Was Mitt Romney Part Of 47% Who Paid No Taxes? Uh-Oh!

Mitt Romney is having another bad week–another week I might add where the story stems his attempts to move his campaign forward…the weeks are not endless before the November election.

The remarks from Romney about the 47% took a sweet turn today with The Atlantic asking the best question of the day.

Was Mitt Romney part of the 47% that paid no taxes?

But there’s another group of people who don’t pay federal income taxes. That’s people who have had a bad year. Some of them have lost their jobs. Some of them have lost money on investments. In either case, they don’t have much, or any, income to tax. And that brings us to Romney and 2009. As Joshua Green of Businesweek has speculated, it’s possible that Romney suffered big enough losses during the 2008 market crash that he zeroed out his 2009 federal income tax liability. Of course, Romney has claimed that he never paid less than a 13 percent effective federal rate the last decade … but he refuses to release any tax returns from before 2010. That’s not to say that Romney is necessarily lying, just that we have no way to check. Consider that six of the top 400 tax filers — a group making nearly ten times as much as Romney — paid nothing in federal income taxes in 2009. It’s certainly plausible that Romney was a member of the 47 percent in 2009.

Newsweek’s Tina Brown Owes Muslims An Apology

Not for the first time does Tina Brown try to make Newsweek so ‘out there’ in a feeble attempt to gain readers.  She might note that advertisers are not amused at her asinine style.

The latest mess that makes for a Newsweek edition concerns the Islamic faith, following the news from the Middle East last week.

The magazine’s story, penned by feminist and atheist activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is teased on the cover with the blurb “How I Survived It. How We Can End It.”

The news peg? The riots spreading across the Middle East in response to an anti-Islam video.

Ali writes that the protesters behind the unrest, many calling for those responsible for the video to be punished, “represent the mainstream of contemporary Islam.”

“In the age of globalization and mass immigration, such intolerance has crossed borders and become the defining characteristic of Islam,” she writes.

That is the most bigoted and inaccurate pile of stink printed this week.

To lump all of the Muslims around the globe to the actions of a small fringe is indefensible.

It would be as if I stated all editors-in-chief were as bombastic, short-sighted, and truly bitchy as Tina Brown.

That would not be fair to the sincere, mild-mannered, erudite editors-in-chief of countless magazines that many of us take the time to read—and pay for–each week. (Unlike Newsweek.)

Tina Brown owes Muslims around the globe an apology.

I know followers of the Islamic faith, and not one of them falls into the stereotypical BS that Brown was so comfortable printing in Newsweek.

I suspect Brown has Muslim friends too, and I am sure they have alerted her to the bigotry and harm of the story that appeared in her publication.

I also strongly suspect that Brown, in her heart, knows she was wrong.  I have never stated Brown is not educated, just hungry for ads and money and self-glory.

Tina Brown needs to offer the Muslim community an apology  I am not asking for a cover story, but a nice letter from the Editor-in-Chief come the next issue would be most appropriate.

P.S. Tina, I really laughed when you allowed an atheist to write a story on one of the main religions in the world.  Next edition you might write a story about how you saved Newsweek.  The laugher should continue from your rag.

David Brooks Nails Mitt Romney To Shameful Statement About Non-Tax Payers

Just another reason The New York Times remains a must read.

David Brooks nailed it this morning in The New York Times.  It might be noted for those unaware that Brooks is a Republican.

“Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact. In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.The Republican Party, and apparently Mitt Romney, too, has shifted over toward a much more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view – from the Reaganesque language of common citizenship to the libertarian language of makers and takers. There’s no way the country will trust the Republican Party to reform the welfare state if that party doesn’t have a basic commitment to provide a safety net for those who suffer for no fault of their own”.

Map Of Mitt Romney’s Non-Taxpaying Americans–Sea Of Red States

This is (fill in your own word.)

It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth. Americans work longer hours than just about anyone else. Americans believe in work more than almost any other people. Ninety-two percent say that hard work is the key to success, according to a 2009 Pew Research Survey.

It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined. The number of people who think government spending promotes social mobility has fallen.

The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.

Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact. In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.

Mitt Romney’s Head Stuck Far Up Israel’s Butt–No Common Sense Can Penetrate

One of my long-running arguments against Mitt Romney is that he has no center, no guiding principles for his political beliefs.  He groups himself with whichever voice is louder, and most able to provide wind so to lift his political sails.  Romney has no true convictions on any issue, and as such would make a dreadful President.

Mitt Romney has held a series of positions on various issues, and at times it seems as if he is debating with himself.

Wanting to be president merely for the sake of sitting in the Oval Office is a most shallow and disturbing notion.  Power for the sake of power is never a good thing.

Yet that is what Mitt Romney is aiming for.

Having no set of convictions, and no serious framework with which to view the world means that Romney does and says what is simply required to get money and votes.  Say whatever stupid and off-base statement will fit the path to an election, and all should be good…right?  Echo what the neo-cons whisper in your ear, right?

Wrong.

Mother Jones is reporting a most unsettling story from the secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney talking out of his butt.  Which is amazing to consider since Romney’s head is plugged up Israel’s butt.

Romney spoke of “the Palestinians” as a united bloc of one mindset, and he said: “I look at the  Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes,  committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny  issues, and I say there’s just no way.”

Romney was  indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president,  would aim to postpone significant action: “[S]o what you do is, you say, you move  things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability,  but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and  we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow,  something will happen and resolve it.”

Romney did note there was  another perspective on this knotty matter. He informed his donors that a  former secretary of state—he would not say who—had told him there was “a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”  Romney recalled that he had replied, “Really?” Then he added that he had not  asked this ex-secretary of state for further explanation.

Talk about not having a clue concerning the dynamics of the Middle East as it relates to the Palestinians!

First, it is unfathomable to me that any person who would want to sit in the Oval Office would say that peace in the region is “almost unthinkable to accomplish“.

While there has always been a tricky road to walk since the creation of Israel does not mean the search for peace with dogged determination from the US should cease.  It still remains in the best interests of the region, and for our strategic goals to have robust efforts at turning the tide for the Palestinians.

To have a pessimistic attitude, and state it so bluntly is more proof that there is lacking of a center in Romney, and it casts severe doubts about his stated desire to be president.

Romney also seems to forget that Israel has repeatedly sought to undermine the peace efforts with uncontrolled and illegal new settlements, the closing of access points so to make life harder for Palestinians, the removal of olive trees, along with the political use of water.

It is not in the best interests of the United States to have a president’s head shoved so far up Israel’s butt that common sense can never be delivered.

It was truly telling, and quite ballsy, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to force America’s hand in establishing certain benchmarks that would trigger military actions against Iran.  Thankfully, we had President Obama who responded with keen insight, forethought, and leadership on behalf of American interests.  How dare Tel Aviv think they can dictate to an American president in the midst of a national election!

Can anyone see Mitt Romney, once ordered by Israel to do something, actually finding his inner convictions and standing up —oh, wait–Romney has no inner convictions.

Mitt Romney must never again be elected to anything more than a bishop of the Mormon Church.

What Romney stated about the Palestinians was the last straw.