Republicans Violate Rules Yet Again

Discussion in 'Politics' started by arealpissedgoy, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. Palins and McCains dysfunctional familes are off-limits.

    Yet the Republicans think it necessary to draw Obamas wife into their political games.

    September 3, 2008, 9:41 pm
    Romney Takes Aim at Michelle Obama

    You Liberals need to grow a fucking spine and rip the McCain/Palin ticket to shreds. There is so much just begging to be chewed and spit out.

    If you can't grow a spine. Go buy one from a right-wing nut.
  2. Fact Check on the party of habitual liars:

    PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

    THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

    PALIN: "There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate."

    THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

    PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

    THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

    Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

    He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

    MCCAIN: "She's been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply ... She's responsible for 20 percent of the nation's energy supply. I'm entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America," he said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson.

    THE FACTS: McCain's phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she's no more "responsible" for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.

    MCCAIN: "She's the commander of the Alaska National Guard. ... She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities," he said on ABC.

    THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under "federal status," which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska's national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

    FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

    THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

    FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

    THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

    Looks like the right-turds are back to the true and tried "blame congress" mode.

    Never mind the republican party-of-failure were in charge of both the congress and the presidency for the good part of a decade.
  3. Do you have any original thought or theory?

    I now see why the poorer you are and the less educated you are your more likely to vote Democratic.
  4. This is probably a fair and correct assessment - but the dynamics are misrepresented in your statement, don't you think?

    The poor lack education and are poor because they lack education, are busy trying to make ends meet - or simply don't know what to do. It's a sorry circle for every new generation. They are disillusioned as well. At least that is the case here in Brazil.

    They might dream about a better future, and even try to vote for those who say they will give them a better future - without understanding the policies and fundamentals behind the various candidates in an election.

  5. <yawn>

    Is that why the average wing-nut has trouble spelling?

    There are many stats that show white poor vote republican and black poor vote democratic.

    I take it *YOU'RE* one of the white poor?

    god,guns and gays. stick to what you know son. Leave the debating to intelligent folks.
  6. One glaring difference is that Michelle Obama has injected herself into the campaign and McCain's and Palin's daughter have not.

  7. Palin's mothering is what is being questioned, not her daughter.

  8. kut2k2


    The correct analogy would between Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, both of whom have injected themselves into the campaigns. And I suspect once we start hearing more about Todd "Alaska First, Alaska Always" Palin, not many non-Republicans in the Lower 49 are going to be pleased. :p
  9. Congress has lower approval ratings than Bush so I would surmise there are a lot of people blaming congress.

  10. About families being off limits, I think that is reasonable right up until......

    You take your ass out there and start campaigning and giving speeches. When Palin's daughter starts giving campaign speeches, then she's fair game.

    Michelle is giving speeches, so she is part of the campaign beyond a simple wife.
    #10     Sep 4, 2008