If Elected President, Could Romney Be Impeached? Wendy Cockcroft – Google+

At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)  have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.

Apparently, the trust isn’t federally approved and ain’t blind. Moreover, the money made from profiteering off of Delphi got there because the people involved in this scam threatened to cut off essential supplies if Delphi didn’t get a fat payment from the GM bailout. Despite cries of “Extortion!” from the treasury, the payments were made.

In a nifty bit of insider trading, Ann Romney bought ¢67 shares, which shot up in value to more than $30, netting her family tens of millions of dollars. Then, to add insult to injury,

The Singer syndicate, once in control of Delphi, eliminated every single UAW job –25,000– and moved almost all auto parts production to Mexico and China where Delphi now employs 25,000 auto parts workers.

And people STILL want to vote for Mitt Romney. WHY, for the love of God? Well, according to Reason.com, it’s about being “friendly” to the market. So what Romney and his cohorts did at Delphi was completely acceptable.

Via +Pamela Zuppo

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Published in: on November 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bailing out the Titanic with a teaspoon

Here are five things that cost taxpayers more than public media funding:

  1. The budget for military marching bands: $500 million a year
  2. The U.S. House of Representatives budget for office expenses, mail and personnel: $727 million a year
  3. Three Global Hawk Drones which Congress is pushing for even though the Defense Department hasn’t requested them: $633 million.
  4. The foreign tax credit that credits companies for any taxes they pay in other countries: $850 million a year
  5. Two days of the war in Afghanistan: $600 million.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting budget is about $445 million dollars. That’s less than $1.50 per person per year — or about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget.

via Stand With Big Bird | Free Press.

Published in: on October 5, 2012 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  
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You heard me, I called you an Asshole

You may have already heard about this poll. It’s making its way through the “liberal media.”

There is no doubt that  Daily Kos leans to the left. Leans, like a three-legged table with two of its legs removed.

Anyway, the poll was conducted by a third party, one that actually conducts research. It was asked of people who self-identify as Republicans. This is what they think.

It is Truly. Fucking. Scary.

Anyone who thinks Palin running for President in 2012 would be nothing more than comical farce, needs to realize that there are aparently enough lunatics out there to actually get her into office.

To wit:

QUESTION: Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama?

Yes: 53% No: 14%  Not Sure: 33%

Sarah said in her recent speech, “we need a commander-in-chief not a law professor.” Many, aparently, believe hockey mom to be sufficent qualification. A third aren’t convinced studying law is better.

QUESTION: Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?

Yes: 23% No: 58%   Not Sure: 19%

So almost a quarter of Republicans want to break away from the Union. Only half of them think it’s a bad idea. Who “hates America” again?

QUESTION: Should Congress make it easier for workers to form and join labor unions?

Yes: 7%  No: 68% Not Sure: 25%

It’s easier for me to believe that people will continue to vote against their own best interests, because those who would strip them of those interests tell them it’s a bad idea, than it is for me to believe that all Republicans (93%) are corporate stock holders, and less than one in ten of them actually labor for a living.

QUESTION: Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military?

Yes: 25% No: 55%  Not Sure: 19%

A slight, very slight margin of hope.

And then…

QUESTION: Should same sex couples be allowed to marry?

Yes: 7%  No: 77% Not Sure: 16%

Nothing new here.

QUESTION: Should gay couples receive any state or federal benefits?

Yes: 11%  No: 68% Not Sure: 21%

Like collecting pensions? Or being able to visit them in the hospital? Define “benefit.”

QUESTION: Should openly gay men and women be allowed to teach in public schools?

Yes: 8%  No: 73% Not Sure: 19%

Yeah, because only gay teachers have sex with their students… (You certainly wouldn’t want any of them teaching your kids it was OK.)

Here’s where it goes wonky:

QUESTION: Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?

Yes: 77% No: 15%  Not Sure: 8%

QUESTION: Should contraceptive use be outlawed?

Yes: 31% No: 56%  Not Sure: 13%

Not just locked up so teenagers will be too embarassed to ask for it—outlawed. When contraceptives are outlawed only outlaws won’t have unwanted pregnancies.

Clown car indeed

Clown car indeed

And for the ultimate hypocracy:

QUESTION: Do you consider abortion to be murder?

Yes: 76% No: 8%  Not Sure: 16%

QUESTION: Do you support the death penalty?

Yes: 91% No: 4%  Not Sure: 5%

I can’t add to that.

Oh, and in case you were wondering who’s “Not Sure:”

Not Sure

Not Sure

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beaten Census

though technically (barely) legal, it’s intentionally deceptive. What’s your opinion of intentionally deceptive fund raisers?

Would you give them money, even if you agree in principle, when you know they’re disingenuous?

What’s your opinion of the people who are intentionally deceptive to get your money? Are they likely to be deceitful in other areas?

clipped from www.politico.com

RNC ‘census’ mailer draws fire
Calling itself the “Congressional District Census,” the letter comes in an envelope starkly printed with the words, “DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT” and describes itself, on the outside of the envelope, as a “census document.”

Even some who have been involved with the program, however, acknowledged that it walks the line.

“Of course, duping people is the point. … That’s one of the reasons why it works so well,” said one Republican operative familiar with the program, who said it’s among the RNC’s most lucrative fundraising initiatives. “They will likely mail millions this year [with] incredible targeting.”

the same mailing in 2000, during that year’s census, and Maloney and Clay asked the postmaster general to open an investigation into whether the mailings violate the Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act
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Published in: on February 6, 2010 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  

I won’t suffer, so you must

explain to me again why the entity you manage isn’t doing as well as it should, and I’m the one who has to take the income hit
clipped from open.salon.com
take to the streets and demand adequate funding for our children’s education instead of Wall Street bailouts and wars,
economic hard times are precisely when workers need – and are motivated – to fight hardest in order to avoid being victimized and forced to bear the entire burden.
workers in the private sector should demand that the company open its books and let the workers’ representatives determine for themselves how much the company is taking in, and where the money is going.
Public sector workers who are asked to “share the pain” should demand that the money used to bail out Wall Street bankers and bomb civilian women and children
be used instead to pay government workers decent wages to deliver public services.
strong enough to force the bosses to share the benefits of the post-World War II economic boom with US workers, raising their standard of living to the highest in the world.
The lessons of the militant labor union struggles of the prewar era must be relearned, and soon.
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Published in: on January 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

would you cut off your arm to save your leg?

to get what we got, what do we have to give up? What if that’s not acceptable?
clipped from open.salon.com
scared to death that, because they perceive limited health care benefits pie, it’s they who are going to lose their slice in order to accommodate other’s fair shares
Why do we pay for war, to kill people, to kill our own, and balk to preserve health?
Please add this to your essential reading list today. I thank you. Let’s see how far this bill gets
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Published in: on January 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Win, or go home

Anyone who’s ever watched a football game, seen one team completely dominate the other in total offensive yardage, yet still lose the game, can understand why the current health care bill(s) being debated need to be fixed.

Most legislators, on the other side, understand the purpose of the game is to win – not both sides working together to rack up as many points for each other as they can.

I don’t care what Harry Reid says, that the current legislation, as it’s written, does a lot to fix what’s broken. It does. A little. But too little. It is unacceptable in its current form. Agreeing to implement it is giving up.

“Gee, you guys played a pretty good first half, how about we call it a draw?”

If the other side cheats, uses sneaky, underhanded tricks to sway the game their way, you can’t sit and cry that the ref didn’t call it – you just have to play that much harder.

This isn’t little league – both sides won’t get trophies for just showing up. No one is going to congratulate you on game well-played, cheer you for scoring, no matter the outcome.

To my senators and congressmen: play well, or be traded next year.

Published in: on December 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Who says we need reform?

Wife’s premiums went up 55%, co-pays doubled, have 10% “co-insurance”, deductible doubled. Now paying $6k/yr for $8k max payout.

Luckily we’re not required to have ins. Wait, what? Well, at least we’ll have public health care. Oh, about that…

clipped from www.salon.com

Meet your new health insurance company overlords

we still end up with a system that’s based on private insurers that have no incentive whatsoever to control their costs
A system based on private insurers won’t control costs because private insurers barely compete against each other.
you’d think the insurance industry would be subject to the antitrust laws
the Senate bill still keeps Big Insurance safe from competition by preserving its privileged exemption from the antitrust laws.
From the start, opponents of the public option have wanted to portray it as big government preying upon the market, and private insurers as the embodiment of the market. But it’s just the reverse. Private insurers are exempt from competition.
Without some mechanism forcing private insurers to compete, we’re going to end up with a national healthcare system that’s controlled by a handful of very large corporations accountable neither to American voters nor to the market.
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Published in: on December 11, 2009 at 10:03 am  Leave a Comment  

2010 California Marriage Protection Act | Safeguarding marriage from the evils of divorce

2010 California Marriage Protection Act | Safeguarding marriage from the evils of divorce.

Best. Cause. Ever.

Seems some would like to choose from the scriptures like it was a buffet.

 

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Vote already, dammit! This is why “reform” will never happen.

Kidney stones are passed easier than health care reform. This is why I can’t stand the Democrats. They’re trying to compromise, and the Republicans want only capitulation. They want [i]nothing[/] done that doesn’t heap more profit on private insurers.
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Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate’s “Gang of Six,” told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.

He assured conservatives that his presence was delaying health care reform.

“If I hadn’t been involved in this process as long as I have and to the depth as I have, you would already have national health care,” he said.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, said that he would support passing health care with a simple majority if it became clear the GOP wasn’t serious.
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Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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