WHILE REPUBLICANS POUND on Mitt Romney to release his taxes, his campaign sees a moment to go harshly negative, with John Sununu’s surrogacy emblematic of the birtherism crowd that challenges Pres. Obama’s Americanism. After saying, “And I wish this president would learn how to be an American,” Sununu was forced to apologize; with the full remarks including two references to Indonesia. Then Mr. Sununu launched in to the Romney campaign’s latest attempt to change the subject from the stonewalling the candidate’s doing on his taxes.
?And, frankly, I made a mistake. I shouldn?t have used those words. And I apologize for using those words. … ?But I don?t apologize for the idea that this president has demonstrated that he does not understand how jobs are created in America. He thinks that jobs are created by giving grants to your cronies, to your bundlers and your contributors, like he did with Solyndra.? – New York Daily News
Trying desperately to change the subject, Team Romney chose to distort the point of a speech Pres. Obama made on how the American dream is made possible. As if roads and bridges and the infrastructure that makes our capitalistic society run aren’t part of every single businesses success. The tortured efforts to truncate and twist every single word Pres. Obama says to make him seem anti-business is even more laughable when you consider how hard he’s worked to embolden big business. Private insurers and Big Pharma received a massive infusion of new customers through Obamacare. Obama’s Pacific free trade negotiations have revealed a slew of broken campaign promises, while the entire deal is being crafted in secret.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been so incensed by the lack of access as to introduce legislation requiring further disclosure. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has gone so far as to leak a separate document from the talks on his website. Other Senators are considering writing a letter to Ron Kirk, the top trade negotiator under Obama, demanding more disclosure.
The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. [...]
Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal . That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.
… “We will not negotiate bilateral trade agreements that stop the government from protecting the environment, food safety, or the health of its citizens; give greater rights to foreign investors than to U.S. investors; require the privatization of our vital public services; or prevent developing country governments from adopting humanitarian licensing policies to improve access to life-saving medications,” reads the campaign document.
Yet nearly all of those vows are violated by the leaked Trans-Pacific document. The one that is not contravened in the present document — regarding access to life-saving medication — is in conflict with a previously leaked document on intellectual property (IP) standards.
“Bush was better than Obama on this,” said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of Doctors Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, referring to the medication rules.
From Matthew Yglesias last week:
…all indications are that Barack Obama also doesn’t think Bain was doing anything wrong. As president he’s made no moves to make it illegal for companies to shift production work abroad and has publicly associated himself with a wide range of American firms?from GE to Apple and beyond?who’ve done just that to varying extents. And we all remember what happened to Obama’s promise to renegotiate NAFTA after taking office, right?
From David Brooks this week:
What matters is the ideology behind the ad: the assumption that Bain Capital, the private-equity firm founded by Romney, should not have invested in companies that hired workers abroad; the assumption that hiring Mexican or Indian workers is unpatriotic; the assumption that no worthy person would do what most global business leaders have been doing for the past half-century.
This ad ? and the rhetoric the campaign is using around it ? challenges the entire logic of capitalism as it has existed over several decades. It?s part of a comprehensive attack on the economic system Romney personifies.
This shift of focus has been audacious. Over the years of his presidency, Obama has not been a critic of globalization. There?s no real evidence that, when he?s off the campaign trail, he has any problem with outsourcing and offshoring. He has lavishly praised people like Steve Jobs who were prominent practitioners. He has hired people like Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, whose company embodies the upsides of globalization. His economic advisers have generally touted the benefits of globalization even as they worked to help those who are hurt by its downsides.
This is what I wrote about in January, revealing the truth about the big two parties and their dueling corporatism. It was seen in the explosion from Cory Booker, Steve Rattner, Harold Ford, Lanny Davis, and former Pres. Bill Clinton, all of whom came to the aid of Romney on Bain.
If it weren’t for the little Super PAC who could, Priorities USA, run by Bill Burton and Paul Begala, someone I can’t praise enough, the Bain Capital, Romney elitist argument might have disappeared. But they wouldn’t let go of it.
Romney’s tax issue isn’t going away any more than Bain Capital is. His secrecy is what’s going to kill him, not what’s in the returns. Like a lie, it isn’t that act it’s the cover up, is where Romney is right now. In fact, Democrats are likely hoping Romney continues to stonewall. Because he can survive a bad tax return. What he can’t survive is if the secrecy and lack of transparency with the American people chip away at him and become a character issue. Something that would reveal to the American public that he wouldn’t be forthcoming as president, which goes to the very heart of trust, because if people decide they can’t trust Mitt Romney they won’t take a chance with him in tough economic times.
But instead of coming clean, Mitt Romney decides to twist something Pres. Obama said, taking a cheap shot that’s not only tiresome but adds to the obfuscation and confusion and lack of clarity, which makes more and more Americans turn off. It’s another attempt to keep truth from the American electorate in order to change the subject and continue to hide from the voter.
The Romney press release read: ?OBAMA, TO BUSINESS OWNERS: ?YOU DIDN?T BUILD THAT.?? But, of course, that’s not what he said. It’s another attempt to change the subject away from taxes, from Bain, from anything that would demand Mitt Romney live up to the standards of his own father, something he evidently can’t do.
Once again we see the egotism that drives Mitt Romney and today’s Republican Party; it’s part of Libertarianism, too. The notion that individualism is all that’s required. That a infrastructure, a social safety net and communities connected and funded by the taxpayer aren’t required in America. This ideological corruption has led to a lack of humanity in our current political system that leaves the poor, the disadvantaged, even children, out of the loop of the American dream, with the austerity fetish currently in vogue threatening the very network that makes our country work.
Mike Barnicle said on “Morning Joe” that he’s sick of the campaign, while the panel whined on and one about what’s going on. That’s because our political shows, hosts and talking heads are so small they can’t make the case beyond the teeter totter of the big two parties, constantly trying for “balance” instead of truth.
WHAT OBAMA ACTUALLY SAID IN CONTEXT…
“… We?ve already made a trillion dollars? worth of cuts. We can make some more cuts in programs that don?t work, and make government work more efficiently?We can make another trillion or trillion-two, and what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more ?
There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn?t -look, if you?ve been successful, you didn?t get there on your own. You didn?t get there on your own. I?m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something ? there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you?ve got a business. you didn?t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn?t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don?t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.
So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That?s how we funded the GI Bill. That?s how we created the middle class. That?s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That?s how we invented the Internet. That?s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that?s the reason I?m running for president ? because I still believe in that idea. You?re not on your own, we?re in this together.?