ROMNEYHOOD: Paul Ryan Makes Mitt Romney’s Tax Problem Worse, Under Ryan Plan Tax Rate Would Be Zero

Mitt Romney’s tax problem:  The far-right wing bloc of the Republican Party is singing the virtues of Paul Ryan being Mitt Romney’s running mate, but um, did anyone bother to wonder how the Romney/Ryan ticket plans on selling his tax cuts that would lead to Romney paying less than one percent in taxes?

Alec MacGillis: “Already, there is a curious bit of conventional wisdom taking hold that Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan is shrewd because it will draw attention from Romney’s ever-more apparent weaknesses, notably the more rapacious elements of his work at Bain Capital and his undisclosed tax returns. Sorry, but this makes no sense. It seems hard to imagine a running mate who would jibe better with the Democrats’ Bain Capital attacks than a well-born Ayn Rand acolyte. More crucially, it is hard to imagine a running mate who will draw more attention to the matter of Romney’s taxes than Paul Ryan. Why? Because under the ‘Ryan plan’ that made the congressman famous, Mitt Romney would pay zero taxes.”

“Don’t believe it? Romney himself said so, just a few months ago.”

Matthew Ryan: “Under Paul Ryan’s plan, Mitt Romney wouldn’t pay any taxes for the next ten years — or any of the years after that. Now, do I know that that’s true. Yes, I’m certain.”

Here’s a totally unrelated question….how does Paul Ryan feel about gun control, since the Sikh temple massacre occurred in his district? Sorry but Paul Ryan is political Kryptonite, clearly out of step with the majority of Americans, except ultra-rich like the Koch brothers. Paul Ryan would be like a deer caught between two headlights if he had to step in and become the president if Romney wins the presidential election and something unforeseen occurs.

Big Sis Janet Napolitano Sued by Second ICE Employee Jason Mount Alleging Career Curtailed by Anti-Male Bias

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Big Sis Janet Napolitano Sued by Second ICE Employee Jason Mount Alleging Career Curtailed by Anti-Male Bias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jason Mount, a second employee at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, alleging his career was curtailed due to anti-male bias at the agency. Mount, whose lawsuit was filed July 31, alleges that he was denied 43 promotions because he is a white male and that he took a lower-grade job because of “how serious the discrimination and retaliation had become” at the agency, the NY Post reports.

Jason Mount filed his lawsuit two months after ICE official James T. Hayes Jr. sued Janet Napolitano for $3 million for allegedly giving a top job to her “good” friend Dora Shriro over him, though she was not qualified for the position.

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Mitt Romney’s VP Pick Paul Ryan Has Never Been Elected to Anything Larger Than His Congressional District of 700,000 People

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Father & Son:  Mitt Romney’s VP Pick Paul Ryan Has Never Been Elected to Anything Larger Than His Congressional District of 700,000 People (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — back to the same policies that almost brought the economy to a screeching halt. Mitt Romney was BULLIED into picking Paul Ryan as his running mate. He didn’t reach this conclusion all by his lonesome self. Nate Silver confirmed what I thought in the last few weeks and particularly since Mitt Romney chose ultra-conservative Ryan as his running mate — he is bearish on beating Obama in November. The problem is most Americans, over 45 percent don’t have a clue who Paul Ryan is and given his stance on a number of key issues such as Medicare, Pell grants and his stance against Romneycare, the Obama campaign is salivating on this one. Here’s an interesting take from Nate Silver:

Mr. Ryan is a national figure of some repute — before Saturday morning, hisnational name recognition was about 50 percent — but he has never been elected to anything larger than his Congressional district of about 700,000 people. Members of the House of Representatives have only occasionally been selected as running mates. The last one on a winning ticket was John Nance Garner, the speaker of the House, in 1932. The last time an ordinary member of the House was elected vice president, and the last Republican, was more than 100 years ago: in 1908, when William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman, a New York congressman, were chosen by voters. (Coincidentally, that fall was also the last time that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.)

Politics 101 suggests that you play toward the center of the electorate. Although this rule has more frequently been violated when it comes to vice-presidential picks, there is evidence that presidential candidates who have more “extreme” ideologies (closer to the left wing or the right wing than the electoral center) underperform relative to the economic fundamentals.

Various statistical measures of Mr. Ryan peg him as being quite conservative. Based on his Congressional voting record, for instance, the statistical system DW-Nominate evaluates him as being roughly as conservative as Representative Michele Bachmann, the controversial congresswoman of Minnesota. Source: NY Times

It will be some time before we can gauge whether the Ryan pick will help Mitt Romney nationwide. Romney trails Obama so far behind in Wisconsin that I doubt he will carry the state, even with Ryan on the ticket. The reality is, as Nate Silver states, Paul Ryan doesn’t poll well outside his district. Ryan’s controversial budget plan alone is a boon for the Obama campaign and he will come under blistering criticism in the coming weeks. It’s amazing that Romney picked someone from the largely unpopular Congress, where their approval rating is 15 percent. He would have been better served by picking someone like NJ Gov. Chris Christie, who’s a firebrand (though not well-liked) and has a record of accomplishments.

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Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake Decimate Americans to Win Men’s 4x100M Relay in London

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Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake Decimate Americans to Win Men’s 4x100M Relay in London (Team Jamaica)

NEWSFLASH:  Jamaicans shut out America for the 4x100m men’s relay in yet another Olympics in record time. Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake clocked a new world record of 37.04, literally decimating the Americans.

 

Ann Coulter: Black Men Don’t Need Social Security Because They Die Younger Than Others

Ann Coulter believes black men don’t need Social Security because they will die early. Didn’t realize Ann Coulter was judge and jury of the lives of black men.

Mitt Romney Throws ‘Hail Mary Pass’ Picks Paul Ryan, Architect of Ending Medicare Plan, as His Running Mate

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Mitt Romney Throws ‘Hail Mary Pass’ Picks Paul Ryan, Architect of Ending Medicare  Plan, as His Running Mate (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Mitt Romney has taken orders from the pundits — announced Paul Ryan as his running mate in, what can be characterized as a “Hail Mary” pass into the presidential election end zone. His actions aren’t much different from the Sarah Palin debacle in 2008, when she was chosen by John McCain to appeal to women. Paul Ryan will overshadow Mitt Romney — remember “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig?” Yeah, it is applicable in this case. Romney said choosing Paul Ryan will lead to widespread prosperity of all Americans. Um, really? Seems that Ryan wants to “throw momma from the train” with Medicare. Romney and Ryan look like father and son.

He said he will help care for those who can’t care for themselves and return work to welfare. He said he will act to bring poor families into the middle class and act to save Medicare and Medicaid. Healthcare has become expensive and will repeal Obamacare in order to create a new program that will help bring affordable medical care. Esquire blogger thinks Paul Ryan is a fake, who got through college on Social Security survivor’s benefits that got him through high school after his father died.

Bold promises from Mitt Romney, who is clearly going to be overshadowed by his running mate, who happens to be very charismatic. Ryan could be someone I like, but the Medicare issue will be used to tear him down. I still don’t like Mitt Romney because he is deflecting from the holes in his own qualifications — SECRECY is his middle name. Not Mitt. Ryan says regrettably Barack Obama has become part of the problem, and Mitt Romney is the solution. We can’t be sure since he now wants his business record off the table and his tenure of governor was very mediocre, at best.

Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney has the skills Romney has for this country. Um, what skills? He wants his business record off the table. Gov. Romney is the man for this moment. Really? Come on Democrats. Get to work and end this mess. He says politicians from both parties have made empty promises that will have dire consequences if we fail to act now. He represents part of America that includes inner cities. Um, and they still are inner cities. Mitt Romney is also making empty promises. Paul Ryan sounds like he’s just learning how to talk. Um, how many jobs did Paul Ryan create while being fiscally conservative? Well, in a nutshell — Paul Ryan may be a good choice, better than the last vice presidential candidate, but certainly not a really serious one. Here’s why:

One request: I hope that when reporters are writing or talking about Paul Ryan’s budget plans and his overall approach, they will rig up some electro-shock device to zap themselves each time they say that Ryan and his thoughts are unusually “serious” or “brave.” Clear-edged they are, and useful in defining the issues in the campaign. But they have no edge in “seriousness” over, say, proposals from Ryan’s VP counterpart Joe Biden. Source:  The Atlantic

Our rights come from God, not from governments. Wow, that’s just what people like Bryan Fischer want to hear. To all the seniors living in the U.S., Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are gunning for your Medicare. By the way, I say two black people standing behind Mitt Romney. Are those Herman Cain’s relatives?

Think Progress has a great list on facts about Paul Ryan. Here’s an excerpt:

Eliminates Pell Grants for more more than 1 million students. Ryan’s budget claims both that rising financial aid is driving college tuition costs upward, and that Pell Grants, which help cover tuition costs for low-income Americans, don’t go to the “truly needy.” So he cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could “ultimately knock more than one million students off” the program over the next 10 years.

Budget would result in 4.1 million lost jobs in 2 years. Ryan’s budget calls for massive reductions in government spending. He has proposed cutting discretionary programs by about $120 billion over the next two years and mandatory programs by $284 billion, which, the Economic Policy Institute estimates, would suck demand out of the economy and “reduce employment by 1.3 million jobs in fiscal 2013 and 2.8 million jobs in fiscal 2014, relative to current budget policies.”

Embraces extreme individualism.Ryan heaped praise on Ayn Rand, a 20th-century libertarian novelist best known for her philosophy that centered on the idea that selfishness is “virtue.” Rand described altruism as “evil,” condemned Christianity for advocating compassion for the poor, viewed the feminist movement as “phony,” and called Arabs “almost totally primitive savages. Though he publicly rejected “her philosophy” in 2012, Ryan had professed himself a strong devotee. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” he said at a D.C. gathering honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” “I give out ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well…I try to make my interns read it.”

Claimed Romneycare has led to “rationing and benefit cuts.” “I’m not a fan of [Romney’s health care reform] system,” Ryan told C-SPAN in 2010. He argued that government is rationing care in the state and claimed that people are “seeing the system bursting by the seams, they’re seeing premium increases, rationing and benefit cuts.” He called the system “a fatal conceit” and “unsustainable.” Watch it:

Co-sponsored a personhood amendment. Ryan joined 62 other Republicans in co-sponsoring the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that a fertilized egg “shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” This would outlaw abortion, some forms of contraception and invitro fertilization.

Romney is in a shitload of trouble if he picked someone who trashed Romneycare and he’s running scared over the Obama campaign attacks on his tax returns and business record.  Like Bob Marley sings, “Don’t let them fool you, oh no.