Exposing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s Covert Mission to Punish Women

At the start of the 112th Congress, Americans waited with bated breath for Republicans to get to work creating jobs, jobs, jobs, but instead they began a religious war against women that escalated as the year went on. It was bad enough that Republican controlled states and congressional Republicans were on a tear to send women back to the 1950s, but at least the Democratically controlled Senate and the White House were able to thwart House Republicans biblical agenda. With Willard Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate, a Republican victory in November will signal the end of the skirmishes and transform the war on women’s rights into a slaughter. Women should be quaking at the prospect of an executive branch that holds women in such low esteem that they will jeopardize their health and welfare to save money for tax breaks for the wealthy and to push a pro-life agenda, when in reality, their policies portend a pro-death agenda low-income women.

Romney has already distinguished himself as an anti-woman candidate with his promise to “get rid of Planned Parenthood,” and his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act will erase the hard-fought benefits women won from cancer screenings to preventative medicine to premium equity with men. However, by choosing Ryan, Romney doubled down on his dangerous anti-women’s health agenda that is so far afield of Romney, that Draconian does not accurately describe what women have to look forward to in a Romney-Ryan administration.

The list of offensive anti-woman measures Ryan voted for gives the appearance of a man on a mission founded on punishing women  for no other reason than to put them in their biblical role as birthing machines in subjection to a man, and in Ryan’s case, it is an evangelical, abusive, and mean-spirited man. Nearly all of the bills Ryan supported restricted women’s right to choose their own reproductive health, and those he opposed gave women equity in pay, better healthcare options, and the right to decide when they give birth. Whether it is Ryan’s adherence to Catholicism’s restrictions on birth control, or if he is an alleged pro-lifer, his record on women’s choice signals dark times for low-income women.

Ryan voted for the so-called “Let Women Die Bill” that gives conscience-stricken religious health-professionals and hospitals the right to refuse to provide an emergency abortion regardless if her life was in immediate danger or not. He co-sponsored a bill that denies rape victims on Medicaid access to abortions, and to further punish low-income women he voted to cut off Title X family planning programs the help poor and working-poor women affordable access to contraception as well as mammograms and cancer-screenings. Ryan is so anti-choice that he voted for the legislation that sanctions bans on abortion coverage in the Affordable  Care Act’s state health-insurance exchanges regardless that women pay for the services themselves with their own funds or not. Ryan is not only against abortion, he is anti-contraception and it is regardless if it is covered in a health plan or not.

Ryan co-sponsored a national personhood bill that bans certain contraceptives, in vitro fertilization, and criminalizes operations to save a woman’s life if there were complications in a pregnancy. Fanatical Christian groups have attempted to pass amendments to state constitutions in over 25 states, and they have been soundly defeated in each instance. The personhood bills give full rights and protections in the 14th amendment to a single-celled organism, and yet Ryan supports restricting poor and low-income women from the same protections. Ryan, like most evangelical pro-choice advocates, loves the zygote, but hates the carrier, and his drastic budget cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, and children’s health programs ensures that when the zygote develops into a real being that breathes oxygen outside the womb, it will suffer ill health and malnutrition. Ryan’s record of voting to defund Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion services cuts off access to breast and cervical cancer screenings,  family planning counseling, and contraceptives that prevent the need for an abortion, but his goal is not just banning abortion, it is controlling when a woman has sex and when she gives birth.

The cuts in Ryan’s budget drastically, and disproportionately, affect low income women by cutting wide ranging social services social services  such as child care, job training, Pell Grants, housing assistance, and others that assist women economically. In fact, one might be inclined to believe Ryan deliberately used the budget process to attack low-income women’s healthcare with cuts to Medicaid that over 20-million women depend on for basic care, and privatizing Medicare will put women who live longer than men in a financial deficit that makes them choose between healthcare and food.

Ryan has consistently voted against employment discrimination amendments and equal pay bills, and the cuts to the food stamp program will send young and old women alike into poverty. There is nothing in Ryan’s record to indicate any support for women’s rights, and everything that demonstrates his blatant disregard for their rights, health, or economic prosperity. He is the perfect partner for Romney, and if Christian conservatives were worried Romney was not harsh enough on women, Ryan’s record and hateful proposals to set women back to the conservative ideal of 1950s home-bound women  should invigorate their fantasy dreams of Ozzie and Harriet.

Ryan and Romney both support a pro-death agenda for poor women regardless of their age. In fact each man proposes drastic cuts to programs that inordinately affect low-income women whether it is simple contraception, cancer screenings, cuts to programs that help lift women out of poverty, or heating, housing, and food assistance that keeps young and retirement-age women from the depths of poverty. This Republican ticket is beyond the pale for its proposed austerity measures, but they have singled out women for a dire existence of birthing, low pay, and no opportunity for economic independence. If women thought the 112th Congress and state legislatures were waging an all-out war on their rights, they may look back fondly on this Congress as the enlightenment era after Romney and Ryan finish their pro-death agenda, because that is the message for women. Between restricting access to healthcare, cancer screenings, preventative medicine for women and their children, and the hunger and ill-health for women who outlive men by a wide margin after they are finished gutting Medicare, food stamps, and Social Security, there is nothing pro-life for women in the future under a Romney-Ryan administration.

The good news is that women’s groups were already mobilizing to defeat Romney and his Dark Age position on women’s rights, and now that the most anti-woman man is standing with him, they have renewed their resolve. It is unclear, exactly, what Romney was considering when he chose Paul Ryan as a running mate, but if he was looking for a man to appeal to patriarchal religious fanatics, he certainly won some points. However, Romney was trailing President Obama in support among women already, so it is possible he just wrote off the women’s vote. But if he thinks he just lost their support, he has no idea of how men who are not religious savages feel about how their wives, sisters, and especially mothers will fare under the most pro-death duo in recent memory. Republicans have assaulted women’s rights for the past year-and-a-half, and now women, and the men who love them, finally get the opportunity to strike back and whether they know it or not, there is an angry, intelligent, and organized women’s movement with excellent memories that will end the war on women, and Romney and Ryan’s  presidential aspirations, in November.

28 Replies to “Exposing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s Covert Mission to Punish Women”

  1. Wow that is all you got out of the post? In case you ever wondered most don’t care if words are misspelled or missed used. They care about becoming informed.

  2. Good catch. And believe it or not, Benny, spelling and grammar matter. How can we communicate if the laws of English aren’t followed.

    I’m sure that this isn’t the only thing that Victoria got out of this article, however I agree it would be nice to read something that’s correct. It seems that everyone relies on spell check…which won’t change a misspelling according to the context or most grammar error.

  3. I used to vote republican. This story right here is one of the main reasons I have left the party for good. I have relied on the services of Planned Parenthood for many years, and the thought of not being able to get my preventive health screenings from them has me shaking in my high heeled boots.

  4. It’s alright Benny. When a reader misses the gist of an article, it is entirely the author’s fault. Details, not message, are what really matter. It is perilous for an imperfect human being to communicate with perfection, and always results in catastrophic failure; this was no exception.

  5. The laws of English were violated and the author is contrite and repentant. However, it was not a spell-check mishap, but wrong word choice that is not dissimilar to “context or most grammar error.”

  6. On the contrary, Victoria: there was the cat who ate the piece of cheese and waited outside the mousehole with baited breath.

  7. This morning, I awoke from a nightmare: it was the morning after Election Day and there had been a Republican sweep. I had the worst panic attack I had experienced since I got into a case that turned out to have Mafia on the other side, and a hit man came after me.

  8. If any female in this nation votes GOP, she is either already under the thumb of an evangelical man, or an idiot. These men are cruel, and we cannot let them anywhere near the WH. And that goes for the GOP in the states as well…a bunch of control freaks at best and killers are worst.

  9. What a disgustingly sexist thing to say. Liberals pretend to be pro-woman feminists yet when a woman dares step off the liberal plantation and think for herself, you vilify her. You accuse her of being stupid or of being controlled by a man.

    I thought feminism was supposed to be about freedom and independence, not liberal group think. This is absolutely pathetic and you should be ashamed of yourself.

  10. You would think that if you didn’t know what feminism was. Allow me to help you out, because there is actually a platform, hence not just anyone can hop on the feminism bus. Feminism is a defined movement, with stated consistent goals that are at odds with modern day conservative agendas, legislation, and “values”.

    In reality Republican policy has been removing freedom from women by drastic measures, esp over the last two years. Feminism is not about removing freedom, so you can’t support people who remove freedom from women and call yourself a feminist. E.G., feminists work to promote reproductive rights for women and fight violence against women. These are two glaring examples of conservatives being on the other side of feminism.

    The conservative female pols who have tried to co-opt the term “Feminist” to mean that they are strong and independent miss the very essence of feminism. There is a platform of issues that feminists support, and an idea of equal rights for ALL. If you are removing rights for SOME PEOPLE, you are not a feminist. If you are fighting against equal rights in pay, contracts, medical rights, etc — you are not a feminist.

  11. You have not given one damn explanation, Ms. West, of (a) the “liberal plantation”; (b) your definition of “freedom and independence” as it applies to women; (c) why, given that it is not the political left who is prescribing one mode of life for every biological female, you are accusing those of us who comment on this thread of “groupthink”. If you can’t come up with a cogent answer, I will have to conclude that, whether or not you really possess a vulva, you are surely surviving without a brain.

  12. Paul Ryan is a sociopath. He knows in his heart of hearts that this isn’t about his beliefs. For Ryan he knows this is all about his desire to see innocent people suffer. All the while he talks his game about his Christian beliefs. That is his cover to have white Christian America beleive that he is a good Christian and knows what Christianity is all about.

    So what is Christianity all about? It’s caring about and for your neighbor when your neighbor is suffering. Especially when your neighbor’s suffering occured through no fault of their own.

    Yet, Paul Ryan believes in a discredited economic philosophy spewed by an atheistic, anarchistic woman who tried to tell everyone that she suffered because she was required to pay taxes. Please, I’ve had enough of this sociopathic nonsense.

  13. Giving you a standing ovation for your comment. And another standing ovation to Rmuse for this excellent article & to Sarah for her spot-on answer. Thanks “ya’all!

  14. YES, I read the entire article. Then upon reading the comments, I got irritated at the (what looks to me like) conceit of the comments made by some people regarding the person who said “baited” and “bated”. Who the hell cares?

    ” It is perilous for an imperfect human being to communicate with perfection, and always results in catastrophic failure; this was no exception.”

    NO human being is perfect. ALL are imperfect. So maybe we should all just not communicate at all, and then there would be no catastrophic failure.

    In the case regarding grammar and spelling, “alright” is not correct. The proper use is “all right”.

    alright (ɔːlˈraɪt)

    — adv , — sentence substitute , — adj
    a variant spelling of all right

    usage The form alright, though very common, is still considered by many people to be wrong or less acceptable than all right

    Usage note
    The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing. Usage note
    The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing.

  15. President Barack Obama said “One of my potential opponents, Gov. Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of Paul Ryan’s plan from last year would be introduced as a bill on day one of his presidency,” Obama said. “Romney said that he’s very supportive of this new Ryan budget. And he even called it ‘marvelous,’ which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing a budget.”
    To laughter, the president chuckled and added, “It’s a word you don’t often hear generally.”
    Obama was equally mocking a year earlier, when he famously ridiculed Ryan for his budget plan — while he sat in the crowd.
    “This Paul Ryan vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social contract in America,” Obama said on April 13, 2011, at a speech on fiscal policy at George Washington University.
    “Ronald Reagan’s own budget director said, there’s nothing ‘serious’ or ‘courageous’ about Paul Ryan’s plan.,” he said. ” There’s nothing serious about the Ryan plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill.”
    Two days later, a hot mic at a Chicago fundraiser caught Obama getting more personal:
    “When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure that we’re, you know – that he’s just being America’s accountant and trying to be responsible… I mean this is the same guy who voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that costs as much as my health care bill – but wasn’t paid for,” Obama said on April 15, 2011.
    In 2008, Ryan released his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” which described his sweeping vision for how to gut America’s main entitlement programs of Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The plan made him a hero among conservative circles, and Ryan eventually remade it as his “Path to Prosperity” plan, which President Barack Obama and Democrats have criticized for embracing tax cuts for the very rich while slashing government programs that help the poor. (It wasn’t just Democrats who criticized Ryan. While running for president, Newt Gingrich called Ryan’s plan “right wing social engineering,” which probably helped kill Gingrich’s bid.)
    President Obama actually helped raise Ryan’s profile on the right by critiquing the Congressman’s budget, and just last year, Ryan was reportedly mulling his own run for president.
    Critics have called Ryan’s 2011 proposal the “end of Medicare as we know it,” and that’s true. Until now, Medicare has operated as a “fee-for-service” system; under Ryan’s plan, it would operate more like a voucher system, although Ryan and his aides have resisted this term. Medicare would cease to pay for health services directly, instead operating as a board that approves a menu of health plans for public sale and doles out predetermined lumps of money to people enrolled in Medicare, to help them buy those plans.
    After its release, the president called Ryan’s plan “fairly radical” and posited that it would “change our social compact in a pretty fundamental way,” ABC’s David Kerley reported.
    “I guess you could call that bold. I would call it short-sighted,” Obama told 500 Facebook employees and 200 other attendees at a town-hall meeting held at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in April 2011. “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless or don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout.”

  16. There are at least 12 reasons why Mitt Romney would not make a good president. Here’s John F. Ince’s list. What’s yours?

    1 • Romney neither understands nor represents most Americans. The man lacks empathy for those who have not had all the benefits he has had in life. His presidency would be deeply polarizing. One can easily image his election as president would generate new waves of social unrest and violence. He clearly represents the 1% and the 99% will not tolerate policies that exacerbate the growing divisions between rich and poor.

    2 • Romney’s job creation claims are inflated and unrealistic. Mitt Romney’s professional career was based on a very specific task: buying and selling companies for profit. He wants people to think that this qualifies him to be a job creator. With the exception of his investment in Staples and a few other early venture capital deals, his jobs creation claims are mostly chimera. He takes credit for creating jobs, when he was only an investor in those companies, not an executive. In practice, he predominantly used his power as an investor to eliminate jobs and shift other jobs overseas, all in the interest of making profits.

    3 • Romney does not have a sound fiscal plan. Extrapolating from the projections Romney has offered for increased defense spending and tax cuts, his policies would blow a hole in the Federal budget, further eroding investors faith in the government’s ability to get its fiscal house in order.

    4 • Romney has little respect for the natural environment, nor a commitment to protect and preserve it for future generations. He blindly subscribes to Republican views that climate change is not scientifically proven. He gives no indication of any desire to develop alternative sources of energy that can mitigate the man made sources of pollutants. Instead he supports the rollback of environmental regulations all but giving companies a green light to pollute the environment and waste vital natural resources.

    5 • Romney has lived a cloistered and privileged life and today has a very narrow view of the world. From the Cranbrook School to Brigham Young University, to Harvard Business School to Bain Capital, it’s difficult to imagine anyone who has been less exposed to the lives and conditions under which most Americans live. The covenants of his Mormon faith are extremely rigid, restrictive and unrealistic. His devotion to his faith is admirable, but his inability to step beyond the confines of that religion suggest that he would have difficulty reconciling who he is with who others are in an increasingly diverse world.

    6 • Romney’s worldview is rooted in intolerance. He has a very narrow view of the world. America today is a diverse nation with many different racial groups, faiths, all in need of respect. The bully incident at his prep school and his aggressive corporate behavior buying and selling companies at Bain Capital suggest someone who has little desire help those who are different, less fortunate and in weaker position than him.

    7 • Romney does not fully understand the transformative power of technological change. Mitt has no professional technical training. Most of the companies he invested in at Bain were low tech. His expertise is finance: specifically buying and selling companies. All this suggests someone who will pay lip service to the tech sector, but won’t fully grasp the potential for transforming the economy and culture through advancing technology.

    8 • Romney is temperamentally unfit for the presidency. He is peevish, controlling and less than transparent. He has a rigid worldview that revolves around what is best for himself and a small circle of those who support him.

    9 • Romney lacks direct foreign policy experience. His four years as Governor of Massachusetts do not give him sufficient knowledge or expertise to effectively deal with an increasingly complex world. On the job learners nearly always make blunders, sometimes blunders so large that they create huge problems for the U. S..

    10 • Romney lacks integrity and honesty. His fudging of issues is a sign that he feels he can head fake his way though difficult debates. His statement that he does not remember the prep school bully incident is implausible. His evasiveness over release of tax forms and embellishment of his accomplishments are all red flags. His decisions as an executive at Bain Capital were not rooted in ethical behavior. The man is simply not forthright enough to earn the trust of the American people.

    11 • Romney has no commitment to women or equal rights. There is little in his public statements or record to suggest he feels any responsibility for advancing the interests of women and minorities.

    12 • Romney lacks sufficient charisma and personality to be a strong leader. The country needs someone to lead forcefully and inspire citizens to tackle problems that threaten the diminishment of American stature on the world stage. Romney’s robotic and reptilian personality fails to connect, leaving people feeling that Romney is in the game only for himself, rather than in it for the good of all.

    Note: The author, John F. Ince of this article is a former classmate of Mitt Romney at Harvard Business School and former reporter at Fortune Magazine. He is the author of Mitt Romney: King of Bain and the Man Who Wants To Be President.

  17. Here are the top 10 comments about Bain from Romney’s Republican rivals:

    1. “The idea that you’ve got private equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs, that’s not what the Republican Party’s about.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/12/12]

    2. “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I’ll let you decide if that’s really good capitalism. I think that’s exploitation.” — Newt Gingrich [New York Times, 1/17/12]

    3. “Instead of trying to work with them to try to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

    4. “We find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job.” — Newt Gingrich [Globe and Mail, 1/9/12]

    5. “Now, I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company, Bain Capital, of all the jobs that they killed” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/9/12]

    6) “He claims he created 100,000 jobs. The Washington Post, two days ago, reported in their fact check column that he gets three Pinocchios. Now, a Pinocchio is what you get from The Post if you’re not telling the truth.” — Newt Gingrich [1/13/12, NBC News]

    7. “There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business, and I happen to think that’s indefensible” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

    8. “If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years, then I would be glad to then listen to him” — Newt Gingrich [Mediaite, 12/14/11]

    9. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.” — Rick Perry [New York Times, 1/8/12]

    10. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton” — Rick Perry [National Journal, 1/10/12]

    Just last night, Newt Gingrich defended his attacks, saying “I think there are things you can legitimately look at in Bain Capital. I think there are things you can legitimately look at in anybody’s record, including Mitt Romney’s record.”

  18. On Friday the 13th (7/13/2012) the very illusive Mitt Romney gave very defensive interviews to all FIVE networks on a single day at once!! Just a few days ago Mitt Romney said to FOX News that explaining means that you are WEAK. So his five interviews “explaining” his time at Bain were signs of his weakness!!

    Presidential Candidate Mr. Mitt Romney maybe feeling the heat on his role in BAIN Capital, his business experience which was supposed to be his sole criteria for creating jobs and his greatest qualification for running for the American Presidency in the current economy in 2012!

    However SEC documents show Mitt Romney as sole owner of all shares of Bain Capital. Romney is shown as CEO, President and Chairman of Board of Bain Capital in 2001 and 2002 then LEGALLY speaking Mitt Romney has been responsible to all that goes on under the banner of Bain Capital.

    Mitt Romney can not just share the good like job creation from 1999 to 2002 and leave the ugly like Bankruptcies and layoffs behind as if he had nothing to do about them from 1999 to 2002.

    If he really wanted to disassociate himself from Bain Capital he could have resigned and sold all his shares in Bain Capital in February 1999 then it would have been a different matter but to share in the glory of Bain’s job creation accept a salary of $100,000 or MORE (where are the Tax Returns?) for three years and only to refuse to take the responsibility of Bankruptcies and layoffs on his WATCH (1999-2002) is trying to have it both ways and then complaining of playing politics having been caught with his hand in the proverbial Cookie Jar that is the very essence of an ACTIVE LEGAL ROLE in Bain Capital till 2002!! Was Romney getting $100,000.00 or more to do NOTHING for BAIN Capital???

    Mitt Romney will have to face the consequences of this leaving Bain “lie” that Mitt Romney has brought on upon himself. If we keep reminding the Romney campaign of the Bain exit lie and Romney’s ill effects on workers robbing them of their hard earned salaries and life long benefits all the way to November then 7/13/2012 (FRIDAY the 13th) will go down as the turning point of the 2012 Presidential election!

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    Two-Faced Willard

    “I was not responsible for what happened at Bain Capital” – Mitt Romney
    “I was the Sole shareholder, Sole director, Chief executive officer and President of Bain” – Mitt Romney

    “The Arizona immigration policy is a good model” – Mitt Romney
    “I didn’t really support the Arizona immigration policy” – Mitt Romney

    “The Massachusetts healthcare plan should be a model for the nation” – Mitt Romney
    “Healthcare reform should be left to the states” – Mitt Romney

    “Let Detroit go bankrupt” -Mitt Romney
    “I’ll take a lot of credit for saving the auto industry” -Mitt Romney

    “I believe Roe v Wade has gone too far.” – Mitt Romney
    “Roe v Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” – Mitt Romney

    “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” – Mitt Romney
    “I never really called myself pro-choice.” – Mitt Romney

    “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” – Mitt Romney
    “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and represent our country there.” – Mitt Romney

    “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” – Mitt Romney
    “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” – Mitt Romney

    “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” – Mitt Romney
    “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” – Mitt Romney

    “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” – Mitt Romney
    “I did not see it with my own eyes.” – Mitt Romney

    “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” – Mitt Romney
    “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates without burdensome limitations.” – Mitt Romney

    “I supported the assault weapon ban.” – Mitt Romney
    “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” – Mitt Romney

  19. “Given the precedent set by past seven Presidents and Presidential candidates of releasing multi-year tax returns why is Romney making an exception?” Because he has a lot to hide, apparently.

    He’s the only one that knows what’s in there, and apparently he’s made the judgement that he’s better off having us suspect the worst, rather than us knowing whats in there, which apparently in his mind is worse than anything we’re likely to imagine.

    Possibilities include:

    (1) He ended up with 120 million in his 401K by the trick of agreeing with Bain to grossly undervalue the market value of his stock, then a few years later have the stock get unvalued to the stratosphere.

    (2) He participated in the tax avoidance amnesty program of a few years back, avoiding major tax penalties or prosecution.

    (3) Any one or more of the other borderline legal but very bad smelling tax dodges– “in-kind” trades, “no-risk” trades, no-risk write-offs, the list is almost endless.

    And BTW he HASNT even released all of his 2010 return, he very conveniently left off the foreign investments and deposits form. Very convenient.

    And his argument that it would be “bothersome” to collect the tax data is a crock too– he supposedly collected 23 years of the stuff to show to McCain in 2008.
    Ajay Jain===================================================================================

    Republicans betrayed their own conscience when they went against established Republican principles like the MANDATE over healthcare which was a Heritage foundation issue popularized by Gingrich.

    Obama did more than his share to UNITE but the Republicans were out to oppose for opposing sake and not following any policy or principles. In the famous words of Minority Senate Leader Mitch McConnell the Republicans were out to defeat the Obama agenda even if it went against established Republican policies set by past precedent.

    Mitch McConnell was out to make sure that President Obama remains a one term President and see where it has brought the Congress and its public esteem.

    Gingrich out of his own admission was out to defeat Obama from the day he was sworn in as President.

    You can not justify the Republicans as the “loyal” opposition as is the case in most mature democracies. They have been out to get President Obama by hook or by crook. A leader can meet the opposition half way but can not fold completely to their whims and fantasies like that of the current Tea Party affiliates.

    Republicans will loose in 2012 just like they did in 2008 but with a smaller margin because of the dark money of Billionaires due to Citizens United verdict of the right wing Supreme Court.

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    ” … Mitt Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” the GOP candidate “retroactively” retired from Bain Capital after the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics began. … ”

    No body who has been drawing at LEAST $100,000.00 per year from 1999 to 2002 from Bain Capital “retroactively” retires from Bain Capital AFTER the 2002!!! Then why draw the salary of at LEAST $100,000.00 per year from 1999 to 2002 from Bain Capital if Romney retired from Bain “retroactively” !!!

    ” … Gillespie continued, “He took a leave of absence and, in fact, Candy, he ended up not going back at all and retired retroactively to February of 1999 as a result.” … ”

    However SEC documents show Mitt Romney as sole owner of all shares of Bain Capital. Romney is also shown as CEO, President and Chairman of Board of Bain Capital in 2001 and 2002 then LEGALLY speaking Mitt Romney has been responsible to all that goes on under the banner of Bain Capital. Then to run for Governor of MA Romney sought residency of MA by lieu of his Bain positions. Now either Romney was at the Olympics OR he was at BAIN.

    Only one can be true not BOTH at the same time simultaneously!!! Will the true Willard Mitt Romney stand up and accept ONE thing? Does Romney want to accept untrue SEC filings and be called a Felon or agree that he represented Bain from 1999 to 2002?

  20. Also a recovering republican… there are no words for what we’re seeing now, except dominionism, christian reconstructionism, and, WAKE UP AMERICA!

  21. bravo Sarah Jones~ yours is a well-thought out and well-stated explanation. Ignore the trolls who can’t relate. We’ll never be able to educate minds who are not like ours.

  22. I have to take issue with your inclusion of “atheist” in your description, as religious people do not have the monopoly on kindness and morality. In fact,many religious folks, particularly christian, can be incredibly immoral.

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