Only the word “hypocrisy” can characterize Mitt Romney’s editorial in the New York Times (18 Nov. 2008; http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html?_r=0 ) and his attacks in campaign ads and on the stump against President Obama’s work helping to rescue America’s auto industry. The reason for this word is that—in connection with such hedge fund moguls as Paul Singer (of Elliott Management), John Paulson (of John Paulson & Co.), and Daniel Loeb (of Third Point)—Romney profiteered off the American taxpayer from the rescue (while also condemning it). But just recently the United Auto Workers, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, and other groups filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, stating that Romney improperly hid a profit of at least $15.3 million in Ann Romney’s “blind” trust—the kind of trust that the former governor called “an age-old ruse . . . . you can always tell a blind trust what it can and cannot do.”
Submitted by southernstudies on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 8:43pm
Koch Industries, the Kansas-based oil and chemical conglomerate whose owners Charles and David Koch have played a leading role in financing the fight against government regulation, is stepping up its investment in North Carolina politics at a critical moment for the state's energy future.
That's according to a BBC World Service poll taken in 21 countries. It found for the most part, foreign countries preferred Obama. The only exception was Pakistan where more people said they preferred Romney.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 2:48pm
Here is a great collection of different takes on the debate held last night at CNN online.
My favorite commentator is Donna Brazille. Here's what she had to say:
Moderator Candy Crowley, like Martha Raddatz in the vice presidential debate, had a difficult job: Moderating these debates is like dealing with two guys arguing over the last beer when the Super Bowl's tied with a minute to go. But, as much as possible, she kept both men in their time limits and kept them within the framework of the question. She showed that moderators need to be journalists first, referees second.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:50am
The Center for American Progress Action Fund has released its comprehensive report on the real cost of the Romney/Ryan plan to North Carolinians and the news is not good. Seniors, students and middle-class families, in particular, all stand to lose big under this plan. For a look at the entire report, including sources, please visit http://bit.ly/RFaqSP. To see a full-size version of a great summary graphic of the report's conclusions and to access downloads of this flyer that you can distribute plus the full report, please see after the jump.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 6:25pm
from theNY Times interview with Walter De Vries who quotes from material he may use in a forthcoming book:
"In a telephone interview, [Walter De Vries] said he was motivated to write the essay by 'an accumulation' of Mr. Romney’s actions, like his comment about 47 percent of Americans and his decision to campaign with Donald Trump."
Mr. De Vries said he was annoyed by Mr. Romney’s repeated references recently to his father as inspiration and influence on him.
“I just don’t see it,” he said. “Where is it? Is it on issues, no? On the way he campaigns? No.”
Mr. De Vries continued, “George would never have been seen with the likes of Sheldon Adelson or Donald Trump.”
De Vries was an aide to Romney's father, Governor George Romney of MI.
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