Mitt Romney’s $100 million
Cayman Island IRA: Did he pay 13%, really, or is he a tax cheat?
Fascist Dreams of an "American Century" lead to more
unwinnable wars in the
Will Bishop Romney continue to
Wage War on American Women and
Teachers and Big Bird and
China and American
Workers and Flood
Will Romney Hood rob Americans blind with his
Medicare Scam, by stealing from the poor to give to the rich?
Are Romney and the Romulans trying to get
rid of Martin Luther
King Day and
Buy the White House?
Mitt Romney Quotes, Paul Ryan
Quotes and Ann Romney Quotes
Mitt Romney Poems,
Parodies, Songs, Jokes and
an immense blog and cornucopia of Mitticisms compiled by Michael
Romney Cayman Island IRA Part 2
Mr. Free Stuff
Willard Mitt Romney scornfully accuses ordinary Americans of wanting
"free stuff" when they request affordable healthcare, and yet it seems he may
have paid virtually no federal income taxes for years,
despite being one of the world's wealthiest men. Wouldn't that make Romney
the King of Free Stuff?
Does Romney really believe in American exceptionalism, or just his own
"exceptions" (i.e., evaded income taxes)? If he believes in
American exceptionalism, why did he stash so much cash in Bermuda and the
Cayman Islands? Romney drives high quality American-made cars, so why
does he park his money in obscure financial institutions on tiny, insecure
Why did a fabulously wealthy man choose the Yugo of banks, rather
than a Cadillac? The answer seems obvious: offshore "IRAs" are a rich man's
way of shafting working Janes and Joes who are
forced to pay
their taxes, rain or shine, via automatic payroll deductions. That Romney scams his fellow
Americans calls his character into question: whatever happened to leading by
example? That More Money (his nickname at Bane Kapital)
would mock less affluent Americans by claiming they want "free stuff," after he
used every trick in the book to avoid paying taxes, is simply beyond the pale.
Rich Americans frequent the Cayman Islands for two reasons: either to work on
their tans, or their tax shelters. Obviously, soaking up the Caribbean sun does
not require 137 offshore shell corporations. Other Americans are limited to retirement contributions of a few thousand dollars
per year, but it seems Romney put
entire companies in his IRAs, which have been
estimated to be worth up to $100 million. How? It seems he probably
assigned his shares implausibly low initial values, then let them "appreciate"
only once they were safe from taxes. If there's any other explanation, I'd
certainly like to hear it, but Romney remains mum despite even his
supporters' anxious pleas for him to come clean. Thus, he obviously has something to hide. And Romney's assertions that
he paid at least 13% in taxes every year mean nothing, without the evidence of
the hidden returns. If he paid 13% on
one-tenth of his income, while sheltering nine-tenths, that means he actually paid 1.3% on his total income.
Romney's malarkey has earned him nicknames like
Matinee Mitt, Mitt Robme, Decepticon, Willard Fillmore, Mitt Moneybags, the King of Bain
Pain, and Romney Hood.
In 1767 the British Empire dispatched a warship of the Royal Navy to New
England to enforce its right of taxation over American colonists. The name
of that warship was, ironically, the HMS Romney, a
fourth-rate Man of War.
Operating under the command of Captain John Corner and Admiral
Samuel Hood, the Romney entered Boston Harbor to support
royal commissioners who
had asked for help in enforcing the Townshend Acts. ("Shend" means to shame,
injure or destroy.) Being short of men,
Captain Corner began to corner and impress Massachusetts seamen. This was
understandably unpopular with the locals, who began attacking the cornering
gangs. Hostilities escalated when the royal tax commissioners ordered the
seizure of the merchant vessel Liberty, which belonged to John Hancock. When
sailors and marines from the Romney attempted to seize the
Liberty, the American
colonists turned on the tax commissioners, who then took refuge aboard the
Romney before transferring to Castle William
(named after a feudal British monarch). These incidents heightened
tensions that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre in 1770.
The underlined names are interesting, to say the least. Albert Einstein once
said the God reveals himself through coincidence. To read more on this subject,
please click here: HMS Romney.
"Look at my record: I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice."
Where does Mitt Romney stand on a woman's right to choose? As a Mormon Bishop
with a Diocese, called a "Stake," by his own admission he told
girls to bear unwanted babies, and as governor of Massachusetts he vetoed
all pro-choice legislation that crossed his desk, even
birth control [RU486] and sex education. In 2007, while
campaigning in Iowa, Romney appeared on WHO-AM 1040. The host, Jan
Mickelson, brought up abortion, questioning
Romney's pro-life credentials. In a video of the encounter, a
visibly agitated Romney explodes in defense of his record as an arch
anti-choice conservative: "Let me help you understand. You don’t understand my
faith like I do. So give me for a moment the benefit of the doubt, that having
been a leader of my church, and a Bishop and a Stake President, I understand my
church better than you do ... I was beaten up in Boston because I pointed out
time and again that I encouraged girls not to get abortions, that I
told them to have adoptions ... The [Mormon] Church says, "We are
vehemently opposed to abortion ourselves, and for ourselves. But we allow other
people to make their own choice. I disagree with that view
[i.e., he disagrees with freedom of individual conscience and other
people's right to choose]. Politically, I looked at it and said, That's wrong!
It's not a Mormon thing, it's a secular position to say, You know, I was wrong.
We should have a society with a prohibition on abortion in the following
circumstances ... I was governor four years—it’s not just what I’m talking
about—I was governor four years. I had a number of pieces of legislation that
came to my desk that dealt with abortion, abstinence education, RU486, and so
forth. I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice
... So it’s not just my word you can take—look
at my record."
As Hurricane Sandy threatened 50 million Americans with devastating floods, I
reminded of Mitt Romney's statement that it is "immoral" to borrow money to help
flood victims. Romney, a Mormon Bishop and therefore someone who should
presumably understand the term, didn't call it "immoral" for the federal
government to borrow billions to bail out the Olympic games and his rich Wall
Street cronies. He obviously doesn't consider it "immoral" to borrow the better
part of $7 trillion dollars to give even bigger tax cuts to the super-rich and increase defense
spending for things the Pentagon hasn't requested. According to Bishop
Romney, it seems the only people it's "immoral" to
help are the 47% of Americans who need help the most, including flood victims,
Detroit auto workers, homeowners facing foreclosures, homeless veterans, the elderly,
the uninsured, people with preexisting conditions, and girls who need Planned Parenthood’s
help with contraceptives and preventive healthcare. To read more on this
subject, please click
here: Romney: "Immoral"
Aid to Flood Victims?
Mitt's Storm Tips
"Poor people make great flotation devices!"
"Move your binders full of women to higher ground, to keep them warm, dry and
"Use car elevators to get your dancing horses to higher ground!"
"Borrowing money to help flood victims is immoral, but borrowing money to bail
out Wall Street tycoons is absolutely grand!"
"Sheesh, 47% of these hurricane victims think they're entitled to food, water,
shelter and blankets!"
"If you don't have a mansion on higher ground, just borrow the money from your
"After I de-fund FEMA, I will give flood victims a voucher that covers one-tenth
of what they need to live!"
"My prayers are with the successful 53% ... the rest of you don't concern me in
"If you die, I'll blame the failed policies of Barack Obama!"
"But if you get lucky and survive, I'll take all the credit!"
"I know how to keep you magically alive, but I can't tell you until after the
Shades of Julius Caesar
I came, I saw, I wonkered
I came, I saw, I metamorphed into Barack Obama at the third debate.—Mitt
I came, I saw, I lost my Battleship.—Mitt Romney
I came, I saw, I requested a P.O. for $2 trillion worth of mules and bayonets.—
"Pretty Pitiful" ... Decepticon Strikes Again
A new campaign ad claims that Chrysler is going to begin producing Jeeps in China,
creating the misleading impression that the move will come at the expense of
American jobs. So began the latest attempt by Decepticon (aka Mitt Romney) to woo Ohio
voters over to the Dark Side of the Force with fear-inspiring disinformation.
In reality, Jeep has announced plans to add 1,100 jobs to an Ohio assembly
plant currently being refitted for the next iteration of the Jeep Liberty.
Chrysler was only considering resuming production in China for its
consumers there. Jeep currently makes vehicles in Egypt
and Venezuela, and all the largest automakers have factories in multiple
countries, so there was no need to scare the living daylights out of American
auto workers in order to deceive voters.
Bruce Baumhower, the president of the United Auto Workers local at an Ohio
plant, said that Romney’s allegations about Jeep moving production to China drew
a rash of calls from members concerned about their jobs. When he informed them
that Chrysler was, in fact, expanding its Ohio Jeep operation, the response to
Romney's deception was, "That’s pretty pitiful!"
Pitiful, indeed. Chrysler quickly released a scathing statement calling
suggestions that Jeep is moving American jobs to China "fantasies" and
"extravagant." Fact checkers locally and and nationally have called the Romney
campaign’s statements misleading. Calling the Romney ad a "blatant attempt to
create a false impression," former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland demanded that
Romney stop airing it. Former president Bill Clinton called Romney's ad the
"biggest load of bull in the world."
Romney will have a hard time blaming this fiasco on other people, as he
recently told a rally in Defiance, Ohio that Jeep was considering "moving
production to China." Not some production, but "all" production.
The auto bailout was one of the first major moves of Mr. Obama’s presidency,
and gave Romney a chance to prove his conservative credentials. So just as the
incoming Obama administration was beginning to contemplate a bailout, Romney
wrote an op-ed article for The New York Times entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt"
in which he predicted that in the event of a federal bailout we "can kiss the
American automotive industry goodbye." But President Obama was right, and Romney was wrong. Now Decepticon wants to
take credit for the bailout he opposed and said would doom the U.S. auto
industry. And he want to use distortions and outright lies to scare Ohioans into
voting for him.
Pitiful, but by no means pretty.
Romney Donors: Buying the White House
We can easily follow the trail of money that leads to the Waffle House. How do
people without principles (other than making money) buy the presidency? By
telling voters whatever they want to hear. That, of course, explains why Mitt
Romney has more flip-flops than Daytona Beach during a spring break wet T-shirt
contest. Romney is the ultimate confidence man, selling a used Yugo by
telling gullible voters what they want to hear: that it's "much better" than the
car they're currently driving.
Willard Mitt Romney is
named after hotel magnate J. Willard Marriot, one of the best friends of his
father, George W. Romney. At least twelve members of the Marriott clan
contributed to Mitt Romney's campaign. More troubling is the list of big-money
donors to Romney's campaign and associated PACs. According to OpenSecrets.org
and other sources, here are some of the main suspects in what seems to be the
buying of the White House by the big banks, Wall Street investment companies,
and hedge funds:
Buying the White House.
Romney Fires Big Bird, Outsources Sesame Street to China!
During his first presidential debate with President Barack Obama, the
extraterrestrial android Willard Mitt Romney came up with
a truly unique solution: fire Big Bird and outsource Sesame Street, along with
the rest of PBS, to China.
Romney Exposes Enormous Ass, Shocks Schoolchildren
Egad, yet another act of shape-shifting metamorphosis by Bishop Romney. During
the final presidential debate he emerged from the
political chrysalis as a peaceful, serene, almost feminine
butterfly ... not to mention a fan, advocate
and supporter of the Obama administration's values, policies and actions.
As the New York Times pointed out, this more moderate version of
Multiple Choice Mitt "kept talking about American 'strength' and the need to be
'tougher,' but he seemed at times unnerved by the president, a man he accused of
being too weak." Is this because Romney's handlers, spin-meisters and neo-con
advisers instructed him to once again reset the Etch-a-Sketch, but he had to
look the president in the eye while parroting their lies, and that gave him
a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach? Is he belatedly coming to realize
just how oily and unctuous his used-car salesman act seems to the American
public? Is even Romney himself growing weary of his constant dissembling?
Ironically, Romney looks weakest on jobs and the economy, which were supposed to
have been his strengths. Romney's only consistency through three debates is that
he never gave a straight, specific answer when when President Obama pointed out
the massive illogic of $5 trillion in tax cuts that mostly benefit the
wealthiest Americans, plus $2 trillion in additional military spending the
Pentagon hasn't requested.
Horses and Bayonets
"Horses and bayonets" became the most memorable catchphrase of the third and
final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, as the Democratic president
used the past to paint the Republican candidate's worldview as hopelessly
outdated. Romney had criticized Obama's military policy throughout the campaign,
accusing the president of spending too little on the U.S. military by noting
that the Navy has fewer ships than in 1917. When the former Massachusetts
governor made the point again during the debate, President Obama was
ready with the perfect rejoinder: "Well, Governor, we also have fewer
horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. We have these
things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships
that go under water, nuclear submarines." Obama even invoked a children's
military role-playing board game: "The question is not a game of Battleship,
where we're counting ships."
Romney's is a "pointless" comparison, as CNN noted recently, explaining that
it’s "wrong to assume that fewer ships translates to a weaker military" because
of "the technological supremacy of current Navy ships." Hundreds of 1940s-era
fighter planes combined can’t match one modern
Stealth bomber, and the same is true for Navy vessels.
The Washington Post's fact checkers agreed with CNN, saying: "This is a
nonsense fact." Factcheck.org called it "a meaningless claim.
Believe it or not, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan sealed their political nuptials by
running down the gangplank of a decommissioned battleship to the podium (below),
laughing and waving, even though neither of them ever served a day in the
military. Bishop Romney avoided the Vietnam war by living in a French palace as
a 19-year-old "missionary." The palace, owned by the Mormon church, had stained
glass windows, chandeliers and servants.
As President Obama pointed out, Romney and the Romulans are backward-looking in
every respect: "Governor, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the
1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of
the 1920s." Here's just one of many examples of Romney's backwardness ...
The New York Times recently disclosed a September 2011 memo drafted by
Mitt Romney’s advisors which advocates the resumption of so-called "enhanced
interrogation techniques" initiated under President George W. Bush but banned by
President Barack Obama on his second day in office. In a December 17, 2011 Town
Hall meeting, Romney said, "I will not authorize torture." But at the press
conference after the Town Hall meeting, when a reporter asked him if he
considered waterboarding to be torture, Romney responded "I don’t."
Romney’s stance led one UN official to warn that his election would amount to "a
democratic mandate for torture."
If this topic interests you, please click here:
Mules and Bayonets.
Shades of China, Romney Hominy Plagiarized!
"Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose."
Mitt Romney seems to be obsessed with the "clear eyes" slogan, used by the
small-town high school football team depicted on the now-defunct TV series
Friday Night Lights. It came up again during
the third presidential debate, which took place in Boca Raton, Florida
(ironically, where Romney’s infamous "47 percent"
video was recorded). When the former Mormon Bishop and Massachusetts governor
was taken to task by President Obama for claiming that Russia remains America’s
foremost "geopolitical foe," Romney replied: "I have clear eyes on this. I’m not
going to wear rose-colored glasses when it comes to Russia or Mr. Putin ..."
Well, there he goes again. Peter Berg, the executive producer of Friday
Night Lights, recently fired off an angry letter to the Romney campaign,
claiming they plagiarized his show’s trademark phrase: "Your politics and
campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series. The
only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night
Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity—who turned his back on American
car manufacturers [by] selling imported cars from Japan."
Ouch, that does sound like Bishop Romney, who famously (or infamously) wrote an
article entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."
Romney claims to love American cars,
but his comments about the 47% and his liquidation of American companies and job
during his tenure as CEO of Bane Kapital make it seem pretty obvious that he
doesn't love American factory workers.
As is his imperious wont, ignoring Berg’s fiery missive, Romney has not only
kept the phrase in his repertoire, but has even begun selling cheap plastic red,
white and blue bracelets bearing the slogan for $10.
Shades of China! Not only did the Romney camp steal the phrase, they're now
making money by selling something they don't own. Bishop Romney condemns China
for stealing American trademarks and intellectual property, by selling cheap
knock-offs, then turns around and does the same thing himself!
Obama's Battleship reference seems doubly ironic because Peter Berg
directed the movie Battleship—one of filmdom's
biggest box office busts. Berg’s Friday Night Lights and
Battleship both exude a dizzy, unthinking patriotism. Romney wants to
increase the military budget to 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic
product, even though there is widespread agreement that spending cuts must be
made. According to the New York Times: "Todd Harrison, a senior fellow
for defense budget studies at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary
Assessments, has calculated that even if a Romney administration slowly
increases the military budget to 4 percent of the G.D.P. over two presidential
terms, that would still amount to spending $7.5 trillion over the next decade—or
$1.8 trillion more than the Obama administration plans for the Pentagon’s base
budget in the same period."
Can even Visine get the red out of Romney's blurry budget vision?
To further investigate this subject please click here:
Romney Clear Eyes Full
Milk of Romnesia ... or is it Bilk of Romnesia?
Here is the definition of romnesia, a new disease that threatens the lives and
health of 47% of Americans, or roughly 150 million people:
noun /rom nē zha/
A state of self-induced amnesia, usually for political gain, in which a
candidate conveniently forgets his/her previous positions even though they have
been indelibly entered into the public record.
Example: "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted
and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard." [but] "I never really called
myself pro-choice." [and] "I was a severely conservative governor." (Mitt "Myth"
Etymology: a modern coinage based on the name of its exemplar nonpareil,
the Mormon Bishop, CEO of Bane Kapital and American political figure Willard
Mitt Romney, who elevated self-induced amnesia into a political art form during
his campaigns for elected office.
Synonyms: balderdash, baloney, blather, bull, bunk, bunkum, hooey, hogwash,
poppycock, selling ice to Eskimos, selling swampland
Antonyms: truthfulness, honesty, candor
For a more detailed account of the history and etymology of the word, please
Romnesia History and Etymology.
Tricky Dick Redux
The more I learn about Willard Mitt Romney, the more he reminds me of Richard
Milhous Nixon ... Tricky Dick, meet Wily Willy!
Mitt Romney seems to be running for shape-shifter-in-chief of the United States.
If he was a superhero, he would be an incredibly flexible Plastic Man, with
extra-long arms, hands and fingers suitable for lifting people's wallets,
extracting their money, and handing it over to the owners of Chinese sweatshops.
If he appeared in the Twilight movies, he would be a cross between the
Cold Ones and the Werewolves, with the worst characteristics of each, and none
of their redeeming values. If he was a character on a children's show, he would
be either a very sketchy Etch-a-Sketch or a human eraser like Gumby, only with a
nastier disposition. If he starred in a comic book, he would be Stuporman, able
to induce a state of shock in the presidents of world superpowers, by making $8
trillion disappear in the blink of an eye.
Mitt and Ann Romney: War on Moms is a "Gift" to their Political Campaign
During a closed-door fundraiser in Florida, Ann Romney told the audience that
Hilary Rosen's remark that she had never worked was
a boon to her and her husband's political campaign: "It was my early
birthday present for someone to be critical of me as a mother, and
that was really a defining moment, and I loved it."
Mitt Romney obviously agreed because, speaking after his wife, he called the
ensuing "war on moms" a "gift."
I find it hard to understand why a man running for president of the United
States, and his potential first lady, would consider a war on mothers to be a
"gift." But that was not Rosen's intention. Rather, she had criticized the
Mormonator for turning to his wife for advice on women's economic concerns, when
she had never entered the job market and has long lived a life of incredible
luxury because Willard Billhard is one of the world's wealthiest men. Most
American mothers these days have to work for pay and
be their children's primary caregivers. While Rosen's choice of words may have
been unfortunate, her point seems valid. Especially when Ann Romney has made
statements such as: "My horse has more style and more class in its hoof than
they [presumably less affluent people] do in their
Also, the Romneys have made it clear that only rich
stay-at-home moms should get credit for working.
Like her husband, Ann Romney comes across as a rich boor ... so perhaps Hilary
Rosen was more right than she was wrong.
Mormon Tribune: Too Many Mitts
The Salt Lake Tribune, originally created as the Mormon Tribune
and currently the largest-circulation newspaper in the state of Utah, has
endorsed President Obama for reelection, in an editorial highly critical of
Republican challenger Mitt Romney. How did the American Borat go from being a
"favorite son" candidate from Utah, the historic and cultural center of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to an object of scorn and ridicule?
The article begins on a positive note: "Nowhere has Mitt Romney’s pursuit of the
presidency been more warmly welcomed or closely followed than here in Utah. The
Republican nominee’s political and religious pedigrees, his adeptly bipartisan
governorship of a Democratic state, and his head for business and the bottom
line all inspire admiration and hope in our largely Mormon, Republican,
business-friendly state." The article also praises Romney lavishly for his
rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics and described him as "the Beehive State’s
favorite adopted son."
But the Tribune sharply and severely criticized Romney’s "servile
courtship of the Tea Party," called him "shameless" in his pandering to
right-wing radicals, and labeled him the GOP’s "shape-shifting nominee" for his
constant and outrageous flip-flopping.
"Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?’" the
editorial asks, then opines: "The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least
one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite. Politicians routinely
tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing
vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to
hear. More troubling, Romney has repeatedly refused to share specifics of his
radical plan to simultaneously reduce the debt, get rid of Obamacare (or, as he
now says, only part of it), make a voucher program of Medicare, slash taxes and
spending, and thereby create millions of new jobs. To claim, as Romney does,
that he would offset his tax and spending cuts (except for billions more for the
military) by doing away with tax deductions and exemptions is utterly
meaningless without identifying which and how many would get the ax. Absent
those specifics, his promise of a balanced budget simply does not pencil out. If
this portrait of a Romney willing to say anything to get elected seems harsh, we
need only revisit his branding of 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who pay
no taxes, yet feel victimized and entitled to government assistance. His job, he
told a group of wealthy donors, 'is not to worry about those people. I’ll never
convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their
lives.' Where, we ask, is the pragmatic, inclusive Romney, the Massachusetts
governor who left the state with a model health care plan in place, the Romney
who led Utah to Olympic glory? That Romney skedaddled and is nowhere to be
There are, it seems, simply "too many Mitts" to believe in any of them.
The article goes on to list President Obama's leadership and accomplishments,
such as the auto bailout and Obamacare, then concludes: "In considering which
candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped
that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem
solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago.
Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack
toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential
debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of
mistrust. Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent
leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and
set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president
has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."
Fact Free Dressing
Some restaurants serve fat-free dressing. It seems the presidential debates are
fact-free window dressing for Mitt Romney. He reserves the truth for the jet-set
elite. How can we tell? Well, if you gave $50,000 to reserve a spot at Mitt Rotney's
swanky retreat for donors in New York this week, you would have received this
confidence letter: "All events are closed to the public and you should treat all
statements, whether made during formal presentation or informal conversations,
as off the record. Please be mindful of the security and confidentiality of your
meeting notes and materials. Please do not post updates or information about the
meeting on blogs, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, or in traditional
media." Why so secretive? Perhaps Mitt the Ripper wants to be able to level with
his wealthy donors about his $5 trillion "rescue plan" for the super-rich.
Experts say it will cost the average family with kids $2,000 per year in order
to give multi-millionaires more humongous tax cuts. Or perhaps Pink Slip Mitt
wants to be able to talk freely and disdainfully about how 150 million Americans
are lazy, irresponsible freeloaders ... even the ones fighting and dying in
Afghanistan. Or maybe Rombo just wants to brag about how he bought a Chinese
sweatshop complete with guard towers, barbed wire and thousands of young girls
providing virtual slave labor so that Bain Capital could profit even more from
the closing of American factories and outsourcing of American jobs. One thing
is certain, though. Re-money's finance chairman gave the donors a firm
goal: raise $2 million in 45 minutes!
Myth Romney: Candidate or Con?
Candidate contains the word "candid." I think most American presidential
candidates since Richard Nixon have been reasonably
candid, at least about their primary beliefs and intentions. We knew, for
example, that Ronald Reagan saw communism as a threat to the free world and
wanted to cut taxes for the rich in the hope that some of the money would
"trickle down" to ordinary Janes and Joes. So certain things he did as
president, such as beefing up the military, taking a hard line with the USSR
until its leaders were ready to negotiate peace, and cutting taxes (although he
eventually compromised and raised them), made perfect sense, whether we agreed
with him or not. We also knew that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were
liberal-to-moderate Democrats who stood for equality for minorities and women.
And we know that Barack Obama is also a liberal-to-moderate Democrat in the
FDR-Kennedy-Carter-Clinton mold, despite the wild and false claims of right-wing
nuts that he is a "communist," a "totalitarian socialist," etc. And we know that
George W. Bush was a brash, vain, reckless, not-so-intelligent Texas cowboy,
which helps to explain why Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were able to so
easily dupe him into invading Iraq on false premises. Still, Bush Junior was
never disingenuous; he was just in way over his head.
But Mitt Romney seems more like a con-didate than a candid-ate
to me. Even people in his own party have called him out in public repeatedly:
not only for constantly flip-flopping on major issues, but also for
flat-out lying. Flip Flopney lies even when the truth would serve
much better. He is not only out of touch with most Americans, but
also with basic reality. For instance, the Mighty Mormon Power
Ranger claims to have lived a hardscrabble existence without running water or
refrigerators in France as a 19-year-old "missionary," while other young
Americans fought and died in Vietnam. But Rook Romney's fellow missionaries say
that he lived in a multi-million-dollar French palace owned by the Mormon
church, and that it had not only running water and refrigeration, but
chandeliers, stained glass windows
and servants. Phony Bologna claims to be a "self-made"
man who "bootstrapped" himself to wealth and success without help from other
people, but his wife Ann once admitted publicly that they never had to work
while her husband earned three degrees (including two from ultra-expensive
Harvard) because whenever they needed spending money they would sell
some of the stock his millionaire father had given them as gifts.
The only deprivation Ann Romney mentioned was very mild indeed: they chose to
forego entertaining guests until Mitt graduated. But how many college students
put on the Ritz? The fact that she even thought to complain about not being able
to host soirees suggests a deep sense of privilege and entitlement, in my
Why would Fancy Cheesebag (his nickname at prep school) lie about such things?
My educated guess is that he lies for the same reason he bullied gay classmates,
co-workers, employees, the Colorado schoolteacher he told to shut up because he
hadn't asked her a question (even though they were engaged in a roundtable
discussion), the elderly moderator Jim Lehrer at the first debate, and the
female moderator Candy Crowley at the second debate (kudos to her for standing
her ground). Hell, he even tried to bully President Obama, who's hardly a
milquetoast. So what gives? I think Bain in the Ass (as David Letterman
calls him) bullies people and lies because he's a narcissist who longs for the
approval of other people, and because he's deeply insecure about himself. He
also seems to lack empathy for other people's suffering, so he doesn't know when
to let up. Children often lie and show off to get attention. Bullies think
making other people look bad somehow makes them look good. Romneycon seems like
the ultimate illusionist to me: a spoiled, bullying brat masquerading as a man
fit to be president of the United States, when he lacks the empathy and
self-confidence to be a decent dogcatcher. I certainly wouldn't trust him with
our six puppies, much less 300 million Americans.
Golden Showers, or a Reign of Terror?
In a tight presidential race, it’s dangerous to alienate American women,
since they outnumber men and thus represent the majority of voters. But Mitt
Romney has real difficulty talking about women without sticking his oversized
foot in his overactive mouth. Now he’s in a real bind over his "binders full of
women" blunder. "Binder" rhymes with "bind her" ... did Medieval Mitt's
irrepressible alpha male id inject its two cents' worth into the current debate
about women's rights? Romney's disdainful, insensitive bullying of first an
elderly male moderator, then a female moderator, certainly makes him look
suspect on the equality front.
During their second debate, President Obama challenged Romney directly on the
issue of equal pay for equal work, bringing up the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Play
Act, which was the first piece of legislation he signed as president, but which
Romney and the Romulans (oops, Republicans) opposed.
Romney attempted to dodge the pay equality issue by claiming that as governor of
Massachusetts he proactively requested the resumes of women qualified to join
his cabinet. But Romney "didn’t go out looking for those binders" according to
Carol Hardy-Fanta, the former co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Government
Appointments Project (MassGAP). Rather, MassGAP initiated and spearheaded the
process before Romney’s election and provided an
unsolicited roster of qualified female candidates when
he won. In an interview with National Review, Kerry Healey, Romney’s
former lieutenant governor, confirmed that the binders in question came from
Fact checkers were also quick to point out that Romney never made a
woman a partner during his entire tenure as CEO of Bain Capital,
the ultimate rich boys’ club. So it seems Romney was blissfully unaware of the
existence of a single qualified executive-level female until MassGap finally
opened his eyes.
According to The Huffington Post, one of Romney’s senior advisers, Ed
Gillespie, confirmed that if Romney had been president in 2009, he would not
have signed the Lilly Ledbetter bill into law. "Is that leadership?" asked
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, pointing out that if
Romney was president, "We wouldn't have equal pay. I think that's the point. He
doesn't lift a finger to do anything for women."
Romney is on record as saying that it’s not his job to worry about the 47% of
Americans who don’t make enough money to pay federal income taxes. He also seems
to have few concerns about the 52% of Americans who face rampant pay
discrimination in the job market. Does he, perhaps, come off as an elitist male
chauvinist oinker because that’s what he is?
Lilly Ledbetter herself hit the nail squarely on the head in her comments
reported by the Wall Street Journal: "I think women have gotten the message loud
and clear from the other side — how they don’t believe in equal pay
for equal work and they don’t believe that we women
have the right to say what we should do with our bodies."
Ledbetter also pointed out that before Roe vs. Wade, many American women bled to
death from hemorrhages caused by illegal back alley abortions. While Romney
tries to give the impression of being "empathetic " by deigning to allow
abortions in cases of rape, incest and a woman’s life being imperiled, where
does this leave most teenagers and working mothers who have accidents? They will
be faced with either risking their lives and health to bear babies they don’t
want and can’t afford, or resorting to expensive butchers or cheap wire hangers.
Does any man have the right to send American girls and women back to the Stone
Age? Should patriarchal men’s beliefs about invisible gods and soul-infused
macroscopic cells trump women’s rights over their own bodies? Why not keep
religion a personal, rather than a political, matter?
Ledbetter’s remarks about being "shortchanged " (the absolutely perfect word) by
Romney, made at the Democratic National Convention are also germane: "Maybe 23
cents [per hour] doesn’t sound like a lot to someone with a Swiss bank account,
Cayman Island investments, and an IRA worth tens of millions of dollars. But
Governor Romney, when we lose 23 cents every hour every day, every month, it
cannot just be measured in dollars." The energized, appreciative audience rose
to its feet as she concluded with: "What began as my own, is now our fight for
the fundamental American values that make our country great." She was, of
course, talking about Americans believing in fair play and a level playing field
But as President Obama just pointed out during the second debate, Romney has a
one-point economic plan: let the richest Americans acquire even more of the
nation’s wealth and hope that a drop here and there trickles down to burdened
masses, in the political equivalent of a golden shower, with most of the pissers
being rich, entitled men and most of the pissees being discriminated-against
Ledbetter’s speech garnered one of the highest tweets-per-minute ratios during
the recent conventions. Romney’s infamous phrase quickly became the third
most-searched-for term on Google. So it seems that many American women are
paying close attention, and my educated guess is that they are not at all amused
by Bishop Romney’s blatant alpha male chauvinism.
Paul Ryan recently stopped at a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen to demonstrate his
empathy for the downtrodden ... by washing dishes specifically set aside for
staged campaign snapshots of him "selflessly" washing them, during a contrived,
hasty 15-minute photo op. According to one shelter volunteer, the dishes were
already clean and the homeless people had already left before Ryan performed his
Good Samaritan act. There is a conflicting report that some dirty dishes were
deliberately saved in an unwashed state specifically for Ryan to clean them. In
either case, as Jon Stewart implored, "Please for the love of God, make it
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society,
told the Washington Post that Ryan and his people "ramrodded their way"
into the soup kitchen in what seemed to be a cheap, cheesy publicity stunt,
saying: "They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of
the volunteers to open up the doors." According to the Washington Post,
"Ryan stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport
after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the
food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been
cleaned. Upon entering the soup kitchen, Ryan, his wife and three young children
greeted and thanked several volunteers, then donned white aprons and offered to
clean some dishes. Photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of
Ryan and his family washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty."
Antal said that he "can’t fault my volunteers" for letting the campaign in
because the publicity-seekers "didn’t go through the proper channels." He noted
that the soup kitchen relies on funding from private individuals who might
reconsider their support if it appears that the charity is favoring one
political candidate over another. "I can’t afford to lose funding from these
private individuals," he said. "If this was the Democrats, I’d have the same
exact problem." He added that the incident had caused him "all kinds of grief"
and that regardless of whether Ryan had intended to serve food to patrons or
wash dishes, he would not have allowed the visit to take place. "Had they asked
for permission, it wouldn’t have been granted ... I certainly wouldn’t have let
him wash clean pans, and then take a picture."
The Stepford Wife
What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage. — Ann Romney
Since the US has not yet officially banned marriages of human beings to cyborgs,
this may well be true. On the other hand, in what sort of "real marriage" does
the bride tell her parents that they're not welcome to attend her wedding
ceremony because the Mormon Church forbids non-Mormon from entering its Salt
Lake City temple? Or, when her father refuses to convert to Mormonism, has him
baptized into the faith after his death? Or claims that she never argues with
her husband, the autocratic and intimidating Bishop Romney? Or says that he
never raises his voice to her (perhaps because she's so wonderfully submissive?)
Or who describes their love like this in an anniversary video: "I think Mitt now
will say that I dug it in really, really deep, and he’s never been able to
escape the grasp that I got ahold of him."
Multiple Choice Mitt
For me the central issue is that people who are here illegally should be
able to apply for citizenship; that should not be prohibited.
[Immigrants] should not be allowed to stay in this country and be given
permanent residency or citizenship.
I believe abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since my mom
took that position when she ran [for Senate] in 1970.
I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.
I was an avidly pro-life governor; I am a pro-life individual. I never really
called myself pro-choice.
It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying
to catch one person.
Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden.
I believe the world is getting warmer ... I believe humans contribute to that.
My view is that we don't know what's causing climate change on this planet.
I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our
It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam. [He avoided Vietnam by
living in a French palace as a 19-year-old Mormon "missionary."]
I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.
It’s a tax cut for fat cats.
I’m going to take burdens off the back of the auto industry. [Romney
later wrote an essay titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."]
I'm a big believer in getting money where the money is, and the money's in
If our goal is jobs, we have to stop spending over a trillion dollars [more]
than we take in every year.
I like [compulsory health insurance] mandates. The mandates work.
Being called the "grandfather of Obamacare" is a "compliment."
I would repeal Obamacare ... because it's a "costly disaster."
As the quotes above indicate, Mitt Romney is either lying through his teeth
in order to get elected president, or he is so deeply conflicted that he doesn't
know what he believes himself. In either case, he is unfit to be president.
Mitt Romney in his own Words
We should double Guantanamo!
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that!
Let Detroit go bankrupt!
I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back!
(Referring to the auto industry he wanted to go bankrupt.)
I would repeal Obamacare! (Even though Obamacare is modeled after his
claim to fame, Romneycare.)
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Now, the banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now. They're
overwhelmed with a lot of things. One is a lot of homes coming in, that
are in foreclosure or in trouble ... (Romney wants us to have
compassion for banks because they are overwhelmed from repossessing so many
Let it [the home foreclosure crisis] run its course and hit the bottom!
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the
If we properly parse and interpret Romney's remarks above, it seems he has more
compassion for heartless banks and corporations than he does for human beings.
He opposed temporary loans for cash-strapped American automakers and the
millions of workers and subcontractors they employ. He opposed any financial aid
for millions of Americans facing home foreclosures. But he favored much larger
bailouts of his fellow Wall Street tycoons and the big banks that created the
foreclosure crisis with their greed and irresponsibility. What does that tell us
about his priorities and values?
We have a president who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at
Harvard, perhaps. (Mitt Romney has two Harvard degrees.)
I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks.
(Romney insulting NASCAR fans for wearing plastic rain ponchos at the Daytona
I'm in this race because I care about Americans
I'm not concerned about the very poor [and] he dismissed 47% of Americans,
or roughly 150 million people, as lazy, irresponsible freeloaders who
only think they are entitled to food, housing and healthcare, implying that they
are not really entitled to live, in his opinion, since a decent human
life requires food, housing and healthcare.
Atta girl! (Taunting a closeted gay high school student, Gary Hummel.)
He can't look like that! That's wrong! Just look at him! (Before tackling a gay
classmate, John Lauber, pinning him to the ground and cutting off his long,
One of Romney's former classmates compared him to the Lord of the Flies, because
of incidents like those above.
I didn’t ask you a question! (This was Romney's insulting comment to Cheryl
Arnett, a first grade teacher from Craig, Colorado, when she tried to suggest a
solution to an educational problem during a roundtable discussion.)
Mitt Romney explains why he is not qualified to become president:
If I had paid more [federal income taxes] than are legally due, I don’t think
I’d be qualified to become president. (But Romney chose not to claim all his
charitable contributions on his 2011 tax return, in order to keep his tax rate
from falling below the13% he said he never fell below when he disclosed his 2010
Joe Conason reported in The National Memo that Mitt Romney
routinely impersonated police officers by donning a cop uniform that was
apparently a gift from his father. One of Romney’s friends, Robin Madden, claims
he "told us that he was using it to pull over drivers on the road. He also had a
red flashing light that he would attach to the top of his white Rambler."
Madden’s wife added, "We thought it was all pretty weird. We all thought, 'Wow,
that’s pretty creepy.'" According to Boston Globe reporters Michael
Kranish and Scott Helman in their article "The Real Romney," other sources said
that Romney schemed with friends to prank two girls. Romney "put a siren on top
of his car and chased two of his friends who were driving around with their
dates." Romney pulled them over and "discovered" beer in the truck. Romney and
his friends then got into Romney’s car and left the girls behind.
How Willard Mitt Romney Dodged the Draft and the Vietnam War by
Vacationing in a French Palace
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.
Let them eat [non-existent] cake! ~ Marie Antoinette
We should double Guantanamo!
~ Willard Mitt Romney
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that!
~ Willard Mitt Romney
Let Detroit go bankrupt!
~ Willard Mitt Romney
I would repeal Obamacare! ~ Willard Mitt Romney
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process! Let it run its course and hit the
bottom! ~ Willard Mitt Romney
Corporations are people, my friend! ... Of course they are! ... Human beings, my
friend! ... Now, the banks aren't bad people! They're just overwhelmed right
now! They're overwhelmed with a lot of things. One is a lot of homes
coming in, that are in foreclosure or in trouble!
Willard Mitt Romney wants us to have compassion for banks because they are
overwhelmed from repossessing so many homes! I find that very odd. But what
should we expect from a man who avoided the draft and the Vietnam war by
vacationing in a French palace as a 19-year-old "missionary"? Here are reports
on the matter from reputable sources ...
Daily Kos: Romney supported and protested for
the United States to continue drafting young men to be sent to fight and die in
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. But when it was Mitt's turn to possibly be drafted,
he ran away from America as fast as he could and found refuge in France where he
lived in a Palace staffed by two servants—a Spanish chef and a houseboy named
The Daily Mail: When the president of the [Mormon] mission returned
to the U.S. to bury his wife, Romney, who was his assistant, was left in charge,
relocating from Bordeaux to a palatial residence in Paris, complete with
chandeliers and servants ...
Seeking to show Americans that he can understand their troubles, Mitt Romney
has reflected on the time he spent in France as a Mormon missionary. Romney said
he lived in apartments so rundown that he was forced to defecate in a bucket and
shower with a hose. "Most of the apartments I lived in had no refrigerators,"
Romney said last week at a town hall New Hampshire. "I don’t actually recall any
of them having a refrigerator."
But according to fellow American missionaries who spoke with the U.K.’s
Daily Telegraph, Romney not only had a refrigerator and toilet, but a
lot more. The missionaries said Romney spent most of his time in France in a
Paris mansion that some described as a "palace." It featured a cook, a servant,
stained glass windows and expensive art, and later became an embassy!
The Daily Telegraph: ... for most of 1968, Mr Romney lived in the
Mission Home, a 19th century neoclassical building in the French capital’s chic
16th arrondissement. "It was a house built by and for rich people,"
said Richard Anderson, the son of the mission president at the time of Mr.
Romney’s stay. "I would describe it as a palace". Tearful as he described the
house, Mr Anderson, 70, of Kaysville, Utah, said Romney aides had
asked him not to speak publicly about their time together there.
The building, on Rue de Lota, was bought by the Mormons in 1952, having been
seized by the Nazis during the Second World War. The Church sold it again in the
1970s, and it was until recently the embassy of the United Arab Emirates. It is
currently worth as much as $12 million (£7.7 million). Mr. Romney moved into the
building following a stay in Bordeaux, after being promoted to assistant to the
president, Duane Anderson ... He was given a room on the third floor. "They were
very big rooms," said Christian Euvrard, the 72-year-old director of the
Mormon-run Institute of Religion in Paris, who knew Mr. Romney. "Very
comfortable. The building had beautiful gilded interiors, a magnificent
staircase in cast iron, and an immense hall."
National Memo: In 1966 during the Viet Nam war, Romney attended
Stanford University in California and while hundreds-of-thousands of young
Americans across the nation were protesting the war and the ever-expanding
military draft, Willard was participating in a pro-draft demonstration to
support sending young Americans to fight and die in South East
Asia. While Romney’s classmates were protesting a test designed to help
authorities decide who was eligible for the draft, he joined 150 other
conservatives to show their support for expanding the draft. Willard did not
just join demonstrators, he told a protest leader that "he had some experience
with the press, and that he would handle the press for him if he wanted him to."
Like many hawkish politicians of his generation, Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney managed to avoid serving in the Vietnam War through family
connections. The young Romney could not use a student deferment from the draft —
having dropped out of Stanford University after only two semesters — but avoided
service anyway with the assistance of the Mormon elders. The son of George
Romney, then Michigan’s governor, he was one of a limited number of Mormon youth
chosen as missionaries — a status that protected him from the draft between July
1966 and February 1969 as a "minister of religion or divinity student."
Essentially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints re-routed Romney
from Vietnam to the south of France, where he served as missionary. According to
Romney, proselytizing in la belle France was no picnic. Romney recently rebutted
suggestions that his immense wealth has left him out of touch with ordinary
Americans by claiming he learned how the other 99 percent live through his
service in France. According to Romney, his French quarters had no working
bathroom ... But Romney’s gritty recollections contradict those of his fellow
American missionaries, who told The Daily Telegraph that Romney lived
in a "palace." Richard Anderson, the son of the mission president during
Romney’s stay, described it as "a house built by and for rich people," complete
with stained glass windows (which scandalized the Mormon missionaries due to
their depiction of a bare-breasted woman), chandeliers, massive bedrooms, a
full-time chef, a houseboy, and yes — a working bathroom. That’s not to say that
Romney was lying when he said that he was "not living high on the hog at that
kind of level;" for a man who’s worth over $200 million and who doesn’t hesitate
to offer $10,000 bets, the French palace may indeed have seemed like a "lower
middle income" existence.
The Romney Economy
Before anyone buys the complete and utter malarkey that Mitt Romney is a "job
creator" who is "tough on China," they should read
How Freeport Became Bainport.
Shit Mitt Emits
To get to know Mitt Romney in his own words, please click here:
Shit Mitt Emits.
I think Vice President Joe Biden found the perfect term to describe the fountain
of irrational nonsense that constantly bubbles up from the overheated cores of
Myth Romney and Lyin' Ryan, like a political Old Unfaithful: "malarkey."
Biden set the Internet a-twitter with a flurry of tweets after he accused Myth
Romney and Lyin' Ryan of dishonesty so pervasive their assertions are pure
/mə lär kē/
also malarky, mullarky
Meaningless, idle, insincere, phony, pretentious or foolish talk, usually
intended to deceive.
Example: "snookered by a lot of malarkey" (New Republic)
Synonyms: balderdash, blather, bunk, bunkum, claptrap, drivel, garbage, hogwash,
idiocy, nonsense, piffle, poppycock, rigmarole, rubbish, tomfoolery, trash,
twaddle, tommyrot, (slang) applesauce, baloney, bilge, bull, bunk, crap, hooey
The hashtag #malarkey became instantaneously popular and "malarkey" was a top
four Google search term during the debate. Here's what Biden said: "With all due
respect, that's a bunch of malarkey—because not a single thing he [Ryan] said
was accurate." Later, Biden hit Ryan with, "This is a lot of stuff," by which he
obviously meant "shit." Biden also accused Romney and
Ryan of "loose talk" for political gain that endangers American diplomats and
During the debate, @PiersMorgan said, "Biden's smirk is infectious. I'm starting
to laugh too. Maybe this is a deliberate cunning strategy." @KrystalBall said,
"People are complaining about Biden smiling/laughing. I like it. Paul Ryan is
saying absurd things."
Mitt Romney's Extreme Makeover
President Barack Obama recently suggested that Mitt Romney must be bonkers if he
thinks American voters will fall for his Etch-a-Sketch act, saying: "He's trying
to go through an extreme makeover. After running for more than a year in which
he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney's trying to convince you
that he was severely kidding." Obama mocked this "latest version of Mr. Romney"
and again claimed that his opponent was advancing a $5 trillion tax cut that
would mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans, while claiming without proof that
it would pay for itself, likening Romney's approach to deficit-busting George W.
Bush "trickle down" economics: "We heard that same argument back in 2000, back
in 2001, back in 2003. We have heard this pitch before — we know it doesn't
Willard Mitt Romney is a High Priest of the Mormon Church, and once served as a
Bishop over a diocese (called a "stake"). While I would not normally be
concerned about a presidential candidate's religious beliefs, I would if he was
a brainwashed Moonie, for obvious reasons. I think we should all be concerned
about the High Priest of a bizarre cult running for president. Here are just a
few of the many strange teachings of the Mormon church:
• God the Father is a polygamist who lives on the planet Kolob, where he has sex
with his harem of wives.
• God the Father had physical sex with Mary.
• Jesus was and is a polygamist.
• Mormon men will become Gods.
• Mormon wives can only enter heaven if their husbands consent; in heaven they
will remain eternally pregnant, bearing innumerable spirit children.
• Human beings are not saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but by
participating in the secret sacraments of the Mormon temple.
• Because salvation depends on temple sacraments, Mormon priests can sentence
people to hell, by excommunicating them.
• This, of course, gives the Mormon church and its priests tremendous power over
There are many credible reports of the Mormon church using that power to
brainwash and control its members. And it turns out that Bishop Romney has been
accused of using ruthless, cold-blooded and high-handed tactics himself,
especially against women (which is not surprising in a cult whose most famous—or
infamous—teaching is polygamy). For instance, Peggy Hayes, who once babysat
Romney's children, said that when she was single and expecting, he showed up at
her house one day, demanding that she surrender her baby to the church, via
adoption. When she indignantly refused, Romney "somewhat casually" threatened
her with excommunication, which was, in effect, to threaten her with hell. It
seems Bishop Romney had appointed himself a God, here on earth, with the power
to save women or condemn them to hell. Today, Peggy Hayes says, "My son was a
gift to me" and "I'm so glad that I didn't listen to Mitt's advice." She thinks
Romney is unfit to be president because "He follows the doctrines [of the Mormon
church] so closely that he can't waver from it much."
Mitt's Magical Undies
As a High Priest of the Mormon Church, Bishop Romney must wear magical
undergarments with special occult symbols that, according to Mormon dogma,
protect him from lust, supernatural entities (demons) and various other dangers.
Kay Burningham, a lawyer who left Mormonism, explains: "It’s very cultish in its
behavior and what it demands of its people. It doesn’t allow free thought and it
makes them perform these legalistic, symbolic, very strange behaviors, and tells
them that those are required of God for their salvation." When Kay married a
Mormon she was given magical underwear on her wedding day. She recalls that on
the morning after her wedding night, "I awoke drenched in sweat, and found
symbolic markings over the magic undergarments I was wearing." Bizarre occult
signs covered her breasts and naval: "They resembled pagan signs, Masonic
markings and had nothing whatsoever to do with God or religion." She was
required to wear these church-endorsed undergarments every day, beneath her
Park Romney is a former Mormon high priest. He is also Mitt Romney’s second
cousin and bears a striking resemblance to his famous relative. He calls
Mormonism "an insidious contemporary fraud" and the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints "an American cult." Bishop Romney, he claims, would be
conflicted in office because "obedience to the leadership of the Mormon Church
is part of the covenant of the temple ordinances to which Mitt Romney is
absolutely a party."
Mitt Romney was a Mormon missionary to France in the 1960s, studied at the
almost-exclusively Mormon Brigham Young University, and rose to become a Bishop
and a Stake President (diocesan leader). He led Sunday services, ran Bible
classes for children, and presided over a 4,000-strong congregation in Boston
for five years in the 1980s. Like all Mormons, he is expected to give 10% of his
annual income to the Church and not drink tea, coffee or alcohol. Committed
Mormons wear magical underpants, and Romney is believed to follow this tenet of
his faith too.
Park Romney questions founder Joseph Smith's prophecies: for example, his
alleged "translation" of an Egyptian scroll, part of the Mormon book of Abraham,
which Egyptologists say is a fraud. Mormons believe Smith found golden scripture
plates buried by an angel, but according to Park Romney, "There's compelling
evidence that the Mormon Church leaders knowingly and willfully misrepresent the
historical truth of their origins and of the Church for the purpose of deceiving
their members into a state of mind that renders them exploitable." According to
Park Romney the Mormon leadership are "masters of mendacity" who brainwash their
followers in order to take their money and control their lives. If he's right,
Mitt Romney is either hopelessly gullible, or one of the cynical manipulators.
In either case, he is not fit to be president.
A Concerned Mother Explains Why Mitt Romney Cannot Be Trusted
"My two-year-old daughter, Zoe, was born with half a heart. For her, that is and
will forever be a 'pre-existing condition'—she required two open heart surgeries
already, and she'll need one more within the next year. At the [first] debate,
Mitt Romney told you, me, and everyone else in America that repealing Obamacare
would be his first priority as president, including the part of Obamacare that
says insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge more
based on pre-existing conditions. He said his repeal plan will take care of
people with pre-existing conditions, but then his top campaign aide 'clarified'
after the debate that all he means is he would go back to the inadequate system
that existed before Obamacare, which allowed insurance companies to deny
coverage and resulted in bankruptcies and broken families. In other words,
despite what he said in the debate, his campaign says he has no intention to do
anything to help people like my daughter, Zoe, if she ever loses coverage. I
don't say this stuff because I'm a political junkie. I'm not. I pay attention to
this because I have to ... The stakes couldn't be higher in this
China Finds Comfort in Mitt Romney's Serial Flip-Flopping
China’s Xinhua news service recently called Mitt Romney "foolish" and
hypocritical, declaring: "It is rather ironic that a considerable
of this China-battering politician’s wealth was actually obtained by doing
business with Chinese companies before he entered politics." According to
The New Yorker, China had previously "been pleased by his association with
Bain Capital, which had been energetic in trying to assist Chinese companies buy
American technology firms." But then Romney switched from being an outsourcer of
American technology and jobs to China, to being a critic of China. This
bewildered China: "Is Romney only capable of saying slogans?" the Global
Times asked. But China found hope and comfort in the fact that Romney is a
serial flip-flopper who often says what he doesn't really mean: "Is Romney’s
toughness toward China just a scam? Western media believed it a temporary tactic
by Romney to win the presidential election. His soft stance is only a matter of
"How is it China’s been so successful in taking away our jobs?" Mitt Romney
asked recently. "Well, let me tell you how: by cheating." But in his former
"soft stance" it was Romney who, through Bain Capital and its affiliates,
invested millions of dollars in Chinese companies like Asimco Technologies and
notorious sweatshops like Global Tech Appliances, even as they acquired American
technology and jobs with Romney's and Bain's assistance. According to The
New York Times, Romney's financial disclosures reveal investments in at
least seven Chinese companies. So his words and actions fail to mesh. A
confidential prospectus for one of the Bain funds, obtained by The New York
Times, promotes China as a good investment for the very reasons that Romney
says concern him: "Strong fundamentals" like manufacturing wages 85 percent
lower than what Americans earn, vast foreign exchange reserves and the
likelihood that China will surpass the United States as the world’s largest
Global Tech has been accused of violating patents, and for outsourcing Amercian
jobs through its involvement with American manufacturers like Sunbeam. Sunbeam
was run by Albert J. Dunlap, nicknamed "Chainsaw Al" for destroying so many
American jobs. Sunbeam announced at least 6,400 layoffs in 1998, putting it
among the top 10 in the country. And yet Romney invested millions of dollars in
Global Tech, owning more than ten percent of its stock at one point.
Romney described touring Chinese factories during a Feb. 11, 1998 panel
discussion at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. During that discussion—which
also featured Andrew Cuomo, who was then-secretary of Housing and Urban
Development and is now governor of New York—Romney said, "I just came back from
a trip to China, and I went to a factory of 5,000 workers making bread makers
and mixers and so forth. And 5,000 Chinese, all graduated from high school, 18
to 24 years old, were working, working, working, as hard as they could, at rates
of roughly 50 cents an hour ... they wouldn’t even look up as we walked by."
It seems Romney never asked himself why the workers didn't look up, or why he
saw Chinese factories surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers (as he revealed
in another discussion at a Boca Raton fundraiser), or why the workers were all
so young. (and therefore vulnerable to exploitation). No, it seems all that
Romney saw was an opportunity to make even more money ...
The American Taliban
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have designated themselves "America's Comeback Team"
but they seem more like the Taliban to me, with their chauvinistic attitudes
towards women and non-heterosexuals, and their autocratic alpha male machismo.
They both have advocated prayer in schools. Romney has endorsed "religious
ornamentation and celebration" in the public square. They sealed their political
nuptials by running down to the podium from a battleship, laughing and waving,
even though neither of them ever served in the US military. Paul Ryan looks and
dresses like a Cold War spook. Mitt Romney blinks ten thousand times per second,
has the most artificial smile I have ever seen, and seems to have absolutely no
regard for the truth, or any empathy for ordinary Americans. Do we really want
Ayatollah Romney and Imam Ryan to preside over the erstwhile Land of the Free?
Romney and the Romulans Restart the Cold War
In his recent speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Mitt Romney said, "I’ll
implement effective missile defenses to protect against [unspecified] threats.
And on this, there will be no flexibility with
Vladimir Putin." The Cold War finally ended when Ronald Reagan formed a
friendship with Mikhail Gorbachev that was based on mutual respect
and a willingness on both sides to compromise for the
sake of peace. Now Romney and his bellicose neocon advisers want to junk detente
and return to the days of nuclear brinksmanship. But the US already has its
hands full in the Middle East and with China. Do we really want to bully Russia
and risk another Deep Freeze?
As Joe Biden pointed out recently, Romney and the neocons "see the world through
a cold war prism that is totally out of touch with the realities of the
twenty-first century." Christopher Preble said, "Romney’s likely to be in the
mold of George W. Bush when it comes to foreign policy ... I can’t name a single
Romney foreign policy adviser who believes the Iraq War was a mistake." When
Romney called Russia "without question our number one geopolitical foe," he was
immediately rebuked by everybody with a brain. David C. Speedie called Romney's
statement "palpably ridiculous." Colin Powell said,
"Well, c’mon, Mitt; think! That isn’t the
case." John Kerry called the comment "naive." Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev said Romney's remark "smacked of Hollywood"
and reminded him of the Cold War. Lawrence J. Korb agreed with Medvedev, saying:
"Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has not faced an existential
threat, nor does it have any 'number one' geopolitical or nation state foes ...
The rhetoric of geopolitical foes should be retired as a relic of the Cold War."
In a poll of foreign policy experts taken by the L. A. Times, not one
named Russia as our "number one geopolitical foe." Two named Iran, two said
"nobody" and two suggested that the US may be its own worst enemy (perhaps
because of politicians like Romney?). If he surrounds himself with hawks still
intent on fighting the Cold War, we could miss out of the dividends of peace and
go bankrupt fighting needless, unwinnable battles.
Mitt Romney’s Sick Joke
Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, hammered Mitt Romney for his
factual inaccuracies and outright lies during the first presidential debate,
saying: "OK, so Obama did a terrible job in the debate, and Romney did well. But
in the end, this isn’t or shouldn’t be about theater criticism, it should be
about substance. And the fact is that everything Obama said was basically true,
while much of what Romney said was either outright false or so misleading as to
be the moral equivalent of a lie. Above all, there’s this: "Number one,
pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan." No, they aren’t.
Romney’s advisers have conceded as much in the past; last night they did it
again. I guess you could say that Romney’s claim wasn’t exactly a lie, since
some people with preexisting conditions would retain coverage. But as I
said, it’s the moral equivalent of a lie; if you think he promised
something real, you’re the butt of a sick joke. And we’re talking
about a lot of people left out in the cold: 89 million, to be precise.
Furthermore, all of this should be taken in the context of Romney’s plan not
just to repeal Obamacare but to drastically cut Medicaid. So enough with the
theater criticism; Romney needs to be held accountable for dishonesty on a huge
Krugman had previously pointed out that Paul Ryan's budget plan would leave
"tens of millions" of people without health insurance and take money from the
poor to give it to the rich, while increasing the budget deficit. "How can
[Ryan] get away with this?" he asked incredulously, wondering how Americans can
fall for this "flimflam." He also skewered the belief
that Ryan is serious about balancing the budget, calling him a "mythical"
conservative: "Paul Ryan understood that a lot of people in the media [and] a
lot of people in the beltway establishment wanted there to be such a person, and
so he played into that desire. He became the figure of their dreams. In reality,
he is nothing like that."
Mr. One Percent
Peter Gloor of FairShareTaxes.org explains how Mitt Romney would reduce taxes
for the 1% to 1% or less: "Warren Buffett, billionaire, pays a total tax rate
(federal, state & local; personal & corporate) of 11% of his income and
investment gains. A single person earning a minimum wage pays taxes amounting to
37% of her wages, double Mr. Buffett’s rate [and Romney's]. Mr Obama wants to
end this inequity; Romney wants to expand it. Romney
has applauded his running-mate's budget, which coincidentally, would reduce his
own federal tax rate to 1% [.0082, to be exact]. He has said he would sign that
budget bill. The top 1% in the US have gone from owning 22% to 40% of the
nation's wealth in the last thirty years. This is largely due to the tax cuts
for the wealthy investor class, started under Reagan. They were supposed to
encourage investment and strengthen the economy. Since then, the average annual
GDP growth dropped by one-quarter. Twice in our history the wealth held by the
top 1% reached 40%. Once before the Great Depression and right before our
current Great Recession. Coincidence? [Hardly!]" Gloor concludes that unless we
implement a fairer system of taxation soon, "All but the wealthiest are at risk
of losing their jobs, homes, retirement savings."
Comedians Complain: "Mitt Romney is beyond satire, and
yet he keeps beating us to the punch!"
One would think that a presidential candidate who seems to be a cross between
Beaver Cleaver and the android Data, with a bit of Lurch and Herman Munster
thrown in for good (or bad) measure, would be a comedian's dream come true. But
the Romneybot's uber-Mormon-cleanliness, alienness, stiffness, and utter lack of
human warmth, charm and personality ... well, it leaves comedians with the
problem of trying to make fun of a vacuum cleaner. Human beings are funny
because they are human. Robots are not funny
unless they have human foibles, like C-3PO. Will Tracy, editor of the
satirical news site The Onion explains: "We have had quite a bit of fun with
Mitt Romney, but my sense is that we are fighting against a certain amount of
disinterest in him as a human being, which seems to be the exact thing Mitt
Romney himself is fighting against. Nevertheless, anyone who sleeps upon a
massive pile of crisp $100 bills every night, as I’ve been assured he does, is
bound to yield a few interesting stories."
Fire Big Bird, Outsource Sesame Street to China!
During his first presidential debate with President Barack Obama, the
extraterrestrial android known here on earth as Willard Mitt Romney came up with
a truly unique solution: fire Big Bird and outsource Sesame Street, along with
the rest of PBS, most probably to China.
(Speaking of China, why did Mitt Romney invest millions of dollars in a
Chinese sweat shop
where thousands of young girls worked as virtual slaves, in terrible conditions,
surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers? You and I would have reported the
girls' plight to the proper authorities and the American public. Mitt Romney saw
an opportunity to make lots of money and became a financial partner of the slave
President Obama pointed out Romney's absurdity: "When he was asked what he'd
actually do to cut the deficit and reduce spending, he said he'd eliminate
funding for public television. That was his answer. I mean thank goodness
somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird. It's about time! We didn't know
that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit. But that's what we heard last
night. How about that? Elmo, too?"
PBS quickly issued a statement noting that the federal outlay for public
broadcasting was "one one-hundredth of one percent" of the nation’s budget.
The internet community was not nearly as polite, producing images of Big Bird
giving Romney the bird, creating a "Big Bird for President" Facebook page, and
plotting a Million Muppet March on Washington.
Romney's suggested sacking of Big Bird set the internet a-twitter, creating a
spike of 350,000 tweets (roughly 17,000 per minute). Supporters of the popular
Sesame Street character rushed to Twitter to create accounts such as @SadBigBird
and @FiredBigBird, with messages like: "Mitt Romney favors Wall Street over
Sesame Street." By the following morning, Romney's remark had emerged as an
Internet meme: a cultural event reinterpreted in commentary and parody online.
One image depicted Big Bird seated on the front stoop, next to two children,
holding a sign declaring: "Will work for food."
The debate was the most tweeted-about political event in U.S. history. Users
posted 10.3 million tweets about the 90-minute debate, eclipsing the 9.5 million
tweets generated about the multi-day Democratic National Convention early last
month. The Republican National Convention produced less than half as many
tweets: 4 million, according to Twitter. Romney's dissing and dismissing of Big
Bird didn't spark the largest reaction, however. That came when Romney started
to suggest a debate topic, saying, "Let's talk about —" and moderator Jim Lehrer
quipped, "Let’s not." That phrase generated 158,690 tweets per minute, and was
my favorite moment of the debate.
Romney was so rude to Lehrer that Jimmy Fallon, playing Romney in a skit about
the debate, told the actor playing Lehrer to "Shut the f*** up!"
Romney looked uneasy firing Big Bird, according to body language expert Chris
Kowal: "When he talked about Big Bird he looked down at his right and I suspect
he was actually uncomfortable making that point. If you're uncomfortable with
something you don't give great eye contact." Kowal also said that Romney
expressed "anger, contempt, scorn and pride," saying, "Those are the emotions
that voters in his base feel." Kowal is a professor at Purdue University who has
studied Obama's and Romney's facial expressions since 2007. He said that the
emotions Obama expressed were "positive" on the whole. Republicans claim in a
new ad that Obama sported a "smirk" at times during the debate, which they
suggest is a sign that he was "uncomfortable" and struggling with his answers.
Kowal, however, said that Obama's face registered more frustration than
uncertainty, according to his software. And that's completely understandable,
since Romney lied repeatedly during the debate (numerous examples appear below).
While Romney professed to "love" Big Bird despite being ready to give him the
ax, he has also professed to care deeply about Americans whose jobs he
outsourced to China during his stint as CEO of Bain Capital. Such cold-blooded
axings have left many Americans wondering if thethird strike will be aimed at
them. Romney comes across as an eel-slick, consummate salesman who will say and
do anything necessary to "trim away the fat," in order to close a deal and make
lots of money for his employers. But the "fat" seems to be "we the people,"
while the employers funding Romney's run for the presidency are
mega-billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers. If Romney's
partner in crime Paul Ryan succeeds in eliminating federal income taxes on
capital gains, interest and dividends—the main revenue sources of billionaire
investors—their effective tax rates will drop to below 1%, along with Romney's.
President Obama and Bill Clinton are correct that the Romney-Ryan budget math
just doesn't add up: there is no way to give the super-rich such exorbitant tax
breaks without either raising taxes on middle income Americans, or slashing the
safety nets of the elderly, sick and poor. Or both.
Romney's main talent and the source of his own wealth is helping the rich get
richer, by "trimming fat," which means liquidating jobs. He once said that he
likes being able to fire people, and I see no reason not to take him at his
word. He was against the federal government making loans to cash-strapped auto
companies or helping homeowners facing foreclosures, but he was for
much larger bailouts of his fellow Wall Street tycoons and the big
banks. He recently called 47% of Americans, or roughly 150 million people, lazy
freeloaders. So it's not hard to see why he refuses to reveal any of the
specifics of his "plans." He clearly favors the rich and successful, and sees
everyone else as so much dead weight. And while Romney has promised not to raise
taxes on the middle income class, he recently revealed that by "middle income"
he means families who make $200,000 to $250,000 per year, even though the median
income for American families is only $50,000. Romney can't reveal the specifics
of his budget plan until after the election, because he is about to ratchet up
the economic suffering for all but the wealthiest Americans. He can only win the
election by persuading poor- and middle-income Americans that he is their
"savior," but his real allegiance is to the financial elite.
Some people are claiming that Romney "won" the debate, but I disagree. I think
it was more like a cobra mesmerizing a mouse, preparing for the lethal strike.
President Obama seemed to see the same sort of "cobra dance," saying at a
post-debate rally: "Gov. Romney may dance around his positions but if you want
to be president, you owe the American people the truth."
Obama accused Romney of once again changing his political stripes: "I met this
very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn't have been
Mitt Romney" because the "real Mitt Romney has been running around the country
for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The
fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that." The
president also accused Romney of misrepresenting past statements on education
and outsourcing, concluding that Romney "does not want to be held accountable
... because he knows full well that we don't want what he's selling."
Obama seemed to be initially caught off guard by Romney's gigantic flip-flop on
his budget "plan." For months Romney has been talking about massive new tax cuts
for the wealthiest Americans, coupled with a massive increase in military
spending. Out of blue nothing, Romney suddenly disavowed the main planks of his
economic platform. "It was a very vigorous performance, but one devoid of
honesty," David Axelrod said of Romney, accusing him of delivering "fraudulent"
lines that will be hard to hold up over the remainder of the campaign.
Brenda Peterson suggested that Romney didn't "win" with many women, saying: "The
women I spoke with who watched the debate were dismayed by Romney's rude
interruptions, his high-handed dismissal of the venerable PBS moderator, Jim
Lehrer, his turning away from the audience—who should be his primary focus—to
fix his feisty attention all on President Obama. While Obama calmly addressed
the audience and moderator and the world audience, Romney was riveted on Obama
as if he were the only person in the room. This is the way a predator focuses on
prey. It's not the behavior of someone seeking to serve and heal a country
divided. This was a sports event, not an exchange of ideas affecting us all
deeply. Romney's fervent goal of seizing the presidency was evident in his body
language, his snobbish smirks, his false sympathy for those of us "crushed" in
the middle class—those 47 percent he so contemptuously dismissed when he was
among his rich cronies. Romney's combative dogfight stance may impress men or
those who have held power so long they assume it belongs to them. But women, or
anyone who has been in an underclass or faced racism, read this behavior as
arrogant and overly aggressive—the language and habit of dominance."
Romney came across as an alpha male bully intent on dominance to me also, and I
felt my sympathies going out to Jim Lehrer, an elderly gentleman who deserved
far more respect than Romney showed him.
Brenda Peterson again: "We've had bosses, fathers, boyfriends and co-workers
like Romney who invade our space, try to dominate every discussion and see every
encounter as a chance to 'win,' rather than dialogue. It's the old patriarchal
model that women have endured for way too long ... many women are weary of
angry, entitled white men controlling our bodies and our workplaces."
While it appeared at first glance that Romney won the first debate by being more
aggressive and decisive, he may have won by aggressively and decisively lying
• Romney claimed that "pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan" but
this was refuted after the debate by Eric Fehrnstrom, one of his top advisers.
It would be up to 50 states to pass and enforce 50 laws before every American
with pre-existing conditions was covered. Romney as president would have no
authority over state laws, courts and legislatures. So his "plan" does not begin
to cover everyone with pre-existing conditions.
• Romney haughtily and condescendingly denied that American companies receive
tax breaks for moving jobs overseas, as if President Obama didn't know what he
was talking about. But according to Annie Lowrey of the New York Times,
the tax code currently allows companies to deduct certain expenses when they
move operations overseas. As part of its plan to aid the manufacturing sector
and promote job growth, the Obama administration has proposed ending this
deduction, and instead giving tax credits to companies that move jobs back to
• President Obama is correct that Romney rejected a deficit reduction plan that
included $10 in spending cuts for every $1 of revenue increases. At a debate in
Ames, Iowa, in August 2011, Bret Baier, a Fox News moderator, asked the
Republican candidates to raise their hands if they would refuse to sign a
legislative package that included $10 of spending cuts for every $1 of revenue
increases. Slaves to a rigid ideology, they all dutifully raised their hands.
• Romney claimed that President Obama "doubled the deficit." This is a blatant
lie. When Obama took office in January 2009, the Congressional Budget Office had
already estimated that the 2009 federal deficit would be $1.2 trillion. The
deficit ended up being $1.4 trillion. For fiscal 2012, the deficit was $1.1
trillion, which is
lower than when Obama took office. And "measured as a share of the
economy, as economists prefer, the deficit has declined more significantly —
from 10.1 percent of the economy's total output in 2009 to 7.3 percent for
• Romney claimed that President Obama is at fault for the Solyndra affair.
However, the Solyndra grant process began under the George W. Bush
administration, and it received bipartisan Congressional and lobbying support.
Romney campaigned at the Solyndra factory in California, where he called the
venture "a symbol of gross waste," a failure of the president’s stimulus package
and an example of Mr. Obama¹s poor stewardship of a shaky economy. But
Republicans bear much of the blame, perhaps because neither Republicans nor
Democrats have perfect crystal balls.
• Romney claimed that President Obama had "cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay
for Obamacare" but according to FactCheck.org these are cuts in the future
growth of spending
which will prolong the life of the Medicare trust fund. There is no transfer of
existing money from Medicare to Obamacare, as Romney insinuated. The New
York Times said that Obama "did not cut benefits by $716 billion over 10
years as part of his 2010 health care law; rather, he reduced Medicare
reimbursements to health care providers, chiefly insurance companies and drug
manufacturers. And the law gave Medicare recipients more generous benefits for
prescription drugs and free preventive care like mammograms." While
fact-checkers have repeatedly debunked this claim, it remains a standard attack
line for Romney. The charge that Obama took $716 billion from Medicare
recipients has several problems — not least the fact that Mr. Romney’s running
mate, Paul Ryan, included the identical savings in his annual budget plans that
nearly all House Republicans voted for in the past two years.
• Romney denied proposing a $5 trillion tax cut, but he did, according to the
New York Times, when he "proposed cutting all marginal tax rates by 20
percent — which would in and of itself cut tax revenue by $5 trillion."
FactCheck.org has weighed in on this subject, tweeting during the debate that
"Romney says he will pay for $5T tax cut without raising deficit or raising
taxes on middle class. Experts say that's not possible." PolitiFact has also
given a "mostly true" rating to the charge that "Romney is proposing a tax plan
"that would give millionaires another tax break and raise taxes on middle class
families by up to $2,000 a year." As President Obama pointed out, "For 18
months, he’s been running on this tax plan. Now, five weeks before the election,
he’s saying that his big, bold idea is ... never mind." Here’s the problem. As
explained in a detailed paper by the Tax Policy Center, if you cut tax rates by
20 percent, you give the wealthy a multibillion-dollar tax break. Even if you
take away all their credits and loopholes and preferential rates, they still do
not owe the government as much as they did before. If the rich are paying less,
then the poor and middle class must pay more in order to raise the same amount
• Romney said that six studies prove that Obama's charge about him raising taxes
is "completely wrong." The "studies" Romney cited include two Wall Street
Journal editorials, an article in the same paper by one of his own economic
advisers, and two analyses by conservative think tanks. And even those studies,
according to Glenn Kessler in The Washington Post, "do not provide much
evidence that Romney's proposal — as sketchy as it is — would be revenue neutral
without making unrealistic assumptions."
• Romney claimed that President Obama had "added almost as much to the federal
debt as all the prior presidents combined." That is not even close to being
• Romney claimed that ObamaCare creates "an unelected board that's going to tell
people what kind of treatments they can have." This attempt to resurrect "death
panels" was called "one of the biggest whoppers of the night" by National
Journal, which says it's a line Republicans "regularly and inaccurately"
use. In fact, the Medicare board created by ObamaCare is "explicitly restricted
from directly cutting Medicare benefits." Its charge is to keep overall spending
within a specific target. According to PolitiFact, "Romney's claim can leave
viewers with the impression that the board makes health-care decisions for
individual Americans, and that's not the case."
• Romney claimed that half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had
failed, but three out of nearly three dozen is far less than half. Romney's
claim is "a gross overstatement," according to John M. Broder in The New
• Romney said, "I’m not going to cut education funding. But in the past Romney
and Ryan have both said they would do just that, particularly Pell grants and
student loans. Romney is on the record as saying that students should borrow
from their parents: "Take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to
from your parents." But many parents don’t have enough money to finance their
children’s educations. Romney seems like an out-of-touch elitist. His father was
the CEO of a major automaker, AMC, but few American children are beneficiaries
of such wealth. Romney's own position paper on education says he would "refocus
Pell Grant dollars on the students who need them most," suggesting that fewer
people would qualify. That Romney would allow banks bank into the federal
student loan system is also evidence that he would cut Pell Grants. Obama
eliminated the banks’ role as middlemen servicing the loans, saving billions of
dollars in fees—money that is helping pay for the Pell expansion. In a speech to
donors in Florida that was overheard by reporters, Mr. Romney said he would
either merge the federal Education Department with another agency "or perhaps
make it a heck of a lot smaller." As always, Romney’s "plans" are very hazy, and
light on specifics, but it seems that he intends to save money by reducing
educational opportunities for less affluent students.
• Romney vowed to repeal ObamaCare, but that would actually increase the federal
deficit. This summer, after Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a
bill to repeal the law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that doing so
would increase the federal deficit by $109 billion over the next decade.
Repealing the law would also mean that 30 million fewer people would have health
insurance by 2022.
• Romney promised to create 12 million jobs over the next four years if he is
elected president, but that is about how many jobs the economy is already
expected to create, according to some economic forecasters.
Mr. Etch a Sketch
John Avlon, a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for Newsweek
The Daily Beast, wrote about the first presidential debate: The Etch a
Sketch was in full effect at the first presidential debate in Denver on
Wednesday night. Mitt Romney put forward a strong performance, transforming back
into his 2002 Massachusetts moderate mold, a belated advocate of bipartisan
leadership. It would have had a lot more impact if it hadn't contradicted almost
every policy statement Romney has made on the campaign trail since he started
running for president. This flip-flopping is a force of habit, but it was used
to great effect, reflecting a campaign and a candidate finally focused on the
general electorate. The audacity of the Etch a Sketch was evident in the first
15 minutes of the debate, when Mitt Romney said, "I will not reduce the taxes
paid by high-income Americans." It was an eye-popping assertion, almost as if
the candidate hadn't been listening to his own campaign rhetoric for the past 18
months or more. ["Etch A Sketch" entered the campaign lexicon in March, when
Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN that Romney would shift from being a
conservative in the primaries to a moderate for the general election.] The
pattern continued with Romney asserting that after repealing Obamacare, he would
advocate the implementation of his own individual mandate plan—"And the best
course for health care is to do what we did in my state"—but it would be state
by state, along a federalist model. Romney did not hesitate to play the
MediScare card—the most discredited Democrat tactic against entitlement reform,
but apparently acceptable if it is done by a Republican trying to win Florida.
Happily, for hypocrisy watchers, this move also scored worst with the focus
group of undecided voters conducted by CNN's Erin Burnett in Denver during the
debate. The litany of flip-flops increased when the candidates' policy positions
were pushed for specifics ...
Romney's Bad Budget Math
William Gale, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-director of
the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, wrote: For months, voters have been in
the dark about key details of Mitt Romney's tax plans. He specified $5 trillion
in tax cuts, a 20% cut in income tax rates, a 40% cut in the corporate tax rate,
repeal of the estate tax and alternative minimum tax and elimination of taxes on
interest, dividends and capital gains for households with incomes below
$200,000. He did not want his changes to raise the deficit, but he was utterly
mum on how to raise $5 trillion to offset the tax cuts. During the summer, two
colleagues and I showed that if Romney did not want to add new taxes on savings
and investments—and raising savings and investments is the second of four main
planks in Romney's overall economic package—he could not finance his tax cuts
without generating a net tax cut for households with income above $200,000. Even
if all the available tax expenditures were closed in the most progressive manner
possible, it would not raise enough revenue among high-income households to
offset the tax cuts they would receive. This was true even when we adjusted the
revenue estimates to allow for the impact of potential economic growth, and even
when we gave the campaign a trillion-dollar mulligan by ignoring the cost of the
corporate tax cuts. As a result, we concluded that if Romney did not impose new
taxes on savings and investments, the only way to finance his tax cut proposals
and reach revenue neutrality was to raise taxes on households with income below
$200,000. This was not a forecast of what Romney would actually do; it was
simply a matter of arithmetic.
Romney Hood: Debate Winner or Sinner?
Most voters probably don't fully understand what a "revenue neutral" tax plan
really means. But they will soon learn, if Mitt Romney becomes president.
Revenue neutral means that the tax system will be changed, but will not bring in
more money. It's essentially a way to redistribute money from one group of
taxpayers to another. Romney's blind adherence to Republican dogma forbids him
from raising revenues to reduce the national debt. Therefore, wealth
redistribution and spending cuts alone can reduce the deficit, in Romney's
scheme. This is not liberal conjecture, but basic math, as Bill Clinton recently
Romney's plan sounds evil and crazy, because it is evil and crazy: he wants to
transfer even more of the nation's wealth to the richest Americans, by robbing
lower- and middle-class Americans.
Romney's argument is one we heard before, from the lips of President George W.
Bush. It's been called "supply-side economics," "trickle down economics" and
"voodoo economics". The idea is that if we give wealthy people truckloads of
money by deeply slashing the taxes they pay, some of the largesse will "trickle
down" to the American public. But the Bush tax cuts had the opposite effect,
resulting in the worst recession in 70 years. The rich have gotten richer, while
unemployment remains high and wages remain low.
Now Romney plans to redistribute wealth as Bush Junior did, but on steroids.
Although during the debate Romney lied, saying that he has not proposed a $5
trillion tax cut that will mostly benefit the wealthy, even Republican think
tanks have agreed that he actually has, unless he can come up with $5 trillion
in cost savings, plus $2 trillion more to cover his proposed increases in
military spending over the next ten years. Again, it's just basic math.
How does Romney intend to further enrich the super-rich? If his plan is actually
revenue-neutral, tax experts say that he will have to either increase taxes for
other Americans, or make drastic cuts to the safety nets people like Romney love
to call "entitlements." So, for instance, Romney will probably follow his
running mate Paul Ryan's proposal to strip away the Earned Income Tax Credit for
low-income families. Thus, the working poor will pay higher taxes. PBS and Big
Bird will have to go. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education,
environmental protection, food safety, and other "wasteful" programs will also
have to go, or suffer drastic cuts.
Who benefits? The wealthy. For instance, Romney's plan eliminates all federal
taxes on investment income (capital gains) and inheritances (estate taxes).
Romney has revealed his disdain for the 47 percent of Americans who don't make
enough money to pay federal income tax. Romney describes them as parasitic,
government-dependent layabouts who refuse to take responsibility for their
lives. But in reality they include retirees who paid taxes all their working
days, soldiers, teachers, firefighters, cops, and people who are out of work
today because of the voodoo economics of people like George W. Bush and Willard
Bishop Rotney Ridicules NASCAR Fans
While Bishop Romney is not a fan of NASCAR racing, he has "some great friends
who are NASCAR team owners." But he doesn't seem to think much of NASCAR fans.
He mocked race-goers he saw wearing plastic rain ponchos, saying: "I like those
fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks."
Why does Romney speak and act so boorishly to people who are not incredibly
wealthy? In his own words he explains that being rich and famous is the key to
happiness: "When I was a boy ... when I was a boy ... I used to think that
becoming rich and becoming famous would make me happy ... boy was I right!" So
according to Romney, money really does make the world go 'round, and he seems to
be unhappy with anyone who's not in his economic class.
Bishop Romney Accuses Ordinary Americans of Envy
Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of promoting the "bitter politics of
envy." And according to Romney, if you question the motives and tactics of Wall
Street and the big banks, you too are full of bitter envy. Here's an
illuminating exchange on the Today Show ...
MATT LAUER: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the
bitter politics of envy, I'm curious about the word "envy." Did you suggest that
anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial
institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and
power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?
ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it's about class warfare.
When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99
percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will
be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country
which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The
American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.
LAUER: Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it
being seen as envy, though?
ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and
discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of
his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires
and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It's a very envy-oriented,
attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.
So if you and I question the way Wall Street and the big banks act, then
according to Mitt the Ripper, we must be envious!
Bishop Romney Expresses Compassion for Corporations and Banks, but not
One of the strangest things about Mitt Romney is that he seems to care more
about banks and other corporations than human beings. He actually said:
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now ... scared to death
... feeling the same thing that you're feeling.
Romney opposed bailouts for Detroit autoworkers and homeowners, but supported
much larger bailouts for the bankers and Wall Street tycoons who helped create
the debt crisis. One of the oddest things I have ever heard a politician say is
this statement by the Romneybot:
Now, the banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now.
They're overwhelmed with a lot of things. One is a lot of homes coming
in, that are in foreclosure or in trouble ...
In other words, we should have compassion for banks, because they are
foreclosing on so many houses that they're having trouble keeping up! Romney
The banks are scared to death, of course. They're feeling the same thing
that you're feeling. And so they just want to pretend that all this is just
going to get paid some day.
But banks don't have babies and children to feed. They don't have elderly
parents and grandparents who face health and financial problems as they age.
Yes, banks can have problems. But how can anyone equate a bank's problems with
those of families that confront suffering and possibly death if family members
become homeless or can't obtain proper medical care?
The statements above were made by Mitt Romney during campaign speeches in
Florida, as he asked people to have compassion for banks because they were being
overwhelmed with foreclosed houses. Speaking in shirtsleeves beneath a blazing
sun, Romney reinforced earlier statements he had made about the need to let the
Let it [the foreclosure crisis] run its course and hit the bottom.
His comments echoed his sentiments expressed to the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Don't try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit
Romney then took a swipe at Newt Gingrich, who at that time led him by four
points in Gallup's rolling Florida polls. Recycling a line from his recent
debate in Tampa, he said Gingrich was "peddling influence" as a consultant to
Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant that Romney said was one of the biggest causes
of the housing crisis, built on a pile of government-guaranteed debt. "We can't
have an influence peddler leading our party," said Romney, standing on a
makeshift stage in front of a one-story house that was in the process of
Gingrich in his response pointed out that Romney made millions of dollars from
his investments in Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Goldman Sachs: "So maybe Governor
Romney in the spirit of openness should tell us how much money he’s made off of
how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments?"
After Bishop Romney refused to disclose more than two years of his tax returns
and his wife Ann imperiously told the American public that "you people" have no
right to question how the Regal Romneys live so affluently, it turns out that
Mitt Romney required the people on his short list of potential VP candidates to
provide him with ten years of their tax returns! Once
again he declines to lead by example. In response to questions about the
ten-year requirement for potential VPs, Romney campaign press secretary Andrea
Saul declined comment. "We do not discuss the VP selection process," she wrote
in an email. It seems Hypocrite Mitt intends to keep the game rigged, by having
one set of rules for himself and his super-rich patrons, and a more "taxing" set
of rules for everyone else. Mitt's modus operandi is "Do as I command,
not as I do myself."
Last August, Obama campaign chief Jim Messina suggested a compromise: If Romney
agreed to release five years of tax returns, Team Obama would declare a
cease-fire and stop calling for more years of returns. Romney rejected the
offer. Thus, it seems clear that he was doing something prior to 2010 that he
doesn't want the American public to know about. Even staunch conservatives like
Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and William Kristol have castigated Romney for
failing to disclose more tax returns.
Lewd, Crude, Rude and Obnoxious
Willard Mitt Romney has a long history of insulting and bullying other people.
Here is a transcript of the filmed testimony of Cheryl Arnett, a Craig, Colorado
first grade teacher who was invited to participate in a roundtable with Mitt
Romney: "When I was asked to speak with Mitt Romney, it seemed like a very
important thing to me and I wanted to put a lot of careful thought into what I
would say, so I went to the roundtable discussion, very optimistic and
interested in hearing what he had to say. When he sat down one, of the questions
he asked was: 'I understand there’s a teacher here today, which one of you is
the teacher?' So I raised my hand thinking that’s a good thing, he’s interested
in education. But it wasn’t a good thing. I—I felt like his view was a little
old-fashioned. I was surprised by it. He went on to kind of lecture me about
schools and how bad they are. He talked bad about the teachers' union. He was
talking about the importance of private schools and voucher systems. At one
point, I said to him: 'I have an answer for that.' And he said: 'I
didn’t ask you a question!' When I think of Mitt Romney I don’t
think of a person that could really relate to small-town Craig, Colorado.
Although he came here, I don’t think that his life experience would allow him to
really understand the perspective of people that live in a small town. One of
the things I like best that Obama has done for education is that he is releasing
states from 'no child left behind.' Colorado is one of the states lucky enough
to be released. I did not become a teacher to become wealthy or powerful. I
became a teacher to make a difference. It’s important to us to have a government
and a leader that respects us, who will listen to us even if he doesn’t agree
with us. We need to have open conversation and open communication between
educators and government, and I think President Obama is the one to do that."
Romney's Healthcare Solution: Wait until the Uninsured are on Death's
Door, then let them go to Emergency Rooms!
CBS News: Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to
the 50 million Americans who don’t have it today?
Mitt Romney: Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,
people—we—if someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and
die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give
But should we wait until people are on death's door before we think about ways
to help them? Doesn't waiting until they need ambulances and emergency rooms
drive up the cost of healthcare? When people don't have bread to eat, should we
echo Marie Antoinette and say, "Let them eat [nonexistent] cake!" When they have
chronic health conditions, should we let their health deteriorate until their
conditions become acute, then cavalierly say, "Let them go to emergency rooms!"
Romney loves to talk about American exceptionalism. During his recent visits to
England, Israel and Poland, he praised each nation's culture and economy. But
all three nations have universal healthcare, as do all the more advanced free
world democracies. How can Americans be exceptional if they can't do what so
many other nations have done successfully? And Romney himself helped establish
universal healthcare for Massachusetts, when he was governor there. So why does
he attack President Obama for trying to help all Americans have access to
quality healthcare, before they need ambulances and
Mr. Flip Flop
Willard Mitt Romney finally released a tax return for 2011, showing that he paid
a higher tax rate than required, by not deducting all his contributions to
charity. The press immediately unearthed a Romney quote from July: "If I had
paid more [federal income taxes] than are legally due, I don’t think I’d be
qualified to become president." So by his own definition, Mitt the Flopple is
also Unfit Mitt. He has pulled off a sort of reverse miracle, by managing to
become even less convincing than Richard Milhous Nixon. Even their names sound
eerily similar. Tricky Dick, meet Wily Willy.
What Romney's Conservative Allies Say about Him
Here is what his Republican allies have to say about "Multiple Choice" Mitt
Romney's serial flip-flopping, lack of honesty, various other deficiencies, and
general money-grubbing madness ...
Republican senator and former presidential nominee John McCain: "Gov. Romney has
taken two positions on every issue."
Another widely respected Republican presidential candidate, Texas
Congressman Ron Paul, said: "We just call him a serial flip-flopper."
Former New York mayor and hero of 911, Rudy Giuliani: "I have run a lot of
elections, supported a lot of people, [and] I have never seen a guy change his
position on so many things, so fast, on a dime."
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum: "This is someone who
doesn’t have a core. He’s been on both sides of every single issue in the past
ten years. This is someone who will say anything to get elected. People want the
genuine article. If Romney is an economic heavyweight, we’re in trouble, because
he was 47th out of 50 in job creation in his state of Massachusetts when he was
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told CNN: "I think he's
certainly being dishonest about his own record. When he said that he had the
endorsement of the NRA, he did not. When he says that he didn't raise taxes, in
fact there were $500 million in fees that were raised during his time [as
governor of Massachusetts] ... He's making up stuff ... It's just incredible ...
It's not true ... "
Another Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, in a campaign ad said:
"Mitt Romney will do and say anything to become President. Anything."
Asked directly by CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell if he
thought Romney was a liar, Gingrich said bluntly, "Yes."
Brit Hume on FOX News Sunday: "You're only allowed a certain number of flips
before people start to doubt your character. And I think Romney exhausted his
quota sometime back. And these fresh ones, I think are over the limit, and I
think they hurt, and I don't think the fact that he's flipping in the direct
that the Republicans would like will help very much because I think they don't
Another Republican presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, told CNN: "You can’t be
a perfectly lubricated weather vane on the important issues of the day, whether
it’s Libya, whether it’s the debt ceiling, whether it’s the discussion around
the Kasich bill in Ohio, where Gov. Romney has been missing in action in terms
of showing any kind of leadership."
Rand Paul told National Review: "I do not yet know if I will find a
Romney presidency more acceptable on foreign policy. But I do know that I must
oppose the most recent statements made by Mitt Romney in which he says he, as
president, could take us to war unilaterally with Iran, without any approval
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Conservative criticism of Mitt Romney.
Multiple Choice Mitt is America's First Ultra-liberal Conservative!
Mitt Romney told NARAL Pro Choice, "I’m a strong believer in stating your
position and not wavering." But as we will see, Romney changes his positions
more frequently than even the most adventurous porn stars. Here are examples of
why Romney has earned nicknames like Flip Flopney, Mitt the Flopple and Multiple
Choice Mitt ...
Romney has accused President Obama and even his Republican presidential rivals
of being Washington insiders guilty of pork barrel spending. But here is what
Romney told people about himself, when he wanted to impress them with his
ability to get money out of the federal government:
• "I am a big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in
• "We actually received over $410 million from the federal government for the
Olympic games. That is a
huge increase over anything ever done before and
we did that by going after every agency of government ...
That kind of
creativity I want to bring to everything we do."
Romney has also flip-flopped repeatedly on women's reproductive
• "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country."
• "I sustain and support that law [Roe v. Wade] and the right of a woman to make
that choice [abortion]."
• "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and
dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."
• "I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should
sustain and support it." ... [but] ... "Roe v. Wade has gone too far."
• His position was clear and he gave his word to NARAL Pro Choice ... [but] ...
"I never really called myself pro-choice."
Here are more about-faces by Flip Flopney:
• "It's not worth moving heaven and earth ... trying to catch one person." ...
[but] ... "Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden."
• "I like [compulsory health insurance] mandates. The mandates work." ... [but]
... "I think it's unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front."
• "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King." ... [but] ... "I did not see
it with my own eyes." [Because they never marched together.]
• "I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our
country there." ... [but] ... "It was not my desire to go off and serve in
• "I will work and fight for stem cell research." ... [but] ... "The stem-cell
debate was grounded in a false premise."
• "I don’t line up with the NRA." ... [but] ... "I’m a member of the NRA."
• "I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero." ... [but] ... "It’s a tax
cut for fat cats."
• "I’m going to take burdens off the back of the auto industry." ... [but] ...
He wrote an essay titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt."
• In a 1994 letter to the Log Cabin Republicans, Romney wrote that he was in
favor of "gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly" in the
military. But during the 2007 presidential debates, he insisted that they should
continue to serve secretly and dishonestly, under "Don't Ask Don't Tell," which
he wanted to keep.
• "Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts." ... [but] ... "I
don’t support any gun control legislation, the effort for a new assault weapons
ban, with a ban on semi-automatic weapons, is something I would oppose."
• "I believe the world’s getting warmer ... I believe that humans contribute to
that." ... [but] ... "My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate
• "I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts." ... [but]
... "Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a
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Romney Flip Flops.
Rebooting the Romneybot
Maureen Dowd recently called the Romney campaign "a moveable feast of missteps."
Even arch-conservative Republicans have pretty much thrown their hands up in the
air, asking, in effect, "How can he and his wife keep alienating millions of
Americans by sounding like rich, elitist pricks?" But perhaps that's what they
really are, and they just can't help themselves. If so, "rebooting the
Romneybot" won't do any good, because only a change of heart and mind would
result in decent behavior. People who are programmed to value wealth, style and
"class" over equality and fair play will always seem distant and out of touch to
ordinary Americans ... simply because they are.
13.9 and 14.1 Percent of What, Exactly?
Mitt and Ann Romney claim they paid 13.9 percent in federal income taxes in
2010, and 14.1 percent in 2011, and I believe them. Why? Because I think they
realized that if Mitt Moneybags was going to have a shot at becoming president,
he was going to have to disclose his more current tax returns. So it seems that
in 2010 they decided to pay taxes on a good chunk of their earnings. But a valid
question is whether they sheltered most of their earnings from federal taxes
prior to 2010. This seems to be the case because there are some rather obvious
clues: (1) If there were no major problems with the returns prior to 2010, why
risk the presidency by not disclosing them? Even died-in-the-wool conservatives
have pointed out that choosing not to disclose the returns indicates that there
must be major problems with them. (2) The fact that the Romneys are willing to
reveal the percentages paid in the past, but not the income those percentages
apply to, suggests that the income reported may be far less than the $21 million
reported in 2010. (3) The Romneys have been careful to say that they paid at
least 13 percent in "taxes" every year, but they have avoided using the words
"federal income taxes." (4) Cayman Island "IRAs" worth up to $100 million
suggest that the Romney's fortune has been growing with a lot of help by
talented tax attorneys (or perhaps unethical ones).
It seems obvious to me that the Romneys avoided paying federal income taxes on
much or most of their income prior to 2010. If they paid 10 percent in federal
income taxes on 10 percent of their total income, their effective federal income
tax rate on their gross income would be a stunning 1 percent. Of course no one
knows what their real effective rate was, but all they have to do to prove
naysayers like me wrong is disclose all their tax returns for 12 years, as
Mitt's father did when he ran for president. As George Romney pointed out,
releasing returns for just one or two years can be deceptive if the returns are
not representative. Why is Bishop Romney afraid to follow his father's good
Ugh, You People!
According to Ann Romney, roughly half of all Americans are utterly lacking in
class or style ... at least compared to her Olympic dressage horse, Rafalca. The
Romneys took a $70,000 tax deduction for Rafalca Romney, which is more than the
median annual American household income. Has Ann Romney, perhaps, confused
wealth with class and style? Here's what she said about Democrats recently, so
you be the judge:
My horse has more style and more class in its hoof than they do in their
The comment above was reported by Jason Horowitz of the Washington Post
as having been made by Georgette Mosbacher — "cosmetics impresario and eccentric
grande dame of GOP fundraising" — to her younger sister Lyn Paulsin, who once
dated Rush Limbaugh. These are loyal Romney supporters, not enemy infiltrators.
Horowitz describes them thusly: "Both sisters wear gold Eagle pins on their
lapels, identifying them as Romney mega-donors, and a stack of VIP credentials
around their necks." Horowitz informed his readers that the sisters discussed
Ann Romney's comment "giddily," as if they were impressed or awed by what she
This seems like yet more confirmation that the Romneys and many of their
super-rich supporters are the ones who lack not only class and style, but basic
human decency and common sense. Here is what Ann Romney recently told Robin
Roberts: "We have given all you people need to know
and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life." She
sounded like a feudal queen talking down to a bunch of serfs. Like her imperious
husband, she seems to think the America public doesn't deserve full disclosure.
Who the hell are we to question someone rich enough to have Swiss bank accounts,
Bermuda trusts, Cayman Island IRAs, and horses in the Olympics?
More Ann Romney Quotes
Many conservatives criticized Mitt Romney for suggesting that 47 percent of
Americans are lazy, shiftless moochers. The Tax Policy Center estimates that
4,000 American households with incomes over $1 million ended up with zero
federal income tax liability in 2011. Another 14,000 households made between
$500,000 and $1 million, yet paid not federal income tax. So the problem is
obviously not limited to poor people who mooch off the rich. According to 2008
data from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, eight of the top 10 states with the
lowest income tax liability are Republican-leaning states. William Kristol was
especially harsh, calling Romney’s observations "arrogant and stupid."
Conservative journalist Peggy Noonan called the avalanche of tactless gaffes a
In response, Ann Romney said:
Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard
and, you know, it's an important thing that we're doing right now and it's an
important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant
this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications
and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this
The problem for the Romneys is that it really isn't "difficult" not to insult
millions of people repeatedly. First it was England, then the Palestinians. Now
it's half the population of America. I can't think of anyone outside the KKK and
neo-Nazi circles who would find it so very hard to be more diplomatic and
Ann Romney, like her husband, has a remarkable ability to sound condescending:
I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and
they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that
we value those people too.
The Romneys' disdain for "those people," by which they obviously mean "we
the people," seems obvious. What Ann Romney means seems clear to me: we (the
successful people) value (have some minimal concern for) those people (the less
successful ones). Thank goodness that we (the successful people) are such
saints, considering the other people we have to put up with!
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Bishop Romney's Modest Proposal
In 1729 Jonathan Swift shocked the world with a "Modest Proposal" in which he
suggested that Ireland could solve its problems with the burdensome children of
the poor, by eating them. Of course Swift was speaking facetiously in order to
make a point. But now Bishop Romney (yes, Mitt Romney was a Mormon bishop who
once administered a diocese, called a "Stake") seems to have said something very
similar, in earnest.
After Mitt the Ripper accused 47% of Americans (nearly half the population) of
being freeloaders for not paying federal income taxes, suggesting that they only
think they are entitled to housing, food and
healthcare, and thus implying that all they are really entitled to is death for
being unproductive, there was quite understandably a public outcry. After all
that 47% includes millions of soldiers, ex-soldiers, teachers, firefighters and
policemen. His running mate Paul Ryan claimed that Bishop Romney was "obviously
inarticulate," but it seems to me that Romney really does have great disdain for
people who are not as successful as he is. In recent days, Romney and his
campaign have blasted English Olympics organizers, members of the NAACP who
support universal healthcare, blacks who fail to understand America's superior
"Anglo Saxon heritage," and the entire Palestinian people for having an inferior
culture. And if we examine Romney's stance on women's reproductive rights and
gay marriage, it seems clear that he doesn't trust more than half the nation
with the personal freedom and responsibility to make essential life choices for
themselves. That's a very troubling form of bigotry combined with smug
Keen-eyed observers quickly noted that Paul Ryan received Social Security
survivor benefits after his father died, which he used to finance his education,
and that Romney's father received welfare assistance after his family fled a
revolution in Mexico. This was verified by Romney's own family. "[George Romney]
was on welfare relief for the first years of his life. But this great country
gave him opportunities," Lenore Romney, the mother of Mitt Romney, pointed out
in a video which apparently dates back to George Romney’s 1962 campaign for
governor of Michigan.
When the Romneys want other Americans to see them as human beings, they point
out their family's struggles, and that's perfectly fine. But Mitt Romney seems
to want to have his cake and eat ours too. When someone in his family struggles,
they remain pillars of the nation, full of character. But when other Americans
struggle, we are lazy, shiftless freeloaders ... especially if we happen to be
female, gay, or have darker skin.
Why is the Terminator—as Romney was called at Bain Capital for liquidating
American companies and firing American workers after outsourcing their jobs to
China and other low-wage countries—trying to shame Americans who are struggling
to make ends meet? Does he intend to terminate them too, by denying them
assistance with housing, food and healthcare? Should we take him at his own
word, or hope that he is only babbling incoherent, time after time after time?
Top Ten Mitticisms
A "mitticism" is like a witticism, minus the intelligence. These things
were actually said by the Romneybot in its attempts to communicate with
warm-blooded earthlings ...
We should double Guantanamo!
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that!
Let Detroit go bankrupt!
I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back.
(Referring to the auto industry he wanted to go bankrupt and did nothing to
I would repeal Obamacare! (Even though Obamacare is modeled after his
claim to fame, Romneycare?)
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now ... scared to death
... feeling the same thing that you're feeling.
I am a big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in
(Taunting a closeted gay high school student, Gary Hummel.)
He can't look like that! That's wrong! Just look at him! (Before
tackling a gay classmate, John Lauber, and cutting off his long, bleached-blonde
I bathe in statistics.
Who let the dogs out? Who, who? (During an awkward photo op with a group
of African American kids.)
PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air. (After having strapped
his dog to the roof of his vehicle for an 11-hour road trip.)
The quotes above seem like the output of a badly-engineered android, one that
could not possibly be mistaken for an actual human being. And what about these
statements, made by the Romneybot to ingratiate itself with potential voters?
I love this state. The trees are the right height. The streets are just
I had catfish for the second time. It was delicious, just like the first time.
I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and ... strange things are
happening to me.
Morning, ya'll. I got started this morning right with a biscuit and some cheesy
grits. (No one calls them "cheesy" grits.)
I was going to suggest to you that you serve your eggs with hollandaise
sauce and hubcaps. Because there's no plates like chrome for the hollandaise.
These pancakes are about as large as my win in Puerto Rico last night, I must
admit. The margin is just about as good.
Look at us in here! We are all nice together, all nice and wet, you know, like a
can of sardines. ("Nice"?)
That's a big lava lamp, congratulations!
Davy, Davy Crockett. King of the wild frontier!
I'm an unofficial southerner.
Please give us a big hug, that's the girls. I've been getting hugs from the
Southern girls ... from 12, to well, a lot more than 12.
I never imagined I'd be up here like Larry the Cable guy!
I love the hymns of America, by the way.
When asked at the Daytona 500 whether he followed NASCAR, the Romneybot replied,
"Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans, but I have some great friends
who are NASCAR team owners."
I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed.—Mitt Romney (one of the
earth's wealthiest men)
I get speaker's fees from time to time, but not very much. —Mitt Romney
(in a single year he earned $374,000 in speaker's fees)
When talking about money, as Gary Kamiya put it in a Salon article,
Romney comes across "not only as an obscenely rich person, but as an obscenely
rich person from another planet."
As Charles P. Pierce wrote in an article for Esquire: "People have been
trying to humanize the Romneybot since he first stepped into politics against
Ted Kennedy almost 20 years ago. They tried for two years when he was governor
and, to most of the people around the State House, he went out as pretty much
the same ice sculpture they'd sworn in. They tried for two years during the
run-up to the 2008 campaign and, according to the one worthwhile anecdote in
Game Change, by the end of the primary process, everybody wanted to spit on
him. Did it look to any of you that his rivals this time around wanted to do
anything else, either? No matter what they're saying now, they all thought he
was a slick bond salesman who was buying the nomination. Newt Gingrich looked
sincerely like he wanted to eat Romney's heart in the marketplace throughout
almost all of the debates. Here is the simple fact: Unless you are a member of
his family, you simply cannot like Mitt Romney."
The Romneybot has a cold, calculating CPU, but its output is wildly
inconsistent. For instance, in 2004 the Romneybot 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. ... Every
indication is that the economic policies adopted and pursued by this president
are creating jobs at a very high pace. And so the people of America have to ask,
'Do I stay with the president, who is rebuilding the economy, who is creating
jobs, or do you want to stop mid-stream and find someone new?'"
But of course when the president in question is Barack Obama, the Romneybot
immediately spits out pure poppycock.
And here is what the Romneybot said about its record of sluggish job growth
after four years as governor of Massachusetts, in 2006: "You guys are bright
enough to look at the numbers. I came in and the jobs had been just falling off
a cliff ... And then we turned around and we're coming back. And that's
progress. And if you're going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got
elected somehow jobs should immediately [have] turned around, why that would be
silly. It takes a while to get things turned around.
We were in a recession; we were losing jobs every month. We've turned it around
... That's progress."
But when the person with the record of job growth progress that is not immediate
is Barack Obama, the Romneybot immediately spits out sheer silliness.
In November 2006, shortly before the Romneybot retired as governor of
Massachusetts, its approval rating was a dismal 34%, ranking it 48th of 50 U.S.
Why was the Romneybot so unpopular? Well, for all its talk about creating jobs,
Massachusetts was 47th out of 50 states in putting people to work when Romney
was governor. And while Romney loves to brag about smaller government and
cutting spending, according to research by PolitiFact, spending actually rose by
24 percent during his governorship, making such claims false. As his
replacement, Gov. Deval Patrick told the DNC, "He cut education deeper than
anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were
up and business confidence was down." Also, according to Ellen Story, "He was
aloof; he was not approachable. He was very much an outsider, the whole time he
was here. The Republican reps would grumble that he didn't even know their
The Crown Princes of Entitlements
I am a big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan claim to be "fiscal conservatives" who abhor
government spending and can fix America's economic problems with quick waves of
their magical wands. But the truth is that Romney and Ryan both supported huge
federal bailouts, as long as their rich patrons, cronies and constituents got
most of the loot. Paul Ryan effusively praised George W. Bush's 2002 federal
stimulus package, which mostly benefitted wealthy Americans by lowering their
taxes. And even as he was damning President Obama's much fairer 2009 stimulus
package, Ryan was lobbying for millions of stimulus funds for his constituents.
Mitt Romney accepted a huge federal bailout of the Olympics, bragging that he
knew how to get money from the federal government, then claimed that he "saved"
the Olympics when it was really "we the people" who did the saving with our tax
dollars. The only thing Romney's and Ryan's magic wands will accomplish, if we
are foolish enough to elect them, is to reduce taxes on the richest 1% of
Americans to below 1%, leaving the rest of us to pay thousands more in taxes
even as we get smaller Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits when we
are no longer able to work. That ain't magic, it's highway robbery.
I've learned from my Olympic experience [that] if you have people that
really understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you
can get money to help build economic development opportunities ... We actually
received over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games.
That is a huge increase over anything ever done before and we did that by going
after every agency of government.—Mitt Romney
Romney cited more than $1 million that one his colleagues managed to get
for the Olympics from the Department of Education, concluding:
That kind of creativity I want to bring to everything we do.—Mitt
Mitt Romney's Nixonian Meltdown: Let's get rid of the half of Americans
who won't vote for me, by letting them starve to death!
Here's what Mitt Romney told fellow millionaires at a closed-door,
$50,000-per-plate fundraiser: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote
for the President no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with
him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who
believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that
they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That,
that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will
vote for this president no matter what ... These are people who pay no income
tax ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they
should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
First, it is the president's job to care about all
Americans, even those who didn't vote for him. Second, to say that no Democrat
works, or pays income taxes is a blatant lie; millions of people who pay no
income taxes are Republicans. Third, to call food an "entitlement" is
ridiculous. Is it an "entitlement" not to starve to death, in a land of plenty
with more than enough food for everyone? Has any American presidential candidate
before Romney ever suggested that we should let half the American people starve
to death if they didn't vote for him? That seems to be what Romney is saying, in
a Nixonian meltdown, as he expresses his obvious disgust for the 150 million
Americans who have the temerity to think independently and disagree with him.
According to W. Mitt Romney, if you believe in helping less fortunate Americans,
you are part of a mass of shiftless moochers and parasitic leeches who fall far
short of the glory of W. Mitt Romney. But the majority of the Americans in
Romney's 47 percent are
working people: retirees, soldiers, teachers, cops, firefighters, steelworkers,
members of the clergy, and many others. And most of them have worked far more
honestly that Mitt the Ripper, who made millions by firing American workers and
outsourcing their jobs to China and other low-wage countries, then evaded income
taxes himself via off-shore Bermuda and Cayman Island "IRAs."
At the same fundraiser, Mittler (as he is called by the LGBT community) also
expressed his disgust for seemingly all Palestinians: "I look at the
Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed
to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say
there's just no way."
When Romney talks about the people he despises—poor people, Palestinians, and
most people who aren't rich white Americans like himself—he sounds disturbingly
like Hitler talking about the Jews.
Even hardcore conservatives were shocked at Romney's bigotry. For instance,
William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, called
Romney's comments "stupid and arrogant."
Palestinians who both want and work for peace said Romney's accusations were
ridiculous: "No one stands to gain more from peace with Israel than Palestinians
and no one stands to lose more in the absence of peace than Palestinians," chief
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters. "Only those who want to
maintain the Israeli [military] occupation will claim the Palestinians are not
interested in peace."
Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter have
accused Israel of practicing apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Leading Jewish
intellectuals from Albert Einstein to Noam Chomsky have rebuked Israel for using
massive military superiority to unjustly dominate and displace Palestinians, who
have now lost more than 80% of their native land without compensation. To blame
Palestinians for all the hostilities is like blaming Native Americans for not
submitting meekly to ethnic cleansing and genocide at the hands of white
supremacists. Rather than exchanging land for peace, Israel chooses to
relentlessly gobble up more and more Palestinian land via a massive, brutal
military occupation. Romney is either lying through his teeth, or he has failed
to study and understand the reality on the ground in Israel/Palestine. Virtually
the entire global community agrees that Israel must end its land-grabbing in the
West Bank, but thanks to American politicians like Mitt Romney, Israel continues
to let robber barons do their thing, protected by a super-powerful military
funded and armed by American taxpayers to the tune of more than $130 billion
over the years.
"Let Them Eat Cyanide"
Mitt Romney promises to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans. But what does
he mean by "middle-income"? During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America,"
Romney told host George Stephanopoulos, "No one can say my plan is going to
raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep
the burden down on middle-income taxpayers." Stephanopoulos then asked, "Is
$100,000 middle income?" Romney replied, "No, middle income is $200,000 to
$250,000." But according to the Census Bureau the median American household
income is just over $50,000. So Romney seems to be either bent on deception, or
hopelessly out of touch.
Even if you are fortunate enough to make $200,000 or more per year, do you think
the federal government should give the bulk of tax cuts to the people who make
the most money, while other people lose their jobs and homes?
The proposed Romney-Ryan budget plan will further decimate the American middle
class, by virtually eliminating all
federal income taxes on the wealthiest 1% of Americans, because it makes capital
gains, interest and dividends tax free. If this plan had been in effect in 2010,
Mitt Romney would have paid less than 1% (.0082, to be exact) on earnings of $21
million. It seems Romney and Ryan intend to get rid of all
taxes for the super-rich, while reducing taxes somewhat for people making
$200,000 or more. This will force everyone else to pay more taxes, or leave the
federal government without the means to keep the current safety nets of Social
Security, Medicare and Medicaid intact. But at some point in their lives,
especially as they age, the vast majority of Americans
will need those safety nets. When Marie Antoinette was told that French peasants
had no bread to eat, she allegedly said, "Let them eat cake." Now it seems that
Willard Mitt Romney, one of the world's wealthiest men, is saying that when
elderly Americans need healthcare, we should say, "Let them eat cyanide!" and
when poor people are hungry we should say, "Let them starve to death!"
As much as I would like to see my taxes reduced, I cannot sanction this
blatantly unjust plan to let the wealthiest Americans avoid virtually all taxes,
by condemning elderly Americans who worked and paid taxes all their lives to the
human equivalent of a glue factory. Can you?
Mitt Romney seems to believe that he can boost the economy without actually
doing anything: "If it looks like I'm going to win, the markets will be happy.
If it looks like the president's going to win, the markets should not be
terribly happy. It depends of course which markets you're talking about, which
types of commodities and so forth, but my own view is that if we win on November
6th, there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country.
We'll see capital come back and we'll see—without actually doing
anything—we'll actually get a boost in the economy."
And yet he ridicules Democrats for talking about hope and change!
Romney invests in Chinese Slave Labor Camp, complete with barbed wire and guard
One of the most disturbing things I have heard about Mitt Romney from his own
lips is his confession that he toured a Chinese slave labor camp/factory, then
invested in it, with never a word of protest about the terrible conditions he
saw there. Instead of protesting the existence of such gulags, the Romneybot
became a pioneer of outsourcing American jobs to them, through his vulture
capital outfit, Bain Capital. Here is how Romney described what he saw, in
private during a high-dollar fundraiser attended by his rich cronies, not
knowing that he was being filmed by a whistleblower: "When I was back in my
private equity days, we went to China to buy a factory there. It employed about
20,000 people. And they were almost all young women between the ages of about 18
and 22 or 23. They were saving for potentially becoming married. And they work
in these huge factories; they made various uh, small appliances. And uh, as we
were walking through this facility, seeing them work, the number of hours they
worked per day, the pittance they earned, living in dormitories with uh, with
little bathrooms at the end of maybe 10 rooms. And the rooms they have 12 girls
per room. Three bunk beds on top of each other. You’ve seen, you’ve seen them?
And, and, and around this factory was a fence, a huge fence with barbed wire and
guard towers. And, and, we said gosh! I can’t believe that you, you know, keep
these girls in! They said, no, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming
The account above has been reported by major news services such as the
Boston Globe. Because the factory made small appliances, we can safely
assume that it belonged to Global Tech Appliances, a company that takes over
manufacturing from American companies like Sunbeam and Mr. Coffee. According to
SEC documents first reported by Mother Jones magazine, a Bain Capital
affiliate called Brookside initially acquired about 6 percent of GTA on April
17, 1998 and later increased its ownership to more than 9 percent. Romney was
listed as the "sole shareholder, sole director, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Brookside Inc." So it seems clear that Romney alone was responsible
for deciding what to do about the 20,000 young girls he saw living in what
sounds like a Nazi concentration camp complete with barbed wire fences and guard
towers. Did he go public and protest what he saw? No, he invested in the slave
labor facility, then helped American companies save money by firing American
workers and outsourcing their jobs to such sweat shops.
What would you have done, knowing that at best the girls were being used like
pack mules, and that at worst a fire might kill them all? Wouldn't you have said
something to someone, to try to help the girls, and others like them in other
Chinese factories? Why did Mitt Romney, a child of wealth and privilege and one
of the world's wealthiest men, became a business partner of their enslavers,
then send them more American businesses as customers?
What sort of man is Mitt Romney, really? Here's a rather blunt appraisal.
China’s Xinhua news agency criticized Romney in a strongly-worded editorial,
noting the profits Romney has made from investments in China: "It is rather
ironic that a considerable portion of this China-battering politician’s wealth
was actually obtained by doing business with Chinese companies before he entered
If Romney wants to get involved in manufacturing, he should stick to his
particular area of expertise: flip-flops.
And speaking of flip-flops, here's a real doozy, straight from the lips of Mitt
the Flopple himself. At the end of his spiel above, Romney concluded: "The Bain
Partner I was with turned to me and said, 'You know, 95% of life is settled if
you are born in America. This is uh, this is an amazing land and what we have is
unique and fortunately it is so special we are sharing it with the world.'" But
this agrees with what President Obama and the Democrats have been saying, which
is that Americans built the infrastructure of America together
and no one can claim to be completely self-made. Why does Mitt Romney
attack President Obama in public as if he is the "enemy" of American values,
only to agree with him in private? Is that good character or duplicity?
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