Something tells me Paul Ryan is going to fit in perfectly with the Romney campaign. Take this timeline. Two years ago, Ryan was asked if he accepted stimulus money for his district…
"I'm not one [of those] people who votes for something then writes to the government to ask them to send us money. I did not request any stimulus money," the congressman answered.
And repeated the talking point two days ago…
"I never asked for stimulus," Mitt Romney's new running mate said. "I don’t recall…so I really can't comment on it. I opposed the stimulus because it doesn't work, it didn't work."
But yesterday, after being shown a series of letters he wrote to the Obama administration…
"After having these letters called to my attention I checked into them, and they were treated as constituent service requests in the same way matters involving Social Security or Veterans Affairs are handled," Ryan said in a statement. "This is why I didn’t recall the letters earlier. But they should have been handled differently, and I take responsibility for that."
There's nothing wrong with taking part in a program you opposed. Plenty of Democrats have helped constituents enroll in Medicare Part D after voting against the provision. The problem comes in lying about it afterwards. Perhaps that's where the "bold and risky" vision of Ryan comes in.
With that in mind, he does say he would have handled the situation differently. Like Romney, Ryan's most important decisions are handled retroactively.
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Tags: Money, Paul Ryan, Stimulus
Hey guys! There's a new website on the Internet! I know! Exciting, right?! I love when they release a new one of those things.
This one is called "Obamarama Occupied." Or, no. Um, it's "Obanamara Overdrive," I think. Hmmmmm… Maybe it's "Oberlin College Outing Club." No, that's an older website. Just as exciting though!
Anyway, it's something like that. Close enough at any rate…
The RNC website is labeled "Obamanomics Outsourced," and focuses on "how Obama shipped the recovery overseas." It is a catalogue of how U.S. taxpayer money spent as part of the $831 billion economic stimulus in 2009 went to foreign-owned companies, or to companies that hired workers overseas…
The RNC site has examples of U.S. jobs being outsourced to 22 countries. General Electric, which got more than $1.2 billion in stimulus funds, is mentioned more than once. There is a claim that a British private equity firm, Terra Firma, "received over $40 million in stimulus funds through an American wind consortium it bought just days before the stimumuls [sic] funds were awarded."
Okay so, every news article I've seen about this has stated that the website was created by the RNC in an attempt to turn the conversation around and get people talking about how good Barack Obama is at outsourcing jobs to other countries instead of talking about how good Mitt Romney is at outsourcing jobs to other countries. But I'm not totally convinced.
Has anybody checked to make sure that this wasn't secretly put up by the Obama people, hoping to eat into Romney's support base by highlighting the President's strong conservative ideals?
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Tags: Barack Obama, RNC, Stimulus, Unemployment
Remember Herman Cain? You know, that avant-garde filmmaker who keeps attacking the stimulus despite ample evidence that it saved our country from economic disaster?
I think he might have been a serious presidential candidate once, but now he just makes chicken snuff films…
"Any questions?" Yeah, I've got a few. Like, what is Herman Cain smoking? Probably the same stuff as his shady adviser.
It's nice to see the Cain Train still chugging along to hallucination station. Those "special effects" with the skeleton arm were about as expertly designed as Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan.
Oddly, the most disturbing element of that video is not the fact that a man gets eaten alive by ravenous chickens. It's that the guy who made it was once the GOP's number-one choice to lead the free world. It's OK, though. We've got Mitt Romney now. With Romney, there's no danger of getting pecked to death. Just bored to death.
Tags: Economy, Herman Cain, Money, Republicans, Stimulus, Taxes, Tea Party, Video
Earlier today, top Senate and House Republicans sent an heartfelt earnest plea to Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to please please please consider doing absolutely nothing to boost the U.S. economy or make any attempt to do anything that might accidentally foster job growth…
Even though the financial markets have been counting on the Federal Reserve to take action, Republican Congressional leadership sent a letter to the Federal Reserve chairman on Tuesday evening urging it not to engage in further stimulus…
"We have serious concerns that further intervention by the Federal Reserve could exacerbate current problems or further harm the U.S. economy," said the letter, signed by four of the top Republicans in Congress: Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader; Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate Republican whip; House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
It's a really inspiring letter. I strongly recommend reading the whole thing. I'm pretty sure that school children will be memorizing it instead of the Gettysburg Address in future generations.
But, you know, that Bernanke guy's a well known treasonist, and you just can't argue with those people. So, he went ahead and announced that the Fed would be buying $400 billion in bonds and selling as much in debt. Which, I'm assuming means something to somebody because stuff happened…
The dollar rebounded against the euro and other major currencies Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced new plans to help boost the American economy.
The central bank said it will buy long-term Treasurys and sell short-term securities to help spur growth. The plan could lower rates for mortgages as well as those for consumer and business loans. The plan was expected by investors.
Well, that sounds good so far, but it's still waaaaay to early to tell. Hopefully — and I know we're all really pulling for this — there won't be any significant long term economic or employment benefits to Bernanke's plan.
Nothing aggravates an already dismal national mood more so than having to wake up early on a Monday morning and go to work. Ugh!
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Tags: Ben Bernanke, Eric Cantor, Federal Reserve, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Jon Kyl, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, Stimulus, Unemployment