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Since: Aug 10
#1 Sep 24, 2012
Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 09/24/2012
Mitt Romney wants to know why airplane windows do not open
By Alexandra Petri
I hope he was joking.
Mitt Romney, speaking at a fundraiser in California, spoke about his wife’s harrowing experience on an airplane when it filled with smoke.
He said, according to the LA Times:
“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”
So, er, that happened.
I hope that Mitt was joking about why airplane windows don’t open (you certainly wouldn’t want to be able to open them at 20,000 feet!) but I’m reserving judgment. At this rate, I look forward to hearing from him on other safety topics.
Since: Aug 10
#2 Sep 24, 2012
Sep 24, 2012 7:56pm
Democrats Pounce on Romney Over Uninsured, ER Care
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Democrats are seizing on a portion of Mitt Romney’s interview with “60 Minutes” in which he cites hospital emergency rooms as a health care option for the uninsured — a statement that contrasts with his longstanding opposition to such an approach because it’s widely-known as the most expensive.
Here’s what Romney told Scott Pelley:
PELLEY: Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don’t have it today?
ROMNEY: Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.”
PELLEY: What’s the most expensive way to do it. In an emergency room.
ROMNEY: Again, different states have different ways of doing that. Some provide that care through clinics. Some provide the care through emergency rooms. In my state, we found a solution that worked for my state. But I wouldn’t take what we did in Massachusetts and say to Texas,‘You’ve got to take the Massachusetts model.’
A new Obama campaign web video released this afternoon suggests Romney has flip-flopped on the issue, criticizing him for appearing to favor a plan that would “lead to higher costs and leave more Americans without insurance.”
The video highlights Romney’s March 2010 appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when he said he believes in universal health insurance coverage to reduce reliance on emergency rooms for care.
“Look, it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way,” Romney said at the time.
The Democratic National Committee made Romney’s apparent “shift” on health care for the uninsured a new talking point on their two-day Ohio bus tour, spokesman Brad Woodhouse noting “the man who created the model for health care reform has moved so extreme right that he says the uninsured should use the emergency room like it’s a doctor’s office. We know this doesn’t work.”
#3 Sep 25, 2012
We should forget the Presidential Debates and have a video debate between Willard before he started pandering to Right Wing Wackos vs. Willard pandering to Right Wing Wackos.
Pre- pandering Willard:
I believe in universal health care insurance, government programs to insure people, and penalties against those who chose to be uninsured.
I'm against universal health care insurance .....
People who don't buy insurance and se E.R. Rooms for healthcare are socialists and parasites.
People should not have to buy insurance if they don't want to - they can use the E.R. Rooms where they have to be treated for free and the rest of us pay their bill for them.
I believe in a woman's right to chose and limited government.
I am against allowing any kind of abortion at any time for any reason And the government should be inspecting every woman's uterus to assure she does what the government wants.
As a Mormon, a religious minority, I believe the government must keep religious considerations out of politics and governance.
We are a Christian nation and we have to adopt our Constitutional views to incorporate religious beliefs into the laws.
Wow ! Willard vs. Willard would be a lot more exciting.
Since: May 12
#4 Sep 25, 2012
You are on a roll this morning.
#5 Sep 26, 2012
Why thank you - just boring conference calls listening to people making excuses for not doing what they were paid to do.
Makes you wonder-
Organized Religions and Cults can get people to drive bomb laden trucks into federal buildings, and to wrap explosives around themselves and themselves and others up;
I am not asking for any kind of loyalty or sacrifice like that.
I just want people to do the lawful, legitimate, honorable work and projects they are paid to do, and maybe display a little initiative and thought.
Maybe I should change my business into a religion, call it Christ's Capitalism Corporation, and preach that God wants you to work harder, for nothing, to make the Businesses profits grow faster. If you don't, your going to hell. If you do, the Corporation will give you a mansion in the afterlife.
Maybe this organized religion stuff would work for me.
Since: Dec 10
#6 Sep 26, 2012
Tue, September 25, 2012 10:40:49 PMUbama Humiliated For Incompetence...Not The Brighest Bulb
#7 Sep 26, 2012
By the way, check out Obama's speech at the U.N.-
let's see how is is attacked for rational, pragmatic, positive, American leadership.
Ought to be interesting.
Since: Aug 10
#8 Sep 26, 2012
Doesn't even compare with Willard's wanting to install operable windows on aircraft. Maybe that will be the next Bain Capital investment. AS IO says, You just can't make this stuff up.
#9 Sep 26, 2012
Willard was smart enough to pick a rich, white, politically connected powerful daddy.
That, and a willingness to screw your fellow Americans at every opportunity is enough in Right Wing World to qualify as a success, a potential Right Wing World leader.
Like they old saying goes, he was born on third base and think he hit a triple.
Since: Aug 10
#10 Sep 26, 2012
Romney To Middle Class Ohioans: Don't Expect Too Much Tax Relief From Me
Posted: 09/26/2012 10:30 am EDT Updated: 09/26/2012 3:31 pm EDT
WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- In a line that event attendees found a bit puzzling, Mitt Romney warned a crowd of mostly middle-class onlookers on Wednesday not to expect too much tax relief under his administration.
"We have got to reform our tax system," Romney said at a morning event here. "Small businesses most typically pay taxes at the individual tax rate. And so our individual income taxes are the ones I want to reform. Make them simpler. I want to bring the rates down. By the way, don't be expecting a huge cut in taxes because I'm also going to lower deductions and exemptions. But by bringing rates down we will be able to let small businesses keep more of their money so they can hire more people."
The comments were either a flub on Romney's part or an admission that many of the deductions and exemptions that he will have to target in order to make his tax plan deficit neutral will end up affecting the middle class.
To date, Romney has said that he will only eliminate deductions and exemptions above a certain income level. He hasn't said what that income level would be. But when asked whether he would make $100,000 the cutoff, he said that he considered "middle income" to be "$200,000 to $250,000 and less."
Romney's comment on Wednesday left some in the crowd believing that their deductions and exemptions -- be they on home mortgage interest payments, charitable donations or employer-provided health insurance -- would be targeted if he became president.
"I'm curious what he meant by that," Westerville resident Phil Bentley said of Romney's comment. "I don't know if I have seen those details."
#11 Sep 30, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan promised again on Sunday that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would bring lower tax rates ...... although he didn’t fully explain how it would accomplish that.
Ryan again claimed interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the plan giving more tax breaks to the rich, wouldn't cost a dime, due to closed tax loopholes, but he was short on specifics when pressed by host Chris Wallace.
“You haven’t given me the math,” Wallace said in one exchange.
“I don’t have the ... It would take me too long to go through all of the math,” Ryan responded.
Wallace played a clip of President Barack Obama mocking the Romney campaign’s lack of details on the loopholes while on the campaign trail.“No matter how many times they tell you they’re gonna start talking specifics really soon, they don’t do it,” Obama said.“And the reason is because the math doesn’t work.”
A report from the Tax Policy Center found that Romney’s tax plan would actually raise taxes on many middle-class Americans.
It would take to long to explain ?
You just can't make this up.
#12 Sep 30, 2012
Duh, because they don't have screens.
Actually it's a real question you may ask also after sitting on the tarmac for two hours at Hartsfield in August.
#13 Sep 30, 2012
Michele Bachmann made so many strange and false claims during the GOP debates that the Associated Press had a "quota" to limit how many they fact-checked.
Editor Jim Drinkard, who oversees the organization's fact-checking, made the revelation at a National Press Club panel on Wednesday. "We had to have a self-imposed Michele Bachmann quota in some of those debates," he said.
The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported that the quota wasn't "numerical," but that they were forced to limit how many of her claims the AP vetted.
Some of those statements, according to independent fact-checking website Factcheck.org , included allegations that Obama's health care reform legislation would cost 1.6 million jobs over five years and that there is "no jail" for terrorists captured on the battlefield.
One of Bachmann's most-disputed statements came at the CNN/Tea Party debate in September, where she went after Rick Perry and called the HPV vaccine a "potentially dangerous drug." Health experts debunked that claim, which pundits also targeted.
(h/t The Washington Post)
They aught to do a book - You Can't make This Stuff up"
Since: Aug 10
#14 Oct 12, 2012
Posted on Thu, Oct. 11, 2012 06:10 PM
Yes, Mr. Romney, Americans die for lack of health insurance
By BARBARA SHELLY
The Kansas City Star
Poor Mitt Romney. In trying to be all things to all people on health care, he has found himself stuck in a time warp.
The Republican presidential nominee, supposedly a new man after his sparkling debate performance last week, has not completely abandoned his clueless ways, as he revealed in an interview this week with the editorial board of the Columbus Dispatch.
While discussing the U.S. health care system, Romney amazingly and wrongly said that Americans don’t die for lack of health insurance.
“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you,‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’” he said.
“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”
Oh yes we do, Mr. Romney. This nation has millions of people who become ill because they can’t afford preventive medicine. We have sick people who can’t get well because they can’t afford medications. We have people who live in pain because they can’t pay for treatments.
And yes, Mr. Romney, we have people who die sooner than they should because they don’t have insurance. Different studies have placed the number from 18,000 to nearly 45,000 people a year.
“He is ignorant of the facts,” said Sharon Lee, a physician and chief executive of Family Health Care, a clinic in Kansas City, Kan.“I see patients all the time who die or have very high morbidity because of a lack of insurance.”
We may pack a patient into an ambulance and rush to the hospital once the heart attack occurs, as Romney happily noted. But if that person is one of the 48 million Americans who are uninsured, we probably won’t pay for the blood pressure medication or the stent or the pacemaker that could have prevented the heart attack from occurring.
Lee spoke of such a person.
The man lost a good job with health insurance because of a heart condition. He suffered terrible chest pains but avoided a visit to the emergency room, not wanting to burden his family with the bills that would result. When a relative finally coaxed him into Lee’s clinic, she took him immediately to a hospital.
“He had a cardiac bypass that afternoon and he died,” Lee said.
What kind of a health policy encourages people to wait until they are in crisis, and then, as Romney explained,“you go to the hospital, you get treated … and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital”?
Oh wait. That’s the U.S. policy. Health care by default. The broken system that costs more and produces poorer results than most other industrialized nations.
It’s the same failed system Romney signed landmark legislation to fix as governor of Massachusetts, when he worked with his legislature to ensure that nearly everyone would have insurance policies, some with the help of government subsidies, others prompted by employer and individual mandates.
The federal Affordable Care Act, modeled after the Massachusetts law, is designed to fix the same problems that Romney took on as governor.
But now Romney says he’ll repeal “Obamacare,” and he lends a clumsy endorsement to a status quo that isn’t acceptable to anyone.
Romney surely knows better. His work in Massachusetts shows he understands the benefits of getting people insured.
But for every step forward on health care, Romney follows with two steps backward. And now he’s gotten himself stuck in the cruel and costly system that he once set out to fix.
#15 Oct 12, 2012
"I agree totally there are a lot of people who can't afford to go to the hospital or seek preventive care. If you are not able to treat blood pressure problems, they will eventually cause a lot of damage and possible death."
#16 Oct 12, 2012
i think Mitt speaks before he thinks. that can be dangerous.
#17 Oct 14, 2012
I think Willard sometimes forgets that we all don't work for him,
that we aren't employees of some company his rich buddies bought, and he isn't giving us the speech the takeover managers all give,
and so he accidentally says what he really thinks.
don't increase the profitability of the United States of Corporations;
therefore, you all are the 47%, that you all are parasites to be shed, in order to improve the bottom line.
Corporations exist to maximize profit and avoid personal liability.
Willard is running to be CEO/Manager of the U.S.
#18 Oct 14, 2012
Willard requests they die quickly, inexpensively, and in a manner that does not interfere with, or minimize the profitability of the corporations impacted by such death.
We cannot afford to divert funds for health care from further tax breaks for the rich; engaging in illegal wars; funding War Profiteers; supporting industries in China and Indonesia; providing tax breaks for oil companies.
Is that too damn much to ask ?
#19 Oct 16, 2012
“Let me tell you how I will create 12 million jobs when President Obama couldn't. First, my energy independence policy means more than three million new jobs, many of them in manufacturing. My tax reform plan to lower rates for the middle class and for small business creates seven million more. And expanding trade, cracking down on China, and improving job training takes us to over 12 million new jobs.”
— Mitt Romney,“in his own words,” in a campaign television ad
The Morning Plum: Romney’s jobs plan revealed to be flim-flam
By Greg Sargent
Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/16/2012
...Romney has promised that his “five point plan for the middle class” will create 12 million jobs. Of course, economists have estimated that the economy will create that many jobs in four years without any Romney policies.
But Post fact checker Glenn Kessler decided to take Romney’s plan at face value. And he’s made an important discovery. It turns out Romney’s plan is an even more absurd exercise in flim-flam than we thought: The studies the Romney camp itself cites in defense of the plan don’t back up the plan’s promises.
...For instance, the claim that 7 million jobs would be created from Romney tax plan is a ten-year number, derived from a study written by John W. Diamond, a professor at Rice University.
This study at least assesses the claimed effect of specific Romney policies. The rest of the numbers are even more squishy.
For instance, the 3-million-job claim for Romney’s energy policies appears largely based on a Citigroup Global Markets study that did not even evaluate Romney’s policies. Instead, the report predicted 2.7 million to 3.6 million jobs would be created over the next eight years, largely because of trends and policies already adopted — including tougher fuel efficiency standards that Romney has criticized and suggested he would reverse.
...As for the remaining two million jobs that would be supposedly created by Romney’s trade policies, the report supplied by the Romney camp bills itself as “highly conditional”— and also doesn’t evaluate any of Romney’s policies.
Mitt Romney’s ‘new math’ for jobs plan doesn’t add up
Posted by Glenn Kessler at 06:02 AM ET, 10/16/2012
...The 2-million-jobs from cracking down on China is also very suspicious.
This figure comes from a 2011 International Trade Commission report, which estimated that there could be a gain of 2.1 million jobs if China stopped infringing on U.S. intellectual property rights. The estimate is highly conditional and pegged to the job market in 2011, when there was high unemployment.“It is unclear when China might implement the improvement in IPR protection envisioned in the analysis, and equally unclear whether the United States will face as much excess labor supply then as it does today,” the report says.
The Romney campaign has already used this study, in a misleading way, to claim that Obama’s China “policies cost us 2 million jobs.” Now the campaign has just taken the same figure and credited the claimed job gain to itself, even though the report does not examine any of Romney’s proposed policies.
#20 Oct 16, 2012
I always find it hard to believe when people take shots at the person who is or wants to be President. While I am not the most political person...I think they all screw us. I cannot call someone an idiot or make a statement like they are a fool, when I know they are much more intelligent than I am. That goes for Obama, George W., or Mitt Romney or Willard as Truthis calls him.
Get up smell your coffee and understand, either might be your President. Get over it, and stop the BS with the names. You sound like a Moron!
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