This morning, living mannequin and hollow chocolate bunny model Mitt Romney made the following quote:

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich, they’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90%, 95% of Americans right now who are struggling and I’ll continue to take that message across the nation. […]

“You can focus on the rich, that’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus. My focus is on middle-income Americans.”

So, to the 47 million Americans living in poverty, Mitt Romney says, “Seeya, wouldn’t wanna be-ya!” Apparently, Mitt Romney, who has spent a great deal of time bemoaning how President Obama is trying to divide the country by asking the top 1% to pay the same tax rate as those that receive a fraction of their income, has decided that pushing off our very poor people into the sea on an ice floe is bringing this country together…by waving goodbye to them.

Romney, a Mormon who claims to believe in Jesus as his savior (as well as that God lives on planet Kolub), is no doubt recalling that famous quote by Jesus, “The meek shall inherit my ass.”

Apparently, Romney believes that people who scrape by on welfare and food stamps are doing just as great as the wealthy and need no more help (though the wealthy need help with more tax breaks).  In fact, his budget and support for the Ryan budget would burden the poor with higher taxes and an increase of thousands in health care costs (until Medicare is destroyed, then they would be uninsured). He’s not unconcerned with the poor, he’s concerned they’ve got more than they ought to have!

And as for those in the Middle Class who are slipping into poverty, you better enjoy having concern come your way from Romney while you can!

In response to the recent words of this Christ-revering/poor-hating Republican (is there any other kind?), Jesus contacted The Planet and asked if we’d publish the following blog for him:

Hope you’re all having a great 2012 so far! All is great my way…taking care of business and finding a little time for fun (been playing a lot of Angry Birds with Steve Jobs).

So I wake up this morning, take a jog across the lake then chill out for a bit and I catch this clip of Mitt Romney saying that he isn’t concerned about the poor. At the same time he’s said he believes in me and my teachings. That’s kind of like saying that you’re a vegetarian but you love eating hamburgers or that you love hamburgers but eat at McDonalds. One of these things, doesn’t belong, you know what I mean?

Just to be clear, my whole raison d’etre is about love…towards your fellow human beings, not towards money, material things or the new Trojan Twister. I’ve talked about how those who are possessed by greed and dedicate their lives to it have as much chance getting onto Heaven as a camel walking through the eye of a needle…and Donald Trump paying to create a giant needle with an eye big enough to accommodate the passage of a fleet of Hummer limos with a herd of camels inside totally misses the point.

I’m pretty sure that I said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”, not “Love only those with a median household income range between $35,000 and $75,000”.

Now, Mitt Romney has responded by saying that his point was that we have social programs for the poor and if there’s a problem with them, he would fix them, so that’s why he’s not concerned about the very poor.

That’s like saying that as long as you’ve tied your dog to the roof of your car while you’re speeding down the highway, he’s secure so no need to be concerned about him unless the rope becomes loose.

I’m no stranger to seeing someone say one thing then do something that is the exact opposite (even when you invite him to supper!) but once a contradictory truth comes out publicly, such people should just admit they don’t follow my teachings instead of acting holier than thou (which is a tough act around here).

They should be constantly grateful for the material wealth they may have the good fortune to possess and whenever thinking of it, should be think about those who don’t have comfort and wealth with care and kindness because it easily could have been the other way around. And if it was, wouldn’t they want their potential leader to care about their lives and struggles…wouldn’t they like to hear from those with power and money that there was concern and a desire to help?

Anyway, I just wanted to remind folks that when you ask yourselves, WWID (What Would I Do?), having compassion for the poor  is still at the top of the list while taking from them to give more to those better off is at the top of someone else’s “hot list.”

Peace out!

 

 

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KillgoreTrout
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Wow, I am really impressed by the people’s outrage against Komen, making them reverse their decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. Power to the people, indeed! It warms my heart and gives me hope.

Nirek
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If you don’t like gay marriage. Don’t get one.
If you don’t like abortions. Don’t get one.
If you don’t like drugs. Don’t take them.
If you don’t like booze. Don’t drink it.
If you don’t like your rights taken away. Don’t take others away.

choicelady
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VERY cool!

Nirek
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Thank you CL. All that I read from you and others here is excellent.

SallyT
Member

Nirek, that’s a lot of Don’ts I can Do with! 😉

Nirek
Member

Sally, I can live with them , too.

jjgravitas
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jjgravitas

Isn’t it ironic that the God-fearing Republicans, despite their claims to represent the Christian Right and their efforts to proclaim Christianity as the offical religion of America, seem to be more out of touch with God’s message than Everybody Else? Perhaps it is because they lack the “irony gene.” (begin Homer Simpson sarcasm voice) Surely it is not the Republicans’ job to minister to the poor … that’s the Church’s job (end Homer Simpson sarcasm voice). Hence the faith-based initiatives.
When the poor get sick – very sick – they go the free clinic – the one that’s still in business, anyway. Otherwise, they have to self-diagnose, and self-medicate. That’s what I had to do thie year. I had a horrible chest cold. Or perhaps it was pneumonia. I didn’t know because I couldn’t afford to pay a doctor to diagnose me. All I knew was I was drowning in phlegm, coughing my guts out, and unable to sleep because that was when the symptoms were at their worst. By the way, “free clinic” is a misnomer. It isn’t really free, never was.
Interesting that Romney has nothing to say about the very old. I guess it’s because there is rich-old, and then there is poor-old. This is when life is at its most Dickensian. In other words, the middle class vanishes. If you are rich-old, you are pretty much ok, but if you were more or less middle class while you were young, by the time you are old, you are POOR, dude. Living off whatever is left. No doubt about it. Silas Stingy. But you can still vote. If Romney knows this, he’s probably freaking terrified of us. That’s why he hasn’t said anything. Or he thinks we are all idiots, hence the lame attack ads, all based on false premises. In any case, screw Roomney and screw the entire Republican Party. They’re in it for nobody but themselves.

La Grippe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmk7-noVaY0

Almost forgot: Praise Jesus! 😉

choicelady
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jj – not to be pushy since I do NOT know where you live, but please, please go to:

http://www.healthcare.gov.

Fill in the easy queries – state, needs, etc., and it will direct you to what is available in low cost health coverage. No matter if you’re living in a scum-sucking we-hate-health-reform state, there may well be a federal outlet for you that you CAN afford now.

And if your ‘free’ clinics are not free, there may be a fraud or some kind of means testing. If it’s federally funded, you kinda might want to have someone check that out. Most free clinics ARE free!

Hope you’re better and recovering. There is a lot of supernasty stuff floating around. Be well and stay in touch with us! We’ll worry about you!

KillgoreTrout
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choicelady
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It’s a delicious variant on the joke about the road outside the coloseum lined with people dying on crosses as the gladiators, soldiers, beautiful women on litters, musicians and acrobats, jugglers, and flower-strewing maidens all stream by ahead of the Emperor. As the Emperor draws near, he spots one man still alive whose lips are moving. He commands his servants to take a ladder up and see what the man is saying. When they get up there they hear the man singing:

“I-I-I-I love a parade…”

KillgoreTrout
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😉 😉 😉

KQµårk 死神
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😆 this never gets old.

KillgoreTrout
Member

So true KQ, especially considering the GOP’s attitude to the poor and suffering. It’s such a classic scene!

Kalima
Admin

Dear JC,

I know you are awfully busy traveling these days, but should you find time in the next few weeks, I would like to ask you a favour.

Starting in the U.S then moving across the pond, and around this earth of ours, could you please tattoo the words below on every forehead of the GOPTP, the Tories, and anyone else who scoffs at the poor and yet use your name in vain while pretending to follow your teachings. Knowing the powers you possess, and the people you know, make sure that they can never be removed. I’ll say my prayers twice a night for a month, I promise. Thanks a bunch. Say Hi to your Dad for me.

KK

Acts 20:35 ESV /

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

choicelady
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Kalima and AdLib – especially AdLib: You both are better theologians and far more passionate spiritual people than Pat Robertson, Jack Van Impe, James Hagee, and all the gaggle of “televangelists” ever dreamed of being.

These birds are NOT Christians. They are Old Testamentarians for whom Jesus is just the “get out of jail free” card. They invoke JC’s name to hope they’ll fly right up to Heaven. I suspect they’re in for a major surprise should that be what happens “after”.

Thanks for JC’s letter, AdLib. I just want to know though – when JC plays Angry Birds with Steve Jobs – has he substituted Dominionist Christians and Sap Sucking Mormons for the birds? It’d be a new twist to the game. He should patent it. Though where they’d send the royalties is a puzzle.

Anyway, AdLib, we knew you were thick with God, but knowing you’re on first name basis with JC just increases your cred! And Kalima – JC will be SO glad you understand his message! So many who profess, do not.

Have a great day, y’all! Just be sure you don’t text and drive…

KQµårk 死神
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Reflections on a crazy day in politics. In the time I’ve been blogging about politics I have never seen a day this bad on political blogs for a politician, including the whole “Goddamn America” Rev Wright thing. At least then Obama supporters were mightily defending Obama. But today I saw very few people defend Romney. Even Michele Malkin gave said his comments were a ‘facepalm’ to conservatives. The problem was Romney’s comments angered progressives and conservatives equally.

EVERYONE piled on Romney today including his NRO supporters. It was fascinating to see conservatives have what almost seems to be a last straw moment with Romney. DailyKOS had two stories posting quotes from the Free Republic and Red State sites but the hits did not end there. Conservative sites like Hot Air and even NRO were all over Romney’s gaffe and then endorsement of the social safety net. Of course the progressive sites, DailyKOS, ThinkProgress, Bob Cesca’s Blog, The People’s View save for AOLHP which was still all over Obama even publishing a ridiculous column by Mathew Dowd calling Obama unelectable, but that’s besides the point. The big thing Obama had going for him in his “bitter” and “Wright” controversies was that he had a steadfast base of support that defended him. Obviously Romney does not have that kind of passionate support coming from any quarter.

DailyKOS cross posts.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/01/1060587/-Romney-hating-FReepers-in-a-world-of-butthurt?via=sidebyuserrec

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/01/1060813/-Red-State-losing-its-mind-over-Romneys-very-poor-remarks-(Class-Warfare-Updates)?via=siderec

With Romney it’s like a alternate universe version of the show “Everyone Loves Raymond” titled ‘Everyone Hates Romney’.

Khirad
Member

You can’t please all the people all the time, and when you clumsily try, you please no one.

It’s as if his vapid say-anythingness actually jumped the shark.

KQµårk 死神
Member

So true and worse for Romney his cynical disingenuous nature is so apparent.

Honestly I read some of the comments on conservative blogs and what Dems say about Romney is mild in comparison. I mean they are absolutely ruthless. My favorite was a Republican who said that ‘Romney was a combination of all the worse characteristics of every bad presidential candidate. The principles and excitement of Bob Dole and GHWB, the flip flops Kerry, the arrogance and foul temperament of McCain, the stiffness of Gore and a gaffe machine like Biden.’ Then he called him ‘Willard “The Rat” Mittens Romney’. I mean I have never seen a Dem come close to attacking Romney that viciously.

Nirek
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KQ, I suggest we save those quotes for future use in the general election.
Right now the GOP is imploding and I’m sitting back and enjoying it.

KQµårk 死神
Member

Good idea. Because we know on the left once Romney is the nominee they will eventually circle the wagons around him. You can never underestimate the hypocritical nature of those on the right. They would back a ham sandwich to be president just to beat Obama.

Weirdwriter
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Weirdwriter

AdLib, as always a most excellent piece!

In fairness, however, it should be said that Mormons have a rather different version of Jesus — not born of any specially blessed virgin according to Hebraic prophesy, but from ordinary copulation between Mary and the Father God of Earth known as Adam (yes, the original).

What the Mother God of Earth known as Eve (yes, the original) thought of it I have no idea. Perhaps she regarded Mary as a sister wife.

For Mormons, this Jesus died for no one’s sins — you’re on your own on that.

But they do believe one way to have one’s sins absolved is through charity to the poor and. at minimum, Mormons are encouraged to fast twice a month and use the money they would have spent on those meals for charity. They are also strongly encouraged to put time into helping the poor, so it’s not just buying absolution with charitable donations.

Somehow, I doubt Mitt is all that observant.

Khirad
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Indeed. And while I hate to feed into bias based on religion like we would accuse the Evangelicals, and while I would say it’s a form of Christianity (inasmuch the Bahá’í faith is a form of Islam, kinda sorta, …not really), when Mitt talks up Jesus and all of that, he’s also being crassly disingenuous and self-serving about the nature of Jesus and God in Mormon theology.

When talking of Muslims, we often hear the dreaded word taqiyyah. Well, I see a bit of dissimulation actually taking place with Mitt.

Here, this will totally not clear anything up about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden (which was in Missouri, silly!)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_and_Eve_%28LDS_Church%29#cite_note-Millet-1

Listen. Bigotry against Mormons is wrong, and ‘cult’ is a bit strong of a word, but on the other hand, they aren’t just another sect of Christianity with additional quirky beliefs. Some of their beliefs are quite different from traditional foundational beliefs of Christians.

I mean, for a lot of conservative Christians, the very fact they don’t believe in the Trinity is a big no-no heterodoxy in itself which disqualifies them from any ecumenical fellowship.

KQµårk 死神
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It’s my completely biased opinion but I think every religion has sects that are cult like.

I try to be accepting but there is something just weird about Mormonism to me personally, maybe it’s the latter day saints thing. Even though I was raised RC and Christian religions should seem less strange to me I find Mormonism much stranger than Easter, Native, Islamic religions by far.

One thing I really don’t like about the Mormon religion is that you can be posthumously baptize you into Mormonism obviously against your wishes. That is straight up freaky and wrong.

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2008/11/mormons_jews_contend_for_souls.html

SallyT
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AdLib, sorry for the mix up. It is a 100 million trust fund Romney set up for his sons. But, here is the article by David Cay Johnson wrote about it.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/01/31/column-dcjohnston-romney-returns-idINDEE80U0HG20120131

KQµårk 死神
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Actually the way Ed talked about it I had the same impression you did.

Khirad
Member

They do realize they’re saying this out loud, on the record, right?

Rick Santorum Tells Sick Kid Market Should Should Set Drug Prices
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/rick-santorum-tells-sick-kid-market-set-drug-004745384–abc-news.html

funksands
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One of these days someone who isn’t an MSM simpleton is going to point out to the mystical mouth breathers that the market cannot/shouldn’t set drug prices, because unlike someone buying an Ipad, the buyer of medication cannot decide to wait for a better price later.

A captive buyer does not a free market make.

Rubes. Stupid stupid rubes.

Khirad
Member

You mean I won’t literally die without an iPad?

KQµårk 死神
Member

Comparing the iPad market to the drug market is beyond asinine.

SueInCa
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One thing about Mitt that no one is talking about. He claims he lowered taxes in Mass when he was governor? He sure did and then made up for the lost revenue by raising fees. A perfect way to run the shell game. There are no taxes under that walnut shell but the other one sure has new fees. It is mentioned in my article on Mitt here. I hope Obama knows it.

Khirad
Member

Talk about levels of irony.

And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied, insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, and that they had become exceedingly rich, because of their prosperity in Christ. And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world. And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them. And they began to be divided into classes; and they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ. (4 Nephi 23-26)

And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants. (Mosiah 4: 26)

And seeing as the context is within that of a discourse of a king, this is not merely a ‘let the churches handle charity’ lesson, but one for society as a whole.

Or so a blog I just read said.

kesmarn
Admin

Khirad, are those quotations seriously from the Book of Mormon? The first one especially is really kind of amazingly ironic.

I’ve never been able to make it through the Book of Mormom, to be honest. It’s a tough slog.

Khirad
Member

It’s on my bookshelf, but my lord. Every time I opened up you could tell they were trying a little too hard. Also, why did they feel the need to talk like 17th century Englishmen?

In any case, I just thought it would be interesting to see what the Book of Mormon had to say about wealth and at one point it said we should all be equal and sharing in kind and one community of the Lord. I believe there was another name for that, minus the Lord part…

kesmarn
Admin

I suppose they wanted it all to sound kinda King Jamesy. Since I doubt Moroni spoke Aramaic or Hebrew or Greek or even Latin.

And who knew that them thar Mormons wuz commie pinkos? “equal and sharing in kind and one community”? Talk about subversives.

SueInCa
Member

KQ I read that article you posted about the Gingriches. Good Golly Miss Molly if she is not a Stepford then she is definitely the Head HandMaiden.

Khirad I did it again I think it is the K’s but I gave KQ credit for the article you posted on Callista

KQµårk 死神
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Brilliant AdLib. I’m starting to believe that a higher power like Jesus is making Romney actually speak the truth about what he believes. I mean really WTF is this guy thinking?

The irony is Gingrich or Obama are not defining Romney as Gordon Gekko but Romney himself is making him out to be a crass caricature of Wall Street greed.

The worse part is Romney said a little over two weeks ago that he was concerned about the poor and the safety net so we have a terrible gaffe (which means he spoke his mind) and another flip flop at the same time.

Then from the absurd to the sublime, Romney’s lame attempt at damage control just pissed off the GOPTEA base even more when he said he would fix entitlements because they want entitlements ended. He even reiterated his hugely unfavorable position amongst teabaggers where he wants to index the minimum wage with inflation.

Face it Obama’s biggest problem if things don’t blow up is being overconfident. Because Romney is about the worse candidate on every level for this time in our history.

SueInCa
Member

Hey Jesus (that is Hay sus) are you here to tell us that you are not that big bad gun toting mercenary that the RR would have us believe? You sound more like a philosopher to me and the way you talk about mankind I cannot imagine you with a shoulder strap of bullets and that ColtAR15 Black 16″ M4 running around trying to scare people.

And just a little hint, I think that Jesus is just a front for the Mormons to hide their real intentions. If it were not so then why would Mitt Romney be crowned the White Horse by Mormon elders. You know what he is supposed to do with that right? yeah so do I.

KQµårk 死神
Member

😆 great response.