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LiberalLies2012
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This will give you an idea, an inkling of how fractured the Democrat Party really is right now.

The party of Cordell Hull, Estes Kefauver and Al Gore Sr. and Jr. won’t have a standard-bearer — or at least not one it can stomach — in Tennessee’s next U.S. Senate race.

Less than 24 hours after a man espousing conservative and libertarian views surprised the state’s political scene by winning the Democratic nomination, the Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed him, saying he’s part of an anti-gay hate group.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

In preparing for Bill Clinton's big speech for the Democrat National Convention.  Here are a few things you will NOT hear Bill say...

http://www.humanevents.com/201...

Former President Bill Clinton is slated to deliver a prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention. No doubt, he’s going to give one hell of a talk. The man is on his game, enjoying the highest favorable ratings he’s seen since 1993; a robust 66 percent of Americans think highly of the former president.

It’s a politically astute choice by Barack Obama, as “there isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” David Axelrod explained to The New York Times. “He can really articulate the choice that is before people.”

He sure can. Or, rather, he sure could, if he felt like it. Problem is that if Clinton actually used his perspective, he’d be giving a rousing convention speech on the benefits of free trade and free markets at the Republican convention. After all, if the man from Hope has taught America one thing, it’s that even a power-abusing letch can be great for prosperity if he just leaves the economy alone.

It’s likely that Clinton never really believed that the era of big government was actually over — or going to be over — or that it should have been over. But it is nearly inconceivable to imagine him telling voters that government was the primary source of progress and prosperity or arguing that the central reason for entrepreneurial success is not smarts or hard work or even luck but rather the yeoman’s work of bureaucrats who cobble together much-needed wind farms and such.

Clinton doesn’t seem to have much against profit-mongering, either. He’s the kind of guy who could praise someone who worked in the private equity business as having a sterling business career, a career that could cross the qualification threshold to be president even. Under his presidency, inequality increased to the highest rate of any industrialized country. Then again, the entire nation grew richer, as well, which is, as Clinton probably knows, what really matters.

Clinton will tell us how he, like President Obama, had to face down a newly invigorated conservative Congress — and did it to his political advantage. What he won’t tell us is how he recalibrated his goals when it happened and, rather than allow the economy and his presidency to sink under the weight of stubborn ideology, gave in to a rare bipartisan achievement, welfare reform. I doubt he’ll have the time to talk about it, considering Obama has now gutted this reform into oblivion.

Perhaps Clinton will remind us of a time when the president was a champion of global growth policies, an era in which we saw the expansion of scary things such as “outsourcing,” offshoring and globalism and, not coincidentally, in which the economy boomed and expanded by 50 percent in real terms. Considering our president’s penchant for isolationist and populism tropes, it’s doubtful.

The former president will, no doubt, also point out that the Republican Party has gone all loco on America. But his presence will remind some voters that Democrats have gone an equal degree, if not further, to the left. Put it this way: Senatorial candidate in Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, whose overt socialistic rhetoric would have made her candidacy a non-starter 20 years ago (maybe even five years ago), is likely to be the big man’s opening act.You can romanticize Clinton because he supported higher tax rates all you want, but mostly he did what he did by doing little.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Rachael Maddow twists, turns and hypes the Mitt Romney tax returns.  She even goes so far as to say she has video proof that Romney will lie about his tax returns and has done so in the past.

However on closer examination we find this to be nothing more than Rachael Madcow hype to gain viewers to a cable news site that has less than 50% of the viewers Fox News has.

It seems back in 2002, taxes were an important part of the race as well for Governor of Massachusetts.  In that race, the Democrat candidate's husband had nefarious dealings with Enron as a lobbyist.  Romney said that her husband's connections and tax returns did not have anything to do with the race.  But Madcow, turned it into another "Romney tax evasion" show on MSNBC, when in fact it was the exact opposite.  

Why do far left extremists always play these dirty political games?  

http://www.theblaze.com/storie...

paulejb
paulejb

"The Obama Jobs Sequester

Dramatic cuts in military spending are beginning to take a toll on defense jobs in battleground states such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida"

http://online.wsj.com/article/... 

Live by liberal dogma, die by liberal dogma.

53underscore3
53underscore3

Remember that I mentioned that liberty can be abridged by commercial interests?

Well check this out:

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=...

And then, ask yourself these questions:

Is Citizens United really a good thing?

What if commercial interests take control of government?

paulejb
paulejb

Question of the day: Are their any depths to which the Obama re-election campaign will not sink?

"Washington Times catches another Obama hypocritical election ploy — this time regarding layoff warnings in the defense industry"

http://hotair.com/archives/201... 

"Hey! Screw those workers. There's an election to be won."

paulejb
paulejb

Some intriguing news from the crack investigative team at ABC news. Guess it's okay to report it now that "Sheets" Byrd has gone to his just reward.

"Late Sen. Byrd's FBI Files Reveal CIA Leak Uproar"

"Byrd, who died in June 2010 at age 92, had sought the FBI intelligence while suspecting that communists and subversives were guiding the civil rights cause, the records show." 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireS...

Wonder what Bobby wanted to do with the info on the unnamed Civil Rights leaders?

paulejb
paulejb

FILTHY LANGUAGE ALERT! VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK.

"Chick-fil-A Kiss-In, Hollywood: The Pictures"

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012... 

Compare these pictures and those of Chick-fil-A "appreciation day."

Same sex marriage proponents are their own worst enemy.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Remember this guy?  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Oh my, he has since "apologized".  Seems life for our "activist" has turned a little sour.  He's in hiding now.  The Blaze has an exclusive on Mr Smith is now scared.

http://www.theblaze.com/storie...

Individual responsibility, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression do come with a price sometimes.  

Have a great day everyone.  

paulejb
paulejb

"Obama: Negative ratings in 37 states, but king of DC"

http://washingtonexaminer.com/... 

Wow! Bambi is the King of the Hill in Federal City. The town that survives by sucking on the government teat gives the BIG 0 an 83% approval rating.

3xfire3
3xfire3

Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney:

The world as seen by the MSM and Liberals 

A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being "likable" or that he doesn't "relate well" to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this "un-likability."

1. Drop-dead handsome with gracious, statesman like aura. Looks like every central casting's #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.

2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS.

3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)

4. Can't speak in a fake southern or inner city voice.

5. Highly intelligent. Graduated with high honors from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School ...and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed.

6. Doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today's America ?

7. Represents an America of "yesterday", where people believed in God, went to Church, didn't screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!

8. Has a family of five great sons....and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that "choice" deserves America 's scorn.

9. Oh yes.....he's a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest.

10. And one more point.....pundits say because of his wealth, he can't relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that's because he made that money HIMSELF.....as opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad. Apparently, he didn't understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you un-relatable to Americans.

My goodness, it's a strange world, isn't it?  

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Personal Information:

His full Name is: Willard Mitt Romney

He was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

His Father: George W. Romney, former Governorof the State of Michigan

Religion: Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background: After high school, he spent 30 months in France as a Mormon missionary.

After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar exam, but never worked as an attorney.

He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State of Massachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker for his dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor'soffice for eight years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president of his church for ten years.

He was an unpaid President of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee for three years.

He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor of Massachusetts for four years.

He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made men in our country but has given more back to its citizens in terms of money, service and time than most men.

And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity.

Mitt Romney's background, experience and trustworthiness show him to be a great leader and an excellent citizen forPresident of the United States .

You may think that Romney may not be the best representative the Republicans could have selected.

At least I know what religion he is, and that he won't desecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers, or practice fiscal irresponsibility.

I know he has the ability to turn this financial debacle that the current regime has gotten us into.

We won't like all the things necessary to recover from this debt, but someone with Romney's background can do it.

But, on the minus side, he never was a "CommunityOrganizer", never took drugs or smoked pot, never got drunk, did not associate with Communists or Terrorists, nor did he attend a church for 20 years whose pastor called for God to Damn America .

3xfire3
3xfire3

Top Ten Reasons To Dislike Mitt Romney:

The world as seen by the MSM and Liberals A lot is being said in the media about Mitt Romney not being "likable" or that he doesn't "relate well" to people. Frankly, we struggled to understand why. So after much research, we have come up with a Top Ten List to explain this "un-likability."1. Drop-dead handsome with gracious, statesmanlike aura. Looks like every central casting's #1 choice for Commander-in-Chief.

2. Been married to ONE woman his entire life, and has been faithful to her, including through her bouts with breast cancer and MS. 3. No scandals or skeletons in his closet. (How boring is that?)4. Can't speak in a fake southern or inner city voice.

5. Highly intelligent. Graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School ...and by the way, his academic records are NOT sealed. 6. Doesn't smoke or drink alcohol, and has never done drugs, not even in the counter-culture age when he went to college. Too square for today's America ? 7. Represents an America of "yesterday", where people believed in God, went to Church, didn't screw around, worked hard, and became a SUCCESS!8. Has a family of five great sons....and none of them have police records or are in drug rehab. But of course, they were raised by a stay-at-home mom, and that "choice" deserves America 's scorn.9. Oh yes.....he's a MORMON. We need to be very afraid of that very strange religion that teaches its members to be clean-living, patriotic, fiscally conservative, charitable, self-reliant, and honest. 10. And one more point.....pundits say because of his wealth, he can't relate to ordinary Americans. I guess that's because he made that money HIMSELF.....as opposed to marrying it or inheriting it from Dad. Apparently, he didn't understand that actually working at a job and earning your own money made you un-relatable to Americans.My goodness, it's a strange world, isn't it?  *****************************************************

Personal Information:His full Name is: Willard Mitt RomneyHe was Born: March 12, 1947 and is 65 years old.

His Father: George W. Romney, former Governorof the State of Michigan

Religion: Mormon - The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Working Background: After high school, he spent 30 months in France as aMormon missionary.

After going to both Harvard Business School andHarvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michiganbar exam, but never worked as an attorney.He was President and CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

In 2002, he was elected Governor of the State ofMassachusetts where he eliminated a 1.5 billion deficit.

He was an unpaid volunteer campaign worker forhis dad's gubernatorial campaign 1 year.

He was an unpaid intern in his dad's governor'soffice for eight years.

He was an unpaid bishop and state president ofhis church for ten years.

He was an unpaid President of the Salt LakeOlympic Committee for three years.

He took no salary and was the unpaid Governor ofMassachusetts for four years.

He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.

Mitt Romney is one of the wealthiest self-made menin our country but has given more back to its citizensin terms of money, service and time than most men.

And in 2011 Mitt Romney gave over $4 million to charity.

Mitt Romney's background, experience andtrustworthiness show him to be a great leader andan excellent citizen for President of the United States .

You may think that Romney may not be the bestrepresentative the Republicans could have selected.At least I know what religion he is, and that he won'tdesecrate the flag, bow down to foreign powers,or practice fiscal irresponsibility.I know he has the ability to turn this financial debaclethat the current regime has gotten us into. We won'tlike all the things necessary to recover from thisdebt, but someone with Romney's background can do it.But, on the minus side, he never was a "CommunityOrganizer", never took drugs or smoked pot, nevergot drunk, did not associate with Communistsor Terrorists, nor did he attend a church for 20 years whose pastor called for God to Damn America .

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Wall Street didn't seem to find the same doom and gloom in today's job report as some in Swampland.

Wall Street surges to three-month high on strong payrolls

Wall Street rallied to its highest level since early May on Friday on a stronger-than-expected jobs report, putting the Samp;P 500 on track to snap a four-day losing streak.

Employers hired the most workers in five months in July, giving a lift to sentiment. At the same time, a rise in the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent kept alive the possibility that the Federal Reserve could provide additional stimulus to the economy.

Link too long - story from Yahoo finance.

outsider2011
outsider2011

 Wealth gives Chick-fil-A’s owners an outsize impact on our politics:

As we’ve been reminded this week, the company channels millions of

dollars into anti-gay organizations. But its impact on national policy

is nothing compared to its influence over the lives of its employees.

Comments from the company’s founder suggest that Chick-fil-A embraces

its legal right to reward and punish employees’ private behavior. And a

series of lawsuits allege that managers have wielded their authority

over workers in ways that break the law: firing a Muslim for refusing to

pray to Jesus; firing a manager so that she’d become a stay-at-home

mom; and punishing workers for objecting to sexual harassment.

It’s now common knowledge that Chick-fil-A wears its brand of Christian conservatism on its sleeve. In a 2007 article,

Forbes’ Emily Schmall described how that ethos infused the company’s

employment policies. It meant extensive vetting of franchise operators,

including interviewing their children and asking about their involvement

in “community, civic, social, church and/or professional

organizations.”  “If a man can’t manage his own life, he can’t manage a

business,” Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy told

Schmall.

But operators weren’t the only ones being judged on their

private lives: Schmall wrote that Cathy “says he would probably fire an

employee or terminate an operator who ‘has been sinful or done

something harmful to their family members.’”

That’s not illegal.

Non-union, private sector workers like Chick-fil-A’s can legally be

punished for almost anything they do, except where specifically

protected by law. Brooklyn College political scientist Corey Robin notes

that companies can and do fire workers for outside-work activities,

from adultery to supporting the wrong political candidate to wearing an

earring. Robin, the author of “Fear: The History of a Political Idea,”

told Salon that employers act as “this invisible, private government

that basically people live with every day of their life.”

Of

course, federal law does bar discrimination based on categories like

gender or religion (not sexual orientation). But while seeking employees

without sin, Chick-fil-A has come under fire from workers who allege it

broke the law. Forbes reported that U.S. District Court records showed

at least a dozen employment discrimination lawsuits against Chick-fil-A

between 1988 and 2007.

In

2002, Houston restaurant manager Aziz Latif allegedly was fired the day

after he declined to take part in a prayer to Jesus during a training

program. He sued Chick-fil-A for discrimination and reached a settlement

whose terms have not been made public. Last year, Aziz’s attorney, Ajay

Choudhary, told

the Collegian that his client had been fired “for not conforming.”

“Prayer,” he added, “should be, if anything, a private purpose, not a

corporate purpose.” (Choudhary did not respond to a request for

comment.)Praying to Jesus isn’t the only activity Chick-fil-A

employees claim has been illegally imposed on them. Brenda Honeycutt,

who was hired by a Georgia Chick-fil-A in 1991 and promoted to general

manager in 1997, charges that last year her franchise owner/operator

began excluding her from management meetings and then fired her so that

she would be home with her kids. In May, Honeycutt filed a Civil Rights

Act lawsuit

against the owner/operator and Chick-fil-A, Inc. The suit alleges that

the owner told Honeycutt and three other witnesses “that he terminated

the Plaintiff so she could be a stay at home mother.” In the period

prior to firing her, it states that he “routinely made comments” to her

“suggesting that as a mother she should stay home with her children.” It

says she was replaced by a man.The lawsuit also cites the

demotions of five female co-workers as evidence of a pattern of gender

discrimination. (Honeycutt’s attorney did not respond to a request for

comment.)In California, workers charge they were retaliated

against for exposing abuse. In a pair of lawsuits, six current and

former workers allege a multi-year pattern of sexual harassment by their

supervisor. Their attorney, Fernando Tafoya, told Salon that the

supervisor has been “using his authority as a manager to abuse the women

in the workplace,” including “forcibly kiss[ing] the women, the manager

putting his hands down the bra of some women as they’re getting ice

from the ice machine, grabbing their genitalia, slapping them on the

a$s, constantly rubbing up against them when he passes by them.”“I want this to come to an end,” one of the women, Norma Duarte, told a San Diego CBS station, “and I don’t want him continuing to harass other women in the future like myself.”Tafoya

said that when workers brought complaints to the franchise owner, she

“basically just ratified the conduct,” telling them the supervisor “was

just playing around, or not taking it seriously.” Tafoya also said that

appeals to Chick-fil-A’s corporate office “basically fell on deaf ears.”

Now that the lawsuits have been filed, Tafoya said that the national

company, through its attorneys, has claimed “that the women are lying,

and they’re in a conspiracy to gain money from the employer.” The women

range in age from 18 to 40; some speak English, some Spanish.According

to Tafoya, the supervisor called immigration authorities and tried to

have two of the six workers deported in retaliation for speaking up:

“These are women who have worked loyally for Chick-fil-A, for some [up]

to six years, and it wasn’t until they complained about the sexual

harassment that suddenly there was an immigration issue.”Tafoya

said he was “shocked” that, when employees raised the issue internally,

“the initial response of the corporation wasn’t to order their local

franchise to resolve this problem immediately.” In contrast, he said,

“The Chick-fil-A national headquarters keep a very strong arm in terms

of making sure that Chick-fil-A operates in a certain manner and is

putting out a certain message.” The case is currently in discovery,

which Tafoya said will determine whether the national corporation

becomes a named defendant.Chick-fil-A did not respond to Salon’s

request for comment. The company’s website states that it “is not

offering interviews at this time.” In Chick-fil-A’s most recent press

release, executive vice president Steve Robinson said,

“The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our

restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –

regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”“You

don’t have to be a Christian to work at Chick-fil-A,” Cathy told

Forbes, “but we ask you to base your business on biblical principles

because they work.”http://www.salon.com/2012/08/0...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 Wealth gives Chick-fil-A’s owners an outsize impact on our politics:

As we’ve been reminded this week, the company channels millions of

dollars into anti-gay organizations. But its impact on national policy

is nothing compared to its influence over the lives of its employees.

Comments from the company’s founder suggest that Chick-fil-A embraces

its legal right to reward and punish employees’ private behavior. And a

series of lawsuits allege that managers have wielded their authority

over workers in ways that break the law: firing a Muslim for refusing to

pray to Jesus; firing a manager so that she’d become a stay-at-home

mom; and punishing workers for objecting to sexual harassment.

It’s now common knowledge that Chick-fil-A wears its brand of Christian conservatism on its sleeve. In a 2007 article,

Forbes’ Emily Schmall described how that ethos infused the company’s

employment policies. It meant extensive vetting of franchise operators,

including interviewing their children and asking about their involvement

in “community, civic, social, church and/or professional

organizations.”  “If a man can’t manage his own life, he can’t manage a

business,” Chick-fil-A founder and chairman S. Truett Cathy told

Schmall.

But operators weren’t the only ones being judged on their

private lives: Schmall wrote that Cathy “says he would probably fire an

employee or terminate an operator who ‘has been sinful or done

something harmful to their family members.’”

That’s not illegal.

Non-union, private sector workers like Chick-fil-A’s can legally be

punished for almost anything they do, except where specifically

protected by law. Brooklyn College political scientist Corey Robin notes

that companies can and do fire workers for outside-work activities,

from adultery to supporting the wrong political candidate to wearing an

earring. Robin, the author of “Fear: The History of a Political Idea,”

told Salon that employers act as “this invisible, private government

that basically people live with every day of their life.”

Of

course, federal law does bar discrimination based on categories like

gender or religion (not sexual orientation). But while seeking employees

without sin, Chick-fil-A has come under fire from workers who allege it

broke the law. Forbes reported that U.S. District Court records showed

at least a dozen employment discrimination lawsuits against Chick-fil-A

between 1988 and 2007.

In

2002, Houston restaurant manager Aziz Latif allegedly was fired the day

after he declined to take part in a prayer to Jesus during a training

program. He sued Chick-fil-A for discrimination and reached a settlement

whose terms have not been made public. Last year, Aziz’s attorney, Ajay

Choudhary, told

the Collegian that his client had been fired “for not conforming.”

“Prayer,” he added, “should be, if anything, a private purpose, not a

corporate purpose.” (Choudhary did not respond to a request for

comment.)Praying to Jesus isn’t the only activity Chick-fil-A

employees claim has been illegally imposed on them. Brenda Honeycutt,

who was hired by a Georgia Chick-fil-A in 1991 and promoted to general

manager in 1997, charges that last year her franchise owner/operator

began excluding her from management meetings and then fired her so that

she would be home with her kids. In May, Honeycutt filed a Civil Rights

Act lawsuit

against the owner/operator and Chick-fil-A, Inc. The suit alleges that

the owner told Honeycutt and three other witnesses “that he terminated

the Plaintiff so she could be a stay at home mother.” In the period

prior to firing her, it states that he “routinely made comments” to her

“suggesting that as a mother she should stay home with her children.” It

says she was replaced by a man.The lawsuit also cites the

demotions of five female co-workers as evidence of a pattern of gender

discrimination. (Honeycutt’s attorney did not respond to a request for

comment.)In California, workers charge they were retaliated

against for exposing abuse. In a pair of lawsuits, six current and

former workers allege a multi-year pattern of sexual harassment by their

supervisor. Their attorney, Fernando Tafoya, told Salon that the

supervisor has been “using his authority as a manager to abuse the women

in the workplace,” including “forcibly kiss[ing] the women, the manager

putting his hands down the bra of some women as they’re getting ice

from the ice machine, grabbing their genitalia, slapping them on the

ass, constantly rubbing up against them when he passes by them.”“I want this to come to an end,” one of the women, Norma Duarte, told a San Diego CBS station, “and I don’t want him continuing to harass other women in the future like myself.”Tafoya

said that when workers brought complaints to the franchise owner, she

“basically just ratified the conduct,” telling them the supervisor “was

just playing around, or not taking it seriously.” Tafoya also said that

appeals to Chick-fil-A’s corporate office “basically fell on deaf ears.”

Now that the lawsuits have been filed, Tafoya said that the national

company, through its attorneys, has claimed “that the women are lying,

and they’re in a conspiracy to gain money from the employer.” The women

range in age from 18 to 40; some speak English, some Spanish.According

to Tafoya, the supervisor called immigration authorities and tried to

have two of the six workers deported in retaliation for speaking up:

“These are women who have worked loyally for Chick-fil-A, for some [up]

to six years, and it wasn’t until they complained about the sexual

harassment that suddenly there was an immigration issue.”Tafoya

said he was “shocked” that, when employees raised the issue internally,

“the initial response of the corporation wasn’t to order their local

franchise to resolve this problem immediately.” In contrast, he said,

“The Chick-fil-A national headquarters keep a very strong arm in terms

of making sure that Chick-fil-A operates in a certain manner and is

putting out a certain message.” The case is currently in discovery,

which Tafoya said will determine whether the national corporation

becomes a named defendant.Chick-fil-A did not respond to Salon’s

request for comment. The company’s website states that it “is not

offering interviews at this time.” In Chick-fil-A’s most recent press

release, executive vice president Steve Robinson said,

“The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our

restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –

regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”“You

don’t have to be a Christian to work at Chick-fil-A,” Cathy told

Forbes, “but we ask you to base your business on biblical principles

because they work.”http://www.salon.com/2012/08/0...

outsider2011
outsider2011

 

Romney’s jobs pipe dream

He got hammered for predicting he'd create

500,000 jobs per month, but his new goal isn't much more realistic

In May, Mitt Romney responded

to a modest jobs report showing the economy had created 115,000 jobs in

April by saying that the U.S. should really be creating almost five

times more. “We should be seeing numbers in the 500,000 jobs created per

month. This is way, way, way off from what should happen in a normal

recovery,” Romney told Fox News.

The press immediately jumped on his target of 500,000 jobs per month, noting that it was highly unrealistic. The economy had not created

that many jobs in a single month since 1984, and just 10 times since

1950, mostly due to special circumstances like census hiring or strikers

returning to work. “Every president makes statements as a candidate

that he later comes to regret once he is in the White House. He finds

himself held to a standard that sounded good on the campaign trail, but may not be realistic in office …

If Mitt Romney is elected this fall, he may look back at his comment

Friday as one of those,” New York Times reporter Peter Baker wrote at

the time of the jobs target.

Indeed, Romney quickly abandoned the number. Now, responding to today’s jobs report,

 Romney has set a new target. He slashed the old number in half and is

now aiming to create 250,000 a month, or 12 million jobs in his first

term. It’s a far more reasonable goal than his previous one in that it’s

at least theoretically attainable, but it’s still very ambitious. Bill

Clinton presided over one of the biggest economic expansions in history

and only saw 11.5 million

jobs created during his first term. And Clinton comes closest to

Romney’s goal. Ronald Reagan, Romney’s free-market icon, created only

5.3 million jobs in his first term, and 16 million over two terms,

when Romney would presumably be shooting for 24 million. Lyndon

Johnson, the next biggest job creator going back to Harry Truman in the

1940s, according to the Wall Street Journal, created 11.9 million jobs —

about Romney’s goal — but over his six years as president.

Using the Atlanta Fed’s job calculator to

get a rough estimate of what Romney’s plan would do to the unemployment

rate, we see that consistent job creation at 250,000 per month over the

48 months would drive unemployment down to 3.4 percent, a rate we haven’t seen in over 40 years. (Clinton hit a low of 4.0 percent in 2000.)Romney economic adviser Glenn Hubbard put out a white paper yesterday explaining the goal, but as the Huffington Post’s Jon Ward notes, “The paper was less actuarial work

with raw data and specific numbers, however, and more of an economic

philosophy argument based largely on the premise that simply by undoing

much of what President Obama has done since taking office, the economy

would recover at a faster pace than it has been from the recession that

began in late 2008.”Still, the paper states that “history shows

that a recovery rooted in policies contained in the Romney plan will

create about 12 million jobs in the first term of a Romney presidency.”

Notably, the paper does not provide much historical evidence to support

this claim, and where it does look at history, it focuses on

unemployment rates, not job creation numbers.http://www.salon.com/2012/08/03/romne...

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

John Kerry, Senator and former losing candidate for the Presidency is so worried about Global Warming that he has it right up there with Iran's nuclear threat and "any of the real crisis in Syria".  

I think John needs a teleprompter too.  Listening to the video of his speech before the Senate, he stutters and goes on almost as bad as Barry Obama does without one.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breit...

Teresa Heinz must have put him on a short leash and now he has to pander to the Enviros for money.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

How long can newspapers like the Washington Post continue to carry this kind of loss to their bottom line?

http://www.politico.com/blogs/...

Move over post office, the dead tree media is right behind you and coming on fast.  

outsider2011
outsider2011

This is interesting, if only a theory:

Ten theories on Romney’s taxes

Everyone knows it's something that would

damage his candidacy, but nobody knows exactly what it is

Mitt Romney knows how to do a cost-benefit analysis, and he’s determined

that it’s better to be dogged by reporters for failing to release his

tax returns for the duration of the 2012 campaign than it is to make the

documents public. Never mind that a majority of Americans – and a third

of Republicans – think he should come clean.

It’s beyond obvious that whatever’s in those returns must be enough to

do serious damage to Romney, or even sink his candidacy completely.

1. Mormon Tithes

Mormons are expected to fork over 10 percent of their income to the

Church of Latter Day Saints. And that fact leads us to two theories.

First, Rachel Zoll of the Associated Press speculated

that Romney doesn’t want to remind evangelical Christians that he

belongs to what many consider a non-Christian “cult.” “The Republican

candidate’s commitment to the church is a double-edged sword in the

contest for the presidential nomination,” she wrote. “Many GOP voters

are Christians who do not consider Mormons to be part of historic

Christianity. Romney supporters worry that details of his church

donations contained in the tax returns could fuel opposition to him

based on his religion.”

But it may be the other way around – perhaps he doesn’t want to p|ss off Mormons. After all, the right-wing Daily Caller

reported that in 2010 and 2011, the two years for which Romney released

partial returns, it looks like the former Mormon bishop under-tithed

the church, paying 7 percent of his income one year and 9.7 percent over

the two-year period. As the  Caller noted,

“Romney recently told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, ‘I made a

commitment to my church a long, long time ago that I would give 10

percent of my income to the church, and I’ve followed through on that

commitment. So, if I had given less than 10 percent, then I think people

would have to look at me and say, ‘Hey, what’s wrong with you fella —

don’t you follow through on your promises?’”

Of course, if he were sheltering additional income in offshore accounts, then the degree to which the  Caller says he shortchanged the Mormons might be even greater.

2. Things That Might Infuriate the Base

Mitt Romney, who just four years ago was dubbed the “conservative

alternative” to John McCain is probably, as he claims, “severely

conservative.” But when he wanted to become governor of Massachusetts,

he played to that state’s politics, swearing to protect a woman’s right

to choose, saying that climate change isn’t a socialist plot and

generally being reasonable. He passed the precursor to Obamacare, which

he now condemns as a sign of looming tyranny.

Rick Newman at US News and World Report wonders

whether Romney really stopped supporting those causes when he claims to

have converted himself into a far-right Republican. Could he have a

bunch of itemized deductions to, say, Planned Parenthood listed on those

returns? We’d be wrong not to speculate.

3. Harry Reid, Lazy Blogger

That’s how Wonkette characterized

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unsourced, secondhand rumor that

Mitt Romney paid no taxes at all over a 10-year period. (This is very

unlikely, due to the Alternative Minimum Tax.)

But many, many people have speculated that the reason Mitt doesn’t

want to reveal his tax returns is that they will show that he paid a

significantly lower rate than his campaign has claimed in the years

prior to 2010.

4. It’s the IRAs

Mitt Romney has an Individual Retirement Account, just like you

probably do! But unlike you, Mitt has somewhere between $ 20 million and

$ 101 million in his account.

We know that the maximum amount one can contribute to an IRA account

is $ 17,000 per year (employers can match that with up to $ 30,000). So

that would be a pretty impressive performance – what an investor!

Or what a cheat. Michael Graetz, a professor of tax law at Columbia

University and a former official in the senior Bush’s Treasury

Department, suggested

that to get such a fat IRA, “we have to presume that Mr. Romney valued

the assets he put in his retirement account at far less than he would

have sold them for.”

He continues:

The I.R.A. also allows Mr. Romney to diversify his large

holdings tax-free, avoiding the 15 percent tax on capital gains that

would otherwise apply. His financial disclosure further reveals that his

I.R.A. freed him from paying currently the 35 percent income tax on

hundreds of thousands of dollars of interest income each year.5. The Mini-Mitts

Graetz has a second theory about what Mitt might be hiding, and it

also has to do with dramatically under-valuing his assets in order to

screw over Uncle Sam.

It has to do with a trust he set up for his five sons in 1995. Graetz

explains that until this year, there was a $ 1 million life-time

exemption on such gifts, and after that they should have been taxed at

between 29-44 percent. So Mitt would have been on the hook for between

$ 29 and $ 44 million in gift taxes.

“Based on his aggressive tax planning,” writes Graetz, “my bet is

that — if Mr. Romney filed a gift tax return for these transfers at all —

he put a low or even zero value on the gifts, certainly a small

fraction of the price at which he would have sold the transferred assets

to an unrelated party.”

Wouldn’t he get busted with such a brazen strategy to avoid paying

taxes? After all, that’s some pretty serious tax fraud. Well, catching

Mitt in this kind of scheme might be harder than one would think. Graetz

explains that “every good tax professional knows that gift tax returns

are rarely audited, except after the transferer’s death. And normally

the I.R.S. cannot challenge such a return after three years from its

filing.”6. Is It All About 2009?

BusinessWeek‘s Joshua Green thinks Romney may not want to

reveal his taxes for one year in particular – 2009. That’s because

Romney probably took some significant losses when the economy crashed in

2008. Green explains:

It’s possible he suffered a large enough capital loss

that, carried forward and coupled with his various offshore tax havens,

he wound up paying no U.S. federal taxes at all in 2009. If true, this

would be politically deadly for him…

The “zero tax in 2009” theory—again, this is sheer speculation—gains

further sustenance when you consider it’s the only year for which nobody

knows anything about Romney’s taxes. He’s revealed what’s in his 2010

and 2011 returns, and he reportedly submitted 20-some years’ worth of

returns to the McCain campaign when he was being vetted for vice

president in 2008. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s chief strategist in that

campaign, said on MSNBC,,, that while he didn’t examine Romney’s returns

himself, nothing that McCain’s vetters found in them disqualified

Romney from consideration.

7. CEO, President and Chairman of Bain

You probably know that Mitt claims he retired – or perhaps retired

“retroactively” – from Bain Capital in 1999. You probably also know that

almost three years later, as the Huffington Post reported,

“Romney was listed as the CEO, chairman and president of the company…

in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission; took a

six-figure salary; signed corporate documents related to major and minor

deals and attended board meetings for at least two Bain-affiliated

companies.”

It’s possible that releasing his returns could clarify exactly what

involvement he had with Bain after 1999. And that might reveal that

Romney was, contrary to his claims,

involved in Bain’s decision to invest in Stericycle, a medical waste

company that disposed of aborted fetuses. Ben LaBolt, an Obama campaign

spokesman, told Fox News: “If he released more documents, like further

tax returns, we would know the extent of his involvement at Bain during

this period.”

8. Is Mitt a Felon?

Relatedly, in 2011, Mitt Romney signed a financial disclosure form

and sent it to the Federal Election Commission. In it, he stated

emphatically that he had no active role in the company after February

1999. That claim appears to be contradicted by a number of other

documents.

It’s a felony to lie on an FEC financial disclosure form. Some forms of tax evasion are also felonies. Mitt’s tax returns might offer proof that he committed a crime.

9. Are There Other Non-Disclosures?

There’s lying on a disclosure form, and then there’s not filing required forms. The LA Times reports

that “at least 23 funds and partnerships listed in [Mitt's] 2010 tax

returns did not show up or were not listed in the same fashion on

Romney’s most recent financial disclosure, including 11 based in low-tax

foreign countries such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg.”

More tax returns might reveal other investments that Romney has failed to disclose, as he is required to do by law.

10. There’s Nothing – It’s Just His Sense of Entitlement

Esquire’s James Wolcott doesn’t think there’s any there there.

Sure, Romney’s tax returns would provide an object lesson in how the

ultra-rich avoid paying their fair share of taxes, but everyone already

knows that those at the top of the pile game the system. For Wolcott,

the issue comes down to Romney refusing to bow to the little people on

principle.

It is helpful always to remind yourself that, in the mind of Willard

Romney, there are only two kinds of people — himself and his family, and

the Help. Throughout his career, and especially throughout his brief

political career, Romney has treated the Help with a kind of lordly

disdain…

The Help has no right to go pawing through the family books, giggling

at the obvious loopholes and tax dodges, running amok through all the

tax shelters, and probably getting their chocolate-y fingerprints all

over the pages of the Romney family ledger. And, certainly, those

members of the Help in the employ of the president of the United States,

who is also part of the Help, have no right to use the nearly comically

ostentatious wealth of the Romney as some sort of scrimey political

weapon. He does not have to answer to the Help. I mean, jeepers, he’s

running for office.

This isn’t stubbornness. That’s often an acquired trait. What this

is, fundamentally, is contempt. Contempt for the process, and contempt

for the people who make their living in that process, and contempt for

the people whose lives depend on that process. There are rules for the

Help with which Willard Romney never has had to abide, and he has no

intention of starting now. My dear young fellow, this simply is not

done.

The Most Likely Explanation

Given Romney’s refusal to release his returns, this kind of

speculation is entirely predictable. But the most likely reason Romney

doesn’t want to release his returns is that they’ll cast a bright light

on the aggressive tax avoidance strategies the super-rich use every day –

strategies David Cay Johnston outlined so well in his excellent book, Perfectly Legal. The Romney campaign keeps assuring us that he paid all taxes required by law, and that very well might be the problem.

A Vanity Fair investigation

into the trickle of tax documents that Romney has disclosed – under

intense pressure – found that they “provided a lavish smorgasbord for

Romney’s critics. Particularly jarring were the Romneys’ many offshore

accounts.”

To give but one example, there is a Bermuda-based entity

called Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd., which has been described

in securities filings as “a Bermuda corporation wholly owned by W. Mitt

Romney.” It could be that Sankaty is an old vehicle with little

importance, but Romney appears to have treated it rather carefully. He

set it up in 1997, then transferred it to his wife’s newly created blind

trust on January 1, 2003, the day before he was inaugurated as

Massachusetts’s governor. The director and president of this entity is

R. Bradford Malt, the trustee of the blind trust and Romney’s personal

lawyer. Romney failed to list this entity on several financial

disclosures, even though such a closely held entity would not qualify as

an “excepted investment fund” that would not need to be on his

disclosure forms. He finally included it on his 2010 tax return. Even

after examining that return, we have no idea what is in this company,

but it could be valuable, meaning that it is possible Romney’s wealth is

even greater than previous estimates. While the Romneys’ spokespeople

insist that the couple has paid all the taxes required by law,

investments in tax havens such as Bermuda raise many questions, because

they are in “jurisdictions where there is virtually no tax and virtually

no compliance,” as one Miami-based offshore lawyer put it.

While James Wolcott thinks that it’s “hardly a secret anymore” that

“our tax code — and, indeed, our entire economic system — has been gamed

to benefit the folks in Romney’s economic stratum,” most people

probably don’t have a firm grasp on precisely how the vaunted “job

creators” avoid paying their fair share, and the release of Romney’s

returns would offer a teachable moment.

As real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley once said, “Only the little

people pay taxes.” That’s not the message Mitt Romney wants to convey

during a campaign that has a lot to do with tax cuts for the wealthiest.

http://www.salon.com/2012/08/0...

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

LLiar, Did you enjoy Mr. Wimpy's World Tour last week.  I died laughing. 

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Barry Soetoro-Obama seems to be more worried about football quarterbacks, and other assorted sports related things.  

Barry, you really should be more concerned about JOBS, just saying.

http://www.politico.com/politi...