The Newt Gingrich people might just be onto something here…
The Gingrich campaign has pounced on recent Romney comments in which he suggested that a European-style value added tax could replace part of the tax code and the corporate level, and praised the co-incentive aspect of the health-care system in Switzerland, where people pay some 20% of their medical bills, ABC reports.
"The fact that he's willing to look at European socialism shows just how far out of the conservative mainstream he is," a Gingrich spokesman says.
Devastating! Absolutely devastating!
Oh, are you not seeing what I'm seeing in that second paragraph? Here's let me run it through Google Translate's conservative, so you can see how your average Iowa caucus goer is reading this…
"The blah blah blah's blahing to blah at EUROPEAN SOCIALISM blah blah blah blah blah of the Jesus America JOIN US! blah blah," a Gingrich spokesman says.
You've got to admit, they make a compelling point.
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Tags: Europe, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Socialism
Barack Obama Has a 75 Percent Approval Rating (with Foreigners Who Don't Matter Because They're Foreigners)
In a different country that was not like America at all in any way shape or form, news that your President was highly regarded in the rest of the world might be viewed as a good thing.
But that's why countries like those are not to be trusted…
A survey on European and American attitudes toward each other — released by Transatlantic Trends, a D.C.-based think tank — found that 75 percent of those surveyed in 12 European Union countries approved of Obama on international affairs, while the same survey found only 54 percent of U.S. citizens would say the same thing…
The think tank found Obama's approval rating on international politics to be highest in Western Europe countries like Portugal (82 percent), the Netherlands (81 percent), Germany (81 percent), and Italy (79 percent)–nations that strongly opposed the War in Iraq and for which Obama offers a stark contrast to that war's president, George W. Bush.. The lowest ratings in the EU came from Eastern and Central European republics like Slovakia (58 percent), Bulgaria (63 percent), and Poland (65 percent), former Warsaw Bloc nations leery of Obama's opening of relations with Russia.
If Barack Obama is so popular with those European people, why doesn't he just go be President of Europistan or whatever that country's called?
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Tags: Barack Obama, Europe, Germany, Italy, Poland, Polls, Portugal, Russia
You know, I'm starting to think that Andrew Breitbart and David Mamet and Mr. Snuffleupagus* are right about Hollywood stars' utter and disgraceful disdain for America…
Sgt. Dustin L. Williams posted a two-minute video last week in which he asks Johansson to be his date to the November 10 ball. As you may remember, "Friends With Benefits" stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake both received similar video invites in recent weeks (and both stars have said they'll attend).
Johansson, however, won't be able to make an appearance as she'll be in Europe shooting a film at the time, her rep told The Famous. But she will be sending a case of champagne in her stead.
Oh, so Little Miss Other Boleyn Girl is too busy traipsing around Europe hobnobbing with what I can only assume are a bunch of Europeans to spend a night honoring Apple Pie and Purple Mountains Majesty by slowdancing to "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" with one of our beloved boys in uniform?
And to add insult to injury, she's sending a case of champagne?! Champagne?!?! Oooo la la, Sassoon! French Coors Lite!
What did our troops ever do to deserve such disrespect from Hanoi Scarlett over here?
* I could swear that I saw some kind of a weird rant by Snuffleupagus up on Big Hollywood a while back, but I can't find it at the moment. Could be I'm confusing him with Jon Voight.
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Tags: Alcohol, Europe, Military, Movies
From The CC Insider…
The world's second smallest continent, Europe is perhaps best known for confusing soccer with football and their hit 1986 rock anthem "The Final Countdown." But, as you'll see in this Colbert Report mashup, there's so much more to learn about the other white continent.
See also: Stephen Colbert Looks at North America
The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30/10:30c.
Tags: Europe, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video