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Monday, July 23, 2018

As if shadow-boxing before a title bout, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appeared before the same audience on Tuesday when they spoke within hours of each other at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.  The Republican challenger showed up in the morning to address former President Bill Clinton’s annual conference on world problems, while the Democratic president arrived later that afternoon.

A sharper contrast in style and substance is difficult to imagine.

In fairness, Romney deserved considerable credit for the effort, his presence paying tribute to Clinton’s role as a bipartisan convener, despite the former president’s own strong partisan preferences. Surely Republicans from the corporate world are involved with CGI, and Clinton keeps politics separate from philanthropy — but the overflow audience in the midtown hotel ballroom was emphatically not a right-wing crowd. They politely applauded the GOP nominee, but  he offered them little occasion for enthusiasm.

After Clinton thanked Romney graciously for coming to CGI, he replied with a clever quip: “If there’s one thing we’ve learned this election season, it’s that a few words from Bill Clinton can do any man a lot of good. After that introduction, I guess all I have to do is wait a day or two for the bounce.” Although better written and more crisply delivered than his awful convention speech, it went downhill from there.

Combining the traditional paean to free enterprise with a familiar critique of foreign aid, Romney’s speech might have struck a fresh note at a Rotary Club luncheon circa 1981; to the sophisticated entrepreneurs, executives, activists, and diplomats at CGI, it had to sound canned and even a bit condescending:

“Economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty…Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people…Ours is a compassionate nation… As the most prosperous nation in history, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running—to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity to all corners of the earth.”

If you haven’t heard that before – a thousand times before – you just haven’t been listening.

55 Responses to At Clinton Global Speech Slam, Obama Brings It (And Romney Underwhelms)

  1. Joe—you and I know Romney is not going to be elected.

    So—let’s celebrate your mastery of analysis with this:

    “President Obama spoke in a profoundly different way that was bracing in its rhetorical approach and its substantive intentions. Addressing the horror of human trafficking as the equivalent of slavery in our time, he eloquently explained why eradicating it is morally urgent for both America and global society, and precisely what he is doing and will do to advance that aim. He announced new policy directives and legal initiatives, domestic and international — and summoned American values and traditional commitments without posturing (or “apologizing”).

    Anyone who dares post a rebuttal is simply “apologizing” for the madness of Romney, Ryan, Teaparty bowel movement…

    • If Obama stays in other 4-years
      Our country will be going down even further than it is now—–

      ACTUALLY—-I HOPE HE DOES GET BACK IN, JUST TO SHOW YOU IDIOTS HOW STUPID YOU REALLY ARE!!!!!

      Then finally your dreams will come true.

      Obama will have taken all the hard working RICH people’s money and given it to the
      LAZY NO GOODS that don’t want to make nothing of them and won’t take care of themselves and sit around begging for their hand out!!!

      We will allll be equal and be in the bread lines.

      Obama wants the whole world to be equal to KENYA!!!!!!!!!!

      How do you think our country runs????
      It’s from the RICH people that invest their money and makes businesses and trickles down!!!!

      The RICH people give to charity!!!!!
      How much do YOU give to charity???

      The RICH people make jobs!!!!
      How many companies have you put together and supplied jobs!!!!

      How much money do YOU have in the bank so the banks can make money off
      You and grow???

      The RICH people buy stock
      How much stock do YOU buy.

      How much money do YOU invest to help our country??

      WHAT DO YOU DO TO HELP OUR COUNTRY???

      Isn’t your arm getting tired holding your hand out by now????

      WHY DO YOU HATE RICH PEOPLE????

      THEY ARE THE ONES THAT MAKE OUR COUNTY!!!!!!

      Our country CAN NOT survive with all poor people—WE NEED THE RICH!!!!

      WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This is Romney’s most glaring misjudgment yet. What a missed opportunity! I can’t believe he wasn’t able to refrain from attacking the president and bringing partisan politics into such an event.

    And the old, pre-global-economy rhetoric doesn’t only sound tired, it sounds shallow. In fact, all of Romney’s speeches promote making lots of money as the single most important thing to do in life. I’m really getting tired of all this American Greed. Let’s turn a corner – let’s start talking about the value of lifting each other up.

    • Here’s the thing: *They’ve Tried Free-Market Ascendency*, and it didn’t work in any iteration or format!

      Anyone wondering at my opinion on this mess? here’s what you do.
      Go to Gametrailers and look up the trailer for Far Cry 3.

      Seriously, watch it. Once the action and the definitions sink in, I suspect you’ll see my point without having to ask me anything else. (Because this whole More-Of-The-Same mess.. just watch it, okay?)

    • Mitt Romney’s speech was consistent with his record and values. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t understand the difference between an investor and a job creator. Mitt has accumulated most of his wealth giving advice to clients on how to maximize profits or how to get their cut when their company is in trouble. His business experience is not very different from that of a gambler, rather than that of a person who starts a business from scratch and succeeds the old fashion way.

      • Sounds to me like a lot of his money came from parasitizing companies that other people worked hard to build up, then casting them aside when he’d sucked as much as possible without actually bankrupting them while Bain still owned them.

        After all, what does Mitt know about capitalism and running companies other than how to leech off any money they have lying around or can borrow? How much did the “consulting” for which he charged so much really help those companies, even the ones that managed to survive?

        • All of you will see—–
          If Obama stays in other 4-years
          Our country will be going down even further than it is now—–
          ACTUALLY—-I HOPE HE DOES GET BACK IN, JUST TO SHOW YOU IDIOTS HOW STUPID YOU REALLY ARE!!!!!
          Then finally your dreams will come true.
          Obama will have taken all the hard working RICH people’s money and given it to the
          LAZY NO GOODS that don’t want to make nothing of them and won’t take care of themselves and sit around begging for their hand out!!!
          We will allll be equal and be in the bread lines.
          Obama wants the whole world to be equal to KENYA!!!!!!!!!!
          How do you think our country runs????
          It’s from the RICH people that invest their money and makes businesses and trickles down!!!!
          The RICH do pay for their “OWN” everything—-
          Everything they own they worked for —-
          The RICH—pays for their EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!! Taxes, private schools, college, houses,kids, health care, phones,day care, food—They don’t BEG for help and want others to pay their way!!
          They just don’t WANT to pay for the LAZY people that can’t get up and hold a job!!!!!!!!
          THE RICH PEOPLE ARE SICK OF PAYING FOR EVERYONE ELES PROBLEMS!!!!
          Why do liberals think people should be punished for being successful?
          Do you beat your kids for getting good grades?
          Do you turn down a raise at work?
          Do you watch the academy awards?
          Should prisoners make the same money as the working class?
          Think about what you are saying……
          THE RICH PAY MORE TAXES ON THEIR HOUSES EACH YEAR THAN YOUR HOUSE IS WORTH!!!!
          The RICH people give to charity!!!!!
          How much do YOU give to charity???
          The RICH people make jobs!!!!
          How many companies have you put together and supplied jobs!!!!
          How much money do YOU have in the bank so the banks can make money off
          you and grow???
          The RICH people buy stock
          How much stock do YOU buy.
          How much money do YOU invest to help our country??
          WHAT DO YOU DO TO HELP OUR COUNTRY???
          Isn’t your arm getting tired holding your hand out by now????
          WHY DO YOU HATE RICH PEOPLE????
          THEY ARE THE ONES THAT MAKE OUR COUNTY!!!!!!
          The jobs they send overseas are the ones that our LAZY NO GOOD people here think they are to good to do or if they don’t get paid the right amount, they think Obama will pay them more to sit at home and draw unemployment. They can’t get anyone here to work like the people overseas!!!!!!!!!!!!
          Our country CAN NOT survive with all poor people—
          WE NEED THE RICH!!!!—–They are the ones paying YOUR WAY!!!!!!!!!!
          HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!
          WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • you need go back over sea if u think it’s that bad bet u wast’nt here when your Republican party destroyed the economy.

          • I think you should change your avatar, because an all-American would care about the people. Your name calling shows me that you probably belong to the party (not Real Republicans) that wants to take over one party and destroy the other. I am not rich. I worked all my life and felt that working was an asset. If you are rich and short sighted you should be ashamed to put this country in danger of a takeover. This is a quote from A.Pal:
            “You own and control the economy, you own Wall Street, You own the oil companies, you own the oil companies. Now, for a very small percentage of your wealth, we are going to give you a chance to own our government.”

            Economy, like a tree, grows from the bottom up, not the top down. The economy needs taxpayers and consumers. If you can’t conceive that concept, then tell me, what do you do to help our country? Corporate welfare got 192 billion dollars last year, was that you?

          • I know why your under paid workers quit. It wasn’t because they were lazy or wanted handouts. It was to get away from you. You are a greed filled crazy person. You don’t want Obama because you might have to put in a couple extra nickles. Why don’t you take your money and get the hell out of my country!

          • So what’s wrong with beating your kids for bringing home good grades? Are you saying we shouldn’t beat them? That’s the trouble with you cowardly rich people with your sissy kids who cry WAAAAAAAAAA… every time you whack their sorry bottoms with an extension cord or a cat’o’nine tails. Why don’t you grow a set, Allllamerican? And, BTW, don’t knock Kenya unless you’ve been there .There are a lot of good-looking sisters there and they might help you get over that anal retentiveness. What’s the matter? WHY DO YOU HATE PEOPLE WITH SOUL???????? Just sayin, you seem to have a lot of anger. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with BEING LAZY!!!!!!! You should try it sometime. IT FEELS GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just sit down and watch a football game for 3 hours and stick your arm out whenever you WANT YOUR WIFE TO BRING YOU A BEER!!!!!!!!!!! But be careful- your arm might get tired. And why do the rich feel they have to give to charity? DO THEY HAVE GUILTY CONSCIENCES????????Who are they giving to? LAZY PEOPLE THAT DON”T WANT TO WORK???????? You bleeding heart right-wingers make me sick- all you’re doing is creating a class of takers with YOUR STUPID CHARITIES!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP, RIGHT-WINGERS!!!!!!!And quit buying stock. Go do what you’re supposed to do- CREATE JOBS BY STARTING A BUSINESS AND INVESTING IN YOUR OWN BUSINESS!!!!! Or do you just want to let others make money for you? HOW DARE YOU!!!! Get your damn money out of the bank where it’s only earning.5% and put it to use REBUILDING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE!!!!! How do you expect us to live with NO BRIDGES TO SLEEP UNDER????? You must really HATE THIS COUNTRY!!
            Oh, well, all of this typing has WORN ME OUT. Time to take a nap.ZZZZZZZZZZZZ……( Wake me up when Rachel Maddow comes on)

  3. Mitt Romney demonstrated why he should not be the next President of the United States. I do not recall any former presidential candidate or former president criticizing an incumbent at the UN. The last thing an American should do is undermine the credibility of the Office of the Presidency in front of a world body that has among them many Anti-American members. Mr. Romney’s speech showed, once again, his arrogance, insensitivity, and lack of understanding of world affairs.

    • I heard that when Bill Clinton walks into a room it doesn’t matter if they are left or right, the whole room shuts up and listens, so Romney should show some respect, I’m glad Clinton is on my side of the line.

      • You are right about Bill Clinton, he is by far one of the most respected U.S. Presidents worldwide. President Obama owes him a big thank you for all the help he has provided throughout the campaign.

          • Public (govt. if you will) investment in infrastructure, for example, has a profound ripple effect, impacting both specific industries and the economy in general. Wages paid are ‘redistributed’ as wage-earners buy goods and services, pay rent and mortgages — and payroll taxes, as well as sales taxes. Perhaps 40% or more of money invested returns to the public coffers, and we gain the advantage of what Lincoln called “internal improvements” in roads, bridges, harbors, airports — essentials of civilization we use every day.

            Why the right wing fails to see the advantage of ‘ripple’ over ‘trickle down’ is beyond me.

    • That is how our image gets tarnished in the world stage. What make him think this is appropriate behavior. He reminds me of a little kid the sandbox saying “well my truck is bigger than your truck and you can’t play with mine”.

    • Domick, as usual, you have a clear view of Romney.

      Your statement: “Mr. Romney’s speech showed, once again, his arrogance, insensitivity, and lack of understanding of world affairs.” is really dead on….BUT…

      We need to address the naysayers here at National memo…

      This post by Conason does get infiltrated by some bizarre posters don’ you think?

      Let me point out a flagrant naysayer and distractor: ALLAMERICAN…among many…

      ALLAMERICAN_—WHO REALLY ISN’T….is your new fake name here…

      This article has absolutely NOTHING to do with you irrational ranting and ravings….You sound like Limbaugh and Beck combined taking LSD….

      This article is about Romney and Obama at the Clinton Global Speech Slam, and how poorly Romney did.

      “Economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty…Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people…Ours is a compassionate nation… As the most prosperous nation in history, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running—to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity to all corners of the earth.”

      ALLAMERICAN–WHO REALLY ISN’T…You intentionally distract us from thoughtful dialog and discourse.

      Quit hiding behind a fake name. What are you afraid of?

      Are you a propagandist for Karl Rove? You really do sound like Limbaugh/Beck and foxnews..they make up a lie and say it is the truth.

      And you repeat it.

      Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (like Linmbaugh, beck and Rove believe) said it best:
      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

      or as Adolph Hitler stated:

      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

      ALLAMERICAN—WHO REALLY ISN’T:
      Keep lying and distracting us ….we know what you are….
      A fascist appropriating the virtue of a fake name like ALLAMERICAN!

      Dominick….keep staying on message!

    • ALLAMERICAN_—WHO REALLY ISN’T….is your new fake name here…

      This article has absolutely NOTHING to do with you irrational ranting and ravings….You sound like Limbaugh and Beck combined taking LSD….

      This article is about Romney and Obama at the Clinton Global Speech Slam, and how poorly Romney did.

      “Economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty…Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people…Ours is a compassionate nation… As the most prosperous nation in history, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running—to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity to all corners of the earth.”

      ALLAMERICAN–WHO REALLY ISN’T…You intentionally distract us from thoughtful dialog and discourse.

      Quit hiding behind a fake name. What are you afraid of?

      Are you a propagandist for Karl Rove? You really do sound like Limbaugh/Beck and foxnews..they make up a lie and say it is the truth.

      And you repeat it.

      Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (like Linmbaugh, beck and Rove believe) said it best:
      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

      or as Adolph Hitler stated:

      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

      ALLAMERICAN—WHO REALLY ISN’T:
      Keep lying and distracting us ….we know what you are….
      A fascist appropriating the virtue of a fake name like ALLAMERICAN!

  4. Mitt Romney demonstrated why he should not be the next President of the United States. I do not recall any former presidential candidate or former president criticizing an incumbent in front of an international audience. The last thing an American should do is undermine the credibility of the Office of the Presidency in front of a world body that has among them many Anti-American members. Mr. Romney’s speech showed, once again, his arrogance, insensitivity, and lack of understanding of world affairs.

  5. All of you will see—–

    If Obama stays in other 4-years

    Our country will be going down even further than it is now—–

    ACTUALLY—-I HOPE HE DOES GET BACK IN, JUST TO SHOW YOU IDIOTS HOW STUPID YOU REALLY ARE!!!!!

    Then finally your dreams will come true.

    Obama will have taken all the hard working RICH people’s money and given it to the
    LAZY NO GOODS that don’t want to make nothing of them and won’t take care of themselves and sit around begging for their hand out!!!

    We will allll be equal and be in the bread lines.

    Obama wants the whole world to be equal to KENYA!!!!!!!!!!

    How do you think our country runs????
    It’s from the RICH people that invest their money and makes businesses and trickles down!!!!
    The RICH do pay for their “OWN” everything—-
    Everything they own they worked for —-
    The RICH—pays for their EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!! Taxes, private schools, college, houses,kids, health care, phones,day care, food—They don’t BEG for help and want others to pay their way!!

    They just don’t WANT to pay for the LAZY people that can’t get up and hold a job!!!!!!!!

    THE RICH PEOPLE ARE SICK OF PAYING FOR EVERYONE ELES PROBLEMS!!!!

    Why do liberals think people should be punished for being successful?

    Do you beat your kids for getting good grades?

    Do you turn down a raise at work?

    Do you watch the academy awards?

    Should prisoners make the same money as the working class?

    Think about what you are saying……

    THE RICH PAY MORE TAXES ON THEIR HOUSES EACH YEAR THAN YOUR HOUSE IS WORTH!!!!

    The RICH people give to charity!!!!!
    How much do YOU give to charity???

    The RICH people make jobs!!!!
    How many companies have you put together and supplied jobs!!!!

    How much money do YOU have in the bank so the banks can make money off
    you and grow???

    The RICH people buy stock
    How much stock do YOU buy.

    How much money do YOU invest to help our country??

    WHAT DO YOU DO TO HELP OUR COUNTRY???

    Isn’t your arm getting tired holding your hand out by now????

    WHY DO YOU HATE RICH PEOPLE????
    THEY ARE THE ONES THAT MAKE OUR COUNTY!!!!!!

    The jobs they send overseas are the ones that our LAZY NO GOOD people here think they are to good to do or if they don’t get paid the right amount, they think Obama will pay them more to sit at home and draw unemployment. They can’t get anyone here to work like the people overseas!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Our country CAN NOT survive with all poor people—

    WE NEED THE RICH!!!!—–They are the ones paying YOUR WAY!!!!!!!!!!

    HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!

    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You are crazy; seriously crazy…

      I own THREE businesses, which I’ve owned for the last 22 years and employ 43 people. I have had my best years in business the last two years… I pay less in tax than I ever have; Romneycare has made it easier for me to get and afford health insurance for my employees, including one that now has two of his 20 something children on his plan now.

      I have worked my ass off for 30+ years and almost lost EVERYTHING during the cratering economy under Bush; due to the economic conditions he created, I nearly lost two of my three businesses. Due to the stock market crash under Bush, my net worth was at about 18% of what it formerly had been. And you think we should vote the same people who created that mess back in???

      I work on average an 85 hour week.. my weekends are mine, but I still have to do some work each Saturday and Sunday…

      I pay less in taxes than my office manager, my tech guys and my engineers.

      Does it strike you that I am a moocher? a layabout? Do I have my hand out?

      I thought not, yet I voted for Obama and will do so again. At one point, I voted for Reagan, but the Republican party has gone so far to the right; been hijacked by such extreme religious loons; been dragged into the gutter by the absurdly uneducated Tea Partiers, that they lost me. I mean “keep your filthy Government hands off my Medicare”?? Really??/… REALLY???

      You seem delusional, angry and have your facts all confused with Republican falsehoods; seriously, you need to read something that’s unbiased and not influenced by Fox news.

      Meanwhile, those of us that actually own businesses, that create jobs, that think we are under-taxed (people in my tax bracket are paying THE LOWEST TAX RATE IN THE LAST 50+ YEARS!!!) will continue to laugh our butts off at delusional, under-educated people like you.

    • well if trickle down works we should all be rich because it’s been going on since 2001
      when bush was in office.any are any of the rest you, on this board,getting rich from
      trickle down?

      • ha haaa haaaaaaaa Baaaahaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!
        You People are UN BE LIEV A BLE
        that’s what you allll think—-If you got money you someone gave it to you or you dishonestly got it!!!!!!! FREAKS!!!

  6. Capital gain 20%, end useless voucher expense accts. for the more prominent of people and donating to charities to expect a return the following year should only be reimbursed to non-profit organizations who give back to the community. I could go on but i have to be paid for my skills in accounting that goes far beyond the expectations of one little ryan who is part of the budget and part of the problem.

  7. ALLAMERICAN_—WHO REALLY ISN’T….is your new fake name here…

    This article has absolutely NOTHING to do with you irrational ranting and ravings….You sound like Limbaugh and Beck combined taking LSD….

    This article is about Romney and Obama at the Clinton Global Speech Slam, and how poorly Romney did.

    Quoting Conason:

    “Combining the traditional paean to free enterprise with a familiar critique of foreign aid, Romney’s speech might have struck a fresh note at a Rotary Club luncheon circa 1981; to the sophisticated entrepreneurs, executives, activists, and diplomats at CGI, it had to sound canned and even a bit condescending: “Economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty…Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people…Ours is a compassionate nation… As the most prosperous nation in history, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running—to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity to all corners of the earth.” If you haven’t heard that before – a thousand times before – you just haven’t been listening.”

    Reminding you about Romney’s own words a few days ago:

    “here are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    ALLAMERICAN–WHO REALLY ISN’T…You intentionally distract us from thoughtful dialog and discourse.

    Quit hiding behind a fake name. What are you afraid of?

    Are you a propagandist for Karl Rove? You really do sound like Limbaugh/Beck and foxnews..they make up a lie and say it is the truth.

    And you repeat it.

    Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (like Linmbaugh, beck and Rove believe) said it best:
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    or as Adolph Hitler stated:

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

    ALLAMERICAN—WHO REALLY ISN’T:
    Keep lying and distracting us ….we know what you are….
    A fascist appropriating the virtue of a fake name like ALLAMERICAN!

  8. Heeeeeyyyyy allllll you OBAMA LOVERS—-
    We knew it would come out—-
    Obama Administration Knew Libya Attack Was Terrorism Within 24 Hours—-
    He was trying to cover it up!!!!!!!!!

    Now—You tell me who is NOT ALLLLL American
    Who’s on the Terrorist side!!!!!!!!!!

    This article has NOTHING to do with your beloved Barack Hussein Obama either
    BUT—-I JUST LOVE TELLING YA!!!!!

  9. ALLAMERICAN_—WHO REALLY ISN’T….is your new fake name here…

    This article has absolutely NOTHING to do with you irrational ranting and ravings….You sound like Limbaugh and Beck combined taking LSD….

    This article is about Romney and Obama at the Clinton Global Speech Slam, and how poorly Romney did.

    Quoting Conason:

    “Combining the traditional paean to free enterprise with a familiar critique of foreign aid, Romney’s speech might have struck a fresh note at a Rotary Club luncheon circa 1981; to the sophisticated entrepreneurs, executives, activists, and diplomats at CGI, it had to sound canned and even a bit condescending: “Economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty…Free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people…Ours is a compassionate nation… As the most prosperous nation in history, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running—to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity to all corners of the earth.” If you haven’t heard that before – a thousand times before – you just haven’t been listening.”

    Reminding you about Romney’s own words a few days ago:

    “here are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    ALLAMERICAN–WHO REALLY ISN’T…You intentionally distract us from thoughtful dialog and discourse.

    Quit hiding behind a fake name. What are you afraid of?

    Are you a propagandist for Karl Rove? You really do sound like Limbaugh/Beck and foxnews..they make up a lie and say it is the truth.

    And you repeat it.

    Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (like Linmbaugh, beck and Rove believe) said it best:
    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

    or as Adolph Hitler stated:

    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”

    ALLAMERICAN—WHO REALLY ISN’T:
    Keep lying and distracting us ….we know what you are….
    A fascist appropriating the virtue of a fake name like ALLAMERICAN!

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