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NYTimes: House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

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I know a lot of people who won’t believe even this report that confirms that there was nothing illegal being done.  Also, the report confirms that help could not arrive in time – and, even includes a finding that President Obama cleared help to be sent, but none was.  In other words, we’ve wasted time and money trying to pin the blame on two people instead of blaming the whole system that allowed all of this.  I’d like to point out that I can’t remember any of my friends getting all worked up over any other Embassy attacks that have happened, but the same ones have their panties in a bunch over this one.  You have to wonder why.  The truth is that we are not doing enough to protect our people when they serve our country overseas, but because of rhetoric and politics, we won’t fix what’s wrong.  I haven’t had time to read the full report, but I plan on doing so.

I’m attaching a link to the NY Times article, as well as a link to the actual report.

The House Report

House Benghazi Report Finds No New Evidence of Wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton

A Week Of Economics

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For the next week, I’m only going to post videos about the economy. Ones that breakdown the myths that we hear in the media and from the pundits. A lot of them will be from Robert Reich – an economic genius.

Enjoy!

Romney’s Lack Of A True Tax Plan

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I write this just hours before the second Presidential Debate. As I write this, Romney is pulling slightly a head of President Obama in the polls. Given the plus/minus ratio, President Obama has not only lost his lead, he is effectively tied with Mitt Romney. This is without Romney releasing more than two years of his taxes, with Paul Ryan still dazed by his debate loss to Vice President Biden and without the Romney/Ryan team releasing a full and complete tax plan.

The latter of these is my greatest concern. You can’t cut $5 trillion out of Federal revenues without cutting the Federal budget severely. Period.

Romney/Ryan aren’t stating what will be cut. They aren’t detailing what loopholes they’re going to close. Will they take away the mortgage deduction? Early in his campaign, Romney said he would for families earning more than $250,000 but that didn’t go over well, so his team backed off as quickly as they mentioned it.

The only spending cut Romney actually promotes is the $444 million spent each year on public television. That’s less than a percent of our spending – big savings there. But, he’s talking about cutting $5 trillion in taxes. To leave the deficit as is, $5 trillion will have to cut from our spending and what should be cut?

You can’t cut defense. In addition to the welfare of our country, there are economic issues to consider. We spend less in defense, defense companies lay off employees and unemployment rises.

What about infrastructure? That has to be ruled out. Our nation’s roads, bridges and other structures are in the worse shape. We have been neglecting the majority of our infrastructure (exception is Wisconsin).

There are other programs. Romney wants to eliminate the Department of Education, that would be a huge savings and a very bad idea. We need to educate our nation’s youth, not throw them aside like yesterday’s news.

I’m just throwing ideas out here, because Romney/Ryan certainly never give us any.

Be warned: the great state of Wisconsin elected Scott Walker after he promised to lower taxes and create 450,000 jobs in his first four years. So, far, Walker has cut some taxes (mine haven’t dropped any), cut Education spending in the state and the unemployment rate – after a slight drop – is 7.5%. This isn’t the highest it has been under Scott Walker, but it is back on the rise.

In New Jersey, where Christie reigns, their unemployment is 9.9% – higher than the Nation’s. If the economy is what you care about, then Romney’s policies are not what you want. They aren’t working on the state level (cut taxes, cut spending ) and they won’t work on the national level.

The Fossil Fuel Lie

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Repeatedly, we hear the myth that if we end our dependence on foreign fossil fuel gas prices will be lower. However; the fact is that our country’s dependence on foreign fuel is the lowest it has been in thirty years and, yet the price of gas still hovers between $3.60 and $4.00 a gallon.

There are those who want to blame President Obama for our high prices. They announce the price of a gallon of gas on January 20, 2009 like it is some proof that Obama’s policies have failed. They totally ignore that prices rose to historic highs during President Bush’s administration.  In either case, President Bush didn’t control the gas prices then and President Obama doesn’t now. Neither President had a policy that caused Americans to pay more at the pump.

So, what’s up?

What’s up is the fact that our oil companies can sell their wares on the open market and in the open market, the highest bidder wins. Don’t think that oil companies care if you pay $3.00 or $4.00 per gallon. It is all about making money.

And, that’s what it means to live in an open market society. For good or bad, unregulated markets go up and down. Gas goes up in the summer and down in the winter, but it never seems to go as low as it once was.

I agonize about gas prices. I have a 126 mile round trip commute to work. I pay very close attention. But, it isn’t going to change no matter who is President, so I’m not going to pretend that it will.

Romney’s 47%

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Back in May, Mitt Romney went to a Florida fundraiser and basically called the 47% of Obama supporters victims. His mistake was confusing the 46% of Americans who do not pay Federal Income Tax with the 47% of Americans who are supporting President Obama.
And, he said it to a room full of rich people who believe the same thing.
A lot of news casts have been focusing on the people who make up the 46%, but I don’t think that is the only lesson we should take from this. I think we should also realize that how Romney described Obama supporters is how Romney and other conservatives actually see us. If I had a dollar for every time a Republican has called me lazy when all they know about me is that I write a blog, I’d be almost as rich as Romney. I’ve been told to get a job, too.  People like Romney have been kept so far from normal people that they can’t understand how a working person might consider paying taxes as the price we pay for living in the greatest country on earth.
Rich people like Romney are really the ones who feel entitled. In trying to dig himself out of this hold, Romney has been saying that people need good paying jobs and he strongly suggests that President Obama would rather give handouts. But, the irony on Romney’s statement is lost on him and most Republicans : People like Romney are the reason there aren’t more good paying jobs in America. In the search for cheap labor, the so-called job creators have laid off Americans and moved their factories overseas. Then, they rake in the big bucks and demand to pay less taxes.

Last night, Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan laid the blame of the slow recovery at President Obama’s feet. He claims that President Obama has failed and we “deserve a real real recovery.” But, Ryan is wrong. This is what recovery looks like. It took years to get to the recession and it will take years to recover from the recession. The last thing we need running this country are a spoiled rich boy and an Ayn Rand follower.

We need men who know what it’s like to work hard to obtain their dreams, not someone who’s father purchased his first house and someone else who went to school on Social Security benefits, but wants to cut them for everyone else.

Poll Fixing?

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I’ve been hearing talk that some Republicans believe that the media is fixing the poll results to put President Obama in the lead. Frankly, I think that’s ridiculous, but supposed it was true. I know it isn’t, but hear me out.

Who would President Obama’s lead benefit?  Certainly not the Democrats. A far enough lead in the polls can lead to some voters staying home. This election is going to be closer than the polls are suggesting. Every voter who supports President Obama needs to vote in this election – regardless of the polls lie. There are some people who might think Skip it, Obama’s in the lead, he doesn’t need my vote. This kind of thinking, coupled with the un-Constitutional new voter laws, could hand Mitt Romney the election.

Instead of whining, what the Republicans should be doing is holding up these poll numbers and use them to rally their base.

What is happening is that they are ignoring the truth and trying to package it as a lie.

I pray every night that President Obama wins the election. But, if the Republicans keep wasting opportunity, then I think President Obama will be taking his second Presidential Oath of office on January 20, 2013.

Romney’s 47%

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Back in May, Mitt Romney went to a Florida fundraiser and basically called the 47% of Obama supporters victims. His mistake was confusing the 46% of Americans who do not pay Federal Income Tax with the 47% of Americans who are supporting President Obama.
And, he said it to a room full of rich people who believe the same thing.
A lot of news casts have been focusing on the people who make up the 46%, but I don’t think that is the only lesson we should take from this. I think we should also realize that how Romney described Obama supporters is how Romney and other conservatives actually see us. If I had a dollar for every time a Republican has called me lazy when all they know about me is that I write a blog, I’d be almost as rich as Romney. I’ve been told to get a job, too.  People like Romney have been kept so far from normal people that they can’t understand how a working person might consider paying taxes as the price we pay for living in the greatest country on earth.

Rich people like Romney are really the ones who feel entitled. In trying to dig himself out of this hold, Romney has been saying that people need good paying jobs and he strongly suggests that President Obama would rather give handouts. But, the irony on Romney’s statement is lost on him and most Republicans : People like Romney are the reason there aren’t more good paying jobs in America. In the search for cheap labor, the so-called job creators have laid off Americans and moved their factories overseas. Then, they rake in the big bucks and demand to pay less taxes.

Finally, has anyone noticed that the majority of those people who support Romney live in red states? And, the red states receive more federal aid than the blue states. And, then they speak about personal responsibility.

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Have you been paying attention to the Occupy Wall Street protests?  How can we stand by and allow our fellow citizens who are protesting – as is their First Amendment Right to Assembly – be arrested, pepper sprayed and abused?

What happened to Freedom of Speech?  What happened to the right of Assembly?

I guess we can go to war to force democracy on other countries, but we can’t allow it to work here.

Truth in advertising

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GOP needs to tell the truth: Raising the debt ceiling needs to be done to make our previous obligations. President has made reasonable deal – grow up & sign on.

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