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Mitt Romney’s Idiot Quote of the Day

 

Mario Piperni

Romney was asked whether questions dealing with distribution of wealth and power were a matter of jealousy or fairness.

You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus one percent, and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent, you have opened up a wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.

And asked if there is any legitimate question one can ask concerning the discrepancy of wealth in America, SilverSpoon had this to say…

I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like.

Of course. If there’s no real problem with wealth distribution, then there’s no point in discussing it out in the open, right?  Better to relegate talk of that sort to the back rooms where important rich folk can discuss such matters in private.  After all, no point in getting the masses riled up with nonsensical talk which does little more than confuse and anger them.  Better to let the little people believe that any talk dealing with the increasing divide between the haves and have-nots is simply one of envy and class warfare.

Nothing there, people.  Move along.

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Romney: Any Concern For Income Inequality Is ‘About Envy’

Romney is so out of touch with the real world

Think Progress

As GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney begins to solidify his frontrunner status, his pitch as the “business” candidate who understands the “real economy” is faltering under heavier scrutiny of his time at Bain Capital. As CEO of the private equity firm , Romney “maximized returns by firing workers, seeking government subsidies, and flipping companies quickly for large profits” while a significant number of those companies went bankrupt and thousands of workers lost their jobs. “Make a profit. That’s the name of the game, right?” he said .

Now even members of his own party are damning the callous nature of his work. Chafing from the criticism, Romney blasted his “desperate” opponents yesterday for joining President Obama in “put[ting] free enterprise on trial” and engaging in “the bitter politics of envy .”

This morning on the Today Show, host Matt Lauer asked Romney — twice — whether he truly believed any questions regarding the practices of Wall Street or the distribution of wealth and power is merely “envious” or more about “fairness.” Both times, Romney insisted that it was solely an “envy-oriented” attack on “millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street”:

LAUER: When you said that we already have a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy, I’m curious about the word ‘envy.’ Did you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country, is envious? Is it about jealousy, or fairness?

ROMNEY: You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus one percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent — you have opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.

LAUER: Yeah but envy? Are there no fair questions about the distribution of wealth without it being seen as ‘envy,’ though?

ROMNEY: I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like. But the president has made it part of his campaign rally. Everywhere he goes we hear him talking about millionaires and billionaires and executives and Wall Street. It’s a very envy-oriented, attack-oriented approach and I think it will fail.

Continued after the video…

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Wednesday Blog Round Up

CHARTS OF THE DAY: Where’d All The Income Growth Go? To The 1 percent! 

‘Anonymous’ vows to ‘destroy’ Fox News website on Nov. 5th

MSNBC Under Pressure To Dump Buchanan

When Pat Robertson thinks you’re too extreme … 

Is a Breitbart contributor behind Herman Cain’s smoking ad?

Birther Convicted Of Bizarre Plot To Force Obama Out Of Office

Bill O’Reilly On ‘Today’: Matt Lauer Mocks Fox News Host

VIDEO: The 9 Craziest Things Herman Cain Has Ever Said

President to Ease Student Loan Burden for Low-Income Graduates

Obama ‘Tonight Show’ Appearance: President Talks Gaddafi, GOP, Halloween

 

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Thursday Morning Blog Round Up

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“Puppet Master”: Beck’s lies about Soros, Day 1
In the first part of his multi-day special on philanthropist George Soros, Glenn Bec..

‘The Silence of the Lamb’: Matt Lauer’s George Bush Interview
There was no way to tell from the advance publicity and clips how poorly Matt Lauer ..

Darrell Issa Continues Apology Tour, Regrets Calling Obama ‘Corrupt’
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made two stops on his apology tour Monday to walk back ..

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Oprah Fails to Question Bush on Important Aspects of His Legacy

Newsweek

If someone were to ask you what the dominant political issue is at the moment, you’d probably say the national debt or extension of the Bush tax cuts. The most controversial political fight of the last two years? Surely health care reform. So, when former President George W. Bush granted a long televised interview to promote his new memoir — which is to say, as Bush attempts to polish his tarnished reputation, you’d think he would be asked about his budget-busting tax cuts and the creation of a Medicare prescription drug benefit.

You would be wrong. Like Matt Lauer Monday night, Oprah Winfrey, in her gauzy interview with Bush on Tuesday afternoon, did not ask a single question about those policies. Today conservatives argue that the budget reconciliation process is being exploited when it is used to pass the sidecar of amendments to health care reform that could have fallen prey to a filibuster after Ted Kennedy’s death. In 2001 Republicans used reconciliation to pass Bush’s tax cuts. What does Bush make of the precedent he set? We don’t know, because Winfrey, like Lauer, did not ask him. Today conservatives complain about deficit-spending, and that health care reform was passed by bribing and bullying fence-sitters, but we have no idea what Bush makes of the infamous arm-twisting by his allies in the GOP House leadership to whip the votes for Medicare Part D, an unfunded expansion of the welfare state. Does Bush regret the way he governed now that Democrats are free to do the same? Apparently no one thought to ask him, or his handlers laid out ground rules prohibiting it.   Continue reading…

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George W. Bush: ‘I HOPE I’M JUDGED A SUCCESS’

Well, the new narrative to “exonerate” George W. Bush’s flawed presidency is under way.  Bush is hoping that his new book will set the record straight or as he puts it, give historians a “data point” in which to judge his presidency. 

Ultimately, history will indeed be the judge of Bush’s presidency.

Huffington Post

Former President George W. Bush is back in the spotlight as he hits the media circuit to promote his new memoir Decision Points in conjunction with its release this week.

“I have written a book,” said the Republican leader at a trade conference in Chicago, Ill. last month. He joked, “This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn’t think I could read, much less write.”

Details from Decision Points began to leak in the weeks leading up to its November 9 scheduled release. From reflections on some of the most intense controversies his administration faced, to concerns over former Vice President Dick Cheney coming off to the public as “Darth Vadar,” new insights continue to emerge as Bush conducts interviews about the book.

“I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight,” explained the former White House leader last month. “I’m going to emerge then submerge.”

In a one-on-one interview with NBC News host Matt Lauer this week, Bush spoke about his legacy.

“I hope I’m judged a success. But I’m gonna be dead, Matt, when they finally figure it out,” he explained. “And I’m comfortable knowing that I gave it my all, that I love America and I know it was an honor to serve.”

While the time Bush spends in the public eye may be short-lived, there’s no shortage in details from Decision Points to keep buzz alive about the former president.

See slide show of Bush’s revelations in the book here.

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Salon: This week in crazy: George W. Bush

Bush told us this week that he does care.  Not about the dead and neglected of New Orleans. He cares about people accusing him of not caring…

Salon

Apparently the worst moment of his presidency — which included 9/11 — was getting slighted by Kanye West?

George W. Bush cared a great deal about one particular black person: Kanye West.

From his recent interview with Matt Lauer, on the occasion of the publication of Bush’s new book:

MATT LAUER: You remember what he said?

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist.

MATT LAUER: Well, what he said was, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: That’s — “he’s a racist.” And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, “I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.” It’s another thing to say, “This man’s a racist.” I resent it, it’s not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.

MATT LAUER: This from the book. “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” You go on. “I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all time low.”

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.

MATT LAUER: You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And — it was a disgusting moment.

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