Mitt Romney: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

And now for another edition of “Mitt Romney: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire.  President Obama would like to raise the top marginal corporate tax rate from 23% to 29%.  He would like to end the Bush tax cuts so that the top marginal tax rate increases from 35% to 39.6%, where it was when George W. Bush took office.  Both are huge increases the corporations and the rich can’t POSSIBLY absorb, right? Right?

In response to President Obama’s proposal to end the Bush tax cuts for everyone earning over $250,000 a year yet leave them in place for the middle class, Romney cited last week’s dismal jobs report, then said “This is another kick in the gut…to the job creators and small businesses…” He later modified that statement, probably under advice from his campaign braintrust, to say, “This will be another kick in the gut to the middle class.” Always know your audience, right? By the way, how do you raise taxes on small businesses, as opposed to small business owners? Are small businesses people, my friend?  Hence, the rewrite.

Let’s examine the lack of logic in both versions of his statement.  First, the he points out that per the government jobs report, not enough new jobs are being created.  So, with the Bush tax cuts currently in effect, plenty of people are still out of work.  But it is Romney’s claim that if you raise taxes on the job creators and small businesses, they won’t be able to create the jobs they’re busy not creating now.  That’s like saying you should buy a Maserati before the prices go up.  Why? I can’t afford to buy one now! It’s not a perfect analogy but it does link Mitt Romney’s name to unaffordable Maseratis, which was my intent all along.

Here’s the truth about job creation under President Obama:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/01/493849/obama-bush-jobs-record/

Since February 2010, the private sector has added 4.3 million jobs,  On the other hand, public sector employment is down 600,000 jobs since January 2009. The major reason? All those Republican tea party governors, like Scott Walker, Ricks Scott and Snyder, Mitch Daniels, and John Kasich who were swept into office in 2010 have been busy busting public employee unions, and firing teachers, police officers, firefighters, and public employees in general, right and right (those governors don’t know from left).  Have you gotten really upset over the long hold times on the phone to speak to a social services worker or the long response time—or lack of response from government agency workers? That’s because there’s not many of them left these days—and a lot of them are working part-time from home.  And how about all those western wildfires?  How many more lives and homes would have been lost had the states fired more firefighters to save money? How much will city crime rates increase as the municipalities decrease their police forces to save a few bucks?

Oh, and the same governors I mentioned? To a man they all refused FREE federal money to fund high speed rail projects in their states, projects that would have put hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction workers and engineers back to work, and would have created millions of jobs more with support services, retail centers,  restaurants, and the like.

And one more thing: Romney lies by omission as well.  A year and a half ago, President Obama sent a massive jobs bill to the John Boehner/Eric Cantor-controlled House of Representatives.  The bill would fund infrastructure repair, so that no more interstate highway bridges collapse during rush hour traffic, and other goodies and would put at least a million unemployed people back to work. Guess what? That bill is still on Boehner’s desk, gathering dust.  That would make Republicans job non-creators, wouldn’t it?

So, it seems like the only real job creator around these parts is President Obama, at least he would be if the Republicans didn’t want him to lose the election so bad.  While Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority leader, does have a full-time job, his other self-confessed full time “job one” is holding Obama to one term. He said so publicly himself.

So when Mitt Romney speaks his very carefully rehearsed concern over tax increases on “the job creators and small businesses”, look at his burning trousers and recall that unemployment was below 4% with a 35% business tax rate under Bill Clinton.  George W. Bush dropped that tax rate to 23% and by the end of his term in office 700,000 jobs were vanishing every month.  I call it “vanishing”, Romney calls them “offshoring”.  A lost job by any other name…

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The Republicans Are Protecting George Zimmerman

It doesn’t make sense that George Zimmerman has gotten so much protection from the Sanford Police, the Florida State Attorney, and the Republican mass media. They’re all fighting his arrest and eventual trial. Why would this be?

Zimmerman is just a loose cannon with a homemade police officer badge but with a very real 9mm semiautomatic handgun. He thought he saw a black male in a hoodie sneaking around the condo complex in the dark and immediately profiled him as acting weird and up to something.

Zimmerman got out of his SUV and pursued Trayvon Martin even though the real cop on the other end of the phone told him “We don’t need you to do that” and Zimmerman answered “Okay”.

Everyone on the Left and the Right is expounding on why Stand Your Ground does or does not apply in this case. But Zimmerman’s own attorney, Craig Sonner, has stated Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply in this case, as has State Rep. Dennis Baxley, who introduced the bill into the Florida House, and former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, who signed it into law. Rick Scott, current Florida governor, took State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who personally told Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee to turn Zimmerman loose, off the case. Again I ask: why would this be?

The answer is clear: the Florida Republicans enacted Stand Your Ground into law. Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense, which is what Stand Your Ground is all about. If the law doesn’t exist, maybe Zimmerman thinks twice before pulling out his gun. So it is being argued at the highest levels of the Republican Party that they have a serious exposure problem to this if  with this first high profile Stand Your Ground case, Zimmerman is arrested and goes to court. It won’t just be Zimmerman who’s put on trial but the Republican written, passed, and signed into law legislation. And this…is an election year.  And Jeb Bush, who signed the bill into law, is a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016. If Zimmerman is tried and convicted, Bush would be the “Republican Governor Who Killed Trayvon Martin”. Not exactly a campaign slogan he’d want to see on bumper stickers.

So, that’s why the Republicans along with their media surrogates have circled the wagons on this one. I think it’s possible the “temporarily stepped aside” Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee may have seen the political implications of a male black kid being killed in cold blood by a half Peruvian cop wannabe claiming protection under the law and communicated this concern to Wolfinger. I don’t know both men’s political affiliation but I could reasonably guess it’s Republican. But this would be why Wolfinger got so personally involved THAT NIGHT to the point of meeting with Lee to override the lead homicide detective’s recommendation to arrest Zimmerman on a manslaughter charge.

18 states have passed Stand Your Ground laws, some of these signed into law by Democratic governors who were cravenly pandering to conservative voters, or perhaps had received healthy campaign contributions from the NRA and ALEC-affiliated groups, or just didn’t have the guts to stand up to both. 31 states have passed the so-called “Castle doctrine” into law, which is what Stand Your Ground is derived from.

So, since both the NRA and ALEC funnel so much money—primarily to the Republican Party who introduced and passed the overwhelming majority of these bills, they could also be accused of being accessories to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Once again, not a good thing in an election year, especially with ALEC now bleeding corporate members and the loss of their dues.

This is why Fox, Limbaugh, and all the Republican surrogates are attempting to frame this case as a “liberal” and an “attempt at dividing the races” thing because those words their fans can understand. Most people who turn on right wing shows don’t know how to think logically and see the big picture: that’s exactly why they watch and listen to those shows—it’s done for them so they don’t have to.

George Zimmerman himself is small potatoes and no one on the Right gives a whit about him. It’s the Stand Your Ground law he symbolizes which is the Right Wing lightening rod. If this (literally) fatally flawed law goes down, then everyone who was responsible for getting it enacted—which are primarily Republicans up for re-election or will be in a couple of years—goes down with it. And believe me, there are quite a few Democrats who deserve to go down in flames with them.

Mayday! Mayday! The GOP Is Being Shot Down In Flames

There are a number of military analogies to apply to today’s GOP: being shot down in flames, a bunker mentality from being surrounded on all sides, on a suicide mission, launching all of their nuclear missiles hoping a few get through.

The national agenda the GOP has carefully and methodically assembled over the past 40 years is falling apart.  Assault on women’s rights, including anti-abortion? The damn women are standing up and fighting back. Why, you can’t even call a young female law student a slut and a prostitute on national radio and get away with it.

Lower corporate taxes? A Democratic President has usurped that issue our from under their very noses by proposing it as part of his budget.

ObamaCare? They may have to live with most or all of it for another two years if the Supreme Court decides to kick the whole thing down the road. And the more they know about it, the more Americans like ObamaCare.

Fear of foreigners? Immigrants, legal and otherwise, are tired of being pushed around and having their children forbidden from going to college after graduated from the public schools system.

Gun control? Murder one black teenage boy in cold blood and they make an international incident out of it.

Starting with Occupy Wall Street, continuing with the successful online campaign to get censorship of the Internet set aside—for now—all of the oppressed groups and people just fed up with right wing Republican tea party politics are standing up and saying “No more!” And they’re fighting back. Florida governor Rick Scott has announced a special state task force will be looking into the Trayvon Martin shooting as well as looking at changing any state laws that allowed it to occur (Stand Your Ground). The Department of Justice will be investigating the Sanford, Fl. police department (who just lost their police chief, temporarily or otherwise) for possible civil rights violations, incompetence, corruption, and racism.

Even as I write this, the Republicans are making “Hail Mary” passes across the country: attempting to gather marchers for “religious freedom” from health care reform, attempting to pass a flurry of new anti-woman legislation, attempting to pass even more voter suppression laws.

But they look at Wisconsin and see their Republican governor and four Republican state senators up for recall. One of the senators decided to resign while the resigning was good and she’s gone, taking with her the Republican majority in the state Senate.

Lastly, the GOP looks at the slate of clowns with big shiny red noses galumping around the country in their big, floppy clown shoes while the President sits in the Oval Office laughing with enjoyment at their performances. You’ve got Mittens The Clown dressed in a top hat and doing magic tricks with an Etch-A-Sketch. You’ve the Rick The Clown with the painted-on sad face, crying because the Devil is in the D.C. details. You’ve got Newt The Clown wearing a moon rocket and leaping unsuccessfully into the air as he runs around the stage. And finally, you’ve got Ron The Clown with his head barely peeking out from his giant clown suit, always falling down onto the floor and refusing any help to get back up. After the performance, President Obama comes out onstage like Ed Sullivan saying, “Thank you Republican clowns for that wonderful bit of comedy.”

But truth be told, the floppy shoes guys are flopping all over the country. Hardly any Republican voters beyond the troupe’s base is coming out to see them. Voting is way down among registered Republicans where primaries have so far been held. These guys are the 2012 version of the Not Ready For Primetime Players. Who knew the Republicans had a Minor League?

So, the GOP plane is going down in flames while all on board are throwing gasoline on the fire and not one of them knows how to land that thing.

Politics has always been cyclical. Don’t like being shut out of power? Just wait a few decades until your turn comes around again. But the Democrats can’t afford to get too comfy with their anticipated victory. After all, the Democratic ship of state’s got a few leaky holes and is taking on a little bit of water. The Keystone XL pipeline Oklahoma crude and Canadian tar sands oils flow into one hole. The Afghan War is pouring water into another hole. But the largest hole of all, the leak that could sink the ship, is the hole that American jobs keep falling through.  Yes, it hasn’t gotten any bigger, hasn’t shrunk by much, but it’s enough to possibly cause the Obama Administration to pull a Titanic.

But that’s where the Republican clown troupe comes in. They’ve proven themselves extremely adept at pumping water out of the ship and into their Clown Car as they perform their wonderful bit of comedy.

So, as the Republican Party sinks quickly on the Right, we bid a fond farewell to the presidential aspirations of the GOP as we mix metaphors and turn off our radar screens so we don’t see the search beacons leading us to the eventual crash site. The Republicans are big on the DIY (do-it-yourself) lifestyle. They got themselves into this mess, they can get themselves out. They’ve already begun eating their own to survive.