Gawker found a video of our man Mittens using the word “poppycock” in 2004:
“Then-Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defended President George W. Bush, who was facing attacks on his economic record by Democratic candidate John Kerry.” Romney said:
“The people of America recognize that the slowdown in jobs that occurred during the early years of the Bush administration were the result of a perfect storm. And an effort by one candidate to somehow say “Oh, this recession and the slowdown in jobs was the result of somehow this president magically being elected…” people in America just dismiss that as being poppycock. And they recognize it as that.”
You know what? Unless the people in America have suddenly transformed into 19th-century robber barons and tycoons, I’m pretty sure poppycock isn’t a word they throw around when they don’t believe something.
So liberals are elitists? When’s the last time you heard poppycock come out of a liberal’s mouth? Romney says it in the first 40 seconds below — and surprisingly he doesn’t preface the remark with, ‘I do say, good sir!’ nor is he wearing a monocle. So there’s that.
Also (more importantly) — think about that excuse Mitt was giving for GWB’s job recession. It’s truly poppycock and hypocritical to not apply this logic to President Obama — especially to President Obama. If Bush’s first term was a ‘perfect storm’ (of his own making), then Obama has spent his first term trying to repair eight long years of Bush-storms.
greatestgeneration: Congressman Mike Kelly compared the August 1st birth-control mandate to Pearl Harbor. Senate Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye, a witness to Pearl Harbor, World War II veteran, and Medal of Honor winner, responded. A history lesson ensued.
“I witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and had the privilege of serving in the United States Army during World War II. It is complete nonsense to suggest that a matter discussed, debated, and approved by the Congress and the President is akin to a surprise attack that killed nearly 2,500 people and launched our nation into the second World War, or a terrorist attack that left nearly 3,000 dead and led to fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Inouye added that Kelly should “share his comparison” with veterans from the two ongoing wars.
What a group of total losers this thing called the Republican Party has turned into.
OFA: “You work hard, stretch every penny, but chances are you pay a higher tax rate than him: Mitt Romney made $20 million dollars in 2010, but paid only 14% in taxes—probably less than you. Now he has a plan that will give millionaires another tax break and raises taxes on middle class families by up to $2000 dollars a year. Mitt Romney’s middle class tax increase: he pays less, you pay more.”
Ezra Klein: “The reason Romney’s plan doesn’t work is very simple. The size of the tax cut he’s proposing for the rich is larger than all of the tax expenditures that go to the rich put together. As such, it is mathematically impossible for him to keep his promise to make sure the top one percent keeps paying the same or more.”
The Brookings Institution backs this up:
“For some time, Mitt Romney has been promising to reduce income tax rates and then pay for these cuts by closing loopholes. But he’s never specified which loopholes he’d close and now we know why. A new analysis from the Brookings Institution (and first reported by Lori Montgomery in the Washington Post) suggests that, in order to lower tax rates without increasing the deficit, Romney would have to close loopholes that benefit middle-class Americans as well as the wealthy. The end result, if I’m reading the report correctly, would be lower taxes for the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans but higher taxes on everybody else. (See the graph below, which Steve Benen of Maddowblog constructed based on the report’s findings.)
“[...] For the record, reducing or eliminating tax breaks like the home interest mortgage deduction is a perfectly worthy idea, even if it means the middle class pay higher taxes. In the long run, most if not all of us need to pay more taxes. But Romney isn’t proposing to raise taxes on everybody. He’s proposing to raise them on the poor and middle class, while reducing them for the rich.
“Keep in mind that, even as Romney is proposing to taxes on most Americans, he is proposing to cut programs on which most Americans rely. His proposal to cap federal spending at 20 percent of gross domestic product, with a fifth of that set aside for defense spending, would inevitably require dramatic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other vital public services.
“Figuring out the impact of campaign promises can be difficult. But if you’re like 95 percent of Americans, understanding what Romney’s plan means for you is simple: You’ll pay higher taxes and get fewer public services, so that Romney and his friends can keep more of their money. “
And the rubes in the GOP voting base allow themselves to be distracted by gays and abortion. It would be funny if they were the only ones to suffer the consequences.
Here’s a thought:
But maybe that’s the source of the problem with Christian fundamentalism — they don’t have enough things that they love. Their particular brand of “Christianity” is war on everything they hate.
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A vote for Mitt Romney (really, any Republican at this point) is a vote for a Teaparty sock puppet.
ABC News: The stunning Texas victory of Ted Cruz, a young Tea Party-backed Republican over an establishment candidate vying for a Senate seat, has already so emboldened the insurgent conservative movement that activists are warning Mitt Romney he had better get on board. “These guys [newly elected Tea Party candidates]” are going to force Romney to the right,” said Andrea Shell, a spokeswoman for Tea Party group Freedom Works. “That is our entire mission.” “If we can elect a really conservative House and Senate that will force Romney to go along with our bold conservative agenda,” Shell said. “He’s going to have to really, really go to the right. He’ll be working with guys in the House and Senate. He won’t be able to get away with too many middle of the road policies, especially on things like the deficit.”
Remember what Grover Norquist said:
“We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States.”
christopherstreet : This is what Harry Reid did. He got Fox News to put in huge letters across the bottom of the screen that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. Well played, Reid, well played.
TPM reports that “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doubling down on his claim that a Bain Capital investor told him Mitt Romney “didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.” In a call with Nevada reporters Wednesday, Reid said: “I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination. I have had a number of people tell me that.” Reid told reporters that he won’t reveal his alleged source. “I don’t think the burden should be on me,” he said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?””
“It’s time for Harry to put up or shut up… Harry’s gonna have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course that’s totally and completely wrong. It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out that it’s the White House.” — Mitt Romney, yesterday on Sean Hannity’s radio show
Steve Benen remarks,
“As for “put up or shut up,” is this really the phrase the guy who has been hiding his tax returns wants to use?
“In recent weeks, Romney and his campaign spokespersons have claimed he always followed the law when paying his taxes and never paid an income tax rate of 0%. Romney also told a national television audience he’d be “happy to go back and look” to see how many years, if any, he paid a rate under 13.9%.
“But these boasts are as dubious as Reid’s irresponsible claims — Romney has effectively told Americans we’re simply supposed to take his defense on faith. He could bolster his own rhetoric about his tax history with documented proof, but for reasons he can’t explain, Romney doesn’t want to.
“The message: just take his word for it. And what about his willingness to happily go back and look at his paid income tax rates? Apparently, Romney intends to break this commitment just days after making it.”