Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People
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American elections feature an epic struggle between actual people trying to express their views in the face of fictional "people" (i.e., Corporations) trying to buy influence. I want to highlight topics such as corrupt money in politics, campaign lies and dishonesty, voter suppression.
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Voter Suppression and Our Rigged Tax System: The Underlying Ideology

Voter Suppression and Our Rigged Tax System: The Underlying Ideology | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Interesting analysis that tries to answer the question:

 

<<How do Republican proponents of all these new voting requirements justify what they are doing when they know that Pennsylvania's Mike Turzai revealed the truth about their motives -- nothing to do with voter fraud. The aim is to suppress the Democratic vote, largely in relatively poor minority communities.

 

If any shred of doubt as to motivation remained in anybody's mind, it could not withstand the example of the voting commissioners of Ohio systematically restricting early voting in Democratic areas while allowing it in Republican areas -- and that was, until the pressure got too great, with the support of the Republican Secretary of State.

 

So, somehow, these people -- in this case, not just decent family men and women, but many committed Christian patriots as well -- how do they justify disenfranchising voters in those districts in particular?>>

 

Could it be reliance on the old principle that only property owners, the richest Americans, have sufficient stake in America to be responsible voters?

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The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’

The rise of the ‘Drawbridge Republicans’ | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it


Brutally factual analysis. Highly recommended.

 

<<Wealthy political candidates are nothing new, of course. But we’ve never had two wealthy candidates on a national ticket whose top priority is to reduce already low taxes on the well-to-do while raising taxes on everyone else — even as they propose to slash programs that serve the poor, or that (like college aid) create chances for the lowly born to rise.

 

Call them the Drawbridge Republicans. As the moniker implies, these are wealthy Republicans who have no qualms about pulling up the drawbridge behind them.>>

 

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The Wrong Side Absolutely Must Not Win - Reason.com

The Wrong Side Absolutely Must Not Win - Reason.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The past several weeks have made one thing crystal-clear: Our country faces unmitigated disaster if the Other Side wins.

 

[Okay, I get it.  The Other Side can make similar arguments as My Side.  But I'm still willing to put up My Side's distortions against the Other Side's outright lies.]

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5 Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America

5 Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Excellent tutorial.

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OPSEC Spokesman A Birther, Has Called Obama A Communist

OPSEC Spokesman A Birther, Has Called Obama A Communist | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Benjamin Smith, a spokesman for Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc. — the group attacking President Barack Obama for taking credit for the operation that killed Osama bin Laden — has called Obama “Commander-in-Chief Hussein Mao-bama” and has questioned whether he is a Muslim or a citizen of the U.S.

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Smith, who did not respond to Foreign Policy’s request for comment, also wrote after Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address that Obama must have used “some bad tan lotion because he looked like an old bruised Banana which made me think that Harry Belafonte was walking out to give his rendition of ‘Day-O’ before ‘ole’ suck and blow’ was to come out and enlighten us with his blasphemous spew.”

 

This is the best that the GOP/Karl Rove could come up with in their swiftboat attempt?  Kinda tells you what you need to know, doesn't it?

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The Fake Voter Fraud Epidemic and the 2012 Election

Of all the developments in The Voting Wars since 2000, the lead story has to be the successful Republican effort to create an illusion of a voter fraud epidemic used to justify a host of laws, especially tough new state voter ID requirements, with the aid to suppress Democratic turnout and to excite the Republican base about "stolen" elections.

 

This devastating expose explains how we got to this point via a phony think tank called "American Center for Voting Rights" created by a Republican insider solely to testify before Congress and push the line that "voter fraud" was rampant when there is no evidence whatsoever of any signficiant election fraud.  After ginning up the GOP on this fake issue, ACVR has disappeared without a trace.

 

THERE IS NOTHING MORE UNAMERICAN THAN SUPPRESSING THE VOTES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. 

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Washington Post Mocks Mitt Romney's Tax Plan

Washington Post Mocks Mitt Romney's Tax Plan | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

The Washington Post's editorial board mocked Mitt Romney's tax plan on Sunday. "Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican nominee for president, promises to lower everyone’s income tax rate without reducing revenue.  This sounds terrific. Why didn’t we think of it sooner?"

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A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson's Very Bad Argument Against Obama

A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson's Very Bad Argument Against Obama | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

A counterfactual history of the past four years.  This is a straight-forward, even-handed expose of Republican supporter Niall Ferguson's dishonest hit piece against O. that comprises the cover story in this week's Newsweek. 

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Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
This flip-flopping should give pause to both Democrats and Republicans who are attempting to sift through the political games and decipher what Romney's real positions are, since they seem to be ever evolving and ever changing.
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A man of weak, malleable principles

A man of weak, malleable principles | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Paul Ryan had more than a few troubles last week, but one of the more interesting problems is related to his support for stimulus.  In 2002, when W. was President, Ryan vigorously advocated for the use of short term, debt-financed stimulus $ by the fed. govt. to jump start the economy.

 

<<You know what would make a great debate? Romney/Ryan circa 2002 vs. Romney/Ryan circa 2012.

 

Again, hypocrisy is the least of the problems here. What matters is the fact that Paul Ryan's vaunted economic principles, wonky approaches to government, and entire political philosophy seems to be dictated by the party of the president at the time. Ryan has principles, but they're easily discarded and replaced with contradictory ones so long as he's advancing a partisan agenda.

 

It's the difference between a wonk and a hack.>>

 

So, it turns out the Ryan really is Romney's soul mate.  Both have no principles whatsoever.

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McCain: Foreign cash sneaking in via super PACs

McCain: Foreign cash sneaking in via super PACs | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain said in an interview posted online Friday that "foreign money" was helping fellow Republican Mitt Romney's presidential hopes and singled out one of his ally's most generous supporters.
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I COULD NOT REGISTER TO VOTE! - The Voter Identification MANDATE | The Pragmatic Pundit

I COULD NOT REGISTER TO VOTE! - The Voter Identification MANDATE | The Pragmatic Pundit | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

More outrageous voter suppression, even of soldiers who, as the author says, fought in Iraq for the right of the people there to vote, but are being denied their own right to vote in America.  

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Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition

Unethical Commentary, Newsweek Edition | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Obamacare disinformation in the cover story of this week's Newsweek magazine, by Niall Ferguson, former advisor to John McCain.  Blatant factual error that either reflects willful ignorance or a cynical attempt to persuade via misinformation.  Either way, at least it further establishes the myth of the liberal media.

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Does "Ryan" Rhyme With "Suppression"? Voter ID Resurfaces in Wisconsin - The Nation. (blog)

Does "Ryan" Rhyme With "Suppression"? Voter ID Resurfaces in Wisconsin - The Nation. (blog) | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Dane101Does "Ryan" Rhyme With "Suppression"? Voter ID Resurfaces in WisconsinThe Nation.
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Here's A Shocker: Veterans Choose Obama Over Romney

Here's A Shocker: Veterans Choose Obama Over Romney | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Obama winnning vets by 7 points.  But is it really so shocking?  O. ended Iraq War, got OBL, successfully navigated Egypt and Libya, and has been very good for veterans coming home.  He's proven to be a solid Commander-In-Chief.  On the other side, Romney hung out in France to avoid the draft and veterans, not being in the top 2%, are not on his radar.

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Signs of divine intervention for Republicans?

Signs of divine intervention for Republicans? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
It’s difficult for mere mortals to explain what’s happening to the party now.

 

But here's the punch line: <<Weather forecasts show that a storm, likely to grow into Hurricane Isaac, may be chugging toward . . . Tampa, where Republicans will open their quadrennial nominating convention on Monday.>>

 

Based on the past statements of Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, et al., the question is: Is God trying to send a message to the GOP?

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Primer: How Paul Ryan's Plan Would Change Medicaid

<<Under Ryan's block grant proposal, between 14 million and 27 million fewer people would be covered in 2021 than under Medicaid as it currently exists, according to the Urban Institute analysis. Beneficiaries also might see reductions in benefits and greater cost sharing, among other changes. If the health law were repealed, as Ryan's plan calls for, an additional 11 million people would not gain coverage under the statute's now-optional expansion of Medicaid eligibility.>>

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Surrogates Admit Romney Will Cut Medicare Benefits For Current Seniors

Surrogates Admit Romney Will Cut Medicare Benefits For Current Seniors | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The GOP contends that a key difference between Obama and Romney is that Romney won’t change Medicare at all for existing beneficiaries — only future ones. Recent statements from his advisers and surrogates, suggest the claim is false.

 

Just like his budget/deficit/tax plan, the math just doesn't add up.  What Romney/Ryan are proposing will either bankrupt Medicare in the near term or result in benefit cuts for current enrollees.

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Obama To Romney: 'You Can't Just Make Stuff Up'

Obama To Romney: 'You Can't Just Make Stuff Up' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- During a surprise appearance in the White House Briefing Room on Monday, President Barack Obama responded to Republican challenger Mitt Romney's claim that Obama has "gutted" work requirements for welfare recipients.

 

Unfortunately, Mitt does and apparently will continue to "make stuff up."

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How Bipartisan Is Paul Ryan's Approach to Medicare Reform?

How Bipartisan Is Paul Ryan's Approach to Medicare Reform? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

An early supporter of voucher-type plans like the kind Paul Ryan advocates has recanted based on the facts, in light of the highly cost-effective current Medicare system.

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Can Obama Win Over the Billionaires?

Can Obama Win Over the Billionaires? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

O doesn't like cozying up to billionaires.  Could it cost him the election?

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Campaign Tops $512 Million – Outside Money Goes To Romney 9-1 Over Obama!

Campaign Tops $512 Million – Outside Money Goes To Romney 9-1 Over Obama! | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
With the general election campaign now going over a half-billion dollars, we have now passed the total spent in the 2008 Presidential Election, according to the report.
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The National Memo » Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

The National Memo » Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
RT @LOLGOP: THIS IS THE STORY OF THE ELECTION: Two groups -- Rove and the Koch brothers -- are outspending all Super PACS combined http://t.co/AQqI3d8D...
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Florida GOP Takes Voter Suppression to a Brazen New Extreme

Florida GOP Takes Voter Suppression to a Brazen New Extreme | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Republicans are doing all they can to depress Democratic turnout -- in a state that could decide the presidential election.

Via Leicester Worker
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GOP Official Says Early Voting Process Should Not Accommodate Black Voters

GOP Official Says Early Voting Process Should Not Accommodate Black Voters | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
An Ohio GOP election official who voted against the weekend voting rules that enabled thousands to cast ballots in the 2008 election said Sunday that he did not think that the state's early voting procedures should accommodate African-Americans.

 

In other words, "it is more important to me that the Republicans get an advantage than to ensure, as an election official, that every eligible voter have a genuine opportunity to vote."

 

STILL WAITING FOR A REPUBLICAN WHO LOVES AMERICA ENOUGH TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST VOTER SUPPRESSION.

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