Southern whites troubled by Romney's wealth, religion

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Bunker555 wrote:

Margot, thanks for another gem of an article.

Sep 11, 2012 2:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fairtype451 wrote:

The use of the term “Obamacare” is probably inappropriate in this context. The national health care law is “The Affordable Care Act”. It is modeled after the Massachusetts plan that was crafted by then state governor Romney after consultation with businesspeople, medical professionals and consumers. It is a plan that was embraced by the GOP as a counter to “Hillarycare” many years before. No matter where one stands with regard to the current law, it seems clear that the ‘Individual Mandate’ portion is an especially misunderstood component. Using the derisive GOP term only adds to the popular, but incorrect perception.

Sep 11, 2012 2:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fairtype451 wrote:

The use of the term “Obamacare” is probably inappropriate in this context. The national health care law is “The Affordable Care Act”. It is modeled after the Massachusetts plan that was crafted by then state governor Romney after consultation with businesspeople, medical professionals and consumers. It is a plan that was embraced by the GOP as a counter to “Hillarycare” many years before. No matter where one stands with regard to the current law, it seems clear that the ‘Individual Mandate’ portion is an especially misunderstood component. Using the derisive GOP term only adds to the popular, but incorrect perception.

Sep 11, 2012 2:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DougAnderson wrote:

Oh God, so much stupid.

Sep 11, 2012 2:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

One has to ask how these ideas persist. Poverty? Religion? Culture? Insular living? My hope is that Education will prevail.. And for those living in poverty, Obama is the only choice. He has done more for Education and making it more accessible.

Sep 11, 2012 3:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CountryPride wrote:

Southerners are much more concerned about Obama’s destruction of America that Romney being a successful businessman and being Mormon. Rather a Mormon that a Moron in office.

Sep 11, 2012 4:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

A very insightful article which clearly shows how much propaganda is prevalent in our country. Though it is illegal to knowingly distribute false information over our public airwaves, somehow, during campaigns this requirement for truth is dropped. It is cynical and destructive to teach people falsehoods to be elected and destroys our democracy. After this election cycle, I would hope the FCC and FTC would do their jobs and stop the distribution of lies and half truths. Broadcasters, such as the evil weasel Murdoch, distribute hate-based talk year around as evidenced in the responses of these whites in southern Virginia. Murdoch should be deported along with his gross mouth pieces like filth monger Rush Limbaugh.

Sep 11, 2012 4:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

A very insightful article which clearly shows how much propaganda is prevalent in our country. Though it is illegal to knowingly distribute false information over our public airwaves, somehow, during campaigns this requirement for truth is dropped. It is cynical and destructive to teach people falsehoods to be elected and destroys our democracy. After this election cycle, I would hope the FCC and FTC would do their jobs and stop the distribution of lies and half truths. Broadcasters, such as the evil weasel Murdoch, distribute hate-based talk year around as evidenced in the responses of these whites in southern Virginia. Murdoch should be deported along with his gross mouth pieces like filth monger Rush Limbaugh.

Sep 11, 2012 4:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mainspring44 wrote:

“Obamacare” has become a term of neutral meaning, if not of pride among some Democrats.

The change can be understood by recognizing that derisive Republicans left out the letter “s.” They should call it “Obama scare.”

Whereas Democrats now know it is best described by “Obama cares.”

Sep 11, 2012 4:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
plooka32 wrote:

Cripes, the ignorance is frightening. I don’t know how these ideas persist, but one thing I’ve noticed in trying to talk with hundreds of them over the last four years is what seems to be an inability to reason things out. No critical thinking skills at all. The things that 95% of us see are obviously ridiculous, they see as perfectly plausible. The birther stuff. The “Obama is a muslim” crap. Socialist. Commie. Then confronted with a Mormon candidate with all the rumors of it being a cult, his religious agenda overriding his governing abilities, yada yada, and they dismiss all that with barely a shrug. It makes me think a lot of it is just race related, what else could it be?

Sep 11, 2012 5:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarieR wrote:

As always it’s predominately race and/or religion with white southerners. I don’t get it. With the internet and 24 hour news, you would think they would be better informed. And when people believe that race isn’t an issue anymore with regard to elections just because this country elected a man who is bi-racial, I say it’s alive and well, and most decidedly in the Deep South. I saw it first hand living in Florida for 3 years. People thought nothing of using a certain racial epithet with me since I was a white person, just like them. It’s especially hard when it comes from a person whom I had been working closely with and had liked…up until then. I had to transfer to another department. Some of them get it I’m sure, but I don’t know if it’s enough to make a difference for Obama. Racism is still so deeply ingrained that I imagine it will take yet another generation dying off, those now 30 or over, before things really change. I won’t be here in another 60-100 years, but I have hope it will happen. I just wish I could live to see it. A very sad commentary on our country, 147 years after the end of the Civil War.

Sep 11, 2012 5:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Parker1227 wrote:

Mitt Romney is an honorable, generous, successful, American citizen.

The leftist journalist smear machine can never take that away from him.

Sep 11, 2012 5:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChrisHerz wrote:

Franklin Roosevelt was “filthy rich” too. And also did what his times permitted for Blacks. Southerners forgave both because he fought hard for the poor and working people.
Barack Obama exploits this tradition, even though he is not politically fit to shine Roosevelt’s shoes.

Sep 11, 2012 5:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kevin_W wrote:

Wow, this brings back memories of when I used to live surrounded by these ignorant people. Moving up and out of small-town Virginia was probably the best thing to ever happen to me.

Sep 11, 2012 6:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
taytayo wrote:

Stop saying Obama is a Muslim. I also know for certain that he could never ever be a practicing Christian. Explore other options, and leave these two faiths alone…please!

Sep 11, 2012 6:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

Barry Hussein Obama, from grade 5 onwards went to an exceptionally prestigious private school that few people in America could afford. Today tuition runs a bit under $20 000 per year. This is a far left school that does little more but produce candidates for Ivy League Universities. Anyone going to that school does not relate to normal people.

Prior to that, as an impressionable child, Obama was raised as a Muslim in Indonesia. He may not have been an actual Muslim but he was raised in a Muslim household and went to a Muslim school while living in the Muslim country of Indonesia. His childhood during critical development years was of non-american influence. Plain and simple.

He was living in Indonesia as a child because his black father abandoned his mother when barry was an infant. She remarried an Indonesian who eventually divorced her as well. Upon finishing her degree Barry was then dumped by his mother as well. She skipped country back to Jakarta with Obama’s half-sister leaving barry to be raised by his white grandparents. This is how he came to be living in Hawaii smoking pot, snorting cocaine, and hanging on the beaches. Hardly the life of the average american teen.

Today barry is a fellow that while born in america surely does not know what being an american is. He has father issues, mother issues, race issues, patriot issues, and status issues. We have a fellow who’s entire life is without solid foundation yet he feels right to dictate our lives to us. Arnold Schwarzenegger is more American.

Sep 11, 2012 7:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

Ryan told George Stef that its up to congress not the people.wtf. I give up ,all these guys are nuts and dangerous.

Sep 11, 2012 7:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Zaney wrote:

What are they worried about, the current President is in that 1% and his religion is another big question.

Sep 11, 2012 8:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
johnathan58 wrote:

So Obama has the vote of ignorant bigots. Adren’t you proud, Obamazombies?

Sep 11, 2012 8:26am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lodestone wrote:

“Paradoxically, the same group agreed by more than 4 to 1 with the statement: “The wealthiest Americans should pay higher taxes,” which is Obama’s campaign theme.”

False. You need to clarify.

If we go by a flat rate of 25%, what is the tax on someone earning $200 and $2,000? $50 and $500 respectively. Did the person with more pay more taxes? Yes.

The question should be thus: “Should higher incomes pay higher tax rates than others?”

Sep 11, 2012 8:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MJGSimple wrote:

johnathan58 – If they were voting Republican I’m sure they wouldn’t be ignorant bigots, would they? It’s really a shame that you’re so devoted to party lines.

Iodestone – I’m sure the survey words the question in many ways to address any possible confusion with wording. The article doesn’t go into those details and simply states the conclusion from a combination of relevant questions. I’m not absolutely certain, but any survey worth reporting takes these issues into consideration.

Sep 11, 2012 9:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:

It’s not Southern Whites or any other group but News organizations like Reuters that are troubled by Romney. They have started their own campaign against Romney. it could have been a turtle and Reuters would have disparaged it, as long as it was running against Obama. Shame on you Reuters for exhibiting such a blatant bias.

Sep 11, 2012 9:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

@johnathan58: You are whining because the Democratic Party is making inroads into the GOP base?

Sep 11, 2012 9:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

Cheryl Harris is the eptiome of the type of ignorance that will be the downfall of America: convinced Obama is Muslim even though he’s not, thinks Romney will only lower taxes for the rich when he’s proposed to lower taxes 20% for everyone, and it appears she believes Obama will do something to bolster for the middle class even though he hasn’t done so in the past 4 years.

If America re-elects Obama then it has only itself to blame while enduring 4 more years of non-existent planning and leaderless gridlock.

Sep 11, 2012 10:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

Every time I read quotes from these Bible Belt idiots I think more and more that we should have just let the South secede.

Sep 11, 2012 10:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
WintersWar wrote:

bogus article. southern white republicans torn between a romney or obama when it comes down to the wire? stop it.

Sep 11, 2012 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
GSH10 wrote:

How about “Obama’s Broken Promises & Failed Economic Policies Trouble Previous Supporters.” Reuters should openly announce support of president Obama for reelection.

I’m voting for Gary Johnson and Ron Paul.

Sep 11, 2012 10:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

@jaham: I beg to differ; it’s this type of ignorance that’s made America great, if one measures greatness by national wealth. It’s ignorance that allows politicians to convince people to vote against their individual economic interests. As Coolidge said, the chief business of the American people is business”; so business interests (primarily those of the wealthiest) and the politicians who foster them have shaped the country from the very beginning. Most all our politicians are the same in this regard; Romney’s just such a poster boy for the problem that it’s hard to conceal it.

Sep 11, 2012 10:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SarahR417 wrote:

Romney is a wealthy man and he has shared his wealth generously. You think Obama is not wealthy? How about Pelosi, Reid two very wealthy people. Ask all of them where they store their wealth and I bet the answer will be right next door to Romney, offshore. A religious belief is better then No belief. Do you like the soul less, bitter, American-hating religion of Obama’s?

Sep 11, 2012 11:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jalee wrote:

How anyone in this day and age can be so bigoted and uninformed really baffles me. I have within Mormon communities for many years. I have found them to concerned about their families and friends. They consistently are the first to offer aid in times of troubles regardless of the religion of the injured party. It is up to all of us to be informed. How anyone can vote for someone who repeatedly has violated the Constitution and ursurped authority is mind boggling!

Sep 11, 2012 11:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jalee wrote:

How anyone in this day and age can be so bigoted and uninformed really baffles me. I have within Mormon communities for many years. I have found them to concerned about their families and friends. They consistently are the first to offer aid in times of troubles regardless of the religion of the injured party. It is up to all of us to be informed. How anyone can vote for someone who repeatedly has violated the Constitution and ursurped authority is mind boggling!

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mcoleman wrote:

I figured Romney’s religion would be a problem for evangelicals. I would guess it still won’t drive them to Obama, but it may just make them stay away from the polls all together on election day.

As for Romney’s wealth, I think despite what people may say when asked, it’s a bit of a stretch, as George W. Bush was filthy rich, but it didn’t stop evangelicals from coming out in droves to support him. Perhaps his bad grammar helped mask the size of his bank accounts.

Filthy rich southerner = self starter making the most of the free market. Filthy rich northerner = elitist. It’s a quandary.

Sep 11, 2012 11:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

like the current president is poor.like the current presidents religion doesnt scare us. time for someone who can get more done.

Sep 11, 2012 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IamBAD1 wrote:

Hey GSH10:
You can thank the Republican tea party members. Their plan of “obstruct and exploit” is working very well to cost the US tax payer…..to prevent middle class job growth….for the failed economy…. The link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/opinion/krugman-obstruct-and-exploit.html?_r=1&ref=paulkrugman

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diluded0000 wrote:

These ignorant remarks (class warfare, punishing the rich, etc) are associated more with lower income people than specifically with Southerners. The article focused on Southerners, then a bunch of genius commenters decide all Southerners are stupid and lack critical thinking skills. Taking that attitude really says more about you than those you are so quick to generalize.

I’ve lived on both sides of the Mason-Dixon, and really think that yankees are bigger racist, they are just sneaky about it.

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usmcvet29 wrote:

Actually its not president obama who’s been the problem. Its the republicans in congress who have blocked every proposal just because they are in the republican party instead of democrats and republicans working together on behalf of the people to better this country. the republicans have prevented any progress in this country for the past four years not the president and now you want to put a guy (romney), who yes has been a successful consultant for a job he did not earn but was handed to him because he’s been given a silver spoon his whole life. Fact is he is a failed politician. He was a draft dodger that campaigned for the draft during the vietnam war. How can I support a coward like that. I’d rather have Obama who’s at least came through some of his promises despite the huge opposition of the republicans in congress…..Troops out of Iraq, Universal Healthcare, eventually troops out of afghanistan…less spending will be on war and back to technology and education.

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yrbmegr wrote:

At least one low-income voter is no longer buying the Republican matra of “vote for us and you too can be rich”. They don’t want “us” to be rich. They want to be richer themselves, and they will not admit that it is now a zero-sum game. The non-rich are starting to suspect that is is, however.

Sep 11, 2012 11:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Susan.A. wrote:

How sad, to use the public media to distribute such ‘notices’. Does it matter that Mitt Romney made his money – honestly. Does it matter that he gives more than 10 per cent to his church and other charities? Does it matter that Mitt Romney downplays how much he gives to benefit those less fortunate. We also live paycheck to paycheck…we still feel grateful for what we do have. If Obama doesn’t have much to show for four years as president of this great country..so bet it. Romney at least will give our country hope that hasn’t been seen for the last four years. How much has Obama given out of his own pocket to help charities….. Just wondering

Sep 11, 2012 11:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
eleno wrote:

I see the Obama Reuters PAC hard at work again working hard to get Obama elected regardless of competence.

Their motto is “It is his color that matters, not his ability”.

Sep 11, 2012 11:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

eleno – Reuters is an international news agency with its headquarters in London. What evidence do you have that they would care if Obama is reelected?

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Bagehot wrote:

“I’d prefer not to have a Mormon.” Astounding.

Sep 11, 2012 12:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Valerie23 wrote:

Clearly competence isn’t a factor if the best the GOP could come up with was Romney. While were broaching the subject of race, if the president was white his approval rating would be sky high and anyone running against him (particularly the current fellow) would be a laughing stock. If would be refreshing just one day to read the comments section in an article about the Obama’s/ voter suppression/ the current administration at large and see white America proudly display their implicit biases and admit a ni**er has no business in the white house. Cheers!

Sep 11, 2012 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:

@ usmcvet
romney put himself through business and law school at the same time.

For two years the democrats had a majority in both the house and senate.

Obama requested to keep troops in iraq longer than bushs timeline for withdrawal.

He increased troop levels in both iraq and afghanistan. Not to mention the involvement in egypt and libya. The increase in drone strikes including in countries we are not at war with. (Pakistan and yemen)

Obama has set records for unemployment, deficits, and government handouts.

Sep 11, 2012 12:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
greesl wrote:

Don’t believe the MSM

“Evangelical minster Franklin Graham said voters should look past a candidate’s personal religion when considering whom they should support for office. Graham offered his advice in a recent interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network when asked if Christians could vote for someone who is a Mormon.

“Yes, the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon doesn’t bother me at all,” Graham told CBN.

Sep 11, 2012 12:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Onerioi wrote:

“She’ll vote for Obama, she said: “At least he wasn’t brought up filthy rich.” She must have heard the song CCR wrote about Mitt, Fortunate Son. “Some folks are born to wave the flag, Ooh, they’re red, white and blue. And when the band plays “Hail to the chief”, Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord, Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh. But when the taxman comes to the door, Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale. It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no. It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one, no. ” (Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son)

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Onerioi wrote:

@ CountryPride who wrote: “Rather a Mormon that a Moron in office.” CountryPride was educated by a GOP school where they missed grammar and critical thinking. No, wait, the GOP opposes critical thinking – they didn’t miss it, it was left out intentionally.

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hkrieger wrote:

Key to the kingdom:
Photo of Mormon temple in Salt Lake City
www.efn.org/~hkrieger/xc196.jpg

From the series, “Churches ad hoc”

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taxcorps2 wrote:

It is particularly difficult to overcome and change ignorance when it is compounded by ingrained closed-mindedness, racial and religious prejudice.

Twenty per cent won’t vote for a person because they are black?

How about let’s not vote for someone because they are Baptist and want to shove their interpretation of a religion down everyone else’ throat, bind others with one’s own religion, have the government run by religion? If nothing else, that is not freedom of religion. It is not freedom at all.

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Archon wrote:

In short, southern-whites are troubled by anyone who is not as ignorant and narrow-minded as they are. Cheer up, maybe in 2016 Santorum and Perry will run again.

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ConstFundie wrote:

The feelings may not be well expressed but there are basis for these anti-Romney comments.

Romney was born rich, to an elite Mormon aristocracy. What a genius! Every door has been held open for him from his birth. He, and his wife, are blatantly ignorant of the lives, and issues of not only the bottom 99%, but the bottom 99.9% – as proven by statement after statement, from ‘they themselves financially suffered having to live off of selling stock as undergraduates’, to ‘American college students can simply get money from their parents for their higher education.’

Is it believable that Romney was such a genius business investor that by 20 years old he had accrued enough stock to pay for college, through Harvard Law school, and support his new family? Does it take a business genius to hide money in overseas tax havens? Does it take a business genius to buy hurting undervalued companies and sell them for parts? No, these things take money, greed, and an unpatriotic and dis-compassionate soul.

Romney is an heir and high leader of the Mormon church, equivalent to a Bishop or greater in the Catholic church. Is it believable that he would disregard his oaths, responsibilities, and investments in the Mormon church for those of the US Government? This issue is silenced by the Mormon church by intent and design and is why all of church business is secret. Have him show his back taxes and i suspect his Leadership role in the Mormon church will be clarified, by way of a history of no-tithings and reverse tithings.

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taxcorps2 wrote:

At least Ms. Harris has the wisdom to get the truth that Romneyd would not help, but would hurt, the middle and lower income groups. In part he would do that by continuing the elitist, mostly Republican, vendetta against public schools, especially public school teachers. Rather than removing unnecessary hindrances on public school teachers so they can do their job of teaching, the powers that be and want to
be continue to make teaching more difficult for public school teachers, while giving more to charter school teachers, then pointing more fingers at the public school teachers. Makes as much sense as the 50% waste in our biased healthcare system.

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PCScipio wrote:

@taxcorps2: Agree. There aren’t many degrees of separation between evangelical Christians and the Taliban. Most educated people understand religion and democratic government don’t mix well.

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mpauls wrote:

I’m afraid I have to agree with the comments regarding the stupidity of southerners. They call Obama a socialist and, yet, they want to elect romney for his social ideas. They think Obama’s a Muslim and, yet, there has never been any proof, except to the contrary. Let’s remember people, our country is a democratic, not theocratic, run society. And…maybe if you southerners would stop electing education slashing republicans, you wouldn’t be so ignorant.

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rkamp wrote:

“I don’t like to see the wealthy punished for their success,” said Cory Beaver, 26, as he waited on customers at a Lynchburg restaurant

Cory Beaver – waiter – Defender of the rights of the wealthy everywhere.

Sep 11, 2012 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sensibility wrote:

Let the record show that bigoted, ignorant white southerners are supporting Obama in 2012.

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PCScipio wrote:

@Sensibility: From your lips to god’s ear, but I doubt that’s going to happen. (BTW, you have to be careful with irony; it often misfires.)

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MikeyLikesIt wrote:

I always get a kick out of the elitists in the north bad mouthing southerners even though most of the population flow in this country is going from north to south.

Of the top ten states in population growth, only two are above the Mason Dixon line, and one of those is oil rich North Dakota. The bottom ten states?

41 Pennsylvania 0.32
42 Illinois 0.30
43 Connecticut 0.18
44 New Hampshire 0.13
45 West Virginia 0.13
46 Vermont 0.11
47 Ohio 0.07
48 Maine -0.01
49 Michigan -0.08
50 Rhode Island -0.12

For a people that hate “the south” so much, you guys sure love moving down here….

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PCScipio wrote:

Mikey, Mikey, Mikey, think: primarily, baby boomers who are retiring, want warmth, enjoy minimum taxes, and generally seek a low cost of living; and, secondarily, desperate people who want jobs in these very hard times at the big companies that set up shop in the South because of the “right to work” and the relatively low wage levels. This is not at all to say the South doesn’t have its charm, but your implication that the South is the new Zion is ridiculous.

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xyz2055 wrote:

I’m amazed at some of the comments made here. There should be a voter test for some of you. What really amazes me is that this race is even close. Romney has promised 12M new jobs (no specific plan to show how he’ll accomplish that feat), up until yesterday he vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (now he’s decided he likes part of it and will just tweak it…can you say etch-a-sketch), spend $50B more a year on Defense, cut taxes across the board by 20%, Balance the budget and cut deficit spending. Let me repeat that spend $50B more a year on Defense, cut taxes by 20% across the board, Balance the budget and cut deficit spending. So he proposes (defense spending and tax cuts) to increase the debt by $7T over the next 10 years, then he’ll Balance the budget and cut spending (no specific plan to do either). Then if it just didn’t get any weirder, he chastises the House Republicans and his running mate over agreeing to the spending cuts that start in January 2013 (it was Obama who got those cuts by the way). Didn’t Romney say he wanted to cut spending? Is everyone confused yet? Those cuts (btw) will save $7T over the next 10 years. Now isn’t it amazing that the Defense spending and the tax cuts Romney is proposing will cost to the dollar what Obama is cutting in spending over the next 10 years…$7T. If you’re actually VOTING for Romney…please feel free to go ahead and fill out the form for “Village Idiot” in your area.

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Wassup wrote:

Of the two choices available for President, and with me fitting the area of the country mentioned in the article, I pick Romney as the lesser of the two evils. Obama does not belong in high office representing America as a nation as he does not identify with America’s heritage nor does he subscribe to our Consitutional laws….reference the “pus in the boil” speech. That indicates his willingness to bypass Congress by dictating law without benefit of Congress or the Supreme Court which sounds like the Nazi regime in 1930′s Germany. I don’t know who Obama represents, but he certainly does not represent me as an American, Southerner, boomer, vet or patriot. After four years it’s not clear who he represents or whose puppet he is in the world. It defeats me as to how so many of the electorate seems to be blind to this smoke and mirrors leadership. God Help America to elect a President/Vice President with similar values as our own and our forefathers who crafted our Constitution. In this case it would be Romney/Ryan.

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yrbmegr wrote:

“Other than the military, everything that’s government-controlled is screwed up,” said William Clarkson, a retired postman.

WTF?

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xyz2055 wrote:

Wassup..you get my vote (for village idiot)…here’s your sign!

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foiegras wrote:

I live in Florida. And it took me a while to figure out that FL is the South – way South (I’m a transplanted New Yorker).In my little idyllic community that’s trying to project upper middle class suburban bliss, the lanscape (manicured front lawns) is dotted with Romney signs. Now I know these people, and their middle class lives has been shattered. They paid 500K (cash) for a house that they can’t sell for 250K. They lost 40% of their 401k. Their pension plan was heavily invested in mortgage backed securites and is suspending their health insurance coverage. I went to Argentina for a couple months this summer to get out of the heat, and when I came home someone had planted a Romney sign on my lawn. Now you would think a three year old could figure out why all this happened – eight years of Ayn Rand, deregulation, repeal of Glass-Steagall, Lehman Brothers, uncollaterized derivatives (AIG), greed, excessive risk taking, what you already know – but they don’t know it. They’ll never know it. And what they do know is all wrong. There’s a price you pay for being wrong about everything.

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MarkDavisMD wrote:

Disturbing that Reuters would write an article with a left wing slant. Their credibility is at a nadir now, how much lower can it get. Mark Davis author of Demons of Democracy

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mikemm wrote:

Romney also has a problem with Veterans. They may no see eye to eye with Obama politically, but the Obama administration has done right by them and that means a lot.

Actions speak louder than words. I can personally think of a few local local politicans that were able to consistently win votes in districts with a majority in the other party by building a reputation for helping their constituents when they needed help.

Sep 11, 2012 3:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yowser wrote:

The South is largely made up of many Protestant sects. I know the South. There, the phrase “I believe” is accepted by the listener as roughly equivalent to “The fact of the matter is…” This acceptance is given out of repect for the individuality and liberty of the free speaker. Evidence-based reasoning, or attempting to prove things through science is viewed with suspicion. What really matters is whether the stated belief fits into one’s world view – and if it fits, presto, it must be true. These are good people. What’s missing from many of their lives is a first-rate, challenging higher education. Our nation is not devoting enough resources to delivering affordable higher education. If we can’t get out of our own way, how can we move ahead as a country?

Sep 11, 2012 3:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
costag1 wrote:

So the choice is between a big government candidate and a small government candidate. So if you vote for Obama, you are a liberal and if you vote for Romney you are a conservative. Religion and wealth is just a ruse.

Sep 11, 2012 3:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
costag1 wrote:

The 2008 recession was the result of a housing bubble that was caused by the liberal policies that allowed people to buy homes they could not afford. People started to default on their loans and the spiral began. So keep on blaming wallstreet. As greedy as they are, liberals are greedier!!

Sep 11, 2012 3:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Protect2000 wrote:

Why don’t people understand that Obama is a millionaire too. Maybe not as rich as Romney but hell lot richer than the middle class. So why does the present president need so much money? He need to give his fare share to poor if we are really going to go after the rich. Come on folks, if you want to become rich, then work hard towards it. Do me just jealous of the rich and try thinking of grabbing their wealth. When did we elect a poor president? Did we ever? How rich was JFK, how rich was Kerry?

Sep 11, 2012 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

costag1…you get my vote as well (village idiot). Name a single liberal entity that made money on the housing bust. Here a name for you ….Abacus…go research that name (Goldman Sachs)..hardly what you’d call a liberal entity).

Sep 11, 2012 3:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

@foiegras: Excellent post. I’m also a transplanted New Yorker who now lives in Nevada by way of a professional lifetime “inside the Beltway” and abroad. The non-Hispanic white West/Southwest is similar to what you describe and will vote for Romney, save for those who grew up these here parts and really, really don’t like Mormons. We live in a diverse, interesting country (and world), and people should make every effort to experience as much of it as they can with an open mind. That would make for a much better society.

Sep 11, 2012 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JL4 wrote:

No one reads these days – north, south, east, west…

“It don’t matter none” isn’t just coming from the South, ya’ll (or yous guys.)

lak of inteelgent righting skills is from a genration of iphone uses who loose there ability too puctitaion and i thik that sad and they sea it as okay, ROFLMAO.

We have a few disasters heading our way:

1) We will no longer be the world’s strongest nation, leading for others with a strong and viable economy. We’d all better learn a little Mandarin. Like what? How about “Yes sir, Mr. Xiong” for starters?(And people think having to put up with a little Spanish on Home Depot signs is un-American! Don’t even get me started on pronunciation.)

2) If we don’t already, we will have the world’s dumbest population. But that’s okay I guess; stupid people don’t know they’re stupid, so no one will care.

3) We have a corrupt Congress who has more control over what happens to you and me every day, and yet most people run around blaming the Presidents for everything under Congress’ power. It makes the stupid people feel good; they feel empowered, involved and that’s all that matters, how they FEEL about themselves and the fact that their next door neighbor drinks the same beer and watches Fox News, too. Facts, history, critical thinking – it’s all lost on the average American voter, and our politicians in Congress know it, and they use it to their advantage.

Pick a party. Pick a President. It doesn’t matter because it’s too late. It will be decades before we see improvement – if ever. Bend over and kiss your patriotic “American Way of Life” bye-bye, then pop open another Bud and watch some NASCAR.

Sep 11, 2012 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

@Yowser: “Evidence-based reasoning, or attempting to prove things through science is viewed with suspicion. What really matters is whether the stated belief fits into one’s world view – and if it fits, presto, it must be true.” Interesting. It may surprise some to learn that this is very, very similar to the Third World, particularly the Mideast and South Asia.

Sep 11, 2012 4:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Just because it bears repeating…….

I’m amazed at some of the comments made here. There should be a voter test for some of you. What really amazes me is that this race is even close. Romney has promised 12M new jobs (no specific plan to show how he’ll accomplish that feat), up until yesterday he vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (now he’s decided he likes part of it and will just tweak it…can you say etch-a-sketch), spend $50B more a year on Defense, cut taxes across the board by 20%, Balance the budget and cut deficit spending. Let me repeat that spend $50B more a year on Defense, cut taxes by 20% across the board, Balance the budget and cut deficit spending. So he proposes (defense spending and tax cuts) to increase the debt by $7T over the next 10 years, then he’ll Balance the budget and cut spending (no specific plan to do either). Then if it just didn’t get any weirder, he chastises the House Republicans and his running mate over agreeing to the spending cuts that start in January 2013 (it was Obama who got those cuts by the way). Didn’t Romney say he wanted to cut spending? Is everyone confused yet? Those cuts (btw) will save $7T over the next 10 years. Now isn’t it amazing that the Defense spending and the tax cuts Romney is proposing will cost to the dollar what Obama is cutting in spending over the next 10 years…$7T. If you’re actually VOTING for Romney…please feel free to go ahead and fill out the form for “Village Idiot” in your area.

Sep 11, 2012 4:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Montana1 wrote:

usmcvet29-

I would suggest a little more investigation on your part into Romney’s past would serve you well. Don’t buy into the Left’s media blitz- try looking past it into the truth.

Romney gave his inheritance to charity- the whole thing! Yes- he got a head start with the best schools- but the best thing he ever learned from all his years with his father? A WORK ethic!

Romney went to school and too a double major- business and law at the same time! All while having a new family. He has started his own business and made it a world class entity. He saved the Olympics when it was doomed to fail by scandal and coruption. He was a successful GOP Governor in a predominately Liberal State- balanced the budget from a deficit to a surplus.

Contrast that with Obama: $5.5T MORE debt, 3 wars, 25M unemployed, real unemployment close to 20%, 1% GDP growth, a HC law that NO ONE likes or can afford (the math just isn’t there!), a housing market that’s about as bad as it can get and we’re pretty much a joke around the world anymore- he has failed as the POTUS.

We need a change- it’s that simple.

Sep 11, 2012 4:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SkepticReader wrote:

Romney’s political career was hatched at a time–the 90s–when the poll-consuming industry was compelled to believe that the political battle was over a broad swath of “independents” in the “center”; the success of Bill Clinton was ascribed to his astute capture of the middle. Romney was clearly groomed for such a landscape, a Republican response to the Clinton challenge–his political profile in Massachusetts was one of fiscal pragmatism in the architecture of necessary social services, social liberalism with respect to abortion & gay rights, and the forging of bipartisan compromise. But the ground has shifted traumatically beneath his feet. Eight years of W. Bush soured the center against the Republican Party, forcing the party to cleave to a shrinking segment of the electorate and abandon the political battlefield Romney was specially equipped to contest. As the party paints itself into an ever narrowing corner, its erstwhile fringe becomes emboldened, its voices more shrill and uncompromising, and it becomes increasingly exclusionary–jettisoning its “RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only) and nearly pushing its Libertarian wing into a third party. The braying troupe of clowns that took turns socking Romney in the face before executing their predictable pratfalls during the primary season was lurid testimony to his ill fit in the new Republican Party dynamic. He cannot claw back what has been forfeited; his party chose to lose so very much–the center, women, hispanics, blacks, city-dwellers–that losing is the only proposition left open to him.

Sep 11, 2012 4:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PCScipio wrote:

@Montana1: A more balanced perspective on Romney’s CV can be found at: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jan/20/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-he-didnt-inherit-money-his-parent/

Sep 11, 2012 4:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Montana 1..your ignorance knows no bounds. while your last paragraph is seriously flawed…let’s examine just 1 statement…$5.5T MORE debt. The problem with guys like you is that you rely on someone else’s rant. You never really do enough vetting on your own. You do of course understand our Constitution…right? Because if you did..you’d know that the President (no President) can not spend 1 dime of tax payer money without Congressional approval..right? And you’d also know that the efforts of Obama have resulted in $7T of savings over the next 10 years starting in January, right? Because Obama got the House Republicans (and Paul Ryan) to agree to these cuts if the Super Committee failed. But don’t take my word for it…here’s an except from Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” version 3.0 2013, under the title of “Statement of Constitutional and Legal Authority”

“Article I of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to appropriate funds from the Treasury, pay the obligations of and raise revenue for the federal government, and publish statements and accounts of all financial transactions.
In addition, the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act of 1974 requires Congress to write a budget each year representing its plan to carry out these transactions in the forthcoming fiscal years. While the President is required to propose his administration’s budget requests for Congress’s consideration, Congress alone is responsible for writing the laws that raise revenues, appropriate funds, and prioritize taxpayer dollars within an overall federal budget.
The budget resolution is the only legislative vehicle that views government comprehensively. It provides the framework for the consideration of other legislation. Ultimately, a budget is much more than series of numbers. It also serves as an expression of Congress’s principles, vision, and philosophy of governing.
This budget, submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives for fiscal year 2013 and beyond, builds upon the budget that was written and passed by the House last year. Like last year’s budget, it is offered on time, in accordance with the 1974 Budget Act, out of respect for the law and in order that the public be given a timely and transparent accounting of government’s work.
Like last year’s budget, it is committed to the timeless principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution – liberty, limited government, and equality under the rule of law.
And like last year’s budget, it seeks to guide the nation’s policies by those principles, freeing it from the crushing burden of debt now threatening its future.
This budget is submitted, as prescribed by law, to clarify the challenges and the choices facing the American people, provide a blueprint for the orderly execution of Congress’s constitutional duties, and describe a path forward that renews the promise of this exceptional nation.”

Now don’t you just feel ……stupid!

Sep 11, 2012 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Montana 1..what favor is that koolaid anyway? Romney’s money has a passport…I’m highly doubting you’ve ever been out of the U.S of A. He has Cayman Island accounts and holdings in Swiss banks. Do you even have a 401k with enough money in it to buy a car? Cheap car!

Sep 11, 2012 4:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Reuters has officially endorsed their presidential candidate, to no surprise.

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Reuters has officially endorsed their presidential candidate, to no surprise.

Sep 11, 2012 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

JFK was famous for saying “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Today’s voters are all about “what’s in it for me?” Who will give me the most benefits, even if it bankrupts the coming generations. Obama pretends he is for the little guy, but his policies really just enslave him to be beholden to the government. Class warfare is his game. Liberals want to pretend they are caring about the poor, but really all they care about is buying their vote with bigger government that keeps them in power.

Sep 11, 2012 6:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:

@xyz
I have proven you wrong many times about the president being able to spend money. Why do you continue to post the same thing over and over again? You don’t even paraphrase your comments. Congratulations on being able to copy and paste.
Obama has executed 135 executive orders. That costs money. Also the bills signed by congress need to be ratified by the president.
Calling people idiots or stupid when you don’t even understand the whole situation makes you look foolish.

Sep 11, 2012 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:

@xyz
I have proven you wrong many times about the president being able to spend money. Why do you continue to post the same thing over and over again? You don’t even paraphrase your comments. Congratulations on being able to copy and paste.
Obama has executed 135 executive orders. That costs money. Also the bills signed by congress need to be ratified by the president.
Calling people idiots or stupid when you don’t even understand the whole situation makes you look foolish.

Sep 11, 2012 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

moonhill: You’re not making sense again. Why don’t you try backing up your absurd claims? Obama prefers to have everyone working. It’s the Republicans who put a stop to Obama’s jobs bill. The difference is that Obama and the Democrats don’t want to see Americans starving, while they make efforts to help heal the economy. The Republicans only care about obstructing so that the economy doesn’t improve and Obama doesn’t get reelected. Fortunately, it’s looking like the American people are seeing through the Republicans’ shameful ruse. Romney and the Republicans don’t care whether Americans starve or not.

And class warfare? That’s been going on since the Reagan Presidency, with his trickle-down economics. Why do you think the Republicans have worked so hard at destroying the labor unions? Why do you think the Republicans work so hard at keeping Americans from having affordable healthcare? Why do you think wages have been declining while the cost of living keeps rising? Why do you think the Republicans are always against raising minimum wage, and are now promoting the idea of doing away with it altogether? Why do you think that 1% of the American population keeps growing wealthier while everyone else grows poorer? Why do you think Romney is able to raise so much money for his campaign, as he promises to give the rich more tax cuts? Yes, class warfare has been raging for several decades now. We’re finally beginning to wake up and fight back. Obama is merely trying to make things fair for the American people. He’s a good President, the kind we need more of.

Sep 11, 2012 6:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:

Mormonism is a cult, though hardly the only one in the U.S. A mentally ill, delusional 14-year-old NY farm boy invented the Book of Mormon in the 1820s, after the angel Moroni spoke to him in a vision and told him ancient Babylonians discovered America several thousand years before Jesus was born. Oh-kay. Like so many others of that time who created charismatic religions, Joseph Smith was poor, ill-educated and obsessed with sex (as is also generally the taproot of other charismatics). When Smith tried to run for president in 1844, he was arrested on morality charges and shot. Hard to know if Mitt Romney is out to rectify his father’s failed 1968 presidential bid or that of wacko Smith 167 years ago. Either way, it was a mistake for Bishop Romney to add on his ticket as VP a virulent misogynist who genuflects to Vatican Inc. Cripes, is the GOP trying to anger the southern middle class? I’m a lifelong Independent, but the current GOP ticket actually makes me long for Saint Reagan. ::shudder::

Sep 11, 2012 6:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
timebandit wrote:

Mormonism is a cult, though hardly the only one in the U.S. A mentally ill, delusional 14-year-old NY farm boy invented the Book of Mormon in the 1820s, after the angel Moroni spoke to him in a vision and told him ancient Babylonians discovered America several thousand years before Jesus was born. Oh-kay. Like so many others of that time who created charismatic religions, Joseph Smith was poor, ill-educated and obsessed with sex (as is also generally the taproot of other charismatics). When Smith tried to run for president in 1844, he was arrested on morality charges and shot. Hard to know if Mitt Romney is out to rectify his father’s failed 1968 presidential bid or that of wacko Smith 167 years ago. Either way, it was a mistake for Bishop Romney to add on his ticket as VP a virulent misogynist who genuflects to Vatican Inc. Cripes, is the GOP trying to anger the southern middle class? I’m a lifelong Independent, but the current GOP ticket actually makes me long for Saint Reagan. ::shudder::

Sep 11, 2012 6:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

Romney has secretly commisioned a privately built shuttle craft to begin flying missions to the planet Kolob where he will be working on restoring the original book of mormon as it was dictated to Joesph Smith in the woods so many years ago. the virgin mary wasnt a virgin and god is really an alien who impregnated her.

Sep 11, 2012 7:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

checkthefacts…I’m the one posting the truth..you are delusional. Actually try reading the Constitution for a change instead of pulling out raw data and blaming WHO you think is responsible. The material below is taken directly from Republican Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” version 3.0 2013….pay particular attention to the words “Congress ALONE” …argue with Paul Ryan if you wish. Like all branches of the government..the Executive branch has a budget that is authorized by Congress. Bills are not ratified by the President. They are either signed or vetoed by the President. However, Congress has the power to override any veto.

“Article I of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to appropriate funds from the Treasury, pay the obligations of and raise revenue for the federal government, and publish statements and accounts of all financial transactions.
In addition, the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Act of 1974 requires Congress to write a budget each year representing its plan to carry out these transactions in the forthcoming fiscal years. While the President is required to propose his administration’s budget requests for Congress’s consideration, Congress alone is responsible for writing the laws that raise revenues, appropriate funds, and prioritize taxpayer dollars within an overall federal budget.
The budget resolution is the only legislative vehicle that views government comprehensively. It provides the framework for the consideration of other legislation. Ultimately, a budget is much more than series of numbers. It also serves as an expression of Congress’s principles, vision, and philosophy of governing.
This budget, submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives for fiscal year 2013 and beyond, builds upon the budget that was written and passed by the House last year. Like last year’s budget, it is offered on time, in accordance with the 1974 Budget Act, out of respect for the law and in order that the public be given a timely and transparent accounting of government’s work.
Like last year’s budget, it is committed to the timeless principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution – liberty, limited government, and equality under the rule of law.
And like last year’s budget, it seeks to guide the nation’s policies by those principles, freeing it from the crushing burden of debt now threatening its future.
This budget is submitted, as prescribed by law, to clarify the challenges and the choices facing the American people, provide a blueprint for the orderly execution of Congress’s constitutional duties, and describe a path forward that renews the promise of this exceptional nation.”

Sep 11, 2012 8:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

checkthefacts…go read about the American Jobs Act. President Obama wanted to spend $447B on this proposal. His administration outlined the features that they wanted in the Bill. That Bill was stalled in the Senate by Harry Reid. If the President could spend the money on his own…he would have done it. Economists say it would have created 1M new jobs. But he can’t spend that money…because he can’t get Congressional approval….I just proved you wrong.

Sep 11, 2012 8:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

checkthefacts..how much did Obama spend in those 135 executive orders? Be specific. And did they exceed the budget Congress authorized the President to spend?

Sep 11, 2012 8:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rosebud311 wrote:

“Romney didn’t get to the top of the pile by being a nice guy,” she said. “To make the money he makes you have to step on a lot of people … Democrats are more interested in helping the lower and middle classes.” This from someone who makes $28,000/year, who
will vote for Romney?

Sep 11, 2012 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Folks it IS A FACT..Romney would start off by increasing our debt by $7T over the next 10 years ($50B a year more spending in Defense and a 20% across the board tax cut)..while Obama’s negotiations with the Hose Republicans (criticized by Mitt Romney) would lower our debt by $7T. So you decide…who’s really serious about getting spending under control?

Sep 11, 2012 10:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Juda wrote:

Southern Whites are our own “Al Qaeda” type of religious fanatics.
No common sense. Imagine those idiots in an environment/culture/misinformation, that exists in the Middle East/ if they in this day of age, in the USA, are behaving/thinking like this, what they would be if in Yemen or Afghanistan ? They will be worst that the most moderate Islamists.. SHAME ON THEM

Sep 12, 2012 2:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
borisjimbo wrote:

If Obama is a practicing Muslim, how can he drink beer and do drone attacks on al-Qaeda leaders?

Sep 12, 2012 3:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

@ stambo

As you talk about idiots, you don’t do yourself any favors. Romney went to Ivy League Harvard Business and Law Schools.

Sep 12, 2012 5:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

@ xyz2055

The American Jobs Act was introduced by Sen. Harry Reid. He did not stall it. It was being discussed I the Senate and Reid introduced a Motion to Invoke Cloture (to end discussions and vote to proceed on the bill S. 1660). The Motion Invoking Cloture was not passed in the Senate, so it could not move forward for voting. You are very misinformed if you think Senator Reid stalled it in the senate. See: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00160#top

Sep 12, 2012 7:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
flintphd wrote:

So did Sheryl Harris vote for Obama in 2008? It seems a little deceptive to highlite her 2000 and 2004 Bush vote, her rejection of Romney, but not make clear if she previously supported Obama in 08. If she voted McCain and now Obama that’s newworthy. If not her rejection of Romney is not evidence of some conservative rejection.

Sep 12, 2012 7:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BuffaloGirl wrote:

And by the way, Senator Harry Reid voted “no” at the last minute so it would allow him to discuss it further as a crucial member of the senate needed for the vote in favor was absent. He was not against the bill he introduced.

Sep 12, 2012 7:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
checkthefacts wrote:

Xyz
You are way off as usual. Buffalo girl beat me to it in regards to harry reid. It’s funny that you tell me to read the constitution and then you quote a bill from paul ryan that has not even passed. Then you talk about last years budget being approved. A budget hasn’t been passed in the last 3 years. I shouldn’t have to repeat myself but i don’t think you understand. The president has the ability to give executive orders and he also has veto power.

Sep 12, 2012 9:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
toozoe wrote:

Ms Harris,
You have surprised me because you voted for Bush twice and if you check he also grew up in a wealthy family. So why would you not vote for Romney just because he grew up in the same lifestyle?
God bless, Eva

Sep 12, 2012 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Kimchiman wrote:

Wow, if the demos gonna cry about wealth, they need to take care of the own 1st: John Kerry, Bill Clinton, Al Gore… All very wealthy guys, which 2 of the 3 didn’t have to work for it!!!!! Not like Obama is hurting either, most politicians are worth quite a bit of money. Demos need to worry about what are we going to do to fix our broke country, and not dirty political tactics…..

Sep 13, 2012 7:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Danskinner wrote:

I’m troubled by Romney’s stupidity.

Sep 14, 2012 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
realitycheck9 wrote:

Please for the life of me..look at the welfare rolls…more southern whites are on it than any other group of people..Also in the 4 years that Obama’s been in office blacks have suffered a higher unemployment rate than any other group..so let’s agree to disagree..whites get more welfare, unemployment money and jobs..blacks on the other hand gets almost nothing.. no respect, no reparations for the backs of the fore fathers that the economy was built on..or a second look where we definitely have the education and experience that was given to whites as an entitled birth right..but you shouldn’t be upset with Obama.. you should be upset with yourselves…Mutt Romney and Lyin’Ryan don’t like poor white folks either and you will definitely suffer his wrath.. blacks on the other hand lived through Reagan, Bush and Bush again…spite your noses and cut them off because you really will suffer under Romney.. LOL..

Sep 15, 2012 11:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Dear God, Please help the USA. In Jesus name, AMEN!

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dylan214u wrote:

Obama has done nothing to create jobs. I would rather vote for someone that knows how to create a business climate in this country than one who does not have a clue. I don’t care how much money Romney has made. It appears he knows what he’s doing in order to have done so. To vote for someone purely because he has been successful is as ridiculous.

Sep 16, 2012 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bejee45 wrote:

Southern whites, unless they are rich, should never, even think about voting for a Republican on any level.

The Republicans are not, never have been, or ever will be for poor or working class people — it’s never been more obvious.

Sep 17, 2012 6:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

*The Republicans and Democrats are not, never have been, or ever will be for poor or working class people — it’s never been more obvious.*

There – fixed.

Sep 17, 2012 3:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Not this Southern White..

Sep 17, 2012 12:29am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

“I don’t like to see the wealthy punished for their success”
“Obama leans toward socialism.”
“Mormons don’t believe like we believe, Like the wives — Romney’s probably got more than one.”
“The gay marriage thing hurts Obama. It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”
“I’d prefer not to have a Mormon.”
“Obama is pitting blacks against whites.”
“If I was black, I would get anything I want.”

Remind me to stay the hell out of the “Bible Belt”. I think I got a little dumber just reading this article.

Sometimes I think we should have just let the South secede…

Sep 28, 2012 10:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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