Friday, August 31, 2012
idiots: @gop RNC Delegate Mark Harris Outraged Over a Mexican Working at Epcot #p2 #tcot feel free to let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene Harris wrote on the couple's blog 'Rock Star GOP – Grassroots Activism Awareness' a post entitled'Offended at Epcot':
Prior to National Republican Convention we visited Disney for three days. During our time at Epcot we visited the different countries. It was neat seeing each country and the employees were from that individual country. Then we visited America . . . one would think you would find American employees. We were offended to find a person from Mexico working in America. Mark spoke up and told them he was highly offended after visiting the other countries and seeing employees from that country and then come to America and find a Mexican. He was very civil but his point was well made.
Snyder County Commissioner Joe Derk told The Daily Item: "The statements made by Mark and Irene Harris are uninformed and highly offensive," said Snyder County Commissioner Joe Derk. "The Harrises' comments show their ignorance as they cast judgment on someone they do not know. They do not speak for our county or party.""
A 13-year-old boy at Kopachuk Middle School in Gig Harbor, Washington was allegedly bullied by his teacher John Rosi and eighth-grade classmates (video below).
The students swung the boy by his arms and legs, wrote on his feet, stuck a traffic cone on his head, gagged him with a sock and taunted him, reports theDaily Mail.
The boy's parents became aware of the bullying, after their son refused to go to school and became withdrawn and suicidal.
They complained to the school administrators and demanded to see the video footage from student cell phones.
The boy's father Randall Kinney told King5.com: "I was shocked. My wife broke down crying. It was tough to see. Rosi is completely ignorant of the fact that he's got a whole classroom hazing one kid. They classified it as roughhousing. But it's not 14 kids wrestling each other. It's a dozen kids using my son to demonstrate their dominance over him."
Rosi was suspended for 10 days without pay, given training and moved to another school, reports theTacoma News Tribune.
rest at http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/video-teacher-john-rosi-joins-students-bullying-13-year-old?utm_source=OV+Newsletter+List+2&utm_campaign=9bdb898399-OV_Newsletter_August_318_31_2012&utm_medium=email
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The public-private agreements, which began in the first decade of Romney's tenure as CEO, show that government played a supporting role in establishing Bain as among the nation's most successful private equity firms and enabling him to accumulate a fortune his campaign says could reach $250 million.
.@RepPaulRyan @gop Paul Ryan stands on a foundation of lies #p2 #tcot may be the "most dishonest convention speech" ever delivered
At a basic level, what bothers me about politicians who lie, especially at a national level, is that the deceptions are insulting. A candidate who knows the truth, but makes a deliberate decision to deceive, is working from the assumption that Americans are suckers.
And last night, Paul Ryan made painfully clear that he thinks we're all profound idiots who'll believe an endless string of lies, so long as they're packaged well and presented with conviction. Jonathan Cohn suggested last night's address may have been the "most dishonest convention speech" ever delivered, and I can't think of a close second.
It was a truly breathtaking display of brazen dishonesty. Paul Ryan looked America in the eye and without a hint a shame, lied to our face.
Ryan lied about President Obama's auto-industry rescue, blaming the administration for a plant closing orchestrated by President Bush. Ryan lied about Medicare, falsely accusing Obama of undermining the system. Ryan lied about the debt downgrade, falsely blaming the president for a downgrade caused by Ryan and congressional Republicans.
Ryan lied about the Simpson-Bowles commission, falsely accusing Obama of walking away from debt reduction, and ignoring the fact that Ryan himself fought to ensure the Simpson-Bowles commission never even released a report. Ryan lied about his plans for the safety net, saying he intends to "protect the weak" when he budget plan intends to gut public investments that benefit the poor.
Ryan lied about the debt, saying Obama "has added more debt than any other president before him," when the truth is, that was George W. Bush -- who added over $5 trillion to the debt thanks in large part to congressional votes cast by Paul Ryan.
Ryan lied about the Recovery Act, calling the stimulus "a case of political patronage, corporate welfare, and cronyism at their worst," when reality shows the exact opposite. Ryan lied about small businesses, accusing Obama of raising their taxes, when he actually cut their taxes.
Paul Ryan, the man the media and Republicans celebrate as a bold truth-teller, told one lie after another, demonstrating a near-pathological disdain for honesty. His speech presented no substantive ideas, no policy solutions, and no bold positions on any key issue, but it included enough falsehoods to choke a fact-checker -- all because he assumes you're a fool and journalists are too incompetent to separate fact from fiction.
Is he right?
.@RepPaulRyan @gop Paul Ryan is a granny-starving liar whose convention speech was filled with lies #p2 #tcot
On Medicare, Ryan repeated his claims that President Obama raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare, that "An obligation we have to our parents and grandparents is being sacrificed, all to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for." In reality, of course, Obama's cuts did not affect Medicare benefits, and Ryan's budget, the cornerstone of his reputation as a serious policy thinker, has the exact same cuts. And then some. Ryan would weaken Medicare for everyone, even the people whose benefits he says he wouldn't touch, and basically kill it off for people under 55 now.
But there's so much more. Ryan claimed that Obama "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, the Simpson-Bowles debt commission never issued an official report—in part because Paul Ryan, who sat on the commission, voted against it because he and his fellow Republicans opposed raising taxes on the rich to increase revenue and reduce the debt.
You could argue that Ryan only lied about the credit rating downgrade by implication, not directly, saying Obama's presidency "began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America." The only way this statement can cling to truth is by parsing the sentence so fine we see that he's not directly saying in so many words that Obama was responsible for this state of affairs, just that it happened during his presidency. But we know that's not what Ryan was saying. He was blaming it on Obama, loud and clear, and that's a lie. The truth—that congressional Republicans brought the United States close to a default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, leading Standard & Poors to downgrade the U.S.—has to do with Obama only in that Republicans brought on that crisis because they hoped it would help them defeat Obama this year. It was a set-up for Paul Ryan to say the words he said last night, and they risked the country's economy for it.
Perhaps the biggest lie Paul Ryan told, though, was about his own intentions and those of Mitt Romney.
We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.
Zoraida Fonalledas has been a delegate at every Republican National Convention for 20 years, with an extensive list of achievements and credentials that any true conservative should find admirable. Fonalledas' story would be a best-selling book in Republican circles, if not for its cover; a woman with an accent.
Harper's reporter Jack Hitt gives an eyewitness account:
The RonPaulites, whose furious devotion to a single idea have made them the Ellen Jamesians of the right, were protesting a decision by RNC officials not to seat members of the Maine delegation, which was split between Paul and Romney supporters following rule changes made just prior to the convention. There were energetic shouts of "Aye!" and "Nay!" as a Puerto Rican party functionary—Zoraida Fonalledas, the chairwoman of the Committee on Permanent Organization—took her turn at the main-stage lectern. As she began speaking in her accented English, some in the crowd started shouting "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"
Romney On His Tax Plan || Romney On Wall Street || Romney On The Budget
Romney On Bain Capital || Romney On Obamacare || Romney On Medicare
Romney On Women's Health || Romney On Energy || Romney On Global Warming
Romney On The Auto Bailout || Romney On Welfare Reform || Romney On Food Stamps
Romney On Security || Romney On LGBT rights
Romney on His Tax Plan
Romney on Wall Street
.@RepPaulRyan @mittromney @gop Paul Ryan: just a fresh face on a Taliban creed - antediluvian, anti woman, anti immigrant anti gay - Maureen Dowd #p2 #tcot
You're going to read and hear a lot about Paul Ryan's speech on Wednesday night. And I imagine most of it will be about how Ryan's speech played—with the party loyalists in Tampa, with the television viewers across the country, and eventually with the swing voters who will decide the election.
I'd like to talk, instead, about what Ryan actually said—not because I find Ryan's ideas objectionable, although I do, but because I thought he was so brazenly willing to twist the truth.
At least five times, Ryan misrepresented the facts. And while none of the statements were new, the context was. It's one thing to hear them on a thirty-second television spot or even in a stump speech before a small crowd. It's something else entirely to hear them in prime time address, as a vice presidential nominee is accepting his party's nomination and speaking to the entire country.
Here are the five statements that deserve serious scrutiny:
1) About the GM plant in Janesville.
Ryan's home district includes a shuttered General Motors plant. Here's what happened, according to Ryan:
A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: "I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years." That's what he said in 2008.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that's how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.
It's true: The plant shut down. But it shut down in 2008—before Obama became president.
By the way, nobody questions that, if not for the Obama Administration's decision to rescue Chrysler and GM, the domestic auto industry would have crumbled. Credible estimates suggested that the rescue saved more than a million jobs. Unemployment inMichigan and Ohio, the two states with the most auto jobs, have declined precipitously.
2) About Medicare.
Ryan attacked Obama for "raiding" Medicare. Again, Ryan has no standing whatsoever to make this attack, because his own budget called for taking the same amount of money from Medicare. Twice. The only difference is that Ryan's budget used those savings to finance Ryan's priorities, which include a massive tax cut that benefits the wealthy disproportionately.
It's true that Romney has pledged to put that money back into Medicare and Ryan now says he would do the same. But the claim is totally implausible given Romney's promise to cap non-defense spending at 16 percent of gross domestic product.
By the way, Obamacare's cut to Medicare was a reduction in what the plan pays hospitals and insurance companies. And the hospitals said they could live with those cuts, because Obamacare was simultaneously giving more people health insurance, alleviating the financial burden of charity care.
What Obamacare did not do is take away benefits. On the contrary, it added benefits, by offering free preventative care and new prescription drug coverage. By repealing Obamacare, Romney and Ryan would take away those benefits—and, by the way, add to Medicare's financial troubles because the program would be back to paying hospitals and insurers the higher rates.
3) About the credit rating downgrade.
Ryan blamed the downgrading of American debt on Obama. But it was the possibility that America would default on its debts that led to the downgrade. And why did that possibility exist? Because Republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling, playing chicken not just with the nations' credit rating but the whole economy, unless Obama would cave into their budget demands.
4) About the deficit.
Ryan said "President Obama has added more debt than any other president before him" and proclaimed "We need to stop spending money we don't have." In fact, this decade's big deficits are primarily a product of Bush-era tax cuts and wars. (See graph.) And you know who voted for them? Paul Ryan.
5) About protecting the weak.
Here's Ryan on the obligations to help those who can't help themselves:
We have responsibilities, one to another – we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves. … We can make the safety net safe again.
The rhetoric is stirring—and positively galling. Analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that 62 percent of the cuts in Ryan budget would come from programs that serve low-income people. And that's assuming he keeps the Obamacare Medicare cuts. If he's serious about putting that money back into Medicare, the cuts to these programs would have to be even bigger.
Among the cuts Ryan specified was a massive reduction in Medicaid spending. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute, between 14 and 27 million people would lose health insurance from these cuts. That's above and beyond the 15 million or so who are supposed to get Medicaid coverage from the Affordable Care Act but wouldn't because Romney and Ryan have pledged to repeal the law.
I realize conservatives think that transforming Medicaid into a block grant, so that states have more control over how to spend the money, can make the program more efficient. But Medicaid already costs far less than any other insurance program in America. And even to the extent states can find some new efficiencies, the idea that they can find enough to offset such a draconian funding cut is just not credible.
Update: I clarified the passage on Medicare.
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