Why 2012 Matters

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Republican operatives describe this year’s presidential election in apocalyptic terms. It will determine our future. It will seal our national fate. Well, they are probably right, but not for the reason they give. They tell Republican voters that President Obama, in a second term where he does not have to face re-election, will reveal and follow the full socialist agenda he has been trying to hide.

Only the gullible will swallow that. But the right does know that the future is at stake. That is because this election year gives Republicans one of their last chances—perhaps the very last one—to put the seal on their plutocracy. They are in a race against time. A Democratic wave is rising fast, to wash away the plutocracy before it sets its features in concrete, with future help from the full (not just frequent) cooperation of the Supreme Court.

It may seem odd to speak of the plutocracy as endangered. Surely it has established itself in every important political arena. Wealth is concentrated in a small fraction of the populace, the cosseting of whom with the Bush tax cuts plunged us into the great recession. Yet while the rest of the populace was suffering, the rich just got richer. In 2009 and 2010, years in which millions were unable to find work, the top one percent reaped 93 percent of the “recovery” income, and corporations are making more than they ever did. And the Republicans can still propose even further cuts in the taxes of “job creators” whose only job creation has been for their own lawyers and lobbyists.

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Mitt Romney


This was no faux pas.  In fact, Romney was talking to his base when he suggested that employers should make it very clear how their employees should vote…


Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party nominee, spoke to the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) yesterday in a Tele-Townhall meeting, telling them to“make it very clear” to their employees who they should vote for in the November General Election. The NFIB has over 100,000 members nationwide.

“I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections,” Romney said. “And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope you pass those along to your employees.”

Romney laughed, saying “nothing illegal” about informing your employees, even if it may be inferred as a threat to losing their jobs.

“Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I believe that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision.”

The topics in the Tele-Townhall covered the Republican Party message of fewer regulations, tax cuts for businesses and less healthcare, referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Republicans and media call “Obamacare”.

Mitt Romney again shows that he doesn’t care about anyone who actually works for a living as he instructs the NFIB to let all their employees know via a perceived threat, that their jobs may be in jeopardy if they don’t vote for Romney. And Mitt Romney laughed as he spoke to them about it.

Nevada has been hit hard with foreclosures and unemployment, so what is Mitt’s advice to Nevada members of the NFIB?” Make it very clear” that this November, you should vote for Romney because your jobs may be on the line.

This is the same man who said:

Mitt Romney, the “Everyday Joe”, loves America so much; he hides his money in foreign banks, in foreign countries.