Archive for April 2012 – Page 2

"It takes between five and 10 years to get back to full employment."


Via Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog

George Bush took eight years to demolish the U.S. economy. President Obama, after three years, is turning it around, but still has a lot of work to do, with no help from a Congress filled to the brim with Republican obstructionists.

Yet Willard M. Romney wants to go back to those bad old days of BushCo policies, updated to version 2.0. Via

Obama for America Press Secretary Ben LaBolt released the following statement on an RNC spokesperson’s claim yesterday that Mitt Romney’s economic plans are the “Bush plan, but just updated”:

“Yesterday an RNC spokesperson confirmed what we already knew:  that Mitt Romney’s economic policies are the ‘Bush plan just updated.’ Governor Romney has repackaged the same policies that led us into the economic crisis in the first place: giving tax breaks to the wealthiest few at the expense of the middle class and promoting risky financial deals that not only led to the slowest economic growth in a generation but to years of middle class families struggling with fewer jobs and flat incomes and an economic crisis that included a massive elimination of wealth, a collapse of our markets, and rampant job loss.   We’ve seen how this movie ends before, and the middle class can’t afford to go back. The President believes we must continue building an economy that lasts, where everybody from Main Street to Wall Street does their fair share and plays by the same set of rules, and hard work and responsibility are rewarded.”

Former President Clinton knows a thing or two about improving the economy, and felt compelled to speak out about how long it takes to get things moving again.

Via the Boston Globe:

If you go back 500 years, whenever a country’s financial system collapses, it takes between five and 10 years to get back to full employment,” Clinton said as he introduced Obama at a fund-raiser for his longtime friend Terry McAuliffe. [...]

“If you go back for the last 200 years, when buildings had been widely owned by individuals and companies, if there’s a mortgage collapse, it almost always takes 10 years,” the former president added as he defended the current one. “He’s beating the clock, not behind it. Don’t listen to those Republicans. We are beating the clock.

"Those Republicans" know that, but they excel at spreading lies, repeating the lies as if they're news, and creating news cycles based on those lies. Add that to sabotaging any attempts by the president and Democratic Congress members to add jobs so they can place the blame for a bad economy on Dems, and voila: A recipe for GOP slime.


Chart: Rachel Maddow and Sen. Bernie Sanders are right. The gender pay gap is real.


Via the DCCC:

"Women's median earnings are lower than men's in nearly all occupations."

The reason it's necessary to repeat that Rachel is right is that she was in a heated debate with a very condescending Alex Castellanos on Meet the Press who insisted she was wrong.

The pay gap is real. Castellanos's arguments are not.

Via and more here.


VIDEO- Mitt Romney: Democrats "say no one should live" in luxury. Reality check time, Willard.


Mitt Romney at a Kentucky fundraiser at the luxurious estate of Papa John’s founder John Schnatter

“What a home this is, what grounds these are, the pool, the golf course... You know, if a Democrat were here he’d look around and say no one should live like this, you know. Republicans come here and say EVERYONE should live like this. This is a real tribute to America, to entrepreneurship.”

Once again, Romney's words awkwardly enhance his la-dee-da country club attire and attitude. And once again--say it with me this time, Mitt-- it's not the wealth, it's what you do with it, and how you treat those who don't have it.

So, no, Willard the Wealthy, nobody's saying "no one should live like this." But we Dems do say no one should live like THIS:


And no one should live so consistently and completely...



VIDEO- Pres. Obama: "I assumed that people meant what they said when they said it...That's been my practice."


Earlier I posted the difference between GW Bush and President Obama regarding their attitudes and actions toward (and against) Osama bin Laden. (Osama bin Laden Watch: The so-called “vigilance” of George W. Bush)

Bush's credibility was non-existent, while the president's was bolstered exponentially. But that didn't stop Willard M. Romney from opening his big flip-floppy mouth (see video of that moment at the above link). Nor did it stop Republicans from trying to belittle the president's victory.

Obama responds:

Via Think Progress:

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reports that “by invoking Carter in this fashion, Romney may have effectively undermined his whole argument.”


... Carter did give “that order,” as Romney puts it. In April of 1980, Carter ordered the launch of an American military operation designed to rescue Americans held hostage in Tehran. [...]

And so, by invoking Carter, Romney is reminding us that Obama’s call — like Carter’s — was anything but routine, was fraught with major risk, and ­­could have ended with the loss of American lives and the destruction of the Obama presidency.

Mike Breen, the vice president of the Truman Project:

Romney is undermining his own point... He’s invoking a decision that cost Carter his presidency. Obama bet his presidency on this operation. It’s troubling if Romney thinks it was an easy decision.”

"I assumed that people meant what they said when they said it." Not when they're nickname is Etch A Sketch, Mr. President.