Monday, July 30, 2012

Supreme Hypocrite

Headline from a story about Justice Scalia's FOX news interview1 day ago...
US Supreme Court not 'political at all': Scalia

and in today's story the Justice who claims the Court is apolitical is quoted as saying:

Of course, I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing everything that I've tried to do for 25 years, 26 years, sure. I mean, I shouldn't have to tell you that. Unless you think I'm a fool.

So the only way to get the gavel away from the non-partisan Justice  while a Democrat is in office will be to pry it from his cold dead hands.

The highlight of the interview is when Justice Scalia-who claims to be a strict constructionist- suggests that owning rocket launchers is probably a 2nd amendment right since the founders intended all weapons that are hand held to be covered.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Bane of Romney's Campaign

Rush Limbaugh has uncovered a comic book conspiracy...

The real conspiracy is what happened to Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. The one who signed the assault weapons ban when Congress let the federal ban fade away. The Mitt Romney who didn't think the government should intrude on a woman's choice to end a pregnancy. The governor who proudly supported a free market solution to bringing healthcare to all the citizens of his state, a program many referred to as "Romneycare" until he mysteriously seems to have forgotten all about it. There is the cynical view that Romney has changed what he claims are his core values and principles to simply get the votes needed to gain power and prestige, but that is too far fetched!

Readers of comic books are well aware of such warning signs. The real Mitt Romney may have switched places with a fascistic Mitt Romney from a totalitarian universe, like in several Star Trek series episodes. Why else would Romney seek office as a staunch conservative seeking to undo all the things he did in Massachusetts as a progressive minded moderate Republican just a few years earlier?

 Mark Hamill recently speculated that Romney is now some sort of synthetic life form or android, noticing the mechanical quality of Romney's recent statement "Lemon. Wet. Good."
  It could mean that Romney is possessed and is being manipulated by a malevolent outside force-perhaps by Christine O'Donnell, who once dabbled in witchcraft in high school. If the current version of Mitt Romney is in fact the original, it could explain his sometimes erratic behavior. Romney may be struggling to break free of the whichcraft that has transformed him into a contradiction of all he once was. How else would you explain remarks like:

I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love.
I’m not familiar with precisely what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WP Factchecker Taxes My Patience

 On July 3rd, @BarackObama tweeted “FACT: In 2010 and 2011, Romney paid less than 15% in taxes on $42.5 million in income—much less than what many middle-class families pay.”

This was too much for Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's Fact Checker, who gave the President 3 "Pinocchios" for misleading the public. Kessler does not dispute what percentage Romney paid, but rather what percentage a middle class American pays in taxes. Using figures from Kessler's own column, Obama was indeed correct if you are a glass half full kind of person: 

Effective Tax Rates (including payroll tax paid by employer)
Bottom 20 percent (0-$17,000):         1 percent
Second 20 Percent ($17,000-$33,500): 7.8 percent
Middle 20 percent ($33,500-59,500): 15.5 percent
Fourth 20 Percent ($59,000-$103,500): 18.7 percent
Top 20 Percent ($103,500+):  24.3 percent
Romney paid an effective rate of 13.9 percent in 2010 and 15.4 percent in 2011, lower than the mid point of 15.5 percent. Kessler does point out that, contrary to most Republican and TEA Party rhetoric, "most Americans pay a relatively small percentage of their income in taxes."  What bothers me is that many million and billionaires pay rates similar to those of the struggling middle class. 

Dividing income into quintiles is misleading. Is a household that makes over $60,000 truly upper class? What about $103,501, which gets you into the top 20 percent? Even when he was unemployed, Mitt Romney was able to make $21.7 million in 2010 and $20.9 million in 2011. Romney is clearly in a different social-economic class than a small business owner making a little more than $104,000 a year, but Romney's apologists would prefer you not think of that.  Paying high taxes to get the country out of a crisis is patriotic. Rigging the system so the wealthiest 1/1000th can have tax loopholes is not.  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

I Prefer Green Tea

Obama birthers
drinking sweet tea and Kool Aid
flavored with hatred

Another Mitt Cover Up

Yo yo! Who let the dawg out of his cage on the roof? Hi, I'm Mitt Romney and for only fifty dollars, you can purchase one of my fine quality Believe in America hooded outer garments! Like my positions, it's totally reversible!

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