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  • Mitt Romney makes the case for a reality-based economic policy, and then proceeds to explain why you won't be getting one from him:
    In a new strategy aimed at identifying with the common man, Mitt Romney touted the strength of his business acumen as an important trait qualifying him to be president of the United States.

    Speaking to a group of students and administrators at Ohio's Otterbein College Friday, GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney went into detail about his past at Bain Capital and how this experience gave him the know-how to run the country.

    "The impact of gathering facts, gathering information, learning about the reality behind the words, has proved to me, in the business sector, that facts are more important than words and that results are more important than words," he told the crowd.

    "You will hear words from people running for office that sound great. But sometimes what people say is not a perfect example of what they're going to do."

    People like Mitt Romney for example.
  • Need proof? How about this:
    Romney says he wants to put the nation on a path to a balanced budget while also cutting an array of taxes, building up the Navy and Air Force and adding 100,000 active-duty military personnel. He says he would slash domestic spending and reduce tax loopholes but has offered few details.
    Cut taxes for the rich, cut spending on investment in people and infrastructure, increase military spending and whammo: balanced budget. Like Mitt says, don't believe anything he says because the facts are always the opposite of whatever he says.
  • Completely ignoring facts yet again, the Romney campaign once again tried to take credit for saving the auto industry:
    “Consider that the crown jewel. The only economic success that President Obama has had,” Fehrnstrom said, “is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”
    Mitt Romney is simultaneously for President Obama's auto bailout and for letting Detroit go bankrupt. Is anyone surprised?
  • Speaking of Bain Capital, the Obama Super PAC goes after Romney. The ad is running in Florida, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia, but the size of the buy is unknown. (video above)
  • Bain Capital is getting into the drug rehab business. Big time:
    In February 2006, Bain purchased an outfit called CRC Health Group for $723 million and proceeded to go on a shopping spree, snapping up nearly 20 new facilities over the next two years. The company took a breather during the financial crisis, but in 2011 resumed its buying binge with the purchase of some smaller treatment centers.

    Rehab, it turns out, is a pretty good business. CRC's flagship facility, Sierra Tucson in Arizona, charges upwards of $30,000 for a 30-day stay. And with Hollywood and the sports world providing a seemingly endless supply of customers (Sierra Tucson has treated Michael Douglas, Ringo Starr, and Tiger Woods, among others), there's growth potential too.

    You and I see broken lives and intense personal struggles that require caring and understanding. But the boys at Bain see substance addiction and think "KA-CHING!"
  • Sen. Rob Portman seems to be the consensus choice of the media establishment for Romney's VP candidate. You'll notice they never actually talk about Portman and his record or qualifications. That makes Vice President Joe Biden's recent comments about Romney's foreign policy weaknesses very timely. A Portman choice leaves us with a Republican Party ticket that has next to zero foreign policy experience. Should events in the world come to the forefront in this election, this could prove pivotal considering Romney's hamfistedness and lack of direction when it comes to foreign policy.


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  •  Boehner says Romney full of (9+ / 0-)


    Boehner: Romney’s Wealth Won’t Hurt Him Because ‘The American People Don’t Want To Vote For A Loser’

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has struggled to connect with average voters throughout his campaign, but that won’t hurt him in the general election, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Sunday.

    Asked by CNN’s Candy Crowley whether Romney’s wealth presented him with a “hill to climb” in tough economic times, Boehner said it wouldn’t because “the American people don’t want to vote for a loser”:

       CROWLEY: You know, he comes from a privileged background. You did not come from a privileged background. This is a time — an economic time when people are hurting and have been hurting for quite some time.

        Do you think that someone who is as wealthy as he is, who has had as much privilege as he is, has a hill to climb to overcome that?

        BOEHNER: No. The American people don’t want to vote for a loser. They don’t want to vote for someone that hasn’t been successful. I think Mitt Romney has an opportunity to show the American people that they, too, can succeed.

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:03:14 PM PDT

  •  There Will be blood (14+ / 0-)

    Gee when you're a political hack bulk filler dare I say pink slime guest on the morning gab fest do you really want to talk down to a Oxford educated Phd in Poly Sci with her own nightly cable show?????

    Top Republican Strategist Denies Women Are Paid Less Than Men

    This morning, during a heated discussion with Rachel Maddow on Meet The Press, GOP consultant Alex Castellanos denied that women make 77 cents for a man’s dollar in the workplace and noted, “there are lots of reasons for that.” Maddow expressed shock at the assertion, but concluded that it explained why Republicans and Mitt Romney are so hesitant to embrace the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.

    “Now we know, at least from both of your perspectives,” Maddow said, pointing to Castellanos and Romney surrogate Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), “women are not fairing worse than men in the economy that women aren’t getting paid less for equal work.” “It’s about policy and whether or not you want to fix some of the structural discrimination that women really do face that Republicans don’t believe is happening,” she added. Castellanos responded to Maddow’s policy argument by remarking on her passion, to which the MSNBC host took offense:


    CASTELLANOS: It is about policy and I love how passionate you are. I wish you were as right about what you’re saying as you are passionate about it. I really do.

        MADDOW: That’s really condescending. This is a stylistic issue. My passion on this issue is actually me making a factual argument on it.

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:06:53 PM PDT

  •  The sound of the crickets from the media (7+ / 0-)

    on Romney's warped view of reality is getting to be deafening. They want a close race, a close race means viewers/readers, and viewers/readers means money.

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:06:58 PM PDT

  •  Just what we need right now... (8+ / 0-)

    no foreign policy experience.

    "He not busy being born is busy dying." R. Zimmerman

    by RUKind on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:08:39 PM PDT

  •  Portman (0+ / 0-)


  •  Romney Will First Learn What Is Policies Will Be (3+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, bythesea, drmah

    in mid November when if elected the first of them will be issued to him.

    That's how it worked with the state government tea party takeovers in 2010-2011.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:12:09 PM PDT

  •  The Bain Capitol message is really all (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, msmacgyver, drmah

    Obama needs to win the election. Just keep hammering that home between now and election day.

  •  CRC Health group isn't good for your health (4+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, PSzymeczek, sow hat, msmacgyver

    it's facilities abuse you, and  can kill you.

    See lawsuits:

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:32:41 PM PDT

  •  NC anti-gay Amendment 1 round up (3+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, basket, Lying eyes

    "A time comes when silence is betrayal." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I am proud to be a Contributor at Courage Campaign Institute's
    @indiemcemopants on Twitter

    by Scottie Thomaston on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:35:22 PM PDT

  •  BBB....time to Knuckle prisoners rule (1+ / 0-)
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    is quite operative.........LET"S GET READY TO RUMMMMMBBBBLLLLEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  Obama Isn't Working? (1+ / 0-)
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    We're in a Recession. Who put us there? That's the question for Mitt Romney...

  •  Mitt Romney is like a car mechanic (4+ / 0-)

    who wants to fix a leaking fuel line by replacing it with the coolant hose. It'll work for a couple of miles, until the car overheats and breaks down--but far enough from his garage, which will have of course shut down and moved elsewhere.

    His business "success", as it were, rested mostly if not soley on the deliberate and dishonest reallocation of resources from others to himself.

    I.e. he's a thief.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:41:55 PM PDT

  •  How's your weather? (1+ / 0-)
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    Here in the Texas Hill Country its been hot the last few days.

    Will the nice rains that brought this



    If you are interested check out the Drought Monitor Forecasts for the whole US here:
    Headed down to Galveston for a Cinco de Mayo party   so was interested to read the dkos diary   about sea level rise and climate change.

    Yikes. So many utilities and refineries are on the coast, I have agree with those that say sea level rise is a National Security issue.  
    Wow, looks like the Administration and Congress would take decisive action now to head off huge costs later, no? Should be obvious now that the oil companies and the war profiteers are not patriots, and should be reigned in.

    What I should be doing right now is getting up on the roof and cleaning off the solar panels.  The pollen is quite thick on them.


  •  If Mitt wins does that means we will close (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, drmah

    this country and merge with Mexico?  I don't think Canada would want us and Mitt's business experience seems to be gutting companies since few companies Bain acquired seemed to do well except as items on a corporate yard sale table  

  •  Hey! I bet Bain now has girls, too! // (1+ / 0-)
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    Lying eyes

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 01:50:08 PM PDT

  •  Conservative Talk Show Host to Minion.....'Nobody (1+ / 0-)
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    ever won an election by voting against the other guy'.........this guy is VERY good.....Mitt's got to to.....oh let's say.....KANSAS....and show them that he's the cat's meow........Not gonna happen.

  •  The Democratic Process, According to Murdoch (0+ / 0-)

    From the London Review of Books.

    res ipsa loquitur:

    ...But these past two days, Rupert Murdoch seemed to want to be considered one of the grown-ups. He didn’t just claim that regular supping with PMs was normal, he made a statement that wanted to refer to something bigger than his own narrow life. Only Murdoch said that being visited by Cameron or Blair, or popping in to Number 10 by the back door, was actually part of the democratic process. The beating heart of democracy, according to Murdoch, involves prime ministers and other elected politicians rushing to the side of the newspaper proprietor to gain his approval for their policies, so that the 36 per cent of the media which he owns will write favourably about them, and persuade the readership to support and re-elect them. That democratic process....
    Murdoch is quoted from the Levenson Inquiry where he said
    "...I checked it with my daughter, because he was being flown, I believe, by my son-in-law's plane, on his way to holiday in Turkey, and he did stop in Santorini and she says that I in fact met him on her boat.  But it doesn't matter. There were a couple of boats together.  
    Q.  Here's Mr Cameron taking quite significant steps to meet    you, a detour from his private holiday to Turkey.  What's your reaction to that sort of scenario?
      Do you think that that's wholly normal?  
    A.  Yes.
    A.  Well, I think I've explained that politicians go out of their way to impress people in the press, and I don't remember discussing any heavy political things with him  at all.  There may have been some issues discussed   passingly.  It was not a long meeting.  As I say,  I don't really remember the meeting.  
    I think that's part of the democratic process.

    ...all politicians of all sides like to have their views known by the editors of newspapers or publishers,
    ... That's the game.

    That Giant Sucking Sound Is Wall Street Billionaires Drinking Your Blood.

    by olo on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 02:03:46 PM PDT

  •  Let me tell you somethin' about sand (1+ / 0-)
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    I got two trunkloads of it for my kids' sandbox from properties near Lake Michigan from people desperate to get rid of it and perennially have a Free Sand sign in their yards to keep their homes from getting buried in a dune....

    ...when I lived in Iowa, I had a VERY HARD TIME actually buying sand when I needed it to make our patio.

  •  BUY CHINA, FIRE ALL THE WORKERS, it could work (1+ / 0-)
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    we could sell China for spare parts to keep the India work machine intact.  move all the farms from USA to mexico so we could still have the cheap labor without all the USA expenses and safety concerns.


  •  On today's This Week George Stephanopoulos (0+ / 0-)

    had on 6 panelists, whom he referred to as "experts", to discuss the economy.

    They were, on the right:

    George Will - A baseball writer and political pundit and operative who has no actual economic expertise as far as I know.

    Carly Fiorina - The utterly failed former CEO of HP who was booted after nearly destroying the once highly successful and respected firm, then failed to win the CA governorship despite throwing massive amounts of money at it.

    David Walker - The former Comptroller General, an actual economist, but who works for the Peterson Foundation, which is dedicated to dismantling entitlement programs and rolling back the New Deal. So, an expect, but biased.

    And on the left:

    Jennifer Granholm: Former Michigan governor during a very difficult period in her state's fortunes, who actually ran something big without nearly destroying it.

    Eric Schmidt - Former CEO of Google, a company that's been doing pretty well last time I checked. He also used to work for Apple, another company that's not doing too bad. He didn't ruin either, as far as I know.

    Paul Krugman - Um, seriously, you want me to tell you his credentials?

    Nice balance ya got there, George.

    I guess you still get invited to Ben and Sally's.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 02:14:51 PM PDT

    •  Fiorina lost to Boxer for Senate, not Governor (0+ / 0-)

      You must be confusing her with Meg Whittman, another rich CEO who thought she could buy political office and got a very rude awakening.

      A pair of female Mitts is what they are.

      •  Oh, that's right (0+ / 0-)

        Same difference, though.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 03:36:32 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  No, she and Whittman are very similar (0+ / 0-)

          The only difference, Whittman didn't run her company into the ground and get kicked to the curb (although the millions of dollars she got probably soothed the pain).

          •  So you're saying that Fiorina is worse (0+ / 0-)

            Which makes my case even stronger, I think--Repubs are not as competent as they often claim to be, and in any case are usually wrong, whether due to their incompetence or dishonesty. That's your modern GOP for you.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 04:44:23 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Logging in (0+ / 0-)

    It would be nice if DKos would have a login screen that LastPass or other password managers can "see."

    "You can't run a country by a book of religion. Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side." Frank Zappa

    by Uosdwis on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 02:17:07 PM PDT

  •  Mr. Romney has no intention of getting his hands (2+ / 0-)
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    divineorder, Lying eyes

    dirty running this country.

     How many of you have worked for a large company and had the boss come by on Friday afternoon to see if you needed help so you could get off on time?  Me neither and it won't happen with Romney as POTUS either.  He will gather facts, gather information and make up the reality he wants to see as an outcome, form a committee, appoint a chairman and go on a vacation. I fervently believe that a country under Mr. Romney will be Bain capitalized before the ink dries on his oath of office.

  •  Dem message (0+ / 0-)

    Repeat and repeat:  Repugnants want to halt and stop the economy from growing to try and defeat Obama.  They have Obstructed the economy from growing faster than it could have if they had passed even one bill.  But, they stick their rear ends onto everything that might help the American people and sat on bills that would help.  They are obstructionists and don't work for America.  They work for the 1% with all the money.  They have been bought and they are selling the American people down the tubes.

    My only wish is that if this repeated enough times that the idiots that vote against their own interests finally get it.

    " A lot of money is tainted - taint yours and taint mine." Unknown author

    by libbie on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 02:49:30 PM PDT

  •  Now I understand (0+ / 0-)

    All along I hadn't recognized that I live in a world of wordless facts.  It all becomes clear now.

    No wonder the kids fell asleep.

  •  AKA the "Bachmann Plan" (0+ / 0-)

    Romney says he wants to put the nation on a path to a balanced budget while also cutting an array of taxes, building up the Navy and Air Force and adding 100,000 active-duty military personnel. He says he would slash domestic spending and reduce tax loopholes but has offered few details.

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 03:43:59 PM PDT

  •  83 years since the Great Depression.....11 years (1+ / 0-)
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    since 9/11....

    Do they think we're going to forget the "Great Recession" in 3.....!?!?

  •  Thanks BBB (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 04:03:25 PM PDT

  •  Building the "Air Force" and "Navy" (0+ / 0-)

    is code word for buying hundreds of billions of dollars of state of the art, high tech weapons platforms from taxpayer subsidized defense contractors.

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 07:43:38 PM PDT

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