Posts tagged Paul Ryan
Posts tagged Paul Ryan
I’d hate for him to be a taker mooching off the federal government.
Salon’s Joan Walsh, regarding the misguided, hollow efforts by the Romney/Ryan team to collect donations for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Dayton, Ohio. The campaign reportedly dropped $5,000 on supplies at a local Wal-Mart for attendees to give to Romney for the sake of photo ops. What, no soup kitchens to invade?
Does Mittens listen to himself talk? No, really. I’m curious.
The Romney/Ryan campaign is giving away an Epiphone guitar signed by Kid Rock. The guitar, which appears to be a G-310 SG Electric Guitar in Vintage White, is manufactured in China, and has been since 2002. Y’know, that one place that specializes in receiving American jobs. As Epiphone explains on their website:
The effectiveness of combining Epiphone and Gibson expertise and experience with Asian production efficiencies ushered in a new era for Epiphone and brought about exceptional instruments at price points the average working musician could afford. That tradition continues today at Epiphone’s Gibson Qingdao (GQ) factory near Qingdao, China where only Epiphone instruments are crafted.
Epiphone is owned by Gibson Guitars, Inc. Gibson’s CEO Henry Juszkiewicz recently admitted to illegally importing exotic wood in violation of environmental law. Previously, Juszkiewicz said that he’d move his operation overseas or raise prices in retaliation for the raid, meaning the company would kill off American jobs. But Epiphone guitars are already made in China, so the CEO claiming Gibson will kill American jobs is somewhat dishonest — they already did. Anyhow, Gibson is now a hero of Tea Party peeps because government = bad.
Also, the number-one retailer for Gibson and Epiphone guitars is Guitar Center, a massive chain being driven into the red by interest on $1.4 billion in debt incurred when Bain Capital took the company private in 2007. Mitt Romney received retirement dividends from Bain until just a few years ago.
What does this all mean? Two things: First, it’s really easy to weave related things into an ominous-looking, vague, pseudo-conspiracy theory; and second, Romney/Ryan is giving away a guitar made exclusively in China while trumpeting American manufacturing and in the middle of Bain Capital moving jobs to China from the Sensata plant in Freeport, Ill. — after forcing the workers to train their Chinese replacements and flying the Chinese flag over the factory. As Reuters explains, Romney benefits from this deal:
Anyone who owns a mutual fund or retirement account may benefit when a U.S.-based company decides to boost profits by moving operations overseas. As a major investor in Sensata, Romney could gain from an outsourcing move that is likely to cut costs and increase the company’s presence in emerging markets. Romney owns at least $7.8 million in eight Bain funds that collectively hold 51 percent of Sensata’s shares, according to a disclosure report he released in June. Romney earned between $1.4 million and $9 million in 2011 from dividends, interest and capital gains from those funds, which also invest in other companies, the report shows.
Ultimately, I might enter the contest. Why? So I can pawn it, or sell the guitar to a right-winger who might want it.
But then Kid Rock had to go and sign it…
Vice Presidential Debate Bingo cards! Here’s the cards in a downloadable album:
Same rules as before! The squares are not candidate-specific unless denoted as such. The debate will air on NBC, ABC, and CBS, along with C-SPAN, starting at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST. It will be live-streamed at C-SPAN’s site, plus numerous other sources. If you’re having trouble finding a site, let me know.
We’re doing things a bit differently now!
This time around, win a swag bag packed with political stickers, buttons, a yard sign, and more! The most bingos across the most cards will win a swag bag with Obama buttons and stickers, plus additional fun political stuff I’ve picked up along the way.
To enter, submit your cards within one hour of the debate’s conclusion. And hey, if you don’t like Obama, there’s going to be other cool stuff in there and you can sell the Obama stuff to a fan.
The winner will be notified Oct. 15th — I’ll need your home address in order to ship you your bag o’ goodness, so if you submit from outside Tumblr, use a valid email! I will still give gifs for bingos, so submit the cards. Tie-breakers are the most squares selected, and/or submission time.
Follow me on twitter as I live blog the debates: @meglanker
Again, submit cards here or email completed cards to email@example.com
GIF prizes for first submission and most bingos on one card!
Happy bingo, folks!
The Taming of the Shew Induction, Sc. 1
Paul Ryan can also do Shakespeare.
No, Paul Ryan! You put that baby down!
As You Like It Act III, Sc. 5
Just looking at Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, you might not think of them as cultural pioneers. But the Republicans make up the first presidential ticket in history not to feature a Protestant.
Romney is Mormon, Ryan, Catholic. That might not seem like such a big deal — especially when you consider they are running against the first African-American president.
But all of these individuals are emblematic of an enormous shift in both American demographics and political power.
Fifty years ago, the military, foreign service and top political offices were all dominated by WASPs — white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
Yes, but could one run without keeping rich WASPy interests in mind? Or without at least some of their support? Nope. Nor is it possible to paint WASPs as a terrible group of people — they’ve simply been the majority. However, this represents an interesting shift insofar as who’s elected and selected in the realm of government and public service.