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12

Heads Up: VP Biden in Virginia

Vice President Joe Biden greets supporters during a rally in Durham, N.C., August 13

10:15: VP Biden delivers remarks at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Va.

C-Span

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NY Mag: President Obama Is a Wizard – This photo was not Photoshopped. It was snapped by the AP’s Carolyn Kaster while Obama was speaking in Iowa’s Bayliss Park yesterday. Probably the part in the speech where Obama told the crowd, “Can Paul Ryan do this? Didn’t think so.” He then detached the microphone from the podium, dropped it on the ground, and walked away.

😆 Thanks Edwina!

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Next:

12:25: President Obama delivers remarks at the Nelson Pioneer Farm & Museum in Oskaloosa, Iowa


157 Responses to “Heads Up: VP Biden in Virginia”


  1. 1 ourmanflint
    August 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

    good day

  2. 11 ourmanflint
    August 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Thanks for the heads up Chips

  3. 12 hopefruit2
    August 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Our VP Biden is super handsome! Not creepy-looking like some other VP nominee which shall remain nameless at the moment.

  4. 18 edwina3
    August 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Obama is a wizard! Un-photoshopped picture proves it!

    http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/president-obama-is-a-wizard.html

  5. August 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Just watching Stephanie Miller and they played a sound clip of Rmoney lecturing a heckler on being respectful and telling the POTUS to take the campaign out of the gutter. Really? This from the campaign that sends buses to PBO events to honk like fools? The same people who sent hecklers to a speech by Axelrod? Get the campaign out of the gutter? You first, Willard.

    • 31 xtine
      August 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

      That’s their way of saying “Uppity.” They’ve been so long in their entitled gutter, and that’s all they’re left with! Dog whistles!

  6. August 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Oh, and congrats, ourmanflint on first!

  7. 35 carolyn
    August 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Joe Biden has more charisma and charm in his little finger than the Rolls Royce team can hope to have together! (They have none.)
    I love Joe Biden’s smile and warm heart and genuineness. What a contrast with Ryan. People want to get close to both POTUS and VPOTUS…..I sure would!

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

      carolyn – You called it – they have the Rolls Royce team. Our team has a VP who used to ride Amtrak to the Senate! All aboard!

  8. 37 sherijr
    August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

    LOVE the pic w/ POTUS holding the sun in his hands, lol… beautiful way to start this day!

    • 38 cookemom
      August 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Hey there sherijr! Are you in your new location now? I hope the move went well.

      • 39 sherijr
        August 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

        nope 😦 will be out of my house here in ND tomorrow morning… then staying w/ my mom here in town until her house closes at end of the month… my house in Baltimore still hasn’t closed- could be another 30-60 days, but hoping not.. after my mom’s – I have no idea where we’re going to stay.
        Hows your daughter??

        • 40 cookemom
          August 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

          Aww, I hope you get settled in your new home soon. Daughter doing fantastic thanks. I think she emailed you. Let her know if you need living arrangements. She’s a stylist by trade and has opened salons there, but she has also been fortunate enough to be able to provide living accommodations as well. She’s getting the kids all registered for school. They’re with me while she gets everything in place. I’ve finally resolved myself to the fact that they’re leaving and I probably won’t see them until Xmas, but thanks to you, I’m not as worried and concerned as I once was.

  9. 44 desertflower
    August 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Dud and Dudder http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/paul-ryan-on-soapbox-at-iowa-state-fair/2012/08/13/7a04d3c4-e598-11e1-8f62-58260e3940a0_story.html

    Ryan, in a trying-too-hard outfit of blue jeans, wide leather belt and red-and-white checked shirt, began with a painful effort to establish common ground with the locals.

    “What a beautiful day to be at the state fair,” he said. “We have fairs. Do you have Wristband Day here?”

    Apparently Iowans do not have Wristband Day, because the crowd was quiet.

    “That’s the favorite day for my kids, because Wristband Day, you can buy a wristband and ride all the rides with just one wristband for the whole day.”

    The Iowans stood like corn stalks on a still morning.

    “So it’s just from a Wisconsinite to a neighboring Iowan: Have Wristband Day. Your kids will love it.”

    If there were crickets at the Iowa State Fair, you would have heard them chirping.

    Just about then, some in the crowd suddenly came to life. Unfortunately for the candidate, they were hecklers, and they were charging the stage.

  10. 48 cookemom
    August 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Did you know that while Ryan doesn’t have to give up his seat should he lose the election, he does have to give up his chairmanship of the budget committee? That means when he loses, he will be without a seat on any committee, unless they change the rules. He will be a lowly member of the House, relegated to loading the ‘Pub budget plan into the paper shredder. Got this from Lawrence O show last nite.

    • 49 ourmanflint
      August 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

      He is not even qualified or patriotic enough to load docs in the shredder

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Oh, I like that, cookemom. Another reason why Lawrence said Willard had already ruined Ryan’s political career. Yeehaw!

    • August 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Doesn’t he have to run for re-election to the House? I know he can do it while also running for VP (what does that say about his belief in Mitt’s chances) – but don’t the Democrats have somebody lined up to capitalize on that?

      • 52 cookemom
        August 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

        I may stand corrected. If he wins the election, Wisconsin holds a special election to replace him. What I meant to say is that he doesn’t have to give up his seat while he runs for re-election. He is expected to win his House race.

  11. 53 dotster3
    August 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    The first people to line up for Obama’s Oskaloosa appearance today arrived last night at 11:00p.m., bless their hearts! Early bird gets the worm!
    http://oskaloosa.com/local/x1555261680/Early-morning-for-Obama-audience

  12. 55 cookemom
    August 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    So how did Ryan and his wife hook-up? Many of the prominent members in her family are Democrats and have run or is in office as Democrats. Maybe she fell for that pointy peak he has on his forehead. That would appeal to some you know.

    • 56 cookemom
      August 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

      I usually don’t correct my spelling errors in a comment, unless it totally distracts from my message. I find that most will excuse such a slight. However there are times when a grammatical error hurts my eyeballs. So the above comment should read:
      ‘Many of the prominent members in her family are Democrats and have run, or ARE in office as Democrats.’

      • 57 utaustinliberal
        August 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Apparently some friend introduced them and he took her hunting on the first date, then he killed a deer which just made her love him so much…. and he’s just soooooooo normal that she fell for him….yada yada…yada.

  13. 60 Ladyhawke
    August 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Romney and Ryanomics: Bad Deal for Working Class

    By MARK THOMA, The Fiscal Times

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    And that’s not the only problem with Romney’s plan. An analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center shows that Romney’s numbers can’t work unless there are large cuts to social programs the middle class relies upon, and regressive middle class tax increases. For reasons that are easy to guess, Republicans are doing their best to hide this from voters. For example, Mitt Romney won’t specify the spending cuts and middle class tax increases that will be needed in order to make his budget work. In fact, Romney insists – laughably, according to every honest analyst that examines his plan – that he can balance the books by closing tax loopholes. But no matter how much Republicans try to avoid admitting it, large costs to middle class households cannot be avoided under the Romney plan.

    When all of the misleading arguments are set aside, Romney’s economic proposal comes down to a simple tradeoff, less social insurance and other government programs for the working class, perhaps higher taxes as well, and more tax cuts for the wealthy. Perhaps that’s a tradeoff America wants to make, perhaps not – I suspect not. But whatever the choice, people should be fully informed about the decision they are making. Unfortunately, as is all too clear from their misinformation campaign, an informed electorate is not something that Romney, Ryan, and other Republicans have an interest in promoting.

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    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2012/08/14/Romney-and-Ryanomics-Bad-Deal-for-Working-Class.aspx#page1

  14. 62 cookemom
    August 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’m watching CSPAN1 while waiting for VP Joe to speak. They’re rerunning this morning’s Washington Journal segment on what would be your question for the debate. The Dem callers are fantastic with real in-depth, well thought out questions, some of which could be interpreted as not so pro PBO. The Repub callers are reduced to RNC talking points. They’re just repeating what they’ve heard on FOX, mainly why don’t you release your college records.

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      August 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Yeah, I know he’s been in the White House for almost four years, doing a magnificent job, but I really need to see President Obama’s college records at this point. Before I eat breakfast, dontcha know. Also, too.

  15. 65 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 10:35 am

    The woman in this video is so funny and so sweet and nice. Thanks Pam.S in WV for the link. 😀

  16. August 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Audience at The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA. is chanting “We Want Joe!” So cute.

  17. 70 amk for obama
    August 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    That Iowa farmer is great. Tweet it peeps.

  18. 71 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    The crowd in Virginia is cute. They’re all Fired Up. They’ve begun chanting: “We Want Joe! We Want Joe!”

  19. 75 amk for obama
    August 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

  20. 76 amk for obama
    August 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

  21. 77 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Thanks so much for the video Chips. I love it when people get to meet Pres. Obama and realize that he is a compassionate, decent, kind, and wonderful human being.

  22. 80 Pamela
    August 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Hi everyone! loved the video with the farmers, ” that’s why rmoney hired his running mate” – priceless! But sad I can’t share it as the link for sharing is hiding under that damn little grey box thingy, just to irk me as I head out into a busy and longer than normal day! Hugs all around! Bye til later! {{{{{{{chips}}}}}}}

  23. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    What a diverse crowd of normal, personable, empathetic, hard-working, truth-telling happy people – waiting for Vice President Biden in Danville.

    Must be Democrats, eh?

  24. August 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Apparently Iowa is THE place to be this week – we are having American Idol auditions down the hill from me in Iowa City this morning:
    http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20120814/NEWS01/120814001?nclick_check=1
    – and I was thinking that PBO could swing his bus tour over here and take a turn. He’s such a great singer and looks really young. Well, I guess he has lots of other Iowa towns to visit today – I’m so envious of them! 😆

  25. 84 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

  26. 86 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Great intro from former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello! Please keep speaking around Virginia for the O’Team, sir!

    Here’s Joey! Republicans have Morning Joke and we have a cup of Joe Biden in the morning, to set our day right. Get ready for the take down of all things Lyin’ and Ryan.

  27. 87 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why is it that I can’t help BUT smile when I see VP Biden or POTUS?

  28. August 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Let’s get in the habit of #RyanRomney 🙂

  29. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

    VP: “Tom [Perriello] and I are from the same school of politics. You recognize what’s good in your opponent as well as what you disagree with … ” – as he called Ryan and Romney “decent” men. Classy guy, as always. They could certainly learn something from him.

  30. 92 pinkbunny92
    August 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY CHIPS!!!

    I’ve been busy with unpacking and getting settled into my new place, that I only just checked in and saw I missed your Bithrday 😦

    Hugs & Hope you had a fantastic day with a yummy cupcake!!!

  31. 93 dotster3
    August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful day at the Ia. farm awaiting President Obama’s arrival

  32. 95 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    GM TOD!

    Outstanding intro from Tom Pierello (sp?)! In 2010, the two house defeats that hurt me the most were Pat Murphy from Bucks County PA and Tom Pierello from VA. Both of those guys supported PBO to the max, ran ON thier records, faced their constituents at town hall after town hall — treating the rwnj’s with undue respect, and both lost by small margins.

  33. August 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Good morning, TODville!!

    If you don’t already have it, get the OFA app for your mobile phone. Lots of info about the issues, local OFA events and activities, stuff to tweet, action items, a donation button. It’s all there!

    http://www.barackobama.com/app

    If you’re on the go and need a talking point or info to refute a smear, this app can help.

  34. August 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Loved the video and the wizard pic. Thanks, Edwina, utaustin and Chips!

    Chips, congrats on 12 million visits, and looks like belated birthday wishes are in order.

    My Dad’s birthday was yesterday, too.

  35. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I don’t know anything about his city, but Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders is definitely on board the Obama-Biden train.

    And now our Irish storyteller Joe is off!

  36. August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

  37. August 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

    #ADollarADayToOFA

  38. 104 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Ride or Die Joe said Romney/Ryan are going to unchain Wall Street and put ya’ll back in chains.

    lolololol

  39. 105 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

  40. 106 Ladyhawke
    August 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

    PAUL RYAN VP PICK PROMPTS FRANTIC DAMAGE CONTROL STRATEGY

    A quiet panic behind the scenes

    By Steve Benen

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    Rachel explained on the air last night that there are plenty of Republican congressional candidates who are suddenly going out of their way to remind voters they disagree with Paul Ryan on Medicare. It’s a reminder that Republican activists are excited to see Ryan on the national ticket, but Republican officials are, well, pretty darn nervous.

    How does one know for sure? There’s one big hint: Republicans are dishing to reporters about the behind-the-scenes anxiety that appears to be bordering on panic.
    .
    .
    As part of the scramble to deal with the new, unexpected problems posed by a Romney-Ryan ticket, Republicans are quickly putting together new instructions for GOP candidates. Over the weekend, for example, the National Republican Congressional Committee told its candidates to stop using the words “entitlement reform,” “privatization,” and “every option is on the table,” because it will only make it easier for Democrats to use Ryan against them.
    .
    .
    But what does it say about the Ryan selection on the merits if his party is furiously working on a damage-control strategy?

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/14/13277815-a-quiet-panic-behind-the-scenes?lite

  41. 108 dotster3
    August 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

  42. 109 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    VP Biden said in “his neighborhood,” people knew they had to participate (as in: paying taxes, helping others, making sure we have a thriving middle class): “You gotta be in on the deal … You hate being played for a sucker.”

  43. 110 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Ride or Die Joe called Romney out on not releasing his taxes.

    Go Joe! I love my Vice President.

  44. 111 Ladyhawke
    August 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    PAUL RYAN EPITOMIZES THE “DO NOTHING” CONGRESS

    One of Congress’ most bitter partisans

    By Steve Benen

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    After seven terms in Congress, the grand total of important bills Ryan passed into law with the help of members from both parties is, quite literally, zero. His voting record is so extreme, Ryan’s roughly as far to the right as Michele Bachmann.

    Paul Ryan takes cheap shots; he questions his rivals’ motives; he says things that aren’t true. Paul Ryan is easily one of Congress’ most bitter, rigid partisans.
    .
    .
    Update: In 2011, Ryan killed a $4 trillion debt-reduction plan because he “was concerned that a deal would pave the way for Mr. Obama’s easy re-election.” He cared more, in other words, about campaign politics than his own stated policy goals.

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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/14/13277325-one-of-congress-most-bitter-partisans?lite

  45. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    August 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Not in a long time have I heard any speaker actually acknowledge the person who was translating a speech into ASL for the hearing impaired, but VP Biden stops to mention he’d better stop talking because the signer “is going to get tendonitis.” And she joins in by smiling and stretching her arms, when he looks at her. This is similar to how President Obama stops to shake hands with the security guard or the janitor or the assembly line worker.

    They see American people; Lyin’ and Ryan see money and corporations.

    And then Joey swings right into describing his friend PBO who “has a backbone like a ramrod,” again. Love Obama-Biden. Let’s give ’em four more years!

  46. 114 dotster3
    August 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

  47. August 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Just got back from Canvassing, handed out 16 Yard signs, with three other People.

  48. 118 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

    DAMN! VP Biden is the BEST! Soooooo happy he is on our side!

  49. August 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

    What on Earth? I flip on MSNBainC, and yet another Black reporter covering Ryan.
    3% of the Nation ate Black conservatives, and they all work for MSNBainC. He is So excited, and tweeted their is 3500 people at Ryans event, now, onto Keystone and how wonderful it would be for the Country, blah blah blah.
    MSNBainC thinks they are being Coy!

    • August 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Then, after that Report, another Black Excited Reporter, this time a lady doing a propaganda report on Ryans Rich Wife.
      WTF? Really?

      • 123 jacquelineoboomer
        August 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

        My challenge for them is to see how many AAs there are at this month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa. My $10K bet is that there may be more in a speaking role (two or three?) than there are on the convention floor. I remember the ’08 R convention, and – tops – I think I counted seven AA attendees. They call that diverse. Of course, Romney could fly some attendees in, like he’s done during the campaign at his (dog) whistle stops, there’s that.

  50. 124 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:38 am

  51. 126 Linda
    August 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Conservative Media Gloss Over Mandate In Ryan’s Medicare Plan

    Health care law expert Simon Lazarus wrote in Slate that:

    Republicans’ proposal to replace Medicare with partially subsidized private insurance also operates to “compel” people to pay for private health insurance policies. Moreover, this mandate is not even a pay-or-play option; Medicare taxes are mandatory, whether workers want to buy eligibility for old-age vouchers or not.

    Ezra Klein reiterated the Medicare “mandate” parallel in a Washington Post blog on Ryan’s plan:

    His plan for Medicare is even closer to an individual mandate. There, everyone has to pay into the system through payroll taxes. When you’re 65 years old, you get a voucher that will pay part of the cost of health-care insurance. If you decide not to use the voucher, or the voucher is insufficient, all the taxes you paid into the system are forfeit. Either you buy insurance as a senior, or you face a tremendous lifetime tax penalty.

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    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/08/14/conservative-media-gloss-over-mandate-in-ryans/189332

  52. 127 xtine
    August 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Susan Collins (R-Maine) got married for the first time this weekend in her hometown of Caribou, Maine to political consultant Thomas A Daffron III in a small private ceremony.

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2012/08/sen_collins_marries_friend_men039201.php

  53. 128 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

  54. 129 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

  55. August 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Speaking to supporters in Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden said that Republicans and Wall Street would put Americans “back in chains.”

    “They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value, and look at their budget. And look what they’re proposing,” Biden said about Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal.

    “[Romney] said in the first hundred days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules — unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” Biden said.

    LOL! Here we go… He is so funny. This sure to get picked up by everybody.

  56. 132 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Loving this. Go Soledad!

  57. 138 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

  58. 139 Lovepolitics2008
    August 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

    OH. MY. GOD. If you have friends, neighbors, co-workers who are either disappointed with democrats, or not interested in voting, or “leaning” republican but still open to change their opinion, you just ask them, with all the empathy you can offer, to listen to this speech TIL THE END. If Joe can’t reach them, then nobody will.

    I swear, listening to Joe could even switch some solid republicans ( except the extremists of course).

    As soon as it is available on C-Span, just go and bookmark it. SAVE IT ! (Am I the only one who struggles to find some particular videos after a couple of days they’ve been aired ??)

    One last thing: if MSM is going to give a platform to Paul Ryan 24/7, they have to be FORCED to cover Joe Biden too. I remember in 2008 being outraged at the difference of treatment of the two VP candidates. I hope the MSM receives tons and tons of e-mails and tweets; COVER the OTHER VP candidate !!!

  59. 140 anniebella
    August 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

    VP Biden, this is not just talk, but I love and respect this Vice President, he is so nice, so down to earth, he speaks from the heart. And to hear him talk about his respect for POTUS. You know it’s real.

    • 141 anniebella
      August 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

      ut, I love the part where VP Biden said, were his Dad use to say, don’t tell me what you stand for, show me your budget. And the Romney-Ryan budget say exactly what matters to them. What’s gutsy about giving millionaire and billionaires more tax cuts, what’s gutsy about gutting Medicare.

    • 142 amk for obama
      August 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      The love and respect Biden has for Obama is genuine and real. They’ll be best buds for life.

  60. 143 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

  61. 144 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

  62. 146 Ladyhawke
    August 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

    PAUL RYAN IS SEVERELY OVERRATED

    The GOP Pros Agree: Ryan a Bad Idea

    By Ed Kilgore

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    In this article, and elsewhere in the conservative chattering classes, there’s a lot of unfocused talk about the clarity Ryan brings to the GOP message, and the excitement he inspires among conservative activists. That’s all entirely true, but perhaps a bit besides the point, as one GOP op told the Politico reporters:

    Another strategist emailed midway through Romney and Ryan’s first joint event Saturday: “The good news is that this ticket now has a vision. The bad news is that vision is basically just a chart of numbers used to justify policies that are extremely unpopular.”

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    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_08/the_gop_pros_agree_ryan_a_bad039211.php

  63. 147 edwina3
    August 14, 2012 at 11:53 am

    That was fast, there’s already an Obama wizard meme generator:

    http://memegenerator.net/Wizard-Obama

  64. 149 Ladyhawke
    August 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    THIS IS AN INDICTMENT OF LAZY MEDIA STENOGRAPHERS

    The $700 Billion Smoke Screen

    By Jared Bernstein

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    A classic, for example, is the one I talked about with Rachel Maddow last night: the claim that President Obama is “destroying Medicare” by reducing its growth rate to the tune of $700 billion in the Affordable Care Act.

    Rep Ryan has precisely the same cut in his budget. The difference is what they do with the savings. As I noted on Rachel, the ACA uses those savings to cover the uninsured, along with these other services, noted by Jon Cohn:

    Obamacare puts the money back into the pockets of people who need help with their medical bills. A portion of the money is earmarked for children and non-elderly Americans, who, starting in 2014, will become eligible for Medicaid or receive tax credits to offset the cost of private insurance. A smaller, but still significant, portion of the money is for seniors. It helps them pay for prescription drugs, by filling the “donut hole” in Medicare Par D coverage. It also eliminates out-of-pocket costs for annual wellness visits, some cancer screenings, and other preventative services. Those benefits have actually started already: In the first six months of this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 16 million seniors took advantage of the free preventative care provision.

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    http://jaredbernsteinblog.com/the-700-billion-smoke-screen/

  65. 150 57andfemale
    August 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

  66. 151 utaustinliberal
    August 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  67. 152 nospin
    August 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    McCain rebuts Reid on Romney, says “nothing in his tax returns shows he did not pay taxes”
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/ralstons-flash/2012/aug/13/mccain-rebuts-reid-romney-says-nothing-his-tax-ret/

    I tweeted the article with note to Romney that is not good enough. He should release the returns.

    • 153 anniebella
      August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Are we suppose to believe McCain, the guy who pick Palin as his VP candidate. Mitt Romney can put this all to rest by simply releasing his tax returns. But he refuse to do it. And so now the question is WHY does he refuse to release them?

  68. 154 donna dem 4 obama
    August 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Ha! These RWNJ Gov’s are in full out spin. They know that Ryan is all about ending SS and Medicare as we know it and they are scared to death.

    Governors Rick Scott (R-FL) and Rick Perry (R-TX) both refused to endorse Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare on Monday.

    In a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto, both Scott and Perry joined a growing number of Republicans distancing themselves from the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare by saying that they are willing to entertain Romney and Ryan’s ideas, but they don’t necessarily share the same views:

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/08/13/686121/scott-perry-ryan-medicare/?mobile=nc

  69. 155 xtine
    August 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    “We’re already hearing a lot from Republicans about Romney’s “courage” in choosing Ryan and the “tough choices” the ticket is willing to ask the American people to make. In Washington-speak, “courage” often means “folly,” and “tough choices” means advocating something voters don’t like. There is no inherent virtue in that; plenty of unpopular policy proposals are also stupid and evil, and in fact lots of them are contained in the Ryan Budget. But it’s worth remembering the code when you hear GOP insider talk about the ticket going forward.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_08/the_gop_pros_agree_ryan_a_bad039211.php

  70. 157 xtine
    August 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    House Oversight Chairman Darrell “Witch Hunt” Issa has filed a civil lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder over the president’s invocation of executive privilege.

    [SNIP]

    Issa wouldn’t dare try to file a civil lawsuit against the president, so Eric Holder is the next best black man.

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/08/darrell-issa-is-a-bridge-troll.html


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