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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What the Romney campaign hopes will serve as an uplifting London kickoff to their candidate’s midsummer foreign tour may already be marred by a brewing feud with one of England’s biggest newspapers. While the campaign publicly denies anyone associated with Romney denigrated President Obama’s appreciation of America’s “Anglo-Saxon” heritage, the right-wing Daily Telegraph is reaffirming the quote — and implying that the campaign (and by extension Romney) is lying.

Should the Telegraph — or any other news organization — now decide that Romney’s Olympics visit is an opportunity to scrutinize him more closely, its reporters could begin with the Winter Games of 2002 that he has so often congratulated himself for saving. Investigating the facts behind Romney’s rhetoric might not be so simple because, as ABC News recently reported, the archive of 2002 Olympic records in Utah remains closed — and mnay of the financial and contractual documents that might prove most interesting most likely have been shredded or burned.

Fortunately, any news organization that wants to delve deeper than Romney’s flackery — or beyond the story of Ann Romney’s super-expensive dressage horse hobby — can follow the trail blazed by Wayne Barrett in the Daily Beast, edited by Britain’s own Tina Brown.

Barrett’s stunning series of articles probes how Romney has cashed in on his Olympic connection — by raising huge amounts of money from businessmen tainted by the Salt Lake bribery scandal that he supposedly expunged.

Barrett’s first story examined  Sead Dizdarevic, a ticketing and hospitality contractor who has banked many millions of dollars since Romney awarded him the 2002 deal that made him “the ticket king of the Olympics to this day.” Indeed, Dizdarevic is still profiting from the Games, including this summer’s London events where his company’s practices have forced him to issue a public apology.

Back in 2002, Dizdarevic confessed to giving more than $130,000 in hidden payments to the Salt Lake Olympic organizers. He made a deal with prosecutors to escape indictment in the scandal. Yet despite Dizdarevic’s role in the scheme, Romney signed off on his  contract – and Barrett found that he, his relatives, and his business associates have donated as much as a million dollars to various Romney warchests over the past decade.

There is much more in the deeply-reported Barrett series, whose themes echo today as Romney raises still more money from assorted characters in London’s financial district, now wracked with the gigantic Libor interest-rate scandal. The true story of Romney’s Olympics is just as fascinating — and revelant — as the frustrated vetting of his taxes and business dealings.

 

 

 

 

  • old_blu

    Dizdarevic to Romney, thanks for the new shredder, it’s been very handy lately.

  • I wish Rafalca the best. It is, without a doubt, a beautiful horse, too bad it has such spoiled owners.

  • ExPAVIC

    NOW I UNDERSTAND

    I just realized that the reason Mittens was going to the Olympics is that he wanted to be closer to his money in the Swiss banks. He will no doubt be planning a side trip so that he can go directly to the bank and fondle a few stacks of hundreds.

    Hoping that he doesn’t embarrass the U.S. due to his total ignorance of foreign affairs plus it didn’t help much to have Dick Cheney as a tutor.

    Maybe Mittens will take another side trip to Le Havre, France, where he spent three years in the ’60’s trying to recruit Mormons from the population of street ladies.

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    Success & achievement in life is NOT something to be denigrated by the president of the greatest country in the world. How do you think we got here, by all of us sitting & watching SOMEONE ELSE do the work??? Well, on second thought, maybe that’s becoming the norm, where 49% of us pay ALL THE TAXES, while 51% pay NONE OF THE TAXES! If you want to see where this leads, just look to Greece or Spain…there most are/were on the dole, and now that the money has run out, no one is willing to actually work for a living. It was too easy to just take and never give! I guess this is what Obama means by “fairness.” Translation: let someone ELSE do all the work.

    • Neither President Obama nor any other U.S. President has ever denigrated personal achievement. His recent statement which, admittedly, he bungled badly, referred to the influence of our mentors on our ability to succeed, and the role of a sound infrastructure on the business community. Yes, about half of our population does not pay taxes. Most of them include small children, the disabled, and multi-millionaires who use every loophole available to avoid paying their fair share. The rest of us had taxes and FICA taken out of our payroll checks, we pay sales taxes whenever we purchase an item, and we struggle to make ends meet most of our lives.

      • middleclasstaxpayer

        Your president is using class envy & class warfare in an attemp to turn the “many” against the “few.” I am NOT envious of those who are successful, and I would hope someday to be as successful myself. This is the American DREAM. Instead we keep hearing that we “all should play by the same rules.” If that were true, we would ALL be contributing to the running of our great country, and we would not read in the NY Times that entitlements are at an all time high in the US., while many job go unfilled.

        • When a President is elected they become OUR Presidents, regardless of whether or not we agree with their policies or like or dislike their looks. The overwhelming majority of Americans do not envy the rich, however, many of us have little respect towards those who inherit their wealth and believe it is wrong to flaunt their fortune at a time when so many are struggling to make their mortgage payments, car payments and put food on the table. Entitlements always go up when unemployment is high, but you are misdirecting your contempt when you point out that many vacancies go unfilled. There are currently one million vacancies for truck drivers, and North Dakota and Montana are begging for workers to satisfy demand in their oil fields. Blame our society, not our government.

          • Thank you Dominick, for clarifying that for Mr. Dumbo MCTP. When I noted his leaving himself out with his obvious ‘your’, it made me wonder, is he from or in a foreign country, because when Bimbo Bush was in, I regarded him president even while he was tearing around, spending money we didn’t have, declaring victory where it was not and acting with the brain of toolshed spade. Secondly, I agree wholely with you other comments. Thank you for your completely correct and understandable comment with regard to unemployment. Unfortunately, America’s younger generations have been given so much materialistly and not enough guidance of what is truly important that they all feel they should be Top Dog and none want to start at the bottom and work their way there as we all did. It is definitely our society that is to blame for their selfish mentality that is to blame.

        • joyscarbo

          Everyone pays taxes!!!! You can’t purchase good or service without some kind of tax that is attatched to it! QUIT spreading falsehoods!!! You can’t live in a home without paying utility bills, which have taxes built into them. You can’t go to a restaurant or the movies without paying taxes. You can’t rent a car or purchase gas without paying taxes. You can buy liquor or cigarettes without paying taxes on those items. Buy your kid a ticket to a sporting event and you’ve paid taxes. QUIT with the NEOCON idiotic rhetoric already!

        • he isn’t your president then..
          why because he is black.even when bush lead
          us down the drain,he was respected as the POTUS.
          middleclasstaxpayer my foot.

          i have a business with five outlets
          before the crash i had 9 outlets
          after the crash 1 i have brought
          it up back and employ around 50 people

          i would love to pay more taxes
          you are pathetic.

        • joyscarbo

          Of course the working middle class would love to have a taste sometimes of some of the luxuries that money can afford. Thats just human nature. But there is no “war on the rich,” so quit chirpping tea party baloney. I would like to see them simply pay their fair share of taxes. With great power (and money) comes great responsibility and they need to be made to pay their responsibilities as well. “Your” candidate won’t even reveal what he does or doesn’t pay for his taxes.

        • I agree with some of what you say, but the problem is that the large companies don’t want to pay a qualified worker what he is worth and the small American owned business can’t afford to pay him because of taxes. We need to stop the tax free business for people from other countries (this is a 10 year no capital gains tax break) and instead give that to new small business that natural born Americans start. Do term limits so we don’t have life time congressional members. They should have to live by the laws they put forth.

          • Susan, I am all in favor of eliminating subsidies and tax breaks to corporations, especially those that benefit multinationals whose only loyalty is to the shareholders, regardless of who they are or where they live. Unfortunately, passing such legislation in our current political climate is near impossible. You have to go no further than look at what happened to President Obama’s proposal to punish companies that outsource jobs and reward those that create jobs at home to see how futile changing the status quo is. 42 GOP senators voted against the President’s proposal and since 60 senators must vote in favor for a bill to be debated it went nowhere. Sometimes it seems our worse enemy is us.

        • old_blu

          “class envey, on the dole” bla bla bla, thank you for your input tea party, you should try thinking for yourself.

      • tcburch

        “…and multi-millionaires who use every loophole available to avoid paying their fair share.” IF you or I take a single deduction on our taxes, are we not using a provided “loophole”? I’m just trying to get some balance in the thinking here. How are they avoiding their fair share if their deductions are as legal as mine and yours? Are we not avoiding paying our fair share if we take those legal deductions? Would we not take those legal deductions regardless of our income, rich or poor? If multi-millionaires are “avoiding” paying their fair share by taking available legal “loopholes”, then we are ALL guilty of not paying our fair share. I started my own company four years ago and I’ll be damned if ANYBODY is going to make me feel guilty about making it a success and denigrate me for taking every available legal means to keep what I’ve earned through my efforts. Obama said what he said, and more and more I’m hearing “…he bungled (his message) badly…” He seems to be doing that a lot these days…

        • highpckts

          Unlike Romney who always his foot in his mouth!

    • awakenaustin

      You are a walking, breathing set of Tea Party/GOP talking points. Did you pause to breath when you wrote this? The tax business is a canard. (look the word up.) Any assertion comparing the U.S. economy to the Greek and Spanish economies shows a complete and utter lack of knowledge regarding the economics in this country and those countries. The rest is just a mishmash of confusion and anger.

    • Yup, we should all give Al Capone respect because he was a great success too. All of those that made their money by cheating others to get to the top were just following the American way. Get real! There is a difference on working hard to honestly succeed and cheating your fellow Americans legally or illegally to make your fortune.

    • ralphkr

      I agree that we are becoming much like Greece which is in dire straits because the rich dodge all taxation (sounds much like the rich in the US) and that seems to be the national hobby: dodging taxation.

    • highpckts

      You and many others TOTALLY misinterpreted his words! Put on your reading glasses and see the real speech! It has already been debunked that one of Romnets ads about “no help” was an out and out lie!

  • joyscarbo

    Republicans and neocons want everyone to think that some people don’t pay any taxes at all. I wish people would quit saying that “certain people- nearly half of our society doesn’t pay taxes- children, disabled, poor, etc…. It’s completely untrue!! Every person needs goods and services to survive and those have taxes attatched to them!! If you go to a hotel, restaurant, buy liquor or cigarettes, movies, ride a bus, pay tolls, buy gas, pay your utility bills or have do virtually anything you have paid taxes. Just because a handicapped adult who survives off of approximately $700 per month doesn’t pay income taxes doesn’t mean they aren’t contributing to paying taxes.
    STOP THAT FALSE, NEGATIVE FOOLISH RHETORIC!!!

    • tcburch

      Hmmm…just a thought…what about the people using food stamps and/or welfare credits to purchase cigarettes, liquor, gambling, etc.? I’m not sure they pay taxes in a direct manner that the rest of us do. Hmmm…just a thought…

      • johninPCFL

        They can’t unless the store owner is a crook. The flap over redeeming foodstamps in a casino was debunked – the bank that ran the program also ran the ATMs in the casino. There was no evidence that anyone EVER cashed in food stamps to play the slots.

        And as to the crooked store owner, there are plenty prosecuted every year for allowing food stamps to be redeemed for alcohol. Of course, the redempton is at a premium (i.e. $10 per cen of beer), so presumably the crooked store owner pays higher income taxes as a result.

        • ObozoMustGo

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          Have a nice day!

          • johninPCFL

            Got a link to a court case, there clowney? That would be fraud, and I suspect it’d be prosecuted. So, just link us to the court case.

          • ObozoMustGo

            john… it’s not fraud to use a money machine in a casino. People do it all day everyday. Also, it’s a well known fact that many many recipients of welfare debit cards also used them in strip clubs.

            No one is arguing that there should not be a safety net for the least amongst us. What we are arguing is the EXTENT of that safety net idea growing into full fledged dependency and continued rewarding of bad behaviors that bring society down. The majority of recipients are gaming the system… taking advantage of the rest of us.

            And by the way, Obozo just acted unconstitutionally AGAIN by waiving the work requirements which he’s NOT authorized to do by Clinton/Gingrich’s Welfare Reform Act of 1996.

            Have a nice day!

          • johninPCFL

            So, no facts, just strong suspicions again. “The majority of recipients”? Again, no facts, just suspicions. Do you base your entire existence on fear and accusations?

            I don’t recall seeing any constitutional arguments from you against Reagan or GWB about “signing statements”, which are the same thing. If it was constitutional for Reagan, I hold that it’s constitutional for Obama.

          • ObozoMustGo

            john… one of my good friends is a case worker in a welfare shop near where I live in the Philadelphia region. She works in a small suburban city of Philly. According to her, roughly 70% of the people they serve are gaming the system, and with the laws as they are, she is powerless to stop it because she is prevented from asking the right questions or getting the information from the taker that would necessitate ceasing benefits. In fact, I am leaving the office right now to go have a beer with her and her husband.

            Have a nice day!

          • ObozoMustGo

            By the way, signing statements and Executive Orders are NOT the same thing. And Obozo is the king of the Executive Order that is unconstitutional. Like unilaterally declaring amnesty for illegal aliens 3 or 4 weeks ago. He CANNOT do that. If the Republicans had any balls (and most of them dont, particularly leadership) they would immediately start impeachment procedings.

            Have a nice day!

          • johninPCFL

            Fortunately no amnesty was declared. I believe in reading all of the words, and what the words say is that they are SUSPENDING (meaning that they can start again at any moment) the deportation of those who could take advantage of the DREAM act so they can concentrate on deporting dangerous criminals. Since they’ve deported more illegals in the last few years than GWB did in the previous decade, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, and the GOP has given him the freedom to act.

          • Executive orders are not unconstitutional, you pathetic moron.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Executive orders that violate the constitutionally established enumerated powers of the president ARE unconstitutional, you fool! Executive orders that deliberately invalidate duly enacted laws by a previous congress and signed by a previous president ARE, in fact, unconstitutional. Contrary to what an idiot like you and other leftist freaks desire, the president IS NOT KING. He should be immediately impeached and thrown in jail for treason if the feckless Republicans had any guts.

            Have a nice day!

          • Wrong again, moron. What Obama did is what Republican governors have been begging him to do. And begged Bush to do before that.

      • joyscarbo

        You mention food stamps?? You can’t purchase any of your personal hygiene and paper goods with food stamps. And people who live in low income housing DO pay for utilities which all have taxes included on their bills. Your arguement is petty and not compelling in the least. Perhaps you should consult with Bill O’Reily or Rush Limbaugh.

      • Just so you know – you CANNOT purchase cigarettes, liquor, lottery tickets or even paper products, like toilet paper with food stamps. Food stamps are only for food!

        Hmmm … just a thought, investigate a little before you post.

        I have been underemployed for two years. I had to pay penalty income taxes when I used retirement savings to save my home. That was twice the amount of income tax rate that Romney paid in the incomplete year that he gave us.

      • You should know your facts before you make accusations. All you have to do is go to the Social Service website of you local County and you would have learned that food stamps cannot be used for liquor of cigarettes or gambling. Stop spreading lies; I am sure you must have enough legitimate complaints without wasting time on things that are just not true.

      • That doens’t happen, because food stamps cannot be used to purchase anything except food.

    • The first thing people should consider is that about 20% of our population is under 18. Is the GOP proposing forcing the Pamper brigade to crawl to the closest IRS office and pay their dues? The IRS may not get what they are interested in. Among the rest who do not pay Federal taxes are disabled Americans, senior citizens trying to make ends meet on a small Social Security check, and the very poor. The latter, by the way, are not 51% of our population and, if they were, we would be in deeper trouble than we are as a society. I suspect the GOP is well aware of all this, and they use this argument to deflect attention from the fact that corporations posting billions in profits pay no taxes, and millionaires who do not need handouts are getting irresponsible tax breaks they use for weekend trips to Monaco or Bali.

    • It is the GOP’s way to demonize and divide part of the electorate to reach their main goal which is to take away the rights of those people and if they can not achieve that end then to rile the base enough to get out the vote to negate their votes in November.

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    Although most of us have no way around paying sales taxes, many now think it’s perfectly acceptable and OK to simply STOP PAYING THEIR MORTGAGES, live rent free, and take our fragile economy down the tubes. NEVER BEFORE in US history have so many people failed to live up to their legal obligations, and the taxpayers end up footing the bill…at least the 49% of us who actually PAY taxes….for the rest, a FREE RIDE!

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    One candidate (Romney) DONATED almost 20% of his income to charity in 2011, while the other (Obama) only 1% of his substantial income. I guess that “fair share” rule applies only to “others.”

    • johninPCFL

      Of course, the church REQUIRES it to be a member in good standing. But that has nothing to do with it, right?

    • Middleclasstaxpayer, should we assume Mitt sent you a secret copy of his tax returns? There are many wealthy people who are engaged in altruistic causes, one of the most generous is Bill Gates who has donated about half of his fortune to fight deadly diseases and malnutrition. There is no evidence Mitt Romney has ever done anything even remotely close to that. I’ll be happy to admit I was wrong the moment he releases his tax returns…

    • Calvinius

      First, Rmoney’s 2011 tax return hasn’t been release yet. So what evidence do you have to support that claim?

      Second, the Mormon Church is not a charity.

      • DurdyDawg

        I think our pleas are falling on deaf ears Cal.

    • DurdyDawg

      How come every single time I read crap like this it goes up 5% for one and down 5% for the other.. PROOF please (authentic link).

      • middleclasstaxpayer

        It’s found on presidents’ 2011 tax return.

        • DurdyDawg

          … And how would you know that since he hasn’t released it yet? Oh, I get it.. your buddy told you.

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    Excellent description of the situation. Thanks Susan!

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    He’ already released his 2011 tax return….read it. Thanks

    • edwardw69

      Ah, he released most of his 2010 tax return; however, he has refused to release the FBAR portion. He has not released the 2011’s.
      And if he were to release the 2009 returns, I suspect he would lose the election badly. In fact, if he released them today, he probably wouldn’t even get the nomination.

    • That’s a start. Now follow up with the previous seven years (at least) or more as his father did. They probably had to scramble to clean up one years worth but are calculating the cost of damage versus the cost of cooking the prior years to put a positive spin on them. LOL

    • DurdyDawg

      Where’s the proof of this? Give us a link (and not a youtube wannabe nut job) or is it that we should take your word for it? I haven’t read any release except for a synopsis of 2010 (partial).

  • There are some other interesting things about his stint with the Olympics. For example, he would not support a minute of silence for the Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Olympics. While he wouldn’t support a minute of silence on the 30th anniversary, he is now critical of Olympic officials who won’t allow it on the 40th anniversary. This is typical Romney hypocrisy.

  • highpckts

    I have a nephew who won’t take a job because it isn’t up to his standards according to his education! So he collects unemployment! That is WRONG!!

    • ObozoMustGo

      high… you and I agree 100%. It’s a reflection of a culture of entitlement and corruption. I know a guy doing the same thing for 2 years while fixing cars on the side, under the table, of course. I’d turn him in if it wasn’t for his kids. Sad to see that Americans have become like this, but this is a predictable result of increasing government dependency. Look how they riot and protest in Greece and Spain because their goody spigot is being turned off. If they put as much energy into working as they do into rioting and protesting, maybe they could actually provide for themselves. Those scenarios ARE coming to America. Soon.

      Have a nice day!

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    Why the obsession (and envy) with someone’s success? Everyone hopes and dreams of a successful life. And some people actually achieve success. Success has more to do with extremely hard work (and some luck) than anything else. But we all mostly dream of achievement rather than failure. Obama also earns FAR MORE than 99% of American families…is anyone jealous of that?? Of course not, so stop focusing on what others have, and start helping yourself & your family achieve the American dream instead.

    • ObozoMustGo

      MCT… that would require that those on the left get rid of their “victim” mentality, and that’s not likely to happen. Big government is their religion and the Holy Trinity of that religion is: Race, Gender, Class. Everything boils down to one or a combo of all 3.

      Keep fighting the good fight.

      Have a nice day!

  • rustingdreams

    Good morning Middle . Please keep an open mind and read or listen to Obama’s entire statement. I just did on Fox News no less. All he is saying is that the gov’t has a role to play in assisting our small and large business owners. They need good roads and other assistance to help apply their ingenuity. It needs to be a team effort in effect. That’s all it boils down to. He loves small business, understands they are the engine, and is doing what is nessesary to be sure they succeed. Even the Fox guys implyed as much. Please keep an open mind. Thanks!

  • OK we know the guy, at best, lies by leaving out information. It is the like the person who tells you he was in the US Navy and leaves out the fact that he got a dishonorable discharge for stealing; you hear only the facts that he thinks make him sound good. Romney is a gamer; he learns to play systems, stays right on the edge of the legal line by using questionable ethics. Not quite a crook, but not a straight forward, completely honest person. He dances around issues by making up facts, that are only half true, taken out of context and are meant to get him out of honestly answering questions. Worst of all he blames “you People” out there for asking questions as the reason he is hiding what he does not want anyone to know. I do not know about anyone else but my vote would never go to someone who will not release his tax records, gets caught over and over again misrepresenting his history and can’t tell the same story twice. Once more, his recent turn to using not so subtle statements that imply the sitting Presidents background somehow makes him less American is racist and unconscionable. The man is not fit to be President. I want a President who keeps his money home – where it can help this Country, judges people by their actions not the color of their skin and honestly wants to help the American people not just his friends and himself.

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    You can accomplish a lot in life, but you can’t change your tax returns as several of Obama’s staff have discovered. Class envy didn’t work in WWII, and it won’t work today.

  • angloir

    Romney is a crook..let’s call him out!

  • politickwoman1

    The Republicans are now shivering in their boots because a man (Romney) is a man they dislike, distrust and who is their presidential nominee. We know that Trump is a clown and a bloviated ignoramous, but now Romney has earned that title. He is shameful, he is unethical, a liar to the ninth degree and he is an embarrassment to our country. Again, other countries will say “how could millions of people be so stupid.” This comment was made when Bush was re-elected. But, fortunately, Romney will never be elected, so we will be spared that comment. He is a man who lacks smarts and common sense. I can overlook the ignorant comments his wife makes because she is not a presidential candidate, though it tells volumes about that family, but I cannot overlook nor should any American overlook, the disaster that our country will be in for if in the rare chance this man was elected.

  • dljones

    Proficient rethoric from someone who needs a hobby. As Rush says, ” I don’t care what Romney did with his money, I want to know what Obama did with my money.

    Obama just met with his economic committee welcoming opportunities to help the middle class. I still heard nothing but a deep void on how he anticipates achieving the undefined goal.

    But, relief is only a lie away His mouth piece Jay Carney will stammer and flounder his nimble minded excuses to the press core. And the bench bums violating our social system with their hands extended will be at the voting booth.

    • ObozoMustGo

      DLJ… great post. Most of the useful idiots and leftist nutjobs swimming around in this sea of leftist insanity are so far gone, they are beyond help. But, you never know who’s reading that may be quietly questioning their leftist religion. It is to those that I write.

      Keep fighting the good fight.

      Have a great day!

    • “As Rush says”? It figures that somebody who lets Rush do their thinking for them would make such a vapid post.

  • ObozoMustGo

    The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.

    And, the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.

    And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!

    Now… the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.

    So… the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

    We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.

    Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?

    The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

    The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 236 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We have a chance, PERHAPS OUR LAST CHANCE, to change that in 2012. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.

    ELECTION 2012 IS COMING

    A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

    Obama: Gone!

    Borders: Closed!

    Language: English only

    Culture: Constitution, and the Bill of Rights!

    Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!

    NO freebies to: Non-Citizens!

    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.
    Patrick Henry (1736-1799)
    American Patriot and Founding Father

    • Dave_dido

      I’m not aware of any society whose demise can be traced to the poor having too much. On the contrary, many governments have been toppled because the poor had endured all they could endure, and the the wealthy smugly said,in so many words, “Let them eat cake”. The French and Russian revolutions are prime examples. Like them, we have reached a point in our American experience of representative government and capitalism, where the wealthiest 20% now own 80% of the country’s wealth.And, with the resources they have to bribe our elected officials in the form of campaign contributions, we will see that 80% figure go even higher. If our society comes to an end as you predict, it won’t be because of the poor having too much. On the contrary, it will be because of the poor getting squeezed out of the little that they now have.
      If you and your fellow conservative nutjobs really care about the survival of our country, you’ll try to find ways to make the system more equitable, rather than to lay blame on the poor. Of course, if you are one of the 20%ers, then I perfectly understand your point of view. After all, the one with the most toys wins, right?
      Have a nice day.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Dave… you’re a typical leftist nutjob with absolutely ZERO capacity to actually understand how the world works or economics, let alone human nature or individual liberty. Typical lefist. By default, if you did understand those things, you would not be a leftist nutjob. You would be a conservative!

        You comments above clearly indicate that you believe several myths:

        Myth 1) the economic pie is fixed, and this means that anyone that has gained a “bigger piece” has gotten it at the expense of someone else who now has a smaller piece.

        Myth 2) The “rich” are the same people who continue to get rich while the “poor” are the same people that continue to get more poor.

        Myth 3) You believe equality of result is more important than equality of opportunity, and because of your adherence to the victim mentality of leftist nutjobs, the Holy Trinity of the left being Race, Gender, Class, America is an oppressive and generally “rigged” country. Belief in this myth is the cornerstone for the belief in the others.

        Myth 4) The bouregois vs. proletariat stuggle is the natural evolution of societies that do not distribute their resources equally amongst the people. In other words, you’re drawn to the concepts of socialism/communism/marxism/whatever label and that redistribution of wealth is a primary role of any “just” government.

        Myth 5) Wealthy people “bribe elected officials” so the politicians will make laws that keep the poor man down and the rich man up.

        All of those of myths, Dave. Every one of them.

        Have a nice day!

        • No, they’re not all myths. The rich absolutely do bribe politicians. That’s what “political doantions” are: legalized bribery. Money is also a finite resource. Those who get rich are doing so at the expense of somebody else. And the best predictor of whether someone will be rich is whether their parents are rich.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Magus… you are a pathetic fool if you really believe that nonsense.

            If the economic pie was fixed, how does the economy grow? I am awaiting your response.

            Have a nic day!

        • Dave_dido

          Thanks for the lecture in economics, Mr. Obozo. But, as usual, you resort to insults and name calling, then you change the subject and go on your rants. This will be my last comment on this thread because I have to get back to work- I’m one of those lower middle-class workers that you spit on. Let’s get back to the topic. Please name one societal revolution that came about because the poor had received too much in the way of wealth and resources. I’ve already used the French and Russian Revolutions as antitheses of your ill logic. Would you like to try the Iranian Rev? That started because the Shah was appropriating all of the country’s wealth for himself. No, that won’t work.How about the Arab Spring. The little guy getting too much? No, I don’t think that was it. Maybe you can think of a few and post them here for my edification without changing the subject.

  • howa4x

    You know there is a big embarassment over the fact that China has made the US olympic uniforms. this year. Since he had pionnered so much business to there I wonder if Romney was the 1st to outsource the making of our Uniforms there?

    • No, when Romney was in charge of the Olympics, the US outsourced the uniforms to Burma instead.

      • howa4x

        there you go Mr outsourcing strikes again. I knew it was some where so thanks for the info

  • ObozoMustGo

    Talk about money and secrecy??????????????????? Sheeeeesshhh! For anyone objective who is reading this, you should look elsewhere for better coverage of this scandal because the useful idiots at The Memo will NEVER bring this matter up. The Obozo campaign propaganda machine will NOT allow it.

    BY WYNTON HALL
    Those wondering why the Department of Justice has refused to go after Jon Corzine for the vaporization of $1.6 billion in MF Global client funds need look no further than the documents uncovered by the Government Accountability Institute that reveal that the now-defunct MF Global was a client of Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer’s former law firm, Covington & Burling.

    There’s more.

    Records also reveal that MF Global’s trustee for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy retained as its general bankruptcy counsel Morrison & Foerester–the very law firm from which Associate Attorney General Tony West came to DOJ.

    And more.

    Have a nice day!

  • bigspender7

    Have you ever seen a more insincere man than Mitt Romney? He is a serious embarrassment to the US . He should be prohibited from going abroad. Makes us all look bad.

  • Romney Is Doing Some International Ass Kissing!! Mr Strip And Ship Will Doing Anything To Be Come President, It On His Bucket List!! His Father Couldn’t Do It So He Think He Can!! To Bad He Flip Flopped On The Wrong Side!!!

  • DurdyDawg

    I mean, just who is Romney anyway? A man of a thousand aliases.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    CEOs are notorious for escaping the heat by taking “jaunts”. It’s their buffer operative…put a little space between them and their lack of accountability and the waters are calm again. So Romney thinks. Every president before him including Reagan and Bush ’41 presented a decade’s worth of tax records. This guy gets all selective and presents 2 years worth…Smells…and not just because of the business dealings it would clearly reveal..because some in the GOP would also take a shellacking.

  • Jay Oliver Sax

    “The Unspoken Taboo – The Truth of The GOP Jesus”

    Michele Bachmann, & Co. are symptomatic and endemic of the GOP: Using Jesus for a tool for their “agenda” – Robbing the public blind.

  • From The Headline’s in England They Don’t Like Romney Also !!!LOL

  • middleclasstaxpayer

    Then WHY are folks complaining about Romney releasing HIS returns???