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Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkola discussing real issues with Amy Goodman (who was actually cordial to her unlike Jennifer Granholm) on Democracy Now! prior to receiving the nomination of the Green Party for president. She speaks of a Green New Deal, poverty, unemployment, foreclosures, student debt, Wall Street, Medicare for all, climate change, Citizens United and other real issues not discussed by the moneyed status quo candidates in this campaign whose only focus is money, ego, mudslinging, winning at any cost and making you afraid of speaking your mind and working for that real change.
I like what Dr. Stein proposes (especially the Green New Deal which is modeled on FDR's New Deal) and I know it is achievable. And while she may well not have any chance of winning this election it is way past time for Americans to get up out of their chairs and let their voices be heard. She is exactly right about the Poltics of Fear and the need to now bring a new era of the Politics of Courage.
We need inspiration, excitement, courage, boldness and action. We need to know our votes truly matter and that the person we are voting FOR truly has our best interests at heart. The status quo does not as we have seen time and time again. We all know it, but we continue to live in fear of really doing something about it. Change will never come if we continue to make excuses for why we say we should move while remaining motionless.
It is also blatantly undemocratc to not allow others in our country running for the highest office to not be heard in debates (whether we agree with them or not) especially if they are focusing on the issues that truly matter to all Americans instead of the status quo soundbites.
Not only this country but humanity as a whole is at a crossroads. We need leaders willing to take this on not only fron a political standpoint but a moral one. Change will come, but only if we make it happen. I say, if not now, when? Dr. Stein has my vote.Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkola discussing real issues with Amy Goodman (who was... more
A new Mitt Romney ad released Thursday accuses President Barack Obama of waging a "war on religion." The ad, along with recent attacks on Obama's welfare policy, signals a move away from attacking the president's handling of the economy.
"President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith," says a narrator in the ad. "Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong."
Romney is referring to an Obama administration decision to mandate that religiously-affiliated employers -- but not religious institutions themselves -- cover the cost of contraception in their health care plans at no charge to the employee. The administration tweaked the mandate to allow employers with moral or ethical objections to request that the insurer cover the extra costs of the coverage.
Romney's invocation of a "war on religion" recalls an infamous Rick Perry ad that attacked Obama for the same, though on different culture-war grounds.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/mitt-romney-religion-obama_n_1759393.htmlA new Mitt Romney ad released Thursday accuses President Barack Obama of waging a... more
Who made this?! This is amazing.
Late last night, the mysterious group of hackers known as Anonymous successfully hacked the main database for the Internal Revenue Service. The group appeared to have a singular target- Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Romney has been criticized by both parties for his failure to produce more than one past tax return. According to Ann Romney on ABC’s “Good Morning America” they had no intention of ever disclosing the contents on those returns: “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life”. Anonymous however, seems to have thought that we “the people” might want to know a little more about the man who seeks the White House.Late last night, the mysterious group of hackers known as Anonymous successfully... more
FRONTRUNNER TODD LONG CONTINUES TO SURGE WITH
FOURTH AND FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WINS
Another clear indication Long is favored to challenge and defeat Alan Grayson in November.
KISSIMMEE/ST. CLOUD, Florida – With the two largest Straw Polls conducted to date – Todd Long chalks up his fourth and fifth – and most impressive victories yet, topping his closest Primary Challenger by 15 points at the Osceola Chamber Hob Nob Straw Poll and 39 points at the Politics at the Barn in St. Cloud – all within 10 days.
In a head to head preview match up against the Democrat candidate Alan Grayson for the November general election – Long was the only candidate to also out number Grayson, even with splitting the Republican vote four Ways.
“I continue to be heartened,” Todd says, “by the fantastic enthusiasm our Campaign is generating. I am deeply honored and humbled to be receiving such fantastic support across all three counties that make up this newly created Ninth Congressional District – and to have also beaten Alan Grayson in three different Straw Polls now, even with splitting the vote with my three worthy opponents, is particularly gratifying.”
“I am looking forward to bringing my Conservative principles to Washington in order to bring sanity back to Congress and return to the vision of our Founding Fathers of the smallest, most effective government possible, with minimal taxation and regulation which will lead to maximum freedom and innovation for business to flourish and our Country to prosper.” Long concluded.
With the August 14th Primary now just three very short weeks away, Long said he will continue to travel throughout the tri-county area to build trust and relationships directly with the Citizens and urge them to get to the polls to support him in order to have the strongest candidate possible move on to November to face, and defeat, Alan Grayson.
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Todd Long is a conservative small business owner and talk show host from Winter Park running for the Republican nomination in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. He is the published author of The Conservative Comeback, a book that gives clear and substantive solutions to America’s biggest challenges based on America’s founding principles.FRONTRUNNER TODD LONG CONTINUES TO SURGE WITH FOURTH AND FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WINS... more
Progressive SuperPAC American Bridge has dug up some video of Republican presidential candidate and then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, defending President George W. Bush‘s economic record in 2004, that’s spookily resonant to this year’s election. In the clip, Romney not only amusingly uses the word “poppycock” (one of the all-time underrated old man curse words and a delicious snack), he also urges voters not to blame the President for unforeseen catastrophes, and 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?’”
In the video, Romney draws several eerie parallels to the current election. While President Obama took office in the middle of what some call an “economic 9/11,” Romney talked about a “perfect storm” that included the actual 9/11: (transcription by American Bridge)
“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. And they recognize it as that.”
Later in the clip, Romney blames the internet bubble, whereas President Obama had to contend with a Jupiter-sized real estate bubble:
“They [the American people] also recognize that there was a cyclical recession that rebounded from the extravagance of the period that existed prior to that time where we had irrational exuberance, according to Alan Greenspan, and we had a downturn. They also recognize that the internet bubble burst. These things came together creating a perfect storm that meant a huge job loss.”
Finally, Romney sums things up with a question that could easily be the title of an Obama campaign strategy memo:
“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?”
The point here is to use Romney’s 2004 words to undercut whatever he plans on saying when tomorrow’s jobs report is released (honestly, though, we could gain a million jobs and Republicans would complain about all the wear and tear on the roads), but the Obama campaign might want to seriously consider that mid-stream argument.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQs0IzLTQu4&feature=player_embeddedProgressive SuperPAC American Bridge has dug up some video of Republican presidential... more
Mitt Romney Arrives In Israel. Back In London, Queen Elizabeth Offers A Fond Farewell To The "Kvetching Nudnik"Hello Israel!
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/07/mitt-romney-arrives-in-israel-back-in.htmlHello Israel!... more
FROM THE WONDERFUL GUARDIAN:
• Study estimates staggering size of offshore economy
• Private banks help wealthiest to move cash into havens
By Heather Stewart, business editor
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 21 July 2012 16.00 EDT
A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.
James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer.
He shows that at least £13tn – perhaps up to £20tn – has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks, which vie to attract the assets of so-called high net-worth individuals. Their wealth is, as Henry puts it, "protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy". According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than £4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from £1.5tn five years earlier.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/21/global-elite-tax-offshore-economyFROM THE WONDERFUL GUARDIAN:... more
WASHINGTON — The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.WASHINGTON — The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels... more
Who among us can blame him?
Ron Paul Supporters: Watch out for Charlie Cheater at the Nebraska State Convention Friday, July 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM – Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM (CT) Grand Island, NE. Last convention before the RNC and last opportunity to get Ron Paul in the ballots in Tampa
http://youtu.be/3l60B0TXpiURon Paul Supporters: Watch out for Charlie Cheater at the Nebraska State Convention... more
Sarasota Florida GOP Taps Donald Trump As "2012 Statesman Of The Year" After Syria's Bashar Al-Assad DeclinesLet us now praise . . .
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/07/sarasota-florida-gop-taps-donald-trump.htmlLet us now praise . . .... more
Pat Caddel describes the next big weapon for the Right to pulverize Obama. I am often amused by the insane rantings of these guys, but am just as often appalled by the willingness of large numbers of folks to believe this babble.
Clearly, I think that this guy lives in the ozone layer, but I though I'd check the Current wisdom.Pat Caddel describes the next big weapon for the Right to pulverize Obama. I am often... more
A person who worked for Mitt Romney at the consulting firm Bain and Co. in 1977 remembers him with mixed feelings. “Mitt was … a really wonderful boss,” the former employee says. “He was nice, he was fair, he was logical, he said what he wanted … he was really encouraging.” But Bain and Co., the person recalls, pushed employees to find out secret revenue and sales data on its clients’ competitors. Romney, the person says, suggested “falsifying” who they were to get such information, by pretending to be a graduate student working on a project at Harvard. (The person, in fact, was a Harvard student, at Bain for the summer, but not working on any such projects.)
“Mitt said to me something like ‘We won’t ask you to lie. I am not going to tell you to do this, but [it is] a really good way to get the information.’ … I would not have had anything in my analysis if I had not pretended.
“It was a strange atmosphere. It did leave a bad taste in your mouth,” the former employee recalls.
This unsettling account suggests the young Romney—at that point only two years out of Harvard Business School—was willing to push into gray areas when it came to business.
More than three decades later, as he tried to nail down the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Romney’s gray areas were again an issue when he repeatedly resisted calls to release more details of his net worth, his tax returns, and the large investments and assets held by him and his wife, Ann. Finally the other Republican candidates forced him to do so, but only highly selective disclosures were forthcoming.
Even so, these provided a lavish smorgasbord for Romney’s critics. Particularly jarring were the Romneys’ many offshore accounts. As Newt Gingrich put it during the primary season, “I don’t know of any American president who has had a Swiss bank account.” But Romney has, as well as other interests in such tax havens as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
To give but one example, there is a Bermuda-based entity called Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd., which has been described in securities filings as “a Bermuda corporation wholly owned by W. Mitt Romney.” It could be that Sankaty is an old vehicle with little importance, but Romney appears to have treated it rather carefully. He set it up in 1997, then transferred it to his wife’s newly created blind trust on January 1, 2003, the day before he was inaugurated as Massachusetts’s governor.
The director and president of this entity is R. Bradford Malt, the trustee of the blind trust and Romney’s personal lawyer. Romney failed to list this entity on several financial disclosures, even though such a closely held entity would not qualify as an “excepted investment fund” that would not need to be on his disclosure forms. He finally included it on his 2010 tax return. Even after examining that return, we have no idea what is in this company, but it could be valuable, meaning that it is possible Romney’s wealth is even greater than previous estimates. While the Romneys’ spokespeople insist that the couple has paid all the taxes required by law, investments in tax havens such as Bermuda raise many questions, because they are in “jurisdictions where there is virtually no tax and virtually no compliance,” as one Miami-based offshore lawyer put it.
That’s not the only money Romney has in tax havens. Because of his retirement deal with Bain Capital, his finances are still deeply entangled with the private-equity firm that he founded and spun off from Bain and Co. in 1984. Though he left the firm in 1999, Romney has continued to receive large payments from it—in early June he revealed more than $2 million in new Bain income. The firm today has at least 138 funds organized in the Cayman Islands, and Romney himself has personal interests in at least 12, worth as much as $30 million, hidden behind controversial confidentiality disclaimers. Again, the Romney campaign insists he saves no tax by using them, but there is no way to check this.
Bain Capital is the heart of Romney’s fortune: it was the financial engine that created it. The mantra of his campaign is that he was a businessman who created tens of thousands of jobs, and Bain certainly did bring useful operational skills to many companies it bought. But his critics point to several cases where Bain bought companies, loaded them with debt, and paid itself extravagant fees, thereby bankrupting the companies and destroying tens of thousands of jobs.
Come August, Romney, with an estimated net worth as high as $250 million (he won’t reveal the exact amount), will be one of the richest people ever to be nominated for president. Given his reticence to discuss his wealth, it’s only natural to wonder how he got it, how he invests it, and if he pays all his taxes on it.
Read more here:
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/08/investigating-mitt-romney-offshore-accountsA person who worked for Mitt Romney at the consulting firm Bain and Co. in 1977... more
John Sweeney investigates the beliefs of Mitt Romney, the man most likely to take on Barack Obama later this year, and asks whether America is ready for a Mormon president.
Sweeney travels to Utah to examine the appeal of the world's fastest growing religion. He meets the stars of its expensive ad campaign 'I'm a Mormon', who tell him of their dedication to family and charity. He meets polygamists, followers of an old Mormon tradition the official Church has turned its back on, he talks to missionaries who recruit people around the world just like Mitt Romney in the sixties, finds ex-members who claim they are cut off from their families and accuse Mormonism of being a cult, and he explores the faith with a Mormon apostle.
In this segment, John Sweeney interviews Park Romney, Mitt Romney's second cousin.
About Park Romney:
Park Romney is the author of "The Apostasy of a High Priest", a challenging commentary on the sociology, politics, culture, and doctrines of the Mormon Church and a candid and enlightening discussion on the philosophical journey of his own decision to leave the Mormon Church.John Sweeney investigates the beliefs of Mitt Romney, the man most likely to take on... more
Attorney Richard Gilbert explains that American popular support for Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is so strong that it was impossible for Americans to tolerate blatant criminal acts that were being repeatedly committed to steal the election.
Ron Paul’s nomination is too important and his legacy so respected that millions of Americans are demanding Romney be disqualified for election fraud. A mountain of evidence has been amassed from Team Romney’s careless trek from state to state breaking multiple election laws as an organized crime syndicate.
While Team Romney keeps spinning news on his differences with President Obama his lawyers and the RNC are now stuck with the impossible task of refuting literally hundreds of Republican plaintiffs who have signed onto the lawsuit and corroborated it with a mountain of very solid graphic video evidence.
The RNC facing an angry American public and a disqualified corrupt candidate no longer able to run is now waking-up to the fact that a Ron Paul Presidency would benefit everyone.
Ron Paul is the overwhelming Republican nomination of U.S. active-military personnel receiving more than 10x more donation than Mitt Romney as reported to the F.E.C. in quarterly campaign reports and published online.
In fact, in a face to face race against President Obama only Ron Paul can defeat President Obama because of his underpinning of support from not only Republicans but also independents democrats.
The lawsuit seeks to unbind the delegates and affirm law on the books that a national delegate is free to vote their conscience on the floor of the RNC national convention this August in Tampa Florida without threat of fear, intimidation or coercion of any kind.
Statement taken from the YouTube description
http://bit.ly/OJkJoTAttorney Richard Gilbert explains that American popular support for Presidential... more
"The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. upheld the heart of President Obama's healthcare law Thursday, ruling that the government may impose tax penalties on those who do not have health insurance.
The decision came on a 5-4 vote, with the court's four liberal justices joining with the chief justice. On one hand, Roberts agreed with the law's conservative critics who said Congress does not have the power to mandate the purchase of a private product such as health insurance. But the Affordable Care Act does not impose a true legal mandate on Americans, he said. It simply requires those who do not have health insurance by 2014 to pay a tax penalty...".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down."The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. upheld the heart of... more
The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.
Basically. the justices said that the individual mandate -- the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine -- is constitutional as a tax.
Chief Justice John Roberts -- a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush -- provided the key vote to preserve the landmark health care law, which figures to be a major issue in Obama's re-election bid against Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
The announcement will have a major impact on the nation's health care system, the actions of both federal and state governments, and the course of the November presidential and congressional elections.
A key question for the high court: The law's individual mandate, the requirement that nearly all Americans buy health insurance, or pay a penalty.
Critics call the requirement an unconstitutional overreach by Congress and the Obama administration; supporters say it is necessary to finance the health care plan, and well within the government's powers under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
While the individual mandate remained 18 months away from implementation, many other provisions already have gone into effect, such as free wellness exams for seniors and allowing children up to age 26 to remain on their parents' health insurance policies. Some of those provisions are likely to be retained by some insurance companies.
Other impacts will sort themselves out, once the court rules:
-- Health care millions of Americans will be affected – coverage for some, premiums for others. Doctors, hospitals, drug makers, insurers, and employers large and small all will feel the impact.
-- States -- some of which have moved ahead with the health care overhaul while others have held back -- now have decisions to make. A deeply divided Congress could decide to re-enter the debate with legislation.
-- The presidential race between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney is sure to feel the repercussions. Obama's health care law has proven to be slightly more unpopular than popular among Americans.
Not since the court confirmed George W. Bush's election in December 2000 -- before 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq, Wall Street's dive and Obama's rise -- has one case carried such sweeping implications for nearly every American.
Passed by Democrats along strictly partisan lines and still 18 months short of full implementation, the law is designed to extend health coverage to some 32 million uninsured people, ban insurers from discriminating against those with expensive ailments, and require nearly all Americans to buy insurance or pay penalties.
Its passage on March 23, 2010, marked the culmination of an effort by Democrats to overhaul the nation's health care system that dates back to Harry Truman's presidency. The most recent effort by President Bill Clinton in 1994 fell victim to Republican opposition. Since then, lesser changes have been enacted, including creation of a separate Children's Health Insurance Program in the states.
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/06/Supreme-Court-rules-on-Obama-health-care-plan-718037/1The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion... more
The Obama faithful are enthusiastically lining up behind their man even as many Democrats and moderates are either going elsewhere or sitting on the fence. It’s early yet, but polls already show Obama making few inroads against a gaff-prone, non-committal, out of touch boob of a pandermeister. That is not a good thing, early or not.The Obama faithful are enthusiastically lining up behind their man even as many... more
By David Edwards
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 11:17 EDT
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Tuesday admitted that he got a monthly Social Security check, a program that he eventually wants to eliminate.
During an interview on MSNBC, Paul insisted that he would preserve Social Security longer than some of the others in his party.
“I want young people to opt out of Social Security,” the Texas congressman told MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle. “In my more pragmatic stands on how we get to the place I want to go, actually I’m probably offering a program where some of these programs that we have taught people to be so dependant on, I would probably preserve them longer than others because we are going to lose them because of the bankruptcy that is coming.”
“Are you on Social Security,” The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein wondered. “Do you get Social Security checks?”
“I do,” Paul replied.
“You just told younger generations that they should wean themselves off of this social contract but you haven’t done it yourself,” Stein noted. “You’re not the wealthiest man in Congress, I’m not saying that. But you have enough means to take care of yourself in retirement. Shouldn’t you provide an example?”
“No,” Paul said. “I think the programs are so designed, just as I use the post office too. I use government highways. I do that too. I use the banks. I use the Federal Reserve system. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work to remove this. The same way on Social Security, I am trying to make a transition.”
“I personally don’t see any inconsistency in that,” he added.
Watch this video from MSNBC’s Morning Joe, broadcast June 20, 2012.
"The Twit, that keeps on Giving!!!" =)By David Edwards Wednesday, June 20, 2012 11:17 EDT Republican presidential... more