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Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down

Foxy Warrior Guru 2012/09/16 20:59:42

This writer puts it rather succinctly.

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Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012

Unemployment is still above 8 percent, job gains aren’t even keeping up with population growth, the economy is barely moving forward. And yet, according to most polls, the Romney-Ryan ticket is falling further and further behind. How can this be?

Because Republicans are failing the central test of electability. Instead of putting together the largest possible coalition of voters, they’re relying largely on one slice of America — middle-aged white men — and alienating just about everyone else.

Start with Hispanics, whose electoral heft keeps growing as they become an ever-larger portion of the electorate. Hispanics now favor President Obama over Romney-Ryan by a larger margin than they did six months ago.

Why? In last February’s Republican primary debate Romney dubbed Arizona’s controversial immigration policy – that authorized police to demand proof of citizenship from anyone looking Hispanic — a “model law” for the rest of the nation.

Romney then attacked GOP rival Texas Governor Rick Perry for supporting in-state tuition at the University of Texas for children of undocumented immigrants. And Romney advocates what he calls “self-deportation” – making life so difficult for undocumented immigrants and their families that they choose to leave.

As if all this weren’t enough, the GOP has been pushing voter ID laws all over America, whose obvious aim is to intimidate Hispanic voters so they won’t come to the polls. But they may be having the opposite effect – emboldening the vast majority of ethnic Hispanics, who are American citizens, to vote in even greater numbers and lend even more support to Obama and other Democrats.

Or consider women – whose political and economic impact in America continues to grow (women are fast becoming better educated than men and the major breadwinners in American homes). According to polls, the political gender gap is widening.

Why? It’s not just GOP senatorial candidate Todd Akin’s call to ban all abortions even in the case of “legitimate rape” (because he believes women’s bodies somehow reject violent sperm). The GOP platform itself seeks to bar all abortions, with no exception for rape or incest. And on several occasions Paul Ryan has voted in favor of exactly such legislation.

Meanwhile, Republican legislators in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and Alabama have pushed bills requiring women seeking abortions to undergo invasive vaginal ultrasound tests. All told, over 400 Republican bills are pending in state legislatures, attacking womens’ reproductive rights.

Republicans have repeatedly voted against legislation giving women equal pay for the same work as men. Republicans in Wisconsin have even repealed a law designed to prevent employers from discriminating against women.

Or consider students – a significant and growing electoral force, who voted overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008. What are Republicans doing to woo them back?

Paul Ryan’s budget plan – approved by almost every House Republican and enthusiastically endorsed by Mitt Romney – would have allowed rates on student loans to double, adding an average of $1,000 a year to student debt loads. (Under mounting political pressure, House Republicans came up with just enough money to keep the loan program going safely past Election Day by raiding a fund established for preventive care in the new health-care act.)

Now Romney wants to hand the federal student loan program over to the banks, which will charge even more. Earlier this year he argued subsidized student loans were bad because they encouraged colleges to raise their tuition, and suggested students ask their families for money.

Republicans have even managed to antagonize seniors by seeking to turn Medicare into vouchers whose value won’t keep up with rising healthcare costs, and cutting $800 billion out of Medicaid (which many seniors rely on for nursing home care).

And, of course, they’ve come out against equal marriage rights for gay couples.

Romney, Ryan, and the GOP don’t seem to know how to satisfy their middle-aged white male base without at the same time turning off everyone who’s not white, male, straight, or middle-aged. Unfortunately for Romney and Ryan, the people they’re turning off are the majority.


ROBERT B. REICH,
Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock" and “The Work of Nations." His latest, "Beyond Outrage," is now out in paperback. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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  • RoadRunner 2012/09/17 00:35:56
    RoadRunner
    +74
    LOL,LOL you have been socialised with the free stuff obama has promised to steal from others and give to you, and you are hoping that will not give Mitt a chance in winning the election. You are wrong because obama is through, he is finished, and I see you know nothing about the middleclass seeing you know nothing about obama. Tell us why the people would be that stupid to vote for obama again after all the destruction he has done to our country? He say's forward good like a Marxist would, LOL Look for a landslide win for Mitt, you can stick 0bama's change. ROTFLMAF...
    Watch what people are seeing and having second thoughts on obama.

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  • Kern MR. 2012/09/17 17:27:18
    Kern
    +5
    The tea party reason for existing is to serve their corporate masters. They were funded by corporations, taught by corporations, and the still blindly follow them yelling "Keep your government hands off of my Medicare."

    The members the tea party are simply non-thinking, easily misled people who know that the government is over spending but have no idea why.

    Why hasn't Ryan or Willard told us what "tax loopholes" they are going to close? How are they going to pay for the new tax cuts in addition to the Bush tax cuts? And, exactly how is their plan going to create jobs? Here's a hint, they don't plan on paying for the new tax cuts and they don't plan on creating any new jobs. They are sticking to the stupid idea that simply cutting taxes will spur enough economic activity to create 250,000 jobs a month. It's the same B.S. sold to you George Bush, the owner of the worst job creation record in history.
  • MR. Kern 2012/09/17 17:55:27
    MR.
    +1
    Your not Country 1st and your not taking any of this serious! (So, how old are you 18 yrs old?) We'll talk when you grow-up and out of your silly socialistic puberty!)
  • remy MR. 2012/09/17 18:08:30
    remy
    +4
    is that all you've got??? when someone explains it to you, the only thing you can say is "how old are you, 18?" surprise surprise~
  • MR. remy 2012/09/17 18:16:16
    MR.
    MIS-TRUTHS EXPLAIN TO ME HOW IGNORANCE IS GLORIFIED BY, SHALL I SAY IT,... LIARS! *(WHY NOT, NO ONE'S IMMUNE FROM SHALL I SAY IT,... CORRECTION! WHY NOT!)
  • remy MR. 2012/09/17 18:19:24
  • MR. remy 2012/09/17 18:35:28
    MR.
    OH,"GENTLE BEN", GET OVER IT!
  • Kern MR. 2012/09/17 18:51:49
    Kern
    +4
    Let's see, I tell you how Willard and Lyin' Ryan's plan will add an extra $5 trillion to the deficit and for that I am "...not country first and 18 yrs old." No my friend, it's called being honest. You don't have the answers because Willard and Lyin' Ryan haven't disclosed them to anyone, probably not even themselves.

    Please educate this "18 year old kid" on how Willard's economic plan is going to create jobs and pay down the county's debt when it adds an additional $5 trillion to the deficit. You're in the know, right? You understand Willard's plan so enlighten the rest of us. What loopholes will Willard close to pay for his $5 trillion dollar tax cut? Please tell us because even conservative economists are having trouble making the math work.

    Willard promised to add 12 million jobs in the next 10 years, which coincidentally is the same amount of jobs the Department of Labor said would be created if NOTHING different was done. In other words, Willard promised to do nothing. The Catholic Church jumped down Lyin' Ryan's throat because his plan puts the burden of paying for his tax cuts on the poor.

    So genius, instead of accusing me of not being country first and 18 years old, explain how Willard and Lyin' Ryan will fix the economy with more tax cuts and no way to pay for them?

    Thanks in advance the education.
  • akgold Kern 2012/09/18 17:07:29
    akgold
    Your lies about the Tea Party movement go on ad nauseum. If you truly believe the crap you write about them you are too stupid and ignorant to bother with. If you don't truly believe the crap you are a lying liberal hypocrite. I think it is the second choice.
  • Kern akgold 2012/09/18 17:14:27 (edited)
    Kern
    +3
    Poor little Tea Party is made at me for pointing out how dumb they are. I'm so sad. I won't be BFF with people who know nothing about our government, are controlled by corporations and still don't know that Ronnie Ray gun tripled the national debt.

    I guess I'll need years of counseling to get over this tragedy.
  • akgold Kern 2012/09/18 17:54:58
    akgold
    Your stupid can't be fixed, so don't worry about those years of counseling. They would just be a waste of time and money. OOPS, that's right you are a liberal so wasting others time and money means nothing to you.
  • Kern akgold 2012/09/18 18:12:22
    Kern
    +2
    So I shouldn't expect a Christmas card this year?
  • ALofRI MR. 2012/09/17 19:05:32
    ALofRI
    +4
    Bush and the conservative hierarchy added 10 TRILLION to the debt AFTER they destroyed the balanced budget AND THE SURPLUS! Now Romney, with 16 out of 24 advisers being from that regime, wants to bring back the same foolishness! Stupid is as stupid does!
  • akgold Kern 2012/09/18 17:04:42
    akgold
    " only 1.4%". What a liberal LIE. Obama added almost a trillion dollars to Bush's last budget and wants to use the Bush number he inflated as a baseline. And they conveniently ignore the recession caused increase that came the year before his last budget. The same recession costs that Obama wants to bleat he was forced to spend.
  • Kern akgold 2012/09/18 17:11:45
    Kern
    +3
    So year after year Obama is adding extra spending to the budget. The funny thing is you can't point to the policies or programs that are cost that extra trillion dollars a year can you? Of course you can't because he's merely paying down the bill the Republicans left him.

    Here's my favorite part of this argument. If, like Republicans always say, the House is Responsible for the purse strings, why aren't you looking at the REPUBLICAN controlled house? They are the people responsible for spending? Using Right Wing logic, shouldn't you be unhappy with the House since Republicans control it?
  • akgold Kern 2012/09/18 18:04:16
    akgold
    More of your stupid that can't be fixed. Explain how his "paying down the bill" has increased the debt by $5 trillion dollars by the end of his term?????
    The Republican's have only controlled the House for a year and a half. When they try to reign in his spending Harry Reid blocks the Senate from even voting on what they put forth. And sycophants like you cry that they are the ones trying to shut down the government and blocking Obama's desires to spend even more.
  • Kern akgold 2012/09/18 18:16:45
    Kern
    +3
    "The Republican's have only controlled the House for a year and a half. When they try to reign in his spending Harry Reid blocks the Senate from even voting on what they put forth."

    What new policies are adding up to so much money. Remember, the President cannot spend a dime without the approval of Congress. I guess you are admitting that we are simply keeping up with the bills run up by Republicans. Why else would they have to reign in spending?
  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/17 18:09:24
    Jeremiah
    +4
    Your tax cuts keep feeding the deficit, which eventually enlarges the debt. We will not recover without increased revenues.
  • MR. Jeremiah 2012/09/17 18:18:37
    MR.
    +2
    WRONG! YOU "NEVER" TAX YOUR WAY TO PROSPERITY, "NEVER"
  • ALofRI MR. 2012/09/17 19:15:01
    ALofRI
    +3
    OBAMA HAS NOT RAISED TAXES, they are at 50 year LOWS! You never give huge amounts of money to those who only invest it overseas if you expect prosperity at home! NEVER! You never let billionaires invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a campaign when they own the largest casino in the world, and it iss located in the country that is eating your lunch in trade deficits! You never let another billionaire give millions to a campaign that wants to deregulate so he can bury radioactive waste over Texas' largest aquafir! That amount of money makes THEM the BOSS! THEY will run the Presidency! (to suit their own greedy purposes!) We can "NEVER" let that happen!
  • Jeremiah ALofRI 2012/09/18 05:46:06
    Jeremiah
    +3
    Exactly.
  • MR. ALofRI 2012/09/18 08:05:08 (edited)
    MR.
    +1
    Shall we Sing a Sad Socialist Dirge, rock back and forth and light our i-phone lighters in celebration to the mantra to all this modern Neo-nonsense like listless and lazy deadbeats, who can't find truth not connected always to free-handouts! NO! (I will celebrate all that America is, for it's beauty, is in it's exceptional way all of us can participate in being success and prospering freely without this 'evil modern invented and contrived class envy and warfare' like its some kind of new form of 'economic political correctness' that I find agreegous and I will personally 'never participate in'. I was brought up to be strong, self-confident, humble, showing honor to whom honor is due, the youngest of a family of eight, 'the youngest of twins', born on Christmas Eve, I have no time for whinners and crybabies who won't even help themselves for others that truely need them, for you should have lived my life, hardships yes, but also, joy unspeakable, "no one ever takes that from me, for I guard it like it's, a castle. Hypocrites; God will judge, for we're to 'take care of my own house', knowing all our individual gifts and callings given to us are neither given by the government nor by the hand of the ungrateful hypocrites of deception but only our Creator, who commands mankind...
    Shall we Sing a Sad Socialist Dirge, rock back and forth and light our i-phone lighters in celebration to the mantra to all this modern Neo-nonsense like listless and lazy deadbeats, who can't find truth not connected always to free-handouts! NO! (I will celebrate all that America is, for it's beauty, is in it's exceptional way all of us can participate in being success and prospering freely without this 'evil modern invented and contrived class envy and warfare' like its some kind of new form of 'economic political correctness' that I find agreegous and I will personally 'never participate in'. I was brought up to be strong, self-confident, humble, showing honor to whom honor is due, the youngest of a family of eight, 'the youngest of twins', born on Christmas Eve, I have no time for whinners and crybabies who won't even help themselves for others that truely need them, for you should have lived my life, hardships yes, but also, joy unspeakable, "no one ever takes that from me, for I guard it like it's, a castle. Hypocrites; God will judge, for we're to 'take care of my own house', knowing all our individual gifts and callings given to us are neither given by the government nor by the hand of the ungrateful hypocrites of deception but only our Creator, who commands mankind to 'be content with that, which they have'. We are all created equal in God's eyes and He is no respecter of persons! Work hard, follow the "Golden Royal Rule of Love" and go outside as a child again, and (observe the ant, o' sluggard, consider her ways, and "be wise". *(Proverbs 6:6)
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  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/18 05:45:11 (edited)
    Jeremiah
    +3
    That is a very lame RW talking point. Clinton increased the top rate to 39.6% in 1993, and the longest period of economic growth in the nation's history followed. If you do some checking, you will find this to be the case after most increases in U.S. history.

    Reagan ran on a pledge to cut taxes in 1980. He won and then he cut taxes. Then the economy failed and he enacted the largest tax increase in U.S. history up to that point. Reagan's budget director, David Stockman, admitted supply-side was only a gimmick to get his boss elected. They never believed it would actually work.

    The lesson? Supply-side economics, or trickle-down, has been tried several times and it has never worked. Most recently George W. Bush tried it and he turned a $127 billion budget surplus into a $750 billion deficit almost overnight with his unpaid-for tax cuts for the rich. Then he took us into two unpaid-for wars, and enacted an unpaid-for prescription boondoggle for the pharmaceutical industry.

    Then he handed off the toxic mess to Obama and returned to Dallas. We are still dealing with his debacle.
  • MR. Jeremiah 2012/09/18 08:19:34
    MR.
    Mr. Clinton only had to wax his board and ride the Reagan wave all the way in, on the 20 million jobs the cowboy created. No one with any sense ever disputes that. The Republican Gingrich revolution helped top it off! *Dick Morris, will tell you all about it, he helped get Bill elected twice!
  • ALofRI MR. 2012/09/18 15:18:21
    ALofRI
    +2
    How come Mr Bush #1 couldn't "wax his board and ride the Reagan wave"??? After another 4 years of VooDoo conservative economics and "read my lips" policy, taxes needed to be raised because the "Reagan wave" had sucked so much out of the economy we were STILL sliding DOWN the back of it! "It's the economy stupid! was the battle cry after these two financial geniuses had 12 years in which to "conservatize" the economy...and they did just that!

    Dick (head) Morris will tell you ANYTHING that will keep him fed!

    The only thing the Gingrich - Armey "revolution" did was turn this country into a divided nation that it has NEVER recovered from!
  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/18 15:48:51 (edited)
    Jeremiah
    +3
    The jobs were created on Reagan's watch only after he increased taxes. But by the end of Reagan's second term the economy was slowing, which continued through the term of Bush 41. Clinton's tax increase in 1993 got it moving again.

    Here is an interesting sidebar. Most of today's billionaires made their fortunes when the top tax rate was around 50%, and it didn't stop them. If anything it helped them, because there were more consumers for their products, since they all had jobs to earn money for purchasing the products.

    Dick Morris has sold out to Fox. Now he is a RW shill, and can't be trusted to tell the truth.

    Gingrich? He used up whatever political capital he had when he shut down the government. Clinton outmaneuvered him at every turn, he got re-elected, and Gingrich was out of the House in disgrace following the 1998 midterms, and he had to pay a $300,00 fine for corruption.

    Meanwhile, Clinton balanced the budget and left his successor with a surplus of $127 billion. We all know what he did with it.
  • flaca BN-0 MR. 2012/09/17 21:14:51
    flaca BN-0
    +5
    what incurred that debt? paying for Bush's wars, GOP's tax cut giveaways etc.
  • MR. flaca BN-0 2012/09/18 08:27:36 (edited)
    MR.
    +1
    Look at the "actual numbers" when President Bush, left office and look at them now,..and "Who's to blame?" (0bie-wan has no force, experience nor vision for America. How long you been following politics? I've been there for (over 5' decades strong),... this IS the worst I've literally ever seen it personally, in my life, very truly!
  • ALofRI MR. 2012/09/18 15:40:18
    ALofRI
    +3
    I've been here longer, look below and i'll explain some "actual numbers", and why the force will STILL be with..."Obie Wan"!
  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/18 16:03:01
    Jeremiah
    +3
    Yes, let us take a look at the numbers. When Bush left office we were losing private-sector jobs at a rate of 800,000 per month. The unemployment rate was relatively low, but it was beginning to skyrocket to more than 10% before it finally subsided.

    Now the unemployment rate is 8.1% and we have been adding jobs for 30 consecutive months. If Obama had not enacted ARRA when he did, we would now be in a depression, according to most economists.

    ARRA saved or created more than five million jobs. In addition, the auto industry bailout saved at least 1.3 million more.

    Obama has spent his entire first term dealing with Bush's recession. Economists believe we will have recovered by the end of his second term. He can't fix in a couple of years what it took Bush eight years to screw up.
  • MR. Jeremiah 2012/09/18 16:43:20
    MR.
    Those aren't the actual numbers, who's been cookin' your books for you, the Galloping Gormet? Like I've said to everyone, I'm country 1st always! (What I see is that the cow ain't givin' milk, and the chickens ain't layin' eggs, but I ain't sellin' the farm, I just start over from scratch, buy a new rooster, get rid of the fat pig and polish up the tractor, cause were goin' to town for a come to meetin' social, and do some real dancin' in the big red barn,... someone start the music!)
  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/18 16:45:59
    Jeremiah
    +3
    Spare us the homespun bromides. You are welcome to find evidence that disproves the numbers I gave you. If you are unwilling to do that, we have nothing further to discuss.
  • MR. Jeremiah 2012/09/18 16:55:15
    MR.
    You know as well as I that even if *Jesus Himself, handed you the real numbers you blow em' off as being bogus, because toons gotta go till they run into that wall, it's in your nature, you won't change till the pain gets, absolutely and utterly unbearable!
  • ALofRI MR. 2012/09/18 19:35:20
    ALofRI
    +2
    Jesus? Isn't he one of those "fact checkers" Rmoney doesn't want commenting on his campaign?
  • MR. ALofRI 2012/09/18 20:26:01
    MR.
    NO! HE'S THE *JESUS, THE DEMOCRATES DON'T WANT IN YOUR PARTY PLATFORM AND WON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE HIS CITY JERUSALEM. THE ONE WHO ALL BELIEVER'S "KNOWS,... IS THE TRUTH", AND SEES "ALL THE MOTIVATIONS" OF MEN'S HEARTS, VERY CLEARLY!
  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/19 04:56:01
    Jeremiah
    +3
    He can't see anything. He is dead.
  • Jeremiah MR. 2012/09/19 04:55:10
    Jeremiah
    +3
    Jesus died more than two thousand years ago. He can't hand anyone anything. Neither will you after you die, because you will be dead.
  • Jeremia... Kern 2012/09/17 14:51:36
  • Kern Jeremia... 2012/09/17 15:05:59
    Kern
    +5
    You know he's merely paying the bills left by Republicans right?

    Oh, you don't know that do you? President Obama's spending increases are lowest in decades.
  • Kern Jeremia... 2012/09/17 17:30:35
    Kern
    +5
    The point, for those who cannot connect the dots, is that Willard and Ryan are adding an additional $5 trillion to the national debt. They won't decrease spending, they will increase it. So, in addition to the Bush tax cuts which have added 2 trillion to the national debt because they are not paid for, the two geniuses running for the Republicans want to add an additional $5 trillion to the national debt.
  • ALofRI Jeremia... 2012/09/18 15:36:54
    ALofRI
    +2
    It's funny. Above was a remark that Clinton "rode the Reagan wave" to economic stability. Now YOU are saying Obama should have been able to stop "immediately" the Bush WAVE that had us going down to the business end of the Bikini crotch! Funny thing, Obama WAS able to immediately put us on the UP side of that Bikini Crotch (pssst...with that useless stimulus and auto bailout!) Still, the bills incurred BY BUSH and his "deregulation"....STILL had to be paid! Hence, MOST of that 6 Trillion got piled on top of the 10 Trillion Bush had already incurred with his "unpaid for" wars, and his "unpaid for" tax cuts, AND his "unpaid for" drug plan, etc.etc. which had to be "paid for" during (and after) HIS tanking of the economy! HIS (and his party's) refusal to allow more "revenue" in the system to pay those bills THEY dumped on us, has resulted in this 16 Trillion mess in the U.S. and the bad debt he dumped on the rest of the WORLD by allowing "regulations" to be ignored....is the reason he is "generously ranked" 37th out of 43 Presidents!

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