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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Obama sells economic ideas, but GOP resists," Feb. 14

This is weird. Even though the GOP was soundly defeated in the last election, its elected officials continue to think they had a really good strategy to take back the White House. Their plan was to attack the president and his ideas and hope that everyone would say, "Yeah, Barack Obama is bad, so I'm voting for Mitt Romney."

So here we are: Obama is back in the Oval Office, and the Republicans are attacking and obstructing without offering anything of substance.

House Speaker John A. Boehner's (R-Ohio) latest plan is to "get people on the ladder and help them climb that ladder so they can live the American dream." Thanks for the specifics, Mr. Speaker.

The GOP had no plan, and that is how it lost the election.

Daniel V. Shannon

West Hills


GOP: The party of no ideazzzzzzz


The GOP is "the party of big ideas”? Seriously? Don't make me laugh.

Actual policy plans? Oh come now.

Solutions to real problems? Feh.

Meaningful proposals? Puh-leeze!

Details Americans can hang their collective hats on? Hardly.

Ultra super duper double whammy partisan rhetoric? Now you're talkin'.

Then again, Republicans have had, erm, difficulty accepting reality.

Jonathan Bernstein at Salon draws our attention to the rehashitude of the more outspoken up-and-coming "leaders" of the party, or as I like to call them, deficient blowhards:

Start with Jindal. An alleged policy guy, he ... had all of two ideas: a Balanced Budget Amendment and term limits. In other words, the same old ideas that Republicans have been trotting out since …well, certainly since the Reagan administration. [...]

Marco Rubio? ...  His big idea, as Dave Weigel reported this week, turns out to be the exact same policy ideas that Republicans have been giving for some time now but labeling each one as a benefit for the “middle class.” Which mainly involves reciting the words “middle class.” [...]

Paul Ryan... as Jonathan Chait put it... has “no policy to offer the poor other than the incentive of being hungrier and sicker.”

And the money line:

For the last several years, the way to get a big reaction in conservative circles is to make a teleprompter or a birther joke, not to bring up unsolved problems in the nation.

Wake up GOP. The self-described Big Idea Party has devolved into a slumber party. And you know what they say:


VIDEO: Help set the record straight during tonight's debate


So Mitt, where are your tax returns, and where are the details of your budget/tax plan? What are you hiding? Or don't you have time to explain all that to us?


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Stephanie Cutter breaks down how we'll need you to help get the facts out for tonight's Presidential debate. We'll be monitoring each and every word Romney says. And every time he lies or takes a cheap shot get online and help set the record straight.


VIDEO- Gov. Bob "Forced Ultrasound" McDonnell: Questions on specifics about Romney/Ryan budget "laughable"


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I watched MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell try to force an answer from Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) the way he forces ultrasounds on women. But she got nowhere. He floundered, he bobbed and weaved, he ducked and covered, he tap danced, he mocked, he stammered, he blamed, but he never gave voters any details about how Willard Romney's tax cuts for the wealthy would balance the budget without raising taxes on the rest of us, among other things.

Had he been doing a decent Paul Ryan impression, he would have brushed off Mitchell by telling her he simply didn't have the time to go into it:

Andrea Mitchell: Where is the math, and is Mitt Romney going to be under pressure in this debate to produce some specifics about how it will all add up?

McDonnell: Well, Andrea, first, that’s a laughable question. Where’s the president’s plan?

Are we laughing yet?

Think Progress:

"McDonnell tacitly and perhaps unknowingly admitted... [Romney] would have to raise taxes on the middle class to avoid blowing a hole in the budget."


Mitt Romney's budget plan comes at a cost to-- surprise!-- Democrats


Per the L.A. Times, Willard M. Romney wants voters to trust (Trust him? Really?) that "he could achieve his goal without raising middle-class taxes because 'five different economic studies, including one at Harvard and Princeton' support his case."

The Princeton study that he references is by economist Harvey S. Rosen who suggests that Romney's tax proposal would require eliminating all deductions and credits for households with income over $100,000.

Uh huh, that's nice. Good luck with that.

Now check out the last two paragraphs of the Times article, especially the very last sentence:

For many wealthier taxpayers, lower tax rates would outweigh the loss of deductions. An analysis by the Tax Policy Center earlier this summer estimated that taxpayers with annual income of $1 million or more would gain more than twice as much from lower rates as they would lose by eliminating deductions. Taxpayers earning between $200,000 and $1 million also would benefit, although the margin would be less lopsided. The ratio flips for households earning below $200,000.

The impact would be particularly negative for taxpayers living in cities and suburbs with high housing costs — and therefore large mortgage deductions — and big state and local tax bills. There's a political impact there: Upper-income people living in large metropolitan areas tend to be Democrats.

What a coincidence.


VIDEO- Mitt Romney: Middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.


Relevant segment at about 5:20.

Yes, you heard that correctly, on Planet Romney from Universe Out of Touch, middle income is defined as $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.

He also said, "...In the speeches I give over the coming weeks I need to lay out some of the principles that were described in that [59 point – and more than 150 pages - economic plan].  And I will in more detail..."

What a novel idea. And when will he do that again?

Harvard professor Martin Feldstein says Romney’s math will work, but he would have to eliminate the home mortgage, charitable, state and local tax deductions for incomes greater than $100,000.

When I pressed Romney on that point, he conceded that he actually hadn’t read the Feldstein report that he and Paul Ryan cite on the campaign trail.

“I haven’t seen his precise study,” he said.

Thank you, ABC, for sharing this video.

Added: Oops, just saw that Paddy posted this video earlier.


Romney, Ryan, "it's time for you to tell the American public your tax plan": Special Comment by my 72-year-old friend


My impassioned 72-year-old (Now 74, but who’s counting?) friend, who goes by the Twitter name @42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about the Romney/Ryan tax plan, such as it is. I am more than happy to oblige.

But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:

Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “ 72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.

Time For Facts

For months when asked by the media about what loop holes they will close or what tax their tax plan is, we get from Romney and Ryan that they should wait until after the election. Rep. Ryan goes on to say that he wants these issues to be done in the light of day in Congress.

Well I hate to break it to Romney and Ryan, but all of the House and one third of the Senate is up for election in November. Therefore, how can the electorate ask Republican candidates any questions on whether they agree with your positions on those issues if you refuse to discuss them?

You are doing a disservice to the American public and the election process by refusing to answer these important economic questions.

Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan it's time for you to tell the American public your tax plan.


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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan won't answer the most basic questions about their tax plan.