Monthly Archives: October 2012

How cutting Medicaid Actually Increases the Deficit

There’s a lot we don’t know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won. He refuses to say which tax loopholes he would close to make up for $5 trillion in tax cuts; his economic “plan” is an empty shell.

But one thing is clear: If he wins, Medicaid — which now covers more than 50 million Americans, and which President Obama would expand further as part of his health reform — will face savage cuts. Estimates suggest that a Romney victory would deny health insurance to about 45 million people who would have coverage if he lost, with two-thirds of that difference due to the assault on Medicaid.

So this election is, to an important degree, really about Medicaid. And this, in turn, means that you need to know something more about the program.

For while Medicaid is generally viewed as health care for the nonelderly poor, that’s…

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I can’t get why folks are buying Romney’s generic rhetoric, but this blogger really expresses Mitt’s “strategy”.

“Lead from behind” may be a sound bite the Obama administration regrets, but debating from behind is clearly something President Obama is very good at. He got the first debate’s wakeup call while Mitt Romney let the encounter in Denver mislead him into confusing petulance with strength.

For Obama’s supporters, the fact that the president played offense, had a strategy and seemed happy in his work was reason enough for elation. But the most electorally significant performance was Romney’s. Under pressure this time, the former Massachusetts governor displayed his least attractive sides. He engaged in pointless on-stage litigation of the debate rules. He repeatedly demonstrated his disrespect for both the president and Candy Crowley, the moderator. And Romney was just plain querulous when anyone dared question him about the gaping holes in his tax and budget plans.

Any high school debate coach would tell a student that declaring, “Believe…

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Needham for Elizabeth

from Needham Times  —This year I will cast my vote for Elizabeth Warren for U.S. senator.  There are three reasons for my decision.
One:  I am a lifelong Republican, who now votes as an Independent.  It saddens me that the Grand Old Party has been hijacked by an extreme ideology, which I believe is harmful to our country. If Massachusetts sends Scott Brown back to the Senate, control may shift back to a Republican party, whose members deny global warming, espouse creationism, and refuse to compromise on legislation that’s needed for the U.S. to recover from the lingering effects of the greatest financial crisis since the great Depression.  Not the kind of leadership I want.


Two:  Senator Scott Brown seems like a nice guy, but on issues that I consider important, he has voted with his party, and against the best interests of the majority of our…

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Could allso be titled how sociopaths fool folks not paying attn! Excellent post!


Yesterday, I posted about Romney’s cheating during the presidential debate.  I had taken a number of screen shots from this video.  Sometimes when you think you have a good post, real life gets in the way, and you end up rushing something and not doing it justice. I feel that way about yesterday’s post. So, here I am, having woken at 5.30am. I am determined to do justice to the Romney family’s reaction to Mitt and his retrieval of his notes. I may repeat some screen shots, but bear with me, because in my opinion, their reaction shows just how worried they were about Mitt trying to stuff those papers into his pockets.

When the debate is over, The Romney family are all smiles. Mitt has done well and they know it. Pay attention to the DIL (in the striped dress). She is the giveaway.

Everyone is delighted!


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New York demands documentary footage on Central Park Five case

This Just In

New York City is demanding that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns hand over footage of the movie he made about five men who were wrongfully imprisoned and later exonerated for the rape of a woman in Central Park.

The demand is part of the city’s attempt to defend itself against multi-million dollar federal lawsuits filed of by some of the “The Central Park Five,” as the exonerated men had come to be known.

Lawyers for New York City filed a subpoena demanding Burns and his production company, Florentine Films, give them the unpublished interviews and unreleased footage not used in the documentary, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

“The plaintiffs’ interviews go to the heart of the case and cannot be obtained elsewhere,” saidCeleste Koeleveld, a city attorney.

But Burns, along with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and her husband David McMahon, who co-wrote and produced the film, say…

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Dear Mr. President, Where Were You During The First Debate?

Dear Mr. President Obama,

I am a staunch advocate and volunteer for your campaign, of course you have my vote.

But last night was not about appealing to your core base. We already know you have grown the economy, kept your promises about the war, repealed don’t ask, don’t tell and made a fool of President Bush by finding & killing Bin Laden in the country of our supposed “ally” Pakistan, without risking the thousands of lives, as President Bush did. We know you support the civil rights of every American and will work hard to protect women’s rights on healthcare & fair pay.

However what folks don’t know for fact, is how horrible a Romney Presidency will truly be.

Mr. Romney spent 18 months spewing his disdain for the middle/lower classes of the country AND making no apology promises to “cut taxes across the board”. He drummed into the heads of many naive folks the only way to improve the economy is lowering taxes for the “job creators”, when enlightened folks know only supply & demand creates jobs. He’s torn the electorate apart,  convincing the less enlightened “hard-working” core of Americans they are being forced to support the lazy 47%, without ever truly explaining who that 47% includes (ie retirees, the disabled,  Low income workers, etc).

How could you not have used the opportunity of the debate to defend & define that segment of the population! We’ve endured those insults & made to feel less than contributing citizens by the Romney & Ryan videos & rhetoric for months, even though we do in fact pay taxes & contribute. Without us, folks like Romney couldn’t remain 1%’ers. We shop ,buying the “job creators” goods & services, we fly/drive supplying the customer base for big oil, etc. How could you not point out, that without that 47% the American Dream would die, because there would be no way for the economy to survive if we 47%er’s weren’t help power it everyday!

How could you not point out, especially when Romney threw the opportunity in your lap when he said he will cut “any program he feels is not worth borrowing money from China for”,  how miserable & dangerous the country will be? If there are no safety net, regulations, and government involvement in education & healthcare, people will be suffering & just that 47%.

If he cuts teachers/Department of Education or makes teaching an unattractive profession by advocating for “merit pay”/no tenure, who will go into that field & what will happen to our children’s grade school & hopes for higher education? Where will the 1% get their skilled workers from or is that the plan to have poorly educated students that will be forever nothing more than consumers? If he cuts benefits for the disabled/Social Security Administration, how will they afford housing. medication, training programs and protection from discrimination, even though the majority of disabled people have paid into that system while working? He’s said he will eliminate HUD, you couldn’t explain many will be out on the streets (incl veterans) & what quality of life will be even for 1% if America is lined with increased homelessness? What comes with an increase in homelessness  -high crime, sickness, higher mortality rates, on and on.

If Romney turns back functions of the federal government the states, as he’s campaigned, how can we protect the rights of women, children & minorities without federal oversight? If you’re in a red state no healthcare for you, if you’re in a blue state, maybe you’ll get it?

Who knows exactly what that psychopath wants to cut, and you couldn’t ask him once for specifics? You couldn’t have illustrated the impact of a cuts of a Romney presidency? You couldn’t point out how unreliable anything Romney said he’d do, based on the degrading 47% tapes he stands by?

I hear you were prepped to be non combative, keep your low key approach for fear of being labeled “The Angry Black Man”.  But the fact that Romney is going to gut a large portion of programs for our most vulnerable should make you angry. Anyone that interprets your disdain for Romney’s lies as a stereotype isn’t voting for you anyway. You’ll never get the racist vote.

The only vote left for is decent hard-working undecided Americans, not necessarily paying attention on a daily basis to ads & pundits, but care about our country on all fronts. The domestic economy is your strong point, this was your debate! Families have felt the relief of keeping their kids insured, rebate checks, the death of Bin Laden, etc. But if some slick talking slimeball promises more money in their pockets, without outlining the true human cost, they might fall for it.

Although Romney’s word isn’t worth the oxygen he expends on it,  you can’t depend on folks seeing through the lies.  Imma need you to step up your game, Mr. President, you can only kill Bin Laden once!