The politics I love and hate, wrapped up in a conundrum.

Texas’ newest teawagging Senator Cruz is one slick dickweed. Demanding five years of financial information from Senator Hagel, while having no problem with barely two years of tax returns by the GOP-man-who-would-be-President.

Ann Romney as deluded as her husband

By now, we’ve all read the stories of how Romney campaign’s bubble protected their delicate sensibilities from the possibility of losing Tuesday night. I guess this is what demonizing The New York Times for 20 years does for GOP groupthink.

But lest we all forget that Mittens has lost THREE out of FOUR elections in which he’s run. The election he actually did win (MA guv) culminated in a 4 year term ending with 60% disapproval rating. But his lovely wife, Ann, told us over and over again “This man will not fail.” Isn’t a 75% loss rate big time fail?

Arithmetic. It’s not what Republicans have for dinner.

Romney is asked at the primary debate about disaster relief and responds that it should be state- or privately-run.  Today, he refused to answer whether he’d eliminate FEMA after being asked 14 times today by press pool. He’s already given us people enough answers, it’s his turn.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.

—Mitt Romney, in his RNC convention speech. America, this is your GOP in 2012: mocks climate change, wants to defund and privatize FEMA, and holds photo-op “charity” events to collect canned goods that the Red Cross says “hinders relief efforts.” Assholes.

The lessons of recent history

The millions of Americans who are about to cast their vote for Mitt Romney by rationalizing his cynical dishonesty and accepting purposeful disinformation as “facts” will not utter the name of the last unqualified person they voted for, twice. They have no credibility in judgment.

Dear Ann Romney,

  • going to Bordeaux, France to proselytize people to the cult of Mormonism is not the same as serving your country in a war zone.
  • Riding a bicycle in a white shirt and tie around the wine country of France is not the same as serving in Vietnam.
  • Your sons’ Mormon missions are not the same as serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. 
  • Your sons’ work on your husband’s fourth political campaign is definitely NOT a service to the country.
  • Your son the doctor working at a Veteran’s Hospital is not the same as voluntary military service.
  • Knocking on doors and converting people to your religion is not “helping others.”

Mitt Romney has an amazing ability to make a profit on anything. He can make millions when a company goes bankrupt, reap huge returns off the 9/11 tragedies and profit from getting high schoolers hooked on tobacco. But his greatest trick off all was raking in millions from the auto rescue he opposed.

In a stunning exposé published Thursday in the The Nation – with support from The Investigative Fund — reporter Greg Palast reveals how key donors to Romney’s campaign made more than a billion dollars off the restructuring of General Motors by holding a key player in the supply chain hostage [called Delphi Automotive] to their demands during the heart of America’s worst jobs crisis in 50 years…

[A hedge fund called Elliot Management bought Delphi for 67 cents a share, then] took [$12.9 billion in] federal bailout funds, slashed worker pensions, fired union workers and sent American jobs overseas [and generated a 3,000% return for Ann Romney and other investors].

[Romney’s] legendary flip-flops aren’t the lies of a bumbling opportunist – they’re the confident prevarications of a man untroubled by misleading the nonbeliever in pursuit of a single, all-consuming goal.

—Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine, in his latest cover story Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

President Obama IS the American dream. Mitt Romney ABUSES the American dream.

—Me, in a huge fight with my boyfriend about the election.  

"There was no empathy forthcoming from Romney, according to Sheldon, no warmth or sympathy."

Romney, as a Mormon bishop in 1983, counseled a women named Carrel Hilton Sheldon not to have an abortion that would save her life from a blood clot in her pelvis. Even her Mormon doctor had approved and recommended the abortion. This man is a sociopath.

The nagging question is why, if Mr. Romney truly has the qualities that American voters want in their president, does he have to go to such great and questionable lengths to try to win the election.

Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. 

theatlantic:

Bushonomics on Steroids: Romney’s Tax Plan Is Still Severely Impossible

Meet the new Romney tax plan, same as the old Romney tax plan. It’s a massive tax cut for the rich, a small tax cut for the middle class, and a tax hike for the poor. That adds up to mega-deficits. How mega? Well, the Tax Policy Center calculates Romney’s $25,000 cap would raise about $1.3 trillion over a decade — against almost $5 trillion in tax cuts over that period. And remember, that’s a $3.7 trillion hole relative to a world with the Bush tax cuts. It’s an almost $8 trillion dollar hole compared to a world with Bill Clinton-level taxes.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

Bushonomics on Steroids: Romney’s Tax Plan Is Still Severely Impossible

Meet the new Romney tax plan, same as the old Romney tax plan. It’s a massive tax cut for the rich, a small tax cut for the middle class, and a tax hike for the poor. That adds up to mega-deficits. How mega? Well, the Tax Policy Center calculates Romney’s $25,000 cap would raise about $1.3 trillion over a decade — against almost $5 trillion in tax cuts over that period. And remember, that’s a $3.7 trillion hole relative to a world with the Bush tax cuts. It’s an almost $8 trillion dollar hole compared to a world with Bill Clinton-level taxes.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]