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Romney Thinks We Should Change The U.S. Constitution — To Require Three Years of Business Experience In Order To Be President!

By Tony Petromonaco – I know Mitt Romney’s remark  that he felt the U.S. Constitution should be changed to require three years of business experience to be President was more than likely a volley of President Obama and his campaign’s “serve” attack ad on Romney’s Bain Capital track record  — but it calls the question about what being a worth candidate should entail.

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As long as we are taking a look at the Constitutional requirements to be President, we have a few ideas.  How about a requirement to serve in the military for at least three years in order to run for President, an office which includes the title of Command-in-Chief of the entire military establishment as one of its ancillary responsibilities.  I mean, as long as you are going to be in a position to send  American men and women off to die, don’t you think it would behoove the person in that position to have at least served at some level for some rudimentary period of time before we put them in charge of the whole thing.

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Another good thing, since the President is ultimately responsible for the well-being of all the people of American – not just the rich — then perhaps we should require that a candidate for President should be required to have served at least three years as a community organizer in order to be qualified for President.  I mean if you’re going to be responsible for their well-being, it seems like it might be handy to have some experience out their in the communities in the real world — finding out what the needs of the people are — and helping them figure out tactics and strategies that might help them better their situations.  Some minimal working knowledge and first hand experience of what the job of serving American citizens requires — could potentially come in handy..

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One final note here, too, Mitt.  Acting like a carnival barker — a tea party jokester clown — and then letting yourself be upstaged on your own campaign stage by a “bloviating ignoramus” is not likely to be perceived as Presidential by the American people  — and not likely to propel you to the Presidency.  Not at all.

Republican Stalwart Alan Simpson Disses Republican “Rock Heads in Congress For “No New Taxes” Stand!

By Frank Byronn Glenn — Former Wyoming Senator, Republican Sen. Alan Simpson went on record criticizing fellow Republicans for their unyielding opposition to new tax revenues, which he said is obstructing efforts to reach a debt reduction agreement.

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“I guess I’m known as a RINO now, which means a Republican in name only, because, I guess, of social views, perhaps, or common sense would be another one, which seems to escape members of our party,” said Simpson, a co-chair of President Obama’s fiscal commission, speaking on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

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“For heaven’s sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you,” he added. “He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.”

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“You can’t cut spending your way out of this hole. You can’t grow your way out of this hole. And you can’t tax your way out of this hole. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, we tell these people. This is madness,” Simpson said. “If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the East or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”

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The Simpson-Bowles commission’s work comprised of policies worth trillions in long-run deficit reductions by way of deep domestic spending reductions, cuts to safety-net programs like Medicare and Social Security, and new tax revenues.

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Simpson characterized Obama as well-intentioned but caught in a no win situation.

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“If he had embraced our plan, he would have been ripped to shreds,” the former senator said. “[H]e would have been ripped by the Democrats, say, why, you rotten — you’re digging into these precious, precious Medicare. And the Republicans would have rejected — if he’d have embraced it, the Republicans en masse in the House would have rejected it. So either way, he’s going to get hammered. So he is playing the waiting game.”

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Well, all I have to say is, it doesn’t happen very often — but today I find my self in substantial agreement with a Republican — though admittedly an old style Republican — from back in the day!  Shout out to Alan Simpson!

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If Scott Walker Survives His Recall in Wisconsin — It Proves That With $25 Million Dollars — You Could Elect “Atilla the Hun” Governor of Wisconsin!

By Stephanie Devereaux – I keep saying that Republicans hate democracy, but I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that if we  analyzed the situation carefully we would find that in fact it is nothing that comprehensible — or respectable.

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They represent that generation of morally bankrupt and intellectually vacuous opportunists that come along every generation or so and bring fascism and totalitarianism with them like monarchy and dictatorships are brand new ideas they have discovered and fallen in love with –  because by serving their “economic royalist” masters they can somehow propel themselves out of their existential ennui and somehow become relevant and larger than life (in their own minds) in an otherwise confusing and daunting world.  You have to feel sorry for them — on the one hand — and sorry for Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Florida — and the Unites States, America, and good Americans everywhere across this good land  — on the other.

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It is sobering — and not without angst — to consider that this morally bankrupt bastard in Wisconsin — who has done so much harm to that state — and to America –  is even still considered to have a chance to survive this recall — just because a few despicable billionaires have ponied up millions –  to keep their own personal Genghis Khan and democracy-executioner alive and well in the governors mansion in Wisconsin.

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It is my fervent hope that — in the fullness of time — all of their souls will burn in hell for what they have done to the rest of us!

George Will — Artfully and Astutely Calls Donald Trump a “Bloviating Ignoramus”!

By Johnny Tremaine — I couldn’t believe that on the night that he clinched the GOP nomination for President Mitt Romney chose to appear on stage with Donald Trump at a fund-raiser Trump was headlining.  After the laughter faded I was still left with the puzzling question of “why did Mitt Romney choose to denigrate himself and his campaign by appearing with this orangutan with the bad orange toupee.

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I initially thought Trump must have come bearing some enormous financial contribution — such that even though Romney found it unappetizing to appear with him — well, you know, money talks — but then I read that Trump has only contributed the $2500 dollars legally allowed by an individual, non super-pac contributor.  But it was odd just watching the Republican Presidential candidate on state with America’s number one laughing stock and public buffoon.

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But I still could not have said it any better than George Will.  On a talk show this week, Will puzzled over it the same way I am.  He said he could not for the life of him see anything positive for Romney that could come from the embarrassing appearance with the Clown in Chief and had no idea what the Romney campaign might be thinking.  He further elaborated, by calling Trump a  “bloviating ignoramus” — and said that Trump just proved that if a person had a high enough net worth to go along with a very limited intellect he could inject  himself  into the middle of a Presidential campaign — but added that it still looked like a pretty absurd and pointless exercise to him — and potentially a very bad political decision for the Romney campaign.

Obama Team Doesn’t Think Wisconsin Is A Significant Factor in November Relection Campaign?

By Peter Le Force  – Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter in an interview with Chuck Todd said that President Obama has no plans to go to Wisconsin, although he will be appearing in states and cities all around Wisconsin in the next few days.  When queried directly by Todd as to whether or not the Wisconsin recall election between Tom Barrett and Scott Walker might be a harbinger for the November elections, Cutter quite disingenuously stated that the election in Wisconsin was “just a recall election of one man – a governor — in a race with another man challenging him in the recall election.  My view is that she is either lying or too dumb to allowed to be an Obama spokesperson

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The most plausible reason proffered as explanation for Obama’s in-explicit absence from the central theater of the battle for the soul of democracy could only be explained in the context of a calculus that says if he goes to Wisconsin in support of the 99% before the election and then Walker wins the recall election — he will look bad.  I say, who cares?

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We at spotlightondemocracy.com praised the President for showing courage and providing leadership to America on the issue of equality of marriage rights by coming out in support of same-sex marriage.  But to our way of thinking, a more dramatically needed and anticipated act of courage would be for the President to show up in Wisconsin in support of the middle class, labor unions, the working poor, the poor, disabled, the elderly and otherwise vulnerable for any reason that have been disenfranchised by the Citizens United ruling of the Supreme Court — which the President has been outspoken in criticism regarding.

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The President is either politically naive or way too politically calculating  if he is staying away from Wisconsin for political reasons at a time when our democracy actually hangs in the balance — and the ramifications of what happens in the recall election in Wisconsin will reverberate throughout the American political process for years — maybe generations — if things go badly there.  The risk is high — the opportunity for the President to establish unquestionable street cred and progressive political bona-fidas should not be ignored — or shied away from.  There are just some things that are too important to be assessed from the perspective of a pure political calculation — and I hope the President has the intellectual acumen and the moral integrity to realize that this is one of those times.

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If he goes to Wisconsin in support of the ordinary Americans trying to salvage a life worth living — and Tom Barrett wins — it will add tremendous energy and momentum to his and Democratic politicians’  election prospects in November.  If he goes to Wisconsin and rallies support for Tom Barrett, and Scott Walker wins — it will add energy and urgency to his re-election campaign — because he can point to Wisconsin as the rallying cry for democrats and independents to rise to the challenge and join him in preserving the American Dream for future generations.  It’s a no lose proposition for President Obama.  If he does  not act on this then those surrounding him and those running his campaign are political operatives first — and Americans who love and will fight to defend democracy and the American way of life second — and last.  Would be a pity.

Romney Genuflects Before Trump — Then Declares His Only Concern Is The 51.1% He Needs To Become President!

By Peter Le Force – In the latest puzzling public display of his lack of leadership, conscience, morality,  integrity, and guts,  Mitt Romney appeared on stage in Las Vegas with “super birther” Donald Trump to celebrate clinching the GOP nomination in Texas.  With a Beauty Queen wave to Texas Romney moved on to the next phase — raising money and winning right wing friends and influencing crazy people as a double-down strategy for winning the election.

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Romney has been criticized for tacking blindly and unconscionably to the right to secure enough extreme right wing votes to win the GOP primary, and he was panned and mocked when one of his key advisors informed the public on national television that primaries are one thing and the general election is something else — so now watch for Mitt Romney to do the “Etch-a-Sketch, he said, and retool his message for the general election.

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But now that the GOP nomination is his — and the Etch-a-Sketch moment is upon us — Mitt doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo.  When he should be pointing his campaign at the general election and a broader electoral base — Mitt still seems to be in the be all things to all people mode — and the “don’t give up a single extreme right wing voter interest group and crazy train” yet mode –  as his initial pivot toward the general election.

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And when asked about the decision to appear on stage on the night of his culminating triumph in securing the GOP nomination, Romney said “I don’t agree with all of my supporters points of view”, and I doubt if all of my supporters agree with my views on things  — but I have got to get 51.1% in order to be successful.  He left no room for the imagination — that is what he is all about.

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Oh — it’s good to know that, Mitt.  We thought that the idea of a Presidential campaign was to present your ideas and policies to the American people with the intent of showing them that you have the leadership qualities and everything else it takes — such that U.S. voters can feel comfortable choosing you as the steward and leader of their country.  Instead, on your victory night, you appear on stage with a kooky, hypo critic, “bloviating ignoramus”, as Mr. Will affectionately referred to Donald Trump this week.  And based on that, I guess we can presume that this is what it looks like when a guy who is willing to compromise any and all of his values and do absolutely whatever it takes to try and be President.  Thanks, Mitt.  We hardly knew you.  But the more we know, the less impressed we are.

If Money is Free Speech — Then If You Steal $5 Million Dollars From the Koch Brothers You Could Only Be Charged with Plagiarism — Not Theft!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – Since “corporations are people” according to the Republicans, I have often wondered if I could get Exxon to play short-stop on my son’s Little League Baseball team.  Or could I and my car mechanic give BP their preventive healthcare mandated colonoscopy.  Wouldn’t that be fun.   And Jon Stewart said, grandeloquently, that park benches are mansions and dog shit is money.

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But I heard a great one today.  If money is free speech, then if I steal $5 million dollars from the Koch Bros. — I could only be charged with “plagiarism”, not grand theft — because money is not property, or a commodity — it is free speech. And the theft of someone else writing or speech is plagiarism – not theft!  Fantastic.  Where are the Koch Brothers” banks?

Officials Guilty of Purging Voter Rolls in Florida Should Be Arrested and Charged With Voter Fraud and Crimes Against Democracy!

By Frank Byronn Glenn – The ghosts of an ethically challenged Jeb Bush and the obviously lunatic Katherine Harris have surfaced again in Florida,  as information emerged this week that tens of thousands of legally eligible voters have again been purged from the Florida voter rolls — just like it happened in the 2000 Presidential election which resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court judicial coup — which appointed George W. Bush, illegally, to the office of the President of the United States.

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The election in 2000 was stolen, first, by tens of thousands of legal voters being illegal banned from voting –  deliberately,  fraudulently and knowing) by Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris. Second — when those illegal acts still weren’t enough to assure George Bush a victory — thousands of the Gore votes were just not counted — giving George W. Bush a temporary lead in the vote count.  Third, when the Supreme Court of Florida ruled that the votes must be recounted and all of the votes accounted for — the U.S. Supreme Court in-judicially and unprecedentedly intervened and ordered the state of Florida not to recount the votes  — saying that do so would unjustly and irreparably harm the rights of George W. Bush (the divine right of the kingly Bushes to have their son be President, I guess).

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The bottom line — and it is a sad one, indeed — is that the Republicans have no ideas worth talking about that would appeal to ordinary Americans and no governing policies or programs they can espouse that would gather them many votes outside the 1% — if people voted in their own self-interest — and since lies and “cow pies of distortions” and hundreds of millions of dollars in Citizens United propaganda advertising still can’t get you elected — the only strategy Republicans have left is to deny the right to vote to tens of thousands of legitimate voters — who may be historically predisposed to vote for Republican opponents.

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There’s nothing sadder than the thought of hapless Republicans so morally bankrupt that despite having mountains of money, power, and news propaganda on their sides — they still have to commit multiple acts of  of voter roll purging fraud and demonstrable crimes against democracy in order to even  have a chance to win.  Sad, sad, indeed.  Poor Republicans!

Bank of America Takes Billions in Bailout Money and Borrows Tens of Billions More From the Federal Reserve — And As Thanks — Out Sources Tens of Thousands of American Jobs To the Philipines!

By Bifford Caulfield –  In 2008 Hank Paulson  pleaded on bended knee before Congress and the President that the big banks (BOA included)  needed a bailout in order to keep the global financial system from collapsing and thus destroying all of civilization (their words, not mine).  What was really afoot, we all learned, was that the banks wanted tax payer help in order to  “socialize” their losses once the highly profitable speculative fervor of the 2000′s turned against them.  And to add insult to injury — after making massive amounts of money by borrowing from the Federal Reserve at one-fourth of one percent interest and then buying U.S. Treasuries at anywhere from 1.5% to 3.5% — making guaranteed, risk-free money as a gift from the United States tax-payers  — their thanks is to continue and in fact accelerate the process of out-sourcing middle-class jobs to the — further destroying the American middle class.

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Bank of America announced this week that they were out-sourcing thousands of American middle-class jobs to the Philippines because they can get it done for less money than they can if they do it in the United States.  Bank of America was all patriotic and cared so much about America and the world economy when they were endanger of losing their financial rectums in the economic collapse.  But now that the crisis has been averted (at least temporarily) and the bank is making train-loads of money again — business as usual rules apply again.  When it came down to the decision whether or not to be loyal to and patriotic toward America when it came to the well-being of its working citizens  — or to go the route of making a few more dollars per day per employee by out-sourcing call center work to the Philippines  — they couldn’t let their razor sharp business judgement be influenced by patriotism, reciprocity, or morally — and did the free market capitalistic thing — shafted American workers and sent the jobs to slave laborers in the Pacific.

Joe Biden’s Display of Raw Emotion and Empathy in Meeting With Service Member Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones In the Irag and Afghanistan Wars — Made Me Proud to be an American!

By Robert Sexton — President Obama made me proud to be an American when he came out in favor of same sex marriage -- striking a blow for civil rights and human dignity.  It took courage to do it — and a certain disregard for political expediency in deference to what is right and just — a rare act in the politics of America these days.

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Then, on this memorial day week, Joe Biden made me proud to be an American all over again.  In a raw, angst-filled, emotion-laden talk with families of fallen service members,  he shared to story of his own tragic loss in the accident that claimed his wife and his daughter — and seriously injured his two sons  — which occurred in the brief window of time between when he was elected to Congress for the first time and when he was to take office.   The tragedy so impacted Vice-President Biden that he actually considered just not taking office when the time came to be sworn in.   Ultimately he did — a fortunate thing for all Americans.

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It is so rare that we see politicians willing to risk sharing their true feelings — much less to the degree and with the great depth that Biden did — that it is almost stunning.  But it is a powerful message and a great inspiration for us as ordinary Americans to see our leaders — men and women of great power and position — reveling and rejoicing in their emotions, feelings, and their humanity.  It is not only something we can all be proud of — but something we can all learn from and work to emulate in our lives and our relationships with family, friends, and associates.  This is a great example of how to be a true American and an exemplary leader.  Thank you, Joe Biden, for being you.