Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):
“… Very important for people to understand that what was NOT included in the sequestration were those programs, those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants. And what the Republicans would love to see is for this president to serve up on a silver platter these programs, and not just make some changes in them, but structural changes to undermine the programs. … Ultimately, in order to end the sequester, that is the demand that they’re making on the president, that he make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security.“
The GOP is on the losing side of every issue and they know it. They become more desperate each day, so they resort to blaming President Obama for anything and everything while sticking to the same old policies that lost them the election in November.
They know America stands firmly with the Dems, but that won’t stop them from trying to destroy the very programs that the poor, sick, and elderly depend on so that their top 1% buddies can get their tax breaks. America first!
As I’ve written over and over again, Republicans are masters of that old Rovian tactic called projection. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s taking your candidate’s (or anyone’s) weaknesses and attributing them to the opposition.
Now a very desperate, very laughable Karl Rove is projecting again, but this time nobody’s buying it. He sank to a new low (Is that even possible?), pathetically accusing Team Obama of — wait for it– voter suppression. Yes, you read that right. Watch him sliming his way to irrelevance on Fox:
As Think Progress points out, President Obama got more popular and electoral votes than Willard M. Romney and “grew his margins within certain voting blocks.” Some disenfranchisement, huh?
Rove dug himself into another Fox hole. This happened:
And this, via BuzzFlash’s Andrew Kaczynski:
When Fox mocks you, you know you’re in trouble.
Here’s your Moment of Happy, via Taegan:
Ryan Teague Beckwith rounds up electoral maps from nine political prognosticators, all of which see President Obama winning re-election with anywhere from 281 to 332 electoral votes.
As Paddy posted earlier, the October jobs report shows growth was better than expected last month.
The right wing conspiracy theorists and whiny political commentators have their work cut out for them today. They can try to spin the latest unemployment numbers as negatively as they want, but facts are facts.
[T]he talking point is based on either ignorance or a desire to mislead. The unemployment rate went up slightly because of good news — more Americans got back in the game, re-entering the labor market as the job landscape improves. For Republicans to characterize this as discouraging is ridiculous.
By objective matters, today’s report is a fairly strong one. Job growth improved, revisions for the two previous months were up significantly, the labor force grew, and the overall jobless rate is obviously steadily declining. What’s more, as Rachel noted on the show last night, this comes against a backdrop of other encouraging economic news.
I suspect Romney/Ryan and its allies will spend the day shouting, “The unemployment rate went up 0.1%!” but this will be almost as silly as the conspiracy theorists’ nonsense.
Listening to those on the right twisting themselves into knots over good news is as eyebrow-raising as it is entertaining. You’d think they’d be happy that there’s good news coming America’s way, but as usual, they’re more interested in winning at all costs than telling the truth and accepting a black, Democratic president’s success.
Speaking of success, Benen has more to share with us, via our old friend, the Bikini Graph (red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration):
[T]he figures offer good economic news for the American people, and good political news for President Obama. [...]
The overall unemployment rate ticked slightly higher, to 7.9%, but that’s the result of a positive trend — more Americans entered the workforce, which is exactly what we’d hope to see in an improving economy.
Even more encouraging, the new report revised job totals from August and September, and both were updated in a good direction, adding a combined 84,000.
My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up at HuffPo; hence, because Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.
He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He has comedic insights that rival those of our mutual friend, the hilarious Lizz Winstead. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.
Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here:
This is not the besmirch anyone’s analytical skills, but I think I can say as someone who grew up in New York City, lived in Washington, DC, and is now living in Ohio, there is only so much you can understand about how President Obama’s successfully tapped into our current cultural zeitgeist without living here.
Ohio has played an outsized role in this nation’s history. There have been seven presidents from this state. [...]
In recent years, however, the state suffered from a manufacturing decline as ill-considered free trade deals, deregulation and other factors beyond the control of everyday Ohioans decimated the economy. The state saw its population fall, and with it its importance as an economic power and cultural force. [...]
…Ohioans, and white workers in particular, are not just looking for policies, but for someone who is on their side on an emotional level.
For three key reasons, President Obama has become the candidate a disproportionate number of white-working-class Ohioans see as being planted firmly there. First, he enacted the auto bailout (result: the economy is rebounding here), while Mitt Romney was looking for a Bain-like arrangement where the auto industry would have crashed, with its parts auctioned off to China. [...]
This leads me to the second major factor, Mitt Romney’s record-breaking career of getting rich off of destroying successful companies. … Romney bought often thriving companies, saddled them with debt, paid himself and his country club pals obscene fees and then let the companies implode, taking with them the hopes, aspirations and healthcare of an untold number of American workers. [...]
Finally, an assist must be given to Governor John Kasich of Ohio. Kasich was elected with the help of many union members in 2010, and especially police and firefighters, only to turn around and try to dismantle their collective-bargaining rights. [...]
The people of Ohio know who’s on their side and who’s a phony, and no amount of tax-shelter-supplied campaign funds will change that.
Cliff Schecter is an author, pundit and public relations strategist whose firm Libertas, LLC handles media relations for political, corporate and non-profit clients.
Follow him on Twitter: @CliffSchecter
Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:
The Bold Choice
With the election slipping away like a handful of mercury on a turbocharged Merry- Go-Round, Mitt Romney managed to change the conversation from unreleased tax returns and foreign misadventures by plucking Paul Ryan out of the Wisconsin wilds to be his running mate. “Romney- Ryan.” Short, alliterative and one syllable more conservative than “Obama- Biden.”
The situation appeared so desperate, the choice couldn’t wait until after Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics, forcing the House Budget Committee Chairman to share the weekend spotlight with enough English pop stars to clear out the hairspray aisle at 7 Boots’ drug stores. The Republican Congressman may be famous for his P90x work- out regimen, but the Spice Girls have much better legs. And they’re way older.
Ryan was universally hailed as a bold choice. Yeah, well, maybe, but bold is not always synonymous with good. Whiskey for breakfast is a bold choice. Spun glass underwear is bold. Forehead dragon tattoos. Passing an 18 wheeler on a blind curve doing 80 in the rain. Incredibly bold. Not necessarily smart.
Another white male Christian conservative. That is bold. But only when NOT compared to absolutely anything else. It’s been speculated a major reason for awarding the Wisconsin Congressman prize spot at the bottom of the bumper sticker was to energize the base. And total slam- dunk there. The question is: which base?
Republicans are shaking like a Brazilian supermodel on a Lake Superior beach shoot in January. Only, happier. Haven’t seen them this excited since John McCain hooked up with some governor of Alaska. Meanwhile, Democrats are salivating so uncontrollably, they’d be advised to invest in bibs to keep from soiling their 5 thousand dollar Man- of- the- People suits.
A coordinated attack was immediately launched to trash Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget bill, which replaces Medicare with vouchers. Health care coupons. Why? Because old people love coupons. “I got a coupon. Only four more, we can book an anesthesiologist.”
The Romney campaign instantly counter- accused the President of gutting Medicare to the tune of $700 billion for ObamaCare. So we got that to look forward to: 11 more weeks of the echoing refrain of “You’re killing Medicare,” “No, you’re killing Medicare.” Rinse and repeat. And repeat again. Continue rinsing.
Ryan, a self- professed Ayn Rand acolyte, was forced to denounce his Objectivism hero when somebody on his staff who reads discovered Ms. Rand rejected all forms of religion, which some might infer meant she did not believe in Jesus. You can love one or the other, but not both. Like with Wham!
Allegations also arose that while Ryan ladled scorn onto the stimulus bill, he wrote 4 letters to the Secretary of Energy praising programs and requesting funds for his district. Could this be a fount of flip for Mitt’s famed flop?
Ryan doesn’t do much to help with Romney’s Richie Rich problem either. Wealthy son of a Janesville, Wisconsin highway contractor, he amended his financial disclosure statement in March, having forgotten to include a $5 million trust account. Then again, who among us hasn’t forgotten a multi million dollar trust account? “Now where did I put that pesky Five Mil? Must be in my other pants pockets.”
Difficult to discern whether the GOP Boy Wonder is helping or hindering Willard’s ticket. But if the campaign arc doesn’t start levitating real soon, he might be forced to release some tax returns just to change the conversation. Again.
The New York Times says 5 time Emmy- nominated comedian and writer Will Durst “is quite possibly the best political comic working in the country today.” Check out the website: redroom.com to buy his book: “Will Durst’s Totally Indispensable Guide to the 2012 Election.” And willdurst.com to find out about stand- up performances. Such as: Saturday August 18th at Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City.
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