Shorter Question Everything
RomneyShambles, Take 2:
• Romney Asked if He Would Bring RomneyCare Nationally In 2008 in NH: “Absolutely”
• Then why have a Swiss bank account? And still no proof: Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney insists that he didn’t shut down his tax shelters in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland because it would “avoid the truth” and he wasn’t going to “manipulate my life” just to become president. Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney in an interview that aired on Sunday why he didn’t close the Swiss bank accounts and get out of the investments in the Cayman Islands before he spent the last eight years running for president. “First of all, there was no reduction — not one dollar reduction — in taxes by virtue of having an account in Switzerland or a Cayman Islands investment,” Romney explained. “The dollars of taxes remained exactly the same. There was no tax savings at all. And the conduct of the trustee and making investments was entirely consistent with U.S. law and all the taxes paid were those legally owed and there was no tax saving by virtue of those entities.”
• Right Wing Finally Unites Behind Romney With Anti-Obama Hate-Fest in Tampa. The hurricane didn’t stop leaders of the Republican right wing from hosting no fewer than four events meant to rally the faithful to turn out the vote for presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose name was barely mentioned from any of the four podiums. In fact, there was one name that was mentioned far more than all others: that of President Barack Obama.
• I’m sure there are some Republican bigwigs saying prayers of thanks tonight for the hurricane, since it let them gracefully cancel Donald Trump’s clown show, whatever it was going to be.
• Ron Paul refused to accept the terms demanded by Republican convention planners in order for him to receive a speaking slot at this week’s convention, with Paul in part spurning the invite because he says he does not fully endorse Mitt Romney’s candidacy
• At RNC, former GOP chairman Michael Steele is man who doesn’t exist. Whatever bad blood exists privately, it is remarkable that the GOP’s most recent chairman has no role at all in the convention whose planning he initiated. He’s also the man who was in charge when the party won smashing victories in the most recent mid-term elections. And he didn’t gain power in a coup; he was elected chairman by a majority of members of the RNC. Finally, Steele is the party’s only black chairman at a time when Republicans are particularly worried about their continuing difficulties in attracting minority voters.
• Is the RNC Convention another RomneyShambles due to Hurricane Isaac?
• There is no way around the fact that the current language of the Republican platform absolutely denies pregnant women rights, including the right to live. It also denies women the right to chose their destiny, and empowers rapists to chose the mother of their child by forcing women to have a Republican mandated child of a rapist. It also forces a young girl who is molested by a family member to have that family member’s child. Many states grant legal rights of fatherhood to rapists. This means that the Republican Party’s platform is enabling a rapist to rape. Rape is an act of power and anger; it is an act of control – not an act of passion. Forcing a woman to carry a rapist’s baby gives the rapist even more incentive to rape, since he can then have control over a woman’s life for the next 18 years through their child.
• Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says that women should support him because of a health insurance law he passed as the governor of Massachusetts — even though he has promised to repeal a similar law passed by President Barack Obama. During an interview that aired on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney why women should vote for him after a fellow Republican, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” “Look, I am the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women — and men — in my state,” the former Massachusetts governor explained. “There was talking about it at the federal level. We did something.”
• Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to become a hurricane, pointed toward Louisiana Monday and people in three states were told to evacuate. The storm had New Orleans in the center of its path, officials said. Governors of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate.
• Tapping a popular idea to restore confidence in the dollar, the Republican Party is expected to call for a commission to look at the idea of returning the U.S. to the gold standard. To make that happen, they’re going to have to find a lot more gold. The US doesn’t have enough gold to pay its debts.
Bits and pieces:
• Former Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist backing Barack Obama
• Newly-minted OPSEC swift boater – Bill Cowan suggested that any fallout from the revelation of the author’s true identity [by FOX] would be the Obama administration’s fault.
• British police on Monday deployed firearms officers and a helicopter as they launched a lion hunt following reports of a cat-like beast roaming in a field in Essex. “The large cat, believed to be a lion, was seen in fields off Earls Hall Drive in St Oysth, near Clacton, just before 7pm on Sunday,” an Essex police spokesman said. Residents living in the area are being advised to stay indoors.
• A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador late Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter of the quake was about 177 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the capital, San Salvador, and took place nearly 33 miles underground. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for El Salvador and the neighboring countries of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico.