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Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan addresses delegates in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29, 2012.

After Wednesday night’s speech, I think it might be fair to say that Paul Ryan may have a future in politics. It was a very effective speech; he is a less-than-polished but very effective speaker (indeed, the lack of polish enhanced the credibility of his words). The tone was perfect. He attacked the President — inaccurately, at times — more in sadness than in anger. He told stories, always a good thing. There was humor and humanity. There was some nice writing: the Obama Administration was a “ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.” There was no plausible vision of the future, however … but we haven’t heard that from either side so far in this sorry campaign.

Ayn Rand was in the house tonight, but under wraps. Ryan talked about the “supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.” He said we were in danger of living in “a country where everything is free but us.” And that’s pretty much where he lost me. We actually live in a country with a modest but useful social safety net that is in need of reform. We live in a country where it is easier to start and build a business than any other advanced industrial democracy. We live in a country with a tattered, outdated regulatory apparatus that needs serious attention. We live in a country where the moneyed elite pays fewer taxes and suffers fewer restrictions than it has in nearly a century. Those who object to the influence that this elite wields are not criticizing success; they are criticizing plutocracy, which crushes true democracy.

(PHOTOS: Paul Ryan’s Life and Career in Photos)

Ryan also continued to attack the $716 billion in Medicare savings proposed by the President that he, Ryan, included in his own budget. That sort of disingenuousness puts a serious dent in his reputation for probity.

He attacked the President for adding $5 trillion to the national debt — and yes, some of that came from stimulus spending, but most of it came as a result of the Bush tax cuts and the fierce recession caused by those Ayn Randian Masters of the Universe who believed they could get away with industrial-strength conniving on Wall Street. I’ll admit I’m confused. When in power, Republicans seem to believe, as Dick Cheney said, “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.” When out of power, they place debt clocks prominently in their convention halls and blame the cascade of red ink that their policies caused on those who inherited the mess. Ryan scored points with me when he acknowledged that the debt wasn’t all Obama’s doing. But perhaps he can explain to us how the debt can be so important at the same time he is proposing ever-more-massive tax cuts. One thing Reagan did prove was that tax cuts don’t raise revenue. That’s why he had to raise taxes.

(PHOTOS: Republican National Convention 2012)

Another curious point: Ryan criticized the President for ignoring the Simpson-Bowles bipartisan debt commission, when Ryan, who served on the commission, also “ignored” its findings by voting against the final report (even as other Republicans, like Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, voted for it). And another: he seemed to blame Obama for the closing of the General Motors plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., when Obama actually saved General Motors, and Ryan and Romney opposed the bailout. (Of course, the layoffs that were the consequence of the General Motors bailout makes it more difficult for the President to honestly criticize Romney for the layoffs that Bain Capital caused in the name of efficiency.)

Ryan has a vision, to be sure. It should be debated. On Wednesday he showed himself to be an able, clever speaker. We’ll see, over the next several weeks, whether he can defend his rather contradictory positions.

One final point: Republican audiences continue to be wall-to-wall ugly. On Wednesday the crowd interrupted Ryan midsentence when he said that he and Romney “know what places like Wisconsin and Michigan look like” — cheers — “when times are good.” This was a birther reflex. The obvious implication, which I’m certain Ryan didn’t intend, was that Obama is a furriner who doesn’t know what places like Michigan and Ohio look like. There will be more such moments as we proceed toward November. I’m looking forward to when either Romney or Ryan stands up to the un-American ugliness.

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"... Mitt Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union" the GOP candidate “retroactively” retired from Bain Capital after the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics began.... "

No body who has been drawing at LEAST $100,000.00 per year from 1999 to 2002 from Bain Capital “retroactively” retires from Bain Capital AFTER the 2002! Then why draw the salary of at LEAST $100,000.00 per year from 1999 to 2002 from Bain Capital if Romney retired from Bain “retroactively”!

"... Gillespie continued, "He took a leave of absence and, in fact, Candy, he ended up not going back at all and retired retroactively to February of 1999 as a result."... "

However SEC documents show Mitt Romney as sole owner of all shares of Bain Capital. Romney is also shown as CEO, President and Chairman of Board of Bain Capital in 2001 and 2002 then LEGALLY speaking Mitt Romney has been responsible to all that goes on under the banner of Bain Capital. Then to run for Governor of MA Romney sought residency of MA by lieu of his Bain positions. Now either Romney was at the Olympics OR he was at BAIN.

Only one can be true not BOTH at the same time simultaneously! Will the true Willard Mitt Romney stand up and accept ONE thing? Does Romney want to accept untrue SEC filings and be called a Felon or agree that he represented Bain from 1999 to 2002?

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"Given the precedent set by past seven Presidents and Presidential candidates of releasing multi-year tax returns why is Romney making an exception?" Because he has a lot to hide, apparently.

He's the only one that knows what's in there, and apparently he's made the judgement that he's better off having us suspect the worst, rather than us knowing what's in there, which apparently in his mind is worse than anything we're likely to imagine.

Possibilities include:

(1) He ended up with 120 million in his 401K by the trick of agreeing with Bain to grossly undervalue the market value of his stock, then a few years later have the stock get unvalued to the stratosphere.

(2) He participated in the tax avoidance amnesty program of a few years back, avoiding major tax penalties or prosecution.

(3) Any one or more of the other borderline legal but very bad smelling tax dodges-- "in-kind" trades, "no-risk" trades, no-risk write-offs, the list is almost endless.And BTW he HASn't even released all of his 2010 return, he very conveniently left off the foreign investments and deposits form. Very convenient.And his argument that it would be "bothersome" to collect the tax data is a crock too-- he supposedly collected 23 years of the stuff to show to McCain in 2008.

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The GOP has adopted an extreme platform that is incredibly out of touch. Take a look at just ten of the policies Republicans hope to enact under a Romney presidency:

Ban all abortions, with no exception for victims of rape and incest

"We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage."

Harsh treatment of immigrants

"In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, and federal funding should be denied to universities that provide instate tuition rates to illegal aliens, in open defiance of federal law.""We insist upon enforcement at the workplace through verification systems so that jobs can be available to all legal workers. Use of the E-verify program—an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees—must be made mandatory nationwide.""We support changing the way that the decennial census is conducted, so that citizens are distinguished from lawfully present aliens and illegal aliens."

Restrict voting rights and civil rights

"With a Republican Administration, the Department will stop suing States for exercising those powers reserved to the States, will stop abusing its preclearance authority to block photo-ID voting laws, and will fulfill its responsibility to defend all federal laws in court, including the Defense of Marriage Act."

Oppose marriage equality

"[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage."

Extreme on taxes

"We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase with exceptions for only war and national emergencies, and imposing a cap limiting spending to the historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes."

Extreme on the environment

"The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people. Liberty alone fosters scientific inquiry, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and information exchange. Liberty must remain the core energy behind America’s environmental improvement."

Attack human rights for LGBT people living abroad

"The effectiveness of our foreign aid has been limited by the cultural agenda of the current Administration, attempting to impose on foreign countries, especially the peoples of Africa, legalized abortion and the homosexual rights agenda."

Put airport security in the hands of private firms

"We call for the private sector to take over airport screening wherever feasible and look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking."

Scrap the Wall Street Reform law that protects our economy

"But no peril justifies the regulatory impact of Obamacare on the practice of medicine, the Dodd-Frank Act on financial services, or the EPA’s and OSHA’s overreaching regulation agenda. A Republican Congress and President will repeal the first and second, and rein in the third."

Kill Obamacare

"We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: 'In our view the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.' It was the high-water mark of an outdated liberalism, the latest attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy to manage all aspects of their lives.""Through Obamacare, the current administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare."

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Here are the most glaring SIX lies from Paul Ryan's RNC speech:

1. “A downgraded America.” Ryan blamed the president for the nation’s credit downgrade in August 2011 after Republicans threatened to allow the government to default on its debt for the first time in history. But the ratings agency explicitly blamed “Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal.”

2. “More debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.” Romney has made the almost identical claim, that Obama has amassed more debt “as almost all of the other presidents combined.” But their math doesn’t add up: when Obama took office, the national debt was $10.626 trillion. It has increased to slightly above $15 trillion.

3. Shuttered General Motors plant is “one more broken promise.” Ryan described a GM plant that closed down in his hometown, Janesville, Wisconsin, and blamed Obama for breaking his promise to keep the plant open when he visited during his campaign. But Obama never made that promise, and the plant shut down in December 2008, before Obama even took office.

4. Obama “did exactly nothing” on Bowles-Simpson. Ryan said, “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” In fact, Ryan was instrumental in sabotaging the commission, leading the other House Republicans in voting against the plan.

5. “$716 billion, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.” Ryan’s favorite lie is a deliberate distortion of Obamacare’s savings from eliminating inefficiencies. Furthermore, Ryan’s own plan for Medicare includes these savings. Romney has vowed to restore these cuts, which would render the trust fund insolvent 8 years ahead of schedule.

6. “The greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak.” Ryan closed the speech with an invocation of social responsibility, saying, “The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.” However, numerous clergy members have condemned Ryan’s budget plan as “cruel,” and “an immoral disaster” because of its devastating cuts in social programs the poor and sick rely on. Meanwhile, Ryan would give ultra-rich individuals and corporations $3 trillion in tax breaks.

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Wasserman Schultz, who serves with Ryan on the House Budget Committee, said, "To suggest that Paul Ryan is fiscally responsible is ludicrous, because his record doesn't even remotely reflect that." Just take his claim that President Obama failed to advance a deficit reduction plan. What Ryan neglected to mention was that as a member of the Simpson-Bowles commission, he voted against the plan.

"Last night, Paul Ryan lied. Repeatedly, knowingly, and brazenly, reciting charges that have been universally dismissed as false by news organizations. They just don't care. And they've said so: Two days ago, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney said they're not going to be beholden to fact checks. And boy, did they prove that last night."A few of Paul Ryan's biggest lies:On his district: He blamed President Obama for an auto plant that closed in his district—but the truth is the plant had shut down in 2008, when George W. Bush was president.On Medicare: Ryan said that he and Romney would save Medicare for future generations. Their plan would actually replace Medicare as we know it with a voucher system—raising costs for seniors.On the deficit: Ryan said, “President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him.” False.On the middle class: Ryan called for “the strong to protect the weak.” But the Romney-Ryan plan would ask for nothing from the wealthiest Americans—instead their plan would raise taxes on middle-class families, and strip key programs like Pell Grants and Medicare, just to provide more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

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Ryan's FACTS:

¹ Ryan voted for GWB's failed Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (on eve of Great Recession).http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll0...

² Ryan votes for TARP, the bank executive bailout that sparked the TeaOP insurrection.http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll6...

³ Ryan voted for the auto industry rescue AND the executive bonus claw back.http://www.michellemalkin.com/2009/04...

⁴ Ryan voted for the unfunded Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll6...

⁵ Ryan voted for Iraq War (but hasn't admitted the mistake (as Biden has)).http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2002/roll4...

⁶ Ryan vote "Yes!" for the debt ceiling bill last summer.http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery...

⁷ Ryan wrote a letter praising the "job creators" requesting Obama's 2009 stimulus money.http://bostonglobe.com/news/politics/...

⁸ Ryan derailed the Simpson-Bowles plan that Romney supposedly supports.http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomb...

⁹ Ryan's never worked outside a congressional office.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/e...

¹⁰ Ryan's family business began as and remains a federal public works contractor.http://www.salon.com/2012/08/14/paul_...

¹¹ Ryan married a corporate lobbyist.¹².http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08...

¹² Ryan so-called budget cutting keep $40 billion in subsidies for Big Oil companies.¹¹.http://www.americanprogress.org/issue...

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Ryan's FACTS:

¹ Ryan voted for GWB's failed Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (on eve of Great Recession).http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll0...² Ryan votes for TARP, the bank executive bailout that sparked the TeaOP insurrection.http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll6...³ Ryan voted for the auto industry rescue AND the executive bonus claw back.http://www.michellemalkin.com/2009/04... Ryan voted for the unfunded Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll6... Ryan voted for Iraq War (but hasn't admitted the mistake (as Biden has)).http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2002/roll4... Ryan vote "Yes!" for the debt ceiling bill last summer.http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery... Ryan wrote a letter praising the "job creators" requesting Obama's 2009 stimulus money.http://bostonglobe.com/news/politics/... Ryan derailed the Simpson-Bowles plan that Romney supposedly supports.http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomb... Ryan's never worked outside a congressional office.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/e...¹⁰ Ryan's family business began as and remains a federal public works contractor.http://www.salon.com/2012/08/14/paul_...¹¹ Ryan married a corporate lobbyist.¹².http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08...¹² Ryan so-called budget cutting keep $40 billion in subsidies for Big Oil companies.¹¹.http://www.americanprogress.org/issue...

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THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM ENDORSES TODD AKIN'S ABORTION STANCE. AND MITT ROMNEY AND PAUL RYAN SUPPORT IT.There is no daylight at all between Todd Akin's position on abortion and the GOP's official position on abortion.

It would be bad enough if Republicans merely wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping women of their reproductive rights and bringing back the era of back alley abortions, but they also want to force victims of rape or incest to deliver their attacker's child. They even want to force women whose live's are at risk to continue their pregnancies.Despite the GOP's attempts to distance itself from what Todd Akin said about rape and pregnancy, this is exactly what Akin was arguing for. He might be apologizing for the way he offered his argument, but he has not changed his position—not one little bit.But it's not just about Todd Akin. This is also Paul Ryan's position. For the past five years, it's been Mitt Romney's position too. And now, it is once again going to be the position of the Republican Party.http://youtu.be/uVjMQj3fMYQhttp://pol...

The GM Plant closed December 2008, two months BEFORE Obama became president. An eight year old with a computer can find that out, but Paul Ryan can't?

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PAUL RYAN = BIG SPENDER

Ryan can grandstand about the debt all he wants, but at the end of the day, Ryan is a root cause of many of the financial issues our country faces today.

From supporting two unfunded wars, to dumping millions of senior citizens into the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' while tying the hands of the government to negotiate prescription drug prices, and from fighting for subsidies for Big Oil that his family personally benefits from, to supporting the unfunded Bush tax cuts for the rich, Ryan's hypocrisy is astounding.

Ryan has been a steady voter for unwise bailouts of big banks, unfunded mandates and unnecessary wars. Few members of Congress have run up such very big tabs while doing so little to figure out how to pay the piper.

For all of Ryan's bluster, he is anything but a consistent advocate for fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets. He is, in fact, a liar and a hypocrite.

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The GOP has adopted an extreme platform that is incredibly out of touch. Take a look at just ten of the policies Republicans hope to enact under a Romney presidency:

Ban all abortions, with no exception for victims of rape and incest

"We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage."

Harsh treatment of immigrants

"In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, and federal funding should be denied to universities that provide instate tuition rates to illegal aliens, in open defiance of federal law.""We insist upon enforcement at the workplace through verification systems so that jobs can be available to all legal workers. Use of the E-verify program—an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees—must be made mandatory nationwide.""We support changing the way that the decennial census is conducted, so that citizens are distinguished from lawfully present aliens and illegal aliens."

Restrict voting rights and civil rights

"With a Republican Administration, the Department will stop suing States for exercising those powers reserved to the States, will stop abusing its preclearance authority to block photo-ID voting laws, and will fulfill its responsibility to defend all federal laws in court, including the Defense of Marriage Act."

Oppose marriage equality

"[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage."

Extreme on taxes

"We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase with exceptions for only war and national emergencies, and imposing a cap limiting spending to the historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes."

Extreme on the environment

"The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people. Liberty alone fosters scientific inquiry, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and information exchange. Liberty must remain the core energy behind America’s environmental improvement."

Attack human rights for LGBT people living abroad

"The effectiveness of our foreign aid has been limited by the cultural agenda of the current Administration, attempting to impose on foreign countries, especially the peoples of Africa, legalized abortion and the homosexual rights agenda."

Put airport security in the hands of private firms

"We call for the private sector to take over airport screening wherever feasible and look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking."

Scrap the Wall Street Reform law that protects our economy

"But no peril justifies the regulatory impact of Obamacare on the practice of medicine, the Dodd-Frank Act on financial services, or the EPA’s and OSHA’s overreaching regulation agenda. A Republican Congress and President will repeal the first and second, and rein in the third."

Kill Obamacare

"We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: 'In our view the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.' It was the high-water mark of an outdated liberalism, the latest attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy to manage all aspects of their lives.""Through Obamacare, the current administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare."

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ROMNEY ON TRACK TO LOSE ELECTION

President Barack Obama is keeping up a drumbeat of skepticism over Mitt Romney's insistence — displayed in a blitz of TV interviews — that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate.

Obama planned another day of campaigning in Virginia on Saturday, a state he won in 2008 but before that last supported a Democratic presidential nominee in 1964. Advisers said he would remind voters of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney's recollection of his role at the Boston-based firm.

His re-election campaign released an ad that repeated its allegation that Romney's Bain Capital shipped American jobs to China and Mexico; that Romney has personal wealth in investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands; and that as governor of Massachusetts,  he outsourced state jobs to India."Mitt Romney's not the solution. He's the problem," Obama's latest ad says as it plays video of Romney awkwardly singing "America the Beautiful."The ad was set to run in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.The ad, targeting Romney's vast personal wealth, comes as Democrats — and some Republicans — call for Romney to release tax returns going back several years. Romney has said anew that he won't go beyond releasing his 2010 tax records and, before the election, his 2011 taxes."You can never satisfy the opposition research team of the Obama organization," Romney told CBS on Friday. In the same round of interviews in which he defended his account of his role at Bain, Romney said Obama owed him an apology for an aide's suggestion that the Security and Exchange Commission filings, if false, could bring a felony charge."This is simply beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States," Romney told ABC.It wasn't just Obama, though, pushing the presumptive Republican nominee to put the issue of his tax returns and wealth to rest."There is no whining in politics," chided John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist. "Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns."Contact:Ed SchlickExecutive DirectorMaine People’s Voting Coalition.E-mail eschlick@roadrunner.comYOU CAN JOIN THE COALITION – JUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO GET INFORMATION.

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ROMNEY ON TRACK TO LOSE ELECTION.Romney’s financial manipulations have, in the last 48 hours, exploded from mysterious shouldering embers into a political bonfire that could consume his entire campaign.

Romney is calling President Obama a liar and Obama is continuing his call for Romney to release full information about his financial manipulations and more than one year of tax returns.

Articles in the Washington Post and Boston Globe have probed and continue to probe into Romney’s convoluted finances and his years as CEO and owner of Bain Capital. Romney has called for retraction of these widely quoted articles without success.

For a Rachel Maddow interview with the Boston Globe writer who probed Romney’s SEC reports click here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the.......

For a broader discussion of Romney’s financial man ipulations on Morning Joe click here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/mor.......

Either Mitt Romney was "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president" of Bain Capital from 1999-2002, when all sorts of ugly outsourcing and vulture fund activities were taking place, or he was just listed as "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president" on the company's documents, which means he was simply a figurehead collecting cash generated by said ugly outsourcing and vulture fund activities.

There appears to be more than ample multiple evidence that Romney is not telling the truth about completely leaving Bain after 1999. If you want to read all the details:1. Click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...... ;2. Click here: http://www.reuters.com/article...... ;3.Click here: http://www.motherjones.com/moj...... ;4. Click here: http://www.motherjones.com/pol... these articles on Romney/Bain only scratch the surface. After the Boston Globe article on Thursday the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree as everyone with access seemed to have something to report.

More MoJo coverage of Mitt Romney (http://www.motherjones.com/cat...... ):►The Mystery of Romney's Exit From Bain:http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show: http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►Romney Tax Tips: 10 Ways to Stiff the IRS:http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►Mitt Romney's Long History of Misremembering His Past:http://www.motherjones.co/m/po... -history-problem;.►Get-Rich-Quick Profiteers Love Mitt Romney, and He Loves Them Back:http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►How Romney Fibs—and Gets Away With It:http://www.motherjones.com/pol... course the Obama campaign wasted no time getting out TV ads on the subject. One of the most recent has Romney singing “God Bless America” while the graphics pound him for his financial manipulations. Click here:http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes....... Voters in the swing states are getting their first glimpse behind the mask of Romney’s polished campaign performance.This all brings back Richard Nixon’s famous statement,“I am not a crook.”.The problem for Romney is that it is impossible for him to win an election campaign based on whether or not he is a potential criminal who has lied on legally required reports. Every day the media probes deeper into the Romney financial paper trail and reveals more and more conflicts between Romney’s personally signed reports and his recorded campaign statements is a day closer to his political defeat. 

Contact:Ed SchlickExecutive DirectorMaine People’s Voting Coalition.E-mail eschlick@roadrunner.comYOU CAN JOIN THE COALITION – JUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO GET INFORMATION.

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Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals Perry amp; Newt:

1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12].

2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12].

3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Ric k Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12].5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12].6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News].7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11].9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12].10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].Just last night, Newt Gingrich defended his attacks, saying “I think there are things you can legitimately look at in Bain Capital. I think there are things you can legitimately look at in anybody’s record, including Mitt Romney’s record.”.

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Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here's John F. Ince's list. What's yours?

1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

2 • Romney's job creation claims are inflated and unreal istic. Mitt Romney's professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government's ability to get its fiscal house in order.4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. He blindly subscribes to Republican views that climate change is not scientifically proven. He gives no indication of any desire to develop alternative sources of energy that can mitigate the man made sources of pollutants. Instead he supports the rollback of environmental regulations all but giving companies a green light to pollute the environment and waste vital natural resources.5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. From the Cranbrook School to Brigham Young University, to Harvard Business School to Bain Capital, it's difficult to imagine anyone who has been less exposed to the lives and conditions under which most Americans live. The covenants of his Mormon faith are extremely rigid, restrictive and unrealistic. His devotion to his faith is admirable, but his inability to step beyond the confines of that religion suggest that he would have difficulty reconciling who he is with who others are in an increasingly diverse world.6 • Romney's worldview is rooted in intolerance. He has a very narrow view of the world. America today is a diverse nation with many different racial groups, faiths, all in need of respect. The bully incident at his prep school and his aggressive corporate behavior buying and selling companies at Bain Capital suggest someone who has little desire help those who are different, less fortunate and in weaker position than him.7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. Mitt has no professional technical training. Most of the companies he invested in at Bain were low tech. His expertise is finance: specifically buying and selling companies. All this suggests someone who will pay lip service to the tech sector, but won't fully grasp the potential for transforming the economy and culture through advancing technology.8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. He is peevish, controlling and less than transparent. He has a rigid worldview that revolves around what is best for himself and a small circle of those who support him.9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. His four years as Governor of Massachusetts do not give him sufficient knowledge or expertise to effectively deal with an increasingly complex world. On the job learners nearly always make blunders, sometimes blunders so large that they create huge problems for the U. S..10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. His fudging of issues is a sign that he feels he can head fake his way though difficult debates. His statement that he does not remember the prep school bully incident is implausible. His evasiveness over release of tax forms and embellishment of his accomplishments are all red flags. His decisions as an executive at Bain Capital were not rooted in ethical behavior. The man is simply not forthright enough to earn the trust of the American people.11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma and personality to be a strong leader. The country needs someone to lead forcefully and inspire citizens to tackle problems that threaten the diminishment of American stature on the world stage. Romney's robotic and reptilian personality fails to connect, leaving people feeling that Romney is in the game only for himself, rather than in it for the good of all.Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

ajain31
ajain31

Now with the Todd Akin RAPE "doctrine" and the Todd Akin and Paul Ryan connection redefining rape in the FORCIBLE RAPE BILL with 225 House Republican co-sponsors and also the PERSONHOOD BILL can not be dismissed by Romney as just another flip flop! The Romney Ryan ticket is sinking like the Titanic even before the Republican Convention where they are supposed to be NOMINATED next week! 

Vote straight Democratic ticket on November and throw the freshman class of 2010 House Republicans out because since 2010 the house Republicans have blindly opposed President Obama!

The fact that Romney/Ryan purposely distort Obama's $716B cut to medicare shows me just how dishonest they are. Especially since the cut is being spent on medical care, it doesn't reduce benefits to seniors. 

Compare that to Ryan's proposal that cuts the same amount and the money is used to make up the difference created by tax breaks for th e very rich. 

As The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn writes:The most significant Medicare funding difference between the two sides, at least for the short- to medium-term, is how they handle the savings these cuts generate. Obamacare puts the money back into the pockets of people who need help with their medical bills. A portion of the money is earmarked for children and non-elderly Americans, who, starting in 2014, will become eligible for Medicaid or receive tax credits to offset the cost of private insurance. A smaller, but still significant, portion of the money is for seniors. It helps them pay for prescription drugs, by filling the "donut hole" in Medicare Part D coverage. It also eliminates out-of-pocket costs for annual wellness visits, some cancer screenings, and other preventative services....Ryan's budget—which, again, Romney has repeatedly embraced and said he would sign—actually takes those new benefits away. The Part D donut hole would open back up. Access to free preventative care would vanish. And where would Ryan and Romney put the money instead? They say it's for deficit reduction. I'd say it's really for their big new tax cuts, which disproportionately benefit the wealthy."The $716 billion in cuts do not affect benefits for today's seniors. Instead, they reduce provider reimbursements and are intended to curb waste, fraud and abuse." ----- And I'll bet you ten thousand dollars, Ryan / Romney did NOT mention that little bit of information to the crowd.....“When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure that we’re, you know – that he’s just being America’s accountant and trying to be responsible… I mean this is the same guy who voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that costs as much as my health care bill – but wasn’t paid for,” Obama said on April 15, 2011. In 2008, Ryan released his "Roadmap for America's Future," which described his sweeping vision for how to gut America's main entitlement programs of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The plan made him a hero among conservative circles, and Ryan eventually remade it as his "Path to Prosperity" plan, which President Barack Obama and Democrats have criticized for embracing tax cuts for the very rich while slashing government programs that help the poor. (It wasn't just Democrats who criticized Ryan. While running for president, Newt Gingrich called Ryan's plan "right wing social engineering," which probably helped kill Gingrich's bid.)President Obama actually helped raise Ryan's profile on the right by critiquing the Congressman's budget, and just last year, Ryan was reportedly mulling his own run for president.Critics have called Ryan’s 2011 proposal the “end of Medicare as we know it,” and that’s true. Until now, Medicare has operated as a “fee-for-service” system; under Ryan’s plan, it would operate more like a voucher system, although Ryan and his aides have resisted this term. Medicare would cease to pay for health services directly, instead operating as a board that approves a menu of health plans for public sale and doles out predetermined lumps of money to people enrolled in Medicare, to help them buy those plans.After its release, the president called Ryan’s plan “fairly radical” and posited that it would “change our social compact in a pretty fundamental way,” ABC’s David Kerley reported.“I guess you could call that bold. I would call it short-sighted,” Obama told 500 Facebook employees and 200 other attendees at a town-hall meeting held at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in April 2011. “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless or don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout.”.The fact that Romney/Ryan purposely distort Obama's $716B cut to medicare shows me just how dishonest they are. Especially since the cut is being spent on medical care, it doesn't reduce benefits to seniors. Compare that to Ryan's proposal that cuts the same amount and the money is used to make up the difference created by tax breaks for the very rich. Why shouldn't the very rich be paying the same tax rate I am? Why should capital gains be taxed differently? Money is money. The interest on my savings, which the bank uses to invest, is taxed the same as my income. That money is still being invested."The $716 billion in cuts do not affect benefits for today's seniors. Instead, they reduce provider reimbursements and are intended to curb waste, fraud and abuse." ----- And I'll bet you ten thousand dollars, Ryan / Romney did NOT mention that little bit of information to the crowd.....Note: The author, John F. Ince of the following article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here's John F. Ince's list. What's yours?1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

2 • Romney's job creation claims are inflated and unrealistic. Mitt Romney's professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.

3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government's ability to get its fiscal house in order.

4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. 

5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. 6 • Romney's worldview is rooted in intolerance. 7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. 8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. 9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. 10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. 11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma and personality to be a strong leader. Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.Now with the Todd Akin RAPE "doctrine" and the Todd Akin and Paul Ryan connection redefining rape in the FORCIBLE RAPE BILL with 225 Republican co-sponsors and PERSONHOOD BILL can not be dismissed by Romney as just another flip flop! The Romney Ryan ticket is sinking like the Titanic even before the Republican Convention where they are supposed to be NOMINATED next week! Vote straight Democratic ticket on November and throw the freshman class of 2010 House Republicans out because since 2010 the house Republicans have blindly opposed President Obama!

ajain31
ajain31

On Friday the 13th Mitt Romney gives very defensive interviews to FIVE networks on a single day!! Just a few days ago Mitt Romney said to FOX News that explaining means that you are WEAK. So his five interviews explaining his time at Bain were signs of his weakness!!

Presidential Candidate Mr. Mitt Romney is clearly feeling the heat on his role in BAIN Capital which was supposed to be his sole criteria for creating jobs and running for the American Presidency!

When SEC documents show Mitt Romney as CEO, President and Chairman of Bain Capital in 2001 and 2002 then LEGALLY speaking Mitt Romney is responsible to all that goes on under the banner of Bain Capital. Mitt Romney can not just share the good like job creation and leave the ugly like Bankruptcies and layoffs behind as if he had nothing to do about them. 

If he really wanted to disassociate himself from Bain Capital he could have resigned and sold all his shares in Bain Capital in February 1999 then it would have been a different matter but to share in the glory of Bain's job creation accept a salary of $100,000 or MORE (where are the Tax Returns?) for three years and only to refuse to take the responsibility of Bankruptcies and layoffs on his WATCH (1999-2002) is trying to have it both ways and then complaining of playing politics having been caught with his hand in the proverbial Cookie Jar that is the very essence of an ACTIVE LEGAL ROLE in Bain Capital till 2002!! 

Mitt Romney will have to face the consequences of this lie that Mitt Romney has brought on upon himself. If we keep reminding the Romney campaign of Bain and its ill effects on workers robbing them of their hard earned salaries and life long benefits all the way to November then today, 7/13/2012 (FRIDAY the 13th) will go down as the turning point of the 2012 Presidential election!

david shargel
david shargel

my god joe tell it like it is, the man is a liar period.

sweetnonnie
sweetnonnie

There is nothing fantastic or inspirational about a speech from a man who wants to be VP that is full of lies. Not fibs, not misrepresentations, not questionable statements, not exaggerations, but lies. And you guys in the MSM know it.  By not calling out the lies every time, you make it okay for them to keep lying.  Maybe I'm naive, but I think integrity and honesty are two important qualities that we deserve to have in a President. If they are lying now, just imagine what it would be like if they win. The constant LIES are extremely disrespectful of the American people and the press, whom they obviously do not expect to call them out for it. 

JohnDahodi
JohnDahodi

Paul Ryan a statesman or a used car dealer? In his speech; yesterday night, he promised all the rosy things like a used car dealer without giving any hint of the used car he selling! He boastfully lied about healthcare bill, GM Auto plant shutdown, deficit, foreign policy, taxation, bailout, budget cuts and so on. Like the used car dealer, he failed to give any specific or concrete plan to change the economy or any of his dreams. But like used car customers (buffoons); most of the right wing Republicans were watching him, applauding him and shedding tears on his phony stories. Thanks God, many of the tea-party members were either watching sports or other family dramas knowing well that this R-R team is unable to deliver anything and everything and it is a waste of time to keep an impossible dream of capturing White House.    

Common Sense
Common Sense

great article - you are right, when the republicans are running up the debt they don't care, but when dems are doing it's the end of the world

LindaLucille
LindaLucille

Ryan did nothing but lie.  He cannot be trusted with the United States of America.  He is anti woman, anti worker, anti environment, anti education, anti public works, anti everything that has made this great country great.  My father fought in WWII, and Vietnam to protect this great nation so it could become home to everyone.  He fought to support Medicare and social security which lifted our parents out of poverty and fear.  Voters rights for all, environmental protection - he did not fight for the wealthy few to destroy what the rest of us have built here. Yes, we all pay taxes to build the road, bridges, infrastructure, not just the business owners who benefit from the fact that we all contribute - except for the Romneys who choose to hide their money offshore so as not to pay their fair share to build roads and bridged.

Ryan used his own grandmother in his lie.  Shameful

valmach
valmach

Mitts A Liar, Ryan is a Liar, His Wife is a Liar and has secret bank accounts, and a dancing horse. The Republican Party is Racist, morphing into Nazi's , right before our eyes.. Mitts religion claims it can prove that Black People are Devils, Ryan wants to make people out of sperm, used his mom to prove it.. - Old Warmongers on stage, Black Apostates on stage - This is better than the Cirque du Soleil waiting for the live sex scene.. It is Tampa...

filmnoia
filmnoia

Joe uses the term"rather contradictory positions". Another euphemism.

Is anyone on the TIME staff ever going to use the term "lie" or "liar" in the next two months, or has your managing editor told you that those terms are off limits? Willard and Paulie have reached new heights of mendacity (oh, I mean, lying).

If the public buys this bilge then we are much closer to losing an informed citizen democracy than I thought.

Kurt Eckhardt
Kurt Eckhardt

Klein's typical statist review is certainly more error filled than anything out of Ryan's mouth.  

Klein claims that the $5tr in deficits accumulated under Obama were "mostly a result of the Bush tax cuts and the fierce recession.." But wasn't Bush operating under the same revenue constraining tax cuts? Here are the facts. Bush's last budget called for $3.1tr in spending. Obama-his last budget was defeated in the Senate by a 99-0 vote-is now spending just shy of $3.9 trillion per year.  We're spending more than in 2009-2010 and that's WITHOUT THE STIMULUS. On the revenue side, receipts in 2012 were $2.46tr which is the SAME EXACT AMOUNT as the taxes collected in 2007, when Federal spending was ONE TRILLION A YEAR LESS. 

Then there's Klein's typical BS that "the moneyed elite pays fewer taxes and suffers fewer restrictions than it has in nearly a century." Huh? Until 70 years ago, Federal taxes were inconsequential, income taxes imposed by the states were non-existent, social security contributions were pennies on the dollar and even after top marginal rates spiked to 70%, the plethora of "tax shelters" resulted in effective tax rates (the taxes actually paid) to be a fraction of those suggested by statute. Hence, 1980's "tax reform" where rates were cut but your ability to buy an NFL team and "depreciate players", eliminated. Today, with California's top rate just shy of 10% (and set to rise again) along with sun setting of the "Bush tax cuts for the rich" , it'll be quite possible for an unmarried Californian making just over $200,000 a year- in a state where the rent on 1br apartments approaches 3k a month-to pay an "all-in"  $100,000 in taxes. 

And given that an unemployed family with several children can easily receive several thousand dollars a month in various aid ranging from $5k per year, per child in "credits"  to $800 a month in Section 8 housing vouchers (not to mention the $15-20k a year in public education costs per child, per school year) as bizarre as it sounds, a family of barely legals (and I'm PRO immigration) can  spend more of the government's money than a six-figure earner actually makes.

It's unsustainable. You can close your eyes, delude yourself that if Mitt Romney only paid a higher tax rate all would be well, but bottom line: the Entitlement State is over with a fork in it and Whiner Nation can take to the streets with OWS fury, but it ain't gonna change the math. Either get your OWN lives together or perish. 

Otto Man
Otto Man

"He told stories" is a nice euphemism for "the speech was full of lies."

GM52246
GM52246

Yeah, six posts in one hour from pauljb. Clearly, Klein struck a nerve.

paulejb
paulejb

GM52246,

Blatant lies by left wing scribblers always get my juices flowing, GM.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

He hijacks threads all the time, always begging for attention.

paulejb
paulejb

deconstructiva,

It's so unfair! Paulejb is always outnumbering us poor hive members.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

I was going to point out that the reason the President appointed the Simpson-Bowles commission was as follows: the President appointed the commission as a result of more Republican obstruction. Decided not to give him the attention, even though he was wrong.

 

"The original proposal for a commission came from bipartisan legislation that would have required Congress to vote on its recommendations as presented, without any amendment. In January 2010, that bill failed in the Senate by a vote of 53–46, when six Republicans who had co-sponsored it nevertheless voted against it.[5] Thereafter, Obama established the Commission by Executive Order 13531. "

paulejb
paulejb

Ivy_B,

Failed by a vote of 53 - 46. Guess some Democrats had some second thoughts also, Ivy. There were only 41 Republicans in the Senate in January 2010, Ivy.

ERenger
ERenger

The speech was pretty good from an oratorical point of view, but the hypocrisy and the factual errors were many. 

1. As Joe pointed out, Ryan slams the president for cuts to Medicare, but also includes the same exact cuts in his own budget --- hypocrisy! 

2. He slams the president for ignoring the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan, which Ryan also voted against --- hypocrisy! 

3. Ryan blames the president for the closing of a GM plant that actually closed under Bush --- factual error! 

There are several more examples, but it's late. Nighty-night. 

paulejb
paulejb

ERenger,

1. Ryan's cuts in Medicare are designed to preserve and protect Medicare. Obama's $716 billion raid on Medicare is designed to fund ObamaCare. Not the same thing at all, Renger.

LindaLucille
LindaLucille

 That is a lie.  Ryan's cuts to Medicare will cost seniors thousands of dollars while giving more to the wealthy few.  Are you a liar too?

Pres Obama's plan streamlines waste and takes that money from the insurance companies and providers who have been ripping the system off for years.

How about fact checking before spreading more lies.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

"Not the same thing at all, Renger."

President Obama's Medicare changes extend the solvency of the Medicare trust fund for eight years. Ryan's Medicare cuts go to pay for tax cuts for the rich. Not the same thing at all.

ERenger
ERenger

Wrong! 

Ryan cuts the same Medicare Advantage program that Obama cuts --- because both sides agree it was a waste. The only difference is where the money goes. Ryan's plan has the money going toward funding tax cuts for Romney and himself. Obama has the money going back to seniors in Medicare in the form of preventive care and closing the prescription drug donut hole. 

Otto Man
Otto Man

 And when my son punches my daughter, it's because she deserved it, but when she hits him back, it's because she's mean.

It must be painful to have to contort yourself into such knots.  Of course from the people who turned a distorted quote into this "we built it" thing, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

pollardty
pollardty

Wow, Paule really has reached a new level of Paule-ness.

Aspire Ace
Aspire Ace

disappointed  ..but neither cnn or time.com  give the right picture..  instead they praise the loud lies that comes from arrogant Ryan..whatever happened to good and clean journalism

politathiest
politathiest

Governor Jindal was frequently critical of the response of the federal government and BP, which was leasing the rig. He fought for the construction of a massive chain of sand barriers to block oil offshore. -"government money is good "

Gov. Bobby Jindal continues to slash and defund desperately needed programs that citizens rely on for their right to the pursuit of happiness, such as library funding, mental health funding, and the Louisiana Early Steps program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays/disabilities and their families. Now Governor Jindal is refusing to implement the recently upheld Affordable Care Act passed two years ago by Congress. - "government money is bbaaadddd"

After Obama signed an emergency declaration for the state, Jindal said it fell short of the help he was requesting. Jindal said he wanted more Louisiana parishes covered and urged Obama to have the federal government reimburse state and local government agencies for storm preparation efforts. - "government money is gggooooodddd".

No wait.....its bad...... No goood........no bad........{SSPPOOONNNGGG}. SOMEONE PLEASE HIS HEAD BACK ON! BASSA HAAAA HAAAA

RamblinRose3
RamblinRose3

Today the Gov. is asking for help for his state, due to Hurricane, and rightfully so.  But why is he now   asking for gov. help?  Help that comes from our taxes.  Taxes that the well off don't want to pay?

ERenger
ERenger

Aside from the falsehoods, the thing that bothered me most about the speech was the continual grunting. What the hell was that? Clear your throat once, man, and then get on with it! Don't keep making the sounds of a rhino in heat! 

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Reporters everywhere need to keep up pressure on Ryan by calling out his lies. Tonight was a golden harvest of lying durians that should keep swampland busy thru the weekend. Digby tweeted this a few hours ago - 

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"CNN anchors reporting they are getting tons of emails telling them about Ryan's lies. They are even reluctantly pointing some of them out."

LindaLucille
LindaLucille

 Remember, the places reporters work for are getting multimillions of dollars in ad buys so they do not want to insult, even the liars.

lysheen
lysheen

This was like watching an episode of The Twilight Zone. Ryan was talking about a parallel universe where everything was opposite to our universe's reality.

And what's with all the black, Latino and women speaking for the GOP? This whole party is like a bunch of used car salesmen.

AmericanWaxwing
AmericanWaxwing

 What a sorry, political article. Paul Ryan's speech was one of the most stunning I've ever heard. He spoke truth about how our President has failed to lead and has no positive record to run on. He spoke truth about the kind of values we need in American leadership. Go listen to the entire speech -- it was incredible. Complete contrast to our current president. I'm so relieved and so excited to have Romney amp; Ryan heading to the White House. America needs 'em.

RamblinRose3
RamblinRose3

You might try listening to more speeches, and not just from one party or from any party for that matter.  Try readingl