I implore all of you to read this piece from Vanity Fair on Mitt Romney's finances and Bain Capital's slimeball financial trickery. It's astonishing.
I'll just share one excerpt here:
Just before the midnight deadline on July 1st, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed $7.5 million in family planning funding which would have funded mammograms, pap smears, cancer screenings, and birth control.
It wouldn't have funded abortions, and it wouldn't have forced the state budget into the red. He vetoed it just because.
Democrats in the state had tried to restore money for social services but Christie wasn't having it. All said he vetoed $7.5 million into women's clinics, refused to return $66 million in energy tax revenue to cities, and vetoed a proposal to beef up tax credits for the working poor after slashing them previously in 2010.
As Robin Marty reports, the $7.5 million proposed would have come from the over $500 million budget surplus the state is projected to have. Those funds will instead go to increase the state's cash reserves.
Christie offered the following response
The budget I signed reverses irresponsible funding decisions, establishes funding levels based on realistic and responsible revenue assumptions and increases our surplus. I am unwilling to surrender the gains we have made to establish fiscal responsibility in the state budget.
"I am unwilling to surrender the gains we have made to establish fiscal responsibility in the state budget."
Translation: I am willing to surrender the health of others to further my political career.
The state is expecting a $500 million budget surplus thanks in part to increased taxes on the working poor, but Christie refused to sign only $7.5 million into law which would have primarily benefited the same working poor people he raised those taxes on. You know, so he can rubber stamp a $500 million surplus with his name on it. $492.5 million just doesn't have the same ring to it.
To say that Chris Christie is a dick would be an understatement.
After Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unexpectedly vetoed three separate Republican-sponsored bills aimed at suppressing the vote, Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger responded to critics of the bills by citing ACORN as a grave threat to the integrity of elections.
It is not unreasonable to expect that people handling voter registrations should receive some basic training," Ari Adler, Bolger's spokesman, said in a statement. "People who believe they are registering to vote should have confidence in the process so they know their registrations are being handled properly. Antics by unscrupulous groups such as ACORN have proven that protecting the voter registration process is vital if we hope to preserve the integrity of ballots cast by every eligible voter.
Congress voted to defund ACORN nearly three years ago and the organization officially shut its doors two years ago.
Because the organization was damaging the integrity of the vote? No.
Because James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart selectively edited a video of O'Keefe visiting an ACORN office while dressed up as a pimp.
Someone close to Bolger should tap him on the shoulder and remind him that even Glenn Beck eventually stopped beating the dead ACORN horse.
Fun fact: In 1986 Ronald Reagan signed into law one of the most expensive mandates in the history of the nation, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. This act mandated that hospitals provide emergency room care (the most expensive care there is) to the uninsured. The results of this mandate have been expensive. Uninsured care makes up about 55% of hospital costs, and those costs are passed on to insurance companies, WHO IN TURN PASS THEM ON TO THEIR INSUREDS IN THE FORM OF HIGHER PREMIUMS. In addition, the government – federal and state – reimburse hospitals about 50% of those costs using our tax dollars.
Well I don't get into personal attacks. I'm a Conservative. I lean toward the facts.
The Facts are if you attracted to others of the same gender, you are a homosexual. Age doesn't matter.
Cooper – Sandusky. Same thing. They both are attracted to people of the same gender.
It's stuff like this that keeps reminding me that stupid can't be fixed. If one is of the belief that there is no difference between homosexuals and child molesters then I imagine that there is not much one could say to dissuade the idiots from their bigoted and ignorant views. I've wasted too much precious time 'debating' matters of this sort with homophobic, racist morons. It's just not worth the effort. It's best to simply call them out, ignore their continuing rants and then use the voting booth to elect public officials willing to enact legislation that prevents the scum from infecting a civil society beyond what they already have.
Anyone who can say with a straight face that conservatives "lean toward the facts" and there is no difference between a gay man and a child molester is not worth the spit they so deserve.