Romney tells a story of volunteering with the Boy Scouts and on the miraculous return of their flag from the ill-fated space shuttle Challenger disaster. This was to a crowd in North Canton, Ohio on October 26th, 2012.
I really don't know what to say about this. It's a pretty remarkable story. I'm glad the boys got their flag back. It just seems sort of strange to focus so much on a flag when everyone lost their life in the explosion. Of course, he does sort of mention the casualties so I guess that's pretty cool.
Last night Lawrence O'Donnell did a piece on Romney's recent campaign story involving cleaning up after a football game in his youth as a testimonial to his being able to clean up after big messes like Sandy. It is really a remarkable insight into his mind as well as being absolutely hilarious.
I remember once we had a football field at my high school. The field was covered with rubbish and paper goods from people who’d had a big celebration there at the game. And there was a group of us there assigned to clean it up. And I thought, ‘how are we going to clean up all the mess on this football field?’ There were just a few of us. And the person responsible for organizing the effort said, ‘Just line up along the yard lines. You go between the goal line and the 10-yard line, and the next person between the 10 and 20, and just walk down and do your lane. And if everybody cleans their lanes, we’ll get it done.’ And so today, we’re cleaning one lane if you will.
You can't make this stuff up. The sight of Romney moving water bottles from one side of his campaign photo-op set to the other while being hounded with questions about his plans to send FEMA to the states. The look on his face as he resolutely refuses to answer the questions. Then this amazing story about cleaning up litter after a football game. It is simply amazing.
And what does he mean by "we’re cleaning one lane if you will" ???
Newt will be the Republican nominee and possibly the next President of the United States.
He is experienced.
He shut down government before it was cool.
He is seriously smart. An historian.
He has chicks in his past, but who doesn't?
Lobby money? He knows the back alleys of politics.
He's effective. And curiously moderate lately...
He's a leader. He lead Congress. A proven leader.
... the best person to debate Obama.
[Can anybody get that this is a joke. I know it is not fun to consider how and why the opponent frames themselves, but this is what is being done to Gingrich's incredible reputation and past history. All I am saying it that you should be ready for Gingrich. I think he will be the nominee]
One young future teacher explains: "...while I plan to devote myself to teaching in the same communities TFA targets, I will never Teach For America."
By now most regulars here are aware of some of the concerns about Teach For America, the organization that makes graduates of prestigious colleges and universities into classroom teachers with eight weeks of training and places them in the toughest public schools in the nation for a two year commitment. Recently teacherken and others on this site have done a valuable public service in presenting a dissenting view of this highly popularized, well financed and slickly promoted education reform program. It's not easy to get the word out. Teach For America is the darling of philanthropic billionaires, Wall Street financial institutions, and the Obama Administration. It receives more than a hundred million in funding per year that it uses largely for self promotion, and is the beneficiary of glowing praise from education reform propaganda like the recent "Waiting For Superman" movie.
So what is wrong with Teach For America? Perhaps the best equipped to answer that question is one of its potential targets.
Obama intends to lose these negotiations. That's his tactic. What Obama wanted from the very beginning was to extend the tax cuts for the rich. Just as what he wanted from the very beginning was no public option. The entire act is to disrupt the process so that he can compromise away things that he professes to want, but really does not. It's really pretty ingenious in a sad sort of way. Here we have a neo-liberal in the White House posing as a Democrat while negotiating away the New Deal from right under our noses.
Senators who vote against cloture tomorrow are engaging in a filibuster against this country's future.
The people of America get it. Only 26% think that extending tax cuts to the rich is a good idea. Overwhelmingly Americans believe that it is necessary during these economic hard times to extend tax cuts for the middle class, those making less than $250K.
Tax cuts for the rich will this country $700B over the next ten years. Money that we just don't have. It's bankrupting our nation. Extension of tax cuts for the middle class will get plowed into the sputtering economic recovery. The rich tax cuts will do nothing except drain out economic health. The stakes could not be higher. The vote tomorrow is about this country's economic future. Our economic survival is going to be filibustered.
We need some good contemporary protest songs and you can help.
Something is very wrong in this land of ours. The ruling class is systematically looting the public trust. The nation's wealth, built up over the last century by a strong working class, is being drained through financial chicanery into obscene private fortunes while the living standard for the rest of the population is in sharp decline. Today Obama looks like he is capitulating to to tax cuts in direct conflict with his sincere campaign promise. Like it or not we are in a class war. We didn’t ask for it, but the working class and the middle class must stand up and protect this country from these thieves. We have to take back the power that has been taken away from us, and we must use every organizing tool at our disposal including songs of protest.
If you care about this country, and I know you do because you visit this site, there is one thing you must do this weekend. Go see the movie Inside Job.
If we the people are ever successful in putting a halt to the greatest heist of all time that is plunging the world economy into chaos, this may go down along Thomas Paine’s January 1776 “Common Sense”, as one of the most influential wake-up calls in history.
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