Wednesday Open Thread [6/6/12]

Filed in Open Thread by on June 6, 2012

Your Wednesday Open Thread.  Sorry this is late.

President Obama leads Romney in a Daily News/F&M poll of the swing state of PA:

Registered voters favor Obama 48 to 36 percent over Romney, with 12 percent undecided and the rest answering “don’t know.”

Obama led Romney by 8 percent in a February poll, when the Republican presidential primaries were still in contention.

The new poll found opinions hardening, with 82 percent saying they were certain about which candidate they would support.

Voters polled had more confidence in Obama on economic issues, social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, foreign policy and understanding the concerns of Americans.

PA’s Governor is giving away $1.7B (that’s billion, folks) of taxpayer funds to Shell Oil. One of the largest corporations in the world, is getting $1.7B dollars from a state that has been severely cutting back funding to its schools.  And the PA schools are NOT one of the largest corporations in the world.  This is what corporate welfare looks like, folks.  Your kids get a short shrift, while very big companies get to feed at the trough.  You know how conservatives are constantly whining about how their grandkids are going to pay for the deficit?  Well, their kids (and everyone elses kids) are paying for corporate welfare.  And ask these conservatives when they start cheerleading for lower pay, health benefits and pensions for the Shell employees they are clearly funding.

Idaho is helping to write a new chapter in the business of managing anonymous comments. The Chair of a local Republican committee is seeking to have the local paper revel the identity of multiple anonymous commenters who she perceives as having defamed her.  The comments were deleted and the paper apologized, but this GOP leader has found her love of Trial Lawyers enough to insist on suing these commenters.   It is interesting, yes?

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  1. puck says:

    Candidate Obama is sweet-talking me again, and it sure sounds like he means it this time:

    On defense over Clinton statements, White House says it will not support any extension of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest

    “We should not extend — and he will not extend — the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of the American people. It’s bad policy, it’s bad for the economy, it’s bad for our fiscal picture,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.

    Asked whether that applied to a short-term extension, Carney did not hide his irritation: “He will not — could I be more clear? — he will not support extension of the upper-income Bush tax cuts.”

    But then there’s Ben Feller’s devastating question from December 7, 2010:

    Thank you, Mr. President. You’ve been telling the American people all along that you oppose extending the tax cuts for the wealthier Americans. You said that again today. But what you never said was that you oppose the tax cuts, but you’d be willing to go ahead and extend them for a couple years if the politics of the moment demand it.

    So what I’m wondering is when you take a stand like you had, why should the American people believe that you’re going to stick with it? Why should the American people believe that you’re not going to flip flop?

  2. MJ says:

    Doug Beatty, late of running against Jack Markell, is now going to run as an independent for the 34th RD. He changed his registration from D on 5/26/12.

  3. Rusty Dils says:

    In a very unusual strategic move yesterday, President Obama, speaking without a monitor, shifted his campaign attacks to George Romney. Many pundits today are suggesting this radical new strategy of the Obama campaign attacking a dead man, will allow for far less repercussions than attacking live people.

  4. Rusty– Are you stupid, or are you just trolling?

  5. MJ says:

    He’s a troll and an asshat, Roland. Everyone with half a brain cell knows that the President misspoke and that there was no attack on Rmoney’s father. Rusty’s head is so far up his arse he can taste his Brylcreem.

  6. Rustydils says:

    Just making a light hearted joke about obamas gaffe yesterday

  7. Joe Cass says:

    HAHAHAHA good one Dusty! Its funny because he misspoke! How could a guy like that be an offical and lead Amercia?

  8. @ cassandra_m–

    There is much more information on the PA Tax Breaks for Shell Oil <a hrefhere. As a bonus, it is presented as real journalism, not just Will Bunch’s semi-organized rantings.

    BTW, I think the tax breaks are a disgrace. Shell would have built there anyway. That’s where the gas is. It would be inefficient to refine it elsewhere.

    Oh, and on a personal note, FUCK the Keystone Opportunity Zones. I got a nice 4.1% pay cut (tax hike) when Philly lured my former employer from the inner ‘burbs to inside the city limits. My former employer got a 10 year tax abatement, and Tinicum Township lost the meager $10/yr/employee “occupational privilege tax” they charged the 100s of employees who worked with me. Eastwick still looks like shit, and the tax abatement just expired. I’m sure the company will look to relocate somewhere just outside the city limits…assuming some shitty little township will give them a tax break.

  9. puck says:

    So NOW Obama is thinking he might do some campaigning in Wisconsin.


    Where’s the walkback on Jay Carney’s statement committing Obama to end the Bush tax cuts? You know it’s coming. I certainly haven’t heard any Democrats standing up to cheer (Carper/Coons/Carney, I’m talking about you).