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2012-09-27 11:50:22 AM

dinomyar: DeltaPunch: I'd rather have the rich asshole who's publicly stated that we should ask people in his rich asshole income bracket to contribute their fair share in taxes, instead of the rich asshole who's publicly stated that people in his rich asshole income bracket need even more money in the form of unpaid tax cuts.

So you want the hypocrite who says the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes, while he think he pays too much taxes and has to reduce them by taking exemptions, and at the same time bashing the rich for taking the same exemptions.

I rather have the guy who is honest about how he feels about taxes.


The guy who is also honest that he cares nothing for you and your needs?
 
2012-09-27 11:51:28 AM

dinomyar: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: It's really quite simple. Americans, in general, don't like rich assholes. Mitt Romney is a rich asshole. He's every boss you've ever hated. Why would you pick him to be President?

Obama is also a rich asshole. So it boils down to, do you want a very succesful rich asshole, or do you want a moderately rich asshole? If I am going to have a rich asshole running things, I would rather have the very successful one.


Not quite. Obama's just rich. There's a big difference between being a guy with a lot of money, and a rich asshole. The operative part of it is that Romney is a huge asshole. Just really a big, stunning, asshole. It's not a money thing, it's an asshole thing. Romney would be an asshole broke, too. He can just get up to a lot more assholery with his bucks.
 
2012-09-27 11:52:22 AM

dinomyar: Obama is also a rich asshole. So it boils down to, do you want a very succesful rich asshole, or do you want a moderately rich asshole? If I am going to have a rich asshole running things, I would rather have the very successful one.


I'll also take the rich asshole who was born to modest circumstances and achieved success on his own merits.

In a just universe, Obama would be the Republican's poster boy for "American Success Story", but because he's not an asshole and has some compassion for ordinary Americans the Reps think he must have cheated.
 
2012-09-27 11:52:29 AM

Arkanaut: tony41454: People are just simply identifying as Democrat because they support Obama. If a Democrat wave were really building, though, ought it not be reflected in some way in the Independent vote? Can an Obama wave really be building against a 10 point swing away from him among Independents?

If they're self-identifying as Democrats, then they're not self-identifying as independents, dumbass


In every single poll I ever responded to I have self identified as a Republican - the hard turn right by the Tea partiers has pushed me off that scale so I pretty much have to self identify as an Independent now - I think part of the GOP's problem is that some of their "base" isnt part of their base anymore.
 
2012-09-27 11:54:43 AM

dinomyar: qorkfiend: That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.

How so? He says the rich does not pay enough taxes and uses too many deductions to avoid paying taxes.


And?
 
2012-09-27 11:54:58 AM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Not quite. Obama's just rich. There's a big difference between being a guy with a lot of money, and a rich asshole. The operative part of it is that Romney is a huge asshole. Just really a big, stunning, asshole. It's not a money thing, it's an asshole thing. Romney would be an asshole broke, too. He can just get up to a lot more assholery with his bucks.


Being an asshole is a subjective thing determined by individuals. A lot of people think Obama is an asshole and some think Romney is not. And there are some that think ALL rich people are assholes, i.e. Occupy Movement people.
 
2012-09-27 11:56:25 AM

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: achieved success on his own merits


HA HA HA, good one. I hadn't had a good laugh today yet. Thanks.
 
2012-09-27 11:57:20 AM

dinomyar: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Not quite. Obama's just rich. There's a big difference between being a guy with a lot of money, and a rich asshole. The operative part of it is that Romney is a huge asshole. Just really a big, stunning, asshole. It's not a money thing, it's an asshole thing. Romney would be an asshole broke, too. He can just get up to a lot more assholery with his bucks.

Being an asshole is a subjective thing determined by individuals. A lot of people think Obama is an asshole and some think Romney is not. And there are some that think ALL rich people are assholes, i.e. Occupy Movement people.


And there's people like me who think they are both assholes. But, not because they are rich.

In the smarmy, intolerable department, though, Rmoney wins over Obama. Hands down.
 
2012-09-27 11:57:26 AM

qorkfiend: dinomyar: qorkfiend: That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.

How so? He says the rich does not pay enough taxes and uses too many deductions to avoid paying taxes.

And?


He's a Hypocrite.
 
2012-09-27 11:58:24 AM

dinomyar: Being an asshole is a subjective thing determined by individuals. A lot of people think Obama is an asshole and some think Romney is not. And there are some that think ALL rich people are assholes, i.e. Occupy Movement people.


See, but the people that think Obama is an asshole are wrong and the people that think Romney is an asshole are right. Do you want to continue on this pointless line of conjecture or would you like to use your time in a more wisely?
 
2012-09-27 11:58:32 AM

dinomyar: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: It's really quite simple. Americans, in general, don't like rich assholes. Mitt Romney is a rich asshole. He's every boss you've ever hated. Why would you pick him to be President?

Obama is also a rich asshole. So it boils down to, do you want a very succesful rich asshole, or do you want a moderately rich asshole? If I am going to have a rich asshole running things, I would rather have the very successful one.


One got rich by writing books.

The other got rich by destroying companies and exporting jobs.

Hmmm...which one is the better choice?
 
2012-09-27 11:59:42 AM

dinomyar: qorkfiend: dinomyar: qorkfiend: That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.

How so? He says the rich does not pay enough taxes and uses too many deductions to avoid paying taxes.

And?

He's a Hypocrite.


That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.
 
2012-09-27 12:00:27 PM

mark.jms: What is the deal with that anyway? At what point in history did we start trending towards starting religions that even *referenced* outer space, much less made doctrine that there was stuff out there?


Well, they aren't called "the heavens" because of coincidence, God has more or less been viewed as living in the 'sky' for a long time. Depending on ytour religion, pretty much forever. There has always been some religion somewhere with a 'sky' God.

As in "outer space".
 
2012-09-27 12:02:32 PM

qorkfiend: dinomyar: qorkfiend: dinomyar: qorkfiend: That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.

How so? He says the rich does not pay enough taxes and uses too many deductions to avoid paying taxes.

And?

He's a Hypocrite.

That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.


Then why does he keep bringing it up, that the rich dont pay their fair share of taxes?
 
2012-09-27 12:02:42 PM

Mikey1969: mark.jms: What is the deal with that anyway? At what point in history did we start trending towards starting religions that even *referenced* outer space, much less made doctrine that there was stuff out there?

Well, they aren't called "the heavens" because of coincidence, God has more or less been viewed as living in the 'sky' for a long time. Depending on ytour religion, pretty much forever. There has always been some religion somewhere with a 'sky' God.

As in "outer space".


It is funny how the more we know about the universe, the further out into it we have to put God. Pretty soon, He won't have enough room in the cosmos for a cardboard box. Poor God.
 
2012-09-27 12:03:22 PM

dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.


Coal demand is falling because it's being replaced by natural gas. Right-wing radio would have one believe it's because of restrictive Obama EPA regulations.
 
2012-09-27 12:05:30 PM

rufus-t-firefly: The other got rich by destroying companies and exporting jobs.


The other got rich by fixing companies and keeping them in business and therefore keeping some people employed.

Fixed that for you.
 
2012-09-27 12:05:55 PM

dinomyar: qorkfiend: dinomyar: qorkfiend: dinomyar: qorkfiend: That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.

How so? He says the rich does not pay enough taxes and uses too many deductions to avoid paying taxes.

And?

He's a Hypocrite.

That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.

Then why does he keep bringing it up, that the rich dont pay their fair share of taxes?


It couldn't possibly be because he wants to change the tax laws so that the tax laws are less skewed, could it? Nah.
 
2012-09-27 12:06:11 PM

qorkfiend: That's not even close to what the tax debate is about.


The tax debate is about how 47% of people are hopelessly dependent on government handouts, and they'll start to take some responsibility for their lives if they have to pay into the teat that they suckle from. Furthermore a 3% tax increase on income over $250,000 is an unconscionable burden for job creators, who are hamstrung by a byzantine tax code that punishes them for their success, so much so that they feel compelled to take fewer deductions in order to pay more federal taxes than required by law. Only when America stops punishing financial success and starts taxing grandmothers so they have some skin in the game is when we will truly prosper and our jobs tree will bloom into full glory.

That about sum it up?
 
2012-09-27 12:06:36 PM

Cymbal: He will easily win most districts around Cincitucky, but Cleveland, Colombus, and pretty much all NE Ohio are very solidly Obama.


Cincinnati area isn't as reliably red as it used to be. Saw some recent polling that shows all but the rural parts and Southeastern Ohio moving further to the blue column.
 
2012-09-27 12:07:43 PM

dinomyar: So you want the hypocrite who says the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes, while he think he pays too much taxes and has to reduce them by taking exemptions, and at the same time bashing the rich for taking the same exemptions.


Which exemptions did he take?
When did he bash rich for taking legal exemptions?

Now if he's advocating the rich should donate to government, then he would be a hypocrite.
 
2012-09-27 12:11:38 PM

dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.


Heh...I knew I had you favorited as "Poll-tard" for a reason.
Posting poll numbers with no citation or link seems to be your schtick.
 
2012-09-27 12:12:39 PM

impaler: dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.

Coal demand is falling because it's being replaced by natural gas. Right-wing radio would have one believe it's because of restrictive Obama EPA regulations.


Funny how this graph showing coal use rising until Obama came into office.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec7_4.pdf
 
2012-09-27 12:13:34 PM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: It is funny how the more we know about the universe, the further out into it we have to put God. Pretty soon, He won't have enough room in the cosmos for a cardboard box. Poor God.


LOL, I can imagine him moving out, with all his belongings in a trash bag, like when I was in foster homes and such. God just needs some luggage, maybe we could start a collection?
 
2012-09-27 12:13:58 PM
Are the regional governors not able to keep Ohio in line?
 
2012-09-27 12:14:38 PM
Nailed it!
 
2012-09-27 12:14:47 PM

dinomyar: rufus-t-firefly: The other got rich by destroying companies and exporting jobs.

The other got rich by fixing companies and keeping them in business and therefore keeping some people employed.

Fixed that for you.


Thanks! Now I know pretty much everything you say is intellectually dishonest. It took a little while to be sure and that you weren't just someone who disliked Obama.
 
2012-09-27 12:26:22 PM

impaler: Which exemptions did he take?


Link

Exemptions are not something that you are required to take. If you TRUELY feel that the rich are not paying enough taxes you would be a hypocrite to take those exemption when you could afford not to.

impaler: When did he bash rich for taking legal exemptions?


Are you claiming that the rich are taking ILLEGAL exemptions? Why isn't the IRS investigating and prosecuting them?

If he is not concerned about the exemptions, then why keep bringing up the tax rates that Romney paid that includes the exemptions, and instead just focus on the top tax rate?
 
2012-09-27 12:29:35 PM

dinomyar: DeltaPunch: I'd rather have the rich asshole who's publicly stated that we should ask people in his rich asshole income bracket to contribute their fair share in taxes, instead of the rich asshole who's publicly stated that people in his rich asshole income bracket need even more money in the form of unpaid tax cuts.

So you want the hypocrite who says the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes, while he think he pays too much taxes and has to reduce them by taking exemptions, and at the same time bashing the rich for taking the same exemptions.

I rather have the guy who is honest about how he feels about taxes.


FPPFPFFT!

Whatever you say Mr. Kaufman. You got it. We're all totally buying what you're selling.
 
2012-09-27 12:33:13 PM

rufus-t-firefly: One got rich by writing books.


Don't forget he was also a professor. He can read and write. Elitist.
 
2012-09-27 12:36:38 PM

dinomyar: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: achieved success on his own merits

HA HA HA, good one. I hadn't had a good laugh today yet. Thanks.


And herein lies the problem with the right wing in this country (assuming we're not being trolled by dinomyar). How exactly did Obama not succeed on his own merits? I don't recall his father giving him thousands of dollars in stock for his birthday. Don' t recall his grandparents intriducing him to any Wall Street executives. Any corporate CEO's, state governors or Presidential candidates in his immediate family?

I'd love to hear the Faux News/Derposphere alternate-reality version of how Obama became president.
 
2012-09-27 12:41:48 PM

dinomyar: If he is not concerned about the exemptions, then why keep bringing up the tax rates that Romney paid that includes the exemptions, and instead just focus on the top tax rate?


Who says he isn't?
 
2012-09-27 12:42:28 PM

Publikwerks: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 335x260]
The more you fark that chicken, Romney, the more independent voters will slip through your fingers.


i.imgur.com

Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate Obamacare.

/quick and dirty
 
2012-09-27 12:44:32 PM

dinomyar: impaler: dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.

Coal demand is falling because it's being replaced by natural gas. Right-wing radio would have one believe it's because of restrictive Obama EPA regulations.

Funny how this graph showing coal use rising until Obama came into office.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec7_4.pdf


Might have more to do with this:

www.beatingtheindex.com
 
2012-09-27 12:51:23 PM

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: how Obama became president.


Obama became president because the Democratic party was afraid of Hillary. They knew that she would not play the "good ol' boys games" and would actually bring change to the government. They had to find someone who could beat her and there was no one in the wings that could. But, they found this young African american that could talk a good talk and would play ball with the democrats, and they elevated him up to the position, not on his own merits, but because they didnt want Clinton.

In my opinion, Obama was not ready. He did not have enough experience and it showed. He let the democrats walk all over him at least the first year before he finally started taking charge.
 
2012-09-27 12:52:27 PM

dinomyar: Obama became president because the Democratic party was afraid of Hillary. They knew that she would not play the "good ol' boys games" and would actually bring change to the government


[citation needed]
 
2012-09-27 12:53:41 PM

dinomyar: He let the democrats walk all over him at least the first year before he finally started taking charge.


I..what? This doesn't even make any sense.
 
2012-09-27 12:57:40 PM

tony41454: by MIKE FLYNN

Quinnipiac University may have found an absurd number of Democrats for its CBS/NYT's commissioned poll of three swing states, but that can't hide an unmistakeable fact; Obama is losing Independents. Even Quinnipiac's juiced poll shows Obama losing independents to Romney in Ohio and Florida. The poll, unhelpfully, doesn't break down the numbers for Pennsylvania, but virtually every poll conducted this season finds Obama losing Independents. Its a dramatic swing from 2008.

In 2008, Obama won Independents by eight points nationally. On Monday, Politico released a poll showing Romney with a three point lead nationally among Independents. This is an 11 point swing away from Obama since 2008.

This swing is consistent with that found in today's Quinnipiac poll. In 2008, Obama won Florida independents by seven points. Today he trails by three, a 10 point swing. In Ohio, he won Independents by eight, yet trails today by one.

My colleague John Nolte noted this morning that Quinnipiac's poll is implying a massive Democrat turnout, surpassing not only 2008, but anything seen in modern history.
In recent days, pollsters, under fire for heavy Democrat sampling, have responded that they are just reflecting the state of the current electorate. People are just simply identifying as Democrat because they support Obama. If a Democrat wave were really building, though, ought it not be reflected in some way in the Independent vote? Can an Obama wave really be building against a 10 point swing away from him among Independents?

A further problem for Quinnipiac is that there are far fewer Democrat voters in the three states today than there were in 2008. A recent report from the liberal group Third Way found a more than 200k decrease in Democrats and a 20K increase in Republicans in Florida since 2008. How can there be a massive increase in Democrats turning out if there are fewer of them? Democrats outnumbered GOP voters in FL by 800k in 2008. Today? About 400k.

In PA ...


You could have just linked the Breitbart article.
 
2012-09-27 12:58:19 PM

Brandyelf: dinomyar: impaler: dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.

Coal demand is falling because it's being replaced by natural gas. Right-wing radio would have one believe it's because of restrictive Obama EPA regulations.

Funny how this graph showing coal use rising until Obama came into office.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec7_4.pdf

Might have more to do with this:

[www.beatingtheindex.com image 620x466]



Heres one that shows how coal prices have risen sinse Obama took office.
Link

Also here is a new report that shows the trend reversing.

Link
 
2012-09-27 01:01:11 PM

Brandyelf: dinomyar: impaler: dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.

Coal demand is falling because it's being replaced by natural gas. Right-wing radio would have one believe it's because of restrictive Obama EPA regulations.

Funny how this graph showing coal use rising until Obama came into office.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec7_4.pdf

Might have more to do with this:

[www.beatingtheindex.com image 620x466]


Here's a good piece on the decline in coal.

Link

The last several paragraphs (page 3) are particularly interesting:

In January, Great River Energy, a North Dakota cooperative serving 650,000 customers in the upper Midwest, announced it would immediately mothball a new coal-fired power plant it had just completed at a cost of $437 million. Officials cited weakening power demand and competition from cheaper sources of electricity, such as wind and natural gas.

"We could run it - and lose money half the time," Rick Lancaster, vice president for generation at Great River Energy, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

And last year, Texas-based Luminant warned that it would have to shutter two of three generators at its Monticello power plant - one of the state's largest coal-fired plants - and three coal mines. Officials blamed a looming federal emissions law intended to curb sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

"To meet the rule's unrealistic deadline and requirements, Luminant reluctantly must take the difficult steps of idling two generating units and ceasing mining Texas lignite at three mines," the company said in a September 2011 press release.

In March, when those new EPA rules were struck down by a federal appeals court and the "EPA overlords" were defeated, according to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the plant appeared to get a reprieve. But Luminant officials announced that two of the three generators would be shuttered for at least six months anyway. Low electricity prices - driven by market rate-setting natural gas plants - had made them uneconomical outside the peak summer season, they said.

"The reason we're looking to do this is due to persistently low wholesale power prices that have made these two units unprofitable except during the summer months," says Ashley Barrie, a company spokeswoman. "It doesn't make sense for us to operate these units at a loss."

"It had nothing to do with environmental regulations - this is purely an economic decision," Ms. Barrie says.
 
2012-09-27 01:09:03 PM

dinomyar: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: It's really quite simple. Americans, in general, don't like rich assholes. Mitt Romney is a rich asshole. He's every boss you've ever hated. Why would you pick him to be President?

Obama is also a rich asshole. So it boils down to, do you want a very succesful rich asshole, or do you want a moderately rich asshole? If I am going to have a rich asshole running things, I would rather have the very successful one.


So, you want the talentless one who is only rich because of his daddy, not the one who actually is a self-made man? OK then. But Rafalca still isn't going to sleep with you.
 
2012-09-27 01:10:59 PM

dinomyar: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: how Obama became president.

Obama became president because the Democratic party was afraid of Hillary. They knew that she would not play the "good ol' boys games" and would actually bring change to the government. They had to find someone who could beat her and there was no one in the wings that could. But, they found this young African american that could talk a good talk and would play ball with the democrats, and they elevated him up to the position, not on his own merits, but because they didnt want Clinton.

In my opinion, Obama was not ready. He did not have enough experience and it showed. He let the democrats walk all over him at least the first year before he finally started taking charge.


And now that Obama has experience, you want to go with the guy who can't even talk to the English without making them mad?

OK, but it seems to me you don't spend a lot of time actually thinking, or looking at facts.
 
2012-09-27 01:14:08 PM

dinomyar: Funny how this graph showing coal use rising until Obama came into office.


It's like 2009 was a recession? Amirite?

growlersoftware.com
 
2012-09-27 01:18:45 PM

dinomyar: impaler: Which exemptions did he take?

Link


State and local taxes
Home mortgage interest
Gifts to Charity

The horror.
 
2012-09-27 01:19:39 PM

impaler: dinomyar: impaler: Which exemptions did he take?

Link

State and local taxes
Home mortgage interest
Gifts to Charity

The horror.


It's almost as if he's a normal taxpayer! OH NO!
 
2012-09-27 01:20:43 PM

dinomyar: Exemptions are not something that you are required to take. If you TRUELY feel that the rich are not paying enough taxes you would be a hypocrite to take those exemption when you could afford not to.


No you wouldn't. You would just be a moron. One person paying more does nothing to increase revenue.

The change has to be systematic.

There's nothing hypocritical about paying the minimum taxes, and thinking the minimum should be higher.
 
2012-09-27 01:21:27 PM
"If you drive past a lot of their headquarters, the lights are off. They're just there to have a presence," Henderson told TPM. "Our folks on the ground are fired up. They're knocking on doors every day. Our state party has made 28 times more phone calls than we had at this point in 2008."

Because in Presidential campaigns, you always see candidates just throwing Potemkin field offices out there for the hell of it.
 
2012-09-27 01:21:54 PM

dinomyar: Brandyelf: dinomyar: impaler: dinomyar: Funny, the current Time magazine has an article about how Ohio is in play for Romney because of the coal industry. All the polls in the east coal counties that voted for Obama in 2008, are now trending toward Romney.

Coal demand is falling because it's being replaced by natural gas. Right-wing radio would have one believe it's because of restrictive Obama EPA regulations.

Funny how this graph showing coal use rising until Obama came into office.

http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec7_4.pdf

Might have more to do with this:

[www.beatingtheindex.com image 620x466]


Heres one that shows how coal prices have risen sinse Obama took office.
Link

Also here is a new report that shows the trend reversing.

Link


As the natural gas glut fades, utilities will move toward the cheaper alternative, in this case coal.

F*CKING MARKETS, HOW DO THEY WORK
 
2012-09-27 01:26:55 PM

cameroncrazy1984: As the natural gas glut fades, utilities will move toward the cheaper alternative, in this case coal.

F*CKING MARKETS, HOW DO THEY WORK


OBAMA!!!
 
2012-09-27 01:32:04 PM

dinomyar: Obama became president because the Democratic party was afraid of Hillary. They knew that she would not play the "good ol' boys games" and would actually bring change to the government. They had to find someone who could beat her and there was no one in the wings that could. But, they found this young African american that could talk a good talk and would play ball with the democrats, and they elevated him up to the position, not on his own merits, but because they didnt want Clinton.

In my opinion, Obama was not ready. He did not have enough experience and it showed. He let the democrats walk all over him at least the first year before he finally started taking charge.


To a great extent, I agree with you that Obama needed to grow into the Presidency. I don't agree that Obama was the Democratic establishment candidate, though. Maybe I'm naive, but it looked to me like Hillary was the establishment choice and Obama really received his support (an eventual victory) from grassroots Democrats.

I don't think I phrased my question quite right, though. I wasn't looking for a political explanation for how Obama became President. Obama was a successful guy long before he ran for President - born into modest means, scholarships to good schools, President of Harvard Law Review, summa cum laude graduate of Harvard Law, civil rights attorney, constitutional law lecturer, State senator, US Senator - everyone knows his biography. Obama's life story is a genuine success story, not Romney's (know its an overused cliche, but it fits) "born on third base and trying to convince us he hit a triple" narrative.
 
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