The most troubling economic trend facing America this Labor Day weekend is the increasing concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top – among a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people – and the steady decline of the great American middle class.
Many believe Republican presidential nominee Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney is refusing to release his 2009 tax return because he paid no taxes despite income in the millions of dollars, but the greater concern for most Americans is that the man who could become leader of the free world thinks you and most other working families do not pay enough.
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” says Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.
I’ve been struck by the baldness of Romney’s repetitive lies about Obama — that Obama ended the work requirement under welfare, for example, or that Obama’s Affordable Care Act cuts $716 billion from Medicare benefits.
The Republican Party platform committee has included a provision banning all abortions, without even an exception for rape or incest. This is basically Todd Akin’s position. (At least the GOP platform doesn’t assert that women’s bodies automatically reject “legitimate” rapists’ sperm.)
WASHINGTON, D.C.—New Jersey’s U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez today joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling for the Justice Department to allow for the tracking of hate crimes committed against Sikh Americans.
David Brooks in Tuesday’s New York Times commits the standard error of pundits who want to appear neutral but know the Romney-Ryan plan would be a disaster for America. He asserts that Ryan makes a serious effort at entitlement reform.
Mitt Romney hasn’t provided details so we should be grateful he’s selected as vice president a man with a detailed plan Romney says is “marvelous,” “bold and exciting,” “excellent,” “much needed,” and “consistent with” what he’s put out.