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Riley Wyna

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Oct 10, 2012 - 10:07pm PT
Paul Ryan is a very unlikable guy!!!
Arrogant to a fault and incredibly insecure when challenged on any issue.
I can't see how anyone could vote for this guy or not see through him like so much air.
Riley Wyna

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Oct 10, 2012 - 10:08pm PT

The Reason(s) McCain Chose Palin Over Romney (UPDATE w/Request)

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Here is what's being touted as John McCain's 2008 200-page opposition research file on Mitt Romney (segments were originally posted in late 2011 on the conservative blog RedState.com.) Here are choice excerpts for those who prefer not to read the 200-page file in its entirety:
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SPENDING:
-Under Governor Romney, State Spending Increased By More Than 24% (Over $5 Billion) In Only Three Years – An Annual Increase Of 8%
-To Close Budget Gap And Fund New Spending, Romney Increased Fees And Taxes By Roughly $700 Million Per Year, According To Independent Experts

TAXES:
-Total State And Local Tax Burden Increased More Than 7% Under Romney And Massachusetts’ Corporate Tax Climate Is Among The Nation's Worst
-Romney implemented three rounds of tax changes (which he referred to as “closing loopholes”) which increased business taxes by an estimated $400 million per year.
-As Governor, Romney Signed Into Law 50% Increase In State Cremation Fee, Called By Some A “New Hidden Tax On The Dead"
-Under Romney, Homeowners Saw Property Taxes Rise To Highest Level In Decades
-Romney Cut State Aid To Cities And Towns, Forcing Property Tax Increases Throughout The State

STATE FEES:
-Romney Imposed Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Fee Increases, Affecting Virtually Everyone In Massachusetts, While Insisting They Were Not New Taxes
-Romney Proposed Increasing Fees On Hospitalized Veterans
-Romney Raised Gun Licensing Fee By 400 Percent

JOBS & ECONOMY:
-Under Romney, Massachusetts Dramatically Underperformed The Nation In Terms Of Job Growth
-Romney’s Government “Reforms” Panned As Largely Ineffective
-Massachusetts Was Only State With Three Straight Years Of Shrinking Labor Force From 2003-05
-Under Romney, Massachusetts Lost Major Employers Like Gillette And Fleet While Others Cut Jobs
-Romney has been criticized by experts for failing to deliver on issues of business development and economic growth after selling himself as the “CEO governor."
-Romney left his successor to fill a budget deficit exceeding $1 billion.

FOREIGN POLICY:
-Romney said capturing Osama bin Laden would result in “very insignificant increase in safety” for America and such effort was “not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars” to
catch one person
-After calling for economic divestment from Iran, Romney was embarrassed by revelation that the Italian branch of Bain & Company – firm where Romney started as young consultant and served as CEO in early‘90s – received $2.3 million contract from National Iranian Oil Company in 2004.
-Bain Capital, the private equity firm that made Romney his fortune, currently owns a chemicals and paint company called SigmaKalon that operates an office in Tehran.

POLITICAL ISSUES:
-Romney left the state GOP weaker than when he took over as governor, with the party described as being “at its weakest point in years.”
-Top Romney campaign aides and surrogates have ties to several recent Washington ethics scandals (e.g. Jason Roe, Former Feeney Chief Of Staff, “Resigned Abruptly” From Position As Romney Deputy Campaign Manager After FBI Inquiries Into Abramoff Ties)

ABORTION:
-During His Political Career, Romney Has Been Pro-Choice, Then Not Pro-Choice, Then Pro-Choice Again, Now Claims To Be Pro-Life.
-Romney’s Wife Contributed To Planned Parenthood
-As Governor, Romney Ordered Catholic Hospitals To Distribute Emergency Contraception

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
-On Same Day In 2005, Romney Supported, Then Opposed Northeast Regional Compact On Climate Change
-In 2005, Romney Dramatically Lamented Lack Of Progress On Fuel Efficiency – Then Just Hours Later Said He Did Not Support Tougher Fuel Efficiency Standards

EDUCATION:
-Romney Supports No Child Left Behind Act, Raises Concerns Over Specific Testing Processes
-1994: As Senate Candidate, Romney Backed Eliminating Federal Department Of Education

VETERANS ISSUES:
-Shortly After Taking Office, Romney Proposed Cutting State Hiring Preferences For Veterans And Merging Veterans Care Facilities Into Jurisdiction Of Social Welfare Administrators
-Romney Tried To Cut $165,000 From Veterans Outreach In 2003.

BUSINESS RECORD:
-Romney’s Background As CEO And Corporate Dealmaker Seen As Influence On His Political Tactics
-Under Romney’s Leadership, Bain Capital Had History Of Relentless Focus On Bottom Line, Improving Corporate Profits At Expense Of Local Workers
-Romney Was Board Member Of Company Fined Over $100 Million For Medicare Fraud – At The Time, It Was The Largest Criminal Fine For Health Care Fraud In History
-Romney’s Firm Owned Company Named Ampad That Purchased Indiana Paper Plant, Fired Its Workers And Offered To Bring Them Back At Drastically Reduced Salary & Benefits
-Under Bain Management, Stream Declined To Open Call Centers In Idaho And Wyoming As It Opened Or Expanded Facilities In Canada, Spain, France, Ireland & India
-After Romney Became Governor, Bain Capital Teamed Up With Chinese Appliance Maker Haier Group In 2005 In Effort To Purchase Newton, IA-Based Maytag Corp. And Send Jobs Overseas
-Bain Capital Held Controlling Stake In Outsourced Manufacturing Services Provider Modus Media, Inc. (Formerly Known As Modus Media Int'l, Inc.) From Early 1998 Thru Mid-2004
-Modus Media’s Expansive Operations In China Were Called “Key Attraction” After Company Was Purchased By CMGI In 2004

FLIP-FLOPS
-NO NEW TAXES PLEDGE: Romney Refused To Sign ATR Pledge Against Raising Taxes In 2002, Eagerly Signed It In 2007
-REAGAN LEGACY: Romney Distanced Himself From President Reagan In 1994, Saying He Was An Independent During Reagan Years, But Now Claims Reagan As His Hero
-SECOND AMENDMENT: Romney Once Bragged Of Opposing NRA, Promised Not To “Chip Away” At Tough Gun Laws But Now Seeks NRA Endorsement
-UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE: After Striving To Take Credit For Universal Health Insurance Bill In Massachusetts, Romney Is Now Running Away From His Own Plan
-GAY MARRIAGE: In 2002, Romney Refused To Endorse Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage, Saying It Was Too Extreme, But Later Endorsed Amendment Banning Gay Marriage In 2006
-STEM CELL RESEARCH: Romney Once Endorsed Embryonic Stem Cell Research And Promised To "Work & Fight" For It Before Changing His Position

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If you have the time & inclination, I do suggest taking a look at the full 200-page report. It's full of gems and talking points to bring up with your Republican friends.

Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM PT:
UPDATE: Media Carpet Bomb Perhaps?


There are lots of juicy bits in the file, re: Veterans, Education, Romney's use of "close loopholes" to mean 'raise taxes', his raising the cost of gun license fees by 400%, and Romney's involvement on the board of directors of Bain portfolio company Damon Clinical Laboratories, which in 1996 was fined over $100 million for Medicare fraud committed during Romney’s tenure.

Since details from this file have slipped under the media radar, I propose we DailyKos members reach out to groups/blogs/newspapers to bring attention to Romney's unmentionables. Would you be willing to do what you can to bring these details to media awareness? YES WE CAN!

Thanks
Riley Wyna

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Oct 11, 2012 - 02:08am PT
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-letting-us-in-on-a-secret/2012/10/10/ba3136ca-132b-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html?socialreader_check=0&denied=1



LOL!!!

What can you say about republicans - at least they are predictable in their incompetence and cluelessness.

Oh and TGT - you are an idiot
Riley Wyna

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Oct 11, 2012 - 02:17am PT
[quote] By NanceGreggs, on October 11th, 2012
Last week’s Obama/Romney debate was, according to the MSM, a triumphant “win” for The Mittster – and that call was as predictable as it was inevitable.

Romney could have installed a rotisserie on his podium, roasted a live kitten on it, and glommed it down in front of millions of viewers – and the media still would have chalked up his performance in the “win” column. They had to; they needed a horse race to keep their viewers tuned in, and the first debate was going to be the game-changer they’d hoped for, no matter what.

But in the dawn’s early light, after the fact-checkers had done their work, what should have been the big news story was how many lies Romney had told during the debate – not exaggerations, nor the hyperbole we’ve come to expect from politicians, but out-and-out lies.

In fact, it should have been one of the biggest political news stories of all time: a man running for the highest and most powerful position on the planet had stood before the American citizenry and the world-at-large and lied over and over – without shame, without regret and, most importantly, without any fear of political consequences, thanks to a media that puts its ratings above journalistic integrity and its responsibility to the public.

No doubt the Romney camp was depending on the fact that today’s TV “journalists” don’t concern themselves with the truth, operating as they do in a world where a lie is as good as a fact, so long as the end result is an uptick in viewership.

In the post-debate high-fiving, several remarks were tossed around about how the fact-checkers would be weighing in before the night was out. And indeed, many of them did. But what is shockingly notable is that the mainstream media considers itself to be separate and apart from such an endeavor, as though facts have no place in real journalism. And sadly, they no longer do.

Somehow I can’t imagine Walter Cronkite praising Romney’s performance as a tour de force despite it being rife with blatant untruths. Nor can I conjure up the image of Edward R. Murrow describing Mitt’s denial of his very own words as being somehow presidential, and demonstrative of true leadership. But the Cronkites and Murrows have been replaced by the Blitzers and Hannitys – and those who show any potential similarity to the true pioneers of TV journalism never make it to the airwaves, lest their penchant for truth-telling result in a loss of audience share.

Sadly, the TV news media now consists of well-coiffed, well-outfitted bobbleheads, whose only claim to fame is an ability to tell it like they need it to be, instead of how it really is.

Let’s be clear. Romney’s debate performance was not a mere sprinkling of half-truths and exaggerations. It was instead a torrential downpour of bald-faced lies about his own previously-held positions and statements, along with “facts” and statistics that were obviously wrung from his own ass.

But again, he was safe in doing so. As we’ve heard from the newscasters themselves, fact-checking is someone else’s job, not theirs. And they weren’t about to let the truth rain on their preplanned we’ve got us a horse race! parade.

Several years ago, I wrote a piece about Brian Williams decrying the notion that “a guy named Vinnie” sitting in his apartment in a bathrobe and armed with internet access was about to usurp the job of real journalists who, like Williams himself, had studied their craft, earned their degrees and honed their skills in presenting the real news to the viewing public.

I said at the time that my money was on the Bathrobe Vinnie Brigade, people who took to the internet to get the truth out, not as a means of competing with the MSM – but as a means of replacing it for those of us who feel that the truth being an expendable commodity for the sake of horse races and ratings is not only unacceptable, but a national disgrace.

And so the Greatest News Story Never Told was left to the true investigative journalists – those who sit around in their bathrobes while checking the facts, with a keen awareness that true journalism demands something more than declaring a “win” for a man who has just stood before the world and lied repeatedly through his teeth.

It should be noted that in this particular case, the media has witnessed Romney’s penchant for lying since he launched his campaign. It’s not like he caught anyone off-guard; it’s not like any newscaster with even a fleeting awareness of Romney’s consistent lying was taken by surprise. But things being what they are, Romney could rest assured that no media type was ever going to point to his past transgressions, any more than they would question his truthfulness when the facts came rolling in – through no effort on their part – after the fact. And his confidence in that idea paid off handsomely.

I am not alone in railing against the so-called “news media” for years. I am also not alone in having abandoned them completely, recognizing that whores who will say anything that serves their own interests – even at the expense of their fellow citizens being informed in the lead-up to a presidential election – are never to be trusted. Unfortunately, they invariably prove my point time and again, without fail.

All of the above being said, my money is still riding on Bathrobe Vinnie. He is keenly aware that true journalism is a professional calling, and not a job by which to fill his closet with designer suits, get his hair styled by professionals before the cameras roll, and abandon his integrity in exchange for a paycheck.

Vinnie doesn’t need a horse race – he just needs the facts. And so do we all.

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rottingjohnny

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mammoth lakes ca
Oct 11, 2012 - 05:01am PT
Even though i didn't believe anything Romney was saying i'd have to say Romney put on a better show with his rapid fire , assertive lying..Obama's downfall was not nipping each lie in the bud with a crisp , concise retort....Obviously these debates are about acting skills and have little to do with truth...
Gary

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Monza by the streetlight
Oct 11, 2012 - 05:37am PT
Obviously these debates are about acting skills and have little to do with truth...

That's how conmen work. Distract the rube in one direction while you lift his wallet from another angle.

We can argue Obama v Rmoney all day long, and it doesn't matter. Wall Street will win and we will lose.
philo

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Oct 11, 2012 - 06:05am PT
An Oldie but a Goodie.
Fitting to today and apropos of the above comment about Con Men.
Credit: philo

And then there is this.
Credit: philo

Riley Wyna

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Oct 11, 2012 - 06:19am PT
Most of these liberal dummies should just shut the f*#k up.
Matthews just cant stop talking - someone should put a muzzle on that idiot.
What a mess of a country - a f*#king 2 year campaign of clowns, money and horse shit; a good and intelligent man for a President who has done a good job but if you listened to much of the propaganda you would think he is the anti-christ; a republican party that makes the dark ages look progressive, and an entire media we would be better off without.
F*#k all of it...



The "liberal" media Sh#t Fit has done the most damage to Obama's poll numbers





I watched the debate. Sure, Obama wasn't as aggressive as he should have been, but Romney came off like a bully the way he treated Jim Lehrer. My reaction: "Meh." Then I turn over to MSNBC and see Chris Matthews having a nervous breakdown, with Rachel not doing much better. Then Andrew Sullivan goes apoplectic on The Daily Beast. Add to that James Carville's lamentations, and the self-hatefest was on!

And it didn't help matters that NBC and MSNBC gave airtime to Jack Welch's paranoid bullshit on the employment numbers.

Romney's "surge" would have amounted to nothing more than a slight uptick had supposedly-liberal commentators kept their f*#king heads on, but when people see these Einsteins falling all over each other trying to out-faux FAUX, they start thinking, "Oh, Obama must be in trouble, then," instead of what they should be thinking: "Mitt Romney's a goddamn liar!"

You know, the Truth.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Oct 11, 2012 - 07:22am PT
The idea that "the media" is purposefully and collectively pushing things back towards Romney because they want a tight "horcerace" is utter bullsh#t. Everyone, Republics and Democrats, make this excuse when something isn't going their way. Don't buy into that idiocy.
Bob D'A

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Taos, NM
Oct 11, 2012 - 07:38am PT
Riley...being stupid, lying and acting like a clown plays to low information voters and cable TV.
Dr. F.

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SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2012 - 10:08am PT
Have any of you seen the Rolling Stone Article of Romney / Ryan from the Oct. 10 issue
Scathing

I will post it up later
apogee

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Oct 11, 2012 - 10:09am PT
Ron Anderson

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Oct 11, 2012 - 10:12am PT
too bad Steve Martin cant debate tonight eh? That would relieve the STRESS biden is going through at this very moment.
apogee

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Oct 11, 2012 - 10:18am PT
Say g'night, Ron...
Ron Anderson

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Oct 11, 2012 - 10:19am PT
Bwah! you owe me for patent infringement..
Dr. F.

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SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 11, 2012 - 10:21am PT
Say g'night, Ron...
Ron Anderson

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USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Oct 11, 2012 - 10:44am PT
I have to admit this is more refreshing than having to ATTEMPT to explain simple postings about GAS USAGE. Ten times over.....


Say gnight BIDEN.....
apogee

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Oct 11, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Say g'night, Ron...®
Ron Anderson

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Oct 11, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Nice touch^^
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Oct 11, 2012 - 10:49am PT
The Obama apologists' analyses of the first debate should bring joy to any Republican who wants to win the presidency, because it represents delusional denial. If Obama's handlers keep thinking that way, they'll fantasize their way to unemployment.

Lies, you say? In the words of J. R. R. Tolkien, spoken through King Theoden in The Two Towers, "Those words come too easily to your lips."

I guess that's become the Democrats' new religion. Any difference of opinion becomes, to them, a "lie," to the extent that difference represents a departure from Democratic Party orthodoxy. It's classic group think, because it appears they really believe that everything they say is true, and anything that contradicts what they say is a lie.

Rather sad.

John
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