Etch-A-Sketch Mitt will be severely whatever you want him to be after the primary

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Mitt Romney is just like an Etch-A-Sketch where you can clear the message and start over again at any time without any trace of the past. That’s not ME saying that. It’s his spokesperson & Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom :

Appearing on CNN this morning, Romney Communications Director Eric Fehrnstrom was asked if he’s concerned that Romney may alienate general election voters with some of the hard-right positions he’s taken during the primary to appeal to conservatives. Fehrnstrom brushed this concern off:

HOST: Is there a concern that Santorum and Gingrich might force the governor to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election.

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Mitt Romney hates teachers

Mitt Romney hates teachers

We’re failing our children!

Last summer I posted a rant against the GOP’s demonization of teachers that gained a bit of traction. It went like this:

In any rational society, teachers are not considered “costs”. They are considered assets. Something to be valued. Something to be rewarded. The Republicans have done an amazingly effective job of turning the public’s perception from seeing teachers as a valuable asset to seeing them as parasitic leeches on the jugular vein of society. Rather than valuing them for the important role they play in our society — that of educating our children — they are now coming to be viewed as a “cost”, something to be cut when times get hard.…
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Real Bravery: The Ryan/GOP Budget v. The Affordable Care Act

Real Bravery: The Ryan/GOP Budget v. The Affordable Care Act

And by “brave,” I mean it gives me millions in tax breaks

On this day in 2010, this President signed the Affordable Care Act.

It’s a law that will help more than 30,000,000 uninsured Americans get health care. It stops private insurers from being able to deny care based preexisting conditions or mistakes in applications. It will insure that women can no longer be charged more for health insurance just because they are women. It ends Medicare giveaways to private insurers and for the first time regulates that insurers spend an appropriate amount of money on actual health care.

Already, children’s lives are being saved because of this law.…

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Romney economic advisor posts joke about deporting seniors to cut the budget on the day the Ryan plan was released

Romney economic advisor posts joke about deporting seniors to cut the budget on the day the Ryan plan was released

Stay classy, professor

A top economic adviser for Mitt Romney, a Harvard professor named Greg Mankiw posted a “joke” on his blog yesterday that really makes you question the guy’s judgement. Here’s a screen shot:


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Budget Cuts

Next Month, the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs. Older people are easier to catch and less likely to remember how to get back home.

Oh, hardy har har har, eh? Those senile old people, they are soo-ooo funny! And, hey, that’s a sure fire way to win over the senior and Hispanic voters in this country.…

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Hey! Guess who still gets mega tax breaks under the GOP budget plan? BIG OIL!

Hey! Guess who still gets mega tax breaks under the GOP budget plan? BIG OIL!

It’s good to be the king

Not only is Paul Ryan’s “Path to Poverty” budget going to give rich people tax breaks and cut benefits to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while maintaining current levels of military spending, it does something else, too. The GOP budget preserves massive subsidies to Big Oil companies while cutting investments in renewable energy.

[I]t appears that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed FY 2013 budget resolution would retain a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion. And his budget would cut billions of dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies that would serve as substitutes for oil and help protect middle-class families from volatile energy prices as well as create jobs.…
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Judge sends Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing - for now.

Judge sends Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown packing – for now.

Take your victories where you can get them

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling

As I mentioned earlier, a judge had put a restraining order on Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown due to potential violations of the Open Meetings Act. The hearing was this afternoon and, now that it’s over, Michael Brown is unemployed and Dayne Walling is mayor again. Not only that, everything Brown has done as Emergency Manager is reversed.

For now.

I have no doubt that the Snyder administration will simply go through the proper motions this time and redo the whole thing. I am sure that, within a month, Flint will have an Emergency Manager again.…

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Michigan judge bars Snyder administration from signing Detroit Consent Agreement - for now

Michigan judge bars Snyder administration from signing Detroit Consent Agreement – for now

Can’t win for losin’…

The Snyder administration was handed another in a long list of legal setbacks today as my now-favorite judge, Ingham Country Judge William Collette, smacked them down again.

Recall that Judge Collette had already issued a mighty smackdown to the Detroit Emergency Manager Review Team earlier in the month:

An Ingham County judge this afternoon ordered all 10 members of the Detroit emergency financial review team to appear in his courtroom March 12 to answer why they should not be held in contempt for attempting to evade his finding that the review team is subject to the Open Meetings Act by forming a smaller committee to meet in secret.
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Michigan Rising to submit Snyder recall petition language this week

Michigan Rising to submit Snyder recall petition language this week

Let’s try that again, shall we?

Inspired by the success of Wisconsin Democrats (though lacking the support of the state-level Democratic Party), Michigan Rising is gearing up to take another shot at recalling Michigan Governor Rick Snyder:

During our last petition drive to recall Rick Snyder we collected nearly 500, 000 signatures. We did this with very little material support, even less money and at a time when political tensions in Michigan were arguably less strained than they are today. Nonetheless it meant that our signature count came up short and the effort had to be abandoned at the end of October last year.…
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