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Water Cooler Archive: July 2012

  • PICKET: Batman villain creator reacts to character's comparison to Romney - 'Ridiculous'..'Overgrasping Dems'

    Well here's a non-sensical comparison from Democrats for the Obama campaign to use. According to Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner, the Obama campaign takes Batman's new enemy Bane, a pumped up venom gas breathing maniac, in the movie "The Dark Knight Rises" and compares him to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, because of the Massachusetts GOP'ers previous work with the investment firm Bain Capital, which Obama and Democrats say was a job killer. Get it--Bane and Bain? Published July 16 2012

  • PICKET: Report - Aide says Romney may name running mate this week

    The Associated Press is reporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney could very well name his VP running mate by the end of this week says a top adviser. Published July 16 2012

  • PICKET: (AUDIO) Jerry Brown's bankrupt Calif. cities catch up with him

    In February of 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, declared to me that California was not having bankruptcy problems and that he had not ceded too much to the California teachers’ unions. Similarly employing President Obama’s “blame the last guy in office” technique, Brown pointed to former Republican Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger for the fiscal crisis California finds itself in, but he made no mention of the state's Democratic led legislature. Both chambers have been in Democratic hands since 1970, except during the 1995-1996 year, when the Assembly was led by Republicans. Published July 16 2012

  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Obama - Business owners not responsible for their own success but I killed bin Laden

    President Barack Obama is taking heat for slamming business owners who credit themselves for their own successes. He told supporters in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday. Published July 15 2012

  • PICKET:(VIDEO) Obama - 'If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen'

    President Barack Obama addressed supporters in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday afternoon and took a shot at the business community. President Obama dismissed any credit business owners give themselves for their success. Published July 15 2012

  • GREEN: Rep. Camp and Sen. Hatch denounce ending welfare work requirements

    Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday denouncing any attempts to weaken welfare law. HHS announced that it was encouraging states to seek "waivers" of the section of the Social Security Act that governs administration of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Published July 13 2012

  • GREEN: Ending welfare reform -- letter to states

    The Administration for Children and Families sent a letter to state offices inviting them to apply for waivers to their work requirements under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Despite the high rate of success in reducing the number of people receiving these benefits, the letter states that "The Secretary is interested in using her authority to allow states to test alternative and innovative strategies, policies, and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families." Published July 13 2012

  • WISER: Reducing the debt — spending cuts vs. tax increases

    With the spending debate in Washington often centered around what would constitute a "balanced" approach to reducing the debt, a report released by the American Enterprise Institute in 2010 found that successful attempts to restore fiscal solvency are more likely to include spending cuts that outweigh tax increases. Published July 13 2012

  • GREEN: End of welfare reform

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced an attempt to override the work requirements that were a key accomplishment of Republicans' welfare reform in 1996. Published July 12 2012

  • PICKET: Reps. Tim Scott and Allen West defend ALEC against leftist smear campaign

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) lost five more corporate donors this week as a result of a smear campaign from a leftist organization known as “Color of Change.” The group, founded by former White House green jobs czar Van Jones, set out to intimidate ALEC’s corporate donor base this year by framing ALEC’s support of state voter ID laws and ALEC’s former work on state stand your ground legislation as racist. Published July 12 2012

  • PICKET: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver condemns racist attack against Romney as 'ignorant' and 'embarrassing'

    A video satire produced by a liberal group led by a former New York Times reporter and former Media Matters executive says that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not liked by blacks, reports The Washington Examiner. The producers say Romney is "so white he makes "Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel." Published July 10 2012

  • PICKET: (AUDIO) Rep Hastings 'hopes' Justice Roberts has additional security since hcr decision

    Congressman Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, excoriated Republicans during a meeting of the House rules committee on Monday night when members of the committee debated procedure for the House repeal vote of the Affordable Care Act this week. Hastings excoriated GOP members for the repeal vote and accused Republicans for not having a plan follow any repeal. Published July 10 2012

  • PICKET: Obama '09 - (VIDEO) You don't raise taxes on anyone during a recession

    In the 2009 video above, President Barack Obama said that, "you don't raise taxes" on anybody during a recession. Published July 9 2012

  • WISER: DHS-sponsored report criticized for description of 'extreme right-wing' ideology

    A report released earlier this year by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, or START, has raised some eyebrows recently on the Internet and blogosphere for its characterization of terrorists with an "extreme right-wing" ideology. Published July 9 2012

  • PICKET: Axelrod - Romney ‘Most Secretive Candidate’ Since Nixon

    Senior Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod told ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton on Thursday he thinks that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is "the most secretive candidate that we’ve seen, frankly, since Richard Nixon." Published July 5 2012

  • PICKET: Rasmussen - 84 pct of adults 'proud' to call themselves Americans

    Songwriter and singer Lee Greenwood did not need a Rasmussen poll to tell him lyrics of his 30 year old single "God Bless The USA" polls very well with the country too. According to a Rasmussen, however, 84 percent of American adult are "proud" to call themselves Americans. Only seven percent do not feel that way and nine percent are not sure. Published July 5 2012

  • WISER: Obama vs. Bush on White House pay

    The White House payroll of $37.8 million has declined since Obama first entered the Oval Office in 2009, when a staff of 487 employees earned total wages of $39.1 million. But how does this compare to George W. Bush's administration? Published July 4 2012

  • PICKET: Mexico's poll workers ask voters for ID at polls

    Mexican voters go to the polls today and are electing a new president. Most are hoping for a leader who will find a way to provide better security to Mexicans from violence stemming from the drug cartels. Polls show Institutional Revolutionary Party's candidate Enrique Pena Nieto leading two other left leaning presidential contenders. Published July 1 2012

  • PICKET: GOP Governors to ignore Obamacare

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling upholding the obamacare mandate as a tax, governors are either reaffirming or publicly stating for the first time they will not comply with the health care law in their states. Republican Governors appear to be banding together and ignore the latest Supreme Court decision and at least wait until after the November elections. Published July 1 2012