Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Simple truth

September 5, 2012


To the editor:

At last week’s Republican convention, candidates Romney and Ryan introduced themselves to American voters. Mitt Romney told the American people he is a deacon of the church, a loving, sensitive, trustworthy husband and thoughtful father, successful businessman and highly qualified to be president and American voters should trust him. Rep. Paul Ryan ran away from his record and tea party.

It was incredible to hear both candidates request the American people to vote for them based on their convention speeches. In their desperate effort to convince voters to vote Republican, both speeches contained numerous misstatements, untruths, falsehoods and fantasy revisions of the truth plus outright lies immediately pointed out and disputed by “fact-checkers.” Afterward, the Journal-World published back-to-back columns by Dolph Simons Jr. and George Gurley ardently praising the virtues of the Republican candidates as the answer for Obama’s miserable failings.

Lying to the American people does not exactly elicit any degree of “trust,” for if one lies about one thing, how does anyone trust anything they say in the future? Trust is a two-way street. If one wants trust, one must give trust. Romney wants voters to trust him, but he doesn’t trust the voters, based on his refusal to release his taxes and his downright campaign lies, yet claiming he has “nothing to hide?” Sorry Mitt, Paul, anything you say now is extremely suspect despite the best efforts of Dolph and George to support Republican candidates who will not or cannot tell Americans the simple truth.


Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Where to learn a lot about repub candidates.

Any man who picks Ryan says a lot about himself

No one should discount the potential destructiveness of a victory for Mitt Romney. The widespread media assumption that he’s really a “Massachusetts moderate” who adopted extreme positions to placate the Republican electorate before resetting his Etch A Sketch would be irrelevant even if it were true. A Romney victory could be accompanied by GOP control of all branches of government, with the party’s right-wing majority in the House driving the agenda. As Grover Norquist argues, “We are not auditioning for fearless leader…. We just need a president to sign this stuff.”

The “stuff” they would pass—already endorsed by Romney—includes repeal of the modest reforms enacted to police corporations after the Enron scandal and banks after the financial collapse; repeal of healthcare reform, stripping some 30 million people of coverage; budget cuts that would gut almost all domestic functions of the government, from education to child nutrition to safeguarding clean air and water; and an end to Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.

These draconian measures would be used to pay for increases in military spending and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Under the Romney plan, those making over $1 million a year would receive an average tax break of $250,000. A Romney victory would buoy a Republican right eager to roll back social progress, constrict voting rights and exacerbate racial divides in an era of middle-class decline. The offensive against labor and workers’ rights would escalate. And Romney’s bellicose foreign policy would make George W. Bush look dovish. If Romney wins, we will spend four years fighting to limit the damage he will inflict on the nation.[/

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Republicans keep telling us how pathetic the economy is which they should know. The republican party put the nation in this position not once but twice, Reagan/Bush and Bush/Cheney both did it in convincing manner. When is America going to learn this is the republican standard economic policy?

Romney the debt man.

If Romney is going to create 12 million jobs then THE GOVERNMENT will need to step in with tons of tax dollars to make it happen. Romney and the repub party have always said no to government tax dollars creating USA jobs. Romney cannot do it.

Those 11 million jobs lost during the Bush/Cheney financial scandal went abroad with no intention of coming back so I read.

As investigative journalist Matt Taibbi began to cover the Romney campaign earlier this year he was listening to Romney’s stump speech about debt.

Mr. Taibbi claims Romney created this whole image of a prairie fire of debt raging across America that literally could burn children alive in the future. Taibbi kept thinking to himself, does nobody know what Mitt Romney did for a living and how he made his money?

Matt Taibbi: “Mitt Romney is unabashedly a leverage buyout artist. And a leverage buyout artist is a person who borrows lots of money that other companies have to pay back. And that’s the simple formula.”

To which I say often spells bye bye USA industry.

Gov Richard Perry called Romney a vulture capitalist which impacts all upper middle class,middle class and lower income people regardless of party affiliation.

Upper middle class,middle class and lower income republicans have also lost jobs and homes in the two nationwide home loan scandals created by reckless economics such as leveraged buyout mania.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 9 months ago

Romney is claiming he will create 12 million jobs. Bush/Cheney didn't do it. The repubs have done nothing yet is this regard under Obama. How is Romney going to accomplish this working with the same republicans that have been saying no way?

After repeatedly touting his business experience as an asset towards reviving the U.S. economy, Mitt Romney has been put on the defensive by Bain Capital workers who are fighting back against the outsourcing of their jobs.

One hundred seventy workers at a Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport, Illinois — of which Bain is the majority owner — are calling on Romney to help save their jobs from being shipped to China.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

"Romney is claiming he will create 12 million jobs.
Romney will not "create" 12 million jobs. This is the number of jobs that will be gained if the present economic growth is sustained over the next 5 years and will happen no matter who is president. Romney could do squat and just sit on his heiney and those 12 million jobs will happen. It's just a bit of spin.

Nellane Laney Croan Stussie 5 years, 9 months ago

I hope LJW is limiting it pre-election rants to one per liberal !

jafs 5 years, 9 months ago

How many should conservatives get then?

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

The rants are OK, but the spam is pretty much worthless. Any person that constantly speaks with other people's words is a vacuous parrot of talking points.

Bob Harvey 5 years, 9 months ago

I am shocked, shocked I say, to hear that someone thinks that politicians lie to the public in an effort to get elected or re-elected. When will this hereasy end?

Phil Minkin 5 years, 9 months ago

Ryan lied about the plant closing, he didn't tell the complete truth about the money taken from Social Security (omitting the fact that his own budget takes out the same amount) and lied about his time in a marathon. He's willing to lie about anything regardless of how big or insignificant. It undermines anything he says.

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 9 months ago

"Lying to the American people does not exactly elicit any degree of “trust,” for if one lies about one thing, how does anyone trust anything they say in the future? Which rock has this writer be living under. Last honest politician was ??????????? maybe Tricky Dick, nah.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” -Neil Newhouse, a Romney campaign aide.
In other words, "Damn the truth, full speed ahead!"
I find it incredibly amusing that fact checkers have become the bane of spin doctors. And with internet speeds what they are now, real time fact checking is a reality. What a PITA this has to be to campaign "handlers".

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

Here's a great opinion piece by Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton (You remember Bill Clinton, right? That guy that actually balanced the budget and left us with a surplus?) and a political economist. He's currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California. You don't sneeze at credentials like that. In other words, he's no Dolph Simons.

"How can these false claims remain effective when they’ve been so overwhelmingly discredited by the media?"
"The first (means) is by repeating big lies so often in TV spots — financed by a mountain of campaign money — that the public can no longer recall (if it ever knew) that the mainstream media and its fact-checkers have found them to be lies."
"The second means the GOP has developed to protect its mistruths is by discrediting the mainstream media..."
"The third means the GOP uses to protect itself is its own media outlets — led by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and his yell-radio imitators, book publisher Regnery, and the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, along with a right-wing blogosphere."
Read the article. It's good, solid, red meat stuff.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

I remember Bill Clinton as the guy who didn't inhale but who knew someone who swallowed.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

And this matters why and how? Who cares? You had a guy running in the primaries who has been married and divorced three times and left one wife while she was in the hospital getting cancer treatment. Big deal.

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

"You remember Bill Clinton"

Can we have Bill Clinton back and get rid of Romney and Obama?

jafs 5 years, 9 months ago

Funny how good Clinton looks in hindsight, isn't it?

I bet you didn't love him when he was President - I know I didn't.

gbulldog 5 years, 9 months ago

I have seen nothing from the Democrats that is not leading us to 2022 and what happened in the movie "Soylent Green". As a famous Queen once said, "let them eat cake"! And look where it got her.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

Go take your meds. And by the way, Marie Antoinette didn't say, "Let them eat cake.". That's a myth.

Glenn Reed 5 years, 9 months ago

The "simple truth" is that the republican party, in it's current state, cannot exist without their voters willing tolerating the fact that what they say simply doesn't stand up as true.

bisky1 5 years, 9 months ago

fine is this a lie or is this the truth? Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. Sources also report that the language was changed "to reflect the president's personal view."

Bob Harvey 5 years, 9 months ago

Ok, I'll play along with our Lawrence friends. Are you being honest is believing that the Democratic party candidates are not lying in their campaigns as well? You will give yourself a bit more credibility if you say, "well yeah, I guess they do as well".

Abdu Omar 5 years, 9 months ago

So its boiled down to who lies better, more often and on bigger issues? There aren't many politicians that I trust, especially Romney and our govenor. But I enjoyed hearing Clinton's speech last night. it reminded me of the truth and the truth was done in a very effective way. Obama has many qualities as a president. Take away the congress repugs and you would have seen a different, better and progressive last 4 years.

Liberty275 5 years, 9 months ago

And by progressive he means the 50% that pay income tax will progress to paying more taxes and the moochers will progress to being bought off by getting more free stuff.

I hope it remains the way it is now with utter gridlock. If the liars can't do anything, they can't do anything to make the country worse off than it already is.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 9 months ago

You really have a twisted view of the tax structure. You don't get out much, do you?

Abdu Omar 5 years, 9 months ago

No, I don't mean that at all. Imagine if we had a JOBS bill that the repugs liked when it was their idea, but never passed because the Dems proposed it. Foolish isn't it? I don't think anyone wants the moochers to continue to mooch, but we won't get anything done of the repugs won't let it happen. They are bent on the idea of a one term Obama and may be wrong. They may end up being one term tea partiers.

Topple 5 years, 9 months ago

A pretty weak defense Pleiku. The problem is that every other sentence out of the republican campaigns mouth this election is blatantly false. I'm a republican and am embarrassed by the way our party has conducted itself in this election.

I started this election season with a 'support republicans regardless' attitude. I began to realize that I may prefer a party that has some differing ideas than mine but is generally honest about what it wants to do over a bunch of people who can't let one sentence slip from their mouths without my needing to fact check what they're saying.

Maybe it's how things operate in big business, but spewing any falsehood that sounds good to win over herds of people too lazy to find the truth isn't what I stand for. If that's what the republican party represents now, then I'm ashamed for it.

fishy81 5 years, 9 months ago

Lord help is if Obama wins, Katie barr the door, grab a life jacket cause we will go down.

He has done nothing to help the economy, he and his party had everything for two years and they did nothing for the economy, yes they gave us the affordable care act and it has some good parts for individuals but for the country it will be anything but affordable. If obama wins i will buy gold and move to a cave......

Corey Williams 5 years, 9 months ago

So the republicans controlled both houses of congress for six years, and had control of the executive and legislative branches for four years. What did they do? Where did the economy end up?

jafs 5 years, 9 months ago

This continually repeated misrepresentation that the D controlled Congress for the first 2 years is annoying.

Although they had a majority, for the vast percentage of that time, R had filibuster power. In fact, there were only a couple of months here and there that the D had filibuster proof majorities.

So, for about 4 months, the D had control and could pass legislation despite R obstruction.

It's really a very small window of time, especially since it wasn't continuous, but split up into two chunks.

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