Mitt Romney Tells Rich Donors His Secret Plan To Cut Housing Assistance
During comments overheard by an NBC news reporter, Mitt Romney told a crowd at a private fundraiser last night that he might eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development, scale back the Department of Education, and eliminate some specific tax provisions. There are all details that he has refused to divulge on the campaign trail:
Romney went into a level of detail not usually seen by the public in the speech, which was overheard by reporters on a sidewalk below.One possibility floated by Romney included the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Cabinet-level agency once led by Romney’s father, George.
“I’m going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I’m probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go,” Romney said. “Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later.
Regarding taxes, Romney said, “I’m going to probably eliminate for high income people the second home mortgage deduction.” He also said that he would “likely eliminate deductions for state income and property taxes.” The campaign is already attempting to walk the comments back, with a Romney adviser telling CNN, “He was tossing ideas out, not unveiling policy.”
Waukesha WI – Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel today opened an investigation into the “Subs-for-Votes” scandal. Yesterday while wrapping up his Wisconsin tour the Romney Campaign bought $500 worth of Cousin’s subs to encourage the crowd to hit the polls and vote for Romney. Unfortunately for Romney there are a few things that you can’t do on election day in Wisconsin, and Rep. Paul Ryan who was arm-in-arm with with Romney throughout the ordeal neglected to tell the presidential candidate that the distribution of goods on election day is illegal.
In January 2010 the former Massachusetts governor proudly cast a ballot for Republican Scott Brown in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. He didn’t own property in the state at the time, and had registered to vote listing his son’s unfinished basement as his residence. Massachusetts law defines a residence for voter registration purposes as “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.” Anyone found guilty of committing voter fraud faces up to five years behind bars and a fine of $10,000.
He tries to defend his actions: “My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime’s oppression.”
The chemical engineer claimed to have overseen the building of a mobile biological laboratory when he sought political asylum in Germany in 1999. His lies were presented as “facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence” by Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, when making the case for war at the UN Security Council in February 2003.
But Mr Janabi, speaking in a two-part series, Modern Spies, starting tomorrow on BBC2, says none of it was true. When it is put to him “we went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie”, he simply replies: “Yes.”
U.S. officials “sexed up” Mr Janabi’s drawings of mobile biological weapons labs to make them more presentable, admits Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, General Powell’s former chief of staff. “I brought the White House team in to do the graphics,” he says, adding how “intelligence was being worked to fit around the policy”.
The Fox News Death Panel of Experts
Today I posted an image called “Fox News killed my mother.” Because it did. It was the most widely circulated image I’ve ever posted. But, after about and hour I could no longer read any of the comments. Still can’t. And some of you have messaged me to say you can’t see it. So here it is again. This time, my explanation will be in the first comment instead of here. Basically my mother fell and refused to go to the doctor because she was afraid that “Obamacare” would get information about her and use it in their “death panels.” Since then several of you shared identical experiences. This is how their fear mongering is killing our nation, one person at a time, one lie at a time.
-Tracy Knauss, Facebook
“FOX News is killing America one lie at a time, one life at a time. I know this personally,” Knauss wrote in her comment. “FOX News killed my precious mother, Hallie. She watched FOX religiously. And when she fell ten days before she died, she refused to go to the doctor because, ‘I don’t want Obamacare to get all of my information!’ she declared, recalling the warnings from FOX News ‘anchors.’ She was emphatic. She was not going to consort with the Muslim enemy. As she made out her will she told her lawyer, ‘I don’t want any of my money going to the Muslim Brotherhood!’ And her last protestation dealt with ‘Obama’s death panels.’ Mother died just days later. I hold FOX News responsible for my mother’s death.”
It seems the real death panel here is the panel of “experts” (otherwise known as “PR flacks”) on any given Fox News program. This is the danger that not only Fox News presents, but the entire rightwing “news” industry and the Republican Party: when you lie to people about healthcare, bad things happen. It’s really no different than being a snake-oil salesman — except, for some reason, you aren’t held responsible for the damage you cause.
But I’d go further here. Yes, Fox is the worst of the mainstream media — followed by talk radio on the second tier and the wingnut blogosphere at the lowest — but the supposedly “unbiased” media sources share a lot of the blame as well.
The problem with “unbiased” news is that it’s not exactly unbiased, so much as it’s nonjudgmental. When it comes to reporting on things like the “death panels” lie, most of the media tends to try to take what appears to be an even view of the subject matter. What’s true and what’s not true is irrelevant, since the reporting isn’t on the “death panels” per se, but on the controversy surrounding them. It’s about the “he said, she said” story, not what he and she are arguing about. Headlines that should blare “GOP SPREADING THE PUREST FORM OF BS KNOWN TO MAN” are instead “BIG FIGHT IN WASHINGTON AS REPUBLICANS HONE THEIR MESSAGE.”
As a result, even a small percentage of outlets like MSNBC’s audience probably believes that the “death panels” are real. We live in a world without facts, where every difference is a matter of opinion. There are no lies, just different takes. There is no concrete truth, only opinion. Because reporting that Republicans lie would look like bias — and we can’t have that. Somewhere along the line, the idea of “balance” — which is really just false equivalency — became more important in journalism than facts.
Which isn’t to say that all mainstream media lies outright. But they do lie. It’s simply a lie of omission. When Sarah Palin launched this whole “death panels” myth, news sources reported the absolute, undeniable fact that she said it. What they failed to do was report that it wasn’t even remotely true. As a result, they wound up repeating the lie. Not as a statement of fact, mind you, but as an expression of Palin’s opinion. Mother Hallie might well have died the same way, regardless of which news network she watched. The odds were just better with Fox.
It doesn’t have to be this way. In February, National Public Radio introduced their new handbook of journalistic ethics and, with it, a policy of focusing on truth.In all our stories, especially matters of controversy, we strive to consider the strongest arguments we can find on all sides, seeking to deliver both nuance and clarity. Our goal is not to please those whom we report on or to produce stories that create the appearance of balance, but to seek the truth.
At all times, we report for our readers and listeners, not our sources. So our primary consideration when presenting the news is that we are fair to the truth. If our sources try to mislead us or put a false spin on the information they give us, we tell our audience. If the balance of evidence in a matter of controversy weighs heavily on one side, we acknowledge it in our reports. We strive to give our audience confidence that all sides have been considered and represented fairly.
“With these words, NPR commits itself as an organization to avoid the worst excesses of ‘he said, she said’ journalism. It says to itself that a report characterized by false balance is a false report,” wrote media watchdog Jay Rosen at the time. “It introduces a new and potentially powerful concept of fairness: being ‘fair to the truth,’ which as we know is not always evenly distributed among the sides in a public dispute.”
The logical equation of “a report characterized by false balance is a false report” jumps out at me; mostly because it should seem so obvious, but instead seems so profound. And it seems profound because it’s so alien to the media landscape we’ve become way too used to. That phony balance is why people doubt global warming and evolution. It’s why people think the president is secretly a Muslim Kenyan and that Iran’s building a nuclear weapon this very minute — if they don’t have one already. The news tells “both sides of the story,” then neglects to tell you which side is the liar.
No one’s ever going to make a similar “NPR killed my mother” photo-manip. Their hands are clean. The rest of the media doesn’t get off so easily. Fox News may be the worst, but they’re the worst of a bad lot.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is a liar.
I was deeply radicalized by the 2000 election. At first I couldn’t believe that then-candidate George W. Bush was saying so many clearly, provably false things; then I couldn’t believe that nobody in the news media was willing to point out the lies. (At the time, the Times actually told me that I couldn’t use the l-word either). That was when I formulated my “views differ on shape of planet” motto.
Now, however, Mitt Romney seems determined to rehabilitate Bush’s reputation, by running a campaign so dishonest that it makes Bush look like a model of truth-telling.
I mean, is there anything at all in Romney’s stump speech that’s true? It’s all based on attacking Obama for apologizing for America, which he didn’t, on making deep cuts in defense, which he also didn’t, and on being a radical redistributionist who wants equality of outcomes, which he isn’t. When the issue turns to jobs, Romney makes false assertions both about Obama’s record and about his own. I can’t find a single true assertion anywhere.
“The lie that children need to be raised in a loving home by a mother and a father is just that — a lie. Two long-term studies published in the past two years found just the opposite. In fact, one of them, a twenty-five year-long and vigorously peer-reviewed study published in the journal Pediatrics, found that adopted children raised by lesbian parents are better–adjusted and do better in school than their opposite-parented peers. Add to this the fact that we now have, ‘a study of gay dads that finds they are more likely than straight ones to focus on parenting over career, at least when their children are young.’ […]
Even if Governor Perry and his ilk — like the National Organization For Marriage — actually are successful in their march into the 18th century, same-sex couples will continue to raise families and grow. Which means that re-establishing a second-class citizenship structure will only serve the egos of the bigots, not the needs of the children, who have what they need in terms of parents, but not what they need in terms of equality.” - David Badash
~ Picture by Tim Eagan