Obama’s DNC Speech: How China Became an Issue of Domestic, Not Foreign, Policy

American grandstanding about human rights in China has been replaced by more pressing fears over jobs and prosperity

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during his speech at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 6, 2012 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention.

In his speech Thursday to the Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s mentions of China added up to just a couple dozen words, but they underscored a new and significant role the Asian power is playing in the 2012 campaign.

Obama questioned Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s lack of international experience, saying “You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.” But more than anything his discussion of China played out as a domestic economic issue. Obama spoke of competition with “the scientists and engineers coming out of China” and said the U.S. should bolster its education system so companies won’t “have to look for workers in China.”

(PHOTOS: A brief history of U.S. Presidents in China.)

China is a regular target in U.S. presidential campaigns, but generally it has fit squarely into the foreign policy arena—worthy of mention but rarely critical to the average voter. In the past it has largely been framed as a human rights concern, and candidates vie for who can sound tougher. Bill Clinton famously criticized George H.W. Bush in the 1992 campaign for appeasing the “butchers of Beijing,” but that election ultimately turned on economic worries.

This year, China is an economic concern itself, not just a country 6,000 miles away but seen in the specter of unemployment and a slow recovery. “The most interesting thing about China in this election season is that it’s not raised as a foreign policy issue,” says Patrick Chovanec, an economics professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “It’s really a domestic issue that’s related directly to jobs and prosperity in the U.S. economy.”

Romney and his running mate Representative Paul Ryan have already played up China on the campaign trail. Obama “said he’d go to the mat with China,” Ryan told supporters last month in Ohio. “Instead they’re treating him like a doormat.” The Romney campaign has accused the Obama administration of failing to challenge China over the value of its currency, the renminbi, which many economists say Beijing keeps artificially low to boost trade. Under Obama the Treasury Department has declined to label China currency manipulator, which Romney has pledged he would do on his first day in office.

(MORE: Why Asia’s maritime disputes are not just about China.)

“Romney has taken the offensive on China and criticized Obama,” says Chovanec, who worked for Republican commentator William Kristol and Rep. John Boehner, now Speaker of the House, in the 1990s. “I don’t think this is Obama choosing the turf. It is Romney choosing the turf and Obama on the defensive.”

On Thursday Obama argued that his administration had taken a tough approach to China. “We’ve reasserted our power across the Pacific and stood up to China on behalf of our workers,” the president said. That was likely a reference to seven cases the administration has filed with the World Trade Organization over Chinese trade practices, including a complaint in July about tariffs on large-engine U.S. vehicles. The Romney campaign has challenged some of those actions including a 2009 WTO complaint about Chinese tire exports, arguing it was done at the behest of labor unions to win support for Obama’s health care reforms.

(MORE: Hillary Clinton visits Beijing, but China’s future leader is a no-show.)

Obama’s talk of standing up to China came just two days after Hillary Clinton left Beijing after what was her fifth visit as secretary of state. While her first trip in 2009 was full of talk about a willingness to downplay differences in order to work with China on issues like improving the global economy, this appearance was highlighted by acrimony over Beijing’s disputes with its neighbors over territorial issues including the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands.

She was criticized in the state media, including the Global Times, a tabloid controlled by the ruling Communist Party, which accused Clinton of “troublemaking” and said she “destroyed the atmosphere and intensified mutual distrust” between the U.S. and China. Harsh comments, but for her boss’ campaign far better than praise. Romney has been criticized just as bitterly though. Last month the official China Daily said the Republican nominee’s approach to China would lead to a “retrogression in bilateral ties and turn the region into a venue for open confrontation between China and the US.”

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Bill Clinton full DNC Speech 2012:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

President Barack Obama DNC Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Michelle Obama DNC Speech 2012: "How hard you work" More Important than INCOME!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks at the 2012 DNC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro DNC Speech "It starts with education"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Gov. Deval Patrick's DNC Speechhttp://www.youtube.com/w... Cory Booker DNC Speechhttp://www.youtube.com/w... Fluke - DNC SPEECH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: We Have a 'Once-in-a-Lifetime President'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards DNC Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Sister Simone Campbell DNC Speech (Nun on the bus)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) DNC Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid DNC Speech 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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Mitt Romney and his flip-flops over the years:

http://mittromneyflipflops.com...

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From The New York Times:

OPINIONATOR: The Crackpot Caucus

It's not just Todd Akin. Many Republicans cling to ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.

http://nyti.ms/Q6w9Tm

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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po... 

http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

The author of the above article, Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books, most recently The Great Derangement and Griftopia, and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

On Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and Private EquityRead more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals Perry amp; Newt:

1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12].

2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12].

3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Ric k Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12].5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12].6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News].7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11].9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12].10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12].Just last night, Newt Gingrich defended his attacks, saying “I think there are things you can legitimately look at in Bain Capital. I think there are things you can legitimately look at in anybody’s record, including Mitt Romney’s record.”.

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here's John F. Ince's list. What's yours?

1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

2 • Romney's job creation claims are inflated and unreal istic. Mitt Romney's professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government's ability to get its fiscal house in order.4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. He blindly subscribes to Republican views that climate change is not scientifically proven. He gives no indication of any desire to develop alternative sources of energy that can mitigate the man made sources of pollutants. Instead he supports the rollback of environmental regulations all but giving companies a green light to pollute the environment and waste vital natural resources.5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. From the Cranbrook School to Brigham Young University, to Harvard Business School to Bain Capital, it's difficult to imagine anyone who has been less exposed to the lives and conditions under which most Americans live. The covenants of his Mormon faith are extremely rigid, restrictive and unrealistic. His devotion to his faith is admirable, but his inability to step beyond the confines of that religion suggest that he would have difficulty reconciling who he is with who others are in an increasingly diverse world.6 • Romney's worldview is rooted in intolerance. He has a very narrow view of the world. America today is a diverse nation with many different racial groups, faiths, all in need of respect. The bully incident at his prep school and his aggressive corporate behavior buying and selling companies at Bain Capital suggest someone who has little desire help those who are different, less fortunate and in weaker position than him.7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. Mitt has no professional technical training. Most of the companies he invested in at Bain were low tech. His expertise is finance: specifically buying and selling companies. All this suggests someone who will pay lip service to the tech sector, but won't fully grasp the potential for transforming the economy and culture through advancing technology.8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. He is peevish, controlling and less than transparent. He has a rigid worldview that revolves around what is best for himself and a small circle of those who support him.9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. His four years as Governor of Massachusetts do not give him sufficient knowledge or expertise to effectively deal with an increasingly complex world. On the job learners nearly always make blunders, sometimes blunders so large that they create huge problems for the U. S..10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. His fudging of issues is a sign that he feels he can head fake his way though difficult debates. His statement that he does not remember the prep school bully incident is implausible. His evasiveness over release of tax forms and embellishment of his accomplishments are all red flags. His decisions as an executive at Bain Capital were not rooted in ethical behavior. The man is simply not forthright enough to earn the trust of the American people.11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma and personality to be a strong leader. The country needs someone to lead forcefully and inspire citizens to tackle problems that threaten the diminishment of American stature on the world stage. Romney's robotic and reptilian personality fails to connect, leaving people feeling that Romney is in the game only for himself, rather than in it for the good of all.Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

ROMNEY ON TRACK TO LOSE ELECTION.Romney’s financial manipulations have, in the last 48 hours, exploded from mysterious shouldering embers into a political bonfire that could consume his entire campaign.

Romney is calling President Obama a liar and Obama is continuing his call for Romney to release full information about his financial manipulations and more than one year of tax returns.

Articles in the Washington Post and Boston Globe have probed and continue to probe into Romney’s convoluted finances and his years as CEO and owner of Bain Capital. Romney has called for retraction of these widely quoted articles without success.

For a Rachel Maddow interview with the Boston Globe writer who probed Romney’s SEC reports click here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the.......

For a broader discussion of Romney’s financial man ipulations on Morning Joe click here: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/mor.......

Either Mitt Romney was "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president" of Bain Capital from 1999-2002, when all sorts of ugly outsourcing and vulture fund activities were taking place, or he was just listed as "sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president" on the company's documents, which means he was simply a figurehead collecting cash generated by said ugly outsourcing and vulture fund activities.

There appears to be more than ample multiple evidence that Romney is not telling the truth about completely leaving Bain after 1999. If you want to read all the details:1. Click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...... ;2. Click here: http://www.reuters.com/article...... ;3.Click here: http://www.motherjones.com/moj...... ;4. Click here: http://www.motherjones.com/pol... these articles on Romney/Bain only scratch the surface. After the Boston Globe article on Thursday the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree as everyone with access seemed to have something to report.

More MoJo coverage of Mitt Romney (http://www.motherjones.com/cat...... ):►The Mystery of Romney's Exit From Bain:http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show: http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►Romney Tax Tips: 10 Ways to Stiff the IRS:http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►Mitt Romney's Long History of Misremembering His Past:http://www.motherjones.co/m/po... -history-problem;.►Get-Rich-Quick Profiteers Love Mitt Romney, and He Loves Them Back:http://www.motherjones.com/pol...... ;►How Romney Fibs—and Gets Away With It:http://www.motherjones.com/pol... course the Obama campaign wasted no time getting out TV ads on the subject. One of the most recent has Romney singing “God Bless America” while the graphics pound him for his financial manipulations. Click here:http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes....... Voters in the swing states are getting their first glimpse behind the mask of Romney’s polished campaign performance.This all brings back Richard Nixon’s famous statement,“I am not a crook.”.The problem for Romney is that it is impossible for him to win an election campaign based on whether or not he is a potential criminal who has lied on legally required reports. Every day the media probes deeper into the Romney financial paper trail and reveals more and more conflicts between Romney’s personally signed reports and his recorded campaign statements is a day closer to his political defeat. 

Contact:Ed SchlickExecutive DirectorMaine People’s Voting Coalition.E-mail eschlick@roadrunner.comYOU CAN JOIN THE COALITION – JUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO GET INFORMATION.

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

ROMNEY ON TRACK TO LOSE ELECTION

President Barack Obama is keeping up a drumbeat of skepticism over Mitt Romney's insistence — displayed in a blitz of TV interviews — that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate.

Obama planned another day of campaigning in Virginia on Saturday, a state he won in 2008 but before that last supported a Democratic presidential nominee in 1964. Advisers said he would remind voters of the discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney's recollection of his role at the Boston-based firm.

His re-election campaign released an ad that repeated its allegation that Romney's Bain Capital shipped American jobs to China and Mexico; that Romney has personal wealth in investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands; and that as governor of Massachusetts,  he outsourced state jobs to India."Mitt Romney's not the solution. He's the problem," Obama's latest ad says as it plays video of Romney awkwardly singing "America the Beautiful."The ad was set to run in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.The ad, targeting Romney's vast personal wealth, comes as Democrats — and some Republicans — call for Romney to release tax returns going back several years. Romney has said anew that he won't go beyond releasing his 2010 tax records and, before the election, his 2011 taxes."You can never satisfy the opposition research team of the Obama organization," Romney told CBS on Friday. In the same round of interviews in which he defended his account of his role at Bain, Romney said Obama owed him an apology for an aide's suggestion that the Security and Exchange Commission filings, if false, could bring a felony charge."This is simply beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States," Romney told ABC.It wasn't just Obama, though, pushing the presumptive Republican nominee to put the issue of his tax returns and wealth to rest."There is no whining in politics," chided John Weaver, a veteran Republican strategist. "Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns."Contact:Ed SchlickExecutive DirectorMaine People’s Voting Coalition.E-mail eschlick@roadrunner.comYOU CAN JOIN THE COALITION – JUST SEND AN E-MAIL TO GET INFORMATION.

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Note: The author, John F. Ince of the following article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here's John F. Ince's list. What's yours?1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

2 • Romney's job creation claims are inflated and unrealistic. Mitt Romney's professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.

3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government's ability to get its fiscal house in order.

4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. 

5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. 6 • Romney's worldview is rooted in intolerance. 7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. 8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. 9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. 10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. 11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma and personality to be a strong leader. Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.Now with the Todd Akin RAPE "doctrine" and the Todd Akin and Paul Ryan connection redefining rape in the FORCIBLE RAPE BILL with 225 Republican co-sponsors and PERSONHOOD BILL can not be dismissed by Romney as just another flip flop! The Romney Ryan ticket is sinking like the Titanic even before the Republican Convention where they are supposed to be NOMINATED next week! Vote straight Democratic ticket on November and throw the freshman class of 2010 House Republicans out because since 2010 the house Republicans have blindly opposed President Obama!

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Now with the Todd Akin RAPE "doctrine" and the Todd Akin and Paul Ryan connection redefining rape in the FORCIBLE RAPE BILL with 225 House Republican co-sponsors and also the PERSONHOOD BILL can not be dismissed by Romney as just another flip flop! The Romney Ryan ticket is sinking like the Titanic even before the Republican Convention where they are supposed to be NOMINATED next week! 

Vote straight Democratic ticket on November and throw the freshman class of 2010 House Republicans out because since 2010 the house Republicans have blindly opposed President Obama!

The fact that Romney/Ryan purposely distort Obama's $716B cut to medicare shows me just how dishonest they are. Especially since the cut is being spent on medical care, it doesn't reduce benefits to seniors. 

Compare that to Ryan's proposal that cuts the same amount and the money is used to make up the difference created by tax breaks for th e very rich. 

As The New Republic's Jonathan Cohn writes:The most significant Medicare funding difference between the two sides, at least for the short- to medium-term, is how they handle the savings these cuts generate. Obamacare puts the money back into the pockets of people who need help with their medical bills. A portion of the money is earmarked for children and non-elderly Americans, who, starting in 2014, will become eligible for Medicaid or receive tax credits to offset the cost of private insurance. A smaller, but still significant, portion of the money is for seniors. It helps them pay for prescription drugs, by filling the "donut hole" in Medicare Part D coverage. It also eliminates out-of-pocket costs for annual wellness visits, some cancer screenings, and other preventative services....Ryan's budget—which, again, Romney has repeatedly embraced and said he would sign—actually takes those new benefits away. The Part D donut hole would open back up. Access to free preventative care would vanish. And where would Ryan and Romney put the money instead? They say it's for deficit reduction. I'd say it's really for their big new tax cuts, which disproportionately benefit the wealthy."The $716 billion in cuts do not affect benefits for today's seniors. Instead, they reduce provider reimbursements and are intended to curb waste, fraud and abuse." ----- And I'll bet you ten thousand dollars, Ryan / Romney did NOT mention that little bit of information to the crowd.....“When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure that we’re, you know – that he’s just being America’s accountant and trying to be responsible… I mean this is the same guy who voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that costs as much as my health care bill – but wasn’t paid for,” Obama said on April 15, 2011. In 2008, Ryan released his "Roadmap for America's Future," which described his sweeping vision for how to gut America's main entitlement programs of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The plan made him a hero among conservative circles, and Ryan eventually remade it as his "Path to Prosperity" plan, which President Barack Obama and Democrats have criticized for embracing tax cuts for the very rich while slashing government programs that help the poor. (It wasn't just Democrats who criticized Ryan. While running for president, Newt Gingrich called Ryan's plan "right wing social engineering," which probably helped kill Gingrich's bid.)President Obama actually helped raise Ryan's profile on the right by critiquing the Congressman's budget, and just last year, Ryan was reportedly mulling his own run for president.Critics have called Ryan’s 2011 proposal the “end of Medicare as we know it,” and that’s true. Until now, Medicare has operated as a “fee-for-service” system; under Ryan’s plan, it would operate more like a voucher system, although Ryan and his aides have resisted this term. Medicare would cease to pay for health services directly, instead operating as a board that approves a menu of health plans for public sale and doles out predetermined lumps of money to people enrolled in Medicare, to help them buy those plans.After its release, the president called Ryan’s plan “fairly radical” and posited that it would “change our social compact in a pretty fundamental way,” ABC’s David Kerley reported.“I guess you could call that bold. I would call it short-sighted,” Obama told 500 Facebook employees and 200 other attendees at a town-hall meeting held at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in April 2011. “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless or don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout.”.The fact that Romney/Ryan purposely distort Obama's $716B cut to medicare shows me just how dishonest they are. Especially since the cut is being spent on medical care, it doesn't reduce benefits to seniors. Compare that to Ryan's proposal that cuts the same amount and the money is used to make up the difference created by tax breaks for the very rich. Why shouldn't the very rich be paying the same tax rate I am? Why should capital gains be taxed differently? Money is money. The interest on my savings, which the bank uses to invest, is taxed the same as my income. That money is still being invested."The $716 billion in cuts do not affect benefits for today's seniors. Instead, they reduce provider reimbursements and are intended to curb waste, fraud and abuse." ----- And I'll bet you ten thousand dollars, Ryan / Romney did NOT mention that little bit of information to the crowd.....

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

PAUL RYAN = BIG SPENDER

Ryan can grandstand about the debt all he wants, but at the end of the day, Ryan is a root cause of many of the financial issues our country faces today.

From supporting two unfunded wars, to dumping millions of senior citizens into the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' while tying the hands of the government to negotiate prescription drug prices, and from fighting for subsidies for Big Oil that his family personally benefits from, to supporting the unfunded Bush tax cuts for the rich, Ryan's hypocrisy is astounding.

Ryan has been a steady voter for unwise bailouts of big banks, unfunded mandates and unnecessary wars. Few members of Congress have run up such very big tabs while doing so little to figure out how to pay the piper.

For all of Ryan's bluster, he is anything but a consistent advocate for fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets. He is, in fact, a liar and a hypocrite.

http://www.opednews.com/articl...

http://wonkwire.com/2012/08/11...

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM ENDORSES TODD AKIN'S ABORTION STANCE. AND MITT ROMNEY AND PAUL RYAN SUPPORT IT.There is no daylight at all between Todd Akin's position on abortion and the GOP's official position on abortion.

It would be bad enough if Republicans merely wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping women of their reproductive rights and bringing back the era of back alley abortions, but they also want to force victims of rape or incest to deliver their attacker's child. They even want to force women whose live's are at risk to continue their pregnancies.Despite the GOP's attempts to distance itself from what Todd Akin said about rape and pregnancy, this is exactly what Akin was arguing for. He might be apologizing for the way he offered his argument, but he has not changed his position—not one little bit.But it's not just about Todd Akin. This is also Paul Ryan's position. For the past five years, it's been Mitt Romney's position too. And now, it is once again going to be the position of the Republican Party.http://youtu.be/uVjMQj3fMYQhttp://pol...

The GM Plant closed December 2008, two months BEFORE Obama became president. An eight year old with a computer can find that out, but Paul Ryan can't?

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Congressman Paul Ryan's brazen FACTS:

¹ Congressman Paul Ryan voted for GWB's failed Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (on eve of Great Recession).

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/200...² Congressman Paul Ryan votes for TARP, the bank executive bailout that sparked the TeaOP insurrection.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/200...³ Congressman Paul Ryan voted for the auto industry rescue AND the executive bonus claw back.

http://www.michellemalkin.com/... Congressman Paul Ryan voted for the unfunded Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/200... Congressman Paul Ryan voted for Iraq War (but hasn't admitted the mistake (as Biden has)).

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/200...

⁶ Congressman Paul Ryan vote "Yes!" for the debt ceiling bill last summer.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/...

⁷ Congressman Paul Ryan wrote a letter praising the "job creators" requesting Obama's 2009 stimulus money.

http://bostonglobe.com/news/po...

⁸ Congressman Paul Ryan derailed the Simpson-Bowles plan that Romney supposedly supports.

http://www.sfgate.com/business...

⁹ Congressman Paul Ryan's never worked outside a congressional office.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

¹⁰ Congressman Paul Ryan's family business began as and remains a federal public works contractor.

http://www.salon.com/2012/08/1...

¹¹ Congressman Paul Ryan married a corporate lobbyist.¹².

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

¹² Congressman Paul Ryan so-called budget cutting keep $40 billion in subsidies for Big Oil companies.¹¹.

http://www.americanprogress.or...

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

On Friday the 13th Mitt Romney gives very defensive interviews to FIVE networks on a single day!! Just a few days ago Mitt Romney said to FOX News that explaining means that you are WEAK. So his five interviews explaining his time at Bain were signs of his weakness!!

Presidential Candidate Mr. Mitt Romney is clearly feeling the heat on his role in BAIN Capital which was supposed to be his sole criteria for creating jobs and running for the American Presidency!

When SEC documents show Mitt Romney as CEO, President and Chairman of Bain Capital in 2001 and 2002 then LEGALLY speaking Mitt Romney is responsible to all that goes on under the banner of Bain Capital. Mitt Romney can not just share the good like job creation and leave the ugly like Bankruptcies and layoffs behind as if he had nothing to do about them. 

If he really wanted to disassociate himself from Bain Capital he could have resigned and sold all his shares in Bain Capital in February 1999 then it would have been a different matter but to share in the glory of Bain's job creation accept a salary of $100,000 or MORE (where are the Tax Returns?) for three years and only to refuse to take the responsibility of Bankruptcies and layoffs on his WATCH (1999-2002) is trying to have it both ways and then complaining of playing politics having been caught with his hand in the proverbial Cookie Jar that is the very essence of an ACTIVE LEGAL ROLE in Bain Capital till 2002!! 

Mitt Romney will have to face the consequences of this lie that Mitt Romney has brought on upon himself. If we keep reminding the Romney campaign of Bain and its ill effects on workers robbing them of their hard earned salaries and life long benefits all the way to November then today, 7/13/2012 (FRIDAY the 13th) will go down as the turning point of the 2012 Presidential election!

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

"Given the precedent set by past seven Presidents and Presidential candidates of releasing multi-year tax returns why is Romney making an exception?" Because he has a lot to hide, apparently.

He's the only one that knows what's in there, and apparently he's made the judgement that he's better off having us suspect the worst, rather than us knowing what's in there, which apparently in his mind is worse than anything we're likely to imagine.

Possibilities include:

(1) He ended up with 120 million in his 401K by the trick of agreeing with Bain to grossly undervalue the market value of his stock, then a few years later have the stock get unvalued to the stratosphere.

(2) He participated in the tax avoidance amnesty program of a few years back, avoiding major tax penalties or prosecution.

(3) Any one or more of the other borderl ine legal but very bad smelling tax dodges-- "in-kind" trades, "no-risk" trades, no-risk write-offs, the list is almost endless.And BTW he HASn't even released all of his 2010 return, he very conveniently left off the foreign investments and deposits form. Very convenient.And his argument that it would be "bothersome" to collect the tax data is a crock too-- he supposedly collected 23 years of the stuff to show to McCain in 2008.

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Bill Clinton full DNC Speech 2012:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

President Barack Obama DNC Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Michelle Obama DNC Speech 2012: "How hard you work" More Important than INCOME!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Elizabeth Warren's Remarks at the 2012 DNC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro DNC Speech "It starts with education"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Gov. Deval Patrick's DNC Speechhttp://www.youtube.com/w... Cory Booker DNC Speechhttp://www.youtube.com/w... Fluke - DNC SPEECH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: We Have a 'Once-in-a-Lifetime President'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards DNC Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Sister Simone Campbell DNC Speech (Nun on the bus)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) DNC Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid DNC Speech 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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Mitt Romney and his flip-flops over the years:

http://mittromneyflipflops.com...

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From The New York Times:

OPINIONATOR: The Crackpot Caucus

It's not just Todd Akin. Many Republicans cling to ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.

http://nyti.ms/Q6w9Tm

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Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po... 

http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

The author of the above article, Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone. He’s the author of five books, most recently The Great Derangement and Griftopia, and a winner of the National Magazine Award for commentary.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

On Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and Private EquityRead more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

The GOP has adopted an EXTREME PLATFORM that is incredibly out of touch. 

Take a look at JUST TEN of the policies Republicans hope to enact under a Romney presidency:

1. Ban all abortions, with no exception for victims of rape and incest

"We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage."

2. Harsh treatment of immigrants

"In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, and federal funding should be denied to universities that provide instate tuition rates to illegal aliens, in open defiance of federal law."

"We insist upon enforcement at the workplace through verification systems so that jobs can be available to all legal workers. Use of the E-verify program—an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees—must be made mandatory nationwide."

"We support changing the way that the decennial census is conducted, so that citizens are distinguished from lawfully present aliens and illegal aliens."

3. Restrict voting rights and civil rights

"With a Republican Administration, the Department will stop suing States for exercising those powers reserved to the States, will stop abusing its preclearance authority to block photo-ID voting laws, and will fulfill its responsibility to defend all federal laws in court, including the Defense of Marriage Act."

4. Oppose marriage equality

"[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage."

5. Extreme on taxes

"We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase with exceptions for only war and national emergencies, and imposing a cap limiting spending to the historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes."

6. Extreme on the environment

"The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people. Liberty alone fosters scientific inquiry, technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and information exchange. Liberty must remain the core energy behind America’s environmental improvement."

7. Attack human rights for LGBT people living abroad

"The effectiveness of our foreign aid has been limited by the cultural agenda of the current Administration, attempting to impose on foreign countries, especially the peoples of Africa, legalized abortion and the homosexual rights agenda."

8. Put airport security in the hands of private firms

"We call for the private sector to take over airport screening wherever feasible and look toward the development of security systems that can replace the personal violation of frisking."

9. Scrap the Wall Street Reform law that protects our economy

"But no peril justifies the regulatory impact of Obamacare on the practice of medicine, the Dodd-Frank Act on financial services, or the EPA’s and OSHA’s overreaching regulation agenda. A Republican Congress and President will repeal the first and second, and rein in the third."

10. Kill Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)

"We agree with the four dissenting justices of the Supreme Court: 'In our view the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.' It was the high-water mark of an outdated liberalism, the latest attempt to impose upon Americans a euro-style bureaucracy to manage all aspects of their lives."

"Through Obamacare, the current administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare."

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

Two-Faced Willard Mitt Romney (Mitt the Twit)

"I was not responsible for what happened at Bain Capital" - Mitt Romney 

"I was the Sole shareholder, Sole director, Chief executive officer and President of Bain" - Mitt Romney

"The Arizona immigration policy is a good model" – Mitt Romney 

"I didn't really support the Arizona immigration policy" – Mitt Romney

“The Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the nation” – Mitt Romney 

“Healthcare reform should be left to the states” – Mitt Romney

"Let Detroit go bankrupt" -Mitt Romney 

"I'll take a lot of credit for saving the auto industry" -Mitt Romney

“I believe Roe v Wade has gone too far.” – Mitt Romney 

“Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” – Mitt Romney

“I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” – Mitt Romney 

“I never really called myself pro-choice.” – Mitt Romney

“It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” – Mitt Romney 

“I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and represent our country there.” – Mitt Romney

“I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” – Mitt Romney 

“Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” – Mitt Romney

“I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” – Mitt Romney 

"There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” – Mitt Romney

“I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” – Mitt Romney 

“I did not see it with my own eyes.” – Mitt Romney

“I would like to have campaign spending limits.” – Mitt Romney 

“The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates without burdensome limitations.” – Mitt Romney

“I supported the assault weapon ban.” – Mitt Romney 

"I don’t support any gun control legislation.” – Mitt Romney 

Ajay Jain
Ajay Jain

War mongering Mitt Romney - A dangerous alternative.

With Citizens United and Voter Suppression looming large over this election I am really concerned the GOP with their Billionaire donors and Billionaire Super Pacs will STEAL this 2012 November 6th election like they did in 2000 and Bush changed the course of HISTORY for American politics by starting two wars: One warranted in Afganistan and another un-warranted in Iraq because he was predisposed to Neo-Cons. 

With a great DNC speeches by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, I am hoping for some changing of INDEPENDENT minds and some bump in the Gallup Poll for the Democrats moving the needle in this election!

If the Billionaire SUPER PACS have their way of propagating the Romney-Ryan-GOP LIES and they stick with the low information FOX NEWS (noise) voter then we are in trouble.CLEAR amp; PRESENT DANGER: Romney may get elected by hook or by crook like the ambitious NIXON "I am not a CROOK" did. Then guess what 'President Romney' will instigate a war with Iran even though we have yet to conclude our longest war in Afganistan. 'President Romney' may even start a war in Syria with China amp; Russia on the other side of this 'proxy' war, creating another "potential VIETNAM".After loosing the proxy war in Libya Russia will surely rebuff an arrogant (citation: recent Romney remarks on Russia in his acceptance speech) and mis-calculating 'President Romney' and 'President Romney' would have America sucked into another "potential VIETNAM".

Chhajuram Induscharwak
Chhajuram Induscharwak

Why China is issue in internal election in USA because leadership had flawed vision of economic crises and want to divert the real issues from USA voters.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

Someone raised the question about Mitt Romney's business ties to China. They suggested that the reason Romney will not release more of his tax returns is that they will show that he had business partnerships with the Red Army, possibly partnerships related to defense-sensitive U.S. technology companies (Huawei, headed by a former Red Army engineer Ren Zhengfei, and PC maker Lenovo have also been mentioned). Is Mitt a Manchurian candidate?  How will we know if he won't release his tax returns so that we can see for ourselves that Mitt is loyal to America in his business wheelings and dealings in China? Romney's secrecy raises a red flag with me.

vstillwell
vstillwell

Well if Bain Capital would stop shutting down profitable plants and moving them to China, that would sure help. Why do we give tax cuts and credits to these people?

steve581
steve581

'Obama spoke of competition with “the scientists and engineers coming out of China” and said the U.S. should bolster its education system so companies won’t “have to look for workers in China.”' - I beg to disagree.  Chinese graduate students still come here to study because our educational system is still better in many ways. 

Companies look for workers from China because they are LESS trained, and will accept lower wages and poor treatment, not due to any lack of trained workers in the USA. 

Increasing the supply of overtrained and unemployed workers in the USA makes US underemployment problems worse, not better. 

I attended a workshop with a manager from a major corporation.  At lunch, I innocently asked "There are so many job postings on your website, aren’t you doing well?"  She responded "Oh those postings, they are fake jobs."  My jaw dropped.  She went on to explain: "The analysts told us that our competitors are hiring and that we should be hiring also.  So someone told someone else to go out and write a bunch of fake job requisitions."

The only problem with our educational system is the absence of real jobs at the end of the tunnel.  Creating such jobs in such a slow economy requires government investment in fundamental technology infrastructure.  Fundamental long term Ramp;D that is too risky for corporations driven by the next 10Q.  Renewable energy.  Advanced construction materials.  Understanding the genetic code.  Curing cancer. 

I'd like to see either or both political parties understand that fundamental technology Ramp;D has been the engine of growth in many other industries, and that right now our PhDs are flipping burgers at McDonalds or returning to their country of origin to start new businesses there.  Churning out more PhDs or issuing more H1b visas makes the problem worse, not better.

Food with Thought
Food with Thought

that is only true for the moment.....you have to extrapolate into the future

Fred Sanford
Fred Sanford

The Obama Vision: Gay marriage, Taxpayer funded abortion, Taxpayer funded sex changes, Huge tax increases on the middle class to fund abortions and Obamacare, TSA illegal searches, SS able to take anyone into custody indefinitely without warrants, charges or cause, Israel turned to glass, Christians classified as hate groups, long lines for Welfare and food stamps, jobs program which he never attends, class warfare, race wars....anything missed?

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

You forgot to mention the Obama-funded lobotomy you got.

CharlesKaye
CharlesKaye

I watched most of the speech last night. I think Obama's tone was tempered because he knew what was in the jobs report that came out today. He seems a bit beaten up over trying to fix things, which I think he wants to do, but not seeing the progress he wants.

I'm trying to be as fair as possible to him. It's not an easy job.

I do have a big concern regarding what he said and how it relates to our economy. He mentioned using "experiments" to get things moving in our economy. In my 40 years of work experience, "experimenting" is only done when people don't know how to solve a problem. It is a result of not knowing what to do and a lack of practical experience upon which to rely.

This explains a lot about why our economy isn't improving. Obama simply doesn't have the experience of KNOWING how to solve our economic problems. I don't think I'm willing to allow someone to use trial and error to fix our economy.

This is where real world economic experience matters. There is no doubt in my mind that Romney has far more economic experience than Obama and won't be using our economy as a learning experience.

steve581
steve581

Charles, Obama proposed a jobs act full of mostly bipartisan ideas and the house Republicans killed it.  Obama's huge mistake was getting distracted by healthcare and not making this jobs act the very first action of his administration while the Democrats still controlled congress.  Unfortunately we only have two imperfect candidates to choose from and I doubt either party will completely control congress.  So who will better be able to work with an opposed Congress in the footsteps of Clinton and stay focused on jobs?  I'm not convinced Obama can keep enough focus on jobs, nor that Romney has enough political experience or ability to compromise to work with senate Democrats.  

Alice Bartell
Alice Bartell

Well if Bain Capital would stop shutting down profitable plants and moving them to China, that would sure help. Why do we give tax cuts and credits to these people? http://knightDeal.blogspot.com