Tsk, imagine R’s exaggerating! Unthinkable. More here.
Tsk, imagine R’s exaggerating! Unthinkable. More here.
Oklahoma state Rep. James Lockhart (D) emailed a colleague for help, so Rep. Mike Reynolds (R) gave him some… some… well, gave him something, but it sure wasn’t help.
Lockhart’s email, in part, via the Oklahoma Democrats site. Bolding is mine:
Basically we are doing a poor job of improving the lives of the people we represent… [M]ost people think we either don’t care about them or are unable to do something about improving their standard of living.
I am here to try to improve the quality of life of the average person in however small a way possible.
I would suggest you do the same.
Of course, anyone with a modicum of compassion would go out of their way to show how much they truly care about their constituents. A little grace and empathy goes a long way to inspire mutual respect among all citizens. After all, if they thrive, then everybody benefits: families, the state, even the public officials who represent them! There’s nothing like generosity, comfort, and good will to help those who depend on you, who trust you, to succeed and build a little self worth.
Right Rep. Reynolds?
It is not our job to see that anyone gets an education. It is not the responsibility of me, you, or any constituent in my district to pay for his or any other persons education… Their potential to benefit society is irrelevant.
Compassionate conservatism at its best. Way to go Mike!
By the way, “person’s” should have an apostrophe, Mr. Not Our Job To See That Anyone Gets An Education. Clearly Reynolds never had one.
FYI: The title of the OK Dem’s post was “REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MIKE REYNOLDS CALLS STUDENT’S POTENTIAL IRRELEVANT.”
How’s that reachy-outy, makeovery, reinventiony thing workin’ for ya, GOP?
Gee, who’da thunk it? A foundation associated with GOP darling Jeb Bush hooking up with ALEC and pushing school vouchers? We’re shocked, we tells ya, shocked!
E-mails have been posted online here between the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) and a group Jebby set up called Chiefs for Change. Here are its members. They are current and former state education commissioners who support Bush’s agenda of “school reform,” meaning more charter schools, meaning vouchers, meaning privatization, meaning cutting union jobs… and pushing for “cyber schooling” and standardized tests among other things.
Having worked at public schools for years as an educator, I have my own voucher: I can vouch that more teaching to the test and less public education are bad for this country. I can also vouch that private schools mean more discrimination, more inequality… well, just take it from ALEC Exposed:
ALEC bills would privatize public education, crush teacher’s unions, and push American universities to the right. Among other things, these bills make education a private commodity rather than a public good, and reverse America’s modern innovation of promoting learning and civic virtue through public schools staffed with professional teachers for children from all backgrounds.
Via WaPo, a must-read:
A nonprofit group released thousands of e-mails today and said they show how a foundation begun by Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and national education reform leader, is working with public officials in states to write education laws that could benefit some of its corporate funders. [...]
[The e-mails] reveal — conclusively, he said — that foundation staff members worked to promote the interests of some of their funders in Florida, New Mexico, Maine, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Louisiana. [...]
The next time any Republican gets hot under the collar when you call one of their own a hypocrite, or gets a tingle up their leg over their new BFF and potential presidential candidate Bobby “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first” Jindal, ask them to defend this:
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts – a method of communication that can make it more difficult to track under public records laws despite Jindal’s pledge to bring more transparency to state government. [...]
It’s unclear whether he knew his top staff used private accounts to conduct public business. The practice folds into a national debate over the use of personal email accounts by government officials to discuss official business. [...]
When running for office in 2007, Jindal campaigned on improving government transparency in a state known for its backroom political deals, imprisoned elected officials and ongoing investigations into public corruption. Since then, the governor has opposed attempts to open more of his office’s records to public scrutiny, and agencies in his executive branch have exerted new claims of privilege to shield documents.
Seems Ba-ba-ba-Bobby’s knack for keeping promises and being transparent is only surpassed by his knack for public speaking. (Click on link for explanation of Ba-ba-ba. Hint: Rachel Maddow.)
Details at the link.
I need some new Willard flip-floppy Etch A Sketch images to go with these posts, because mine are in quadruple reruns.
Just as I finished typing up the one about Romney’s contradictory statements about serving in Vietnam, another example of his hypocrisy raises its multiple heads.
The Wall Street Journal won’t let me in, so here’s Taegan’s excerpt:
When Mitt Romney left office as Massachusetts governor, his aides removed all emails from a server computer in the governor’s office, and purchased and carted off hard drives from 17 state-owned personal computers,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“But a small cache of emails survived, including some that have never publicly surfaced surrounding Mr. Romney’s efforts to pass his now-controversial health-care law. The emails show the Republican governor was closely engaged in negotiating details of the bill, working with top Democratic state leaders and drafting early copies of opinion articles backing it… Romney and his aides, meanwhile, strongly defended the so-called individual mandate, a requirement that everyone in Massachusetts have or buy heath insurance. And they privately discussed ideas that might be anathema to today’s GOP — including publicly shaming companies that didn’t provide enough health insurance to employees.“
Of course, because all of this was prior to May 30, 2012, when Willard became the official nominee, none of this matters. It no longer exists. It’s gone. In fact, they made sure of it. That’s what Republicans do.
Team Willard has yet to explain why their boss and his staff used private email accounts, nor have they revealed any other details about them, like how often he used them for example, just that they “complied with the law.”
So much for accountability.
So much for transparency.
So much for trust in someone who aspires to be president of the United States, a job in which trust is, you know, essential:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and some of his top aides used private email accounts to conduct state business at times when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The communications were legal, even though Romney’s own administration warned state agencies against the practice due to cyber security concerns. The state archives in Massachusetts — which learned about Romney’s emails from the AP — now says the private emails should have invoked rules about preserving copies of state records. [...]
The private email accounts raise questions about why Romney and his aides sometimes bypassed Massachusetts’ official communications system — and how many of those emails remain and whether they could be disclosed to the public.
Last November, it was reported that Mitt Romney staffers deleted emails, replaced computers, “obliterated electronic records”.
Maybe instead of pretending to be from the south, Willard could pretend to be forthcoming.
But Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, which oversees handling of government records, said his office considers private emails used for state business to be government records and subject to preservation rules. “This office would contend they are public records and that retention rules apply,” McNifff said.
Laurie Flynn, the department’s chief legal counsel said last year that the governor’s electronic files were subject to preservation rules.
There are a whole lot of details here. Enjoy.
Someone is trying his best to pretend his past positions and his own health care plan didn’t really exist, and is doing everything he can to cover his flip floppy tracks… at least until after the 2012 election. I’m talking to you, MittFlop.
On their way out of the governor’s office and onto the presidential campaign trail, aides to Mitt Romney almost completely obliterated their electronic records, deleting emails, purchasing hard drives, and replacing computers, a investigation by the Boston Globe found. “The governor’s office has found no e-mails from 2002-2006 in our possession,’’ an aide to the current governor, Deval Patrick, told the Globe. Meanwhile, 11 Romney aides — many of whom went on to work on Romney’s 2008 campaign — purchased their state-issued computer hard drives as they left state employment.
Like other states and the federal government, Massachusetts has a law that requires such files be preserved for the state archives.
More details at TP.
As for the paper records they did leave behind? “They were pretty careful about what they left behind. You’re welcome to it. It’s a ton of shit.” Those would be health care reform records, by the way.
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