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Crossposted from "News From the Front".

Finally, Mitt has a celebrity endorsement that’s not tainted by batshit craziness.

The “Dirty Harry” star and Oscar-winning director of “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” endorsed the Republican presidential candidate Friday night during a Sun Valley fundraiser.

“I think the country needs a boost,” Eastwood told The Associated Press as he joined other Romney supporters for the private campaign event.

In February, Eastwood told Fox News that he wasn’t supporting any politician at that time. Some saw the “halftime in America” ad he made for the Super Bowl as a nod toward President Barack Obama. Eastwood responded then by saying he was not “politically affiliated” with the president.

“Now more than ever do we need Gov. Romney. I’m going to be voting for him,” Eastwood told Romney supporters Friday night.

“He just made my day,” Romney said. “What a guy.”

(Snip.)

Eastwood, 82, said he hoped Romney would restore “a decent tax system that we need badly … so that there’s a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as who’s paying taxes and who isn’t. (Bold mine.)

Then obviously, Mr. Eastwood has not read about Romney’s tax plan.
The report — produced by researchers at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center — illustrates just how difficult it would be to recoup government revenue lost under Romney’s plan.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tax plan calls for 20% cuts to today’s Bush-era income tax rates. He would also eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Those tax cuts would lead to a sharp decline in government revenue. Yet Romney insists he will make up the difference in-part by limiting deductions, exemptions and credits currently available to top-level income earners.

Romney refuses to say which tax breaks he plans to eliminate — but the Tax Policy Center report indicates the plan would force the tax burden to shift toward lower and middle-class Americans.

“A revenue-neutral individual income tax change that incorporates the features Governor Romney has proposed … would provide large tax cuts to high-income households, and increase the tax burdens on middle- and/or lower-income taxpayers,” the report concludes.

Sadly, this means only one thing, that Clint Eastwood has no idea what Mitt Romney’s tax plan is all about.
And the sad part is that in the long run voting for Romney is going to hurt Eastwood too.
In order to have a vibrant film industry, you need a strong middle class that has both the leisure time and disposable income to go to the movies on a weekly basis.  And right now, the major studios are concentrating mostly on big budget four-quadrant movies which are decidedly not the kind of movies that Clint Eastwood makes.
And somewhere down the line, Warner Brothers, despite their long history with Eastwood may have to decide to have a talk about his future. Unless he decides to get into the Superhero game by starring in a live action film of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” which given both his age and “Get it on The First Take” filmmaking style could be far less awesome than it sounds.

What ever my differences with Obama, it needs to be said that based on what we’ve seen so far that Mitt Romney is absolutely the wrong person to be President right now. Especially based on the fact that he’s bringing back Bush’s foreign policy team!
I’m a fan of Mr. Eastwood’s.  And I have nothing but respect for his place in film history.
But he is on the wrong side on this.  And all I can hope is that he’s smart enough to realize it.

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Do you think that if someone explained the mechanics of Mitt Romney's tax plan, Clint Eastwood would take back his endorsement?

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

    by TheRagingCelt on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:00:04 PM PDT

  •  Clint can eat shit & go to hell (3+ / 0-)
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    Lawdog, belzaboo, kaliope

    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 Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:07:34 PM PDT

  •  Clint's always been a repub, less a moment (6+ / 0-)

    when he went for Obama.

    He's a great artist, and frankly of the great artists I have met, only a few have been great people.  

    In this case, his idiocy in regard to Mitt is outweighed by about several  films (Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, etc) that put him into a special category.

    So basically, I'm just gonna ignore this one.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:15:02 PM PDT

    •  I honestly think... (1+ / 0-)
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      nellgwen

      That if you showed him the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center report, he'd change his mind.

      "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

      by TheRagingCelt on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:18:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Nope (5+ / 0-)

        he is what he is, and that's basically a pro-business libertarian.  His genius is understanding the outsider.  He's opposed to any collectivist morality, due to his conviction/recognition that collectivism is dampens individual achievement.  At the same time, he recognizes that collectivism can be seen on both the right (evengelicals) and the left (what he would call PC crap).

        Its not a Ann Rand heroic style libertarianism.  Rather, the loner often loses to the forces of corrupt collectivism.  

        By coincidence, last night my wife and I rewatched Million Dollar Baby.  It was better than I remembered.  In terms of politics though, its all about hard work by an individual, and their rights to determine their own fate.  Wile supporting a woman's right to die as she chose, its a libertarian view, not a liberal one that he's espousing.

        "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

        by Empty Vessel on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:32:56 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  So... (0+ / 0-)

          Essentially, he's ruling out the possibly of collective action in favor of individual action.
          Great...just great.

          "The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and Stupidity" Harlan Ellison

          by TheRagingCelt on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:37:38 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Re: "Million Dollar Baby" (0+ / 0-)
          Wile supporting a woman's right to die as she chose, its a libertarian view, not a liberal one that he's espousing.
          Yeah, the libertarian view that, if you're seriously disabled, you may as well do yourself and everyone else a favor and just die, already.  The heroine in the flick was definitely messed up but people worse off have managed to live worthwhile lives.  Great movie until the end, which was a total slap in the face to anyone who's had to live with a serious disability.

          After "Million Dollar Baby," I put Clint in the same category as disabled-hating libertarian asshats like little Randy Paul and Penn & Teller.  Fuck libertarians.

          See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

          by Panama Pete on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 05:46:18 AM PDT

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    •  I've ignored Johnny Ramone too (3+ / 0-)
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      His idiocy--"God Bless George Bush" and general appreciation of the republican line is outweighed by the music of the Ramones, his contribution of his buzzsaw riffs which make their music much of what it is, and the fact that Joey, R.I.P. was a liberal (I happened to meet him once and found him to be a swell guy:))

      "Sisters, brothers and the whities, Blacks and the crackers, Police and their backers, They're all political actors"--Curtis Mayfield

      by Cynic in seattle on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:56:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Deep thoughts from Clint Eastwood: (7+ / 0-)
    Standing at Romney's side, Eastwood said he was filming "Mystic River" in Massachusetts almost a decade ago when he first saw political advertisements featuring Romney, who was running for governor at the time.

    I said, God, this guy, he's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president," Eastwood joked. "As the years have gone by I began to think even more so about that.

    This is his conclusion after ten years of thinking?

    Sad.

    Proud to be a Truth Vigilante

    by Calvino Partigiani on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:19:21 PM PDT

  •  The man has ALWAYS been Republican (11+ / 0-)

    He's 82 and not about to change.  Not sure why you are so upset ... his endorsement of Romney was a given. When he made the Super Bowl commercial for Detroit, he made sure to emphasize that he is a Republican andnot for Obama. He might not be batshit crazy but he is not a deep thinker nor has he ever exhibited much flexibilty.

    "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

    by CorinaR on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 03:35:07 PM PDT

  •  Dirty Harry endorses Gordon Gekko (1+ / 0-)
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    kaliope

    Eastwood's a repub , no surprize.

    "It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." - Morpheus

    by CitizenOfEarth on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 04:43:09 PM PDT

  •  A registered Republican who has been (1+ / 0-)
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    TheRagingCelt

    an elected Republican mayor in California, campaigned for California Republicans for what 40 plus years, and contributed to Republican candidates for office.....and its news he endorses the GOP niominee for President.

    The body of his work in the past 20 years, post Dirty Harry, has been a fairly liberal one --- Invictus, Gran Torino, Unforgiven, J. Edgar, Mystic River speak of an inner pathos and ethos that created Detroit is Back

    I don't give a rat's ass who he endorses but I know the People in and around Detroit know he believes in the same Michigan that they know and love ----- btw Michigan 16 electoral votes and Ohio 18 electoral college votes plus California a big 55 electoral college votes does mean much in the face of a single voter endorsing a guy who won't win the sate Clint Eastwood lives in.

  •  Some of us knew the real Clint long ago (3+ / 0-)

    Just take a look at how he waged war with disability rights.  He felt he was above the law.  

    Fuck him.

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    by Damnit Janet on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 05:32:04 PM PDT

  •  To be fair, I don't think Romney (3+ / 0-)
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    has any idea what his tax plan is either.

    GOD! Save me from your followers.

    by adversus on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 07:05:51 PM PDT

  •  Maybe Clint doesn't realize that Mitt is one of (1+ / 0-)
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    TheRagingCelt

    those folks that don't pay taxes.

  •  He's NOT a badass. He PLAYS a badass. (3+ / 0-)
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    kaliope, exlrrp, Calvino Partigiani

    That's different.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 08:46:47 PM PDT

  •  So the country needs a boost, does it? (1+ / 0-)
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    Calvino Partigiani

    Sure thing Clint, another war in the Middle East is exactly what we need right now. Brilliant thinking Mr. Eastwood. Bombs, bullets, blood, bankruptcy... what a boost!

    Oh well, Salvador Dali was a fascist, and Ezra Pound, so Eastwood can join in with that crowd. Artistic brilliance and political ignorance are not mutually exclusive.

    I wish he had just kept his mouth shut though. I really admire the guy.

    "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

    by native on Sun Aug 05, 2012 at 07:30:24 AM PDT

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