Even his tone changed. At the NAACP convention, Romney was alternatively placating and blunt because, of course, he wasn't just talking to African Americans. In the era of instanews, Romney was sending messages, nasty little tweets, in all directions, not least to his base. And the big message wasn't just that there would be no more Obamacare -- that would be eliminated in a Romney presidency. The big message was that Romney would be polite to the servants but he would cut their wages. No more apologizing for the dog on top of the car. That's where dogs belong, damn it!
That and Romneconomics in general didn't go down well at the NAACP. But it was a big hit with his biggest supporters. For obvious reasons....
The Center for American Progress Action Fund published a chart Tuesday that pointed out that “2,200,000 African American working families, encompassing almost half of all African American children, would receive a tax increase from the loss of tax credits from the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit” under a Romney presidency while “603,000 millionaires (100 percent), will receive a tax cut in 2015, with the average tax cut for millionaires being $250,000. “
Just helping the people who need help, you know? ...Charles Blow, NYTimes
The Romney campaign has a refurbished tactic, a new version of the Republican bully technique. In-your-face speeches ("I told those 'people' off!") are a great, gleeful shout-out on Mitt's part to the money people, the only people Romney shows any genuine respect for.
Later, as Charles Blow, as reminds us in a quote from Buzzfeed, Romney hammered the message home. "Home" for Romney is a roomful of money people -- his people, not "nails ladies" or "baby sitters" or people who "just don't understand how the systems work."
When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response. That’s O.K, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine. ...
... But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free. It has to paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services, and if people want jobs more than they want free stuff from government, then they are going to have to get government to be smaller. And if they don’t want to repeal Obamacare they are going to have to give me some other stuff they are thinking about cutting, but my list takes Obamacare off first and I have a lot of other things I am thinking of cutting. ...Charles Blow, NYTimes
Also, yesterday, the House took on the job of repealing the Affordable Care Act. I think it was for something like the 32nd time?
That done, the House went on to other important business. Here's a video of their activities following the repeal.
Charles Pierce has, as always, a wise comment . It sums up, ta-da, Yesterday... In The House Of Representatives.
In Congress today, there were 244 bishops bopped, bolognas beaten, weeds bled, beefsteaks bludgeoned, chickens choked, shanks cranked, as well dolphins, mules, eggmen, and logs flogged. Meanwhile, 185 flounders went sensibly unpounded.
This is your democracy, America. Cherish it.