And here's the third "Don't Vote for Mitt Romney" video produced by Schlepp Films (a fourth one is expected, too!).
(created by Schlepp Films)
Here's the second "Don't Vote for Mitt Romney" video by Chris McGuire/Schlepp Films, titled "Mormon":
(created by Schlepp Films)
A series of anti-Romney videos are splashing the internet recently, and not only are they hysterical, but they're quite true, too.
Borrowing from DIREC TV's popular "what happens when you make bad decisions" commercials, these "Don't Vote for Mitt Romney" videos are created by actor and producer Chris McGuire.
There are three videos out at the moment, with promises of more to come.
Here's the first one, titled "Tranny":
(created by Schlepp Films)
Romney Recap for Sept 17-23
Romney earned $2,076 in the time it took me to post this blog entry
Math for Bachmanns (See Romney's tax return)
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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.
Two Citadel undergraduates recently made complaints of sexual abuse against a former classmate.
Identified as Steve Munoz by Buzzfeed, the accused 2011 graduate has also been a paid staff member of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, and was also paid twice this year by the Romney campaign.
The incidents were filed with the Citadel’s Dept. of Public Safety, which then turned the complaint over to state law enforcement on Friday.
In South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary of January, Munoz was listed to be Santorum’s “deep connection to the Citadel(.)” The Santorum site still lists Munoz as a campaign assistant during the Iowa presidential primary election, and Munoz also maintained a fundraising website, titled “Steve4Rick,” for the Santorum campaign.
Munoz was also credited with earning Santorum the endorsement of South Carolina’s former U.S. Congressman Gresham Barrett.
Romney’s campaign acknowledges that he “did a few ad hoc projects for us on a per diem basis,” but told Buzzfeed that Munoz was “never an employee of the campaign.”
Santorum’s campaign staff declined comment.
(Click on image to read entire article on The Daily Beast)
The first complainant alleges that incidents occurred in early 2010, when the then-cadet Munoz made multiple attempts to touch him in the groin. According to the report obtained by local CBS affiliate WCSC, Munoz told the complainant “it was more okay for guys to be with guys sexually before marriage than to be with girls and that God would be less angry at the two guys messing around than a guy and a girl.”
The second complaint describes three incidents over four consecutive days in February 2011 while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC. The intensity of the assaults progressively increased, the complainant says, with the last one resulting with Munoz being thrown to the floor after physically approaching the complaint while he slept.
The Citadel provided statements to students and to faculty and staff on Friday, reminding all of its compliance with relevant laws, as well as recommended methods that students can use to protect themselves from such circumstances.
On Sept. 4, national public debt broke $16 trillion for the first time.
The next day, South Carolina’s Rep. Tim Scott (1st Dist.) was quick to point out the new numbers on his congressional website.
“That works out to almost $51,000 for every American,” he wrote upon the site, dropping blame upon the Democratic Party and claiming “it is well past time that we again regain fiscal control.”
His opponent, Democratic candidate Bobbie Rose, finds Scott’s assessment to be rather misleading, however. In addition, she says, Scott’s only supported measures that would increase the financial burden on all but the wealthy.
“First of all, about 40 percent of that isn’t current debt, but anticipated future payments of assets we already hold,” Rose says. “That’s our Federal Reserve funds preserved for national emergency, our Social Security Trust Fund and other trust funds.
“About $4 billion of it isn’t any debt of the federal government, either, but our own public debt,” she adds, offering personal mortgages, student loans and business debts as examples.
Very much of the actual government debt results from Pres. George W. Bush’s administration, too, Rose points out.
“The fact is, of that $16 trillion debt, $6.1 trillion – by far the largest single increase – came about during Bush’s eight years in office. This massive increase was due to tax cuts for the wealthy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the economic downturn in 2001 and the recession that started in 2007.
“In his very long political career, I don’t recall Scott ever before complaining about government debt when it came to Bush’s spending.”
$9.5 trillion of current national public debt originates from the last three Republican presidents.
“It’s interesting that when tax cuts on our wealthiest citizens were occurring during two wars,” Rose adds, “the Republican Party showed an astounding lack of interest in our national debt.”
While debt has continued growing since Bush’s exit, “the current debt is due to stimulus spending – money spent here in the U.S. The continuation of recession through 2009 resulted in lost revenue, too,” she says.
Scott’s votes and endorsements indicate that he won’t properly address this debt, either, Rose says.
“Scott has supported measures that take away from the middle class, that cost the middle class, and that only favor wealthy citizens,” citing Scott’s support for the Ryan Budget, which cut away from veterans’ benefits, and his endorsement of Mitt Romney as examples.
A recent study by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center found that Romney’s proposed tax plan would raise income taxes on all Americans earning less than $200,000.
“That’s 95 percent of the population,” Rose points out.
“Why can’t our government do what families all across the country do when they are in debt? We find a way to bring in more money. Why can’t our government use the only solution that will work, raising revenue on our top earners?” she asks.
“Scott says stimulus spending doesn’t work, but that’s counter to what every nonpartisan economist has told us,” adds Rose.
“What doesn’t work, and will never work, is taking ‘raising revenue’ off the table.”
Also read:US Debt 101
Tim Scott: Americans aren't supposed to be equal
Budget policies, then and now
Rose to Rep. Scott: Hit the road, Tim
Scott's vets event an insult to veterans, Rose says
Scott's first-year spending high, paid to endorsers
In the last reported year of 2010, the average annual wage in the US was $41,673.83.
It took Mitt Romney only four hours to earn that amount, however.
These figures and other MoneyMitTrivia are available on the new RomneyMakes.com site.
One quite notable point made on the site is that, if Romney were elected this year, his tax proposals would get him and other millionaires a tax cut of over $87,000 each.
Not only is that more than twice the average American income, but Romney's plan would increase income taxes by $500 for those making that average income.
The site also has some downloadable banners for anyone to use, two of which I feature below.
Math for Bachmanns
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
Democratic congressional candidate Bobbie Rose applauds an Executive Order signed yesterday, and with a sigh of relief.
According to the White House, the Order provides military veterans with improvements in suicide prevention programs and mental healthcare access, as well as funding for other related projects.
“These provisions to our veterans are long overdue,” Rose says, “based on their plainly-evident need that’s been rapidly growing.
“What has contributed to this growth, sadly, is my opponent’s earlier failure to address them – even rejection of them,” she adds.
“Rep. Tim Scott has openly voted against these specific interests of our military veterans.”
In June 2011, for example, Scott voted against a measure that intended to direct an additional $20 million to programs for veterans’ suicide prevention and post-traumatic stress disorder (H.R. 2055).
An established need to address this circumstance remains, however; every 80 minutes a veteran takes his or her own life, according to the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
“For every one soldier killed in combat, about 25 vets take their own lives,” says Rose.
This need is growing, too, Rose notes, pointing out that the rate of suicides by active U.S. military recently hit a new high – 38 in July 2012 – and the year-to-date rate of this tragedy is up 22 percent compared to the same period from last year.
Her experience working with a suicide prevention program lends her insight to these particular needs.
“While working with (suicide prevention hotline service) Samaritans, we were instructed to never let the phone ring more than twice,” Rose recalls. “It is critical to serve people in this type of crisis immediately and without delay.”
However, recent news reports tell of veterans being put on hold when calling suicide prevention hotlines, and committing suicide while on waiting lists for therapy.
“For these needs to have been ignored – not to mention voted against – by Scott, indicates his lack of representation of our veterans, who make up a sizable portion of constituents in our state, too,” Rose says.
South Carolina is home to over 400,000 military veterans, almost 50,000 of whom have recently served in Afghanistan or Iraq. Over a quarter of all veterans in the state have some type of disability.
“I’m very relieved that veterans can now have substantial improvement in needed service.
“And as the 1st District’s representative, I would never shirk my Congressional duties and put our veterans in the position of having to wait for an executive order to access the help they need and deserve,” Rose promises.
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