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The Comeback Skid

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Gov. Chris Christie’s boasts about tough choices and fiscal responsibility turn out to be a lot like Paul Ryan’s.
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GRAPHIC: Bush-Era Tax Cuts Will Cost U.S. Nearly $1 Trillion Over Next Decade

GRAPHIC: Bush-Era Tax Cuts Will Cost U.S. Nearly $1 Trillion Over Next Decade | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Keeping tax cuts for the wealthy could cost the U.S. big time.
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Veteran NC Political Strategists See Obama Path To Winning Tar Heel State - NPR (blog)

Veteran NC Political Strategists See Obama Path To Winning Tar Heel State - NPR (blog) | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Veteran NC Political Strategists See Obama Path To Winning Tar Heel StateNPR (blog)If you want to understand how the White House race will play out in North Carolina as we enter the convention phase, talking to Carter Wrenn, a Republican, and Gary...
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Daily Kos: Romney: I'm not just entitled to my own opinions, I'm entitled to my own facts

Daily Kos: Romney: I'm not just entitled to my own opinions, I'm entitled to my own facts | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
So The Des Moines Register sat down with Mitt Romney for an interview yesterday and asked him to defend his welfare attack ads from ...
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'There's Not A Lot Of Good News For The Middle Class'

'There's Not A Lot Of Good News For The Middle Class' | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Things aren't looking great for America's middle class, and they know it.
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An Unserious Man

An Unserious Man | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
On the tax side, Mr. Ryan proposes big cuts in tax rates on top income brackets and corporations. He has tried to dodge the normal process in which tax proposals are “scored” by independent auditors, but the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has done the math, and the revenue loss from these cuts comes to $4.3 trillion over the next decade.

 

On the spending side, Mr. Ryan proposes huge cuts in Medicaid, turning it over to the states while sharply reducing funding relative to projections under current policy. That saves around $800 billion. He proposes similar harsh cuts in food stamps, saving a further $130 billion or so, plus a grab-bag of other cuts, such as reduced aid to college students. Let’s be generous and say that all these cuts would save $1 trillion.

 

On top of this, Mr. Ryan includes the $716 billion in Medicare savings that are part of Obamacare, even though he wants to scrap everything else in that act. Despite this, Mr. Ryan has now joined Mr. Romney in denouncing President Obama for “cutting Medicare”; more on that in a minute.

 

So if we add up Mr. Ryan’s specific proposals, we have $4.3 trillion in tax cuts, partially offset by around $1.7 trillion in spending cuts — with the tax cuts, surprise, disproportionately benefiting the top 1 percent, while the spending cuts would primarily come at the expense of low-income families. Over all, the effect would be to increase the deficit by around two and a half trillion dollars.

Yet Mr. Ryan claims to be a deficit hawk. What’s the basis for that claim?

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Ryan Blames Obama For GM Factory That Closed Before Obama Was President

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GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan took a swipe at President Barack Obama on Thursday for failing to rescue a General Motors factory in his Wisconsin congressional district, calling it "one more broken promise" on the Democratic...
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Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXX

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXX | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney gave a speech Beallsville, Ohio, this week, and presented an unfortunate attack against President Obama.
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David Simon Explains Why So Many Jaws Dropped When Mitt Romney Said He Had Never Paid Less Than A 13% Tax Rate

David Simon Explains Why So Many Jaws Dropped When Mitt Romney Said He Had Never Paid Less Than A 13% Tax Rate | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
A basic philosophical difference....
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Romney: Analysis That He'd Need To Raise Taxes On Middle Class Is 'Garbage'

Romney: Analysis That He'd Need To Raise Taxes On Middle Class Is 'Garbage' | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- In an interview with Fortune Magazine that was published on Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney gave a bit more detail than normal about how he would fulfill his promise to get the nation on track towards fiscal balance.
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Romney Campaign Repeats Welfare Attack Against Obama

Romney Campaign Repeats Welfare Attack Against Obama | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney's campaign continued to attack President Barack Obama over welfare reform with the release of a new ad on Monday, once again falsely stating that the president dropped work requirements from welfare.
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The Romney-Ryan Plan for America

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With no plan of his own, Mitt Romney can’t distance himself from Paul Ryan’s extremist vision.  Less than 24 hours after Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate on Saturday, his campaign was already trying to distance itself from Mr. Ryan’s politically toxic budget plan. His budget is not ours, the campaign said; Mr. Romney “will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance.”
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The Ryan Role

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Ryan is a real fiscal conservative. He isn’t just another Tea-Party ideologue spouting dogma about less government and the magic of free enterprise. He has actually crunched the numbers and laid out long-term budget proposals.
OK, what? Where is that coming from? Did Saletan miss the whole discussion when the Ryan plan came out? Did he miss the point where even Jacob Weisberg apologized for his initial praise, admitting that

I reacted too quickly and didn’t sort out just how laughable Ryan’s long-term spending projections were. His plan projects an absurd future, according to the Congressional Budget Office, in which all discretionary spending, now around 12 percent of GDP, shrinks to 3 percent of GDP by 2050. Defense spending alone was 4.7 percent of GDP in 2009. With numbers like that, Ryan is more an anarchist-libertarian than honest conservative.

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The legacy of the Bush tax cuts

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Exclusive Nomadic Interview: Lucifer, Prince of Darkness Discusses The 2012 Election, Mitt Romney and the GOP | Nomadic Politics

Exclusive Nomadic Interview: Lucifer, Prince of Darkness Discusses The 2012 Election, Mitt Romney and the GOP | Nomadic Politics | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
After my repeated requests (mostly through the use of a childhood Ouija board), Satan last week finally agreed to a exclusive face to face interview about his take on the upcoming US elections. Here's his take on the US presidential elections, Mitt Romney President Obama and the GOP.
Don't miss it!
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Will Gov. Rick Scott's Budget Cuts Create A Perfect Storm for GOP in Tampa? | Nomadic Politics

Will Gov. Rick Scott's Budget Cuts Create A Perfect Storm for GOP in Tampa? | Nomadic Politics | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
In some ways it is only logical that the out-of-touch Republican leadership should decide that this particular man- who is clearly so unpopular- should be offered a chance to speak at the convention. He is, after all, a proper symbol of what has gone wrong.
Not that the GOP understands that finer point. Throughout Scott's boasting at the convention, absolutely nobody in Tampa will be asking questions about the reasons for this negative opinion of Scott's character, his policies and his performance.
Rick Scott wasn't always so disliked but the honeymoon was surprisingly short.
While some Scott's supporters- wherever they linger- may say that the governor is making courageous decisions when it comes to the difficult choices about funding, others feel that his budget cuts have had a damaging impact on the state's social services upon which so many are dependent.

And it's not merely a question of social conscience or the loss of jobs, the cuts are also putting all Floridians at risk.

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The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney's Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes

The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney's Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney's $250 million fortune is largely a black hole: Aside from the meager and vague disclosures he has filed under federal and Massachusetts laws, and the two years of partial tax returns (one filed and another provisional) he has released,...
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Just Think No

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Todd Akin is right. He shouldn’t have to get out of the United States Senate race in Missouri simply for saying what he believes. He reflects a severe stance on abortion that many in his party embrace, including the new vice presidential candidate
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Paul Ryan's Bailout Hypocrisy

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* Republican VP candidate voted for 2008 auto bailout * Ryan broke with party to try to save hometown GM plant * Spending cuts "ideologue" also backed bank bailout By Andy Sullivan Aug 19...
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This Former SEAL Attacking Obama's 'Leaks' Has A Very Big Secret Of His Own

This Former SEAL Attacking Obama's 'Leaks' Has A Very Big Secret Of His Own | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Disclosing the identification of a covert agent is a felony offense, and Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the "leaker" and chief of staff for Dick Cheney, went to jail, but then later had his sentence commuted by the Bush administration.


The repercussions of that leak were astronomical, not only putting Plame in danger, but all of her sources, her family, and every one of her information exchanges.
The extent of the damage done is so vast it's become conjecture because we'll never know the true cost of that incident.
Dilanian also outs popular, aspiring Republican politician and SEAL frontman Scott Taylor for appearing on a show named, get this, "The Secrets of SEAL Team Six." Taylor appeared on the show despite his colleagues and the Navy urging him to decline.


Taylor minimized what he discussed on the show, in comparison to the Obama administration. Which is predictable behavior.
Do as I say, not as I do, especially if you're a Republican who's the one doing: The past is no ally to the hypocritical.

 

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From the House to the White House

From the House to the White House | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
The history of vice-presidential candidates drawn from the House, like Paul Ryan, is entertaining and revealing.
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WATCH: Soledad O'Brien Fires Back At Romney Supporter

WATCH: Soledad O'Brien Fires Back At Romney Supporter | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Soledad O'Brien got into a heated shouting match with Romney surrogate John Sununu on Tuesday, and she's slapping back his claims about Medicare.
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Ex-Reagan Budget Director: Ryan Budget 'Is Devoid Of Credible Math Or Hard Policy Choices'

Ex-Reagan Budget Director: Ryan Budget 'Is Devoid Of Credible Math Or Hard Policy Choices' | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Even conservatives are bashing Paul Ryan’s budget.
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The Five Fatal Flaws of Romney's Ryan Veep Pick | Tim Dickinson | Politics News | Rolling Stone

The Five Fatal Flaws of Romney's Ryan Veep Pick | Tim Dickinson | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
Why Mitt's move won't turn around his ailing campaign...

 

Mitt Romney didn't just pick a running mate. He decided to undergo a brand transplant.

 

By tapping Paul Ryan, the high-profile mastermind of the House GOP's economic agenda, Romney appeared to concede that weeks of punishing attacks by the Obama campaign had done serious damage to his own brand. Far from the image he'd hoped to project to general election voters – of a competent business whiz hungry to work his turnaround magic on the American economy – Romney's been tagged instead by Team Obama as a job-killing outsourcing pioneer and as a tax cheat with who knows what to hide.

 

The Ryan pick represents a bold effort by Team Romney to hit the reset button, to forge a new impression with the electorate by transforming the endlessly maleable Romney into the pitchman for the Ryan brand. It's a risky move, with five fatal flaws that could cost Romney the election:

 

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Understanding the Ryan plan and the fraud of his proposals

Understanding the Ryan plan and the fraud of his proposals | Common Sense Politics | Scoop.it
The fraud of Paul Ryan’s proposals....

 

The striking thing about Paul Ryan’s ascent is the gulf between his proposals and the way the media have characterized them. Since Mitt Romney named Ryan to the ticket on Saturday, the news has been filled with talk of the “ fiscal conservative ” (NPR) “ intent on erasing deficits ” (New York Times) who has become “ the intellectual heart of the Republican Party’s movement to slash deficits” ( The Post). All of this is demonstrably false. Ryan’s con has succeeded largely because Democrats haven’t sensed the political salience of assailing his plans from the right ; instead, they’ve chosen to slam only Ryan’s regressive priorities and Medicare scheme.

 

This strategic error allows the presumption that Ryan, and thus Romney, are the true apostles of fiscal responsibility in this race, a value important to the voters who will decide November’s outcome. But the con has worked in part because budgets make journalists’ eyes glaze over, and once the phony Ryan meme took hold two years ago it became hard to dislodge.

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