Romney, 5 Outrageous GOP Lies And One Hilarious Truth

You’ve heard about this video.  It’s only the tip of at least one iceberg.

47% Of The People Who Vote For Obama Pay No Income Tax

Let’s start with the “secret Romney fundraiser” video released on September 17 by Mother Jones.

In May of this year, at a private event for some of his biggest donors, Mitt Romney was startlingly frank in revealing what he thinks of voters who support President Barack Obama. According to Romney, these Americans see themselves as victims, consider it their right to have the government take care of them and pay no income tax.

Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Watch the video here:

What’s worse is Romney’s total scorn for half of the American population.

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio responds:

Incredibly, Mitt Romney has no use for nearly half of our fellow citizens, yet he seeks to hold our nation’s highest office, where his policies would dramatically affect the lives of the people he so completely disregards.

It is difficult to imagine how a person who seeks the office of the presidency would be so divisive and have such contempt for his fellow Americans. But it is clear that Mitt Romney does not deserve to lead our great country and the ambitious, diverse, and talented people who call it home.

23 Million Americans Are Struggling To Find Work

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at the “Value Voters Summit” where he made the statement, “Here is what we got: prolonged joblessness across the country. 23 million Americans struggling to find work.”

There are millions of Americans looking for work, but not nearly as many as the congressman claims.

A simple review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics completely debunks Ryan’s statements; they report the total number of Americans being unemployed is anywhere from 12.5 million people to 13.3 million. While being a large number, it is 10 million less than the congressman would like the American public to believe.

Ryan’s remarks make even less sense when we see that in August over 250,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy.

Paul Ryan Denies That He Asked For $20 Million In Stimulus Money

According to Robert Reich, Former U.S. Labor Secretary, in 2010, Ryan asked for $20 million in stimulus money from Obama for companies in his district, then repeatedly denied requesting stimulus funds.  He finally admitted he had done so, but continues to slam the stimulus program as a failure (even though the economy pulled out of a Depression as a result of it).

A Former Obama Supporter Expresses Her Disappointment With The President

Playing to one of Romney’s favorite themes, the question as to whether people are better off now than they were four years ago, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a new ad last week, showing a former Obama supporter who has now become disillusioned with the President.

That sounds like a great idea, until you realize that the whole thing is a lie: far from being an Obama supporter, the woman in the ad actually works for the RNC. Her name is Bettina Inclan, and she is the RNC’s Director of Hispanic Outreach.

From Talking Points Memo:

“You’re just not he person I thought you were,” Inclan says in the ad, addressing a cardboard cutout of Obama. Inclan lists out-of-control spending and Obama’s penchant for hanging out with Hollywood celebrities as reasons for the break-up. “It’s not me, it’s you. I think we should just be friends.”

The ad asks people to share why they’re “breaking up” with Obama.

Obama’s Voters Are Welfare Recipients And Voter Fraudsters

Paul Ryan wasn’t the only one telling lies at the Values Voter Summit. Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, also spoke at the conference last Friday and urged the audience to turn out in great numbers to defeat all the riffraff of society, including welfare recipients and voting fraudsters, who will undoubtedly vote for Obama.

From Talking Points Memo:

“They will vote for their own perceived interests, which is they don’t want anybody cutting back the size of the checks,” Bauer said.

“There’s a lot of people out now around America who depend on checks from their fellow taxpayers being in the mailbox every day,” Bauer said. “They will turn out in massive numbers, but so will the entrepreneurs, the small businessmen and women, the military families, the soldiers in harms way, the millions of Americans that want to hope again.”

Thus did Bauer, just like Romney, raise the specter of the great unwashed hordes, lazy and irresponsible, as the core of Obama supporters.

Looking back at 2008, the picture is quite different. According to exit polls by the Associated Press and the major television networks, Barack Obama won the largest share of white support of any Democrat in a two-man race since 1976. He also had the strong backing of young voters, new voters and educated voters, as well as that of non-white voters.

Nevertheless, here’s what Gary Bauer had to say:

And Here’s The One Truth:

Speaking Saturday at the Values Voters Summit, Rick Santorum said that “smart people” would never side with conservatives.

Maybe that’s the truest thing he’s ever said!

 

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faith v.
faith v.3 years ago

Just what did Bauer mean by "the dead Democratic votes" ?????

faith v.
faith v.3 years ago

"“They will vote for their own perceived interests, which is they don’t want anybody cutting back the size of the checks,” Bauer said. . . ."

Well, at least each one of those people would be voting for their OWN percieved interests.

How does that compare with the millionaires who spend millions trying to blackmail/bribe/force/terrify millions of people into voting for the MILLIONAIRES' perceived interests, aka "Don't cut the size of MY check"?

And disenfranchising them when all else fails.

Now lets get back to talking ethics, can we?

Stephen Brian
Stephen Brian3 years ago

Hi Pat,

I'm glad you spotted the increase in production over the commonly claimed timescale of global warming: The boost of nearly 80 million metric tonnes of wheat from 2007-2008, in the middle of an El Nino cycle, is pretty encouraging. So is the estimate of record-high rice-production (highest calorie-per-acre food) this past year even with the El Nino cycle. There have been problems with inefficiently trying to convert would-be food into bio-fuel, but apparently the subsidies for that have dried up. With temperatures set to drop again after the hottest part of the El Nino cycle this past summer, I expect we will see some nice "unexpected" boosts in food-availability.

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

Dorothy N EXCELLENT Posts! Thanks for clearing the air on that one. I got sidetracked elsewhere.

RevetS is a completely rabid person who will say anything distort any situation, and take a very racist/sexist view in every post. He probably gargles with boxes of flooring tacks and believes it has Barack written on it. But the pain from gargling the flooring tacks is so intense it blurs his vision as the box actually says Bain Cap on it.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N.3 years ago

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“It’s devoid of serious content because it is of political rather than economic priorities,” Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said.

Speaking on the House floor, Hatch said it was “misleading” for Democrats to say there is a tax break for outsourcing. Holding up a large book, Hatch said the Democrats were trying to invent controversy.

“I’ll keep this book of tax codes at my desk here. If someone wants to show me the tax code that allows deductions for shipping jobs overseas. I’d like to see it. But it’s not in here.”

Congressional analysts at the Joint Committee on Taxation say $14 million could be raised next year from removing outsourcing credits, compared to a cost of $21 million for bringing those jobs back. Hatch points out the relatively low sum has already been passed in Obama campaign ads on the issue.

Three Republicans voted in favor of the bill: Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Scott Brown.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

My comment: Hatch failed to explain why the Republicans voted to retain a non-existent? tax break for outsourcing - while virtually all neo-Cons demonstrated their inability to understand that people other than themselves matter, and that trashing their own country's economy to make themselves extra bucks now is a poor idea over the long-term.

And anybody who doesn't understand how an obstructive Congress causes the system and country to falter/brea

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N.3 years ago

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To further push the issue, Democrats held a conference call with employees from Sensata Technologies, an electronics hardware manufacturer that plans to close its Freeport, Ill., plant at the end of the year and move those operations to China. Democrats say 150 people will be laid off in the process. Sensata, formerly known as the Sensors and Controls division of Texas Instruments, was spun off to Bain in 2006 for a reported $3 billion.

The call was held after the vote.

“There is no reason in the world this would not have passed except for so many of the Republican senators have other interests,” said Tom Gaulrupp, a 33-year veteran of the company.

Gaulrupp says there was never a year the company did not draw a profit. Another employee, Lin Feller, was more frank:

“They do not care about us. The average guy on the street, they just do not care about us.”

On the House floor this morning the ranking Republican member of the Senate finance committee called the bill “a joke,” suggesting President Obama’s campaign staff were its true authors.

“It’s devoid of serious content because it is of political rather than economic priorities,” Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said.

Speaking on the House floor, Hatch said it was “misleading” for Democrats to say there is a tax break for outsourcing. Holding up a large book, Hatch said the Democrats were trying to invent controversy.

“I’ll keep th

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N.3 years ago

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Reid was referring to Mitt Romney’s past involvement with Bain Capital, the private investment firm Democrats say bought companies, laid off many of their American workers, and outsourced their jobs. Democrats have made Romney’s history with Bain a central talking point on the trail.

Senator Richard Durbin, D-Ill., followed Reid, saying that today’s vote was about turning the Republican position on outsourcing into “a matter of record.”

“So the dance ends, the music ends and the votes are counted,” he said. “And we can find out whether or not the Republican senators support the Bain Capital investment strategy of exporting jobs overseas.”

Under existing law, employers may take tax deductions for the costs associated with moving jobs out of the country. The proposed legislation would have eliminated that, and used the resulting new revenue to fund a 20 percent tax credit for the costs companies run up “insourcing” labor back into the U.S.

The bill failed by a 56-42. A count of 60 was required to end discussion and move to a final vote.

To further push the issue, Democrats held a conference call with employees from Sensata Technologies, an electronics hardware manufacturer that plans to close its Freeport, Ill., plant at the end of the year and move those operations to China. Democrats say 150 people will be laid off in the process. Sensata, formerly known as the Sensors and Controls division o

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N.3 years ago

Somebody waaaaaay down this thread, (I think it was Steve R. ?) made some bizarre claim to the effect of Obama being just as bad for outsourcing as Romney/Bain, even though Obama is a Constitutional lawyer and U. S. President with no links to any business.

If I recall correctly, the claim was made on the basis of Federal funding going to companies that outsource.

Assuming this to be a reasonably accurate outline of this claim - how the heck is Obama supposed to stop companies from outsourcing with the Republicans fighting tooth and nail to encourage it?

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/senate-kills-anti-outsourcing-bill-democrats-point-to-romney/


Jul 19, 2012 7:28pm
Senate Kills Anti-Outsourcing Bill; Democrats Point to Romney

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate has rejected further consideration of a bill Democrats say would have eliminated existing tax breaks for employers who ship their jobs overseas. While Republicans sought to squash it as political theater, Democrats admit quarreling over the “Bring Jobs Home Act” was openly influenced by the 2012 presidential campaign.

“It’s fairly easy to see why Republicans are blocking our bill to stop outsourcing,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said at a press conference before the vote. “They’re obviously defending their presidential nominee, who of course made a fortune by shipping jobs overseas.”

Reid was referring to Mitt Romney’s pas

JT SMITH
J.T. SMITH3 years ago

[...continued] I am a scientist. I value facts. I also value life and liberty. And just because one religious book has parts of it that are proven incorrect simply because the authors didn't have enough information to come to a different conclusion, does not suddenly negate the fact that said religion is trying simply to understand WHY everything is the way that it is.

Think of this: When the part of the planet is facing the sun during it's diurnal half of the cycle, no other stars are visible at all. This is because the light emitted by the sun, as refracted through the Earth's atmosphere, drowns out the starlight from the unaided eye. The stars are still there, yet they cannot be seen. Quantum physicists have theorized subatomic particles, which make up the very atoms and elements which make up the universe. These particles cannot be absolutely proven beyond inference (currently). The same can easily be said of God. We can extrapolate the existence of God through inference. While there is not absolute proof of God's existence, there is also no absolute proof that God does not exist. And lack of evidence is not in and of itself evidence.

JT SMITH
J.T. SMITH3 years ago

[...continued] Because cultures don't COMPLETELY share the same entire history and responses to it, the languages are different.

All of these are FACTS. Feel free to look into them.

I am a man of faith, and I most definitely value facts!

Science and religion are NOT incompatible. The primary difference is that science explains HOW things happen, how the universe came to be, how humans came about on this planet, how planets were created, etc. Religion focuses more on the WHY all of the above happened. Granted, there are far too many who try to use religion entirely and have zero place for science. I am not one of those people. I have a degree in anthropology (my concentration is archaeology).

ANY person of faith who claims to have a complete handle on God is frankly a fool! I don't have all of the answers. Never claimed otherwise. And while modern science will overturn prior notions that were advanced by both science and religion, none of this takes away from God. It all increases our understanding, but that's not to say that we'll ever completely understand. Because if we completely understand everything, then there will simply never be any new discoveries. How can there be a new discovery of any kind if we already understand everything?

I am a scientist. I value facts. I also value life and liberty. And just because one religious book has parts of it that are proven incorrect simply because the authors didn't have enough information to come to a