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TAIBBI-Presidential Debate Aftermath: Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest While Media Drools


Presidential Debate Aftermath: Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest


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Romney's performance was better than Obama's, but only if you throw out criteria like "wasn't 100% full of shit from the opening bell" and "made an actual attempt to explain who he is and what his plans are." Unfortunately, that is good enough for our news media, which drools over the gamesmanship aspects of these debates, because it loves candidates who sink their teeth into the horse-race nonsense that they think validates their professional lives
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For God's sake – "I'll take programs that could be run more efficiently at state and send them to state"? Is that a joke? That's worse than a Bill Belichick answer: "What's our plan against the Broncos? We're going to watch the film and do what's best for our football team."

Reporters should have instantly pelted Romney with bags of dogshit for insulting the American people with this ridiculous non-answer, but he was instead praised for the canny "strategy" hidden in the response. Despite the fact that Romney is running as a budget hawk and yet has refused to name any actual programs (except Obamacare and PBS) he will cut, reporters gave him credit in the debate for being willing to be the bearer of bad budgetary news, because he essentially advance-fired Jim Lehrer on TV. Many also complimented the "humor" of the line about Big Bird.

Typically, Obama is the recipient of the breathless media plaudits for meaningless imageering and iconography, but Romney scooped it all up this time. Ugh. At least there are only two more!



Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/presidential-debate-aftermath-mitt-romney-wins-all-important-bs-contest-20121005#ixzz28Wy2SfP5

"Do you know how to do simple math, Mr. Romney? Maybe you and the Countess Von Backward could

OP-ED COLUMNIST
Don’t Mess With Big Bird
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: October 5, 2012

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Big Bird is the man. He’s 8 feet tall. He can sing and roller skate and ride a unicycle and dance. Can you do that, Mr. Romney? I’m not talking about your fox trot away from the facts. I’m talking about real dancing.

Since 1969, Big Bird has been the king of the block on “Sesame Street.” When I was a child, he and his friends taught me the alphabet and the colors and how to do simple math.

Do you know how to do simple math, Mr. Romney? Maybe you and the Countess Von Backward could exchange numbers.




Big Bird and his friends also showed me what it meant to resolve conflicts with kindness and accept people’s differences and look out for the less fortunate. Do you know anything about looking out for the less fortunate, Mr. Romney? Or do you think they’re all grouches scrounging around in trash cans?


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/06/opinion/blow-dont-mess-with-big-bird.html?_r=0


McCain: 'Not enough of an economist' to weigh in on jobs report

Source: The Hill

McCain: 'Not enough of an economist' to weigh in on jobs report
By Daniel Strauss - 10/05/12 01:32 PM ET

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) refused to fully throw out the idea that the Obama administration manipulated the most recent jobs report.

"Frankly I am not enough of an economist to question exactly what those numbers," McCain said Friday on CNBC.

McCain appeared on the business channel to discuss the WARN Act and the possibility that the Obama administration had violated it by telling defense contractors to send out layoff notices in response to the possibility of looming sequester cuts.

"I wouldn't put anything past this administration," McCain said in reference to the Obama administration violating the act.

Read more: http://thehill.com/video/senate/260539-mccain-wouldnt-put-anything-past-obama-administration-on-jobs-numbers

Hope

The Unemployment Rate Would Be UNDER 6%-If NOT For The DELIBERATE GOP Wrecking

Without GOP, Unemployment Would Be under Six Percent

The GOP has been on an economic wrecking mission ever since the election of Barack Obama – indeed we now know that leading Republican strategists and legislators met and planned a course of economic sabotage and complete obstruction on Obama’s very first day in office.


By Blue Mark

This obstruction has had a huge price – a deliberate price that the GOP is betting the American people will blame on President Obama. GOP obstruction did not prevent the passage of ARRA – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – popularly know as “The Stimulus” bill of 2009 during the height of the economic disaster as the economy was falling off a cliff – the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that ARRA has saved up to 3 million jobs. But nearly every economic measure since then has been blocked by GOP obstruction, filibusters and brinksmanship.

What has been the result of GOP obstruction?

It is hard to quantify what constant obstruction has cost – you could tally up estimates of every measure that came along, but not all would have passed – nor even been introduced if previous measures had been adopted that obviated their need. But we can look at just two big examples and get a minimal measure of the human cost to American citizens of a deliberate policy to destroy the economy in order to bring down the president; 1) austerity, and 2) obstruction of the 2011 American Jobs Act. Taking just those into account, the unemployment rate would be under 6% were it not for deliberate GOP wrecking.

Austerity is madness – many in the GOP actually believe that austerity during an economic downturn is the right thing to do – even ‘socialist’ Europe was convinced of this – although most realize it is not true, and has no history of success – even Mitt Romney unwittingly admitted as much in an unguarded moment. But that hasn’t stopped savage austerity on the state and local level – which has cost over 600,000 public sector jobs so far.

Normally in a recession and recovery government at all levels increase public employment – this has happened in every GOP administration – and much of that increase is funded by federal government grants to the state and local governments. But since the Stimulus, the GOP has blocked any substantial help for the states, and in GOP led states severe austerity cuts have been the rule – even including GOP governors rejecting projects fully funded by the federal government. The economic cost of this is far more than just those 600 thousand jobs – the spillover effect on private business and local economies has been devastating – when you factor in all these effects the total job cost of austerity has been estimated at 2.3 million jobs.


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more (lots of graphs at this site):
http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/07/10/without-gop-unemployment-would-be-under-six-percent/

OK everyone, now we know what we are all going to be for Halloween


Big Bird protesting a Romney rally in Virginia today.
http://elections.americablog.com/2012/10/dems-send-big-bird-to-dog-romney-at-events.html

Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy

Source: Associated Press

Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
Published: 24 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sasquatch might as well have traipsed across the White House lawn Friday with a lost Warren Commission file on his way to the studio where NASA staged the moon landing.

Conspiracy theorists came out in force after the government reported a sudden drop in the U.S. unemployment rate one month before Election Day. Their message: The Obama administration would do anything to ensure a November victory, including manipulating unemployment data.

The conspiracy was widely rejected. Officials at the Labor Department said the jobs figures are calculated by highly trained government employees without any political interference. Democrats and even some Republicans said they also found the charges implausible.

Yet that didn't stop the chatter. The allegations were a measure of how politicized the monthly unemployment report has become near the end of a campaign that has focused on the economy and jobs.

Read more: Link to source

look who is on the roof now...

For Obama, No More Excuses - by Bob Herbert

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How in heaven's name could Obama let him get away with that?

The harsh truth is that President Obama seemed unprepared for the debate. He came off as a man who didn't really want to be there, who wondered why he should have to be bothered fending off the impertinent attacks and serial untruths being flung at him by his opponent. The millions of Obama supporters who wanted to see flashes of passion and fire from their guy -- from a president fighting effectively on their behalf -- were left with nothing but the bitter taste of disappointment.

Romney, in contrast, seemed not just confident but in command. He was dynamic (as he fashioned one falsehood after another), while Obama seemed flat, uncomfortable and unwilling to vigorously counteract the falsehoods. Most important, Romney was the one far more willing to fight.

There will be more debates. And the election has not been decided by any means. But Obama's supporters need to make it clear that the time for excuses is over. The president had no right to show up for a debate unprepared and offer an expectant nation an embarrassingly half-hearted performance. Progressive leaders, who represent Obama's strongest and most faithful supporters, have an obligation to convey that message in the strongest possible terms.

The president let his people down. And if he's capable of doing that in an election that is clearly so important, it means he's capable of doing it again if he wins a second term.


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/05

MittBot's Reinvention = Hard Work

Politico:

“The reinvention effort includes softening the edges of Romney, both stylistically and philosophically. The more likable version of Romney was no accident – he worked hours on his smile, his posture and the delivery of his words.”


http://mobile.politico.com/iphone/story/1012/82053.html
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