The Bastion Of Racists

October 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

During an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on October 25, 2012, Romney surrogate John Sununu (the former Republican governor of New Hampshire and the co-chair of the Romney campaign) suggested that Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama was racially motivated because they shared the same skin color:

“When you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to look at whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or he’s got a slightly different reason for endorsing President Obama…I think when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

On October 26, 2012, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell and a Republican, appeared on the Ed Show defending Colin Powell, endorsing President Obama for President, and criticizing the racism within his own party. Wilkerson said that Powell had always judged those he worked with by the content of their character and their competence, regardless of their ethnicity or racial background:

“I don’t have any respect for the integrity of the position that [Sununu] seemed to codify. Look at me, Ed, I’m white. I’m not black. Colin Powell picked me because of the content of my character and my competence…To say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Teresa worked for profit.”

When asked if there was more behind Sununu’s comments, Wilkerson was very blunt in saying that racism played a huge role in many Republican’s oppose President Obama:

“My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them, but most of them, who are still basing their decision on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House  has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.”

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Getting Money Where The Money Is

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

In a video from 2002, taken surreptitiously without Romney’s knowledge and released by ABC News on March 2, 2012, Romney is shown boasting about how much federal help and tax payer funding he received when he was in charge of the Olympic Games. This contradicts his assertions that he was able to turn around the games with little or no assistance from the federal government or tax payer money, which he has used as a centerpiece for his 2012 presidential campaign.

  • Here are some of the highlights from the video:

“I am big believer in getting money where the money is. The money is in Washington.”

“I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities.”

  • Romney, who has more recently claimed that government cannot create jobs, talks about how government help can build economic and development opportunities:

“I have learned from my Olympic experience that if you have people who really understand how Washington works and have personal associations there you can get money to help build economic development opportunities.”

  • On the Olympics, Romney said:

“The whole winter games was a combination of the federal, state and local governments along with private enterprise.”

“We actually received over $410 million from the federal government for the Olympic games. That is a huge increase over anything ever done before and we did that by going after every agency of government.”

  • Romney even boasts about getting money from the Department of Education for the Olympic Games after a suggestion from a colleague:

“She said, ‘Why don’t I get the Department of Education to buy tickets to the Paralympics so that high school and grade school kids can go to the Paralympics?’ She literally got, I believe the number  was over $1 million from the Department of Education, funding to buy tickets for kids,” Romney said.  “This way we got kids there and we also got additional revenues that we wouldn’t have had.  That kind of creativity I want to bring to everything we do.”

Hate To Say This On Fox

October 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I hate to say this on Fox — and I hope I’ll be allowed to leave here alive — but I don’t think there is anyway we can cut spending enough to make a meaningful difference. We’re going to have to raise taxes on very rich people, people with incomes of like say, 2, 3 million a year and up, and then slowly move it down. Two-fifty a year, that’s not a rich person.”

  • Ben Stein, Conservative economist and political analyst, October 18, 2012
  • Source: Fox & Friends (video)
  • Context: Ben Stein, in an appearance on Fox & Friends, advocated for a higher tax rate on the wealthy to the shock of the three hosts. “You do not think Washington just has a spending problem?” asked Doocy, to which Stein replied:

“I do not think they just have a spending problem. I think they also have a too-low taxes problem. And with all due respect to Fox, whom I love like brothers and sisters, the taxes are too low.”

  • The hosts attempted to defend”trickle down economics,” but Stein was quick to point out that there is no connection between the level of taxation and level of economic activity, pointing out that the nations most prosperous years were also ones with very high tax rates:

“The evidence is that there is no clear connection between the level of taxation and the level of economic activity. The biggest growth we’ve ever had in this country was from roughly 1941 to roughly 1973, that was the best years we ever had and those were years of much, much higher taxes than we have now, during war time and during peace time. So, the economy can grow very fast, even with much higher taxes. And we’re going to have to do something.”

  • Doocy was quick to point out that “taxes were at 70, 80 percent then” to which Stein responded by agreeing:

“I know. And yet, we were very prosperous, we were extremely prosperous. I mean, the highest rate was in the 90s during parts of the 50s and, yet, we were very prosperous.”

A Little Trap

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Republican Representative Martha Roby from Alabama was asked in an interview posted on Youtube on October 15 about her thoughts on wealth redistribution: “Do you think that the government should redistribute its citizens wealth by forcefully taking money from some citizens through taxes in order to provide goods and services to others.”

Roby, came out against the redistribution of wealth, but then was asked what she thought about farm subsidies, which she said she supported. When the reporter pointed out that farm subsidies were in effect a redistribution of wealth, her response was “well I see now that you’re trying to put me in a little trap.” She then went on to defend farm subsidies because there were circumstances that were out of the hands of the farmers themselves, such as the weather. When asked about subsidies to Wall Street, she quickly ended the interview.

Taking A Swing

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can’t do that because… Well, first there is a lot of Secret Service between you and him but also because this is the nature of the process.”

  • Tagg Romney, son of Mitt Romney, October 17, 2012
  • Source: audio
  • Context: Appearing on the Bill Lumaye Show, This was Tagg Romney’s response when asked “what is it like for you to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar.”

No One Dies Because Of Lack Of Insurance

October 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

“We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

  • Mitt Romney, October 11, 2012
  • Source: Columbus Dispatch
  • Context: Discussing healthcare reform and repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or Romneycare), Mitt Romney claimed that people do not die because of a lack of health insurance. However, in September of 2011, ABC published a story on a 24 year old man who died because of a tooth infection which he could not get treated due to lack of insurance (also see the case of Andrew Urban) . A Harvard study has also linked a lack of insurance in the United State to 45,000 deaths a year.

Without One Molecule of Brain

October 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I mean Romney, in the second [GOP primary] debate, said that it’s a ‘no brainer’ to build a fence across the border. Um, Alex, you’re talking about somebody right now without one molecule of brain based on his statement. Building a fence across the border would be wacky nuts! And here it is — that’s what he wants to do.”

  • Gary Johnson, former Republican and current Libertarian candidate for President, October 13, 2012
  • Source: Interview with Salon
  • Context: Gary Johnson was a Governor of New Mexico for eight years and ran for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, later deciding to run as a Libertarian instead. He was responding to a question about what keeps him going considering the odds stacked against him. His response was that he did not believe either candidate was proposing any real solutions, and mentioned Romney specifically.

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