Saturday, June 30, 2012

Top 5 Republican Lies About The Affordable Health Care Act

The following is from  the Obama Truth Team: Just remember,  if Republican lips are moving, they are lying. I have highlighted Republican talking points,
-lies- in red.
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.
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:
another great read:
Another great piece debumking "ObamaCare" myths and scare tactics


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: 

Sunday, June 17, 2012


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.


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).
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Thursday, June 14, 2012


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 :

Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits Extension:

Republicans Block Bank-Reform Bill

Republicans Block Campaign Disclosure Bill:

Republicans Block Jobs Bill in Senate:

GOP Blocks Transparency in Campaign Contributions:

Republicans block bill ending tax breaks for US companies sending jobs offshore

Republicans Block Bill to Raise Oil Spill Liability Cap

Republicans Block Wall Street Reform Bill

GOP blocks Senate campaign-finance bill – again

Republicans Block Small Business Lending Bill

Republicans Block Repeal of Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

Senate Republicans Block Own Amendments on Health Care Bill

Republicans Block Energy Legislation…Yet Again

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill

Republicans Kill Measure That Created 240,000 Jobs

Senate Republicans block Dems' effort to pass mine safety bill

GOP Pledges to Block Immigration Reform

Republicans Block Democrats’ Efforts to Hold BP Accountable

Senate Republicans Block Two Bills to Spur Renewable Energy Investment

House Republicans Block Medical Help for 9/11 Heroes

GOP blocks small business bill. Who will get the blame?

GOP Blocks Financial Reform As Millions Lose Homes

GOP Blocks Small Biz Bill

Senate Republicans Kill Renewable Energy and Job Creation Bill

Republicans Block US Senate Committees From Holding Hearings

Senate Republicans Promise To Oppose Tax Cuts If Wealthy Aren't Included

Senate Republicans Kill Job-Creating Tax Cuts

GOP Blocks 20 Judicial Nominees

GOP Blocks Freeze on Credit Card Interest Rate Hikes

How Many Jobs Can Republicans Kill This Week?

Small-Business Bill Falters on Senate Partisanship

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.
 -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:
 “This was a booming place, and Mitt Romney and Bain Capital turned it into a junkyard....”
  -Donnie Box, laid off steel worker-

see also:

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.

It's produced less than 1/2 the job growth of Democratic Bubble Up Economic Principle. see:

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.

It's produced the greatest income inequality in history. see:

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: (see 5th graph)

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?

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