Nancy Pelosi wishes John Boehner would man up

John Boehner is having a very hard time with the idea of not automatically putting his political party and the super rich first:

MSNBC: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have much sympathy for her successor’s predicament. “Figure it out,” she scolded Speaker John Boehner about dealing with the fiscal cliff.

“Pelosi cited her own experience dealing with President George W. Bush’s request to fund the unpopular war in Iraq. A fierce opponent of the war, Pelosi still wanted to ensure that the troops weren’t left high and dry. Her strategy: hold multiple votes. Democrats could go on record as opposing the war, but could still vote to fund it.

“Do you know what it was like for me to bring a bill to the floor to fund the war in Iraq?” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s tough, but you have to do it if you don’t want to put your members on the spot. Figure it out. We did.” [...]

“Working on the same principle, Pelosi urged Boehner to bring up a bill extending middle-class tax rates under a suspension of the rules, which would require a two-thirds majority to pass—something she thinks is possible. Tax rates for the wealthiest Americans would then automatically go up at year’s end. “It’s painful, but it’s the job he signed up for,” said Pelosi.

“Democrats say they won’t accept a solution unless it includes tax rate increases for America’s wealthiest. Closing loopholes and capping tax deductions for the wealthy—as some Republicans have suggested—is not enough, say the Dems.”


Tax returns: even Jon Huntsman Sr. has had enough of Mitt Romney’s bullshit

“Mr. Romney ought to square with the American people and release his taxes like any other candidate.” — Jon Huntsman Sr., national finance chairman of Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign

Greg Sargent spoke to Huntsman:

“…in a move that could be significant, Huntsman forcefully called on Romney to release his tax returns. This matters, because Huntsman is a longtime backer of Romney — he has long been close to Romney; he supported his early campaigns; he was the national finance chairman of Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign; and he has raised a lot of money for him over the years. (He backed his own son in the latest GOP primary.) “I feel very badly that Mitt won’t release his taxes and won’t be fair with the American people,” Huntsman told me.”

(via: ericmortensen)

Reince Priebus calls Harry Reid a “dirty liar.” Why won’t Mitt Romney man up and prove it?

The first week in July, the RNC’s own Reince Priebus went on Fox “News” Sunday and said the president “isn’t living on planet Earth,” repeatedly criticized the last four years as a “misery,” and called Obama “the most divisive, nasty, negative campaigner” in the nation’s history. Today he went on ABC’s This Week to call Harry Reid a “dirty liar.”

You know what, Reince Priebus? Have Mitt Romney PROVE Harry Reid’s a dirty liar.

Reid Spokesman Adam Jentleson struck back at Priebus by calling Romney “the most secretive candidate since Richard Nixon,” and went on to say it’s sad that Romney has “forced his party to defend his decision to hide the truth about his tax returns..”

Republicans can try to cover up for Mitt Romney’s stonewalling all they want, but this issue is not going away until Romney decides to be straight with the American people and release his tax returns.  It is sad that the most secretive candidate since Richard Nixon has forced his party to defend his decision to hide the truth about his tax returns.  As Senator Reid has said, an extremely credible source informed him that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for ten years. From the one year of returns Romney has released, we’ve seen that he uses secret offshore accounts in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands to avoid paying U.S. taxes.  It’s clear Mitt Romney is hiding something, and the only way for him to clear this up is to be straight with the American people and release his tax returns.

How on earth the GOP voting base can be satisfied by this level of secrecy and dishonesty in their presidential candidate is really a testament to their own levels of pathological ideology trumping everything else that should matter to Americans. Keep defending the indefensible and see how far that gets you.