Shorter Question Everything
Now, I don’t doubt that Mittens was exhausted, but sometimes a slip is a slip. And sometimes it’s a warning. This is that warning one. It’s important to know how Mittens treated his businesses. After all, that’s what he says is the basis for running for office. Those are the credentials he lists. So what would he do to the company called America? What would he do to its employees?
No, it’s not pretty at all. Be warned.
• I don’t doubt that exhaustion played a part in this but given how Mittens treats companies, take heed of this slip: At a Florida rally, he gives the whole tired speech about how President Obama “just doesn’t understand the economy”. He then launches into his promises about how he and Paul Ryan will get “reach across the aisle and find good people who like us, wants to make sure this company deals with its challenges”. Romney then punctuates that with “we’ll get America on track again.”
• Matt Taibbi Reveals How Romney Made His Fortune — It Ain’t Pretty, and He Shouldn’t Be Proud of It. “Earned” is a very generous way to put it. Matt Taibbi writes, quote, “what most voters don’t know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. This is the plain, stark reality that has somehow eluded America’s top political journalists for two consecutive presidential campaigns: Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time,” Taibbi writes. He goes on to say, “In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on [planet] Earth.”
• Mitt Romney likes to say he won’t “apologize” for his success in business. But what he never says is “thank you” – to the American people – for the federal bailout of Bain & Company that made so much of his outsize wealth possible.
• Mitt Romney to flood victim whose home is literally under water: ‘go home and call 211‘.
I’ve often been asked why, as a Canadian, I follow US politics so closely. here’s just two reasons…
• What Vancouver women think about the US Republican Party’s “war on women” – what happens in the US could embolden our own home grown crackpots into extending that war up here. On us. That’s why it’s important and not just something happening in the US.
• Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave his acceptance speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, touting a new “energy independence plan” in which the US would be “taking full advantage of our coal and oil and gas and renewables.” But when Romney says “our”, he’s not just talking about the US, but Canada as well, federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May warned earlier in an interview with The Vancouver Observer. “What Canadians need to know about is that while [Republicans] talk about ‘energy independence’, they clearly view it as (former US president) George W. Bush did — Bush used to refer to the Athabasca oil sands as United States domestic energy supply,” she said.
Bits and pieces:
• Federal prosecutors closed an exhaustive four-year FBI criminal investigation and grand-jury probe targeting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and their top deputies, saying there will be no indictments.
• Federal judge orders Ohio to allow early voting on 3 days before Election Day. A federal judge today sided with President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and ordered Ohio to allow early voting on the three days prior to the Nov. 6 election to all voters. But hours after the decision, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced he will appeal the ruling. That appeal will be made to the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
• Throughout the Republican primary race, one after another presidential contender appealed to racists by implying that President Obama is guilty of taking something that belongs to white people and giving it to lazy African Americans, and it is nearly indisputable that the party’s standard bearer going into the November election is making this election about race.
• Federal Judge Will Permanently Remove Florida Voter Registration Restrictions. A federal judge said Wednesday he would permanently remove harsh restrictions on third-party voter registration groups that have handicapped registration efforts in Florida this year. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle said he would grant a motion to permanently remove the restrictions once he receives confirmation that a federal appeals court has dismissed the case (the state of Florida has agreed to dismiss their appeal).
• NORAD, Russians join for computer-based mock terrorist exercise. The mock rescue of a plane seized by terrorists was the basis for a computer-based joint exercise by NORAD and the Russian Federation Air Force that ended Wednesday with representatives from both entities agreeing that it will serve as solid preparation for next year’s event. The annual event, part of the Vigilant Eagle exercise series, ran Monday through Wednesday and involved a core group of about 35 U.S., Russian and Canadian service members.