Day: February 25, 2012

Santorum: Obama is ‘a snob’ who ‘wants everybody to go to college’

Can you believe this clown?

The Raw Story

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum once again attacked President Barack Obama on wanting students to go to college Saturday morning, calling the president a “snob” on the campaign trail in Troy, Michigan.

Santorum spoke the tea party group Americans For Prosperity’s Michigan branch and received a round of applauds for his latest eye-brow raising statements.

“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob,” he said. “There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them.”

Santorum doubled down on his comments from Thursday, saying  “the indoctrination going on at the university level is a harm to our country” thanks to Obama.

Ironically, Santorum would be calling himself “a snob” as well based on his past history. In 2006, while he was a senator, Santorum pushed to make college more affordable  for all Pennsylvanians.

WATCH: Video from C-SPAN, which was broadcast on February 25, 2012.

Ralph Reed: Obama Campaign ‘Coming With A Knife In An Alley’

Republican operative Ralph Reed is projecting:

Projection:  According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one “projects” one’s own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else.   (Wiki)

Everything he describes in the video below is what the GOP has done and is still doing to this day against president Obama…

The Huffington Post

President Barack Obama’s campaign will do anything to get him elected, GOP political operative Ralph Reed told Florida Republicans Feb. 16.

“So if you can’t run on your economic record, you can’t run on your foreign policy record, there’s only one kind of campaign to run,” Reed said. “And that is a scorched earth, negative, ‘tear down the Republican nominee’ campaign. And that’s all this is going to be. And they’re coming, and they’re coming with a knife in an alley. That’s what this fight is going to be like.”

Reed told his audience not to underestimate Obama or his campaign team.

“There is nothing they will not do to win an election,” Reed said. “This guy is as tough and as mean and as cynical as any politician you’ll ever see. There is nothing he’s not willing to do.”

Reed is the founder of the Faith and Freedom Foundation and former head of the Christian Coalition. In 2006, he ran for lieutenant governor of Georgia but lost in the primary, partially due to the disclosure of business ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The remarks were originally taped by Conservative New Media and picked up by Right Wing Watch.

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Newt, Palin, Paul

The top quotes in politics …

“Because he’s a fake.” — Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul on why he’s going afterRick Santorum.

“I am giving up my opinion.” — Newt Gingrich’s wife, Callista, on what she’s sacrificing for Lent.

“Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually.”— Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneylisting the family cars.

“Cheerful.” — GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich’s one-word description of himself.

“This is the wisest investment I think I could make.” — Comedian Bill Maher on giving moneyto Obama.

“He should just write a check and shut up.” —New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talking about Warren Buffett.

“Come on, baby don’t you wanna go.” — President Barack Obama singing again.

“I can’t take it anymore.” — Then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin venting in a 2009 e-mail.

West Wing Week: 2/24/12 or “West Wing Week 100!”

The White House

Welcome to the 100th episode of West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It’s hard to believe that when West Wing Week was born Don’t Ask Don’t tell was still around, American troops were still fighting in Iraq, the American Auto Industry was on the brink of collapse, and nobody knew The President could sing?

Wow! what a difference 694 days makes.

We’ve got a great week for you – BB King is here, the Boeing Dreamliner, the extension of the Payroll Tax Cut, and musical guest Keb Mo. That’s February 17th to February 23rd or West Wing Week 100.

Mitt Romney Pulls Ahead In Michigan Polls, Holds Wide Lead In Arizona

The Huffington Post

Despite trailing Rick Santorum in most recent national polls, Mitt Romney appears to have momentum on his side in Michigan and a big lead in Arizona, just four days before both states hold Republican presidential primaries.

In Michigan, two new automated, recorded-voice surveys show Romney with a small, single-digit lead. The two polls, from Rasmussen Reports  and Mitchell Research , were both conducted on Thursday, Feb. 23, and are the first to be fielded in Michigan entirely following Wednesday night’s nationally televised candidate debate.

The Rasmussen Reports poll gives Romney a six-point lead over Santorum (40 to 34 percent), a reversal from the four-point Romney deficit the firm found just three days earlier. The Mitchell Research poll shows Romney three points ahead of Santorum (36 to 33 percent), a big shift from the nine-point Santorum lead the firm reported one week earlier.

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The new findings are slightly better for Romney than the results of five other surveys conducted earlier in the week, which collectively described a very close race between the top two candidates, ranging from a four-point Santorum lead to a two-point Romney advantage.

The HuffPost Pollster’s Michigan chart, which attempts to smooth out random variation in the all public polling data, shows that the biggest change over the past week has been an increase in support for Romney. Over the same period, Santorum’s numbers have declined only slightly. The chart’s trend lines now give Romney a very slight lead over Santorum (36.3 to 34.7 percent), followed by Ron Paul (11.2 percent) and Newt Gingrich (8.0 percent).

Continue reading here…

Texas taking health care away from 130,000 poor women to punish Planned Parenthood

This entire attack on women, poor or otherwise, is just plain insanity!

Daily Kos

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s imagined war with the federal government unfortunately has real casualties—poor women (as usual). In this instance, the Texas government has decide to write Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Women’s Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program providing basic health and family planning services to low-income and uninsured women who would not otherwise be eligible for Medicaid unless pregnant.

The Department of Health and Human Services warned the state that this rule would not meet requirements for funding, because it violates the Social Security Act. They informed the state that some $40 million in funding would be pulled if Planned Parenthood, which provides 44 percent of the program’s services, was blacklisted. putting $40 million in federal funding at risk.

The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14. Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.“No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” said Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin. “It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women.”

Perry, of course, is couching this as fighting back against the overreaching Obama administration, with his spokeswoman justifying cutting these women off of basic health services by putting it on the White House and saying, “This boils down to the rule of law—which the state of Texas respects and the Obama administration does not.” The state of Texas apparently doesn’t believe in the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.

And the GOP establishment is worried about their image because they think the presidential debates are starting to make them look bad. Are they paying any attention to the actual policies Republicans in office are creating?