“You don’t build a movement with short-term tactics. You build a movement by understanding and change the way people think. The day everyone says in America, ‘You know what? There’s no missing page of Genesis that says there are separate tax rates for capital gains. There is nothing in Leviticus that says you may not regulate derivatives. This is not stuff that has to be. This is just a bunch of people who decided our public policy should be to redistribute all of the wealth in our society to a very small number of our people. It’s public policy. It’s not ancient. It’s not God, and we have the power to change it.’ That’s what will enable us to break through the log jams to re-regulate the Dodd-Frank process. That’s what will break through.” – New York’s state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, reminding progressives at the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, D.C. that the right’s efforts to fight financial regulation is far from divinely inspired.
An observation from mohandasgandhi:
“Remember when there was a giant uproar about Common visiting the White House to read poetry? Fox News and the Republicans absolutely lost it and racist stereotyping ran amok. Rap music is really scary though, right? Kid Rock, however, can play at the Republican National Convention and no one bats an eyelash. Why? Maybe it has something to do with skin color. Is Kid Rock going to play Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp, Fuck Off, Fuck That, Fuck You Blind, or Cadillac Pussy?”
The last stop for Mitt Romney’s bus tour is his home state of Michigan. But don’t expect a happy homecoming: In addition to arguing that we should “let Detroit go bankrupt,” the policies that Romney is proposing would cut student aid for 337,000 students and jobs for 9,900 teachers. And 510,000 Michigan families would see their taxes go up by an average of $900.
Send this postcard to your friends to tell them what Michigan already knows: Romney economics would be a disaster for our country.
First, the person who’s likely not being vetted – ever: Rick Santorum. When he was asked on CNN about serving in a Romney administration, he said: ”Yeah, it is pretty much a flat no.“
However according to Taegan Goddard: Despite reports to the contrary today, Mitt Romney told the media that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is being “thoroughly vetted as part of our process” to select a vice presidential running mate.
Meanwhile, Think Progress found something interesting in Marco Rubio’s new memoir:
In the new memoir An American Son, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — the son of Cuban immigrants — reveals that he would be willing to cross the border into the United States illegally to provide a better life for him and his family: “Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn’t feed our families,” Rubio writes in his book, which went on sale Tuesday. “If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there isn’t a law, no matter how restrictive, that would prevent me from coming here.”
Many, many people feel that way of course. But you have to wonder how that little admission will play in Tea Party USA — or how (if?) it will be covered on Fox “News.”
Lovely! No wonder Ann Romney is so taken with dressage — and it’s a tax deduction to boot!
Andrew Sullivan remarks on Romney’s “view that a war against Iran need have no Congressional authorization:”
I can assure you if I’m President, the Iranians will have no question but that I would be willing to take military action, if necessary, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I– I don’t believe at this stage, therefore, if I’m President, that we need to have war powers approval or a special authorization for military force. The President has that capacity now.
Remember that this was Cheney’s position vis-a-vis Iraq. Bush over-ruled him. Romney is to the neocon right of George W. Bush in foreign affairs. Then this:
We cannot survive a course of action [that] would include a nuclear Iran.
Survive? So how did we survive a contained nuclear Soviet Union and a contained nuclear Communist China? And yet this comparatively puny, creaking, theo-fascist regime threatens America’s very survival?
It sounds like Mitt would like to keep Russia warming on the back burner as well, according to Raw Story: “Of course we’re not enemies. We’re not fighting each other, there’s no Cold War,” Romney told Fox Radio in an interview aired on the final day of his bus tour through six swing states. “But Russia is a geopolitical opponent, and in that regard I think we’ve seen very clearly that they continue to pursue a course which is antithetical to the interests of our nation.” He described Russia, where Vladimir Putin recently assumed the presidency for a third term, as “the nation which consistently opposes our actions at the United Nations.” [...] The Republican flagbearer caused a diplomatic spat in March when he accused Moscow of being America’s “number one geopolitical foe” — raising eyebrows from critics who say that honor belongs to Al Qaeda, North Korea or Iran. Russia’s then-president Dmitry Medvedev shot back that presidents should “use their head” when formulating their positions, adding that “it is now 2012, not the mid-1970s.”
Additionally, John McCain wants to go to war with Syria immediately. Forever War!
“I think the cost of a Romney administration is so huge, even if it would generate more public outrage, that I would say, let’s all get behind Obama for a second term; let’s make sure… we have a Democratic Congress; but let’s understand that’s just the beginning of our task. We’ve got to make them move in a progressive direction. It’s just like 1936, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was running for re-election and somebody said to him, “Mr. President, if you’re re-elected, I want you to do this and this and this and this.” And he said, “Ma’am, I want to do all these things, but if I am re-elected, you must make me do them.” This is what Democracy Now! is all about. Democracy is a practice. It’s a living form of ongoing citizen engagement. And we cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into either complacency or cynicism.” – Robert Reich (via: azspot)