Here's the second "Don't Vote for Mitt Romney" video by Chris McGuire/Schlepp Films, titled "Mormon":
(created by Schlepp Films)
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While he is still taking flak for a secret video that got released last week (see below), there were many other notable quotes and deeds from Mitt Romney in that same period that shouldn’t be overlooked.
And that “47 percent” line wasn’t the worst of them, either.
Romney appeared on Univision, a Hispanic U.S. television network, but only after his campaign team was allowed to fill the empty seats of the studio with Romney supporters. And his faux pas (or “paso en falso”) wasn’t the tanned, Spanish skin tone that some media thought to be his cosmetic attempt to look Latino.
Romney reportedly refused to enter the stage when called by the hosts (“threw a tantrum,” according to one witness) because he didn’t like this traditional intro of the network. He forced the crew to start shooting all over again with his own favored introduction of last-minute planning.
Speaking about his goal to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Romney suggested that folks without insurance could simply go to a hospital emergency room when they needed medical care.
Not only is this practice partly responsible for the very high cost of medical care in the U.S., and even for the high cost of medical insurance for others, but it’s also the exact opposite of what Romney told voters in his last presidential campaign.
In a 2008 debate of Republican candidates, Romney said “they shouldn’t be allowed to just show up at the hospital and say, somebody else should pay for me.”
After long wait and uncountable requests, on Sept. 21 Romney finally released his most recent tax return. He could have taken an additional $1.75 million in deductions for charitable donations, too, he points out, but chose not to, thus increasing his tax burden.
But just weeks ago in July, Romney said he would never, ever pass up on a possible tax deduction; in fact, to do so would mean he shouldn’t get elected, he said. “(F)rankly if I had paid more than are legally due, I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president.”
This release of his last tax return didn’t answer many questions, either, and instead just created new ones.
Lastly, Romney thinks the aircraft industry has long overlooked one needed improvement – retractable windows!
Explaining how an onboard electrical mishap delayed his wife’s flight last Friday, Romney said “you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”
Of course, airplane windows don’t open for three main reasons: 1) there is a depreciation of oxygen at flight altitudes, meaning passengers would pass out and quickly die, 2) the temperature is far below zero at such elevations, and 3) passengers would be sucked out of their pressurized cabins. (Add in all the litter from folks tossing out their empty peanut packs, and it’s even clearer.)
And this, folks, is just a one-week recap of the man who wants to be your president.
At the recent Republican National Convention, congresswoman (and former presidential candidate) Michele Bachmann defended her former opponent against claims he was out-of-touch with the average American.
A USA Today reporter asked her, "(T)here are those who say, 'How can someone with that kind of vast wealth really connect with the American public, really understand what the plight of the American public is?'"
Bachmann's response? "Well, President Obama is extremely wealthy. He and his wife have been wealthy for a number of years, and so I think that's really the issue."
Go on - see it for yourself in the video below:
So, Bachmann says, Mitt Romney is the preferred candidate because Obama has too much money?
Of course, we could just compare their tax returns side-by-side, now couldn't we? (You can use the "view in full screen" options, located in the bottom-right corner of each of the Scribd columns below.)
This just in for Michele Bachmann: $20,808,805 is greater than $844,585. TWENTY FIVE TIMES greater, in fact.
And it's FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY NINE times more than the average American income of $41,673.83, too.
Now, call me strange, but I can't help but notice that Romney got none of the $20.8 million from actual work. That's right - his multi-millions didn't come from any job. They came from interest on his other money. From stock dividends. And from rental properties, too.
So who is it exactly, Bachmann, that's out of touch with the average American household? Mitt Romney, that's who.
As for Bachmann herself? She's out of touch with reality.
Let's not forget that Romney has yet to release all of his 2010 returns, either. Some takes on that are because he may have filed an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program document - a one-time opportunity for those who committed illegal tax evasion to come clean and pay up. If that's the case - admitting a felony - Romney wouldn't be able to appear on the ballots of some states.
Reich's regard for Romney-Ryan's Wreckonomics
McCain team's 200-page report on Romney
Occupy Charleston occupies local Bachmann event
Starve the unemployed, Bachmann says
Bachmann brings bad weather - and bad bus drivers - to South Carolina
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Mitt Romney flip-flops so much that an opponent once referred to him not as pro-choice, but multiple choice.
He owns a gun/he doesn't own a gun. He's always been Republican/he used to be independent. He was disappointed in Reagan/he wants to be like Reagan. And he's flipped on stem cell research almost as frequently as he's gone from "don't ask" to "do tell."
In short, Romney can't seem to make up his mind on any important issue.
He's catching a lot of flak for that, too, as the campaign season picks up pace. But perhaps the most telling of his flip-floppiness is a report that his primary opponent had compiled against him back in the 2008 race.
John McCain's campaign team compiled a very detailed account on Romney, covering his personal history. One full section of the report detailed the many turnarounds Romney made during his political career - abortion, immigration, taxes, the Second Amendment, and more.
Read the entire 200-page document here on Robservations.
If he changes his mind so often, then how can we count on him to be president?
You can't teach an old dog new tricks. But if that dog comes back to life, it's opportunities are endless!
Take Mitt Romney's former pooch, Seamus, for example. In this election year, Romney's been haunted by his former pet from yesteryear, who was once (as everyone around the world now knows) strapped upon the roof of his car while the Romney's ventured on a 650-mile road trip.
Not only has the memory of that animal and its torturous trek been preserved by consistent media reports, but it appears to have launched a reincarnation of Seamus, too, who last night came back to life in the form of Seattle news reporter Nancy Guppy.
Arriving at the 38th annual Seattle International Film Festival last night, Guppy crawled out of a pet cage strapped atop the roof of a car.
(from a Ken Lambert/Seattle Times photo)
At least Guppy could tolerate the journey much better than Seamus did. She didn't need to be cleaned up at a car wash, like Romney had to do to his (now immortal) pooch.
'Dogs Against Romney' hit Charleston campaign event
At a private gathering yesterday, Republican candidate Mitt Romney told campaign donors about his true presidential goals, some he admitted he didn’t want the general public to know.
What Romney didn’t know, however, was that media were nearby and heard everything he said.
His true goals and beliefs? Cut from, merge and even eliminate federal government departments. He’s already won the support of Fox News’ “true believers.” And he hopes Hispanics suffer economically now in order to win their votes in November.
Garrett Haake from NBC, who recorded Romney’s address while standing with other media below the event’s setting, caught Romney stating he would consolidate many government departments and eliminate some; even “Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later,” Romney said.
The Dept. of Education wouldn’t be completely removed, Romney told attendees at the gathering, but he would “make it a heck of a lot smaller.”
He can’t let voters know of his true intentions with the Dept. of Education, though, he said, because he learned that public opposition to the concept harmed his campaign for U.S. Senate in 1994.
Also, Romney said part of the reason he wants to cut from that department is to harm teachers’ unions, according to Haake.
While Hispanics may be leaning towards Pres. Obama at the moment, Romney acknowledged, one way to get their vote would be if the economy were poor enough to have that topic outweigh the subject of immigration. “We have to get Hispanic voters for our party,” he said.
Romney also spoke of poor reception he received from all television media except for Fox News, which he said was only viewed by “the true believers.” He leads the Obama campaign on the Internet, though, he said, and particularly through web applications like Twitter.
In an average of recent polls, Obama leads Romney by three percent. The most recent poll, conducted April 13-15 by CNN and ORC International, shows the president leading his Republican challenger by nine percent.
Thinking of Republican presidential candidates makes Current TV's Brett Erlich ... well, badly in need of a drink.
And since it's St. Patrick's Day, what better way to drink away the ails those rethugs could bestow than with a fine pint of ale?
Extending this Irish theme even further, Brett makes up his own St. Paddy's Day drinks in honor of each one.
Erin go blaaaaaahhhhh.....
(snagged from Current TV's website)
And in a personal (Irish, even) side-note to those Republican figures - imeacht gan teacht ort!
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Voters may typically support politicians with whom they share something in common, and chiefly on topics that can be classed as social issues. But that’s not the case for one particular presidential candidate.
A recent study by Pew Research Center found Catholic voters are less likely to support Rick Santorum, the Republican who’s a member of their same church, than they would Mitt Romney in a general election.
According to the survey, 44 percent of Catholic voters said they would support Romney if he faced Obama in November. Only 39 percent of these same voters said they would support the Catholic Santorum, however.
President Obama took a majority of Catholic vote in both cases.
Through most of his political career, Santorum has regularly cited his Roman Catholic faith as key to particular platform positions, including his opinion that contraception is immoral.
The Church itself professes this restraint against all types of birth control, too, even by coitus interruptus.
This topic gathered much attention recently with Santorum’s statements that companies should be able to deny coverage of birth control from their employees’ insurance policies, and his public criticism of Romney’s assumed stance on this same issue.
While no one may know exactly why these Catholic voters disassociate themselves with Santorum, a “Voter Guide” produced by the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good may lend some insight.
CACG’s guide (subtitled “The Common Good in America Today”) doesn’t specify or even allude to any candidate platforms, but it does list nine key political standings of Catholics. And Santorum doesn’t uphold many of them – not even in full on its pro-life tenet.
Take labor, for example; CACG’s guide states “the Catholic Church has explicitly affirmed the rights of workers to organize themselves into unions and to collective bargaining since 1891.”
During his 11-year term in the U.S. Senate, though, the highest rating Santorum received from the AFL-CIO was a mere 21 on a 100-point scale, indicating a notable distance between him and this CACG principle of workers’ rights.
The “Voter Guide” openly supports the Affordable Care Act and other healthcare programs, too. “We believe that the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid give concrete expression to the biblical belief that we are our brothers’ keeper,” the guide reads on the topic of health care.
Santorum, however, includes repeal of ACA as a key category in his campaign. He also declares significant changes to Medicare, which could change to a status CACG fears most: “a voucher program that would leave the elderly to the mercy of the insurance companies.”
On foreign policy, CACG’s guide states belief that “statesmen should heed what is known as Just War Theory, not least because that theory insists that war must always be a last resort.”
But Santorum has already threatened air strikes against Iran, and includes funding of rebel overthrow of its government in his platform.
At least he aligns with CACG on the topics of birth control and abortion – but not in full, unfortunately.
On the pro-life topic, the guide reads “Those who share our commitment to the unborn must be challenged to embrace programs that provide affordable health care to the elderly,” an embrace that Santorum fails to provide due to his proposals to slash Medicare budgeting and remove federal oversight that protects its users.
So do these issues mean a lot to Catholic voters? Apparently.
Remember, the Pew study found they favor Romney – whose Church of Latter Day Saints refers to Catholics as a “whore of Babylon” in its writings – five percent more than they do Santorum.
As the Republican presidential primary race continues to progress, so do the odds that Pres. Obama will defeat whoever finally wins the GOP nomination.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center finds the president has a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney, and leads Rick Santorum by 18 percent.
The 54-42 lead over Romney is a notable improvement in the last six months. A September/October study on the same topic found the president tied with the former Massachusetts governor (48-48).
Obama’s large lead over Santorum is also rapidly improving, according to the study. The 57-39 advantage over the former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania was only a 10-point difference of 53-43 one month ago.
The Pew study found national public support improving for the Democratic Party overall, as well, and in practically all demographic categories.
In the last 12 months, the favorable-to-unfavorable reception of Democrats improved to 49-43, while negative reception of the Republican Party grew from 48 percent to 56.
Included in the demographic categories of voters who favor Democrats much more substantially than Republicans are women (16 percent difference), voters under 30 years of age (20 percent) and college graduates (24 percent).
The only group that regards the Democratic Party with more disfavor than favorability is upper-income households, the study finds. Only 47 percent of voters who earn more than $75,000 regard Democrats favorably, while 50 percent find the party unfavorable.
This same group of upper-income voters have even higher disregard for the GOP, though; 58 percent of them regard the Republican Party with disfavor, while only 40 percent favor them.
In other words, upper-income voters are still more likely to support Democrats than Republicans.
This demographic group is small, too. Less than a third of all American households (31.6 percent) earn more than $75,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
While the Pew study was conducted nationally, its results do raise questions in the Palmetto State. Neither of the currently-leading candidates did well in the South Carolina primary, with Romney taking 27.9 percent and Santorum only 17, trailing Newt Gingrich’s 40.4 percent of the vote.
Romney won two delegates in that Jan. 21 contest, they coming exclusively from the state’s first congressional district, which includes Horry County and parts of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Georgetown counties.
Winner Gingrich took 23 delegates, leading in 43 of the South Carolina’s 46 counties, and Santorum won no delegates.
Today, however, Gingrich ranks a distant third in total number of delegates accumulated, holding only 131 in comparison to Romney’s 495 and Santorum’s 252.
A CNN exit poll conducted on the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary election found that only 36 percent of the state’s participating Republicans would openly support Romney. About half (51 percent) said they would have reservations supporting him, while 13 percent of those active Republicans in the state would not support Romney at all, they said.
Pew Research conducted its survey on Mar. 7-11, and the full results are available for downloading.
A nonpartisan think tank based in Washington D.C, Pew Research Center regularly conducts studies on politics, elections, domestic policy, economics, demography, religion and social trends, amongst other subjects.