Writings / Links on Willard ("Mitt") Romney

History of Republican Election Stealing Via Treason, 1968-2004 (20 November 2012) (in context of Republican election stealing efforts in 2012 (and see background)
"How to Rig an Election (Harper's Magazine, 26 October 2012) (evidence that the right wing has been hacking computer voting systems around the country in order to insure the election of right wing candidates)
"Mitt Romney Crippled Model Anti-Smoking Program In Massachusetts" (3 November 2012) (After candidate Romney pledged to support Massachusetts's tobacco control program, Gov. Romney killed it, another detailed analysis of Romney and Big Tobacco)
Slat Lake City Utah Mormon Newspaper Rejects Romney Due to His Flip Flops (19 October 2012)
Cartoon on Romney's Flip Flops (by Jeff Stahler, 16 October 2012)
The Truth About Romney's Record as Massachusetts Governor (14 October 2012) (contempt for people, barricaded his office so people couldn't come, commandeered a private elevator for himself, etc.)
Romney: Tobacco Pusher (9 October 2012) (using previously secret tobacco industry documents housed at the UCSF Legacy Tobacco Documents Library to show how, under Mitt Romney, Bain played a key role in helping British American Tobacco and Philip Morris invade Russia. This effort succeeded, leading to large increases in smoking, and smoking-induced disease, including such factors as abortions) (See news video, and Romney's pro-abortion statement issued 9 October 2012).
GOP reviews turning negative on Romney's campaign" (2 October 2012) ("the early autumn Republican reviews are in for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, and they are not pretty. In some states, candidates who share the Nov. 6 ballot with the former Massachusetts governor already have taken steps to establish independence from him. Party strategists predict more will follow, perhaps as soon as next week, unless Romney can dispel fears that he is headed for defeat.")
"Mitt Romney accused of supporting Chinese sweatshop labor" (28 September 2012) ("A report released Thursday from the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights investigated the dismal conditions at the Global-Tech factory in Dongguan, China, now known as the sweatshop that operated through investments from Mitt Romney's Bain Capital and its affiliate companies, Brookside and Sankaty from the 1990s to the present day. The report accuses Romney and his companies of being complicit, if not responsible, for perpetuating slave labor at the factory.")
"Poll: 47% video hurts Romney with Independents" (19 September 2012) (Romney as an atheist knowingly lies, saying "economic success does not work by a government saying, 'Become dependent upon government.'" The government never says that. The economic system Romney espouses is atheist economics, the opposite of Bible Economics.
"SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters" (17 September 2012) ("When he doesn't know a camera's rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America." Romney's contempt for America and the non-super-rich comes through. The 1913 income tax was intended to tax only what are now called "the 1%" -- people making over $300,000 - $400,000 ). See also Prof. Adam Howard, "Unlearning the Lessons of Privilege," Teaching Social Responsibility, Vol. 66(#8), May 2009) (has example of contempt of the affluent capitalist class for non-members of same).
"Women Who Love Republicans Who Hate Them" (The Nation, 17 September 2012)
Romney rushes to lie to politicize violence in Libya (12 September 2012)
Romney-Ryan: Their Top Ten Lies (September 2012)
Next Right Wing Media Lie: Eastwood Was a Sabotage Agent for the Obama Campaign" (2 September 2012) (Watch his presentation.)
Mitt Romney’s Etch a Sketch Speech” (31 August 2012) (“Romney’s turn [change again] had been promised last March by his veteran aide Eric Fehrnstrom, who provided his boss’s foes with a useful metaphor for describing the ease with which the candidate has altered his positions on a long list of issues. After the primary campaign, Fehrnstrom argued, 'everything changes,' and he added: “It’s almost like an Etch a Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.'”)
"From Selling Daddy's Stock To Buying The Presidency? Mitt Romney's Heroic Story Inspires Millionaires Everywhere" (Video, 30 August 2012)
Mitt Romney admits using Chinese slave labor @ Bain. (Leaked Video)" (27 August 2012) ("There's absolutely no moral concern here from Romney whatsoever.")
"Ryan’s Fact-Challenged Speech" - "FACT CHECK: Ryan takes factual shortcuts in speech" and "The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever?" (30 August 2012)
"Boehner Mocks GOP Platform: ‘I’ve Not Met Ever Anybody’ Who Read It" (Video) (27 August 2012)
James Martin, SJ, "The Not-so-Social Gospel" (Thursday, 23 August 2012) (Examples of the Conservative Republican Romney-Ryan Rewrite of the New Testament)
"Paul Ryan’s Vicious Budget: Right In Your Face, America" (17 August 2012) ("since his youth [Paul Rand] has been a disciple of the militant Russian atheist Ayn Rand who despised altruism and “love thy neighbor” values while edifying extreme selfishness and greed." Ryan ignores basic economic facts such as if taxes were like they were before Reagan's vicious attack on the Middle Class, there'd be no deficit. Billionaires have hidden $20 TRILLION - 32 TRILLION in off-shore accounts. IRS tries to locate billionaire's secret loot, but unlike us in the Middle Class, we don't have $700 an hour lawyers and accountants to hide our loot in off-shore accounts, and stall collection on and on. We bank locally, don't know any overseas bankers! And our taxes are typically automatically withheld! And IRS gets a copy of the W-2 or 1099! No hiding anything for us little people! Ryan knows this, but he's for the billionaires, not for us! So he wants to cut us down, further destroy the Middle Class. He's a Middle Ages monarchist, for the nobility against us peasants and serfs.
Add It Up: Taxes Avoided by the Rich Could Pay Off the Deficit" (27 August 2012). ("1. Individual and small business tax avoidance costs us $450 billion. . . . 2. Corporate tax avoidance is between $250 billion and $500 billion. . . . 3. Tax haven losses range from $337 billion to $500 billion. . . . 4. That's enough to pay off a trillion dollar deficit.")
"To claim that there is no difference between honest people and liars is intellectually dishonest. The conservative movement . . . would like to confuse you into believing that there is no such thing as an honest person. That everyone is a liar. This is to protect their candidate, who is actually a liar, and his running mate, who is also a liar. The mass email [to do this] must've come out just the other day because stories just started exploding to erase this moral line."
How Romney Might Win By (a) Undermine the economy, (b) Billionaires' support, (3) Voter suppression (17 August 2012)
"New Romney Plan: Make Medicare Insolvent by 2016" (15 August 2012)
"Twelve Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan" (11 August 2012) (one is, he's a fan of the militant atheist Ayn Rand, who condemned all religion including Christianity and "Ryan loved Ayn Rand before he said he didn't!")
"The Latest Romney Lie: Obama Cut Medicare" (15 August 2012)
"Janna Ryan, Paul Ryan's Wife, Lobbied For Cigar, Nuclear, Pharmaceutical Industries" (14 August 2012)
What's Wrong with Paul Ryan?" 10 Points
Hypocritical Ryan was Privately for Obama's Stimulus Funding For His State While Loudly Denouncing It Publicly
"The Latest Lie: Obama's 'War On Religion'" ("Apparently the Romney campaign can't find any criticisms of President Obama that are actually true.")
"Blood Money: Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads" (Wednesday, 8 August 2012) ("The death squads committed atrocities on such a mass scale for so small a country that their killing spree sparked international condemnation. From 1979 to 1992, some 75,000 people were killed in the Salvadoran civil war, according to the United Nations. In 1982, two years before Romney began raising money from the oligarchs, El Salvador's independent Human Rights Commission reported that, of the 35,000 civilians killed, "most" died at the hands of death squads.")
"The Calculation Behind Romney's Lies" (8 August 2012) ("The Romney campaign has turned to a strategy of swamping the public with flat-out, blatant lies, one after another, again and again, endlessly and lavishly repeated. They do this because they are making a calculation that it will work! So what is going on? And can [America] survive this assault? . . . Here is how it works. Each lie is developed in the right's machine, using something currently in the news to reinforce an ongoing narrative about 'liberals.' The lie percolates up through a well-worn process where the germ of the story is planted in smaller outlets, and variations of it are tried out until one seems to resonate. Next, larger right-wing media operations pick up the developed 'story' and drive it further. It gets amplified on the radio, FOX News and the right's newspapers. Finally the corporate media takes it out to more and more people, covering themselves with the claim they are just 'reporting' on a 'story' that is 'already out there.'")
"Romney gets caught lying about Obama, military voters" (6 August 2012) "voting rights in Ohio have been a mess in recent cycles, and new voter-suppression tactics imposed by state Republican lawmakers are inviting "chaos" at the polls this fall. Of particular interest is a state policy that restricts early-voting rights: active-duty troops can vote up to three days before Election Day, but no one else. To that end, President Obama's campaign filed a lawsuit a few weeks ago, asking a federal court to 'restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day.' .... After spending the last several months paying attention to Mitt Romney's habitual dishonesty at a granular level, I've become largely inured to his more routine, casual lies. Some of the deliberate falsehoods are just too common to get upset about. But once in a while, Romney tells a lie so blatant and offensive that it raises questions anew about the candidate's character and what standards of decency he's prepared to abandon to advance his ambitions.... Got that? Obama wants all eligible Ohio voters, including servicemen and women, to have the same ability to vote, which Romney says, in writing, means Obama is trying to 'undermine' the troops' ability to vote. This is as loathsome a lie as Romney has told all year -- and given his record, that's not an easy threshold to meet."
"With Embrace of Israeli Socialized Medicine, Romney Completes Rare 'Full Monty' Of Health Care Positions" (30 July 2012) (since he has a record of supporting all the various health-care positions from time to time, "is it the case that Romney has no fixed position on health care, allowing him to shamelessly pander to whatever crowd he is in front of?" "At yesterday's Jerusalem fundraiser, Mitt Romney praised Israel's single-payer, government-run health care system as better than America's. . . . This has always been the argument for single-payer: that the experience of other countries proves that single-payer systems save money while covering more people.")
Willard ("Mitt") Romney has a long record of holding standard Republican conservative views on abortion. See "Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show" (Monday, 2 July 2012). He "had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics." Romney's pro-abortion activism paid off handsomely, reaping "tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners."
"How Is Press Responding To Romney's Quote Fabrication?" (by ignoring it)
"Romney's Exit from Bain: Lying Then or Lying Now?: Damning report shows Romney 'man in charge' 3 years beyond what candidate has claimed" (12 July 2012)
"Mitt Romney and the Anglo-Saxon Vote" ("suggesting President Romney would restore the special relationship between the U.S. and U.K., based on a shared 'Anglo-Saxon heritage' . . . the wave of Voter ID laws that have passed in several states . . . probably stem from deep-seated white anxiety and outright panic over the political implications of America's changing demographics, these laws have the potential to disenfranchise thousands of voters in 2012, especially low-income and minority voters. Mitt Romney likes voter ID laws. People who don't like Black people like voter ID laws.")
"Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full" ("Boobs, blunders, clangers – whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them. And he's really outdone himself in London")
"Romney in London: the Gaffe and the Graft ("the real deal isn’t the gaffe, it’s the graft. Follow the money, not the mumbling. Romney trots off to London and spends Thursday night in a high-dollar fund-raiser hosted by Barclays Bank officials. Bob Diamond, the disgraced former CEO of Barclays, withdrew as the event’s host only when he became implicated in the investigation on how Barclays conspired with other banks to rig the LIBOR rate, thereby shafting credit card holders, car owners with auto loans, and millions of other investors and borrowers. But the event went on, apparently raising a couple million dollars for the Romney campaign. Patrick Durkin, Washington lobbyist for Barclays, remained a co-host and has raised $1.1 million for the Romney campaign.")
"How Secret Foreign Money Could Infiltrate US Elections" (8 August 2012) ("Federal law prohibits a penny of that foreign money from being spent on politics. But it's not hard to dodge that ban, says Marcus Owens, a tax law attorney who ran the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. Owens offered this hypothetical scenario: Say a Chinese businessman wants to funnel $10 million to a nonprofit that runs anti-Obama ads. For a few hundred dollars, that donor—or his attorney—can create a Delaware shell corporation that can funnel the $10 million to the nonprofit. And when the nonprofit discloses its donors to the IRS (as the law requires), all the taxman sees on the donor line is the shell corporation. Owens says it's not IRS policy to figure out who's behind a particular shell corporation. What's more, the IRS' audit rate for tax-exempt nonprofits is less than 1 percent. "There are a lot of ways that IRS filings can avoid disclosure of the actual source of funds," he says.")
"Mitt Romney to Bulldoze $12 Million La Jolla Home" (23 August 2011) (". . . the La Jolla home isn’t big enough . . . .")

Video on how Republicans on Michigan Supreme Court are sabotaging the public

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See also “Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition,” by John T. Jost, Jack Glaser, Arie W. Kruglanski, Frank J. Sulloway, 129 Psychological Bulletin (#2) 339-375 (July 2003), on psychiatric symptoms among conservatives.

John McCain's wife Cindy has typical smoker symptoms, e.g., several miscarriages and a stroke, see Newsweek, 30 June 2008, pp 22, 24.

Note that “the Conservative Party was . . the stupidest party. . . . I did not . . . say that . . . Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.” (Public and Parliamentary Speeches, 31 May 1866, pp. 85-86.)           “Stupidity is much the same the world over. A stupid person's notions and feelings may confidently be inferred from those which prevail in the circle by which the person is surrounded. Not so those whose opinions and feelings are emanations from their own nature and faculties.” (Subjection of Women, Chapter I, p. 273)—John Stuart Mill (1806-1873). See also data on pertinent mental disorders.

"The Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by a Too-Polite Left," says George Monbiot, The Guardian/UK (Tuesday, 7 February 2012), citing "the Canadian study published last month in the journal Psychological Science which revealed that people with conservative beliefs are likely to be of low intelligence." For details, see the study by Gordon Hodson and Michael A. Busseri, "Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes: Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact" (Psychological Science, February 2012, Vol. 23, Issue # 2, pp. 187-195).

Conservatives are more prone to believing falsehoods, with this proneness increasing after being told the truth, says the article "The Power of Political Misinformation" (Washington Post, 15 Sept. 2008, p A6). Said another way, "No need to tell the neocons facts, they just get dumber, and dumber." Such conservatives are "utterly immune to the truth -- and indeed, the truth only makes them dig deeper into their fantasy world," says Allen L. Roland, Ph.D., "Dealing with Right Wing Conservatives" (18 October 2008). They are in medical terms, unresponsive to stimuli, with fragmentation, seemingly similar to schizophrenia. And see pertinent video 1 and 2, with examples of their delusions (labelled as "BS" in video 1). See also 2 Timothy 1:7 on having a "sound mind," which conservatives typically lack.

Indeed, "the Fox viewership seems to be marked by a sort of collective personality disorder," says Cynthia Boaz, Ph.D., "14 Propaganda Techniques Fox 'News' Uses to Brainwash Americans" (2 July 2011). See also "Study: Fox News Viewers Have an IQ 20 Points Below US Average (9 December 2012). "Study shows that the Americans who watch Fox News have an average IQ of 80, whereas the national average is 100. . . . [contrast] the [IQ] score of 70, which is where psychiatrists diagnose mental retardation. 'Several previous studies show that self-identified conservatives are less intelligent than self-identified moderates. We have never seen such a homogeneous group teetering so close to special needs levels.'"

Conservatives' fantasy world includes "magical thinking." Things happen by magic. They wish a thing, wave their magic wand, presto, it happens. It's a sad trait of the ill-educated sound byte generation, all problems solved during the half-hour TV program, a symptom blatantly evident among conservatives. This symptom is enhanced by conservatives' delusions of granduer, that they are so awesome that everyone must jump when they crack the whip, mouth off, wave their magic wand. They don't focus on realities such as genuine prevention issues (which they may, indeed often, undermine).

"The whole art of Conservative politics . . . is being deployed to enable wealth to persuade poverty [scam the middle class and poor] to use its political freedom to keep wealth [the rich and powerful] in power," says Aneurin Bevan, cited in William Blum, Killing Hope (Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 2004), Chapter 3, p 34.   “Feingold and other endangered Democrats face the oddest of coalitions [conservatives aka tea-baggers]. Working-class voters most damaged by corporate America have made common cause with new, faux populists to demand tax cuts for the wealthy, the continued under-regulation of corporations such as BP and Goldman Sachs and the repeal of Obama's health system overhaul so that insurers can decide who will and won't get care. What is best for business is best for America.   [Tea-baggers] seem willing to send clowns to Washington,” says Margaret Carlson, author of “Anyone Can Grow Up: How George Bush and I Made It to the White House” and former White House correspondent for Time magazine, [now] a Bloomberg News columnist, in “Lifelong maverick senator faces angry electorate, Tea Party candidate,” in Macomb Daily (18 October 2010), p 8A.

Conservatives even sabotage themselves by believing their own falsehoods and delusions! See, in health care context, examples in Prof. David Michael Green's “My 1933 Nightmare” (CommonDreams.org, 11 August 2009). Green cites their “willful ignorance translated into incoherent, and in fact ironically self-defeating, rage . . . in a country populated by so many fools, people who can so readily, proudly and belligerently be made into tools of their own destruction . . . the greatest political, economic, cultural and military power on the world's stage . . . so incredibly backward at its core.”) And see Roger Hoppe, “24 Ways Republicans Lie” (26 August 2002).

Note standard psychiatric data, the “special [warped] laws of logic that the schizophrenic uses in support of his complexes or ideas, which to us seem delusional. . . . keep in mind that” what “seems absurd to us is expressed . . . by the patient . . . To him, his idea is rational, unquestionable, based on an absolute conviction of its truth. His unconscious motivation, a desire that cannot be controlled . . . obliges the patient to use unusual ways of thinking,” p. 65, Understanding and Helping the Schizophrenic (New York: Basic Books, 1979), by Dr. Silvano Arieti. At 46, “The patient does not attempt to demonstrate the validity of his ideas. He 'knows'; that is enough. His knowledge comes from an inner, unchallenged certitude that does not require demonstration. 'He knows.'”

At 24, “To date, it has not been demonstrated that the schizophrenic can be taught or coerced or convinced not to have these thoughts,” says Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments (New York: Norton, 1979), by Kayla Bernheim, Ph.D., and Richard Lewine, Ph.D.

See also Max Blumenthal, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (New York: Nation Books, 2009) (Review: "The book is very strong in describing the psychopathology that permeates so many of today's prominent personalities in the Republican Party leading to their poisonous policies and practices. Indeed, Blumenthal argues that psychopathology has captured the G. O. P. . . . Oozing psychopathology from every pore, these out-of-control and power-hungry 'whack jobs' (a la Sarah Palin) are laying the tracks for a catastrophic train wreck. The lesson for the U.S. and for the world can be summed up in one word: Beware.")

Susan Estrich, "Perry Crosses the Line With Treason Comment" (Friday, 19 August 2011).

Such psychiatric data answers the question, “Why Are Right-Wing Politicians So Smug?” by Ann Davidow (16 April 2010).
So does the article "The GOP's Disastrous Ideas Why Brazil, India, and China will be thrilled if Republicans win the midterms," by Eliot Spitzer (12 October 2010): "'There you go again.' Those now-famous words pretty much sealed the deal in the Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter debate in 1980 and proved what we have seen over and over: In politics, charm and wit usually count more than facts and logic. After Reagan's victory, we set out on a path of deregulation and tax cuts, a 30-year run on borrowed money and borrowed time that ended horribly in 2008. We know now where we stand in terms of what matters: a jobs crisis, declining middle-class incomes, structural federal budget deficits, trade deficits, and on and on. . . . We had better face up to a stark and uncomfortable reality: The clock is running out on our status as the world's dominant political and economic power. Platitudes, make believe, and hoping it will be so are not going to carry us any further. We have three weeks to make this choice. Because if we end up with a [Republican] Congress and a [thereby crippled Obama] White House that fail to re-chart our course over the next two years, it is clear who the winner will be. It will not be the person sworn in as president in 2013. It will be China, Brazil, and India. They are loving every minute of this."
Many people are doing a great job explaining conservatives' errors to conservatives, but . . . to no avail. Why? Having a "sound mind" is a gift, 2 Timothy 1:7, and conservatives disproportionately lack it. The Bible says to not “cast pearls before swine,” Matthew 7:6.
It's good advice — not to even try, with some people. They are hopelessly lost, damned, predestined so. See Romans 8:29-30, cf. Ephesians 1:5 and 1:11.
People trying to help conservatives get a grasp on reality generally write well, and would persuade the save-able, but it's hopeless with the predestined lost. You can't overrule God's will in that regard.
This should be especially clear with conservatives who support ultra evils such as war and torture, in ultra violation of multiple Bible commandments of God, https://medicolegal.tripod.com/warisasin.htm
Such pro-war conservative people are predestined to such rebellion against God's way, that's how God could predict wars !!! :) so far in advance.

Additionally, conservatives often sabotage prevention of tobacco-related social evils they purport to oppose. For example, see data on the following subjects:

abortion -- smokers 53-80% higher rate
Abortion rates go up with Republicans,
down with Democrats in office
divorce -- 53% higher rate among smokers
alcoholism -- 90% by tobacco users
drugs -- 90-99% by tobacco users
crime -- 90% by tobacco users.

Rev. S. R. Shearer reveals the actual pro-death beliefs of Republicans and their accessories whose policies when in office increase the abortion rate, in "How the GOP and its ally, the Religious Right, have created a Death Cult" (10 February 2012) ("Contemporary conservatism is bent on destroying the social safety net (basic programs such as Social Security and unemployment insurance). . . . As recent data suggests, poverty leads to death and a diminished lifespan. When the . . . Republicans stand against food stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and other programs for those displaced by the Great Recession, through actions both direct and indirect, they are in fact killing people." Such people talk pro-life, but in fact are pro-death by their voting.)

"Louisiana Will Stop Providing End of Life Care to Low-Income Americans" (20 January 2013) (Conservative Gov. Bobby Jindahl's policies mean that "low-income Louisianans with terminal illnesses, debilitating disabilities, and chronic long-term medical problems will no longer have access to the essential home and medical care that they need").

Dr. Stanton Glantz, "Big Tobacco's Rightwing Pals and Fundees Aggressively Supporting ecigs" (25 January 2014), gives examples of pro-tobacco right wing conservative groups, e.g., Heartland Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, CATO Institute, and National Center for Public Policy Research.

Notwithstanding these long and well-documented facts, conservatives regularly fight anti-tobacco laws, while denouncing effects of not having such laws! And they appoint pro-tobacco types as judges to strike down efforts to control tobacco. Conservatives stupidly refuse to even apply the simple concept of prevention summarized so well in the 19th century in these words: Eliminate the cause; the effect disappears. "Sublatâ causa, tollitur effectus: Otez la cause, l'effet disparaît."—Dr. Hippolyte Adéon Depierris, Physiologie Sociale (Paris: Dentu, 1876), p 328.

Satire on Republicans vs Obama