Who Better Than Me

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Who better than me, that’s already finished one of the entitlement programs ,to come up with programs to do away with Medicaid and Medicare?”

  • Tommy G. Thompson, Republian Senate candidate for Wisconsin, June 4, 2012
  • Source: video
  • Context: Thompson was speaking at a meeting on June 4 of the Lake Country Area Defenders of Liberty, a Tea Party group, in Oconomowoc. He faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the November 6 election for a seat in the Senate. Thompson’s campaign responded by saying that he simply wants to reform Medicaid and Medicare.

Country Club Fantasy

September 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

“Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.”

  • David Brooks, conservative columnist, September 17, 2012
  • Source: Thurston Howell Romney
  • Context: Brooks wrote a piece for the New York Times criticizing Romney’s comments from a private fundraiser in May which have now become viral after they were leaked by Mother Jones. In it, he describes Romney as being out of touch politically, socially, and culturally. Fact checkers have already pointed out that Romney’s comments about welfare and those on it are false and misleading, but Brooks goes even further, pointing out that many people on welfare are Republicans:

“The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.”

  • On Romney being out of touch, he said:

“First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

“First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

“It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined. The number of people who think government spending promotes social mobility has fallen.”

“Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact. In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.”

“The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. The formula he sketches is this: People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive benefits have dependency. But, of course, no middle-class parent acts as if this is true. Middle-class parents don’t deprive their children of benefits so they can learn to struggle on their own. They shower benefits on their children to give them more opportunities — so they can play travel sports, go on foreign trips and develop more skills. People are motivated when they feel competent. They are motivated when they have more opportunities. Ambition is fired by possibility, not by deprivation, as a tour through the world’s poorest regions makes clear.”

A Racist Organization

September 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Besides slavery, abortion is the other darkest stain on our nation’s character. And this president is looking for every way possible to make abortion more available and more frequent, and he wants you to pay for it — even if you disagree with it. Welcome to another provision of Obamacare.

I am the adoptive father of four children, each of them either — each of them either black, Hispanic, Native American, and I am incensed that this president pays money to an entity that was created for the sole purpose of killing children that look like mine — a racist organization, and it continues specifically to target minorities for abortion destruction.”

  • Tim Huelskamp, Republican Congressman from Kansas, September 14, 2012
  • Source: NBC News
  • Context: Tim Huelskamp made the comments at the 2o12 Values Voters Summit, referring to President Obama’s funding of Planned Parenthood. However, as FactCheck.org has pointed out, only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s are abortions, and 10% of the organizations clients receive an abortion. Furthermore, federal funding cannot be (by law) and is not used to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion services.

Not Letting Facts Dictate The Campaign

August 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

“Fact-checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs and you know what? We’re not going let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

  • Neil Newhouse, Romney campaign pollster, August 28, 2012
  • Source: ABC News
  • Context: During an ABC-Yahoo! News interview, which included Romney’s senior advisers Eric Fehrnstrom and Beth Myers, Neil Newhouse said that Romney’s ad attacking Obama for welfare reform has been the most effective for their campaign and he brushed off criticism that the ad is, in fact, false. The Washington Post, Factcheck.org, Politifact, and many other independent organizations have all rated Romney’s accusations as false.

A Voice To Foster Anti-Discirmination Efforts

August 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican party and I would be a voice in the Republican party to foster anti-discrimination efforts.”

  • Mitt Romney, August 25, 1994
  • Source: Bay Windows (original article from 1994)
  • Context: During his race for the U.S. Senate against Ted Kennedy in 1994, Romney did an interview with an LGBT paper where he showed his enthusiasm and support for gay rights. As a 2012 presidential contender, however, Romney is now opposed to gay marriage and other LGBT issues. In the same article, he also talks about his support for abortion, saying:

“My mom was a U.S. Senate candidate in 1970, before Roe v. Wade. My church feels that abortion is not a good choice. However, my mother advocated for the legalization of abortion. So they, like I, can live by and have personal beliefs which celebrate the diversity of our society, and fight for the right of all people to live by their own beliefs and to make their own choices.”

Impossible To Contract AIDS Through Heterosexual Sex

August 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community — it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex…very rarely [transmitted].”

  • Stacey Campfield, Republican member of the Tennessee Senate, January 26, 2012
  • Source: The Gist with Michelangelo Signorile (audio)
  • Context: Stacey Campfield spearheaded the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Tennessee, which would ban the discussion of any sexual orientation other than heterosexuality. Campfield makes several false claims, one being that AIDS rarely spreads during heterosexual sex, and that AIDS began when a man had sex with a monkey:

“According the esteemed Canadian infectious disease specialist Jacques Pepin, in his groundbreaking book The Origin of AIDS, DNA evidence now available has shown that the first known case of simian-to-human transmission of HIV occurred in Africa in the 1930s when a hunter killed and chopped up a monkey for food. The monkey’s blood infected an open cut. (There is no evidence of monkey to human sexual transmission). HIV then was transmitted among humans for decades in Africa largely via unprotected heterosexual vaginal sex, which, contrary to Campfield’s claims, the CDC and all public health experts warn is a high risk activity. Today, around the globe, the majority of people with HIV are heterosexual and are infected via heterosexual sex.”

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