track of what Romney says because we need to NOT FORGET. My Mother always said the problem with lying was that you had to keep track. Evidently Mr. Romney’s Mother didn’t mention that little problem. And we should always remember the wise words of Maya Angelou: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

    Add to this list if you can and I’ll bring it forward at least once a week and we can keep it current. I’m ‘of an age’ when I need to write things down.

    PLANNED PARENTHOOD:
    Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one, but there are others: Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs, but we can’t afford to borrow money to pay for these things.”

    IRAN:
    Below was written by Mitt Romney, read it carefully because it outlines his plans for a world war:
    How I would check Iran’s nuclear ambition
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-how-i-would-check-irans-nuclear-ambition/2012/03/05/gIQAneYItR_story.html

    IMMIGRATION:
    Romney on immigration: I’m for “self-deportation”
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57364444-503544/romney-on-immigration-im-for-self-deportation/

    Mitt Romney Vows to Veto Dream Act if President
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/mitt-romney-vows-to-veto-dream-act-if-president/

    Romney calls Arizona immigration law a model for the nation
    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/22/news/la-pn-gop-debate-illegal-immigration-20120222

    I like to fire, (not hire), people.

    “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People’s pockets. Human beings my friend.”

    WOMEN’S RIGHTS:
    Romney supported the Blunt Amendment
    He has come out in favor of ‘a fertilized egg is a person’ (Personhood amendments criminalize birth control!)
    He sends his wife out in an attempt to convince women their basic rights should be lower on their list of concerns.
    He has promised to do away with Title X and Planned Parenthood and has no concern about the basic health care needs of millions of women.

    HEALTH CARE:
    ROMNEY: “I want to return health care to the states. I will repeal Obamacare and let people have responsibility for their own health care.” (Nevermind that the mandate to buy health insurance is a mandate for personal responsibility and one he insisted be part of Romneycare. [eye roll])

  4. (from the link): Letting the tax cuts expire for the rich is worth about $80 billion a year (source) … just remember that number when you hear about all the various programs that Republicans are trying to cut. Republicans want to cut all of the following programs because we “can’t afford it”, but every single elected Republican has voted to extend tax cuts for the rich worth $80 billion a year and almost every single Republican has voted to cut the following programs in order to pay for it.

    They ACTUALLY have voted to cut:

    Free lunch and assisted lunch programs for low income kids affecting over 22 million kids (source)
    Tax credits for low income families affecting 5.5 million kids (source)
    Child care assistance for over 4 million kids (source)
    Child abuse prevention and intervention for 640,000 kids (source)
    Foster care programs for over 450,000 kids (source)
    Cut $2 Billion a year out of Food Stamps for people making less than $18,500 a year for a family of three. That could impact 1 million families or more who will not be able to feed their family. (source)
    Cut Medicaid by 40% or $81 Billion a year which primarily benefits children, the poor, disabled and elderly (source)
    Cut spending $46 Billion a year on Pell Grants for college students and other mandatory spending (source)
    Raise taxes on the bottom 50% of Americans who are not paying INCOME taxes currently (source)
    Block any increases for minimum wage laws (source)
    Increase spending on military spending to levels not seen since WW2 (source).
    Americans would not qualify for unemployment benefits unless they exhausted everything but $2,000 in their life savings (source)
    Cuts in funding for Headstart and other early childhood education programs (source)

    31 Republicans in the Senate voted against the Violence Against Women Act because “it cost too much.”

    http://www.classwarfareexists.com/obama-proposes-tax-cuts-for-98-of-americans-vows-veto-of-tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy/

  5. After President Obama announced his plan to extend some of the Bush tax cuts for one year while allowing the cuts on higher incomes to expire yesterday, conservatives quickly revived the “class warfare” talking point they have used faithfully in tax debates before.

    These claims, however, rely on a fundamental misunderstanding of America’s progressive tax system and its utilization of marginal tax rates. The Obama plan still maintains a tax cut for every single income earner, regardless of how much he or she makes. Every earner still receives the tax cut on income up to $250,000 — only after it passes that threshold will it be subject to a higher tax rate. Someone who makes $250,001, for instance, will pay the higher rate on exactly $1.

    The tax system works the same way for the small businesses that conservatives claim will face massive tax hikes under the Obama plan. Only after $250,000 in income will they pay a higher rate, and to truly notice the higher tax rates, a business would have to earn substantially more than $250,000 in a year — meaning it probably isn’t a small business in the first place. All told, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that only 3 percent of businesses would see an increase under the Obama plan, which actually restores competitive advantages to the nation’s entrepreneurs.

  6. Did you hear about the rich republican bitch who has ‘renounced her American citizenship’ in order to avoid paying taxes. Can you imagine anything more greedy than making money that important? She’s a worse freeloader than Romney who only parks some of his money (who knows how much) in offshore accounts so he can pay less in taxes than the average American trying to make ends meet.

    I think republicans refer to this as personal responsibility. [eye roll]

    • I don’t know about the Republican bitch you mentioned but his woman seemed to be good friends with Bill Clinton.

      BTW – she was married to a convicted billionaire fraudster – and now it is reported she is with some rich foreign dude.

      So, am I to suspect she is not exactly the type we want in America?

      What I found interesting is the fact that she is using her Austrian citizenship through her father….

      Well, how convenient…..

      Sad to say, fnord, freeloaders come in all sizes, shapes, colors and party affiliation.

      Good riddance to them all.

      http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2012/07/socialite-songwriter-denise-rich-renounces-citizenship/

      • That’s the one! So maybe she isn’t a republican? It sounded so very republican to be that much of a greedy bitch who puts money as a priority. America isn’t losing anything worthwhile whatever she is in addition to being a rich bitch!

      • Maybe she is the chameleon type? – you know, whichever party is in the White House, she’s their girl…

        I saw this yesterday about her – and after reading about her, I felt I needed to take a nice clean shower……

  7. karma. She is a bitch. 🙂

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    There may be an unexpected off-set to Republican voter suppression laws – Evangelicals writing the name of Jesus on the ballot rather than voting for Romney. ChristianNewsWire reports that “Bill Keller, the world’s leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.com…, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the daily devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview, reports over 200,000 people have already signed up to write in the name of Jesus for President this November.”

    • I guess this is their way of showing their butts to the world? I wonder how many of these folks are also those who think that the uneducated should not be allowed to vote?

  8. Ezra Klein brings us this great chart; it does a very good job of helping you understand the impact of President Obama’s tax policies. Literally – 95% of Americans are getting tax cuts or basically staying flat with prior income tax rates.

    You may notice that the vast amount of tax increases are coming from people making 500k +.

    This is why billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to influence your vote.

    • I noticed last week that Republicans used to say they wanted to Repeal and Replace Obamacare. But after the SCOTUS decision, these folks have changed their terms to Repeal Obamacare.

      I suspect their much bally-hooed desire to ‘replace’ was nothing more than a dangling carrot in front of the voters.