By Matt Taylor

Paul Ryan Budget Puts House In Play

April 18, 2012 5:54 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 145 Comments A+ / A-

Republicans clamoring for presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney to tap Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, author of the controversial budget plan that would privatize Medicare, as his vice presidential candidate might want to think twice: their House majority could be at stake.

A new Democracy Corps/Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey of 1,000 voters in the 56 most competitive GOP-held districts finds Democrats improving their party brand and performing far better than they did during the disastrous 2010 midterms. The numbers also show the GOP losing ground among key demographic groups, including senior women, suburban voters, and moderates; the party’s image has taken a beating as state and national leaders have tried to pass harsh anti-abortion laws and reduce access to contraception.

But the real threat might be Ryan’s budget, which the Republican-controlled House passed a revised version of late last month:

Many of the proposals in this newest Ryan budget are deeply unpopular, leaving Republicans vulnerable to attack, particularly on taxes, Medicaid, Medicare, cuts to anti-poverty programs, and health care. Republicans do well when they describe their budget as a plan to “save Medicare,” but the bulk of their proposals misinterpret voters’ enthusiasm for fiscal restraint. While the Republican plan lays out deficit reduction as an end in and of itself, voters see deficit reduction as a means to protect the programs they rely on and care about most. Any budget that eliminates these programs in order to tackle the debt has deeply misunderstood voters’ priorities.

The result is that after voters hear a neutral description of the budget and a balanced debate between Republican arguments for the budget and Democratic attacks against it, the vote shifts a net 9 points, from a six-point vote margin for Republicans to a three-point advantage for Democrats. Importantly, those who shift include key blocs of voters that will be essential to the outcomes in these districts in November.

Voters in these districts have polarized along gender lines, with Democrats gaining ground among women, particularly unmarried women, while Republicans pick up support among men. This movement is notable in light of the recent Republican focus on contraception.

Perhaps most notably, Republican redistricting, which was supposed to buttress their control on power, could be backfiring. The poll found that in 14 competitive districts, the new lines are less favorable than the old ones to Republican incumbents.

It seems unlikely, however, that party leaders will change their minds on the policy — or politics — of the Ryan plan before November. Their presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, embraces it wholeheartedly, and has even made noises about putting Ryan on his ticket. For all the reasons that it alienates the center of the electorate, the Ryan plan excites and energizes the Republican base, which Romney will need fired up to have a shot at victory in November.

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  • karenbrown65

    And this is the right kind of reason to lose a majority. Not scandals, which are only specific to that legislator. Not ‘it’s taking too loooong’ for a policy to work. It is a rejection, by the voters, of their platform, position, and policies. It says, ‘maybe we thought we wanted what you were going to do until you did it…maybe we only wanted some of the things, but not THIS, or even ‘we weren’t really voting you IN, we were voting the other guys out, because they were taking too looong, but damn, looks like you don’t really VOTE anyone out, just other people in, and we don’t want YOU’. This says…if you run on this, now that they KNOW you run on this, and they know it, the voters DON’T WANT IT. No matter what the people in your little echo chamber have been telling you.

    • bmerbob

      I agree with you, but I am afraid of the significant number of voters who’s choices are driven by emotional issues, like religion and the fear of the non-existent war on our freedoms, who have and will continue to vote against their own economic and social best interest. If one were to look at the situation logically, Romney and the GOP in Congress should have no chance. But I would not start cooling the champaign just yet.

  • Rebecah

    An American that is not a member of the 1% would have to be deaf, blind and stupid to vote for any Republican.

  • Rebecah

    An American that is not a member of the 1% would have to be deaf, blind and stupid to vote for any Republican.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPAJBX2EJGLYKZCC4ZQG6IBNPQ PaulCindy

      It isn’t the 1% vs the 99%, it is the 49% dependent on the Government vs the 51% paying for it. People have to get off the class warfare thing.

      • ccole76

        You are so wrong, that 1% ( that you will never be part of) is still blinding you but thank goodness many people are starting to see! The corporate welfare is our problem and rich or want to be rich Republican lawmakers that could not care LESS for the people!!!!!

      • CrankyToo

        I don’t know where you get that 49% figure, or even what “dependent on the Government” means in the context of your statement, but I think it’s time someone sorted you out, PaulCindy – or least made the effort (I know how intractable you wingdings can be).

        Let’s begin by examining the Repugnican myth that people on welfare are living lavishly while lounging lazily. And let’s stipulate that there is a small segment of the poor population that is taking advantage of Uncle Sugar’s generosity. You’d have to be very naive not to understand that there will always be those who will attempt to game the system. I don’t care what the system, process or endeavor, there will always be a cadre of liars, cheats, thieves, lazy bastards, what have you, trying to find the path of least resistance and get something for nothing. Not only is that a natural phenomenon, but it’s inspired at all levels of our society by those liars, cheats, thieves and sundry other greedy bastards who feed at the top of the food chain (like politicians, corporate executives, bankers, and others of their ilk). The scum at the top are role models for the scum at the bottom and. Even so, as we all know, a man with a business degree will steal more money than any man with a gun.

        Be all that as it may, the solution to corruption is not to tear down the safety nets which have been providing some measure of dignity to our poor and elderly for several generations now (as Paul Ryan’s budget would seek to do). The solution is to fix systemic problems, by enacting more sensible controls where needed and insisting on compliance by everyone engaged, including, most importantly, the bureaucrats who administer the various programs. And we need to prosecute those who fail to comply.

        The ranks of the poverty-stricken in this country have swelled in recent years to upwards of 50 million (one in 6 or 7 of our citizens now lives in poverty), and we have eight years of irresponsible Repugnican governance and George W. Bush to thank for that – not Barack Obama.

        Even as cynical as I am, I prefer to believe that the vast majority of those poor people are doing their best to be responsible citizens within the context of surviving in a world becoming increasing less sympathetic toward them. Moreover, I think it’s safe to say that most poor folk work a helluva lot harder than those of us who are better off. They are, in the main, out of bed early and back in bed late. Up early to serve us our newspapers and McMuffins, and up late working multiple jobs so as to have any shot at the so-called “American Dream”.

        Your suggestion that these people who live at the lower strata of our society don’t pay taxes is breathtakingly ignorant. They pay taxes on every hour they work; they pay taxes on every gallon they pump; they pay taxes on everything they need to survive (with the exception of food in most states, I presume). They pay a variety of state and municipal taxes, so as to be able to have a place to live and send their kids to school. The poorest may not pay Federal income taxes, but by and large, they pay more taxes (as a percentage of income) than do most of us who are still fortunate enough to reside in the middle class, and certainly more (as a percentage of income) than those who are living the good life.

        Contrary to what you say, this argument certainly is about class warfare, and the fight’s been brewing for more than three decades – since “that tired old man we elected king” implemented trickle-down economics. But more than that, this is about American ideals. And anyone who doesn’t think we should be asking more of our privileged citizens, and doing more to help the most unfortunate among us is neither a partiot nor a Christian. These days, we call that person a Republican.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Avon-Bellamy-Sr/100002020308537 Avon Bellamy Sr.

          God bless you CrankyToo you have lifted the burden from my shoulders to respond with some degree of fact and intelligence to the “dull normals” who scream their renditions of Republican foolery. I am amazed at how the misinformed continually spew onto these pages information cranked from FOX sound bytes. Somehow they miss the point that corporate farmers and oil companies receive enormus government subsidies; corporations and the very wealthy receive tax breaks that amount to sizeable government payments and the congressional leaders who are working diligently to destroy our way of life in order to curry favor with the wealthy, get GOVERNMENT paychecks and superior health insurance for their families and themselves for life – and this even if they only serve ONE TERM. I am 70, unemployed and receive a Social Security check from which they take tax. I need Medicare and Medicaid yet there have been people responding on these pages, who I guarantee you need Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, screaming in support of Republicans who want to end these programs while they put more money in the pockets of rich Wall Street bankers and corporations that have shipped our jobs to China and other countries to avoid paying their fair tax share. Its the equivalent of coming upon a man raping your wife and then holding her down while he completes the act. I have no idea what kind of drug you can give a human being that allows him to forego self preservation, but too many Americans have obviously overdosed on it. Worst, truth, facts and intelligence which are usually enough to derail BS, doesn’t appear to work on them; they are like mindless lemmings rushing for the cliff’s edge; happy to die with their lips glued to Paul Ryan’s butt.

          • CrankyToo

            Sir, that was as eloquent a soliloquy as any I’ve ever conceived, and I consider myself to be a fairly adept communicator.

            And that’s why banging heads with Repugnicans is so damned frustrating! As you implied, it’s virtually impossible to communicate on any intellectual plane with any conservative “thinker”. What was that old advertising tagline, “forty million Frenchmen can’t be wrong”? It only takes one Repugnican to contradict that expression.

            Thank you for your prayer, and may He bless you as well. Of course, you’re 70 and I’m 60, so we’ve been fairly heavily bless already…

          • metrognome3830

            Thank you CrankyToo and Avon Bellamy. I was beginning to think there were no clear-thinking intelligent people left in our country. I’m 73 and retired. Like you folks, I need Medicare and Social Security just to hang onto the edge of a middle class life. After working full-time from the day after high school graduation until I was a year and a half beyond full retirement age, I refuse to feel guilty for receiving my “entitlements.” Republicans like Paul Ryan have absolutely no clue as to what would happen if they are successful with their plans. Nor do they care.

          • CrankyToo

            Sad but true, MG. No sweat, Pal. We’ll give those Repugs such a beating in
            November that their great grandkids’ll be born dizzy.

            See you at the polls, and bring all your friends.

        • KathiLee

          Very well said. Have you ever considered running for office? You are so much more coherent and logical than most of our “representatives.”

          • CrankyToo

            Shucks, Ma’am. I’m just a dumb ole country boy from Fort Lauderdale. Who’d pay me any mind?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Hemphill/1139796490 Joseph Hemphill

          very poignant and to the heart of the matter, the greatest hoax perpetrated upon the American public is the notion that anyone can be accepted into the exclusive 1% Grand Ole Party, sure there are statistical anomalies of sheer luck and/or perseverance, but for the most part, the rules have been manipulated to keep the majority on their subservient hamster wheels endlessly running, running running after the elusive “American Dream” which has become a nightmare for an ever increasing percentage of the population.

          • CrankyToo

            Thank you, Sir. I appreciate your complement and I concur with your very deft analysis of the ursurpation of the Dream by the Repugnican elite. See you at the polls in November.

      • Rebecah

        That is totally insane, and an outright lie. Before you post and look like a whatever, get an education.

      • KathiLee

        It’s only class warfare when we (the 99%) fight back.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPAJBX2EJGLYKZCC4ZQG6IBNPQ PaulCindy

      It isn’t the 1% vs the 99%, it is the 49% dependent on the Government vs the 51% paying for it. People have to get off the class warfare thing.

    • jerseyboy65

      Rebecah unfortunately there are a lot of STUPID people out there. Otherwise it would be a no brainer.

    • docbrc

      Not deaf dumb and stupid… just stupid. Stupid enough to get opinions from Fox News. Really, it’s a simple propaganda formula, always a shoe-in to gain plenty of votes for the GOP. All politicians need do is wrap themselves in the flag, proclaim their Christianity, proclaim their “pro-life” and heartfelt anti-gay “family values” and Fox News and the fat man, Rush Limbaugh will take it from there.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1643949387 William A Cunningham

        Yes you are correct. I know alot of those people and they think fox cable news is all truth. There was an articale I read that stated there was a study that is starting to prove thant the true conservitives are from the mid west and the south. Makes me think sbout the guys in gray uniforms may br living today. The evangelicals are leading the charge that is the south and midwest who for generations have been raised to be very Consevitive republicans. Not all people in those areas are republicans,so they are being targited by them,voting etc. Christens must try to be as much as possible like Jesus Christ,which means we all should care about the poor,underprivaliged,disabled,of different color,race,gender,etc. This would mean being a non-partison ciizen who feels and cares about this. If Jesus was to come today and he was to be asked what he would support,it would be his love and that means caring and loving what this means. He would be a non partison not anything else. Of course he wouln’t join any party,but I feel those who preach they are of him and do the opposite will be in trouble some day,sooner than later. Greed,lust for power and the uncontrollable need to keep it make bad people. We all need to look inside ourselves and find the Humanity we have that many seem to have forgotten.

      • Rebecah

        You are right I should have said or instead of and. Lunatic and psychotic might actually be a better terms. Look at that nutcase Nugent, now he is one psychotic nut that should be in a padded cell, along with the fat man Limbaugh.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4ANUKGAVQ4GYSBTWH6NILZ6G4 japangirl@smart

          Well said Rebecca!! You have nailed it very well !!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Harp/1435120513 Steve Harp

          Psychotic is absolutely the correct word here.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Harp/1435120513 Steve Harp

          Psychotic is absolutely the correct word here.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EBIWDBWQ3QDGUX4ICOC5ENOFE Clifford

        why are they not liable for the true of their broadcasts.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQGBA5PRAYHR7MDWTQ2DORHUM4 concernedAmerican

      Unfortunately for the country there are a lot of people who honestly believe that they too may one day be able to get into that millionaires club where they too may be able to hide their money and get those special breaks that seem to come with the well off.

    • Ron Bennett

      Rebecah,

      Never underestimate the stupidity of the American public. It comes from living in a a large powerful country like the USA where people think we are the center of the universe. Russians and Chinese share this trait as well, although in China people are not given the option to choose their leaders.

    • Ron Bennett

      Rebecah,

      Never underestimate the stupidity of the American public. It comes from living in a a large powerful country like the USA where people think we are the center of the universe. Russians and Chinese share this trait as well, although in China people are not given the option to choose their leaders.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3EBIWDBWQ3QDGUX4ICOC5ENOFE Clifford

      you might also vote republican if you have a state or govt job where your health insurance is paid for life and a penison plan that pays until both you and your spouse die…….in other words you have yours to well with everyone else

  • cfcrawmer3

    I’m an Independent who’s voting a straight Democratic ticket next election, for one reason to ensure my wife & daughters won’t have to wear a Burka & another, so they can make their own decision re: reproductive health…am really looking forward to more State & less Church by our decision makers….need em to get the Government’s work done!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LC2Q22MFT62FDSVE4J4CG2XE4 ace

      You are a sick fool that is what you are .

      • cfcrawmer3

        I don’t agree with your comment but I’ll fight to ensure your right to state it…I love America!

      • http://www.facebook.com/sidney.r.smith1 Sidney R Smith

        Is that all you could come up with Ace. Mindless, childish name calling. Typical Republican mindset. I too believe in your right to vote. That is if you’re old enough! DNC AND OBAMA IN 2012!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Wrighten-Johnson/525687143 Rebecca Wrighten Johnson

        such ignorance

      • CrankyToo

        Ace, I have no idea whether or not cfcrawmer3 is sick or healthy, but I do know which one of you is the fool – and it ain’t him (her?).

      • CrankyToo

        Ace, I have no idea whether or not cfcrawmer3 is sick or healthy, but I do know which one of you is the fool – and it ain’t him (her?).

      • Rebecah

        Who is a sick fool? The only fool would be one that would vote for a Republican. So cfcrawmer3 is definitely not sick nor a fool.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3XDTJHLNKSTTS34VTKT3WR6M4 Robert

        Interesting, you can’t dispute with intelligence and facts what cfcrawmer3 said so you have to proceed, like all Republicans, to name calling!

    • johnmelvin

      Good plan. I’m not that impressed with republican behavior. The campaign on one issue and once in get into our bedrooms and attempt to dictate morality. Forget it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3XDTJHLNKSTTS34VTKT3WR6M4 Robert

        The gays have been saying that for years…Yeah, get them out of our bedrooms!

  • lynnedwin

    Here is one Independent who would not DARE vote for Obama! He’s been an absolute disaster. His money-grabbing fingers want to do nothing but spend this country into oblivion. He is the most irresponsible president in the history of this nation. A total disgrace! He has no regard for my daughter’s future. And I take that extremely personal. My God, we have to get this man out of there!

    • bmerbob

      You should study the detail of what drives the deficits . Obama’ share is less than 15%. The Bush era programs still account for just over 40% and the rest are defense and other programs long on the books. If you think the Ryan plan, which by the way calls for just about 1% less in expenditures than Obama’s, yet provides more tax breaks for the wealthy, is some sort of silver bullet, it doesn’t do a thing to reduce the debt. In fact it increases it pretty much the same.

    • AmazedbyyourFOXNEWSinsight

      To be an Independent, you sure hit the Rep. talking Points. Money Grabbing Fingers? Vote Romney in and we can pick up where we were 8 years ago and circle the drain again.

    • firstguesser

      With as much respect for you as I can muster I must say: “you,sir are an idiot ” but hey don’t feel too badly there is a whole army of poorly informed/underinformed voters just like you. I’m curious doesn’t it put a strain on your elbows to keep stabbing yourself in the back continuously ?

      I know I’m wasting time here but the greatest % of the debt came courtesy of George Bush, who came into office inheriting a surplus from his predecessor Bill Clinton. Like your hero Ronald Raegan he matched the debt of all the previous President’s combined. How did he accomplish this ? Well he first ignored the warnings of the Clinton administration (see the testimony of Richard Clark) that terrorist activity should be closely monitored in that it would be one of the biggest problems Bush would face. The Idiot Prince appointed a committee to oversea terrorist activity headed up by Cheney which never met !!! Ergo 9/11 occurred.

      The Bush administration then plunged this country head long into 2 very unnecessary wars thereby bankrupting our economy (just as Bin Laden counted on him to do). He then provided 2 different tax cuts to the wealthy which resulted in the worst job growth record of any president going back to Herbert Hoover. It also robbed our treasury of badly needed revenues. Then he & his party put in a drug program that was totally unpaid for into effect further increasing our debt. For good measure he continued the deregulation of private industries. This lack of oversight led directly to the Wall Street movers & shakers plunging the country into a near depression by the late summer of 2008.

      This was the situation the Obama administration was faced with upon taking office. Unemployment was soaring & the economy was losing 700,000 jobs/month. President Obama immediately turned the tables to the point where we have now had 26 straight months of positive job creation numbers. To accomplish this much he needed to infuse federal $s into the economy (Job Stimulus Bill, remember ?) The problem was he could not get a larger stimulus bill thru the obstructionist Republican congress. This lack of Congressional cooperation has hampered our recovery rate. It is a proven fact that when an economy is in such bad shape that an inadequate amount of jobs are being created it is the Government who must be then employer of last resort. It is what FDR did in the 1930′s to get this country out of the first Great Republican Depression.

      Now with a desperate need for additional revenues to create even more jobs etc. your Republican Fascists refuse to pass the job creation bill proposed by the administration. They refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy supposedly because they are the job creators when, in reality, it is the consumer creating demand for goods & services who are the job creators. They refuse to create tens of thousands of jobs by failing to pass bills that would begin to fix the crumbling infrastructure existing in the USA. They refuse to let the tax cuts expire for the top !% when these cuts have done nothing but increased our deficit while not providing the jobs we so desperately need. They refuse to cut unnecessary military spending that even the Pentagon is in favor of. They also are willing to continue to allow health care costs continue to soar out of control while at the same time standing by idly while more & more of our citizens die unnecessarily every year.

      You say you feel afraid for your daughter if we don’t restore the greedy corrupt & incompetent Republicans to power ? As we speak they are looking to cut up to $1,000.00 in financial aid for college students. All this is just the tip of the iceberg of Republican mismanagement, corruption & incompetence. So please take this in the best way when I request you go out, take your head out of your ass & research to become an informed intelligent voter. Deal ? No I suppose not.

      • lynnedwin

        I’m saying–the republicans AND the democrats share the blame. Equally, I believe. For a simple reason: both are posturing, playing a deadly game of partisan politics at the expense of this nation. I’m not a republican. They’re just as culpable as the democrats. Both sides are putting their party’s welfare above this nation. And we’re seeing our nation self-destruct while Washington fiddles. Sir, you rant and rave against the Bush administration (rightfully so). I see equal reason and disgust to rant and rave against this present administration. Both are fiddling while Rome burns.

        • firstguesser

          No I’m afraid what you say just doesn’t pass the mustard. I litinized the multiple failings of the Bush administration while also detailing just a few of the accomplishments of the Obama administration. You want to hate Obama, fine. Except you have not yet given one valid piece of evidence as to why he has been a disaster. I would conclude that in your opinion he was a sister for you due solely to the color of his skin.

        • CrankyToo

          Kudos to you firstguesser for at least making the effort (and a most erudite one at that) to help lynnedwin pull her head out of her butt. Regrettably, you seem to have failed, as she apparently insists upon remaining ignorant.

          She won’t recognize the scourge of Repugnican policies on this wonderful democracy of ours until it no longer exists, and her daughter is working in a sweatshop for $.41 an hour.

  • howa4x

    The Republican base isn’t big enough to carry an election by itself. That can only happen if the Democrats stay home and I don’t think they will this election.The Tea Party mistook the anger over the economy as a mandate to radically alter the landscape, which it wasn’t. Women are leaving the Tea Party in droves, Latinos are pushed away by the virulent anti immigration rethoric, and working familes see most of the cuts directed at them. Soon the tea party will be made up of only angry older white men, which is a declining portion of the electorate

    Also we don’t know how strong Romney really is with the right wing of the party He never carried them in any state. If Mitt picks a moderate as a runing mate they may sit home, or not be energized,and if he picks someone like Ryan to shore up the base he looses the middle and creates a bigger gap with women, Latinos, and independents. Republicans created this monster and now it threatens to devour them

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    As shocking as it may be between the Koch billionaires and Norquist attempting a government taking, these 3 autocratic bullies are funding a number of splinter groups like the Tea Party, Americans for Prosperity and others.

    When the GOP lost Olympia Snowe that was handwriting on the all that the Tea Party Twerps have gone too far. They want anyone who disagrees with them to get back into line and obey. They want anyone who dares think for themselves to be brainwashed into their hardliner, extremist ideology.

    Ryan’s Budget, just like the GOP sudden support of funding for small businesses is just another tax break for the 1% and businesses who are anything but small. Any small business owner of a Mom and Pop shop will end up with a few hundred dollars and as usual, the so-called small businesses the GOP hide with more than 500 employees are the ones who will profit in the tens of thousands.

    There isn’t a right wing Republican who can’t manipulate budgets to the advantage of their rich butt cronies. When we get good and tired of being the sole support of the 1% and Big Business 51st Nanny state, then and only then will the Tea Party GOP twerps get it. It has to hurt their bank accounts before it makes any difference to them.

  • LeeAlan

    Totally Democrat here! I could not have said that prior to the “W” years. But, the GOP just does not stand for a caring, equitable society anymore. They are full of mean-speak and their goal is simply to protect the very rich—to the detriment of everyone else. For America to prosper, we need an enlarged Middle Class. An America with health care NOT beyond people’s financial reach and a strong educational system. We need a REAL energy policy (I like the notion of “all of the above”) that respects conservation, investment in infrastructure and an embrace of diversity. America needs to make plans for a changing, modern world. (At this point we are regressing). You don’t hate people for who they are–but you do demonize or punish bad acts and bad behavior from all “classes” of people.

  • Pamelajd813

    See…the trick here is “a neutral description” and a “balanced debate”. Any idea how to make that happen? I propose that the heated rhetoric, “talking point” debate presentations, and “sound bite” advertising control the elections. … a situation made even worse since “Citizens United”. Whichever side has the best “Mad Men” will win elections. For this situation to change, the American public has to be willing to actually understand the issues. In my experience, most people really don’t either have the time or the inclination to truly understand policy issues. I am deeply worried about this country.

    • bmerbob

      You would be 100% correct. I think the inclination part is the biggest thing and in many cases, the ability to sort through reality vs. the political spin. I too have great reservations about this fall.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sharona1949 Sharon Gari

      I am only deeply worried if the Republicans get in. Going by their policies, if you are not a member of the 1%, you will be homeless, starving and have no healthcare or medicare, medicaid! And single women with small children and the elderly will be the hardest hit!
      If Romney thinks putting his wife out there to campaign is gonna get the sympathy of women, they are sadly mistaken! We all see what a privledged life she has had! And her illnesses . . . she is probably in remission because she could afford the best healthcare possible but I guess she doesn’t think we lower income women with kids deserve the same!

  • lynnedwin

    There is no way to explain away that this president has spent more money in his 3 years in office than all our other presidents combined in the history of this nation. I do not buy the “blame shifting” to Bush that this administration tries to sell.

    One simple question: Why has President Obama spent more money in the last 3 years than all the presidents combined! You can’t spin that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Cooper/100000098718774 Ron Cooper

      Why did W spen almost 10 trillion in his 8 years??

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

        WHAT WOULD U EXPECT FROM A DRUNKEN SOT LIKE bush-it

    • LeeAlan

      There doesn’t need to be any “spinning”. The economy was in free fall. Even “W” knew that at the 11th hour of his presidency (the major deficit spender). I hated the “bailouts” as much as anyone. But had that not happened as well as the stimulus spending, this country would have had incredible unemployment and chaos would have ensued. The last “strong” economy was totally based on housing speculation, Wall St. shenanigans, and consumption. Almost none of it was based on production. That “false” economy had to implode!

    • LeeAlan

      There doesn’t need to be any “spinning”. The economy was in free fall. Even “W” knew that at the 11th hour of his presidency (the major deficit spender). I hated the “bailouts” as much as anyone. But had that not happened as well as the stimulus spending, this country would have had incredible unemployment and chaos would have ensued. The last “strong” economy was totally based on housing speculation, Wall St. shenanigans, and consumption. Almost none of it was based on production. That “false” economy had to implode!

    • bmerbob

      He hasn’t. The government has. If you research a little, you will find that Bush programs drive over 40% of current deficits. It;’s not like every dollar spent when one becomes president is attributable to that president. we are still paying for the Bush tax cuts and both his wars. Add to that the Bush Medicare program which includes a clause that forbids the government to negotiate better prices (nice one) and you have a large portion of the current spending and deficits. You have to be a little more informed. The comments that this president has spent more than any other are simply uninformed statements.

    • lexi001

      Because we needed to pay the bills for the previous 8 years! That would include the TARP monies, among other expenditures. I’m sure you right-winger’s believe somewhere in your little minds that had a Republican won this last election, they would have gotten us out of this mess without spending a dime! Just think about that last line for a moment. Is it your belief that the whole thing would have simply evaporated into thin air under a Republican President? We were at the brink of disaster in 2008 with 700,000+ jobs disappearing every month! Can you say the same for the last 3+ years, or is that something we should chalk up as “old news”? Why in God’s name would anyone think that the GOP has some magical powers to get us out of a hole that has been being dug for YEARS. You all speak like this economic collapse just happened in the last 3 years. What is wrong with you people? So, you see there is no “spin” on this. These are just facts. No one in your group wants to look back. We’re supposed to forget how this all came about. It is so very convenient to blame this man – after all, he isn’t even a citizen!!! So that’s good enough reason right there. I personally am not happy with the job President Obama has done. He wasn’t tough enough! He gave in to these idiots thinking that he could have partisanship. It has taken him 3 years to realize they were out to get him before he even won this election, and they NEVER had any plans on letting him succeed if they could help it. And that has been at a cost to US! Screw you citizens, we have an agenda that has nothing to do with improving this country. Our agenda is to make this man a “One time President”. That is all they have done the last 3+ years. Sad. This has been at yours and my expense.

      • CrankyToo

        You are dead right lexi001. Well put!

        P.S. I’m betting you’ll be happier with Obama in his second term.

  • bmerbob

    I’m not sure I agree with this article. I agree that what he says should be the way it plays out, but I do not have that much faith in much of the American electorate to think that deeply about the issues. I fear the emotional voters who always vote emotionally and against their own best interests. There are enough of them in the key states electorally speaking that could give this election to Romney.

    • LeeAlan

      In the back of my mind, I (sadly) tend to agree with you. I hope we are wrong.

      • bmerbob

        As do I. Just don’t have a warm fuzzy about this fall. There is a lot of time for any number of things to happen tat can turn the public on a dime.

      • bmerbob

        As do I. Just don’t have a warm fuzzy about this fall. There is a lot of time for any number of things to happen tat can turn the public on a dime.

  • http://twitter.com/RamdasSunder Ramdas Sunder

    This is why it is better for Obama to hit Romney on his “marvelous” comment about the Ryan plan than to focus on the Buffett Rule. You need the Buffett Rule for fairness, but it would not affect our way of life if it didn’t pass. The Ryan Budget fundamentally would change America for the worse, and people instinctively “get it.”

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    This President is a disaster? Wrong. The only idiots who try to make that claim are the ones who rode the Gravy Train Bush put on his wealth entitlement track. So now you see the 1%ers can’t earn 30-second wealth off the backs of Americans fed up with their engorging themselves at our expense. Hurts doesn’t it?

    If the right wing Republicans think people who are employed and paying their taxes and that of the 1% who don’t pay their fair share are going to watch their payroll deductions for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid vaporize into that massive chasm of the 1%, they’d best think again. If they think they are the only ones their misbegotten wealth entitles to decent affordable healthcare, they’d better step aside. Americans are fed up with the excuse that the rich create jobs. Since when? Since 2004 when the first 10,000 Americans lost jobs in a single day? Since 2008 when unemployment was at 8 million and the uninsured for healthcare was at 43 million?

    Rich butts who can only earn their wealth by charging $100 a minute for their work are living in la la land. Their high risk investments are not going to come from SS, Medicare or Medicaid like they want. These idiots just think there’s no ceiling on how high the prices of necessities can go…Think again Oh Grand Pubbahs of Upper Crust Idiocy.

  • AmazedbyyourFOXNEWSinsight

    I see you changed your original comment. You must be receiving your Fox News through an IV Drip……

  • LeeAlan

    Totally Democrat here! I could not have said that prior to the “W” years. But, the GOP just does not stand for a caring, equitable society anymore. They are full of mean-speak and their goal is simply to protect the very rich—to the detriment of everyone else. For America to prosper, we need an enlarged Middle Class. An America with health care NOT beyond people’s financial reach and a strong educational system. We need a REAL energy policy (I like the notion of “all of the above”) that respects conservation, investment in infrastructure and an embrace of diversity. America needs to make plans for a changing, modern world. (At this point we are regressing). You don’t hate people for who they are–but you do demonize or punish bad acts and bad behavior from all “classes” people.

  • lynnedwin

    One other matter. Both parties–Democrats & Republicans–are placing their party line above the welfare of this country. Both are a disgrace! It is absolutely a shame against this country that Harry Reid will not produce a budget in the senate SIMPLY because of politics. He wants to protect his fellow democrats that are coming up for re-election. I find that deplorable, despicable, and cowardly. My God, has he no decency!

    If I ran my checking account like this present congress (including Obama) runs our country’s check book, I would be in bankruptcy in 60 days! Both parties are absolutely disgusting!

    Yes, I’m angry! As said, both republicans and democrats are messing with my daughter’s future. And this dad takes it very, very personal. They’re all bums and a disgrace to this country. Including our president.

    I do not care about politics. I care only about ONE thing. Obama and his cronies (politicians on both sides of the aisle) are spending us into anarchy like a bunch of drunken sailors. They have no conscience when it comes to your family and mine.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLT3BBICDAFJXQAHHKXXLJUCH4 Stella53

      Nice try – trying to clump the dems in with the repubs! You didn’t name one republican. How about John Boehner and his majority congress not doing their jobs! Speaking of jobs, where are the jobs Boehner and the GOP campaigned on in 2010? Those of you who voted for the GOP got fooled again. They don’t give a hoot about you, unless you are rich. Go scream at the party that protects the rich and tells the middleclass and lowerclass to go to hell.

    • flyinjs

      You care about politics and by the sounds you are not independent either. When you name names, don’t punish one side when it is at best both

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNRSOQB7TEU2XBPPAZ7GZPVNXM EdC

    Let us hope that there will be super majorities of inteligent liberals taking over both houses and retain the presidency. What i mean is IF the conservatives actually are capible or by accident (which is more likely) to come up with a good idea, that Congress will take the time to evaluate it. However we need to get laws back to protecting the labor classes, the future generations and their education and the seniors. We need to stop allowing the military industrial complex from accidental on purpose overruns, and we need to catch up on the industrialized world market, including energy measures, medical care and return to patriotic morals of business. Not cut the throat of our people to get a better bottom line for special individuals.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Right wingers sure are hilarious. A president who went around the country marketing a war we couldn’t afford is responsible? A president who lied about WMDs to get that war for Halliburton on the basis of a “no bid contract” is responsible? A Harvard MBA president who not only bankrupted his own Arbusto Oil but the Texas baseball team and then dumped those bankruptcies on his fellow statesmen is responsible? A Harvard MBA president who ignored $200 billion lost somewhere in Iraq in 2003 is responsible? A Harvard MBA president who ends his presidency in 2008 with the worst Financial Meltdown since the Great Depression is responsible? You bet he is. He’s the only one right wingers give a free pass on the numerous scandals starting with Delay/Abramoff of K-Street and Scooter Libby who took Cheney’s blames.

    But the problem with a narrow minded right winger is the inability to accept blame. Now if McCain had won, he’d have waved his magic wand and all the bills coming due NOW for Iraq would be magically paid…by guess whom? Look in the mirror.

    Only the narrowest mind blames a president who has done more to keep that Financial Meltdown from destroying this country. Only the narrowest mind refuses to give this president credit for putting the country back on track. Unlike NJ’s Christie, this president doesn’t go around tooting his own horn.

    President Obama doesn’t have to. We know 2012 is not 2008. Only those narrow minded “take our country back” right wingers have yet to step into 2012 and see the light we all see at the end of that dark 2008 tunnel.

    • 1AmericanHoney27

      Eleanor…. If trueth be told Haliburton probably paid for Chaney’s heart transplant in exchange for all Bush & company did for them. Come Nov Republicans should be treated like drugs… ” Just Say No “. Republicans are Whack….. Vote Obama/Biden 2012. “No Republicans need apply. ” ……….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Federman/100001308611208 Paul Federman

      Agree with everything you have said except… George Bush went to Yale like his father G.H.W. (Skull and Bones). Obama went to Harvard.

  • ChristoD

    Ryans budget is an affront to every American outside of the top 5 %. This guy is a fraud. He has been positioned as a budegt guru when all he is is a ideological hack, plain and simple. When someone comes out with a plan (hello Simpson-Bowles !) that includes spending cuts AND revenue increases, then we should listen, debate and make something happen. Until then, enough of this nonsense.

    Rebacah’s comment below about hits the nail on the head. Are non-extreme people so naive, blind or accepting of the ideolological nonsense from the right that they cannot see by accepting the Republicans positions, that they are voting against their best interests ?

  • refjack2

    Truly it is about educating ones self about all the facts and not just what appears on the surface. Understanding politics is a difficult thing because things are never totally what they seem to be. Decisions look easy from the outside, but once privy to all information, it changes, at least for those that approach their elected position with an open mine. Obviously we have quite a few elected officials that entered with a closed mine and have continued to behave that way! Live spoiled brats, meaning, their way or no way. Not governing for all, but for a small few and their self interest!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • refjack2

    Truly it is about educating ones self about all the facts and not just what appears on the surface. Understanding politics is a difficult thing because things are never totally what they seem to be. Decisions look easy from the outside, but once privy to all information, it changes, at least for those that approach their elected position with an open mine. Obviously we have quite a few elected officials that entered with a closed mine and have continued to behave that way! Live spoiled brats, meaning, their way or no way. Not governing for all, but for a small few and their self interest!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPAJBX2EJGLYKZCC4ZQG6IBNPQ PaulCindy

    The problem that nobody wants to face is that by ignoring the debt and spending & the growth of the Fed. Gov. will cause us all to become trapped in an unsustainable economy that is bankrupt. When responsible congressmen & women try to take care of these issues they are criticized and voted down, and the problems grow worse, making it even harder to fix down the road.
    Soon, just the interest on our tremendous debt will take all of our revenue from taxes, and there will be nothing left for anything else like SS, Medicare, & National Defense.

    • Rebecah

      You really need to get an education PaulCindy! You do not have a clue…do you? You keep talking crazy talk. Wake-up!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Vanhoosier/1627051101 James Vanhoosier

        as bad as i hate to pay taxes .they need to go up for every one.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

      And you think the alternative is the Ryan Budget? Paul Ryans plan is guaranteed to blow the debt up by several trillion dollars, not a single tax cut is paid for which is exactly what Bush did and we know how well that’s worked out now don’t we?

      Robert Greenstein, President of Center on Budget and Policy Priorties, said of the Republican Budget, [a.k.a the Ryan Plan] “Specifically, the Ryan budget would impose extraordinary cuts in programs that serve as a lifeline for our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens, and over time would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance or become underinsured. It would also impose severe cuts in non-defense discretionary programs—much deeper than the across-the-board cuts (“sequestration”) that are scheduled to take place starting in January — thereby putting core government functions at still greater risk. Indeed, a new Congressional Budget Office analysis that Chairman Ryan himself requested shows that, “after several decades, the Ryan budget would shrink the federal government so dramatically that most of what it does outside of Social Security, health care, and defense would essentially disappear…That includes everything from veterans’ programs to medical and scientific research, highways, education, nearly all programs for low-income families and individuals other than Medicaid, national parks, border patrols, protection of food safety and the water supply, law enforcement, and the like”.

      Yet alongside these extraordinary budget cuts, with their dismantling of key parts of the safety net, the budget features stunning new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. These tax cuts would come on top of the average tax cut of more than $125,000 a year that the Tax Policy Center (TPC) estimates that people who make over $1 million a year will receive if — as the Ryan budget also proposes —policymakers make all of President Bush’s tax cuts permanent.

      In fact, TPC reported yesterday that the four major new tax cuts in the Ryan plan…would cost $4.6 trillion in lost federal revenue over the next ten years…All four revenue-losing measures would disproportionately benefit wealthy Americans.

      This is what Mitt Romney has in store for our future. Vote with your minds in 2012.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPAJBX2EJGLYKZCC4ZQG6IBNPQ PaulCindy

    The problem that nobody wants to face is that by ignoring the debt and spending & the growth of the Fed. Gov. will cause us all to become trapped in an unsustainable economy that is bankrupt. When responsible congressmen & women try to take care of these issues they are criticized and voted down, and the problems grow worse, making it even harder to fix down the road.
    Soon, just the interest on our tremendous debt will take all of our revenue from taxes, and there will be nothing left for anything else like SS, Medicare, & National Defense.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2EYFKL2XWAEHKFARH7Y7HN6SF4 Renee

    I am voting Democratic also. Do not like Romney, or what he tends to agree to stand for! Can’t believe he is even running…what a POOR choice!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

    Anything which reduces the number of republicans in congress is a good thing. The only thing standing in the way of complete elimination of the current GOP is the party faithful’s slavish devotion to ideological zealotry which requires no thinking, critical analysis or rational thought. It requires only an unwavering commitment to re-electing republicans despite the harm it does to almost all Americans.

  • ChristoD

    The whole debate around the National Debt has as its’ propagandized basepoint that the tax and spend Democrats are the primary cause of the ND. By propagandizing this UN-truth, by extention the Republicans can then claim the high ground and demand decreases in spending based on THEM making the choices. No revenue increases just spending decreases. The point they are trying to make is that ‘the Democrats caused this problem and now it is up to us Republicans to fix it’.

    The truth is that the ND was primarily caused under Republican Presidents and legislatures NOT Democrat !

    Just so we all know the FACTS about the ND…..(From zFACTS an INDEPENDENT non-political party affiliated THINK tank).

    The REPUBLICAN National Debt: $12 Trillion and Counting:

    Republicans blame the “Democratic Congress” for the National Debt increases. The trouble is that Congress was only Democratic 8 out of the last 20 years, and in those 8 years, on average, Congress passed smaller budgets than the Republican presidents requested. The specifics are all right here: It Was the Republicans. So, let’s add up the debt under Reagan and the Bushes. We can’t blame Reagan for the debt’s increase until his first budget took effect, October 1, 1981. Then, for 12 years until Sept. 30, 1993, the Republicans ballooned the debt. Later, George W. Bush took over.
    Under Reagan and Bush: $3.4 Trillion increase in the debt.
    Under George W. Bush: $6.1 Trillion.[1]
    Total: $9.5 Trillion. (without counting interest)
    But wait, there’s interest on that debt … continued below the graph

    The debt went up during Clinton’s years only because of $2.2 Trillion interest on the Reagan-Bush debt. Otherwise Clinton would have paid off most the remaining WWII debt. G.W.Bush got sand-bagged by Reagan.

    Just like a mortgage, the debt earns interest, and so the Reagan-Bush-I debt grew during the Clinton years. The average debt interest rate in those years was about 6.5%, which would increase it over 50% without compounding, but with compound interest the total debt – including interest – increased by $2.2 trillion.

    Total Republican debt from above: $9.5 trillion
    Interest on Reagan-Bush debt under Clinton: $2.2 trillion
    Interest on $11.7 trillion after G. W. Bush: $0.3 trillion
    (detailed calculation)
    Grand Total Reagan-Bushes Debt: $12 trillion (as of Sept. 30, 2010).

    If the Republicans had not run up this $12 Trillion debt, we could easily have pulled out of the Great Recession !!!!!

    So the point should be, if Republicans were the primary CAUSE of the creation of the vast majority of the ND why in hell should they dictate anything ? This is about BALANCE and fixing things using logical and warranted cuts along with increased revenue. ’nuff said except screw Grover Nordquist and the rest of the Republican propaganda machine, you are all an embarassment to our country !

  • lynnedwin

    Mentioning names is not a problem: Boener, Ryan, Romney. I’m saying both parties have sold out the welfare of this country for the party line. Republicans do favor and cater to the wealthy and lack answers for the middle class and our poor. And Democrats are completely irresponsible in thinking the government can continue spending us into oblivion. Both would rather posture their political positions rather than genuinely problem-solve for the welfare of this country. And that’s barbaric! Both parties are willing to let this country, as you say, “go to hell.”

  • stsintl

    Over the last forty years, Republicans have controlled the government for twenty eight years and have added 7.7 Trillion dollars to the National Debt, not counting interest charges. A little over 34 million jobs were added in our non-socialist economy during those Republican years. On the other hand, Democrats have controlled the government for only twelve years and have added 1.7 Trillion dollars to the National Debt. However, the same number of 34 million jobs were added in our non-socialist economy during those Democratic years. Remember Bill Clinton’s campaign slogan –”It’s the economy Stupid”, and how he fixed it, and left the White House with budget surpluses projected for ten years in the future? Then came Dick Cheney and Carl Rove to screw up everything with their massive tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 for the Wall Street tycoons and Rupert Murdoch, which the Treasury Secretary, Paul O’Neil, disagreed with and Dick Cheney had him fired for that.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

      AMEN brother AMEN

  • lynnedwin

    A simple question: Do you think this president (and congress) can continue spending at its current rate and not destroy this country? That’s not a political question. It’s an economical question. My conviction is: there’s no way. That is, there’s no way this president, if he gets re-elected, will not drive this country into economical bankruptcy. And destroy us.

    I have lived under FDR’s presidency, under Harry Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

    This is the only time in my life I’m scared! Really scared for this country. This president’s policies scare the hell out of me. I see no future for our country. For the first time in my life.

    Anyway, do you think this president (and congress) can continue spending at its current rate and not destroy this country?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

      Oh if only people like you would take just a minute to educate themselves. If you bothered to look into the matter you’d see that spending in this government is on the DECLINE from the BUSH years. Obama is trying to undue some of damage inflicted on all of us from the previous administration. Since you are apparently elderly, I’m guessing you have a vested interest in preserving our national support systems such as SS and Medicare. If you think you’re scared now, imagine the level of fear that will accompany passage of the Paul Ryan budget under a Romney administration. Now that’s scary!

    • CrankyToo

      Dear misguided lynnedwin, there are only three ways to feed the engine which drives our economy:

      (1) Capital investment – Unfortunately, the capitalists have been sitting on about 4 trillion in cash, holding it in abeyance so that the economy remains stagnant up until November. They’re hoping that, in so doing, they’ll be able to thwart Obama’s re-election and install one of their own in the White House. I’m referring to Mitt Romney, of course (and God help us if that moron somehow wins in November).

      (2) Consumer spending – Unfortunately, 8 years under the Bushwhacker has left 99% of us all tapped out. We’ve got nothing left to spend and the bankers, by and large, aren’t lending.

      (3) Government spending (or stimulus, if you prefer) – Unfortunately, the stimulus programs undertaken by our government these past four years were somewhat less than effective (the first by Bush, because it was mismanaged, and the second by Obama because it was not bold enough).

      So, if businesses aren’t investing in our economy, and the peasants aren’t filling the malls, the Government has to keep spending in order to keep us from falling back into recession. It ain’t rocket surgery, Darlin’.

      Now, if you look all around your posts, you may notice that everyone else is ridiculing what you’re saying. What’s it gonna take to bring you to the realization that you’re on the wrong side of the argument?

      Here’s the bottom line: if you’re a country-clubber or a religious nut, then by all means, vote Repugnican this November – they’re your kind of people. On the other hand, if you hold out any hope for your daughter to eventually get her piece of the rock, then you’d better wise up. I’ve got a daughter, too – and two grandkids. That’s three reasons why I’ll be pulling the lever for Democrats in November – from the top of my ballot to the bottom.

      P.S. If you’re getting your information from Fox Noise, you need to turn that shit off before it turns you into a complete vegetable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LC2Q22MFT62FDSVE4J4CG2XE4 ace

    What bunch of stupid UNAMERICANS this idiot that is in there now is just as UNAMERICAN as they come all yo idiots came to America to destroy it just like the lowlife lying Democrats you are a bunch of sick idiots ,

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

      How can you be so stupid?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sidney.r.smith1 Sidney R Smith

      There you go again Ace. Mindless name calling. Your childish remarks make all Republicans look bad. If you care for the GOP you should shut up. OBAMA IN 2012!

  • gdtm4larry

    All these people getting the Handout do not WANT change…How can we get the Government back on track without tackling these entitlement programs…. THE 49% that pay nothing to the federal government will surely vote O’bama just to keep the government Welfare coming IN…… Then…… We will really see the DIRE straits the country is in… Another 4 years of O’bama should pretty well ruin the country…. Then ALL you WELFARE SUCKERS WILL REALLY HAVE YOUR FREEBIES CUT….Out of necessity… Just Like GREECE…..GET READY….. I GOT my menial INCOME, and it dont come from the Government… Ill be fine…. ALL you BLOODSUCKERS WILL FEEL THE PINCH IN 4 YEARS, IF we cant get O’bama OUSTED….NOWWWWWWWWWW…

    • CrankyToo

      And there you have it folks! Yet another glaring example of the Repugnican intelligentsia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/signjay Jay Peterson

    In my little town in Maine, it’s clear that a lot of the people who consistently vote Republican and see themselves as Tea Party types have a myopic vision of the rest of society. Many are on various forms of public assistance, food stamps, TANF, Medicare and Medicaid, or have no insurance at all and are treated in emergency rooms at taxpayer expense, yet they see the offenders as “them other people”, blacks, Indians, Mexicans, “people from away” of one sort or another. My neighbors have earned their benefits somehow, I guess , and it’s lazy people from the big cities who are the problem. And those gay, flag-burning Mexicans, all eight or nine of them in this state. Still more insane is that they look at Romney and see a well groomed Prince, someone who “made it” and perhaps they can attach their own lives to his nebulous, shining star, this cartoon masquerading as a human, and that maybe he will help them. They have a better chance of being hit by a meteor than having an out-of-touch billionaire like Mitt help them. We can only hope enough people see through this dim facade he is putting up to prevent him from completely handing this country over to BOA , Halliburton and Goldman Sachs, enriching himself and his 1%-ers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-J-Perea/1330247941 Angel J. Perea

    Let’s stop the Class War by the “Have it Alls” and their republican enablers! I have just one simple question? Where was this guy Romney during the BUSH eight years of Free spending Govt. when our US economy was being sent into a near depression and he was lobbying Bain Capital to get his 13.9 tax deduction written in the tax code by the Republcian Senator Grassely? He is just another right wing political hypocrite millionaire trying not to pay his fair share of taxes to become a Billionaire! Stop the hypocritical republican’s Class War on Middle America and from spreading their continued fairy tale lies that stopping the continued Bush tax cuts (give a ways) for billionaires and Millionaires will negatively impact on the job creators which busy in Communist China creating slave labor jobs there! This B.S. has gone-on for 9 years with less Americans employed, but more American jobs being out sourced to China by many of these same billionaires and millionaires that do not pay their fair share. 80% of Americans are sick and disgusted with these political prostitutes that are taking thousands of $$$$ from Grover Norquest for their campaigns as well as the same Billionaires and Millionaires! Are you listening, Mr. Romney, Boehner, Cantor and Ryan and McConnell with your obstructionists that are not interested in the future of Middle Class Americans and the common good?

  • lynnedwin

    “…spending in this government is on the DECLINE from the BUSH years…”

    That’s what I don’t get. According to more than a few economists, Obama has spent more in 3 years than Bush spent in 8. I don’t get it. How is spending in “this government” down?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Belvail/1329283202 Linda Belvail

    Republicans in trouble….who you trying to kid!! Just can you say it does not make is so.

  • lynnedwin

    Why do you sink into the cesspool of racism? How disgusting.

    • come_home

      Join the Mormons, vote for Romney and move to Utah… a racist like you would fit right in.

    • 1AmericanHoney27

      Technically President Obama is not 100% of the black race. He’s half & half which makes him all the better in my opinion…. So stop with the black black black causes he’s not not not 100% either…. He’s coffee with cream……..

  • 1standlastword

    It’s too easy to predict the end of Paul Ryan’s political career in a Wisconsin political climate that is about to send its ultra-conservative rightwing governor packing.

    As House Budget Commitee Chairman, that too, is about to term.

    I see Ryan’s future in the role of conservative lobbist and ultra rightwing pundit.

    Only a very few very powerful people like Ryan. The politically informed average citizen (99%ers)find him ANATHEMA!

    If Romney puts Ryan on the ticket, it will be worse for him than it was for McCain. If Romney doesn’t put Ryan on the ticket it will still be worse for him than it was for McCain.

    Romney is damned if he does and dammed if he doesn’t because he too is ANATHEMA!!!!!!

  • lynnedwin

    You want evidence of Obama’s failures…

    1. Hawaii is in Asia
    2 Passing on the keystone pipeline.
    3. Touts a Green Energy Company as exemplary that fails a year later.
    4. Using the Gulf Oil Spill to promote Green Energy – instead of cleaning it up.
    5. Thinking the Tea Party is a passing fad – or that they are racists.
    6. Pulling out of Iraq with no clear victory over insurgent forces.
    7. Trying to re-write history through speeches – with inaccurate information (i.e. Statue of Liberty)
    8. Getting a Nobel Prize for being the most ineffective President in the history of the United States.
    9. Putting all legislation on the Internet for five days before it comes to a vote.
    10. Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits.
    11. Giving a collection of DVDs to the British PM.
    12. Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism.
    13. Promising to close Gitmo — failing to do so.
    14. Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016.
    15. Naming numerous Socialists to his various Czar positions and then watching them scurry for cover when Beck begins to call them out, forcing them to resign.
    16. Government races for NJ, VA and the Senate Seat in Mass.
    17. The midterm elections, which Obama himself called a shellacking.
    18. Prediction that stimulus would ensure that unemployment doesn’t exceed 8%.
    19. Bowing to just about everybody.
    20. Proposing amnesty for illegal aliens to increase the population of voters for Democrat elections.
    21. He said, I have visited 57 states. Now there is just 1 left to visit.
    22. Obama to Medvedev…give me space I will have more flexibility after my election.

    It amazes me that supporters of the man inevitably play the race card when we disagree with his policies. And then resort to name calling. You degrade my character with “I conclude that in your opinion he was a sister for you due solely to the color of his skin.”

    Do you know how disgusting that is? It’s like my saying–your mother sucks too. I know! Is this what public discourse comes to? I’ll swim in that swamp with you!

  • lynnedwin

    You want evidence of Obama’s failures…

    1. Hawaii is in Asia
    2 Passing on the keystone pipeline.
    3. Touts a Green Energy Company as exemplary that fails a year later.
    4. Using the Gulf Oil Spill to promote Green Energy – instead of cleaning it up.
    5. Thinking the Tea Party is a passing fad – or that they are racists.
    6. Pulling out of Iraq with no clear victory over insurgent forces.
    7. Trying to re-write history through speeches – with inaccurate information (i.e. Statue of Liberty)
    8. Getting a Nobel Prize for being the most ineffective President in the history of the United States.
    9. Putting all legislation on the Internet for five days before it comes to a vote.
    10. Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits.
    11. Giving a collection of DVDs to the British PM.
    12. Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism.
    13. Promising to close Gitmo — failing to do so.
    14. Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016.
    15. Naming numerous Socialists to his various Czar positions and then watching them scurry for cover when Beck begins to call them out, forcing them to resign.
    16. Government races for NJ, VA and the Senate Seat in Mass.
    17. The midterm elections, which Obama himself called a shellacking.
    18. Prediction that stimulus would ensure that unemployment doesn’t exceed 8%.
    19. Bowing to just about everybody.
    20. Proposing amnesty for illegal aliens to increase the population of voters for Democrat elections.
    21. He said, I have visited 57 states. Now there is just 1 left to visit.
    22. Obama to Medvedev…give me space I will have more flexibility after my election.

    It amazes me that supporters of the man inevitably play the race card when we disagree with his policies. And then resort to name calling. You degrade my character with “I conclude that in your opinion he was a sister for you due solely to the color of his skin.”

    Do you know how disgusting that is? It’s like my saying–your mother sucks too. I know! Is this what public discourse comes to? I’ll swim in that swamp with you!

    • come_home

      Join the Mormons, vote for Romney and move to Utah… a racist like you would fit right in.

    • CrankyToo

      Uh, lynnedwin, I think that poster was trying to say, “I conclude that in your opinion he was a disaster for you due solely to the color of his skin.” The word was “disaster”, not “sister”. In other words, he thinks you’re anti-Obama because you’re bigotted (and I think he’s probably correct, judging by your unsubstantiated and continued defamation of our President).

      No need to get your knickers in a twist over a typo, Sugar.

      P.S. This is absolutely the last time I’m going to try and save your ass today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-J-Bartley/100001150266977 Robert J Bartley

    If only. Trouble is the knuckle draggers are awaiting their masters instructions of how to vote and it will be enough to put the idiot’s back in office. .

  • docbrc

    I would love to think that the voting populace will someday turn off Fox News, realize that voting GOP is voting against ones own best interests (for 99% of us anyway), and come to its senses. But, as they say down here in the Redneck Riviera, “That dog ain’t ever gonna hunt.”

    • MikeCassidyAHS

      docbrc, Please stop calling it Fox news, it’s really not ews

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

        vfery well said MIKE

  • come_home

    You mean Mitt Romney’s buddy Paul Ryan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WY7O7X5TGLEZPZFGXTVBWARUAI Beth Yamasato

    Let’s hope they get swept out by a strong showing of the 99%…the entire point of me being anti-Republican is that they are: 1. out of touch, 2. don’t care, 3. selfishly motivated.

    • CrankyToo

      That’s three strikes. Those bastards are out!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

      TY beth

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1643949387 William A Cunningham

    The only reason we are finalley hearing that Paul Ryan and the new Tea Party Republicans are loosing ground is that we the people are educated,not just in school but from paying attention. I had felt I was not the only one seeing what really is going on. The republicans represent just them selves and not the majority of us. They care less about the poor,disabled,low income and so on. They also have convient amniesia,because it was their removing oversight rules on Investment Banking and Wall street that caused this Ecomine to fall into Recession! This may be an old or worn out commint, but it’s the truth. Finnalley,if taxing the 1 or 2% is supposed to take money away from so called Job Creator’s,were have they been over the last 8yrs? Have a good day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1237025294 Pastor Cheryl L Collins

    THANK GOD!!!!

  • dragonfFIRE01

    why would anyone want to put Obama back in the White house?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

      why-beacuse after 8 yrs of brin dead BUSH-IT WHO by the way was never elected,stole 2 electioins and screwed up the country sold us out to CHINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • ObozoMustGo

    FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE :
    1.. Money cannot buy happiness, but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
    2.. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.
    3.. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
    4.. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
    5.. Reforming an Obama supporter is like trying to pick up a turd by its clean end.

    Have a nice day!

    • CrankyToo

      Psssst! Hey Bozo, you’re supposed to leave those turds on the ground. Feel free to pass that around to all your Repugnican pals down there in Hooterville.

      • CrankyToo

        P.S. Bozo, don’t forget my name when you’re remembering your enemies.

    • CrankyToo

      Psssst! Hey Bozo, you’re supposed to leave those turds on the ground. Feel free to pass that around to all your Repugnican pals down there in Hooterville.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

    GOP the Goofy Obnoxious People clock cleaning time come NOV.2012 CMONNNNNNNNN election day-get rid of the forsaken BUSH DISASTROUS YEARS 8 YEARS SERVED- 7 yrs in a drunken stupor

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HEQJQNUQ5APJDG2HBRCGTEYUSI bill

    PAUL RYAN IS over the hill tired old man send him to the swamps of LOUISSIANA

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3AEVYAEPTF5EQAQBKY7B4IUSU EAT THE RICH

    how the lying corprate welfare geeks stole their way in should make it even more joyful to cut the purse string. make the parasites collect unemployment, like the people who’s jobs are now in india and china.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3AEVYAEPTF5EQAQBKY7B4IUSU EAT THE RICH

    ryah. posterboy for facists.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    At first glance you would assume that the title of the article would be a given. Certainly any sentient being would agree that the mission of the Republicans since the 2010 election when added to Ryan disaster of a plan should put the House up for grabs. I certainly hope so, but I’ve been around for a long time and I’ve lost my ability to trust in the good judgement of the electorate. Far too many of our fellows are living in a fantasy land of fear and distrust of our precious institutions. Franklin was once asked what kind of government we had and he replied ‘a republic, if we can keep it.’ To keep that republic we need voters to pay attention to facts, not factoids. More importantly we need to elect people into office who truly wish to govern. For three decades we’ve been sending people to Washington who’ve made it clear that they dislike government, believe government is the problem and blah, blah…blah. It is time to elect people who will work for the good of the country and not the ideological driven parties.

  • butchrjh

    The Romney and the Republican party is a danger too working-class and poor people also they will start another war like Bush and Cheney

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VTV55S5BALQIDBQFOLH7WIZNSA Don B

    What’s scary is how many voters out there will still vote against their own interests by being “dyed in the wool” Republicans is the only thing that matters. I hope voters are awake about this and send a majority of Democrats and Independents to congress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Denis-Winkle/100003193604251 Denis Winkle

    It’s amazing what egocentric and bigoted ideology will do at the expense of the common good and honest living? Isn’t it amazing how special interest and macho laid a “national debt” upon what is good and honest! In the bribing of a statesman! As the tea party is said to be a “messiah and savior”! As it devalues the well being, in the Progeny of tomorrow! I guess this is what the greater liberty is all about today? The stealing of the love decision! Maybe that’s the difference between what is defined a “right” or a “privilege” today! Yet maybe? It all has to do! In what comes to posses a “Way of Life”? In the Realm of deformation and demonizing! It what the Tea party and the GOP is very good at! In the egocentric of self-serving justification and self-deception! But how should we defined this? A thing of Anti-family? Or a thing of Anti-christ?

  • hagtilahun

    I would simple agree with that CNN commentator woman who suggested on Mitt’s wife. She was of course right to suggest that Mitt’s wife could not represent the 99% of working moms in the country. I have lived over couple of decade in the country and what I have witnessed totally suppots or meets her claim on Mitt’s wife. If someone comes out and try to argue in favor of woman like Mitt’s wife subject to Mitt’s wife have infact lived similar life style like the rest of moms’ in the country, that would be a total lie. Unless, that acquired some kind political incorrectness.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    And you think the alternative is the Ryan Budget? Paul Ryans plan is guaranteed to blow the debt up by several trillion dollars, not a single tax cut is paid for which is exactly what Bush did and we know how well that’s worked out now don’t we?

    Robert Greenstein, President of Center on Budget and Policy Priorties, said of the Republican Budget, [a.k.a the Ryan Plan] “Specifically, the Ryan budget would impose extraordinary cuts in programs that serve as a lifeline for our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens, and over time would cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance or become underinsured. It would also impose severe cuts in non-defense discretionary programs—much deeper than the across-the-board cuts (“sequestration”) that are scheduled to take place starting in January — thereby putting core government functions at still greater risk. Indeed, a new Congressional Budget Office analysis that Chairman Ryan himself requested shows that, “after several decades, the Ryan budget would shrink the federal government so dramatically that most of what it does outside of Social Security, health care, and defense would essentially disappear…That includes everything from veterans’ programs to medical and scientific research, highways, education, nearly all programs for low-income families and individuals other than Medicaid, national parks, border patrols, protection of food safety and the water supply, law enforcement, and the like”.

    Grover Norquist told National Public Radio in 2001, “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” The CBO report suggests that other than for Social Security, defense, and health, Chairman Ryan has a similar vision.

    Yet alongside these extraordinary budget cuts, with their dismantling of key parts of the safety net, the budget features stunning new tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. These tax cuts would come on top of the average tax cut of more than $125,000 a year that the Tax Policy Center (TPC) estimates that people who make over $1 million a year will receive if — as the Ryan budget also proposes —policymakers make all of President Bush’s tax cuts permanent.

    In fact, TPC reported yesterday that the four major new tax cuts in the Ryan plan…would cost $4.6 trillion in lost federal revenue over the next ten years…All four revenue-losing measures would disproportionately benefit wealthy Americans.

    This is what Mitt Romney has in store for our future. Vote with your minds in 2012.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    Ok let’s see.
    The unemployment rate is down to its lowest level in 5 years. We have had 26 straight months of Private Sector Job Growth, 10 straight quarters of Economic Job Growth and the best sustained growth in Manufacturing in 2 decades. GM is once again the number one car company in the world. The Stock Market witnessed Dow Jones close over 13,000 highest since 2008, and The Nasdaq composite closed above 3,000 for the first time since December 2000, The broad S&P 500 index topped the 1,400 mark for the first time since the financial crisis began (which should have Mitt Romney counting his rewards) and Osama Bin Laden sleeps with the fishes at the bottom of the cold, deep, dark ocean floor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    lynnedwin has been told a big whopper about how much of the deficit is Obama’s. Many have claimed that the deficit was $10 trillion when Obama started and is $15 trillion now, blaming Obama for $5 trillion. But $4 trillion of that is Bush’s. Obama put on the books about $4 trillion of spending for the two wars in the MidEast and Medicare Advantage D. These are GW Bush’s unfunded expenditures. They are not Obama’s. All Obama did was put them on the books. Obama explained this in Febuary 2009 when he did it. You can read about it in the New York Times from then.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    The unemployment rate is down to its lowest level in 5 years. We have had 26 straight months of Private Sector Job Growth, 10 straight quarters of Economic Job Growth and the best sustained growth in Manufacturing in 2 decades. GM is once again the number one car company in the world. The Stock Market witnessed Dow Jones close over 13,000 highest since 2008, and The Nasdaq composite closed above 3,000 for the first time since December 2000, The broad S&P 500 index topped the 1,400 mark for the first time since the financial crisis began (which should have Mitt Romney counting his rewards) and Osama Bin Laden sleeps with the fishes at the bottom of the cold, deep, dark ocean floor. Meanwhile, the John Boehner led 112th House of Representatives in Congress has already been rated as the least productive since Herbert Hoover’s days.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    The unemployment rate is down to its lowest level in 5 years. We have had 26 straight months of Private Sector Job Growth, 10 straight quarters of Economic Job Growth and the best sustained growth in Manufacturing in 2 decades. GM is once again the number one car company in the world. The Stock Market witnessed Dow Jones close over 13,000 highest since 2008, and The Nasdaq composite closed above 3,000 for the first time since December 2000, The broad S&P 500 index topped the 1,400 mark for the first time since the financial crisis began (which should have Mitt Romney counting his rewards) and Osama Bin Laden sleeps with the fishes at the bottom of the cold, deep, dark ocean floor. Meanwhile, the John Boehner led 112th House of Representatives in Congress has already been rated as the least productive since Herbert Hoover’s days.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    Many have been told a big whopper about how much of the deficit is Obama’s. Many have claimed that the deficit was $10 trillion when Obama started and is $15 trillion now, blaming Obama for $5 trillion. But $4 trillion of that is Bush’s. Obama put on the books about $4 trillion of spending for the two wars in the MidEast and Medicare Advantage D. These are GW Bush’s unfunded expenditures. They are not Obama’s. All Obama did was put them on the books. Obama explained this in Febuary 2009 when he did it. You can read about it in the New York Times from then.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BLQ7ZDKND2DBJWMCD4BSI4GPVM JPS

    Many have been told a big whopper about how much of the deficit is Obama’s. Many have claimed that the deficit was $10 trillion when Obama started and is $15 trillion now, blaming Obama for $5 trillion. But $4 trillion of that is Bush’s. Obama put on the books about $4 trillion of spending for the two wars in the MidEast and Medicare Advantage D. These are GW Bush’s unfunded expenditures. They are not Obama’s. All Obama did was put them on the books. Obama explained this in Febuary 2009 when he did it. You can read about it in the New York Times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewscarol Carol Andrews

    I will never vote Republcan again in my lifetime. It is almost beyond belief what George Bush and the Rupublicans have done to people of the Unitd States. I think all of Congress should be made to pay back every penny they have been paid since November as they have done nothing to earn the salarys they have been paid. They care only for for what they want and nothing about what the people who voted them into office wants. They ran on jobs, well where are the jobs? That goes for the Senate as well. I did not believe that I would ever live to see this type of greed, lies and money given to “buy” canditates that could have been given to the elderly and poor in his country. Oh, I forgot the only thing we can do is vote! That is why theyare trying so hard to put laws in place to stop the elderly and poor and blacks from voting. We are older and God help us as we are no longer inthe middle class nor are we a 1 %, so you know where that puts us! We are too old to find or get hired for a job so if President Obama is not relected we do not stand a chance.

  • FEDUPAmerican1

    i hope we can rid the government of the virus that is the tea-party, i would like to see sane intelligent people now matter what political ideology they are. we can no longer allow the inmates to run the asylum. So with that said i ask everyone who lives in a tea-party controlled district to vote them out? And if you have a democrat in your district let it be known that they do have a mandate ” do what is best for all America) or we will vote you out also.

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