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The Optics Are NOT In Romney's Favor!

Obama Campaigned In The Rain...


Not to begrudge Mitt Romney a little R&R—after all he had a pretty rough Friday, having appeared on five different networks in an effort to convince everyone that he left Bain Capital in 1999 (CNN); he left Bain Capital in 1999 (CBS); he left Bain Capital in 1999 (ABC); he left Bain Capital in 1999 (NBC); he left Bain Capital in 1999 and besides the president is black (Fox News).

Still, the optics are not in Romney’s favor.


Who Are You Going To Believe?


Look at that cutie! Yes, she knows who is looking out for her!


President Obama proudly channels Elizabeth Warren

President Obama proudly channels Elizabeth Warren

by David Atkins

The great right wing circus is going apoplectic over this:

Well, first of all, like I said, the only way you can pay for that -- if you’re actually saying you’re bringing down the deficit -- is to cut transportation, cut education, cut basic research, voucherize Medicare, and you’re still going to end up having to raise taxes on middle-class families to pay for this $5 trillion tax cut. That’s not a deficit reduction plan. That’s a deficit expansion plan...

But you know what, I’m not going to see us gut the investments that grow our economy to give tax breaks to me or Mr. Romney or folks who don’t need them. So I’m going to reduce the deficit in a balanced way. We’ve already made a trillion dollars’ worth of cuts. We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more. (Applause.) And, by the way, we’ve tried that before -- a guy named Bill Clinton did it. We created 23 million new jobs, turned a deficit into a surplus, and rich people did just fine. We created a lot of millionaires.

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me -- because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President -- because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together. (Applause.)

So all these issues go back to that first campaign that I talked about, because everything has to do with how do we help middle-class families, working people, strivers, doers -- how do we help them succeed? How do we make sure that their hard work pays off? That’s what I've been thinking about the entire time I've been President.


Flip your burgers and be grateful, proles!

A very special message from a front-of-the-paycheck signer to all those who sign the back


Repub Strategist To Mitt: “There is no whining in politics-Stop demanding an apology-release your...

“There is no whining in politics. Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.” — John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist, after presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said anew that he won’t go beyond releasing his 2010 tax records and, before the election, his 2011 taxes.


I was fired by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

SAT JUL 14, 2012 AT 02:26 PM PDT
I was fired by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital


It was shortly after that shutdown however that Eli Lilly announced that they were divesting themselves of the medical device companies that they owned. Physio Control was put on the market and was subsequently purchased by Mitt Romney and Bain Investments.


They proceeded to strip the company and make it appear more profitable for the next buyer.

The put all molding jobs out for bid to private companies and when they got an acceptable bid they sold off all the molding equipment and outsourced all the molding.


Bottom line is that Mitt Romney walked off with a huge pile of money to take back to his family. A lot of other people had their dreams shattered and their lives disrupted. Altogether somewhere around 120 people lost their jobs at Physio Control either through direct layoff or forced retirement. I don’t remember the number of total employees there in Redmond but I think it was around 360. In other words about one third of the workforce was gone.


"MITT CRIES CONDI" -I can't wait until the Biden-Rice debate...

Posted by Alex Koppelman

Political campaigns don’t, as a rule, tend to show much respect for the collective intellect of the media that cover them. They think we’re lazy and sloppy and more interested in noise than policy, and that we can, like babies and cats, be easily distracted by shiny objects. They’re not totally wrong.

Even by those standards, though, the stunt that Mitt Romney’s campaign pulled Thursday evening was almost insulting in its lack of subtlety. Scrambling to divert the media’s attention from the question of when, exactly, Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital really ended, as compared to when he says it did, they decided to leak the shiniest object of them all: a veepstakes rumor about a “surprising name” emerging as a frontrunner, floated directly to Matt Drudge…

Forget that Romney’s base doesn’t particularly like Rice, whether because of her pro-choice views or because she was too much of a realist for the neo-conservatives in the Bush foreign-policy establishment. There are dozens of possible running mates out there—for what possible reason would Romney pick the one person guaranteed to give President Obama the chance to take some focus off the economy and make the election into a referendum on George W. Bush’s foreign policy? (If you don’t think Obama’s reëlection campaign has done enough crowing about the fact that he did what Bush couldn’t and got Osama bin Laden killed, wait until the Biden-Rice debate.


TAIBBI on Mitt: "like a teenager who stays up all night thinking of a way to impress the prom queen"

Romney's 'Free Stuff' Speech Is a New Low

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/romneys-free-stuff-speech-is-a-new-low-20120713#ixzz20bIuZ6Gr


Romney can’t even be mean with any honesty. Even when he’s pandering to viciousness, ignorance and racism, it comes across like a scaly calculation. A guy who feels like he has to take a dump on the N.A.A.C.P. in Houston in order to connect with frustrated white yahoos everywhere else is a guy who has absolutely no social instincts at all. Someone like Jesse Helms at least had a genuine emotional connection with his crazy-mean-stupid audiences. But Mitt Romney has to think his way to the lowest common denominator, which is somehow so much worse.

Most presidents have something under the hood – wit, warmth, approachability, something. Even the most liberal football fan could enjoy watching an NFL game with George Bush. And even a Klansman probably would have found some of LBJ’s jokes funny. The biggest office in the world requires someone who buzzes with enough personality to fill the job, and most of them have it.

But Romney doesn’t buzz with anything. His vision of humanity is just a million tons of meat floating around in a sea of base calculations. He’s like a teenager who stays up all night thinking of a way to impress the prom queen, and what he comes up with is kicking a kid in a wheelchair. Instincts like those are probably what made him a great leveraged buyout specialist, but in a public figure? Man, is he a disaster. It’s really incredible theater, watching the Republicans talk themselves into this guy.


Mitt, meet EDGAR. Hammer, meet nail.

SAT JUL 14, 2012 AT 05:00 AM PDT
Mitt, meet EDGAR. Hammer, meet nail.
by 8ackgr0und N015e

"Excuse me, Mr. Romney, but I believe this is your signature...."

Romney can get red in the face defending his honor. He can hold his breath until he turns blue waiting for an apology. But he can't deny what he wrote in black and white. Well, he can try... but it won't work.
Looking at the database holding documents relating to Romney's tenure at Bain shocked me. I was shocked to realize this was the same database that introduced me to the web twenty years ago.

In 1992, a software application called Lynx was released for beta testing. By today's standards it wasn't very exciting. It was a crummy little text-based browser for something called the World-Wide Web. But twenty years ago, when 28.8 modems were the norm, it was revolutionary. For the first time in history, individual investors had the tools they needed to search the EDGAR database on their own FOR FREE.


As you would expect, this is dry stuff. But it is searchable. THAT makes it interesting. For example -- if you enter the search string "Romney Bain" and limit your search to the time frame 2000 and 2012, you know what you find?


Your search matched 14 documents.

Before you start stepping on the links and go running off down the rabbit-hole, read the synopsis of what you will find. It will save you time and make your adventures more productive. If you know how to use EDGAR -- have at it. Romney is the Reporting Person on all the filings

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