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Mitt's Master Act Not Beloved by All [BARF alert]
Rasmussen ^ | Tuesday, October 9, 2012 | Froma Harrop

Posted on 10/09/2012 9:48:02 AM PDT by upchuck

It can't be by accident that Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs made the Sunday talk-show rounds using the word "masterful" to describe Mitt Romney's performance at the presidential debate. True, President Obama looked tired, while Romney was brimming with old ideas. But Romney's master-of-the-universe act was not universally admired. It will be turned on him.

Romney's trampling on moderator Jim Lehrer's gentle requests to observe the debate rules reminded many of the Bain Capital raptor who made a fortune off a strip-and-flip strategy that sent companies into oblivion after cheating workers of their pensions and even stiffing the guys delivering the coffee. Off his game last Thursday, Obama didn't make such connections. No doubt he will next time.

Obama also seemed unprepared for the new Romney tactic of flinging crumbs of compassion to the peasantry. After the cameras went off, the Romney staff took some of the crumbs back, particularly the ones seeming to support more health-coverage security for workers -- but how many noticed?

In a related divide-and-conquer strategy, Romney made a point of reassuring Americans 55 and older that their generous Medicare-as-we-know-it benefits were safe. In the real world, it won't be. The idea that Americans born after 1957 (who will become more numerous as time goes on) will meekly pay taxes to support a benefit level far above what they will get is most unrealistic.

The centerpiece of the debate was Romney's plan for $5 trillion in tax cuts. The Republican held that they would not add to deficits because any lost revenues would be covered by closing various tax loopholes and deductions. When Obama noted that Romney had refused to name a single example, Romney brushed aside the impertinence. With all the self-assurance of George W. Bush, he insisted that the revenues would appear and that was that.

In a new ad, Romney says in his take-charge way, "There's no economist that can say Mitt Romney's tax plan adds $5 trillion if I say I will not add to the deficit with my tax plan.'' As Igor would say, "Yes, mahster."

But forgive a non-economist for taking the liberty to ask: If you are specific about cutting marginal rates by 20 percent, ending the estate tax and lowering corporate income taxes, and you insist those lost revenues will be made up by closing loopholes and deductions, aren't you a teensy bit obligated -- though master you may be -- to reveal what loopholes and deductions would go?

"Meet the Press" addressed Romney's silence on these details. Republican strategist Mike Murphy volunteered that Romney has talked about the mortgage-interest deduction. This is a tax deduction that, actually, doesn't make much economic sense, but is beloved by many middle-class homeowners.

If Romney wanted to shrink or end it in service of cutting deficits, he would deserve credit for a politically courageous proposal. But his plan is to shrink the loopholes and deductions not to lower deficits, but to cover additional tax cuts for the rich.

And no, his numbers don't work. To make the tax cut revenue-neutral, he'd have to break his vow to maintain the wealthy's overall tax burden. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center says you can't cut rich people's tax rates by 20 percent and make up for the lost revenues without collecting more taxes from the middle class.

Team Romney was understandably bucked up by Obama's failure to punch back. But Obama and his people eventually will. When they do, the master-of-the-universe bit will get taken apart -- and in a masterful way.


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Team Romney was understandably bucked up by Obama's failure to punch back. But Obama and his people eventually will. When they do, the master-of-the-universe bit will get taken apart -- and in a masterful way.

Froma, you're a laugh a minute.

1 posted on 10/09/2012 9:48:05 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck
"masterful" to describe Mitt Romney's performance

Que, the "That's Racist!" kid....

2 posted on 10/09/2012 9:51:11 AM PDT by apillar
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To: DarthVader

this piece of tripe is on rasmussen’s site.....interesting eh ?


3 posted on 10/09/2012 9:51:38 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: upchuck
Oh good. Another 'OoooOoo, wait till next time' article.

I prefer them to them 'things he shoulda said' articles. More positive.

4 posted on 10/09/2012 9:52:52 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: upchuck

Does this person get paid to produce this drivel? Where do I sign up?


5 posted on 10/09/2012 9:53:55 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: upchuck
Romney's trampling on moderator Jim Lehrer's gentle requests to observe the debate rules reminded many of the Bain Capital raptor who made a fortune off a strip-and-flip strategy that sent companies into oblivion

LOL. Uh, Froma, the only one thinking that was you -- not even Chis Matthews was this disconnected from reality.

Froma must have been hittin the bottle while she wrote this, with bitter tears falling on the keyboard as she does. Even in the worst days of Obama-mania, I wasn't this deluded.

6 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:02 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: apillar

It’s just more of the old Liberal, ‘I hate American exeptionalism’ shtick!

It never ends.


7 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:10 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: upchuck

Not beloved by all? What a silly observation! Of *course* it’s not.The 47% clearly don’t love it.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 9:55:25 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: kingattax
this piece of tripe is on rasmussen’s site.....interesting eh ?

Yea I got blasted a few days ago by some fellow Freeprrs for calling Scotty R a Smug Ass Clown. I had reason to call him that, but only the uniformed dolt believes this guy is non biased. What he goes on Hannity and that gives him objective street cred? Fatty is part of the problem not on the outside of the problem.

9 posted on 10/09/2012 9:58:41 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: upchuck
At the bottom of the web page:

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest.

Sounds more like a fancy-dancy push poll to me.

To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships,

Sponsorships from whom?

and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls.

So, who pays for the polls?

10 posted on 10/09/2012 9:58:54 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: upchuck

It’s amazing she can stand without a cane after the hilarious ass-kicking she received from the Daily Show.


11 posted on 10/09/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Thought Puzzle: Describe Islam without using the phrase "mental disorder" more than four times.)
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To: upchuck
The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center says you can't cut rich people's tax rates by 20 percent and make up for the lost revenues without collecting more taxes from the middle class.

They refuse to acknowledge that by reducing tax rates you can increase tax revenues.
By increasing employment you can increase tax revenues.
By reducing the number of social engineering programs disguised as tax deductions you can increase revenues (i.e green energy deductions).

12 posted on 10/09/2012 10:01:40 AM PDT by oldbrowser (An empty chair attracts a stadium full of empty chairs.)
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To: Slyfox
At the bottom of the web page: We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. Sounds more like a fancy-dancy push poll to me. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, Sponsorships from whom? and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. So, who pays for the polls?

Yes but many Freepers think Rassmussen is the oracle of polling and the bastion of objectivity. To my favorite Freeper....Ass Clown, Ass Clown, Ass Clown....you know who you are.

13 posted on 10/09/2012 10:02:14 AM PDT by pburgh01
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“Romney’s trampling on moderator Jim Lehrer’s gentle requests to observe the debate rules,,,”

I have a Conservative friend who was quite put off by Romney doing that.
But the rest of that sentence is pure tripe!


14 posted on 10/09/2012 10:04:04 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: pburgh01

good for you. more people are catching on to rasmoosen.


15 posted on 10/09/2012 10:05:22 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax

Well, I’ll tell you...I swear to you that my son who lives in another city is one of those “independent voters” still sitting on the fence and couldn’t’t make his mind up who to vote for...YES I KID YOU NOT! Many a calls were heated..anyway, I couldn’t watch the debate because of a commitment that evening, BUT before the debated ended my son text me with these words..”OMG ROMNEY IS PICKIN OBAMA APART”..I immediately knew that Obumbler screwed it up ROYALLY! I rushed home and turned on the puter to see what everyone was saying and I WAS STUNNED!! Happily stuned!!:0) THANK YOU JESUS...he is voting for R&R!


16 posted on 10/09/2012 10:08:09 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: upchuck; kingattax

Froma Harrop is a sexually transmitted disease. We can call it OJockItchula!


17 posted on 10/09/2012 10:08:33 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: oldbrowser

There is NOTHING non partisan about the TPC, it is nothing more than a leftwing shill organization.


18 posted on 10/09/2012 10:10:00 AM PDT by bfree (OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
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To: upchuck
Team Romney was understandably bucked up by Obama's failure to punch back. But Obama and his people eventually will.

As one who personally got over the mistake of reading a speech, in my college days--as opposed to speaking off the cuff, where one can both gauge reactions, and better project both ideas & feelings;--I can attest how silly this suggestion is. Obama's dependence upon teleprompters reveals his real lack of competence. No one is going to sweat the demagogue's ability to punch back--not in the real world.

William Flax

19 posted on 10/09/2012 10:17:12 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: RoseofTexas

great story...be sure to tell your son to talk to his friends.


20 posted on 10/09/2012 10:18:20 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: pburgh01

Well, except that, as I recall, he tends to be the most consistently accurate in predicting the results. But who knew he was a left wing whacko. I sure didn’t.


21 posted on 10/09/2012 10:19:18 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: kingattax

Rasputin, er...I mean rasmussen has gone completely over to the dark side.


22 posted on 10/09/2012 10:19:47 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: pburgh01

Polls show Romney ahead now. I think it’s because there’s no way of escaping the fact that he dominated Zero six days ago.
But when they feel it’s safe, the polling Masters of Men will again start pointing out (over-and-over) that their entirely scientific methods prove that “Obama is winning(!)”. Yippee!
I thought Rasmussen was supposed to be at least impartial but this agit-prop, e.g. “Romney’s trampling on moderator Jim Lehrer’s gentle requests”—sounds like it came from The Desk Of Chris Matthews.
I’m thinking the `reach-around’ branch of the MSM will be back on track by day after tomorrow, a week from the debate.


23 posted on 10/09/2012 10:19:48 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: upchuck
No chance of more free stuff, Froma. No government retirement plan and no free health care for washed-up journalists. That's all gone now, and it isn't coming back.

Sucks to be you, doesn't it? :)

24 posted on 10/09/2012 10:21:11 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: upchuck; pookie18
OBAMAROMNEY DEBATERS
25 posted on 10/09/2012 10:25:47 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: upchuck

What a loon. This analysis is about as thin as the gruel served in debtors prison


26 posted on 10/09/2012 10:35:06 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: upchuck
Good afternoon.

Froma Harrop ?

Is that an E. German car?

5.56mm

27 posted on 10/09/2012 10:37:55 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: upchuck

Harrop the witch who denounced the Tea Party as ‘economic terrorists’. What a red diaper doper baby. She can save her Long Island angst for election day she’s going to need it


28 posted on 10/09/2012 10:40:49 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: pburgh01

You might also note that the Rasmussen site also carries Michael Barone’s column


29 posted on 10/09/2012 10:42:41 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: upchuck

Froma Harrop - sounds like the scientific name for a fungus.


30 posted on 10/09/2012 11:31:27 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!r)
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To: FrankR

OMG, that’s perfect! What a complete HOOT!!


31 posted on 10/09/2012 11:58:52 AM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
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To: pburgh01

“Views expressed in this column are those of the author, not those of Rasmussen Reports. Comments about this content should be directed to the author or syndicate.”

If you took the time to actually hit the link, you’d see this disclaimer on the Rasmussen web page. You’d also see numerous articles with a pro-Romney slant. You’d see it is called the EDITORIAL PAGE, just like they do in newspapers.

But hey, you already doubled down on your vapid and base name calling and are proud of it so don’t let reality get in your way. Have fun


32 posted on 10/09/2012 12:04:11 PM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: kingattax; skeeter; arrogantsob; Opinionated Blowhard; Psycho_Bunny; oldbrowser; DarthVader; ...
A bunch of you on this thread have been taking pot shots at dear Froma. Let me offer a visual target:



33 posted on 10/09/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT by upchuck (I miss my dog Snoopy. May 16, 1997-September 24, 2012 -- 15 years, 4 months. Forever in my heart.)
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To: upchuck

That would send me to the crack pipe, if I had a crack pipe.


34 posted on 10/09/2012 1:08:25 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: Ohioan

The Disaster can only hit Romney over the head with his teleprompter. That is the only punch he need fear.


35 posted on 10/09/2012 1:12:32 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: upchuck

Yehhhhhh!!! This is a perfect description of Froma Horror:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2942392/posts


36 posted on 10/09/2012 1:23:41 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: upchuck
Guilty!

5.56mm

37 posted on 10/09/2012 1:26:11 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: upchuck

It’s going to take a long time to get that visual out of my head.....


38 posted on 10/09/2012 5:58:03 PM PDT by Nifster
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