reagan-was-a-horrible-president: A fact so simple that even Republicans should be able to understand it.
Alex MacGillis wonders what exactly Romney could possibly be hiding in those tax returns — and WHY, after all these years of campaigning for one thing or another, was he so unprepared for the request?
“Harry Reid is telling people that a big Bain Capital investor told him that Romney told him that he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years. OK, that sounds like something out of a seventh-grade cafeteria, but then again there’s also an easy way for Romney to knock it down. Which again raises the question: What can possibly be in the returns to make them so dicey to release? Lurking behind that question, though, is a related one that has gotten less attention: Why in the world did someone who has been running for president since late 2006 not years ago rid his personal finances of anything that could cause problems in a campaign—Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island shelters, questionable IRAs, etc? After all, Romney is nothing if not a cautious, details-oriented fellow—this is someone who held a videotaped family summit before deciding whether to run for president. Why would he not have fixed his finances as carefully as his coiffure before venturing out onto the stage?”
MacGillis guesses at potentially embarrassing little facts that could be revealed, like Romney’s history of greed, penny-pinching, cutting corners, and being cheap.
“You gotta hand it to Bush. Either he was born without the moral compass that engenders humility or he has one sick sense of humor. To start with, let the record show that George W. Bush was in fact president of the United States for eight years. And for those eight years economic growth averaged not four percent, but 2.04 percent. For Bush to attach his name to a book claiming to be a recipe for economic growth is what we Texans call chutzpah. What’s next? Charlie Sheen as spokesperson for Just Say No? Chris Christie’s fitness video? Kim Kardashian’s tips for a long and happy marriage? The mind boggles.” — Paul Begala reviews former President George W. Bush’s new book,The 4% Solution. (via liberalsarecool)
Romney’s now telling us, ‘So what if Palestine is angry? It’s the media’s fault for reporting what I said.’
truth-has-a-liberal-bias: Day two of Mitt Romney’s foreign tour involved telling a foreign newspaper, owned by a right-wing American billionaire donor, that he wants to get back to Bush-era foreign policy. He thinks that George W. Bush was doing it right; and that’s where he wants to take the country and the world, back to the Bush way of doing things.
To pay off the deficit, we need EVERYONE to pay their fair share.
In case you wondered about that. When Romney says he’s not concerned with the very poor, believe him.
NY Mag: Paul Piff published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that made him semi-famous. Titled “Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior,” it showed through quizzes, online games, questionnaires, in-lab manipulations, and field studies that,
“...living high on the socioeconomic ladder can, colloquially speaking, dehumanize people. It can make them less ethical, more selfish, more insular, and less compassionate than other people. It can make them more likely, as Piff demonstrated in one of his experiments, to take candy from a bowl of sweets designated for children. “While having money doesn’t necessarily make anybody anything,” Piff says, “the rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people. It makes them more likely to exhibit characteristics that we would stereotypically associate with, say, assholes.””
Well played, mom.
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