Mitt Romney: Magic Man
Freddie

Livingston, TN

#1 Oct 9, 2012

DIGBY
Loophole Kabuki: Schumer's Clever Strawman
As Atrios says, you've got to love the framing of this article: "WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat, threw cold water Tuesday on what had been an emerging consensus for a bipartisan deficit- reduction plan — an overhaul of the tax code that lowers top income tax rates but raises more revenue. Mr. Schumer's position greatly complicates efforts to win bipartisan support for a deal before January, when the 'fiscal cliff' of tax increases and automatic spending cuts goes into effect.: That bastard, coming along and ruining everything. But the meat of the article is interesting, because it shows that Shumer is doing no such thing.

STAN COLLENDER
The Fiscal Cliff Debate Borders on the Surreal
How ridiculous is the fiscal cliff debate? The answer is that it's off-the-wall crazy. Consider the following. The tax increases and spending cuts that will go into effect as part of the fiscal cliff are the absolutely wrong fiscal policy for the start of 2013 unless you think that causing a recession is a good idea. Although he had to coin the phrase "fiscal cliff" to express himself, a recession is precisely what one of this country's most important economic policymakers — the chairman of the Federal Reserve — has been talking about with increasing urgency since early this year to anyone who will listen. It's also what Wall Street economists have now validated with their recent forecasts and what the Congressional Budget Office — Capitol Hill's numbers-crunching priesthood — has said directly and unambiguously to Congress itself. In other words, why is the fiscal cliff even a possibility?

LEO GERARD
Mitt Romney: Magic Man
At last week's presidential debate, Mitt Romney floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. He punched and parried, feigning the great Muhammad Ali. Any likeness between the two is, however, mere illusion. America has seen victory by Muhammad Ali. America worked through disputes with Muhammad Ali. Now America admires Muhammad Ali. And Mitt Romney is no champion. Instead, Romney's a magic man. He employs sleight of hand. He uses smoke and mirrors to confuse and obscure. Unlike President Obama, Mitt doesn't do math. He performs tricks, sorta like Muhammad Ali said in his rhyme – Now you see severely conservative Romney, now you don't. The GOP nominee asks Americans to engage in magical thinking – to believe his hocus-pocus is not just a stage show but will actually painlessly solve problems.

DAVE JOHNSON
Breaking -- Arrests At Sensata "Bainport" Camp
Sensata is a Bain-owned company that is closing a factory in in Freeport, Il to move the jobs to China. The workers have set up a camp they call "Bainport" and workers and supporters are trying to block the Bain trucks that are moving equipment out to ship to China right now. In breaking news there were arrests made on Monday.

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