Rachel Maddow lists the huge implications of what an Obama win means…or more precisely, what a Romney loss means in terms of what is not going to happen. There’s some pretty big stuff here and a good reminder of the tragedy that could have been.
We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade.
There will be no more Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alioto’s added to this court.
We are not going to repeal health reform.
Nobody is going to kill Medicare.
Nobody is going to make old people in this generation fight it out in the open market for health insurance.
We are not going to give 20% tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kids health to cover the cost.
We are not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control from your health provider.
We are not going to redefine rape.
We are not going to amend the United States Constitution amendment to stop gay people from getting married.
We are not going to double Guantanamo.
We are not eliminating the Dept of Energy, the Dept of Education, the Dept of Housing at the Federal level.
We are not going to spend 2 trillion dollars on the military that the military does not want.
We are not scaling back on student loans because the new plan is you should borrow money from your parents.
We are not vetoing the dream act.
We are not self-deporting.
We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.
We are not starting a trade war with China on inauguration day.
We are not going to have as President, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help. And there was no apology, not ever.
We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton.
We are not bringing Dick Cheney back.
We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with the architects of the Iraq war. We are not going to do it.
We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that as a country, and we said no.
Listen tea party Republican conservative fundagelicals: you would never ever let Pres. Obama get away with this kind of secrecy. It’s time you let YOUR presidential candidate know that he needs to show the American people at least 10 years worth of tax returns. And the only reason it hasn’t happened yet is because he’s hiding something. We get to ask what he’s hiding and expect to find out. And don’t even try to compare fake “birth certificate” or college transcript conspiracies with Romney’s tax returns.
Steve Benen asks, incredulously: “Reince Priebus thinks questions about Romney’s secret tax returns are as legitimate as questions about Obama’s college transcripts?”
“As a purely objective matter, there are important unanswered questions about Romney’s offshore finances, controversial investments, unanswered questions about his individual retirement account that somehow ended up with more than $100 million, and claims about his business that contradict SEC filings. Romney himself promised to “go back and look” at these returns to look at the tax rates he paid — a promise he’s apparently already broken.
“These are legitimate areas of inquiry in a presidential race. Donald Trump’s wild-eyed conspiracy theories are not. That Priebus can’t tell the difference is discouraging.”
No. No, of course Priebus doesn’t believe they’re both legitimate areas of inquiry — but what else is he going to say at this point? That’s the best aid and comfort the rightwing nutjob apologists can come up with to distract the dittoheads from really thinking about what exactly the King of Bain is hiding from them. The GOP motto might as well be ‘Vote Blind’ because that’s what they’ll be doing, willingly, if they continue to make excuses for their candidate.
Remember the anonymous corporation that was seemingly formed with the express purpose of donating $1 million to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential aspirations and then promptly folded? In Utah, it’s happened again.