There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. 

…my job is is not to worry about those people. 

-Mitt Romney, speaking to wealthy supporters at a closed-door event. (Source)

Mitt Romney has announced (quietly) that if elected then half the country can go suck wind for all he cares. Now, the actual truth is probably worse than that. This paints a rosy picture where he actually cares about the concerns and needs of a whopping 53% of the electorate. I don’t buy that for a second. But even among his closest supporters, he couldn’t very well announce exactly narrow his area of concern is without making some of them wonder if they’d actually make the cut or not.

Now, a lot of words have been spent on how and why that 47% figure is a lie in the first place, so I’m not going to rehash them. It’s a monstrous lie to say that 47% percent of the country doesn’t pay into the system at all, but it’s an even more monstrous lie to say that the people who pay the least taxes (in terms of actual dollars per person, not percentage) have the least “skin in the game”, as the right-wing pundits put it.

Skin in the game refers to a stake in a wager. It refers to a level of personal exposure and risk.

The people who can’t afford to pay income taxes… the people who have no income, or who are living at a subsistence level (or slowly dying at a sub-subsistence one and hoping that things get better fast enough)… these are the people whose skin is in the game. These are the people whose futures and lives are being wagered by right wing social engineering schemes like the ones Paul Ryan so famously proposed. 

Mitt Romney has never had any real exposure to risk the way a working class mother or a homeless vet has or even an unemployed white collar professional has. His skin has never been in the game. His neck has never been on the line. I mean, that’s where the phrase comes from. Your skin’s in the game. You’re exposed to danger if things go badly. It’s “skin off your back” if you lose.

If you can run a company into the ground and sell off its assets and walk away richer for having done so, that doesn’t mean you have more skin in the game. It means you’ve convinced a lot of other people to trust you with their stakes, and you did really well by a few of them by doing terribly for everyone else.

But I digress. Mitt Romney does not say this same thing quite so boldly or baldly when he’s talking in front of the press, when he knows his words will be reproduced beyond his intended audience, and with good reason: it should not be possible for a person to say this and then get elected

But it is. Let’s not for one second lose sight of that fact. I’ve said before that there is no amount of being horrible, no amount of race-baiting, no amount of lying and doubling down on lies and no amount of raw undisguised scorn or apathy for the working classes that will prevent Romney from being elected if we don’t vote against him.

And here’s a big part of why: Romney has insulted half the country, but he didn’t identify any specific person as being in that half. How many people with a roof over their head any kind of an income are going to see Romney talking about people who want the government to take care of them and don’t want to work and think he’s talking about them? There are people who are on full disability, or who have been laid off, who have been out of work for years and are receiving what benefits they’re still entitled to who will bristle when they hear about this 47%, not because they think Romney is insulting them but because they know he isn’t, he’s talking about those people, the ones who aren’t really sick or aren’t really looking for jobs, the people who aren’t as bad off as we are but somehow get handed all the benefits we have to jump through hoops for. 

He could make that speech to a hundred Republican voters who were all picked to present a perfect representative cross-section of the economic status of the country, and no one would hear it and think, “Well, if that’s what he thinks of me then I guess I’m done with him.” Because even though by definition 47 of the people in the room would have to be included in his chimerical 47%, none of them would be hearing themselves in his word. No one would be connecting the disdainful way he describes people who need jobs or public assistance to how hard it is for them to get those things

I’m not saying that this kind of talk won’t sway independents. In fact, it will. Interestingly enough, the Romney campaign is giving up on independents and%  trying to appeal more strongly to their base, but at the time this private speech was made… well, if you read the article linked as the source you’ll see that he took the time to explain to his supporters that the reason he wasn’t speaking such “truths” in public was it would alienate the independent voters… people who might identify themselves as part of the 47%, or do the math and realize how unlikely it is that no one they care about or admire or need or respect could fall into that scornful demographic.

I need it to bold ‘who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing’

I am beyond speechless, but at this point, is there really more than needs to be said about what kind of person he is?

(Source: boo-author, via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

"To Republicans, women exist parenthetically—pesky asides that occasionally require some lip service. It’s why Paul Ryan can describe rape as a “method of conception” without batting an eye, dismiss criticisms about the term “forcible rape” by saying it was “stock language,” or call a health exception to abortion legislation a “loophole.” It’s why Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania can say rape is “similar” to having a baby “out of wedlock.” It’s the thinking that led John McCain to put air quotes around “health of the mother” in a 2008 presidential debate with Obama, and why during a Republican primary debate earlier this year the candidates had a whole conversation about limiting birth control without even uttering the word “woman.”

Women simply don’t rate in the Republican imagination—our lives have been reduced to scare quotes and head pats."

Fantasy Women of the GOP (via eyesfullofketchup)

(Source: horrible-princess, via rapeculturerealities)


The Uterus is NOT a tax haven,

keep your business out of there!

The RNC/ GOP will be quick to wave off the incident involving a participant throwing peanuts at a Black CNN camerawoman and referring to her as an “animal”, but you shouldn’t



The incident is not just one lone act, but rather an indication that the dog whistles that the GOP has been blowing are definitely being heard.  The GOP has obviously written off the brown minority vote.  They have sidelined all Muslim/ Middle Eastern Americans as suspected “terrorists”.  They have written off all Hispanic/ Latino Americans as “illegals”.  They have accused Black Americans of “looking for handouts” and “lacking work ethic”.  And they have systematically worked in the states to suppress the vote.  They have obviously decided to go full our after the white vote.

The language they have used is unquestionably racially charged, though they insist, not racist…per se.  But the message is coming through.  And the craziest of the wing are picking up on it loud and clear. And so are minorities according to poll numbers.

 They “joke” about President Obama being somehow illegitimate. Foreign. “Not like us.” What “us” are they referring to? Is it that he wasn’t born into an upper crust family?  Is it that he’s left handed?  What about the devotion his shows to his family?  Maybe it’s the fact that he and his wife had to take out student loans to make it through their education.  Or that he’s world traveled.  No.  None of those things are new or different.  Hmmm.  What could it be?

This incident, when viewed through the light of Romney’s little “no, one asks us for our birth certificate” joke, the renewed “welfare queen” myth and all the other racially charged bullshit over the last 5 years, should be no surprise.  It should also leave no doubts that the GOP is saying loud and clear to minorities:”We don’t care about you or anyone who looks like you.”

I saw some dude on Facebook question whether this was actually a Republican, and not a Democrat in disguise.

Occam’s Razor, homie. Learn it.

(via laika)

(Source: kateoplis, via kileyrae)

Tags: RNC gop so dead



And a DMV employee was fired for sending out an e-mail encouraging other employees to tell everyone about the free ID program. The Republicans are trying fucking hard to disenfranchise anyone who would vote against them, and that’s fucking terrifying.

Trying to hand the presidency to the GOP oligarchs.



*Unless we suspect you might vote against us

or you’re a poc

or a woman

or queer

Then voting and rights aren’t for you,

especially if you’re a variation of those things,

but yay freedom,

k bye! 

-Love, the GOP

(via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity-deacti)



Did he actually say and do this?  I’d love to see the source.

GOP in a nutshell.



Did he actually say and do this?  I’d love to see the source.

GOP in a nutshell.

(Source: paxamericana)

Tags: gif gop

"My 12-year-old will out-reason Bill Maher when it comes to understanding, you know, what, you know, how logic works because he is completely illogical."

Rick Santorum • Rebuking another round of criticism from television host Bill Maher, during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. During his show on Friday, Maher claimed Santorum wanted his children “locked up in the Christian madrassa”, because in public “they could be infected by the virus of reason”. When asked about the comments Santorum replied, “all of a sudden, if you’re instilling faith and teaching them about God in your home, you’re a madrassa, according to these folks.” The Arabic word roughly translates to “school”. source (viafollow)

my birth control pill could out reason Santorum.

(Source: shortformblog)