Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mitt's True Colors!

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” (Connie Schultz, the National Memo, 20 September, 2012).
       The only time Mitt Romney tells the truth about what he believes is when he is behind closed doors where the only poor people allowed to be around him are the servers and the wait staff who work hard serving them and have to endure their insults, arrogance, and utter contempt. Mitt's "47% of the people" speech shows exactly what he really believes as he explains how "those people" (middle-class Americans) will vote against him because he is rich.

       Mitt claims that those who "vote for the president no matter what" are dependent on government to support them. According to the 2010 Census Report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other independent government statistics, the majority of those 47% of the people voted republican and show that Anglo/Caucasian are on welfare more than African American and Hispanics combined. They now make up the new poor generated from the Bush economic policies and deregulations that almost bankrupt America.

       "Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect". Mitt's statement alone shows how he is not just out of touch, but completely in a different galaxy far, far away! According to Mitt's own 2011 tax return and tax "summaries", he still paid less in taxes (13%) than all middle-class Americans (35%). Economists and professional accountants have discovered that Mitt's "summaries" are actually inflated to show he paid more in taxes and have calculated that Mitt may have actually paid less that 9% in taxes. However, Mitt's "message" of "low taxes" is clear: If you're rich ($200,000 or more), you will get a big tax break, and if you make less that $200,000, you will pay more in taxes.

       In an interview on CBS, Mitt Romney considers middle-class as those who make $200,000 to $250,000 a year. According to IRS records, only 4% of Americans (not including the top 1%) earn that much. Still, there is Mitt's problem with the 47% of Americans who do not earn as much and, as he believes, "do not pay taxes"! NEWS FLASH for Romney: ALL 99% of Americans pay a variety of taxes in local, state, and federal levels from property taxes, payroll taxes, social security, medicare/medicaid, federal withholding, federal OASDI, state taxes (where applicable), sales taxes, utility bill taxes, taxes incurred on pension, 401K, and benefits to retirees or when said savings plans reach a specified amount. But, according to Mitt, such people are "moochers who prefer handouts from the BIG BAD government" and should be written off  for daring to use such funds Americans put in through taxes.

       "And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Again, Mitt Romney's true colors comes out as he says he will not "worry about those people" Exactly who are "those people" Mitt is referring to? In a room full of rich people, it is clear Mitt is talking about you and me and he'll never "convince" us to "take personal responsibility and care for our lives". We, the REAL American people, have always taken personal responsibility to care for our live and will demonstrate that by not voting for the plutocrat who emphatically told us to "eat cake" because we're jealous. If, according to Mitt Romney, we are jealous of his wealth, then why are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet highly regarded by the middle-class and actually scorned by Republican-leaning rich people? Because they began their lives as we did: middle-class.

       Mitt Romney's message is clearly based on lies and hyperbole meant to stir anger among the less educated middle-class and poor Republican voter. Unknown to Mitt, his message based on his recent "47%" speech only reaffirms his war on the middle-class and working poor. Mitt only understands wealth, privilege, and aristocracy in the belief that only the rich should rule the world. Mitts private "47%" speech was only one of many only meant to be heard by wealthy donors and was held privately not to be heard by the multitude of Americans he views as "the little people" needed to vote for him.

       As more information is being fact-checked and witnesses coming forth to give testimony, the Republicans only recourse is to overtly lie, cheat, and steal to win another election. Mitt will hold more "private" fund-raising tours, but only in affluent areas where his viewed "47%" can never enter unless they're "the help". After all, Mitt has already written off half the nation as freeloaders and moochers and clearly noted that he does not need their vote. However, Mitt Romney has proven to the world that even obnoxious, ideologically motivated plutocrats can be losers, too!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The 2012 Obama Bash Fest RNC in Tampa Florida

       The 2012 Republican "Obama Bash Fest" Convention in Tampa, Florida is now over. It was full of lies and bumper-sticker slogans to make Fox viewers wanting more made up lies and accusations. George W. Bush had to sneak in and meet with the candidates discreetly. Clint Eastwood will be remembered as the "drunk uncle Harry" talking to an empty chair, just as Chris Christi will be remembered as overshadowing Ann Romney's speech with his own speech about himself. Oh yeah! He did mention Mitt 16 minutes later into his speech! Although Ann Romneys' speech was supposed to be about how Mitt is a leader, it was nothing more than a love soliloquy of how they met and married. Now keep in mind how Ann said that they were "poor" when they moved in together when they met in college and how they used a door for a table. The only reason why they used a door for a table was because the movers did not bring the furniture. Besides, their worth at that time was calculated to be between $8 to $12 million respectively because of their family's wealth and influence during their "we were poor" time.

       However, there were a lot of topics that were never to be mentioned at the RNC convention: Mitt's tenure as governor of Massachusetts, his taxes, his tenure as CEO at Bain Capital, his wealth and father's influence for four deferments to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War and how he used his religion to flee the country to France for missionary "work" to also avoid the war, how he openly protested (cheered) FOR the war in Vietnam, and his bullying a weaker and less affluent fellow student at an exclusive private preparatory high school. Now, it is understandable that Mormons normally do missionary work after their first year of college and spend up to a year doing so. But, in FRANCE?! Other topics that were avoided include 36 months of consecutive job growth, especially in the private sector, veterans and troops of Iraq and Afghanistan, the war in Afghanistan and the troops fighting there, Dub'ya and his administration, women's health and fair employment, Paul Ryan's voucher plan for seniors, privatizing the U.S. Postal service, Romneycare, and his "plan" to generate jobs.

       It comes as no surprise that nothing substantive or original would come from these two who would expand on the ideas and deregulation that nearly destroyed the American economy and divided Americans among themselves. It only makes sense when republicans say they "want to take back the country" so they can finish the job! Already, they have reassembled half of the staff that George W. Bush assigned to "run" the country (minus Cheney) into the ground and have added Bain Capital ideas to further the goal of eliminating the middle-class, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, the Affordable Health care Act, public education, Pell Grants, the endowment for the arts, Post 9/11 G. I. Bill, actual small business loans, the mortgage interest tax reduction, and the Lilly Ledbetter Act just for starters.

       During the Republican Tea Party Convention, Romney made a lot of promises to overturn everything accomplished during President Barack Obamas' tenure to restore the overt damage done by Bush W but has, once again, failed to elaborate exactly what those plans are and to whom or what they will benefit. Romneys' answer is always the same, "elect me to find out". The Romney/Ryan plans and promises are as secretive as their tax returns of the last ten years. Unionized member or not, most (if not all) hourly and salaried workers will lose their rights for fair pay and benefits under the business model suspected of being used at Bain Capital.

       To remind readers, there are essentially two types of capitalism: venture and vulture. Venture capitalism involves buying, selling, and trading in business as a small start up to the large manufacturers that develop products and render services for all consumers, while vulture capitalism invests in businesses from new start ups to troubled ones. While vulture capitalism is helpful to new start ups in their industry, they can also run companies into the ground by loading it with too much debt and then raiding the company for all it is worth, including its pension and savings fund for all employees. Thus, Romney has again "slipped" and truthfully signaled his plan to run the country as a company and is relying on the Republican Party to rig another presidential election with "voter fraud" laws instead of using Diebold voting machines.

       The only question raised at the RNC's Obama Bash Fest in Tampa, Florida was "are you better off now than four years ago?" The obvious answer is not just yes, but a HELL YEAH!! due to more jobs returning to American shores, a revitalized economy, a rebounding auto industry, a re-regulated banking system, and payroll tax cuts for every working American despite overt Republican obstructionism. Even Romney himself noted that the last 38 months had shown progress.

       Romney is not the first candidate to suggest running the country as a company. Ross Perot, who ran as an Independent, also offered a plan to run the United States as a company. The only difference between Romney and Ross Perot was Perot's plan was explained in detail and mapped out how it would be applied to all state and federal agencies while the Romney/Ryan plan remain a secret.

       The most memorable speaker at the Republican convention may just as well be Jeb Bush who said, "...he kept us safe", a reference to his brother George W. Bush. What a laugh! Jeb even failed to say his own brother's name at the convention! George did not keep us safe when he ignored months of repeated warnings on Osama Bin Laden's "...imminent strike within the United States" and when he started an illegal war with Iraq. This is the latest of Republicans rewriting history again. Now, Bush is regarded as "he who will not be named" for the rest of Romney's presidential campaign, but his policies will be re branded as Romney's ideas.

       As Romney and the rest of his millionaire and billionaire supporters believe most Americans, as Romney said, are "jealous" of their wealth, Romney will continue to be waaayyy out of touch with the rest of the 99% of Americans he continues to alienate and condescend to. His only recourse is to rely on those middle-class supporters who continue to vote against their own best interest.