Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People
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Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People
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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Ryan's plan includes $700 billion in Medicare "cuts"

Ryan's plan includes $700 billion in Medicare "cuts" | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney’s pick of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has rekindled a heated debate over Medicare.  Romney is arguing that O's health care plan is cutting over $700 billion in Medicare services.  But O claims that the Ryan plan includes the same Medicare "cuts."  PolitiFact rates O's claim as TRUE.

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Romryanomics--prosperity for the well-off fueled by austerity for the rest

Romryanomics--prosperity for the well-off fueled by austerity for the rest | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

by Linda Beale Romryanomics--prosperity for the well-off fueled by austerity for the rest.  

 

<<Both Romney and Ryan come from well-to-do families with the privileges of financial support, status and connections that adhere thereto ..., yet support the neoconservative economic mythology that wealth is wholly based on merit and that the way to have a good economy is to make sure the wealthy, who are deemed to be the (mythic) "job creators" are happy. This leads them to support austerity for the middle class and seniors coupled with deregulation, privatization, militarization and tax cuts--Romryanomics 101.>>

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Romney’s great Medicare lie

Romney’s great Medicare lie | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
The tightest race in the 2012 election cycle isn’t the race between Obama and Romney, it is between which Romney lie will win the title as the “biggest lie ever...
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Polls Show 90% Of Americans Are Disgusted With Congressional Obstructionism

Polls Show 90% Of Americans Are Disgusted With Congressional Obstructionism | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

But question is whether House majority is in play.

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Mitt Romney is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore

Mitt Romney is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore...
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Obama’s budget falls short, but it beats many alternatives

Obama’s budget falls short, but it beats many alternatives | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Better than Republican alternatives, but far from what he promised.
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The smell of panic

The smell of panic | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
If this summer had gone the way Mitt hoped it would, he'd never be teaming up with Paul Ryan today...
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Scott Brown outraged at prospect of poor people voting

Scott Brown outraged at prospect of poor people voting | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Helping welfare recipients register to vote is the new committing voter fraud, apparently.  Even though the effort to send registraton forms to welfare recipients is to comply with federal law.

 

<<This goes beyond phony accusations of voter fraud: Brown is outraged that his opponent’s daughter is working for an organization making it easier for people to legally vote. Because they’re poor.>>

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Mitt Romney and the return of the repressed

Mitt Romney and the return of the repressed | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

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At a certain point, you have to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. He’s so determined to hide his Massachusetts moderate past, to deny his years as governor there, that he’s gone into his own self-created Mittness protection program. Now he wears a brand-new identity, “severely conservative,” as he tries to court the GOP’s ultra-right Tea Party base.

 

Except every once in a while, though, Romney or the folks closest to him trip up. Something makes them tell, well, something like the truth>>

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How The Right Robbed Romney Of His Running Room

How The Right Robbed Romney Of His Running Room | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Conservatives warn Romney: veer from orthodoxy at your peril.

 

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“We are not auditioning for fearless leader,” Grover Norquist told conservatives at the CPAC convention in February. “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.”

 

Norquist went on: “Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”>>

 

In other words, a President Romney would not be the leader of the United States.  He would be an auto-pen for whatever policies the Tea Party is able to get through Congress.  Frightening.

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Cato: Congress Can Cut $100 Billion in Corporate Welfare to Cut Spending, DebtPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point o...

Cato: Congress Can Cut $100 Billion in Corporate Welfare to Cut Spending, DebtPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point o... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

A new report argues that business subsidies transfer wealth from the average taxpayer to political favorites and finds that $98 billion will be spent on various forms of corporate welfare.

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A Détente Before the Election

A Détente Before the Election | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

<<Does voter fraud sometimes happen in the United States? You bet. But we are dealing with this relatively small problem in an irrational and partisan way.

 

In a 1996 primary in Dodge County, Ga., rival camps for county commissioner set up tables at opposite ends of the county courthouse and bid for voters’ absentee votes in what a county magistrate later called a “flea market” atmosphere.

 

Recently, officials in Cudahy, Calif., admitted intercepting absentee ballots and throwing out ballots not cast for incumbents. Every year we see convictions for absentee ballot fraud. Not a lot, but enough to know it’s a problem.

 

So you might think that Republicans, newly obsessed with voter fraud, would call for eliminating absentee ballots, or at least requiring that voters who use them show some need, like a medical condition. But Republicans don’t talk much about reining in absentee ballots. Eliminating them would inconvenience some voters and would likely cut back on voting by loyal Republican voters, especially elderly and military voters.

 

If only Republicans would apply that same logic to voter-identification laws. The only kind of fraud such ID laws prevent is impersonation: a person registered under a false name or claiming to be someone else on the voter rolls.

 

I have not found a single election over the last few decades in which impersonation fraud had the slightest chance of changing an election outcome — unlike absentee-ballot fraud, which changes election outcomes regularly. (Let’s face it: impersonation fraud is an exceedingly dumb way to try to steal an election.)

 

Pointing to a few isolated cases of impersonation fraud does not prove that a state identification requirement makes sense. As with restrictions on absentee ballots, we need to weigh the costs of imposing barriers on the right to vote against the benefits of fraud protection.>>

 

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Recipe For Depression – Corporations Not Hiring As Government Shrinking –We Know The Solution

Recipe For Depression – Corporations Not Hiring As Government Shrinking –We Know The Solution | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

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Corporations are sitting on billionsof dollars (some estimate the real number is in the trillions if expatriated monies are counted). If this money was invested in America it is estimated it would create 2.4 million jobs. Instead companies are claiming uncertainty is preventing them from taking action. You hear that all over the financial channels.My contention is that it is more sinister. The intent is to break the back of the American worker, the unions, and the middle class. I believe the goal is to hold the American job market hostage until any wage offered must be accepted. I believe many corporations are working on worldwide wage normalization.>>

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The Medicare feud explained: both sides would cut but GOP more

The Medicare feud explained: both sides would cut but GOP more | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Americans who don’t count themselves confused by the current debate over Medicare must be in the minority. 

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The New New Deal

The New New Deal | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Michael Grunwald, a Time magazine correspondent, this week publishes The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, a gripping account of President Obama’s stimulus bill.
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Not Voting? The Koch Brothers Thank You

If you're staying at home because you're disgusted by the negative tone of the campaign; or you believe both sides run the same vile, lying, attack ads; or because you're turned off by politics: Congratulations, you are fulfilling someone else's agenda, i.e., some billionaires.

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Pa. voter ID law gets approval of state judge

Judge clears the way for voters to be required to have photo ID; quick appeal is expected, but law could still be in place for November elections.
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The ugly presidential campaign

The ugly presidential campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Republicans have always played dirty.  Now Democrats are employing harsh tactics.  And the GOP is whining because the Dems are giving as good as they're getting.

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President Obama’s gimmicky budget would commit the U.S. to decline

President Obama’s gimmicky budget would commit the U.S. to decline | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

This will be the Romney/Ryan attack on O's budget.

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Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXIX

Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXIX | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

More on Mitt's post-truth campaign.

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Mitt Romney Makes Plea To Obama Campaign: Leave Business, Family, Taxes Out Of Campaign Attacks

Mitt Romney Makes Plea To Obama Campaign: Leave Business, Family, Taxes Out Of Campaign Attacks | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Mitt Romney appears to be seeking an agreement with the Obama campaign to cease discussing "business or family or taxes or things of that nature."

 

So, Romney -- who has held up business success as his chief qualification for the presidency, since he refuses to talk about his tenure as Massachusetts Governor -- is now saying that people should not scrutize his business record?

 

And he doesn't want anyone asking about his taxes -- even though a centerpiece of his economic plan is to reform the tax code to lower taxes on the rich?

 

Can it be more clear that the campaign is falling apart?

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The GOP Wants Fewer People to Vote for Them

The GOP Wants Fewer People to Vote for Them | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

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Romney is not trying to be popular; he’s running for president on the Republican ticket. He’s still trying to get Republicans to like him and Republicans now make up less than35 percent of Americans. Reaching outside of their “big tent,” Romney spoke at an NAACP event, and after being booed by the crowd he explained it was because the attendees at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People want free stuff. He loves free stuff (like tax-free!) but finds it distasteful in people not clever enough to borrow money from their parents for college. ***

 

Romney doesn’t appear to be trying to win the support of the majority of Americans (or the world for that matter). He appears to be playing for the affections of a few key shareholders. Romney is a niche candidate of a tiny percent of Americans who think working for a living describes what your money does for you.>>

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Column: Post-9/11 discrimination must end

Column: Post-9/11 discrimination must end | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Deepa Iyer: In the wake of the Sikh tragedy, we all have a responsibility for what happens next, especially our elected officials.
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Voter Fraud: 4 GOP Staffers Indicted in “Blatant and Disgraceful” Election FraudPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point...

Voter Fraud: 4 GOP Staffers Indicted in “Blatant and Disgraceful” Election FraudPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

You're looking for voter fraud.  Now, THIS is real voter fraud.

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Voter ID card

Voter ID card | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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