U.S. Politics

At least 22 million would go hungry under Ryan/Romney budget

In today’s politics the term compassionate conservatism is an oxymoron. There’s no such thing with this bunch…

Daily Kos

Remember how those massive budget cuts in the Romney/Ryan plan fall primarily on poor Americans? The Center for American Progress has a new report detailing how those cuts in turn will affect children.

cuts to kids
  • The House Agriculture Committee’s budget cuts $33 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program over the next decade, along with cuts that tie it into other safety net programs, which means school breakfast and lunch is out. As many as 22 million kids will go hungry.
  • Ways and Means eliminated the Social Services Block Grant, which funds state programs for child abuse prevention and intervention, foster care and child protective services. More than 11 million children are helped with these programs.
  • Immigrant parents won’t be able to use the child tax credit, because Ways and Means would allow the credit only for taxpayers filing under their Social Security number, not those who use an alternate taxpayer ID number. That’s about $1,800 per immigrant family, representing about 5.5 million children.

Let the children go hungry, say Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Because those millionaires need their tax breaks. And the Pentagon has to have a bigger budget, whether it wants it or not.

Mitt Romney

Romney Attacks Stimulus At College That Took Stimulus Funds

Duh! One has to wonder just how  inept is Romney’s campaign staff?  Heck, to go a little further, how inept is Romney?

Think Progress

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned with Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who presides over one of the least job-creating states in America, today at Otterbein College — a school that benefited from the passage of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus.

Otterbein received a grant worth more than $80,000 for a federal work-study program in July 2009. Ignoring that fact, though, Romney proceeded to attack the stimulus in his speech to students:

ROMNEY: Then there was the stimulus itself. $787 billion of borrowing. It could have been entirely focused on getting getting the private sector to buy capital equipment, for instance. That puts people to work. Or to hire people. Instead, it primary protected people in the governmental sector, which is probably the sector that should have been shrinking.

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Romney also mixed up the facts about the stimulus. In calling the stimulus a hand out for government programs (which he said “probably should have been shrinking”), Romney ignores that the last three years were the worst on record for government job losses. In calling the stimulus a failure, he ignores its obvious successes: It saved or created millions of jobs, turned around economic growth, and pulled the American economy away from the precipice of collapse.

Politico's Top Political Quotes

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Rubio, Newt, Obama


The top quotes in politics …

‘The campaign will go bye-bye.” — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich talking about his political future.

“Good riddance, see you later.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the Nets moving to Brooklyn.

“Can I get an Amen?” — President Barack Obama while speaking about student loans.

“They think he’s like Marx or something.” — Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley on how the business community views Obama.

“Who knows who might be using prostitutes?” — Sen. Chuck Grassley weighing in on the Secret Service sex scandal.

“I am sticking to club soda tonight.”— Secretary of State Hillary Clintonquoted by the New York Post, at a gala in Manhattan.

“I’m nervous.” — Comedian Jimmy Kimmel on hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“Does anybody have my last page?” — Sen. Marco Rubio after losing part of a speech.

West Wing Week

West Wing Week: 4/27/12 or “Don’t Double My Rate!”

The White House

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President hosted the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and traveled to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa to launch a sustained effort to get Congress to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling on July 1st. That’s April 20th to April 26th or “Don’t Double My Rate!”

Women's Rights

CAUGHT ON TAPE: The GOP’s Woman Problem

Think Progress

In a combative speech on the Senate floor this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called a Democrats’ accusations that the GOP is waging a war on women “phony,” “outlandish,” and a distraction.”

McCain’s remarks, typical of GOP rhetoric on the issue, sweep aside the reality of the last few months.

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The latest example, and the context for McCain’s remarks, was today’s vote on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The bill passed 68-31, with every “nay” vote coming from a Republican man. The five female GOP senators voted for the re-authorization.

But before that, there was, of course, the overwhelming Republican opposition to the White House’s attempt to improve women’s access to contraception, Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic rants against Sandra Fluke, the Republican amendment to allow employers to deny women contraception for any moral reason, Herman Cain’s suggestion that women have an inferior understanding of policy, Republican governors’ support for mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, Mitt Romney’s silence on the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s repeal of that state’s equal pay laws, and the general denigration within both Republican political ranks and the right-wing media-sphere of women’s ability to ably serve in the military. ThinkProgress has compiled the video report.