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.
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."
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.
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."
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."
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
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."
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?"
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
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
Please click here to read
more Republican and
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
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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.
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
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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