Ever since Saturday's announcement that Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's VP choice, team Obama has been in full throat scare mode. The problem is, this time around, the truth is getting out...in a number of outlets. Oh sure, you still have the kool-aid besotted talking heads like Soledad O'Brien, Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews but when you have the real big names like Wolf Blitzer taking Democrats to task, you know the meme has lost it's punch. And with good reason.....
Paul Ryan is committed to radically changing Medicare into a voucher program, and Democrats are hoping that they can turn this fact into an issue that destroys Romney's chances in Florida, a state filled with entitlement-happy seniors that is a must win for the Republicans.
But if Florida seniors were thinking rationally and self-interestedly, this Democratic attack would flop.
Paul Ryan is proposing no changes to Medicare for another 10 years, so anyone currently 55 or older wouldn't be affected at all.
And if you assume that the law won't get passed for a couple years, you can safely assume this issue is 100% irrelevant to anyone 53 or older.
The distinguishing characteristic of Florida is old people, but if the law doesn't even affect anyone who is older than their early 50s, it really shouldn't be a problem in Florida at all.
Like many, I have spent the last 24 hours just digesting the big news of the weekend - Mitt Romney announcing his choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate. One of the reactions that made me angriest and laugh hardest at at the same time was Andrea Mitchell - reporting live for MSNBC.
"This is a base election. This is not a pick for suburban moms, this is not a pick for women."
This is the same Andrea Mitchell who is married to former chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan, who can afford to live in a Manhattan high rise? How in God's name does she think she even has half a clue of what this (and many other suburban moms like me) go through. We can't afford front row seats to Broadway gala's like Ms. Mitchell does. We can't afford designer clothes like she does. She has no clue what my life is like.
GOP Chair Reince Priebus has a clue.....
New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor (@jodikantor) tweeted the following from Chicago today.
At Obama fundraiser in Chicago. Admission only $51, but room is half full.
Meanwhile, in North Carolina with the Romney/Ryan campaign?
Campaign officials for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tell The Daily Caller that well over 10,000 people attended a campaign rally at High Point’s Absolute Style Furniture showroom Sunday. The campaign estimates that 1,200 people were inside the venue while another 10,000 were outside.
And this was not the first event of the day.
Earlier in the day, Romney and Ryan campaigned at the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C. The Hickory Daily Record reported that the two were “greeted by thousands.” The Romney campaign told TheDC that an estimated 4,700 people showed up, with 1,700 people inside the event and 3,000 outside.
11,000+ at one event and 4700 at another. Almost 20,000 come out to see the Romney campaign in one day and a half full room at one of 5 fundraisers for the President today. Is this a foreshadowing of things to come?
Priorities USA's most recent ad drew howls of outrage from the right (and rightly so I might add) for hinting that Mitt Romney's "policies" lead to the death (7 years after the fact) of the wife of a man who was laid off by a company that Bain acquired over a year after Mitt Romney left Bain. Meanwhile back in DC, Erick Erickson brings up a more direct way where President Obama's policies (via Operation Fast and Furious) directly led to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
First a recap of the Joe Soptic saga:
Mitt Romney and Bain Capital bought GST Steel at some point. Romney left day to day operations of Bain in 1999. Thereafter, Bain offered Joe Soptic a buy out and he refused. Eventually the steel plant went out of business and Joe went on the unemployment line. That happened in 2001.
In 2002 or 2003, Mrs. Soptic injured her rotator cuff and left her job. She lost her insurance. In 2006, she was diagnosed with cancer and died a few days later. It is a terrible tragedy that Mitt Romney had nothing to do with.
It seems Mr. Soptic chose poorly on the buy out offer, lost his job, and would prefer to blame Mitt Romney than anyone else. Priorities USA has set a new standard — Mitt Romney killed a woman, despite being removed from both time of death and decision making.
So Joe Soptic rolled the dice (choosing to stay at his job instead of taking an early buy out package) and lost. Meanwhile, back along the southern US border....
How bad has this campaign gotten on the left? Pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA has release a new ad accusing Mitt Romney of murder! Think I'm being over dramatic? Politico doesn't think so.
The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action lobbed a heavy-duty attack at Mitt Romney this morning, airing an ad that links the closure of a GST Steel plant in Kansas City to the loss of a family’s health insurance — and the death of a woman some time later.
The man speaking in the ad, Joe Soptic, says, “Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant, I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill.” Soptic explains he’s not exactly sure when his wife became sick, but that when he took her to the hospital she had undetected, advanced cancer and died 22 days later.
The fun thing about this ad (besides the absolute absurdity of the claim)? CNN goes after the super-PAC by fact checking the ad. Care to guess just HOW false the ad is?
So Sen. Harry Reid claims to have some super-secret information on Governor Romney's tax payment status. It must be true information - after all he was so certain of it that he took to the Senate floor to divulge it - where he can't get sued for slander. The problem with Senator Reid's super-secret information....the only way his source would know this information would be if he/she had HACKED the IRS database (which is a felony) or worked for the IRS and released that information without permission (which is also a felony). Guy Benson explains.....
Even if this "source" at Bain (the identity of whom Reid has valiantly withheld -- on "principle," natch) exists, he would have zero knowledge of Romney's personal income taxes. Do your co-workers have access to your personal taxes? Exactly. This is ridiculous on its face.
Logical Lady Jennifer Rubin asks the million dollar question of this flap. Just how WOULD an mere investor at Bain have seen Romney's taxes?
In the wake of the Aurora Colorado shootings last two weeks ago, Bill O'Reilly brought Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz on to his show to discuss gun law. O'Reilly was in his usual idiotic, bombastic, not letting the guest get a word in edgewise form. One of the key exchanges in the video...
Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT) to Bill O'Reilly on keeping track of guns: “That’s absolutely not true. If you buy a fully automatic weapon, you have to go get a tax certificate from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in order to do that. You have to pass a fingerprint background check.”
O’Reilly countered, “You can buy an AK-47 in this country and no federal agency will know you buy it. And as the guy in Colorado proved, you can buy a mass amount of ammunition on the Internet and nobody’s reporting it.”
He continued, “Here’s my deal and you tell me where I’m wrong. If you sell heavy weaponry – semi-automatics, automatics, ammunition — all you do is you file with FBI and that way the FBI can cross-reference. All right, say the FBI has you on a terror watch list and then it comes in that you’re buying an AK, well the FBI’s going to put you under surveillance.”
This was not the first time in that show that O'Reilly brought up "heavy weapons" ....
While the shiny object media focuses on Chik-fil-A, 4 young men in Iran were due to be hanged for the crime.....of being gay.
Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy.
Four men named ‘Saadat Arefi’, ‘Vahid Akbari’, ‘Javid Akbari’ and ‘Houshmand Akbari’ are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.
The four men are said to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province of Iran.
According to HRANA and JOOPEA, these four men will be hanged for sodomy according Shari’a law.
A gay activist based in Iran said: ‘Although being gay is not a crime based on Iranian criminal law but this is the most clear statement against same sex-acts in past months.’
He added that ‘there were of our other men hanged in past five months.’
The meme of the week has to be the one that calls Mitt Romney's trip to Europe a "disaster". That meme got started based on a comment that the former Governor, speaking from his experience, made questioning London's readiness for the opening of the London Games. While some in the media crowed about the supposed faux pas, one - a former Londoner himself - defended the Governor's comments.
CNN host Piers Morgan appeared on his network with Brooke Baldwin on Thursday where he talked about his interview with Mitt and Ann Romney. Prior to playing clips of the interview, Morgan was asked about Romney’s comments to NBC where he wondered if London was up to the security challenges that the Olympics will pose. The comments drew sharp criticism from some members of the British press corps. But Morgan shocked when he defended Romney’s comments saying that the presumptive Republican nominee was “absolutely right” to question whether the U.K. was ready for the Olympics.
Baldwin asked Morgan for his thought on Romney saying that he found London’s lack of security preparation for the Olympics “disconcerting.” Morgan said he thought Romney was correct.
“It’s no secret over here that for the last three weeks the security around the Olympics has been a shambles,” said Morgan. “The outside firm they got in to run it has been all over the place – they didn’t have enough people and the army had to be drafted in. So, Mitt Romney was only saying exactly what has been happening.”
Here's something you didn't see a lot about if you relied solely on the "shiny object" media for your news....
The Congressional Budget Office released their post-Supreme Court ruling reassessment of ObamaCare earlier today, and — unexpectedly — the latest numbers are even less attractive than we originally estimated. Who could’ve seen this coming?
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday said President Obama’s healthcare reform reduces the deficit by $109 billion over ten years.
This is a new re-estimate in light of June’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the law and it is a smaller deficit savings than CBO had previously projected.
CBO said the ruling added uncertainty to its estimates but it has put forward a number that comes down in the middle of possible outcomes.
In March 2011, CBO said that ‘Obamacare’ would reduce the deficit by $210 billion over ten years, despite increasing spending by $1.042 trillion over 10 years.
Despite their insistence that ObamaCare is going to help bring down the deficit (I remain wildly and incorrigibly skeptical), this is still just a fancy way of saying that ObamaCare is going to cost more than they originally thought — or, rather, more than they originally and miraculously managed to convince themselves it was going to cost.
Wow - didn't see that coming did you? Well you did if you actually READ THE BILL...
Last week, in a panicked effort to get the voters minds off of their economic malaise, the shiny object media decided to ask a Christian business owner what his beliefs were on the most pressing (to the shiny object media) of the day....gay marriage. In their efforts to out-respond one another, allies of the President were quick to step forward to denounce the Christian business owner - and the vast majority of Americans...who happen to share his beliefs. “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values,” Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” Menino told the Boston Herald. San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, tweeted "Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer."
As expected, the pundits on the right were quick to jump to the defense of Chik-fil-A from those who would bring the full force of government down on them for having beliefs that did not match what government felt you should believe.....
Liberals will be the first to tell you that THEY are more tolerant of diversity than anyone.....except if you don't agree with their political philosophy. Whether it is Dan Cathay of Chik-fil-A (more on that later) or opposing the President, the legions of diversity and tolerance are anything but.....
The New Hampshire businessman who appears in a Mitt Romney television ad accusing President Barack Obama of “demonizing” small business owners has gone to his local police after receiving two “harassing” telephone calls and, he says, hundreds of nasty emails.
The ad was the "These Hands" ad and took a shot at the President's "If you've got a business, you didn't build that" comment that he made on July 13. Now before my liberal friends start crying about "context" realize, the context of that comment is actually WORSE - not better.
One of the calls CAME from (surprise) the Chicago area.....
My friend Jazz Shaw, had a post up at Hot Air talking about how Hope and Change has impacted young voters....and it's not good!
There’s a lot of talk about the difference between the published BLS unemployment rates and the actual ones, as well as some demographic subsets such as minorities and women. But another slice of the not-very-tasty unemployment pie is the long term impact that the economy is having on the youngest workers. Tiffany Hsu at the LA Times takes a look at who may really be hurting the worst and for the longest.
Had the recession never happened, there would now be an additional 2.7 million jobs for young workers, according to a report this week.
Instead, there’s a Chicago-sized hole in the employment market for people between 16 and 24 years old, according to nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group Young Invincibles.
And there’s a good chance that gap will never close, to potentially devastating effect, according to the “No End in Sight?” report.
“The scary thing is that the recession may never end for young people,” said Rory O’Sullivan, policy director for the group, in a statement.
The current unemployment rate for young folk is at 16.5% — double the national 8.2% rate. More than two in 10 Latino youth are jobless, while three in 10 black youth are unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Well we had an unexpected computer problem (keyboard malfunction) that had me out of action for the last 10 days, but we're back in the saddle again. I save up quite a few articles over that time that be posting on over the next few days. It's good to be "back".
I have to admit, I didn't think I would see this coming any time in this campaign. However, the Obama campaign's latest prong in the Bain attack (he signed FEC recorded documents after 2000 so he must either be a felon or a liar) has actually pulled CNN back to the center. Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters has the video and transcripts.
How desperate is President Obama to retain power? Desperate enough that, after months and months of steadfastly stating that he was going to allow former President Bush's tax cuts "for the wealthy" to expire, he announced this week that he wanted to extend only the ones that helped people making $250,000 a year and less....showing once again that he is a champion of the middle class. But the reality of that ploy? We'll let that mouthpiece of corporate America - the Wall Street Journal - tell you what reality is.
So the 2013 tax cliff is a big enough economic problem that President Obama now wants to postpone it for some taxpayers. But it isn't so big that he's willing to curb his desire to raise taxes on tens of thousands of job-creating businesses.
That's the essence of Mr. Obama's announcement Monday that he wants Congress to extend current tax rates for a year, but only for those making less than $200,000 a year. This is a political gambit designed to protect Democrats who are starting to feel queasy about opposing GOP plans to extend all of the Bush rates as the economy weakens again. The ploy could help Democrats if Republicans fall for it, but it won't reduce the economic damage to the country.
By Mr. Obama's economic logic, tax increases matter on middle-income earners but are irrelevant to everyone else. "By the way, these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are also the tax cuts that are least likely to promote growth," as he put it Monday....