The Romney campaign can claim that their tax plan to cut taxes for everyone by 20% works …. but it’s pure fantasy. Watch the exchange above between Chris Wallace and senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie; his response is simple – yes it does work despite all the overwhelming evidence otherwise. This has tremendous implications for the American people. They will see huge cuts to important services like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid in order to pay for these tax cuts or the middle class will just get their taxes increased.
It’s one or the other and maybe both …. but it is simply IMPOSSIBLE for Romney to do what he claims he’s going to do. He thinks he can cut taxes by $5 trillion without raising taxes on the middle class (even though it’s mathematically impossible) and not blow up the deficit and still keep important government programs available.
Romney used to claim that it was only five studies back up his tax plan; Politifact rates that claim “mostly false” HERE.
The nonpartisan scorekeeper in Congress – the Joint Committee on Taxation says it’s impossible to reduce rates from 35% t0 28% for the wealthy without raising taxes on the middle class HERE.
The non-partisan Brookings Institute says Romney’s plan is mathematically impossible here and will only lead to tax increases on the middle class HERE.
The Chief Economist and a former McCain economic adviser says “the arithmetic doesn’t work” in Romney’s tax plan HERE.
The Democratic National Committee has disavowed Mark Clayton for his heinous and contrary to the party platform beliefs.
They have urged everyone in Tennessee to write in literally ANYONE except him.
So why not me?
Burn toast 8 times. Can now make pasta.
Holy fuck this has 80 notes already?!
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
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- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
- No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
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- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
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- (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
- (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
- (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
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- (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
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- (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
- (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
- (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
- (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
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- (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
- Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
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- (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
- Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
ElectFick2028 supports this Declaration
Section 1. The Government of the United States shall not engage in any business, professional, commercial, financial, or industrial enterprise except as specified in the Constitution.
No more: Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, EPA, NASA Non-Military Research Branch (military applications still okay), and a whole host of other things. Basically: Bye-Bye non-violent or regulatory citizen protections. Probably not his INTENT but that’s what it would DO if followed to the letter.
Section 2. The constitution or laws of any State, or the laws of the United States, shall not be subject to the terms of any foreign or domestic agreement which would abrogate this amendment.
Say good-bye to: United Nations, NATO, support for Israel, support for most of our foreign allies, and many many treaties and trade agreements. His intent? Probably not. But that’s what it SAYS. Also it would allow states to make laws around this amendment that would limit the entire COUNTRY in foreign relations.
Section 3. The activities of the United States Government which violate the intent and purposes of this amendment shall, within a period of three years from the date of the ratification of this amendment, be liquidated and the properties and facilities affected shall be sold.
Just telling us how it’ll be enforced after 3 years.
Section 4. Three years after the ratification of this amendment the sixteenth article of amendments to the Constitution of the United States shall stand repealed and thereafter Congress shall not levy taxes on personal incomes, estates, and gifts.’.
I agree with the last 2 points actually, I dislike estate and gift taxes being as high as they are. But outright abolishment…
And a deconstruction of his insane Liberty Amendment his slightly more informed followers like to tote.
Are you serious people? The reality of limiting government in a free market is allowing corporations to run rampant like the Republicans just did for 20 years. When they have so much money that they no longer have to be accountable to their consumers the free market supply/demand principle breaks and we get an oligarchy because they don’t have to worry about the poor people. His ‘liberated health care system’ sounds really suspect to me. Giving tax breaks equal to your health care and making giving health care to the poor a charitable health deduction sounds nice and all but how much money is that going to cost the government in revenue? And more importantly is there anything stopping the insurance companies from jacking up prices now that the government would be footing the ‘final bill’?
Then of course we have the most hypocritical point in Ron Paul’s entire ideology. A hypocrisy plaguing almost everyone on the right-wing (and yes that INCLUDES you Libertarians). You see guys Ron Paul LIKES SMALL GOVERNMENT…when it comes to economics but socially he wants to control you. And here’s the biggest example: Ron Paul thinks life begins at conception. That’s right guys no abortions ever and no pill either. However Mr. Paul (that view makes me disregard his title of Doctor) thinks that we should give the final say to the STATES. That’s right guys State’s Rights because that’s never gone wrong before.
And hey guys? Guess what else will be gone under Ron Paul? Income Tax and the IRS! I don’t think he really understands the severe lack of revenue we have from just the low taxes we have now. No taxes at all and no IRS to make sure people aren’t cheating the rest of us would kill American revenue. But that’s okay because he’ll jack up taxes on goods, boost tariffs on random things so it’s not ‘protectionist’, and cut spending to programs that aren’t ‘Libertarian’ enough for him. Okay so MORE TARIFFS in a Global Economy. The only tariffs we have SHOULD be protectionists (simply because other countries do that so they can sell goods to the US but not have to buy ours). And his “Liberty Amendment” would effectually destroy the Elasticity Claus which he obviously isn’t very well versed in as a “Doctor”. In effect destroying the Elasticity Claus with his Liberty Amendment would restrict the federal government to only things directly mentioned in the Constitution. Which was written 200+ years ago by men that wouldn’t know what to do if industry or globalization smacked them on the head. I love the Founding Fathers I really do, but a lot of that is because they recognized that the world changes and built the Elasticity Claus into the Constitution so that the United States would not be screwed if something new and unexpected came up.
And his views on education? He’d allow states and parents to run wild with it. So we’d basically have A lot of Louisiana like issues. The states would implement Creationism laws, religious classes, etc. Destroying freedom in the name of the majority. The Libertarians are NOT for “freedom” they’re for “control by white protestants” AKA “The majority”.
As for Civil Rights? Well while he says he wants racial equality he also wants us to remove every safeguard federally mandated that stops employers and producers from being racist. Now a lot less people are racist today, but he wants to give the ones still out there a get out of jail free card allowing them to discriminate in the name of the Free Market (which I’m sure he has a shrine to in his bathroom).
So I’m really sorry to say this Libertarians because you think you’re doing good but…what you’re proposing would turn this into a majority mobocracy and allow a lot of theocratic policies to go into effect. State’s Rights has over and over again been proven to be the biggest joke ever. State Governments are historically MORE CORRUPTED than the Federal Government. Governors and state congresses often get to that point and are content to just sit there gathering money and local power. I’m really really sorry that the world doesn’t work the way you think it does. Because I’d kind of like it if I could have no income tax, good health care, and not need Civil Rights protections to stop me from being discriminated against due to being a religious minority.
But sadly the income tax works better than tariffs in this economy (not to say we should ignore tariffs in all cases), the free market is actually an oligarchy if we don’t regulate the corporations, and my civil rights are shat upon by the public school system because some states have too many rights.
My big Ron Paul post from my other blog.
Chris Dodd’s statements about the blackout yesterday got me thinking.
These huge media distributors got so big making money from us. Money we paid for the entertainment they distribute. Money they in turn are trying to use to influence laws that would censor our internet and push far too harsh punishments on individual citizens.
Just as I was thinking about the irony of this, I came across a thread on reddit that said we should black out the MPAA and not go to the movies for a weekend.
A comment on the thread suggested it might be more effective take a movie that’s expected to be a blockbuster and make it bomb.
It wouldn’t be that difficult of a task, opening weekend is very important to the movie industry. They put a lot of money into marketing, advertising campaigns and the production of the movie it’s self.
Why not remind them where their money (that they are using to influence legislation) comes from.
I’ve seen a few suggestions for blacking out the new Batman move, if we could get people to stay home opening weekend it would go a long way to hitting them in the pocket book, the only thing these big media distributors care about.
Check out the thread on reddit here, and reblog if you have any suggestions on how to mobilize this… operation to kill the Batman and remind big media where their fortunes came from.
ElectFick2028 supports this kind of protest using freedom of speech.
ElectFick2028 does not vote majority oppression of minorities via sheer numbers. Human rights are just that: rights. You don’t get to vote on those.