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Romney’s bizarre damage-control effort seems to create even more problems

Mitt Romney is back from abroad, and he’s probably never been more happy to be home in his life.  His trip to Great Britain, Israel, and Poland was one embarrassing gaffe after another, and pretty much every headline he generated both here and abroad was negative.  But I wonder whether his latest attempt at damage control – an op-ed published today at National Review regarding the Israeli/Palestinian issue – won’t cause him even more headaches.  Because it sure seems to me as though that op-ed essentially blames Israel for the poor economic conditions in the Palestinian territories – not a view that’s likely to be popular with the right-wing crowd to which his Israel trip was designed to appeal. Let’s unpack things a bit.  One of the worst moments in Romney’s trip was when, at a fundraiser in Israel, Romney tried to explain the difference in per capita GDP between Israel and Palestine.  It was bad enough that he got the numbers wildly wrong (per the AP, Romney’s estimate of about 2:1 was way off; the actual numbers are $31,000 vs. $1,500, or about 20:1).  It got worse when he tried to explain why they differ. Mitt Romney offended Palestinian leaders on Monday […]

If it’s today, it’s time to repeal the dreaded Obamacare

You know, when I was old enough to realize that newspapers contained more than wrapped fish, they had stuff like comics, sports and this thing called news, I looked forward to getting them delivered to my house, because they always had new stories to tell each day. But now, not so much. Politico, a newspaper of sorts, made the courageous editorial decision today to cover this story: “Mitch McConnell calls for ‘Obamacare’ repeal vote as Democrats talk women’s health.” Bells went off. I was filled with a vague sense of the past. It was deja vu all over again. Tomorrow, the preventive treatment trigger in the PPACA will go into effect. Brother Reid took to the floor of the senate to remind us all of this fact. He said,”“For years, American women have unfairly borne the burden of high costs of contraception, starting tomorrow, insurance plans must cover contraception.” Reid lauded the law’s focus on preventive health care — especially when it comes to cancer screenings such as mammography for women. He told of his wife’s battle with breast cancer and wondered what would have happened if she had to wait a year to see a doctor and get a diagnosis. Apparently, all […]

Romney Endorses Public Option, ObamaCare

In Israel. The latest from the Candidate Who Has No Positions, this one sure to anger any Tea Party supporters he may have left. Sarah Kliff in WaPo: Romney praises health care in Israel, where research says ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had some very kind things to say about the Israeli health care system at a fundraiser there Monday. He praised Israel for spending just 8 percent of its GDP on health care and still remaining a “pretty healthy nation:” When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care […]

Brown’s “Obama is Muslim” Nut Confirms He Was Quoted Accurately

In a blog post yesterday, the person Scott Brown used in his fundraising appeal, confirms that he was quoted accurately by Huffington Post when he was quoted saying that Obama was Muslim. I was quoted at the far-left Huffington Post on Saturday. While I despise the America-hating, radically anti-liberty publication, I must admit in all fairness, I was quoted accurately, and the reporter portrayed my comments correctly. Just as a reminder on what Dondero confirmed was an accurate depiction of his comments: The third accolade comes from Libertarian Republican, which has suggested or stated that Obama is a Muslim on several occasions, although the president has repeatedly described himself as a Christian. As recently as Saturday, Libertarian Republican editor Eric Dondero wrote a blog post about the start of Ramadan under the headline “America’s Muslim President celebrates Islamic holiday.” Dondero told The Huffington Post on Friday that he was pleased to hear the Brown campaign was promoting his endorsement of the blockbuster ad. “I think Sen. Brown has always had an appeal to the libertarian wing of the GOP,” Dondero said. “He’s a fiscally conservative, socially tolerant Republican, kind of like a William Weld-type from the 1990s, and we love […]

The Real Deal on Real Lives

Even individuals who are profoundly disabled and cannot communicate without assistance have feelings and preferences.  The Real Lives Bill recognizes that despite their limitations they are people whose voices deserve to be heard, and whose preferences deserve to be honored.  The Real Lives Bill truly is an important step in providing all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to make decisions regarding where they live, what support services they need, and who provides those services for them.  Individuals with disabilities are citizens of our Commonwealth and should be afforded the same choices and opportunities as their non-disabled peers. In 2009, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Advisory Committee on Self-Determination released a report that indicated a need for a more person-centered service planning process, and The Real Lives Bill was drafted to address that need.  The bill gives individuals with intellectual disabilities the option of leading their own decision-making team.  They can decide which family members, friends, doctors, and service providers are a member of their decision-making team so that their support services can be contoured to reflect the preferences and priorities of the individual and to meet their unique needs.  Individuals with intellectual disabilities need significant support from many […]

Scott Brown’s “Let America be Europe again” ad hits the national news

Scott Brown has managed to snatch embarrassment from the jaws of success with his web video that he hilariously calls “Let America be America again.”  It turns out that several of the inspiring images of small businesses making it in America actually made it in Europe, the socialist paradise that has become the bane of every Republican’s existence.  The good people of Rethink Brown may have broken this story first, revealing a week ago that the strapping butcher standing outside “O’Connor’s” in his apron is doing so in Dublin, Ireland; I noted the development on Twitter.  The Globe piled on a few days later, observing that another image in the ad hailed from the heartland … of Spain (Barcelona, to be precise). Now, ABC News has taken up the cause: it turns out that the web ad released by Mass. Senate race Scott Brown last week -  “Let America Be America Again” – featured some scenes that were shot in Europe. The ad is a critique of comments made by Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in 2011, runs 2 and a half minutes long. It features video of past presidents talking about free enterprise, interspersed with footage of businesses throughout the country- and, it […]

Are We Safer?

Or are we dancers? In which one woman drops knowledge, fights terrorist scum and eviscerates Manchurian Muslim Presidents from her kitchen with a Mac. She must be a blogger.

The Greater Blackstone Valley Dems are proud to host Joe Kennedy in Milford

The Greater Blackstone Valley Dems are sponsoring a Meet-and Greet for Joe Kennedy III next Saturday, August 4th, from 2 – 4 PM at Peg Knowlton’s home, 14 Chestnut St., Milford. As I am sure most of you know, Joe is a candidate for Congress in the redrawn 4th district. Light refreshments will be provided. So we can get a sense of expected attendance, I ask that you RSVP to Jay Gilchrist (508-395-9367).

Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at DNC

  Elizabeth Warren Speaking At Democratic National Convention Before Bill Clinton Address “I’m honored to speak at the Democratic Convention – to stand with @BarackObama & talk about our shared vision to move the country forward,” Warren wrote on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made. Warren has warmed up the crowd for a bigger speaker before — she introduced President Barack Obama at a recent fundraiser in Boston. “Mitt Romney tells us, in his own words, he believes corporations are people,” she said during that speech. “No, Mitt, corporations are NOT people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They love and they cry and they dance. They live and they die. Learn the difference.” and… Elizabeth will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night with President Bill Clinton. She was asked to speak because President Obama knows that Elizabeth is one of the strongest advocates for what’s at stake for the middle class — and our shared vision to move the country forward. http://elizabethwarren.com/    

The Romney “No Apology” World Tour

By now, most everyone has heard Romney’s latest stupid remark: “I was thinking this morning as I prepared to come into this room of a discussion I had across the country in the United States about my perceptions about differences between countries,” Romney told a group of high-dollar donors at a fundraiser in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.” And the inaccuracies of it as pointed out by AP: “Romney actually got the numbers very wrong: Israel’s GDP per capita was $31,000 in 2011 and Palestinians’ per capita GDP was just $1,500. Romney at no point mentioned that the Palestinian territories have for decades been occupied without sovereign control, where residents face significant restrictions on movement and employment.” The District of Columbia has a GDP per capita of $174,000, higher than any state in the union. Is it any wonder he wants to move there – that’s where […]