15 11 / 2012
The Real Romney - Another secret recording shows what Romney really thinks about minorities, birth control, and public assistance.
In a new recording of a conference call that took place yesterday, Romney told his contributors that Obama’s strategy was to “focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote.” These gifts, Romney lamented, “add up to trillions of dollars” and were delivered to “targeted groups,” “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people”
I just can’t with this. Things like education and access to decent health care aren’t “gifts”, they’re basic human rights. The wars in the Middle East have also cost untold trillions. Of course I don’t see them complaining about that….
09 11 / 2012
"They (Hispanics) should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented, and socially conservative (on abortion, for example). The principal reason they go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigrants. In securing the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney made the strategic error of (unnecessarily) going to the right of Rick Perry."
Missing the point forever. Yes, immigration is a big issue but the OTHER issue is your parties’ systemic racism. Until they understand that the very way they speak about Hispanic communities and immigrants is by and large racist they will make no headway. (via bricksandmortarandchewinggum)
…because immigrant community/family-oriented and “illegal immigrants” are mutually exclusive concepts. Undocumented people don’t have families and aren’t part of communities, so failing to parse them is a strategic error.
The GOP is assuming people who voted Democratic are single issue voters apparently. So now it seems, while trying their version of “inclusive” to figure out where they fucked up, women voted for their lady parts and Latin@s votes because of immigration? Are they just gonna come out and say Black people only voted for Obama because he’s Black?
BTW I wish more people would write about the Asian vote too, especially since the Asian community is so varied in the US.
26 10 / 2012
"Let’s not kid ourselves about just how cheap offshore labor really is. We not only pay substantially less per hour, we also avoid the costs we would incur if these workers immigrated here. We don’t pay for their medical expenses when they show up in the emergency room without insurance. We don’t pay for their pension costs if they don’t save for retirement. We don’t pay for their children’s public education. Nor do we pay for their out-of-wedlock children, their unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation, their slip and fall torts, their wear and tear on our public infrastructure, and the cost of their drunk driving, drug use and other crimes. We outsource pollution, its adverse effects on our health, and its clean-up costs. Neither the employees nor their employers are here to vote and seek political handouts."
Former Bain Capital partner and Mitt Romney supporter Edward Conard extols the virtues of “cheap offshore labor” in his book “Unintended Consequences.” Conard was for a long time the head of the manufacturing practice at Bain Capital. As we speak, Sensata Technologies, which is owned by Bain Capital, is preparing to offshore 170 jobs from a manufacturing plant in Freeport, Illinois to China. (via upwithchris)
16 6 / 2012
Spoiler alert: his proposal also includes moving the food stamp program from a federal program to a state-by-state one.
“The cuts would result in an average benefit cut of $90 per month for nearly a half a million households, according to Congressional Budget Office.”
I am eagerly awaiting his proposal to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in corporate subsidies, since at least one company out there has abused them. Because if we find one exception, it means we need to overhaul the entire program, right?
I fucking hate my senator. So much.
The Congressional Budget Office didn’t finish the sentence. Allow me:
“The cuts would result in an average benefit cut of $90 per month for nearly a half a million households who are already practically starving.”
16 6 / 2012
Michael Cook at Talk Business reports on the warm reception a speaker received at a recent Ozark Tea Party rally June 9 in Mountain Home for telling this “icebreaker” joke in her approximation of black dialect:A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’
“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’
“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’
“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”
The Baxter Bulletin, which covered the event, captured audio of the episode and reported that the crowd laughed heartily at Tea Party Board member Inge Marler. Afterward, one Tea Partyer, the local group’s founder Richard Caster, told a questioning reporter the joke was in bad taste. Marler also told the newspaper she regretted telling the joke (after being called on it), saying she found it on the Internet. (The Devil made her do it?)
Remember that item the other day about a study that found that the geographic likelihood of people Googling for terms like “n***er joke” tended to correlate with anti-Obama voting patterns?
Some 500 were on hand for the Baxter County gathering. The audience included Sen. Missy Irvin (R-ALEC), who sent out a Tweet from the event: “Great rally this afternoon for the Ozark Tea Party in Baxter County. Great job @RichardCaster!” Cook has called on all the Republican politicians in that area to repudiate Ms. Marler. I’d be happy to add the words of any who’d choose to do so. Or defend Marler, for that matter.
PS — A politician doesn’t face much risk telling race jokes in Baxter County, where the population is .2 percent black.
PPS — There are more white people on welfare than black people.