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Thursday, October 20, 2016

WATCH: A Candidate For ‘Secretary Of Not Explaining Stuff’?

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On Sunday, Mitt Romney sat down for his first interview with NBC’s Meet the Press since 2009 (back when he supported a federal healthcare mandate). The Republican nominee for president denied that Americans in the upper tax bracket would get a tax break under his plan. “We’re not going to have high-income people pay less of the tax burden than they pay today,” Romney said, refused to clarify which loopholes he’d close to keep his tax cuts revenue neutral as he’s promised. The former governor of Massachusetts added that the deductions he’d close would primarily affect those with high incomes.

However, even columnist George F. Will has pointed out that Romney’s math just doesn’t work.

“And we know where the big money is: mortgage interest deductions, charitable deductions, taxing as compensation, which it is, employee-provided health insurance, and state and local taxes,” Will said Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week. “All of those, you either hit only the rich, in which case you don’t get much money, or you hit the middle class.”

Romney also raised conservative eyebrows by saying that there are a number of things he likes about ObamaCare.

“I say we’re going to replace Obamacare. And I’m replacing it with my own plan,” Romney added. “And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.” Considering that ObamaCare closely resembles the reforms he signed as governor, this isn’t wholly surprising. But Republicans including Romney rarely say “like” and “Obamacare” in the same sentence.

Critics have noted that it’s probably impossible to force insurance companies to remove consideration of preexisting conditions without a mandate or drastically raising the cost of insurance. When Romney talks about “pre-existing conditions” he means preventing insurers from dropping those who develop a condition. This does nothing to assist all of the uninsured in obtaining insurance.

As the campaign continues, Mitt Romney is having a harder time explaining himself, with reporters demanding details about his vague plans.

The president joked this weekend that after Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, someone tweeted that Clinton should be given the title “Secretary of Explaining Sh*t.” President Obama repeated the joke replacing “sh*t” with “stuff.”

Maybe Mitt Romney is running for “Secretary of Not Explaining Stuff.”

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  • AlfredSonny

    Wouldn’t it be patriotic of Romney if he could teach all Americans how to minimize or avoid paying income taxes?

    • WhutHeSaid


      If the middle class isn’t getting fleeced, how will we manage to afford subsidies for big oil billionaires and keep enough wars going for Halliburton to remain in the black? Surely you understand that in order for the uber-wealthy to bestow their ‘trickle down prosperity’ upon the heads of the unwashed masses, they must have enough dancing horsies and truffles, yes?

      • patuxant

        Oh and yes, visit a hurricane stricken area and after being told by a woman she lost EVERYTHING, Mitt the Twit tells her to go HOME and call 211!!! What an a-hole.

    • patuxant

      I thought that and have said that but guess what? He won’t do it because he won’t be at the top of the food chain anymore!

  • dotutz

    I’m amazed that some of the Republicans who live and have lived in Mass. say rather than vote for Romney, they will either vote for Obama or not vote at all. He messed Mass. up so bad that its taken years for them to come back. Do we really need someone like that in the White House????

  • If Romney is not careful, the only people that will vote for him will be Mormons living in communes South of the Border, and not even Paul “Lying” Ryan is not going to be to save him from himself. Can’t wait for the debates.

  • Ed

    Romney doesn’t understand why people want him to explain things. Isn’t it enough that he was born rich and got richer? He belongs to the best clubs. Lives well! Isn’t that enough. Oh, and also HE ISN’T OBOMA! Which is his strongest suit for many, especially the tea party!

  • Justin_Fair

    There is no reason for people making less than $250,000 to vote for Mitt Romney. Doesn’t it strike people as funny that a super-millionaire would run on getting a tax cut for himself? The millions he’s receiving from single donors are investments in their own futures, not the American People.

    • patuxant

      One would think that people supporting the guy would see the irony, but I know a lot of people who make no where near 250k who are rabid for Romney. I find it unbelievably stupid. What it tells me though, is there is hatred and bigotry and fear based on (dare I say it?) race. I actually had a Romneyite tell me she made ape-like pantomimes in front of her 3 year old grandson when Obama was on television. Can you beat that? Also, laughingly showed me a picture of Obama driving a car with Palin in the back seat. Like if this isn’t overt I don’t know what is. I finally asked her if she hated Obama because he was black, and that took her off guard. Of course she denied it. What else do Redubs do???? Double down and double switch.

  • The only thing he has been perfectly clear on is the joy he experienced when he fired people. Well, let’s be fair, he also upset the Tea Party when he acknowledged the he likes facets of Obamacare, upset veterans, African Americans, Hispanics, gays/lesbians, seniors, students and even foreign leaders. The only constituency left is white-male hate groups!

    • patuxant

      Good Managers Lead not Follow…which is precisely what Romney is doing, cow-towing to the TP radicals. He isn’t an inspiration for anything or anyone. That is why he needs to have other people -like his wife- try to “humanize him”. Sorry Ann, that ship has sailed….

      • highpckts

        Humanizing Romney?? He can’t help himself! He was born to money, and knows nothing else! His wife is no better! Hand sanitizer in all the pockets after shaking hands with “those people”!

        • patuxant

          Yes, I see your point. God forbid anyone of them would get some type of infectious disease and have to be covered under ObamaCare!

        • patuxant

          So very true. I hope we of like mindedness prevail this November. Otherwise we are screwed….

  • howa4x

    This is what conservatives are afraid of, that Romney will abandon them and tack to the middle. He knows all about Health care reform and knows that the insurance companies need healthy young people to balance out those with pre existing conditions. There is an estimate out there now that there are about 129 million with pre existing conds. The Ins cos will need a load of young people to balance out that. Mitt can only be vague for so long. I meet people all the time that say What’s his plan? The interesting thing will be how far can Mitt drag Ryan left ward. Ryan needs to appear moderate. Soon the right wing will start making noise or do something like what Akin did to let everyone know they are still there. Then the seat will get hot for Mitt. He will need those magic underwear then.

  • My favorite in the above article is the point mittey makes about NOT giving the super rich a tax cut, when in fact that is all his plan will do. We know from facts again who will have to pay in one form and/or in another and that is the middle class and poor. Did the super rich not get enough money from the TARP (reported to be in excess of $35 TRILLION) bailout? What do we have left for them to steal from us? Most of us do not have jobs or savings (wiped out in the crash of 2007) so they must be after the land we stand on and the labor of our backs. This coming debacle is worse than the conditions that before 1215 AD. led to the uprising in England.

  • Gym_coach

    Women Listen!! do you want to go back to using coat hangers in your bathtub to give yourself an abortion after you have been raped? We must save Roe vs. Wade.

  • joyscarbo

    “…stock market at the highest level since 2007 and I spoke with a top prominent businessman today a say that the underpinnings of the economy are terrific, it’s primed to take off.”

    Thingswill get better, but it takes time. The USA is the a global economic power. How can it possibly turn around with an obstructionist republican congress, who’s only goal was to make the sitting president look like a do-nothing, ineffective and irresponsible president?!! Unless both the parties work together, there will be no immediate cure for our economic woes, period. It means balancing what the private sector needs to grow without completely demonizing and abandoning the poor, disadvantaged and disabled. It means cutting spending but being wise about where we do spend taxpayer dollars on. It’s about using responsible diplomacy and assertive- if not fully aggressive- sanctions against those who threaten others.
    In the end I’d like to think that both parties really want what’s best for the American people, no matter what station they hold in life. But that’s where HOPE comes in. I hope the republicans really aren’t just insanely greedy and only concerned with fattening their oversease bank accounts. But what evidence do I have of their genuine concern for those of us who will surely suffer from their platform policies of numbers that just don’t add up? They are SO pridefully unwilling to cooperate in any form with democrats- even conservative democrats- that I fear for our country. This isn’t like 2008. I still remember McCain telling that crazy lady that Obama was not an Arab or a muslim. That he was a good family man that he just happened to have many disagreements with. John McCain was a man who great character and restraint. He wouldn’t trade truth for political base-baiting. These republicans are very dangerous- they are unscrupulous and have enlisted obscene amounts of money and questionable influence to gain power any way they can. While I am afraid, my fear is transformed by resolve to do whatever I can to get Obama re-elected. What is the alternative? We live in some very dangerous times.

    • SagJism

      I couldnt disagree with you more, After four years of Republican memory loss about the other 8 years and the last 3-1/2 years of only having an agenda to make the president fail, what makes you think they are going to change now? What about the 100+ federal assignment of judges and attornnys, 50 or more legislative bills and plans that are still held up in the senate due to republican fillabusters that they dont even have to be on the floor of the senate to do? I dont see how you can think that both parties have Americas interest at heart. I mean the republicans were going to let our counteries debt default, can you really think they are looking out for America’s best interest? Or has their hatred and bigoted views clouded their judgement and they have basically been driven insane by the fact that there is a man of color as the POTUS? I mean really? They are still talkin birther crap with all thats going on and you think they at the heart of it want what best for the countrY? Well I have a bridge to sell you after you read this.