Perhaps no other reason to vote for Obama is more important than this one, according to my basset hound, Rusty. We have had many long chats about this topic, while he lies on the couch wait, what are you doing on the couch! and I outline my rationales for the presidents reelection. “But what about the dogs?” Rusty howls. “What about us?” Hes petrified.And with good reason. By now, everybody knows the story. Mitt Romney, during a family vacation, strapped his dog, Seamus, to the roof of his car during a twelve-hour drive to Canada. The Irish setter got sick during the ride on top of a faux-wood paneled station wagon. Mittens stopped the car, cleaned up the dog, strapped him back up on top and kept moving.”Dogs Arent Luggage” T-shirts and bumper stickers are everywhere. “Dogs Against Romney” has over sixty thousand Likes on Facebook and a website, complete with buttons and magnets. Theyve even formed a Dogs Against Romney super PAC and organized a sister division, Horses Against Romney. Animal rights activists protested outside the Westminster dog show in February.Even a rival Republican strategist remarked, “Quite frankly, Im not sure Im going to listen to the value judgment of a guy who strapped his dog to the top of the roof of his car and went hurling down the highway.”Rusty has already organized the Manhattan chapter of “Dogs for Obama,” which meets weekly at the Washington Square dog park in the West Village. Hes even organized a Bone-Raiser and extended an invitation to Bo, the First Dog, who he hopes will be the main barker for the event.
Ryan says incomes went down nationally under Obama but went up in Massachusetts when Romney was governorShare this story:After distractions over social issues and tax returns dominated the run-up to the GOP convention, Paul Ryan put the focus back on Americans’ pocketbooks at a send-off rally in his hometown.”Household income in America has gone down for families an average of $4,000 in the last four years,” Ryan said in Janesville, Wis., on Aug. 27, 2012. “When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, unemployment went down and household incomes went up $5,000.”
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Galt / Gekko 2012
Paul Ryan for VP — or, as Romney said in the press conference, “the next president of the United States”. I did say Galt/Gekko, not Gekko/Galt.
There is, I gather, lots of horse-race speculation: It’s a disaster! No, it changes the conversation away from Bain and those missing tax returns! I have no idea who’s right.
What I do know is that anyone who believes in Ryan’s carefully cultivated image as a brave, honest policy wonk has been snookered. Mark Thoma reviews selected pieces I’ve written about Ryan; he is, in fact, a big fraud, who doesn’t care at all about fiscal responsibility, and whose policy proposals are sloppy as well as dishonest. Of course, this means that he’ll fit in to the Romney campaign just fine.
As I said, I have no idea how this will play politically. But it does look like a move from weakness, rather than strength; Romney obviously felt he needed a VP who will get people to stop talking about him.
“What a president believes matters. Mitt Romney’s companies were pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low wage countries. He supports tax breaks for companies that shift jobs overseas. President Obama believes in insourcing. He fought to save the U.S auto industry and favors tax cuts for companies that bring jobs home. Outsourcing versus insourcing. It matters.”
- The Romney campaign’s surreal arguments about the economy – The Plum Line – The Washington Post (mbcalyn.com)
- New Obama TV ad goes after Romney over outsourcing (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Outsourcing report continues to ignite campaign (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Romney Led Bain’s Investment in Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses (theatlanticwire.com)
Indvidual Mandate has survived as a tax in the Health Care Ruling
The long wait is nearly over. At ten o’clock this morning, the Court will release the final three opinions of the Term. As ever, the lion’s share of the coverage focuses on the challenge to the Affordable Care Act. At this blog, Lyle Denniston has a reader’s guide to the ruling, while Amy Howe summarizes the issues raised by the case in Plain English. Ezra Klein of The Washington Post’s Wonkblog discusses four ways the Court could “split the difference” in its ruling, while Bill Mears of CNN considers five possible outcomes. The Kaiser Family Foundation has also released a primer on the case, and Ekow N. Yankah discusses the reasoning behind the law for ACSblog. Meanwhile, NPR focuses on the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid. Over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Randy Barnett and Ilya Somin have posted their reflections on the eve of the decision. Further coverage of the case comes from Jeffrey Young at the Huffington Post, Michael E. Ruane at The Washington Post, Brent Kendall, Louise Randofsky, and Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal, and Reuters.