Whatever it takes, whatever you want me to be, I’ll do it, I’ll act the part, so long as it puts me in power.
This is how I’ve always seen Romney. You can never trust a guy like that, and you should be afraid, because he’ll be whatever he needs to be, and if the extremists say he needs to be extreme, he’ll be extreme. He doesn’t care what it costs. Definitely be afraid.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is no stranger to attacks on the environment, as seen in his ads against clean energy jobs, his pledge to roll back fuel economy standards that protect public health and reduce carbon pollution, and the fact that he doesn’t know “the purpose of” public lands that belong to all Americans.
But this morning’s Washington Post sheds more light on Romney’s energy plan, including the fact that he would open up “virtually every part of U.S. lands and waters” to drilling regardless of whether they are national parks, national monuments, or protected in some other way. As the Post reports:
Asked whether any place would be off limits for oil drilling, campaign spokesman Andrea Saul said, “Governor Romney will permit drilling wherever it can be done safely, taking into account local concerns.”
[thinkprogress/Public Lands Team - Jessica Goad/9 Jun 2012]
Forty months ago, a small but select group of Republican leaders, including recent GOP presidential contender and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, met in a Capitol Hill office to plot the downfall and humiliation of the newly inaugurated president and his administration. To many Americans, this represents no less than a great American betrayal. History may judge the administration of G.W. Bush as the worst in American history but the Democrats did not plot to undermine him at the outset of his tenure as president.
[Reader Supported News/George Kennedy/09 June 2012]
Appearing this morning on Fox News Sunday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels called for the elimination of public sector unions. Huffington Post reports: “Wallace… asked whether Daniels would like to see public-sector unions disappear entirely. ‘I think government works better without them, I really do,’ Daniels replied.” In 2005, Daniels signed an executive order that “eliminated collective bargaining rights for government workers.” As a result, workers in the state “receive lowers salaries and must pay higher health care costs.”
[thinkprogress/Judd Legum/10 Jun 2012]
The most painful thing I ever watched was when Tom Barrett got his ass handed to him by a proto-fascist governor who ran on punishing working families to reward his wealthy campaign donors with the salaries of public servants. This happened despite massive populist protests in Madison, an army of volunteers getting 1,000,000 recall signatures in the dead of winter and tirelessly knocking on over 1,000,000 doors leading up to the election, and his opponent’s brand being associated with corruption. Despite what should have been a slam-dunk at a time when the far right is losing the battle of public opinion, Barrett’s recall attempt fell flat on its face.
[Reader Supported News/Carl Gibson/09 June 2012]
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CALGARY — Containment booms have been set up at a key reservoir in west-central Alberta to sop up crude oil flowing in the swollen Red Deer River from a pipeline leak north of Sundre.
Water intake valves along the 56-kilometre spill path have been shut in and residents downstream of the town to Gleniffer Lake were notified of the incident, said Alberta Environment Friday.
Residents along the banks of the river have already reported the stench of sour oil and sightings of dead wildlife following a 1,000- to 3,000-barrel spill into a tributary north of Sundre Thursday evening.
[calgaryherald/Dina O'Meara/8 Jun 2012]