Friday, August 31, 2012

#Eastwooding, baby.

The Truth About Romney Economics: John from GST Steel

"Bain Capital didn't care one iota about this plant, this group of employees. The only thing Bain Capital cared about was a quick buck."

The Truth About Romney Economics: Randy from Ampad

"When you're put to the street like that, no one can imagine what it's like to have that ripped from under you in just a matter of minutes."

The Truth About Romney Economics: Cindy from Dade

The 850 jobs that Bain Capital eliminated in Miami allowed those workers a Middle Class Lifestyle. They could send their kids to college.

But those are not the kind of jobs Mitt Romney creates.

The Truth About Romney Economics: Jerry from Ampad

"And put it in his pocket..."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When Mitt Romney came to town (Bealsville, OH) he cost everyone a day's pay.

Welcome to Mitt Romney's America:

When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview.

A group of employees who feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, complained about it to WWVA radio station talk show host David Blomquist. Blomquist discussed their beefs on the air Monday with Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore.

Moore told Blomquist that managers "communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend." He said the company did not penalize no-shows.

What the hell is Mandatory...but no one was forced to attend mean exactly??

The GOP's Debt Hypocrisy...

When the Republicans talk about the Debt during their convention, the one thing they're going to leave out is that pesky part about how they're the one's who ran it up.

Expect Bill Clinton's speech to bring down the house.

I think we can expect a tough-as-nails, bring-down-the-house speech from former President Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Here's why:

James Bennet notes the following unguarded aside by Karl Rove to the Washington elite's stenographer, Mike Allen. Rove was unsurprisingly comfortable enough to say the following about a chat with Mitch Daniels:

And I said, 'Mitch, is there a white Democrat south of Indianapolis who's supporting Obama who's not a college professor in Bloomington?' [Laughter] And he stopped for a minute over his green beans and says, 'Not that I can think of.'

You know, Indiana's gone.

The simple assumption of racial politics as the driver of campaigns is what's striking. Karl Rove became what he is - a persistent whitehead on the face of American politics - because he learned the art of race-baiting politics in the South. Romney - having given up on Lainos and blacks and gays - is now betting the bank on the white resentment that has been fast losing potency since the 1990s. Which is where Bill Clinton comes in. He is used in that ad. His speech at the DNC should take on this lie aggressively, call Romney personally on it, and demand that the lie end. No one has more cred on this than Clinton. He should punch hard.

In many ways, this is the biggest moment in Bill Clinton's post-presidential life. Killing racial wedge politics would be a fitting finale to his life's work on that subject.

President Obama revs up the Federal Response to Hurricane Issac

President Obama swings the Federal Government into action, in anticipation of what is now Hurricane Issac, and pleads with local residents not to tempt fate, but to listen to their local officials, and when they give the word to go...GO!

Tired of all those pesky pensions? Why, this Informercial is for you!

Jindal asks for more assistance from Federal Government, doesn't see the irony.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal won't be at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week. With Tropical Storm Hurricane Issac bearing down on his state, this is how it should be.

But at the same time, the Republicans in Tampa are going to be spending a lot of time crying about how President Obama has turned America into a "Dependent State", moaning about the debt (which they ran up), and the role of the Federal Government in general.

When you hear them say that today, again and again...and when you stop rolling on the floor, laughing out load, remember this story. Remember, which of the Republican All-Stars is going to the Federal Government asking for more money.

It's not that Gov. Jindal shouldn't ask for help. He absolutely should.  It's his job

It's that Gov. Jindal doesn't get to turn around and bitch about anyone else asking for Government help...ever again.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Even Windsocks are more consistent than Mitt Romney (VIDEO)

Do not, REPEAT, do not try to follow Mitt Romney's positions on anything. It just produces migraines.

"MassCare is a model for the nation". "I'd repeal Health Care Reform". "It's great for Massachusetts, where I got healthcare for all". "But it's a bad idea for the Nation as a whole". "It's a part of my plan in 2008". "It's bad now that President Obama has passed it".

Black is white. Up is down. Dogs and cats living together...Mitt Hysteria!

Poll: Latinos Prefer Obama By 39-Point Margin

I'm sure in Republicanland, this Poll is excellent news...for Mitt Romney.

A poll released on Monday from Latino Decisions shows that Latinos registered voters prefer President Barack Obama to presumtpive Republican nominee Mitt Romney 65 percent to 26 percent. The results are in line with previous polls showing Obama ahead amongst the key demographic -- the PollTracker Average shows the President ahead of Romney by a 29.2 percent margin overall.

The poll also showed that 56 percent of Latinos also believe the GOP is ignoring their concerns, while 21 percent added that they believe the Republican Party is 'hostile' to Latinos.
Of course, this poll won't mean anything if Latinos don't show their strength at the polls this November.

Mitch McConnell waves the white flag on the Missouri Senate Seat...

Just because he's giving up on it, doesn't mean we stop fighting:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that Republicans can withstand losing the Missouri Senate race, where the party has cut off support for Rep. Todd Akin in his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, in the wake of Akin's false comment about "legitimate rape" not leading to pregnancy.

"We can take the Senate without Missouri," McConnell USA TODAY. "It'd be a lot easier to take it with Missouri."

Even Chris Matthews has had enough of the Birther Crap (VIDEO)

Charlie Crist endorses President Obama, and prepares a speech for the DNC.

Methinks Charlie Crist won't be an Independent for long.

As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around.

But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they've proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.

The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.

Pundits looking to reduce something as big as a statewide election to a single photograph have blamed the result of my 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate on my greeting of President Obama. I didn't stand with our president because of what it could mean politically; I did it because uniting to recover from the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes was more important than party affiliation. I stood with our nation's leader because it was right for my state.

President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That's what makes him the right leader for our times, and that's why I'm proud to stand with him today.

Oh, and there's that little speech he's preparing for next week.

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida will speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, three Democratic officials confirmed to CNN Monday.

The move follows his endorsement of President Barack Obama on Sunday. Crist cited the president's leadership following the economic collapse and surrounding health care, as well as his disagreements with the GOP platform as reasons for his backing.

I have no doubt that Charlie Crist is a small-c Conservative, but this values are perfectly in line with Democratic ones.