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Galindez writes: "When Mitt thinks about healthcare, education and other human needs, he is only thinking of the bottom line. That's the gift Mitt brings to the table."

Mitt has always been considerate and sensitive to the needs of our nation's women - take this grandmother, for example, who was just cruisin' for a bruisin'! (photo: Justin Bishop/Vanity Fair)
Mitt has always been considerate and sensitive to the needs of our nation's women - take this grandmother, for example, who was just cruisin' for a bruisin'! (photo: Justin Bishop/Vanity Fair)


Mitt's Right, Obama Won Because of "Gifts"

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

15 November 12

Reader Supported News | Perspective

 

K, maybe Mitt was trying to say President Obama bought the election, so I guess he wasn't really right. The gifts I am talking about come at birth or are developed in one's upbringing. I am talking about gifts like empathy, compassion and charisma.

Those are gifts that Mitt was shortchanged on. It wasn't Mitt's fault, he had a privileged upbringing. When Mitt thinks about healthcare, education and other human needs, he is only thinking of the bottom line. That's the gift Mitt brings to the table. If you are a shareholder in a business then you want Mitt Romney at the helm, he will look out for your interests. Your profit margin will be more important than the needs of the people who do the work that fattens your bank accounts.

In case you haven't heard, in a conference call with big donors yesterday, Mitt Romney blamed his loss on President Obama giving "gifts" to constituencies.

From The Times' report: "With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift," Mr. Romney said. "Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008."

The president's healthcare plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers: 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics.

"You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you're now going to get free healthcare, particularly if you don't have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity - I mean, this is huge," Mr. Romney said. "Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus. But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called Dream Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group."

Mitt thinks that when President Obama fought to allow young adults to stay on their parents' healthcare plans that he was "gifting" them in exchange for their vote. You see Mitt didn't "have" to pay for his healthcare when he was in school or just starting out. I'm not saying that he didn't pay. I would have to see his tax returns to know, but if Mitt got sick when he was young, he didn't have to go without healthcare because his parents could afford the best doctors money could buy. Most of us understand that the people who will be staying on their parents' healthcare plan need to be there. For many people, no insurance means suffering through illnesses because they can't afford a visit to the doctor. It wasn't a bribe Mitt, it was a promise delivered.

When it comes to interest rates on student loans, I don't think George Romney charged interest to Mitt. That is, if Mitt ever borrowed money from his dad as he suggested to students as a way to start a business. That lack of empathy explains why Mitt thinks that relief on student-loan interest rates is a bribe. In my opinion, Obama did not go far enough on student loans, but if he wanted to buy votes he would have given everyone a Pell grant.

Mitt also thinks that immigrants and minorities think that Obamacare was a handout to them. He expressed that attitude in his famous 47% speech. Mitt wrote minorities and young people off months ago, Obamacare was again a promise kept. It is not free healthcare. Young people who are not on their parents' plan have to buy in. The mandate is not popular with young people, but they didn't see anything better from Romney and Ryan.

The timing of the action on Dream Act may have been suspect. To be fair though, Obama supported the Dream Act and tried to get it through Congress before this year. Again a promise kept. Obama didn't keep all his promises to immigrants, besides, those taking advantage of the Dream Act didn't vote, they are on a path - but not citizens yet.

I don't think the actions that Mitt Romney cited in his call with major donors were "gifts" from Obama, they were promises kept. We all know who would be getting "gifts" if Mitt Romney won the election. Many of them were on that conference call.




Scott Galindez was formerly the co-founder of Truthout, and is now the Political Director of Reader Supported News.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

 

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+166 # herman_the_german 2012-11-15 15:37
Granting 'personhood' to a Corporation is a gift... Ain't it?
 
 
+57 # robniel 2012-11-16 10:35
Think of the gifts Romney has provided: lost jobs, lost pensions, lost healthcare, lost kids' educations, destroyed towns. He should leave the U.S. and relocate near the foreign jobs he has created.
 
 
+5 # Janice 2012-11-18 08:40
Right on.
 
 
+5 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-17 16:31
The gift that never quits giving: "money crooks and the law." Money gives crooks and the law "respectability ."
 
 
+2 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2012-11-18 22:09
The most important gift Romney gave us. A chance to see him as he really is. Not only in person but also "caught on video and audio." What better gift than that!
 
 
+188 # brux 2012-11-15 16:33
So much for Romney's graceful concession speech and calls for unity ... now true to Romney form he has flip-flopped again and is joining Republicans to obstruct and hinder discussion and progress of the government.

How not totally unexpected!
 
 
+53 # maddave 2012-11-16 09:41
Yeah, Bro, you are right on, BUT Romney, Limp-baugh, McConnell, Hannity, Boehner, the smarmy Canter, et al, are God and the GOP's gift to us moderates and liberals. We could never have accomplished our November 6th sweep - achieved our mandate - without their superb support and assistance.

I say to the Romney, Republicans and tea-baggers : "You boys 'r doin' jes fine. Don't you change nothin'."
 
 
+9 # X Dane 2012-11-16 23:20
brux.

Our President said that he would call Romney to see where they could work together to help the country.

It think that call is now on HOLD......INDEF INITELY.
 
 
+4 # brux 2012-11-17 21:52
Because after all is said and done Romney has nothing to say?

Romney never had any plan, or any ideas, all his talk and his evasiveness was just marketing to get elected.

Thank God Americans saw through this!
 
 
+97 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-11-15 20:45
Scott, Mittsy is only reiterating what his base of "grumpy old men" delusionally believe. They have claimed to want to "reach out" to blacks, latinos, and others in order to become more diverse as a party...WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER!!! Fake Noise, Lyin'-Ryan, Vanitty, and O'Really, just to name a few, have been clawing at each other for over a week now. They haven't even spared "Blabber the Hut" Limbo; he was crying on the radio a few days ago about how they're blaming him...CRY ME A RIVER!! Let's just hope they can wipe each other out, and the teathugs can go the way of the "Whigs' and the Federalists'" parties...PERMA NENTLY!
 
 
+40 # Ralph Averill 2012-11-16 06:39
"Let's just hope they can wipe each other out, and the teathugs can go the way of the "Whigs' and the Federalists'" parties..."
If we can keep the Senate and take back the House in the 2014 mid-term elections, we can go a long way to doing just that.
It's all about Congress in 2014!
 
 
+107 # river turtle 2012-11-15 21:47
Seems Romney, Trump and McCain are just sounding like angry old white men. I am personally tired of hearing all their chatter. Let's hear some real news on real issues.
 
 
+36 # Wyntergreen 2012-11-15 23:13
Mitt Romney is STILL a punk-ass chump! Can't wait till he's faded out of our consciousness. Go away, Mitt . . .
 
 
-75 # seakat 2012-11-15 23:41
Hmmm, I think there are a whole lot more voters in the 47% that just want welfare than in the 1% who just want hand outs.
 
 
+61 # dovelane1 2012-11-16 08:35
Many who are getting welfare now, are getting welfare because people like Romney closed their plants, and shipped their jobs to Mexico or China, or somewhere else that pays slave-labor wages to their workforce.

Romney also had the gall to blame the workers in the plants he closed, for not having any options after he closed the plants. Oftentimes, the plants he closed were in towns that only had one major industry.

what that tells me is how much he is in denial of what the consequences were of the decisions he made. My guess is he is in denial of a lot of other things as well.

As with the speeches he gave to all of his audiences, he is just trying to say the things that will make him look better, or, at least, won't make him look bad. As the old saying goes, "everyone loves the lie that saves their pride, but never the unflattering truth."
 
 
+17 # Independentgal 2012-11-16 10:32
Great comment!
 
 
+53 # Scott Galindez 2012-11-16 08:44
lets see the 1% put up and shut up...give up the Bush tax cuts.
 
 
+21 # reiverpacific 2012-11-16 12:07
Quoting seakat:
Hmmm, I think there are a whole lot more voters in the 47% that just want welfare than in the 1% who just want hand outs.

Ahaaa- so you still buy into that 47% shit eh?
Catch up please. Can you say "96% of Americans pay taxes"?
And some of the other residual % has to be Mitt and his big butter-and-egg manipulators who pay less than their workers -or zippo.
 
 
+12 # seakat 2012-11-16 17:44
Quoting reiverpacific:
Quoting seakat:
Hmmm, I think there are a whole lot more voters in the 47% that just want welfare than in the 1% who just want hand outs.

Ahaaa- so you still buy into that 47% shit eh?
Catch up please. Can you say "96% of Americans pay taxes"?
And some of the other residual % has to be Mitt and his big butter-and-egg manipulators who pay less than their workers -or zippo.


You're shooting the messenger here - my comment was meant as sarcasm - guess it didn't come out as well in print as it did in my head.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2012-11-16 20:20
Quoting seakat:
Quoting reiverpacific:
Quoting seakat:
Hmmm, I think there are a whole lot more voters in the 47% that just want welfare than in the 1% who just want hand outs.

Ahaaa- so you still buy into that 47% shit eh?
Catch up please. Can you say "96% of Americans pay taxes"?
And some of the other residual % has to be Mitt and his big butter-and-egg manipulators who pay less than their workers -or zippo.


You're shooting the messenger here - my comment was meant as sarcasm - guess it didn't come out as well in print as it did in my head.

Apologies.
Try puttin' a bit of topspin on it and some other grammatical expression marks.
I get picked up wrong occasionally too, so no worries mate.
 
 
0 # bingers 2012-11-18 14:29
Quoting seakat:
Quoting reiverpacific:
Quoting seakat:
Hmmm, I think there are a whole lot more voters in the 47% that just want welfare than in the 1% who just want hand outs.

Ahaaa- so you still buy into that 47% shit eh?
Catch up please. Can you say "96% of Americans pay taxes"?
And some of the other residual % has to be Mitt and his big butter-and-egg manipulators who pay less than their workers -or zippo.


You're shooting the messenger here - my comment was meant as sarcasm - guess it didn't come out as well in print as it did in my head.


seakat, the Grateful Dead had a message for you....

I ain't often right
but I've never been wrong
It seldom turns out the way
it does in the song
Once in a while
you get shown the light
in the strangest of places
if you look at it right
 
 
+11 # pegasus4508 2012-11-16 14:38
But the 1% who just want handouts cost the country BILLIONS of dollars in lost revenue. BILLIONS in cleaning up behind them(as in the BP oil spill and the Koch brothers poisoning of natural streams and rivers). Yeah, why don't you keep defending the 1% - they will make sure you keep your household staff position - oh wait we saved YOU from that!
 
 
+39 # dick 2012-11-16 00:08
Mitt was pretty good at being superficially gracious while being a real shit head. Shades of the Old South. Ann should strap him on the roof & TAKE OFF, EH.
 
 
+27 # dovelane1 2012-11-16 08:38
Ann is probably too indentured to the money and status to do something like that.

Perhaps Elizabeth Warren. Or maybe the Morman woman he told to try to save her unborn child, even though it likely would have killed her to do so.
 
 
+27 # dquandle 2012-11-16 00:39
Yup. Gifts to Wall Street, the defense companies, the oil companies, the nuclear companies, the Pentagon, the CIA, The NSA, the telecoms, the Frankenfood companies, Big Pharma, the insurance industry.... and now he's going to "bargain" away SS and Medicare.
 
 
+40 # medusa 2012-11-16 00:42
What does he think of the citizens of this country, when he says that our vote can be bought, as if by definition? When he throws out charges of being selfish, greedy, and easily bought, he's talking about his own party, thanks very much.
 
 
+13 # pegasus4508 2012-11-16 14:39
Not only is he talking about his own party, he is looking in the mirror at HIMSELF!
 
 
+28 # edensasp 2012-11-16 00:50
No greater "gift" than aligning to the purpose of the United States Constitution and the governments role in bringing that purpose to fruition.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
 
 
+27 # Street Level 2012-11-16 01:17
I don't think that any Government Official, no matter who they are or at what level they serve should get free healthcare for life no matter how what.
Everyone of these politicians can well afford the best healthcare on the planet without us paying for it. Any cuts should start with their "entitlements".
 
 
+13 # bmiluski 2012-11-16 12:17
Oh, I don't know. They can get free healthcare but only if we ALL get free healthcare.
 
 
+41 # Regina 2012-11-16 01:54
Strange....Romn ey's claiming that the "takers" got "gifts" for their votes, so much so that the hated Obama won -- again! Actually the Republicans were expecting to coast to a victory that they regarded as their "entitlement," bought for them by the mystery super-pacs and the ultra-rich Kochs, Adelson, et al. But they were criminally deprived of the freedom to select which voters to admit to the polls and which to keep out, in order to produce the victory they expected. So their only recourse is a BIG TANTRUM!!
 
 
+34 # df312 2012-11-16 02:26
Romney is just showing his true colors as a whiner and an ultra-elitist. Don't forget that he was a BISHOP in the church. How dare anyone second-guess him. He was just a figurehead in the Olympics, anyway. All front. An empty suit.
 
 
+19 # Independentgal 2012-11-16 10:34
Let's not forget one of Romney's most prominent traits -- BULLY.
 
 
+20 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-16 11:45
Yes, df, an empty suit who accepted Federal dollars to save the Olympics, and then take the credit, as if his business acumen did the whole thing.
 
 
+13 # bmiluski 2012-11-16 12:18
And OVER BUDGET....so much for fiscal responsibility.
 
 
+29 # Professorjane Gilgun 2012-11-16 03:17
I though Romney is a religious man. I thought the core principle of all religions is compassion. Where is Romney's compassion? His words sounds as if he has a one-track mind focused solely on money and that ignores compassion and even common decency. I wonder if he ever thinks of the thousands and perhaps hundreds of thousands of people who lost their jobs when his company took over other companies, looted them, and laid the workers off. His actions remind me of the words of someone he is supposed to admire: "Forgive them, Lord. They know not what they are doing."
 
 
+29 # dovelane1 2012-11-16 08:52
My guess is Romney and the others know what they are doing, and don't really care. They only care about is getting their way, and how much it will bring their way.

Some time ago, syndicated columnist wrote that the original intention of our founding fathers was to create a nation where everyone had access to a good "quality" of life, in which people had the time to contemplate life, and learn more about it.

At some point in time in the 1800's, the robber barons were able to change that goal to the "quantity" of life, where how much you were able to gain off the work of others determined how successful they were.

Romney is just the latest version of the 1% ideals and agenda. They don't really care about the quality of life for others, and they blame everyone who isn't as rich as they are as being lazy or shiftless. This from a guy who was born into wealth, as was Paul Ryan.

Of course, everyone should have had to work as hard as he did to get the money he did.

If someone says it was hard work that made them rich, ask them "Whose?"
 
 
+14 # bmiluski 2012-11-16 12:18
Religion has nothing to do with compassion. It has everything to do with control.
 
 
+12 # bingers 2012-11-16 17:39
Romney is, without doubt, a virulent sociopath and a sore loser.
 
 
+7 # leedeegirl 2012-11-16 20:09
Quoting Professorjane Gilgun:
I though Romney is a religious man. I thought the core principle of all religions is compassion. Where is Romney's compassion? His words sounds as if he has a one-track mind focused solely on money and that ignores compassion and even common decency. I wonder if he ever thinks of the thousands and perhaps hundreds of thousands of people who lost their jobs when his company took over other companies, looted them, and laid the workers off. His actions remind me of the words of someone he is supposed to admire: "Forgive them, Lord. They know not what they are doing."


MORMONS only have compassion for other MORMONS ... they couldn't care less about anyone else
 
 
+62 # dfvboulder 2012-11-16 04:42
And if Mitt's 14% tax rate is not a "gift," it's what?

His right?

We dodged a BIG bullet when that creep lost the election.
 
 
+18 # NOMINAE 2012-11-16 05:46
WoW !

We wonder why this country can't stop re-fighting the Civil War ? Apparently we can't even stop re-fighting the most recent election !
 
 
+21 # RLF 2012-11-16 06:34
He just bummed that he can't gift himself a few million in tax savings and returns so that he would have more to invest in stripping another perfectly good American company, stealing it's retirement 'overfunding', and selling it to the Chinese.
 
 
+13 # MainStreetMentor 2012-11-16 06:38
It’s why empathy is elicited for Mitt from the largest portion of 1%e4rs – for they ALL live (or lived) in the same privileged world as he. It’s why the millions upon millions were donated by the ultra-rich and the mega-wealthy to his campaign. It’s the reason for Mitt’s “47%” commentary, the “we-versus-them ”, scenario he and the 1% dwell in. It’s why the election went to the percentage of the populace who do NOT live, work and struggle, within the same privileged cocoon in which Mitt and his wealthy peers reside.
 
 
+5 # bingers 2012-11-16 17:44
When polled, 68% of the 1% said their taxes should be increased. Don't blame the 1% blindly, just the .0032% who served up half a billion dollars to try to elect the worst major party presidential candidate in history.

And make it a crime punishable by 20 years imprisonment for a corporation to give money for political purposes, the sentence to be served by every corporate executive and board member.
 
 
+21 # USA2012??? 2012-11-16 06:43
OK Mr. Romney: you said it now prove it! Just what is this man talking about when he says President Obama gave gifts to Blacks and Latino's as if these two groups were singled out for more benefits than others: specifically Blacks?

I now consider the media to be extremely irresponsible by not asking this man or anyone else to prove their assertion when they make such broad inflammatory remarks.

Additionally, such behavior doesn't bode well for those who would take such comments as fact: making them extremely vulnerable to manipulation.
 
 
+7 # bmiluski 2012-11-16 12:44
93% of all media outlets in this country are owned by murdock. So, do you really think that the media is going to call out any republican polititian for lying.
 
 
+3 # bingers 2012-11-16 17:46
Quoting bmiluski:
93% of all media outlets in this country are owned by murdock. So, do you really think that the media is going to call out any republican polititian for lying.



Hardly, but they are owned by Murdoch clones. Even CBS which is a target of the ignorant twits is owned by a wingnut .
 
 
+18 # DFrenkel@changecatalyst.com 2012-11-16 06:45
Perhaps corporations that claim personhood should pay personal tax rates.
Romney has shown his true beliefs and colors.
Am elitist with little if any capacity for empathy.
Surely the GOP can do better than this.
 
 
+16 # Robert B 2012-11-16 09:20
I'm not so sure they can. They tried, you know! After 20+ debates and a bump for every other candidate, Romney is the one the primary voters went for. I think the GOP may be in big trouble. At least I hope they are.
 
 
+36 # bingers 2012-11-16 07:04
The funny thing (okay, funny strange, not funny humorous) is that the 47% he railed about consists of far more of his base than Obama's. The South gets a disproportionat e share of the government payouts.
 
 
+32 # fredboy 2012-11-16 07:15
And his incredibly brave and dangerous missionary work in Cannes, France, for the Church of the Latter Day Saints gave him an "avoid the draft" escape ticket.

Face it, the Mitten would just be your average used car salesman but for his daddy's bucks.
 
 
+13 # Independentgal 2012-11-16 10:35
Speaking of France, I hear he's despised there.
 
 
+15 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-16 11:51
France is just one of the 20 out of 21 countries polled who preferred Obama to be re-elected. The sole country for Romney: Pakistan.
 
 
+4 # Anarchist 23 2012-11-18 11:28
ActuallyQuoting fredboy:


Face it, the Mitten would just be your average used car salesman but for his daddy's bucks.

Actually, I have met nicer used car salesmen than Mitten- he seems more despicable with every revelation-I don't know where to classify him on a scale of living things!
 
 
+17 # ahaywood 2012-11-16 07:34
Boy...when I heard Willard's concession speech, I wasn't sure that was the real Mitt! I said to myself ... something is a little fishy here. But now, ole Flippy flop is back! Angry old men just look old and out of touch. By the way, we the middle-class pay more than our share of taxes so the gifts are paid for. There are no gifts stupid Republican Mitt, just caring from a president who has been there and done that and understands the needs of our people. I am like river turtle, Let's get on with the business of the people and shut the heck up! Stop crying like a baby.
 
 
-36 # MidwestTom 2012-11-16 07:49
The country is becoming even less governable; why you might ask. Obama won by about 3.5 million votes, but he received 10 millinn fewer votes than in 2008; not a resounding confirmation of his policies; and the Republicans ran a candidate that simply was not appealing to most people. He did get 1.0 , million more votes than McCain in 2008, but they were probably not FOR him, but AGAINST Obama. Congress remains deeply divided. Expect Obama, with the full support of his base to push for higher taxes; and expect the Republicans, with the full support of their base to fight for big budget cuts. Those with pensions and investments will be the losers if Obama wins, and those receiving government assistance to be the losers if the Republicans win. Either wat this country is going to get mush poorer.

Like it or not the military expenditures are one of the major things keeping our economy going; cut their budget and watch the layoffs. Martin Marietta yesterday announced 132,0000 layoffs, in anticipation of military budget cuts.

The next big battle will be government employee pensions, most of which are way under funded. The majority with no
pension will not be too happy if forced to bail them out.
 
 
+27 # Robert B 2012-11-16 09:22
George W. Bush won by 3 million votes in 2004 and the Republicans considered that a resounding mandate.
 
 
+7 # bingers 2012-11-16 17:49
The estimate is that in this election 5 million Democratic votes were discarded, but they needed to throw out 9 million. In 2004 there were tons of complaints in Ohio of Kerry votes registered for bush and there were precincts and one entire county that had more Bush votes than registered voters.
 
 
+13 # bmiluski 2012-11-16 12:47
President Obama does NOT want to raise taxes on the rich. All he wants is that they honor the agreement they made which was that the bush tax cuts would only last 10 years and then be done. What President Obama wants to do is give the middle-class a tax cut.
 
 
+10 # Texas Aggie 2012-11-16 14:09
Yeah, but Bush's agreement was made with a wink and crossed fingers, so it doesn't count, doncha know?

I get so tired of these whiners moaning about their taxes being raised.
 
 
+15 # JoanWile2 2012-11-16 09:14
Just exactly what does Mitt label his promise to retain cuts for the super-rich, yet leaving them in place for the rest of us? What a clueless idiot.
 
 
+18 # ABen 2012-11-16 09:47
In the final analysis, Mittens proved to be just what we thought he was--an out-of-touch, arrogant, shallow, thin skinned, child of privilege. If the country is lucky, this will be the last we will see of "Thurston and Lovey" in politics.
 
 
+15 # Banichi 2012-11-16 10:28
While Mittsy the hollow man showed his true colors - once again - in his speech to the old men who funded him, this was nothing new. Thankfully when he tried to repackage himself to the voters in the first debate - and pretend he had some compassion - enough people saw through it that in the end, Obama's treatment of the Sandy hurricane victims in New Jersey showed more true compassion than Mittsy could begin to understand. Was that a politically shrewd move on Obama's part? Of course. But it was also real. It may have won the election for him.

What we are seeing playing out now, after the election, is the reality of what the Kochs, Pete Peterson, and the rest of the .01%'ers have not stopped wanting to accomplish, the stripping of any money left to those non-rich folks (us 99%ers) so the GOP-supporters can justify their greed. IT AIN'T OVER!! IT IS JUST BEGINNING!!

This is the next battle, or perhaps the continuation of the one that got Obama re-elected. We 99%ers can not ever relax or the rich will still win even with Obama re-elected. NEVER forget, always be vigilant.
 
 
+9 # AMLLLLL 2012-11-16 12:02
Obama would have done the same thingpost election, and is still pro-active in the mopping up after Sandy. He's not perfect, Lord knows, but Romney? Yuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

We do need to keep vigilant and the struggles are on all fronts and never-ending. Just one issue: Until Citizens United is merely a historic cautionary tale and campaign finance reform is accomplished, we can't rest. They're not. There are already post-election negative ads running, warning of the apocalyptic Obamacare nightmare... that needs to be pushed back on or curbed.

It was Justice Brandeis who said,"The most important role in government is that of the citizen."
 
 
+19 # hopferg 2012-11-16 11:39
I'm tired of Obamacare being referred to as "free health care." I have Obamacare. I pay a premium every month. The difference is, it's REASONABLE. Private healthcare cost me $1000/month with a high deductible. I had to give it up, then couldn't get re-insured because of pre-existing conditions. Obamacare saved me. I pay only $425/month and I am 63 yrs. old with lots of pre-existing conditions. I have a reasonable deductible. Young people can get Obamacare much cheaper than what I pay. It's a great deal, it helps a lot, but it's not FREE.
 
 
+16 # Jerry 2012-11-16 11:56
• The leadership of the Republican Party and their oligarchs are the biggest recipients of our Santa Claus government. The government shapes economic forces so that the
wealth created via the infrastructure and citizens of our nation accumulates overwhelmingly in those few hands. Additionally, it gives them taxpayer money
via no bid contracts that are enormously more costly than if government agencies did the work. Additionally, it protects their investments from liability for the damage they do to workers, consumers, and the environment, and their flunky CEOs from prosecution for manslaughter, fraud and theft. Additionally, it sells far below market value the resources of the U.S., not only minerals - but the discoveries of taxpayer research and development.
Additionally, it bails out their investments when they go bad, and don't hold them responsible for the damage done by their failure.
 
 
+15 # chrisconnolly 2012-11-16 13:27
To say that the military budget should not be cut because it is a great engine of our economy is to say that blood money is all important in this so called christian nation. I for one hate the blood money argument. If killing is indeed the foundation of our economic stability then I am in favor of a less opulent living standard. Even though I am not christian I whole heartedly believe in Thou Shalt Not Kill, especially not for the sole benefit of big business.
 
 
+13 # Texas Aggie 2012-11-16 14:04
This tirade of the Mittster is a glaring exhibition of what a bullet we dodged when he went down to defeat. I knew before hand that this dork had no business in any position of power, but I didn't realize what a creep he really is until this latest spew. And who knows? He may even be worse than it seems. I have cold sweats thinking about how close he came to the WH.
 
 
+21 # fhunter 2012-11-16 14:34
What about the TRILLION dollar GIFT Bush-43 gave to the richest in the form of tax cut??? Now that was a GIFT!!!
 
 
-9 # Innocent Victim 2012-11-17 18:46
Barack Obama does have a gift or two. He is affable. Like most successful pols, like Bill Clinton, he knows how to win masses of people while working for the few. Intellectual gifts? I wonder about his competence as well as his integrity. As a law lecturer at U of Chi, I have read that he never produced a work of legal scholarship which law academics are usually required to do. Instead, he wrote a book about his early life that became a best seller. Obama, unlike other presidential candidates, John Kerry, John McCain, has kept his academic records under seal. We don't know what sort of student he was at Columbia or at Harvard Law. We do know that when he became president, he turned over the economic and financial decisions to the very people who, during Clinton's presidency, deregulated the banks and caused our current problems. Obama proclaimed that Iraq was the wrong war, but he also said that Afghanistan is the right war. Look at the mess we have created by his continuation of both wars!

I think Barack Obama is far over-rated for his intelligence and scholarship. He is a slick guy, like slick Willie (Bill Clinton). Integrity? He has none!
 
 
+3 # independentmind 2012-11-17 21:42
He has a lot more integrity than Romney - now there is someone who has none whatsoever.

Obama may not have been able to deliver on all his promises but he tried and he is basically honest, unlike Clinton he is not a liar.

He is smart and thinks before he acts. Affable? No, not really, but thoughtful and a whole lot more intelligent than our last president. I trust him not to go off half cocked and that is really important on the volatile international front.

Who cares what his academic record looks like - he can do the job, he has for four years.
 
 
-9 # Innocent Victim 2012-11-17 22:18
To have more integrity than Romney is not a high bar! To my knowledge, the "lie" Clinton is said to have told is that he did not have sex with Lewinsky. To many minds, especially of Clinton's generation and in the South, to have sex means to have sexual intercourse. I don't like Clinton. I am just explaining that his "lie" may not have been a lie.

Obama has lied in his oath of office. What more needs to be written?

He has not done the job! He has more than four years: he is now a wealthy man and will survive what most of us and our children will suffer from his imperialism and past failure to act on climate change.

Regrettably, our despotic political system did not give us a good, electable choice in 2012.
 
 
+4 # Mrcead 2012-11-18 09:06
Logically, you can only know what you already know.

Mitt only knows "money" and therefore cannot rationalise a person's motives and actions without tying it to some sort of bottom line rational. After all, that is his resolve isn't it? To make sound financial sense of common everyday things.

Cavemen bang on things and burn what is not understood (or so we are led to believe).

How is Mitt's approach any different?
 
 
+4 # Anarchist 23 2012-11-18 11:33
The bright side of this is all those rich people spent all that money and got-nothing! Or hardly anything; they retained the House. Somebody send that Republican candidate who ran for governor and lost a T shirt saying "I spent $100,000,000 of my own money and all I got was this lousy T shirt"
 
 
-6 # Innocent Victim 2012-11-18 11:41
US Presidents and their Competence

A preview of Oliver Stone's "The Untold History..." has a segment on Henry A. Wallace, FDR's VP when he was re-elected in 1940. In 1944, when FDR ran for his fateful 4th term, the Party bosses managed to squeeze Wallace out of the running and selected Harry S. Truman, a political hack with no deep or wide knowledge of what would face our country after WWII's end. Wallace was too "ideological" and "principled" for the Party leaders. They needed a small man - that is a man small intellect and untutored judgment. We got the man who dropped the A-bombs on Japan, and we have felt the fear of retribution ever since. So began, with the death of FDR, a sequence of incompetent and/or corrupt presidents until now. We have been "cursed" the ancients would say by fear and war ever since April, 1944, when FDR died by an unbroken string of incompetent or ill-willed people, from Truman to Obama. We are now suffering the consequences of our political and moral ineptitude.
 
 
-2 # Innocent Victim 2012-11-18 23:30
I wish those who disagree with me would, instead of just casting a thumbs down, reply with a statement of where they think I am wrong. Then, like reasonable people, we could discuss the issue. Maybe you'll persuade me to your point of view.
 
 
0 # Scott479 2012-11-18 19:30
Romney's been the ever present reminder this election of how America went straight from the greatest generation to snot-nosed pencil-necked trust fund babies. Watch this expose of one of her worst examples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tg_qbnjFAaI
 
 
+1 # suzyskier 2012-11-18 21:35
I am afraid that Romney reserves his compassion for those of the Mormon faith, on the rare occasion that he feels compassion.
 
 
0 # bfan 2012-11-21 04:15
Is that photo for real? How did that ever get out?!
 
 
0 # slideforacure 2012-11-21 19:10
Wheew...Rodney makes me tired...period. Its sad in this day and time that anyone feels the way this man does. I have no words, he just makes me tire.
 

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