Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The one company name every American needs to know before election day #Sensata .  This is about the death of an American town at the hands of the greedy bastards at Bain.  Romney is still profiting off the misery of American workers.


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Saturday, October 06, 2012

This is the best and most simple explanation of how we got where we are economically.  Sometimes the most simple explanations are the most powerful


Monday, September 17, 2012

Romney is An Asshole

Its nice that we finally have proof that Romney only cares about the rich.  Do you remember when he said he doesn't concern himself with the poor? Now video surfaces that is insulting to so many.  First asshole, I would never vote for you because it would be against my economic self interest but I have never been on any government program and I pay a higher percentage of my income in taxes that you do.  The difference between us is that I do believe that everyone deserves food, health care and shelter.  This man lacks any sort of empathy and can never be the President of the United States.  He must be defeated in a landslide so that he never crawls out from underneath that rock again oh and show us your damn taxes.


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Liar Liar Pants On Fire

TAMPA, Fla. -- Paul Ryan pledged Wednesday that if he and his running mate Mitt Romney were elected president, they would usher in an ethic of responsibility. The Wisconsin congressman and GOP vice presidential candidate repeatedly chided President Barack Obama for blaming the jobs and housing crises on his predecessor, saying that his habit of "forever shifting blame to the last administration, is getting old. The man assumed office almost four years ago -– isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?"
Ryan then noted that Obama, while campaigning for president, promised that a GM plant in Wisconsin would not shut down. "That plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight," Ryan said.
Except Obama didn't promise that. And the plant closed in December 2008 -- while George W. Bush was president.
It was just one of several striking and demonstrably misleading elements of Ryan's much-anticipated acceptance speech. And it comes just days after Romney pollster Neil Newhouse warned, defending the campaign's demonstrably false ads claiming Obama removed work requirements from welfare, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."
Ryan, for his part, slammed the president for not supporting a deficit commission report without mentioning that he himself had voted against it, helping to kill it.
He also made a cornerstone of his argument the claim that Obama "funneled" $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. But he didn't mention that his own budget plan relies on those very same savings.
Ryan also put responsibility for Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. government debt at Obama's doorstep. But he didn't mention that S&P itself, in explaining its downgrade, referred to the debt ceiling standoff. That process of raising the debt ceiling was only politicized in the last Congress, driven by House Republicans, led in the charge by Paul Ryan.
The credit rater also said it worried that Republicans would never agree to tax increases. “We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues,” S&P wrote.
Jodie Layton, a convention goer from Utah watching the Ryan speech, said she was blown away by the vice presidential candidate. But she said she was surprised to hear that after his speech about taking responsibility, he'd pinned a Bush-era plant closing on Obama.
"It closed in December 2008?" she asked, making sure she heard a HuffPost reporter's question right. After a long pause, she said, "It's happening a lot on both sides. It's to be expected."
Ryan has referenced the GM plant before, and his attack was debunked by the Detroit News, which called it inaccurate. "In fact, Obama made no such promise and the plant halted production in December 2008, when President George W. Bush was in office," Detroit News reporter David Sherpardson wrote earlier this month. "Obama did speak at the plant in February 2008, and suggested that a government partnership with automakers could keep the plant open, but made no promises as Ryan suggested."
After the speech, CNN's political commentators focused mostly on Ryan's misstatements, demonstrating the degree to which they were evident.
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod jumped on the GM factory claim. "Again, Ryan blames Obama for a GM plant that closed under Bush. But then, they did say they wouldn't 'let fact checkers get in the way.'"
Ryan, however, appears to have made the calculation that the misleading won't hurt him with voters. He might be right. CNN's David Gergen, while acknowledging some "misstatements" in Ryan's address, suggested that pundits focus elsewhere. "But let's not forget that this was a speech about big ideas," he told his audience.
UPDATE:
For more on the closure process, which was announced in mid-2008, see the local Gazette Xtra. More than 2,000 Janesville GM workers were laid off immediately; another 57 stayed on until April 2009 as production wound down.
UPDATE: 8/30 --
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Paul Ryan, defended the congressman's remarks in an email to The Huffington Post. “It’s President Obama who needs to explain his words," Buck said. "The facts are clear: when the GM plant went on standby the President told the people of Wisconsin he would ‘lead an effort to retool’ it and restart production. But when the bailout’s winners and losers were decided, Janesville ended up losing. The people of Wisconsin, like so many Americans, are still waiting for the President’s imaginary recovery.”
Buck is referring to an October 2008 Associated Press report which quotes then-candidate Barack Obama saying that if he's elected, he will "lead an effort to retool plants like the GM facility." That's different, of course, than saying he'd retool the plant itself, but it adds context to Ryan's argument.
Conservative media outlets have clashed with mainstream fact-checkers who have debunked Ryan's claim by noting that the plant didn't fully wind down until Obama was president in April 2009, when the final 57 workers were laid off.
Ryan's campaign, notably, is not reaching for that technicality to defend his claim. Instead it is arguing the broader point that when the plant closed is less important than the fact it has not re-opened.
Ryan, during his speech, referenced Obama's speech in Janesville in Feb. 2008.
“I know that General Motors received some bad news yesterday, and I know how hard your governor has fought to keep jobs in this plant. But I also know how much progress you’ve made—how many hybrids and fuel-efficient vehicles you’re churning out," Obama said at the time. “And I believe that if our government is there to support you and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another 100 years.”
Government support for the plant, however, was a big if -- and it wasn't an if that came through for the plant under the Bush administration. Romney, meanwhile, opposed the auto bailout, which puts the campaign in the awkward spot of criticizing Obama for not intervening enough in the private sector with government bailouts.
The Washington Post's Greg Sargent on Thursday interviewed a Ryan-supporting Wisconsin businessman who argued that the plant may have been unsalvageable even with significant government support.
"This morning, I spoke to a leading business official in Janesville, Wisconsin, who was at the center of efforts to save the GM plant — one who supports Paul Ryan — and he offered a nuanced version of the history that strains simplistic interpretations," Sargent reported. "The official, John Beckord, who heads the pro-business group Forward Janesville, makes two key points. First, that the market for the GM product in question collapsed much faster than anyone expected it would at the time of Obama’s speech. Second, that there is no telling whether the plant would have reopened, even if the economy had recovered faster."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Paul Ryan Is A Weasel

Watching this interview made me feel this guy is a real weasel.  He is obviously lying and not doing such a good job of it. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I am not sure who said this but its so true:

"If the wealthy amass so much political power that they are able to seize the reins of government and thereby take all the wealth of the land and drive the people into poverty and want, then history has amply shown that the day will inevitably come when the people are so poor that they have nothing left to eat they will eat the rich."
We are in the fight of our lives to retain what little has not already been stolen by the rich.  People hate it when you call it class warfare but what else can you call the historic redistribution of wealth that has occurred away from the poor and middle class to those who need it least?
 
Did you know that the Walton family that owns Walmart (6 people) have a greater worth than the bottom 40% of all Americans (That is 125 Million people) yet it costs taxpayers :

$943 — average annual cost to taxpayers of providing Medicaid, food stamps, and cash assistance for each Walmart employee, based on data from Ohio21.

Walmart insists that manufacturing be done in cheaper countries like China (costing good paying American jobs) and they pay their employees like shit which is why they qualify for government assistance so they are obscenely wealthy and their employees are at the poverty level and the American taxpayer foots the bill.

If lower taxes on the rich (the job creators---In China) really help employment why was the George W. Bush years (without the financial collapse) the worst job creating period in modern times? Its a failed economic policy and Romney/Ryan are doubling down on it. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Constitutional

In a decision that stunned many Supreme Court watchers the Supreme Court  in a 5-4 decision upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.  This was a huge win for President Obama and the American people. Had this law been struck down we as Americans would have understood that the total takeover of our Government by Corporations had been completed.

Chief Justice John Roberts showed that on some issues even he can't be bought.  
The unpopular requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty — likened by detractors to a rule that everyone purchase broccoli — was unconstitutional as a mandate, Roberts said, but valid as long as it was simply considered a tax.
"We do not consider whether the act embodies sound policies," wrote Roberts, a conservative appointed to the court by President George W. Bush in 2005. "That judgment is entrusted to the nation's elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions."
Justice Roberts was joined in his decision by Justices Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Ruth bader Ginsburg.
Ginsburg writing on the subject of providing affordable insurance to those with preexisting conditions, Ginsburg noted that Massachusetts “cracked [the] adverse selection problem.” and highlighted briefs explaining “the success of Massachusetts’ reforms.”

Under the Massachusetts health system, most residents were required to buy insurance so that insurance companies wouldn’t be left only with sick customers – and thus skyrocketing premiums.
“As a result, federal lawmakers observed, Massachusetts succeeded where other States had failed,” Ginsburg wrote.
It was pure poetic justice that Ginsburg used the very law she new Mitt Romney had disavowed to uphold the law based on his program in Massachusetts.   Now Mitt Romney is running on "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare but replace it with what?  This law is far from perfect but its the first step to universal care which is the only real answer for this country's health care needs. 

Congratulations to President Obama and the American people.  It's just the first step but the momentum is now on the side of the poor and middle class on this issue.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Ph.D. Now Comes With Food Stamps

"I am not a welfare queen," says Melissa Bruninga-Matteau.

That's how she feels compelled to start a conversation about how she, a white woman with a Ph.D. in medieval history and an adjunct professor, came to rely on food stamps and Medicaid. Ms. Bruninga-Matteau, a 43-year-old single mother who teaches two humanities courses at Yavapai College, in Prescott, Ariz., says the stereotype of the people receiving such aid does not reflect reality. Recipients include growing numbers of people like her, the highly educated, whose advanced degrees have not insulated them from financial hardship.

 "I find it horrifying that someone who stands in front of college classes and teaches is on welfare," she says.

 Ms. Bruninga-Matteau grew up in an upper-middle class family in Montana that valued hard work and saw educational achievement as the pathway to a successful career and a prosperous life. She entered graduate school at the University of California at Irvine in 2002, idealistic about landing a tenure-track job in her field. She never imagined that she'd end up trying to eke out a living, teaching college for poverty wages, with no benefits or job security.

Ms. Bruninga-Matteau always wanted to teach. She started working as an adjunct in graduate school. This semester she is working 20 hours each week, prepping, teaching, advising, and grading papers for two courses at Yavapai, a community college with campuses in Chino Valley, Clarkdale, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Sedona. Her take-home pay is $900 a month, of which $750 goes to rent. Each week, she spends $40 on gas to get her to the campus; she lives 43 miles away, where housing is cheaper.

Ms. Bruninga-Matteau does not blame Yavapai College for her situation but rather the "systematic defunding of higher education." In Arizona last year, Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed a budget that cut the state's allocation to Yavapai's operating budget from $4.3-million to $900,000, which represented a 7.6 percent reduction in the college's operating budget. The cut led to an 18,000-hour reduction in the use of part-time faculty like Ms. Bruninga-Matteau.

 "The media gives us this image that people who are on public assistance are dropouts, on drugs or alcohol, and are irresponsible," she says. "I'm not irresponsible. I'm highly educated. I have a whole lot of skills besides knowing about medieval history, and I've had other jobs. I've never made a lot of money, but I've been able to make enough to live on. Until now."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Medicare to Save $200 Billion Through 2016

Medicare is set to save $200 billion by 2016, according to a report released by the actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday.

The Obama administration has highlighted the positive aspects of the report ahead of a separate report from the Medicare Trustees, due out later Monday, that's due to project when Medicare will go bankrupt.

"According to estimates from the CMS Office of the Actuary, the over $200 billion in short-term savings to the Medicare program come from ending excessive payments to private insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans, implementing antifraud measures, and changing provider payment policies to reflect improvements in productivity," the Health and Human Services Department said in a statement.

"In addition, according to the HHS assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, seniors and people with disabilities in traditional Medicare will see lower cost-sharing and premiums as a result of the Affordable Care Act, totaling $59.4 billion through 2016 and $208 billion through 2021."

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

More Bad News For Mitt Romney

From CNBC.com

The private sector created 209,000 jobs in March, continuing the slow but steady rise in employment that has characterized the employment market for months.

Services again led the job creation, according to a report from ADP and Macroeconomic Advisors.

The service sector increased 164,000 in March, though the rate of job creation slowed a big from the upwardly revised 183,000 in February.

"It's got to go this way," Joel Prakken, chairman of Macroeconomic Advisors, told CNBC. "Early in the recovery you normally see a pop in manufacturing employment, but that sector no longer counts for enough of the total employment in the United States to be the eventual long-run driver of the recovery. You've got to have the recovery in service-sector jobs."

Job creation in goods-producing businesses rose 45,000 for the month, while manufacturing rose 23,000 and construction grew 13,000.

The financial sector added 8,000 positions for the month.

Small businesses —defined has having fewer than 50 employees — led the way in job creation, adding 100,000 positions. Medium-sized firms added 87,000, while large businesses with 500 or more employees lagged with 22,000 new positions added.

Financial markets reacted modestly to the report, with stock market futures edging up a bit from their lows of the morning, while Treasurys cut a bit of their price gains.

The ADP release traditionally sets the stage for the government's nonfarm payrolls report to be released Friday. Economists expect the payrolls number to grow by about 207,000 and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 8.3 percent.

ADP's numbers were a shade below consensus though unlikely to generate any substantial revisions to the nonfarm number.

"We really should see faster growth than this if we're going to push the unemployment rate down persistently," Prakken said.

The March numbers could be tricky in that unseasonably warm weather this winter may have played havoc with the usual seasonal adjustments government economists use to gauge employment trends.

"We really need to see the April numbers to gauge any weather distortions. The other worry is gasoline prices and whether that has slowed hirings. The impact usually shows up later because there is typically a lag," Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Fla., told Reuters. "It's still encouraging. We would prefer to see stronger job growth at this time, but we'll take it. "

Saturday, March 10, 2012

KONY 2012

If social media can bring this piece of dirt to justice then scum like this worldwide will need to think twice before continuing their murderous ways. This is the man that leads the Lord's Resistance Army which has murdered thousands in Africa and is the reason President Obama sent 100 Elite troops to kill or capture this murderous scum.

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

When Mitt Romney Came To Town

Mitt Can Run But He Can't Hide
Here is the full version of the real history of Mitt Romney. Greed is good .....for Romney.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Now The Fun Really Starts

Mitt Romney is no better than the folks at Enron. He just screwed the workers legally. Anyone who seriously thinks this man cares at all about the Middle Class or poor knows nothing about his record. It is nice to see Republicans eating their own. Their policies have destroyed the American dream and all too often average middle class people are convinced to vote for someone who believes in the same failed policies. Lets hope enough of them see this video and realize who Mitt Romney is. His real name is Willard for a reason.



Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mitt Romney Plan Raises Taxes On Poor Families, Helps Millionaires

Why would anyone be surprised by this?
Republican Mitt Romney's tax plan would increase taxes on low-income families while cutting taxes for the middle-class and the rich, according to an independent study released Thursday.

On average, households making less than $20,000 would see their taxes increase by more than 60 percent, said the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research group that studied the Romney plan.

Households making between $50,000 and $75,000 would get small tax cuts, averaging 2.2 percent, or about $250, the study said. People making more than $1 million would get tax cuts averaging 15 percent, or about $146,000.

"Virtually everybody with a big income is getting a tax cut," said Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

Overall, Romney's plan would reduce tax revenues by $180 billion in 2015, adding to the federal budget deficit, the study said. Romney's campaign disputes the estimate, saying tax cuts in the plan would help improve the economy, leading to more revenue.
Why is it that the Republicans play the exact same play list each time and expect a different result? This trickle down nonsense doesn't work and we have the near death of the middle class to prove it. Mitt Romney earned his fortune destroying the middle class and pays a tax rate lower than most middle class Americans. He will not even release his tax returns because he knows that is what would be discovered.

This worthless empty suit can never be President of the United States.