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  • 47% Of Americans Can't Even Come Up With $400 To Cover An Emergency Room Visit

    04/21/2016 6:32:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/21/16 | tyler durden
    If you had to make a sudden visit to the emergency room, would you have enough money to pay for it without selling something or borrowing the funds from somewhere? Most Americans may not realize this, but this is something that the Federal Reserve has actually been tracking for several years now. And according to the Fed, an astounding 47 percent of all Americans could not come up with $400 to pay for an emergency room visit without borrowing it or selling something. Various surveys that I have talked about in the past have found that more than 60 percent...
  • Planned Parenthood’s Harvest

    07/29/2015 7:29:56 PM PDT · by Morgana ^ | July 29, 2015 | WSJ
    Abortion is legal, but taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for it. Democrats have been picking fight after fight in the culture wars, believing they have the upper hand with socially liberal younger votes. But that assumption is now being tested in the wake of videos of Planned Parenthood doctors blithely discussing the harvesting of fetal body parts. The videos, secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists, show the doctors discussing, among other things, the best way to ensure a “less crunchy” aborted fetus. It’s gruesome stuff, especially for anyone who has viewed the sonogram of an unborn child. Planned Parenthood’s defenders are...
  • Ted Cruz on Mitt Romney: 'Where he got clobbered was 47%'

    04/30/2015 9:30:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 30, 2015 | Adam Levy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Already creating distance from the last nominee of his party, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz took aim at Mitt Romney's infamous "47%" remark that created a firestorm of controversy during the 2012 campaign. Speaking about the Latino vote and the economy to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas senator bluntly critiqued on Wednesday Romney's personal assessment that as a candidate he didn't need to worry about that part of the vote because they were government-dependent and would reelect the president in 2012. "Where he got clobbered was 47%," he said. "I think Romney is a good man...
  • Inside the Strangest Job on the Campaign Trail

    09/04/2014 8:36:53 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/4/2014 | Emma Roller
    Inside the Strangest Job on the Campaign Trail "What about your gaffes?" Campaign trackers make sure candidates can't escape slipups.By Emma RollerKelli Farr remembers running through a cornfield after getting yelled at by a crowd of Sarah Palin fans.It was 2008, and Farr was working as a campaign tracker—someone employed by an opposing political party to follow a candidate on the campaign trail, documenting his or her every move, in hopes of capturing a slipup......Farr is now the vice president and director of tracking at American Bridge, a Democratic organization that is sisters with Media Matters and Correct the Record,...
  • Americans really wish they had elected Mitt Romney instead of Obama

    07/27/2014 4:56:28 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 116 replies ^ | 7-27-14
    Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they'd overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor's bid. That's just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent. That's an even larger spread than CNN found in November, when a survey had Romney winning a redo 49 percent to 45 percent.
  • Poll: 47% of Uninsureds Unfavorable to ObamaCare;

    01/30/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 30, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Some 47 percent of uninsured Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 are now unfavorable towards ObamaCare, the highest negative marks among that demographic since May 2012, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. That number could be considerably higher as the margin of error is plus/minus 8 percentage points. Nevertheless, reporting on the newly-released Kaiser survey, the Washington Post's Sandhya Somashekhar buried those statistics towards the end of her 11-paragraph page A4 story, while spinning the news as largely a PR challenge for the Obama administration and ObamaCare backers on the Left (emphasis mine): Support for...
  • White House: Here's Where Your Taxes Are Going

    04/15/2013 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Newser ^ | 05/15/2013 | Matt Cantor
    (Newser) – As you file your 1040, the White House wants you to know just how those dollars are being spent—so, for the third year in a row, it's offering a website to calculate just that. At the 2012 Federal Taxpayer Receipt, you enter your Social Security, Medicare, and income tax payments to learn what you spent where. The site offers specifics as President Obama pushes a budget that has drawn criticism from officials on both sides of the aisle, CNN notes. CNN reviews the tax bill of a married couple with one kid, making the approximate median US...
  • Is It Fair For People On Food Stamps To Buy Prime Rib While Working Families Barely Survive?

    02/16/2013 6:14:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 134 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/16/2013 | Michael Snyder
    Should we all quit working and jump on board the Obama gravy train? Of course I am being facetious, but when you are barely surviving does there come a point when it just becomes easier to give up and totally rely on the government? Today, the federal government runs nearly 80 different means-tested welfare programs, and many state and local governments have their own welfare programs on top of that. If you become an expert on those programs and you learn how to game the system, can you live more comfortably than someone that lives honestly and works as...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: "I'm A Conservative Because Conservative Policies Work" (video)

    01/06/2013 8:25:34 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TEXAS): The reason why I'm a conservative is because conservative policies work and they improve opportunities. They are the avenue for climbing the economic dream. And what I have been talking about for many years is opportunity conservatism, that every policy should focus like a laser on easing the means of ascent up the economic ladder. That we should be championing the 47%, to take that now infamous comment. Look, the great thing about Americans -- Americans don't want to be dependent upon government. Dependency saps the spirit, it doesn't work. Americans want to stand on their...
  • The 47% have no idea how much healthcare reform will cost them

    11/25/2012 3:45:32 PM PST · by plain talk · 109 replies
    MedCity News ^ | November 5, 2012 | Jane Orient
    It may be unpopular to say so, but it is true: the U.S. is very close to, if not past, the tipping point at which the majority of the people are net beneficiaries of big government — or so they think. People who receive a check from the government may see voting for a smaller government as contrary to their best interest. If they don’t pay taxes, why should they care about a tax increase? Perceptions are, however, deceiving.”Healthcare reform,” as the (Un)Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is billed, probably shows more clearly than anything else how most Americans, including Romney’s...
  • The Phrase That Lost Romney the Election

    11/23/2012 2:11:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 167 replies
    RCP ^ | 11/23/2012 | Heather Higgins and Alex Cortes
    What if we told you that the election was decided by a phrase? You might not believe it, but assume we’re right for a minute. What word would you guess decided the election? Hurricane Sandy? The answer lies in perhaps the single most illustrative exit poll question conducted, where CNN asked “What is the most important candidate quality to your vote?” The response options were “Strong Leader,” “Shares Your Values,” “Has a Vision for the Future,” and “Cares about People.” Among folks that chose one of the first three responses, Mitt Romney won between 54-61% of their vote. But, among...
  • Igg, Ogg, and Uggs: A Caveman's Introduction to Entitlements, or, The Tragedy of The Commoners

    11/15/2012 8:19:48 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 11-15-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In the aftermath of the recent Presidential election, a lot was made of the demographic shifts in voting patterns and what they meant for the future of the GOP. Some RINOs suggested drilling holes in the bottom of the ship of state by pursuing "comprehensive immigration reform"; others suggested that, since the Sandra Fluck crowd had apparently been the deciding factor, that social conservatives should be thrown overboard; still others said that the reason Romney failed was that he was portrayed as a rich man, out of touch with voters' plight in this tough economy. I have written an analysis...
  • Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters

    11/14/2012 7:38:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 76 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/14/2012 | Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn
    Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana fiercely shot back at Mitt Romney’s claim Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched the 2012 Republican presidential nominee by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters. “I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.” “I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party,” he continued. “That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election.” Romney made the comments on...
  • Inverted Morality

    11/03/2012 6:39:30 PM PDT · by Alex Baker · 3 replies ^ | Oct. 30 2012 | Bryce Buchanan
    Inverted Morality Dinesh D’Souza recently debated Michael Shermer at Oregon State University. The debate topic was, “Is Christianity Good for American Politics”. D’Souza is an author, educator and, most recently, the creator of the movie, “2016: Obama’s America”. Shermer is the founder and publisher of Skeptic Magazine. This short clip conveys two very important points about morality and political philosophy. Dinesh has the same ability that Milton Friedman had to clearly explain complex ideas. Compulsion removes the virtue from human interactions. Free choice is a pre-requisite of moral action. Dinesh make good use of the wagon analogy. There are people...
  • CEO to Workers: I May Fire You if Obama Wins

    10/10/2012 1:44:31 PM PDT · by Repeat Offender · 21 replies
    CNBC via Yahoo ^ | 10 Oct 2012 | Robert Frank
    David Siegel, the owner of Westgate Resorts, sent a surprising email to his employees Monday. David SiegelIt said that if President Barack Obama wins re-election and raises Siegel's taxes, he will have to lay off workers and downsize his company - or even shut it down. "If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company," he wrote. "Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for...
  • Why Obama Didn't Bring Up the 47%

    10/05/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush ^ | October5, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, the 47% comment. I want to go back to the debate for a second because I had a brilliant take on it yesterday. Everybody's now admitting that I had a brilliant take. After 18 hours of intense news cycle coverage, I, El Rushbo, nevertheless had the unique take on the debate, what it meant, and the long-term ramifications of it. What it really was all about and why Obama was so bad? I had to answer. And it was none of these fake excuses that his lapdogs are coming up with to explain it and justify...
  • Romney Admits '47 Percent' Was Wrong

    10/05/2012 10:48:18 AM PDT · by L,TOWM · 34 replies
    Fox News via ABC/Yahoo ^ | 10/5/2012 | Emily Friedman
    Mitt Romney for the first time characterized his comments during a fundraiser that were surreptitiously filmed and caught the candidate essentially writing off 47 percent of Americans as "completely wrong." "Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're gonna say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said in an interview Wednesday night with Fox News' Sean Hannity. "In this case I said something that's just completely wrong."
  • Poll: '47 percent' gets more traction than 'You didn't build that'

    10/03/2012 10:45:08 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/03/12 | Justin Sink
    A new poll finds that Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comments about the "47 percent" of Americans who do not pay taxes did more to turn voters off than President Obama's "You didn't build that" remark at a campaign rally in Virginia. According to a survey released Tuesday night by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, 45 percent of voters said Romney's comments at a private fundraiser gave them a negative impression of the candidate. Alternatively, 23 percent said the comment gave them a more positive review of the candidate. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote...
  • Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue

    10/03/2012 10:06:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 3, 2012 | Marvin Folkertsma
    When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit into a ditch and then burned down a crutch factory. As several observers have noted, this amorphous statistic includes myriads of worthy beneficiaries indeed, such as veterans, social security recipients, the physically or mentally disabled, the deserving poor, and those utterly unable to take care of themselves in a society where the federal government has assumed tasks that once were the preserve of families, churches, voluntary organizations, and state or...
  • Obama and Romney's Dueling Secret Videos (pic)

    10/03/2012 9:45:33 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-3-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm sure we've all seen the video by's my nutshell of it.
  • Liberal Exploitation Of Who They Perceive To Be Victims Knows No Bounds (pic)

    10/02/2012 10:02:50 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 10-2-12 | The Looking Spoon
    First it was Julia, now National Review has an excellent piece on the latest female exploited by the Obama Campaign. Read it here.
  • The One Word Answer To The Next Time Obama Says He'll Be President For All Americans

    09/28/2012 1:44:40 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-28-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Addicts in America

    09/26/2012 10:45:50 AM PDT · by arthurus · 7 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 26 September 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Anyone who hasn't worked with addicts doesn't know how charming and persuasive they can be. The addict is the distilled ego focused on a single burning need. All the cleverness and intelligence of the human being, the attributes that we would ordinarily use to work, create, befriend and empathize, become tools for protecting the addiction and the supply ... becomes a death sentence. A death of the soul followed by the death of the body. While I sat there, trying to ignore the noises, the shrieks of pain, the pleas for help and the mumbles, the Republican Convention was beginning...
  • The Obama Press Votes Early

    09/25/2012 5:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Mona Charen
    "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring." --Ann RomneyMrs. Romney's exasperation with conservative critics is understandable. The mainstream press has been like a school of piranhas swarming around her husband. To receive fire from her own side as well -- even constructive advice -- may seem too much to bear. Mitt Romney is facing perhaps the most corrupt and tendentious coverage in presidential history, as members of the fourth estate eschew any semblance of integrity in their attempt to skew interpretations in favor of their pinup, Mr. Obama. The examples would fill volumes....
  • The Ghosts of Jimmy Carter

    09/23/2012 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 23, 2012 | Jeff Carter
    One of the more piquant details in the tale of Mitt Romney's damning "47 percent" video is that it was unearthed online by James Earl Carter IV, a grandson and namesake of the 39th president. The self-described "oppo researcher [and] political junkie" told NBC News that he tracked down the person who recorded Romney's remarks at a May fundraiser, then put him in touch with Mother Jones, the left-wing magazine that publicized the video last Monday. Carter's "research assistance" was credited in a terse endnote, but the reaction from his grandfather was more effusive: "James," the former president emailed, "This...
  • Media Bias and the 47 Percent

    09/21/2012 5:43:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    The narrative of the Romney campaign as portrayed by most major media last week has been one of a tone-deaf, elitist candidate. In a presidential race as tight as this one -- the Gallup daily tracking poll Thursday showed the candidates tied at 47 percent -- the media potentially can tip the balance for or against a candidate in a decisive way. Most outlets ran with the stories suggesting Romney was describing 47 percent of American voters as government-dependent slackers who pay no taxes. In fact, Romney suggested nothing of the sort. The videotape of Romney's remarks received publicity after...
  • No Apologies Needed, Mitt

    09/21/2012 5:21:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Mitt Romney has conceded that his thoughts, expressed at that Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser, were "not elegantly" stated. Those mocking him might concede he has tabled one of the mega-issues of our time. Can America continue down the path President Obama is taking us on, to a time soon and certain when a majority of wage-earners pay no income taxes but a majority of citizens receive federal benefits? "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," said Mitt, "the 47 percent who ... are dependent upon government, who believe that they are...
  • Mitt Video an Opportunity, Not a Scandal

    09/21/2012 4:23:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 21, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    So what about the Democrats' would-be tempest about Mitt Romney's alleged 47 percent gaffe? Is there any "there" there? Mitt's statement was made at a private fundraiser, where he was trying to explain that his message of reducing taxes would obviously not resonate with the 47 percent of Americans who are not paying income taxes. It's purely logical; you aren't going to entice those who aren't paying taxes with promises of lower taxes. The statement was hardly shocking or unique. For years, we've heard the axiom that once the body politic of any nation freely votes itself money from the...
  • Shocking! A US Presidential candidate tells some home truths!

    09/20/2012 12:23:09 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies ^ | Sept 19, 2012 | Melanie Phillips
    Mitt Romney has made some remarks at a fund-raising dinner which have apparently shocked America and the entire western world to the core. His campaign is said to be reeling in disarray. Readers of this blog will know that I am no fan of Romney. So what did he say to create this furore? He said: ‘There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility...
  • Gov. Romney Was Correct

    09/20/2012 3:18:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | September 20, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    As readers of this column and viewers of Fox News Channel may know, I have not hesitated to criticize Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and the governor himself. I have argued that his message is muddled and his values are unknown beyond his ardent wish to improve economic conditions through the use of free market mechanisms rather than central economic planning, a position with which I agree entirely. I have also maintained that his willingness to abandon, or not to accept, first principles has made these questions reasonable: If Romney is elected president, which Romney will show up for work...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people (OBAMACARE)

    09/19/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 18 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | September 19, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans — most of them in the middle class — will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.
  • How much do Nonpayers Earn? (Average Income of the 47%)

    09/19/2012 10:31:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Tax Foundation ^ | 09/19/2012 | William McBride
    September 18, 2012 By:  William McBride Lots of talk today about the half of the population that do not pay federal income taxes, based on Romney’s comment that 47 percent pay no income tax. The 47 percent number is an estimate of the share of the total population that pays no income tax, coming from the Tax Policy Center, which is in line with our estimate using IRS data, but slightly less than the 51 percent estimated by the Joint Committee on Taxation.However, the hard data from IRS tax returns indicates that about 41 percent of filers pay no...
  • Things Democrats Say In Private

    09/19/2012 11:02:37 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-19-12 | The Looking Spoon
    Inspired by #ThingsDemocratsSayInPrivate on Twitter.
  • Mitt's Missed Point: Caring About You Doesn't Mean Eternally Caring FOR You

    09/19/2012 5:12:50 AM PDT · by suspects · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 19, 2012 | Michael Graham
    You may recall that during the GOP primaries I ran a web site called Having watched the stumbling, inept, ham-fisted campaigning of Mitt Romney the past few days, perhaps now you understand why. The comment Mitt made about not caring about the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income taxes and/or who are on the dole was one of the worst, most self-destructive comments I’ve ever heard from a politician. If — as I hope — Romney goes on to defeat President Barack Obama, it may be credited to what George Washington described as the “hand of...
  • Romney's "Secret Video" and the Dem Politics of "Squirrel!"

    09/19/2012 3:50:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | September 19, 2012 | MIchelle Malkin
    Democrats need to change their party mascot from the donkey to the squirrel. They divert the media's and the electorate's short attention spans with fleeting, fuzzy objects -- like the main canine character in the animated Pixar movie "Up," who was easily distracted from his main thoughts and serious duties by every last little moving trifle. Embassy attacks? Quick, find a squirrel! Warnings ignored? Squirrel! American troops killed by long-plotting jihadis exploiting security weaknesses? Squirrel! First Amendment sabotage by White House officials in the name of political correctness? Squirrel! Chronic joblessness, high gas prices, exploding dependency? Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! As...
  • Critical audio gap in “complete” Romney tape released by Mother Jones

    09/18/2012 10:44:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 18, 2012 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    Turns out tape cuts out part of controversial Romney answer. David Corn of Mother Jones released the “complete” audio and video of the secretly recorded Mitt Romney speech at a private fundraiser. Yet the complete audio and video is not complete. There is a gap in the recording immediately after Romney’s now famous discussion of the 47% of voters who don’t pay taxes. The cut in the audio and video comes while Romney is in mid-sentence, so we actually do not have the full audio of what Romney said on the subject. The next audio/video (Part 2) picks up with...
  • US election: Jimmy Carter's [unemployed] grandson helped leak Mitt Romney video

    09/18/2012 12:33:10 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | September 18, 2012 | Raf Sanchez, Washington
    Jimmy Carter's unemployed grandson has said he helped leak damaging video footage of Mitt Romney in retaliation for the Republican's habit of maligning his grandfather on the campaign trail. .......As the story exploded, Mr Carter emailed his 87-year-old grandfather to tell him he was behind the revelation that was rocking Mr Romney's campaign. The former president replied "James: This is extraordinary. Congratulations! Papa." The younger Mr Carter was only three when his grandfather was pushed out of the White House by Ronald Reagan in the 1980 election but said that he was still angered by Republicans who accused the former...
  • Romney Slams Obama Backers As Dependent On Government, Tax Dodgers

    09/17/2012 5:43:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 48 replies
    LATimes ^ | September 18, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    Romney Slams Obama Backers As Dependent On Government, Tax Dodgers By Seema Mehta September 17, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, speaking to donors at a closed-door fundraiser this year, said that supporters of President Obama failed to take personal responsibility for their lives, relied on government for their needs and paid no income tax. “There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care of them,...
  • Critical audio gap in Romney tape released by Mother Jones (Corn responds, 1-2 mins missing)

    09/18/2012 7:34:52 PM PDT · by Kolath · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9/18/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    David Corn of Mother Jones released the “complete” audio and video of the secretly recorded Mitt Romney speech at a private fundraiser. Yet the complete audio and video is not complete. There is a gap in the recording immediately after Romney’s now famous discussion of the 47% of voters who don’t pay taxes. The cut in the audio and video comes while Romney is in mid-sentence, so we actually do not have the full audio of what Romney said on the subject.
  • CBC Chairman Suggests Obama May Get a Pass From Black Community

    09/18/2012 5:09:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) suggested in an interview that black voters are more lenient when it comes to evaluating President Obama’s policies because he is also black. “Well, I’m supposed to say he doesn’t get a pass, but I’m not going to say that,” Cleaver said in an interview with The Root published Monday. “Look, as the chair of the Black Caucus I’ve got to tell you, we are always hesitant to criticize the president. With 14 percent [black] unemployment if we had a white president we’d be marching around the White House...SNIPCleaver supported then-senator Hillary Clinton...
  • Gallup: One-Third Of Lowest Income Voters Support Romney

    09/18/2012 5:14:49 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 43 replies
    TPM ^ | September 18, 2012 | Tom Kludt
    While Mitt Romney continues to suffer the fallout from a video that shows him dismissing President Barack Obama's voters, or 47 percent of Americans, as invididuals who do not pay income taxes and depend on government entitlements, new research from Gallup released Tuesday shows that the Republican nominee claims the support from more of those individuals than his remarks seem to suggest. According to Gallup's polling from the tracking period of Aug. 27-Sept. 16, 34 percent of voters whose household incomes are less than $24,000 a year support Romney. Obama easily wins among those voters, earning the support of 58...
  • Jim Geraghty and Alexis de Tocqueville on the 47 percent

    09/18/2012 6:04:16 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 9 replies
    Doug Ross Journal ^ | September 18, 2012 | Doug Ross
    The concept of an unchecked entitlement state is anything but new: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years." -―Alexis de Tocqueville This is what we're fighting against: societal collapse.
  • For local GOP, Romney video speaks 'truth'

    09/18/2012 5:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Winston-Salem Journal ^ | September 18, 2012 | Bertran M. Gutierrez
    Mitt Romney's comments about "entitled" people in a video released Monday, described by some pundits as detrimental to his presidential bid, cemented support among Republicans in Winston-Salem and probably won't affect the race in North Carolina, according to interviews with voters, political science professors and conservatives. "I'll accept the truth from any politician. In fact, it is refreshing to look at truth and adjust our direction based on truth," said Brian Miller, a former chairman of the Forsyth County GOP who attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa as an alternate delegate. The video, recorded May 17 in Boca Raton...
  • Mitt Sees the Emperor Without His Clothes

    09/18/2012 5:00:59 PM PDT · by joanie-f · 28 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | 18 September, 2012 | Joan Fischer (joanie-f)
    Mitt Sees the Emperor Without His Clothes. Will the Rest of America Listen? There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing ... Mitt Romney In our relatively short 200+ year history, America has experienced a handful of watershed events. The Civil War was probably chief among them,...
  • Freep This Poll fellow Freepers! (Are Many Americans Too Dependent on Government?)

    09/18/2012 5:20:50 PM PDT · by JessieHelmsJr · 32 replies
    Poll: Are Many Americans Too Dependent on Government?
  • Some Clarity on the Romney Video

    09/18/2012 5:19:31 PM PDT · by zencycler · 3 replies
    self | self | self
    Based on initial reports of the leaked Romney fundraiser video, many have gotten, or are giving, two false impressions: 1) Romney referred to 47% of our country as having ALL of the negative attributes which he listed. (A note here - based on the early reports, I had concluded this also, and was disappointed with this - I should have known better). 2) Romney's comment that he does not "worry" about this group means he doesn't "care" about this group. Both of these are (naturally) gross misrepresentations, as is clearly demonstrated when the full context is considered. So I'm going...
  • Multi-Millionaire Chris Matthews Mocks Mitt Romney By Singing 'If I Were a Rich Man'

    09/18/2012 3:56:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | September 18, 2012 | Scott Whitlock
    In a bizarre display, Chris Matthews began his show on Tuesday by singing "If I Were a Rich Man" as a way of mocking Mitt Romney for being wealthy. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Chris Matthews makes an annual salary of $5 million dollars. Matthews opened the program by announcing, "Let me start tonight" by singing a selection from Fiddler on the Roof. Highlighting a leaked video of Romney at a private fund-raiser, he then derided, "It's one thing to be rich and have the majority of voters convinced you're out to help the rich. Is there anything dumber...
  • Conservatives Agree: Romney’s Right!

    09/18/2012 5:44:45 PM PDT · by drewh · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | September 18th, 2012 at 11:00 | Erick Erickson editor in chief
    I stand second to none in being critical of Mitt Romney’s campaign. Hell, on MSNBC yesterday, Bay Buchanan lit into me as having never been with them and finding things to criticize. So pay attention here. Beltway thinking has plagued the Romney camp and which has always been a chief concern. For once, we see Mitt Romney undercover and off the record and he sounds like a real person not pulled by the gravitational forces of the DC GOP Elite who have capitulated to $16 trillion in national debt. And suddenly, those beltway Republicans are beating up Romney for saying...
  • Multi-Millionaire Chris Matthews Mocks Mitt Romney By Singing 'If I Were a Rich Man'

    09/18/2012 5:23:05 PM PDT · by drewh
    Newsbusters ^ | September 18, 2012 | 18:11 | Scott Whitlock
    In a bizarre display, Chris Matthews began his show on Tuesday by singing "If I Were a Rich Man" as a way of mocking Mitt Romney for being wealthy. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Chris Matthews makes an annual salary of $5 million dollars. Matthews opened the program by announcing, "Let me start tonight" by singing a selection from Fiddler on the Roof. Highlighting a leaked video of Romney at a private fund-raiser, he then derided, "It's one thing to be rich and have the majority of voters convinced you're out to help the rich. Is there anything dumber...
  • New York Daily News: No, The New Romney Video Is Not The End Of The World

    09/18/2012 5:29:25 PM PDT · by drewh · 12 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 18, 2012 | BY GABRIEL MALOR
    Easy prediction: The percentage of Gov. Romney supporters will increase between now and Election Day. The video release was met with gasps from the left and yawns from the right. And that's one reason I doubt it will change the state of the race. The question of whether creating an entitlement society is a good idea or a bad idea represents a fundamental divide between Democrats and Republicans. And it is a fundamental divide that is more often discussed among Republicans than among Democrats. Liberals just take it as a given that the government should be a wiping our noses...