Mitt Romney just couldn’t beat Santa Claus

At least that’s how he’s spinning his landslide loss to President Obama in last week’s election. According to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Mitt Romney convened a conference call with donors on Wednesday and blamed his loss on a President who was “very generous” and promised to give away “big gifts” to women, minorities, and the poor. Those “gifts” Romney is referring to are things like contraceptive access for women, affordable student loans for young people, health care for poor people, and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who’ve been living in this country since they were children. Romney calls them gifts, while the rest of us call them basic essentials needed to make it in America.

Republican strategist Jude Wanniski was the first to label Democrats as Santa Claus back in the 1970’s for giving Americans things like Social Security and Medicare. Wanniski said Republicans had to play Santa Claus, too, by giving people tax cuts, which Republicans have stuck to ever since. Post-election, a lot of Conservative talking heads, from Rush Limbaugh to Bill O’Reilly to now Mitt Romney, have played the “gift card” against President Obama. But what they ignore is that for several generations now, we as Americans through our democracy, have voted in these policies. “We the people” have concluded that we should all be protected from old age, sickness, and unemployment - and have elected representatives to protect these programs.

Some of the millionaires and billionaires like Mitt Romney think that just because they don’t need any help, then no one in America needs help. If they want to whine about these programs now that they've lost the election, then I suggest they find a remote piece of land and begin constructing their Ayn Rand utopia far, far away from the rest of us in “we society” America.

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Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 9 years 38 weeks ago
#1

By Electoral College it was a landslide, by the popular vote it was a squeaker.

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Palindromedary 9 years 38 weeks ago
#2

"if you want us to provide all these wonderful things, you need to pay for them also..." ...what magnanimous (in your own minds) beings you are! cough, cough, spit, spit!

I think it is more a matter of..that you will not be "providing" all these things....(out of the goodness of your hearts?..yeah right!)..it's a matter of... that we will steal them back from those who stole them from us to begin with.

Right wingers sound like a constantly running BP advertisement trying to make themselves look good..and responsible...and how everyone that they screwed are now so much better off. No one who watches those BP commercials actually believes a bit of it. And no one who listens to "if you want US to provide...." believes it either. We know who you are...and we know what you are! And if the Democrats have any true fortitude they will take back at least some of the ill-gotten gains that those greedy arrogant bastards took from us. They really need to be throwing many of these criminals into jail.

They took from us when they played dirty, sneaky tricks in banking and in Wall Street, high-speed computer trading, derivatives...they took from us when they gamed the system in Wall Street and in every business that sought to maximize their profits in any seedy way they could get away with. They took from us when they got bailed out from the failed casino capitalism games they lost at. They took from us when they demanded excessive healthScare premiums and then wouldn't pay off because of "preexisting conditions"... doctors who failed to prescribe needed tests, scans, and medicine or operations. They took from us when they bought off politicians who voted on their behalf..voted to murder over a million innocent people in illegal and immoral wars in the Middle East and elsewhere...voted to help all of the MIC corporations continue to screw taxpayers out of their money....using scare tactics and promises to protect us from the boogeyman terrorist. The ruling elite in America are the real boogeyman terrorists.... terrorists who would not hesitate to create false flags of terror...like 911. They took from us when they scammed home buyers... creating an artificial bubble knowing it would pop catching many mortgages in a default trap. This list could go on and on...bottom line: THEY STOLE FROM US AND NOW IT'S TIME WE TAKE BACK SOME OF THAT WEALTH! So quit pretending that the rich are more deserving...they aren't...they're crooks who stole from us all these years...by everyone from merchants conniving to maximize their profits to corporate maggot executives and the major stock holders. These corporate maggots who worshipped Ayn Rand and Sun Tzu should read Edward Gibbon...or, quickly, just read the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire here...Very interesting parallel to what is happening in the US today!
http://www.roman-colosseum.info/roman-empire/causes-for-the-fall-of-the-...

Mauiman2's picture
Mauiman2 9 years 38 weeks ago
#3

So the baseline DoD budget went from roughly 300 billion to 550 bilion or so. The yearly deficit is 1 trillion. And it is the increase in DoD budget that is the problem? What am I missing here?

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No Fraud 9 years 38 weeks ago
#4

More important then "stealing back"...We ALL must work to educate ourselves as well as provide unbias information; both sides have a "perspective"...ALL of us want the same things: Someone to love; To be loved; To provide for our family; To have something to look forward to; Happiness (it's an inside job).
Don't get me wrong, I do share your views...Bottom line, We need do away with a two teared Justice System; leveling the playing field would bring resolve to so many of the on going issues that are passed over by those we (The People...not Coporations) directly elect and appoint to serve the publics best interest on a whole.
Everyone of us have a responsability towards the people that make up our community.
99% + 1% = 100% accountable for our economic and social woes. Unfortunatly many won't connect the dots...To much finger pointing, and way too many irresponsable complaints; black or white, man or woman, gay or straight, religion, tax bracket, etc, etc; WE ARE ALL AFFECTED when WE allow a lustful love for power (right or left), to justify our corrupt means.

We MUST learn from our past, change our way of thinking; to have an understanding for our wrongs rather then resting on our laurels when we have been right.

Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 9 years 38 weeks ago
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Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 9 years 38 weeks ago
#6

A deficit, intentionally accumulated over a period of years, is not eliminated in one year's budget.

What else you're missing is that it is easily doable to balance the budget and maintain an ambitious social agenda. LBJ is a great example.

You're playing with the Republican subterfuge of, "Deficits mean we can't have social programs." leaving out mention of the willful Republican sabotage of the budget.

You MUST be a shill if I ever saw one posting.

Mauiman2's picture
Mauiman2 9 years 38 weeks ago
#7

Mark, what this Shill is saying is that the yearly deficit is one trillion a year. What you told me is that the DoD baseline budget has gone up 250 billion a year since 2000 or so. My question is how is the DoD the big problem here?

We can argue all you want about how we got here, that is unproductive. Frankly there is blame on both sides of the aisle We have to balance the budget, or at least significantly close that 1 trillion dollar a gap. The answers I keep getting from the left is "tax the rich" and "cut the military". The absolute most you can hope to get out of that combination is 150-200 billion a year.

Where is the rest of it going to come from?

Don't start calling people names unles you can come up with answers. You have yet to come up with any answers. The only thing I have gotten out of you so far are left wing talking points and name calling. See if you can do better than that.

riverside's picture
riverside 9 years 38 weeks ago
#8

The bible says: The LOVE of money is the ROOT of all evil. Republicans have deep roots!

Mark Saulys's picture
Mark Saulys 9 years 38 weeks ago
#9

The Clinton years showed the effects of a large tax increase that Clinton pushed through in his first year, and that Republicans incorrectly (fraudulently) claim is the "largest tax increase in history." It fell almost exclusively on upper-income taxpayers. Clinton’s fiscal 1994 budget also contained some spending restraints. In addition, capital gains taxes brought in much revenue from the booming stock market of the period. Taxes on capital gains - in the truest sense, gains or profits made from other people's labor - have been all but eliminated by subsequent Republican tax policies and would have been completely eliminated if Mitt Romney had gotten his way, hence Mitt Romney's Santa Clausing (All elected politicians are Santa Claus or are playing Santa Claus to some constituency or other, the only question is to which. That's only democracy and good governance, "Vote for me and I will do things your way and serve your interests". To make government work for the 99% rather than the 1%, I would say, is more democratic than the converse.).

Clinton’s large budget surpluses also owe much to the Social Security tax on payrolls. Social Security taxes now bring in more than the cost of current benefits, and the "Social Security surplus" makes the total deficit or surplus figures look better than they would if Social Security wasn’t counted. But even if we remove Social Security from the equation, there was a surplus of $1.9 billion in fiscal 1999 and $86.4 billion in fiscal 2000. So any way you count it, the federal budget was balanced and the deficit was erased, if only for a while.

I thank factcheck.org for most of this information.

Both in Clinton's case and in LBJ's before, the balancing of the budget came from the cyclical effect of taxes and the beneficial effect they have on the economy which results in more revenue for the government. For this reason, at a time of economic crisis government should operate on a deficit since only government would make the investment necessary to turn such an economy around.

A shill can be paid or volunteer their services pro bono either because they fell for a lie and now believe it or have a vested interest in the sham they promote. By that definition, of course, you might choose to call me a shill, although I don't think that would be at all accurate - usually.

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chuckle8 9 years 38 weeks ago
#10

I say this so many times with no response, I know that I am ignored.

When Reagan cut the tax rate from 78% to 35% (or something like that) on the top earners, the top earners paid 2 or 3 times as much in taxes (depending on who you call rich and over what time period). Also, we went into the greatest recession since the great depression.

So increase the tax rate on the rich. The result should be they pay less in taxes and the economy will boom.

I have a detailed explanation of why I think this is not anamoulous (it is just Thom's explanation), but I am entering this so late no one will probably read it. I will wait for a reply to provide my detailed view of what Thom says all the time.

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SHFabian 9 years 37 weeks ago
#11

America (at least, this generation) in a nutshell: What the middle class did to the poor, the rich are now doing to the middle class. The middle class rants and rages about it, thumps their chests, stamps their feet, but the fact is, they keep voting for the people who are shrinking the middle class.

On our former social programs: This generation is clearly math-impaired. They insisted that the meager aid we provided to women and children in poverty (AFDC) was "breaking the federal budget, bringing taxpayers to their knees!" Actually, at its highest (back in the 1970s), it used a mere 6% of the fed. budget. Meanwhile, while military spending is draining an unprecedented 50%+ of the budget -- people call out to end meager food stamp allotments! Oh well, we still encounter people who insist they personally know someone on welfare who bought a big screen TV (used to be Cadillacs...), etc., etc., even though the last welfare check was issued in 1996. Maybe it's something in the water that causes so much delusional thinking -- or something in the media.

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