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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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Romney Touts Mass. Health Law He’s Sworn Not To Implement

Romney Touts Mass. Health Law He’s Sworn Not To Implement | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Mitt Romney’s campaign is playing a delicate game on health care, increasingly suggesting that Romney’s Massachusetts health care law proves he’ll protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. 

 

<<By trying to reclaim Romney’s health care law as part of his political resume, however, Romney is now inviting the issue back into the campaign. If he wants Americans to elect him based on his Massachusetts reforms, it’s only logical to ask him why he doesn’t want them for everyone.>>

 

Mitt's getting completely twisted in his own contradictions again!

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Must All of Our Public Debates Hinge On Money?

Must All of Our Public Debates Hinge On Money? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
We were discussing health care reform in the law school course I teach when one of the students asked if I thought the debate before passage of the Affordable Care Act was primarily about means or end...
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Bain's Blood Money: Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Funds From Families Tied To Death Squads

Bain's Blood Money: Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Funds From Families Tied To Death Squads | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

In 1983, Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch Bain Capital, a private equity offshoot of the successful consulting firm Bain & Company.  But Romney had to raise the money from outside sources so that existing Bain clients so that the Bain consulting firm  would not go down if Bain Capital did.

 

Despite worrying about whether Central American oligarchs might be tied to "illegal drug money, right-wing death squads, or left-wing terrorism," Romney agreed to accept 40% of Bain Capital's funding from "Latin American friends" who the Boston Globe and LATimes reported have ties to Salvadoran death squads.  These families continue to have massive Bain investments. 

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2012 Election To Be Outcome Determined By Working Middle Class Acceptance of Truth or Myth

2012 Election To Be Outcome Determined By Working Middle Class Acceptance of Truth or Myth | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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The scandal behind Romney's new attack ad

The scandal behind Romney's new attack ad | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Romney's new attack <<ad shows President Clinton signing welfare reform into law in 1996, "requiring work for welfare." The spot then argues, however, that President Obama "quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements." The voiceover tells viewers, "Under Obama's plan, you wouldn't have to work and wouldn't have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.... and welfare to work goes back to being plain old welfare."We then learn, "Mitt Romney will restore the work requirement because it works."

 

Romney's lying. He's not spinning the truth to his advantage; he's not hiding in a gray area between fact and fiction; he's just lying. The law hasn't been "gutted"; the work requirement hasn't been "dropped." ***

 

All Obama did is agree to Republican governors' request for flexibility. That's it. Indeed, perhaps the most jaw-dropping aspect of this is that Romney himself, during his one gubernatorial term, asked for the same kind of flexibility on welfare law that Obama agreed to last month. Romney, in other words, is attacking the president for doing what Romney asked the executive branch to do in 2005.>>

As if these outright LIES were not enough, the ad emits loud dog whistles for the racists in Romney's base: O wants to give white people's money to lazy black people on welfare.

 

IS THERE NO LOW TO WHICH ROMNEY WILL NOT STOOP?

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Liberal Media Bias: Fact or Fiction ? | 4thEstate.net

Liberal Media Bias: Fact or Fiction ? | 4thEstate.net | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Our data does not support the thesis of a liberal media bias as it relates to Election 2012 coverage. If anything, our analysis suggests a media bias towards both Mitt Romney and Republicans. There are multiple data points included in our analysis.
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Why won't Romney release more tax returns? - CNN.com

Why won't Romney release more tax returns? - CNN.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Edward Kleinbard and Peter Canellos: Anyone who aspires to America's highest office should be thoroughly vetted. 

 

This article contains educated speculation by two taxation specialists as to what might plausibly be in the tax returns that Romney -- contrary to the accepted practice of the past several decades -- refuses to disclose.

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Romney gets caught lying about Obama, military voters

Romney gets caught lying about Obama, military voters | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
After spending the last several months paying attention to Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty at a granular level, I've become largely inured to his more routine, casual lies. Some of the deliberate falsehoods are just too common to get upset about.

 

But he is telling a truly disgusting lie about O's attempt to restore in-person early voting rights for all Ohioans. <<Obama wants alleligible Ohio voters, including servicemen and women, to have the same ability to vote, which Romney says, in writing, means Obama is trying to "undermine" the troops' ability to vote.This is as loathsome a lie as Romney has told all year -- and given his record, that's not an easy threshold to meet.>>

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Former Congressional staffer on how money divides politics

Former Congressional staffer on how money divides politics | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Former Republican staff member Mike Lofgren explains how money has taken over the political system in America and what we can do about it.
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Romney Camp: Obama Opposes Special Treatment For Service Members

Romney Camp: Obama Opposes Special Treatment For Service Members | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

The Romney campaign doubled down on their opposition to an Obama campaign lawsuit over early voting rights in Ohio Sunday.  It's simple: GOP wants to limit early voting only to military members; Dems want to ensure that ALL Ohioans have the chance to vote in the three days preceding election day -- a right they had and took advantage of in 2008 before the GOP tried to take it away.

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Mitt Romney’s “culture” war

Mitt Romney’s “culture” war | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

His comment about Palestinians wasn't a gaffe: It was part of his concerted efforts to demonize his opponents.

 

<<This is the same guy whose sense of what’s culturally right is so strong that it compels him to do what’s morally wrong. Standing in front of a group of wealthy Israeli donors and praising their cultural superiority was a surprisingly inept bit of politics, but the underlying message of bigotry is perfectly consistent with his American narrative as well. He didn’t say the Palestinians were inferior, just as he never says Obama’s race makes him un-American. He doesn’t have to.>>

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Lawrence O'Donnell Analysis of Presidential Race Focuses on Taxes, Not Just Romney's But Everyone's

Obama is opening large leads in key swing states. Lawrence O'Donnell theorizes that this is due to the taxation narrative -- not just Romeny's tax returns and what may be hidden within them, but also the impact of his tax plan on the majority of Americans who were not born into wealth.  CLICK to WATCH

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A tough new Obama ad that — surprise! — is accurate

A tough new Obama ad that — surprise! — is accurate | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
FACT CHECKER | For the first time in this campaign, we give a Geppetto Checkmark to campaign ad.
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Mike Lofgren: A Devil's Dictionary - funny definitions for terms like "Job Creator" and "Patriot"

Mike Lofgren: A Devil's Dictionary - funny definitions for terms like "Job Creator" and "Patriot" | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

 

Excerpt from "The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted" including our favorites from his "Devil's Dictonary."


by Mike Lofgren, via TruthOut


Lee, Bernays, and Gingrich have all had a lasting impact on the political use of language in America. If you seek monuments to their accomplishments, you have to look no further than your daily paper or television news program. It is to them that we owe stories about "collateral damage" rather than "dead civilians." In that spirit, allow me to offer up my own devil's dictionary of contempo­rary American political terms.

 

Authentic: used to describe a candidate who is unaware of current events and doesn't read a newspaper, and is proud of it.


Class warfare: a technique by which teachers, nurses, firemen, and cashiers are believed to be oppressing derivatives traders and CEOs, which includes unreasonably complaining that their wages aren't keeping up with the cost of their health insurance.


Conservative: a person profoundly respectful of heritage, tradition, and old-fashioned values while preaching the revolution and strip-mining the Grand Canyon for high-sulfur coal.

 

Elites: insufferable, overeducated snobs who are not real Ameri­cans and may in fact be French. Mitt Romney (Harvard MBA and JD) and George W. Bush (Yale, Harvard) have often criti­cized such scoundrels.


Free-market capitalism: the economic system by which Halli­burton gets sole-source, cost-plus government contracts.
Global warming: a hoax perpetrated by a worldwide conspiracy of biased scientists. Fortunately it is being combated by right-wing foundations, oil companies, televangelists, and other disin­terested believers in objective fact.


Job creators: the truly creative engines of economic growth in our society: real-estate flippers, mortgage-backed securities bundlers, leveraged buyout specialists, dividend drawers, and hedge-fund billionaires.

 

Liberal (pronounced librull): a satanic ideologue who is at once a socialist leveler, an elitist defender of privilege, an atheist, and a secret Muslim determined to bring sharia law to America.
Patriot: someone who loves America more than he loves the ma­jority of the people living therein.

 

Real Americans: the minority of Americans who look, think, and act exactly as I do.

 

Sharia law: a fundamentalist religious doctrine imposed on a given political jurisdiction. Any resemblance to public statutes on abortion in the Commonwealth of Virginia is purely coincidental.


Take our country back: Give us what we want right now, even if we don't know what it is.


Tea Party: people covered by Medicare who hate socialized medicine.


Washington spending: the bad sort of spending that doesn't go toward earmarks to campaign contributors, subsidies to big oil, or the military's half-trillion-dollar budget. Everyone knows the Pentagon is across the Potomac in Virginia, not in Washington.  [MORE]


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Our Hobbesian Future

Our Hobbesian Future | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

I agree with the author that the ends does not justify the means: if Harry Reid is just making stuff up about "a credible source" for the claim that Romney paid no taxes within the past ten years, it is wrong to simply make that up in order to try to advance the issue of what Romney is hiding in his tax returns.

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Always choose wealthy parents

Always choose wealthy parents | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

<<Back in April, Mitt Romney delivered one of his more memorable pieces of advice: "Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business," Romney said.>>

 

Although a simple line, it speaks volumes about where Romney is coming from.  The man is so steeped in privilege that he does not realize that the majority of Americans are not in families with substantial amounts of disposable income with which they can borrow money to start a business.

 

Will middle and working class people figure out that Romney just does not understand their lives and will govern for the 1% or at least as if everyone has access to the same privlilges he has? 

 

 

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Americans for Prosperity Begins $25 Million Anti-Obama Ad Campaign

Americans for Prosperity Begins $25 Million Anti-Obama Ad Campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

by JEREMY W. PETERS, New York Times

 

Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party organization backed by the Koch brothers, is set to begin a $25 million advertising assault aimed at President Obama, its largest effort to date.

 

The ad is the clear evidence of how the financial muscle of a few wealthy donors is having a powerful impact on the airwaves in key swing states as they use “Super PACSs” and other groups not officially linked to the campaigns to make multimillion-dollar ad purchases as the general election campaign heats up. In addition to the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney’s presidential bid is also being helped by financial clout of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has already given tens of millions of dollars to Super PACs supporting Republican candidates this election cycle...[MORE]


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Obama Ad Knocks Romney for Saying True Things About Coal

Obama Ad Knocks Romney for Saying True Things About Coal | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
A new low in Obama campaign ads....
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Romney: '02 Olympics Made Possible By 'Enormous Spending And Services' Of Federal Government

Romney: '02 Olympics Made Possible By 'Enormous Spending And Services' Of Federal Government | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Romney deplores government spending and attacks O for believing that Americans succeed in a joint effort.  He also portrays himself as an Olympics savior for leading the effort to put on the 2002 Winter Olympics.

 

But in his 2001, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he testified: "Without question, we simply could not host Games in Salt Lake if it were not for the enormous spending and services of the federal government.  When I came to the Games two years ago, following the revelations of bid impropriety, there was nothing which caused greater anxiety than whether or not we could count on this critical federal support," he said, before thanking both the Clinton and Bush administrations for being involved with his committee's planning efforts "every step of the way."

 

According to Romney at the time, former President George W. Bush specifically included Olympic items in the budget he submitted to Congress.

 

The testimony doesn't just contradict Romney's current position on the role of federal spending -- it also underscores the outside help he received in orchestrating the 2002 Olympics.

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Veterans: Romney Lying About Obama Suit’s Effect On Military Voters

Veterans: Romney Lying About Obama Suit’s Effect On Military Voters | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Several veterans slammed Mitt Romney on Monday for opposing and mischaracterizing an Obama campaign lawsuit which would expand early voting rights to veterans, cops, firefighters and all Ohio voters.

 

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Jon Soltz, a veteran who now works with VoteVets.org, said that he was “appalled” by the narrative coming out of Ohio.

“Obviously with the narrative the Romney campaign is pushing, they probably don’t have a lot of people around them who have actually served,” Soltz said. “We also agree, like the president does, that someone who served in World World II in the Battle of the Bulge or someone who lost their legs in Vietnam has just as much of a right to vote as today’s veteran.”>>

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Mega Donors Bankrolling Massive Religious Conservative Anti-Obama Campaign

Mega Donors Bankrolling Massive Religious Conservative Anti-Obama Campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

by PETER STONE

 

A conservative group led by longtime political activist Ralph Reed has budgeted $10 million for a major 2012 election push to turn out the religious right and block a second term for President Barack Obama, a top executive with his organization told the Huffington Post.

 

The Faith and Freedom Coalition's effort, which will include voter registration drives at NASCAR races in Florida, Virginia and other key swing states, is part of a much broader attempt to reactivate millions of socially conservative voters to not only defeat Obama but help some favorite conservative congressional candidates.

 

Concerned Women for America, a Christian advocacy group, already has run $6 million in ads in six battleground states including New Hampshire and Wisconsin, warning that the White House-backed health care law might limit patient care and increase the federal deficit.

 

The Pennsylvania-based Let Freedom Ring quietly cobbled together a nonpartisan 2,000-member pastor network to spur voter registration efforts and is planning a multi-million dollar ad drive this fall focused on social, economic and foreign policy issues, according to Colin Hanna, president of the organization... [MORE]


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Voter ID laws could sway US elections - FT.com

Voter ID laws could sway US elections - FT.com | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Millions of US voters could be turned away at the ballot box in this November’s presidential election as new rules impose tough requirements for identification that observers say could lead to minorities and young people – traditionally more likely to vote Democrat -- being excluded.

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What Romney tells us about our tax code

What Romney tells us about our tax code | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

The real question isn't whether Mitt Romney paid his taxes but whether we want to make an unfair tax code worse.  Fascinating analysis of the interesting things that might be in Romney's tax returns -- and why the 1% (not just Mitt) does not want them revealed.

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ALEC ROCK: If I Won The Lotto I Would Buy So Much Ad Space To Run This Video

ALEC ROCK: If I Won The Lotto I Would Buy So Much Ad Space To Run This Video | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Sometimes the truth about stuff (especially political stuff) really hurts. That is why there are Schoolhouse Rock inspired cartoons to help.
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I Owe Mitt an Apology

I Owe Mitt an Apology | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is seemingly fixated on apologies.

 

<<A man who “retroactively retired” as CEO of Bain Capital can effortlessly adjust his positions. For a candidate who’s disgusted by apologies in his opponents—who hurls the accusation of apology as if it were a disqualifying offense to all that is wholesome—he sure walks back from, amends and revises the stuff he says a lot.


So since apologies are so important to Mr. Romney, I’d like to offer mine. I’ve said on numerous occasions (some of them broadcasted) that Mitt has been running for president for 20 years. I figured somewhere around 1992, Mitt, having witnessed his father’s failed run for president and his mother’s failed run for Senate, was watching the first Baby Boomer president (Bill Clinton) being sent to the White House. It was then he resolved that he, too, was going to run for president.

 

Now if that were true and his planning began the year Pope John Paul issued an apology for the Inquisition’s banning Galileo, Mitt would have made some different choices. His business practices would have been, candidly, more patriotic.


He wouldn’t have laid-off American workers, outsourcing jobs overseas, and then expect those same American workers to vote for him. He would have built something, instead of destroying corporations and getting rich off the charcoal. If Mitt Romney had been planning to run for president for 20 years, he would have anticipated releasing his tax returns (his father pioneered the practice) and made sure everything on there was something he could be proud of; returns he would happily release to the public.>>

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