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Cruz Missile Targets Capitol!!

by Tracy Knauss

CRUISIN’ FOR A BRUSIN’ — For the record, the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare or Romneycare 2) was originally a Republican idea spawned in the Koch-funded “think tank,” the Heritage Foundation. Gov. Romney embraced it and implemented it in Massachusetts where it has been a big success.

But…when the Black man in the White House embraced it for all of America, thinking he’d find bipartisan support in Congress, suddenly the frightwingers changed positions and have been fighting it tooth and nail. What the Republicans initially liked about the law was that it covered the insurance industry, by requiring everyone to have insurance. Yet it is this SAME mandated coverage that the Republicans now use as the main thrust of their opposition. “This is America. You can’t make us buy anything we don’t want to!” goes the Tea Party mantra.

Front and center to this opposition is TEAbully Senator Ted Cruz from Texas who was only elected because of radical redistricting, ensuring his victory. Last week his own hometown newspaper withdrew its previous endorsement of him. Cruz went to Washington to seek and destroy Obamacare, NOT to work with Democrats to create laws needed by most Americans.

One of the foundation planks in Obama’s election platform was passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It passed both houses of Congress, President Obama signed it into law, and the Supreme Court upheld its basic principles. BUT the TEAjadists couldn’t stand it. They refused to believe Obama won reelection (by the largest margin since Clinton), so they shut down our government, costing us $24 billion in economic injury, not to speak of the human suffering and the international disrespect. Cruz and the TEApublicans lost that battle too.

But now Cruz refuses to surrender, mounting an effort to destroy “Obamacare” in any way he can. In so doing, this Cruz Missile is destroying the Republican Party by elevating the ignorant radicals to command-and-control positions, and raising money (via the Koch Machine) to challenge in the upcoming primaries anyone who supported reopening our government and raising the debt ceiling. America has so many challenges facing our leaders. Yet Senator Cruz’s utter disdain for our government motivates him to destroy our two-century-old form of democratic rule in favor of sectarian, minority party rule.

It’s time to put Cruz in his place. If the establishment Republicans won’t or can’t do it, then the Democrats and Independents must. His ill-conceived, personally motivated efforts must be stopped.

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Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans
http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/10/19/2806521/billionaire-koch-brothers-spending-millions-deny-health-coverage-income-americans/

Robert Redford on shutdown: Anti-Obama ‘racism’ drove fight
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/17/robert-redford-shutdown-anti-obama-racism-drove-fi/

Robert Reich accuses the GOP of treason
http://robertreich.org/post/55191562750

PETITION: Call For Arresting And Charging Tea Party Republicans With Sedition 
http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/charge-house-republicans-with-sedition

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YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO!!

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Destroying America In 3 Easy Steps

 

A MUST READ!!

 

by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.

EVERYTHING THE TEA PARTY AND THE GOP ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT…Were in full swing for 8 years under George Bush. Odd we heard not a peep from them then isn’t it? Wonder what’s changed???

How do you bring down the United States? It is easy!

Destroying America In 3 Easy Steps (here’s how)

 

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Lipstick on a Pig


 
 
Republicans are struggling to reinvent themselves, but that’s not going to be easy. They’ve stubbornly adhered to their extreme and/or small-minded conservative beliefs and policies, because that’s who they are, at least for the most part. Here are a few examples from a post I wrote back in 2011 during the Wisconsin protests:

The GOP has no foresight or grasp of the health of our planet and wants to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The GOP wants to do away with unions.

The GOP wants to do away with the middle class.

The GOP wants to do away with the Democratic party.

The GOP wants to do away with free speech and expression.

The GOP wants to do away with human dignity.

The GOP wants to do away with civility toward anyone who is not like them, meaning white and/or Christian.

The GOP wants to do away with health care for anyone but the wealthiest Americans… Especially women’s health care.

The GOP wants to do away with allowing two people who love each other to marry each other.

The GOP wants to do away with freedom of choice.

The GOP wants to do away with taxes for the very wealthy, not to mention productive spending and job growth at the expense of the health and welfare of this country.

We need to do away with the extreme demands of the GOP. We have no choice… but that’s exactly what they want.

Which brings us to 2012, when Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.”

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.” In that post I noted that it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.

All these people who are professing to belong to the no-longer-divisive party are sadly laughable. Who did they vote for again? Who did they openly support? Oh yeah, the guy who wished self-deportation on undocumented immigrants.

Karl Rove is now saying something similar to what Jindal said. Notice the wording.

KFDI-FM: Rove said the Republican party is splintered because of intolerant and judgmental language and an unwillingness to acknowledge differences. He said the party needs to find the right language to talk about the issues without being judgmental or harsh, and it needs to have leaders who can create that kind of environment.

So as long as you don’t sound intolerant (or racist, or bigoted), as long as you can pretend you’re one thing while believing another, as long as you put on a good show, you’ll dupe Americans into voting for you. Never mind genuine outreach, just say the right words, sell the right product, be extra careful to couch your disdain in prettier language and voila!

Superficial fixes will pave the way to big election wins if they’re wrapped up real purty with a big bow. Those ignorami will never catch on, right Karl?

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wwwTPC/~3/bjkzQOHeCgo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email
 
 

 
Watching Republicans these days is a like watching scenes from an old Three Stooges movie that look a little something like this..
 
http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2012/11/30/gop-activists-gunning-for-party-chairman-reince-priebus-planning-protests/
 
 

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SEIU Files Ethics Complaint Against Romney For Auto Loans Profit in Joint Conference with UAW

SEIU joins UAW in filing government ethics complaint against Mitt Romney. For the entire case reported in this blog two days ago, please visit here.

This 2 min. clip is worth listening to as it lays the grounds for the charges.

Harry Reid Was Right: Mitt Romney Paid No Taxes for 15 Years

via Politics Gather

Hurricane Sandy is not the October surprise. Mitt Romney’s tax records, on the other hand, are.

If you’re on the fence and still not sure whether to vote for Obama or Romney, perhaps this latest piece of information might help you make up your mind. Remember when Harry Reid claimed that he had solid proof that the GOP hopeful hadn’t paid taxes for many years? Remember how some folks were skeptical about that, believing Reid was just grandstanding for show? Turns out he was right.

Bloomberg broke the story late Sunday night, with a story published around 11pm Central Time which gives an in-depth explanation of Romney’s legal tax evasion since 1996. His tax avoidance was completely legal, although most hardworking Americans might question its ethical qualities. As President Obama said in the second debate, the GOP candidate paid less money in taxes than people earning less than $30,000 per year. How can that happen? Well, up until 1997, if you were rich, you could “rent” non-profit status from your favorite charity.

Huh? How can an individual rent tax-exempt status from a charity? It’s pretty intricate, but the way it worked was, in Mitt’s case, he used the Mormon church as a tax shelter by setting up a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), that paid him a specific amount of money per year from dividends while also donating the smallest amount possible to the church.

Estate and trust attorney Jonathan Blattmachr told Bloomberg that he had set up many of these for clients prior to the 1997 law banning them: “I used to structure them so the value dedicated to charity was as close to zero as possible without being zero.”

Romney got lucky in that he and other wealthy individuals who took advantage of this loophole were grandfathered in so he was permitted to keep his “charitable” status.

So, when did Romney actually start paying taxes again? Well, since he hadn’t paid any taxes at least since 1996, it’s easy to discern that he began when he decided to run for president. Forethought. He knew his tax returns would be an issue, so he paid in 2011 and used that return as “proof” that he’d paid what was “legally required” of him.

So, here you see a man who made a conscious effort to evade taxes by using his own church as a tax shelter, you see a man who morphs into whatever hero it takes for him to get people on his side, a man who purchased the eHart InterCivic voting machines being used in Ohio and elsewhere, and you start to get a much more clear picture of the kind of man Mitt Romney is.

So, do you want a tax evader as president? Do you want a man who ships jobs overseas while pocketing profits to be your president? Do you feel comfortable not knowing where your president stands on issues because he’s flip flopped whenever the occasion demanded it? Do you feel comfortable with a president whose whole goal in life is to make as much money as possible using whatever means it takes, even if it means ruining others? If so, Romney’s your man. If not, then there are several other candidates out there just waiting for your vote.

 

EXPLOSIVE! UAW Files Ethics Charge On Romney For Auto Loan Profits (video)

I posted an article on the lawsuit yesterday on charges being brought against Mitt Romney for ethics violations. Today, Greg Palast, the investigative reporter who exposed this case, lays it all out in a press conference. The video is below.

It is worth it to listen to all 20 minutes of the video. You will not be disappointed. My take on it is this…

I see no way out of this for Mitt. He hid his control of the business under his wife. Smoke and mirrors. He moved the corporation from the U.S. to an island in France where the money laundering went on until recently (I think Obama stopped that game or it’s in the works to stop it). 25,000+ jobs LOST. Pensions and health care GONE!! If Mitt were to be elected president, this would constitute a major conflict of interest. He should be in prison for this. His take: $15 million that we know of…it could be $115 million!!

So the only reason Mitt is running for president is the same reason Adelson and his other donors are in this game: to protect their corrupt scams and keep their butts out of prison!!!

 

 

UAW/SEIU File Government Ethics Complaint Against Mitt Romney for Failing to Disclose Over $15 Million in Auto Bailout Profits

This is MAJOR news! Of course, Romney supporters will overlook it. They would rather have a corrupt, lying, greedy, thieving, soulless, racist, hypocritical vulture capitalist who would gut our nation, than have President Obama, a competent black man, as president who has done an absolutely OUTSTANDING JOB of leading this nation out of the 2nd worst Depression who has done it all with near 100% obstruction. These people would rather drown than have a black man save them. Racism must be the ultimate disease to be afflicted with.

UAW Files Government Ethics Complaint Against Mitt Romney for Failing to Disclose Over $15 Million in Auto Bailout Profits
Via Lou Posner’s Blog

Groups urge Office of Government Ethics to make Romney disclose or divest

WASHINGTON — A coalition of community, labor and good-government organizations is calling on the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to investigate GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for noncompliance with the Ethics in Government Act and compel him to either disclose his investments or divest them.

“The American people have a right to know about Governor Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue,” said UAW President Bob King. “It’s time for Governor Romney to disclose or divest.”

“While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others,” King added.

The groups sending the complaint letter, including SEIU, UAW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Public Citizen, Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group, believe that Romney’s undisclosed stock holdings create serious conflicts of interest. They point to the auto rescue as a key example.

The Nation recently reported that the Romney family personally profited by at least $15.3 million from the auto loans of 2009 through his investment in the Delphi Corp. auto parts company. Yet Romney’s June 1, 2012, Public Financial Disclosure Report to the Office of Government Ethics did not reveal this windfall because he did not disclose the underlying holdings of his private equity and limited partnership funds.

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UPDATE:  SEIU Files Ethics On Romney For Auto Loans Profit in Joint Conference with UAW on Nov. 1 & 2 in Toledo, OH 

This 2 min. clip is worth listening to as it lays the grounds for the charges.

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More from Truth-Out…

UAW Charges Romney With Profiteering From Auto Bailout

TRUTH-OUT – For Mitt Romney, it’s one scary Halloween. The Presidential candidate has just learned that tomorrow afternoon (November 1) he will be charged by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and other public interest groups with violating the federal ethics in government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bailout.

At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.

The union chief says, “The American people have a right to know about Gov. Romney’s potential conflicts of interest, such as the profits his family made from the auto rescue. It’s time for Gov. Romney to disclose or divest.”

“While Romney was opposing the rescue of one of the nation’s most important manufacturing sectors, he was building his fortunes with his Delphi investor group, making his fortunes off the misfortunes of others,” King added.

The Romneys’ gigantic windfall was hidden inside an offshore corporation inside a limited partnership inside a trust which both concealed the gain and reduces taxes on it.

The Romneys’ windfall was originally exposed in Nation Magazine (and reposted on Truthout,) Mitt Romney’s Bail-out Bonanza after a worldwide investigation by our crew at The Guardian, the Nation Institute and the Palast Investigative Fund.

The full story of Romney and his “vulture fund” partners is in the New York Times bestseller, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits,” available from Truthout with a contribution by clicking here.

According to ethics law expert Dan Curry who drafted the ethics complaint, Ann Romney does not have a federally-approved blind trust. An approved “blind” trust may not be used to hide a major investment which could be affected by Romney if he were to be elected President. Other groups joining the UAW and CREW include Public Citizen, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Public Campaign, People for the American Way and The Social Equity Group.

President Obama’s approved trust, for example, contains only highly-diversified mutual funds on which presidential action can have little effect. By contrast, the auto bail-out provided a windfall of over 4,000% on one single Romney investment.

In 2009, Ann Romney partnered with her husband’s key donor, billionaire Paul Singer, who secretly bought a controlling interest in Delphi Auto, the former GM auto parts division. Singer’s hedge fund, Elliott Management, threatened to cut off GM’s supply of steering columns unless GM and the government’s TARP auto bailout fund provided Delphi with huge payments. While the US treasury complained this was “extortion,” the hedge funds received, ultimately, $12.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies.

As a result, the shares Singer and Romney bought for just 67 cents are today worth over $30, a 4,000% gain. Singer’s hedge fund made a profit of $1.27 billion and the Romney’s tens of millions.

The UAW complaint calls for Romney to reveal exactly how much he made off Delphi — and continues to make. The Singer syndicate, once in control of Delphi, eliminated every single UAW job –25,000– and moved almost all auto parts production to Mexico and China where Delphi now employs 25,000 auto parts workers.

Greg Palast – Mitt Romney’s Auto Bailout Bonanza, Youtube, Oct. 23, 2012

Based on Palast’s Nation Magazine Cover story and adapted from his current New York Times bestseller: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps.

Greg Palast investigates Karl Rove, the Koch Gang, and Their Buck Buddies.

For more info go to: GregPalast.com and BallotBandits.org.