Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Romney's Record In Massachusetts On The Flood Of 2006, -like Hurricane Sandy it blows-

No relief from Romney
"The Lowell Sun"
8/7/2006

Lead Editorial:

We find it inconceivable that Gov. Mitt Romney claims the state can do nothing to help those residents still struggling to rebuild homes and businesses after the May flood.

Massachusetts is sitting on millions in unspent emergency funds from Hurricane Katrina and more than $1 billion in cash reserves, yet Romney has failed to even respond to the Lowell delegation's requests to discuss additional aid for victims.

The governor's spokesman -- since Romney can't be bothered to comment now that the photo opportunities have dried up even though some residents' basements haven't -- said the state will not consider spending its own money for flood victims until it's clear how much cash the federal government will give.

It's been two months, governor. Many Massachusetts residents are still living in temporary housing or trying to rebuild destroyed basements and first floors, racking up credit-card debt and taking out home-equity loans.

What's wrong with fronting the money and having those loans repaid when, and if, federal agencies come through with more cash?

If ignoring the pleas of legislators and constituents is the way Romney's going to handle a crisis situation, why would anyone vote for him for president? How would he handle a national crisis, by flying in for photo ops and then hiding in his White House office?

There were many epic fails in the Romney occupation of Massachusetts. The Governor raised fees, neglected education and practiced crony hiring for State offices. But this one really shows Romney's true relationship to voters.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/05/1097537/-EPIC-FAIL-Romney-as-MA-Gov-The-2006-Floods


Mitt Romney Vetoed Flood Prep Funding In 2004, Blamed For Subsequent Flooding http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/mitt-romney-flooding_n_2042886.html

Mitt Romney: Federal Disaster Relief For Tornado And Flood Victims Is "Immoral,"

From the primary debates earlier this year:

Asked about federal disaster relief for recent tornado and flood victims at last night’s GOP debate, candidate Mitt Romney called the spending “immoral” and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be privatized. With greenhouse pollution on the rise, the United States has been struck by a “punishing series of billion-dollar disasters.”

Embracing a radical anti-government ideology from the most extreme elements of the Tea Party, Romney said that the victims in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and other communities hit by tornadoes and flooding should not receive governmental assistance. He argued it is “simply immoral” for there to be deficit spending that could harm future generations:
Source:
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/06/14/244973/mitt-romney-federal-disaster-relief-for-tornado-and-flood-victims-is-immoral-makes-no-sense-at-all/

UPDATE: Flip Flopper in Chief, Mitt Romney is now in favor of FEMA. Check back in 10 minutes for further changes and policy reversals.
Mitt flips on FEMA, now would keep it

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Yesterday, we noted that even as a massive super storm was bearing down on the East Coast, Mitt Romney’s campaign was standing by his suggestion in a GOP debate last year that he would end FEMA and make the states handle disaster relief on their own. But how much has changed in 24 hours.
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see: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/30/mitt_flips_on_fema_now_would_keep_it/




Monday, October 22, 2012

Romney Was Sweating Like A Liar During A Polygraph Test

Which is what these debates are, a test of character and honesty. Romney has a long history of dishonesty, secrecy and stone cold weirdness. The nation saw it tonight. President Obama treated Romney like a Somali pirate.



Weird Willard, from the mouth of a Massachusetts State Health Professional


Willard is weird, uncomfortable, awkward and oh so corporate. That's who he is. Last summer I sat in a seat on a plane next to a Health Professional with state government in Massachusetts. She said the Romney administration had every study done by her office cleared by Romney's office before it could be released. This never happened before, or since.

She said Romney was a "strange man" and she was very uncomfortable around him and his staff. She was stunned when he bought and destroyed the hard drives of every computer in the Governor's office when he left office. I asked her, "Isn't this what a person would do if he did not want anyone to know what went on during his administration?" She had a one word answer. "Yes."

To borrow a line from "The Great Gatsby," -The rich are different-."

by mike kohr 7/14/2012

Job Creation Under President Obama

459,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since January 2010


Mitt Romney wants to re-institute the George W. Bush economic policies that produced the worst job creation numbers since Herbert Hoover, & the second deepest economic downturn since the Republican gifted Great Depression.

ARE WE BETTER OFF THAN 4 YEARS AGO?

7949 DOW close on Bush's last day in office
13,557 yesterday (Biggest 3.5 year gain -EVER-)
-800,000 jobs per month Bush's last month in office

For the 12 months between March 2011 and March 2012, the economy added 2.4 million jobs, or an average of 200,000 per month. (The greatest turnaround -EVER-)

-64%, my 401K under 8 years of Bush
+426%, my 401k under 3.5 years of President Obama
(Biggest turnaround in my 401K -EVER-)

Are we better off than 4 years ago. You betcha!

President Obama's Record Of Private Sector Job Creation Is 157,143 Per Month Since 4/2010, - better than any Republican President’s 1st Term Record -

Since President Obama's economic policies ended the George W. Bush gifted Great Recession, halted staggering monthly job losses that approached 800,000, and returned the nation to positive job growth in record time he has enjoyed a private sector job creation rate that exceeds the 1st term job creation record of ANY Republican President in history.

Below is a table which shows job creation by President for ALL terms served. Reagan's record in his first term in office was 109,000 per month. Reagan inherited stellar job creation from President Carter of 216,000 and by the end of his 1st term, cut it in nearly in half. President Obama inherited the deepest drop in job loss since the Great Depression and has since April of 2010 outperformed every Republican president 1st term record on job creation.

When examining the record of job creation we must look where President Obama started out to fully understand how far he has taken us as a nation down the road to recovery.



Monday, October 8, 2012

President Obama Back Up By 5%, Romney gets a dead cat bounce after last week's debate

In-spite of President Obama's low key performance in last week's debate it seems that American's have decided that Romney's blatant lies and flip-flops mean far more than his mastery of forceful flim flammery.


Romney’s Post Debate Bounce Evaporates as Obama Returns to Leading by 5

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Mitt Romney may have gotten one of the shortest post-debate bounces in history as swing state and national polls reveal Obama in the lead.


The big confusion today has been over the Gallup daily tracking poll. On Monday morning, the Gallup daily tracking poll had the race tied at 47%-47%, but by Monday afternoon, the poll was updated to show President Obama leading 50%-45%.  -end of clip-

read full article:

http://www.politicususa.com/romney.html

Monday, October 1, 2012

ARE WE BETTER OFF THAN 4 YEARS AGO?

7949 DOW close on Bush's last day in office
13,448 yesterday (Biggest 3.5 year gain -EVER-)

-800,000 jobs per month Bush's last month in office
For the 12 months between March 2011 and March 2012, the economy added 2.4 million jobs, or an average of 200,000 per month. (The greatest turnaround -EVER-)

-64%, my 401K under 8 years of Bush
+426%, my 401k under 3.5 years of President Obama
(Biggest turnaround in my 401K -EVER-)

Are we better off than 4 years ago. You betcha!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

NYT: Don’t Tell Anyone, but the Stimulus Worked

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The reputation of the stimulus is meticulously restored from shabby to skillful in Michael Grunwald’s important new book, “The New New Deal.” His findings will come as a jolt to those who think the law “failed,” the typical Republican assessment, or was too small and sloppy to have any effect.

On the most basic level, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is responsible for saving and creating 2.5 million jobs. The majority of economists agree that it helped the economy grow by as much as 3.8 percent, and kept the unemployment rate from reaching 12 percent.

The stimulus is the reason, in fact, that most Americans are better off than they were four years ago, when the economy was in serious danger of shutting down.

But the stimulus did far more than stimulate: it protected the most vulnerable from the recession’s heavy winds. Of the act’s $840 billion final cost, $1.5 billion went to rent subsidies and emergency housing that kept 1.2 million people under roofs. (That’s why the recession didn’t produce rampant homelessness.) It increased spending on food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid, keeping at least seven million Americans from falling below the poverty line.  -end of clip-

read full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/dont-tell-anyone-but-the-stimulus-worked.html?_r=2

Monday, September 10, 2012

42 Million Jobs Created Versus 24 million, Yet Another Democratic Economic Success Story

And remember in November, Willard Romney wants to re-institute the George W. Bush economic policies that produced the worst job creation numbers since Herbert Hoover, the second deepest economic downturn since the Republican gifted Great Depression and the worst accumulation of national debt since Ronald Reagan.


Romney is doubling down on the most disastrous economic policy in 70 years. That seems like a bad idea to me.

see also, JOB GROWTH:        http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html
               NATIONAL DEBT:  http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/national-debt.html
         ECONOMIC RECORD:  http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/economic-record.html
 HISTORY OF RECESSION:  http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/economic-record.html

IF YOU WANT TO LIVE LIKE A REPUBLICAN, VOTE DEMOCRATIC


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Are We Better Off Today Than 4 Years Ago?" YES! But who you gonna believe Lying Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney or your lying eyes? -graphs-

Once again I will state: this is the historical norm of the last 80 years, Democrats cleaning up after Republican messes. President Obama is doing FAR better than George W. Bush, just as every Democratic president for the last 80 years has done far better than his Republican predecessor.
(see sidebar page links on job creation, national debt, economic record and history of recession.)

source: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/economy/news/2012/09/04/36357/are-we-better-off-now-than-in-2008-you-betcha/

Monday, August 27, 2012

80-year study: Democrats Better at Economics

When it comes to which party is better for the economy, Republicans talk the talk, but it's Democrats who deliver the goods according to an unusual 80-year study of the impact presidents have on growth, personal wealth, the stock market and even 401ks.


The bottom line, according to Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box: Of the five best economic presidents since Herbert Hoover, only one is a Republican. The paydirt finding: $100,000 invested during the 40 years Republicans had the White House would be worth $126,027. The same amount invested in the stock market during the Democrat's 40 years would be $3,912,210

read full article: http://washingtonexaminer.com/80-year-study-democrats-better-at-economics/article/2505194
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I've been saying this for 30 years. See tabs to the right: National Debt, Job Creation, Economic Record, History of Recession. I'm glad to see I stand with such distinguished company.  -m.kohr-

Monday, August 20, 2012

Romney and Bain profited from MASSIVE Medicare Fraud

From the delightful gift that is John McCain’s opposition research on Mitt Romney (courtesy of namelessgenxer) comes the sordid tale of Mitt Romney's tenure on the board of Damon Clinical Laboratories, which plead guilty to charges of defrauding Medicare and agreed to pay what was at the time the largest health care criminal fraud fine in history – $35,300,000.00 They also agreed to larger civil fines which totaled $83,700,000.00.

The time line goes as follows.
1988: Damon begins a systemic practice of fraud. The government estimates later that the total cost to taxpayers of this fraud is around $40,000,000

1990: Bain Capital (CEO Mitt Romney) buys a minority stake in Damon. Mitt takes a seat on the board of directors

1990 to 1993: Mitt serves on the board of directors, earning ~$10,000 per year for doing so. He is on the company’s “Strategic Planning” committee

1992: Romney said that Rosen told the board in about 1992 ‘that all current practices at the company were now in conformity with government regulations and that in the past there may have been practices which would not be deemed appropriate.

1993: Damon is taken over by Corning, with Mitt Romney voting in favor of the acquisition

1993: Corning immediately closes Damon’s Massachusetts plant and lays off 115 workers

1993: Corning uncovers the fraud and alerts authorities. The SEC filings made by Damon prior to the acquisition make no mention of any potential earnings write-downs or legal problems

1993: Mitt Romney’s share of Bain’s profit from the Damon investment: $473,000

1993: Bain’s profit from its investment in Damon: $7,400,000, which represented a tripling of the initial investment

1994: Running for Senator, Mitt Romney says:

I’m proud of the small part I played in the growth of Damon,’ Romney said yesterday. ‘It’s something that Ted Kennedy doesn’t have a clue about – creating real jobs in the private sector.

2002: While running for governor, Romney claims that he helped uncover the fraud by starting an investigation. This version of events is disputed by Corning and by the Federal Prosecutors. Romney also says he never alerted the authorities, which no one disputes.

(read the rest)
http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/08/18/mitt-romney-profited-from-massive-medicare-fraud-while-at-bain-capital/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/18/1111458/-Romney-and-Bain-profited-from-massive-Medicare-Fraud

Monday, August 13, 2012

Romney and Ryan, the Animal House Ticket, -fragging Middle Class America-

If you are for the end of Medicare, and Social Security, the two most effective poverty fighting programs in history, Paul Ryan's your guy.

He's an articulate Sarah Palin, born of status and privilege. He's a life long career politician that managed to pass 2 bills in 14 years in Congress. He'll tell you about how effective he's been. And he's a philosophical fan of the lunatic Ayn Rand. He won't tell you about Ayn Rand

Who was Ayn Rand? She was against religion and God. She embraced selfishness. She was fascinated with serial killer William Hickman, and wrote that the serial killer was an ideal man as he did what he pleased not worrying what others thought.

Ayn Rand is a darling and prophet of  many in today's Republican party, including Paul Ryan. Go figure

To view a video link into the twisted mind of Paul Ryan's philosophical hero, Ayn Rand, hit on the youtube links at : http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/2011/06/ayn-rand-gop-and-jesus.htmlcountydems.blogspot.com.























CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?  NEITHER CAN I.

With Paul Ryan playing Doug Neidermeyer and money bags Rmoney playing the role of Gregory Marmalard we now have the perfect Animal House ticket for the White House.


On behalf of all Delta’s, we thank you.

-In this example of life imitating art, the character Neidermeyer volunteered for service in Vietnam were he was promptly fragged by his own troops. In real life Romney demonstrated in support of that war but in Cheney-esque fashion got three student deferments before getting a missionary deferment during which time he palled around France with cheese eating surrender monkeys. Ryan, if drafted into service as VP, has laid out a budget that would immediately frag the middle class.-

link to Florida Headlines: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021121722 Romney Can Kiss Florida Goodbye.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Government Employment At Lowest Level Since 1968

More than 680,000 Federal, State and Local government jobs have been eliminated since 2009, the biggest 3 year decline on record. If these jobs still existed it would lower the unemployment rate by 1%.
But take a closer look at the two steepest increases in government employment since 1968. Those "fat times" occurred during the early 1970's (Nixon) and the 1980's (Reagan and Bush I). Isn't it precious that Republicans paint Democrats as the party of big government and big spending?

Pie Chart of 2013 Budget, -excellant visual of the realities of the Federal Budget-

Reagan did a masterful job of convincing millions of Americans that the Federal Budget is rife with fraud and waste. He made the "welfare queen driving a Cadillac," part of the American lexicon, playing the role of a flim-flam artist in laying down a story line that the yearly deficit could be eliminated by cutting that waste and fraud. It's no wonder Reagan went on to become the greatest deficit spender in American history (as a % of GDP).
Such reality free thinking can be avoided by looking at the numbers: 
There is certainly waste in every line item of the US budget just as there is in every line item of every corporation and business in America. But when you hear Republicans talk about social programs breaking the bank remember this chart.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

INCOME GROWTH BY PARTY, 1948-2005

If there was ever one chart that summed up success of Democratic Bubble Up Economic policy, this is it.

The 95th percentile, or the top 5% of income earners in the country, do better under Democratic Economic Policy, as does EVERY other percentile. And Democratic Economic Principle performs vastly better as you descend the economic dogpile. Targeting tax cuts and investment to the benefit of the working people in this nation helps everyone in this nation.

Job Performance, Obama Versus Bush, -a microcosm of the last 80 years-

The above graph provides yet more documentation of the 80 year history of comparison of Democratic and Republican administrations on job growth. The red line documents private sector employment, the blue line government sector employment.

Under George W. Bush private sector employment DECREASED by 6oo,ooo jobs.
Under President Obama private sector employment INCREASED by  300,000 jobs.
Under George W. Bush government sector employment INCREASED by 1,700,000 jobs.
Under President Obama government sector employment DECREASED by 600,000 jobs.

While Republicans run on empty promises of smaller government and their imaginary ability to manage the economy their record always points in the opposite direction, big spending, pitiful job creation and massive deficit spending.

source material: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/08/bonus-chart-day-public-vs-private-employment-under-bush-and-obama

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Best Health Care System In The World? Really.

Opponnets of The Affordable Health Care Act often describe The United States Health Care system as the best in the world. A review of the numbers paints a different picture. What is clear is the current system is the most costly, and dollar for dollar the least efficient in the world in terms of life expectancy. "Obamacare" will take steps to correct the three major shortfall in our current system, access, cost and results.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Weird Willard, from the mouth of a Massachusetts State Health Professional

Willard is weird, uncomfortable, awkward and oh so corporate. That's who he is. Last summer I sat in a seat on a plane next to a Health Professional with state government in Massachusetts. She said the Romney administration had every study done by her office cleared by Romney's office before it could be released. This never happened before, or since.


She said Romney was a "strange man" and she was very uncomfortable around him and his staff. She was stunned when he bought and destroyed the hard drives of every computer in the Governor's office when he left office. I asked her, "Isn't this what a person would do if he did not want anyone to know what went on during his administration?" She had a one word answer. "Yes."

To borrow a line from "The Great Gatsby," -The rich are different-."

by mike kohr 7/14/2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

President Obama's Record On Job Creation Is 157,143 Per Month Since 4/ 2010, - better than any Republican President-

Since President Obama's economic policies ended the George W. Bush gifted Great Recession, halted staggering monthly job losses that approached 800,000, and returned the nation to positive job growth in record time he has enjoyed a private sector job creation rate that exceeds the 1st term job creation record of ANY Repulican President in history.

Below is a table which shows job creation by President for ALL terms served. Reagan's record in his first term in ofice was 109,000 per month. Reagan inherited stellar job creation from President Carter of 216,666 and by the end of his 1st term, cut it in nearly in half. President Obama inherited the deepest drop in job loss since the Great Depression and has since April of 2010 outperformed every Republican president 1st term record on job creation.

When examining the record of job creation we must look where President Obama started out to fully understand how far he has taken us as a nation down the road to recovery.


                    MONTHLY JOB CREATION REORD, 1946-2008


By: mike kohr Graphics by: Bonny Kohr


see also : http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html







Sunday, July 8, 2012

Unions And The American Dream

My grandfather, Mike Tanari, began work in the Whitebreast Coal mine at the age of 12. Unions changed that. Read Grandpa's story here: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/2011/12/as-republicans-cheer-child-labor-they.html

The End Of Death Panels

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Top 5 Republican Lies About The Affordable Health Care Act

The following is from  the Obama Truth Team: http://www.barackobama.com/truth-team Just remember,  if Republican lips are moving, they are lying. I have highlighted Republican talking points,
-lies- in red.
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Already, Mitt Romney and Republicans are out with outright falsehoods about Obamacare -- their favorite distortion being that this is somehow a broad tax on the middle class. In reality, this is all about personal responsibility -- and the "tax" they are trying to scare everyone about is actually a penalty for the 1 percent of people who can afford insurance but still choose not to buy it, leaving the rest of us to pay for their health care when they head to the emergency room.


Just like they did when the bill was before Congress, Republicans are playing fast and loose with the truth, making up scary consequences to keep you from knowing all the good things Obamacare does. They're not telling the truth about what this reform means for millions of middle-class Americans, so I need you to help get the facts out there.

Let's break it down.

#1 Republican distortion: "The President promised he wouldn't raise taxes on the middle class by a penny with this health care law. Well, that's been proven false now."

The facts: President Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for the average middle-class family over the last three and a half years, and the Republicans fought him nearly every step of the way. From cutting taxes for every working American through the Making Work Pay and payroll tax cuts, to the American Opportunity Tax Credit which gives up to a $10,000 tax credit to help families pay for four years of college, the President has put more money in the pockets of middle-class Americans.

Here's another fact: Obamacare includes the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in history. According to the independent Congressional Budget Office, 19 million people will receive tax credits -- worth an average of about $4,800 each -- to help afford health care. These tax credits will finally put health insurance within reach for millions of American families. In short, Obamacare cuts taxes for middle-class families. Period.

Around 1 percent of people -- those who can afford to buy coverage but instead choose to opt out, shifting their costs to the rest of us -- will pay a penalty. The Supreme Court acknowledged yesterday that this penalty will be charged through the tax code -- but that doesn't change its purpose (to ensure everyone who can afford insurance buys it) or its effect (to lower costs for everyone). It's also the same policy Mitt Romney implemented when he signed health reform in Massachusetts. For many folks in Massachusetts, the penalties under Romney's reform were even bigger. In fact, here's a video of him extolling the virtues of his penalty.

#2 Romney distortion: Romney said Obamacare meant "a larger and larger government, more and more intrusive in your life -- separating you and your doctor."

The facts: Totally dishonest. In fact, this is one of the most dishonest claims in American politics. First, this isn't about government. Obamacare builds on and improves the nation's private health care system.

Second, here's what it fixes. Before Obamacare, insurance companies had free rein to arbitrarily cap and cancel coverage, and they could waste our premiums on overheads and big CEO bonuses. With Obamacare, there will now be clear rules of the road to give patients and doctors more control over their health care. These rules will make sure that you and your doctor -- not your insurance company, and certainly not a Washington bureaucrat -- have control over your health.

#3 Romney distortion: "Obamacare also means that for up to 20 million Americans, they will lose the insurance they currently have."

The facts: Outright false. If you like the insurance you have, you can keep it. The only thing that's changed is that your coverage is stronger. Here's how:

-- If you had a lifetime limit (and about 60 percent of employer-based plans did), it's been lifted.
-- If you have a child under the age of 26, they can stay on your plan.
-- Insurance companies can no longer discriminate against children with preexisting conditions.
-- Starting in 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny anyone insurance based on preexisting conditions, helping up to 129 million Americans get the care they need.
-- Insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women more than men for the exact same coverage.
-- 54 million Americans already have access to better preventive services, free of charge.
-- And if you get sick, your insurance company can't drop your coverage, and if they deny you a treatment, the law makes sure you have a chance to appeal.

Republicans who tell you Obamacare won't let you keep your plan if you like it are lying to you -- and it is shameful.

#4 Republican distortion: "Costs are going up."

The facts: Health care costs have been going up for decades -- that's one of the reasons President Obama fought to pass the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare makes targeted changes to hold costs down. The President started by taking on the insurance companies. As he said yesterday, the law ensures that insurance companies spend 80% of your premium dollars on your health care, not administrative costs or CEO bonuses. If they don't follow that rule, they have to send you a rebate. This month, more than 12 million Americans will receive over $1 billion in rebate checks, and we're all seeing lower premiums because of it.

The law also takes on waste in our health care system. Let's take just one example. We spend billions of dollars every year treating people for infections they get while they are in the hospital. The health care law helps hospitals take simple but necessary steps to prevent infections. These types of reforms will save up to $35 billion and 60,000 lives.

#5 Romney distortion: "Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt."

The facts: Wrong again. The Affordable Care Act cuts the deficit by over $100 billion during the first ten years. In the following decade, it cuts the deficit by another $1 trillion. Not only is the Romney campaign misleading people about the President's deficit plan, they won't tell the truth about their own. Romney would grow the deficit by as much as $5 trillion by giving tax cuts that favor millionaires and billionaires while taking away health care benefits that people rely on. We can't let them get away with it.

I'm going to be perfectly clear: Mitt Romney has promised that if elected our next president, he will repeal Obamacare on Day One in office. Immediately after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold health care reform yesterday, Romney reminded his supporters: "When I'm President...Obamacare will be over."

If Romney gets his way, 105 million Americans could see their lifetime caps reinstated, and more than 3.1 million young Americans could be booted off their parent's plan and could again be without insurance. Up to 17 million children with preexisting conditions could, once again, be at risk of being denied coverage, and insurance companies could once again drop you if you get sick.

Please spread the word, and forward this email to your friends and family.
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And here is a graph which disproves the 6th biggest Republican lie about ObamaCare which is "Obama Care is the biggest tax increase in history."


The next time you hear this lie call bullshit. And remember nearly all the extra taxes collected for Obama Care will come from the richest Americans to enable the poorest access to health care.

Here is another great article to educate yourself on the many benefits of Obama Care: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/06/obamacare-supreme-court-regular-americans
another great read: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/05/supreme-court-obamacare-roberts-saves-mandate
Another great piece debumking "ObamaCare" myths and scare tactics http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/opinion/keller-five-obamacare-myths.html?_r=2&smid=fb-share
AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT BUT LEAST TALKED ABOUT ASPECT OF OBAMA CARE:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/12/02/the-bomb-buried-in-obamacare-explodes-today-halleluja/2/         READ THIS AND REJOICE

-REMEMBER IT'S CALLED OBAMA-CARE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT CARES-

Sunday, June 24, 2012

30 Willard Romney Lies in a Single Week

Character matters in life. A liar is never to be trusted. Willard Romney lies, a lot, repeatedly, and without shame. He lies about his record. He lies about President Obama's record. He lies about everything. Romney may be waging the single most dishonest campaign for the White House ever.

As Ronald Reagan's spokesman once said, "Repeat a lie three times and it becomes the truth." Karl Rove recently said, "A couple a million dollars of unanswered TV does wonders."



Here is a link to 30 lies Willard told in a single week: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/22/12359704-chronicling-mitts-mendacity-vol-xxiii 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

ROMNEY IS RUNNING FOR GEORGE W. BUSH'S 3RD TERM, here's the graph


You are reading this right. There is nothing wrong with your eyes. Under Romney's plan, millionaires and billionaires will pay less in taxes while the poor will pay more. On the bright side the middle class would get a few meager crumbs.

 Romney is doubling down on the same tax policies that brought us a decade of no job growth, $9.3 trillion in National Debt, and plunged the nation into the second greatest economic free-fall in history.

source: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3695

Given the failed record of Trickle Down Economics why would Romney continue to insist on massive tax-give-aways to multi-millionaires like himself? The answer lies close to one of his many homes.
Willard Romney. he's not one of us. He never has been. He never will be.

Why Does Mitt Romney Like Firing People? Because He Made $20,000 On Every Laid-Off Worker

Why Does Mitt Romney Like Firing People? Because He Made $20,000 On Every Laid-Off Worker
June 15th, 2012 10:35 pm Axel Tonconogy

Mitt Romney would prefer for you to recall just one number regarding his record at Bain Capital. That would be 100,000 — the number of jobs that the Republican candidate claims he created during 15 years at the private equity firm.

But now there is a more interesting, plausible and relevant number: $20,000. That’s how much money Romney is estimated to have made from each worker laid off during Bain’s many corporate takeovers.

• American Pad & Paper: Bain invested $5 million in the Ohio paper company in 1992, and reportedly collected $100 million in dividends on that investment. But AMPAD went bankrupt in 2000, resulting in 385 employees losing their jobs.

• Dade Behring: Bain invested $415 million in a leveraged buyout in 1994, borrowed an additional $421 million, and ultimately walked away with $1.78 billion. Dade filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and laid off 2,000 employees.

• DDI Corporation: Bain reportedly invested $46.3 million in the electronic parts manufacturer 1997, earning $85.5 million in profits plus $10 million more in management fees. When the company went bankrupt several years later, 2,100 workers were laid off.

• GS Industries: In 1993, Bain invested $60 million in the Kansas City steel maker, borrowed a lot of money, and then took $65 million in dividends. But GS eventually went bankrupt in 2002, and 750 workers lost their jobs and pensions.

• Stage Stores: Bain invested $5 million to purchase the Houston-based retailer and took it public in the mid-’90s, reaping $100 million from stock offerings. In 2000, following Romney’s departure from Bain, Stage filed for bankruptcy and 5,795 workers were reportedly dismissed.

While it is true that some of those companies went under after Romney had left Bain, the job growth for which he now seeks credit also occurred after his departure in 1999. But the bankruptcies — and the bust-out scenario that helped Bain to profit anyway — are not news. What AOL’s Daily Finance has contributed to the Bain debate is a simple calculation: Bain Capital booked $1.995 billion in profits from the layoffs of 11,030 workers at various firms. And by that scoring, Romney earned roughly $20,000 himself for each of those fired employees. Nice work if you can get it (or take it away from someone else).
 
read full article:
http://www.nationalmemo.com/why-does-mitt-romney-like-firing-people-because-he-made-20000-on-every-laid-off-worker/



Thursday, June 14, 2012

THE PARTY OF NO

When you vote Republican, you're voting for an organization that puts the good of party before the good of the nation, profits before people.The  Republican record is clear. We should tell them in November what they've been telling the nation. NO!.


Republicans Block Bill to Aid Small Businesses :
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/politics/30cong.html
http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/senate-republicans-block-small-business-aid-bill/19572912/

Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits Extension:
http://www.todaysthv.com/news/natInt/story.aspx?storyid=109570&catid=288
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/07/gop_brown_vote.html
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/25/nation/la-na-jobless-vote-20100625

Republicans Block Bank-Reform Bill
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/democrats-reach-deal-on-tough-derivative-law-2010-04-26
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63Q5CR20100427

Republicans Block Campaign Disclosure Bill:
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/07/republicans_blo.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66Q65I20100727
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38434903

Republicans Block Jobs Bill in Senate:
http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/small-business-jobs-bill-stalls-in-senate/
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2012485381_congress30.html

GOP Blocks Transparency in Campaign Contributions:
http://www.care2.com/causes/politics/blog/gop-blocks-transparency-in-campaign-contributions/
http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100727/pl_mcclatchy/3578774

Republicans block bill ending tax breaks for US companies sending jobs offshore 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/28/AR2010092802768.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2821013620100928
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20017896-503544.html
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gjFU-ZOgeJNcMKBh9YdqcUyzXUPQ?docId=CNG.df9e6a188a034ac23300ab0760b91861.ad1

Republicans Block Bill to Raise Oil Spill Liability Cap
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20005333-503544.html
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/14/nation/la-na-oil-spill-new-20100514
http://thenorthcoast.blogspot.com/2010/06/republicans-block-bill-to-raise-oil.html

Republicans Block Wall Street Reform Bill
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/94485-gop-blocks-wall-st-bill
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8644952.stm

GOP blocks Senate campaign-finance bill – again
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/09/senate-campaign-finance/1
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2323068220100923
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Election-2010/From-the-Wires/2010/0924/Campaign-finance-Republicans-block-bill-to-identify-ad-sponsors

Republicans Block Small Business Lending Bill
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-29/senate-republicans-block-small-business-lending-bill-sought-by-democrats.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38469644/ns/business-small_business/
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100729/ap_on_bi_ge/us_small_business_lending

Republicans Block Repeal of Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/09/21/republicans-block-dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal/
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5grHLcTA5VMaxM1KPtvrf3OTOfZuQD9ICK7K00
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senate-vote-repeal-ban-gays-military/story?id=11685658

Senate Republicans Block Own Amendments on Health Care Bill
http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/scarce/how-senate-republicans-obstruct-health-care

Republicans Block Energy Legislation…Yet Again
http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/08/04/republicans-block-energy-legislation-yet-again/
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66H1BS20100718
http://www.businessgreen.com/business-green/news/2267599/senate-blocks-energy-bill-yet

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill
http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/g-o-p-blocks-debate-on-financial-oversight-bill/
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/business/27regulate.html
http://worldjewishnews.blogspot.com/2010/04/gop-blocks-debate-on-financial.html



Republicans Kill Measure That Created 240,000 Jobs
http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/09/30/republicans-kill-measure-that-created-240000-jobs/
http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-09-30/business/24103870_1_jobs-program-summer-jobs-subsidized-employment
http://motherjones.com/mojo/2010/09/job-99ers-tanf-senate
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/30/if-we-re-serious-about-jobs-don-t-stop-job-creation
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/10/4/906979/-Republicans-kill-jobs

Senate Republicans block Dems' effort to pass mine safety bill
http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/worker-safety/121457-senate-republicans-block-dems-effort-to-pass-mine-safety-bill

GOP Pledges to Block Immigration Reform
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/04/25/GOP-pledges-to-block-immigration-bill-push/UPI-56291272231701/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/01/AR2010070100388.html

Republicans Block Democrats’ Efforts to Hold BP Accountable
http://ynative77.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/republicans-block-democrats-efforts-to-hold-bp-accountable-gop-leaving-taxpayers-on-the-hook-for-bailing-out-bp-may-18-2010/
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20007511-503544.html

Senate Republicans Block Two Bills to Spur Renewable Energy Investment
http://www.grist.org/article/no-renewal-for-renewables/

House Republicans Block Medical Help for 9/11 Heroes
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20012217-503544.html
http://blog.aflcio.org/2010/07/30/house-republicans-block-medical-help-for-911-heroes/
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/nyregion/30zadroga.html

GOP blocks small business bill. Who will get the blame?
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/dems_will_get_blamed_for_gop_o.html?hpid=sec-politics

GOP Blocks Financial Reform As Millions Lose Homes
http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/5875/gop_blocks_financial_reform_as_millions_lose_homes/

GOP Blocks Small Biz Bill
http://www.phillytrib.com/tribune/newsheadlines/14208-gop-blocks-small-biz-bill.html
http://wwj.cbslocal.com/2010/07/30/republicans-block-small-biz-lending-bill/
http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-15/politics/obama.economic.relief_1_tax-cuts-small-business-gop-sens?_s=PM%3APOLITICS

Senate Republicans Kill Renewable Energy and Job Creation Bill
http://solveclimate.com/blog/20080610/senate-republicans-kill-renewable-energy-and-job-creation-bill-wheres-mccain
http://www.newsweek.com/blogs/the-gaggle/2010/09/15/who-killed-the-energy-and-climate-bill.html

Republicans Block US Senate Committees From Holding Hearings
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/03/24/GOP-blocks-Senate-committee-meetings/UPI-88161269468743/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/24/gop-blocks-senate-actions/
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/republicans-block-senate-committees-holding-hearings/

Senate Republicans Promise To Oppose Tax Cuts If Wealthy Aren't Included
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/13/mcconnell-every-senate-re_n_714739.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/13/senate-poised-for-highsta_n_714766.html

Senate Republicans Kill Job-Creating Tax Cuts
http://waysandmeans.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=11232

GOP Blocks 20 Judicial Nominees
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/Obama-getting-fewest-judges-confirmed-since-Nixon--102306839.html
http://blog.pfaw.org/content/gop-blocks-20-judicial-nominees-rebuffs-goodwin-liu-again
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202471710311
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/opinion/23thu2.html?th&emc=th

GOP Blocks Freeze on Credit Card Interest Rate Hikes
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/18/gop-blocks-freeze-on-cred_n_362787.html

How Many Jobs Can Republicans Kill This Week?
http://democrats.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=326871&

Small-Business Bill Falters on Senate Partisanship
http://www.nytimes.com/
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Monday, June 11, 2012

42 Million Jobs Created Versus 24 million, Yet Another Democratic Economic Success Story


And remember in November, Willard Romney wants to re-institute the George W. Bush economic policies that produced the worst job creation numbers since Herbert Hoover, the second deepest economic downturn since the Republican gifted Great Depression and the worst accumulation of national debt since Ronald Reagan.

Romney is doubling down on the most disastrous economic policy in 70 years. That seems like a bad idea to me. 

Following is a link to an excellent video that lays bare the dismal failure of Romney's economic record as Governor of Massachusetts.  http://www.barackobama.com/romney/economics/
 -Pay special attention to the outsourcing of call center jobs to India-

 Romney is just another corporate huckster trying to con the American public. See how he and Bain Capitol looted the health care and pension plans of this steel mill and laid off hundreds of American workers while they pocketed millions of dollars in bonus' and profits: http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/obama-super-pac-steps-up-bain-capital-attack
 “This was a booming place, and Mitt Romney and Bain Capital turned it into a junkyard....”
  -Donnie Box, laid off steel worker-

see also: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html
                http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/national-debt.html

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Obama Crushing Romney Among Latino Voters

After a decade of unrelentling demonization of Latinos the Republican party is discovering there are consequences to those actions. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Trickle Down Has Never Worked. Not Once.

It added $9.2 trillion to the national debt.
see: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/national-debt.html

It's produced less than 1/2 the job growth of Democratic Bubble Up Economic Principle. see: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html

It's been in place for 4 of the last 4 recessions including 2 of the 3 greatest economic downturns in our nation's history.
 see: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/history-of-recessions.html

It's produced the greatest income inequality in history. see: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/income-inequality-99-versus-1.html

Romney is doubling down on the very economic principles that have all but killed the middle class and swelled the ranks of the poor. We should remember the record of the principles he champions.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Yet More Graphs Showing It's Not Spending, It's Revenue That Is Causing the Problems

The Bush tax give-a-ways to the rich remain today the greatest driver of today's national debt. When Republican's wax indignant about todays deficits and blame "out of control spending," call bullshit. Cause that's what you are hearing.

We are spending less per capita today than at any time since 1954, when the top tax rate was 90%. Reagonomics promised us that lower tax rates on the uber rich would produce rapid job creation and increased revenues. What they produced was a decade of no job growth, unprecedented income inequality, massive deficits, and 4 of the last 4 recessions, including 2 of the deepest economic downturns in our nation's history, the Reagan Recession of 1982 and the George W. Bush Great Recession of 2007-2009. Again proving the maxim that only two things grow when Republican economic and tax policies are in effect, unemployment and the national debt.

see also: http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/national-debt.html (see 5th graph)
               http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/history-of-recessions.html
               http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/income-inequality-99-versus-1.html

Monday, June 4, 2012

President Obama versus George W. Bush on Job Creation, (1st term)

This graph again documents the typical historical record of comparing Republican Economic results against Democratic economic results. Republicans overspend and under perform. As I've stated repeatedly before only two things grow when Republican economic principles are in place, namely unemployment and the national debt.  A snapshot look at this comparison shows:
1).  public sector (government) employment increased under Bush by just over 4%, and has declined under President Obama by approx. 3%.
2). Private sector employment under Bush declined by approx. 1% over 4 years. Yet in just 2.5 years since the Great Recession bottomed out after President Obama's economic policies took hold have increased by approx. 4%.

Willard Romney has stated he wants to re-implement the Bush economic policies, the same policies that greased the skids for the 2nd greatest economic decline in American history. Romney wants bring his MBA education and experience to shape the American economy. We have had two other Presidents with such experience and education, Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush. How'd that work out?

see also:  http://bureaucountydems.blogspot.com/p/job-growth.html

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Mitt Romney, Prep School Sadist"

Remember the character Doug Neidermeyer from "Animal House?" Turns out it was based on Mitt Romney. But unlike the character in the movie who went to Vietnam, Romney got 4 deferments and palled around France with cheese eating surrender monkeys.


Hit on link below to read the article, "Mitt, the prep school sadist." http://www.salon.com/2012/05/10/mitt_the_prep_school_sadist/

Remember as appalling as was his behavior then, the fact he is lying about it now is even more pathetic.
Character counts.



Can you tell the difference? Neither can I.

What minimum wage buys, then and now



The federal minimum wage was first set in 1938, at 25 cents an hour. Here's a decade-by-decade look, starting in 1950, at the buying power of minimum wage

1950
Often looked to as a model era, the 1950s may have been nearly as picture-perfect as "Leave it to Beaver" seemed to suggest -- minimum wage workers could pay rent for a month for less than a week and a half of full-time work -- or catch Disney's "Cinderella" for just over a half-hour of labor.

Minimum wage: $0.75 per hour
•Gas: $0.27 or 22 minutes
•Movie ticket: $0.48 or 38 minutes
•Rent: $42 or 56 hours

1980
The beginning of the Reagan era marked the end of even the semi-feasibility of paying the median rent on a single minimum-wage income. A minimum-wage worker could still pay rent with just under two weeks of work (double the recommended ratio). Of course, if you lived in a more-affordable area, you'd be in better shape. In Mississippi, for example, you'd have to put in only 58 hours of work to pay the median rent.

Minimum wage: $3.10 per hour
•Gas: $1.25 or 24 minutes
•Movie ticket: $2.60 or 50 minutes
•Rent: $243 or 78 hours

2010
Though the housing crash actually made rent more affordable, minimum-wage workers still had to put in 109 hours of work (or more than 60% of monthly income) in 2010. Of course, in cities like New York, the numbers are much higher. In 2010, the New York City-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area had a median gross rent of $1,125, which equals 155 hours of work. Basically, if you worked full-time, didn't eat, commute or pay utilities, and you gave nearly every penny to your landlord, you could just make it in the Big Apple.

Minimum wage: $7.25 per hour
•Gas: $2.78 or 23 minutes
•Movie ticket: $7.95 or 1 hour, 6 minutes
•Rent: $789 or 109 hours

http://finances.msn.com/saving-money-advice/6952105
And remember during the time that Congress allowed minimum wage to fall far below the poverty level they voted themselves dozens of raises totaling 10's of thousands of dollars.  Those greedy pigs.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Obama Job Recovery Graph, -what a diffence 3 years and a new president makes!-

"After the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, our businesses have now created more than 4.2 million new jobs over the past 26 months…But with too many still out of work, we need to do more." -President Obama-


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Post Card View Of ObamaCare's Current Success


Here is the direct link to the Face Book page of Obamacare, a great source of information to debunk the misinformation, lies, and misconceptions about the plan that is delivering what presidents for the last 100 years talked about but never delivered on.

REMEMBER, IT'S CALLED OBAMACARE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT CARES

Could Mitt Romney Do Worse Than George W. Bush On Job Creation? His record says yes.

Remember Romney's Record on Job Creation, it's the same as every other Republican,
 -dismal-
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/04/494282/5-facts-about-the-massachusetts-economy-under-mitt-romney/


5 Facts About The Massachusetts Economy Under Mitt Romney
By Travis Waldron on Jun 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

Republican Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign whipped out a new number over the weekend to dispute federal government data that ranked Massachusetts 47th in job creation during Romney’s time as governor there. Three separate campaign advisers used the Sunday morning news circuit to claim that the state was actually 30th in job growth in Romney’s final year in office.

Of course, moving the state to 30th would still mean it was in the bottom half of the nation, a fact that would seem to fit assertions from local experts that the state’s economy was “below average and often near the bottom” while Romney was governor. Here are five facts about the Massachusetts economy from Romney’s 2003-2007 tenure:

1) Its job growth was poor: Despite Romney’s professed expertise in creating jobs, Massachusetts ranked 47th in job growth during his time as governor. The state’s total job growth was just 0.9 percent, well behind other high-wage, high-skill economies in New York (2.7), California (4.7), and North Carolina (7.6). The national average, meanwhile, was better than 5 percent.

2) Its labor force declined: Only Louisiana, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, saw a bigger decline in its labor force than Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as governor. That decline largely explains the state’s decreasing unemployment rate (from 5.6 to 4.7 percent) while Romney was in office, according to Northeastern University economics professor Andrew Sum. At the same time, the nation as a whole added 8 million people to the labor force.

3) It lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national rate: Massachusetts lost 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs during Romney’s time in office, according to Sum. The loss was double the rate that the nation as a whole lost manufacturing jobs. In 2004, Romney vetoed legislation that would have banned companies doing business with the state from outsourcing jobs to other countries.

4) It was “below average,” “often near the bottom”: “There was not one measure where the state did well under his term in office. We were below average and often near the bottom,” Sum told the Washington Post in February. As a result, the state was more comparable to Rust Belt states like Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio than it was to other high-tech economies it typically competes with.

5) It piled on more debt than any state: Romney left Massachusetts residents with $10,504 in per capita bond debt, the highest of any state in the nation when he left office in 2007. The state ranked second in debt as a percentage of personal income. Romney regularly omits those statistics from his Massachusetts record, instead touting the fact that he balanced the state’s budget (he was constitutionally required to do so). He wouldn’t be much different as president: his proposed tax plan adds more than $10 trillion to the national debt.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

ObamaCare Wildly Popular With American People

The one unpoplar facet of the plan is the mandate to buy insurance which, ironically is the linchpin that holds up all the popular parts of the plan. There is an easy fix to the problem, and that's Medicare (reformed and shored up) for all. But without Democrats controlling the White House, the Senate and the House this solution will never materialize.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Obamacare’ To Yield $1.3 Billion In Rebates For Consumers



by:  Sahil Kapur- April 26, 2012, 1:30 PM 603995

A lesser-known but important provision in “Obamacare” that regulates how health insurance companies spend their money is yielding benefits for consumers, a new study finds.

By this August, insurers are projected to send consumers a total of $1.3 billion in rebates, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis released Thursday — $541 million to large employers, $377 million to small businesses and $426 million to people with their own insurance plans.

The rebates are the result of a rule in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent or 85 percent of premium earnings on health care — as opposed to marketing and administrative activities — or otherwise provide rebates to their consumers.

White House spokesman Jay Carney highlighted the figures at the top of his press conference Thursday as “yet another sign of how the Affordable Care Act is already strengthening the health care system for millions of Americans.”

It’s the latest salvo in the ongoing partisan tug-of-war — one that’s expected to continue through the election — where Democrats take every opportunity to tout the law’s benefits and Republicans seize on unfavorable reports to paint it in a negative light. The law is expected to loom large in the 2012 election and Republicans have the upper hand when it comes to public opinion.

A Senate report prepared by Democrats estimated last year that the rebates would have been as high as $2 billion if the so-called Medical Loss Ratio provision took effect in 2010.

The insurance industry has rebelled against the MLR requirement and maintained that the rule would ultimately do more harm than good.

“Given the inherently unpredictable nature of health care costs, it is not surprising that some health plans expect to pay rebates to consumers in certain markets,” said Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans. “However, the coverage disruptions and other unintended consequences of imposing a new arbitrary federal cap on health plan administrative costs are likely to outweigh any benefit these rebates will provide to consumers.”

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/04/obamacare-to-yield-13-billion-in-rebates-for-consumers.php


Monday, April 16, 2012

Obama Care Eliminates Women Having To Pay More For Health Care

It's Called Obama Care Because the President Cares

Compare Your Tax Rate To Multi-Millionaire Mitt Romney's Tax Rate

Hit on the link below to see how adopting the Buffet/Reagan Rule would help prevent multi-millionaires like Willard Romney from paying a lower tax rate than you.

We paid a tax rate of 20.9% last year. Romney's tax rate? 13.9%*

Mitt Romney would protect a tax code that allows millionaires like himself to take advantage of loopholes and tax havens. Well isn't that special?

"Who could have come up with such an evil tax scheme?"


"Could it be Satan?"

hit on link to do your personal calculation:
http://www.barackobama.com/buffett-rule?source=em12_20120416_sc_act&utm_medium=email&utm_source=obama&utm_campaign=em12_20120416_sc_act&email=mpkohr%40gmail.com&zip=61356
*latest available records. The Romneys filed an extention request on their 2011 tax returns.