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Archives by Tag 'Mitt Romney'
Romney on the World Stage
MICHAEL BRENNER
Mitt Romney’s provocative remarks in Jerusalem this week on Palestine and Iran have focused attention on how he thinks about American foreign policy generally. Beyond the immediate controversy, there is fresh reason to puzzle as to who exactly the Republican presidentia...
The Hand of Pro-fit-dence
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Mitt Romney, accompanied by American Jews and evangelical Christians, went to Jerusalem, stood before some 40 wealthy donors to his presidential campaign and, as reported, said, “’And as I come here and I look over this city and consider the accomplishments of the peo...
The Pandering Game
RAOUF J. HALABY
The season of Pandering is upon us, and by now the routine is all too familiar. While negative ads, fund raising efforts in all their forms, email and robo phone calls, misinformation, and pandering have become the norm, to be elected, aspiring candidates have to...
Mitt the Twit
BINOY KAMPMARK
Mitt Romney is now going about the business of inflating Israeli expectations as being their most staunch of friends.  He had just been in London for the Olympics opening ceremony.  He saw fit, on his visit to Blighty, to comment on the inadequacy of security preparatio...
Romney’s Iran Campaign
JEFF KLEIN
As Mitt Romney completes his electoral swing through Jerusalem, it is tempting to view this as just a cynical campaign maneuver.  No doubt the candidate – in an effort coordinated the Republican Jewish Coalition and Bill Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel R...
The Plight of Labor on the Campaign Trail
ROB URIE
With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney trading barbs over the outsourcing of jobs, the facts are that Mr. Obama has repeatedly given full-throated endorsement to the neo-liberal policies behind outsourcing. And Mr. Romney has actually outsourced jobs through his business at Ba...
Better Than Lesser Evilism, Version 2012
ANDREW LEVINE
If the idea is to vote in a way that brings about the best outcome, and if “best” and “least bad (or “least evil”) mean the same thing, then it is a simple point of logic that, in elections with only two candidates – or where only two candidates have a non-tri...
Romney the Possessed
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
A Mitt Romney presidency would greatly worsen America’s moral decline.  It is not about his money, but about his moral sense.  It is not about his worth, but his views on other people’s worthiness.  Not about his inheritance, but his attitude toward the disinherite...
The Core Romney
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Our ideas are only intellectual instruments  which we use to break into phenomena; we must change them when they have served their purpose. Claude Bernard, An Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine It is a m...
On the Shadow Money Trail
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The thirty-year bloodless coup conducted by America’s political, academic, and financial elite is a fait accompli as evidenced by the failure to charge anybody for the horrendous, and well documented, criminality behind America’s housing/financial bust of 2008 as desc...
Romney’s Inane Campaign
RALPH NADER
Mitt Romney’s daily dittohead assertions make one wonder what he got out of the law and business degrees he received from Harvard University. One of his regular blasts blames Barack Obama for the daily reports of bad economic indicators. Unemployment increases – blame...
Mitt and the Seed of Cain
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On. — G.B. Shaw,  Mrs. Warren’s Profession I hope he remembers them.  The explanations that is.  They could be handy if anyone ever asks him about his days as a missionary....
Romney the Bully
MARJORIE COHN
Last week, I was invited to speak to 40 high school freshman about human rights. When we discussed the right to be free from torture, I asked the students if they could think of an example of torture. They said, “bullying.” A major problem among teens, bullying can le...
Gay Marriage – It May Destroy Western Civilization, But It Sure is a Wonderful Fundraiser
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
It started with lesbian couples in Vermont in the mid-90s, freaked out they’d lose their babies. Vermont Freedom to Marry was born, and is now the most powerful Democratic organization in the state, most certainly responsible for the victory of Gov. Peter Shumlin, e...
Mitt Romney’s Homosexual Panic
JOHN ESKOW
First things first: you don’t have to be a shrink to know that no-one bullies homosexuals unless they’re tormented by their own homosexuality, active or suppressed.   Any physical attack on a “gay” man is de facto rape.  All that’s required to understand that ...
Obama, Bin Laden, and Mitt
SHELDON RICHMAN
The partisan squabbling over the killing of Osama bin Laden is a typical election-year distraction, effectively squelching discussion of more important matters one year after the execution of the al-Qaeda chief executive. Aided by cable-TV talking heads, Americans ...
The Prize Fight Election
SAUL LANDAU
Six grueling months remain until the November election. “Dogs for Romney: Brisk Head Winds Build Character” and “Dogs Against Romney: Pat Us, Don’t Strap Us To The Car Roof” bumper stickers may well highlight the campaign publicity. Imagine a heavyweight ...
Will Iran War be Another October Surprise?
ANDREW LEVINE
Will Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu concoct a war with Iran?  Not if they have a tenth of the sense they were born with.  But that’s not much consolation when we’re dealing, on the one hand, with a vulture capitalist and one time Mormon bishop whose flip floppin...
Different Bats for Different Brats
LAURA FLANDERS
For all the shameful sucking up to multi-millionaire mom Ann Romney after Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen accused her of never having worked “a day in her life,” the reality is neither Republicans nor Democrats treat most parenting as work, and thousands of poor women ...
Romney: Why It’s OK to Stick It to Him for Being a Mormon
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Mitt Romney will be the Republican to face President Obama in the fall.  Tuesday night was the clincher, as the Mormon zealot won in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC. He may stumble on, but the Catholic zealot Rick Santorum is finished. It’s hard to detect ...
Catching Up With the Republican Primaries
WALTER BRASCH
It’s the beginning of April, and that means I just finished celebrating New Year’s Eve, and will soon begin shopping for Valentine’s gifts. In a month or two, I may even get around to toasting St. Patrick. It’s not procrastination, it’s just that I’m a ...
Throwing Money at the Pentagon
WILLIAM D. HARTUNG
If you’ve been fretting about faltering math education and falling test scores here in the United States, you should be worried based on this campaign season of Republican math.  When it comes to the American military, the leading Republican presidential candidates evi...
Republican Implosion
SAUL LANDAU
“Romney now flaunting his wealth to impress voters!” (The Onion) I smiled weakly when Liberal Democrat friends guffawed last week over verbal foibles of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. It was sort of funny when Romney said: “Mic...
Will Obama’s Wars Come Back to Bite Him?
ANDREW LEVINE
Can President Obama lose in November?   The consensus among those who claim to know is No, unless the economy tanks again; and this, the cognoscenti say, is unlikely to happen.  Therefore barring improbable contingencies, Obama will win a second term.   The rationale i...
Save the Rich!
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
The remaining Republican candidates are gearing up for the March 6th Super Tuesday primary elections, with Mitt Romney carrying forward his momentum from wins in Arizona and Michigan over competitors Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul.  As the primary ...