Archive for September 3rd, 2012
This week was dominated by the Republican National Convention, and ThinkProgress was there to fact-check the claims of the GOP’s featured stars. Check out the important posts you may have missed:
Igor Volsky Deputy Editor, ThinkProgress
Some Serious Omissions
If you were hoping to hear more about Mitt Romney’s plan for America, his big acceptance speech last night was a huge disappointment. While Romney had plenty of time to crack jokes about the president and recite several of his well-worn whoppers about the president’s record, Romney spent precious few — if any — words discussing some of the country’s most pressing problems and even less time explaining how a Romney-Ryan administration would solve them.
Here’s NINE serious omission from Romney’s speech:
– 0 mentions of Financial Reform: Even as millions of Americans struggle with the effects of the Great Recession caused by Wall Street malfeasance and scores of others continue to deal with the fallout of the foreclosure fraud scandal, Romney has said that he will repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, but has yet to detail what, if anything, he would put in its place.
— 0 mentions of Climate Change: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said to loud laughter. It’s too bad that he and most of the GOP delegates don’t believe in the very real threat of global warming.
– 0 mentions of Immigration: “We are a nation of immigrants,” Romney said, without explaining how he would help the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Romney has not said if he would rescind Obama’s temporary directive permitting young undocumented immigrants to work in the country, though his advisers have suggested that he would.
– 0 mentions of Romneycare: The convention speakers didn’t tackle Romney’s greatest accomplishment as governor, the enactment of universal health care coverage in Massachusetts. Romney promised to repeal Obamacare, but did not say what he would replace it with.
– 0 mentions of Afghanistan or Syria: Romney did not mention how he planned to address the nation’s largest ongoing wars or one of the most important ongoing humanitarian crises on Earth. This may be because the Romney campaign has been unable to meaningfully distinguish its policies from those of the Obama administration on either of these crucial issues.
– 0 mentions of Social Security: Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, has proposed Social Security privatization schemes that would have cost retirees dearly if they had been in place during the financial crisis.
– 0 mentions of Veterans: Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Romney has ignored veterans issues. After he spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars last month, veteran advocates said they were “still waiting for Romney to spell out how he would do better than his opponent.” “We haven’t … heard any specific plans yet from Governor Romney or his campaign,” said Bob Wallace, executive director at the Washington office of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, echoing the sentiment of many advocates.”
– 1 mention of Medicare: Romney criticized Obama for cutting $716 billion from Medicare — reductions that are also included in Paul Ryan’s budget. But he did not explain his own controversial reforms or mention that the “premium support” plan would force seniors to spend significantly more for health care.
– 1 mention of Housing: Romney did say, “when the realtor told you that to sell your house you’d have to take a big loss” — but that’s all. The Federal Reserve bank of New York anticipates that millions of Americans will face foreclosure this year and next, but Romney has yet to release a housing plan, beyond telling homeowners in foreclosure-battered Las Vegas “don’t try and stop the foreclosure process,” just “let it run its course and hit the bottom.”
So much for the campaign of ideas Romney promised when picked Paul Ryan as his vice president.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
The highlights of last night’s Clint Eastwood meltdown at the Republican convention.
Romney staffers are throwing each other under the bus after the Clint Eastwood fiasco.
What Karl Rove says inside his secret fundraisers.
Even David Koch says the government needs to consider tax increases.
Mitt Romney refers to the United States as a “company.”
Chart: Republican presidents’ depressing record on wage growth.
RNC delegate offended by “Mexican” at Epcot Center.
Eastwooding is now a thing.
Other recent Progress Reports
Aug 30, 2012: MittLies.com
The Ultimate Viewing Guide to Romney’s Post-Truth Campaign Politicians from both parties twist facts or spin policy, but Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has had a particularly strained relationship with the truth, repeating false claims with impunity — even after fact checkers, mainstream media organizations, and blogs have all debunked their assertions. From claiming that “Obama [...]
Aug 29, 2012: NINE Paul Ryan Facts
Paul Ryan: A Misguided and Dangerous Vision for America Tonight is the biggest moment of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) political life. He’ll take the stage at the Republican National Convention to accept the GOP’s nomination for vice president. Fortunately, Paul Ryan has a long and detailed record and his policy positions on key issues are [...]
Aug 28, 2012: Your Guide to Tonight’s RNC Speakers
Tuesday’s RNC Speakers — What You Need to Know After a one-day delay, the Republican National Convention got going in earnest today. Tonight’s headliners are Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); however, there will be a whole series of speakers that won’t be carried live on network television. Here’s your guide to [...]
Aug 27, 2012: This is how elections are bought…
Putting the Mega in Mega-Donor Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is by far the GOP’s biggest donor. He has already plowed more than $35 MILLION into the presidential race and says he’ll spend a “limitless” amount to defeat President Obama, perhaps more than $100 MILLION. Adelson also has his eye on the House of Representatives. He [...]
One week ago, Wells Fargo was preparing to foreclose on Gail Leeks’s house unless they could speak to Gail’s mother — which was a serious problem, since Gail’s mother passed away months ago from cancer, leaving her home to Gail.
But then 150,000 people — including you — signed a petition Gail started on Change.org. Now Wells Fargo has agreed to work with Gail to negotiate fair monthly payments so Gail can keep her home. Gail is working with her local elected officials and community empowerment groups to make sure that Wells Fargo sticks to its word.
Gail is overjoyed that she gets to keep the home her family has owned for two generations. “I feel like my mother guided all of this from her place in heaven; she wanted me to be still in my life and to have a home for the rest of my life,” Gail says. “Thank you to each and every one of the 159,917 people who sent us their love, prayers, support and inspiration.”
Gail’s win is another foreclosure victory that proves that homeowners can use solidarity and public pressure to stand up to the banks. Every day, families start petitions on Change.org to fight for the things that matter most to them. Start a petition of your own — it takes about 3 minutes.
Thank you, from Gail’s family and ours,
- Tim and the Change.org team