Well this is awkward and full of cringe.
Jed Lewison: Mitt Romney tries to lead a crowd in Vandalia, Ohio yesterday, into a chant of “Romney-Ryan” … to awkward effect:
Two guys carrying the “Women for Mitt” banner with one lone woman walking beside them.
Political Wire reports Romney got no bounce in Florida from RNC: A new Public Policy Polling survey in Florida finds President Obama leads Mitt Romney, 48% to 47%, exactly as he did five weeks ago. Key findings: “The Republican convention being held in Tampa appears to have been a wash. 33% of voters say it made them more likely to vote for Republicans, 33% said it made them less likely to vote for Republicans, and 34% said it didn’t make a difference to them either way.”
Gallup reports Romney’s speech got lowest ratings of any Gallup has measured since 1996: PRINCETON, NJ — Last week’s Republican National Convention had a minimal impact on Americans’ self-reported voting intentions, with just about as many saying the convention made them less likely to vote for Mitt Romney as say it made them more likely to vote for him.
Politico notes the historically low impact that Romney’s speech had: Following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, 40 percent of voters said that they were more likely to support Mitt Romney for president, compared with 38 percent who were less likely — a net impact of 2. [...] This is lowest net impact for a convention going back to 1984. By comparison, the 2008 GOP convention featuring Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was 5, and that year’s Democratic convention nominating Barack Obama was 14.
Romney-Ryan 2012: feel the excitement.
If you see Paul Ryan marching in a parade, don’t bother him with your random, petty bullshit, like unemployment — not when he’s having a good time:
“Paul Ryan has never offered anything of value or consequence to the laid-off workers of Janesville … until Labor Day, 2011.
“As he marched with other politicians in the Janesville Labor Day parade, the congressman was confronted by Wisconsin workers who were struggling with high unemployment and bleak prospects. A man was videotaped asking what his representative planned to do to aid Ryan’s unemployed constituents.
““So what should I have to work for to get a job?” the man asked. “Should I have to work the same wages as in China? Should I have to work for $1 an hour?”
“Ryan tried to brush his questioner off. But when the man persisted, saying, “C’mon, we’re all here to have a good time.”
“When he was reminded that it was Labor Day, which would seem to be an appropriate time to discuss unemployment and the condition of workers, Ryan finally offered something: “Would you like some candy?” Ryan asked. “Would you like a Packer-Badger schedule?”“
Reminds me of this year’s Iowa State Fair, when Ryan didn’t want to be bothered with questions about Iowa farmers and crop failure because of the drought, so he responded with the brush off: “Right now I just want to enjoy the fair.”
It’s a mystery when average, working and middle class teapublicans tell themselves that their lives will be so much better if Romney-Ryan win the election. They really need to think that through. Maybe start with: HOW?
Benjy Sarlin at TPM explains how the budget math between Romney and Ryan is getting so twisted, that now Ryan says they won’t even discuss how they’d balance the budget before the election!
Ryan’s choice was intended to bolster Romney’s promise to cut spending. In a bizarre twist, however, the only concrete policy change since Ryan joined the ticket has been a new promise to reverse $716 billion of Medicare savings enacted under the Affordable Care Act, complicating an already fantastical promise by Romney to balance the budget within eight years.
[...] As for his long-term Medicare plan, Romney is even less clear. He disavowed Ryan’s 2010 proposal to privatize the program and dramatically cut seniors’ benefits over time to bring down the deficit. But once again, he’s refused to fill in the details as to how many savings he’d achieve with his own partial-privatization plan, making it impossible to judge its impact. [...] As the independent Tax Policy Center noted in a study last month, Romney’s promise to cut income tax rates by 20 percent across the board by eliminating tax deductions for the rich simply does not add up. Even under the most charitable estimates, the study concluded Romney’s approach would raise taxes for 95 percent of Americans on average while slashing them for the wealthiest Americans.
Romney called the study “garbage” Tuesday, but his new running mate confirmed this week that they would not release any more information before the election as to how they would pay for their plan instead. “That is something that we think we should do in the light of day, through Congress,” Ryan told FOX News. Continue…
Maybe Mitt will pledge to release his tax returns after the election too. Why not? He’s not going to talk about specifics of his budget until then. Romney wants everything he’s done or stood for off limits or he whines that Obama is engaging in “gutter politics.” Why discuss anything else at this point? This is quite the impressive team you have there, GOP.
Back off, Farmer John. Your problems come second to Master Ryan’s fair-going, as Joan Walsh explains:
“Ryan, who’s supposed to be the warm, regular guy on the ticket, gave a whiff of that odd Romney entitlement today at the Iowa State Fair. Asked whether he supported efforts to provide federal relief to farmers struggling with the state’s historic drought, Ryan waved off the reporter. “We’ll get into all those policy things later,” he said, adding, rather unbelievably, “Right now I just want to enjoy the fair.” That’s not terribly bold of Paul Ryan. He opposes the drought relief bill that got bipartisan support in the Senate; why not talk about his alternative ideas? An Iowan told the Huffington Post Ryan should have answered the question. “There’s a lot of farmers here,” he said. [...] What kind of person thinks he can give that kind of answer on his third day on the presidential campaign trail? A guy who’s not as good at retail politics as his Republican boosters want to believe, that’s for sure.”
peterfeld: Paul Ryan’s senior health care plan exposed!
It was called Son of Boss:
Reporter: “Was there ever any year where you paid lower than the 13.9%?”
Mitt Romney: “I haven’t calculated that. I’m happy to go back and look.”
Voiceover: “Did Romney pay 10% in taxes? 5%? Zero? We don’t know. But we do know that Romney personally approved over $70 million in fictional losses to the IRS as part of the notorious Son of Boss tax scandal. One of the largest tax avoidance schemes in history. Isn’t it time for Romney to come clean?”
And this guy wants to be president!
Image above / story below: liberalsarecool
A key troubling public manifestation of Romney’s apparent insensitivity to tax obligations is his role in Marriott International’s abusive tax shelter activity, as previously reported by Jesse Drucker in Bloomberg.
Romney has had a close, long-standing, personal and business connection with Marriott International and its founders. He served as a member of the Marriott board of directors for many years. From 1993 to 1998, Romney was the head of the audit committee of the Marriott board.
During that period, Marriott engaged in a series of complex and high-profile maneuvers, including “Son of Boss,” a notoriously abusive prepackaged tax shelter that investment banks and accounting firms marketed to corporations such as Marriott. In this respect, Marriott was in the vanguard of a then-emerging corporate tax shelter bubble that substantially undermined the entire corporate tax system.
Son of Boss and its related shelters represented perhaps the largest tax avoidance scheme in history, costing the U.S. many billions in lost corporate tax revenues. - CNN
“When you redistribute money from the bottom to the top, the economy gets weaker. And all this stuff about the top investing in the country is (nonsense). No, they don’t. They’re asking where they can get the highest returns, and they’re looking all over the globe. So they’re investing in China and Brazil and Latin America, emerging markets, not America.” — Joseph Stiglitz (via theamericanbear)