Rise and Shine


NYT Editorial: … Mr. Obama can make a convincing case that his policies — especially the stimulus and auto industry rescue — helped cushioned the effects of the recession he inherited, which pushed the jobless rate from an already elevated 7.8 percent in January 2009 to 10 percent by October 2009. It has come down, more or less, steadily since then. But it is still higher than when he took office — a point that Mitt Romney and Congressional Republicans have seized upon as evidence of failed policies.

Actually, it was the Republicans’ relentless opposition to constructive policies that has kept unemployment high, from their resistance to the 2009 stimulus to their blockage of Mr. Obama’s proposed $450 billion jobs bill in late 2011. Federal aid to states was a mainstay of both of those efforts. As the stimulus ended and further aid was delayed and denied, the effect on state budgets — and on jobs — has been catastrophic.

… if it weren’t for state and local budget austerity, the economy would have 2.3 million more jobs today, and the unemployment rate would be around 7 percent, not 8 percent. The lesson is that the best and easiest way to reverse job losses would be for Congress to provide fiscal aid to states. Thwarting such aid, as Republicans have done, is a way to keep unemployment elevated and their hopes to win the White House alive. Jobless Americans, struggling businesses and hard-pressed communities are hostages in the fray.

Full editorial here



The Nation: GOP Votes on Healthcare Versus Jobs Legislation:

Thanks Dudette





Nicholas D. Kristof (NYT): Obama’s Fantastic Boring Idea

The farm fields here (in Malawi) are cemeteries of cornstalks: a severe drought has left them brown, withered and dead. Normally, a failed crop like that signifies starvation.

Then television cameras arrive and transmit images of famished children into American and European living rooms. Emergency food shipments are rushed in at huge expense.

Yet there is a better way, and it’s unfolding here in rural Malawi, in southern Africa. Instead of shipping food after the fact, the United States aid agency, U.S.A.I.D., has been working with local farmers to promote new crops and methods so that farmers don’t have to worry about starving in the first place.

…. President Obama has made agriculture a focus of his foreign aid programs with mixed results. On the plus side, these initiatives are smart, cost-effective and potentially transformative. On the negative side, they’re boring. At a time when there’s a vigorous political debate in America about foreign aid, outreach to African farmers doesn’t wow Congress or the American people.

But if it’s boring, it’s also succeeding.

More here



10:30: VP Biden delivers remarks at the NAACP 2012 Annual Convention in Houston


Morning everyone 😉

138 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 4 proudmemberofglobalzero
    July 12, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Good Morning all. Thanks for everything Chips. Love your coverage. Chores this morning and work later today.

    Peace to all!

  2. July 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Ny Times Editorial is wrong, the UE rate was 8.3% the Day the President took Office.
    They know that, so why lie?

    • 6 desertflower
      July 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

      I think they looked at this…WTH IS this??


      • 7 Pamela
        July 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

        Seems to me at least the NYT is finally telling it like it is, and with their large GOP reader base, it could make a big difference. We know better than to expect full disclosure reporting, but I am guessing some of these ‘journalism’ imitators have seen the writing on the wall with Myth Robney, and if they continue to publish non-facts about him and the GOP, in time the truth will prevail and they will be seen throughout history as having failed utterly to print it! They cannot go overnight from non-truth to full-truth, so they are making the change incrementally. Remember that many people still believe in the credibility of these larger, well-established newspapers. I am ashamed of them all that they refuse to pay the respect earned by President Obama in the simple matter of using his title of President in their writing. They have a long way to go to earn my respect again.

  3. 8 criquet
    July 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Morning all.

    I think this is a good way to emphasize the message on thos tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires by being specific. It really hits home.

    • July 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

      I think this is a real eye-opener. Recommend! I’m glad some curtains are being pushed back. People need to be aware. And —-I think no one can discuss Willard without this reference—-the Mormon church defines him. It is who he is.

  4. 11 Bill
    July 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Is deducting $70,000 for dancing horses from one’s tax returns considered free stuff or earned stuff? In Willard’ world?

    • 12 utaustinliberal
      July 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Oh…it’s earned stuff because you know, Romney isn’t an African-American waiting for the government to “give him free stuff.” He’ll “earn” that $70K anyhow. Even if it’s morally wrong and crosses the ethical line.

      • 13 57andFemale
        July 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

        How any subsidies, corporate tax breaks, and other forms of corporate welfare were shoveled to Romney and his ilk?

        That kind of ‘free stuff’, Willard? How many middle class jobs are created on your horse farm? Can we use Ryan-mathspeak and divide your 20M haul from last year by the 15 people you have working on your horse farm and keeping your grass cut at your many mansions?

        First of all, Americans pay for their ‘free stuff’. Unless you’re Mitt Romney and all the other CEO’s. Who shovel those working people’s tax dollars into their profits in the Caymans.

        What is most obscene is that people in polyester pants with no health care and no job think Mitt is going to give them ‘opportunity’. And ‘freedom’ from health care.


        • 14 desertflower
          July 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

          OH! We are SO on the same page!!! Nicely said….and most people are too ignorant to connect those dots ….

  5. 15 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

    GOP Health Care Plan Is Still a Dud

    —By Stephanie Mencimer


    This week, the House GOP voted for the 33rd time to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care reform law. But the only alternative they’ve offered up to the Democratic plan is essentially the same one they’ve been pitching for more than a decade: more restrictions on medical malpractice lawsuits, which they claim are out of control and a significant driver of health care costs.
    Unfortunately for the GOP’s would-be tort reformers, a new report out from the nonprofit consumer group Public Citizen shows that malpractice lawsuit payouts are now at an all-time historic low, having fallen steadily for the past eight years without any impact whatsoever on escalating health care costs. Highlights from the report:



  6. 16 Cheryllou
    July 12, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Good morning everyone and congratulations to Euqinoresq on being first. I got up this morning and started watching the Today Show to see if they will mention Romney’s comments that he made last night saying, “If they want free stuff, vote for the other guy.” Of course they didn’t. Savannah Guthrie interviewed Ed Gillespie and all he did was lie. He said outsourcing started only after Romney left Bain in 1999 which is not true. FEC filings showed that Romney was at Bain in 2000, 2001, and 2002. No push back from Savannah. I tweeted this to the Today Show and also I sent them an email telling them I was very disappionted in Savannah’s interview and how they are doing a disservice to the American people. Anytime I see the media letting people get away with lies I call them out on it. I am sick and tired of all the lies.

    • July 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Because, they don’t know! The media is woefully misinformed. You could tweet Savannah with proof, it’s the only way they will learn!
      Savannah seems scared of something!

    • July 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Cheryllou. Yesterday, i was screaming at the t.v. with all of the pundits claiming Romney was courageous for speaking before the NAACP. We all know he was calculating, not courageous. If he wanted to impress us all and display an act of courage, he should denounce Nugent, Rush and Trump. We all know he just wanted to shore up his white vote and his statement before his Montana supporters confirmed that. Anyway, I’m relishing in the fact that President Obama has done such a wonderful job in defining Romney and that he is honing his message and being fierce. I tweeted last night that all Romney has is lies, fear, voter suppression and Koch $$$. We are the better angels and we will prevail. Hope all of you TOD family have a wonderful day.

    • July 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

      I followed up to that shameful interview in the exact same way. Savannah just sat there while Gillespie lied to his heart’s content.

    • 20 Bill
      July 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Ed Gillespie is one of their biggest liars, and it is difficult to stand out in that group.

  7. July 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

    My friend is a typical White Conservative, text me how much taxes do I have to pay fir the healthcare law?
    I said nothing! If you have health insurance, you can keep it, that penKty is for people who don’t have it and choose not to get it and if you don’t have it, you pay on a sliding scale etc!
    He heard otherwise and dismissed what I told Him. He also said he is pissed about the defense cuts!

  8. 25 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Sneaky, chips. GM folks.

  9. 26 utaustinliberal
    July 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

  10. 30 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

  11. July 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

    No public events??? Afghanistan? Maybe?

    • 33 utaustinliberal
      July 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

      No. Pres. Obama doesn’t have to have public events everyday. That would be weird.

      • July 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

        That is not my point! Usually, when he has no events, it is a secret trip overseas to Afghanistan or Iraq.
        That is not weird, that is for security purposes!
        Anyways, good morning!

  12. 35 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

    EXCLUSIVE: Romney Invested Millions in Chinese Firm That Profited on US Outsourcing

    The GOP candidate decries China poaching US jobs. But at Bain he held a large stake in a Chinese company that did just that.

    —By David Corn


    Last month, Mitt Romney’s campaign got into a dustup with the Washington Post after the newspaper reported that Bain Capital, the private equity firm the GOP presidential candidate founded, invested in several US companies that outsourced jobs to China and India. The campaign indignantly demanded a retraction, claiming that these businesses did not send jobs overseas while Romney was running Bain, and the Post stood by its investigation. Yet there is another aspect to the Romney-as-outsourcer controversy. According to government documents reviewed by Mother Jones, Romney, when he was in charge of Bain, invested heavily in a Chinese manufacturing company that depended on US outsourcing for its profits—and that explicitly stated that such outsourcing was crucial to its success.



  13. July 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

    FIRED UP…!!

    READY TO GO..!!! 😀

    +############### ++++ +++++###########++

  14. 42 utaustinliberal
    July 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Bringing this over because we need to tweet the heck out of it. David Corn has been doing great investigative work regarding Romney’s time at Bain, his lies about Bain, and his continued outsourcing and offshoring of jobs and money.

    Hey Chips, I think this needs to go up on the front page. It’s a really good read. 🙂

  15. 45 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Remember dumbya at the Beijing Olympics ? uugghh.

    Is there any info if PBO is going to be at Olympics ? It could knock the wind out of mittbot’s olympics ‘show’.

  16. 49 trinisamba
    July 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good Morning ALL!…………..I watched one of the short videos yesterday, of Romney at NAACP (that was all I could really stomach). While I am not an expert in Body Language, it is something that I am very interested in and as such have done significant research on and have read a lot about. It is what I havae used in all my dealind with people that I am not sure about and has guided me in the right direction and into the right decisions EVERY SINGLE TIME.It speaks so loudly and brings to mind the old adage “actions speak louder than words”.
    Looking at Romney on the stage was so disgusting. His body language demonstrated how uncomfortable he was and how dishonest he is. He was truly out of his element among those people. Such a FAR cry from PBO who is really a people person and the people’s president……………FOUR MORE YEARS FOR 44!!!!!!
    I wish I could donate and I wish I could vote.

  17. 52 trinisamba
    July 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    *** CORRECTION – It is what I have used in all my dealings with people

  18. 53 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    • 54 jacquelineoboomer
      July 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Perfect, amk. Really well done. We need to shut down these pseudo-journalists as soon as possible after they try to give us this drivel.

      • 55 amk for obama
        July 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

        Thanks job. I was steaming by the time I finished reading that wsj crap. Fucking plastic chairs ? Gimme a break.

  19. July 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Just a shameful interview by new Today host, Savannah Guthrie, of Repub operative, Ed Gillespie. She allowed him to lie and lie and lie with no questioning, no pushback, zero skepticism. He said every Obama ad was false, “an outright lie” in its charges against Willard. So—I guess the plan is to allow GOP spokespeople to appear on mainstream media to combat any advantage from President Obama’s ads. I always think I can never be more disgusted——and then I am.

  20. July 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Arianna on morning Jerk! Click!

    • 66 magapie
      July 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

      I can’t imagine how many times Arrogantianna watches and re-watches video of herself. It’s probably all she does for the rest of the day. “This is the wonderful kind of BRILLIANT LEADER that should be in a VERY IMPORTANT POSITION (EVEN president???)!! Look at my hair, is fabulous!!!! And if I WERE president I would certainly take great council and be audience often to a wonderful and brilliant person like ME and would never so shamefully SHUN such an obviously perfect specimen ….not like that inferior o-bamaman who doesn’t know what he’s missing.”

  21. 68 globalcitizenlinda
    July 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Yes, the Guardian is so right. What was more stricking to me is the fact that at the NAACP, mitt the entitled bullying liar called ACA ObamaCares : a “non-essential programme”!!!!!


    I hope TOD people highlight this in their commentary

    • 69 amk for obama
      July 12, 2012 at 8:36 am


  22. July 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

    UE claims drop significantly to 350k!
    Spin that!

  23. 71 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

  24. 72 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Mitt Romney stayed at Bain 3 years longer than he stated

    Firm’s 2002 filings identify him as CEO, though he said he left in 1999

    By Callum Borchers and Christopher Rowland (July 12, 2012)


    Government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time.

    Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, ending his role in the company. But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed later by Bain Capital state he remained the firm’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president.”

    Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney’s state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.



    • 73 ChristiMTL
      July 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Everything is a lie…everything…..he left in 2002, it’s a just matter of corporate media picking those stories ….but after reading doster3’s comment about Savannah Guthrie, I doubt it….

      I hope she’s getting pushbacks this morning…..

  25. 74 Pamela
    July 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Is VC gone? Have I missed her? Morning Chips, morning everyone!

    • 75 Pamela
      July 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

      I ‘m going to bed now, but will one of you please carry the comment below over to the ‘Rise & Shine’ thread Tomorrow. Thank you!


      Good Morning Chips & TODvillle! By the time you get this I should be on the road on my 13 hour odyssey. I will check in IF/when I can.

      Here’s today’s focus for #CanMittMatchThis?
      Thursday – Healthcare; Social Security; Medicare

      Also, don’t forget to remind your local OFA group and all of your personal contacts to feed the ‘tip jar’! #

      Have a ‘Terrific Thursdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

      I found the answer on This and That! 😆 so, amk, things might be kinda quiet around here today! Sheesh.

      • 76 amk for obama
        July 12, 2012 at 8:51 am

        I sure hope she doesn’t have a ‘fling’ with the pilot, like chips did. 🙂

        • 77 Pamela
          July 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

          She might, amk, you know she said she doesn’t like flying, or going away from home. People can do wild and crazy things when they are coping with a new environment, or in this case, full day of changing new environments! 😆

          • 78 amk for obama
            July 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

            VC going wild ? Oh, boy. Isn’t she wild enough already ? What else could go wrong ? 🙂

            Hope she has fun along the way.

      • 79 desertflower
        July 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

        Thanks for bringing this over, Pamela:) You guys are up earlier than I am….

  26. 80 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

  27. 81 Dudette
    July 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    FLOTUS is on the cover of Aug 2012 Parenting magazine (cover story here)

    FLOTUS video interview answering questions from kids about healthy eating. Watch Parenting’s behind-the-scenes interview with First Lady Michelle Obama as she champions her cause for raising healthy kids. Plus, check out tons of pics from our photo shoot and read the First Lady’s tips on how she keeps her busy family eating right.

    • July 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

      Thanks for this, Dudette. Loved this video! Malia is a great tennis player and is now interested in track and field!! She’ll love high school.

  28. 83 Dudette
    July 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Number of women running for Congress at record level

    The number of women running for Congress this year is higher than ever before, according to research. Analysis of female candidates in the upcoming election shows 295 so far have filed for seats in the House of Representatives, with another due to file in August. The previous record of 262 was set in 2010.

    Women are also on track to break the record for the number of who have won their nomination battles, according to the non-partisan 2012 Project and the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). One hundred and thirteen women have already won their primaries, at a time when over half of the states have had primaries. The previous record, in 2004, was 141. There remains a large disparity in the political make-up of those running, however. Democrats have filed in much greater numbers – 185 compared to 110 Republican women – and have also won their nominations at a higher rate, 85 Democrats to 28 Republicans.

    Debbie Walsh, director of CAWP, described the results as “encouraging”. If the pattern continued, Walsh said, she could envisage a post-election America where women made up 20% of the House, compared to 17% now. “There is a scenario where we could reach 20%, but it depends on how the Democratic party overall does,” said Walsh.

    The analysis showed a “partisan story of lopsided politics,” she said. “If it is a good year for Democrats, it is likely to be a good year for women. Obviously we would be happy with 50% but we’re not going to go from 17 to 50 in a single election cycle.” The US ranks 78th, behind 95 other countries, in terms of women’s representation, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

    The 2012 Project was set up to encourage more women to run for office because research shows that, unlike men, women have to be asked to run. Walsh said that Democratic women have been more successful at winning primaries and getting elected. They now make up 31% of their party’s legislators, compared to just 17% for the Republican party… [more in the article]

  29. 84 Dudette
    July 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Nerd Alert! 🙂

    Comic-Con fans flock to ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Twilight’ previews

  30. 85 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

  31. 86 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

    House GOP Votes to Repeal Patient Protections…and Keep Their Own

    Posted on July 11, 2012 by Leader’s Press Shop


    Instead of working to create jobs, House Republicans just wasted time by voting (again) to take away patient protections millions of Americans are already seeing thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

    No lifetime limit on coverage for 105 million Americans.

    Up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.

    6.6 million young adults up to age 26 have taken advantage of the law to obtain health insurance through their parents’ plan.

    Free coverage for comprehensive preventive services for millions of women starting in August.

    86 million Americans, including 32 million seniors in Medicare, have already received free preventive services.

    5.3 million seniors in the ‘donut hole’ have already saved $3.7 billion on their prescription drugs.

    3.4 million free senior Annual Wellness Visits under Medicare to date.

    The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit has already been used by 360,000 small businesses to help insure 2 million workers.

    $1.1 billion in rebates from health insurance companies this summer will help benefit nearly 13 million Americans.

    And while the GOP repealed rights and protections for the American people…they had no problem protecting their own benefits. House Democrats offered a final amendment to the GOP bill that would require Members of Congress to forfeit their own taxpayer-subsidized FEHBP benefits if they voted to take away health care protections from families across the country. It’s only fair that Republicans should live under the same rules they want Americans to live under, but, unsurprisingly, the GOP-led House defeated the amendment.

    Watch Leader Pelosi speak out against this dangerous GOP hypocrisy on the House floor today:



  32. 87 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control, even creating five new investment partnerships during that time.

    Romney has said he left Bain in 1999 to lead the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, ending his role in the company. But public Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed later by Bain Capital state he remained the firm’s “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president.”

    Also, a Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 states that he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002. And Romney’s state financial disclosure forms indicate he earned at least $100,000 as a Bain “executive” in 2001 and 2002, separate from investment earnings.

    The timing of Romney’s departure from Bain is a key point of contention because he has said his resignation in February 1999 meant he was not responsible for Bain Capital companies that went bankrupt or laid off workers after that date.

    Contradictions concerning the length of Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital add to the uncertainty and questions about his finances. Bain is the primary source of Romney’s wealth, which is estimated to be more than $25o million. But how his wealth has been invested, especially in a variety of Bain partnerships and other investment vehicles, remains difficult to decipher because of a lack of transparency.


    A former SEC commissioner told the Globe that the SEC documents listing Romney as Bain’s chief executive between 1999 and 2002 cannot be dismissed so easily.

    “You can’t say statements filed with the SEC are meaningless. This is a fact in an SEC filing,” said Roberta S. Karmel, now a professor at Brooklyn Law School.

    “It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to say he was technically in charge on paper but he had nothing to do with Bain’s operations,” Karmel continued. “Was he getting paid? He’s the sole stockholder. Are you telling me he owned the company but had no say in its investments?”

    • 88 amk for obama
      July 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

      This is on fire in twitterdom. Well done, Boston Globe. Hopefully rest of the fucking msm will wake up and finally start to ‘vet’ mittbot.

    • 90 Lovepolitics2008
      July 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Tweet this like crazy to all the national pundits. Dare them to do the right thing, and find the courage to confront Romney’s lies.

  33. 91 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Romney: NAACP members want ‘free stuff’

    By Steve Benen


    There is a pattern to this. If you’re a woman who wants access to preventive care you might not otherwise be able to afford, Romney sees you as wanting “free stuff.” If you’re a young student who can’t afford higher-ed tuition, Romney assumes you expect “free stuff.”

    And if you’re an African American supporter of the NAACP who wants your family to have access to affordable health care, Romney suspects you’re just looking for “free stuff.”

    You see, Mr. Car Elevator already has vast wealth, thanks to his rich family and vulture-capital firm that reaped benefits by laying off American workers. And now that he has riches, Romney seems annoyed by the little people who keep asking public institutions to provide basic government benefits as part of a sound safety net and/or access to economic opportunities.



  34. 93 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • 94 Bill
      July 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Maybe it is like not knowing where his money is. He simply did not know where he was working. None of his people told him.

      • 95 desertflower
        July 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

        Well, you know…he “thought” he was unemployed. Still getting paychecks though….

  35. July 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Boston Globe story was Opposition research by our Team. I am sure of it!

  36. 97 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

  37. 98 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Mitt Romney Finally Went There. The Racist Southern Strategy.

    By Bob Cesca


    It was only a matter of time before Romney engaged in this kind of racist dogwhistle politics that’s intended to fire up the resentful white Republican base. Every election season, the party just can’t help itself: demonize minorities, pump up the angry whites and win. Honestly, I thought Romney would wait until perhaps after the conventions to play this card, but there it is. Blacks want handouts.
    All of this coming from a candidate who exploits massive tax loopholes and off shore accounts to enhance his income. Romney’s friends in corporate America are actually far more guilty of receiving free stuff. The following numbers are a few years old, but just as telling:

    About $59 billion is spent on traditional social welfare programs. $92 billion is spent on corporate subsidies. So, the government spent 50% more on corporate welfare than it did on food stamps and housing assistance in 2006.



  38. 100 Mae who love our CIC
    July 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Eatonville church wins first lady Michelle Obama’s fitness-video challenge

    5:59 p.m. EST, July 11, 2012|By Anika Myers Palm, Orlando Sentinel

    A Baptist church in Eatonville won first place Wednesday in a competition organized by First Lady Michelle Obama for a video that shows how the church is working to improve fitness in its community.

    Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church won the top prize in the “Let’s Move! Communities on the Move” video challenge, which asked religious groups to document ways they were promoting fitness goals espoused by the first lady. Eight other churches — in California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Colorado and Connecticut — were named runners-up.

    Obama launched the video challenge when she spoke at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood during a visit to Central Florida earlier this year.

    Her visit and discussion of the “Let’s Move” campaign inspired Tonja Williams, who has been parish nurse for more than four years at Macedonia, the town’s largest church.

    “I was present, and I had the opportunity to shake her hand,” Williams said. “She said, ‘Are you ready?’ And from that moment, I was ready to be part of the challenge.”

    Williams said she and other members of the church’s health ministry discussed the challenge with their pastor, the Rev. Willie Barnes, who approved the video project.

    In the three-minute video, narrated by Williams, Barnes said the church’s commitment to health and fitness made for an easy transition to involvement in the “Let’s Move” project. The church is part of the Healthy Central Florida initiative, which seeks to improve the health of all the region’s residents.

    “We were already fired up about it,” Barnes said.

    The video also includes footage from the church’s youth health programs, “Fit With Faith” weekly exercise program, nutrition classes and fitness boot camps.

    The church’s video was one of 60 submitted to the competition from 21 states.

    Obama said in a prepared statement that she hoped the videos from the churches would inspire other faith groups and people who want to work on increasing fitness and reducing childhood obesity.

    Macedonia representatives have been invited to the White House to be recognized by Michelle Obama. Williams expects that she and another Macedonia member will make the trip, using a $1,000 travel stipend from “Let’s Move.” A spokeswoman for Obama said the event has not yet been scheduled.

    All of the winning videos will be featured at LetsMove.gov.

  39. 101 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

  40. July 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

    So, now we know why Gilespie was on all Morning Shows?
    Because, the Boston globe hit piece! Yup yup!

  41. July 12, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Nope! Michael Isikoff is doing a Hair on Fire report about Joe Paterno. Who gives a Shit!

  42. 106 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

    DEM RAPID RESPONSE: “Mitt Romney’s $ecret $tash”

  43. July 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Robney is going to release His 2011 tax returns in September, and say that is it, done, let’s move on.
    I can see the writing on the wall!

  44. 112 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

    If We’re Headed Toward Greece, Republicans Are Driving Us There

    BY Joe Conason


    What Graham, Romney, and all the other Republican politicians and pundits consistently fail to mention – or perhaps don’t know – is that the central Greek problem isn’t over-spending per se. The central problem is the Greek government’s failure to collect what taxpayers (especially wealthy taxpayers) actually owe under the law.

    That’s because over the years so many Greeks have adopted an attitude toward taxes resembling that of Romney and Graham. Indeed, Greece has developed a culture of tax evasion, with wealthy citizens sending their money out of the country and poorer citizens bribing officials or conducting their business off the books. The amount of tax owed but not paid in Greece is estimated at roughly a third of total receipts – or enough to cover the nation’s deficits and begin to restore its credit.



  45. 113 cluny
    July 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Good morning all. Is everybody getting ready to watch VP Biden at the NAACP? This should be good!

  46. 114 japa21
    July 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Okay, I was doing some thinking over this whole “When did Romney leave Bain?” hullabaloo. For the moment I am going to give Romney the benefit of the doubt and say that he did leave Bain in 1999 to take over the Olympics. Romney’s story is that running the Olympics took so much of his time, he didn’t have any left over to work at Bain. Let’s accept that thesis (as doubtful as it is). What does that tell us about Romney?

    Basically, that he wouldn’t be a very good President. Running the country is far more demanding than running the Olympics. It involves far more skills at multi-tasking and delegation than Romney has ever faced in his life. What Romney’s rationale basically states is that he is neither a mutli-tasker or a good delegator. Therefore, not qualified to be President.

    • 115 amk for obama
      July 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Very good point japa. He is cornered by his own lies and blind ambition.

    • July 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Well, Warren Buffet is hosting a Show Friday on the Bloomberg channel.
      But, he is still in charge of Berkshire, 80 companies and all.
      Any questions?

    • 117 0388jojothecat
      July 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Plus if Robme left Bain to run the Olympics so that he could focus solely on that, he did a very bad job at because he had to go begging to the US taxpayers to bail him out. What I find baffling is that the article in the NY Times about the Morman church having billions, why didn’t go to them? Why didn’t the Mormon Church foot a lot of the bill?

  47. July 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Good day everyone

  48. July 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

    We are all waiting for VP speech. He is very good at messing with Robney and I hope he mentions that Boston Globe article, the MSM has yet to discuss it!

  49. 123 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Ari Berman ‏@AriBerman


    Pretty ironic for an offshore tax dodger with a Swiss bank account to accuse others of getting ‘free stuff’ from the government


  50. 124 Ladyhawke
    July 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Matt Yglesias ‏@mattyglesias


    EXCLUSIVE: Bain timing aside, Romney also regularly lies about public policy matters in his stump speeches.


  51. July 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

  52. July 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Okay, What reason would CURRENT TV have for not sharing Romney’s quote exactly as he said it? On the just now hourly news break, the young woman doing the news (Jackie Schtner is off this week) only reported something like “I want people to know exactly where I stand and if they don’t like it or agree with me, they can vote for someone else.” That’s paraphrase but the essence of what her report was. WHY? Why would Current TV cover for him?????

  53. 132 Bill R.
    July 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

  54. 133 desertflower
    July 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Where can we see Joe?

  55. 135 amk for obama
    July 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

  56. July 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Team Obama doing conference call with reporters on Boston globe article.

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