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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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Why Mitt screws up

Why Mitt screws up | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Let's put Romney on the shrink's couch: His disastrous London gaffes reveal a deep-seated anxiety.  <<There are many ways to defend against overwhelming anxiety, one of which is to act certain about every answer given.

 

What comes out besides this sense of smiling certainty are signs of anxious contempt toward others – whether it is how the British run their Games or saying that kids who can’t afford college should borrow money from their parents. Put together, these and many similar statements – his pleasure at firing people or his belief that corporations are people (is that why he can comfortably bankrupt some?) – are all evidence of a hostility not dissimilar to stories about his bullying of others during his prep school days. At this stage, I suspect Mitt Romney is too anxious to be an effective president.>>

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Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXVII

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

#18 is a doozy, esp. in light of his gaffe of talking about his meeting with secret British spy agency M16, which the Brits don't even like to acknowledge exists.

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‘Always the Opposite of Obama’ is a Tricky Platform

‘Always the Opposite of Obama’ is a Tricky Platform | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

This strikes me as almost too close to the truth to be satire.  What do you think?

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How the West Is Won

How the West Is Won | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

article argues that instead of seeking a Constitutional convention, activitsts ought to use ballot initiatives in the states to reform campaign laws, then electing reform-oriented members of Congress.  With such members, the chances of Congress itself of enacting reform at the federal level increases.

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Why Super PACs Make the Best Attack Ads - Businessweek

Why Super PACs Make the Best Attack Ads - Businessweek | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Why Super PACs Make the Best Attack AdsBusinessweekRepublican media strategist Fred Davis has made some of the most attention-grabbing political ads ever aired on television.
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Romney Campaign Joins Voter Suppression Efforts In Virginia ...

Romney Campaign Joins Voter Suppression Efforts In Virginia ... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
That ad was created by the Voter Participation Center in response to outraged fluff from Virginia Republicans over voter registration forms being sent to people, and in some cases pets, who aren't eligible to vote.
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MY VIEW: Voter ID law suppresses seniors

MY VIEW: Voter ID law suppresses seniors | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Rep.Debbie Lesko spoke out recently in support of Arizona’s Voter ID law of 2004.  That and recent news of other states’ efforts in voter suppression and purging of voter rolls brought to mind my experiences when Arizona first passed a voter ID law. ...
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The Creepy Small Lies of the Romney Campaign

The Creepy Small Lies of the Romney Campaign | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

<<there's something about the methodical small lies of the Romney campaign that seems quite new. And frankly, just plain creepy. And you can add to that the fact that virtually no one on the conservative side of the aisle has pushed back against this.>>

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Are Comedians Better Political Analysts & Fact Checkers Than Mainstream Media?

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Coffee Party Nation | Citizen Journalist Account of Historic US Senate Hearing on Overturning Citizens United

Coffee Party Nation | Citizen Journalist Account of Historic US Senate Hearing on Overturning Citizens United | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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Republicans Have Made It Harder to Vote, Easier to Buy Guns

Republicans Have Made It Harder to Vote, Easier to Buy Guns | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

In a Republican world, it's mandatory for government to regulate voting even though the Constitution repeatedly deregulates voting, while it's a trespass against patriotism to regulate firearms, even though the Constitution explicitly calls for firearms to be "well regulated."

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Super PACs Eliminate Big Obama Advantage

Super PACs Eliminate Big Obama Advantage | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Super PACs and conservative non-profit groups have helped Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blunt the massive television advertising spending by President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in the late spring and early...
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Romney Cries Fraud On Virginia Voter Registration Campaign ...

Romney Cries Fraud On Virginia Voter Registration Campaign ... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
No, Virginia, Democrats aren't trying to register your dog to vote.
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What drives the Obama doubters and haters?

Here is a very measured, concise, factual refutation of birthers and other consipiracy mongers.

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The Conservative Onion

The Conservative Onion | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Excuses within excuses for not taxing the rich.  <<For several days running the central theme of the Romney campaign has rested on a complete lie. I understand; going on about the dishonesty can get boring. But we should step back often to look at this remarkable spectacle. I really don’t think there’s been anything like this in American political history: a presidential campaign, with a pretty good chance of winning, that is based entirely on cynical lies about what the sitting president has said. No, Obama hasn’t apologized for America; no, he hasn’t denigrated achievement. Yet take away those claims, and there’s nothing left in Romney’s rhetoric.>>

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Why The Bush Tax Cut Vote Was So Important

Why The Bush Tax Cut Vote Was So Important | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
During and after yesterday’s big Senate tax vote, I noticed some observers were pretty quick to diminish the magnitude of what transpired, and what Harry Reid managed to accomplish.
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An Unconventional Argument

An Unconventional Argument | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Article argues that the push for a consitiutional convention to address campaign finance issues is doomed to failure.  Interesting analysis of the various steps that have to be taken to succeed in mounting such a convention and how those steps are unlikely to result in the action activists are seeking.

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Voter suppression: 'I'm a better citizen than any of them. I'm not going to quit'

Voter suppression: 'I'm a better citizen than any of them. I'm not going to quit' | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
Florida is at the centre of a concerted bid to restrict citizens' right to vote.
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Media Yawns as Obama Launches Another Flagrantly Dishonest Attack Ad | Freedom Report

Media Yawns as Obama Launches Another Flagrantly Dishonest Attack Ad | Freedom Report | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
One way to immediately put your opponent on defense is to simply lie about them.
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Nancy Pelosi Escalates Call For Citizens United Constitutional ...

Nancy Pelosi Escalates Call For Citizens United Constitutional ... | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

"Suffocate the airwaves, suppress the vote and poison the debate," Pelosi said of super PACs and other groups freed by the Citizens United decision to collect and spend unlimited sums.

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London Mayor Slams Romney In Front Of Giant Crowd

London Mayor Slams Romney In Front Of Giant Crowd | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
"I hear there's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we are ready," London Mayor Boris Johnson said. "Are we ready? Yes we are!
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Pennsylvania's voter-ID scheme looks even worse

Pennsylvania's voter-ID scheme looks even worse | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Pennsylvania's controversial, legally-dubious voter-ID law is an even bigger disaster than previously reported.  More than 1.6 MILLION residents, or 20% of Pennsylvania voters lack the valid ID necessary to vote in November.  In Philadelphia alone, 43% of the residents may not possess the valid ID.  The state GOP should do the right thing and just withdraw or repeal the law NOW.  When by the State's own admission, there is NO evidence of voter fraud, it is anti-democratic and  unAmerican to proceed with a law that is assured of disenfranchising such a substantial percentage of the population.

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Senate Votes to Allow Bush Tax Increases for Wealthiest 2%, Blocking Increases For 98%

Senate Votes to Allow Bush Tax Increases for Wealthiest 2%, Blocking Increases For 98% | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

U.S. Senate Votes to Limit Bush Tax Cuts to $250,000 of Income

 

by Siobhan Hughes, Wall St. Journal

 

U.S. Senate Democrats, responding to President Barack Obama's populist message, Wednesday voted to allow the Bush tax cuts to lapse for household income above $250,000, saying the rich should pay more to help control the deficit.

 

The vote established a partisan tone likely to dominate Congress through the November elections and beyond. Democrats and Republicans are fighting intensely because the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire in a little more than five months and both sides have constituencies that would be affected.

 

By 51-48, the Senate passed a Democratic plan to extend the Bush tax cuts for couples making less than $250,000. Vice President Joe Biden arrived on the Senate floor shortly before the vote, preparing to cast a vote for the legislation in the event of a tie.


Not one Republican voted for the one-year, $250 billion measure. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), Jon Tester (D., Mont.) and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) voted with their party, in spite of pressure to break with Mr. Obama ahead of competitive re-election races.


Facing renewed economic weakness, Mr. Obama has turned the conversation toward taxes. Two weeks ago, Mr. Obama announced he wouldn't yield in his position that households with more than $250,000 a year should face higher taxes. It marked a new stage of the fight and put some Democrats in a tough spot. Democrats from states like New York and California with high-cost areas have constituents who earn more than $250,000 and would feel the pinch from higher federal taxes.

 

"The president thinks he has struck political gold with this argument," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah). "He will be able to run for re-election on a platform of raising taxes on the mantle of deficit reduction. This might be politically advantageous, but I doubt it."

 

Republicans said Mr. Obama and his Democratic allies threatened to add to the U.S. economy's problems by raising taxes. A $404 billion Senate Republican plan, which would have extended current individual tax rates for all Americans and avoided subjecting millions of Americans to a widely criticized alternative-minimum tax, failed by 54-45. Republicans want to extend all the Bush tax cuts at once, causing Democrats to conclude they have the upper hand.

 

"There's this overwhelming concern about what the Republicans call decoupling," Mr. Biden told reporters Tuesday. "They know that if there's a separate vote and the middle-class tax cut is in they don't have the popular support for extending the tax cuts beyond that. Republicans have fixated on extending all the cuts, and what they're doing is very simple, and you can understand it from their perspective, they're holding the middle-class tax cut hostage." [VIDEO: Interview with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)]


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Mitt Romney 2012: It's not a lie if you never admit the dishonesty - What Would Jack Do

Mitt Romney 2012: It's not a lie if you never admit the dishonesty - What Would Jack Do | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it
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What happens if GOP’s voter suppression works?

What happens if GOP’s voter suppression works? | Election by Actual (Not Fictional) People | Scoop.it

Columnist argues that if Romney ekes out a victory by a margin smaller than the number of young and minority voters who couldn't cast ballots due to the GOP favored voter suppression laws, then  Romney presidency would be illegitimate and would undermine his ability to govern.

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