October 6, 2012
He will try anything
The super rich in our society think they are never, never, never wrong. And they also play by different rules than the rest of us. Think Caymen Island accounts. Think Swiss bank accounts.
Mitt Romney is the perfect representative of the super-rich class. He has never known hardship. Living in homes worth gazillions, his cars brought to him on elevators, he can hire or fire just about anyone. And when he is confronted by another politician he gets nasty. How dare they question him?
Let's return to the debate the other night. Romney was gleeful that he could fire Jim Lehrer while 60 million people watched. He said he "likes" Jim Lehrer and Big Bird but no more funding! He was condescending and nasty. He was the kid you grew up with who demanded he should have four strikes and, if you didn't agree, yup, he took his ball and bat and went home, thus ending the game.
The firing of Lehrer and the destruction of Sesame Street was so enjoyable for him because 60 million Americans watching the public execution could see just how important and tough Mitt can be. Viewers of public TV be damned! Look out Iran!
Romney was angry because Jim Lehrer talked back to him, not in a nasty way, but that doesn't matter, Romney told us that he enjoys firing people! His termination of the moderator revealed the real Mitt Romney.
But if firing Lehrer and Big Bird were not enough, the Romneyites came unglued with the employment report Friday. Egad! the economy is imporoving despite the Congressional Republicans' effort to kill any program designed to help the economy improve. Did Romney take the news in stride? Of course not. The GOP dragged Jack Welch onto the stage to suggest that Obama "cooked the books." Any proof? Nope! Any evidence of book cooking? Nope!
Joe Nocera wrote in the NYT today, "The idea that a handful of career breaucrats...would manipulate the data to help Obama is ludicrous. Jack Welch knows it." And when Nocera called him, Welch backed off. I'm not accusing anyone of anything, said Welch.
Nocera ends with this: "Whether the Repubicans like it or not, the economy is slowly getting better. Awful, isn't it?"
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The debates are a gift that keeps on giving opportunity of a lifetime. Yesterday, I searched for a toy dog, and a stuffed Big Bird to put on top of my car with signs: "Save our children from ongoing greed and constant war! Save Rom's dog and Big Bird from cruelty! Vote Democrat!"
Unfortunately, Big Bird was sold out with back orders wherever I looked. Even Goodwill and Treasure Mart had sold out of used Birds.
This is a great time to illustrate the difference between greed, war mongering, and the values that have made this country absolutely wonderful...a country that values the kind of ongoing daily life that encourages love from a peaceful, morality driven, Big Bird. Instead, the other "outfit" wants a world driven only by video games financed at times by Pentagon money designed to get kids immune to the horrors and shock of war and killing. Which world do we want?
Buy some Big Birds. Maybe later we can move their manufacture back to the US.
-hmj | Madison, WI | October 6, 2012
I bet our friend Mitt loves Big Bird. Is he confusing this with the missionary position or does he have some secret recipe for Big Bird stuffed with the 47% and roasted alive slowly until tasty?
-Josephine K. | Belleville WI | October 6, 2012
The President was all for ending taxes breaks for oil companies in the same debate. I'm sure your followers agree with that. So what makes a $200 million a year TV show and merchandising business like Sesame Street any different? Surely a TV show thats been on for over 40 years and has beloved charecters that are recognizable worldwide can stand on its own by now. What network would not pay millions to have it? Why do we the taxpayers need to barrow money from China to subsidize it
-SW | Waukesha WI | October 6, 2012
(for SW) So... greedy ole private hands want to grab Big Bird money? What a surprise. Another armchair investor. Jealous of successful public funding...jealous of success that can't belong to just a few private people? Tsk Tsk.
Moral use of our tax dollar is the reason that we want our public tax dollars with Big Bird! Something the entire nation can actually be proud of. Surely you are able to comprehend such a morality driven, actual "value" based difference. Surely? Even if you are from Waukesha.
-hmj | Madison,WI | October 6, 2012
The debates and election should be postponed so the country has an opportunity to contemplate the proper application of the infield fly rule.
-nonheroicvet | Disgusted, WI | October 6, 2012
Just remember, whatever Mitt considers "scrupulously honest" is usually considered a jailable offense in most places. And whenever you hear him use the words "free market", you'll find massive state handouts to corporations and the rich.
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | October 6, 2012
SW, We borrow money from China to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and subsidies for profitable oil companies, profitable drug companies and profitable unpatriotic corporations. PBS is non-profit corporation that gets money from taxpayers and donators,not China. PBS also provides a service no other media outlet in the US does,it honors the war dead, the dead from a war no republican politican is willing to pay for or acknowledge.
-Dole O'Mite | Waukesha County | October 6, 2012
Republicans are in a situation analagous to elephant must, a periodical reproductive condition.
Every four years for thirty days or so prior to the election, Republicans try to appear reasonable to facilitate reproduction.
-nonheroicvet | Disgusted, WI | October 7, 2012
Screw Big Bird. You guys missed the real story on Rmoney and the debates. Neither "contestant" is supposed to bring anything into the debate, such as notes, graphics,etc. but there is a video out there that shows Rmoney pulling a cheat sheet out of his pants pocket and deftly flipping it up onto his podium. He does this quite well too, with perfect angles to hide his moves and he looks damned smug about it to boot.
If I have to hear one more election debate about that foul fowl I am going to shoot it and roast it myself. Pah!
-(Grumpy) Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | October 7, 2012
Hi Grumpy: We are all glad you escaped Wisconsin!
-hmj | madison, wi | October 8, 2012