Buyer Remorse

Oh Mitt! Say it isn’t so …

“There are 47 percent who are with him [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax. …

And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Three things:

Mitt doesn’t differentiate Democrats from Republicans. His base must see all these freeloaders as being Democrats but it’s not true and Mitt’s supporters are going to vote for him no matter how disastrous he would be for this country, but not all Republican voters are firm Romney supporters. I expect we will see a significant number of Republicans crossing over to vote Democratic because they now see that the Republican candidate is not concerned for their welfare and in fact has insulted them (There was that 50-something white Southern Baptist that declared he was now going to have to vote for the muslim).

Democrats are going to be sure to get out and vote against such a twitt. Doesn’t Romney know that most of the people getting some form of government assistance are either too old or too young to be earning enough income to pay income taxes (they do pay social security, sales tax, local tax, etc.) or they are working two or more jobs trying to put food on their family’s table and still not earning enough to pay income taxes. Fact is, some of the hardest working people in this country are a large part of Romney’s idea of freeloaders on the teat of government.

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Pudd’nhead Mitt

I can see that Mr. Pitt has an opinion about the Mitt Romney (Mitt the Twitt) and Paul Ryan (Eddie Munster) GOP ticket and he’s not too subtle:

Pudd’nhead Mitt and the Great Giveaway
Monday, 13 August 2012 09:09
By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

The decision to add Paul Ryan to the Republican presidential campaign has, once and for all time, exposed the limp, rudderless vacancy that is the core essence of Willard Mitt Romney. Over the eighteen years he has been on the political stage, Mr. Romney has changed positions more often than most people change batteries. By tapping Ryan, and thus agreeing to take on the fourteen years of far-right baggage Ryan brings with him, Romney has all but announced to the world that he is folding his hand and ceding control of the party to the whacked-out denizens of his right flank.

Here is Paul Ryan in one sentence: He is an acolyte of Ayn Rand’s sinister school of thought that human beings are only worth what they can earn or be sold for in the marketplace, the author of the blueprint Romney used to craft his notorious budget plan to raise taxes on 95% of Americans while cutting taxes for those who share his rarefied financial atmosphere, the latest in a long line of brigands seeking to eviscerate Medicare and make growing old in America the equivalent of growing poor again, a job-killer who wants to do away with Pell Grants in an age when educated workers are becoming harder and harder to find, a family friend of Big Oil, which explains his virulent hatred for any attempts to safeguard the environment, as evidenced by his oft-repeated claims that climate change is a giant conspiracy he says is invalidated whenever snow happens to fall, which explains his vote to overthrow the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas pollution, his vote to block the USDA from preparing for climate change, and his vote to kill higher light bulb efficiency standards for reasons passing understanding, and let’s not forget that he was a member of that very very very special cadre of House Republicans who signed a bill to make fertilized eggs into people so as to outlaw abortion, in vitro fertilization and many forms of birth control.

Why Paul Ryan? The answer lies in the cold bowl of pudding that is Mitt Romney’s personal and political integrity.

After this I can’t imagine supporting these two misfits for anything that might affect my life, but the article goes on … read it at Truthout.

Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan

This seems like a good summary of the policies and opinions the GOP Vice-Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, will bring to the national debate. I’ll just itemize them hear:  read the full discussion at Truthout.

Twelve Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:24
By Igor Volsky, ThinkProgress | Report

Mitt Romney has picked as his running mate 42 year-old Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the architect of the GOP budget, which the New York Times has described as “the most extreme budget plan passed by a house of Congress in modern times.” Below are 12 things you should know about Ryan and his policies:

  1. Embraces extreme individualism
  2. Raises taxes on the middle class, cuts them for millionaires
  3. Dramatically increases Medicare costs for seniors, increases eligibility age
  4. Leaves Social Security to the whims of Wall Street
  5. Budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years
  6. Eliminates Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students
  7. Keeps $40 billion in subsidies for Big Oil
  8. Family stands to benefit from oil subsidies
  9. Claimed Romneycare has led to “rationing and benefit cuts”
  10. Believes that Romneycare is “not that dissimilar to Obamacare”
  11. Accused generals of lying about their support for Obama’s military budget
  12.  Co-sponsored a personhood amendment.

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Psycho-weird

In the Daily Beast Michael Tomasky writes about the selection of Paul Ryan to be Mitt the Twitt’s running mate:

So much for Romney making a pick that says something about his own views (whatever they are). Instead, he feared what Bill Kristol might say and buckled under. As always. … Paul Ryan? Really? It’s a stunning choice. A terrible one too. By making it, Mitt Romney tells America that he is not his own man and hasn’t even the remotest fleeting desire to be his own man. He is owned by the right wing.

Interestingly, Tomasky sees the campaign flipping over and Paul Ryan becoming the center of debate:  so much so that Tomasky even suggests jokingly (I assume) that Ryan and Obama should debate and leave Mitt the Twitt to debate Biden. If you read the complete article (and others discussing the VP candidate selection) there is both discussion of how the GOP has slit its own throat as well as how the Democrats have to be cautious and not start celebrating too soon. Sort of a bottom line argument, however, is that when the retirees and soon to be retirees in states like Florida see the Ryan plan for their future, the GOP will be in trouble, and if Mitt the Twitt with his selection of Paul Ryan has guaranteed a loss in Florida (assuming the GOP accepts an honest election) then the November election is already lost.

Tomasky’s last comment about Ryan is good:

Is all that “daring”? Well, Thelma and Louise were “daring” too, but they ended up at the bottom of a canyon. If the Democrats handle this situation properly, that’s where this ticket will end up too, and then the rest of us—the people who don’t want federal policy to be based on Atlas Shrugged—can finally and fully press the case to the right that America is not behind you, and please grow up.

My question, in light of recent pronouncements, is whether the selection of Paul Ryan will eclipse the choice of Sarah Palin as being the worst idea since a bag of glass?